Online Extravaganza starts Monday!

2014 Online ExtravaganzaAt last! I thought we’d never see the details on this year’s Online Extravaganza!
Let’s get right to it:  HERE is where you can see all three pages of the pdf file with amazing discounts.

Tops on my list?  An additional Big Shot Magnetic Platform at 40% off!  Starting Monday, I’ll be able to get it for just $23.97!  The Mag Plat is really a necessity in my cutting room, and I think it’s a safe guess to say my collection of Big Shot Framelits and other thin dies will be increasing with the next seasonal catalog.

A few details:

  • Don’t miss the Doorbusters on Monday, November 24 and Monday, December 1.  (The entire set of 3-marker Blendabilities assortments for $100 — are you kidding???  But only on Monday 12/1!)
  • Most Textured Impressions Embossing Folders are on sale for just $5 — but only on Monday, 11/24.  Don’t forget about the folders in the Holiday Catalog.
  • Ribbon?  Punches?  Wow!

This sale lasts from November 24 through December 1, or while supplies last.  (I know the banner says until 12/2, but I’m pretty sure that’s incorrect.  8 days.  Monday-Monday.  That’s what I’m going with.)

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An invitation

Debra Burgin 2014 Christmas BlendabilitiesAn invitation, but for what?  On the first weekend in December, I’ll be holding A Blendabilities Christmas, a class exclusively for stampers who participated in one of my Bloomin’ Blendabilities classes earlier this fall.  We’ll be using our Blendies with some of the new holiday stamps that are so wonderful to color, including the new photopolymer set, Gentle Peace.  I’ve got a number of new techniques to share, too.

I have to laugh at the number of supplies for this little tag — all those Blendabilities!  But that’s the nature of coloring, and why I store all mine in a removable plastic drawer.  Bring the drawer to my table and get to work!

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Merry & bright — and easy!

Debra Burgin 1411 CH #1This is one of the cards we’re making at this afternoon’s stamp camp (sorry to ruin your surprise, ladies!).  It’s inspired by a card by Krystal De Leeuw.

What do I mean by “inspired”?  Well, her card had circles (including one from Glimmer Paper), this tree, and an embossed white background.  I changed the sentiment, omitted the ribbon and one of the circles, used a different embossing folder, and changed the card base color.

Now, how can you actually go From Inspiration to Creation?  That’s the topic of a class I’m developing for early next year, in conjunction with the Stampin’ Up! 2015 Occasions Catalog.  While not a Stamping 101 class (we won’t talk about how to ink up a stamp, for example), we will learn and experiment with basic design and execution.  Watch for more details in the coming weeks!

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Paper Pumpkin November 2014

Have you seen the November Paper Pumpkin kit yet?  I love it!  Watch to see how fun and simple this kit is to put together.  (And make sure your speakers are on!)

Wonder what the surprise will be next month?  Learn more at

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Christmas Cheer

Debra Burgin 1411 Christmas CheerIn my world, it is post-Thanksgiving — we had our family dinner here Saturday in the studio.  It worked out beautifully, with plenty of space for eating and playing games afterward.  I thought getting the food to the lower level would be a problem, but even Peter (almost 4!) helped, carrying the basket of crescent rolls down the steps with great seriousness and without incident.  “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much ….”  (Crescent rolls are essential at Burgin gatherings.  Do you have a similar food requirement in your family?)

This camp card is simple but striking.  Of course, sometimes the simple designs are the most challenging, and such is the case here.  I provided a template for stampers to mark a horizontal line as a guide for the snowflakes; later the line was covered with Dazzling Details.  The stamp set may be unexpected — it’s from the Holiday Supplement.  So many things I like about Project Life December Wonder!

Yesterday was a supremely quiet day.  My stepson left for the airport just as we were leaving for church, and after breakfast we returned to a quiet (and clean) house.  Outside:  snow flurries and sub-freezing temps.  Inside:  a fire, a quilt, a cup of pumpkin spice tea, and a book.  **Yawn**

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Joy ornaments

Debra Burgin 1411 Joy ornamentsI said at camp this week that if Stampin’ Up! ever retires the Postage Stamp Punch, I’m in trouble!  And yet, it’s been some time since I’ve used it in camp.  I earned this set of Thinlits (new in this Annual Catalog) as a half-price item — so worth it, even at full price!  These little letters are just 3/4″ tall and fit perfectly in the 1″ Square Punch.  And of course from this card, you have the positive die cuts that are ready for another project.  A cute tag, perhaps?

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Banner Blessings

I had completely forgotten that yesterday was the debut of the monthly photopolymer set.  As soon as I saw Banner Blessings, I put it on an order!  It’s not too often that I jump that quickly, but I love the design and the message of this set.  I may not ink it up for a bit (could be a post-holiday project), but it will be ready for me!  (If you’re as crazy about this as I am, click the picture above to get to my online store.)

Until I went to the Stampin’ Up! blog, I didn’t know this set was designed by a … regular person!  A challenge was issued at convention last year for a non-employee design contest, and Holly Stene won.  Here’s a picture of one of her projects; click it to get to the blog post that has lots more samples:



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Wisteria Christmas wishes


Debra Burgin 2014 JJ Christmas WishesWhen designing my Jingle Jump projects, I always include a Christmas card in non-traditional colors.  Usually it’s a light blue, but this year I went with Wisteria Wonder.  It enhances the iciness of  this image, I think.  Every card like this the JJ stampers made was stunning!

The little embellishments at the ends of the sentiment are 1/4″ circles of Silver Glimmer Paper.  Very easy way to add a bit of bling with no bulk!

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Snowflake in circle

Debra Burgin 2014 JJ Snowflake in CircleThis is the Jingle Jump card that I wrote about yesterday.  You’ll need to click on the photo and zoom in to get the full effect of the Dazzling Diamonds Glitter Paper underneath the same Whisper White circle.  There’s just enough bling peeking through and around the die cut (when viewed slightly from the side) to delight.  The snowflake is offset and popped in the center with two stacked Stampin’ Dimensionals.

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Snowflake Card Thinlits Dies

At my Jingle Jump event this past weekend, we made a simple card that had a lot of impact — I’ll show it to you tomorrow.  It used the Snowflake Card Thinlits Dies found on page 22 of the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog.  I think this set of dies is very easy to overlook, and especially the large snowflake that looks sort of like a solid piece.  In fact, it’s quite intricate; once you see it used, you’ll notice it on pages 3 and 20.

If you weren’t at the Jingle Jump to use this die, the next best thing is to view this SU! corporate video that demonstrates how to make the card on page 20.  All of these “swing” cards are so clever, but I enjoy the extra tips and embellishments on this one.  See if you agree:

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