a•muse|studio Be Yourself


amuse studio, flamingo stamp

taken in dappled sunlight

I spotted this Curtain Call challenge via Amy Tsuruta’s blog and knew right away that I had to play along!  August is almost over and it “seems” like after that, I have to put away my flamingo stamp from Amuse Studio’s Be Yourself set until next summer.  It’s kinda like that don’t wear white after Labor Day rule?!?  Or am I wrong?


I really had a heck of a time photographing my card.  I find it so challenging to get skinny sentiments in focus.  I have a tiny digital Lumix camera and I don’t know if that’s the problem or is it in my editing skills?  I use a Creative Memories photo editor and it could be that I am just cropping and focusing wrong.  ugh…so frustrating when the photos just look so way off.  Most of the time when my friends see my cards they say, “oh, that looks so much better than on your blog!”.  Any tips or advice is much appreciated!

amuse studio, flamingo stamps

laying flat in full sun

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my close up shot – sentiment seems focused here!

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

This really was such an easy card to make – I guess that’s why I love clean and simple (CAS) designs!  I used some Blush splash to make the focal panel but the flamingo got lost in the pink so I overstamped that corner with amuse studio’s retired Fine Feathers.  I used Seattle ink but stamped off once to make sure the images were lighter and softer looking.

amuse studio supplies 

(which you can buy here)

stamps:  Be Yourself, Fine Feathers (retired)

paper:  Sugar and Slate

accessories:  Blush Splash, Seattle/Blush/Grapefruit ink

Other Challenges I’d like to enter:

Sunny Day Crafting – anything goes

Through the Craftroom Door – anything goes

Amusing Challenge winners

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I love what Design Team member, Juliet, did with one of her “extra” seashells from yesterday’s card using Amuse Studio’s Seashells Remind Us stamp set.  Juliet is an avid doodler and zentangle master!  She said she envisioned this would be the card a “snowbird” would be sending to her friend – it’s hard to believe that winter is around the corner and will be here sooner than we expect…  sigh…

And now on to last week’s Amusing Challenge winners!

I have a special recoginition shout out for Adrian – who is just 9 years old!  He made the loveliest card for his dad.  It reminds me when my son (who leaves for college at the end of this week!) used to craft alongside me.  sniff sniff.

And congratulations to my Top 3 – it was so difficult to choose with all of the wonderful entries!

6.  Hazel

13. KT Fit Kitty

19 Monika Reeck #2

Thank you again for joining me this week and help me spread the word by inviting your crafty friends to join along!  This week is another Anything Goes Amusing Challenge and I look forward to seeing your entry.

Amusing Challenge – Anything Goes

This week’s theme and monthly prize

My daughter has headed back to college to begin her third year and this week I will be dropping off my son to start his freshman year.  Life will be different around here.  Does it mean I’ll have more time to craft to fill the void?  I hope so (although hubby is secretly thinking that maybe I will be better at housecleaning!  tee hee).   This week we’ll be relaxing with an Anything Goes theme but again please no digis!   Don’t forget that the entire month of August is an Anything Goes  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.  A random winner this month will win this package of Amuse Studio creative candy mini dot twinkle stickers.


This Week’s Inspiration

Juliet is back from her vacation and what better way to celebrate a break with a nice beach card?  I love her CAS card with its hand torn sand dune and the way she embossed her seashells to make them pop.  Juliet used Seashells Remind Us from Amuse Studio (it’s from their July Collection and it’s still available while supplies last).  It has some great sentiments in it and you can find Juliet blogging at Ballpoint Bliss.

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amuse studio supplies:  Seashells Remind Us stamp set, Vellum cardstock, White embossing powder


While I was at Target shopping for dorm room “stuff”, I passed by the dollar section and spotted some Extreme Airhead candies.  They looked like they would fit in Amuse Studio’s narrowest cellophane treat bags and they did!  Two is a tight but manageable squeeze…  I knew immediately that the entire You Are Magical stamp set from Amuse Studio would work perfectly for this little handmade gift wrapping ensemble.  I love matchy-matchy!  I find paper bags make a great kraft base for stamping my gift wrapping – I did iron this lunch bag but often that’s not necessary.

amuse studio, rubberstamped gift wrapping

amuse studio supplies:  You Are Magical stamp set, Sweet Summertime stamp set, Sugar, Lime and Bermuda cardstock, Stitched Circle die set, Gift tag trio die set, Pinked edge Circle die set, Seattle Baker’s Cording, 1 x 8 Cellophane treat bags, Copic markers, Sugar ink, Memento ink.


I had to get a quick birthday card out to my Brother in Law.  He lives in Singapore right now and I knew it would take some time for the mail to arrive – at least one out of 2 birthday cards might make it on time this week!  I had the idea in mind to stamp the background repeatedly and leave it black and white (this is kinda popular on Pinterest right now and I used that same idea here).  That little slice of cake is from Amuse Studio’s Birthday Icons and works well for both girl and guy cards!  That allowed me to make it a super fast CAS card by only having to color in one small image.  My daughter gave me a little grief about how I had to stagger the sentiment from amuse studio’s Meal Plan – it’s one stamp but by stamping it separately I could layer it and squeeze it into place.

amuse studio, masculine birthday card

amuse studio supplies:  Birthday Icon stamp set, Meal Plan stamp set,  Stitched Circle dies, Pinked edge circle dies, Ocean, Papaya and Sugar cardstock, White embossing powder. 4 mm onyx sequins

I hope you join us!

Please consider sharing the word of my Amusing Challenge this month with your crafty, stamping friends!  I’d love to see a few more players join us – I know I am always thrilled by your creative ideas.

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 Label Maker

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I love, love, love shaker cards but they tend to be messy.  That is, until I watched a Julie Ebersole on a YouTube tutorial for making shaker cards using my FUSE tool, which Amuse Studio carries!  PS.  I used her mason jar tip and love it.

Did you spot this card on my Open House display table here?  I couldn’t wait to show you a close up!

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I found how easy it is to “trace” a die shape and have the perfect little pouch – but be sure to leave an opening that you can fill.  Amuse Studio carries tiny 4 mm sequins in a variety of colors that are ideal for homemade shaker cards.  I also had tiny beads and glitter laying around for years now that I can finally put to good use!

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

The Label Maker stamp set from Amuse Studio was perfect for finishing off the card and leaving the focus on the shaker part.  I do love how I could pop up one of the sentiment strips to lay over the Baker’s Cording – it was an easy way to keep it in place.

amuse studio supplies 

(which you can buy here)

stamps:  Label Maker

paper:  Sugar and Marigold

accessories:  Buttercup, Melon and Navy 4 mm sequins, Mermaid Baker’s Cording, Versafine Black ink, Fuse Tool, large balloon die (limited edition)

Some challenges I’d like to enter today:

Moving Along with the Times – clean and simple

Seize the Birthday – anything goes

Mod Squad Challenge – use a die cut (I did the reverse of the die cut!)

a•muse|studio Team Player

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I designed this card in my head around 3:30 in the morning…  I had been pacing and tossing for about 2 hours (that’s what happens when you wake up and your teen isn’t home yet, you worry, they come home and fall asleep, and you end up wide awake!).  While I was up I checked Facebook and saw my night owl sister (not by choice but she’s a professor with younger kids and does a great job with both!) posted about her youngest’s birthday that day.  oops… I’m a little late getting his birthday card out now but I think he will like it as he had a great season playing Little League this year.

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

I love how this CAS card turned out and you’ll see in my supply list that it took minimal supplies!  I think the edging around the cardstock added some dimension but it’s still a really flat card.

My baseball images are from my retired stamps from The Angel Company and I just gave them a very light touch with copic coloring.  I do really like the background I created with the collage type block from Amuse Studio’s Team Player stamp set.  This set is perfect for rubber stamping masculine cards (although that’s pretty sexist now that I say it – there are plenty of girls that are rocking sports!! – so please don’t take it the wrong way but I personally often struggle with masculine cards so I’m always on the look out for an easy way to master them.  Team Player is also a super stamp for scrapbooking and Project Life.

Label Maker was one of Amuse Studio’s Monthly Collections that made it into the main catalog – I’m delighted because the font and look of this stamp set is amazing and again perfect for all sorts of paper crafting.

amuse studio supplies 

(which you can buy here)

stamps:  Team Player, Label Maker

paper:  Sugar

accessories:  Cobalt ink, Versafine Black ink