Monday, May 16, 2016

So many posts, so little time

There are so many things to do every day, and time just flies by, and days bunch up to become weeks and suddenly a month has gone by!

One of the first things to be neglected is blogging, but if you are missing me, feel free to visit in person or by phone or if super desperate, try Instagram, LOL

I snuck out of town for a long weekend of crafting and one of my projects was this gorgeous canvas. It is totally CASEd from a super talented demonstrator, Krista Frattin, from Canada. She is an Artisan Award winner and I love her style, I CASE her work often. We will be making this canvas Wednesday night if you're interested in stopping by.  It is so easy, just die-cut the flowers on the Big Shot, spin the roses and hot glue everything in place. And it is STUNNING in person! I will be framing it and adding it to a wall collection in my living room.

And I will try to be more loyal to the blog. But summer is coming, so no promises.

If you need a catalog, leave me a comment. It is fabulous, so you definitely want one!
Happy Stampin,
Dee Tollaksen

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Where did you get such an idea?

In the world of stamping and card making, we are all notorious for copying the work of other designers. And it is considered a compliment, never anything else. There is even a widely known and used term, CASE or CASEing, which has somewhat different definitions, but I learned it as Copy And Steal Everything.

So, this month, when I attended the monthly meeting of demonstrators in my small group, we agreed to swap cards that were CASEd from the Stampin' Up catalog. I am sharing four today, and next post I'll show the remaining few.


 I am on a butterfly kick right now, working on a big project with butterflies. So I like this card a bunch. It has two lacy butterflies layered on top of each other, on a tag, on a card, with some gorgeous grunge and some bling.


I like the way the Designer Series Paper (DSP) has been cut at an angle and the best trick here is the star cut from two framelits nestled together to make a kind of border of a star.  Love it!




An interesting border created here by turning a tree on its side, I think we have bushes. . .? maybe?? Well, the bees seem to like the goofy trees.
Here we have a little spin on stamping that takes us a little outside the box -- stamping on DSP. I think the butterfly works great, but I'm not wild about the sentiment on these flowers.

I love getting together with other stampers and trying out new techniques. We then talk about them and discuss whether we love 'em or hate 'em or what we think our customers might think. And it is good for all of us to step outside our own comfort zone, right?

Well, I'm off to a 4-day craft retreat in Wisconsin at a kids camp this weekend. So I'll be snoozing in a cabin, bunk bed and all the fun that can be! So, don't be too jealous!

Happy Stamping!
Dee Tollaksen

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Last Chance

Just a quick reminder that today (Wednesday March 31) is the last day of 2016 Sale-a-Bration event. If you are hoping to grab up a free gift, better act fast. Some items are completely out of the question already, like the awesome glitter tape. Sorry, that's right. No how, no way, can't get you the glitter tape. But don't cry over spilt milk, jump on the rest of the action, and place your order so you get the other awesome goodies!

Click on the link:  Shop now or call or text me to place your order by phone: 847/624-0353

Happy Stampin!
Dee Tollaksen

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Ham, eggs, chicks & chocolate. . . must be Easter

I hope you are all ready for Easter. That you have a celebration to host or attend and that you have some cute cards to share!

If not, give me a call right now and let's remedy your situation! I have room at the table for brunch on Sunday morning! and lots of time today to make some cute chicks you could share tomorrow!

Happy Easter and Happy stampin'!
Dee Tollaksen


Friday, March 25, 2016

Winner winner Bingo FUN!


Ladies, I am so glad we tried something new! We scheduled a BINGO night, smack dab in the middle of the week, right at the end of Sale-a-Bration, during March Madness!  It was an experiment of grand proportions, and I think we all had a good time! I am open to feedback from those of you who attended, but as the evening ended, there were many requests to "do it again!"

All the prizes were consumables: card sets I had made or Designer Series Paper and embellishments, ribbon, adhesive, etc. I was thinking that if I gave out stamp sets and the winner already owned the item, it would be complicated, right? This way there are no issues and everyone is sure to be a happy winner!
 Everyone got a cute nametag with glimmer paper letters on a tag and a couple "Easter Bonnet" candies. This crowd thought they were Pasties! OMG! We weren't even drinking alcohol. But Susie was more than happy to demonstrate the pasties if I wanted a photo!

Denise was our first BINGO winner, and I couldn't have planned it better if I had tried. She has been on a losing streak at our neighborhood card club, so I hope this changes her luck!

The rest of the evening saw wins from Kathy, Maureen K, Carole and Maureen S (not pictured).

Anyone that didn't win a BINGO game got to select a prize from the basket of consolation prizes, so no-one went home empty-handed.
Not to mention, we had make-n-takes! Between the gambling fun, there was some crafting! I wasn't sure how to fit the BINGO cards, refreshments and stamping supplies all on the table? How do other people do these events? I'm going to have to do more research! What I did was prep the heck out of the cards -- so all we had to do was assemble: glue, tie ribbon, a little coloring, stick on a pop dot and fold with the bone folder. Voila! Simple, but lovely cards that were already stamped by the demonstrator!


 See that stamp case Maureen K won? Inside is a small legal pad, a post-it pad and an envelope. It is a nice organization tool for your shopping bag or purse, you can keep coupons or receipts in the envelope but tonight it had a CASH prize -- a dollar from every person who attended the event! This was the big grand prize for the final game of the evening.



You can be a winner every week by saving money on the Weekly Deals and by earning a Sale-a-Bration gift! This is the final few days, the event ends March 31! Some of the prizes are limited supply and may run out before the promotion ends, so if you are procrastinating and you have your heart set on a specific FREE gift, you better get-a-goin'!

Call me today and don't let the lovely weather and Easter holiday delay your shopping decisions!

These weekly deals end Monday March 28 and new items will be posted early Tuesday morning.

Happy Stampin'!
Dee Tollaksen

Saturday, March 12, 2016

BINGO invite if you get past the pretty pictures

 Gift Bag Punch Board. I have a bit of a mental block with this tool. I can't remember the name of it. . . and I struggle when using it. It really isn't that difficult. Score horizontally, score vertically, repeat a bunch of times, the instructions are printed right on it. Punch, punch, punch, and voila, there you go, a darling gift bag, ready to decorate!  And if you make three in a row, you are sure to be an expert!  Seriously! The fourth one is perfect! And the fifth! And then you are so good at it. . . that your mind starts to wander and the sixth one has score lines all over the place where they don't belong. . . pay attention to what you're doing you goofball!

The gorgeous DSP (designer series paper) in the It's My Party 12 x 12" stack, found in the Occasions catalog, is perfect for these bags. I have added a bit of Crumb Cake card stock and honeycomb embellishments to make ice cream cones -- birthday paper and ice cream, so good together!

I'm also sharing a beautiful card I CASEd from
www.stamperdog.com. I used Shimmery White card stock to water color and two images from the stamp set Happy Home, also in Occasions catty.  So fun to make, and a nice soft image and sentiment that can be used as an encouragement or sympathy card.

I want to invite you to come play BINGO on Wednesday March 23. I expect it to be a FUN evening. Some of my favorite people have already commit to attend, I have a pile of prizes and snacks lined up. It is BYOB and $15, each game will have an option of a Stampin' Up prize OR a non-Stampin' Up prize (Vera Bradley wallet, Bath & Body Works, wine, etc) and a cash grand prize. Please RSVP so I have enough popcorn!

Happy Stampin'
Dee Tollaksen

Monday, March 7, 2016

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Did I mention that I was on a tropical vacation last week? The resort is gorgeous, crystal clear water in a never ending pool with a swim-up bar, friendly entertainment staff taking us by the hand to play BINGO and pool volleyball, tall cool drinks flowing one after another, and sunshine day after day with not a cloud in the sky!

Yes, it is the perfect get-away, and the wi-fi only works inside the suites. Load up your play list and download your music because poolside or beach front, the wi-fi isn't so good, and that is wonderful! When on vacation, no internet surfing, get in the ocean and actually surf!

But when you get back home -- ay carumba, the data backlog is ginormous! My eyeballs are dry and peeling and it isn't because they got sunburned last week!

I feel like there is a never ending stream of fantastic creations pouring out of my ipad that I have to look at or I might miss something cool and, well, I don't really know what would happen if I missed it, but I don't want to!

So I appreciate that you are here and I'm showing you all three of this month's Stamp Club cards in one post! Yea!

So first one is bright and bold and great for a guy or a teen, with a sassy sentiment! From Party Wishes in the Occasions catalog.

Next up is also meant to work for the guys with a sentiment from Perfect Pairings in Sale-a-Brations options and the fun stars & dots from Balloon Celebrations.

Final card is so totally feminine, with the gorgeous flower from Sale-a-Bration What I Love set and the Botanical Gardens Designer Vellum Stack also a free Sale-a-Bration option. Most of my Club members swapped out the thank you sentiment for a Happy Birthday which was beautiful too.

If you are still here, please comment or email me and RSVP for my BINGO party--I would love to have you join us on Wednesday March 23 for some fun and prizes! Small fee, big fun!

Happy stampin,
Dee Tollaksen