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Tonya Dieterlen Independent Stampin'Up! Demonstrator

Be Mine stitched Framelit dies Mobil

Tonya Dieterlen

I posted over on FB the mobil, similar to the one I made with snowflakes in early November. I wanted to give you a few details on HOW to make this cute little decoration. This is just a guideline, you can really make it whatever you like for what ever occasion or season you need.

First I took some of our beautiful Stampin’ Up! foil paper in Champagne. It’s such a pretty color. If you need a neutral metallic, but don’t want the classic silver or gold, this is your color! It has just a tinge of pink to soften the metallic, to make it perfect for Valentine’s.


Farmhouse Christmas design #4

Tonya Dieterlen

This card takes on ALL the pattern. Be Bold or go home…someone use to tell me. This card is definitely a bold and not for the faint of heart. However, it’s pretty simple to make. Again, a lot of layering is going on to build movement and interest. I love the star pattern in this DSP (Designer Series Paper). With this card, I played with the coordinating washi tape, you might miss that it goes with the Festive Farmhouse DSP, because it’s a couple of pages beyond that suite on page 24 of the Holiday Catalog. Who doesn’t love washi and it’s ease of adding a little spark to our designs??


Farmhouse Christmas #3

Tonya Dieterlen

Today’s card is again built from the bottom up. You’ll see that I used the Scattered Sequins textured embossing folder to be my base. Then I had fun with the one swoopy (highly technical term!) thinlit in the set. And played with the patterns. I love mixing and combining patterns. I’m definitely a MORE person in the design department. I can’t help it, I just love motion! And with the greetings written in the paper, it just seems to sing “Have a Happy Holiday!”. The house thinlet reminds me of building a gingerbread house, without all the sugar….but it’s still sweet. You can stamp the little swoopy lights, and I stamped the house on DSP (Designer Series Paper) and fussy cut the roof. It was a little involved, but not hard. I finished the card with the adorable picket fence. It cuts so clean and crisp. Oh, on the house I used blends again to achieve a little flicker in the window and paint the shutters. Who wouldn’t want turquoise shutters and doors for Christmas?


Farmhouse Christmas Day 2

Tonya Dieterlen

A little layering is all that is needed to take this card to the next level. When you need to build some interest to your design, it’s a good idea to start at the base and build up. For example, I tucked the tree behind the circle and greeting, and topped off with the truck. It feels like it’s popping off the page to deliver your very own decorated Christmas Tree! Oh, and check out that teeny, tiny ribbon! I’m all heart-eyes about that little cutie!

I used our new Blends to color in the truck and tree. They are so much fun to use and blend marvelously.


PS. If you are wondering how in the heck you can pick up those tiny little embellishments, like the tiny bow, Check out the Take Your Pick tool. This handy little feller is great for picking up, scraping up, poking out and in general being super useful. A multi-tasker for sure. Get one of your very own by clicking the link below!

It's a Farmhouse Country Christmas!

Tonya Dieterlen

I don’t know about you, but I’ve completely embraced the 2018 Farmhouse Country vibe. I’ve always been a little bit country, but fought it for many years. As time goes on, I’ve gotten more confident in who I am and where I come from and just because I like it all, what I choose to live with is a little bit country! Think biscuits and gravy, ham and all the fixin’s! When Stampin’ Up! Came out with the Farmhouse Christmas set and framelits, I couldn’t resist! Oh, and how about the Buffalo Check background stamp??? Can you say standard staple for creating a unique and sweet background. Simple stamping has never been so easy.

I’ve got several samples that I will share over the next couple of days.

This sentiment gets me every time. My step-grandma always used to race my mom to see who could call on Christmas Eve and say, “Happy Christmas Eve!!”. A tradition I happen to love!

This sentiment gets me every time. My step-grandma always used to race my mom to see who could call on Christmas Eve and say, “Happy Christmas Eve!!”. A tradition I happen to love!

It's Election time! NO, not that one...this one is SUPER-FUN!

Holiday Decorations, Holiday 2018 CatalogTonya DieterlenComment

It's ELECTION time - no, not THOSE elections - this is a FUN one!! You know those plain white baker's boxes in the Holiday Catalog - well - here are some ideas that you can do with them (created by girls on our team!) Vote in the comments below for which is your favorite! And maybe order some yourself and see how CREATIVE you can be!

A. Apple Mini Basket  B. Light up Village  C. Bright Bulb Box

A. Apple Mini Basket

B. Light up Village

C. Bright Bulb Box

D. Starbucks Gift Card  E. Snowman Snowflake  F.Minnie’s Firework Oreos

D. Starbucks Gift Card

E. Snowman Snowflake

F.Minnie’s Firework Oreos

Well since MAY....I've been doing a few things. Here's the scoop!

Tonya Dieterlen

Since my hiatus from the blog is probably a bit noticeable, I wanted to give you an update on what's going on in the WonderBasement:

My mom came up the end of March and had a knee replacement, here in Indianapolis. So she came up, had surgery and stayed with me for about 6 weeks, through the worst and first stages of recovery. She is doing great, almost 5 months later, she is pretty much back to her normal activities at home in Boonville. 

In mid-April, I decided that the WonderBasement needed a redo. It was a thought that had been brewing since January when I found THREE hutches I couldn't live without. They were from a nursery up in Noblesville, and the hutches had been used for their Christmas displays. They were changing up their decor. SO, I brought them home and put them in the basement, to let the ideas percolate in my brain, as to what I wanted to do with the hutches and the WonderBasment. Below, you can see hutch 1, 2, and 3. Little did I know this would begin an obsession with Early American hutches! 

Suddenly it hit me! I love Joanna Gaines and her awesome country-farm house style. It's comfortable, yet fresh, and I was ALL in! And the hutches fit perfectly into the farmhouse theme. And honestly, I don't do carbon copy stuff, but it was a launching point. My style has a little more bling and whimsy than Joanna, but the color base was all hers....specifically, Magnolia paint by KILZ. It's a beautiful line of paint that has the most soft, creamy colors you've ever laid eyes on! **swoon** and **heart eyes***

I was going to paint all of the hutches with Magnolia chalk paint, but before I did the hutches, I needed to really give the walls in the WonderBasment a facelift. SO, Goodbye, orange, & blue, you've served me well. I also wanted to break up the space a little more efficiently. Move my beads, sewing, and paper crafting all into their appointed places. Also, I wanted to add studio space to record FB lives and build my e-commerce business. (more on that in a later update)

So with the dedicated help of Jeff, Joey and Patrick, we set up to change the space. Literally, we worked June, July and most of August to get things back to being usable!

Tomorrow, I'm going to show you the fireplace remodel! One thing just kept leading to another, but I'm telling you, it was the best. thing. EVER! 

Detailed with Love Sneak Peek of 2018 New Catalog! How to make a tassel!

Stampin' Up! 2018 CatalogTonya DieterlenComment

I had the privilege to be a Display Stamper for Stampin' Up! Atlanta On-stage this past April. It was SO. MUCH. FUN! Loved having my own sneak peek in February. It was like the Food Network TV show, Chopped! only with stamp supplies. I had a plain cardboard box filled with goodies that are in the New 2018 Annual Catalog. Not knowing what the items went with or seeing any of the paper, I was charged with the task of completing 15-20 projects to showcase at On-Stage. I could use any of the current items in the 2017 Catalog or the Occasions Mini Catalog.  

Daunting, but SO worth the effort. Once my creative juices started flowing, I was able to knock out several cool projects and lots of material to share with you! I hope you enjoy learning along with me as I take you on the journey of creating.

The first thing I'd like to share is the Note Card set that made using a bundle that was featured in the Occasions Mini Catalog, called the Sure do Love You Bundle.  (SO if you want the framelit I used, GO HERE! It is NOT being carried over to the new catalog. Which is kind of a bummer, because it's easy and fun to use. 

There are several new items here: The stamp set is Detailed with Love, New Lemon-lime twist 3/8" mini ruffled ribbon, and The silver & pool party baker's twine. I'm going to show you how to make the tassel. It was easy and SO cool! It would be a great thing to add to your planner, or favorite book mark. I LOVE tassels and they are everywhere in jewelry, and papercrafts. 

I hope the photos are self explanatory. I have more projects to show you this coming week, so stay tuned! If you have questions, leave a comment, or catch me over on the Wonderbasement Facebook page. 

Some of my favorite things: Sunshine and Rainbows

Tonya Dieterlen

Winter? Spring?

Who are you? Where are you???


On the same day

Two other rainbows came my way! 

TJ Maxx Rainbow Betsy Johnson bag

I think...

I will enjoy my rainbow week! Isn't this the most adorable lunch bag?! From Betsey Johnson, I found it at TJ Maxx. Happy, happy, happy!

Does anyone else feel like the weather is crazy this Winter/Spring?? Talk about long birthing pains of Spring! It's middle of April and I feel like it's the end of February! I am under a fleece blanket and sweatshirt. 

This stamp set and framelits bundle is so happy and positive. It was fun layering all the elements and combining the cute cloud cutouts with the cloud stamps. The rainbow stamp was also fun to use. You can use it in the traditional Rainbow spectrum of colors or change it up a little differently using analogous colors. In pinks, or blues for a baby card & gift, or black and grays for a sophisticated feel. How fun to think outside of the box! Stampin'Up! also has some super cute embellishments that make the raindrops 3-dimensional: Glitter and Clear epoxy shapes. The sunshine is a framelit shape and I used the dazzling diamonds glitter paper and sponged on daffodil delight ink for the glittery sunshine. 

A great sentiment too, "you can't have a rainbow, without a little rain". Will be a sweet get well, encouragement card for anyone who is lucky enough to recieve it. 

Many of the things used in this project will be discontinued at the end of the Occasions Catalog and several of the colors are retiring. Check out the items and get them before they are gone! 


Some of my favorite sets! Magical Day & Magical Mates Framelits Dies

Tonya Dieterlen
Made from the Magical Day Bundle, 145984, Page 37 of the Occasions Catalog

Made from the Magical Day Bundle, 145984, Page 37 of the Occasions Catalog

I have some sweet, sweet favorites in the Occasions Catalog. I'm SO into mermaids and the sea  at the moment--I'm sure it has to be because the winter of 2018 has lasted FAR too long! So this is just perfect for a little magical escape for me, or an adorable party theme for your little mermaid or knight! The stamp set includes a Wizard, a Night, a Unicorn and Dragon! HOW MAGICAL! 

The Myths & Magic 6x6 Glimmer Paper is so beautiful in its glory of green and turquoise and for sparkly magic, iridescent! Ahhhh, I can't get enough!!! The Designer Series Paper has iridescent glittered designs on one side, and beautiful imagery on the other. The texture and thickness makes it great for party hats, banners or invitations! The Washi is sparkly and magical too! The framelits will cut out the stamps or some images in the Designer Series Paper. 

Are you into the magical world of knights, dragons, unicorns & mermaids??

Until we meet again...Retiring list of the Annual 2018 Catalog & Occassions Mini

Tonya Dieterlen

When Stampin' Up! announces the retiring list for the current catalogs, it can leave you feeling a little sad. But I have learned through the years, no matter what you are sad about losing, there is something MUCH better around the corner to be gained!! Don't be down, but DO BE smart! Take a look at what is leaving and order as soon as possible, those things you CANNOT live without. It might be the In-Color Reinkers, paper, or the ribbon that you will need to complete your latest project. Then enjoy the ride! There are some great 30th Anniversary Celebrations in the new 2019 Annual Catalog! You won't be disappointed. 

Please use the Hostess Code: 633VGK7A

AND for every $150 I will choose a mystery hostess from everyone that orders $50 or more! If you order $150 by yourself, please don't use the hostess code and go ahead and claim your Stampin' rewards at the time of checkout.

This promotional period will go through April 27th, 2018. This is ONLY available through me, Tonya Dieterlen and at my online SU! website:

Click on the button below to see everything that will be retiring May 31st. 

I'll never Stop Believing in YOU!

Creative FlowTonya Dieterlen
Magical Mermaid with Watercolor Pencils and Wink of Stella

Magical Mermaid with Watercolor Pencils and Wink of Stella

Hello WonderBasement buddies! 

It's been a hot minute, ahem, well maybe several months, ahem since I've been in the blogging business. I hope you've been well :) I've had several major events going on in my extended family and just couldn't get into any creative space, much less blog about it. Today, I think I broke through some of the fog and actually sat down just to play with a set I've had for several months. I think it is just so mesmerizing...Magical Mermaid. It's such a sweet understated stamp set with so many possibilities. 

Coming out of a fog, I did some of my favorite kind of stamping: stamp in black ink and color with watercolor pencils, then blend with Wink of Stella in clear, all on simple white cardstock.

Oh, it sparkles and shines and is SO lovely! I'm not sure the pictures do it justice...and I took the picture after the sun went down (who is with me longing for LONG summer days and daylight into the evening hours?).  So it is a little dark. 

I literally used all kinds of colors and thought of each mermaid having her own markings on her tail. I used Calypso Coral, and Rich Razzelberry, then filled in with some Melon Mambo, and used the Bermuda Bay and Pacific Point blues, then for her hair, Daffodil Delight and Bermuda Bay, with a hint of Expresso. I just kept coloring and blending while I was coloring. The pencils blend so easily, layering one on top of the other. I love mixing colors, it's fun to see what new colors I can create. I did use the Lots of Happy Card Kit for the Lemon-Lime twist pencil. It's only available in this kit. (Seriously, it's a great card kit AND you get the additional pencils!) If you have any quesitons, let me know. My schedule is light due to extenuating circumstances. I would love to chat through FaceBook or instant messaging. Just shoot me a message :)

I hope you enjoy and GO and DO something for yourself. To get you in a happy frame of mind. Remeber, only YOU can choose to be happy. 


Tonya Dieterlen

There are a lot of cool things going on sale TOMORROW, November 20!! AND you don't want to miss out. Click HERE and start shopping!!! I mean, I don't mean to seem bossy, but I really don't want you to miss out on all these great deals. This post is short & sweet and too the point tonight. Part of the reason for brevity is what went down on Saturday during Open Studio! If you haven't seen video I posted on Saturday evening. Check it out on the FB page!  I will also post the pdf of the Sale items. There is a 24 hour sale, then a separate sale for the rest of the week. Hostess code for this sale is: E6UVM9KC. It will close at the end of this 24 hour sale.

Laura's lovely finished card! It's really beautiful and all of her recipients have a true treat in store this season!

Laura's lovely finished card! It's really beautiful and all of her recipients have a true treat in store this season!

When you see the video, you'll understand why this post is a little shorter than usual...literally, I have achy arms, from my shoulder to my fingers. I am going to be doing some serious maintenance work to my TWO BigShot machines. They have gotten so much use over the years, I was having a *little* bit of trouble. However, by the end of the day, I had figured out my problem and was able to cut the last 20 snowflakes MUCH quicker and easier. This was operator neglect of a BigShot machine...and does NOT reflect the AWESOMENESS of this tool for your crafting needs!!!! 

However, I must add, PLEASE CONSULT ME BEFORE YOU PURCHASE ITEMS TO MAKE 200 or more items in a paper project. My service as a demonstrator is free....USE IT :) Happy Thanksgiving WEEK!

Love & blessings,


Planner Addiction Class....ARE YOU IN?!?!?! Make 2018 the BEST!

Tonya Dieterlen

Planner Addiction Class details:


Planner Addiction Class, November 29, 2017                   7:00pm—10:00pm    

$20 or FREE with purchase of Planner bundle below:

If you Purchase the Stampin' Up! Planner bundle:

144257, $37

Love Today Planner kit
Journaling Pens

AND Journaling Pens: 145480, $5

AND either the

Petal Garden DSP stack: 144168, $10 OR the

Petal Garden Memories & More Card Pack: 144208, $10

If you already have a planner and want to still come to the class to learn more about and work on your planner, the cost is $20. Either way, we are going to have a blast!! I've been learning about how to use this exact planner---honestly, I've been using a "planner" for organizing myself for years. So I'm excited to learn new and fun things to incorporate into my planner, right along with you!!

WB Planner class


Think about the things that inspire, motivate and

help you meet your goals!

At this class, we will BEGIN to set up your organizer the way YOU want to use it. Full disclosure: it might take more than ONE class to finish your complete project. But I will make a good faith effort to get you started!

Here are some ideas of what you can do with this versatile and lovely planner:

* Birthday & Celebrations Planner ~ all your important dates in ONE place! Decorate, look at each week and NEVER miss an important date again!! You can also make pockets to store special cards for your special people!

* An actual ORGANIZER/calendar planner ~ One you set up to use for your every-day-in-and-out calendar. It has month view and weekly view pages included in the kit, and dividers and a few stickers and notes. There is also a cool stamp set and punch you can use to customize notes even further!

Tabs for Everything Bundle: 145354, $31.50

Stamp Set & Punch

*A Baby book or Family event book ~ Keep track of everyday events going on in your family and let the planner double for a memory keeper tool! (YOUNG mamma's this is great for you...let's be real, you love photo taking, but where are you going to PUT all of those adorable pictures?) Pick your favorite and have a space to put them right away!

*Art Journaling ~ Are you intrigued by the "idea" of art journaling, but don't know where to begin? Well, I will show you how to use this book as an art journal.

•Wedding planner and first-year events

•Motivation, Devotional and Affirmation Jounal

I'm sure there are more ideas, and if you have them, bring the ideas to class and we'll hash them out so you leave LOVING your planner! We are going to have a crash course in Planner LOVE and Planner Addiction! If you want more, I will be doing a class once a quarter to work on your journals and introduce ideas.


PLEASE RSVP by November 18, 2017 & let me know if you have already purchased a planner or need me to purchase it for you. 

Oh, how I love thee....cute pen & pencil holder!! I just wrapped the ribbon around this dashboard/divider and tied around the pencil. It slips out easily and I can just tie it up when I'm finished! The pen holder is a simple strip of card stock. I wrapped tightly around the pens and slipped them out. Then added some glue on the end and rolled it up one more time. The pens are held by the tiny "lip" of the lid. It made me HAPPY!!! :)

Oh, how I love thee....cute pen & pencil holder!! I just wrapped the ribbon around this dashboard/divider and tied around the pencil. It slips out easily and I can just tie it up when I'm finished! The pen holder is a simple strip of card stock. I wrapped tightly around the pens and slipped them out. Then added some glue on the end and rolled it up one more time. The pens are held by the tiny "lip" of the lid. It made me HAPPY!!! :)