Weekly Deals: July 29-August 4

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A little kindness


Debra Burgin 1407 Kinda EclecticKinda Eclectic was one of the stamp sets we got as part of our convention registration.  It wasn’t on my wish list because it just felt like the images were too .. OK, eclectic.  I couldn’t see how they would work together.  (Of course, they don’t have to work together; there are other sets that are a collection of dissimilar images.)

This card is a variation of one we did at a class.  Actually, we did a simple version and a stepped-up card, but I wasn’t wild about either.  So I took a layout I’ve used before, here, and simplified the palette.  I’m pleased with the results and can see future possibilities for this set.

For a few upcoming birthdays, I swapped out the sentiment using the once-again-available Endless Birthday Wishes.  I love that I can use those photopolymer stamps to create my own greeting.

Speaking of photopolymer, for the August Heartfelt Inkspiration newsletter I’m writing a comparison of the different stamp formats.  The world of Stampin’ Up! is getting more complex — but in a good way!  If you’re not subscribed to my newsletter, you can do so here.

A little construction tip on this card:  To lift just the butterfly’s wings, fasten the brad through both butterflies and the sentiment strip, then slip a half-piece of Stampin’ Dimensional under each wing.

Stamps:  Kinda Eclectic (p. 134)

Ink/Color:  Hello Honey, Old Olive, Mossy Meadow. Smoky Slate

Paper:  Smoky Slate, Whisper White, So Saffron

Other:  Elegant Butterfly Punch, Bitty Butterfly Punch, 1/8″ Mini Brads, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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The Stamp Review Crew convention board

2014 Stamp Review Crew convention boardSome of you have asked about the display board the Stamp Review Crew created at convention — here it is!  I believe ten different groups created boards, and that’s in addition to a couple dozen other sample boards that were in the Gathering Place.  It’s tough to get pictures there because there are so many demonstrators crowding in for a better view!

Can you spot my four cards on the board?  You’ve seen all but one of them here!

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Way to go!

Debra Burgin 1407 Way to go windowIs this a pop-up window? An origami window?  A folded window?  I don’t know.  And where I saw it, well, I don’t know that, either.

What I do know is that this is incredibly simple to create and so impressive.  It started with a 4″ square of Designer Series Paper.  Using the Diagonal Plate on the Simply Scored Scoring Tool, score at 2″ and 3″.  Rotate square 90̊ and repeat scoring; repeat twice more.  Fold back and forth on score lines as shown, using Bone Folder to create crisp edges.  Inside the window, we used Stampin’ Dimensionals on the stamped piece (which was die cut) to keep the folded sides perky.

Stamps:  Bravo (p. 133)

Ink/Color:  Early Espresso

Paper:  Early Espresso, Whisper White, In Color Designer Series Paper Stack (2013-2015), Coastal Cabana

Other:  Texture Boutique, Chevron Embossing Folder, Chevron Embossing Folder, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Simply Scored Diagonal Plate, Big Shot, Squares Collection Framelits, Tag-a-Bag Accessory Kit (Twine), Stampin’ Dimensionals

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No matter what

Debra Burgin No matter whatI’ll admit that I arrived home from Salt Lake City feeling as though I had been in a salad spinner for five days!  But I happily returned to my normal routine, hanging laundry on the line, cleaning bathrooms, and loving a little boy’s affection and perpetual conversation (“Grandma, milk is the soup of ice cream!”).

As soon as I arrived home, DL announced that we had been invited to a birthday party for a neighbor Monday night, so the summer fun continues — and last night was a band concert in the park.  Hard to believe July is 2/3 gone.

Here’s another of my Convention swaps from last week, with the layered-tag motif I can’t stop using.  The swap was “Something Old, Something New.”  At least one stamp set had to be old (Everything Eleanor) and the card had to have at least one element from the new catalog (ribbon, DSP).  So fun to figure this out!  If you’re wondering about the sentiment, the other half of this, from Petite Pairs, is “I’m here for you.”

Stamps:  Everything Eleanor (p. 69), Petite Pairs (p. 134), Gorgeous Grunge (p. 165)

Ink/Color:  Perfect Plum, Pear Pizzazz, So Saffron (Stampin’ Write Marker), Elegant Eggplant, Smoky Slate

Paper:  Whisper White, Moonlight Designer Series Paper Stack, Perfect Plum

Other:  Big Shot, Banners Framelits, Hearts a Flutter Framelits, Party Pennants Bigz Die, Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder, 1/4″ Cotton Ribbon (Pear Pizzazz), Designer Buttons (Regals), Baker’s Twine (Whisper White), Stampin’ Dimensionals

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Weekly Deals: July 22-28

201407022Hmmm, Pumpkin Pie Chevron Ribbon … fall projects, anyone?

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Stamp Review Crew: Lovely As a Tree

SRC-Lovely-as-a-Tree-bannerWelcome to another Stamp Review Crew blog hop — this one celebrating the oldest trick in the book stamp set in the catalog!  The copyright date on the Lovely As a Tree stamp labels is 2001, so I have to believe that’s when it was released.  That means that LAAT is older than my Stampin’ Up! career!

Hopping in order?  Then I know you adored Beth’s projects at My little craft blog.  If you lose your way, remember that you can click on the banner above to get to the list of blogs.

I have done a lot of traditional stamping with this set; you can search for it using the widget at the top right.  But because I was using it for the Stamp Review Crew display board at Convention last week, I twisted it a bit for these two cards.  The first is a triplet — a series of three images from the biggest stamp in the set.  Unfortunately, I’m pretty sure you can’t see the tiny spots of sparkle on the branches that create a quiet winter scene.

Debra Burgin LAAT TripletThe large evergreen in the set is one of my favorite Stampin’ Up! images ever, although there are some in the upcoming Holiday Catalog that just may contend for that honor!  Here’s a literal twist on the modified double-time stamping technique I’ve done before.  After cutting out the square, I pressed it into VersaMark and embossed it with Iridescent Ice (the Faux Diamond Dust technique).  I was pleased with the Mossy Meadow and Baked Brown Sugar combination.

Debra Burgin LAAT SpotlightThe amazing Deb Currier has more ideas for you at ARTfelt Impressions — don’t miss her work!

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A dino hello

Debra Burgin Dino helloTruly, I don’t know if this is a dinosaur or a monster, but it’s friendly — and stinkin’ cute!  When I was designing my swap card that you saw yesterday, I started with this image.  Cutting it out, with both Snips and craft blade, was … torture.  And the thought of doing it a dozen more times just about made me weep.

But I couldn’t let this go to waste, so I created a simple note card with well wishes for a friend who just moved to a new home.

I enjoy working with the Note Cards & Envelopes you can find on page 194 of the current Annual Catalog (or here).  Sized at 5 x 3½”, they are easy to design for and not too small to be mailed.  August’s stamp camps will have the theme “Think Small,” and we just may create something like this card.

OK, without the cutting.

Stamps:  Little Buddy Birthday (p. 89)

Color/Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Blendabilities Markers assortments (Daffodil Delight, Coastal Cabana), Color Lifter

Paper:  Whisper White

Other:  Big Shot, Large Polka Dot Embossing Folder, 1″ Circle Punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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Little Buddy Birthday

Debra Burgin Little Buddy BirthdayIt’s safe for me to show this card, as my fellow Convention swappers have theirs in hand now!  Little Buddy Birthday was a set that immediately caught my attention during my first run-through of the new Stampin’ Up! catalog.  Adorable!  But the images are way too small for water coloring, so out came the Blendabilities!  (I worked with the same products that are [finally] available to you now.)  Because I needed to work in assembly-line fashion, I practiced the coloring until I was satisfied I could replicate the results.

I’m excited about an upcoming class I’ll offer in August when you can learn Blendabilities tips and techniques.  Watch for details in the August newsletter!

Stamps:  Little Buddy Birthday (p. 89)

Color/Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Blendabilities Markers assortments (Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Coastal Cabana, Pumpkin Pie), Color Lifter

Paper:  Whisper White, In Color Designer Series Paper Stacks (2013-2015)

Other:  Big Shot, Large Polka Dot Embossing Folder, Circles Collection Framelits, Word Bubbles Framelits, 3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon (Tangelo Twist), Stampin’ Dimensionals

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Hip Hip Hooray!

Debra Burgin 1407 Hip Hip HoorayI’ve been making a lot of layered tags lately, such that a visitor to the studio last week thought that was the theme of stamp camp this month!  (And wait, there’s more — you’ll see another one next week.)  This one is so easy:  it’s pretty much just a window cut with a Framelits.  I was inspired by a card by Elizabeth Price, although of course it ended up totally different!

I’ve been taking pictures (of cards) in the laundry room, the only place in the basement with a window and incandescent lighting.  I think the blues come out better there, don’t you think?

Stamps:  Hip Notes (p. 35)

Ink/Color:  Cherry Cobbler

Paper:  Sahara Sand, Moonlight Designer Series Paper Stack, Island Indigo, Very Vanilla

Other:  Big Shot, Stars Framelits, Linen Thread, Designer Buttons (Regals), Glue Dots, Itty Bitty Banners Framelits, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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