Cards - All Occasions

Who knew October 1st could be so rewarding!

Hello my stampin friends!  Anyone else blink and then it was October 1st?  Where did the summer go?  As the rain is coming down today, I am reminded that Fall/Winter is here and the crisp, cool air is my favorite!  To make it even better, Stampin Up! is offering some excellent, times sensitive specials this month!  Who loves a great discount?  Who loves FREE?  Yes, both could be yours! 

This year the world celebrates World Card Making day on October 7, but one day wasn’t enough for us! For ten days (October 1–10), you get 15% off Note Cards & Envelopes and select stamp sets. Also, when you buy Fast Fuse Adhesive, you’ll get two refills for FREE! So stock up on your cardmaking essentials and celebrate the best hobby of all!  Here is a detailed look of the stamp sets on sale:

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Can you believe Colorful Seasons is on sale?!?!?  I LOVE this set and you can use this for so many occasions!  These items are only on sale from October 1-10th so don't delay.  If you order online, please use hostess code MGV6TMRG to qualify for a drawing of some FREE stampin goodies!  (How better can this get right?!?!)  Here are some samples made with the sets you can get on sale:

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Who loves pretty paper?  Let’s admit it: we all just love gorgeous Designer Series Paper!  From October 1st thru October 31st, buy three packages of select Designer Series Paper and get one FREE! There is no limit to how many free packages you can earn during the sale. This means now is a great time to save on some of our most popular paper designs.  Here is a look at the beautiful select of paper:

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My personal favorites - Wood Textures which is AWESOME for creating masculine cards, Painted Autumn because it is just gorgeous and Coffee Break because it's COFFEE!!! :)  Remember, 3 will get you one whole pack for free so this is the time to stock up. 

Last but not least...this one I cannot share because it is a BRAND NEW PRODUCT!  Do you like to get exclusive items before anyone else?  The reason I ask, is we as Demonstrators get our hands on product before it even hits the news!  (I got up early today to order because it is that exciting!)  If you are interested, contact me today because you could get these new items before anyone else too AND you can join my merry group of Krumm Cakes because we do have fun!

That's all for now - if you have any questions, please let me know.

Happy Stampin!

Deseree

 


Making a mess can be fun for adults too!

Hello my friends!  Many, many years ago, I learned a technique that still  amazes me to this day!  A little bit of shaving cream, ink and paper, and the sky is the limit for fun!

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So there is a love/hate to this technique.  (there had to be a catch, right?)  LOL  So it can be messy - that one is obvious as you can see from the photo above.  You may get ink on your hands but let me tell you....IT'S SO MUCH FUN!!!  I love that each time I drop my paper in this plate of squishy goo, I never know what it will look like until I scrape the mess off my cardstock.  Each piece is literally a one of a kind creation and you can change up the colors to match any kind of event.  (School colors, baby showers, seasonal etc) 

For this session, I went for some Fall colors since it is right around the corner.  Below are some of the samples I used with the following re-inker colors:

  • Lemon Lime Twist
  • Cajun Craze
  • Tempting Turquoise

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As you can see from the photo, even using the same colors will look different on each sheet of cardstock because of the fluid movement of color!  I typically let it dry - that does not take long, then start to look for some coordinating cardstock for a base.  Once I have that all picked, I decide how to showcase that beautiful work of art!  For this I knew I wanted to try to some copper paper and also had the new champagne paper too! (IT'S SO PRETTY!!!)   I was not sure how it was going to come together so I laid it all out so I could plan.  I also wanted to prove that my room, or my table are rarely clean at any given time.  For some reason, I like to work with lots on my table for inspiration.  (We as crafters never do that right?!?!?)  Here is what the finished project looked like:

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The single leaf card is using the new champagne foil paper that you can purchase on September 1st!  It is so beautiful, to me, it looks like silver with a pink undertone.  I also mixed in more texture with the Foil Frenzy Specialty DSP and Fabulous Foil Designer Acetate.  I was so happy how things came together on these two cards!  Great news...the card on the right will be a class offering in September too! (YAY!!)

I hope you enjoyed the project - stay tuned because I am doing a video on this one.  :)

Until next time!

Deseree

 


The best therapy ever!

Hello my friends!  It has been awhile since I have shared a 'how to video', so I thought sharing one of my favorite techniques would be the best time to do another! 

Have you ever tried water coloring?  If you are a serious artist, we know you can do water coloring painting which I can tell you, I am not.  But what I want to show you is a way to achieve that beautiful water color look, without being that seriously focused, painter.  There are two tools I used to achieve this look which are blender pens and aqua painters.  Each have a specific duty for me, so let me break that down:

Blender Pens

These pens come 3 to a pack when purchased thru me.  I love these for precise coloring, and when I don't want to go for that serious water color look.  You can use blender pens with your reinkers, ink pads, markers and pencils.  Just keep in mind, you will get precision with these, verses the Aqua Painters.  My go to paper with blender pens will be Stampin Up! Ultra Thick Whisper White cards stock or White Shimmer Paper.  I like to use these with my water color pencils. 

Aqua Painters

These painters come two to a pack when purchased thru me.  They can be filled with water straight from the tap, and last a really long time!  I only use these painters on water color paper and boy are they fun!  Here is a video that walks you thru using aqua painters:

I typically don't like to make videos that are longer than 10 - 15 minutes but I wanted to share some important features for the new At Home With You Bundle that was new to the Stampin Up! 2017-2018 catalog.  I LOVE this bundle - here are snapshots of some of the projects I have completed with it:

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 Cute right?  This set is so versatile and a must for water coloring.  I know myself, I want to have many occasions covered when investing in a bundle set like this and I have to tell you, this one was first on my list!  If you have any questions, please let me know and be sure to check out my class in September to try your hand at water coloring, you won't regret it!

Happy Stampin!

Deseree

 


Don't overlook that odd looking stamp set...

So I know it's been awhile...a long while.  :)  Since we last met, WE HAVE A BRAND NEW ANNUAL CATALOG!!!  If you have not seen it, you need to let me know so I can get to you, your very own copy! 

When I got to see this catalog for the first time, I ALWAYS check for my beloved Lovely As a Tree stamp set.  Oh I just love this set, have you seen it?  If not, please let me show you:

Lovely as a Tree

Lovely As a Tree #128655 (wood mount) #127793 (clear mount)

I can't imagine if I will ever get tired of this set - it is so beautiful and a must for every good stamper!

Ok so back to the new catalog!  There is one set I need to call out because when you see it, well it's just not pretty.  LOL  Let me show you:You move me

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When I saw this, I thought for sure Stampin Up! fell off their rockers.  I mean what's with the odd looking butterfly and humming bird?!?!  Well let me tell you - this set WITH their matching framelits are AWESOME!!  This set is designed to be an action card meaning when you pull the imagine behind the grid framelit, the butterfly and humming bird will appear to be flying off the page!  Yes, it is so cool and delights all ages!! 

This was new to me so I went ahead and created a video of the card in action, as well as some tips to make the card!  Here is a link to that video:

Here is a better picture of just the cards:

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These are so fun to make and love how they coordinate with the new Petal Garden Designer Series Paper pack.  What I love best about this pack is the size - it is 6 in. x 6 in. so an excellent size to work with!  I love how the images seem to be flying out of the flowers, what do you think?

I hope you love it just as much as I do and I am already playing with the framelits to see if I can make other stamp set appear to 'come to life'.  Oh the possibilities!  Let me know if you have any questions, would love to hear from you!

Until next time!

Deseree

 


Let's get back to basics!

 Don't you just love when you get done with a card and you would not change a thing?  Yes, me too and I had some much fun creating this one:

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I just LOVE the color combo for this and so proud that it was simple!  (It is, I promise!)  Sometimes I get caught up with adding this element and that element, and forget the pure beauty of plain 'ol stamping!   What else do I love about this?  You can make this card with any flower set you may own.  I started with Blooms and Wishes because of the all the different floral elements and the greenery stamps.  I am pretty sure I am close to owning all current floral stamp sets because they are so beautiful, I can't help myself!  LOL  :)  Key points in creating this kind of scattered background:

  • Be sure to always stamp off the edge of the cardstock to get flowers to look natural, this is a must.
  • Start with lighter colors for your larger flowers.
  • Think outside the box!  I used a new pencil eraser for the middle of the small flowers.  Simply tap, tap on your ink pad, then right on to your card.  For this one, I went in a circular motion to soften the circle.
  • Always try to stamp 3 of each image.  Again, this is to add visual interest and create a balanced card.

Let me show you what some of my crafty friends came up with when creating this card:

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 Cute right?  I love the sediment that Melissa picked for hers - perfection!!!  :)  I also like how just changing the cardstock base color, makes it different too.  Check this out:

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I had a hard time picking the background paper but think Tip Top Taupe won slightly over Watermelon Wonder.  What do you think?  Are you ready to try one of your own?  Anyone one who shares their creation on my blog, email or my Facebook page will get a special gift from me!  Yes - I am talking to you!  :) 

Thanks for stopping by!

Deseree

 

 


Welcome to 2017!

Hello my friends...who is ready to start stampin again?  :)  I know I have been busy in my room, playing with all of the wonderful products in the new Occasions Catalog starting January 4th!  Have you seen it yet?  If not, here is what the cover looks like:

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Oh this book is trouble my friends!  Those that follow me on Facebook will know I gave away my personal favorite before you could even buy it!  Here is a picture of that set:

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First, I love the sediments but then fell in love with the graphics!  This set will be a must for all, and water coloring with this set is so much fun!  Did you know watercolor pencils are being offered again from SU?  Yes, and the colors are so much better!  You will have a chance to use these gorgeous pencils at my classes this weekend.  Speaking of class...how about a sneak peek? 

Dragonflies

Aren't these just so pretty?!?  We had our family Christmas this past weekend so my brother and I sat down and had some fun with the new dragonfly stamp set and thinlits.  Before I get into the details, I have to share a few photos of my crazy family:

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They are cheesy but life would not be as great without them.  :)  Ok, back to the cards.....this new set is called Dragonfly Dreams (142924) which also has matching thinlits called Detailed Dragonfly. (142749)  You are going to love this and the sediments....WOW!!!!!  And the paper, did you see that Designer Series Paper?!?!  This paper is part of a new pack called Falling in Love (142788) - yes, I am loving it!!!  LOL  So what could be better than this....how about a bundle price for both!  Yes, you can get both for under $50!!!  That is a steal when you consider the stamp set has 10 pieces and the thinlits feature 5 thinlits, 4 are different sized dragonflies alone!  If you have not received your new catalog yet, please let me know and I would be more than happy to get one to you.  Don't forget, Sale a Bration also starts and who doesn't love free stampin goodies?!?!?  Stay tuned and hope to see you soon!

Deseree

 


Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens.....

Come on...you know you want to sing!  Hello my friends!  What a way to start December, than with a little more money in your pocket!  Starting today, Stampin Up! decided to end this year on an AWESOME sale!!  Please navigate to MY SITE to see a full listing of all items, but I thought I would tell you a few of mine since some of these items are still current and waiting for you to purchase! 

To start, and the item that pleases me to no end...the Detailed Floral Thinlits as I know this is on some of your wish lists!  How would you like to pay $14.50 instead of $29?  Yes, you heard me....HALF OFF!!!  Here are a couple of samples we have created at class recently:

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Using this thinlit with a Downy sheet makes it so easy!!!  I myself was shocked that you could get such an amazing deal on this set!  And how about the Merry Tags stamp set and framelits?  Those too have been popular, just take a look at these projects!  

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These are easy to turn into tags and pairing them with the copper paper....so beautiful!  I can also share...the copper paper is being held over to the new catalog!  I cannot tell you how many sheets of this gorgeous paper I have used in the last 2 months! Have you tried running it thru the Big Shot with an embossing folder of your choice?  Think old time tin ceilings....  :)

Last but not least is the most adorable little tin you have ever seen.  Yes, you want this...well, you need this.  LOL 

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 The tin of cards is featured in the Homemade for the Holidays catalog and will be closing out its appears...on sale!  You can get this tin with all the supplies needed to make 30 of the cutiest tags ever....for $16.80.  Yep, that is less than $.60 a tag!!!!  I also fell in love with the coordinating stamp set by the same name, Tin of Tags Stamp set so let's take a look at it:

Tin of tags

What I love about this set is the versatility!  The Surprise, Go Ahead and Tear it Open or Special Delivery can be used for a birthday or any occasion!  Just think of what you could do!  Are you excited?!?!?  I hope so and I will increase that happiness.  Everyone who places any kind of order the month of December, will be put into a drawing for a brand new stamp set coming in January!!  Yes, that could be you!  So please, don't wait, go check out all the sales HERE and below are a few of my favorite things.  :)  Happy shopping and remember, some are only available while supplies last. 

Have a great day!

Deseree 


Who knew Wisconsin could be so fun?

Hello my friends!  Well we are back from OnStage in Madison, WI and boy did the Krumm Cakes represent!

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I can not tell you how much we learned, saw and the fun we had!  Going to one of these local events and meeting over 700 new friends that have the same love of stamping is beyond words!  We were EXTREMELY excited to find out that Minneapolis, MN will be the location for OnStage Live - April 8th, 2017!  Wahoooo!!  So who would love to go with our merry group of Krumm Cake stampers?  Please ask me how or go straight to "join the fun!" and join today!  The cost is $99 plus tax but the best part?  You get to pick $125 worth of product!  How cool is that?  Joining the team will yield you a minimum 20% off and you will have special access to over 52,000 demonstrators around the world and so much more!  Let me show you some of the great items we graciously accepted from Stampin Up! this past weekend:

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Do you see some items that don't look familiar in that pile of stampin goodness?!?!  Yes, you are seeing new stamps and WATERCOLOR PENCILS!!!!   Yes, they gave us never before seen items that are coming up in the new Occasions Catty which I can share below:

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Oh my friends we are in trouble!  Now this catty does not start till January 4th but sometimes it is just too fun to see what is coming!  This book has some wonderful paper, stamps and lovely trinkets for embellishing our projects!  Here are some of the stamps I received - we need to see them close up, right?  :)

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Ice cream set

Oh my, I am just LOVING Beautiful You!  The sediments portion of this set are just spectacular!  We did get to see some samples that I can't wait to share - let's take a look:

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I am still amazed how they can keep generating such beautiful images!  We also had the privilege to play with some of these new items as you can see below from our make and takes:

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These projects are all featuring brand new products!  I need to show you the inside of the birthday card because it will blow your mind...  :)

Balloons

That is made with a new framelit called Balloon Pop-Up Thinlits Die!  Who would not love to get that card in the mail?!?!?  :)  I could go on and on what we saw but I think you see where I am going here.  :)  I will follow up with another blog this week sharing more information that we learned and saw this past weekend so stay tuned.  And please consider joining my team....you know you want to!

Until next time!  Keep stampin!

Deseree

 


Oh how I love pretty paper!

Hello my stampin friends!  I have been busy creating in my room and I have a treat for you!  Do you ever have those friends or family members that are extremely hard to buy gifts for?  Well I do and this year, I have been thinking of how to get around that feeling!  I was playing with the paper pockets I had shown you about a month ago and thought, let's start with a 12 in x 12 in piece of paper.  Check.  Now I had this pocket, what can I put in it?  I came up with a care package of greeting cards!

Blue pocket

Would you like to see the cards?  Here they are:

Inside blue pocket

The top project, to the left, is a cute gift card holder and then 3 every day cards.  (A Birthday, Thank You and Thinking of you card)  How cute is that?  I also love how custom you can make these and who wouldn't love a little gift like this?  I can see giving this to cheer up a neighbor, thank a co-worker or maybe to a friend that you just want to treat!  How about a Christmas gift?  Take a look at this:

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This one is my favorite!  Would you like to see what is inside?  Let's take a look:

All trees

I have fallen in love with this technique!  Simple masking with daubers and ink and of course, Sheltering Tree.  This card layout can be used for some many occasions by just changing the colors!  What do you think?  Sounds like fun right? 

I will be hosting a class to make your own gifts just like above.  This will be a limited seating engagement where you will be able to make 2 pockets and 6 cards to fill them with.  There are a few ways you can get a seat:

Option 1 - Purchase your favorite 3 packages of the Designer Series Paper that is currently on sale and bonus...you get to pick one FREE! (you will need to purchase these by October 31 to get your FREE package of paper - see my website for detailed info on this special)

Option 2 - Pay a flat fee of $20.

Option 3 - Join my team of merry Krumm Cakes and your class is FREE!

I will be hosting this event on the following dates:

Saturday, November 26th (thanksgiving weekend)

Saturday, December 10th

This will be limited to 8 stampers per event so please RSVP ASAP to get your seat!  Sound like fun?  Let me know if you would like to attend!

Happy stampin!!

Deseree 

 


It's not too late to think about a great gift to give!

Hello my friends!  How is October treating you?  I have to say, the weather in MN has been unseasonably warm so there are no complaints here!  

So I have some exciting news to share with you all, did you have fun on National Cardmaking Day?  I was crafting with a friend making paper flowers and let me tell you, we had so much fun crafting, laughing and telling stories!  I am a firm believer that time with a dear friend is the best therapy EVER!!! So back to the exciting news....First, you have one more day to get some amazing sale items from Stampin Up!, have you seen them?  Let me share:

 

What excites me the most about these specials has to be the Designer Tin of Cards!  Have you ever had that friend or family member that you want to give a gift to, but they have EVERYTHING?!?!?  Well they don't have handmade cards made by you!  Yes, this makes the best gift ever!! This fun printed tin gives you plenty of room to store the cards that you make from this kit, plus room for more. Kit includes tin and enough card bases, accents, and envelopes for 16 cards, 4 each of 4 designs. How cool is that?  The only thing you need is a little bit of ink and a stamp set of choice.  Easy, peasy!  I also love the Envelope punch board - did you know you can make 60 different sized envelopes?!?!?  Awesome!!  These special prices are valid thru October 5th so get them while you can!

Second - how about some FREE Designer Series Paper?  Yes, I said FREE!!  Check out this special:

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Have you seen the drop dead gorgeous Designer Series Paper that Stampin Up! offers?  Let's take a look at the packages you can choose from:

 

Now it is REALLY hard to pick a favorite, right? I am still loving Floral Boutique and By the Shore.  I think both offer versatile that is second to none!  I also have a great gift giving project that features some of these beautiful papers:

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I had so much fun making these - what do you think?  I cannot wait to see what you can come up with using our beautiful Designer Series Paper!  This special is available thru October 31st so get your favorites at a great price!  Until next time!

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