a•muse|studio Bottle Brush Forest

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Phew!  I am BACK!!

I had blog withdrawals but it has been a super busy week so far – but I’m happy to report that a LOT of stamping has taken place.  :)  I had two Christmas Card workshops in my home and will be sharing those cards over the next week – I’m happy to report that everyone loved the cards.  I also taught a class at the local library one evening and was thrilled by the number of folks who braved the cold to come out – it was a fun and exciting evening for me to share this passion of mine.  Double :) !

For this card I used the new Bottle Brush Forest set from the A Muse Studio holiday catalog…it’s “LIVE” for just one more month, eeck!  I think it’s a fun look to stamp the trees in Bermuda ink and the deer in French Roast ink.  These colors matched the new 6×6 paper pad, Christmas Sweater (not to be confused with your ugly Christmas sweater because there are 6 great, different patterns!) also in the A Muse Studio holiday catalog.  I paired it with some Bermuda, Sugar, Cherry and French Roast cardstock and a little piece of twine – all supplies are from amuse studio.  I  must have been channeling my upline, Angi, because I layered the center piece several times – tee hee.  A Muse Studio carries many of the nestabilities sets including the regular scallops and circle dies.  I used a sketch challenge from SCS and I love how this turned out.

Thanks for taking the time to read my blog – I know we all lead busy lives and so I truly appreciate your visit!  I’m off to clean house – my daughter is coming home from college for a week and I’m excited to see her.

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Amusing Challenge winners

Cystal Clear Pillow Box

Yesterday’s new Amusing Challenge features Gift Card containers and I hope you’ll join in on the fun.  Here is just a tiny sneak peek of one of my Christmas inspiration tutorials that will be going out this week – have you signed up yet?  It’s not too late and you can join in on the fun in my upper left sidebar…or right here:

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and now on to last week’s  Amusing Challenge winners – focusing on Text!  If you want some creative ideas, this was the week to check out the entries!

3.  cre8ivecindy

1.  karenladd

2.  Melissa SHB

4. vinita

A huge thanks to everyone who played along – and congrats to the winners.  I’d be delighted if you would grab your blog bladges!

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Amusing Challenge – Gift Card holders

Thank you for stopping by and checking out the new challenge here at Amusing Challenge!  This week  I hope you will join us with a gift card (or money) holder.  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 clever card with a “pocket” using the retired large mitten die from A Muse Studio.   She used the same Cherry Silky Crush ribbon as I did below!  This is a very unque and luxurious ribbon from A Muse Studio.  Cyndi also used some Baker’s Cording and Clear Dots (twinkle stickers) that are currently on sale during A Muse Studio’s 2468 Appreciation sale.  I love the Cherry Chevron cardstock and the two white embossed sentiments from Not a Creature was Stirring – both are from amuse studio.  Isn’t this a great color combination?  I wouldn’t have thought of black for the base of a Christmas card but I think it’s wonderful.

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I have to admit that I waited until the last minute for my creation.  I have been pressed for time this week with hostess club  (I had two amazing projects that made me so happy to share – if you missed them I posted them on Thursday and Friday and they are really worth a peek!) and Christmas Card workshops next week plus a library class for 25 (I am expecting many non stampers!) times 3 holiday cards.  I spent a lot of time on Pinterest but didn’t really find the “right” project until I finally found this free paper wallet template on Designs by Megan Turnridge.  Since the A Muse Studio cardstock is white on one side it was easy to run it through my printer and then just hand cut it out.  I used Seattle cardstock from amuse studio as my wallet base.

amusestudio notacreaturewasstirring moneyholder

I computer generated the saying which was inspired by a recent Gieco ad I saw.  It still makes me giggle!  I stamped and masked the little reindeer from the A Muse Studio stamp set Not a Creature was Stirring.  I stamped and masked them on top of the Cherry Petite Pinstripe cardstock which is also from amuse studio.  I used Memento Onyx ink so that I could color them in with copic markers.  And you can see a bit of the Cherry Silky Crush ribbon – the wallet is quite thick so it holds it together nicely.  I inked the edges with Cherry ink from A Muse Studio.

Here’s a peek into the inside.  I used some A Muse Studio washi tape to just add a little interest to the inside.  If you click on the photos they will enlarge but you can see I made my gift card holder to also have a slot for money – the perfect gift for my college age daughter!

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PS. I hope you will still enter the current Amusing Challenge.  The challenge is to use text and there are some wonderful entries … I’d love to see you share a creation 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 Cest La Vie

amuse studio holiday catalog

Yesterday’s blog post featured the Copper Peerless Transparent Metallic Watercolor that is new in A Muse Studio’s Holiday Catalog.  If you missed it, I urge you to check it out here!  It’s a whole different way to use these paints.  Yesterday was wet and messy fun…today is as simple as it gets!

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I stamped my new A Muse Studio stamp image (from the main catalog) Cest la vie, onto Onyx Petite Striped cardstock, also from amuse studio with Memento black ink.  The pink areas are just quickly painted using a waterbrush and some Blush Splash.  A Muse Studio carries over 30 different colors of Splash and there are so many great uses for it…watercoloring is just one of them.  The Splash dried quickly and then with a dry brush, I picked up some Silver Peerless Transparent Watercolor and brushed it over my entire image.  You can tell below just how transparent it is and yet in the photo above you see the lovely shimmer and effect it gives you.

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These are user friendly paints, come in three glorious colors and even if you are not a die-hard mixed media person, they will really add something new to your papercrafting and cardmaking!

You can find these in the Holiday Fun section of my online store and while you are there, check out what’s left on the 2468 Sale from A Muse Studio.  A lot of things are sold out but it’s an incredible deal to be had, especially if you like twinkle stickers and pearls – I stocked up!

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a•muse|studio Peerless Transparent Metallic Watercolors

amuse studio holiday catalog

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!

amusestudio copper peerless watercolor paint

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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