Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Challenged by challenges

This is a card I made for a challenge. Which challenge I have no idea - I do know it never got posted, so I probably missed the deadline, which is something I do A LOT.   One of the reasons I started a blog in the first place was to be able to participate in challenges, so why do I have such issues with actually doing it?  It's one of the worlds mysteries...
Anyhow, this card was in the package of cards which went off to Operation Write Home this week.  Most of the cards I make end up with this organization which I am proud to support.  If you are looking for a home for some of your creations, please check out their website and consider sending some love their way.
Also included in the bundle of happiness was a bunch of Halloween cards - they had to be in the shippers hands by the end of August in order to make it out to the troops in time for them to send them home for October, if you see what I mean.
I'm saving those for Spooky September, so I had to dig deep to find a card to share, which leads me back to this lonely card which never got posted .  See, I did have a point!
Thanks for all the ribbon suggestions.  I knew I couldn't be alone with that challenge either.
And Lynne, I wish we lived closer too.  I suspect we would have a lot of fun!

All supplies: A Muse Studio

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Bow Making blues

Only another card maker can relate to the bow making blues....
This card is for my future DIL, whom I adore.  She's a bit of a hippy chick and I thought this adorable Saturated Canary image would just be perfect for her.  I've sort of swayed away from the coloring during this 100 cards challenge because it takes me so long to color images that I don't even want to stop to calculate how long it might take me to produce 100 cards with colored images.   So today was a nice change (and this is card 100.71, just for the record)  And I knew going in to it it was going to take me longer and I was fine with that - because the card was special.  What I didn't take into account was how long it was going to take me to get the bow the way I wanted it!  I hope I'm not alone in tying and retying and tweaking and cutting and trimming.  And it's still not entirely the way I wanted it, but the ends were fraying (not to mention my temper) and I knew if I chopped much more off of them, I'd end up having to start all over again and that would not have been a good thing at all.
So that's the tale of my bow making blues... please tell me someone out there can relate?

Thursday, August 23, 2012

WT389 - Head In The Clouds

This was for the Ways to Use It Challenge on Splitcoast Stampers, find a way to use clouds.  The cloud die is one of my favorites so I couldn't resist joining in.  And I think my love of polka dot cardstock has been well documented here as well.  I colored the little house from the Hero Arts set  with my sadly neglected Copic markers - almost forgot how to use them!
Forgive the lighting - it's been dark and dismal most of the day here as the storm clouds gather overhead.  
Edited to add:  the cloud die is by A Muse Studio - set of 2 for $5.95

Sunday, August 19, 2012

A Muse Challenge - using felt

Angie is our A Muse Studio challenge  hostess this week, and she challenged us to use felt somewhere on our card.  This is the first time I've used felt with our dies and I was very pleased with the results.  Nice clean cuts with no frayed edges and I had no problem at all running it through the machine. ( I use a Vagabond)  The bat is the smallest die in the Big Bat trio, a set of Spellbinder dies exclusive to A Muse Studio, and for the orange moon I used one of the Nestabilities standard circle which we also carry.
The cards also feature the Nevermore stamp  set and the orange and cherry splash inks.  All of these things were on my first order from our new Holiday Hoopla catalog which can be viewed in the side bar.  I am having the hardest time not ordering one of everything in it....

Saturday, August 11, 2012

In case you didn't know.....

....I love Halloween!  I love the colors, the images, the decorations , just the all around spookiness of it all.  I tell you this in fair warning of the fact that between now and October there may be an abundance of the theme showing up here because I have way more than my fair share of Halloween stamp sets and every year i add to them because  I HAVE NO WILLPOWER. 

And because people keep coming out with stuff to tempt me.  Lookie...

Bat dies.  There was no resisting these beauties, although I really did try.  For about 2 days actually and then I gave in.  Resistance was, in fact, futile.  I have the MS bat punch which has seen more than its fair share of use, but it  only gives you small bats.  Go large, I say.  And i did.

There are actually 3 dies in the set, which is made by Spellbinders exclusively for A Muse Studio.   They are batiful, am I wrong?

I really, really tried to hold off with the Halloween stuff until at least September.  I had it all planned - Spooky September and all that - can we consider this a sneak peek at Spooky September?

Friday, August 10, 2012

August Spotlight

One of the (many) things I like about A Muse is the monthly spotlight, which features a bunch of sets at spotlight (read sale) prices, together with an assortment pack of cardstock , which is also at a reduced price.  It's a great way to build your collection of colors without having to buy a whole pack at a time.   I pretty much always end up adding a pack and, if I'm being honest, I pretty much always end up with at least one of the featured sets too because the price is just too good to pass up!

One of this month's featured sets is "enjoy the ride".  This set has been mine since the 2012 catalog came out.  It was on my very first order because I loved it so much and this card was one of the first things I made with it.  Quick and cute, my favorite type of card!

Happy Friday, y'all.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Card A Day Bloggers

Although I've fallen a bit behind in my 100 cards in 100 days project, some of my fellow challenge participants are already done.  Over achieve much, ladies??

There have been so many other good things happen with the challenge, other than the card making.  We've made new friends, learned new things, added more goodies to the wish lists and cheered each other - so much so, that the quick finishers decided they wanted the fun to continue on and now we have a new group,  the Card A Day Bloggers, so we can carry the friendships and encouragement on even after the 100 days is up.

Our first group challenge was from Bexx, my fellow Brit;  a London Calling Challenge:

Anything BRITISH goes... think cups of tea, buses, the Olympics, Big Ben, the weather, moaning... 

I was all over it!  A Muse has some very British stamp sets in the main catalog this year, which I immediately ordered and then didn't really know what to do with. This was a great excuse to use them, so I totally went to town with them.

And I've tipped just over the 50 card mark with around 30 days left to the finish mark.  It's still do-able right?

Sunday, August 5, 2012

A Muse Studio Red, White and Blue Challenge

The Olympics are in full swing and I'm glued to the TV for hours, cheering on people I don't know, playing sports I've never watched before.  I get totally caught up in the emotion of it all, whether it's the happy emotion of watching athletes achieve their dream or the sadder emotion of watching those dreams crushed - the tissues are right beside me and generally very much needed.  I'm originally from the UK, but have lived in the US for a long, long time so I have two teams to cheer on , which leads to double the drama.

So in spirit of the games and to honor the achievements of  the athletes from both my countries, the A Muse Studio  challenge this week is to make a card using red, white and blue.

 As soon as I saw these sets in the 2012 catalog, I knew they had to be mine!  The above card is made with the set "stamp on" embossed on to cherry red card.  Very quick and easy!

The card below is from the aptly named "british invasion"  It's full of very British images and sayings and so appropriate for the theme of the challenge

t's such an exciting time for A Muse Studio - August 1st saw the launch of our Holiday Hoopla, the 2012 holiday catalog.  If you haven't seen one, click on the link on right hand side bar to see the download.  But be warned, your craft budget may well be blown by the time you are done - there are so many wonderful new sets!  I have a wish list a mile long!

And there is more!  There is a special stamp set , available only for Holiday Hoopla hostesses, as well as a sign up special.   From now until September 30th, not only can you join the A Muse family for the discounted price of $99, but you can choose an additional stamp set to add to the standard kit contents.  It's a wonderful opportunity - if you've ever wondered, waivered or wobbled on whether or not this might be the right fit for you, now is absolutely the time to find out.  Please feel free to e-mail me if you have any questions at all.

And  please jump on over to the A Muse Challenge - you don't have to use A Muse products to play along but we love it when you do.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Down, but not out

So I suffered a little set back in the 100 cards challenge in the form of a nasty chest infection which really sucked the life out of me.  I can't believe how long it took me to get back to feeling near normal, or to have any desire to do anything creative.  Ah, well - such is life!  I don't get sick often, so I'm not going to complain too much.

 These cards were (obviously) meant to go with the Christmas in July theme I had going on.  I know it's August, but hey, what's a girl to do?

I'm hoping to get in to the craft room today - let's see if Mr. Mojo is feeling better as well!

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