A beautiful day, indeed!

Here’s my second-to-the-last reminder that the Share What You Love promotion ends tomorrow! Can you wait until June 1 to buy the components of each of the three bundles? Yes, but you won’t be getting one, two, or three items for FREE and you won’t be able to order the Statement of My Heart stamp set.

Debra Burgin | Stampin' Up! | Love What You Do | I'm not one to gush (or am I?), but the Share What You Love patterned paper in the Stampin' Up! 2018-2019 Annual Catalog is really amazing. Click to learn more about this card!

Here you see the Lovely Floral embossing folder, fabulous Designer Series Paper, and Artisan Pearls (beautiful!). All are included in the Gotta Have It All bundle.

Debra Burgin | Stampin' Up! | Love What You Do | I'm not one to gush (or am I?), but the Share What You Love patterned paper in the Stampin' Up! 2018-2019 Annual Catalog is really amazing. Click to learn more about this card!

We colored the flowers with Stampin’ Blends with my standard blossom technique: Color the entire blossom with the lightest color (leaving a bit of white), color about 2/3 of the way up the blossom from the base with the medium color, and then color about 1/3 of that with the darkest color. Take your lightest color and scribble over the blossom to blend — as much or as little as you wish — the lines between shades. It’s a pretty foolproof technique!

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Oh, daffodils!

For some reason, this was not the spring for daffodils in my garden beds.  Too wet?  Too cool?  Squirrels?  If you’re a gardener, you understand this dance.

I was glad we made this card at stamp camp in April, as it gave me the chance to enjoy one of my favorite flowers — on paper, anyway:

Debra Burgin | Stampin' Up! | You’re Inspiring | A "fancy fold" that's really not very complicated -- check it out!

You’ve seen this “fancy fold” before, in another spring card.  This time I planned ahead and used the leftover panel cut off the card front for the stamped panel.

Debra Burgin | Stampin' Up! | You’re Inspiring | A "fancy fold" that's really not very complicated -- check it out!

You can’t tell here, but there’s plenty of room to write inside this card.  Won’t you try this design some time this week?

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What’s so great about the redesigned ink pads?

When the retiring products lists were released in April, you may have noticed that all the inks were being retired.  No need to panic!  What is retiring is the current case and ink formula.

Yes, Stampin’ Up! has redesigned the ink pad case and formula.  Yes, they’re great!

This is a big change, and Stampin’ Up! has anticipated your questions:

Why did we change the case?

The case’s manufacturing mold was about to expire. We can only use a mold a limited number of times before we need to replace it, so we had to decide if we wanted to order more of the same molds or try to improve the design. We chose to improve it!

We wanted to align the updated case with the color refresh and improvements to our ink.

What’s better about the case?

Using research, focus group feedback, and demonstrator comments, we discovered a few things that could improve the design of the Classic Stampin’ Pad case.

We wanted the new case to:

  • Be less confusing to open. Opening the new ink pad case is now more simple and intuitive—just insert your thumb in the lip at the front of the case and lift it to open.
  • Have a tighter fit between the lid and the base. With the new design, the lid doesn’t accidentally become disconnected, which was a common problem with the old case style. With use, the lid will be easier to slide open and close.
  • Be stackable. The ability to stack the cases makes them easier to store and transport. We designed a nub in each bottom corner that fits nicely into the dimple on the top of another case. Tip: Removing the label stickers from the bottom of the case (after applying the needed labels to the case) also makes the ink pads stack a little better.
  • Include improved labels and stickers. Here are a few of the ways we’ve done that:
    • The top label now has a cleaner, bolder design and a larger color swatch, making it easier to see the ink’s color.
    • The stickers include a new In Color icon.
    • We’ve continued to provide color stickers that can be placed on the end of each case to easily identify the ink’s color at a glance.
    • We’re introducing a new color sticker you can place on the inside of the case, so you can easily distinguish the ink’s color when the case is open.

How is the ink different?

We improved our ink formula because we noticed that our old ink would sometimes bubble, especially on new pads and with lighter colors. When this happened, the ink wasn’t as even and smooth when stamped as we’d like to see it.

The improved ink formula will:

  • Reduce ink bubbles.
  • Help you get a smooth coating of ink on the stamp.
  • Help lay down the ink better.

How do I know if my Classic Ink Refill has the new and improved ink?

Beginning with the 2018–2019 Annual Catalog, all ink refills will have the improved ink formula. Also, if you recently received an ink refill and it has the new branding label, it contains the improved ink formula.

Can I use an old ink refill on a new ink pad or a new ink refill on an old ink pad?

Yes! You absolutely can with the exception of the Basic Gray Archival and Basic Gray Classic Stampin’ inks. Archival and Classic inks should not be mixed. All other Classic Stampin’ inks will work fine.

Where is the archival ink?

Archival ink will no longer be part of our ink offering. Basic Gray will now be part of the Classic Stampin’ ink family. Please note that you cannot use an archival ink refill on the new Basic Gray Classic Stampin’ Pad, as this will ruin the new ink pad. Only use Classic Stampin’ ink refills on Classic Stampin’ pads. Your best options for black ink pads are the Tuxedo Black Memento Pad, to use with Blends and general black stamping needs, and the Jet Black StāzOn Pad, to use for watercolor and nonporous surface stamping. Both will be part of our ink offering. We are confident that both the Memento and StāzOn pads are high-quality inks that perform to your needs.

Will the pricing change with the update to the ink pad cases?

Yes, there will be a price increase with the updated Classic Stampin’ Pads. For example, US pricing was $6.50 USD and now will be $7.50 USD.

Will the updated Classic Stampin’ Pad case fit in the Color Caddy?

Yes, it will fit into the Color Caddy–just not as tightly as the previous ink pad style. If you’ve stored the updated pads in your caddy, you’ll want to be careful when rotating the caddy and not turn it too fast. We are working on a new storage solution for the updated Classic Stampin’ Pad case and do not yet have a launch date.

Do new ink pads mean different packaging when ordered in collections/assortments?

Yes. Ink pads and refills sold as color collections or assortments will have new packaging.

  • The ink pad color collections will have a chipboard backer, shrink wrapped.
  • The ink refill color collections will come in a long narrow chipboard tray, shrink wrapped.
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Sharing what I love — Watercolor Pencils

Ever since the Stampin’ Blends found a space in my stampin’ studio, the Watercolor Pencils have been, well, neglected.  Peter has his own set, and his favorite activity is sharpening them so they are at the ready when we begin to work.  (I love this sharpener — every house needs one! — but it was quite a bit less expensive when I bought it.)

As I was designing my Share What You Love cards for camp this month, I knew I wanted to bring out the pencils once more for this card:

Debra Burgin | Stampin' Up! | Love What You Do | Our Watercolor Pencils are perfect for these little blossoms!

There’s no coloring magic here.  The centers of each blossom are accented with a heavier application of color.  No blending necessary!  We used Calypso Coral, Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red, and Rich Razzleberry.

Debra Burgin | Stampin' Up! | Love What You Do | Our Watercolor Pencils are perfect for these little blossoms!

Too bad you can’t see the shimmer on these Pearlized Doilies!

Remember that through May 31, this stamp set is included in three bundles — configurations that will not be in the new catalog — each with one or more free products.  Click here to see each of the bundles.

Supplies used for this project:

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Subtles were everywhere at the royal wedding!

Did you notice it, too?  OK, maybe 13 years of Stampin’ Up! has changed the way I think (pretty sure!), but when I saw Meghan Markle’s mother’s ensemble for the wedding, I thought “Soft Sea Foam”!  Didn’t you?  You were watching, weren’t you?

I don’t want to post someone else’s photos, so you’ll have to do the search (or watch the highlights again) yourself.

The Subtles collection has undergone a huge change for the Stampin’ Up! 2018-2019 Annual Catalog!  Four of the colors are new and one is a returning In Color.  That’s half of the collection!

New Subtles:

  • Petal Pink
  • Soft Sea Foam
  • Balmy Blue
  • Highland Heather

Returning In Color:

  • Mint Macaron

See them all dressed up in these corporate projects:

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Lovely Lipstick Happy Birthday

I made a mistake.  And I feel bad.  At camp this month we are using products that are not yet available.  In two weeks, yes.  But not now.

And yet, we love this card (inspired by Dawn Olchefske), so let me introduce you to Lovely Lipstick:

Debra Burgin | Stampin Up | Perennial Birthday | This card was inspired by Dawn Olchefske. It's the classic black and white plus bright recipe. Cheerful!

You could use this layout with less dramatic colors and a more soothing pattern — try it this weekend!  The patterned paper panel is 4″ x 3½” and the strip is 5″ x 1″.

Debra Burgin | Stampin Up | Perennial Birthday | This card was inspired by Dawn Olchefske. It's the classic black and white plus bright recipe. Cheerful!

That twine bow isn’t tied to anything; it’s affixed to the card front (slightly under the popped-up circle) with a balled-up Glue Dot.

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Woven ribbons

Here’s the second card using the pink daisy I showed yesterday, this one for OnStage in Milwaukee.  As if I didn’t love Berry Burst enough, in my project box was some stunning 3/8″ Mini Ruffled Ribbon.  So, so pretty!

Debra Burgin | Stampin' Up! | Daisy Delight | Crisscrossing ribbons is a simple (and flat!) way to add interest. Click for more!

There’s nothing involved with these crisscrossed ribbons.  One end of each ribbon is scotch-taped to the back of the panel.  After weaving them, the other ends are taped down.

There’s another new product on this card — see that netting?

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Daisy love

Cook once, eat twice.  That’s the way I work it, especially since we eat at home most of the time.  I’m sometimes in that same mindset when designing cards:

Debra Burgin | Stampin' Up! | Daisy Delight | Not too pink; just right! Click for more details.

I think I said already that I tried to use my favorite retiring products in April, before they were no longer available.  When last I checked, the retiring items on this card (Sweet Sugarplum ink and card stock, Vintage Leaves set, Leaflets Framelits) were still in stock.

Debra Burgin | Stampin' Up! | Daisy Delight | Not too pink; just right! Click for more details.

I think you can see the shine in the center of the daisy.  We accomplished this by squeezing a bit of Fine Tip Glue onto the image, then swirling it around.  It takes a while to dry, so be careful.

Debra Burgin | Stampin' Up! | Daisy Delight | Not too pink; just right! Click for more details.

To get the little bit of shading on the petals, make a quick swipe of diluted color (from the lid of the ink pad) with an Aqua Painter.  Although the daisy wasn’t stamped in waterproof ink, it doesn’t smear if you don’t play with it.

If you’re wondering why “cook once, eat twice” has anything to do with stamping, come back tomorrow!

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Bright and ready!

With my gardening activities last week, I overlooked introducing you to Stampin’ Up!’s revamped Brights collection.  I’m sorry!

I have stampers who ask me to use more brights in our projects; I try, but it’s not where my heart is.  But when I saw the way the new and returning colors were playing in this group, seriously, my heart sang.

Aren’t they wonderful?

In my pre-order of selected items from the Stampin’ Up! 2018-2019 Annual Catalog, I made myself prioritize which colors to buy in full packs.  No, I couldn’t get them all (yet).  Any ideas which three of these will arrive in a pretty heavy box on my front stoop later today?

Now, see if you’re not persuaded to go bright with these corporate projects:

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Umbrella weather

This week I surrendered to the call of the wild — the untamed backyard, that is!  This is our fifth spring in this house, and after having some professional help with drainage and large bushes, I finally made a start on an area that has been perplexing me for years.

I was so excited about all the digging and planting ahead, I woke up really early Tuesday morning and spent most of the day outside, working to get the plants (and transplants) in place before the forecasted rain.

Debra Burgin | Heartfelt Inkspiration | Stampin' Up! | Weather Together | Sorry to see that this stamp set and coordinating dies are not returning in the 2018-2019 Annual Catalog. It's got the nicest, gentlest sentiments and many ways to put a rainy day scene together!

We have more rain ahead, but that’s OK — I’ll finally finish up some projects in the studio and begin the big reorganization of my cardstock and inks.  My garden will be happy, too!

Debra Burgin | Heartfelt Inkspiration | Stampin' Up! | Weather Together | Sorry to see that this stamp set and coordinating dies are not returning in the 2018-2019 Annual Catalog. It's got the nicest, gentlest sentiments and many ways to put a rainy day scene together!

We used a tiny bit of Fine-Tip Glue on the “open” raindrops.  The glue dries very quickly and gives a bit of a wet look.

Several of us at stamp camp in April agreed that the Weather Together set reminded us of the artist known as Flavia; I remember seeing her stationery products when I was in college.  She died in 2015 — her full name was Flavia Weedn

Good news:  My Stampin’ Up! 2018-2019 Annual Catalogs arrived earlier this week and will be in the mail (or available for porch pick-up) soon.

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