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…


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.


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…


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.


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! 🙂


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!


clean & simple sunday no. 133

Another cute Valentine to share using stamps from the A Muse Studio January Collection…

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For this card, I used the From the Heart stamp set out of the January Collection, both the sentiment and the arrow image. The wiener dog is from the Welcome to the Neighborhood stamp set and the balloon around his tail is from the Hooray stamp set.

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When you make a collage-style card, where you are grouping different images together, it’s fun to shop your stash and see what you have from different stamp sets that might go together. I knew I wanted to make a Valentine that incorporated this little Doxie image. We have a Doxie and I’m going to give this card to my husband, he’ll love it!


This is our Dolly girl…Whenever Joe is sitting somewhere in the house, Dolly is on his lap. We call him the “dog magnet”. She LOVES being petted and insists on it!

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So this is the card for this week! I have more Valentines coming using this great new Collection from A Muse Studio!


You can check out the Collection HERE in full color.

You can shop for A Muse Studio products through my secure shop HERE.

Thanks so much for taking a look today! You comments are always welcome ~ I love and so appreciate your feedback.



Clean & Simple Sunday No. 129 – November Collection!

October was the kick off for “craft fair season” here on Checkerberry Lane… I participated in three different craft fairs during October and have two more to go, one in November and one in December, here in Connecticut.

This is a peek at my craft fair display… it actually looks a little bit different at every fair depending on what I’m offering for sale and if the fair provides a table or if I bring my own. Those vintage suitcases help to draw in customers as well as that cute banner…it makes my display feel like a party!

So that’s what has been keeping me busy the last few weeks, but I’m back today with another Clean and Simple Sunday card this week, featuring a stamp set from our new NOVEMBER Collection

This stamp set is called Forest Friends… so adorable and sweet! It comes with quite a few outline images of different forest animals, two evergreen trees and several sentiments.

Forest Friends   AMS-216 thru AMS-220


I colored in the images in my sample using my Copic markers and then used the corresponding dies to die cut the images. I also used the landscape dies + the scalloped border dies and a wrap of peppermint baker’s twine to finish it off.

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All products from the November Collection are now available to order through my secure web store –

You can order items from the November Collection from today straight through until November 30th at midnight. Orders ship directly to your door, anywhere in the USA.

Thanks for sharing part of your day with me!  See you again soon!


clean & simple sunday no. 127

Hello everyone! Back today with a clean, fresh design using the Love & Thanks stamp set and dies…


The flowers and leaves in this set are so sweet and whimsical! They look amazing in many different color combinations. I chose a base card of SHELL and ink colors of SAGE and BERRY to create this housewarming card. The circle dot image and the Home Sweet Home were stamped with Versamark ink and heat embossed in gold. I love how the doily adds some extra daintiness to the design.

I’ll be back next Sunday with some holiday designs–both Halloween and Christmas!  Until then…

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…


Color Challenge Wednesday No. 32 – Birthday

Geez… it’s been about a YEAR since I posted a color challenge so I am back today to offer you a cute card design in a fresh, summer color palette that works great for a variety of card themes. I chose birthday since I always seem to need a birthday card…


For this card I used A Muse Studio colors Buttercup, Sky, Mermaid and Apple with a little bit of Onyx as the neutral. I used the Bitty Banner dies to cut the banner shapes out of some of our patterned card stocks, including our new apple petite hex and our new sky reverse polka dots. The sentiment is from the Hooray stamp set. The little flower on the middle banner is from the Love and Thanks stamp set with coordinating dies. I finished it off with a pointed strip using the pinking border die in medium and a few of the new 4mm sequins in buttercup.

I hope you’ll give this color palette a try during your next card-making session–I feel happy just looking at this card!

In case you missed this little news flash from my last post… it’s coming and it’s better than ever! Can’t wait to share!


Clean and Simple Sunday No. 122 – Snail & Co.

Today I’m sharing another one of my favorite stamp sets as we continue the “farewell parade” and put some attention on the wonderful products that are currently retiring from A Muse Studio. You can see the entire list with updates as of April 16th right HERE.

This little sweetie measure 3.5 x 5″ finished size, with the fold on the left. I used all images from the Snail & Co. stamp set to create the little scene on the rectangular stitched panel (which is actually the card catalogue tag die from the February Monthly Collection). I used some tiny twinkle stickers to embellish the center of each flower, and a dash of diamond glitter on the butterfly.

This stamp set is available while supplies last through the Retirement Sale, ending May 31st, just in time for the brand new 2015-16 A Muse Studio Catalog & Idea Book to arrive.

Enjoy your Sunday!

Until next time…Kris