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about just a *few* things today . . .

I’m so excited because I’ve been workin’ like a maniac on designs using the newest A Muse images that are coming, and I must say this is such a FABULOUS release!!!!! Aaaaaaand, to top it off: I’m doing a Holiday “A Muse-a-thon” in August, up at Precious Memories, in Langley! Every visit to this store is such a TREAT for me! It is SUCH a great store–and they have a GREAT staff! And, the folks that take the classes are so FUN!!! Always a blast! I can hardly wait! (oooh, gotta watch that bouncin’ thing, yikes!)

Other “good things”:

I learned a new stampin’ trick, and now the wheels are turnin’ on OVER-DRIVE and I *must* practice this back at the lab (a.k.a. my “studio”, the royal rubbah vault–hmmmmm. Can a teeny room only 8-13′ actually be considered a “studio”?????) I LOVE it when I learn something new, and most especially if it’s EASY!!!! WOO HOOOOOOOO!!!

I think I’m gonna get a die cutting machine. I *think*. I’ve had my eye on the Big Shot ever since I caught a glimpse of it at CHA in Vegas. Problem is, I can’t tell if it will do *everything* I want it to do. One of my buddies got it and said she really had trouble getting good “window card” cuts out of it, and it’s larger sized than the Sizzix. . . . so, that’s a negative–I don’t have a lot of space for this gizmo– the plus side is that it can handle Sizzix, etc. dies, not just the ones designed for it. And, it wasn’t too heavy, and it appears easy to transport with the built-in handle. I think the roller design of the crank will help me, due to the tendonitis in my right arm–it appeared easy to turn at the show . . . another plus: those ridiculously “kewt” teeny boxes you can make with their dies!!! I went BANANAS over ‘em!!!

More food for thought . . . which reminds me, I haven’t eaten today . . . we had the most *perfect* pork chops I have EVER had in my life for suppah last night . . . I wonder if there’s any left for me to scrounge . . . BTW, I have discovered a super stamper secret, so I can spend less time in the kitchen and stamp MORE! Heh, heh, heh!

WHOAH HO!!! New card idea popped into my head!!!! That’s it!!! DING!!!! Off to the lab I go!!! (chortle!)


This was the “Ding!”:

All images and papers by A Muse; Colorbox Fluid Chalk Ink (Dk. Brown), Waterbased brush markers; Crown Punch by All Night Media; 1″ Circle Punch by Marvy; Black Gingham by May Arts; Dymo Label Maker for sentiment.

My Dymo Label Maker is one of my most prized tools–and cheap, too! When I don’t have a stamp that says what I need, I just crank it out on this fun li’l gizmo! I love the retro feel it gives my projects and it’s perfect for masculine, retro, school, office type designs, etc.

I was about to put a charm on this, but seriously? My hubby wouldn’t appreciate a pewter charm on a card in the same way a friend (and especially a fellow stamper friend) would. So, I spared the charm and made a paper “token”! I punched out the crown in silver metallic card stock, and then punched a circle around the crown, flipping the punch upside down so I could center the crown in it.

  1. It is so fun reading your blog Julie! I gotta get my Dymo label maker back out – it does work perfectly for a Father’s Day card especially since the one I used when I was little was my Dad’s!

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