Tuesday, March 20, 2018

It's the variety pack today

 There are a couple of you who send Easter cards, right? But everyone needs a cute card for a new baby occasionally, or a birthday card with darling critters -- so come stamp with me on Monday March 26 and get a stash of 4 cards made, using some great new products!

I have used the Glitter Texture Paste to create the background behind this bunny as well as a pre-made bow, so cute and easy!

The second card features our Sequins that come on a sheet with a glue dot attached, making them clean and easy to use -- LOVE it!

The third card shows the new style of stamp, Sweet Little Something stamp set starts out with a photo that is converted into a 3-step stamping set. By overlaying 3 different stamps, this photo-realistic bunny is created. You can use any combo of ink colors or even use one color and "stamp-off" to change the intensity of color, thereby creating the realistic looking image.

 I am also sharing the tags I made this month for Stamp Club members order bags. It is easier to find each person's bag if I don't have to rifle through each bag, locate the receipt and repeat until I find the one I am looking for. Tags make the task way easier, and Stampin' Up! makes it so attractive! These little fruits stamp quick and easy, there is a punch for each shape and they POP off the black cardstock so gorgeous! If you want a new tag idea every month, in addition to fun, 3 cards, a little social stamping and a low low price ($15 fee or order) join us on the first Wednesday of every month!  Just comment for more info!

And finally, I just want to remind you that Sale-a-Bration is winding down, ending March 31st. If you have a wish list or order lingering on your desk, now is the time to get it in! Don't miss out on FREE goodies you might qualify for during this event.  And if you are just thinking about when to purchase the demonstrator kit, what is the best deal? NOW is the time, NOW is the best deal! Two free stamp sets of your choice from any current product/catalog! Get on it! Just comment and I'll be happy to guide you!

Happy Stampin,
Dee Tollaksen

Thursday, March 15, 2018

March Stamp Club card #3

So, you have two options in life (craft life, that is)-- social or not-social. If you are looking for a social opportunity, Stamp Club is your best deal. We meet on the first Wednesday of the month, at my house. It is open house, so you can arrive anytime between 1:00 and 8:00, make 3 cards and place a small order or pay a $15 fee. There are a bunch of fun ladies who drop in every month, and we have a wonderful time stamping together. Plus each member who commits to attending for the 10 month duration will receive hostess benefits one time during the club period, usually a $50 shopping spree! Win-win!

But if you are a "not-social" type of crafter, the Paper Pumpkin subscription is perfect for you. We have a deal going right now, for first time subscribers, receive your first two months at half price. Since the box is under $20 incl shipping, that is a great deal! Just click here to sign up, and be sure to use the code SAVEFIFTY0418

Finally, if you are either type of crafter, you may want to place an order before the end of March. The Sale-a-bration event ends soon, so take advantage of the FREE products with qualifying order. They are gorgeous, and limited edition, limited availability. Click here to shop, and you can email me or order online, whichever you prefer.

Here are the supplies for the beautiful card we made at Stamp Club:

Product List
Happy Stampin,
Dee Tollaksen

Saturday, March 10, 2018

March Club Card #2

Sometimes simple is the best. If you think this card looks complex, let's take it apart and see how easy it really is! First, we arranged all the stamps on a large block or stamp placement tool. The easiest way is to lay the stamps down on a card front, you can play around with them to get a nice diagonal placement. Then pick them up with your block. Ink them all at one time with VersaMark ink, sprinkle on some clear embossing powder and heat with your heat gun. It gives you an "all over" effect but you can repeat it on multiple cards; if you used DSP there would be a limited amount available. Then check your work table for some scraps of DSP that kind of complement each other, trim to 1" strips and punch the banner end, adhere to your card front. Then we embossed an apropos sentiment to another scrap and trimmed it to be a banner; arrange a swirl of gold thread and adhere to your card. Then the black panel is adhered to a Lemon Lime Twist card. Simple and done, fast!

I am looking for one stamping friend to join me as a member of the Stampin' Up! family. If you have a sizeable wish list or need a fun money-making PT job, leave me a comment and I'll be happy to help you order the Stampin' Up! kit and show you the ropes! For just $99 you get to select any products up to $125 in value, then throw in 2 free stamp sets of any value, your choice -- and it ships free!  This offer is good only for March, then it goes back to normal (no free stamp sets). Let's do it!

Happy Stampin',
Dee Tollaksen

Thursday, March 8, 2018

March Stamp Club #1

One step at a time, I'm going to be here, posting cards I have in my hands for March. This beauty is from our Stamp Club gathering yesterday and was a favorite of the group. I made them fussy-cut this butterfly, but no one overrode my design. I try to make it easy to simplify, here anyone could just stamp right on the Whisper White panel and color it without cutting it out, right? If I was doing a bunch of these I would definitely skip the fussy-cutting step!

It also would have eliminated the embossing folder texture on the white panel; not a matter of life or death, but definitely a nice detail creating interest on the card.

The best time of year in the Stampin' Up! calendar is Sale-a-Bration, and we are almost finished, so if you are thinking of earning a free product or two OR joining the company and receiving two free stamp sets, better get-a-going! Just leave me a comment or shoot me a message and I'll be happy to help you join the fun!

Happy Stampin,
Dee Tollaksen

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