October Wrap Up

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First, let me say Happy Halloween to everyone and I wanted to thank  Andrea H and Kristy R for these two awesome halloween cards. They are both amazing cards and this photo does not do them justice.

Today is the LAST day of two great A Muse Studio promotions.  Last chance to get this Limited Edition Holiday Hoopla stamp set which has been a huge favorite of many of my customers and hostess club members.  I have been stamping up a storm with it myself!  You have until midnight but I must place your order for you…email me for more info.

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I want to share with you my uber-talented upline Angela Kelley’s work with A Muse Studio’s Fight Like a Girl stamp set available only during October…she used it in combination with stamp sets from both the main and holiday A Muse Studio catalogs.  I find her work amazing…and wanted to share her work with the world!

In a totally different style, but using that same stamp set, here is a card I made inspired by Miriam Prantner that I found on Pinterest.  I used Blush, Bubblegum and Berry amuse studio inks plus their stamp set, Birthday Balloons.

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You NEED this set, right?!  Today is also the last day to get A Muse Studio’s Stamp Out Breast Cancer FREE stamp set…it’s just $3 for shipping.

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a•muse|studio Make a Wish

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The bokeh technique has been around for a while but this is my first attempt at it!  I have to admit, it was pretty easy and lots of fun!  I save a few different types of styles/techniques around but I decided I wanted to do this type of bokeh with a watercolor background.

To get started, I taped down a piece of thick watercolor paper on a craft mat with Washi tape.  I used Lime, Lichen, Navy and Winter Sky Splash from A Muse Studio to randomly add color to a very wet piece of watercolor paper.  It ran and blended nicely although sometimes I had to help direct it and add either a little more Splash or water, depending on the effect.  I am working this week so I was a bit impatient and dried it quickly with my heat gun.

Then the fun (and experimentation) began!  I used A Muse Studio’s Lots of Dots set and chose the medium to small sized dots to get my bokeh effect.  I initially tried white ink…two types of white ink!  First Brilliance and then Staz on but for some reason I was just not getting a good pop of color.  I searched through my inks (I have lots…from when I first started stamping and bought random inks, to when I was with The Angel Company and have a full set of Palette and Versamagic Chalk inks, to now as a demo with A Muse Studio!) and found I had a Brilliance Silver ink pad.  It hadn’t been used in a long, long time so I reinked it and began stamping again with my Lots of Dots – overstamping the original white dots.  I love the effect (even the shadowing effect from slight overlap from time to time).  I let the ink dry during the day and in the evening I came back to finish the card.

I stamped the sentiment from amuse studio’s Make a Wish with Versafine onyx ink.  I also embossed one of the feathers from that set on Vellum cardstock (this is a thick vellum that A Muse Studio carries – never seen anything like it and I love it!) with Satin Pearl embossing pwoder, also from amuse studio.  I simply cut it out and attached it with some clear mono glue.  I finished off the card by matting it on some Silver Shimmer cardstock from A Muse Studio and mounted that on Sugar cardstock.

Pretty cool, eh?

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a•muse|studio Not a Creature was Stirring

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I have to laugh because here I am using this bear again from the new A Muse Studio set, Not a Creature was Stirring.  You may wonder why that makes me laugh but it was my least favorite little guy of the set and now I’ve used him several times.  He colors up beautifully with Copic markers though and I had fun creating the teddy bear background behind him.  This card is also for the Hope You Can Cling to Challenge over on SCS and will be donated for breast cancer patients.

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The other supplies I used for this card are Kraft, Sugar, Shell and French Roast cardstock – those little stamped pink hearts are from the set, Wish You Were Here, and I used Shell ink.  I also used the Nestabilities Scalloped and Circle die, as well as the large Scalloped border die.  All supplies are from amuse studio.

Don’t forget that there are just two days left to get your FREE Fight Like a Girl stamp set from A Muse Studio.

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Order your stamp set – just $3 shipping!

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and…I ordered 10 more A Muse Studio Holiday catalogs which retire on Dec 31!  If you want a SPECIAL and AMAZING price – they are just $2 mailed to you...email me for a copy!

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a•muse|studio Peculiar Potions

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I really need to try and rephotograph this – the colors just don’t come through, or the crisp feel of the card.  sigh…  but, it’s off to work I go (I’m subbing this week and last week at the elementary school library – it’s a first for me but I’m loving it!).

This CAS card came together so quickly because I used scraps I had sitting around my paper cutter!  :)  The highlight of the card is the new paper pack called Mysterious Manor from A Muse Studio.  After Dec 31 you won’t be able to get it anymore (or anything else in the Holiday Catalog so don’t get caught short).  I sorta built this card backwards because as I mentioned, I used the scraps I had.  So, I created the layout and then had to decide what to stamp.  I thought this overlap of stamps from the A Muse Studio set, Peculiar Potions would be a fun look.  I stamped in the new Fiesta color:  Habanero (one of my favorites) and then the sentiment is in Versafine Onyx so it’s super crisp, even when going over another ink.  I added some little black pearl stickers, also from A Muse Studio.

psst!  If you like pearl and twinkle stickers, be sure to come back and check out the new A Muse Studio special starting 1 November…it’s just one of the special surprise savings that awaits you!

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I’d like to enter some challenges with my little Halloween card today!

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Amusing Challenge – winners

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I have a lot of “pink” this month on the brain…especially with breast cancer awareness going on.  Early detection is key and did you know in the A Muse Studio Fight Like a Girl stamp set (that’s the FREE Stamp Out Breast Cancer promotion going on this month!) – they have a push pin and FREE calendar downloads as part of it!?!

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For this card though I used a different A Muse Studio stamp set,  Perk Up.  It’s also part of a SCS challenge “Show me the love” for their Hope You Can Cling To card drive so I’ll be donating it at the end of the month.  I did a bit of paper piecing on this coffee to-go cup using Sugar, Kraft and the Bubblegum pink hearts cardstock from A Muse Studio.  I also die cut a small heart from some of our retired Bubblegum felt using the amuse studio heart trio die set and a Nestabilities circle die (the tiniest).  I used a stencil I have and dab some Latte ink (appropriate!) on Shell cardstock before layering everything on top and finishing it off with the sentiment in Versafine Onyx ink.  I finished it off with some twine from A Muse Studio.

and now on to our winner’s roll call!  I guess the Pocket card challenge was tough this week so I hope more folks will join in our “Anything Goes” category this week!

4.  Melissa SHB

1.  Julie O

2.TaylorMade4U cards

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WooHoo!  Shout out to Melissa for using A Muse Studio’s Fight Like a Girl stamp set!!  :)

Winners – please feel free to grab your blog badge and I hope you’ll be back again for this week’s Amusing Challenge!

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