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It’s all about the SALE – about the SALE…

The new Amuse Catalog debuts June 15th! Here is more 50% off A Muse Studio Card Making Inspiration! Orders over $35, before tax and shipping, placed this weekend get a FREE A Muse Studio 2015-16 catalog AUTOMATICALLY! Happy Memorial Day! Pop over to my webstore and place your order. Click shop in the upper right, stamps in the center and then 2015 Retiring Sale on the left to be brought right to the 50% off sale – in pictures. HERE is the list if you want to browse with a catalog.
Silver Lining
WAS $24.99
NOW $12.50
A Muse Silver LiningA Muse Silver Lining

Squeeze the Day
WAS $36.99
NOW $18.50

A Muse Studio Squeeze the DayA Muse Studio Squeeze the Day
A Muse Studio Squeeze the DayA Muse Studio Squeeze the Day
Seasonal Branch
WAS $14.99
NOW $7.50
Madison MingleA Muse Studio Seasonal BranchA Muse Studio Seasonal Branch

More 50% off Amuse Stamps Inspiration

More Amuse Stamps sets have SOLD OUT as of this morning! Shop the A Muse Studio Retirement 50% off SALE early while the selection is still good! Combine with the A Muse Studio hostess rewards and get even more for your crafty dollars! Enjoy the parade of card making inspiration then go make cards!

If you missed Monday’s post there is even more card making inspiration here. CLICK HERE to shop A Muse Studio 24/7. Click Shop in the upper right, Stamps in the center, then click 2015 Retirement Sale on the left menu to shop all the discount stamp sets.
Sea Shells – SJEH003
WAS $12.99
NOW $6.50
May Thank You Note Sea ShellsBathing Beauties
Touch of Nature – SBSG011
WAS $19.99
NOW $10.00
One Layer All Things Nature
Friends Fur-ever – SISQ012
WAS $21.99
NOW $11.00
skunk nuggets
Friends Fur-everFriends Fur-ever
Just Because – SISH002
WAS $12.99
NOW $6.50
Plant Identification Nice To Think About
Pretty Peonies – SVSD024
WAS $16.99
NOW $8.50
Water Sports Thank You

50% off favorite Amuse Stamps

You wont believe how far your stamping dollars will stretch right now! Enjoy the A Muse Studio Retirement Sale and save 50% PLUS do like my savvy customers and COMBINE with the hostess rewards! Place an order of $150 or more and get an additional $25 OR MORE in FREE product! Shop today while the selection is best – this sale is while supplies last. Email or call me (847)922-6795 with your order of $150 or more so I can add your FREE A Muse Studio products! Here are a few of my favorite retiring stamp sets to inspire you!
Mad For Plaids SJEH004 – Endless Background Paper – Plaid, gingham and Stripes!
WAS 12.99
NOW 6.50
april kitSqueeze the Day
Under the Big Top SISP024
WAS $26.99
NOW $13.50
belated birthday cardA Muse Studio Under the Big TopUnder the Big Top
Anchors Aweigh SYWQ001
WAS $27.99
NOW $14.00
A Muse Studio DIY Pirate PartyPopcorn Box Die

Pyramid Box DieCandy Box Die Set
Springtime Day SBSM010
WAS $24.99
NOW $12.50
Springtime DayA Muse Studio Springtime DayMarch Stamp Class Springtime Day

Last Call A Muse Studio Stamps 50% off

50% off Amuse Stamps
Last call for the Retirement Sale! Tons of great Amuse Stamps are on sale 50% off beginning today. Call me 847 922-6795, email me or place your order HERE. Click shop in the upper right, click on Stamps, then click on 2015 Retiring Sale on the left. Whatever you do, HURRY! Things are selling out before my eyes!
Happy Sale Shopping!

how to make a card – my card making and paper crafting process part 2

A Muse Bottle Rockets
Hi Guys – Welcome back for the reveal. I showed you a glimpse into my creative process on Monday and promised to share one of the handmade cards that the process yielded. We are going to make this card and two others in June if you join me for an A Muse Studio Card Making Class. Each handmade card will feature a different brand new A Muse Studio stamp set. This A Muse Studio Stamp Camp will serve as a sneak preview of the 2015 A Muse Studio Catalog! HOW EXCITING! This card is just one of six handmade cards and projects I made when I sat down to craft with that pile of supplies. I will display all six items (and much more) at card making class for your inspiration. Do you live in the Chicago area? Want to join me for an A Muse Studio Card Making Class? Find out more here – don’t delay. Early birds SAVE 5 BUCKS! The early bird discount ends May 21st.

how to make a card – my card making and paper crafting process

Hello from your A Muse Studio Consultant! It is a chilly rainy day. I call that stamping weather! I am locked in my studio all day today. There is so much that I have to get done for YOU! I thought I might talk to you today about my creative process. Lots of stampers ask me how I make a card or paper craft project. It varies, but often starts this way:
A Muse Studio Bottle Rockets
First I will choose a color palette, I usually do that with A Muse Studio Card Stock. Here I have:

  • A Muse Studio Honeycomb Cardstock (available June 2015) in Sky, Navy and Apple
  • A Muse Studio Mini Dot Cardstock (available June 2015) in those same colors
  • A Muse Studio Solid Cardstock in Navy, Sky, Apple and Sugar
  • Then once my color palette develops, I grabbed my Amuse stamps. This color palette was begging to be paired with A Muse Studio Bottle Rockets (also available June 2015).
    Last step before I get started with the actual card making is to do a mad grab of any A Muse Studio Dies, accessories and embellishments that fit or enhance the theme that is developing.
    A Muse Studio Dies and Treat Bags
    As you can see from the picture, I don’t hold back! I grab anything that might work or anything that I might want to feature. Obviously I can not use all of this on one handmade card or paper craft project. The object is to get the creative juices flowing and make more than one card or project in a sitting. I need to be efficient to keep you inspired.
    Well, that’s it for today. Come back Wednesday for a look at one of the handmade cards I made with this pile of A Muse Studio goodies!

    Chicago Area A Muse Card Making Class

    Friends Fur-ever
    Do you want learn to be a better card maker in a fun social and hands-on experience?
    Want to impress family and friends by sending the most beautiful handmade greeting cards? Want to SAVE money on your stamping supplies and get a personal tour of the A Muse Studio Retirement SALE?
    Registration is now open for my A Muse Studio Retirement SALE Card Making Class! Registration is open until May 7th. Card Making Class is just $18 for three beautiful, high quality handmade cards – until May 7th. What a GREAT VALUE! Use the paypal button below, your payment is your RSVP. See you in class!
    Please bring dry adhesive (if you prefer it) any basic crafting tools you can not live without.
    Can’t make it to class but want a kit? There is an option for that! Paypal me and I will mail your card kit after registration closes on May 7th.


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    Please note – RSVP must be made by your payment. Class fee payments are nonrefundable. If you can not attend after you have made payment a class kit will be reserved for you.

    Papel Picado Dies for Cinco de Mayo

    Papel Picado Die
    Happy Cinco de Mayo! I am just home from A Muse Studio’s National Conference and so excited to share all of what’s new with you! Let me start with these adorable diy party decorations! A Muse Studio staff worked very hard to welcome us with their creativity. These diy banner decorations were part of the welcome reception decor. I love them! The white scallop is cut with A Muse Studio Half Circle Large Papel Picado Die. When dressed up with one of our Bow Dies and paired with pretty paper lanterns, this diy Papel Picado isn’t just for Cinco de Mayo anymore! Wouldn’t this banner look great at any diy birthday party? You can get the Papel Picado Dies in three fun shapes: Half Circle (shown), Geometric (my favorite) and Rectangle. Browse over to my webstore and buy your Papel Picado Dies today – go on, be a diy party HERO!

    Papel Picado Die

    Click to shop A Muse Studio 24/7

    A Muse Studio supplies used to make this DIY Party Banner Decor:
    Paper: A Muse Studio Sugar PAPS001 and BRAND NEW Melon Honeycomb Cardstock – Available June 2015
    Accessories: A Muse Studio Papel Picado Die Half Circle TAD0086, Large Bow Die TAD0064, A Muse Studio Crepe Paper in Melon EAST403, Orange EAST301, Blush EAST200, Mini Clothespins EACMINI, and Blush Baker Cording RABC200.

    A Muse Studio Popcorn Box Birdhouse Tutorial

    Enjoy this printable, downloadable birdhouse treat box tutorial. These would make the prettiest party favors. Don’t miss the Venetian Background Stamp for the roof. It’s on the A Muse Studio Retirement SALE now – while supplies last. Shop the A Muse Studio Retirement SALE and save 35% on almost 100 Amuse stamps sets while they last. Click over to my webstore to browse the sale. Just click shop on the upper right corner, then click stamps, then click on 2015 Retiring Sale on the left. Go cash in the savings!

    Popcorn Box Die

    Click HERE to print and/or download your FREE Birdhouse Treat Box Tutorial

    A Muse Studio National Conference – Colorado

    Denver 1
    HELLO FROM DENVER COLORADO! I am in Colorado for the A Muse Studio National Conference. Being an A Muse Studio Consultant is so much fun – and so rewarding! I watched the sunrise behind the Denver skyline from right outside my hotel. I love to travel, being an A Muse Studio Consultant makes that possible! Here are two picture of the sky line from this morning. Do you love to paper craft? Do you love to share your creative ideas and stamping expertise? Do you want to get out more? Want to earn some cash? A Muse Studio is your solution! It’s just $49 to join through May 31. Join A Muse Studio today! Click HERE then click START a business in the upper right corner. It takes less than 5 minutes!
    Denver 2

    Denver 3

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    Card Making Tutorials Teaser

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    Card Making Tutorials

    A Muse Studio April Collection Sweet Shop

    A Muse April Collection
    Don’t miss out on the A Muse Studio April Monthly Collection! Here is a SWEET treat bag and handmade greeting card to inspire you. Wouldn’t that glassine bag make a pretty baby or wedding shower favor? All the Amuse Stamps and supplies with their stock numbers are listed below. The A Muse Studio April Collection is available through April 30th, after that you are taking your chances while supplies last.

    VIEW THE A MUSE STUDIO APRIL COLLECTION HERE

    ORDER FROM THE A MUSE STUDIO APRIL COLLECTION HERE

    A Muse Studio Sweet ShopA Muse Studio Sweet Shop

    Click to shop A Muse Studio 24/7

    A Muse Studio supplies used to make this handmade greeting card and treat bag:
    Stamps: A Muse Studio Sweet Shop SISE038, and Springtime Day (25% off through May – While Supplies Last) SBSM010
    Paper: A Muse Studio Vanilla PAPS100, Sky PAPS600, and Buttercup PAPS401
    Ink: A Muse Studio Bermuda Ink IAPF601, French Roast IAPF803, and Memento Rich Cocoa IMMP800
    Accessories: A Muse Studio Small Glassine Bags BAGGLS1, Nestablities Large Circle Die Set TNS4114, Nestablities Large Scallop Circle Die Set TNS4124, 3.5 inch Paper Doilies PD35001, Mini Clothespins EACMINI, Corner Chomper TCNRCH1, Copic Markers, and 3D Foam Adhesive ASFA001

    A Muse Studio Retirement Party Card Making Class

    Squeeze the Day
    Join me in my Rolling Meadows home studio on May 18th at 7pm OR May 19th at 10am for an exciting hands on card making class! You will learn so much from this class in a fun, social and hands-on experience!

    In this class:

    • You will learn how to make any solid stamp patterned. After taking this class you will be able to multiply your available stamp images WITHOUT spending another PENNY on new stamp sets.
    • I will share which stamp set you don’t want to retire before you add it to your collection! Open your world to never ending pattern paper with just one new stamp set – the best part, this stamp set will only set you back $9.74! It’s a tool you have to have in your stamping arsenal!
    • I will share an EASY funky distressed background technique with you. Don’t buy those “distressed” or “grunge” style background stamps! Save your money – Let me show you how to make any background rustic! It’s so simple you wont believe it!

    Your payment is your RSVP. All Chicago Area paper crafters are welcome. Call me with questions (847)922-6795
    See ya in card making class!


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    Click to shop A Muse Studio 24/7

    A Muse Studio supplies used to make this Squeeze the Day card:
    Stamps: A Muse Studio Squeeze the Day SNSU080, Mad For Plaids SJEH004 and Stamp Collection SVSE063
    Paper: A Muse Studio Sugar PAPS100, Sage PAPS501, Buttercup PAPS401, and Grapefruit PAPS208
    Ink: A Muse Studio Grass IAPF503, Grapefruit IAPF208 and Papaya IAPF402and VersaFine Onyx Black IVFP082
    Accessories: A Muse Studio Nestablities Large Circle Die Set TNS4114, Nestablities Large Scallop Circle Die Set TNS4124, Sugar Mini Brads EABR001, Corner Chomper TCNRCH1, 1/16″ Circle Punch TFPU116 and 3D Foam Adhesive ASFA001

    A Muse Studio Card Making Class

    A Muse Studio Namaste
    The A Muse Studio Retirement SALE is here! Retirement Sale details are can be found below. May’s Card Making Class, at my home studio in the Chicago Suburbs, is going to celebrate the retirement of many many wonderful A Muse Studio Stamp Sets. Here is a preview of one of the cards we will be making. Can you join us for a Chicago Area Card Making Class? Registration is open today and runs through May 7th.
    Class will be held in my Rolling Meadows home studio on Monday May 18th @ 7pm OR Tuesday May 19th at 10am. Call me for directions (847)922-6795.
    Register today!


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    There are 103 A Muse Studio Stamp Sets and Die Sets on sale right now! I used THREE Amuse stamps from the Retirement SALE on this card: Namaste – the yoga girl rubber stamps, Ovalicious – the ovals that ground any image, and Mod Backgrounds 1 – make any solid image pattern FUN. Click HERE to grab up some SAVINGS! Happy SALE shopping! Thank you SO MUCH for your online orders!

    Amuse Stamps Retirement SALE

    Click to shop A Muse Studio 24/7

    A Muse Studio supplies used to make this thinking of you card:
    Stamps: A Muse Studio Namaste SVSG055, Ovalicious SASC001 and Mod Backgrounds 1 SASG027
    Paper: A Muse Studio Mermaid PAPS509, Seattle Petite Polka Dot PAPP103 and Sugar PAPS100
    Ink: A Muse Studio Marigold IAPF406, and Memento Tuxedo Black IMMP900
    Accessories: A Muse Studio Nestablities Large Square Die Set TNS4126, Nestablities Large Scallop Square Die Set TNS4127, Cherry Bag Of Buttons EABT204, Copic Markers, and 3D Foam Adhesive ASFA001

    A Muse Studio Product Pair: Splash! & Crystal Clear Glaze

    Have I got an A Muse Studio Product Pair for you! Check out how cool A Muse Studio Splash! Ink and Crystal Clear Glaze work together to make a stained glass effect. Check out the stained glass flower on this card. Enjoy the following Splash! Stained Glass Technique photo tutorial.
    Splash Stained Glass Technique
    Catch all the sparkle going on on that Floral Duet Stained Glass flower? Click on the photo and enlarge to really see the shine! On a side note: A Muse Studio is having a Retirement Sale – Both Floral Duet and Thank You Mix are on SALE right now. Check out these great deals and more on my A Muse Studio website HERE.
    A Muse Studio Splash!
    Here are the supplies you need:
    A Muse Studio Splash! Ink in Bermuda IASP601, Grapefruit IASP208 and Papaya IASP402
    A Muse Studio Crystal Clear Glaze EACL000
    A Muse Studio Crystal Clear Cardstock PGCC000
    A Muse Studio Diamond GLitter EAGL010
    A Muse Studio Thank You Mix SASD002 and Floral Duet SASJ024
    StazOn Ink ISOP031 (for flower) and VersaFine Onyx Black IVFP082 (for thank you sentiment)
    A small paint brush, shot glass of water, clear acrylic blocks.
    Hey by the way – did you know that searching product number is the BEST way to find what you are looking for when ordering A Muse Studio products online. That’s why I take the time to look them up for you!

    A Muse Studio Crystal Clear Glaze
    STEP ONE: Stamp your image from A Muse Studio Floral Duet with StazOn Ink on Crystal Clear Cardstock. Flip the cardstock over.
    Mix your glaze. Pour out some Crystal Clear Glaze for each color you are going to mix. Drip a little bit of Splash! Ink beside the Crystal Clear Glaze. Don’t touch the glaze with the end of the sprayer – you might clog your Splash! Ink.
    A Muse Studio Splash!
    STEP TWO: Use a small wet paint brush to mix the Crystal Clear Glaze and Splash! Ink together until the color is a well blended.

    A Muse Studio Splash
    STEP THREE: Paint your image with the different color glaze. Don’t move too slow but don’t panic either. Just keep in mind that the edges of your image are going to start drying right away. Work from the inside out if you can.

    A Muse Studio Diamond Glitter
    STEP FOUR: Sprinkle the wet glaze with A Muse Studio Diamond Glitter. Let the glaze dry completely and cut out your image. Use 3D Foam Adhesive or Crystal Clear Glaze to adhere you brand new stained glass piece to your project.

    Splash Stained Glass Technique
    Here is a picture of the back (left) and front (right) of your finished piece. I am closing out with a picture of the finished card one more time. Thank you for sticking around with me for the whole tutorial. Come back tomorrow for a May Card Class preview – it’s going to be a retirement party!

    Splash Stained Glass Technique

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