Amusing Challenge winners

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Thanks to my design team member Cyndi for creating this fun Father’s Day card for my masculine themed Amusing Challenge this week!  It has lots of wonderful Amuse Studio details on it including their cardstock and retired stamp set.  Be sure to join us this week for this easy challenge – it’s always good to have some masculine cards on hand!

And now on to this past week’s Amusing Challenge – with the temps heating up I thought Tropical would be a fun theme.  It also went well with this month’s Amuse Studio June Collection!

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Deborah Deruyck

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Thank you to my participants and congratulations to the winners! Please grab your blog badge and be sure to join us this week again. Also, if you haven’t seen or heard about it – don’t miss out on the Summer Coffee Lover’s Blog hop! There are lots of prizes PLUS a ton of inspiration that you don’t want to miss.

Amusing Challenge – Masculine

This week’s theme and monthly prize

In honor of Father’s Day, show us your Masculine cards/projects for this week’s Amusing Challenge!

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.  Amuse Studio carries the most wonderful smaller (3.5 inches) sized doilies…I use them all the time and they seem to be on every one of my orders!  Now is your chance to win them to try them!

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Design Team Inspiration

It’s been a busy weekend here in our household – my son’s High School graduation on Friday, husband’s birthday on Saturday and now Father’s Day on Sunday plus my inlaws are visiting so I had to make sure the Father’s Day card for my FIL was extra nice.  He loves sailing and so I dug out this old TAC (The Angel Company) stamp I had and watercolored it with Peerless Watercolor paints I bought with my hostess reward $$ from Amuse Studio.  I also mounted it on Blueberry amuse studio cardstock which might be my all time favorite blue!

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amuse studio supplies:  Be Wild stamp set (Previous Monthly Collection – available while supplies last) – Happy Father’s Day inside sentiment, Blueberry cardstock, Archival ink, Peerless Watercolor paint


Several families have been very generous for my son’s graduation and so today I whipped out some masculine looking thank you cards for him to write.  I used his school colors and the Polka Dot Patterns stamp set from Amuse Studio.  This is one of the stamp sets that will be retired after July.  🙁

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amuse studio supplies: Polka Dot Patterns stamp set (retiring),  Thank You stamp set (retired), white embossing powder, Onyx/Sugar cardstock, Versafine Onyx ink

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.  And, in case you haven’t seen anything about this – I am a Super Sponsor for the Coffee Lover’s Blog Hop which is an amazing collection of coffee themed cards!

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!

Coffee Lover’s Summer Blog Hop

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Amy Tsuruta, of Tsuruta Designs, is holding another Coffee Lovers Blog Hop. I’ve lost track of how many hops I’ve participated in but it’s been a few years now!  My favorite “go to” stamp sets have been Amuse Studio’s Need to Venti and Perk Up.  I was really surprised to see Perk Up on Amuse Studio’s retirement list so if you are at all interested in it (and the matching die set by the way!) – you only have until July to get your hands on it.  On Wednesday I did a recap of some of my best Perk Up cards.

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I am not just a Super Sponsor of the Coffee Lover’s Blog Hop, I also like to play along!  This week I took a much need creative break from subbing Kindergarten and created a few coffee themed cards.  I am loving this pastel concoction that involved a lot of masking. I masked off the coffee cup liner and also the donut.  But, to be honest, my first donut was such a garish, hot pink that I ended up stamping the donut again and trying a second time.  When that was a success, I just popped it up and covered up the “mistake”.  By the way, Sprinkled with Love is also retiring!

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amuse studio supplies:  Perk Up stamp set (retiring), Sprinkled with Love stamp set (retiring), Need to Venti stamp set, Meal Plan stamp set (past Monthly Collection – while supplies last), Blush and Bristol cardstock, Archival onyx ink, Tombow markers


For a totally different look but still using the Amuse Studio Perk Up stamp set, I did a little more masking here on the coffee wrapper.  This card was created around the coffee cup – which may be a little backwards but in the end it worked great.  I knew I had to tie in the bright red of the Apple Amuse Studio ink and die cut the pinked edge circle for the base and I had the green felt heart die cut laying around.  I love the Label Makers stamp set from Amuse Studio’s May Collection (which is still available while supplies last!) and thought they would finish off the card perfectly.

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amuse studio supplies:  Perk Up stamp set (retiring), Be Yourself stamp set (June Collection), Label Maker stamp set (past collection – available while supplies last), Bakcground Patterns (retiring), Grass, Apple, Sugar and Onyx Petite Polka dot cardstock, Grass, Apple and Versafine Onyx inks, Pinked Edged circle dies (June Collection), Felt (retired), button, Natural twine


As part of the Coffee Lover’s Blog Hop, and as a Super Sponsor,  I am offering a special prize – this stamp set called Rule the World and is from A Muse Studio! It’s now retired so the only way to get it is to win it!

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Rule the World stamp set

For a chance to win this set or one of the other great prizes from other sponsors (wow!!), you must link up a newly created project especially for the Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop (coffee / or other favorite hot beverage themed projects)…starting June 17 at 9:00 am eastern, and you have until 11:55 pm pacific on Friday, June 24th to link up…the more the merrier! There will also be chances to win FLASH Sponsor prizes. Please turn off word verification!!

Amy has also awarded a few prizes to people that comment on ALL of the linked blogs!

Want one more chance to win?
Leave a comment below (it’s good to leave contact info for winner notification) before June 24th (midnight) to enter into a drawing for this fun coffee themed mat I picked up. One for me and one for you!
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Thanks so much for stopping by today! Enjoy your cup of coffee!

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Personal Stationery

Perk Up stamp set and matching die set is on the Amuse Studio retirement list so they are only available through July 17th!


Here are some of my favorite creations with this set – many were for the assorted Coffee Lover’s Blog hops that I have been a Super Sponsor for.  By the way, the summer Coffee Lover’s Blog hop kicks off on Friday, June 17th!

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Don’t miss out on this last chance to purchase Perk Up … or any of the other retiring Amuse Studio stamp sets!


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