Stamping Videos

Boxes Based on Beverage

Oh my goodness...who doesn't love a great box for adult beverages?!?!  Yep, it's getting cold in the Midwest and it's times for hot chocolate with a kick.  Below are some ideas I like to call BBOB (Boxes Based on Beverage or if you are sassy Boxes Based on Booze)  I had fun creating some great combinations that I would love to share with you so let's get to it.  If you would like to watch my Facebook Live where I assemble the box and talk about the process, you can find that here.

Here is a basic photo of how the box and lid will look, you will just change the measurements based on what box you want to make:


50 ml square bottle with a bag of mixed nuts - The treat bag is a standard pretzel stick bag filled to 4 in’ with mixed nuts (Finished box size is 3 ¼” x 4 ¼” x 1 ¼” tall)


  • For the bottom box – cardstock cut at 5 ¾” x 6 ¾” - score all sides at 1 ¼”
  • For the lid – cardstock cut at 4 13/16” x 5 13/16” – score all sides at ¾”
  • 1 ¼” x 6 ½” - coordinating cardstock to stabilize the inside. Score at 2” and 6 ¼”
    • This will be placed and adhered to the inside of the box to create a section in the middle and create more stability for your box – watch the video for placement if needed

Cocoa Bombs from Costco with booze 😊 – These cocoa bombs are approximately 2 1/8” tall and the ‘booze’ side will just about any size of single serving hard liquor like Rumchata, Bailey’s, Fireball, 50 ml bottle etc. (Finished box size is 4” x 5” x 2 ¼” tall)

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  • For the bottom box – cardstock cut at 8 ½” x 9 ½” - score all sides at 2 ¼”
  • For the lid – cardstock cut at 7 1/16” x 8 1/16” – score all sides at 1 ½”
  • For this one, I recommend 2 pieces for the inside of the bottom box for stability
    • Cardstock cut at 5 x 8 ½” and score at 2 ¼”, 4 ½”, 6 ¾”. You will form a ‘W’ with this piece and glue the middle of the W together to form the middle divider section of the box.


  • Once together, it will now look like a ‘T’ that you will push down in the bottom of the box with the middle divider up. (Watch the video for placement)
  • Cardstock cut at 2 ¼” x 10 ½” and score at ½”, 2 ¾”, 7 ¾”, 10”. This will provide another layer on the inside edges of the box for the cocoa bomb side. I like to use glue for this piece so there is forgiveness where it is placed before it sticks for good.


  • I recommend a piece of cardstock that will help hold the cocoa bombs in place. For this piece, you will need a piece of cardstock cut at 2 ¼” x 7 – score at ½”, 3”, 3 ½”, 4”, 6 ½”. You will fold it like this:

 Glue the middle ‘V’ together that will form a stabilizing middle leg.

    • Next, fold the ½” score line on each of the other sides down in the same direction as your middle leg.
    • With a 1 ¾” circle punch or die, cut a circle in the middle of each of the large square sections.
    • With the feet side down, place in the bottom of the larger side of the box for the cocoa bombs to rest on.


Sutter Home 187 ml wine bottle and chocolates – (Finished box size is 4 ½” x 6 ¼” x 2 ¼” tall)


  • For bottom box – cardstock cut at 9” x 10 ¾” – score all sides at 2 ¼”
  • For the lid – cardstock cut at 7 9/16” x 9 5/16” – score all sides at 1 ½”
  • For this one, I recommend 2 pieces for the inside of the bottom box for stability
    • Cardstock cut at 6 ¼” x 9” and score at 2 ¼”, 4 ½”, 6 ¾”. You will form a ‘W’ with this piece and glue the middle of the W together to form the middle divider section of the box. Once together, it will now look like a ‘T’ that you will push down in the bottom of the box with the middle divider up. (Watch the video for placement)
    • Cardstock cut at 2 ¼” x 11 ¾" and score at ½”, 2 ¾”, 9" , 11 ¼”. This will provide another layer on the inside edges of the box for the chocolate side. I like to use glue for this piece so there is forgiveness where it is placed before it sticks for good.

For chocolate divider:

  • 2 pieces of cardstock cut at 2 ¼” x 4 ½” and score each at ¾” and 3 ¾”
  • Fold each of the ends down, then glue both pieces together just at one of the ¾” end to end.


  • 1 piece of cardstock cut at 2 ¼” x 11.
    • Score at: 1 ¼”, 2 ¼”, 3 ¼”, 4 ½”, 5 ½”, 6 ½”, 7 ¾”, 8 ¾”, 9 ¾”
  • Fold and glue as shown below (Glue each ‘V’ together):


If you would like to watch a video for construction, you can find that here:

Enjoy and please let me know if you have any questions.

Happy crafting!


A different world we live in

Hello my friends!  So sorry I have been absent from my blog, but I have been lighting up Facebook!  Please come find me @desereesdoodles if you are a Facebook user.  

With everything that is happening in the world today, I thought it was time to break my silence and just share some thoughts.  First and foremost, I hope that you are safe and with loved ones.  I hope you have your health and a roof over your head.  I hope you have food on the table and love in your heart.  If you have all of those, be thankful because that is something.  We are in uncharted waters here, every day is a new challenge and I don't know about you, but that is so hard to get use to.  Uncertainty is never fun or easy, but I trust in the Lord that he has this, there is a reason for it and I leave it to Him.  What is in my control is how I can do my part to make this better for those that can't.  

One of the hardest part of this virus is the affect it has on our seniors that should be graduating this year. #classof2020strong  Can you imagine having the last 4 months of that first right of passage being taken away?  No do overs, it's just not going to happen.  I cannot get my head around that one.  The worst part?  All they can do is sit and think about it - everything they are missing.  So, what can I do to help?  I came up with an idea to create a journal book for 3 special senior ladies that need some extra love.  This book will allow them to journal the good, and hopefully get their minds off the bad AND they DO have a wonderful future to look forward to.  Here is how the book looks:






The measurement of the covers are 5 inch x 5 inch which was made from recycled cardboard that we get behind our beautiful DSP (Designers Series Paper) from Stampin Up!, and a piece of 6 inch x 6 inch piece of DSP in your school's colors.  I was surprised how well our Stampin Up! colors fit what I needed!  If you want to see how I covered these, please watch my Facebook video too see how this is done:

I used Thick Whisper White card stock (item 140272) cut at 4 1/2 inches x 4 1/2 inches for each page of the book. I have also included a link to the cards I made for the inside of the book.  The cards vary in size, but all fit on each page, promise.  Here is a link to download those cards:

Download Journal book cards

I am hoping these beautiful ladies have fun with this exercise of journaling their thought, and look back and see the good that did happen when they were seniors.  I am hoping for a little smile too.  

I hope I have inspired you to create a memory journal of your own.  This would be great for a wedding gift, a special landmark birthday, the birth of a baby - just about anything!  So many possibilities to keep us active during our time of social distancing to protect those around us.  Stay safe my friends - this too, shall pass.  Any questions, please ask.

Have a great day!


You know you want these markers!

Hello my friends - let's talk color!

A few months ago, we were introduced to an amazing new product called Blends.  These are alcohol base markers and let me tell you, these will change the way you color!


If you were around a couple of years ago, you will remember we had markers like these before, but I am here to say, SU listened and improved the quality beyond my expectations!  I find that I can't put them down, when I start playing!  Here are some projects I have created with them:




 They are so easy to use and so easy to "blend".  (clever name right?!?!)  What I love most is how you can create such texture to your coloring with little effort.  I would recommend purchasing them in a color set. (you will receive a dark and a light shade, in the color of your choice)  Here is a link to the catalog with all the information you need to get going with our new Blends.  I would recommend using our beautiful Memento Ink pad in Tuxedo Black to stamp your image, then you can start to color any way you like.  I like to start with the darker color first, then I blend the lighter color right over the top to be sure to even out any harsh lines in my coloring.  My preferred cardstock is the Shimmery White so I get a little added sparkle for good measure. 

Stampin Up has created some great how to videos to get us going in the right direction.  Here are those links:

I cannot say enough about these markers!  If you have any questions, or would like to give them a try, ask me today!  We have been using these in my monthly card class and have so much fun!  And I have to ask, who doesn't want to feel like a true artist?  :)  Until next time!



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:

  At home with you

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!



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:


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.  


  • 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


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:


Step 3

Next is folding on all the lines.  I like to fold them in to start forming the box like so:


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:

 Missing box

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:



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!


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:


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:

Trees with fall

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!!



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


Here is a video to show you just how to make your own.  And a challenge to 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!



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:


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!




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!


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:



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:


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 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.)