Med docsLate afternoon yesterday we returned home from a 5-day trip to Ohio.  Are you keeping track?  That’s two trips (“vacations”) in three weeks.  A lot for one waistline.

Even though it’s the end of April, or maybe because, it was cool and wet.  Still, we like to travel at this time of year, before the heat and crowds.  However, because I frugally turned off the furnace when we left, it was only 55° in the house!  A roaring fire helped take the chill off and we settled back into our pleasant evening routine.

A UPS package was stuck between our doors, and I knew just what was in it.  Or, rather, hoped — the package had been opened and re-taped.  I’ll admit that when I poured out the contents onto the dining room table, I got a little teary.  All those years of watching other Stampin’ Up! demonstrators get excited over their official incentive trip documents, and this year it’s me!

So now I have name badges and custom lanyards, luggage tags, the official welcome booklet with all kinds of information, a darling travel wallet, and a very special invitation — you can see it in the hand-stamped blue pocket.  “Dear Debra,” it begins.  Three more weeks — I can hardly wait!

And every time I think about this trip, I give thanks for the people who have made it possible:  my customers, my downline, and my family.  I am so very, very grateful to you all!

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Bear with Hearts

Debra Burgin 1604 Bear with HeartsOh, how fun these bears are!  You must think so, too, because they’ll appear in the Stampin’ Up! 2016-2017 Annual Catalog.  I was relieved (again) that they were not retiring, as the poor darlings had barely seen ink.  I remedied that pretty quickly, starting with this design.

The little trick to the strand of hearts is to cut through the bear’s paws (did you wince?) to secure the twine.

This list of supplies is pretty long!  Essential to this card, however, is the last item.  Crystal Effects (retirement alert!) gives the bear’s eyes and nose a bit of shine that makes her come alive!  Grrreat!

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More Happy Birthday Balloons

Debra Burgin Birthday BalloonsThe card I showed yesterday used complementary colors of orange and blue, and this one (from Inkspiration Saturday in March) uses a similar color scheme.

When I saw this card by Becky Roberts, I was intrigued by the inlaid die cut.  Although it may look complicated, think of it as a jigsaw puzzle.  The entire panel is stamped, then die cut.  The die cut is adhered to one cut from Coaster Board (retirement alert!) to allow it to pop up when placed back in the negative panel.  It’s an utterly cool effect, one worth trying with other dies.

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Time to Celebrate

Debra Burgin 1604 Time to CelebrateI’m so happy to be showing an April camp card that has very little retiring on it!  I adore these photopolymer balloon images and am looking forward to pairing them with sets from the new catalog.

Several stampers have commented about how pleasing this color combination is.  Do you know why?  In the world of color theory, blue and orange are considered complementary colors.  They appear opposite each other (or nearly so) on the color wheel:


This card was inspired by one made by Amanda Mertz.

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Washi Happy Birthday

Debra Burgin 1604 Washi HBEvery two months, Stampin’ Up! demonstrators are treated to an exclusive magazine via the mail.  (Yes, printed on paper!)  It’s full of recognition, business ideas, techniques, SU! news, and samples.  A recent article challenged us to a catalog CASE (“copy and share everything”).  One card  they CASEd is on page 81 of the current catalog — the one with punched strips of card stock stacked vertically.

I was so in love with their re-interpretation that I decided to CASE it for camp this month with the card above.  Little did I know that most of the elements in this card would be retiring — and before I had my first April camp, the Washi Label Punch had already sold out!

I know you’ll find new tools in the 2016-2017 Annual Catalog that will help you create a similar version, so go ahead and pin it!

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So. About the new catalog.

2016_AC_Cover_En-USThere’s not much more I can show you about the Stampin’ Up! 2016-2017 Annual Catalog — at least, until I get stamping with my goodies from last week’s OnStage event in Salt Lake City!  However, I can tell you some of my first impressions:

  • There are new stamp sets that make my heart sing!
  • If you have wanted sentiments, you’ll have them.
  • You will be bending your photopolymer stamps into curves.  A lot.
  • Fiesta!
  • So, so many new dies

Now, back into my cone of silence.  I’ll get busy stamping ASAP!

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Header_retired2016_demo_Apr1816_ENGIn all the excitement over the new catalog last week, I glossed over the products that were missing.  When I saw this Retiring Products list, however, I was stunned by how much will be moved out of my studio to make way for new items!  There’s a bit of sadness over some of these (An Open Heart, Petite Pairs, A Dozen Thoughts, Honeycomb EF) and panic over others (Itty Bitty Accents Punch, Decorative Dots folder, all the Seam Binding Ribbon and 1/4″ Cotton Ribbon).

The good news is that many of these retiring items are now offered at a discount of up to 50%!  That’s amazing, especially for you club members placing your order this week.  And don’t forget that you’ll find many of these on the Annual Heartfelt Inkspiration Garage Sale in early June.

The banner above is linked to a pdf list that Stampin’ Up! will update every day.  It was easier for me to mark my catalog using a list in order by page number.  If you want a pdf file of retired products in order of page number, click here — but note that it is not a list that will be updated.

As in past years, it’s likely that products from the 2014-2016 In Colors will be gone very soon — if you do not have ink refills, this is the time to act!

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Retiring, or not?

Heads up!  Stampin’ Up! has announced they will post the list of retiring products from the 2015-2016 Annual Catalog and Occasions Catalog on Monday, April 18, at 1:00 p.m. (MT). More details about those lists will also be posted at that time.

Don’t forget!

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Little toad, you’re awesome!

Debra Burgin 2016 SAS Little ToadI know exactly who will get this card!  I missed Peter’s time with us this week because of a medical thing going on with me.  All is well (I think), and I am happily experiencing everything that OnStage has to offer — new product demonstrations, old and new friends, business ideas, and fun around every corner.  Hooray for Stampin’ Up!

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Sending smiles

Debra Burgin 2016 SAS Sending SmilesYellow and black, yellow and gray — I never get tired of this combination!  In fact, I bought a new top for the OnStage trip in just those colors.  My husband said, “Those aren’t your usual colors….” Reading between the lines, I know he meant that I usually dress in “jewel” tones.  He wasn’t saying that I look old, pale, and tired.  No, I don’t think so.

I hope you can see the shiny centers on the flowers.  I brought out the Crystal Effects for this card, and have kept it out for some other projects.  There’s nothing like it (in my stash, anyway) to give that shiny, slick look.  Here it is applied over a punch pieces of DSP from the Cherry on Top stack.

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