Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Buzzy Bees

Let's talk buzz. Bumble bees. If you haven't picked up on it yet, bees are all the rage, hip, cool. The bomb. They are "in." And come on, let's just agree, they're stinkin' cute!

This fella comes from the Dragonfly Dreams bundle and has all kinds of possibilities -- there is a detailed stamp that gives you a gorgeous set of wings and a body that looks fuzzy and a set of perfect antennae; then there is a second stamp that will add blobby color perfectly over the detailed image, so you can stamp stamp and never have to use a pencil or paint brush to add color. And if that isn't enough to make you happy, there is also a framelit to layer over either or both of those!

Then -- if you don't love this bee-- my friend, there are at least two more bees in the catalog right now and another one in the DSP, so celebrate the season of the bee and get them while the gettin's good!

By the way, the Dragonfly Dreams bundle is gorgeous! I will be sharing a bunch of samples as we go on. (When the sun comes out and I can take photos) I was at a demonstrator event Saturday and there was one bundle as the grand prize and ladies were jumping through hoops to win it! And these are folks who can buy it with a substantial discount! So we really love it after seeing the samples--and you will too!

Come on over and take a class, I have some great samples to share and fun techniques to teach. Look at the class list, at right, or pick a date and host a friend or two and book your own private event!

Place your Sale-a-Bration order now to earn free product -- click here to shop now!

Happy Stampin

Dee Tollaksen

Monday, January 9, 2017

I took a Mediterranean trip, but never left the dining room




Have you used up a big stack of post-it notes, flagging all the stamp sets that you love, that you can't live without, that must come live in your house immediately? The new Occasions catalog from Stampin' Up! is definitely a trouble maker, unless Santa left you an envelope stuffed with large wads of cash! I know want everything in this book, including the set with all the bugs. . . you will see it here, but it may take a few weeks.

Today I am sharing the Mediterranean Moments stamp set. Four sketches that cry out to be colored--with colored pencils! So I used the new Stampin' Up! Water Color Pencils. These cards need a sentiment, for sure, but I will wait until the need arises, stamp the sentiment and pop the card into the mail. So even though they look a bit naked now, the sentiment will get added before shooting out into snail mail.

I have added a class to the calendar that includes the pencils and this stamp set, so join me and you can learn a few techniques, try out the different papers, inks and coloring mediums. If you can't make it on my scheduled date, let me know and we can pick date for you to have an event for your friends!

Here is the class info: Water-Coloring Made Wonderful! Tuesday March 7 at 7 pm: Try our Stampin’ Up! NEW water color pencils, paint with re-inkers, and use artist style water color paints and aqua painters. Paper and inks matter – experiment with Whisper White card stock, water color paper, Shimmer White and Color Card stock to find your fave. Why use Momento black ink? When do you need Stazon black ink? Why does Stampin’ Up! Offer Archival black ink? Take home a fact sheet to help keep it all straight.
Class fee includes fact sheet, Mediterranean Moments Stamp Set, 12 card fronts: $30
Deluxe Class fee includes fact sheet, Mediterranean Moments Stamp Set, 12 card fronts, plus colored pencils, ½ pack Shimmer White card stock and Sale-a-Bration item of your choice: $60

Remember that it is Sale-a-Bration time here, so if you are loving this Mediterranean Moments, and you order the Water Color Pencils to go with it, then you select some Shimmer White paper or a Momento Black ink pad for safe watercoloring, you will be right at that sweet-spot where you have earned a free product from the Sale-a-Bration brochure! You might love the black & white DSP that is just waiting to be colored, since you are also ordering those great pencils! Or the fantastic Hey, Chick birds that are pecking to be colored! Either way--you're a winner!!

Happy Stampin',
Dee Tollaksen



 


Sunday, January 8, 2017

Hey, Chick! Have a Happy Day!

Girls, when I get worked up enough to blog about something, it definitely means that it is a highlight, that this product deserves a looky-loo, that my shorts are in a twist and I need to share it!

Today I have three items I'm going to tell you about, two you can buy and one you can get free! So listen up and start making your list. And if you don't have your Stampin' Up! Occasions and Sale-a-Bration catalogs, put that at the top of the list, to comment or email me and get your hands on a copy so you can see all the rest of the fantastic products we have this season!!!

The Hexagon Dynamic Textured Impression embossing folder, henceforth known as the Hexagon EF, is fabulous! You put your cardstock inside the folder and run it through your BigShot and it comes out so deeply embossed, without damaging the paper, perfect for chicken wire backgrounds! Or beehives, geometry, or your masculine workshop backgrounds, which is where you will find it in the Occasions catalog. Feel free to use it as a general purpose background,  and if you think of any others keep me informed! We are told that if you spritz the cardstock with plain water before embossing, the impression will be even deeper, but I haven't taken the time to find my spritzer (or wait for the paper to dry) so I am going on faith there.

Stampin' Up! has caught up to the coloring craze and brought a set of Water Color Pencils into the product line. We have 13 pencils, from white to black with each basic color in-between, matched to our colors, Melon Mamba for example, so we can color these darling chickens with pencils that match the card stock and then use the aqua painter or blender pens to soften the brush strokes, or blend the colors: because the pencils are water colors! So fantastic! Can you see how I used the black and blue pencils to make a shadow around each of the chicks and softened it with a blender pen? It is nice and subtle, but it makes me look like I know what I'm doing, ha!
Obviously I don't really know what I'm doing, I gave that last chicken a purple head. . . are there purple headed chickens? That would be crazy! But fun!

So the 3rd product today is the Hey, Chick Stamp Set, which is a freebie--you can't but it! You can only get it free during Sale-a-bration, from now til the end of March when you place a qualifying order. The deal is for every $50 of merchandise you purchase, you can select a free product from the special brochure and this stamp set is featured. The wood version of the set is already on back order, so definitely quite popular! I want to give you these chicks, or the Food Trucks, or the Carried Away DSP! Please contact me (by comment below or email or call me! ESP is so unreliable!) and I will set up your party at my place or yours, on FaceBook or in person! Let's get crafty together!


While you're waiting for your catalog to arrive, feel free to click on the links at the right so you can shop on line. . . of course you can shop on line any time, day or night! Place your $50 order and I will send you a nice little gift for shopping with me and Stampin' Up! will encourage you to select a Sale-a-bration item! Place any size order and I will send you a thank you card, of course!

Happy Stampin'
Dee Tollaksen



Friday, January 6, 2017

All in Good Time, my Friends!

 So if I told you we had an excavator incident in our kitchen AND my husband had surgery last month. . . would that explain why I am posting Christmas cards in January? Well, both things happened, they are totally unrelated and not really good excuses for slow posting!
I'll explain at the end, LOL

These pics are from the Christmas Shoebox Swap I hosted, brought by my talented crafty friends and customers. There have been two posts, way back in 2016, that showed the first two groups of cards.

The top card here was brought by Krista Z, and it is a Z-fold card. That Designer Series Paper was so sweet-- Stampin' Up! sold out before the season ended! I hope you got all you needed before it was gone!

Next is Adrienne E's card. Honestly, this is the card she mailed to me for Christmas. I didn't get a chance to make her card at the swap, and I think it was different. But this one is fantastic, so I am sharing it with you.  She definitely got her hands on some of the sold out DSP!

Next is Maureen K with an elegant card featuring printed vellum as an accent and the new holly punch.  This is a great design to copy if you need a lot of cards!

And our final card from the swap is from Ursula E. She satisfied our need for bling with some good use of Dazzling Diamonds glitter on the ornament card! I may have taken the photo before adding the glitter, but the final version is very fancy!

I want to thank all the ladies who joined me for the swap. You keep my business thriving and fun! And the rest of you -- join us! There is no pressure, everyone loves everyone else's work, I jump in and assist anyone that asks for design help, and the lunch was great! Watch my schedule for another event coming soon in March. . . planning is underway.

The Occasions Catalog has launched and it is full of great new products, I will be posting fantastic samples starting tomorrow. I am so glad to finally get the cards from the swap posted, since I promised ages ago! Sale-a-Bration is underway, the most wonderful time of the Stampin' Up! year! If you need catalogs or ordering advice, just let me know. Comment or email or call. Free stamps or product is a great reason to get in touch!

My holidays were fantastic, family came in from out-of-town, the baby is a little boy with a sibling on the way. My daughter wrapped up her college experience, earning her Bachelor of Science degree, my husband got a knee replacement and we had visiting nurse and PT throughout December. The kitchen did have an excavator incident, but the only damage was to Play-doh, so I definitely cannot use that as a blogging excuse! Life is good and that is why the computer hardly ever gets attention. If you need me, just email or call! People get attention, I promise!

Happy stamping!
Dee Tollaksen






Tuesday, January 3, 2017

New Catalog, new classes!

 The Occasions Catalog starts in the morning, if you don't have your Stampin' Up! Occasions catalog, give me a buzz and I'll help you get your hands on one! It is full of fantastic new products, fresh, trendy, lovely goodies you don't want to miss! I sent a load of these catalogs out in the mail, if you didn't get one, maybe you live close by and I planned to hand one to you! So call or leave a message here!

I would love to see you, maybe you can pop in for a class -- RSVP so I have materials prepped for you! And if it is a BOGO class, order ahead so you can take your stamps home with you!

“You Can’t Buy These Stamps” class – Make cards with Hostess stamp sets and Sale-a-Bration items – Thursday, January 19 at 7 pm: Thankful Life stamp set creates beautiful, unique bouquet images; Tasty Trucks stamp set lets you join the Food Truck craze without having to fight the Mayor of Chicago or find a parking spot; Hey, Chick stamps are “breaking the internet,” 3 chickens to amuse on b-days, TY, encouragement, etc. Create 6 cards for just $25

One Set – 7 Ways! Thursday January 26 at 7 pm: Use the Balloon Adventures Bundle to make 7 different items, from tags to a shaker card! Class fee is $25  OR  only $15 when you purchase the Balloon Adventures Bundle $53 (+ tax & s/h) before class (not valid for club purchases)

Elegant Love Notes – Tuesday, February 7 at 7 pm: Just in time for Valentines Day! Perfect for your Valentine, Weddng, Anniversary or any romantic occasion. Four beautiful cards featuring So In Love bundle, class fee is $20.

Water-Coloring Made Wonderful! Tuesday March 7 at 7 pm: Try our Stampin’ Up! NEW water color pencils, paint with re-inkers, and use artist style water color paints and aqua painters. Paper and inks matter – experiment with Whisper White card stock, water color paper, Shimmer White and Color Card stock to find your fave. Why use Momento black ink? When do you need Stazon black ink? Why does Stampin’ Up! Offer Archival black ink? Take home a fact sheet to help keep it all straight.
Class fee includes fact sheet, Mediterranean Moments Stamp Set, 12 card fronts: $30
Deluxe Class fee includes fact sheet, Mediterranean Moments Stamp Set, 12 card fronts, plus colored pencils, ½ pack Shimmer White card stock and Sale-a-Bration item of your choice: $60

 Cool Treats Class – Thursday March 23 at 7 pm: Designed by the professionals at Stampin’ Up! This class offers four unique card styles featuring the ice cream treats that are sure to delight. Class is $10 when you purchase the Cool Treats Bundle $48.50 (+ tax & s/h) before class (not valid for club purchases) or $20

Class size is limited, so sign up early! If the date I picked won't work for you, let me know, chances are the class fills and I can schedule a second date with you first on the list!

Happy Stampin'
Dee Tollaksen


Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Round Two of 2016 Christmas Shoebox Swap

This past Sunday I gathered with a few of my favorite crafty friends for a Christmas Card Shoebox Swap.  Each person designed a card and brought all the prepared supplies for each of our friends to make a copy of the card. Then we worked our way around the room making one of every card. Then we had lunch, everyone got a door prize -- something nice from the Stampin' Up! catalog -- and a swag bag filled with a few unique and crafty items, and we were out the door with our shoeboxes by 1:00. It is always awesome to have a bakers dozen cards designed by friends that we can study, copy, keep or send!

Yesterday I posted the first five cards from the swap, today I have 5 more and later this week I will try to gather up the remaining items. Some of them I missed because I was busy with host duties, like giving away the door prizes. I bring a basket of different items from the Stampin' Up! catalog and "raffle" them by calling names randomly. This adds to the fun, letting the crafters select their door prize, studying their options and hoping their first choice is still available when their name is called. And I am watching closely to see who picks which gift, studying what products are desirable and who likes what, so I  can bring desirable prizes to the next event and offer classes in the next few months that my customers will enjoy.

The first card highlights the retired black glimmer paper, a Halloween product from 2015. Kathy and I designed this card together, via email, LOL! We went back and forth several times exchanging ideas and suggestions and were pretty happy with the results!

Next is Iris's snowmen. I think I was last, and as you can see, the ink pad had been left open and was a little dry and sad by the time I got there. But the card design is darling and I will definitely spruce it up with my markers when time allows!



 One of my favorite techniques is CAS, Clean And Simple, leaving some white space for the eye to rest! I have mislabeled this card, it was brought by Joan S. and I didn't take time to glam up my snowman so you have to imagine him with some color in his hat & scarf. This card will really pop when it is displayed among oodles of other cards--the white space will draw your eye and let you admire it's simplicity.

And following, is Joyce's group of snowmen. Let me tell you, she completed this card for me ahead of time. That's why her snowmen are all decked out in green and red, I would not have had time and focus to do the detail work while keeping all the door prizes and snacks and everything else running smoothly at the swap!

Finally, for today, is Kathy Z's card. I totally twisted Kathy's arm at the last minute and talked her into joining us, so she accepted my help with a design that I had introduced at a class, and had CASEd from Stampin' Up! CEO Sara Douglass. I love the horizon and trees on the Shimmery White cardstock and simple black sentiment. I will be using this design all year as a sympathy card, I just think it looks so serene and peaceful.

Don't forget to take a peek at the great prices on year end close-out products. Many are current catalog items, some are holiday catalog products, and some are retired items. But all are top notch and at clearance prices! Click here to be directed to the clearance page online. Enjoy!

Happy Stamping,
Dee Tollaksen




Monday, December 5, 2016

Sharing First round of Christmas Swap Cards

How much stuff can we fit into our lives? This must be the challenge given to us before the stork drops us into our mother's loving arms. "Go: be busy! Do everything you can!" Because I feel like I can never say no or sit quietly, I'm always go, go, going! And I wouldn't have it any other way!

On Sunday I gathered with a few of my favorite crafty friends for a Christmas Card Shoebox Swap.  Each person designed a card and brought all the prepared supplies for each of our friends to make a copy of the card. Then we worked our way around the room making one of every card. Then we had lunch, everyone got a door prize -- something nice from the Stampin' Up! catalog -- and a swag bag filled with a few unique and crafty items, and we were out the door with our shoeboxes by 1:00. It is always awesome to have a bakers dozen cards designed by friends that we can study, copy, keep or send!

The first one here, I brought. I CASEd it from the Stampin' Dolce blog. She is a Stampin' Up! Artisan this year and posts beautiful work. Next (alphabetically) is Debbie with a fab Santa card in Real Red. I left off all the sparkly glitter that Debbie provided, so I wouldn't have to fuss with the drying time. But imagine it with loads of sparkle. (I'll add that before I mail it out)

Third is Barb, Debbie's sister (what happened to my alphabet?), with lots of layers and a sweet gingerbread girl. Debbie and Barb are the driving force behind this Shoebox Swap. They are great motivators for me!


 Ringing in next is Roberta (clearly the alphabet is totally gone) with the beautiful bells card.  She did us the favor of stamping all the bells and embossing them ahead of time. Thanks so much Bert!

Final card today is from Carole (I think -- correct me if I'm wrong) with happy snowman under the winter tree.

Such a fantastic variety of beautiful cards! And I have two more rounds to share with you. Hopefully in a timely manner!

Don't forget that Stampin' Up! is offering us some great prices on year end close-out products. Many are current catalog items, some are holiday catalog products, and some are retired items. But all are top notch and at clearance prices! Click here to be directed to the clearance page online. Enjoy!

Happy Stamping,
Dee Tollaksen