Tuesday, November 20, 2012


Instead of sharing a card, I thought I would share a chocolate bar.  I love decorating candy bars for the holidays.  This is a regular sized candy bar.  Makes good stocking stuffers or just a little something to give.  All the products are from A Muse and you can visit my website here if you would like to look at our products.

I used Candy Cane Stripe cardstock, Petite Pin Dots cardstock in Cherry, Evergreen cardstock and Vanilla cardstock.  I also used the word window die set, nesties circles and the Holiday Tags Stamp Set. 
Hope you enjoy the candy bar idea.
Have a blessed day!!!!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Poinsietta Card

Time got away from me over the weekend so I thought I would go ahead and put on another Christmas Card.
I used the new Poinsietta Die Cuts for this card.  I just love A Muse Die Cuts.  They are so easy to use and cut very well.  I am totally addicted.  I used our Cherry Cardstock for the Poinsietts and dabbed a little Currant around the edges to give it some dimension.   I also used my favorite, Candy Cane Stripes for the card.  I also used the Window Dies to cut out on the front of the card and put the Merry Christmas saying on.  That way it shows on the front of the card as well as inside when you open it. 
Hope you enjoy the card!!!!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Another Christmas Card

This is a tri fold card done with a little bit of a twist.  It has a circle punched spot to fit the little Christmas Mug.  It was a fun card to do.  I actually got the idea from my friend, Sylvia.  She brought a Halloween card over that she had made so I did one for Christmas.
I used A Muse Candy Cane Striped Cardstock.  It is cut 4 1/4" x 11"  It is scored at 4 1/4" and 8 1/2".  Fold and crease the scored lines.  Fold the smaller flap down and punch a circle (the blue EK Success circle punch).  Unfold.  Fold the large end up and the smaller end down over that.  Punch the same size circle out of green cardstock (I used A Muse Evergreen) and glue in place where the circle is cut out.  I stamped the Mug from the Holiday Tags Set onto Vanilla Cardstock and colored with Copics and then added some glitter.  I cut Vanilla and Evergreen cardstock to make a border with our Border Die Set.  I used Memento Rich Cocoa ink.  Hope you enjoy it an take time to make something like it.
Have a blessed day!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

It's Time to Share Christmas Cards

I have been doing a lot of Christmas ideas for some workshops and classes.  I thought I would share my ideas with all of you.  Most of the cards I have been making has been Pinterest inspired.  Not that I make my cards exactly like what I see but I do get inspiration and do my own thing.  I wanted to point that out since so many people go to Pinterest to look.  I actually use my Pinterest for ideas, inspiration and therapy.
The first card I am sharing with you is such an easy card.  I used the A Muse Stamp Set Cool Yule along with the Fight like a Girl Breast Cancer Awareness Set that was featured in October.  I'm sorry to say that set is no longer available.  I do hope they might bring it out in our next catalog...that would be great.  I used this stamp for all the people that bought it in October.  I used a circle punch and punched out a white circle to go over the loop part of the ribbon.  The inks I used were Cherry and Fern.  The star was stamped with Buttercup.  The card was done with our Sugar Cardstock.

Hope you enjoy the card!!!
Check back tomorrow for Christmas Card Idea!!!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

A GREAT Opportunity from A Muse Studio

Have you thought about trying to do direct selling with the hobby of rubberstamping?  Now is your opportunity.  A Muse Studio is offering a great offer on a STARTER KIT for you to get started.  It gives you very basic supplies but is very AFFORDABLE.  You will also get a coupon to use for 50% OFF your first order within the first two weeks of your join date.  The details are below. 

 November Starter Kit Special!
Beginning November 1st we are helping you sponsor with a special Business Basics Starter Kit for only $29.99 (+ $10 Shipping & Handling).
This Business Basics Starter Kit will include:
* All 4 Studio Sampler stamp sets - a Consultant Exclusive
* 5 - 2012 catalogs
* 5 - 2012 holiday catalogs
* Order forms (customer & hostess)
* Consultant's guide to success
* Grand opening invitation postcards
New Consultants will also receive a 30% off coupon that will give them the opportunity to place one Consultant order for a total of 50% off the retail price of catalog items*. Coupon must be used within 14 days of their join date.
* Coupon cannot be used on Business Supplies
If this is something you might like to try, please visit my website to join my team.  I would love to have you.  If you have any questions that I could help you with, you can email me at ritaholmes@fuse.net
Thanks so much and have a very Blessed Day!!!!!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

FOUR Days left to order your FREE Stamp Set

There are only FOUR more days to order the FREE "Fight Like a Girl" Breast Cancer Awareness stamp set from A Muse Studio Stamps.  You can go and order at my website.  All you pay is $3.00 shipping.  It is a great set...scroll down on my blog to see some samples I have done. 
To refresh your memory here is a picture of the stamp set:
I would be so thankful if you could order one of these.  It is dear to my heart that A Muse has teamed up to do this as I am a Breast Cancer Survivor.  I have set a goal for the amount of these stamps I would like to give away.  I am only 10 sets away and have 4 days to do it.  Hope you can order one.  Don't forget to use my website to do the ordering.
Thanks and God Bless!!!!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Christmas Card with A Muse Breast Cancer Awareness Set

I have been trying to think out of the box for both using the Breast Cancer Awareness Set and also some very quick Christmas Cards.  Here is one of the cards I came up with:

I used the Awareness Ribbon out of the Breast Cancer Set along with the trees and saying from the set Cool Yule.  I punched a circle for my words and put over the awareness part of the ribbon.  Very fast and easy card.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

A Muse FREE Awareness Stamp Set

That's right!!!!!  A Muse is giving away a FREE stamp set for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  All you have to do is go to my website and order it.  You will be charged for SHIPPING.  That is a $3.00 charge.  Not bad for a complete stamp set.  Here are a couple of samples I made with it.  I did do the cards in Pink since it is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

I see so much you can do with this set....not as a Breast Cancer Awareness Set.  Here is a picture of the whole set:
This stamp set offer is good until October 31st.  They have 10,000 sets to give away while supplies last.  Hurry and order so you don't lose out.  Remember all you have to do is go to my website and order your set.  If I can help you with anything else please let me know.
God Bless!!!!!

Monday, October 1, 2012

Stamp Out Breast Cancer

October is "STAMP OUT BREAST CANCER" month!
This offer is only done through my webstore

As many of your know I am a Breast Cancer Survivor so this promotion is very dear to my heart.  I would love for you to take advantage of this FREE stamp set (except for the $3.00 shipping and handling fee).  Please tell all of your friends about this.  The main thing you have to do to get this is order it in MY WEBSTORE.  Continue reading all about this tremendous offer below. 

Amuse Studio is pleased to announce a massive promotion for the month of October!! We are promoting breast cancer awareness & we are giving away 10,000 FREE "Fight like a Girl" stamp sets!

Each set includes a "push-pin" stamp that women can use to stamp their calendar each month to serve as a reminder to do a self-exam, which is so critical for early detection. There will also be information on breast health included with each stamp set.

Starting on Monday, October 1st go to my webstore www.amusestudio.com/ritaholmes and order your free set. The stamp set must be ordered through a consultant and will have a $3.00 shipping and handling fee per set. Some states require us to charge tax on shipping so that will be in addition to the $3.00 where applicable. The stamp set will ship separately from other items in a customer or workshop order. Please allow 6-8 weeks for delivery of the stamp set. Limit one free stamp set per customer.

AND when you receive your stamp set in the mail there will be a postcard coupon included for 20% off your next Amuse Studio order.

There is also an incentive for hosting a qualifying workshop during the month of OCTOBER. 
Hostess Promotion

In addition to regular Hostess Rewards, for the month of October only, hostesses will receive a special Pink Pack - a $50 retail value!
The Pink Pack includes:
3 ink pads
3 ribbons
cardstock assortment
Shell pearls

This special hostess benefit will ship automatically to qualified hostesses who have a workshop of $150 or more in sales. (Please allow 6-8 weeks for delivery of the free stamp set.)

Fall is in the Air Blog Challenge

I am hosting the challenge over at A Muse Studio Challenge Blog  The name of the challenge is FALL is in the AIR.  When we think of fall we usually think of leaves turning, pumpkins and the holidays starting.  I tried to think a little bit out of the box.  Below are my creations for the blog.  Don't forget to go check the Challenge Blog out and then make your own creation of FALL is in the AIR and link to the Challenge Blog.  I will be giving away a set of our Star Trio Dies.


My first creation is a large Hershey Chocolate Bar covered with our Buttercup Petite Polka Dots cardstock.  I accented with French Roast cardstock and Vanilla cardstock.  The stamp sets I used were Give Thanks and Bounty of the Season.  I used Memento Rich Cocoa Ink and Copic Markers to stamp and color.  I accented with Buttercup and French Roast Buttons. 

For this card I used the leaf from the Wild Rose stamp set.  I used the finger daubers with Rialto, Pumpkin, Buttercup and Currant inks to get the fall foliage look on the leaves.  I stamped the Birthday Wishes sentiment from the same set.  The cardstocks I used were, Rialto, Currant and Vanilla.  I accented with Rialto ribbon.  Very quick fall card that could be make for any occasion.
I hope you go over to the A Muse Studio Challenge Blog and add your fall creations for a chance for the prize. 
Have a great day and God Bless,

Monday, August 20, 2012

A "FELT" Challenge

Sometimes it is nice to use other textures with our dies for cardmaking.  Felt is a great idea and it seems to cut like butter.  I love using.  Over at A Muse Studio Challenge Blog that is just what we used for this weeks challenge. 
For my creation for this challenge I decided to do a wedding card.  I love the felt flowers for wedding cards.  I also chose the colors of Onyx (black) and Vanilla (cream) for my card.  They just seem so elegant for weddings and you can't go wrong with the color choice. 
Here is the card I did:

I used Onyx and Vanilla Cardstocks with an accent of the Sage Petite Polka Dots.  The felt is Vanilla.  The ink is Versafine Onyx Black.  The ribbon is the 5/8" Satin in Onyx.  I used the Elegent Elements and Essential Seniments Stamp Sets. Last, I used the Classic Scalloped Circle Nestabilities and the Flower Die Set 2. I also rounded the corner on the card and the matte on the card.  It is a very simple and quick card. 

I hope you enjoy the card and hop on over to the challenge blog and enter to win a nice A Muse gift.

Monday, August 6, 2012

A litte RED, WHITE and BLUE

That is the challenge over at A Muse Studio Challenge Blog.  I decided to do a birthday card for this challenge.  Since the colors are red, white and blue it can be used for a man or woman.  It is such a simple card to make.  It would be great to make these as sets in different colors to give as gifts.

I used Navy cardstock for the base of my card.  I then used Sugar cardstock to do  my stamping.  I stamped the swirls from the Elegant Elements stamp set with Navy ink.  I layered a Star cut from the Star Trio Die Set out of Cherry petite polka dots.  I stamped the Birthday Wishes from the Wild Rose stamp set with Momemto Tuxedo Black ink.  I layered a small strip of Cherry polka dot pindot under the saying and added three of the sugar buttons.  What a fast and simple card.  I sure hope you enjoy it!

Have a Blessed Day!!!!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Blog Challenge with embellishments

The blog challenge over at A Muse Studio Challenge Blog is any card with a button, flower and ribbon embellishment.  Triple embellishments.  That is fun...I love to use embellishments on my cards.  It just adds so much flair to them.  Below is the card I submitted for the blog challenge.  Please go over to the blog and submit a card of your own.  You could win some free A Muse Studio products.

For this card I used all A Muse products.  It has Blush cardstock, Seattle pindot (which will be available in the new Holida Catalog that starts August 1st.), Flower Die Set #2, Felt, Buttercup Buttons, Word Windows Die Set, Say it with Style Stamp Set, Tuxedo Black Memento Ink and Sugar satin ribbon.  All of this can be found at my online store...just click HERE.  Hope you enjoyed the card.  Don't forget to hop on over to the A Muse Studio Challenge Blog and check things out.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Summer Fun Blog Challenge

It is time for another challenge over at the A Muse Studio Challenge Blog.  We are doing summer fun.  You can interpret this anyway you like.  What do you think of as Summer Fun?  When I first thought about it I thought of Butterflies and Soft Colors.  Below is the card I came up with.

I have been so busy this whole month I think I just wanted something more calming.  Summer should be about relaxing and enjoying the days. 

I used two different A Muse stamp sets.  I used Papillon and Hey, Man!  The background is just a beginner background of chalks done with a cotton ball.  I used a Martha Stewart Punch to give some dimension and added our 1/4" Organdy Polka Dot Ribbon in Bubblegum.  The cardstock is Sugar.
Another very simple and fast card to do.  I hope you enjoy it.

Don't forget to go over and check the blog out and enter your Summer Fun card.  You could be the next prize winner.

Have a Blessed Day!!!!

Sunday, June 17, 2012

I am so BAD...here is my challenge card!

I have been so busy with getting ready for Vacation Bible School at Church that I forgot to post my challenge card for the Amuse Challenge Blog.  I did get it posted there but no here...geesh!

Anyway...here is the card I made.  I used the A Muse Stamp Set...Hey, Man!  I also used Onyx Cardstock, Cherry Petite Polka Dot Cardstock, Word Window Dies, Grass Die,  and the Stamp Set Say it with Style.  I colored the lawn mower with Copic Markers.

Hope you enjoy the card!  Sorry it is late on here.  You can always do this as a Masculine Birthday Card which is what I did for my hubby last week.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Sentimental Blog Challenge

It is time for another blog challenge at A•Muse Studio Consultant Challenge Blog  You will want to go and check it out.  We have a great design team that loves to showcase what A•Muse is all about. 
The challenge for the next two weeks is using a Sentiment as your focal point.  Below is my creation.  You should go check out the others and then give it a try.  You can get your name in for a free gift.

I used Blush cardstock, French Roast Gingham cardstock, French Roast Petite Polka Dot Pindot and Sugar Cardstock.  I also used the Scallop Border Die Set and the Labels Eight Nestabilities.  The stamp set I used was Just Because with Memento Rich Cocoa ink.  I embellished with French Roast 1/4" Organdy Polka Dot Ribbon and Shell and French Roast Buttons.  A very simple and cute card.
I hope you enjoyed stopping by.  You can order any of these items at my website.
See you soon!!!!!

Saturday, May 26, 2012

A|Muse Memorial Day Sale

Memorial Day Weekend Customer Gift with Purchase!

A Muse Studio is celebrating Memorial Day with a Red, White,  Blue GIFT!

Customers who spend $50 or more will get one spool each of Cherry, Vanilla, & Bermuda satin ribbon for FREE!

Click here to go to my website to place an order.  For anyone that orders this weekend on my website I will send an extra small gift to you.

Place your order this weekend and you will automatically get the satin ribbon giveaway with your order. {that’s a value of $20.85!} This offer is valid on orders $50 or more (before shipping and taxes) placed between Saturday, May 26th and Monday, May 28th at 11:59 pm Eastern time. Ribbon will be automatically included with all qualifying orders. No coupon code required and you will not need to note it on the order. Limit one per customer.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Thank You Blog Challenge

Just wanted to post my creation for the Blog Challenge over at the Amuse Studio Challenge Blog.  I am a new member to their design team and have started participating by sending ideas for their challenges.  This is a great group of consultants taking their time to share ideas and give inspiration.  Make sure you go and check it out.  There is a new challenge every other week.  You can also participate and hopefully win the prize that week!
Now for my Thank You card which is the challenge this week.  It is to get ideas for Thank You cards.

I love the colors of this card.  I used the bubblegum gingham cardstock, seattle cardstock, sage cardstock and sugar cardstock.  I embellished with a bubblegum button.  The stamp set is Handscripted with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink. I love our new flower dies also.  This is Flower Die Set 2.  It is such a great set because it has three different sizes of flower and leaves.  I can't seem to get enough of it right now.  Of course you can go to my Amuse Website to purchase any of the items you see here.
Thanks for visiting!!!!


Sunday, April 8, 2012

April Specials...A little Late!

I am sorry for getting the April specials out late.  Please le met know if you would like to order anything.  You can always order at my website.  If you have an order totaling $150 before tax and shipping please email me so you can take advantage of the hostess benefits.

Thanks for coming and taking a look at my blog.  Hope to see you again soon!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Another Easter Card..Pinterest Inspired

It has been awhile since I posted.  Time sure gets away from me. 

I thought I would share another Easter Card.  This is made with the Egg-Stravaganza stamp set and Egg Position and Die set.  The little bunny is made from punches.  I also used the grass die on the card.   Hope you enjoy it!

Monday, March 5, 2012

Moving onto EASTER

I'm not a St. Patrick's type of gal so I am moving onto Easter ideas.  I love Easter and all the spring colors.  I had to move on and do some things.  I am in love with the Egg-Strvaganza Stamp Set and the Egg die and positioning plate die set.  I also love to decorate the "big" Hershey bars for different occasions and holidays.  Here is a close up of the eggs that I stamped and cut.  You will notice not all of them are perfect but in my stamping world...nothing is perfect in this world so why should my stamping be.  My classes love it and don't feel so compelled to be "perfect".

I used the Martha Stewart fringe scissors for my grass.  I love those scissors.  Although I love our grass die I think it needed more dimension on the grass so I chose the scissors.

Here is the candy bar:

I loved making these.  I did them over the weekend with a couple teenaged girls and they also had fun with them.  I hope you get a chance to try them.

Below is a list of the supplies I used:

Egg-Stravaganze Stamp Set SJEK006
Egg Die & Positioner Set  TAD0004
Essential Elements Stamp Set  SASU009
Gingham Cardstock (orange from assorted pack)  PAGHAST
Blackberry Ink Pad   IAPF702
Bubblegum Ink Pad  IAPF203
Ocean Ink Pad  IAPF602
Grass Ink Pad  IAPF503
Memento Black Ink pad  IMMP500

The paper for the candy bar wrapper is cut 6 3/4" x 8 1/2".  I only taped one side so the candy bar can slip in and out of the wrapper.  The grass is cut 1" x 6 3/4" and 1 1/2" x 6 3/4".  After I used the scissors I daubed some green on the grass for dimension.  Stamp the eggs as you desire and cut them out.  Place to your liking on your wrapper.  ENJOY!!!


Friday, March 2, 2012

March Spotlight

Since A|Muse is celebrating their one year Birthday of being open for direct sales our Spotlight is showcasing Birthday stamps.  Below is the flyer of the stamps and paper pack that is on sale until MARCH 31st.  Don't forget our other specials that are going on which you can see in the previous post here on my blog. 

You can order HERE is you would like or you can EMAIL me if you have any questions!

Wednesday, February 29, 2012


That's right!!  A|Muse is celebrating the ONE year anniversary of their direct sales business in March.  I am so blessed to be in on the ground floor of such a great business.  Because they are so great...they are offering some "Birthday" specials you to...as a hostess OR customer.

Here is a stamp set that you can earn FREE!  See the details below the image.

All you have to do is host a $150 party in the month of March and get this stamp set FREE!!!
A party consists of you and FOUR customers
You don't want to have a party but would love to place an order?  Spend $25 or more and you will receive a FREE pack of Petite Polka Dot A2 Notecards!
It is very simple to do any of this.  Just email me and let me know how I can help you. 
REMEMBER:  This is just during the month of March!!!
I hope to hear from you!!!!

Friday, February 3, 2012

February Spotlight

Here is a look at the February Spotlight.  Lots of great stamps sets and papers at a discounted price.  You can go here and click on the spotlight link to see the projects done with these stamps and papers.  You can also place an order with me right there if you would like to take advantage of the specials. 
Happy Stamping!!!!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Amuse Studio February Blog Hop

Welcome to my blog, today I delighted to be joining some of my fellow consultants in a blog hop featuring products from the wonderful new Amuse Studio Catalog, if you are joining us in the hop you should have come here from ZZZ, if not why not start at the beginning with Karen Crisp's blog and hop on down until you get back to me?

Of course I am always doing things at the last minute so I came up with a quick card.  I used the new Venetian Palette Cardstocks.  The colors I chose were Burano and Rialto.  I also used Sugar cardstock.  I used the Burano and Rialto inks alongs with Memento Tuxedo Black.  The stamp set I used was Charming Gardners.  You can find all of this at my website here.

Next on the list to visit is Sarah Callahan.  If you get lost or need the list to start at the beginning you can follow the links below:

Karen Crispwww.papernstamps.blogspot.com/
Pamela Fredrickson www.attemptedcreativity.blogspot.com/
Angi Kelley
Lianna Vigil
Carissa Fulkerson
Kristine Vincente
Jennifer Corson
Samantha Kania
Rita Holmes
Sarah Callahan
Tracey Jean H
Ruza Rebel http://www.ruzascraftcorner.blogspot.com/

I hope you enjoy browsing the blog hop.  Enjoy!!!!!

Friday, January 13, 2012

Valentine Chocolate

Time has gotten away from me and I really wanted to share my Valentine Chocolate Bars.  There is not much stamping to it but I used several A•Muse products.

This is the large Chocolate bar that weighs a little over 4ozs.  I used the Bubblegum Heartbreaker Cardstock for the candy bar wrap.  It measures 6 3/4" x 8 1/2".  The border pieces are just white and black cardstock.  The black is cut 1 1/2" x 6 3/4" and the white is 1" x 6 3/4" and punched with a Fiskars border punch.  The ribbon is the Onyx 1/4" Organdy Polka-dot Ribbon..unfortunately it is out of stock but the Sugar or Bubblegum would work great too.  The heart is cut from our Heart Trio Die Set with the Bubblegum Sweetheart Cardstock.  I placed a pop dot on the bottom point of the heart and pressed it to the bow so it would stand up. 

Here is a regular sized candy bar done.  The paper is Cherry Heartbreaker Cardstock cut 5 1/2" x 5 1/2" for the candy bar wrapper.  The black cardstock is cut 1 1/4" x 5 1/2" and the white is 1" x 5 1/2".  The ribbon is Sugar 1/4" Organdy Polka-dot ribbon.  The heart is cut from the Heart Trio Die Set with Cherry Sweetheart cardstock. 

Both cards are stamped with "Happy Valentine's Day" from the Essential Elements stamp set with Memento Tuxedo Black ink.

Of course you can click HERE to order all of these products.

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you have a great weekend!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Here is our January Spotlight.  The Specials are good until the end of January.  You can visit my website here if you would like to place an order.


You can also visit here to see the ideas!

Have a great day and check by for some Valentine ideas!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

New Beginnings....2012

It is a time for new beginnings.  Have you all thought about what you want to do in 2012?  I have thought about it but am happy the ways things are right now.  I can't think of anything I want to change.  We all have those little things like lose weight, make more money, etc., etc. BUT I am talking big things.  I am content with life and just want to have a happy and healthy year.

I did get to do a little bit of creating.  That always makes me happy.  I am going to be a vendor at a weekend retreat towards the end of this month so I was working on some ideas for a Make & Take.  The retreat is to raise money for Cancer.  The card for the Make & Take is to do with Thinking of You.  They can turn their card into the lady that is hosting the retreat and the cards will be used to sell for their cancer benefit.  Anway...here are three designs they can choose from for their Make & Take..or they can mix it up however they like to make their own creation.

All products are from A•Muse Studios.  I used the stamp set Wild Rose.  It has the border, vine, flower and sayings all in that set.  I used Vanilla and Blackberry cardstocks.  The inks were Blackberry, Sage and Memento Tuxedo Black.  The first card also has the twinkle embellishments on it.  You can visit my website here to order any of these products.  I hope you enjoyed the cards.  I enjoyed making them.