Monthly Archives: July 2009

A summer BD surprise

GC Tin

Today I have the pleasure of delivering this gift card tin to one of mystampers who has a birthday today.  (Something wonderful from her family is inside!)  I love altering items, and this summery tin immediately caught my attention in the store.  A daisy made from fun foam, a quick tag, and a length of fabulous ribbon — ta da!  Happy birthday, Peg!

Stamps:  Teeny Tiny Wishes

Ink:  VerssMark

Paper:  Brilliant Blue

Other:  Big Shot and Daisies #2 die, Heat Tool and Stampin’ Emboss Powder (White), 1/2″ Polka Dot Grosgrain Ribbon (Crushed Curry), fun foam (our Tombow Multi Purpose Adhesive works beautifully on this!)

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Bermuda Butterfly — love their music!

0907 Bermuda Butterfly

No, it’s not really a band from the sixties!  (Or is it?)

This was another of our cards in July, this one using the new and wonderful Bermuda Bay, a color much more green that it shows in the picture.  Does this card look familiar?  You’re right, you saw another version not too long ago!  I struggled so much with this color combination and ended up with a retr0, 1950’s kitchen, Miami Vice kind of look.  I love running vellum card stock through the Texturz plates.  So much effect for such little work.

Stamps:  Circle Circus, Garden Greetings

Ink:  Cameo Coral, Basic Gray

Paper:  Bermuda Bay, Vellum CS, Cameo Coral, Basic Gray, Whisper White

Other:  Scalloped Edge Punch, Big Shot, Beautiful Butterflies Die, Earth Elements Brad (Ruby Red), Backgrounds I Texturz plate (Flourish), Modern Label Punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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The other Mr. Burgin

LG 2

We can hear the day start next door when the screen door slams and little voices float over the hedge.  Sometimes it’s, “Mr. Burgin!  Mr. Burgin!”  That call is for both of us; somewhere along the line she has lost the name differentiation.

Yesterday DH was trimming bushes and Little Girl was right there, talking the entire time, wanting to know where “the other Mr. Burgin” was.  So I came out to draw on the now-beautiful resealed driveway with our ancient sidewalk chalk and pull weeds and check the rain gauge and deadhead the roses and pick cucumbers and peas.  I was distressed that the tallest plant in the perennial bed was a vigorous weed.  How could I have missed that?  I said, “I’m glad Mr. Burgin pulled that naughty weed!”  She said, “Was it you or the boy Mr. Burgin?”

I won’t make a practice of posting the cutest things she says.  It’s just that our youngest grandchild is an overly mature 12, and it’s been a long time since someone squealed to see me and took my hand and made me skip down the drive.

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Medallion madness

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Inspired by a simple card by Kris Kilcoyne, I had to try something similar.  Did you know that the 1/2″ Polka-Dot Ribbon is dotted only on one side?  Double the fun!

Some notes about using stamps with solid images (as opposed to line images):

  • “Condition” the stamp by rubbing the Adhesive Remover all over the rubber, then clean it with an old toothbrush and your Stampin’ Mist Cleaner.  This removes the residue left on the rubber after manufacturing.  If you don’t do this, you’ll notice that ink pools in places on the rubber and is resisted in other places, preventing a good stamped image.  For all stamps, I rub them on a piece of Grid Paper (or even on my jeans) after assembly, then clean.
  • Use a Brayer for best coverage.  Typically I ink up large stamps by opening the ink pad and pressing just the cover against the stamp.  This allows me to press the pad against the stamp.  But on some of the more solid background stamps, this will leave lines from the edge of the pad.  A Brayer works better in this case.
  • Keep the stamp pressed against the paper for a second or two — don’t smack it against the paper.  Give the ink a chance to be absorbed by the paper.
  • Clean a big stamp like this in the sink with a spray of Stampin’ Mist and an old toothbrush or under running water.

After I assembled the card, I went contrary to my own “leave well enough alone” advice and added the medallion in the top left.  That’s right — ribbon was on, panel was adhered to the card front.  Careful masking with sticky notes prevented ink from getting on the card front.  But apparently not from getting on my fingers.  As I went up to the office to photograph the card, I noticed two significant fingerprints on the front.  Aggravation!  I tried to float off the ink with plain water, but that pilled the card stock, so this project will be cut up and used elsewhere.  I love using our Tombow Multi Purpose Adhesive because it really holds, but in this case there was no way to remove the front panel without damage, even using Un-Du.  Drat.

Stamps:  Medallion (p. 133), Trendy Trees (112)

Ink:  Soft Suede

Paper:  Soft Suede, Naturals Ivory

Other:  Brayer, Stamp-a-ma-jig, 1/2″ Polka-Dot Ribbon (Soft Suede), Linen Thread

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Final Deal of the Week — July 27-31

Here it is — the fifth and final Deal of the Week! Note that this deal is only good until the end of the day on Friday, July 31. Need this punch? If you regularly receive your orders from me (that is, you’re local), call me and I’ll add it to another order to save shipping charges. If you care to order online, please note that the minimum shipping fee of $6.95 applies.





Regular Price

Special Price

July 27, 10 AM (MT) through
July 31, 6:50 PM (MT) via phone or
11:50 PM (MT) via OEX or Online Ordering



Heart to Heart punch



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A little experiment

Bordering Kraft

Monday I got something on my wish list that knocked my socks off when I first saw it:  the Medallion stamp on page 133.  It’s huge — 4½” in diameter — and perfect for a background stamp.  I wanted to use it as a repeating stamp, creating my own designer paper.  I only covered a half sheet of Whisper White, but it was just gorgeous in its simplicity.  I couldn’t stop looking at it!  Then I took a deep breath and cut it in four equal pieces.

Here’s my first creation, very clean, very quick.  I often think I could add more (pearls would be so pretty on this), but I would rather have a simple card that’s ready to use than be late with a card because I couldn’t leave well enough alone.  So I’m done.

After my first success at texturizing only the front of card, I had a miserable time trying to figure out how I had accomplished it!  Stamper Jody reminded me how, and it worked perfectly here.

Stamps:  Medallion (p. 133), Sincere Salutations (p. 143)

Ink:  Bordering Blue

Paper:  Kraft, Whisper White, Bordering Blue

Other:  Big Shot, Backgrounds I Texturz Plate (Small Dots), Ovals Die, Scallop Oval Punch, Wide Oval Punch, Taffeta Ribbon (Kraft), Stampin’ Dimensionals

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August preview

0908 OSW 10

I’ve been working on my August camps, featuring two half-page One Sheet Wonders — one for fall and one for winter.  You may remember that a OSW is an all-over stamped page that is cut up into pieces for cards (or scrapbook pages).  I enjoy this kind of stamping and the challenge of incorporating the pieces into a card design.  This is the same OSW layout we’ve done before; each 8.5″ x 11″ sheet will yield elements for 10 cards.

This card also features one of the Styled Vanilla Hodgepodge Hardware frames that are on sale this week.  Don’t miss the huge savings on this set!

Stamps:  Autumn Days (p. 92), Itty Bitty Backgrounds (p. 132), Sincere Salutations (p. 143)

Ink:  Old Olive, Always Artichoke, Dusty Durango, Creamy Caramel, Soft Suede

Paper:  Dusty Durango, Old Olive, Very Vanilla

Other:  Designer Label Punch, Styled Vanilla Hodgepodge Hardware (Raised Dots Designer Holder, Brads)

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