clean & simple sunday no. 85

Today I pulled out the A|S Charming Gardeners stamp set and thought I’d play around a little bit with my Copic markers…


I started with a panel of sugar card stock and stamped the poppy image in Memento tuxedo black ink. I used YR00, YR04 and YR07 to color in the poppies. I really need to learn more about coloring with Copics since my image can certainly use some improvement, but I tried to blend the colors a little bit to add some dimension.

I stamped “Celebrate” from the special edition Eat Cake stamp set that A|S was giving to hostesses during the A|S birthday celebration earlier this year. I little strip of sage and part of a scalloped circle from my scrap bin helped to add a bit more color to this white on white card design. The little sparkles and a bit of onyx baker’s twine I’m hoping add just the right amount of shine and pattern to give the card interest.

clean & simple sunday #47

I’ve been having some fun with the “negative” pieces that result when I cut a die shape using one of the A|S die sets. For this week’s C&SS card, I chose to create a birthday card using the largest star shape in the Star Trio die set. I cut the star out of a 4×5.25″ piece of sugar card stock…

I then added this panel to a card base of orange petite polka dot card stock using foam squares to pop it off the base and add dimension, stamped the sentiment from Birthday Greetings in orange ink and then added an ocean 1/4″ stitched grosgrain ribbon to embellish.

Many of the A|S shaped dies would look great on this card—for any occasion, not just birthday. A|S offers swallows, hearts, butterflies, flowers and a candy box die set with a variety of great holiday images!  Try whichever dies you have on hand and see the great results of using the “negative” from your die cut image.  Enjoy this idea…and the rest of your weekend!

color challenge wednesday #21

The color challenge for today is to use medium green, light blue-green and chocolate brown (A|S colors: sage, sky & french roast) in one of your card designs…

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This card features stamps from both the Sunny Side of Life and the Essential Sentiments stamp sets. I love using a single border scallop to add some weight to the base of my stamped panel. The darker the color of the scallop, the more weight it adds to really draw the eye down.

The ribbon on the paper clip is a great way to balance out the design and add some interest. If you don’t happen to have a border image like the flower silhouette in this example, this card design also works great with multiples of the same image, such as one flower on a stem repeated several times across the white strip or even a random stamped pattern of small, medium and large images all over the panel in coordinating colors.

A fresh, natural color scheme and a very versatile card design this week!  Have fun with it, and if you feel like sharing your creation, email it to me at I would love to see what you’ve been up to!

clean & simple sunday #45

This week I am working on some birthday cards because it never hurts to have a few extra on hand…

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Today’s clean & simple design features a bold sentiment from the Birthday Greetings stamp set. The base card is in wheat, the party hat in bermuda polka dot c.s. and the ink is cherry. I cut a little triangle freehand for my party hat and used a little row of star sparkles to embellish the party hat as well as some tiny strips of cherry c.s. that I glued together to make the little fringe at the point. I popped the party hat off the panel with foam squares and used cherry & white baker’s twine as the finishing touch on this sweet and simple birthday card.

color challenge wednesday #17

The color scheme for the challenge this week is— black, white and pink (A|S colors: onyx, sugar, and shell)…

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I used the Hey Cupcake! stamp set from A Muse|Studio… the base card is black with a layered panel of pink and white. The white panel I put in the polka dot embossing folder and ran it through my Big Shot Sizzix machine.  I wrapped a black satin ribbon around the white panel before adhering it to the pink. The stamped image was stamped in two pieces. The base of the cupcake was stamped in Memento black ink on shell card stock and cut out. The frosting was stamped in Memento black in on white card stock and also trimmed out, but before trimming this piece I used my BG10 Copic marker to add some definition and the hit those lines with my quickie glue pen and dusted with glitter to sparkle up the frosting. (It is usually easier to color and glitter a component BEFORE you cut it out). I layered the cupcake together and popped it up with a foam square. The black & white patterned cardstock is the shimmer damask in black. The pattern gives just the right amount of texture to make the card a little more interesting and sophisticated and I used more foam square to pop up this panel. I stamped “hey cupcake” on a little strip of card stock and hand-cut the banner shape with scissors.

This is one of my favorite color combinations for female birthday cards. There’s something so sharp, classy and feminine about these colors together. The light pink could always be swapped out for a darker or brighter pink, too… just use what you have and enjoy the results!

color challenge wednesday #12

This week, I made a birthday card (using the Hey Cupcake stamp set) for someone special who I met through my adventures with A Muse|Studio and who will be celebrating her birthday this coming weekend… (Happy Birthday, Michelle!)

I enjoyed this color combination so much I decided to post it for this week’s color challenge!  This card combines pastels from the Spring color palette in pink, yellow, green and blue (A|S colors: shell, lemon whip, lichen and sky)… so perfect for the first full day of Spring! Bring on the forsythia and daffodils and have a little fun using a Spring color combination in your stamping this week!

color challenge wednesday #7

For this week’s color challenge I chose light blue, light green, pink and plum (A|S colors:  sky, lichen, shell, and heather).

I stamped the cupcake on lichen card stock and then used detail scissors to cut it out. I stamped the frosting on shell card stock, outlined the edges of the frosting with my Copic BG10 marker to give it some definition and then colored the whole piece with glue and dusted it with diamond glitter before cutting it out. When I added it to the white panel, I attached it with foam squares so it stood off the panel. The heather scallop just adds a detail of interest. This stamp set is one of the new sets for 2012 and its called Hey Cupcake!