Saturday, December 10, 2011

Santa Candy Bar Cover

I found this cute little candy bar cover on the A•Muse Website under templates.  It didn't have the measurements on the diagram but I didn't it a little different anyway so I will explain that here.
I started with a 5 1/2" x 5 1/2" piece of red cardstock.  Lay it flat on your work surface.  Take a piece of white cardstock cut 1" x 5 1/2" and adhere to the center of the red cardstock.  Use a circle punch which measures about 1 1/4" and punch a half circle centered over the white cardstock.  This will be the front center of the candy bar holder.  Add score tape to the back side of one of the straight sides of the candy bar cover that are going vertical.  Center the candy bar to the back side of the cover and wrap the cardstock around the candy bar and adhere with the score tape.  You want it kind of snug but not so tight you can't slide your candy bar.  Use a piece of black cardstock cute 1 1/2" x 5 1/2" and wrap around the candy bar to represent Santa's belt.  Adhere to the back of the candy bar cover.  ONe the next step I used two of my clever lever square punches.  If you have is the blue one and pink one.  I used glittle  cardstock for the buckle.  I first punched a square out using the blue punch.  I then centered the pink punch over the negative part of the blue punch (it is the hole in the glitter cardstock)...I then punched with the pink punch making a buckle.  It is a very easy technique to do making belt buckles or frames.  Adhere that to the front of the candy bar wrapper.  I used two different oval punches I had and punched a white oval out of the smaller punch and a black oval out of the bigger one.  I stamped the words "Sweetest Wishes" from the stamp set Holiday Tags from A•Muse Studio which you can order here  Hope you have enjoyed this cute little candy bar cover.  Have fun...would make great teacher gifts.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Simple Christmas

It is getting down to the wire for making Christmas cards.  Here is a quick card I came up with.  I do love the simplicity of the card.  I think I will try to whip out a bunch of these within the next couple of days.  I am such a procrastinator when it comes to my cardmaking.  I really need to organize my time better for this. is my card:

I used the set Holy Night from Amuse...You can get the stamp set here.  It is hard to see the colors..the picture did not do it justice.  I used vanilla cardstock and a burgundy color I had here.  The ink is Memento Rich Cocoa and a gold sheer ribbon for accent. The punched corner is EK Success corner punch.  Quick and easy..just the way I like it.

I am going to be posting some other things that are really cute on my other blog.  I have made quite a few things that aren't Amuse stuff so I am using the other blog for that.  Please check it out by clicking here.  Hope to see you there!!!!!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

A•Muse Specials

I just wanted to pass on some specials to you that A•Muse has going on.  The special starts today and goes to December 15th.  There are some great buys.  Be sure to check them out.  You can go here to place an order with me or call me if  you have enough to make a $150 workshop so you can get your hostess benefits as well.

Monday, November 21, 2011

I need to check in

Life has been a little busy for me.  I have went back to full time babysitting for my grandkids....or at least two of them.  My daughter's babysitter quit so I have stepped in to help out.  It is a lot of driving on my part as I have to drive kids to and from pre-school and getting my older granddaughter on and off the school bus.  Sure wish my daughter lived a little closer...LOL
Anyway....I have done some stamping but not as much as I would like to do.  I am going to have to organize my time.  That is hard for me. 
I did this Snowflake card before I went back to babysitting but didn't get a chance to share.  I used Snow Crystals Stamp Set and Snowflake Trio Die Set from A•Muse  I also used a Sizzix embossing folder.  What a fun card.  I hope you enjoy it. 

I will try to be better about posting.  Please be sure to check my other blog to see what else is going on and anything I have done non A•Muse related.
Have a great day! 

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Need some Christmas Mojo?

I have been working on some Christmas cards.  Not that any of these are the ones I am making to send out...these were some class cards.  I love them but I like to do something I didn't do in class.  Anyway here is a cute and fast card. 

Everything I used was from A•Muse Studio.  You can click my link above to go to my website.  I used the Holiday Tags stamps set.  There are so many stamps in that set and you can do a variety of cards with it.  I also used the Candy Cane and Evergreen cardstocks.  Cherry ribbon and copic markers rounded out the card.  It was so fast.  It looks like I use a scallop punch and punched an evergreen circle but I actually punched the circle out of the candy cane paper and then adhered the white circle with the sleigh on it in the center of the punched out scallop cirlce. 

Hope you enjoy the card.  If you need some help deciding on some Christmas stamps for your cards just let me know.  I would love to help you.  Check out my OTHER BLOG by clicking the link above and seeing the challenge for Perfect Setiments which goes live at 12:01 am Wednesday November 9th.  I am a guest designer with them this month so please take a look at the "Other Blog". and then visit Perfect Sentiments.  THANKS!!!!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

A•Muse Studio Creative Consultant's November Blog Hop

The theme this month is Christmas, Kwanzaa or Hanukkah!  Of course I chose Christmas.  I just love this time of year.  This is my first Blog Hop with A•Muse so I hope you enjoy it.  Please take the time to go and visit all the blogs.  I'm sure you will be blessed.

The card I chose to do was a stair step card.  My daughter had actually done a card like this at a stamping event she went to.  I had to dissect it and do my own.  Here is a list of the items that I used:

Sage Cardstock  PAPS501
Sage Ink   IAPF501
Cherry Cardstock  PAPS204
Cherry Ink   IAPF204
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink  IMMP900
Sugar Cardstock   PAPS001
Stamp Sets:  Holiday Tags  SNSR071
                     Elegant Elements  SISQ011
                     Winter Wishes  SNSM048
Copic Markeers 
Sizzix Embossing Folder
Oval Punches

 "If you are participating in the blog hop, you should have come from Chelsea Beck's blog and if not, then you should start from the beginning with Samantha's blog until you come to my blog.  Now on to your next stop Sherri Thacker's blog

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Just a HEADS Up!

I will be posting a blog hop here tonight at midnight.  Please stop back by so you can go on the hop and get a lot of Christmas Ideas. 
I will also be posting a challenge where I am the guest designer this month on my other blog.  That challenge will also go live at midnight tonight.  If the link doesn't work to the is the address: 

I hope you enjoy both the blog hop and the challenge.  They will both be fun!

Have a great day!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Autumn Beauty

I really love the stamp set "Autumn Beauty".  I used Papaya, Pumpkin and Grass inks on the leaves.  I stamped the words in French Roast.  After I stamped the leaves I ran the imaged cardstock through my Big Shot with an embossing folder.  Love the look!  It was a quick and simple card...just the way I like it.
Hope you enjoy it!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Scrapbook Event

I was a vendor at an all day Scrapbook Event.  The event was done to raise money for Cancer.  That is a passion right to my heart as I am a Cancer Survivor.  I had a really fun time at the event.  My friend, Avis, was here visiting from Kansas and went with me.  She was a big help with my Make & Takes.
I wanted to share a few of the pictures that Avis took while we were there.
This is a picture of me with one of the Make & Takes we did. It was a very simple Chirstmas Card.  

This is the card up close.  I love the little penguins.  I did a few orders for the stamp set.  Everyone seemed to love the way the A•Muse stamps stamped on the cardstock.  They are very crisp and clean.

Here is a picture of my little table area.  We didn't take a picture of all the stamps sets I am selling to make way for new.  I didn't sell a lot of the "older" stamps but did very well with orders.

The top picture is me with my sample board.  The bottom one has some scrapbookers trying their hand at stamping.  It was a fun day!

I am working on getting some more pictures uploaded of some samples.  Keep coming back and see what is going on.  I am also going to be posting some NON A•Muse cards on my other blog very soon.  Keep checking that also.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

I've been away too long!!!

That's right!  I have been away too long and need to get back to blogging.  I have tons of samples I have done.  Just have to get organized and get them uploaded.  Keep checking back and it will happen very the next couple of days. 
I was on vacation in September then I had out of town company for 11 days.  I also have had my Open House to jumpstart my business and then did an all day crop which I was a vendor.  Everything went well and my sales will show that.  Now to try to get some parties going and work up a class schedule.
It feels good to be back and posting.  Please check in again!  You won't be disappointed.

Friday, September 23, 2011

AUTUMN is in the Air

I have worked on some cards while on vacation.  Here is one I would like to share.  It is a fall card I did for a swap I am in with my class and retreat friends.  We had to use embossing powder but you can't really see it in the card.  I do like this little leaf  and wanted to use it.  Hope you enjoy it!

Have a great and blessed day!!!!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

A QUICK little Golf Card

Even though I am at the beach...I am still doing some stamping.  I had about 25 minutes to sit and make a card.  I wanted to do something with the little golf guy.  Here is the card I created.

I enjoyed doing such a fast card.  I am hoping to get to stamp some more today.  You can visit my "Other Blog" to see what we did at the beach last night.

Have a great and blessed day!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Last week stamping with friends

Last week I got with the ladies that I used to teach class to.  They have taken so long that I can't charge them anymore.....maybe they graduated...LOL  Anyway we have been together for about 8 years or so...maybe longer...who knows.  Anyway we did some stamping and I had to take some of the new Amuse stamps that I got.  Wdid a little treat holder with the 1" x 8" cello bags.  It was very simple but I wanted them to use one to see if they liked them.  Here is a picture of them working:

As you can see they were concentrating...LOL.  Here is a picture of the treat holders.  We only did the Halloween one.  I also made the Fall one which I thought would be cute to put at each place setting at Thanksgiving.

Hope you enjoyed our little project today.  The "Too Cute to Spook" halloween set is so cute and versatile. 
Have a blessed day.

Friday, September 16, 2011

September Spotlight

Our September Spotlight Sale has started.  Each month Amuse showcases FIVE stamp sets and puts them on sale.  Here are the stamp sets that are on sale!
Victorian Charm....SALE....$19.79

Celebrate in Style....SALE....$19.79

Foiled Again...SALE....$18.89

If you Dare...SALE....$14.39

Web Background...SALE...$14.39

You can visit my website to place an order if you would like.  They also have a paper pack on sale to go with the halloween theme.
Here are a couple of samples made with the stamps.  They are from the home office.

Hope you enjoy the stamps and samples!
Have a blessed day!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

It has been a BUSY Week

I have been trying to get things done to go to the beach.  I will probably be on the road as many of you read this.  I will be gone Sept. 15th - Sept. 25th.  It is an all girls week.  There will be 10 of us sharing a beachfront house in Surfside Beach...which is outside of Myrtle Beach.  It will be a great week of visiting and yes I will be doing some stamping.
I did stamp a quick card today to send out with a catalog to a potential recruit or customer.  Whichever it will be nice. 

This is a lot like the first Amuse card I made.  I love the colors and the stamps so well I did a slightly different version of it.  What I mainly wanted to showcase was how nice the cardstock is.  It is colored on one side and white on the other so you don't have to mat your card to get white inside.  I'm lovin' it!!!

I hope to blog from the beach but if I don't...I will be back as soon as I get back from my vacation.

I have also started another blog and you can click on the link at the top of this blog to get there.  It is brand new and will feature NON-Amuse cards and daily life happenings.  I hope you also visit it. 

Have a blessed day!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Happy Birthday

I hope everyone had a nice weekend.  Mine was busy and I will say I am glad it is the beginning of the week.  I did get time to make a Birthday card.  Of course it is a simple card but I am liking all the simplicity with the Amuse stamps.

I used Buttercup and French Roast solid cardstocks, Papaya and French Roast ink pads, French Roast buttons, Paper Flowers Meadow Mix, French Roast/White Bakers Twine,  Birthday Greetings and Polka Dot Patterns Stamp Sets.

Hope you enjoy my sweet and simple card! 
Have a great and blessed day!!!

Friday, September 9, 2011

A Little Halloween Fun

Halloween is just around the corner.  It is not too early to start thinking of some of the things you might like to make.  Here is a card we did in class Wed. night.  The flower is made our of petite cupcake papers.  I put a big brad in the center to hold it together really well.  The stamps and papers are by Amuse.  Of course you can visit my online store .  You can find all of the Amuse items there. 

The stamp sets are Too Cute to Spook and Essential Sentiments.  The Paper is Orange Polka Dot and Slate Woodgrain.  I used Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  A very simple cute with a little twist (the flower out of cupcake papers)

Hope you enjoyed a quick card today.  If you don't see me over the weekend...Have a good one and be safe in all that you do.

Have a blessed Friday!!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Fun Cute Card

I thought this was such a fun card.  I loved using the gingham paper as grass.  I actually used three different stamps sets on this cards.  One is Friends Fur Ever Just Because and Woodland Friends.  They sure compliment each other.  You can check these out in the online catalog if you wish to do that.

I used Sky, Sugar and Sage solid cardstocks.  Sage gingham cardstock.  Memento Tuxedo Black ink pad.  Papaya, Bubblegum and Fern ink pads.  Copic Markers.  Martha Stewart grass scissors from Michaels.

It was a fun little card to make.  I hope you enjoyed looking at it as much as I did making it.

Have a blessed and wonderful day!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Sympathy Card

I absolutely love the stamp set Loving Memories from Amuse.  It is in the Fast and Fabulous section of the online catalog.  Here is a picture of the stamp set you can look for.  It retails for $9.99.

Here is the card I made with it.  I used Blush, French Roast and Vanilla cardstock.  Fern and French Roast ink pads. Quickie glue pen and diamond glitter. 1/4" polka dot ribbon in Vanilla.  Border punch which I purchased at Michaels.

This is one of the cards we will be doing in our class tonight.  I love the simplicity.  This will be an introduction of Amuse to these girls tonight.  I hope they love the simplicity as much as I do. 
Watch for more samples to come in the next few days.

Have a Blessed and Happy Day!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

A FUN night with my downline

I had my downline over tonight....all TWO of them.  We will grow and that's okay.  Jess and Sylvia were both in my downline with TAC and we had a good time.  Anyway they came over and I gave them some goodies.  Made all kinds of Charts for them to make a notebook to show the inks, papers, nesties and dies, and of course the markers.  We covered a lot of stuff.  Two of the main things we did were exchange we could have some ideas and I helped them set up a blog. 
Here is the card I did and gave them.  I used the christmas set COOL YULE.  I knew they haven't received any of the holiday stamps yet so I wanted to give them a sample with it.  Hope you enjoy it.
Besides using the Cool Yule stamp set, I also used the cherry woodgrain paper, 'twas the night before Christmas cardstock, bakers twine in frech roast/white french roast buttons Memento Tusedo Black ink, Papaya ink and Fern ink.  You can order all of this stuff my visiting my website.

As for visiting my downline blogs...You can visit Jess here and Sylvia here.  The are both new to the blogging community so bear with them and visit often.

Here is another Christmas card I did using the same stamp set.  I used the Wasabi cardstock, candy cane cardstock, vanilla cardstock, the Labels 8 nestabilities, Fern, Papaya and Tuxedo Black ink pads and the 5/8" cherry satin ribbon.

Hopefully tomorrow will be a stamping day.  See you all then!  I hope you enjoyed your visit here.  Please be sure to tell your friends to visit my blog also.  Thanks!!!!!!

Friday, September 2, 2011

Mr. Brown delivered again Today

I got a visit from Mr. Brown again today.  He brought me my order from the Amuse Holiday Catalog.  What fun!
I got to go downstairs and play for a few minutes.  I whipped up a quick and easy Halloween card.  I did use a couple of NON Amuse items.  I am going to have to work on building my products up. 
Here is the card I did and the list of supplies will follow the card.


Wasabi Cardstock                PAPS506
Sleepy Hollow Cardstock     PASH100
Slate Woodgrain Cardstock  PNWG101
Onyx Cardstock                   PAPS100
Too Cute to Spook Stamp Set   SHMR008
5/8" Satin Ribbon Orange   RASA301
Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad   IMMP900
Martha Steward Border Punch

I hope you enjoy the card!  It sure was quick and simple.  I love the Wasabi Green Cardstock.  It is a great color for Halloween.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

My FIRST Amuse Card

Since I received my kit yesterday I was just itching to make a card.  Finally got to my stamp room at 11:00 last night.  I wanted to use all items from Amuse.  That is hard for me.  I like to dabble with all kinds of stuff.  Although I love simple cards I had a hard time keeping this basic.  Anyway I hope you enjoy it.

My Suppy List:
Casdstock:  Sage   PAPS501
                   Blush  PAPS200
Stamps:  Essential Sentiements   SASU009
              Polka Dot Patterns       SJEM009
              Beautiful Botanicals      SISM005
              Beautiful Botanicals 2   SISM004
Ink Pads:  Grass                             IAPF503
                 Lemon Whip                  IAPF400
                 Shell                               IAPF201
                Memento Tuxedo Black   IMMP900
Pretty Petals Meadow Mix  EAFW006
Buttons Buttercup  EABT401

Hope you enjoyed the card.  I hope to create more today sometime.  Watch for new cards!

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Oh HAPPY Day!!!

That's right!  My starter kit from Amuse|Studios came today.  What a treat.  I have to share with you that the kit comes in a recycled box....what a way for a company to save money.

I had a heads up that this is how it would arrive.  I was happy to see UPS knock on my door.
Now...what was inside?  Let me just show is too much to sit and list separately.

I was just in awe.  It is one thing to read on a piece of paper what you will get but another story when you see it in person.  I am just loving it all. 
Now that you have seen it and was wondering if you would love to see should.  It has been great just going to their website and reading their forums and all.  The starter kit is $149 for the deluxe one (what you see here).  What a deal!  Click on my website at the top of my blog and click on Start a Business.

Are you wondering what the stamps sets look like?  Here ya go!

I am showing you two different sets so I could show each side of the rubber.  The stamps come in a DVD case which is already indexed.  The stamps have great detail as you can see the rubber side.  The cling side has the image on the cling for accurate placement of your stamp.  There are NO stickers to place on the cling making it not stick as well to your acrylic block.  What a great feature!!!

The images are all laser pre-cut and are so easy to pop out and place in the DVD cases.  Do you wanna see?  Of ya go!

I hope you can tell how clean cut they are.  Now I am going to have to get busy and do some stamping.  I'm sure I will have some cards to share tomorrow.
Hope you enjoyed taking a look at all of my goodies.  See ya all tomorrow!!!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Final Farewell Blog Hop in Honor of TAC

It is kind of sad to say this is the final blog hop for TAC.  I would just like to say how much fun I had with this company and will really miss it.  I made so many friends through TAC.  Some of these friendships will be forever.  TAC was our common denominator but we will reign in friendship.  TAC will live on in our memories.  I just want to give Mischelle Smith big KUDO's for what she did for us and TAC.  She is the best and I wish her all the best.  The doors at TAC may have closed but that just means that God has a bigger plan for her and the Smith's.  I have no doubt she will prosper no matter what.  I hope she will be one of my forever friends.
Now onto our Blog Hop.  Below is a card that I had just made with one of the newer stamp sets.  How cute it is.  The card is layered for the fact that it opens twice.  Once small piece of cardstock for the front that opens with a saying and then the main card opening with another saying.  Fun card to make.  I hope you enjoy what is my last publicized TAC card.

Have fun visiting the following blogs to read about their final farewell to TAC:

Rita W.:
Angela K.
Rita K.
Deb Miller:
Betty G.:
Sandy A.
Diane H.
Chris F.
Rita H.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Making a BIG Change

It is with great sadness that I have to say I am no longer an angel with The Angel Company.  They closed their doors this past weekend.  I spent nine great years with them and loved every minute.  I made friends and memories that will remain with me forever. still goes on and I have had to move on.

It is with great pleasure and excitement that I am happy to tell you I have joined another direct selling company.  I am now a creative consultant with Amuse Studios.  I am so excited about getting my new kit and moving forward.

I have taken a big break from classes and have really missed it.  I am happy to say that will be starting up again in October.  I will be taking a great vacation for a couple of weeks to Myrtle Beach, SC and will get to work when I get back.  I do plan on creating before and while I am gone.

Now for Amuse News:

I do have an online website that you can visit and place orders.  All you need to do it click here and be on your way to happy shopping.

You can see the entire 2011Catalog and Inspiration Guide by clicking here

You can see the NEW 2001 Holiday Catalog and Inspiration Guide by clicking here

Right now it is Stamp-a-Palooza at Amuse! 

Receive a FREE stamp set for have a $150 party...this can be a book party or your own order equalling $150.  Here is a peek at the stamp set:

I hope you are as excited about my news as I am.  I'm hoping to hear from some of you and I would love to be able to do business with you.  Please check out won't be disappointed.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Missionary Card

It has been a busy week this week but I took time to make the following card.  A lady at my church asked me to make a special card for someone that runs our local missions.  This is what I came up with.

I googled some poems and found one I really liked so I printed it and then stamped the lighthouse next to it.  Of course it is colored with Copic Markers.  I used Chalks for all of the blue on the card.  I was really pleased with the way it turned out.  Makes a nice masculine card.  Hope you enjoy it!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Toadally Awesome

I am doing a swap with some friends...what did I get myself into?  There is about eight ladies that swap cards monthly.  I have decided to join them since I'm not teaching my classes like I used to.  This month we had to do Valentine's with any color of red on the card.  Of course I am the simple bumpkin so my card is very simple.  I chose red cardstock, Hoppy Everything stamp set from TAC and of course my Copic Markers.  Added a little ribbon and there you go. 
My card was inspired from a card on Savvy Projects Blog made by Mischelle Smith.  She is the founder, owner and CEO of TAC.  She does some awesome work.  Go over and check her out.  You will have to scroll down for her cards because there are also guest designers on the blog also.
Hope you enjoy my card today.  It was quick and easy...just the way I like them.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Cupcake Cuties

I am really trying to be more active with my blog and also my fellow angels.  Today Mabelle did a segment with Cupcake Cuties on the Savvy Projects Blog.  I love this set but haven't used it a lot so I thought I would make a card with it too.  Here is my version with the stamp set.  Hope you enjoy it!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Coloring with Copics

I just did a demo for about 65 ladies and I focused on the Copic Markers.  I love playing with these and just wanted to share some ideas on shading with them.  I have had so many people tell me they love them but don't know how to use them.  I have given my version of that here.  Remember it is just my version on how I no means is there anything professional done here.  Above is the coloring sequence I will see it up closer in the next pictures.

The Colors of Copics I used were:  Skin  E000, E00, E02...Hair Y21, YR21, YR24....Shirt RV10, RV21, 
Pants & Bow B41, B45...Leaves, Stems and Grass YG11, YG63.....Flower Centers Y17, YR31..... Peach Flower R20, R22.....Pink Flower RV02, RV06.....Purple Flower BV02, BV13.


Step 1

I stamp the image with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.  I used my lightest colored markers and colored the image.  The colors above are listed lightest to darkest for each segment of the image I colored.

Step 2

I now picked up the second color and added shadows.  You can see in the image where I added the color.  My rule of thumb is...if the sun doesn't shine there it needs a shadow.  HINT:  If you are going to be adding a third color for shadowing, make sure you bring the second color down a little bit to add room for the third color to go over it without hiding it.

Step 3

I now added my third color which is the darkest color value.  You can also see in the picture above where the darker colors were added.  Not all segments had a third color on them.  Remember to be careful and leave some of your second color showing.

Step 4

For my last step; I pick up my lightest color value for each of the segments and color the image again blending the shadow colors.  I start on top of the shadow colors and work away from them.  It seems to blend better for me.  I may go over the segments a couple of times to get the blending the way I want it.

I hope you have enjoyed this and go away with some hints that will help you in your coloring. 

Happy Stamping and have a Blessed Day!