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!

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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

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

I really need to get the car back into the garage

I know it isn't OCD or anything, but I do like having my stuff put away where it belongs, and the car belongs in the garage. So please come over on Saturday morning at 9:00 (June 24, 2017 -- not just any Saturday, just this Saturday) and buy all the retired stamps and crafting supplies I have organized and priced to sell.

I do not like getting into the HOT car splattered with bird droppings. Yuck.  I like pretty, cool things. Like this gorgeous card!

We made these at Glenda T's event last weekend and I'm so happy to share with you. I didn't follow her design, because I was busy chatting and I used the punch on the wrong piece of cardstock. . . imagine that! So I had to re-design my card a tad. But all's well that ends well! LOL Absolutely love this Floral Statement stamp set, it is definitely on my wish list. I kind of thought it had limited use, but I'm seeing the possibilities now.

And then there is the fabulous Seasonal Layers Adirondack chair and Colorful Seasons stamp set used on the next two cards. So great! I love the masking technique with sponging, I have been using it a ton lately, just die cut a hole in a post-it note or just cardstock, then sponge through the hole and then build a picture around it.

The snowflakes are embossed on our new/returning glossy cardstock then sponged with a generous amount of ink for a nice deep colorful card and a bit of new ribbon for some additional texture. This looks complex but is super easy and makes a beginner stamper feel like a pro!

 And finally, for today, the So Many Shells stamp set makes anyone yearn for the beach. We used the burlap ribbon for a bit of sailing texture and a classic 3-up layout to feature a nice variety of the shells.

If you are loving any of these cards or stamp sets you can shoot me an email or give me a call, my contact info is just at the left or click here to email. I can help you shop, organize a class or party at your place or mine, or on FaceBook! Or I can direct you to my garage sale where we can talk about any of these options!

Book and close your qualifying party by June 30 and earn an extra $35 in free merchandise during Stampin' Ups "We heart Hostesses" promotion! Or join my team and learn how I enjoy all my stampin supplies for free!

Happy Stampin!
Dee Tollaksen

Monday, June 19, 2017

Lemonade, anyone?

Have you highlighted all your new favorites? Chosen the stamp sets that you love best in the new Stampin' Up! catalog? Are you ready for my rubber stamp garage sale this Saturday?

If you live anywhere near Arlington Heights, IL, you should plan to clear the decks this Saturday morning and be here at 9:00! This is the one day of the year that I let my customers and friends (future customers) pick and choose from my shelves and take home retired products, samples, card samples, etc. And -- here is the best part -- the prices are FANTASTIC!! so bring your cash and wear sunscreen. No early birds, unless you are a VIP -- past hostess or club member.

I don't want to have to summon the stampin' police! So please respect the clock, let me get the tables set up and then everyone can have a fair shot at the stamps and products that have recently retired!

This past Saturday was a fun marathon of stamping organized by Glenda T in Bartlett. She pulls together 20 card ideas and preps all the materials so we can use a bunch of new products and have samples to show our customers. God Bless her, it is a massive undertaking and she does it every 6 to 8 weeks and we love her for it! Even if we leave exhausted and crabby -- err, energized and excited!

I am sharing 4 of the cards here, I got maybe half of them photographed between rain showers and Father's Day festivities. The top card shows off the Lemon Zest stamp set, Lemon Builder Punch and Wood Crate Framelit. So cute! It was totally appropriate that I was making this card near the end of the day. I had lost my vim and vigor and when I got up to use the BigShot someone was rifling through my stuff when I came back. I almost had a hissy fit, which is not very becoming on a woman of my age. . . but, seriously folks, don't touch my cards! Your hands are full of ink and glue and embossing paste (yes, I know where those hands have been) and I put my cards away in a ziplock bag inside a snaplock bin. What the heck are you doing standing at my placemat, using the inkpads & stamps while my cardstock and embellishments are laid out? Be respectful and work at your own spot, don't mess up my stuff and wait your turn!

I quickly asked her to move it, move it, out of my work space, out of my stuff. I gathered up and moved on, to come back when she was elsewhere. There is "stamping etiquette" at these events, just to maintain your project's clean and beautiful finish. So remember that the next time you attend an event. And I will too!

Quirky Critters is the set featured on the following 3 cards. Now I am super glad Glenda chose this set, because it is highly unlikely that I will offer this set to my customers in a class. Sure, they are cute but not my style. I am just not interested in owning a narwhal, now or ever. Sorry. Nor a sloth. Nope. Maybe the snail, but, there's a lot of critters that just don't need to come home with me, LOL

So, remember to get on over here on Saturday. See how long it takes before I run in the house to suck down air conditioning like a drowning man! Pray the rain comes all week and Saturday morning is sunny, cloudy, or anything but rainy. And bring a crafty friend!

Happy stamping!
Dee Tollaksen