Friday, April 30, 2010

Everything's Rosy!!!!


Just a quick post today.  My entire family has a nasty stomach virus so not much up for being my usual chatty self.  I have had the most fun with these 2 images- wilde rose and wilde rose branch.  I've made a couple of really neat Mother's Day cards that I hope to share soon!  It's ALWAYs A Stampin' Good Time!  Take care.

A Muse supplies:  wilde rose, wild rose branch, hello fl;  paper- robin's egg, sage;  polka dot ribbon in eucalyptus.  Other- yellow stickles, foam white EP, colorbox pigment ink- frost and apricot

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Another Helping of Beautiful Botanicals

THIS may be my favorite addition to the A Muse image family- bare branch with leaves.  Like blossom branch with bird and wreath with berries, fabulous minds at A Muse have placed the leaf stamp on the end of the branch stamp- genius!  After I stamped the branch with Memento Rich Cocoa, I stamped and stamped off random leaves on the branch to add dimension and the look of a fuller branch- much like the trees around here right now- I love spring!  The little flowers are actually made from the MS hydrangea trio punch but I thought when punched from yummy Watermelon paper, they had the look of Dogwoods- something that were everywhere growing up in Knoxville.  Little Chocolate pretty pearls and foam adhesives were the finishing accents for my dogwood look.  You will definitely want to check out the rest of the Muses blogs to see even more beautiful botanicals.  Also, be sure to stop by A Muse News at least daily for fun and prizes, yes, and these prizes aren't slacking!  It's ALWAYs A Stampin' Good Time!  Take care!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Yummy Botanicals

Welcome to Day 3 of the A Muse Birthday Bash!  It is the first day that we will be sharing from the brand new Everything's Rosy release of wood mounted stamps!  There are tons of wonderful samples on A Muse News and the Creative Team blogs so you will want to be sure to check out those.  One thing I love about checking out all of the blogs- it demonstrates how versatile these images are!  Certainly a lot of stamping bang for your buck when you can use the same image in so many different ways! 

So what do you think about the 2 new stamps I used here- Bursting Blooms and Flowers Whisper?  What a gorgeous floral silhouette those bloom make in the Memento Tangelo ink. After stamping each of the images, I stamped off to give a bit of soft dimension to the design.  A very simple card that I embellished a bit with a punched butterfly (MS) enhanced with Latte pretty pearls.  Tomorrow may just be my most favorite of the cards that I made for this release, so be sure drop by in... It's ALWAYs A Stampin' Good Time!  Take care!

A Muse Supplies:  stamps- bursting blooms, flowers whisper;  paper- apricot, latte;  other- sheer french roast ribbon, latte pretty pearls.
Other supplies- MS butterfly punch, EK Success 1' circle punch, Memento Rich Cocoa & Tangelo ink

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

HAPPY Birthday A Muse!

My biggest problem with using today's Happy Everything clear stamp set?  I had too many fun ideas running through my head and I only had time to use one!  The best description for this new set is versatility, versatility, versatility!  My new "go to" color is this yummy Watermelon 8 1/2 x 11 paper.  It seems to be showing up in so many of my designs.  Here I paired it up with some black petite gingham scallops for a fun contrast.  The ink I used for "Happy" is Palette's Boudoir Blush.  The color goes great with the paper and I love Palette inks for clear stamps!  And since you can't have a birthday without a cake, I punched a portion of a 1" circle from the bottom of the card and stamped Cupcake in the punched out space.  When you open the card you see this: 
Is this set "fontabulous" or what?  You will find more awesome ideas on A Muse News, as well as, the Creative Team blogs!  Stay tuned, this is only day 3 of our 9 day celebration!  It's ALWAYs A Stampin' Good Time!  Take care!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Vintage Amuse-bouche!

Welcome to day 1 of a fun little feature that we like to call "amuse-bouche"- a little preview of wonderous things to come with A Muse's latest release!  So ready to wet your rubbah appetite?  The first 2 days will feature 2 special clear sets  released especially for the Birthday Bash celebrating 9 awesome A Muse years! 
For day one, we have some old but dear friends returning to our collections in the form of this new Vintage clear set!  Be sure to check out A Muse News and the other Creative Team members' blogs to see what other "oldies but goodies" have returned!  So... how about this cute little kite and "what's up" sentiment!  I absolutely loved this and since a kite should fly, I paired it up with one of my favorite images- clouds!  Some quick paper piercing gives this kites traveling through the wind!  Whahoo!  It's ALWAYs A Stampin' Good Time!  Take care!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

A Muse is Turning 9!

Be sure to check out A Muse News for deets for exciting Birthday Bash fun beginning today and lasting through May 4th!  Yes!  9 days of fun for celebrating 9 wonderful A Muse filled years!  Tomorrow the Creative Team will begin with a little amuse-bouche so I will have some eye candy to share!  It's ALWAYs A Stampin' Good Time!  Take care!

Masculine Birthday

I never seem to have any masculine cards on hand and when I need one I need it right away.  A Muse sentiments are perfect inspiration for clever cards!  They truly increase the versatility of my images!  The design for this card was insprired by a card in Dave Brethauer's Card Design.  I love this book!  It showcases Dave's clean and simple style while giving tutorial for using colored pencils and water colors.  Fun stuff!  It's ALWAYs A Stampin' Good Time!  Take care!

A Muse supplies:  stamps- tin plate, recliner, ready set recline, mini oval:  paper- chiffon green, brown petite gingham, fern; other supplies- nestabilities, memento bamboo leaves ink

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

A Girl Scout Thank You

Wahoo!  A quick minute for a post!  This accordian card project has been made as a farewell "thank you" for our SU Manager.  Each girl from my Cadette troop created a card and then I connected them accordian style.  Here is a pic of the inside:
A Muse products used:  Stamps- mushroom trio, frond, ladybird, tiny bird,fancy alphabet, paper- red petitte gingham, woodgrain, ribbon- swiss red polka dot.

It's ALWAYs A Stampin' Good Time!  Take care!

Friday, April 2, 2010

Build-a-Bear Birthday

Happy birthday, Madison! I made this card for my best friend's daughter's birthday party last Sunday. Today is the actual birthday so I just wanted to send a quick shout out to her. The party was at Build-a-Bear and, as always, Rachel has a great time! We have had so many Build-a-Bear events that when I saw this set in the SU mini catalog I knew I had to get it! I colored the cute little girl bear with Copic markers and cut her and her A Muse Sage mat with Nestabilities. The background paper is Doodlebug, as well, as the cute brads. The Vintage frame punch is McGill and the Cupcake punch is Martha Stewart. I finished it off with some May Arts ribbon and Stardust Stickles. I was so excited that the A Muse sentiment went well with the confectionery theme of the card! Hope everyone has a super weekend. It's ALWAYS a Stampin' Good Time! Take care!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Simply Scent-sational

Ah, the fourth and final day for the Woodland Critter feature over at A Muse News but these little creatures are not going away. Stay tuned next week to Split Coast Stampers and 2 Peas in a Bucket. The Creative Team has been challenged to upload as many projects featuring the Woodland Critters from April 5th - 9th to those to community sites. I would love to have you join us so I am working on a contest right here at A Stampin' Good Time. Be sure to check back on Sunday evening for the details and of course, prizes!
Now onto my card. One of the things that I love about 8 1/2 x 11 paper (beside the fact that is now comes in this yummy watermelon shade) is you can make so many different sizes of cards. My Quickutz flower was too big for a cute little 4-bar, so today I decide to go with the traditional 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 card. I loved the way the little skunk looks like he is springing through the flowers. If you look closely you will see that I actually used tiny Easter Egg for my flower blossom and the stems are a partial stamping of seedlings in Memento Bamboo Leaves. The rest of the grass is a MS border punch! I mounted the flower on to Petite Gingham paper in black then attached that to a Watermelon card and added a bit of Black Polka Dot ribbon. It's ALWAYs A Stampin' Good Time! Take care!

Stamps: A Muse- Skunk, seedlings, Tiny Egg, scallop dot border, spring is in the air
Ink: A Muse Black Dye ink, Memento Bamboo Leaves, Colorbox Pigment Coral
Paper: A Muse- Watermelon, Black Petite Gingham, Juliette sage
Supplies- Quickutz flower, MS grass border punch, A Muse Black Polka Dot ribbon, A Muse pretty pearls in black