More about Project Life

Header_ProjectLife_April1514_ENGYesterday I told you about the partnership between Stampin’ Up! and Becky Higgins’ Project Life line.  Here’s what else Stampin’ Up! has to say about it (details from the Stampin’ Up! blog):

Have you missed the Project Life craze? It’s a super simple, totally affordable way to get your photos into albums: you just slip your photos into Photo Pocket Pages and add designed cards. It’s a back-to-basics approach to documenting your life. In a nutshell, it’s all about spending more time making memories and less time scrapbooking them.

You’ll be able to order a selection of Project Life products starting May 1! And with the launch of our new annual catalog on June 2, you’ll be able to buy from our complete line of Project Life products.

Can’t wait that long? Stampin’ Up! demonstrators will be able to order the limited selection starting April 21. So if you’re a demonstrator, make sure to check the demonstrator website that day; if you’re not a demonstrator, sign up and you can order the products early too!

Here are the items you’ll be able to purchase on May 1:

blogimage2_projectlife_april1514_allblogimage2_projectlife_april1514_tableProject Life has loads of possibilities!  If you missed the link above, check out Becky Higgins’s page about Project Life.  I think you’ll be excited, too!

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Introducing Project Life by Stampin’ Up!

I am absolutely giddy about this new addition to the Stampin’ Up! line.  I hear stampers all the time — just a few days ago! — sheepishly admit to collecting large amounts of expensive scrapbooking supplies but never finishing anything.  Project Life can fix that!  Watch this video for more information:

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Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals — 4/15-21

It’s a bright morning here in north central Illinois — made even brighter because of the 1″ of fluffy snow we received yesterday.  Shortly after it started, I decided the pansies wouldn’t survive the weather and took this picture before I relocated them to the garage.

1404140 Watering canI am thrilled with the new daffies and tulips around the front tree that have bravely fought the wildlife and weather. I hope by Easter everything is showing off for our company.

It was just a year ago this past weekend that we began our house search in earnest, launching a 4-month adventure that was wildly exhilarating and exhausting.  I am happy to free of the consuming house selling and buying details.  And settled into a happy routine — like the Weekly Deals!  Click the picture below for details.


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When a 3-year-old meets a bulk food bin 12″ from the floor

140414 Bulk food… you end up with this in your cart.  It was a lesson well worth the price.

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Happy Birthday Flower

Debra Burgin 2014 SAS Happy Birthday FlowerOf course I’m not too proud to CASE (Copy And Share Everything), especially when it’s a card made by superstar Diana Gibbs!  It’s a perfect card for a stamp-a-stack (except maybe for the twine bow, which slowed stampers a bit).

One tip:  Open all tabs on the Big Shot when you run the Whisper White panel through with the Woodgrain Embossing Folder, otherwise it may rip when you are assembling the card.

The perfect accompaniment for this card is an envelope lined in the same Designer Series Paper.  All you need is a quarter sheet for the Envelope Liner Framelits!

Stamps:  Blue Ribbon (p. 17)

Ink:  Real Red

Paper:  Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, Gumball Green, Polka Dot Parade DSP

Other:  Big Shot, Woodgrain Embossing Folder, 1⅜” Circle Punch, Bird Builder Punch, 1¾” Scallop Circle Punch, Baker’s Twine (Whisper White)


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Hope is a wish …

Debra Burgin 2014 SAS HopeHere’s another of the cards from last weekend’s All-Occasions Stamp-a-Stack.  I love this color combination, especially in the Eastern Elegance Designer Series Paper.  (It also happens to be the colors in one of our bathrooms!)  We won’t know for sure until April 21, but I’d bet this DSP is being retired.  Stock up!

The flower here is stamped in Basic Gray and sponged with Crushed Curry.  We cut out the sentiment with one of the Squares Collection Framelits so there wasn’t any pressure to stamp it straight!  You could simplify this card even further by omitting the embossing, but I think it’s a nice touch.

Stamps:  Blooming with Kindness (p. 65)

Ink:  Basic Gray, Crushed Curry

Paper:  Whisper White, So Saffron, Smoky Slate, Eastern Elegance Designer Series Paper

Other:  Stampin’ Sponges, Big Shot, Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder, Squares Collection Framelits, Stampin’ Dimensionals


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3 tips to get your stamping space ready for spring

Somehow, down some cyber rabbit hole, I landed at the article 3 Tips to Get Your Studio Ready for Spring at the Artist’s Network blog.  Now I don’t consider myself an artist, and poking around this blog made me feel unworthy, but I did find the 3 Tips interesting to think about.  You can read the whole post for yourself, but here’s my summary:

  1. Choose, Purge, and Let It Go!  I hear the I’ve-got-so-much-stuff-I don’t-even-know-what-I’ve-got-anymore comment pretty regularly.  If it helps, enlist a stamping buddy to help you identify, sort (save/give/toss), and re-store your supplies.
  2. Wall Yourself In  This isn’t a suggestion to lock yourself in a closet until you make a card, Missy!  Rather, the author encourages us to surround ourselves with the things that inspire us.  Music?  Scent?  A change of wall color?
  3. Change Your Perspective  Is your stamping routine stale?  Change the way you begin the process (try a cup of tea) or even where you sit at your work table.

Which of these tips could you implement?

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A solution to feeling uncreative

“I don’t feel very creative.”

Have you ever felt this way?  I have!  Yesterday I read a post on Creative Something on this subject.  Read it here, and prepare to be changed!

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Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals — 4/8-14

20140408Gingham seems perfect for this time of year!  Our sunny walk this morning was so uplifting — and I don’t just mean all the hills!  Every day brings new growth and increasingly confident birdsong.  Yesterday Peter and I sat in the front yard of our back neighbor and watched as workers replaced a roof.  A little ways down the street, a service was trimming and mowing!  I transplanted some perennials my SIL had given me last fall (and which had lived in plastic bags in the garage all winter) and a plant from our neighbor.

I hope spring is thriving in your neighborhood!

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Secret Garden Cascade

Debra Burgin 2014 SAS Secret Garden CascadeThis card looks pretty dull in this photo, but in reality it sparkles, thanks to Dazzling Details applied along the edges of the sentiment strip and on the spatters.  It’s a sophisticated look — and one that matched one of the stampers at the Stamp-a-Stack over the weekend.  You’re not required to dress to match the cards, but … !

There’s a bit of a trick to get the “cascade” effect without any stress.  (You saw an earlier attempt at this look here.)  I’ll try to take pictures of the process and share them later this week.

This card had more stamps and inks than I would normally use in a “quick” card, but the stamping was simple and qualified it for a 10-minute projects (except for the drying time, of course!).

Stamps:  Secret Garden (p. 94), Gorgeous Grunge (p. 109), Sweet Essentials (p. 41)

Ink/Color:  Primrose Petals, Blushing Bride, Pirouette Pink, Smoky Slate, Basic Gray

Paper:  Smoky Slate, Whisper White, Blushing Bride

Other:  Dazzling Details

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