clean and simple sunday no. 137 ~ jingle all the way

I’m very happy to be back today for another clean and simple Sunday, sharing a card I made using the last Monthly Collection from A Muse Studio, the November Collection
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This card was made using a sentiment and two of the snowflakes out of the Jingle All the Way stamp set. I used seattle and winter sky ink for the snowflakes and cherry ink for the sentiment.

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I used a bit of the cherry baker’s twine and a few clear, white and star sequins to embellish. I think every snowflake card needs a little sparkle!

Every year around this time I start talking about handmade Christmas cards and what joyful tradition this has become over the years in my own holiday prep. I think it’s because I’m hand-making each card individually and it feels like with each card I send out, I’m sending a little handmade gift. Handmade gifts are my favorite–both to give and receive. I will be making some of my gifts this Christmas and can’t wait to share them with you here.

This is a very simple card design and uses minimal supplies so it fits perfectly in the “easy to mass produce” category. I hope you will consider making some of your Christmas cards this year!

You can order all of the supplies to make this card in my little shop right HERE, through November 26th. After November 27th, sadly, A Muse Studio will be closed for business. If you have questions about what you’d need to make any number of these cards, please leave me a comment, I’m happy to help!

A Muse Studio 2016-17 Catalogs

Hooray!  The A Muse Studio catalogs go LIVE today… If you read my last post you will remember that A Muse Studio has decided to go digital so catalogs will no longer be printed. Catalogs are free to you, just download to your computer or favorite tablet for easy access and reference anytime!

To download, double-click on these links to open and save:

A Muse Studio Stamps & Dies Catalog

A Muse Studio Essentials Catalog

If you choose not to download, you are welcome to access these catalogs anytime through the main A Muse Studio website or through mine.

A few things to notice…

Stamps & Dies catalog:

  • Many of the Monthly Collection stamp sets from the last 12 months have made it into the catalog! I’ve had a few questions about this so let me explain how this works. The Monthly Collection items are guaranteed during the month they are released. After the month ends, the products become available while supplies last. Sometimes these sets will make it into the main catalog, sometimes they won’t. If you really love a set and want it for your collection, just make sure you purchase it (or earn it free!) during the month released.
  • Just like the flyers and old catalog style, the new catalog shows redlines around stamp images that have a coordinating die.

Essentials catalog:

  • Color palettes are now arranged by color family, not color season! This makes it much easier to visualize which colors to choose and use on  your projects. All products for each individual color are also LISTED within that color swatch to help you with ordering embellishments.
  • The cost of the card stock has increased. A|S hasn’t ever raised prices on card stock and prides itself on using soy-based, eco-friendly ink when producing their card stock. The paper itself is extremely high quality, stationery grade paper and printed with high quality, soy-based inks. Unfortunately it’s actually difficult to find printing companies who print with this type of eco-friendly ink and as a result, they have been forced to raise the price. It’s still a great value, I just wanted you to be aware of this change.
  • There are a few new products to note: Gold and Silver Wink of Stella pens for lots of fun sparkle!, a new 1 x 3.5″ acrylic block; this is a size we did not previously carry, the grid pads are back; these have been out of stock the last few months.

The Monthly Collections will be double the size going forward and loaded with lots of new products every month. There will always be something new to look forward to with A Muse Studio!

The July Monthly Collection is in full swing!  Here are a couple more cards I created using stamp sets from this sweet collection…

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If you have questions or need help downloading the catalogs please let me know in the comments!

Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

More watercolor fun with A Muse Studio and Peerless Watercolors

I’ve been continuing my exploration of watercolor and stamping, using my Peerless watercolor palette…

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I created these birthday cards by using a die cut balloon as a stencil. I used one of the A Muse Studio balloon dies and cut a balloon shape out of a scrap of card stock. I then took a very light pencil and traced some balloons onto watercolor paper.

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I used my Peerless watercolors to color in the balloons, being careful to let each color of balloon dry before moving onto the next (to avoid any unwanted blending of colors.) To speed up the drying, I used my Milwaukee heat tool.

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I used a pencil and a t-square ruler to draw in the balloon strings and Copic markers and twinkle stickers to add some “confetti” to this version of the card. For the blue/green version of the card I used sequins to add “confetti”.

I really enjoyed working on these two cards and I’m sure I’ll use this technique for creating birthday cards in the future. If you have any questions I’d be happy to answer, just leave them in the comments!  Thanks for having a look today.

clean and simple sunday no. 135 + treat idea

Last day of January and your last chance to pick up some cute Valentine stamp sets from the January Collection!

This last Valentine I have to share is sweet and simple and sends a hug and a kiss to the recipient…

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Using the From the Heart stamp set (again) to create this simple card design. I started with a cherry card base, added a sugar fish tail flag and popped that panel up with some foam adhesive. I stamped the XOXO in cherry ink and then the little sentiment below in Seattle ink. I added a few twinkle stickers and sequins to finish it off.

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These cards are very easy to mass produce and I think it would be fun to make some and send to friends to brighten their Valentine’s day!

I also thought it would be fun to share with you a little card set I made using the One in a Melon set from the January Collection. I used this set to create these cards, plus a little treat idea below…

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These cards are size A1 or 4Bar and measure about 3.5×5″ with a left-side fold. I colored in the fruit images with some new Zig clean color real brush markers that I got for Christmas and stamped the outlines and sentiments with Ranger Archival Black ink so the outlines wouldn’t smear.

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These were VERY quick and simple to make. I used one of the stitched circle dies offered by A Muse Studio to cut the round panels. I die cut the fruit shapes and popped them off the panel with foam squares. Can’t wait to send these out!

I was also thinking these would be fun to use to create Valentine treats for little ones to send to school, or even co-workers… who wouldn’t love to come in to work and find this on their desk! 🙂

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Very easy to put together using the Tag Bundle Die Set, a stitched circle die, some Pebble Petite Hex card stock and a little Valentine lollipop. These were just generic store brand lollipops that I picked up at Stop & Shop. If you have any specific questions about how I made these, please ask me in the comments. I’m happy to share.

The stamps sets featured in today’s post are only available through midnight tonight! You can check out the A Muse Studio January Collection flyer HERE and place an order by going HERE.

That’s it for today’s clean & simple post, however I WILL be back later today with details and a flyer for the new FEBRUARY COLLECTION from A Muse Studio, and of course, another cute card!

 

Watercolor Valentines

I promised some watercolor Valentine cards and wanted to share what I’ve been working on over the last week or so…

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These Valentines feature products from A Muse Studio, including the From the Heart stamp set and Scallop Heart dies out of the January Collection. These items are only available through January 31, 2016, but you can still get them HERE while there’s time.

So lets have a look at each card and I’ll describe how I created the watercolor background for each, using my Peerless Watercolors, which I talked about in more depth earlier this week in THIS post.

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For this Valentine, I started with a panel of watercolor paper & a mask. I cut a panel of regular copier paper the same size as my panel and cut the smaller heart from the Scallop Heart die set out of the center of the copier paper panel and taped it down over the watercolor panel. I then applied a layer of rubber cement over the heart shape in order to mask off the heart-shaped area. I removed the copier paper and once the heart-shaped rubber cemented area was dry I proceeded with the watercolor wash.

I took a square-ended brush and wet the area that I wanted to watercolor, then dipped my brush into some paint colors I’d arranged on my paint palette. I brushed these colors over the rubber cemented heart and let them blend naturally, starting with pink and using warmer tones as I moved toward the bottom. I like the free-hand, organic edge to the background created by wetting the area without a taped edge.

Once the background was dry, I rubbed off the rubber cement with my finger and used an archival black ink stamp pad to stamp the sentiment which is from the From the Heart stamp set. For the word “you” I just took the “You Make My Heart Happy” sentiment and only inked up the “you” before stamping it onto my project. I used some twinkle stickers and sequins to add a little bling.

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For this Valentine, I cut a small panel of watercolor paper and using Versamark ink + a background stamp image from the A Muse Studio Mod Backgrounds 2 stamp set I stamped the background and heat embossed it in clear embossing powder. I then taped the panel to a clip board (so I can move it around, instead of taping it to the desktop where I can’t move it) and washed over it with a paintbrush and some clean water. I then added some various blue watercolors to the wet area and the heat embossed design actually resists the color and shines through the background.

Once the panel was dry I cut some hearts using the Scallop Hearts dies, cut a sentiment strip and arranged these pieces on the panel. The button and twine + a few tiny sequins finish off the card.

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This last background was really fun to make!  I taped a panel of watercolor paper that was larger than an A2 card front (so that I could cut it down later for my card panel) to my clip board and wet the entire piece with my brush. I then dabbed on blue and pink paints, allowing the color to blend and puddle on the paper. Once I decided the panel had enough wet color, I placed a stencil I had from Hero Arts, on top of the wet watercolor and taped down the edges of the stencil to the clip board to hold it down. I allowed this to dry and when I came back to it a little later I pulled off the stencil and this background was the result. I love how it sort of fades to nothing toward the bottom.

To finish the card, I used that scallop heart die again to cut a white heart and the same stamp set, From the Heart, for the sentiment, stamping it in Ranger Archival black ink. I made a little nest of gold string I had in my craft stash and stuck that down on my project with a dab of adhesive and then using foam tape, attached that white heart over top. I finished it off with a few tiny sequins and twinkle stickers.

All of the cards in this series were created with neutral colored card bases to help the watercolor panels pop! I’m having fun exploring this watercolor medium and particularly love the Peerless watercolors. I have a few birthday cards coming up that showcase more watercolor, and another technique, which I will feature in a future post!

If you have any questions about how these cards were made or have comments on the cards please let me know in the comments! Would you like to see more? What about a card video? I’m thinking about creating videos of my card-making process and if this is something you’d like to see please let me know.

Until next time…

clean & simple sunday no. 131

It’s another clean and simple Sunday here on CheckerberryLane and today I wanted to share an idea for a clean and simple Christmas ornament…

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I used the maple tags from A Muse Studio as a base for the ornaments. These are round, flat disks of sanded maple and they give a nice weight to the ornaments. The snowflakes were cut out of coaster board using the Snowflake Trio Too dies (the largest die). The coaster board has a subtle texture and it’s thicker than regular card stock.

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These ornaments have a very natural look to them, especially if you add the white button and the natural twine as a hanger. You can certainly color and sparkle these ornaments up with Copics, Splash! ink, glitter and twinkle stickers, but I chose to leave mine natural.

These would be pretty on any Christmas tree, as a cute package tie-on or even to give as a gift! If you’d like to make some, I’ve created a printable tutorial you can download for free.

Download the free tutorial right HERE

All products used to make these ornaments (except for the hot glue gun) are A Muse Studio and you can order the supplies HERE. They’ll ship USPS priority flat rate mail, right to your door, anywhere in the U.S.A. Our BLACK FRIDAY SALE continues through December 7th while supplies last. Take advantage of steep discounts on some super cute stamp sets and stamp+die bundles!

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Please note: A Muse Studio headquarters is moving to North Carolina. As a result, the last day of shipping in 2015 will be Dec 18th. Please have all orders for Christmas delivery into A Muse Studio by December 17th. You can still place orders with A|S after 12/17, however they will not ship out until the first week in January, 2016, when operations are back up and running. Thanks so much for your patience! Congratulations and Happy New Year to A Muse Studio!!

 

Clean & Simple Sunday No. 129 – November Collection!

October was the kick off for “craft fair season” here on Checkerberry Lane… I participated in three different craft fairs during October and have two more to go, one in November and one in December, here in Connecticut.

This is a peek at my craft fair display… it actually looks a little bit different at every fair depending on what I’m offering for sale and if the fair provides a table or if I bring my own. Those vintage suitcases help to draw in customers as well as that cute banner…it makes my display feel like a party!

So that’s what has been keeping me busy the last few weeks, but I’m back today with another Clean and Simple Sunday card this week, featuring a stamp set from our new NOVEMBER Collection

This stamp set is called Forest Friends… so adorable and sweet! It comes with quite a few outline images of different forest animals, two evergreen trees and several sentiments.

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I colored in the images in my sample using my Copic markers and then used the corresponding dies to die cut the images. I also used the landscape dies + the scalloped border dies and a wrap of peppermint baker’s twine to finish it off.

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All products from the November Collection are now available to order through my secure web store – amusestudio.com/stampshop

You can order items from the November Collection from today straight through until November 30th at midnight. Orders ship directly to your door, anywhere in the USA.

Thanks for sharing part of your day with me!  See you again soon!