Thursday, November 1, 2018

You're invited to a Holiday Swap

 Did I mention that I had knee replacement surgery? Well, it was 10 weeks ago and my physical therapist says I am ready to graduate. So happy days are here! Not that I am ready for marathons or even fast stair climbing, but I will have my schedule back and I won't be wiped out by an hour of intense knee rehab! Those of you who know me are well aware that an hour of intense exercise is not my cup of tea!

We had about 30 kids at the door for trick or treating, and I gave everyone a selection of toys, pencils and candy. It's funny how they check to see what they received then look you in the face and state: "a pencil?" Thanks

Not sure if that is sincere or completely sarcastic. LOL

These cuties were made special for Eric and Layla, my grands. Eric loves mail, so I sent him a couple Halloween envelopes. Hope it made his day! They are a bit fussy, way more than a typical card. Nothing hard, just scoring and folding, but lots of layers and use of great big googly eyes.

Please join us for a morning of Holiday Cards on Saturday Nov 24. I offer this event every year and it is a ton of fun. You bring one nice card and the supplies for 17 friends to make your card. Then we go from table to table copying each card, eating candy, then eating lunch! And everybody gets a nice catalog item as a raffle prize and a swag bag of crafting goodies. All this for just $25 RSVP right away so you can design your card (Free design help if you want it!)

Hope to see you there, Happy Stampin'
Dee Tollaksen

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Christmas Card Club, second session

We have passed the 100 day mark, you know, on FaceBook, when the holiday fans post that it is 100 days til Christmas?!

Hard to fathom, seeing as we just had a 93* day this week, but now it is cooler and autumn seems to be upon us, so the holidays can't be far behind.

Thankfully my holiday fans are also working in advance to make their Christmas cards and keep their stash full!

These three cards are all CASEd from talented stampers and/or the catalog, but kept nice and "mailable." So there aren't any bulky bows, deep layers or rhinestones--these embellishments tend to incur additional postage or need to be hand cancelled, thereby slowing down delivery.

The first card makes me smile. Something about party lights is just so festive and this  Making Christmas Bright bundle makes it easy too! There is a punch that cuts the light and the socket, separately, so we jazzed it up with the gold glimmer paper.

 The Tags & Tidings bundle is so cool, there is one stamp and one die, but they create 16 elements in one pass! So the cute little gift on the little tag, the label and the oval label are just 3 of the 16 stamps and label shapes that can be cut in one fast pass! A little festive Designer Series Paper (DSP) and the Tufted Embossing Folder make this card easy and elegant!

The final card is jazzed up by another folder, the Tin Tiles Embossing Folder! So gorgeous! And a nice coordinated punch and sentiment make this come together easy-peasy! Grab the Labels to Love stamp set in the main catalog and match it with the Everyday Label punch for year-round sentiments.

Just click on a link to do your online shopping!

Happy Stampin,
Dee Tollaksen

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Christmas Card Club, first session

 Major surgery = major life event! So I got  new knee. Lots of people have surgery and that's a fact of life. But when it is MY life, it takes a lot more time and energy to deal with it! So next time, YOU have the event and I will just go on with my life and send you a dinner and a card.

Anyway, these cards are from the AUGUST Christmas Card Club. Realize that the ladies who are in the club made these cards and enjoyed the session as advertised -- on the scheduled date and we each made 12 cards, 3 designs x 4 of each. Only the internet was deprived of seeing them, as I had to move right along to other events, prepping and holding, while the old blog suffered in silence.

It can take a major mind shift to design and implement Christmas cards in August! Before the Holiday Catalog products are available and while the neighborhood pools are still open every day!

After searching Pinterest for inspiration, these three are the holiday cards we made. The Sheltering Tree stamp set is so versatile. Seriously, if you only have this set, you can make birthday, sympathy, christmas, thinking of you, Home Decor frames and more. This is a super versatile, beautiful set.

The second and third card were made to highlight a limited edition stamp set that was only available in August, sorry you missed it. But they are easily modified to work with any holiday sets you already have. Just select a cute small element, to sub for the pretty bell and a Script font holiday sentiment and you are all set!

October Christmas Card Club will be held Mon Oct 1, so if you need a stack of holiday cards, drop me a line or give me a call! There is always room for you at the table!

Happy Stampin,
Dee Tollaksen

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Do you kneed to know?

Strength, flexibility, endurance . . . yep, I kinda needed help in the joint health department. And I am so grateful to those of you who sent prayers and well wishes following my surgery. I have a nice new bionic knee and my days are filled with physical therapy and rest. And that is why the WWW and the blog are not at the top of my to-do list.

But my creative needs don't rest, so I have been making things and I haven't cancelled or postponed any of my scheduled events. It is really lonely to sit home after surgery, can't drive, can't walk! So I kept making card kits and planning projects!

This particular beauty is a total CASE from the catalog, except that I didn't have the right DSP to copy exactly. Give the catalog a good browse and you'll find gorgeous projects to Copy And Steal too!

OK, I am off to practice my knee bending, squatting and stair climbing (also known as laundry in the basement).

Happy Stampin
Dee Tollaksen

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Budget Friendly

 When I present the monthly card making class at the Crestwood Library, there are new crafters and experienced crafters. And they only pay $5 for 4 cards! So there is a big planning situation -- simple enough but interesting and budget friendly (for me).  But it is definitely one of my favorite offerings, because my Mom is one of the regulars!

Last month we made these cards and one more, that I seem to have lost LOL.  Sometimes I do some of the stamping for them, like the candles on the first card. Because the yellow and green candles use the same stamp, new people and big classes can't seem to manage cleaning the stamp before dipping it into another color ink. So I did the stamping ahead to protect my ink pads, that helps keep my costs down too!

I also try to make the cards lovely and interesting without a lot of embellishments or designer series paper, although these papers are so gorgeous, I really wanted to try to tempt the ladies into investing in some supplies of their own!  So far, they are happy to come to the class and let me do the investing. Although I have to admit, some of them have asked me to do the class every week. But I know what happens then, we don't have a sold out class ever again!

So for now, it is time to pack up my goodies and head back to Crestwood for the August class. Look out Stampers, we will be having fun Monday night!

Happy Stampin,
Dee Tollaksen

Wall Hanging, straight from the catalog

While we are on the topic of copying creative projects, here is another one!

If you have ever had a copy of the Stampin' Up! catalog, you know it is also known as an "Idea Book." And for good reason, every page has samples of cards and projects created using the stamps and punches and dies that are featured.

This group of cards, tags and butterflies is from the Garden Impressions Suite of products. These stamps are so beautiful and so easy to use! You don't have to line things up perfectly, you don't have to own the perfect shade of ink and you can substitute whatever beautiful DSP (designer series paper) you have on hand.

And the branch came from my back yard! So grab your catalog and find some great ideas!

Happy Stampin
Dee Tollaksen

Friday, August 10, 2018

What do Elephants eat?

 There has been a ton of chatter online lately about copying. Publishing pictures of cards and letting viewers assume the publisher actually made the card when they didn't; copying a project and not admitting it wasn't an original idea; offering classes based on other designers work.

Let me tell you right now, Pinterest, Instagram and FaceBook make this very easy and tempting. I LOVE to browse all the cute projects that people post! Don't you? Of course! Hours of life lost to swiping and saving. But I am especially excited when a project is SO CUTE that I get off my butt and go copy it!

Today I have one for you that I have totally copied. First I had to go online and find the treat, then jump in the car and drive to WalMart to buy the treat. Then I could copy the project making sure it would fit right and hold my cookies!

Erica Cerwin designed this box and decorated it with the new Little Elephant bundle, stamps and punch. I just took advantage of her post which included the measurements and made my own version of this darling box! If you love it too, you can Google Erica, she publishes tons of great Stampin' Up! work, and she cheerfully shares the dimensions and instructions for anyone to use. 

If you are wondering what Elephants eat, obviously it is peanuts. What do Stampers eat? Nutter Butter cookies!

I would love to help you make this project or an others that strike your fancy, just let me know!

Happy Stampin'
Dee Tollaksen