Book of Potions Journal

I found some awesome Halloween scrapbook paper and just had to make a few new journals.  For this “Book of Potions” journal I used a full size composition notebook and covered it with the spooky cardstock and embellished it with ribbon and clear glazed the spiders.

I lined the inside covers with coordinating cardstock.  So it is ready to go to be used for anything… a journal, a place to keep personal or school notes, a “recipe” book or just a Halloween decoration.  You decide! 🙂  Book of Potions on Etsy.

Busy Summer

I’ve had a very busy summer with work and kids activities.  It is so hard to believe that summer vacation is over.  My last post was in March and it was about shopping with my daughter at a rubber stamp convention.  By mid day she had a fever and upset stomach.  Little did we know she was going to have to have an appendectomy.  Wow! How things can change in an instant.  She was in so much pain.  She quickly recovered once it was removed and she hardly even talks about it now.  We also had summer sports and vacation “day trips”.  All this “busy-ness” made our summer fly by.  Now school has started this week.  What happened to the lazy days of summer like when I was a kid?

During all our “busy-ness” I have taken on a new hobby.  I have been rescuing vintage items from various places (garage sales, thrift stores) and trying to find new homes for them. 🙂  I love all these old items that are beautiful pieces of art.  It pains me to see them being thrown away.  The casserole dish pictured above is a prime example of some of my lovely finds.  It is a vintage milk glass Arcopal France casserole dish.  The design pattern is called “French Hens”.  Isn’t it lovely?  What really makes me smile is my 8 year old daughter has taken an interest in helping me find things.  It is awesome to see the bug being passed to her.  If you’re interested in seeing our latest finds you can check out my Etsy Store.  I’m listing items almost daily. 

I’ve also been busy creating new greeting cards, notebooks, journals and various other art pieces.  I’ve been taking my paper arts to a new level and been experimenting with mixed media painting.  It is so much fun.  I can’t wait to share it all.

New Places to Shop…

My daughter and I went to the Indianapolis Rubber Stamp Show this last Saturday and had a great time.  I found some great new places to shop here in Indy… on-line and in person.  First of my new favorites is an awesome on-line store called Retro Cafe Art.  They carry all kinds of good stuff for all avenues of art… rubber stamper, mixed media/collage, jewelry, etc, etc, etc!  You must check them out.

Photo by Retro Cafe Art

Another one of my favorites was Too Much Fun Rubber Stamps.  They have “interactive and dimensional designs that are fun and serve a purpose”.  That was quoted from their website and it is so true.  They are not really new to me.  I have purchased from them many times before.  But I had to share them with you.  I love their images.  The images below is are 2 of the ones I purchased.  Doesn’t it look just like my Cookie?

I just had to have them.  The purse is separate from the dog stamp.  Oh, so darling!  You have to check out their site.  There is so much to choose from… pull-up pockets, folding shirts, dimensional boxes.

Last, but not least was INDY UP-CYCLE.    This store is new to me.  They are located at 620M Rangeline Road, Studio 1 in Carmel, Indiana.  They sell art and craft supplies at Pay-As-You-Wish Pricing.  That means you pick out what you want and go to the cash register and pay what you want.  How often can you go into a store and do that?  NEVER!  All items in the store has either been donated or rescued.  You’d be surprised at how many people throw out their crafting supplies when they “get tired” of them.  Now you can donate them to Indy Up-Cycle and while you’re there pick up something new for yourself.  I can’t wait to visit this store.  I also want to take several of their workshops.  They seem interesting and very affordable.  I hope to make it there this month.  I’ll let you know what I find.  If you have already been there, post a comment to let me know what you like best!

Indianapolis Rubber Stamp Show

Heirloom Productions Photo

This weekend (March 3rd and 4th) is the Indianapolis Rubber Stamp Show and Paper Arts Festival by Heirloom Productions.  It will be held at the Indiana State Fair Grounds in the OUR LAND PAVILION.  Tickets are $7.00 in advance (purchase tickets here).  Or $8.00 at the door.  Kids 11 and under are free.  Bunches of great vendors are listed.  Plus, there are make and takes and workshops to attend.  See the event website for more information.  It sounds like a lot of fun.  Leave a “comment” to let me know if you are coming!

Spring is in the Air

Since my February Stamp Camp got canceled I thought I would give you a little taste of spring.  Indiana has had unusually spring like weather in January and it has inspired me to get out into the yard, do some spring cleaning, create with flowers and little animals…  Therefore, my March Stamp Camp will be spring themed.  As many of you know, I have a BIG event planned.  You will not want to miss it.  It is called a “Round Robin” event and it is right around the corner!  Here are the details:

Travel around to different tables to create 6 spring themed projects, receive the NEW 2012 A Muse Studio catalog and a scrapbook kit. 

Enjoy drinks and a dessert bar with other stamping friends!

 I need 6 table hostesses!!!  If you fill a table of eight with yourself and 7 friends your admission will be FREE and you will also receive an additional FREE hostess gift.

Early registration is $35 if paid before March 12thLate registration is $40.00.

Take advantage of the EARLY BIRD registration.  Before you know it March 12th will be here.  🙂  Call or email to register or for more information.


Happy Birthday Club!

Card by A Muse Studio Designers

 I am starting a new promotion.  It is called the Happy Birthday Club!  During the month of your birthday you will receive a 10% discount (before shipping and handling) on all A*Muse Studio products or on all my hand crafted art and vintage products through my Etsy Store.  It is easy!  All you have to do is register your birthday (call or email me with the date) then I will send you a birthday card a week before your birthday month with a special coupon to use either on line or in person to receive your 10% birthday discount!  Don’t delay.  February birthdays still have time to take advantage of this fun birthday gift.