clean & simple sunday no. 98

For today’s card, I’m dialing it back to clean & simple and pulling out my Copic markers…

a muse studio lets be adventurers

I love the clean, fresh design of this card, the simple image and sentiment from the Let’s Be Adventurers stamp set. To create this card, started with a base card in Sky. I stamped the image and the sentiment to a panel of sugar using Memento Black ink since I knew I’d be coloring in the image with my Copic markers.

I stamped a second arch image on a scrap in Memento ink as well, colored it in and fussy-cut it out with scissors leaving a tiny white border around the image. I chose to color the arch in Copic W3 and W6. The highlight under the image was just a swish of BG10 to help anchor it. I attached that arch I’d colored and cut to my base panel directly over where I previously stamped it and used foam adhesive to pop it up off the base.

a muse studio lets be adventurers

To embellish, I took a bit of orange chevron ribbon, folded it in half and stapled it to the stamped panel. I covered the staple with a little bermuda-colored button that I’d previously threaded with some white twine I had in my stash. I think threading buttons before putting them on the project gives the whole thing a nice, finished look. This isn’t much of an embellishment, but I think it really does finish this clean and simple design in an interesting way.

A|S Spring Patterned Paper – Card #1

Today, I thought I would start to share a series of cards I made recently that feature the new Spring patterned paper packet from A Muse Studio.  (You can find this little gem in the Spring Accessories Guide and order through my web store HERE.) I’ve been having a lot of fun with these papers and wanted to give you some  ideas for incorporating them into your handmade card projects.

The patterns in this paper packet are a bit different for A|S —many incorporate several colors in each pattern. This feature offers increased versatility because you can create cards pulling your color scheme out of the pattern and create lots of different color combinations.

For the card I’m sharing today, I chose a base card of lichen card stock, a panel of sugar and sewn to the sugar panel with my sewing machine and some white thread is a little paper banner made out of a few of the patterns from the new A|S Spring patterned paper packet.

a muse studio spring patterned paper enjoy the ride

I have been wanting to try sewing on card stock for a long time and finally took the opportunity to do so when I was putting this card together. I used a bit of Tombow tape adhesive to hold the banner pieces in place while I ran the sugar panel through my sewing machine. It was much easier than I expected, didn’t even need to adjust the tension! I was very surprised…

a muse studio clean and simple

The sentiment is that cute typewriter font from the Enjoy the Ride stamp set and I embellished with a few silver sequins glued on with some clear glaze to add some shimmer and detail.

I have a few more cards to share this week, showcasing more of those lovely A|S patterned papers so check back if you are not a regular subscriber, or sign up in the right margin for free so you don’t miss a thing!

clean & simple sunday no. 97

I’m back this week with another clean & simple design, this time participating in a little challenge over at the CAS-ology blog where the challenge this week is WET.

Week 90 - Wet

For my design, I used the A Muse|Studio Silver Lining stamp set for the rain drops & sentiment + the coordinating dies to cut out the clouds…

a muse studio silver lining

I used Versamark ink to stamp some rain drops and then dusted them with Simple Stick powder, heat set them with my heat tool and then dusted them with prisma glitter to make them sparkle. I used the Labels 8 die set and a bit of onyx polka dot organdy tied to a common paperclip to embellish.


You have until Monday at Noon (CDT) to submit your own design for this challenge—the more the merrier—I hope you’ll head over to CAS-ology and play along!


clean & simple sunday #7

The theme for this week’s card design is anniversary, however, this clean & simple look can be used for any type of card. I chose a chocolate brown, warm red and cream color-scheme that looks great together, though I noticed, not in this photo… (The SU! equivalent would be chocolate chip, cherry cobbler & vanilla) I know the colors look a little bit off but if you pull these colors from your stamping stash and see them next to each other you’d probably agree that the color-scheme does work!

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I used a strip of brown patterned paper for the bottom of the card.  I then stamped a beautiful red heart on cream card stock and layered it onto a red panel. I wrapped a brown ribbon around the bottom of the red panel and put a button on there with a glue dot. I like to thread my buttons with string or this wax-coated thread from Close To My Heart called “waxy flax”. It gives the button and project a nice, finished look. I used foam squares to pop the red panel off of the base card a little bit and stamped the “Best Wishes” sentiment in red ink to match the heart. All materials used to make the card are Stampin’ Up!  They’re one of my favorite stamp companies because I love the stamp designs and so many of their products color coordinate, they make it easy to create beautiful cards. Thanks for taking a look!!