Oh, those hydrangeas!

Debra Burgin 1608 TY HydrangeaYou’ve probably seen a lot of hydrangeas created with the Thoughtful Branches set, haven’t you?  It’s hard not to make a beautiful card with this set and its coordinating Beautiful Branches Thinlits Dies.

Because I love Blushing Bride with Flirty Flamingo, I chose them for my colors.  The bottom layer of the flower head is cut from Flirty Flamingo, but flat adhered face down.  That way, when the stamped Blushing Bride die cut is layered atop (with tiny pieces  of Stampin’ Dimensionals), a pleasing offset is created.

To “line” the leaves, I simply cut out the leaf traced the onto Old Olive and flat adhered it under the die cut.  Use the Fine-Tip Glue Pen to apply just a bit of adhesive — remember to hold the pieces together so they bond.

Dots of Silver Sparkle Dazzling Details accents some of the flowers.  Click to enlarge the photo and you’ll see them!

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Detailed floral pocket

Debra Burgin Detailed Floral PocketThis die — in fact, the entire spread on pages 76-77 of the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog — just made me grin when I first saw it back in April.  So there was no question but that we’d use it at the Host Appreciation Event the first Saturday in June.

This design has a big WOW factor to it, thanks to the Thinlits, but it’s really simple.

I made up several of these pocket cards for special events this year, including the 7th wedding anniversary of my stepson and our daughter-in-law (Peter’s parents) next week.  I hope they like it!

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Thoughtful Forest

Debra Burgin 1608 Thoughtful Forest

Please, please, please don’t miss the opportunity to purchase the Thoughtful Branches bundle!  It will not be available after August 31 — and may not make it that long if it sells out.  Find all the details here.

This was one of our August camp cards, one with an early summer feel to it.  I wanted some kind of background pattern, but Soft Sky ink on Soft Sky cardstock would have been too bold, so I chose to stamp in VersaMark.  I haven’t used VM for tone-on-tone stamping forever!  It’s important to keep a VersaMark pad “juicy,” so I have at least two refills standing by at all times.

I created complementary masks for the sky and grass.  I saw some spectacular vistas this month!

A bit of sponging on a piece of doily simulates tea staining.

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Leaf and flower

Darlene Johnson Flower and LeavesI love this card, CASEd from Vivienne Holden and created by Darlene Johnson, because of its simplicity and striking color combination.  It would make a beautiful sympathy or wedding/anniversary card.  Note that the Stylish Stripes embossing folder is retired and no longer available.

Inkspiration Saturday badgeThis was one of the 8 cards used for Inkspiration Saturday last spring.  Registration is open now for this fall’s event in DeKalb, Illinois on October 1.  That’s right around the corner, and registration will close September 9 or when we are at capacity.   You can find more information here.  Print out the flyer and mail in your registration, or scroll to the bottom of that page to register online via PayPal.

Stylish Stripes Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

Stylish Stripes Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

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Happy birthday to the light of my life

Debra Burgin 1607 CH FirefliesTo my husband of almost-30 years, the one who makes me laugh almost every day, who is adored by his grandchildren, who works amazingly hard, who has not changed since he graduated high school (or so they tell me), who is honorable and held in high esteem:  HAPPY BIRTHDAY!  Let the celebration continue!

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A happy hello … with scribbles

Debra Burgin Happy HelloDid you know that Swirly Birds is the most popular set in the Stampin’ Up! 2016-2017 Annual Catalog?  I didn’t, until this week, but I’m not surprised.  And it was a good choice for my first-ever Splash of Inkspiration last month.  I’m pinning examples of projects made with Swirly Birds (and the coordinating Swirly Scribbles Thinlits dies) to a board to which Splash participants have been invited.

And this is one of the cards we made that Saturday morning.  I wanted something really different from this stamp.  Not that there’s anything wrong with flowers, of course, but you’ve seen them all over.  Here the stripes of the two ribbons and the angled greeting play off all those curves, including the scallops on the vellum mat.  Bonus:  I used this card for a birthday and the post office said “No extra postage needed”!

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Really, how many floral sets does a person need?

Debra Burgin DL CongratsWhen we were drooling over browsing through the new catalog back in April in Salt Lake City, I flagged just about every new floral set I saw.  The reality, of course, is that I will not actually buy all of them.  As to the question in the post title, I wouldn’t even attempt to answer!

This card was another attagirl for a downline on her 11th anniversary.  I am sure of the colors I used (see below), but this photo doesn’t seem to agree.  In any case, this photopolymer stamp set is fun and simple to use; although the flower and leaves images are created with three stamps each, perfection is not the goal because of the watercolor feel.

I have several sticky-note masks of this flower attached inside the stamp case so I am ready on short notice to create something simple, like this card.  I added some Gold Glitz Dazzling Details in the center of the flower after I took this picture, which added a bit of color and exactly the right amount of bling.

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Stamp Review Crew: Jar of Love

Jar of LoveWelcome to this edition of the Stamp Review Crew twice-monthly blog hop!  Our focus this time is the Jar of Love set that made its debut in the latest Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog.  If you like old jars or preserve fruit and vegetables or make jam, this is your set!  I have quite a few vintage blue jars that are used around the house, but last week I bought two clear jars that appealed to me just because of the pretty patterns in the glass.  Already filled.  It’s all about the containers.

Wow — there are 21 blogs on this hop (see the list by clicking the banner, above or here)!  Do we love this set, or what?  So perhaps you came here from Stress-Free Stamping with Shana.  I love her stampin’ style!

I’ve already used this set for several different cards, so I challenged myself to do something different.  One of my stamper buddies had never heard the phrase, “Comparison is the thief of joy” (a quote attributed to Theodore Roosevelt and others).  Comparison is a tendency I fight, usually unsuccessfully, because I spend a lot of time looking at other stampers’ work and it can feed my insecurities.  I need a daily reminder of the damage this can do, so I framed this quote in a wreath of images from Jar of Love.  I faked the black frame for this photo, because there’s no point in attempting to photograph something under glass, but IRL I have this 8″ square piece in a shadow-type frame.  It’s pretty, but not perfect.  But that’s OK, right?

Debra Burgin Comparison Wreath

I was so pleased with the way this turned out that I’ve decided to offer a holiday gift class for a wreathed monogram.  Details in October!

Meanwhile, you’re moving on Stamps & Scraps with Yapha to find out what she’s created to amaze and delight you!

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Paisleys & Petals

Debra Burgin Paisley KudosWondering what the new stamp set Paisleys & Petals looks like?  I’m sorry to say it didn’t occur to me that when I announced it as the set for Inkspiration Saturday on October 1, many of you couldn’t reference it!  And I mistakenly thought I couldn’t show you a photo, but I’ll correct that immediately.

Paisleys & Posies (#132196, $21.00 US)

Paisley Framelits Dies (#131849, $29.00 US)

I quickly made the card in celebration of a downline’s accomplishment.  Way to go!  The black die-cut paisley looks a bit severe in this photo; IRL the colors are much more balanced.  I colored the patterned paisley with markers, then die cut it (cutting off the scalloped edge).  I love the images in this bundle and can hardly wait to show you the projects for InkSat!

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Registration for Inkspiration Saturday is open!

Inkspiration Saturday badgeRegistration for 2016 Fall Inkspiration Saturday — my 22nd all-day stamping event! — is now open.  InkSat will be held Saturday, October 1, in DeKalb, Illinois, at First Congregational Church.  The day begins with a cash-and-carry sale of retired product, then continues with lots and lots of stamping — interrupted by a delicious lunch, swapping, and door prize drawings.  It’s a wonderful day!

You can find more information here.  Print out the flyer and mail in your registration, or scroll to the bottom of that page to register online via PayPal.  Registration will close on Friday, September 9, or when capacity is reached.

You can check out projects from previous InkSat events through the Project Gallery.

See you in the fall!

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