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


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!


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.

A|S Spring Patterned Papers – Card #3

Today I am sharing the last of the three cards in my little Patterned Paper Series…and my favorite of the three I shared here this week…

a muse studio spring patterned papers + butterfly

For this card, I started off with a base card in mushroom. (I think slate would have been an even better choice but I didn’t have any of that color so I went with mushroom as my dark neutral base for some nice contrast, and it worked out fine.)

I cut 1/2″ strips of 6 different patterns that contained similar colors. I chose some of the darker patterns so that the white butterfly would show up well against the patterned background. I cut a scrap of card stock to measure 2.75×3.50″ and covered it with Tombow adhesive. I then applied the patterned paper strips across the sticky surface of my scrap on the diagonal, making sure to line up the edges of each pattern so they were snug against each other.

Once the entire scrap was covered, I turned it over and trimmed off the papers that hung over the edge and when I flipped it back over I had this great little piece of covered card stock to use as a background!

I glued the patterned piece to another piece of sugar card stock as a mat, stamped my sentiment (from the Enjoy the Ride stamp set), and to finish it off, applied the largest butterfly of the butterfly trio die set to the card front with a glue dot, using sparkle stickers for the body.

a muse studio spring patterned papers

I love the blast of color that the patterned papers add to the background without being completely overwhelming. I think the solid, white butterfly is just the right embellishment for this card. It adds some crisp contrast that wouldn’t exist if the butterfly had been stamped with a pattern or sprayed with Splash!

Love it—so happy to share it with you today!  I hope these patterned paper cards I’ve shared this week help to inspire you in your own card projects.


A|S Spring Patterned Paper – Card #2

Today I have another card to showcase some of that beautiful patterned paper from the New A|S Spring Accessories Guide. For this particular card, I chose one of the more neutral colored papers and used it to cover my card front. I stamped my sentiment (from the Love Machines stamp set) onto a strip of sugar and used the tiny scalloped border to cut the edge. I glued that directly to my card base.

a muse studio spring patterned paper

The yellow flower was cut with our Flowers 1 die set, the smallest and largest flower cut out of A|S felt. Cutting the flower from felt instead of more card stock adds a unique embellishment to the card with the softness and dimension. I tied some twine to an A|S button and glued that to the center of the flower before adhering it to the card base.

a muse studio spring patterned paper

The finishing touch was to add a few of those pearl sequins to the card to add a little bit of sparkle.

I have one more card to share that showcases a fun way to use the patterned papers–you won’t want to miss this one! I’ll see you back here on Friday with the last card in this little series!

A|S Spring Patterned Paper – Card #1

Today, I thought I would start to share a series of cards I made recently that feature the new Spring patterned paper packet from A Muse Studio.  (You can find this little gem in the Spring Accessories Guide and order through my web store HERE.) I’ve been having a lot of fun with these papers and wanted to give you some  ideas for incorporating them into your handmade card projects.

The patterns in this paper packet are a bit different for A|S —many incorporate several colors in each pattern. This feature offers increased versatility because you can create cards pulling your color scheme out of the pattern and create lots of different color combinations.

For the card I’m sharing today, I chose a base card of lichen card stock, a panel of sugar and sewn to the sugar panel with my sewing machine and some white thread is a little paper banner made out of a few of the patterns from the new A|S Spring patterned paper packet.

a muse studio spring patterned paper enjoy the ride

I have been wanting to try sewing on card stock for a long time and finally took the opportunity to do so when I was putting this card together. I used a bit of Tombow tape adhesive to hold the banner pieces in place while I ran the sugar panel through my sewing machine. It was much easier than I expected, didn’t even need to adjust the tension! I was very surprised…

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The sentiment is that cute typewriter font from the Enjoy the Ride stamp set and I embellished with a few silver sequins glued on with some clear glaze to add some shimmer and detail.

I have a few more cards to share this week, showcasing more of those lovely A|S patterned papers so check back if you are not a regular subscriber, or sign up in the right margin for free so you don’t miss a thing!

clean & simple sunday no. 87

The clean and simple card for today features the berry image from A Muse|Studio’s Beautiful Botanicals 2 stamp set…

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I’ve been enjoying the silouette-style achieved when you stamp a solid botanical image in black ink, but today I wanted to try something lighter. I chose panels of mermaid and did some heat embossing of the images using Versamark ink and white embossing powder. I then matted these mermaid panels onto a panel of onyx to give the design a crisp edge and bump up the contrast. The sentiment this week is not from A|S but instead I used a sentiment from the Hero Arts Birthday Messages stamp set. I finished off the card with a bit of polka dot organdy ribbon.

I can’t believe we’re already into the last week of August! Back to school next week and soon the leaves will start to turn…That means we need to start thinking about what we’ll make for Christmas cards this year!! I hope you’re enjoying the new Holiday Stamp Catalog from A Muse|Studio. I have been working on my first annual Holiday Card Series to showcase some of the fabulous new A|S stamp sets, some of the older holiday sets and to give you lots of creative inspiration for your own holiday cards this year! The series will start posting sometime in September and this year it will run for 12 consecutive days. All new designs, created especially for you and the series!! Can’t wait to share. 🙂


clean & simple sunday no. 86

Another clean & simple Sunday!  No challenges this week, just a card I’ve been thinking about making and finally thought to put together…


This card features the Modern Zinnia stamp set from A Muse Studio. I used a base card and ink in eucalyptus and stamped the smaller, solid modern zinnia from the set on a kraft card stock panel. I used the scalloped border dies to cut the scalloped edge in vanilla card stock and hand cut a little vanilla flag to stamp on the sentiment. I added a french roast button and some french roast baker’s twine and finished off the design by adding a dashed line border with my signo white gel pen. This is a simple design element that really adds a nice finish to the card. Enjoy your Sunday  and I’ll be back later in the week with some holiday card inspiration featuring a few of the new holiday stamp sets!