a•muse|studio Fall in the Forest + Copictopia Sketch

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I am so in love with this new set from the A Muse Studio catalog called, Fall in the Forest; and in particular, this little owl!  I stamped him in Memento Onyx ink and colored it with Copic markers before cutting the little guy out.  Then I set about making the focal panel and with a 1/2 circle punch, I tried to punch them as evenly spaced as possible on a stripe of A Muse Studio French Roast Woodgrain cardstock.  Pretty close!  It looked “okay” but I thought burlap would be a nice texture to add.  At first I was thinking “nest” but then I tried covering up the back of the panel and I loved the peeks of burlap that showed through.  The last step was to stamp the sentiment in Pumpkin ink on my Vanilla cardstock base – both are from A Muse Studio.

I was totally inspired by Cristena’s sketch challenge over on her Copictopia blog.  While you are there, check out her on-line store where you can order any copic marker.  As Cristena says, “We have all Copic colors – yes, even the ones that are hard to find and you can’t get them in the stores. ”


inspiration sketch

You can see I was fascinated by all of those circles in the sketch!  Copic markers used:  YR09, YR24, E15, E19, and Y35.

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I hope you like this card as much as I do!  Here are some other challenges I’d like to enter:



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a•muse|studio Perk Up

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Right about now I could use some more coffee…yawn…  I’ve gotten up early two days in a row with hubby and need to refill the coffee pot!  :)

Today’s SCS Ways to Use it challenge was to use stencils.  I just picked up a few over the summer but always think of them more as mixed media tools so I seldom grab them.  I love today’s results!  This card is also for the Beverage challenge over at Less is More so my card had to be a one layer card.  I knew I wanted the base to be Kraft cardstock (this is a beautiful color and weight Kraft that amuse studio carries), but I also wanted it to be interesting!  I stamped my new set, Perk Up, by A Muse Studio, including the sentiment.  The first stencil I used was the Mini Coffee Splats from Rebekkah Meier and I sponged French Roast amuse studio ink through it, shifting it around so that I could use different stencil cuts.

Next, I cut a reverse mask from my cup (two:  the lid and the wrapper) .  I took some stencil paste and added 2-3 drops of Sky reinker, also from A Muse Studio, and laid the Tim Holtz grungy circles over where the wrapper was.  I laid down a thin layer of paste and then when I could remove the two layers (stencil and reverse mask), I moved up and laid down some stencil paste for the lid, leaving it thick and uneven.  It looked okay but still needed a little bit more color so I grabbed a white Prismacolor pencil and colored in the cup, smudging it a bit with gamsol.

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I had some blue stencil paste left over so I couldn’t help myself and made a second card…  This time I sponged Lime amuse studio ink through a Tim Holtz harlequin stencil.  I did shift the stencil on the opposite side and added some more color – off setting the diamond shapes on purpose.  I randomly added some stencil paste through the circle stencil and you can see towards the top is where I finally ran out!

Luckily, and my accident, I left a nice spot for a sentiment and I chose this one from the A Muse Studio set:  Just Because.

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I stamped my Hummingbird (that’s the name of the set too from A Muse Studio) on Sugar cardstock with Memento and watercolored it with Tombow markers and an aquabrush.  After I cut this little guy out, I hit him/her with a spritz or two of Stardust Finishing Spray – from amuse studio, but it’s hard to capture the sparkle and shine.

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Holiday Hoopla Open House!


Welcome to my Holiday Hoopla Open House!  Sorry you can’t stop by in person, but there is no need to miss out on the fun, prizes and inspiration!

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During Holiday Hoopla A Muse Studio is offering EXTRA hostess rewards – it’s a great chance for you to earn a FREE stamp set and pick out even more FREE product.  Let me know if you’d like to have a long distance party…I’ve had several successful parties online or via catalogs and I would love to help you have one too!


 Free stamp set for hostesses!

If you haven’t checked out the new holiday catalog, you can view it here

Some of my new cards on display and new A Muse Studio product from the Holiday Catalog! New word dies, new Peerless Watercolor paints in bottles, and paper…as well as new stamps and dies.  Love it!

Chance to win your choice of these two BRAND NEW A Muse Studio 6×6 paper packs – each one comes with 36 sheets of 6 patterns, 6 of each pattern:


Christmas Sweater


 Mysterious Manor

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Amusing Challenge winners

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I had so much fun making these tag cards for this week’s Amusing Challenge that I had to make one more!  It’s a great way to use up scraps too.  :)

For this card I grabbed several A Muse Studio stamp sets, including:  You’re Too Kind, Mini Blooms and Say it with Style.  My cardstock and inks are also from amuse studio and feature some of the new Fiesta colors:  Habanero, Marigold, Hibiscus and also a splash of Lime!  You can also see a piece of the Petite Pinstripe cardstock and that is Papaya.  To finish my card, I tied my handmade tag off at the top with Lime ribbon and Vanilla twine – also from A Muse Studio.

And now to announce this week’s winners!  Please remember that these challenges are for rubber stamped images only – I’ve had some lovely digi creations and while I enjoy seeing them, I can’t chose them as winners.

6.  Gail

4.  Carol Dunham

7.  lalkygirl

12.  KT Fit Kitty

Please feel free to grab your blog badges and I hope everyone will come back and join in this week’s Amusing Challenge – it’s all about tags!!

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Amusing Challenge – Tags

Tag – you’re it!  Well, not quite but I do hope you’ll leave your tag creation here this week for  our  Amusing Challenges!   Throughout the month I’ll have different sorts of challenges…”use it”, themes, sketch, etc. This week your challenge is to use die cuts.  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.  September’s prize:  a pack of assorted A Muse Studio buttons from me.

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Karen McAlpine, of Dreaming and Creating. is back this week as a Guest Designer.  You will be blown away by her creation of 4 different tags!   Karen’s tags feature the A Muse Studio sets, Come Fly with Me and All for Love.  I can’t believe the variety she achieved with those two sets and I love the blue and brown palatte.  Karen used these amuse studio inks:Slate, Eucalyptus, Ocean, Bermuda, Sky and some A Muse Studio ribbon as well.  You really must click on the image below to enlarge it and enjoy the beauty of these tags.

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Cyndi made the cutest little tag that will be perfect for any baby gift.  She used Little Peanut from A Muse Studio.  I love the spots she gave this giraffe and the pretty set of butterflies!  I don’t think I would have thought to color them all differently.  Cyndi also used A Muse Studio cardstock – that petite gingham print is perfect on this little tag.

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I went a tiny different route and used tags on my cards.  I was inspired by a set of cards I found on Julie Ebersole’s Flickr account and couldn’t wait to make my “version” of them. They aren’t quite as cute as hers but I still love the results!

This first card is a great masculine card – I know many folks struggle with making a guy card that looks good but not too fru-fru.  I used the A Muse Studio stamp set:  First in my Book.  I also used several different A Muse Studio cardstocks:  Cherry Chevron, Cherry Woodgrain and Sky plus the Seattle Twine.  I stamped the horse images in Bermuda ink and the Washi Tape is from the Halloween collection – both are from amuse studio.  I handcut both tags and punched holes with a cropadile.

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For my second tag card I used the two stamp sets:  Papillon and Just Because from A Muse Studio.  Again I handcut my own tag from Lime amuse studio cardstock and stamped my image with Fern ink.  The washi tape is from the Valentine collection and the Bubblegum ribbon and Vanilla twine are all from A Muse Studio.  The little strip of DP is from the 6×6 A Muse Studio paper pack called:  Fiesta.  To be honest, this was the one sheet I didn’t really like but in this small amount and with these colors, it’s perfect.  Both cards were super quick and required no coloring!

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PS. I hope you will still enter the current Amusing Challenge.  The challenge is easy and it’s to use ribbon and/or twine!

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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