Closed for Innovation Day

Yesterday, the Stampin’ Up! corporate offices were closed for “innovation day.”

Yes, closed.  Three weeks into the new catalog, closed.  Now, we could still place orders via our online system, but the support center was not available and even the Distribution Center had limited hours.

Why?

Innovation is one of the Stampin’ Up! values:  “We embrace the spirit of discovery by setting challenging goals, considering opportunities, emphasizing creativity, and having the courage to change as we strive to better our best.”

Several years ago, I participated in a Stampin’ Up! leadership session about innovation.  My first reaction to seeing it on my schedule was *yawn*; in my defense, it was right after lunch.  But it turned out to be one of the most exciting and, if you’ll pardon the overstatement, life changing workshops I’ve ever attended.  When I got home, I kept my notes on my desk for quite some time so I could refer to them and keep the concepts fresh.

Sometimes I wish I could go through that experience again.  Actually, I think leaders in many areas of life would benefit from talking about and implementing the “spirit of discovery.”

Throughout the day, I found myself thinking about what the employees — lots of them! — were talking about.  It made me think about my own life and business, too.

If you want to see all the Stampin’ Up! values and see why I love and respect the people of Stampin’ Up!, click the graphic above to download a pdf.

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Sailboats on Lilypad Lake

Lilypad Lake was one of the sets I wanted to feature at my Host Appreciation event last week.

I used a card from OnStage in Milwaukee (you may have read about it here), one with an amazing background created with one of the dies from the Lakeside Framelits, and this one, CASEd from Stesha Bloodhart:

Debra Burgin | Stampin' Up! | Lilypad Lake | Lakeside Framelits | This card was cased from the fabulous Stesha Bloodhart. Click for details!

Amazingly, at the garage sale last week, one of my team was sharing the cards for her new catalog event — and she used the same card.  I guess we recognize talent!

Debra Burgin | Stampin' Up! | Lilypad Lake | Lakeside Framelits | This card was cased from the fabulous Stesha Bloodhart. Click for details!

I loved the angled edge of the Whisper White panel, but struggled with the measurements.  My downline said the information was on Stesha’s blog post for this card.  How did I miss that?

I’d love to see more colors in this Medium Baker’s Twine.  It’s got an interesting twist and it’s not at all bulky.  Try it!

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

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Springtime Garden Impressions

I’m happy to be moving into a quieter few weeks, with time to catch my breath and regroup. So now, a look back at last weekend’s annual Host Appreciation event.

This living room display showed product and samples from the Garden Impressions Suite (see it on pages 128-130 of the Stampin’ Up! 2018-2019 Annual Catalog).  I loved getting these little displays ready.  Two non-stamping details to note:  the covered jar was a gift from the Thailand incentive trip last year and the sofa to the right is probably 45 years old.  (I laughed out loud last week when I read that the average lifespan of a sofa is about 8 years!)

This is the card we made with this suite:

Debra Burgin | Heartfelt Inkspiration | Stampin' Up! | Abstract Impressions | Springtime Impressions { Does this rose remind you of the old set, Roses In Winter? This is a smaller version, but equally beautiful -- especially in the new Stampin' Up! Grapefruit Grove!

If you remember the old set Roses In Winter, this flower is a bit smaller. To create a fuller, more lush result, we stamped it on Petal Pink cardstock, stamping each layer once and immediately turning the stamp and re-stamping. The flower is fussy cut (not too fussy!), as are the leaves.

Debra Burgin | Heartfelt Inkspiration | Stampin' Up! | Abstract Impressions | Springtime Impressions { Does this rose remind you of the old set, Roses In Winter? This is a smaller version, but equally beautiful -- especially in the new Stampin' Up! Grapefruit Grove!

This beautiful corner die cut releases from the die surprisingly easy, if you use the “forward, turn, backward” technique with the Big Shot so that you are using different areas of the rollers and cutting pads.  Tip:  turning the die cut and paper is easier if you lift the cutting pad of the Magnetic Platform.

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Annual Heartfelt Inkspiration Garage Sale starts tomorrow!

Garage saleGet ready to shop for the stamp set, accessory, or paper crafting tool of your dreams at the 2018 edition of this annual event!

Thursday, June 14, 2:00-7:00
Friday, June 15, 2:00-7:00
615 Emmert Dr, Sycamore

Hundreds of retired Stampin’ Up! products will be available, thanks to the clean-out efforts of my Heartfelt Inkspiration team, and offered at no more than half of the original price. (No shipping, either!) You’ll also find assorted other paper crafting products, too, so mark your calendar!

The proceeds from select items will benefit Northwestern Medicine Hospice DeKalb.

Cash and carry only — no checks will be accepted. Rest up for some serious bargain shopping!

 

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A floral tag for a friend

Well, for many friends, actually.  This was one of the projects at my appreciation event for my hosts of the prior catalog year.

Debra Burgin | Heartfelt Inkspiration | Stampin' Up! | Botanical Bliss | This is one of the sleeper bundles of the 2018-2018 Annual Catalog, I think -- just look at those amazing dies and the beautiful sentiments and leaf border of the stamp set!

Until you actually use them for yourself, the concept of the Botanical Tags Thinlits is a little challenging to grasp.  I’ll try to make a quick tutorial later this week so you can see how clever these dies are.

Debra Burgin | Heartfelt Inkspiration | Stampin' Up! | Botanical Bliss | This is one of the sleeper bundles of the 2018-2018 Annual Catalog, I think -- just look at those amazing dies and the beautiful sentiments and leaf border of the stamp set!

It’s late, and my eyes are tired (as is the rest of my body), so I’m not sure if you can see the stitched detail on the sentiment tag.  So lovely — in fact, the Stitched Labels dies are an essential set if your style leans toward the feminine.

Debra Burgin | Heartfelt Inkspiration | Stampin' Up! | Botanical Bliss | This is one of the sleeper bundles of the 2018-2018 Annual Catalog, I think -- just look at those amazing dies and the beautiful sentiments and leaf border of the stamp set!

There is a beautiful leaf border image in this stamp set; we stamped it in black on the card liner.  Beautiful!

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Almost time to party!

This is an unusual extended weekend for us, with an early Father’s Day gathering here (as my other stepson is in town) and two host appreciation events.  Believe me, there is list after list posted around the house!

Debra Burgin | Heartfelt Inkspiration | Stampin' Up! | Love What You Do | I created a few dpzen of these invitations to my annual Host Appreciation Event in early June, just in time to celebrate the new Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog. You'd better believe I used the Stamparatus! Click to read more!

This is a note card, which was the perfect size for the invitation for the open houses.  I printed the insides and stamped the front panel — and you’d better know I used the Stamparatus!  The challenge here was not the flowers, but the watercolor swash background.

Debra Burgin | Heartfelt Inkspiration | Stampin' Up! | Love What You Do | I created a few dpzen of these invitations to my annual Host Appreciation Event in early June, just in time to celebrate the new Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog. You'd better believe I used the Stamparatus! Click to read more!

Try as I might, I could not get it to stamp without blank areas, or “holes” in the image.  I also wanted the Smoky Slate stamped off so it wasn’t to intense.

The Stamparatus saved the day!  To stamp off, I just pressed a piece of scrap paper against the inked stamp (mounted on one of the Stamparatus plates), then stamped it on the panel.  I did not put the panel in the corner, as you see in the photos on page 207, but moved it over to a mark I made with painter’s tape.  That way, the plate is less tilted or angled when you stamp.

I adore this ribbon!  If it was available in Blushing Bride or Mint Macaron or So Saffron, well, I’d be a happy stamper!  Come to think of it, Blackberry Bliss would be luscious, or Poppy Parade, or Coastal Cabana … think I’ll make my way over to the Product Idea Sandbox that demonstrators can use for suggestions and plead with Stampin’ Up!

I’ll share details of the host event next week.  I’m excited for the party to begin!

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Girls with pearls

When Barbara Bush died in April, I heard several references to her pearl necklaces.  That made me remember the pearls I used to wear pretty regularly when I was younger and working outside the home.  My sisters gave me pearl stud earrings for my wedding and I think one of the strands I have was my mother’s.  (Why don’t I know?)

Of course, there’s not much call for the classic look of pearl jewelry downstairs in the studio, so now I’m happy to enjoy the effect in some of the Stampin’ Up! Designer Series Paper — specifically the Share What You Love Specialty pack, with its pearlized finishes on some prints.

That first print, above, is quite stunning, so I turned it into a camp card for May:

Debra Burgin | Heartfelt Inkspiration | Stampin' Up! | Love What You Do | The pearlized finish on some of the Share What You Love prints is amazing, seriously. A beautiful card comes easily when you start with this patterned paper! Click for more details.

You don’t get much of the pearl effect from this view, so let’s take a (much) closer look:

Debra Burgin | Heartfelt Inkspiration | Stampin' Up! | Love What You Do | The pearlized finish on some of the Share What You Love prints is amazing, seriously. A beautiful card comes easily when you start with this patterned paper! Click for more details.

Shimmery ribbon, Pearlized Doilies, and this specialty paper — wow!

Debra Burgin | Heartfelt Inkspiration | Stampin' Up! | Love What You Do | The pearlized finish on some of the Share What You Love prints is amazing, seriously. A beautiful card comes easily when you start with this patterned paper! Click for more details.

I had the perfect scraps left over to add to the card liner.

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Rainbowetical

I don’t remember where I first saw this term, but I don’t think it had anything to do with ink.  I love the way it describes putting items in order of the colors of the rainbow:  red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet.  Some call that Roy G Biv.

For years I’ve kept my Stampin’ Up! inks and paper in order by families or collections.  But when I saw what rainbowetical organization looked like, it seemed amazingly fresh and exciting.  Here’s what my lateral file upper drawer looks like:

Debra Burgin | Stampin' Up! | Rainbowetical organization -- colors in Roy G Biv order!

It took me hours to set this up, along with my Color Caddy, but I love it.  I’ve rediscovered colors that had been languishing in a collection, passed over because I didn’t particularly care for their companions.  For sure, the Stampin’ Up! color revamp this year has given the whole palette a shot in the arm, but this is something special.

So how in the world did I decide how to organize these colors?  Why is Melon Mambo first, then paler pinks, then brighter reds, etc.?  I’ll admit that figuring this out myself would have kept me up at night, so I took the easy way out and used Stampin’ Up!’s Online Color Coach.  You may remember the color swatches we previously used; they were difficult to maintain as In Colors came and went each year.  Having a Color Coach online means it can be kept current.  I printed the pdf file (linked above) on Whisper White cardstock at the best quality so that the colors are as true as possible (without recalibrating my printer).  I rely on the Color Coach to help me with new color combinations.

By the way, buying this used file cabinet (thanks, Erika!) was one of the best things I ever did for my studio.  No more reaching into the depths of a drawer for paper or having plastic drawer units tip over because they were unbalanced when open.  The bottom drawer contains the neutral colors, In Colors, and specialty papers.

 

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Stamp Review Crew: Beautiful Bouquet

Stamp Review Crew Petal Palette blog hop

I was surprised to find that I haven’t participated in a Stamp Review Crew hop for 3½ months — not because I didn’t want to, but usually I didn’t have the set for the hop.  As you may know, the SRC blog hop (first and third Monday of each month) focuses on just one stamp set.  With participants from all over the world, that’s a lot of concentrated inspiration!

Today we’re playing with Beautiful Bouquet, a favorite set (with coordinating dies) returning to the new Stampin’ Up! 2018-2019 Annual Catalog.  Not only does it have wonderful floral images, it’s a gold mine of sentiments — in a set of 37 photopolymer stamps!

You may have arrived here via Nikki’s blog, My Sandbox.  She does the prettiest coloring!  (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.)

A project by Mary Brown inspired my card, although of course they don’t look anything alike!

Debra Burgin | Heartfelt Inkspiration | Stampin' Up! |Stamp Review Crew | Beautiful Bouquet is our featured set for this hop.

As I started working, I found myself falling into familiar habits of design.  So I was determined to ESCHEW SYMMETRY.  (I’m thinking of printing up t-shirts, if you’re interested.)

Debra Burgin | Heartfelt Inkspiration | Stampin' Up! |Stamp Review Crew | Beautiful Bouquet is our featured set for this hop.

It wasn’t easy, but I’m pleased with the results.  At the end of this post you can see the list of products used.

Debra Burgin | Heartfelt Inkspiration | Stampin' Up! |Stamp Review Crew | Beautiful Bouquet is our featured set for this hop.

Thanks for visiting — I’d love if you’d take a moment to comment!  Then on you go over to Artisan Design Team member Charlet’s blog, Painted Orange.  I know you’ll love what she has to show you!

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Diana, you’re a winner!

I apologize for being a bit late with the announcement, but Diana Giesen, your guess was the closest to the actual total of $71.71 in my coin jar, and you win the Stampin’ Up! 2018-2020 In Color Stampin’ Write Markers!  I’ll put them in the mail to you this week.

Thanks to all who entered this annual contest!

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