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.

Forest Friends   AMS-216 thru AMS-220


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.

2015 AS November Collection - Pretty Packaging

All products from the November Collection are now available to order through my secure web store –

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!


Holiday Card Series 2014 – A Gift for You

So sorry to those of you who noticed card #11 didn’t post yesterday! Had a craft fair with my Checkerberry Lane Studio booth and forgot to post it!  Anyway…

Card # 11 |  Another card to showcase those adorable 6×6 Christmas Sweater papers…


I started this card with a 3.5″square panel of cherry card stock and cut nine 1″ squares of the various patterns in the Christmas Sweater paper packet. I glued the paper squares to the 3.5″ panel and popped this panel off of the sugar card base with some 3D foam squares. I added a large, white bow using the sugar 5/8″ satin ribbon and tucked in a little tag with the “Be Merry” sentiment from the Oh What Fun stamp set.

I will wait until tonight to post the final card in the Holiday Card Series… enjoy!!



Holiday Card Series 2014 – Christmas Sweater Paper #1

Card #10 |  This particular card would be super easy to reproduce in multiples and you could do it rather quickly, too…

Card#10-HCS2014I started with a base card in sugar, cutting the card stock to 4.25 x 11″ and folding in half so that the fold is on the top edge of the card. I rounded the bottom corners and added a narrow strip of cherry and a larger panel of the deer paper from the 6×6 Christmas Sweater paper packet.  I stamped the sentiment from the Wishing You the Merriest stamp set in cherry ink on a smaller sugar panel, rounding the corners on this piece as well, and popping it off of the card front with 3D foam squares. The final touch was to add a few Bermuda sequins (with Glue Dots) to give the card a little sparkle.

Holiday Card Series 2014 – Be Merry

Card #8 |  This card features a stamp set you’d never expect, Rolling Seas Background, plus a sentiment from the Oh What Fun stamp set.

HCS-14_TreeBeMerry copy

I started this card with a base card of cherry and my favorite corner rounder, the Corner Chomper tool. I then cut a panel of sugar card stock and proceeded to dry emboss a grid pattern on the panel using my score board. I lined up the groove every ¼” and scored the card stock all the way across, then I turned it 90 degrees and scored lines every ¼” again. I love the subtle texture and the interest it adds to the card design.

I then layered on a panel of petite polka dot card stock in mermaid. I cut a ½” strip of sugar card stock and stamped my sentiment in cherry ink, cutting a fish tail on one end. To make the tree, I cut a triangle of sage card stock and used the Rolling Seas Background stamp with grass ink to create the scalloped boughs on my triangle tree. I popped up my tree with 3D foam adhesive and added a cherry button and some cherry baker’s cording to embellish.

This was fun to make because I love to use stamp sets in a way that you wouldn’t normally expect, I love any way to stretch my stash!

To order the supplies I used to make this card you can shop right HERE.  Thanks so much for taking a look today!

clean & simple sunday no. 90 – season’s greetings

I’m prepping for a couple of holiday craft fairs and working hard to build up a little Christmas card inventory so despite my Holiday Card Series wrap-up, Christmas cards are still very much at the forefront of my mind these days. Today I chose to share a card I made using Sweet Wishes, a brand new stamp set from this year’s A Muse Studio holiday catalog…


A very clean and simple design with lots of literal “white space”, this card is not only cute to look at but was really fun to make. I started by stamping the little string of lights image onto sugar card stock in Memento tuxedo black ink and proceeded to color in the little light bulbs with my Copic markers. I then went over them with my Quickie glue pen and dusted them with superfine glitter.


The little sparkle the glitter creates along with the adorable cherry & white baker’s twine is just the right amount of embellishment to balance out this card design.  I also used sage card stock to mat the image panel, leaving a slightly larger border at the base of the mat to bottom-weight the image panel and provide a little extra “base” for the baker’s twine to rest. Sweet, simple and a little whimsical, too. Happy {clean & simple} Sunday!

a muse|studio Poinsettia Die…

With all of the excitement of Holiday Hoopla approaching and the new A Muse|Studio Holiday Catalog for 2013, I can’t help but start thinking about Christmas cards. The new stamp sets are so FRESH and completely FABULOUS and I would love to share a copy of the new catalog so please email me to let me know if you’d like an electronic copy.

While waiting for this new catalog to be revealed, it got me thinking about some of the Christmas stamp sets and dies that I already have in my stash and once I opened that door, it was like opening a flood gate—all of these fun, Christmas card ideas started to blossom in my mind and I couldn’t wait to get into my studio to take them from idea to reality!

I love A Muse Studio felt. It adds such a cute, soft, dimensional element to card designs in addition to being fun to work with on it’s own. Just go to Pinterest and type in DIY felt projects in the little search window and you won’t believe how many ideas will fill your screen…

Anyway, I pulled out my felt and my poinsettia dies from last year’s holiday catalog and got to work!

a muse studio pointsettia copy

This first card is so sweet and traditional. I just love the way the two patterned papers play off of each other and the way the felt poinsettia pops off the card front. Those little yellow sparkle stickers I used for the center of the poinsettia are from the round assorted pack. I chose a vanilla card base since the background of both the Candy Cane Stripe and Twas the Night card stocks are vanilla, too. For the poinsettia flower there are three flower shaped dies that you layer together to create the flower. I chose to cut the largest flower out of green felt to make the leaves rather than cutting the leaf shapes separately. The flower is less full, but I like how it looks.

a muse studio poinsettia 2 copy

In this next card, I went with a more neutral color palette. The flower is cut from vanilla felt with no leaves this time. I used pearl stickers for the center of the flower to add texture, but a lower contrast, and then I chose to use the woodgrain card stock on top of a scallop square in sugar. The base card is latte card stock. Really, the only pop of color is the cherry ink I used for the sentiment (from the Say It With Style set) and to tie the card design together, a little bit of cherry baker’s twine to finish it off.

These two cards are just a couple of ideas for using felt and the poinsettia dies you might have seen or purchased last year. Both the felt and the dies are still available in this current A Muse|Studio catalog so be sure to check them out!  You can shop online through my secure webstore 24/7, at your convenience! Just click Shop Online at the top of the screen when you get to the link.

clean & simple sunday no. 56

My plan for today is to focus on my personal Christmas cards and the work of getting them made and ready to send out in mid-December. I have posted many great examples of clean and simple Christmas card ideas under the Card Gallery tab here on my blog. If you’ve never checked that out and you’re looking for ideas, do pay that tab a visit!  It’s not too late to make some beautiful, simple, handmade Christmas cards to send out this year…

Today I thought I’d share a few ideas I came up with centered around a stamp set from the A|S 2012 Holiday Catalog. This set made my wish list early on—it’s called Let It Snow. I truly believe a stamper can never have too many snowflake stamps! Like real snowflakes, every single one is different. This sweet, whimsical set fits right in with my collection and I am delighted to showcase it for you today…

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These two cards above incorporate a sugarsky and cherry color-scheme. All products used to create these three card samples are from A Muse|Studio.

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This card also incorporates cherry and sky in the color scheme, but because I also used a strip of Twas the Night card stock, I used vanilla card stock to stamp the snowflake image. The vanilla card stock matches the background of the Twas the Night card stock and gives the card warmer tone.

So join me!  Throw on your favorite sweater and some wooly socks, pop in a Christmas CD, grab your supplies and whip up a few Christmas cards… I’m sure that the act of creating the “little gifts” that handmade Christmas cards become, will put you right in the holiday spirit!

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