clean and simple sunday no. 136 ~ sweet summertime

Inspired by projects we created at the National Conference last weekend, I’m back today with a clean and simple Sunday card featuring the Berry Patch stamp from the July Monthly Collection

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I was reminded at Nat-Con how much fun it is to stamp outline images onto colored card stock and color them in with Copic markers. The rich saturation of the Copic color is stunning, even more so in person!

For this card, I stamped and white heat embossed the berry patch image onto winter sky card stock. I used Copic markers to color in the image (R24, YG25,B23 and Y13). The sentiment is from the Go Hog Wild stamp set and I finished off the design with a few clear twinkle stickers and then rounded the top right corner with my Corner Chomper tool.

I hope you’re having a wonderful weekend!

 

A Muse Studio-June Collection 2016…

I’m back!!!!  I know it’s been a while, but I promise I haven’t forgotten my little blog or any of you faithful readers and I certainly haven’t stopped stamping! I’ve been stamping more than ever! 🙂 Today I actually have some A Muse Studio news and I can’t wait to share…

JUNE MONTHLY COLLECTION

The last few months have brought wonderful monthly collections and this month is NO EXCEPTION! I’m really tickled by the June Monthly Collection and have some fun samples to share… you may have already seen some of them, maybe on (CEO) Linda’s Blog?!

 

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These are some 3×4 inserts for pocket-style scrapbooking projects but you could stick them on the front of a base card and send as a lovely greeting, too!

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Flamingo and pineapple images are everywhere this Spring!! They are on pillows, bathing suits, t-shirts, and tote bags and A Muse Studio is right on trend, bringing you these same images in sweet, versatile stamp sets…

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So there are a few card samples using stamp sets from our June Monthly Collection. For more inspiration, you can view and download the flyer right HERE. You can order items from the June Monthly Collection or the Annual Catalog & Idea Book right HERE.

Speaking of the Annual Catalog & Idea Book, it’s almost time for the new catalog reveal, and to make room for new stamp sets some of our old favorites will be retiring…

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The list this year is quite small, but if there’s anything you can’t live without, get it while it’s still available because these products are only available while supplies last! The new catalog will be coming soon. National Conference and Creative Escape for A Muse|Studio Consultants will be held July 8-10, 2016 in Pigeon Forge, TN and I’m thinking the new catalog will be available soon after! I’ll keep you posted!!

The National Conference & Creative Escape is the highlight of the year as an A Muse Studio consultant. I love seeing old friends, working with the new products, getting a first peek at the new annual catalog and hearing all about what’s new with A Muse Studio. This is a fun little business and I’d love to have you join my team! The last share I have for today is the latest JOIN promotion…

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New Consultants can join A Muse Studio by purchasing a Deluxe Kit for only $69. This Deluxe kit includes three Consultant-only exclusive sampler stamp sets, essential business supplies and TEN A Muse Studio Pigment ink pads. The retail value of this kit is over $159! This offer is valid through July 17th, 2016.

FREE ink pads included with the kit are:
1. Orange
2. Lime
3. Ocean
4. Navy
5. Papaya
6. Bubblegum
7. Blueberry
8. Pebble
9. Sage
10.Currant

This Deluxe Starter Kit will include 8 catalogs, 15 customer order forms, 3 hostess order forms and brochures and 50 Workshop invitations.

Please note: Gorgeous marketing materials are heavy, an additional $8 shipping charge will be added to the cost of the kit.

I hope you’ll consider having a little business (or a big one!) of your own… it’s tons of fun and you can make it fit your life—you set your schedule, you decide how much extra money you want to earn and have some fun along the way!  Please email me at 27checkerberry(at)gmail.com if you have questions. If you’re ready to get started click here and then click START A BUSINESS to purchase your kit and join my team!!

More watercolor fun with A Muse Studio and Peerless Watercolors

I’ve been continuing my exploration of watercolor and stamping, using my Peerless watercolor palette…

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I created these birthday cards by using a die cut balloon as a stencil. I used one of the A Muse Studio balloon dies and cut a balloon shape out of a scrap of card stock. I then took a very light pencil and traced some balloons onto watercolor paper.

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I used my Peerless watercolors to color in the balloons, being careful to let each color of balloon dry before moving onto the next (to avoid any unwanted blending of colors.) To speed up the drying, I used my Milwaukee heat tool.

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I used a pencil and a t-square ruler to draw in the balloon strings and Copic markers and twinkle stickers to add some “confetti” to this version of the card. For the blue/green version of the card I used sequins to add “confetti”.

I really enjoyed working on these two cards and I’m sure I’ll use this technique for creating birthday cards in the future. If you have any questions I’d be happy to answer, just leave them in the comments!  Thanks for having a look today.

The March Collection is HERE!

March is A Muse Studio’s birthday month and we’re celebrating 5 years!! I wanted to pop in today to tell you that the A Muse Studio March Collection has arrived and it’s a stamper’s dream… so many delightful, fun stamp sets! All have a birthday theme to them but they can be used for other occasions as well, making them extra versatile.

This is the FLYER which contains full color stamp art samples and all of the fun products available during the month of March. You can save it to your computer for reference all month long. This is the info sheet for a quick peek at what’s new.

Check out some adorable samples on Instagram/amusestudio,  HERE.

Have you picked a favorite? I have to say, Go Hog Wild has me jumping for joy… that adorable cow—I can’t get enough of her!!

I’ll have some of my own stamp art to show you too, this month!

Until next time…

 

clean and simple sunday no. 135 + treat idea

Last day of January and your last chance to pick up some cute Valentine stamp sets from the January Collection!

This last Valentine I have to share is sweet and simple and sends a hug and a kiss to the recipient…

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Using the From the Heart stamp set (again) to create this simple card design. I started with a cherry card base, added a sugar fish tail flag and popped that panel up with some foam adhesive. I stamped the XOXO in cherry ink and then the little sentiment below in Seattle ink. I added a few twinkle stickers and sequins to finish it off.

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These cards are very easy to mass produce and I think it would be fun to make some and send to friends to brighten their Valentine’s day!

I also thought it would be fun to share with you a little card set I made using the One in a Melon set from the January Collection. I used this set to create these cards, plus a little treat idea below…

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These cards are size A1 or 4Bar and measure about 3.5×5″ with a left-side fold. I colored in the fruit images with some new Zig clean color real brush markers that I got for Christmas and stamped the outlines and sentiments with Ranger Archival Black ink so the outlines wouldn’t smear.

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These were VERY quick and simple to make. I used one of the stitched circle dies offered by A Muse Studio to cut the round panels. I die cut the fruit shapes and popped them off the panel with foam squares. Can’t wait to send these out!

I was also thinking these would be fun to use to create Valentine treats for little ones to send to school, or even co-workers… who wouldn’t love to come in to work and find this on their desk! 🙂

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Very easy to put together using the Tag Bundle Die Set, a stitched circle die, some Pebble Petite Hex card stock and a little Valentine lollipop. These were just generic store brand lollipops that I picked up at Stop & Shop. If you have any specific questions about how I made these, please ask me in the comments. I’m happy to share.

The stamps sets featured in today’s post are only available through midnight tonight! You can check out the A Muse Studio January Collection flyer HERE and place an order by going HERE.

That’s it for today’s clean & simple post, however I WILL be back later today with details and a flyer for the new FEBRUARY COLLECTION from A Muse Studio, and of course, another cute card!

 

Watercolor Valentines

I promised some watercolor Valentine cards and wanted to share what I’ve been working on over the last week or so…

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These Valentines feature products from A Muse Studio, including the From the Heart stamp set and Scallop Heart dies out of the January Collection. These items are only available through January 31, 2016, but you can still get them HERE while there’s time.

So lets have a look at each card and I’ll describe how I created the watercolor background for each, using my Peerless Watercolors, which I talked about in more depth earlier this week in THIS post.

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For this Valentine, I started with a panel of watercolor paper & a mask. I cut a panel of regular copier paper the same size as my panel and cut the smaller heart from the Scallop Heart die set out of the center of the copier paper panel and taped it down over the watercolor panel. I then applied a layer of rubber cement over the heart shape in order to mask off the heart-shaped area. I removed the copier paper and once the heart-shaped rubber cemented area was dry I proceeded with the watercolor wash.

I took a square-ended brush and wet the area that I wanted to watercolor, then dipped my brush into some paint colors I’d arranged on my paint palette. I brushed these colors over the rubber cemented heart and let them blend naturally, starting with pink and using warmer tones as I moved toward the bottom. I like the free-hand, organic edge to the background created by wetting the area without a taped edge.

Once the background was dry, I rubbed off the rubber cement with my finger and used an archival black ink stamp pad to stamp the sentiment which is from the From the Heart stamp set. For the word “you” I just took the “You Make My Heart Happy” sentiment and only inked up the “you” before stamping it onto my project. I used some twinkle stickers and sequins to add a little bling.

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For this Valentine, I cut a small panel of watercolor paper and using Versamark ink + a background stamp image from the A Muse Studio Mod Backgrounds 2 stamp set I stamped the background and heat embossed it in clear embossing powder. I then taped the panel to a clip board (so I can move it around, instead of taping it to the desktop where I can’t move it) and washed over it with a paintbrush and some clean water. I then added some various blue watercolors to the wet area and the heat embossed design actually resists the color and shines through the background.

Once the panel was dry I cut some hearts using the Scallop Hearts dies, cut a sentiment strip and arranged these pieces on the panel. The button and twine + a few tiny sequins finish off the card.

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This last background was really fun to make!  I taped a panel of watercolor paper that was larger than an A2 card front (so that I could cut it down later for my card panel) to my clip board and wet the entire piece with my brush. I then dabbed on blue and pink paints, allowing the color to blend and puddle on the paper. Once I decided the panel had enough wet color, I placed a stencil I had from Hero Arts, on top of the wet watercolor and taped down the edges of the stencil to the clip board to hold it down. I allowed this to dry and when I came back to it a little later I pulled off the stencil and this background was the result. I love how it sort of fades to nothing toward the bottom.

To finish the card, I used that scallop heart die again to cut a white heart and the same stamp set, From the Heart, for the sentiment, stamping it in Ranger Archival black ink. I made a little nest of gold string I had in my craft stash and stuck that down on my project with a dab of adhesive and then using foam tape, attached that white heart over top. I finished it off with a few tiny sequins and twinkle stickers.

All of the cards in this series were created with neutral colored card bases to help the watercolor panels pop! I’m having fun exploring this watercolor medium and particularly love the Peerless watercolors. I have a few birthday cards coming up that showcase more watercolor, and another technique, which I will feature in a future post!

If you have any questions about how these cards were made or have comments on the cards please let me know in the comments! Would you like to see more? What about a card video? I’m thinking about creating videos of my card-making process and if this is something you’d like to see please let me know.

Until next time…

clean & simple sunday no. 134

Today I have another cute Valentine created from that same stamp set – From the Heart – out of the January Collection of products offered by A Muse Studio…

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I’ve been working with my Peerless watercolors over the last two weeks and having a total blast. To create the background on this card, I used some painter’s tape to adhere the edges of a panel of watercolor paper to a clip board. I then created a couple of pools of color on my paint palette, mixing dabs of peerless watercolor and water. I used a square-edged paint brush to wash a clean wash of water over my watercolor paper and then added each of the three colors in bands across the paper to get that variation in color.

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Once the watercolored panel was dry, I stamped on the sentiment in Archival Black ink. I used foam adhesive to attach the panel to the sky card base, which I scored using my score board to create that subtle grid texture on the front of the card. I finished off the card with some turquoise and pink sequins and some clear twinkle stickers.

The Peerless watercolors are extremely rich in color. I am so happy I made the investment and purchased them because they will last me forever and they are a great addition to my collection of watercolor mediums. I tend to reach for them more than any other watercolor pencils, markers or ink pads, especially lately!

A Muse Studio offers a set of Peerless Watercolors on page 81 of the current catalog. They retail for $22.50 and as I mentioned, they are worth every penny!

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An innovative, easy to use, easy to take along way to add self blending watercolors to your projects. Each sheet is 2×2 and it comes in these 40 colors. Amber Yellow, Cadmium Yellow, Chrome Orange, Chrome Yellow, Daffodil Yellow, Gamboge yellow, Golden Yellow, Marigold Yellow, Yellow Ochre, Alizarine Red, Arbutus Pink, Blood Red, Jackqueminot Red, Poinsettia Red, Rose Red, Scarlet Lake, Scarlet Vermilion, Tear Rose Pink, Alice Blue, Butterfly Wing Blue, Cobalt Blue, Forget-me-not Blue, Peacock Blue, Robin’s Egg Blue, Turquoise Blue, Amethyst, Heliotrope, Mauve, Chrome Green Deep, Grass Green, Hunters Green, Mountain Green, Myrtle Green, Olive Green, Viridian Green, Neutral Tint, Bismark Brown, Burnt Umber, Ecru, Warm Sepia

DSC_1900 copyThe photo above shows how I store my Peerless Watercolors— in a 6×8 album binder using the 3×4 (quad) pocket inserts (also offered by A Muse Studio, current catalog page 59). I put a watercolor paper card (3×4) with a swipe of the paint color at the bottom, into each pocket and then I stapled the color sheet to the outside of the pocket above the swipe. The colors on the paint sheets don’t show up on the sheet the way they will on the watercolor paper, so the swipe of color gives me a better representation of how the color will really look on my project. I also put a sticker on the card with the name of the color, just for reference.

I created a little series of watercolored Valentines that I’ll be sharing this week, so keep an eye out for that post if you’re interested. If you have any questions about Peerless Watercolors or my storage method, please let me know in the comments. Enjoy your Sunday!

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