Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Christmas Cards from your friends

The backlog of interesting things to show on the blog is huge, so I am going to try to show up more often, and show you a couple things each time. Today I have a couple cards from the recent Holiday Shoebox Swap I hosted.  Fifteen stampers gathered and brought Christmas cards to make, all of them designed, cut and prepped. Then everyone moved around the room making one of each of the cards. Some were very straight forward and others were more complicated, so it was fun to learn some new techniques and to see what other people like to do with their crafting tools.

For example, everyone raved over Michelle Kuhnie's card. I'll share it soon, she made a darling penguin from punches and card stock.
 I will admit right now, I am not a fan of punch art. I prefer to stamp and I am fine with using punches to highlight stamped elements or stamped sentiments. But to create an entire composition from numerous punches? Not a big fan. But oh boy, lots of other people were sure excited about the darling penguin!

So look for punch art to make an appearance at Stamp Club and/or at a class in the near future.

Shown here are cards brought by Barb, Carolyn and Debbie. My apologies if I modified the card from the original sample. As the host, I was busy with many activities, like raffling door prizes and awarding swag bags, so I didn't have time to finish all the cards at the event. Some of them I brought home and didn't think to take a picture because I thought I would remember the details of the cards.

Remember that there is the OnLine Extravaganza going on right now, through next Monday and a new set of Weekly Deals posted today, featuring Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper and two cute Christmas stamp sets!

Go shop now, and shoot me an email or place your order online.

Happy Stamping!
Dee Tollaksen

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Thanks for being my friend

Thanksgiving is later this week, and I have so many reasons to give thanks. My family will gather here, in my home, at the table that I usually use for stamping gatherings. (So watch out for glitter in the gravy!)

My life is filled with great joy, and I am very grateful to all of you, my customers and friends -- you are one and the same and I certainly know it! I love spending time with you and I love that crafting brings us together over and over for fun and laughter. And that we can then mail off the cards to extend that joy to another person or create a scrapbook page to preserve the memory of a happy event.

The past month has been FILLED with classes, a Stampin' Up! gathering in Milwaukee, a Shoebox Swap I hosted for Christmas Cards, a wreath making extravaganza, invitation making marathons and now my grandson is visiting from Arizona, bringing more hugs and joy to our home!

And on top of it all, Stampin' Up! is layering on two events during the on-line shopping season to make sure Santa brings you exactly what you desire this year.

The Holiday Catalog is filled with beautiful seasonal sets that will be leaving us forever, many will be retiring before the end of the catalog if the inventory is depleted. Others will just be gone when January 4 rolls around. If you have ever desired a retired stamp set, say the Girl Scout stamps from back in the early days of stamping, and checked ebay. . . ho ho ho! Those cuties cost an arm and a leg! So don't let a cute set like the Thankful Forest Friends retire and leave you without a fancy fox in your collection, because when he is gone, he is gone forever! Click HERE  for the PDF and get your order in ASAP!

The online extravaganza has Monday, Nov 23 and Monday Nov 30 Flash Sales and the rest of the week there are loads of fab deals, not to be passed up -- some of my faves are the BigShot Magnetic Platform, metal rim pearls, Fancy Foil Vellum in gold and silver, Butterfly dies, so many more I can't choose! Some as high as 40% off, so click HERE for the Online Extravaganza PDF and Click Here to SHOP online NOW!!

  Monday Nov 23 only:
Buy 3 Select Designer Series Paper, Get 1 Free**
138445 Everyday Chic DSP
138446 Bohemian DSP
138440 English Garden DSP
138448 Farmers Market DSP
138447 Sweet Li'l Things DSP
138450 Merry Moments DSP
138444 Timeless Elegance DSP
138187 Schoolhouse DSP
140771 Happy Thoughts Paper Pumpkin Kit - 50% Off $17.00 $8.50 Online
135863 Gift Box Punch Board - 30% Off
133774 Envelope Punch Board - 30% Off

Monday Nov 30 Only:
Project Life Bundle - 
30% Off Striped 12" x 12" Project Life Printed Album,  This is the Life Project Life Card Collection,  This is the Life Project Life Accessory Pack, Variety Pack 2 Project Life Photo Pocket Pages

 Tiny Triangles Textured Impressions Embossing Folder - 20% Off

Christmas Tagables Photopolymer Bundle - 20% Off Christmas Tagables Stamp Set (Photopolymer) Online,  Scalloped Tag Topper Punch

Love ya! Happy Stampin'
Dee Tollaksen

Monday, October 19, 2015

Don't say I didn't warn you!

The rare but much sought sale has popped up!

It doesn't happen often, so you have to act now and be glad you were paying attention!

Current catalog and Holiday catalog, every stamp set and single stamp is 15% discounted. Bundles are already 15% discounted, so they are not further discounted.
Today, Monday Oct 19 thru Friday Oct 23 only. Call, email or order online. www.dtollaksen.stampinup.net

My special thanks to you: I will have a mystery hostess! Anyone placing an order by Thursday via email or phone will have a chance to win the hostess benefits of the Stamp Sale Order. The more we order together, the larger the mystery amount will grow!

Remember, if you are spending $99 you might want to think about the demonstrator kit -- just ask me about all the cool stuff you get, like free shipping!

And if you hit the $150 mark on your own, you have already earned Hostess Benefits and I will tell you how to collect them for yourself rather than risking the mystery lottery!

Are you ready for Halloween? If you have a few favorite Trick-or-Treat guests or if you have an entire school of kids you want to make feel special, I have a ton of great easy ideas and products to glam up the snacks and presents you are giving. This darling bag was one of our October Stamp Club projects. Stampin' Up! offers the treat bags in the catalog, making it so easy to decorate for any holiday or birthday, but the design can be transferred to a card just a easily. This stamp set was used on the Witches Hat project -- so popular it sold out in record time!

Text me your stamp order today, the rest of my week promises to be B-U-S-Y!
Dee Tollaksen

Sunday, October 18, 2015

I'm making a list, checking it twice, gonna see what's naughty or nice

 Are you a list maker? Do you have a Christmas list? A birthday list? A stamp wish list? These are all relative questions since Christmas is sneaking up on us -- I bought my first Christmas gifts yesterday! I'm posting a birthday card, or two, today! And Stampin' Up! is announcing a short and sweet sale on stamps starting tomorrow!

There is a one-line message to demonstrators warning/announcing that there will be a 15% sale on all stamps from Monday October 19 through Friday October 23. More details Monday. So we don't know if bundles are included, if stamps in demonstrator kits are included, but I'm sure they are! Or if stamps in the Holiday Catalog are included, but of course they would be!

So get your post-it notes out and start marking up your catalogs, call your stampy friends and gather up your orders!

I'm happy to run a special "mystery hostess" deal for anyone placing orders by Thursday -- one lucky lady will receive some free goodies if we hit that $150 mark! But if your individual order hits the mark, you earn those free goodies! Or if you and your friends can hit that sweet spot together, you can bundle your orders and order something fun together with the hostess benefits!

These cute Birthday Builder Stamp Set cards were featured at the October Stamp Club get together. We have two more cards to share, so stay tuned!

Just shoot me an email or give me a call or just leave me a message here!

Happy Stamping!
Dee Tollaksen

Saturday, October 10, 2015

1 + 1 = x The answer will amaze you!

 One super cute stamp set and One pack of DSP (Designer Series Paper) = an entire hospitality suite, ready to enliven your Thanksgiving table or any autumn party you are hosting or attending! If you are so lucky that you are attending a party this Thanksgiving and you send a gift basket ahead of time, with darling cupcake picks, place cards, mini-treat bags that can hold flatware & napkin sets, a candle holder or floral vase, some candy treats -- well, you can be sure that you will be invited back for Christmas!

The Thankful Forest Friends are so stinkin' cute, and paired with the Into the Woods DSP, you barely need to "design" anything, just let the stamps and paper do the thinking for you! Better yet, come on over to my place on Wed Oct 21,  at 7:00 pm: we will be making place settings, place cards, treat boxes,  center piece elements, cupcake toppers and more from Into the Woods suite. Dress up your table or at least the dish you bring to share! $20 please RSVP.

Happy Stamping!
Dee Tollaksen

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Messin' around with the boards

 I have been so busy busy with a million projects, they just need to be completed and photographed. But the sun has left me high and dry and I have definitely not adjusted to these shorter days! Yuck.

So, here are a couple super cute projects I managed to complete, using the Gift Bag Punch Board. This tool costs just $20, makes darling gift bags, very EASY and cute. But then you can whip out a bunch of other awesome gift packaging.

This box is substantial and super pretty. I feel like I could make a big pile of them without losing a finger, or getting a migraine. Sometimes a bride or hostess will ask for a box or bag to be used as a party favor, and I'll cringe because it is so difficult to assemble. . . but this one is just super easy!

And then I applied the same principle to the wine bottle wrap, and it works beautifully. After Halloween comes and goes, you will be thinking Christmas, so keep this in mind! It is quick and easy and looks great! Wrap up a bottle of wine, olive oil, bath oil or hand soap, add a tag and your gift looks like a million bucks!

I am determined to finish up all the projects on my table, get pictures of them and share them, and SOON, so look out!

Happy Stamping,
Dee Tollaksen

Monday, September 21, 2015

Animal Prints + Glitter = classic combo

What is today's date? I am so totally flummoxed! Days are flying by, one day it is hot and summer, another it is cool and autumn, then we will have three solid days of Noah-style hard rain flooding the town so nothing gets accomplished. And suddenly it is September 21st!

We had out-of-town visitors this weekend, my darling grandson is in from Arizona because so many young people are getting married. My son and DIL had two weddings to attend, splitting their time and letting the sweet baby visit both sets of grandparents. And another weekend flies by as if time has no respect for our need to soak up baby love and family hugs from children who live far away. Sigh.

So finally, here are the final cards from Stamp Club for September. We had a circle theme happening, by coincidence. As my planning was underway, I realized this was happening and I went with it. I figured I would show how versatile the circle framelits are and that many sentiments could be used with a circle shape.  The top card was offered with the butterfly or with leaves using Farmers Market DSP, allowing members to have a feminine or masculine style card.

The second card shown here was more sparkly with quite a bit of gold glimmer paper used. the front of the card is cut short and the DSP (designer series paper) is actually adhered INSIDE the card so it is showing  or peeking out. The top flowery paper is from English Garden pack and the bottom card is from the 6x6" paper stack Go Wild.

Roberta had just finished telling us that her son thinks she should stop wearing shirts with animal prints or glitter because of her age -- when I blithely suggest this card would be perfect as a masculine all-occasion card. She thought she could use it to send to him and tell him she was going to keep wearing what she likes to wear. LOL

Our next Stamp Club gathering is Wednesday October 7 at 1:00, 3:30 and 7:00. You are welcome to join us, just RSVP so I have cards prepped for you! Comment here or give me a shout!

Happy Stamping,
Dee Tollaksen