2014 Holiday Card Series – Bottle Brush Forest 2

Card #3  |  Today I have another simple card to share using Bottle Brush Forest

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This clean & simple, one-layer card starts with a base card in sky. I then stamped a few trees in grass ink, and a deer in French roast ink. I took my quickie glue pen and drew in a little hill behind the trees which I then dusted with diamond glitter to give the “snow” some sparkle. I stamped a few snowflakes in Bermuda ink above the trees and finished it off with a sentiment from this stamp set, in cherry ink.

This is such a simple, easy, classic-style Christmas card, it could be fun to reproduce for holiday cards this year.

Thanks for the look!

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to make this card right here.


A Muse Studio HOLIDAY Catalog now available!

I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful Labor Day weekend and to keep the happiness and excitement going I’m sharing a card that I made with products from the NEW A Muse Studio Holiday Catalog! You can download a FREE COPY right HERE!


The stamp sets I used for this clean and simple holiday card were the new Snowflakes set + the Wishing You the Merriest set. I stamped the sentiment on a panel of cherry pinstripe in cherry ink, the panel itself cut using the Labels 8 die set. The snowflakes were stamped in sage and winter Sky ink on a sugar base card. I decorated the sentiment panel with a bit of lime chevron ribbon and a cherry button before adding it to the base card with 3D foam squares. Very easy to duplicate for holiday card-making!!

This wonderful new catalog has great stamp sets for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas! It’s not to soon to start thinking about a design for your own holiday cards this year. For more inspiration I’m working on cards for another Holiday Card Series, coming up later this month—you won’t want to miss it!


Holiday Hoopla! is also in full swing! As a Hostess during September and October you can earn extra hostess dollars + an exclusive stamp set! Please contact me if you live in CT and would like to book a workshop! I have a few dates available and would love to meet your friends!

Too busy to do a workshop?! —–You can earn hostess dollars and a free stamp set too, if you make a purchase of $150 or more—please contact me so I can place your order personally and get you those extras!!


This is also one of the best times ever to become an A Muse Studio creative consultant! If you’ve been thinking about ways to earn extra money for Christmas or a Spring vacation, or even to just pay your bills or support your hobby, this is a fun way to add income! A Muse Studio is offering an amazing deal on the Starter Kit, but it’s only available until the end of September.  Check it out and please contact me if you have any questions about it! I’m growing my team and near or far, I would love to make you a part of the fun!


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Holiday Card Series 2013 – Woodland Christmas

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Ladies, if you subscribe to my blog via email you probably noticed a message regarding Day 12… please disregard with my apologies. You got a sneak peek of the Day 12 card, it was a mistake on my part to post it when I did. You will get to see it again when it posts on November 1st.  Just an FYI… Happy Monday!


Today’s card features images from the Cool Yule and Holiday Greetings Inside & Out stamp sets plus the woodgrain background stamp.

HCS_Day8I started with a base card in kraft and stamped the right side of the card using the woodgrain background stamp and french roast ink. I then layered on a strip of dry embossed (pin dot) sage card stock. I cut two squares of 2″ sugar card stock and stamped the tree images from the Cool Yule stamp set in different green inks (grass, lichen, wasabi) on the squares to create a little forest on each. I rounded the corners with my Corner Chomper tool  and attached these to a strip of cherry card stock with foam adhesive to pop them up off the cherry panel. I pulled this piece out of my scrap bin and it already had that reverse scallop cut out of the end, so I left it!  I glued all of this to my base card as shown in the sample.


The last bit of stamping is the sentiment, which I stamped on french roast card stock in Versamark ink and then dusted it with white embossing powder and heat set it with my heat tool. I cut a little fish tail in one end and attached it to the base card with foam adhesive. The last step was to wrap it with a bit of cherry baker’s twine to add another texture and a bit more red. The cherry card stock, star on one of the trees and the baker’s twine creates a visual triangle. This card has so many colors and textures—the cherry helps to pull the design together.

People tell me sometimes that they struggle with clean & simple card design, that they are always compelled to “keep adding stuff” to their cards and can never keep them simple… I have just the opposite problem!  I really struggle with cards that have multiple elements, textures and layers. This was an attempt to create a card with different textures and I was going for a cozy, woodland, Christmas theme… way out of the box for me, but I do like the end result.

I hope you’re enjoying the series!!  I’ll be back tomorrow with another card… until then…

Holiday Card Series 2013 – Peace on Earth


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I am kicking of my first (annual) holiday card series today with a card that is perfect if you have many cards to make this holiday! It’s a one-layer, one stamp set card that uses minimal supplies and has only a few steps in its creation, so very easy to reproduce in bulk! The stamp set featured in this card is the brand new Peaceful Forest set.


I started with a sugar card base and cut a 3.25” circle in the front of the card panel using my Spellbinders circle dies and my Sizzix die cutting machine. I placed the die on my card front, secured it with a bit of washi tape so it wouldn’t move as it went through the machine and was left with a hole in the front of my card. I traced a light circle with pencil around the inside of the hole and opened up the card. The pencil line gave me the area that would be seen through the card front and created a reference circle where I stamped the tree images in grass ink. I stamped some of the trees twice without re-inking (second generation stamping) to add some depth to my “forest”. I then erased the pencil line and stamped the sentiment on the front of the card in cherry ink.


The only embellishment is a bit of cherry baker’s twine to add interest and a bit more color. Fun, fast and perfect for your holiday message!

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All stamp sets and card-making supplies used to make this card can be purchased through my secure web store at your convenience, and orders ship directly to your door anywhere in the U.S.