Sunday, September 26, 2021

Sale-a-bration Inspiration 2021

 Happy Sunday!

Well .... "done is better than perfect", right?  Ya, I had every intention of blogging over my coffee this morning but it just didn't happen!  I actually slept in this morning!  (Yay back pills lol).  I slept until almost 7:30 am didn't get up until almost 8:30.  Unheard of for me!  Of course that meant no "just me" time over coffee.  I also opted to walk Koda.  Craig is supposed to do the Sat and Sun morning walks but I LOVE fall mornings and I needed to loosen up my back (after kicking some Bertram butt at the bowling alley last night!) so blogging didn't happen.  All good!  It's a lazy Sunday and I'm getting to it 10 hours later than usual but I'm here now :). 

I just want to pop in to remind everyone that the (first time ever) Summer Sale-a-bration Promotion ends THIS Thursday night at 11:59 MT!  That means just 4.5 days left to scoop some fabulous FREE stuff with every $60 (CDN) you spend on current product.  Here are some projects showcasing the free stuff.  Some are mine, some are swaps I've received from my demo friends.  Check these out!

Swap from Lisa Henderson ..

Swap from Barb Stewart ...
Swap from Desiree Spenst ...
Swap from Glenda Mollet ...
Mine ...
Mine ...
Mine ...
Mine ...
Mine ... (LOVE this one!) ...
Mine ...
Mine ... (tee hee - I just love this bear!)
You can click this link to check out all the Sale-a-brations items you can choose from (sadly, the Be Dazzling paper is now sold out).   Remember, you get a free item with EVERY $60 you spend ... so if you spend $120 you can have a "level 2" item or two "Level 1" items.  You can order anything from either the Annual catalogue or the Mini Catalogue.  Click on the catalogues over on my right hand side bar to access those.  If you're ready to place an order (in Canada) you can click here.  

So that's it for today!  I'm off to walk the dog ... AGAIN ... and then do some gaming with the family.  Whatever YOU got up to today, I hope you had a stampy day!


Monday, September 20, 2021

Merry Snowflakes - Kylie's Maui Achievers Blog Hop

Happy Blog Hop Day!  Tamara Bertram coming to you from Edmonton, Alberta, in Western Canada.  Every month my friends from around the world and I share with you projects made with current Stampin' Up! products.  If you like what you see pop a comment down below.  We all LOVE to read them :).  We hope you are inspired!

My project this month was made using the Merry Snowflakes Bundle that is in the 2021 Mini (Holiday) Catalogue.  I only just recently bought this bundle, convinced "I have enough snowflake sets".  I was wrong and am VERY glad I ignored my (supposedly) logical/practical/frugal side.  I DIDN'T have enough snowflake sets.  You can NEVER have enough snowflake sets ... and THIS batch of dies have STITCHING on them .. so ... ya.  I needed it lol.  Check out what I came up with ...

I just LOVE these dies! ... and non-traditional Christmas colours!  I used Blackberry Bliss and Fresh Freesia together.  I really like the pop of contrast!  Truth be told, I tried several different colour combinations before deciding on this one.  They all looked great!  I tried Bermuda Bay/Pool Party, Pear Pizzazz/Soft Seafoam, Basic Grey/Smoky Slate, Blushing Bride/Polished Pink.  SO many options!  I decided on the purples for a fun "crisp" feel to the card.

I made the Fresh Freesia striped background using the Adorning Designs Decorative Masks and a Blending Brush.  Because the striped mask is fairly delicate, you will want to tape the mask down (using some retired washi tape, a post-it note or some painters tape) and blend the colour from the centre of the mask out towards the edge, following the lines of the mask.  You need to be careful not to move the thin lines OF the mask or you won't get crisp, clear coloured lines on your card base.
The rest of the card is mostly die cutting.  I LOVE the longest die in the set of 12.  It doesn't cut shapes OUT, but cuts shapes IN the paper.  It SUCH a great, subtle addition to your project!
My Blackberry Bliss layer measures 5" x 3 3/4" and the top, Basic White, layer measures 4 3/4" x 3 1/2".
The sentiment is stamped on a 3 3/4" x 1/2" strip in  Blackberry Bliss ink and the ends are flagged with our Banners Pick A Punch.  The sentiment, and the snowflakes, are all popped up on dimensionals.  Five rhinestones and some Wink of Stella finish it off.
I just love this bundle and this card.  It can be used for Christmas or Winter Birthday, increasing its versatility which, of course, helped me justify owning "another" snowflake bundle lol.  I hope you like it.

Thanks for popping in.  Now hop along and see what my friends have to share ... and have a stampy day!


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Sunday, September 19, 2021

"Create With Us" Project Tutorials

Happy Sunday!

Well isn't THIS a flashback to long ago?!?  Tamara blogging on a Sunday morning!  What the heck???  I knew I had gotten away from weekly blogging for a while now, but I was SHOCKED when I really looked at my posts, to realize it has been TWO YEARS since I consistently blogged on Sunday mornings.  Holy Cow!  I knew life had gotten busy but two YEARS???  Yikes!  A few weeks ago Stampin' Up! had a weekend of training for Demonstrator Leaders and, in that event, we needed to set some goals.  Goals that would foster PERSONAL growth as well as BUSINESS growth.  There are a few areas I want to work on for personal growth; continuing my "health" journey (fingers crossed that tomorrow, when I weigh in, I will be down 30 pounds!), reading a book every month (that may be VERY ambitious, given that I currently read one a YEAR) and starting to exercise (ya ... we'll see about THAT one lol).  For my business growth I want to do SO many things, but one of them is to get back to more frequent (and consistent) blogging!  I DO love to blog.  It's really like a diary for me as I just blather away about my week and my projects.  So here I am, trying to get back into my Sunday morning routine and sharing more projects with you.

For five MONTHS I have wanted to share THESE particular projects with you and tell you about a Tutorial Group I am in.  First the projects ...

Created with the Sweet Strawberry Bundle ...

Created with the Sweet as a Peach Bundle ...
Created with the Pansy Patch Bundle ...
Created with the Expressions in Ink Bundle ...
Created with the Sparkle of the Season Bundle ...
(hmmmm ... looking at them all in a row I DO see a bit of a "style" to all my cards.  Apparently I like layers, angles and more die cutting than actual stamping!)

These are some of my very favourite cards I have made over the last 6 months.  Why?  Because I got to sit and play and play and play.  I got to create what I WANTED to create, not what could be created/reproduced quickly and/or without too many supplies.  Those are the types of card I generally need to create for my Mystery Card Monday's live events (that you can find on my business FB page "Tamara's Paper Trail" here every Monday night at 7:00 pm MT) or for my virtual classes.  The cards above could be created without restrictions!  The only "rule" is that it is focused on a particular bundle.

Now ... about these Tutorials ...

I have joined forces with some of the very best Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Designers around the globe to put together tutorials that we can then offer to our customers and teams.  Each month we create a project using a given Bundle and a PDF Tutorial is produced with full written and photo instructions on how to make each of the 15 projects.

Check out this lineup of Stampin' Up! Awesomeness!

I am SO blessed to have been asked to join this group of artists!

So how do you get your hands on one of these Tutorials?  There are two ways.  
  1. Canadians: You can get one free with an online order.   I will send you one tutorial for every $60 you spend in my on-line store, using the hostess code I provide to you.
  2. Anyone in the world:  You can purchase one for $25 CDN via etransfer to an email I provide to you.

Here are some Sneak Peeks of each of the bundle tutorials we have compiled so far:

Sweet Strawberry:

Sweet as a Peach:
Pansy Patch:
Expressions in Ink:

Sparkle of the Season:

The October Tutorial is based on the Penguin Place Bundle.  Stay tuned for that one in early October!

So there you have it!  My latest offering to help you in your creative journey.  I hope you like them!

I'm off to walk Koda then finish off prepping for my upcoming Season of Sparkle Virtual Class.  Whatever YOU get up to, I hope you have a stampy day!  Thanks for popping in :)


Thursday, August 26, 2021

Pretty Pumpkin Friendship - Stampin' Creative Blog Hop

Happy Blog Hop Day!  Tamara Bertram coming to you from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada on a GORGEOUS fall morning!  Every month the my friends from around the globe bring you projects created with current Stampin' Up! products, around a common theme.  This mont the theme is "Friendship".  I LOVE this theme!  Our catalogues have SO many stamp sets that work with that.  The one that came to mind for ME was the new "Pretty Pumpkins" Bundle, from the new Aug-Jan Mini Catalogue, using the sentiment "If friends were pumpkins I'd pick you".  Check out what I came up with ...

Fun, right???  Fall cards are my favourite ones to make.  As such, I also find them the EASIEST to make!

For this particular card I decided to go with a non-traditional fall colour palette:  Blackberry Bliss, Rich Razzleberry, Polished Pink and Bumblebee.  I took my inspiration for the colours from the DELICIOUS new Blackberry Beauty Designer Series Paper in the holiday catalogue ...
Although I LOVE colouring, I wanted to make a card that didn't NEED to be coloured (after all, we don't always have lot of time to make a great card, right?) so I decided to use the "Baby Wipe Technique" to get a pretty, colourful image without all the work.

If you aren't familiar with this technique, here's a quick run down ...

You are essentially making your own, multicoloured ink-pad using a baby-wipe (you can also use a paper towel).

Start by opening one of our DVD cases (did you know we sell 4-pack of empty ones?  True story!) and placing a folded baby wipe inside it.  You can also use a plastic or tin foil container, or a piece of tinfoil or acetate .. just something that will protect your work surface, as the ink will bleed through the baby wipe.

We will be adding drops of our reinkers onto the baby wipe.  In order to establish the approximate size my little ink pad needs to be, I take the image I plan to stamp and stamp it into the clean baby wipe ...

The photo doesn't show it very well, but there IS now a slight depression in the wipe that shows me how much of the wipe I need to ink.

Next you add drops of reinker to make your "ink pad ..."

Then you stamp, stamp, stamp!
Make sure that after you stamp your image you clean your stamp before reinking it in the baby wipe ink pad.  You don't want to "muddy" your image.  Cleaning it will ensure a pretty, colourful image every time.

You want to stamp multiples when you do this technique.  You can't just put your baby wipe ink pad on the shelf and come back to it later.  The longer you leave it, the more the inks will spread and bleed into each other and, eventually, the colours will be one big, muddy colour. You want to keep the colours distinct and "crisp" for a beautiful stamped image ...
To complete my card I used a Rich Razzleberry layer measuring 5 1/4" x 4" and a Basic White layer of 5" x 3 3/4", run through the Timeworn Type 3D Embossing Folder.  I punched out pumpkins in Bumblebee, Rich Razzleberry and Blackberry Bliss and a leaf in Bumblebee.  All of the pumpkins are adhered flat (with mini glue dots), except for the top Razzleberry one, which is popped up on dimensionals.  I fussy-cut around the sentiment and popped that up on dimensionals as well.  Some Artistry Blooms Adhesive Backed Sequins finish it off!
So fun! ... except for trying to photograph it! lol. Once again I have proven to myself that it is VERY hard to get a good picture of projects using the dark Berry colours!  I must have taken 20 before I got a shot that was even CLOSE to the true colour! ... and of course my little fluffy buddy adds a whole new level of frustration to the process ..
I wanted to try the same technique and layout using more traditional fall colours.  Yup, I love it just as much!

So there you have it!  My project featuring the Pretty Pumpkin Bundle, combined with the "Friendship" theme.  I hope you like it and I encourage you to try the Baby Wipe Technique on a project of your own!  I'd love to see what you come up with!

Now hop along and see what my friends have come up with for you ... and have a stampy day!


*** The list of products used are at the end of this post.  I added the items used for the less traditional (purples) card first, followed by those used for the more traditional colour card.
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