Glenda’s 100th Random Amusing Challenge!

This week Glenda is celebrating her 100th Amusing Challenge and she has asked a bunch of her buddies (including lots of us from the old A Muse team) to play along in a blog hop of sorts. There’s lots of great cards to see, so scroll down below my card to see everyone’s creations!

Glenda’s 100th Challenge is: Use red on your card or project.  Use as much or as little as you like. Incorporate it by using paper, ink, ribbon, embellishments, whatever you like! It’s that simple!  You must play along with the challenge to be eligible to win the blog candy.  If you play along, please leave a comment on Glenda’s blog and link back to her post from your post.  If you upload to an online gallery, please use the keyword GRAC100.  You have until midnight Pacific Time on January 23rd to play along and you can play along as many times as you like.  The winner will be randomly chosen and announced on January 24th. Have fun!


I’m trying to make 10 Christmas cards per month this year so that I don’t feel too overwhelmed when November rolls around. Here’s my design for January, which was super easy because the music notes, cardinal and sentiment are all ONE stamp! I stamped it once in black and once in red so I could cut out the red cardinal and layer over the existing black one with pop dots.


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Here’s a list of other bloggers playing along with the challenge!
Allison Fillo
Allison Miles
Beate Johns
Belinda Chang Langner
Carly Robertson
Cheiron Brandon
Chris Sather
Dawn Stein
Donna Hitz
Elena Shacochis
Geeta Suggs
Jenn Shurkus
Jennie Moczan
Jill Grace (& family)
Joan Jeffery
June Gibbons
Kamila Younkman
Krystie Lee Hersch
Michelle Clark
Michelle Mathey
Michelle Woerner
Nance Lempinen-Leedy
Sherry Czarnecki
Silke Ledlow
Teresa Kline


It’s 2011 already and I’m embracing it completely. I am looking forward to lots of exciting changes both personally and professionally. The major change at work is that we will no longer be selling A Muse stamps; they are no longer selling wholesale to retailers and have dissolved their Instructor program. We all loved A Muse at The Paperie and although I won’t be teaching any A Muse classes anymore, I will continue to teach at least one monthly card making class and who knows what else!

I’m extra excited to see Jenn Shurkus again – she will be coming up to Newfoundland in April to teach some wicked fun classes at The Paperie. Jenn is on the Creative Imaginations design team, Copic Certified, Ranger Certified and was the most successful instructor from the A Muse Instructor program. This girl has got teaching down to a science and we can’t wait to see her in action.

Looking forward to making new discoveries in 2011!

I’m still standing…

After posting my class schedule today, I realised that I haven’t shared any cards in quite awhile! Here is one I made for a friend of a friend to give to a friend who is newly engaged. I even used satin ribbon on this gem – a rarity for me.

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I love the A Muse Marigold stamps very much, and often reach for them when I need an elegant card. Also in love with their Currant shimmer couture paper – the colour is delicious. I experimented with Copics for the colouring and tried that cutting technique I keep seeing everywhere. I just stamped the image on a square piece of white cardstock (on top of the Hero Arts Friendship Definition cling stamp), coloured and cut along the edge of the definition stamp, then trimmed around part of the flower.

Hope this finds you all well – I’ve been making a LOT of cards lately to sell. Fun! 🙂

Upcoming Classes at The Paperie

Christmas Card Class: One Layer Wonders – Tuesday, December 7th
Another NEW Christmas Card class you won’t want to miss! We’ll focus on super simple ONE LAYER cards that will be a cinch to mass-produce when it gets down to crunch time. We’ll use paper piecing, masking and “kissing” techniques to make five sweet and simple cards in a jiffy. We’ll have a feature stamp set on sale and a Holiday giveaway for one lucky winner in this class!

Christmas Card Class – Tuesday, November 30th (6:30pm) FULL
With less than a month left to get your Christmas cards made and sent out, this class will focus on clean and simple designs that will be quick and easy to reproduce for the holiday season. We will make FIVE cute and simple cards, showing you some neat tips and tricks to make quick holiday card making a breeze.

Orlando, incoming!

I’m headed to Orlando tomorrow, where I will be taking a TON of great classes from Friday morning until Monday afternoon – including a 2.5 hour long Copic Workshop on Sunday! Good thing they’re calling for thunder showers; no need to worry about missing out on the Florida sunshine 🙂

Hopefully I can fit in some shoe shopping, mama needs a new pair of shoes!

It’s been a Calendar Year

Hooray, A Muse Calendars are now available for download by donation. This years cause is to support Charley’s Fund – read more about it here.

This is my first time actually finishing an A Muse Calendar, if you can believe that. I was going to use the Bind-it-All but then I thought “what else could I do with this?” Then it came to me. A tear-away calendar!

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I started with the A2 A Muse Calendar pages mounted on black cardstock, then perforated with the Scor-Bug 0.5 inches from the top (it’s best to go back and forth a few times for extra perforations because there are two layers). The top of the calendar pages were punched with the Crop-a-dile and then taped together with Scor-tape above the holes so you can easily tear away the pages one month at a time. The ribbon is threaded through the back of the calendar out through the lip of the matchbook and tied in a bow.

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It stands up nicely on its own, but once I start tearing pages away each month I will likely prop it up on a little easel or a CD jewel case. I went fairly basic with the stamping because I had it all taped together before figuring out what I wanted to put on each page – talk about doing things backwards! Definitely not recommended 🙂

30 goals for 30

I started reading back through Sarah’s Blog and came across this list that I decided to “borrow”.  I’ve actually been making mental notes of my goals since I turned 30 in August, and this week I even crossed a few items off the list – woot! I’ll check back once a week to see if I have anything new to cross off my list. Some items will need to be worked on throughout the year, so I’ll have to repost on August 1st when I turn 31 and see how I did 🙂 (check out the rest of her blog for tons of inspiration).

30 Goals for my 30th Year:

  1. get my learner’s permit and learn how to drive (september 10th)
  2. figure out how to use my canon rebel
  3. do something that terrifies me
  4. get my taxes done (shocking, i know) (april 10th!)
  5. make at least two cards a week
  6. redesign the website at work
  7. live by myself (as of may 1st!)
  8. keep a camera in my purse for all those kodak moments
  9. sell things that i just don’t use (ie: my computer desk)
  10. buy my very own brand new laptop – no more hand-me-downs!
  11. get a grown-up comforter for my bed  (august 18th)
  12. quit drinking diet pepsi (do i have to?)
  13. see the northern lights
  14. travel outside canada (september 23-28th, flew to orlando, back to toronto, took a bus to buffalo)
  15. read at least one book per month
  16. weed through my belongings
  17. go to deep water fitness every week
  18. learn how to cook and eat healthier
  19. get 8 hours of sleep a night
  20. start a savings account (april 15th!)
  21. make jewelry to sell
  22. sell my handmade cards in stores downtown (2015! FINALLY!)
  23. go somewhere to see built to spill live (a girl can dream) (september 28th, 2010 in buffalo, NY)
  24. sort out my dual (american) citizenship (september 14th)
  25. see my niece more often
  26. keep a paper journal
  27. drive across the country (okay, so that probably won’t happen this year)
  28. get a credit card  (april 15th!)
  29. rely on myself more
  30. contribute something to a charity (september, it wasn’t a lot but i donated to the a muse calendar project and emailed others to participate as well – hopefully made a small difference in donations). organized a charitable bake sale at the work on valentine’s day weekend and another on easter weekend. donated to heavenly creatures when their donation boxes were stolen in march).

(updated on april 15h, t2011 – crossed a few more off the list!)
(updated again in August, 2015 – crossed a lot more off the list!)

I’m going to Orlando!

Guess what! The Paperie is sending me to Orlando to take classes and attend a trade show! I really appreciate Chris & Janna’s continued support to make me the best instructor that I can be. I will be attending COPIC classes with Chris, one of the owners of The Paperie and we will be ready to teach you more about these wonderful markers in the Fall – I can’t wait!

We are also taking classes with TIM HOLTZ! But the excitement doesn’t stop there; I’m taking a class from Claudine Hellmuth of Ranger, and both Chris and I will take classes with Sally Traidman of Hero Arts! We are actually signed up for over 15 classes altogether and can’t wait to bring back some exciting class ideas to The Paperie.

When my mom told me to find my passion and turn it into a career, she really knew what she was talking about. I ♥ stamps. I have a secret ambition to one day illustrate a stamp line. I always joke that if I knew how to draw, I wouldn’t stamp but that’s not quite true – I actually can draw! I’d just rather stamp. 🙂

Clean & Simple Christmas Cards

Christmas Card Class – Monday, September 20th (6:30pm at The Paperie)
Tis the Season, believe it or not! Time to get cracking on those Christmas cards, in this class I will show you how to make four clean and simple designs that will be quick and easy to reproduce for the holiday season, plus a bonus Halloween card! I’ll show you two easy ways to use your heat embossing tool with liquid applique and embossing powder, this is a perfect class for an inexperienced stamper or even seasoned pros who prefer the clean and simple look! Suitable also for children ages 8+.

Happy Friday 13th

It’s been awhile, so I thought I would share a few birthday cards I’ve made. This one was made today in a mad-rush…

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 Stamps used: A Muse Marigold, Leaf Trio; Hero Arts Old Letter Writing; computer generated sentiment.

The second card is one that I brought out to Seattle in October to give Linda for her birthday – Linda is the owner of A Muse and it was such a pleasure to meet her and become part of the A Muse family. I was tickled to find out that Linda’s great grandfather is actually from St. John’s – small world, hey!?


A Muse stamps: Octopus, Seaweed, Tiny Hat, Submarine, Simply Sublime.

Love that Octopus, as you can tell from my Blog header – I had my friend Erin design my header around the A Muse Octopus, and thought it would be cute if his little  mouth was an “o” of surprise, after making such a mess with the ink. The Octopus was designed by A Muse Illustrator Nina Seven, who draws many of my favourite A Muse images. Cute cute cute!

Holiday Trees Amuse-bouche

Have you been enjoying the A*MUSE*A*PALOOZA sneak peeks this week? Hard to believe that this is the day – keep checking out the Creative Team blogs throughout the next few months, you’re sure to see even more great inspiration for all these wonderful new stamps. Here’s one last card for this week’s amuse-bouche…

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I just love this little Holiday Tree – for this card I drew tree trunks on the trees to give them a slightly different look – the trees are paper pieced with new Evergreen and Grass 8.5×11 cardstock. I liked the way the new Currant cardstock looked paired up with the blue shimmer couture cardstock. The font for the new Happy Holidays stamp is so cute, leave it to A Muse to always come up with the best fonts. The “From all of us” sentiment was the perfect finishing touch for inside this card – call me crazy, but I love it when the font on the front of my card matches the font on the inside 🙂

Deck the Halls Amuse-bouche

Today I have another card to show you featuring two of the NEW Cling stamps from A Muse, this was one of the cards we made in my class on Monday past…


NEW stamps used: Poinsettia CLING, and Holiday Labels CLING. I also used Brown Shimmer Couture paper, and the pearls are A Muse Ivory Pretty Pearls coloured yellow with a Copic marker – so you can have pearls any colour your heart desires!

Please note that my class scheduled for Tuesday has been moved to the following day – Wednesday, July 21st – take a peek at one of the cards we’ll be making on Wednesday, hope to see you there!

Singing Birdie Amuse-bouche

Today I’m sharing one of my favourite cards with you, so I’ll cut right to the chase…

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NEW A Muse Stamps: Bare Branch, Groovy Partridge, Heaven & Nature Sing (also used music notes from the Ice Cream Truck stamp). I used blue Shimmer Couture paper for this card because it looked so cute with the Pool Smooch dots on the tips of the branches, which were stamped with Rhubarb Stalk Memento Ink.

Check out the Paperie Blog today to see a cute Halloween card that we made in last night’s Card Class.

Hope you’re enjoying all the Amuse-bouche sneak peeks this week, we’ve all had a lot of fun creating these cards!

Snowman Snowglobe Amuse-bouche

This card was inspired by a card I saw on display at the A Muse Retail Shop when I was visiting Seattle last year.

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NEW Stamps featured: Snow Baby and birdie & Taste Snowflakes. I also used the Woodgrain stamp on the base of the snowglobe, and NEW Winter Sky 8.5×11 paper to create this card. Check out the Paperie Blog today for another sneak peek. 🙂

Sugar Plum Dreams Amuse-bouche

I’m super-late with my amuse-bouche today but better late than never!

New A Muse stamps: Gingerbread Delights CLING stamps – that’s right, cling! These are three of the four stamps in this particular stamp set – there are also some cute little candies which you can catch a peek of over on Glenda’s blog.