clean & simple sunday no. 131

It’s another clean and simple Sunday here on CheckerberryLane and today I wanted to share an idea for a clean and simple Christmas ornament…

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I used the maple tags from A Muse Studio as a base for the ornaments. These are round, flat disks of sanded maple and they give a nice weight to the ornaments. The snowflakes were cut out of coaster board using the Snowflake Trio Too dies (the largest die). The coaster board has a subtle texture and it’s thicker than regular card stock.

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These ornaments have a very natural look to them, especially if you add the white button and the natural twine as a hanger. You can certainly color and sparkle these ornaments up with Copics, Splash! ink, glitter and twinkle stickers, but I chose to leave mine natural.

These would be pretty on any Christmas tree, as a cute package tie-on or even to give as a gift! If you’d like to make some, I’ve created a printable tutorial you can download for free.

Download the free tutorial right HERE

All products used to make these ornaments (except for the hot glue gun) are A Muse Studio and you can order the supplies HERE. They’ll ship USPS priority flat rate mail, right to your door, anywhere in the U.S.A. Our BLACK FRIDAY SALE continues through December 7th while supplies last. Take advantage of steep discounts on some super cute stamp sets and stamp+die bundles!

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Please note: A Muse Studio headquarters is moving to North Carolina. As a result, the last day of shipping in 2015 will be Dec 18th. Please have all orders for Christmas delivery into A Muse Studio by December 17th. You can still place orders with A|S after 12/17, however they will not ship out until the first week in January, 2016, when operations are back up and running. Thanks so much for your patience! Congratulations and Happy New Year to A Muse Studio!!

 

Clean & Simple Sunday No. 130

There’s a seasonable nip in the air this morning on Checkerberry Lane and although I’m not in any hurry to have snow, this stamp set was calling to me…  A Muse Studio’s Flaky Friends

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The blush, cherry and sky color palette adds to the whimsy of this winter-themed/holiday card and the lack of front sentiment makes me want to open it!  The matching die set makes cutting out the snowman and those adorable mittens, a total snap! I used the little snowflake images from the set to create the falling snow background on the base card, stamping them in sky ink. I used Copic markers to color in the snowman elements and some left over bunny bums from one of the spring collections to create the snowballs. A little wrap of peppermint twine finishes off the design.

I hope you feel inspired to enjoy a little stamping fun today.

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You can order all of the products I used to create this card, out of our Holiday Catalog.  For more fun, stamping inspiration from A Muse Studio, and to shop anytime 24/7 with delivery right to your door:  http://www.amusestudio.com/stampshop.

clean and simple sunday no. 128

Hello! I’m back again this Sunday with another Clean & Simple post, this time showcasing TWO cards instead of one since there are so many fabulous new stamp sets from the A Muse Studio Holiday Catalog that I want to share…

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This first card features our new stitched circle dies + the brand new pinking circle dies and images from the Halloween in our Town stamp set. The sentiment is from the Spooky Girlfriend stamp set.

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This card features poinsettia images from the Holiday Greenery stamp set, with a sentiment from Christmas in our Town.

If you have questions about supplies used on these cards please leave them in the comments. I’m always happy to answer questions about stamping and A Muse Studio products. Thanks for taking a look today!  Until next time…

 

 

DIY Mason Jar Floral Centerpieces

As someone who enjoys a creative challenge, I jumped at the chance to help my sweet cousin, Karen, when she offered to make floral centerpieces for her friend Rebecca’s surprise bridal shower. She knew she wanted to use mason jars and the shower colors were bright and cheerful, so choosing flowers would be easy, she just needed some ideas for making them extra special. We talked it over, I gave her a few suggestions, and this was the final result…

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We were both VERY happy with the way they turned out. She did the flower arranging, choosing colorful zinnias from a local shop and filling in the arrangements with hydrangeas and black-eyed suzies from her own back yard. I created the “jar wraps” using stamps and supplies from A Muse|Studio.  Lets have a closer look…

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The jars are the regular, one quart ball mason jars.  I took a 3.5″ paper doily from A|S plus a few glue dots and stuck the doily to the jar. I then wrapped some natural twine around the jar a couple of times, threading in a hand-stamped tag with the bride & groom’s first initials. Since it was a simple backyard shower and the bride is a rustic-loving girl, we kept the design sweet and simple.

I used the Beatrice Alphabet stamp set from the January 2015 Monthly Collection to stamp the initials and then the foliage wreath from the Bee Happy stamp set found in our regular catalog. I used a Versamark ink pad and then heat embossed the initials and wreath with white embossing powder on onyx card stock to make them look like little chalk board tags. Although it might be difficult to see in the photos, the black tags were also trimmed with a scalloped panel in kraft card stock to add a little detail. These were hole punched and tied onto the mason jars with the natural twine. I then anchored them to the doily with some additional glue dots. Karen then arranged the flowers and then filled the jars with water, placing them in the refrigerator overnight so they would still be fresh for the shower the following day.

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This is a photo of one of the jars on a table before everyone arrived, including the bride-to-be. She was REALLY tickled when she saw the initials on the mason jars. Everyone loved the arrangements and Karen received lots of compliments! It was a lovely backyard shower with lots of love and congrats for the Bride-to-be and simple details like the flower arrangements to help make the celebration even more special.

If you’d like to order the supplies from A Muse Studio to create something like this for your own party you can do that right HERE. If you’d like to look at our current annual catalog you can see it and download it HERE.

I always welcome your comments and love to hear feedback! Thanks for taking a look!

Until next time…

Clean & Simple Sunday No. 126 | Love & Thanks

The release of the A Muse Studio Holiday Catalog is only two days away, and my design team friends and I have been working on samples and design team assignments and all things Halloween and Christmas for several weeks now! I have to say, I’ve been loving every minute!! The holiday catalog is always my favorite release of the year and I love the offerings from A Muse Studio this year. Have you seen all of the sneak peeks on the A|S blog and instagram?!  So exciting to see new stamps, dies and embellishments!

Last night, after immersing myself in Halloween all day, I was trying to switch gears to put a card together for today’s post and I came across this lovely card on Pinterest by Debby Hughes. I was instantly inspired!!

It excites me to take a card designed by someone else and make it my own, especially when I’m dealing with a little “stampers block”. I thought her design and use of embellishments was so clean and simple and BEAUTIFUL!!  I know I’ll be using this overall card design again in the future, probably for some holiday cards, so keep an eye out for it!

For my version of this card design, I used some petite pinstripe card stock in slate as my base card, a panel of sky to stamp on and both the Love & Thanks stamp set and coordinating dies + the new  Happy Thoughts stamp set (sentiment).

   

I can’t get enough of the sentiments in this Happy Thoughts stamp set and I find myself going back to Love & Thanks again and again. The botanicals are very versatile and work well with almost any sentiment in our catalog!

If you live in the U.S. and would like to purchase any of the A Muse Studio supplies I used for today’s clean and simple card you can shop A|S right HERE.

fancybox-h15-arrives1septBe sure to check back here on Tuesday when the brand new holiday catalog will be available for download! I might even have a few card samples to share!

Until then…

 

Clean & Simple Sunday No. 125 | C’est La Vie

Listening to the “Smooth Jazz Brunch” on my local radio station this morning to bring you another clean and simple card using a sweet stamp set from our new annual catalog… C’est La Vie:

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This set is a new favorite of mine, though it’s been in the annual catalog for a couple of years now. I love the sketchy cityscape image paired with several swirly/romantic font greetings. Personal StationeryI find that with this particular stamp set it’s very easy to create several cute cards for many different occasions using just this one stamp set—a nice, easy way to stretch your stamping dollars!

In the card I created above, I also used a small strip of one of the rose patterned papers from the Everything’s Rosy 6×6 paper packet. The papers in that packet are very bold so I try to only use them in small quantity on a card design to help add interest or color, or both, in the case of the card above. This also stretches my budget because the paper lasts a long time, using it in small amounts.

I hope this card inspires you to do a little stamping this weekend…

If you wish to purchase the stamp set, patterned paper and any other supplies to make this card, you can SHOP HERE.

Until next time!

Party Fun Friday No. 1 – School Days

I was thinking about all of the wonderful party supply items offered by A Muse Studio and the way that many of the stamp sets lend themselves well to different party themes. DIY party is EVERYWHERE! In this blog series, once a month, I’m going to show you how you can take one or two A Muse Studio stamp sets and put them together with some of our party supply items, to create clever, cohesive party elements that would make an ordinary event super special!

Starting off the series, I chose our School Days stamp set, brand new in the 2015-16 catalog…

Many grade-school aged children have class room parties or room mother events where a snack is asked to be provided…

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Here I took a bottle of water and wrapped a 2″ strip of petite polka dot card stock around/over the label and added a stitched circle die shape with a pencil stamped in the center.  I colored the stamped images with plain, old colored pencils. I then taped a cute straw to the side of the bottle with washi tape.  For the fish crackers, I put them in a cello bag and just created a 3 x 4″ bag topper which I scored at the 1.5″ mark with the 3″ end against the bottom of my score board so the folded panel measures 4 x 1.5″. I stapled the topper to the cello bag. I  then stamped an apple into a stitched circle die and colored it in before attaching it to the center of that folded topper, covering the staple.

These were super fast and very easy to put together! Doing multiples of these for a classroom of kids would take very little extra time and look how cute! The only thing cuter than seeing these two in the photo are seeing multiples of each, ready for school!

Now I know some of you are thinking “why would I do that for a bunch of kids who wouldn’t even appreciate it?” and that’s a valid point, because many of them wouldn’t even notice, however, I think the teacher would notice and appreciate your effort to make it fun and special, and it adds a little bit of festivity to an otherwise routine classroom event. I think that anytime you can add stamping to something, you should!! It makes people happy!!

Anyway, this little example of a treat ensemble translates well to other events too, not just school… these water bottles all dressed up in a theme can add a really special element to a buffet or beverage table at ANY event. The single-serving cello bag snacks are also cute in a basket on a buffet, you get the idea…

Oh! And don’t forget the teacher…

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The globe image and special teacher sentiment are also part of the School Days stamp set! This set also has coordinating dies to make cutting quick and easy. One stamp set, three little projects and cute way to dress up a classroom snack.