Indescribable Gift Easter

Debra Burgin 1503 Happy EasterI wonder if this card layout was once a sketch challenge somewhere online — I’ve seen many cards with this keyhole-type feature.  It’s equally interesting when the hole is punched at the side (on a portrait orientation) instead of the bottom, as here.

I added a bit of sparkle to the center of the flowers, as well as to the sentiment strip.

I’m looking forward to three sessions of my All-Occasions Stamp-a-Stack this weekend — it’s a low-key event that’s lots of fun for me to host.  Watch for the next one in the fall!

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A pocket card for you

Debra Burgin For You PocketAlthough I credit Inge Groot for this project, I think Aly Schilling was the stamper who showed how to color this image with Sponge Daubers.  I love this technique with this stamp, from Indescribable Gift, because the result is so Impressionistic.  I’m having trouble putting the Sponge Daubers down!

I used Crumb Cake card stock for the Mini Treat Bag, but one of my newest Heartfelt Inkspiration team members told me she uses brown paper grocery bags!  I love that idea — even though I’m protective about these hard-to-come-by bags that I use around the house!

This project was from Inkspiration Saturday a few weeks ago.  Tomorrow I’ll show you a March camp card we made with the same technique.

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What to write in a card

If you stamp with me regularly, you know that I almost never stamp a greeting on the inside of a handmade card. The reason is simple: I like to personalize my greeting with the name of the recipient and, for example, the birthday number. So I usually create my “insides” on the computer in Microsoft Word. Sometimes I even hand-write the greeting!

But it can be a challenge to know what to say. To our rescue comes — ready? — Hallmark! (No, it’s not a swear word in my vocabulary!) Their website has a page jam-packed with ideas for birthday greetings of every variation: to family, belated, sharing faith, difficult time, milestone birthday, and more.  Find What to write in a birthday card HERE.

The BlueMountain blog also has ideas for anniversaries, appreciation, friendship, encouragement and other greetings.  The results of a search on their blog are HERE.

Now send those cards!

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Spring diorama

Debra Burgin Spring DioramaI’ve seen diorama cards for years, but never attempted one because they seemed so complicated.  But then I saw Julie Davison’s version and realized how simple they can be!  For the front panel, a 5½” x 4¼” piece of card stock was scored on each of the short sides at 1/2″ and 1″.  The 1/2″ score is a valley fold and the 1″ is a mountain fold.  The back panel is scored the same but folded opposite.  When the scene and front are finished, the assembly is simply to adhere the front and back outside “tabs” to each other.  Does that make sense?

This card (closely CASEd from Julie’s) was one of the projects at Inkspiration Saturday a few weeks ago.  It folds flat and fits into a standard A2 envelope.  Cool!  That bird is from the last Holiday Catalog — don’t miss the items that are still available!  You’ll see them on page 49 of the Occasions Catalog and in a special category online HERE.

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Celebrating a spring birthday

Debra Burgin Celebrating MichelleI’m getting a little nervous about losing Crisp Cantaloupe at the end of this Stampin’ Up! catalog year.  And Baked Brown Sugar.  And Coastal Cabana.  Will there be In Colors I can love as much?  Pretty sure the answer is yes!

This card is CASEd from Lisa Young with only a few changes.  I doubt that her sparkles hid ink smudges from — for heaven’s sake, where?  But I like the effect, especially since they accent the staples.  Using staples is a great way to attach these words cut from Thinlits, assuming you don’t dislike staples on your cards.  They are kind of surprising on this feminine card, but I’ll use them again.

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Paper Pumpkin March 2015

Master Peter was unhappy Monday when the Paper Pumpkin box was delivered and he had to leave before we opened it together.  Don’t tell him that I went ahead without him!

One of the things I love about getting the red box each month is seeing the stamps that are included.  Now they are photopolymer — a better value and even easier to store — and they are useful for future projects.

For more on this month’s kit, watch this (then keep reading!):

I know you’re wondering if I did the sewing on these cards and the answer is YES.  In fact, I was feeling so Betsy Ross-like that I repaired the hem on one of our bathroom towels and re-sewed the buttons on my winter coat.  So there!

It’s not too late to take advantage of the Paper Pumpkin savings during Sale-A-Bration.  Until March 31, you can save $5 on a 3-month pre-paid subscription (#137859) and instantly qualify for a FREE Sale-A-Bration product!  You can include your Paper Pumpkin pre-paid subscription on an online order here.  Enjoy a fully designed project kit each month with stamps, ink, and paper — everything ready to go so you can skip to the fun part of crafting!

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All-Occasions Stamp-a-Stack next week!

All-Occasions bannerGear up for all kinds of events with this all-occasions camp. This is a “stamp-a-stack”: come and make 10 all-occasions cards (several of the same or a variety) for just $20. There will be six different designs to choose from in a range of styles, several with interchangeable sentiments. The cards are designed to be completed quickly (in about 10 minutes or so) and have lots of interest but not a lot of fuss, in order to keep the cost low. These cards can be mailed with no additional postage. This event is perfect for the new stamper — invite someone to come with you!

          Session 1:  Friday, March 27 — 6:30-9:30 p.m. (come any time)
          Session 2:  Saturday, March 28 — 9:00 a.m. till noon (come any time)
          Session 3:  Saturday, March 28 — 1:00-4:00 p.m. (come any time)
          Place:  My DeKalb home (322 Fairmont Dr)      

Note that registration is limited to 10 stampers at each session.

Need more than ten? Each additional card you make is $2, payable during the camp. I’ll supply envelopes and Stampin’ Dimensionals, but you need to bring your own scissors and adhesive (I suggest bringing several types).

Paid registration of $20 must be received by Friday, March 20. Register online at the Heartfelt Inkspiration HERE. Please note that if I do not have your payment, you are not registered for this event.

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More items, while supplies last!

Since Blendabilities are no longer available as a Sale-A-Bration redemption item, Stampin’ Up! anticipates that the demand on other Sale-A-Bration items will be higher than forecast. For that reason, all Sale-A-Bration items (with the exception of stamps) will be available “while supplies last.” To help alleviate any inconvenience this may cause, there are now more items available to redeem for FREE during these last few weeks of Sale-A-Bration — all items from the current annual catalog.  See them now.

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Good wishes

Debra Burgin 1503 Good WishesThis March camp started out as the card on page 23 of the Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalog, but it took a turn along the way.  As you can probably tell, the leaves are cut from the Flower Medallion Punch.  After folding, I adhered the “stem” end with a Stampin’ Dimensional to the back of the flower.  This gave the flower interest — more Dimensionals under the flower provided additional support.

I’m not sure why I have such an assortment of colored paper clips, but the big tub comes in handy on a card like this!  I also use them on bank deposits.  I like to think the surprise of color provides a little dose of pleasure to the tellers.

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Inkspiration Saturday bag tags

Debra Burgin Bag TagsIt’s always thrilling to me when the goody bags for Inkspiration Saturday are all filled, tagged and lined up, ready to be claimed early the next day by energetic and enthusiastic stampers.  This year the Ink Sat design team created tags from the Sale-A-Bration Designer Series Paper called Best Year Ever.

A closer look:

Debra Burgin Bag Tags #2With spring-colored tablecloths, lots of projects on display, and a table full of door prizes, the room was just waiting for a party to happen!  It was an excellent day!

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