Amusing Challenge winners

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One of my favorite things to do is the chalkboard technique and I love putting together as many different stamp sets as I can!  For this little panel I used the following A Muse Studio stamp sets:  Fall in the Forest, Wish You Were Here, I  Was Here, and  Geek is the New Chic.  I am so happy with the White Embossing Powder from amuse studio and I also used a white prismacolor pencil and Brilliance White ink to doodle in some details.  My cardstock is also from A Muse Studio and is the Kraft, Onyx and School Lined cardstock.  My button and twine are also from amuse studio.  It’s a little late for back-to-school but this would be the perfect card for exam time!

And now on to our Amusing Challenge winners…some lovely entries this past week for the theme of trees.  Thank you for participating!!

1. Stargroves

1. Stargroves

2. Melissa SHB

(thanks for using amuse studio stamps!)

4.  Maxine D

Please grab your blog badges – and congratulations to the winners!

Just as a reminder, we’ve got some terrific FREEBIES going on right now at A Muse Studio…feel free to share these with your friends and even on your blog!

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Amusing Challenge – Halloween

I’m not sure if you celebrate Halloween or not but I hope you will join us for this week’s  Amusing Challenge!   It is a Halloween theme but that can be open to interpretation. :)  Throughout the month I’ll 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.  October’s Grand Prize winner will receive a package of medium Polka Dot Bags in their choice of color.

 

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Cyndi pulled out her detail cutting scissors and went to work!  I love this card and how she cut apart some of the images from the new A Muse Studio Halloween Newspaper Background set.  Well, she cut a lot more than just those, she also cut the pumpkin, bottle and kettle from Peculiar Potions, also from amuse studio.  Cyndi added some color to her images with Copic markers and after she stamped the spider web and spider from A Muse Studio’s Wicked Web on the background, she sponged in color and splattered some more over it before layering everything on top.  The green bubbles (love these!) are glitter glue.  I just love looking at all of the wonderful details!

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I used both of these A Muse Studio sets, Peculiar Potions and Halloween Newspaper Background too for my card!  I started with some Orange amuse studio cardstock and stamped the background at a diagonal in Habanero ink – one of A Muse Studio’s new Fiesta ink colors.   I also brushed some gesso on the right side and then stamped the dots from Polka Dot Patterns in Lime ink – both are from A Muse Studio.  The last step on the background was to splatter some Slate splash, after covering the lime dots to protect them from the splatters.

I stamped my pumpkins on Sugar cardstock and then watercolors them randomly with Lime, Payaya and Orange Splash.  Once they were dry I cut them out and glued them along a piece of Lime lace that I picked up at the Scrapbook Expo this year…a huge roll for just $4, score!  The last thing I did was stamp the sentiment from Peculiar Potions and then cut it carefully into thin strips – I attached them with Aqua Mono glue.  Isn’t it a fun card?

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Here’s a peek at a Halloween tag I made and I will be sharing the tutorial during the week as part of my 12 Days of Halloween series…it’s free and you can sign up for it in the upper left sidebar!

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PS. I hope you will still enter the current Amusing Challenge.  The challenge is to use trees and I’d love to see your entry!

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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a•muse|studio Fight Like a Girl

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Wow this is bright!  I used A Muse Studio’s Berry Ink and Cardstock.  The Onyx panel (also amuse studio cardstock) was cut to mat the Sugar focal point but as I set the card down, my papers shifted and I kinda liked the off kilt look.  I used the sentiment and ribbon from A Muse Studio’s FREE October Stamp Out Breast Cancer set and then added some of their silver sequins.  The doily is left over from a package I bought in the bakery section but is the same size as amuse studio’s larger doilies.

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It’s really a nice stamp set – good for year round or used with any color ink!  A Muse Studio also has a matching ribbon die, TAD0072, that retails for $5.99.  This Fight Like a Girl stamp set is free although there is a $3 shipping charge.

 

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Please share this opportunity with your friends – it’s good through the end of October.

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a•muse|studio Silver Lining

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This card under went quite a bit of changes.    This card features A Muse Studio’s Silver Lining set.  The cardstock I used was also from A Muse Studio and includes:  Onyx, Sugar, Seattle Petite Polka Dot, Seattle Chevron and  “Winter Sky”.  I made it for yesterday’s SCS Card Sketch – I loved the focal panel but I began to realize that what I thought was Winter Sky (blue strip of cardstock) turned out to be Azul and that’s why it bothered me so much…see pic below for original card…photos enlarge if you click on them.

I looked and looked but could not find any Winter Sky cardstock on hand so I made my own!  I took a strip of Sugar cardstock and dragged/patted my Winter Sky ink pad on top of it until I got a nice saturation of color.  It worked fine and adds to this “cloudy” look I think.

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I stamped the rainbow in Memento ink and then watercolored it with Tombow markers and a watercolor brush.  For some of the colors, while it was wet and still very pale, I went back in directly with the marker at the edges of the rainbow and then pulled it inward with the waterbrush.  I stamped the solid cloud images with Winter Sky ink and then the outline images in Seattle ink – both are from A Muse Studio.  Once the clouds were in place, I stamped the sentiment in Versafine Onyx ink…this is the best ink for crisp sentiments and images!

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After I assembled my card, I went over the outside edges with some Tombow Mono aqua glue and then sprinkled Diamond Glitter from amuse studio over it.  It sparkles just the right amount without overwhelming the rainbow…I love it!  Those pearl raindrops were the final addition and came about because somehow in the remaking of the Winter Sky panels, I got an ink spot near the sentiment.  I tried a white gel pen first to cover them up and no luck…sigh…some days, you just need a little rain to have a rainbow I guess!  :)

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a•muse|studio Mini Blooms

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Are you tired of Mini Blooms yet?  I hope not!  I think this turned out to be one of my favorite new stamps in the A Muse Studio catalog this year.  Hand Scripted is an oldy but goody and while I was nervous about stamping across my “wreath”…I went for it.

This card started with a Color Challenge over on SCS today.  The key was to include gold and not make it a Halloween card.  Although the colors were SU, I was easily able to find A Muse Studio counterpart inks and ended up with:  Orange, Margarita and Grass.  For my cardstock I used Fern and Margarita, as well as Sugar – all from amuse studio.

To make this wreath, I just lightly penciled in a circle.  I did mine free hand but you could also trace a nestabilities die…it just doesn’t have to be precise since you are mainly using it as a guide for your foliage.  I started with the Grass ink and randomly placed the two types of leaves – changing up the direction as I went.  I then came back in and stamped my flowers.  The sentiment is stamped in Versafine Onyx and the last thing I did was laid my focal piece in a box and then splattered it randomly (and repeatedly) with Gold Dust Splash. Note: Sometimes I just touch the end of the sprayer tube exactly where I want a drop to go.  Do you know that A Muse Studio carries 30 different colors of Splash?  Yikes – I have most of them (but I do think this is my favorite color)!  When everything was dried well, I went in and erased my pencil marks.  I found a Prismacolor Magic Rub eraser that I love and is my go-to for crafting “mistakes”.

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