Pirate Party Cupcake Chocolate Treasure Chest Tutorial

Chocolate Treasure Chest Tutorial
Hey Guys! Here is a quick tutorial that has nothing to do with make a card or A Muse Studio – but it sure is fun with the Anchors Aweigh stamp set and a pirate theme party. I came up with this cupcake topper idea and design all myself – no pinterest involved here, this is all me. LOL
Chocolate Treasure Chests Pirate Theme DIY Party Tutorial
Chocolate Treasure Chest Tutorial
Step One:
Unwrap TWO Hershey Nuggets per treasure chest.
Step 1
Step Two:
Cut each set. Cut the top third off of one nugget making both sides flat. Cut the bottom third off of the second nugget leaving one side rounded. This pair makes a chest (flat sides) and a lid (rounded side).
Step 2
Step Three:
Melt a small amount of chocolate chips in your microwave. Stir at 30 seconds and every 10 seconds until melted. Spread a small amount of melted chocolate on to the edge of the nugget of which you cut off the top third. Use the chocolate to adhere the nugget of which you removed the bottom third. Adhere with the rounded side out and up making the chest with lid as shown.
Step 3
Step Four:
Spread some melted chocolate on the flat surface inside the chest.
Step 4
Step Five:
Sprinkle with Wilton Gold Nonparallels.
Step 5
Chocolate Treasure Chest Tutorial
Thank you for stopping by! Party on Party People!

New Amuse Stamps and Sweet Sunday Sketch

Amuse Bathing Beauties
I am getting together with friends for a shoebox swap with a beach theme. My new A Muse Studio Bathing Beauties are perfect for a beach theme. Thank you Karen for the Sweet Sunday Sketch Crafters Choice! I went to flicker and decided on sketch 215. LOVE all the sketch inspiration there.
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A Muse Studio supplies used on this Beachy Card:
Stamps: A Muse Studio Bathing Beauties (available July 1st) SVSG045, Sea Shells SJEH003, and Life’s a Breeze SNSM039
Paper: A Muse Studio Vanilla PAPS002, Kraft PAKRAFT, and Shell PAPS201 Cardstock
Ink: A Muse Studio Bermuda IAPF601, Shell IAPF201, and Memento Rich Cocoa IMMP800 Ink
Accessories: A Muse Studio Vanilla Twine RATW002, Mini Clothes Pins EACMINI, Vanilla Bag of Buttons EABT002, Copic Markers and Nestabilities Classic Ovals Lg TNS4110.

my favorite green smoothie

Power to Paper Craft
It has been a while since I have shared a recipe. I thought you might like to try this one. It’s my favorite green smoothie. Enjoy!

Power for Paper Crafts Green Smoothie
1 banana – frozen
1 cup of fresh pineapple
1/2 cup kale tightly packed
1/3 cup coconut milk
2 ice cubes
Put frozen banana, fresh pineapple, kale and coconut milk in single serve 16oz blender cup in that order. TIP: If you are using a traditional blender, reverse the order. Smoothies blend better if liquids and soft solids are closest to the blades while frozen fruits are farthest from the blades. Pulse on low until all ingredients have been chopped. Add ice and pulse on low. Increase power to high and blend until smooth. ENJOY!
Thank you for stopping by today. Please let me know if you like my Power for Paper Crafts Green Smoothie!

Angry Bird Thank You & R U missing stuff?

A Muse Studio Angry Bird
Hi Guys!
It’s gotta be another super quick post, I have so much to do! I am behind and need to get caught up! I have to make and send my May thank you notes today. It’s terrible – I know. If I really hustle I might get June thank you noted done too…It’s only about 50 cards – I can do it!
Today, I thought I would share my A Muse Studio Red Angry Bird punch art – well really it’s die art, because that’s what I used to make this big guy. Here are some quick instructions:

Start by cutting the body with the largest circle from the Nestabilities Standard Circle Lg.  I cut one complete circle from Kraft.  I also cut a one from Cherry. Then I ran the Cherry circle back through the machine with the same die to cut the crescent belly.  I layered them together and then added the eyes.  The Sugar pieces are cut with the second smallest Nestabilities Standard Circle Lg. die.  The Onyx eyeball pieces are cut with the very smallest Nestabilities Standard Circle Sm. die.  Once I had the eyes adhered on the body, I cut two of the bracket shape word windows using A Muse Studio’s Word Windows die set.  I snipped them short and at an angle.  They made the perfect angry eye brows.  The top of the beak is a 1 1/4 inch Papaya square cut diagonal in half and adhered with 3D foam adhesive.  The bottom of the beak is a 1 inch Papaya square cut in half on the diagonal.  I adhered the bottom of the beak flat for contrast.  The feathers and tail are cut with an old Basic Grey flower die that I had on the shelf.  You could check your flower punches too.  You are looking for a flower with 6 pointed petals to make the job easy.  The banner is embellished with some A Muse Studio Cherry Bakers Twine.  The thank you stamp is from A Muse Studio’s Let Freedom Ring. I stamped it in Memento Tuxedo Black.  I made over two dozen of these for my son’s birthday thank you.  They came together quick and I got lots of complements from those that received them.

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Happy Independance Day!

A Muse Studio Let's be Adventurers

Happy Independence Day!  Celebrate safely.  Enjoy your family and friends.  Count your blessings.  God Bless America land that I love!

Stamps: A Muse Studio Let’s Be Adventurers, Let Freedom Ring, Swanky Backgrounds, Hello From Camp
Paper: A Muse Studio Kraft, Sugar, Eucalyptus
Ink: A Muse Studio Eucalyptus, Pistachio, Cherry
Accessories: A Muse Studio Holiday Washi Tape, Nestabilities Rectangle and Scalloped Rectangle Dies

G’s Angry Birds Live Action Game

Angry Bird GameAngry Birds GameAngry Bird Game
Here is a quick photo share of the Angry Birds Live Action Game we played at G’s 3rd birthday party.  We had a really great time at the party.  I think it was well worth all the work!  Thank you for sticking with me and checking the blog!  I’ll be back tomorrow with my June card kit pictures!

Angry Birds Live Action Game

I am still trying to catch up with stuff around here after the 3rd birthday party extravaganza!  I wanted to share a couple more Angry Birds stuff pictures!   Here is a in progress shot of   my hand painted Angry Bird rubber balls.  I painted 13 – 10 inch and 2 – 20 inch  rubber balls with Angry Bird and Pig faces for a live action Angry Birds game.  I will share the game pictures tomorrow.  Then it will be back to our regularly scheduled stamp-y stuff.  Thank you for stopping by!


just some photos – Angry Birds Birthday

Angry Bird Punch ArtAngry Bird Punch Art

I know I have been missing in action!  My little guy turned three and I have been busy busy with party preparations!  I should have been sharing as I went, but it was chaos!  Maybe I should have put a vacation notice up for a week.  I am sorry, I missed you!  Thank you for coming back to see if I updated!  I appreciate you.

These are a couple of shots of the cupcakes with cutie Angry Bird toppers.  I used lots of random punches and Nestabilities to make these guys.  I also pulled out the scrap bin to make these.  It was a great way to use tons of scraps.

I’ll be back tomorrow with some more pictures of my absence.  Thank you for stopping by!

Recommended A Muse Studio Colors for Angry Bird Cupcake Toppers:
Red Bird: Cherry, Sugar, Papaya, and Onyx
Blue Bird: Ocean, Sugar, Onyx, Cherry and Orange
Bomb Bird: Onyx, Slate, Orange, Cherry, Buttercup, and Sugar
Yellow Birds: Papaya, Sugar, Onyx, Cherry, and Orange
Mustache and King Pigs: Lime, Pumpkin, Sugar and Onyx

A Day to Remember


All gave some and some gave all.  A heartfelt thank you from my kitchen table.

Stamps: A Muse Studio Let Freedom Ring
Paper: A Muse Studio Kraft, Cherry, Ocean and Sugar
Ink: A Muse Studio French Roast, Cherry, and Ocean
Accessories: A Muse Studio Cherry…Bag of Buttons, Cherry Bakers Twine, White PrismaColor Pencil

Wedding Card Special Order

Special Order

I am working on a few custom orders this morning.  I have to make two wedding cards and a communion card for some special customers.   One card down two to go!  The A Muse Studio Diamond Glitter is hard to see in the photo.  We are having a rainy grey day today.   The cake is glittered where the layers meet and the flowers are glittered around the edges of the petals.   Did you know that I do custom cards for your special occasionsE-mail me if you would like a quote.

Happy and safe holiday weekend to you!  Thank you for stopping by!
Stamps:  A Muse Studio Build a Cake, Essential Sentiments, and Venetian Background
Paper: A Muse Studio Sugar, Shell and Lichen
Ink: A Muse Studio Shell, Lichen and Memento Rich Cocoa
Accessories: A Muse Studio Twinkle Stickers, Flower Die Set 1 and 2, Butterfly Trio Dies, Diamond Glitter, Quickie Glue Pen, Copic, Markers, Nestabilities Oval Lg and Scallop Oval Lg, TAC Angelee Ribbon, SU! corner punch and rhinestone brads

Jolly Good British Invasion

A Muse Studio British Invasion

SO…I pulled out the A Muse Studio stamp set British Invasion to play.  I stamped the bridge in Seattle Ink on Sugar cardstock and that’s when it started…

In my head, on a constant loop was “London Bridge is Falling Down, Falling Down Falling Down!  Take the keys and lock her up, lock her up!  My Fair LA-DEE!!”  I know.  Crazy.  It’s not even London Bridge!  It looks more like Clifton Bridge…anyway, one thing lead to another.  Inspired by the Nursery Rhyme on constant loop in my head I grabbed bubblegum pink gingham and bubblegum satin ribbon.  I know, not very British – stiff upper lip and all that…more like little girls in gingham dresses, sing-song-ing.  What do you think, can I get by with it?  I think it’s cute.  What do you think?  Leave a comment and let me know your thoughts.

Stamps: A Muse Studio British Invasion SVSR003
Paper: A Muse Studio Sugar PAPS001, Seattle PAPS103, Sage PAPS501, and Bubblegum Gingham PAGH203
Ink: A Muse Studio Seattle IAPF103 and Sage IAPF501
Accessories: A Muse Studio Bubblegum Ribbon RASA203 and Not Your Grandma’s Bag of Buttons EABT203, Paper CosmoS EAFW001, Flowers Die Set 2 Leaves TAD0031

Boost! and On the Road with A Muse Studio

Marisa and Linda

I am in Naperville this weekend for Boost! and On the Road with A Muse Studio.  It has been a great time with my team and with Linda Carnell, the CEO and founder of A Muse Studio!  I am posting exclusive updates to my Facebook page.  Click over and like my page – don’t miss a thing.


On the Road with A Muse Studio

A Muse Studio is coming to the Chicagoland area!

That’s right – they’re going On the Road!

On the Road with A Muse Studio events are your opportunity to use our new products,
learn great tips and techniques in a fabulous class, and have FUN getting crafty with some of the creative women behind A Muse Studio!

We’re excited to share all the new products and opportunities A Muse Studio has to offer.

On the Road – Chicago Workshop 1
date: May 6, 2012
time: 10am – 12pm
place: Panera Bread, 2775 Showplace Drive, Naperville, IL 60564
cost: $24

On the Road – Chicago Workshop 2
date: May 6, 2012
time: 1 – 3pm
place: Panera Bread, 2775 Showplace Drive, Naperville, IL 60564
cost: $24

Space is limited, register today!

To reserve your space, simply click HERE to register.  Once there, click on your choice of event on the right! It’s that easy! No login necessary!

All attendees are asked to please bring a basic tool kit consisting of detail scissors, ruler, pencil and the adhesive of your choice and any other paper-crafting supplies you can’t stamp without! All other supplies will be provided.

Have you seen the a muse studio catalog yet?

That’s me, in New Orleans at the beautiful Omni Royal Orleans, for a muse studio’s national conference.  I debated if I should share or let you find this little ‘gem’ on you tube for yourself.  lol.  Now seriously, have you seen the new catalog yet?  You can download it from my sidebar, or CLICK HERE.  If you want a paper copy, email me or buy it now:

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