stained glass poppy card series – #3

For the last card in the stained glass poppy series I thought I would try to combine my colored image with some of our new patterned papers from the Fiesta 6×6 patterned paper assortment



That patterned papers certainly liven up the design and the blast of Splash! spray ink is a product I think I don’t use often enough…it’s a fun way to add interest and color to your card designs.

The larger, bold image that the Stained Glass Poppy stamp offers is a great addition to any stamp collection. As you can see from the cards in my series (Card #1 + Card #2) you can change up the colors and techniques and get a variety of different card styles, all with the same exact image!


stained glass poppy series… card no. 2

I’m back today with card no. 2 in the Stained Glass Poppy series…




















This card came together quite nicely with the help of my stamp positioning tool. This stamp positioning tool is one of my very favorite stamping gadgets and a tool I keep right at my fingertips! Without this tool I would never have been able to line up the sentiment image to stamp it over and over again with nearly perfect placement. If you have one of these but forgot how to use it, or if you don’t know what a stamp positioning tool is, you can see a quick video right HERE. The lady in this video does a great job of explaining and showing how to use the magnificent tool! A Muse Studio offers this tool in the accessories section of the catalog, page 139, item#TSMPJG1 for $11.95…worth every penny!

So for this poppy card, I chose an interior sentiment from the Birthdays Inside and Out stamp set and with slate ink and the help of my stamp positioning tool, I stamped it again and again on a small rectangle of white card stock. I stamped it once in cherry ink to make it stand out from the other repeats and when I was finished stamping I ended up with a little background panel covered with a repeat of the same sentiment. I stamped the poppy image in Memento Black ink and colored it in with Copic markers for this card, rather than watercolor, like I did with card no. 1.

I will be back early next week with card no. 3, the final card in the Stained Glass Poppy Series. If you happened to miss card no. 1 in the series, you can see that right HERE.  Until next time…


stained glass poppy series… card no. 1

Today, I thought I’d start a little series using the new stamp set called Stained Glass Poppy. This “set” is actually one, large image and brand new in the A Muse Studio 2014 catalog (you’ll find it on page 86).  I’ve been playing with this set and put together three cards, the first I’m sharing today, to show you some of the versatility of this bold image…PoppySeries-1

I started this card by stamping it twice, using Versamark ink and white embossing the poppy image onto a kraft card panel. I then took some watercolor pencils and colored some of the petal sections in blue. I applied water with my water brush tool and then went back over certain sections with more color after the first layer of color dried. You can layer as much color as you like… I kept playing with it but tried not to add too much water in an effort to keep my panel from warping too badly when it dried.

I really like how the white embossing makes the flowers pop off the panel, and the subtle watercolor adds just enough interest. I think this is a great summer birthday card!

I will be back on Thursday with Card no. 2 in the series…

White embossing on kraft card stock…

I was playing around in my studio and thought it would be fun to try some white embossing on kraft card stock. I love the contrast this technique provides and it’s fun to add ink colors into the mix as well.

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The A|S Marvelous Marigolds stamp set is perfect for this technique! I stamped the largest outline marigold in Versamark ink, dusted on some white embossing powder and heat set with my heat tool. I then took some poppy ink and random stamped that smaller, solid marigold over the same kraft panel. I stamped some of the leaf images from the set using some lime ink to finish off the stamping.

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The sentiment is from the You’re Too Kind stamp set. I stamped that in french roast ink since that brown coordinates nicely with kraft card stock.

featured stamp set: happy holidays

Today I want to share a few cards I made using the Happy Holidays stamp set ($16.99), one of the new text/sentiment stamp sets from the 2013 A Muse|Studio  Holiday Catalog.


When I saw this set in the catalog I knew it would be fun to work with; the bold and modern look of the font choices had me thinking of all kinds of cards I could design with these images. I spent some time this week working with the set and here are a few of my favorite creations…

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For this first card, I couldn’t resist using the santa coat from the Naughty or Nice set to really set off the sentiment…The card bases in all three cards are the standard 5.5×4.25, however, this design looks great on a square 4.25″ card as well as the standard size.

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Lichen card base, fern ribbon and ink for sentiment, cherry scallop and petite pinstripe panel, copic markers to color in santa coat and quickie glue pen with glitter for the fur on the coat

For this next card, I thought the words alone were great on the card front. They really set off the center panel and I used markers directly on the stamp to create two-tone coloring. 


Cherry card base, fern panel run through Sizzix with polka dot embossing folder, winter sky panel cut with tiny scallop die, layered with text image on sugar colored in with cherry and fern Tombow markers, wasabi polka dot c.s. + a bit of cherry baker’s twine to embellish

For this last card I wanted to use a little felt so that the poinsettia popped off the card front a bit. I thought the cherry ribbon and marker “stitches” gave this card a fun, whimsical style…

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Sage base card with layered panel of winter sky + cherry pinstripe card stocks, fern ink, cherry tombow marker to add stitched lines, cherry polka dot ribbon, cherry felt + pearl stickers to create poinsettia

I really enjoyed working with this stamp set. The fresh, bold sentiments really stand out nicely on a card front. They pair wonderfully with other stamp sets to create beautiful holiday cards that would be easy to mass produce for your holiday card list!


All materials to create these fun, holiday cards can be purchased safely and securely and direct-ship anywhere in the U.S.  through my web store at : .

You can also download free copies of both the regular and holidayA Muse Studio catalogs for reference and beautiful card inspiration, by clicking on them in the right margin of my blog.

Featured Stamp Set: Silver Lining (A Muse|Studio)

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Silver Lining was one of the first stamp sets to catch my eye in the 2013 A Muse|Studio Catalog. I love the simplicity of the images and the way you can combine the little typewriter font sentiments with the clouds, rainbow and rain in different ways…

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Clean and Simple cards are a easy to whip up with this cute set of stamps!

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In this example I used winter sky as the base card and then a cloud in pebble and inks in pebble and eucalyptus…

One more card design to show of the versatility of this set…

A Muse Studio Silver LiningIn this card I used eucalyptus as the base card and then a panel of pebble with cherry and eucalyptus inks.

featured set: you’re too kind…

One of the perks of being an A Muse|Studio consultant is the opportunity to pre-order certain new stamp sets and supplies before the catalog is released to the public! I had the chance to order some of the new items while I was away in SC a few weeks ago and I was so excited when the box from A|S arrived on my doorstep last week!

You’re Too Kind was one of the sets available as a pre-order…  this set is very cute. It comes with a bird, a nest, an egg and several sweet card sentiments, all in a hand-sketched style with script, elegant fonts. This is also one of the 11 stamps sets that also has a coordinating die set to match. The dies are sold separately but I love that purchasing the dies is an option for so many of these new stamp sets.

I used this set to create a few items I want to share with you today, as a little sneak peek of the fun that awaits out of the brand new A|S catalog…


This first card is similar to one of the samples I saw at convention. I used washi tape, a strip of kraft card stock and both currant and french roast inks. The base card is blush, with a currant mat on the sugar panel. I used a few of the tiny pearl stickers to embellish.


This next card is just as clean and simple… I started with a base card of lichen and added a small doily to the card front. I cut a strip of vanilla card stock, rounded the corners with my corner-rounder punch and stamped a row of eggs in lichen ink. I then stamped the sentiment in french roast ink over top of the eggs. Finally, I cut a bird shape out of latte card stock and stamped the bird image directly on the shape in french roast ink. I tucked the bird behind the sentiment and glued the sentiment strip to the card with a few foam squares.


This last little “project” is a perfect example of how you can turn an ordinary lunch bag into some adorable gift packaging with a stamped tag and some ribbon!

To create the tags, I cut some pebble card stock into 2.5 x 3.5″ rectangles and rounded the two bottom corners. I stamped one of each of the main images from the You’re Too Kind stamp set onto each tag in french roast ink. I used the Labels 8 die set to cut three labels out of the smallest die shape to create a decorative “reinforcement” for the hole I punched using my 1/8″ hole punch in each of the tags. I threaded some french roast twine through the hole as the finishing touch.

For the gift bag, I just took an ordinary lunch bag, folded over the top edge about 1.5″ and punched two holes through the folded piece, side by side about a 1/2-inch apart in the center of the flap. I threaded some bermuda satin ribbon through the holes, both ends into the holes front to back, crossed them in the back and brought both tails through the front again to create the little “bow”, and trimmed the ends to match. I then wrapped the tag with the bird around the bow.  The tag gives the bag a decorative touch and it’s perfect for writing a little message + the recipient’s name!

Here it is without the other tags on it for a better look…


A cute, homespun way to package a gift in a pinch or to create a special touch on a gift bag of food, like cookies for a friend or a new neighbor!! These tags would really make any plain gift bag look special.

So, the *NEW* A|S catalog is just days away from it’s public debut on March 1st!  Check back here on Friday morning if you’d like to see/download an e-copy. The spotlight specials for March will also be posted but keep in mind that February specials are still available so get those great stamp sets on sale while you still can!  I’ve added a new tab to the top of my blog so accessing the sale flyer any time of the month is as easy as a “click”!  You can always shop A|S through my safe and secure webstore.