Monday, January 19, 2009

"Something New"

I made this card for the A Muse Challenge: "Something New". The challenge was to use a "new to you" A Muse or Saltbox Studio stamp. I finally got the A Muse couch and Lamp (can't believe I didn't already own these!) so I decided to have some fun with them. I'm not really a girly-girl and can't imagine having a pink couch but my daughter sure could! I flocked the pink pillow to make it look fluffy and used a black Spica pen on the other one for the some sparkle. I also used a clear Spica pen on the lamp and dangles. My daughter would love to have this in her room! The challenge is good for the entire month so head over to the A Muse Lounge and check it out.

On a personal note, my family was the victim of a hit & run on friday night. My hubby and kids were on their way home from ski/snowboard lessons when they got a flat tire. They were pulled off to the side of the road to change it when someone side-swiped them and drove off! Luckily nobody was hurt but they were pretty shaken up! Someone called in the license plate of the car but we haven't heard whether anyone has been arrested or not. I just cannot imagine how that person could sleep at night not knowing if anyone was hurt, not to mention the damage to our vehicle. I am so thankful my family was in a big 4x4 truck! The insurance company is coming to look at the damage tomorrow and I'm scared to find out how much it's going to be. Besides the deductible I guess we're going to need some new tires......*sigh*

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Sweet News!

Have you seen the news? A Muse has a SWEET new release! The new images are perfect for Valentine's Day but so versatile that you can use them all year long. They also have a new Design Studio and Lounge for us addicts to hang out in, share resources/ideas and get inspiration. The best part is that you can access it all right from the A Muse Artstamps Website (SWEET!) Don't forget to bookmark that site so you can get to everything fast and easy.

Be sure to check out the winter class schedule at the A Muse Retail Shop too because, guess who's teaching some classes? ME! (along with some other FABULOUS and TALENTED instructors). There are links on my sidebar to register or you can call the shop for more details.

I had to share this funny card with you. I have made the bra version of this template from Stamp Owl but never the panties until I saw this sentiment from the new A Muse release and knew I had to do it! I hand drew the heart and colored it in with a red Spica pen.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy New Year!

I can't believe it's 2009!! We had a pretty mellow New Year's Eve, just our family watching the Space Needle display on TV and doing some noisemakers outside at midnight.

Today I am serving up a good luck meal. Many countries have traditions about foods that you should eat on New Year's Day to bring you luck in the coming year. In the USA, it's usually a southern meal of pork, greens, black eyed peas and cornbread with each food symbolizing something. You can find information about this on many websites but this site has some good, basic information So, I put a ham in the crock pot the morning, made Hoppin' John, chard and cornbread to bring in 2009 because we can all use a little good luck! (Please note that this is NOT the "New Year's resolution to getting back on your diet" meal but what's one more day?)

Are you making resolutions this year? I usually don't but I do use the transition to a new year as a time for reflection. This year I REALLY want to get more organized which will mean some serious cleaning and purging. I started by taking a load of stuff to charity on New Year's Eve (tax deadline for donations, you know). I cleaned my small appliance cabinet and Kayla's fish tank (yuck). My craft room is what needs a serious over haul and I'm determined to get it done this year. I know it will make my crafting time so much more enjoyable (and I might find some things that I forgot I had).

What traditions do you have to bring in the New Year? Are you making resolutions and if so, what are they?