Monday, August 25, 2014

Welcome Little One - Snap Card turned Baby Card!

A baby girl card that is quick and easy to make. It starts with a snap card. What is a snap card you say? It's a scrapbooking item that's perfect for pocket scrapbooking and traditional scrapbooking. This one is the 3" X 4" card and it comes in a 48 card pack. That's right - 48!! And, it's double-sided! And, they're $3.99. Here's the baby girl 3"X4" set:
So, I mentioned that these were great for scrapbooking but they're also great for cardmaking. I took one of the snap cards, layered it on wasabi polka dot and bubblegum cardstock and popped it  up on a layer of everything's rosy paper and a bubblegum cardstock base. After tying some blush baker's cording around the cardfront, some diamond glitter was added to the snap card. Easy Peasy! And, matched the baby album perfectly that was filled with 3X4, 4X6 snap cards and matching stickers!

I've got some birthday and wedding snap cards that I'll be playing with sometime for cardmaking. Should be fun!

Have a happy day!!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

I Like Big Cups And I Cannot Lie!

 Here's another coffee card with the August paper pack. Here's the outside and the inside. What do you think? The dies are from Perk Up and the sentiment is from Need to Venti. Are you smiling right now? I can't make this card without smiling at the sentiment (and singing along too - lol!). Am loving this paper combo and hope you are too.
This was one of my August card class cards. It was mostly assembly with just a bit of stamping with versafine ink. So fun!

Have a beautiful day!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Thanks a Latte

 Another coffee card! You might see a lot of these because I love these new sets! And, the matching dies are FABULOUS!! This is from Perk Up. The mini bow was added on top because it's just so cute! This is an A1 card and the front is a little smaller than the back so that you can see the red strip when the card is closed!

This is also made from the August paper pack. Such a great combo! What's the August paper pack? Check out my last blog post by clicking here! :)
And, here's the inside. How cool is this?! Simple but great and the sentiment and fonts are awesome, don't you think?!

Have a wonderfully creative day!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Love You More Than Coffee...

I love this sentiment, don't you?! What a hoot! This is from the Need to Venti set which has all kinds of great expressions. The matching die set is so super cute, as you can see. And three heart twinkle stickers fit perfectly on the band and add a fun element to coordinate with the sentiment! And, isn't the mini bow awesome?!

I adore our bow dies - so easy to put together. They're one piece!! You just notch, push and wrap the center band around and you have a perfect bow - every time!  Since our paper is one-sided, you can either have white tails or you can trim off the tails and flip them and glue to the back of the bow. Or, you can turn the bow over and use it backwards with the tails in the front. :)

Here's the inside. Simple and clean for you to write your message to the recipient. And, another coffee cup die is the straight cup - which you can use for all kinds of glass types for a variety of cards. :)

I'm going to be offering some special paper packs for the fall. Here's the August paper pack. It's $8.75 + tax and shipping. The paper pack has four sheets of each of the five papers or 20 sheets total. I love this combo and it would work for so many different stamp sets. :) E-mail me if you're interested as this offer is not in my webstore.

On a totally different note, for those that I follow on blogs. I hope to get caught up on my blog hopping in September. I'm woefully behind but am looking forward to your amazing creativity and inspiration!!

Have a wonderfully creative day!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Pretty Storage for Ribbons and Twine

 I was recently in Eclectic Charm. It's a wonderful local store that has antiques and re-purposed items and there are so many wonderful things inside. I found this jar and just loved the size and shape of it. I knew that I could find a great use for it so bought it and brought it home. And, look! My A Muse Ribbon and Twine fit perfectly inside to make a jar of possibilities! Love it!
And, I picked up some pint sized jars at a local grocery store, added some grid jar lids that I got through Pick Your Plum and voila! Perfect baker's cording holders!  It will keep the cording from getting tangled and it looks fabulous on my shelf by my stamps. :)

I've also got quart-sized mason jars filled with washi. I've got one filled with a muse washi and one filled with other washi. It's a handy way to keep them close by but separate so I don't have to look it up in the catalog to use the correct one on my a muse cards. :)

Just thought I'd share these ideas as if you're like me, you're always looking for another way to organize your stuff. And, I'm the kind of person that needs to see my "stuff" to stay creative! :)

Have a wonderfully creative day!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Chelsea's Tip for Perfect Die-Cutting! (Tutorial)

Why, yes.... I have been MIA! My apologies. It's conference season and my time has not been my own as I have to get conferences prepped for my full-time job before I can take time for my fun job. :) So, conference #2 of 3 is done and in a week and a half, conference #3 will be done too. whew! But, the people are great so it's worth it. However, it's made me neglect my blog so keep reading for a handy tutorial on die-cutting to make up for it. :)

In July I attended the A Muse Studio National Conference in Santa Fe and had a blast! I love catching up with everyone and laughing and stamping and learning and it's just great! My mom came with me this year which made it even more fun! Here we're at one of our favorite restaurants in Santa Fe. :)

At the conference, Chelsea Comer shared this amazing idea that makes die-cutting with our matching dies, super easy and super successful every time!

1. Stamp your image (this is from the new sunflower set - love it!)

2. Die cut a mask out of a piece of scrap cardstock and then line up the die-cut mask over the image and washi tape it to your cutting pad.

3. Pop the die into the opening of the mask and washi tape it into place.

4. Run it through your die-cutting machine (I used the Grand Caliber but it would work on any of them) and this is what you're left with - a perfectly cut sunflower!

Kudos to Chelsea for that most awesome tip!!

And, isn't it great to have fabulous images with matching dies?! I love it! Any of the stamp sets in the catalog that have a red line around them means that there's a matching die set that just fits around the image. Great stuff! To do a little happy shopping of your own, visit my webstore:

Have a wonderfully creative day!!

Monday, August 4, 2014

Marisa's Pocket Full of Posies

Marisa made an amazing pocket full of posies card using the new fiesta stamp set and matching die. Who would have thought to take a wonderful banner die and use it as a pocket?! And, then she filled it with fabulous crepe paper vintage-y flowers. Isn't that adorable! She's so creative! And, guess what? She made an awesome video tutorial on the flowers and how to put the whole card together!! Here's the link:

I used different colors because that's what I had on hand in my A Muse crepe paper stash. But, the beauty is that it looks good with a variety of flowers and colors and it's just so cute and fun! I hope you'll give this card a try. I'm sure glad I did!

To pick up your own card supplies, visit my webstore: Seleise's A Muse Online Store

Have a wonderfully creative day!!