This week’s theme and monthly prize
With winter officially here, although the temperatures in some parts belie this fact, the theme for this week’s Amusing Challenge is Let it Snow. 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 will earn a chance to win the random drawing for my prize package at the end of the month. January’s prize is this retired Amuse Studio stamp set called, My Aim is True.
Design Team Inspiration
Cyndi is back this week with a very popular Amuse Studio stamp set called Festive Girlfriend. You can’t get her right now as she was part of the amuse studio Holiday Catalog but if you like this style, she has three “Girlfriends” and I shared a great card just this week with them! Do you like to color? These little gals from amuse studio are perfect for copics and are great for adults and kids alike. White embossed snowflakes are always great for a winter card and these “snowballs” are actually “bunny bums” from amuse studio – you can find them around Spring for the Easter holiday!
amuse studio supplies: Festive Girlfriend stamp set (Holiday Catalog), snowflakes and sentiment from amuse studio, Seattle cardstock, copic markers, pearl and twinkle stickers, le pouf (retired), Bunny Bums (Spring collections)
When I think of snow, I think of cold noses (mine, not my dogs!) and hands. The best thing in the world to warm you up is a nice cup of hot cocoa! Do you like to make quick and easy (but cute!) little gifts to have on hand? This is the perfect DIY project because it looks great but doesn’t cost a lot of money to make.
Not your average Cocoa Packet gift
There are some real treasures hidden in the Amuse Studio catalog – it took me about 4 years to discover these 20pk Glassine Envelopes – large (3.5” x 6”)! You do have to be careful embossing them (don’t over heat an area – keep your heat gun moving!) but the results are well worth the extra bit of attention. I found the .85 oz Ghirardelli cocoa packages fit inside nicely. A little belly band (the brown and bermuda colors kept it non-Christmasy) and some appropriate sentiments from Amuse Studio’s December Collection finishes the presentation off beautifully.
amuse studio supplies: Snowflakes stamp set, December Labels (December Collection – still available while supplies last!), Labels die set (December Collection – still available while supplies last), Bermuda Petite Polka dot cardstock, white embossing powder, Glassine envelopes, Cocoa ink, Vanilla twine, Button
If you have a hard time finding the Ghirardelli hot cocoa packages, I found the Land O Lakes version fits beautifully too! You can find them at Walmart or Amazon.
I hope you join us!
If you love amuse studio rubber stamps, dies and paper, I’d love to talk to you about being a Guest Designer (just commit to once a month if you’d like) here.
If you hadn’t heard, amuse studio made it safe and sound into their new Headquarters and as a special thanks (and celebration of success!) they are offering a 10% savings through January 31st for customer orders. Use this code: JANUARY10
It’s super easy to play along with Amusing Challenges, and just as a reminder: 2 entry limit and no digis please!