A|S Spring Patterned Papers – Card #3

Today I am sharing the last of the three cards in my little Patterned Paper Series…and my favorite of the three I shared here this week…

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For this card, I started off with a base card in mushroom. (I think slate would have been an even better choice but I didn’t have any of that color so I went with mushroom as my dark neutral base for some nice contrast, and it worked out fine.)

I cut 1/2″ strips of 6 different patterns that contained similar colors. I chose some of the darker patterns so that the white butterfly would show up well against the patterned background. I cut a scrap of card stock to measure 2.75×3.50″ and covered it with Tombow adhesive. I then applied the patterned paper strips across the sticky surface of my scrap on the diagonal, making sure to line up the edges of each pattern so they were snug against each other.

Once the entire scrap was covered, I turned it over and trimmed off the papers that hung over the edge and when I flipped it back over I had this great little piece of covered card stock to use as a background!

I glued the patterned piece to another piece of sugar card stock as a mat, stamped my sentiment (from the Enjoy the Ride stamp set), and to finish it off, applied the largest butterfly of the butterfly trio die set to the card front with a glue dot, using sparkle stickers for the body.

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I love the blast of color that the patterned papers add to the background without being completely overwhelming. I think the solid, white butterfly is just the right embellishment for this card. It adds some crisp contrast that wouldn’t exist if the butterfly had been stamped with a pattern or sprayed with Splash!

Love it—so happy to share it with you today!  I hope these patterned paper cards I’ve shared this week help to inspire you in your own card projects.


A|S Spring Patterned Paper – Card #2

Today I have another card to showcase some of that beautiful patterned paper from the New A|S Spring Accessories Guide. For this particular card, I chose one of the more neutral colored papers and used it to cover my card front. I stamped my sentiment (from the Love Machines stamp set) onto a strip of sugar and used the tiny scalloped border to cut the edge. I glued that directly to my card base.

a muse studio spring patterned paper

The yellow flower was cut with our Flowers 1 die set, the smallest and largest flower cut out of A|S felt. Cutting the flower from felt instead of more card stock adds a unique embellishment to the card with the softness and dimension. I tied some twine to an A|S button and glued that to the center of the flower before adhering it to the card base.

a muse studio spring patterned paper

The finishing touch was to add a few of those pearl sequins to the card to add a little bit of sparkle.

I have one more card to share that showcases a fun way to use the patterned papers–you won’t want to miss this one! I’ll see you back here on Friday with the last card in this little series!

fun with bunny dies…

One of my favorite products to come out of the new A Muse Studio Acccessories Guide this month are the new bunny dies. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on these and start making cute Easter cards and projects!

Today I’m going to share a card I made using the Bunny dies and then a treat basket that would work great as either a sweet, little Easter gift for the kids sharing in your holiday this year, or as a pretty table favor at each person’s place setting if you’re having an at-home brunch or dinner…

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This card was a joy to make! The colors were so fresh and happy to work with (sky, bermuda, sage, apricot and grapefruit)  and I loved the repeat of the little bunny in each square. The pom poms (or bunny bums! as they are referred to in the Accessories Guide) add just the perfect embellishment to this festive card.

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I used the tiny scalloped border die to create the scalloped edge on the sugar panel and the Easter sentiment for the front of the card (stamped in Seattle ink) from the Egg-stravagant stamp set. The ribbon is a bit of sky polka dot organdy to match the card base.

This little treat basket was also fun to make. You can create these in whichever color card stock you wish—choose a color to coordinate with your table scape or make them in a different color for each person, the choice is yours and the options are almost endless…

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For these treat baskets I cut all of the shapes I needed using my different dies–the scalloped circle, the bunny shape from the largest of the bunny dies and then I took a 6×6 square of card stock in grapefruit and I also cut a strip of the same card stock to measure about 8.5x 3/4″ for the treat basket handle. Once I had all my pieces ready, I started the assembly…

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The step-by-step instructions for this project are HERE in a .pdf file that you can save and print.

I hope this gives you a couple of fun ideas for using the bunny dies or inspires some Easter card or decor creation!


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featured product: a muse studio tall alphabet die set

With the brand new A|S holiday catalog going live this week I thought it would be fun to showcase one of the new products that will be available starting August 15—- the Tall Alphabet Die Set ($19.95)….


The set of dies is quite small, which makes it perfect for card and scrapbooking projects alike. As you can see, the letters come attached to each other with a fine wire but with a little bending you can break them apart. I thought I would show you a couple of cards I made using these little letter dies…


This first card features the largest dot border from the Polka Dot Patterns stamp set. I took a panel of white card stock and stamped a row at the bottom in eucalyptus, cleaned my image and stamped a row in bermuda ink, then cleaned it again and stamped almost two full rows in sky ink, hoping for a bit more of an ombre look but happy with the results anyway. I used a Labels 8 die and cut the bottom of the panel into a curved shape, ran a piece of vellum in my polka dot embossing folder through my Sizzix Big Shot and glued that panel to the bottom of the polka dot panel. I tied a bermuda satin ribbon to the panel and then created my little “hello” medallion by running some sugar and slate card stock through my Sizzix to create the medallion and then cut the new Tall Alphabet Dies on a scrap of bermuda. I chose to use my regular tape runner adhesive to apply the letters. I lightly ran some adhesive over the letters and then used my Xacto knife to carefully position the letters into place before pressing down with my finger to secure them. You can use a wet adhesive (like the Quickie Glue Pen) or a Xyron sticker-maker too…there are lots of options for securing these little letters to your card base.

In this next card, I chose to cut the sentiment into the card stock panel and utilize the negative space rather than the actual die cut letters themselves. The letters I can save for another card project.


I started with a sugar card base and ran the front panel through my Sizzix polka dot embossing folder. I took a piece of printer paper and cut it into a 4.5×2.5″ piece. I covered the printer paper with plenty of adhesive and arranged strips of scrap card stock in cool colors across the panel. I then trimmed the ends off to be left with the cool rainbow panel you see on the card. I then carefully arranged the letters across the bottom of my rainbow panel and once they were in place I secured them with a strip of washi tape so they wouldn’t move before I could get them through the Sizzix machine. After running it through the die cutting machine, I gently peeled off the washi tape and the letters came with it, leaving this message of “thanks” cut into my panel. I used my white gel pen to create a stitched line around the design, then foam squares to pop it up off the card base. The final embellishment is a paper clip tied with some polka dot organdy in sugar.


Here is a little bit closer look at the details of this card. I’m very pleased with how it came out and I know I’ll be using the dies and the negative spaces to create more fun cards like this in the future.

a muse|studio Poinsettia Die…

With all of the excitement of Holiday Hoopla approaching and the new A Muse|Studio Holiday Catalog for 2013, I can’t help but start thinking about Christmas cards. The new stamp sets are so FRESH and completely FABULOUS and I would love to share a copy of the new catalog so please email me to let me know if you’d like an electronic copy.

While waiting for this new catalog to be revealed, it got me thinking about some of the Christmas stamp sets and dies that I already have in my stash and once I opened that door, it was like opening a flood gate—all of these fun, Christmas card ideas started to blossom in my mind and I couldn’t wait to get into my studio to take them from idea to reality!

I love A Muse Studio felt. It adds such a cute, soft, dimensional element to card designs in addition to being fun to work with on it’s own. Just go to Pinterest and type in DIY felt projects in the little search window and you won’t believe how many ideas will fill your screen…

Anyway, I pulled out my felt and my poinsettia dies from last year’s holiday catalog and got to work!

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This first card is so sweet and traditional. I just love the way the two patterned papers play off of each other and the way the felt poinsettia pops off the card front. Those little yellow sparkle stickers I used for the center of the poinsettia are from the round assorted pack. I chose a vanilla card base since the background of both the Candy Cane Stripe and Twas the Night card stocks are vanilla, too. For the poinsettia flower there are three flower shaped dies that you layer together to create the flower. I chose to cut the largest flower out of green felt to make the leaves rather than cutting the leaf shapes separately. The flower is less full, but I like how it looks.

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In this next card, I went with a more neutral color palette. The flower is cut from vanilla felt with no leaves this time. I used pearl stickers for the center of the flower to add texture, but a lower contrast, and then I chose to use the woodgrain card stock on top of a scallop square in sugar. The base card is latte card stock. Really, the only pop of color is the cherry ink I used for the sentiment (from the Say It With Style set) and to tie the card design together, a little bit of cherry baker’s twine to finish it off.

These two cards are just a couple of ideas for using felt and the poinsettia dies you might have seen or purchased last year. Both the felt and the dies are still available in this current A Muse|Studio catalog so be sure to check them out!  You can shop online through my secure webstore 24/7, at your convenience! Just click Shop Online at the top of the screen when you get to the link.

ideas for using spray ink…

A Muse|Studio offers a beautiful rainbow of 15 colors of a spray ink product called Splash! You’ve probably noticed it in the catalog…

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This product is a liquid pigment ink, similar to the ink on our ink pads. It’s permanent on paper and cloth. Because it’s permanent, it took me a while to warm up to it. I am prone to “making a mess” and although sometimes that’s part of the creative process, I hate to ruin my clothes :)…  the solution I found after some training on this product at the National Conference back in February, is to work with Splash! in a contained area!  I have a box in my studio that I use. Just an old box, instead of tossing it in my recycling bin I use it for all of my Splash! projects.  I cut the pieces for my cards and any that I’m planning to spray with Splash! I place in the box on top of a few paper towels.  This process works great!

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These are a few cards I made using Splash!  Lets take a little closer look at each one and I will describe the process for creating each in a bit more detail…

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For this particular card above, I placed a white panel of card stock into my box on top of the paper towels, then placed a star die cut shape exactly where I wanted it on the panel. I took my Lemon Whip Splash! and sprayed directly over the panel and star to give a heavier coating of ink. I carefully lifted out the panel and tipped it so the star die cut fell off, leaving the white star in it’s place.

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For this card above, I cut three white card stock strips at varying thicknesses and placed all three at once in the Splash! box arranging them similar to how they show up on the card (one above the other, almost touching). I held my Poppy Splash! at a 45 degree angle and sprayed off once (to help eliminate blobbing of the ink) then quickly sprayed again making sure to direct my spray toward the panels. This gave the Splash! a more even, speckled texture.

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For this last card, I took a 3.5×4″ clear block and placed it in my Splash! box. I took Bermuda Splash!, held the bottle about 12″ from the block and sprayed directly on the block. The ink will bead up on the block when you spray it. I carefully removed the block from the Splash! box and stamped it onto my card stock panel to create the speckled background for the  flower image which I then stamped in Memento Black ink directly on top of the Splash! background.

I hope this information today gives you some ideas and encourages you to try this fun stamping medium! I’m happy to entertain any questions you may have, just leave me a note in the comments!

featured product: valentine washi tape

Today I want to talk about washi tape and some of the ways you can use this interesting product in your card-making.

Washi tape comes in all different patterns and colors and is offered by many different vendors, including A Muse|Studio. When I think of washi tape, I think of a combination of masking tape & patterned paper. It has the consistency & stickiness of masking tape with a slightly translucent quality but it comes in many fun, happy colors and patterns, just like patterned paper. A Muse|Studio has been currently offering their washi tape in “assortments” so the patterns and colors coordinate. Today I’m going to share some ideas for using washi tape using the Valentine assortment offered in the A Muse|Studio 2013 Valentine Supplement Catalog


This set of washi tape is offered at $13.95 for the set, that’s about $4.65/roll. I chose this set of washi tape because I use pinks and browns a lot in my card-making and I really liked all of the patterns offered. I knew I’d get a good amount of use out of this tape {and not just on valentines!} so to me, its a good value.


One of the obvious ways to use washi tape is to layer it onto your card stock like you would strips of patterned paper. In this example above, I cut a scalloped edge piece of sugar card stock and layered strips of each of the different washi tape patterns onto the panel. I used the Love is in the Air stamp set to complete the card design in grapefruit, sky and pebble.


For the card above, I layered strips of washi tape onto a scrap of sugar cardstock…


I then used one of the Tag Trio dies to cut a tag out of the washi taped card stock…


I ended up with a cute tag that I used to embellish this card…


I cut a piece of sugar card stock to fit my base card and then cut out a large scalloped border using the Scalloped Border dies. I layered this piece to the base card, then layered on my washi taped tag. I cut a large heart out of the Heart Trio dies, added a few sparkle stickers and attached it to the card using foam squares. I then stamped the sentiment and the little postal cancellation image from the Love is in the Air stamp set to finish off the design.


In this last card example, I used the washi tape to create a little banner on this sweet birthday card. I just cut strips of washi tape, folded them over a piece of french roast baker’s twine, trimmed them into little banner flags and hung them across my base card.

These are just a few ways to use washi tape in your card-making. Washi tape is great to have on hand because it can add just the right amount of pattern and color to your card designs. I hope you’ll give it a try!