Stamping Videos

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

 


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 


It's time to reflect...

So I have seen these types of cards for years and always wonder..."how did they do that?".  Well I finally found a great video demonstrating the "Reflection Technique" to get started, but learned some helpful hints along the way so here is what I made:

Lovely trees

This was so easy and love that I can use my favorite stamp set, Lovely as a Tree!  This look can be easily attained with your favorite stamp set, a window sheet, a little bit of ink and a sponge or two.  Would you like to know how?  Here we go!

 

What do you think?  Easy? I had so much fun learning this technique that I had a meeting with my team the Krumm Cakes, and look how they did with this technique:

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I was so proud of the work they did, can you tell that one of the cards above was one of my team members FIRST CARD FROM START TO FINISH all by herself?!?!?  Yes - no lie and so beautiful!  (Can you tell I am very proud of my team?!?!?)  Here is another view of some samples I created because I just had to try a Fall version:

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I hope you love the video and samples - I had fun making them!  If you sit down and take a chance on this fun technique, please send me what you came up with - I love seeing people creating!  If you have any questions along the way, please ask, I love to help! 

Until next time - have fun stampin!!

Deseree

 


How about a new bow technique?!?

Hello my friends!  I thought I would share a technique I learn from my very good friend Brenda Boeve.  Take a look at this bow:

Flower card

Isn't it cute?!?  I love how easy this is to make but such a statement piece!  Here is a few more looks at this cutie on different cards:

Blue cards

Dandalion

Here is a video to show you just how to make your own.  And a challenge to you...in the video, what do you think my favorite color of Bakers Twine is?  Those who guess correctly will go into a drawing for your very own Paper Pumpkin kit!  Take a look:

 

I hope you love this and can't wait to see what YOU come up with.  Happy crafting!

Deseree

 


How about a little hair gel?

Hello my stampin friends!  Last week I brought back an old technique that some of you may have heard of and some of you, well, this could get a little crazy!  LOL  Here is the card:

Fishes

It may be hard to tell from the picture but the circle is a baggie filled with hair gel!  (YES - HAIR GEL!!!)  This card is so fun to make and thought I would try my hand at a short video so you can create one too!  Here it is:

 

I hope you enjoyed the video and if you have any questions, just let me know!  Have a great rest of your day!

Deseree

 

 


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!


It's here, It's here!! See the new Handmade for the Holidays catalog!

Well its finally here!  Please check out the new Handmade for the Holidays catalog that just went live TODAY!  It is getting rave reviews and I am so excited to share it with you!  On my blog, you will have a link to the right that will take you directly to it.  I wanted to take a few minutes and share a video of one of my favorite products that was introduced  - a fine tip glue bottle!!  I know, small things are so exciting!!  This glue bottle is not like any other you have seen because there is a needle in the cap that will keep the glue flowing till the cows come home!  Check it out below: I have been working on some of the projects featured in the book as well as some others so stay tuned...you won't want to miss a minute!  Happy shopping and don't wait, Halloween is just around the corner!!  (The shopping button is just a click away to the right.)