Thursday, June 30, 2016

June ends, deal ends!

Love the new catalog? Long wish list? Me too! Oh My Gosh! The foxy punch, DSP and stamps! The Swirly Bird bundle! The Mason jar stamp set and framelits bundle! And have you seen the llama?

If you are like me, and you want it all, but the tree in the back yard is not a money tree, then you need to make every penny count. So today is the day to buckle down and make that decision: make your $99 go as far as it possibly can: and buy the Stampin' Up! starter kit. There is a special offer that ends today, June 30, 2016, allowing you to select two extra free stamp sets if you join now. So don't sit on that fence any longer!! For $99 you select any $125 of merchandise from the catalog -- anything you want! Then pick any two additional stamp sets. Then pay the tax. Stampin' Up will pay the shipping, so that is another 10% savings on your selections! They will also provide you with catalogs and order forms in case you want to offer your friends a chance to see the awesome fun stuff you are making. AND they will toss a Paper Pumpkin kit in the box, just to thank you for buying your stamps from Stampin' Up!

After you commit to the $99 (+tax) you can enjoy a 20% on all future purchases, OR you can forget about this little deal, stamp away and never buy another thing. Totally up to you. Stampin' Up! will not make any further demands on you, your wallet or your time. But they are there if you need them. As am I--just let me know your wish and I will do my best to be helpful!

Anyway, that is what I did. I wanted everything in the catalog. But I didn't have a money tree, so I bought a kit and took advantage of the discount. And then I started selling to my friends. And then I got bold and I booked a workshop. And then another. And time passed. And I kept doing those things. And more time passed. And suddenly 10 years had passed and I haven't had to pay for my own stamps or paper in a decade! Nice! Still no money tree, but pretty close! LOL

And this is my job! I invite friends over to stamp, we make awesome projects and laugh, eat M&Ms,  and plan our next projects. This week we made our first Christmas cards of the year and a fun flower collage. Next week it will be a brainstorming class on tools and the Swirly Bird bundle.

Join us! It's all fun and good times.

And when the grandson calls and says "meet me at the park," I'm always available! Happy Stamping!
Dee Tollaksen

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Happy Independence Day

You know that cramp in your calf you get when you didn't drink enough water, or you stood too long, or it was 90* in the shade, or all of those things happened at the same time? Why is it called a charley horse?

And why doesn't anyone notice me stomping around my upstairs howling in pain, guzzling water, stomping some more and finally limping/walking it off? Then both the adults I live with were curious if I was going to make dinner before they had to leave for their evening commitments. I love them both and they were super helpful at my Stampin' Up! garage sale yesterday, but not good nurses.

The garage sale was a huge success. I am so grateful to all my customers who shop with me all year long and then turn out in the June heat every year to take advantage of cut-rate prices and stock up on gently used products. I promised a raffle of one kit to duplicate the flag shown above, but the sales were so stupendous, I decided to go  wild-n-crazy and make 3 kits! I had all the supplies out anyway, so I pulled three tickets and have the kits ready for Julianne, Iris and Bev, big winners! No frame, just the kits, and a few color differences, but basically the same project.

Thanks so much to everyone for the continued support. And if you didn't get a chance to stop by, just give me a buzz, there are still a few good deals to be had!

And if you purchased something that you need training to fully enjoy, (brayer, chalks, bow maker, etc) sign up and attend July 7 FREE class What the Foolhardy Thing was I thinking? where I will teach you everything you need to know on how to use the tools you own! Bring your under-used crafting tools and I'll help you figure out why you bought them.

Check out the other classes and sign-up soon, Happy Stamping!
Dee Tollaksen

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Let's shake it together

So the new Stampin' Up! catalog has been out for 21 days, and I, personally, have placed 4 orders. Yup. Stuff that I love and want to own and use and play with.

And that means the stuff I ordered last year has to go. . . somewhere else, because I have a small room and if I don't get it out of here, I will be featured on the hoarders show and we don't want that, now do we?

So please come over on Saturday and bring your dollar bills and take home some great gently used products that you can enjoy and then pass on to your friends! Saturday, June 21 at 9:30 am. It is a fun frenzy for an hour or so, and then the craziness subsides and for another hour or so it is less crazy and then anyone that is left, I sneak stuff into their car so I don't have to put it away in my house.

This cute shaker card will be featured on Thursday July 28 at 7 pm when I offer a class with 4 different shaker cards. I will share tips and techniques to make shaker cards EASY and fun featuring a new product or two that will knock your socks off. RSVP now to save your spot. $20, bring a friend!

Happy Stamping,
Dee Tollaksen

Monday, June 20, 2016

Zero calories?! Yes Please!

I am posting this little cutie for the sake of documentation and inspiration, because, sadly, these honeycomb embellishments retired with the last catalog. This card was featured at our May Stamp Club, and I somehow just never got it posted here on the old blog, but since we like to refer to the club cards, I want to post it for you.

We had fun with the unique folds and the calorie free ice cream options!

I have updated a bunch of classes and events on the right hand side of the blog, so if you are looking for some fun activities this summer, give me a call and let's get together!

Come on over this Saturday for the big clean out--Garage Sale of rubber stamps and craft supplies! 9:30 at my home. Please come and take home some of these gently used supplies!

Happy Stamping,
Dee Tollaksen

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

It's all in the details

Same card, just a few little changes, but a whole lotta difference!

It's funny how switching up just one little thing can make a card go from "cute" to "super cute" and it's hard to even say what it was that made the big diff.  Is it the sentiment? The swap of the bow for the balloon? Maybe the fact that the flowers are just a bit bigger than the balloons? The pink panels are brighter than the orange panels?

Nope. It is the background. The white background just doesn't make the card POP like the black background does. If you swapped everything over to the black background it would all look great. . . the black background just makes it all look better.

I love a clean, crisp white card, but sometimes the black is just the better way to go!

Happy Stampin!
Dee Tollaksen

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Paper Pumpkin One Day Deal

 Every morning I wake up and craft and I see the pretty, new laptop over in the corner of my craft room. It is so nice. . . and dusty. I used to love my computer. But then microsoft made me use windows 10. Just in case you're wondering why I don't post so much anymore. Grrrr.

And so here's a few fantastic things you should know about: starting tonight, Thursday June 9, 2016, at 6 pm central, Stampin' Up! is offering you one day to sign up for Paper Pumpkin at $5 for your first box. Do It. There is no better way to try this deal! Do It. Go to and sign up. Use the promo code : ONEDAYDEAL  or you don't get the deal!! Even if you only get one box then go back and quit, it is totally worth it! Shipping is included, so Do It! Watch the video, it will help.

The box will include a stamp set and ink and either a card kit or a cute craft kit. You won't regret it. This promotion is for NEW subscribers only. But. . .  if you have tried it in the past and were disappointed, seriously, the kits have improved tremendously, sign up under your husband or daughter's email and give another try. Honestly, for $5 you won't be disappointed. And if you don't want to continue, you don't have to, just go back to and click the box to quit. Easy Peasy.

Okay, that cute card up there? That is the May Stamp Club card. OMG. Could I be a worse blogger? I guess so, but now that stamp set is retired. There is a new and improved fruity set in the new catalog! And this one will be at my garage sale on Sat June 25! So there ya go. I got a plug in for the catalog and the garage sale.  And I'll try to be a better blogger. Ha!

Happy Stampin!
Dee Tollaksen

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