Clean and Simple Sunday No. 123… Just Keep Swimming

Hello from A Muse|Studio National Conference in beautiful Colorado Springs, CO! Today’s clean & simple card is the swap card I made for National Conference… on Friday night, when the conference opened, consultants from all over the country mixed and mingled, and swapped out sample card fronts they’d made to help build up each other’s sample stash.

My swap card for this year features the stamp set Sealed with a Fish

I loved making multiples of this card, even though there were many steps. I enjoyed the fun colors and adding that dusting of glitter to certain parts of each fish to really make them sparkle. This stamp set is NOT retiring and will still be available in the new 2015-16 Catalog from A Muse Studio. I know I’ve been featuring retiring stamp sets the last few weeks on my Clean and Simple Sunday posts, and will resume that practice through the rest of May since the Retiring Stamp Set progressive sale is continuing through the month, while supplies last.

You can check out that SALE FLYER and shop right HERE.

I’m having a great time at the conference— learning business tips, tons of creative inspiration and catching up with old friends… Can’t wait to share the new products with you! My new catalog event will be held on Sunday, May 31st, so save the date! More to come…

Until next time… Kris

Clean and Simple Sunday No. 122 – Snail & Co.

Today I’m sharing another one of my favorite stamp sets as we continue the “farewell parade” and put some attention on the wonderful products that are currently retiring from A Muse Studio. You can see the entire list with updates as of April 16th right HERE.

This little sweetie measure 3.5 x 5″ finished size, with the fold on the left. I used all images from the Snail & Co. stamp set to create the little scene on the rectangular stitched panel (which is actually the card catalogue tag die from the February Monthly Collection). I used some tiny twinkle stickers to embellish the center of each flower, and a dash of diamond glitter on the butterfly.

This stamp set is available while supplies last through the Retirement Sale, ending May 31st, just in time for the brand new 2015-16 A Muse Studio Catalog & Idea Book to arrive.

Enjoy your Sunday!

Until next time…Kris

We all scream…

Such cute stamp sets in this April Collection and I love the sentiments that come with the We All Scream stamp set…

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I used a labels 8 die to cut the white panel for this card, then stamped the ice cream cone, colored it with Copic markers and die cut it using the coordinating We All Scream die set. A few cherry twinkle stickers are all I used to embellish. Clean, simple and easy to reproduce if you need multiples.

The April Collection products are available through the end of April.  Shop at your convenience!

Clean and Simple Sunday No. 121

So many beautiful stamp sets retiring this year, it’s hard to know what to showcase! I chose Sunny Side of Life for this week’s Clean and Simple Sunday card…

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I started with a panel of cold press 140 lb. watercolor card stock and our gorgeous Peerless Watercolors. Once the watercolor background was created and completely dry, I used our Ranger Archival black ink to stamp the silhouette images and sentiment. I could have glued the solid panel to the Slate base card but I thought slicing it into horizontal panels added some interest, along with a few Bermuda sequins to give it some shine.

I hope you’re enjoying the Progressive Sale on the retiring stamp sets!  Please share any questions in the comments!

April Collection + NEW Opportunity

The April Collection has some fun stamp sets and although it’s hard to choose, my personal favorite this month is the Birthday Icons plus the matching die set

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The sentiments in that cute typewriter font are what has me sold on this set—I love images that have coordinating sentiments, it’s a great value.

For the tag panel, I used the holiday tag die set and created a plaid background using the retiring Mad for Plaid stamp set. Mad for Plaid falls within my top 3 favorite sets that are retiring because of its versatility. I have used this set to create striped backgrounds, plaid backgrounds and anchor patterns like in the card above, in all different color combinations.  For this particular card, I stamped three of the stripe images from the set in Apricot ink on a Papaya card base to help add some interest and visually anchor the tag panel to the base card. It’s very subtle, even in person, but it adds another layer of dimension to the card.

Inside the card I stamped the sentiment–“Let us CELEBRATE your existence with CAKE”… such a cute, easy birthday card!

You can order all of the supplies to make this card, including the Mad for Plaid stamp set, right HERE. The Progressive Sale on the Retiring Stamp Sets starts TODAY at 25% off!

OR you can get all of these supplies and more by signing on as an A Muse Studio Creative Consultant! Here are the details on the latest Opportunity Offer…

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There is so much to LOVE about A Muse Studio, And, now is a great time to join. This is truly a ground-floor opportunity – there are still a few states where we do not yet have Consultants!! During the months of April & May, we are continuing our $49 Basic Starter Kit special (save $50 off the regular price!) and $99 Deluxe Starter Kit (over $250 in product value!) with an extra gift for everyone. Every new Consultant that joins A|S between April 1st and May 31st will receive a FREE stamp set of their choice.

Please contact me at 27checkerberry@gmail.com for more information!

Kristine Vicente | A Muse Studio Creative Consultant #1340  | Glastonbury, CT

CSS No.120 + A|S News!

I’m back from a little blogging break (ok, a BIG blogging break, but it gave me time to work on some other projects and now I’m back in my stamp studio, ready to share!), with a Clean & Simple Sunday card for today that showcases the Tweet Heart stamp set in some fun, Spring colors…

I love this little stamp set because although it was introduced during a Valentine promotion a couple of years ago, it’s versatile enough to be used in a variety of color combinations and themes, all year round, not just for Valentines.

In the card shown, I used a papaya card base and ink colors of pebble for the tree and bermuda for the little bird. Finished card size measures (4Bar) 3.5 x 5″, and fits perfectly in our 4Bar envelopes with the cute, curved flap!

Since I’ve been away for a while, I also have a few A Muse Studio News updates to share today…

APRIL COLLECTION | The April Collection is HERE and the theme is birthday! A Muse Studio turns 4 this month and the April Collection is great for getting a jump on your birthday card stash with a variety of images and some fun extras like the tall, skinny birthday candles offered this month. The items from this collection will be available through the end of April so get them while you can!  Special Note: This will be the last special MONTHLY COLLECTION until September. Monthly Collections will resume September 1 and continue monthly through the end of 2015, so more to come!

NATIONAL CONFERENCE + NEW CATALOG RELEASE |  The A|S National Conference for consultants will be held May 1-3 in Colorado Springs, CO. I will be attending this year and look forward to sharing all the news from A|S!  One of the big treats of attending the conference is getting a first look at the new Annual Catalog + all of the fun new samples of stamp art using new products! I will be bringing all of that back home to share with YOU! I will be holding a preview event on Sunday, May 31st so save the date! More information on that to come…

RETIRING STAMP LIST |  With a new catalog coming less then two months away we need to say good bye to some of our old favorites—out with the old and in with the new!  A|S is retiring 103 stamp sets this year and you can download the complete list HERE. They will be offering another progressive sale to reduce their inventory so if there are sets that you’d like to add to your stamp stash before they’re gone, check this out:

There will be three discount periods:

April 15 to 30………………… save 25%
May 1 to 15………………… save 35%
May 16 to 31……………….. save 50%

You can shop this sale through my secure web store— http://www.amusestudio.com/stampshop and items will ship right to your door anywhere in the U.S. by USPS priority flat rate mail. I’m sorry we do not yet offer international shipping.

Tweet Heart (featured in the card above) is one of the stamp sets that WILL be retiring. Currently still available while supplies last!

Enjoy your Sunday, and hopefully a little stamping, too!

Kris

clean and simple sunday no. 119

A Muse Studio’s February Collection is full of adorable products to make your Easter cards and treats super special…

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On this card I’ve started with a base card in lichen and stamped a strip of x’s in fern ink using the Mad for Plaid stamp set. From the February Collection, I used the Eggs stamp set and some grapefruit ink to create that center egg image. I made the tag shaped panel myself, stamped the egg and then layered on a strip of fern card stock cut with the grass die. The sentiment is from the Essential Sentiments Too stamp set. The finishing touches are a bermuda button and a piece of shell polka dot organdy ribbon.

This is a sweet, soft, easy card that would be fun to reproduce in small batches, to send out Spring and Easter Greetings across the miles.