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About Tamara


Welcome to my blog, Happy Life, Crafty Wife! I’m so glad you’ve stopped!

I was born and raised in Sunny southern California. Currently I reside in Tehachapi, CA… LOVE it up here. No good shopping, but thank God for the internet! Can you believe I (total shop-a-holic) would live somewhere that doesn’t even have a… TARGET.. *gasp* I know, I know.. But it’s a great quality of life for my little family, so here we shall stay!

I’m married and have 3 beautiful little monsters.. Yes, they are monsters.. they out number me and some days I totally understand why some animals eat their young, just sayin’..  I’ve also got 2 kitties! I love those little furballs! I also have a sweet Yorkie, she was a rescue.. she’s my ‘baby’! My kids and my cats love to join me in crafting! Yes, I said my cats! Any ribbons, scrap papers, etc. they LOVE! They literally wait for me to go to bed and then jump up on my craft table to see what I left behind.

I started paper crafting in October 2010 and have loved every second of it! I enjoy being creative! I use a Sizzix Eclips with eCal, and Silhouette with the Designer Edition Software or Make the Cut!… depends on my mood as to which cutting program I use, lol. For what it’s worth, I prefer (and mostly use) eCal with my Eclips! Lately I haven’t been able to create a project with at least one SVG file in it. I LOVE SVG’s! It really does open a whole ‘nother door to paper crafting!

When I am not paper crafting, I am thinking about paper crafting, lol. No, really.. I also enjoy photography, designing hair pretties (Love anything vintage looking!), I LOVE party planning. I like to bake and decorate cakes, cookies, cupcakes, so fun! Trust me, you wish you were my neighbor around the holidays! I also enjoy sewing and ran a custom clothing design business for a few years, but closed shop awhile ago. I still sew for friends and my girls once in awhile.

I started blogging over at and decided to move to something with my own domain and have a more professional looking blog, so now here I am, in September 2011 at!  I love to make new crafty friends and peek at your blogs, although, I am a total blog commenting slacker (shame on me!). Please stop on by my FACEBOOK PAGE and say hello!


PAPER PLAY - I’ve been designing flair since 2012! Stop on by!



Design Work -

Current Design Teams:

Past Design Teams:

  • Fantabulous Cricut Blog
  • Right at Home Scrapbooking store/blog
  • Glue Arts
  • Little Yellow Bicycle Cycling Team member for ‘Hello Spring’ (one month)
  • Epiphany Crafts – 2012 Design team member
  • Paper Issues Creative team from 2011 to October 2012.
  • Sizzix – 2012 DT member

Featured and Guest Designer/Blogger :

January 2011 – Cricut Chirp (Valentine treat boxes)

October 2011 – Doodlebug Designs Guest Designer (Halloween goodie boxes)

January 2012 – Doodlebug Designs Guest Designer (Birthday girl party set)

June 2012 - Little Yellow Bicycle ‘Hello Spring’

October 2012 – Pebbles Guest Designer

February 2013 – Little Yellow Bicycle

March 2013 – Bella Blvd.


First cover – Cricut magazine January 2012


(upcoming publishings in spring/summer 2013)

  • Multiple ebooks for Echo Park Paper and Carta Bella Paper


Interested in having me as a guest designer? Send me an email!

All content (artwork, text and photos) posted on this blog, unless otherwise
referenced, is the original work of Tamara Tripodi (Happy Life, Crafty Wife).
Please respect my work and ideas and give credit where credit is due. Do not
copy my original work for publishing and/or to claim as your own work. If you
are inspired by a project of mine please link back to –
All content is protected by copyright – © 2010 – 2013 Tamara Tripodi


  1. Linda says:


    Love all the cute projects. I am considering purchasing a Silhouette now that they are compatible with the Mac. Do you have any advice?


  2. Dawn Sakuda says:

    Aloha Tamara!

    Just found your blog this morning and I love it! I’ve been a crafter of all sorts but mainly paper, since I can remember. I had a career in the Fashion industry, but now I just create for my sanity and gift giving. (an office worker now) I’m always looking for inspiration and ideas. Thank you soooooo very much for sharing yours! I have a Cricut and Bigshot, and was checking out that Silhouette but can’t spend that kind of money rt now. I love my new Epiphany Craft tools too! Looking forward to your new creations! Mahalo!


  3. Kalyani says:

    Hi Tamara – I enjoy your craftiness! Keep having fun! I am putting my website/blog together and will be sharing lots of my fun projects as well. Yeah! Can you please share with me how you were able to get your instagram photos on the slideshow. I would love to do this for my site as well. Thanks!

  4. Amy G says:

    Oh my good gracious! Your work is fabu! I am SO glad I spotted one of your cards on 2Peas which led me to your blog! I just read your About Tamara page and we have so much in common! I have 4 monsters, I love everything vintage, and I love to cook and bake! And of course I love paper crafting! I look forward to all of your creations!

  5. I just found your blog as I was looking at Little Yellow Bicycle’s blog today and saw your adorable project. I love your creations and just wanted to say hi. Have a great day!

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