Friday, June 27, 2008
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
While Mother Nature has brought us good weather, we've also had some sad occassions. A wonderful man from our church died recently so I created a sympathy card for his wife and adult son. Another woman's husband suffered a second stroke and she needed a card, too. I saw my friend, Linnea (it was her FIL that died) on Sunday at church and she said my card was the first they received and she loved so much that it was something I created. Here's a pic of the three cards together.
The cards were all done using SU stamps but there's an A Muse sentiment on one of them. All the notecard bases were done with A Muse notecards, too. Unfortunately, I have 2 more sympathy cards I need to make for another friend who has just lost her mother. On a positive note, though, a young couple at my church had their baby so I get to make a card for a happy occasion.
Here's a happy card for no occasion at all! I think sometimes we forget that it's great to send cards 'just because.' Everyone like to get happy mail so I'd like to encourage all of you to just send a card for no reason and make someone's day a little bit brighter. A Muse stamps and products make it so easy to produce a quick, cute card that is sure to brighten up a day.
I didn't quite get the wheelbarrow close enough to the Madeira 'grass' so it looks like it's floating a little bit but you get the picture. I hope you all have a bee-utiful day!
Saturday, June 21, 2008
My nephew Mark and his wife Darcie are expecting their second baby next month. I bought an adorable little outfit at Janie and Jack, which is a very cute little boutique baby shop. Apparently the outfit was so cute that my niece, Alysia, also bought it for their baby. Ha! Anyway, the little shopping bags and gift boxes from Janie and Jack are beautifully patterned...very Laura Ashley like, I think. I knew right away that I had some patterned paper in my stash that was a perfect match and pulled out my Sheep set from The Saltbox Studio to make a baby card for the shower I attended today. Here's a picture of the shopping bag, gift box, and my card:
And here's a picture of the card by itself:
This patterned paper might look familiar to you. I used it on this pocket card back in April. This fabulous paper is from the Baby 2 Bride collection by Graphic 45. The notecard base is Blush Blossom and the patterned paper is layered onto Groovy Guava by Stampin Up. I stamped the fence from the Saltbox fence set, then stamped the sheep onto a scrap of paper, colored it, cut it out, then mounted it so it looks like it's jumping the fence. I stamped the little stars using So Saffron by Stampin Up, then added a little bit of twinkle with a Clear atyou Spica Glitter Pen. The sentiment was made using a combination of stamps from Saltbox (Sheep sayings). The peach stitched ribbon from A Muse was a perfect match to complete the final touch on the card. I love the end result.
Just a reminder that there are a few things wrapping up tomorrow:
Clue Game - ends Sunday June 22
Challenge 3 - Out of the Box challenge with Elena - ends Sunday June 22
Mystery Hostess - Twinkle Time challenge with Taylor - ends Sunday June 22
Next week brings a new game, new challenge, and new Mystery Hostess! Remember, you must be a registered Amuse-a-palooza participant to win!
I've added my Amuse-a-palooza schedule to the right column. Be sure to check it out and get signed up. I would love to see you there!
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Keeping Amy's Layout Challenge in mind, I created this card for my 2nd grader's teacher and included a gift card to a local coffee company. They have a drive through coffee stand, as well as a coffee/sandwich shop further toward 'Old Town' where she can sit outside and enjoy the view while slurpin up some java or something.
Now for my 5th grader's teacher, I made this card. His teacher plays electric guitar and he's in his early to mid 30s, I would guess. I thought he might appreciate an iTunes giftcard. I found one that said 'Thank you' on it and included it in this pocket card. You can't see it but I stamped the large and small A Muse Asterisks in red, on the red pocket. I love Lexi's Warhol-ish take on the rockstar image and had to use it here.
It's been a fabulous school year. I feel so lucky to have a school so close by with the most amazing teaching staff. I'm a little nervous about Middle School in the fall but I'm sure everything will work out fine. For now, I'm ready to enjoy summer...now I just need the sun and warm weather to catch up.
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
I did my best to embarrass him by whooping VERY LOUDLY when his name was called. haha. Then I blew kisses to him while his friends were watching. He could hardly look at me with a straight face.
Now, if you're playing along on the Amuse-A-Palooza blog, you know there's a game of Clue going on. The clue I'm sharing with you today is NOT one of the correct answers. If you check here, here, here, and here you will find other clues to help you make some guesses. Be sure to follow the rules of the game.
Here's your clue:
Elena has also posted an 'Out of the Box' Challenge here. You have until midnight Sunday, June 22 to play along.
Monday, June 16, 2008
Friday, June 13, 2008
Thursday, June 12, 2008
- being from new england... vera bradley is HUGE!!! create a card using this vera bradley print as inspiration.
- The card must feature at least one (1) A Muse stamp image.
- Upload your card to the gallery on Splitcoaststampers.com, taking care to include the keyword AP08INSP in the photo description or keyword box.
- When you're finished, copy the url/link of your upload and post it in the comments area of this post by midnight, Sunday June 15th.
If you head on over to this post on the A-Muse-A-Palooza blog, you can get all the details you need to participate.
Now don't do what I did. I had misunderstood the Inspiration Challenge. I thought I was supposed to make a card from something that inspired me, rather than making a card inspired by the actual Vera Bradley bag. I was just playing around in my craft room and started making this little card. I realized how much it looked like my favorite garbage can, which is in my craft room. I know...kinda weird to have a favorite garbage can but I've had this thing since I was like, 5, and it's traveled everywhere I've ever lived. I'm quite attached to it.
So, get crack-a-lackin' and post your creations AS PER THE INSTRUCTIONS!!!
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Monday, June 9, 2008
So I must first apologize for the poor quality of this picture. The sun has not come out yet and I just couldn't get enough lighting to make this turn out right. Anyway, my oldest son's baseball team played in the in-house championship tournament yesterday evening and came away undefeated in both regular season and in the playoffs. 100% undefeated! Way to go team!! You truly are champions! They have worked so hard all season and really deserved to come away the winners. They had 6 shutouts in 13 games, scored 160+ runs, and only gave up 30 runs against them. I must say, though, it will be nice to have a little breather from baseball.
You must head over to the Amuseapalooza blog today as a few winners have been named....is one of them you?! Keep your eye on the contests, challenges, and drawings for a chance to be a future winner.
You might also want to head over to The Saltbox Studio (link in my sidebar). I believe today is the release of the Hens and Chicks set. This looks to be a fabulously cute set...have you seen all the samples done by the Design Team? Waaay cute! I'll be posting a sample this week for sure!
Thursday, June 5, 2008
- Create a card using the colors: Chocolate Kitchen, Cabana Blue, and Purple Passion (yes, you must use all 3 colors!) Edited to add: you may use similar colors if you don't have these.
- The card must feature at least one (1) A Muse stamp image.
- Upload your card to the gallery on Splitcoaststampers.com, taking care to include the keyword AP08COLOR in the photo description or keyword box.
- When you're finished, copy the url/link of your upload and post it in the comments area of this post by midnight Sunday, June 8th.
You may submit more than one entry for this challenge. The more you create, the more chances you have to win!
Have you all already started playing along? If not, you need to! All registered AP participants that play the challenge and enter their card as directed above, will have their names entered into a random drawing for a fabulous prize from A Muse! Who can pass that up?
Here's my card:
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Monday, June 2, 2008
I had a busy weekend full of baseball. Sunday was Family Fun Day and one of the kids pitching left me with a lovely souvenir.....a big purple bruise on my shin. It didn't hurt that bad so I didn't look at it until after about an hour and was shocked to see a huge egg under my skin and an ugly purple bruise to go with it. I'm happy to say the swelling has gone down but I think the bruise will be around for a while.
I got a lot of stamping done this weekend but haven't had a chance to take pictures of any of my cards so I'll have to leave you with this one, already in my picture stash. There's a new Saltbox in-between release coming soon so today's card uses Saltbox Studio images.