clean & simple sunday #43

Day 1 of the CheckerberryLane Blog Birthday Celebration! and I have a few Clean & Simple cards to share today (instead of my usual single design) so let’s get this party started!!

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In honor of my blog’s first birthday I wanted to share a few clean and simple birthday cards featuring stamp sets by A Muse|Studio. These are all super simple and incorporate a variety of stamp sets.  Great to make ahead to have on hand!  Below is a closer look at each of the cards shown above….

For the card pictured above, I used images and sentiments from the Under the Big Top stamp set. I colored the balloons in with Copic markers and used a scrap of candy cane stripe paper  to add some interest. I matted the main design panel in cherry card stock and popped it off the base card with foam squares.

This card incorporates stamp images from the Fresh Foliage and Say It In Style stamp sets. I chose a winter sky base card and cut a panel using the Labels 8 dies from Spellbinders out of lichen card stock. The leaves from Fresh Foliage were stamped with fern ink on white squares and then I used a corner rounder to trim three of the corners of each of the two squares before mounting with foam squares. The sentiment is from Say It In Style and the one embellishment is a piece of onyx polka dot organdy.

The final card for today is a very simple design featuring a floral image from Charming Gardeners and a sentiment from Love Machines. I used a small piece of lido ribbon folded in half to embellish by stapling it to the top of the white panel. One of my favorite new tools is the “Tiny Attacher” from Tim Holtz… A Muse Studio does not offer this particular product but you can get it here. I use it all the time in my Project Life scrapbook but its fun to use on cards as well because the staples are so much smaller than a normal staple, even smaller than a mini staple, and a bit more sturdy so they don’t crimp or snag the ribbon when you staple it.  The A|S burano and lido colors together are really stunning and make for a very simply elegant birthday card for a special lady in your life.


GIVEAWAY!: If you would like a chance to win the Clean & Simple Birthday Cards featured in this post,
please leave a comment!  Winners will be randomly selected and announced in a post on 7/9/2012.


  1. Congratulations on your anniversary! Great cards-thanks for sharing your creative talents with us!

  2. Kim Kjerulf says:

    Can I just say that I love all your cards. I love the clean and simple style and you do that so well. I am also an A Muse Studio consultant. You are a great source for inspiration.

  3. Lovely cards, I always look forward to checking out your blog!! Congrats on your 1st Birthday!

  4. Kris, I love all the Simple samples! I’ve been so tired with my work schedule lately that all I can manage is to just stare at magazines and websites but the samples all look like more work
    Than I have the energy for at that late time
    Of night. I can CASE your samples so easily and I know I’ll feel that wonderful accomplished feeling I always get from making my own cards. I was just wishing I could find a sample of something to make with my Charming Gardeners set last night, too. Thank-you!!

  5. Oh, and congratulations on your anniversary and thank-you for one year of sharing all of your incredible talent with us! You are such an inspiration!

  6. Michelle Downie says:

    Kris, love these cards and I have two of those sets you used! Guess what I’ll be stamping today? LOL!

  7. Wow I love every one of these beautiful cards…. You are amazing my wonderful, talented niece. Thank you for these C&S designs you create every week for us to enjoy and share. They are such great inspiration…and I always need inspiration to get rolling along. I can’t a year has gone by already. Congratulations and many, many thanks. Looking forward to all the Sundays to come and the continuing BD Blog!! Love and hugs.

  8. Happy Anniversary! I love the Birthday cards, especially the last one. I can’t wait to try it.

  9. These are gorgeous cards! I just became a Consultant and can hardly wait to get more A*Muse products!

  10. Such lovely cards! Charming Gardeners fave of mine!s a f