a•muse|studio + Project Life swap

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I recently participated in a Project Life swap (in fact I’m signed up for another round and I had better get cracking on it!) and here are my two designs.

For the top card I used:

  • Pistacho, Silver Shimmer, Kraft and Vellum cardstock - A Muse Studio
  • Come Fly With Me, Wish You Were Here, I Was Here, That’s the Ticket stamp sets – A Muse Studio
  • Eucalyptus, Toffee, VersaFine Onyx inks – A Muse Studio
  • Ticket die – A Muse Studio

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This next card was white embossed but in the lighting it doesn’t look as crisp as in real life – I loved this card!

  • Yellow Petite Gingham, Ocean cardstock – A Muse Studio
  • Sea Shells, Under the Big Top, Grunged Sunrays stamp sets – A Muse Studio
  • Blueberry, Versamark, VersaFine Onyx inks – A Muse Studio
  • Ticket Die, White embossing powder – A Muse Studio

So you can see how fun it is to make your own scrapbooking and Project Life design elements.  If you are short of time or ideas, A Muse Studio is now carrying SNAP cards in both 3×4 and 4×6 sizes – they are a great value, double sided and so cute!  Look at this example:

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I haven’t been able to play along in many challenges lately (busy summer) but I’d like to enter:

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a•muse|studio Thank You Mix

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I have been having a hard time not using the new stamp set from A Muse Studio, Mini Blooms, in every card I make.  There are a few variations of these little flowers, and those little dots and the heart bar, which magically turn anything you stamp into a masterpiece!  The uses are endless and for me, I couldn’t be happier to whip up a batch of thank you notes that were easy but fun to make.  I also used the Thank You Mix stamp set from A Muse Studio.  This color combination is from the A Muse Studio summer palette (we have a little consultant challenge going on and A Muse Studio awards two prizes each month – it’s another reason why I love this company!!). In the card above I used Papaya, Bubblegum, Grass and Ocean AMuse Studio inks and the sentiment is in Versafine Onyx. In this next card I switched out the Bubblegum for Apple and I like that look as well.

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It’s been a hectic and crazy week here – and I seem to be going to the grocery store on a daily basis.  I had Tacos planned for the other night and then got home from the store and realized I had forgotten the tortilla chips.  Oh well, I decided to press on.  Sauteed my ground turkey and open the box of shells and sauce.  Darn, I grabbed the box that just had the shells – no taco mix!  I was 20 min out from leaving for a church meeting and quickly jumped on Google to find a solution.  I found a Taco Seasoning recipe on AllRecipes.com and it had great reviews.  Made it – served it – and family loved it.  Phew!  I thought I’d share it here in case you are ever in a pinch – you do need a well stocked spice cabinet but I seem to have that covered!

Taco Seasoning

INGREDIENTS:
1 tablespoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
DIRECTIONS:
1. In a small bowl, mix together chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, red pepper flakes, oregano, paprika, cumin, salt and pepper. Store in an airtight container.

 

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a•muse|studio Pretty Peonies 2

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I used the challenge over at CAS(e) This Sketch to jump start my cardmaking.  I immediately thought of my new stamp set, Pretty Peonies 2 from A Muse Studio.  And, this big bold “believe” from the new A Muse Studio set, You’re My Fave, fit in perfectly snug there in the middle.  One of my favorite color combos is Papaya, Orange and Berry.  The leaves are in Lime green and the believe is stamped with Versafine Onyx – all these inks are also from A Muse Studio.  The last touch was to score two lines at the “seams”…I hadn’t really wanted to layer my sentiment but I did feel like I wanted there to be something there.  I think a layer of Sticky Tape and some glitter might be a fun look too.

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Amusing Challenge winners!

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Here’s another of my Tombow watercolor attempts.  This time I used the new A Muse Studio set, Stained Glass Poppy.  I love this set – perhaps you saw how beautiful it looked simply embossed in white on pink cardstock – and I loved watercoloring it as well.  I used Bristol watercolor paper and gold embossing powder – both are also from A Muse Studio.  I hope this inspires you to get playing with your watercolor technique – I love that we have so many options ranging from pencils to paints.

And now for this week’s winners from my “it’s a party” themed Amusing Challenge.

{Speaking of parties, this past weekend was the A Muse Studio convention in Santa Fe and those ladies had a great time…everyday was a different party theme and I was lucky enough to be able to share some of the photos from the different events on my Blessings Ink facebook page.  If you want to see some great sneak peeks from the holiday catalog, hop on over there when you are finished here!}

3. Melissa SunshineHoneyBee

1.  Gail

2. Karen Ladd

5.  Mari K

Congratulations to the winners – please grab your blog badges and come back to play here soon!

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Amusing Challenge – Watercolor

One of my favorite techniques is watercoloring so that will be our Amusing Challenge this week.  Throughout the month I’ll 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.  July’s prize will be 5 sheets of Bristol watercolor paper (smooth, 100 lb weight) from A Muse Studio.

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 Just a quick note off topic…I’ve been sharing sneak peeks all weekend from the A Muse Studio National Conference this week for our upcoming Holiday catalog…check them out on my facebook page, they are incredible!

I was so excited when I saw this card that Cyndi made — I told her it may be her best work yet!  She used two sets from A Muse Studio:  Sea Shells and Life’s a Breeze.  Cyndi also used white embossing powder on the shells (she did this first before watercoloring) and a sand colored embossing powder.  The water and sand were achieved with watercolor crayons and Cyndi finished it off with some fussy cutting, twine and pearls.  Gorgeous and you’ll want to click on the image to see it larger.

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I had fun playing with Hummingbird, a set that I just got from the new 2014 A Muse Studio catalog.  I used Bristol watercolor paper from A Muse Studio and began by Gold Embossing the images.  This Gold (all of the embossing powders, I should add) from A Muse Studio provides amazing coverage.   From there I used my aquabrush and Tombow markers — combining two methods to add color.  First I did direct to paper and brushed it out but I also scribbled marker onto an acrylic block and picked it up with my waterbrush to add in certain places.

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I also ordered some Peerless Watercolors that are in the new A Muse Studio catalog but I haven’t had the time (or courage!) to play with them yet.  It’s incredible that they were developed over 120 years ago and are a dry form of watercolors that are self blending and vibrant.  I hope to work with them during the week and will post more about that experience.

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PS. I hope you will still enter the current Amusing Challenge, is a fun theme challenge — It’s a party — and I can think of lots of things that would work so please join us before Sunday, midnight!

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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