Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Hello, Thank You for visiting, I Love You!

I am letting the cards do the talking today:
Hello!  Thank You for visiting my blog. I know I am a bad blogger, one who neglected her readers and took a gigantic break with no explanation and no excuse. I just  am sick and tired of fighting the internet for speed and access. I know how it should work and it refuses to comply so I walked away. Everyone has issues with it, not just my provider, so I can't even bash the people I send my money to, but I am so tired of slow internet speeds and resetting my devices and staring at my locked screen waiting for my curser to respond.

I Love You is the last card. So I am back. And I'm hoping my patience is restored. And that I can sneak in here when the trolls are napping and slip a cute card onto the web for your pleasure.

These are three I brought to Salt Lake City to swap at the Stampin' Up! convention last week. I thought they were pretty awesome. There are two more, I'll see if I remembered to take pictures. These are swiped from Facebook.

Barbara and I were the only ladies from our local group that attended. But we connected with our New York friend Mike. He travels alone, his local group doesn't know what a gem he is. He keeps us in stitches the whole trip.

Be sure to check out the weekly deals, pictured at the bottom of this post. Call me if you want to place an order for any of the bargains, I can combine orders to save on shipping! Or just go online and order away to have everything delivered right to your door.

Happy stamping!
Dee Tollaksen

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Do not attempt to adjust your screen

I am being punished by technology. I have neglected you and now my punishment is that I have to post the card sideways. Sorry. Try to imagine the card rotated a bit so that the cupcake isn't sliding off and smearing frosting as it goes.

I spent the morning with a fun stamper who visits me once a summer when she finishes filing all the tax returns for her clients. We made a variety of pop-up cards, satisfying her desire to learn how the pop-up card works.

She reminded me that you are all anxiously waiting for the Annual Stamp Garage Sale, so mark your calendar for Saturday July 11, 9:30 am, at my house! I will have many gently used stamp sets, ink pads, tons of cards and card fronts, accessories and related supplies. we are all done by noon, so don't be late! And please bring cash!
Remember that every Tuesday, Stampin' Up pops up 8 or 9 current catalog items as Weekly Deals and shaves a nice big percentage off their price. This week we have two embossing folders, two of the great glimmer/glitter paper and the awesome treat bag for the BigShot (that I just bought at full price). As well as two great ribbons and buttons! So if you're interested, just let me know and I'll try to combine your order with any others this week to save you $$ on shipping.

Happy Stamping,
Dee Tollaksen

Friday, June 5, 2015

Been there, done that, got the t-shirt

Weekly Deals, good thru June 8th -- so good some items may not be available! Currently the File Tabs are not available. Last week an item was pulled for a while, but then, mysteriously, reappeared on the available list, so anything can happen!

I know you wish you could have been here, and I wish you would come to every class I offer, but this card is da bomb! Sooo cute! Balloon Bash is the main stamp set, and it will be available at the garage sale on July 11. (Keep reading for details)

Cheerful Critters, one of my favorite sets from the Occasions Catalog--why didn't it make it into the main catalog?--features the Let's Party sentiment. Also discounted and for sale on July 11 at the garage sale, details to follow.

The real star of this card is the t-shirt die-cut. They are made from baby onesies in Baby's First Framelits and, alleluia, they did not retire this year! Just cut the onesie and lop off the bottom and it becomes a t-shirt! With the bright color combo it makes a nice masculine card, great for graduation season but also nice for birthday or a party invite.

Garage Sale: Saturday July 11 at 9:30 at my house. If you need the address shoot me an email or give me a call. If the date doesn't work for you, let me know. Deetollaksen@gmail.com

Happy Stamping!
Dee Tollaksen

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