a•muse|studio Team Player

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With all the hub-bub about the upcoming Super Bowl, I thought this would be a good time to post this card.  :)  We’re not a “huge” football family but we do have a teenage son and it’s been our family tradition to have a snack (aka grazing feast) meal during the Super Bowl games each year.  I always love it but I know I drive him crazy with all my questions…

Back to the card!  I repeatedly stamped some of the images from A Muse Studio’s Team Player in Azul, Marigold and Lime ink.  Then I took two of the sentiments from You’re My Fave, also from A Muse Studio, and combined them to get this saying.  I added a scored border just to give it a little something extra.  I created this card for an internal challenge for fellow A Muse Studio consultants – to create KISS (keep it simple stamping) cards.  There are monthly prizes and I won last month – it’s just one more reason why I love this company and would LOVE to have you join me.  There are lots of ways to succeed at making this a business or a hobby or a combination of the two.  If you have any questions, please feel free to email me and I’d be happy to call you as well.  This is a great kit value and an easy way to get started!

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Springboarding!

To me, springboarding happens a lot – I see a card (or two) and then my mind starts to make little changes and a new card is created.  For instance, here are two wonderful cards designed by my A Muse Studio team mate, Marisa Alvarez.

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I loved them both and wanted to present them in my card class last week but I had to chose just one….hm…so here’s what I did!  I combined my favorite features from both cards using the With Love stamp set!

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I advertised my Love is in the Air class as featuring Valentines  that one would have the option to change them into birthday or get well cards.   Sometimes I just had to change the sentiment but for the next card, I simply changed the focal point…

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Sadly, my friend Juliet HATES Pretty Peonies 2 and so I brought her a selection of other A Muse Studio stamps she could chose from.  Well, you know the story if you give a Mouse a Cookie?  If you give Juliet a stamp…then likely she’ll need some different paper to go with it.  :)  tee hee… But I do love the card she came up with and snapped a picture before she left that day.

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In fact, I hadn’t even inked this stamp set until Juliet used it that day and now I have been on a Bee Happy kick!

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stamps:  With Love (January Collection), Pretty Peonies 2, Bee Happy, Say it With Style

papers:  Kraft, Sugar, Grapefruit, Cherry, Cherry Petite Pinstripe, Papaya Petite Polka Dot

accessories:  Bubblegumink , Cherry ink, Copic marker, Cherry Baker’s Cording, Onyx/white Baker’s Twine, Classic Stitched Tag Die (January Collection)

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The A Muse Studio Februay Collection sneak peeks have already begun but remember that means the January Collection soon will be over!  Favorite items like the Stiched Tag dies and Candy Wrapper / Holder dies will disappear…eeck!

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a•muse|studio Bee Happy

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Sometimes a sketch challenge catches my eye and I know IMMEDIATELY what I want to do with it!  :)  That happened when I saw the current CAS(E) this Sketch!:

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I thought the Bee Happy stamp set from A Muse Studio would work well.  I stamped a few images from it and colored and cut them out.  The Papaya Petite Polka cardstock and Onyx cardstock are also from A Muse Studio.  They were scraps I had laying around waiting to be “filed”. The little strip of doily is from a large rectangle placemat sized doily I bought years ago in the dollar store.  It hasn’t come in handy like I thought it would but for this card, it gives the feel of lace without the bulk.  I have a larger bee colored and cut out that didn’t work on the front so I glued it on the inside panel – two cards in two weeks that have some stamping on the inside…new world record for me!

I have a LOT of scraps laying out right now and have been making tags with the A Muse Studio Classic Stitched Tag die…it’s part of the January Collection and I don’t know if it will reappear again someday in a future catalog but for now, January is the only time you will be able to purchase it!

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You can also see these tags “dressed” up with some chocolate and the new Candy Wrapper dies on my Facebook page, Blessings Ink.   Yum!

I’m done shoveling the driveway but now need to go out and clean off the cars…we were lucky in DC to get a light snow – but enough to call it a snow day for the kids.  My 16 year old is over joyed.  ;)

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Amusing Challenge winners

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I had some fun playing with the Beatrice & Woodsley Paper Collection that A Muse Studio put together for their January Collection.  You get 30 sheets (5 of each) for just $12.99.  It’s a great way to try A Muse Studio cardstock plus in this pack you’ll even get some shimmer sheets and the petite polka dot = LOVE!  I thought these colors would be perfect for the C’est La Vie stamp set by A Muse Studio.

I am also loving amuse studio’s heart doily package and the Metallic Gold/Natural Baker’s Twine – again part of the January Collection so they’ll only be around for this month!

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These hearts remind me that I better get on with telling you who this week’s Amusing Challenge winners were!  :)

5.  FG Creaciones

7.  Rocky

18.  Ellie

23.  Kamila Routsis

Congratulations to the winners and please feel free to grab your blog badges!  I was very excited to see some new players and I promise to stop by today and leave some love on each entry…sigh…I am not happy with my track record there!  Please consider playing along with the Anything Goes Amusing Challenge going on right now and if you missed the design team cards – they are definitely worth checking out!

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Amusing Challenge – anything goes

Wow!  It is already the end of the month so that means this week’s Amusing Challenge is anything goes.  Throughout the month I 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.  January’s Prize Winner will receive 5 assorted die cuts of the Berry Box die that is part of February’s Special Collection. amuse studio

Tricia (of 1PhatChic) sent me the most incredible card this week – it’s a tri-fold card if you look closely.  I know the photo doesn’t do it justice but you can click to enlarge all the photos and you’ll see too how incredible it is!

Tricia used Starry Night Background and C’est La Vie from the current A Muse Studio catalog on Navy cardstock.  They are beautifully embossed in White amuse studio embossing powder and she finished it off with the little bow tie from their Cherry Baker’s Cording.  Isn’t that a great detail?  If you look closely you can see where Tricia cut around the city scene.  I thought she had just layered it on top until I saw the next photo!

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Tricia stamped a sentiment on the inside of the card from, Love Me Do – a retired A Muse Studio stamp set.  The rounded two corners (top left/bottom right) are another great touch.  Here you can see the details of her three panels that fold up into a glorious scene!

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My card this week began as an oval card challenge and over the summer I had stamped some flowers in this bicycle basket from the A Muse Studio set, Enjoy the Ride.  With Valentine’s Day coming up and having just had a Love is in the Air card class…well, I had hearts in my mind!  I love the way A Muse Studio inks layer…you can faintly see the colors of the stamped flowers from amuse studio’s Mini Blooms (I didn’t bother to mask but allowed them to overlap).  This little heart is just one of many hearts in the new A Muse Studio set, With Love – it’s part of their January Collection and will only be available through the end of the month!

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I used one of the Word Window dies from A Muse Studio to cut through my layer of Wasabi Petite Polka dot cardstock (the others are sky, sugar and onyx) and then I stamped my sentiment inside.  I added a few pearls to pull the eye down and a touch of slate stitched ribbon – they are also both from amuse studio.

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Yay!  For once I did a little stamping on the inside of the card and I love it!

PS.  Don’t forget that you can still play along with the current Amusing Challenge going on until midnight, Sunday night.  It’s a “hearts” theme and you can enter it here!

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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