Friday, July 10, 2009

AMuseapalooza Classes

Wow, it was a very long day!! I left the house at 9:30 this morning and got home at 8:30 pm. I had registered to take 2 classes, ended up taking a third class. So I had a class from 10 am to 12 noon, added the 1 pm to 3 pm class which got over just before 4 pm, then I took the 6 pm to 8 pm class. By the time the 1 pm class was over, I was starved so went to go get a late lunch. I got back to The Paper Garden about 5:30 pm and hung around until the 6 pm class started.

Between those three classes, I made 12 cards and a gift box with matching tag. Some of the cards I need to finish up and then I can take pictures and post them here. All the classes were fun. There was actually 4 classes today, the one I didn't take was from 4 pm to 6 pm. Tomorrow Julie is teaching 3 classes. I am sure she was totally wiped out this evening. She didn't have a moment for lunch. She had gotten a breakfast sandwich this morning and nibbled on it when she could sneak a minute.

There is an empty store next to The Paper Garden so that's where the classes were held. There were 5 tables set up with 4 people per table. We had a couple of tables with 5 people.

In celebration of the release of the new 2009 AMuse Christmas stamps there will be Make 'n Takes all next week at The Paper Garden. I hope to be able to get down and do a few of them if not all of them.

Well, I am going to lay this ole tired body down and get some much needed rest/sleep. Talk to you all later.


Today is the start of AMuseapalooza. Some of you are probably thinking what in the world is that?? Today AMuse Art Stamps of Seattle, WA releases their new Christmas stamps and workshops are being held all over the country to make cards using the new stamps.

Julie Ebersole, who is the lead designer for AMuse, is in Sacramento this weekend to teach several classes at The Paper Garden. I took a couple of the classes last year and so wanted to do it again this year. Julie is not only very creative, she is also a very entertaining person to be around.

Her first class is Julie's Favorites where she will share some of her favorite AMuse images, tricks, tips and techniques for simple, striking cards. (I took this off of The Paper Garden's newsletter). It is from 10am to 12 noon. The second class I am taking is AMuse Holiday Greetings and Wraps. It is from 6pm to 8pm. "These distinctive single layer cards and gift wrap with matching tags will feature the AMuse Holiday '09 release. Cards are designed for easy mass production without sacrificing style and flair".

I am looking forward to these classes. This year The Paper Garden will be using the space next to them that was vacated by the business occupying that space earlier this year. So the classes will have more students than the classes last year.

I haven't taken any classes for some time now so this will be fun. Hopefully I will see some ladies I got to know from other classes I've taken in the past.

I'll post the cards we make later. I'm off to get some breakfast and get ready.


Tuesday, July 7, 2009

8/29/09 Sacramento Area Shoebox Swap Social (SASS)

Here is the link for a Shoebox Card Swap that I am hosting on August 29th here at the mobile home park where I live.

A group of stampers that are members on Splitcoast Stampers started this group back in April of this year. I wanted to extend an invitation to anyone that lives in the Sacramento area that enjoys making and receiving handmade cards to come join us. If you are not a member of Splitcoast Stampers, you may have to join before you can access this link. It is free to join Splitcoast Stampers. If you don't know what it is, it is a community for rubber stampers. There's all kinds of interesting things on there.

If you are interested in knowing more about the swap and don't want to go to Splitcoast to check it out, you can email me directly or leave a comment here. My email address is

This will be a day of stamping and eating!!

Hope to hear from you!!

Friday, July 3, 2009

Birthday Card for Bekah

My granddaughter, Rebekah-Elizabeth Noe'lani (Bekah) celebrated her 16th birthday on June 26th. This is the card I made for her. It is a Penny Black stamp that I bought at Stamp Salado. I love her hedgehog stamps, they are all so cute.
On the inside of the card, I wrote out the words to the song "Sixteen Candles" made popular in the late '50's, early '60's by The Crests. I changed some of the words to reflect what I wanted to say to her. She loved her card!! Click on the picture and you should be able to read what I said. I also posted the words on my other blog.
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Sympathy Card

This is the card I made for the family of our friend, Del Ford, who passed away while we were on vacation. He had a tragic accident at home and died at the age of 65 years old. The stamp is a clear stamp from Magenta Stamps that I purchased at the Rubber Stamp Convention earlier this spring here in Sacramento. Not thrilled with the coloring.
The inside of the card. The colors were blue and brown with some yellow.

Cards & New Clear Stamps

Made this card with one of the stamps I got at Stamp Salado. It is the Bluebonnet, the State Flower of Texas. I'm not too thrilled with the coloring. Need more green Copics and lots of practice.
This is the Bumper Card I got for June. Lisa, who lives in Kentucky, sent it to me. On the front is a heart cut from an old quilt. She stamped the sentiment right on the heart. She and her mom buy old quilts and use them in their crafts. The colors are true summer. Love the card!!

This is clear stamp by Rachel Ann Miller, a company based in England. I bought it from The Stamper's Corner in Elk Grove before we left on our trip. Haven't inked it up yet. The girl is holding a gift package in her hands.

This is a clear Sarah Kay stamp also from England. The girl is holding a basket of apples.

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