Monthly Archives: March 2009

Thinking of trees with leaves …

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… and not dripping with snow!  I’ve wanted to use this set for a more springtime feel, and here is the result.  Notice that the front panel only has Texturz embossing on part of it?  Mostly it’s a matter of positioning the card front correctly on the plate.  Using a scrap of card stock as a mask is also useful, as is blue painter’s tape to make sure everything doesn’t shift in the Big Shot.

The hinge effect on this card is created by creating a second score 1″ from the first one, on the reverse (inside) of the card front.  I adhered the hinge before punching and tying the ribbon, but that’s optional.

The postage stamp template is found HERE.  I made a mask from a piece of acetate, tracing the inside of one of the stamps with a fine-tip Sharpie and ruler and cutting it out the inside.  The mask keeps the stamping and sponging inside the postage stamp area (this is actually called a reverse mask, because you’re protecting the outside, not the inside, as usual).  If you’re a camper with me, we’ll do something with the Faux Postage technique before too long.  I never get tired of it!

Stamps:  Trendy Trees

Ink:  Kiwi Kiss, Old Olive, Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip, Bordering Blue

Paper:  Bordering Blue, Kiwi Kiss, Very Vanilla

Other:  Big Shot and SU! Backgrounds I Texturz plate (Small Dots), Stamp-a-ma-jig, Stampin’ Sponge, Word Window Punch, Satin Ribbon (Kiwi Kiss/Very Vanilla), postage edge scissors

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Sale-A-Bration ends tomorrow!

Yikes!  After two great months, Sale-A-Bration ends tomorrow, March 31.  If you still have your eye on one of the six free product offerings from the Sale-A-Bration brochure (HERE), don’t delay!  Remember, it’s one free product offering for each $50 in product sales, before shipping/handling and tax.

Bonus:  Place a Sale-A-Bration qualifying order today or tomorrow and your name will be entered into a drawing for your choice of Level 1 hostess sets from me!

You may email me (mrsburgin (at) yahoo.com) to place an order or go directly to my Stampin’ Up! site HERE.  You’ll need to create a customer account to begin placing your order.  You can choose your free SAB product when you check out.

Don’t miss out on Sale-A-Bration — just two days remain!

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Get outa here, already!

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We knew it was coming.  It’s just snow.  Not water flooding our house.  Not wind taking away the roof.  But still!

We were antiquing yesterday, just as planned.  A really nice day, but we were so exhausted.  (We blame the weather, but the unspoken reason is our advancing years.)  We went to bed at 9:00, so we would be fresh and full of pep for the big snow removal.

And now it is sunny and melty and quite beautiful.  Goodbye, winter, once and for all!

(Oh, and the rope holds another bird feeder farther away from the big tree to make it more of a challenge for the squirrels.

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Leaving well enough alone

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When I look at the cards of other stampers, it’s easy for me to start second-guessing my work:  Should the ribbon be on the top?  Should I have stamped the background all over?  Is something in Rose missing on the top left?  Should I have moved the main panel over to the left so the centering included the tab?

Phooey!  I’ll leave well enough alone, write my message inside, and get it in the mail to my friend.

Stamps:  Enjoy Every Moment

Ink:  Night of Navy, So Saffron, Rose Red

Paper:  So Saffron, Night of Navy, Whisper White

Other:  Fresh Favorites II Colored Button (Rose Red), 1/4″ Grosgrain Ribbon (Rose Red), Stampin’ Dimensionals, embroidery floss

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“How did you get in love?”

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Our grandson asked me that question years ago:  “How did you and Grandpa get in love?”  I was startled by the question, but I started a little scrapbook to tell the story, with pictures of where we met, etc.  It’s good to remember.

Anyway, stamper Carol and I were talking about how we “got in love” with stamping.  She remarked how fun it is to see newbies get excited when they see what they can do.  I always say that heat embossing did that for me — back in the days when you melted it over a toaster or light bulb! — but it was the card above, that I made at a camp years later, that made me a believer.  I did that!  I made art!  I made something beautiful!

The real revelation was I could color! Like some of you (ahem!), I was one of those who only bought solid stamps (“Don’t make me color!”) or two-step sets.  But this card changed my mind.  It’s not perfect — it was really hard to control the daubers in such little areas, so now I use sponge-tip makeup applicators.

Do you recognize the technique?  Crayon (wax) resist created the contrast in the main image, stamped on glossy card stock, which was then sponged.  The Bordering Blue card base has these beautiful wreaths, and I confess that I’m not sure if we were using Pearl Ex (how I miss you!) or if this is silver ink.  I’ll have to try it again.  Anyway, it is a stunning, subtle effect IRL.

I sort of regret that I passed on this stamp set, offered in a Holiday Mini several years ago, as I love this collage look.

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Wild about giraffes!

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I have always loved Stampin’ Up!’s Wild About You set.  Its solid images are great for a variety of stamping techniques.  Here, I used “thumping”:  after the image is inked up, take a marker and “thump” the side of the brush tip on the rubber, changing the direction of the pen.  Breathe on the rubber to moisten the ink (a technique called “huffing”) and stamp.

Stamps:  Wild About You

Ink:  More Mustard, Really Rust, Stampin’ Write Markers (Really Rust and Chocolate Chip), Creamy Caramel

Paper:  More Mustard, Taken With Teal, Really Rust, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White

Other:  Big Shot and Texturz Plate Kit #4, 1-3/8″ Circle Punch (this creates the rounded edge of the Really Rust panel),  Large Oval Punch, Scalloped Oval Punch (new April 1!), Small Oval Punch (to create the shadow under the giraffe), Stampin’ Sponge, Mat Pack and Piercing Tool, embroidery floss

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A spring supper

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I am really blessed to have so many pretty things in my home — or maybe the truth is that I’m happy to be married to someone who also likes pretty things!  We enjoy antiquing together, even if we don’t buy anything, and next weekend we plan to to go the Oregon Antiques Show.  We went five or six years ago and were very impressed with the displays.

This is my standard “spring table” — it pretty much always looks this way for company (except maybe for the rabbits).  DH sent the china home from Japan when he was in the service.  I am very, very careful when doing the dishes (we don’t have a dishwasher).  He and his first wife had collected quite a bit of pink Depression glass, so he came to our marriage with that (and much else).  I decided to collect green glassware.  These goblets are treasured finds, discovered in a shop in Geneva (that’s no longer there) at the same time as the plates that are in my blog banner.  Unfortunately, they only had six glasses, and in the 20-some years that I’ve had them and been antiquing, we’ve never found any others that match.  So, I have some that have similar characteristics.

I love to have people over.  I enjoy the setup and even the cleanup, when we can talk about our guests!  Tonight we had DH’s brother and sisters and spouses.  It’s almost always a fun evening.  We used to play games, but the oldest among us are not so nimble-minded any more, so we just sit around and talk (loudly, now) and laugh at the same old stories.

Oh, we only had meatloaf — not a very grand main dish for such a pretty table!  We have plenty of leftovers.  Hooray for cold meatloaf and ketchup!

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