A Passion For Creativity

Unleash Your Creativity, by Mary Sara Pipia

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.


2011 A*MUSE*A*PALOOZA Coming July 19, 2011

Who doesn’t love the holidays?  2011 A*MUSE*A*PALOOZA is coming and will be a fun six weeks from August 22 to September 30, 2011.  Shh, it’s still a secret so more details will be shared later on, so stay tuned for sneak peaks. 

If you would like to host your own personalized A*MUSE*A*PALOOZA workshop during the month of September, please contact me directly or you can leave a comment here on this post.  Learn something new (no experience necessary), make some holiday/fall cards, share laughs with friends and earn free products as a  2011 A*MUSE*A*PALOOZA hostess. What could be more fun?

You can also “Like” my Facebook page  as my workshop dates and information will be posted there as well as here on my blog.  

I can’t wait to have fun at 2011 A*MUSE*A*PALOOZA. Who wants to join me at the party?


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 Muse Studio Open House Workshop May 2, 2011

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In March, I joined A Muse Studio, which came out of A Muse Artstamps, one of my favorite stamp companies.  I am now Senior Creative Consultant and am hosting local workshops using some of my favorite stamps.  My new web shop is live and I invite you to visit it at www.amusestudio.com/marysara., where you can shop online, get inspiration and contact me.  I am so excited to be part of this brand-new company that will allow me to explore my creative side when I’m not busy being an executive assistant by day. 

One of my Make and Takes at my launch workshop on May 1st is this cute M&M Treat Bag.  All supplies are by A Muse Studio except for the M&M’s, of course. 

If you are interested in learning more aobut A Muse Studio, please contact me.  Remember to do something creative today.


A Fun Night at Stamp Club January 31, 2010

This year I decided to bring my card making and stamping to a new level.  So, I signed up for the Stamp Club at Colorful Creations, a local scrapbooking store in Hyannis, that meets once a month.  I think it’s worth it as it will help push my creativity to a new level.  It’s also fun to meet new people who share your love of stamping, get inspired and see what other people come up with interpreting the swaps and challenges.  Doing the monthly card swaps will help me try new things and push me to do things I might not.  This month was the first meeting where we did a Valentine’s Day card swap. Here’s the card I did.

I used a pink card base and layered brown Bazzil cardstock and Memorybox SC-Coolbeans stripped paper as the base. 

I also used the Memorybox Branch Heart rubber stamp, that I fell in love with.  I stamped it in the Memento Rich Cocoa because I thought I might color it with my Copics, but didn’t.  Instead I used my Quickie glue pen on parts of the heart and then added Hot Pink Sparkly Fluff that I discovered when Tim Holtz used them on his 12 Tags of Christmas.  I love this stuff.  It’s fluff with a sparkle and it’s very easy to use, a tad messy, but worth it.  

To finish the card, I hole punched two holes at the center of the heart on the top and put through some hot pink May Arts pink silky ribbon and tied a bow with tails.  I thought it needed something else, so added three brown glittery pearls in the lower right hand corner.  Inside I just stamped Happy Valentine’s Day. 

Are you doing Valentine’s Day cards?    I’ll post more Valentine Day projects that I’m working on in the next couple of weeks, so I hope that you check back again.  Thanks for visiting and remember, do something creative today.


An A Musing Day January 18, 2010

Yesterday, I spent the day with fellow A Muse stamp addicts from Massachusetts and New Hampshire for my second time.  We met at Ink About It in Westford, MA.  It was a fun-filled day with friends (new and old), laughs and lots of creativity and stamping going on for five hours.  We did a shoebox project swap, where we bring the supplies for everyone to do your project and we pass them around the tables.  I was lucky enough to get to make 22 out of 23 cards.  All that creativity was inspiring.  

I decided to do my project for Valentine’s Day and what’s Valentine’s Day without chocolate?  So, I decided to do a Hershey’s chocolate bar candy wrapper for Valentine’s Day.  What a fun, quick and easy gift to give to your friend, co-worker or neighbor.  My sister did this at Christmas, so I “borrowed” her idea.  Special thanks to Linda and Amy C. for coordinating another fun gathering of the New England A Muse addicts. 

Supplies:   A Muse stamps, sheer red ribbon and heart twinkle bling.  I used stripped paper I got at Michael’s from GCD Studios and Red Carpet Bazzil Bling card stock,  Art Institute ultra fine glitter (True Red, Hot Kiss) and Chalk Ink in Chestnut Brown.  I cut the paper into 6″x6″ squares and trimmed 1/4″ off so that it would fit the candy bar and scored at 1 1/2″ and 4 1/4″ and used adhesive to close the wrapper.  I used two heart punches for the tag. 

I ended this wonderful, creative day with dinner in Boston with two very close friends.  We couldn’t believe we finally were able to connect since we’ve tried for months to get all three of us together.  It was wonderful food, great conversation, but most important was the time spent with friends.  What a great way to spend a Sunday in January.  How did you spend your Sunday and remember to do something creative this week.


Vermont in October October 21, 2009

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I’m heading to Vermont this weekend for a relaxing, crafting fun weekend.  Can’t wait to see some late foliage, get some Christmas cards designed and made as well as some holiday gifts.  Staying at the Whte House Inn in Wilmington, Vermont, which is an area of Vermont that I have not been to before.  I can’t wait to meet some new people and get some serious, uninterrupted creative time in.  Please check back in the next week or so for updates on my crafting Vermont weekend for pictures of some of my creations and recap of my visit.  Can’t wait to share with you.  Until then, do something creative today.


Amazing Creative Friday October 11, 2009

Last month I signed up to take a class on a Friday afternoon with Tim Holtz at Ink About It, a stamping/scrapbook store in Westford, MA.  Wow, what an inspiration and opportunity.  Tim is Director of Education for Ranger Industries and designs his own line of products and stamps and inspires you to do amazing things.  Tim teaches classes all over the world and attends trade shows to demo and teach.  So, it was exciting to have him teaching so close to home and being able to take a class. 

Gettying Ready for Class

Gettying Ready for Class

 It was a rainy, cool Friday, so I took the afternoon off from work to be creative.  I learned how to bind a book and about metal embossing using metal and tools from Ten Second Studios.  Five hours of intense, creative juices flowing.  Tim is a great teacher and puts things in terms you can understand.  When teaching the kettle stitch he used the analogy of pouring a cup of tea, which as a tea drinker, I related to it perfectly and will remember that the next time I go to do book binding. 

Jenn Shurkus was also there and I had taken an Amuse stamp Halloween card class with her the night before, so it was fun to have a buddy in class that you could share the experience with.  I wish I had been able to sign up for his other classes but they sold out within a few hours of being offered.  What an absolutely fun afternoon.   I never thought I would enjoy this class as much as I did.

My friend Jacki was a bit jealous that she couldn’t attend with me and I wished she had been able to with me, but she loved the Tim Holtz sweatshirt I picked up for her. I have her to thank for turning me onto Tim Holtz, so I thought it only fitting to bring her a sweatshirt.  I have another treat for her that she doesn’t know about for her birthday, but opps, I guess she willl if she reads this.

It was worth the two hours of traffic and construction on a Friday night it took to get home compared to the 50 minutes it took to get there in the middle of the day with no traffic.

So who’s an amazing teacher that you have taken a class with that stretched your creativity? Or have you taken a classs with Tim? Post a comment and share your experience. 

Me and Tim Holtz after class

Me and Tim Holtz after class


Getting creative this summer August 11, 2009

How’s your summer going?  It’s hard to believe that it’s the middle of August.  The warm weather seems to finally have arrived, but we still haven’t hit 90 degrees here in Boston, but I’m not complaining.  I love the sun being out and it being in the 70’s and low 80’s, perfect. 

I have been having a busy and fun summer so sorry for the lags between the postings.  I seem to be in a major day tripping and class mode.  In July, I took some fun classes and spent a Sunday afternoon with my sister at her home in Rhode Island, stamping, coloring and taking pictures in her garden.  We had a lot of fun.  This past spring, I discovered Copic Markers, at one of my local scrapbooking stores, which artists have used for years and recently “us crafters and stampers” have discovered.  The color is amazing and they are easy to use and have great ability to blend colors.  I encourage you to check them out if you are a stamper. 

Here’s a card that I stamped and colored using them when I was at my sister’s.  I fell in love this beach chair stamp from Impression Obsession, one of my favorite stamp companies.  I made this as a thank you to my friend for having me stay with her down the Cape in July.  Thought it was perfect for that or just because or as a fun summer card.  I added a shell that I had picked up at my local craft store and sand embossing powder from Stampendous, another favorite stamp company, which I think is so fun.Beachy Chair card

This past Saturday, while most people were probably at the beach enjoying the wam weather, I took a class to make an amazing fun acrylic album from Sally Lynn MacDonald, who is a Copic Certification Instructor as well as an instructor and Prima Donna for Prima Marketing and instructor for  Clear Scraps.  I was truly inspired when I met her.

I’m excited that I start vacation next week for two weeks.  I hope to get creative, check out some new craft/scrapbooking stores and do some day trips, relax and spend a few days on the Cape.  I’ll try and post when I have time during vacation.  Enjoy the last weeks of summer and make it a creative week.


Easter’s on the Way April 4, 2009

Happy Saturday.  Sorry for the bit of lag between posts. Last week, I ended up going away for a long weekend to the Cape with my close friend and her family.  We had lots of window shopping, good food and tons of laughs.  What more could you ask for? 

With Easter a week away, I am in full creative mode.  I’ve been busy, so I’ve been trying to figure out some quick creative things to do.  Suddenly, Easter’s a week away, when it just seemed like to was 3 weeks to go.  Where does the time go?  When I was on my Shop Hop in February I picked up some great rubber stamps by DeNami Designs as well as Amuse Stamps.  One of my favorite is by DeNami and is this Chickie Easter Basket stamp.  I love these cute litte stamps.  I also got a Chickie “Hoppy” Easter stamp as well as some Copic markers, which are the latest fun tool for us card makers and crafters.  Coloring with them is amazing and I’ve been doing some stamping and coloring, trying to work on technique.  I also have these fun Copic Spica glitter pens that give a hint of glitter, which makes coloring the stamped images so much fun. 


Going through my stash, all creative people have stashes of stuff, I found these pink tin pails I bought at Target for $1.  So, I decided that I’m going to make Easter tags for the pails, using the Chickie Easter Basket stamp and attach to the handle and will fill with fun Easter treats for my family.  Each person will get their own pail and I’ll put them on their place at the dinner table.  Every year, I try and do something different.  I actually like the paper grass from Williams Sonoma or you can make your own, by shredding some fun paper and filling it in the tins.  Put some tissue in first and then you use less shred or grass.  I’m off today to find some chocolate bunnies, jelly beans and some other chocolates.  My sister loves her peanut butter cups, so those are on the list.  My mother loves fudge, so I always try and pick up some fudge or she loves Almond Joys, so they are always in hers.  I must admit, being something of a chocolate lover myself, I personally love the pure chocolate eggs.  Nothing quite like a solid chocolate egg at Easter. I also love the Classic Jelly Beans from Brach’s. 

 You can also check out some of my favorite sites that I go  to.  You can find fun, easy food and decorating ideas at Food Network’s Holiday and Party section.  Get receipes for everything for the main course to dessert to treats.  Martha Stewart has a lot of ideas and information posted on her web site.  She’s been doing an Easter Workshop leading up to Easter with ideas for crafts and food and photos.  She’s having a contest as well, where you can post your own photos. 


So, even though it says is Springtime, it’s overcast and cool here in Boston today, what a better way then to spend the day doing something creative?  Get ready for Easter by baking some cookies, making homemade chocolates, dying Easter egs or making a handmade Easter card or tags for your Easter baskets.  

What are you doing for your Easter baskets?  How are you making them special?  Happy creating and check back later this week as I’ll post ideas and pictures of my Easter tags and my Easter pails for my family. Leave a comment to tell me about your Easter basket.