Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Hoiday Swap

This is gingy it my holiday swap card. I wanted to show off the candy striped cardstock. Which I love and the cherry satin ribbon.

Hope my swap partners like it.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Starter Set Swap

This is the card front that I made for a starter kit swap I joined will Angels that are now with Amuse. I knocked out twenty four of these bad boys. Wow, I used a lot of cardstock, almost like when I make seminar trades. I hope everyone likes them, I can not wait to see what I get. smile.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

New fAvorite Color Combo

New favorite color combo is Latte and Bubblegum. I love how they compliment each other. Oh, and this is a new size card A1 have you tried this size before. Let me know what you think? I usually always do an A2 size but I am trying new things and this is one of them.

I love how the bubblegum ink on the cardstock just adds a subtle image. I am wanting to make more of these little thank you cards to have on hand. I guess I should figure out a few masculine color combinations.

Washi Tape

So I love playing with washi tape, it is really easy to use. I love that you can stamp on it. Or apply it then pull it up and move it. Simple and clean card made with the Summer washi tape collection.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Tuesday Challenge

 Well, I felt like I should do another sketch to get back in to the swing of the challenges. So today if you have time to play, please do play along.

I used the Marvelous Marigolds, the Blackberry cardstock and the Onyx satin ribbon. Yum!

Plus, you are getting a sneak peak of the Shimmer Damask Blackberry cardstock in the background. This paper is so Yummy, I do not even want to cut it.

Monday, October 10, 2011


The name of this set is marvelous marigolds. However, it does not look like a marigold to me....does it?
Well, Mom and I would plant marigolds around the tomato plants to keep the aphids and such away. Stinky little plants....smile
So, in thinking about Mom it made me think about the color of the plants we would grow and that is where I got my inspiration from.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

October 2nd Blog Hop - Amuse

If you are participating in the blog hop you should have come from Mindy's Blog and if not, you should start at the beginning at Tami's Blog until you come to my blog.

The theme of this hop is scrapbooking, now this is not my tradition size so be kind. I struggled with the 8 1/2 by 11 format. Plus, I am not the best photographer when it comes to scrap pages. I wish I had more time but I am down to the last minute. So here is my creation. This is a pix of me and kiddos when we went to the Gaylord Opryland. The place is incredible, filled with plants and even a little canal that had boat rides. My kids loved it even with all the walking. LOL! We hope to get back to Nashville soon it is a really treasure to visit.

Now, you can continue your journey at Lori's Blog. Hope you enjoy all the scrapbook creations.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Gift Card Challenge

This months challenge is to create this cute little gift card holder. I did mine theme around Christmas since that is when I will need them the most. I made an extra one for my stash.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Woodgrain Holiday

Super easy Christmas card, trying to stock pile my stash.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Comfy Chair

Love this image, makes me play with applying texture to the copic colors. I used a washcloth with some copic blender solutions. LOVE IT.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Tuesday Challenge

Extra image redesigned, clean and simple. Use this simple sketch to make a card of your own. Leave a comment and I will check out your creation.

Sunday, September 18, 2011


I love simple sketches, I have done this one many times before but it is one of my favorites. Plus, this set is my new favorite stamp set. I just LOVE fall, all time favorite season and can not get enough of the weather. I can not wait to pull out the sweaters, and start to shop for a new coat.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Christmas anyone?

So this is really early, I know. But if you think about it there is only 12 weeks till you should be mailing your Christmas cards. So I am going to start getting ready. I have done years when I send out the same card to everyone on my list. Well, this year I am trying to have a different card for each person. So here is the first design, hopefully I can get more winter mojo.

I would love to see your Christmas creations. Be sure to leave a comment and I will check it out.

Happy Creating

Thursday, September 15, 2011

a/s Spotlight September 15th

Check out this months Amuse Studio's Spotlight, these are special priced stamps. Plus, they give you cute ideas for using these stamps.

Inlaid Embossing

Here is my inlaid embossing card I did for my challenge group. I really wanted it to be bright. I am going to try this technique again it was super easy and I like the results.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Happy B-day

Simple little B-day card, wrapped up with the sky stitches ribbon. I love the brown and blue together, one of the many color combinations that I love.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Tuesday Challenge - Polka dots

Fall is almost here, and so I felt inspired to create another fall card. Plus, I needed to incorporate the Tuesday challenge. Well, this week I want to see Polka dots. So, leave your comments and I will check out all your polka dot creations.

Happy Stamping!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Autumn in the Air

Autumn has been in the air this past week. So this weekend I got a chance to play. I hope that you can see the details I stamped, the blackberry is very dark and rich. I loved how the leaves looked after stamping them tone on tone. I love this color cardstock and think I will be getting much more of it. smile

Friday, September 9, 2011

Just a note - Happy Friday

I really like this birdcage in this set, and the bird was easy to get lined up can you believe it.

I love the gingham cardstock I think I will need to order every color to make sure I do not run out.


Thursday, September 8, 2011

One of a Kind

I love this sentiment, and I have a ton of ideas to use it why but for now you get my bubblegum machine. I hope you like this sample. I used the oval nesties.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Coffee Bean?

Most people either love coffee or hate it. Well, my husband is starting to love it and I am on the hate side of things. I really love the smell of it brewing, but that is the only thing I love. There is not enough creamer or sugar or flavoring in the world to get me to accept it.

Now, I know a lot of people could not survive with out it. Well, you can have my share and here is a card just for you.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Tuesday Template Revamping

I know that some of you were looking for a template Tuesday. Sorry, I have done a lot of thinking about this little weekly challenge. And I decided it could use a little change. Some weeks would be a template, or a color challenge, or a technique or maybe an element. Does this sound like fun?

Well, first off I will be renaming this Tuesday Challenge. Then if you would like to search them you could.

This first challenge I decided to use Orange as my focus. At the last moment I decided to apply the sentiment in black, I was afraid it would not show any other way.

I know my friend Vickie will be cringing since she dislikes Orange so much. I am sure she would rock this design in Purple which is her favorite color.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Sheltering Tree

I love this sentiment and that I am able to play with my stamps. I paper pieced and popped the top of this tree. Love the richness of the french roast c/s.


I received these really cool embellishments from my new upline's upline. I used to use the term Grandma Angel but I think I am older then Chelsea so I have to come up with a new term for my upline's upline......Any suggestions?

Anyway, I used the great die cut clouds and one of the buttons she sent me. I really enjoyed playing with the new product. I used the paper piecing technique on the kite.

Sunday, September 4, 2011


Here is a quickie card using the Rock-n-Roll technique. I love the colors that are in the summer collection. I might ended up with them all on my next order. (shhh! don't tell hubby)

I used the Bubblegum, Orange and Papaya Pigment Ink pads from A*muse. I have to say that I was worried that I would not like these inks but I am loving the vibrant colors.

The satin ribbon is gorgeous too, you get 10 ....YES... TEN YARDS! I just want to wrap myself in it. smile

Hope you getting time to create this wonderful Labor day weekend.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Prayers for a friend

I have a wonderful friend that is having surgery on Tuesday. I sat down today and made this card for her. I use the Beautiful Botanicals stamp from A*muse. I also decided to use the chalk popping technique. I love the softness of this technique. I hope she does too!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

My kit arrived!!!!

So wanted to share with you my haul for the A*muse consultant kit. Can you believe this? I am lovin it. I spent most of the evening in my craft (just ask not so happy hubby) rearranging and making room. Some hard decision had to be made with what had to go.

I finally feel like I have the room to bring so new stamp in. Yippee! Now for my wishlist. LOL! We let's call it supplies for upcoming workshops. :o)

Check out these amazing blocks, soooo lovin' it. Although now I have a large stack of acrylic blocks that I do not think I will ever use.

And of course I could not get all these goodies with out sharing at least one creation. Well, truth be told I only had time for one.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Final Farewell - The Angel Company

It is with great sadness that this will be a final farewell to the Angel Company. I have many fond memories of people, places and gatherings. I will always keep TAC in my heart. I have learned and grown so much during my 6 years with them.

Here of some of my favorite new sets from the Final catalog:

Wonderful Trees

Konnichewa (sp?)

Apple of my eye

Beautiful Lace

Please be sure to check back occasionally, to see samples from my newest adventure.

Be sure to check out everyones work here:



Friday, August 26, 2011

New Chapter

As I told each of you TAC has decided to close it's doors. I had been with them for 6 years and am heartbroken. However, I do understand the decision Mischelle made, and I believe that she made the right one for her family. I have been truely blessed with the people TAC has brought into my life and I am grateful! As this door is closing another is opening...

I am so excited to be a new consultant with Amuse Studio!

It just so happens they are in promo time too! A*Muse*a*Palooza! check out my site http://www.amusestudio.com/maria there is loads of cute stuff. I am sure your wish list will be long!

You can also view the catalog online and view the winter supplement online! So check it out - and see what I'll be doing. I have events scheduled in September in which I will be bringing this new opportunity. If you would like a catalog before the event, just drop me a line.

I am going to be doing a final farewell to my Angel Company inventory, so be on the look out for stamps and such to purchase. Plus, there is an Angel Blog hop scheduled for the 28th, so be sure to check out here.

Thank you all for being great friends, I love the support each of you give.

Inky Hugs,

Maria Van Stratton Amuse Consultant #1363
Shop : www.amusestudio.com/maria

Friday, August 5, 2011

Lovin Smile

Love the smile on this stamp image. I can just image the smile on a golfers face as he stares at a open green.

I hope that this simple card makes someone smile.

Thursday, August 4, 2011


I am so in love with the new smoothies cardstock that the Angel Company sells. I mean 60 colors to choose from, how could you not what all of them!

The Angel company really listens to the demonstrators, we asked and they delivered. I can not what to share all the samples with these bright colors. Stay tuned lots of color combinations.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Wonderful Tree Bonus Sample

Trying to use the new Nina B set Wonderful tree in a not tree way. I have seen a bunch of wondeful samples with this set. I have several included in the Card Kit available in the month of August.

This one is a bonus to add to the cards that can be made with this set.

Happy creating!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Tuesday Template 08/2/11

Simple sketch to start your Tuesday. I thought I better do a simple sketch since I am challenging myself to color combinations that I would not normally use. I love orange, but I am not a big blue fan. Not sure why not but it just does not speak to me. So here is my attempt to put a favorite color with a not so favorite color.

I challenge you to do the same. Let's see what color combinations you can come up with.

On this sample I used the new dotted peony set by Nina B. Loving it! I was a little scared at first to use this set since I was thinking that I had to color it. But now that I realize that I can use colored ink, I am playing with it all the time.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Another Pink and Lime

I think I have found my new favorite color combination. Plus, this set is so very easy to use.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Balancing Act

Life is just a balancing act....

Live it Out Load!

Friday, July 29, 2011

Cat Friends

Have you ever come back to an image that you have colored? Well, that is exactly what I did with this one, I found out that you can really put on the finishing touches to an image that you have colored with Copics.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

One of a kind

I like the sketch just not how I colored the image. Funny how once you get a card all together you either love it or hate it.

I wish I had not drawn a smile on her, she had a blank expression and I wanted to make sure it fit with my sentiment. Now, I think it just looks like she is smirking. Does not really encompass from the heart.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Tea for Two

I love the cups in this set, I can easily do a quick card for a friend or a scrapbook page.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Challenge Card - Metallic Edge

This is my challenge card for Julia, I had a hard time designing this card since Julia is a card queen. I really mean it, this lady could design stamping magazines all by herself.

I hope she likes it.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Thank You

Just used a little forgotten technique of paper piecing. I love the pinks in the Lillyanna collection.

I used Beautiful Lace again, so lovin this set. I can not wait till my other Nina B sets get here. Plus, I have new Phyllis and Mabelle sets coming. I am stalking the mailman every day. LOL!