Tumbling leaves

Debra Burgin 2016 SAS Tumbling LeavesI thought it was important to include a sympathy card in the All Occasions Stamp-a-Stack class last month.  It’s good to have these on hand, because it’s so often difficult to make one when the need arises.

So I pulled out Botanical Blooms from the Occasions Catalog to create something soothing and dignified.  This layout lends itself to a variety of images — just turn the stamps so you don’t have the exact same image placement each time you stamp.  You don’t want them marching like little soldiers.

Here again is one of the sentiments from Rose Wonder.

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Stained glass rose

Debra Burgin 1601 Stained Glass RoseI thought for sure I had posted this card from last month, but I guess I overlooked it when I wrote this post about a similar card.  I feel as though I overdo the “I am in love with this” routine about Stampin’ Up! products, but, wow, I love the Rose Wonder bundle.  (In fact, we’ll make a card with this identical layout at this month’s camps, but with a totally different technique.)  The sentiments are gorgeous and cover a variety of needs.  Altering the “lining” of the die cut can change this from a tender rose to a flamboyant one!

To achieve this lining that resulted in a kind of stained glass effect, we die cut the rose and leaves from black paper.  We used the coordinating stamp on patterned paper and solid green, then cut around the outline.  The detail lines that were stamped did not show, because the die cut covers them perfectly.  Tiny drops of adhesive from the Fine-Tip Glue Pen were enough to secure the die cut over the lining.

I fervently hope this bundle will reappear in the next annual catalog!  (Of course you don’t have to wait!  This bundle plus the Fine-Tip Glue Pen will earn you a FREE Sale-A-Bration item!)

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Weekly Deals: 2/9-2/15

Weekly Deals

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Enjoy the Little Things

Occasions16_p33_bI saw the Enjoy the Little Things Project Kit in real life in November and was immediately smitten.  If you’re registered for Inkspiration Saturday on March 5, you’ll see it in person, too, thanks to the efforts of Darlene Johnson who assembled it for me!

Here’s a Stampin’ Up! corporate video showing you all that you need to know about this fabulous project!  You’ll need to be viewing this post in a web browser to watch the video.

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Just the Sweetest!

Debra Burgin 2016 SAS Just the SweetestCount me among the thousands of people who love mandarin oranges!  My favorite way to eat them is in a tossed salad to counter other strong flavors.  I’m always sad when they are out of season.

This card, another from the All-Occasions Stamp-a-Stack, uses the wonderful 2016 Occasions Catalog set Apple of My Eye.  It happens to be the same set featured in this month’s Stamp@Home kit.  (This is not one of the cards you’ll make, however.)  Even considering the leaves are hand cut (can’t really call it fussy cutting!), this is a 10-minute card.  The other half of the punched-out orange is inside the card.

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Happy Birthday Cupcakes

Debra Burgin 2016 SAS Happy Birthday CupcakesThis was a favorite card at last weekend stamp-a-stack.  I had a lot of fun picking out the patterns to make the banners!  Can you see the little squiggle on the cupcake frosting?  What’s a treat without some sugary sprinkles?

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Weekly Deals: 2/2-2/8

Weekly Deals

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Hello, Dahlia!

Debra Burgin 2016 SAS Hello DahliaLast weekend’s All-Occasions Stamp-a-Stack was a big success, with just under 200 cards made!  This card (inspired by Mary Brown) shows just what I love to offer for a SAS event:  little work, big impact.  It requires just two colors and distinctive stamps.  And don’t forget — the Sale-A-Bration Hello stamp will only be with us for two more weeks.  It’s FREE with an order of at least $50 in product, but it will not be available after February 15.

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Stamp Review Crew: I Think You’re Great

I%20Think%20You're%20great%20BannerI’m not #1 in very many things, but I am today — unless you’re arriving from addINKtive designs!  It’s another edition of the Stamp Review Crew’s twice-monthly blog hop, this time highlighting I Think You’re Great on page 130 of the Annual Catalog.  (You’ll find buttons at the end of the post to go forward or backward through the blog hop — or just click the hop banner above to see a list of the participants.)

This set was one that demonstrators could order about a month before the catalog was released, so naturally I pounced on it.  And I can’t say it has seen much action since then!  These images are designed to facilitate the kissing technique (or kiss-off or kiss-and-twist), but I like them by themselves, too.

This is my thank you note card for online orders in January.  Thanks to the Stamp-a-ma-jig, I was able to stamp the image twice and have it aligned perfectly.  (Stampers, I’m planning to revisit the SAMJ in camp this month or next!)  I love blue and brown together, and here I chose Bermuda Bay and Early Espresso for extra POW!  This is a simple card perfect for making multiples, especially when you start with the pre-cut and -scored Whisper White Note Cards & Envelopes.

Debra Burgin Hi! You're GreatAlthough I’ve made several sweet and sugary valentines, I didn’t have one for my husband until I made this note card.  It is sort of in keeping with my usual black-and-red theme for Valentine’s Day for him.  Here I used the same image embossed in silver, then punched it out and layered some hearts atop.  A rhinestone and silver ribbon add more sparkle.

Debra Burgin You're Great in SilverWonder what else is possible with this set?  Jump, skip, or hop over to RunningwScissorsStamper to find out!  Bye for now!

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Birthday Blooms Trio

Debra Burgin Birthday Blooms TrioOne of my stampin’ buddies asked me about creating a “trio” card using this image from Birthday Blooms — specifically, what colors might work.  I love working with these three shades of yellow (although for the next birthday on my list, I must avoid any yellow!), as the result is not overly sweet, as might happen with shades of pink.

My false step occurred after I had finished the card.  How about a tiny bit more shimmer with some Gold Wink of Stella?  Yikes.  I should have used the Clear version, as it was too dark for the middle, So Saffron, flower.  I hope the “thought counts” and the recipient enjoys her birthday card!

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