Felt Heart Garland Tutorial

Heart Trio Die SetHeart Trio Die Set
Here is a simple how to make felt garland video tutorial. This Valentine Crafts idea is a easy way to deck the halls with beautiful Valentine’s Day Decorations! Order your A Muse Studio Heart Trio Die Set before Valentine’s Day and save 25%. That makes the Heart Trio Die Set only $5.21. That’s a great deal for a tool you will use long after your Valentine Crafts are DONE!

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A Muse Studio supplies used to make these Valentine’s Day Decorations:
Accessories: A Muse Studio Heart Trio Die Set TAD0015, Vanilla Felt EAFT002, Shell Felt EAFT201, Bubblegum Felt EAFT203, and Cherry Felt EAFT204

Enjoy the how to make felt garland tutorial! Don’t forget to drop me an email and let me know what goodies you got from the A Muse Studio Sweet Sale!

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a card for your birthday card ideas file

Homemade Birthday CardsHandmade Birthday Cards
Here is a fast, easy, feminine birthday card idea for your pinterest and idea files! I love how this handmade birthday card turned out, and did I mention it was easy? Here is what ya need:
Outside (Pictured Left)
Berry Cardstock 4 1/4 x 11 scored at 5 1/2
Sugar Shimmer Couture Cardstock 3 x 4 and 1 x 4 1/4
Onyx Damask Shimmer Couture Cardstock 3/4 x 4 1/4
Polka Dot Washi Tape from the Tuxedo Collection
1/4 inch Super-stick Red Double-sided Tape
Clear Dot Twinkle Stickers
Onyx Embossing Powder and VersaMark Ink
Onyx Glitter
Here is what ya do:

  • Stamp chandelier image from Celebrate in Style on larger Sugar Shimmer Cardstock using VersaMark ink, emboss with Onyx powder.  Adhere to card front as shown
  • Adhere a strip of Polka Dot Washi Tape across card as shown.
  • Stamp ‘Happy Birthday’ sentiment from Celebrate in Style on larger Sugar Shimmer Cardstock using VersaMark ink, emboss with Onyx powder.  Adhere to card as shown.
  • Adhere Onyx Damask Shimmer across the bottom of the card.  Run a line of 1/4 inch Super-stick Red Double-sided Tape across the card below the Sugar Shimmer panel.  Expose adhesive and sprinkle with Onyx Glitter.
  • Embellish birthday sentiment and chandelier with Clear Dot Twinkle Stickers as shown.  I used the smallest size on each candle and a medium one on ‘Birthday’ to dot the ‘i’.

Here is what ya need:
Inside (Pictured Right)
VersaFine Onyx Black Ink Pad
Onyx Damask Shimmer Couture Cardstock 3/8 x 4 1/4
Here is what ya do:

  • Adhere Onyx Damask Shimmer across the bottom of the card.
  • Stamp chandelier and ‘Celebrate in Style’ Sentiment inside as shown with VersFine Onyx ink.

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A Muse Studio supplies used on this Homemade Birthday Card:
Stamps: A Muse Studio Celebrate in Style SBSQ002
Paper: A Muse Studio Berry PAPS209, Sugar Shimmer Couture PASS001, and Onyx Damask Shimmer Couture PASD100, Cardstock
Ink: A Muse Studio VersaMark IVMP001 and VersaFine IVFP082
Accessories: A Muse Studio Tuxedo Washi Tape Collection ESWT002, Onyx Embossing Powder EAEP100, Onxy Glitter EAGL100, 1/4 inch Super-stick Red Double-sided Tape TMAGSN1, and Clear Dots Twinkle Stickers EATW000

Extra Extra Homemade Birthday Cards!

Birthday Card Ideas

I love homemade birthday cards – especially this one! I just think it turned out cool. What do you think? Wanna make homemade birthday cards? Join me for my Birthday Bash Handmade Cards Class. Four cards $12. RSVP by email or call me! Bring a friend.
Friday, February 21st at 1:00 PM or
Monday, February 24th at 6:30 PM or
Tuesday, February 25th at 6:30 PM

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A Muse Studio supplies used on this Homemade Birthday Card:
Stamps: A Muse Studio Ahhnouncing SBSK006 and Hexagon Background SHMC039
Paper: A Muse Studio Vanilla PAPS002, Cherry PAPS204, Slate Woodgrain PNWG101, and Sleepy Hollow PASH100 Cardstock
Ink: A Muse Studio VersaMark IVMP001 and VersaFine IVFP082
Accessories: A Muse Studio Holiday Tag Die Set TAD0019, Cherry Bakers Cording RABC204, White Embossing Powder EAEP001

My Favorite Baked Oatmeal

Baked Oatmeal on a paper crafts blog
This recipe will keep you fueled all day! It’s the perfect start to your day, and you will have energy to burn on your favorite paper crafts! I make this recipe one or two times a week. It is like a blank canvas. Everyone in my house likes it different. Desi puts a tablespoon of peanut butter on it before she warms it in the microwave and then tops it with sliced banana. Violet likes milk, butter and a little cinnamon sugar on her baked oatmeal. I like to throw some roughly chopped walnuts and banana slices on top. I also like to thaw some frozen blueberries and put them on top with a teaspoon dollop of sour cream and a sprinkle of brown sugar. Enjoy!

My Favorite Baked Oatmeal
1/2 cup canola oil
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
2 cups of old fashioned oats
1 cup of quick cook oats
1 tbsp baking powder
1 1/4 cups of skim milk
Vietnamese Saigon Cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350. Whisk oil and sugar together in a medium mixing bowl. Add egg and whisk until pale yellow and glossy. Stir in oats and baking powder. After oats are coated with egg mixture, stir in milk. Pour into a oiled 8×8 glass baking dish. tip: After I measure my oil I use a paper napkin or paper towel to wipe out the measuring cup. I then use the towel to oil the pan. Saves lots of money over buying those spray cans with their preservatives and propellants! Arrange the oats in the pan level and even, spread them out with the back of your spoon and/or give the pan a little shake. Sprinkle with some really good Saigon Cinnamon and bake at 350 for 30 minutes. When the oatmeal is done, let it cool slightly and cut into nine squares. Serve with or without milk, berries, raisins or cranberry raisins, brown sugar, cinnamon sugar, banana, walnuts, peanut butter, dried cherries, almonds or anything else you think sounds good! Like I said, it’s your very own blank canvas. Be sure to let me know if you try this recipe. What are your favorite toppings?

fast & EZ Handmade Cards = in the mail

Handmade Cards
Hey Guys! I just wanted to pop in with a word of wisdom. It’s something I am learning the hard way. Are you ready for it? Fast and EZ Handmade cards = cards in the mail. YUP. That’s it. Your friends, family and loved ones really do appreciate the clean and simple handmade cards that you actually send much more than the work of art you have been meaning to send. Here is a card I made last week. I sent about 20 of these homemade cards out and have 6 more waiting on hand. I hope that inspires you to make more homemade cards AND send them! Not sure where to start? Let me help! A Muse Studio products make homemade cards easy and a SWEET SALE makes it even more affordable.

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A Muse Studio supplies used on this EZ Handmade card:
Stamps: A Muse Studio Love Me Do SHMF035 and I Was Here SHMC040
Paper: A Muse Studio Grass PAPS503, Berry PAPS209, and Sugar PAPS001 Cardstock
Ink: A Muse Studio Grass Ink IAPF503, Cobalt Ink IAPF606, Berry Ink IAPF209 and VersaFine Ink IVFP082
Accessories: A Muse Studio Heart Trio Die Set TAD0015, Crystal Clear Glaze EACL000

Pucker Up Valentine

Valentines Day Card
My 18 year old daughter loves this Valentines Day card. I guess the the black and white washi tape and bold pink label with inky edges has teen appeal. I am still not sure how I feel about the Valentine. I do however know that I love A Muse Studio Apple Ink with the hearts from A Muse Studio At First Sight. Both, Apple Ink and At First Sight are on sale now. Check out the SWEET SALE going on now at A Muse Studio.

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A Muse Studio supplies used on this Valentines Day Card:
Stamps: A Muse Studio At First Sight SASG037, Quick & Cute Valentines SNSM042, and Squeeze the Day SNSU080
Paper: A Muse Studio Sugar PAPS001, and Grapefruit PAPS208 Cardstock
Ink: A Muse Studio Apple Ink IAPF210, VersaMark IVMP001 and VersaFine IVFP082
Accessories: A Muse Studio Halloween Washi Tape Assortment ESWH003, Tuxedo Washi Tape Assortment ESWH002, white Embossing Powder EAEP001, Nestabilities Labels 1 Die Set TNS4161

Valentines Day Decorations – pocket tutorial

Valentines Day Decorations
I am so excited to be getting ready for my Valentine Party and Card Class! I have missed my paper crafts and crafty friends so much! I am decking the halls all out with Valentine’s Day decor. I want a festive atmosphere for my reopening! I just finished these pretty heart pocket Valentines Day Decorations. I did a picture tutorial when I made the second pocket. I hope you enjoy the tutorial. Please let me know if you make this pretty Valentine’s Day decor. It’s not too late to RSVP for the Valentine Party and Card Class:
Friday, January 24th at 1:00 PM or
Monday, January 27th at 6:30 PM or
Tuesday, January 28th at 6:30 PM

Step One:
A Muse Studio Large Heart Die
Here is what you need, all supplies are from A Muse Studio
Bubblegum Felt (EAFT203) cut with Big Heart Die Set (TAD0046) Cut TWO hearts.
Vanilla Felt (EAFT002) cut with Butterfly Trio Die Set (TAD0002) Cut small and Medium Butterfly.
Vanilla Felt (EAFT002) cut with Big Heart Die Set (TAD0046) Cut love sentiment.
Cherry Felt (EAFT204) cut with Nestabilities Spiral Blossoms 4 (TSB4364)
Sage Felt (EAFT501) cut with Flowers Die Set 2 (TAD0031) Cut THREE of the largest leaf.
Cherry Silky Crush Ribbon (RACR204) 4 1/2 feet – cut in half.
Onyx Dots Twinkle Stickers (EATW100)
Crystal Clear Glaze (EACL000)
Sewing Machine and White Thread
Step Two:
A Muse Studio Big Heart Die
Roll Cherry Felt flower. Starting from the small point at one end of the spiral, roll tightly until you reach the wide round base at the other end of the spiral. Then Adhere with Crystal Clear glaze as show:
Valentines Day Decorations
Arrange leaves as show and adhere flower again using Crystal Clear Glaze.
Valentines Day Decor
Step Three:
Valentines Day Decor
Using Crystal Clear Glaze adhere “love” sentiment to one of the Bubblegum hearts. Also adhere four of the largest Onyx Dot Twinkle stickers on the medium butterfly as shown here:
A Muse Studio Big Heart Die Set
I decided to add a small Vanilla Felt butterfly on the second pocket. It’s not pictured here. If you are going to add the second butterfly, now is a good time to embellish the small butterfly with three medium Onyx Dot Twinkle Stickers.
Step Four:
Valentines Day Decoration
Cut the Cherry Silky Crush Ribbon in half. Fold one end in half ‘hot dog way’ and then in half hot dog way again. You are reducing the width of the ribbon by three quarters, making attaching it to the heart easier. Once you have the end folded put it under the presser foot of your sewing machine and sew back and forth a few times.
Step Five:
Valentines Day Decoration
Pin the reduced end of the ribbon in between the two Bubblegum Felt hearts. Machine sew to form a pocket. Be sure to back stitch the beginning and end of your machine sewing to further secure the ribbon and stitches.
Valentines Day Decoration
Step Six:
A Muse Studio Big Heart Die
Use Crystal Clear Glaze, embellish the heart pocket with the flower and butterflies. Put a little piece of wax or parchment paper inside the pocket to keep glaze from soaking through the layers. Tie the Cherry Silky Crush Ribbon in a big bow and hang. I have one on each of the closet doors in my new studio. Happy Valentines Day Crafting!
Please share this tutorial with your friends and don’t forget to pin it for quick reference!
Valentines Day Decorations
Valentines Day Decoration
A Muse Studio Large Heart Die

Bear Hugs Valentine Card

Valentines Day Card
I hope you have been enjoying all the Valentine ideas. Here is a super cute and easy to make Valentines Day Card. Here’s how to make a card of your own:

  • Die cut the Bermuda Petite Polka Dot Cardstock using the second largest die from Nestabilities Standard Circles Small Die set. Glue it on the Kraft A1 card base, it will over lap the bottom and left sides. Trim the circle to the size of the card.
  • Using a Signo White Gel Pen freehand the double line border around the card.
  • Stamp the bear from A Muse Studio Friends Fur-ever on Cocoa and Kraft Cardstock.  Cut the bear from Cocoa and the muzzle from Kraft.  Glue the Kraft muzzle on the Cocoa bear.  Add the bear to card front with foam adhesive.
  • Stamp thought bubble from A Muse Studio Sending My Love on Sugar Cardstock.  Trim out and adhere with foam adhesive.
  • Cut A Muse Studio Bubblegum Felt with Heart Trio Die, make two of the smallest hearts.  Adhere one heart in the thought bubble with a small glue dot.
  • INSIDE CARD:  Stamp “bear hugs for you!” from A Muse Studio Friends Fur-ever inside the card as shown.  Adhere second Bubblegum Felt heart, using a small glue dot, inside card as shown.

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A Muse Studio supplies used on this Valentine:
Stamps: A Muse Studio Friends Fur-ever SISQ012 and Sending My Love SHMM036
Paper: A Muse Studio Kraft PAKRAFT, Cocoa PAPS804, Sugar PAPS001 and Bermuda Petite Polka Dot PAPP601 Cardstock
Ink: A Muse Studio VersFine Onyx IVFP082
Accessories: A Muse Studio Bubblegum Felt EAFT203, Heart Trio Die Set TAD0015, White Signo Gel Pen MNSW001

Working Lunch – Creamy Red Lentil Soup

Creamy Red Lentil Soup
OK, it doesn’t look like much, but wait til you try it! This soup takes 20 minutes start to delicious finish – you WILL have more time for paper crafts if you incorporate this recipe in to the meal plan! Serve with a warm multi-grain baguette and some fresh fruit, YUM.

Creamy Red Lentil Soup
Serves 4 – can be doubled
1 carrot, peeled and diced
1/2 small onion, diced
1 rib of celery, diced
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 cup split red lentils, rinsed and sorted
3 cups of chicken broth (use veggie stock for a vegetarian soup)
1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 cup lite coconut milk
sweet Hungarian paprika
salt and pepper to taste

In a medium dutch oven saute carrot, onion and celery in olive oil until tender. Add garlic and cook another minute or two until garlic is fragrant. Add lentils to the pot and stir, sprinkle generously with sweet Hungarian paprika and salt and pepper to taste. Allow the lentils to cook in the oil for a minute. Pour in chicken broth and bring to a boil. Cover and turn heat to low. Simmer 15 minutes, stir once during cooking. Remove lentils from heat and carefully transfer to a food processor. Pulse until smooth then add the lite coconut milk and pulse again to blend. Return soup to pot for serving.

You will not believe how delicious this soup is! It’s full of vitamins, minerals and fiber. It takes 20 minutes total to make. This maybe be the worlds most perfect meal. Sometimes, I like to sprinkle a little Trinidad Lemon Garlic Seasoning right on my soup.
Enjoy!

Love is in the Air Heads Valentine Treat

Valentine Ideas
Here is a fun Valentine idea for kids. I used A Muse Studio‘s Gift Card Insert Die to cut Bermuda cardstock and added an air heads bar. Then I stamped the city skyline from A Muse Studio Love is in the Air on lots of different cardstock colors and patterns. I cut out the buildings I wanted then rearranged the skyline. Don’t worry about the buildings being the right height just lay them on the Bermuda layer with the bottoms hanging over the edge. Once you have the skyline how you want it, glue it down and then trim off the bottoms of the buildings. Embellish with a “love is in the air” banner and Grapefruit hearts cut with the smallest heart trio die. After I was done assembling I used a white Signo Gel Pen to fill in the windows. Want to make this Valentine easier to mass produce? Stamp the skyline on one solid color, I like A Muse Studio Pebble. Then use a gray Copic marker to give the buildings some shape and dimension. Happy Valentine paper crafting!

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A Muse Studio supplies used on this Valentine Paper Craft:
Stamps: A Muse Studio Love is in the Air SHMF034
Paper: A Muse Studio Bermuda PAPS601, Grapefruit PAPS208 Seattle PAPS103, Bermuda Petite Polka Dot PAPP601, Seattle Chevron PACV103, Wasabi Chevron PACV506 and Grapefruit Petite Polka Dot PAPP208 Cardstock
Ink: A Muse Studio Seattle Ink IAPF103 and VersaFine IVFP082
Accessories: A Muse Studio White Signo Gel Pen MNSW001, Heart Trio Die Set TAD0015, Gift Card Die Insert Die TAD0041

Kisses & Hugs Valentine Treat Bags

Valentine Ideas
This is my favorite Valentine so far! I am really out of practice with my video tutorials, but here I go again anyway…it’s like riding a bike, right?! LOL! Enjoy this stampin Valentines tutorial:

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A Muse Studio supplies used on this Valentine Treat Bag:
Stamps: A Muse Studio Sending My Love SHMM036, and That’s the Ticket SHMM003
Paper: A Muse Studio Pistachio PAPS508, Bermuda PAPS601, Grapefruit PAPS208 and Sweetheart Cherry PASH204 Cardstock
Ink: A Muse Studio VersMark IVMP001
Accessories: A Muse Studio White Embossing Powder EAEP001, Small Clothespins EACSMAL, Paper Doilies PD35001, Valentine Washi ESWVA01, Kraft Polka Dot AWPSKFT

Chalkboard Technique Valentine Treat Bags

chalkboard valentine treat bagChalkboard Technique
IN LOVE with the A Muse Studio Polka Dot treat bags! They make such an quick and easy Valentine! Pair the easy treat bag with the super fast, super trendy Chalkboard Technique and you get an adorable Valentine treat that is done in less than 10 minutes. This is an easy treat to mass produce too. RSVP for my Valentine Party and Grand Reopening we are going to make the heart shaped Valentine featured in the photo on the right. Let me teach you the easy and fun Chalkboard Technique.
Friday, January 24th at 1:00 PM or
Monday, January 27th at 6:30 PM or
Tuesday, January 28th at 6:30 PM
E mail or call to RSVP. We will make 4 cards for $12.

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A Muse Studio supplies used on this Valentine:
Stamps: A Muse Studio All for Love SVSP015
Paper: A Muse Studio Onyx PAPS100, and Cherry Shimmer Couture PASS204 Cardstock
Ink: A Muse Studio Lemon Whip IAPF400 and VersaMark IVMP001
Accessories: A Muse Studio Big Heart Die Set TAD0046, Heart Trio Die Set TAD0015, White Embossing Powder EAEP001, Small Bow Die TAD0063, Tuxedo Assortment Washi Tape ESWT002, Small Clothespins EACSMAL, Onyx Polka Dot Treat Bag AWPS100, Nesabilities Circle and Scallop Circle Dies.

Valentine Party and Grand Reopening

Valentines Day Card

Here is another sneak peek at the Valentine’s Day Cards we will be making at my Valentine Party! Come learn how fun and easy the trendy Chalkboard Technique can be! Let me know if you are coming.
Friday, January 24th at 1:00 PM or
Monday, January 27th at 6:30 PM or
Tuesday, January 28th at 6:30 PM
E mail or call to RSVP. We will make 4 cards for $12.

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A Muse Studio supplies used on this Valentine’s Day Card:
Stamps: A Muse Studio All for Love SVSP015
Paper: A Muse Studio Onyx PAPS100, and Cherry Shimmer Couture PASS204 Cardstock
Ink: A Muse Studio Lemon Whip IAPF400 and VersaMark IVMP001
Accessories: A Muse Studio Big Heart Die Set TAD0046, Heart Trio Die Set TAD0015, White Embossing Powder EAEP001

Hubba Hubba Valentine

Valentines Day Card
Don’t tell Max…This is his Valentines Day Card. I love the trendy style, masculine color combo, and clean and simple design! This is one of the Valentine’s Day Cards we are going to make at my Valentine Party and Grand Reopening. Come join me on:
Friday, January 24th at 1:00 PM or
Monday, January 27th at 6:30 PM or
Tuesday, January 28th at 6:30 PM
E mail or call to RSVP. We will make 4 cards for $12.
The best part about this cards is, you can make a bunch of these Valentines in different color combinations. With all the great Valentine sentiments in A Muse Studio Love Me Do and At First Sight stamp sets, there is something for everyone on your Valentine list! These are fast, easy and totally customizable. Pop on over to my web store, click shop in the upper right, and get Love Me Do and At First Sight – with all the great paper crafting possibilities you will treasure these sets for many years! Happy Stampin!

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A Muse Studio supplies used on this Valentine’s Day Card:
Stamps: A Muse Studio At First Sight SASG037, Quick & Cute Valentines SNSM042, Love Me Do SHMF035
Paper: A Muse Studio Sugar PAPS001, Saffron PAPS403, and Navy Chevron PACV607 Cardstock
Ink: A Muse Studio Saffron IAPF403 and VersaFine Onyx IVFP082