Sunday, October 13, 2019

Perfectly Plaid ... and a Super Special Guest!

Happy Sunday!

Canadian Thanksgiving up here so I'm all ready for the feast-of-all-feasts with my stretch pants and Tums!  Right after I walk Doodle Dog I'm whipping up a Pecan Pie and a Lemon Pie, then heading to Mom's to eat until I fell ill.  Fun, right? lol

It has been a FANTASTIC but exhausting weekend so far!  I had my Feels Like Frost class Friday night which was lots of fun.  Eight lovely women came over and I loved that there were some new faces in the crowd!  I LOVE getting to know people and, as often happens, finding out that we have friends in common all across the country!  (That "Seven degrees of separation" thing is a THING!).  ANYWAY! ... I got that class wrapped up and cleaned up around 10:30 pm but then had to get busy flipping the projects to get ready for my "Stampin' Social" with my Tamara's Trailblazers team.  I LOVE our monthly get togethers.  They aren't stuffy "team meetings" but just a group of 15-20 friends getting together to have some laughs, share some hugs, eat some REALLY naughty food ... and stamp.  This month we had a SUPER Special Guest join us ... Dale Hampshire, the Demonstrator Development Manager for Canada (aka my boss) come from Calgary to see what we do and how we do it.  What a thrill!

Naturally, in true Tamara fashion, I was still designing our Make & Take projects Thursday evening ... and still putting the finishing touches on my program at 7:00 pm Friday evening ... but (as always) it all came together and was SO fun!

Let's check out the projects we made, shall we?  My original plan was for us to make Christmas tags using the Perfectly Plaid bundle of projects.  Alas, on Thursday, when I sat down to create, I just wasn't feeling it ... and then I started to panic a bit!  What to DO??  You know me - I have to LOVE a project to be able to teach it!  Off to Pinterest I went for some inspiration.  I came across a set of cards that were PERFECT for my event ... so I cased it.  Not just a little.  Not just for inspiration.  100% copied it from Fiona Rozaria.  Here is the Pin that caught my eye:
LOVE them!  Within an hour I had created 12 cards using 1/4 of a pack of the Wrapped in Plaid designer paper (6" x 6") . What got me REALLY excited is that the left over scraps of DSP weren't wasted!  I used them to make 12 gift tags, 12 bookmarks and a little strip of DSP to go INSIDE the card.  The only waste from the 6" x 6" piece of DSP was the teeny triangle that was cut off when I flag ended the bookmark piece.  MY kind of project!

Here are my projects:

This was a ridiculously quick and easy batch of projects to make.  Seriously!

Here are the deets:

Whisper white Standard Card base - 5 1/2" x 4 1/4"
Wrapped in Plaid DSP layer:  4 3/4" x 3 1/2"
Whisper White top layer:  4 1/2" x 3 1/4"
With the left over large chunk of DSP, trim to 2".  Use the 2" piece to make a tag using the Tag Topper punch of your choice and the Triple banner punch to flag end them.  The thin 3/4" piece is used to make a bookmark, again with the Tag Topper and Triple Banner punches.

To make the top layer, put the whisper white 4 1/2" x 3 1/4" piece of card stock in the Pine Tree punch.  Push the paper all the way in and then line up the right edge of the card stock with the right edge of the punch ... and punch.  Flip your white paper around and do the same thing again.  You will have 2 trees punched in your paper with the SLIGHTEST bit of white cs between them.  Don't worry of the two trees run into each other ie if you punched them a little too close and the are now one big punched out piece.  You will be putting the third tree on TOP of the two punched out ones and no one will see that they run together.

Adhere your DSP to the base and the white layer to the DSP

Next ... the third tree.  You can either stamp one of your punched out trees with a tree stamp .. or you can stamp on some whit scrap and then punch it out with the Pine Tree punch.  Whichever you prefer.  Use two dimensionals to pop your third tree up.
Next stamp the Ho Ho Ho on scrap white and punch it out with your Classic Label punch and tape it to your third tree.

A 5" piece of linen thread tied in a bow and attached with a glue dot finishes the front off.

Decorate the inside with the thin strip of DSP you have left and trim it to the length of your card base.

The 2: tag uses one of the leftover white trees you had punched out - this is where you can add the name of the recipient.  Cut a 4" piece of Spruce/Gold ribbon and an 8" piece of linen thread (strung through a Jingle Bell) and attach to the tag.

The Bookmark uses a 6" piece of Curvy Real Red Ribbon.

I hope that all makes sense!  I think it's pretty straight forward just looking at the projects.  I'll do a quick demonstration this Tuesday on my "Check it out Tuesday" Facebook Live video on my facebook business page "Tamara's Paper Trail".  7 pm Mountain Time, if you want to check it out!

I also offering some classes on making these projects.  If you live in the Edmonton area I'd love to have you come along.  I have three crafting options for you.
  • come and make 12 cards, 12 tags and 12 bookmarks - $40
  • same as above but get the Pine Tree punch to KEEP - $60
  • same as above but get the Pine Tree punch AND the Perfectly Plaid stamp set to keep - $70
Friday November 29th at 7 pm is my evening session; Monday, Dec 2nd at 9:30 am is my morning session.  If these dates and times don't work for you let me know - I'd be happy to hold a private class for you and your friends!

That's it for today.  I better crack on with that walk and get to those pies so they have time to set up!

Whatever you get up to today I wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving and a stampy day!  I'll leave you with pictures from yesterday's Social.  SYS!


PS - it was a busy delivery week!  UPS was her twice and now my front entrance looks like a shipping depot! lol.  Koda kept an eye on things ...

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Catching Up!

Happy Sunday!

Oh my goodness!  I started this post last night and then totally forgot to finish it off this morning!  Truth be told I've been all OVER the place this week (yes, even more so than usual!) . On Friday I had to take my little fluffy buddy to the vet to have some biopsies done.  Long story short he's 100% FINE - just fat deposits and no surgery is needed.  We were pretty sure the two lumps we felt WERE just fat but there was another "mass" the vet found that had me VERY concerned.  If it were sinister and needed removing it would be quite tricky.  Not gunna lie ... I ate my emotions a LOT this week!  I can't begin to tell you how relieved I am.  The thought of losing my bestie just rips at my heart!  The number of walks I fought back the tears were many.  I actually put on a full face of makeup most days to ensure I didn't bawl my eyes out! lol.  So!  Now we can all breathe again and get back to our normal level of crazy!

I must apologize for not posting on Sunday mornings, as has been my plan.  I have joined a number of blog hops and those are on various days of the week/month ... and I just don't have the time to blog more than once in a week ... so I've been all rather random in my posts.  I'm hoping to get a few more projects under my belt next week (not this week, I have 4 major events this week!).  Bare with me as I try to find a new groove.  I AM happy to report that I absolutely do NOT work as much as I did last year.  Most evenings I can be found hanging with the family, playing games or watching shows.

Here's a quick catch up on some of the projects I made over the last few weeks.  Many of these are ones that I feature in my "Check it out Tuesday" Facebook Live events.  If you don't know about those, check it out!  Head to my facebook page "Tamara's Paper Trail" on Tuesday evenings at 7:00 pm mountain time.  It's NEVER polished, USUALLY a gong show and ALWAYS entertaining! lol.

Here are the projects ...

SUCH a quick and easy masculine card ...
I used the trees from the Medley "Most Wonderful Time" but there are MANY trees that would work if you don't have that stamp set.  The trees in the Merry Moose, Snow Front, Waterfront, Let it Ride,  or Rooted in Nature would work too!  The deer are from the Snow Front set.  I used Mossy Meadow and Soft Suede inks.  The sentiment is from Piece of Cake.

The next card I CASED from Lori Heling - I made some minor changes but it's her design.  I made my own buffalo check flag using the stamp set of the same name.  I stamped Old Olive ink on Soft Sea Foam card stock and then drew lines with my Night of Nave marker.  I used my Old Olive, Crumb Cake and Smoky Slate blends to colour the image, and my Tin Tile Embossing Folder for the background.  Great card Lori!
The next card is one that I really CASEd from myself.  I forgot I vowed never to use that leaf die ever again .. it's a royal PAIN to get the paper out of it ... alas, I like what I like and it had to be done.  I used the Birch background stamp in Crumb Cake ink, the sentiment from Country Home, the mat in Sahara Sand and the leaves in Cherry Cobbler,  Cajun Craze and Pretty Peacock.
I made the same card with a Pretty Peacock mat instead of Sahara Sand.  I like it better.
This one was a lot of fun to make.  I used the Perennial Essence paper, Rich Razzleberry CS and the dies from Tasteful Backgrounds.  The sentiment is from Woven Heirlooms.  So pretty!
The next project was CASEd from my friend and downline Nicole Zandbergen.  We ran the lids of the coffins through the Big Shot with the Scroll folder and then sponged it with silver and Gold "Delicata" ink.  I used the Monster Bash designer paper for the image and sentiment and added some embellishments for fun.
Last up is a SUPER quick and easy card made with the Very Versailles stamp set and Garden Lane designer papers.  I used Mossy Meadow paper and ink, as well as Soft Sea Foam ink.  Quick and easy!
I think that brings us up to date so I'll sign off as I have about another 20 minutes left in setting up for class tomorrow and then it's time to hang with my peeps!

I hope you had a great weekend and your week ahead is a stampy one!  Thanks for popping in :)


Thursday, September 26, 2019

Stampin' Creative Blog Hop - Birthday Bonanza!

Welcome to the Stampin' Creative Blog Hop!  I'm Tamara Bertram, coming to you from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.  I'm SO excited to he hopping with so many AMAZING demonstrators from around the globe as we bring you projects this month on a Birthday theme!  I don't know about you but I find birthday cards the hardest ones to design!  Honestly!  Hopefully you find some information as you hop along.  Please leave comments for us as you go.  It's always nice to see what others think of our work.  Happy hopping!

MY project came together quite quickly ... if you don't count the 7 hours of "Research & Development" (aka Pinterest *lol*).  After scrolling for HOURS (not kidding!) I decided to CASE a layout I loved ... one of MINE for about four years ago.  This seems to be my go-to method of design lately, finding an old card I loved then changing the pieces to use new papers, colours and stamp sets.

Here is my inspiration CHRISTMAS card:
 ... and here is my new , and improved BIRTHDAY card ...
I love it!  I seem to be into soft, muted colours this week.  It must be fall!  I used Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake and Petal Pink.  They look GREAT together!  Of course no card is complete without some doo-dads and some bling, so I used our adhesive backed sequins and Wink of Stella to fill those requirements!
I used my Stitched Shapes oval dies, the Piece of Cake stamp set and the banner from the new Toile Christmas set.  In order to NOT get the Christmas sentiment I just used my markers to colour the outline in Early Espresso and then stamped the happy birthday in Crumb Cake.  The sentiment is from the Piece of Cake set as well.  I ran the background ovals through my Hammered Metal embossing folder and the Scripty embossing folder to give those pieces some added interest.  The banner is popped up on dimensionals and BAM!  One pretty little birthday card ready to go!

I hope you like my project!  Now check out the projects of these other demonstrators.  Thanks for checking us out! Have a stampy day! Tam

Tuesday, September 17, 2019


Happy Tuesday!

I had to pop on and let you know that the Stampin' Up! ® Clearance Rack has just been updated!

There are LOADS of great deals!!!  The full set of "new colour" markers for only $25??!!
  They were regular $64!!!  Faux Leather photo albums - regular $41 for only $16??!!

Check it out NOW and place your online order here.  Items will FLY off the shelves at these prices!

Canadian orders under $200 that use the hostess code SRV277H7 at the checkout will receive a thank you in the mail from me.


(Yes, you can add other items to your order as well - any current product, including Designer Papers that are on the Buy 3 Get 1 Free promotion!)

Happy shopping .. and have a stampy day!


Monday, September 16, 2019

Beautiful Friendship - Greek Isles Achievers Blog Hop Sept 2019

Welcome to the Greek Isles Achievers Blog hop this month!  We are a group of Stampin' Up! ® Demonstrators from around the world that earned the incredible Stampin' Up! ® incentive trip that we were on in July.  It was an incredible trip!  We are hopping together to share with you some awesome inspiration using Stampin' Up! ® products.  I opted to use a set from our ANNUAL catalogue, giving it some love after ignoring it for the last month or so in favour of the fabulous new  Holiday Catalogue!  Like most demonstrators, I get caught up in the Holiday Crafting and forget about all the great products in our annual catalogue.  I rectified THAT issue this week! *lol*

Speaking Of the Holiday Catalogue ... do you live in Canada?  Do you need a physical copy?  If you don't have a designated demonstrator I would be happy to mail you one!  Leave me a message and I'll hook you up!

Right!  On with the projects!

I wanted to share several that  I made this week using the FABULOUS "Beautiful Friendship" set!

 Aren't they pretty??  The BEST part is they are so EASY!!  The epitome of #simple stamping!

The stamps do all the work!  I just love the colour combination; Rococo Rose; Merry Merlot and Pear Pizzazz.  The first project is a full sized card while the other three are notecards.  SO quick to whip up a little package for a friend's birthday or a last minute hostess gift!

Thanks so much for popping in!  There is an amazing lineup of Stampin' Up! ® demonstrators from around the world, and we know you are going to love all the amazing projects they are sharing!  Click on each of the blog links to check them all out! ... and have a stampy day!


Sunday, September 8, 2019

Free Skate Fun!

Happy Sunday!

I have been a working MACHINE this week!  I LOVE that it's fall, that the kids are back in school and that lazy, unstructured days are OVER!  Yes, I suppose that makes me more than a little weird, but those of you know me KNOW how I need structure in order to get ANYTHING done around here!  It's ok to say that mid-August every year I look forward to the kids going back.  It doesn't make me a bad mom and it doesn't mean I don't love my kids.  It just means  I need quite solitude to actually get s*** done!

This week was all over the map.  Alicia started Grade 9 on Tuesday at noon.  (Yes, she's only 13 years old here!  Eek!)
Rebecca started Grade 11 on Wednesday morning.
Thursday is always a half day for both of them, which results in me just being the taxi driver from 8 am until around 1:30 ... not very productive at ALL!  Despite that I managed to have a solid 3 hours a day at the computer organizing my 10-Month-Club, my Blends Club, my Paper and Ribbon shares, a few classes, LOADS of flyers and emails .... and my upcoming team meeting!  SLAYED it!

This weekend I'm hell-bent on sorting out my craft cave.  This Saturday Dale Hampshire, Demonstrator Development Manager for CANADA is coming to my team Stampin' Social.  Eek!  Nothing like Stampin' Up! Royalty attending to motivate me to find the floor in my cave!  lol.

Now ... amidst all THAT chaos last week I DID manage to make a card.  Check THIS one out ...

I showed my Facebook followers how to make it on my "Check It Out Tuesday" weekly live video.  You can see it here.

As I mentioned in the video, the layout is one I CASEd from a card I made years ago ... this one ...
You can see my blog post about that card here

When you find a layout you like use it over and over, just switch out the colours and/or elements!  Quick and easy!
For my newest version, I used the new "Free Skate" bundle of product from the new 2019 Holiday catalogue.  I used the beautiful Feels Like Frost DSP for the 1" strips along the bottom and Seaside Spray ink, marker and paper for the accents.  On THIS version I used our new Silver Delicata ink for the snowflakes but in a second attempt I used the Seaside Spray ink and I like it much better.  I used my rectangle stitched framelits for the stitched layer on the front.  Check out my FB video for a tip on how to cut that out effortlessly!

This card really is quite quick to put together.  I'm going to get a lot of use out of this bundle!

If you're in Canada you can shop my online store 24-7 here.  If you place an order that is under $200 and use the hostess code H23ZKW97 at the checkout I'll mail you a thank you!  If your order is OVER $200 you DON'T use the hostess code ... you scoop the 10% in free product instead!!

That's it for today - I'll leave you with a few pictures of my favourite Doodle Dog, Koda.  I think he misses me being layed up and playing with him - he's constantly begging me to play!  Hee hee ...

 I'm off to give him his walk and then I'm hitting the Craft Cave.  Whatever YOU get up to today, I hope you have a stampy day!