Fox in heart

Debra Burgin 1607 Fox in HeartI think my inspiration for this card was one displayed on the incentive cruise.  I thought it was absolutely adorable and recreated it for a baby shower card, then made a variation for camp this month.

We made this fox the same way as the bookmark here.  And now I must move on to the other animals!

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Stamp Review Crew: Thoughtful Branches

Thoughtful Branches BannerWhat a great idea the Stamp Review Crew had to add this extra hop for Thoughtful Branches!  This may make me sound weird, but my heart was so lifted when Stampin’ Up! showed us this set — and allowed demonstrators to order it a few weeks ago.  The stamps are beautiful and the coordinating Beautiful Branches Thinlits are amazing.  (Click here to see the pdf brochure showing stamps and dies.)  You’ll be able to order this bundle, or the items individually, beginning August 2, while supplies last.

So here you are, possibly via My Papercraft Journey, the blog of Kelly Kent.  She inspires me so much!  Remember, clicking the hop banner above will bring you to a complete list of bloggers for this hop.

When I was designing my projects, I had two guidelines:  (1) plan ahead for August’s stamp camps and (2) forget everything I’ve already seen using this set!  It’s not easy to forget a good idea, but I hope I didn’t see this card somewhere.  Since we do not have any copper foil paper, I created my own mat for the stamped circle by daubing VersaMark on a scrap, embossing it, and cutting it with a Layering Circles die.  If you’re wondering why I didn’t cut the circle first, I did the first time I made the card, but quickly (and painfully) realized there was nothing to hold while using the heat tool!  “Leaves” in Tangerine Tango, Old Olive, and Crushed Curry give this card its autumn feel.

Debra Burgin Autumn Trees for YouMy second card is not practical for camp, but it was fun to marker those apples and cut each one out!  Since our grandson Peter starts school this fall, I am hoping to be able to do some crafting of teacher appreciation cards and gifts.  I know it can get out of control, but I never got to do that and (right now) stamping school projects sounds fun!  So I see this next card going to his teacher, perhaps with an Amazon gift card in it.  I’ll see what our DIL thinks.

Debra Burgin Apples for YouThe next blog on this hop is Linda Callahan’s Stampin’ Seasons.  I hope you enjoy her work as much as I do!

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A flourishing note

Debra Burgin A Flourish NoteWe’re in the middle of several sweltering, miserable days.  The humidity is 99% but we needed rain badly until a storm roared through last night.  You’d think after living my whole life in the same state and pretty much the same area, I’d be used to it.  And not complain.  You’d think that, wouldn’t you?  {{Hangs head}}

Even so I was glad to venture out of the comfy, cool, dry studio and head over to my Colonial House campers.  They have a common room with great lighting and the A/C and fans were very effective.   Plus, they’re great stampers and it’s always fun to be there!

Someone asked me last month to bring back the Big Shot, so I did for this card.  I love this big flourish stamp (and used it earlier this month in the Stamp Review Crew Flourishing Phrases blog hop).  I made an interesting discovery that explained the image’s appeal to me:  I have a similar Jacobean motif in my bedroom curtains and accessories and the drapes in the dining room.   If I looked, I’d probably find items in my closet like this, too!

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Thoughtful Branches — coming soon!

th_thoughtfulbranches_flyer_newdemo_jul0516_usIf you spend time on Pinterest looking at projects using Stampin’ Up! products, you’ve already seen the sneak peek we demonstrators are getting this month of the stamp set Thoughtful Branches and its coordinating Beautiful Branches dies.  (A benefit of being a demonstrator?  You know it!)

It’s a stunning set, one that will be available to everyone beginning August 2 through the 31st.  Those of you who have been earning Bonus Days coupons in July will be able to use them on this stamp set — or bundle!

Look for the Stamp Review Crew blog hop next Monday, July 25, featuring Thoughtful Branches.  And if you didn’t get a chance to enjoy the Artisan Design Team blog hop, it’s never too late!  Start at This Pink Rooster here.

In the meantime, this flyer perfectly displays the versatility and gorgeousness of this set.  Prepare to be wowed!

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Moo cow

Debra Burgin 1607 Moo CowIt wasn’t intentional, but every camp card this month has an animal on it — including this one.  As I’ve told everyone, I bought this stamp set when it was introduced in last year’s catalog because these images are so cute, the puns are funny, and the coloring is easy.  A great set, but the first time any stamp saw ink was when I made this card.

I thought this might be the baby shower card for my cousin’s grandchild-to-be, but instead I kept with the fox theme (and I’ll show you that card later this week).  In fact, I also toyed with the idea of making a three-image framed picture:  moo, oink, baa.  How cute would that be?  But under a time constraint, I naturally couldn’t find a frame that would work, and stuck with Plan A.

The letters from Labeler Alphabet are so fun to work with.  I put all three letters on one block to stamp this — there are duplicates of some letters, and you may be able to see that the two O letters are not exactly the same.  Stamping these individually?  Don’t think I’d do well with that!

Pink Pirouette Stampin' Write Marker

Pink Pirouette Stampin’ Write Marker
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Pear Pizzazz Stampin' Write Marker

Pear Pizzazz Stampin’ Write Marker
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“I can’t see myself ever using a die-cut machine.”

Yep, that’s what I said when Stampin’ Up! introduced the Big Shot eight years ago.  If you’ve been stamping with me since then, you know I figured out pretty quickly why this machine is so nice to have.  I don’t want to use the word indispensable (there are other tools I couldn’t paper craft without), but the Big Shot certainly adds a new dimension to my work.

I know there are some brand new Big Shot owners out there, but even if you’re a long-time user I think you’ll find some interesting pointers about some new accessories in this Stampin’ Up! corporate video.

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Birdie thoughts for you

Debra Burgin 1607 Thoughts for YouIn my advanced years, I enjoy attracting birds to our yard and watching them throughout the day (every time I pass a window), much as my parents did.  Since stopping at the Havegard outlet store on the way to Door County last summer, I have become obsessed with the designs of the feeders, the food in them, the squirrels (and raccoons) that try to sabotage my efforts, etc., etc.  I agree with the Havegard statement that it costs more to buy low-quality, junk bird food that is wasted than seed mixtures designed for specific birds.  I can hardly wait to make another visit in a few weeks to stock up for the winter.

And so, Best Birds was another one of the sets at the top of my wish list from this catalog.  I’m not saying the bird on this card exists in real life — this is art, after all!  And BTW, this little cross-hatch pattern (stamped three times here) is one of the best new stamps in any set!  I’m using embellishments less often now, so this image offers texture without bulk.

One last thing:  The bird and branch images were stamped in Soft Suede ink — not a smear-proof ink.  So this card is a challenge in watercoloring with a fast, sure hand and a damp, not dripping, brush.  I suggested to my stampers at camp that the bird should take no longer than five seconds to watercolor!  Even so, you can see the bit of smearing the occurred on my card; I hope that adds to the artistic effect.

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Why it takes me so long to clean

Debra Burgin HopeAs I was cleaning the studio for Sunday’s camp, putting things back where they belong, I put my hands on this set of Sunshine Wishes Thinlits Dies.  I immediately had to stop and make a card for an acquaintance of ours with health issues.  I didn’t want anything fussy, and this worked perfectly.  And quickly; it took me longer to write the inside sentiment than to make the front.

So although I intended to concentrate on cleaning, I also have a running list of cards to make — and mail.  I got six of them done Saturday and still had plenty of time to clean (and bake).

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Celebrating with Petal Burst

Debra Burgin Celebrate MarilynThis birthday card for a family friend uses a few new products from the Stampin’ Up! 2016-2017 Annual Catalog.  I love Flirty Flamingo (a 2016-2018 In Color) for its not-so-sweet play on pink.  There’s a bit of yellow in it that is very appealing.  Here it is paired with Smoky Slate to give it a bit of sophistication.

Running a panel of FF through with the Petal Burst folder, I experimented with the new Sponge Brayers to see if I could hit just the high spots of the embossed panel.  If you’ve tried this with a traditional brayer, the very soft sponge of this product handles much differently.  First, the sponge absorbs some of the ink, so you will be layering on the color.  And because it’s soft, the sponge will hit the debossed areas as well.  But I love the effect I got — in fact, this was my first attempt and I judged it a success!

You can’t tell on the photo, but there’s a tiny bit of Wink of Stella on the sentiment piece to bring out the shimmer of the Smoky Slate ribbon.  I got that ribbon on the cruise, and it is so pretty and soft!

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Bonus Days!

header_bonusdays_demo_july0716_engWe started the week with a big, booming celebration — and it keeps going!  Stampin’ Up! Bonus Days starts today, July 7, and works this way:

For every $50  you spend* between July 7 and July 31, you’ll get a $5 Bonus Days coupon that you can use between August 2–31, 2016.

You’re right, we’ve never had a promo like this before!  Here are the details:

  • Participants will receive a $5 Bonus Days coupon code via email for every $50 they spend in a single order (*catalog price before shipping and tax). There is no limit to the number of coupons participants can receive per order or throughout the duration of the promotion. There is no limit on the number of coupons participants can use on an order during redemption.
  • An email address is required to participate in this promotion; Bonus Days coupon codes can only be delivered to participants via email.  Participants should both save emails containing their Bonus Days coupon codes AND write down the coupon codes in a safe place — the codes cannot be resent if you lose the email, and SU! cannot recover lost codes.

Are you attending Splash of Inkspiration on July 30?  Thank about saving your order till then so you can (1) earn Bonus Days coupons, (2) earn Burgin Bucks, and (3) take advantage of the purchasing incentive for Splash.  Wow!

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