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!


Monday, April 20, 2020

Split Negative Technique - Kylie's Maui Achievers Blog Hop

Happy Monday! ... well, Monday in Edmonton, Canada, where I'm coming to you from.  Thanks for popping in to check out this month's Maui Achievers Blog Hop!  Each month demonstrators from around the globe create a new project that we hope excites and inspires you.  Our projects are all using current Stampin' Up! products.  We hope you enjoy what we've created!

My offering this month is VERY simple ... yet striking!  I've used our new Ornate Garden bundle of products (available for in April ... but then not again until JUNE!) and an old technique called "Split Negative".  I kept the colour palette VERY simple - Whisper White and Old Olive.  Adding additional colours and/or textures really does take away from the beautiful simplicity of this image.

I will be doing a Facebook Live video showing you how to make this card tomorrow night, Tuesday, April 21st, 2020 at 7:00 pm Mountain Time.  Find me FB page "Tamara's Paper Trail" here and check it out! 

I can't provide you with EXACT dimensions, but roughly ...

Card Base - Standard Whisper White card base of 5 1/2" x 8, 1/2"
Mossy Meadow card layer -5" x 3 3/4"
Whisper White layer and Old Olive Layer - 4 3/4" x 3 1/2" - you need one of each

General technique:

  • Using your stamparatus, stamp the image on your Whisper White layer in Old Olive ink.
    • Cover the wet ink with Crystal Clear embossing powder and heat set.
  • Using your stamparatus, stamp the image on your Old Olive layer in Old Olive ink.
    • Cover the wet ink with White embossing powder and heat set
  • Cut both layers in half (about 1 5/8" is the half way mark)
  • Switch one of the Old Olive pieces with one of the Whisper White pieces and attach to your Mossy Meadow layer.  You want to line up the images of two pieces so the are exact.  This will require a bit of trimming!
  • Pop the Mossy Meadow layer up on dimensionals
  • Stamp your sentiment in Old Olive - pop up on dimensionals
  • Add faceted rhinestones to finish it off
This technique is really quite easy ... and you get two cards for the price of one - but it really is easier to understand when you SEE it being made.  I hope you can either catch my LIVE video or the replay, on my Facebook Page.

I hope my project inspired you to try a new technique!  Check out all the other projects on the blog hop by clicking on the links below.

Have a stampy day!


Saturday, April 11, 2020

Free as a Bird Picture Frame Card

Happy Saturday! ... and Happy Easter Weekend :)

I hope you're having a relaxing weekend so far - I am!  The girls and I started painting our bonus room window yesterday to add a little cheer to the house.  Naturally it's making Craig a little twitchy about how easy it will be (or won't be) to get off! lol.
I am also spending a bit of time in my Craft Cave, in between family games, watching RuPaul with Alicia and prepping for Easter Sunday dinner.  I FINALLY made a new YouTube video for my channel!  Something I haven't done in many many months!

Here is the card I created last week.  I drew the inspiration from a card created by Sharon Hashimoto Burkert over at "As the Ink Dries".  She made a card I'm calling a "Picture Frame" card.  Here's what I came up with:

I absolutely ADORE this card!  I have 10 more in the works, now that I have about 100 of the birds fussy cut out of the delicious Bird Ballad designer paper!  This is a REALLY quick and easy card to put together.  Check out my 16 minute video!  While you're there I'd LOVE if you would subscribe to my channel!  The plan is to do MANY more videos in the coming months as I get back to business in this new world of ours.

I HAD to laugh when I realized that the card WASN'T the wrong orientation after all!  *lol*. You just never know what you're going to get with MY videos! lol (did you notice I referred to the square as a circle??  lol).  Polished to the end! .... not ... hee hee.

Have a blessed Easter everyone!  Stay healthy; Stay safe. xoxox


Thursday, March 26, 2020

Stampin Creative Global Blog Hop - Seriously The Best Monochrome

Happy Thursday! ... and Happy Blog Hop Day!

Tamara Bertram from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada checking in ... albeit 3 hours late!  Oops!  I honestly had my card done by 1:00 pm yesterday ... alas "life" happened and .... well .... here we are *lol*

Thanks for popping in to check out our Stampin' Creative Global Blog Hop for March.  This month a number of demonstrators from around the world are sharing our "Monochrome" projects with you.  Grab a cuppa, settle in and hop along.  We hope you find some projects to inspire you!

I actually created two OTHER cards for our hop this month ... alas, I decided they weren't TRUE Monochrome .. so I created a third ... this is it:
Pretty, yes?  I love how it turned out ... and it happened so FAST!

I started up by inking up my sentiment from "Seriously the Best" stamp set (it coordinates with our "Seriously the Best Card Kit) in Mango Melody.  Now, happy "accident" ... my ink pad wasn't very juicy and had been inked rather unevenly so when I stamped the image it came out quite ombre!  Love it!.  I used my stamperatus for the stamping so, to get the other two sentiment images I simply moved the plate down one notch, inked, stamped, moved the plate down another notch, inked and stamped.  Bam!  Sentiment perfectly aligned in seconds!

I use a 4 3/4" x 3 1/2" mat of Mango Melody.  The top Whisper White (sentiment) layer measures 4 1/2" x 3 1/4" and is popped up on dimensionals.

For a little glitz and interest I punched out three Mango Melody butterflies from the "Natures's Thoughts" dies (they coordinate with the Positive Thoughts stamp set), added some Wink of Stella to them, attached with glue dots and added three rhinestones.  Done!

I LOVE how it turned out! ... and the same idea would work in any colour!  What a fab way to use up any retired card stock you have on hand!

Want to see my "not-so-monochrome" card?  Ok!
SORT of Monochrome ... but not 100%.  I'll save my third card for another post :)

I hope you liked my projects!  Now hop along to see my friends' projects ... and have a stampy day!


Monday, March 23, 2020

Ornate Garden Sneek Peek - Kylie's Maui Achievers Blog Hop

Happy Blog Hop Day!

Tamara Bertram from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada checking in!  Thank you for popping into our Blog Hop for March!  As you know, every month a number of demonstrators who earned the trip to Maui come together to share some projects that we hope will inspire you.  The theme of the hops are always "anything current" so you never know WHAT you're going to see!  Now full confession time.  My products aren't current!  ... YET!  In one week, April 1st, 2020, they will be available for purchase.

This is my project, featuring items from the upcoming "Ornate Garden" Suite of products.
I LOVE IT!  Not gunna lie - when I first got it I found the paper a little busier than I like ... but I made it work!  Not a fan of colouring?  I AM ... but for those who aren't I recommend trying out the "Spotlight Technique"!  Just a little pop of colour is all you need!
 - I used my 1" circle punch to punch out my "spotlights"
I used my circle framelits for the 1 1/4" circle mats (you can also use your retired 1 1/4" circle punch if you have one)

  I added a bit of glitz with my Wink of Stella Pen ...
I stamped the sentiment in White Craft Ink and then heat embossed with white embossing powder.
I added some of the new faceted gems for a little more interest and BAM!  Done!

Contact your demonstrator April 1st to get YOUR Ornate Garden Products.  They are beautiful and make a fun card REALLY quick and easy!

I hope you and yours are safe and comfortable during this difficult time.  Stay healthy My Friends!

Hop along top see what my friends have come up with ... and have a stampy day!


Thursday, February 27, 2020

Stampin' Creative Global Blog Hop - CASE Shelli

Happy Thursday! ... and Happy Blog Hop Day!

Tamara Bertram from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada here!  Thanks for popping in to check out our Stampin' Creative Global Blog hop!  Each month a number of demonstrators from around the world share our projects with a common theme.  This month the them is "CASE Shelli"!  Grab a cup of coffee or tea, get comfy and hop along.  Just as Shelli inspired OUR cards, we hope our cards inspire YOU!

I spent quite a bit of time scrolling through Shelli's Blog "So Shelli".  Shelli has a fairly distinctive style.  She like soft colours, vintage, nature and/or boxes!  My research led me to THIS card that was presented at the On Stage in Dortmund, Germany last fall.  This was the inspiration for MY card.

Somewhat shockingly I do NOT have the stamp set Shelli used on this card!  She used "Genuine Gems".  I was actually kind of GLAD I didn't have that one as it made me think outside the box a bit and stretch my creativity.  

Here's my card ...
This was fun to make!  I started with a Blushing Bride card base and use a Whisper White layer measuring 5 1/4" x 4".

I grabbed two AMAZING stamp sets ...

I started by placing the sentiments on my layer ...
 ... then I used my largest block to pick all of the stamps up at once
I stamped them in Blushing Bride ink.

I then stamped them another time (on piece of scrap) in a very juice Soft Suede ink, covered them with Gold Embossing Powder and heat set them.  Why didn't I use Versamark instead of Soft Suede ink?  Well a) my versamark was waaaaaaaay over on the other side of the room and b) I actually prefer to work with ink than versamark.  I find I get a lot of "halos" when I use versamark.  I tend to ink too hard ... and then I stamp the image too hard and get halos.  When I use ink I have less of that.

Once I heat set the sentiments I fussy cut some of the words and popped those words up using mini dimensionals.

I used the "Positive Thoughts" stamp set to stamp the images in Soft Sea Foam and So Saffron inks.
I thought the card needed a little "something" more ... but it was already quite busy.  Sequins and other embellishments were too much ... so a grabbed an OLD tool that hasn't seen the light of day in quite some time ... my "spritzer" tool!  Remember THIS bad boy?
You insert your marker into the holder and then squeeze the "bum".  Air poofs out against your marker and the ink splatters.  Messy fun!  Of course you CAN get similar slatters just from tapping your finger firmly on your marker but this was more fun lol.
 I popped the layer up onto the Blushing Bride base with dimensionals and BAM!  Done!  This was actually quite a quick card to put together!

That's it for me!  I hope it inspires you to try something new and move outside your comfort zone.  

Check out what my friends have to offer ... and have a stampy day!