A Muse bumper card!

So, September is almost gone. And you know how I started the bumper card thing with my SU! customers in January? Well, that has taken off and everyone seems to be loving sending and receiving and seeing new ideas. Then in August, I started the bumper card society among fellow bloggers. And that went to countries I never imagined. This month I thought our A Muse yahoo group might be a fun place to do some bumper cards. And some how I actually joined the list rather than just organize it. Know what that means right? I had to make a card … and fast!

Here’s my bumper card for September:

In the picture the card isn’t folded. I wanted to show the whole scene. But the “back” of the card has the 3 buildings on the left. It’s hard to tell but all the windows have diamond glaze on them and there is glitter on the store signs, etc. The sun is from a Martha Stewart punch (GASP!) that I got at Michael’s for 40% off. That’s the only way I was getting it! The sentiment says “I’d rather be stamping!” If only…

Anyway, I hope the receiver likes it!



Blog candy winner!

Thanks so much to those of you that advertised for me. I really appreciate it. I’m not a huge fan of self promotion but I really want this store in Austin to carry A Muse stamps.

And now, drum roll please……

Random.org picked:

RACHEL of On My Back Porch

Congrats Rachel. Be sure to check out her blog!

Thanks everyone for reading my journey. I never would have imagined blog writing to be as fun as it is.


Fire Ants continued…

First, BLOG CANDY still available here until 10 pm Central tonight.

So, I went to the allergist to see if and what they can do for me about these darn fire ants. Well, there’s good news and bad (isn’t that always the case?). More good, in the long run… that’s always pleasant.

The good news is that I can get allergy shots for fire ants. More good news is that long term it will make me less likely to die from a SINGLE ant bite.

The bad news is that:
* one ant bite can do me in
* most likely I’m severely allergic to all stinging insects…. wasps, bees, yellow jackets, hornets, etc.
* the shots are for the rest of my life 😦

Again, given that “death is on the line” (remember that line from Princess Bride?”, the good news is GOOD NEWS.

So, I’m a little freaked out that all insects are potentially hazardous but as my husband said “when’s the last time I was stung by anything?” Um, high school because I’m BUG PHOBIC. Guess that’s a good thing, eh?

And those of you that know me… I can’t stand thinking about the negative… so, on the bright side – I am EXEMPT from Lawn Duties from here on out. 😉

Thank you all for your kind words and concerns. I’m doing GREAT! Just a bit in shock from today’s visit… but it’s all good.

Hug those ones you love today because (wait for it…:) )…. there is “No Day But Today”.


20,000 hits – Blog Candy and self promotion!

I can’t hardly believe that this blog is approaching 20k hits. WOW! Thank you all so much! I need some help getting the word out that Memory Depot (one of the places I’m teaching A Muse classes) here in Austin, Texas has A Muse stamps now. They are new to A Muse as of this weekend and I’d like them to keep them in stock! So, I need help getting the word out…

AND it’s TIME for some blog candy, right?

The PRIZE — a customer direct order from Stampin’ Up! (ordered by me) for $15 before shipping and handling. Only open to US residents. Sorry about this!

The fine print:
* order must be placed with me by Thursday, September 27th, 2007
* any amount over the $15 (before shipping and handling) is paid by winner
* order will be shipped directly to winner from Stampin’ Up.
* open to US residents only.

* IF YOU ENTER – BE SURE TO LEAVE an email address so I know how to contact you!
* If you leave a comment here, you get one entry.
* If you have a blog, then you get 5 entries for posting an entry on your blog (post the link here in your comment) about A Muse stamps in Austin, TX.
* DEADLINE for Entry is Wednesday, September 26th at 10pm Central.

This blogging thing is so very amazing to me. I can’t believe the power that our community has. So, I sincerely appreciate any help you can give me. Best of luck!


September Technique Clubs

Did you think I’ve abandoned by SU! life? Hardly. I had 3 Hostess clubs this month. I knew this month was going to be a little hectic so made life a bit easier on myself and taught the same 3 techniques to all three clubs. That was a life saver!

First card:
Suspension Card
I did one similar to this at my very first SU! Halloween class 2 years ago. I love the suspension technique. It’s so simple yet looks hard.

Stamps: Stampin’ Up! Carved and Candlelit, Batty for you and All Holidays
Inks: SU! Only Orange, Garden Green, Basic Black
Cardstock: SU! Only Orange, Basic Black, Whisper White
Accessories: Nylon thread, 1 3/8″ circle punch, 1 1/4″ circle punch, sticky strip

Second card:
Faux Foil
Sorry for the photo quality. It is gold embossed.
I love Faux Foil. Such an easy way to add an elegant touch.

Stamps: SU! Solemn Stillness, Many Merry Messages
Inks: Versamark
Cardstock: SU! Handsome Hunter, Real Red
Accessories: Gold EP, Sticky Strip

Third card:
Bouncing Brayer
OMG. I really think this technique is cool. All the time I was doing it, I was saying “Ooh, yuck, this isn’t going to work out” and then all of a sudden…. BAM! The colors are actually more vibrant than show in this picture.

Stamps: SU! Lovely as a tree, All Holidays
Inks: SU! Kaliedecolor ink pad – pumpkin; Chocolate Chip
Cardstock: SU! Chocolate Chip, Whisper White
Accessories: SU! Chocolate Wide Grosgrain, Key Tab punch

Three more techniques under my belt. I love learning new stuff. Thanks for looking!


A Muse Bonanza class this past weekend

I had my first A Muse class this past Sunday and it was FABULOUS. I had such a great time. It was at Stamp Salado in Salado, Texas. Sandy, the owner, is just a hoot! Thanks Sandy for everything. I really enjoyed meeting all of these really fun ladies. We had a full class and they did awesome and getting everything done!

We did 4 cards and a nugget treat box.

Card One:
Santa Pocket Card
Images and cardstock all by A Muse
Accessories: Marvy Giga Scallop and Mega Circle punches, liquid applique, red jumbo eyelets, Crop-a-dile, black grosgrain ribbon, markers, and 3-d glue dots

Card Two:
Stamping/Girl’s Night out
Images and cardstock all by A Muse
Accessories: Diamond Glaze, Marvy Giga Scallop Square Punch, May Arts ribbon, 3-d glue dots

Card Three:
Happy Fall
Images and cardstock all by A Muse
Accessories: Bronze embossing powder, A Muse orange crush ribbon

Card Four:
Best Witches
Images and cardstock all by A Muse
Black Fun Flock, Heat & Bond

Nugget Box:
Images by A Muse
Directions for this can be found on Splitcoast here.

I hope everyone had as much fun as I did!


Calling all Central Texas Stampers!!!!

I’d love to meet you at Memory Depot in Austin, Texas this Saturday, Sept. 22. I’ll be teaching TWO A Muse classes:

1:30-3:30: Fun Fall Birthdays: make 5 super quick, fun, and elegant birthday cards for the Fall Season

4- 6: Sparkly, Fun Cards: Use glitter, Twinkle stickers, and some new images revealed this summer during A Muse A Palooza to make 5 fun all-occasion cards that sparkle and shine.

Click here to find out more about how to register. I’d love to meet you! Come and stamp with me!