Saturday, June 16, 2018

Scorching hot

 See that newspaper at the end of the driveway? It is so hot out that I am not even venturing that far, I don't need to know what is happening in the world. I am staying safely harbored in my air conditioned home, stamping. If the power goes out, I will go to the grocery store, where I will stay until it is safe to go home.

I was thrilled to be asked to make some samples for our demonstrator event OnStage back in April. Stampin' Up! sent me a big box of pre-release stuff but it was all a jumble of items, no bundles. I got these great Tropical Thinlets, but no matching stamps. I was just cutting all my green shades of card stock to come up with inspiration, and when I saw them all laid out on my desk, this seemed like an obvious design. I love a clean and simple card, so the white panel works, but the Lemon-lime Twist skinny frame keeps it bright and grounded.
 I still have a few Color Coaches, pictured at left. This handy tool lists every color in the Stampin' Up! collection and offers a couple color combos to inspire your card making. Also, I have swatch books, similar to this book but a full square of cardstock to help you make your own combos and differentiate the colors and learn all the new colors. Each square includes the cardstock name, family (bright, neutral, subtle or regal) and the Stampin' Up! order number.  These are $6 each or $10 for the pair.

There are still seats available for this Wednesday night, come on over and make this darling HOME home decor frame. Super easy and versatile. I think it would be a perfect housewarming gift, shower gift or dorm decor, if you can bear to part with it.

Just email me that you want to come over!

Happy Stampin,
Dee Tollaksen

Monday, June 4, 2018

Rooted in Nature, rooted in your collection

Rooted in Nature is going to be one of those "classic" stamp sets that you will pull out over and over again.

These two cards feature a couple of the images and a few fun tricks. I didn't have the framelits when I made these for a display board at the Stampin' Up! OnStage event, so I didn't want to fussy cut too much, but these leaves weren't hard to trim at all.

I stamped the leaves in Versa Mark clear ink and embossed with Copper embossing powder, very striking on the dark green card stock.

Then when I inked up my images, I used a sponge dauber to add some darker green ink on the edges of the trees and my Early Espresso marker to ink the trunks. The dark marker easily "over rode" the light green ink and quick and easy -- I added depth and realism to the trees.  Some of the colors have been refreshed/replaced, so have a play with what you have, don't depend on my image to be the "perfect" color combo!

I used the Nature's Poem DSP (designer series paper) as my color guide, it has some really lovely designs, and this quiet stripe was a perfect background.

My second card today may be my favorite from all the cards I posted at OnStage. It is a very simple masked card. Use some strong post-it notes to mask off most of your Whisper White panel, leaving a 1" x 5-1/4" strip showing. Then add a little So Saffron ink toward the bottom with a sponge, your aqua painter or sponge dauber. Almost any method will work. Above and below the So Saffron I added a medium green color and then a medium blue to go to the top.

I removed the post-it masks and stamped the tree in black. I did stamp the sentiment and fussy cut it out, then used dimensionals to pop it up. And the Whisper White panel is mounted on Cajun Craze cardstock.  Yum!

Do you have trouble coordinating colors? Or just want some extra ideas for color combos? Stampin' Up! has built a Color Coach for us to use and I would love to make one for you! And I have a Swatch Book with every card stock color represented, labeled with the name and catalog ordering info. Leave me a comment or email me to reserve your Color Coach and/or Swatch Book! $6 each or $10 for the pair.

Happy Stampin'
Dee Tollaksen

Friday, June 1, 2018

New cards from the new catalog

 So, to catch you all up, I gather with my demonstrator friends once a month to make cards to share with you, inspiration and fun!

Our May gathering was focused on new products, and today is the "Opening Day" for the new catalog, so I am hoping to help you make some of your decisions about what to get FIRST!!

As mentioned before, I have "water marked" all the cards with my name, just to keep internet pirates at bay. Only the first card is actually designed by me, although I did the stamping and assembly on all of them.

My card features the Natures Roots framelits and coordinating DSP (designer series paper) and stamp set. This framelit set includes 3 impression leaves. They do not cut the paper but only emboss it. So cool! And of course the Copper Foil sheet shows it off fabulously!

Next two cards feature the Abstract Impressions bundle. It is so gorgeous and easy to design cards with. The DSP provides a color scheme and the stamps do not require that you align the 2nd layer perfectly, so lots of fast success!

The Varied Vases bundle is so fun, and it is more of a "clean lines" style. Lots of stamps to let you create a variety of flower arrangements, and a matching punch for perfect cutting of the vases.

Today's last card is a Barn Door using the Pinewood Planks embossing folder. This is a "carry over" product, one we just met in the Occasions catalog that made it for another life in the main catalog. So cute, everybody loves an interactive card! And as stampers, we love when it is easy to create!

Finally, I am offering a couple tools that will make your Stampin' Up!  design effort a little more fun. Since we have so many new colors and color combinations available in the new collection, we have a "color coach" available online. I am offering to print it and trim it and hole punch it and put the cards on a ring for you. Also, I am making a swatch book of all the card stock, each with a label including the color name and ordering info. If you would like either of these tools at $6 each (both for $10) (shipping is extra) just leave me a comment or shoot me an email.

Happy Stampin
Dee Tollaksen

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

I can't take all the credit

 It is always a mental debate, since I have neglected to correctly identify the stamping artist, should I be posting these cuties?

As you can see, I decided to share even though I am not positive about who created which card. So just know that I made the card at a swap but it was designed and prepped by one of my demonstrator friends.

Every month I meet with the ladies who are in the same downline (we were all recruited within the same group). We share business ideas, plan stamping events and then we stamp.

Yes it is one of the highlights of the month. I love gathering with creative folks and making beautiful things!

So these are some that will be retiring tomorrow, never to be sold in the catalog again. If you are loving those cute critters in the first card, Call or email me today, because they are a goner as of tomorrow!

Thanks to Julie, Dawn, Barbara, Katie, Jacki and (I think) Sue for bringing these darling cards for me to make.

And you are welcome to join us any month. The date is listed to the right on the blog here, to encourage you to join us (we can carpool!). First time visitors are no obligation, welcome to check it out. Want to become a regular? Just grab a Starter Kit, enjoy the savings and become a hobby demonstrator or a business demonstrator -- all are welcome. (Hobby = just loving the discount; Business = selling product for income)

Any questions or need to order? Leave a comment or contact me ASAP!

 Happy Stampin
Dee Tollaksen

I have emblazoned my name across every card just so no thieves can steal the artwork and claim it as their own, my friends will understand that I am protecting them with my watermark.

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Gift for grad, bride, neighbor or for yourself!!!

Finally, I invested in the Large Alphabet Framelit dies. Yes, they are one of the most expensive things in the Stampin' Up! catalog, but now that I have them, the projects just keep on coming!

This simple framed project fits in a standard 5" x 7" frame, so you can dress it up to match any decor! And the oval that replaces O in HOME can be switched out for every occasion!

Join me for this project class on Wednesday June 20 at 1:00 or 7:00 for just $20. Email me, comment here or give me a call to save your seat! We will make these 4 ovals, plus a few more. BYO frame.

And, if you want, you can make an extra set for just $10 more. Imagine the many uses for this home decor item: wedding shower, House Warming, grads moving into their first dorm or apartment, new neighbor welcome gift! Oh my gosh, this is so easy to switch-up, you could put a name instead of HOME and still have the seasonal ovals. Or make it to say SOCKS and glue a bunch of clips to the bottom of the frame and pin up your solo socks from the laundry. Or GLOVES or DOGS and have the leash or treats attached.  Of course, if you add letters, you just need to adjust the size frame you provide. JOSH will fit, but Joshua won't.

Hope you can come, but if not, book your own day & time, I am truly happy to accommodate you. OR Project by Mail! This one is easy peasy to ship anywhere in the US for the same $20 class fee, just ask!

Happy Stampin'
Dee Tollaksen

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Lovely or Rooted, trees are classic

So, trees. Lovely as a Tree has been in the catalog for. . . well, longer than I have been a demonstrator, and that is over 11 years. One of the founders of Stampin' Up! designed the set, and the remaining active founder has said that in tribute, the set will never leave. 

But, let's face it, even a classic set can tolerate an update. And that is what Rooted in Nature is all about It is designed to complement, not replace the classic set. And it is gorgeous! This big ol' green tree is a gorgeous focal point on this card and it makes a fast and even masculine design!

Just a couple days until the new catalog goes live and you can order Rooted in Nature to add to your collection. If you don't have the catalog in-hand, leave me a comment or shoot me an email. I have yours here at my place!

Happy Stampin,
Dee Tollaksen

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Wild times ahead

 Are you excited about the new Stampin' Up! catalog? This is a great time of year to be a stamper, as the big book gets updated, lots of older products are retired and LOTS of brand new products are introduced.

As a demonstrator, I have had a few weeks to pre-order a few items, so I can play with them and be ready to entice you with their fabulousness. These four beauties were on my display board at OnStage in Milwaukee.

These critters are so adorable and the sentiments are super cute too. If you need a catalog, please comment here or shoot me an email. If you need to get your hands on these stamps ASAP you can purchase a "starter kit" and include this set as part of your initial order.

The Demonstrator deal is $99, select any $125 worth of merchandise from current offerings and/or pre-order offerings, free shipping! Then you have access to all demonstrator perks: 20% discount, a big box of catalogs and business supplies, Stampin Success magazine and more. With no strings attached, you can just enjoy the perks OR you can be a business minded demo and offer workshops, classes, and/or online sales to earn commissions and buy more stamps!

Remember that the current catalog ends May 31 and many items are "while supplies last" so if you have some stuff on your wish list (paper, ink and retiring stamps) you better get-a-goin' and place an order!

Happy Stampin,
Dee Tollaksen