Butterflies Thinlits my way

If you follow any Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, you’ve probably seen a video or tutorial on how to die cut the Butterflies Thinlits (from the Occasions Catalog) without a lot of poking and mess.  I experimented with several variations on sandwiches and techniques before settling on this as the “perfect” combination.  (It’s not original to me, I’m sure!)

Debra Burgin Butterfly Thinlits #1

On a “scratchy” cutting pad, build the sandwich: card stock, waxed paper, Thinlits die. Top with “clear” cutting pad, then run forward and backward through Big Shot.

Debra Burgin Butterfly Thinlits #2

The die cut will remain in the Thinlits die. Discard the negative piece.

Debra Burgin Butterfly Thinlits #3

Fold a piece of dryer sheet on scratchy pad. Place die and cutting pad on top; run forward and backward through Big Shot.

Debra Burgin Butterfly Thinlits #4

Pull off die; die cut will be stuck on dryer sheet.

Debra Burgin Butterfly Thinlits #5

Gently pull off die cut from dryer sheet. Small pieces will almost all be stuck to the dryer sheet. Discard dryer sheet.

Debra Burgin Butterfly Thinlits #6

Pretty cool, eh?

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A new granddaughter


Debra Burgin New granddaughterYeah, I wish I could say this was my big news, but no.  Although Peter said to me yesterday, “Grandma?  I want my Daddy to have another little boy.  Mama and Daddy and me need to discuss it and come to an agreement.”

When his mother picked him up, I showed her the Field Notes book I keep handy when he’s here so I can write down the amazing and amusing things that happen.  (“Why are houses so tall?”  “Can we talk normally now?”  “What is that golden in your mouth?”)  She laughed when I told her I was looking forward to the next chapter in this particular story!

This simple card is for a friend who just welcomed her first grandchild to the family.  Celebrate the adventure ahead!

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Happy black frame

Happy Black FrameI love framing stamped pieces, but I can’t take the credit for this one.  I think it’s a Stampin’ Up! corporate creation.  I’m not sure of the supplies, but I’ll guess that most of them came from the Hello Life Project Kit and Hello Life photopolymer stamp set.  How simple and wonderful!

Framed pieces needn’t be elaborate; I like to swap out seasonal pieces to keep things fresh.  In fact, we freshened up the house this weekend, finally putting away snow-themed items (good riddance!) and bringing out the bunnies and chicks.  Much, much better!

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Hello, spring!

That is just wishful thinking, pure and simple, as we got 3 or 4 more inches of snow the other day.  On the positive side, we’ve had bright, sunny days.  But on the negative side is the temperature — last night’s wind chill was in the -20s.  Heavy.  Sigh.

So it is that I have been enjoying working with bright colors in the studio.  Most of what I’m working on is not yet for public view.  Lots of cutting.  Lots of plastic bins.  Lots of sticky notes.  Lots of reminder lists.  But thanks to the Ink Sat Design Team, we are way ahead of schedule.  The other night I served them corn muffins with this soup, and DH tried to keep the snow cleaned off their cars.  I appreciate their hard work!

This card is a CASE of one by Mary Fish, but I wanted to use the Irresistibly Yours paper from Sale-A-Bration and sponge an ombré effect.  This is a happy — and pretty simple — card that will put a smile on the fact of someone who’s as weary of winter as I am!

Debra Burgin 1502 Hello spring

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Paper Pumpkin February 2015

This is the project I’m sharing with my Colonial House stampers this afternoon.  I love it!

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Happy Birthday Bokeh

Debra Burgin 1502 Happy Birthday BokehYou’ve been seeing this technique everywhere, so I thought it would be perfect for a February camp card.  Bokeh (pronounced BOH-kay or BOH-keh) is the out-of-focus blur in a photograph, especially from points of light.  (Think of a lit Christmas tree in the background of a picture.)  In this ink-and-paper bokeh technique, we first prepared a  white panel by covering it with spotches of color, then used a stencil to sponge Whisper White Craft ink in solid circles.  When you heat-set the Craft ink, it becomes somewhat translucent; you may want to apply another coat to intensify the color.  I created the stencil by die cutting circles in a piece of acetate.

One thing I learned about Memento Tuxedo Black ink is that it doesn’t dry quickly on vellum card stock (maybe not at all!).  That meant we could heat emboss it, as the embossing powder would stick to the ink.  The result was a super black image that was the perfect contrast for the bokeh panel.  When heating vellum, I like to use a foil-covered clipboard.  The heat is reflected off the foil, so the paper is heated from both sides, resulting in less wrinkling and curling.

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New products are coming to Sale-A-Bration!

blogbutton_SAB2_demo_Feb1715_USCANope, never before in my Stampin’ Up! career have they added new Sale-A-Bration items to the lineup in the middle of the event!  You can look forward to four new freebies to earn beginning March 1.  Click the banner to the left to see the flyer on these items.

Make your plans — Sale-A-Bration ends March 31!

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Still irresistible!

Debra Burgin Amazing birthdayAs I was getting birthday cards in the mail this weekend, I ran across this card that I had never shared here.  I think I made it back in December, when I first played with the Irresistibly Yours Specialty Designer Series Paper — hence the ribbon from the Holiday Catalog, but still available!

Now I’m having to count out the pieces I have so as not to run out for upcoming events!  Well, there’s still a month left of SAB, and still time to earn and enjoy more freebies.

I don’t remember why I cut the scallop by hand instead of using the Edgelits …

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Blendabilities unleashed!

Debra Burgin SweetYou’ve seen probably hundreds — maybe thousands — of projects colored with Stampin’ Up! Stampin’ Blendabilities Markers, but maybe you don’t get what all the excitement is about.  Here’s the scoop:  Blendabilities (or Blendies) are exclusive, alcohol-based marker sets that come in 3-packs of light, medium, and dark shades (of the same color) and provide your projects a more saturated look with blended colors.  (See the ombré effect on the card above?)  Using them is different than coloring with Stampin’ Write Markers or water coloring using ink refills and an Aqua Painter, which is one of the reasons I offer a product-based class every so often.

Stampin’ Up! recommends stamping on Whisper White card stock with Memento ink for Blendabilities, but choosing any SU! card stock will add a unique look to your project.  (You can see an example of using Crumb Cake card stock HERE.)

And it’s also possible to stamp images with Classic ink; the following colors will not smudge or smear when coloring and blending (just make sure the image is dry):

  • Always Artichoke
  • Baked Brown Sugar
  • Blushing Bride
  • Calypso Coral
  • Coastal Cabana
  • Crisp Cantaloupe
  • Crumb Cake
  • Crushed Curry
  • Daffodil Delight
  • Garden Green
  • Hello Honey
  • Marina Mist
  • Melon Mambo
  • Lost Lagoon
  • Old Olive
  • Pear Pizzazz
  • Pink Pirouette
  • Pistachio Pudding
  • Pool Party
  • Pumpkin Pie
  • Sahara Sand
  • Smoky Slate
  • So Saffron
  • Soft Sky
  • Tangelo Twist
  • Tangerine Tango
  • Tempting Turquoise
  • Wild Wasabi
  • Wisteria Wonder

This opens up a whole new world of creative possibilities!

Want to learn more?  My next Blendabilities Basics class will be Wednesday, March 25.  This is the last time you’ll be able to earn FREE Sale-A-Bration products with this class.  Read more details and register HERE.


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Double-time Painted Petals

Debra Burgin Double-time Painted PetalsI’ve been busy with preparations for the upcoming Inkspiration Saturday.  It’s just 2½ weeks away, so the paper is flying!  I’m so happy to be working with an excellent Design Team for this event:  many heads make great ideas, and many hands, well, you know.

This was a design that didn’t make the cut.  I actually like the card, but it was too similar to another design that I liked better.  This one was going to need 8 blocks alone!  Making sure that supplies and tools are not duplicated (much) among the eight projects is tricky.

Inspired by Dawn Olchefske’s Triple-Time Stamping technique, I used a variation that I’ve shown before (you can see it HERE).

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