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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Snowflake Showcase promotion begins tomorrow!

Let it snow!  Or at least, create a snowy wonderland using an incredible assortment of products in the Snowflake Showcase promotion — for the month of November only.  (You saw a Jingle Jump card made with this promotion in yesterday’s post.)  With two photopolymer stamp sets, paper, accessories, and dies, the only limit is your creativity!

No surprise, one of the sets is all about snowflakes and Christmas.  But the other is not at all seasonal, and its images and sentiments are just terrific.  The dies — 20 of them! — coordinate with both sets!  This is so cool!  And the White Velvet Sheets?  You’ll want to cuddle up with them!

Come to stamp camp in November and experience these products for yourself!

Just remember that the products in the Snowflake Showcase are only available until November 1-30, or while supplies last.

Click here to see everything the Snowflake Showcase has to offer, then watch this Stampin’ Up! corporate video — but be sure to come back tomorrow to see what I’m offering in celebration of my November birthday!  I think you’ll be happy!

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Season’s Greetings snowflakes

I’m gearing up for November, which will be busy with celebrations and projects and trips and, beginning Thursday 11/1, the Snowflake Showcase promotion.  I’ll have details tomorrow — and on Thursday I’ll tell you how we can all celebrate my birthday this month — but I wanted to show you this card from last weekend’s Jingle Jump:

HeartfeltInkspiration.com | Debra Burgin | Stampin' Up! | Snowfall Thinlits | These dies are part of the Snowflake Showcase promotion November 1-30, 2018. There are 20 dies in the set, and the two stamp sets which coordinate have both holiday/winter and non-seasonal images. Pretty amazing! Please click for details!

These detailed snowflakes were cut from our beautiful Sparkle Glimmer Paper (new in 2018).  There’s a strategy to get them to cut easier:

  • Make sure the dies are on the edge of the sandwich, not in the middle.
  • Arrange the dies so they are vertical along the edge, not horizontal across the cutting pad.
  • Run the sandwich up and back through the Big Shot.
  • Carefully move and rotate the paper and dies (don’t let them move) to the opposite side of the cutting pad.
  • Run the sandwich up and back through the Big Shot.

HeartfeltInkspiration.com | Debra Burgin | Stampin' Up! | Snowfall Thinlits | These dies are part of the Snowflake Showcase promotion November 1-30, 2018. There are 20 dies in the set, and the two stamp sets which coordinate have both holiday/winter and non-seasonal images. Pretty amazing! Please click for details!
The little “punchies” should come out with just a bit of poking.  Use the Paper Piercing Tool, of course, or a pointy toothpick.

Because the Snowflake Showcase is November’s promotion, I thought I’d sweeten the deal with a special for my November birthday. Come back Thursday and read about it!

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When falling leaves drift by my window

Well, then I just have to make an autumnal birthday card!

HeartfeltInkspiration.com | Debra Burgin | Stampin' Up! | Colorful Seasons | Buffalo Check | These beautiful leaves were die cut from Watercolor Paper. Please click to read details!

As if being obsessed with Buffalo Check is not enough, now I can’t stop putting it on an angle.  One advantage to this is that you can stamp a quarter-sheet of cardstock, then cut it down along the edges of the checks.  No more stamping it perfectly straight or centered!

HeartfeltInkspiration.com | Debra Burgin | Stampin' Up! | Colorful Seasons | Buffalo Check | These beautiful leaves were die cut from Watercolor Paper. Please click to read details!

These beautiful leaves were inspired by the work of Jenny Hall.  (You may recognize her from the Stamp Review Crew blog hops — a fabulous stamper!)  To create these, die cut the leaves from Watercolor Paper, then emboss them with the coordinating die.  This is a two-step process; you cannot nest the outline die and the embossing die.  With an Aqua Painter, thoroughly wet each leaf with water.  Then drop various colors of ink refills onto the wet surface — not too much, or you will muddy the color.  Finally, when the ink has dried somewhat, use a darker refill (e.g., Soft Suede or Mossy Meadow) and allow the ink to run into the veining.  Let dry completely.

This is not an exact science, but it is great fun to experiment!  I made these three leaves months ago — my first attempts! — and they have been patiently waiting for the perfect card.

HeartfeltInkspiration.com | Debra Burgin | Stampin' Up! | Colorful Seasons | Buffalo Check | These beautiful leaves were die cut from Watercolor Paper. Please click to read details!

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24-hour sale ***tomorrow***!

I apologize for stating in last week’s newsletter that the sale would be today; I misinterpreted the announcement when it said to check for more information today.  In fact, the 24-hour sale will be Tuesday, October 23.Stampin’ Up! is turning 30, and there’s a 24-hour stamp sale to celebrate the occasion.
For ONE DAY ONLY, you’ll be able to save 15% on select stamp sets!  Choose your favorite stamp sets from the list below (click to enlarge flyer)—and let’s get this party started!  Use my Host Code ASB2XEMW in the lower left corner of your shopping bag when you order; when your order is at least $50 in product (before tax and S/H), I’ll send you a FREE pack of All is Bright Paper Clips, seen on page 6 of the Stampin’ Up! 2018 Holiday Catalog ($7.00 value)!  Click here for my Stampin’ Up! online store!

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Preparing to color

When I first start experimenting with Stampin’ Blends on a stamped image, I pull the markers I think I’ll use (at least those that aren’t packed for camp!) and create a palette, like this:

HeartfeltInkspiration.com | Debra Burgin | Stampin' Up! | Before I begin to color, I often create a color palette like this.  Please click for more details!

As you can guess, this was specifically for the pumpkins in this image.  I didn’t want them to all be the same, so this helped direct my coloring and shading.  (Sometimes I continue the palette with new colors creating by blending two or more.)  This birthday card for our oldest grandson was the result of my first effort:

HeartfeltInkspiration.com | Debra Burgin | Stampin' Up! | Many Blessings | A simple birthday card for a guy's October birthday.  Please click for more details!

Funny, after I saw the markers lined up like that, I noticed that Stampin’ Up! changed the label a bit for the new markers in the Holiday Catalog!

In three weeks I’ll have the next seasonal catalog in hand.  How I hope there will be even more Stampin’ Blends colors!

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