Thursday, May 17, 2018

Tamara's Tips - Using the Stamparatus

Happy Thursday!

I swear, I'm TRYING to blog but I'm just not getting there as often as I'd like!  I am THRILLED that my team is growing by leaps and bounds (and I'm inching ever closer to earning that incentive trip to Greece next year!!) but it's all new territory to me to HAVE a large team ... and trying to figure out how to LEAD a large team.  I love it ... it's just a very steep learning curve that is taking a lot of my time right now.

So!  Until I have another fabulous project to share I wanted to post a few videos I made on the Stamparatus.  I'm working on a promotion where my Canadian Customers can win one, so thought I post this one today.

The Stamparatus will be available for purchase starting June 2nd.  It is $67 Canadian (plus s/h/gst).  I think this tool is a MUST HAVE!!!!  I MAY even recommend it over the Big Shot, if you had to choose just one!   THAT is saying something!!!  Not kidding.  You need this tool!

Enjoy the videos, keep popping on as I WILL post projects again as soon as I can .. and have a super stampy day!


Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Tamara's Tips - Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets

Happy Tuesday!

I'm hoping to get into my cave today.  Until then, check out another Tamara's Tips/ . These multipurpose Adhesive Sheets are a total game changer.  Not kidding.  I use my small framelits a lot more now that I have discovered these little beauties!

Check it out and have a stampy day!


Sunday, May 6, 2018

Tamara's Tips - Using Embossing Paste!

Happy Sunday!

How was your weekend??  Mine was great! ... and FAST!

I hosted another EPIC Ladie's Night Friday night with seven FABULOUS friends!  Stamping, food, wine, pictionary and LOTS of laughs!  Always SUCH a great time!

Yesterday was a lazy day (recovering from Friday night *lol*) and then it was to my Mom's for dinner and more pictionary fun.

Today was LOTS of sunshine and family time.  A good, smiling weekend!

I'm just heading up to bed (yes, at 8:42 pm!) but thought I'd post one of my "Tamara's Tips" videos for you.

Did you know I post these fairly regularly on my business Facebook page "Tamara's Paper Trail"?  True story!  Hop over there now and "like" my page.  I seriously have been falling down on the blogging front lately ... and the email front!  Facebook is my go-to and where I post ALL the time!  Stay in the loop and follow me there - I promise, I'm a hoot! *lol*

Did you know I have a YouTube Channel?  True story again!  Head over to You Tube and search for "Tamara's Paper Trail" and subscribe to my channel (I think I have a whole 14 subscribers *lol*.  How sad is THAT???) . I'm trying to post more videos there, now that I have faster internet.  Up until yesterday uploading a 5 minute video would take me a few HOURS ... now it only takes about 10 minutes so I will be more inclined to upload my videos there.

ANYway! ... Let's see one of the videos now, shall we?  This is an older one ... it's using the not-so-new-now Embossing Paste.  Enjoy and have a stampy week!


Monday, April 30, 2018

Picture Perfect Fun!

Happy Monday!

I hope you had a lovely day and managed to get outside for some LOVELY spring weather!  I did!  I'm back to my longer route with Koda.  We have 4 different routes ... we are now up to our 3rd longest.  The final one will start next week - a sure sign that warmer weather is on the horizon!

Tonight I'm share the cards we made Friday night at my Picture Perfect Birthday "product included" class.  This is the first product included class I've had.  It won't be my last!  Stampers came and made 8 cards and they got a Picture Perfect stamp set to take home.  It was a great value and a great class!

In usual Tamara style I was still designing the last card at noon on Friday but I just love how they all turned out.  Lookie:
I can't believe I made so many quick and easy cards ... and I like them!  Normally I need to have lots of layers or over-think everything for HOURS ... but I started designing Thursday night at 7:10 pm and I guess I just didn't have TIME to overthink things.  Hmmmm .... maybe I need to try that EVERY class!  *lol* ... na ... that was flying a LITTLE too close to the sun, even for me! *lol*

So let's look at the cards a little closer, shall we??

This one was ridiculously quick and easy:
I used up the last of my Peekaboo Peach card stock, ran it through the Striped Embossing Folder (**tip - spritz your paper with a fine mist of water before running it through the Big Shot.  The water helps break down the paper fibres a bit and reduces the risk of your paper cutting/tearing with such a deep embossed image).

I cut a 2" x 5 1/2" strip of the Picture Perfect DSP and punched the end with the Triple Banner Punch.  I stamped the sentiment in Archival Black ink (retiring!) and cut it out with an oval framelit.  I used 4 card-lengths of the Bermuda Bay Sale-a-bration ribbon and added three Perfect White Accents (retiring).  The sentiment is popped up on dimensionals.  Bam!  Done!
This one was easy too!  White card base, Berry Burst strip of 1 3/4" x 5 1/2", Picture Perfect DSP strip of 1 1/2" x 5 1/2".  I tied some Soft Sky ribbon around the pieces.  I cut a whisper white piece of 3" x 4" and a Berry Burst of 3 1/4" x 4 1/2".  The sentiment is from Birthday Wit, stamped using my stamparatus in Berry Burst.  (*** if you haven't seen my Facebook video showing you how to do this you MUST!  I give you an AWESOME tip on using your ink spots ... and finger daubers ... and you get to hear me crash into my light ... good times!  Head to Facebook and search for Tamara's Paper Trail.  Like the page and follow me ... and "get notifications".  I post on FB ALL the time with lots of projects and tips!).  I popped the layers up on dimensionals.  BAM!  Done!
This one reminds me of cards I made when I very first started stamping.  Whisper White layer, spritzed with water and run through the Starburst embossing folder.   The black layer is 2 1/4" x 5 1/2" and the white layer is 2" x 5 1/2".  I stamped the candles in Bermuda Bay, the flames in Lemon Lime Twist and the sentiment in Archival Black.  I tied some chevron Bermuda Bay ribbon around it, popped it up on dimensionals, added some rhinestones and used my Wink of Stella on the flames.  BAM!  Done!

This last one is my super favorite!  I just LOVE the layout!!!
A 1" x 4 1/2" strip of Berry burst.  a 3 1/4" x 3 1/4" piece of Basic Black.  A 3" x 3" piece of Picture Perfect DSP.  A scalloped Oval Basic Black piece (from the framelits).  The senitment is stamped in Archival Black and punched out with the Stitched Oval framelit.  the snetiment is popped up on dimensonals and 3 rhinestones add some bling.  BAM!  Done!  I will DEFINITELY be using this layout again.  there's just something about it I love!!

So there you have it - my Friday night class with a great stamp set .. that just HAPPENS to be carrying over to the new catalogue!  I'm glad!  Too bad the designer paper isn't - that stuff is the BOMB! ... and I just might have to stock up and hoard a bunch of it for the future!

That's it for tonight.  I HAVE to get to my cave to act on an idea I have for a class that will work great for Teacher's Gifts or a Mother's Day gift.  Stay tuned for that ... and have a stampy night!


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!


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!


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!