Monday, April 16, 2018

Spring Collage class

 Looking out my window right now, there is an inch of snow on the grass and it is still falling, or maybe blowing off the roof? And today is April 16, this is ridiculous. I would love to turn the weather dial to the correct setting!

I am doing my part by thinking Spring, crafting Spring and sharing a Spring Collage with you.

Come on over to my place on Thursday April 26 at 1 pm or 7 pm to make this pretty collage.

Just email, text or call to save your seat and I will provide all the materials you need to create then assemble this beauty!

This is a 12x12" collage, fits perfectly into a same size frame, an album frame or many box style frames available.

Many of the squares feature items on the Stampin' Up! retiring list, so if you want to be able to make this project at home, now is the time to place an order! The butterfly, bunny and Designer Series Paper will all be discontinued and may even be out of stock soon. Even if this, the most popular DSP of this catalog, Delightful Daisy, is out of stock, so many of our DSP options will work beautifully as a background and embellishment for this project.

I hope you can join us next Thursday!
Dee Tollaksen

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

short sweet and lots of card samples

Way back in March (I have done a bunch of stuff since this event) I attended a fantastic demonstrator event. As part of the evening we participated in a Shoebox Swap, a creative evening of card making! I brought one sample and 12 kits to copy it. Twelve of us then circulated from seat to seat making all of the cards.

It is a great way to be able to bring you different styles, since you mostly see my style of stamping here on my blog! Also, different stamp sets than I may have loved enough to purchase. And techniques, color combos and just plain ol' card ideas!

So here are a handful that I brought home and want to share with you. Enjoy! And remember that the catalog is winding down, anything you see here may be retiring May 31 and will become impossible to obtain.  Also, some items were Sale-a-Bration offers and are already gone. If you need any more information or want to place an order to duplicate anything here, just comment!

Happy Stampin',
Dee Tollaksen

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Coupla' Eclipse cards

 Have you ever created a new technique? Sometimes when I'm doing one thing, but it doesn't work, and it still comes out OK, I will name the technique just so I feel like I didn't screw up! LOL You know, the bubble effect or the spilled glue look or the left-hand opening card. Well, these aren't going to catch on anytime soon, but someone created the Eclipse technique, and it is becoming popular!

We made a few cards at Glenda's great card-making event, and the mermaid card seems to have swum away. So here are the two I have to share.

First, the WISH card -- just stamp your fun birthday candles then use the Alphabet Dies to cut out the word wish. Pop those letters up with dimensionals and fit them back into the front panel. It isn't difficult, but it sure looks good!

The second card has a trio of leaves, each cut with a round circle punch and also raised up, but with a dark green stack of card stock circles. It gives a little peek of color in the dimension. These are fun to make and make a nice final product!

Any questions? Feel free to comment or shoot me an email.

Happy Stampin',
Dee Tollaksen

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

4 cute cards for all occasions, using your free products

How do you feel about your once-a-month activities?

I offer a class at the Crestwood Library one evening a month, where we make 4 cards and the participants pay a small fee. This is one of the highlights of my month, because there is such enthusiasm for this event. There is only room for 12 people in the classroom, and the chairs are all filled every time. Most of the people are repeat attendees, so of course the cards have to be fresh every month. Many of the people have never used a rubber stamp before, or at least never had any training, so they are thrilled to learn how to get great results.

Because the students are so excited, I am excited to work with them. They struggle to make their card look exactly like the sample, OR they evaluate the sample, then modify their card to suit their taste or needs. Which is very exciting for me, to see people indulging their creativity!

The class starts at 6:00, so I arrive at 5:30 to set everything up. Lately, I am the 5th or 6th person to arrive, which makes me laugh -- half my class is there before I can even set up. They have questions, requests and they just want to be helpful setting up AND they are so excited to take this class that they show up 30 to 40 minutes early!

This is why I am a Stampin' Up! demonstrator! For the love of  the crafting and doing it with people, socializing while I craft! 

 If any of this sounds like fun to you, let me know. We can set up a class that you can enjoy OR we can get you signed up as a demonstrator and you can bring the craft fun to your neighborhood!

These are the four cards we made in March. The top one uses the Barn Door bundle. We made a swinging door instead of a sliding door, just because it is a little easier. Still fun to have a moving element on the card front!

Next is a card using the Tutti Frutti card set you may have chosen as a free gift during Sale-a-Bration. That sale is over, but lots of you have the product in-hand and may need an idea of what to do with it!

The third card gave everybody the nervous-nellies. The two front pieces are "memory cards" from the Sweet Soiree Memory Card pack, also a Sale-a-bration item. I gave everyone 1 pattern card and 1 sentiment/blank card. They could add the sentiment card and have a no-stamping card or use the blank card (like the one shown) to stamp a sentiment. Since each packet had a different selection of cards, there was much trading, commenting, requesting a different combo. That was great, because everyone got to see all the cards that came in the pack and learn about our Memory Keeping options.

Finally, there was this Blossom card, which was super fun to watch everyone make. They were thrilled to learn that this is one big stamp, inked in one color. The stamp does all the work! Plus, everybody loves a card with some pink glimmer paper!

Happy Stampin',
Dee Tollaksen

Saturday, March 31, 2018

April Showers -- in March

It is pouring down rain right now, the last day of March. . . kind of a bummer since tomorrow is Easter and there are plenty of errands and egg hunts scheduled for today, and now they have to be executed in the rain. But April showers bring May flowers, and everyone likes for our yards and neighborhood to be colorful and verdant. So we put up with the showers!

If you can't wait for May, like me, let's look at a couple flowery cards. The Sweet Soiree Designer Series Paper (DSP) is a specialty paper, very thick and embossed with silver. For these fancy fold cards it works beautifully, since they need a little extra strength.

The final card fits in a regular envelope, but Rachel Tessman has done the engineering (measuring where to put the scores & folds) so it opens up very long and provides some nice space for a note or multiple people to sign.

 I used the Half Full stamp set on the first version, a carry-over stamp set from the Holiday catalog. It is lovely, but not a perfect match for the DSP. So I switched to the Beautiful Day set in the Occasions catalog for my final version. I like that it has a bigger piece of ribbon and let's me color with the Blendabilities markers.

These cards were used as my swap at Glenda Travelstead's recent demonstrator event. We had dinner and a shoebox swap as well as Glenda providing a few Eclipse card make-n-takes.

Today is the last day of Sale-a-Bration, if you still want a free item or think you might like to join the Stampin' Up! family, today is your last chance! Just email me or send me some strong ESP. Maybe you better email, since I'll be running errands in the rain!

Happy Stampin',
Dee Tollaksen

Monday, March 26, 2018

Win a pack of cards! Guess Mom's faves!

 Every month I meet with my "sidelines," demonstrators who were recruited and joined the same group here in the Chicago suburbs. We talk about our successes, crafting ideas, current Stampin' Up events, and we do a shoebox swap each month, keeping our supply of samples fresh and fun.

This past month was a Masculine theme, so the cards are missing pink and bling, but super cute! When I displayed the collection for my Crestwood Library Class, my Mom looked longingly at a couple of the cards, rearranged the group so she could study her favorites and then started to tell me what she would do with certain cards. . . if only she owned them. Of course, I told her she could keep them, because she would be sending them to my male family members! Go for it Mom!

I will send you the remaining 5 cards if you can correctly guess which ones Mom kept. The photos are in random order, her faves are no longer separated, so good luck!

Happy Stampin,
Dee Tollaksen

Friday, March 23, 2018

Blue Barn Door & converted card kit

 I indulged in the Barn Door bundle, so you will be seeing a few fun samples from the set! Today is a blue barn door with some cute critters from the We Must Celebrate stamp set joining the fun.

 The best thing about the bundle is it creates a moving barn door with no measuring or figuring involved. Just die-cut the double channel and the door, use some dimensionals and #6 washers (from Menards for a buck) and your door will slide effortlessly back and forth. There is a faux pole that the door looks like it is sliding on, but it is just glued down to my card, hanging hardware, a handle and wreaths, but they are all discretionary and cute.

The party critters do not come with dies so I fussy cut them, that's why I did the partial cut on the bunny and no cutting on the snail! LOL

 Shown below is a modification of a card I earned for FREE from Sale-a-Bration. There is a kit of 12 cards you can select for your reward with a $50 purchase, and I added a few score lines, trimmed here and there, added ribbon and a tassel and now I have a super fancy gift box!

There are only 8 days left to take advantage of the Sale-a-bration specials, so don't just sit there, join by buying a kit now or place an order and earn free products!  Leave a comment here if you need assistance!

Happy Stampin',
Dee Tollaksen