a•muse|studio Holiday Hoopla

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This card turned out to be everyone’s favorite at my Holiday Hoopla Open House last week.   Did you know you can get this stamp set for free?  It’s an A Muse Studio Holiday Hoopla limited edition set and is available – FREE – to hostesses during September and October. Email me if you are interested in starting to earn yours!  :)

It’s really a very simple card and I started the process with a circle reverse mask – just like I did for my Hark card here (you can see pictures if that helps!).  I used Vanilla amuse studio cardstock and I sponged in my sky with Sky ink from A Muse Studio. Then I pulled in from the bottom my green, which is Grass amuse studio ink, and tried to make it wavy for a hilly slope…I added some more sky – dividing the circle almost into fourths (3/4 sky, 1/4 grass). Leaving the mask in place, I stamped my lone aspen in Wheat amuse studio ink.

Once I removed my mask, I stamped my deer in Versafine Onyx ink.  Then I took the smaller little leaf bunches from the Holiday Hoopla stamp set and went around the edges, twisting and turning my stamp so the leaves went in different directions, using Fern amuse studio ink.  With Grass  ink, I went around the circle again, but with a larger leaf bunch and then went back into the darker Grass green with a small leaf group to just fill in any empty spots.  I stamped the lone bird as an afterthought to balance things out – it’s also from the Holiday Hoopla stamp set and I used Cherry amuse studio ink.

My sentiment (the first one was off centered, so hence the “banner”) is stamped in Versafine Onyx ink.

If you want to know more about the Holiday Hoopla event going on during September and October … or, to find out the details of two more fun promotions coming up in October (what?!? it’s true!) click here for A Muse Studio Promotions.





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a•muse|studio Modern Zinnia

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The sun was just starting to peek through when I decided I had to take a picture of the card this morning and I could not wait…I found a patch of dappled sunlight in the corner of our backyard.

I used the color challenge from Splitcoaststampers today and the current Retro Sketches  #133 layout – both grabbed my attention as soon as I saw them this morning.  I have not (sadly) used this Modern Zinnia stamp set from A Muse Studio in a long time.  I’ve been eyeing it all week and today was the perfect chance to use it.  I stamped the larger, open image in Blackberry ink on Vanilla cardstock, bothare from A Muse Studio.  The solid, smaller image is actually with a Wheat ink from The Stamping Studio – a company I used to love but closed down in 2011.  After I rounded the corners, I sponged on some more wheat ink and then mounted the two panels on to a piece of Blackberry amuse studio cardstock.  The last detail was to stamp the sentiment from Hey Foxy in Versafine Onyx ink and add some pearls – all 3 of these items are from A Muse Studio.

I’m really enjoying stamping flowers in fall hues and was inspired by Karen’s Floral Duets cards that I posted here…if you missed them, they are well worth taking a peek at!

Other challenges I’d like to enter:

Lexi’s Creations – autumn colors


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Amusing Challenge winners & more…

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This happens to be one of my FAVORITE  A Muse Studio stamp sets for it’s sentiments but I have to say, I do love the flowers in Friend to Friend too!  Here I randomly stamped the flowers on a Sugar panel in Memento Rich Cocoa and colored them in with Copic Markers.  I added some dots around the flowers to pull in the green from the  A Muse Studio Pistachio cardstock but the rest is some Bazzill textured paper that I’ve had for years.  And of course, I used a sentiment from Friend to Friend as well!  These colors are perfect for this week’s Amusing Challenge with Fall Foliage and I hope you will join us!

And now for the Amusing Challenge Tag winners!  There were some really lovely entries and it was difficult to narrow it down.

8.  KT Fit Kitty

1.  Carol D

2.  Gail

4.  Melissa Sunshine Honeybee

I want to post last week’s Holiday Hoopla Open House winner – Rafflecopter randomly picked one entry and congrats to Karen M.  You can choose either the Halloween or Christmas paper pack!  The drawing is over but if you want to check out the samples you are welcome to pop into my Virtual Open House post here.

Thank you to everyone who continues to visit my blog and participate in some form or another…it feels good to count on you and I appreciate it!

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Amusing Challenge – Fall Foliage

It is perhaps just a wee bit early in the season but this week the Amusing Challenge is fall foliage!   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.  September’s prize:  a pack of assorted A Muse Studio buttons from me.

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I’m thrilled that Karen McAlpine, of Dreaming and Creating. is back again this week as a Guest Designer.  Karen told me she didn’t have any fall leaves for this challenge, but don’t worry she said (and I wasn’t!), I have an idea!  I love the fall colors she used on Floral Duets from A Muse Studio – which normally I just think of as a summer stamp.  Karen used the following amuse studio supplies on these three glorious cards:   Nutmeg, Poppy, Papaya, Orange inks; Vanilla and Buttercup buttons; and Orange and Papaya ribbon.

You really must click on the image below to enlarge it and truly enjoy the details!

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Cyndi made a wonderful fall colored card with die cut leaves that really does make me smile. She used Handscripted from A Muse Studio for the text.  I love the wreath of leaves and Cyndi used quite a few A Muse Studio cardstocks including:  Blackberry, Papaya, Lime and Toffee.   She really has an eye for bling and details and I love the touch of Diamond Glitter Cyndi added with her Sakura Quickie Glue pen…these items plus the french roast baker’s twine, orange button and Lime sequins are all from amuse studio.

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I too went with a leaf theme for this challenge.  I found a neat tutorial over on SCS to make “enamel” leaves and it worked perfectly with my Thankful for You leaf set from A Muse Studio.  I stamped my two leaves on Bristol watercolor paper (I get mine from amuse studio) but then after cutting it out, I flipped it over and actually painted the unstamped side.  I used my new Peerless Watercolor paints – you can find them in quite a few places these days and I was tickled when A Muse Studio started carrying them in their new catalog as well.  This actually is two – three layers of paint, it tends to lighten when it dries and I crinkled them just a bit to make them look more natural.  I then splattered them with some Gold Dust splash and covered them with UTEE, which I embossed.  I tied my leaves off with some twine and glued them onto a piece of Wasbi amuse studio cardstock that I scored with my scorpal and then sanded.  The last step was to stamp my sentiment from Just Because, and flick a little more Gold Dust splash on my finished card.  All my supplies (except for the UTEE) are from A Muse Studio.

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PS. I hope you will still enter the current Amusing Challenge.  The challenge is easy and it’s to make a tag – by itself or in a card!

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 Fall in the Forest + Copictopia Sketch

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I am so in love with this new set from the A Muse Studio catalog called, Fall in the Forest; and in particular, this little owl!  I stamped him in Memento Onyx ink and colored it with Copic markers before cutting the little guy out.  Then I set about making the focal panel and with a 1/2 circle punch, I tried to punch them as evenly spaced as possible on a stripe of A Muse Studio French Roast Woodgrain cardstock.  Pretty close!  It looked “okay” but I thought burlap would be a nice texture to add.  At first I was thinking “nest” but then I tried covering up the back of the panel and I loved the peeks of burlap that showed through.  The last step was to stamp the sentiment in Pumpkin ink on my Vanilla cardstock base – both are from A Muse Studio.

I was totally inspired by Cristena’s sketch challenge over on her Copictopia blog.  While you are there, check out her on-line store where you can order any copic marker.  As Cristena says, “We have all Copic colors – yes, even the ones that are hard to find and you can’t get them in the stores. ”


inspiration sketch

You can see I was fascinated by all of those circles in the sketch!  Copic markers used:  YR09, YR24, E15, E19, and Y35.

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I hope you like this card as much as I do!  Here are some other challenges I’d like to enter:



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