clean & simple sunday no. 133

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

DSC_1645 copy

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.

DSC_1642 copy

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!


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!

DSC_1637 copy

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


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 and simple sunday no. 132

So happy to be sharing my first post of the New Year! 2016 has brought a new home for A Muse Studio corporate headquarters, and a brand new January Collection!

The move of A|S headquarters over the last two weeks, from Seattle, WA to North Carolina was a complete success! Operations are up and running and ordering capability has resumed. As a special THANK YOU from A Muse Studio they’re offering customers a discount on orders placed between now and January 31st. Just use JANUARY10 as the discount code when you place you’re order!

The January Collection is full of fun! My C&SS cards this month will feature stamp sets from this cheerful, love-filled collection…


This card features a January Collection stamp set called FROM THE HEART. I used a plain, sugar base card and stamped on some of the stitched hearts using berry ink. I stamped off on some scrap paper once, then stamped onto my card base to give the hearts a lighter application. The BE MINE was stamped in the berry ink full strength. I stamped the sentiment on some cherry petite pinstripe card stock and then added a layer of onyx card stock as a mat and an onyx twinkle sticker to emphasize the BE MINE.


You can view or download a copy of the entire January Collection, just click HERE and save it to your computer.  You can shop anytime, 24/7 through my secure web store:


There will be many more cards to share this month—until next time…


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. 🙂


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…


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!


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


Valentine cards are such a sweet way of sharing your feelings with the people you care about, and as of today, Valentine’s Day is exactly one month away!  I thought I would share a few card ideas to get you thinking about your own valentine projects…

click to enlarge photo

I really need to beef up my personal inventory of Valentine stamp images! I do have a few stamp sets that worked well despite the fact that they are not specifically categorized as Valentine, and I also have the heart trio die set.  These are all very simple card designs… The first card on the left with the black satin ribbon and red heart was made using a 4.25 x 8.5 vanilla panel folded in half. I used a sentiment from the That’s the Ticket stamp set in the bottom left corner. I wrapped a black satin ribbon around the middle of the card front and folded the ends in (making it look almost like a bow), adhering them to the base card with glue dots for a good hold before gluing the cherry heart to the front of the card using foam squares. The next card over was created using a black base card, three strips of black shimmer damask card stock and a sugar panel cut with the Labels 8 die set. I used a marker to color in the words “I love you” from the Quick & Cute Valentines set (this image came in my starter kit–it goes with the rocket ship from this set that says “I love you to the moon and back”).  I stamped it down on the sugar panel and added a cherry heart with some foam squares to pop it off the card front. The finishing touch is a piece of cherry and white baker’s twine. The last card shown features images from the Owl’s Well stamp set. This one was super easy. I stamped the images on a vanilla panel and colored them in with Copic markers. I layered the stamped panel onto cherry card stock and punched a small heart out of cherry card stock as well, to put between the owls. I mounted the finished panel on a base card of french roast wood grain card stock.

I have a few more ideas and I will continue sharing them with you in the following weeks! Have fun thinking about what you’ll be making this year and if you need additional information or supplies, keep in mind that A Muse|Studio is featuring their Valentine sets in this month’s Spotlight Sale!  You can purchase some great items at a discount and shop when its convenient, 24/7 — just click on the A|S logo in the right margin of my blog (under my photo) to place your order… items ship right to your door!