Amusing Challenge – Anything Goes

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This week’s theme and monthly prize

It’s the last Sunday of the month and that means we’re up for an “anything goes” Amusing Challenge!   Hopefully you are having lots of time to craft and are ready to share!   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.

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Design Team Inspiration

Do you love to pin DIY projects on Pinterest?  I do!  And sometimes I actually get to make them!  My daughter needed some basket fillers for her new Alpha Phi sorority sister…and I couldn’t wait to try out these coasters.  I have stamped before on marble coasters with stazon for a great look but here I used my Silhouette to cut out the greek letters.  This is retired Chevron cardstock from Amuse Studio – it looks great on these 16 cent ceramic coasters from Home Depot.  The Crystal Clear Glaze that amuse studio carries will cover 10 of these coasters but they can only be used for cold drinks. Since these were being used as a gift, I found some glaze finish at Home Depot that I sprayed on several times.

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amuse studio supplies: Chervron cardstock (retired), Crystal Clear Glaze


Today is the last day to take advantage of Amuse Studio January Collection which features one really cute stamp set called, One in a Melon.  If you like puns, this set is for you!  It’s also the last day to take advantage of their 10% off coupon code – JANUARY10 on anything they carry.  This layout works well with tag dies and I had fun looking through my stamp sets to find a “thanks” sentiment that would work with the “bunches”.  If you like to stretch your stamps, try looking at sentiments and see how you can change them up for a different style, look or occasion.  One way is to mix and match sets or another is to just ink up certain parts of a saying.  Here’s another fun take on this theme.

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amuse studio supplies:   One in a Melon stamp set (January Collection), Perk Up stamp set, Catalogue Tag die set, Pistachio, Lemon Whip, Sugar and Onyx cardstock, Tuxedo Assortment washi tape, Onyx/White baker’s twine, Copic markers


Confession time.  I bought these rectangle doily placemats at the grocery store about 9 years ago.  Yes, it’s true…and, I think I may have used just part of one from the package since then.  sigh… do you pick up things too and say, “hey, I can make something with this!” and then don’t?  They just didn’t really work with cardmaking because of their awkward size and pattern.  Until today!!

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After my Valentine’s Day card making workshop, I was on a die cutting hearts “kick” with this new Scalloped Heart die set from Amuse Studio’s January Collection. I’ve made some lovely cards with hearts cut from watercolor paper and painted with Cherry Splash – come back next week to see them (lots of photos to share!).  Then, I happened to see these old doily placemats poking out from a pile of papers and I had a flash of inspiration…

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I cut both the straight edged and scalloped hearts, using up all sections of the placemat…alone, or stacked, they are so delicate.  If you like vintage styled papercrafts, you will love these.  They are perfect for making homemade Valentine projects, that’s for sure!

I think one of these hearts was  just what my little Kraft pillow box container needed to finish it off.  This is such a great look – white embossing on Kraft cardstock and then colored in with Tombow markers.  Here’s a card I did at Christmas that I am particularly fond of and hopefully will convince you to try it because it’s so easy to get a stunning look.  The embossed lines makes it easy to color inside of and if you happen to get a little marker on the white, it’s okay, just  wipe it off quickly and keep on going!

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amuse studio supplies:   One in a Melon stamp set (January Collection), Scallop Heart die set (January Collection), Small Pillow box die,  Kraft and Grass cardstock, White embossing powder, Cherry/White baker’s twine, Tombow markers

I hope you join us!

Last call!  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.

I hope we’ve inspired you to play along and consider inviting your friends to check out this challenge.  I would love to have some more players visit us – I find the entries are so inspiring and it’s a great way to check out a lot of super talented folks by viewing the thumbnails.  

It’s simple to play along:

  • 2 entry limit  
  • no digis please! 
  • please link back to this Amusing Challenge!


9 thoughts on “Amusing Challenge – Anything Goes

  1. Like the creations. Especially like the die cut hearts from the white placemats. I have done the same thing where I buy something that I think I’ll use, misplace it or forget about it or simply do not use and then come up with something to put it to wonderful use like you did. I also rcv things that I misplace or forget about and then find like some white heart doilies I rcvd from you Jan last yr 2015 (I still had them inside the envelope). So, now I need to use. Have a BEE-utiful day!
    “Sunshine HoneyBee”


  2. Oh, my goodness…….I have those EXACT rectangle doily placemats (just checked to make sure!) that I picked up at a thrift store….looks like one is missing from the nearly intact package!!! Ha. I, also, have found them to be an awkward size for use in cardmaking. lol…. This is a brilliant way to use them. THANKS!!!

    Love the little heart used on your pillow box. Adorable. The whole project is just so sweet.
    ❤ J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com


  3. Thank you for a new challenge and my favourite theme! I enjoyed looking at your inspiration samples! What a fab idea to cut the hearts out of the doily placemat! Thank you!


  4. What a nice change of pace for me. I’m usually working on a project that take weeks to complete. This was fun, quick and rewarding. Thank you for the opportunity to share.


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