Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Sunrise, sunset, another day flies by

Stamp Club is a major highlight of the month around here. I select fun cards to make, and try to keep them seasonal, useful, challenging but not difficult. In other words, I put a lot of thought into them so that the Club members can try new products but not feel like it is all about SHOP SHOP BUY BUY!!!

This month we used a super simple rectangle stamp to make the pattern of Mint Macaron color on color, as seen at left. It looks super simple, but it is kind of challenging to get the stripes to look even. But when you put the simple Night of Navy square and Crumb Cake square over the stripes, the eye is fooled into believing that the stripes are neat, even and beautiful, even if the;y aren't!

Add a bit of beautiful DSP (designer series paper) in a flower die cut or a star die cut and the card is ready to congratulate your favorite girl or guy graduate!
 Next we brought out our Hostess Set Pun Intended and did a simple stamp of the light bulb after die cutting a big oval in the front of the card, making a peek-a-boo hole in the card. Add some DSP from the Pretty in Pink pack and an easy sponge of Daffodil Delight ink and the card is ready to go. We added some hearts around the face of the card, but that's optional.

The last card for May was the technique card, so I'm saving that for later, come back another time!

I will show you the cards I brought to Crestwood library. This class is so much fun for me, because it is like a workshop for my Mom every month. We do 4 cards and the library keeps the cost very inexpensive. Since it isn't a "sales" workshop I can use sneak-peek products and retired products, so it is a little extra freedom when I am designing. The first set will be available June 1st when the new catalog goes live. It is called
 Wood Words and coordinates with a die for a wooden crate, this will see lots of use in my craft room!

The Happy Birthday thinlet was very popular with the class, it is sold all by itself, so it will be affordable, also in a bundle with a cute stamp set. Get your catalog and build your wish list, be ready for June 1st!!

The last card shown was our technique card, we made an "ink pad" from a diaper wipe using re-inkers just to try something new and interesting with supplies already in our stamp room. Quite pretty!

Call me for a catalog or to book a workshop of your own. June will be a bonus month for hostesses and I would love love love to be able to give you free stamps and supplies! Email or text me if you can't call, or just leave a message right here!

Happy Stampin'
Dee Tollaksen

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Classes, Garage Sale and Subscription Deal for newbies

If you haven't tried Paper Pumpkin box in the mail, you can give it a go for a major price cut! And if you tried it ages ago, you should try it again, it has really improved and folks love it! The compact box makes it great for "take along" and all the cutting, scoring, planning has been done for you, even the stamp set is included. Just toss in some scissors and adhesive and you're good to go. It says new subscribers ONLY, but if you have a new or alternate email address, you are new!!! Just click here or copy my access code here:   https://www.paperpumpkin.com/en-us/sign-up/?demoid=106167  and be sure to enter the promo code!! STARTHERE that is super important!!

When is the last time you came over and made some cards with me? Or had some friends over to make a project? Or invited some folks to gather to craft, at a Panera or park district room? These are all options and I would love to be part of your plan, so let's talk! Here are some events that I have thought up and would love for you to join me and maybe even bring a friend!

Tomorrow, Wednesday, May 17, 7 pm -- Designer Tin of Cards $20 -- one kit available, call now to RSVP! Call, and if I am out walking the dog, leave a message! First come, first stampin'! 847/670-1161.

Wednesday, May 31, 7 pm -- Eastern Elegance Event -- Delve into the depths possible with the Eastern Elegance bundle and make 10 projects, from a clutch to hold everything, gift cards, note cards, and full size cards! All while wearing a tiara and take home a door prize! Class is $25 or place an order for the Eastern Elegance pre-order Starter Bundle or Premier Bundle and add-on the class for just $10! (order ASAP, pre-order period ends May 31)

Friday, June 9, 7 pm -- Catalog Kick-off and Card Buffet $5 -- Drop by and make some cards and pick-up a nice new 2017-18 Stampin’ Up! Catalog. Your fee will cover your catalog and the first 3 cards you select. $2 per card after that. Help me clean out my stack of card kits from classes, clubs, events and workshops.

Saturday, June 24, 9:00 am -- Garage Sale --Don’t come early and don’t miss it! 8:30 for previous hostesses and VIPs.

Wednesday June 21 at 7 pm -- bird houses on pedestals $20

Wednesday July 19 at 7 pm -- collage using Colorful Seasons bundle $25

Make a card AND mail a card!
Dee Tollaksen

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

where in the world is. . .

Not that you would know it, but it has been super busy in the world of StampwithDee. There was the whirlwind trip to Minneapolis, MN where I was one of many winners! Yes, I will admit to loving every minute of it! We got an early release copy of the Stampin' Up! catalog and totally drooled on every page. That is my travel buddy Katie pictured with me, just after we received our "Prize Patrol" reward of a new release stamp set! Oh Baby! We love "free stamps!" Never mind that we paid tens of dollars to attend this event! They are giving us "free stamps!" Whoo Hoo!!!
And lunch!!! Yes, we are quite the fun group!

And I have adopted a class once a month in Crestwood. Do you know "where in the world" Crestwood is? My Mom lives there, I grew up there and it is a nice straight shot south on the Tri-State tollway from Arlington Heights. So once a month I shoot down to the Crestwood Library and offer a class, it will be on the second Monday of the month, consistently, regularly, mark your calendars and join us! These are the cards from April, I'll show you the cards from May soon.

Also I grabbed my daughter and I whisked her off for a trip to Phoenix to see my son and his growing family. His wife just had a darling baby girl, Layla. She is gorgeous, a dark haired, blue eyed, beauty! I got tons of baby holding time and plenty of play time with Eric, too. He is 2-1/2 now and so fantastic. This is such a great age, mobile, smart, inquisitive, fearless -- I LOVE it! And Phoenix in April is great, we went to the Farmer's Market, the splash park nearby, outdoor restaurant for dinner, played at a park with no bugs. It is always such a treat to see my son & his lovies, there just are no words. I keep praying their path and our path come back together.

So I will be working on my calendar and I will share with you as soon as I can -- look forward to the annual garage sale, catalog kick-off and new classes!

Happy Stampin',
Dee Tollaksen

Monday, April 10, 2017

Who dresses like this?

 Have you noticed a trend to flashy accessories? Hmm. I have. I want to be on-board, but not too much, you know what I mean, right? Mr Llama too. He is 29 again, so he is going with the classics, all black with a touch of copper heat-embossing, flashy but classy! This is my swap card that I brought to the OnStage Stampin' Up! event in Minneapolis this past weekend. It seemed well-received, I didn't get any swap-snob reactions, which is always a relief! I have a stack of cute swaps that I received, so I will photograph and post, as soon as the sun comes out and I have a few minutes.

I am also posting my friend the lucky elephant, also showing off some tassles heat embossed in clear embossing powder. We made this card at Stamp Club and found the Night of Navy ink was slow to dry, s
o sprinkling the embossing powder and heating it not only made it dry immediately but also makes the card brighter and shiny! Then we added a little row of sequins and a smidge of glimmer paper from the Sale-a-Bration freebies. Yes, everyone likes to dress up in a little fancy somethin' somethin'!

The retirement list gets posted today, so if you have a wish list or if you have InColor ink pads but no re-inkers, better get yourself over to the website and get an order going. The inks will sell out quick and you don't want to be left high and DRY!! Click here!

And today is April 10 -- the deadline to subscribe to Paper Pumpkin for the current month, April. And this is a special month. Sara Douglass, our CEO has designed the card kit in the subscription box this month and she has included a special gift. We got a peek at the cards and they are sassy and fun! No peek at the gift though, sorry! Here is a fast click to help you subscribe!

Next photo shows me (pardon the weird squint) and my dear friend Katie Walton looking all glamorous in our sweaters and coats in the chilly conference center in Minneapolis. We won a stamp set in the Prize Patrol and while it is fantastic and we can't wait to share it with you, Stampin' Up! has sworn us to secrecy for just a little while--unless you come over in person to see me, which you are welcome to do!

And finally, the most extreme case of "Who Dresses Like This?" Mr Minneapolis--he was waiting for the light to change, we were waiting for the light to change and I happened to have my phone/camera handy--a near miracle! Elton John or Liberace? No, I don't think so, but definitely a good guess!

Clear your schedule and RSVP for the fun Cool Treats class I'm holding this Wednesday night. It promises to be a good time and I would love for you to join us! Although Mr Mpls won't be there, we can all dress with pizzazz!

Happy Stampin'
Dee Tollaksen

Friday, March 31, 2017

Hippity Hop Hop

We all make cards, and some of us actually mail the cards, LOL. So when we browse the catalog, there are stamp sets that win us over with their usefulness -- oh, for sure I will use this set over and over making birthday cards for all my loved ones! And then there are sets that are so stinkin' cute, but, heck, I don't send Easter cutsie cards! Who would I send an Easter card to? I have enough trouble keeping up with the birthday cards that I want to remember to send! Right?

But, I am telling you -- this set is a MUST HAVE!! And just go for the bundle, Basket Bunch Bundle has like 19 framelits to match the stamps, and it is totally worth every cent. I succumbed to the stamps and a week later, ordered the framelits, so I lost money by not buying the bundle, duh.

There are so many stamps that can be used outside of Easter, for Spring, Thanks, all occasion, Baby and sweet children's cards. I did two workshops with just the stamps, no BigShot at all and that is pretty much a miracle!

There is still time to order TODAY to qualify for Sale-a-Bration and plenty of time to get this set for Easter, even if you just want to make place cards or table decorations. And if you're traveling for the holiday or spring break, it is a great set to take along! Click here to drop it in your cart along with some Soft Subtle ink, Black Memento ink and some Aqua Painters, and you'll be all set. I would put the Watercolor pencils and Blender Pens on your wish list, since they are so popular that they are on backorder status for now.

If you are studying the cute chick in the corner of the carrot photo, I received it in a swap recently. I think the chick is the owl punch with some leaf framelit for the wings; but the egg was made with a framelit from the Cool Treats bundle -- it is supposed to be the chocolate syrup on top of a sundae! Aren't people clever?!

Happy Stampin,
Dee Tollaksen

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

DSP or Lacy photopolymer? Both please!

 Have you placed your Sale-a-Bration order? You've had weeks and weeks! And now you only have two days left! The offer ends March 31st, if you spend $50 you can select the gorgeous lacy photopolymer stamp set we used to highlight the left side of this card OR the Designer Series Paper (DSP) that is the highlight on the front of this card. We chose to use Watercolor Pencils to color the DSP, but you can leave it black & white, or use markers or ink & blender pens, whatever you prefer!

Call me or email or click here to place an order online to earn your free products. And if you want both, that's great! BUT if you're spending $100 bucks, you should probably consider the demonstrator kit it is only $99 and you get to select $125 of product (of your choice), and until the end of Sale-a-Bration we are also offering 2 FREE stamp sets (of your choice) with the kit!!! Also--it comes to you with free shipping, a box of catalogs, a free Paper Pumpkin kit (OMG--so many great goodies!!) So, choose wisely!! Two free Sale-a-Bration selections OR the demonstrator kit with loaded with so much product and so much promise! Whoo hoo!!! Are you thinking about it? Just go to www.dtollaksen.net, click on JOIN NOW and follow the prompts. Then you and I will talk and decide together about how much fun vs business you want to pursue with the kit!

Before the sale slips away, I just wanted to share this silly card. I combined the Tasty Trucks set and the Hey, Chick set to show the silly chicken driving the truck in bright festive colors! Isn't she sweet? Love it!

And finally, remember that the Paper Pumpkin is going to be super special in April. Designed by our CEO and loaded with a special extra gift -- you should be subscribed! If you purchase a 3-month pre-paid subscription now you qualify for a Sale-a-bration gift! That's what I call "double dipping!" Nice! Click here to subscribe!

Happy Stamping,
Dee Tollaksen

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

So many ways to be creative, so many ways to save!

Oh oh oh, I don't know if I want to stamp or paint or just build cool stuff out of paper with my BigShot and Silhouette electronic paper cutter! I've got so many options and projects going! So today I'm going to share a few little loose ends and then I'm going to dabble at a bunch of projects! The last two days I worked on my taxes, so today, it is all CREATE and no math!

Pictured is the pop-up card we made at March Stamp Club. We used the Balloon Adventures Bundle that cuts the most fantastic -- and embosses and scores -- panel for the center of a card or the front or not on a card at all. I've seen this panel used for shaker cards, party decorations, paper crowns, so many fun projects!

I want to remind you that Sale-a-Bration is winding down, and with it some great deals will be ending. If you spend $50 you can select a free gift from the Sale-a-Bration brochure -- and they are very nice stamp sets, ribbon, paper & more!

You can purchase a 3-month pre-paid subscription to Paper Pumpkin, save on the subscription and earn a free Sale-a-Bration gift. And the April Paper Pumpkin has been specially designed by the Stampin' Up! chairman!  And it will include a special gift, so now is the time to try this kit in the mail, if you aren't already subscribing.

Just click here to subscribe or give me a call or email and I'll be glad to help. Click on Shop Now, use this product number for the 3-month subscription, to qualify for a free sale-a-bration item: 137859

I know you meant to email and sign-up for the exciting and fun Creative Escape I'm offering, but then it snowed, and you got busy and then the phone rang, etc, etc. But the deadline passed and the dog threw up and the car ran out of gas. . . . . . Well, I still am saving a seat for you and I need to cut the cardstock and order lunch so if you don't call soon, I'm not going to be able to keep holding your spot! So just call! NOW! There's still a chance that I can squeeze you in and I would love to have you join us for this really fun day, even if you have to leave early or sneak in late!

Have a stampy day!
Dee Tollaksen