New February Collection from A Muse Studio!

I love sharing the monthly collection flyers from A Muse Studio, and although we are now down to the last few hours we can order from the January Collection, the February Collection begins tomorrow, February 1st!

You can find the February Collection flyer from A Muse Studio right HERE.

This is a card I made using the Gnome Other stamp set from this new collection

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That little gnome is so cute and perfect for Spring! I’ll be sharing lots of ideas for using stamps from the February Collection in the coming weeks.

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.

CSS No.120 + A|S News!

I’m back from a little blogging break (ok, a BIG blogging break, but it gave me time to work on some other projects and now I’m back in my stamp studio, ready to share!), with a Clean & Simple Sunday card for today that showcases the Tweet Heart stamp set in some fun, Spring colors…

I love this little stamp set because although it was introduced during a Valentine promotion a couple of years ago, it’s versatile enough to be used in a variety of color combinations and themes, all year round, not just for Valentines.

In the card shown, I used a papaya card base and ink colors of pebble for the tree and bermuda for the little bird. Finished card size measures (4Bar) 3.5 x 5″, and fits perfectly in our 4Bar envelopes with the cute, curved flap!

Since I’ve been away for a while, I also have a few A Muse Studio News updates to share today…

APRIL COLLECTION | The April Collection is HERE and the theme is birthday! A Muse Studio turns 4 this month and the April Collection is great for getting a jump on your birthday card stash with a variety of images and some fun extras like the tall, skinny birthday candles offered this month. The items from this collection will be available through the end of April so get them while you can!  Special Note: This will be the last special MONTHLY COLLECTION until September. Monthly Collections will resume September 1 and continue monthly through the end of 2015, so more to come!

NATIONAL CONFERENCE + NEW CATALOG RELEASE |  The A|S National Conference for consultants will be held May 1-3 in Colorado Springs, CO. I will be attending this year and look forward to sharing all the news from A|S!  One of the big treats of attending the conference is getting a first look at the new Annual Catalog + all of the fun new samples of stamp art using new products! I will be bringing all of that back home to share with YOU! I will be holding a preview event on Sunday, May 31st so save the date! More information on that to come…

RETIRING STAMP LIST |  With a new catalog coming less then two months away we need to say good bye to some of our old favorites—out with the old and in with the new!  A|S is retiring 103 stamp sets this year and you can download the complete list HERE. They will be offering another progressive sale to reduce their inventory so if there are sets that you’d like to add to your stamp stash before they’re gone, check this out:

There will be three discount periods:

April 15 to 30………………… save 25%
May 1 to 15………………… save 35%
May 16 to 31……………….. save 50%

You can shop this sale through my secure web store— http://www.amusestudio.com/stampshop and items will ship right to your door anywhere in the U.S. by USPS priority flat rate mail. I’m sorry we do not yet offer international shipping.

Tweet Heart (featured in the card above) is one of the stamp sets that WILL be retiring. Currently still available while supplies last!

Enjoy your Sunday, and hopefully a little stamping, too!

Kris

eat dessert first…

Hello there!  Today I’m playing over at the CAS-ology blog where they’ve posted a challenge to make cards with a dessert theme….

Week 56 - Dessert

Since I’ve been laying off the literal desserts, I thought it would be fun to make a card showcasing something sweet. I think my favorite  part is enjoying the “cuteness” without the calories!

I chose to use the Hey Cupcake stamp set from A Muse|Studio for my delicious creation…

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The base card is in blush with a panel of slate as the mounting for the image. I was able to work completely out of my scrap paper system for this card!  I found a scrap of sugar card stock and stamped the cupcake wrapper in Memento Tuxedo Black ink since I was planning to color it in with Copic markers, and chose grapefruit ink for the frosting color.

“When I color something, with any type of marker
or water brush, if I’m also planning to cut it out,
I always color it first, then cut it out.”

I used RV02, RV11 and RV14 to color the frosting wrapper and Y11 and Y13 for the little peek of cupcake under the frosting. I cut out the wrapper and frosting pieces and attached them to each other with tape runner and then to the slate panel with foam squares.

The sentiment is from Say It With Style and I added a little bling with two pink sparkle stickers on each side of the sentiment. I hope you’ll pop over to CAS-ology today and have a little fun with this challenge, too… submission ends Sunday at 4PM!

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~Just a reminder that Holiday Hoopla! kicks off this week on Thursday, August 15th~
This means increased hostess benefits for anyone hosting a workshop between 8/15 and 10/15!

You can begin ordering out of the brand new Holiday Catalog, now available as a download in the right margin of my blog——–>>

Orders can be placed at your convenience through my secure web store— HERE

Thanks so much!

 

 

 

clean and simple sunday no. 84

Back again this week with another clean and simple card design…

This card features the A Muse Studio Mod Backgrounds 1 stamp set, mermaid and lime inks and a mermaid card base. Now this card could have easily been created as a single layer card, but I do like the finished look of the base card in a different color to create a mat for the stamped panel.

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This is such a fun masking technique!  I took a piece of vellum, but you could easily use a piece of printer paper or some other thin paper, and cut two rectangles that measure the about the same size as a standard card front (4.25 x 5.5″). This size is easy to work with and it provides good masking coverage. I then used my Spellbinders circle dies, the second and third smallest circles in the package and cut one in the center of one of the pieces of vellum and the other size circle in the center of the other piece of vellum. I used these vellum pieces with the circle cut in the center as a stencil and by using the vellum card stock I was able to see through the paper for placement of the circles.

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The first step is to choose a sentiment and stamp it on the panel where you would like it to appear. I chose a sentiment from the Southern Sass set and stamped it in onyx ink. I then took two of the background images from Mod Backgrounds 1 stamp set and inked one in lime and one in mermaid ink. I placed the vellum stencil of the larger circle over my white card stock panel and stamped the mermaid background over top of the stencil so it would create the circle of mermaid polka dots. You’ll need to apply more pressure than usual when using a stencil in order for the background image to imprint along the edges. I did the same thing using the lime ink and the flower background stamp through the smaller circled vellum stencil.

To create the partial circles near the sentiment, I simply used a post it note to mask over the letters, then layered on the vellum circle stencil and then stamped the background image through the stencil. The post-it protects the letters from becoming covered with ink.

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Once the circles were stamped, to define them a bit, I took a sponge and dabbed it lightly on the lime ink, placed the stencil back over the stamped circles and then very gently swiped ink from the outside edges into the center in a circular motion bringing the ink around the outside edge of the stencil. I did this for each of the circles I stamped.

The finishing touch was to add some blue-green sparkle stickers from the assorted round pack. Just a little bling to add a bit more interest! I hope this card inspires you to use your background images in a new way…

 

clean and simple sunday no. 80

This week I am participating in a clean & simple “Congratulations” card challenge over at the  CAS-ual Fridays blog…

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I came up with this design for my contribution to the challenge…

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They didn’t specify what type of congratulations so I took the liberty of creating a baby card to congratulate new parents!

The rhino image is from the A Muse|Studio Little Peanut set, the sentiment from Say it in Style. I chose a color combination of bermuda, slate and saffron (although I agree that it looks more like melon than saffron in the photo, for any of you who noticed). I used Copic markers to color, outlining the rhino with BG10 to give him some depth.

To give the card design some interest, I trimmed the base card to 5″ wide instead of the usual 5-1/2″ and attached the stamped panel so that it over-hangs the edge of the base card a bit. By trimming the base card, this design will still fit into a standard A2-size envelope!

There is still plenty of time for you to pop over to the CAS-ual Fridays blog to participate in this fun, little, clean & simple challenge, if you wish!  The inspiration alone is worth the visit! Thanks so much for stopping by today to check out the clean & simple Sunday post at Checkerberry Lane Studio! I love when you visit!