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!


clean & simple sunday no. 104

I’m away at the A Muse Studio National Conference in Santa Fe, NM! This wonderful consultant event is not to be missed! I’m getting all kinds of great training for my business and learning new stamping techniques to bring back to share with all of you! (not to mention lots of free stamp sets, tons of make & takes and oodles of fun with my fellow consultants!) I’ll be heading home tomorrow with all the scoop on the upcoming A|S Holiday Catalog, but in the mean time I do have a clean and simple Sunday card to share…

CSS-104_MiniBlooms_wreathYes, this card also features the Mini Blooms stamp set from A Muse Studio (I think the last several weeks have featured this same set, but see how versatile it is?! This is one set everyone should have in their collection—it’s THAT useful!)

To create the wreath design, I used one of my circle dies to trace a partial circle in pencil on my base panel. I then stamped the leaf cluster in grass ink, working my way around the circle. The pencil line is the perfect guide to help keep the shape of my wreath relatively even. I then stamped some of the little dots in blueberry ink (ha!) to look like little blueberry clusters. The sentiment is from the Beautiful Birthday stamp set and I stamped that in Versamark ink on a strip of vellum card stock and then heat embossed it in silver. I wrapped this strip around the front of my panel and used adhesive on the back to hold it in place. The only embellishment on this one is a wrap of toffee twine and a little bow to finish it off!

I know it’s a little early but can you picture this in red & green as a Christmas card?!?!  How about something like this?

MiniBloom-xmas SwapThese were my swap cards for National Conference. I brought a bunch of these with me to swap with other consultants in return for the gift of their “little masterpieces” so I’ll have a whole bunch of new samples to share with you at your next workshop!

Hey!! I would LOVE if you would join me at the National Conference next year— A Muse Studio is offering a new SPECIAL on the Consultant Kit. Check this out—–

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To take advantage of the $99 in free product, new Consultants will be issued a coupon for $99 that can be used on their first order. We expect that most coupons will be issued within 24 hours if a New Consultant joins Sunday through Thursday, however, please allow up to 72 hours for coupons to be issued. New Consultants will have 14 days to redeem their $99 coupon. Coupons may only be redeemed on A Muse Studio branded products. Shipping and taxes (where applicable) will apply. $99 Coupon cannot be combined with any other promotion.

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stained glass poppy series… card no. 2

I’m back today with card no. 2 in the Stained Glass Poppy series…




















This card came together quite nicely with the help of my stamp positioning tool. This stamp positioning tool is one of my very favorite stamping gadgets and a tool I keep right at my fingertips! Without this tool I would never have been able to line up the sentiment image to stamp it over and over again with nearly perfect placement. If you have one of these but forgot how to use it, or if you don’t know what a stamp positioning tool is, you can see a quick video right HERE. The lady in this video does a great job of explaining and showing how to use the magnificent tool! A Muse Studio offers this tool in the accessories section of the catalog, page 139, item#TSMPJG1 for $11.95…worth every penny!

So for this poppy card, I chose an interior sentiment from the Birthdays Inside and Out stamp set and with slate ink and the help of my stamp positioning tool, I stamped it again and again on a small rectangle of white card stock. I stamped it once in cherry ink to make it stand out from the other repeats and when I was finished stamping I ended up with a little background panel covered with a repeat of the same sentiment. I stamped the poppy image in Memento Black ink and colored it in with Copic markers for this card, rather than watercolor, like I did with card no. 1.

I will be back early next week with card no. 3, the final card in the Stained Glass Poppy Series. If you happened to miss card no. 1 in the series, you can see that right HERE.  Until next time…


stained glass poppy series… card no. 1

Today, I thought I’d start a little series using the new stamp set called Stained Glass Poppy. This “set” is actually one, large image and brand new in the A Muse Studio 2014 catalog (you’ll find it on page 86).  I’ve been playing with this set and put together three cards, the first I’m sharing today, to show you some of the versatility of this bold image…PoppySeries-1

I started this card by stamping it twice, using Versamark ink and white embossing the poppy image onto a kraft card panel. I then took some watercolor pencils and colored some of the petal sections in blue. I applied water with my water brush tool and then went back over certain sections with more color after the first layer of color dried. You can layer as much color as you like… I kept playing with it but tried not to add too much water in an effort to keep my panel from warping too badly when it dried.

I really like how the white embossing makes the flowers pop off the panel, and the subtle watercolor adds just enough interest. I think this is a great summer birthday card!

I will be back on Thursday with Card no. 2 in the series…

clean & simple sunday no. 103

I’m back this week with another clean and simple Sunday design featuring another card idea using the new Mini Blooms stamp set from A Muse Studio…


I used several of the different flower images and one of the leaves to create this little partial background in hibiscus, azul, lime and melon inks…the sentiment is from Birthdays Inside and Out and it was stamped in Versamark ink on a strip of hibiscus card stock, then heat embossed using white embossing powder.


To embellish, I used a button from the new Fiesta button collection in Azul and some tiny pearl stickers for the centers of the hibiscus stamped flowers. A dainty detail for this sweet, simple card!

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It’s Here!! The brand new 2014-15 A Muse Studio Catalog!

Hooray! The day we’ve been patiently awaiting has finally arrived and the new A|S Idea Book and Catalog is here! I’m so happy and excited to share this with you! I think you will be completely delighted with the new offerings contained in this catalog…A Muse Studio continues to provide stampers with an exciting variety of stamp images and we are now teaming up with Simple Stories to help you create beautiful pocket-style scrapbooking layouts as well!

You can download a free copy of the catalog by clicking the link above. It is a large file so it will take approximately 1-2 minutes to load and become visible to you when you click that link. Once it’s visible you can save it to your computer for easy reference again and again. If you can’t get a copy to download please email me at 27checkerberry*at* and I will use an EFT site to email it to you directly. I will also keep a copy for you to download at any time in the right margin of my blog. If you’d prefer a hard copy, the cost is $10 and includes shipping, so please email me with your request and we’ll work out the details.

In celebration of the new catalog debut I created a card using the Mini Blooms stamp set… these adorable flower images can be used in a variety of different combinations! The sentiment is from We Go Together, another new sentiment set that pairs beautifully with our Written in the Stars, both also brand new!


A sweet, simple design that features some of our beautiful new colors from the Fiesta color palette — Violeta and Habanero!

So the new catalog is NOW LIVE and you are free to order whenever you wish! You can shop 24/7 at your convenience through my webstore HERE. Please let me know if you have any questions! I absolutely LOVE the Birthdays Inside & Out stamp set on p.18 and I can’t resist the Sealed with a Fish set and matching dies on p.52 either–they are both on my wish list!  I’d love to hear which stamp sets you have your eye on! Feel free to share in the comments!

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