a•muse|studio Gnome Other

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At first glance you wouldn’t think of the new Gnome Other stamp set in Amuse Studio’s February Collection as a Valentine-type stamp set.  But, I think it will do the trick!  I also used the new(ish) Photo Frame die set from amuse studio that is a hold over from one of the previous collections.  I’ve had this idea for a while and after my ladies left Hostess Club today, I whipped out this card.  Some cards take me forever to create but when I have some stamping ideas in mind, then it’s super easy – especially if all of the supplies are laying out on the table!

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Inspired by a fellow Amuse Studio consultant, I decided to decorate the inside of the card with the remaining half of the sentiment and a coordinating strip of cardstock.  Thank you Kelly Halverson for inspiring me!

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

amuse studio supplies:

stamps:  Gnome Other (February Collection)

paper:  Toffee, Sky, Grapefruit, Sugar and Apple Petite Hexagon cardstock

accessories:  Photo frame die set,  copics, toffee twine

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I’m still trying to play along with Kathy’s 30 Day Coloring Challenge.  I’d love to see you use some amuse studio stamps – if you do, link back here to my blog too!  I think this is the first time I’ve actually shared the gnome here from amuse studio’s Gnome Other stamp set!  Yikes…I’ve been having so much fun playing with the other images in the set.  I love the fence in this birthday card and all of the little gardening tools in this “I dig you” card.





Amusing Challenge Winners

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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner so I hope you are ready!  If not, be sure to play along with this week’s Amusing Challenge – it’s all about hearts.  This CAS card featuring My Punny Valentine from Amuse Studio is super quick to whip up and is perfect for kids Valentines and grownups too!  It has just the right amount of sparkle to catch someone’s eye.  I love this rubber stamping technique using Amuse Studio’s Diamond Embossing powder and I show the steps here.

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

amuse studio supplies:

stamps:  My Punny Valentine

paper:  Cherry, Sugar and Cherry Petite Pinstripe cardstock

accessories:  Diamond embossing powder, Stitched Circle die set, Scallop circle die set, copic markers, Versamark ink pad, Versafine Onyx ink pad

Amusing Challenge winners!

Many of you may be eager now to hear who won the January Prize!  Congrats to:

7.  Marianne

from week 3 (Ribbon and Twine challenge week)

Please email me your mailing address.

And rounding up this week’s winners:

8.  KT Fit Kitty

12.  Larissa

20.  Kathyk

Winners please grab your blog badge and I look forward to you joining us again for this week’s Amusing Challenge!  Once again I was blown away by the all of the creative card ideas and enjoy visiting your blogs.  I’ll be by this week to leave some comments!





Amusing Challenge – hearts

This week’s theme and monthly prize

It’s already February (I can’t believe it!) and that means Valentine’s Day is just around the corner.  This week’s Amusing Challenge will be all about hearts!   Throughout the month I have different sorts of challenges…”use it”, themes, sketch, etc.  Based on reader input late last year, I will be changing up the way I award my monthly prize!  We’ll still have the Top 3 winners but now every participant that plays along will earn a chance to win the random drawing for my prize package at the end of the month.  January’s prize winner will be announced tomorrow!

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Design Team Inspiration

Cyndi dug out some punches and dies that she had to really embrace this week’s heart challenge.  I love how she featured the Everything’s Rosy 6×6 paper pack from Amuse Studio – those roses look great!  It may be hard to see but Cyndi also used the slim arrow washi tape that was featured in Amuse Studio’s February Collection and is now available while supplies last.

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amuse studio supplies: Everything’s Rosy 6×6 paper pack, Sweetheart Mix sequins, Gold Arrow washi tape (Past Collections), twinkle stickers, Crystal Clear Glaze

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This next card is just a remake of an idea that has been around a long time…but I love the Amuse Studio envelope die combined with their Vellum cardstock.  It’s a match made in heaven, so to speak.  These hearts have a fun and funky shape – they are from the Photo Frame die set which was also part of amuse studio’s February Collection.  I like how the sentiment is not overly lovey-dovey but it gets the point across that you are thinking of someone special.

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amuse studio supplies:   Happy Thoughts stamp set, Envelope die, Photo Frame die set (past collections), Cherry, Grapefruit, Blush, Sugar and Mermaid Petite Pinstripe cardstock, Vellum Cardstock, Mermaid ink

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Ready for some heavy duty photos?  I had a lot of fun playing with the Scallop Heart dies from Amuse Studio’s February Collection.  You may remember this post last week where I die cut from doily placemats.  Here I die cut the hearts from watercolor paper and then dip them on a craft mat sprayed with Cherry Splash.  When they dried, I stamped them with assorted amuse studio sentiments…the possibilities are endless!

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It was fun digging through all my piles of paper scraps and also pulling out some 6×6 paper packs from Amuse Studio that I have been saving…  Lay it all out so that you can start combining colors and patterns that you like together.

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I also did some painting with my Gold Translucent Peerless Watercolor paint.  I love this stuff!  Amuse Studio carries it in both Gold and Silver.

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And here is what I came up with!  Lots of homemade Valentines that are super easy to DIY when you have just a few supplies and lots of paper scraps.

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amuse studio supplies:   Assorted Amuse Studio sentiments, Scallop Heart die, Cherry Splash, Gold Peerless watercolor paint, Everything’s Rosy, Fiesta and Mysterious Manor 6×6 paper pack, Apple, Cherry, Grapefruit, Apple Petite Hexagon, Onyx Petite Polka and Vellum cardstock

I hope you join us!

I hope we’ve inspired you to play along and consider inviting your friends to check out this challenge.  I would love to have some more players visit us – I find the entries are so inspiring and it’s a great way to check out a lot of super talented folks by viewing the thumbnails.  

It’s simple to play along:

  • 2 entry limit  
  • no digis please! 
  • please link back to this Amusing Challenge!






a•muse|studio Gnome Other

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I was in a rush to get together a birthday card for a friend (thank you Facebook for reminding me!) but alas it still will be late!  Thankfully the latest Freshly Made Sketches challenge gave me a great CAS starting point and I’ve been trying to play along with Kathy’s 30 Day Coloring Challenge.  This new set, Gnome Other, from Amuse Studio’s February Collection features a gnome but I am loving all of the other images as well.  Here is a card I did a few days ago featuring all of the tiny pieces of the stamp set which I love!  If you missed it, it’s really worth a visit!

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

I seldom sit down and make a card from start to finish.  If you are like me, you are always multi-tasking and trying to get more done! (I hope you are more successful than me!)  I die cut a few different sized circles from watercolor paper with my Amuse Studio Stitched Circle dies…I did pick sizes for the images I knew I wanted to play with.  Later I came back and stamped a few of the images and then even later I was able to color them in with my Peerless Watercolor paints from amuse studio.  I actually did them as I was preparing dinner – waiting for pots to boil and bread to heat up in the oven.  In the evening and next day the cards finally came together.  Phew!

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amuse studio supplies:

stamps:  Gnome Other (February Collection), Grow (February Collection) – sentiment

paper:  Sugar, Wasabi, Onyx, and Bermuda Petite Polka Dot cardstock (watercolor paper – Walmart)

accessories:  Peerless Watercolor paints, Ranger Archival Jet Black ink,  Stitched Circle One die set, white embossing powder

This card makes me happy, happy!  If you find it a challenge coloring or are critical of your results, I think you will find watercoloring a very forgiving medium and easy stamping technique to learn.  You can see that you do NOT have to color exactly up to the lines and if you get color where you don’t want it, it is easy to blot up with a paper towel.  In the card I referred to earlier, you’ll see that I often went out OVER the lines and that is okay too.  In fact, I like that look a lot and I really embraced it here just to give you some more rubber stamping ideas – this was inspired by Joan Bardee and turned out to be one of my most popular cards!

Be sure to check out the entire February Collection from amuse studio!  It’s fresh and springy…

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Click image to view PDF and click HERE to shop/browse!





a•muse|studio My Punny Valentine

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I really need to work on my photography skills because this photo is a bit dark and the sentiment is blurry.  sigh…but in real life this card that I CASEd from fellow amuse studio consultant Sherry C is adorable!  I used My Punny Valentine from Amuse Studio’s main catalog.  I think this is the perfect homemade Valentine for the boys and men in your life.  My friend, Juliet, colored her socks in more masculine colors at my recent Valentine’s Day card workshop and it looked really cute that way too.

Did you know?

Here’s a graph I created to see when people send cards…this focuses just on holidays.   I didn’t show Christmas cards here because (with boxed cards) there are over 1.6 billion cards bought each year so that’s why they are obviously the number one holiday.   I was surprised to see Valentine’s Day was in second place – and this number below doesn’t include classroom valentines – but 145 million store bought cards are a lot!

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I got my numbers from the Greeting Card Association website

So…do you send out Valentine’s Day cards and are you ready?!  tee hee.  Last month Amuse Studio featured quite a variety of rubber stamp sets and heart shaped sequins in their February Collection.  If you missed out, some of the leftover items popped up in their Past Collections “while supplies last” section so you still have time to order and get your Valentines made before February 14th!

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

One of the neat things about Amuse Studio cardstock and inks, is that they offer 3 different greys.  I love it!  It makes a nice change from Onyx and their 3 variations are quite lovely.  For my card I used Seattle cardstock which tends to be my favorite of them all.

amuse studio supplies:

stamps:  My Punny Valentine, Mason Jars (heart)

paper:  Sugar and Seattle

accessories:  Landscape die, .5 mm copic multiliner, Blush, Bubblegum and Berry ink, Versafine Onyx ink, Colored Pencils

Tips and Tricks

Pink inks can be tricky to coordinate so I recommend stamping yours out if you don’t have Amuse Studio inks to see how well they match.  For my card I used:  Blush, Bubblegum and Berry and those tones went well together.  Just don’t forget to clean your little heart stamp before inking up the next color!

Another important tip is to plan out your “clothesline” a bit.  I die cut a border with my landscape die from a piece of cardboard (the thin kind that comes with packing).  You may want to stamp the sentiment first in the lower right corner and then stamp the first pair of sock right above it.  Draw in your line and finish the clothesline.  Next I’d stamp the center, top pair of socks and then draw in your clothesline… or, be bold and just go for it! tee hee…

If you like puns and need some quick and easy Valentine’s Day ideas be sure to check out these two super popular posts:  my pizza plate tutorial and easy classroom Valentines (with or without chocolate!).  Don’t forget the new One in a Melon set that is full of fruits and veggie puns!