clean & simple sunday no. 134

Today I have another cute Valentine created from that same stamp set – From the Heart – out of the January Collection of products offered by A Muse Studio…

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I’ve been working with my Peerless watercolors over the last two weeks and having a total blast. To create the background on this card, I used some painter’s tape to adhere the edges of a panel of watercolor paper to a clip board. I then created a couple of pools of color on my paint palette, mixing dabs of peerless watercolor and water. I used a square-edged paint brush to wash a clean wash of water over my watercolor paper and then added each of the three colors in bands across the paper to get that variation in color.

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Once the watercolored panel was dry, I stamped on the sentiment in Archival Black ink. I used foam adhesive to attach the panel to the sky card base, which I scored using my score board to create that subtle grid texture on the front of the card. I finished off the card with some turquoise and pink sequins and some clear twinkle stickers.

The Peerless watercolors are extremely rich in color. I am so happy I made the investment and purchased them because they will last me forever and they are a great addition to my collection of watercolor mediums. I tend to reach for them more than any other watercolor pencils, markers or ink pads, especially lately!

A Muse Studio offers a set of Peerless Watercolors on page 81 of the current catalog. They retail for $22.50 and as I mentioned, they are worth every penny!

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An innovative, easy to use, easy to take along way to add self blending watercolors to your projects. Each sheet is 2×2 and it comes in these 40 colors. Amber Yellow, Cadmium Yellow, Chrome Orange, Chrome Yellow, Daffodil Yellow, Gamboge yellow, Golden Yellow, Marigold Yellow, Yellow Ochre, Alizarine Red, Arbutus Pink, Blood Red, Jackqueminot Red, Poinsettia Red, Rose Red, Scarlet Lake, Scarlet Vermilion, Tear Rose Pink, Alice Blue, Butterfly Wing Blue, Cobalt Blue, Forget-me-not Blue, Peacock Blue, Robin’s Egg Blue, Turquoise Blue, Amethyst, Heliotrope, Mauve, Chrome Green Deep, Grass Green, Hunters Green, Mountain Green, Myrtle Green, Olive Green, Viridian Green, Neutral Tint, Bismark Brown, Burnt Umber, Ecru, Warm Sepia

DSC_1900 copyThe photo above shows how I store my Peerless Watercolors— in a 6×8 album binder using the 3×4 (quad) pocket inserts (also offered by A Muse Studio, current catalog page 59). I put a watercolor paper card (3×4) with a swipe of the paint color at the bottom, into each pocket and then I stapled the color sheet to the outside of the pocket above the swipe. The colors on the paint sheets don’t show up on the sheet the way they will on the watercolor paper, so the swipe of color gives me a better representation of how the color will really look on my project. I also put a sticker on the card with the name of the color, just for reference.

I created a little series of watercolored Valentines that I’ll be sharing this week, so keep an eye out for that post if you’re interested. If you have any questions about Peerless Watercolors or my storage method, please let me know in the comments. Enjoy your Sunday!

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clean & simple sunday no. 133

Another cute Valentine to share using stamps from the A Muse Studio January Collection…

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For this card, I used the From the Heart stamp set out of the January Collection, both the sentiment and the arrow image. The wiener dog is from the Welcome to the Neighborhood stamp set and the balloon around his tail is from the Hooray stamp set.

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When you make a collage-style card, where you are grouping different images together, it’s fun to shop your stash and see what you have from different stamp sets that might go together. I knew I wanted to make a Valentine that incorporated this little Doxie image. We have a Doxie and I’m going to give this card to my husband, he’ll love it!

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This is our Dolly girl…Whenever Joe is sitting somewhere in the house, Dolly is on his lap. We call him the “dog magnet”. She LOVES being petted and insists on it!

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So this is the card for this week! I have more Valentines coming using this great new Collection from A Muse Studio!

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You can check out the Collection HERE in full color.

You can shop for A Muse Studio products through my secure shop HERE.

Thanks so much for taking a look today! You comments are always welcome ~ I love and so appreciate your feedback.

 

 

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. 130

There’s a seasonable nip in the air this morning on Checkerberry Lane and although I’m not in any hurry to have snow, this stamp set was calling to me…  A Muse Studio’s Flaky Friends

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The blush, cherry and sky color palette adds to the whimsy of this winter-themed/holiday card and the lack of front sentiment makes me want to open it!  The matching die set makes cutting out the snowman and those adorable mittens, a total snap! I used the little snowflake images from the set to create the falling snow background on the base card, stamping them in sky ink. I used Copic markers to color in the snowman elements and some left over bunny bums from one of the spring collections to create the snowballs. A little wrap of peppermint twine finishes off the design.

I hope you feel inspired to enjoy a little stamping fun today.

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You can order all of the products I used to create this card, out of our Holiday Catalog.  For more fun, stamping inspiration from A Muse Studio, and to shop anytime 24/7 with delivery right to your door:  http://www.amusestudio.com/stampshop.

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!

 

clean and simple sunday no. 128

Hello! I’m back again this Sunday with another Clean & Simple post, this time showcasing TWO cards instead of one since there are so many fabulous new stamp sets from the A Muse Studio Holiday Catalog that I want to share…

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This first card features our new stitched circle dies + the brand new pinking circle dies and images from the Halloween in our Town stamp set. The sentiment is from the Spooky Girlfriend stamp set.

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This card features poinsettia images from the Holiday Greenery stamp set, with a sentiment from Christmas in our Town.

If you have questions about supplies used on these cards please leave them in the comments. I’m always happy to answer questions about stamping and A Muse Studio products. Thanks for taking a look today!  Until next time…

 

 

clean & simple sunday no. 127

Hello everyone! Back today with a clean, fresh design using the Love & Thanks stamp set and dies…

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The flowers and leaves in this set are so sweet and whimsical! They look amazing in many different color combinations. I chose a base card of SHELL and ink colors of SAGE and BERRY to create this housewarming card. The circle dot image and the Home Sweet Home were stamped with Versamark ink and heat embossed in gold. I love how the doily adds some extra daintiness to the design.

I’ll be back next Sunday with some holiday designs–both Halloween and Christmas!  Until then…