Silver Christmas wreath

This is a classic Burgin Christmas card using the Hello Friend wreath embossed in silver.  It was a favorite at the September Jingle Jump.

Instead of poky embellishments, I punched out circles from Red Glimmer Paper.  I used the retired Stampin’ Up! 1/4″ Circle Punch, but a regular office punch will do.

Want to attend the Jingle Jump in October?  Click here to read more information and register.

1/4" Circle Handheld Punch

1/4″ Circle Handheld Punch

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Birthday Wreath

I love this wreath from Hello Friend — in fact, every image from this set.  Here’s a camp card from August:

I tried to give it a late-summer look with flowers in Crushed Curry and Lemon Lime Twist.  This is a simple card with nothing but stamping, perfect for standby “thinking of you” cards.

Come back tomorrow for a Hello Friend wreath for another season!

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Thankful Thursdays #3

A funny thing happened to me when I went to pick up Peter from school yesterday.  Coming out as I was going in was a young man wearing an athletic team shirt that said Burgin.

Now in my older years I am not as reticent as I used to be, so without hesitation I flat out asked him why he had that on his shirt.  When he said it was his name I was flabbergasted, expecting it to be a school.  “That’s my name, and we’re not related!” I said.  And that’s true, as near as we can figure out.

His wife pointed out that, in fact, we belong to the same family of God, so we are indeed related.  It was a surprising and happy encounter with them and their little daughter.

This week we have house guests from Minnesota.  He is a distant cousin of my husband — his grandmother and Bud’s grandfather were sister and brother.  (Or maybe I have that backwards.)  I think that makes them fairly distant, right?

Surprisingly, we’ve never met these family members!  But that didn’t stop us from talking for hours and visiting family sites in northern and central Illinois.

I am thankful for shared faith and shared memories that are the ties that bind.

This is an August camp card inspired by Fran Sabad.  Scoring the panel with the Stampin’ Trimmer gives the effect of siding.  I used a tiny piece of Window Sheet for the glass.

I have another one that I’ll send to our house guests when they get home next week to let them know they are always welcome here.

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Register now for the next Jingle Jump!

Jingle Jump bannerRegistration for the 2017 Jingle Jump (October) is at the bottom of this page — keep reading!  Please note that these projects are different from those made in September.

Is this the year you’ll send out handmade holiday greetings? Then get a “jump on your jingle” with this holiday “stamp-a-stack.” Come and make 10 Christmas/holiday cards (several of the same or a variety) for just $20. There will be six different designs to choose from in a variety of styles — you’ll love the stamps from the Holiday Catalog! 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, October 20 — 1:00-5:00 p.m. (come any time)
Session 2:  Friday, October 20 — 6:30-9:30 p.m. (come any time)
Session 3:  Saturday, October 21 — 9:00 a.m. till noon (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 Wednesday, October 11. I’ll just need your name and contact information in addition to your check. You may also register online below. Please note that if I do not have your payment, you are not registered for this event.


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Little Trees

I had such a good time at the Jingle Jump this weekend, and I think the stampers did, too!  My goal is 10-minute cards, but I’m not sure I always succeed at that.  This one qualifies, though — especially since the Big Shot was just around the corner from the table!

Remember the tease on Friday?  Here’s the full card:

Doesn’t it make you want to strap on some snowshoes?  OK, no.

The surprise feature is the row of pierced dots, produced with a die from the Swirly Snowflakes Thinlits Dies.  I feel the urge to use it on every project from now on!

Did you miss the Jingle Jump?  Come back tomorrow for information on the October sessions!

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Make a note in your head

Yesterday I realized too late that I had not packed extra water for an afternoon excursion.  I told Peter I’d have to remember next time, and he said, “Make a note in your head, Gramma!”  I guess that’s a mental note or a “note to self,” right?

Earlier this week I talked about how hard it is to see the details of products in the catalogs.  Well, here is a perfect example.

Now this is not to scale, but see those dots marching across the white piece?  Those are perforations created from a new die.  Do you know which one?

This is for a card we’re making at this weekend’s Jingle Jump — in just a few hours!  So as not to spoil the surprise, I’ll wait till Monday to show you the whole card.

You’ll just have to remember to come back.  Make a note in your head, will you?

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Thankful Thursdays #2

Last week I learned that a dear friend of mine, one who has been stamping with me since I started Stampin’ Up!, has terminal cancer.  Selfishly, I am sad.  I’m not really sad for her; knowing that heaven awaits, she was beautifully serene when I visited her on Friday.

I’m thankful for my friends.

I wonder what people do who can’t share with someone else the heartaches and soaring joy and hysterically funny moments that are part of life on earth.  At least, they are part of my life.  Do men have friends like that?  Not that I have seen.

So this card is in the mail to my friend.  Strangely, it was knowing a former neighbor was dying that catapulted me into making cards many years ago.  I vowed she would receive one from me several times a week.  She never said anything — she was so very private — and I didn’t do it for the accolades, anyway.

I posted on the Heartfelt Inkspiration Facebook page that I would give my friend’s contact information if stampers would message me.  (That is, I won’t post it online.)  Can you help?

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A closer look

If you’re like me, it’s hard to appreciate the all the products in the Stampin’ Up! catalogs because some of them are just too small.  Are you with me on that?

When we attend SU! events, like the incentive trips or OnStage, the actual samples and products used in the catalogs are on display.  You can see for yourself the stunning beauty of the Foil Snowflakes (p. 37), the perfection of the Stitched Felt Embellishments (p. 5), and the versatility of the Swirly Snowflake Thinlits Dies (p. 35).

But for those who can’t see or feel the actual products, there’s good news.

First, going to an online Stampin’ Up! storefront (like mine, here) and entering the product number brings you a less-fussy photo that you can enlarge — and maybe more than one photo.  Try it for the embellishments (#144619) and see what I mean.  Now look at the dies (#144678).  And did you notice the YouTube video links?

That feature is perhaps less useful when trying to see the patterns the Designer Series Paper (DSP) because they are just so very tiny in the catalogs, and not much better online.  BUT, hooray, there’s a video just for the DSP selections in the Holiday Catalog.  And here it is!

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Welcome, September!

I’m so happy to welcome a new month — it’s the autumn thing!  Love the colors, smells, tastes, and celebrations.  I confess I made pumpkin bread last week and have ginger snap dough ready to bake this weekend, weather permitting.  Oh, and there’s the little matter of the Pumpkin Spice Cheerios in my cupboard …

Here’s what you can look forward to from Stampin’ Up! in September:

The 2017 Holiday Catalog

You can see the new catalog by clicking the widget at right or HERE.  (You’ll always find links to current promotions in that navigation bar.)  I’ve been playing with holiday products for weeks and can hardly wait to share them with you!

Merry Patterns Host Promotion

As if the debut of dozens and dozens of new products isn’t exciting enough, a brand-new stamp set is being made available just to hosts who qualify during September and October.  Host a party of $300 to earn Merry Patterns for FREE — in addition to your other host benefits!  Here’s what the set looks like:

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Thankful Thursdays #1

Welcome to Thankful Thursdays!  First, I need to tell you that there is no order to my list.  It’s random, it’s sometimes week-specific, and sometimes it might be a little silly.

This week has been a challenge, with one home issue after another.  The worst (so far) was Monday morning when the hard drive on my desktop computer died.  I quickly became convinced I was not going to resuscitate it, so off to Best Buy I went.

I’ve had a Carbonite subscription for several years, and it has earned my loyalty this week by rebuilding my user files.  In fact, it is still working — after over 60 hours.

It’s not just a new computer.  It’s the new keyboard, replacing one that I used for about 20 years.  It’s not easy to re-train my fingers; I don’t like it.  The old speakers no longer work.  I had to buy new MS Office software; I don’t like it.  Now try to get work done.  The DVD I’ve got, but where is the license for the old software I still need?

So, yes, a lot of whining.  And money.  And muttering under one’s breath.  And closed doors.  And maybe tears and exasperation and helplessness.

But we’re not in Houston.

The devastation there — are there any words that haven’t already been expressed that can convey my heartbreak?  My life hiccup is nothing.  All I can do is pray for renewal and hope and kindness and strength for the victims of the storm and those who are helping.  I’m donating to Samaritan’s Purse through Thrivent Financial, which will match my gift (the same as what I’ve paid for the new tech this week) because I am a member.

I’m thankful for my home.  It’s not perfect and of course it never will be.  But it’s safe and dry and cool and warm when we ask for that.

I’m sharing this card from July’s Splash of Inkspiration.  I was in love with a card by Sylwia Schreck and made some changes for the event.  Simply, we watercolored two panels of Watercolor Paper; one was cut with a Stitched Shapes die and the other stamped with the leaf image and die cut.  The detailed leaf die cut was cut from the center of the scalloped mat — why waste all that shine?

I’m sure I don’t have the color correct (you know, new photo editing tools), but I hope you get the idea.  It’s a fabulous card and worth replicating — we also made one in shades of green.

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