It’s for you!

Debra Burgin It's for youOh my, the colors of this photo are just not right, and it’s always the blue-greens that give me fits.  (Note to self:  Photoshop Elements for Dummies.)

This was one of my swap cards last week, inspired by details on a card by Kerry Timms.  I loved the fringed edge, the partially embossed tag, and the little medallion.  Her card was subtle and neutral — quite different from this end result!

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Hip-Hip Hooray!

Debra Burgin Hip-Hip HoorayJust before I left for convention, our DIL called me to say that Peter wanted to tell me something.  He announced with great excitement that he had been promoted at swimming lessons to the next level.  I shared his excitement, of course, but later had to verify the facts with his father because I couldn’t quite understand him.

His lessons used to be during our childcare day, and I loved seeing him become comfortable with different skills and his confidence increase.  Of course, he was (and still is) the cutest kid there.

140913 Swimming lessonsNaturally I had to send him a card of congratulations in his favorite color, “dark bwoo,” the same color I use to frost his birthday cake each year.  (Feel free to cringe.)  I think Pacific Point is dark enough — at least it matches his goggles!

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Hello Star

Debra Burgin 1507 Hello StarThis July camp card (and convention swap card) uses one of my favorite techniques:  the shading of a star shape to create a 3-D effect.  No origami here, just paper, ink, and a sponge.  You can see an explanation and photo HERE.  Follow links in that post to see other “barn star” cards I’ve made, or check out this more elegant version from a 2014 Holiday Catalog stamp set:

Debra Burgin Christmas StarsYou’re So Sweet was available to demonstrators before the debut of the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog.  Used along with the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits (it’s a bundle!), this set is a winner.  I wonder if it might be useful with a certain box die coming soon in the Holiday Catalog …

And speaking of the Holiday Catalog, today is the day I finalize the mailing of this publication through Stampin’ Up!  If you place orders with me, attend camps, or generally support my business, you can look forward to receiving the Holiday Catalog a few weeks before it goes live on September 1.

Meanwhile, you must try this simple technique to see this optical illusion for yourself!

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You’re a Star!

Debra Burgin 1507 You're a StarWhat a week!  I left for convention early last Tuesday and returned Sunday afternoon.  The weeks leading up to this trip were packed with stamping activities, and at 9:30 Monday night I decided I wasn’t going to get everything done and still be able to get some rest.  I left town with a pretty clear conscience and great anticipation for a fabulous week in Utah.  And it was!

I hope you saw convention news and pictures on my business Facebook page and Instagram — OK, I really didn’t post that much.  I left both my laptop and camera at home to see if I could get a moderate amount of work done just with my tablet and new smart phone.  I don’t think I was entirely successful; I am happy to be able to have a full-size, real keyboard for some power typing again!

I wanted to hold back on showing you my swap cards until I actually swapped last Friday.  This one is also a July camp card.  I think I mentioned it was my first Pacific Point card ever.  I’m happy with this layout, and the card is appropriate for a variety of occasions and people.

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Stamp Review Crew: Watercolor Wings

SRC-Watercolor-Wings-bannerHere’s a hop that couldn’t come soon enough for me!  I’ve been stamping a lot with Watercolor Wings, but I still have a few ideas up my sleeves, so to speak.

So welcome to this Stamp Review Crew blog hop!  Have you come from enjoying Dawn’s creations at Tiddbits From Dawn?  If not, and you’re unsure of where you should go to make sure you don’t miss a single idea, click on the banner above to get the complete list of blogs on this hop.  Simple!

My first project is a 50th wedding anniversary card for friends.  The butterfly, stamped in Soft Sky, Island Indigo, and Early Espresso, rests on a card base of Tip Top Taupe (my current favorite new In Color).  The butterfly body is enhanced with Bermuda Bay Sequin Trim and tiny pearls.  More (and tinier) pearls dot the card base.

Debra Burgin Blue butterflyA custom at Stampin’ Up! events (or maybe generally whenever lots of women gather) is to give your roommate and friends a gift.  Now I’ll spoil the surprise by showing you what I’m carrying to Salt Lake City this week — a tin of butterfly push pins.  These slide-top containers (basically the same size as mint tins) have been in my stash forever.  I adhered a piece of corrugated cardboard covered with card stock in the bottom of the tin to hold the push pins; a thick piece of cork would have worked even better.

Debra Burgin Convention giftNow you’re over to see Holly Krautkremer at Rubber Redneck.  I love the fun details in her work!

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It’s time for Bonus Burgin Bucks!

Burgin Bucks widgetI’m just about on my way to Inspire. Create. Share. 2015 in Salt Lake City — the final annual convention of its type for Stampin’ Up!  While I’m gone having a good time, I want you to have a good time, too!

From now through Sunday, July 26, earn Bonus Burgin Bucks!  That means that you’ll earn double the usual number — but only for orders placed online HERE.  Click the Burgin Bucks badge or HERE to read the details.

In short, for every $50 in product ordered online with me, before shipping/handling and tax, earn TWO Burgin Bucks.  Some of you are so close to earning a free set of your choice, I fully expect to come home from SLC to be able to celebrate with … you?

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Three Stars

Debra Burgin 1507 Three StarsI’m not sharing my convention swaps quite yet, but this July camp card isn’t one of them.  At least, I don’t think so.  Not quite finished with my swaps.  Ahem.

The Typeset panel is popped up with Stampin’ Dimensionals — not sure that’s obvious in the photo.  I tried adhering the DSP to a strip of Very Vanilla to give it some body, but it was too fussy to do, and I think the final effect is just fine.

Some stampers embossed the card front with the Lucky Stars folder, and I particularly liked the effect when just the lower third was embossed.  Even so, it was Clean And Simple.  Just my style!

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TBT: Bleachy Thanks

Bleachy thanksAt camp Sunday I showed the group the earliest card of mine I had on my computer (earliest by date saved).  That card was not particularly worth sharing, but I later found this one, also from the spring of 2005.  We used a bleach-saturated, folded paper towel as a stamp pad to achieve the white flowers.  Stinky and a little dangerous (don’t smack the stamp onto the pad and make sure you clean the stamp ASAP!), but this technique is still one of my favorites because of its unpredictability.

And I always love stamping my own patterned paper.  Do you?  One of my stampers asked for a One-Sheet Wonder class, so I’m working out the details (we can’t all be using the same stamp!) to see if it can fly.  Watch for it!

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Happy Day!

Debra Burgin 1507 Happy DaySometimes it’s the little things that make you smile — little banners, little words, little card!  August brings lots of birthdays in our family, so this camp card (and a few variations) will soon be pressed into service.  Nice to have that checked off the list.

From me to you postageI shared some time ago in this post how I organize my cards that are ready to be sent out for occasions.  It will come as no surprise to some of you that I also like to use specific postage stamps for my cards.  For birthdays, I usually use the Neon Celebrate stamp, but I really love this stamp released April 1 (shown larger than actual size). When I went to the USPS site to see what other 49¢ stamps are available, I was amazed at the choices.  Celebrity chefs?  Summer harvest? Pretty sure I didn’t see those at my post office!  And I was absolutely floored to see that you can buy a coil of 10,000 flag stamps for a mere $4,900.  And why???

So has anyone here ordered stamps on line?

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Last call for July Stamp@Home kit

July Stamp@HomeToday’s the deadline for ordering the July Stamp@Home kit.  After ordering the products from Stampin’ Up!, you’ll receive a PayPal invoice for the project kit that contains material to complete 6 projects (two each of three designs).

To read about this month’s kit, click HERE; for FAQs about Stamp@Home, click HERE.

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