Wednesday, September 29, 2010

We Have A Winner

I am pleased to announce our first winner here at Blue Velvet Muse!
Dot created this beautiful page for the Pre Challenge
Congratulations Dot!!!
Please email me at the address to the right so I can send you your prize.

Don't forget to come back Friday for the reveal of Octobers guest muses and the projects they created to inspire you.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Today is the day

Today is the last day to enter your project for the pre challenge! You have until the end of the day your time. Remember to upload your image to our flicker group the link is on the right side of the page. Here is my project for the challenge. I hope to frame it and put it up in my craft room. Isn't she beautiful! The color is a little off in my picture but you get the idea. Now last week when I was out I picked up a little something, something for one lucky lady who meets the challenge, and here it is... There are 2 pieces of card stock, and 2 pattern papers that are double sided. You cant make a page with out some ribbon and there are 4 different diecut embellies for you too. So get your creating on and show us what inspires you!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Pre-Challenge Update

Hi lovely ladies! So I bet you thought I had disappeared. Well yes and no. This weekend I went out of town and got some goodies for the upcoming moths challenges and the prize for the Pre-Challenge. I will post the picture of that tomorrow. I am happy to see that we have people who have posted in the flicker gallery (beautiful page Dot) and I know pages are in the works. Mine is all laid out but not put together. Why is it not done you ask since the deadline is tonight? Well I came down with a cold Sunday and have been fighting to stay awake past 6 pm ever since. Well since I am behind you all benefit! I am going to give you all an extension until Sunday the 26th at the end of day your time. Remember, you need to pick something from your list of inspiration in the very first post here on the blog and it needs to include the color blue on it somewhere. I am looking forward to October first when I can reveal all the fun and creativity. See you soon!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Just checking in on you

How is everyone doing? Are you all working on a project for the Pre-Challenge?
I wanted to make sure you knew that you are not limited to a scrapbook page. You can create a quilt, card, home decor piece, painting, art journal page... the possibilities are endless. Don't forget to post you projects to our flicker group when you are done to be entered for an RAK from me. I got my picture for my project printed today and hope to be busy on it later tonight. I am so looking forward to seeing what you are working on!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Pre-Challenge to get you started

Hi everyone!
I am so excited to meet you all and create with you. Twelve followers so far is awesome if you ask me. I thought I would share a bit about how I came up with the idea for this blog and the name. I am a teacher so it is in my blood to want to impart knowledge on everyone I meet and I hope I can share what I know with you and you all can share things with me. I wanted to start a challenge blog because I was getting tired of seeing the same people win the challenges on other sites. I don't think creating should be about popularity. We all have something to share through our creativity and we should celebrate that. I plan on having DT members but it will be constantly changing because we all have different strengths and I want to bring out those strengths in each of you. I hope you will enjoy the interactivity (is that even a word?) and I hope we can all encourage and inspire each other.
When I talk to people and tell them about the site they usually ask me, "How did you come up with the name?" Well that is easy to explain I had, had this blog idea in my mind for a while but when I was home in California visiting my mom we were taking about my hopes and dreams beyond the right now. I told her how I love teaching but am fed up with the politics and wish I could just teach people who wanted to learn and create things every day. I told her how I would love to be part of the scrapbook industry and design, market, and live in it. Just to be around so many creative people would be so amazing. Well she did her part as a mom and said that I need to stick it out but that I need to be creative and do what makes me happy (thanks mom). I knew then that I needed to take the first step and ideas started flying. I felt I needed to capture part of my mom into the whole process and so I introduce you to my Blue Velvet Muse: Suzan Martinez.

She was a single mother of two, who taught me to be creative. She worked 2 jobs for 10 years to make sure we had opportunities and fun. We worked together for several years at House of Fabrics which is now Joann's. She taught me to crochet, cross stitch, quilt, and the list goes on. I am in the process of getting her to scrapbook. I hope to share more of her creativity with you like the prom dress she made me and literally sewed me into seconds before I walked out the door. Oh and by the way she loved the name her first comment to me was, "How did you come up with that name?"
Alright so now for the Pre-launch challenge:
Create something inspired by one of the things on your list from the first post. If you haven't seen the first post scroll down and introduce yourself, tell us 3 things that inspire you and how you heard about the site. (Do that now there are prizes!!!) There is only one other thing your creation must have...Your project must include the color blue (my mom's favorite). If you look at the layout above you will see my mom who inspires me and obviously the color blue. This layout was created for Page Maps last summer so it is not new. However, I will be creating one for this challenge as well. I have set up a group over at Flicker so when you finish your project please upload it to the Blue Velvet Muse Flicker Group so we can leave some love and you can be entered to win an RAK for participating. Entries are due by the end of the day your time, what ever that may be, on Sept. 23rd, 2010. That gives you 10 days so what are you waiting for go be creative!

Saturday, September 11, 2010


Blue Velvet Muse is a new creative crafting challenge blog that will be ready to launch on October 1st, 2010!
Anyone looking for a challenge and inspiration are invited to join me and the other creative guests for an adventure I hope you will all enjoy. We look forward to sharing our creations with you and we hope you will share with us too.
Please become a “Muse” (follower) and leave a comment sharing three things that inspire you, and how you heard about Blue Velvet Muse so we can all get to know each other better. Two lucky people will get a special gift for joining. One more gift is available for the person who refers the most muses!
Don’t for get to check back soon for some pre-launch challenges!!!