Saturday, September 18, 2010

Channeling My Muse

Finally some time in the Bubble. Still not sure I have my mojo back but working hard at channeling her. I'm sure my muse is a 'she'. I wouldn't tolerate a 'he' muse. I can just hear a male muse..."do you really need all this paper?" "why do you have so much ribbon?" "isn't one cardstock just like all the other cardstock?" "what is up with all these buttons?" "how does that tool work - can I use it?"

Yes MY muse, while possibly on holiday or maybe just upset with me for my recent lack of time spent in my Bubble' is DEFINITELY a female!

This is the photo inspiration from The Shabby Tea Room.

Fresh Living
~Base card - white linen
~Layer of PaperTrey Ink white dry embossed using Cuttle Bug and Stylized Flowers embossing folder
~Outlining of raised areas colored with Copics
Shabby Tea Room

These are the color inspirations over at Play Date Cafe followed by my interpretation. I'm thinking that perhaps this could be used as a wedding/commitment card. (Some of you know how I LOATH making wedding cards.) I think the trick for me is to just make a card that UN-intentionally could be used for a wedding. I freeze up under the pressure of having to create a wedding card and my muse - well she just says, "you're on your own - I'll be over here taking a nap, or sipping wine - call me when you are finished."

Welcome Home
~Base card - white linen
~Layer of BasicGrey Oliver paper pad - The dots (squares actually) of color along the top were perfect for a night sky! (Thank you sista Gail for buying this pad 'o paper for me)
~House built from aqua Core'dinations - stamped with Stampabilities Le London Script; windows free hand drawn on white cardstock; red cardstock door - edges roughed up with metal ruler and smudged with black ink; black roof is made from black/aqua Core'dinations
~"Bushes" punched using Martha Stewart punch and green cardstock - dotted with white Poster Pen paints
~Sentiment by Just Rite - stamped then torn on aqua cardstock layered on red and black cardstocks
~Black brad for door knob
Challenges:Play Date Cafe - inspiration
Alphabet Challenge - U for unused stash (bought the Core'dinations' long ago and it sat unused until today)

I'm off to dream of muses...


  1. Oh it's good to have you back,only you could gender a muse lol! I know exactly where you're coming from though. I like the idea of the copics over the embossing,chalking can be too delicate at times. Have a lovely day,Julie.x

  2. This reminds me of a wintry scene, a starry night. It would make a great Christmas card or a general one too.
    Sue xx

  3. Oh, I also like the one for the TSTR challenge. Copic markers are a god idea, it is very effective. I love the colours you have chosen.
    Sue xx

  4. Brilliant take on the house theme, love the quirkiness of it.

    And you're right about Muses being female - "Haven't you finished that page yet?", "I hope you're going to put the lid back on that" ...... :P

  5. Lovely cards! I really like that house your created for the color challenge. And that colored embossed paper you created on your first card is super eye catching. Love that look. Thanks for sharing with us at TSTR.

  6. Both are just fantastic! Love them.

  7. Love both your cards, and how fab to take your muse by surprise and make a wedding card by stealth lol! It's a fab idea for a wedding card too, love the little house. Thanks so much for playing along with us at the Play Date Cafe :)

  8. Lovely cards. The house is fantastic for the PDCC. Love that you created your own house and used the colors so wonderfully. Thanks for playing along with us at the PDCC.

  9. Lovely cards - love how you added the punch to your cute house! Thanks for playing at the PDCC.

  10. Thanks for the comments on my blog, I normally respond by email but Blogger is keeping yours a closely guarded secret.

    No offense taken whatsoever about the 'male' muse, as far as I'm concerned if you cant laugh at yourself who can you laugh at? :D

  11. Beautiful cards! The house is great. Thanks for joining the Alphabet Challenge x

  12. As long as my muse helps me churn out fabulosity, I can ignore the's a small price to pay for creativity! Looks like your muse was on the job with this one, great job on the color challenge! This card would be perfect for someone moving into a new home, maybe after the wedding (?) Anyway, thanks for playing along with us at the Play Date Cafe!

  13. Great cards! I just love those bushes on that second card---LOVE them! Great job:) So glad you joined in the fun this week:) THANKS for playing along with us at the PDCC:}


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