Tuesday, June 30, 2020


Happy Tuesday!  Tamara Bertram coming to you from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.  Thanks for popping in!  I can't BELIEVE it's the end of JUNE already ... and also the end of PRIDE month, which is the theme of our hop today.  Demonstrators from around the globe are sharing with you our "Pride Theme" projects. We hope you enjoy them and can get some inspiration!

MY project came together REALLY quickly!  We currently carry a GORGEOUS Rainbow Glimmer Paper.  It's SO easy to just STAMP on the paper, cut it out and BAM!  Done!

The key to success for stamping on glimmer paper is the Stamparatus!  Dust that bad boy off - it's your best friend for THIS card!

Sooooo sparkly!  I used the Ornate Gardens stamp set (on the stamparatus) and inked it with black Memento ink.  I stamped the image 4 or 5 times on the Rainbow Glimmer paper before it was dark enough for my liking.  I fussy cut it out and popped it up with dimensionals on a black layer measuring 4 1/2" x 3 1/2".  The black layer is taped to a Flirty Flamingo layer measuring 4 3/4" x 3 1/2".  THAT layer is popped up on dimensionals on a Daffodil Delight piece measuring 5" x 3 3/ 4".

The sentiment is from Rooted in Nature.  The 3 lines are actually one stamp so, to get 3 different colours, I stamped the entire sentiment in Magenta Madness then in Mango Melody (it was brighter than the Daffodil) and then a third time in Flirty Flamingo.  I then used my paper snips to cut out each row and popped them up on dimensionals.  To finish it off I added some Artistry Blooms Sequins.  Perfect!

I love this as my "Pride" card.  EVERYone should "Be Strong.  Be Happy.  Be You."  Everyone.

Thanks for stopping by - now check out the other blogs to see what THEY have come up with.

Have a stampy day!


Saturday, June 27, 2020

Peony Flower Die Video

Happy Saturday!

A quiet, cold, rainy morning here in Edmonton this morning.  My favourite!  Listening to the rain, cat on my lap, dog snoring away and a cup of coffee keeping me company while the family sleeps.  I LOVE my mornings!

Thought I'd pop in quickly to post my video on how to make the Peony flower on the project I posted last week.  It is SO easy it's ridiculous!

Here is my original project ...

... and here is my video showing you how to make it!

When you pop over to my YouTube Channel Id' love if you "subscribed"!  The more subscribers I have the more motivated I am to make and post videos.  I hope you like it!

Enjoy your weekend ... and have a stampy day!


Thursday, June 25, 2020

In Colour Combo - Stampin' Creative Global Blog Hop

Happy Blog Hop Day!

Tamara Bertram coming to you from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.  Each month demonstrators from around the globe come together to share with you our creations around a common theme.  With the new 2020 Annual Catalogue now in full swing we decided the theme this month would be "In Colour Combo".  With a total of 10 In Colour colours (five brand new ones!) there are LOADS of combinations that can be made!  Where is a girl to start??!!

I'll tell you where I start ... especially when I just can't seem to come up with more than two colours to put together on a card.  I head to Uncle Google and I search for "SU Color Lab".  It takes me to a FABULOUS tool and website that helps me every time.  Seriously.  Check it out!  You just pick what colour(s) you want to work with and it gives you colour combinations to choose from!  Pick the one that floats your boat!

For example ... I knew I wanted to use our new "Misty Moonlight" ... and wanted some options.  Here is what the lab offered me ..
You can add in several colours and search or, like I did, just one colour.

I decided I really liked the Misty Moonlight and Seaside Spray pairing.  It was light and airy.  This is what I created with it ...

I love how it turned out!  ... and so quick and easy!
The stamp set I used is new in the 2020 Annual Catalogue - "Seaside View".  I was drawn to the calm, relaxing images.  Calm and relaxing is something ALL of us could use in our new world so I knew this was a set I would use a LOT this year!

I started with a Whisper White card base, added a 4 3/4" x 3 1/2" layer of Misty Moonlight, a 4 1/4" x 3 1/3" layer of Seaside Spray and a top white layer of 4" x 2 3/4".  I stamped the image in Misty Moonlight and then coloured the image with my Soft Seafoam Stampin' Write Marker (as the images I was colouring was so thin I wanted the precision of the journalling tip) and my Blends Markers.  I used the light Seaside Spray and the light Misty Moonlight.  Blends are the way to go when colouring larger images, like the carpets, to avoid lines in your image.

I stamped the sentiment in Misty Moonlight on a 1" x 4" strip of scrap and punched it with my triple banner punch.  (**tip - when using a 1" strip in your punch add 1/2" to the length you actually WANT, as you lose 1/2" when you punch it!)

I popped the Seaside Spray layer up on dimensionals and the sentiment, as well.  I added rhinestones from the "Holiday Rhinestones" and DONE!

SUCH a pretty little card.  I plan to mass produce this one.  I'll do the colouring while watching a show with the girls.

That's it!  Hop on down the list and check out what my friends have come up with for THEIR In Colour Combo.

Have a stampy day!


Monday, June 22, 2020

Prized Peony Meets Mini Paper Pumpkin Boxes - Kylie's Maui Achievers' Blog Hop

Happy Blog Hop Day!

Tamara Bertram coming to you from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.  Each month demonstrators from around the globe create a new project using current Stampin' Up! supplies that we hope excite and inspire you.  With the new 2020-2021 Annual Catalogue going live a few weeks ago we are all now playing with our favourite NEW toys.  The hardest part of THIS month's hop was choosing which one(s) to focus on!

I'm actually really surprises at the products I decided on.  Flowers are not my usual "go to" ... and, to be honest, the Prized Peony Bundle wasn't originally on my "to-get" list.  I DID get it, though, and now I can't seem to stop creating with it!  In fact, I am now offering a virtual class USING this bundle!  It is a GREAT one for both quick and easy cards AND for intricate, detailed projects.  Check out what I came up with, as a treat for my Club Girls this month ...
Do you love it???  I do!  It's our new mini Paper Pumpkin boxes and inside are five notecards and envelopes.  What a GREAT little gift to have on hand for those last minute social distance BBQ's this summer ... or teacher gifts next week ... or any other occasion!  

The note cards were SO quick and easy to put together.  No layers, no cutting, just stamping and a bit of bling!  I stamped the flower image form the Prized Peony stamp set with Sahara Sand ink and then used my MARKERS in Petal Pink and Soft Sea Foam to just add colour to the shaded areas of the image.  I prefer using Blends but, with not layers, I didn't want the alcohol to bleed through the notecard and be seen on the inside of the card.  The markers worked well and I was happy to dust them off!  It's been a very long while since I've used them!

I stamped the sentiment (from Peaceful Moments stamp set) in Early Espresso.  I added some Clear Epoxy Droplets for a bit of texture and interest (on other notecards I used our retired Adhesive Backed Sequins, which you can still find in the Clearance Rack).  That was it for the cards!  I stamped the inside and the envelope and BAM!  Done!

Now the Mini Paper Pumpkin box took a little longer ... and yes, the flower IS a little fiddlier than I normally like .. but the result is SO worth it!  As with most things, the first one takes the longest, until you figure out what the heck you're doing!  The dies LOOK really intimidating but truthfully, there are just 4 cut pieces that make up the flower petals ... and they fit together like a puzzle.
There are numerous YouTube videos to be found on how to sponge and put it together.  Our very own Kylie Bertucci has one that shows just how easy it is!

To decorate the box I used a 5 1/2" x 3 3/4" piece of Peony Garden Designer Paper, added a strip of Petal Pink 5/8" Organdy Striped Ribbon, a white label that I cut from the Hippo and Friends dies and stamped the sentiment in Memento Black ink.  I popped the flower up on 6 dimensionals and then added the Pear Pizzazz/Mossy Meadow leaves with glue dots.   

Yes, more time consuming than my usual projects but SO worth it!  I LOVE treating my club girls and this project was perfect.  I hope you like it and can find some inspiration!

Click on the links below to see what my friends from around the world have on offer ... and have a stampy day!


Thursday, May 28, 2020

Whatever the Weather - Stampin' Creative Global Blog Hop

Happy Blog Hop Day!

Tamara Bertram coming to you from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.  Each month demonstrators from around the globe show you our creations around a common theme.  This month the theme was "Whatever The Weather".  That left LOTS of room for interpretation ... and I ran with it!  I started off with a bunch of umbrellas and rain boots.  I ended up with this ... *lol*
(MAN the lighting is tough today! ...)
I really do worry how my mind goes from point A to point Q in about 5 minutes flat lol.

This is called a Double Twisted Easel Card.  It is SO easy to make and punches quite the POW!
  • Start with a piece of thick 7" x 7" card stock.  Score it at 3 1/2"
  • Turn your cardstock 1/4 turn and measure to the 3 1/2"point.  Cut down to the score line
  • On the left 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" square, score diagonally from the top right to the middle cut
  • On the right 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" square, score diagonally from the top right to the middle cut
  • Fold the card on all the score lines and burnish well with a bone folder
  • Put aside and now cut two 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" square that will be adhered to the top of the two inside triangles of your 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" pieces
  • Attached strong adhesive (tear and tape) to the triangles
  • Attach your 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" pieces and decorate as desired!
I used the retiring designer papers "Parisian Blossoms Specialty DSP" and "Bird Ballad".  I used several dies - Stitched Shapes (circle), Layering Circles (scalloped circle) and the frame from Ornate Frames.  I *may* have a stash of bird I fussy cut whilst watching Season 11 or RuPaul's Drag Race so that saved me a lot of time! lol.  I added some White Seam Binding and some Champagne Rhinestones to finished it off.  Oh!  ... I stamped the sentiment, from Good Morning Magnolia, in Early Espresso.  THAT is how this cards fits the "Whatever the Weather" theme in Tamara-World.
 This card was tricky to take pictures of to showcase the 3-D look of it ... here are my best attempts!

This is how it would come out of the envelope (yes, I have to make one, as the card is 7" x 3 1/2")
Here it is open ...
 Here it is propped up ...
And here are some side views ...

 Here are close ups of the two propped up panels ..

.. and once again, the completed project ...
So there you have it!  This a FUN card to make!  I hope my instructions made sense.  If not, Uncle Google and Uncle YouTube can help you out.  I DO plan to make a video this week ... but time will tell!

Thanks for popping in!  Click on the names of my friends below to hop to their blogs and see what THEY came up with for "Whatever the Weather".

Have a stampy day!


Monday, May 18, 2020

Tasteful Textures Simplicity - Kylie's Maui Achievers Blog Hop

Happy Blog Hop Day!  It's Monday afternoon over here in Edmonton, Canada, where I am .. and it's the "May Long" weekend.  Whoot!  Cold and rainy and PERFECT crafting weather.  HOW happy am I that my ALL NEW craft toys from the upcoming 2020-2021 Stampin' Up! catalogue arrived Friday afternoon???  No need to guess what I'LL be doing for the rest of the day!

Before I get to that, though, us "blog-hoppers" have some CURRENT product projects we'd like to share! 

I love how it turned out!  I started with some inspiration from a Stampin' Up! photo I loved ...
It uses the "Tasteful Textures" bundle for my project - Tasteful Textures stamp set and Tasteful Backgrounds dies.  I switched mine up to also incorporate our Perennial Essence Designer Paper.
I carried the stitched shapes throughout my elements for continuity - the rectangle DSP, the circle and the sentiment rectangle.  I wanted the DSP layer to be 3 1/2" x 4" .... but my Stitched Rectangle die was 3 1/2" x 5".  How did I get a smaller rectangle?  I simply ran it through my die cutting machine a second time, cutting off the extra inch ... like so:
Ta-Da!  I had my 3 1/2" x 4" layer piece.
The rest came together quickly.  I cut out my Stitched Circle piece out of Whisper White and then ran it through my machine again with the flourish die in the middle for my accent piece.

The flourish, sentiment AND DSP layer are all popped up on dimensionals.  I LOVE texture and dimension on my projects!

I used Granny Apple Green for the 1" x 5" strip, the sentiment and the Glitter Enamel Dots.  The Granny Apple Green Card stock is the only supply on my card that is NOT retiring on June 2nd!  Everything else is going :(. 

The Tasteful Textures bundle is one of my favourites from this catalogue.  I'm going to miss it!  It's one of those bundles you don't really notice but it's SO versatile!  The dies are actually on SALE right now so you can get the set and framelits for just $63.75 CDN (plus s/h/gst).  Need a little extra incentive to order them before they're gone?  Anyone who places on order through my online store for ANY of the items used on my project will receive the pre-cut elements and supplies to recreate it yourself (barring stamped elements).   Orders under $200 that use Hostess Code 466T2N37 at the checkout will receive and extra treat in with their package!  Click here to go to my store ... or email/message me with your order.
I hope you like my project!  Click on the links below to see what my friends have created ... and have a stampy day!

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Thursday, April 30, 2020

All About the Guys - Stampin' Creative Global Blog Hop

Hello!  Happy Thursday and welcome to another awesome Stampin' Creative Global Blog Hop!

Each month demonstrators from around the globe offer you our creations around a common theme.  This month the theme is "All About the Guys"

I'm Tamara Bertram, creating up in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and I wanted to create a card that I could use for my Dad this Father's Day.  This is what I came up with:

This card TOTALLY speaks to me and I know my Dad will love it.  One of my earliest and fondest memories of spring involves Cattails.  I was FASCINATED by them - they were fuzzy!  Dad LOVED the outdoors as a young man; fishing, hunting, camping ... he spent a LOT of hours amongst the reeds and cattails.  This one is all about him!

I used my new stamp set and coordinating dies "Friends Like You".  I'm sad!   This bundle is on the "Retiring Products" list but the items ARE carrying over (just not at the 10% discounted bundle price). This one is a KEEPER I tell ya!  Just LOOK at those cattails!  This was SUCH a quick and easy card to put together!

  • I started with a standard size Crumb Cake base (5 1/2" x 4 1/4")
  • The Very Vanilla layer is 5 1/4" x 4"
  • I used my layering ovals dies to first cut the large oval in the Vanilla layer, and then a smaller oval to cut the actual Crumb Cake base.  I added a 5 1/4" x 4" Very Vanilla piece to the inside of the card and then I stamped the image in Early Espresso through the hole.
  • I cut the grass and Cattails out of Old Olive card stock and coloured the cattails with my Espresso marker.  I actually cut TWO sets.  One piece is attached to the front (with glue) and another was tucked in between the base and Vanilla layer and glued in there.
  • The top Vanilla layer is attached with dimensionals.

The dragonflies are stamped in Early Espresso and cut out with the matching dies.
I couldn't resist bringing in the leaping from cut out form the By the Dock bundle.

On the inside I added some more grass/cattails that were cut out of Very Vanilla card stock.
I love the clean, simple look of this card.  It really takes me back and I can almost smell the water and feel the breeze ... and watch the cattails sway back and forth.

I hope you like it too :)

Click on the links below to see what everyone else came up with and have a stampy day!