You’re in my autumn thoughts

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This September camp card has been a favorite — it’s easy and pretty fast and gorgeous.  And I have Sarah Klass to thank for that!

Here’s a design element worth using:  the monochromatic embossed panel lightly adhered to the card base.  By “lightly” I mean I have smudges of glue in each corner, period.  That gives the embossed panel the feeling of floating a bit, without using any Stampin’ Dimensionals.

I originally used a different color scheme for this card, but it was a bit springy for the season (even though we’re in the upper 80s today).  But it was still beautiful, and appropriate for a family member suffering through breast cancer.

Did you realize the Thoughtful Branches products are still available? They are!

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My problem with the Layering Ovals Framelits Dies

And it’s not limited to those dies, but includes the now-retired oval punches and Ovals Collection Framelits.  You may not share this challenge (if you’re not as anal as I am), but I just cannot line up a straight image with an oval die.  I simply can’t see the alignment, and the more I fuss, the worse it gets.

debra-burgin-ovals-1Here I can see that the oval tilts a bit down and to the left.  But I can’t manage to get it aligned on the Big Shot before running it through.

So I decided to mark the compass points (north, south, etc.) on the die.  But how could I find those points?  I’m sure the engineers in my family could tell me that, but they don’t work here.

I die cut an oval, then folded it in quarters.  It’s surprisingly easy to do this; if you’re not folding it perfectly in half, the edges will not be aligned.

debra-burgin-ovals-2Mark the compass points (I didn’t do it until after I took this picture).  Now nestle the die cut into the die.  It only fits one way and easier to do if it’s pretty flat.  Mark the die at the same points as on the folded paper (which moved as I was setting up this shot).

debra-burgin-ovals-3That’s it!  Look how much easier it is to see the invisible line along the sentiment image.

debra-burgin-ovals-4One you have one oval marked, you can nest the others and use this one to extend the marks.

I think this works pretty well — at least, I feel more confident using ovals and it seems to me that things line up pretty well.

Now, before another day goes by (at least before the end of tomorrow, September 21), don’t miss the opportunity to buy the Layering Ovals Framelits Dies at a savings of 25%!

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Joy to the World

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Here’s another card from the September Jingle Jump — another favorite of mine!  The holly stamp from Embellished Ornaments is the perfect background stamp on this Garden Green banner.  Even through the vellum it peeks through.  But the beautiful accent is the bow made from all colors in the Baker’s Twine Trio Pack.  The gold is stunning, and wouldn’t we be happy to have it available in gorgeous silver and copper as well?

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Season of Joy

2016-sept-jj-season-of-joyHere is the kind of simple, classy Christmas card that I love to send.  The sparkle of the ribbon and dots on the wreath (punched with an old-fashioned hole punch) are just enough bling.  Some stampers embossed the card base with the Softly Falling folder, which was gorgeous.

The focal panel is so easy to stamp — just do the sentiment first in case you need to need to use the other side!

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Last week of Special Offers!

Special offers

This is the last week to take advantage of 25% discounts on selected, current Stampin’ Up! products, including the must-have Layering Ovals Framelits Dies.  Perfect timing for those elegant holiday cards!

week-3While you’re shopping, don’t miss all the new items added to the Clearance Rack at savings up to 60%.  There are bargains on cardstock and Designer Series Paper, ribbon, dies, markers, punches, stamps, and more!

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Oh, Santa!

2016-sept-jj-santaI can’t get enough of Stampin’ Up!’s intricate dies, so I was a goner when I saw this Santa in the Holiday Catalog.  I’m not alone:  last weekend’s Jingle Jumpers made 71 of of the 75 card kits I prepared for this design!

I’ve seen more complicated versions, but this is my idea of an easy card with plenty of wow!

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Merry Gingerbread Man

2016-sept-jj-merry-gingerbread-manWhen I advertise for my annual Jingle Jump (as in, “get a jump on your jingle”) stamp camps, I say the cards will take about 10 minutes to make.  I think this came in well under that time — probably the most challenging part was adhering those tiny hearts!  (Remember the general rule:  put the adhesive on the destination, then drop the tiny piece on top.)

Yes, I had to add those black dots to get rid of that disturbing, blank stare.

This past weekend was so fun, with my studio at capacity for all three sessions, but before that there was a lot of cutting, folding, and stuffing that went on to prepare 450 card packs.  I don’t think I read a single newspaper and barely kept in touch with what was going on in the world all week.  Still, it’s a great time for me — as long as I can vacuum in between sessions!

Registration is now open for the October sessions — find more information and register here!

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I hardly know where to start!

Wednesday night took my stamp area from messy to chaotic, as my two design partners and I finalized all but one of the cards for Inkspiration Saturday on October 1.  But, oh, it was fun!  Pulling out paper and dies and stamps and inks and embellishments — can you picture that going on for a couple of hours?

But if you thought I took time yesterday to tidy up and continue my prep for next weekend’s Jingle Jump and September camp cards, well, no.  There are so many great products in the new 2016 Holiday Catalog, I just can’t stop playing.

So, do you have a copy of the Holiday Catalog in your hands?  If not, this will open a new window with a pdf version.  I’m pretty sure it’s by far the biggest Stampin’ Up! seasonal catalog ever:

  • 50 new stamp sets
  • 16 new bundles (remember, even if the items appear in the next Annual Catalog, they’ll never be bundled this way again)
  • 3 new suites
  • 11 new Framelits sets
  • 4 new punches
  • 18 new ribbons
  • 4 new sets of Washi tape
  • 13 new paper packs
  • 2 new ombre pads
  • 3 holiday kits

Whew!  You need this 3-day weekend just to skim the surface (and start your wish list)!  And to kick off the fun, enjoy this corporate video:

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Starting TODAY: 3 weeks of special offers!

Special offersSave 25% on select Stampin’ Up! 2016-2017 Annual Catalog products through September 21!  Check out these products discounted for just September 1-7, then be sure to check back next Thursday for the next 7 days of deals!Week 1

 

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A reprieve of sorts

Debra Burgin 1608 Little EvergreenWe got the surprising news that the Thoughtful Branches bundle and its components (stamp set and Thinlits dies) have not sold out and will continue to be available until the supplies are depleted.  Good news for those of you who were waiting for … something.  The bad news is that Stampin’ Up! announced that none of these products will be available in upcoming publications.  Knowing that may cause an influx of orders for this, so consider yourself warned.

And if you haven’t used your Bonus Days coupons, this is the last day to redeem them!

I had cleverly timed my posts using Thoughtful Branches products so that the last August camp card would appear today, the supposed last day of this promotion.  I had already packed up the stamps and dies and put them in the Retired Bin.

But since potentially we’ll have this with us for a bit longer, I am now free to use them for a September card.  Very happy about this!

Meanwhile, this card skips ahead a few months, offering a simple little evergreen.  Smudging a bit of ink over the tree adds some depth, but it’s so tempting to be heavy handed and then, ouch.

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