Weekly Deals: 10/6-12

Weekly Deals

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Silent Night

Debra Burgin Silent NightI’m ready to return to silent, peaceful nights after weeks of sometimes frantic activity!  Inkspiration Saturday (the 18th all-day Inkspiration event!) was a wonderful day from start to finish.  I think everyone had a good time.

And now things are (mostly) cleaned and put away, with only a few items missing.  Hoping they’re not sick of hearing from me, I’ll contact the InkSat team to see if they went home with something extra.  I owe a huge Thank You to Elizabeth Hamilton, Darlene Johnson, and Dru Walt for their assistance at every level.  Seriously, I couldn’t have done it without you, ladies!

This was one of my designs.  You may remember a card with a similar panel some weeks ago — it was cut off this one!  The versions I saw made by the 52 participants Saturday were all stunning, and all different.  It made me happy!

And now the planning begins for the next Inkspiration Saturday on March 5, 2016!

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Sheltering Tree swap

Debra Burgin Sheltering Tree swapI have misplaced the sticky note with the name of the designer of this card — I apologize!  It’s a wonder I can find anything in the studio right now, as it’s a mess of stacks of plastic bins waiting to go to the church for the setup of Inkspiration Saturday.  I’m excited about the day but so, so tired.

This card, an example of double-time stamping, was intended for a swap at convention over two months ago.  I had all the pieces cut but just couldn’t get it finished.  Finally last week I muscled my way through the rest of my to-do list and triumphantly crossed this off!  I just about danced up to the Post Office counter with my thick envelopes.  Bye bye, monkey!

If you’ll be traveling to DeKalb tomorrow for InkSat, be safe!  I look forward to a wonderful day together!

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Weekly Deals: 9/29-10/5

Weekly Deals

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A little something for Grandma Carmita

Debra Burgin Autumn GiftYesterday we spent several hours with Peter’s other grandma from Ecuador.  She has a new grandson in the U.S., so she swung through DeKalb County to see Peter.  She confirmed my feeling that he has grown since he visited her in May!

The familyI couldn’t go there empty handed, so I put some “girlie” things in a gift bag and tricked it up with some leaves I made for another project.  Did you know that this sentiment set is still available?  Originally offered as one of the monthly photopolymer releases, I’m happy to note that you can still get Banner Blessings!

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An acorn “hi!”

Debra Burgin 1509 Acorn FrameThis is another camp card inspired by Mary Fish.  Her clean and simple style appeals to me — this card is so simple it doesn’t require much explanation!

But since I have the floor, I’ll say a few things.  The Soft Suede square was die cut (the window) then embossed.  I always feel that following this order preserves the embossing; it makes sense to me, but I haven’t run a test.  Secondly, it’s much easier to tie a bow in a button if the button is attached to something, rather than doing it “in the air.”  So thread and knot the twine through the button, then attach it to the acorn with a Glue Dot.  Then tie the bow.

I love Acorny Thank You so much it’s my featured set for Stamp@Home in October.  More information on October 1!

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TBT: Yellowware bowl

Gifts of the Earth #1Needing to send a friend from church my recipe for Mom’s Coconut Bars, I was pawing through my stash of all-time favorite cards and ran across this one — posted six years ago!

Click to enlargeI still remember the day I took these pictures.  That blog post talked about my love of yellowware.  And again this September the bowls are out on display (just in a different house) and this card is winging its way to a new friend who just may share my interest.

It’s good to share!  Have you sent someone a hand-stamped card today?

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Weekly Deals: 9/22-28

Weekly Deals

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Tip Top Taupe, you make my heart smile!

Debra Burgin 1509 You Make My Heart SmileSo many of my stampers remark on the hard-to-pin-down characteristics of Tip Top Taupe:  a bit gray, a touch green, some brown … what color is this, anyway?  It reminds me of the color of the little “big” bathroom in the old house when we repainted (and by “we” I mean Bud, of course).  Or maybe a little mouse.  Or a fawn.

However you see Tip Top Taupe, it certainly changes color depending on its dance partner.  Try it with Soft Sky, Pink Pirouette or So Saffron for an updated baby combo.  Cajun Craze is a fabulous choice, as is Island Indigo.  Of course it’s stunning with Basic Black, but on this card I used Early Espresso with a bit of gold for some sophistication.

Speaking of gold, here’s another use of a metallic Sharpie-colored Candy Dot.  And if you’ve never tried embossing the Foil Sheets (in Silver, Gold, and Red), you’re missing out on something wonderful!

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Stunning in silver

AnniversaryYesterday we celebrated our 29th wedding anniversary — and by “celebrated,” I mean we did pretty much the same thing we do every Sunday, and that’s fine.  However, Saturday evening we had our monthly supper together with DH’s family, and his sister gave us this card, which I opened at breakfast yesterday.  This scan doesn’t do it justice — the leaves are embossed silver.  It’s a beautiful card, and it couldn’t be more perfect for me (or us).  I said to him, “You know I want to go down and make a card like this, don’t you?”  And he laughed because, in fact, he did know that!

But I waited several hours, until after our walk just before sunset.  This is what I came up with, for my step-daughter’s birthday later this month.  Although, again, the photo doesn’t really capture the silver correctly, DH thought my attempt was more beautiful than the original.  I’m glad he liked it!

Debra Burgin Jean's bday

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