Christmas tree shaker card

Debra Burgin Tree Shaker TagHere’s another card from Super Saturday.  Ever since I saw the shaker tag on page 30 of the Holiday Catalog, I knew we’d be making one on a card.  The confetti here is a mixture of microbeads and red Glimmer Paper cut with the Confetti Stars Punch.  To make the “dam” around the window on the back of the tag, I cut self-adhesive craft foam into 1/4″ strips.  So simple!  (Keep reading for the ingredients for this card.)

As I was scrounging through my stash for a “thanks and farewell” card for our retiring mailman, I ran across this very early shaker card — from 2006!  Nearly everything on it is retired (and I’d love to have that Flannel background stamp again for winter projects), but I’d make another one almost like this in a flash.  Perhaps a good camp card!

Debra Burgin Snowman Shaker

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Grateful for My Digital Studio

Debra Burgin MDS GratefulI must admit it’s been some time since I’ve scrapbooked with My Digital Studio.  I don’t have a good reason for that — it just slipped off my schedule.

So when we rearranged the basement a couple of weeks ago, I found myself in need of some new seasonal framed wall art.  (Those of you who were here for camp Tuesday may wonder about the setting above, since that’s not where you saw the picture!  This picture was taken in my kitchen, which at the time provided the best light.)

Grateful FrameableFinding a digital download was a cinch:

  1. Go to the online store.
  2. Select Digital Downloads from the left navigation bar.
  3. Select Occasions, then Autumn & Thanksgiving.
  4. You’ll find Framable Gratitude Designer Template a ways down — for just $1.95!
  5. If you’re ready to buy, click the image then the Add to Bag button.  When you complete the process (you’ll have tax added, but no shipping, of course), your download will be in your My Account area (see the Downloads tab).

Because this is a template, there’s nothing to do in MDS except begin a new project from a template, and select the one you just bought.  Print it (I used my $35 ink jet printer on Whisper White card stock) and, if necessary, trim to fit your frame.

I’m ready to get back to digital crafting again!

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Spooky trees

Debra Burgin Spooky TreesIt suddenly dawned on me that it was getting almost too late to show you this card from our Super Saturday events earlier this month.  When Tina and I chose Festival of Trees as the featured stamp set for Super Saturday, I knew immediately that I’d create something like this.  No, it doesn’t look like my usual cards, but that tree struck me as sort of skeletonized — and that meant Halloween!

I’ve been doing a lot of pleating of strips of Typeset DSP (it was on yesterday’s tag, too).  Such a fun and easy embellishment!  Pleats not straight or even?  No problem!

Two notes about the stamps used:  (1) Good Greetings is still available for FREE to hostesses who submit a workshop of at least $300 — but only through the end of October!  (2) The harvest moon was created using the “wood slice” stamp from Truly Grateful.  Did you spot that?

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The fabulous prize

DSCN1070Could there have been a weekend of more perfect fall weather?  Not as far as I was concerned.

Saturday was our turn to host the family (DH’s siblings) supper, and even though we got a late start to the day, it was productive in a leisurely sort of way.  I even had time to embellish this prize (always called “the fabulous prize” and usually food) for our game.  When I was grocery shopping I happened to see this pumpkin spice tea (the brand name is Stash) and bought a box for us and one for the prize.  It’s delicious — and the box is wonderful, too.

As it turned out, it wasn’t the dominoes winner who went home with this, but our SIL who is recovering from knee replacement surgery.  They left early and I insisted she take this.

There’s a lot of detail on this tag, but it starts with those adorable pumpkins from Fall Fest.  The burlap ribbon is not adhered or tied — the ends are just cinched with the cotton ribbon.

If my neighbors think it’s odd for me to take a picture of a box of tea propped on the bushes in front of our house, at least they’re polite enough not to mention it!

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Grateful for you — and fall colors

Debra Burgin 1410 CH #2Pretty soon I’m going to have to do a major transition to Christmas stamping, but not quite yet.  This is the other card we made at yesterday’s camp.  That oak leaf is inked once, stamped twice.  The new stapler makes it simple to attach the bit of ribbon to the tag because it’s narrow enough to see what you’re doing, unlike using an office stapler.

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Fence posts and pumpkins

Debra Burgin 1410 CH #1One thing I love about living surrounded by the (relatively) open country is the way farmhouses are decorated for fall.  Very often there will be a small pumpkin at the base of each tree in the yard, or each fence post.  I have my own little display in front of the lamp along our driveway; I must remember to take a picture before the pumpkins get soft and icky.  Neighbors have speculated that it may fall victim to some vandalism (I hope it lasts till Thanksgiving!), but meanwhile I enjoy the display every time I look out the front window.

This card is for camp this afternoon; the fence posts are die cut and embossed.  (Why don’t I have the Hardwood background stamp?)  We could use the Fringe Scissors to create the grass, but I only have one pair and there is a bit of a learning curve with them.  Stampers were on the verge of hysteria the other night when one of them — only moments after I instructed, demonstrated, and warned about the use and potential pitfalls of the scissors — sliced right through the paper strip.  And she wasn’t the only one.  So for today we’ll be using scissors.

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Give thanks

Debra Burgin 1410 Give ThanksThis is a sentiment to be lived out every day, isn’t it?  I admire people who keep gratitude journals — and in fact I was very tempted by the Gratitude for Days Simply Created Kit in the Holiday Catalog before I came to my senses.  It’s not that I’m ungrateful for my blessings or that I can’t articulate them, it’s just that I have enough projects that never get done.  You know, all those “perfect for altering” items that saw daylight when DH and I were reorganizing the other day.

However, a card with such a message that I can send is an entirely different matter!  Krista Frattin created a card with these leaf windows that I thought was charming and inspired my own version.

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2014 Holiday Supplement

Header_HolidaySupplement_Oct0714_NAYes, it’s more merry!  Just click on the banner above to see all 12 pages of good things for the holidays.  If you are a lover of Project Life by Stampin’ Up!, you’ll find stamp sets, album, envelope pages, card collection, and accessory pack — all new.  Of course you don’t have to be scrapping to use those products, as you’ll see in camp.  And if you can’t get enough of stars for the season, check out Many Merry Stars (a 16-stamp set that coordinates with the Stars Framelits) and the Simply Created Kit that makes 26 different stars!

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“What’s in here?”

Friday and Saturday we took a quick trip to northeast Indiana.  The trees were stunning — “Like a jigsaw puzzle!” was the ultimate compliment, if you’ve ever worked one of those with a photo that just couldn’t possibly be real.  Saturday’s weather was cold, dreary and wet, but not a problem; mostly we had planned a lot of driving around and rubbernecking.  Even though we’ve been visiting this area for 20 years, this was our first fall visit.  Wonderful!

Debra Burgin BuggiesWe stumbled upon an auction for driving horses, and it was so fun to see them shown off.  We were amazed at the closing bids — and those that were declined for being too low! — but of course we were way out of our element.

Yesterday DH helped install some metal peg boards across the long wall in my work area.  But you know how a home improvement project goes:  every planned action resulted in several other tasks that needed to be completed first.  I wondered if the arrangement in the finished part of the basement was really the best, so we began moving furniture around.  And cleaning.  And opening drawers and bins.  And then I heard that question that makes me nervous:  “What’s in here?”  Stuff.  Stuff that shouldn’t be there.  Stuff I’m embarrassed to still be storing.

Eventually we got to the peg boards.  The directions began, “Don’t panic!  Putting this together is easy.  You just need a few tools and some quiet time.”  And that was about it for advice and instructions.  If you decide to install Recollections Metal Slat Walls, I have some tips for you!

This is what the wall looks like so far.  Now that it’s up, I can see what peg board accessories I need and don’t need.  The small clipboards hold notes for future projects and classes.  Even though I keep lots of ideas digitally, I still love a list on paper!

Debra Burgin Studio business wall

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