Color Challenge Wednesday No. 32 – Birthday

Geez… it’s been about a YEAR since I posted a color challenge so I am back today to offer you a cute card design in a fresh, summer color palette that works great for a variety of card themes. I chose birthday since I always seem to need a birthday card…


For this card I used A Muse Studio colors Buttercup, Sky, Mermaid and Apple with a little bit of Onyx as the neutral. I used the Bitty Banner dies to cut the banner shapes out of some of our patterned card stocks, including our new apple petite hex and our new sky reverse polka dots. The sentiment is from the Hooray stamp set. The little flower on the middle banner is from the Love and Thanks stamp set with coordinating dies. I finished it off with a pointed strip using the pinking border die in medium and a few of the new 4mm sequins in buttercup.

I hope you’ll give this color palette a try during your next card-making session–I feel happy just looking at this card!

In case you missed this little news flash from my last post… it’s coming and it’s better than ever! Can’t wait to share!


color challenge wednesday no. 31

I thought this week we could add a color challenge to the mix and have some fun with SLATE, PUMPKIN and WINTER SKY…



Starting with a winter sky base card, I cut a Label 1 shape out of sugar card stock and stamped the smaller outline flower from the MODERN ZINNIA stamp set in slate ink. I took the smaller solid flower and stamped that around in pumpkin ink. I left space for the sentiment, choosing “feel better soon” from the new ESSENTIAL SENTIMENTS TOO stamp set (loving all of those fun fonts and sizes of sentiments). I stamped the sentiment in the slate ink.

I attached a strip of pumpkin card stock to my card base and then attached the stamped panel over the strip. I think the strip helps to visually anchor the stamped panel to the card base.

To embellish, i added a few twinkle stickers in clear to the center of three of the pumpkin-colored zinnias and then wrapped a bit of onyx & black twine around the card front and tied a small bow.


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Thanks so much for stopping by for a look today!

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color challenge wednesday no. 30

Color Challenge Wednesday No. 30 – A Muse Studio—Mermaid, Sage & Apricot…


Such a fresh, happy color scheme…pulls you right out of the winter doldrums with the colors of grass, sky and sunshine!

For this card I chose a base card in Mermaid with a surface panel in Sage. I stamped some flower images from the Beautiful Botanicals 2 stamp set in both Sage and Mermaid inks on a sugar panel and then the sentiment was stamped on a strip of Apricot card stock in black ink. The sentiment comes from the Love Machines stamp set. You’ve probably noticed this one a lot lately… I like the clean font style and I’ve been using it on lots of cards!


The crowning touches are a bit of twine tied in a bow and a dash of glitter on the stamped images using my Quickie Glue Pen and some prisma glitter. The glitter really creates a WOW factor on this one and its such an easy way to bring any card design up a notch. I hope you’ve enjoyed a bit of color inspiration—give this combo a try!

Until next time…


clean & simple sunday no. 57

I just checked the calendar and realized that there are only 12 days left until Thanksgiving, which means that there are only 46 days left until Christmas…

That’s PLENTY of time to get a few handmade Christmas cards made, especially if they are as simple as these… {LOL}

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This past week I was working with the beautiful felt offered by A Muse|Studio and I had this extra little snowflake but I didn’t want it to go to waste, so I put together the clean & simple design for today’s post.

This was such an easy card to make. The sentiment (comfort & joy) is from the Mini Holiday Messages stamp set. I used the cherry & white baker’s twine and a pearl sticker to embellish.

I can picture this design in several different color combinations… all different shades of festive! Have fun with this one by swapping out sentiments you already have on hand or by cutting out card stock snowflakes instead of felt, maybe add a little *glitter*!

color challenge wednesday no. 29 + special announcements!

I had some time over the last few days to pull out some stamps and have a little creative time in my studio. It feels like forever since I sat at my work table and made something worth sharing with all of you. I have been very inspired by the gorgeous fall foliage and I think that this card I made was heavily influenced by the beautiful leaves I’ve been enjoying all week…

The colors for this week’s challenge are gold, green and orange. If you are using A|S colors, lido, wasabi and pumpkin are the colors featured in this stamp art, along with french roast. 

I used a self-made stencil to create the colored squares. To make the stencil, I took a scrap of card stock and a square punch measuring 1-1/4″ and I punched three squares in a row. By some miracle they lined up pretty evenly side to side. To line them up horizontally, I inserted the card stock into my punch as far as I could each time so that the tops and bottoms of the squares lined up.  I took this stencil and placed it across the front of my vanilla panel and used sponge daubers to dab ink into the spaces created with the stencil. A sponge would have worked as well, but I like texture created by the daubers. I used a different dauber for each color and just filled in each square by dabbing on the ink. Once each square was inked up, I lifted the stencil and the colored squares looked great!  I used the dark brown (french roast) ink to stamp the leaves out of the Fresh Foliage stamp set onto each square. I also used dark brown ink for the Happy Thanksgiving sentiment.

I don’t often use the largest scallop out of my scallop trio die set, but I think it adds a whimsical touch to this card, along with the finishing touch of the stitched ribbon.

I hope you have some time to stamp this week and that this card inspires you to use fall colors in your projects!


In addition to the color challenge today, I have a couple of very exciting A Muse|Studio announcements to share!

A|S is going to be offering a special “business kit” for any of you interested in starting up an A Muse|Studio business. During the month of November, this kit will be offered at $39.99 and will contain the 4 demonstration sampler stamp sets plus catalogs and all of the business forms you need for your first workshop. In addition, you’ll receive a coupon good for 50% off your first order so you can stock up on any supplies you’d like to have for your first couple of workshops.  It’s a great deal and a great way for you to get started with A|S without breaking the bank!  You could easily earn back that $40 in your first workshop.

If you’ve been considering A|S as a business opportunity, or even a fun way to sell a few products & get them at a discount for yourself—November would be a great month to join A Muse|Studio.  Just contact me at if you would like more information on this great opportunity!

The second tidbit of news is that this year, A Muse|Studio is going to be using a Valentine catalog to showcase their new line of  Valentine stamp sets! This 12-page catalog will feature new Valentine stamp sets, new paper, new splash and a new die shape (plus beautiful A|S artwork!)—-I know that you won’t want to miss out! The Valentine catalog should be available around December 1st—I can’t wait to share it with all of you!

In the meantime, don’t forget that A|S is still giving away that FREE stamp set in support of breast cancer awareness!  You can click on the link to my shop and order a copy of this great stamp set. Click on SHOP, then click on STAMPS and then on the left side at the top click on STAMP OUT BREAST CANCER and you can order the set right there. All you pay is $3 for shipping! This set will be great for creating cards of support for any type of cancer, as well as for decorating envelopes. The offer is one per customer, but feel free to place an order for a friend or relative, a neighbor or anyone you know who would love to get this surprise in the mail. Order each stamp set separately and plug in the recipient’s address. A lovely gesture; a sweet and thoughtful act of kindness… There’s still time—you have until midnight on October 31st!

Fight Like a Girl

color challenge wednesday no. 28

This bright beauty features a leaf image from the Autumn Leaves stamp set… Colors for this week’s challenge include yellow green, bright yellow and a little bit of dark brown (A|S Colors: Lido, Wasabi & French Roast)

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This is such a fresh, earthy combination reminding me of fresh cut grass on a sunny September day! With kids back to school and leaves already starting to show their turning I was drawn to this stamp set when I chose an image for today’s design. The leaf image was stamped in Lido ink and then sponged with the Wasabi using sponge daubers along the edges. The sentiment was stamped in French Roast and pearl stickers were used as accents in addition to the French Roast satin ribbon. Enjoy the last few weeks of summer weather, pull out a favorite autumn stamp set and give this color combination a try this week!!

color challenge wednesday no. 27

The color challenge for this week features Marevelous Marigolds in grey, red and turquoise (A|S colors: seattle, cherry & bermuda)…

This fresh, contemporary color scheme strikes a nice balance between the neutral grey, festive turquoise and the pop of red that excites the design! The leaves are stamped with bermuda ink, the flower in cherry. The sentiment is stamped on the bermuda card strip in seattle ink. To embellish, I chose a pearl sticker for the center of the flower and a bit of bermuda ribbon folded over and stapled to the top of the flower panel. A few simple touches to add something “extra” to the design.

Hoping you have time this week to try out this terrific color combination with some of your own stamps and ink!