Even more…a•muse|studio Bottle Brush Forest

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It’s funny.  I loved Bottle Brush Forest the minute I saw it in the new A Muse Studio Holiday Catalog.  But then once I got it, I was stumped.  Well, good news!  That was only momentary because I’ve been on a roll ever since!

Last week, Linda the CEO of amuse studio shared a card on her blog which inspired this one.  She used the Snow Day Background and the cuties from Not a Creature was Stirring.  Since I wanted a more woodsy feel, I went with the Starry Night Background embossed in clear on my Bristol watercolor paper after I had first stamped my deer in French Roast amuse studio ink.  I think I may have over heated it because the powder melted into the paper and my resist is not quite as clear as I wanted it.  Perhaps I’ll use white embossing powder next time.

Next I brushed water on the Bristol paper to pre-wet it and then came in with some Winter Sky Splash.  I liked it but wanted an even darker night sky so I added some Navy Splash towards the top and just added a bit more water to my brush to even it all out.  Once it dried I buffed the finished piece to help bring out the resist.

I mounted my focal piece onto some Navy and Kraft cardstock – both from A Muse Studio.  The sentiment is from the Holiday Hoopla stamp set (Limited Edition from last month) and is stamped in Cranberry.  I love the Cranberry ink and although it’s been retired, you’ll have a chance to pick some up again very soon!  The last detail was to add just a scrap of Cherry Chevron ribbon, also from amuse studio.

Starting 1 December A Muse Studio will be offering a new Limited Time special.  I’m having a tag class to go along with it and it’s free if you buy the kit – if you are local, I’d love to have you join us!

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Amusing Challenge winners

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Did you get to see yesterday’s blog post?  The Amusing Challenge this week is “doodling”.  I think doodling can really add to a card.  Take this one for instance.  It started as a step card but turned out really huge!  I’m talking 6 x 6 and I could not find one single envelope in my stash that would fit.  So I did some chopping and added some doodling and got a completely different look which you can see right here.  I hope that will inspire you 1) not to throw away a card that you are not completely satisfied with – set it aside and some inspiration may hit you and 2) to play along with this week’s challenge!  :)

And now on to this week’s winners!  I was delighted that we had a few more last minute players…yippee!  I’m having a Gift Card Holder class in my home middle of December because I think they are great to have on hand.  Let’s face it – no one wants an ugly Christmas sweater! tee hee…

4. Gail Scott

1.  Dorothy S

2.  Melissa SHB

5.  Indy

Thank you to all 4 of the players this week – you are so appreciated because week after week you come by and take the time to play along with my blog challenges!

Just a few housekeeping announcements too.


New sign up special!  I just got a kick out of my new downline’s impression of the A Muse Studio demo starter kit – She picked the $99 kit and it’s a special offer you may not want to miss!  (The $29 option is a great value and first step though too…).  Melissa wrote:

“I LOVE love love my starter kit! First, I can’t believe it came so quickly! I was stunned. Does everything ship that quickly?

 Secondly, I adore everything I got. I felt like it was Christmas morning. Thirdly I could not believe all the product that came in the kit. I have had a few starter kits in my day, and this one blew all of them away. It was an amazing value.”

 Let me know if you want more information.

Christmas tutorial series is in full swing!  I think you will be inspired by the variety of cards and projects you’ll be receiving weekly in your inbox – and all for free.  You can sign up in my left sidebar if you aren’t getting these tutorials.

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Amusing Challenge – Doodling

Welcome creative soul!  Do you like to doodle?  That’s the challenge this week here at Amusing Challenge!   Throughout the month I’ll have different sorts of challenges…”use it”, themes, sketch, etc. I will have a Weekly Winner and at the end of the month, those 4-5 winners will go into a prize drawing for one lucky Grand Prize winner.  November’s Grand Prize winner will receive this holiday stamp set from A Muse Studio, called Naughty or Nice.

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One of my favorite new A Muse Studio stamp sets is Not a Creature was Stirring and I love the card Cyndi made with it.   She used the some Cherry Silky Crush ribbon which is a very unque and luxurious ribbon from A Muse Studio.  Cyndi also used some assorted cardstock from amuse studio including the Candy Cane and Petite Polka Dot prints.  I love her doodling with a gold pen down the side and in each shape behind these little cuties.

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I have to admit that I am a recent fan of doodling on my cards.  Sometimes it adds just the right touch!  I know this is a rather springy card but it came about when I paired the sentiment from A Muse Studio’s Silver Lining and the umbrella’s from All for Love.  I thought they would go perfectly together, especially with the 6×6 Everything’s Rosy paper pack from amuse studio.  It matches their Grapefruit and Lime cardstock perfectly.  I silver embossed the umbrellas on A Muse Studio vellum cardstock and then handcut them out.  The pink panel ended up just being a bit too large and bland so I grabbed a white gel pen and began to doodle some lines and rain drops.  The silver edged ribbon from A Muse Studio finishes it off nicely I think.

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PS. I hope you will still enter the current Amusing Challenge.  We have a gift card holder challenge and so far there are just two players!  I know you will be needing some of these for the holidays so get crafty!!

It’s super easy to play along with Amusing Challenges, and just as a reminder: 2 entry limit and no digis please!

■Link your creation to your paper crafts blog, gallery (SCS or Flickr) before midnight of the following Sunday.

■Use any product but please follow the challenge criteria.

■Double your chances to win by using A Muse Studio products (just leave me a reminder in the comments please)

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a•muse|studio more Bottle Brush Forest

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A super quick post as I rush out the door to sub 6th graders today!  :)  If you click on the picture, the card will enlarge.  For this card I used the same set as yesterday – Bottle Brush Forest from A Muse Studio.  Instead of inking it though, I painted the tree stamp directly with Peerless Watercolor paints.  I free hand painted the water, earth and sky…but isn’t it cool?  It reminds me of where my folks live on a lake – well, the lake is already frozen now but you get the idea!  The sentiment is also from A Muse Studio and the set is called:  Enjoy the Ride.

A Muse Studio also carries these Peerless Watercolor Paints and I’m loving them!

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a•muse|studio Bottle Brush Forest

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Phew!  I am BACK!!

I had blog withdrawals but it has been a super busy week so far – but I’m happy to report that a LOT of stamping has taken place.  :)  I had two Christmas Card workshops in my home and will be sharing those cards over the next week – I’m happy to report that everyone loved the cards.  I also taught a class at the local library one evening and was thrilled by the number of folks who braved the cold to come out – it was a fun and exciting evening for me to share this passion of mine.  Double :) !

For this card I used the new Bottle Brush Forest set from the A Muse Studio holiday catalog…it’s “LIVE” for just one more month, eeck!  I think it’s a fun look to stamp the trees in Bermuda ink and the deer in French Roast ink.  These colors matched the new 6×6 paper pad, Christmas Sweater (not to be confused with your ugly Christmas sweater because there are 6 great, different patterns!) also in the A Muse Studio holiday catalog.  I paired it with some Bermuda, Sugar, Cherry and French Roast cardstock and a little piece of twine – all supplies are from amuse studio.  I  must have been channeling my upline, Angi, because I layered the center piece several times – tee hee.  A Muse Studio carries many of the nestabilities sets including the regular scallops and circle dies.  I used a sketch challenge from SCS and I love how this turned out.

Thanks for taking the time to read my blog – I know we all lead busy lives and so I truly appreciate your visit!  I’m off to clean house – my daughter is coming home from college for a week and I’m excited to see her.

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