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






Sunday, November 20, 2016

Listen for the starters whistle!


Ready? Set! Sleep. . . Go!!! Monday November 21 begins the Online Extravaganza!!

So, if you're reading this on Sunday, you should print out and study this long fantastic list of Stampin' Up! products that will be special priced and make your wish list!  Click here for the list!! 

The way the sale works is that on Monday there are some fab sales good for Monday only; then there are many items good for Monday Nov 21 thru Monday Nov 28; and a big finish with another day of specials only on Monday Nov 28! So grab a highlighter and a credit card! And study the list so you don't miss a good deal!

If you want to order online, just click here! then click on SHOP NOW. and be sure to use the hostess code CCNZ2DX9 to qualify for a special gift from me! 

If you prefer to email or call in your order, that's great too! I'll still have a special gift for you! Just hit me before 5 pm, because I have plans (Dancing with the Stars might be involved). And I don't want you to miss out on any of the deals!
deetollaksen@gmail.com 

Wondering about the pretty silver and Rich Razzleberry card? The Embellished Ornament Stamp Set and Delicate Ornament thinlets sets are both on the one day special for Monday Nov 21 at 20% off! You won't find silver glimmer paper BUT you will find Blushing Bride glimmer paper at 30% off! so you will be all set for Valentine's Day! 

Have fun shopping!
Happy Stamping,
Dee Tollaksen




Wednesday, November 2, 2016

New Month, New Deals -- let's call it Newvember


I won't get all preachy about being grateful here, now that it is November. . . at least not today. Nope. I'm all about gratitude all year long. So let's just dive right into the cool new product and the awesome sale Stampin' Up! is offering!

Stitched Shape Framelits will be featured in the next catalog, but we are getting a sneak opportunity to purchase them this month and a whole collection of coordinating stamp sets are on sale 25% off to sweeten the temptation!  There are ovals, squares and circle frames with the stitches embedded. These are meant to appear like stitches -- not for you to go in and add thread or stitching to your card. 

With Stitched Shapes Framelits you can make "paper stitches" in seconds, turning any project into one that is stitched from the heart. 

I have been using some of these sets frequently this Fall and I'm so jealous that you will now be able to buy them at a discount! The Merry Mice was the first set I grabbed from the Holiday Catalog! I love the sentiments in Tin of Tags set! OK, go click over to www.dtollaksen.stampinup.net and check them out or grab your catalog. Then order away or email me your order or call and we can get together to stamp and talk about the best way to get the most for your money!

Please join me for the Annual Holiday Shoebox Swap on Sunday November 27. If you haven't heard about it yet, and you need more info, email: deetollaksen@gmail.com  It is a fun morning of stamping and then lunch, plus great door prizes for everyone.
Happy Stamping!
Dee Tollaksen


ITEM
DESCRIPTION

RETAIL PRICE
SALE PRICE
145372
Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies-Set Of 12 Dies Which Includes Four Circles, Ovals, And Squares

$30 USD/$40 CAD
No Discount
142069 (HC P. 11)
Greetings From Santa Wood-Mount Stamp Set

$27 USD/$35 CAD
$20.25 USD/$26.25 CAD
143269 (HC P. 11)
Greetings From Santa Clear-Mount Stamp Set

$19 USD/$25 CAD
$14.25 USD/$18.75 CAD
142114 (HC P. 15)
Hang Your Stocking Photopolymer Stamp Set

$21 USD/$26 CAD
$15.75 USD/$19.50 CAD
142049 (HC P. 19)
Christmas Pines Photopolymer Stamp Set

$35 USD/$43 CAD
$26.25 USD/$32.25 CAD
142142 (HC P. 23)
Merry Mice Wood-Mount Stamp Set

$23 USD/$30 CAD
$17.25 USD/$22.50 CAD
142145 (HC P. 23)
Merry Mice Clear-Mount Stamp Set

$17 USD/$22 CAD
$12.75 USD/$16.50 CAD
142180 (HC P. 33)
Tin Of Tags Photopolymer Stamp Set

$21 USD/$26 CAD
$15.75 USD/$19.50 CAD
142206 (HC P. 43)
Suite Season Wood-Mount Stamp Set

$28 USD/$36 CAD
$21 USD/$27 CAD
142209 (HC P. 43)
Suite Season Clear-Mount Stamp Set

$20 USD/$27 CAD
$15 USD/$20.25 CAD
140386 (AC P. 31)
Oh, What Fun Photopolymer Stamp Set

$21 USD/$26 CAD
$15.75 USD/$19.50 CAD
141859 (AC P. 61)
Baby Bear Photopolymer Stamp Set

$26 USD/$32 CAD
$19.50 USD/$24 CAD
141784 (AC P. 139)
Blooms & Wishes Photopolymer Stamp Set

$21 USD/$26 CAD
$15.75 USD/$19.50 CAD



Sunday, October 30, 2016

Let's get together to stamp & swap

Holiday Shoebox Swap

You're Invited

Sunday, Nov 27, 2016
9 am until 1 pm

Sports Page Restaurant
1330 E. Rand Rd.
Arlington Heights, IL

It's time to start jamming your calendar with fun holiday fun! Get some great Christmas events scheduled, beginning with the annual Christmas Card Shoebox Swap. For a morning of fun, and stamping and then lunch with crafty friends, just email me to save your spot. You plan a card, box up all the supplies, RSVP with your $25 fee and I will provide the door prizes, swag bags, drinks, lunch, chocolates, and friends! Call or email for free assistance planning your card if you're not sure about how easy or complicated a card should be. . . I'm here to help. Please plan to use Stampin' Up! supplies--that way everyone knows all the cards will be top quality!

This week I attended a demonstrator swap along with Debbie B, a member of my team. Debbie came over for a few minutes a couple days before the swap to plan her card. We were challenged to use a palette of colors including Smoky Slate, Rich Razzleberry, Elegant Eggplant, Soft Sky and one or two add'l colors of our choice. I used Garden Green on my card, to accent the flowers from Jar of Love. I saw a card on SplitCoastStampers by Iliana Crouse and I had to CASE it! Debbie saw a card with Christmas lights and made her own version with the challenge colors and modified it using the Stampin' Up! balloon punch to create lights! Clever, right?! The electric socket is from Embellished Ornaments framelits and the sentiment is from Wonderful Year stamp set in the Holiday Catalog. 

Hope to see YOU at the Shoebox Swap on Nov 27!
Dee Tollaksen

Friday, October 28, 2016

Whoa, when does this merry-go-round slow down?

Friends, when I got on this fun merry-go-round called life, I must have asked for the front of the ride. The all-inclusive pass where you never have to get off and go stand in line again and rest your equilibrium. I feel like I never get to catch up, and the next time around starts again!

This month I keep pushing one project to the side so I can work on another project that has a looming deadline, but I need to pull back the first project because the stamping friends are coming over TONIGHT to work with me! And then it starts again tomorrow!

So here are a couple cute Halloween projects I haven't shared with you. I have a fun party to attend this weekend, a couple Cubs World Series games to watch (that means parties) and my wonderful son has decided to come home for all the hoopla of the Cubs fun along with his fantastic family. One side of the brain is rejoicing, the other side is panicking. Can you tell? This paragraph is supposed to be about cute Halloween projects!

The fox punch makes an adorable Black Cat silhouette against a simple circle and the bright yellow moon, the black bat is also from the fox punch, it is used to make a fox into a raccoon! You can't really tell, but the whole element is attached to a clear treat box made from Stampin' Up! window sheets. It is very fun to put a candy or cash gift in a clear gift box.

The next image is made from the Jar of Haunts bundle. I cut the stamped Mummy and the second one is just card stock cut to look like Frankenstein cut with the framelits, and I cut a bunch of index cards with the jar framelit. I ordered a box of 1/2" split rings to hold the notepads and added the darling grey or black tassles -- a hidden gem in the holiday catalog.

And finally the simple candy holder made from the scallop top tag punch. You can't really see it, behind the candy bar, but if you look at the bakers twine, it is tied in the little hole at the top of the tag. And our Halloween Cookie Cutter bundle makes it so easy to stamp and punch our vampire friend and pop him on this treat!

You have just a few days left to take advantage of the Stampin' Up! sale on Designer Paper-- remember that it is buy 3 of the regular DSP and get a 4 package free. If you are thinking "gee whiz, I already have so much and I'm not using what I've got" let me help you with a few good ideas to start whittling down that stash! Starting with how you store it -- get a 12" magazine storage box so you can easily flip through your current favorite DSPs. If you can see them and access them, you will use them more often!

Join me for the Annual Christmas Card Shoebox Swap on Sunday November 27. We each bring a card design, then move around the room making each other's cards. There are door prizes, chocolates, lots of FUN and then a great lunch! All the cards are beautiful and easy to make and we would love for you to join us! Email or call for details or to register.

Happy Stampin'
Dee Tollaksen




Sunday, October 2, 2016

Free Class for Tin of Cards -- order now while it is priced to move!!



Who says organization has to be boring? This fun printed tin gives you plenty of room to store the cards that you make from this kit, plus room for more. Kit includes tin and enough card bases, accents, and envelopes for 16 cards, 4 each of 4 designs. Coordinates with Designer Tin of Cards Stamp Set (item 141739).

On Sale for the next 4 days--only $20.25!! And I will throw in a special FREE class time to complete the stamping! Come use my stamps and inks to complete the cards exactly as shown or any way you wish! Saturday, October 29 at 1 pm, no charge! Order your kit now and bring it along or pick it up on Saturday.

Complete the kit using the Designer Tin of Cards Stamp Set (item 141739). Stamps, ink, and adhesive sold separately. Instructions included.

Kit includes
* 16 card bases and envelopes
* Printed tin box with lid, 6-3/4" x 4" x 5-3/8" (17.2 x 10.2 x 13.7 cm)
* File tab dividers
* Printed die-cut images
* Die-cut Designer Series Paper and vellum
sheets
* White cardstock tags with gold foil print
* Washi tape
* Baker’s Twine
* Sequins
* Gold paper clips

Attend the FREE class on Saturday, October 29 and you will have access to a few Halloween stamps to make Trick-or-Treat goodies too!

There are a few other goodies also featured: In-color card stock, Fast Fuse adhesive, Envelope Paper and the Envelope Maker Board, so don't miss out!

And All of October Stampin Up is offering a special deal on Designer Paper! Give me a jingle and I'll help you design fast and easy Christmas cards to take advantage of this special!

Happy Stamping,
Dee Tollaksen