It’s been a very long time since I posted to this blog. Life has intervened in the meantime. I am looking to be more active on this blog in the coming months, so please stand by for an updated blog and more inspiration on a regular basis. Check back soon. Have a wonderful autumn weekend.
May May 6, 2012
May is a month that seems to be filled with lots of family time – birthdays (I have lots of family and friends who celebrate May birthdays), Mother’s Day, graudations, weddings, and whatever else might happen. May also means that winter is pretty much behind us and that summer is not far away. While I am truly grateful for the mild winter we enjoyed here in New England, I love summer (could be because I’m a summer birthday) and I can’t wait to enjoy summer.
Found this picture on Pinterest. Hydrangeas are one of my favorite springtime flowers and I just love all the colors, especially pink. Wonderful source of inspiration for crafting and scrapbooking. Look around your home and outside, you’d be surprised where we could find inspiration.
May also is a great time to get some creative juices flowing. Why not have a girls night and invite some girlfriends over and got out the ink pads, stamps, paper and washi tape and go to town? I can help you if you want to plan a girls night out, just drop me a comment or contact me.
Hope you have a wonderful May. Enjoy your family and make some time to do something creative.
Spring Forward March 12, 2012
Just stopping by to say that while I hate losing an hour of sleep in the morning, I love that we stay lighter out later in the day and that means that spring and summer aren’t far behind. What do you like better.. springing forward or falling back?
A Muse Studio’s 1st year birthday celebration is well underway. Please check out my a muse stuido web site for all the details and contact me if you’re interested in hosting a workshop or placing an order. There’s also lots of fun birthday celebrations happening at the Facebook page for A Muse Studio, so if you haven’t liked it yet, what are you waiting for? Also, be sure to “like” A Passion For Creativity – Mary Sara Pipia’s Facebook page as well as I update that more frequently than my blog.
Heading off to spend some creative time with friends next Saturday, so hope to have some fun spring and Easter inspiration to post soon.
In the meantime, enjoy the day and remember to do something creative today.
Hello January 2012 January 12, 2012
Happy 2012! Hope you all enjoyed the holiday season.
Once again too much time has lapsed between blog posts. This fall I was recovering from some minor health concerns (I”m fine) and then the holidays arrived and along with them, an extremely busy time at work and blink and it’s now January 12, 2012. So, I wanted to say a big THANK YOU for stopping by to check out my blog and especially those of you who subscribe/follow my blog for hanging in there.
Let me first share some exciting a muse studio news and updates.
The 2011 catalogs for a muse studio (both the main and holiday ones) are only good through January 31, 2012 and our new 2012 a muse studio catalog becomes available on February 1, 2012. If you would like one, please contact me. There is a list of 2011 retiring stamp sets that once they are gone, are gone. Please check out my a muse studio web site for more information.
Please check out the January 2012 Sweet Treats Spotlight from a muse studio. Fun, cute ideas in time for Valentine’s Day and save 10% on five select stamps sets along with the Rock Candy assorted paper packet in complimentary colors. Special pricing good through January 31, 2012.
There will be lots of exciting things coming in 2012. A new blog is in the works for sometime later this year. New workshops are coming (if you want to book a custom/private one – contact me). Look for the launch of my new winter/spring monthly Stamping and Sweets Workshops, with the first one coming in February 2012. I promise to share lots of creative inspiration as well as sharing inspiration I find through Pinterest or other blogs.
It’s my desire and hope to blog more often this year, so once again, thanks for sticking in there with me and for following my blog, and checking back (or click subscribe). Please “Like” my Facebook page – A Passion For Creativity – Mary Sara Pipia – for 2012, as I post more often there.
Here’s hoping you have a wonderful, creative, inspirational and peaceful 2012.
Pinterest – Have you Pinned Today? October 30, 2011
Over the summer, but particularly in the last month, my new obsession has been checking out Pinterest. You can click on the link on the side to follow me, but I must say, this is a wonderful place to get inspiration and spark creativity. Everything from a new recipe for dinner tonight to a fall centerpiece to a wonderful new idea for gift wrapping. It’s really helped spark my creativity and give it a jolt. I would suggest that you check it out sometime, but be forewarned, you can lose track of time. You might be surprised at what you find.
Hello an October Monday October 17, 2011
Just dropping by with a quick post for Monday. I have the day off today and am home this morning while the plumber is here. It’s a beautiful fall day here in New England. The weather is just starting to get that crisp fall feel in the air, which here in New England is a little late this year.
I love this time of the year. Pumpkins, wonderful fall colors, jeans and sweaters, my favorite out of work outfit along with yummy pumpkin bread and caramel apples. There’s a local candy store that sells caramel apples now with all sorts of fun flavors. One of my favorites is the toffee caramel apple as I love all things both toffee and caramel. Yummy. One thing I don’t like is that the days are getting shorter and it’s getting dark out earlier and earlier. So, what do you do to celebrate fall?
Enjoy this fall day and wherever you are I hope you find something that sparks your creativity or gives you inspiration today. Thanks for stopping by.
Blink and It’s October October 10, 2011
While, it’s been a while since I posted and now I’ve blinked and it’s October. How did that happen? Since my vacation at the end of August, I’ve been dealing with some health issues, but hopefully I am finally on the mend. Because of this, my blogging has suffered a bit. Thanks for hanging in there with me.
So even though it’s October 10 and Columbus Day weekend, we’re in the middle of warm weather here in New England. Yesterday, I couldn’t believe it was 85 degrees and short weather. However, as any true New Englander knows, just wait and it will change. It’s supposed to be more fall like by the middle of the week.
So, what have you been doing lately to express your creativity? The 2011 a muse| studio Holiday and Inspiration Catalog is good through January 31, 2012. I am working on some holiday classes/workshops and more information will be posted on my Facebook page as well as a future post here. If you haven’t “Liked” my page, what are you waiting for? When I reach 77 fans, I will be giving away an A Muse Studio goodie.
World Card Making Day was Saturday, October 1, 2011 and I did a workshop with these two cards.
If you click on the picture you’ll see it in more detail. I used the Spooky Boo Day stamp set for the sentiment and the images came from the Too Cute To Spook set, which has a lot of fun images to play with. I glittered the ghost and then thought afterwards about glittering the cat with the new onyx black glitter. Everything was stamped with Memento black ink and the witch’s hat was stamped with Blackberry ink. I used orange and blackberry papers and cut out the 1 1/2″ and 1 3/4″ squares or you could use a square punch. Sugar cardstock was used for the A2 card base.
The next card I did is for fall and could be used around Thanksgiving. I used the Bounty of Season stamp set for the image and sentiment. I used a 4-bar card size in sugar cardstock and heather cardstock as the layer color along with our fine twill french roast ribbon. I stamped the wheat stalk in french roast ink on a scrap of sugar cardstock and cut it out, leaving a little white around the edge. I tied a little bit of our french roast/white baker’s twine around the stalk and then used foam tape to pop it up to give it some depth.
I hope that you remember to do something creative today. Thanks for stopping by.
An Elegant Halloween Bash from a·muse | studio September 19, 2011
Welcome to the September/October Spotlight, An Elegant Halloween Bash from a muse studio. From now (started September 15) until the end of the day, October 14, 2011, we are offering a variety of products at a special discount.
This month we are offering the following stamp sets at a 10% discount off the retail price: Web Background, Victorian Charm, Foiled Again!, If You Dare, Celebrate In Style. You can also pick up the paper assortment “Jack-O-Lantern,” four sheets of five different colors (Apricot, Onyx, Pumpkin, Squash, and Toffee) for just $7.65. A great way to get a selection of colors at a serious discount. You can check out this link for some fun, creative inspiration.
Feel free to download the A Muse Studio Spotlight September 2011 with all the details and contact me with any questions or visit my web site to order. Remember, all orders over $150 qualify for hostess benefits, but you need to order directly with me to receive them. Hope you are inspired to get a start on your Halloween crafting and remember to do something creative today.
Your’e Invited..A*Muse A*Palooza Is Well Under Way September 14, 2011
I can’t believe that it’s already the middle of September, which means there are only a few more weeks left of A*Muse A*Palooza,, which wraps up at the end of this month. The awesome, extra hostess benefits for A*Muse A*Palooza end September 30, 2011, so there is no better time to host a workshop or place a workshop order ($150+) for these fabulous benefits, including a free, exclusive stamp set and free products you select. You can download a 2011ASHolidayCatalog to look through. If you want to schedule a workshop or place an order contact me.
I am hosting a workshop along with Jeanne Blanney, a Creative Memories consultant on Sunday, September 25, 2011. Learn how to combine stamping and scrapbooking in new creative ways. There will be a make and take, door prizes and special discounts during the Open House. The details are here on my Facebook page. Drop me a note for more information. Feel free to stop by and bring a friend. Hope to see you there.
Inky Fingers’ Team a•muse | studio Autumnal Splendor blog hop September 11, 2011
If you are visiting my blog today as part of the Inky Fingers’ a•muse | studio Autumnal Splendor blog hop, welcome, so glad you stopped by. You should have come from Pamela’s blog. If not, you should start from the beginning with Liz’s blog until you come to my blog. Hasn’t it been fun seeing everyone’s take on Autumnal Splendor? What inspiration.
In the midst of Autumn, comes Halloween and you can’t have Halloween without a witch. For today’s card, I used goodies from the 2011 a muse| studio Holiday and Inspiration Catalog. I just love this witch from the a•muse | studio creepy hollow exclusive stamp set and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on her. I stamped the witch onto Sleepy Hollow paper using Memento black ink and then used my quickie glue pen and covered her with our new onyx glitter. I let that dry for a few minutes and then I fussy cut her out and popped her up using foam tape. I love glitter and always say, you can never have too much glitter.
My card base and the moon is our pumpkin card stock. I also love our new Sleepy Hollow paper and cut a piece of that slightly smaller than my card base, 4″ by 5 1/4″ and flat adhered it on top of my pumpkin card base. I used a 1″ circle punch for the moo. Did you know that a full orange moon is considered a Harvest moon. Have you ever looked up in the sky at night during the fall/winter and saw a full moon that looks orange? I used our orange and currant inks and inked them on the outside of the moon to give it some depth. I adhered it to the card and then stamped the bats, from our to cute to spook stamp set, off the moon. I cut a one inch by four inch strip of our new slate wood grain paper and tied our onyx baker’s twine a couple of times around and tied it in a knot and left a tail. I used a mini pop dot behind to hold the knot onto the card. If you use a little pop dot behind the ribbon it helps hold it. Thanks for that tip, Liz. I then flat adhered it to the sleepy hollow paper.
You can find all the products I used on this card and others, on my web site. This concludes our Autumnal Splendor Inky Finger’s first team blog hop. Thanks for stopping by and hope that you enjoyed it and got some inspiration. Remember, do something creative today.
All products used were from a•muse | studio unless otherwise noted: Pumpkin, Sleepy Hollow and Slate Woodgrain paper, creepy hollow and too cute to spook stamp sets, black Memento ink, currant and orange pigment inks, onyx glitter, onyx baker’s twine, quickie glue stick, glue dots, foam squares