Festival of Trees for the Stampin’ Addicts

Debra Burgin Christmas Tree TagI’m pretty sure my swapping buddies from Stampin’ Addicts have all received their swaps in the mail — I sent them over a month ago! — so it’s safe for me to post!  Unfortunately, I didn’t hold back one of my own cards, so my recollection of the recipe for this one is a bit fuzzy.  This should be pretty close:

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Stamp, Stock & Save — but quickly!

Header_SSS_demo_10.1-6.2014_NANow that’s what I’m talking about!  I’ve been reviewing and restocking the pantry and the linen closets — and now it’s time to check my stampin’ supplies so I can take advantage of this fabulous offer!  For just six days — October 1-6 — save 15% on ALL Classic Stampin’ Ink Pads, as well as selected paper, envelopes, and adhesive.  Oh, yes, also save 20% on a selection of five stamp sets (available in both clear- and wood-mount):

Click the Stamp, Stock & Save banner to open a pdf with all the items listed, then visit my online store to place your order.  Don’t miss this deadline!

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Autumn Wreath

Debra Burgin 1409 Autumn WreathI told my campers this month that I thought I was coming up with a fabulous new idea — creating a fall wreath from this set!  The next time I ran through my blog roll after making this card, behold, there was a wreath nearly the same.  Well of course!  I’m pretty sure there are no new creative ideas under the sun, just an opportunity for each of us to discover those ideas for ourselves.

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Autumn tag

Debra Burgin 1409 Autumn TagDemo Jen Timko used this type of leaves on a recent card and I just had to CASE them.  Sure, I knew the Flower Fair Framelits had leaves, but why didn’t it occur to me to use them without stamping first?  Duh.  The clever veining of the orange leaf is achieved the same way we used to do it with the paper crimper:  fold the leaf, insert it into the embossing folder at an angle, and run it through the Texture Boutique or Big Shot.  A little bit of ink dabbed on the other two leaves gives them a different kind if interest.

Do you recognize the stamp image?  Check out that set, below, and be amazed at the assortment of words!

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Two hearts

Debra Burgin 2014FA Just for YouThis is the last card offered at my All-Occasions Stamp-a-Stack last month.  It’s CASEd from demo Debra Currier, one of my favorite stampers.  Gotta love her name, too!

Now the funny thing about this card is that it arrived in our mailbox Monday to celebrate our 28th anniversary.  That’s right, one of the SAS stampers sent me my own camp card!  Since I nag stampers to actually send their handmade cards, instead of keeping them captive and forlorn in their stamp area, I give double kudos to Yvonne for this!

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Hello, fall!


Debra Burgin 2014FA Hello FallI am welcoming fall with open arms, although I’ve been enjoying fall-ish weather for weeks, it seems.  There’s just a little snap in the air — the kind of weather that causes you to wear a sweater in the morning, but forget to take it home in the late afternoon.  (I imagine the lost-and-found bins at school get seriously full now!)

This is another card from the All-Occasions Stamp-a-Stack.  What a beautiful set For All Things is for all-over background stamping; it’s worth stamping an entire sheet of Very Vanilla so you can use it for several projects.  In fact, I’ll admit that I’d rather stamp my backgrounds than use patterned paper.  It’s not that I don’t like Designer Series Paper, but I’m first a stamper, and I get a lot of pleasure from this kind of stamping.

I’m not the only one:  one of my stampin’ buddies suggested it was time for another One Sheet Wonder class.  I may do it!

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A whole lot of wonderful, paper piecing version

Debra Burgin 1409 A whole lot of wonderfulThe September camp technique is paper piecing.  It’s simple and enjoyable, if you like fussy cutting!  Here the image was stamped on a Whisper White panel, then again (after re-inking) on the Moonlight DSP.  Each vase was cut out of the DSP and carefully adhered in place with a small amount of glue.  The effect is striking, particularly with the stripes that align diagonally across the image.

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Ahoy, birthday boy!

DSCN0952 - CopyLate September and the entire month of October are busy with masculine birthdays in our family.  So when I was looking for easy cards to make at the All-Occasions Stamp-a-Stack, I was happy to find one by Lyssa Griffin Zwolanek that also fit my need for manly cards.  I made just a few changes (I had to use that background, finally!), but I give her the credit.

Several stampers have been asking me about my next stamp-a-stack.  This year’s Jingle Jump, which offers only Christmas/holiday cards, will be held at my house Friday, November 7, and Saturday, November 8.  Watch for more information in the October newsletter.  (You are signed up, aren’t you?  If not, click HERE.)

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Congratulations, the easy way

Debra Burgin 2014FA CongratulationsIf you look at the case for the stamp set Bravo, you’d never realize how big the stamps are.  In small print it says that the images on the case are shown at 65% — open the case and see for yourself!

I love this set because it makes easy cards and fast cards, like this one, from my All-Occasions Stamp-a-Stack.  A brush stroke and a sparkly star increases the appeal!

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Truly grateful recipes

I always mean to post the recipes for blog hops later in the week, but I’m not very good about following through!  There’s so much to look at  during a hop, I don’t want to keep you too long.  So here they are:

Debra Burgin Truly Grateful

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