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If you're ever in Sacramento . . .

Stephanie’s Paper Garden Boutique gave me heart palpitations from the instant I looked in her windows. 

I do declare I PIMPd when I stepped inside the door . . .

Stephanie’s boutique is filled with paper and rubber goodness and eye candy, everywhere you turn!

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This is the A Muse-a-Palooza display–isn’t it faboo???!!!!

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And, for the first time ever, I got to meet Missy Ballance, the newest A Muse illustrator, and her mama–both gaaaw-jus goddesses!!!  I am the stumpy pygmy in between ‘em.  I made ‘em stay seated so I could appear taller.  It did not work.  *snarf* 

Missy is a total kick in the pants–great sense of humor, and a contagious smile–I loved her instantly!  And, her plush creations are among the most charming things you’ll ever see–OMG!  Girl can sew ANYTHING!

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This is Stephanie Nishikawa, the owner!  Let me tell you, she is one of the nicest–like QUEEN OF NICE–people you will ever meet!  Her cousins also work in the store, and they are both da’ BOMBS, too!  I watched them assist folks time after time, in coming up with their wedding and party invitations, and selecting the stamps and ribbon to make the most beautiful custom invites–they are AMAZING!

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And, looky, LOOKY!!! SCS GIRLFRIENDS AND TEE SPOTTING!!!  WOO HOOOOOOOOO!!!

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I also got to meet A Muse Addict Tracy Clemente and her sweet friend Michele!

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Ken, Stephanie’s hubby, took this shot of the Simply Sensational Class, which I thank him for because my my muffin top is conveniently hidden by Stephanie’s stamping bar!  Ken’s the bestest!  And, lemme tell ya’:  All the womens love Ken!  He is an amazing card designer himself–if you get a chance to take a class with him, sign up IMMEDIATELY!  I saw his work and fell down dead!   Blurted out, "SHUT UP!!!"  He’s AWESOME!

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Erik is the very first gentleman I’ve ever had take a class with me!  And, he ROCKED!  He’s a most excellent stamper, and he can do it with his son right on his lap, too!  And, that’s a proud Stampin’ Gramma holding her grandson there!

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It was SO fun, literally *everywhere* I looked, to see samples–GOBS of samples by our awesome Designers– on display!!!
 

I set up an album there in the side-rail so take a peek at the rest of the photos–Ken was so nice to share the pics he took with me!

Thank you, thank you, thank you, to everybody that came!

 

Teaching is my absolute favoritest thing to do, and I had SUCH a blast!   I can’t wait to visit again!  It is indeed the Happiest Place in Sacramento!

Live Classes in Sacramento, CA July 6 & 7, 2008

  So jazzed to share that I’ll be teaching 6 (SIX) classes at The Paper Garden Boutique in Sacramento, on the eve and first day of A Muse-a-PaloozaPlease see Stephanie’s blog for pricing and further details!  Call the store at 916-487-2737 if you are interested in signing up!

Here are class descriptions, dates and times:

Sunday, July 6th, 2008

Simply Sensational, 10am-12pm
Learn some of Julie’s favorites–favorite A Muse stamps, favorite techniques and tips–for producing simple, yet sensational designs while making these 6 darling cards!

Happy Mail, 1pm-3pm
Everybody loves happy mail!  Combine A Muse’s whimsical images and colorful papers to create 6 clever cards for friends and family!

Simply Sensational, 4pm-6pm
Learn some of Julie’s favorites–favorite A Muse stamps, favorite techniques and tips–for producing simple, yet sensational designs while making these 6 darling cards!

Monday — July 7th, 2008A MUSE-A-PALOOZA BEGINS! 
Make it Merry Part 1, 10am-12pm
Make 6 cards featuring the newest holiday stamps from the A Muse-a-Palooza 2008 Release!

Make it Merry Part 2, 1pm-3pm

Make 6 more cards using the newest holiday stamps from the A Muse-a-Palooza 2008 Release!

Make it Merry Part 3, 6pm-8pm
Take this class for 6 more fresh and fun holiday A Muse designs, and you’ll have the cutest collection of Holiday cards this side of the rubbah planet!

Note:  These classes are all different, so take ‘em all, and you’ll walk out the door with 18 fabulous holiday card ideas!

Word on the street is that A Muse illustrator Missy Balance will be popping in–WOO HOO!!!  I’m anxious to meet her in person! 

WOW!  That’s comin’ up FAST!   So much to do!  I best get busy!

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