Chicago Area Scrapbooking Meetup…I am blown away by A Muse Digital Project Life Style Printables!

Photo Fram Die and Tall Alphabet Die Set
I am smitten with scrapbooking again ever since I met the A Muse Studio Digital Scrapbooking Kits! This two page pocket page layout features the Scenic Route Digital Kit DKT716M and Scenic Route Colorblock Basics Digital Kit DKT716S paired with the Road Trip SHMJ096 and July Labels SHMG094 stamp sets from the A Muse Studio July Collection. Get these great products from the July Collection HERE while supplies last.
Scenic Route Digital Project Life Scrapbooking Collection
I am really feeling inspired by the pocket page scrapbooking method and the new digital scrapbooking kits! I want to get my pictures in albums! These pages are the opening layout for my Colorado trip from last year. The Scenic Route Digital Kits and Road Trip Stamp Set from A Muse Studio is perfect for all your summer travel adventure pages.
July Labels Stamp Set
Do you do Project Life or Pocket Page Scrapbooking? Do you live in the Chicago Area? Join me on Thursday, August 25th from 10 am to 2pm for some scrapbooking fun! The kids will be back in school so lets celebrate with a day of paper crafts and FUN! This special Crop Class is $20 and includes BOTH August Collection Digital Scrapbook Kits, inserts for a 6×8 pocket page, four hours to work on your own Project Life pocket pages AND snacks. Look for more details including a picture of the page we will be making on the blog and in the newsletter. This crop is first come first serve and limited to 5 seats so register today!

July Collection Sweet Summertime and Berry Patch…my berry favorite!

My berry favorite stamps sets from A Muse Studio are available now through July 31st, while supplies last! Order these berry sweet stamp sets from the A Muse Studio July Collection.
Sweet Summertime and Berry Patch
This berry bold card features the Berry Patch Background Stamp SVSB120. I stamped with VersaMark Ink, and embossed with White Embossing Powder on Bubblegum Cardstock. Then I colored in with Copic markers. It’s berry fun to color with Copic markers on bright color A Muse Studio cardstock!
Sweet Summertime
This berry pretty little number is a happy way to tell someone you care! Sweet Summertime SVSM122 is so useful with all kinds of sweets – not just strawberries! Think about the cupcakes, popsicles, candy, cookies and donut stamps. Pick this versatile, useful, happy stamp set from A Muse Studio while you still can!

Beginning Copic Class July 24th

beginner Copic Class
Just a reminder – Chicago Area Beginner Copic Class is this Sunday July 24th at 2pm. We meet in my Rolling Meadows home studio. Come color the afternoon away with me, your Copic Certified Instructor. Copic class is $12 and includes your workbook and 2 1/2 hours of instruction and practice. Register today and learn how to color with Copic Markers!

Project Life Scrapbooking with A Muse Studio Digital Kits

Time Stamp and We Just ClickI am falling in love with scrapbooking again! I know, I own it, I have said that scrapbooking is like doing laundry. It felt like a chore that was never done. The new A Muse Studio Digital Scrapbook Kits and Simple Stories Pocket Pages and Simple Stories Albums have changed my mind! Scrapbooking is a joy again now that I am doing it Project Life style!
July Lables
A Muse Studio shared a pocket card I made on their A Muse Studio Instagram feed today. I thought I would blog the entire two page spread.
Time Stamp

I used the Scenic Route Digital Kit – DKT716M and the Scenic Route Colorblock Basics Digital Kit – DKT716S as well as Time Stamp – SHMP097 and July Labels – SHMG094 all from the A Muse Studio July Collection. The A Muse Studio Scenic Route Digital Scrapbook Kits are quick to download, easy to print and so much fun to use in your pocket pages! For just $4.99 each they are a steal. Get your Scenic Route Digital Kits here!

Card Making Class Tomorrow!

I have a great class lined up for you tomorrow plus NEWS from the A Muse Studio National Conference! Will you be joining me for class tomorrow? RSVP by phone/text (847) 922-6795 or email me.

These are the projects we are going to be making!
A Mse Studio Berry Patch

A Muse Studio Road Trip

A Muse Studio Seashells Remind Us

A Muse Studio Sweet Summertime

Tropical Blooms A Muse Studio June Collection

Tropical Blooms Resist Watercolor
The A Muse Studio June Collection is heating up the summer! Today I want to show you Tropical Blooms. We love flower stamps. We know YOU love flower stamps. These pretty tropical blooms are a must-have stamp set and for only $11.99 it’s easy to say YES!


SVSA119 stamp set, set of 4 – $11.99
TAD0248 die set, set of 11 – $19.99

Tropical Blooms Copic

These four large floral images are going to be a favorite for all kinds of coloring techniques.

Tropical Blooms

These stamps also make a great background. They look gorgeous stamped in black!

Tropical Blooms Lines and Color

Don’t miss out on Tropical Blooms or the rest of the AMAZING A Muse Studio June Collection. Shop A Muse Studio HERE.

You’re the pineapple of my eye! Pineapple Stamps!

Pineapple of My Eye

Summer time is busy time, I know! Thank you for stopping by today. I want to highlight another set from the A Muse Studio June Collection called PINEAPPLE OF MY EYE


SSSE041 Pineapple of My Eye stamp set, set of 15 – $17.99
TAD0247 Pineapple of My Eye die set, set of 6 – $9.99


Pineapple of My Eye

Pineapples are HOT trend right now and I love the versatility of this set. There are three pineapple “bodies” and “tops” in the set with SIX different texturing options. Mix and match! These texturing backgrounds are also FUN background stamps to add texture to your stamped projects.

pineapple of my eye A1

Wanna get trendy HOT with your paper crafts projects? Order A Muse Studio HERE. Don’t miss out on the A Muse Studio June Collection while supplies last.

A Muse June Collection is available to order!

June Collection Fancy Box
I love the A Muse Studio June Collection! Once again Amuse hit it out of the ballpark! There are four fab summer sun lovin’ stamp sets available for a limited time only!
Be Yourself Sponge Sky

Today I want to show you Be Yourself SVSH117. Flamingos are a fun trend we’re seeing everywhere right now. The flamingo in Be Yourself SVSH117 is designed so that you will stamp the body, wing, beak, eye and texturing separately. This sounds like extra work, but it’s not! The flexibility will make every project unique and varied. There are lots of nature elements included with this sets and there are five perfect sentiments.

Be Yourself Pistachio Seuss

Be Yourself includes 20 stamps. A matching die is available – Be Yourself Die Set TAD0246. Order Be Yourself and the matching die set RIGHT HERE today, while supplies last!

be yourself A2

Graduation and Handmade Graduation Cards

Desi 2016 Graduation Selfie
June is all about Dad’s and Grads right?! We have a grad of our own in the Alvarez house! Desi (on the left) graduated from Harper College with her Associates in Art last Saturday. I am so proud of her! She is going to continue her education in the fall at Northern Illinois University. Congratulations Desi!
label maker 2016
Here are a couple of cards I made to inspire you for your season of graduation parties. Both handmade graduation cards feature stamp sets from the A Muse Studio May Collection. Order them HERE while you can. Like all the A Muse Studio monthly collections they are here for a limited time – maybe we’ll see ’em again, maybe not!

The first graduation card features A Muse Studio Big Numbers Die Set TAD0160 and Label Maker SHMG093 stamp set. This pair will have you set for endless with graduation cards, milestone birthday cards and anniversary cards. Can you see how awesome flexible and essential both of these items are for your card making and scrapbooking?!
You're the Beast Congratulations
This next card features A Muse Studio You’re the Beast SVSC116 stamp set, also part of the A Muse Studio May Collection. That beast is an excellent graduate when combined with the mortarboard and diploma from A Muse’s School Supplies SSSF017 stamp set. I bet you have a few other hats that might make him a beast for all occasions!
That’s it for today! I hope you have a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend. Take some time out to remember and honor those who have served.

You’re Smokin’ BBQ Grill Stamps for Summer & Father’s Day

Group Shot
Don’t miss this punny BBQ Grill Stamp Set from A Muse Studio! You can get You’re Smokin from the A Muse Studio May Collection now while supplies last! Go on pop over and order You’re Smokin SSSH040 while it’s still available.
SSSH040 stamp set ($20.99), includes 26 stamps
TAD0244 matching die – set of 17 ($29.99)
This stamp set is a summer ESSENTIAL! Perfect for summer parties, picnics, 4th of July and more!
You're Smokin

Detailed Supply List – Click to shop A Muse Studio 24/7

A Muse Studio supplies used to make this summer DIY party ensemble:
Stamps: A Muse Studio You’re Smokin SSSH040 and Label Maker SHMG093 from the A Muse Studio May Collection available May 1st while supplies last.
Paper: A Muse Studio Sugar PAPS001, Sky PAPS600, Mermaid PAPS509, Apple Petite Hexagon PAPH210, Pebble Petite Hexagon PAPH102, Papaya PAPS402, Navy PAPS607, Sage PAPS501 and Mushroom PAPS805
Ink: A Muse Studio Memento Rich Cocoa IMMP800
Accessories: A Muse Studio Pennant Die Set TAD0179, Tag Bundle Die Set TAD0209, Landscape Die Set TAD0174, Stitched Circle Die Set TAD0166, Piking Circle Dies TAD0207/TAD0217, Grass Die TAD0005, Star Die Set TAD0009, Bermuda Crepe Paper EAST602, Paper Straws Navy AAPS607, Cherry AAPS204 and Seattle AAPS103, Copic Markers, 3d Foam Adhesive ASFA001, and Tombow Mono Aqua Glue ATMAQ01

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I shared this picture from my mom’s birthday party.
A Muse Studio DIY Party
Did you know that A Muse Studio is your DIY party headquarters?!

Detailed Supply List – Click to shop A Muse Studio 24/7

A Muse Studio supplies used to make this festive DIY Party:
Paper: A Muse Studio Sugar PAPS001, Berry PAPS209, Lime PAPS502, Violetta PAPS705, Melon Hexagon PAPH305 and Mermaid Petite Polka Dot PAPP509
Accessories: A Muse Studio Half Circle Papel Picado TAD0086, Large Bow Die TAD0064, Onyx Bakers Twine RABT100, Crepe Paper in Berry EAST209, Melon EAST403, Lime EAST502, Bermuda EAST602, Amethyst EAST700, Paper Straws in Bubblegum AAPS203, Orange AAPS301, Lime AAPS502, and Mermaid AAPS509, and 1/4″ Super Stick Tape ATST014

Classes at

May 22nd at 2pm Beginner Copic Workshop and optional Copic Club – $12

Beginner Copic Classes
I have had lots of requests for Copic Coloring Classes, especially BEGINNER LEVEL Copic Coloring. Now is your chance to learn Copic from a Copic Certified Instructor. I will teach through my Copic workbook at a beginner level and pace. There will be very few finished projects just lots and LOTS of coloring instruction and practice.
There will be an option to leverage your marker purchases, sharing the hostess benefits, to get more markers for your money!

Are you new to hostess clubs? Here’s how they work. 5 or 6 stampers order at the same time to make a party. A different stamper is the party hostess each month until everyone has had a turn receiving the FREE Copic markers. Register HERE:

Your payment is your RSVP. No refunds are offered.

June 13th at 7pm Card Making and Paper Crafting Workshop – $13

Pineapple of My Eye SSSE041
Do you love paper crafting and card making? Then join me for an A Muse Studio card making class!

Card making class is the second Monday of the month, June 13th, at 7pm in my Chicago area home studio. We are making four perfect paper crafted projects for just $13! What an amazing value!

**WAIT** You’re not local? Oh no, you’re busy on the 13th? Or maybe you are on vacation? There’s a solution for that! $15.50 and you can have a personal card making class delivered right to your own home! Use the pull down menu to order your class kit or register for card making class today.

Class or Kit

Please note, your payment is your RSVP. No refunds are offered. If you can not make the class for any reason a kit will be prepared and reserved for your scheduled pick up.

A Muse Studio May Collection is HERE

You're Smokin SSSH040
A Muse Studio hit it out of the park with the NEW May Collection! This first card features You’re Smokin SSSH040. I didn’t save the best for last on this post! I think this is my favorite set in the Amuse Studio May Collection, although I really like the entire offering for the month. This fun grill stamp pairs with 25 accessory stamps and punny sentiments! That’s right, 26 rubber stamps in the huge all occasion stamp set. BTW – You’re Smokin was born to be used with the A Muse Studio Grass Die TAD0005 and Landscape Die Set TAD0174.
BeWild SSSE039
Next up is Be Wild SSSE039, every image in this 12 rubber stamp set is so well thought out! There is a mountain range stamp that can have optional white embossed snowcaps, a large stag image that would make wonderful Christmas cards and a soaring eagle silhouette image. The sentiments in Be Wild make Father’s Day cards and Graduation cards easy, but this set is not limited to those summer occasions!
You're the Beast SVSC116
What can I say about A Muse Studio’s You’re the Beast? It’s the BEAST! I love the limitless possibilities with this stamp set! How cute would he be with a basket ball from Play Ball SVSB057 in his hands? How about a big cupcake from Hey Cupcake SHME015? How about putting a birthday hat or crown on his head from Birthday Icons SVSD094? Wouldn’t he be the BEAST with a bow tie, fedora or sombrero from Build A Man SVSF096?! I am sure your starting to get the idea. You’re the Beast SVSC116 is any kind of card you need to make!
Label Maker SHMG093
A Muse Studio Label Maker SHMG093 is one AMAZING stamp set. Whatever kind of paper crafting you do – you need this set! As of now the consultants have identified 50 possible sentiment combinations that are possible with this one set of 26 stamps. Bonus: LOOK how CUTE it looks on a card front! It’s an exciting way to say so many great greetings!
CLICK HERE to Download a Label Maker Sentiment Combinations List

Shop the A Muse Studio May Collection HERE while supplies last!

*On a personal note, THANK YOU for all your love and kindness as we mourn the loss of my beautiful mother-in-law Ruth and the sad loss of my biological father Ernie. Both passed away suddenly and somewhat tragically on the same day. These have been the strangest and saddest days of my life. I am touched by your help and encouragement. I am once again forever grateful to the crafty friends, customers, fellow consultants and readers I have come to know over the years. Thank you!

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Don’t miss out! A Muse Studio April Collection… 5 days left!

Amuse Vintage Bird
This card features A Muse Studio Vintage Bird (SVSC115) stamp set. I wanted to show some versatility with this set so I focused on the flowers and the fun floral flourish and cut off the bird. The Vintage Bird stamp set and the Botanical Silhouettes stamp sets, from the A Muse Studio April Collection, pair well with Bee Happy (SVSH047) stamp set from A Muse Studio’s main catalog.

Floral Blocks Stamp Set
These note cards are super fun to make because they use A Muse Studio Splash! Ink instead of ink pads. I brushed the new Floral Blocks (SVSA114) images with Apricot, Bermuda or Grapefruit Splash! Ink then stamped them on Sugar cardstock. I also spattered lighter cardstock card bases, Lemon Whip, Sky and Blush, with darker Splash! Ink. These are great for mega Card making – fun and FAST!

A Muse Studio Spa Day
The brand new A Muse Studio Spa Day stamp set (SSSE038) is fun for Copic coloring! If you are local and want to learn more about Copic Markers join me for a Copic class. Classes are Sundays: May 22nd, June 26th and July 24th at 2pm in my Rolling Meadows, IL home studio.

Amuse Botanical Silhouettes
For this last card, I inked the thistle images from Botanical Silhouettes (SVSD113) using q-tips and daubers to get these Papaya, Hibiscus and Wasabi multicolored botanicals. Then I paired them with A Muse Studio Bee Happy (SVSH047) to make this pretty thinking of you card.

Shop the A Muse Studio April Collection HERE while supplies last!

*On a personal note, THANK YOU for all your support, encouragement and care as I took care of my mother during her battle with cancer. She is doing well and is expected to make a full recovery. You have been so good to me. I am touched and forever grateful.