As you may have heard, A Muse Stamps has gone into the home sales market, like Stampin' Up or Close to my Heart. The demo starter kit seemed like too good of a deal to pass up for $99 (+$15 shipping + tax), so I went ahead and joined up. I'm not planning on being any super seller or anything, but if you're interested, let me know. I may set up my own webpage that you can order from (it won't be live until April 1st, though), or if you're interested in placing an order before then, you can leave a comment and I'll get back to ya. You can see the catalog here.
This is what you get in the starter kit:
Copics: They sell copic originals, which I have never used. Instead of a brush tip, they have a bullet point, which is definitely intriguing. I used it to color a small area and it was nice to get into the nooks and crannies.
Clear blocks: Very nice thick blocks with indentations on two sides for a better grip. Since Unity isn't selling their blocks at the moment, these were the nice upgrade I've been looking for. You get five of them, including a big background one and a long skinny one.
Inks: These are pigment inks that dry to a chalky finish. They seem pretty nice in the small samples I've done.
Paper: Now this is the part that is really going to cost me!! Their paper is fabulous. It's like the paper they use to make store-bought notecards. It's thick enough to not be flimsy, but not thick like PTI. The cool part is that it is white on the other side, so when you make your cards you don't have to add an extra sheet on the inside to write on. The colors they sent are very pretty (well, except that darn orange! But I guess it's a nice orange if you're into that sort of color). They also send color swatches of all their colors, with the color name and family (there are four seasonal color families) printed on each swatch. I would like to see them print a color combo chart, especially since they don't have any multi-colored patterned paper from which to get color combo ideas.
Bling/pearls/memento ink pad/paper flowers/adhesive/glue pen: All of these are products you probably already have.
Stamp scrubber & cleaner: The cleaner has a familiar blue tinge to it, but I haven't actually used it yet to compare to Ultra Clean. The stamp scrubber is a little smaller than Stampin' Up's, but has the same type of pads in it.
After all this product talk, are you ready to see some A Muse cards? Ok, here are three quick CAS cards I made last night.
This is for a friend who has been stuck in the hospital recently...I thought the caged bird was appropriate. This is French Roast and Currant ink stamped on Sky paper. I colored the small pearls with a brown copic before adhering.
Now, don't worry, this blog won't be turning into All A Muse All The Time, but I hope you enjoyed a little peek!