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A Muse Studio Monthly Card Kit

One more Let’s be Adventurer’s card to share!  This is the third card in the Kitchen Table Stamper A Muse Studio Stamp of the Month Club.  Isn’t it romantic?  Isn’t if CUTE?

Do you sometimes buy a stamp set and then put it on the shelf not knowing what to do with it?  Do you ever buy a stamp set and never ink it because you just don’t feel inspired?  Is designing cards difficult for you?

If you answered yes to any or all of those, then my Stamp of the Month Club is here to help!  Let me take the mystery out for creativity!  Join my Stamp of the Month Club and each month you will get a brand new A Muse Studio stamp set with 3 Kitchen Table Stamper designed card kits.  Right out of the envelope you will be able to make six cards with your new stamps!  NO MORE stamp sets that never get inky!

Click HERE to learn more.

E-mail or call me if you have any questions about the Stamp of the Month Club.  Happy Stamping!


Fun Filled Masculine Birthday Card

A Muse Studio Under the Big Top
I just wanted to pop in with a quick masculine birthday card to share. I love to color and I love the quirky, cute A Muse Studio style! I think that A Muse Studio’s Under the Big Top is the best of both worlds!  I colored the ring master with PrismaColor Pencils and blended with odorless mineral spirits.  The confetti around his feet was made by dotting Copic Markers – I think it’s an easy way to make any image a little more festive!

Here’s a supply list for this masculine birthday and card.

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Stamps: A Muse Studio Under the Big Top
Paper: A Muse Studio Burrano, Bermuda and Papya, Sage Petite Polka Dot and Sugar Cardstock
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black and VersaMark Ink
Accessories: A Muse Studio Onyx Bakers Twine, Grass, Buttercup, and Bermuda …Bag of Buttons, White Embossing Powder, Paper Piercer, Pinking Border Dies, Copic Markers, PrismaColor Pencils, Odorless Mineral Spirits, needle and black thread

Happy Christmas in July!

A Muse Studio Christmas in July
Happy Christmas in JulyA Muse Studio Style! I have a card and cutie little treat to show you. The treat is made from two A Muse Studio Tag Trio Die Cut tags! The treat looks HUGE in the photo, but it’s really only about 2 inches wide. Inside is a Hershey Nugget candy.  I am loving the brand new jingle bells – they are one of the newest products available from A Muse Studio.  The treat features the 8mm jingle bells and the card is sportin’ the 6mm jingle bells.  CUTE, huh?!
A Muse Studio Christmas in July
Here’s a supply list for the treat and card.

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Stamps: A Muse Studio Cool Yule, Darling Dots <-- ON SALE THIS MONTH and That's the Ticket Paper: A Muse Studio Cherry, Kraft, Sage and Sugar Cardstock
Ink: Memento A Muse Studio Cherry, and Grass Ink
Accessories: A Muse Studio Cherry Bakers Twine, 6 and 8mm Jingle Bells <-- AVAILABLE AUG. 1st, Classic Tags Die Set, Scallop Border Die Set, Cherry Twinkle Stickers, Paper Piercer

Holiday Hoopla – Means MORE Hostess Rewards

Increase your Hostess Benefits

Are you in the Chicago, Northern Illinois or Southern Wisconsin area?

Do you need a break from the chaos and busyness of life?

Want a night out and a glass of wine with your girl friends?

Want to stamp the night away making some of the cute cards you see on my blog?

Then host an A Muse Studio Workshop!

August and September is the best time to do it! During A Muse Studio Holiday Hoopla you will earn extra hostess rewards, get a free holiday catalog, and if you book and mention this post you will get a free FULL size stamp set of your choice from my booking bonus basket at your party! Call me or e mail me to book a party!

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A Muse Studio Let's Be Adventurers

Here’s a look at another Kitchen Table Stamper A Muse Studio Stamp of the Month Card for July!  Love A Muse Studio?  Join the Club!

Here’s what you get when you join the club:

  • a brand new A Muse Studio stamp set each month
  • all the pre-cut cardstock you need to make 6 cards
  • full color photos with instructions
  • a FREE stamp set of your choice (up to a $24.99 value) in your sixth month as a reward for consistent participation
  • flexibility if you already own the featured stamp set

Let me make it easy for you to get stamping!  With my club there is no driving, no time out of your calendar for meetings, and no more buying stamp sets just to have them sit on a shelf while you try to figure out what to make with them!

Go ahead join the club.  It’s just $45 per month and can be delivered right to your door! EASY and FUN!

Click here to join the CLUB!

Do you have questions before you sign up for the Stamp of the Month Kit?  Don’t hesitate to email or call me!

Introducing the Stamp of the Month Club

A Muse Studio Let's Be Adventurers

Introducing the Kitchen Table Stamper Stamp of the Month Club!

Let me take the mystery out of creativity with my A Muse Studio Stamp of the Month Club kit. Each month you will get all the stamping inspiration you need plus a brand new stamp set! Starting in July you can get a free stamp set when you join my Kitchen Table Stamper Stamp of the Month Club. Here is how it works:

Join the club for just $45 per month. In your 6th month you will receive any stamp set (up to $24.99) for free as your reward for consistent participation.

The kit includes a featured A Muse Studio stamp set, card kits with pre-cut supplies and instructions to make six finished cards!

July’s Kitchen Table Stamp of the Month is Let’s Be Adventurers. To make consistent participation EASY – You can always switch out your stamp set if you have the set I am featuring!
Signing up is EASY

Click here to join the CLUB.

Springtime Day and Holla to my Hostess!

A Muse Studio Springtime Day
Happy Saturday!  What a great day!  I started my day with an A Muse Studio brunch and stamping workshop at 10 am in the city.  My hostess was great – she parked my mini van on her crowded Chicago street!  I tell ya after driving a 200sx for years finding a spot and parallel parking the beast was not going to be fun or fast.  While Danae parked my bus, I set up for the girls.  We made the CUTEST birthday cards. If you are interested in getting the girls together for a morning of coffee, sweet rolls and STAMPING, email me or give a call (847)922-6795.  Hostesses get great benefits, guests make some great cards they get to keep, and I meet new crafty ladies!  Good times had by all!

After the party, I took the kids to the pool for a nice long swim.  Dinner was roasted veggies and cheeseburgers.  Max bought me hamburger buns from Mariano’s they tasted as beautiful as they looked!  It’s a really good day.  I can’t wait for the man to get home – it’s SATURDAY!  I hope your Saturday was just as good!

I thought I would share a recent card.  I did this one for a Magic Pencil Demo at my Chicago Area Rubber Stampers group.  Some of the ladies were not familiar with the technique.  I have not used the technique to color recently.  It was a pleasure to dig out my pencils and color.  I knew the minute I saw this image that it was going to be fun to color!

Thank you so much for stopping by today.  Enjoy the day.

Here is a supply list for this card.

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Stamps: A Muse Studio Springtime Day and Vintage Labels
Paper: A Muse Studio Vanilla, Buttercup, and Cocoa Cardstock
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa and A Muse Studio French Roast Ink
Accessories: A Muse Studio Fern Silky Crush Ribbon, Vintage Label Dies Dies, Quickie Glue Pen and Diamond Glitter Brass Mini Brads

Happy Ice Cream Month!

A Muse Studio The Scoop

In 1984, President Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday of the month as National Ice Cream Day. He recognized ice cream as a fun and nutritious food that is enjoyed by a full 90 percent of the nation’s population. In the proclamation, President Reagan called for all people of the United States to observe these events with “appropriate ceremonies and activities.”

Last Sunday was the third Sunday of the month – so the Alvarez crew observed with appropriate ceremonies and activities!  We loaded up the mini van and went to Dairy Queen for dipped cones!  It was the perfect summer vacation activity on a HOT night.  It’s not too late to observe National Ice Cream Month.  What are your plans?

Here is a supply list for this card.

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Stamps: A Muse Studio The Scoop and Darling Dots
Paper: A Muse Studio Cherry Gingham, Bermuda, Cherry and Sugar
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa and VersaMark
Accessories: A Muse Studio Cherry Polka Dot Organdy Ribbon, Scallop Border Dies, White Embossing Powder, Cherry Twinkle Stickers, Nesties SM and LG Circle Dies, and Prismacolor Pencils

One Layer Card

A Muse Studio Touch of Nature

It was love at first sight when I found Touch of Nature in the A Muse Studio Catalog.  It was one of the first stamp sets I bought in 2012.  I really love it and I use it.  When my second Thursday stamp club decided on One Layer Cards for our swap this month – I was stumped!  I am not really super good at ONE LAYER cards…What do they have against layers anyway?!  lol.

This is one of the two successful designs I happened to make.  I decided not to do this one for stamp club though!  I didn’t feel like coloring 15 more!  I stamped the Kraft cardstock with Memento Rich Cocoa ink and colored with Prismacolor pencils.  The background is A Muse Studio Sky ink applied with a dauber.

What do you think?  Not bad for just one layer…right?  Leave a comment if you like it.  Maybe I will try the whole one layer thing again!

Here is a supply list for this card.

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Stamps: A Muse Studio Touch of Nature
Paper: A Muse Studio Kraft
Ink: A Muse Studio Sky and Memento Rich Cocoa
Accessories: A Muse Studio Vanilla Organdy Ribbon, Sponge Dauber, Prismacolor Pencils

Ok, it’s Tuesday!

I know – I said I would be back on Monday! I know – it’s Tuesday! I am so glad you guys love me! If you couldn’t make it to my Summer Stamp and Scrap Soiree – we missed you. Here are some pictures from the day. I was too busy having an enjoyable day stamping with friends. I didn’t take a lot of photos. The few I took, I’ll share. If you live in Chicago, the Chicago Suburbs, or if your willing to travel and want to get together with crafty ladies like yourself for a day filled with stamping and scrapbooking, then get on my mailing list! I am planning another crafty day out for a Saturday in October. My mailing list is the first to know everything!
The first picture, above, is an action shot of some of the ladies getting creative. Below is a table before the action. I tried to make it pretty and welcoming. My Kitchen Table Stamper Summer Soiree is a day to get away. I want to make sure everyone has an inspired and relaxed day.

Next up is a photo of the place setting for each crafter.

A SWEET Summer Treat – Starburst candies in an A Muse Studio glassine bag. I cut the watermelon from Grass or Sage and Grapefruit Cardstocks using Mesties Circle and Scallop Circle dies. The stamps are from A Muse Studio’s Sweet Love stamp set – a Valentine theme set. I embellished the watermelon slice with Onyx glitter, Sugar organdy polka dot ribbon, petite daisy paper flowers, and Onyx mini brads.

Each stamper took home a watermelon theme card that was hand made for them by me!

Each stamper got her own watermelon paper poop bag to keep scraps all rounded up and under control. I couldn’t help but stamp it and decorate it to match the theme.

That’s all the pictures I have for you today. I hope they were worth the wait and they inspire you! Thank you for stopping by to see what’s going on around my kitchen table! If you have a party or event coming up, you should browse my webstore! With A Muse Studio products, it’s easy to make any event more special, more personal and more memorable!

sharing a card…see ya Monday.

A Muse Studio Cushioned in Comfort

What a busy day!  I am nearly ready for my Summer Stamping and Scraping Soiree.  I just need to pack my personal projects.  I picked out some pictures and some stamp sets, but it seems I’ve forgotten how to scrapbook.  I think I am stressin’.  I might just finish some thank you notes tomorrow.  😉

Here is a card that I made just for fun!  I have had A Muse Studio’s Cushioned in Comfort for a long time, but I have only made one card with it.  I gave that card away before I got a chance to take a picture.  The stamp set was crying out for ink and I was feeling stamp-y.  Thanks for stopping by today.  I will be swamped this weekend so don’t expect any posts.  If I have enough time to take a picture I might surprise you on Sunday – National Ice Cream Day.  I made a cute card yesterday in honor of the holiday.  Have an excellent weekend.

Here is a supply list for this card.

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Stamps: A Muse Studio Cushioned in Comfort
Paper: A Muse Studio Sage Petite Polka Dot Sage, Latte, French Roast and Shell Cardstock
Ink: A Muse Studio French Roast
Accessories: A Muse Studio Shell Organdy Ribbon, Grass Not Your Grandma’s Bag of Buttons, Vanilla Pearl Stickers, Nesties Rectangle and Scalloped Rectangle Dies, Copic Markers R00 E57 and E59

Thank YOU!

A Muse Studio Sea Shells
Hi Guys!
I DID IT!  😀  My May thank you notes are crafted, signed, sealed and delivered to the post office!  I have also designed my June thank you note!  Pretty soon I will be able to take down the curtains of shame!! <— Any other Phineas and Ferb Fans??

I am ALMOST caught up!  Thank you to all my readers, customers and friends for sticking with me even when life happens!  I love what I do, and it’s because of YOU!  Thank you.

TWO quick things before I list supplies…

First, I am going to share the NEW 2012 A Muse Studio Holiday Catalog with my mailing list on SUNDAY, JULY 15th.  The book does not debut until August 1st.  My customers, readers, friends and fans will get the 2012 A Muse Studio Holiday Catalog a full two weeks before it’s debut.  If you would like to see the new book, please be sure that you are on my email newsletter list.  You can sign up by scrolling to the top of my blog and adding your information in the form in the right side bar. It’s FREE and you will get a video tutorial in your e mailbox as soon as you sign up.

Last, I will not be posting anything this weekend – Saturday and Sunday.  Come back tomorrow, I have a card to share, but after that I’ll be back on Monday.  Saturday is my Summer Stamp and Scrap Soiree.  We have a full house!  I am going to be scrapbooking!  YUP.  You heard that right.  I haven’t made a page in about a year.  Wish me luck.  If I get some pages done, I will share.

Thank you for stopping by!  Here is a supply list for this card.

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Stamps: A Muse Studio Sea Shells, Wood Grain Background and Friend to Friend
Paper: A Muse Studio Bermuda, Kraft, Vanilla, Grid and Shell Cardstock
Ink: A Muse Studio French Roast and Bermuda
Accessories: A Muse Studio Clear Embossing Powder, French Roast Bakers Twine, Sponge Daubers, Copic Markers 0 and R00, 3D Foam Adhesive, Corner Chomper

Olympic Theme Tutorial Spotlight Share

Don’t forget about all the fun A Muse Studio products on SALE this month!  Here is a great Olympic theme project from the A Muse Studio Creative Team. I love this clean and simple sample, but with the tips A Muse Studio published with it – I love it even more!  Tip: Don’t have washi tape, use pattern cardstock in it’s place.  This design works well for holidays too – spell  out ‘BOO’, or ‘JOY’ – or even ‘HI’!


Don’t forget to take a look at the Spotlight Sale and email me if I can help you save on A Muse Studio products!  The SALE ends July 31st.


Angry Bird Thank You & R U missing stuff?

A Muse Studio Angry Bird
Hi Guys!
It’s gotta be another super quick post, I have so much to do! I am behind and need to get caught up! I have to make and send my May thank you notes today. It’s terrible – I know. If I really hustle I might get June thank you noted done too…It’s only about 50 cards – I can do it!
Today, I thought I would share my A Muse Studio Red Angry Bird punch art – well really it’s die art, because that’s what I used to make this big guy. Here are some quick instructions:

Start by cutting the body with the largest circle from the Nestabilities Standard Circle Lg.  I cut one complete circle from Kraft.  I also cut a one from Cherry. Then I ran the Cherry circle back through the machine with the same die to cut the crescent belly.  I layered them together and then added the eyes.  The Sugar pieces are cut with the second smallest Nestabilities Standard Circle Lg. die.  The Onyx eyeball pieces are cut with the very smallest Nestabilities Standard Circle Sm. die.  Once I had the eyes adhered on the body, I cut two of the bracket shape word windows using A Muse Studio’s Word Windows die set.  I snipped them short and at an angle.  They made the perfect angry eye brows.  The top of the beak is a 1 1/4 inch Papaya square cut diagonal in half and adhered with 3D foam adhesive.  The bottom of the beak is a 1 inch Papaya square cut in half on the diagonal.  I adhered the bottom of the beak flat for contrast.  The feathers and tail are cut with an old Basic Grey flower die that I had on the shelf.  You could check your flower punches too.  You are looking for a flower with 6 pointed petals to make the job easy.  The banner is embellished with some A Muse Studio Cherry Bakers Twine.  The thank you stamp is from A Muse Studio’s Let Freedom Ring. I stamped it in Memento Tuxedo Black.  I made over two dozen of these for my son’s birthday thank you.  They came together quick and I got lots of complements from those that received them.

Thank you for stopping by today!
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Stamp Camp Preview

Life's a Breeze

Hi Guys!  I am just popping in with a quick post.  I am so busy getting ready for Holiday Hoopla!  The new catalog is so exciting!  Please save the date for my Holiday Hoopla Open House Event.  I will be hosting a HUGE party at my Rolling Meadows home celebrating the brand new A Muse Studio holiday catalog and the beginning of the holiday stamping season.  If you live in the Chicago area stop by for snacks, drinks, shopping, samples, inspiration and STAMPING.  I am offering two dates for your convenience.

Holiday Hoopla Open House – SAVE THE DATE
Monday, August 27th 6:30pm to 9:30pm or Tuesday, August 28th at 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm.

If you don’t want to wait til Fall to get stamping, join me for my July Stamp Camp.  This is one of the cards we are going to be making!  Isn’t that beautiful pattern paper diagonal ray technique stunning!  I will teach you this technique and we will make a handy cardstock template to make it easy to use this idea again and again!  July Stamp Camp is next week Monday, July 16th at 6:30 pm or Tuesday, July 17th at 12:30 pm.  RSVP by email or reserve your spot with the button below:

July Stamp Camp