clean & simple sunday no. 73 + some news…

Happy Sunday everyone, and Happy “Spring Ahead” for those of you who set your clocks ahead one hour before you went to bed last night, for Daylight Savings Time. Spring is on it’s way even if it doesn’t feel like it today…

I wanted to use some green in today’s card… I feel like I need a little Spring, and to me, that wasabi ink screams spring and summer! I also wanted to try something super simple for today’s design, using my new Modern Zinnia stamp set…


I LOVE this stamp set. You will absolutely see it very soon in a “Featured Set” post. I have lots of ideas for this baby!

Anyway, I took a sheet of vanilla card stock and cut it in half on the short edge. I rounded the corners opposite the fold and stamped a solid zinnia in wasabi ink and then an outline zinnia of the same size (the larger ones) in heather ink. The “hello” is from the Just My Type stamp set and I stamped that in the Memento/Rich Cocoa. I added a strip of three tiny sparkle stickers to add a little bling.

I hope this card will inspire you to try something really simple in your stamping today!

A little news…

When I started this blog, I did so to have a place to share A Muse|Studio and to hopefully provide you with ideas and inspiration you could translate to your own stamping projects. I also have an Etsy Shop and wanted to have a place for my customers to come to get to know me as a stamp artist and to get to know my “craft” a little bit more if they wanted to…

This has worked out GREAT.

Over the last few months, I’ve been feeling a little bit stuck as far as my Etsy shop goes. I LOVE to make cards as you all well know, and I have had some relatively good sales on Etsy and I measure this by the fact that when I post things for sale, I usually MAKE a sale within a week of posting. Finding the time to post is tricky… I work full-time, I’m a wife, I’m a mom to a very active 11-y.o. boy, I do workshops for A Muse|Studio and work with the products to make samples (which I sometimes post in my Etsy Shop!), and I write this blog, which I really enjoy, plus I do a million other things in any given week, just like everybody else!

After a few months of wrestling with different ideas, talking with my husband, bouncing ideas off of friends, I’ve decided that I want to do more with my “Shop”.  I’ve decided to do some craft fairs this year. This is new for me. I’m excited but I have some anxiety too—will my cards sell? will people like my booth? will I make enough cards  (and other things) to bring with me? will I have TIME to make enough? Will I even be accepted into any of these fairs?  Well, I can answer that last one—I did get accepted, to a juried, artisan fair in Marlborough, CT on April 6th at the Congregational Church!

I’m completely thrilled, because I DO want to take my Shop this route, in addition to having my space on Etsy, I just want to talk with my customers, provide them with a card boutique experience and with any luck, sell more than 2 cards!

In an effort to make my business of THIS BLOG + MY ETSY SHOP more cohesive, I’ve rebranded Checkerberry Lane Studio.  My new business card fronts look like this:


The back contains the logo again, along with my contact info. I feel like they project just the image I want for my little card shop.  I designed these cards after selecting a new template for my blog which brings me to the news…

VERY SOON, I will be migrating to a new blog address —
In fact, the migration is currently taking place and should be finished early next week. I will then be loading in a new blog template (a pretty page design that coordinates with those business cards)  and as soon as the new blog is ready I will redirect all of you to the new version with some behind the scenes magic! If you get emails when I update my blog, you will be automatically redirected, you won’t have to do a thing! If you just pop in here occasionally to see what’s going on, you hopefully, will be automatically redirected as well, but I’m still working on how to make that happen…

I’m going to be a little busy with this transition the next week, maybe two, so it’s going to continue to be a little bit quiet on CheckerberryLane while we get through it.  Thanks so much for your patience!!  I can’t wait to share my new blog with you, my craft fair experience as well as more creative fun with A Muse|Studio.  I sincerely appreciate your support and your interest… thank you for reading!!


  1. Congratulations Kris! Exciting and new adventures in the future for you. In my experience small gift cards and gifty items sell better than cards. Wishing you all the best in your new ventures!

    • Ohhh…thanks Ginny! I’m very excited…lots of work to do yet, but I love your ideas and have plans to do both! I’m planning to offer a variety of items to see what people like so I appreciate your comment. If you have more tips to share on craft fairs I’m all ears!! 🙂 Just send me an email, I’d love to hear from your experience!

  2. Michelle Downie says:

    Good for you Kris! Congrats! Whatever you do, you will be successful. You have an amazing attitude and contagiously happy and outgoing personality! Best Wishes! Michelle

  3. Thanks so much for wonderful new catalog launch party yesterday…..we had a blast and made some beautiful cards. Your love of the craft, gorgeously simple designs, and innate elegance that in reflected in all you do or create will take you in any direction you choose to take with this. Love you Sweetheart!!

  4. Kris I started following your blog after I met you at NatCon. I just love love love your designs, they are so elegantly beautiful; like you. I wish you much success at the craft shows, please let us know how it goes, me and the whole a|s team of consultants will be cheering for you.

    • I SO enjoyed meeting you as well!! I can’t thank you enough for that wonderful compliment…you are so sweet and your swap from Nat-Con is one of my very favorites! I will absolutely share my craft fair experience, hoping it will help others who are embarking on something similar. Thank you for your kindness and support, I really appreciate it. {hug}