Welcome to the Spring Catalog blog hop!

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Welcome to Stampin’ Addicts‘ latest blog hop, celebrating the new Spring Catalog from Stampin’ Up!  It goes live next Thursday — do you have your wish list at hand?  If you’re following along in the catalog, the blogs are in the same order as the sets in the Spring Catalog.  (Remember, the blog hop is a loop.  Just follow the link at the bottom of each stamper’s post to get to the next blog; eventually you’ll end up back where you started.  And if you ever lose your way, come back here and click on the banner above to see the complete lineup of blogs.)

You may have arrived from RunningwScissorsStamper and enjoyed Heidi’s projects using By the Tide.  It’s one of my favorite sets from this catalog; I just love Heidi’s style, and her projects are stunning.

When I chose Just Thinking for my hop set, I wanted to challenge myself with a single stamp done four different ways.  A few weeks later, I wondered if it should have been called What Was I Thinking?  One stressful thing after another squeezed out my stamping time until I ended up with a cold bad enough to make me stay home from several holiday events.  I chose to recuperate in the studio with plenty of ink therapy.  It’s working!  Click to enlarge the photos, please.

Although blue and yellow can look playful, for this card I took it to the masculine side.  Inking up the rubber with Stampin’ Write Markers is always an experiment:  is the color true? is my inking complete? what happens if I forget to huff?  I was very happy with this, my first attempt.  Can you detect a bit of pattern on the large Baja Breeze panel?  The border of Just Thinking reminds me of the Square Lattice Folder, so I stamped — not embossed — with it.  (Stamp campers, you’ll be using that technique in January!)

Debra Burgin Just Thinking #1One of my stampers is leaving us for a few months.  Why anyone would prefer Florida to a frigid and seemingly endless Midwest winter is beyond me.  But I’ll miss her and thought this would be the perfect sentiment.  I hope she appreciates how we are suffering here.  I stamped twice in two different colors, then hand-cut the center of one image and close around the entire image of the other.  The Window Frames Framelit cut the coordinating mat.

Debra Burgin Just Thinking #2As so often happens, sorrow among family and friends seems to come in bunches.  And so less than a week after the memorial service for my mother, the wife of a long-time friend died.  I wanted a card for him that was masculine and peaceful, so I chose a gray base.  The striped background is vellum card stock, one of my favorite materials for softening a color.  You may notice that I turned the “frame” 90 degrees so that the pattern was diagonal.  All the stamping is embossed in silver.

Debra Burgin Just Thinking #3Finally, if I were going to a stamping event in, say, Florida in less than two weeks, and I wanted to give my roommates some pillow gifts — and I’m not saying I would — this might be what I’d choose.  But don’t quote me.  These little 4-ounce jelly jars are so easy to fill (here, with mint chocolates) and so fun to decorate.  As it happens, the central part of this stamp fits perfectly inside the ring.  Some coordinating ribbon, a custom tag with the initial of each roommate (who may or may not be getting these), and my only challenge is packing them in my suitcase (oddly, already out and open in the guest room) so they arrive intact.

Debra Burgin Just Thinking #4
Thanks for visiting! Come back again next week to learn the details of my projects.  Now hop on over to FA_Stamper and enjoy Kathleen’s fabulous projects using Feel Goods. Enjoy your trip!

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18 Responses to Welcome to the Spring Catalog blog hop!

  1. sue says:

    SOLD! I love that stamp on the jelly jars! Great idea.

  2. Betty says:

    Lovely, lovely! I always learn new things from you… stamping with an embossing folder, sweet little ribbons, perfect layering 🙂

  3. Your cards and jar are wonderful!

  4. Heidi Baks says:

    I love how you can change the feel with a change of color. Also love your double-ribbon treatment. Great idea to use canning jars for a potential pillow gift. I have tons of those!

  5. adriana B says:

    Your ink therapy certainly makes for pretty projects! Love the variety of your projects; even though they use the same stamp, they all “feel” different. The masculine (sympathy) card is classically beautiful. The treat jars are certain to be a hit!

    By the way – the weather has been bouncing around here in FL. One day 80, the next 62. Still better than freezing, though…. 😉

  6. Cindy Elam says:

    Deb, I have this stamp and now can’t wait to use it. Love how each project is so completely different. Your sympathy card is especially elegant. And your roomies who may or may not be getting those pillow gifts are sure to be pleased. Maybe. If they get something that looks remarkably like those little jars. 🙂

  7. Kathleen says:

    These are great. So many uses and looks for just one stamp. Nice Job!! What a great place to have as my last stop on the hop.

  8. Sara Mattson-Blume says:

    Have fun at leadership! Wow! You really stretched with this set– each is perfect for its purpose and beautiful– as if the stamp was designed just for that kind of card. Beautiful work!

  9. Sandi says:

    I love this stamp set!! First one on my shopping list. Thank you for sharing and I love your projects.

  10. Wow Deb I loved this stamp but it is definitely going on my next order for sure! Beautiful projects all of them!!!

  11. Jen Timko says:

    Wow, Deb…such variety from this stamp! Thanks for showing its flexibility! Wonderful projects!

  12. Carol says:

    Love all the cards, how lovely

  13. Love what you’ve done with this stamp Deb. The cards are fabulous, but I love that jar.

  14. Yapha says:

    These are spectacular! You’ve really showed how versatile this stamp can be! I am so glad that you were able to join us in the hop!

  15. Love the 4 distinctly different looks you achieved from a single stamp. Great ideas!

  16. Rhonda says:

    LOVE the jar, and the grey card is so creative….Wonderful job!

  17. Tanya Boser says:

    Well, you sure helped me see how versatile this one stamp can be!! The jars are adorable, and the tip to use the embossing folder as a stamp, genius!

  18. Kim - s1itcher46 says:

    Beautiful projects, Deb. Great job giving ths one stamp so many looks. I love the canning jar idea.

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