A Passion For Creativity

Unleash Your Creativity, by Mary Sara Pipia

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?


Happy 4th of July July 3, 2010

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Just stopping by to wish everyone a safe holiday weekend and 4th of July.  I hope that you get to spend it with friends and family and are enjoying summer.  Don’t forget to pause and thank our troops who are serving to keep us and our country safe.  Happy 4th of July.


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.


Happy 2010! January 1, 2010

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Welcome 2010!  I hope that you all had a wonderful holiday season and want to wish all of you a safe, healthy and creative 2010. 


A December Weekend December 14, 2009

Where is the month of December going?  I took Friday off to get some things done and it was extremely cold so it slowed me down a bit.   Saturday, I ended up staying in and worked on decorating my home and finished decorating my Christmas tree.  I went out to find tinsel for the tree, like we used when I was growing up and can’t find it.  Does anyone use tinsel any more?  Not sure where to find it, any one have suggestions? 

Sunday was a fun day spent at my cousin’s.  We made chocolate covered pretzels and peppermint bark and this fun party mix that we had at Thanksgiving and that I have to stop eating.   We learned that white chocolate is very temperamental and doesn’t like to be combined with peppermint oil.  It was a fun day and my cousin’s four-year old son was very helpful with decorating the chocolate covered pretzels.  He had a lot of fun and was so excited to share with his nursery school class today.  

Tonight, I tried to make  Ghiradelli English Toffee for the first time as it’s one of my favorite treats and a good present, but not sure that I cooked it long enough even though the candy thermometer registered  the correct temperature.  It looks good, so I’ll see what it tastes like tomorrow.  I’m going to be packaging it up for gifts this year. 

This weekend, I’ll start baking as well, in between a dinner party, wrapping presents and an Open House.  What are your favorite recipes at the holidays?  My dad’s mother baked at the holidays and a lot of my holiday cookie recipes come from her.  This is one tradition that I do every year.  Sometimes I make as many as eight or ten different cookies.  I still have the recipes written in my grandmother’s handwriting even though it’s starting to fade and is well-loved and used.  I’ll be making chocolate chips, brownies, toffee cookies (my mother’s favorites) and will see after that. 

While, off to finish Christmas cards so please leave a comment and let me know what you’re doing to get ready for Christmas and your favorite holiday tradition.


December – Where did you come from? December 9, 2009

I can’t believe that it is already December 9th.  Where is the time going?  I know it’s December because here in Boston/New England, last week it was 70 degrees and today some areas North and West of Boston and New England got walloped with snow.  It’s been just crazy weather. 

Once again, it’s been a while since I posted anything of real substance.  I caught a virus in mid-November before Thanksgiving, it wasn’t the flu, but it’s been dragging on.  So my best laid plans to share ideas with you for this Christmas season have gone a bit astray.  I love this time of the year, but not when I’m still a tad under the weather.   I did get my tree up on Monday evening and the lights are working and decorating it this weekend.

I hope to finish the Christmas cards that I started this weekend.  I will post them after I have mailed them out as I wouldn’t want someone to see the card before they get it.   I actually did a couple of different ones and really enjoy designing them.   I have also enjoyed looking at Tim Holtz’s 12 Tags of Christmas.  He does an amazing job each day and I encourage you to go and check them out and find some inspiration in them.  

I just wanted to give you a quick  update of what’s been going on and promise that I will post again in the next week with some ideas and pictures of projects I’m working on.  Hoping to make some gift tags this weekend, finish some Christmas presents and I’m going over to my cousin’s on Saturday and we’re going to have a fun time making some candy for presents.  YUMMY!

What do you like to do this time of the year?  Where do you find inspiration?  What’s your favorite holiday memory?  Post a comment here to let me know.   I will try and post over the weekend and let you know how the candy making goes, so I hope that you come back and visit again.  Until then, have a great night and do something creative this weekend and enjoy the Christmas season.


Happy Thanksgiving November 26, 2009

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Just wanted to take a moment to wish everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving.  This is a day to reflect, spend with family and friends and be thankful for those in your life.  I am thankful for the little things in my life as well as for family and friends.  This is also a time to think about and be grateful for our troops that are keeping us safe and are far away from their friends and family.  Just say a good thought for them.   Wishing you a safe and Happy Thanksgiving.


Happy Halloween and Fall Back October 31, 2009

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Just wanted to wish everyone a happy Halloween.  What do you do for Halloween?  Trick or Treating, a party or low-key night at home?  I just spent the evening with my friend and her family and went out trick or treating with her two boys.  It was a beautiful night in the 50’s.  Usually we’re freezing, so it was lovely to just have a sweatshirt on.  It was windy, so it gave you that “Halloween” feel with rain coming at some point overnight.  It was so much fun to see the boys dressed up and I love going out with them.   I used to go out with my godson, who’s now 16 and has moved on from trick or treating.  I hope that you had a safe and happy Halloween whatever you did and got your fill of your favorite candy.  For me it’s a toss-up between Hershey’s with almonds, Recess peanut butter cups (my sister’s favorite) and Kit Kats. 

Please don’t forget to turn the clocks back an hour tonight before bed.  Not my favorite thing to do as I hate coming home from work in the dark, but it’s part of fall, so we do it. 


Happy 4th of July July 4, 2009

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4th of July_08Just wanted to wish everyone a Happy 4th of July.  I hope that you are spending it with family and friends.  Here in New England the sun finally came out and no rain in sight today.  What do you do to celebrate the 4th of July?  Our country is an amazing place despite the current economic woes, we have freedoms that some countries still do not have.  We need to remember that today. I hope that you enjoyed the family time, the barbecues and took a moment to remember those before us who fought for our freedom and the rights we have today. 

Happy 4th of July.


Happy Father’s Day June 21, 2009

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Just wanted to wish all those dads out there a Happy Father’s Day.  My dad lives across the country from me, so I don’t get to see him except for once or twice a year.  He recently visited last month for my brother’s birthday.  It was nice to see him again. 

For Father’s Day, I sent my dad a card with a note. Since we live on opposite coasts, there’s no Father’s Day barbecue’s like when I was growing up.  No more ties either, since my dad doesn’t really wear ties any more except for special occasions.  I remember a couple of the ties we’ve given him over the years and he was always a good sport about them.  How many ties did you give your dad for Father’s Day when you were growing up?

One of my favorite memories is the time we tried to make caramel or candy apples in the kitchen.  It was pretty much a disaster but we had a lot of fun and I still remember that he was willing to try and make them with me and my sister. I think we ended up burning the mixture or they were so hard that it could have broken your teeth on the mixture.  But we had a fun afternoon and I still have that memory of my dad not being the businessman but doing something different to have a fun afternoon with me and my sister.

So, enjoy this family day and if your dad lives away make sure to call him and wish him a Happy Father’s Day and maybe share a fun memory about growing up.  Or if he’s close by and you see him, create a new memory today. If he has passed away, think about and remember some of those memories that made you feel good or reminds you about your dad.  Feel free to leave a comment and share what you remember about your dad.