Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Blooming Basket Bundle

Happy Tuesday!

MAN did I have a lovely long weekend!  It was Family Day up here in Canada so Monday was a day off for Craig and the kids.  Craig also had Friday off so he had a 4 day weekend.  It was great! 

Craig has been giving our bonus room a wee makeover, now that we've purged 95% of the kids' toys (*sniff ... ).  He gave the hallway stairs and bonus room two fresh coats of paint.  BOY does it look clean!  We rearranged the furniture, purged more items (TV, my electric piano *sniff*, a huge coffee table ...) and reorganized my work/office area.  We now have a more "adult" and cosy room to hang out in!  We rarely sat up there, as it was the kids' space but now it's welcoming and we are all enjoying being up there!

Friday night I also had a few friends over for A Jamberry nail party.  I made a new friend who had recently joined the company and, always happy to Support a Sister, I had a party.  It was fun and I can't wait to get all my new nail toys to play with!

The rest of the weekend I crafted and crafted and crafted and CRAFTED!  10 hours Saturday, 4 hours Sunday and 3 or 4 Monday!  Now I can't show you ALL of what I created.  Some are top secret, as I will be presenting at the April On Stage Stampin' Up! event in Red Deer, Alberta (*insert squeal of excitement here!).  I CAN share my other projects with you, though, so stay tuned for those!

Right now I want to show you one of the NEW Level 2 Sale-a-brations items you can get with a purchase of $120.  It's a bundle and I can't WAIT to get my hands on that embossing folder!!!

Check out the video and then (if you're in Canada) head over to my online store here to place your order.  Everyone who enter the hostess code 6TSXRUTV at the checkout will get a gift in the mail from me!

Enjoy ... and have a stampy day!


Sunday, February 18, 2018

Stampin' Up Embossing Paste

Happy Sunday!

I thought I'd share another Tamara-video today.  In this one I use the Embossing Paste for the first time.  If I can do it ANYONE can do it!  This may be my new favorite technique for adding texture to a card.

Check it out, subscribe to my "Tamara's Paper Trail" YouTube channel, and have a stampy day!


Barn Door Bundle by Stampin' Up!

Happy Sunday.

This set isn't for the faint of heart ... but it's a really FUN one!  Such a WOW factor!  Stay tuned for MY project made with it ... and have a stampy Sunday.


Saturday, February 17, 2018

Sunshine & Rainbows Bundle by Stampin' Up!

Happy Saturday!

OK ... this bundle is next on my "to-use" list.  I have it, I love it, I just need to OPEN it!

Craft on ... and have a stampy day!


Friday, February 16, 2018

SALE-A-BRATIONS Second Release Items Now Available!

Happy Friday!

Whoot!  Sale-a-brations just keeps getting better!  ALL NEW FREE items are now available with a $60 or $120 (pre s/h/gst) product purchase!

Canadian online orders can be placed here and orders under $200 that enter the hostess code 6TSXRUTV at the checkout will receive a gift in the mail from me!

Off I go to start my day - have a stampy one!


Thursday, February 15, 2018

Stampin' Blends by Stampin' Up!

Happy Thursday!

Like coloring??  These Stampin' Blends are a MUST in your craft stash!


Wednesday, February 14, 2018

The Stampin' Up! Stamparatus in Action

Happy Wednesday!

OK - let's take a break from the professional Stampin' Up! videos and check out one of MY videos!

I have started a YouTube Channel "Tamara's Paper Trail" and this is one of the videos I have there.  Not gunna lie ... this YouTube stuff hurts my head!  It's took me four HOURS to load a 12 minute video.  Sigh.  These steep learning curves drive me crazy!!!  I'm SO not patient!  I just want everything to be easy, intuitive and FAST.  Alas ....

If you managed to reserve a Stamparatus the first wave are being shipped this month.  The second wave (those reserved in December) ship early April.  You are going to LOVE this tool!

Check out my video, subscribe to my YouTube Channel and have a stampy day!


Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Fruit Basket Bundle by Stampin' Up!

Happy Tuesday!

Hmmmm - this bundle is one of the few items in the Occasions Catalogue that I DON'T have .... yet *lol*



Monday, February 12, 2018

Petal Passion Memories & More Card Pack by Stampin' Up!

Happy Monday!

I have seen several samples lately that use the Petal Passion Memories and More Cards.  Yes, they are primarily used in/for scrapbooking ... but they can be used to make beautiful cards as well!

Check out the video ... and have a stampy Monday!


Sunday, February 11, 2018

This, That and The Other ...

 Happy Sunday!

Another busy week draws to a close.  I'm not sure if I'm getting better at being prepared or getting better at trusting everything will come together but either way I'm surprisingly relaxed these days.  Certainly isn't because I'm bored or putting my feet up!

Check out the stack of deliveries I had this week!
I bet the UPS delivery man wasn't too happy to be working THAT shift! *lol*.  Why all the boxes?  I was holding two classes for local Teacher Assistant's for their Professional Development Day last week.  We put together the Perennial Birthday Project Kits.  Everything ran really smoothly and everyone had a great time :)

Naturally, in procrastinating on packing and prepping for those PD sessions I squeezed in some stamping time.

I have been commissioned to make 12 cards for a friend.  I am trying to do (primarily flower) cards in black, gray and yellow.  These are the four I have made to date ...

 The following two were the inspiration for the previous one ...
This next one was a CASE from a Brian King card that I made a while back - I just changed the colors ...

Once THOSE were done I turned my attention to Valentine Treats.  I CASEd them from my friend Diane Inkster.  The link to the little game boards can be found here The little bags are the PERFECT size - they are our 3" x 6" cello bags.  

Let's see ... what else?  Two stamping classes and general "life" stuff .... Koda has another ear infection, went out for dinner with 14 Bertram's last night "just because", having Mom and Dad for dinner tonight ...  Oh!  Craig has been redecorating the bonus room!  We have pretty much purged all the kids' toys (sold, donated or stored) which allowed us the space to rearrange furniture, give the room a fresh coat of paint and so on.  Naturally a fresh room required a new, bigger, TV.  Of course THAT requires yours truly to shift the old one.  Gotta love Facebook and Kijiji for selling off "stuff"!  The TV sold quickly, this morning someone is coming to (hopefully) buy my electric keyboard and our massive coffee table is heading out the door too!

Geez ... when you write it all down it makes you wonder when sleeping happens, doesn't it?!

The week ahead is a bit slower (and by that I mean no classes this week ... just volunteering at the animal shelter - yay!  Playing with kittens!).  That will give me time to catch up on paperwork, place club orders, make a few more commissioned cards, design my Stamp-a-Stack cards and so on.  The hits just keeeeeep on rollin' ... and I kinda love it :)

Whatever "life stuff" you get up to today, I hope you have a stampy day.  Enjoy!


Epic Celebrations by Stampin' Up!

Happy Friday!

Another week GONE!  Time to celebrate ... (see what I did there??)

Have a stampy day!


Cake Soirée Bundle by Stampin' Up!

Happy Sunday!

Anyone have birthday or wedding cards to make?  This is a great bundle to have!

Have a stampy day!


Saturday, February 10, 2018

Petal Passion Suite by Stampin' Up!

Happy Saturday!

Enjoy your weekend!  I am going to recover from the week by doing NUthin!!


Friday, February 9, 2018

Bubble Over Bundle by Stampin' Up!

Happy Friday!

this bundle coordinates with the DSP from yesterday's video, Bubble and Fizz.  A great combo!


Thursday, February 8, 2018

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Happy Wishes Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!

Happy Tuesday!

Level 2 FREE Sale-a-brations item anyone?  Check it out! ... and have a stampy day!


Monday, February 5, 2018

Magical Day Fun

Happy Monday!

Hope you had a fun weekend :) . Mine was relaxing as I finally got a long-overdue pedicure with my BFF!  A few chores, some grocery shopping and meal prep and a bit of crafting and BAM - weekend over.  I have a busy week ahead (3 classes and an all-day conference/class I'm teaching) so I'll be scheduling videos for you to watch.  Today, however, I'll share two adorable projects I made this weekend just to whet your appetite for a bundle you might not realize you need *lol*.  Check these out ...

Aren't they adorable???  That plump, sassy unicorn makes me giggle and the look on the wizard's face is priceless!  I dare you - Google "Magical Day Stampin' Up" and click on images.  So cute!

Yes, the bundle in question is called Magical Day.  It is $60.25 CDN (pre s/h/gst) and comes with the set and the framelits ...

 Of course you can buy them separately but you pay more that way.  Buy them together and you save 10%.  (Clear set $29, framelits $38).

There are other items in this "suite" that are a must-have, as they coordinate perfectly and make cards and scrap pages a breeze!  They are the Myths & Magic Designer Series Paper ($17), the Myths & Magic Washi Tape ($8.00) and the Myths & Magic Glimmer Paper ($20.50)

Zoom in on that designer paper.  It is SO fun!  The images are ADORABLE and the card stock is thick and glittery.  It hurts to cut into it but you must!  It's to awesome to hoard - it must be shared!

Right - so those are the products you need.  Back to the cards ...

Both cards were inspired by others (when I Googled the set for inspiration!) . The unicorn card was inspired by Katrina Duffell over at InkPaperGirl.  The wizard was inspired by Suzanne at SunnStampin.com.  As always, I start off copying an idea I found but it ends up morphing into something more personal.  Let's look the unicorn card first.

Standard card base in Whisper White
I stamped the sentiment in Berry Burst and then punched it out with the Starburst punch ($22.50).   I only recently bought that punch - I somehow missed that it was new in the 2017 catalogue!  You need this punch ... and the other new one, the 2/1/4 circle punch, which is what I used for the Lemon Lime Twist circle behind it.

I punched out the unicorn with the framelits and colored the mane with my Blends ... but to do it again I would just use my markers, as the stripes are so small you can't get much of a shading effect using the Blends.  Save the time and trouble and just use markers.

I ran a strip of scrap through the Big Shot using the Oh My Stars embossing folder.  The silver glittery-starry strip on top of it is the washi tape, as is the Dazzling Diamonds strip behind it.

I popped the circles up on dimensionals and used my fine tip glue pen to glue down the unicorn.    I added three sticky backed sequins for a little pop of color and fun to finish it off.

The wizard card took me considerably longer to pull together.  I think mainly because I was tired ... and I was just playing... enjoying the process.  As I said, I started with Suzanne's card for inspiration then started to play. 

The top whisper white piece is actually quite small - 4 1/2" x 3 1/4"
Dapper Denim layer 4 3/4" x 3 1/2"
Pool Party layer is 5" x 3 3/4"

I started by stamping the sentiment on scrap paper.  To ink the image I stamped it in Pool Party and then took a finger dauber and added Dapper Denim to the stamp along the bottom to give it an ombre look.  I stamped it and cut out the word Magical" using the banner framelit that comes in the bundle.  ** . Note - at this point the "I hope your day is" isn't stamped (other than on the scrap ... that we won't be using)

Then I made the Wizard. I stamped him I Memento ink so I could use my Blends.  I cut him out using the framelits.  I used the Pool Party Blends for his clothes and the Ivory Blend for his hands and face.

Once he was done (I didn't tape him down yet) I stamped the stars (in Pool Party and Dapper Denim).  I then popped him up on dimensionals.

For the "Hope your day is" I used my Stamp-a-ma-gig and Dapper Denim ink to position it just so.

I added a bit of washi tape to go under the "Magical" and then popped the "Magical" up on dimensionals. 

I used my clear Wink of Stella to his beard and moustache and a few thinestones to the stars.

It was time consuming but I just love how he turned out.  SO cute!

I wanted to make more and more cards using this quite of products alas, I was tired and my back had had enough so I'll have to carry on another day.  I DO hope these products make it into the annual catalogue in June.  I want to play a LOT more with it but I have so many OTHER great new toys to play with I know it will have to wait a while.

So that's it for today - off to grab a shower and "officially" start my day (been up since 4:00 but that doesn't count! lol)

I hope you have a stampy day - pop in again this week to check out some videos of other new toys you need to see!  TTYS


Friday, February 2, 2018

Sure Do Love You Bundle by Stampin' Up!

Happy Friday!

How about a video to kick off your weekend?

Stay warm - and have a stampy day!