Friday, November 21, 2008

Long time, No post!

Wow! I can't believe it's been almost a month since my last post! What the heck have I been doing? Oh well, here is my attempt for the December Home Page contest over at the A Muse Addicts site. I was actually thinking of this card for our family greeting--but I think it's a little too time consuming for mass production! Back to packing--off to the cabin for Thanksgiving!
Card details: All images, notecards, and ribbon by A Muse
Staz-on ink ink in Jet Black, Copics for coloring, stickles on berries, liquid dimensional on branches.(hard to see)

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

More Mittens

It's a gorgeous fall day here--bright and sunny! I really should be outside doing yardwork-----our yard needs to be mowed one more time before the snow covers it--but I only like to cut it when it's 80 degrees and sunny! Who wants to mow with a hat and gloves on? But, at least I can put on a pair of cozy mittens! :) I'm having so much fun making these--they come together so fast! Have a great day--thanks for stopping by. Tracy

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Stamp of the week

I got the party time set a while ago, and haven't used it yet. How perfect that Jennie chose that one this week on the A Muse Addict site.

I had a couple different ideas, so I decided to post them both! They both have sentiments that were made by combining two together---the first one uses the what's cookin' from the clear set and brewing up some fun---the second one is you're special and hot diggety dog mixed together!
Thanks for looking! Tracy
Supplies-All images A Muse
Notecard and ribbon A Muse
Staz-on ink in Jet Black
Copics for coloring

Monday, October 27, 2008

Bright White

The weekly challenge at the A Muse Addict site was to create a one layer white card----I totally missed the one layer part the first time---

I wasn't really sure what to do----I stumbled across the Madeira stamp and it grew from there--I was going to pop dot the acorns--but I wasn't sure if that was allowed in "one" layer! Thanks for stopping by--I hope to do some more mittens today, so stop by tomorrow to take a look if you'd like! Have a great day-Tracy

Home Page Contest

The theme for this month's Home Page contest at the A Muse Addict site is of course, Thanksgiving! I've had this idea in mind ever since I got the Mayflower stamp---it was fun to finally ink it up and put it on paper!! It is a gorgeous sunny day here, hopefully the snow melts and it warms up before Halloween---costumes and snow boots-NOT fun!! Thanks for Looking--Tracy
Supplies: All stamps A Muse
Notecards-A Muse
Staz-on ink in Jet Black
Copics for coloring

Friday, October 24, 2008

More mittens

I decided to try another pair using the blanket stitch to close---much, much, much easier!! Plus, I think they look cuter too! I will definitely be whipping up some of these for Christmas presents--wool sweaters are easy to find in thrift stores in the Midwest!! Thanks for stopping by---Tracy


My sister mentioned that she was going to make some mittens out of old sweaters. I decided that I wanted to try too! I found a cute old sweater in the back of my closet that I never wore because it itched too bad---I hate wool!---I felted it in the washing machine, cut out a mitten shape for my youngest daughter and voila---mittens were born! I added some felted flowers to make them more girly! The toughest part was definitely the sewing---I DO NOT sew--I don't own a sewing machine, so I did these by hand--it was a long process-my sister mentioned how cute they would look with yarn blanket stitched around the outside---hmmm-that might be easier! I think I'll get some more old wool sweaters from the thrift store and try that method! Thanks for stopping by-Tracy

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Stamp of the week

It was all about the trees this week at the A Muse Addict site. I decided to play around with a Christmas card idea---it's fast approaching, and of course I haven't made any cards yet! This would be super simple to mass produce--no coloring involved! This one goes on the short list--have a great day--another cold rainy day here. Thanks for looking, Tracy.
Supplies: A Muse ribbon, stamps--Trees clear set, Big Block, Holiday greeting clear set
A muse pigment ink in black, Versamagic chalk ink in sea breeze
A Muse bling

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Tracy's Sketch Challenge

It's a very "fall" day here, overcast and rainy. I was a good girl this morning and got all my cleaning done (but not all the laundry, because seriously, it's never ending!). So, since I got my chores done, I thought it would be a perfect day to tackle some challenges---I just purchased these stamps from Tracy and thought it would be fun to use them on her sketch. These little Saltbox Studio mice are so cute----I really wish I had some pregnant friends! It's funny, 10 years ago all my friends were getting married, or having kids---now it's too early for graduation, or their kid's weddings, or grandkids---kind of a standstill. Have a great day!!
Supplies: Saltbox Studio stamps--sweet sentiment is Gina K
ink-A Muse pigment ink
notecard-ribbon-A Muse

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Saltbox Studio Madness

I was the lucky winner at the A Muse blog of the new Saltbox Studio Fall set----these sets are fabulous!!!! I am embarassed to admit I didn't own any Saltbox Studio before this---that will soon change! There are so many great images--my toughest part was trying to decide which ones to use! My first card is also my entry for Jennie's weekly challenge on the A Muse Addicts blog. The challenge was to do paper piecing--I knew as soon as I received these, that the Pilgrims were going to get "pieced". Thanks Linda for the great set----I really love them!

Supplies: Saltbox Studio Clear stamps

Staz-on ink in Jet Black and Timber Brown

A Muse notecards and red ribbon

Copics for coloring

Monday, October 13, 2008

Tracy's Sketch Challenge

Tracy had a fun sketch over on her blog this week--I really didn't have a clear idea of what I was going to do, so I just opened the stamp drawers until I got an idea---anyone else do this??
I hadn't used these stamps in a while, so they won!
Stamps and notecards by A Muse, Stickles on heart, Staz-on ink in Jet Black, MS border punch--Thanks for looking--Tracy

Sketch/Color Combo

Julie posted another sketch/color combo on her blog. I Love these colors, but it's funny, when I know I have to use them, I tend to get stuck! Weird how that works! I like this little sweater dog stamp--it reminds me of my own little dog, Petie.

I used Bazzil Bling cardstock, A Muse notecards and stamps. Not sure on the chipboard star--it's been in my stash for a while now! Yellow ricrac is from my DH's late grandmother's stash---now she had supplies!
Have a great week--it's starting off very cold(40's) and rainy here, hopefully it changes! Tracy

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Try, try again

I tried making a card yesterday using colors that Julie had posted on her blog. I really didn't like it-but posted it anyways! It was bugging me, so I decided to give it one more try--this is what I got. Girl Scouts just kicked off their Fall Product sale, and I thought I'd give this to the area coordinator--better her than me!! Thanks Julie, for the color inspirational kick in the pants!
A Muse stamps, notecards
paper leaf from Target dollar aisle :)

Weekly Challenge-Orange Crush

I woke up at 3:11 this morning wide awake for some reason. As I lay there, trying to get back to sleep-I started thinking about the weekly challenge at the A Muse site. I also knew my hubby needed a card for a friend in the construction business. My DH and his uncle had made some homemade coffee liqueur this weekend that he had wanted to give to him. SO, as I lay there turning all these things over in my head--this is what emerged! I didn't make it until 10:00 this morning though! ;) Thanks for looking--Tracy
A Muse stamps- Mainly Men clear set, coffee break clear set, clear ovals
Bazzill piercing template, copics for coloring

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Stamp of the week

Jennie gave us several choices for stamp of the week over at the A Muse Addicts site. We could use the clear leaves set, or the wine glass, or the wine and cheese. I decided to try all 3! My first card was using the wine and cheese and wine glass together. I put some Ranger Glossy Accents on the wine bottle and glass to make them shiny, and I used a MS leaf for the expression. The top layer is pop dotted onto the cardstock.
The next one used the clear leaves as a background, I then used the naked tree and mounted on cardstock. The expression is from the new clear tree set.
This one felt a little plain, but I think I really like it like that!
Thanks for looking, Tracy

Get Away

My hubby wanted to go on a get away for his birthday to western North Dakota---I'm sure no one would guess that it is a really beautiful area---it even has mountains! We wanted to explore some different ravines looking for old bison bones and fossils.

We lucked out and had great weather--we even had a few fun finds! We found several bison bones, a forest of petrified stumps, and I even found an arrowhead---Tracy

Color Challenge

JulieHRR posted a color challenge for World Card Making Day. These were colors I would never have put together---who knew?? While I can't say I'm jumping up and down over the end result--it did come out 100 times better than I thought it would! ;) I missed cabana blue, but I think the window color comes close--All stamps by A Muse, Notecard by A Muse, Staz-on ink in Jet Black, copics for coloring--Thanks for looking! Tracy

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Tracy's Sketch Challenge

Tracy posted another great sketch today over on her blog--stop by to check it out and play!

DH and I are leaving for a much needed get-away bright and early tomorrow--so I knew if I didn't do it now, it probably wouldn't get done! :) Anyone else have kindergartners? Have your sweet little children morphed into insane, sleep deprived beasts? I can't possibly put her to bed any earlier----she'd be in bed before supper! ;)
I rummaged through my stamp drawers looking for an idea--I like the chandelier, and love these colors from A Muse--the brads were in the dollar aisle at Target(Yay! Target), Staz-on ink in Jet Black, Aegan Blue ink, and baby blue stickles.
Thanks for looking----be back on Monday--well rested and ready to go!!! Tracy

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Tracy's Sketch Challenge

I love doing these sketch challenges-it takes the guesswork out of the layout--which is usually the hardest part for me! I didn't get around to it last week-I honestly have no idea where last week went! I didn't want this week to escape me too--DH and I are going digging for fossils and bison bones this weekend, and I know I'll be busy getting kids events and schedules ironed out later on this week--it's always 4 days of work for 2 days away, right? ;)

I decided to use the new tree clear set from A Muse on this card--I really like this set--I think I'll be using it A LOT! The saying is also one of my favorites-and I love fall colors, so it all just fell into place. Thanks again Tracy, for posting these fun sketches every week--I always look forward to Thursdays! Tracy

Weekly Challenge

Jennie's challenge this week on the A Muse site was to make either a sweet treat container or a treat card. I bought these silver tins 2 months ago on clearance at JoAnn's Fabrics. I had no idea what I was going to do with them, but they were too cheap to pass up!

I thought this would be a good time to break them out! My oldest DD plays basketball, and I thought it'd be fun to make some post game treats for the girls-the A muse clear sports set fit the circles perfectly--I colored with copics, the basketball ribbon was an orange dotted ribbon-I drew the lines to make it look like basketballs-now I'll fill them with M&Ms and pass them out after the game! Tracy

Monday, September 29, 2008

Heather's Spark

I have to admit, the aged paper challenge last week threw me--I just couldn't get an idea. I was really happy to have something like this to play with this week. I just got my new tree set from A Muse, so of course that was what I used.
I needed a card for my sister's anniversary, and I really like the fact that these tree images are so versatile.
Stamps, notecards, and ribbon are A Muse. Staz-on ink in Timber Brown. Copic cool grey for shadowing. It's a little hard to see, but the middle tree is pop-dotted to give it a little more dimension. Thanks for looking-have a great day!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Weekly challenge-just because

Jennie challenged us to make a card "just because" this week at the Addicts site. This came at the perfect time, my niece went away to college, about 6 hours from her home. I've been meaning to send her a gift card to Starbucks and I never got around to it. I decided that of course she should be the recipient of my card!
All stamps, notecards, ribbon A Muse. Making Memories eyelets, Staz-on ink in Jet Black, and Versacolor blue-not sure which shade!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Stamp of the week

was the MB Holiday Bird, MB Little Bird, or the clear Celebration Kids. I decided to use my MB Holiday Bird, but I ended up going in a completely different direction than my original plans! LOL! I decided that the ornament could be made into a Jack-o-lantern. I masked off the holly on birdie's head, then paper pieced Sabrina's hat on instead. I used a fine line pen to make the pumpkin face. Stamps, notecard, and ribbon by A Muse, copics for coloring, stickles on hat, glossy accents on pumpkin. Thanks for stopping by-Tracy

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

October Home Page

I'm loving these new calendar downloads from A Muse! They are so versatile, and fun to play with! I got the square format, but I'm thinking I'll go back and get the other two as well.
All stamps are A Muse: pumpkin baby, witch girl, cat style, and banner from clear border set. The solid bird marks the party date!
Notecard is A Muse, ribbon is A Muse. Stazon jet black ink and colorbox chalk ink.
Happy Halloween!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Anything but a card...

was the theme for Heather's spark this week. The first project I did was one that I'm sure everyone has done a version of at one time or another in grade school. The good old paper lantern-this time turned into a pumpkin. I used A Muse, Me and My Big Ideas, and Making Memories paper. I stamped a leaf from A Muse's new clear set and added some to the pumpkins and then tied them to some twine at varying lengths.
My next project was to pretty up a Glade candle--I took white cardstock, and stamped with leaves from the A Muse clear set in different colors. I then added a MS tag stamped with an A Muse sentiment. I glued this around the base, added some A Muse ribbon, and voila!--an easy peasy fall project! Tracy

Tracy's Sketch Challenge

Hi everyone--that time of the week again-I had a hard time with this one--I just can't seem to think of anything lately-kind of a little slump, I guess. The stamp and notecard are A Muse, coloring with copics, and some stickles for glitter! Here's hoping the mojo comes back! Tracy

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Happy Anniversary!

Today is my 17th wedding anniversary! Love you, honey!

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Where, oh where

did my mojo go? Where, oh where, could it be. I've had no desire to stamp a thing all week long-in kind of a slump. I was in need of a birthday card for my oldest daughter's friend--so thank goodness for the inspiration over at the A Muse News site. It was just what I needed! Notecard, ribbon, stamps, and bling by A Muse.
Now, hopefully I can do some weekly challenges!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

And the Winner is....

Alanna Harris said...
Thanks so much for doing this giveaway...I'd love to give this stamp a new home!Alanna (al_silver2)
September 6, 2008 7:51 PM

Thanks to everyone for stopping by my blog--this was so much fun I'll have to do it again.
THe winner was picked using
Here are your random numbers:21
Timestamp: 2008-09-11 14:10:51 UTC


Friday, September 5, 2008

Stamp of the week

I was so happy Jennie had the Hippie snowchick as a choice in the Stamp of the Week challenge over at the A Muse Addicts site! She is just so adorable--I thought she would inspire love in Hailey's snowman. I just got him last week, and I'm really loving him! He's adorable, and just by buying him, you are contributing to a great cause-the Scleroderma Foundation.

Notecard, Stamps, and Ribbon by A Muse

Copics for coloring, Stickles on heart, brad by Making Memoriew, Memento Tuxedo Black ink.

Tracy's Sketch Challenge

Tracy had a fantastic sketch this week, I know I'll be using this one a lot! I used the new A Muse Kichen Black notecard in my design--I love this notecard-it has quickly become a favorite! It looks like it will be a dreary weekend in my neck of the woods, so hopefully I'll get an opportunity to do some serious stamping this weekend!!
Notecard-A Muse, stamps A Muse-ink Memento Tuxedo Black, Colorbox cateyes blue, spica for sparkle in the lights! Tracy

Thursday, September 4, 2008

ATC sneak peek

Here's a couple quick pictures of my first ATC's. I decided to give this a try, and I found out, I really love it! The first card is one I did for Aileen's Amuseapalooza ATC swap. I really like how this one turned out, I'm loving the new cityscape image! The second one is for LeeAnne's Halloween ATC swap--this is just an idea, not necessarily my finished product--something about this one just doesn't seem "right". Tracy

Blog candy

Oops--I accidentally purchased a stamp that I already own-this is a brand new, never used stamp-I decided to give all you Addicts a chance at it! Just leave a comment and I will use to pick a winner on September 11. I'll post the winner at the A Muse site to get mailing address. Good Luck! Tracy

Emboss spark

This week for Heather's spark, she challenged us to use embossing in our designs. Sounds fun, right? Well, as a very newbie stamper, I had never embossed before! I knew though, exactly what I wanted to do--I love this new little rat from A Muse-I decided to just go simple-I only embossed the white rat, and the sentiment--it came out kind of cool--I really like how embossing just pops the sentiment at you!! Thanks Heather, for once again giving me a little nudge! Tracy
ribbon, notecard, stamps by A Muse. Memento Tuxedo Black ink-- embossing powders by Stampendous.