Sunday, March 29, 2009

New Blooms!

Have you seen the newest release from A Muse? I couldn't wait to play with some of the new blooms. Look at this Modern Poppy!

I also love the Zinnias. There are 2, an open and a solid. For this card I decided to try the "faux cloisonne" technique. The pink behind the flower is actually a page out of a magazine! Since Copics don't play well with metallic embossing powders, I decided to emboss the Open Zinnia in gold and have the pink from the magazine page show through. I chose a section of the dress that had some different shades of pink for interest.

This last card is the Cherry Blossom stamp. I stamped it twice onto a cream 4-bar note and then added a vase punched out of brown Madeira paper. I colored the blossoms with Copics and embellished them with some liquid soft and pretty!

Check out the "what's new" section of the A Muse website to see all of the new Bridal & Blooms stamps along with the yummy new Juliette papers and 4-bar note cards.

My kids are on Spring Break this next week so I doubt I'll get much stamping done. We don't really have anything planned but I'm sure we'll find some fun things to do! I am hoping for some sunshine!

Monday, March 23, 2009

Proud Drama Momma!

The school my kids attend is famous for it's children's theater and each year they put on a fabulous musical production. It's hard to believe that these kids are only in grades 4-8! This year they performed Beauty & the Beast and Kayla was Mrs. Potts. She shared this role in a shadow casting technique with her schoolmate, Casey, who is deaf and it was amazing! Kayla surprised us all with her fabulous singing voice and Casey did a beautiful job of signing the dialog and the songs. You would never know that these girls barely knew each other before the play because they really made a great duo! They even made the local paper!

Our costumes this year were awesome! Look at how they made this teapot to fit over Kayla's wheelchair. What's even more amazing is that the Mrs. Potts in the other cast was able to wear a combination of Kayla and Casey's costumes! Simply ingenious!

This is Kayla's 4th year in the school play and for the past 2 years I've made autograph books for her and her friends to pass around at the cast party. The first year I had my Bind It All I did a handful for "Grease". Last year I did a few more for "Seussical the Musical" . This year I was so excited to find the perfect cartridge for my Cricut to be able to cut out each character (although I didn't realize how much work gluing them all together would be because some have some very small pieces). In the end we made one for each of the leads in her cast and some of her closest friends for a total of 24 books! My hubby even got into the action by cutting the inner pages and punching them all with the Bind it All (thank goodness because they might not have been finished in time otherwise!) . I made them 5X7 so they could also include some photos and keepsakes. I am pretty happy at how they turned out. (Thank you, Novell, for loaning me your BIA machine since mine is broken)

Now to recover my house after a whirlwind of crafting, baking and working backstage! I have some new rubber that I'm dying to play with but I can't until I've finished up a few chores *pouting*

I'm teaching an Intro to Copic Markers class this Friday at the A Muse shop and I still have a few spots left. Click the link on my sidebar to register online or call the A Muse shop directly.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

For a Sweet Lady

A dear, sweet lady I know just had to have major surgery so I made her this card to let her know she was in my thoughts. Florence, the nurse, from A Muse is perfect for get-well cards of all kinds. I bought some spring flowers for her too, I hope they brighten her day.

There are still spots open for my "Let's Have a Party!" class this friday. Please call the A Muse retail shop or click the link on my side bar to register. (Pssssst............there'll be cupcakes! )