Amusing Challenge winners!

I’m having a nice break spending time with my parents but I didn’t want to miss posting the winner’s of last week’s Beach/Ocean themed Amusing Challenge! There were just a few entries but they were stunning! As always, I appreciate you stopping by to play along!

Gail Scott

Melissa SHB

Elizabeth H.

Congratulations to the winners and I hope you will return for this week’s Party/You’re Invited Amusing Challenge.

Amusing Challenge – You’re invited/it’s a party!

This week’s theme and monthly prize

Summer is always a good time to throw a party – whether it’s a BBQ, backyard, clean up the house or pool party – it’s fun to get people together!    So, for this week’s  Amusing Challenge come share your invitations/party favors/party decorations or even hostess gifts for this week’s theme:  You’re Invited/It’s a Party!

Throughout the month I have different sorts of challenges…”use it”, themes, sketch, etc.  Based on reader input late last year, I will be changing up the way I award my monthly prize!  We’ll still have the Top 3 winners but now every participant that plays along (and LINKS BACK to the challenge) will earn a chance to win the random drawing for my prize package at the end of the month.  A random winner this month will win this retired Amuse Studio stamp set which is perfect for summertime…Sunshine and Shade.

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PS. I’m finally up and running on Instagram if you’d like to follow me and keep up with my latest creations and more!


This Week’s Inspiration

I’ll be spending some time with my parents and sister this week.  She’s leaving with her family for a 8 month sabbatical to Munich, Germany next month so things are a bit hectic.  I turned to the very talented A Muse Studio designers for my inspiration this week.  That’s one of the perks of being an amuse studio consultant!  We have an amazing design team and back area lounge where we really can get together and share with each other.  If you want to know more – be sure to email me!

From the Amuse Studio designers, here is a fun Halloween party invitation that really is a creative way to stretch your stamps!  This card features the Happy Hour stamp set and Come as You Dare – both from amuse studio.

amuse studioamuse studio supplies:  Happy Hour stamp set, Come As You Dare stamp set, all papers and ink


Treat bags are a must have at any birthday party!  And why not add a little sparkle?  These samples are also by the wonderful designers at A Muse Studio and we carry all of the goodies to make these.

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amuse studio supplies:  All supplies are from Amuse Studio and check out this FREE tutorial that explains everything you need and how to make it.  NOTE:  Fiesta has retired but the Birthdays Inside and Out is a stamp set that is one set you won’t regret purchasing!


Last Amuse Studio designer sample!  Lollipops are fun treats – especially for the little ones.


amuse studio supplies:  Birthday Balloons stamp set,  Snow Days Background stamp set, white embossing powder, Heather/Blush baker’s cording, Bubblegum and Violeta cardstock

I hope you join us!

Just as a reminder – I have another Amusing Challenge going on until midnight Sunday night and you can take a peek at that one right here.

Did you know that the new A Muse Studio catalog goes LIVE July 18?!  My newsletter subscribers got the inside scoop on Friday but it’s not too late to sign up for it and you’ll never miss out!  Be sure to pop on over and take a look!

It’s simple to play along:

  • 2 entry limit  
  • no digis please! 
  • please link back to this Amusing Challenge to be eligible for the monthly prize!

a•muse|studio Bouquet of Love

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Bouquet of Love is just one of the many new great stamp sets Amuse Studio rolled out in their July Collection.  I have to admit when I first got it, I became frustrated trying to color in my flowers and went through about 5 practices pieces.  Determined (and with a class of 10 folks coming the next day!) I pressed on.  I ended up with the card you may have seen here.  I liked it fine but after everyone left and I had a few card kits left over, I continued to play.  I must admit I was inspired by several of the gals who had come over earlier in the day…

Bouquet of Love has some cool sentiments that fit perfectly next to the pitcher or watering can of flowers.  This is a surprisingly large image so it’s perfect for CAS cards.

What rubber stamping supplies do I need to make this card?

These two cards almost didn’t survive the cutting floor either!  I stamped my image on Amuse Studio’s Sugar cardstock which is great for pencils and copics.  But I decided to pull out my Peerless Watercolor paints for these flowers.  I was surprised when I touched my paint to the paper that it immediately locked into place and unless I moved super swiftly, it really didn’t “float” or spread out.  Yikes!  It was scary at first but I quickly got the hang of it and actually really liked the end effect.  The colors also remained quite bold, which if you have worked with Peerless Watercolor paints you know they lighten as they dry.  If you are curious about Peerless watercolor paints you can check out this post here – I love it that Amuse Studio carries them!

all supplies are from a•muse|studio

Stamps:  Bouquet of Love (July Collection)

Papers:   Sugar, Winter Sky and Buttercup cardstock

Misc:  Archival black ink, Peerless Watercolor paints, Waterbrush, Crystal Clear glaze, Onyx Chevron ribbon, mini attacher


Some super EXCITING news (well, to me it is!)


I am finally on Instagram.  Woohoo!  I don’t have a smart phone device but with A Muse Studio going to digital catalogs, I bought a Kindle Fire on Amazon.  It’s perfect for browsing through our catalog which was redesigned for this format and looks great.  I thought I would “miss” thumbing through catalog pages but found I can sit up in bed with my tablet and just scroll through…so easy.

After 4 long and painful days of watching various YouTube videos and reading “X” number of posts – I finally was able to install the Instagram APP and I would LOVE it if you popped on over and started to follow me.  I will in turn follow you!


a•muse|studio Sweet Summertime

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oh yum … summertime = strawberry time!!

I fell in love with Amuse Studio’s new Sweet Summertime stamp set from their July Collection.  This latest collection is all about summer to me!  It pairs up perfectly with their new set, Berry Patch, but as you can see, it can also stand alone.  I love it’s petite images (with matching dies, of course!) and the mix and match sentiments.

These strawberries look so sweet and juicy (thanks to my Peerless Watercolor paints that A Muse Studio carries) that it go me craving strawberries.  And, if you have strawberries, you need some good recipes!


Here is some Strawberry Ginger Lemonade that I found on this slide show out from Bon Appetit!  Double yum!!

What rubber stamping supplies do I need to make this card?

I really like these smaller, square sized cards.  It measures 4 1/4 x 4 1/4 and came about because I had some scraps that fit perfectly and I didn’t feel like cutting a new sheet!  I am all about conserving paper when I can and using up scraps!  That’s why I am particularly excited that A Muse Studio has decided to go digital with their two new catalogs.  I think it’s the way of the future!

all supplies are from a•muse|studio

Stamps:  Sweet Summertime (July Collection)

Papers:   Bristol, Papaya and Grass Petite polka dot (retired) cardstock

Misc:  Archival black ink, Peerless watercolor paints, stitched Circle die

NEW! a•muse|studio 2016 Catalog

Breaking news… A Muse Studio has just released TWO new catalogs!!

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Click to Download a|s Stamps & Dies 2016 Catalog

The A Muse Studio Stamps/Dies catalog will be updated every 6 months!

amuse studio essentials catalog

Click to Download a|s Essentials catalog

This A Muse Studio Essentials catalog will be updated annually and holds all of our unique inks, paper, ribbons, markers and paints,  tools and accessories that you need for your rubberstamping, scrapbooking and papercrafting needs.


Our Monthly Collections will be even BIGGER!  A Muse Studio is intent on bringing you the newest and on trend stamps, dies and accessories each month.

We are also breaking barriers by going 100% digital with our catalogs…so you can click on these downloads and add them to your tablets, phones or computer.

A Muse Studio is also going into new territory by:

~ improving their hostess rewards!

~ eliminating sales quotas for their consultants!

if you want to know more – email me.

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With all of this excitement – don’t forget about the amuse studio July Collection!

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