Thursday, September 21, 2017

How to use a beautiful card as gift wrap!

Sometimes the pretty handmade card is so special, it is frustrating to hide it in an envelope and then use a run-of-the-mill store-bought gift bag when giving a present.

All you need to do is keep a stash of clear plastic envelopes on hand (ordering info below) and plain gift bags. Here I have used a fantastic butterfly card from my stash (retired stamp, but so pretty) and a tiny bit of curling ribbon to match. It totally personalizes my gift and takes the plain bag to a whole new level!

Just adhere the envelope to the bag with Fast Fuse or Tear-n-Tape to be sure it stays in place and slide the beautiful card into the envelope. Easy-peasy and gorgeous!

Imagine this on red or green or gold bags under your Christmas tree! Some of the current stamp sets lend themselves to beautiful, over-the-top cards. I can't even start to think about hiding them in a plain envelope!

If you need some Christmas inspiration, now is the time to sign-up for my 12 Christmas Projects on-line Stamp-a-long. I will be posting and emailing 12 projects, cards, brag-book, ornaments, & more, starting in October (soon!).  Be on my mailing list so you don't miss any! Just click here or email me and I'll get you right in.

Yes, we know that crafters like to start their Christmas projects early in order to take that last minute stress out of the season. So this  year, I am sharing 12 Christmas Project Stamp-a-long in Your Inbox, a regular deposit of love to my favorite people – stampers, paper crafters and card makers.  (You can join here.)

So if you’re not already on my mailing list, you can join my list here to be the first to get  12 Christmas Project Stamp-a-long ideas!

Remember that…
All our online shopping guests get a handmade reusable card in their mailbox AND at least 3 free project tutorials in their inbox from the 12 Christmas Projects Stamp-a-long.

Remember to use my current shopping code U3T9QACB when you’re visiting my online store so that I can give you even more: perhaps a sampling of current product?!?

Don’t use the code if your order is $150+ so you can enjoy Stampin’ Rewards. We’ll still send you everything.

Happy Stampin'
Dee Tollaksen

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Beautiful card in the news

Fancy wedding card defies all the rules!

I felt this creation needed a newspaper style headline to grab you today. LOL  But seriously, this pretty card does go against some of our crafting habits.

It is one layer, no stacks of colored cardstock or panels of DSP (designer series paper). Just thick whisper white cardstock. BUT . . . I have cranked up the impact by die cutting lacy peek-a-boos  right on the fold using Eastern Beauty bundle dies. I had to put the card through the Big Shot three times but it is totally worth it! Then I cut a gorgeous shape using the same set, out of Gold Foil and popped a sentiment cut with a circle right in the middle. Add some gold trim and the card is ready to go -- impress!

This could be used for Christmas, birthday, anniversary -- any special occasion. I wouldn't really want to make a lot of these, just because it took three trips through the Big Shot, but a couple for special events would be no problem.

Just click on email me if you want more details or to schedule a class for you and your friends! We can make a card like this for your special events!  Or shop in my online store to get these supplies delivered right to your door!

Happy Stampin,
Dee Tollaksen

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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Cream Stars Illustration Christmas Flyer by dee tollaksen

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Four Seasons Collage

I cleared out my Kohl's, bought all the frames they had! If you want to join us next Wednesday, September 20 at 7 pm to make this easy home decor item, I will have to start traveling to other towns to raid their home decorating section! But I am happy to do that for you, no problem! Or, I guess I could just go online and have Kohl's ship them straight to me, but you have to give me some notice, so RSVP ASAP! Just click here and let me know you want to join us!

If you love it but can't join us, maybe you want to get a couple friends together and we can meet at your place (or mine) to make it! Did you know there is a special BONUS going on for hostesses right now? Schedule and hold your event before October 31 and take orders for $300 or more and you will be rewarded with a darling holiday stamp set designed exclusively for this promotion! This is the only way to obtain this stamp set! So email or call me right away to save a date for  your event. If you prefer to make a stack of cards or you have another idea, just let me know, I have piles of ideas to share with you!

Happy Stampin',
Dee Tollaksen

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Four cards at one class

 You came here to look at pretty cards, so feel free to just look and enjoy!

There is a little deal ending today, so if you like to receive a present in the mail and you like a bargain, and you know the value of Stampin' Up! products, NOW is the time to try a Paper Pumpkin subscription! You can order one box and them drop, no hassle and today is the last day to order for just $5 (plus shipping).

You can go directly to my link page to order by clicking HERE or typing in and subscribe! You can use this anytime, but today, if you are a new subscriber, it will cost only $5 (plus shipping) If you have tried it before, send it as a gift, maybe to someone in your household. I'll bet they will share with you!

If you are here to look at cards, thanks so much! I wish I was more disciplined about providing blog posts. I realized that these cards are a month old, from a class I do monthly for my Mom and her friends. And I will be with them tomorrow! So hopefully I will get their cards posted a little sooner. But no guarantees -- LOL.

I did have surgery on my shoulder this month, so typing and crafting have been challenging!

These ladies and gentleman are a lot of fun and I look forward to the visit with my Mom, so the cards always feel super cheerful! I felt like the apron card was kind of cheesy, but it was greeted with a lot of compliments! So glad that everyone likes different things, and that if you don't like one card, you will probably like another!

If you have any questions about these cards or if you would like to join us on the second Monday of the month, at the Crestwood Library, leave me a comment or give me a call!

I have just scheduled my annual Holiday Shoebox Swap, so mark your calendar for Saturday, November 18 and watch for more details. If you aren't on my email list, sign-up now to get an invite! Just email me with your address by clicking here!

Here are some of the supplies used for these cards. Some of the DSP and card stock are retired, so don't obsess over your catalog! But stamps are all available and I can get them ordered for you ASAP, just click here to get to my "store" and click on SHOP NOW. Be sure to check out the Clearance Rack for some great bargains!

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 Happy Stampin'
Dee Tollaksen

Friday, September 8, 2017

Fun with A Little Wild-ness

Sometimes a stamp set just jumps into your "cart" and you don't have to think about whether you want it or not, it is totally a "must have." A Little Wild was one of those. The three cute animals are darling, but the concept is fresh and fun -- there is the front and backside of each critter! And they are positioned so that the framelits cut them and with a little fold -- voila -- you have a spiffy tag all set to go, with a hole in it and everything!

So I have modified the tags and made a couple spinner cards and a "shaker" card using tulle fabric instead of clear acetate. These are all super fun and easy because the stamps are designed perfectly to match front/back. We will be making a tulle shaker in Stamp Club sometime soon, so look forward to that!

Are you enjoying these videos from Stampin' Up featuring new items from the Holiday Catalog?

Here is another!

If you love these critters as much as I do, just jump over to my online store and throw them in your cart! Click here or go to and click on SHOP NOW. Be sure to select the bundle to get the framelits and save 10% on the combo! When you purchase these cuties I will send you an instruction sheet for the tulle shaker card by email.

Happy Stampin'
Dee Tollaksen

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Come on Over to stamp

 Holiday weekend, last vestiges of summer weather, barbecues with friends! Whew, it has been a whirlwind of good stuff! And I am finding that there is a backlog of good stuff to share, so I need to get on the stick and post!

Here are a couple of cards we made in Christmas Card Club, just to let you know how we roll. They are not over-the-top tricky, fabulous cards, but mailable, reproduceable and cute. The kind that friends will appreciate but you won't stress out or have an anxiety attack when thinking about sitting down to make them. Our next gathering is Wednesday Sept. 13 and we are using a card kit from the new Holiday Catalog, so Stampin Up has done all the planning, cutting and packaging for us. So my rotator cuff surgery can rest and I don't have to do all the cutting and scoring!  The video highlighting this kit is featured below. If you would like to join us here or receive this kit  in the mail, just let me know ASAP so I can get it ordered in time!

Tomorrow, Wednesday September 6 is the first gathering of Stamp Club for this session. We would love to see YOU here! If you would like to try it out, just drop me a line and come on over. We are here from 1:00 til 8:00, it is a drop-in day. We make 3 cute cards, learn a new technique or 2 and it is only $15 or a purchase of $15 from the catalog. If you wish to commit to coming every month you will be assigned a month to be "Hostess" and receive benefits (free product!). But you do need to RSVP so I have materials for you: email me at

Happy Stampin,
Dee Tollaksen