a•muse|studio Be Light

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I haven’t even had the chance to share this card from my Christmas Card buffet two weekends ago.  That was a crazy busy weekend with two card classes scheduled and working the Amuse Studio booth at the Scrap Stamp show in MD.  This card features Be Light from Amuse Studio’s September Collection and I really want to play some more with it!  There are a lot of fun accessory stamps in the set and this Santa is so whimsical, he really makes my heart “light”.

What rubber stamping supplies do I need to make this card?

This card is another one of those cards that you can make the entire thing with just one stamp set!  I did some masking for the presents and pulled out my Prismacolor pencils again. If you like to color – this set is for YOU!

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(which you can buy here)

stamps:  Be Light (September Collection)

paper:  Sugar and Wasabi Reversa Petite Polka dot cardstock

accessories:  Ranger Archival black ink, Prismacolor pencils

Yesterday I shared all of the September Collection stamp sets here or you can browse at my Amuse Studio webstore to see everything that’s available!





a•muse|studio Poinsettia

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I am woefully behind in posting some of my creations using the wonderful new stamp sets from Amuse Studio’s September Collection.  I had time to play a few weeks ago but really haven’t had much time to post – my new full time job is keeping me busy during the day and I come home from work exhausted.  Thank you for being patient with me!

This card isn’t even finished yet but it looked so pretty that I wanted to share it with you.  I watercolored this new stamp set, Poinsettia, with some retired watercolor crayons.  I was inspired by the Amuse Studio’s design team with the blueish background it is beautiful mounted on a piece of Eucalyptus cardstock.

What rubber stamping supplies do I need to make this card?

As I mentioned, I used watercolor crayons but you could easily use Tombow markers, Peerless Watercolor paints or any other type of ink/paint you like for watercoloring.  This stamp is so gorgeous that it looks fabulous uncolored too like I did here!

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(which you can buy here)

stamps:  Poinsettia (September Collection)

paper:  Eucalyptus cardstock

accessories:  Ranger Archival black ink

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Only a few more days to guarantee you can purchase the stamps and accessories from the Amuse Studio September Collection!  After that it becomes while supplies last…click photos to enlarge

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And, I’d love to invite you to sign up as a new Amuse Studio consultant on my team!  There are no more sales quotas to worry about.

This month you will receive 10 FREE fall pigment ink pads!

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Amusing Challenge winner

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I can hardly believe that September 30th is the end of this week!  Yikes – where did the time fly?  The Amuse Studio September Collection is a timely Christmas spread of fun digital papers, lots of holiday accessories and best of all, wonderful stamp sets!  Here is just a fun sampling but we have equally “beautiful” sets this month too!  These two sets were big hits at my recent card classes.

Check out the September Collection PDF

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A huge shout out to Melissa SHB who was my only participant in last week’s Shaker Card Amusing Challenge.  I thought they were so popular right now and I’ve seen a few shared here and there on Facebook but I need to be better about getting the word out on my weekly challenges.  I hope you will help me!

Please come back and join in on my Anything Goes Amusing Challenge going on all week!





Amusing Challenge – Anything Goes

This week’s theme and monthly prize

This week’s Amusing Challenge is Anything Goes!  In case you didn’t hear about it, I’m one of 65 Super Sponsors for the Fall Coffee Lover’s blog hop – you can catch up on the details and one extra chance to win right here.

Throughout the month I have different sorts of challenges…”use it”, themes, sketch, etc.  There are weekly Top 3 winners and a random winner from all of the participants receives the monthly prize drawing.  This month’s prize pack is this limited edition Orange Striped treat bags (12 to a pack– 5 x 7 1/2 inches) – crepe not included.  PS. If you can’t wait to win, you can find them in the Past Collections section on my website!

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This Week’s Inspiration

I love making a variety of Christmas tags every year but the time to make them is now – and NOT while you are wrapping Christmas presents!  We were super lucky that Amuse Studio released quite a few new holiday stamps as part of their September Collection.  Merriest of All is one of them and this look is so easy with a few Tombow markers and a water spritzer.  I also love their new Tag You’re It tag bundle in the September Collection…my die is from the Tag Bundle die set that includes card layers and tags.

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TAD0260 – set of 5 dies

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amuse studio supplies:  Merriest of All stamp set (September Collection), Hello Deer stamp set, Tag bundle die set, Tombow markers

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I held two different class events last weekend and this card was one of them!  It features another Amuse Studio September Collection stamp set called Tag You’re It.  I did a little paper piecing, as well as, coloring with copic markers.  I think these little guys are adorable and I just shared a super fun card using the polar bear here.  It’s definitely worth taking the time to pop over and see it!

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amuse studio supplies:  Tag You’re It stamp set (September Collection), Be Light stamp set (September Collection), Sky, Sugar, Wasabi Petite Polka Dot, Cherry Reverse Polka dot cardstock, Cherry Ink, Copic markers, White embossing powder

I hope you join us!

Please consider sharing the word of my Amusing Challenge this month with your crafty, stamping friends!  I’d love to see a few more players join us – I know I am always thrilled by your creative ideas.    Ending tonight, if you missed my Shaker Card challenge — must be a tough challenge as we only have 1 player so far!!  eeck.

It’s simple to play along:

  • 2 entry limit  
  • no digis please! 
  • please link back to this Amusing Challenge to be eligible for the monthly prize!






Fall Coffee Lover’s Blog Hop

Amy Tsuruta, of Tsuruta Designs, is throwing another Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop.  Did you know National Coffee Day is Sept 29?!?  Perfect timing – YAY!

I am excited to be one of the Super Sponsors of the Blog Hop and you will have a chance to win a $25 Gift Certificate to my Amuse Studio webstore:

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Amuse Studio has some fun coffee images…here is Meal Plan (it’s really a planner stamp set but it’s so cute for cardmaking too!) from Amuse Studio.

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I also love the super sassy Amuse Studio stamp set called Need to Venti.

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I couldn’t resist playing along myself with some of my Amuse Studio stamps and their new digital papers called Autumn Days.  Here I paired up Meal Plan and Need to Venti.  They were tiny enough to add just the right scale to my SN@P Pocket Page scrapbook – they are also perfect for Project Life scrapbooking AND cardmaking.

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all supplies are from a•muse|studio:  Meal Plan stamp set, Need to Venti stamp set, Autumn Days digital download, Marigold Dye ink (new!), Squash/Nutmeg ink, copic markers in real life.

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For a chance to win mine or one of the other great prizes from more than 60 other sponsors (wow!!), you must link up a newly created project especially for the Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop  (must be a FALL with coffee, tea &/or cocoa images)…starting Sep 23 at 9:00 am eastern, and you have until 11:55 pm pacific on Friday, September 30th to link up…the more the merrier!

There will be FLASH prizes awarded for all of those linked up on or before Sept 30 – drawings on:  Sep 28 and Sep 30.

 Want one more chance to win?
Leave a comment below (it’s good to leave contact info for winner notification) before Oct 1 to enter into a drawing for my blog candy.  The prize is this Autumn Days digital kit from Amuse Studio – it’s part of their October Collection!
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Phew!  Thank you for making it through my long blog post – I know you have a lot of stops to make ahead of you!  Enjoy with your favorite hot beverage!