a•muse|studio Peerless Transparent Metallic Watercolors

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You’ve probably passed over this item in the new A Muse Studio Holiday Catalog and not even noticed that on Page 14 we now carry Peerless Transparent Metallic Watercolors.  Stop everything!  These are NOT to be missed or overlooked…what is there not to love about transparent  —  metallic — watercolors and wrapped up in 3 lovely colors.  Two ounces?  It’s a surprisingly big bottle and I can tell it will go a long ways.  Let me show you what we did at my Hostess Club yesterday — and don’t miss tomorrow because that will feature the Silver paint and a whole different look!

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Click to enlarge – the variations are spectacular!

To achieve this pile of leaves was easy enough and each time the color variations were unique.  I started with an acrylic block and some  amuse studio Bristol watercolor paper cut to size.  On the block I laid down three drops of Bronze Peerless Transparent Metallic Watercolor – like the three points of a triangle.  Then I added two good drops each of Cherry, Papaya and Wasabi Splash randomly around those 3 dots.  The Bronze paint and Splash are all from A Muse Studio.  I used the end of a paint brush to zig-zag through the Bronze paint and then really, really, really spritzed the block with water so that everything began to lift up and mixed around.  I laid one sheet of Bristol watercolor paper (cut to the size of the block) and pressed down.  I then made a second impression since there was so much paint leftover on the block.  NOTE:  You may have to respritz the block with water – play that by ear…or, you may want to spray your paper a bit.  There really is no wrong way.  For some prints I just mopped up the excess from different edges of the block or from the spill over onto the craft mat.  Oh, that’s an important tip!  Use a craft mat!  I wasn’t that thrilled with my two prints so I stuck them together, face to face, and let them rest about 5-10 minutes.

Once dried, I just stamped my leaves using Thankful for You from A Muse Studio in Rich Cocoa memento ink.  I fussy cut the leaves and then layered them onto some Fern amuse studio cardstock.  To get the details on my edges, I merely scored 1/4″ around the sides and then sanded the scored lines.  A Muse Studio’s cardstock is white on one side so sanding reveals that feature.  For some extra detail I splashed on some Wasabi Splash and some of the Bronze Peerless paint that I had watered down (next time I will leave that off and just stick with the Wasabi).  The sentiment is from the A Muse Studio set:  Just Because.

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It’s hard to see in the picture but the smaller leaf I had clear embossed…just to let my club members see what else you could do with these leaves.  In all honesty though, just the cut out leaf is glorious by itself.  That is some vanilla amuse studio twine that I used to tie them off.

I’m thankful for a few moments extra today to be able to play in some challenges!

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a•muse|studio Touch of Nature

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Last week I posted a picture of a stack of cards I was sending in for the Hope You Can Cling To event hosted by SCS.  This happened to be the card on top of the stack but they were all different…the plastic bag obscured the card though and if you click on it, it’ll enlarge.

I stamped this large image on Bristol watercolor paper with Rich Cocoa Memento ink – it’s called Touch of Nature and it’s from A Muse Studio.  I used my Peerless Watercolor sheets to watercolor it in – have you seen these new types of paints?  They have sprung up everywhere but A Muse Studio carries them now too.  (You could earn them for free if you have a workshop/catalog party – tease, tease!).  I knew that I planned on cutting the image apart into three panels so that gave me a little freedom to watercolor a little bit more freely – I didn’t worry about going out of a line or leaving a little white space.  Once cut, I matted each panel once on Hibiscus and then on Wasbi – both cardstocks are from amuse studio.  I finished the card off by making a little banner sentiment from a leftover scrap of Wasbi cardstock.  I think this image turned out to be my best attempt yet at coloring it – and it was the one time I didn’t over think it!  :)  The dark kraft cardbase was in my paper “stash” and is from a local store.

If you haven’t seen or heard about the Peerless Watercolor paints … here is a post I’ve done on them in the past.  Below is a quick photo of them and palatte I made using just one quarter of each paint sheet…and they really last a long time!

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Amusing Challenge winners

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I’ve been playing with some new toys this weekend and I can’t WAIT to share some of the things I’ve been making with these new Peerless Metallic watercolor paints from the A Muse Studio Holiday Catalog.  These two colors are bronze and silver – we also carry gold!


And now for this week’s winners in the Give Thanks/Thanksgiving Amusing Challenge:


3.  Tracy McDonald

5.  Alicia

7.  Nana Memories and More

8. Jen Young

Thank you to everyone who played along – so many GREAT entries, it was really tough to narrow it down.

My Christmas tutorial series starts TOMORROW!  eeck.  Don’t miss out and get signed up today…you can do so in the upper left corner.  :)

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Amusing Challenge – Focus on Text Elements

Welcome to a new challenge here at Amusing Challenge!  This week  I hope you will join us with our focus on text elements.  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.  November’s Grand Prize winner will receive this holiday stamp set from A Muse Studio, called Naughty or Nice.

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Cyndi made a fun layered card using the Nestabilities Label 8 die set – did you know that A Muse Studio carries a variety of Nestabilities dies?  [You can even earn a set for free if you are a hostess.]  By off setting from the edge of a folded card, she could actually make a shaped card with careful diecutting.  I have this birthday cuttlebug folder and haven’t used it in a while – but this card inspires me to pull it out again!  Cyndi sanded the top layer to reveal the white layer underneath – that is one of the neat features of A Muse Studio’s cardstock.  Then, do you see that she also embossed the second layer?  It’s very subtle but there she inked the embossing.   Cyndi’s balloon is a stamp and matching die set from A Muse Studio.  The balloon stamp was a free gift with purchase this summer and she embossed it in white and then tied it off with some amuse studio twine.  If you missed out on that special, be sure to sign up for my monthly newsletter and you’ll never miss another great sale or give away…plus, I have extra inspiration that I don’t repeat here on my blog!

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When I saw this week’s challenge was to use text as the focus, I thought of this great cardstock from A Muse Studio called:  Twas the Night.  Since it’s the Christmas story of Twas the Night before Christmas I had to make it a holiday card, right?   This is the new Merry die from the A Muse Studio Holiday catalog cut from their Cherry cardstock.  The base of the card is Wasbi, also from amuse studio.  I wanted to be a little different and used my Modern Zinnia A Muse Studio stamp set instead of snowflakes – they are stamped in French Roast and Cherry amuse ink.  The finishing touch is a few Cherry sequins, also from A Muse Studio.

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PS. I hope you will still enter the current Amusing Challenge.  The challenge is Give Thanks/Thanksgiving and I’m excited to see we have a number of players… I’d love to see your entry as well!

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 Cozy Back

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I totally love this snowman in the A Muse Studio Holiday Catalog called:  Cozy Back.  He’s a dream to color and with having the option of dies or digital files, cutting him out is also easy although in this card I had to fussy cut him.  Last night I cut out 50 of these little guys with my Silhouette – on just 4 sheets of cardstock!

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Other details are that I used Kraft, Sky and Cherry Petite Polka Dot cardstock from amuse studio.  I used the Scalloped border die on a piece of Sugar cardstock; did you know that you can now purchase the scalloped and pinked dies seperately?  I also die cut using A Muse Studio’s new Snowflake dies with the Cherry Petite Pinstripe cardstock.  It makes a fun detail.  The ribbon is also from A Muse Studio.

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