Tuesday, January 13, 2015

One for the money, two for the show

Two things: class and adhesive bulk buy

First, sign up for class-- we will be making this gorgeous card at my stamp class on January 21. It uses a new fabulous stamp set, wonderful thinlets on the Bigshot and you get a full pack of gorgeous Gold Soiree DSP included in the $22 price. Just shoot me an email or leave a comment to save your seat. Make sure you hear back from me with a confirmation, because I want there to be a spot for you and materials prepared!

Second, I am going to bulk order adhesive refills for the tombow tape runner that we all love to use when making cards. I love to order a giant box of refills and share the shipping cost, getting a discount on a bulk purchase. So if you are local and you want to purchase 6 or 12 or whatever, also leave a comment or shoot me an email and I'll fill you in on the details of pricing, etc.

Happy Stamping,
Dee Tollaksen

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Flip - Flop Valentine

 Same Card, two funny little critters! These guys are two of the silly critters in a new stamp set found in the Stampin' Up! Occasions catalog, Cheerful Critters. Whimsical, right? I couldn't pass them up! And their funny faces fit perfectly in the Circle Card die for the BigShot.

Stamp Club got to make this cutie patootie in January, so now they are all ready for Valentine's Day! Or they can leave the hearts off and just add a birthday greeting or whatever they need!

The cool part of this die is that the simple folds  it creates for you cause the circle to flip flop when you open the card. See how the petals of the flower are on the right when the bear is showing, then you open the card and the petals flip to the left and the rabbit is showing now, because the whole circle flips over and now the back side is showing!

The panel with the hearts on it also opens up and you can write a message to the recipient or enclose some cash!

Very easy and quite impressive!!

Remember that Sale-a-bration is running right now, free gifts when you place a qualifying order from the regular catalog and/or the Occasions catalog!  Leave me a comment if you need more info.

I have a couple Valentine classes scheduled and a couple open calendar dates for your party, just give me a call!

Happy Stamping,
Dee Tollaksen

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Valentine Card Classes

Sweetheart Class
Wednesday January 21 at 1:00 or 7:00 Create a banner and 3 cards to use for Valentines Day or another romantic or non-romantic event; fee includes a full pack of beautiful designer paper! I must have your payment by January 14 for supplies to arrive. $22 will hold your spot. Take a peek at the Gold Soiree Designer Series Paper, it is fantastic. On one side it offers patterns with gold that will make your cards or projects glisten and soar. The other side offers deep greens and solid colors to set a great tone for cards that are just right for winter months birthdays, graduations and anniversaries.

Quick & Easy Valentines
Friday February 13 at 1:00 or 7:00 Go ahead and wait till the last minute, these cards will save the day! So cute and so easy, four cards for your favorite sweethearts. Just $15 will save your spot.

Leave me a message or shoot me an email or give me a call and save your seat! I need to get your materials ordered and save your seat!

Happy Stamping,
Dee Tollaksen

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Happy, yes, but suddenly very cold

Happy New Year! So glad to share a couple great action items this morning. Sale-a-bration season has started at Stampin' Up! So grab your calendar and your catalog! If you don't have a catalog, grab your phone, dial my number and let me know, I will get one to you pronto! Then we will get that party booked so you can earn the cute and fabulous free offerings 2015 has for you.

I am showing a new stamp and framelit set, Crazy About You bundle, with the happy die-cut on the BigShot and the beautiful flower and sentiment. There are so many darling sentiments in this set, and 3 big fun words. You will be able to say anything you want, for any occasion!

I have layered them over fancy new paper I earned free from the Sale-a-bration brochure. The paper is all white, with patterns embossed. I used a stencil to sponge Daffodil Delight ink over the pattern, you might use a brayer, spritzer, markers or an aquapainter. Did you ever have those magic coloring books when you were little? My grandpa used to bring us these books where you just used water and a paint brush and the picture would magically be *^"revealed"^* when you painted over it. So exciting! That's how I feel when I used this DSP!

And a happy little family picture! 2014 saw a lot of changes in our family. My daughter has moved into her own place, so our nest is empty, that might have happened in 2013, but the impact was really felt this year! My son completed his contract with the USMC and he and his darling wife have blessed us with our first grandchild. Eric was baptized just after Christmas. And I have been re-thinking my eating habits, changing my attitude toward food. My love affair with sugar and carbs has had to come to an end and my adjustments have helped trim some weight off my frame. But now I'm cold. The weather has changed and my built-in insulation layer is gone, I can't wear enough sweaters!

Today is Stamp Club! If you are interested in joining or starting your own Stamp Club, stop in today after 1:00, 4:00 or 7:00 to meet the members and see the projects we are making, hear about the benefits and pick up an Occasions Catalog and Sale-a-brations brochure.

Happy Stamping!
Dee Tollaksen

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Purge . . . ummm, maybe not the image I'm going for!

I have three large baskets lined up in here, just waiting to be filled. Trash, recycle and donate. Don't stand too close to me, you might get sorted into one of the baskets.

My computer is over three years old and you know that means it is getting slow. So every time I want to blog, with a photo, I have to have another activity planned, because the computer takes a long time to think about the bits and bytes. So I look at my shelves and drawers and I sort and purge into the baskets.  It is New Year's Day, and time to turn over a new leaf and all that stuff. So I'm also trying to pick a "word for the year" while I stare at my PC screen that is slowly processing.  Purge comes to mind, but it isn't really "the word" I want foremost in my mind all year!

Today's post is a clean-up as well, of Christmas cards. Some cuties that went out in the mail and may or may not have arrived before Santa.  If you have resolved to be better than me and get your cards out before Christmas in 2015, I have a great idea for you. Go to the Stampin' Up! clearance rack RIGHT NOW and buy this kit at an amazing discount. It is only $9.99 today, discounted from $25 earlier this season! OMG!!

Then call in sick the day your package arrives, stay in your pajamas and make the gorgeous cards. The water coloring is so fun, the glimmer paper is gorgeous, the cards turn out so cute and you finish the kit in just a couple hours and have 20 gorgeous cards and envelopes. There are loads of leftovers, in French, Spanish and German, but that's OK, they are so beautiful, your friends will think you took a trip and bought your cards in Europe.

The cards shown in picture 3 and 4 are from the kit, with the gold happy and the red sled die cuts.

 Just give me a call if you have any questions about any other products. The Holiday catalog ends January 5, many products will retire forever and you will be reduced to bidding on ebay at crazy exorbitant prices to obtain them . . . others are being carried over into the fabulous Occasions Catalog that starts January 6.

I have your copy, if you didn't get one yet, let me know! Sale-a-bration starts January 6 this year, a wonderful time of year to have friends together to craft and stamp. I have some awesome products and great cards to share with you, so let's get our calendars synchronized and p a r t y ! ! !

Just leave a comment, email or call me

Happy Stamping!
Dee Tollaksen

Friday, December 26, 2014

Snap out of that holiday nap!

Congratulations!  You survived phase one of a two-phase holiday blitz! The official Christmas Day festivities are behind us, with the aftermath just settling in. And now, phase two: New Years!

You only have a week to prepare, but thankfully no one expects a card or gift, just a resolution that you will be expected to stick to for the entire year!

At Debbie's workshop this month we made this festive star card, with a base of cherry cobbler and highlights all in gold.  At the workshop we added a Christmas sentiment, but I left mine blank, planning to add a Congrats or birthday sentiment later. I think it will work great in my stash for a young man on a special occasion.

If you received a little cash to spend on yourself from Santa, or you have a little bit left in your December budget, click right over to the year end clearance and grab up some Stampin' Up! goodies. Never before have we seen Holiday Catalog favorites go onto the clearance rack before the end of the year! There are Christmas card kits, washi tape, embossing folders, ribbon, DSP, stamps, card stock, embellishments. . . really amazing prices!

Happy Stamping!
Dee Tollaksen

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Take a Christmas card break

December 20, and we are all on Christmas overload, aacckkkk!  Here is a little break for your eyes.

At Stamp Club this month we made a pretty card for "any occasion" with Work Of Art stamp set featuring vellum. Vellum is one of those cool mediums that we all love and have in our stash, but it can be difficult to work with.

We discovered that if you fold it too vigorously it will completely fall apart at the fold! If you use a generous amount of adhesive, it shows through, so plan ahead. In our case we punched the feature sentiment for the front of the card and a matching element for inside the card, to disguise the adhesive.

The rectangle with the chevron is actually a mini-card inside the vellum card. The adhesive is on the back of the mini card, so we didn't care too much that it might show at the back of the card, but just don't go crazy with a lot of glue, and it isn't a problem.

Everything on this card is available in the main Stampin' Up! catalog. But if you have anything on your wish list that is in the Holiday Catalog, don't sit on that wish too long! Those items go away in just a few days! January 5 is the last day to order, and sometimes they sell out before the end of the order period. Feel free to shop now, while you're in the holiday shopping mode anyway! Let Santa bring it for you! Shop here online Or just give me a call! My number is up in the left-hand corner.

Happy Stamping!
Dee Tollaksen

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