Thursday, September 27, 2012

Halloween Cards

 Just playing around with my Halloween stash. I sold that Stampin' Up! set a while ago, remember it?
 Cosmo Cricket steps out with K & Co. Have you ever bought one of K & Co's die cut packs. They are a HUGE value. I think they are breeding and having little die cuts in their packaging, because I can't seem to use them up!
 Crafty Secrets and Cosmo. You know how I feel about CS, right?
 Do you see how I left on the part that is supposed to be cut off the bottom of the paper? My Etsy customers just buy what they like, they have no idea about what is and isn't supposed to go on a card. Neither do non paper crafters. I think it was Ali Edwards who said she used whatever she wanted on her personal pages, whether it was current or not. She pointed out that her family did not know or care if her supplies were the latest and greatest.
I found this card during the move. I made it YEARS ago for a SCS challenge. The set is Carved and Candlelit. I sold that one in my Etsy shop quite a while ago.

Moving has been good for my stamp room. It stirred up my supplies, and some that have been languishing on the bottom of the pile are showing up in my creations. I don't think I'll ever use it all up in this lifetime!

Monday, September 24, 2012

A Muse Studio: Brown and Bellini

The lattice card stock is from our Venetian Collection. This color, Bellini, and the other four colors, all come in solid and patterned card stock, ink pad and refill, and our gorgeous satin ribbon.
I find rich, bright colors like this a little intimidating, so I always try to tone them down a bit with neutrals, like Latte, French Roast, and Sugar. Every color on this card is food related. Interesting...

Again, I apologize for the bad pictures, I still have not found the light. Maybe tomorrow!

A Muse Studio Supplies:
Stamps: Beautiful Botanicals
Paper: Bellini Patterned, French Roast, Sugar, Latte
Ink: French Roast, Latte
Accessories: Butterfly Trio Die, Ivory Pearls, French Roast Buttons and Ribbon

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Odds and Ends, Plus A Cute and Easy Box!

 Old school Stampin' Up!
 I'm down to 25 SU! sets. They still take up a whole shelf. I can't believe how much I love unmounted stamps, and I'll be happy when all my SU! sets find happy homes!
 I am terrible at putting boxes together, but this box went together perfectly, and it's just adorable. I had it cut at Creative Cuts and More from red metallic paper, then I added trim, a die cut and embossed snowflake, button and baker's twine, and called it good! The button and baker's twine are A Muse Studio, of course!
 Cosmo Cricket Halloween! So cute!!

Friday, September 21, 2012

A Muse Studio: Sweet and Simple Thank You

 First things first: I have not found the right light in my new house yet, and every picture I have taken since we moved here is simply awful. This one is no exception. This is not a dark house, I just haven't found the right room and the right time of day. It's all about light. Light. Light. Light. Follow the light...
This Sweet and Simple, my version of CAS, can be mailed with one stamp. I'd like a round of applause, please. I need thank you cards for customers, and I need for them to NOT cost $1.95 each to mail.

When I discovered patterned paper seven or eight years ago, I quit using background stamps of any kind. Well, A Muse Studio has SO many fabulous background stamps, I just can't resist them. Here I used Polka Dot Patterns, which I think is the cutest, I hope you like it, too!

Supplies(ALL a|s):
Stamps: Polka Dot Patterns, Essential Sentiments
Paper: Sugar, Buttercup Gingham
Ink: Buttercup, Seattle
The tiny flowers are no longer available, it's a shame, I know.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

We are in Pueblo!

 We aren't completely unpacked yet-maybe halfway. I made this card with a Tim Holtz set. I don't think you can tell from this picture, but I did the cracked glass technique on the butterfly tiles.
 My stamp room is almost unpacked. I'll finish today or tomorrow. Then I will spend a day or two shifting stuff around, because it isn't really very well organized.
 I smashed these little satin ribbon roses into a distress ink pad, then gave them a shot of water. I am SO pleased with the results, I know I will be doing this again.
 I hope your summer went well, and that you didn't have to move, like me. I despise moving. You would not believe the amount of sheer junk we moved, and that's after two garage sales. I find the most ridiculous things, which should have been thrown in the trash, while I am unpacking. I will probably take a load to the Goodwill every week for at least the next month. I've already been once since we got here.
The crazy orange paper I used on this card makes me very uncomfortable. I think it shows.