Happy Spring Bunny

After being in freezing cold, slushy Minneapolis last weekend and returning to 8.5″ of snow at home, I am happy that — just maybe — we have turned the corner into spring at last! This little sweetie is also happy.

Fable Friends | I couldn't resist this cutie for a happy spring card.  Happy to see him in the Stampin' Up! 2019-2020 Annual Catalog!  Please click to read more! | Stampin' Up! | HeartfeltInkspiration.com | Debra Burgin

I took some time yesterday to mark up the current catalogs to show which products are retiring. Normally I am sweating through that process, but this year the number that will be in the June garage sale is really not that horrifying. Good for me!

Fable Friends | I couldn't resist this cutie for a happy spring card.  Happy to see him in the Stampin' Up! 2019-2020 Annual Catalog!  Please click to read more! | Stampin' Up! | HeartfeltInkspiration.com | Debra Burgin

And good for me that Fable Friends, from the Occasions Catalog, earned a spot in the upcoming Annual Catalog! Regrettably, the twine is on the retired list.

Click the images below to add products for this card to your cart in my Stampin’ Up! online store. Disclosure: I get commissions for purchases made through these links.

Posted in 2019 Occasions Catalog, Baby, Easter, Spring, Stampin' Blends | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

The Shelli Kit part 2

Paper Pumpkin May 2019 | Please click for more details! | Stampin' Up! | https://bit.ly/2UFnks9

Here’s the May 2019 Paper Pumpkin card we made last weekend from the Hugs from Shelli kit. Isn’t it pretty? The note card is pre-printed; the tag is stamped. I’m sorry I didn’t include the coordinating envelope in the photo.

Reminder: The deadline to sign up for this kit is May 10. Find more information and the opportunity to sign up here.

Posted in Paper Pumpkin | Leave a comment

The Shelli Kit

This May, you’re in for a treat. Paper Pumpkin has teamed up with Shelli Gardner, Stampin’ Up!’s board chair and co-founder, to deliver you a very special Paper Pumpkin kit. It’s exclusive, collectible, and one of a kind. Die-hard Paper Pumpkin and Stampin’ Up! fans won’t want to miss this special edition.

The look and feel of this kit is all Shelli. It’s elegant, feminine, and so full of springtime details that you’ll probably just want to take a walk, breathe in the fresh air, and then go home and stamp every card in the kit. Even the box is adorable!

I had the opportunity to make one of these cards at last weekend’s On Stage event in Minneapolis, and it’s as beautiful as it sounds. This Paper Pumpkin kit includes an exclusive photopolymer stamp set, paper and crafting materials to create 12 mailable cards (3 cards of 4 unique designs), 12 exclusive, coordinating envelopes, and a Classic Stampin’ Spot.

In order to receive the Hugs from Shelli kit, you must have an active subscription by May 10 at 11:50 p.m. (MT). Find more information and the opportunity to sign up here.

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Forever Lovely: Wishing You a Lovely Day

Very happy — and a little surprised — that Forever Lovely will be in the Stampin’ Up! 2019-2020 Annual Catalog. (The coordinating dies, Lovely Flowers, will also be there, but please remember that bundles are offered only once. In the next catalog, you will not have the 10% discount.)

Forever Lovely | This beautiful corner floral die is so intriguing! 
 Happy this stamp set and dies will be in the Stampin' Up! 2019-2020 Annual Catalog!  Please click to read more! | Stampin' Up! | HeartfeltInkspiration.com | Debra Burgin

The reason I was surprised to see it in the new catalog is that it was featured in a “love” suite in the 2019 Occasions Catalog. But it’s so much more!

Forever Lovely | This beautiful corner floral die is so intriguing! 
 Happy this stamp set and dies will be in the Stampin' Up! 2019-2020 Annual Catalog!  Please click to read more! | Stampin' Up! | HeartfeltInkspiration.com | Debra Burgin

This corner floral die is so beautiful, and the addition of die-cut flowers with Metallic Pearls takes it up a notch. I designed this card for a swap, and I have to admit those tiny elements were time consuming to cut and place. But I loved the result!

Click the images below to add products for this card to your cart in my Stampin’ Up! online store. Disclosure: I get commissions for purchases made through these links.

Posted in 2019 Occasions Catalog, Birthday | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Retiring product lists are here!

Here are the retiring product lists for the Stampin’ Up! 2019 Occasions and 2018-2019 Annual catalogs. These last-chance products will be available until June 3 or while supplies last only, so get your favorite items before they’re gone!

2019 Occasions Catalog Retiring List in page order (pdf)
2018-2019 Annual Catalog Retiring List in page order (pdf)

I’m afraid that the Big Shot dies and embossing folders will just fly out of inventory — don’t be disappointed!

My online site is http://www.stampinup.com/ECWeb/default.aspx?dbwsdemoid=98941. Please use Host Code UEDNUVEX and receive a gift from me for your order of at least $50 in product. Thank you, and good luck!

Posted in 2019 Occasions Catalog | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Fable Friends: Sailor Squirrel

I love the bunny in this set (we’re using him this month in camp), but I adore the squirrel!

As I look out at our tree-less back yard through the dining room window while we eat breakfast, I wonder if the squirrels are confused. Didn’t we live here at one time? Wasn’t there a bird feeder here we tried to break into?

Luckily for them, they still can run back and forth along the pickets on the fence at the back of the yard. Oh, and all the peanuts from our neighbor across the street are likely still buried in the gardens. Enjoy!

Fable Friends | I love this squirrel dressed as a sailor from the 2019 Occasions Catalog.  Please click to read more! | Stampin' Up! | HeartfeltInkspiration.com | Debra Burgin

I teased you several weeks ago with a card that used a modified Rectangle Stitched die cut. (You can see that post here.) Here’s the simple technique to make a die-cut rectangle smaller:

First, cut out the image by aligning three sides (here I was cutting top, bottom, and left sides).

Then re-position the die so that the right edge is aligned and — here’s the trick! — the top and bottom cutting edges are in line with the already-stitched edges. You will feel when they are aligned, because you will not be able to slide the die on the paper — the “teeth” of the die will be hooked into the stitching on the paper. In this photo, the die moved when I got ready to take the picture (you can see the stitching inside the die in the top right corner), so I had to realign the die before running it through the Big Shot.

I hope this makes sense; it’s really very simple to do!

Click the images below to add products for this card to your cart in my Stampin’ Up! online store. Disclosure: I get commissions for purchases made through these links.

Posted in 2019 Occasions Catalog | Leave a comment

The big news from Stampin’ Up!

Yesterday morning you may have heard a collective gasp of astonishment from the Stampin’ Up! demonstrator community as we learned of two big changes to the product line at Stampin’ Up!

The Big Shot and the Stampin’ Trimmer are both being retired.

That’s right! The Stampin’ Up! 2019-2020 Annual Catalog will not have a die cutting machine or a paper cutting tool. All Big Shot and Stampin’ Trimmer accessories will also retire.

But there’s more to the story: Although we’ll be missing those two fundamentals, new products are being developed — they just aren’t ready quite yet. In the meantime, you’ll see that new embossing folders and dies will be in the upcoming catalog and can work with any die-cutting and embossing machine (in some cases, adaptations like shims may be required).

So all is not grim, and I like hearing the corporate office use the words “innovation” and “new direction”! I’m looking forward to holding the new Annual Catalog in my hands when I receive it at OnStage in Minneapolis this weekend. My notebooks, sticky notes, planner, and colored pens are packed! (Also winter coat and boots.)

But until then, you’ll see Big Shot and Stampin’ Trimmer products on the retiring list that will be released on Monday, April 15, at 2:00 p.m. Central. (I will post that information as soon as I see it.) In anticipation, some items have already sold out — like the Stampin’ Trimmer Scoring Blades. As always, retiring items are only available while supplies last. Don’t miss out on the items you want and need!

Big Shot & Accessories at my online store

Stampin’ Trimmer & Accessories at my online store

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , | Leave a comment

The mouse, the cookie

The children’s story is not the perfect analogy, but when my Storage by Stampin’ Up! arrived last week, I needed to clean off the surface where I thought I’d set it up.  But first, I needed to clean out the current color storage, which led to cleaning out of other storage areas, which led to cleaning behind the rolling drawers – and I’m not finished yet.  But here’s the progress I’ve made so far:

This is one of three bookcases in my studio, part of our finished basement. I bought the bookcases around 35 years ago; they are ridiculously heavy but have served me very well in various settings in various homes.

This shows the Color Caddy I’ve used for many years. You’ll notice that a significant number of ink pads are not in it, however! After I changed to “rainbowetical” color organization last summer, I’ve found it challenging to recall the order of the colors. I have an idea to help me with that, but meanwhile, I have been challenged to keep the ink pads under control.

The Caddy was not big enough to hold my neutral pads, as I have duplicate pads of several colors, so they have been in a drawer in the plastic holder to the right. The two little buckets held extra ink refills and the neutral refills. More refills were here, in my very first rolling cart that held nearly all of my stamping supplies around 16 years ago:

Here’s where I kept my Stampin’ Blends, in one of the drawers on the top shelf. Oy. It was a pretty task to sort through the colors looking for just the right marker, but not very efficient.

And finally, this is what it looks like now.

Stampin’ Up! clearly states that the “Ink Pad & Marker Storage Trays are designed to fit our new-design Stampin’ Pads only.” I found that they fit very tightly; perhaps that is stressing the plastic and I will regret storing them there. I do not recommend that you store the old-style ink pads in the new trays. Some day I’ll replace all my old pads. Some day.

I love the spacious top tray for ink refills; even my backup bottles fit up there. I haven’t decided if I will put In Color pads and markers in this storage. I have already ordered another set of Stampin’ Blends Storage Trays in anticipation of more colors in the new Annual Catalog (I hope!). I have duplicate Blends in the drawer I showed before. The cracker basket holds the Ivory, Bronze and Color Lifter markers.

I love having my colors right behind my work table; I just swivel around and grab what I need — and put it back immediately when done! However, I always thought it was a good idea to get out of my chair as much as possible, so I’ll be keeping a close eye on my fitness tracker!

Posted in Storage by Stampin' Up! | Tagged , , | Comments Off on The mouse, the cookie

Gingham friend

When I started the Big Studio Makeover yesterday, I had no idea what I had started!  So I am not quite ready to show you the “after” pictures.  It’s amazing what I uncovered.  Let me just say that I have more Sahara Sand ink refills than any one stamper should!

So in the meantime, I am sharing this camp card from February, CASEd from Tammy Beard.  The little piece of magic on this card is that both the gingham panel and the white panel were cut with the same Rectangle Stitched Framelit (but not at the same time).  This shows you how cool these dies are:  one die produces stitching on both the positive and negative (frame) pieces.  Love this.

Needle & Thread | How sweet is this?  Hope you can see those self-adhesive sequins -- please click to read more! | Stampin' Up! | HeartfeltInkspiration.com | Debra Burgin

But it’s that piercing die that steals the show, don’t you agree?

This is a sweet card, especially with the addition of the Gingham Gala Adhesive-Backed Sequins in the center of each flower. When I ran out of the Highland Heather gingham, I changed the card base to Balmy Blue and the flowers to Crushed Curry. Equally sweet!

Click the images below to add products for this card to your cart in my Stampin’ Up! online store.  Disclosure:  I get commissions for purchases made through these links.

Posted in 2019 Occasions Catalog | Tagged , , | Comments Off on Gingham friend

Wonderful Romance with gingham

I’m so excited for tonight’s Love It, Chop It class featuring the Floral Romance Specialty Designer Series Paper. Kylie Bertucci, a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator from Australia, popularized the notion of prepping your DSP so that it is ready to use. Tonight’s class is the first of two. I love to have stampers here!

While I was designing the LICI projects with my Stampin’ buddy Jennifer Taylor, I couldn’t resist playing with the Wonderful Romance stamp set and Wonderful Floral Framelits. Sadly, the dies are no longer available; I’m happy I have them, as that leafy lattice die is really stunning.

Anyway, I wanted to do some more watercoloring and chose the large floral image.

Wonderful Romance | Heat embossing this image with gold powder made the watercoloring easy.  The raised outlines kept the color from spreading too much.  Please click to read more! | Stampin' Up! | HeartfeltInkspiration.com | Debra Burgin

I created this when we had only the promise of spring on the calendar (but not in the air), and I wanted some bright, happy colors for this birthday card.

Wonderful Romance | Heat embossing this image with gold powder made the watercoloring easy.  The raised outlines kept the color from spreading too much.  Please click to read more! | Stampin' Up! | HeartfeltInkspiration.com | Debra Burgin

By heat embossing the image (with gold powder), the water is contained in little pools, making it less likely you’ll color outside the lines, if that’s a concern. The technique is a bit like decorating cookies — outlining, flooding the little areas with color, letting them dry, and adding more color where desired. The tiny areas at the top of the image were too small to watercolor, so I used a Stampin’ Blends marker there.

Wonderful Romance | Heat embossing this image with gold powder made the watercoloring easy.  The raised outlines kept the color from spreading too much.  Please click to read more! | Stampin' Up! | HeartfeltInkspiration.com | Debra Burgin

I hope the birthday girl loves this card next week!

Click the images below to add products for this card to your cart in my Stampin’ Up! online store. Disclosure: I get commissions for purchases made through these links.

Posted in 2019 Occasions Catalog, Birthday, Watercoloring | Tagged , , | Comments Off on Wonderful Romance with gingham