Christmas Angel

Blessings at Christmas from the most beautiful Stampin' Up! angel ever! Please click for details Stampin' Up! | HeartfeltInkspiration.com | Debra Burgin

I always knew I’d send my own Christmas cards using this most beautiful angel image from Angels on Earth, a set retiring from the Stampin’ Up! 2018 Holiday Catalog.

My Stamparatus got a workout with this card, and I’ll be sharing some of my tips at an upcoming Love Your Stamparatus class, exclusive to those who have purchased this stamp positioning tool from me.  (And by the way, buying one after January 3 would be a super idea, because you’ll earn yourself some free Sale-A-Bration product if you can add a tiny bit more to your order!)

Blessings at Christmas from the most beautiful Stampin' Up! angel ever! Please click for details Stampin' Up! | HeartfeltInkspiration.com | Debra Burgin

This actually was designed for September’s Jingle Jump, but it’s a bit more than a 10-minute card!  Still, I love the way it turned out and the sentiment inside:  “Praying the season brings joy, peace, and love as we remember the wondrous gift of Christ the Lord.”

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Square Wreath Pizza Box

Here’s another last-minute gift holder (or treat holder!).  And another reason to keep something on hand:  the Mini Pizza Boxes (you can see them on page 193 of the Stampin’ Up! 2018-2019 Annual Catalog).  You’ll notice that one side of the box has a dull finish and the other is glossy.  The glossy side is the inside of the box; if you put in buttery treats, the grease will not soak through and ruin your stamping.  Still, it seems like you’d want to put cookies in a plastic bag inside, don’t you think?  One more thing:  this box assembles without any adhesive!

This Mini Pizza Box measures 3.5" x 3.5" x 1" -- perfect for a cookie (or two) or some other goodies! Please click for more details! Stampin' Up! | HeartfeltInkspiration.com | Debra Burgin

This square wreath image can be challenging to stamp in Memento ink, so of course we used the Stamparatus for better inking and foolproof stamping.  The images along the box sides were freehand stamped.

And that banner?  It’s one of the accessories in the Takeout Box Thinlits set (retiring January 2 and available only while it lasts).  There are score lines built into the die to create the pop-up.  Adorable!

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Snowshoe Pillow Box

When Peter’s mom picked him up yesterday, we were down in the studio; I was in the cutting room at the Big Shot and he was finishing up a drawing of a duck.  Of course I love when he’s making art, but it’s funny how I can’t find my things when he leaves!

Our DIL spotted this camp project on my table and asked if I was finished with it.  Oh, and she could use five of them as a “coming soon” gift for items not scheduled to arrive from Amazon by Tuesday.

This pillow box is pre-made, so all I had to do was decorate! Love the dies from the Alpine Sports Thinlits; please click for details. | Stampin' Up! | HeartfeltInkspiration.com | Debra Burgin

I love these snowshoes, but I’m sorry to report that they are no longer available.  I can’t say often enough that when retirement lists come out, things are added to the Clearance Rack, or there are other promotions — act swiftly!

The Kraft Pillow Boxes are from the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog; they’re perfect for a pair of earrings or a gift card.  It’s worth keeping a supply on hand!

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How to enjoy the week before Christmas

Recently I read a post from a “lifestyle” blogger who wrote about how to enjoy the week before Christmas.  I can’t find the post now, but there were some really good ideas about achieving a level of calm during what can be a hectic and … unpleasant week.

Last week — the week before the week before — was hectic, but not at all unpleasant, with four Stamping events capped off by a family gathering at my stepdaughter’s home.  It is the season, however, when I must be organized and working ahead — even in the kitchen!

So for my contribution to various buffets, I’ve made several batches of Candy Cane Popcorn.  It’s simple and delicious.

Here is the recipe, from The Girl Who Ate Everything:  Candy Cane Popcorn.  I popped 1/2 cup of corn kernels and used a 5-ounce package of 12 candy canes.  I keep extra candy canes on hand so I am ready for the holidays and can also make this treat for Valentine’s Day.

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Wrapped in the warmth of Christmas

It seems to me that the Stampin’ Up! patterned paper (Designer Series Paper, or DSP) has been exceptional the last few years.  The designs in the 2018 Holiday Catalog were wonderful, including those in the Festive Farmhouse pack.

So I couldn’t help but design a card that used them in a patchwork quilt-type layout for September’s Jingle Jump:

Stampin' Up! | HeartfeltInkspiration.com | Debra Burgin | A greeting from Snowflake Sentiments seemed perfect for this "patchwork quilt" of patterned paper! Please click for more details!

Actually, the lower left piece is from Dashing Along, a limited-edition DSP.  It fit perfectly with the other patterns!

I love to pressure emboss the patchwork panel to add more of a quilt feel to the layout.  It also helps secure the corners of each piece to the white base.  I used the Quilt Top embossing folder because of the stitched feeling:

Stampin' Up! | HeartfeltInkspiration.com | Debra Burgin | A greeting from Snowflake Sentiments seemed perfect for this "patchwork quilt" of patterned paper! Please click for more details!

It’s an appropriate sentiment for this card, isn’t it?

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Paper Pumpkin goes WILD!

No, it’s not that I’m done with Christmas prep, but I am thinking ahead to Valentine’s Day!  That’s what our January stamp camps will feature, and the Heartfelt Inkspiration team will get to play with some hearts and flowers at our meeting this Saturday.

So how cute is this?  The January Paper Pumpkin kit is coordinated with the Animal Expedition suite, seen on pages 26-27 of the Stampin’ Up! 2018-2018 Annual Catalog!  The Be Mine, Valentine kit combines everything you love about Paper Pumpkin-style treat packaging (you’ll make 24!) with adorable critter coordination — I can hardly wait to see what this will be!  January’s colors are Crumb Cake, Flirty Flamingo, Lemon Lime Twist, Melon Mambo, Petal Pink, and Pool Party.  Yum!

If you’re a current Paper Pumpkin subscriber, you’re all set to receive this fun kit.  New to the Paper Pumpkin concept?  Paper Pumpkin by Stampin’ Up! is a crafting subscription kit that delivers creativity to your door every month.  Each box includes everything you need to make a stunning project — like cards, gift packaging, home décor, and more — for just $19.95 a month (shipping included). 

But supplies are limited, so don’t wait.  Subscribers must have an active subscription by January 10, 2019 to receive the Be Mine, Valentine kit — click here to sign up for Paper Pumpkin today!

 

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Simple and elegant

SMH, it finally dawned on me why so many of my cards were smudged in my photos.  Yes, the smudge was on the camera lens, not the cards.  Sigh.

This simple and elegant Jingle Jump card is “me” all over!  I never get tired of heat embossing with silver on white.

Stampin' Up! | HeartfeltInkspiration.com | Debra Burgin | Wishing You Well | Couldn't be simpler, or more elegant! Please click for details, and thank you!

I like using that bow-around-a-piece-of-ribbon treatment.  But it can be a challenge if you have only two hands.  Here’s a tip:  Cut the piece of ribbon (the Poppy Parade here), and use washi tape to secure the ends to your Grid Paper so the ribbon’s not quite flat.  Then knot the twine around the ribbon and tie the bow.  Remove the tape, affix the “bow” to your project, and trim the ends.

I’m thrilled that everything used on this card will be with us when the 2018 Holiday Catalog sales period ends on January 2!

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Year-End Closeout begins today!

Still have some Stampin’ Up! 2018 Holiday Catalog items on your shopping list?  Today’s the day to check it twice — and see if some products will be retiring soon.

Click here to see the list of retiring items — some of them reduced in price!

Remember:  Although this promotion officially ends January 2, 2019, some items are last-chance and limited-inventory, so place your order while supplies last!

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Very merry!

I achieved a major victory the other day when we put the invitations to our neighborhood gathering in the mail at last!  They were leftovers from the October Jingle Jump, and it was my intention all along to use them as invites, but actually accomplishing that took some time.  Pretty sure most of you can relate!

Here’s another card from that event, with the simple (not 3-D) version of this beautiful tree from Winter Woods.

HeartfeltInkspiration.com | Debra Burgin | Stampin' Up! | Winter Woods | Here's my version of #SimpleStamping: Just one color of ink, mostly flat, with color and pattern that grab you. Please click for more information!

Is everyone else as crazy as I am this year about plaid?  Stampin’ Up! never disappoints in its plaid designs, including this Festive Farmhouse Designer Series Paper selection!

You may remember that the Year-End Closeout begins tomorrow.  I can practically promise that this paper will be on that list (but I don’t know for sure) and on sale, and if it is, I doubt it will last long.  Remember, supplies are limited and the Year-End Closeout ends on January 2.  Do not wait!

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Here’s to a season filled with …

What is your heart’s desire for this season?  For me, it’s time that’s not filled with anything!  I want space, quiet, peace.  I’m looking forward to putting the tree up this week and sitting in the living room, dark except for the lights on the tree and on the mantle.  How about you?

I had some of that serenity this weekend, after a morning class, a recital, a movie in front of the fire, a church supper with the boy (“I don’t find this very appealing”), and an overnight.  When everyone else was finally tucked away, it was just me in our bed, asleep at 9:00!

Here’s one of the cards we made at the Frosted Floral Gift Box class Saturday and Sunday:

HeartfeltInkspiration.com | Debra Burgin | Stampin' Up! | First Frost | Frosted Bouquet Framelits | I love using Poppy Parade for Christmas. The fact that I have this sweet striped ribbon makes me happy, too! Please click for more details!

Poppy Parade makes me happy — this ribbon, too!  I am making an effort to stamp inside my cards now, after a discussion at OnStage with friends.  Is is possible that everybody does it except me?

HeartfeltInkspiration.com | Debra Burgin | Stampin' Up! | First Frost | Frosted Bouquet Framelits | I love using Poppy Parade for Christmas. The fact that I have this sweet striped ribbon makes me happy, too! Please click for more details!

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