A square wreath

When stampers talk about simple stamping (as in, #SimpleStamping), just what do we mean?  As you might expect, examples are all over the place!  I tend to confuse “clean and simple” with simple stamping, but of course a design can be simple and still time consuming to create (I had an example in today’s newsletter).

Here’s one idea, a card I created on the spur of the moment when I heard of the engagement of one of our stampers:

HeartfeltInkspiration.com | Debra Burgin | Stampin' Up! | Feathers & Frost | Would you consider this card an example of #SimpleStamping? Click for my opinion -- and details on this card!

The color palette isn’t really simple, but I don’t think a card has to be monochromatic to be simple.  The Big Shot work here is limited, and you could swap the scalloped mat for a plain one.  The coloring is swipes of marker — using two colors for the leaves and two for the berries creates interest.  The banner is trimmed by hand.

We were just finishing up one of the Jingle Jump sessions when I put this together.  Most of the supplies were out for this JJ card:

HeartfeltInkspiration.com | Debra Burgin | Stampin' Up! | Feathers & Frost | A simple wreath with an unexpected shape! Leaves and berries are in two colors, but there's hardly any effort required! Click for details on this card!

I’d love to hear your opinions of simple stamping!

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Online Extravaganza begins Friday!

This is new!  Stampin’ Up! has had an Online Extravaganza in years past, but not like this!  By the time the 6-day promotion is over, on November 28, nearly the entire 2018-2019 Annual Catalog will have been on sale–all at 10% off!  There are only a handful of things that are excluded from this event:  host stamp sets, Paper Pumpkin (prepaids, monthly subscriptions, past kits/refills), the Big Shot, and the Stamparatus.  Bundles will not receive additional discounts during this promotion.

During this time, there will be three 48-hour sales.  Each sale will feature two product categories (keep reading).  When one sale ends (at 11:50 p.m. MT), the next sale begins; this cycle will continue until Online Extravaganza is over.

When you place your order through my online store, please use my Host Code CDQB7EJ4 if your order is less than $150.  The Stampin’ Rewards I earn from the CDQB7EJ4 workshop will allow me to send you a FREE package of Red Rhinestone Basic Jewels (#146924, $7.00 USD value) when your order is at least $50.  If you don’t use these for Christmas, you’ll certainly be using them for Valentine’s Day projects!  You must be a resident of the US to place your order with me.

I need to tell you that only limited quantities are available.  You may have been disappointed in the past, so don’t delay placing your order!

Now it’s time to strategize my shopping list — I’ll be stocking up during the Online Extravaganza!  Here’s the schedule for the event:

November 23–24:  Paper & Embellishments

  • Bags
  • Brads and buttons
  • Cards and envelopes
  • Cardstock
  • Designer Series Paper
  • Embossing material
  • Glitter
  • Ribbons
  • Twine
  • Specialty paper
  • Tags
  • Washi tape

November 25–26:  Stamps & Kits

  • Stamp sets (clear-mount, wood-mount, and photopolymer)
  • Project kits
  • Card kits
  • Kit refills
  • Memories & More
  • Punch box kits

November 27–28:  Tools & Ink

  • Adhesives
  • Applicators
  • Cleaners
  • Cutting tools
  • Embossing folders
  • Framelits and Thinlits
  • Ink pads
  • Ink refills
  • Markers
  • Punches
  • Scoring tools
  • Stamp blocks and cases

 

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Stamp Review Crew: First Frost

Hello, stampers!  My husband and I just returned from a brisk (feels like 20°) walk, and I’m settled in at the computer to show you what I created for this second Stamp Review Crew blog hop of November.

Are you new to the SRC hops?  We are a group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators who want to show you how much you can do with one stamp set — this time it’s First Frost from the 2018 Holiday Catalog.  If you came from the previous blog on the list (which you can see by clicking the banner, above), you enjoyed the creativity of Ann Schach at The Stampin’ Schach.  Her work is just wonderful!

When a stamper says to me, “After all, how many floral stamp sets does a person need?”  My answer (even if not spoken out loud!) is “At least one more!”  And so First Frost found its way into my studio.  And it will stay there even after the HolCat leaves us.  First Frost makes my heart sing.  It is so easy to make something beautiful and classic — just my style!

HeartfeltInkspiration.com | Debra Burgin | Stampin' Up! | First Frost | The flowers in this 2018 Holiday Catalog set will be available in 2019! Click to see all the Stampin' Review Crew has created using this gorgeous set!

I knew I wanted to use the spriggy image in heat-embossed white on a dark card base, but it turned out too busy, especially after I added the same image in black.  A smaller panel of vellum softened the background and provided a frame.

HeartfeltInkspiration.com | Debra Burgin | Stampin' Up! | First Frost | The flowers in this 2018 Holiday Catalog set will be available in 2019! Click to see all the Stampin' Review Crew has created using this gorgeous set!

The large flower is stamped in Poppy Parade and the smaller ones are in Calypso Coral.  I am wildly excited about the upcoming Frosted Floral Gift Box class in a couple of weeks.  I know the stampers will love it — the recipients of the gift will, too!

And now I’ll send you off to Painted Orange, blog of the amazing Artisan Design Team member Charlet Mallett.  I loved talking with her at OnStage in Orlando!  If you wish to see the products used in this card, you’ll find them after these buttons:

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Random acts of brownies

For the Stamp Review Crew supper at OnStage last week, I volunteered to bring dessert.  I decided that my Chewy Chocolate Brownies would pack well and stay fresh from Monday (when I left home) to Friday.

These brownies are always a favorite.  I’ve dressed up the presentation with powdered sugar at times, but for a few years I’ve simply sprinkled half a package of HEATH Milk Chocolate Toffee Bits on top of the batter before baking.  The bits sink in and melt a bit and add something really special.  (I will need to find the recipe online — it’s disappeared — or just retype it in a blog post.)

The Stamp Review Crew didn’t finish off the tin, however, so I took the remainder to general session the next day and gave one to anyone who seemed to be alone.  I was met with delight, surprise, and perhaps a bit of suspicion.

Would you accept a brownie from a stranger at a Stampin’ Up! event?

 

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Swirly reindeer

Here’s another simple card from last month’s Jingle Jump, featuring the beautiful reindeer from Dashing Deer.

.com | Debra Burgin | Stampin' Up! | Dashing Deer | Delicate Lace Edgelits | Swirls & Curls | This easy Jingle Jump card shows off my favorite way to create a WOW! card: an amazing image paired with plenty of texture. Please click for more details!

I loved designing this card because it combines a stunning image with some repeating elements:

  • The stitching on the oval and on the “pointy edge” strip
  • The swirls on the deer and on the embossed background

When you’re stuck on a design, try using repetition!

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A grateful heart

It happens so often:  you’re not totally wild over a new stamp set, but a stamper shows you some amazing work with it.  You’re sunk.  And, yes, it makes sense to buy the bundle and not just the set.  See how that goes?

And that’s how I invested in Falling for Leaves, and I’m happy I did.  In October, we made this card, inspired by Tina Wardell:

HeartfeltInkspiration.com | Debra Burgin | Stampin' Up! | Falling for Leaves | Detailed Leaves Thinlits | This is an easy way to get a pattern on a die cut, limited only by your imagination! The result is never the same twice -- please click for more details!

This card really is more beautiful in real life!  I started by applying four different colors to a square of Very Vanilla with Sponge Daubers.  Using a press-and-twist technique yields some serious color (just daubing is too subtle).  As you’d expect, when the colors overlap, they change.

Before stamping the large leaf image in VersaMark and heat embossing it, this piece needs to dry completely.  We ran the Embossing Buddy over it to make sure there was no damp ink.  Even so, the embossing wasn’t perfect — which added to the beauty.

Except for the leaf color, the rest of the card is all embossed in gold.  Yes, even that edge!  I love “walking” the edge of a panel vertically on an ink pad.  It provides the tiniest edge of color — or, in this case, a sliver of VersaMark to which the embossing powder will cling.  Try this!

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Blackberry birthday

I made this card while preparing for the upcoming Splash of Inkspiration: Frosted Floral Gift Box class on December 1st or 2nd.  It’s CASEd from Christine Petterson, who attributed her inspiration to someone else.  I thought it was beautiful and the perfect sample to show stampers when they were here for the Jingle Jump sessions a few weeks ago.

HeartfeltInkspiration.com | Debra Burgin | Stampin' Up! | First Frost | Picture Perfect Birthday | Frosted Bouquet Framelits | This birthday card is CASEd from Christine Petterson. In keeping with the Frosted Floral Suite layout in the 2018 Holiday Catalog, I used Blackberry Bliss. Please click for more details!

At this writing, there is only one space available in the Saturday morning class — the registration deadline is Saturday, November 17.  You’ll leave with a decorated Acetate Card Box holding five different cards and envelopes, and you can cross one gift off your list!  Click here for more information and to register online.

HeartfeltInkspiration.com | Debra Burgin | Stampin' Up! | First Frost | Picture Perfect Birthday | Frosted Bouquet Framelits | This birthday card is CASEd from Christine Petterson. In keeping with the Frosted Floral Suite layout in the 2018 Holiday Catalog, I used Blackberry Bliss. Please click for more details!I can hardly wait for you to see the cards you’ll be making in this class; you’ll be surprised at the variety!

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Autumn pitcher of flowers

I think this will be the last card I share that has the tilted-buffalo-check feature.  Pretty sure.

HeartfeltInkspiration.com | Debra Burgin | Stampin' Up! | Buffalo Check | Country Home | This set has fabulous images and sentiments, perfect for the Thanksgiving season. The only shading I did was on the pitcher -- simple! Please click for more details!This was one of two fall cards in camp last month.  The biggest challenge in the coloring of this image (actually, two images) is determining what part is a leaf, what is a flower, etc.  I always go back to the Stampin’ Up! photo to check before I start coloring, but that’s because I’m — you said the word, didn’t you?

We used the White Chalk Marker to color the cotton bolls.  It has a pretty thick tip so we used the Dark Black Stampin’ Blends marker to touch up the image.  I’m not sure every stamper did this, but on this sample I outlined the entire stamped image with the Ivory Stampin’ Blends marker to give it depth:

HeartfeltInkspiration.com | Debra Burgin | Stampin' Up! | Buffalo Check | Country Home | This set has fabulous images and sentiments, perfect for the Thanksgiving season. The only shading I did was on the pitcher -- simple! Please click for more details!

To achieve the shading on the pitcher, I used the same process I’ve talked about before:

  1. Color the entire image with a light marker.
  2. Shade the sides of the pitcher (about 1/4″ toward the middle) to cause them to recede.
  3. Use the light marker to blend the line between dark and light, leaving an area in the middle to bring it forward and give the illusion of a rounded surface.
  4. If there’s not enough of a light “mark,” squiggle a little Color Lifter over the area.

HeartfeltInkspiration.com | Debra Burgin | Stampin' Up! | Buffalo Check | Country Home | This set has fabulous images and sentiments, perfect for the Thanksgiving season. The only shading I did was on the pitcher -- simple! Please click for more details!

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Stamp Review Crew: Farmhouse Christmas

From gloomy north central Illinois, I welcome you to another Stamp Review Crew blog hop!  We are a group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators who want to show you how much you can do with one stamp set — this time it’s Farmhouse Christmas from the 2018 Holiday Catalog.  If you came from the previous blog on the list (which you can see by clicking the banner, above), you enjoyed the work of our hard working coordinator, Tonya Boser, at Tinkerin’ in Ink.  She always surprises me with something new on these hops!

As for me, well, I have only to say that sometimes the vision doesn’t play out as expected, no matter how much time is spent on it!  I tried (and I’ll probably try again), but today I need to go with Plan B:

.com | Debra Burgin | Stampin' Up! | Farmhouse Christmas | Farmhouse Framelits | Stamp Review Crew | Click for details and to follow the SRC Farmhouse Christmas blog hop! This card was one offered at last month’s Jingle Jump.  It’s heavily inspired by super stamper Amy Koenders.  Sometimes you see something, and it just clicks!  But despite my obsession with Buffalo Check (I’m wearing it at OnStage in Orlando this week!), Amy’s pattern for the tag, I chose the shiplap paper in the Festive Farmhouse Designer Series Paper.  I must have Joanna’s address here, someplace …

.com | Debra Burgin | Stampin' Up! | Farmhouse Christmas | Farmhouse Framelits | Stamp Review Crew | Click for details and to follow the SRC Farmhouse Christmas blog hop!

The biggest challenge was the card base.  I loved using Granite Gray, the same color as the stitched circle, but I was pretty sure my stampers wouldn’t agree.  White was, well, boring.  Old Olive seemed to be the right choice.

And now I’ll send you off to Painted Orange, blog of the amazing Artisan Design Team member Charlet Mallett.  If you wish to see the products used in this card, you’ll find them after these buttons:

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My birthday, your gift!

I’m thrilled to be celebrating my 65th birthday this month!  But the birthday gifts aren’t for me, they’re for you!  My 65th birthday promotion runs from November 1-15, 2018, with these specials:

  • Earn double Burgin Bucks on qualifying purchases!  Read about the Burgin Bucks program here.
  • From the Snowflake Showcase promotion, buy the Snow is Glistening stamp set plus White Velvet Paper plus Snowfall Thinlits ($65 in product) and get the Happiness Surrounds stamp set FREE.
  • Purchase your choice of $65 in product and get the Buffalo Check background stamp (#147794, for clear block mount) FREE.

If you are ordering online, use Host Code J94ZMHQ7 (copy and paste it into the box in the lower left corner of the shopping bag).  If you are local, simply phone or email me your order.  Thank you!

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