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:

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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

You Move Me #144002 photopolymer

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

 


Candy boxes for all!

Hello my gorgeous friends!  I am finally getting directions done for you to make your very own candy boxes in any length you want!  These can be made for any holiday, any occasion or just because!  Here is what they look like:

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So for this size, it was large enough for 5 chocolate eggs.  Here are the measurements needed:

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I scored mine at 1/2", and then 1 1/4" on one side, then flipped it around 1, then 2 so you have the exact opposite side of where you just scored, and score again at 1/2" x 1 1/4".

Now turn the sheet once so you are looking at the long side vertically.  For this, you will score at 3/4", 1 1/2", 2 1/4" and 3".  When you look at the longest scores, you will see that one section is slightly more narrow than the other four sections.  This small section will be where you apply a long strip of tape.(When you look at the photo above, it will be the top of the photo box that needs adhesive.

Now start folding where you see your score lines.  I like to call this 'folding in' to form the box.  BEFORE YOU TAKE OFF THE TAPE, (you can tell something big is coming up, right?  LOL) punch your window!  Yes, I have forgotten to do this and there is no way to punch it, if you forget.  You will be punching on the second section from the bottom, or directly on the opposite side of the tape. 

Now you can peel your adhesive and assemble the box.  At this point, it should resemble a tube, so the next step is to seal an end.  To do this, you will fold in the edges, kind of like a milk carton and staple or adhere any way you like.  I thought washi tape would be cute too, but in my example, I used a staple! Now you can fill the box with treats of your choice.

Next, you will fold the remain opening and seal as you did the other side.  The rest is to decorate as you see fit!  Fun right?  Here is another version I made with some brand new, never before seen, DSP that will be available June 1st:

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There is a lot of new in this photo so take it all in!  See the web-looking copper ribbon?  Yes, I said copper!!  you can keep it neat or tear it appart like I did above.  It is so awesome!!  And the new DSP...well the photo does not do it justice!  So cute!  This version was made to fit Rolos and I was lucky enough to find a bag of spring colored Rolos too! (in the exact shades of my paper of course!)  To adjust for the size, you need to measure the widest part of you candy.  For my Rolos, the widest part was 7/8" so that is what I designed my box with. You will need to have 4 sides, that each equal your measurement, the I scored at each 7/8" which I have indicated above.  I know, someone is saying 7/8", really?  LOL  You could get by at 1" for each side, your candy will just fit loosely. 

As for the length, that can be any size you like.  What you need to remember is each end needs to be scored at 1/2" and 1 1/4" so the minimum size will need to be 3 1/4" to account for your ends.  Does that make sense?  If not, I can help you out if you like. 

So get to creating - they are so fun and EASY!  You will be on the look out for what candies could fit too!

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

 

 


No strings and I get a FREE gift?!?

Hello my friends - good day to you!  Can you believe we are getting to the end of March?!?!  Time flies when you are having fun.  :) 

So I have some exciting news for you.  Have you ever wondered what we do at my Krumm Cake meetings?  What are Krumm Cake meetings you ask?  Well - they are FUN THAT CANNOT BE MISSED!!!!  This is where my team of stampers, gets together at my house, we stamp, talk, laugh and have some treats!  Have you ever wanted the attention of multiple stamping experts in one room?  Now do I have your attention?

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Well this is your chance to see, no strings attached.  :)  Typically you need to be part of my team to attend.  Anyone who replies to my blog message, or on my Facebook page will be entered into a drawing to be a "Honorary Krumm Cake for one day"!  What does that get you?  We have a meeting this Saturday, March 25th where I will have some giveaways, (like I typically do) we will have a couple of projects to make (hello!  We love to stamp!) and fun had by all!  You will receive some goodies in a very special bag too!  Cool right?  And just for fun, to get the full experience of being a Krumm Cake, I will let you use my discount the day of the meeting to order ANY current supplies you would like (remember you are paying the bill though).  I am pretty sure I just heard a couple of people faint on that one.  LOL 

So you know what to do, so I will let you get to it.  I will draw Thursday evening so the winner has time to get ready for Saturday.  Please let me know if you have any questions.  I can't wait to see who the lucky person is!

Until next time!

Deseree


What happened to Deseree? :)

Ouch, it has been awhile my friends, sorry about that but here I am so let's see what I have been up to! 

I cannot believe we are almost to the end of Saleabration 2017!  Did you get your favorites?  :)  I know I have stalked up on some pretty paper and LOVE the Avant Garden stamp set so stay tuned this week - I have more to share. 

I have a cute and easy St Patty's day treat that you are sure to love - Take a look!

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Sometimes it is so fun to surprise a friend with a little treat.  We have made quite a few of these at class these past months and thought I would share measurements so you can make more on your own!  I found this box by a very talented crafter, Georgia Giguere, and knew I had to make one and have done this in several versions.  Here is a direct link to her directions, she did a video to help:

http://www.stampingeorgia.com/2017/01/1-2-3-4-mini-treat-box-for-your-valentine-treats.html

If you don't want to take the time to watch the video, here are some quick measurements to get you going:

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Those that are left-handed will appreciate the natural downslope of my writing.  LOL  As you can see, you will cut up to the 1 inch score you did on the short side, and the rest is folding. (don't forget to cut out the small rectangle in the bottom corner)  If you are unsure of the construction, check out Georgia's video - she did it beautifully.  Let me show you some more versions of this box:

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I just love them and SO easy!  The combination featured above is made with the Cupcakes & Carousels Designer Series Paper and the matching Embellishments.  This is one of the best things Stampin Up offers -all the products are made to coordinate perfectly.  How cool is that?!?! 

I would love to see what you come up with, so please share!

Until next time :)

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

 


And don't forget the Mailperson, UPS Delivery and your Server.....

Hello stampin friends...are you ready for another project?  Yes, me too!  :)  So this one is so easy and who does not love hot cocoa?!?!?  Let's start with the finished product:

Finished cocoa

Aren't these too cute?!?!  So the magic happens when you pull up with the ribbon on top, to revile a package of hot cocoa!  Let me show you how to construct this pocket of goodness.

Step 1

This example is using one of my favorite Thinlits, Mini Treat Bag 137547.  What I love most about this thinlit is all the pieces that comes with it!  Let me show you:

Mini treat bag

You have every holiday and occasion you will ever need to give a treat for!  Here is what it looks like when I cut out the bag itself:

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Step 2

Assemble the bag.  This is pretty easy to do but you have to love when Stampin Up! creates a short video to show us how.  :)  If you want to take a peek, here it is: 

Step 3

Now you will punch a hole thru the entire bag, as large as needed for your ribbon of choice.  As you see below, I keep my ribbon on the spool as to use the ribbon efficiently since we don't want to waste it.  :) You will thread the ribbon thru the entire bag like so:

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Step 4

Next you will add the cocoa pack.  The cocoa will go between the two layers of ribbon, and then in the pocket as shown below:

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You will keep pushing the cocoa down in the pocket, with the ribbon cradling the cocoa.  This is what it looks like when its just about completely in the pocket:

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Step 5

Cut the ribbon to desired length.  You will need enough to tied a knot directly above the cocoa as seen below:

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I know the first time I saw this, I was hooked!  You don't have a Big Shot or the Treat Bag Thinlits?  No worries...look what you can do with pretty paper and a strategically placed staple:

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Yes, that is a full size chocolate bar made by my good friend Brenda Boeve.  Isn't it cute and just the right treat when you want to let someone know you are thinking about them.  I made some cocoa pockets and candy tubes to hand out to waiters/waitresses/clerks that I encounter over the next few weeks to spread a little joy when least expected.  These are small enough that I can fit them in my purse to give on such occasions.  Here is a view of both projects:

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Are you a Paper Pumpkin subscribers?  If so, those tubes should look familiar right?  Such a perfect way to say Thank you! 

I hope you make some goodies of your own and stay tuned....more projects are in the works.  Have a wonderful rest of your day my friends!

Deseree


Packaging makes all the difference!

Hello my stampin friends!  As promised, I have more to share with you!!  Have you ever received a gift that made you smile before you even knew what was inside?  I LOVE packaging - paper, ribbon embellishments - LOVE IT ALL!!!!  :) I have been busy creating in my room and thought you would like to see what I have been up to.

Have you seen the envelope punch board?  No?  Let me show you:

Punch board

What I love about this board...you can make 66 different sized envelopes out of a piece of paper!  Yes, sixty-six!!  I needed some clever packaging to give a set of framelits.  Now a bag is great but the framelits themselves are so flat, it just seemed odd to just put them in a bag so I grabbed my envelope board and went to work.  The board itself has easy measurements to follow.  The first action is to determine how big of an envelope you need.  I needed a 6 x 7 envelope so the board is telling me, I need to start with a 10 1/4" x  10 1/4" sheet of cardstock or paper.  Here is a close up of the board measurements:

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The directions are right on the board so no worries about losing them and this board will give you an envelope in minutes!  Here is what mine looks like before assembling:

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For this project, I wanted to create a pocket so I cut off one side of the envelope which you can see I did to the left.  Next, I bring the sides together, then bring up the bottom.  Here is what that looks like when assembled:

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Now the pattern for this one is a little wild and I wanted to decorate a bit on the front, so I added a piece of coordinating card stock to give me a surface to work with:

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Now that is something we can work with right?  So the next part is the best part.....decorating!!  Let's take a look at what I came up with:

Envelope pocket

So one I put thru the Big Shot to add some texture , and the other was unaltered cardstock in Real Red.  I love adding a tag or a cute piece of punch art...SO EASY!!!!!  I also think this would make a great addition to your favorite stampers stash of tools.  :)  Stay tuned this week to see a cute cocoa package and a gift bag of multiple sizes too!  I can't wait to show you!!  Thanks for stopping by!

Deseree  

 


The easiest little box you can make!

Hello my friends!  So are you ready for the holidays?  I don't think I am so you may be getting some ideas from me in the next coming weeks while I prepare so let's get to it shall we?

First off, I promised a link to these awesome little kiss trees.  Here is what those look like:

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These are surprisingly easy to make and recommend watching this video.  Brenda Quintana did such a great job teaching us this technique!

 

Cute right?  I was shocked how easy this was to put together and have you seen all the different prints there are on Hershey Kisses?!?  The skies the limit on this project!

So next, we need to look at the box that is so easy to make!

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What I love about this box is the size and the very minimal supplies needed to construct.  

Supplies

  • 5 1/4” x 6” piece of cardstock
  • Paper cutter with scoring blade- I love using my SU cutter for this!
  • Scissors- Paper Snips are my favorite.
  • Tear & Tape Adhesive
  • 3 Hershey’s® Nuggets® chocolate bars
  • 3  1” x 3 ¼” pieces of cardstock or DSP
  • Embellishments

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Step One

You will start with your 5  1/4" x 6″ piece of cardstock. Score across the longer side (Landscape mode) at 3/4″, 1 1/2″, 4 1/2″, and 5 1/4″.  Score across the shorter side (Portrait mode) at 3/4″, 2 1/4″, 3″, and 4 1/2″.  See the picture above for reference.

Step Two

Use scissors to remove the top left and top right sections. Cut the tabs on the score lines.  The box goes together easier if the top and bottom tabs are trimmed on an angle as shown. See the picture below:

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Step 3

Next is folding on all the lines.  I like to fold them in to start forming the box like so:

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Next is the assembly of the box.  Below is a picture of assembling one side, but I left the other side undone so you can see the difference.  Note the placement of the adhesive:

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And that is it!  The fun part is decorating this little box of goodness which holds the 3 Nuggets.  You will use the 3 pieces of your chosen DSP (Designers Series Paper) to wrap your candies before placing in the box.  Here is a look at the finished product:

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I added DSP around the outside of my box because this snow flake paper is so easy to use.  This is a light weight DSP that is located in our annual catalog and included below in your supply list.  I cut the paper at 3" x 6" and wrapped it around.  What do you think?  Easy?  Need to make a couple dozen of your own?  Yes, so easy for those little gifts to drop by for a neighbor, co-worker or unsuspecting friend!  And who doesn't love a little chocolate.  :) 

I hope you enjoyed this project and please, let me know if you have any questions.  Have fun my friends!

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:

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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