Saturday, April 21, 2018

Saturday Morning Catch Up

Happy Saturday!

Wow.  Feels like forEVER since I've posted!  I started this one last Sunday ... was it really only 6 days ago??  I'm not even kidding when I say the last 3-4 months have been a BLUR for me!  The kids keep asking me "remember?" about conversations we've had, things we've done ... and I can honestly say "no!"  Rings a bit of a bell but I don't remember!  This week my head has been well and truly lodged up my backside!  Driving the girls to school the other day (after 8 months of doing so) and I missed the turn ... by SEVEN BLOCKS!!!  Whaaaatttt??  Just really dumb things all week long.  Keep entering the wrong PIN on my credit card (and believe me, I use it a LOT so there is no excuse for getting it wrong!), going to the store to buy a certain item and then buying everything BUT that item ... just silly, "not thinking" things that aren't like me.  Oh sure, I'm a bit of a gong show a lot of the time but not to THIS degree!  I chalk it up to just going to hard for too long.  I "crossed the finish line" Monday morning and had 7 full days without any stamping commitments on my calendar.  I've been playing catch up on things (still haven't started my taxes yet, though!), taking longer walks, getting back on track and trying to decompress.  Now that I'm starting to slow down a bit I'm realizing just how exhausted and tense I was!

It's been a crazy ride of emotions since Tamye passed.  I will be numb with sadness one day and then so full of love and gratitude for all the gifts she gave, and continues to give me.  Last Saturday many of the Panda Cubs (aka my Stampin' Up! side-lines ... Tamye's Team ...) were over for a team get together.  It was great to see so many of my friends but, obviously, it was bitter sweet as the one person who originally brought us all together, and fostered SO many connections and friendships wasn't physically there with us.  Of course we felt her presence and there more laughs and smiles than tears ... but still ...

Many delicious snacks were brought - fresh, home made scones, muffins, breads ... and Christine brought us home-made Macarons that were over the top amazing!
She hand piped and colored them.  They were divine!  Perfectly soft, yet chewy ... ohhhhh they were delicious!

The plan is for the Panda Cubs to get together every month, as we did at Tamye's.  None of us want to lose what we have.  I look so forward to getting together again next month.

How about some projects??

I had class last Friday night and I wanted to use products that haven't seen NEARLY enough ink time before they retire May 31st.

These are all the sets I own that will be retiring !!!
First up ...
I LOVE this card!  It uses the retiring Emerald Envy In Color green ... and the retiring set Garden Grown.  It's a bit of, what I call, a high-maintenance card, in that there are a lot of steps to creating this image.  I stamped the sentiment in Emerald Envy, using my Stamparatus.  I then wiped off the green ink from the stamp, used my black marker to ink the sentiment and then stamped it again.  THAT is the beauty of that tool!  The stems and leaves are green, but the sentiment is then black ... and it's perfectly stamped!  You would never know it was once green!

I then had to stamp the entire image in different colors on scrap whisper white paper - lemon lime twist, tangerine tango and daffodil delight.  THEN I had to use the framelits to cut out the flowers and attach them with glue dots.

The pot is stamped in Tangering Tango, cut out with the framlits, popped up on dimensionals and then I added some shadowing to ground the pot, using my Smoky Slate Light Blend marker.  I don't even know where I got it, but I found some Emerald Envy Bakers Twine for the side, and I added some clear Wink of Stella to the flowers.  Yes, high maintenance, but I love it!

Next up ...

I wanted to play with the retiring Magical Day bundle of products.  I really am surprised this stuff is retiring - it really is a great bundle to own!!

I took inspiration from this card Brandi Mah showed me ...
I wasn't feeling in a very mermaid-y mood, so I played with the dragon ...
Old Olive and retiring Tangering Tango were the colors used on this one.  The DSP was from the Magical Day DSP.  The dragon was stamped and cut out with the framelits (as were the flames).  The sentiment was stamped in Old Olive and then again in Tangering Tango on scrap so I could cut out the "you are" with a pari of paper snips and popped up on mini dimensionals.  I used the retiring self-adhesive backed sequins and some Wink of Stella for a little shines, after coloring the dragon with the Old Olive Blends.  LOVE those blends!!

Finally I wanted to use the Watercolor Wings retiring set.  I also decided not to hard the lovely Sweet Sugarplum cards stock.  I struggled with this one, as I RARELY use colored card stock for the base.  I asked people on Facebook which one they preferred.  As always, the results were mixed.
In the end I went with a bit of a mix of the two.  I used a softer ribbon (retiring) along with the White Perfect Accents (SOOOOO sad those are retiring as well!) ... and this is what we had in the end.
The "Lovely" is from the Lovely Words thinlit dies.  I really like how it turned out in the end.

So there you have it - a not-so-brief update (when am I EVER brief???)

Things ramp up a bit more again this week.  Team training Tuesday night, Rebecca's birthday and volunteering Wednesday, class Friday (guess I should design those 4 cards soon) ... and the dreaded of all things ... doing TAXES ... but, as always, it will get done.  Somehow!

Today is Rebecca's birthday "party" with friends so I guess I should rotate my back side off the couch, walk Doodles and get this day well and truly started.  Thanks for popping in - have a stampy weekend!


Tam

Friday, April 13, 2018

Stamparatus Pressure

Happy Friday!

Class tonight - last call for registration.  I have 2 spots left to make these three great cards!
If you're in the Edmonton area and want to come along let me know!  $15 for the 3 cards or free with a minimum $20 purchase.  Just bring your own adhesive, dimensionals and glue dots.  The rest is provided :)

SU released another stamparatus video.  There is a slight learning curve with this tool but I promise you, you will LOVE having it.  You can purchase one for $65 CDN starting June 1st.


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


Tam


Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Sitting Pretty!

Happy Tuesday!

Well, they say "there's no rest for the wicked" ... I must be wicked, 'cause there's certainly no slowing down for this girl this week!

If you follow me on Facebook (find me at "Tamara's Paper Trail) you'll know that my On Stage Presentation in Red Deer this weekend went amazingly well.  Oh sure, I don't actually remember much about the day other than it DID go well and I had a great time but that's ok, right?  *lol*

Sunday I felt like I'd been hit by a truck!  I had trouble holding a thought for more than 30 seconds (if you watched my live FB video you'll realize that pretty quickly lol) but I must say, last night I slept MUCH better than I have in months with the pressure of THAT project gone.  As I say, no time to rest, though ... I have class Friday morning, Friday night, Team Gathering Saturday morning, Anniversary dinner with Craig Saturday night, Tamye's "Move it Forward" event Sunday afternoon, Meeting Sunday night and Coffee and Cards Monday morning!  Oh ... and Stampin' Up! released their retiring products list so a *bit* of work to do for THAT, not to mention wanting to sit and flip through my new catalogue for hours on end.  Ya.  Rest?  Who had time for THAT luxury???  hee hee.

So I thought I'd quickly share the projects I made for On Stage using the new Sitting Pretty bundle of products.  This isn't available for purchase until June but it's one you will want to buy!

Check these out:




















Obviously there are some I like better than others - my faves are the first tri-fold card, the red wrought iron chair with the plant, the bear cub baby card, the Fresh Fig card and the Just Breathe bulldog card. 

They're all pretty self-explanatory ... except the tri-fold card.  I may have to do a video on that one in the future.  I used the Charming Cafe bundle for that one (retiring) along with the Waterfront set.  I just LOVE that card!!!

Alas, given my to-do-list I'll leave it there for now.  Gotta get cracking!

I hope you had a great weekend, I hope you order your retiring product (and ink refills!!!!) soon so you don't miss out ... and I hope you have a stampy day!


Tam

Monday, April 9, 2018

2018 RETIRING PRODUCTS LISTS!

HAPPY MONDAY!

I'd LOVE to fill you in on all the fun of my On Stage event and presentation ... soon!

Right now I have to share with you the RETIRING PRODUCTS LISTS!!!

Stamp sets are guaranteed until mid May but everything else is WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!

*** THERE ARE 13 MAIN COLORS RETIRING!  MAKE SURE YOU ORDER YOUR PAPERS, INK REFILLS AND COORDINATING PRODUCTS TODAY OR TOMORROW OR YOU WILL BE DISAPPOINTED!  THEY WILL SELL OUT!!! ***  You've been warned! lol

You can order anywhere in Canada through my online store 24/7 here

If your order is under $200 and you enter the hostess code 2ENGMYQT at the checkout I will mail you a thank you gift!  (make sure you have allowed SU to let me know who you are so I have your mailing address! ... it's under your profile info in my store)

Check out the retiring Occasions Catalogue Products here

Check out the retiring Annual Catalogue Products here

Have a stampy day!


Tam

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Stamparatus Magnets

Happy Wednesday!

Ya.  This.  Could have used this video about 2 weeks ago *lol*.

You can order YOUR Stamparatus starting June 1st.  You MUST have this tool!  Total game-changer!

Have a stampy day


Tam

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

April Class Schedule

Happy Tuesday!

Before I go on I just HAVE to say a HUUUUUGE THANK YOU to all my customers and club members who have placed orders with me so far this year.  I have had THE best Sale-a-bration promotion in my 12 years of business.  My January and March sales were my highest in my career.  I am thrilled and honoured to me your “stampin’ dealer”!!

Now … on to a wee bit of business!

THE RETIRING LIST OF PRODUCTS WILL BE COMING OUT NEXT WEEK!!!  Yes, stamp sets will be guaranteed available until mid May but OTHER items, are only while supplies last!  THAT means, first come first served and EVERY year people are caught unaware!  I will post the list as soon as I get it but we already KNOW that the 2016/2018 In Color items will be retiring!  



I have just noticed that many (likely) retiring items are already in low supply so, guess what?  Chances are they’re going to be “no longer available” as soon as next week!

STOCK UP NOW if you want any favourite embellishments, designer papers or 2016/2018 In Color items!!


You can email me your order and, if I can combine a few, I may be able to save you some shipping charges.
You can order online 24/7 through my online store at www.tamarabertram.stampinup.net and have your order delivered right to your door (there is a minimum $9.95 shipping charge)
** Current Club members - you CAN order these items now and have them go towards your April order - but I need to know in advance, so message me before ordering!

** Orders under $200 placed through my store and that use the hostess code 2ENGMYQT at the checkout will receive a gift in the mail from me. **

Now … back to our regularly scheduled program ….


UPCOMING CLASSES

  • TECHNIQUE CLASSES:
    • *** NOTE:  There is no Tuesday class this month. 
    • Friday, April 13th  9:30 am
    • Friday, April 13th, 7:00 pm
    • Same class, 3 projects, $15 or free with a $20 purchase
    • My house
    • Bring your own adhesive, glue dots and dimensionals
    • Oh!  Did I mention I’ll have all kinds of samples from the card swap I’m doing at the On Stage Stampin’ Up! Conference this weekend?  True story!  Ask me nicely and I’ll even do my presentation for you LIVE and show you the ALL NEW bundle or toys I got to play with!!

  • *** NEW *** PRODUCT INCLUDED CLASS:
    • Friday, April 27th, 6:30 pm
    • $30 non-refundable fee (if “life happens” and you can’t come you will get the supplies to make the projects at home)
    • Well be making 8 cards using products from the Picture Perfect Party Suite and you get to take home the Picture Perfect Birthday Stamp Set!!
    • Bring your own adhesive - everything else provided!
    • ***RSVP BY TUESDAY, APRIL 17TH so I have time to order and receive the products!!



That’s it for April!  I’ve been up to my eyeballs preparing for the Stampin’ Up! Conference this Saturday.  I’m presenting!!!  SOOO excited!  I can’t wait to share my projects with you!!  


Hope to see you soon - have a stampy night!





Tamara

Friday, March 30, 2018

Sale-a-Bration 2018 is almost over ...

Happy Friday!

If you are on Facebook, Instagram and/or follow ANY stamping demonstrator blogs you will know that the countdown is on.  Every year demonstrators around the world shout from the rooftops that the SAB promotion is almost over.

Despite our efforts, every year we all have customers who miss out.

What are you waiting for?  The deals end in less than 48 hours - 11:50 pm Saturday, March 31st.

Spend $60, get something free
Spend $120, get one BIGGER something free or get two smaller somethings free
Spend $135 and get a truckload of stuff for free and a minimum of 20% off any future purchases.

There is NO downside to ordering the Starter Kit.  None.  Nadda.  Zilch.  No requirements, no minimums, no penalties, no phone calls, n pressure, no kidding.  Take the deal and run or stick around, save some money or earn some money.  Up to you!

I'd be thrilled to have you as a customer OR as a team member.  I've been doing this for over 12 years and have no intention of stopping.

Shop or sign up here

Any questions?

Have a stampy day xo


Tam

Thursday, March 29, 2018

We Must Celebrate!

Happy Thursday!

Hmmmm.  8:16 am.  I have a FaceTime meeting with Head Office in 1 1/4 hours.  Sitting her in my pjs, hair not brushed, yesterday's makeup smudged under my eyes and a rumbling tummy.  What should I do?  I know!  Write a blog post!  *lol*.  Apparently I'll never change ....

Thought I'd share a happy little card with you today.  I made this Tuesday (and Wednesday).  Apparently I don't have enough on my plate this week so I offered to donate to a fundraiser, with the proceeds going to local animal shelters.  Oh sure, I COULD just grab cards from my stash but I want to have all of them in an animal theme ... so .... (it's time consuming being me *lol*).  Don't give me praise - chance are I'm just procrastinating on my presentation ... and taxes ... and housecleaning *lol*

Anyway, here's the first card I came up with ...

So cute!

Although the "We Must Celebrate" set is one that I wanted as soon as the catalogue came out I kept talking myself out of it.  "Too much coloring", I'd tell myself.  Whilst I LOVE coloring, many of my customers don't, and it doesn't make for a great class if there is too much or if it's too time consuming.  Two weeks ago I hit "add to cart" as a little treat to myself for a tough month.  Cracked this bad boy open Tuesday night as I just needed some quiet time to "breathe".  It's just what I needed.

I put this post out on Instagram, asking "Which One"?

The majority of replies were "bottom left", and that's my fave too although they all work!

I stamped the images in Memento Black ink ... using my Stamparatus Baby!!  In minutes I had all 8 of my cards stamped and ready to color.  Kinda love that tool!

I used my Blends to colore them.  I'm sad we can't order them again until June (they were THAT popular that, once again, supplies ran out before demand did!  I wasn't sure how these would turn out, given that my Crumb Cake Light marker was dead and in the garbage but I discovered I can STILL get a lot of shading with just the dark marker!  Look at the squirrel and the bear.  Both were colored with only the dark Crumb Cake marker for the bodies (of course the bellies are in Pink Pirouette Light).  Just by going over certain spots more than once I managed to get a great, deep brown despite only having the one pen.

The rabbit and raccoon were done primirly with the Smoky Slate Light Blend.

For the final card I simply cut a layer of 4 3/4 x 3 1/2 DSP from the Coffee Cafe designer paper.  (The top layer is Whisper white at 4 1/2" x 3 1/4".  The two pieces are popped up on dimensionals.

It's a relatively quick card that is just fun to make!

Right!  That's me for now - I guess I should get this day started!  Have a stampy day!


Tam

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Party Panda Birthday Balloons

Happy Tuesday!

I stumbled across this cute card this morning that I had forgotten to share - it's one we used at my Stamp-a-Stack back in February (oops!)

The Stamp-a-ratus was the key to success on this one.  I don't know about you but I get more than a little twitchy if my solid stamped images aren't a fully saturated color!  It might take 3 or 3 times to get the panda fully black, but with the Stamp-a-ratus that is NO problem!  Kinda love this card!
Really, the hardest part was deciding which three colors and which sizes of balloons to use! 
The panda is from the Panda Party Sale-a-bration set - free with a $60 purchase .. but only for another few days!

Canadian orders under $200 can use hostess code 2ENGMYQT at the checkout to receive a free gift from me in the mail!

Today I need to polish my On Stage presentation a little more before hitting the movies with my youngest and her friends.  Whatever you get up to today, I hope it's a stampy one!


Tam

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Basket Weave Easter Basket Tutorial

Happy Sunday!

Hey!  I did it!  I managed to upload my video to Youtube in under an hour! *lol*.  (It's the small successes that bring me such joy! lol)

As promised ... I give you ... my Basket Weave Easter Basket Tutorial!

Have a stampy Sunday :)


Tam

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Easter Baskets ... and how to be strong ...

Happy Saturday!

It's 9:00 am, the family is sleeping, the sun is shining and it's a good day.

Today will be an emotional day.

Today I will be getting together with Tamye's friends and family to raise a glass, share stories, laughs and hugs and I daresay, a few tears as we remember such an incredible wife, mother, woman and friend.

I miss her so terribly.

As I wander through my days I am reminded of her constantly.  I didn't realize just how tightly her life was woven into mine.

Grief is new to me.  I don't know what to "do" with it, how to process it, how to DEAL with it.

Thursday was a rough day.  I was tired, emotional, sad, overwhelmed.  I couldn't seem to function.  I could't DO anything.  I was "stuck" ... but the tears wouldn't come ... until they did ... and once they started ... oh boy.

This was the second "ugly cry" day I've had.  It surprised me.  I thought I was "better" after the one I'd had last week.  I thought the healing had begun and although I knew I'd be sad and shed some tears now and then I really didn't expect the burning flood of tears of Thursday.

I was sitting having lunch.  I was sad but thought I was "stable" ... and then I had a thought ... "I thought I was strong!" ... and the dam broke.

"People say I'm strong.  If I'm so strong why is it I can't do anything today other than cry ... and eat cookies?", I later texted Craig.

It went on for hours.  It stopped.  It started again.  And so it went.

I leaned on my husband.  I leaned on a dear friend.  I got through the day.

I went to bed exhausted.  Emotionally drained ... and with a cracking headache. 

I don't reach out to others easily ... or often.  It's not becauseI see it as a sign of weakness, it's just that I logically KNOW what people will say so why burden them with my problems?  I leaned anyway.  I needed support.  They helped me.  They listened to me.  They supported me.  I found a quote that very much helped me.
Yes, being strong is letting out.  Let out I did.  I am now stronger for it and I feel better.  Truly.

I just wanted to share that as so many of you have been wonderful and have reached out to me and ask "how are you".  So far 6/7 days a week are fantastic.  The 7th day sucks.  As I understand it, that's how grief goes.  People tell me it gets easier with time.  I look forward to that day but I do realize it's a journey and for once in my life I need to be patient.

I'll get there ... with a little help from my family and friends :)


So ... I really didn't want this to be a "downer" post as I really am in a very good mood today!  I wanted to share a spring-y, happy project I made last week.  (I'm DYING to share my On Stage projects with you ... alas ... still another 2.5 weeks until I can!!!)

The calendar says it is officially spring now and Easter is NEXT weekend!  I wanted to play with my new basket embossing folder (FREE with a $120 purchase for one more week only during the Sale-a-brations promotion!) . I also wanted to play with some pretty spring colors.  I used these tulips as my inspiration ...

 The lighting isn't very good but here is what I came out with ...
Such CUTE little baskets!!!  

I love this color combination - Crumb Cake, Berry Burst, Whisper White and Chocolate Chip (or Early Espresso - both work well!)
The baskets are SO easy to make using a 5 1/2" x 5 1/2" piece of card stock.  I used the Basket Weave embossing folder, the A Good Day stamp set, the 1 3/4", 1 1/2", 1 3/8" Scallop and 1" punches.  I used my Tombow glue to assemble the basket.

I made a short video showing you how to make them but it will take me 4 hours to upload it to Youtube and Koda wants to walk so just head over to Facebook, search for Tamara's Paper Trail and find that video!  I'll post it to YouTube when I get 4 hours *lol*

Looking at those tulips I also wanted to share the tulip card I made earlier this year using the Tranquil Tulips hostess set...

So that's me for today.  I'm going to walk the dog, do some laundry, craft a little and then head out to the Toast for Tamye.  It will be a good day :)

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




Tam

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


Tam

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!


Tam

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 www.worldofjencraft.com

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 :)



Tam

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!


Tam