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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

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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

 


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

 


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  

 


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:

Thinlits

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

 


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!

Final wreath

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!

 


Here comes Peter Cottontail....

Hello my friends!  Well I am busy getting ready for class this weekend and could not wait to share this idea with you!  Those coming to class will have the opportunity to make one of these:

Bunny

Isn't this the cutiest bunny ever?!?!  I saw this idea on Pinterest but changed it up a bit because it needed some sparklies!  I had been eyeing this for awhile and thought what is the best way to celebrate the last month of  Saleabration than with a holiday treat?!?!  Have you seen this basket in action?  If not, check out this video on Berry Basket Bigz Big Shot Die:

 

I have used the basket for so many holidays...I lost count.  There is also something else special about this basket...take another look:

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See that candy?  Well I am not a big candy fan but these Reese eggs....they are my weakness!!!!  Not peanut butter cups - just these eggs.  (I think it is because they have WAY MORE peanut butter goodness!!)  I am thankful they are only around this time of year or I would have serious problems.  This leads me to a question....what is your favorite holiday candy?  Jelly Beans?  Chocolate bunnies?  Peeps?  Oh the sugar....LOL!!!  I want to hear them and those that share their favorites...well I am giving away a FREE Paper Pumpkin kit from February!!  Did you see this kit?  Oh it was adorable!!  I will give you till March 7th to respond then I am drawing a winner....will it be you?  Gotta go....those peanut butter eggs are calling me!!! 

Have a wonderful day!

Siggycompressed 

 


Try and contain this!

I will never get tired of receiving home crafted goodies from my stampin friends!  (Yes, I save them all and display them in my room!)  This weekend, I received the cutest lantern from my good friend Tina - just look at this!

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Isn't this adorable!  It was the perfect size to put in one of my favorite chapsticks!  (Eos Lip balm)  Anyone that knows Tina knows she hand cut all the little windows on the side too!  The Curvy Keepsake box has been around for awhile and she has constructed some great ones!  here are a few:

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That cat just makes me smile each time I see it!  If you are not familiar with the Curvy Keepsake Box (#135853), here is a short video showing you the components and how it goes together which is REALLY easy!

   

Would you like to see what made me fall in love with this versatile box?  Well here is the first project I ever made with it:

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These turkeys were so easy to make - I don't think I will ever get tired of new ways to use this box!  So how about you?  What kind of boxes would you like to see?  Do you have any special occasions coming up that you would like to do a little creating for?  I will be sharing an easy Easter gift idea this weekend so stay tuned!  Thanks for stopping by and if you see Tina - let her know you saw some of her handy work!  Have a wonderful day!


10 years went by really fast!

Hello my stampin friends!  I have some new ideas to share as well as some exciting news for you all!  First, I wanted to share an exciting landmark for me...I am celebrating my 10 year anniversary with Stampin Up! this month!  Yes, 10 years and it seems like yesterday that I took the plunge just to get that discount.  :) And here is the exciting news for you - I want to reward those that make it so easy to share what I love!  All orders placed outside of class, the month of February, will receive 10% of their order total (before shipping/tax) back in a rebate coupon to be used on a future order!  I do ask if you are placing your order on line, use hostess code 6FGPK2AQ so I can track the orders easily.  All orders over $50 will already receive your choice of a FREE Saleabration item but you will also receive 3 handmade cards from yours truly - how exciting is that?!?!?  Let me know if you have any questions on this - happy shopping!

And what better way to celebrate but with some new and easy card ideas for your creating pleasure!  The following card has to be one of my favorites that I have designed lately because of the simplicity and elegance.  

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I LOVE the wood Expression Natural Elements!  These are from our annual catalog and I never get bored with using them!  For this card, I used a baby wipe and tapped my Tip Top Taupe ink pad(say that fast 3 times) then swiped it right on to the wood element.  The background is made with the highly versatile set Timeless Textures (140514 $28.00 US)  Can you believe one stamp  set is all you need?!?!  This card was popular at class this weekend...

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I also have a card that was so easy but oh so cute!  This card was made with the Wildflower Fields Designer Series Paper(141022) that you can earn for FREE with a $50 purchase of your 'gotta have' Stampin Up supplies!  The 'Hello' card is also featuring the stamp set Hello (141240) that you could also pick for free but hurry, this set is only available till February 15th.  I think it turned out pretty cute!

Sale a bration card

I hope you feel inspired to create something special today.  I may be in room later but those who know me, know I will be watching my beloved Broncos in the Super Bowl today.  I thought I would share just how I am feeling:

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Have a great day my friend!

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Hip Hip Hooray for Friday!!

Hello friends...we made it! Sometimes Fridays are such a joy that I can barely contain myself!  LOL  In honor of Friday, I will share a new idea. 

Its your day

 From the outside, we have your standard, clean looking card.  Nothing special but still a great card.  Now if you open the card.....

 

Hip Hip Hooray

This one practically jumps right out at you!  This was made with the new Party Pop-Up Thinlits Die set!  You use the die once thru the Big Shot and this is what you get! Cool right?  Here is another card with the same image as well as a look at the second die in the set:

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Just when you thought you had everything needed to create some amazing cards - leave it to Stampin Up! to completely reset the standard of card making!  This card will be featured at class this weekend as well as next month.  Don't forget, coming to class is a great way to try new products, meet new friends and make cards of course!  Until next time! 

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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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