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!


clean & simple sunday no. 134

Today I have another cute Valentine created from that same stamp set – From the Heart – out of the January Collection of products offered by A Muse Studio…


I’ve been working with my Peerless watercolors over the last two weeks and having a total blast. To create the background on this card, I used some painter’s tape to adhere the edges of a panel of watercolor paper to a clip board. I then created a couple of pools of color on my paint palette, mixing dabs of peerless watercolor and water. I used a square-edged paint brush to wash a clean wash of water over my watercolor paper and then added each of the three colors in bands across the paper to get that variation in color.


Once the watercolored panel was dry, I stamped on the sentiment in Archival Black ink. I used foam adhesive to attach the panel to the sky card base, which I scored using my score board to create that subtle grid texture on the front of the card. I finished off the card with some turquoise and pink sequins and some clear twinkle stickers.

The Peerless watercolors are extremely rich in color. I am so happy I made the investment and purchased them because they will last me forever and they are a great addition to my collection of watercolor mediums. I tend to reach for them more than any other watercolor pencils, markers or ink pads, especially lately!

A Muse Studio offers a set of Peerless Watercolors on page 81 of the current catalog. They retail for $22.50 and as I mentioned, they are worth every penny!

watercolorpeerlesslg  peerless watercolor 2×2 sheets – 40 colors -#MWCPER2

An innovative, easy to use, easy to take along way to add self blending watercolors to your projects. Each sheet is 2×2 and it comes in these 40 colors. Amber Yellow, Cadmium Yellow, Chrome Orange, Chrome Yellow, Daffodil Yellow, Gamboge yellow, Golden Yellow, Marigold Yellow, Yellow Ochre, Alizarine Red, Arbutus Pink, Blood Red, Jackqueminot Red, Poinsettia Red, Rose Red, Scarlet Lake, Scarlet Vermilion, Tear Rose Pink, Alice Blue, Butterfly Wing Blue, Cobalt Blue, Forget-me-not Blue, Peacock Blue, Robin’s Egg Blue, Turquoise Blue, Amethyst, Heliotrope, Mauve, Chrome Green Deep, Grass Green, Hunters Green, Mountain Green, Myrtle Green, Olive Green, Viridian Green, Neutral Tint, Bismark Brown, Burnt Umber, Ecru, Warm Sepia

DSC_1900 copyThe photo above shows how I store my Peerless Watercolors— in a 6×8 album binder using the 3×4 (quad) pocket inserts (also offered by A Muse Studio, current catalog page 59). I put a watercolor paper card (3×4) with a swipe of the paint color at the bottom, into each pocket and then I stapled the color sheet to the outside of the pocket above the swipe. The colors on the paint sheets don’t show up on the sheet the way they will on the watercolor paper, so the swipe of color gives me a better representation of how the color will really look on my project. I also put a sticker on the card with the name of the color, just for reference.

I created a little series of watercolored Valentines that I’ll be sharing this week, so keep an eye out for that post if you’re interested. If you have any questions about Peerless Watercolors or my storage method, please let me know in the comments. Enjoy your Sunday!


You can download a copy of the current A Muse Studio catalog + January Collection flyer at my blog, just click on it in the right margin.


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. 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:



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!

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

clean & simple sunday no. 118

Back this week with another clean & simple Sunday card, participating in a new challenge over at the CAS-ual Fridays Blog, this time using a set from the brand new A Muse Studio-February Monthly Collection…


This stamp set is called Happiness Blooms, and it sure does when you pair this stamp set with watercolor!
I stamped the tulip pitcher image using archival black ink on piece of watercolor paper. I used my waterbrush and A|S Splash! inks in grapefruit, lime, winter sky and slate to color in the image outline. A simple wrap of twine is the only embellishment this week. I popped up the watercolored panel from the shell card base using 3D foam squares and chomped the upper right corner to finish it off.

You can browse the FEBRUARY MONTHLY COLLECTION flyer right HERE. The items in this collection will only be available for a short time— order by February 28th at midnight to get the items you want! You can order right HERE anytime you like, items ship right to your door, anywhere in the U.S.

Thanks for having a look this week! Head on over to the CAS-ual Friday’s Blog to see more watercolor card inspiration…  until next time!

clean & simple sunday no. 110

I know the kids are back in school and all of the holiday stamping catalogs are releasing this month, but the weather has it still feeling like summer here in New England! I used a couple of oldie but goodie stamp sets for my clean and simple card this week— Snail & Co. + Life’s A Breeze…I’ll have lots of holiday card inspiration for you in the coming weeks, but for now I’m not quite ready to put summer away!


Starting with a sky panel, I stamped the grass image from the Snail & Co. set using grass ink, added a torn strip of pebble card stock and then stamped a little crab from the Life’s A Breeze stamp set in apple ink. I stamped the sentiment (also from Life’s a Breeze) in seattle ink on a strip of sugar card stock and cut the little fish tail with scissors before popping it up on the stamped panel with some foam adhesive.

Just looking at this card makes me want to go to Cape Cod…(smile)

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!


A Muse Studio Creative Consultant #1340
Glastonbury, Connecticut