Thursday, June 30, 2016

Last Day for Patriotic Wreath Class!

Today is the last time I will be offering the Patriotic Wreath class.  It starts at 12:30 and should be completed by 2 pm.  All supplies are cut and ready for you to assemble.  Learn tips and tricks on making your own wreaths!

Today's share are some anniversary cards I made yesterday. No one came to class, so I inventoried my cards and found I was out of Anniversary Cards!

I tried to select some new colors as well as "typical" wedding colors for these cards.  I also varied the layering on them. They really turned out cute! I used current cardstock colors, Wisteria Wonder in front, Dapper Denim, Flirty Flamingo, Emerald Envy and Real Red.  Some have double layering, others just the embossed hearts.  I left these blank inside for easily writing a personalized message.

If you have a special anniversary coming up and need a card, let me know your wedding colors and we can make it extra special.  My special orders are usually completed within 2 days.  

Happy Crafting,


Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Patriotic Wreath Class

Today, I'm at the store cutting supplies for the Patriotic Wreath class tomorrow starting at 12:30.  Depending how fast you work, you can be completed within 2 hours or less. This wreath does go together pretty fast and you will learn some money saving tips as well!

Today, I'm also going to work on some pinwheels.  I need to find the right straws; I'm looking for patriotic red!  Here are a couple I made yesterday after working on some new name tags for our cashiers.

I used 6 X 6 double sided Designer Series Papers from Stampin' Up!  To provide a spacer so the pinwheels turn, I cut a coffee stirrer to about 1/8" and put that between the pinwheel and the straw I used as a handle.  

I hope I can make more today, and will hold some back to demonstrate when people come to see today!  

If you are following me on Twitter or Instagram, I'll be posting there as well but don't spoil it for others--I always tell people to come see what I'm working on.  You  already know!

Happy Crafting,


Monday, June 27, 2016

Vacation's Over!

We had a great time in Florida, visiting with family and friends. Can you believe I went a whole week with no crafting?

Today I will be working at my store in the Branson Mill Craft Village. I hope you will stop by and see me soon.

I'll be preparing supplies for Wednesday's Patriotic Wreath Class, starting at 12:30. I'm running this class on Thursday as well. Let me know what you would like to craft so I can get a class on my schedule. Here is an updated list of my classes:
  • June 29th, or 30th -- 12:30 Patriotic Wreath Class 
  • July 7th, 12:30, and 3:30 Starburst Class 
  • July 9th -- 12:30 and 3:30 pm Watercolor Technique Class 
  • July 13th -- 12:30 and 3:30 pm Starburst Class 
  • July 16th - 12:30 - 3:30 pm Four Item Gift 
  • July 20th - 12:30 and 3:30 Watercolor Class Technique Class 
  • July 23rd - 12:30 - 3:30 Four Item Gift Class 
  • July 27th - 12:30 - 3:30 Paper Towel Roll Scrapbooking Class 
  • July 30th - 12:30 and 3:30 - Starburst Class
Happy Crafting,


Saturday, June 25, 2016

New Design of 3 X 5 Notepads

So you probably know by now that I'm not at the store this week.  I'll be back on Monday, but to tide you over, here are some 3 X 5 notepads I made to look more masculine.  I figure the guys take notes too, right?  

And how cute is the whale?  I love this paper and since it is now retired, I get to make a variety of cards, and crafts using it to sell to my customers. 

Here is another picture of the Note Pads using the same Designer Series papers:

I think these are cute with the nautical look as well as the patriotic look.  I hope you enjoy today's share!

Happy Crafting,


Friday, June 24, 2016

Critter Boxes

I sold these critter boxes so had to make up some more.  Remember, if you see a critter box that you like but want to make yourself, I do make up kits to sell as well.  I have some different kits available now both on line and at the store!  

Check out the turtle's tail!  Isn't it cute?  I used a retired punch to create the head, legs, and tail.  The body is embossed with the Hexagon embossing folder!

If I don't have instructions already done, it takes me two days to get them done, so let me know what one you would like to have!

Happy Crafting,


Thursday, June 23, 2016

Critter Kits Now Available!

I now have a few of the Critter Kits available for purchase!

What comes with your kit?  All the pieces to make your critter, including printed instructions through email.  I've taken detailed photos so you can easily put your critter together.

Don't see the critter kit you want?  Be sure to let me know as I only have four tutorials done!  I can move your favorite to the top and get the instructions written for you.

These are the kits I currently have available:

Penguin - $3.50

Minion - $3.50

Owl - $3.50

Frog - $3.50

I will take pictures of each critter as I make them.  Keep in mind that the picture you see on the website and what is in your kit may be different.  Also, the kit instructions may be different as well.  For instance, I've made several different owls so the pictures in the tutorial aren't the blue owl, but the brown owl.  Also, the chest plate may be different as well.

Be sure to let me know which Critter kit you would like to purchase!  All you will need is some strong glue (Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue), scissors, and a toothpick!

A toothpick?  Really??  Yes, I find this is the easiest way to pick up the smaller pieces and place them on the faces!  You will see in the pictures!

Happy Crafting,


Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Four Item Gift Class - Becky

Becky is a customer who is visiting Branson, Mo.  She loved the items in my store, Desiree's Craftroom, and selected four different items that she wants to make.  Here are some pictures from the class.

Working on Corner Bookmark

Cross Hershey Bar Wrap

All Four Finished Projects

If you would like to schedule your four-item gift class, just let me know.  This class takes about 2-1/2 hours to 3 hours, depending on the projects.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Another Blush Blossom Shadow Box

Because I sent my sister's shadow box in the mail, I had to make another one for the Mill.  Here's the one I made:

I used the same Blush Blossom cardstock and stamped the flourishes from the retired stamp set, Priceless.  I added some heart designer series paper to the background on this one.  

I added the butterflies (double mounted) and added antennae using the bow from the Mini Treat Bag thinlits.

This shadow box is very similar to Marilyn's and I am obsessed with making these.  If you have a special color you would like one made from, just drop me a line and let me know!

Happy Crafting,


Monday, June 20, 2016

Cross Shadow Box

Here is another shadow box I made, using retired designer series paper, Something Borrowed. 

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE how this one came out.  

I used the same cardstock for the outline of the box as I did on the crosses.  I wanted the big cross to stand out so I popped it up using the new strips of dimensionals and added pearls.  For the two smaller crosses, I glued those to the background and added jewels to them.  I also used the petite petal punch for the larger flowers and the retired itty bitty punch set for the smaller flowers.  

Happy Crafting,


Saturday, June 18, 2016

Cucumber Crush Shadow Box

I had so much fun making these, that I have to share the variety that I made.  Today's share is using the retired designer series paper, Shine On.  I love how the green pops the frame with the silver polka dots in the center.  

I die cut the butterflies from the scraps of the shadow box.  I used the new Affectionately Yours Specialty Designer Series Paper pack to die cut the flowers for this box.  I also used the same Botanical Builder framelits.  

Be sure to let me know if you have any questions!

Happy Crafting,


Friday, June 17, 2016

Class Date Changes

I've made one change to our dates for classes. It was brought to my attention that I didn't schedule a Watercolor class on Wednesday so I made a switch!

Here are the two date changes:

* Saturday - July 16th - 12:30 - 3:30 - Four Item Gift Class

* Wednesday - July 20th - 12:30 - 3:30 - Watercolor Class

Hope you can join us for one of the Watercolor classes or the Four Item Gift Classes.  Remember, you will get to choose which four gifts you want to make.  Check out your choices here.

Happy Crafting,


Marilyn's Birthday Card

Today I'm back to share with you my sister's Screen Card.  I love making these and they really aren't that difficult.  I used the same Blush Blossom cardstock as the base that I used on the shadow box.

I used the Confetti Hearts Boarder punch for the top of the card and the Decorative Label punch for the bottom of the card.  I then used up some retired designer series papers for each of the four panels. Again, I brought in the Botanical Builder Framelits and Rose Garden Thinlits to decorate each panel.  I stamped the words on Very Vanilla cardstock and die cut the Birthday Wishes using the retired Circle Card Framelits.  I punched the butterfly out of Blush Blossom cardstock, using the Elegant Butterfly Punch for the front one.  I used the Itty Bitty Butterfly Punch for the back panel.

Here are a couple of more close up photos:


Back Panel
Happy Crafting,


Thursday, June 16, 2016

New Catalog Launch Class

Today, from 12:30 - 5:30, I'm hosting the new Catalog Launch Class at the Branson Mill Craft Village.  Remember to bring plenty of 4 X 5-1/4 cardstock if you want to try out the new and/or current embossing folders and framelit/thinlets!

Judy came out for yesterday's class and spent the afternoon learning to use the Big Shot by embossing and die cutting images to make a variety of cards when she has time!  

I don't have another class scheduled, so you will need to contact me if you missed out on these two dates to come out and try our new stuff!

Happy Crafting,


Shadow Box

I was trying to think of something special for my sister, Marilyn's Birthday.  She and I share my passion of stamping and paper crafting.  Yes, we even Skype together and craft!

Well, when I finished her projects, everyone at the Mill really liked the finished product -- so much, they wanted to put it up front for sale!  I told them they would have to wait because I had to get this in the mail!

Well, Marilyn has received her box of surprises, and loves both!

Here is the shadow box I created for her after viewing a few videos on Youtube.  I decided to use JanB's video as a guide and came up with this.  

I used the retired cardstock, Blush Blossom, and stamped some flourishes from the retired Priceless stamp set.  I then die cut her favorite, butterflies, from whisper white cardstock and popped it up using the new strips of dimensionals from Stampin' Up!  I LOVE this new product.  You will see me using this alot!!

I then die cut some flowers using the Botanical Builders Framelits and the leaves are from the Rose Garden Thinlits.  

Look for Marilyn's card tomorrow!

Happy Crafting,


Wednesday, June 15, 2016

One last Father's Day Card

I found some more colors that coordinated with my retired In-Color envelope paper so decided to make some bright Father's Day cards.

I used the Guy Greetings stamp set to stamp the car in Tip Top Taupe onto whisper white cardstock.  I used the Cucumber Crush cardstock and layered the envelope paper on the front to simulate lines on the road.  I then stamped the sentiment on white cardstock, using Cucumber Crush Ink.

I really like how these cards turned out.  I hope you do too!

Happy Crafting,


Tuesday, June 14, 2016

New Catalog Launch Class

I am hosting the New Catalog Launch Class, for $19.95, where you bring your own cardstock (4 X 5-1/4) and use all my current dies and embossing folders.  You will also get to check out the new In-Colors and see the cards I made with the in-colors.

Everything you die cut and/or emboss you get to take home and make into cards or just keep until you need them.  This is your chance to check things out before you buy them.  I will have some of the new Designer Series Papers on hand as well.  

Be sure to stop in and play between 12:30 and 5:30 pm on Wednesday, June 15th, or Thursday, June 16th, to take advantage of this wonderful preview!

Until then, 

Happy Crafting,


Monday, June 13, 2016

Another Father's Day Card

Here is another Father's Day card I made using up some of the old card kits.  Don't worry, I still have some kits for you to come in and make!  

This card is made using the two stamp sets, Work of Art, and Wetlands.  Both sets are still available in the new catalog. The Father's Day stamp is from another Paper Pumpkin kit.  

I stamped off so the Bermuda Bay ink wouldn't be so dark.  I then stamped with Tip Top Taupe. I stamped the birds in Momento Black ink as well as the Happy Father's Day.  To add some color, I mounted the sentiment on to a piece of retired designer series paper scrap that coordinated with the colors I chose.

Happy Crafting,


Saturday, June 11, 2016

Father's Day

Well, Father's day is just a little over a week away and I wanted to get these posted to stir up your creative juices in making your own special Father's Day card.

Yes, I did use up some kits that I had on hand -- remember the By the Tide Happy Birthday cards?  Well here is what I did with the other three sets that were left over.  

What do you think?  Will they be a hit?  I love how the word bubble looks like the fish is talking!

Happy Crafting,


Friday, June 10, 2016

Single Tea Bag Holders

When I first created these, I thought of my 93-year old grandmother, Nana.  She loved her tea and I love my Green Tea with Pomegranate.  I made a few of these last year and so I decided to make some more this year.  I had a special order on Saturday last week, and I sold what I had made and quickly made up these five for the time that I'm not there.

These measure 10 X 3 and are scored at 3-1/2, 4, 4-1/2 and 8.  I then did the mountain/valley fold for the center piece.  I added my tea bag to the center inside using glue dots.  I then pulled out my favorite Paper Pumpkin stamp set, A Cup of Cheer, and stamped the tea cup, tea bag, and steam on the bottom flap.  Here is a picture of the inside of one of the ones I made last year.  

And here are the tea bag holders I made yesterday.

Be sure to let me know if you have any questions!

Happy Crafting,


Thursday, June 9, 2016

Pop Of Pink Designer Series Paper

Here is a card I came up with for my upcoming demonstrators card swap.  I won't be able to attend as I will be flying out to Orlando with my husband and granddaughter so she can meet the Mouse!  

I used the Softly Falling Embossing Folder to add some texture to the black panel.  

I used the leaves thinlet from the Rose Garden Thinlet set and I die cut from Old Olive and Pear Pizzazz cardstock.  I used the Botanical Builder Framelits to die cut the flower from the new Pop of Pink Designer Series Papers.  I popped the flower up on a dimensional and added three pearls to the center of each flower.  Using my scissors, I separated the flower pieces so it was more dimensional.  The sentiment is from the new set, Thoughtful Banners, and punched out with the coordinating punch.

You will have access to these new items when you attend one of my New Catalog Launch classes.  Try it before you buy it!  

Happy Crafting,


Wednesday, June 8, 2016

By The Tide Birthday Card

If you have a fisherman or woman in your family, you may want to make this card for their birthday! These were left over from another card class, so I made two into birthday cards.  I added the Happy Birthday phrase from the retired set, Perfect Pairings.  OOPS, I just checked and By the Tide is also retired.  If you are interested in getting this stamp set, let me know so I can check with my other stamping demonstrators to see if they are parting with their set.  

The sun is from the stamp set, Kinda Eclectic, which IS still available.  

For this card, I used the Thick Whisper White cardstock and stamped directly on the front.  I stamped the Happy Birthday sentiment in Bermuda Bay ink and flagged one end and popped up on dimensionals.  

I also fussy cut (hand cut) the fish out and popped it up as well.  I used some retired Designer Series Paper called Irresistibly Yours and sponged the water using Bermuda Bay ink.  

Happy Crafting,


Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Better Get Better!

Here is a card I created using some supplies left over from one of last year's card classes.  Click here to see the original post.  Since I was running low on Get Well cards, I changed the sentiment out for this.

The words are from the stamp set, A Dozen Thoughts, which is now retired.  

I now have these out at the Branson Mill Craft Village if you are in need of a cute get well card!

Happy Crafting,


Monday, June 6, 2016

Mark Your Calendars!

Many have asked about my classes and when am I having them.  I generally will have one whenever you are available. With that said, you can still schedule your own class, but these are the one's I'm scheduling for the months of June and July.

As noted on my Upcoming Events page, June is going to be a little hectic with my granddaughter, Bailey, coming on June 11th.  I won't be in that Saturday at all.  We then fly out on the 18th to go to Orlando, Florida, for her first visit to Disney World!  So my next day into the Mill will be on the 28th of June!

Here are the dates for classes:

  • June 15th, 16th -- 12:30-4:30 (Open times) New Catalog Launch Class
  • June 29th, 30th -- 12:30  Patriotic Wreath Class
  • July 7th, 12:30, and 2:30  Starburst Class
  • July 9th -- 12:30 and 3:30 pm  Watercolor Technique Class
  • July 13th -- 12:30 and 3:30 pm Starburst Class
  • July 16th - 12:30 and 3:30 pm Watercolor Technique Class
  • July 20th - 12:30-3:30  Four Item Gift Class
  • July 23rd - 12:30 - 3:30  Four Item Gift Class
  • July 27th - 12:30 - 3:30  Paper Towel Roll Scrapbooking Class
  • July 30th - 12:30 and 3:30 - Starburst Class

All of these classes are pretty flexible.

The classes are described on my Upcoming Events page with the cost for each class.  When you take any of my classes, I also try to have written instructions for those projects so I can email them to you after class!

If there is an event that you would like to take, but cannot fit your schedule, please email me so we can work a date out!

Happy Crafting,


Saturday, June 4, 2016

Page Updates

Have you recently checked out my different pages?  Here's what it looks like on the computer:

Each of these different "tabs" are pages where I update different items.  On phones, the page is a little different.  On my IPhone, I have to click on the Home bar and then below that I can scroll through the different "tabs."  I don't know how this works on an android phone, so if you have one, let me know!

I've added a variety of crafts to the Crafts for Sale page.  In the next few days, I'll be adding more stamp sets to the Stamp Sets for Sale page.  I also updated the Upcoming events page, so you will definitely want to check these out!

Happy Crafting, 


Friday, June 3, 2016

More Starbursts

Just wanted to share some different colored Starbursts I made while at the Branson Mill Craft Village demonstrating on Tuesday.  These are super easy and fun.  All you need are double sided paper, scissors, and stapler!  These are made from some retired Designer Series papers from Stampin' Up!  

Come to the Branson Mill and sign up for your Starburst Class today!  Class is $15.99 and all materials are provided. If you have your own crafting stapler (smaller in size), bring it as I only have two!

Happy Crafting,


Thursday, June 2, 2016

Cream and Black Starbursts

I was trying to get a collection of these made to post on my blog.  I'm posting pictures of three of them, but I only have two available for purchase.  The music note one has already sold.

All of these are made with the same Modern Medley Retired Designer Series Papers.

Let me know if you would like a class on making these Starbursts!  I love the large ones, and we can make the medium ones as well.  

Happy Crafting,


Wednesday, June 1, 2016

NEW 2016-2017 Stampin' Up! Catalog

Yay!  We can now order anything from the new catalog.  

How long is your wish list?  If it's over $99, you may want to consider signing up as a demonstrator!  No parties, no classes, no pressures.  When you sign up as a demonstrator, you get to customize your starter kit.  Select what you cannot live without--for $99, you will get to select up to $125 worth of Stampin' Up! product. But wait!! Stampin' Up! just released that we're having a recruiting special--You can choose an additional two stamp sets of your choice to add on!  Yes, that includes sets marked at $52, so that means you could get an additional $104 in product of YOUR choice!  

This special won't last long -- sign up today!   And you get FREE shipping on this order!

What happens next?  You sit anxiously waiting for your order to ship.  On the day it is to be delivered, you are watching for the UPS truck!  Then the fun begins!  You open all your goodies, make sure everything is in working order -- punches punch clean, ink pads didn't leak, cardstock isn't damaged. You're in crafting heaven!  Now you can create to your heart's content.

You will receive 20 percent off all product you order.

What's the requirements?  If you want to continue to receive Stampin' Up! product at 20% off, you will need to meet the $300 minimum per quarter quota.  Now, you can save all your ordering up for one big order, or you can put in little orders.  Or better yet, share your passion and get your friends to order on line from YOU!  

What happens if you don't meet your quarterly quota?  You will be put in pending, so you will still have time to place an order to get you back into the active mode.  If you don't order, you will be dropped as a demonstrator.  You will then have to purchase all your items through another demonstrator.  

I love to share what I do, so if you have any questions about signing up, let me know!  Here is a link to Join my team!

Happy Crafting,