Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Garage sale this Saturday

 Have you seen the Botanical Bliss bundle yet? These are the samples I brought to the Stampin' Up! OnStage event in April.

This cute ribbon is a dream to work with, too. If you like to make tags and book marks, these two dies are perfect! But they also make lovely elements for your cards.

I hope you are planning on joining me Saturday morning for the annual Retired Stampin' Up! garage sale. I will be selling all my retired products, some samples, some random crafty supplies that are in great shape, just over-purchased.

If you are local, you are welcome to drop in after 9:00.  This is usually a FLASH Sale, where everyone is here within the first hour, so I never bother to post a closing time, I just start packing up at 11:00 or so. Therefore, be here early, or forget about it!

Hostess and club members, you have special access, so be sure to look at your email.

Contact me here if you need my address or if you have any other questions!

Happy Stampin',
Dee Tollaksen

Friday, June 29, 2018

Cheaper by the dozen

How many cards can you make in one morning?

My friend Glenda Travelstead offers these great events for demonstrators (and friends) so we can use her stamps and try out the new products. On Saturday I attended and stamped 12 cards before lunch! She does a great job of designing or CASEing, prepping and organizing this Shoebox Swap style event so big thanks to Glenda!

Shown here are the remaining 6 cards from this event. Want more details or ready to order supplies? Just let me know or shop online!

1 - This first card is one of my faves, although I haven't ordered any of the stamps yet! The Bokeh dots background stamp is so versatile  and the dandelions are so sweet!

2 - This is one of those classic layout cards, black background, lemon-lime twist and melon mambo for the pop of color!

3 - Pop of petals bundle makes it so easy to create nice flowers. You will be seeing these on lots of Christmas cards this year!

4 - Do you like the English tea cup theme? We have an entire suite for you this catalog!

5 - Floral Frames bundle is so gorgeous. Definitely working it's way up my wish list!

6 - Back to the Pop of Petals, see how versatile!

Running out the door for lunch with my friends. Please let me know if you need any info!

Happy Stampin,
Dee Tollaksen

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Travelling Stamper

 Is there a new catalog? What?!! So many new products and so hard to choose what to get first!

My friend Glenda Travelstead offers these great events for demonstrators (and friends) so we can use her stamps and try out the new products. On Saturday I attended and stamped 12 cards before lunch! She does a great job of designing or CASEing, prepping and organizing this Shoebox Swap style event so big thanks to Glenda!

Today I am sharing 6 of the 12 cards, no particular rhyme or reason, just clicked on the first group and posted.

1 - This little elephant is so stinking cute! And has a punch to facilitate quick and easy cutting and pasting!

2 - In Lovely Lipstick, this red cutie is a 3 x 3" gift card with the gorgeous black glimmer ribbon.

3 - You have to get your hands of this skinny ribbon, it ties so easily and adds lovely texture to your card AND the Garden Impressions DSP is so beautiful!

4 -  Looks complicated but super easy, use your sponges to add color to a piece of Whisper White card stock then cut with the Broadway Lights framelits to add Wish to your card front, boom, done!

5 - Super easy, darling sentiment cut with the oval and scalloped oval dies.

6 - Floral Frames stamps and framelits bundle makes this gorgeous beauty super easy!

If you need details on anything or you want to schedule your own event, just comment or email me!

Happy Stampin,
Dee Tollaksen

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

May 2018 Stamp Club

Are you a "wannabe?" A crafter who wants to be using your supplies? Wants to be making friends who craft? Wants to learn new techniques and uses for your favorite products?

I have found that the best way to really enjoy my hobby is to be intentional. Get it on my calendar! Book the date and time and show up!

These cute cards were the focus in May for my stamp clubs. We meet at my house on the first Wednesday of the month. Club members can show up anytime between 1:00 and 8:00 to put the 3 monthly cards together.

 We use new products, new techniques, new color combinations and seasonal topics. Every month there is a commitment to purchase $15 of product OR pay $15 to attend. AND once during the 10 month Club duration, every member gets a $50 shopping spree in the Stampin' Up! catalog.

Club runs from September thru May and crafters of all skill levels are welcome. I try to make the cards interesting for experienced stampers while still manageable for beginners. Many of the Club members have been involved for 5+ years, and still coming back for more!

Shoot me an email or leave a comment if you would like to join us next session. We love new members, it keeps the conversations lively and the new perspectives are helpful to everyone!

All three cards are made with brand new stamp sets and accessories. Jump over to my online store to shop for these and so much more! If you want specifics on the sets and supplies, leave me a note and I'll post details!

Happy Stampin,
Dee Tollaksen

Monday, June 25, 2018

Peek-a-boo with Hand Delivered stamp set

 Oh my gosh, you guys! Have you gotten all the way to the back of your new Stampin' Up! catalog? The hostess sets this year are fantastic! This one is called Hand Delivered and features this set  of great legs in a skirt, and offers a bunch of items for the lady to hold: a cake, a sign, books and balloons. She just makes a card so easy! And some really nice sentiments to boot, and the set is so cheap -- but can only be purchased as part of your hostess benefits when you host a party ($150 or more in sales).

Your party can be your own personal (big) order or have a book party or a FaceBook party! Super easy and I will tell you all about it -- just ask me!

I did two easy-peasy cards with just the one stamp set, then I did a more complicated card that I just love! The top one features her in a flowered skirt with a simple sign. I arranged scraps of subtle colors to create kind of a paint-chip background and added a bit of the new Polka-dot Tulle ribbon for some texture. As you can see, I colored with the regular markers. Love it!

My next card shows her holding a stack of books and has a bit of Shaded Spruce ribbon from the Metallic Ribbon Combo pack and a front panel made from Share What You Love designer series paper. This flowers on this DSP sheet have been pearlized and they are gorgeous! And the paper is heavier than regular DSP so it can be used as a card front instead of layered over cardstock.

This last card is from the same stamp set but I added in Pick A Pennant to make the signs and the flag banner at the top. Any 5 letter word will work since the set has the whole alphabet and a bunch of little images to fit into the flags--STAMP, HAPPY, LAYLA (many names will work), LOVE U, etc. What would you put in the signs?

These two sets are photopolymer so it is easy to see where you are stamping and get your placement perfect. I actually laid all my letter and banner images right on the card front and picked them all up at one time with a big clear block, inked them in black ink and stamped them all at once. All 10 tiny stamps! They cling perfectly and then they are all in exactly the right spot. If I was actually doing party invites this would make it sooo easy to make multiples! There is quite a bit of coloring going on here, so I don't think I would make too many!

This is what happens when there is a bunch of rain, I get to sit at my table in my stamp room and be creative. I hope you think of card making when you are stuck inside on a rainy day! Today looks to be gorgeous, so I will be setting an alarm on my phone, to remind me to go out and enjoy the summer weather!

Mark your calendar for Saturday, July 14 -- Annual Garage Sale of retired product. I have been emptying drawers, clearing closet shelves and using the red pen to slash prices. Check the details at right here on the blog and watch your email for special times if you have been a club member or a hostess this year.  Not on my email list? Sign up now, just look on the left side of the blog!

Happy Stampin,
Dee Tollaksen

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Scorching hot

 See that newspaper at the end of the driveway? It is so hot out that I am not even venturing that far, I don't need to know what is happening in the world. I am staying safely harbored in my air conditioned home, stamping. If the power goes out, I will go to the grocery store, where I will stay until it is safe to go home.

I was thrilled to be asked to make some samples for our demonstrator event OnStage back in April. Stampin' Up! sent me a big box of pre-release stuff but it was all a jumble of items, no bundles. I got these great Tropical Thinlets, but no matching stamps. I was just cutting all my green shades of card stock to come up with inspiration, and when I saw them all laid out on my desk, this seemed like an obvious design. I love a clean and simple card, so the white panel works, but the Lemon-lime Twist skinny frame keeps it bright and grounded.
 I still have a few Color Coaches, pictured at left. This handy tool lists every color in the Stampin' Up! collection and offers a couple color combos to inspire your card making. Also, I have swatch books, similar to this book but a full square of cardstock to help you make your own combos and differentiate the colors and learn all the new colors. Each square includes the cardstock name, family (bright, neutral, subtle or regal) and the Stampin' Up! order number.  These are $6 each or $10 for the pair.

There are still seats available for this Wednesday night, come on over and make this darling HOME home decor frame. Super easy and versatile. I think it would be a perfect housewarming gift, shower gift or dorm decor, if you can bear to part with it.

Just email me that you want to come over!

Happy Stampin,
Dee Tollaksen

Monday, June 4, 2018

Rooted in Nature, rooted in your collection

Rooted in Nature is going to be one of those "classic" stamp sets that you will pull out over and over again.

These two cards feature a couple of the images and a few fun tricks. I didn't have the framelits when I made these for a display board at the Stampin' Up! OnStage event, so I didn't want to fussy cut too much, but these leaves weren't hard to trim at all.

I stamped the leaves in Versa Mark clear ink and embossed with Copper embossing powder, very striking on the dark green card stock.

Then when I inked up my images, I used a sponge dauber to add some darker green ink on the edges of the trees and my Early Espresso marker to ink the trunks. The dark marker easily "over rode" the light green ink and quick and easy -- I added depth and realism to the trees.  Some of the colors have been refreshed/replaced, so have a play with what you have, don't depend on my image to be the "perfect" color combo!

I used the Nature's Poem DSP (designer series paper) as my color guide, it has some really lovely designs, and this quiet stripe was a perfect background.

My second card today may be my favorite from all the cards I posted at OnStage. It is a very simple masked card. Use some strong post-it notes to mask off most of your Whisper White panel, leaving a 1" x 5-1/4" strip showing. Then add a little So Saffron ink toward the bottom with a sponge, your aqua painter or sponge dauber. Almost any method will work. Above and below the So Saffron I added a medium green color and then a medium blue to go to the top.

I removed the post-it masks and stamped the tree in black. I did stamp the sentiment and fussy cut it out, then used dimensionals to pop it up. And the Whisper White panel is mounted on Cajun Craze cardstock.  Yum!

Do you have trouble coordinating colors? Or just want some extra ideas for color combos? Stampin' Up! has built a Color Coach for us to use and I would love to make one for you! And I have a Swatch Book with every card stock color represented, labeled with the name and catalog ordering info. Leave me a comment or email me to reserve your Color Coach and/or Swatch Book! $6 each or $10 for the pair.

Happy Stampin'
Dee Tollaksen