Preparing to color

When I first start experimenting with Stampin’ Blends on a stamped image, I pull the markers I think I’ll use (at least those that aren’t packed for camp!) and create a palette, like this:

HeartfeltInkspiration.com | Debra Burgin | Stampin' Up! | Before I begin to color, I often create a color palette like this.  Please click for more details!

As you can guess, this was specifically for the pumpkins in this image.  I didn’t want them to all be the same, so this helped direct my coloring and shading.  (Sometimes I continue the palette with new colors creating by blending two or more.)  This birthday card for our oldest grandson was the result of my first effort:

HeartfeltInkspiration.com | Debra Burgin | Stampin' Up! | Many Blessings | A simple birthday card for a guy's October birthday.  Please click for more details!

Funny, after I saw the markers lined up like that, I noticed that Stampin’ Up! changed the label a bit for the new markers in the Holiday Catalog!

In three weeks I’ll have the next seasonal catalog in hand.  How I hope there will be even more Stampin’ Blends colors!

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Jingle Jump deadline at hand!

Jingle Jump bannerTomorrow, 10/17, is the deadline to register for the last Jingle Jump of the season.  Registration is at the bottom of this page — keep reading!

Is this the year you’ll send out handmade holiday greetings? Then get a “jump on your jingle” with this holiday “stamp-a-stack.” Come and make 10 Christmas/holiday cards (several of the same or a variety) for just $20. There will be six different designs (different from the September cards) to choose from in a variety of styles — you’ll love the stamps from the Holiday Catalog! The cards are designed to be completed quickly (in about 10 minutes or so) and have lots of interest but not a lot of fuss, in order to keep the cost low. These cards can be mailed with no additional postage. This event is perfect for the new stamper — invite someone to come with you!

Session 1:  Friday, October 26 — 1:00-5:00 p.m. (come any time)
Session 2:  Friday, October 26 — 6:30-9:30 p.m. (come any time)
Session 3:  Saturday, October 27 — 9:00 a.m. till noon (come any time) FULL!

Place:  My DeKalb home (322 Fairmont Dr)         

Note that registration is limited to 10 stampers at each session.

Need more than ten? Each additional card you make is $2, payable during the camp. I’ll supply envelopes and Stampin’ Dimensionals, but you need to bring your own scissors and adhesive (I suggest bringing several types).

Paid registration of $20 must be received by Wednesday, October 17. I’ll just need your name and contact information in addition to your check. You may also register online below. Please note that if I do not have your payment, you are not registered for this event.


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Stamp Review Crew: Dashing Deer

Welcome to this edition of the Stamp Review Crew’s twice-monthly blog hop.  We gather on the first and third Monday of each month to show off one stamp set — this time it’s Dashing Deer, from the Stampin’ Up! 2018 Holiday Catalog).  Although I’m the first blog in this hop this time, today you have a loop of 15 blogs — you can see the list of participants by clicking the banner above.  You may have arrived here from Paper Conversation, where you enjoyed the creativity of my friend Mickey Roberts.

This particular image simply stunned me the first time I stamped it.  I know, you see it in the catalog and on other people’s blogs, but it’s something else to see it in real life.  It’s so beautiful.

Debra Burgin | Heartfelt Inkspiration | Stampin' Up! | Dashing Deer | Stamp Review Crew | To enhance this beautiful image, I layered on lots of clear embossing powder. Please click to learn more!

I tried this in several colors, but I kept coming back to Cherry Cobbler.  Red and black are favorite Christmas colors for me (although it sounds odd!), but I just couldn’t get it to work.  Until, that is, I remembered the beautiful effects of layering embossing powder.  We did this many years ago — in fact, Stampin’ Up! used to carry a chunkier embossing powder just for this purpose.  Here’s a closeup:

Debra Burgin | Heartfelt Inkspiration | Stampin' Up! | Dashing Deer | Stamp Review Crew | To enhance this beautiful image, I layered on lots of clear embossing powder. Please click to learn more!

See that glassy surface?  It’s like looking into a pool.  After I stamped and die cut the deer, I brayered on a layer of VersaMark, then applied Clear Stampin’ Emboss Powder and melted it.  I repeated the heat embossing twice more.  You may think it would be easier to heat emboss first, then die cut — and it would be easier — but you wouldn’t get the same sort of beveled edge that is so appealing.

Debra Burgin | Heartfelt Inkspiration | Stampin' Up! | Dashing Deer | Stamp Review Crew | To enhance this beautiful image, I layered on lots of clear embossing powder. Please click to learn more!

Keep reading for the list of supplies I used, or leave me (awww!) and hop to Bronwyn’s blog, addINKtive designs, to fall in love with what she’s done!

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A simple bouquet

A couple of weeks ago I mentioned the “sleeper set” from the Stampin’ Up! 2018 Holiday Catalog.  I think Wishing You Well (page 35) is another set that’s easy to overlook and dismiss.  But this simple card from September camp was a hit — and I can’t stop using this set!

Debra Burgin | Heartfelt Inkspiration | Stampin' Up! | Wishing You Well | This beautiful set is so easy to use, and the DistINKtive design means you get simply amazing results! Please click to read more (and thank you!).

See that beautiful bow?  There’s something quite mesmerizing about how realistic it looks.  That’s thanks to the patent pending DistINKtive design that creates realistic depth and intensity.

Debra Burgin | Heartfelt Inkspiration | Stampin' Up! | Wishing You Well | This beautiful set is so easy to use, and the DistINKtive design means you get simply amazing results! Please click to read more (and thank you!).

This card has no dimension and no embellishments — flat and simple, with a beautiful sentiment.  Because this was such a quick card, we also created a smaller version using Very Vanilla Note Card & Envelopes.  (I hope you got them when they were on sale last week!)

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A Starry Merry Christmas

What a fun weekend we had at the HOME Sampler class!  Stampers were thrilled with their creations — and to think they now have a Christmas gift totally ready to go to a special person!

The studio has been humming with design projects.  Every plastic shoebox except one has been pressed into use.  I’ve used this system for many years:  as I begin to create, I start a shoebox and collect all the pieces I need for that project (or I include a note that I’ll need something from a box currently in use).  These boxes have sticky notes showing the event and are stacked on various shelves.  I have 16 projects in the works!

So I thought I’d share a card from September’s Jingle Jump:

Debra Burgin | Heartfelt Inkspiration | Stampin' Up! | Farmhouse Christmas | This Dashing Along paper was a host-exclusive in September, but other green patterned paper will work equally well. Please click for more details!

I went through a lot of this Dashing Along Designer Series Paper, a host-exclusive offering in September.  I hope you got a chance to earn it, too!

Don’t miss the next Jingle Jump weekend at the end of the month!  The Saturday morning session is already full, but there is still space Friday afternoon (1:00-5:00) and Friday evening (6:30-9:30) at my DeKalb home.  Find more information here.  Deadline to register is Wednesday, October 17.

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A lumberjack birthday

One of our grandsons will celebrate his [gulp] 22nd birthday next week.  “He’s a young man,” said Grandpa, in disbelief.

He’s not really a lumberjack as you might picture one.  No beard, not really an outdoors kind of guy, no particular affinity for ax or hatchet (that I know of).  But as I was working on yesterday’s Stamp Review Crew blog hop, I just had to use this experiment on his birthday card:

Debra Burgin | Heartfelt Inkspiration | Stampin' Up! | Buffalo Check | Winter Woods | Does this say "lumberjack" to you? Click to read more, please!

It’s one more example of why I’m so crazy over the Buffalo Check background stamp.  It may not look like it here, but this is Early Espresso ink on Cajun Craze card stock.  I just love it.

This is a variation of a September camp card, which I think is subdued enough to serve as a sympathy card:

Debra Burgin | Heartfelt Inkspiration | Stampin' Up! | Buffalo Check | Winter Woods | I think this soothing layout and color combo is suitable for a sympathy, don't you think? Please click for more details.

I think this background was stamped before I re-inked the pad, but several stampers were concerned about the imperfect coverage with this stamp.  I have used a hard rubber brayer to ink up Buffalo Check (and other background stamps) to ensure thorough inking, but the charm of this stamp is that it has the look of flannel.  Don’t you agree?  So the inconsistent coverage is totally OK, as far as I’m concerned.

Debra Burgin | Heartfelt Inkspiration | Stampin' Up! | Buffalo Check | Winter Woods | I think this soothing layout and color combo is suitable for a sympathy, don't you think? Please click for more details.

Or as one of my stampers says, “It’s all good!”

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World Card Making Day promotion starts today!

I’m a card maker, and you probably are, too.  Stampin’ Up! has us covered for Saturday’s World Card Making Day with this week-long promotion, and I’m ready to stock up with some essentials and favorite products!  Click the graphic below to see a complete listing of items available at 10% off — but only Monday-Sunday, October 1-7, 2018!

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Stamp Review Crew: Buffalo Check

Welcome, friends!  I’m so happy to be participating in this week’s Stamp Review Crew blog hop featuring the Stampin’ Up! 2018 Holiday Catalog background stamp Buffalo Check.  Perhaps you’ve just enjoyed Heidi’s work at Running w Scissors Stamper and followed the link here.  Or are you lost???  Clicking on the banner above will take you to the Stamp Review Crew post for this hop, where you’ll find the complete listing of bloggers (a bunch of us!) who are participating today.

If you follow my Heartfelt Inkspiration blog, you know how much I love this stamp!  For weeks I have been experimenting with ink colors and paper colors — and nearly universally in love with the results!  One version, however, I waited to try just for this hop:

Debra Burgin | Heartfelt Inkspiration | Stampin' Up! | Buffalo Check | Winter Woods | This was an experiment in heat embossing the Buffalo Check background stamp. Stunning! Please click for more details!

This is heat embossing the image in silver.  Perhaps this will show the stunning effect better:

I inked up the stamp with VersaMark using a hard rubber brayer.  This was my first attempt, and I couldn’t believe I had a first-time-final result!  It is so stinking beautiful!

This Christmas card also uses the wonderful tree stamp and dies from the Winter Woods bundle; the little sentiment is from Farmhouse Christmas (that blog hop is coming up on November 5).

We used the Buffalo Check stamp on a camp card in September; I’d love for you to come back tomorrow and see it!

Next up is Mike at Stampin-Style.  Enjoy his wonderful work!

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Thinking of you with autumn leaves

Here’s the camp version of yesterday’s card.  Not only is this a more autumnal color scheme, we added the embossed gold leaf.

Debra Burgin | Heartfelt Inkspiration | Stampin' Up! | Rooted in Nature | Random stamping on a subtle background -- plus a little bit of shine! Please click for details.

There are two dies that create that embossed leaf.  One is the outline die (it would cut out the larger stamped leaf).  After cutting that, you use the embossing die to add the veining.  No special pads or sandwich — it’s the way the die is designed (and so cool!).

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Skeleton leaves

I’m not sure these are actually skeleton leaves, but since I didn’t die cut them to make a leaf outline, that’s what they look like to me!

I made this card months ago for my new catalog host event open house,  This one was part of a display showing off the Rooted in Nature set.

Debra Burgin | Heartfelt Inkspiration | Stampin' Up! | Rooted in Nature | Here I experimented with randomly stamping the "skeleton leaves" in two colors. Where they overlapped, I used an Aqua Painter to bleed the colors. It's an interesting effect -- try it in other colors. Please click for more details.

The leaves were randomly stamped in two colors; where they overlapped, I used an AquaPainter to bleed the colors.  An interesting effect, and one I’ll repeat with different colors.

We had a September camp card that was a variation of this layout — I’ll show you tomorrow!

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