A Unique Blog Hop … marches on!

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A week ago today, I was the featured stop during a special event called a Unique Blog Hop. It started when I was invited to join by Debra Miller.  She is just so talented and if you missed the chance hop over to visit her blog, Cream City Angels

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During the Unique Blog Hop you got to see a little of what I was working on, and what inspires me!  I was playing with my new Peerless Watercolor Paints that A Muse Studio (and other vendors too!) have begun carrying.  Well this past week I wondered how they would work if I “painted” a bold stamp image rather than the more traditional way.  Here are my results and I love it!  I used the new stamp set, Pretty Peonies 2 from A Muse Studio and just added some paint with my water brush.  Most of these are first generation prints but the one purplish flower to the top is a second generation stamp.  I used the stamp sketch from CAS(e) This Sketch and finished it off by matting the focal image with the new A Muse Studio color, Hibiscus.  The sentiment is from the A Muse Studio stamp set, First in My Book.

Today the Unique Blog Hop marches on and I would love to introduce you to two of my crafty friends!

Shirley Hotop is a former Angel like I myself and is a retired nurse.  Shirley is as sweet and encouraging as can be. Her blog, Glittered Paws, is full of variety and inspiration and is appropriately named since she has one cat and two dogs!  (Sadly Shirley lost one of her cats this past week after 17 years of companionship)

Gail Park (who also goes by mamaxsix where we met on Splitcoaststampers) has recently started her blog and I’d love for you to pay her a visit and leave some love.  Gail named her blog, Home Made Memories She is a pastor’s wife and mother of 6 (three of which she is still homeschooling)!

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Amusing Challenge winners

There were some stunning entries with dies during last week’s Amusing Challenge…all I can say is, “wow!”. I had a tough time picking the winners and just as a reminder, the prize winner will be drawn at the end of the month from the group of Weekly Winners. August’s prize winner will receive 5 Cherry and 5 Petite Cherry sheets of A Muse Studio cardstock from me!

So here are this week’s winners:

1.  Create with Joyce

2.  Vickie ODell

5. Karen McAlpine

18.  Anita Kejriwal

Winners please feel free to grab your blog badges and I hope you will come back and play along in this week’s Halloween Amusing Challenge!

PS.  This is my second post for today…

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Amusing Challenge – Halloween

A few weeks back we focused on Christmas here at  Amusing Challenges - and this week I thought it would be fun to look at a holiday that’s a little closer:  Halloween!   Throughout the month I’ll have different sorts of challenges…”use it”, themes, sketch, etc. This week your challenge is to use die cuts.  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.  August’s prize winner will receive 5 Cherry and 5 Petite Cherry sheets of A Muse Studio cardstock from me!

Cyndi did such a great job coloring this little scene from the A Muse Studio set, You’ve Been Booed.  I don’t know if you ever saw this as a vintage Amuse set but during the Every Day is a Holiday sale you can get this set in a larger size than in the past.   It makes it super fun to color and it’s 40% off!  Normally Cyndi is all about bling and sparkle but I love the simplicity of this card.  You can also see how nice the A Muse Studio cardstock is – colored on one side and white on the other.  Here Cyndi used Grape and Melon cardstock.  She finished it off with some raffia (how fun!) and a button from A Muse Studio.

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I ended up using quite a few different cardstocks from A Muse Studio on my card!  Here is Pebble, Orange, Seattle, Seattle Petite Polka Dot and Seattle Chevron cardstock.  I also used some washi tape from the Halloween collection and onyx/white baker’s twine.  For the stamp sets I used Toil and Trouble and then white embossed a sentiment from Tiny Treats.  Both are from A Muse Studio’s Every Day is a Holiday sale.

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In complete contrast to this layered card, my next card is pretty simple but features some masking.  I had some tickets laying around from another project, they were cut from Lime A Muse Studio cardstock using their Ticket Die.  I stamped them with one of the ticket rubber stamps from That’s the Ticket, also from A Muse Studio.  Then I masked one of the tickets, in a reverse mask where I cut out the inside of the image so I could use just part of the spider web from the stamp set, You’re a Scream.  The jars and mice are also from that A Muse Studio set (which is ALSO on sale during the Every Day is a Holiday sale) but they did not require masking.  The black patterned paper is one of the new prints from the 6×6 Fiesta paper back that made it’s debut in the new A Muse Studio catalog.  It’s a simple card but I love the pop of lime with the black/white!

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PS. I hope you will still enter the current Amusing Challenge.  It’s a “die cut” challenge, so please join us before Sunday, midnight!

Want to see all the stamp sets on sale until August 31?  Click here for the PDF or here to go to my website.

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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One Layer Simplicity Challenge

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It’s raining outside today and my husband commented that we hadn’t made it to the beach all summer.  Sigh…the time has flown and I am dreading a trip down over Labor Day but we may just brave the crowds (if the weather is nice!).  In the meantime, this helped cheer me up!  I’m so glad I hopped over to the One Layer Simplicity Challenge today – they had several color combos posted that are wonderful!  This is the one I chose for my inspiration.

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My CAS card above features two stamp sets from A Muse Studio:  Sea Shells and Hand Scripted.  The inks I used were Eucalyptus, Mermaid and Wheat.  I stamped the Hand Scripted sentiment with Versafine Onyx and Sugar cardstock from A Muse Studio is the base.

I also happen to need a birthday card for my Brother-in-Law…so I grabbed Hooray It’s Your Day.  That was a limited edition stamp set but I was tickled when A Muse Studio released those balloons (plus a lot more!) in their new catalog and it’s called:  Birthday Balloons.   I hand doodled the strings and really wanted to do some more doodling around the balloons but after a failed first attempt, I chickened out!

The inks I used this time were:  Eucalyptus, Mermaid and Pebble.  In hindsight, that Mermaid is too bright and I should have off-stamped it once like I did above in the shells…perhaps I had this color combo in mind, although I may have combined the two in my head since I don’t have a computer where I craft…

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I was worried that my husband would think this card was just too CAS…know what I mean?  Especially if your family and friends are used to you doing layers and embellishments, this could be a shock.  You have to wean them into it!  tee hee….so I just cropped the card down a bit a matted it with a layer of A Muse Studio Eucalyptus cardstock.  And, I added some splatters of Bermuda Splash to tie into the one balloon.

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You may be thinking at this point, “uh Chris, you should have left it alone!”  Oh well, it’s ready for the mail now…unless I start doodling on those balloons (wink, wink).  UPDATE:  My CAS birthday card version was mentioned as a SCS CAS Favorite today (Sunday)…I guess I should’ve just left it alone!!

Other challenges I’d like to enter today:

Crafts 4 Eternity – Oh I do like to be beside the seaside

Sister Act Card Challenge – anything goes

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a•muse|studio Hark {again!}

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Here is a really FAST twist to a card I made last week.  I find myself grabbing this set more and more and can hardly believe that after August 31, it will NOT be available again.  There is a good news aspect to all of this…it’s on sale right now for 40% off during A Muse Studio’s Every Day is a Holiday sale.

For this card I lightly sprayed a piece of Sugar A Muse Studio cardstock with Winter Sky Splash.  The best way to get light and even coverage is to lay your paper flat in a box (I have the box laying open on it’s side so that the bottom of the box is now facing away from me) and spray across the paper (about 3-4″ above) aiming directly at the back of the box.  Next I took my Navy Splash and just tapped it above the paper to get some little splats.  A Muse Studio carries 30 different colors of Splash!  NEWSFLASH!  If you join my A Muse Studio team this month you could have the chance to earn all of those colors for FREE during Sep-Oct.  I did last year!!

Back to the card…I stamped my angel from the A Muse Studio set Hark in Memento and colored her lightly with Copic markers.  After I cut her out, I added some Glitter Embossing powder to her wings and in a few random spots on the card base itself.  I stamped the sentiment (also from Hark) in Navy A Muse Studio ink and then popped her up over the sentiment.  Last step was to tie off some silver lined ribbon, also from A Muse Studio…it’s 25 yards of 1/4″ organdy and I love it.

I’m really excited to announce that I have the A Muse Studio Holiday Catalog in hand.  I liked it well enough in PDF form but the hardcopy is amazing!  My hostess club members will be getting their copy for free.  If you are interested, I have one more opening…we have a 7 month commitment for $20 a month and one of those months you get the hostess benefits.  If you are local, you come to my house to make two projects monthly but if you are long distance, I include those as card kits in your order!  Let me know if you are interested, we kick off next month!

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