Grateful for you — and fall colors

Debra Burgin 1410 CH #2Pretty soon I’m going to have to do a major transition to Christmas stamping, but not quite yet.  This is the other card we made at yesterday’s camp.  That oak leaf is inked once, stamped twice.  The new stapler makes it simple to attach the bit of ribbon to the tag because it’s narrow enough to see what you’re doing, unlike using an office stapler.

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Fence posts and pumpkins

Debra Burgin 1410 CH #1One thing I love about living surrounded by the (relatively) open country is the way farmhouses are decorated for fall.  Very often there will be a small pumpkin at the base of each tree in the yard, or each fence post.  I have my own little display in front of the lamp along our driveway; I must remember to take a picture before the pumpkins get soft and icky.  Neighbors have speculated that it may fall victim to some vandalism (I hope it lasts till Thanksgiving!), but meanwhile I enjoy the display every time I look out the front window.

This card is for camp this afternoon; the fence posts are die cut and embossed.  (Why don’t I have the Hardwood background stamp?)  We could use the Fringe Scissors to create the grass, but I only have one pair and there is a bit of a learning curve with them.  Stampers were on the verge of hysteria the other night when one of them — only moments after I instructed, demonstrated, and warned about the use and potential pitfalls of the scissors — sliced right through the paper strip.  And she wasn’t the only one.  So for today we’ll be using scissors.

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Give thanks

Debra Burgin 1410 Give ThanksThis is a sentiment to be lived out every day, isn’t it?  I admire people who keep gratitude journals — and in fact I was very tempted by the Gratitude for Days Simply Created Kit in the Holiday Catalog before I came to my senses.  It’s not that I’m ungrateful for my blessings or that I can’t articulate them, it’s just that I have enough projects that never get done.  You know, all those “perfect for altering” items that saw daylight when DH and I were reorganizing the other day.

However, a card with such a message that I can send is an entirely different matter!  Krista Frattin created a card with these leaf windows that I thought was charming and inspired my own version.

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2014 Holiday Supplement

Header_HolidaySupplement_Oct0714_NAYes, it’s more merry!  Just click on the banner above to see all 12 pages of good things for the holidays.  If you are a lover of Project Life by Stampin’ Up!, you’ll find stamp sets, album, envelope pages, card collection, and accessory pack — all new.  Of course you don’t have to be scrapping to use those products, as you’ll see in camp.  And if you can’t get enough of stars for the season, check out Many Merry Stars (a 16-stamp set that coordinates with the Stars Framelits) and the Simply Created Kit that makes 26 different stars!

Fair warning:  new items in this Holiday Supplement are only available while they last!

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“What’s in here?”

Friday and Saturday we took a quick trip to northeast Indiana.  The trees were stunning — “Like a jigsaw puzzle!” was the ultimate compliment, if you’ve ever worked one of those with a photo that just couldn’t possibly be real.  Saturday’s weather was cold, dreary and wet, but not a problem; mostly we had planned a lot of driving around and rubbernecking.  Even though we’ve been visiting this area for 20 years, this was our first fall visit.  Wonderful!

Debra Burgin BuggiesWe stumbled upon an auction for driving horses, and it was so fun to see them shown off.  We were amazed at the closing bids — and those that were declined for being too low! — but of course we were way out of our element.

Yesterday DH helped install some metal peg boards across the long wall in my work area.  But you know how a home improvement project goes:  every planned action resulted in several other tasks that needed to be completed first.  I wondered if the arrangement in the finished part of the basement was really the best, so we began moving furniture around.  And cleaning.  And opening drawers and bins.  And then I heard that question that makes me nervous:  “What’s in here?”  Stuff.  Stuff that shouldn’t be there.  Stuff I’m embarrassed to still be storing.

Eventually we got to the peg boards.  The directions began, “Don’t panic!  Putting this together is easy.  You just need a few tools and some quiet time.”  And that was about it for advice and instructions.  If you decide to install Recollections Metal Slat Walls, I have some tips for you!

This is what the wall looks like so far.  Now that it’s up, I can see what peg board accessories I need and don’t need.  The small clipboards hold notes for future projects and classes.  Even though I keep lots of ideas digitally, I still love a list on paper!

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Curvy pumpkin box

Debra Burgin 1410 Curvy Pumpkin BoxIt’s official:  I am not the only stamper in love with this die!  Two stamp camps proved this to be true, and I have no doubt the trend will continue.  Perhaps you’ve seen these pumpkin boxes elsewhere — I tried to achieve the look of the lobes with sponging, but just couldn’t make it work.  Using this embossing folder is easier, and the result is charming, I think!  The tag is part of the Thinlits set (there are 3 different tags).

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Starry-eyed

20141020TH_HolidaySupplement_en-USYesterday I submitted my pre-order from the upcoming 2014 Holiday Supplement.  The products in this supplement — some current, some new — will be available next Monday, October 20, while supplies last.  Yes, I want you to see that last phrase!

The cover you see at right (and don’t bother to click it in hopes of actually seeing the supplement!) shows one of the stars created from the Many Merry Stars Simply Created Kit.  This kit makes 26 stars in a variety of sizes, and I’m pretty sure that each of those 26 stars is unique.

Does this sound like a fun holiday project?  Then be ready to submit your order next week!

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The secret, revealed!

Debra Burgin Curvy Keepsake Pine Cone backI have been living at an above-average pace for several weeks now, so when I awoke yesterday to the prospect of a day of fun with Peter and no pressing responsibilities, I barely knew how to behave.  We played Investigator (him) and Assistant (me) to try to find my car keys, missing since I put the car in the garage Saturday afternoon; we built a network of train tracks from three sets of dominoes across the family room and under furniture; we played Papa Fox (him) and Baby Kit (me) for a long, long time under the bedspread; he produced an amazing number of punchies from the Envelope Punch board and, in the grand finale, placed my stamp sets end-to-end across the studio; and we played King (him) and Coachy Fun Restaurant before Mama finally came and I had to cover the boy in enough kisses to last a week.  It was a lovely day.

I thought I should let you know that I made a strategic error when I made the Curvy Keepsake Box you saw in this past weekend’s Stampin’ Addicts Winter Holiday Blog Hop.  After I took the picture, I realized that in order to turn the light off inside, I’d need to untie the bow.  And I had spent so much time on that bow!  What I should have done to begin with is what I did after I disassembled to box:  punch a hole in the side opposite the vellum window so the tealight could be inserted and removed.  (Mark the circle on the inside of the box, however!)  If these boxes are made for a bookshelf or mantel, no one will know; if these are table favors for a holiday meal, well ….

We’ll be making another Curvy Keepsake Box in October’s stamp camps.  Many stampers must be equally crazy about this Thinlits, as it is backordered for a few days.  Hang in there — and keep dreaming up fabulous projects for it!

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Welcome to the Stampin’ Addicts Winter Holiday Blog Hop!

Winter Blog Hop Banner-001It’s been a few months since I’ve been part of a Stampin’ Addicts hop — I’m glad to be here!  You’re here because you’ve just been to Stampin’ with Paula and enjoyed her starry creations made with Bright & Beautiful.

I chose to feature Ornamental Pine because I can’t resist a pine cone or bough!  My first card is … uh-oh, not really for a winter holiday.  OK, unless it’s someone’s birthday during winter, and then this would count.  Because this isn’t a card I would necessarily send for Thanksgiving, but for a birthday.  In any case, I love brown and green for a woodsy Christmas theme.

Debra Burgin Grateful You PineAll right, now I’m ready to move on to a winter holiday — and this is indeed a card I would use for Christmas.  (Also for stamp camp, hint hint.)  This trio of pine cones is just my style, even though the prospect of embossing 200+ of these has me a bit unsettled.  I love catching a bow of baker’s twine in the bow of another ribbon — in this case, Very Vanilla Seam Binding.

Debra Burgin 1410 Three PineconesDo you have the Curvy Keepsake Box Thinlits?  It was a product I thought I could live without, until on a whim I searched for it on Pinterest.  Wow wow wow!  You owe it to yourself to look!  It may be hard to see here, but there’s a battery-operated tea light inside.  I’ll admit, perhaps immodestly, this is so cute!

Debra Burgin Curvy Keepsake Pine ConeThere is so much more you can do with this set, so you’ll be seeing more of it here in the weeks to come.  Meanwhile, you’re on your way to Tanya’s blog, Tinkerin in Ink, for projects using Visions of Santa.  Remember, the banner at the top of this post will take you to a list of all the blogs on this hop.  See you next time!

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Tuesday news

I hope you’re watching the Weekly Deals change every Tuesday on the little widget to the right.  But if you view this blog in a reader, you’re probably not seeing it at all!  It’s a simple thing to view any Stampin’ Up! products, including Clearance Rack — just go to my Stampin’ Up! online storefront.  There’s even a category for Weekly Deals right at the top.

Speaking of seeing products, today Stampin’ Up! showed us the monthly photopolymer set a week early.  Perfect for coloring with Stampin’ Blendabilities Markers, you’ll see this set in real life during an exclusive camp just for stampers who have taken my Bloomin’ Blendabilities class.  Meanwhile, I’ll give you a sneak peek of Gentle Peace:

Gentle Peace

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