Amusing Challenge – Butterflies

The weather has turned lovely here (although I heard we have a freeze advisory -eeck!  My daffodils may suffer)  and so I thought it would be fun  to focus on butterflies for this Amusing Challenge!  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.  Aprils’s Prize Winner will receive Owl’s Well – it’s a stamp set that is A Muse Studio’s signature style! P.S.  This stamp set and several others below will be retiring in May…look out for Monday’s newsletter with the entire retirement list and Progressive Sale announcement.

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My design team is busy this weekend but I hope you won’t be too disappointed with these two lovely inspiration pieces…

Cyndi gold embossed her butterflies from the A Muse Studio Papillon set before coloring them with copic markers and cutting them out.  The background is a one of the sheets of 6×6 Everything’s Rosy patterned paper.  This definitely feels springy!

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amuse studio supplies:  Papillon stamp set, Aren’t You Sweet stamp set, Shell cardstock, Everything’s Rosy 6×6 paper,  cherry pearls, copics


I was looking at a scrap of cardboard when I thought I’d like to make a banner for some butterflies to perch on…and then my mind went to the Fiesta matching die set and I thought they’d be perfect.  I’ve never used them without the stamp set but I’m so glad I stumbled across this new use for them.

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amuse studio supplies:  Birthday Girl stamp set (#aprilcollection),  Love and Thanks stamp set (#marchcollection), Sky, Bermuda, Sugar, Petite Pinstripe, Bubblegum Petite Polka dot and Papaya Petite Polka dot cardstock, Toffee Twine, Bermuda ink, Fiesta die set, Butterfly Trio die set

PS.  Did you have a chance to enter the ongoing Amusing Challenge?  It’s a “birthday theme” and you have until midnight and you can find 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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Sketch Saturday #356

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I’m back this week for my second stint as a Guest Designer over at Sketch Saturday.  I love sketch challenges and really appreciate Deb for picking me – I’m having so much fun!


This week’s sketch was a bit tight and I felt like I had to pack a lot in to a 4 1/4 in square!   Of course I could’ve gone larger but in the end, I LOVE how this card turned out.  I used Team Player and Birthdays Inside and Out from A Muse Studio.  It’s a great masculine card and these three cardstocks from amuse studio (Navy, Sky and Grass) went beautifully together.  The final details of the layered star, button and twine give it some dimension.

amuse studio supplies:

stamps:  Team Player, Birthdays Inside and Out

paper:  Navy, Sky, Grass and Sugar

accessories:  Star Trio die set, Grass button and Toffee Twine

I hope you’ll find the time to play along with the Saturday Sketch challenge!

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a•muse|studio Wonderful Windows

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On Sunday I promised to be back with a set of note cards using A Muse Studio’s Wonderful Windows (from our March Collection but still available while supplies last if you go here).  My design team member, Carol, wowed me with the variety of card she made using this one set – and pulling in a variety of other stamps she had.  What a great gift this would make!

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Be sure to click on them to enlarge and enjoy.  And, while you are checking out the past collections, don’t miss the birthday fun that is packed into the A Muse Studio April Collection!

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click image  to check it out

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a•muse|studio Thanks Die

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The other day I got an email from Hero Arts talking about their new ombre inks.  Well, I already have a ton of inks and really like the way my A Muse Studio inks layer so I thought I would see if I could make them into an ombre type of card.  What do you think?

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It was so easy to do!  I initially sponged Papaya, Marigold, Orange and Berry on to a scrap of paper…but I eventually just went direct to paper with the narrow side of the ink pad to get a darker pigment.  Then it was simple to use my “thanks” word die from A Muse Studio to get a perfectly shaded die cut.

Some of the stars have touches of glitter added to them using a Quickie Glue Pen so in real life it looks even better!

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amuse studio supplies:

stamps:  Thank You Mix, Birthday Balloons, Wish You Were Here, Lots of Dots

paper:  Sugar cardstock

accessories:  Thanks die, Diamond glitter, Quickie Glue Pen, Papaya, Marigold, Orange and Berry ink

I think the possibilities are endless and I’ll be trying out some of my other A Muse Studio word dies…

Some fun challenges I’d like to enter:

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Amusing Challenge winners

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I had fun making these cute little birthday tags using Birthday Icons from A Muse Studio’s new April Collection and the Card Catalogue die from February’s Collection. I’ll be teaching a MOPS group tomorrow and we’re making little baskets using the Berry Box die from February’s Collection and then matching tags. These are some samples to help get the ideas rolling. I hope they will have fun!

supplies:  all stamps, ribbon, dies and papers are from A Muse Studio

Now on to the winner’s roll call for our weekly Amusing Challege!

March Prize winner

Dorothy S – please email me your mailing address

(just a heads up – the Orange Blossom washi tape is on back order…ugh!)

16.  Cre8tive Cindy

3.  Nancy in Iowa

23.  Lalkygirl

24. Gail L

Thank you so much to everyone who played along with the Anything Goes challenge.  I hope you will join us this week for our Birthday challenge :)  Winners please feel free to grab your blog badges!!

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