Don’t forget the sentiment!

Debra Burgin Wishing YouWell, I did — yesterday in the product list I forgot to include the set that has that “I’d be lost without you” stamp.  Rather than editing the post, I thought I’d just make a quick birthday card for later this month using Cottage Greetings.  I like the flowers in that set, but I really like the greetings and fonts used.

I used Hello Honey and Tip Top Taupe for the flowers because those pads were on my table, and black seemed the perfect card base.  I hope the recipient of this birthday card doesn’t think it’s too somber!

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I’d be lost without you

Debra Burgin I'd be lostThis bear — do you love him?  I think he’s adorable, so I chose Thankful Forest Friends for this month’s Stamp@Home kit.  This isn’t one of the projects, however, because it uses images from two other sets.

Instead, I’ll give this to my sweetheart for our 29th anniversary in a few weeks.  It conveys my feelings exactly!

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Finally here!

20150901TH_HolidayMini_en-USOh, Holiday Catalog, we’ve been waiting for you for a long time, it seems!  (Click on the the image at left to open a pdf file of every bit of Stampin’ Up! goodness!)

If you’ve had this publication in your hands for a few days, you may have noticed how many bundles Stampin’ Up! is offering — 17 bundles at 15% off!  Stamp sets are bundled with dies or punches or embossing folders or accessories that once again remind me how happy I am working with products that coordinate with each other.  Creativity can be so easy!

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Happy birthday, Watermelon!

Debra Burgin Happy Birthday WatermelonThis was the card that I rejected for the August stamp camps, although it was the perfect “Black and White plus Bright” example!  I did use it as a swap card at convention (a month ago already!) and still love this look.  Lucky for me I have a few extras on hand.

Two of the new products in the 2015-2016 Annual Catalog that excited me most are on this card:  this fabulous black ribbon (perfect for Halloween projects!) and the Tags & Labels Framelits.  There are 12 sizes of tags/labels in that set (plus a tiny die for a hole) for $27.00 US — imagine if you had to buy all those punches!

Something knocked me out the last two days with a sick headache I just couldn’t shake.  It made me kind of goofy headed and I knew I just wasn’t thinking straight.  Meanwhile, life was going on and I had unexpected visitors from out of town drop in — I hope they didn’t think I was hitting the sauce that early in the day, because I knew I was babbling on about nothing.  Sounds serious (my phone was close at hand in case I needed help), but life is better today and I can get back to work!

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Snappy Day to you!

Debra Burgin 1508 Snappy DayI think just about everything about this card — CASEd from Amy O’Neill — is genius (I only changed it a bit).  I never would have thought to use that bit of So Saffron or to include that little banner!  (Tip:  Staple the untied twine to the banner first, then adhere the banner to the card front.  Tying the bow after the banner is secure on the card front is much easier than wrestling with that tiny piece!)

I can hardly wait to send this to someone special for her birthday!

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A bit of Wonderland

Debra Burgin Wonderland scrapI couldn’t bear to throw away this piece that I trimmed off a bigger panel, so I turned it into this quick card.  The “real” card is sitting on my husband’s dresser where I can look at it before I turn out the light and when I wake up.  It’s surprising what inspiration can strike when you see something in an unexpected place.

Wonderland is another Holiday Catalog set that I thought I might be able to live without (after all, we still have Lovely As a Tree!), but the sentiments and these very, very pretty trees convinced me otherwise.  However, I’m still waiting to see what genius ideas show up using the antler image!

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Celebrate you with a pop of color

Debra Burgin 1508 Celebrate YouMy theme for August camp cards was going to be “Black and White plus Bright,” but I switched out one of the cards at the last minute and the theme didn’t work.  But I love this card, especially with that too-cool patterned paper.  All of them in that pack are wonderful — too bad you can only use one side at a time (or can you?).  The other neat touch here (that I borrowed from someone else) is matting the label die-cut with a circle.  It works so perfectly with a sort of optical illusion, don’t you think?

I based my colors on the fact that this ribbon was on the Weekly Deals a few weeks ago, and had the pearls in my stash from another weekly sale.  I wonder what tomorrow’s Deals will bring us?  In addition to the scrolling selection in the left navigation bar, you can always see the Daily Deals here every Tuesday morning  (It’s worth a bookmark!)

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A thank you from John

Debra Burgin TY from JohnI don’t know which was more surprising:  getting a handmade card in the mail the other day (the second this week!) or that it was from John, one of my newest and youngest stampers.

Isn’t this shaker card great?  And the message inside was so sweet.  So thank you, John, for the thank you!

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“I’m a visual person”

I’ll admit that no one has actually asked me how I am able to get a narrow mat like the one on yesterday’s card perfectly straight, but I’ll tell you, anyway. I use a product Stampin’ Up! used to sell: Perfect Layers. And while I typically don’t hold on to any SU! product after it retires, I made an exception with these rulers. I’ll let you Google this product if you’re interested, but I want to say that I think the reason SU! dropped Perfect Layers from the catalog several years ago is that people didn’t understand how to use it. I actually saw the rulers demonstrated on QVC before I joined Stampin’ Up!, and that helped.

I think one of my “jobs” as a demonstrator is to educate stampers on what I sell — both the benefits of the products and how they are used. Sometimes I do that in person, at a workshop or camp. A stamper who says she is a “visual” person benefits from seeing it, then doing it. Other times I provide a written tutorial or fact sheet.

Lucky for me that Stampin’ Up! has provided training videos for those of us who don’t learn with just words.  I’ve posted this one before, but because the Envelope Punch Board is on the Weekly Deals through Monday, August 24 (and because it may have been a few weeks since the last time you used it!), here it is again:

 

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A fairly simple birthday card

Debra Burgin Fairly simple bdayI am on a roll here with these Clean and Simple (CAS) cards!  This is my husband’s birthday card.  I used the leftover pieces from my Lighthearted and Watercolored card to squeeze out a couple more leaves.  Silly me, I cut first and then stamped, but because Vintage Leaves is a photopolymer set, I did a pretty good job aligning the image.

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