Sunday, March 18, 2018

Vertical Greetings

Happy Sunday!

Right!  Today I am DETERMINED to be productive!  I HAVE to get working on my On Stage presentation!  I have to do a trial run via FaceTime with Head Office on Friday which means I have to have EVERYTHING prepared, scripted and ready to go as if it was the real thing!  Ya, I *think* I have all my samples done (well, there IS one more I've been wanting to play with but ...) but I DO want to re-make them, tidy them up a bit, make them a little "cleaner", if you know what I mean.  It makes me quite giddy to think that hundreds (thousands??) of people will be seeing my projects and naturally you want to have your best work on display!  So that's the "plan" for today ... but I know me.  Something tells me I'm going to end up making Easter Treats for my club girls, baking and doing my nails.  Well ... at least I KNOW myself and KNOW when I'm kidding myself *lol*.  Well see what I ACTUALLY get up to today hee hee.

Wanna see a project?  Of COURSE you do!  That's why you come right?  (or do you come for the witty banter and slightly crazy ramblings??) . Maybe a mix of the two!

Alright.  Here's a card:
Isn't it fun??  It's one of the cards we made at my Stamp-a-Stack last month (ya, ya, I'm a little behind in posting ...)

I was on a real "green" kick and not gunna lie, this Lemon Lime Twist is one of my fave colors his winter.  It just makes me happy!

I wanted to ink up my Vertical Greetings set - one that I was VERY drawn to when the 2017 catalogue first came out but I have only used once.  Not gunna lie - the first time I used the set I found it difficult to work with.  Ya I made a card but I thought the ideas and layouts would come quickly and easily.  They didn't ... and the set sat on the shelf.  I cracked that bad boy open again and this time it came much quicker and easier.  I drew inspiration from the leaves on the topiary.  The Petal Burst Embossing Folder is the obvious "go-to" to mimic those leaves!  I used the new Decorative Ribbon Border Punch for the lacy edge, and a strip of the Dazzling Diamond Washi Tape found in the Myths & Magic pack.  How did I color the leaves?  I just used my finger dauber, inked it in the Lemon Lime Twist ink and pressed it onto the tree image.  Perfect circle!  Some rhinestones and dimensionals give it texture, bling and dimension.

I love this card.  A pretty little card to send to a friend ... just because :)

Whatever you get up to today, I hope it's SOMEWHAT what you had planned ... and that it's a stampy one.  Happy Sunday xo


Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Stamparatus Technique Series: Video #4 Stamping on Pre-Die Cut Pieces

Happy Tuesday!

This is a GREAT video!  It never occurred to me to use it in this way!  LOVE IT!  This definitely increases my love for this tool!!

Have a stampy day!


Sunday, March 11, 2018

Bubbles and Fizz Easter Treats

Happy Sunday ... ?

... hmmm happy?  I needed to think about that for a minute but yes, it is a happy Sunday.

The last two days have sucked.

Sucked HARD.

Today is a bit better - for that I'm grateful ... and happy :)

As you may have "heard", my very dear friend, and Stampin' Up! "upline", Tamye Dunbar, passed away Friday morning.

The news rocked my world, and the world of so many who knew and loved her.  I'm still very numb and the reality of the situation truly hasn't set in.  I'm in "do" mode.  What do we do to prepare for the next week ... and the next month.  What needs to be "done" to help her family and her friends to heal.  What needs to be "done" for her business and her team.  What do we DO?

Truth is, at this point, I have no idea what to do ... but I do know that I slept last night, for the first time in a week ... and that will help me cope a little better today.  I'm hoping that will help me focus a little better, smile a little more and be more patient and gentle ... both with my family and myself. 

So today IS a happy Sunday and I wanted to share a project with you that makes me happy ... these little Easter treats.  Check them out ...

They are SO cute!!  I take zero credit for these little cuties, as I CASEd them from Jen over at

The star of the show is the AWESOME Bubbles & Fizz Designer Paper (one of the free paper options during the Sale-a-brations promotion this year - free with a minimum $60 CDN purchase) and the adorable little stamp set A Good Day ($25 CDN clear; $36 CDN wood)

This set coordinates with the two NEW punches in the 2018 Occasions Catalogue, the 1 1/8" and 1 3/8" scalloped circle punches, $21.50 CDN each ...

Jen does a great job of showing how these are made.  Check out her video!
The boxes are only 2" x 2" big, so they don't hole much - I put in 4 little Starburst fruit chews ... or it holds about 4 Hershey's Kisses ... but the treat really is the BOX, not what's inside it!

Today I will be spending time with friends ... and spending some time in my "happy place", crafting.  I need the quiet escape to help me heal.  Time to quietly reflect on my friend, our friendship, all the laughs we had together.  I will think of her and I will be happy for having the chance to have had her in my life for a short time.

Whatever you get up to today, I hope it makes you happy :)


Wednesday, March 7, 2018

You Move Me Butterfly Card

Happy Wednesday!

I'm off to the coffee shop shortly, to meet my friend (since Jr. High!) and downline gal-pal Vicki for coffee.  We're heading to Sherwood Park to a place called Common Ground Community Cafe - a not-for profit coffee shop!  We are heading there to check out the lay-of-the-land for an upcoming class.  Vicki and I volunteer for the Robin Hood Association which is anon-profit organization that is committed to excellence in assisting individuals with disabilities to achieve their personal best and experience a quality lifestyle.  Once a month we go an help some FABULOUS ladies learn how to make cards.  Next month we are taking the class on the road, and creating our projects at the Common Ground Cafe.  I'm looking forward to it! ... but we DO need to check out the space to wrap our heads around how we're going to run the class.
So that's what I'M up to this morning!  Hope YOU'RE doing something fun too!
Today I'm sharing another card we made at my Stamp-a-Stack last week.  I LOVE LOVE LOVE this card!  It is SOOO versatile!!  You really can add almost any sentiment you like.  Check it out ...
I got the inspiration for the card from Susan Campfield.  When I saw this card I knew I HAD to CASE it!
The FIRST questions I had was "where the heck is that beautiful butterfly from???!!!" ... and I thoroughly expected the answer to be that it was a non-Stampin' Up! product.  I was DELIGHTED to find out not only that it WAS a Stampin' Up! product ... and that it was a CURRENT product ... but that I HAD this item in my stash ... I just didn't know it!!!  (yes, likely a sign of a problem *lol*).

The butterfly is from the You Move Me Bundle that is in the 2018-2018 Annual Catalogue.   The bundle is CAD $63.75.  The photopolymer set is $32 and the Thinlit dies are $39

See the two butterfly thinlits? Those are what are used to make the stunning butterfly.  Who knew!!!

Whilst I HAVE used the bundle once or twice, I used the pieces that were the main purpose of this bundle - a card that makes it look like the butterfly or hummingbird are fluttering by.  Check out the video here to check that out!

Now - the only tricky part to making the butterfly on this card ...
... is that you need to use both thinlits at the same time.  I do wish I had taken a picture while I was doing it (or while I was doing the 26 I cut for the stamp-a-stack!).  Essentially, you need to cut out the colored piece (yellow) using the solid outline die and then you need to cut out the black piece that you place over top of the yellow piece (with me so far?).  In order to cut out the BLACK piece, you need to use both the large outline die And the smaller detailed die together when you run the black crd stock through the Big Shot.  It was a little tricky and time consuming to line up the two dies together and no have the magnets move them when they ran through the machine.  The trick to THAT is using new, or flat, cutting pads.

another tip is to cover the back of your black card stock with a Multipurpose Adhesive sheet so that, once the butterfly is run through the machine, the black detailed piece is now a sticker and can easily, mess-free, be attached to the yellow piece.  I'm sorry of that's totally confusing.  You'll understand it if/when you go to cut one out and you do it wrong *lol* .  That's how I learned how to do it! lol.

The green piece is Old Olive (also looks nice in Pear Pizzazz) and it was run through the Big Shot using the Layered Leaves Dynamic Embossing Folder ($11.75 CDN)
Both that strip and the Basic Black strip were punched with the Triple Banner Punch to get the dovetail edge.

Of course ANY sentiments works well with this card - my favorite retired set EVER is the Sincere Salutations set.  I like it so much I have two of them *lol*.  I DO use them a LOT at my Stamp-a-stack events so yes, two sets ARE necessary!

I added a single rhinestone to the centre of the butterfly or some bling, texture and interest.  Done!

I hope you like it ... and start to look at stamp sets and framelits in ways other than their main intention.  Who KNOWS what you are missing!!!

OK - off I go for my coffee date.  Hope you have a stampy day!


Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Picture Perfect Party

Happy Tuesday!

Shhhhh - don't say it too loudly but this week seems a little light on the old schedule!  Of course there is ALWAYS something to do, but I don't have any burning items (... or not that I remember, anyway! *lol*)

Today I want to share some super quick, easy, CUTE birthday cards/layouts that I totally CASEd from Stampin' Up! Artisan Mercedes Weber.  Her blog post (and even a quick video!) can be found here

These are SUCH a great way to use the Picture Perfect Designer Series Paper Stack!  These use a 3" x 3" piece, which is half a sheet of the 6" x 6" page.  GREAT, cost effective use per sheet!  Not gunna lie - once I made these I did order up a few more packs of the paper!!

Gotta dash _ Doodle Dog is letting me know it's time for our walk!

Have a stampy day :)


Sunday, March 4, 2018

High Tide Sympathy

Happy Sunday!

I made some good progress on my presentation yesterday and then took half an hour to tidy the war-zone.  How is it possible to make SUCH a mess in so little time???  Today I want to go down and play with a few new stamp sets that have been in my cave for a few months now but still haven't seen ink!  Class is Friday night and I want to make something fresh and "spring'y" (as I stare outside at the 10" of fresh snow *lol*)

Today I'm sharing the ultimate masculine/sympathy card.  Quick, easy and lovely!
I can't take credit for the main design.  I have seen many versions on Pinterest and, to be honest, they are the reason I own this set!  I knew, when I first saw High Tide in the catalogue, that it would be a very popular set ... but it wasn't something I "needed" right away.  The lighthouse wasn't up my alley and I have sandpipers from another set already ...
I did order it, however, once I had depleted my stash of sympathy cards.  This set really is ideal for a gentle, soothing card.

It is, quite simply, a standard card base in whisper white and a layer of 3" x 4 1/4".  The layer has the corners rounded with the (retired) project life corner rounder punch.

The water is stamped directly on the card base in Marina Mist ink and then stamped in the middle of the layer.  I used a sponge to very lightly swirl some Marina Mist ink on the card base and on the layer.  I stamped the birds in Classic Archival Black ink and the sentiment is stamped in Island Indigo.  I added a few rhinestones to the water.

I made a few different versions of this card, adding a thin strip or card stock or glimmer paper to the left of the top layer, just to see if I liked it.  I decided against it for sympathy cards but for masculine cards it certainly is a nice option.

I highly recommend this set to have in your "keeper" pile.  It's one I think I will turn to again and again!

Right!  Off I go to walk Doodles, wrap up the first draft of my presentation and send it off to Donna Griffith at Head Office!  I hope you have a stampy Sunday.  Thanks for popping in :)


Saturday, March 3, 2018

Stamp-a-Stack Cards

Happy Saturday!

It's an early start to the weekend for me, as I have a LOT of time-consuming work to do over the next 2 days (... so naturally I'm taking time to blog instead of doing said time-consuming work *lol*).

"What are you working on, Tamara??!!", I hear you cry.  Well ... did I mention I will be presenting at the On Stage event in Red Deer April 7th?  Yup - sure am!  Naturally, me being me, I found out about this honour in January but didn't start creating projects until a few weeks ago.  Ya ... and Stampin' Up! Head Office would like to see my projects and presentation outline Monday.  Alrighty then!  Guess I better get cracking on that! *lol*.  Now ... although I am nowhere near where I want to be I am SUPER STOKED (yes, my age is now showing using phrases like "super stoked") about the project I came up with yesterday.  Sadly, I can't share it with you for over a MONTH!!  Top secret work going on, dontcha know!!  You'll have to wait until after the event to see what magic I've come up with!

The On Stage projects have kept me busy this week and is one of the reasons I've been MIA for a while ... and why I may be MIA in the coming weeks.  Lots to do!  ... mind you, knowing me I'll be blogging MORE as I procrastinate ... 'cause that's the way I roll, Baby!

Thought I'd share the projects we made at my Stamp-a-stack last weekend.  Some of them are CASEd from other stampers, some are Tamara-originals.  All are quite lovely!
The easiest/quickest card is the sympathy one on the lower right hand corner.  My favorite and most time consuming one is the butterfly card in the top left hand corner.  Fabulous but prepping it took me about 2 hours!

I'll post details deets on the cards in separate posts ... over the coming days.  Right now I'm off to put on 7 layers of clothes to venture out into the fresh blanket of snow Mother Nature decided to send us over night.  I sure must love my dog!!  *lol*

Whatever you get up to today I hope you have a stampy day!