mix it up monday – modern zinnia + my minds eye

Hello everyone! Today is the first post in a new series I’m starting called “Mix it Up Monday”. A Muse|Studio products are beautifully created to work together, but they also work great with other product brands. In Mix it Up Monday posts, I’ll be sharing card ideas using A Muse|Studio products mixed with OTHER products to give you ideas to maximize what you already have in your stamping & scrapbooking stash!

For my first post, I chose the A|S Modern Zinnia stamp set, die set and then a gorgeous 6×6 paper stack from My Mind’s Eye called Indie Chic – Nutmeg

IMG_3607 copy

This paper packet caught my eye when I saw it at Joann’s {craft store}. I’ve had it in my stamp stash for a couple of months and every time I see it I want to use it! What I first noticed was the gorgeous color scheme of yellows, turquoise and a little bit of light brown. I then noticed the beautiful patterns, so many to choose from because each sheet has a different pattern on the back side!

You’ll notice on my card below, that I chose that second pattern from the bottom, the little multi-flower pattern. The other side of that pattern was the big, yellow chevron pattern that I used for the bottom panel of my card example…

IMG_3606 copy

I sampled a couple of A|S ink colors and decided that Ocean was the one that most closely matched the turquoise in the patterned paper. I cut out a large modern zinna die shape in vanilla card stock and stamped the solid flower image on the die shape. I layered the strips of patterned paper onto an A|S latte base card, wrapped some A|S french roast twill around the base card and tied a knot, using a glue dot to hold it in place, exactly where I wanted it. I then used foam squares to attach the stamped flower die. I stamped “Happy Birthday” in A|S french roast ink on the front of the card and as the finishing touch, used my Quickie glue pen and some glitter to add just the right amount of sparkle to the flower.

I’m really delighted with the way this card came out, especially the way the Ocean ink worked so well with the patterned papers from My Mind’s Eye. Looking forward to sharing more ways to help you mix it up in your own stamping projects…Happy Monday!

clean & simple sunday no. 86

Another clean & simple Sunday!  No challenges this week, just a card I’ve been thinking about making and finally thought to put together…


This card features the Modern Zinnia stamp set from A Muse Studio. I used a base card and ink in eucalyptus and stamped the smaller, solid modern zinnia from the set on a kraft card stock panel. I used the scalloped border dies to cut the scalloped edge in vanilla card stock and hand cut a little vanilla flag to stamp on the sentiment. I added a french roast button and some french roast baker’s twine and finished off the design by adding a dashed line border with my signo white gel pen. This is a simple design element that really adds a nice finish to the card. Enjoy your Sunday  and I’ll be back later in the week with some holiday card inspiration featuring a few of the new holiday stamp sets!

Technique Flash-Back: CHALK RESIST

Today I wanted to talk to you about chalk. Many of you probably have chalk in your  stamping supply stash. It’s a wonderful medium and I used to use it often, exploring some of the fun techniques that incorporate chalk. Over time, my stamping style has become more simplified in general, but I like to pull out fun, different techniques once in a while to mix things up. This week, I decided to dust off the chalk and provide you with a little blast from the past…


In this card above, I used the Modern Zinnia stamp set and the A Muse|Studio chalk palette (manufactured by Pebbles, Inc.), to create this card.

The technique I used is the chalk resist technique. If you are not familiar with this technique, there’s a quick little video I found here that will demonstrate it beautifully for you. The woman in the video is actually using the same chalk palette offered by A |S so if you are interested in owning  a chalk palette, this is a very good one.

In my card design (as in the video) I stamped the image using a Versamark embossing ink pad and then chalked the image by daubing on the chalk with the applicator/pompoms, first the pinks and then a bit of the warm, darker, yellow.  I love the soft, warm, subtle result and the way it coordinates so beautifully with my squash and shell card stock (two colors I wouldn’t normally think to put together).

It feels so good to be creative! I hope you enjoyed this little reminder of how much fun you can have with chalk in your stamping and you’ll pull out your chalk palette and give this simple technique a try this week.

clean & simple sunday no. 73 + some news…

Happy Sunday everyone, and Happy “Spring Ahead” for those of you who set your clocks ahead one hour before you went to bed last night, for Daylight Savings Time. Spring is on it’s way even if it doesn’t feel like it today…

I wanted to use some green in today’s card… I feel like I need a little Spring, and to me, that wasabi ink screams spring and summer! I also wanted to try something super simple for today’s design, using my new Modern Zinnia stamp set…


I LOVE this stamp set. You will absolutely see it very soon in a “Featured Set” post. I have lots of ideas for this baby!

Anyway, I took a sheet of vanilla card stock and cut it in half on the short edge. I rounded the corners opposite the fold and stamped a solid zinnia in wasabi ink and then an outline zinnia of the same size (the larger ones) in heather ink. The “hello” is from the Just My Type stamp set and I stamped that in the Memento/Rich Cocoa. I added a strip of three tiny sparkle stickers to add a little bling.

I hope this card will inspire you to try something really simple in your stamping today!

A little news…

When I started this blog, I did so to have a place to share A Muse|Studio and to hopefully provide you with ideas and inspiration you could translate to your own stamping projects. I also have an Etsy Shop and wanted to have a place for my customers to come to get to know me as a stamp artist and to get to know my “craft” a little bit more if they wanted to…

This has worked out GREAT.

Over the last few months, I’ve been feeling a little bit stuck as far as my Etsy shop goes. I LOVE to make cards as you all well know, and I have had some relatively good sales on Etsy and I measure this by the fact that when I post things for sale, I usually MAKE a sale within a week of posting. Finding the time to post is tricky… I work full-time, I’m a wife, I’m a mom to a very active 11-y.o. boy, I do workshops for A Muse|Studio and work with the products to make samples (which I sometimes post in my Etsy Shop!), and I write this blog, which I really enjoy, plus I do a million other things in any given week, just like everybody else!

After a few months of wrestling with different ideas, talking with my husband, bouncing ideas off of friends, I’ve decided that I want to do more with my “Shop”.  I’ve decided to do some craft fairs this year. This is new for me. I’m excited but I have some anxiety too—will my cards sell? will people like my booth? will I make enough cards  (and other things) to bring with me? will I have TIME to make enough? Will I even be accepted into any of these fairs?  Well, I can answer that last one—I did get accepted, to a juried, artisan fair in Marlborough, CT on April 6th at the Congregational Church!

I’m completely thrilled, because I DO want to take my Shop this route, in addition to having my space on Etsy, I just want to talk with my customers, provide them with a card boutique experience and with any luck, sell more than 2 cards!

In an effort to make my business of THIS BLOG + MY ETSY SHOP more cohesive, I’ve rebranded Checkerberry Lane Studio.  My new business card fronts look like this:


The back contains the logo again, along with my contact info. I feel like they project just the image I want for my little card shop.  I designed these cards after selecting a new template for my blog which brings me to the news…

VERY SOON, I will be migrating to a new blog address — www.checkerberrylane.com
In fact, the migration is currently taking place and should be finished early next week. I will then be loading in a new blog template (a pretty page design that coordinates with those business cards)  and as soon as the new blog is ready I will redirect all of you to the new version with some behind the scenes magic! If you get emails when I update my blog, you will be automatically redirected, you won’t have to do a thing! If you just pop in here occasionally to see what’s going on, you hopefully, will be automatically redirected as well, but I’m still working on how to make that happen…

I’m going to be a little busy with this transition the next week, maybe two, so it’s going to continue to be a little bit quiet on CheckerberryLane while we get through it.  Thanks so much for your patience!!  I can’t wait to share my new blog with you, my craft fair experience as well as more creative fun with A Muse|Studio.  I sincerely appreciate your support and your interest… thank you for reading!!