I hope you are enjoying this most festive time of the year. It's been a busy one for us at A Muse Studio. Hopefully you've heard that we are in the midst of moving our warehouse and head office to Winston-Salem, North Carolina. You see, I moved here a couple of years ago for personal reasons and it felt like the right time to move the business closer to me. I am happy to say that we were able to get everything packed and loaded onto the truck in good speed thanks to the work of an amazing crew in Seattle! The truck is now making it's way cross-country and the last we heard it was in Nebraska. Fingers crossed that the journey will be uneventful and we'll be ready to receive it in a few days.
In the meantime, we are still accepting orders and NOW is a great time to place an order for any items in the Holiday Catalog that you were hoping for because it expires on 12/31/15 at 11:59 pm. All orders will ship just as soon as we are operational again in early January. We don't have an exact date for you as yet because it depends on many things. However, our guesstimate is that we will resume shipping the week of January 11th but possibly sooner.
Let's get on with the show! I am SUPER excited about our January Monthly Collection. It's a bigger collection that usual and includes SIX stamp sets that I know you are going to LOVE! Today I will be sharing 2 of the stamp sets with you with some fun samples designed by A Muse Studio Creative Consultant and Designer, Marisa Alvarez. I am so grateful to her for sharing her wonderful designs for these sneak peeks so be sure to leave her lots of love here on the blog!
BE MY VALENTINE
This stamp set is whimsical and fun and includes 20 different images that all work beautifully together! Here Marisa white embossed the Love You sentiment on Onyx Cardstock and it really pops! I love the organic feel of the leaves, flowers and hearts and the ruffled edge of the tag (made with one of our paper doilies) is the perfect finishing touch!
This next card showcases more of the sweet images in the Be My Valentine set. I love how Marisa used the Redwood background stamp on the base card to play up the organic feel.
FROM THE HEART
This next stamp set is so fun! It includes ten different stamp images - 8 are sentiments and two are supporting images. This is one of my favorite sentiments from the set. Let's face it, everyone is glued to their phones these days and I can think of a few people (like my daughters!) that will get a giggle out of this card! Simply stamp this image over a pretty watercolor background add a few of our fabulous new heart sequins from the Valentine Sequin Mix and you are done. It doesn't get much easier than that!
To make your own watercolor backgrounds, here's Marisa's technique. Grab a large clear block and wet it with water. Drip some A Muse Studio Splash ink onto the block and blend with a wet sponge. Press onto Sugar carsdstock and voila! Have fun experimenting with different color combinations. With over 40 Splash ink colors you can have a LOT of fun with this!
Check out our fun Heart Sequin Mix! It's an assortment of heart-shaped sequins in pretty, sparkly pinks, reds, silver and gold all for only $3.95. You'll definitely want to add some to your next order!
This last card for today showcases our new Scallop Heart Die Set. The hearts in this set are truly the perfect size for all your papercrafting projects. The scallop heart is 2 1/2" x 2 1/4" and the plain heart is 2 1/4" x 2". Here Marisa stamped our Haunted House background stamp on the heart in red ink to give it a subtle and beautiful texture. The sentiment and the arrow image are included in the From the Heart stamp set. Marshmallow Splash! ink is the perfect finishing touch.
I hope you are excited by these first few sneak peeks! I think you are going to agree that this is one of our BEST Monthly Collections yet! So many great stamps and other fun accessories that will be perfect for all of your Valentine's Day crafting!
Be sure to stop by tomorrow for more sneak peeks and an update on where the truck is!