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.

 

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