Thursday, August 10, 2017

No, it isn't too hot to prep for Christmas!

Want to feel a little cooler on a hot summer night? Make Christmas cards! Somehow it has a way of taking the heat off! Maybe it's because you know you are taking the stress off of a holiday task that you "want to do" but it is just one of 100 other things you "want" or "need" to do between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

If you were in my Christmas Card Club you would be well on your way to a tall stack of pretty cards ready to mail to friends and family this holiday season! But you can still join us for the next 3 months. Just RSVP that you want to attend or purchase the "to-go" packet and I will do all the planning, cutting, scoring and prep for 12 cards (4 copies of 3 designs each month) for just $30. Shipping extra.

The first one pictured here uses the A Little Wild stamp set and "galaxy technique" on watercolor paper. Intrigued? It is very easy and lots of fun, leave a comment and I can do a video if anyone is interested.

Next is one of last year's most popular bundles, Cookie Cutter stamps & punch. I have added red noses so of course it looks like Rudolf and his best girl deer.

Finally for August we had the Eastern Beauty bundle masquerading as a poinsettia! So pretty, and easy. I try to make the cards flat and lightweight so mailing them will be no problem and no extra postage, so if they seem very simple and lacking in embellishments, that is intentional! If you plan to use the cards on gifts or hand them to the recipients, you can always add bows and bling!

We would love to add a few people to the table and there is always room for "to-go" folks, so just send me an email to RSVP or give me a call to join us next month on Wed., Sept. 11 at 7 pm or to reserve your packet.

Happy Stampin,
Dee Tollaksen

Monday, July 31, 2017

Last Chance

Couple of things to be sure to share today, especially if you have a large wish list that you're ready to GO on -- Monday, July 31, TODAY, is your last chance to take advantage of the Christmas in July promo from Stampin' Up! and it is worthwhile! If you purchase the starter kit -- $99 and you get to select any $125 of product that you want from the catalog! -- you get a bonus kit of essentials and a free Christmas stamp set that won't be available until Sept. 1st. -- a value of $72! Just click here and select JOIN NOW to do it online or contact me if you want to chat a bit more or need some help or encouragement!
Also, if you have been waiting for the gorgeous and highly sought-after Daisy Punch to come into stock, it is finally available. Who knows how many we received or how long they will last? But for now you can order the punch and the punch/stamp set bundle. I made these gorgeous Gerbera daisies with the punch and decorated the jar with the coordinating DSP. 

Stamp Club will start in September, but I am throwing a Summer Camp theme Pre-Stamp Club event this Wednesday. Everyone is invited, just RSVP by email or phone that you want to come. We will make 3 cute cards and I can tell you all about the benefits of club and how inexpensive it is. For just $15 a month you can join us, we learn new techniques, try all the new products, meet new friends and each member receives hostess benefits once during the year! Just click here to RSVP.

Hope to see you here!
Dee Tollaksen

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

July 2017 Easy Shaker Card using a Paper Pumpkin kit

If you aren't a Paper Pumpkin monthly subscriber, you are missing out on a super fun mail day! I love when I open the mailbox to find the bright orange kit filled with pre-planned cards or goodies that I can just open up and create. No agonizing over stamp choices, color coordinating or sentiment selections -- it has all been done for me! BUT if I feel the urge to go off the path, who could blame me? This month the kit is super cute and has four different card styles, two of which offer a big die cut window on the front of the card. So I think SHAKER CARD immediately but there aren't any window sheets or sequins in the box, but that doesn't stop me -- because I own acetate and sequins! So here is a video for you, and it is pretty much uncut, just me opening the box and making a card! Enjoy!

And then subscribe! Because you never know what next month will be and you sure don't want to miss out!

Just click here, provide your credit card and then check your mailbox!
Happy Stampin',
Dee Tollaksen

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Sunday Funday -- cards to peek at, class to join

 Are you going through envelopes and postage super fast, like hitting critical shortage on envelope/stamps supplies? No? Well what's up with that? There are tons of birthdays, graduations, weddings and showers in the summer and you should be making and sending cards like crazy!

Stampin' Up! is doing our part, we have a $5 coupon for every $50 you spend. Just place an order on-line HERE or in person, and you will get an email from the home office with a code you can use in August for $5 off any order. And there will be specials in August to make it easy to spend that coupon, don't you worry about that!

I have classes and events for you too! Christmas Card Club is starting this week. Crestwood Card Class is Monday night, if you live in the south suburbs, check it out! $5 for 4 cards, what a bargain! And if you want to try out the Embossing Paste, take the class that focuses on this great new product! Just peek at the class list, at right, then email or call me to save your spot. I LOVE this new goo and I'm using it all the time! We used it on one of the cards I'm featuring today, do you see it?

These are more of the cards we made at Glenda's catalog kickoff event. She really puts us through a marathon day of stamping, with techniques, tools, styles, products -- if it is in the new catalog, we get a hands-on shot at it! And then you get a peek at it. So let me know if you want to see any or all of these in person, or if you want to join me next time I attend. My friend and team demonstrator member Ruth joined me for the first time this event. She was a trooper! We stuck together most of the morning, but then the tables started to get more difficult to find two seats together, so we split up so we could continue to work. Ruth had some good reports for me on meeting interesting people and she was able to get all 20 of her cards stamped and cut and embossed and assembled! What a pro. Not me, I have to visit and chit chat, I stamp and cut and emboss, but bring home 4 or 5 to assemble later.

So, what have we got here? First the Happy card is for you to love -- and flip through the catalog to find. Clearly a set that I don't own and haven't fallen in love with! I love the card though, super cute and I love how you can make a collage of all the different flower elements.

Second is a beautiful 2-step stamping Hostess Set. This is a great motivation for having a few friends over to make free cards and place orders so you can earn this set. The cards design themselves and are gorgeous!

 Next is the Embossing Paste card using the Brick Wall stencil, so easy and fun! LOVE this product!

And last is Wood Words, this set was given to us at On-Stage and I have enjoyed it tremendously. I wouldn't have put it on my Wish List, but seriously folks, I have used it a ton! Did you see the cute table decorations I made for 4th of July? Why aren't we friends on FaceBook? Go now--friend me!

And sign up for Christmas Card Club -- each month we make 12 cards, by Thanksgiving you will have 60 handmade cards to send! Call to enroll 847/670-1161 -- you can even order the packet by mail!

Happy Stampin'
Dee Tollaksen

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Let the fireworks commence

One of my favorite things in the new catalog is the brand new Daisy punch, but I haven't been able to tell you about it because EVERYONE loved it so much that it was sold out and on  back order just from the demonstrator pre-order before customers even had a chance to see the catalog!

But finally it is in-stock and available! I was being very disciplined and left it in my drawer and didn't touch it until it was available, but then I punched and punched and punched. And look! OMG good golly I made a patriotic wreath for the 4th of July!! Did you know today is my birthday? So I kind of like to decorate over-the-top for Independence Day, and this is just PERFECT!!!

Don't you want one too? Maybe you want to mix it up a bit, or make Gerbera Daisies for yours, since you could keep it out for a more general "spring" decor but I think I will just let this one hang out til Memorial Day. How about you come over on Thursday, July 27 and make this wreath with me. I will order you your own punch and provide whatever color cardstock you want to use. Just RSVP by July 10 and everything will be here for you, including a wreath form and the pins and glue. $35.  Don't expect to finish in one evening, but you will have a good start and all the supplies!

Want to craft together sooner, or wreath sooner? How about Monday? I think I will do a free craft time this Monday, July 3 from noon til 6 pm. I have the new Stampin' Up! Planner that you can take a look at, I will have a card buffet available ($2 per card), learn about 2017 Christmas Club, bring your Paper Pumpkin or any crafting you need to work on and hang out and craft with me. I will be happy to advise or keep my mouth shut, whichever you want. RSVP required!! After 6 pm we can wander over to Frontier Days and see a free concert and eat at a food tent! Ladies Night!!

Did you enjoy my Embossing Paste video? Want to get your hands into the real stuff? How about a fun class making clouds and bricks and more? Check your calendar for Monday July 17 at 7 pm. We will make 4 quick cards with Embossing Paste backgrounds with at least 3 different finishes. Just $20 will cover your reservation.

Call or email to save your seat, the sooner the better! or 847/670-1161

There is an awesome special in July when you take advantage of the $99 starter kit bundle: select any $125 of product, free shipping, 20% discount for at least 5 months AND a Christmas in July bonus including a bundle of goodies -- Carols of Christmas stamp set, adhesive, bone folder, pad of grid paper, and so much more! comment, email or call for more info or just click here and then click on JOIN THE FUN!  And you all know there is no harrible commitment, right? No ball & chain, no tattoo, no million dollar fine if you don't sell to all your neighbors. Nope. Stampin' Up! and Dee just want you to L-O-V-E stamps and share that love. So feel free to get the starter kit!

Product List
Daisy Punch
Happy Stampin'
Dee Tollaksen

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Embossing Paste -- my first YouTube video

No need to adjust your screen, I think the whole thing is wonky, but your brain will get used to it in just a second. Just stop thinking about it.

I'll talk you through the entire process of using embossing paste on a card, just sit back and enjoy. Then click on over and load up your cart. If you don't get all the goodies, it won't be as easy and fun, so squeeze it all into the cart!

This is the card I make in the video. And I think it is just so cute. It uses In the City hostess set, a great reason to schedule your workshop/class/party right now! And I hope to help you earn a giant stack of free goodies at that party! Call me and let's get on the calendar!

Happy Stampin,
Dee Tollaksen

Product List

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Third in a series of new stamps and products

June has slipped right by, with some hot sticky days and some beautiful, sunny sweet spring days. All perfect for paging through the new Stampin' Up! catalog, making a Wish List, placing orders, orders, orders!

I want all the stamps, and then I need to get a bit more Whisper White card stock, because I can't use the stamps if I'm out of white card stock! So I have to place another order, so I may as well get just a couple more stamp sets. Oh, heavens, someone stop me! There is a full year to order from this catalog!

So pictured at left are 4 more cards from Glenda T's great stamping event. Somehow I have grouped the cards by color. Last time they were all blue, this time they are all pink. Hmmm, just a little subconscious organizing.

 The Floral Statements set has only two GIANT stamps, and I wasn't crazy about it, but I'm starting to bend and it is moving up my list. Maybe because I keep ordering stamps so the list is shorter. But I digress.  I love the details and how it takes the design decisions away. Just stamp and be done, period.

Then the opposite is happening with with Oh So Eclectic.. Lots of options, lots of stamps.

The finals two cards feature Beautiful Bouquet, one of the bundles that I already have in-house. I might have missed this one if not for other demonstrators pointing it out. There are 15 sentiments and numerous flowers and stems in the stamp set to use to build your cards and projects, plus the matching framelits! So many options!  What a winner!

I want to whet your appetite for July, even though it is a couple days away. We have heard there will be a recruiting special, so buckle up! If you choose to join my team in July, you will receive a tool kit including the snips, a bone folder, grid paper, acrylic block (for stamps), adhesive runner AND a Carols of Christmas stamp set! All at no extra charge, just tossed in on top of your kit. And you know the kit is a $99 box, with $125 of your selections, shipped to you at no shipping fee, just $99 (+ tax -- gotta pay Donald). So take a good look at that Wish List of yours and think about joining me in July! I would love to have you on my team!

Happy Stampin,
Dee Tollaksen