Saturday, January 30, 2016

To Whom It May Concern

Dear Anonymous. . .

To Whom It May Concern:

 Attn: No Contact -- I Love You

Just for the record, having an unsolicited order drop in my lap in the middle of the night is somewhat disconcerting. Yes, I am definitely grateful, and I must assume that the nice Stamper that placed the order is someone that I have met and provided some level of service and they are willing to purchase stamps and tools from me. And I am grateful! Thank you for your patronage!

But seriously, friend, don't click that box! I won't stalk you or bug you to buy more or to join my cult or  drink the kool-aid! I just want to send you a thank-you note and maybe point you to a youtube video that will help you use that tool or send you a pinterest link that will inspire or teach you how to use your new product.  And I will be able to sleep at night, instead of wondering about the identity of the mystery shopper who missed out on a free Sale-a-Bration item because she stopped $2 shy of $50 and I didn't know who to call to coach and explain that we could fix the order if she wanted a free stamp set!

 Maybe you shoppers just think you're doing your demonstrator a favor and that you don't "need" a "contact," but really you are hiding your identity from me! So don't click that box!

In other news: Cute Cards! First card is a fun fold using Apple of my Eye stamp set and loads of Wink of Stella marker. Stampin' Up! put a video on Youtube for these markers that is awesome-- you can use the clear glitter version as a blender pen, so if your orange, in this card, didn't stamp perfectly, you can add Wink of Stella glitter marker and it will also blend the ink so no one will see that the original stamping wasn't perfect! Awesome!

Next up is a simple polka dot cutie I used with a beginner stamper to teach her sponging and talk about resist stamping. Super easy when the DSP (designer series paper) already has the dots embossed for you, white on white!

Lastly is a little showcase of the free DSP available during Sale-a-Bration and a darling Sale-a-Bration Wildflowers stamp set, as well as the Crazy About You stamp set & matching framelit.

So, Sale-a-Bration lasts til the end of March, but that doesn't mean you should wait. Let's get together to stamp! Or just shop all the awesome stamps and samples in the catalogs! Call or click my email or leave me a comment! But not anonymously!

Happy Stamping
Dee Tollaksen

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Don't twist my arm! I have a free gift for everyone!

 Free stamps for you! And free stamps for you! And free stamps for you!

Yes, I feel like Oprah! I am giving away stamps and DSP (designer series paper) and Vellum Stacks to EVERYONE!

Because it is Sale-a-Bration season here in Stampin' Up! The time of year when everyone gets to shop for fantastic items in our big beautiful catalog and the seasonal Occasions catalog, then for every $50 you spend, you get an extra free selection from the Sale-a-Bration catalog!

And there are some really fantastic choices this year, with some new and promising options coming out February 16!

Today I am sharing some of the cards I have been using this January at Stamp Club and classes.

The first one is from Stamp Club. Members used the Big Shot to emboss the front panel and to die cut the heart and flowers. We used a new tool, the die brush and sheet of foam are awesome for removing fancy die cuts from the metal dies that cut them on the Big Shot. If you haven't had the opportunity to try this yet, come on over, it is low tech, but amazing!

Up next is a peek-a-boo card from Monday night's class. The same heart is die cut from the pink glimmer paper and adhered to Color Me Irresistible Specialty Designer Paper in black. Ooo-la-la, so fancy! We die-cut a heart shaped hole in the front and split the sentiment inside and outside. Cute, right?!  The Balloon Celebrations stamp set offers Champagne, Coffee, Hot Chocolate, Tea and a couple other options to go with the "drink" sentiment. So cute!

 Keep reading. . .

You may have seen this gorgeous gold card on Facebook over the weekend. I had to take it apart and re-assemble with a different design, to hide the glue. This version has thin gold strips with sticky strip on the top of the vellum. There is nothing that can go under vellum and be invisible! So don't bother buying special vellum glue, it just doesn't really work! There is glue under the ribbon and I could have put some under the flower and fern, but the top edge needed to be secured. So gold strips did the job beautifully, and sticky strip or the new Stampin' Up Tearable Tape adhesive will be just what you need.

Weekly Deals have been posted online, and these are winners! I am definitely placing an order on Friday, if you are on the fence, just shoot me an email and I can push you off. It is totally worth joining in with a workshop order and saving on postage. . . Island Indigo ribbon for $4.50 and clothespins for $3.50? Definitely! Add an embossing folder for under 6 bucks? Why not? Go ahead, throw in the Venetian trim, it is gorgeous. I'm not sure about those bears. . .the heart, fish, and baby bear are cute, I'm starting to see the cuteness. . .

Happy Stamping!
Dee Tollaksen

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Classy Calendar

Have you written a check yet? I know I am "of a certain" age when I talk about writing checks! LOL But what I am really talking about is the changing of the year. . . how time flies and all that. So, I caught myself writing 2006 on an order form. And I stopped and stared, I knew the 6 was right, but something was wrong. . . duh, I lost an entire decade! OMG.

So, here we are, January 2016 (right?) and I have new calendars, a new planner, old checks that I rarely use, my rusty brain that is not number friendly, and lots of NEW STAMPS!!! so come on over and create!

Here are the classes that I have thought up, but I would love to hear what you would like and when you are available. I am happy to stamp one-on-one, or with the table full of fun people, so don't hesitate to ask! Days and evenings--this is my only "job" and I love it, so indulge me!

 Monday January 25 at 1:00 or 7:00Beautiful cards using the newest products and techniques; make 3 special cards perfect for Valentine’s Day, Wedding, Anniversary or your special events. $20 will reserve your spot

Sunday January 31 at 2:00 – Door D├ęcor you’ll flip for! Make a cute Valentine Banner for your door, or as a gift to brighten a mantel or cubicle. When Valentine’s Day passes, flip the banner and you’re ready for spring! $20 will save your seat.

Thursday February 11 at 1:00 or 7:00 – Last Minute Love Cards: Quick & Easy Valentines, good for weddings, anniversaries or any special event. This is a stamp-a-stack, make 6 cards, 3 different designs. $20 for 6 cards & envelopes. RSVP required.

Thursday March 10 at 1:00 or 7:00 – Amp Up Your Stamping! Techniques Class – Be a Big Shot Expert! Magnetic Platform, Thinlets, Framelits and Edgelits explained. Press & Seal is your Secret Weapon! Botanical Blossoms will be the star of this class. $25 will hold your spot.

Okay, questions? Need a catalog? Want to place an order or book a class or workshop--just leave a comment or email me or call, I would love to hear from you! This bitter cold weather is making me stir crazy!

Happy Stampin'
Dee Tollaksen

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Just for You

 Two-fer Tuesday. . . I'm going to try to focus long enough to tell you two things:
1-there are great new things up on the Weekly Deals
2-here are a few more cute cards I made over the holidays.

You are going to have to click over to the OnLine Store, but take my word for it, these are good. A heart border punch, very vanilla satin ribbon, a collection of washi tape, an awesome sentiment stamp set and envelope paper -- all great items! I'm definitely placing an order, so if you want to just email or call me, I can put them together to save on shipping! By the way, you need that punch for Valentines, so get it now and save some cash! Shop Now

I just LOVE this gigantic sentiment and how it makes an easy card! Go for the single layer card or load up the layers of card stock and DSP, either way, super simple! And the stamp set is FREE during Sale-a-Bration when you place a qualifying order. Just choose Botanicals For You as your free option and you're all set!

This beauty is CASEd, and I don't have the original nearby to give credit, but I love that it is done in neutrals. The Botanicals Blooms stamp set and matching framelits are so awesome and versatile. . . you will be seeing a million samples from, so buckle up.

The final photo today shows the card set I received at the Christmas dinner I attended for my demonstrator group. We exchanged a set of 4 cards, I showed you the ones I made yesterday. These highlight the Butterfly dies and beautiful DSP from the Stampin' Up! catalog. Aren't they gorgeous? Love 'em!

Happy Stampin'
Dee Tollaksen

Monday, January 11, 2016

Join this Club, for your Health

 It is January, and all across the nation, health clubs are busting at the seams with folks who are determined to shape up and they sign up for a membership at the gym. For some of us, we have learned that paying the membership is not enough! LOL

If you hate doing it, it isn't likely that you will make it part of you life and it isn't likely to succeed. But, if you join a club that you love -- that's a whole different story.

Once a month I host a group of stampers and we make 3 cute cards and spend an hour or two crafting together. It is good for our mental health and we have made great friendships! Plus it is much less expensive than the gym membership, at just $15 a month. We meet on the first Wednesday of the month, at 1:00 , 3:30 and at 7:00 and members can pop in at any of the three meeting times.

These are two of the cards we made this month. Happy Birthday showcases the new Occasions catalog set Party Wishes and the matching embossing folder and the cute punches. There is a punch for the little candles and also a cupcake and a balloon in the set.

The second card features the Sale-a-Bration set Flowering Fields that I received FREE when I went to the Stampin' Up! OnStage event in Milwaukeee. At Stamp Club we heat embossed it on vellum card stock and mounted it over a small panel of white onto a base that we had watercolor painted. Hoo boy, I had the ladies out of their comfort zone this month!

I seem to have missed taking a picture of the third card, so I have to go back and try again because it is gorgeous!

Instead I have snarky Santa for you. December got away from me, so I didn't want to let this little treat go undocumented. I used the Envelope maker board thingy to fold vellum and tie it up with gorgeous ribbon off the clearance rack then I stuffed it with tissue paper I snipped with my Fringe Scissors. The Santa candies were found at WalMart and had such a funny face! This treat holder was the perfect size to present gift cards for all the teenagers on my gift list this Christmas.

If you are thinking of joining a Club and live near me in Arlington Heights, or you just want a free stamp set during Sale-a-Bration, let's talk! Leave a comment here or shoot me an email,

Happy Stamping!

Friday, January 8, 2016

Welcome Back, Mr Kotter

Wait just a minute, I have a blog to update? How could I forget? With all the great new stuff going on, it seems to be the fun item that gets shuffled to the bottom of my list.

Look at this unbelievably fun new set of stamps & thinlets & DSP (designer series paper). I mean really. Who wants to get on the computer when they could be playing with this?

I created this set of four cards as a gift set to give away (hard to part with, I must admit) back before Christmas. Every year my demonstrator friends and I have a brown bag swap, we have to pick blindly and then unwrap the gift, then the stealing begins. It is always a bit crazy, should you steal, should you keep what you picked. But you definitely want the gift that you brought to be desirable! And this year it had to be a set of four coordinating cards. I received a lovely set, I will be using them as a thank you gift for a Sale-a-bration hostess!

Don't be too harsh on my photo skills, I had to grab the pictures as I was running out the door to the party, last minute because I forgot to take pictures.

I only have excuses for skipping blogging, it has been a fun filled holiday season! We got an invite to visit my son & his family way out of state, and after a nail-biting few days of air-fare searching, we found an itinerary we could justify and everyone hopped on a plane on Christmas day and headed southwest.

Of course it was cold as ice in Phoenix but we enjoyed our family visit and watched the little boy learn to walk! So fun!

 I will have classes scheduled and projects posted soon.

Are you ready for Sale-a-bration? Do you have an Occasions catalog? Leave me a comment or shoot me an email and I'll help you out! or you can shop online--there's a link on the side of the blog or click here

 This is the view from my porch. I came down the stairs one morning last week and the sun was just trying to come up and the sky was so gorgeous. I spotted my phone and ran out the door in my rumpled jammies and took one shot. Ran back in to find my "real" camera, which was just in the dining room and right back onto the porch for another brisk jolt of freezing fresh air, but the sun had come up one more millimeter and the sky was brilliant white, no more pink or blue. Isn't this GORGEOUS!!! Now imagine it with goosebumps and brisk fresh air and silent morning and just give thanks for that moment of pure beauty.
And the final shot for your day! I still can't hardly believe my little boy has grown up and left the nest, but I am so blessed that he has given us this wonderful bundle of joy!

Happy stamping!
Dee Tollaksen

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Great gifting

 Merry Christmas! This is the final info on the gift set I helped Jen make for her friends. She make a set of 6 cards for five friends. She liked the idea so much that she also made a set for herself!

The cards include this
 "all occasion" happiness card that could be used for a birthday or most any event, even a masculine recipient.

Then we had fun with a thank you card using the great big background stamp.

And finally a very simple sympathy card, which everyone needs to keep on hand.

The box was kind of the fun part for me, since Jen paid me to make them and I could do whatever I wanted. So I pulled out some retired DSP (designer series paper) and some tags left over from a kit, then the snow flakes were over stock from a class and the beautiful script sentiment on the tag is from an online stamp set that never made it to the catalog. Lots of odds and ends that all tickled my fancy but kind of lay dormant in my stamp room.

Jen jazzed up the tags with gorgeous beads from a very nice jewelry store, breaking the "handmade" rule of the Christmas gift club, but I'll bet no one complained!

I hope the gifts you are giving are beautiful and from the heart, like Jen's.

Merry Christmas!

Happy Stamping,
Dee Tollaksen