David and Peter and Art

On Father’s Day, Peter and his parents came over for a few hours.  His dad wanted to see the pictures of my trip, so I obliged via my tablet.  As usual, Peter was hanging on me and in the midst of the activity.

Suddenly, there was David.

IMG_0153Now, I’ve spent a lot of time with our grandson in the last 5½ years; I think I can read him pretty accurately.  For a change, there were no questions.  Just silence.

His dad swiped to the next picture.  Another shot of David.  And another.  And another.  Silence from the boy.

I thought I should just deal with the elephant in the room.  “I’ll bet you’re wondering why David is naked.”  He looked at me with those beautiful brown eyes.  I talked about how artists at that time and place wanted to idolize the human body and portray it as beautifully perfect as possible.  This was art, not something to be worried about.  We should be modest (huh???) about our bodies, but this was different.  This is a beautiful body.  “The most beautiful man in the world,” our guide kept telling us.

No reply.  From anyone.  I kept talking.

Why didn’t someone kick me?  Make a T with their hands or a slicing motion across the throat or a zipping motion across the lips?  Something.

I talked about the change in perspective, that the amazingly young Michelangelo had designed this statue to be placed high above our heads, which may be why the hands and head are so large.  I talked about his belief that God had already created the figure in the marble; his job was to reveal it.

“But why is he naked?”

I talked about the way people later misunderstood the art.  I mentioned fig leaves.

“How did they wear the leaves?”

I was sweating; I thought my art appreciation lecture would never end.  As they left, I apologized to our daughter-in-law for having brought up the subject.

The next day was Grandma and Grandpa Day.  We played in the basement, building a school with walls created from broken-down Stampin’ Up! boxes.  In front of the school was a gate, he told me.  A beautiful gate.  With naked people.  But it was OK.  They are beautiful.

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Celebrate some more!

Debra Burgin 2016 Achiever swapOf course I waited until the last minute to get my Trip Achievers swaps in the mail on Tuesday!  I knew I wanted to use the camp card I showed yesterday, but I’m flat out of that piece of DSP.  So I made a few changes for this cheerful version, and my stampin’ buddy Elizabeth and I cranked them out Monday evening.  I like it — I hope the recipients do, too!

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Celebrate Your Day

Debra Burgin 1606 Celebrate your dayI thought I was “done” with Mint Macaron, until I got a look at the wonderful Affectionately Yours Specialty Designer Series Paper.  And then I’ve had to re-order it several times.

What makes Affectionately Yours a specialty paper?  Two of the 12 sheets of paper are one-sided and have metallic (copper!) foil accents, including the piece you see here.

Unfortunately for me, those two sheets are different, so in order to have enough DSP for all the camp cards this month, I had to buy two packs.  But since there are so many good patterns, I’ve been using it a lot!

You probably know that the description of the DSP in the catalog (this one on page 172) includes the coordinating cardstock colors.  But if you keep your DSP beyond the life of the catalog, remember the information is also on the sticker on the package — make sure you keep your DSP in its original packaging!

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Stamp Review Crew: Flower Shop

Flower Shop bannerWelcome 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 Flower Shop (see page 105 of the Stampin’ Up! 2016-2017 Annual Catalog).  Although I’m the first blog in this hop this time, it’s a loop of 16 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.

I have used this set a lot for watercoloring, so here I chose a completely different direction with a coppery interpretation of a layout I used last week.  I scraped the edge of the top panel vertically against the VersaMark pad, then embossed it with more Copper Stampin’ Emboss Powder for a subtle glimmer.  Some loops of Copper Metallic Thread (how I love thee!) add some shimmer to the bottom half of the card, which could certainly hold a sentiment banner.  The ribbon?  Not copper, alas, but the very beautiful Tip Top Taupe 5/8″ Mini Striped Ribbon.  That ribbon is a must-have in every color!  (You can see a complete list of ingredients if you scroll past the previous/next buttons, below.)

Debra Burgin Copper flower shop

For the next stop, you’ll head over to the blog of Bruno Bertucci to see what he has in store for you!  See you again!

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Doilies and flourish

Debra Burgin 1606 Doilies and flourishYesterday I showed off the Thinlits flourish, and today you see the stamped version — as well as three of the other Thinlits.  Don’t you love these shapes?  I don’t want to sound silly, but when I saw these products in the catalog in April, they made me so happy!  There’s something exuberant about both the stamp set and the Thinlits dies.

Exuberant isn’t typically a word you’d use to describe the tone of a sympathy/thinking of you card, but it seems to me that this color combination might give a lift to the recipient.  What do you think?

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With a flourish

Debra Burgin 2016 June DL Flourish birthdayFlourishes are big in the new Stampin’ Up! 2016-2017 Annual Catalog!  Not only are there stamps with these dramatic images, there are coordinating Thinlits that cut out beautifully detailed flourishes.

The die cut on this card, CASEd from Mary Fish, is from the Flourish Thinlits Dies (page 194).  It is offered in a bundle (save 10%) with Flourishing Phrases (page 49); you can see them both below.  Notice that the Thinlits die is not designed to cut out the stamped image.  That’s what distinguishes this die from a Framelits die ( like one from the new Layering Circles set, for example) which “frames” the image.


There are other examples of new Thinlits that coordinate with stamp sets:

Using these dies on a project along with their partner stamps truly takes your creativity to another level!

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Happy Flag Day!

Debra Burgin 1606 AmericanaA little fussy gluing yields a big impact on this card!  The stripes are cut with the “wave” die in the Swirly Scribbles Thinlits set.

So, about that gluing.  Do you end up with a sticky mess on your project?  Of course, it happens!  First, allow the glue to dry thoroughly (trying to remove wet adhesive will make the problem worse).  Then, gently but firmly remove the adhesive with the Adhesive Remover.  Don’t think of it as “erasing,” as in scrubbing; use a pulling motion.  When there’s too much “ick” on the corner of your Adhesive Remover, use your Paper Snips to cut it off.

One Adhesive Remover will last a lifetime (assuming you don’t misplace it, of course).  It’s always at arm’s length at my stamping table!

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Happy day!

Debra Burgin 2016 HA Happy DayAlmost an exact CASE of a card by Becky Roberts, this project from my recent Host Appreciation Open House was one of my favorites.  Just stamps, ink, and paper — and a snippet of ribbon!

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Dapper medallion

Debra Burgin Dapper MedallionI created this card for a stampin’ buddy on the verge of an Alaskan cruise, but we made a similar version at last weekend’s Host Appreciation Open House.  It shows off one of my favorite techniques:  emboss resist with plenty of subtle sponging.  (That’s why participants received some pieces of sponges in their goody bag!)

Embossing this medallion in white on Soft Sky cardstock means you can apply a light touch of Marina Mist ink around the outside edges, with more concentrated color (Dapper Denim) in the middle.  Teeny dots of sparkle enhance this gorgeous image.

Project Life Let's Get Away Photopolymer Stamp Set

Project Life Let’s Get Away Photopolymer Stamp Set

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Mega Paper Pumpkin deal — act quickly!

pp_one-day-deal_demo-headerHow many times have I heard, “I’m not really creative”?  Dozens and dozens in the past 11 years.  Some people are frozen in place at the thought of creating something “from scratch.”  Where to start?  What to use?

And that’s why Paper Pumpkin was developed:  Each month a fully designed project kit arrives in a delightful box filled with stamps, ink, and paper — everything cut and ready to go so you can skip to the fun. Just think of it as creativity in a box.

If you just want to spend 30 minutes getting 8 cards finished and ready to mail (or maybe make some other cute items) without anything more than your own adhesive, this could be for you — or maybe someone you know!

Why not try Paper Pumpkin on for size?  For just 31 hours (beginning at 5 p.m. MT) on Thursday, June 9, new subscribers can get the first kit for just $5.  (After the first month, the price for the subscription will return to $19.95 per month, S/H included.)  As a subscriber, you can skip shipments and cancel at any time without penalty.

When you click the “subscribe” button, enter the promo code ONEDAYDEAL and I’d love it if you’d use my name as your demonstrator.

This offer is good only until Friday, June 10, at 11:50 p.m. MT.  Come on, get creative!

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