Saturday, February 11, 2017

Chocolates. . . and marshmallows and more!

It really doesn't matter how you remember, as long as you remember. As a rubber stamper and card maker, I try to remember to send a card. But my family will testify, I am not a super good keeper of dates. So please don't be like me, send your loved ones a Valentine! And I will go get a pen and send some of these out in the mail ASAP!

I attended a conference last weekend with some very talented Stampin' Up! demonstrators and these are some of the red & white 3D swaps I collected. They include suckers, s'mores, Hersheys kisses, a pencil, a teeny mailbox, a full size Hershey bar, some Ghiradelli chocolate and more!

I think the heart shaped marshmallows, top left, with the square of graham cracker and a bit of chocolate, are the best. When I ran into Aldi last night, just to get a gallon of milk, a bag of heart shaped marshmallows jumped into my cart! To be honest, why did I take a cart? That gallon of milk cost $40 and that was at Aldi! The milk, and cookies and creamer and many many other items that somehow jumped into that cart and followed me home all needed a good home in my pantry, but those marshmallows were the most needy!

If you haven't got any pink marshmallows or Valentine cards made, I have emergency provisions available. And I've got milk and cookies. Come on over! Just call first, so I can put on a pot of tea.

Happy Stampin'
Dee Tollaksen

Friday, February 10, 2017

Hearts & Flowers

Someone around here makes cards every day.

The other person who lives here knows that there are a couple times a year that he better remember to bring home flowers or chocolates or he will be sleeping on the couch. Today, he came home with a BIG box of chocolate covered strawberries. He is so smart! And Valentine's Day is four days away! So he is definitely ahead of the pack. Are you?

If you need a little help in this department, feel free to give me a buzz. I've got a few gorgeous cards stockpiled, and a lot of great ideas if you want to pop in and make your own.

This beautiful grey, silver and peach sample uses the So In Love bundle. It took me two tries to figure out the technique, but then I smacked myself in the forehead, because it is easy, peasy! I was trying to fussy cut and fit things in, but just cut the white card with the same die that is used to cut the silver piece, and when you pull out the white flowers & leaves, snuggle the silver flowers & leaves in. Done. So easy! And I heat embossed the sentiment on the open "diamond" in the center. It is so beautiful in real life.

Sale-a-Bration is going strong, still a few weeks left for you to place your qualifying order to receive a free stamp set or card tin, DSP or card kit. Don't let this sale pass you by. SHOP NOW!

 And if you have a long wish list, let me tell you about the ultimate deal -- the one that I enjoy -- a permanent discount, free shipping on the first order, $125 of product for only $99 and during Sale-a-Bration there is a special bonus of 2 free stamp sets from the big catalog and/or Occasions catalog! email me for more info at deetollaksen at gmail dot com

Happy Stampin'
Dee Tollaksen

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

So in Love

February, oh February! How I love you, oh month of Valentines and chocolates! Well, seriously, most month's have a good excuse for the stores to stock up on and feature chocolate, but in February it is all about the Valentine.

So Stamp Club members were treated to a special lovey-dovey card in chocolatey colors with lacey flowers featuring the So In Love bundle, seen at left, from the Stampin' Up! Occasions catalog.

We made this beauty back in January so there would be plenty of time to decide which lucky fella would receive the card, or there would be plenty of time to order the stamps and framelits so the ladies could make lots of Valentines for all their fellas. LOL

And if there aren't a posse of guys waiting for cards, maybe there are Chicks waiting for cards! Then the Hey, Chick set is a better choice. This silly set is a Sale-a-Bration choice. That means you can only get it FREE and only until March 31 with a qualifying purchase of $50 or more. Ready to shop? Go HERE  Questions? Email HERE

I have been running around like the proverbial chicken missing my head, with so many pokers in the fire, burning my candle at both ends! Ouch! Let's try to meet back here tomorrow for more pretty pictures and chit chat again, what do you say?

Happy Stampin'
Dee Tollaksen

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Buzzy Bees

Let's talk buzz. Bumble bees. If you haven't picked up on it yet, bees are all the rage, hip, cool. The bomb. They are "in." And come on, let's just agree, they're stinkin' cute!

This fella comes from the Dragonfly Dreams bundle and has all kinds of possibilities -- there is a detailed stamp that gives you a gorgeous set of wings and a body that looks fuzzy and a set of perfect antennae; then there is a second stamp that will add blobby color perfectly over the detailed image, so you can stamp stamp and never have to use a pencil or paint brush to add color. And if that isn't enough to make you happy, there is also a framelit to layer over either or both of those!

Then -- if you don't love this bee-- my friend, there are at least two more bees in the catalog right now and another one in the DSP, so celebrate the season of the bee and get them while the gettin's good!

By the way, the Dragonfly Dreams bundle is gorgeous! I will be sharing a bunch of samples as we go on. (When the sun comes out and I can take photos) I was at a demonstrator event Saturday and there was one bundle as the grand prize and ladies were jumping through hoops to win it! And these are folks who can buy it with a substantial discount! So we really love it after seeing the samples--and you will too!

Come on over and take a class, I have some great samples to share and fun techniques to teach. Look at the class list, at right, or pick a date and host a friend or two and book your own private event!

Place your Sale-a-Bration order now to earn free product -- click here to shop now!

Happy Stampin

Dee Tollaksen

Monday, January 9, 2017

I took a Mediterranean trip, but never left the dining room

Have you used up a big stack of post-it notes, flagging all the stamp sets that you love, that you can't live without, that must come live in your house immediately? The new Occasions catalog from Stampin' Up! is definitely a trouble maker, unless Santa left you an envelope stuffed with large wads of cash! I know want everything in this book, including the set with all the bugs. . . you will see it here, but it may take a few weeks.

Today I am sharing the Mediterranean Moments stamp set. Four sketches that cry out to be colored--with colored pencils! So I used the new Stampin' Up! Water Color Pencils. These cards need a sentiment, for sure, but I will wait until the need arises, stamp the sentiment and pop the card into the mail. So even though they look a bit naked now, the sentiment will get added before shooting out into snail mail.

I have added a class to the calendar that includes the pencils and this stamp set, so join me and you can learn a few techniques, try out the different papers, inks and coloring mediums. If you can't make it on my scheduled date, let me know and we can pick date for you to have an event for your friends!

Here is the class info: Water-Coloring Made Wonderful! Tuesday March 7 at 7 pm: Try our Stampin’ Up! NEW water color pencils, paint with re-inkers, and use artist style water color paints and aqua painters. Paper and inks matter – experiment with Whisper White card stock, water color paper, Shimmer White and Color Card stock to find your fave. Why use Momento black ink? When do you need Stazon black ink? Why does Stampin’ Up! Offer Archival black ink? Take home a fact sheet to help keep it all straight.
Class fee includes fact sheet, Mediterranean Moments Stamp Set, 12 card fronts: $30
Deluxe Class fee includes fact sheet, Mediterranean Moments Stamp Set, 12 card fronts, plus colored pencils, ½ pack Shimmer White card stock and Sale-a-Bration item of your choice: $60

Remember that it is Sale-a-Bration time here, so if you are loving this Mediterranean Moments, and you order the Water Color Pencils to go with it, then you select some Shimmer White paper or a Momento Black ink pad for safe watercoloring, you will be right at that sweet-spot where you have earned a free product from the Sale-a-Bration brochure! You might love the black & white DSP that is just waiting to be colored, since you are also ordering those great pencils! Or the fantastic Hey, Chick birds that are pecking to be colored! Either way--you're a winner!!

Happy Stampin',
Dee Tollaksen


Sunday, January 8, 2017

Hey, Chick! Have a Happy Day!

Girls, when I get worked up enough to blog about something, it definitely means that it is a highlight, that this product deserves a looky-loo, that my shorts are in a twist and I need to share it!

Today I have three items I'm going to tell you about, two you can buy and one you can get free! So listen up and start making your list. And if you don't have your Stampin' Up! Occasions and Sale-a-Bration catalogs, put that at the top of the list, to comment or email me and get your hands on a copy so you can see all the rest of the fantastic products we have this season!!!

The Hexagon Dynamic Textured Impression embossing folder, henceforth known as the Hexagon EF, is fabulous! You put your cardstock inside the folder and run it through your BigShot and it comes out so deeply embossed, without damaging the paper, perfect for chicken wire backgrounds! Or beehives, geometry, or your masculine workshop backgrounds, which is where you will find it in the Occasions catalog. Feel free to use it as a general purpose background,  and if you think of any others keep me informed! We are told that if you spritz the cardstock with plain water before embossing, the impression will be even deeper, but I haven't taken the time to find my spritzer (or wait for the paper to dry) so I am going on faith there.

Stampin' Up! has caught up to the coloring craze and brought a set of Water Color Pencils into the product line. We have 13 pencils, from white to black with each basic color in-between, matched to our colors, Melon Mamba for example, so we can color these darling chickens with pencils that match the card stock and then use the aqua painter or blender pens to soften the brush strokes, or blend the colors: because the pencils are water colors! So fantastic! Can you see how I used the black and blue pencils to make a shadow around each of the chicks and softened it with a blender pen? It is nice and subtle, but it makes me look like I know what I'm doing, ha!
Obviously I don't really know what I'm doing, I gave that last chicken a purple head. . . are there purple headed chickens? That would be crazy! But fun!

So the 3rd product today is the Hey, Chick Stamp Set, which is a freebie--you can't but it! You can only get it free during Sale-a-bration, from now til the end of March when you place a qualifying order. The deal is for every $50 of merchandise you purchase, you can select a free product from the special brochure and this stamp set is featured. The wood version of the set is already on back order, so definitely quite popular! I want to give you these chicks, or the Food Trucks, or the Carried Away DSP! Please contact me (by comment below or email or call me! ESP is so unreliable!) and I will set up your party at my place or yours, on FaceBook or in person! Let's get crafty together!

While you're waiting for your catalog to arrive, feel free to click on the links at the right so you can shop on line. . . of course you can shop on line any time, day or night! Place your $50 order and I will send you a nice little gift for shopping with me and Stampin' Up! will encourage you to select a Sale-a-bration item! Place any size order and I will send you a thank you card, of course!

Happy Stampin'
Dee Tollaksen

Friday, January 6, 2017

All in Good Time, my Friends!

 So if I told you we had an excavator incident in our kitchen AND my husband had surgery last month. . . would that explain why I am posting Christmas cards in January? Well, both things happened, they are totally unrelated and not really good excuses for slow posting!
I'll explain at the end, LOL

These pics are from the Christmas Shoebox Swap I hosted, brought by my talented crafty friends and customers. There have been two posts, way back in 2016, that showed the first two groups of cards.

The top card here was brought by Krista Z, and it is a Z-fold card. That Designer Series Paper was so sweet-- Stampin' Up! sold out before the season ended! I hope you got all you needed before it was gone!

Next is Adrienne E's card. Honestly, this is the card she mailed to me for Christmas. I didn't get a chance to make her card at the swap, and I think it was different. But this one is fantastic, so I am sharing it with you.  She definitely got her hands on some of the sold out DSP!

Next is Maureen K with an elegant card featuring printed vellum as an accent and the new holly punch.  This is a great design to copy if you need a lot of cards!

And our final card from the swap is from Ursula E. She satisfied our need for bling with some good use of Dazzling Diamonds glitter on the ornament card! I may have taken the photo before adding the glitter, but the final version is very fancy!

I want to thank all the ladies who joined me for the swap. You keep my business thriving and fun! And the rest of you -- join us! There is no pressure, everyone loves everyone else's work, I jump in and assist anyone that asks for design help, and the lunch was great! Watch my schedule for another event coming soon in March. . . planning is underway.

The Occasions Catalog has launched and it is full of great new products, I will be posting fantastic samples starting tomorrow. I am so glad to finally get the cards from the swap posted, since I promised ages ago! Sale-a-Bration is underway, the most wonderful time of the Stampin' Up! year! If you need catalogs or ordering advice, just let me know. Comment or email or call. Free stamps or product is a great reason to get in touch!

My holidays were fantastic, family came in from out-of-town, the baby is a little boy with a sibling on the way. My daughter wrapped up her college experience, earning her Bachelor of Science degree, my husband got a knee replacement and we had visiting nurse and PT throughout December. The kitchen did have an excavator incident, but the only damage was to Play-doh, so I definitely cannot use that as a blogging excuse! Life is good and that is why the computer hardly ever gets attention. If you need me, just email or call! People get attention, I promise!

Happy stamping!
Dee Tollaksen