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All stamp images by A Muse Art Stamps; Maize Note Card by Memory Box; Black Pigment/Craft Ink by SU!;  Colorbox Fluid Chalk Ink in Lime Pastel and Chestnut Roan; Clear Embossing Powder; Popsicle Stick from craft supply store; Ribbon by American Crafts; Waterbased Markers; Sakura Turquoise and Orange Glaze Pens; Mini Orange Brads from Oriental Trading Co.

This is a sneak peek featuring Little Dino from A Muse’s Spring 07 release; these images should be available next Monday on A Muse’s site under "new images".

This is my idea of a kiddie Jurassic Park!  chuckle!  The landscape was hand cut and pretty easy to do, and then LD, and the balloon were black embossed and colored in.  He doesn’t actually come with polka dots; I felt for a birthday celebration, he might enjoy sportin’ some festive party dots, so I added those with the Sakura pen.  I wanted his balloon to have a high gloss finish to match his spots, so Sakura again.  After all, it is somewhat of a formal affair, for a dinosaur. (wink!)

I stamped the sentiment with black craft ink right on the popsicle stick and heat set it to dry quickly; I wanted to mount it to the card front with mini brads, so I drug out my Crop-A-Dile for that.  I have kind of a love/hate relationship with the Crop-A-Dile.  I can’t seem to set eyelets with it–I’m clumsy and always knock the eyelet off the tool and onto the floor where they roll into the dust bunnies in the nooks and crannies of my studio . . . well, that and it’s painful for me to use with the tendinitis in my right hand/arm . . . (insert grimace).

In my frustration, I finally gave up using it for setting anything, and just use it for punching holes through thick materials.  And, for that, I find it extremely awesome!  Went through the popsicle stick piece o’ cake!  They released a green version of the tool at CHA, (oooooh!)  but I’ll hafta be satisfied with my pink one . . . All tools should be made out of celery, IMHO; I don’t know why they bother with any other colors . . .  pppppfffftttttttt!!!  LOL!

But, I digress . . . So, after knotting the ribbon around the card front, I determined where the popsicle stick looked best, marked holes through it onto the card, punched them, and then bradded it (BTW, that’s a new word I just made up, and it means secured something to something else with a brad!) to the card.  Done!

I like to think a kid would find this card fun to receive . . . do little kids appreciate cards these days?  Mine do, but they are the children of a card maker; lack of proper appreciation for a hand-made card results in loss of ice cream for an unspecified period of time or until such time as proper adoration in the form of genuine oohing and aaaahing is set forth!

Lastly, thank you for all the compliments to the previous card design uploaded.  Every once in a while I nail it, and it was so great to know others thought so, too!  And, thank you for the compliments to my lettering as well! 

Because of the wonky-ness of the letters and how they are sometimes positioned, I really have no idea if it would be feasible for a computer font?  But, I’ve often thought it would be fun to have some sentiments I’ve never found in stamps, made into a little set of expressions, in my own lettering.  That’d be a kick!  (grin!)

  1. Oh! Totally cute – love the popsicle stick. So many stamps, so little time.. sigh…

  2. LOVE the dinosaur, Julie, as well as the penalty for failure to properly enjoy a hand made card! ;-D

  3. Love the popsicle stick, and I have the same problems with my crop-a-dile! Wish they made it easier to make the eyelet stay on!

  4. I’m relieved to hear your frustration with the Crop-a-dile. I have the dropsies too, which actually I can deal with. What I don’t like is that it seems to mangle my eyelets. Okay, could be operator error, but I don’t think so. I’ve tried several different things. If it is operator error, let me just say this is not an intuitive tool. Still, like you, I love it for some things. Love you card. Lin

  5. Great stuff as usual!! I have a hard time using crop a dile for setting eyelets too – I gave up because is smooshed 4 of them today — the last of my metallic red eyelets – boo hooo! Can’t wait to see the new crop in green – I hate the pink color…and you’re right – it is awesome for punching holes in most everything a scrapbooker could dream of!!! :) Thanks for sharing your talents, Julie!

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