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  Suffice it to say that I was never a big believer in lots of homework, even as a high school teacher myself.  'Nuff said.  Trust me; you do not wanna get me started on the topic.

I love the new apple in the Back To School release!  This was stamped with chalk ink, and then highlighted with colored and chalk pencils.  It's a great way to shade, and add more visual interest to a solid image!  And, I'm totally stoked about all the versatility the new School Time set offers.

Must admit I'm also excited about the new School Lined Paper.  What is it about school and office supplies that just make me so dang happy??!!!  Anybody else get a total rush just walkin' into Office Max?  LOL!

The design below was also featured a few days ago, as a sneak peek on the AMN blog:


My latest tool obsessions are the Binding Punch by EK Success, and trusty small Corner Rounder by Fiskars–features a squeeze handle.  It'll actually punch thru 2 layers of card stock easy as pie!  I *like* that in a punch. Muchly. 

Just got back last night from a road trip with my cousin Janice, responsible for introducing me to the world of stamping way back when, as well as appletinis.   

We drove down to Redding, CA to stay at my cousin Nancy's beautiful home. We got to stay in the Pool House, which is absolutely FAB!!!

Nancy's sister Sandy drove up from Sacramento, and we just had the BESTEST time!  It was lovely to stamp just for fun, making totally random projects!  I'll have to take a pic of the super cute origami wallets we made and share that some time soon.  Sandy had brought one to show us, and we disassembled it to figure out how it was made, of course.  Then, we got *busy* bustin' out more!




  1. These are super back-to-school cards, Julie!! I love the bright colors you’ve used, and the adorable images!! (I had to check out the new release…and I’m loving that crowded bus!)

  2. Cute cards.

  3. Lovely cards! Glad to know the punch is ek – I was starting to scout for one. I adore the new paper and the stamps.
    I am also totally with you on the homework scene – my soap box may be as big as yours!

  4. I LOVE the top card so much! You have such a gift for color/layout!!

  5. Great cards Julie :) And sounds like you really enjoyed the trip. Someday I would love to go back an visit in Sacramento. I lived in Fair Oaks for years!

  6. OOOOOO Girl I love this!! I {heart} school supplies….sigh…

  7. Great cards Julie, I love the Lily Tomlin sentiment on the first card! Great for back to school.

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