Tip Top Taupe, I think you’re great!

Debra Burgin Tip Top TaupeThe tempo and excitement are increasing here as we near the end of the Stampin’ Up! catalog year!  Monday night I completed my (first) wish list, Tuesday night I held the final camp of the catalog year, and yesterday my second pre-order arrived.

So here’s a set I said I wouldn’t order:  Bohemian Borders.  I’m really not fond of the motifs, but I forgot how fun it would be to create custom borders with these photopolymer stamps.  This example, with a row of three impressions, was my first attempt — pretty good, I say!  I added tiny diamonds in two colors to give this a distinctively masculine feel.  Pretty sure Dad had some article of clothing like this in the 70s.  Golf shorts?

I will say again that I was very, very nervous about the new In Colors.  But when I showed the card stock to the campers (and observed a carefully neutral reaction), I showed how different the colors look when they are not used together.  So here I took two core colors, So Saffron and Marina Mist, and paired them with two In Colors, Tip Top Taupe and Delightful Dijon.  (You missed the 90-second delay in typing while I looked up the correct names!)  I like this combo!

You’ll have to believe me when I tell you that I embossed the flap of the envelope for this birthday card with the coordinating Boho Chic folder.  It’s a must-have!

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Hello, Bunny!

Debra Burgin 1505 Hello BunnyI love the images from Cheerful Critters, but this is the first time we used this set in camp.  Some experimenting while I was preparing for my Wonderful Watercolor class convinced me that it is possible to watercolor an image that’s been stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink without it smearing.  Surprising, isn’t it?  The secret is to work quickly, without using too much water and without overworking the color.  In other words, work swiftly and confidently!

You may wonder why I didn’t just stamp the image in StazOn Jet Black ink.  The answer is that in my experience, inking a photopolymer stamp with StazOn causes some kind of — I don’t know — reaction, such that when you lift the stamp from the paper, it rips the paper a bit.  That’s not just a sticky stamp, that’s something peculiar!  I haven’t heard any other stamper mention this issue, and I haven’t yet talked to Stampin’ Up! about it.  Maybe it’s just me!

This Edgelits benefits from the same cutting/cleaning technique we use with the Butterflies Thinlits.  (Read about it HERE.)  It doesn’t completely clean out the tiny pieces (I think because this Edgelits is solid, not open), but it’s so much easier than poking them out by hand with a sharp tool!  Even with a bit of work, this retiring Edgelits and its sawtooth-edged partner have been favorites of mine.

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You’ve Got This (or you will, soon)

Debra Burgin You've Got ThisWatermelon Wonder is one hot color!  I’m not sure this photo really captures it correctly — that lovely lacy ribbon should be pinker.  It is not orange.  (Sometimes by the time I get done with my photo editing, I feel so far away from the real-life subject.  It’s frustrating, and I need to get this problem solved!)

Anyway, I wanted to watercolor this image from You’ve Got This (soon to be available!).  Along with Watermelon Wonder, I used Pumpkin Pie to play up the coral tones.  The leaves are in Old Olive, and I created a mask of the flower image so I could over-stamp the crosshatch image as a background.  I love the way it looks like crayon scribbling!

How to create the mask?  Stamp the image on a large sticky note, along the top edge so that most of the image will be sticky on the back side.  Then fussy cut the image.  To use it, place over the prepared panel and stamp over the mask.  Remove it carefully and save it in the stamp case so you don’t have to make another one.

I think you’ll love this trim; although it’s wide (1″), it’s so soft and not at all bulky.

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It’s all about the dates…

20150601_AnnualCatalog_en-USIt’s just two weeks away — the launch of the Stampin’ Up! 2015-2016 Annual Catalog!  On June 2, it is live, and it would not surprise me to hear that the Stampin’ Up! system is smokin’ due to all the activity.

In addition to the excitement over being able to access the catalog online and the ability to place an order of brand-new items, there’s another reason June 2 will be special:  the current (2014-2015) catalog and Occasions Catalog end that day.  You’ll have the best of both worlds with this one-day overlap.  And, prices that have been raised in the new catalog will have the old prices in effect for just June 2.  That means if you order a Big Shot on June 2, the price will be $99 (from the 2014-2015 catalog), not the new price of $110.

There may be a bigger benefit in store for you if you place an order on June 2:  current host benefits will be in effect even though you may be ordering from the new catalog; beginning June 3, the new Stampin’ Rewards will be in place.

So plan, plan, plan!

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I think you’re great!

Debra Burgin I Think You're GreatAs you may know, Stampin’ Up! demonstrators are permitted to order selected items from the 2015-2016 Annual Catalog before it goes “live” to the public.  So you’ve probably seen this image from I Think You’re Great around the web — there were only nine sets we could pre-order, which may sound like a lot, but there are lots more new sets coming!

This set is designed for the “kissing” technique, pressing an inked-up stamp against a patterned stamp that isn’t inked up, or has a darker, contrasting ink.  It provides instant texture with no effort, except another stamp to clean!

The other new product pictured here is the Envelope Paper, 12″ x 12″ paper that is called “text weight,” perfect for making, yes, envelopes.  This is a note card, and the measurements on the Envelope Punch Board include a measurement for an envelope to fit this size (5″ x 3½”).  Stampers ask me if I use my Envelope Punch Board, and the answer is:  all the time!  If you ever see it in the Weekly Deals for 25% off, grab it!

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Something like a bluebird

Debra Burgin 1505 BluebirdPretty sure this doesn’t look anything like a bluebird, but it’s a bird with some blue on it, so there.  All the cards in camp this month have animals on them, some images that are retiring and others, like this one, that will be with us for at least another year.

The tinting on this bird is done with a sponge eye shadow applicator — much more precise than our Sponge Daubers.

This isn’t really a “fancy” fold, but it is sort of unusual.  I think I have a few others like this to share soon.  The front has 2″ cut off, and the inside has a Soft Sky accent of 2⅛” wide.  Just be careful not to apply adhesive to the entire back of the tag!

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A win-win situation

New productsMy pre-order finally arrived yesterday — at 5:15 p.m.!  I’m not saying I was trying to keep my mind off the long wait, but there are no weeds in any flower bed here!  This is as far as I got, however, so today is a play day.

Blossom AccentsThe other “win” is that Cindi Copeland is the winner of the In Color 2015-2017 Blossom Accents.  She correctly guessed that the picture was taken at Pikes Peak State Park in Iowa.  (There’s a picture at this link of the platform I was standing on!)  We’ve enjoyed our visit to this SP both times, and I recommend this stop if you’re exploring the Mississippi River.

Thanks to all who participated in this little contest.  This is practice for the BIG contest coming up in just a few weeks — the 7th Annual Great Coin Jar Contest!

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A little invitation

Debra Burgin Appreciation inviteOne of the benefits of being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator is receiving Stampin’ Success, the SU! magazine, every other month.  The cover of May’s issue was so appealing, I had to use the concept for this invitation to my annual Hostess Appreciation Event on June 6.  Although the event won’t be the debut of the new catalog (I’ve already been handing it out!), it will be the first time stampers can see and use selected new items.  It’s an event I plan for weeks and I’m already unreasonably excited!  I must pace myself …

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50% off!

header_PP_demo_5.2015If you haven’t tried Paper Pumpkin, now is a great time to sign up and get 50% off your first two months.  For new subscribers only, use the code SAVE50 to join Paper Pumpkin before June 10, 2015, and get 50% off the first two months!  After that, keep the creativity coming for only $19.95 + tax per month (shipping included).

This is a month-by-month subscription, not a pre-paid version.   Unless you cancel, your membership will continue at full price after the first two discounted months.

New to the Paper Pumpkin concept?  Take a look at this Stampin’ Up! video showing the kit for April:

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96 pounds

No, that’s not my vacation eat-with-abandon weight gain (although the waistbands are a bit tight).  That’s the total weight of the Stampin’ Up! boxes my UPS guy brought yesterday — carrying them all at the same time!  Some went immediately into my trunk, everything else went downstairs (one box at a time), where I realized with dismay that the big box did not hold my new products.  Those will come tomorrow.  Good thing I have a busy day today.

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