Sunday, April 1, 2012

I've moved...

I just posted a sneak peek for my April 3rd Fun Folds class at the new blog. You can see it here.
Please take a minute to go look!
The blog is not completely finished yet, but I am working steady on it and should be completely transferred over there by April 15th.
I hope that you will keep on following me on my new adventure. I thought long and hard about changing my blog platform after working so hard to establish it. It was not an easy decision for me because I don't want to inconvenience you. After lots of consideration I decided that although uncomfortable, a change was needed. I appreciate you. Thank you for your support over the years. Thank you for taking time to visit, read, comment and follow me. I am grateful for your support and hope you will follow me to my new home at
Hugs and a BIG thank you.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Back from Rockford...Off to Madison!

The Rockford Stamp Scrap Art Tour was a blast! Hello to all my new friends met at the show. Thank you for stopping by the booth. I hope we will stamp again soon!

I am off to the Madison Mingle on Thursday. My life is a whirl wind! I have to make this post SUPER brief because I have ribbon to cut and mail for my ribbon sampler. Anyone waiting on won't be long now! I am hoping that the onyx dot will be in stock tomorrow and ready to order. Don't forget I am including that in your Sampler, but it might come in a separate envelope!

The card featured in this post is my shoebox card for the Madison Mingle.

Stamps: a muse studio Seasonal Branch, and Friend to Friend
Paper: a muse studio Shell, Vanilla and French Roast Woodgrain
Ink: a muse studio Lichen, Shell, and French Roast
Accessories: Quickie Glue Pen and Diamond Glitter

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Thinking about a flexible income with a muse studio?

Are you interested in starting your own business with unlimited earning potential, flexible hours and outstanding products?

Meet us at this local event to learn more about the company, the support we offer to consultants, and what it takes to be successful. Join us for coffee and conversation! A Muse Studio’s innovative products and trend setting style set us apart from other paper-crafting and social-selling companies. Set your own schedule and represent our irresistible DIY products to create party decor, favors, greeting cards and more! No experience needed, training and support provided!

With our 'Get on Board' Promotion there has never been a better time to start your a muse studio adventure.

A Muse Studio consultants enjoys:

• unlimited earning potential
• working around your family’s schedule
• flexible hours
• a rapidly growing company
• outstanding products
• working with energetic & positive people
• rapid advancement
• being your own boss
• prizes, promotion, fun!
• buying products at a discount
• free training and support
• great money you will made doing what you LOVE
• making lots of new friends

Please join us to learn more at the following locations:
RSVP: Marisa Alvarez – 847-922-6795

Saturday, March 17th 10am to 12pm
Panera - South Barrington
100 West Golf Rd.
Barrington IL 60010

Saturday, March 17th 3pm to 5
Panera - Gurnee
6557 Grand Ave.
Gurnee, IL  60031

Sunday, March 18th 10am to 12pm
Clock Tower – Rockford
Eli Terry Room
780 E. State Street
Rockford, IL 61108

Sunday, March 18th 3pm to 5pm
Panera - Naperville
2775 Showplace Drive

Naperville, IL 60564

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Save the date!

Chicagoland, Southern Wisconsin and Rockford area stampers, meet me at the Stamp Scrap Art Tour Show for some FUN!

Friday March 9 from 7-10pm is the Make and Take Night
Rotate through 8-10 tables and complete a project at each table. Included in the cost of admission is an AWESOME dessert buffet and admission into the show ALL weekend! It's a fabulous deal at just $30 per person!

Saturday March 10 from 10am to 5pm and Sunday March 11 from 11am to 3pm
Come shop from over 16 vendors including a muse studio. Admission is $6 at the door, but if you purchase tickets in advance you can save a dollar. Pop over to the show website here and get your make and take and show tickets in advance.

Come on by the booth for make and takes, demos and an occasional Bob's your uncle! We would love to see you there! Do you have questions about the awesome a muse studio opportunity? We have an awesome Get on Board promotion going on right now. I would love to tell you how you can get $75 in bonus product with your starter kit. Now is a great time to start making a flexible income doing what you LOVE. The show is being held at:

The Clock Tower Resort
7801 East State Street
Rockford, Illinois
Are you thinking about attending? Grab your tickets and leave a comment!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Two Card Quickie - Saturday

Two quick and cute cards only $5 or FREE with a $30+ order. Join me at my house on Saturday February 25th at 10am for class. Call or email to RSVP.

Stamps: On The Wing, Beautiful Botanicals 2, and Mod Backgrounds 2. Friends Fur-ever
Paper: Wasabi, Onyx and Sugar. French Roast, Pistachio, Grapefruit, Graph Paper, French Roast Petite Polka Dot and Sugar.
Ink: Slate, Wasabi, and Memento Tuxedo Black. Memento Rich Cocoa.
Accessories: Onyx and White Bakers Twine. a|s Mini Envelope, Heart Trio and Scallop Borders Dies and French Roast and White Bakers twine.

Thank you for stopping by today! If you want to see another card hop over to my facebook page and check out the card I made for Max.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Winter Chill

This is another one of my a muse studio National Conference trades. Sky Gingham and Cocoa cardstock make a nice pair.

Notice my sky gingham button? It's an a muse studio clear button. I love to coat the back of the clear button with with Crystal Clear Glaze and adhere it to pattern paper. After the glaze is dry I cut out the button and thread it. Bob's your uncle - a gingham button!

Want to make your own pattern buttons? Pop over to my webstore and pick up some clear buttons, crystal clear glaze and some of the great a|s gingham, polka dot or Venetian papers.

Happy Stamping!

Stamps: a|s Chill of Winter
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa
Paper: a|s Cocoa, Wasabi, Sky Gingham and Sugar
Accessories: a|s Clear Buttons, Crystal Clear Glaze, Copic Markers, Circle and Scallop Circle Nestabilities.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Changes are Coming - Like me on Facebook!

I haven't blogged in so long! I am sorry. I missed you too. :D I wanted to let you all know that changes are coming! I am going to move my blog to wordpress. I am working very hard on my new blog home and will share more with you as soon as I can. I was hoping that the process would be easier, but I ran into a snag. To hold you over until I can tell you more, here is a card I made for trade at the a|s National Conference.

Cute, huh? It was my favorite of the four designs I made.

Stamps: a|s Just My Type
Paper: a|s Onyx Shimmer, Bermuda, Cherry, Toffee, and Cherry Gingham, Sugar
Ink: VersaMark and Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Cherry Bakers Twine, White Embossing Powder, Cherry Felt cut with the a|s Heart Trio Die, Nesties Circle and Scallop Circle Dies, Signo White Gel Pen

In the meantime, if you don't want to miss any a|s news or news about my move to the new blog...LIKE ME Facebook. I just started a business page and would love if you would follow me there.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

February Spotlight

Here is the Spotlight info I promised, I am so sorry it's later than I had anticipated.
For one month, you can save 10% on the stamp sets used to create these fabulous projects!

Floral Duet
Birthday Builder
Beautiful Botanicals
Woodgrain Background
Just Because

And, for a limited time, order the special Urban Wildflowers cardstock assortment pack - an easy way to get the look showcased in this month's spotlight.

Urban Wildflowers Assortment Pack contains four sheets each:


Tuesday, January 31, 2012

New AND On Sale!

Welcome Floral Duet! Isn't it beautiful!? I am in love with this brand new stamp set. It can be yours, and at a discount, in February as part of the Spotlight.

I stamped the large and small bloom on brand new Grapefruit cardstock with VersaMark and embossed with white embossing powder. Then I trimmed them out and layered them to make that great bloom.

Do you see the new polka dot paper? It's a small dot, closer together and printed on white cardstock. I am so excited that we have some new dots! The white base makes it easy to use with the gingham paper.

Tune back tomorrow sometime for more information and inspiration from the February Spotlight.

Stamps: a|s Floral Duet and Essential Sentiments
Paper: a|s Sage Gingham, Onyx Polka Dot, Onyx Shimmer, Sage and Grapefruit
Ink: VersaMagic and Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: a|s White Embossing Powder, Onyx and White Bakers Twine

Monday, January 30, 2012

Together Forever Birthday Cake

Can you believe that it's already time for a muse studio's second catalog!? I can't! The new book is here. Do you want a copy? They are $9.95 and worth every penny. I would love to give you a copy for free for doing any of these three things:

Host a party! It's FUN! I will bring great projects and entertain your friends while teaching them some great rubber stamping tips and tricks. I promise it will be two hours of HAPPY time and a getaway from all the stress of day to day life.

Have a book party! Pass this great catalog around and collect orders. If you would like, I will even provide a little make and take for you to do with your friends! I like to call it a party in a bag.

Order $150 in product. Trust me, that wont be hard to do. Wait till you see this book! I will give you your own copy of the catalog to enjoy AND you will earn an additional $25 of product absolutely FREE. That is more than 23% bonus! Be sure to contact me if you are going to order $150 or more so I can make sure you get your $25 product credit.

Want to get a book for 1/2 price? Place an order of $50 or more and I will give you a catalog for just $5 (plus shipping if applicable). Place your order on my web store, or email me your order. If shipping is required, the catalog will be mailed separately.

Now, let's not put the buggy in front of the horse here, because I still have a whole two evenings left in the current catalog. I have one last order going in! Don't miss out on Together Forever or any of the other fabulous stamp sets that are about to retire. Email me if you need anything before it's too late!

Don't you love the fabulous birthday cake on my card!? It's really the wedding cake from Together Forever! I love a good multi-tasker! This $7.99 stamp set is going to double duty as you make both wedding and birthday cards. To make my wedding cake into a birthday cake, I inked up my stamp and then used a baby wipe to remove the ink from the hearts on the topper. I paper pieced the layers in different paper. Then added tiny star twinkle stickers where the hearts would have stamped. I love those tiny star twinkles. They look like birthday candle sparklers! Click the picture for a closer look at them. They rock!

Stamps: a|s Together Forever, and Wild Rose
Paper: Winter Sky, and Cherry Wood Grain and Buttercup, Cherry and Sage Polka Dot Paper
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa
Accessories: a|s Vanilla Twine, a|s Tiny Star Twinkle Stickers

Saturday, January 21, 2012

away at a|s national conference

Loving New Orleans. a muse studio updates on facebook. Follow me on facebook to Marisa Alvarez see the new stuff and get breaking news.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Foiled Again! meets the Retirement List

With all this snow, it's a stampy day for sure! I am going to enjoy the day making soup, doing laundry and making cards for my Retirement Party. I would like to have great class projects and inspiring samples. We will be saying farewell to lots of great stamp sets and products.

I am going to miss Foiled Again! I barely had four months to play with it before a|s retired it. My mustaches are stamped in a|s French Roast and then flocked with some Teddy Bear Brown flock. I love the Quickie Glue Pen for adding flock and glitter. You get ball point pen precision and good sticking power.

Don't miss your chance to order Foiled Again!, Polka Dot papers and Vanilla Twine. All of these great products are retiring as of January 31st. There is limited supply of the items on the retirement lists. Things are selling out quickly.

Stamps: a|s Foiled Again
Paper: a|s Sky, Wasabi and French Roast Polka Dot which is also retiring. I didn't have enough time with the dots either!
Ink: a|s French Roast
Accessories: a|s Clear Buttons, Vanilla Twine (retiring), Brown Flock, CB Embossing Folder

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Retirement Party Preview

Don't miss Doctor's Orders, my favorite Cranberry ink and Polka Dot paper! All these great products are retiring from the a muse studio line. These products are only available while supplies last. Some retiring items have sold out rather quickly. Don't delay your order if you have your eye on any of the great products in this post or on the retirement lists. You can buy these products from my secure web shop or you can call or email me your order.

I am going to have a retirement party on January 16th from 12:30 -2:30pm and again from 7pm to 9pm. These cute projects are two of the four we will be making for just $18. If you would like to join the fun, please RSVP by email or give me a call.

Stamps: a|s Doctor's Orders
Paper: a|s French Roast, Sky, School Lined, Sugar, Vanilla, and Cherry Polka Dot
Ink: a|s French Roast, Sky, and Cranberry
Accessories: a|s Vanilla Organdy Ribbon, Nestabilites Standard and Scallop Circle Dies

Saturday, January 7, 2012

True Love Stories...

...never have endings.
This is one of the cards we made in my Three Cards and Dessert Valentine Edition. If you missed it and want to make some great Valentine cards, call or email me! I would love to bring my Valentine class to you and your friends OR bring your group to me! My house never closes!

Hi Stacy! Thanks for reading. I love to know I am not just talking to myself.

You can pick up everything you need to make this card in my a muse studio store, but HURRY. The Tiny Flower Ribbon, Cranberry Ink and the Together Forever stamp set are in limited supply! Get them while you still can.
Stamps: a|s Together Forever, Seasonal Branch and On The Wing
Paper: a|s Sugar
Ink: a|s Sky, French Roast, Cranberry, and Grass
Accessories: a|s Tiny Flower Ribbon, Nestabilites Standard Rectangle, Sponge Dauber