Amusing Challenge – Anything Goes

This week’s theme and monthly prize

I can hardly believe that May is almost over but that means it is “anything goes” (except digi – sorry!) for this week’s Amusing Challenge!  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 (and LINKS BACK to the challenge) will earn a chance to win the random drawing for my prize package at the end of the month.   May’s prize will get you ready for Father’s Day with this fun stamp set from Amuse Studio – The Perfect Disguise.  It’s retired now so this is the only way to  get a hold of this brand new stamp set!

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Design Team Inspiration

Emily is on my A Muse Studio team (she said YES! to the special $25 promotion going on until the end of the month).  She is incredibly creative AND talented!  We live on total opposite sides of the country and yet that doesn’t make a difference as those of you who have blog friends well know.  Emily is also so funny – on her Stamped and Delivered blog post for this project (which you can find more pics that you really need to see!), she says Dr Who always says, “Bow ties are cool”.  I still have to watch that show one day but I must agree!

amuse studio, Father's Day treats

amuse studio supplies:   You Da Man stamp set, Mod Backgrounds 2 stamp set, Wheat, Current and Sugar cardstock, Currant and French Roast ink,  lunch sack, mini box, and candy wrapper die sets, vanilla buttons, mini glue dots, and red double sided tape

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I am frantically cutting for 15 folks for my Memorial Day card buffet workshop tomorrow!  I am thrilled to have so many folks want to come and stamp with me – my franticness comes from me changing my mind (3 times now!) on a particular card design…I need to stop but I think in the end I will offer up all three variations.  Here is one of my “pro-types” and it uses a new stamp set that will be in Amuse Studio’s June Collection.  Pineapples are everywhere but this set is super practical because it comes with lots of different “outside” designs, sentiments and 3 different pineapple shapes.

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amuse studio supplies:  Pineapple of My Eye stamp set (June Collection), Stitched Circle die set, Landscape die set, Seattle, Papaya and Sugar cardstock,  Seattle, Papaya, Grass ink, twine.

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Here is another design I originally came up with but I decided that using 5 different colored inks, 3 different stamp sets and a water mister might just get too crazy at my card class.  Even so, I LOVE the way this card looks and I was recently inspired by the colors of a card I spotted on Pinterest!  It uses a fun technique using our Amuse Studio pigment inks and water misting – you don’t normally think of those two together but I think they work great and I love this example of it here and here.

amuse studio, watercolor misting technique

amuse studio supplies: Hello Gorgeous stamp set, Spring Scene stamp set, Mini Blooms stamp set, Bermuda, Mermaid, Poppy, Marigold and Sage ink, Versafine Onyx ink, Lemon Whip Splash

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I hope you join us!

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!






a•muse|studio Flocking

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This is such a great CAS card that Linda shared on her A Muse Studio facebook page!  It features the new stamp set, Be Wild, that is part of the Amuse Studio May Collection, and for the card base she used Redwood Background.  The really cool part is that she mixed French Roast glitter with French Roast flocking powder for a sparkly, fluffy look.  Cool – right?  Brilliant and fun!!

I know flocking can be tricky and here are some flocking powder tips I wanted to share:

  1.  Most importantly, stir up and “fluff” your flocking before you use it.
  2.  Color in your image helps hide any white spaces.
  3.  Glues – what can you use?
    1. Sakura Quickie Glue pen (good for tiny areas)
    2. Simple Stick (heat activated adhesive)
    3. Crystal Clear Glaze
  4.  Have a big area?  Work in small sections until you fill it up.  You may even want to go back a second time after the first layer of “glue” has dried.
  5.  Brayer over the flocked area to really make sure things adhere.

I hope this helps you give it a try!  Amuse Studio carries 4 different colors of flocking:  French Roast, Onyx, Papaya and White.  Plus, they carry 10 different colors of glitter!  woohoo!!

 





a•muse|studio Be Wild

amuse studio, emboss resist technqiue

I came up with this CAS card in my head as I walked home from subbing Kindergarten yesterday…and, I actually had the time/energy to make it and I LOVE it!  If you have visited my blog before you know a few things about me…one is that I really like the emboss resist technique and I like to use Amuse Studio Splash with it.

This card was super easy to make and uses just two A Muse Studio stamp sets.  Starry Night Background has been around for a while now and Be Wild is part of Amuse Studio’s May Collection.   The latter is a great set for graduation and Father’s Day but I also feel like I will be using it year round!

For this card I clear embossed everything I wanted to be resisted.  Then I wet the Bristol cardstock where I wanted the blue night sky to be and painted that with wild abandon!  I let it dry a bit and then came in with the Papaya around the moon.  Splash tends to lighten as it dries so to get the moon to “pop” more – I painted a little more Splash just around the moon contour.  After it was all dried, I stamped the mountain image with Cocoa ink.  Be sure to buff your embossed area at the end for the best effect!

I’ve made several cards so far with Amuse Studio’s Be Wild set that I really love.  This card featured the deer from the set and some heavy duty sponging, here is a very CAS and masculine mountain card, and I really like the new technique I discovered with this dreamcatcher card.

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

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Stamps:  Be Wild (May Collection), Starry Night Background

Papers:   Sugar and Bristol cardstock

Misc:  Clear Embossing Powder, Versafine Onyx ink, Versamark ink, Navy, Winter Sky and Papaya Splash, Cocoa ink

There is just one week left to take advantage of the May Collection…AND the incredible sign up special that is {practically} FREE!  Pay $25 for the kit and receive a coupon for $25 OFF your first order.

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Amusing Challenge winners

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Share your love for A Muse Studio products! Post a photo using A Muse Studio products on Instagram and add the tag ‪#‎iloveamuse‬ If they share your project, A Muse Studio will send you a $25 product coupon. Woohoo! ‪#‎freestuff‬  Pretty cool, huh?

And now on to this past week’s Ribbon and/or Twine Amusing Challenge winners!

4.  Melissa SHB

5.  Lily Patch Stamps

7.  Jose

Congrats to the winners – I hope you will grab your blog badge!  Please come back for this week’s Amusing Challenge – it’s all about showing off your National Colors (and they can be used in any sort of way).





Amusing Challenge – Show Your National Colors

This week’s theme and monthly prize

Next week the US celebrates Memorial Day – so I thought it would be fun to show your “national colors” this week for our Amusing Challenge!  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 (and LINKS BACK to the challenge) will earn a chance to win the random drawing for my prize package at the end of the month.   May’s prize will get you ready for Father’s Day with this fun stamp set from Amuse Studio – The Perfect Disguise.  It’s retired now so this is the only way to  get a hold of this brand new stamp set!

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Design Team Inspiration

Cyndi was really feeling patriotic here and I love the results!  I never think to hand trim a sentiment so closely, but it’s a cool look.  Cyndi told me she was using a lot of things from her “stash” for this card – that always feels good to me!

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amuse studio supplies:   Sentiment and Cherry Chevron cardstock – retired, Twinkle stickers

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Today (Sunday) is my son’s 18th birthday and next month he graduates from high school!  Yikes…It seems like this month and next month we will be seeing a lot of college and high school graduations so I thought this was the perfect card for the occasion.  I love Label Maker – it’s a brand new set available only this month in A Muse Studio’s May Collection.  I bought a label maker from Staples years ago when this was popular and honestly, when the tape ran out, I never restocked it.  This Label Maker stamp set is so authentic and 3D looking that you will never punch out another one by hand!!

amuse studio, label maker stamps

amuse studio supplies:  Label Maker stamp set (May Collection), Star Trio die set, Navy, Cherry Petite Polka dot, Cherry Reverse Petite Polka dot and Sugar cardstock, Cherry baker’s twine, Versafine Onyx ink

I hope you join us!

Don’t forget that the current Amusing Challenge  – is going on through midnight today!  Join us for that challenge too!    Finished!

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!