Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Why give a card?

 You guys, I have my days. . . you know the ones, when there is a black cloud from early morning til you go back to bed at night, and all my thoughts are grey. But, those days are few and far between! I am mostly a Suzy Sunshine kind of person.

Mother's Day was this past Sunday, and I was blessed to spend the day with my Mom, my sister, and my daughter. My husband even did the cooking for our brunch. So awesome! My girl made me a card! With watercolored flowers and a heartfelt message inside. One thing she mentioned is that I am a "glass half-filled" kind of person, which made me laugh.  We have talked about this concept a lot in my Bible Study group. And they have decided that I am a "glass overflowing" person, so I was happy that my daughter even sees me as a "glass (half) full" person!

I wanted to give you a peek at some of the things that help me stay so upbeat. First of all, I have a "job" that is fun and I get to set all the rules. I work as much, as often and as hard as I want. And when I want to do something else, that is all good! I am a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, I offer classes and parties and I craft cards and more. Yes! Best job ever!

This is a picture from the recent OnStage event Stampin' Up! hosted in Milwaukee. I was honored to prepare a project board featuring a few new products that will be available June 1st. It was so fun to actually design and create these cards and projects, and nerve-wracking to know they would be on display for all the attending demonstrators to study!

And the next two pictures are here to emphasize my story for today. Mother's Day + Best job ever + grand kids = glass overflowing. Layla recently turned one and Eric will be four in August. They live in AZ and I live in IL, so we FaceTime and I see them online, but occasionally I jump in a plane and spend a few days playing in their back yard. Just thought you would enjoy a couple pix of what makes my heart happy!

Happy Stampin'
Dee Tollaksen

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

May Stamp Club projects

 Say "So Long" to Sweet Soiree designer series paper, unless you shop now and grab it at a discount! This gorgeous DSP is a specialty paper, thick and embossed with silver highlights. We used this 3" x 4" panel on our first card at stamp club, and it says it all for you!  Beautiful floral images, provides a color palette and mood of celebration. We added silver embossing on the sentiment and loaded the card with beautiful ribbons. Then we used Smoky Slate cardstock for the base, which always "reads" as silver, to me!

Because it is the end of the Stampin' Up catalog season, I am focused on enjoying these ribbons before they retire, so our second card also has ribbon featured.  The Wood Words stamp set offers these sanded shapes, a plain old circle would be fine, but when it looks scraped, or sanded, that adds a ton of interest to the image, right?!

We used the Polka Dot embossing folder to texturize the Pool Party cardstock, tying-in the circle images. Simple, fun and ready for any occasion.

The final card included more ribbon, just a little hit of white, and there were lots of options to choose from, silky, fuzzy, gold-trimmed, so every card was a little different.

We embossed the main panel, again, this time with the Brick embossing folder, which unfortunately has already sold-out. Not to worry, we offer tons of other folders, any of which would work to add texture to your projects!

Also featured is the Cool Treats stamp set and matching Frozen Treats framelits, both of which are retiring SOON! The framelits are on clearance, so you can save a bit!

We used a panel of designer series paper to tie the colors together, everyone opens their packet to find what paper they have. By this time of the year, I have lots of bits and parts of sheets, so I like to show how many different patterns and styles will work equally well. Everyone compares cards and chats about the options.

June is the end of this Stamp Club calendar, we will start a new season in September, with a kick-off party in August. We love new members, because your creativity will contribute to everyone's enjoyment! Comment or email me for more details!

Happy Stampin,
Dee Tollaksen

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Can it

 Did you miss the Jar of Love/Sharing Sweet Thoughts class? It was fresh and fun! Here are the cards we made using the jar that is featured in both sets.

If you are loving the strawberries or the idea of teeny-tiny fruit for your jar, now is the time to grab the Tutti Fruitti punch pak while it is on retirement discount, before they sell out!

We just used a few strips of Tutti Fruitti designer series paper (DSP) and then used the punch to claim some strawberries. These are the kind of cards that come together quickly but are cheerful and fun to make -- and to receive!

 Yes, this card is painfully plain, but that is the idea! The sentiment says Life Feels Empty Without You and I wanted the card to convey that empty feeling. Yikes, it does! Sure want to add some embossing, washi tape, DSP. . . anything! But then you will lose the concept.

So if you don't need a "sad" card, change the sentiment and glam it up!

Hope you can join me next time we have a class! I'm working on calendar today, watch your email for an invite. Not on my email list? Sign up now! Just click on the form at the top left of the blog post!

Happy Stampin,
Dee Tollaksen

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Last Chance discounts and a sneak peek

 It is all about the shopping -- I mean STAMPING! First we shop, then we stamp!

Stampin' Up released a full page of deep discounts this morning, just another chance to shop! Click this link for the printable list then click here to shop!

I am showing a cute card I designed with a set that will be in the new catalog, Rooted in Nature. The trees images are designed to coordinate with the classic, all-time fave Lovely as a Tree. What I want you to notice is the black thick Bakers Twine, which is on clearance, meaning it won't be in the new book!

Here is the Sweet Soiree specialty Designer Paper (DSP). If you haven't stocked up on this GORGEOUS paper, get on it! Click the link above to see that it has dropped from $13 a pack to just $10 and change.

Use the hostess code VURNR2XY and I will throw in a free gift!  I will send you a pack of  4"x 6" samples of Springtime Foils designer series paper, a gorgeous Sale-a-Bration item you may have missed. I have a limited supply, so early birds get the . . . paper.

Also shown here are the tags I made using the Tutti Fruitti punch pack, and guess what?!? The pack is on the discount list! As well as glitter, glimmer paper, lots of framelits, ribbon, enamel shapes and the Stampin' Up planner!

People, I gotta go, I have shopping to do!

Happy Stampin,
Dee Tollaksen

Monday, April 16, 2018

Spring Collage class

 Looking out my window right now, there is an inch of snow on the grass and it is still falling, or maybe blowing off the roof? And today is April 16, this is ridiculous. I would love to turn the weather dial to the correct setting!

I am doing my part by thinking Spring, crafting Spring and sharing a Spring Collage with you.

Come on over to my place on Thursday April 26 at 1 pm or 7 pm to make this pretty collage.

Just email, text or call to save your seat and I will provide all the materials you need to create then assemble this beauty!

This is a 12x12" collage, fits perfectly into a same size frame, an album frame or many box style frames available.

Many of the squares feature items on the Stampin' Up! retiring list, so if you want to be able to make this project at home, now is the time to place an order! The butterfly, bunny and Designer Series Paper will all be discontinued and may even be out of stock soon. Even if this, the most popular DSP of this catalog, Delightful Daisy, is out of stock, so many of our DSP options will work beautifully as a background and embellishment for this project.

I hope you can join us next Thursday!
Dee Tollaksen

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

short sweet and lots of card samples

Way back in March (I have done a bunch of stuff since this event) I attended a fantastic demonstrator event. As part of the evening we participated in a Shoebox Swap, a creative evening of card making! I brought one sample and 12 kits to copy it. Twelve of us then circulated from seat to seat making all of the cards.

It is a great way to be able to bring you different styles, since you mostly see my style of stamping here on my blog! Also, different stamp sets than I may have loved enough to purchase. And techniques, color combos and just plain ol' card ideas!

So here are a handful that I brought home and want to share with you. Enjoy! And remember that the catalog is winding down, anything you see here may be retiring May 31 and will become impossible to obtain.  Also, some items were Sale-a-Bration offers and are already gone. If you need any more information or want to place an order to duplicate anything here, just comment!

Happy Stampin',
Dee Tollaksen

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Coupla' Eclipse cards

 Have you ever created a new technique? Sometimes when I'm doing one thing, but it doesn't work, and it still comes out OK, I will name the technique just so I feel like I didn't screw up! LOL You know, the bubble effect or the spilled glue look or the left-hand opening card. Well, these aren't going to catch on anytime soon, but someone created the Eclipse technique, and it is becoming popular!

We made a few cards at Glenda's great card-making event, and the mermaid card seems to have swum away. So here are the two I have to share.

First, the WISH card -- just stamp your fun birthday candles then use the Alphabet Dies to cut out the word wish. Pop those letters up with dimensionals and fit them back into the front panel. It isn't difficult, but it sure looks good!

The second card has a trio of leaves, each cut with a round circle punch and also raised up, but with a dark green stack of card stock circles. It gives a little peek of color in the dimension. These are fun to make and make a nice final product!

Any questions? Feel free to comment or shoot me an email.

Happy Stampin',
Dee Tollaksen