a•muse|studio Wicked Web

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I love this card we made at my Hostess Club meeting last week.  One of my guests couldn’t wrap her head around a spider web inside a snowglobe BUT, I have had plenty of spiders invading my home this fall to know that a spider can set up “shop” anywhere he or she pleases!  :)

I used the Snow Globe die from A Muse Studio and cut out of some of their Orange Petite Stripe cardstock and some Seattle Petite Polka Dot cardstock to start off with some fun patterns.  Next I just stamped some images from the new Amuse Studio stamp set, Wicked Web with Versafine Onyx black ink and inked my edges with Seattle ink.  I tied of the base of the snow globe with some thick Orange cording that amuse studio now carries in several different colors.  I mounted my spider globe, just off center, on a layer of Orange, Sugar and Onyx cardstock – all from A Muse Studio.   This card is a 4 1/4 x 4/1/4 finished size.  The final step was to stamp the sentiment which comes from amuse studio’s Say it With Style stamp set with Versafine Onyx black ink.

My LAST Halloween tutorial is going out today!  Phew…I’m ending with a real bang and I hope everyone has enjoyed the inspiration.  Next month starts my Christmas tutorial series so I need to get busy…I hope you will join me again then!  My newsletter subscribers will also be getting a heads up next week on A Muse Studio’s next promotion but don’t forget that the Holiday Hoopla event is ending soon too!

Coming in November!

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 and ending 31 October!

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and here are some challenges I’d like to enter:

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a•muse|studio Stained Glass Poppy and Stamp Out Breast Cancer

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I’ve been playing along with some of the SCS Hope You Can Cling Too challenges that are supporting women battling breast cancer – in the end you have to mail all your cards to a specific clinic and it’s been a lot of fun and very inspiring.  This challenge was to “smoosh” inks on glossy cardstock but I went with Bristol Watercolor paper that I had on hand from A Muse Studio.  I used Orange, Blush, Grapefruit and a touch of Gold Dust Splash – just a few of the 30 colors A Muse Studio carries.  I love the versatility of these sprays and here is just one more example of how wonderful they are – you should see this paper shimmer in real life, it’s glorious!

The top card is my second “dip” into the watered down dots of Splash and below is a third impression into the inks using a scrap of Bristol cardstock since I didn’t want anything to go to waste!

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The rest of the cards are pretty much the same – I used Versafine Onyx ink [NOTE:  it takes a long time to dry on this paper/splash combo - longer than you would expect!  I have a panel that I can not show because of the smudges I got after handling it too early] to stamp my Stained Glass Poppy from A Muse Studio and I also used it on their Stamp Out Breast Cancer set for my two different sentiments. The last step was merely to outline my main panel with either a gold paint pen or black copic marker and then I mounted them on some Vanilla amuse studio cardstock.

Did you know that you can get this Fight Like a Girl set for FREE?  There is a $3 shipping charge but let me just tell you, it is well worth it!

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 Get your Stamp Out Breast Cancer set here

Challenges I am entering my cards into today!

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a•muse|studio Handdrawn Trimmings

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You may be thinking, “well now, that IS an interesting color for ornaments” but I made this card for yesterday’s SCS CAS card challenge which was to combine orange and pink.  [I've got two beauties to share with you tomorrow so I hope you'll be back.]  Back to the card!  I used the new Handdrawn Trimmings set from A Muse Studio’s Holiday catalog – which retires end of December so don’t wait too long to order! – and Very Merry for the sentiment, which is also new in that catalog.  I stamped the bough in Fern green amuse studio ink and did a second generation stamping just slightly below.  I went in with the squiggle line from that set and did a few more light touches of Fern ink.

My ornaments are stamped with Memento ink and colored in with orange and pink copics.  To avoid the bleed through problem, and because I like the look, I cut and layered my focal panel on a white cardbase.  The sentiment is stamped with Memento black ink as well…this set has 9 different really neat Christmas/holiday/New Years sentiments but this one fit the image perfectly.

I’m also entering this card into the Jingle Belles Pink Christmas challenge.  Those two ladies  are donating $4 per card entered to the Susan G. Komen Foundation…so generous!

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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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