Painted Petals video

Here’s a corporate video showing Painted Petals in action:

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Amazing Painted Petals

Debra Burgin 1501 CH Amazing Painted PetalsSome of you will recognize this card … you received it in the mail for your birthday!  I had a bunch of bday cards to make and I needed to design a card for my Colonial House stampers.  Working smarter, not harder, I found a card by Dawn Olchefske and modified it to fit both objectives!  Like her, I combined Whisper White with Rose Red, a color sadly neglected in my studio.

Two-step stamping existed when I joined the Stampin’ Up! world almost 10 years ago.  Loved it then, love it now!  The simple concept is using two stamps to create one image.  Instead of using a single stamp with stem, leaves and flowers — that would have to be colored with markers to achieve this look — two stamps are used.  Step one, ink up stem image with Old Olive ink and stamp on Whisper White panel.  Step two, ink up flower heads with Rose Red ink and stamp above stems.  Aligning the images so that they are connected is simple with photopolyer stamps:  they’re clear (although some of mine are stained from red ink) so you can see the previously stamped image.

I extolled the virtues of Dazzling Details at camp, including the fact that it deepens the color under it.  That adds some additional shading along with the glitter.  I’d have a big smile on my face if Stampin’ Up! added more colors of Dazzling Details.

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Celebrating you and Sale-A-Bration

Debra Burgin 1501 CH Celebrating YouStampers at this week’s Colonial House camp made this card, closely CASEd from Krystal De Leeuw, to kick off the new year.  It was such a gloomy day out, we welcomed the fun, bright colors of the Sale-A-Bration Designer Series Paper!  There’s more detail to this card than we typically do, but it was still relatively easy.

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The trouble with the Weekly Deals …

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… is that every week there’s something I want at 25% off!  But I’m not going to place an order for one item and pay $6.95 in minimum shipping just to save, well, less than that.  I’ve heard from you that you don’t want to do that, either.

So Theresa suggested I open an order every week for the Weekly Deals.  (Did you know you can see a slide show of them in the left-hand sidebar of this blog?  Click on one and you’ll be taken to my online store.)  And that’s what I’ll do.

I’ll place a group order Sunday evening (after Downton Abbey!).  Let me know what you want and how you’ll pay for it, and I’ll add your item(s) to the order.  You must be local to participate — i.e., you must pick up your order from my house or at camp.

I’ll start another group Weekly Deals order Tuesday morning when the WDs are announced.

Just in case you want to see them for this week, here they are in one place.  If you’re signed up for the upcoming Blendabilities Basics class, check out the Skin Tone Assortment on sale!

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Garden of love: two variations

Debra Burgin Garden of loveYou saw this card in the Stamp Review Crew’s Valentine Free for All blog hop; now for some details.  I punched each of those hearts –15 of them! — with the Owl Builder Punch.  I like those hearts because they are narrow and can work with images from a variety of stamp sets.

But the punching was a bit tedious, and hearts flew out of the punch all over the place.  There must be a better way … and as I was working in the cutting room, I thought I found it.

This image of the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies isn’t much bigger than the one on page 9 of the Occasions Catalog, but at least this one you can click to enlarge!  If you do, you’ll see three border dies; one of them is a row of hearts, and I used the “punchies” from this die for this next project.  Seven hearts cut at one time!  Not quite enough, but a lot less labor than before.

I became so … twitterpated with this new layout that I have been making variations on it left and right!  Here’s a tip I share with my stampers every time we make a card with small pieces to be adhered:  apply the adhesive (I used a tiny dot of Multipurpose Liquid Glue) to the destination, then place the little item onto the adhesive.

Debra Burgin Garden of love #2BTW, the stems for these “flowers” are from Painted Petals, stamped in Old Olive.  Love, love, love this set in photopolymer!

Which “garden of love” version do you prefer?

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Stamp Review Crew: Valentine Free For All!

SRC-Valentine-FFA-bannerRight. Around. The corner.  Are you ready?  We can help!  The Stamp Review Crew inserted this “exceptional” blog hop in the middle of our scheduled lineup — exceptional because we normally focus on a single set for the hop.  This time, we’re focusing on Valentine’s Day.  You probably just enjoyed Nancy’s lovely creations at Iguana Stamp, or maybe you’re starting here — either way, simply click the banner above to see a complete list of the *19* stampers on the hop!

I designed this Grain Sack Heart for a blogger I follow in the “lifestyle/home” category.  (I’ll share more with you in a few days; I hope I can actually send her this card as a thank-you for her inspiration.)  The heart is made of paper, but it’s (hand) stitched and puffed.

Debra Burgin Grain sack heartI was so sure, so very sure, of the saying on this stamp — I thought it would be perfect for a Valentine theme.  And I’ve actually seen it on Valentine’s cards.  But it does not say, “Do more of what you love.”  Still … in this frame and styled in a composition of winter and holiday items, it could pass, right?

Debra Burgin More of what makes you happyI have not yet tired of white card bases and knew when I started working with Painted Petals that I’d make something like this Garden of Love card.  Each of those hearts is punched out, but I discovered an alternative as I kept experimenting.  Come back later this week for more!

Debra Burgin Garden of loveI had so many ideas for this hop that I’ll be showing more in the days ahead.  Some were flops (never to be seen again!), others need some tweaking, and some need to be re-photographed.

Meanwhile, skip over Tanya’s Tinkerin in Ink and enjoy her work.  (Thanks again, Tanya, for everything you do for The Stamp Review Crew!)

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2015 Spring Inkspiration Saturday is coming!

Inkspiration Saturday badgeYou’re right — it’s not Super Saturday any more!  Tina Moore and I have decided the time has come to change our partnership on this event.  (You’ll hear from her directly about her upcoming stamping and crafting events.)

But don’t despair!  You can still enjoy all the stamping and fun you’ve always had at our Saturday all-day event at Inkspiration Saturday on March 7th at First Congregational Church UCC, DeKalb.

Because registration is limited at this event, you’ll have plenty of room and plenty of time to stamp — Inkspiration Saturday projects are designed to be completed before you leave.

The featured set included in your registration is Butterfly Basics from the Stampin’ Up! 2015 Occasions Catalog (in photopolymer only).  And for just $15 more, you can add the coordinating Butterflies Thinlits Dies!

Registration ends Friday, February 13!  Download the pdf registration form and information HERE or register online via PayPal at Heartfelt Inkspiration > Events > 2015 Spring Inkspiration Saturday HERE.

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Tiger Stripe Heart

Debra Burgin 1501 Tiger Stripe HeartThis card has been a big hit a camp so far this month.  The sparkle is amazing, achieved with Heat & Stick Powder and Gold Glitter.  The instructions on the Heat & Stick Powder are simple to understand; here’s what we did, with great success:

  1. On Very Vanilla scrap, stamp Heart in VersaMark ink.
  2. Immediately pour Heat & Stick powder over image.
  3. Tap excess powder back into container.
  4. Use the Heat Tool to heat the powdered image just until the powder becomes shiny and puffed.  Overheating will cause the image to lose its stickiness.
  5. Immediately pour Gold Glitter onto image.
  6. Tap excess powder back into container.
  7. Use Heat Tool to dry the image just a bit; you won’t see any change, but it dries the adhesive.
  8. Punch out image.

The other thing to note about this card is that the heart was made from Very Vanilla card stock, which deepened the glitter effect.

Oh, and this is my first card (pretty sure) using sequins.  I was pleased with the effect, but it was a little stressful, as I am someone (with good company) who fretted over the placement of each one.

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Snuggles Mini Treat Bag

Debra Burgin 1501 Snuggles Mini Treat BagI hope you were inspired by yesterday’s Stampin’ Up! video on the Mini Treat Bag.  We had a great time making these at Sunday’s camp — and this is (pretty much) what they looked like.  I just love making these two-layer flowers with Snuggles & Smooches.  May this set never leave us!

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Mini Treat Bag

Have you seen the bottom left corner of page 9 in the Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalog?  It’s pretty subtle (and pretty small), but the Mini Treat Bag is packed with lots of goodies.  In fact, we’re making one of these bags this month in camp, and I’ll share it with you later this week.  One of the things I love about the finished product is that it will fit in our standard Medium Envelopes (known as A2 envelopes), creating the perfect pocket card.  The card or panel inside will be 3½” x 5″, the same size as our Note Cards.

Meanwhile, enjoy this Stampin’ Up! video showing the Mini Treat Bag.

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