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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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.