Amusing Challenge – Cinco De Mayo or May Day

Welcome to this week’s Amusing Challenge!  It’s a bit of a mish-mash challenge this weekend – we’re going with Cinco De Mayo or May Day – you choose!  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.  Aprils’s Prize Winner will be announce tomorrow and they will receive Owl’s Well – it’s a stamp set that is A Muse Studio’s signature style!  To check out the Retirement Sale (we’re now at 35% off!) visit my website.

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I want to welcome Juliet, of Ballpoint Bliss,  back as a guest designer this week!  You may remember her beautiful work from earlier last year…I was tickled to see Juliet’s card celebrating a “May Day” theme and I love how she used the Egg stamp (from a previous monthly collection that is available while supplies last) and That’s the Ticket, also from A Muse Studio, and on sale right now for 35% off during their Progressive Retirement Sale.

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amuse studio supplies:  That’s the Ticket stamp set (retiring), Egg stamp set (while supplies last), Ticket Die, assorted Tombow Markers


Tricia, from 1phatchic,  said this Cinco De Mayo themed card inspired by her teen-aged daughter.  I loved the fun look but then the more I looked at it, I went bonkers about the details!  Love her brayer work on the front.  Be sure to click on these photos to enlarge them…

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front and back decorated!

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and…shrinky dink!!!  squeal – love it!!!

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amuse studio supplies:  Squeeze the Day stamp set (retiring – on sale for 35% off), Love and Thanks stamp set (March collection but I’ve heard it will make the new catty!), Grass Silky Crush ribbon, Toffee Twine and Summer Palette inks


No need to guess which holiday Cyndi went with!  I love her extra details of copic marker coloring, stickles on the hat and Crystal Clear Glaze on the Margarita glass.

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amuse studio supplies:  Hola Amigo stamp set, Crystal Clear Glaze, Copic markers


I was inspired by a card my downline, Marisa Alveraz made when the last catalog first came out.  I love how she stamped Mini Blooms in the new Fiesta color scheme on Kraft cardstock.  I took that look and built on it for my own Cinco De Mayo themed card.

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amuse studio supplies:  Hola Amigo stamp set,  Mini Blooms stamp set, Kraft, Margarita, and Wasbi cardstock, Halloween Washi tape collectio, Berry, Grass, Habanero, Marigold, Margarita and Hibsicus ink, Versafine Onyx ink

PS.  Did you have a chance to enter the ongoing Amusing Challenge?  It’s an anything goes theme and you will have a chance to win the Owl’s Well stamp set if you play along.  You can find it 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)

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a•muse|studio Paper Pack winner!


Congratulations to Vibula – you won my Summer Paper pack assortment!  This is how I normally select winners – the Random Generator does all the tricky work.  :)

May is going to be an exciting month – I’m working on my newsletter right now and make sure you get it by signing up for my FREE monthly newsletter.  And, I can’t wait to start seeing some of the sneak peeks come out of A Muse Studio’s National Conference that kicks off tonight.  Wishing I was there….sigh…oh, don’t forget:2015 Retiring Products Fancy Box - SAVE 35

We just hit the 35% off category for A Muse Studio’s Progressive Retirement Sale…woohoo!

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a•muse|studio Sweet Shop

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designed by Marisa Alvarez

Sssswwwweeeet!  :)  I love the vintagy feel of A Muse Studio’s latest stamp set, Sweet Shop, which you can find in the April Collection — but not for long!  Today is the last day to order from this collection.  You will find a HUGE variety of stamps tucked in there this month from this vintage to cutesy – there is something for ALL ages!

I think this little treat/gift bag would be perfect for many occasions – including Mother’s Day and Teacher Appreciation.  Thanks to the A Muse Studio design team and their creative genius…I’ve been having a tough week and it’s been wonderful to be able to continue to share here with you!

Don’t forget to enter my drawing that I posted yesterday – you have until midnight to get in on the fun!

This will be the last monthly collection now for a while as we ramp up and prepare for our next catalog release coming out in June!  And, this weekend is our A Muse Studio National Conference and I am jumping down in excitement and anticipation of sneak peeks of what is to come!  Join me on my facebook page, Blessings Ink, to keep up with the news!

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a•muse|studio We All Scream

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Two of my favorite A Muse Studio designers have done it again!  Don’t miss this cute set, We All Scream from amuse studio’s April Collection.  There’s just one more day to snatch up these cuties (I’m thinking not just cards but summer time scrapbook pages!) and then they are gone…

So, what’s your favorite flavor of ice cream?!  

Leave a comment below by midnight, April 30, for a chance to win an assorted paper pack of 10 fun summer colors!

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Marisa Alveraz

Want to check out the entire April Collection before it’s too late?  Hop on over here!

And…don’t miss out on this fantastic sign up special!  I am tickled to welcome Cynise to my team this month…it’s a great time to join us!

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a•muse|studio Birthday Icons

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Do you have a hard time with masculine cards?  This month the amuse studio consultants have a challenge to come up with male birthday cards and Linda, owner of A Muse Studio had a classic CAS card that I just had to CASE.  This is my version of it and I love it!  The image is from the A Muse Studio April Collection and it’s called Birthday Icons – eeck! only 3 days left of April! – and it was fun to color with Copic markers.  I think it took less than a minute so if you are in a time crunch to beat the postman, this card is for YOU!!  :)

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I did add some Diamond Glitter Embossing powder (also from A Muse Studio) to the grey stripes and in real life it sparkles just enough without going too girly!!

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stamps:  Birthday Icons

paper:  Sugar, Cherry, Cherry Petite Striped cardstock

accessories:  Memento Onyx ink, copic markers, small pinking border die, Diamond embossing powder

Don’t miss the April Collection – you can find it on sale here!

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