Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Just Breathe CASE #2

Happy Wednesday!

Look at ME posting two days in a row! ... makes you wonder what I'm procrastinating on, doesn't it??  *lol*

Well ... truth be told there are DOZENS of things I'm procrastinating on, as usual!  My life starts to implode beginning tomorrow as my calendar of events just keeps growing!  It's a great problem to have, as that means business is booming and I'm well on my way to earning that incentive trip to Greece (!!!) but it also means I have to work my tail off ... and I'm procrastinating on all that needs to be done.  All good, though.  I realize I NEED the pressure to actually stay focused and Get 'Er Done.  Only problem is it's a fine line between pressure and mind-crushing STRESS and I often fly a *little* too close to the sun!  Part of my charm, I think (at least that's what I tell myself around 3 am when I can't sleep from stress! hee hee)

ANYwhoooooo .... let's check out a card I CASEd from Jane Caines over at "inthecatcave" (who hoo! I remembered to flag where I CASEd it from!  Go me!)
Jane's card is much more "polished" than mine but I wanted a SUPER quick and easy card and this fits the bill perfectly!  It's not often I make a no-layer card!

This is simply made with our Whisper White card stock.

Grab your Tempting Turquoise ink pad, drip a bit of reinker in the open lid.
Grab your Aquapainter, pick up some ink and scribble a blue blob on the card stock.
Grab your sentiment "Just Breathe is from Colorful Seasons - a MUST have bundle!) and stamp it in Archival Black ink
Cut out the chair from the Colorful Season Thinlits, pop it up on 2 mini dimensionals, add some bling and BAM!  You're done.

I *may* have whipped up 12 of these bad boys to have on hand.  It seems EVERYONE is really stressed out these days and I know I could send at least 6 of them out to friends this week (and about 3 to myself!)

The only thing you need to keep in mind is that the whisper white card stock will get wet and soak up that ink FAST so you really only get one shot at it!  You can't move the ink around, like you can on the glossy white paper or our watercolor paper.  It's all good, though - just have a quick scribble!  The more "organic" or "rustic" the better!

That's it for now - if I procrastinate on stirring that hamburger much longer it's gunna burn so off I go!

Have a stampy evening!


Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Carols of Christmas and a Catch Up

Happy Tuesday!


I have 17 minutes before dinner is served so let's get started!

Wanna see a card before I hit you with my post-holiday pis?  Ok!
This little cutie is one of the cards we are making in class tonight.  SUPER quick, SUPER easy and VERY duplicatable.  Yes, I will be making a LOT of these for Christmas this year!

I got the inspiration from fellow demostrator ... oh for Heaven's Sake ... WHEN will I learn to note these things down??  I totally took the idea from someone and can't find the post!  Sorry to the creator!!

It uses the "Card Front Builder" Thinlit Dies (for the trees).

The sentiment comes from Holly Berry Happiness

The Designer Paper in behind the trees is from the Merry Little Christmas DSP

The top layer is 4 3/4" x 3 1/2"

Sequins are attached with glue dots and the fine tip glue pen.

Easy Peasy!

Next up - HOLIDAY PICS (I still have 6 minutes!)

What can I say about my Mom/Daughter one-on-one vacation to Disneyland with Alicia?  It was absolutely EVERYTHING I hoped it would be.  Oh sure, the line up were too long, there were too many strollers and 16 hours of walking hurts my back ... but ya know what?  Didn't bother me a bit.  I was smiling the whole time and enjoyed every single minute of it.

I highly recommend taking a trip with YOUR children at some point.  Where you go doesn't matter - it could be the Motel 6 down the road.  It just matters that you spend time together. One-on-one.

It matters.

Here are some pice of our FABULOUS time away ...

That me OUTTA here!  With 1 minute to spare!

I'll get back into the groove of posting projects ... I hope ... a BUSY month playing catchup after all my little get-aways (and one more to come in early November!)

Hope you have a stampy evening!


Saturday, October 7, 2017

Stampin' Up! Blends ... and Living the Dream!

Happy Saturday!

Tamara!  It's the Thanksgiving long weekend here in Canada.  What are you going to DO??



Yup.  One more sleep and my Baby Girl and I are off to the happiest place on earth for 3 full days of Mommy/Daughter quality bonding time.  Ska-WHEEEEELLLLL!

If you've been following me for a while you will know that a) I love making memories with my family b) I love Disneyland and c) I love making memories with my family in Disneyland!  Hee hee

Yes.  Disney has a very special place in my heart ... and in the heart of my girls (Craig would rather have his bikini line waxed than ever step foot on Disney soil again but us GIRLS ... well ... we kinda LOVE it there!)

So ... backstory ...

YEARS ago, loooooong before I was ever a mom, there was no doubt in my mind that I would be going to Disneyland with my kids, when I had them.  Heck before I had kids I had already been to Disney 5 times - twice as a kid and 3 times as an adult!  In 2010 I WAS a mom and, thanks to the money I had saved from my Stampin' Up! *hobby* (which it WAS at that time!) my dream came true.  It was everything I dreamed it would be.

Fast forward a few years.  There were a number of deaths in my friends' lives that profoundly affected me.  My husband's cousin, Todd passed away.  My friends Corina and Carol lost their friend Carmela and my friend Lisa lost HER dear friend Shirley.  All three of these very special people had children who were the same age as mine.   It was through the processed of watching these families go through hell that I recognized just how precious and short life is.  Just how important it is to "live now" to "be in the moment" to "make memories" and to "do what makes you happy".

The thought occurred to me that "one day" I would like to have a one-on-one vacation with each of my children.  I tucked that dream on the shelf ... saving my money ...  planning my "One Day" trip with my girls.

Last year I TOOK that trip with Rebecca, when she turned 13.  It was truly beyond words.  It was EVERYTHING I wanted and hoped it would be.  Rebecca and I now share those memories and hold them in our hearts forever.

The "plan" was for Alicia to go when SHE turned 13.  That plan was brought forward a year ... we leave tomorrow.  ONE reason I moved the date forward a year was because I wanted the surprise of the trip to BE a surprise!  She knew she was going to get to go next year ... but it's not as much fun KNOWING your 13th birthday present ahead of time, now is it??  No!  I moved the date forward.  Two other reasons to move it?  1) Life is short and we need to grab the moments when we can and 2) Life is short and we need to grab the moments when we can!

Yes, I know I just said the same thing twice.  That was on purpose.  Why wait???  Heck, I could be taken out by the #6 bus heading Westbound tomorrow.  Trump could close the borders to Canadians next week.  The dollar could crash and I may not be able to afford to GO next year.  You just never know what is around the corner.  We all KNOW life can change on a dime so why wait?  Go.  Make the memories.  Live the dream.

We leave tomorrow.  My heart is so very full :)

Revealing her surprise was pretty amazing ... and again, a memory I will keep forEVER.  It was so special to watch as she realized her present.  The look on her face.  The eye contact.  The tears.  The gratitude.  One of those rare moments in life when time stands still.  It was HER birthday but the present was all mine!  Priceless!

So stay tuned for pictures of our grand adventure.  They will come ... next week.  I would post pics of her birthday but I actually don't HAVE any!  Nope. I was "present" and "in the moment".  My camera was across the room.  It WILL, however, being seeing a lot of action over the next 4 days and I will share them with you :)

Right!  Enough soppiness for one morning!  I'm trying to tie up a few loose ends before I go and one is something that is VERY time sensitive!!  Yes, you only have until the 15th of October to get in on purchasing the Stampin' Up! BLENDS!!!

The "Blends" replace the old "Blendabilities Markers"!!

These alcohol blending pens make color shading a BREEZE and at only $12 for 2 pens they are VERY affordable. Only "problem" is they aren't available to the general public yet! How do you get around that "problem"? 

Buy the "Discount Purchaser Kit" (as I like to call it). You can order the pens for a FLAT charge of $135. 

Of course you COULD wait to buy the pens ... but then they will cost you $187.11. Hmmmm - what to do, what to do ...

Click *** here ***, then click on "Join The Fun", then scroll down to "Join Now" and get your Blends for less!

I would LOVE to have you in my group of Tamara's Trail Blazers!  Make sure you get your pens before October 15, though.  They won't be available for purchase by the general public for months!

OK - I best walk Doodles and start to think about packing (*insert squeal here*).

I hope your Thanksgiving weekend is filled with memories, yummy food and lots of laughs!



Thursday, October 5, 2017

Stampin' Up! Promotions!

Happy Thursday!

As always, the week is FLYING by as I try to get ready for my latest get-away this weekend ... and prep for my youngest's birthday .... which is TODAY!  (I'm happy to report I actually made her card yesterday (I always seem to be doing it ON her birthday ... or a week after *lol) AND I was reminded by both my girls "don't post it on Instagram before you actually GIVE it to her!"  Right!  Noted!)

Since I DO still have to wrap the presents, plan the party and do all the other "Mom Chores" by 11:30 am (short day at school) I'm just going to share the latest (and AWESOME) promotions going on with SU right now (ya ya, I'm only 5 days behind on posting them but better late than never, right???)

A reminder - Canadians can shop 24/7 though my on-line store ***HERE*** .  This will get your items shipped directly to your door!  Orders under $200 should apply the hostess code 94MQZVM3 at the the checkout.  Those that do will get a gift mailed to them from me :)

Yes, you can combine both promotions onto one order!  As I mentioned, I'm heading out of town so if you are in Edmonton and would rather email me your order you can do so (it may save you some shipping) but it MUST be sent before 7:00 pm tomorrow night (Friday, October 6).

*** NOTE - the Buy1 Get 2 FREE on the Fast Fuse Deal has been postponed!  It was SO popular they had to turn it off.  It WILL be offered again in a few months, once supplies have been replenished ***

Happy Shopping!!  Now off I go to wake the Birthday Girl!  Have a stampy day :)))

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Night in Bethlehem Negative

Happy Saturday!!

A quick and easy share today, as my Team Meeting with "Tamara's Trail Blazers" starts in under an hour!

I love how fast this simple card came together ...
When mass producing up to 100 Christmas cards you NEED quick and easy!  This once fits the bill!

I was cleaning my craft desk last month (a rare occurrence indeed!) and stumbled across the negative space from the Night in Bethlehem Framelit that I had used on a previously made card.  As I was merrily throwing away all my scraps this one caught my eye and I recognized how pretty it was.  Garbage?  Nu-uh!!  Two minutes later I had a completely different look that I love using just the products/images in this one bundle.

Night in Bethlehem is my favorite product in the 2017 Holiday Catalogue.  At just $63.00 I think it is VERY good value for money!
After my Team Meeting we are celebrating Alicia's 12th Birthday with a trip to an Escape Room.  It's going to be a FUN day (one that THIS Mamma needs after a crazy, stressful week!)  Whatever YOU get up to today I hope you have a stampy day!!


Thursday, September 28, 2017

Painted Harvest Pizza Boxes

Happy Thursday!

How is it Thursday already??  I tell ya, this week has been an absolute blur!  I don't know if that's a good thing or not! *lol*  What I DO know is Canadian Thanksgiving is just over a week away and fall projects are big in my Craft Cave right now!

Today I'm sharing a cute little project I whipped up for my Open House earlier this month (feels like MONTHS ago, not weeks ago!)

Check it out ...

LOVE!!!  KNOWING that the little "Pizza Boxes" would be VERY popular I stocked up on my pre-order (one of the many perks of being a demonstrator is we get to pre-order products ... one month earlier!).  I LOVE them!  They can be used as a key-UTE little gift of 3" x 3" notes and envelopes (like I made here) or they can be used for cookies or other food items.  They are 100% food safe and lined with a glossy/grease-proof coating.  I actually made up three of these gifts to take on my trip to Ottawa.  Yes, I STARTED them at 1:00 am and had all three finished by 1:30 am.  No lie!  SO quick and easy!

I used the FABULOUS ("must have set") Painted Harvest ($42.75 for the set and coordinating punch) and some retired embellishments and ribbon I had lying around waiting for a project jus like this!
We sell the 3" x 3" wee envelopes (2017 Holiday Catalogue; $11.75 (CDN + s/h/gst) for 40!  These wee envelopes are ALWAYS in my stash to use for gift card giving.  Just tape them to the inside of any card and slide your gift car in!).  To get the 3" x 3" card You just need to cut some 12" x 12" Whisper White card stock into 6" x 3" strips and fold in half!
My flowers were made using Daffodil Delight (the large background flower) and Crushed Curry (the darker, smaller top flower).  The centre is Soft Suede and the leaves are Garden Green.  I added some of our larger, retired sequins with glue dots.

The Pizza Boxes ($8.00 CDN + s/h/gst for 8 boxes) are easy to stamp on and I was happy the images/sentiment didn't "bleed".
These are GREAT little gifts to have on hand during the holidays. Yes, I DO plan to whip up Christmas designs to have on hand as well.

Add some 12" x 12" cards stock and some pizza boxes to YOUR next order.  You won't regret it!

Whatever you get up to today, I hope it's a stampy one!


Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Bike Ride Love

Happy Wednesday!

I had hoped to post yesterday alas, that little thing called "life" just keeps getting in the way!  I'm still trying to catch up from weekend away whilst trying to get ready for my next get away in just over a week.  I tell ya, I'm just not cut out for all this jet setting!

My mind whirling with thoughts at 5:00 am I decided to get up and take an hour of peace and quite (and coffee!) just for me!  Blogging really is "me" time, and is a luxury as I get to share what I love.

This is a card I shared on the Stampin' Up! demo site and my business facebook page (Tamara's Paper Trail) some time ago.  I absolutely LOVE this card.  It makes me smile :)
I just adore the pop of Lemon Lime Twist against the stark black!  I got the inspiration from a card made by Linda Callahan.  Check hers out at ...
I just LOVE how she simply hilighted the back of the bike.  Brilliant!  Always a sucker for a black and white card I started mine off there - clean and simple.  It needed a pop of color and Lemon Lime Twist was my go-to!

I have to admit - when the new catalogue first came out I wasn't at all convinced I would buy the Bike Ride Bundle ...
At $54.75 Canadian (plus s/h/gst) it IS an investment bundle, for sure ... and all those PIECES!  I usually find these types of bundles TOTALLY overwhelming and usually don't know where to start ... so I don't!  I buy them and then they sit ... and sit ... and sit.  I was determined to USE this one (BEFORE it retired!) and I just grabbed the bike frame, my black ink and some scrap white card stock.  I inked that bad-boy and when I stamped the image that beautiful black bike frame just made me happy! ... and I was off.  I stamped and stamped and stamped.  Black frame with red accent.  Black frame with blue accent.  Grey frame with yellow accent ... and on and on and on.

I stumbled across Linda's card and was inspired.  I knew immediately I wanted to use my brick wall embossing folder and things just went from there.

Don't be afraid to get the "complicated" sets.  Get the ones you love and just ink them up and stamp.  If you need inspiration just type the stamp set name plus Stampin' Up! then search through the hundreds of images and go from there!

Here is the card again ...
Here are the fine details ...

Whisper White Base - 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" run through the Big Shot with the Brick Wall embossing folder
Vertical Basic Black Mat - 2 1/4" x 4 3/4"
Whisper White top layer (using Bike Ride Bundle) - 2" x 4 1/2"
Basic Black Flag Mat - 1 1/4" x 3"
Whisper White top sentiment layer (from Up and Away Stamp set) - 1" x 2 3/4"
Bike frame and basket stamped with Black Archival Ink
Basket and bike rim stamped with Lemon Lime Twist
Seat and Pedal colored with Lemon Lime Twist marker
Flag popped up on Dimensionals
Mini Sequins attached with fine tip glue pen
Doily colored with Lemon Lime Twist using our sponge brayer

The Life Me Up set is $28 (CDN + s/h/gst)
Well ... I guess that's my "me" time over.  Time to wake the girls and get this day started!

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


Monday, September 25, 2017

Faux Metal

Happy Monday!

Let's watch a video today whilst I get on with planning my Team Meeting for this Saturday, shall we?  Ok!

This one is a fun technique.  Give it a try!

Have a stampy Monday :)


Sunday, September 24, 2017

Deck the Halls with Embellishents

Happy Sunday!

Thought I'd share a Christmas card I made with (what else?) the Carols of Christmas Bundle.  Have I convinced you yet that you NEED this stamp set???  Seriously.  You need it.
Isn't it great?  I love the simplicity of it!  The "deck the halls" sheet music is behind the Deck the Halls sentiment.  LOVE when everything coordinates ... and no one coordinates products better than Stampin' Up!

Although I LOVE this card, it's not one I'll be using at my upcoming October Christmas Stamp-a-Stack.  Too many layers!  It doesn't LOOK like it, but this is actually quite an expensive card to mass-produce!  Seven layers of paper and a felt embellishment plus dimensionals = lots of products = high cost!

The base is Whisper White - 5 1/2" x 4 1/4"
The next layer is Garden Green 5" plus 2 ticks x 3 3/4" plus 2 ticks
Then Basic Black - 5" x 3 3/4"
Then the musical paper from Merry Music Designer Series Paper 4 3/4" plus 2 ticks x 3 1/2" plus 2 ticks
Next is another layer of Garden Green 3 1/4" plus 2 ticks x 2 3/4" plus 2 ticks
Next Basic Black 3 1/4" x 2 3/4"
Top Whisper White - 3" x 2 1/2"

The smaller top layers are adhered together and then the Garden Green layer is popped up on dimensionals.

The felt holly is from the Stitched Felt Embellishments

It's simple ... yet complicated!  *lol*

That's it for today.  Have a stampy Sunday!


Saturday, September 23, 2017

Time to Catch Up!

Happy Saturday!

Phew!  What a WEEK!  .. actually it's more like What a 3-WEEK!  Seriously!  The first 21 days of September have been INSANELY busy!  Some stressful (back-to-school anyone??) but most awesomely amazing!

Yes, I'm back from my whirlwind trip down East to Chaffey's Lock.  Wow.  It really was everything I hoped it would be.  SUCH an amazing time with my Mom and Dad.  What made it just so incredible was being able to go to an area that has SO much history in my paternal family, see the places, hear the stories and meet the people.  I was briefly in Chaffey's about 30 years ago but before that I was a little girl.  I would have been 7 years old.  I was amazed at how strong my memories from when I was 7 were!  I vividly remember the layout around my Grandpa's cottage ... and the general store and boat house.  It was quite emotional being back there - for both me and my Dad.

Here are some of the hilights from my trip ...

We visited the graveyard in Elgin and found the headstones for my Great Grandparents...
 ... my Great GREAT Grandparents ...
... and my Great Great GREAT Grandparents!  That seriously blew my mind!!
Check out the information on that one!  They lived into their 80's ... my GGG Grandma would have been 26 when she had my GG Grandpa and my GGG Grandpa would have been 39 when GG Grandpa was born.  WOW!  That seems really "old" in the 1800's to be having babies and to LIVE so long.  I just couldn't get over that!

We got to go for a pontoon boat ride with my Dad's first cousin, Susan.  He was "home".  I love the smile on his face.  He told me later that all along the trip his "fishing guide instincts" kept kicking in and he would easily spot where the bass were hiding.  Once a fisherman always a fisherman!
 There were SO many great old building and barns in the area.  Road trips took a lot longer with me driving at 30 km, looking at EVERYTHING and stopping every few miles to pull over and take pictures!

 We went to both Davis Lock and Chaffey's Lock.  My GG Grandpa Philander and Great Uncle Elah were both Lockmasters at Davis Lock.  Great Uncle Elah was Lockmaster for almost 50 years ... and this is where he lived, in the Lockmaster's House.  The house is now available for vacation renting.  Hmmmmm .....

 There was a dinner in honour of my Aunt June and Uncle Pete (my Dad's brother).  53 Alford clan attended a delicious dinner at the Opinicon Resort ... in the "Alford Room"
 This is perhaps my favorite picture.  It is the actual pump my Dad used thousands of times when he was a boy, pumping water to bring back to the house.  Just wow.
 I was giddy with excitement at so many first for me.  I saw my first "live" acorns ...
 My first live stickbug ...
... and my first "live" lily pads ...
 Yes, it was an AMAZING trip.  I will cherish the memories and am so very, VERY grateful for the opportunity to go.

Now ... as when ANY mom goes away for ANY amount of time there is a LOT of catch up to do when she gets back.  Yes, Tuesday through Friday was a total GONG show around here!  I had my Minute to Win It Stamping Night last night and only started prepping it Thursday Night!  As always, though, everything came together and it was EPIC fun!!

This is one of the projects we made ...
 I LOVE these little pillow boxes!  We put 4 or 5 Kraft Caramels inside but the options of wee gifts are endless!  I will share with you an alternate use for these pillow boxes very soon!

For this project I used the Pillow Box Framelits from the Trim Your Stocking set (in Crumb Cake)...
The Maple Leaf Thinlit from the Colourful Season Bundle (with Cajun Craze) ...
And the Vintage Leaves Framelits for the Crushed Curry and Garden Green leaves ...
This wee card didn't make the cut but I just HAD to break open my new Merry Patterns stamp set and play for a minute ...
 SO cute!!!  This set is only available to hostesses in September and October with a party of $375 or more.  GREAT incentive to be a hostess.  My October calendar is jam packed but I do still have a few dates open, if you'd like to host a party.  Message me!

So there you have it!  A not-so-quick-catch-up on what's been going on in Tamara-World.  Let's hope this week is a little less crazy so I can continue to get caught up on all my projects and posts!

Whatever you get up to today I hope you have a super stampy day!  Pop in again soon!

xox  Tam