Paper Crafting Projects

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

 


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:

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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:

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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:

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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:

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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 


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!

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Would you like to see the cards?  Here they are:

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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:

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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 

 


It's not too late to think about a great gift to give!

Hello my friends!  How is October treating you?  I have to say, the weather in MN has been unseasonably warm so there are no complaints here!  

So I have some exciting news to share with you all, did you have fun on National Cardmaking Day?  I was crafting with a friend making paper flowers and let me tell you, we had so much fun crafting, laughing and telling stories!  I am a firm believer that time with a dear friend is the best therapy EVER!!! So back to the exciting news....First, you have one more day to get some amazing sale items from Stampin Up!, have you seen them?  Let me share:

 

What excites me the most about these specials has to be the Designer Tin of Cards!  Have you ever had that friend or family member that you want to give a gift to, but they have EVERYTHING?!?!?  Well they don't have handmade cards made by you!  Yes, this makes the best gift ever!! This fun printed tin gives you plenty of room to store the cards that you make from this kit, plus room for more. Kit includes tin and enough card bases, accents, and envelopes for 16 cards, 4 each of 4 designs. How cool is that?  The only thing you need is a little bit of ink and a stamp set of choice.  Easy, peasy!  I also love the Envelope punch board - did you know you can make 60 different sized envelopes?!?!?  Awesome!!  These special prices are valid thru October 5th so get them while you can!

Second - how about some FREE Designer Series Paper?  Yes, I said FREE!!  Check out this special:

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Have you seen the drop dead gorgeous Designer Series Paper that Stampin Up! offers?  Let's take a look at the packages you can choose from:

 

Now it is REALLY hard to pick a favorite, right? I am still loving Floral Boutique and By the Shore.  I think both offer versatile that is second to none!  I also have a great gift giving project that features some of these beautiful papers:

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I had so much fun making these - what do you think?  I cannot wait to see what you can come up with using our beautiful Designer Series Paper!  This special is available thru October 31st so get your favorites at a great price!  Until next time!

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My room is almost clean so it's time to play!

Well the Lord must have known I needed to be indoors today but very thankful for the rain we are getting in Minnesota!  The grass is a beautiful shade of green already and trees are coming back to life! 

Today I want to share the Paper Pumpkin kit for April.  Now I will be honest...when I saw this I was skeptical but after I got it all together, I was pleasantly surprise!  Take a look!

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What do you think?  I was very happy when I finished and was shocked with how much extras we got with this kit.  What to do, what to do.....I know, make a card!  Here is what I came up with:

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I think it turned out pretty cute and hope you agree!  Now for the fun part, how about your very own Paper Pumpkin kit?!?!  I would love to make that reality come true for you and have one small question to complete this challenge.  What color(s) do you think about when it rains?  Do you think of rainbows or only see grey?  I would love to hear it!  Those that respond to me in any way, shape or form by April 29th, will be entered to win their very own Paper Pumpkin kit featured below:

 

Can't wait to hear from you and now back to creating!  Thanks for stopping by!

 


Now isn't he cute!

So this little cutie was so popular this past weekend at a vendor show I attended, I thought I would teach you how to make him! 

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The body is the easiest part utilizing the Fry Box die from Stampin Up!  When you cut the box, there are easy score lines to guide you thru the assembly.  The rest of your supplies are featured below:

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So when I first saw this box on Pinterest, Santa's hair was made with the wreath framelit that shamefully I do not have.  Again, what to do, what to do.....  I wonder if a flower would work?  Well as you see above, I cut one out but it really looked like a flower and not hair.  To change the look, I simply used the same die, just turned it ever so slight and cut again as you see below:

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Once this was done, he started coming alive!  The rest of his face was a series of circle punches, an oval and of course a mustache.  On his nose and his face, I applied some Cherry Cobbler so he looked nice and rosy!  and I think the most important part was to use dimensional dots!  I used them on his mustache as well as his nose.  Here is a side view:

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After I had him all assembled, I used a chalk pen to make his eyes come to life and some glitter to his mustache to give a little sparkle.  Here is what that looked like:

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And there you have it - a cute and easy gift!  To complete the project, I found chocolate kisses that were wrapped in red and white and the flag on them says "ho, ho, ho" which just added more cuteness!  I hope you are inspired by this project and I will be making some for customers that just needed more from last weekend which I am more than happy to assist with.  :) 

Rumor has it that I have a nice sized package in my stampin room with goodies from the new catalog starting January 5th!  Stay tuned as you just might see what was in that box this weekend.....  Happy stampin!!

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Check out this great use of the Mini Treat Bag!

Hello friends - Sorry it's been awhile!  In this issue, I would like to share a great idea for our popular Mini Treat Bag Framelit: 

 

I have made many of the regular sized bags and absolutely love the idea of a smaller version too!  Talk about multi functional!  And the extra images you get with this set, well you can't go wrong.  (see below for all framelits that come with this)  Here are some ideas that I have  made with the new cotton paper - have you seen this paper?!?!  It makes the most beautiful flowers!

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Thanks for stopping by today and hope you are falling in love with this treat bag framelit too!  Contact me today to get yours in time for the holidays - Have a great day! 

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How about a little treat to brighten your day?

Gosh, I have to apologize - it's been awhile!  I do have a treat for any of you who would like to participate.  I would like to know, what is your most favorite holiday to send a card for?  I will start and say my favorite is no holiday at all, it's a 'just because' card.  I wish I could see faces of those that are surprised with a little hello in the mail.  Have you ever gotten one of these?  So I want to hear from you - what is your favorite?  To sweeten the deal, I have an extra Paper Pumpkin kit from this month, did you see it?  Oh so cute and I actually took it with me on vacation and stamped in the most beautiful location....

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My In-Laws kitchen table in the Black Hills of South Dakota!  The picture does not do it justice - I never claimed to be a photographer.  LOL  We adore our visits to the Hills!  Oh, back to the FREEBIE!  Here is a better look at the kit:

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I had fun with the kit and left some with my Mother-In-Law to enjoy and surprise others with a little goodie when they least expect it! 

Now for you, let's hear it!  Please comment below, or on Facebook, email - just tell me!  I will draw from all the names this Saturday for your very own Paper Pumpkin kit.  Thanks for stopping by!