a•muse|studio Sweet Summertime

amuse studio, peerless watercolor paints

oh yum … summertime = strawberry time!!

I fell in love with Amuse Studio’s new Sweet Summertime stamp set from their July Collection.  This latest collection is all about summer to me!  It pairs up perfectly with their new set, Berry Patch, but as you can see, it can also stand alone.  I love it’s petite images (with matching dies, of course!) and the mix and match sentiments.

These strawberries look so sweet and juicy (thanks to my Peerless Watercolor paints that A Muse Studio carries) that it go me craving strawberries.  And, if you have strawberries, you need some good recipes!


Here is some Strawberry Ginger Lemonade that I found on this slide show out from Bon Appetit!  Double yum!!

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

I really like these smaller, square sized cards.  It measures 4 1/4 x 4 1/4 and came about because I had some scraps that fit perfectly and I didn’t feel like cutting a new sheet!  I am all about conserving paper when I can and using up scraps!  That’s why I am particularly excited that A Muse Studio has decided to go digital with their two new catalogs.  I think it’s the way of the future!

all supplies are from a•muse|studio

Stamps:  Sweet Summertime (July Collection)

Papers:   Bristol, Papaya and Grass Petite polka dot (retired) cardstock

Misc:  Archival black ink, Peerless watercolor paints, stitched Circle die

NEW! a•muse|studio 2016 Catalog

Breaking news… A Muse Studio has just released TWO new catalogs!!

amuse studio stamps and dies catalog

Click to Download a|s Stamps & Dies 2016 Catalog

The A Muse Studio Stamps/Dies catalog will be updated every 6 months!

amuse studio essentials catalog

Click to Download a|s Essentials catalog

This A Muse Studio Essentials catalog will be updated annually and holds all of our unique inks, paper, ribbons, markers and paints,  tools and accessories that you need for your rubberstamping, scrapbooking and papercrafting needs.


Our Monthly Collections will be even BIGGER!  A Muse Studio is intent on bringing you the newest and on trend stamps, dies and accessories each month.

We are also breaking barriers by going 100% digital with our catalogs…so you can click on these downloads and add them to your tablets, phones or computer.

A Muse Studio is also going into new territory by:

~ improving their hostess rewards!

~ eliminating sales quotas for their consultants!

if you want to know more – email me.

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With all of this excitement – don’t forget about the amuse studio July Collection!

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Amusing Challenge winners!

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Since this week is a beach/ocean theme at Amusing Challenge (which I hope you will join in on!), I thought this new Amuse Studio blog badge was perfect for sharing here!

It’s kinda exciting to be one of the first stamping companies to go to “no sales quotas”…our new catalog goes LIVE today as well (see my next post) plus we have new and improved Hostess Rewards!  If you’d like to know more – email me!

And now for last week’s Amusing Challenge bird theme winners!!  I have a “thing” for birds and was really excited by all the pretty cards.  eeck…speaking of birds, I saw this post go across my facebook feed this morning!  http://bit.ly/29Pnl1a


okay…I easily digress, I know!  Now on to the winners!!

Nikki C

Lynn McAuley

Alicia O’Bryant

Congratulations to the top 3 winners – I hope you will grab this blog badge!  Please be sure to join in this week’s Amusing Challenge.

Amusing Challenge – Ocean/Beach

This week’s theme and monthly prize

Every summer we try and make a trip (or two) down to the beach. We usually head out to Ocean City and normally just stay for the day – it’s a long drive though at 3 hours each way. So, I love it when we can stay longer! We haven’t made the trip yet and I hope summer doesn’t pass us by before it’s too late. Beca  This week’s  Amusing Challenge will be an ocean/beach theme, so get creative!

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 (and LINKS BACK to the challenge) will earn a chance to win the random drawing for my prize package at the end of the month.  A random winner this month will win this retired Amuse Studio stamp set which is perfect for summertime…Sunshine and Shade.

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Design Team Inspiration

Cyndi really did an amazing job showcasing the retiring Amuse Studio stamp set, You’re a Lifesaver.  I got this stamp a few years after it came out and regret not using it more – especially when I see this beachy scene Cyndi created.  Don’t you just love that beach? She brushed on the blue ink to create the sky and then embossed the “sand”.  It’s a great look!  Along with the nautical images – there are some fun puns in this set.  This set was supposed to be available through July 17 (the new catalog goes LIVE on the 18th) but it looks like it’s already sold out!

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amuse studio supplies:  You’re a Lifesaver (retired), copics, Sky ink, Toffee twine


I can be a real copy-cat although in the stamping world we call that “CASE” – Copy and Steal Everything!  Here I was inspired by the great samples in the Amuse Studio July Collection.  When I saw the brochure, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this new stamp set, Seashells Remind Us.  The shells are perfect for watercoloring and for these two cards I used Peerless Watercolor paints (lighter card/left) and our Splash colors that come in amuse studio colors (bolder card/right).  I used Bristol watercolor paper for these cards and the size is larger than 8 1/2 x 11 so when I trimmed it down – I had the perfect little strip leftover for my sentiment.  These sentiments are from A Muse Studio’s Birthdays Inside and Out.  You can click on these pics to enlarge.

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amuse studio supplies:  Seashells Remind Us stamp set (July Collection), Birthdays Inside and Out stamp set, Bristol cardstock, Archival black ink, Peerless watercolor paints, Lemon whip and Blackberry Splash, Toffee twine, Onyx 4 mm sequins


You can tell I really like the new Seashells Remind Us stamp set from Amuse Studio’s July Collection because here I used it again. They are 3 realistic shells with some lovely sentiments. This font has been around forever but I love it for classic and “serious” cards.  Sadly, there are times when we need these sympathy sentiments.  I hand doodled the lines so it’s a one layer card which makes it nice for mailing.

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amuse studio supplies:  Seashells Remind Us stamp set (June Collection),  Bristol cardstock, Archival black ink, Peerless watercolor paint

I hope you join us!

Just as a reminder – I have another Amusing Challenge going on until midnight Sunday night and you can take a peek at that one right here.

Did you know that the new A Muse Studio catalog goes LIVE July 18?!  My newsletter subscribers got the inside scoop on Friday but it’s not too late to sign up for it and you’ll never miss out!  Be sure to pop on over and take a look!

It’s simple to play along:

  • 2 entry limit  
  • no digis please! 
  • please link back to this Amusing Challenge to be eligible for the monthly prize!

a•muse|studio Say Yes!!

amuse studio convention

photo credit:  Seleise Barrett

eeck!!  I can’t believe it’s almost time for the

new A Muse Studio catalog release!!

It will go LIVE on July 18

National Convention is over and everyone had a blast…we all are pumped up and excited for what the future brings.  Here’s Ty Bailey and Andrea Blackwell, fellow amuse studio consultants, encouraging you to “say YES”…

and join amuse studio today!

there are SO many great reasons why you should –

email me if you want to talk or have questions…I’m still loving it after 5 years!

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$69 Have a Ball Kit includes:
* 3 exclusive studio sampler stamp sets – this is a little sampling of a variety of stamps we carry…that way you don’t have to buy a ton to start creating!
* 10 A Muse Studio pigment inks – Bubblegum, Papaya, Navy, Ocean, Lime, Sage, Currant, Orange, Pebble & Blueberry
* Essential business supplies (Workshop Planner, Workshop invitation postcards)
* A Muse Studio Catalog & Inspiration Guides (8)
* Customer Order forms (15)
* Hostess Order forms (3)
* Hostess Brochure (3)
* Two months free webstore

Please note: Gorgeous marketing materials are heavy to ship. There is an additional $8 shipping on this kit.

Promotional price available June 1 – July 17, 2016.

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With the new catalog on July 18th comes some major changes…make sure you mark your calendar to come back and check it all out or get signed up for my FREE monthly newsletter and you’ll have everything you need to know!

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