Sunday, June 16, 2019

SOOOO much shopping!

Happy Sunday ... and Happy Father's Day!

What a beautiful day!  Twenty two degrees today - PERFECT!

So today I have not stamping projects to share with you!  Oh, I've BEEN stamping, I just can't SHARE yet!  I'm working on a total of 98 (yes 98) swaps that have to be done by the end of the week.  I have finished 46 of them so I'm getting there slowly but surely!  I actually love mass producing so I'm happy as a clam ... although it IS doing a number on my back!  On the "plus" side I'm chipping away and my 56 recorded Coronation Street episodes! *lol*

So today I'll just do a quick update on some of the fun from last week.

First up - I help my 2019 Catalogue Launch Class / Open House.  FUN, as always.  Of course I didn't take any pictures of the PRODUCTS, but of my friends and true blue supporters.  My business wouldn't be what it is without my friends and these three are three of the best!  Wanda, Claudine and Carolyn.  Cheers girls!
Next up ... my first baby isn't a baby any more!  Nope - Rebecca finally got behind the wheel of a car for the first time.  Craig took her out to the church parking lot for a few laps.  Next up, driver training!
I must confess ... MOST of last week was spent spending money.  Lots and lots of money!  Yikes!  I'm going to have to sell a LOT more stamp sets next month to pay for all the pretty new things I bought!

When I say I bought a whole new wardrobe I'm not kidding!  EVERYTHING is new ... underwear, bras, shoes, dresses, sorts, tops, jumpsuits ... even glasses and contacts!  Next week it's hair, pedicure, EYELASHES!  Seriously out of control ... but you know what?  I NEVER spend money on myself and I have the BEST husband in the world who doesn't say a thing against it ... in fact he says "you SHOULD!  You deserve to feel beautiful".  I am SO blessed to be his chosen one!

Here are a few of the things I bought ...
 Freaking LOVE this jumpsuit!

 These are some of the items I bought for the refugees in Greece.  Stampin' Up! always does a service project on these incentive trips and they have asked us to bring leggings, shoes, socks, underwear, colouring books, pencil crayons and crayons for all ages.  I'm thrilled to help out the cause.
 Dollarama anyone??  THIS purchase will make be VERY popular on the tours we go on.  Paper fold up fans.  6 for $1.25.  I plan to bring extras on the tours and give them to any of my friends who are melting in lineups!
Lastly, I FINALLY got around to mailing out my June birthday cards, some sympathy cards, some congratulations cards and some Think of You cards.  I HATE when I'm late but better late than never, right?
So this week I'll keep chipping away at my swaps and be the taxi for the girls.  They start exams this week and that means I'm pretty much driving all day, back and forth to the two different schools.  It's ok, though - I planned on that and am happy to have a bit of a break from work.

Well, Doodles isn't going to walk himself and I have to go visit Pa in a bit so off I go.  Whatever you get up to today I hope you get to spend time with your Dad, if you are blessed to still have him with you and/or nearby.  Have a great, stampy day!


Sunday, June 9, 2019

Magnolia Lane Awesomeness

Happy Sunday!

What a gorgeous morning it is here in Edmonton, Alberta!  We have had a a number of cold, rainy days lately (like SNOW in some places cold ... in JUNE!) so today is a nice change.  Now don't get me wrong - you KNOW I love me some rain! ... and last week was PERFECT weather for me, as I needed to hit the basement to prep for my classes and open house.  No complaints HERE!

I flew a *little* too close to the sun for my liking last week, though.  When I had planned my "Swag Included Magnolia Lane" class I didn't realize the new catalogue went live JUNE 4TH, not June 1st.  Ack!  Luckily the universe was on my side and my expedited order came 1 day early, rather than 5 hours too late. Phew!

I also left DESIGNING to the last minute (not my fault!  Between ME going to physio, Alicia going to physio, Craig's dad still in the hospital and trying to spend a FEW hours with the family creating got put on the back burner!) . No worries!  When I start getting stressed I just remind myself that it always works out in the end (somehow!) and, as always, I got 'er done :)

These are the projects we made in class.  They are all SUPER quick and easy ... yet lovely.  They area all made using products JUST from the Magnolia Lane suite of products.
 You can't see it but the white layer is embossed with the Subtles embossing folder.  The flower is coloured with the Petal Pink and Old Olive blends and the sentiment/flower are in Early Espresso.

The Magnolia Lane DSP is . 3.5" x 3/4" strip and the leaves are cut out with the coordinating dies, using the new Old Olive coloured vellum.  LOVE that stuff!

The layer of Petal Pink card stock is and 4 1/2" plus 2 ticks x 3 1/4" plus 2 ticks  - the white layer is 4 1/2" x 3 1/4"
 This one is just a standard card version of the notecard I posted last week.  Stamped in Sahara Sand and the leaves are painted with a QTip and our Champagne Mist Simmer paint

The layer of Sahara Sand card stock is and 4 1/2" plus 2 ticks x 3 1/4" plus 2 ticks  - the white layer is 4 1/2" x 3 1/4"
This one was cased from Linda Dalke.  It's embossed with gold Embossing Powder, then painted with white craft ink, and sponged with Petal Pink ink.  SO striking!

The layer of Early Espresso card stock is and 4 3/4" plus 2 ticks x 3 1/2" plus 2 ticks  - the white layer is 4 3/4" x 3 1/2"
This one didn't make the cut.  Too "something" for my liking but fun to play with all the same.

So my Open House was yesterday.  It's always so fun to have aLL the new products set out to look at.  Thanks to everyone who came!
I wanted to spotlight an item that is easily overlooked in the catalogue - our new shimmer embossing powders!  There is black and white and the are SO pretty!  My prediction is the white will go into backorder come fall, as we all stock up for our Christmas cards!
I'll leave you with a picture of the Happy Mail I received this week.  Yup, a card from Mr. Dan.  He got our box of cards and, as always, sent us a thank you card.  It's amazing how one little card can brighten someones day so much.  I challenge YOU to send a card today.  Challenge accepted?

Thanks for popping in - I hope you have a super stampy Sunday!


Wednesday, June 5, 2019


My Ribbon and DSP Shares are here!
Here are your options:
1. Standard DSP share - 96 sheets of 6" x 6" sheets $45
2. Specialty DSP share - 36 sheets of 6" x 6" sheets $20
3. Standard and Specialty Bonus - buy option 1 AND options 2 and get a bonus 6 sheets of 6" x 6" sheets of the Noble Peacock Foil (SO pretty!)
4. Ribbon share - 2 yards of 10 ribbons for $30
5. Gotta have it ALL, Ribbon and both DSP shares - $95 - you get the BONUS 6 sheets of 6" x 6" sheets of Noble Peacock Foil AND a FULL pack of the new Shimmer Detailed Laser-Cut Specialty Paper. That is over $24 in bonus items when you "get it all"
Who's in?
(I can mail your shares within Canada at an additional $16 charge)



Tuesday, June 4, 2019

The NEW 2019 Catalogue is HERE!!



If you have flipped through the catalogue and have items that add up to $120 or more do NOT place that order! INSTEAD, get the items you want in the Starter Kit! On a $120 order you will get to pick out $45more in product and pay LESS than if you order through me!


A $120 order would cost you $138.60 with the s/h/gst.
A $165 Starter Kit would cost you $135 flat - no s/h/gst.

If you WANT to pay more to line the pockets of the tax man and UPS then go ahead and place that order ... but if you want more product for less money message me - I can hook you up!

No strings. No obligations. No pressure. No kidding. Save some money on some awesome new products.

Check out the new catalogue by clicking on the picture of the catalogue over on the right hand side.

Have a stampy day!


Sunday, June 2, 2019

Everything is Rosy. BUSY, but Rosy!

Happy Sunday!

So I *may* be 9 hours behind today but better late than never, right?  Why so behind?  Last week was a HUGE week with SO much work, that I decided to take Friday off. Yup.  Sure did.  In fact, the whole FAMILY took the day off so we could decompress, destress, hang out together and remember what we all LOOK like!

Life gets SO busy for families these days.  It's HARD to get four people with VERY different schedules to connect for more than 5 minutes a day!  We are usually VERY good at LEAST at having dinner together.  Alas, with Craig working late last week and/or him often heading straight from work to the hospital to visit his dad, meals have been pretty few and far between!

Thursday night I made the executive decision to call Friday off "due to lack of interest" and we headed to see Aladdin for an afternoon Matinee.  It was a GREAT day out and we promised to do it more often!
 Now .... what had ME so busy last week?

I was blessed to be able to attend the NAIT (our College of Technology) Wellbeing Day and to stamp with 35 staff members.  I spent the week prepping marketing material, thank you cards and kits.  Aside from the 35 NAIT staff I also had to prep 9 kits for my Robinhood ladies, for the volunteer work I do there every month.  Not gunna lie.  Pretty "done" with this particular Paper Pumpkin kit! lol

The event went really well, thanks to the help of my friends Nicole and Tracey.  We celebrated with lunch ... and a cool foofy drink ... afterwards.  Job well done!
It was lovely taking Friday off but it was back to business (well, I SAY business but it really was more FUN than business!) on Saturday with my Everything is Rosy All Day Event.  It was a great, RELAXING day, filled with crafting, friends and food (MESSY fun!)

 Look at the great projects my ladies made!

I spent Saturday night watching a movie with Alicia (for your film studies class) ... and then 2 or 3 episodes of RuPaul's Drag Race ('cause we're going to the show in October and apparently I *need* to watch all 11 seasons before then!) ... and then a movie with Craig.  Of course I HAVE to multitask so throughout the day I finished off 26 card swaps!  Twenty Six down, 72 to go!

Oh!  I almost forgot!!  Friday was a VERY exciting and emotional day for me as my official documents for my trip to Greece arrived!  Yes, THANK YOU STAMPIN' UP! for the all expense paid cruise for TWO to the Greek Isles!!  If you want to see a 52 year old woman cry for 13 minutes, hop over to my business Facebook Page, Tamara's Paper Trail, and watch my video of me opening the documents.  Hee hee.  I'm such a big baby!

So this week I'm up to my eyeballs with appointments (still going to the gym, physio and helping out with MIL appointments amongst other things) AND with my New Catalogue Launch Class and Open House on the weekend.   It will be another busy one .. but that's how I like it.  Gives me a reason to put pants on in the morning!

Right - guess I should go check on dinner.  Hope you had a stampy weekend!


Sunday, May 26, 2019

Quick & Easy is the Name of the Game!

Happy Sunday!

What a GORGEOUS day it is!  I can't wait to get out for my stroll with my Doodle Bug! ... alas, it may not be quite as long as usual this morning.  My poor fluffy pup is a little off today.  He's much better than YESTERDAY but still not 100%.  We took him to the dentist yesterday.  Ugh.  The poor thing.  He's SUCH a gentle soul ... and SUCH a big baby.  As soon as he sees where he is (from the back of the car) he starts crying, barking and shaking.  Breaks my heart every time!  He's 7 1/2 years old so, because he had to be put under, they needed to do blood work on him.  He came through the ordeal just fine, but missing one front tooth but OH MY LORD did it break my heart when the vet called to say he was ok and I could pick him up in an hour.  I could hear him HOWLING from the back.  They phoned me from the front ... and there is a door and an entire building space between the two areas.  I have NEVER hear him cry like that!  I was SO distraught knowing I couldn't go comfort him.  I distracted myself with some stamping until I could go rescue him!

He was stoned and VERY wobbly for quite a few hours afterwards.  By 2:00 am he was 90% back to normal.  Wagging his tail and he even grabbed his stuffed rabbit to play with.  He still hasn't eaten much or had much water so I won't take him for TOO long of a walk.  Here's hoping he's 100% by tonight!

I had a busy week running errands, starting to buy clothes for the trip to Rome/Greece and getting my car fixed from my little accident 1.5 weeks ago.  The damage wasn't too bad - only $1,150.  Sadly, since the one who rear-ended me didn't have insurance, I'm out the $1,000 deductible for a while.  Fingers crossed she pays me back without a lot of stress or delay!

Being so busy I needed quick and easy cards for upcoming classes and events.

I need 65 Thank You cards for Rebecca's Teacher's Appreciation Lunch this week.  The Abstract Impressions set is one of my absolute FAVES for quick and easy.  I seriously had these done in under 2 hours!
I needed 35 more Thank You cards for a gig I'm doing at our college, NAIT, this week.  I tweaked the card a little for those ...
I'm sad that our Narrow Note Cards and envelopes are retiring.  I've resisted the urge to buy 10 packs and hoard them so far, but I can promise you that if these bad boys end up on sale in the Clearance Rack I won't be able to resist!

I used Bermuda Bay and Lemon Lime Twist (*sniff - I'll miss you lovely LLT!) and finished it off with some (retired) Old Olive Bakers Twine.

Last night I figured *perhaps* I should design some cards for my Coffee and Cards class that is TOMORROW MORNING! *lol*.  I have two made so far and know what I want to do for the third ... I just need to get to it ...
 This is a super quick masculine card made with All Geared Up.  The background is in Smoky Slate, sentiment in black and the car is in Cherry Cobbler.  Love it!

This next one I LOVE LOVE LOVE!

It took about 4 minutes to come up with!  I stamped the Magnolia and sentiment from the new Good Morning Magnolia set (new June 4, 2019) in Sahara Sand. I coloured the leaves and centre with our Champagne Shimmer Paint, using a QTip.  SO pretty!  I added some small peals and BAM!  Done!

What else did I do work wise this week?  I did some stamping while waiting for my oil change.  LOVE our Paper Pumpkin Kits for easy crafting on-the-go!  Subscribe here by June 10th to get YOUR craft kit in the mail.  Only $30 (plus gst) gets you everything you need to make the kit project.  Message me if you have any questions!
 I have my Open House / Catty Launch June 8th 10-1:00 so I'm busy getting everything ready for that.  These are stickers you can use for your catalogue to help keep track of what you have ... and what you NEED! lol
The rest of the week has been fitting in paper work for my NAIT gig (sign up sheets, labeling catalogues and so on), making appointments and running errands.  A working Mom's work is never done!  Speaking of ... I need to make a delivery on my walk this morning.  Friends have ordered my Tin of Cards for Teacher and Birthday gifts.  I made 8 tins in a matter of hours.  Walking deliveries.  Multitasking at its best!
So that has been MY week.  THIS week is INSANE (I *may* be stressing just a bit!) but it will be fun.  Whatever YOU get up to this week, I hope you have a stampy one!  Thanks for popping in. 


Monday, May 20, 2019

Butterfly Wishes, Floral Essence, Free as a Bird and Magnolia Lane

Happy Holiday Monday!

I'm obviously a day behind this weekend .... but I'm fine with that!  Last week was a draining one and I took yesterday to decompress and relax (for a change!) . Our epic trip to Rome and Greece is fast approaching and I was in a shopping mood, so I grabbed the teenagers and headed to the mall.  THAT wasn't a cheap endeavour, but for ONCE I spent more on ME than I did on THEM!  I picked up some REALLY cute rompers, dresses and jumpsuits ... 5 in total ... and I even passed on a few more!  I'm pretty sure I haven't lost weight so it must mean either manufacturers are making more cute clothes for curvy girls or I'm just much more comfortable in my own skin than I have been in the past and am dressing the body I HAVE!  I still need to find some shoes to GO with all these new clothes .. but that's a mission for another day.  Three hours of shopping had me in quite a bit of pain so I had to call it a day.

Why the pain?

Thursday I was rear-ended, heading off to pick up Alicia from school.  I didn't THINK it was a big deal but, on closer inspection of the car, there IS some damage and my hip and ankle are giving me grief.  Guess I'm off to the doctor and physio this week.  Sigh.

It was also a super busy end to the week as I helped one of my team gals put on a fundraiser for the MS Bike Ride to Conquer Cancer.  It was a great, FAST hour of crafting with about 15 brand new stampers.  They did AWESOME! ... but we need to work on GENTLY inking up the stamps lol
Evidence of a fun, inky crafting session! lol
 These are the cards they made ...
They are also the cards we will be making at MY class this Friday night.  "Tin of Cards Class".  It's $35 for two tins with 10 notecards in each.  You make 2 each of these 5 designs.  I still have room for 2 more stampers so, if you're in the Edmonton area send me a message if you can come!

Friday night and Saturday morning I help a class and my team Stampin' Social event.  We made the same 3 projects and I loved all the cards we made, using all new products from the 2019-2020 catalogue (which goes live June 4th).  Check them out!

The first one is made with the new "Butterfly Wishes" stamp set (for the background and FABULOUS sentiment font!!!) and the flower is made with the new Floral Essence stamp set and coordinating punch.  I LOVE the new ribbon on this card but (can you believe it) I RAN OUT!  I have actually used an ENTIRE roll of ribbon in just 3 weeks!!  Luckily for me I had another NEW ribbon on hand that worked just as well!

The colours I used were Very Vanilla, Sahara Sand and Petal Pink.  Kinda love it!

 The next card we made was CASED from my fried Rose Marie Coleman.  She/we did a Shimmer Paint Resist technique for this great card, using products from the Everything is Rosy medley of products ...

 Late Thursday night I was STILL creating for the Friday night class and came up with THIS pretty card, using the new Purple Posy In Colour, along with the new Good Morning Magnolia stamp set and coordinating dies ..
 While it's a VERY pretty card (prettier in person!) it just didn't blow my hair back ... and my cards HAVE to blow my hair back for me to have them in a class.  So 4:00 am Friday morning I decided to get up and try again.  This is what I came up with ...
THAT one I loved enough to have in the class.  I just can't get enough of the Free as a Bird stamp set and designer paper!  I'm on my second pack of paper already!!!  That seriously had never happened before ... running out of product before the catalogue even goes live!!  You need these products!

I used the new Terracotta Tile In Colour paper ... and I even used TRINKETS on this card!  Again, I always BUY trinkets but I almost always end up selling them after they retire, using exactly NONE of them! lol ... perhaps I'm growing as a crafter!

I was thrilled to have my team member Kerri Anne come to our Social all the way from Brampton, Ontario.  She has business in Calgary next week but came up to play with us and to visit her nephew, who live here in Edmonton.  It was a great start to the weekend.

What's coming up next week?  Crafting wise, just my Tin of Cards class Friday night ... but I have a LOT of prep to do for two big gigs I have at the end of the month.  I'll be spending all week prepping marketing materials and setting up FIVE Stamparatus machines so 35 new crafters can succeed at their first time stamping!  A few days later I have my ALL DAY Everything is Rosy event (still time to register if you want to come!) and THEN, the week after THAT, I have my Open House and my Magnolia Lane / New Catalogue Launch Class!  TODAY IS THE DEADLINE TO GET IN ON THE EARLY BIRD PRICING.  There is ONE spot left in the morning session and only four left in the evening.  Message me TODAY if you want to come!  $45 for $45 worth of swag and door prizes ... and 3 great projects!!
I haven't designed the projects yet but these are some of the great cards I've seen other demonstrators make, and will be my inspiration for MY projects ... 

SO awesome!

So that has been my week and what I have coming down the pipe.  Whatever YOU get up to today, I hope you have a stampy Monday!