Spring tree

Debra Burgin 1504 Spring treeI’m pretty sure I’m one of the last demonstrators to order this set, Sheltering Tree, from the Stampin’ Up! 2015 Occasions Catalog.  Just wasn’t convinced.  But then, spring sprung here in north-central Illinois — and I wanted everything that burst forth and bloomed!  Here’s our star magnolia that was planted last fall:

Springtime in IllinoisSo take a casual inventory of the items on this April camp card that are retiring — what’s your count?  In my heart I know other things are coming that I’ll love, but it’s still a bit sad to see these favorites leave.  (Actually, most retiring products are already out of the studio so I can do some reorganization — now does that sound like true love???)

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Apothecary Art

Debra Burgin Happiest Birthday CardWith the imminent departure of the stamp set Apothecary Accents (on June 2), I had to revisit this card from 2012.  It won the Best of Class ribbon at the Sandwich Fair that summer.  (You can read more about it here.)

So many things have retired on this card, with more to come — including these Labels Collection Framelits, available as of this writing at 50% off!  By clicking the Retiring Products widget at right, you’ll reach the blog post that has links to all the 2014-2015 retiring products.  Yesterday’s shopping frenzy caused the SU! server to choke, and by the time I shut down the computers, many products in the retiring In Colors were gone.  We were warned!

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Retiring lists are here!

header_retiredlist15_demo_April2115_ENGWe’re saying goodbye to retiring products from the Stampin’ Up! 2014-2015 annual catalog, but before we do, we’re giving everyone an opportunity to order their favorites with discounts up to 50 percent off retail. We’re also including the My Digital Studio list, with all products discounted 30 percent off retail.

Retiring products will only be available until June 2, so get them before they’re gone!

*Note: Due to high demand for retiring stamps, we’ll keep producing retiring stamps until May 26 (not accessories — accessories are only while supplies last).

Retiring Lists — These lists are updated daily to show the availability of all retiring products. Download the PDF for a quick reference, or use the Excel file to sort the list by product name, price, page number, discount, availability, or product type (you need to Enable Editing to be able to sort). Check back regularly to make sure you have the most up-to-date information!

Ordering — Get to the retiring products in my online store HERE.  Remember that purchases through me may earn you Burgin Bucks!

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Stamp Review Crew: Zoo Babies

SRC-Zoo-Babies-bannerWelcome!  No matter how you arrived here (possibly from Stress-Free Stamping with Shana), I am glad to see you! (Remember, you can click the banner above to see a complete list of bloggers who are participating in this hop.)

I’m not kidding around with this Stamp Review Crew blog hop!  This first card is for my BIL’s birthday in … August.  How’s that for working ahead?  As it happens, between now and then, I have nothing but birthdays for girls and women!

So, does the zebra have white stripes on a black body or black stripes on a black body?  Take your pick!

Debra Burgin Black or white stripesAs it happens, my other Zoo Babies card is for a baby, the grandson of my cousin.  I’m not sure what relationship baby Charlie is to me, but it doesn’t really matter.  He is something of a miracle baby and we rejoice with all who love him.  I wouldn’t cut out this image by hand for just anyone!

Debra Burgin Baby elephantNow it’s time to ZOOm over to Bronwyn’s blog, addINKtive designs, to see what she’s done!  Have fun!

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There’s always something

Debra Burgin Thankful TagAgain, a project from 2015 Spring Inkspiration Saturday with lots of unavailable product!  I really adored the way this card turned out — everything from the stamping over embossing to the sheer vellum tag to the tiny dabs of Gold Glitz.  We did an alternate version using the light bulb image (and coordinating sentiment) with the stars-embossed Irresistibly Yours card stock.

I am hoping (and I’m not alone!) that we have additional pre-embossed card stock when the new Stampin’ Up! catalog arrives!  I know the date I will be ordering the cartons of catalogs and I’m pretty sure I know when they’ll arrive on my doorstep.  It’s sooner than you think!

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Celebrate with cake!

Debra Burgin Celebrate with CakeI really planned to post the cards earlier from last month’s Spring Inkspiration Saturday, but other things got in the way.  And now almost everything on this card is unavailable!  Oh, that is unless you want to take advantage of Stampin’ Up!’s offers on the Butterfly Thinlits Dies or bundle — then you can still choose from a selection of Sale-A-Bration products.  (Read more about it HERE.)

This card layout is called a “joy fold” — and I can’t tell you why!  Think of it as a small card interleaved with a bigger card.  It’s a great way to experiment with paper patterns.  There’s a surprising amount of space for a sentiment inside the smaller card (here, the one with the stamping).

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1st Annual Heartfelt Inkspiration Garage Sale

Garage saleGet ready to shop for the stamp set, accessory, or tool of your dreams at this first-ever annual event!

Thursday, April 30, 4:00-7:00
Friday, May 1, 8:00-5:00
Saturday, May 2, 8:00-2:00
615 Emmert Dr, Sycamore

Hundreds of retired Stampin’ Up! products will be available, thanks to the clean-out efforts of my Heartfelt Inkspiration team, and offered at no more than half of the original price. (No shipping, either!) You’ll also find assorted other paper crafting products, too, so mark your calendar! Cash and carry only—no checks will be accepted. Rest up for some serious bargain shopping!


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A butterfly Keepsake Box

Debra Burgin Butterfly Keepsake BoxA few weeks ago, Erica Cerwin posted a collection of pastel Curvy Keepsake Boxes adorned with die-cut butterflies.  I thought they were utterly fabulous, so we made these at last month’s Heartfelt Inkspiration team meeting.  (I toyed with the idea of using them for table favors at Easter brunch, filled with chocolates.  Luckily, common sense prevailed.)  They are so simple (see my tips on using the Butterflies Thinlits Dies HERE); affix the pair of wings (cut in half) with Glue Dots so the box can still be opened.

Showing you this project today is intentional.  You may know that the Butterflies Thinlits have been unavailable for some time, due to the shipping issues on the West coast.  That meant you couldn’t order the Thinlits or the bundle.  Grrr.

Well, the news is that the Thinlits are due in to the warehouse this week, which means you’ll soon be able to include them on an order.  Stampin’ Up! recognizes the frustration this situation has caused us and has offered these special offers to make things better.

From the day Butterflies Thinlits are again available through April 30:

  1. Get the Butterflies Thinlits at a 15 percent discount — just $21.20!
  2. Buy any of the Butterflies Thinlits Bundles at the already discounted price and choose one of three FREE Sale-A-Bration items (only available while supplies last)!
  • Best Year Ever Designer Series Paper (item 138633)
  • Best Year Ever Accessory Pack (item 138634)
  • Irresistibly Yours Specialty Designer Series Paper (item 138635)
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Thank you petals

Debra Burgin 1504 Thank You PetalsAs you see, Amy O’Neill was my inspiration for this card.  I love the way sharp points and corners are played against circles and curves.  It’s a great layout and one of this month’s camp cards.  I hope you are planning to stamp along with us in  person!

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Debra Burgin Build a Bouquet

2015 Occasions Catalog

2015 Occasions Catalog

I’m so grateful to Darlene Johnson for making this bouquet for my studio.  Don’t kid yourself, you need a fair amount of time to assemble all those flowers.  She did a beautiful job and the bouquet looks stunning down here.

Now that Sale-A-Bration is over, I’ve carefully removed the outer wrap from the Occasions Catalog to reveal its true cover (and the bouquet that inspired me to order the Build a Bouquet Project Kit as soon as I could).  I’m looking very carefully to see what we haven’t used yet in stamp camp — there’s still plenty of time to enjoy this seasonal catalog, as it is effective through June 2.

And that’s less than two months away — what?!?!?!  Good thing I’ve got a jump on the planning for my annual Hostess Appreciation Event scheduled for June 6.  If you’ve earned hostess benefits on any qualifying workshop or individual order placed through me in the past year (June 1 through May 31), you’ll be invited!

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