Amusing Challenges – Shake it Up

This week’s theme and monthly prize

Shakers are every where these days!  There are so many fun tutorials out there (did you see my balloon shaker card here?).  This week’s Amusing Challenge is Shake it Up!  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.  This month’s prize pack is this limited edition Orange Striped treat bags (12 to a pack– 5 x 7 1/2 inches) – crepe not included.  PS. If you can’t wait to win, you can find them in the Past Collections section on my website!

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This Week’s Inspiration

Juliet used Amuse Studio’s Tag Bundle die set to cut the frame, transparency, and foam layers for this shaker.  She said it was really fast and easy.  Then she tucked in jewelry bits and glitter inside the shaker, and the background is stamped with amuse studio’s retired Elegant Elements set.   You can find Juliet blogging at Ballpoint Bliss.  I love that you can tuck leftover bits and pieces into shakers and not let things go to waste!

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amuse studio supplies:  Elegant Elements stamp set (retired), Tag Bundle die set

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I have a Fuse Tool that I ordered from Amuse Studio and I love that I can do not only Pocket Pages scrapbooking with them, but also make really cute tags and cards!  There are some great YouTube tutorials out there and my card is inspired by them.

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A close up of my cute tag!  I filled it with lots of Amuse Studio “goodies”.

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amuse studio supplies:  Birthday Icons stamp set, happy die set, Fish Tag die,  Pebble Hexagon cardstock, Mermaid cardstock, Squash cardstock, French Roast 4 mm sequins, Star sequins (September Collection), Meadow Mix paper flowers, Bermuda sequins, mini clothespins, twine

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I was working here on Saturday and hopefully I got to meet you if you stopped by the booth.  There are some great deals so head on over today if you missed it!

amuse studio events

Stamp Scrap Art Tour
September 17 & 18
Carroll County Ag Center
706 Agriculture Center New Exhibition Hall
Westminster, MD 21157

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.    Ending tonight, if you missed my Dog Days of Summer challenge – that’s going on here!

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 at Stamp Scrap Art Tour!

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This is where I’ll be Saturday – stop by the Amuse Studio booth and say hi!!

Stamp Scrap Art Tour
September 17 & 18
Carroll County Ag Center
706 Agriculture Center New Exhibition Hall
Westminster, MD 21157

I can’t wait to meet you in person.

PS.  Card class TONIGHT and Sunday in my home – there is one seat left!  Plus, with such a crafty weekend planned – expect my mid-month inspiration newsletter on Monday.  If you don’t get it – there is still time to sign up in my upper left sidebar!





a•muse|studio CAS Christmas cards

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Last week I shared a similar looking type of watercolor card using Amuse Studio’s Love and Thanks and Mini Blooms.  It was a very summery looking card though and I call it “faux watercolor” because I used Amuse Studio pigment inks.  Since then, Amuse Studio has begun releasing it’s color families in a Dye Ink!  So I was eager to try this same styled, quick and easy CAS card using my two new dye inks:  Waterlily and Apple.

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This month Amuse Studio released some more dye inks!  I just picked up Marigold and Creamsicle …

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

For this type of card I really like to use a “toothy” watercolor paper like cold press.  I picked up a cheap pack at Walmart that does the trick.  I spritz my paper lightly and then ink and stamp – if it’s too compact and not runny enough – just spritz it again!  If it ends up being too light, just re ink and stamp again.  You want to let it dry completely (pressed under a heavy stack of books is my favorite way) and then stamp the sentiment.

amuse studio supplies 

(which you can buy here)

stamps:  Love and Thanks, Mini Blooms, Holiday Cheer

paper:  Vanilla cardstock (other: watercolor paper)

accessories:  Apple and Lilypad dye ink, Versafine Onyx ink

Challenges I’d like to enter today:

Simon Says Stamp – Clean and Simple

Cards Und More – no designer paper

Retro Rubber Challenge – use stamps older than a year (some are from Christmas but the flowers I’ve had for more than a year!)





Amusing Challenge Winners

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I am really excited to have new stamps in the house!  These were the first two stamp sets I treated myself to from Amuse Studio’s September Collection Be Light and Poinsettia.  I hate to admit it, but more from that collection are arriving today – including a Gold Wink of Stella pen.  yippee!!!

Be sure to check out the September Collection – but I always warn folks to sit down to enjoy it for a spell, and in case you faint!  tee hee…

And now for last week’s Dog Days of Summer Amusing Challenge winners.  We had a mixed media entry that was divine!!

Gail Scott

This Little Place

Melissa SHB

Congrats to the winners and be sure to grab your blog badge if you don’t already have it.  Gail and Melissa are faithful players here – and I am super thankful for that.  I hope everyone will join me in this week’s Monochromatic Challenge!





Amusing Challenge – Monochromatic

This week’s theme and monthly prize

Welcome to a new week here at my  Amusing Challenge!  This week’s challenge is to make it Monochromatic!  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.  This month’s prize pack is this limited edition Orange Striped treat bags (12 to a pack– 5 x 7 1/2 inches) – crepe not included.  PS. If you can’t wait to win, you can find them in the Past Collections section on my website!

amuse studio, DIY party supplies

This Week’s Inspiration

Juliet continues to “rock” Seashells Remind Us from Amuse Studio (it’s from their July Collection and it’s still available while supplies last).   This card really makes me swoon and I love the mix of the vintage feeling paper and the shells.   Seashells Remind Us  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

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Hubby wanted to take one last impromptu trip to the beach yesterday so I am woefully behind getting my DT samples done.  I whipped up this CAS card when I spotted Jennifer McGuire’s Hero Arts sample on Pinterest.  I really love how quick and easy it was and envision doing some color variations.  I added the scalloped border though to help give the card some extra zing!

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amuse studio supplies:  Love and Thanks stamp set, Happy Thoughts stamp set, Vellum cardstock, Lemon Whip cardstock, Papaya Petite Polka dot cardstock, Gingham (retired) cardstock, Papaya ink, White Signo gel pen, Stitched tag die set, Medium Scalloped border die, twine, White Embossing powder

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Monochromatic cards don’t have to be CAS but they lend themselves easily to it.  This card was super quick and easy – I love that it’s one layer but still beautiful!  I stamped my Tropical Blooms set from Amuse Studio (previously a monthly collection but now in the main catalog!) and then did some quick and loose coloring with my white gel pen.  This time for just a little extra detail, I added my favorite tiny sequins from Amuse Studio.

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amuse studio supplies:  Tropical Blooms stamp set, Happy Thoughts stamp set, Blush cardstock, Berry ink, White Signo gel pen, Bubblegum 4 mm sequins, twine, White Embossing powder

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amuse studio events

Stamp Scrap Art Tour
September 17 & 18
Carroll County Ag Center
706 Agriculture Center New Exhibition Hall
Westminster, MD 21157

If you are nearby – I hope you will visit me at the Amuse Studio booth on Saturday!  I’ll working there!  Stop by and say hi…

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.    Ending tonight, if you missed my Dog Days of Summer challenge – that’s going on here!

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!