a•muse|studio Shine Bright

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This wasn’t a stamp set that initially grabbed my attention but I must say this card by Linda, CEO of amuse studio, is a show stopper!  I love how she used the Snowy Background stamp from A Muse Studio to make a subtle background for the focal point.

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You’ll see her “how to” in the picture above – I love it when an “idea” works out so well!  What have been your happy accidents or experiments?!?

By the way, you can find all of the supplies you need to make this on my website!

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a•muse|studio Days Like This

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My sweet and creative upline, Angi, first designed this card and I just thought it was so fun that I used the idea for my Today Is Your Day card workshop this week.  It features two new sets from the A Muse Studio March CollectionBe Brave and Mason Jars — and also from the main catty, Days Like This.  Sadly I can’t CASE very well and ended up with too much green grass.  I tried several things to break up the area:  ribbon, buttons, sequins but nothing seemed to work until I tried these flowers!  They are the white, paper Forget-Me-Not flowers that A Muse Studio carries in their main catalog.  I’m going to show you how I “dressed” them up!

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First I sprayed the dry flowers with some Papaya Splash in a spray box.  But a little splash goes a long way so without saturating each one, I just threw the bunch into a little plastic bowl and added a tiny bit of water (about a teaspoon!) to dilute and even out the tones.

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This is slightly time consuming but oh so worth it!  I pinched each flower with a tweezer to cinch it up in the center and then dried them with a heat gun.

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Seriously – how pretty is this?!?

If you’d like to make this card, you can find all the supplies on my A Muse Studio website.  :)

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stamps:  Be Brave, Mason Jars (both available as part of March Collection – limited time!), Days Like This

papers:  Bermuda, Marigold, Grass, Sugar and Cherry Petite Pinstripe Cardstock

accessories:  Grass die, Silver Peerless Watercolor Paint (mason jar cap/wings), Forget Me Not paper flowers, Papaya Splash

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Amusing Challenge winners

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I love this card from A Muse Studio designer Marisa Alvarez (and I’m especially lucky to be on the same team as her PLUS call her friend!)  :)  She combined the brand new stamp set, Mason Jars, from the A Muse Studio March Collection with one of our older sets – Squeeze the Day.  So many fine details in here but you can find all of the materials to make this card on my website!

And now I’d like to introduce you to the Amusing Challenge Paper Piecing winners!

6.  Monika Reeck

3.  J. Atterbury

4.  Melissa SHB

5.  Monika Reeck

Congratulations to the winners – please grab your blog badges and I hope everyone will return for this week’s Easter Amusing Challenge.

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Amusing Challenge – Easter

With Easter just around the corner, we thought we’d celebrate it here on Amusing Challenge this week.  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.  March’s Prize Winner will receive Orange Blossom Washi tape – it’s one roll with different patterns that changes every couple of inches – stripes, polka dots and florals.  I’m head over heels for it and you will love it too!

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Vinita, of New Creations, doesn’t celebrate Easter in India but that didn’t stop her from creating the most lovely little basket!  I’m crazy for the shading around the flowers on her basket and she hand drew those sweet little bunnies.  Remember to click on photos to see them larger and you can see more pictures on her blog…I think this would be a beautiful table decoration.

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amuse studio supplies:  Modern Zinnia stamp set, Cherry cardstock, Cherry Petite Polka dot cardstock, Bubblegum Petite Pinstripe cardstock

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Tricia, of 1PhatChic, used one off my favorite new sets from the A Muse Studio March Collection – it’s a great sentiment set.  This is her adult version of an Easter basket and who could resist Peeps on a Stick?!?  This makes me smile…

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amuse studio supplies:  Be Brave stamp set (available during March),  Papaya, Papaya cardstock, Seattle baker’s cording, Grass Silky Crush ribbon, Toffee Twine, Lime straws

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Cyndi’s card is a perfect Easter card in so many ways.  I love the pastel colors she chose and these wonderful images were part of A Muse Studio’s February Collection.  The good news is that A Muse Studio has made items from these collections available “while supplies last” so you can still get this cute little bunny set and the egg die!

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amuse studio supplies:  Somebunny Loves You stamp set (#februarycollection – still available while supplies last), Happiness Blooms stamp set (retired), Egg die, Bunny Bums (#februarycollection – still available while supplies last), Pearl stickers and Copic markers

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I had this little brown bunny on my mind after being startled this week by a little rabbit on my early morning run…actually it was Walter (my dog!) that spotted him/her first!  The grass is hand painted — so easy to do! — with Splash and a thin paint brush.

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amuse studio supplies:  Somebunny Loves You stamp set (#februarycollection – still available while supplies last),  Mini Blooms stamp set, Lime Splash, Sugar, Lime and Hibiscus cardstock, Large Scalloped border die, Bunny Bums (#februarycollection – still available while supplies last)

PS.  Did you have a chance to enter the ongoing Amusing Challenge?  It’s Paper Piecing and you have until midnight and 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 Welcome Spring!

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One of A Muse Studio’s star designers, Marisa Alvarez, created this beautiful bouquet and I wanted to share it with you on this {dreary} first day of Spring!  I love how she used the Floral Blossom slim washi tape to frame her focal piece.  And, if you look closely, she stamped the background with the amuse studio Venetian Background stamp for a subtle look.  This card also features two stamp sets from the A Muse Studio March CollectionLove and Thanks and Mason Jars.

Hope you have a wonderful first day of spring and don’t miss out on the March collection found here…there’s only 11 more shopping days to pick up these wonderful stamps!  eeck!  PS.  You can also find out if there is something available if you missed a past collection – it’s while supplies last and appears just under the March Collection tab!  :)

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