Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
I had a really hard time getting a good picture of this card. It looks like the white 'snow' at the top doesn't blend in but it looks okay in real life. You know, Christmas really is my favorite holiday. I love all the beautiful decorations, pretty trees, Christmas music, but most of all I love that it celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ. I thought this card really captured that for me. A pretty little church in the snow with the lights on.... I can picture people inside singing Christmas carols or with their heads bowed in prayer. I've got a couple more cards to show you over the next few days that also celebrate a spiritual Christmas. I hope you'll like them.
I think I have 1 or 2 spots left in my next class. We'll be making an altered 3x3 book filled with 10 gift tags. The class is this Sunday from 2-4. Be sure to call Stampin-In-The-Rain if you're interested in signing up. Please bring your own scissors and adhesive; a liquid adhesive or sticky red tape would be good to make sure your book cover stays down. You'll want a regular adhesive to make the tags.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
One of the things I love about The Saltbox Studio images is how well they lend themselves to a vintage style. Using Kraft paper can also help to accomplish this so I cut some old SU Confetti Tan into a 4-bar notecard. I also took some A Muse black kitchen paper and cut it to layer on the 4-bar, sanding the edges for a shabby look. I knew I wanted to stamp the snowman onto the Kraft paper so I could use my colored pencils. White colored pencil on Kraft just instantly brings that shabby shic look, too. After I was done coloring my image, I layered it onto a piece of A Muse Hawthorne notecard and sanded the edges of that. Once I had everything together, I added the snow by making white dots with a Signo white gel pen all around the image. I put the sentiment 'You warm my heart' on the inside of the card.
Supplies: SU Retired Confetti Tan cardstock, A Muse black kitchen paper, A Muse Hawthorne; Images: Saltbox Studio Winter Wonder set; Ribbon: A Muse olive stitched; Accessories: Signo white gel pen, A Muse heart Twinkle Stickers
Monday, November 17, 2008
This isn't a fancy recipe. I just took it out of the Better Homes & Garden New Baking Book that's in my cookbook collection. The trick is to use real lemons for the zest and the juice from those lemons. Tastes so much fresher than using bottled lemon juice and dried up zest.
I spent Saturday at the Creating Keepsakes Scrapbooking convention. My friend Lisa and I signed up for a few classes...most of which turned out to be kinda duds but we had lots of fun shopping. I found some Piggy Tales papers I was looking for and picked up the Crafty Secrets Snow bunnies set. My unplanned purchase was the Cookie Cutter Alpha 'Diesel' from Quickutz for my Revolution. I've been wanting that set for a long time and it is retired. I found it for about half price and couldn't pass it up.
I did manage to make 1 card this week that wasn't related to an assignment. I obviously didn't have much mojo to create this one.
Monday, November 10, 2008
The much anticipated A Muse Cupcake Social and Instructor Training event took place this past weekend. Many of us started the day with a Copic Certification Class with Marianne from Copic. It was a lot of fun but lunch was a bit of a disaster. Poor Geeta and Heather's lunch orders were missed so they had to take theirs to go. Afterward, we had some time to sit and eat some pizza, get to know each other a bit, then the doors opened for the Cupcake Social!
Cindy, from the A Muse shop, made the most delicious cupcakes for everyone. I don't know how she made the frosting but it was fluffy, glossy, and super yummy! There were chocolate and vanilla cupcakes with their tops a little different....just like what you can do with the new A Muse Cupcake Builder set!
Saturday started our training event. We had almost all the A Muse Instructors and Designers in town for this (we missed you!!!!). What a fabulous opportunity to meet the women we've come to know online. For me, it just served to strengthen my bond with them. Every single one of these women were nice, friendly, and eager to be there with each other. I was so excited to meet all of them. We learned lots of new things. The weekend ended with a sappy Julie, who pretty much made all of us tear up. It truly is a priviledge and an honor to be associated with this fabulous company called A Muse. A big shout out to all the customers who showed up for the Social and most especially to the A Muse Crew for putting on the most spectacular weekend.