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. Love your card!!  Those beautiful roses look like you painted them – wow, they’re gorgeous!  Thanks for sharing the technique instructions, too.

  2. Cathy Green says:

    Wow!  What a great technique and a beautiful card!!!

  3. Scrapycandy says:

    Wow! This looks like it was hand painted! Fantastic inspiration. Thanks so much! I wonder if I could do this…

    1. Hi Scrapycandy! I bet you can do it! The main thing is to have fun, and remember that it doesn’t have to be prefect — it’s a *wild* rose, after all! :)

  4. Thanks for reminder to pull out my colored pencils…and for your tips and tricks.  The shading on your card is absolutely fantastic.  I’ll be peeking at your other posts too. 

  5. Love  how you colored your flowers Lisa–made a lovely card for sure! your blog is looking smashing! :)

  6. Your flowers look really old fashioned, love it.

  7. Jackie Bednar says:

    Thank you for the great coloring instructions. You really made the flowers and leaves pop. Great card and stamps.

  8. Wow, love all the colouring in, make the flowers look so realistic!

  9. Love this technique. I’ll have to try my hand at it. Thanks for sharing!

  10. Cathi Thorpe says:

    I have been looking for a good Merci stamp.  The only one I have is very tiny.  This looks perfect.  Thanks for the tutorial on coloring.

  11. Lisa, you are a talent!  I really love how special the flowers look.  Such a fantastic technique.

  12. I really really love your card!!! Its so amazing! Hope you can have a video on how you do it! Didnt know stamp image can be colored with color pencil!!! Thanks for sharing.

  13. Karen Rice says:

    Thank you for presenting the lovely card!  You reminded me about the usefulness of blending with colored pencils!  Thank you for the chance to win a “birthday present”!

  14. Fantastic…love the shading part..never knew it could be done..
    Thank you for sharing such a wonderful card!

  15. Kristyn Gish says:

    What I creative idea, I never thought to use colored pencils on top of my stamped image.  Blogs are such a great way to get new ideas and inspiration.  I can’t wait to get my hands on some of the new stamps!

  16. Beautiful card…I love the look of the colored pencils over the chalk ink…what a fabulous idea!

  17. I would have never though to use pencils over the stamp.  What a great way to add demension

  18. Wow, the coloring on the card is amazing!  Absolutely beautiful!!

  19. Michele K. says:

    Your card is BEAUTIFUL.  I love that stamp!

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