Cards - Birthday

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?  :)

New stamps

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 

 


Do you know what Oct 1st is?

Hello my stampin friends!  First and foremost I want to thank all of you who attended classes this weekend!  We have not had groups that big in awhile and appreciate everyone's patience while waiting for supplies.  We had some Halloween, Fall foliage, Christmas and even a gift idea or two!

Today I want to share one of the projects we made that you can use for October 1st.  What is October 1st?  Well it is National Cardmaking Day of course!  This is a day we can celebrate with a craft that we all love!  I encourage you to make a card or two this week and surprise a friend or family member with some of your handy work!  My favorite cards to receive are the ones that are unexpected!

Kitty background

This set has been on my shelf for awhile now, and I believe it was just waiting for me to make something special.  What do you think?  This one has texture that was applied with the Big Shot and the image was colored with our very versatile Stampin Write Markers.  My tip to you when coloring with markers or watercolor pens.  ALWAYS stamp your image with StazOn Ink.  This is permanent ink that is perfect for water coloring and stamping on nonporous surfaces such as window sheets or Shrinky Dink paper!    

Now my ask of you, take part in National Cardmaking Day and at the very least, make one card or send one of your cards buried in your stash!  The smile our works of art have so much to offer, you will be happy you did.  :)  My gift to you?  Stampin Up! will have some amazing specials just for you but only available from October 1 - 5 so be on the look out for these items!  If you send a card or two or three this weekend, please let me know and I will be giving away a special treat in a drawing for those that participate!  Maybe a stamp set?  You will have to play and find out!  Until next time, I hope your day brings you joy and contentment in all that you do!

Happy Stampin!

Deseree

 


Surprise, surprise and bring on some trees!!

I love surprises as much as I love any kind of tree stamps!  Yes, I am one of those tried and true lovers of the oldest stamp from Stampin Up! Lovely as a Tree.  Have you seen this one?

Lovely as a tree

I use this set for Christmas cards, Sympathy cards, Thank yous - manly cards...well you get the picture.  If you don't have this set, YOU NEED IT!!! Here are some of the cards we have made in the past with this set:

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Looking at these makes me want to get this set out and play again!  

So here is the surprise...leave it to Stampin Up! to give us another tree stamp set to love!  Starting August 2nd, you have the opportunity to purchase the following brand new stamp set called Thoughtful Branches:

Thoughtful branches

To make this even better -there is a matching Thinlit set to boot!  Here are those:

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This bundle can be purchased for $52 (+s/h and tax)  starting on August 2nd!  Here is a card I started with - I haven't even started with the thinlets!

Trees

Again...LOVE the trees in this set and there are a few to pick from!  What do you think?  Do you need this one?  :)  A special bonus for those purchasing this bundle from me...you will receive 3 projects made with this bundle, already cut and ready to stamp just for ordering this from me!  (Think of this as class on the go with 3 ideas to start using this bundle with!)  How exciting right?  Let me know if you would like to order this starting August 2nd...happy stamping!!  :)

Deseree

 


The evolution of my Swap...

Hello stampin friends!  I am busy getting ready for our On Stage event in sunny Salt Lake City!  We are leaving tomorrow and I am so excited!  One of my favorite activities while attending Stampin Up! events is to swap.  What is a swap you say?  Well this is where I come up with a favorite project ideas, then I mass produce them and bring them to swap with  2,000+ of my closest stampin friends!  This is great because the ideas blow my mind every year! 

So I am working on a Birthday card idea and had fun playing with the It's My Party Designer Series Paper stack featured in the Handmade from the Heart Occasions Catalog.  Here are some variations I came up with:

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Swaps

So this kind of project is EXACTLY why I fell in love with Stampin Up!  When I find fun paper to work with, SU tells me every color that makes up this paper.  When I need to find cardstock or matching ribbon...I know exactly where to get it, what color it is and know that my project will look beautifully coordinated each and every time.  Have you ever found that prefect, pretty paper in a chain store, and when you get it home, you can't make it work in your project because nothing matches?  That is how I started crafting and it drove me nuts!  Especially the color Red....oh red you are so beautiful but oh so hard to match..... 

This paper pack features Basic Black, Crushed Curry, Melon Mambo, Mint Macaroon and Sahara Sand.  Here is a look of all of them together:

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I don't want to share which one made the cut but I am so happy with each one and I think they all have their own personality!  Fun right?  Thanks for stopping by and check back later this week to see all that I learn in Salt Lake and see which swaps I took with me! 

Have a great rest of your day!

 

 


A hunter....I am not but an animal lover indeed!

Happy Sunday friends!  I was gone to a retreat this weekend where there is no phone service and internet is not reliable so we were busy crafting, talking and a little bit of laughing too.  :) 

I have never been a hunter but one of my good friends Susie Martin showed me some cute birthday invites for her youngest son's birthday. 

Myles birthday invite

ISN'T this adorable?!??  First, I love her color choices and it is hard to tell by the photo but that is velum paper with antlers printed on them!  I asked how she came up with the camo which she explained how to do, so I took to my room and here is what I came up with:

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This was created with two stamp sets.  The background was created with  Gorgeous Grunge and the goose and greeting came from the set Wetlands.  The technique is so easy and allows you to create any camo background you would like!  I simply used the large splatted dots stamp with Basic Gray and Smoky Slate and then use a piece of sponge and smudged on some Soft Suede and Mossy Meadow till I thought it looked good.  I know Gorgeous Grunge was not my favorite when it first came out and now.....well, I don't think I could live without it.  What do you think? 

Thank you so much to Susie for such a great idea and can't wait for all of you to come up with new twists on this great technique.  Happy stampin!! 

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A little candle fun!

This past weekend I was asked to host a party for a good friend Cheri.  Now this is a family affair, Cheri, her daughter and son all love to stamp!  When she asked me to put on a afternoon of fun, she was able to pick 3 projects for her guest to make.  One of these was a birthday card and this is what I came up with:

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When it comes to glitter paper, you cannot waste an inch so the star that was cut out from the front piece was used for a little bling on the inside.  I think it turned out pretty good!  I also like to show how changing a few things on the same card can step it up just a bit.  Here is another example where I used Crystal Clear Effects on the flames and used a stencil to create the background. 

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I sure did have fun with Cheri and her guests and she even got some free stampin goodies too, so that was not bad for an afternoon of fun!  How would you like to host your own event with some of your favorite friends?  Contact me today if that would be you!

Thanks for stopping by! 

 

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Quick! I need a Birthday Card!

How many times have we had that birthday come up and you just need a quick card?  Ok, that happens to me more than I care to admit but I have come up with a card that can be customized with color for a special someone or possibly change it up for a special occasion like an anniversary or a congrats card! 

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I just fell in love with this color combo and yes, I had to break out the color coach to match them up.  We all have our vices and my happens to be the color coach!  LOL

I have to share a secret with the rhinestones....did you know you can color them with a simple Sharpie marker?  Yes - you can!  For this card, I had found a mustard colored Sharpie that was perfect and have you seen all the colors of Sharpies out there?  I personally like the 80s colors.

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So there you have it, quick and easy!  My next post will be featuring the beautiful English Garden Designer Series paper.  You won't want to miss it!  Until next time!

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