Friday, May 29, 2015

Because I'm Happy do do do doo doo dooo do

 My friend handed me a book recently, One Word That Will Change Your Life. I got right to reading, because it seemed I must need changing. She gave me the book, right?  I thought things were going pretty well, but there I was, clutching the book that seemed to tell me I needed to change and that I had the answer right in my hand. And that it was going to happen in one word. And it is a fairly small book.

Turns out, I have to pick the word. And then I have to focus on it and center my life around it. And for me, this idea isn't new. Also, she gave the book to a bunch of people, so I can stop fretting that she had identified me as needing to change my attitude. Whew, that's a relief.

Because I'm happy! At least I try to be. And I feel like I spend most of my time gliding along, being grateful for all the blessings I've been given. I really love the Happy song by Farrell!

I know I leave this space pretty far down on my to-do list. If you need me, please leave a comment or shoot me an email. I am online, I just find blogging a little bit like work and I'd rather be crafting! So come on over and stamp with me!

I'm finishing up a major project that will culminate in a big ole party. My friend has had a lot of great events happen in her life this spring -- grads, engagements, retirements, so there is going to be one shindig, and the guest list keeps growing. So I keep making invites for her to send, the never ending project! They started in Crisp Cantaloupe and gold, then when I ran out they switched to silver and Pool Party. Pretty soon we will be working our way through the rainbow!

Don't miss your last chance at the current Stampin' Up! catalog, ending June 2. If you haven't received your new catalog, just let me know, I'll meet with you and we can drool over the new stamps together!

And this week's specials are awesome--Painted Petals DSP, the twine, the ribbon, OMG--don't wait!

Happy Stampin'
Dee Tollaksen

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Farewell Party

It's like college graduation, everyone is super excited and unbelievably sad at the same time. Something super cool and exciting is around the corner, but you have to say goodbye to a lot of your really good friends that you've been hanging with for the last year or more.

So, the new Stampin' Up! catalog will go live June 2. I have a copy for you -- just leave me a comment and we can meet and drool over it together. . . or you can just collect it and take it home. Drooling is optional, but of course you will be drooling.

But I digress.

May Stamp Club was great fun, kind of a Farewell Party, where I got to say goodbye to some of my favorites. I have had a great time with the From the Herd stamp set, so I snuck the crazed bird into the lens of the camera on the first card. We used a stencil for the bright yellow stars, and even though it was a new technique for Stamp Club, no one needed any instruction -- it  just came naturally.

The butterfly card featured an In-Color, Crisp Cantaloupe, that is already sold out! As soon as word got out that the end was near, everybody went crazy and bought it all, so that color is gone for good!

Our third card featured the whimsical flamingo in Ronald McDonald stamp set. Stampin' Up! makes a $$ donation for every set sold, so its a win-win when folks buy this fun set. But it retires with this catalog and a new Ronald McDonald set will be available. Should be fun!

I have to pull all my retiring goodies and decide
 what to do with all of it. Any suggestions? No garage sale this year. Maybe a retirement party?

Happy stampin'
Dee Tollaksen

Call Me!


It is nearly the end of the catalog year around here and I have new catalogs available, just give me a jingle and I'll get you a brand new 2015-2016 Stampin' Up! catalog!

In the meantime, here are the Weekly Specials! The Designer Papers are especially fabulous!

Birthday Bash Specialty Designer Series Paper Item # 137783
Regular Price: $12.95
Discounted Price: $9.71

Stacked With Love Designer Series Paper Stack Item # 137779
Regular Price: $6.95
Discounted Price: $5.21

Bright & Beautiful Clear-Mount Stamp Set Item # 135029
Regular Price: $24.95
Discounted Price: $18.71

Stacked With Love Designer Washi Tape Item # 137789
Regular Price: $4.95
Discounted Price: $3.71

Spring Flowers Embossing Folder Item # 137365
Regular Price: $7.95
Discounted Price: $5.96

Maritime Designer Series Paper Item # 133696
Regular Price: $10.95
Discounted Price: $8.21

Chalkboard Paper Item # 137786
Regular Price: $7.95
Discounted Price: $5.96

Rose Coral Colorbox Chalk Ink Pad Item # 138091
Regular Price: $5.95
Discounted Price: $4.46 

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Happy New Catalog Year!

The new Stampin' Up! Catalogs have arrived. I have yours, just leave me a comment and we can meet to arrange to exchange!

But you have to promise that you won't judge. . . I am just a tad crazy! This card and sentiment might be my favorite of all time! So irreverent. Loaded with gold embossing powder, but smooshed up to look like rust. A bit of pretty lace and a bit of burlap. And of course "Just be crazy!"

Best week of the year -- we registered for the Stampin' Up! convention this week. So I know that I get to go to Salt Lake City and spend 5 days with my stampin' friends partying and crafting and loading up my suitcases with stamps and samples. The only thing better would be if you would join us. You're invited, what's holding you back? Let's talk, leave me a comment and I'll answer your questions!

Happy Stampin'
Dee Tollaksen

Saturday, May 9, 2015

I love a good bargain

 It has been almost 10 years since I joined Stampin' Up! and the time and flown! Whooo, a crazy fun ride on the crafting Tilt-a-whirl! And I can tell you a few things about this industry and the folks in it.

Most of us are women, well, most of us using the products. We. Want. It. All. NOW. And we want a bargain. That's why I joined Stampin' Up! To get the discount. And that's why I started working my business, to get free stamps! And it is working! Whoo hoo!

Yea for me! So today I am happy, hence the colorful card! Made with the Work of Art stamp set I received free from Stampin' Up! and the Hello You Thinlits from the Occasions Catalog. I got the bundle at 50% through a special promotion. Yes!

Today only you can get a GREAT deal by trying Paper Pumpkin for $5. We got a sneak peek of the May kit and it is great, 6 cards, 4 sturdy gift bags, really nice birthday stamp set and island indigo ink spot, plus embellishments.

Just go to and enter the code 24HOURS for the discount. This is for first time subscribers only. Maybe sign up your Mom as a nice Mother's Day gift! It isn't a commitment. You can try it and never buy another, or you may like it so much you stick with it. If so, we can get together and have a crafting night every month. Bring your Mom!

Happy Stamping!
Dee Tollaksen

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

I'm not retiring, just some stamps

 The good news is that nobody wanted a sympathy card! I often hear that it is difficult to design a sympathy card and that my customers and club members always need sympathy cards. So I thought this was a good one to offer my Stamp Club members, not too much bling, not too feminine or seasonal, so it would be good to keep on hand. But I gave them the option of stamping Happy Birthday instead of the sympathy sentiment and, darned if the birthday sentiment wasn't picked 20 times! Well, you ladies aren't going to fool me again! I'll be leaving you to design your own sympathy cards in the future! LOL

And the third card for April Stamp Club featured these bright cheerful water colored daisies from Petal Potpourri. Everyone loves when the flowers are cut with a punch! And the cute centers are from the pom pom trim that was so popular that it is sold out and Stampin' Up! can't even get anymore of it. Wow!

So today is the big Retirement announcement for the 2014-2015 Stampin' Up! catalog. Here is the link to the retiring items list: retiring list 

There are already a few items that we cannot obtain for you, like the pompom trim, some In-Color ink pads and refills and card stock items, so if you have your heart set on anything, order early! We have been told that stamps will be manufactured so they should not sell out, but anything else is fair game. Some products are discounted, others are not.
Happy Stamping,
Dee Tollaksen

Monday, April 20, 2015

I'm ready for retirement, are you?

Oh, the month just slips by so fast. Stamp Club met here way back at the beginning of the month, April Fool's Day, to be exact! And me made some cute cards, and no one even tried to prank me! Thank goodness, because  I tend to be pretty gullible!

And here we are, past the midway point of the month and I still haven't shared the cute cards we made. I CASEd Julie Davison's great fun-fold design to make this bright spring-y card featuring the Lovely Amazing You stamp set.

As you can see in the second and third pictures, I originally designed it in a neutral color palette, but then I stopped midway because I really wanted it to be bright and cheerful. It looks great in neutrals, just not what I was going for with April Stamp Club.

I'll share the other two cards soon!
Stampin' Up! will announce the products that will be retiring this year TOMORROW MORNING. If you are in love with the In-Colors you might want to place an order tonight or as soon as possible and if you have a wish list that will make you sad if you aren't able to buy everything, you better check that retiring list early, because those items sell out and fast!

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Happy Stamping!
Dee Tollaksen

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