Sunday, July 29, 2007

A little bird

I found this little stamp in the dollar section of Michael's. Very simple, very quick. I've been experimenting with scalloped edges and different techniques. I picked up this month's 'Stamp of the Month' from my local stamp store, Stamp Antonio and this was my first chance to play with it. Also I love cutting things with my craft knife; I made a mask of this bird in case I ever needed it.

images: Studio G, Sassafrass Border. ink: colorbox. punches: Marvy

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Polka Dots on the Brain...

This card was inspired by the tiny polka dot A Muse pretty little papers. I think their dots are farther apart on the design but it comes pretty close to it. It's for a birthday tomorrow, hope she likes it!

Sentiment and Gift Stamp: A Muse. Background polka dots: Hero Arts. Ink: Colorbox. Ribbon: Strano Designs.

Big, Bigger, Biggest

I wanted to play with some new tools I got from Stampin Up, I picked up the slit punch and the word window. I used to the slit punch to scallop the edges of my card and used the word window to punch out the sentiment. The word window was a bit smaller than expected but it'll work. I added red to the inside of the card because I wanted more of a fire look to it. Then I used my faithful Marvy punches for the right emphasis on the grill.
Images and Sentiment: A Muse. Punches: Marvy Uchida. Paper: A Muse. Ink: Colorbox & Tombow Markers

For my husband...

simply said

Okay maybe not so simple, I wanted to talk real quick about what I did on this card. I've wanted to play with the masking technique for a while and it was fun. See how the tree is in front of the This also my first attempt at an A Muse scene card! Also I think I've got my sun issues under control.

Images: A Muse. Sentiment: Hampton Arts. Ink: Colorbox & Prismacolor. Paper: A Muse

Should have been quick a quick one

This was supposed to be a quick card. I had a simple design, just a few elements. What took the longest was finding a stamp I lost! After 30 minutes of searching I gave up, it's lost to the Abyss. I was looking for a stamp that said 'Happy Birthday Little Lady' which I thought would be perfect for this sweet dress. No luck so I used this one, not bad but not was I was going for. Other that I love purple so I tend to use quite a bit.

Images: Stamping Bella. Sentiment: A Muse. Paper: A Muse. Ink: Colorbox & Prismacolor. Punches: Marvy Uchida

A Return Normalcy

My little one is feeling better so I was able to work on some cards. Here's the first of three...

The only thing I felt I had to mention about this card was the fact that I cheated...on the ribbon. I struggle constantly with ribbon issues, the perfect bow always seems to allude me. So I cut a long piece of ribbon and glued it down. Then I tied a bow and glued it down to get perfect placement. I've mentioned this product before but it really saved me with my ribbon issues, I attached the link below. This stuff dries like cement!

Images: A Muse Art Stamps. Paper: A Muse. Ribbon: Strano Designs. Glue: Ribbon Stiff. Punches: Marvy Uchida

Friday, July 27, 2007

Free Goodies

Be sure to check out Simone's blog for some free goodies, all you have to do is leave a comment to be entered into the drawing. There are tons of pictures from the CHA convention last weekend. My favorite item listed was the MM embellishment organizer.

Daily Dose of Spazz

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

To Sentiment or Not To Sentiment

So let's discuss the obvious's a dark card for a baby gift/shower. I know but don't let the black fool you; it's a great mix of warm and cool colors. Second, I have an insane number of stamps, INSANE, but I could not find the right sentiment to go with this card. I wanted some sort of 'Reatil Therapy' saying but I had nothing! So I choose not to settle and left it blank.

Images: Stamping Bella. Ink: Colorbox, Prismacolor. Paper: American Crafts. Brads: MM.

New A Muse Sentiment

I bought this reindeer stamp last Christmas and used it for my Christmas cards. Once I saw this sentiment from A Muse I knew I had to break it out. Lots of circles, lots of dots!

Images: A Muse art stamps. Punch: Marvy Uchida. Ink: Sakura Gel Pens, Colorbox, Prismacolor. Paper: A Muse

Under the Weather

My little one has been under the weather for a few days and will be for a few more. Since I'm staying at home with him I'm making cards during naps or downtime. This was the first time I've been able to update so here it goes.

I know I shouldn't say this but I love this card, I think it's my favorite card I've ever done. I think it's the colors but it totally makes me smile. I tried something a little different with the background, I used scalloped scissors to give it some flair. Blame on the Marvy punches for me wanting a scalloped edge on anything I do! The stamp is a 'Bella'...sheer gorgiousity! I feel like she needed heels but if she just came from the garden why would she be wearing heels. Other than my sister, she wears heels to brush her teeth.

Last but not least I got the idea for grounding the Bella stamp from Amy Rysavy, here's a link to her site.

Images: Stamping Bella. Sentiment: A Muse. Ink: Colorbox, Prismacolor. Stickles

Saturday, July 21, 2007


I guess after months of talking about stamps incessantly a friend of mine decided to come over and see what the fuss was all about. I gave her a quick tutorial on the basics and she put together this amazing card...she's a natural!

Image: Bella from stamping bella. Inks: prismacolor, tombow and colorbox. Ribbon: Strano Designs & Strano ribbon adhesive. Stickles. Paper: Paper Studio

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Is it Friday yet?!

The 'JOB' has been pretty hectic this week so that doesn't leave me a lot of time to feel creative. It does leave me just enough energy to shop though! I stopped by Michael's at lunch today and picked up all 12 of the Studio G $1 stamps. They are a bit small but I could not pass them up, they even had tiny acrylic blocks to use with them. Run out and get em before they are all gone!

Friday's just around the corner...

Sunday, July 15, 2007

New Stuff

I just got some new stuff from Stampin Up so I thought I'd take it out for a whirl. There I go again with the huge sun, definetly need to work on that. Other than than I really like the two sets together. Rough day...that's all I can muster for the day.

Images and sentiment: Stampin up, Inks: Prismacolor, VersaMark and Colorbox.

Friday, July 13, 2007

I almost forgot...

In all the A Muse craziness I completly forgot about the Bella stamps I received. This is my first chance to work with the Bellas and they are super duper CUTE!

I know this card is pretty simple, it should have taken about 15 minutes but I spent well over an hour on this card. Chalk it up to my newbie status. It was also the first time I was able to work with Prismacolor Markers...fabulous! I intially had to heavy a hand with the markers so I was drawing outside the lines like a four year old. By the third time I had figured out how to work them. So all in all this is my style...simple and basic.

Images: Bella Stamps, Dotted Paper & sentiment: A Muse, Ink: Prismacolor Markers & Colorbox

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Baby/Wedding Shower

I needed a card for a baby shower and a wedding shower; this is what I came up with. I'm pretty sure I'm going to use this one for the wedding shower because I'd like to do something a little more baby centric. Hopefully I can finish the other card tonight!

Monday, July 9, 2007

Mini Challenge- 9 Stamps Card 2

I thought this was a pretty tough challenge, make a card with 9 stamps. That's a lot of stamps! So for my second card I drew my inspiration from the Mexican Bingo cards called 'Loteria'. I wanted to write the Spanish word under each item but as I mentioned I only have 8th grade Spanish under my belt so that didn't work out the way I planned. Next I wanted to come up with a sentiment to hand write but I couldn't settle on one. The only deliberate placement on the card was the Love Potion Number 9 stamp because in the center of things baby, it's starts with LOVE!

Any thoughts/suggestions on a cute sentiment???

Images: Amuse Art Stamps, Ink: Colorbox, Punch: Marvy

Mini Challenge- 9 Stamps Card 1

This is the first card I created for the mini challenge this week. So I went for the obvious choice...the months of the year. I didn't have a sentiment that said what I wanted so I had to free hand it in the end. Most of the months don't need explaining but two. The party hat is for July because it's my birthday month! The mariachi head for September celebrates 'Diez Y Sies' which I remember from my 8th grade Spanish class and that's about it.

Images: Amuse, Ink: Colorbox, Circle: Creative Memories Circle Cutter

Sunday, July 8, 2007

A-MUSE-A-PALOOZA Challenge 10 ATC 9

This is the last of the ATC's I submitted for this challenge and my least favorite. I had an idea in my head of where I was going with ATC but I got lost somewhere along the way. I think it was after my husband told me he didn't like the striped paper behind the butterfly image. It's probably that comment that's hidden in the back of my head that makes think maybe it was too much after all. So there it goes you were right, Honey!

Images and sentiment: Amuse Art Stamps, Ink: Colorbox, Paper: American Crafts

A-MUSE-A-PALOOZA Challenge 10 ATC 8

If you haven't been able to tell there are two tools I use more than any. That would be my heat gun for embossing and my scalloped punches.I've read on different threads that embossing is a pretty old technique but I love the look and feel of raised ink off the paper. In this ATC I used VersaMark to imprint 'oh baby' behind the image to add more to the card. I knew I was going with boy colors so I was trying to stay away from ribbon or flower embellishments.

Now my love affair with the Marvy punches will probably continue for some time. Almost any stamp that I have fits perfectly into one of the punches. I will try to be creative with these in the but I'm not making any promises.

Image and sentiments: Amuse Art Stamps, Ink: VersaMark and Colorbox

A-MUSE-A-PALOOZA Challenge 10 ATC 7

Yesterday I was reading another card blog from someone that submitted an item for the Amuse challenge. They were talking about the their stuff not being crooked it was just the angle that the photo was taken. Well I think it's my cards and photo angles that are crooked! Sometimes I get to far into something and if I mess up it's just too late to start over. In the end I think it adds character and realism at least that's what I tell myself.

The other cool thing about this ATC is this is my first attempt at watercoloring with my markers. I know lots of firsts but it gives me a chance to pr active. Overall I liked the effect of a soft look to the outline of the stamps. Now I'm not sure what's going on with that humongaloid sun but I was going for a shaded effect around the edges. From the looks of this sun, it appears to be an ozone alert day...someone get those flowers outta there!

I realized that I already professed my love for my favorite A Muse stamp yesterday but I completely forgot about 'Mikey'. How could I forget adorable Mikey, so today I declare Mikey as my favorite stamp of the day!

Images and sentiment: A Muse Art Stamps, Markers: Tombow, Ink: Colorbox

Saturday, July 7, 2007

A-MUSE-A-PALOOZA Challenge 10 Card 6

Sakura gel pens are smacktacular! Instead of coloring in the drinks with markers I used the pens and was pleasantly surprised. It's a great glossy look for drinks. These are obviously the kind of drinks you order on vacation or during Happy Hour. I took creative license with the orange drink I can't say I've ever seen one.

This was my last of the ATC's I came up with today. I have a few more ideas for tomorrow, hopefully I can get to them.

Image from Amuse, Marvy Scallop Punch, Sakura Gel Pens and Colorbox Ink.

A-MUSE-A-PALOOZA Challenge 10 Card 5

More fabulous ribbon from Strano Designs, again totally inspired the colors for the card. I used my tombow markers on the car but as you can see it left lots of streaking on the car. I just 'won' an Ebay auction for new markers so I hope to have better luck with those. I love the idea of winning on Ebay even though I didn't actually win the item. The sentiment is a bit crooked but what can you do!

Images and sentiment from Amuse, Marvy Scalloped Pucnhes and Ribbon from Strano Designs.

A-MUSE-A-PALOOZA Challenge 10 Card 4

Peeps...what's to say about those little puffed marshmallow devils. To this day I cannot stomach a peep after an all you can eat encounter with pink peeps when I was younger. But the phrase 'Peeps' is a favorite saying of mine, like most people I'm sure. So this ATC goes out to all my know who you are.

When I worked on started working on these this morning, I had just received my order from Strano Designs ( This particular ribbon inspired the color palette for this particular card.

Images and sentiment from Amuse Art Stamps, Ribbon from Strano Designs, Markers from Tombow, Ink from Colorbox.

A-MUSE-A-PALOOZA Challenge 10 Card 3

Another ATC, pretty straight forward on this one. I liked the idea of stamping Captain Jack into the screen of the TV because Pirates of the Caribbean was one of my favorite movies this summer. I added a few brads to give the TV a little oomph!

Images, sentiments and paper by Amuse Art Stamps. Brads from the MM.

A-MUSE-A-PALOOZA Challenge 10 Card 2

This is one of my favorite stamps from Amuse, I love the roundness of the pregnant belly. I stamped the image on the striped paper that you see under neath the green punch. The paper was glossy so I had a hard time with the ink smearing on the paper. I was able to cut out the main part of the dress and adhere it to the stamp. It left a bit of pink ink on the outside edges but I smudged it to give it a softer look. Love these colors!

Images and sentiment from Amuse Art Stamps, Marvy Uchida Scallop Punch, and Colorbox ink.

A-MUSE-A-PALOOZA Challenge 10 Card 1

When I saw the A Muse challenge I was a little worried. I'm barely getting used to creating cards and they throw a curve ball my way, to create something other than a card. I found myself thinking about this challenge most of this week and came up with the ATC. Being new to stamping I had no idea what an ATC was so here are my best attempts at creating Artist Trading Cards. This ATC was inspired my crazy sister, her super crazy husband and all their 'mexiCANness'.

Images and sentiment by Amuse Art Stamps, Colorbox Ink, and Stickles by Ranger.

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Boys are Gross!!

Let's start at the beginning...I have a two year old son that I love dearly but seriously boys are gross. For about two days there was this smell that I could not wash away from him. I bathed him about three times a day and wiped him with baby wipes all day. Nothing could get rid of the smell so we gave in and took him to the doctor. So what are you supposed to say when the nurse asks why you need the appointment? 'My kid stinks, please help!!' After she stopped laughing at me I had my appointment. Fast forward to the appointment, the doctor checks his ears as a precaution then on to the nose. And the words I feared the most came next 'FOREIGN OBJECT'. Ewwwwwwwwwwww!!! He wasn't sure how long it had been up there but that's what was causing the smell. I promised my little one a lollipop if he let the Dr. look up his nose, which he was more than happy to oblige. Believe me I wanted to look away but since my husband wasn't there I knew I had to look because he was going to ask a thousand questions. So out came a skinny piece of blue foam and up came a bit of my lunch. I have been warned this is the first of many of these escapades!

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Craft Window

From what I can tell most people are able to dedicate a whole room to their scrapbook/stamping supplies. There are two reasons I'm not able to do this just yet...1. Before my son was born I took up cake decorating as a hobby. I went to classes, bought a bunch of pans and supplies. Two years later the supplies are stuffed in my pantry and I only use them for special occasions. Needless to say my husband is worrying this is another passing fancy. I have to admit I started scrapbooking primarily and have moved more to stamping side. I think I read a magazine that featured some of the A Muse stamps and I was hooked. 2. We don't have the extra space right now but soon hopefully. So I've made do with the space I do have, my kitchen's bay window. This was a space that was previously used by my cat, he has since taken up residence on my couch.

All of the white containers are from Target with the exception of the one that holds stamps. I love, love, love the Target containers. I originally found a similiar type of storage system at M's but it was double the price.

The stamp/inkpad holder was from a company in Canada that I found on Ebay. This was my original stamp collection until a few weeks ago.

The eight clear containers are the rest of my stamps, all A Muse. When I have the space I hope to display them to make them easier to work with. It's a work in progress but it's mine!

Sunday, July 1, 2007

Cards from A-Muse-A-Palooza Challenge 9 Card 5

I think this was my favorite card of the challenge since Cupcakes are a fantasical pick me up!!
Sentiment Stamps: A Muse, Ribbon: Michael's, Paper: American Crafts, Punch: Marvy. Stickles for a sparkly look.

Cards from A-Muse-A-Palooza Challenge 9 Card 4

I cut a piece of turquoise paper in half so I suppose I felt obliged to use the other half. I believe I even used the same color scheme of Pink, Turquoise and Lime Green. So much for creativity after 11pm. Again wanted to add an additional sentiment to 'Sunny Days' but I did not have the stamp to say what I needed so I free handed it.
Stamps: A Muse, Punch: Marvy, Ribbon: Creative Express

Cards from A-Muse-A-Palooza Challenge 9 Card 3

This was my first foray into the world of Ultra Fine glitter. I painted the glue onto the stamped image and dropped the glitter on. Glitter away!!!

Since this was a ribbon challenge I had a hard time finding ribbon that matched really well. So I just added two accent pieces but I'm not completely sold on the fact they belong. I seem to be draw to orange, brown and blue right now. Today I bought three spools of ribbon from M's and when I was paying I noticed that all three had these colors in common.

Stamps: A Muse, Punch: Marvy

Cards from A-Muse-A-Palooza Challenge 9 Card 2

So I saw this duck family and wanted to use them. But I didn't have a cute saying, I knew what I wanted to say but I'm not fond of my own writing. So off to M's I go and I came across this 10 space old timey office looking stamp. Like the kind you see in movies where someone stamps 'Rejected' on a bank loan or something. I thought it would be perfect but to my surprise it was not. The letters were way too far apart so I find my self struggling to read the caption clearly. says 'Let's get together'. I guess I'm going to have to work on my writing...

Stamps: A Muse Art Stamps, Punches: Marvy, Ribbon: Clearance from M's.

Cards from A-Muse-A-Palooza Challenge 9 Card 1

So this is the first of six cards I made for the A-Muse-A-Palooza Challenge. This was first time I played with Liquid Applique; it was really cool to see the white puff up off the page. I'm thinking about ordering a few different colors to see what else I use it for. So the moon in very generic but I found a neat way to make a better moon. Stamping Scoops '' created a card called Fly me to the moon. From the notes she uses the CM circle cutter to mask a perfect circle for the moon. I used an oblong stamp from another set and cut it out. My Mom thought I should draw a face on the moon but I was thinking it might have one touch too many.

Stamps: A Muse Art Stamps, Marvy Punches, Creative Express Ribbon, and White Liquid Applique.