Amusing Challenge – Shades of Blue

This week’s theme and monthly prize

Peering out from a blanket of snow, this week’s theme of “shades of blue” is perfect for Amusing Challenge!    We’ve had snow for 2 days and I hope this post finds you safe and well from wherever you are checking in.   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 is this retired Amuse Studio stamp set called, My Aim is True.

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Design Team Inspiration

I have to pinch myself each time Cyndi sends me her design team card.   Her work and creative ideas just blow me away.  I think what impresses me the most is her way of combining different rubber stamps to create her magical scenes.  I just want to hold this card!!  Here she took some of my favorite Amuse Studio stamp sets, Our Town, and Bottle Brush Forest which is retired.  The good news is that Bottle Brush Forest (I have several wonderful cards using it on my blog – you can search for it in the sidebar – but here is my all time favorite!) is still available in amuse studio’s  Clearance SALE Section for just $7.50 and if you use the January Coupon Code (JANUARY10) – you can save an additional 10%!

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amuse studio supplies: Our Town stamp set, Bottle Brush Forest stamp set (retired-Clearance Sale), Navy/Winter Sky/Sky Cardstock, Bermuda Petite Stripe cardstock, twinkle gems, copic markers


What are some of your favorite challenges?  I love sketches because they work wonders on getting me rolling on a card.   Here I was able to combine the Case This Sketch layout with my own challenge of shades of blue.  White embossing is one of my favorite looks and always manages to pop more than most white inks on the market.  I also am in LOVE with Amuse Studio’s vellum cardstock which is just a tad thicker than your normal vellum and so you can do a lot with it.


tip:  Vellum strips are hard to lay flat.  Here I put a dab of Mono Aqua glue on a scrap of paper and  spread it out.  I slipped the glue strip under my vellum sentiment and slid it around to just give it a little adhesion.  Worked perfectly without leaving any glue spots to show through.

amuse studio stamps

amuse studio supplies:   A Hundred Wishes stamp set, Birthday Girl stamp set, Love and Thanks stamp set, Azul cardstock, Vellum cardstock, white embossing powder, Mini attacher


For my next card I used the current Freshly Made Sketches layout.  I knew exactly what stamp set I wanted to use for this!  The Snowflakes from Amuse Studio come in 3 different shapes – and each shape has 3 different sizes.   Some more white embossing (I did tell you I love that rubber stamping technique, right!?) and a cute sentiment from amuse studio’s Happy Thoughts to finish it off.  These Navy 4 mm sequins from Amuse Studio manage to make the card a little more interesting but still keep it CAS (clean and simple).

FMS Final 220-001

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amuse studio supplies:   Snowflakes stamp set, Happy Thoughts stamp set, Sugar and Blueberry cardstock, Navy 4 mm sequins, White embossing powder, Sugar ink pad (dragged around the edges)

I hope you join us!

If you love amuse studio rubber stamps, dies and paper, I’d love to talk to you about being a Guest Designer (just commit to once a month if you’d like) here.

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!

11 responses to “Amusing Challenge – Shades of Blue

  1. Hi Chris – thank you for another challenge and for the sweet creation on display – have a blessed week,

  2. I love all the blue cards, especially the little town scene with sparkly trees!

  3. Such pretty cards! Love those snowflakes! Glad you shared it at FMS!

  4. Like all the Blue creations. Blue is a fav color of mine. Hoping that neutrals like brown can bee used with shades of blue. Please let me know. Have a BEE-utiful day!
    “Sunshine HoneyBee”

    • I think neutrals are fine – as long as they aren’t the dominating color! Can’t wait to see what you create!

      • TY for response. The neutrals in first card are Fox’s brown w/ a touch of white and remaining are shades of blues. The 2nd card has Kraft brown & white for the hot choc cup w/ touch of white on the snowflake centers and rest shades of blue. Have a BEE-utiful day!
        “Sunshine HoneyBee”

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  6. What lovely cards! I love all of that blue! Such fun snowflakes! Thanks for joining us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!

  7. Oooooh….Blue is one of my favorites!!! Love the gorgeous samples!!!
    Thank you for this wonderful challenge theme!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

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