Butterfly birthday {with a grunge background}…

I was thinking about the grunge background technique I learned at the recent A Muse Studio Consultant Conference out in Santa Fe, NM during one of the creative sessions, and I tried using it to create this pretty, butterfly birthday card. DSC_0333 copy

For this technique, I took a square of vanilla cardstock and stamped the script background stamp from A|S in mushroom ink onto the vanilla panel. I then took my wheat ink pad and smudged it around on top of the script panel to create that grunge background. I layered this piece onto a panel of mushroom card stock that I cut out with my label 1 die from Spellbinders, and wrapped it with a length of toffee twine.  The large butterfly I cut with my butterfly trio die set, using the largest of the three sizes. I embellished with a row of clear twinkle stickers to add some shine. The birthday sentiment is from our new Birthdays Inside and Out stamp set, and I stamped this in mushroom ink, right on that shell base card.

I think the grunge background technique adds a shabby-chic touch to this color scheme and overall card design; a little different for me, but I do like the resulting card. I hope you’ll give this grunge technique a try—just pull out a background stamp, create a panel and then smoosh a neutral ink pad color onto the panel and enjoy the results!

I welcome and appreciate your comments!  Thanks so much for having a look at my card design!


You can pick up all of the supplies I used to create this card right HERE.
Just click on that link and it will take you to my A Muse Studio website where you can
SHOP in the upper right hand corner!

A Muse|Studio Creative Consultant #1340
Glastonbury, Connecticut

clean & simple sunday no. 109 + announcements

Hey there folks, I’m back today with another clean & simple Sunday design, this time featuring a couple of different stamp sets to create this cute, baby card…


I pulled out Friends Fur-Ever (for the bear image) + Little Peanuts (for the sentiment) + a few Copic markers. I stamped the bear with Memento black ink and colored him in, keeping it really simple with just brown and pink Copic markers. I added a strip of sage card stock that I clipped with my scissors to make it look like grass, before attaching it to the stamped panel. I added a folded over chevron ribbon in lime (which I stapled into place) and a little bermuda button (which covers the staple) to the top, and then rounded the corners of this little panel with my Corner Chomper tool before attaching it to my sky base card with foam adhesive. I stamped the little sentiment with Seattle ink.

This was a fun, quick baby card, using some very versatile stamp sets, for a sweet, clean & simple design.


A couple of announcements…

This is the last week to cash in on the great deals from the Every Day is a Holiday promotion! You can check out this flyer and order through my Stamp Shop at  THIS LINK, to take advantage of this great 40% off sale which is still on, while supplies last, until August 31st.

HOLIDAY HOOPLA IS COMING!!  That’s right— September 1st brings the brand new Holiday Catalog + the Holiday Hoopla event, great for hostesses since Hostesses can earn an exclusive stamp set absolutely free, in addition to the increased hostess rewards. Please contact me if you are interested in hosting a workshop during the promotion period which runs 9/1 through 10/31, my calendar is filling up fast and I only have a few dates left!

Until next time…


A Muse Studio Creative Consultant #1340
Glastonbury, Connecticut
Shop anytime!

clean & simple sunday no. 108…

The clean and simple card for this Sunday comes from the new Nine Lives stamp set featuring these adorable outline kitties…


Outline images don’t automatically mean “coloring in”… I’m sure some of you who prefer NOT to color try to stay away from outline stamp sets, but even with this set, the outlines of these cats make for a very clean and simple card design, with no coloring at all!

I started with a base card in shell and stamped the kitty images using Seattle ink on some vanilla card stock. I mounted the vanilla stamped images to a strip of kraft card stock and then added a vanilla scallop using the medium scallop die. The sentiment I stamped using the same Seattle ink.

Quick and easy this week and purrfect for one of my dear, cat-loving friends!

Until next time…

Kris @ Checkerberry Lane Studio


A Muse|Studio Creative Consultant #1340
Glastonbury, Connecticut

For all of the great A Muse Studio products I used today to make this card you can shop right HERE.

40% OFF SALE still going on while supplies last…

technique flash-back friday: stamp kissing…

A Muse Studio has this fun, new birthday stamp set called BIRTHDAY BALLOONS and I thought it would be the perfect set to showcase this fun stamping technique that I often forget about——stamp kissing!

stamp kissing a muse studio birthday balloons

For this card, I inked up the balloon image in lime ink and inked up a pattern image from the CHEVRON stamp set in cobalt ink. I took the lime balloon image and “kissed” it to the chevron image to transfer that cobalt ink to my balloon image and create that little blue zigzag on my balloon. ( THIS is a great video I found on YouTube that teaches easy stamp kissing techniques you can use with any solid and patterned stamp combinations.)

I used a fine-line black marker and the edge of a clear block to draw in the strings on the balloons and then added some cherry twinkle stickers for a little bit of shine.

It’s fun to dust off an old technique once in a while to jazz up your stamping… maybe this week you’ll give stamp kissing a try!


To purchase the supplies I used to make this card you can shop HERE!

40% off SALE on select stamp sets and dies… while supplies last!

A Muse Studio Creative Consultant #1340
Glastonbury, Connecticut

color challenge wednesday no. 31

I thought this week we could add a color challenge to the mix and have some fun with SLATE, PUMPKIN and WINTER SKY…



Starting with a winter sky base card, I cut a Label 1 shape out of sugar card stock and stamped the smaller outline flower from the MODERN ZINNIA stamp set in slate ink. I took the smaller solid flower and stamped that around in pumpkin ink. I left space for the sentiment, choosing “feel better soon” from the new ESSENTIAL SENTIMENTS TOO stamp set (loving all of those fun fonts and sizes of sentiments). I stamped the sentiment in the slate ink.

I attached a strip of pumpkin card stock to my card base and then attached the stamped panel over the strip. I think the strip helps to visually anchor the stamped panel to the card base.

To embellish, i added a few twinkle stickers in clear to the center of three of the pumpkin-colored zinnias and then wrapped a bit of onyx & black twine around the card front and tied a small bow.


To order the supplies I used to make this card you can shop HERE!

Thanks so much for stopping by for a look today!

A Muse Studio Creative Consultant #1340
Glastonbury, Connecticut

Looking for a FUN part-time job or a way to support your hobby?
A Muse Studio is offering a great deal on their Consultant Kit…
Get all of the details right HERE — This deal won’t last & I’d love to have you join my team!
Click HERE to “start a business” or contact me with any questions!

clean & simple sunday no. 107 + a bonus!

A few new stamp sets arrived this week and I had to crack open this adorable BEE HAPPY set! I’ve had my eye on this one since my first peek at the new 2014-2015 A|S catalog…


This card was so quick and easy to make and was inspired by all of the beautiful bumble bees in my perennial garden right now, with the phlox and echinacea in bloom!

I started with a base card in papaya and I used my Corner Chomper tool to round the corners 1/4″. For the little stamped panel I cut a circle in sugar card stock and then a mat for the circle with my scalloped circles in onyx card stock. The leaves are stamped in papaya ink and the bee in onyx ink. I colored in the bee’s body with my Tombow marker #025. I used a bit of onyx polka dot ribbon to embellish and to turn my circle into a tag and then I used foam adhesive to pop the tag off the base card. I cut a little strip of papaya card stock and stamped the sentiment in onyx ink!

When I finished this card, I wasn’t quite ready to put this stamp set away, so I took out my pillow box die and cut a couple of panels to put together this little gift box…


The box die cuts the shape and scores the lines where you fold. I put some strong, super tape adhesive on both of the side-flaps and glued the box together very easily. I then cut a strip of onyx card stock and wrapped it around to create a belly band. I cut a tag shape out of a scrap of papaya card stock and stamped some images from the BEE HAPPY stamp set in onyx ink, tied on some more of that ribbon and attached it to the belly band with some adhesive. Now I have a cute gift box all ready for gift-giving!  The A Muse Studio pillow box die is $21.99 which I think is a great investment—I know I’m going to use this often for giving gift cards & small gifts both for birthdays and at Christmas.


To order any and all of the supplies I used in these projects, click HERE to shop!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

A Muse Studio Creative Consultant #1340
Glastonbury, Connecticut

clean & simple sunday no. 106

A little late with my post this week but better late than never, right!?

This week I have big news!! A Muse Studio is holding an Every Day is a Holiday Sale!!  That means 40% OFF select stamp sets during the month of August, while supplies last. I’ve attached a flyer to this post right HERE so you can have a closer look at this fabulous sale—don’t miss out on any of these must have stamp sets—get ‘em before they’re gone!

One of the sets featured in the sale offerings is the Hark! set from last year’s holiday catalog… I really love this clean and simple angel stamp set and the sentiments are lovely too so the clean & simple design for this week features a card design using an image and sentiment from this very set!

DSC_0317 copyI stamped an angel in Versamark ink and did some gold heat embossing on a winter sky card base. The sentiment is stamped in cherry ink on a white panel and I added a wrap of cherry and white baker’s cording to embellish.

I’m going to have a few more ideas this month, using stamp sets featured as part of this terrific sale! I hope you’ll check back soon or subscribe in the right margin of my blog… it’s completely free and you’ll never miss a post!  Thanks for stopping in today!  Until next time…  Kris V.