Amusing Challenge – use a Word Die

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This week’s theme and monthly prize

Last week’s theme (and running through midnight tonight [Sunday] ) was create your own background.  This week’s theme for our Amusing Challenge is to use a word die.

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.   This month’s prize is a paper assortment of Amuse Studio’s Fiesta colored cardstock and a few matching buttons thrown in!

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Design Team Inspiration

Cyndi has done it again pairing this retired Gingham paper from Amuse Studio and Go Hog Wild for a sweet birthday card!  She has such a great style and manages to pack her cards with lots of eye-catching details – always balanced perfectly.  Love the mix of fonts she went with in this card.

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amuse studio supplies:  Go Hog Wild (March Collection – sold out), Happy die, Grass die set, Sage, Sugar, Sky and Petite Gingham cardstock, Bubblegum ink


I am a little disappointed in the way this card turned out but I’m going to share anyways – my thought is that I just have “color overload” going on here.  What do you think?  [be honest – I can take it!!]  I really had this watercolored card in mind when I started because I think it turned out great!  I don’t know, but this is just a little too busy!  Anyways, I stamped in Archival ink (finally picked this up from Amuse Studio since I do so much watercoloring and I am happy with those results) and painted with my Peerless Watercolor paints – also from amuse studio.

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amuse studio supplies:   Birthday Icons stamp set, Birthdays Inside and Out stamp set, You Are Magical stamp set (Past Collections), Happy die, Bristol, Marigold, and Onyx cardstock, Archival black ink, White embossing powder, Peerless Watercolor paints


This next card I am happy with!  Here’s a close up of the Cherry Blossom sequins you can find in Amuse Studio’s April Collection.

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I played some more with one of my favorite rubber stamping techniques – emboss resist.  I first used some Apple and Lemon Whip splash after I clear embossed my wreath from Spring Scene.  Splash really lightens as it dries so I often go over it a second time.  Today I was in a super rush and I grabbed my Peerless Watercolor paints since they were still out on the table.  I gave my watercolored area a second quick wash and it really turned out lovely – letting the embossed wreath really show through!

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amuse studio supplies:   Spring Scene stamp set,  Thanks die, Sky cardstock, Apple and Lemon Whip Splash, Peerless Watercolor paints, White embossing powder, Cherry Blossom sequins (Other – cold press watercolor paper)

I hope you join us!

Don’t forget that the current Amusing Challenge (build your own background) – is going on through midnight today!  Join us for that challenge too!

PS.  If you would like a fun and easy way to earn/purchase Amuse Studio stamps – U.S. Residents consider this AMAZING sign up special!   😀   It’s the first time I’ve ever seen where you can sign up for FREE!  I hope you will JOIN my team

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It’s simple to play along:

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


9 thoughts on “Amusing Challenge – use a Word Die

  1. Like how the word dies pop with wonderful dimension on the creations. Wanted to know if a word die cut that is cut on Cricut is acceptable? Please respond here & I’ll ck back or by email. Raining/storming here in Central TX. Glad it did not rain yesterday for my yard sale. Daisy is not happy with the rain today. Walked her early this morn and had umbrella up on way back home when it started to sprinkle. Timing was on my side because soon after we got home it started pouring and thundering & lightning. Mother Nature had let loose with all its sky drama. Perfect for an indoor crafting day. Signed up & started watching an online Cricut class with Lia Griffith and watching some youtube videos on making a mini album. Have a BEE-utiful day!
    “Sunshine HoneyBee”


    1. Sure thing Melissa – that will work. Hope the rain blows through 🙂 We’re enjoying sun and had lunch on the deck. Ready to plant some grass seed too – if I get my laundry done!


  2. Hi Chris, I LIKE a lot of color on the card . . . if you were wanting to tone it down a bit, perhaps put a third layer on your “happy” cut in black cardstock.


    1. Nance – I was thinking one more layer too, but in white. I have one layer in black but maybe I should have flipped them. Either way – it’s in the recycling bin 🙂


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