Fast & Fabulous!

Remember when I mentioned that I lost all my pictures from my other computer? Well this photo was one of the casualties, but luckily I was able to snag it from the A Muse Blog once it went up today – thanks Linda!


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A few tips to note when making multiples of this card:

1) When you’re stamping your houses on the Petite Red Gingham paper, why waste precious time stamping out 100 images if you’re making 100 cards? There’s five houses in that little row, so cut out a different house for every card – that way you only need to stamp 20 images on the gingham paper which can easily be done on one sheet of 8.5×11 paper with scraps to spare!

2) Use your white Signo Uni-ball pen (best white pen on the market!) to add a bit of snow to the eaves of the red gingham houses before applying glitter or cutting them out.

3) Use your Quickie Glue pen to add glitter to the eaves and to the snowbank below the houses, or use a wider chisel tip glue pen for the snowbank. Do this before adhering your little gingham house to avoid glitter build-up around the dimensional foam tape.

A Muse products: Winter houses, Winter wishes hand, Sky blue band 4-bar notecard, red petite gingham paper.


It has been really hectic since I returned from Seattle and doesn’t show any signs of letting up anytime soon. As soon as I got back from my trip I launched into prepping and planning for The Paperie’s TENTH Scrapbooking Retreat out at the Wilds and haven’t even had time to put up Christmas decorations at the store. You know you’re busy when!

This year I actually attended our Retreat with the intention of participating and making some cards but I felt so scattered and overstimulated that I seized every opportunity to help out Chris and Janna as much as possible instead. I took WAY too many stamps with  me and every time I sat down to create something I just pawed through my belongings in futility. Has that every happened to you? It happens to me more than I care to admit… I just sit down and reorganize everything, hoping inspiration will hit and instead it hits the road, Jack.

I suppose it didn’t help that I had a miserable week – that never supports the creative process. To make a long story short, my mom allowed my brother to reformat her harddrive without backing up any files, and EVERY picture I’ve taken in the last two years was wiped out. I just got my own laptop three weeks ago and I’ve been so busy that I hadn’t had a chance to transfer my files from her computer. As a Scrapbooker and a total sentimental fool, this was kinda devestating.

There’s no use crying over spilt milk, so they say… onward and upward and all that. I thought I’d share the rest of the cards I submitted to the A Muse Instructor Call back in September. Unfortunately my camera broke recently (I am having a very technologically challenged season) so I haven’t been able to photograph the cards I’ve made lately.

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A Muse: Open Zinnia, Solid Zinnia, Happiness always, Ribbon, Notecard. The flower is painted with Pool Smooch ink.

This was one of my submissions for the A Muse Instructot Team – I’ve posted two submissions which can be seen here:

These cards were all created in the very same corner of the room where my friend wrote two award winning short stories, and his first published novel. GO BUY IT. This corner shall henceforth be known as the BIG BREAK CORNER, and I will happily rent it out to those of you seeking fortune, fame, and your next big break. 😉

Loot Alert!

I’ve been getting a lot of questions from Paperie patrons and class participants about my trip to Seattle – guess what the most common query has been…


“A lot” is the answer, but a picture is worth a thousand words so here’s a glimpse of my loot (sorry for the glare – I was too excited to take a decent picture)…


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See those awesome Monogram frames (acrylic stamps)? Julie Ebersole designed those for A Muse, along with a few other stamps from the latest release – how cool is that?