Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Double Take Two-Step Stamping

Happy Wednesday!

Wow.  What a Gong Show it has been around here since Friday.  Seriously!  All was going well.  I had spent all week getting ready for my Team Meeting Saturday morning (which totally ROCKED, btw and you should totally buy the kit so you can be part of the awesomeness that is Tamara's Trail Blazers .. just sayin …. but I digress ….)

Yes, I worked until 9:45pm getting everything in order.  Watched a little Coronation Street … ok … a LOT of Coronation Street (I *may* have had 48 episodes taped! … yes, I'm an addict … digressing again …).  Stayed up until 12:00 am.  Turned off the light.  Five minutes later it happened.  I heard a sniffle.  The sniffle of a child.  The sniffle you know means trouble.  I quietly asked into the darkness "Are you ok?" hoping no one would answer or that the reply would be "yup, just fine, thanks Mom!".  But I knew better.  The reply was my youngest, Alicia.  It was "I'm not feeling very good" … and then the sprint to the bathroom.  Let's just say the next 22 hours were filled with a lot of back rubbing and hair holding!  As soon as my team left I was in bed with my little poppet doing what moms do best, comforting.

The fun continued when we got a visitor.  We agreed to dog-sit my SIL's little Havanese one-year old pup.  Cute little fella … but HOLY pain in the straka!  WAY too high energy for this family.  He's EVERYwhere!  Aside from the fact that Koda is TOTALLY jealous and the cat is VERY perturbed he's REALLY interrupting the quiet flow of the household!  We have to put the cat and dog food on the counter so he doesn't eat it (they usually just free-eat), the sleeping arrangements are all messed up, he tries to hump my leg when I'm working out and steps on my nipple at 3:00 am!!!!  Could strangle the little fur-face!

Every seen the movie Malefecent?  Yes.  like she calls Sleeping Beauty, I call our wee guest "Beastie".  I have a real love/hate relationship with him!  I get cross but really, who could stay mad at this face?
So - needless to say, crafting has been out the window lately.  That will change soon, though, as I find I'm REALLY cranky this week and I NEED some creative therapy so stay tuned for that!  I just got the "Double Take" set last week so I want to play with that.  Check out the video on it ...


Fun, yes?  Right.  Off to walk Koda and "Beastie" … sigh … and the fun continues *lol*.

Have yourself a stampy day!


Tam

Friday, February 24, 2017

Cherry to my Sundae

Happy Friday!

Gosh the weeks fly by, don't they???  Tomorrow is my Breakfast Stamping with my downline and tonight I'm hoping to meet up with one of my dearest friends and her husband for dinner.  They are up from Calgary for the Garth Brooks concert.  We've only seen each other a handful of times in the last 10 years which is RIDICULOUS given that they are only 3 hours down the road.  THAT has to be rectified!  So, as always, it's a busy day … starting off with posting THIS fab little card!
WOW do I love this card!  I used the Cool Treats Stamp Set with the Frozen Treats Framelits.  As always, you save 10% when you buy the two together (until May 31st, that is!)  Last weekend the family was watching a movie but I *needed* to create … so they watched, I listened from the comfort of my Craft Cave and I came up with this card.  Yes.  It's adorable.  Yes.  I love it.  Yes.  It was a TOTAL pain in the straka (I have no idea how to spell the Polish word for ass … that's my best attempt!) … BUT … I love the card so much and wanted to use it in my class next week that I found a quick hack so my stampers can make it too WITHOUT running pieces through the Big Shot 10 times, like I did.  Yes, 10.

So!  For MY card I pulled the colour palette directly from the coordinating Sweet Treats Designer Series Paper (DSP) in the catalogue - I used Watermelon Wonder, Pool Party and Peekaboo Peach.  FYI - I OFTEN use the DSPs in the catalogue to come up with my colour schemes … that and the (retired) colour coach.  That was by FAR my most used tool and I wish it still existed.  Alas …

So I ran all the ice-cream balls through the Big shot with the coordinating framelits.  I cut the bowl out with the framelits as well, using the Sweet Treats DSP for the great waffle pattern.  The spoon is Smoky Slate, through the Big Shot, and the Cherry on top … yup, framelit.  Oh!  The chocolate syrup is also made with the framelits - Early Espress card stock.  The white circle is ALSO a framelit piece, using the Stitched Shapes framelit.  All in all - 10 passes through the Big Shot.  I used my fine tip glue pen to glue all the pieces together.

I used a 5" x 1 1/4" piece of Pool Party card stock for the back piece and stamped it with the sentiment in Early Espresso ink.  Before attaching it I used the Gorgeous Grunge splatter and Peekaboo Peach ink for some background interest.  I attached the sentiment piece and popped the sundae up on dimensionals.  Done!

Now … as I said, I love the sundae but didn't love all the work to get it!  I wanted to make it in class but knew my stampers would want to stab themselves in the eye with the pokey tool rather than cut 10 pieces with the Big Shot and glue them all together sooooooo ……

Rather than making the ice cream balls with the Big Shot I used my 1" circle punch.  Bam!  3 fewer passes through the big shot!  I then used the chocolate syrup STAMP in Early Espresso ink to add the syrup to the circles.  BAM - 3 fewer passes through the big shot!  Now we only need to use the Big Shot for the Bowl, the spoon, the cherry and the Circle (which we COULD use the retired 2 1/2" retired punch for … but I like the stitched edge of the framelit so we're using that).  3 or 4 passes instead of 10!  MUCH more acceptable :)  As always, there is USUALLY more than one way to skin a cat (as Pa would say).  Use the framelits or use punches … or stamp the image and use SCISSORS!  You have options.  Different methods, same great card.

That's my share for today.  I hope you get some quiet crafting time in today.  Until next time - have a stampy Friday!


Tam

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Color Therapy

Happy Thursday!

A half day of school for the kids today = a fairly unproductive day for Mom!  Just enough time for a blog post, a shower a walk and a few quick chores before My People are back so I'll get right to it!

Last weekend I was determined to crack open my pack of Inside the Lines Designer paper (FREE with a $60 order during the Sale-a-brations promotion).  Mission accomplished!
I love colouring … but wasn't sure how to make a card using it that wouldn't take me 6 hours to make.  Combing through my brain for different ideas I remembered one of the very first techniques I ever learned - Spotlighting.  Perfect!


  • I cut my standard base and then the Designer Series Paper (DSP) at 4 3/4" x 3 1/2".
  • Next I grabbed my 1 1/4" circle punch and punched the DSP in 3 spots.
  • The 1 3/8" circle punch makes the mats for the circles to help "Spotlight" the smaller circles.  I used Rose Red, Pear Pizzazz and Perfect Plum.
  • I made a banner with a 1" strip of scrap and used the Triple Banner punch to flag the end.
  • The sentiment is from Sunburst Sayings, stamped in Rose Red.
  • I attached the DSP circles to the mats and popped each one up on dimensionals and coloured them
  • I added (retired) Candy Dots to the flag to tie it all together
Its a fun technique, if you like colouring.  If you don't … well … then it sucks and you'd hate it *lol*.  I find it very relaxing.  Not a card I would necessarily do in a class but a great one to mass produce if you are sitting watching TV.  I like it.  Good thing - I have 3 packs of DSP to use *lol*

I'm off!  Have yourself a stampy Thursday!


Tam

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Rock Star Chickens

Happy Wednesday!

Ok.  Seriously.  Can you STAND how awesome these chickens are???  Seriously!
Hmmm - note to self.  Take better pictures!  I was just so giddy over this one I couldn't wait for decent daylight to snap a pic!

Hey Chick.  Free Sale-a-brations pick when you spend $60.  Canadian customers, click here to go to my online store to scoop yours.  Enter the hostess code KSR9B4DY at the checkout (for orders under $200) and I'll send you a thank you gift in the mail!

This card took about 10 minutes to design, colour and complete.  LOVE it!

The chicken wire doesn't show up very well in the picture but it's there.  To get this image I used my sponge brayer, inked it with Sweet Sugarplum ink and applied it to the inside of the Hexagon embossing folder.  I applied it to the side that has the black Stampin' Up! logo on it.  I then used the embossing folder like a stamp!  I just placed the card base on the folder and rolled a CLEAN sponge brayer over the brayer to get the stamped hexagon image.  Love!

The chickens were stamped in Basic Black Archival Ink.  I somehow forgot that the Archival Ink does NOT bleed when colouring with it and I DO like using it more than Staz-on (which dries out very quickly) so out it came.  A great, true black ink!

I coloured the chickens with my markers - Sweet Sugarplum, Rose Red and Perfect Plum.  I coloured their feet the same as their hair and they all have Garden Green beaks … cause, well, they're punk chickens so why not?!  A little Wik of Stella on the hair and tails and a single rhinestone on the middle chick to finish them off.

The sentiment is from Marquee Messages - stamped in Rose Red ink and punched out with the 1 3/8" circle punch.  I popped the chicken layer up on dimensionals.

BAM!  Done! A rockstar chicken card for a rockstar birthday card!

You need this set.

Seriously.

Have a stampy day!


Tam

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Mediterranean Scooter

*** THIS JUST IN *** - THREE NEW SALE-A-BRATIONS ITEMS HAVE JUST BEEN RELEASED!  Check them out by clicking on the ridiculously large brochure cover I added over on the right *lol*.  Wow.  Wayyyyy to early to be doing technical things!!!

Happy Tuesday!

No time to chat today - with Craig being off Friday and yesterday being a holiday I'm so far behind I think I'm first!  Luckily dinner is already sorted (can you say leftovers?) which frees my mind (and time) to do all those things on my to-do list!

First up - share this FAB little card I made a few weeks ago.  Yes, it's another 3-hour card.  It was a long process but I FINALLY loved how it turned out.
Yet again it uses the Mediterranean Moments stamps set.  I must say I have REALLY enjoyed playing with this set!   Oh sure, 2 of the 3 cards I made using it to fo-EVAH to create but I did enjoy the process!  This set is NOT my usual style so I really struggled with how to use it in a way that WAS my style.  It pushed me outside my comfort zone.  It pushed me creatively.  It took time and drove me a little crazy … but I enjoyed it!  Quick and easy projects are great but they do have their time and place. When you want to stretch yourself try something you aren't originally drawn to and go with it. It's relaxing (well … at least the first few hours are *lol*) and you just might surprise yourself with what you come up with!

Once again my ruler and card are in the basement … and I have a cat on my lap so, as anyone with a cat knows, I can't move until His Highness decides he needs to stretch his legs … so I'm going to have to go from memory on the measurements ..

As I said, I used Mediterranean Moments for the main card and then the sentiment is from the FREE Sale-a-brations set Designer Tee.  It just seemed to go so perfectly with this image!





  • Whisper White, Basic Black, Daffodil Delight and Pear Pizzazz inks, markers and/or papers - oh, and Basic Gray and Smoky Slate markers (for the tires and headlight)
  • Mediterranean Moments and Designer Tee sets
  • 1 1/4" punch and Flourish Thinlit Dies 
  • Brick embossing folder and Enamel Dot
Sizing …. maybe ….
  • Base - 8 1/2" x 5 1/2"
  • White (brick) layer - 4 3/4" x 3 1/2"
  • Black layer - 4 3/4' plus 2 ticks x 3 1/2" plus 2 ticks :)
  • White stamped layer … hmmmm 2" x 3 1/2" rings a bell …
  • Daffodil layer - same size as white - 2" x 3 1/2"?
  • Black layer behind yellow - 2" plus 2 ticks x 3 1/2" plus 2 ticks
Something like that anyway :)  Don't you just love my precision?  Not my fault.  Blame the cat.

The rest is just stamping, colouring and assembling.   Like it?  I love it.  Not one to mass produce simply because of the cutting paper aspect but the card itself assembles quickly.  We made this one at class last month.

Well … so much for a "quick" post.  I'm off!  I a have 3 new team members who I want to send cards to and I have a LOT I want to pack into my Breakfast Stamping gig on Saturday!  If YOU want to join the fun, either physically or virtually, you need to buy the Starter Kit by Friday!  I'd love to have you on "Team Trail Blazers"!  Go to my website here to get your kit or message me for more details.

Have a stampy day!


Tam

Monday, February 20, 2017

Punk Chick

Happy Monday!

It's "Family Day" here in Alberta so that means a long weekend - woo hoo!  Kids and Craig are still sleeping so more blogging time for me!

Today I'm sharing a quick, fun card made using the FREE Sale-a-brations set Hey Chick.  I CASEd the idea from Tamye Dunbar (my might leader) to come up with tis little cutie ...
Hee hee - that chicken!

I thought this card was faster to come together than it was in actuality.  I used it for one of the Stamp-a-Stack cards last weekend.  It was EASY but what slowed the group down was using the Gorgeous Grunge stamp in both Crushed Curry AND Smoky Slate.  Cleaning the stamp between splotches held things up again.  Wen I do it again (and I will) it will be using just the Crushed Curry ink.

SO - very quickly (so I can make the most of my quiet time!) …


  • Whisper White base 8 1/2" x 4 1/4"
  • Rich Razzleberry layer 3 1/2" x 4 3/4"
  • Whisper White layer 3 1/4" x 4 1/2" (I'm really digging' the smaller layers these days!)
  • To start you stamp the sentiment and the chickens in Staz-on ink (just to ensure the black doesn't bleed when we colour it)
  • Next you stamp the chickens again on a post it note and cut them out with your paper snips.
  • Place the cut-out on top of the stamped chicken on your layer to "mask" them i.e. cover up the stamped image on the layer
  • Ink the Gorgeous Grunge splotch in Crushed Curry ink and stamp the layer twice
  • Clean your stamp - ink it with Smoky Slate ink and stamp it again
  • Remove the post-it-note masks to reveal the chickens that do NOT have splotches all over their bodies.  Now, having said that, I was tired last week when mass producing these cards and I forgot to mask the chicks.  Oops .. now my chickens appear to have the chicken pox.  Hee hee - appropriate but not the look I was going for.  Craig DID point out I could use them as get-well cards saying something like "sorry you're under the weather.  Could be worse - you could have the chicken pox".  *lol*  He's so helpful ….
  • Next "ground" the chickens with a light shading from your Basic Grey water-colour pencil.  Then use a few strokes of the Rich Razzleberry water-colour pencil to put a few lines of colour on the chicken's hair.
  • Grab your blender pen and lightly pull the colour from the coloured lines you drew to shade the rest of the hair.
  • Use the Orange water-colour pencil to colour the beak and feet.
  • Use your blender pen to blur the ground you shaded 
  • Attach a few sequins with glue dots
  • Attach the white and Razzleberry layers and pop up on dimensionals
Done!

FAIRLY quick and easy … and lots of fun.  It's hard to use this set without smiling!  Remember it's FREE with a $60 purchase!  Go to my 24/7 store to place your order!

That's it for now.  Have a stampy Monday!


Tam

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Mediterranean Moments Cafe

Happy Sunday!

Pretty sure I'm not quite done sleeping yet alas …. I seem to be at "that age" where, regardless of what time I go to sleep I'm "done" after 6 hours.  I'm not happy about that at ALL but whatcha gunna do?  No point laying in bed thinking of all the things I could be doing - might as well get up and at em!

Had a lovely day yesterday. The kids and I went to visit my dad.  He had a pacemaker put in on Monday and I figured he could use some granddaughter cuddles.  I was right :)  He's doing well and says he does have more energy.  Not surprising given that at times his heart rate was as low as 36-38 beats per minute!  

It's been such a busy week at the computer I desperately needed some time to create and I got it!  Stay tuned for what I came up with.  In the meantime, here is another card I made using the Mediterranean Moments set.  
I love how it turned out!  I also love how I can change the colour of the card depending on my mood at the the time I make it!

The card is quite simple to make … despite the fact that it took me about 3 HOURS to come up with! *lol*.  Yes, somedays what I'm going for comes quickly … other days not so much!  I was thinking this would be one of the cards I used for my Stamp-a-Stack last weekend but, around 9:00 pm, as I started cutting the templates, I realized it was WAY too much cutting for that many cards!  Easy … but not quick if you are duplicating it 36 times!


  • Whisper White base 8 1/2" x 5 1/2"
  • Whisper White Layer 3 1/2" x 4 3/4"
  • Basic Black Layer 3 1/2" plus 2 ticks x 4 3/4" plus 2 ticks :)
  • Whisper White strip 3/4" x 3"
  • Bermuda Bay strip of 1/2" x 3"
  • Stitcher Shapes Circle in Whisper White
  • Basic Black c2 1/2" circle (punch)
Simply stamp the street scene in black in of your choice
Stamp the "Enjoy" from Endless Birthday Wishes on the white strip and flag the end with the Triple Banner punch
Attach the Bermuda Bay strip to the back of the flag so just a hint of colour shows
Attach an enamel dot
Stamp the Cafe scene in Stazon-On onto the Whisper White stitched shape circle and colour the table cloth
Attach white circle to black circle
Pop up circles on dimensionals and attach to card

Done!

See?  Quick and easy … aside from the 3 hour design time *lol*

Here ar the sets I used …

Mediterranean Moments - $34 wood; $25 clear …


Endless Birthday Wishes - only $20! …  (A must have in your collection!)
 Right!  That's it for now.  I'm off to do a bit more paperwork (not the fun, creative kind … the behind-the-scenes planning kind!)

Pop in again soon and have a SUPER stampy Sunday!


Tam