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Nighty Night Neatery

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What started several years ago as three friends who wanted to log crafty projects, slowly turned into a place to showcase A Muse Studio cards and, most recently, into an abandoned WordPress blog. The three friends who started out have all moved on to other projects, so it is time to put The Neatery to rest. Visit us in our new homes on the web:

Fnur can be found here or here.

JenJenza can be found here or here.

Lanigan can be found here, here or here.

Putting the February Spotlight into Action

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One thing I love about the Studio Spotlight is the way it can inspire me to create outside my comfort zone. For this month, I took the featured  color combination to create this bright, nature-themed card.  I also used the Woodgrain background stamp (10% off until Feb. 29, 2012). See all the Spotlight specials here. Would I have paired Lido with Bermuda on my own? Probably not, but I have to admit it makes quite a stunning palette!

happy birthday card

See my original card inspiration here. You can also find the inspiration card (along with MANY more) by following my Pinterest board here.

All products from A Muse Studio:

  • Stamp: Woodgrain, Essential Sentiments, Avian Notes, Sushi & Wasabi (retired: available until Feb. 29, 2012)
  • Cardstock: Bermuda, Lido, Kraft
  • Ink: Eucalyptus, Lido, Slate
  • Embellishment: Bermuda buttons, Bermuda satin ribbon, Vanilla twine

A Muse Studio Challenge Blog: Winter Wonderland

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After spending the last few weeks packing and moving to a new house, I have been absent from the A Muse Studio Challenge Blog and The Neatery too.  I decided to take some ME time and create some holiday creations, since we’re almost all settled in now.  The challenge for ASCB this week is anything holiday, so I have a gift card holder to share this time. Apologies for the yucky photo quality. When it gets dark so early, I am finding myself lighting challenged!

snowflake card

And on the inside…

inside of holder

For variety, I made a couple extra squares that you could use in lieu of the snowflake on the front.  I am loving the dove + “comfort & joy.”  Just lovely.  I’ll be creating these at several workshops this week!

alternate squares

All products from A Muse Studio:

  • Stamp: Nordic Noel, Mini Holiday Messages
  • Cardstock: Sugar, Sky, Latte Woodgrain
  • Ink: Eucalyptus, Winter Sky
  • Embellishment: Sugar Organdy Polka Dot, Sky Pearl Stickers

Holly Berry Vine

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A Muse Studio is offering an amazing hostess bonus this month!  You can read more about the details here.

The reward includes Holly Berry Vine stamp, so today I wanted to share some other projects using that set.  If you’ve got more examples, link them in the comments below!

holly

A Muse Studio Holiday Tag Kit

blue holly

From A Muse Studio Design Team

holly from papercrafts mag

From Papercrafts Magazine's Nov/Dec 2011 issue

Tutorial: Two Sheets = Four Cards

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I know that math might not sound right, but I have put together a tutorial using 2 sheets of A Muse Studio cardstock to get 4 unique cards.  You can see examples that I created using Nordic Noel with a little help from Essential Sentiments.

The tutorial, including all the measurements you need is my gift to you when you subscribe to my newsletter. By signing up, you’ll receive monthly information regarding A Muse Studio spotlight specials, technique videos, and special tips and it’s all FREE for you!

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Crop-A-Dile

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When I found this video from Creating Keepsakes, I KNEW I had to do a post with it.  This embossing idea feels like pure genius!  Of course, I love my Crop-A-Dile for setting eyelets and hole punching, and adding embossing makes it even more multipurpose.

I used it to pop the polka dots for my Halloween ATC that I created for an upcoming swap with A Muse Studio consultants.  Love it!

World Card Making Day Blog Hop

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I am so excited to be part of the World Card Making Day Blog Hop featuring A Muse Studio consultants! It’s a great day to showcase a card that I think works for anyone.  Even guys can handle a little glitter, because every rock star deserves a little sparkle! What I love about WCMD is that it is a great opportunity to send cards just because.  No holiday, no birthday, no occasion at all.  Just a simple card to let someone know you are thinking about him and you think he ROCKS!

All products from A Muse Studio:

  • Stamp: Rock Star, Harlequin background (you can barely see it stamped on the cranberry)
  • Cardstock: Cranberry, Sugar, Ocean, Onyx
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Cranberry
  • Embellishments:  Diamond Glitter

Thanks for stopping by the Neatery for World Card Making Day!  Hop on over to Veronica’s blog at lk2thestarz.blogspot.com.  And when you get through the whole hop, I hope you are inspired to make your own cards on this special day!

In case you get lost, here’s a list of all our Blog Hop Participants…
You are here: http://theneatery.wordpress.com
Veronica Zalis: http://lk2thestarz.blogspot.com/
Jennifer Corson: www.scripptyscraps.blogspot.com
Karen Crisp: www.papernstamps.blogspot.com
Jeanette Cloyd: www.smoreamusement.blogspot.com
Sherri Thacker: www.sherri-iloveflipflops.blogspot.com
Seleise Barrett: www.amethystcat.blogspot.com
Pamela Fredrickson: www.attemptedcreativity.blogspot.com
Carissa Fulkerson: www.carissascottage.blogspot.com
Melissa Roell: www.totogal62.blogspot.com
Angela Schellenburg: www.gypsypaperie.blogspot.com
Lisa Chapman: www.piesafepapergoods.blogspot.com
Heather Scott: www.oz-somestamps.com
Suzanne Dahlberg: www.thecardyard.blogspot.com
Dana Vincent: www.danasamazed.blogspot.com
Julie Dylingowski: www.simplyimpressed.blogspot.com
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