clean and simple sunday no. 137 ~ jingle all the way

I’m very happy to be back today for another clean and simple Sunday, sharing a card I made using the last Monthly Collection from A Muse Studio, the November Collection
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This card was made using a sentiment and two of the snowflakes out of the Jingle All the Way stamp set. I used seattle and winter sky ink for the snowflakes and cherry ink for the sentiment.

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I used a bit of the cherry baker’s twine and a few clear, white and star sequins to embellish. I think every snowflake card needs a little sparkle!

Every year around this time I start talking about handmade Christmas cards and what joyful tradition this has become over the years in my own holiday prep. I think it’s because I’m hand-making each card individually and it feels like with each card I send out, I’m sending a little handmade gift. Handmade gifts are my favorite–both to give and receive. I will be making some of my gifts this Christmas and can’t wait to share them with you here.

This is a very simple card design and uses minimal supplies so it fits perfectly in the “easy to mass produce” category. I hope you will consider making some of your Christmas cards this year!

You can order all of the supplies to make this card in my little shop right HERE, through November 26th. After November 27th, sadly, A Muse Studio will be closed for business. If you have questions about what you’d need to make any number of these cards, please leave me a comment, I’m happy to help!

A Heavy Heart…

It is with a very heavy heart that I have to announce the closing of A Muse|Studio. Consultants received word today that after 16 years in the industry, Linda Carnell, Founder & CEO, has decided to retire and will be closing A Muse|Studio by the end of November.

As customers, what this means for you:

You can continue to place orders in my SHOP through 11/26/16. I’m sure everything is “while supplies last” and of course, all sales are final. I am including a copy of the OCTOBER Collection Flyer as well as the NOVEMBER Collection Flyer since these are brand new products. October you can order from through Monday and probably beyond though supplies of items might be limited. The November items will be available starting Tuesday, November 1st. Our current product catalogs (which you can find in the margin of my blog) can also be ordered from–now is the time to stock up on favorites before they are gone forever.

I have loved being an A Muse Studio Consultant and sharing their beautiful products with all of you. For those of you who might not know, I was also a member of their Corporate Design Team and many of my samples were posted as sneak peeks on Linda’s blog and the A|S Instagram feed every month. That made me feel so proud. I have really enjoyed using their products in my small, handmade business of Checkerberry Lane Studio, too. Their card stock has been my favorite and I have loved their stamps and their gorgeous color palette.  I know I will figure out a new resource for my card-making supplies, and the friendships I’ve made through this business will sustain, but in this moment, I do feel sad.

That said, I am grateful for this time to pause and reflect on what happens next for me. I’m not ready to make any big decisions about it, I just want to ponder and consider all of my options. My life is blessed with full-time work and a beautiful family and a little card business that I love. Right now, I’m just starting my craft fair season and then Thanksgiving and Christmas will be here and then New Years and by then I will probably have made some decisions.

In the mean time, I will still post in here. I know I haven’t been here much the last few months, but with no design team commitments and no workshop prep to be doing, I’m hoping I can pop in and share a card—just a card I made for fun, or maybe one I’m selling at one of my fairs. I don’t want to lose touch and I like it here, I like sharing cards with you. With all the changes I’ve had to contemplate today, that’s one thing that hasn’t changed at all.

I welcome your reactions and comments…

Kristine

 

 

A Muse Studio 2016-17 Catalogs

Hooray!  The A Muse Studio catalogs go LIVE today… If you read my last post you will remember that A Muse Studio has decided to go digital so catalogs will no longer be printed. Catalogs are free to you, just download to your computer or favorite tablet for easy access and reference anytime!

To download, double-click on these links to open and save:

A Muse Studio Stamps & Dies Catalog

A Muse Studio Essentials Catalog

If you choose not to download, you are welcome to access these catalogs anytime through the main A Muse Studio website or through mine.

A few things to notice…

Stamps & Dies catalog:

  • Many of the Monthly Collection stamp sets from the last 12 months have made it into the catalog! I’ve had a few questions about this so let me explain how this works. The Monthly Collection items are guaranteed during the month they are released. After the month ends, the products become available while supplies last. Sometimes these sets will make it into the main catalog, sometimes they won’t. If you really love a set and want it for your collection, just make sure you purchase it (or earn it free!) during the month released.
  • Just like the flyers and old catalog style, the new catalog shows redlines around stamp images that have a coordinating die.

Essentials catalog:

  • Color palettes are now arranged by color family, not color season! This makes it much easier to visualize which colors to choose and use on  your projects. All products for each individual color are also LISTED within that color swatch to help you with ordering embellishments.
  • The cost of the card stock has increased. A|S hasn’t ever raised prices on card stock and prides itself on using soy-based, eco-friendly ink when producing their card stock. The paper itself is extremely high quality, stationery grade paper and printed with high quality, soy-based inks. Unfortunately it’s actually difficult to find printing companies who print with this type of eco-friendly ink and as a result, they have been forced to raise the price. It’s still a great value, I just wanted you to be aware of this change.
  • There are a few new products to note: Gold and Silver Wink of Stella pens for lots of fun sparkle!, a new 1 x 3.5″ acrylic block; this is a size we did not previously carry, the grid pads are back; these have been out of stock the last few months.

The Monthly Collections will be double the size going forward and loaded with lots of new products every month. There will always be something new to look forward to with A Muse Studio!

The July Monthly Collection is in full swing!  Here are a couple more cards I created using stamp sets from this sweet collection…

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If you have questions or need help downloading the catalogs please let me know in the comments!

Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

clean and simple sunday no. 136 ~ sweet summertime

Inspired by projects we created at the National Conference last weekend, I’m back today with a clean and simple Sunday card featuring the Berry Patch stamp from the July Monthly Collection

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I was reminded at Nat-Con how much fun it is to stamp outline images onto colored card stock and color them in with Copic markers. The rich saturation of the Copic color is stunning, even more so in person!

For this card, I stamped and white heat embossed the berry patch image onto winter sky card stock. I used Copic markers to color in the image (R24, YG25,B23 and Y13). The sentiment is from the Go Hog Wild stamp set and I finished off the design with a few clear twinkle stickers and then rounded the top right corner with my Corner Chomper tool.

I hope you’re having a wonderful weekend!

 

A Muse Studio July 2016 Collection + Great News!!

The latest collection from A Muse Studio is as lovely as a summer day! You can check out the most recent flyer right HERE and if you wish, place an order through my secure webstore, right HERE.

I thought you might enjoy a few stamped samples using these wonderful new sets, but first a few updates!!

A Muse Studio National Conference was held this past weekend in Pigeon Forge, TN, home of the great smokey mountains! I was so excited to attend and brought home some fun news to share with you! Here are the highlights:

Bigger Monthly Collections coming | A Muse Studio realizes that YOU LOVE NEW. Who doesn’t, right?! It’s always fun to see what’s new and rolling all of that NEW product out in one big annual catalog is great, but within a few weeks, it’s all old news and then its another year until the same excitement builds again. Instead of rolling out a new annual catty with lots of new stamp sets at once, A|S is going to continue the Monthly Collections making them bigger and better than ever, every month! There will always be something fresh, new and fun to look forward to in the A Muse Studio Monthly Collections. The August Collection will feature some wonderful new Halloween stamps, dies, sequins, card stock and some new colored Wink of Stella pens in purple and green…yippee!

New Dye-based inks |  We know you love our pigment inks for their smooth, chalky texture and great coverage, but we also know how much you love techniques that incorporate dye-based inks. A|S is rolling out brand new dye-based ink in all of the colors of our current palette and adding two new colors every month. Each month within the monthly collection, two of our current colors will roll out as dye-based ink pads and two new colors will also be revealed. You can build your collection slowly and add these great new ink pads to your stash! First up— lily pad, a beautiful emerald green to add to the color palette and creamcicle, a gorgeous peach!

We’ve Gone Digital! | We’ve received consistent positive feedback on the digital brochures for the Monthly Collections! With so much inspiration on the internet between Pinterest, Instagram and YouTube, product catalogs are not the main source of inspiration anymore. Catalogs, although they are nice to hold, cost a ton of money to create, print and then ship, and they are practically obsolete before the ink is dry on the paper! Our annual catalog is set to be revealed on Monday, July 18th and it will be completely digital, absolutely free and ready for you to download onto your computer, kindle, iPad, cell phone or any other digital device for reference! You can go to my website on Monday, July 18th to download your free copy!

Incidentally, there will now be TWO annual catalogs—one that incorporates all of the stamps and dies from the past year, including many prior Monthly Collection sets that made the cut, as well as a catalog incorporating all of the essentials – card stock, inks, ribbons, sequins, tools, etc. to make your crafting fun! These digital catalogs have a nice index to help you find what you’re looking for in a flash!

No Quarterly Sales Quotas! |  Yes, you read that correctly, A Muse Studio is doing away with the whole quarterly sales quota requirement. Starting August 1, 2016, you can purchase the kit and sign on with A Muse Studio as a Creative Consultant, enjoy all of the perks of that designation (20% discount on product, free training and support, access to the back office where you can connect with fun, crafty ladies who share your interest, the idea gallery for consultants, the ability to make A Muse Studio as much or as little as you want it to be in your life, early looks at all of the Monthly Collections (a month in advance of customers), plus the option of attending the annual A|S National Conference and Creative Retreat!) with none of the pressure to sell! If you decide to buy some products yourself and sell to a few friends and your total annual sales reaches $900 or more in sales volume before your first anniversary with A|S, your renewal fee is waived, otherwise just pay $49 to renew and continue to enjoy the benefits of being a consultant! Its that simple! Who would like to join me on this fun, crafty adventure?!?!

I am actively building a team and would love to have you along!  Please contact me in the comments for more information on becoming a consultant with A Muse Studio!!  It could truly be one of the best decisions you make for yourself.

And now that I have updated you on all the great news from A Muse, I want to share a few cards I made using the Monthly Collection stamp sets for July, 2016…

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Above,  I paired the new RHINO Alphabet with the Birthday Balloons stamp set for this graphic, simple celebration card.

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In this card above, I combined the Hey Cupcake stamp set with a sentiment and flower from the new Sweet Summertime set.

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These two samples above and below pair sentiments from current sets (above: Happy Thoughts and below: Bee Happy)
with the new Bouquet of Love set… one of my favorites from this collection!!
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This card above is also from the new Bouquet of Love set, using the single flowers + a sentiment from Essential Sentiments Too…

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This final card duo I made using the new Seashells Remind Us set. The card on the right pairs one of the sentiments with a stamp set of feathers that has actually discontinued.

Such a fun collection of stamp sets with so much versatility. I hope these cards have inspired your creativity today!

I love your comments and would love to hear any feedback you’d like to share on the news from A Muse! Enjoy the new collection and please contact me if you have any questions on joining the fun with A Muse Studio. If you know you already want to join me, you can sign up online by going HERE and clicking on START A BUSINESS. Hooray!!!

 

 

A Muse Studio-June Collection 2016…

I’m back!!!!  I know it’s been a while, but I promise I haven’t forgotten my little blog or any of you faithful readers and I certainly haven’t stopped stamping! I’ve been stamping more than ever! 🙂 Today I actually have some A Muse Studio news and I can’t wait to share…

JUNE MONTHLY COLLECTION

The last few months have brought wonderful monthly collections and this month is NO EXCEPTION! I’m really tickled by the June Monthly Collection and have some fun samples to share… you may have already seen some of them, maybe on (CEO) Linda’s Blog?!

 

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These are some 3×4 inserts for pocket-style scrapbooking projects but you could stick them on the front of a base card and send as a lovely greeting, too!

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Flamingo and pineapple images are everywhere this Spring!! They are on pillows, bathing suits, t-shirts, and tote bags and A Muse Studio is right on trend, bringing you these same images in sweet, versatile stamp sets…

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So there are a few card samples using stamp sets from our June Monthly Collection. For more inspiration, you can view and download the flyer right HERE. You can order items from the June Monthly Collection or the Annual Catalog & Idea Book right HERE.

Speaking of the Annual Catalog & Idea Book, it’s almost time for the new catalog reveal, and to make room for new stamp sets some of our old favorites will be retiring…

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The list this year is quite small, but if there’s anything you can’t live without, get it while it’s still available because these products are only available while supplies last! The new catalog will be coming soon. National Conference and Creative Escape for A Muse|Studio Consultants will be held July 8-10, 2016 in Pigeon Forge, TN and I’m thinking the new catalog will be available soon after! I’ll keep you posted!!

The National Conference & Creative Escape is the highlight of the year as an A Muse Studio consultant. I love seeing old friends, working with the new products, getting a first peek at the new annual catalog and hearing all about what’s new with A Muse Studio. This is a fun little business and I’d love to have you join my team! The last share I have for today is the latest JOIN promotion…

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New Consultants can join A Muse Studio by purchasing a Deluxe Kit for only $69. This Deluxe kit includes three Consultant-only exclusive sampler stamp sets, essential business supplies and TEN A Muse Studio Pigment ink pads. The retail value of this kit is over $159! This offer is valid through July 17th, 2016.

FREE ink pads included with the kit are:
1. Orange
2. Lime
3. Ocean
4. Navy
5. Papaya
6. Bubblegum
7. Blueberry
8. Pebble
9. Sage
10.Currant

This Deluxe Starter Kit will include 8 catalogs, 15 customer order forms, 3 hostess order forms and brochures and 50 Workshop invitations.

Please note: Gorgeous marketing materials are heavy, an additional $8 shipping charge will be added to the cost of the kit.

I hope you’ll consider having a little business (or a big one!) of your own… it’s tons of fun and you can make it fit your life—you set your schedule, you decide how much extra money you want to earn and have some fun along the way!  Please email me at 27checkerberry(at)gmail.com if you have questions. If you’re ready to get started click here and then click START A BUSINESS to purchase your kit and join my team!!

More watercolor fun with A Muse Studio and Peerless Watercolors

I’ve been continuing my exploration of watercolor and stamping, using my Peerless watercolor palette…

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I created these birthday cards by using a die cut balloon as a stencil. I used one of the A Muse Studio balloon dies and cut a balloon shape out of a scrap of card stock. I then took a very light pencil and traced some balloons onto watercolor paper.

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I used my Peerless watercolors to color in the balloons, being careful to let each color of balloon dry before moving onto the next (to avoid any unwanted blending of colors.) To speed up the drying, I used my Milwaukee heat tool.

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I used a pencil and a t-square ruler to draw in the balloon strings and Copic markers and twinkle stickers to add some “confetti” to this version of the card. For the blue/green version of the card I used sequins to add “confetti”.

I really enjoyed working on these two cards and I’m sure I’ll use this technique for creating birthday cards in the future. If you have any questions I’d be happy to answer, just leave them in the comments!  Thanks for having a look today.