Cards - All Occasions

It only took 14 years to get him to try....

Hello my friends!  Can you believe it is Labor Day weekend 2018?!?  This summer really flew by and can already feel the temperatures changing just a bit, in the arrival of Fall.  Last weekend we got some much needed rain, which meant it was the perfect day to play in my craft room. 

When the new annual catalog came out, there was a new package of paper that caught my eye, but honestly, it sat on my table for quite some time, till last weekend.  This paper is printed vellum.  Vellum is a great way to add some subtleness to a project, without going overboard.  Well Stampin Up! outdid themselves and them printing on it, allowed us to bring out our missing 'inner child'.  :)  You can color on this with either Stampin Blends, or our tried and true markers!  Here are some images of this 6 x 6 paper:

Vellum

What you can do is color on the side where you don't see the glossy black outline.  When you do, you see something magical!

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Remember, I am not a photographer but this paper is beyond gorgeous!!  The top was done with regular markers, the bottome was done with Stampin Blends.  I prefer using the Blends because it dries really fast.  If you use markers, you need patience. 

So now back to last weekend.  While it rained, I colored - it was so fun!  I just cut out smaller images from the 6 x 6 paper and let the colors talk.  In comes my handsome husband Michael, wanting to know why it was so quiet in my room.  I explained what I was doing, and asked if he colored as a kid. He replied, "well of course I did, didn't everyone?"  Well said husband.  :)  So I asked if he wanted to give it a try.  I put out all the Blends and said it was his paper and he could do what he liked:

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To my surprise, he didn't grab Husker Red aka Real Red, but did get straight to coloring.  (he did find the Red later)  LOL  As you color, you can hold it up to the light to check your work as you go.  Think of this as stain glass on paper!  Well I made him finish it all the way to the end because it was perfect!

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And here are those final projects!

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When we finished - I was smitten with this paper!!  This card was extremely easy to put together because it needed just a simple white background.  What do you think?  When was the last time you stopped, and brought out that inner child who just wants color???  :)

Until next time!

Deseree

 


Now wasn't that easy!

Hello my friends!

Can you believe school is starting again? Crazy!  I love seeing all the photos of 'the first day of school' from friends and family.  I also love that Fall is right around the corner which is my MOST favorite time of the year!!!  

Today I wanted to show you a quick and easy card, that can also be a gift card holder!  This card is so easy to put together and the different occasion ideas are endless.  Here is a preview:

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As you can see, I conveniently inserted a gift card in mine.  How cute is that!?!?!  I used the Big Plans Memories and More Card Pack that come with an assortment of 5o cards (3x4 inches and 4x6 inches) as well as stickers and specialty cards that are drop-dead gorgeous!  Here are measurements of what is needed:

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I used Blushing Bride in the example above but be brave, try a new color combo.  Here are a few more ideas:

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The above sample was using the Best Route Memories and More Card pack which I thought would be great for those young adults headed off to college this month.  The verses in the set are so inspiring and would be great to brighten someone's day.  And if that was not enough, how about the upcoming Christmas holidays?!?!

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These my friends will be available on September 5th!  The stickers in this kit, (look at the little elf, candy cane, circle sticker, tree and showflakes) are stinkin cute and full of glitter!  These are quick and sure to be a hit with anyone receiving them!  I actually did a Facebook Live video when I created my first sample so if you would like to see, here is that video:

Thanks for stopping by and letting me share what I love!  If you have any questions, please let me know and as always..keep stampin!  :)

Deseree

 


Color yourself happy!

Hello all and welcome to 2018!  I hope you had a wonder holiday season and enjoying the calm of what January can offer.  (Peace I hope!)  :) 

This is also a very exciting time of year for stampers....it's Sale A Bration time!  From January thru March, Stampin Up graciously treats us to FREE goodies when we purchase our favorite crafting supplies.  How awesome is that?!?!?  For every $50 spent on product, you get to pick a level one item from HERE for FREE! (yes, FREE!!!)  This year, because SU turns 30, they added a new level to the Saleabration offering.  Come back next week and see these two items in action because they are pretty awesome!  There will be more to show you, but today I wanted to share some cute and easy cards that you can create on your own with little effort.  Here they are:

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These were so fun to make and easy!  I used the Color Me Happy Project Kit that was released to introduce our new Blends line of alcohol markers. (Stay tuned, I am going to share more info on those at the end of the week!) 

When I saw this kit, I was not wild about the stamp set that was offered, but loved the details of the cards themselves so I bought the kit without the stamps.  When it arrived, I was stumped because the photos shown, were with the stamp set I did not buy.  (we have all been there right?)  You see a card, love everything about it, but you don't have the stamp set.  That is what I LOVE about Stampin Up!  Products we offer are easy to make into something new, with little effort.    I simply picked another stamp set, here I used Lift Me Up and one ink color - yes, only one!  I used Basic Gray  and to get the 2 toned look, I simply inked up my image, stamped it on a scratch piece of paper, then stamped on my card.  This gives the look of 2 shades of gray! 

I used the recommended layouts offered from the kit and was pretty proud of how they turned out!  Here is a close up look of everything you get in the kit:

Blends kit

Enough supplies to make 16 cards! I love the details on the envelopes because that would take a lot of time to do myself.  :)  I love that they all coordinate so if you wanted to turn this into a gift, it would be perfect! 

So all in all, don't get caught up in accepting a kit for face value....it can be just as beautiful as YOU can make it.  :)

Until next time!

Deseree

 


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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Third sets

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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Second paper

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:

Leaves together

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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Front door

Frontdoor open

 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:

You move me

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