Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Talk about swag!

I know it is like a visual mess, just a pile of Stampin' Up! junk.

But what you are looking at is all the FREE stuff I brought home from convention. I got stamp sets, Project Life kits, swap cards, a purse designed to hold an Ipad or tablet, gifts from my room mates, the Holiday Catalog, journals, project kits and so much more!

I am putting classes on my calendar today, you can view them on the right side of the blog. I will be putting out an email soon. Please email me or call me and come over to see the cards and projects we made and received. There are so many great ideas! I don't even know where to start!

Happy Stamping!
Dee Tollaksen

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Oh Boy!

Sure, it has been a while since you have seen anything crafty, but I have been BUSY!

While my son and his wife have been  in the craziest stage of their life, I have been on the sidelines, praying for them and trying to keep the home-fires calm and stable. He finished his contract with the USMC and they moved across the country, both of them found new jobs, they are pregnant, living in a sublet, looking at houses. So you can only imagine the stress!

They were home this weekend for a round of baby showers, so many hugs and smiles and well wishes! Absolutely the most joyful of visits imaginable! And now we have a month of real estate details to deal with. And then the baby!

So you can see the pretty wall hanging I made them, using the stamp set Something for Baby. Let's get together and make these for the babies in your life, it is a darling gift for a shower or birth! Leave a comment and we can set up a date!

My local grocer made the delish cake pops and I added the cute little ducks to the pop sticks.

We used the Big Shot to cut the treat boxes and filled them with cookies from a bakery. My son and his wife are both athletes. They met when they were life guards one summer. So we had a bit of a sports theme and held the shower at the sports theme restaurant in our neighborhood.

 There was a little banner we made with some help from the Big Shot also.

Tomorrow I leave for the Stampin' Up! convention in Salt Lake City. I have a ton of pictures of my swap cards and the prep that went into them. I know I'll have more pictures from convention. So July has been very slow here, but in a couple days, you'll be treated to an onslaught, so buckle up!

Happy Stampin!
Dee Tollaksen

Sunday, June 29, 2014

You're Invited, this Wednesday at 1, 4 or 7 pm

Are you "in the club?" You know that I want you to be, right? Once a month, club members come to my house and stamp, chat, place an order, pick up last month's order, share the projects they've made since last month, share their weight loss secrets, make me run up and down the stairs to get more stamps, ink colors and stamping tools, and listen to my crazy dog bark like a lunatic.

We have become friends, shared our health stories, our children's achievements, our vacation thrills, our bargain hunts and we have built an impressive craft collection! Our stamping skills have improved, but it's funny, there's still so much more to try!

Come September we will start another round and I'm sure we will find plenty of cards to make, topics to discuss and laughs to share! If you want to see what Stamp Club is like, drop in and give it a try! We will be stamping this Wednesday, July 2 2014 at 1:00, 4:00 and 7:00. Just let me know you're coming so I can save you a seat and have cardstock cut for you to make the cards!

Happy Stamping!
Dee Tollaksen

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

There were some prayers offered up, but not the ones you're thinking. . .

I'm going to throw around some lingo here, so go ahead and skim or tune out and just enjoy the pretty picture, if you aren't a stamper: this is a single layer card, made with masking and sponging AND the stamp-a-ma-jig. And I lived to tell the tale.

Some of my most dedicated stampers got together yesterday for a technique class and I tossed this card in, thinking "it's a single layer card, one stamp set, how challenging could it be?" Well, I kind of had them on the ropes already, so it might not have been a fair fight. But they will live.

And if we had done this one first, or just this one, I think we would have been fine, and they would have been bragging about it today!  Because it is pretty spectacular! I can say that because I CASEd it from Brian King who made it look super easy.

If you want to try this technique, just leave me a comment or shoot me an email, I'd love to help you out!

Happy Stamping,
Dee Tollaksen

Friday, June 20, 2014

Starbucks might be on to something . . .

Remember how the old fuddy duddy's reacted when Starbucks put a coffee shop on every corner? They just went ahead and built them and waited for us to arrive. Well, I guess the nay-sayers might have been wrong.

Whenever a new crafting trend comes along and I feel like one of those fuddy duds, I have to check my attitude. Come on, what in the world could I have to lose? A couple pieces of paper? Let's play! Get out the ink and the aqua-painter and let's have a try!

Look how pretty this is! And it didn't take much experimentation. Just two stamp sets, Another Thank You in photo-polymer and Perfect Blend. I heat embossed using Early Espresso embossing powder and the paper is water color paper.

There are a couple tricks that I would love to share with you, why don't you come on over and stamp with me. We will be making this card Monday night if you're available, just leave me a comment or shoot me an email. OR let's set up a time that works better for you!

Happy Stamping!
Dee Tollaksen

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Yoo hoo, hello there!

Oh, it's summer time and the livin' is easy, hmmm hmmm hmmm, la la la la la la la. Well, that's my story, and I'm sticking to it. I have been stamping and my cards are fabulous. But I just have neglected to share those fabulous card with the blog. If you miss me, you can always send me a message, I'll get off my lazy lawn chair and blog!

So isn't this gorgeous! I stamped and embossed with white embossing powder. Then I colored with the new Blendabilities Markers from Stampin' Up! These fun new products are currently only available to demonstrators. They are in production and they are going to be wildly popular when they are introduced, so there must be a whole bunch of stock available, and the markers need to be perfect, because we are all going to want them!

The Blendabilities are intended for coloring line images, but Cindee Wilkinson showed this technique on her blog and I loved the look. I would love to let you try the Blendabilities, come on over and take a class this Thursday night or let's set up a time at your convenience! Or maybe it is time for you to join the fun as a demonstrator and get your own collection of markers! There's a great deal going on right now, leave me a little comment or shoot me an email and  let's talk!

Happy Stamping!
Dee Tollaksen

Monday, June 9, 2014

Bargain Time

Looking for good homes for retired stamp sets, ink pads, punches, embossing folders and more. You name it, I have it for sale. . . at a bargain price!

When Stampin' Up! takes a product out of the catalog, I take it off my shelves and offer it up at a discount once a year at the garage sale.

Please come and take it off my hands!

Don't come early, and don't miss it!
Happy Stamping,
Dee Tollaksen

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