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

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Card Packaging with Acetate Boxes

Happy Saturday!

Hopefully today the weather holds so I can visit my great-grandparents' graves and check out SO many other places from my family's past while I'm here in Chaffey's Lock, Ontario!  

No time to chat so I'll crack on!

Check out this super quick and easy gift idea ..
I LOVE that SU had come out with these affordable AWESOME acetate boxes that can be used for gift giving.  You can fit about 6 handmade cards into the box, add some ribbon and Wa-LOW!  A super awesome gift!  Cards are of COURSE my favorite gift to give teachers, friends, neighbours.  This packaging is my new FAVE!

10 boxes is only $8.50 CDN!!  On MY gift I added some of the FABULOUS new striped ribbon ($6.50) , some green sprigs ($6.50), some jute twine ($7.25) and a wee little silver ornament ($10), all SU, of course!

There you have it!  Quick, easy packaging for the best handmade gifts around!

Have a stampy Saturday!


Friday, September 15, 2017

Carols of Christmas Two-Ways

Happy Friday!

A quick share today of a quick card that you can get very different looks from just by changing the ribbon!  Check these out ...

Exact same card, different ribbon!

Standard card base.  Gosh ... now I have to think about the layer sizes .... ummmm ... I think the sentiment is 2 1/4" x 3 1/2"... and the black mat would be 2 1/2" x 3 3/4".  The vertical piece uses the Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Paper ($14.50 CDN - LOVE that DSP!!!!) is ... I think ... 2" x 4 3/4" and it's black mat would be 2 1/2" x 5".  Something close to that, anyway!  The sentiment is from Carols of Christmas stamped in Black Archival Ink, with a few rhinestones.  The whole matted layer is popped up on dimensionals.  The ribbon choices are Silver ($6.75) or Black Shimmer ($9.25).  Both are awesome but give a very different look to the card.

Which one is YOUR favorite?

That's it for today.  Have a stampy day!  I'm off to meet relatives I've never met before.  Ska-WHEEL!!


Thursday, September 14, 2017

Merry Patterns Host Set by Stampin' Up!

Happy Thursday!

As you read this I'm probably somewhere between Western Canada (Alberta) and Eastern Canada (Ottawa).  I wanted to share this video with you.  All of my September and October hostesses should be receiving this FREE stamp set, as I anticipate their party sales will hit the quota required.  I LOVE this set and can't WAIT to play with it when I get home!!

Happy watching ... have a stampy day!


Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Carols of Christmas Tranquil Case

Happy Wednesday!

I don't have TOO long to chat today ... I have to start packing for my weekend adventure!  I'm off to Eastern Canada ... Ontario ... Chaffey's Lock on the Rideau Canal, to be exact, for a family reunion of sorts.  My Dad's family hails from Chaffey's and a number of his cousins still live in the area.  I am SOOO excited to be going!  Over the last 6 months Chaffey's has been calling to me and I have SO wanted to go there.  Alas, September is ridiculously busy for any mom and so when I heard about the dinner that was being planned I completely dismissed it.  That all changed when Mom told me she and Dad were thinking about going.  WELL!  Pack my bags and call me a cab.  I'm IN!  I think I surprised them BOTH by my level of excitement and interest in going.  Seriously!  What a blessing and wonderful gift to be able to travel with them both to my Dad's old stomping ground!  The place my Grandfather used to live and work as a fishing guide.  The place where my great-grandparents lived and died.  The place where my great-grandfather and great-uncles helped build many of the building that are still standing ... and we will be staying on the property where 3 or 4 of these cabins are!!  (I thought we were staying in one that my ancestors actually built ... alas it is the one cabin they DIDN'T build!).  All good.  Turns out the owner has said if those cabins aren't rented out we are welcome to have a look around.  Wa-HOO!  How thrilling!!!  

I can't WAIT to re-visit Grampy's boat house ... and smell that smell of gasoline and fish mixed together.

I can't WAIT to get an ice cream at the general store down the road.

I can't WAIT to visit the graves of my great-grandparents and grandparents.

I can't WAIT to meet my Dad's cousins whom I've been getting to now via Facebook.

Excited???  Just a BIT!  

This will most likely be Dad's last trip to Chaffey's.  To be able to see the sights, meet the people, hear the stories from Dad ... what a gift.  Truly.  There was no chance I WOULDN'T go ... 
OK!  Maybe I DID have time to chat *lol*.  
Let's get on with today's share, shall we?  I just LOVE this card.  I CASEd the idea from the fabulous Stampin' Up! Artisan Aurelie Forbes.  Check it out ...
This is Aurelie's card ...
You can see how similar they are!

I LOVED Aurelie's card but I wanted to make it a little more duplicatable for class purposes.  Aurelie's card has quite a few more steps involved.

For my card I used a Tranquil Tide card base and a 5 1.4" x 4" Whisper White layer.

I used one of the circle thinlits from the Layering Circle Dies to cut the circle in the whisper white layer.  I stamped the Tranquil Tide portion that you could see with stars from the Carols of Christmas Set ($26 CDN clear) with White Craft Ink ...
I then used the various framelits to cut the frame, trees and deer (stamped in Crumb Cake).  The framelits are $40 ... or you can buy the bundle at 10% off, for $59.25)
*** Can I just say this bundle is a MUST HAVE!!!  I don't say that about every set or bundle but this one I DO!  Seriously.  It is a top "keeper" and I will never part with it.  VERY versatile!!!!!

Right - back to the card ...

I stamped the Christmas Wishes from the Merry Mistletoe set ($25 CDN) in Tranquil Tide, tied some white bakers twine around it, added a few rhinestones to the Tranquil Tide tree and Wa-LOW!  A very pretty little card that is fairly duplicatable!

OK - I've taken WAY too long to do this post so I'll sign off and wish you a very stampy day as I head off on my travels.  I hope to schedule a few posts for while I am away so do pop in again soon.



Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Carols of Christmas Tag CASE

Happy Tuesday!

The weather is taking a turn this week.  "They" say it's going to be cooler and cooler as the week goes on.  I personally LOVE a cold, rainy, miserable day ... well, AFTER I walk Doodles, of course *lol*.

Given that today is on the cooler side I thought I'd post this project ...
Now I'm not saying it should snow quite YET .... but I do love this tag!

I can't take credit for it - I CASEd it 99% exactly from fellow demonstrator Linda Parker.  The only difference between my tag and hers is the ribbon she/I used and the framelit she/I used.

Lets start at the beginning, shall we?

I started with a 2" x .... um 4" (??) strip of the FABULOUS Year of Cheer Specialty Designer Paper ($17 Canadian).  I used the Scalloped Tag Topper on the top and the (retired) Project Life corner rounder for the bottom.  I stamped the image from the new Merry Little Label set in Versamark and heat embossed it with gold embossing powder.  I used the coordinating label Punch to punch it out. These two items are bundled for a 10% discount, at $44.50 Canadian.

Whilst Linda used the Lots of Labels Framelits to cut out a piece of gold foil to mat the stamped image, I don't HAVE them (** insert gasp of disbelief here **)  Soooooo - I had to troll through my stash and found the perfect substitute - the framelit from the retired "Chalk Talk" bundle.  Either one works just fine!

I simply adhered the stamped piece to gold foil piece and popped the whole thing up on dimensionals on the DSP tag.

I used the Gold Metallic Edge ribbon ($9.25 CDN) and a few small rhinestones to finish it off ...
Ta-da!  A super cute tag ready to go on your gift!
I've never been much of a tag person but I think my ways they are a changin'! *lol*

Thats it for today - have a stampy Tuesday!


Monday, September 11, 2017

Years to Cheers Simply Elegant

Happy Monday!

Wow.  It's been just over a week since I posted!  Last week kicked the stuffing out of me BIG time!  Back to school was a special little hell as we all tried to get into some sort of routine ... and all failing miserably!  As happens every year, ONE of the children didn't make it through the week.  My youngest, Alicia, stayed home Thursday.  Friday I was NOT popular as I insisted "if you don't have a fever and aren't throwing up you go!"  Adding to the chaos was my prepping for my Open House that happened on Friday.  I was thrilled with all the samples I managed to produce (the last one was made at 2:00 pm Friday ... 4.5 hours to spare!)  Needless to say I was exhausted come Saturday morning but had a great, relaxing weekend and am recharged and ready to roll .. for 2 days ... before I leave town for five ... and on it goes!

So!  Thought I'd post a super quick card just to whet your appetite for projects again!  Check out the quickest card EVER!
This was one of the favorites at the Open House.  It seriously took all of 3 minutes to make!

Standard Whisper White base
Gold Foil layer of 5" x 3 3/4"
Year of Cheer DSP layer of 4 3/4" x 3 1/2"
Stamp the greeting from Snowflake Sentiment in Black Archival Ink (yes, straight onto the DSP)
Punch out a Gold Foil snowflake using the Trim Your Stocking Framelit set
*** tip .... punch the snowflake (and a few to spare) from the gold layer.  Since the DSP covers the majority of the gold mat no one will see it and you get the most use out of the more expensive foil sheet ***
Attache the snowflake with a dimensional
Add a Perfect White Accent to the centre.

Snowflake Sentiment Bundle - $62 - clear mount.
Set alone - clear $29
Framelits alome - $40
 Year of Cheer DSP - $17.00

In hindsight perhaps one of the gold faceted gems would look even better!

That's it!  Super quick and easy and OH so elegant!!  I highly recommend buying a few packs of this designer paper.  It's delicious!!!

Right!  Off I got to walk Doodles and start my day!  Have a stampy Monday!!!


Sunday, September 3, 2017

2017 Holiday Catalog by Stampin’ Up!

Happy Sunday!

Just a quick video today showing off some of the GREAT new products in the 2017 Holiday Catalogue.

If there are a few you like can I convince you to join my 10 Month club?  I'm still looking for 4 more members .. and if you join in the next 7 days you will be entered into my free draw for NEW holiday catalogue toys valued at $50!  Check out my earliest post *** HERE *** for all the details.  I'm gunning for the trip to Greece next year and would dearly love to have a full club to help me achieve my goal!  Just $25 a month (plus s/h/gst).  Get in touch if you are interested.  Any one in Canada can join!

I'm off to walk Doodles .. then down to the Craft Cave to keep prepping for my New Catalogue Open House this Friday.  Hope to see you then!

Have a stampySunday!


Saturday, September 2, 2017

Night in Bethlehem Beauty

Happy Saturday!

I hadn't planned to post this card just yet - I was going to post some "fall" cards ... but it is quite a popular one on the demonstrator Stampin' Up! website so I thought I would post it now.

Check out this little beauty! 

Isn't it pretty??

I can't take full credit for it.  I CASEd (Copy And Share Everything - CASE) from the Holiday Catalogue (have you checked the catty out yet??  Click on the picture over on the right hand side!).

I just love the clean, simple layout, the interest/texture of the city and the color.  Had to copy it!  Actually, I think this is my favorite Christmas set in the whole catalogue!  Whilst I LOVE cute, whimsical Christmas cards I find the religious/meaningful ones are usually my favorite.  This set is a definite "keeper" ... and comes in a bundle, at 10% off ($63 for the clear bundle; $72 for wood.  Worth every penny!)

This card was ridiculously quick and easy to make, when you use the Glossy White card stock.

I used a 5" x 3 3/4" piece and simply used a sponge to shade the Island Indigo ink all over it.  The glossy cardstock is VERY forgiving and because it is glossy the color doesn't soak in very quickly at all.  Added too much ink for you liking?  No problem - it wipes away VERY easily.  In fact, you have to really "pounce" the color on to get it dark.  Yes, you get inky fingers on this one but it's very rewarding!!

The city and star are just cut out with the framelits.  The sentiment I used is from Star of Light and is stamped in Staz-on Ink.  Yes it has to be Staz-on.  Regular Archival black won't "set" and will smudge.  Even with the Staz-on you have to wait for it to dry completely before you can touch it.  You also have to be very careful when you stamp it.  With the glossy paper the stamp can slide and all your work is ruined.  I recommend using your stamp-a-ma-jig so you can firmly stamp it without sliding.

I used my Wink of Stella to bling up the star and the trees .. and I popped the front layer of the city on dimensionals.

This really is SUCH a pretty set.  I highly recommend it ... AND getting it early.  I think it will be one of the more popular bundles and whilst the stamp set can be manufactured fairly quickly if it goes on back-order, the framelits can NOT ... and that's what you REALLY want for this set.  The punched out landscape just make it "wow"!

That's it for today.  I'm taking Becca bowling with a new friend she made at Circus Camp last month (yup - camp to learn how to juggle, walk on stilts, unicycle and so on!!) so I best go stroll the Doodle Dog.  Whatever you get up to today I hope it's a stampy one!