Amusing Challenge winners

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We had crazy ice rain over the weekend and now it’s melting like crazy off the trees – but the sun is shining and I can hear the birds chirping!  Yes…spring may be just around the corner.  :)

I played along with an Inspiration Challenge on SCS and really love to dabble (baby steps!) with mixed media.  I dug in my daughter’s acrylic paints stash and mixed turquoise and white right over the kraft cardstock.  I added some Lime Splash (amuse studio) for extra color and then stamped the  Seasonal Branch stamp set with French Roast and Apple inks.  Stamps, Splash and inks are from A Muse Studio.  The bird is from Memory Box and was gifted to me by friend Michelle!  I love how it turned out.

Now on to our winners for last week’s Amusing Challenge!

February’s Prize Winner

(please send me your mailing address and I will mail out the prize!)

Diana L

Katie Tate

4.  Julie Short

7.  Kendra

22.  Creative with Monkia

Thank you to everyone who played along…and winners you may grab your blog badge!  :)  Hope to see everyone back for this week’s challenge:  Glitter

And please don’t miss my Spring Coffee Lover’s Blog Hop post here…I’m a sponsor!

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Amusing Challenge – Glitter

March is definitely coming in like a lion and I hope you are staying nice and warm…and feeling creative!  This week’s Amusing Challenge is a use-it challenge – glitter!  Throughout the month I 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.  February’s Prize Winner will receive sn@p cardstock birthday sticker sheets (they are super cute and perfect for cardmaking and scrapbooking) and our winner will be announced tomorrow.

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First up, I’m delighted to introduce you to the newest member of my design team!  Here is her introduction:

I’m Vinita Jain.  I live in Delhi (India), am a retired Kindergarten teacher, mother of two grown up children(aged 20 and 18). I’m excited to be designing for Amusing Challenges! Drawing, crafting, use of waste material and painting have been a passion for me since childhood. I’ve been blogging since last year and love the friends that I’ve met through that hobby. I don’t really have a ‘style’, so be prepared for a little of ‘everything’. I hope to inspire you all with my creative ideas.

Vinita, of New Creations, has been a frequent participant in our challenges and I have always loved her creations so I know you will be quite inspired by her work.  These feathers are gorgeous and I love that one is painted and the other shines with silver glitter.

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amuse studio supplies:  Make a Wish stamp set, I’m Here (retired)


Cyndi is enjoying a weekend scrapbooking retreat but she made time to send a gorgeous, glittery card for me to share with you. Look at that sparkle – it makes me ignore the snow banks outside.

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amuse studio supplies:  Happiness Blooms (#februarycollection) stamp set, pearl stickers, bermuda sequins, Mermaid cardstock, Eucalyptus ribbon


I had some fun playing with a new stamp set from A Muse Studio’s March Collection!  I used some liquid masking fluid on the sentiment so I could stamp the straw and then I watercolored the “lemonade” with Lemon Whip splash, added some diamond glitter and topped it off with some Crystal Glaze…but I need to work on my patience!

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I was eager for it to dry and grabbed my heatgun to speed it up which made parts of it bubble…but it still looks kinda cool!

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amuse studio supplies:  Mason Jars stamp set (#marchcollection), Squeeze the Day stamp set, Diamond Glitter,  Crystal Glaze, Marigold/Papaya/Lime ink, Fern cardstock, black copic marker

PS.  Did you have a chance to check out the Spring Coffee Lover’s Bloghop?  You can check out my entry (and prizes!) here

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)

In case you missed it:

Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

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Amy Tsuruta is back with another wonderful Coffee Lovers Blog hop!  Of course, I had to join in again because I had so much fun the last time!

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all supplies are from a•muse|studio

stamps:  Perk Up, Brushstrokes

papers:  Kraft, Vanilla, Sugar, Cocoa, Bermuda Chevron

accessories:  Berry Box die (available only through February 28), medium Bow die, small paper doily, 1.5″ maple tag, toffee twine, crop-a-dile, Cocoa and Bermuda ink

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What friend or co-worker wouldn’t enjoy a sweet treat and some coffee?  I’ve really enjoyed coming up with different ways to create this Berry Box die from A Muse Studio’s February Collection (you can check it out here – but ordering ends Saturday, Feb 28th!).  The paper combinations and “fillings” are endless – check out these other baskets I made!  pst!  Did you know our maple tags cut smoothly and easily with a crop-a-dile?

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The Perk Up stamp set from A Muse Studio also comes with a matching die set but I really love paper piecing with it.  These coffee rings and splashes are made with real coffee and a small glass.  :)



There are several wonderful sponsors – be sure to leave some love along the way and most importantly, join in on the fun and post a Coffee (or hot beverage of your choice) to your blog or gallery.  The Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop runs from Friday, Feb 27 @ 6 am pacific and will end on Friday, Mar 6 @ 11:55 pm pacific.

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As a sponsor, I’m giving away a $15 Gift Certificate to

my a•muse|studio webstore.


I also have a blog prize as a special thanks to everyone who stops by and leaves a comment!  You may leave a comment until Mar 6, midnight and the winner will be announced on Monday, Mar 9.

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20 pack, small Kraft treat bags

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!

General blog hop details:
It’s all about having fun and sharing our mutual passions of paper crafting, coffee, tea &/or the love of cocoa!

• prizes: eligibility is based on link up. Newly created spring-y themed coffee, tea &/or cocoa project to be part of the random draw. (No back linking)
• Turn OFF Word Verification…PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE!
• All Winners will be posted on the Coffee Loving Cardmakers blog on Sunday, March 8th.

In case you missed it:

a•muse|studio Eggs

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I originally fell in love with the new A Muse Studio Eggs stamp set when I saw their February Collection guide and samples.  The single egg makes a fantastic background and when amuse studio consultant, Chelsea Comer, colored hers with bright yellows and spring greens, well I loved it even more!  Here is card we made at my Blooms and Bunnies card class this week (snow is pounding down as I type so round two may be in jeopardy – sigh) also using Somebunny Loves You.

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Another card we made was inspired by my amuse studio team mate, Risa Alvarez, and is perfect for using up scraps of paper (which I keep way too many of!).  It reminds me of the card I made here using the Butterfly Trio die set from A Muse Studio.   For this card though I used the matching Eggs die and the sentiment is from the Eggs stamp set.

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amuse studio supplies:

stamps:  Eggs, Somebunny Loves You

papers:  Grass, Papaya, Sugar, Grass Petite Polka Dot and 6×6 paper pack: Everything’s Rosy (gingham retired)

accessories:  Cosmos, Slim Washi tape (coming in #marchcollection), copics/tombow markers


Although Easter is not until April 5, you need to start planning now because these stamp sets can only be ordered until Feb 28th as part of the February Collection.

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a•muse|studio Berry Box die

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I know I’ve said these new Berry Box dies from A Muse Studio’s February Collection were for more than just Easter – but I couldn’t resist when I strolled down the candy isle this week at the grocery store.  Please come back on Friday for my entry into the Spring Coffee Lover’s Blog hop – you’ll see a non-Easter use for this fantastic die and there are lots of prizes too!  :)

Look how cute these boxes are.  eeckk….the perfect nesting place for some Peeps!

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and if you have to travel to deliver your little treat – wrap it up in style with A Muse Studio’s Card Catalogue tag die – also part of the limited edition February Collection.

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amuse studio supplies:

stamps:  Somebunny Loves You

papers:  Kraft, Orange Petite Polka dot, Bermuda Petite Polka dot, sugar

accessories:  Berry Box die, medium Bow die, Bunny die set, Card Catalogue tag die, small doilies, toffee twine, Cosmos paper flower, mini clothespin, Bermuda button

and in case you missed this one I posted earlier, I love this Berry Basket inspired by Patricia Thorpe…

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February Collection ordering ends Feb 28th!

don’t run out of time and end up disappointed…

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