a•muse|studio Beautiful Birthday

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Yesterday was kinda one of those days that was just a little bit yuck…nothing major went wrong (unless you count a brand new computer being destroyed by a careless roommate – and you did NOT buy the extra warranty package) but I feel like summer has passed me by.  I took a peek at the SCS sketch challenge in the morning and immediately started planning my card.  I knew (1) I wanted to use my brand new A Muse Studio fiesta inks and (2) I knew they would look great with Beautiful Birthday from A Muse Studio; because my upline Angi’s card was what finally made me decide to get all 6 inks!

It felt great to sit down in the afternoon and just create!   At first I only went with two flowers on each of the side panels but ended up adding the small Margarita flower to make it balanced.  I added A Muse Studio Lime ink to the color mix and just kept adding “leaves” until it looked about right.

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For this card, in addition to Beautiful Birthday, I also used the two A Muse Studio stamp sets: Lots of Dots and You’re Too Kind. Other than Azul, I used the whole new Fiesta palatte:  habanero, marigold, margarita, hibiscus, and violeta.  The strip of cardstock is Lime from A Muse Studio, but I really am loving all the white (Sugar) cardstock.

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a•muse|studio Sea Shells

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On Saturday I was playing with my A Muse Studio Sea Shell set and created a one layer card with a specific color palette.  I was a little pressed for time and couldn’t stamp more; but, this card here began in my mind that day!  I was inspired by a card my upline, Angi, made a while back that had great tone on tone and when I found out she just clear embossed (something I’ve done in the past and forgotten!) I was tickled.  This was really an easy card to create.

Here’s how I did it:

  1. I masked the top and bottom off with some strips of copy weight paper – using washi tape to secure it well.
  2. I first sponged on some A Muse Studio Wheat ink, just off center, and then came in with Sky ink on either side.  I sponged on Eucalyptus last and then reapplied Sky over all the blues to blend it in well on either side.  The last thing I did was took my Wheat sponge and used whatever ink was on it to just touch the corners and add a bit of color there.
  3. Keeping the mask on, I hit the inks with a heat gun to make sure they were dry before continuing.  Then I clear embossed my Sea Shells randomly in the inked area.
  4. On a scrap of white cardstock I sponged on a variety of the three inks, leaving big patches of color.  I clear embossed two of the shells on that scrap and cut them out.
  5. Once I removed the two masks, I laid my burlap/shell bundle where I thought I wanted it and stamped the sentiment from the A Muse Studio set, Just Because, in Versafine Onyx ink.
  6. Last step was to glue down the burlap and sea shells.  Done!

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The base would be a great one layer CAS card and I could’ve just stopped but I had it in my head that I wanted to add some burlap.  I like this little extra “stuff” on top!

Challenges I’d like to enter my card into today!

Fan-Tastic Tuesday – anything goes
Through the Craftroom Door – anything goes
Eclectic Ellapu – Seaside


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Copictopia Sketch Challenge

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I was really excited to join Cristena’s Design Team for her webstore, Copictopia!  I love all forms of coloring and tend to do a little of everything.  I’m eager to refocus on honing my copic coloring skills and appreciate this nudge and opportunity.


She’s starting a bi-monthly Sketch Challenge and I jumped right in with this digital file, Natural Harmony, from her site.  Cristena’s store features Copics but she’s also begun offering a few digital files so you will have to check it all out.

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I used Papaya Cardstock and Papaya Petite Polka Dot Cardstock from A Muse Studio.  The buttons and twine are also from A Muse Studio.  The copic marker colors are:  B00, B02, YG03, YG23, Y17, Y35, Y38, YR09 and YR68.  I also finished it off with some black stickles in the center, left over from my time at The Angel Company.

It’s an easy sketch so I hope you’ll jump over and join in on the fun.


Other challenges I’m entering!

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A Unique Blog Hop … marches on!

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A week ago today, I was the featured stop during a special event called a Unique Blog Hop. It started when I was invited to join by Debra Miller.  She is just so talented and if you missed the chance hop over to visit her blog, Cream City Angels

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During the Unique Blog Hop you got to see a little of what I was working on, and what inspires me!  I was playing with my new Peerless Watercolor Paints that A Muse Studio (and other vendors too!) have begun carrying.  Well this past week I wondered how they would work if I “painted” a bold stamp image rather than the more traditional way.  Here are my results and I love it!  I used the new stamp set, Pretty Peonies 2 from A Muse Studio and just added some paint with my water brush.  Most of these are first generation prints but the one purplish flower to the top is a second generation stamp.  I used the stamp sketch from CAS(e) This Sketch and finished it off by matting the focal image with the new A Muse Studio color, Hibiscus.  The sentiment is from the A Muse Studio stamp set, First in My Book.

Today the Unique Blog Hop marches on and I would love to introduce you to two of my crafty friends!

Shirley Hotop is a former Angel like I myself and is a retired nurse.  Shirley is as sweet and encouraging as can be. Her blog, Glittered Paws, is full of variety and inspiration and is appropriately named since she has one cat and two dogs!  (Sadly Shirley lost one of her cats this past week after 17 years of companionship)

Gail Park (who also goes by mamaxsix where we met on Splitcoaststampers) has recently started her blog and I’d love for you to pay her a visit and leave some love.  Gail named her blog, Home Made Memories She is a pastor’s wife and mother of 6 (three of which she is still homeschooling)!

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Amusing Challenge winners

There were some stunning entries with dies during last week’s Amusing Challenge…all I can say is, “wow!”. I had a tough time picking the winners and just as a reminder, the prize winner will be drawn at the end of the month from the group of Weekly Winners. August’s prize winner will receive 5 Cherry and 5 Petite Cherry sheets of A Muse Studio cardstock from me!

So here are this week’s winners:

1.  Create with Joyce

2.  Vickie ODell

5. Karen McAlpine

18.  Anita Kejriwal

Winners please feel free to grab your blog badges and I hope you will come back and play along in this week’s Halloween Amusing Challenge!

PS.  This is my second post for today…

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