CSS No.120 + A|S News!

I’m back from a little blogging break (ok, a BIG blogging break, but it gave me time to work on some other projects and now I’m back in my stamp studio, ready to share!), with a Clean & Simple Sunday card for today that showcases the Tweet Heart stamp set in some fun, Spring colors…

I love this little stamp set because although it was introduced during a Valentine promotion a couple of years ago, it’s versatile enough to be used in a variety of color combinations and themes, all year round, not just for Valentines.

In the card shown, I used a papaya card base and ink colors of pebble for the tree and bermuda for the little bird. Finished card size measures (4Bar) 3.5 x 5″, and fits perfectly in our 4Bar envelopes with the cute, curved flap!

Since I’ve been away for a while, I also have a few A Muse Studio News updates to share today…

APRIL COLLECTION | The April Collection is HERE and the theme is birthday! A Muse Studio turns 4 this month and the April Collection is great for getting a jump on your birthday card stash with a variety of images and some fun extras like the tall, skinny birthday candles offered this month. The items from this collection will be available through the end of April so get them while you can!  Special Note: This will be the last special MONTHLY COLLECTION until September. Monthly Collections will resume September 1 and continue monthly through the end of 2015, so more to come!

NATIONAL CONFERENCE + NEW CATALOG RELEASE |  The A|S National Conference for consultants will be held May 1-3 in Colorado Springs, CO. I will be attending this year and look forward to sharing all the news from A|S!  One of the big treats of attending the conference is getting a first look at the new Annual Catalog + all of the fun new samples of stamp art using new products! I will be bringing all of that back home to share with YOU! I will be holding a preview event on Sunday, May 31st so save the date! More information on that to come…

RETIRING STAMP LIST |  With a new catalog coming less then two months away we need to say good bye to some of our old favorites—out with the old and in with the new!  A|S is retiring 103 stamp sets this year and you can download the complete list HERE. They will be offering another progressive sale to reduce their inventory so if there are sets that you’d like to add to your stamp stash before they’re gone, check this out:

There will be three discount periods:

April 15 to 30………………… save 25%
May 1 to 15………………… save 35%
May 16 to 31……………….. save 50%

You can shop this sale through my secure web store— http://www.amusestudio.com/stampshop and items will ship right to your door anywhere in the U.S. by USPS priority flat rate mail. I’m sorry we do not yet offer international shipping.

Tweet Heart (featured in the card above) is one of the stamp sets that WILL be retiring. Currently still available while supplies last!

Enjoy your Sunday, and hopefully a little stamping, too!

Kris

handmade valentines…

I had some time last weekend to play in my studio and I decided to work on some Valentines, both for my Etsy shop and just for fun. I thought I’d share a few of the cards I made using A Muse|Studio products, to give you some fun ideas…

DSC_0235I used Sending My Love stamp set, latte card base, grapefruit card stock and blush + grapefruit inks and a little bit of shell ribbon. The shell ribbon coordinates better in real life than it does in the photo… you’ll have to trust me on that. 🙂

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This one was made using the Tweet Heart stamp set from A|S… I used a latte card base + latte ink, grapefruit chevron + grapefruit ink and to embellish, a bit of blush baker’s cord and my Quickie Glue Pen and a dusting of glitter on the little, pink bird… love this one—so cute! The glitter on the little bird really makes it special…

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I didn’t really do much stamping on this one, just the little sentiment on the fish tail strip and I used the words “sending my love” from the Love is in the Air stamp set from A|S. The card base is grapefruit, with a cherry scalloped circle on a little doily. Layered on top is a shell card stock heart cut from the Heart Trio Die Set (the largest heart in the set which measures about 1″ tall by 1.5″ across) + a cherry button glued on with a Mini Glue Dot.

This last card is not all A Muse Studio supplies – the card base (mermaid) and the button (bermuda) are about it, but you could re-create a card like this using any products you have on hand… I thought you might enjoy the idea of this card (the design elements, the color combination, etc,) + it’s fun to see how our A|S card stock colors really do coordinate with other company products!

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So for this one I took a heart punch that I have on hand (from SU!) and punched out 8 hearts of the same pattern and then one in a coordinating pattern (these papers are SU!, too). I glued these in rows to a sugar panel, layered that panel onto a panel of the same paper as the last heart, wrapped around a little 1/4″ grosgrain ribbon in real red (SU!), added a sugar scallop with some scallop scissors I have in my stash and then added that cute, square button from A|S to embellish before adding the whole panel to a mermaid card base with some foam tape. I love the retro, whimsical look of the patterns and color combination.

I hope you enjoyed the Valentine inspiration today…maybe you’ll whip up a few handmade Valentine’s of your own!

Until next time… K