Monday, April 10, 2017

Who dresses like this?

 Have you noticed a trend to flashy accessories? Hmm. I have. I want to be on-board, but not too much, you know what I mean, right? Mr Llama too. He is 29 again, so he is going with the classics, all black with a touch of copper heat-embossing, flashy but classy! This is my swap card that I brought to the OnStage Stampin' Up! event in Minneapolis this past weekend. It seemed well-received, I didn't get any swap-snob reactions, which is always a relief! I have a stack of cute swaps that I received, so I will photograph and post, as soon as the sun comes out and I have a few minutes.

I am also posting my friend the lucky elephant, also showing off some tassles heat embossed in clear embossing powder. We made this card at Stamp Club and found the Night of Navy ink was slow to dry, s
o sprinkling the embossing powder and heating it not only made it dry immediately but also makes the card brighter and shiny! Then we added a little row of sequins and a smidge of glimmer paper from the Sale-a-Bration freebies. Yes, everyone likes to dress up in a little fancy somethin' somethin'!

The retirement list gets posted today, so if you have a wish list or if you have InColor ink pads but no re-inkers, better get yourself over to the website and get an order going. The inks will sell out quick and you don't want to be left high and DRY!! Click here!

And today is April 10 -- the deadline to subscribe to Paper Pumpkin for the current month, April. And this is a special month. Sara Douglass, our CEO has designed the card kit in the subscription box this month and she has included a special gift. We got a peek at the cards and they are sassy and fun! No peek at the gift though, sorry! Here is a fast click to help you subscribe!

Next photo shows me (pardon the weird squint) and my dear friend Katie Walton looking all glamorous in our sweaters and coats in the chilly conference center in Minneapolis. We won a stamp set in the Prize Patrol and while it is fantastic and we can't wait to share it with you, Stampin' Up! has sworn us to secrecy for just a little while--unless you come over in person to see me, which you are welcome to do!

And finally, the most extreme case of "Who Dresses Like This?" Mr Minneapolis--he was waiting for the light to change, we were waiting for the light to change and I happened to have my phone/camera handy--a near miracle! Elton John or Liberace? No, I don't think so, but definitely a good guess!

Clear your schedule and RSVP for the fun Cool Treats class I'm holding this Wednesday night. It promises to be a good time and I would love for you to join us! Although Mr Mpls won't be there, we can all dress with pizzazz!

Happy Stampin'
Dee Tollaksen

Friday, March 31, 2017

Hippity Hop Hop

We all make cards, and some of us actually mail the cards, LOL. So when we browse the catalog, there are stamp sets that win us over with their usefulness -- oh, for sure I will use this set over and over making birthday cards for all my loved ones! And then there are sets that are so stinkin' cute, but, heck, I don't send Easter cutsie cards! Who would I send an Easter card to? I have enough trouble keeping up with the birthday cards that I want to remember to send! Right?

But, I am telling you -- this set is a MUST HAVE!! And just go for the bundle, Basket Bunch Bundle has like 19 framelits to match the stamps, and it is totally worth every cent. I succumbed to the stamps and a week later, ordered the framelits, so I lost money by not buying the bundle, duh.

There are so many stamps that can be used outside of Easter, for Spring, Thanks, all occasion, Baby and sweet children's cards. I did two workshops with just the stamps, no BigShot at all and that is pretty much a miracle!

There is still time to order TODAY to qualify for Sale-a-Bration and plenty of time to get this set for Easter, even if you just want to make place cards or table decorations. And if you're traveling for the holiday or spring break, it is a great set to take along! Click here to drop it in your cart along with some Soft Subtle ink, Black Memento ink and some Aqua Painters, and you'll be all set. I would put the Watercolor pencils and Blender Pens on your wish list, since they are so popular that they are on backorder status for now.

If you are studying the cute chick in the corner of the carrot photo, I received it in a swap recently. I think the chick is the owl punch with some leaf framelit for the wings; but the egg was made with a framelit from the Cool Treats bundle -- it is supposed to be the chocolate syrup on top of a sundae! Aren't people clever?!

Happy Stampin,
Dee Tollaksen

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

DSP or Lacy photopolymer? Both please!

 Have you placed your Sale-a-Bration order? You've had weeks and weeks! And now you only have two days left! The offer ends March 31st, if you spend $50 you can select the gorgeous lacy photopolymer stamp set we used to highlight the left side of this card OR the Designer Series Paper (DSP) that is the highlight on the front of this card. We chose to use Watercolor Pencils to color the DSP, but you can leave it black & white, or use markers or ink & blender pens, whatever you prefer!

Call me or email or click here to place an order online to earn your free products. And if you want both, that's great! BUT if you're spending $100 bucks, you should probably consider the demonstrator kit it is only $99 and you get to select $125 of product (of your choice), and until the end of Sale-a-Bration we are also offering 2 FREE stamp sets (of your choice) with the kit!!! Also--it comes to you with free shipping, a box of catalogs, a free Paper Pumpkin kit (OMG--so many great goodies!!) So, choose wisely!! Two free Sale-a-Bration selections OR the demonstrator kit with loaded with so much product and so much promise! Whoo hoo!!! Are you thinking about it? Just go to, click on JOIN NOW and follow the prompts. Then you and I will talk and decide together about how much fun vs business you want to pursue with the kit!

Before the sale slips away, I just wanted to share this silly card. I combined the Tasty Trucks set and the Hey, Chick set to show the silly chicken driving the truck in bright festive colors! Isn't she sweet? Love it!

And finally, remember that the Paper Pumpkin is going to be super special in April. Designed by our CEO and loaded with a special extra gift -- you should be subscribed! If you purchase a 3-month pre-paid subscription now you qualify for a Sale-a-bration gift! That's what I call "double dipping!" Nice! Click here to subscribe!

Happy Stamping,
Dee Tollaksen

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