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Fall is definitely here in Northern Virginia!  This card doesn’t capture all of the glorious leaf colors I see out my window but it’s a start with Squash, Fern and French Roast inks from A Muse Studio.  I love how the cardstock matches so perfectly, even this French Roast Woodgrain cardstock.  I need to remember to order more twine on my next order – I love it and have gone through a roll of vanilla and toffee (although it’s taken a while since there’s 50 yards on a spool!  The stamp sets are Thankful for You and Fall in the Forest (sentiment), and both are from A Muse Studio.

We had some GREAT Halloween card entries this past week for my Amusing Challenge – thanks to everyone who joined in on the fun!  Here are this week’s winners:

3.  Julie P

4.  Tiggertastic

9.  Creative Smiles

11.  Tracy McDonald

Please feel free to grab your blog badges and I hope you will join us this week’s Amusing Challenge featuring Pocket Cards!

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Amusing Challenge – Pocket cards

I can’t believe it’s already the third weekend in October!  Thank you for coming over to check out this week’s Amusing Challenge!   We have a fun challenge today – pocket cards.  There are so many different types of pocket cards out there.  If you get my monthly newsletter, I hope you enjoyed the Halloween pocket card.  It’s totally different than the two we have here today.  (it’s not too late to sign up for my newsletters/tutorials by the way!  You can so so in the upper left sidebar).

Throughout the month I’ll 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.  October’s Grand Prize winner will receive a package of medium Polka Dot Bags in their choice of color.   amuse studio Cyndi did some more fussy cutting with her new A Muse Studio set, Fall in the Forest.  I have never seen a pocket card quite like this and I am mesmerized by it!  Cyndi used the retired Vintage Labels 2 die set and the current envelope die set from A Muse Studio.  She colored these little cuties with Copic markers and added googly eyes to the owls.

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and tucked inside the main pocket is a bookmark!  So clever…

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I found a pattern on SCS for a no-waste criss-cross pocket card.  I grabbed a piece of Kraft cardstock from A Muse Studio, without a real plan in mind, and began cutting and scoring.  I happened to have some of their new 6×6 paper packs out and this one, Christmas Sweater, caught my eye.  I thought it would be fun to mix these two patterns and they went perfectly with the Kraft.  I originally marked the back side of the snowflake paper with a line where to cut each traingle by laying the kraft pocket piece over it; but, I found out that one panel was reversed then.  So, you will have to measure one panel on the front side and one panel on the backside – hope that makes sense!  I also die cut the largest snowflake with the new amuse studio snowflake trio die set in Sugar cardstock and layered it with a red button and twine, also from A Muse Studio.

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For the inside of my card I cut another slightly smaller piece of Kraft cardstock ( approx. 3 1/2 x 4 3/4) and I splattered it with some Marshmellow Splash from A Muse Studio.  Next I stamped the sentiment from Very Merry in Cherry ink.  I also stamped the snowman from Cozy Back and the little mouse from Not a Creature was Stirring in French Roast ink – both the inks and stamp sets are from A Muse Studi0.  The last thing I did was made a little tab to pull out the insert card.  I cut a strip of Slate Woodgrain Cardstock (1 x 2″) and stapled it on with a Tim Holtz mini stapler.  I covered the staple with another amuse studio Cherry button and some twine.

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Last week of my 12 Days of Halloween series…it’s free and you can sign up for it in the upper left sidebar!

PS. I hope you will still enter the current Amusing Challenge.  The challenge is Halloween and with it right around the corner, I’d love to see your entry!

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 Stamp Out Breast Cancer

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Last week I learned a new technique on Splitcoaststampers. It was so much fun! The challenge was called “Pin Up” and the idea was to go through magazines and find images to use as a resist on your cards. I had a Kennedy Center catalog and this ballerina was posing for the Nutcracker. She was the perfect size and after I cut her out, I painted her with a coat of Mod Podge. You can also use Crystal Glaze but I think Mod Podge is much more economical! Let your cut out dry well and then you will be able to use it time and again.

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For this card I laid down my ballerina mask over Sugar cardstock from A Muse Studio and sprayed across it with Blush and Grapefruit Splash…also from amuse studio.  Once it dried, I lifted my masked and sprayed once more, very lightly, with Blush splash.  I let my cardstock dry again and then I did something daring.  I sprayed Gold Dush Splash on to my Haunted Mansion Background stamp and randomly stamped on my cardstock…here it’s visible.

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This really shimmers in real life – I wish you could hold it!  I stamped one of the sentiment’s from A Muse Studio’s FREE Fight Like a Girl breast cancer awareness stamp set and I love how this strong sentiment overlaps the dainty ballerina.  My last attempt to make it more dimensional was to hand draw a fine line with my Signo Uni-ball Gel gold pen from amuse studio around the edges before layering it on to some Onyx cardstock.  It was a bit “off” so I blended out the line with Gesso and a paintbrush…this became quite a work of mixed media!

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Want this FREE set?  There is a $3 shipping charge but you can get yours HERE.

email me if you are overseas and interested!  :)

(there’s also a matching ribbon die, TAD0072, for $5.99)

Challenges I’d like to enter today!

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a•muse|studio Stained Glass Poppy

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Even though poppies are probably a spring/summer flower, I love them here paired with these more “fallish” colors!  I colored Stained Glass Poppy from A Muse Studio with Copic markers.  There are a LOT of layers of ink on here, believe me.

After I finished coloring my poppies, I cut a loose fitting mask and stamped the sentiment from Fall in the Forest, also by A Muse Studio, repeatedly.  I used Cherry, Squash and Grass amuse studio inks and then finished off the card by layering it on a piece of Squash cardstock, matted with a piece of Cherry cardstock – all supplies are from amuse studio.

It’s a short post today because I still have to send out my Day 7 Halloween tutorial (have you signed up?  It’s not too late!  You can do so in the upper left sidebar) and I have my Hostess Club ladies coming over.  I can’t wait to share today’s projects with you!

Entering Made to be Momma’s Hit Me with Your Best Shot blog hop.


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Amusing Challenge winners

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One of my favorite things to do is the chalkboard technique and I love putting together as many different stamp sets as I can!  For this little panel I used the following A Muse Studio stamp sets:  Fall in the Forest, Wish You Were Here, I  Was Here, and  Geek is the New Chic.  I am so happy with the White Embossing Powder from amuse studio and I also used a white prismacolor pencil and Brilliance White ink to doodle in some details.  My cardstock is also from A Muse Studio and is the Kraft, Onyx and School Lined cardstock.  My button and twine are also from amuse studio.  It’s a little late for back-to-school but this would be the perfect card for exam time!

And now on to our Amusing Challenge winners…some lovely entries this past week for the theme of trees.  Thank you for participating!!

1. Stargroves

1. Stargroves

2. Melissa SHB

(thanks for using amuse studio stamps!)

4.  Maxine D

Please grab your blog badges – and congratulations to the winners!

Just as a reminder, we’ve got some terrific FREEBIES going on right now at A Muse Studio…feel free to share these with your friends and even on your blog!

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