You know you want these markers!

Hello my friends - let's talk color!

A few months ago, we were introduced to an amazing new product called Blends.  These are alcohol base markers and let me tell you, these will change the way you color!

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If you were around a couple of years ago, you will remember we had markers like these before, but I am here to say, SU listened and improved the quality beyond my expectations!  I find that I can't put them down, when I start playing!  Here are some projects I have created with them:

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 They are so easy to use and so easy to "blend".  (clever name right?!?!)  What I love most is how you can create such texture to your coloring with little effort.  I would recommend purchasing them in a color set. (you will receive a dark and a light shade, in the color of your choice)  Here is a link to the catalog with all the information you need to get going with our new Blends.  I would recommend using our beautiful Memento Ink pad in Tuxedo Black to stamp your image, then you can start to color any way you like.  I like to start with the darker color first, then I blend the lighter color right over the top to be sure to even out any harsh lines in my coloring.  My preferred cardstock is the Shimmery White so I get a little added sparkle for good measure. 

Stampin Up has created some great how to videos to get us going in the right direction.  Here are those links:

I cannot say enough about these markers!  If you have any questions, or would like to give them a try, ask me today!  We have been using these in my monthly card class and have so much fun!  And I have to ask, who doesn't want to feel like a true artist?  :)  Until next time!

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

 


Merry Christmas to all my favorite stampers!!!

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Hello my friends!  We are finally to the single digit countdown to Christmas!  I LOVE this time of year - specially with a little bit of white stuff on the ground.  Yep, I am one of those people.  :)  We are celebrating Christmas a little early in the Black Hills with my in laws and we were greeted with 5 inches of fresh snow! 

To start off the week, SU has surprised us with an update to the Clearance Rack.  Some items are 70% off so please check that out here.  There are deep discounts on Framelits, punches and I think I saw an ink pad or two!  These will be only until supplies last so don't delay.

I also have the new Occasions Catalog AND the ever popular Sale a Bration brochure in my hands as I type, so if you need a copy, please let me know.  They are both gorgeous and full of never seen before stampin goodies that I will be playing with in the next couple of weeks. 

That is all for now and thought I would leave you with a picture of my beloved Frankincense aka Frank.  He looks so cute in his hat!

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Merry Christmas my friends and I wish you a most enjoyable holiday season wherever you my be. 

Until next time,

Deseree

 


Cyber Monday is going to be big my friends!!

Hello all!  I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with family, friends and of course, amazing food!  No matter how big or small, I am a fan of Thanksgiving!  :)  As this weekend ends, so beginnings the countdown to Christmas!  Another wonderful holiday with the birth of our Savior, and time again, with family and friends. 

I wanted to take this time to remind you of the great promotion going on where you get up to 40% off, some great stamping supplies!  You can check out this great promotion here.

Second, starting at Midnight MST on November 27th, all orders placed, will receive FREE SHIPPING!!!  Yes, everything!!  Get some Christmas gifts for your beloved crafters or better yet, get something for you because you deserve it!  If you need to let your loved ones know, I have made it so easy to do!  Below is a wish list that you can fill out, give to those looking to purchase something for you, and I will do the rest!  How easy is that?  Here is that document:

Download Christmas wish list

I also have another surprise...they just keep coming!  :)  For everyone who places an order on my site between November 20th, thru November 27th at midnight CST, will go into a drawing to win the following:

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I LOVE this stamp set so I thought it only fitting that I give one away!  You will receive the stamp set, a box of treat tubes and the card/project featured in the photo!  These are so fun to make and perfect when you want to give just a little something.  Just be sure you place your order before 9/27/2017 to qualify. 

Last but not least, I will be hosting one more class in Dilworth for 2017.  This class is going to be a little different but so much fun!  I am calling this one, "everything BUT Christmas".  What does that mean?  All projects will be everyday projects/cards.  Happy Birthday, Thinking of You, Sympathy...and more!  This will give us all the opportunity to restock on our everyday cards.  What will be different?  There will be door prizes, snacks and Christmas music in the air!  We will have our own little Christmas party - crafting like we should!  Invites will be going out this weekend so be on the lookout.

That is all for now and back to crafting I go!  I wish you a most enjoyable rest of your day, wherever you are!

Siggycompressed

 

 


Just when you need a little something

Hello my stampin friends!

I have been in my room playing this week and so excited to show you some of the projects I have been working on!  So have you seen the mini pizza boxes in the Holiday Catalog?  No?  Let me show you:

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Plain, simple but let me tell you....so many options for these little cuties!!  Here is a great sample that SU has created for your upcoming holiday giving:

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Isn't it just cute?!?!  I love the detail of the doily and just a little bit of sparkle from the sequin!  These boxes are under a $1 a piece (8 boxes for $6) and can be used for so many occasions.  Here is a view of the VIP project from my classes in September which was full of coffee candies or caramel apple candies:

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With a little pretty paper, some coordinating ribbon and a greeting, you are good to go!  Now when I first saw these boxes, something in my head kept thinking "How about a thinking of you box or get well soon box" so the search began for some supplies to fit in the box.  (The boxes are 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" so use the space wisely) I was able to find a package of tissues the perfect size and the rest just kind of came together:

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The perfect package to give when someone is under the weather!  I know I am going to take this opportunity to make a few up so I am prepared the next time I need a little something for that special friend.  I also love hot tea this time of year which led to the next project I want to share with you:

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This could be a gift for one, or a gift for 2!!  (clever right?)  LOL  This idea came to me one morning while getting ready to work, so I hurried and sketched the picture that was in my head of the box, then off to the day job!  The cookies are so yummy and come in the perfect little package made just for these boxes! 

So are you inspired?  Feeling creative?  I would love to see what you can do with these simple white boxes.  Try spritzing or wiping color directly on the matte finish for a stepped up look...the skies the limit!  (Did I tell you the inside of the box is food safe?!?!)  They are awesome!!!

Thanks for stopping by - 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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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

 


Creativity Delivered and a little bit of fun too!

It's finally here - the Holiday catalog!  Oh it is so beautiful, have you seen it?!?!  Let me give you a very short peek:

 

As you see, we have you covered from Fall, to Halloween, to Thanksgiving and into Christmas!  My personal favorites would be the Merry Café stamp set that works perfectly with the Coffee Cup framelits that we already feel in love with from the Annual catalog.  I also LOVE the mini pizza boxes - did you know they are food safe?!?  Yes, they will be so fun to use for homemade treats as well as gift cards for the holiday season.  The Designer Series Paper will catch your attention, we have light weight sheet music for Christmas!!  I just can't stand it - there is so much goodness in this catalog my friends! 

When was the last time you had some fun with your closest friends?  Some laughs, good food and crafting - do I have your attention?  I am looking for some hostesses that would open their homes, invite a few of their closest friends, and I will bring you projects for you all to make  - fun for all!  For a limited time, you can also get an exclusive stamp set called Merry Patterns Stamp Set for FREE, when you host a party with $300 in sales. (it's easy to get to this when you have crafty friends!)   That is in addition to all the other wonderful goodies you will receive when you host a Stampin’ Up! party. Best of all?  You can spend a couple of hours with your friends!  This offer is good for the months of September and October so contact me today to get you party scheduled.  Would you like to see this exclusive set?  Here we go:

 

So much to love about this time of year - my favorite?  ANYTHING PUMPKIN!  LOL  Pumpkin bars, Pumpkin Spiced Lattes, Pumpkin Cheerios - the list goes on! 

If you have not received a copy of Creativity Delivered by Stampin Up!, please let me know, I would love to get you a copy! Until next time!  :)

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

 


THANK YOU...I could not have reached this without you!

Hello my friends!  Boy do I have exciting news!

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I reached a big goal of $100K in career sales and could not have done it without each and every one of my amazing customers!  This was waiting for me when I got home today and could not wait to share it with you!  When I started this journey 12 years ago, I was joining just for the discount.  Over the years I have met some life long friends and crossed 3 states doing it!  The one thing that has been a constant is my love to share stamping and everything in between!  If you are a past or current customer of mine  - thank you!  You make this job easy! 

I would love to have you celebrate this milestone with me, so I have a treat for you!  All orders placed online on my site, no matter how big or how small, till July 31st, 2017, will receive a package of our beautiful Faceted Gems for FREE!!  Have you seen these Gems?!?!  If not, let me show you:

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Of course the pictures do not do them justice, but they are so pretty!  To get your package of Gems for FREE, navigate to my site, use hostess code 7A6SKT9U and place an order.  The gems will be sent directly to you in August.  How easy is that?  (This offer is only available thru my website and the hostess code must be used) 

I thought it would be fun to share a project that I have had from the very beginning.  When I first started, Stampin Up! still had a catalog that was separate for our beloved scrap bookers.  (who remembers those?!?) When I first started doing parties and classes, one of the first requests was a scrapbook page party.  Below is one of the very first pages I designed on my own and have it displayed in my room:

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It still makes me smile looking at it because I remember how proud I was when I was done.  :)  Do you know that feeling?  I hope so!

Again, thank you - I cannot continue to do this without your support and hope you enjoy the free Gems too!

Until next time!

Deseree