Friday, September 30, 2011

World Card Making Day!

Good Morning!! Hope you are off to a wonderful start!!

Did you know Saturday is World Card Making Day? I am happy to tell you a|muse studio has an AMAZING offer for you to celebrate!!!

First: Host to win!
Host a qualifying World Card Making Day Workshop (with 4 customer orders) and you will automatically be entered into a drawing to win one of five $100 a|muse studio Shopping Sprees! And, every Hostess will receive a free set of a|muse studio 4-bar notecards with envelopes - 10 pack ($6 value).

Second: Free Gift with Every Purchase!
Something for everyone! Each customer that places an order at a World Card Making Day workshop, will also receive a free set of a|muse studio 4-bar notecards with envelopes - 10 pack ($6 value).

Third: Facebook Fun!
Celebrate with us all weekend long as we post fun World Card Making Day challenges and award prizes to our Facebook friends.

AND. . . . ..I will also be participating in a blog hop on Saturday with my fellow a|muse studio consultants. Please stop by and check it out. Hopefully you will be inspired!!!

Please contact me if you have any questions! Have a great Friday!!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

My Scrappy Saturday!

Good Sunday morning. I was fortunate to be able to spend my Saturday crafting with my friends in Franklin! What a great way to spend a day!

On Monday I am teaching my second of two training classes for work. We are implementing a new computer program that will assist us in writing our reports without having to rewrite data wepreviously obtained. It sounds complicated, but it is a great program and I think it will be wonderful for us! However, people are by nature somewhat resistant to change. SO - I decided to "sweeten" the pot and attempt to make the change less threatening. I used esesntially these same items during my first class, so I just tweaked them some for this one.

Before my coworkers could take the class, they had to complete some online training. I thought it was easy, but, again I like the program and was excited about it. This group I am training tomorrow will use the program more, but for somewhat different reasons than those of us who write reports daily. To say I fielded several questions, chats, and calls as my coworkers tried to complete this prerequisite is somewhat of an understatement.

So, to reward their completion of the online classes, as well as to recognize it took them some time, I will be doing some drawings for Subway gift cards for a lucky few. One of my friends has been in an envelope making frenzy! She has made the most unique envelopes out of calendars, posters, scrapbook paper, etc. When I purchased the gift cards, the cashier said they did not have any envelopes to put the cards in. LIGHT BULB! I asked if I could have a couple of the wrapper they use for the sandwiches. TA - DA - instant gift card holders were made unter the tutelage of my friend and with the help of my Martha Stewart score board.

Then when class starts, sitting along side each participant's folder that contains the training guide and cheat sheets will be this cute little pencil. I was suprised how well these went over with the first group. They are made from Mentos fruit candy with a Hershey's kiss adhered to the end. This idea was modified from a picture I saw as part of a|muse studio's August spotlight. The stamped saying "You're the best!" is from one of my a|muse studio sampler sets that you receive if you sign up to be a consultant. The rest of my supplies are from Hobby Lobby (because that is the only place we have to shop here and I could get my supplies immediately!)

The class will last all day. That is a long time for people when talking about a soon-to-be implemented change - even if you are looking forward to it. So, when they "graduate" at the end of the day, they each will receive an honorary owl. I made six different designs just to have some variety. Each bag contains an assortment of minature chocolate candies such as M&Ms, Snickers, Twix, etc. Again, this idea was taken from the a|muse studio August spotlight and modified. I used paper bags and a paper pack I purchased at Hobby Lobby along with my nestabilities and cuttlebug.

I will spread out the remaining candy that I did not use in the center of the table for my "students" to snack on during the entire class. That way, I don't have to worry about taking it all home and getting any fatter!!! Because if I take it home, I know I won't let it go to waste!

Also on Saturday, one of the girls instructed us on making a paper pumpkin. This turned out way cuter than I imagined and it was fun to make. She gave me some more ribbbon, twine, and buttons to decorate my pumpkin with, but I just have not added those things.

If you stuck with me this long, thanks for taking the time to read this lengthy post. I hope you were able to have some fun time as well this past weekend!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

a|muse September spotlight

Every month a|muse studio highlights certain products and offers them at a discounted price for a limited time. I have to admit I have not been good at getting this information posted to my blog. Since I own three of the five stamp sets featured this month, it is pretty obvious this is a favorite spotlight of mine. For those of you I cropped with this weekend, you even saw me use one of these sets.
If you see something you are interested in, please contact me or click on the link to the left and shop my a|muse studio store!!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Blog Hop Winner!

Here it is:

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Timestamp: 2011-09-16 22:03:14 UTC

That means INDY you are the lucky winner. I have sent you an email as well.

Thanks for hopping with us this month!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

September Blog Hop!!!!

I think maybe fall has arrived or at least the cool, brisk mornings have gotten here. I think I will miss summer. It seems like it went by SO fast!! I know I feel like my life has blown by here recently (which kind of explains my blog absence!). I have to share that this week I was honored to celebrate my Grandaddy's 96th birthday with him!!

Anyway, on to the wonderful blog hop!! You should have found me after visiting Veronica's blog. I hope you are enjoying your hopping!!!

Don't forget to leave a comment on my blog - I will be giving away some blog candy!!! The winner will be chosen at random on Friday, 09/16. All comments must be made prior midnight CST on Thursday, 09/15.

I actually have four cards to share with you today. Let me know what you think! All card ingredients will be listed at the end of the post.

The first card is very simple and has mutliple uses.

I made the mistake yesterday of shopping at Walmart after I got off work. By the time I made it home, I was ready for a martini!!!

The third card is essentially a variation on the first one I showed you. I was having fun using that stamp set!

My last card is done from a stamp set that I adored from the minute I saw it in the calendar. This idea came about just while playing around with my stamps and ink.

I hope you enjoyed what I had to share with you. Now, keep hopping. If you have lost your way, here is a complete listing of all who are participating in our blog hop starting at the beginning:

Studio Stampers Blog
Krystie Hersch
Kristen Watson
Kathy Hatzke
Karen Crisp
Kari Bell
Lisa Wakabayashi
Veronica Zalis
You are here!
Lianna Vigil
Angie Schellenberg

Enjoy!! Remember you can always shop with at my webstore which is always open!!!

Card recipes:

Card 1: fern and lichen inks, just because stamp set, shell cardstock - all available from a|muse studio

Card 2: fern and lichen inks, lichen and sugar cardstock, labels die set, just because stamp set, vintage labels stamp set - all available from a|muse studio (adhesive, a die cutting machine, and scissors were also used to make this card)

Card 3: fern, lichen, and french roast inks, lichen and sugar cardstock, just because stamp set - all available from a|muse studio (adhesive was used as well as a paper trimmer and a card base made from vintage green previously available from amuse art stamps)

Card 4: bubblegum and lichen inks, sugar and lichen cardstock, labels die set, vintage labels stamp set, let's chat stamp set, and bubblegum ribbon - all available from a|muse studio (a die cutting machine and adhesive was also used to make this card)