Saturday, September 24, 2016

Did your Mom teach you to check the clearance rack first?

 Cloudy, with a chance of clouds. Have you noticed that my blog posts seem to start with a weather report? I don't live for the weather, not at all, but my conversation starters seem to all center on the current weather. Something to work on!

I LOVE the Thoughtful Branches bundle and I'm so happy to tell you that there are still a few available, but it is only while supplies last and no one is saying how many there are, so if you're thinking about this beautiful hydrangea -- better jump on it while you can! Just CLICK HERE and then click on "shop now" then search for "thoughtful branches."

While you're over there, in my on-line shop, check out the CLEARANCE RACK! The initial offering of photopolymer stamps, our test offering, are on clearance. They never were published in any catalog so you may not have been introduced to them, but they are super cute, and are a fabulous deal right now, at HALF PRICE!!!

If you have a small order and you live near me, you can always email or call your order in, I can tag it on with other orders to save on shipping. If you order online and spend a bunch on shipping, I'll send you a thank-you so at least you will know that Stampin' Up, UPS and I all appreciate your purchase!

Banner Blessings (136720; $15.95) $7.98
Bite Me (134622; $13.95) $6.98
Bombs Away Birthday (133411; $13.95) $6.98
Christmas Tagables (134623; $14.00) $7.00
Countless Sayings 1  (135892; $13.95) $6.98
Dear Heart (138157; $25.95) $12.98
Eye-Catching Ikat (134624; $13.95) $6.98
Gentle Peace (139523; $15.95) $7.98
Greetings From (134621; $13.95) $6.98
Map It Out (134620; $13.95) $6.98
Settin’ Sail (133453; $13.95) $6.98
Show & Tell 1 & 2 (133450; 133481; $13.95) $6.98 each
Wanderlust (133452; $13.95)$6.98

Make something pretty and give it away! Happy Stampin'
Dee Tollaksen

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Free Stamps just for joining Stamp Club

September 2016 will go down in the books as the perfect autumn month, the kids are safely ensconced in class and the weather has looped back to August in the daytime but perfectly hit the sweet spot at night! The afternoons are hot enough to wander over to a friends home for a float in the crystal clear pool with no threat of children anywhere, then pull a nice dinner out of the crock pot and the evening cools down beautifully for easy sleeping with open windows and cool breezes. This is why we live in the Midwest: autumn!

And this is why card making is so much fun: Halloween! Vampires, skeletons, scarecrows, pumpkins, mummy, bats and witches and they are super cute (not scary)-- and there is a punch in the bundle price to make them easy to trim!

Plus we can make as many as we want and there will definitely be someone to hand them to, because the costumes come out and kids come ringing the bell and an overly decorated treat is just as welcome as a plain-old candy on Halloween!

The cookie Cutter Halloween Stamp Set is super fun and easy to use, this little candy holder features the tag topper punch, which is kind of hidden by the candy, and some thick bakers twine. It is nice that the twine easily frays for some fun texture.

These three cards/projects are from my September Stamp Club. We have a few openings and would really love some friends to join the Club to enjoy the fun and benefits of Stamping in a "benefits" club. We meet on the first Wednesday of the month, make 3 projects, pay $15 (cash or catalog purchase) and each member is "hostess" once during the "year." Meetings are at my home, so I provide the M&Ms; members can drop in any time between 1 pm and 8 pm; we meet from Sept thru June (10 months) and when you are "hostess" you get the accumulated sales benefits of all 10 members' purchases, sometimes as much as $50 or more in free product!

Our second card features the Fox & Friends Stamp Set and punch bundle. We made a cute lemony kitty and learned the technique (trick!) of how to put the 3 stamps on the acrylic block perfectly so that after you stamp them you can then punch them all at the same time! Leave me a comment if you don't know the technique (trick!) and I'll make a little tutorial and share it for everyone. Don't feel bad, no-one in my club knew this simple trick, it isn't something anyone is born knowing, but it is simple!

The third card is a beautiful all occasion card featuring Touches of Texture stamp set, which is so gorgeous! It has three different flowers, a bunch of different texture stamps and then a bonus of a dragonfly and a big fat bumblebee! I think I planned to add the bee to this card and then didn't want to mess with the color scheme. But we had fun with the washi tape. My club members haven't all jumped on-board the washi bandwagon, so this was a good project to embellish with a touch of texture and color from ribbon and washi.

Remember to take advantage of the Paper Pumpkin deal going on right now if you have never tried this subscription service before -- you can get a free month if you subscribe before October 10! Just click here and use the Promo Code BOGO.

Remember, crafting should be fun! If you aren't having fun, you should be stamping with me!
Happy Stamping,
Dee Tollaksen

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Why make Christmas Cards when summer is still hanging around?

I used to have a job that ramped up to crazy busy at Christmas--where suddenly Santa was down the chimney but my tree was still in the basement and the stockings were not hung by the fireplace, with care nor haphazardly.  It wasn't even a good job and I regret all the years that I missed the fun and excitement of anticipating the Holy Day because I was rushing out the door to work and dealing with customers and Fedex and deadlines.

Since I left that job, I focus on ways to really see Christmas for what it is meant to be. This year I am making all my cards before December--really! And when the holidays roll around, I can write a note to everyone and pop the cards in the mail with a smile and wait for the responses to roll in!

Yes! I can help you make this your success story too! Start by attending my Christmas stamp-a-stack class on Tuesday Sept 27 at 7 pm or the final class in this series on Tuesday Oct 25. We make 15 cards, 3 designs and 5 of each design, for $20. RSVP required, limited seating. The cards are straightforward, limited embellishments and will mail with no extra postage and no trouble at the post office.

The two at left are from the August class, to give you an idea of the types of cards we have been making.

If you are interested in participating in an Adhesive Bulk Buy, I will be putting in an order tomorrow, Wed Sept 21, so email me pronto! Best price available for Tombow Mono adhesive refills and dispensers and Tombow Fast Fuse refills and dispensers. Email me for details and to participate. Orders close at noon Wednesday. Local customers only.

Tomorrow is the last day for Stampin' Up! Special Offers on the website. Don't miss out! Pop over there to take advantage!

Paper Pumpkin Buy One month/Get one Month Free is zipping by --this great subscription offer is fun in a box delivered right to your home! Try it now while you get twice the fun! Click here to subscribe!
Happy Stamping!
Dee Tollaksen

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Ketchup time

Embellishments, condiments, it's all ketchup/catch up if you talk fast enough, right?!

There is so much going on in September, with Back To School, sniffing the new crayons, sewing Halloween costumes and starting the hand made Christmas cards. . . who can keep up? But I want you to relax and let me help you! Come on over and make some of your cards with me, I will do the planning, the cutting and scoring, even put out M&Ms so you can just sit and chat, stamp and glue and go home with 15 super duper cute cards ready to sign and send! These two cuties are samples from the last class and if you want to duplicate these, just let me know. You can still order the Thoughtful Branches stamp set used at left, and the Square Framelits were used to cut a post-it note for masking and sponging color into the square. It is a beauty of a card, especially in person where you can see the sparkle of the White Shimmer Paper.
The next class is Tuesday Sept.. 27 and costs only $20 for the 15 cards, 3 styles all perfect for mailing (no lumps, or bumpy embellishments that increase postage).

Also want to remind you to check my on-line site this weekend for Clearance Rack deals. The lovely red foil I was raving about has sold out but there is still Pool Party Glitter Ribbon and Fancy Foil Designer Vellum -- so gorgeous, and at prices that can't be beat! Just click here and hit the shop now button, you will thank me later!

Have you jumped on the subscription box bandwagon yet? You can get monthly deliveries of ANYTHING from dog treats and cosmetics to vitamins and vegetables, and of course STAMPS! But we wouldn't just send the stamps, we send the ink, the card stock and the ribbon and instructions, a video link and a cute box to store it all! And right now we have a BOGO going! So if you love this bandwagon or you are just getting ready to join it, it's a perfect time to try the Stampin' Up! monthly box, My Paper Pumpkin. Click here to register and get your second month free!
I have a few openings in my Stamp Club -- if you would like to mark your calendar for the first Wednesday of the month for a fun hour or so of stamping, just $15 product order and you will be rewarded with generous Hostess Benefits from your fellow Club Members one time during the duration of the club year -- just leave me a comment or send me a message or give me a call! We need you!

I think the are all caught up, so Happy Stampin',
Dee Tollaksen



Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Lovely, luscious gold and silver printed Fab Foil Acetate and Clearance Rack Refresh

 Do you love alliteration? Not nearly as much as we all love fantastic, fun, Fabulous Foil  Acetate for a REDUCED PRICE!! Right?! Okay, now that we are all paying attention, it is so easy to make your cards and projects fabulous when you add a great big panel of gold and acetate like we used on this first card or, if you're feeling like hording the good stuff, you can eek out a teeny little piece like the little polka dot square we used on the second card. Either way, the Foil Acetate absolutely MAKES the card!

Stampin' Up! has this 12 x 12" acetate in the big catalog all year, but for this week only it is on sale for just $9, so if you get on it, and order by Sept 14, you can have as much as you want for a bargain! Shop here and use this code in the hostess code box for a little gift in the mail from me!  TXHAR2GT



When you click on shop here you will find a couple other goodies, ribbon, cupcake framelits, sprinkles punch -- all good stuff -- that are also on sale for just a day or two remaining.

But be sure to check out the CLEARANCE RACK! It has been refreshed in a BIG way! Oh My Goodness, I love when the prices get SLASHED! And I stock up like crazy! Some things have already sold out, but holiday vellum, ribbons, embossing folders, RED FOIL, spider web doilies, wait, did I buy enough RED FOIL?,  so much ribbon and embellishments! Why isn't red foil in the catalog anymore? I gotta go, I need to stock up on red foil again.

And if you don't want to shop the clearance rack and create your own projects, maybe you just want to let Stampin' Up! send you fantastic pre-planned projects; all die-cut, measured, and counted out? Then subscribe to Paper Pumpkin! Right now you can try it BOGO buy one, get one free! Sometimes you get card kits and sometimes you get home decor kits, but you always get a stamp set, an ink spot and something awesome to create! Click here to try it or to send it as a gift!


Saturday, August 13, 2016

Thoughtful Branches Canvas Art

Cards are great, obviously, but sometimes it is nice to make something for your home, using the supplies you already own and love. And this Thoughtful Branches stamp set and the coordinating framelits make it a snap, thanks so much Stampin' Up! Of course, I have pulled in the Jar of Love bundle also, gotta love the Mason Jar trend that is happening right now!

Wednesday, August 17 at 7 pm you are invited to join us as we create this cute 8 x 10" canvas. There is plenty of room in this class and lots of opportunity to be creative -- switch up the colors of the hydrangeas, make the canvas tall instead of wide, go silver instead of gold on the bling, mix a couple of colors in the flowers, you be the artist here! Class fee is only $20 but you do need to RSVP so I have supplies and seats for everyone. If you're not local, leave me a comment, I can do this class by mail, no problem!

Thoughtful Branches is only available in August 2016 and while supplies last, so I don't want to start a stampede or anything but, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? If you need more of a push, check out Pinterest, there must be a million ideas posted there, this one was originally from KellyAcheson, so thanks Kelly for the awesome idea!

Pop over to my website to grab the Thoughtful Branches bundle now, before it sells out or times out: SHOP NOW 

Happy Stamping!
Dee Tollaksen

Friday, August 12, 2016

Thoughtful Branches

Thoughtful Branches stamp set and the matching framelits are currently available from Stampin' Up! And by currently I mean "while supplies last" and "only during August." So keep that in mind while I sing the praises--and you can click here any time to order online: SHOP NOW!! The stamp set has 23 stamps in photopolymer, letting you build full, lush leafy trees or thin and skinny trees or a Christmas tree or anything in between; there are two birds so they can face left and right, a star and an apple; 9 sentiments; 2 grass/foreground stamps for building scenes (wind, water, etc). 

And then the framelits! Omg!! The large leafy tree framelits can be re-imagined as a hydrangea and there is a beautiful leafed stem to coordinate with it, creating the most beautiful flower! In a rainbow of options--and I have made so many and given them away, and somehow they have not passed in front of my camera! Dang.  Check Pinterest. Smarter people have taken a million pictures. And I will.


So if my crummy photography and lazy blogging haven't put you off and you are ready to go shop online, just remember that price should never stop you-- if you feel like you would like a little help paying for your stamps and stamping supplies, I can help you! I know how you can get all your Stampin' Up products free, just like I do, just give me a call!

Happy Stampin'
Dee Tollaksen