A Passion For Creativity

Unleash Your Creativity, by Mary Sara Pipia

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

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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


Vacation – Part One September 7, 2011

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I’m a bit behind in blogging right now, so thank you for checking back and bearing with me.   I did try to blog with my iPad when I was stuck in my hotel room, but couldn’t get on.   So what did you do for the end of the summer?  For the first time in many years, I took a two-week vacation from work and went on vacation the end of August.  I actually packed a suitcase and got on a plane this time.   The week I was gone both an earthquake hit the East Coast and then Hurricane Irene.  You could say I picked a good week to be away but then I then got stuck in Phoenix for an extra three days due to Hurricane Irene.  

I can hear you asking, what was I doing in Phoenix in August with temperatures of 115 degrees and a cool 90 degrees at 9 p.m. at night?  Several months ago, two of my friends from my monthly crop group and I decided to go to Creative Escapes 2011, since this was going to be the last one.  I couldn’t believe it was in Phoenix in August, where it averaged 100+ a day that month, but we were so excited to go.  I will be sharing some of the inspiration that I got at the workshop in future posts. 

Before heading to Phoenix though, I went to California to visit my father.  It had been several years since I’ve been back to Pasadena and the weather couldn’t have been more perfect.  Gave me pause, to think.  Hmm, cold, freezing winters with piles of snow and hot, humid summers or the warm, sunny skies of California.  Food for thought, if I was ever to decide to leave New England (given I’ve been here for 25 years, it’s not likely I will).   I was only there for a couple of days and wished I could have stayed a little longer, but it was nice to visit with my dad and a chance to catch up.  I also went to lunch one day with my mother’s really good friend and her daughter. 

While in Pasadena, I was able to have brunch with two of my high school classmates that I had reconnected via Facebook over the last year or two.  It was so much fun to see them and catch up on the last 20 plus years of our lives.  We had brunch at Green Street Restaurant in Pasadena and then did a little shopping in Old Town Pasadena.  I was staying with my dad, and he made dinner that night, a nice way to end a Sunday. 

While there, I stopped by and saw the house were my family lived for over 10 years and it had changed or maybe I had changed?  I think it was a bit of both.  I drove by my old high school, which ironically, is around the corner from where my father lives now.  It too had changed from when I went there years ago.  So, when was the last time you went on a vacation or trip and gone down memory lane?  Are things the way you remember them or not?  I think that as we get older, memories mellow and you feel a bit more nostalgic, don’t you agree?

Okay, so that’s part one of my vacation.  Stay tuned for part two this week. 

Fun stuff going on with A Muse Studio right now as well.  A Muse A Palooza is in full swing right now through the end of September.  More fun, inspiration on that later this week and please come back on Saturday when I’ll be participating in an inspiring Inky Fingers team a muse | studio fall blog hop with lots of fall inspiration.  In the meantime, please feel free to visit my A Muse Studio web site  for inspiration and to order.  Feel free to contact me with any questions or information.

Remember, do something creative this week.