Monday, November 24, 2014

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Better when shaken, not stirred

 It is party time! When do the holidays officially start? When I am commissioned to make party invites that have fun cocktails as the focal image!

These were lots of fun to make with my friend Elaine and she throws the best parties! These invites were for a cocktail party shower for a darling young woman who is getting married soon.

When making a whole bunch of cards, it is important keep the design simple but still fabulous! So there are some nice bright colors, and bright bold layers, but we limited the details and the fussy work.

If you ever need help designing a fab card for an invite, give me a call!
Happy Stamping,
Dee Tollaksen



Monday, November 17, 2014

ENJOY a break from Christmas cards

Don't worry, I'm still making Christmas cards. But some people happen to be born during November and December. Imagine that!

And it is nice to send them a card. Even if it is weeks and weeks late. Bad Aunt Dee. But there will be a nice check inside, Good Aunt Dee.

I brought this card to a fun day of swapping and card making with demonstrators in October and it was very well received. I CASEd (copy and steal everything) from Ilina Crouse, she has an awesome blog. The trick is to think of a word that has no repeated letters because the alphabet thinlet has one set of letters. So if you want HELLO, you have to run the L through your Big Shot twice, and that doubles the work. A Halloween card with BOO, looks cute and simple, but two Os is double the work. So I  recommend WISH, ENJOY, words with no repeats!

I'll be back soon with another Christmas card. I still have quite a few to share!

Happy Stamping,
Dee Tollaksen

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Pretty Packages all tied up with string

After I have stamped so many cards all year long and saved every scrap of cardstock and every tiny piece of glimmer paper, there comes a time when I have to figure out what to do with it.  Use or clear it out of here! And with the New Year approaching, I definitely get an itch to clean house and clear out the bits and snips and little  piles of "good stuff" that accumulate.

Making tags like these and fancy bags is a great way to go through all the saved bits and make your packages look gorgeous. Spread out on the bed or floor with your bins and your glue and just keep punching shapes until there is nothing left but absolute trash and punched shapes, then group the shapes. Stack them up, make sure there is a bit of bling, some texture and use up those odd buttons and brads.
 Every little piece of ribbon and length of twine can find a place on a tag. Every piece of doily. These packages look fabulous with all the stars and they are from the smallest bits of glimmer paper.

Once you have the tags, attach them to the bags and boxes and containers in your stash. Line them up or group them on tables and shelves, as decor for the next few weeks. Then as you shop and prep for Christmas you will be ready to just pop the gifts in, add a name to the tag and move them under the tree!

And you will think of me and be happy because you have more room in your craft cave for more supplies! LOL

Call me and come on over and stamp!
Dee Tollaksen

Friday, November 7, 2014

3, 2, 1 -- STOP counting down!

Does your face make that funny "lemon head" look every time someone says "only 58 days til Christmas" or just "7 more Fridays til Christmas?"  I just hate the idea of counting down my life that way. Let's just enjoy the season and re-phrase it somehow.

How about "58 more days of stars and bows til Santa comes!" or "7 more weekends to create pretty vignettes in my living room!"

This gift bag sports a gorgeous Christmas card, dangling from a strip of card stock punched with the new Confetti Stars Punch, I simply cut a slit in it and glued the whole strip onto the bag, with the bottom of the strip un-glued, so the card could be slipped in. Easy-peasy!

Still room for you to join us next weekend, I'd love to have you . . .

Holiday Shoebox Swap & Craft Extravaganza  Saturday Nov 15 from 9 am til 10 pm

just leave a comment or email me and I'll send you more deets and get you all set up!

Happy Stamping!
Dee Tollaksen


Sunday, November 2, 2014

You are invited, this event is sized just for the beginner, to the advanced, something for everyone

Holiday Shoebox Swap
& Craft Extravaganza
Saturday Nov 15 from 9 am til 10 pm
Wyndham Glenview Suites,
1400 Milwaukee Avenue
Glenview, IL

Design your Day by choosing from these options:
Morning, select one: A or B 9:00 til 12:00
Afternoon, select two: B, C, D or F 1:00 til 5:30
Optional Evening Session, select one: B, C, D or F
7:30 til 10:00, Pajama Party!!

Option A- Holiday Shoebox Swap -- $20 Bring your pre-designed and pre-cut card supplies and participate in a morning of stamping! Make a variety of Christmas cards and fill your stash! Up to 20 participants, everyone receives a Stampin’ Up! door prize!

Option B-Many Merry Stars Kit Class $40 Everything you need to create 26 stars with supplies in the Many Merry Stars Kit, styrofoam wreath, fabric and adhesive to make door wreath.


Option C -- Christmas Advent Boxes $40 -- Assemble 25 darling boxes as a banner or ornaments, includes cherry cobbler ribbon, Trim the Tree DSP paper Stack & black memento ink pad, use of my stamps, CS & punches while in attendance!


Option D -- Hello December Project Life Class $55 -- Get your album all ready for this season, or fill it with 2013 pictures! Kit includes Project Life Hello December cards, embellishments, album & pocket pages.


Option F-Bags, Tags, Boxes Oh My! $35 -- Create 2 bags, 2 holiday cards, 2 boxes and lots of super cute gift tags! Class includes Cheerful Tags Stamp Set and Under the Tree accessories set.


Early Bird Swag Bags for the first 10 paid RSVPs. Nov 6 deadline for all class supplies. Late RSVPs may not have all supplies.

Wyndham Suites is offering a courtesy rate of only $89 for double room on 2nd floor, atrium view, includes free breakfast. Make it a getaway!

Leave a comment, shoot me an email or give me a call. There is limited space and a short window of opportunity! Don't miss out, these kits are AWESOME! Come back for more pictures!

The Many Merry Stars Kits are used is Option B. I have used an 8"
 wreath form and just 7 of the 26 stars that come in the kit. There are so many stars and so many possible combinations!  
This particular sheet comes plain, blank. You can leave it that way, or stamp it, or emboss or whatever you desire. Then make it into the stars. It lets you match it to your decor or tree or whatever you have going.

Shoot me any comments or questions and let me know if you want to come. I'll let you know how to send in your payment to save your spot!

Comment here, or email at dtollaksen at wideopenwest dot com

Happy Stamping!
Dee Tollaksen


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Calgon, take me away. . .for a stamping and crafting day!

Holiday Shoebox Swap 
& Craft Extravaganza
Saturday Nov 15 from 9 am til 10 pm
Wyndham Glenview Suites,
1400 Milwaukee Avenue
Glenview, IL

Design your Day by choosing from these options:
Morning, select one: A or B
9:00 til 12:00
Afternoon, select two: B, C, D or F
1:00 til 5:30
Optional Evening Session, select one: B, C, D or F
7:30 til 10:00, Pajama Party!!


Option A- Holiday Shoebox Swap -- $20 Bring your pre-designed and pre-cut card supplies and participate in a morning of stamping! Make a variety of Christmas cards and fill your stash! Up to 20 participants, everyone receives a Stampin’ Up! door prize!
 
Option B-Many Merry Stars Kit Class $40  Everything you need to create 26 stars with supplies in the Many Merry Stars Kit, styrofoam wreath, fabric and adhesive to make door wreath.

 
Option C -- Christmas Advent Boxes $40 -- Assemble 25 darling boxes as a banner or ornaments, includes  cherry cobbler ribbon, Trim the Tree DSP paper Stack & black memento ink pad, use of my stamps, CS & punches while in attendance!

Option D -- Hello December Project Life Class $55   -- Get your album all ready for this season, or fill it with 2013 pictures! Kit includes Project Life Hello December cards, embellishments, album & pocket pages.

Option F-Bags, Tags, Boxes Oh My! $35 --  Create 2 bags, 2 holiday cards, 2 boxes and lots of super cute gift tags! Class includes Cheerful Tags Stamp Set and Under the Tree accessories set.

 Early Bird Swag Bags for the first 10 paid RSVPs. Nov 6 deadline for all class supplies. Late RSVPs may not have all supplies.


Wyndham Suites is offering a courtesy rate of only $89 for double room on 2nd floor, atrium view, includes free breakfast. Make it a getaway!

Leave a comment, shoot me an email or give me a call. There is limited space and a short window of opportunity! Don't miss out, these kits are AWESOME! Come back for more pictures!

Happy Stamping,
Dee Tollaksen



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