Last chance!

Header_retired2016_demo_Apr1816_ENGThis is it, stampers!  Today is the last day you can buy items retiring from the Stampin’ Up! 2015-2016 Annual Catalog and Occasions Catalog.  Find the list here.

It’s also the last day to enter your guess in the 8th Annual Great Coin Jar Contest and to earn double Burgin Bucks for your product purchase of at least $50.

It’s a busy day!

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8th Annual Great Coin Jar Contest

2016 Coin jarIt’s the end of the Stampin’ Up! year and time to enter your guess in the 8th Annual Great Coin Jar Contest!  It’s this simple:  guess the amount of money in this quart jar (my spare change for a year!) and win a fabulous Stampin’ Up! prize.

This year I’m giving away the Floral Affection Textured Impressions Embossing Folder — this product is actually a set of two half-size folders.  (You saw one of them used on this card.)

Here’s how to enter the contest: through Tuesday, May 31, contact me with your guess via email, Facebook, phone, or a comment on this blog post.  Just a few more details before you get started:

  1. I’ll take the jar to the bank to be counted Wednesday, June 1.
  2. The person who, by the deadline, emails me, messages me via Facebook, calls or messages me via phone, or leaves me a comment on this post with a dollar amount guess closest to the actual amount wins.
  3. Only one guess per person.
  4. The contest closes at 9:00 p.m. CST Tuesday May 31.  That is, guesses after 9:00 p.m. Tuesday will not be considered.
  5. You must be in the United States to win.
  6. In the event of a tie, my husband will randomly choose the winner.
  7. I’ll announce the winner in a post Thursday morning.  I’ll contact you for your mailing address then and mail your prize (or hand deliver it).

The jar this year doesn’t look too full, but it is ridiculously heavy!  To help with your guess, you might be interested in what the same jar looked like two years ago, with $76.91 in it:

2014 coin jar

2014 coin jar

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The old switcheroo

Debra Burgin Color fileA few weeks ago, as I was receiving products I had pre-ordered from the new catalog, I reorganized my In Color paper storage.  Out with the old colors and in with the new.  (Retiring cardstock has been bundled and tagged for the Annual Heartfelt Inkspiration Garage Sale.)

While things look fresh and new, I thought I’d give you a peek into how I keep my cardstock.  I have four rolling bins that hold hanging folders; four drawers for each of the core color groups and one for In Colors and miscellaneous paper (e.g., Watercolor Paper, Vellum Cardstock, Shimmery White).  Here’s what’s in each hanging folder:

  • A manila folder for scraps
  • Inside the manila folder, a large (#12) business envelope for small scraps
  • Behind the manila folder, full pieces of card stock
  • In front of the manila folder, pre-cut and pre-folded card bases
  • On the manila folder, paperclips to indicate additional packs of this color in the cutting room cupboard

I’ve used this system for years, and it works perfectly for me.  What’s your system like?

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You’re a star, graduate!

Debra Burgin 1605 You’re a StarAs you can see, I credit the fab Amy O’Neill with the inspiration for this camp card.  The colors are much more appealing IRL, please trust me!  This is So Saffron, not a sickly rendition of lemon chiffon.  (Love the pie, but we put a bid on a house sided in this color with brown trim, and when we drive past I give thanks that our offer was rejected!)

This card is destined for our great-nephew who is graduating from high school this month and headed to college.  There are only two second-cousins of that Burgin generation yet to finish school — including Peter, who hasn’t even started school yet!

I’m sad over the loss of the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack.  Even without the coordinating Pictogram Punches stamps, I think we need those easy-to-cut shapes!

Cajun Craze Stampin' Write Marker

Cajun Craze Stampin’ Write Marker
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Designer Buttons - Regals Collection

Designer Buttons – Regals Collection
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Oh Happy Day!

Debra Burgin Cruise swapAt the OnStage event in Salt Lake City last month, it was love at first sight between me and the new Swirly Bird set.  And our relationship deepened when I saw the coordinating Swirly Scribbles dies.  In fact, my OnStage buddies and I got to talk with the artist who designed those products, which was a treat!

I was so, so happy to find this bundle available on the pre-order list, and I went right to work designing this swap for the cruise.  I thought I was being pretty clever and original envisioning one of these “scribbles” die-cuts as a grapevine wreath, but as soon as I was satisfied with my design and started mass production, I saw other demonstrators with the same idea.  Shoulda known!

I told you a few weeks ago to be prepared to see photopolymer sentiments bent and curved, and this banner from the Thoughtful Banners set is one of the reasons!

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Awesome, really!

Debra Burgin 2016 Appreciation inviteFor several years I’ve been holding a Host Appreciation Event when the new catalog starts.  This open house is for anyone who has qualified for Stampin’ Rewards during the retiring catalog year.  I’m crazy grateful to be able to invite dozens of stampers to this event!

This is the note-card invitation they received in the mail.  The design is a peek at a project from the new catalog — check out the little bag on page 95.  It’s one of many projects I’ve flagged to CASE or adapt.

Whether you have an at-home party, participate in a club, or simply place a single order to earn Stampin’ Rewards, you win!  This little party is just an added benefit.  I’d love to have you on the list next year!  Watch for a host promotion in June!

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Double Burgin Bucks!

Double Burgin BucksI’m just about ready to leave for the Grand Vacation to the Mediterranean!  While I’m gone, I’ll be spreading some happiness around — with Double Burgin Bucks!  From today, May 19, until the end of this month, you’ll earn two Burgin Bucks for every $50 you spend in Stampin’ Up! merchandise with me (before tax and S/H).  Collect ten Burgin Bucks and you can earn a free stamp set of your choice (read everything about the Burgin Bucks program here).

Place your order using Host Code Q6E4CQ7H unless you have an order that will earn you Stampin’ Rewards for yourself.

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The power of the mask

Learning how to mask is something that moves your stamping up a notch or two.  On yesterday’s card, I used a mask as a barrier when I was sponging near a previously stamped and colored area.

In this corporate video, using a new set from the upcoming Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog, you’ll see how stamping over a masked image allows you to create all sorts of layered scenes.

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A spring window

Debra Burgin 1605 Spring windowFirst, I need to explain that Kerry’s card was much more involved (with a fancy fold) than this camp card.  Second, most people don’t have window boxes inside their homes, which is what my design version implies.  I thought it was so pretty like this, however, that I kept going with it.  And of course, one of my stampers (so far) has said she does indeed have a window box inside.  So there.

Stampers have done some beautiful sponging on the “outside” image in camps this month.  To make it easier to keep the Soft Sky away from the tree abloom in pink, I provided a mask to cover it while sponging.

So much on this card will be unavailable after May 31 — the Bird Builder Punch that created the leaves, the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack for the flowers, and this stamp set.  I have no way of knowing, but I’m hopeful we’ll see additional scenes for this die in the Holiday Catalog.

Meanwhile, I’ll enjoy the gentle spring we’ve been experiencing here.

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Just as we thought

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Have you checked the Retiring Products List lately?  I’m not surprised to see some 2014-2016 In Color products already gone:  cardstock/ink assortment pack, 12″ x 12″ cardstock, and some ink pads and refills.  Still available are the In Color Stampin’ Write Markers pictured above — at 30% off!

But time is hurrying along, and when items are gone, they’re gone.  If you need to take another look at the list, click on the image above, the “farewell” widget in the navigation bar at right, or this link.  All three links will take you to the pdf file that Stampin’ Up! updates every day.

If you don’t have another demonstrator, I’d love to serve you!  Place your order here.  Thank you!

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