Blended Merry Christmas

This is my Christmas edition of Blended Seasons, another August camp project.  The “fancy fold” is one I’ve done many times, and it always works.  This card base is 8½” x 4¼”, scored on the long side at 5½”.  The large die cut extends past the short edge of the front of the card, providing lots of room inside the card to stamp your message.

Debra Burgin | Heartfelt Inkspiration | Stampin' Up! | Blended Seasons | This is a simple "fancy fold" card -- my Christmas edition of the Blended Seasons bundle. Please click for more details!

I didn’t think about it until after I finished my card, but a bit of Wink of Stella on those uncolored (white) berries would have been a nice touch.

Debra Burgin | Heartfelt Inkspiration | Stampin' Up! | Blended Seasons | This is a simple "fancy fold" card -- my Christmas edition of the Blended Seasons bundle. Please click for more details!

You probably know that the delicate stitching on these Stitched Seasons die cuts actually occurs on the negative portion as well.  That means you could use that as a window with a lovely detail.

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Blended autumn leaves

Last night’s stamp camp was a first:  because of severe weather that came upon us suddenly while we were stamping, there was talk about staying overnight here!  I offered homemade waffles and sausage in the morning, but I know the stampers were relieved when the storm passed through and they were able to leave in relatively calm weather.

Hopefully the front that went through pushed out the miserably sultry temps we’ve had the last several days.  Like many, I’m ready for some cooler weather and some talk about autumn leaves!

Debra Burgin | Heartfelt Inkspiration | Stampin' Up! | Blended Seasons | No matter how you color them, these swirling, falling leaves are beautiful. A glimmery gold leaf steps up this card a notch. Please click for more details!

This card, another August camp card using the Blended Seasons bundle only available through August 31, is colored with Watercolor Pencils, then blended with Blender Pens to smooth the pencil lines.

Debra Burgin | Heartfelt Inkspiration | Stampin' Up! | Blended Seasons | No matter how you color them, these swirling, falling leaves are beautiful. A glimmery gold leaf steps up this card a notch. Please click for more details!

Don’t you love that Congrats label?

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Vellum Overlay card

Kelly Acheson designed this card that features a unique approach to vellum and heat embossing.  I love it, especially because I am able to use the Stamparatus to ensure perfect alignment.  Here’s what the card looks like when closed:

Debra Burgin | Heartfelt Inkspiration | Stampin' Up! | Blended Seasons | Credit is given to Kelly Acheson for her amazing design on this card. Click for more details!

The card base is Vellum Cardstock that has been rubbed with the Embossing Buddy, then stamped with the Blended Seasons floral stamp and heat embossed in white.   The magic is inside, with an “inner card” with the same image, colored, that perfectly aligns with the overlay:

Debra Burgin | Heartfelt Inkspiration | Stampin' Up! | Blended Seasons | Credit is given to Kelly Acheson for her amazing design on this card. Click for more details!

The floral image is colored with Stampin’ Blends.  The vibrant colors glow through the vellum overlay card base.  This inner card opens at the top.

Blended Seasons and its coordinating Big Shot dies are part of the Color Your Season promotion.  These two items, and a new set of Watercolor Pencils, are only available through August 31.  See details here.

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A healing rose

It seems like the Stampin’ Up! 2018-2019 Annual Catalog has been with us for more than just about three months, doesn’t it?  Maybe it’s because I’m snowboot-deep in Christmas designs for the upcoming Jingle Jump weekend, but it felt good to revisit this July camp card:

Debra Burgin | Heartfelt Inkspiration | Stampin' Up! | Healing Hugs | Here's another example of the patent pending Distinktive stamps from Stampin' Up! The shading is built into the stamp, but here I added additional color with a Sponge Dauber. Please click for more information!

Of course this rose is stunning; it’s one of the patent pending Distinktive stamps that has shading built into the design.  Here’s a little bit of background on this innovative technique:

You may have remembered a Distinktive floral stamp from last winter’s Sale-A-Bration (see my card using Heartfelt Blooms here).  As with that stamp, I find I get the best and most consistent ink coverage by using a hard rubber brayer.  After inking up the stamp with Grapefruit Grove, we applied additional color (Calypso Coral) to the rubber with a Sponge Dauber, then stamped on my favorite new pink paper:  Petal Pink.

Debra Burgin | Heartfelt Inkspiration | Stampin' Up! | Healing Hugs | Here's another example of the patent pending Distinktive stamps from Stampin' Up! The shading is built into the stamp, but here I added additional color with a Sponge Dauber. Please click for more information!

The other cool feature of this card is the pierced background, created with a die from the Stitched Labels Framelits set.  It’s easy to overlook this particular die — but don’t!  We used it twice on this background to create an amazing background.  The tag was cut with a die from the Lakeside Framelits set; those little points on each end were perfect with the background.

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Get a jump on your jingle — but hurry!

Jingle Jump bannerRegistration for the 2018 Jingle Jump (September) is nearly full!  There are only 2 seats remaining for each of the two Friday sessions.

Get a “jump on your jingle” with this holiday “stamp-a-stack.” Come and make 10 Christmas/holiday cards (several of the same or a variety) for just $20. There will be six different designs to choose from in a variety of styles–you’ll love the stamps from the Holiday Catalog! The cards are designed to be completed quickly (in about 10 minutes or so) and have lots of interest but not a lot of fuss, in order to keep the cost low. These cards can be mailed with no additional postage. This event is perfect for the new stamper, as you work at your own pace — invite a friend to join you!

Session 1:  Friday, September 7 — 1:00-5:00 p.m. (come any time)
Session 2:  Friday, September 7 — 6:30-9:30 p.m. (come any time)
Place:  My DeKalb home (322 Fairmont Dr)         

Note that registration is limited to 10 stampers at each session and will close when capacity is reached.

Need more than ten? Each additional card you make is $2, payable during the camp. I’ll supply envelopes and Stampin’ Dimensionals, but you need to bring your own scissors and adhesive (I suggest bringing several types).

Paid registration of $20 must be received by Wednesday, August 29. I’ll just need your name and contact information in addition to your check. You may also register online below. Please note that if I do not have your payment, you are not registered for this event.


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Just for my sweetie

Happy birthday, honey!

Debra Burgin | Heartfelt Inkspiration | Stampin' Up! | Nothing Sweeter | Buffalo Check | I'm not sure exactly why this stamp set appeals to me so much, but I love that it's so versatile! Here's my first card with it, a bday card for my husband. Click for more details, please!

I used the occasion of my husband’s birthday to ink up a brand-new set from the Stampin’ Up! 2018 Holiday Catalog:  Nothing Sweeter.  With images and sentiments for a variety of seasons, this affordable set has a coordinating (and likewise affordable) set of dies.  Just look at that pierced zig-zag!

Debra Burgin | Heartfelt Inkspiration | Stampin' Up! | Nothing Sweeter | Buffalo Check | I'm not sure exactly why this stamp set appeals to me so much, but I love that it's so versatile! Here's my first card with it, a bday card for my husband. Click for more details, please!

Now, the plaid package isn’t part of the set … that is, the outline is, but not the plaid.  You guessed it, this was a scrap from my experiments with Buffalo Check, and I am just assuming hubby loves it as much as I do.  (I’ll be sure to point it out to him!)

There is a solid, “filler” stamp for this package, but I paper-pieced the check and colored the bow with Stampin’ Blends.  Love this!  Love him, too!

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Why, hello, yellow flowers!

Choosing sets from the new Stampin’ Up! 2018-2019 Annual Catalog for the July camps wasn’t easy!  But I kept coming back to Abstract Impressions (page 129), which recalled several sets that retired years ago.  Back then we didn’t have photopolymer stamps to make multi-step stamping so easy!

Debra Burgin | Heartfelt Inkspiration | Stampin' Up! | Abstract Impressions | There's that Delicate Lace Edgelits border again -- I may be overdoing it! Black + white + bright is an excellent recipe -- click for more details, please!

Even so, my flowers are not perfect.  And that’s a word that I try to ban from stamp camps!  This is art, not photography, and we embrace imperfection.  Don’t apologize, don’t explain!

Debra Burgin | Heartfelt Inkspiration | Stampin' Up! | Abstract Impressions | There's that Delicate Lace Edgelits border again -- I may be overdoing it! Black + white + bright is an excellent recipe -- click for more details, please!

Yes, you noticed it — it’s the Delicate Lace Edgelits border that was on one of yesterday’s cards.  (Did you notice the hearts?)  Here the line of stitching complements the oval mat, and we notched the little tag to add another V.  I love to “break the frame” with ribbon or twine like this for a little unpredictability!

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Stamp Review Crew: Varied Vases

Hello again! So glad you’re here for the Stamp Review Crew blog hop featuring Varied Vases, a new stamp set from the Stampin’ Up! 2018-2019 Annual Catalog.  If you’ve hopped with us before, you know 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 loads of inspiration for just that set!  The hops are archived at the Stamp Review Crew blog, and you will be able to click through each hop at any time, going directly to the posts for that hop whenever you want.

If you’re hopping in order, you’ve just enjoyed Lou’s work at With a Bow on Top.  (Click the banner above for a complete list of participating blogs.)

I chose Varied Vases for the most recent Splash of Inkspiration, in late July.  The all-morning camp featured four projects, all using this set.  It was fun to create cards that were very different from each other.  I think my favorite was this one:

Debra Burgin | Heartfelt Inkspiration | Stampin' Up! | Varied Vases | This is one of the cards from the July 2018 Splash of Inkspiration. All projects used Varied Vases, and I think we showed off the flexibility of this set and coordinating punch! Click for more details, please!

I love black and red together anyway, but Poppy Parade + poppies, well, you can’t lose!  Keeping those poppies straight is easy when you stamp with Grid Paper, but the idea is to vary the heights and distances so the result doesn’t look too mechanical.  I hope you can see the three silver Metallic Pearls on the flower heads, which were colored Stampin’ Blends.

I was really hooked on these poppies!  And since I always need quick thank-you notes, I used a reverse mask to sponge the Soft Sea Foam background for the focal point on this little card:

Debra Burgin | Heartfelt Inkspiration | Stampin' Up! | Varied Vases | This is one of the cards from the July 2018 Splash of Inkspiration. All projects used Varied Vases, and I think we showed off the flexibility of this set and coordinating punch! Click for more details, please!

A Stitched Shape vellum square frames this sweet little scene.  This time I colored the poppies with Lovely Lipstick Stampin’ Blends.  (Do you love these markers, too?)

I could show off these poppies all day, but you’ll probably want to see what the rest of the hop has to offer!  So on you go to see what Holly has at Rubber Redneck.  Have fun!

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A little bit flirty

As promised in yesterday’s newsletter, here’s my first card made with the fabulous Buffalo Check background stamp.  (Sign up for my weekly newsletter here.)  I’m sorry to tease you with this — you’ll have to hang on till September 5, when the Stampin’ Up! 2018 Holiday Catalog goes live.

Debra Burgin | Heartfelt Inkspiration | Stampin' Up! | Buffalo Check | This background stamp opens up all sorts of possibilities, from elegant (embossed!) to rustic. Click for more details, please!

I have all kinds of ideas for the buffalo check motif; perhaps before long someone will pull me to the side and say “Enough, already!”  On this card, I like the play between the flannel feel of the plaid and the flirty lace edge, cut from Vellum Cardstock.  Just a hint of Pool Party sweetens this even further.

Debra Burgin | Heartfelt Inkspiration | Stampin' Up! | Buffalo Check | This background stamp opens up all sorts of possibilities, from elegant (embossed!) to rustic. Click for more details, please!

This is in the mail to a friend who just had surgery.  She’s an excellent stamper; I hope she likes this!

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Get ready for Varied Vases!

Monday, August 20, the Stamp Review Crew will be presenting a blog hop featuring Varied Vases from the Stampin’ Up! 2018-2019 Annual Catalog.  You can start here!  To get you in the mood, watch this corporate video:

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