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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Third sets

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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Second paper

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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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

 


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


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!

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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.

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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:

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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

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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:

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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:

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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