Wednesday, March 15, 2017

So many ways to be creative, so many ways to save!

Oh oh oh, I don't know if I want to stamp or paint or just build cool stuff out of paper with my BigShot and Silhouette electronic paper cutter! I've got so many options and projects going! So today I'm going to share a few little loose ends and then I'm going to dabble at a bunch of projects! The last two days I worked on my taxes, so today, it is all CREATE and no math!

Pictured is the pop-up card we made at March Stamp Club. We used the Balloon Adventures Bundle that cuts the most fantastic -- and embosses and scores -- panel for the center of a card or the front or not on a card at all. I've seen this panel used for shaker cards, party decorations, paper crowns, so many fun projects!

I want to remind you that Sale-a-Bration is winding down, and with it some great deals will be ending. If you spend $50 you can select a free gift from the Sale-a-Bration brochure -- and they are very nice stamp sets, ribbon, paper & more!

You can purchase a 3-month pre-paid subscription to Paper Pumpkin, save on the subscription and earn a free Sale-a-Bration gift. And the April Paper Pumpkin has been specially designed by the Stampin' Up! chairman!  And it will include a special gift, so now is the time to try this kit in the mail, if you aren't already subscribing.

Just click here to subscribe or give me a call or email and I'll be glad to help. Click on Shop Now, use this product number for the 3-month subscription, to qualify for a free sale-a-bration item: 137859

I know you meant to email and sign-up for the exciting and fun Creative Escape I'm offering, but then it snowed, and you got busy and then the phone rang, etc, etc. But the deadline passed and the dog threw up and the car ran out of gas. . . . . . Well, I still am saving a seat for you and I need to cut the cardstock and order lunch so if you don't call soon, I'm not going to be able to keep holding your spot! So just call! NOW! There's still a chance that I can squeeze you in and I would love to have you join us for this really fun day, even if you have to leave early or sneak in late!

Have a stampy day!
Dee Tollaksen

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Go ahead, look at the pictures, but you should read the words too

March Stamp Club is in the books. Done. Orders have been placed and the cards have been made. I hope you guys mail some of them out. If you love them so much that you keep them for yourself, well, that's AWESOME!! But get yourself some free glimmer paper from the Sale-a-Bration sale so you can make more of these fantabulous peeka-a-boo cards and mail them out to all your special peeps! We used the Window Shopping Dies to cut this beautiful floral spray from Basic Black card stock then some simple sentiments from Thoughtful Banners photopolymer set. Easy Peasy.

I'll show you the other two cards later this week. In the meantime, don't forget to register for the Creative Escape coming up Saturday March 25. Limited seating means. . . better get up off your seat and call to save your spot! Maybe it seems like a chunk o'change, but we have so much awesomeness coming your way, you will be glad you booked in for the day. Sign up. NOW!! HERE.

There is still room for you in Tuesday's class:
Water-Coloring Made Wonderful!
 at 7 pm. Try our Stampin’ Up! NEW water color pencils, paint with re-inkers, and use artist style water color paints and aqua painters. Paper and inks matter – experiment with Whisper White card stock, water color paper, Shimmer White and Color Card stock to find your fave. Why use Momento black ink? When do you need Stazon black ink? Why does Stampin’ Up! Offer Archival black ink? Take home a fact sheet to help keep it all straight.
Class fee includes fact sheet, Mediterranean Moments Stamp Set, 12 card fronts: $30.
OR -- Deluxe Class fee includes fact sheet, Mediterranean Moments Stamp Set, 12 card fronts, plus colored pencils, ½ pack Shimmer White card stock and Sale-a-Bration item of your choice: $60

Later this month will be Cool Treats Class – Thursday March 23 at 7 pm: Designed by the professionals at Stampin’ Up! This class offers four unique card styles featuring the ice cream treats that are sure to delight. Class is $10 when you purchase the Cool Treats Bundle $48.50 (+ tax & s/h) before class (not valid for club purchases) or $20
Don't miss out on Sale-a-Bration, running through the end of March. You know how fast time flies, so get a call in to me ASAP! The free stamps and paper are fantabulous and limited, so when they are gone, well, you know. . . :(   A qualifying purchase of $50 gets you one free item from the Sale-a-Bration brochure, so that Cool Treats bundle will almost lock in a free item! Call me--847/670-1161.

Happy Stampin'
Dee Tollaksen

Friday, March 3, 2017

Creative Escape

Craft Getaway!
Stamp, relax, win prizes, enjoy lunch & snacks!
Let me do all the planning and just enjoy yourself!
Saturday, March 25, 2017
9am – 5pm,
optional Bingo @ 5pm
Messiah Lutheran Church Parsonage, 1555 Vernon Ave,
Park Ridge, IL
Only 20 spots available!

Your fee includes …
Over $35 Swag bag with product to use for classes and extras to take home.

3 projects for the day!
o    Project Life Celebrate Every Day Card Class: you will create 10 super cute & quick cards for different occasions!
o    Succulent Garden Flowers Frame/wreath
 4 interactive cards that pop, pull, twist & shake using product from the Succulent Garden Suite and a card holder to hold your cards.

Door Prizes -- current Stampin' Up catalog products

Fee is $84, due by March 9
 Optional Add On event
BINGO Stampin’ Up! Style at 5:00

We will play 4 games plus a grand prize game. Consolation and tie-breaker prizes. 1 BINGO win allowed, 2nd or more BINGO wins and you will pick from consolation prizes. Everyone is a winner! 
Fee: $20, at the door $25

What to bring?
Please bring your basic craft tool kit, adhesive, dimensionals, glue dots, tear & tape, green glue, etc.

Registration fees due by Thursday March 9, 2017.

Sorry, no refunds given if you are not able to attend. You will receive all product except for stamps, ink and adhesive to complete your projects at home. Due to Stampin’ Up! policy I can not provide you with the stamped images.

Happy Stampin'
Dee Tollaksen


Saturday, February 11, 2017

Chocolates. . . and marshmallows and more!

It really doesn't matter how you remember, as long as you remember. As a rubber stamper and card maker, I try to remember to send a card. But my family will testify, I am not a super good keeper of dates. So please don't be like me, send your loved ones a Valentine! And I will go get a pen and send some of these out in the mail ASAP!

I attended a conference last weekend with some very talented Stampin' Up! demonstrators and these are some of the red & white 3D swaps I collected. They include suckers, s'mores, Hersheys kisses, a pencil, a teeny mailbox, a full size Hershey bar, some Ghiradelli chocolate and more!

I think the heart shaped marshmallows, top left, with the square of graham cracker and a bit of chocolate, are the best. When I ran into Aldi last night, just to get a gallon of milk, a bag of heart shaped marshmallows jumped into my cart! To be honest, why did I take a cart? That gallon of milk cost $40 and that was at Aldi! The milk, and cookies and creamer and many many other items that somehow jumped into that cart and followed me home all needed a good home in my pantry, but those marshmallows were the most needy!

If you haven't got any pink marshmallows or Valentine cards made, I have emergency provisions available. And I've got milk and cookies. Come on over! Just call first, so I can put on a pot of tea.

Happy Stampin'
Dee Tollaksen

Friday, February 10, 2017

Hearts & Flowers

Someone around here makes cards every day.

The other person who lives here knows that there are a couple times a year that he better remember to bring home flowers or chocolates or he will be sleeping on the couch. Today, he came home with a BIG box of chocolate covered strawberries. He is so smart! And Valentine's Day is four days away! So he is definitely ahead of the pack. Are you?

If you need a little help in this department, feel free to give me a buzz. I've got a few gorgeous cards stockpiled, and a lot of great ideas if you want to pop in and make your own.

This beautiful grey, silver and peach sample uses the So In Love bundle. It took me two tries to figure out the technique, but then I smacked myself in the forehead, because it is easy, peasy! I was trying to fussy cut and fit things in, but just cut the white card with the same die that is used to cut the silver piece, and when you pull out the white flowers & leaves, snuggle the silver flowers & leaves in. Done. So easy! And I heat embossed the sentiment on the open "diamond" in the center. It is so beautiful in real life.

Sale-a-Bration is going strong, still a few weeks left for you to place your qualifying order to receive a free stamp set or card tin, DSP or card kit. Don't let this sale pass you by. SHOP NOW!

 And if you have a long wish list, let me tell you about the ultimate deal -- the one that I enjoy -- a permanent discount, free shipping on the first order, $125 of product for only $99 and during Sale-a-Bration there is a special bonus of 2 free stamp sets from the big catalog and/or Occasions catalog! email me for more info at deetollaksen at gmail dot com

Happy Stampin'
Dee Tollaksen

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

So in Love

February, oh February! How I love you, oh month of Valentines and chocolates! Well, seriously, most month's have a good excuse for the stores to stock up on and feature chocolate, but in February it is all about the Valentine.

So Stamp Club members were treated to a special lovey-dovey card in chocolatey colors with lacey flowers featuring the So In Love bundle, seen at left, from the Stampin' Up! Occasions catalog.

We made this beauty back in January so there would be plenty of time to decide which lucky fella would receive the card, or there would be plenty of time to order the stamps and framelits so the ladies could make lots of Valentines for all their fellas. LOL

And if there aren't a posse of guys waiting for cards, maybe there are Chicks waiting for cards! Then the Hey, Chick set is a better choice. This silly set is a Sale-a-Bration choice. That means you can only get it FREE and only until March 31 with a qualifying purchase of $50 or more. Ready to shop? Go HERE  Questions? Email HERE

I have been running around like the proverbial chicken missing my head, with so many pokers in the fire, burning my candle at both ends! Ouch! Let's try to meet back here tomorrow for more pretty pictures and chit chat again, what do you say?

Happy Stampin'
Dee Tollaksen

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Buzzy Bees

Let's talk buzz. Bumble bees. If you haven't picked up on it yet, bees are all the rage, hip, cool. The bomb. They are "in." And come on, let's just agree, they're stinkin' cute!

This fella comes from the Dragonfly Dreams bundle and has all kinds of possibilities -- there is a detailed stamp that gives you a gorgeous set of wings and a body that looks fuzzy and a set of perfect antennae; then there is a second stamp that will add blobby color perfectly over the detailed image, so you can stamp stamp and never have to use a pencil or paint brush to add color. And if that isn't enough to make you happy, there is also a framelit to layer over either or both of those!

Then -- if you don't love this bee-- my friend, there are at least two more bees in the catalog right now and another one in the DSP, so celebrate the season of the bee and get them while the gettin's good!

By the way, the Dragonfly Dreams bundle is gorgeous! I will be sharing a bunch of samples as we go on. (When the sun comes out and I can take photos) I was at a demonstrator event Saturday and there was one bundle as the grand prize and ladies were jumping through hoops to win it! And these are folks who can buy it with a substantial discount! So we really love it after seeing the samples--and you will too!

Come on over and take a class, I have some great samples to share and fun techniques to teach. Look at the class list, at right, or pick a date and host a friend or two and book your own private event!

Place your Sale-a-Bration order now to earn free product -- click here to shop now!

Happy Stampin

Dee Tollaksen