clean & simple sunday no. 112

Back today for another clean and simple Sunday card design featuring the Thankful for You and You’re My Fave stamp sets…


I had a little bit of fun with the stamping on this one… I didn’t want a solid colored leaf image, so I put the maple leaf image on the block and then took out a few Tombow markers (912, 933 and 126) and colored directly on the red rubber. I then lightly spritzed it with water and stamped it onto my sugar card stock panel.  I stamped the sentiment “enjoy” in Versamark ink and dusted it with onyx embossing powder before heat setting it with my heat tool. A few wraps of toffee twine complete the card.

I love the bold, black sentiment against the stark background and the flash of color from the leaf image!  Anyway, a quick and simple card for this first Sunday in Autumn.


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A Muse|Studio Creative Consultant
Glastonbury, CT

Butterfly birthday {with a grunge background}…

I was thinking about the grunge background technique I learned at the recent A Muse Studio Consultant Conference out in Santa Fe, NM during one of the creative sessions, and I tried using it to create this pretty, butterfly birthday card. DSC_0333 copy

For this technique, I took a square of vanilla cardstock and stamped the script background stamp from A|S in mushroom ink onto the vanilla panel. I then took my wheat ink pad and smudged it around on top of the script panel to create that grunge background. I layered this piece onto a panel of mushroom card stock that I cut out with my label 1 die from Spellbinders, and wrapped it with a length of toffee twine.  The large butterfly I cut with my butterfly trio die set, using the largest of the three sizes. I embellished with a row of clear twinkle stickers to add some shine. The birthday sentiment is from our new Birthdays Inside and Out stamp set, and I stamped this in mushroom ink, right on that shell base card.

I think the grunge background technique adds a shabby-chic touch to this color scheme and overall card design; a little different for me, but I do like the resulting card. I hope you’ll give this grunge technique a try—just pull out a background stamp, create a panel and then smoosh a neutral ink pad color onto the panel and enjoy the results!

I welcome and appreciate your comments!  Thanks so much for having a look at my card design!


You can pick up all of the supplies I used to create this card right HERE.
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A Muse|Studio Creative Consultant #1340
Glastonbury, Connecticut

technique flash-back friday: stamp kissing…

A Muse Studio has this fun, new birthday stamp set called BIRTHDAY BALLOONS and I thought it would be the perfect set to showcase this fun stamping technique that I often forget about——stamp kissing!

stamp kissing a muse studio birthday balloons

For this card, I inked up the balloon image in lime ink and inked up a pattern image from the CHEVRON stamp set in cobalt ink. I took the lime balloon image and “kissed” it to the chevron image to transfer that cobalt ink to my balloon image and create that little blue zigzag on my balloon. ( THIS is a great video I found on YouTube that teaches easy stamp kissing techniques you can use with any solid and patterned stamp combinations.)

I used a fine-line black marker and the edge of a clear block to draw in the strings on the balloons and then added some cherry twinkle stickers for a little bit of shine.

It’s fun to dust off an old technique once in a while to jazz up your stamping… maybe this week you’ll give stamp kissing a try!


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A Muse Studio Creative Consultant #1340
Glastonbury, Connecticut

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…


fun with paper piecing…

Today I thought I’d have a little fun over at the CAS on Sunday blog and play along with their paper piecing challenge. This can be a really fun way to mix it up in your stamping—its a great way to add color, pattern and texture with card stock instead of ink!


My card features the Under the Big Top stamp set from A Muse|Studio. I stamped my elephant using Memento tuxedo black ink–a nice crisp black–onto both the grapefruit chevron and Seattle card stock colors. When I paper piece I like to cut out the main image just outside the black line. When I cut out the interior portions, in this case the grapefruit chevron pieces, I cut inside the black line and fit them into the space on the main image (the seattle piece). You can do it any way you wish, I just have found this way to work best for me.

I stamped a little oval on a panel of winter sky card stock in pebble ink to help anchor the elephant. I stamped the balloon in Memento tuxedo black ink and filled it in with grapefruit card stock. I then placed the elephant onto my panel so that his tail overlapped the string of the balloon and then paper pieced the elephant’s head piece and blanket.  Very easy to do and the paper piecing adds some nice color and texture to the card front.

Please let me know if you have any questions on paper piecing… there is TONS of inspiration over at the CAS on Sunday blog so be sure to check it out!

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.

white embossing on kraft a muse studio marvelous marigolds

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.

Ombre or Rainbow… Which do you prefer?

This week I happened upon the A Muse|Studio Consultant Challenge Blog!  What fun!
This wonderful site poses creative challenges and all of the design team members are
A Muse|Studio Consultants. This is a great place to visit when you need some stamping inspiration!

This week’s challenge is to make a card showcasing “ombre” or “rainbow”… whichever you prefer. I decided to go with ombre and this is the card I created for the challenge…

Ombre a muse studio cas card design

Ombre is french term meaning shaded or graduated in tone. In stamping, this usually refers to using shades of color that would normally be adjacent on a color wheel, either warm or cool.

For my card design, I created the ombre background by taking an empty acrylic block, running a pink, then orange, then yellow Tombow marker back & forth in stripes across the empty block and then spritzing it lightly with water before stamping it onto a square of Bristol/watercolor paper. As soon as the background was dry, I stamped the flower sillouette from the A Muse|Studio Beautiful Botanicals 2 stamp set, in onyx ink directly over top of my background color. I finished off the design by wrapping a bit of onyx & white baker’s twine around the panel before attaching it to the base card with foam tape and adding that little “hello” sentiment.

There are some wonderful examples of ombre and rainbow cards at the challenge blog…pop on over to play along or to enjoy the inspiration provided by these very talented consultants.