Botanical friend

This month in camp, we’re making a note card with a duplicate of the focal piece on a larger card.  Smart stamping!  Stamping multiples isn’t my favorite activity — sometimes it has to be done — but especially when I’m working out a design, a make two or four of the main panel so I can put together a card in a hurry.

It’s for this reason that I am always well-stocked with Whisper White and Very Vanilla Note Cards & Envelopes.  Not only is it a smaller “canvas” to work on, it’s easier to write a short and heartfelt note inside.

Debra Burgin | Heartfelt Inkspiration | Stampin' Up! | A little note card with a playful border, thanks to the Grapefruit Grove DSP! Please click for more details!

This fun border is a panel of Grapefruit Grove Designer Series Paper.  I always love dots, and I colored the flower so that it was equally playful!

No die cutting or pressure embossing, this is a simple and fast card — and a delight to color.

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A pot of sunflowers

If there’s a sleeper set in the Stampin’ Up! 2018 Holiday Catalog, I think might be Many Blessings, on page 46.  This multi-season set is perfect for coloring — but don’t overlook the little stamps that coordinate with the bigger images.

Debra Burgin | Heartfelt Inkspiration | Stampin' Up! | Many Blessings | This little set is perfect for coloring. I used Stampin' Blends markers -- imagine the possibilities! Click for more details, please!

Here you can see that I stamped and colored three individual sunflowers on the inside of this card.  So cute!

Debra Burgin | Heartfelt Inkspiration | Stampin' Up! | Many Blessings | This little set is perfect for coloring. I used Stampin' Blends markers -- imagine the possibilities! Click for more details, please!

I was inspired by Cindy Elam and her series of simple cards using this set.  Check out the Subtle embossed background and that Crumb Cake strip embossed with the Tin Tile folder.  (Did you see yesterday’s post with the video on this Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder?)

The images in Many Blessings are so quick and easy to work with, why not make extra, die cut them, and have them available for a card element as needed?

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Pressure embossing with the Tin Tile folder

Towards the top of my wish list for the Stampin’ Up! 2018 Holiday Catalog was the Tin Tile embossing folder.  This folder is designed to create extra-defined texture, and you know that because of the word “Dynamic” in its name.

As it worked out, all of the cards for this month’s camps use Dynamic embossing folders.  There are some tips that help get the best results, and you can see them in this corporate video, below.  Come back tomorrow to see what card we made with this folder!

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“I’d know you anywhere!”

Last Friday was Grandparents’ Day at Peter’s school.  The volunteers did a beautiful job with a breakfast, and the tables were decorated with globes or books:

I really can’t help it:  I get emotional during tributes to just about anyone, but especially on this day.  There was singing (very fine!), a little play, and a videotaped presentation during which students were interviewed about their grandparents.  I was just reaching for another tissue when my husband nudged me — at 2:54.

I’d like to think the question he answered was, “How would you describe your grandparents?” which he did, quite literally.  When the program was over, a woman sitting behind me asked if I was stopping at Kohl’s on the way home!

 

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Clearance Rack refresh!

New items have been added to the Stampin’ Up! Clearance Rack in the online store!  Retired Designer Series Paper, punches, dies, ink, and embellishments are waiting for you, but supplies are limited — and with discounts up to 60%, products will go quickly.

Right this minute, Fast Fuse applicators and refills are available, but you remember how quickly these sell out!

Shop now and stock up.

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Celebrate plaid

You’re expecting something in a buffalo check, right?  No.  Today I’m sneaking into the holidays with this Jingle Jump card from earlier this month:

Debra Burgin | Heartfelt Inkspiration | Stampin' Up! | Nothing Sweeter | I used the Sweetly Stitched Framelits to accent this little tree -- perfect with the plaid! Please click for more details.

I love this little set, Nothing Sweeter, on page 25 of the Stampin’ Up! 2018 Holiday Catalog.  But this card doesn’t have anything stamped from that set (Celebrate is from Thoughtful Banners).

Debra Burgin | Heartfelt Inkspiration | Stampin' Up! | Nothing Sweeter | I used the Sweetly Stitched Framelits to accent this little tree -- perfect with the plaid! Please click for more details.

What I did use, though, is the set of Framelits that coordinate with the stamps:  Sweetly Stitched.  For each of the three image shapes in the stamp set (tree, heart, and gift box), there is an outline die to cut it out and another to provide the stitching.  So clever!  And I adore that double zig-zag.

My husband, who often gives me the first “outsider” opinion of my projects, wasn’t so sure about this card, but I always include at least one rustic or country kind of design, so the plaid from the Festive Farmhouse Designer Series Paper worked perfectly.

Do you know how to make that “reverse punch” banner using the Classic Label Punch?  After you punch out the sentiment, simply insert the label into the punch from the side and punch the notch, like this:

Debra Burgin | Heartfelt Inkspiration | Stampin' Up! | How to "reverse punch" so your Classic Label Punch does double duty! Please click for details.

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All that beautiful paper!

In preparation of this weekend’s Jingle Jump sessions, I’ve been cutting hundreds of pieces of Designer Series Paper from the new Stampin’ Up! 2018 Holiday Catalog.  It’s so beautiful, and if you ever doubted the value of Stampin’ Up!’s coordinated products — well, just wait!

The challenge when looking at the seven new DSP packs, however, is that the samples in the catalog are just so small!  That’s why I love this SU! corporate video showing us the details of the Holiday Catalog paper.  Play it at full screen so you get the best view — and don’t miss the cool features of the Specialty packs!

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Let the holiday prep begin!

It doesn’t bother me that craft stores, both online and brick-and-mortar, start putting out supplies for the holidays early.  Like now.  Crafters need time to create, and it’s important to have materials available.  It does bother me to see holiday decorations out early, but that’s a post for another day.

Stampin' Up! 2018 Holiday CatalogSo I’m happy to introduce the Stampin’ Up! 2018 Holiday Catalog — good today through January 2, 2019!

Soon you’ll see a link to the catalog as a widget in the right sidebar, or you can see it online by clicking the catalog image, above.

Need to get your creative juices flowing?  Check out this corporate video:

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Tin is “in”!

But I must admit that I’m not really a fan of galvanized tin.  The real stuff, that is.  I don’t like to touch it.  I like the looks of it on a birdhouse roof or as a garden sign, but I’d prefer to look, not touch.

Lucky for me Stampin’ Up! has Galvanized Metallic Paper in the upcoming 2018 Holiday Catalog.  (Don’t forget to watch for it online tomorrow!)  All the shimmer, none of the fingernails-on-a-blackboard feeling.

There’s a beautiful, new Tin Tile Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder that is perfect for this paper, but I chose to emboss with the Corrugated folder for this card from yesterday’s Waterfront blog hop:

Debra Burgin | Heartfelt Inkspiration | Stampin' Up! | Waterfront | Never mind the set title, I love the evergreens for Christmas and winter cards. Please click for details!

You may know that Stampin’ Up! recommends spritzing your paper before using a Dynamic Textured Impressions folder for the deepest embossing result.  I use rubbing alcohol because it dries quickly.  Spraying the Galvanized Metal Paper, however, caused it to tear when I ran it through the Big Shot.  I think that was the cause; maybe not.

Click the images below to add products for this card to your cart in my Stampin’ Up! online store (some items not available until 9/5/18):

Early Espresso Stampin' Write Marker

Early Espresso Stampin’ Write Marker
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Old Olive Stampin' Write Marker

Old Olive Stampin’ Write Marker
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Stamp Review Crew: Waterfront

Welcome to the first Stamp Review Crew blog hop of September!  Gulp.  I know.  This time we are playing with Waterfront, first appearing in the Stampin’ Up! 2018 Occasions Catalog, and now carried over into the 2018-2019 Annual Catalog — hooray!

Is this your first Stamp Review Crew hop?  We are an international group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators getting together on the first and third Mondays of every month to do a blog hop.  Each hop features a single stamp set to give you lots of inspiration for that set! The hops are archived at the Stamp Review Crew blog, which means you will be able to click through any SRC hop at any time, going directly to the posts for that hop at your convenience!  And you can click on the banner of this post, above, to go to the master blog roll for this hop, also.

There are 13 stampers on this hop — from all over the world — and you may have arrived here from Mary’s blog, Center Stage Stamping.  Her stampin’ style fits me perfectly!

It’s not often that I preview camp cards, but here’s an exception.  Stampers at this weekend’s Jingle Jump can choose to make this card:

Debra Burgin | Heartfelt Inkspiration | Stampin' Up! | Waterfront | Never mind the set title, I love the evergreens for Christmas and winter cards. Please click for details!

I’ve gone tropical, lakeside, and mountains with this stamp set, but I think my favorite is Christmas and winter!  These evergreens are colored direct-to-rubber with Stampin’ Write markers, then stamped; the background sky is sponged over a mask.  I added a spatter of shimmery snow by whacking the Wink of Stella barrel against my finger.  Here’s a somewhat better view of the effect:

Debra Burgin | Heartfelt Inkspiration | Stampin' Up! | Waterfront | Never mind the set title, I love the evergreens for Christmas and winter cards. Please click for details!

Not only does this card fulfill my silver+blue requirement for the Jingle Jump, it’s simple!

Ready to move on?  (I’ll post details about this card on Tuesday, if you want to come back then!)  The next blogger is Linda Callahan, at Stampin’ Seasons.  Enjoy her work — I do!

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