An A Muse|Studio DIY Party + a Giveaway!

Hello stamping friends!

As many of you know, back in May,  A Muse Studio celebrated their 3rd birthday with a birthday bash promotion! I know several of you took advantage of placing a $50 order for that free balloon stamp and I hope you’re having fun with that! The matching die is great too, isn’t it?! Well,I have an extra one of these cute stamps and I’m giving it away to one lucky blog reader, so please leave me a message in the comments and I’ll include your name in the drawing!


When this promotion was first announced, I KNEW I wanted to celebrate, so I put together a plan to host a stamping birthday party! I’ve also wanted to try putting together a party-scape like the fun party table images found on PINTEREST, using all A Muse Studio supplies—we have some wonderful dies and beautiful coordinating party products to help make your next party fun and festive in DIY-style and I’m going to show you how by sharing all the details from my BIRTHDAY BASH last month!



Anytime you host a party you have to have a plan, so first off I set a date and then I figured out how I was going to pull my BIRTHDAY BASH together by adding details to these categories:

  •  GUEST LIST | Put together a guest list of regular stamping friends/customers + included local customers who purchase from my web store but who I’ve never met in person
  • DECORATIONS | Choose a color scheme out of the A|S color palette since I’ll be creating my “party-scape” using all A|S dies and party supplies!
  • MAKE & TAKES | Design some Make & Take projects for guests to work on— for my party I put together two birthday cards for my guests to make—one using the FREE stamp they could earn with a $50 order through the A|S Hooray Its Your Day! Promotion, and one featuring a stamp set that is on the RETIRING list.
  • FOOD | I pulled together a menu of finger foods combining some sweet and some savory. I was again very inspired but recipes and delights I found on PINTEREST.
  • DISPLAY BOARDS | No workshop in my home is complete without plenty of stamp art to browse! I pulled together samples using stamp sets that are on the RETIRING List as well as current sets which will move forward into the new 2014 Catalog + I threw in a few Sneak Peeks!

The party overall, was wonderful!! I had 6 guests in total and they LOVED the ideas and inspiration that the party generated for them creatively.


In addition to their fabulous stamp line-up, A Muse Studio currently offers a great selection of party-related dies that work beautifully with many of the common die cutting systems out there! NOTE: SOME of these dies are now on the RETIRE List, but for now, they are still available through June 30th, or until they sell out, whichever comes first and they are now at the final discount of 55% off!  My advice would be that if you REALLY would like to own a particular die shape that’s on the list (or a stamp set for that matter)—pick them up as soon as possible so you don’t miss out! Our retirement sale is in it’s final two week period so the discount of 55% is phenomenal, but get while the getting is good!  You can shop my secure web store right here.

I’m going to describe a few of my favorite decoration elements from the BIRTHDAY BASH I held last month and give you a little bit closer look…

I chose a color palette for this party in Bermuda, Orange and White. I like this color combination a lot and thought it would be fun since the Bermuda card stock comes in solid & petite polka dot and the Orange comes in solid, polka dot, plus chevron. I also noticed that I could purchase treat bags from A Muse|Studio in orange patterns + straws and crepe paper streamers, too!




The circle garland was really fun to make, and quite easy.

I wanted to be sure it would stay together, so I used a hot glue gun to glue the circles together with the orange baker’s cording in the center. It was honestly that simple to make—-cut a pile of circles in different papers and in different sizes, lay them out spaced kind of evenly, lay a length of cording across the centers and add some hot glue over the cording before applying the top circle to the bottom circle, making a sandwich with the cording.

I chose to make one, long piece of cording with all of the circles attached and then I cut that one long piece into different lengths as I was setting up the decorations and push-pinning the garland pieces to the ceiling over the food table.



Most of the decorations for this party were centered in the kitchen, around the food display.

Since I recently took the plunge and started trying some sewing on my card projects, I thought I’d use the sewing machine to create this cute banner for across the front of the food table. I picked up some seam binding at my local craft store, cut out some banner shapes (using the A|S Banner Dies) from A|S card stock and white felt and literally sewed the banner shapes to the seam binding to create the base banner.  This went together so quickly, I was amazed… I think it took me 30 minutes to make this, start to finish!

I then used the scallop circle, small circle and cupcake topper die sets + a few buttons to create some cute flowers out of felt and card stock to add to some of the banner pieces as an embellishment. This project was REALLY FUN to make! I love how it dresses up the table!




The pom-poms hanging from the ceiling have nothing to do with A Muse Studio, but I saw those on Pinterest and knew I had to try making some!! They were just as easy to make as it looks in the directions, which you can find right here, and they add such a festive touch to the overall decorative scheme.

I used 10 sheets of regular gift tissue paper that you find at the pharmacy or grocery or party store and after doing the accordion fold, I secured the center of the folded piece with some orange baker’s cording from A|S. I knew I’d be hanging these from the ceiling so I thought it would be smart to add the cording before I separated the layers of tissue to create the pom-poms. The tissue is very delicate and I didn’t want to tear it.  That turned out to be a good idea.

All of the Do-It-Yourself decorations I described above were cute by themselves, but when you put them together in a coordinating color scheme—-all I can say is WOW, how festive!  The pictures don’t even really do it justice—it was even way better in person.

PARTY FOOD |  What’s a party without food, right?! I chose foods that I hoped would be combination of sweet and savory as well as easy to eat since I knew my guests would be milling around, looking at samples or might take their nibbles to the craft table to complete the make & takes. I was inspired by things I saw on Pinterest—the little individual shrimp cocktails and those rainbow fruit kabobs, specifically. Here is a closer look at some of the food items…


I thought these mini shrimp cocktails were darling…I picked up the little clear cups for them at the grocery store in the party aisle…I think they would be normally used as disposable shot glasses?  The parsley is just a garnish but it adds nice color.


Cheese and crackers are always a nice staple–tasty and easy to eat. I chose some fun cheeses to try—a plain cheddar jack and then a sun-dried tomato and Basil put out by Cabot cheddar…very nice! The fruit kabobs were fun and easy. I just cut up a rainbow of fruits and slid them onto those little skewer sticks. It’s hard to see in this photo but the brownies were extra thick, frosted and sprinkled with nuts and I pre-cut them and placed them on individual doilies (like the ones from A|S!) on the serving plate making it easy to pick up the brownie but this also added visual interest in a subtle detail.



These of course, were my very favorite little snack! I love the popcorn boxes and you can still get that die ON SALE from A|S while supplies last!! This is one of the dies on the RETIRE list. It works great in Spellbinder die cutting machine and fine in the regular Sizzix machine as well, with a few adjustments.  The decoration on each box was made with the Cupcake Topper Dies, also retiring but on sale while supplies last until June 30th. The stamp set that coordinates is now sold out, but the dies are still available so you can create the cute shapes and then just stamp them with some other numbers or images to coordinate with your party theme.

I rounded out the food offerings with some homemade cupcakes, decorated with shapes from the cupcake topper die set (on sale now) + pitchers of lemonade and iced tea which were served in plastic cups with cute, orange striped paper straws from A Muse Studio.

MAKE & TAKE CARDS| Now certainly an A Muse Studio Birthday Celebration would never be complete without the chance to stamp! That’s the biggest treat of all! Knowing my guests would be looking forward to the stamping, I created “treat” bags using the bags from A|S and decorated them with a belly band using a strip of Bermuda card stock plus die shapes from both the circle and circle scallop die sets. I used my computer to create the sentiment, printed it out, placed the circle die over it and ran it through my die cutting machine. I then stamped the “3” circle over top of the printed words in sky ink and layered this piece onto an orange scalloped circle before attaching it to the belly band.


I filled the goodie bags with the supplies for their make & takes, a little card stock swatch sampling of the new FIESTA color palette coming soon in the brand new A|S Annual Catalog (Available July 1st!), one ticket into the drawing for the “mystery hostess credit” (they earned additional tickets for every $10 they spent at the birthday party) and a square of Ghiradelli chocolate, just for fun!


My guests made two different birthday cards, one that featured the balloon stamp you could earn for free last month  for a $50 order, and then one featuring my favorite retiring set, Marvelous Marigolds (currently sold out)… I showed them how they could draw a little swirl of glue using Tombow Mono Multi Glue and then lay the baker’s cording into the glue swirl to give their balloon a cute string.

The girls who attended really enjoyed the party. We had a fun afternoon…Everyone left with big smiles and happy hearts.


WHAT I’VE LEARNED | I’ve learned so much by putting together this DIY party-scape. I’ve learned that if you plan ahead and work on these decorations a little bit at a time you can create a really fun, festive party setting with little to no stress. I’ve learned that although I was inspired by things I saw on Pinterest, this work is my own and I made it very special and personal by making it myself and combining different elements and YOU CAN TOO! I’ve also learned that this concept of party design can translate well for ANY type of party—holiday parties (like 4th of July BBQ’s or even Christmas or New Year’s Eve parties) and works great for baby and bridal showers as well; it’s not just for birthdays! One of the most interesting things that I learned from doing this is that a party-scape, even a small one like this, created a VERY festive tone to my event which says to me —you don’t have to drench your home in decorations to give a festive party!!  A|S has everything you need to create a beautiful party.

I hope seeing these decorations a bit more closely has inspired you in your own party planning. Remember the die for the popcorn boxes and cupcake toppers I’ve used in my display are not going to available much longer. You can order those, as well as many of the other supplies I used directly through my web store at this link.

Questions?!  Ask away in the comments!!  I’m happy to respond! I would love to hear your comments and remember—there’s a giveaway! Leave a comment telling me you’d like to be included in the drawing for that balloon stamp. I’ll be choosing a winner on Saturday 6/21 at Noon EASTERN time and will announce the winner on Sunday along with my Clean & Simple Sunday post.

Until next time…

Kris V.






  1. I was one of the lucky ones who attended this amazing party! The decorations were exquisite and the make and takes divine. It was such a wonderful example of what you can accomplish with some paper and “ink”!!! Kudos Kris! This is the most beautiful displays I’ve ever seen and best stamping party EVER!!! XXOO

  2. Wow Kris you did an amazing job with your Birthday party celebration! I love your color combination and all the details. Beautiful – you are so talented and creative!!! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Thank you both so much for your comments 🙂 {hug}

  4. Doreen Schostek says:

    Love the orange and turquoise combination and all the details! I never did get that birthday balloon…… Would love a chance to win it:) Heading to Santa Fe and I’m counting down the days to attend my first convention!

  5. This is beyond AMAZING!! I haven’t had a chance to stop by in a while (life crept up on me too!) but I am blown away by the work you put into this set up. It looks fabulous!!