Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Let's shake it together

So the new Stampin' Up! catalog has been out for 21 days, and I, personally, have placed 4 orders. Yup. Stuff that I love and want to own and use and play with.

And that means the stuff I ordered last year has to go. . . somewhere else, because I have a small room and if I don't get it out of here, I will be featured on the hoarders show and we don't want that, now do we?

So please come over on Saturday and bring your dollar bills and take home some great gently used products that you can enjoy and then pass on to your friends! Saturday, June 21 at 9:30 am. It is a fun frenzy for an hour or so, and then the craziness subsides and for another hour or so it is less crazy and then anyone that is left, I sneak stuff into their car so I don't have to put it away in my house.

This cute shaker card will be featured on Thursday July 28 at 7 pm when I offer a class with 4 different shaker cards. I will share tips and techniques to make shaker cards EASY and fun featuring a new product or two that will knock your socks off. RSVP now to save your spot. $20, bring a friend!

Happy Stamping,
Dee Tollaksen

Monday, June 20, 2016

Zero calories?! Yes Please!

I am posting this little cutie for the sake of documentation and inspiration, because, sadly, these honeycomb embellishments retired with the last catalog. This card was featured at our May Stamp Club, and I somehow just never got it posted here on the old blog, but since we like to refer to the club cards, I want to post it for you.

We had fun with the unique folds and the calorie free ice cream options!

I have updated a bunch of classes and events on the right hand side of the blog, so if you are looking for some fun activities this summer, give me a call and let's get together!

Come on over this Saturday for the big clean out--Garage Sale of rubber stamps and craft supplies! 9:30 at my home. Please come and take home some of these gently used supplies!

Happy Stamping,
Dee Tollaksen

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

It's all in the details

Same card, just a few little changes, but a whole lotta difference!

It's funny how switching up just one little thing can make a card go from "cute" to "super cute" and it's hard to even say what it was that made the big diff.  Is it the sentiment? The swap of the bow for the balloon? Maybe the fact that the flowers are just a bit bigger than the balloons? The pink panels are brighter than the orange panels?

Nope. It is the background. The white background just doesn't make the card POP like the black background does. If you swapped everything over to the black background it would all look great. . . the black background just makes it all look better.

I love a clean, crisp white card, but sometimes the black is just the better way to go!

Happy Stampin!
Dee Tollaksen


Thursday, June 9, 2016

Paper Pumpkin One Day Deal

 Every morning I wake up and craft and I see the pretty, new laptop over in the corner of my craft room. It is so nice. . . and dusty. I used to love my computer. But then microsoft made me use windows 10. Just in case you're wondering why I don't post so much anymore. Grrrr.

And so here's a few fantastic things you should know about: starting tonight, Thursday June 9, 2016, at 6 pm central, Stampin' Up! is offering you one day to sign up for Paper Pumpkin at $5 for your first box. Do It. There is no better way to try this deal! Do It. Go to www.paperpumpkin.com and sign up. Use the promo code : ONEDAYDEAL  or you don't get the deal!! Even if you only get one box then go back and quit, it is totally worth it! Shipping is included, so Do It! Watch the video, it will help.

The box will include a stamp set and ink and either a card kit or a cute craft kit. You won't regret it. This promotion is for NEW subscribers only. But. . .  if you have tried it in the past and were disappointed, seriously, the kits have improved tremendously, sign up under your husband or daughter's email and give another try. Honestly, for $5 you won't be disappointed. And if you don't want to continue, you don't have to, just go back to www.paperpumpkin.com and click the box to quit. Easy Peasy.

Okay, that cute card up there? That is the May Stamp Club card. OMG. Could I be a worse blogger? I guess so, but now that stamp set is retired. There is a new and improved fruity set in the new catalog! And this one will be at my garage sale on Sat June 25! So there ya go. I got a plug in for the catalog and the garage sale.  And I'll try to be a better blogger. Ha!

Happy Stampin!
Dee Tollaksen

Monday, May 16, 2016

So many posts, so little time

There are so many things to do every day, and time just flies by, and days bunch up to become weeks and suddenly a month has gone by!

One of the first things to be neglected is blogging, but if you are missing me, feel free to visit in person or by phone or if super desperate, try Instagram, LOL

I snuck out of town for a long weekend of crafting and one of my projects was this gorgeous canvas. It is totally CASEd from a super talented demonstrator, Krista Frattin, from Canada. She is an Artisan Award winner and I love her style, I CASE her work often. We will be making this canvas Wednesday night if you're interested in stopping by.  It is so easy, just die-cut the flowers on the Big Shot, spin the roses and hot glue everything in place. And it is STUNNING in person! I will be framing it and adding it to a wall collection in my living room.

And I will try to be more loyal to the blog. But summer is coming, so no promises.

If you need a catalog, leave me a comment. It is fabulous, so you definitely want one!
Happy Stampin,
Dee Tollaksen

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Where did you get such an idea?

In the world of stamping and card making, we are all notorious for copying the work of other designers. And it is considered a compliment, never anything else. There is even a widely known and used term, CASE or CASEing, which has somewhat different definitions, but I learned it as Copy And Steal Everything.

So, this month, when I attended the monthly meeting of demonstrators in my small group, we agreed to swap cards that were CASEd from the Stampin' Up catalog. I am sharing four today, and next post I'll show the remaining few.


 I am on a butterfly kick right now, working on a big project with butterflies. So I like this card a bunch. It has two lacy butterflies layered on top of each other, on a tag, on a card, with some gorgeous grunge and some bling.


I like the way the Designer Series Paper (DSP) has been cut at an angle and the best trick here is the star cut from two framelits nestled together to make a kind of border of a star.  Love it!




An interesting border created here by turning a tree on its side, I think we have bushes. . .? maybe?? Well, the bees seem to like the goofy trees.
Here we have a little spin on stamping that takes us a little outside the box -- stamping on DSP. I think the butterfly works great, but I'm not wild about the sentiment on these flowers.

I love getting together with other stampers and trying out new techniques. We then talk about them and discuss whether we love 'em or hate 'em or what we think our customers might think. And it is good for all of us to step outside our own comfort zone, right?

Well, I'm off to a 4-day craft retreat in Wisconsin at a kids camp this weekend. So I'll be snoozing in a cabin, bunk bed and all the fun that can be! So, don't be too jealous!

Happy Stamping!
Dee Tollaksen

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Last Chance

Just a quick reminder that today (Wednesday March 31) is the last day of 2016 Sale-a-Bration event. If you are hoping to grab up a free gift, better act fast. Some items are completely out of the question already, like the awesome glitter tape. Sorry, that's right. No how, no way, can't get you the glitter tape. But don't cry over spilt milk, jump on the rest of the action, and place your order so you get the other awesome goodies!

Click on the link:  Shop now or call or text me to place your order by phone: 847/624-0353

Happy Stampin!
Dee Tollaksen