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!

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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!

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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. 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.

clean and simple sunday no. 128

Hello! I’m back again this Sunday with another Clean & Simple post, this time showcasing TWO cards instead of one since there are so many fabulous new stamp sets from the A Muse Studio Holiday Catalog that I want to share…

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This first card features our new stitched circle dies + the brand new pinking circle dies and images from the Halloween in our Town stamp set. The sentiment is from the Spooky Girlfriend stamp set.

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This card features poinsettia images from the Holiday Greenery stamp set, with a sentiment from Christmas in our Town.

If you have questions about supplies used on these cards please leave them in the comments. I’m always happy to answer questions about stamping and A Muse Studio products. Thanks for taking a look today!  Until next time…

 

 

DIY Mason Jar Floral Centerpieces

As someone who enjoys a creative challenge, I jumped at the chance to help my sweet cousin, Karen, when she offered to make floral centerpieces for her friend Rebecca’s surprise bridal shower. She knew she wanted to use mason jars and the shower colors were bright and cheerful, so choosing flowers would be easy, she just needed some ideas for making them extra special. We talked it over, I gave her a few suggestions, and this was the final result…

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We were both VERY happy with the way they turned out. She did the flower arranging, choosing colorful zinnias from a local shop and filling in the arrangements with hydrangeas and black-eyed suzies from her own back yard. I created the “jar wraps” using stamps and supplies from A Muse|Studio.  Lets have a closer look…

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The jars are the regular, one quart ball mason jars.  I took a 3.5″ paper doily from A|S plus a few glue dots and stuck the doily to the jar. I then wrapped some natural twine around the jar a couple of times, threading in a hand-stamped tag with the bride & groom’s first initials. Since it was a simple backyard shower and the bride is a rustic-loving girl, we kept the design sweet and simple.

I used the Beatrice Alphabet stamp set from the January 2015 Monthly Collection to stamp the initials and then the foliage wreath from the Bee Happy stamp set found in our regular catalog. I used a Versamark ink pad and then heat embossed the initials and wreath with white embossing powder on onyx card stock to make them look like little chalk board tags. Although it might be difficult to see in the photos, the black tags were also trimmed with a scalloped panel in kraft card stock to add a little detail. These were hole punched and tied onto the mason jars with the natural twine. I then anchored them to the doily with some additional glue dots. Karen then arranged the flowers and then filled the jars with water, placing them in the refrigerator overnight so they would still be fresh for the shower the following day.

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This is a photo of one of the jars on a table before everyone arrived, including the bride-to-be. She was REALLY tickled when she saw the initials on the mason jars. Everyone loved the arrangements and Karen received lots of compliments! It was a lovely backyard shower with lots of love and congrats for the Bride-to-be and simple details like the flower arrangements to help make the celebration even more special.

If you’d like to order the supplies from A Muse Studio to create something like this for your own party you can do that right HERE. If you’d like to look at our current annual catalog you can see it and download it HERE.

I always welcome your comments and love to hear feedback! Thanks for taking a look!

Until next time…

A Muse Studio Holiday Catalog 2015

Hooray, the day has arrived and I’m happy and excited to share with you, the 2015 Holiday Catalog from A Muse Studio as well as a little holiday gift-wrapping inspiration…

These tags were created using the Santa Was Here stamp set. Not only a great stamp set for whimsical holiday cards, but also for creating simple tags to help dress up your holiday packages– adding a DIY, handmade element!

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Holiday cookies, handmade fudge or even a small, non-edible gift fit perfectly in this little, white bag from A Muse Studio. Add a wrap of cherry bakers cording and a cute “chalk board” tag and this gift is ready for giving!

To create the chalk board tag, I used the Fish Tail Tag Die from A|S to cut the stitched tag shape out of A|S onyx card stock. I stamped the “keep calm” image using Versamark ink and dusted it with white embossing powder, then heat set the image with my Milwaukee heat tool to heat emboss.

I’ll have plenty of additional holiday packaging, card-making and DIY party ideas in the coming weeks… check back often or better yet, subscribe to my blog (for free), so you don’t miss one bit of crafty goodness!

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You can purchase Santa Was Here, the Fish Tail Tag Die, cherry bakers cording, and any other supplies you need to create the projects above—SHOP HERE.

CLICK HERE to download your own copy of the A Muse Studio 2015 Holiday Catalog. Please have a look and leave me a message in the comments! Which stamp set is your favorite? Will you be stamping some handmade gift tags and wraps this year? Please let me know!!

Until next time…

 

 

Clean and Simple Sunday No. 123… Just Keep Swimming

Hello from A Muse|Studio National Conference in beautiful Colorado Springs, CO! Today’s clean & simple card is the swap card I made for National Conference… on Friday night, when the conference opened, consultants from all over the country mixed and mingled, and swapped out sample card fronts they’d made to help build up each other’s sample stash.

My swap card for this year features the stamp set Sealed with a Fish

I loved making multiples of this card, even though there were many steps. I enjoyed the fun colors and adding that dusting of glitter to certain parts of each fish to really make them sparkle. This stamp set is NOT retiring and will still be available in the new 2015-16 Catalog from A Muse Studio. I know I’ve been featuring retiring stamp sets the last few weeks on my Clean and Simple Sunday posts, and will resume that practice through the rest of May since the Retiring Stamp Set progressive sale is continuing through the month, while supplies last.

You can check out that SALE FLYER and shop right HERE.

I’m having a great time at the conference— learning business tips, tons of creative inspiration and catching up with old friends… Can’t wait to share the new products with you! My new catalog event will be held on Sunday, May 31st, so save the date! More to come…

Until next time… Kris

prepping for the fair…

It’s hard to believe that the craft fair I’ve been working toward is only 2 days away! I’ve worked so hard that the last 6 weeks or so have been a big, creative blur! I don’t think I’ve ever been happier in my life except for the week before my wedding and then the week my son was born {and this fair prep has been a lot less sleep deprived!}…this whole experience definitely rates…

I’ve learned a lot, both creatively and from a business stand-point. I’ve also learned about what it takes to prep for a craft fair and I’m going to be sharing some of that with you guys, in case you’re interested, next week.

I truly believe that part of having a successful Etsy shop means growing a local following and some local brand recognition, so the act of participating in a craft fair, for me, was always just a matter of time. I’m honestly hoping to do at least 4 this year, possibly 5. I have most of them in my sights so it’s just about sending in the applications at this point.

I spent some serious time on this effort {& money} to get up and running for this particular fair I’m participating in this Saturday. The act of creating all of the products that I will be offering has been most gratifying… there are times where I’ve been down-right giddy!  The business end has been surprisingly fun as well… The re-branding of my “shop” and carrying that brand throughout has been interesting to me and I’m excited to see how I do from a financial standpoint.

I know from all of the research I’ve done that putting some attention on your display and booth arrangement can really enhance sales so I’ve spent some time on that part of my preparations…  Here is a little “sneak peek” from a portion of the mock set up in my living room, what do you think?

 

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  These photos basically show my main table arrangement.  I do have more of everything in an additional box that I’ll keep under the table until I need to re-stock (if I do need to). I have flat note card sets in boxes in the open suit case to the left, I have pad & pen sets in the wire and grass baskets front and  center, I have pretty, Spring tag sets on the tray in front of the tulips and then to the right, I have pretty, decorated clips in the glass bowl as well as felt, posie bookmarks in four different colors on the tiered tray (far right). There is a “left wing” to my display that is set up across the living room because I can’t fit it where it belongs, but that houses some little post-it note clip boards, a box of one-off handmade cards arranged by category and then my beautiful card spinner, full of cards!!

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As a cardmaker, I feel like this was such a great investment for my booth. Each of the cards shown represents 6 of the same card for that slot, just like in a card store!  I placed them in cello bags with an envelope and then printed out the inside sentiment on regular paper and slipped it into the back so the customer can see what it says on the inside without actually opening it, they just flip it over to see…

I still need to print out little signs showing the prices of my items and I have a few other small things to finish up, but on the whole I feel like I’m in good shape for Saturday.

I will be back on Sunday with a Clean & Simple design for you and then I’ll be sharing details from the outcome of the fair on Monday, so stay tuned!!