September Blog Hop

The 10th of the month means it’s time for a Studio Stampers blog hop!

One of our team members, Karen Crisp, made this lovely sample for the team blog!  Do you see how she stamped the text in the window, I love that!  She used lots of new goodies from the A Muse Studio holiday catalog!  If you haven’t seen it yet, contact any of the team members on the sidebar and they can hook you up!

Stamps: Christmas greetings inside and out, tags

Paper: Latte, Slate, Fern, Sugar, Candy Cane

Ink: memento black Tuxedo, pebble

Misc: Tree die, copics – cardinal red

Thank you, Karen!

Without further ado, let’s start hopping!  Oh, and make sure you comment on as many blogs as you can, one random comment will be chose to win a sampler of A Muse Studio buttons!


Krystie Hersch

Kristen Watson

Kathy Hatzke

Karen Crisp

Kari Bell

Lisa Wakabayashi

Veronica Zalis

Lisa Chapman

Lianna Vigil

Angie Schellenberg

Studio Challenge!

Welcome back!  Ida has a fun challenge for you today!

“I thought up this sketch in my head one night while trying to go to sleep and even figured out exactly how I was going to create my card from it.  I hope you like the sketch.”

Here is Ida’s sample:

The card and the sketch are so much fun, I hope you’ll play along!  To play, make a card using at least one A Muse Studio stamp and link it via the linky tool below.  Ida will pick a winner in two weeks!


Studio Star of the Week – Ida P. Krause!

We have a new Studio Star to introduce to you today, Ida P. Krause! Here is a little bit about Ida in her own words:

“Hi, My name is Ida and I’ve been stamping now about 20 years.

A friend of mine sent me a copy of a stamping magazine and I was so intrigued by the beautiful card samples that I decided to give it a try myself. Later on I became a Demonstrator for another stamp company and enjoyed my time there but felt it was time to move on. When I found out that A.Muse|Studio was going into the Home party business I decided to hop on board again and am loving what I see so far. Along with stamping I enjoy all my cats, my granddaughter, bowling, writing letters and working in my flower beds.”

Wow, stamping for 20 years, that’s awesome!  We always ask our Studio Star to share a card that they really like and that showcases their style.  Here’s Ida’s lovely creation:

“My style of stamping…hmmm – I’d say it depends on the mood I’m in at the time. My style changes depending on what I’m working on and the mood I’m in when I start creating.  Sometimes it can even change in the middle of creating!                                                                      

Lately I’ve been drawn to more of a “whimsical, fun style” and I think A.Muse stamps lend themselves quite well to this style of stamping.”

Thank you, Ida!  That card is so cute, I’d be tempted to be late with my birthday greetings to have an excuse to send it!  :)

Stop by tomorrow, Ida has a great sketch challenge to share with you!

Studio Challenge!

Kristen is back today to give you a fun challenge:

“I just attended a Copic certification class (with Jenn Balcer – so much fun!) – and as I’m new to Copics, I thought it’d be fun to create a card incorporating my Copics.  My collection right now is pretty small, but I think it’s still possible to make a great card using them with even just a few colors.  My challenge is to create a card using your Copic markers.  Have fun!”

Isn’t her sample card adorable?  We can’t wait to see what you make for this challenge!



Studio Star of the Week – Kristen Watson!

Please welcome our Studio Star of the week, Kristen Watson!  Here’s a little about Kristen in her own words:

“I’ve been stamping and making cards longer than I care to admit…over 12 years now!  That’s longer than I’ve been a mom (4 and a half years), longer than I was a teacher (7 years), and longer than, oh wait…my husband and I have been together since high school, and I’m coming up on my 20th wedding anniversary this summer.  I love making things pretty (be it a gift, a room, or a meal) and I love simplicity of style – I think that’s why A Muse appeals so much to me.  Everything from my home decor to my fashion and crafting take on a simplicity that I have always loved. ”

Each week, we ask the Studio Star to include a card that they love or that really captures their style.  Here’s Kristen’s pick!:

“I love simplicity when it comes to card-making.  The details are a way to tell the story and to make the card pop, but too many details (or embellishments, or colors, or designs) detract, I think, from the overall look of the card. ”

I couldn’t agree more!  Please visit us tomorrow, Kristen has a fun challenge for you!

Studio Challenge!

It’s time for a new weekly challenge!   Here’s Kathy to outline her challenge:

“One of my favorite techniques is  masking because it’s one of those relatively simple techniques that gets a big wow.  You can add depth to your stamping, frame an image, fill in images, and even selectively use parts of your stamps to get more mileage out of them.  My challenge to you is to create a card using the masking technique-it can be basic masking, reverse masking, or even masking a part of your stamp.  The only thing you need to do is use some type of masking on your card.”

Here’s Kathy’s lovely sample card:

To participate in our challenge, simply make a card or other project using A Muse Studio stamps.  Post on your blog or public gallery and link back to this challenge.  You’ll have two weeks to play, and then Kathy will select a prize winner!

Studio Star of the Week – Kathy Hatzke!

I’m thrilled to introduce our Studio Star for this week….it’s Kathy Hatzke!

I asked Kathy to share a little about herself with us, and here’s what she had to say:

“I’m Kathy and I live in Oakland, Ca.  I’m a mom to three wonderful kids:  Mason 12, Miles 9, and Maya 6.  By day, I’m an elementary school principal and stamping is my stress relief.  I started stamping while on a lunch date with some girlfriends.  We went into a card shop and one of them mentioned that she stamped and could make cards pretty much like what we saw in the store.  I wondered how hard it could be and resolved to make my own Christmas cards that year.  5 hours and 5 cards later, I decided that it was fun but since I had no idea of what I was doing, it was time to start learning.  I went to a stamp camp and discovered Splitcoaststampers and was hooked.  I’ve gotten a little quicker at making cards these days :-)

We ask our Studio Stars to share a project that they love and/or that represents their style.  Our team has quarterly card swaps and this was one that Kathy made for us.  It’s displayed in my craft room and puts a smile on my face whenever I see it!

It’s that sweet?  Stop by tomorrow, Kathy has a technique challenge to share with us!

New A Muse Studio Holiday Catalog!

A Muse Studio has released their Holiday Catalog and Inspiration Guide to consultants!  We can’t share it via blogs at this time, but consultants are able to e-mail it our customers and contacts.

If you would like to have an early look at this beautiful catalog before it’s available online, contact any of the consultants on the sidebar and we’d be happy to share it with you!

Kari’s Challenge

Here is another sample for Kari’s beautiful inspiration challenge!

All products by A Muse Studio:

Stamps:  Wild Rose, Ooh La La

Paper:  Sugar, Latte’ Woodgrain

Ink:  Lichen, pink Copic marker, Latte

Accessories:  Meadow mix paper flowers, clear twinkle stickers, twine

Studio Challenge!

Welcome back!  We’re ready to unveil Kari’s inspiration challenge, and it’s a beauty!

So pretty, right?  I can’t wait to get crafty with this challenge!

Here is Kari’s lovely sample card for her challenge:

The flowers from the set Clever Girls look so pretty in yellow against the kraft paper.  Her colored and layered meadow mix paper flowers are perfect focal point, and the twine is a lovely finishing touch.  Great card, Kari!