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Here is my next Cupcake card that follows a similar format to yesterdays card, but it has a portrait orientation instead of landscape.

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I wish I had the time to use Liquid Applique on all 99 cards I’m making because I absolutely LOVE the result. I sprinkled ultra fine prisma glitter over the liquid applique on this cupcake before heating it up. I’m not one of those people who has the patience to let Liquid Applique dry before heating it and I actually prefer the bubbly, fluffy effect you achieve from heating it while it’s still wet. If you were to allow it to dry first it would be slightly smoother when heated.

I’ll be back on Thursday to post my next two cards as I won’t have internet access tomorrow and will spend the day “baking up” some cupcake cards. See you then!

Congratulations

I made a quick congratulations card for my friend who just eloped – now that’s the way to do it! Part of me thinks it would be nice to tie the knot in front of all my friends and family, but the other part of me thinks… I’d rather spend that money on stamps. And maybe a honeymoon, but stamps most importantly. Maybe I will end up a crazy cat lady, with a hundred cat stamps and one cat (I’ve discovered that I am not too interested in scooping up after more than one kitty cat every day). But enough about me! Here’s that card I mentioned…

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A Muse Stamps used: Flourish frame, Bride & Groom, Congratulations MA.  I saw this Flourish frame on a sample that A Muse sent to The Paperie and I knew I had to have it. The stamp is actually half of a frame so you can make your frame as wide as you like – or use it alone as an accent. Gotta love versatility like that! The Bride & Groom is one of my go-to stamps for almost every wedding card I make.

I am a big worrier when it comes to repeating the same images on cards that are for the same people – that typically won’t happen for a wedding card, but for birthday’s and Christmas it’s nice to know who got what. For the last three years I have promised myself that I would make a book of my stamps so that a) I would know which ones I have (not that I could ever forget, each one is like a child to me) and b) I could record who has received what images.

Basically, the idea is to have an index card for every three stamps with the image/words and name of the stamp on it, then put the name of the people who have received a card using those stamps on the back. I started to make this book once using a 4×6 photo album and I hated it so I gave up. I think the only way is to make one from scratch – I should really get started on it soon because as my stamp collection grows it becomes an even bigger undertaking.

My goodness, I’m rambly today… since the theme of this blog entry is Congratulations, it seems only fitting to congratulate… MYSELF! *hehe*  My card for the A Muse “No Coloring Zone” Challenge made it to the A Muse Challenge Round-up on their Blog! YAY! I also had some projects featured over on the AccuCut blog on Thursday – pretty exciting stuff!

I can’t wait to celebrate Thanksgiving with the family tomorrow, this has been such an incredibly wonderful month and I truly do have so much to be thankful for. Hope everyone is having a great weekend!

A muse Instructor Submission

Below you will find pictures of my submissions for the A Muse 2009 Instructor Call (previously unpublished/private).

Update: These are the cards that helped me land a spot on the A Muse Instructor Team back in 2009 – sweet memories.

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Close-up of Zinnia (coloured with Smooch ink):

Close-up of Smooch Ink

Close-up of Smooch Ink

For my first card I stamped the Solid Zinnia on a Cabana Blue Square Notecard with Blue Memento Ink. I then embossed an Open Zinnia with silver embossing powder on some watercolour cardstock and coloured it in with the new Pool Smooch Ink from Clearsnap (love that stuff!). I cut out the embossed flower and popped it up on top of the centered solid flower.

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Inside of To Go card:

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For my second  card I stamped the To Go cup in the center of each circle and stamped a separate cup on a sheet of white cardstock. I then printed a real Starbucks cup off the internet and cut out the logo to adhere to my white To Go cup, which is popped up on the card front with dimensional foam tape. Inside the card is a pocket (made from the orange Gingham paper) to fit a Starbucks gift card.

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For my third (and favourite) card I used the woodgrain paper to make a tree and cut out the little Squirrel with Gift to adhere outside the circle. On the original prototype I made the squirrel was on the inside of the card but I liked it better like this. The “tree” is popped up off the Fern green notecard with dimensional foam tape. The inside of the card has a little pile of 9 masked presents but I forgot to take a photo and my batteries died! Doh!

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For my final submission, I decided to make a Portfolio of Baby Announcements featuring the Elephant & Baby stamp using the AccuCut Card Portfolio die-cut (highly recommended!). This submissions was actually based on the announcements I gave to my friend as a gift and the cards inside are her actual announcements (Baby Sarah Emily Baird Locke was born on September 17th!).

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This gift was a real crowd pleaser at my friend Ally’s shower. I did up two matching portfolios, each with 12 announcements in them (24 total) and I decorated one announcement in each portfolio so she would know what they were going to look like. The elephants on the cards are all cut out of Bo Bunny double dot cardstock and the text was actually printed on the computer. I included a pack of pink photo corners with the gift so she would be able to attach her own chosen photos before sending out the annoucements.

Thanks again for your consideration! I just realized I used foam tape on all of my cards – I guess I just love a little “pop!” – what can I say!?

-Meghan

No Colouring – the sequel!

Here’s another card I made for the A Muse “No Coloring Zone” challenge.

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Ok, even *I* impressed myself with this idea (although I’m pretty easily impressed). I printed off a wintery Starbucks cup from the internet and stamped the “To Go” cup over it, then cut it out and popped it up with dimensional foam tape in the center card.  The sentiment is originally all one line on the actual stamp but it didn’t fit as well so I staggered the sentiment by stamping one word at a time.

Here’s another card I made with the same idea, but I cut out the logo from the cup above and adhered it to the plain white cup – unfortunately I did not have the right size circle punch for the logo, but I made do… as you can probably tell, I never use a stamp positioner so my cups aren’t all aligned perfectly. 

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 I’m kinda sad that the Mod Dots Notecards are discontinued, but the plethora of beautiful new papers coming out definitely makes up for it.

Look for more Blog postings from me in the near future – I have gratefully inherited a laptop of my very own! Watch out Internet – here I come!

No Colouring Zone

A Muse Challenge: No Coloring Zone

I’ve been without a personal computer for the last few months which is why my online activity has been limited, at best. It has been maddening,  but now that I’m back in action I thought I would make a card for the latest A Muse challenge over in the A Muse Lounge

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A Muse Stamps: Elephant & baby, Tiny bird, Little bird told me.

For this card I paper pieced both the Tiny bird and Elephant & baby using A Muse papers. My friend just had her second baby girl on the 17th and I used the Elephant stamp to create her Birth Announcements as well (I’ll post pictures later).

I’ve been trying to come up with a clever Header for my blog – something to match the name, but I have been thus far uninspired. Luckily my friend Marg loaned me all of her A Muse stamp today and I spied the Octopus in there so inspiration might just be an inkpad away…