Snowy pine bough

Debra Burgin 1411 Snowy pine boughA woodland-type Christmas card is a stamp camp necessity for me, and I found the perfect one in this card by Debra Currier.  If you haven’t seen hers, there’s barely anything different on mine — that’s how great it was (and is).

A note about the construction of this card:  although you could certainly stamp on the Crumb Cake card base, I chose to cut a CC piece the same size as the one with the oval window.  That gave us a safety net in case something wasn’t right about the pine bough image and we had to re-stamp it.

In case you’re wondering, the Heat Tool is used to dry and pop the Whisper White Craft ink.  I think it helps!


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Star shaker

Debra Burgin 1411 Star shakerI know I’m not the only one rediscovering shaker cards — they’re everywhere!  This card, inspired by Laura Milligan, is my latest version.  I’m curious if this will mail without extra postage.  It’s pretty flat, with nothing poking, so I’ll have to see.

I build my shaker card windows with a “wall” of self-adhesive craft foam.  It’s easy to cut into thin strips, which then are trimmed to shape.  The confetti here is punched from Glimmer Paper; a pinch of micro beads helps its “shake-ability.”

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Spinach Tortellini Tomato Soup

Some of you were concerned that we did not eat supper last night, since you were unable to see the soup recipe that was at the end of this morning’s post.  It is one of the aggravating aspects of technology for me:  just exactly why things work or don’t work.  So I’ll give the recipe again (adapted from

Spinach Tortellini Tomato Soup

  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • Two 14.5-ounce cans stewed tomatoes (with onion, celery, and bell peppers), undrained
  • One 24-ounce jar marinara sauce
  • One 32-oz box vegetable stock
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • One 12-oz pkg frozen tortellini
  • One 8-oz bag baby fresh spinach

In a 6-quarter stockpot, heat oil over medium-high heat until it begins to shimmer. Add onions and cook 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until onions soften.

Stir in garlic and cook a few minutes more.tir in stewed tomatoes (I use kitchen shears to cut up large chunks), marinara sauce, vegetable stock, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil.

Add tortellini and spinach. Reduce heat to medium and cook for 10 more minutes, stirring occasionally. When tortellini is tender, remove pot from heat.

Adjust seasonings as desired.

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It stings the toes and bites the nose

141124 ShovelingWhat started as a relatively mild, late-November Monday morning deteriorated by the minute in front of our eyes. At mid-afternoon, the wind chill was 9° and there was enough icy snow on the drive for Grandpa and Peter to shovel. The child was so, so happy to go outside. “It’s my favorite season!” he regularly declares. That doesn’t come from either grandparent in this house.

I went to the store when they were finished and picked up a few items to make soup for supper, my first of the season. This was the result:

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Another super offer this week!

save-more-earn-moreI was hoping for a fabulous promotion for new Stampin’ Up! demonstrators, and this is it!

  • Sign up between November 24 – December 2.
  • During this period, your Starter Kit will be 25% off, or $75.  This Starter Kit is fully customizable with $125 in current product.  Choose items from the Online Extravaganza that are on sale this week for even greater savings!  You’ll also receive a business supply pack valued at $65 (with order forms, catalogs, etc.).
  • You’ll receive a cash bonus of 5% of your commissionable sales in December.  This bonus will be added to your commission received around January 10th.

There are different reasons why stampers sign up to be a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator: some join for the discount, some want to build a business.  No matter the why, the what is that being a demonstrator is full of great benefits and fun opportunities — just being able to get sneak peeks at upcoming products is enough!  In fact, next week I’ll be attending the kick-off for the Occasions Catalog and Sale-a-Bration flyer!

Do you love to stamp?  Would you like to have a product discount?  Are you dissatisfied with your current employment situation?  Do you need additional income?  Do you want the inside scoop on Stampin’ Up!?  Visit my Stampin’ Up! website to find out more about joining my team.  There you’ll find details on

I can be your mentor, your cheerleader, your coach — or just a friend helping a friend.  Call me at 815-756-8101 or email me at and let’s talk!

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Door Busters just for today!

2014 Online Extravaganza141124 Door Busters

And the discounts are only while supplies last!  Click the red banner above to see the entire list of items on sale during these eight days — if you downloaded the pdf over the weekend, do it again.  Stampin’ Up! added some shading to make the bundles easier to understand.

Another point of clarification, this one from me:  just because it’s an Online Extravaganza doesn’t mean you can’t call me (815.756.8101) and ask me to place the order for you.  If you’re local and can pick up your order from me, it’s likely I can save you a few dollars in shipping.  If you’re comfortable shopping online, you can find my Stampin’ Up! storefront HERE.

Finally, this is a good time to check the offerings in the Weekly Deals (you can see them at top right) and the Clearance Rack.

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Online Extravaganza starts Monday!

2014 Online ExtravaganzaAt last! I thought we’d never see the details on this year’s Online Extravaganza!
Let’s get right to it:  HERE is where you can see all three pages of the pdf file with amazing discounts.

Tops on my list?  An additional Big Shot Magnetic Platform at 40% off!  Starting Monday, I’ll be able to get it for just $23.97!  The Mag Plat is really a necessity in my cutting room, and I think it’s a safe guess to say my collection of Big Shot Framelits and other thin dies will be increasing with the next seasonal catalog.

A few details:

  • Don’t miss the Doorbusters on Monday, November 24 and Monday, December 1.  (The entire set of 3-marker Blendabilities assortments for $100 — are you kidding???  But only on Monday 12/1!)
  • Most Textured Impressions Embossing Folders are on sale for just $5 — but only on Monday, 11/24.  Don’t forget about the folders in the Holiday Catalog.
  • Ribbon?  Punches?  Wow!

This sale lasts from November 24 through December 1, or while supplies last.  (I know the banner says until 12/2, but I’m pretty sure that’s incorrect.  8 days.  Monday-Monday.  That’s what I’m going with.)

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An invitation

Debra Burgin 2014 Christmas BlendabilitiesAn invitation, but for what?  On the first weekend in December, I’ll be holding A Blendabilities Christmas, a class exclusively for stampers who participated in one of my Bloomin’ Blendabilities classes earlier this fall.  We’ll be using our Blendies with some of the new holiday stamps that are so wonderful to color, including the new photopolymer set, Gentle Peace.  I’ve got a number of new techniques to share, too.

I have to laugh at the number of supplies for this little tag — all those Blendabilities!  But that’s the nature of coloring, and why I store all mine in a removable plastic drawer.  Bring the drawer to my table and get to work!

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Merry & bright — and easy!

Debra Burgin 1411 CH #1This is one of the cards we’re making at this afternoon’s stamp camp (sorry to ruin your surprise, ladies!).  It’s inspired by a card by Krystal De Leeuw.

What do I mean by “inspired”?  Well, her card had circles (including one from Glimmer Paper), this tree, and an embossed white background.  I changed the sentiment, omitted the ribbon and one of the circles, used a different embossing folder, and changed the card base color.

Now, how can you actually go From Inspiration to Creation?  That’s the topic of a class I’m developing for early next year, in conjunction with the Stampin’ Up! 2015 Occasions Catalog.  While not a Stamping 101 class (we won’t talk about how to ink up a stamp, for example), we will learn and experiment with basic design and execution.  Watch for more details in the coming weeks!

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Paper Pumpkin November 2014

Have you seen the November Paper Pumpkin kit yet?  I love it!  Watch to see how fun and simple this kit is to put together.  (And make sure your speakers are on!)

Wonder what the surprise will be next month?  Learn more at

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