December Drama

Debra Burgin 1112 Sparkle Birthday

This is one of the cards for December stamp camps.  I couldn’t leave all the sparkle and bling quite yet!

I promised stampers yesterday that I would show this photo just found of me in college as part of the Treble Choir of Illinois State University.  We all wore these sack-like long wrap dresses with a large but sedate bow over one shoulder.  You selected “your” dress by length; I don’t remember any other variation in size.  We were required to have long black gloves and wear our hair up and back, if it was long.

In this picture, I was wearing my hair twisted up with a hairpiece of curls pinned over.  I bought the hairpiece from my hometown Penney’s, a store that didn’t even have a hair salon.  When I was lazier about my appearance I wore braids pinned to the top of my head in what my younger sister — who wore her hair the same way in our hippy-lite periods — calls the Fraulein Look.

No jewelry was allowed; too distracting with its potential sparkle and shine.  Dr. Donald Armstrong, my director for all three years of my participation, was a fierce and intimidating perfectionist, but I’ve never forgotten what he taught me.

I wonder how many years those same dresses served that choir.

Stamps:  Happiest Birthday Wishes (Hostess only, p. 10)
Ink/Color:  VersaMark
Paper:  Basic Gray, Basic Black, Vellum Card Stock, Glimmer Paper (Silver)*, Whisper White
Other:Big Shot, Circles #2 Die, Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder, Basic Rhinestones, 5/8″ Satin Ribbon (Basic Black), Heat Tool and Stampin’ Emboss Powder (Black), 1¾” Scallop Circle Punch, Glue Dots, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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4 Responses to December Drama

  1. Kristi says:

    I love to look back at older photos like that! Looks like they wanted everything plain, including the Christmas tree!

    Beautiful card, by the way! I really like the shimmer behind the stamped image. I cannot believe I didn’t buy any of that paper!

  2. Kelly Wentling says:

    Hi Debra! Your card is amazing! It is very gender neutral and I like that (men wouldn’t mind a little silver, would they?). Very classy and elegant with the embossing folder and that beautiful satin ribbon. I had to look at your discription to see what you used on the vellum. Such a neat look. Thanks for sharing your photo with us. How funny to see the fashion trends of the time, huh. Holiday blessings!

  3. Sally says:

    I totally love this card! Steve and I were talking about your suggestion to watermark my photos. I’m wondering what program you use or if your blog software has that built in.

  4. Amy says:

    Cute card and I must say you look absolutly adorable.

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