A*Muse Blog Hop + giveaway!


Please join me in celebrating the 9th birthday of a super special, super delightful stamp company: A*Muse! Their stamps always make me — and the recipients of my cards — smile!

So you can imagine how honored I was when Heather asked me to join in the A*Muse 9th birthday celebration + Everything’s Rosy release blog hop. But then, when I got the stamps in the mail I jumped up and down with pure joy — they remind me of a prairie rose scrambling over an old wooden fence — so sweet!


I just love solid stamps like the Wild Rose and the Wild Rose Branch because they’re perfect for adding shading with good old colored pencils. You just can’t go wrong — it’s so simple.


Stamp the wild rose and wild rose branches with ink — I like to use chalk inks for this technique (full supplies for everything listed below).  Then start adding red and brown pencils to the parts of the petals that you want to be the darkest, then blend with pink and white.


Then for the leaves, start out by adding a darker green and then go over it with a lighter green and white.  Everything will be rosy in no time at all. :)

Supplies: A*Muse wild Rose, wild rose branch, and merci stamps, white pretty pearls, green kitchen paper, red petite gingham paper.  The faux bois paper in the background is also by A*Muse — love it. Prismacolor pencils in white, pink, scarlet lake, moss green, apple green and brown.  Tim Holtz distress ink in antique linen and tea dye (to add the distressing to the edges).  Spellbinders large labels Nestabilities die cut.  Colorbox rose petals chalk ink for the rose, chestnut roan for “merci”, and Hero Arts grass green chalk ink for the rose branch.

Now then, it’s A*Muse’s birthday, but they’re giving away presents to all of YOU! How sweet and generous is that? To win the Wild Rose and Merci stamps, just leave a comment on this post. A random winner will be announced on on Monday, May 10th on the A Muse blog.


Now, on to the next stop in the hop — the talented Lexi Daly! Pssst, she has a giveaway too, as do all the gals in the hop!  So the more blogs you visit, the more giveaways you can enter = the more chances you have to win!  If you have any problems hopping around you can always head back to the A*Muse blog for a complete list of direct links to all the participants

Happy hopping, and mega HUGE Happy 9th birthday hugs to Linda, Heather, Julie, and everyone at A*Muse!


347 Replies to “A*Muse Blog Hop + giveaway!”

  1. I LOVE your card!!!!  I love the shading you did with the colored pencils.  I am going to have to try that.  Thanks for the idea.

  2. What a beautiful job!

  3. Love this set.  i think I’ll pick it up this weekend.  Thanks for the inspiration.

  4. I’m amazed at all I’ve been able to learn!! What beautiful work!

  5. Lisa, I always love your work and follow you on the Hero Arts blog.  This card is outstanding and I love your tips on using colored pencils.  I am quite fond of all my colored pencils (can’t quite afford 270 Copic markers) and appreciate your advice.  Thanks for sharing!!

  6. This card is so gorgeous! Those flowers! What you did with the colored pencils! I love it so much! I can’t wait to try that technique!

  7. Beautiful card, thanks for showing us how to color it!!!

  8. Stunning coloring. You say it’s easy like it’s really easy~  :)

  9. The way you shaded the roses makes me think of old-fashioned wallpaper.  So pretty!

  10. beautiful as always lisa!

  11. Amazing. I LOVE this technique, and I’m searching through all my stamps to see which ones I can use with this technique until I order these stamps.

  12. What a stunner! I will definitely have to try this technique!

    Carol B

  13. What a beautiful card. I love the colors.  Striking.

  14. The shading on this card is awesome!!!  I can’t wait to try it.  Such a pretty card too.  I love the stitching and inking along the edges. 

  15. Your card is amazing, Lisa! Thanks for sharing this technique tip, must try this!

  16. Oh my gosh this is amazing!!  I love that you showed how to create the flowers like that.  I love my prismacolor pencils and I need to show them a little more love.  This is beautiful.  Thank you for sharing!!

  17. I love your shading work on your card – beautiful!

  18. I’ve never used A*Muse’s products but I think I might start.  These are GORGEOUS looking stamps and I can’t wait to buy some and try them out! Great card :)

  19. Rebecca B. says:

    Such beautiful shading! I forgot that I even own colored pencils. They appreciate you motivating me to dust them off!

  20. PKPoetker says:

    I love the shading in this card. It takes it from a simple image to a work of art! Beautiful!

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