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.
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%!
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 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).
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!