Holiday Card Series 2014 – Bottle Brush Forest #3 + bonus card!

Card #12 | The final card in the holiday card series for 2014, but not to worry, there will be plenty of additional holiday card inspiration coming as we get closer to Thanksgiving and Christmas! This is my favorite card-making time of the year and I have plenty more to share with you, but for now, here is a little bit more inspiration for using Bottle Brush Forest


This card measures 4.25″ square and I started with a base card in sugar. The stamped panel measures 2.5″ square, also in sugar card stock. I stamped the trees in first, using sage ink. The deer I stamped next in cocoa ink. I drew in a line of glue between the trees and added a dash of glitter to make the snow sparkle. I added a scalloped square die cut mat in lichen card stock. The greeting is one that comes with the stamp set. I stamped this on a little strip in cherry ink and added a fish tail end with my scissors. I attached a cherry button (threaded with vanilla twine) to the sentiment strip with a glue dot. The strip I attached to the stamped panel with some 3D foam adhesive. I used more 3D foam adhesive to attach the entire stamped panel to my base card. Although this card is square, it still fits in a standard, A2-sized envelope.

Cards always look better in person and this one is no exception to that little “rule”. The glitter adds just the right amount of shine and the light greens paired with the bold cherry among all of the clean, crisp white, gives these traditional holiday images a fresh, modern design.

I so hope you have felt inspired and excited by the ideas I’ve shared through this series—maybe a color combination you hadn’t thought of, a design “recipe” that appeals to you, a use for a stamp set or some of that new Christmas Sweater patterned paper you hadn’t thought of!  Lots of ideas for different design elements if you look closely.

Please put any questions or feedback you have in the comments, also if you’d like to see any other types of “series”, I would love to make cards or other items that you would love to see and find more ways to inspire your own creativity. The whole point of CheckerberryLane is to provide fun and inspiration so I hope you are getting some of that here :).

Oh yeah!, that bonus card…

Card #13 | {a baker’s dozen}

This last card is one that might be familiar to some since I used it this month as a workshop project and I’ve also posted it in the A|S Consultant Lounge Gallery! This was a fun, easy card to create in a workshop setting and it would be a fun, easy card to make as your holiday cards as well! It’s a great way to use up scraps and it incorporates the stamping “magic” of heat embossing…


This card starts with a base of kraft card stock. I chose kraft because it’s so neutral, but the white heat embossing of the snow flakes pops nicely too. I cut strips of different card stocks that incorporate cherry—petite polka dot, petite pinstripe, Twas the Night, candy cane stripe + solid cherry. The first step is to lay out the strips across the card front to provide a guide for where you’ll be stamping the snowflakes. Put two images from the Snowflakes stamp set on your block and ink them up in Versamark ink. Brush aside the strips you set down as a guide and stamp your snowflakes. Use white embossing powder and your heat tool to heat emboss the snowflake images. Arrange the strips of card stock again, this time adhering them down with tape runner adhesive. Stamp your sentiment, in this case I chose BE MERRY from the Oh What Fun stamp set. To embellish, I took a cherry button, threaded it with vanilla twine and tied a bow. I found it easier to tie the bow if I threaded the button and then glued it to the card front with a glue dot before making the bow.

DESIGN NOTE | By stamping the images in a way that the card stock strips can overlap one of the snowflakes a little bit, you create a connection between the stamped images and the paper strips. It literally connects the design elements and pulls the card together!

So that’s it for the formal Holiday Card Series for 2014— I hope you enjoyed!

I will be back with my regular clean and simple sunday posts starting next week and I’ll be sharing other ideas on ways you can incorporate stamping into your Thanksgiving and also your gift-giving this holiday season, so stay tuned!!



A Muse Studio Creative Consultant #1340
Glastonbury, Connecticut








Clean & Simple Sunday No. 89 + one more…

For many of you stampers out there, this time of year isn’t just about raking leaves, baking pies and choosing Halloween costumes, many of you are already contemplating your handmade Christmas cards for this year, and for good reason–Christmas is exactly 66 days from today. Now this notion shouldn’t create any panic, there is plenty of time to make your holiday cards and get them out, but now is a good time to start thinking about it if you haven’t started to already.

I have to say that making my Christmas cards is personally one of my very favorite holiday traditions. From choosing the stamp set(s), the color scheme and sketching out the design to addressing them and putting them into the mail… I love the entire process. The last few years I’ve been sticking with two or three different card designs to add some variety. This makes creating the cards more enjoyable than ever because I only have to make about 12 of each design AND then I don’t just have to settle on one favorite design, I can pick two or three that I love and make them all!

That said, today’s Clean & Simple Sunday card design features a sweet, simple, festive snowflake card (which leads into my special announcement below!)…


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I love this holiday card—I love the “white” space that contrasts the bottom corner cluster of design, I love the gel pen “stitches” which I think really finished it off, I love the sentiment paired with the “chilly”, sparkled snowflake and I always love using buttons. I even love the rounded top right corner, but one of my favorite design elements of this card is the fact that I trimmed the base card to measure 5.5×3.75 inches, allowing that little fishtail flag to stick out over the edge yet still fit in a standard A2 size envelope!

So here are a few details on the A Muse|Studio products I used to create this card, if you’re interested– cherry card stock for the base card, rounded with the Corner Chomper tool from We R Memory Keepers (and offered by A Muse Studio!), a circle of Twas the Night card stock cut with my Spellbinders circle dies on my Sizzix die cutting machine, a little fishtail flag cut out of lichen card stock, a cherry button threaded with string and attached with a glue dot, a white gel pen for the “stitches” I drew on their by hand, eucalyptus ink for the snowflake image from the Let it Snow stamp set and clear, round twinkle stickers. The sentiment is stamped in onyx ink and comes from the Holiday Tags stamp set.

Now I mentioned above something about an “announcement”… that would be the fact that TOMORROW starts MY FIRST ANNUAL HOLIDAY CARD SERIES! I will be showcasing one handmade Christmas/Holiday card using all A Muse Studio products every day for the next twelve days in a row! So if you include today’s card idea, that gives you a “baker’s dozen” of A Muse Studio card design ideas to choose from or to help spark your own design ideas and color schemes and uses for those stamp sets you have been looking at in the catalog or better yet, already own!


I hope you’ll enjoy the series over the next twelve days… please ask any questions you have in the comments or just leave me something you’re thinking about as you look at the different cards each day… I always love hearing from you guys!!