White embossing on kraft card stock…

I was playing around in my studio and thought it would be fun to try some white embossing on kraft card stock. I love the contrast this technique provides and it’s fun to add ink colors into the mix as well.

white embossing on kraft a muse studio marvelous marigolds

The A|S Marvelous Marigolds stamp set is perfect for this technique! I stamped the largest outline marigold in Versamark ink, dusted on some white embossing powder and heat set with my heat tool. I then took some poppy ink and random stamped that smaller, solid marigold over the same kraft panel. I stamped some of the leaf images from the set using some lime ink to finish off the stamping.

kristine vicente checkerberrylane studio

The sentiment is from the You’re Too Kind stamp set. I stamped that in french roast ink since that brown coordinates nicely with kraft card stock.

clean & simple sunday no. 98

For today’s card, I’m dialing it back to clean & simple and pulling out my Copic markers…

a muse studio lets be adventurers

I love the clean, fresh design of this card, the simple image and sentiment from the Let’s Be Adventurers stamp set. To create this card, started with a base card in Sky. I stamped the image and the sentiment to a panel of sugar using Memento Black ink since I knew I’d be coloring in the image with my Copic markers.

I stamped a second arch image on a scrap in Memento ink as well, colored it in and fussy-cut it out with scissors leaving a tiny white border around the image. I chose to color the arch in Copic W3 and W6. The highlight under the image was just a swish of BG10 to help anchor it. I attached that arch I’d colored and cut to my base panel directly over where I previously stamped it and used foam adhesive to pop it up off the base.

a muse studio lets be adventurers

To embellish, I took a bit of orange chevron ribbon, folded it in half and stapled it to the stamped panel. I covered the staple with a little bermuda-colored button that I’d previously threaded with some white twine I had in my stash. I think threading buttons before putting them on the project gives the whole thing a nice, finished look. This isn’t much of an embellishment, but I think it really does finish this clean and simple design in an interesting way.

A|S Spring Patterned Papers – Card #3

Today I am sharing the last of the three cards in my little Patterned Paper Series…and my favorite of the three I shared here this week…

a muse studio spring patterned papers + butterfly

For this card, I started off with a base card in mushroom. (I think slate would have been an even better choice but I didn’t have any of that color so I went with mushroom as my dark neutral base for some nice contrast, and it worked out fine.)

I cut 1/2″ strips of 6 different patterns that contained similar colors. I chose some of the darker patterns so that the white butterfly would show up well against the patterned background. I cut a scrap of card stock to measure 2.75×3.50″ and covered it with Tombow adhesive. I then applied the patterned paper strips across the sticky surface of my scrap on the diagonal, making sure to line up the edges of each pattern so they were snug against each other.

Once the entire scrap was covered, I turned it over and trimmed off the papers that hung over the edge and when I flipped it back over I had this great little piece of covered card stock to use as a background!

I glued the patterned piece to another piece of sugar card stock as a mat, stamped my sentiment (from the Enjoy the Ride stamp set), and to finish it off, applied the largest butterfly of the butterfly trio die set to the card front with a glue dot, using sparkle stickers for the body.

a muse studio spring patterned papers

I love the blast of color that the patterned papers add to the background without being completely overwhelming. I think the solid, white butterfly is just the right embellishment for this card. It adds some crisp contrast that wouldn’t exist if the butterfly had been stamped with a pattern or sprayed with Splash!

Love it—so happy to share it with you today!  I hope these patterned paper cards I’ve shared this week help to inspire you in your own card projects.


A|S Spring Patterned Paper – Card #2

Today I have another card to showcase some of that beautiful patterned paper from the New A|S Spring Accessories Guide. For this particular card, I chose one of the more neutral colored papers and used it to cover my card front. I stamped my sentiment (from the Love Machines stamp set) onto a strip of sugar and used the tiny scalloped border to cut the edge. I glued that directly to my card base.

a muse studio spring patterned paper

The yellow flower was cut with our Flowers 1 die set, the smallest and largest flower cut out of A|S felt. Cutting the flower from felt instead of more card stock adds a unique embellishment to the card with the softness and dimension. I tied some twine to an A|S button and glued that to the center of the flower before adhering it to the card base.

a muse studio spring patterned paper

The finishing touch was to add a few of those pearl sequins to the card to add a little bit of sparkle.

I have one more card to share that showcases a fun way to use the patterned papers–you won’t want to miss this one! I’ll see you back here on Friday with the last card in this little series!

A|S Spring Patterned Paper – Card #1

Today, I thought I would start to share a series of cards I made recently that feature the new Spring patterned paper packet from A Muse Studio.  (You can find this little gem in the Spring Accessories Guide and order through my web store HERE.) I’ve been having a lot of fun with these papers and wanted to give you some  ideas for incorporating them into your handmade card projects.

The patterns in this paper packet are a bit different for A|S —many incorporate several colors in each pattern. This feature offers increased versatility because you can create cards pulling your color scheme out of the pattern and create lots of different color combinations.

For the card I’m sharing today, I chose a base card of lichen card stock, a panel of sugar and sewn to the sugar panel with my sewing machine and some white thread is a little paper banner made out of a few of the patterns from the new A|S Spring patterned paper packet.

a muse studio spring patterned paper enjoy the ride

I have been wanting to try sewing on card stock for a long time and finally took the opportunity to do so when I was putting this card together. I used a bit of Tombow tape adhesive to hold the banner pieces in place while I ran the sugar panel through my sewing machine. It was much easier than I expected, didn’t even need to adjust the tension! I was very surprised…

a muse studio clean and simple

The sentiment is that cute typewriter font from the Enjoy the Ride stamp set and I embellished with a few silver sequins glued on with some clear glaze to add some shimmer and detail.

I have a few more cards to share this week, showcasing more of those lovely A|S patterned papers so check back if you are not a regular subscriber, or sign up in the right margin for free so you don’t miss a thing!

clean & simple sunday no. 97

I’m back this week with another clean & simple design, this time participating in a little challenge over at the CAS-ology blog where the challenge this week is WET.

Week 90 - Wet

For my design, I used the A Muse|Studio Silver Lining stamp set for the rain drops & sentiment + the coordinating dies to cut out the clouds…

a muse studio silver lining

I used Versamark ink to stamp some rain drops and then dusted them with Simple Stick powder, heat set them with my heat tool and then dusted them with prisma glitter to make them sparkle. I used the Labels 8 die set and a bit of onyx polka dot organdy tied to a common paperclip to embellish.


You have until Monday at Noon (CDT) to submit your own design for this challenge—the more the merrier—I hope you’ll head over to CAS-ology and play along!


Step Right Up — for A-Muse-A-Palooza!

That’s right, it’s A-Muse-A-Palooza time and I have all the details HERE on how you can enjoy a very exciting month with A Muse Studio!


In addition to all of the tickets you can earn through A-Muse-A-Palooza and the chances to win weekly $100 shopping sprees, there are some wonderful DIY party dies on sale this month.  You can read all the details on this special sale right HERE. All dies offered on the list are 25% off, a great time to snatch those up if they’ve been on your wish list. The exception is the “fry box” die — not currently available and not sure when it will be available at this point but the others are all in stock.

A-Muse-A-Palooza is all month long so get in on the fun while you can~!  Drawings are held every Tuesday in April + Tuesday, May 6th. Earn 1 ticket for every $10 you spend and 5 tickets when you host a qualifying workshop… still on the fence about starting that A Muse Studio business? –you can earn 10 tickets when you sign up as a consultant during A-Muse-A-Palooza! That’s a lot of chances toward a $100 shopping spree!

Please contact me if you’d like to host a workshop this month and earn those 5 extra tickets…27checkerberry(at)gmail.com.  I’m sure your crafty friends would appreciate a chance to get together for some stamping fun and you earn the rewards!

Good luck to everyone ~ enjoy the fun!!