A Passion For Creativity

Unleash Your Creativity, by Mary Sara Pipia

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!

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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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Where is Summer? July 23, 2009

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Hello.  I know that I’ve only posted sporadically lately and honestly, I just don’t know where the time has gone.  As I sit here this afternoon writing this, it is raining yet again and only 62 out and a huge rain storm is heading this way tonight.  It’s jean and sweatshirt weather.  It’s saying it will hit 80’s this weekend.  We can only hope.  New England/Boston has not had a summer this year.  We’ve had about two days that we’ve reached 80 degrees since May. 

Since I have a summer birthday and love the summer and summer activities (Cape Cod, golf, day trips, walking along the beach in the early evening, dining outside with friends), this summer feels more like spring or fall.  Where has summer gone?  Can we even call it summer?  Someone at work today said there are only five weekends left of summer and I thought NO! I need more summer.  I’ve played golf a handful of times and done none of my usually summer activities.  When the sun comes out you don’t want to go to work, you just want to take advantage of it.  It puts everyone in a good mood.

A few weekends ago, I took a couple of fun classes and made 12 Christmas cards in July.  Classes were down the Cape, one of my favorite places to go.  I was able to stay with my very close friend and her family so I didn’t have to drive back and forth two days in a row.  It was so nice and I didn’t run into the normal heavy Cape traffic that weekend, much to my pleasure.   The missing sun even decided to came out after class, so I got in a little sun in as well.  That weekend I had a lot of fun and was able to combine some of my favorite things despite the weather–Cape, friends, and being creative.

Even though the sun seems to have taken it’s own vacation this summer here in Boston/New England and where we’d really like it to come back and the rain and cool weather to go on vacation, you can still be creative and have fun.   What are some of the fun things that you are doing this summer? Post a comment and share something you enjoy. 

So, here’s to the rest of July and hopefully when I go on vacation in mid-August, the sun will come back from its vacation.