A Passion For Creativity

Unleash Your Creativity, by Mary Sara Pipia

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.

All supplies used in these cards are from A Muse Studio  and can be found on my web site or drop me a note if you want more information.

I hope that you remember to do something creative today.  Thanks for stopping by.

 

Just Keep Swimmin’ August 7, 2011

It’s hard to believe that it’s already August and that summer is flying by.  Today’s card is inspired by summer and the ocean.  I love the ocean and water.  I live within 10 minutes of the ocean, and although I’m not much of a beach bum, I love going to the beach at the end of the day and watching the sunset over the waves.

I recently made this card for a Workshop I held.  I used the a|s stamp set, Keep Swimmin; that you can see on my web shop

The card base is size A2 (4 1/4″ b y 5 1″2″) and in Sugar.  I cut a strip of Ocean cardstock to add a pop of color.  I then stamped the sea grass slightly off center in Fern ink on a square of Sky cardstock.  I briefly used the heat gun on it to set it and then stamped the school of fish in Cherry ink slightly on top of the grass.  The bubbles are stamped in Ocean ink that I let dry and then I filled in with Crystal Clear Glaze to give them a touch of gloss and bubbles.  How fun!  You can also add a touch of glitter.  The sentiment is also stamped in Ocean ink.  I used Latte ink in slightly sweeping at the end of the Sky cardstock to create a bit of a “sand” effect.  I used foam tape to pop up the Sky cardstock onto the Sugar card base.  I hope you enjoy this little bit of a summertime card in August.

Just a reminder, that a week from today, A Muse Studio On the Road will be in Nashua, NH and Linda Hartwich the owner of A Muse Studio will be leading the workshop.  I’m sharing the AS_Nashua_On the Road_August 2011 flyer for the Nashua, NH event and you can register through the link on my web site.  I hope to see some of you there.

 

What’s your Favorite Flavor of Ice Cream? July 10, 2011

Who doesn’t love ice cream, especially in the summer time?  What’s your favorite flavor?  My favorite is vanilla with jimmies (sprinkles) or chocolate chip.  You have to have the jimmies, which just adds fun to your ice cream.  Just like the amazing A Muse Studio diamond glitter adds fun to this quick card I made for my June A Muse Studio workshop. 

I used the What’s the Scoop  exclusive A Muse Studio stamp set.  I started with A Muse Studio sugar cardstock in an A2 size  (4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″) as my base and then stamped the ice cream cone three times on a square of sugar cardstock using  A Muse Studio French Roast ink, zapped it with a heat gun to set the ink, colored them with Copic markers (your favorite pink, yellow and green shades – but you can use whatever colors you love) and then using my Quickie glue stick, added the most amazing A Muse Diamond glitter to the top of the cones.  Love this glitter, but ask my friends, I love glitter when creating cards and think of it as the jimmies on my ice cream.  I then used foam mounting tape and poped up the ice cream cones to A Muse Studio grass cardstock and adhered to the sugar cardstock base card.  So, how quick and fun is this card to make?  All products used on this card are from A Muse Studio and you can check out my web site for more details and to find the products. 

So, what is your favorite flavor of ice cream?  Happy summer and enjoy your ice cream and don’t forget the jimmies.

 

A Musing April May 17, 2010

Welcome.   Where has the time gone?  I truly hadn’t realized it’s been this long since I’ve written on my blog.  I promise to try to be better at posting.  

As I have written about before, one of the stamping companies I love is A Muse Stamps, located in Seattle.  Every few months, a group of us, fondly called the New England A Muse Stamp Addicts, meet at one of our local scrapbook stores, Ink About It  for a shoebox card swap.  You design a card for the swap and put together kits for everyone and we spend the afternoon making cards.  It was a fun, creative Sunday in late April. 

For a treat, I baked chocolate chip cookies and packaged them up in glassine bags and added personalized round labels I made on the computer.  I found the bags and labels at my local Paper Source store.  The glassine bags and labels make it fast and easy to do personalized labels for gifts.   

The sun was shinning and the weather was great in April and despite the allergy fog I seem to be in for most of the spring, I was inspired to do something different for my card design this time around.  I used the Basic Grey Green at Heart paper collection, which I’m in love with and a touch of Bazzil green shimmer paper I had in my stash, which I think looks like the early morning dew on the grass.  Sorry for the slight shawdow on the picture. 

The A Muse stamps I used are the Happy Spring, caterpillar, and ladybug.  How cute are they?  I used a white 4-bar card as the base and punched the flower paper and card together with a 2″ scallop punch to get the “window” in the card and so the paper could fit on the front of the card.  I then stamped the saying inside the “window”  and the ladybug slightly off-center of the saying.  For finishing touches, I used A Muse lime green pearls for random centers on the flowers and using Martha Stewart punches added the grass and butterfly.  I love her punches.  I stamped, cut out and colored the caterpillar and ladybug with Spica glitter pens in pink and red.  I used Colorbox Chalk Ink in Wisteria to stamp the saying.  

Colorful Creations in Hyannis, MA is hosting another shoebox swap in June.  I’m working on my design now and it will be another fun day with fellow A Muse stamp addicts.  You can find information about the swap on the A Muse Lounge or you can call the store.  There might still be a few spots left if you wanted to join us.  Lovers of A Muse stamps are a fun, welcoming group.

Thanks for stopping by and check back again soon.  Planning a few more posts to  catch you up on some of creative times this winter and spring.  Remember, do something creative today!

 

Springing Forward and Catching Up March 13, 2010

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It’s been a while since I posted and can’t believe that it’s already the middle of March and we’re getting ready to turn the clocks ahead tonight.  Here in the Boston area we had a taste of spring earlier this week, but we’re getting ready for rains non-stop all weekend.  It’s been a busy time for me and lots of craftiness going on in February.  I spent part of a weekend at a crop with friends and also had a fun Saturday with my sister where we played with embossing and stamping.   Recovering from a cracked rib that happened the end of February, which has really slowed me down.  

I had another meeting of my Stamp Club and I thought I’d share one of my favorite cards I created in February for the sketch challenge.  I used the  Cupcake with Sprinkles rubber stamp by Karen Lockhart.   This is so versatile as you can use it as a birthday, thinking of you or Valentine’s Day.  

February Stamp Club Challenge

I used a pink card base and some My Mind’s Eye paper that I had in my stash along with a Basic Grey piece of dollie paper that I cut for “one.”  I colored with my Copics (shades of purples, browns for the wrapper and pinks for the hearts) picking up the colors in the background paper.  I cut out the cupcake leaving a little bit of white around the edge and used foam tape to pop it up.  I used a piece of the card base to stamp the saying, also by Karen Lockhart and tied some fun fuchsia sheer ribbon by May Road and added purple Stickles on the dots of the saying along as well as on the dollie corners  for a finishing touch.  I stamped using Memento Tuxedo Black ink and added Glossy Accents on the hearts after coloring them.   This is just one of the card designs I did in February and will share more in future posts.  It was a creative month, which in the middle of winter, what’s more fun than coloring with markers, stamping and creating? I can’t think of anything better to do.

Thanks for stopping by and hope that you check back again.  I’ve got some project ides for some cute Easter/spring cards and favors, which I’ll post soon.  In the meantime, remember to turn your clocks ahead tonight and do something creative this week-end.