Stamp Review Crew: Truly Grateful

SRC-Truly-Grateful-bannerHow’s the weather in your neck of the woods, stampers?  Here in north central Illinois it has been nippy — we ate supper by the fire Thursday and turned on the furnace Friday morning.  Many of you have told me fall is your favorite season, and I feel the same way, so I’m happy to be hopping with The Stamp Review Crew using Truly Grateful!  (You’ve probably arrived from Heidi Baks’ terrific blog, Running w Scissors Stamper.  Remember that you’re hopping in a loop, but click the banner above to get to the entire hop list.)

This is a layout I’ve been using a lot lately; I really like putting a topper on the banner.  After I took the picture I realized that I had used the wrong side of the banner; this side was stamped in Crumb Cake, but the Baked Brows Sugar side is more obvious.  I am making many of these cards to thank the Lutheran ministers of my county.  Did you know October is Clergy Appreciation Month?

Debra Burgin Truly GratefulWe made a card last month with that wonderful Hello stamp from the set Hi There.  One of my stampers asked, “Do you have a stamp that says Hey?  I say that a lot.”  And in fact, one of the other stamps in the set says exactly that!  So this card, with a decorative panel made of embossed cross-sections of trees, is for you, Audrey!  (PS — she loved it!)

Debra Burgin HeyI’ll post the recipes later this week (I promise).  Now it’s time to hop forward to the beginning of the list, Kerry Willard Bray’s Peonies and Paper Chains.  I love her work — I know you will, too!

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Vivid Vases a la Blendabilities

Debra Burgin BB VasesPlease indulge me when I say again how fun my first Bloomin’ Blendabilities class was last month.  The group was so lively and buzzing with creativity and ideas that I could hardly get to sleep later.

This is one of our cards, an experiment with highlighting a curved object.  The white embossed card base complements the stamped and colored image without overpowering it.  (It’s true that embossing a card front — especially Whisper White — does put a bit of curve in the paper, but I think it relaxes later.)

I’m offering the Bloomin’ Blendabilities class again on Wednesday, September 24.  Nearly the entire cost of the class is for product.  There is lots of time for play and practice.  If you’ve never had help learning to color, blend, and shade, this class is for you!  Find more details on my Stampin’ Up! Events page here.  Note that the deadline to register is Monday, September 15.

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Little box, big potential

Debra Burgin Gift Box #1Have you been seeing any projects made with the Gift Box Punch Board?  (You can find it on page 5 of the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog or here.)  We were able to learn how to use it and make a box to take home at Convention.  It’s simple once you do it yourself, but it’s nice to see someone make one first.  You can do that with this corporate video:

We made this box at the Heartfelt Inkspiration downline meeting Monday night, using standard Designer Series paper. Stamped and die-cut feathers and a simple belly band completed the project.  The second project was the largest box, measuring 4″ on each side, from the Under the Tree Specialty Designer Series Paper. That paper is very sturdy and perfect for this bigger box.  We thought jewelry would be perfect in the little one and a bag of peanut brittle in the big box.  Bring on the holidays!


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Weekly Deals: September 9-15

Remember that you can see the current Weekly Deals through the widget on the left side of this blog, under the Stampin’ Up! logo!

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You’re wonderful!

FlyerTH_photopolymer_Youre_Wonderful_0914That’s the name of the new photopolymer set from Stampin’ Up!  (Click the image here to see the pdf flyer; note that stamps are shown at 80%.)  The set contains 18 stamps that you can use to build a custom sentiment and background, including 13 words or phrases that work with the large Wonderful stamp with banners. The flowers are ideal for coloring with the Blendabilities Markers.

Concerned about placing the words in the banners?  Photopolymer stamps are totally clear, so you can see where you’re stamping for perfect placement!

Remember, now photopolymer sets are guaranteed to be available for 6 months from the date of issue — but why not start using this set right away?

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Hello, again

Debra Burgin 2014FA HelloIt’s been fun — but really hectic — getting ready for four stamping events in five days.  This was one of the cards at the All-Occasions Stamp-a-Stack.  I love these because the everyone’s relaxed, including me!  No pressure at these events, just easy stamping.

I say the cards can be finished in ten minutes, and this is a perfect example.  It uses Bordering Blooms, a photopolymer stamp set.  Stamping Hello first and then the garland on either side is a cinch!

There’s a bit of bling in the center of each flower that I don’t think you can see in the photo.  Love Dazzling Details; more colors, please, Stampin’ Up!

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But I digress

Debra Burgin Autumn tagI had every intention of posting yesterday — even had the post started — but there’s so much prep work going on downstairs that I became distracted by all the beautiful items on my work table.  I just had to stop and make this card.

It’s not a card to be mailed, just for display.  I just may re-do it and put it in some type of frame for display.

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Weekly Deals: September 2-8

20140902Summer is over, and now it’s time to get back to “normal.”  Take stock of your stamping supplies and fill in the gaps — at least in your ink refills — with this week’s deals!

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Bloomin’ Blendabilities

Debra Burgin Bloomin' Blendabilities classYes — it’s a chorus line of blooms!  I think it’s fair to say that every one of the participants at last week’s Bloomin’ Blendabilities class was thrilled with the results of their final project.  We made a lot of improvement in one evening!  We started with a simple image, then kept experimenting and practicing coloring with Stampin’ Up! Blendabilities Markers.  It was so fun — I’m pretty sure some people left before they really wanted to!

I’m offering the Bloomin’ Blendabilities class again on Wednesday, September 24.  You can find more details on my Stampin’ Up! Events page here.  Note that the deadline to register is Monday, September 15.

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Free exclusive stamp set!

FlyerTH_Host_Demo_8.28-10.31.2014_USNow until October 31, you can earn the exclusive Good Greetings stamp set when your party reaches $300 in product sales.  And that free set is in addition to the other exciting benefits you receive as host!  This versatile 19-piece stamp set covers holidays from Halloween to Valentine’s Day — and more.  Click the image here to see the set contents.

A party at home, a catalog-only party, or your own order — all of these qualify when the product amount (before shipping and tax) reaches $300.

Ask me how to maximize your workshop benefits, then let’s set a date!

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