Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Mother's Day Roses

The Everything's Rosy release could not have been more timely.  These beautiful blooms have been perfect for Mother's Day designs.  I'm not sure when a stamp release has given me such creative satisfaction.  Not only are they so very pretty and oh, so versatile but the quality is such that I'm stamping perfect images time and time again.  Let's hear for deeply etched red rubber!   I made this particular card for my daughter to send her grandmother.  I started by stamping off Wild Rose Branch with Memento Cottage Ivy ink onto Poison Ivy shimmer cardstock.  Next, I added Wild Rose using Grape Jelly Memento Ink.  One of the rose centers was cut out for interest and placed on with a foam adhesive and then a bit of yellow glitter was added to the center of each rose with a Sakura Quickie Glue pen.  The Happy Mother's Day script sentiment was cut out with a Nestability and attached with some very old SU ribbon (knew I had a reason to save that.)  The panel was then adhered to a Blackberry Shimmer Couture card.  This truly came together in less than 30 minutes!  Be sure to check out the Everything's Rosy release now available for purchase on the A Muse website!  It's ALWAYs A Stampin' Good Time!  Take care!

Monday, May 3, 2010

Teacher Appreciation Week

Note click HERE to see today's post for Amuse-bouche!

As many of us with school-aged children know, this week is dedicated to the wonderful women and men that educate our children.  Rachel's school has activities planned all week but she wanted to show her teacher, Mrs. Stover, more personal appreciation.  We have little tokens of thanks planned for everyday this week except Tuesday (that is the day Rachel has an MRI.)  So stay tuned for some more goodies. 

Last summer, I got 3 of these cute SLAH (Southern Living at Home) terra cotta pots as a gift with a purchase.  I put them aside in my gift-stash knowing they would come in handy.  Mrs. Stover has already received 2 of these little decorated pots- one for fall with a little mum and some tiny decorative cabbages and one at Christmas with a poinsettia.  So now at the end of the year, she has 3 little pots to use for whatever she wants.  I had made little picks for each occasion and tied a cute sentiment around each pot.  I thought the Swiss Red and Red Petite Polka dots worked well for our cute little geranium (I actually did all of the paper crafting last week- thank goodness after the sick week and weekend here at our house)!  Here are some close up shots of the pick, tie around and card:

I was inspired to distress this set by our own, most awesome Jenn Shurkus.  I thought it went right along with the old-fashioned sweetness of the geranium.  Be sure to thank all the awesome educators in your life this week.  It's ALWAYs A Stampin' Good Time!  Take care!

A Muse supplies- stamps- mushroom trio, ladybird, grasshopper, thank you for everything, make a difference.  paper- swiss red, petite gingham in red, kraft (SU);  other- red polka dot ribbon.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

One More Morsel

Today is the final helping of the Everything's Rosy Amuse-bouche and it's Designer's Choice.  I had picked up these little resin (I think?) frames at M's for 1.00 a while back with the idea that they would be just right for A Muse projects- simple, quick and fun!  I started with a square of Robin's Egg cardstock then stamped Daisy Duet a couple of times in the corner.  After heat embossing with Seafoam EP, I added a bit of Yellow Stickles to the center.  Gossamer wings silhouetted in black above the Daisies and I'm finished with my insert.  The outside banner uses the brand new "dreams take flight" sentiment.  If I could have changed anything it would have been to have some Papaya Polka Dot ribbon in the place of the Onyx (guess what is waiting in my cart.)  A sweet little gift to go along with a gift card for a grad or even a little Teacher's Appreciation memento!  Which by the way, I stay tuned tomorrow to see what I made for Rachel's teacher in tomorrow's post!  It's ALWAYs A Stampin' Good Time!  Take care!

Amuse-bouche Takes Flight

One thing about the Everything's Rosy release is the big, bold images are perfect for playing with your favorite stamping technique.  Here I inked up this awesome Flutterby Flock image in Memento Cantaloupe then "kissed" it with Tiny Flower inked up with Memento Rosebud ink.  I really think this made for a fun effect!  It's ALWAYs A Stampin' Good Time!  Take care!

Stamps:  A Muse- long grass, dreams take flight, flutterby flock, tiny flower  Paper:  A Muse- Apricot, Watermelon, Sage  Inks: Memento- Cantaloupe, Rosebud, Bamboo Leaves  Supplies: A Muse Orange Twinkle stickers, Fern Polka Dot Ribbon  Fiskars Scallop Border punch