clean and simple sunday no. 137 ~ jingle all the way

I’m very happy to be back today for another clean and simple Sunday, sharing a card I made using the last Monthly Collection from A Muse Studio, the November Collection

This card was made using a sentiment and two of the snowflakes out of the Jingle All the Way stamp set. I used seattle and winter sky ink for the snowflakes and cherry ink for the sentiment.


I used a bit of the cherry baker’s twine and a few clear, white and star sequins to embellish. I think every snowflake card needs a little sparkle!

Every year around this time I start talking about handmade Christmas cards and what joyful tradition this has become over the years in my own holiday prep. I think it’s because I’m hand-making each card individually and it feels like with each card I send out, I’m sending a little handmade gift. Handmade gifts are my favorite–both to give and receive. I will be making some of my gifts this Christmas and can’t wait to share them with you here.

This is a very simple card design and uses minimal supplies so it fits perfectly in the “easy to mass produce” category. I hope you will consider making some of your Christmas cards this year!

You can order all of the supplies to make this card in my little shop right HERE, through November 26th. After November 27th, sadly, A Muse Studio will be closed for business. If you have questions about what you’d need to make any number of these cards, please leave me a comment, I’m happy to help!

clean & simple sunday no. 115

Welcome November!! Back this week with a regular clean and simple Sunday card but I wasn’t quite ready to put my Christmas card stamps away after the Holiday Card Series 2014 ended…


I created this card using a panel of sugar card stock on top of a base card in sugar card stock. The background snowflakes were stamped in lime and sky inks, the sentiment was stamped in lime ink and the snowflake on the sentiment panel was stamped in cherry ink to compliment the cherry snowflake. I popped up the sentiment panel with 3D foam squares and added a few cherry twinkle stickers to tie the card together and give it a bit of sparkle.

This is another one of those holiday cards that would be very easy to duplicate in large quantities.

I’m going to try to pull together some ideas for Thanksgiving since many of you like to send a Thanksgiving card across the miles to friends and relatives you don’t get to see over the holiday weekend. I’m also planning to put together a few stamped table accessories to add something special to your holiday table so stay tuned for more stamping ideas this month!

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








Holiday Card Series 2014 – Dashing through the snow…

Card #9 |  Another favorite of mine in this Holiday Card Series for 2014…

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This card begins with a base card in sky cardstock. I then cut a strip of sugar cardstock to measure 1-3/4” x 4-7/8” + three squares of cherry cardstock measuring 1-1/2” each. I stamped the snowflake image from the Snowflakes stamp set in Versamark ink on all three cherry panels and then heat embossed them in white embossing powder. I then layered them onto the sugar strip and attached them to my base card with 3D foam adhesive.

To embellish, I used a couple of wraps of toffee twine, including a larger jingle bell and a bow. The sentiment is from the Wishing You the Merriest stamp set. I stamped this in cherry ink to finish off the card.

Three more cards to go! I hope you’re getting lots of ideas!

Thanks for taking a peek today…

If you would like to purchase any of the supplies to create this card you can shop right HERE.

Holiday Card Series 2014 – Snowflakes Sponged

Card #6 |  The card for today involved a bit of technique, to mix things up!

HCS-14_SpongedSnowflake copy

I started by cutting a sheet of regular printer paper to measure 4 x 5.25”. I then used a square die to cut a window into the printer paper panel to create a sponging mask for my card panel. I placed this mask over a piece of white card stock that I cut to measure the same size, 4 x 5.25”. I took out my Bermuda ink pad and my sponge and lightly sponged the area around the edge of the square mask opening. Keeping the mask in place, I stamped snowflakes in various sizes and ink colors of sage, eucalyptus and mermaid inside the sponged area.

I lifted the mask, stamped the greeting in the lower right corner and mounted this panel directly to my sage card base. I then added a wrap of French roast & white baker’s twine. I realized it was looking a little bit empty somehow, so I created a little tag out of a scrap of cardstock + my Corner Chomper tool, stamped a tiny, sage snowflake on it, punched a little hole and tied it to the twine already on the card, popping it up with a 3D foam square. I added a few twinkle stickers for some shine and hooray, it’s complete!

Thanks for taking a look today!  We are half way through the Holiday Card Series for 2014!

To purchase the supplies I used to make this card you can shop right HERE.

2014 Holiday Card Series – Snowflake Cluster

Card #2  |  I knew the minute I opened the 2014 A|S Holiday Catalog that I was going to have to get that Snowflake stamp set! I have many, many (many!) snowflake images in my collection, but I can never resist another!

HCS-14_SnowflakeCluster copy For this card I started with a base card in white and rounded the outside corners with my Corner Chomper tool. I stamped a sweet sentiment from the Very Merry stamp set in Slate ink on a separate square panel of white card stock. On the base card, I randomly stamped three different snowflake sizes in a cluster, using sage, Bermuda and heather ink colors. I added some lime twinkles to the center of the Bermuda snowflakes to add a bit of sparkle.

A more traditional color combination can be used, but I chose cool, soft, wintery colors for a more modern, graphic design.

Thanks for taking a look! If you’d like to purchase the supplies to make this card, you can do so here.

a winter wreath project

One of the items that surprised me by showing up on the A Muse|Studio Product Retire List is the Snowflake Trio die set.
I really love this die set. The snowflakes are so pretty and delicate and all three are very different. I use them a lot. One thing I’ve learned from being in the “business of stamping” is that when the retirement list comes out, I’m always surprised and even saddened by something I see on “the list”, but whenever the new catalog comes out, I’m always SO THRILLED with so many of the new stamp sets, embellishments or tools, that I completely forget about the retired list and what was on it…

…The retired list exists to make room for all the wonderful new things
that A Muse|Studio has in store for us come March…

That said, this wonderful Snowflake Trio die set is one that I will miss promoting next winter. I’ve used it on countless projects and cards and I have one final project to share with you today to encourage you to get this set while it’s still available if it has been on your wish list.

A winter wreath…


A few days before New Year’s Eve I was in my local craft store and I came across a small display of final clearance Christmas items. I saw some pretty, silvery-white bead garland for $9.99 but it was 70% off and thought it would be perfect for a little winter wreath project I was planning to make. I picked up a medium grapevine wreath (for about $5) and some sheer organdy ribbon (for about $3) so for about $12 I put together a cute, frosty, winter wreath for my front door.


In addition to the supplies above, I cut several snowflakes (using the Snowflake Trio die set) out of vanilla shimmer card stock. I first wrapped the beaded garland around the wreath. I then made the bow and placed it where I thought I would like it and finally, I glued the snowflakes to the wreath.


I layered a few sets of large and medium snowflakes together using a foam square and then used my glue gun to add dots of glue to the back of all of the snowflakes I’d cut out to stick them to the grapevine wreath. I added a sparkle sticker to the center of each to add a little detail.


This is just what my front door needed after the Christmas wreath was put away for next year. This wreath will take me through to late March when my pansy wreath comes out again for Spring. It was a quick and easy project and it not only lifted my post-holiday spirits but brightened up my front door!

If you have questions about this fun, winter project just let me know in the comments. Feel free to pass this post along to friends or share it on Facebook, then take another look at that list of A Muse|Studio products set to retire and get them while you can!  At 30% off, the Snowflake Trio die set will cost you $11.16 plus tax & shipping. You can shop online right here and the sale price will be automatically reflected.