Under the Tree Gift Box

Debra Burgin 1412 Under the Tree Gift BoxLast week I showed you my box of goodies for the cookie exchange — here’s the one we did in camp this month.  This paper, Under the Tree Specialty Designer Series Paper, is perfect for box making, especially when you’re learning.  It’s very heavy, so you can use a firm hand when scoring without fear of ripping the paper.

The paper cut for this box was 8″ x 8″, which generated a lot of scraps.  We used some for the tag here and others for a project I’ll show you tomorrow.

Stamps:  Mingle All the Way*

Ink/Color:  Cherry Cobbler or Garden Green

Paper:  Under the Tree Specialty Designer Series Paper*, Trim the Tree Designer Series Paper Stack*, Very Vanilla

Other:  Gift Box Punch Board*, 7/8″ Cotton Ribbon, Big Shot, Circles Collection Framelits, 1/8″ Circle Punch, Linen Thread

*2014 Holiday Catalog

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The cookie exchange

Debra Burgin 2014 Cookie ExchangeLast night was a cookie exchange party at the home of a friend.  Thirteen of us participated — no, we didn’t have to bring a dozen for each of us!  I brought Turtle Bars, a favorite of the family.  Look at the ingredients HERE and you can see why!  I usually use an entire bag of chocolate chips on the top, but then I cut them into 60 pieces.  So rich.  So wonderful.

My cookies were in this box (a little more impressive IRL).  Lucky for me I was only packaging for 12, as I only had (the original) 12 sheets of Kraft Cardstock!  I also had exactly enough Sheer Linen Ribbon, and this was the perfect use for it.  You’re worth it, bakers!

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Santa Gift Card Envelope

Debra Burgin 1412 Santa Gift Card EnvelopeI was smitten by a card made by my friend Jennifer Taylor with this Santa on it.  A right jolly old elf, wouldn’t you say?  I made only a few changes to Jennifer’s design, and it was perfect to put on this gift card holder.  The back features an interoffice-envelope-type closure — Baker’s Twine wrapped around two circles in a figure eight.  Sweet!

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December Paper Pumpkin!

Have you seen the December Paper Pumpkin kit yet?  Watch to see how fun and simple this kit is to put together. Wonder what the surprise will be next month?  Learn more at mypaperpumpkin.com.

Oh, and are you looking for the perfect last-minute gift? Avoid the crowds and stay cozy by the fire. We’ve got you covered with prepaid Paper Pumpkin subscriptions.

Choose from 1, 3, 6, or 12 months. Then, click, print, sign, and stuff into their stocking. Easy! You can literally wait until the very last minute, but save yourself the stress and go get it now.

Prices start at just $19.95 US. Click here to shop. You’re welcome. Now sit back and finish that hot cocoa in front of this video!

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Gentle Peace

Debra Burgin Blendabilities Christmas Gentle PeaceI really love to color with Stampin’ Blendabilities Markers.  They are totally unlike other Stampin’ Products used for coloring.  So I tell stampers who are thinking of buying their first collection that they would really benefit from my Blendabilities Basics class.  On your own — well, I’m not sure you’d get the techniques on your own.

So it’s fun to prep for any Blendabilities class, including one I held a few weeks ago  practicing some new techniques using Christmas sets.  (You’ve already seen a card here from the class.)

I’m quite sure this Gentle Peace photopolymer set was designed for us Blendabilities users.  Every version created in class was stunning and, unlike mine, truer to the ethnicity of the holy family!

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Oh! Christmas Tree!


Debra Burgin Framelits Christmas TreeI was surprised at camp last week with this adorable Christmas tree made by Marci Esgar. She gave me permission to post it here.  Utterly cute!  It’s made with ten stars (two of each size) stamped on a variety of green card stock and die cut.  A dowel is secured in a craft spool, then the stars are threaded onto the dowel, separated by beads.  The top end of the dowel is sandwiched between the two smallest stars.

You can find the perfect star images in Many Merry Stars, Bright & Beautiful, and Be the Star — all are sized to be die cut with the Stars Framelits.  Marci’s daughter suggested stamping these images in VersaMark on Whisper White card stock and embossing them in silver.  What other combinations would be fabulous?

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Blendabilities Christmas Pine

Debra Burgin Blendabilities Christmas PineHow I would love to see this set return in the Stampin’ Up! 2015-2016 Annual Catalog!  It’s gotten a serious workout the past several months!  (Did you know you can find all the cards I’ve posted using this set?  Just use the Search the Blog box at the top right and enter ornamental.)

This card is from last week’s A Blendabilities Christmas and uses the simple but impressive technique of coloring over a heat embossed image.  I first saw this done on a card by Sandi MacIver, but I’m not really sure who discovered how cool this is.  All the class participants here were wowed!

I received my pre-order from the upcoming 2015 Occasions Catalog and have flagged several sets to use in the next Blendabilities Basics classes in mid-February and mid-March.  Watch for them!

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Candles and snowflakes

Debra Burgin Snowflake votive wrap #2Here’s a simple project that shouldn’t take more than 10 minutes.  It has only a few ingredients:

Here’s what it looks like a real tea light in it (just for the picture — a battery-operated light is the smarter choice!) and the room lights off:

Debra Burgin Snowflake votive wrap #1Why not make a dozen or so to line your fireplace mantel, or one for each windowsill?

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Snuggles and Smooches!

We were reminded at last week’s Catalog Kickoff that Valentine’s Day will be here before long!  That made me break into a bit of a sweat, and I had to stifle a scream.

But my life is all about planning ahead and keeping on track.  That sounds tedious, but look what I get to work with!  This brand-new photopolymer set (Snuggles and Smooches, #140326, $15.95) is so stinkin’ cute I can hardly stand it.  I’ve already got it on the next order I submit, so plan on seeing (and using) it in January!

For inspiration, check out these Stampin’ Up! corporate samples:

140326O1 140326O2

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Enjoy this … but not quite yet

Debra Burgin Mini Treat BagLast night was the Heartfelt Inkspiration group meeting.  We were a little light on attendance, but big as far as enthusiasm and creativity.  After some business, we dove into the 2015 Occasions Catalog and 2015 Sale-A-Bration Catalog — and then, into the box itself, which arrived just in the nick of time!

Here’s my first project, a Mini Treat Bag made with Sale-A-Bration Designer Series Paper and the new Bow Builder Punch.

I think your own catalogs are on their way — ENJOY!

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