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Your vision isn’t blurry, it’s my photo…sorry!  When I shrink this picture to fit for some reason the sentiment gets blurry but I hope you’ll enjoy the card anyways.  I made it this morning for the SCS Challenge – Ways to Use It.  It’s in honor of 9-11 and the challenge is to use a “monument”…or stone.  I thought immediately of this scripture and typed it up and printed it on Bristol watercolor paper (3 tries later, I got it on straight!).  They mentioned Dini’s Sanded Watercolor Pencil technique and I had never seen it so I was eager to try it.  It worked easily but when I went to brush off some of the watercolor “dust” away from the scripture, it of course blended (duh!) and changed the look.  I ended up brushing over most of it by hand then, free form, after I removed the Tim Holtz harlequin stencil.

I used my A Muse Studio stamp sets:  Sunny Side of Life, Just Because and Mini Blossoms (the latter you don’t see here because it got so muddied looking that I tore off the bottom of the panel!).  I brushed them with my Peerless Transparent Watercolors and stamped them.  After I tore off the ugly part, I decided to go for a distressed look and ruffed up the sides.  I added some Pebble A Muse Studio cardstock that I streaked with some Seattle ink to make it look like concrete or stone.  After I  mounted the pieces to some Saffron A Muse Studio cardstock, I covered a bare spot with some sheer ribbon I’ve had laying around forever.

This ribbon reminds me that I’ve got a ribbon/twine challenge going on this week for my Amusing Challenge so I hope you’ll play along!

Other challenges I’d like to enter:

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a•muse|studio Holiday Catalog

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I really liked the new A Muse Studio Holiday Catalog…really liked it!  This is my first order but I have almost as many things on my wish list yet.  Yikes!  Good thing there is a special going on during Sep and Oct called Holiday Hoopla.  There is a free stamp set involved for Hostesses and extra rewards too!  The Holiday Catalog does retire Dec 31 so be sure to check it out and plan accordingly!

Let me know if you need a catalog (you can view it for FREE here) … or would like to have a party of your own.  There are several options, and even if you live long distance – we can make it work!  Email me before you forget!

I’ll be back tomorrow with a new creation using some of these new toys!

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a•muse|studio Fall in the Forest

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Oh my, this was a fun card to make!  I used this week’s CAS(e) this Sketch challenge to get me started and I knew I wanted to use my new little guy from the A Muse Studio set, Fall in the Forest.  This is one of the new sets from the Holiday Catalog which you can see here.

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I colored my little owl with Copic markers and cut him (her?) out.  I finally settle on these three A Muse Studio cardstocks:  French Roast woodgrain, Papaya Petite Polka dot and fern.  I made a little nest with some Toffee twine which is also from A Muse Studio.  I used the A Muse Studio’s Word Window die set to cut an opening for my sentiment – it reminds me of a hole in the tree!  Last step was to add some Crystal Glaze (A Muse Studio carries this in large bottles – I love it!) to this owl’s eyeballs.

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I would like to enter these challenges as well:

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a•muse|studio Silver Lining

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 this is my second post for today…you can find the Amusing Challenge winners here.

 I made this card for my daughter because last week was a tough week for her.  Second week of college and you know how life has it ups and downs, twists and turns.  Since then things are looking up and today the card is appropriate for me.  Funny thing about that…so today I will embrace the sentiment!

I used A Muse Studio’s Silver Lining rubber stamp set and matching die set.  After I cut those clouds from A Muse Studio’s cardstock vellum (yes, you read that right!  Love this weight!!), I used the smallest die from the A Muse Studio Heart Trio die set.  This cardstock base is the darkest of the 3 grays that A Muse Studio carries and it’s the Slate.

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I also used pink Sequins from A Muse Studio and after I attached everything (I used Tombow Mono Aqua glue – very sparingly), I took a white gel pen and doodled in some outlines.  The sentiment is stamped with Versafine Onyx ink.

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I made this card for the CASology challenge of “under” and I have just a few hours to enter it…just in the nick of time.  Phew!

The other challenge I’m playing in today:

Crafting from the Heart – anything goes

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Amusing Challenge winners

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Did you happen to catch my new Guest Designer’s work yesterday?  It was a beautiful card!

When Karen McAlpine of, Dreaming and Creatingfirst sent me her card I didn’t realize that she had made two others using this same set.  It’s a wonderful trio and definitely worth your while to go take a look.  It also is a good reminder to me to make more than one card when I have some great papers and supplies all laying out at once.  They don’t all have to be the same but it’s a super easy starting point.

And now on to the Amusing Challenge winner’s roll call!  A huge thanks to all of the players this past month – I hope you’ll continue to come back and invite your friends to play along too!

August’s Prize Package winner:

Ginny B

please email me your address and I’ll get it out to you!

12.  Billie A

3 amazing “projects” this week…wow!

2. Vinita

6.  Julie P

9.  Katie Tate

Please join us for this week’s Amusing Challenge – it’s super easy … just use ribbon or twine, or both!

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