Sunday, October 15, 2017

Spiffy Halloween box

Wowsers! Sometimes a project just grabs you and takes off! This cutie has a little bit of everything happening.

I added enamel dots to the flagged sentiment, altered a doily to fit my color scheme, wrapped it in 2 layers of ribbon and I used the fabulous foil embossed specialty DSP with the Window Framelits Dies to cut the box.

The one trick I will let you in on here is that I flipped the metallic doily over and inked it up with black archival ink. This box absolutely needed a black doily! And inking it worked beautifully -- try it with whatever color you need to match.

If you need any of the products used here, just click on the picture below to get to my online store or click here!

Happy Stamping!
Dee Tollaksen

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Haunted Houses & Tape runner deal


 I won't go into haunted houses. I have done it in the past. I know that the gory monsters and zombies are just teenagers in lots of makeup. And yet. . . yuck! I don't like the adrenaline rush of fear! I much prefer the adrenaline rush of a new stamp catalog! LOL

So I steeled my nerves and had some fun with teeny tiny houses for Halloween, and made a little string of domiciles for bats and ghosts. I used lots of scraps of orange, black, slate and purple; adhered them to a tiny string of battery operated lights and now they are cheerfully hanging off a lampshade. All created with the Home Sweet Home thinlits Click here to see them in my store!

If you love using Tombow Mono tape runner adhesive (or SNAIL as Stampin' Up has re-named it) looky here! I am ordering a bulk buy box of dispensers and refills. Click here if you are interested and I will get your order and payment organized. The refills are just $2 (2 bucks!) and dispensers are $3.50 (they come with a full roll of adhesive installed.) Any other Tombow adhesive products you like are also available: Fast Fuse refills, liquid white glue and the Tombow clear glue. Email me for pricing!

Dates to remember:
 Halloween card class is coming up quick: offered 2 times (twice!): Wed Oct 18 and again on Thur Oct 19 at 7 pm. Deets available at right and email me to save your seat

.Christmas Shoebox Swap: this annual event helps everyone get a pile of Christmas cards done while enjoying a fab social morning and delish lunch. Saturday Nov 18 from 9:00 til 1:00; details at right. Email me to hold your spot!

DSP sale, buy 3 get one free! Stampin' Up! rarely offers sales, so if you like Designer Paper, now is the time to order! Visit my store to see which products are included in this deal. Good only thru Oct. 31.

I know there are more things to remind you but that's all I can think of right now, so. . .
Happy Stampin'
Dee Tollaksen


Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Cards & Sales not to be missed

What would you do for your Mom? One of the things I do every month is run a card class at Mom's local library -- even though that locality is 50 miles from my house! And we make 4 cute and easy cards each month and the library only charges $5 for the class! I get to schedule a dinner date with Mom, make cards with friends AND I make a nice payday for running the class. Win-win-win situation!

These are the four cards from September -- very autumn themed and easy-peasy. The first one features the Spooky Cat bundle  from the holiday catalog. The square with the tree is from the coordinating DSP and is designed to be cut for making multiple similar cards. Great if you are making classroom treats or workplace treats or just for giving out to Trick-or-treaters! And if you are just starting to build stamping supplies, this card only requires a black ink pad in addition to the bundle. Nice!

Painted Harvest bundle makes these gorgeous sunflowers SO EASY -- just pick a color combo and go. The stamps totally lead you through the creation process.

Using the same Painted Harvest bundle, we stamped these two-step stampin' leaves and cut them out with the punch from the bundle. Two totally different cards from one bundle. Love the versatility!

 Oh my gosh, you have to look close, but there is a kitty hiding in the flowers! This is called the Eclipse technique and looks so cool in-person. Just use the Wood Words floral stamp (this set is on sale right now!) and then the Cat punch to pop out the cat; punch a few more cats from coordinating cardstock, Dapper Denim in the sample, and glue all the cats into a stack and adhere the stack back into the "hole" you made on the card. Easy and very cool looking.

All the cards we make at this class are "mail-able" with little or no embellishments so there is no added postage penalty if you are mailing them. If you live in the Chicagoland south suburbs, why not call the Crestwood Library and join us next Monday evening? We will be making four more great cards you are sure to love.

If not, click on any of the links and drop the supplies into your cart and I'll send you a tutorial to help you re-create the cards you choose.

Remember to take advantage of the World Card Making Day sale before it ends on Oct. 10. There are 12 stamp sets and the note card packs on sale for 15% savings as well as a buy one Fast Fuse and get two refills free deal.

And the Designer Series Paper sale continues thru all of October -- select DSP is buy 3, get one free. Awesome!

Happy Stampin'
Dee Tollaksen


Sunday, October 1, 2017

Hello October, stamps & designer paper sale and an invite


 Popping in with a quick update for World Card Making Day! Ironically, I am not featuring a card, but definitely a fun project that uses all the card making supplies!

This is made using our mini-pizza boxes, a metallic doily, some 1/8" silver ribbon and a strip of DSP to create a belly-band, so it can be slid off the box without damaging the pretty packaging!

In honor of World Card Making Day (WCMD) Stampin' Up! is gifting you with a big special offer, and it lasts 10 days instead of just one! Twelve (12 !! A dozen!!) stamp sets are on sale for 15% savings, our cute notecard & envelope products are included, and (best for last) Fast Fuse adhesive is on special: buy one and get two refills free! For sure you should get the Fast Fuse at the very least, this is great, strong adhesive and you're getting 3 for the price of one! Here is a list of the stamp sets & products and their part numbers. If you jump to my online store the prices will show up, click here.


ITEMDESCRIPTIONCOORDINATING DESIGNER SERIES PAPER (NOT PART OF THE WORLD CARD MAKING DAY SALE. 
131527 (Whisper White)/ 144236 (Very Vanilla)Note Cards & EnvelopesN/A
143931 (W)/ 143934 (C)Just Add TextJust Add Color Specialty Designer Series Paper
143669Daisy DelightDelightful Daisy Designer Series Paper
143660Birthday DeliveryBirthday Memories Designer Series Paper
143650 (W)/ 143655 (C)Merry MistletoeBe Merry Designer Series Paper
143840 (W)/ 143843 (C)Pieces & PatternsPick A Pattern Designer Series Paper
143677Coffee CaféCoffee Break Designer Series Paper
143937 (W)/ 143940 (C)Oh So EclecticNaturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper
143799 (W)/ 143802 (C)Lots Of LoveWhole Lot Of Lovely Designer Series Paper
143846 (W)/ 143849 (C)Graceful GardenPetal Garden Designer Series Paper
143726Colorful SeasonsColor Theory Designer Series Paper
143925 (W)/143928 (C)Wood WordsWood Textures Designer Series Paper
144807Brightly Lit ChristmasChristmas Around The World Designer Series Paper

Plus, buy Fast Fuse Adhesive (item 129026) and get TWO Fast Fuse Adhesive Refills for FREE!


For the whole month of August you can save on most of our Designer Series Paper too! Buy 3 get one free and there is a whole list of qualifying products :













Designer Series Paper Sale Items
CATALOGITEMDESCRIPTIONPRICE
Annual (P. 189)144180Just Add Color Specialty Designer Series Paper$13.00 USD/$17.00 CAD
Annual (P. 189)144137Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper$11.00 USD/$14.50 CAD
Annual (P. 189)144118Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper$11.00 USD/$14.50 CAD
Annual (P. 188)144111Be Merry Designer Series Paper$11.00 USD/$14.50 CAD
Annual (P. 188)144163Pick A Pattern Designer Series Paper$11.00 USD/$14.50 CAD
Annual (P. 188)144155Coffee Break Designer Series Paper$11.00 USD/$14.50 CAD
Annual (P. 188)144185Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper$11.00 USD/$14.50 CAD
Annual (P. 188)144110Whole Lot Of Lovely Designer Series Paper$11.00 USD/$14.50 CAD
Annual (P. 187)144168Petal Garden Designer Series Paper Stack$10.00 USD/$12.50 CAD
Annual (P. 187)144193Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack$10.00 USD/$12.50 CAD
Annual (P. 187)144177Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack$10.00 USD/$12.50 CAD
Holiday (P. 29)144629Christmas Around The World Designer Series Paper$11.00 USD/$14.50 CAD
Holiday (P. 49)144613Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper$11.00 USD/$14.50 CAD


And, since we just flipped the calendar over to October, I want to invite you to join my Stamp Club. We meet on the first Wednesday of the month and meet at my house. Each member gets to make 3 cards each month and is able to pay $15 or make a catalog purchase of $15 or more. Then you get to be "Hostess" once during the 10 month club duration, receiving free product from the catalog! It's a great deal, a fun way to learn new techniques and trends, meet new people and super convenient since you can drop in any time from 1:00 til 8:00. Just click here to RSVP.

Happy Stamping,
Dee Tollaksen

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Bouquet, WCMD special & DSP deal

 Beautiful Bouquet Bundle -- if you haven't noticed this bundle, grab your catalog or jump over HERE when you're done reading, it is fantastic! So many really pretty flowers that are sized just right for making a bouquet. And the dies make them easy to  cut!

 But the thing that convinced me to invest in another floral stamp set: sentiments! This set has a bunch (12, a dozen, so many!) of perfect sentiments.

 If you are looking for one do-it-all stamp bundle, this is a great set to look at.

We made this card a while back at Stamp Club, but I felt like I needed some fresh flowers today, since everything outside has dried up in our record-breaking heat spell here in Chicago. It has been 6 days of HOT!!

Will October bring fall weather? Or are we going from sweltering straight to winter? I hope Mother Nature let's us ease into our Chicago winter!

To greet October, we at Stampin' Up! are celebrating World Card Making Day (WCMD) and offering you some great deals. Remember that Stampin' Up! rarely puts stamps on sale, but starting October 1st, there will be a nice list of stamps at 15% off. This sale lasts only 10 days, so don't procrastinate. You can check my shopping site on Oct 1st for the complete list.

Also starting on Oct 1st is a Designer Series Paper (DSP) sale! OMGosh, maybe you should start your Christmas shopping -- for yourself-- next week! Most of our DSP will be "Buy 3, get 1 free" and you will be able to see the full list on my shopping site starting Oct 1st. This offer is good until Oct 31st, but I recommend combining your purchase with your WCMD deals and save on shipping.

Watch for some fall card-making classes coming soon, I'm planning my calendar right now. Anything you want me to offer? Just comment or send me an email!

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 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 our mailing list, you can join our list here to be the first to get our first of 12 Weeks of Christmas 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. I’ll still send you everything.


Happy Stampin,
Dee Tollaksen


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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