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Link:  My Creative Classroom

YAY!  Just finished and posted my article on our A Muse-a-Palooza Sponsor, My Creative Classroom!

I’m so excited to be teaching the free online class that comes with the A Muse-a-Palooza 08 Stamp Kit–WOO HOOOOOOOO!!!

I’ve had to keep my nose to the grindstone for the last week, ink a-FLYIN’!!!  I’ve created 18 designs for my 3 Make It Merry and 12 designs for Simply Sensational and Happy Mail classes in Sacramento, in a few weeks. 

Do you have any idea what AGONY it is to keep these designs under wraps until class???  I’m WICKED IMPATIENT, and when I get excited I bounce, and it’s *so* hard to bounce all by m’self–I wanna bounce with somebody!!!     Hah!!!  (I’m actually singing that to the tune of Whitney Houston’s, "I wanna dance with somebody!" –FOR REAL!!!)

Meantime, I totally fell off my chair over Erika’s Lighthouse design on Oldies But Goodies!!!  She totally inspired me to spend some time making this yesterday:


A very sweet SCSer RAK’d me some of these Skittle thingies, and my first design attempt using these had not turned out, but, I’m stoked this 2nd one did!  WOO HOOOOOOOO!!!  I had to dig around and find one small enough to fit over Tiny Crab–this is a clear one, that I colored the back side of with my Copic Marker–doesn’t he look like a Hermit Crab packing his house around???!!!  *chuckle*

I practiced my colored pencil work ala Lisa Spangler, one of my all-time great stampy heroines, too! 

O M G! I just realized this also meets Elena’s Out of the Box Challenge!!!  Did you notice my use of the waves stamp? 
  You bet there’s some *deep* CHORTLING goin’ on around here!!!  HAH!  Cuz I iz BRILLIANT!!!

See all the fun and ingenious A Muse-a-Palooza Challenge Chasers entries here:  AP08Outbox

So, . . . it took 18 (EIGHTEEN!!!) hours to type up all the information for all five classes! 

My bad arm has really taken a beating from all the typing, so I’m gonna have to rest it for a bit . . .  The hubs took me out for a very much needed break, and dinner, downtown last night, and treated me to some red appletinis–now I must say that while tasty, they still don’t compare to my favorite, the green sour appletini. At any rate, the two I had were more like having the equivalent of four (yes, 4 . . . !)   Holy Mother of Pearl!

Have fan•stamp•magorical weekend! 


Stamp Images:  Lighthouse, Waves, Sandcastle, Tiny Crab, Solid Scallop Circle, "Sending you sunshine" (featured inside the card) by A Muse Artstamps
Paper:  Cabana Blue Band Notes by A Muse, Natural Ivory Card Stock
Ink:  Colorbox Fluid Chalk in Dark Brown; Colorbox Pigment Ink in Daffodil, Papaya Cream, Robin’s Egg Blue
Coloring Tools:  Koh-I-Noor Colored Pencils (scroll down)
Other:  Sakura Quickie Glue Pen, Prisma Ultrafine Glitter (multi-iridescent), Copic Marker R29 Lipstick Red, Decorative Plastic Accents (Michael’s)

So tickled!

Link: Repeat Offering of Simply Great Card Design.

I’m kinda sad, cuz I just posted the last segment for the 1st session–it has been so COOL getting to know people–I just love the discussion and exchange that has gone on!  It has been awesome to do some things that actually could not have been done in a live class setting, due to time constraints!

But, I’m also excited that there has been so much interest in offering the class again, so here we go!


If you weren’t able to take the first one, I hope I’ll have a chance to work with you in the 2nd!


Link: A Muse News: * Clear Stamps *.

I’m teaching a class online right now, featuring A Muse’s new Nature & Sushi Clear Stamp sets, released at CHA Winter in Anaheim.

They are so flippin’ CUTE!  I’ve had so much fun, I may hafta do whole ‘nother class with ‘em, just cuz they’re so hard to put down!  Yikes!

The new Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon is also absolutely divine.  Lovely weight that knots beautifully . . . *sigh* . . . and, ACK!!! I just went to pet my ribbon, and to my horror, discovered I had NO PINKS!!!

How in the world did I do this???  How could I have oversighted the pinks when last down at the shop???   Pinks are *essential* for Spring!  Criminy! *gob-smackin’ self*

So, I mentioned previously that I had some *tidbits* to dish . . .

I discovered something muy cool at CHA.  Memento Ink + Copic Markers.  It’s a beautiful thing.

If you are looking for a fast-drying dye ink, with no feathering when coloring with Copics, I think Memento is gonna be your new love in the world of inks.

We stamped.  We colored. We PIMPd! –wait a sec, lemme rephrase that.  Yes, Scoopy and I were testing;  I should say we POP’d.


OK, now that I’ve cleared that one up (ppppfffffftttttttt!!!  *insert rolling eyeballs*), looky!!!  One of the kind ladies from Tsukineko stopped by the A Muse booth at CHA, and gave us some Memento ink to mess around with.

Well, by golly, it may have been completely accidental on THEIR part, but, I believe Memento is the winning dye ink for working with Copics!

The true test, as Emily murmured to me, is whether or not YELLOW will smear or feather the black ink.

I stamped, and began coloring within a few seconds, like I normally would.  No feathering,  Not even when I came close to the lines.  Now, with every other dye ink I’ve tried, some feathering, albeit slight, would occur when I got close to the lines.

IF I aggressively colored OVER the lines, yes, feathering did occur, but not to the extent that I’ve had with other dye inks, including Palette and Adirondack, just when I get close to the lines.

Now, let me say:   Brilliance Graphite Black (pigment), heat set, is STILL my preferred stamping ink for coloring in with Copics.  BUT, I am pretty stamp-happy to have had the results I did with Memento!  I’m not sure when it’ll be available in stores–I think they said either March or May . . . but,  you don’t hafta take my word for it, of course . . . snag a Dew Drops when they hit store shelves and see what you think!

I’m sure this is old news by now.  But, a *tidbit* is a tidbit, eh?!

I’m feeling better–probably would be 100% by now, if I hadn’t been up until 5:30 am the night before last, with some last minute alterations I made to one of my online classes.  Man, I have not pulled an all-nighter like that in YEARS!  Yikes–DECADES! Crikey!!!  I’m gettin’ waaaaaay too old for that . . .

Anyway, I’m gonna do some research on that Umca/Umka stuff . . . I hafta laff, cuz I recall mentioning the "Nyquil Coma" to a lady at one time, and she looked at me completely aghast, and said, "Honey, why don’t you just have a good brandy before bed???"  Hmmmmmmmm.  That might not be such a bad idea . . . *chuckle*

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