Monday, January 30, 2012

Sneak Preview - Day 15

The Hey Cupcake stamp set is perfect for so many occasions and especially for birthdays!

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Emboss the sentiment with Sugar EP and then add some Washi tape to the card base.  Stamp Swanky Backgrounds onto Sugar cardstock using Bermuda ink.  Attach to other nested shapes and mount on card using 3D Foam Adhesive.  Stamp candle with Tuxedo Black Memento ink on Sugar cardstock.  Mask the candle and stamp the cupcake.  Color using Copics and cut close to edge.  Mount using 3D Foam Adhesive.

All supplies from A Muse Studio.
  • Stamps: Hey Cupcake (new!), Swanky Backgrounds
  • Cardstock: Grapefruit (new!), Bermuda, Shell, Sugar
  • Inks: Bermuda, Versamark, Memento Tuxedo Black
  • Copics: Y02, Y08, B00, B02, W2, RV02, R00, R32
  • Washi Tape
  • White Embossing Powder
  • 3D Foam Adhesive

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Sneak Preview - Day 14

The Big Celebrations stamp set has some fun additions the numbers in it.  I love the word "something" and there is an "-ish" in the set too!  Perfect for a card with a little humor in it.

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I stamped the Woodgrain Background on both colors of the card base (the Burano is a little hard to see in the photo) and then I embossed the word "something" using slate ink and clear EP.  I stamped the "40" using Burano ink on the Sleepy Hollow text cardstock and then cut it out by hand.  Simple and bold, this card is perfect for just about anyone (well, anyone who is 40-something, ha ha!)
All Supplies from A Muse Studio.
  • Stamps: Big Celebrations (new!) Woodgrain Background
  • Cardstock: Burano (new!),  Bellini (new!), Slate, Sleepy Hollow
  • Inks: Burano (new!)  Bellini (new!), Slate,
  • Nestabilities Rectangle
  • Clear Embossing Powder
  • 3D Foam Adhesive

Friday, January 27, 2012

Sneak Preview - Day 13

I saw a pretty Hawaiian shirt today and it immediately inspired me!  I got my catalogs in the mail last night along with the newest release; Floral Duet.  This card uses the small solid flowers and the set also has outlined flowers and a pair of larger flowers--sooo pretty!

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Can you see the details of the background?  I stamped the Mesh Background and some of the leaves from the Charming Gardeners set in Shell ink to match the cardstock.  Then I stamped over everything with the Burano ink and stamped a separate flower to cut out and pop up on Sugar cardstock.  A little ribbon and a bit of sparkle adds the perfect touch!

All supplies from A Muse Studio.
  • Stamps: Floral Duet (new!),  Charming Gardeners (new!) Mesh Background
  • Cardstock: Shell, Burano (new!), Sugar
  • Inks: Shell, Burano (new!)
  • Ribbon: Burano (new!)
  • Twinkle Stickers: Cherry
  • 3D Foam Adhesive

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Sneak Preview - Day 12

The new numbers set is so awesome and useful for birthday cards and lots of scrapbooking pages.  I decided to make something with a little vintage feel to it.
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 Stamp the numbers haphazardly for the background using Burano ink and sponge the edges.  Stamp more numbers using Burano ink on the Sleep Hollow text cardstock.  Cut them out and edge them with your black Copic marker (just a tiny bit of ink on the edge is needed.  Then use your blender pen to smooth and blend the black into the Burano ink and create a distressed look.  The sentiment is stamped on Burano paper using Versafine ink and mounted onto some Slate paper.  The whole card is mounted onto a Seattle card base and the elements are popped up using the 3D foam. 

All Supplies from A Muse Studio.
  • Stamps: Big Celebrations (new!), Fly with Me (new!)
  • Cardstock: Seattle (new!), Kraft, Slate, Burano (new!), Sleepy Hollow
  • Inks: Burano (new!), Versafine Black
  • Copics: 0, 110
  • Sponge Daubers
  • 3D Foam Adhesive

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Spotlight Ends Tuesday Night!

Each month A Muse Studio has a special Spotlight where you can get products on sale for one month only. This month's spotlight includes the Quick and Cute Valentines set for 10% off through the end of January. See the image below for the other four sets you can get at a discount.  There's also a Limited Edition Rock Candy Paper Assortment that is on sale for $7.65 to help you make cute projects using the stamps.  Click here for more ideas using this month's spotlight.

Spotlight specials available through Jan. 31, 2012

My card today is a simple design colored by using 4 Copic colors and a blender pen. There's just a tiny bit of Cool Shadow on the inside edge of the bag and underneath his foot. Don't you love the tiny heart sticker I put in the bag for fun? The stripes are a combination of our patterned paper and a strip of our holiday washi tape. Easy Peasy and so cute!

Supplies Available from A Muse Studio
All Supplies from A Muse Studio.
  • Stamps: Quick and Cute Valentines (sale!)
  • Cardstock: Sugar, Cranberry (discontinued!), Onyx Gingham, Cherry Sweetheart
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
  • Copics: R24, E21, E37, BG10
  • Holiday Washi Tape
  • Twinkle Stickers Hearts

Quick and Cute Valentines

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Farewell Old Friends

We need to take a quick break from previews because there is only one week left to order from the current and holiday catalogs!  Some wonderful items are being discontinued and I don't want you to miss out!  Click on my A Muse Studio Website to order.
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Today's card uses two discontinued products: The Mighty Jungle stamp set and the Polka Dot Pattern Cardstock.  If you want either of these items they are only available through the end of the month and when they sell out they are gone!  The polka dot paper will be replaced by a small pin dot pattern that is printed on Sugar paper instead of the larger irregular pattern that is printed on Vanilla. 

All supplies from A Muse Studio.

  • Stamps: Mighty Jungle (retiring!)
  • Cardstock: Vanilla, Cocoa, Polka Dots Grass (retiring!)
  • Ink: Grass, Memento Rich Cocoa
  • Copics: 0, R24, E21, E37, YG23
  • Nestabilities: Small and Large Standard Circles, Small Classic Scallop
  • French Roast Felt
  • 3D Foam Adhesive
  • Glue Dots
Mighty Jungle Stamp Set
Polka Dot Pattern Cardstock

Monday, January 23, 2012

Sneak Preview - Day 11

It's good to be Queen!  What a fun sentiment and I bet you will think of lots of fun ways to use it.  I kept it with the beautiful crown stamp and the Union Jack that are all part of the "Carry On" stamp set. 

All Supplies from A Muse Studio.
  • Stamps: Carry On (new!)
  • Cardstock: Grape (new!), Rialto (new!), Titian (new!)
  • Ink: Titian (new!), Versafine Onyx Black, Versamark
  • Silver Embossing Powder
Blast from the Past:
I thought it would be fun to give this card an 80's Punk Rock vibe so I went with a unique color scheme that reminded me of an era where kids would wear an olive drab trench coat with a black flag painted on and a purple mohawk to top their look.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Sneak Preview - Day 10

Did I tell you that Greetings Earthling is my favorite set?  What fun sci-fi cards this is going to make.  I love the sentiment "To Infinity and Beyond" that is included in the set.

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All supplies from A Muse Studio.
  • Stamps: Greetings Earthling (new!)
  • Cardstock: Bellini (new!), Rialto (new!), Lido (new!), Titian (new!), Sugar
  • Ink: Bellini (new!), Rialto (new!), Lido (new!), Memento Tuxedo Black
  • 5/8" Satin Ribbon: Bellini (new!), Rialto (new!), Lido (new!)
  • Copics: 0, Y08, Y38, G99
  • Glue Dots
  • 3D Foam Adhesive

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Sneak Preview - Day 9

How about a cheerful card for a friend?  I think that there's nothing more cheerful than orange and yellow (or Orange, Bellini and Papaya!)  Remember my hint about another glitter color?  I am using the new Orange Glitter today with the Hey Cupcake stamp set.
A Muse Studio Sneak Peek!

All Supplies from A Muse Studio.
  • Stamps: Hey Cupcake (new!), Swanky Backgrounds
  • Cardstock: Bellini Venetian Pattern (new!), Orange, Bellini (new!), Sugar, Orange Gingham
  • Inks: Bellini (new!), Papaya, Lemon Whip
  • Diamond Embossing Powder
  • Orange Glitter (new!)
  • Pumpkin Buttons
  • 1/4" Sticky Tape
  • Glue Dots
  • 3D Foam Adhesive
Fun Fact of the Day:
Bellini was a 19th-centruy opera composer and is also the name of a delightful drink made with champagne and peach.  I think some beautiful music and a breakfast cocktail is a wonderful way to start the weekend!

Friday, January 20, 2012

Sneak Preview - Day 8

Yellow (or should I say "Lido") adds a little punch to a vintage look today.  Vintage stamps have always been one of my true loves and the Come Fly with Me set has just the right mix!

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All supplies from A Muse Studio.
  • Stamps: Come Fly with Me (new!)
  • Ink: Titian (new!)
  • Cardstock: Lido (new!), Titian (new!), Pebble
  • Sponge Daubers
  • 3D Foam Tape

Fun Fact of the Day:
Lido is one of the words for "beach" in Italian and there are several towns with the prefix "Lido".  It also refers to a beach or pool area; especially on a cruise ship.  Now you know why they called it the Lido deck on the Love Boat!  "Issac, could you please bring me a drink?"

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Sneak Preview - Day 7

I wanted to feature more Pistachio for you today and I just had to combine it with a soft brown.  I'm thrilled that the Cocoa cardstock that was released for the holidays will continue as part of the A Muse Studio Signature Color palette.  I hope that means there will be matching ink too!  Did you also notice the first peek at the French Roast Glitter!?  I LOVE glitter and they just gave us 4 more colors (hmmmm...I've only shown three so far—there must still be one left to show!)

A Muse Studio Sneak Peek!
All supplies from A Muse Studio.
  • Stamps: Charming Gardeners (new!), Hand Scripted
  • Cardstock: Pistachio (new!), Cocoa, French Roast Gingham
  • Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa
  • French Roast Glitter (new!)
  • Brown & White Baker's twine
  • Copic Markers: 0, BG10, BG13
A Muse Studio Sneak Peek!
Tip of the day:
To tie the tiny bow I found it easiest to secure a flat piece of twine around the cardstock; taping it to the back.  Then I took a separate piece of twine and tied a bow using the two loop "bunny ears" method.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Sneak Preview - Day 6

This new set is probably my favorite.  I love the fun retro space theme!  This set will be fun for birthdays and cards for all my nerd friends--Beam me up!
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All supplies from A Muse Studio.
Stamps: Greetings Earthling stamp set (new!)
Ink: Navy, Memento Tuxedo Black
Cardstock: Burano (new!), Burano Venetian Pattern (new!), Blueberry, Buttercup
Copics: W2, B00, B02, 0

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Sneak Preview - Day 5

Are you feeling festive today!?  It's Birthday time!  This card shows off two new sets: "Hey Cupcake" and "On Broadway Alphabet"  It also features some of the new Signature colors: Grapefruit, Pistachio & Grape.
A Muse Studio Sneak Peek!
This card started out simple, because I was going to stamp it all on a Pistachio card front.  But then I decided the candles needed to be white so I could get just the right colors with my Copics.  And I didn't like the way I stamped the alpha for "Happy" So I decided to cut the letters out individually after stamping with Grape and embossing with the Diamond.  The "Birthday" from Hey Cupcake needed to be matted to make it stand out and then the row of candles...well, those candles just weren't going to make me happy until I cut each and every one of them and mounted them!  So it took much longer than I thought it would but I love the results!

All supplies from A Muse Studio.
  • Stamps: Hey Cupcake (new!), On Broadway Alphabet (new!)
  • Cardstock:  Grapefruit (new!), Pistachio (new!), Grape (new!) and Sugar
  • Inks: Grape (new!), Onyx, Memento Tuxedo Black
  • Diamond Embossing Powder
  • 3D Foam Squares
  • Copic markers: 0, W2, Y08, Y17, BG10, B02, BV00, R32
Tip of the Day:
Have you tried our 3D Foam Mounting Squares yet?  I use them on almost every card I make and they are pre-cut in different sizes to make them so convenient!  The smallest size was perfect for the candles and alpha and saved me time since I didn't have to cut each piece to fit!  There are 442 pieces in a package for $3.95 so I think it's a great buy!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Sneak Preview - Day 4

I wanted a simple and elegant card to send to a friend.  Today's design fits the bill. I added just the right amount of glitter to the flowers so they would sparkle without overwhelming.  It also gave me a chance to show off two new Signature Colors (Pistachio and Seattle) along with new stamps and the new Champagne Glitter! 

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Isn't the sentiment lovely?

"Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom." 
~ Marcel Proust

Supplies from A Muse Studio.
  • Stamps: Charming Gardner (new!)
  • Cardstock: Pistachio (new!), Seattle (new!)
  • Ink: Pistachio (new!), Seattle (new!), Onyx
  • Champagne Glitter (new!)
Just for fun I made three more of this design using some of our other pastel colors.  Counterclockwise, from the top left you have Winter Sky, Lemon Whip, Pistachio, and Blush.  All are mounted on Seattle Paper.

A Muse Studio Sneak Peek!
You can see how nicely the Pistachio fits in with the pastels and it's really the perfect "baby-shower green"  Seattle is a mid-tone, warm grey and it fits exactly between our Pebble and Slate colors (you can see the Pebble in the background here for comparison).

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Sneak Preview - Day 3

Today I wanted to share one of the stamps from the "Charming Gardeners" set.  You'll be seeing a lot of this set because it is so pretty!

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I stamped the large fern on Sugar paper in Burano (light, bright red), Bellini (light orange), and Grapefruit (warm, bright pink) ink.  See how nicely the Grapefruit pairs with other colors?  I matted each one against cardstock to match the ink and then mounted it with foam tape onto Slate paper.  Sentiment from the "Essential Sentiments" set is stamped with Black Versafine ink.

All Supplies from A Muse Studio.
  • Stamps: Charming Gardners (new!)
  • Ink: Burano (new!), Bellini (new!), Grapefruit (new!), Black Versafine
  • Cardstock: Burano (new!), Bellini (new!), Grapefruit (new!),Slate, Sugar
Fun fact for the day:
Burano is an island city just off the coast of Venice in Italy.  It is famous for its brightly-colored rows of houses.  Legend has it that each house was painted a unique color so the fishermen who lived there could find their way home.  In any case it looks so beautiful and it is on my list of places I dearly want to visit!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Sneak Preview - Day 2

Are you ready for another sneak?  This time I am featuring three new products:
  • Grapefruit Cardstock
  • Lime Glitter
  • Keep Calm stamp set
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I used my 1/2" and 1/4" sticky tape to adhere the glitter, rounded the top cornet and stamped using Black Versafine ink.  Add some twinkle stickers (I used the lime ones and large clear ones colored with Copic YG23) and you're done!

I really like the Grapefruit color; it fits right between our Watermelon and Bubblegum colors.  It looks terrific paired with Grass or Lime, Ocean, Blueberry or our new Bellini.

All supplies from A Muse Studio.
  • Stamps: Keep Calm (new!)
  • Cardstock: Grapefruit (new!)
  • Ink: Onyx
  • Lime Glitter (new!)
  • Lime Twinkle Stickers
  • 1/4" and 1/2" sticky tape 
  • Corner Rounder 

Friday, January 13, 2012

Sneak Preview!

 Are you excited about the A Muse Studio catalog coming out next month?  We got to order some special sneak preview items to show off!
A Muse Studio Sneak Peek!
These cards feature the new Venetian Limited-Edition Color Palette.  These five stunning new colors are going to be some of my favorites this year for sure!  All cards are mounted on a Titian brown base and use the black and white baker's twine.  The Eiffel Tower and Postmark are from the Come Fly with Me stamp set and are stamped in Titian ink (except the green one which I stamped in Versamark Black).  

A Muse Studio Sneak Peek!
 Colors from left to right are: Burano (electric red), Bellini (soft orange), Rialto (olive green) and Lido (curry yellow).  Starting on Feb 1 you will be able to purchase the solid and patterned cardstock, satin ribbon, ink and reinkers.

All card supplies from A Muse Studio.
  • Stamps: Fly with me (new!)
  • Cardstock: Venetian patterns (new!), Venetian Solids (new!)
  • Ink: Titian (new!), Versafine Black
  • French Roast and White Baker's Twine
  • Sponge Daubers
A Muse Studio Sneak Peek!
I used some of my scraps to make a fun ATC using the stamp set too!  I used a discontinued French Script stamp in Bellini over the Bellini cardstock, but don't worry--A Muse Studio sells one almost exactly like it! Eiffel Tower and postmark are stamped in Versafine Black and the border pattern is part of the postmark stamped in Titian on Cranberry.  The airmail border is stamped with Burano on Sugar cardstock and the sentiment is Titian on Burano cardstock.  Edges are sponged with Titian.  I'm not sure if the sentiment is a blessing or a curse; I guess it depends on who gets it, ha ha!

ATC supplies from A Muse Studio.
  • Stamps: Fly with me (new!)
  • Cardstock: Burano (new!), Bellini  (new!), Cranberry, Sugar
  • Ink: Burano (new!), Bellini (new!)Titian (new!),Versafine Black
  • Sponge Daubers

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Studio Stampers Blog Hop - January

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Welcome to the Studio Stampers January blog hop.  If you are joining us in the hop you should have come from Angela, if not why not start at the beginning with Karen?

We are getting ready to say goodbye to some of my favorite A Muse Studio products to make room for new things.  

Today my thank-you card features the Sushi & Wasabi stamp set.  If you love it make sure to get it quickly because once it sells out you will be sad!  The same thing with the Cranberry cardstock that is matted behind the main image.  For details please see the discontinued list on my A Muse Studio site.

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Card Details
Cardstock: Blush, Cranberry
Stamps: Sushi & Wasabi
Ink: Memento Black
Copic Markers: R24, RV14
Baker's Twine: Red & White

Your next stop is:

Here is the hop list:
Lianna Vigil  - You Are Here