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

 


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:

Gold

Clear

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


It's Christmas in July!!

Hello My Stampin Friends!! 

July has some great deals that I would like to share with you so let's get to it!

Bonus days

Has your wish list grown since the new catalog came out? Then treat yourself to Bonus Days: for every $50 US you spend July 1–31 (before shipping and tax), you’ll get a $5 US/$6 CAN Bonus Days coupon that you can use August 1–31. There is no limit to how many coupons you can earn, so shop all month!  How cool is that?!?  :)

So this month, SU has an AMAZING offer for those that would love to be a demonstrator!
Our starter kit allows you to pick ANY current products you would like up to $125 worth! But wait, there is more. You will also get your hands on a brand new Christmas stamp set that I don't even have yet for FREE! (and it's cute!!) But wait, still more.... you will also get ALL the products listed below for FREE! Yes, no lie!

Free

To get started - you will pay $99 plus tax for your kit, there is no shipping so still saving money on that beautiful new catalog!   I don't know about you, but my wish list was out of control and the discount I receive makes it so much easier to have the supplies I REALLY want. 

Now for the best part, you get to be part of MY team! I love my team and would love to add 3 new members this month and hope one is you! We have regular team meetings which are so much fun where I provide treats, a project and we do card swaps! We have a private Facebook group that you will have unlimited access to and boy do we share! I recently asked my team why they signed up and why they stay....well, the photo of my exploding heart below should tell you why I love my team.

Why I signed up FAVORITE

There is no commitment except a smile and an amazing box of stamping supplies! What do you have to lose?!? Here is a link to start the fun but please ask if you have ANY questions!  http://www.stampinup.net/esuite/home/desereekrumm/jointhefun

Until next time!

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

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:

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

 


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:

Candy box

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?

Excited

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