fun with bunny dies…

One of my favorite products to come out of the new A Muse Studio Acccessories Guide this month are the new bunny dies. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on these and start making cute Easter cards and projects!

Today I’m going to share a card I made using the Bunny dies and then a treat basket that would work great as either a sweet, little Easter gift for the kids sharing in your holiday this year, or as a pretty table favor at each person’s place setting if you’re having an at-home brunch or dinner…

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This card was a joy to make! The colors were so fresh and happy to work with (sky, bermuda, sage, apricot and grapefruit)  and I loved the repeat of the little bunny in each square. The pom poms (or bunny bums! as they are referred to in the Accessories Guide) add just the perfect embellishment to this festive card.

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I used the tiny scalloped border die to create the scalloped edge on the sugar panel and the Easter sentiment for the front of the card (stamped in Seattle ink) from the Egg-stravagant stamp set. The ribbon is a bit of sky polka dot organdy to match the card base.

This little treat basket was also fun to make. You can create these in whichever color card stock you wish—choose a color to coordinate with your table scape or make them in a different color for each person, the choice is yours and the options are almost endless…

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For these treat baskets I cut all of the shapes I needed using my different dies–the scalloped circle, the bunny shape from the largest of the bunny dies and then I took a 6×6 square of card stock in grapefruit and I also cut a strip of the same card stock to measure about 8.5x 3/4″ for the treat basket handle. Once I had all my pieces ready, I started the assembly…

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The step-by-step instructions for this project are HERE in a .pdf file that you can save and print.

I hope this gives you a couple of fun ideas for using the bunny dies or inspires some Easter card or decor creation!

 

KRISTINE VICENTE
A MUSE STUDIO CREATIVE CONSULTANT #1340
Glastonbury, CT
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March Studio Spotlight – Easter Craft Ideas

I wanted to share a few Easter craft ideas from A Muse|Studio!  These are some darling projects… I especially love this little bunny peep banner…

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These little lollipop toppers with the peep bunny is also very cute, as well as the adorable treat bags…

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One of the new products that A|S offers starting now with the new catalog, are these cute wooden spoons… they come in two sizes–small and medium. These are the small spoons stuck into a little mini-muffin-sized brownie…looks like they stamped the handle of the spoon to dress them up a bit… perfect bite-sized treat and so very cute on a plate!

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And what would Easter be without a few carrots… even if they contain candy treats!  How completely darling are these?

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I hope these ideas from A Muse|Studio get your creative wheels turning on how you can paper-craft a little fun into your Easter holiday.

featured set: you’re too kind…

One of the perks of being an A Muse|Studio consultant is the opportunity to pre-order certain new stamp sets and supplies before the catalog is released to the public! I had the chance to order some of the new items while I was away in SC a few weeks ago and I was so excited when the box from A|S arrived on my doorstep last week!

You’re Too Kind was one of the sets available as a pre-order…  this set is very cute. It comes with a bird, a nest, an egg and several sweet card sentiments, all in a hand-sketched style with script, elegant fonts. This is also one of the 11 stamps sets that also has a coordinating die set to match. The dies are sold separately but I love that purchasing the dies is an option for so many of these new stamp sets.

I used this set to create a few items I want to share with you today, as a little sneak peek of the fun that awaits out of the brand new A|S catalog…

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This first card is similar to one of the samples I saw at convention. I used washi tape, a strip of kraft card stock and both currant and french roast inks. The base card is blush, with a currant mat on the sugar panel. I used a few of the tiny pearl stickers to embellish.

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This next card is just as clean and simple… I started with a base card of lichen and added a small doily to the card front. I cut a strip of vanilla card stock, rounded the corners with my corner-rounder punch and stamped a row of eggs in lichen ink. I then stamped the sentiment in french roast ink over top of the eggs. Finally, I cut a bird shape out of latte card stock and stamped the bird image directly on the shape in french roast ink. I tucked the bird behind the sentiment and glued the sentiment strip to the card with a few foam squares.

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This last little “project” is a perfect example of how you can turn an ordinary lunch bag into some adorable gift packaging with a stamped tag and some ribbon!

To create the tags, I cut some pebble card stock into 2.5 x 3.5″ rectangles and rounded the two bottom corners. I stamped one of each of the main images from the You’re Too Kind stamp set onto each tag in french roast ink. I used the Labels 8 die set to cut three labels out of the smallest die shape to create a decorative “reinforcement” for the hole I punched using my 1/8″ hole punch in each of the tags. I threaded some french roast twine through the hole as the finishing touch.

For the gift bag, I just took an ordinary lunch bag, folded over the top edge about 1.5″ and punched two holes through the folded piece, side by side about a 1/2-inch apart in the center of the flap. I threaded some bermuda satin ribbon through the holes, both ends into the holes front to back, crossed them in the back and brought both tails through the front again to create the little “bow”, and trimmed the ends to match. I then wrapped the tag with the bird around the bow.  The tag gives the bag a decorative touch and it’s perfect for writing a little message + the recipient’s name!

Here it is without the other tags on it for a better look…

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A cute, homespun way to package a gift in a pinch or to create a special touch on a gift bag of food, like cookies for a friend or a new neighbor!! These tags would really make any plain gift bag look special.

So, the *NEW* A|S catalog is just days away from it’s public debut on March 1st!  Check back here on Friday morning if you’d like to see/download an e-copy. The spotlight specials for March will also be posted but keep in mind that February specials are still available so get those great stamp sets on sale while you still can!  I’ve added a new tab to the top of my blog so accessing the sale flyer any time of the month is as easy as a “click”!  You can always shop A|S through my safe and secure webstore.

heart pillow project…

A Muse|Studio offers a beautiful array of products for stamping and paper-crafting. They also offer some gorgeous felt in many different colors. This felt works really well with the die shapes also offered by A|S. Over the weekend I took out my heart trio die set and had a little fun…

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I created this adorable heart pillow using two pieces of vanilla felt plus a few scraps of shell and cherry. The sheets of felt measure 9 x 11″ so I cut the vanilla pieces to create a 9″ square. I used a bit of the Tombow adhesive tape on each of the hearts to hold them in place while I sewed a straight line through each column of hearts. I then turned the right side of the pillow facing in and sewed up the side seams, leaving a small opening at the bottom as my stuffing hole. I turned the pillow right side out and began stuffing it with polyfill. When I finished stuffing the pillow to my desired fullness, I used a needle and thread to sew up the stuffing hole by hand. I was inspired to try this project after seeing the adorable bat pillow on page 29 of the A|S Holiday Catalog 2012. I wanted something festive for my living room and this pillow is just right.

The BRAND NEW A Muse|Studio 2013 catalog is right around the corner! In fact, I’m headed to South Carolina this weekend to attend the annual consultant conference where we will get the first glimpse of the new catalog/idea book. I know it will be full of incredible new stamp sets, fun accessories and photos of inspiring stamp art projects. Looking forward to sharing it all with you upon my return. In the mean time, take a look through the current version of the catalog…maybe you’ll see a project you’ll want to try!

a winter wreath project

One of the items that surprised me by showing up on the A Muse|Studio Product Retire List is the Snowflake Trio die set.
I really love this die set. The snowflakes are so pretty and delicate and all three are very different. I use them a lot. One thing I’ve learned from being in the “business of stamping” is that when the retirement list comes out, I’m always surprised and even saddened by something I see on “the list”, but whenever the new catalog comes out, I’m always SO THRILLED with so many of the new stamp sets, embellishments or tools, that I completely forget about the retired list and what was on it…

…The retired list exists to make room for all the wonderful new things
that A Muse|Studio has in store for us come March…

That said, this wonderful Snowflake Trio die set is one that I will miss promoting next winter. I’ve used it on countless projects and cards and I have one final project to share with you today to encourage you to get this set while it’s still available if it has been on your wish list.

A winter wreath…

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A few days before New Year’s Eve I was in my local craft store and I came across a small display of final clearance Christmas items. I saw some pretty, silvery-white bead garland for $9.99 but it was 70% off and thought it would be perfect for a little winter wreath project I was planning to make. I picked up a medium grapevine wreath (for about $5) and some sheer organdy ribbon (for about $3) so for about $12 I put together a cute, frosty, winter wreath for my front door.

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In addition to the supplies above, I cut several snowflakes (using the Snowflake Trio die set) out of vanilla shimmer card stock. I first wrapped the beaded garland around the wreath. I then made the bow and placed it where I thought I would like it and finally, I glued the snowflakes to the wreath.

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I layered a few sets of large and medium snowflakes together using a foam square and then used my glue gun to add dots of glue to the back of all of the snowflakes I’d cut out to stick them to the grapevine wreath. I added a sparkle sticker to the center of each to add a little detail.

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This is just what my front door needed after the Christmas wreath was put away for next year. This wreath will take me through to late March when my pansy wreath comes out again for Spring. It was a quick and easy project and it not only lifted my post-holiday spirits but brightened up my front door!

If you have questions about this fun, winter project just let me know in the comments. Feel free to pass this post along to friends or share it on Facebook, then take another look at that list of A Muse|Studio products set to retire and get them while you can!  At 30% off, the Snowflake Trio die set will cost you $11.16 plus tax & shipping. You can shop online right here and the sale price will be automatically reflected.

new year’s eve party ensemble

We get so caught up in using our stamps to make cards I think that sometimes we forget how useful they are for other things, like party ensembles!!

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I put together this party invitation, place card and party favor tag using the A Muse|Studio Perfectly Polished stamp set. I went to my computer, opened up MS Word and typed out the invitation text, the “Celebrate the New Year” and the “Thank You” on one sheet of white card stock. I then used my Labels 8 Nestabilities die set to cut out the scrolly label shapes and some snowflakes using the smallest of the A|S snowflake dies. I chose onyx, sugar and sky as my color scheme. I attached the snowflake shapes with a bit of onyx & white baker’s twine to jazz everything up a bit and add some continuity to the design.

Here is a closer look at each element…

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This is a simple invitation and very easy to create in MS Word. I created a text box (insert/text box) and then selected right justify from the tool bar. I trimmed the invitation to 3.75 x 5″. I then layered it up with sky (4 x 5.25″) and onyx & white damask (4.25 x 5.5″) so it will fit into a standard A2-size envelope. “Please Join Us” is one of the sentiment stamps that comes with the set, along with three different sizes of the knife/fork/spoon image.

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This piece makes a great place card or just a place setting embellishment to provide a decoration for the table that goes along with the invitation theme.

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This final part of the ensemble is a Thank You tag that could be used to embellish a small party favor, perhaps in this case a small bag with some Hersey Kisses in silver foil to help “kiss” in the new year.

Incidentally, the Vicente’s will not be having a New Year’s Eve bash, we like a nice, quiet New Year’s Eve with movie marathons, delicious snacks and cuddling on the couch to watch that ball drop in Time’s Square if we can manage to stay awake.  I just wanted to show you how easy it is to use your stamps to create a festive ensemble for any party. This Perfectly Polished set is especially cute for dinner parties, but A|S offers stamp sets for all themes of cards which means great themes for parties too, and even showers, both bridal and baby! Something else to consider when making a stamp purchase, the versatility of the set…

I hope 2013 gives you lots of reasons to celebrate!

homemade peanut butter cups

I made a batch of these last night and they are so darn good and so super easy that I had to share this recipe!

Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

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What you’ll need…

40-50 1″ miniature paper baking cups
9 , 1-oz. squares of white baking chocolate
1-1/2 c. creamy peanut butter; divided
8, 1-oz. squares of semi-sweet baking chocolate
1/2 c. chopped peanuts

Arrange baking cups on a cookie sheet or jelly roll pan and set aside. Melt the white chocolate and 3/4 c. of the peanut butter in a saucepan over low heat, stir constantly until melted and smooth. Use a teaspoon to spoon this mixture into the arranged baking cups. Refrigerate for 10 min. While refrigerating, chop the peanuts and set aside. Melt the semi-sweet chocolate and another 3/4 c. of peanut butter in the saucepan over low heat; stir constantly until melted and smooth. Use the teaspoon again to spoon this mixture into the baking cups on top of the white chocolate mixture. Sprinkle with the chopped peanuts; refrigerate overnight. Makes about 40, maybe a few more.  Enjoy!!

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This is a quick, easy recipe that I was able to put together in about 30-40 minutes. They came out so delicious I decided to give them as neighbor gifts this year.  I created a box  using A Muse|Studio twas the night and cherry card stock plus vanilla shimmer paper and put together boxes of 8 peanut butter cups in each, decorated with paper snowflakes and some baker’s twine + a little tag. I know these will be a big hit!!

Here they are, in the box, ready to be covered and tagged…

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Here they are covered, tagged and ready to give…
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Hoping this inspires you to add a little homemade to your holidays, if not this year than next!!