No matter what

Debra Burgin No matter whatI’ll admit that I arrived home from Salt Lake City feeling as though I had been in a salad spinner for five days!  But I happily returned to my normal routine, hanging laundry on the line, cleaning bathrooms, and loving a little boy’s affection and perpetual conversation (“Grandma, milk is the soup of ice cream!”).

As soon as I arrived home, DL announced that we had been invited to a birthday party for a neighbor Monday night, so the summer fun continues — and last night was a band concert in the park.  Hard to believe July is 2/3 gone.

Here’s another of my Convention swaps from last week, with the layered-tag motif I can’t stop using.  The swap was “Something Old, Something New.”  At least one stamp set had to be old (Everything Eleanor) and the card had to have at least one element from the new catalog (ribbon, DSP).  So fun to figure this out!  If you’re wondering about the sentiment, the other half of this, from Petite Pairs, is “I’m here for you.”

Stamps:  Everything Eleanor (p. 69), Petite Pairs (p. 134), Gorgeous Grunge (p. 165)

Ink/Color:  Perfect Plum, Pear Pizzazz, So Saffron (Stampin’ Write Marker), Elegant Eggplant, Smoky Slate

Paper:  Whisper White, Moonlight Designer Series Paper Stack, Perfect Plum

Other:  Big Shot, Banners Framelits, Hearts a Flutter Framelits, Party Pennants Bigz Die, Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder, 1/4″ Cotton Ribbon (Pear Pizzazz), Designer Buttons (Regals), Baker’s Twine (Whisper White), Stampin’ Dimensionals

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Weekly Deals: July 22-28

201407022Hmmm, Pumpkin Pie Chevron Ribbon … fall projects, anyone?

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Stamp Review Crew: Lovely As a Tree

SRC-Lovely-as-a-Tree-bannerWelcome to another Stamp Review Crew blog hop — this one celebrating the oldest trick in the book stamp set in the catalog!  The copyright date on the Lovely As a Tree stamp labels is 2001, so I have to believe that’s when it was released.  That means that LAAT is older than my Stampin’ Up! career!

Hopping in order?  Then I know you adored Beth’s projects at My little craft blog.  If you lose your way, remember that you can click on the banner above to get to the list of blogs.

I have done a lot of traditional stamping with this set; you can search for it using the widget at the top right.  But because I was using it for the Stamp Review Crew display board at Convention last week, I twisted it a bit for these two cards.  The first is a triplet — a series of three images from the biggest stamp in the set.  Unfortunately, I’m pretty sure you can’t see the tiny spots of sparkle on the branches that create a quiet winter scene.

Debra Burgin LAAT TripletThe large evergreen in the set is one of my favorite Stampin’ Up! images ever, although there are some in the upcoming Holiday Catalog that just may contend for that honor!  Here’s a literal twist on the modified double-time stamping technique I’ve done before.  After cutting out the square, I pressed it into VersaMark and embossed it with Iridescent Ice (the Faux Diamond Dust technique).  I was pleased with the Mossy Meadow and Baked Brown Sugar combination.

Debra Burgin LAAT SpotlightThe amazing Deb Currier has more ideas for you at ARTfelt Impressions — don’t miss her work!

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A dino hello

Debra Burgin Dino helloTruly, I don’t know if this is a dinosaur or a monster, but it’s friendly — and stinkin’ cute!  When I was designing my swap card that you saw yesterday, I started with this image.  Cutting it out, with both Snips and craft blade, was … torture.  And the thought of doing it a dozen more times just about made me weep.

But I couldn’t let this go to waste, so I created a simple note card with well wishes for a friend who just moved to a new home.

I enjoy working with the Note Cards & Envelopes you can find on page 194 of the current Annual Catalog (or here).  Sized at 5 x 3½”, they are easy to design for and not too small to be mailed.  August’s stamp camps will have the theme “Think Small,” and we just may create something like this card.

OK, without the cutting.

Stamps:  Little Buddy Birthday (p. 89)

Color/Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Blendabilities Markers assortments (Daffodil Delight, Coastal Cabana), Color Lifter

Paper:  Whisper White

Other:  Big Shot, Large Polka Dot Embossing Folder, 1″ Circle Punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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Little Buddy Birthday

Debra Burgin Little Buddy BirthdayIt’s safe for me to show this card, as my fellow Convention swappers have theirs in hand now!  Little Buddy Birthday was a set that immediately caught my attention during my first run-through of the new Stampin’ Up! catalog.  Adorable!  But the images are way too small for water coloring, so out came the Blendabilities!  (I worked with the same products that are [finally] available to you now.)  Because I needed to work in assembly-line fashion, I practiced the coloring until I was satisfied I could replicate the results.

I’m excited about an upcoming class I’ll offer in August when you can learn Blendabilities tips and techniques.  Watch for details in the August newsletter!

Stamps:  Little Buddy Birthday (p. 89)

Color/Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Blendabilities Markers assortments (Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Coastal Cabana, Pumpkin Pie), Color Lifter

Paper:  Whisper White, In Color Designer Series Paper Stacks (2013-2015)

Other:  Big Shot, Large Polka Dot Embossing Folder, Circles Collection Framelits, Word Bubbles Framelits, 3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon (Tangelo Twist), Stampin’ Dimensionals

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Hip Hip Hooray!

Debra Burgin 1407 Hip Hip HoorayI’ve been making a lot of layered tags lately, such that a visitor to the studio last week thought that was the theme of stamp camp this month!  (And wait, there’s more — you’ll see another one next week.)  This one is so easy:  it’s pretty much just a window cut with a Framelits.  I was inspired by a card by Elizabeth Price, although of course it ended up totally different!

I’ve been taking pictures (of cards) in the laundry room, the only place in the basement with a window and incandescent lighting.  I think the blues come out better there, don’t you think?

Stamps:  Hip Notes (p. 35)

Ink/Color:  Cherry Cobbler

Paper:  Sahara Sand, Moonlight Designer Series Paper Stack, Island Indigo, Very Vanilla

Other:  Big Shot, Stars Framelits, Linen Thread, Designer Buttons (Regals), Glue Dots, Itty Bitty Banners Framelits, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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And here we are!

SRCConvention-banner2Of course, there are lots of us — 4,000+ — going to Stampin’ Up! Convention this year, but the Stamp Review Crew has a special place.

Several months ago, Stampin’ Up! gave demonstrators an opportunity to throw our names into a hat for the chance to create dozens of samples for a display board at Convention.  We decided as a group to give it a whirl, and as luck would have it, our name was drawn!

Because the Stamp Review Crew holds blog hops focusing on a single stamp set each time, we decided our board should reflect that.  However, to give us a little more to work with, we decided on two sets (Lovely As a Tree and Flower Patch) and agreed to highlight the new In Colors.  Now I wrote that in a single sentence, but please believe that the decision process took weeks until we came to consensus!

If you are at Convention, be sure to look for our display board!  If not, look for an upcoming blog hop with each of the two stamp sets that we are featuring for the board.  (In fact, on Monday, July 21, we’ll hop using Lovely As a Tree.)

See you here or there!

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Weekly Deals: July 15-21

201407015To think that I’ll have the Holiday Catalog in my hands tomorrow — well, it boggles the mind!  If I was a planning ahead kind of woman, I’d put that Gold Baker’s Twine on my order in preparation of holiday projects.  How about you?

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The best cookies, ever. So far.

These were the cookies I made for hospice and for stamp camp this month.  That is, some of the camps.  Seriously, I don’t seem to be able to bake enough cookies lately.  Of course, the fact that I have been eating them right along with friends and family doesn’t help.  Luckily, I bagged and froze the ones designated for hospice, as well as some I thought I could use later in the month.  But, as you may realize, it doesn’t take long for a cookie to thaw enough to eat.

Click the picture to get to the recipe for Oatmeal Cranberry Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies at Our Best Bites.  (I make them using a standard, small cookie scoop.  That way, Jane, these adhere to the 2-point rule.  Just kidding, I’m pretty sure, but there’s no need to actually find out.)  Fabulous!


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Debra Burgin 1407 AwesomenessThis July camp card gave me fits!  I knew I had to use the Kiss & Twist technique on the flowers, but I couldn’t perfect my technique.  So I called it a night, and the next morning, bingo, I got it.

You may know this as Faux Shaving Cream or marbleizing.  This is how I do it:

  1. Choose two stamps. Stamp #1 should be a solid image. Stamp #2 should be an irregular line image (like text).
  2. Ink stamp #1 in desired color.
  3. Do not ink stamp #2 (or ink in a darker, complemen­tary color to that used for #1).
  4. Press stamp #2 against stamp #1 (kissing them) and twist or swirl. Repeat a few times until stamp #1 is marbleized.
  5. Breathe on stamp #1 to moisten the ink and stamp the image on card stock.
  6. Clean stamps before repeating.

Because this was the monthly technique, we also created a small sample for the technique card:

Debra Burgin 1407 Awesomeness 2I love this new Sweetheart punch embossed with the new Lovely Lace folder.

Practice this, and don’t expect perfection. because marble — the stone — isn’t!

Stamps:  Big News (p. 68) [for Kiss & Twist, Flower Patch (p. 156), By the Tide (p. 131), Everything Eleanor (p. 69)]

Ink/Color:  VersaMark, Whisper White, Crisp Cantaloupe, Blushing Bride

Paper:  Smoky Slate, Whisper White, Basic Gray, Pear Pizzazz

Other:  Texture Boutique, Lovely Lace Embossing Folder, Sweetheart Punch, Heat Tool and Stampin’ Emboss Powder (White), Big Shot, Ovals Collection Framelits, Stampin’ Sponge, Bird Builder Punch, Petite Petals Punch, Itty Bitty Accents Punch, Dazzling Details (Silver Sparkle), Stampin’ Dimensionals

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