Cheaper, Cuter, “Funner” CASE

Before you grammar Nazis (you know who you are!) get all up-in-arms about my title… I know. It just had to flow that way.

So, CASE = copy and share everything. You might need to know that for this post.

About a month ago, I was at a local bed, bath and um, faraway place. I saw these chalk boards for counting down the days until Christmas. I liked them so much that I almost bought one. Then I looked at the price at it was $14.99. Um, no. That could be stamp money! So, then I took a picture of them. And said, I’ll have to make one myself. How many times have I said that? Well, this time I did!

I prefer the red one for my kids!

First, I had to acquire a chalkboard. Michael’s $2.99 (w/o coupon). I already had red paint and foam brushes and a little 5 year-old helper that painted it for me! (FOR FREE!) 🙂 Next, came the stamping part. The chalkboard I found has a much narrower frame so I couldn’t use too many images… they just wouldn’t fit. I like the way it turned out and more importantly, my son is ready to begin the countdown! It’s so fun this year, with all that he is learning, math, reading, etc… WOHOO!

So, what do you think? Do you think we CASED it alright? It certainly is MUCH less expensive (nicer way of saying CHEAPER!).

Leave me a comment here and I’ll read it to my son. He’s wondering how everyone likes it! 🙂

ETA: He painted. I stamped (and wrote).



Another box…

I made up another sample for one of the stores I teach A Muse classes to show off a tag with the Giga and Mega Punches.

Paper is Daisy D’s, I think. Stamp by A Muse.

There is an origami box tutorial on Splitcoast and one from Nicole (the PaperTrey lady!). I linked to Nicole’s when I first started doing this box in October. However, now I realize that it’s not the same box. It’s very close but mine involves a bit of snipping to make it all go together nicely.



I’m having a creative block issue with a particular color and patterned paper. I used the two together for a card a while back at one of my A Muse classes. Now, I’m trying to make something else with that combo just for a sample to show someone. ACK. I can’t get that layout out of my head. Well, I moved on to something else and came back to it… several times, in fact.

The challenge supplies: A Muse Espresso note cards and reverse polka dot (cottage brown) pretty little papers.

The challenge: Come up with something using those 2 things… (if you don’t have browns then use a different color – just stay monotoned)…

Anyway, here’s what I ended up with. Not exactly what I wanted but AT LEAST out of the box I was stuck in…. I like it and I got to use my new Spica pens!

All images and paper by A Muse. Accessories include Spica Glitter Pens, 1 1/2″ square punch, and dimensionals


A Muse Sparkle Holiday Class – part three

Here is one more I can share with you from the class last weekend. I LOVE the new Kitchen collection of note cards from A Muse. They are 3.5x 5 (perfect size for mailing and no additional postage required!). And they’re POLKA DOTS… come on, how cute is that?

Okay. My card. I love that little mouse and had to incorporate him somehow. He’s actually stamped on the inside and peeking out. The Twas Tree image is perfect for this little mouse!

Images and Note cards by A Muse
Accessories: A Muse ribbon, 1 1/4″ circle punch, A Muse twinkle stars creative candy, Sakura Glitter Pen, White Gel Pen (for his santa hat!)



Always behind…

I’m always behind the times on fashion and fads. When I was younger, I would see something I like in a store and NOT buy it. Then I would go back a week later and it would be sold out. My mom would always say, “you should have just gotten then”. Yeah. I know. So, now I’m older. Not much wiser but I’m trying. I do try to get whatever I really think I want/need at first sight. As far as cutting edge goes though, electronics and technology (yes, well, ahem, I am an engineer) are about the only thing I can keep up with.

What am I rambling about? Well, I’ll tell you. Linda, the A Muse guru and very cool person with a heart of gold, put out a calendar a couple of weeks ago. She’s selling the file for a mere $3 and ALL of the proceeds go to Scleroderma research. Here’s the link to the calendar. That is a near and dear to her heart, charity. She shared the file with the A Muse crew to see what we can come up with. And to bring my blog post full circle, Me… just getting around to it. The good news… you can still get the calendar and HEY, it’s not even December yet, so I’m not LATE!

What I like about the calendar file…
* the fonts (I’m a sucker for clean fonts)
* the colors (I really like the colors for the months)
* the type set (not sure that’s the correct word I’m looking for but usually I’m a BIG fan of using the case properly (i.e. NOT a fan of text message speak – I guess I’m old school that way!) but I really, REALLY like the look of the months being lowercase.
* each month is 4×4… do you know how many things you can do with 4×4? That fits on the A Muse note cards perfectly 😉 and also with the Bind-it-All! Wohoo!

Okay, so what did I end up with? Well, a couple of things. One I took a while to do and I’ve sent it to Linda so I’ll *hopefully* show you that later. But this project, I did fairly quickly and I LOVE the result.

As many of you know, my eldest is in Kindergarten. In Kinder, one of the activities in math centers is to do “calendar” time. It’s amazing how much and how fast they learn stuff. Anyway, my son really enjoys having his own calendar (I got him one of those Melissa & Doug magnetic calendars). He updates it everyday. Anyway, I thought it would fun to make him a calendar for next year.

But what kind?

Well, a place mat of course. So, he can see the entire year at once. I printed out the calendar, cut it all out, then stamped and colored it. Then I adhered all the months to a large Red piece of card stock. I took that to Office Depot and had them laminate for me ($3). I have a great laminator but I don’t have that size of lamination pouches (ooh, something else to get!). I’m very pleased with the result. I hope he likes it as much as I do. I had fun making it.

I used my new Spica Glitter pens on some of the images, like the sparklers in July. Seems appropriate ;).

All images by A Muse art stamps.

Calendars make great gifts. Seems like everyone needs one. Why not support a great charity and make a handmade gift this year?