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






Friday, June 16, 2017

Can't drive & snap photos

So I'm driving along, on a regular route through Palatine, just whistling a happy tune, when I see a sign at Jiffy Lube that makes me want to grab the ol' Iphone so I can grab a photo, but since I'm law-abiding and uncoordinated, the moment passes before I can snap it and when I complete my round of errands, the faux pas is repaired. Dang it. So I just zip on home and make my own version, because, of course, you should "Art Your Life Here!"  Seriously! Who would want to "Start Your Life Here!" at Jiffy Lube! Well, maybe it is a place to start, but only if they work on old cars that have issues. And definitely, no one wants to Art their life at Jiffy Lube, right?

So, come on over! And Art Your Life!

Happy Stampin -- and plan to be at the stampy garage sale next saturday, June 24 at 9:00. Unless you are a VIP, then pop in early at 8:30 (Stamp Clubbers and past hostesses are VIPs)

Dee Tollaksen

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Spark-tacular Saturday!

 Oh Yeah, Baby! This card sparkles! And I don't want you to freak out about the 12 tiny little panels that need to be individually cut on your BigShot, I have an easy solution for you.

The big flower shape is from the Eastern Elegance bundle and the sentiment from Pocket Full of Sunshine. Perfect together (which is a different set, not used here ha ha). Now, the squares are the Layering Squares dies. I just kept the die and scrap white and black card stock next to my BigShot. Every time I cut anything, I also cut a square. When I had a big stack of black and white squares, I set to work on this card.  I used a big glob of white glue on the back of each square, which allows the panel to settle into the glitter paper and stick well, as paper and glitter tend to be a tad difficult to adhere together.  And if you have a few clothes pins or quilting clips, they can help you get the squares perfectly aligned. (see picture at bottom)

Quilting clips! Oh yeah! Love these babies. Never used for quilts but often used for card making. Grab them with your coupon at your fabric store, avoid the rubber stamp section and hustle home to make this sparkly card!

Then grab your calendar and invite your friends over to make a card. I'll be happy to drop in, bring the supplies and make some cards with you! Or you can all drop over to my place. Stampin Up "hearts" you during June and wants to reward you with extra stamps and embellishments! So Comment here and let's party together!


Happy Stampin
Dee Tollaksen

Friday, June 2, 2017

Blog Candy! Guess my favorite new bundle

So Siri. . . sometimes technology, well, you can guess where this is going. I was out in the nice bright sunlight taking pictures with my phone and when I got inside to edit them, they all looked like I was trapped in the basement. Sheesh. Overcompensate much Siri? I think she may be jealous of Alexa, we now have 3 (yikes) Amazon devices to control our . . . lives. LOL And I have Pete on speed dial (on my Iphone) to assist. He recently retired from a career in IT and is my "guy." My son has no idea how many calls about Netflix he has dodged.

Let your brain overcompensate and enjoy the fantastic beauty of the Eastern Elegance bundle. I am a CAS (clean and simple) style stamper, but this bundle lends itself to a lot of fanciness, and I'll be posting many samples with a lot more oomph, so stick around!

Have you ordered from the 2017-18 catalog yet? Is your wishlist a mile long? It is active and open for business--and my favorites are pretty predictable -- flowers and embellishments. If you don't have a book and want one, comment here. If you have a book, guess which bundle I want to order first and I will have a DSP 6 x 6" stack for the correct guess. You can guess on the blog and on FaceBook. I have a few stacks available, so feel free to duplicate guesses, but it will be limited, so jump in! Be sure to leave an email so I can let you know you have won!

And if you really want free stuff, Pick a Date to host an event in June! We Heart Hosts in June! There is a $35 bump in hostess benefits when you book a party/workshop/on-line FaceBook catalog party. I am even Happy to host your event at my house! So just email me or comment or give me a call to pick a date, before the summer busyness kicks in!

Happy Stampin'
Dee Tollaksen

Thursday, May 25, 2017

It's always something. . . free

 Yes, there is always a deal going, some kind of bait dangling out there, just wiggling around, trying to lure you into biting and indulging in some fun stamps and supplies. Right now we are saying goodbye to the 2016 catalog, and the new book will be live and orderable June 1st, so if there is anything on that retiring list that you still want, this is  the time to get up and bite the bait! Click here to see the retiring product list, much of the good stuff, like ink and re-inkers are long sold out, but much of the stamps are still available and still gorgeous!

I am looking around the stamp room and piling up retired products in prep for my garage sale and I've got a personal incentive for you: place an order with me during the last week of May and use this Hostess Code: X79UM44K and I'll pop a stack of 6" x 6" DSP in the mail (or in your hand). I've got oodles of "remainders" from all the Designer Series Paper that I have used for classes and projects during the last year or so, and when I trim it down it makes a nice stack. So when I split it up between the multitudes of customers who order over the next week, you should get a nice variety of paper! Any size order qualifies, online, in-person, email, phone, snail-mail, even if you subscribe to Paper Pumpkin, you qualify for a share of the DSP!

Speaking of -- there is a super duper deal going on Paper Pumpkin! New subscribers can get 25% off of a 3-month subscription right now https://www.paperpumpkin.com/en-us/sign-up/?demoid=106167 just click on that link and visit the site to learn all about it. If you have tried it in the past and aren't sure if you qualify as a "new subscriber" think about signing up someone you love, like your husband or your daughter and sharing the fun box of crafts with them every month! Or bring in the mail before they get home and if you don't share with them, who could blame you?
Be sure to put the code "STARTHERE" in the special box on the subscription page so you get the discount!

So you are still here? The awesome card shown today was our Technique Card at May Stamp Club. We started with a panel of foil, this one was the discontinued red foil, but gold or silver or bronze work great. Rub it with Stazon ink, then VersaMark ink, then sprinkle with embossing powder, heat set. Run it through the BigShot in an embossing folder. Then once more lightly rub Versa Mark ink, heat set and a final rub with Stazon ink. It sounds like a ton of work, but it sure looks awesome, right? This technique was featured in the SplitCoast Stampers newsletter recently, and almost all of the ladies at Stamp Club enjoyed making the card. LOL

Happy Stampin'
Dee Tollaksen

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