A Passion For Creativity

Unleash Your Creativity, by Mary Sara Pipia

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.


Meet me Sunday, Auugust 14th for A Muse Studio On the Road August 11, 2011

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Just a reminder that this Sunday, August 14, 2011,  A Muse Studio will be in Nashua, NH.  What a fun way to spend the afternoon in air conditioning while getting crafty with Linda Hartwich, the Founder of A Muse Studio.  All the details and how to register can be found on my web site .  Get a couple of girlfriends together, take a ride and spend the afternoon geting creative.  Send me an email with any questions and to let me know that you will be there so I can say hello.  Hope to see you there.


Did you hear? A*Muse A*Palooza is Coming August 10, 2011

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You may have heard by now that a•muse | studio has announced A*MUSE*A*PALOOZA 2011, beginning August 22nd and running through September 30th.  If you haven’t seen the new 44-page 2011 holiday supplemental catalog yet… you will not be disappointed.  The new additions include custom stamps, fun paper and products for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Winter/Holiday, and Valentine’s Day.   You can’t order from the 2011 holiday catalog until August 22, 2011, but you can start your wish list early.  Want a copy of the catalog?  I’d be happy to email you a PDF version.  If you’d like one, please email/contact me.  

During A*MUSE*A*PALOOZA (8/22-9/30), I can not only offer you fun projects using a|s’s beautiful new products, BUT ALSO increased, even more awesome hostess benefits!  If you’ve been toying with the idea of hosting an a•muse | studio workshop… let’s talk and get a date on the calendar!

I am also holding several fun A*MUSE*A*PALOOZA events in my home.  If you’re a Facebook user, you can fan my page, A Passion for Creativity – Mary Sara Pipia, and get all my event details that way!  I’ll also post here too.

While A*MUSE*A*PALOOZA ends September 30th, please know that you will be able to order from the 2011 holiday catalog through January 31, 2012.  The “even more awesome hostess benefits” are only available through September 30th.


Happy Friday August 5, 2011

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Just stopping by to say Happy Friday.  It’s been a busy week and I’m glad that it’s Friday and the weekend is upon us.  Hope you are enjoying your Friday night and I’ll be back over the weekend to share some more inspiration.  Enjoy the weekend and do something creative.


It’s Block Party Time, July Spotlight by a|s August 1, 2011

I can’t believe today is August 1st and that summer is flying by.  Are you enjoying your summer?  Have you taken a vacation yet? 

Tonight, I wanted to share with you a couple of ideas from our a|s design team for our July Spotlight, Neighborhood Block Party, which are on sale until August 14, 2011.  Take a look at the A Muse Studio July 2011 Spotlight flyer, which highlight the five stamps sets that are on sale and also a fun assorted paper pack, Sorbet, which is item #PAST711.

Here are two ideas using our stamp sets, That’s the Ticket and Graphic Sunflower, part of our July Spotlight, Neighborhood Block Party. 

 The a|s stamp set, That’s the Ticket matched with the a|s ticket die, is not just for creating cards.  How cute are these sandwich picks, made with the a|s ticket die and stamped with the Graphic Sunflower?  Then stamp paper to make matching sandwich wrappers.  Wouldn’t it be fun to serve sandwiches like this at block parties, summer picnics and family dinners?  Perhaps a ladies luncheon. 

I also love how our a|s design team used the That’s the Ticket along with the ticket die to decorate these jars. 

 Happy is just one option with the a|s That’s the Ticket stamp set.  You can also make holiday ones that will be fun to use with the upcoming fall and winter holidays.  How fun would it be to create a teacher’s or co-worker’s gift and fill the jars with candies or homemade cookies?  Even a centerpiece for a holiday table?

Let me share one more fun idea.  These fun popcorn holders were made with the a|s butterfly dies and stamped with our Graphic Sunflower and made with watermelon paper.  Aren’t these fun?  How cute would these be for a family movie night or your child’s birthday party for favors?  Lots of versatile options. 

If you want more information about the a|s A Muse Studio July 2011 Spotlight flyer or A Muse Studio, please fill out the Email/Contact Me form and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.  You can also check out my my web site for the details and to place an online order.  Remember, special pricing on the a|s July Spotlight, Neighborhood Block Party is available through August 14, 2011. 

Thanks for stopping by tonight and have a great day tomorrow.


Attempting to Do Week In the Life Project by Ali Edwards July 28, 2011

Good Evening.  How is everyone’s week going?  I am trying to stretch myself a bit this week.  As you can tell by my blog and posts, I am an avid stamper and card maker.  So, this week I decided to participate in Ali Edwards 2011 Week In the Life project along with two of my girlfriends.  It’s been interesting trying to think about this project and plan it out as I really don’t scrapbook at all. 

I’m laughing as I write this post, because while it’s fun, it’s been hard to 1) remember to take pictures of everyday things and 2) take pictures at work but I managed to get a couple.  Really thankful for my smart phone with a great camera.  I’m also trying to record different things that are happening this week in different ways. 

Earlier this week, I took Tuesday afternoon off and met my close friend for lunch down the Cape and then we went shopping.   It was a perfect summer afternoon and it was so nice to take an afternoon off in the middle of the week, I highly recommend it.  We had so much fun, that afterwards, I realized that I didn’t think to take one picture.  Oh well.  I couldn’t take a picture of the Sagamore Bridge as there was nowhere to really pull over but I did remember to get a copy of the lunch menu from the restaurant where we had lunch and took a few pictures that night.  I’m lucky if I think to take 10 pictures.  Since this is my first try at this project, I’m sure I will get better at it.  I may continue into next week, just for fun and see if I do better. 

In true Ali generosity, once again she has amazing giveaways.  So, I encourage you to go to Ali’s blog post Week In the Life 2011 Really Awesome Giveaways  and visit and leave a comment on her post, learn more about the project  and perhaps win a really awesome give away. 

So, what are you doing to stretch yourself creatively this week?  Are you doing Ali’s Week In The Life project?  Leave a comment and let me know how you stretched yourself creatively this week.  Happy Friday.


Meet me in Nashua, NH in 3 weeks for A Muse Studio On the Road July 24, 2011

Just a reminder that three weeks from today, on August 14, 2011,  A Muse Studio will be in Nashua, NH.  What a fun way to spend the afternoon in air conditioning while getting crafty with Linda, the Founder of A Muse Studio.  Register by July 31, 2011 and receive a free a|s stamp set, catalog and inspiration guide and there will be raffles.  All the details can be found on my web site .  Get a couple of girlfriends together, take a ride and spend the afternoon geting creative.   Hope to see you there.


Sneak Peak of 2011 a|s Holiday Catalog July 22, 2011

I’m so excited to share the 2011 a|s holiday catalog, which will be available on August 22, 2011.  A Muse A Palooza will be August 22, 2011 through September 30, 2011.  If you’d like a sneak peak before it’s available on August 22, 2011, please fill out the Contact form and/or email me and I will email you a copy of the catalog. 

If you become a 2011 A Muse A Palooza Host and host a workshop, earn exclusive stamp set, free products and more.  Contact me for more information and to book your own workshop.  Get excited for some fun workshops and holiday creative crafting. 

Have a fun and creative, crafty weekend.


A Muse Studio June Spotlight July 12, 2011

I hope that everyone is surviving this heat.  Here in New England, second day of 90 plus degrees.  Thank goodness for air conditioned offices.  Wasn’t it just a few months ago we were talking about how cold it was and couldn’t wait for the heat? 

There are only a few more days left for the June A Muse Studio Spotlight where you can save 10% off certain stamp sets.  There is also a complimentary set of assorted paper pack.  Here are a couple of ideas the A Muse Studio team came up with using the stamp sets featured in the June Spotlight.  

Love the Sea Shell set and the Life’s A Breeze is perfect for summer time. 

What about the Mad for Plaids set?  Great idea to stamp paper and wrap up Hershey’s miniatures and tie with some ribbon or twine.  Perfect idea for a favor for a bridal shower or summer birthday party?

Check out my web shop for details.  Check back this weekend for our July Spotlight.  Happy creating and stay cool.


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.