Wednesday, February 27, 2019

February Stamp Club

 Is life/crafting really happening if it isn't documented online? If I don't blog about it, is it really valid? YES! There is so much going on that doesn't make it into the blog! If you want to participate, you are so welcome to join Stamp Club! If you feel like you can't make it to my house on the first Wednesday of the month but you still want to make the cards and be a member, I am happy to send you the card kits. Just shoot me a line and let me know and we can make a plan and work out the deal!

These are some of the cards we made in February. The top one is Night of Navy cardstock mounted on Crumbcake card base. We heat embossed the Lovely Lattice stamp using Versamark ink and gold embossing powder. Some of us wanted to see how the Watercolor Pencils would look on the dark cardstock, so we added some color to the flowers. Beauty!
 This easy card is just a card base of Mossy Meadow and a piece of Petal Promenade DSP with a border of Whisper White. I used the Darling Label punch kit which includes 6 stamps for all occasions and all of them fit perfectly in the punch. This is a super easy and beautiful card. If you are in my local Stamp Club you did not get to make this card, it was a swap I made for my Crestwood Club, a little easier for beginner stampers!
For a little change of pace, we did a fun-fold card using the Amazing Life stamp set and the Botanical Butterflies DSP. Just fold the front of the card right down the center, to the outside. Then the Lemon Lime cardstock panel is attached to the folded panel and lays over the front of the card. Simple but adds nice interest.

There is one more card but I can't find the image. Hopefully I can dig it up and share it soon.

Happy Stamping,
Dee Tollaksen

Friday, January 18, 2019

Is anyone out there?

 Hello and welcome to my blog. It always feels like I am talking to myself, that this is going out into cyberspace with no audience.

If you are enjoying this blog, please leave a little comment or email me or something, so I know there is an audience!

These are the cards from my Stamp Club, I think we made these in December. It was too late to be thinking about ordering supplies for Christmas cards so we moved on!

Now that it is a new year Stampin' Up! has started Sale-a-bration and we have an awesome new collection of products in the Occasions catalog. If you haven't received your copies, please email me and I will provide you with the current versions.

Happy Stampin,
Dee Tollaksen

Thursday, November 1, 2018

You're invited to a Holiday Swap

 Did I mention that I had knee replacement surgery? Well, it was 10 weeks ago and my physical therapist says I am ready to graduate. So happy days are here! Not that I am ready for marathons or even fast stair climbing, but I will have my schedule back and I won't be wiped out by an hour of intense knee rehab! Those of you who know me are well aware that an hour of intense exercise is not my cup of tea!

We had about 30 kids at the door for trick or treating, and I gave everyone a selection of toys, pencils and candy. It's funny how they check to see what they received then look you in the face and state: "a pencil?" Thanks

Not sure if that is sincere or completely sarcastic. LOL

These cuties were made special for Eric and Layla, my grands. Eric loves mail, so I sent him a couple Halloween envelopes. Hope it made his day! They are a bit fussy, way more than a typical card. Nothing hard, just scoring and folding, but lots of layers and use of great big googly eyes.

Please join us for a morning of Holiday Cards on Saturday Nov 24. I offer this event every year and it is a ton of fun. You bring one nice card and the supplies for 17 friends to make your card. Then we go from table to table copying each card, eating candy, then eating lunch! And everybody gets a nice catalog item as a raffle prize and a swag bag of crafting goodies. All this for just $25 RSVP right away so you can design your card (Free design help if you want it!)

Hope to see you there, Happy Stampin'
Dee Tollaksen

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Christmas Card Club, second session

We have passed the 100 day mark, you know, on FaceBook, when the holiday fans post that it is 100 days til Christmas?!

Hard to fathom, seeing as we just had a 93* day this week, but now it is cooler and autumn seems to be upon us, so the holidays can't be far behind.

Thankfully my holiday fans are also working in advance to make their Christmas cards and keep their stash full!

These three cards are all CASEd from talented stampers and/or the catalog, but kept nice and "mailable." So there aren't any bulky bows, deep layers or rhinestones--these embellishments tend to incur additional postage or need to be hand cancelled, thereby slowing down delivery.

The first card makes me smile. Something about party lights is just so festive and this  Making Christmas Bright bundle makes it easy too! There is a punch that cuts the light and the socket, separately, so we jazzed it up with the gold glimmer paper.

 The Tags & Tidings bundle is so cool, there is one stamp and one die, but they create 16 elements in one pass! So the cute little gift on the little tag, the label and the oval label are just 3 of the 16 stamps and label shapes that can be cut in one fast pass! A little festive Designer Series Paper (DSP) and the Tufted Embossing Folder make this card easy and elegant!

The final card is jazzed up by another folder, the Tin Tiles Embossing Folder! So gorgeous! And a nice coordinated punch and sentiment make this come together easy-peasy! Grab the Labels to Love stamp set in the main catalog and match it with the Everyday Label punch for year-round sentiments.

Just click on a link to do your online shopping!

Happy Stampin,
Dee Tollaksen

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Christmas Card Club, first session

 Major surgery = major life event! So I got  new knee. Lots of people have surgery and that's a fact of life. But when it is MY life, it takes a lot more time and energy to deal with it! So next time, YOU have the event and I will just go on with my life and send you a dinner and a card.

Anyway, these cards are from the AUGUST Christmas Card Club. Realize that the ladies who are in the club made these cards and enjoyed the session as advertised -- on the scheduled date and we each made 12 cards, 3 designs x 4 of each. Only the internet was deprived of seeing them, as I had to move right along to other events, prepping and holding, while the old blog suffered in silence.

It can take a major mind shift to design and implement Christmas cards in August! Before the Holiday Catalog products are available and while the neighborhood pools are still open every day!

After searching Pinterest for inspiration, these three are the holiday cards we made. The Sheltering Tree stamp set is so versatile. Seriously, if you only have this set, you can make birthday, sympathy, christmas, thinking of you, Home Decor frames and more. This is a super versatile, beautiful set.

The second and third card were made to highlight a limited edition stamp set that was only available in August, sorry you missed it. But they are easily modified to work with any holiday sets you already have. Just select a cute small element, to sub for the pretty bell and a Script font holiday sentiment and you are all set!

October Christmas Card Club will be held Mon Oct 1, so if you need a stack of holiday cards, drop me a line or give me a call! There is always room for you at the table!

Happy Stampin,
Dee Tollaksen

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Do you kneed to know?

Strength, flexibility, endurance . . . yep, I kinda needed help in the joint health department. And I am so grateful to those of you who sent prayers and well wishes following my surgery. I have a nice new bionic knee and my days are filled with physical therapy and rest. And that is why the WWW and the blog are not at the top of my to-do list.

But my creative needs don't rest, so I have been making things and I haven't cancelled or postponed any of my scheduled events. It is really lonely to sit home after surgery, can't drive, can't walk! So I kept making card kits and planning projects!

This particular beauty is a total CASE from the catalog, except that I didn't have the right DSP to copy exactly. Give the catalog a good browse and you'll find gorgeous projects to Copy And Steal too!

OK, I am off to practice my knee bending, squatting and stair climbing (also known as laundry in the basement).

Happy Stampin
Dee Tollaksen

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Budget Friendly

 When I present the monthly card making class at the Crestwood Library, there are new crafters and experienced crafters. And they only pay $5 for 4 cards! So there is a big planning situation -- simple enough but interesting and budget friendly (for me).  But it is definitely one of my favorite offerings, because my Mom is one of the regulars!

Last month we made these cards and one more, that I seem to have lost LOL.  Sometimes I do some of the stamping for them, like the candles on the first card. Because the yellow and green candles use the same stamp, new people and big classes can't seem to manage cleaning the stamp before dipping it into another color ink. So I did the stamping ahead to protect my ink pads, that helps keep my costs down too!

I also try to make the cards lovely and interesting without a lot of embellishments or designer series paper, although these papers are so gorgeous, I really wanted to try to tempt the ladies into investing in some supplies of their own!  So far, they are happy to come to the class and let me do the investing. Although I have to admit, some of them have asked me to do the class every week. But I know what happens then, we don't have a sold out class ever again!

So for now, it is time to pack up my goodies and head back to Crestwood for the August class. Look out Stampers, we will be having fun Monday night!

Happy Stampin,
Dee Tollaksen