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Good buddy Jenn Balcer sent me a card a few months ago that saved my Heineken (that’s beer talk for "arse"–ppppfffffttttttt!!!), when I needed a speedy quick card for 2 birthday parties my son was attending this weekend.  Jenn’s brilliance gave me an idea I could re-create with supplies I had on hand.  Jenn’s is the stylish long one in pumpkin tones, and mine is the 3" square "birthdays are the best" design.

All images ©Stampin’ Up!; Patterned papers, ribbon, markers all by Stampin’ Up!  Jenn’s version uses pumpkin and turquoise, and mine used orange and teal as the central colors.

Lightning struck me as I was thumbing through, Paper Crafts Remodeled, special edition issue from Paper Crafts that takes previously published favorites from Paper Crafts and Stamp It! magazines, and shows the original piece as a blueprint, and then subsequent variations done by other artists.  Check out p. 18! chuckle!  I was tickled to death to see a journal I’d created, called "Letters to My Daughter", published in Stamp It! Summer/Fall 2005, featured prominently as a blueprint!!!!  Yea!!!  This publication is more than likely still on the racks at Michael’s, and other scrapbook stores.

Anyway, I glanced up from the magazine to see Jenn’s card perched on the shelf, and BAM!!!!  "Helloooooooooo, ding dong!!!!  Use Jenn’s card as your blueprint!!!!!"  I must smoocheth Jenn’s tootsies; in 10 minutes flat I had 2 cards finished and ready to go!  Yeah, baby!!!!

Here’s another design I finished.  It’s a birthday card for a dear, dear friend of mine whose sense of humor always lifts me when I need it most.   I met Gail over the internet when SU! first launched its demonstrator website.   We instantly connected and formed a friendship, through our conversations in the forum there, as we shared ideas and talked shop with other demonstrators.  Gail was actually the very first SU! demonstrator in the state of Maine.  We finally met in person at the San Diego SU! Convention.  There was a serious amount of shrieking at that moment!  (chuckle!)

Gail recently left SU!, but continues to share her beautiful creations at her blog, A Dragonfly Garden.  I love visiting Gail’s blog, because it feels like sanctuary there–peaceful, serene, comforting.  I don’t know any other way to describe it.  She has an amazing knack for propping her artwork out in her gorgeous garden, as well as in her studio.

So, Gail, here’s to you, and all the laughter and joy you infuse my life with–love ya’ BIG TIME, girlfriend!


"Eunice" ©Art Impressions; Sentiment is hand lettered; Watercolor Paper; Vanilla, Amethyst, Eggplant card stock by SU!; Staz-On Jet Black Ink; Colorbox Fluid Chalk Ink in Lavender; Watercolor Crayons; AquaPainter; Ribbon by May Arts; Mulberry Paper Flower by Prima; Mini brads by SU!; Coluzzle Oval Template; SU! larger Oval Punch; SU! Horizontal Slot Punch; Mini Scallop Scissors by Provo Craft; Dimensional Foam Adhesive by 3M.

I’ve had Eunice for quite some time.  She CRACKS me!!!!  One of my all-time favorite people stamps, from the Art Impressions Golden Oldies Series.  I think they also make her in a ballerina tu-tu; I’m gonna hafta get that one.  She is a hottie and a hoot to boot!!! (chortle!)

  1. Oh my dear girl am I really sagging like that??????? What a hoot! I love Eunice! I actually made a humorous card for my sister’s birthday last Friday with one of my old time favorites. It’s a gal in her robe and slippers with the most stupid facial expression. On the inside it says “What if the hokey pokey really is what it’s all about” I’m sure you’ve seen it, but it cracks me up every time. She turned 50 and we didn’t want to make her feel too old, so I thought this one was perfect for her. I did it in some of your favorite colors Pink and brown.

    So here I am laughing right along side of you and loving you for all you are and for being my Sistah friend.

  2. Both cards are perfect! Jenn has good ideas, and your mini version is supa cute!

    And “sag, you’re it” has me laughing! Beautiful coloring!

  3. I love the “Sag” card! Checking out your blog for the past couple of months has given me the courage to post my “twisted” humor cards on my blog:



    Thanks for being such an inspiration. :)

  4. I love this card! Of course, I’m always impressed and inspired by your creations.

  5. “Sag…You’re It”???!!! ROFLMAO!!!!! I LOVE it!!! BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!! I bow to you Julie!

  6. Love yours AND Jenn’s versions! Yep, you’re our stamping hero/blueprint. . . Ü

  7. Julie, great cards. You *are* a blueprint for so many… y’know?

    And YES, Gail’s site *is* like a sanctuary on the web. Her photography and card placement in photos is KEEN!

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