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.

clean and simple sunday no. 105

This week I cracked open a brand new stamp set that I’ve been excited to try using—Sealed with a Fish!
Such cute, whimsical sea life in this generous stamp set, I knew I had to have it when I looked through the new A Muse Studio catalog for the first time…


This card starts with a base card in bermuda. The stamped panel is actually a piece of our Bristol watercolor paper. Watercolor paper handles watercoloring techniques beautifully because it is made to handle the water involved, and it dries pretty flat.

I took a small, square acrylic block and colored the surface of the block with two Tombow markers, #443/ocean and #126/grass. I just scribbled on the block in different areas with each color until the block surface was all colored in. I then spritzed it with a spray of water until the color beaded up on the block and then stamped it down on the watercolor paper to create that little background square that the crab is stamped on.

Once the background was completely dry, I stamped the crab in memento ink and colored him in with a Copic marker in Lipstick Red. I stamped the sentiment below the crab and wrapped a piece of cherry baker’s cording around two of the corners before attaching it to the card base with 3D foam squares.


You can order all of the supplies I used to make this card through my secure webstore!


stained glass poppy card series – #3

For the last card in the stained glass poppy series I thought I would try to combine my colored image with some of our new patterned papers from the Fiesta 6×6 patterned paper assortment



That patterned papers certainly liven up the design and the blast of Splash! spray ink is a product I think I don’t use often enough…it’s a fun way to add interest and color to your card designs.

The larger, bold image that the Stained Glass Poppy stamp offers is a great addition to any stamp collection. As you can see from the cards in my series (Card #1 + Card #2) you can change up the colors and techniques and get a variety of different card styles, all with the same exact image!