Thursday, February 15, 2018

Shut the bard door

Have you noticed the Barn Door bundle in the Occasions catalog? I ordered this is my very first demonstrator "early order" for this catalog. I LOVE it! It moves! It is easy! It is versatile!

I created a valentine card here, even though it is blue. Under the door is a heart and when the door is slid to the left the sentiment is "Love you." I sent this cutie off to my grandson earlier this week.

The dies cut everything for you, so the mechanics of sliding the door are simple and work every time. I am offering a class at the end of the month to share the technique with you. We will make 4 great cards for multiple occasions. Sign up now, there is limited space! Or schedule your own time and place and invite a couple friends over for a great time!

Wednesday Feb 28 at 7 pm -- Barn Door card class -- have you seen the adorable Barn Door cards popping up everywhere? Learn how to create these cards with real, moving doors! Hidden messages or images make these cards so special! RSVP to save your spot, $25 per person to make 4 fab cards.

Happy Stampin,
Dee Tollaksen

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Four fun and pretty samples


Are you ready? I am headed to a warmer climate, so my Valentine popped into the grocery store for a pre-Valentine box of chocolate covered strawberries. Win-Win! I get the goodies and a vacation!

While I am away, my poor puppy will be home with my daughter, wondering why "mom" left him. So give your pet an extra pat for me this week.

If you still need to make a Valentine, here is a pretty idea. We stamped a beautiful flowery heart on Whisper White card stock, die cut the matching size heart out of Basic Black card stock and over laid the two onto Lemon Lime Twist. Some card makers at class chose the retired sentiment "Love" while others chose the new Sale-a-Bration die-cut "Amazing."

This card are from the demonstrator shoebox swap I attended this month. I love the popularity of stamping on designer series paper (DSP) Here we used a softer selection from the Woodgrain DSP and stamped both the flower and the sentiment right on the DSP! Beautiful!

My friend Katie offered me these black buckle/belts. I thought they would be longer, from the text, and we could make jewelry but they aren't wrist sized. So plan B is this cute tag on a card, designed to look like a luggage tag. You could pop it onto a tote bag or purse for a bit of bling.

And the last card is a lovely idea I CASEd (sorry I don't have the original artist) using a Sale-a-Bration set. This flower is gorgeous, easy to use and FREE when you place a qualifying order. It looks great in just about every color, even black and white looks great. Here we used Dapper Denim and it works quite well.

If you need anything in the next few days, just click over to my online store and shop away. Be sure to get your Sale-a-Bration goodies if you spend over $50!

Happy Stampin,
Dee Tollaksen






Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Occasions catalog variety

 Every month I gather with a group of demonstrators for a small Shoebox Swap. We each bring one card design and the materials to re-create it, all in a shoebox or similar. Then we spend the evening together making each other's cards and laughing and sharing business success stories.

You should join us! This is the best time to join Stampin' Up! And we encourage you to run your "business" any way that makes you happy. The second card here is from my friend Katie. She is a dentist and spends every day helping patients. Then she makes cards in her free time and enjoys the demonstrator benefits (discount, events, pre-sale opportunities) but she does not offer classes or workshops because she is busy!  You could also have this kind of "business."

The first card was my contribution. And you could have a business like mine. I offer Stamp Clubs, classes, in-home parties and anything else my customers ask for! And I get ALL my supplies and tools free, using my discount and profits to cover my costs. And there is usually enough profit to cover my stamping trips to Salt Lake City, Minneapolis, Phoenix, Madison, Milwaukee or wherever Stampin' Up decides to invite us!

If you want any details on any of these 4 cards, just leave me a comment or shoot me an email  I would be happy to fill you in.  And if you are interested in grabbing the demonstrator kit right now there is a bonus. In addition to the regular $125 worth of product and free shipping, your $99 purchase entitles you to 2 free stamp sets of your choice from either the regular big catalog or the Occasions catalog. You can email me for the details or help signing up or just go to my online store and select JOIN! And then the fun begins!

Happy Stampin,
Dee Tollaksen



Tuesday, February 6, 2018

ValCongratBirth Day Cards

 I know you have heard of Bennifer and other celebrity couples having their names smooshed into a new name. Now there is a Triscuit commercial with NonGenMod a new word for non-genetically modified. So today I am creating the word ValCongratBirth for my post, so you know I have 3 cards and they are for wildly different occasions.

First up is a Valentine card in some non-traditional colors. Everyone loves this in-color, Lemon Lime Twist, and when paired with black & white, it really pops! Throw in some Melon Mambo and voila, you have a darling Valentine. The workshop where this card was made also included alternative ideas, so we were able to simply swap in Happy Anniversary and keep the card for later.



Next is a Congrats card featuring the Picture Perfect stamp set. This set has lots of stamps and coordinating products, the kind of set that you can use for loads of cards. I randomly stamped party horns and confetti  with a sentiment and it was quick and easy!

My third card today is for a special darling granddaughter. She is crawling, cruising and will probably be walking by her birthday, which will be here in March. We get to FaceTime with the grands since they live in sunny Phoenix, and she loves to look at the phone, she reaches out and my heart goes pitter patter, until we realize she just wants to touch the bright red circle on the FaceTime screen, which ends the call and sends us into gales of laughter.
This card features the same Picture Perfect stamp set, in a wildly different card! And I used some of my pink glimmer paper from the stash to die-cut a big 1 but you could put any number on there for a birthday or even an anniversary!
Have a fab day, and go send someone a card!
Dee Tollaksen

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Thursday, February 1, 2018

I crack myself up

 How do you feel about Valentine cards? Do they have to shout in pink and red, love and kisses, hearts and . . . well, you get the idea.

I love having my shelves filled with stamp sets, but I don't love when they are so specific that I can only use them for one occasion and spend the rest of the year trying to justify the purchase price.

So I LOVE when there are sentiments included in an All Occasion set that I can use for romantic cards.  And then the rest of the year, they can be used for many other occasions.  At left it reads "we make a great pear." Perfect to tell your sweetheart that you are happy to be "paired" with him. BUT also great when you want to thank a friend for working with you on a project. Or to tell someone you enjoy singing in the car at full blast with them. Or to send to your Weight Watchers pal to let them know you feel the same way they do about "lifestyle changes."

If you need this darling set, now is the time to jump on it. It is in the Occasions catalog and may not be around forever!

Next are the Party Pandas you can earn FREE from the Sale-a-Bration brochure. I have mixed them up with the Weather Together stamp set for the Love sentiment, but there is also a nice Love in the Jar of Love stamp set. You could use whatever sentiment you have OR try a Happy Birthday or Congrats stamp to make your background! Again, making this a great card for a child on Valentine's Day or any time of year!

Once you have made Valentines for your sweetheart and your children &/or grandchildren, there may be some friends that you love but aren't feeling romantic. Let's just let them know you are thinking of them at Valentine's Day. Here is a beauty starring some DSP (designer series paper).


Whole Lot of Lovely DSP is the key to this card but you can use a masculine paper or any pretty or flowery paper that you love! Add a Thinking of You sentiment and it is ready to go!

Please enjoy the product lists for these 3 cards and let me know if you need any more info. Just click on any item below and you will be transported directly to my online store where you can shop to your heart's content. (Get it, Valentines = heart's content.) Oh boy, I crack myself up.

Happy Stampin,
Dee Tollaksen

Whole lot of Love

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