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

Thursday, June 30, 2016

June ends, deal ends!

Love the new catalog? Long wish list? Me too! Oh My Gosh! The foxy punch, DSP and stamps! The Swirly Bird bundle! The Mason jar stamp set and framelits bundle! And have you seen the llama?

If you are like me, and you want it all, but the tree in the back yard is not a money tree, then you need to make every penny count. So today is the day to buckle down and make that decision: make your $99 go as far as it possibly can: and buy the Stampin' Up! starter kit. There is a special offer that ends today, June 30, 2016, allowing you to select two extra free stamp sets if you join now. So don't sit on that fence any longer!! For $99 you select any $125 of merchandise from the catalog -- anything you want! Then pick any two additional stamp sets. Then pay the tax. Stampin' Up will pay the shipping, so that is another 10% savings on your selections! They will also provide you with catalogs and order forms in case you want to offer your friends a chance to see the awesome fun stuff you are making. AND they will toss a Paper Pumpkin kit in the box, just to thank you for buying your stamps from Stampin' Up!

After you commit to the $99 (+tax) you can enjoy a 20% on all future purchases, OR you can forget about this little deal, stamp away and never buy another thing. Totally up to you. Stampin' Up! will not make any further demands on you, your wallet or your time. But they are there if you need them. As am I--just let me know your wish and I will do my best to be helpful!

Anyway, that is what I did. I wanted everything in the catalog. But I didn't have a money tree, so I bought a kit and took advantage of the discount. And then I started selling to my friends. And then I got bold and I booked a workshop. And then another. And time passed. And I kept doing those things. And more time passed. And suddenly 10 years had passed and I haven't had to pay for my own stamps or paper in a decade! Nice! Still no money tree, but pretty close! LOL

And this is my job! I invite friends over to stamp, we make awesome projects and laugh, eat M&Ms,  and plan our next projects. This week we made our first Christmas cards of the year and a fun flower collage. Next week it will be a brainstorming class on tools and the Swirly Bird bundle.

Join us! It's all fun and good times.

And when the grandson calls and says "meet me at the park," I'm always available! Happy Stamping!
Dee Tollaksen

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Happy Independence Day

You know that cramp in your calf you get when you didn't drink enough water, or you stood too long, or it was 90* in the shade, or all of those things happened at the same time? Why is it called a charley horse?

And why doesn't anyone notice me stomping around my upstairs howling in pain, guzzling water, stomping some more and finally limping/walking it off? Then both the adults I live with were curious if I was going to make dinner before they had to leave for their evening commitments. I love them both and they were super helpful at my Stampin' Up! garage sale yesterday, but not good nurses.

The garage sale was a huge success. I am so grateful to all my customers who shop with me all year long and then turn out in the June heat every year to take advantage of cut-rate prices and stock up on gently used products. I promised a raffle of one kit to duplicate the flag shown above, but the sales were so stupendous, I decided to go  wild-n-crazy and make 3 kits! I had all the supplies out anyway, so I pulled three tickets and have the kits ready for Julianne, Iris and Bev, big winners! No frame, just the kits, and a few color differences, but basically the same project.

Thanks so much to everyone for the continued support. And if you didn't get a chance to stop by, just give me a buzz, there are still a few good deals to be had!

And if you purchased something that you need training to fully enjoy, (brayer, chalks, bow maker, etc) sign up and attend July 7 FREE class What the Foolhardy Thing was I thinking? where I will teach you everything you need to know on how to use the tools you own! Bring your under-used crafting tools and I'll help you figure out why you bought them.

Check out the other classes and sign-up soon, Happy Stamping!
Dee Tollaksen

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