letter press thinking of you

flower dies set 2

Don’t miss my technique trio class on May 15th at 12:30pm or May 21st at 6:30pm.  We will be making this pretty letter press thinking of you card.  I will show you how to turn those embossing folders and plates into the perfect letter press!  We will also make the beautiful dimensional flowers using A Muse Studio Flower Die Set #2.  To reserve your seat register now.

Class Time

Stamps: A Muse Studio Contemporary Greetings SASH004, Vintage Labels SHMM002
Paper: A Muse Studio Cocoa PAPS804, PapayaPAPS402, Vanilla PAPS002, Sage PAPS501 and Pumpkin PAPS302
Ink: A Muse Studio Rialto IAPF507, and French Roast IAPF803
Accessories: A Muse Studio Fern Silky Crush Ribbon RACR504, French Roast Not Your Grandma’s Bag of Buttons EABT803, Flowers Die Set #2 TAD0031, Vintage Labels 1 Die Set TAD0039, Cuttlebug Perfect Paisley Folder, Large Kaiser Craft Pearls

Mother’s Day Inspiration

Mother's Day May 13th

Just a quick card to share today for your inspiration.  Don’t forget Mother’s Day is May 13th.  Have you ordered your stamps and supplies for your Mother’s Day cards?  Click here, or on the green A|S logo on the right, and place your order today.  If you order soon you will get your stamps with enough time to create.  Your mom will thank me.  lol.  You’re welcome!  *giggle*

Stamps: A Muse Studio Papillon SVSF005, Floral Duet SASJ024, Extraordinary Background SASF021, Beautiful Botanicals 2 SISM005, Say it with Style SASF035
Ink: A Muse Studio Seattle IAPF103, Shell IAPF201, Lichen IAPF500
Paper: A Muse Studio Seattle PAPS103, Sugar PAPS001
Accessories:  A Muse Studio Shell Organdy Ribbon RAOR600, Word Window Dies TAD0040, Prisma Color Pencils

fry box die treat

fry box and card

Hey Stampers!  Here is a look at what I am working on today.  I have to make this post a super quick one, because I am working on a couple of videos to go with this post.  Stay tuned for the first two episodes of Kitchen Table Stamper TV.  LOL! Edited to add that the first video is now uploaded! Please leave a comment and let me know what you think!

stamps: A Muse Studio Say it with Style
paper: A Muse Studio grass, bubblegum, sugar, kraft and buttercup petite polka dot
ink: Memento rich cocoa
accessories: A Muse Studio fry box die, flower die set 1, word windows die set, not your grandma’s bag of buttons buttercup, paper crimper,  rustic shell twine (retired)

Are you thinking about it?

start your own stamping business

Have you seen the ‘Get on Board‘  promotion going on at A Muse Studios?  It’s a great time to start your own stamping business.  Why? you ask.  Well, because for a limited time you get to choose $50 or $75 of free stamps with your starter kit.   What a great business booster!  Do you want to learn more about A Muse Studio?  Join us for an Opportunity Call with Linda Carnell.

Join our CEO and Founder, Linda Carnell, on a special call  Sunday, April 29 at 3pm Eastern, 2pm Central, 12pm (noon) Pacific  to learn about A Muse Studio’s exciting business opportunity. Linda will share more about the company and our mission, the support we offer to Consultants and what it takes to be successful. There will be a chance to ask questions too!

Call in number for all calls: 1-312-340-6650 (long distance charges may apply)
Access code: 2216602

We welcome your questions! Feel free to ask – if you are wondering about something… chances are that someone else is too!

Floral Duet Pocket Card

pocket card

Hi Sandy!  Sandy asked me to blog this card for her inspiration, so here it is!  I hadn’t blogged it sooner because it’s a hard card to capture in pictures.  I hope that I did a good enough job to give you an idea of how the card works.  It’s a cris-cross pocket with a tag inside.  I attached the double layer flower to the pocket with a foam dot to bump it up.  The smaller single layer flower is attached to the pull out tag with a foam dot.  When the tag is in the pocket the two flowers nest together.  It’s a neat design element that get’s lost in the pictures.  Thank you for the Photoshop challenge Sandy.  Thank you for stopping by my kitchen table today!  If you like the card and I did a good job showing and explaining it leave a comment.  If you have questions about the design, just ask!

Stamps:  A Muse Studio Floral Duet, Wild Rose, and Friend to Friend
Paper: A Muse Studio Pistachio, Shell, Sugar, and Titian Venetian Pattern
Ink: A Muse Studio Pistachio and Memento Rich Cocoa
Accessories: A Muse Studio Vintage Label 1 Dies, French Roast Glitter, Quickie Glue Pen, Nestibilities Oval Dies, a big silver brad


On the Road with A Muse Studio

A Muse Studio is coming to the Chicagoland area!

That’s right – they’re going On the Road!

On the Road with A Muse Studio events are your opportunity to use our new products,
learn great tips and techniques in a fabulous class, and have FUN getting crafty with some of the creative women behind A Muse Studio!

We’re excited to share all the new products and opportunities A Muse Studio has to offer.

On the Road – Chicago Workshop 1
date: May 6, 2012
time: 10am – 12pm
place: Panera Bread, 2775 Showplace Drive, Naperville, IL 60564
cost: $24

On the Road – Chicago Workshop 2
date: May 6, 2012
time: 1 – 3pm
place: Panera Bread, 2775 Showplace Drive, Naperville, IL 60564
cost: $24

Space is limited, register today!

To reserve your space, simply click HERE to register.  Once there, click on your choice of event on the right! It’s that easy! No login necessary!

All attendees are asked to please bring a basic tool kit consisting of detail scissors, ruler, pencil and the adhesive of your choice and any other paper-crafting supplies you can’t stamp without! All other supplies will be provided.

kissing wild rose

a msue studio birthday card

Can you see the subtle paisley pattern in the roses?  It’s a kissing technique that we learned in my technique trio class.  FUN isn’t it?   I just love to find more uses for supplies and tools I already have.  The paisley is a Cuttlebug embossing folder that I have had for years.  I just inked the inside of the folder with Watermelon A Muse Studio Ink.  Then I pressed the rose stamp on the folder after inking it up with Shell A Muse Studio Ink.  A super simple technique that adds a new twist to old tools.  Check out the calendar page for more info about my classes.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Stamps:  A Muse Studio Wild Rose
Paper: A Muse Studio Lichen, Shell, Sugar and French Roast Woodgrain
Ink: A Muse Studio Shell, Watermelon, Lichen, Rialto, and French Roast
Accessories: A Muse Studio Not Your Grandma’s Bag of Buttons French Roast, French Roast Bakers Twine, Spellbinders Nestabilities Circle and Scallop Circle, Cuttlebug Perfectly Paisley Embossing Folders.

24 carrot friend card

card making class sample

It’s a really nice, kinda cool, Spring day here.  I just have a quick card to share.  I made the chevron background paper with my students in yesterday’s technique trio class.  If you are interested in classes, A Muse Studio On the Road, or BOOST! then check out my Calendar Page.  I just updated for May.  Thank you for stopping by to read…you are a ’24 carrot’ friend!

Stamps: A Muse Studio Bunny Business
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black and VersaMark
Paper: A Muse Studio Sage, Bellini, Sugar, Burano and Bellini Venetian Pattern, Bermuda and Sage Petite Polka Dot
Accessories: A Muse Studio White Embossing Powder, Copic Markers, Spellbinders Nestabilities Circles and Scallop Circle Dies

Family Icons and Mad for Plaid

april kit
Just havin’ some fun with a muse studio Mad for Plaid and Family Icons.  If you like the cards, there is a kit!  It includes the Family Icons stamp set, an assorted paper pack, lime and bubble gum satin ribbon, onyx buttons, and four ideas cards with measurements and instructions.  This is one of the four designs for the kit.  You will be able to make two each of four card designs and have more coordinated supplies left to play with your own designs!  Check out tomorrows mid month newsletter or the monthly kits page of this site for more information and a peek at another design!  This kit will take the guess work out of design and make stamping handmade cards so much easier!
Pick up this kit before APRIL 30th and SAVE!

April Family Icons Card Making Kit

stamps: a muse studio mad for plaid, essential sentiments and family icons
paper: a muse studio bermuda, buttercup, sugar, onyx, buttercup gingham, and onyx petite polka dot
ink: a muse studio bermuda, slate, papaya, and memento tuxedo black
accessories: a muse studio star dies, and nestabilities circle dies

Have you seen the a muse studio catalog yet?

That’s me, in New Orleans at the beautiful Omni Royal Orleans, for a muse studio’s national conference.  I debated if I should share or let you find this little ‘gem’ on you tube for yourself.  lol.  Now seriously, have you seen the new catalog yet?  You can download it from my sidebar, or CLICK HERE.  If you want a paper copy, email me or buy it now:

Buy a Catalog

little peanut baby card

a muse baby card

See Gayle!  It does exist!  I found it stuck between catalogs in a stack in the living room!  I am off to my stamp club so I gotta make it a quick post.  This is a baby card from my three cards and dessert class.  I love the a muse studio little peanuts stamp set – and it’s on sale this month!

stamps: a muse studio little peanuts
paper: a muse studio bermuda, shell, sugar and sage gingham
ink: memento rich cocoa and a muse studio bermuda
accessories: a muse studio cloud dies, sugar wool blend felt, lime organdy ribbon, copic marker, swiss dot embossing folder

modern birthday wishes

a muse family icons birthday card

I am really thinking about bringing back the monthly kit.  I used to do a kit every month that included a stamp set, card stock, embellishments and all the ideas, directions, measurements and instructions that you needed to make two each or four card designs.  Keep an eye on the blog, I think there is a Family Icons kit coming in April.  Would a kit help you make the most of your stamping and crafting time?

What do you think of my first card using the Family Icons set?  Do you like it?  Leave a comment and let me know what you think.

I was mixed about the Family Icons stamp set, but I loved the samples in the a muse studio catalog. I also loved the samples I saw at the a muse studio National Conference.  When the set was on the Spotlight SALE this month I thought now was as good a time as any to try my hand at Family Icon cards.

I really gotta go.  I am going to be late for church.  Leave a comment and tell me what you think!

stamps:  a muse studio mad for plaid, contemporary greetings, and family icons
paper: a muse studio sage, sugar, onyx, and onyx petite polka dot
ink: a muse studio bubblegum, sage, cherry, and grass, memento tuxedo black
accessories: a muse studio not your grandma’s bag of buttons onyx, scallop border die and flowers 1 die set

DIY baby shower

DIY Baby Shower InvitationDIY Shower DecorationsDIY Baby Shower FavorsDon’t miss the April Spotlight!  Pop on to my webstore and pick up these products while they are on sale.

Aren’t those baby shower favors adorable?  I love a muse studio’s little white lunch bags.  They make gift giving and party favors so easy!

For one month, you can save 10% on the stamp sets used to create these fabulous projects!

Make a Scene
Little Peanuts
Go Green
Family Icons

And, for a limited time, order the special April Showers cardstock assortment pack – an easy way to get the look showcased in this month’s spotlight.

April Showers Assortment Pack contains four sheets each:



make a custom ink pad

a muse studio touch of nature

One of the things that I loved best about the current a muse studio catalog was the expansion in the variety of stamps I saw in the book.  I love the cute “think simple, think a muse” style, however I think that when you are the only paper crafting vendor in the house it’s nice to have lots of styles to choose from.  Touch of Nature is just the type of stamp I am talking about.  It’s more detailed and it’s more realistic.  It’s beautiful and I LOVE IT!

Join me at my kitchen table on Tuesday, April 17 at 12:30pm or 6:30pm for Technique Tuesday.  I will show you how to make a custom ink pad for any stamp in your collection.  This is one of the cards we will make in class.

Register online using  Paypal to reserve your seat!

Class Time

stamps: a muse studio touch of nature and woodgrain background
paper: a muse studio toffee, sky, sage, sugar and seatle
ink: a muse studio sky, fern and seatle, VersaMark, and various Palette Reinkers
accessories: a muse studio white embossing powder, fern silky crush ribbon, meadow mix assorted paper flowers, vanilla pearl stickers, nestabilities oval and scallop oval dies

Stamp for Hire…a special birthday card!

hand made birthday card

I thought I would share a quick card and a story before I am off for the weekend. I got a call yesterday from a customer asking if I could manufacturer a birthday card, with pink and red strawberries, in an hour. I wasn’t sure at first, but it was for a very special lady so I got to thinking. I don’t have any a muse studio strawberry stamps, but my cherry and bubblegum petite polka dot paper  would make CUTE strawberries. I thought on it and then started to dig around in my Sizzix dies. That’s when I found the cute little strawberry. As soon as I put my hands on that die, I knew a birthday card with pink and red strawberries was going to be no problem!  I cut the berries out of a muse studio petite polka dot cherry and bubblegum card stock, then for contrast I cut a few from solid cherry and bubblegum too.  They were too cute!  What now?  Hmmmm…I was shuffling through all the wonderful rubber stamp sets I have gotten from a muse studio and settled on Birthday Builder, of course!  It’s the perfect stamp set to complement my die cut berries.  I stamped the sentiment in Grass and French Roast ink, also from a muse studio.  Now what?  The berries were floating all over the card – so I bunched them up.  Well, that didn’t work!   I needed a basket!  I reached for my kraft card stock scraps and cut 1/4 inch strips.  Then I wove the little basket….wouldn’t that be PERFECT with the Bunny Trio Die for Easter baskets?  That’s when I called up my very special customer and told her that her card was going to be ready.  I played around with some a muse studio gingham card stock and cherry stitched grosgrain ribbon to add finishing touches.  When my customer arrived she had this little gift with her.  Isn’t it a perfect match!  No wonder she asked for a birthday card with pink and red strawberries!  That wired ribbon is adorable!

That’s it for today AND tomorrow I am off.  I will be attending an Easter Breakfast at church followed by worship, then TWO  Easter egg hunts and dinner with family!  Have a very blessed Resurrection Sunday!

Stamps: a muse studio  birthday builder
Paper: a muse studio cherry, bubblegum, sage, grass and sugar.  cherry, bubblegum and sage petite polka dot, cherry gingham, and kraft card stock
Ink: A muse studio grass and french roast
Accessories: a muse studio cherry stitched grosgrain ribbon and mini brad, sizzix fruit & leaves die, fiskars long scallop scissors