a•muse|studio Botanical Silhouettes

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I was totally inspired this month by Amuse Studio designer (and fellow Amuse Studio consultant) Marisa’s card – below.  I really wanted to make this card for my Hostess Club members but I didn’t have enough of the Pebble Petite Hexagon cardstock or Wasabi satin ribbon on hand and FORGOT (ugh!) that I owned the Hexagon Background stamp – all from amuse studio.  I did have lots of Wasabi cardstock so the top card is my springboard from Marisa’s original card.

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But springboarding is a funny thing – it just keeps going!  Monique flipped her card around and achieved a slightly different look!  I had to make one myself to show you and I added the score lines which I then sanded…it’s a great look that can be achieved with Amuse Studio’s cardstock because it is white on one side.  Here is another beautiful  example of embossing and sanding.

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This last card was from my original attempts – I really like that strip of washi tape from Amuse Studio’s Tuxedo collection but I thought some folks would find it too “random”.

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What rubber stamping supplies do I need to make these cards?

all supplies are from a•muse|studio

Stamps:  Botanical Silhouettes (part of Amuse Studio’s April Collection), Bee Happy and You’re My Fave

Papers:   Wasabi, Hibiscus and Pebble cardstock

Misc:  Medium Scalloped border die, Tag Bundle die set (April Collection), Wasabi, Marigold and Hibiscus ink, Memento black, copic markers, Sanding block, Wink of Stella, Tuxedo Collection washi tape

Amusing Challenge winners

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This sets a great calm scene – it’s a good reminder!  And, just one more reminder!  Amuse Studio’s April Collection (and FREE Sign Up special!) ends this week…don’t miss out.

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Check out the details here on my 24/7 webstore

And now for last week’s Amusing Challenge winners – we were using a word die and I am thrilled with how many entries we had!  I’ll be popping in to leave some comments this afternoon after work!

7.  shellshearer

9.  Tammy A

13.  Blissfully Scrappy

Thank you again to everyone who stopped by!  Winners, please feel free to grab your blog badge. Don’t forget that this week is Anything Goes at Amusing Challenge so I hope you’ll come again – it increases your chances to win the prize package PLUS we love to see what you have created.

Amusing Challenge – Anything Goes

This week’s theme and monthly prize

This week’s theme for our Amusing Challenge is Anything Goes (just a friendly reminder – no digis)!

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 will earn a chance to win the random drawing for my prize package at the end of the month.   This month’s prize is a paper assortment of Amuse Studio’s Fiesta colored cardstock and a few matching buttons thrown in!

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Design Team Inspiration

Sandi, not only a member of my design team – but also on my Amuse Studio team!! – is back this week with a colorful and springy card.  I love Sandi’s eye for color and her touches of whimsy…this card makes me smile!  She is featuring Amuse Studio’s Botanical Silhouettes stamp set which is available during April only.

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amuse studio supplies:  Botanical Silhouettes (April Collection), Today and Always stamp set, Lots of Dots stamp set, Blush, Bubblegum, Papaya, Grass and Ocean ink, Onyx baker’s twine


I had some supplies laying out on my desk and whipped up this card – the hardest part was deciding how to mat the main layer.  I used Tombow markers directly on my stamp – misted each one lightly and then stamped on to my Bristol watercolor paper.  I love the assortment of dies in Amuse Studio’s Tag Bundle die set – available as part of their April Collection.

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First I tried it with a purple tone but ended up ripping it off and trying again with Kraft.  hmmm…. what do you think?

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amuse studio supplies:   Love and Thanks stamp set, Botanical Silhouettes stamp set (April Collection), Kraft, Hibiscus, Vanilla, Onyx Petite Pinstripe and Bristol cardstock, Tombow markers, Tag Bundle die set (April Collection)

I hope you join us!

Don’t forget that the current Amusing Challenge (use  a word die) – is going on through midnight today!  Join us for that challenge too!

PS.  If you would like a fun and easy way to earn/purchase Amuse Studio stamps – U.S. Residents consider this AMAZING sign up special!   😀   It’s the first time I’ve ever seen where you can sign up for basically FREE!  I hope you will JOIN my team

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It’s simple to play along:

    • 2 entry limit  
    • no digis please! 
    • please link back to this Amusing Challenge!

a•muse|studio Meets Color Throwdown

amuse studio meets Color Throwdown

Dianne, another Amuse Studio consultant challenged us to participate in Color Throwdown #389.  This is not a color combination that I normally would gravitate to so I had to push myself.  In the end I made two completely different types of cards – which just goes to show you how I don’t have a “signature style”…sigh.

For my floral arrangement, I first stamped a few of the rose type flowers.  Did you know that Amuse Studio has matching dies for most of their stamp sets?  Next I stamped the Mason Jar (also from amuse studio) and started to build the background.  To be honest, this was my second attempt as I saw what worked well.  I also stamped a few extra pink flowers and cut them up to build the bouquet.  That started with just 3 layered flowers and continued to grow!  I used a similar trick to my mini-tutorial here for making my tag a little smaller than the die.

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amuse studio supplies:   Love and Thanks stamp set/matching die, You’re a Lifesaver stamp set, Mason Jars stamp set/matching die,  Grass, Grapefruit, Marigold and Sugar cardstock, Grass Petite Polka dot cardstock (retired), Tag Bundle die set, twine, Grass, Grapefruit, Melon and Marigold ink


So where the last card was lots of layers, this card is the total opposite and is 100% CAS!  I know the one lantern looks reddish but it really is Grapefruit Splash – I just used a lot of it but I loved the look and didn’t want to water it down any.  The lanterns are embossed and are really pretty in real life!

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amuse studio supplies:   Paper Lanterns stamp set,  Hooray stamp set, Tag Bundle die set, Bristol and Seattle cardstock, Grapefruit, Lime and Orange Splash, Clear embossing powder, Onyx ink

If you like card challenges, I hope you will consider entering my Amusing Challenge!  It posts every Sunday and this week’s theme is to use a word die.

a•muse|studio Cherry Blossom sequins

amuse studio, cherry blossom sequins

Today my Cherry Blossom sequins from A Muse Studio’s April Collection take center stage!  (I used them yesterday too!)  They will only be around for a little longer and then they migrate into the “while supplies last” category.  You don’t want to miss out on these beauties!  They are so unique and come in an assortment of 3 different colors and styles.


me feeling artsy at the Cherry Blossoms this year in DC

I love today’s CAS (clean and simple) card that I whipped up for Splitcoaststampers Ways to Use it Challenge, WT580.  It was only easy because I used my angled tweezers from amuse studio.  I just bought them this past year after talking to Linda, the owner and CEO of A Muse Studio.  She was right – they are amazing and make fine papercrafting projects much easier.

amuse studio, cherry blossom sequins, WT580

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

I free hand painted a few random leaves with my Peerless Watercolor Paints and a waterbrush.  My sentiment is from this month’s Botanical Silhouettes – another of Amuse Studio’s April Collection items.

all supplies are from a•muse|studio

Stamps:  Botanical Silhouettes (part of Amuse Studio’s April Collection)

Papers:  Sky cardstock

Misc:  Cherry Blossom sequins (April Collection), French Roast ink, Peerless Watercolor paints, Aqua Mono Glue, tweezers

Other:  Memory Box branch, Recollections Kraft

Just a few more days left to sign up for FREE as an Amuse Studio consultant.  I’d love to have you join my team!  Feel free to email me with any questions…

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