Why, hello, yellow flowers!

Choosing sets from the new Stampin’ Up! 2018-2019 Annual Catalog for the July camps wasn’t easy!  But I kept coming back to Abstract Impressions (page 129), which recalled several sets that retired years ago.  Back then we didn’t have photopolymer stamps to make multi-step stamping so easy!

Debra Burgin | Heartfelt Inkspiration | Stampin' Up! | Abstract Impressions | There's that Delicate Lace Edgelits border again -- I may be overdoing it! Black + white + bright is an excellent recipe -- click for more details, please!

Even so, my flowers are not perfect.  And that’s a word that I try to ban from stamp camps!  This is art, not photography, and we embrace imperfection.  Don’t apologize, don’t explain!

Debra Burgin | Heartfelt Inkspiration | Stampin' Up! | Abstract Impressions | There's that Delicate Lace Edgelits border again -- I may be overdoing it! Black + white + bright is an excellent recipe -- click for more details, please!

Yes, you noticed it — it’s the Delicate Lace Edgelits border that was on one of yesterday’s cards.  (Did you notice the hearts?)  Here the line of stitching complements the oval mat, and we notched the little tag to add another V.  I love to “break the frame” with ribbon or twine like this for a little unpredictability!

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Stamp Review Crew: Varied Vases

Hello again! So glad you’re here for the Stamp Review Crew blog hop featuring Varied Vases, a new stamp set from the Stampin’ Up! 2018-2019 Annual Catalog.  If you’ve hopped with us before, you know we are an international group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators getting together on the first and third Mondays of every month to do a blog hop.  Each hop features a single stamp set to give you loads of inspiration for just that set!  The hops are archived at the Stamp Review Crew blog, and you will be able to click through each hop at any time, going directly to the posts for that hop whenever you want.

If you’re hopping in order, you’ve just enjoyed Lou’s work at With a Bow on Top.  (Click the banner above for a complete list of participating blogs.)

I chose Varied Vases for the most recent Splash of Inkspiration, in late July.  The all-morning camp featured four projects, all using this set.  It was fun to create cards that were very different from each other.  I think my favorite was this one:

Debra Burgin | Heartfelt Inkspiration | Stampin' Up! | Varied Vases | This is one of the cards from the July 2018 Splash of Inkspiration. All projects used Varied Vases, and I think we showed off the flexibility of this set and coordinating punch! Click for more details, please!

I love black and red together anyway, but Poppy Parade + poppies, well, you can’t lose!  Keeping those poppies straight is easy when you stamp with Grid Paper, but the idea is to vary the heights and distances so the result doesn’t look too mechanical.  I hope you can see the three silver Metallic Pearls on the flower heads, which were colored Stampin’ Blends.

I was really hooked on these poppies!  And since I always need quick thank-you notes, I used a reverse mask to sponge the Soft Sea Foam background for the focal point on this little card:

Debra Burgin | Heartfelt Inkspiration | Stampin' Up! | Varied Vases | This is one of the cards from the July 2018 Splash of Inkspiration. All projects used Varied Vases, and I think we showed off the flexibility of this set and coordinating punch! Click for more details, please!

A Stitched Shape vellum square frames this sweet little scene.  This time I colored the poppies with Lovely Lipstick Stampin’ Blends.  (Do you love these markers, too?)

I could show off these poppies all day, but you’ll probably want to see what the rest of the hop has to offer!  So on you go to see what Holly has at Rubber Redneck.  Have fun!

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A little bit flirty

As promised in yesterday’s newsletter, here’s my first card made with the fabulous Buffalo Check background stamp.  (Sign up for my weekly newsletter here.)  I’m sorry to tease you with this — you’ll have to hang on till September 5, when the Stampin’ Up! 2018 Holiday Catalog goes live.

Debra Burgin | Heartfelt Inkspiration | Stampin' Up! | Buffalo Check | This background stamp opens up all sorts of possibilities, from elegant (embossed!) to rustic. Click for more details, please!

I have all kinds of ideas for the buffalo check motif; perhaps before long someone will pull me to the side and say “Enough, already!”  On this card, I like the play between the flannel feel of the plaid and the flirty lace edge, cut from Vellum Cardstock.  Just a hint of Pool Party sweetens this even further.

Debra Burgin | Heartfelt Inkspiration | Stampin' Up! | Buffalo Check | This background stamp opens up all sorts of possibilities, from elegant (embossed!) to rustic. Click for more details, please!

This is in the mail to a friend who just had surgery.  She’s an excellent stamper; I hope she likes this!

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Get ready for Varied Vases!

Monday, August 20, the Stamp Review Crew will be presenting a blog hop featuring Varied Vases from the Stampin’ Up! 2018-2019 Annual Catalog.  You can start here!  To get you in the mood, watch this corporate video:

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A box of excitement is almost at my front door!

I know my box of Stampin’ Up! 2018 Holiday Catalog goodies is on the truck.  Must keep away from the front door so the driver doesn’t file a stalking complaint against me.  Because there’s a small boy here today, keeping busy will be easy!

In fact, I won’t even open the box until this evening, when I can do it LIVE on Facebook.  I’ll strive to begin at 7:00 p.m. Central.  Please join me on the Heartfelt Inkspiration Facebook page then; if you can’t watch at that time, the video will be available later.

In the box will be dozens of Holiday Catalogs.  Stampers at camp will receive theirs this week and next.  Out-of-town customers will be sent theirs directly from Stampin’ Up!  If you won’t be getting a catalog from another demonstrator, may I send you one?  Simply comment on this post, and I’ll contact you.

See you later!

 

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A wreath for a friend

We’re on the verge of the new school year here, and I am shocked to see that a few overly enthusiastic maple trees have already begun to turn.  But I want to take a step back to recall a beautiful spring, not that many months ago:

The colors of this Stampin’ Up! card could easily be changed to create a more autumnal wreath, and if we weren’t already using this branch image on another card, I think we’d do just that at my August camps.

All of the August projects use the limited edition Blended Seasons stamp set (12 stamps!) and coordinating Stitched Seasons Framelits, available as a bundle for a savings of 10%.  These products, and the new Watercolor Pencils Assortment 2, are only available through August 31 or while supplies last.

See these Color Your Season products in my online Stampin’ Up! storefront here.

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Medallion Friend

What to do when you need a piece of patterned paper, but you don’t have just the right colors?  Make your own!

Debra Burgin | Heartfelt Inkspiration | Stampin' Up! | Botanical Bliss | Some simple sponge daubing creates a pattern with just the right colors -- perfect when you don't have just the right piece of paper! Click for details, please.

This was made with four different colors of ink, two blues and two greens.  Perfection is not important with this technique!

Debra Burgin | Heartfelt Inkspiration | Stampin' Up! | Botanical Bliss | Some simple sponge daubing creates a pattern with just the right colors -- perfect when you don't have just the right piece of paper! Click for details, please.

The tag is created with two pieces of Thick Whisper White cardstock:  one piece is 2″ x 3¼” (the piece that will be die cut) and one is 2″ x 3⅝” (the piece that will be colored).  Here are the instructions:

  1. At Big Shot with Magnetic Platform, placing petal edge up to edge of shorter white panel, die cut Medallion Tag (forward, backward).  Clean die.
  2. At bottom of tag, stamp Friend in Bermuda Bay ink.
  3. Lightly trace petal edge onto one end of longer white panel.  Cut inside pencil line. Check against die cut panel; trim as necessary.
  4. On non-die cut panel, apply dots of Bermuda Bay, Old Olive, Pool Party, and Lemon Lime Twist ink (in any order) with Sponge Daubers, pressing and twisting. It’s OK to leave just a bit of white.
  5. Carefully flat adhere dotted panel behind die-cut panel.
  6. Adhere tag to Pool Party card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

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Stamp Review Crew: Rooted in Nature

Welcome to this edition of the Stamp Review Crew’s twice-monthly blog hop.  We gather on the first and third Monday of each month to show off one stamp set — this time it’s the gorgeous Rooted in Nature (see page 143 of the Stampin’ Up! 2018-2019 Annual Catalog).  This set is popular among the SRC bloggers — there’s a loop of 16 blogs!  You can see the list of participants by clicking the banner above.  You may have arrived here from Painted Orange, where you enjoyed the creativity of Stampin’ Up! Artisan Design Team member Charlet Mallett.  Wow.

My card will be familiar to some of you; it was a July camp card.  I try every month to offer a card that would be suitable for a guy, and this was it last month.

Debra Burgin | Heartfelt Inkspiration | Stampin' Up! | Rooted in Nature | I couldn't help but use both the Wood Textures paper and Pinewood Planks embossing folder on this masculine card. Please click for more information and to follow the Stamp Review Crew blog hop for this set.

I added more woodiness by using the Pinewood Planks embossing folder on the Crumb Cake panel.  See it here (and the aptly named Subtle folder, as well):

Debra Burgin | Heartfelt Inkspiration | Stampin' Up! | Rooted in Nature | I couldn't help but use both the Wood Textures paper and Pinewood Planks embossing folder on this masculine card. Please click for more information and to follow the Stamp Review Crew blog hop for this set.

Keep reading for the project supplies, or hop over to Jay Soriano’s blog, Mitosu Crafts, to see what’s cooking in the UK!

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Soft Suede Stampin' Write Marker

Soft Suede Stampin’ Write Marker
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Color Your Season (but just this month!)

Stampin' Up! Color Your Season

Get in the mood to create something full of colors and seasons!  Introducing the all-new, limited-time Color Your Season products:

  • Blended Seasons stamp set, an exclusive 10-piece wood- or clear-mount stamp set with images for every season!
  • Stitched Season Framelits dies, coordinating dies that include “label” dies with stitching on both the positive and negative images!
  • Watercolor Pencils in 10 new colors (may be available in a future publication).

Look forward to August camp projects featuring this promotion!  The Color Your Season products are only available August 1-31, or while supplies lastOrder these products here, through my Stampin’ Up! online store.

And here’s a win-win:  When you order the Color Your Season bundle, you’ll receive a Bonus Days coupon for a purchase in September!  Read about Bonus Days here.

Please note: The bundle includes the stamp set and dies only. It does not include the Watercolor Pencils.

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Bonus Days are ba-ack!

What perfect timing for this promotion!  During Bonus Days you’ll earn coupons through your August purchases that can be applied toward your September purchases — just in time for the 2018 Holiday Catalog!  Here’s how it works:

  • For every $50 you spend August 1-31 (before shipping and tax), you’ll get a $5 Bonus Days coupon that you can use September 1-30.
  • There is no limit to the coupons you can earn, so accumulate them all month!
  • An email address is required to participate; Bonus Days coupon codes can be delivered only via email.
  • If you earn multiple codes from a single order, you’ll receive one email with multiple codes.  If you earn multiple codes from multiple orders, you’ll receive separate emails for each code earned.

I can’t emphasize this enough:  your Bonus Days coupon codes will come via email.  Do not lose them; I have no idea what your codes are and neither does Stampin’ Up!  If you think you might accidentally “misplace” the email, forward it to me as soon as you receive it.

I’ll remind you in September when it’s time to redeem your coupons — worth $5 each!  There’s no limit to the number of coupons you can use on a single order, but of course you can’t exceed the amount of the merchandise.

Watch for information about the other August promotion tomorrow!

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