Amusing Challenge – anything goes

Wow!  It is already the end of the month so that means this week’s Amusing Challenge is anything goes.  Throughout the month I 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.  January’s Prize Winner will receive 5 assorted die cuts of the Berry Box die that is part of February’s Special Collection. amuse studio

Tricia (of 1PhatChic) sent me the most incredible card this week – it’s a tri-fold card if you look closely.  I know the photo doesn’t do it justice but you can click to enlarge all the photos and you’ll see too how incredible it is!

Tricia used Starry Night Background and C’est La Vie from the current A Muse Studio catalog on Navy cardstock.  They are beautifully embossed in White amuse studio embossing powder and she finished it off with the little bow tie from their Cherry Baker’s Cording.  Isn’t that a great detail?  If you look closely you can see where Tricia cut around the city scene.  I thought she had just layered it on top until I saw the next photo!

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Tricia stamped a sentiment on the inside of the card from, Love Me Do – a retired A Muse Studio stamp set.  The rounded two corners (top left/bottom right) are another great touch.  Here you can see the details of her three panels that fold up into a glorious scene!

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My card this week began as an oval card challenge and over the summer I had stamped some flowers in this bicycle basket from the A Muse Studio set, Enjoy the Ride.  With Valentine’s Day coming up and having just had a Love is in the Air card class…well, I had hearts in my mind!  I love the way A Muse Studio inks layer…you can faintly see the colors of the stamped flowers from amuse studio’s Mini Blooms (I didn’t bother to mask but allowed them to overlap).  This little heart is just one of many hearts in the new A Muse Studio set, With Love – it’s part of their January Collection and will only be available through the end of the month!

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I used one of the Word Window dies from A Muse Studio to cut through my layer of Wasabi Petite Polka dot cardstock (the others are sky, sugar and onyx) and then I stamped my sentiment inside.  I added a few pearls to pull the eye down and a touch of slate stitched ribbon – they are also both from amuse studio.

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Yay!  For once I did a little stamping on the inside of the card and I love it!

PS.  Don’t forget that you can still play along with the current Amusing Challenge going on until midnight, Sunday night.  It’s a “hearts” theme and you can enter it here!

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 With Love

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Sometimes an idea doesn’t always quite work but there usually is a solution or work around!  I wanted to do an emboss resist of the wreath image from the new stamp set, With Love from A Muse Studio.  It’s part of their January Collection – something new awaits you each month and I can’t tell you how exciting it is for me!  I love the current offerings and after seeing what’s coming in February – well, you will love it too!  amuse studio rubber stamps

After watercoloring with my Cherry Splash (amuse studio carries almost 30 colors!) though, the image was super faint and barely visible.  I decided to add a little color and inked up the image in Grass ink and carefully overstamped the embossed image.  It worked perfectly – even with out a stamp positioner – woot woot!  I also added the little heart from the set, inked up in Apple amuse studio ink, as an after thought but I like it.  One of my favorite colors to mat in is a grey toned cardstock – A Muse Studio has several greys and I love the variety but this happens to be a piece of DCWV scrap I had laying around and needed to use up.  I have way TOO much paper!

This week’s Amusing Challenge is all about hearts so I hope you’ll find some time/inspiration and join in on the fun!

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a•muse|studio My Punny Valentine

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This is was my least favorite image of the My Punny Valentine stamp set from A Muse Studio’s January Collection but then I had an idea when I went to bed!  I thought about making pizza pan/sheet from the A Muse Studio Silver Shimmer paper. In the morning the SCS Sketch challenge was the perfect layout for my idea so I knew I had to give it a quick try before I went out the door for subbing.  That’s the really nice thing about CAS cards – they are quick and all of these papers were in my scrap pile! :)

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stamps:  My Punny Valentine

paper:  Silver Shimmer, Wheat, Sugar, Cherry Chevron, Cherry Petite Polka dot cardstocks

accessories:  nestabilities circle dies (1 7/8 and 2 3/8 inch dies), Copic markers  other:  chipboard/cereal box

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This is really quite easy to do and here are my steps:

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You’ll need:

  • Scrap chipboard to cut 2 of the smaller circles
  • Silver shimmer cardstock for the larger circle
  • An embossing pad for after you make your die cuts

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Ready to emboss.  I glued the two smaller circles together to make a “stack”.

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Here’s my “sandwich” and the way to layer it.  Embossing pad – silver shimmer die cut with silver shiny side facing UP – chipboard double layer.  Suggest you use a piece of washi tape to hold in place.  One time it worked perfectly for me and the next it shifted as I passed the stack through the machine.

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a•muse|studio Happiness Blooms

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I’m not really an obsessive person by nature, but every once in a while something gets a hold of me and I must have it.  Masking fluid.  There’s a pattern…I was a wonderful card on SCS using it with watercolors (which I happen to love already) and I got a hankering to try it.  Then Mischelle Smith posted a few cards on her blog and that about set me over the edge.  I finally got a bottle of it and have begun experimenting.

This was the last panel I painted and probably my least favorite because it’s so bright. But, when I added the little merci tag on the bottom, well, I fell in love!  The flower stamp set in called Happiness Blooms and it is coming in the A Muse Studio February Collection!  The merci comes from amuse studio’s C’est La Vie stamp set in their main catalog, as does the cardstock.  I painted my image with Peerless Watercolor Paints which you can also find in the A Muse Studio catalog.

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 amuse studio supplies:

stamps:  Happiness Bloom, C’est La Vie

paper:  Grass, Cherry Woodgrain, Sugar (watercolor paper – other)

accessories:  Vanilla twine, Peerless watercolor paints, Nestabilities circle/scalloped circle dies, watercolor brush  (masking fluid – other)

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if you’d like to check out any of these supplies or the current

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Amusing Challenge winners

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Tomorrow I’m having round 1 of my Valentine’s Day workshop – there will be LOTS of hearts involved!  I made this little tag with some leftovers using the new Large Classic Tag die (notice that stitching?  Love it!) and the new With Love stamp set from A Muse Studio.  The papers are from their Beatrice and Woodsley Paper collection – they are papers they normally carry but put together at a special price point and in a lovely assortment!  All of this can be found in A Muse Studio’s January Collection – going on through Valentine’s Day only!


and now for our winner’s from last week’s Amusing Challenge featuring snow/winter!

5.  Kim

4.  Deonna B

6. Nela

11.  Lisa :)

Big thanks to all of the players and congrats to the winners.  Feel free to grab your blog badges!!  I hope everyone will be back for this week’s Amusing Challenge - it’s all about the heart(s)!!  :)

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