Thanks to the giraffe

When I was 19, I worked at Toys “R” Us for the summer.  Other college friends earned big money, but not me.  On the other hand, I was in air conditioning, had reasonable hours, and learned how to use a cash register.  Yes, before bar codes, I manually punched in the price.  It was actually kind of fun, except the one time someone’s credit card was rejected after I ran it through that embossing machine and sent in the number.  I was pretty sure they were going to hurt me.

Debra Burgin | Heartfelt Inkspiration | Stampin' Up! | Animal Outing } How perfect is this giraffe card by Diana Gibbs? I thought so, too! Click for more details, please.

Of course, this is not the dearly departed Geoffrey.  But if I could, I’d send this to … whoever … at Toys “R” Us to thank them for the experience.

As you see, this June camp card is CASEd from Diana Gibbs.  I love the way the embossing echos the punched leaves.  A perfect card!  Note the detail inside.

Debra Burgin | Heartfelt Inkspiration | Stampin' Up! | Animal Outing } How perfect is this giraffe card by Diana Gibbs? I thought so, too! Click for more details, please.

I colored the image with Stampin’ Blends.  I’m so happy that the new colors are in my studio!

Click the images below to add products for this card to your cart in my Stampin’ Up! online store:

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Rhino

Like many stampers, I love Animal Outing, a new set in Stampin’ Up!’s 2018-2019 Annual Catalog.  And like thousands of demos, I received the set at OnStage in April.  That’s a lot of people using this set!

Debra Burgin | Heartfelt Inkspiration | Stampin' Up! | CASEd from Brian King, this rhino card is playful and suitable for a kid or guy. Click for more details!

This June camp card is CASEd from Brian King; I just upped the playfulness factor a little bit.  We watercolored the rhino image with ink refills and the bird with Watercolor Pencils.  (Do you love those as much as I do?  Just wait till August!)

At camp, we used the Stamparatus to stamp the rhino on pre-cut Watercolor Paper circles in StazOn ink.  It can be a bit of a challenge to stamp a good impression because of the texture of the paper, and sometimes it’s hard to know if you’ve inked up enough, or even how juicy the StazOn pad is.

The fact that you can re-ink the stamp and stamp over your first attempt in precisely the same place is a super feature of the Stamparatus — as several stampers found out for themselves with this card!

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Buy 3, Get 1 Free


Don’t we love Stampin’ Up! Designer Series Paper? When I was cleaning out my stash for the garage sale last month, I was amazed how much more artistic and beautiful the designs are now than when I first started stamping.

So I was glad to hear about this Buy 3, Get 1 Free promotion in July only on selected DSP.  There are no restrictions, but only these 10 products are included:

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Hooray for the red, white, and Blueberry Bushel!

Happy Independence Day to my U.S. friends!  It’s so very hot and humid (again), we are observing the holiday at home.  My fun will be in the studio!

Debra Burgin | Heartfelt Inkspiration | Stampin' Up! | This is the way I scrapbook: start with a great photo and use the other elements to support it. Click to read more!

I made this 8″ x 8″ scrapbook page for OnStage in Milwaukee in April.  My aim was to show off the 2018-2020 In Color 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper and Blueberry Bushel 1/8″ Grosgrain Ribbon.  (That’s Lovely Lipstick in the stripe.)  I took advantage of the design of Peter’s t-shirt; although it’s nothing patriotic, the page turned out that way!

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Joseph’s Coat Inside Out

This card from yesterday’s Stamp Review Crew blog hop uses the “oldie but goodie” technique called Joseph’s Coat Inside Out.  Have you tried it?

Debra Burgin | Heartfelt Inkspiration | Stampin' Up! | Tropical Chic | Joseph's Coat Inside Out | Click for details about this technique -- an oldie but a goodie!

It’s really simple, but a little time consuming as you layer inks to create this dramatic background.  Here’s how:

  • Begin by creating a panel that is randomly stamped with a number of images in a variety of colors.  Here I used a Very Vanilla panel and stamped three leafy images from Tropical Chic in Old Olive, Mossy Meadow, and Granny Apple Green.  I added those funny little marks (are they seeds?) in Shaded Spruce.  Then, because I thought the Vanilla base was too light, I sponged the entire panel with Soft Sea Foam.  I love this panel just as it is!  (Have trouble with random stamping?  See my random stamping tutorial here.)

Debra Burgin | Heartfelt Inkspiration | Stampin' Up! | Tropical Chic | Joseph's Coat Inside Out | Click for details about this technique -- an oldie but a goodie!

  • After making sure the panel is totally dry, overstamp the large Monstera image in VersaMark ink several times.  This is not a precise operation — it’s very hard to see where you are stamping because the background is so busy and distracting.  Don’t worry; it’s all OK!  Immediately heat emboss with clear powder.

Debra Burgin | Heartfelt Inkspiration | Stampin' Up! | Tropical Chic | Joseph's Coat Inside Out | Click for details about this technique -- an oldie but a goodie!

    • Using a brayer, cover the panel with black ink.  I used a hard rubber brayer (available in craft stores; it’s the one Stampin’ Up! used to sell) and Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  You’ll use a lot of ink!  When you’re satisfied with the coverage, use a tissue or cotton ball to rub off any ink on the embossed areas.

Debra Burgin | Heartfelt Inkspiration | Stampin' Up! | Tropical Chic | Joseph's Coat Inside Out | Click for details about this technique -- an oldie but a goodie!

    • You may be able to see some “ghosting” of the background images through the black ink.  Cool, eh?

Debra Burgin | Heartfelt Inkspiration | Stampin' Up! | Tropical Chic | Joseph's Coat Inside Out | Click for details about this technique -- an oldie but a goodie!

Enjoy trying this technique!

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Stamp Review Crew: Tropical Chic

Stamp Review Crew Petal Palette blog hop

Hello, stampers!  It’s time for another Stamp Review Crew blog hop, with all kinds of inspiration from one stunning stamp set:  Tropical Chic, from the Stampin’ Up! 2018-2019 Annual Catalog.  Yes, we have had tropical weather here in north central Illinois this summer — and hot-and-humid is most certainly not my love language!

But I love this Monstera leaf and sentiments, so I added this set (well, the entire bundle) to my collection.

You may have arrived here via Adriana’s blog, Cup & Ink.  What she does with stamps, ink, and paper is amazing!  (Click the banner above for a list of blogs for this hop, and remember that all SRC hops are accessible at any time by visiting the Stamp Review Crew blog.)

When I send a thank you card, it’s a blank note card with envelope that the recipient can send to someone else.  Inside the bigger mailing envelope is a simple note from me.  Frequently the notecard doesn’t have a sentiment, but this one did:

Debra Burgin | Heartfelt Inkspiration | Stampin' Up! | Tropical Chic | Another edition of the Stamp Review Blog Hop! This card is pretty tropical, but click for details on other projects with this set!

I die cut the leaves from a 2¾” square of Mossy Meadow, then flat adhered it to a 3″ Old Olive square.  On a Petal Pink scrap, I stamped the flower in Petal Pink, Grapefruit Grove, and Calypso Coral.  (I made an unsuccessful attempt at adding some additional color to the Petal Pink flower, which is why it looks like a poor impression.)

Debra Burgin | Heartfelt Inkspiration | Stampin' Up! | Tropical Chic | Another edition of the Stamp Review Blog Hop! This card is pretty tropical, but click for details on other projects with this set!

My second card uses a technique from long ago:  Joseph’s Coat Inside Out.  The Tropical Chic images worked perfectly for this layered-ink method of creating a background.

Debra Burgin | Heartfelt Inkspiration | Stampin' Up! | Tropical Chic | Another edition of the Stamp Review Blog Hop! This is my take on Joseph's Coat Inside Out. It's a fun and imperfect technique; click for more details!

The card base is Granny Apple Green (love at first sight!), and there are lots of greens in the leaves.  Please come back Tuesday for a tutorial of how I created this card.

I know you’ll enjoy the rest of the hop — your next stop is Tinkerin in Ink, the blog of super stamper Tanya Boser.  Tanya started the Stamp Review Crew back in 2013 and spends a lot of time keeping the crew organized.  Enjoy her work!

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10 beautiful reasons to become a demo

As if the product discount, potential income, inspiration, and camaraderie are not enough, Stampin’ Up! is offering this amazing incentive to sign up as a demonstrator:

July 1-31, 2018, only, new recruits will receive a FREE assortment of 10 Classic Stampin’ Pads in the color collection of your choice with your Starter Kit!

Assortments include 10 coordinating ink pads from one of the following color collections: Brights, Neutrals, Regals, Subtles, and 2017–2020 In Colors.

That’s right, in addition to $125 in product of your choice for just $99 (plus tax), you’ll get a set of ink pads worth $67.50.  Wow!  That’s $192.50 in product for just $99!  And your Starter Kit ships free!

What are the requirements to be a demonstrator?

  • No interview or essay questions before you are accepted as a demonstrator.  No bathing suit competition, either!
  • No annual “dues.”
  • Simply submit commissionable orders — your own or for your customers — of at least $300 every quarter (three months).  (Non-commissionable items include business supplies like catalogs.)

While you are an active demonstrator, fulfilling that last requirement, you’ll have access to lots of training and inspiration from Stampin’ Up!, the opportunity to earn sales commissions (in addition to your discount) and free product, sneak peeks at new catalog offerings (there’s something new for us in July!), an energizing SU! event twice a year, and more.

I really don’t want you to miss this!  If I can answer your questions or listen to your concerns, please contact me.  My goal is not to twist your arm, but to make sure I am giving you the information you need to make a decision either way.  For more information, begin at my “Join Me” page here.

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Velkommen, new Stampin’ Blends!

No, the Stampin’ Blends have nothing Norwegian about them, but we just returned from a quick trip into the Norwegian heritage area of Wisconsin, so it’s on my mind!

While I was keeping up with business concerns, I was thrilled to read the announcement from Stampin’ Up! that all Stampin’ Blends colors are now available for ordering.

Yes, color me happy — I’m so very ready to start playing with all the new colors!  How about you?

I’ve been promising a Let’s Color class for way too long; let me find a good date and I’ll start the registration ball rolling.

Click here for all the Stampin’ Blends!

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Big Shot Embossing Mats from Stampin’ Up!

In June stamp camps, we used the new Big Shot Embossing Mats (on page 221 of the Stampin’ Up! 2018-2019 Annual Catalog). For our project, we used the beautiful detailed butterfly die from the Springtime Impressions Thinlits set.

If you think this die simply creates a stunning butterfly, you’d be missing out on an important feature:  this and every die can also be used to emboss.

Watch this Stampin’ Up! corporate video to see how it’s done:

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Splash of Inkspiration — Varied Vases

Saturday, July 28, 2018

8:30 a.m. to noon
St. John’s Lutheran Church in Creston
(corner of S Prairie St and South St)

Splash is an extended stamp camp — you’ll make eight cards (two each of four designs) all using the stamp set included with your registration: Varied Vases (2018-2019 Annual Catalog page 45).

It’s all about the stamping at Splash of Inkspiration!

Registration options include:

Varied Vases set only
*** or ***
Varied Vases set + Vases Builder Punch

What if you already have this stamp set? You may substitute product of at least $26 (before S/H and tax). Contact me to work this out.

Flyer (pdf) and snail-mail registration materials are HERE — or register online via PayPal below (be sure to click the Pay Now button at the bottom).  Registration must be received by Friday, July 13.


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