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Friday Favorites

Hey all! Welcome to my first Friday Favorites post! This will be a bi-weekly post every Friday showing you some of my current favorites! I even made a cute frame/graphic for it! Gold star sticker for me and my snazzy-ness.

Let’s see what I picked out! (totally typed ‘licked out’ at first, lol.)

 

  • 1). Noteworthy 12X12 Dear Lizzy Lucky Charm Paper - WHY? Hello awesome colors, prints, etc. I think this is just a gorgeous piece of paper! The entire collection is fantastic, but this pattern really stands out to me!
  • 2). Road Trip Icons – Chic Tags WHY? The travel theme is fantastic, colors are great.. love the muted tones! Graphics are super cute! Great for cards, scrapbooking and ‘project Life’ type work!
  • 3). Charcoal Sketchbook Snippets Printed Chipboard Thickers WHY? I just like the ‘sketchy’ look of these. Think they would go well with a LOT of lines! I picked up three packs myself! One to use, one to hoard, and one to lose in my mess of a craft room.
  • 4). Doodlebug Ditto Dots Washi Tape WHY? Color, color, and more COLOR! Throw some dots in the mix and it can’t get much better. Unless it came with coffee… and chocolate… and a cute persian kitten.
  • 5). Fiskars Stamp Press WHY? I recently discovered this and I am not sure how I stamped without one before… oh, that’s right. I did stamp just fine.. just looked like a toddler did it.. This helps with using multiple cling stamps at once and really helps me get  nice even pressure. You need this if you stamp!
  • 6). EP Happy Go lucky WHY? The color palette alone is drop dead gorgeous! And the element stickers are rockin’. Great for spring! *high five* (Look for an upcoming DT project from me with this collection!)

 

So, how’s that for eye-candy?… Do you like the idea of the ‘Friday Favorites’ post?… I do. What are YOUR favorite things out right now? Link ‘em up.. I might miss something awesome out there..

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday Video – 3/13/13

Yes, it’s a Wednesday video being posted on Thursday… I’m only three weeks in to this new series and already slacking!

Fired.

I DID try and do a video yesterday but it got too dark and the lighting was awful. I figured you’d all keep breathing even if I didn’t post a video… and you’re here now, so I guess I was right *wink*

I think I need to start doing these videos on Monday though, seriously. Between 1-3 takes, slight editing, foooooorever to upload a HD video.. by the time I finally get it posted, it’s midnight!

“Aien’t nobody got time for that!”

Have you all seen the ‘aien’t nobody got time for that’ lady? Hi-larious! LOL! I first saw that video on Tosh.0 (A TV show) and then next thing I knew it was the new ‘thing’. Little does that woman know, I’ve been saying that line for years.. because I really aien’t got time for NUFFIN’.

 

“Oh, heeeeeey… let’s start a weekly video series, Tamara” <— best.idea.ever.

Not.

 

But I’m gonna keep going.. I do like them AFTER they are done and I do get excited to share. It’s the stress of trying to not goof up and burp or something while filming.

I get heartburn you know.

I purposely starve before filming just for you.

 

Well, hopefully you all have time to watch my little 13 minute video showing you the new Pebbles ‘Party with Amy Locurto’ lines. I have a pool party, mermaid, and super hero collection. So different from the ‘usual’ themes you find now-a-days. I LOVE them!

So, check it out..

Please try to view it at the BEST QUALITY. And be patient and let the video load up before playing it. This will prevent the whole ‘freezing’ crud it does.

The video is embedded below, or you can watch it RIGHT FROM YOU TUBE and don’t forget to subscribe :)

 

alrighty, friends.. see you next week!

Byeeeee!

 

OH!!!.. Wait a sec… *chases you down*….. *tackles you*…. *takes your wallet*… lol just kidding on the ‘takes your wallet part’.

I’ll just take the whole purse.

LOL..

OK, really.. I wanted to mention that every other Friday I am going to be doing a Friday Favorites post. Should be fun! I will start tomorrow with just various things I like.. from recipes, crafty stuff, kid stuff, etc. Just a little something different to throw in the mix here and there. Can you tell I am trying hard to entertain you?.. That’s why I am writing this from my laptop.. on a tight rope.. wearing a hot pink tu-tu… with a dog balancing on my shoulders.

All for you..

You’re welcome.

See you tomorrow!

NEW weekly video series – Oh, yeah!

That’s right, folks.. in case Facebook, Instagram, and my blog were not enough.. you can now find me on You Tube! I Just might be the next big You Tube Star…

OK.. maybe not. But I am excited to share with you all!

 

I decided to start a series called ‘What I’m Working With Wednesday’. I am going to TRY and do a new video every Wednesday. Just a quick and not very ‘formal’ video to show you some goodies I am working with for the week! Most the time it will be brand NEW stuff, fresh releases.. or stuff not yet released. Very little of ‘older’ stuff. Of course I urge you all to stop by my blog later on and see what I made with the goodies in the video. So, please let me know what you think. Do I talk to much.. not enough.. am I boring.. do I have hairy knuckles? This is just a ‘rough’ video to see how you all like it. If it’s a ‘go’ then I will make it snazzy with intros and what-not.

If you want to watch directly from You Tube, CLICK HERE and please SUBSCRIBE to my channel for more updates, etc. I might even sneak in a ‘haul’ video here and there. I do think I will use my Flip camera next time as the focus is not as good as I would have liked, but I tried!

 

Also, make sure you are viewing it at the best resolution that you can… Do this by hovering over the video and clicking the ‘gear’ icon… Like so:

So.. here it is! This WIWWW (Short for What I’m Working With Wednesday.. ) is showing off the new Doodlebug Designs collection ‘Take Note’. This collection is NOT available yet… which makes it even more fun to peek at! I can not wait to show you my project featuring this collection.

And please ignore my sloppy nail polish job. I just painted them this morning and well.. I didn’t do a very good job, lol.

See ya next week with another video! Enjoy and please let me know your thoughts!

A chick and a winner!

That blog title Sounds like a weird children’s book.. lol

So, I have a quick blog post today to announce the winner of the Echo Park kit from the blog hop! As always, we had a great turn-out and we are so glad you all joined us this month! I also have a cute ‘one piece’ chick box to share!

First up.. the box. Because it’s so darn cute! This little guy was created with SVG Cuts’ new kit of the week, ‘Egg Hunt’. This is this weeks FREE GIFT with your purchase of $9.98 or more. Use offer code FREEGIFT at checkout. GET IT HERE! Includes a lifetime warranty of happiness and the satisfaction of knowing you can always win over your friends and family with your amazing craft skills thanks to SVG Cuts… and the dirty looks from the other ‘room moms’ because you’re more awesome than they are is an added bonus!

 

Now that I’ve thrown my sales pitch at you.. here’s the little chick. His name is Gus.

Gus does’t normally have a bow on him… or feet (which I added from THIS kit) He’s cute without the bow.. BUT.. put one on him and shy little Gus quickly turns into overly confident ‘Gustavo’..

Jeez.. please excuse Gustavo.

Ya put a bow-tie on a chick and he gets all impudent ‘n stuff.

This little guy..

“What’s that, Gus?.. er.. ‘Gustavo’ ”…

“You’re not a little guy?…

“You’ll peck my eyes out!?”

 

Um.. Sooo.. this big ‘ol tough guy with feathers of steel was created with Doodlebug Designs goodies! I used the orange and yellow ‘petite prints’ basics. The black mini brads were perfect sized ‘eyes’. The bow-tie is a FREE FILE and cut with a blue polka dot pattern from ‘Hello Spring’. Even the twine for his little fluff is from Doodlebug!

“Hush, Gustavo!.. Be glad I didn’t give you a comb-over!….. perhaps a mullet?..”

In case you didn’t hear Gustavo, he was asking why I didn’t give him a Justin Beiber hairstyle. ‘Gustavo Fever’ just doesn’t have the same ring to it.

 

OK.. enough with that chicken nugget!!

“You heard what I said, GUS!… that’s right, NUGGET” 

 

Time for my Echo Park blog hop WINNER!

KAYLA FOISTER who said, “ I am a huge Echo Park fan and I just started doing Project LIfe style scrapbooking so I am super happy with their photo freedom lines! I have the Today’s Story Collection and I love it! Thanks for sharing your pages!”

Congrats,Kayla! I will be emailing you shortly!

 

And off ya go! Hope you have a great week! Don’t forget to stop by The Carta Bella BLOG HOP. I have a fabulous ‘bonus’ giveaway!

See ya!

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NEW Crate Paper ‘DIY Shop’ Layout

Ooooh how I love this collection! Crate Paper’s ‘DIY Shop’ <—- Go on.. just LOOK at it all! So pretty!

I immediately ordered from Two Peas and was so excited when my order arrived the other day. So, I took some time for me today and made a layout.

This is ‘totally’ Alannah when she was 4-5yrs old. To get her smiling for pics was work…So, most pictures of her have this lovely “I don’t have time for this” expression.

As you can see she is an expert making that face. She is grumpy and adorable at the same time! Kinda like ‘grumpy cat’. Don’t know who grumpy cat is?… you.must.google.noooooow. Seriously. I just die everytime I see that cat, lol! SO CUTE!

I did a bit of clustering of embellishments and layering. I used brads from various companies and those fantastic stick pins are from Little Yellow Bicycle’s ‘Naturals’ collection (so are those cork alphas!)

I also did something I swore I would NEVER do. Ever. Mind you.. I lie to myself a lot, lol. “No, Tamara.. a half a cake is only like.. 5 calories. You burn more calories to chew it…”…. See. Lies.

Needless to say I kinda cringed when I started dripping that blank ‘ink’ onto my layout. How dumb is it that I was trying not to ‘mess up”.. Umm.. Hello, doofus. You are purposely dripping black crap onto your layout.. there’s no ‘not’ messing it up.

I am still trying to figure out if I like it or not. I did want some more ‘heavy’ color on the layout so black made sense to pull in the few touches of black around the photo.. but. Hmmm. Thoughts? Be honest.. I will try not to fling ink on you if you offend me.

… but I WILL slash your tires.

LOL.. I am messin’.. I’d never slash someone’s car tires.

Your bicycles better watch out though…

*psycho*

Anyhoot, that’s it! I hope you all have a super awesome weekend!

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Welcome to the Carta Bella DT blog hop!

Welcome to the Carta Bella Paper Design Team Blog Hop! Join our Design Team on their individual designer blogs as they share their current projects using Carta Bella Paper products. Follow the blog hop list below tohop from one blog to the next. ONE winner will be selected from each blog to receive a Carta Bella Paper collection kit of their choosing. To qualify for the drawing, please leave a comment on each corresponding blog. All comments are due by midnight EDT on Wednesday, February 28th to qualify. Winners will be announced on each blog on Thursday, March 1 to be sure to check back to see if you won!

 

**BONUS GIVEAWAY** Check out my extra giveaway at the end of this post!

 

Well, well.. look who it is.. I’ve been expecting you! Yes, really!! Did you bring me coffee? You DID?! Awesome.

Here we are, another round of a fabulous design team blog hop with the Carta Bella girls! I hope you’ve been inspired and have loved the projects you’ve seen so far!

Today I have a vacation photo box to share. This was super quick and fun to create. I used the AMAZING ‘Well Traveled’ collection for this. This collection has got to be one of the best travel lines I’ve seen! I love the colors and vintage feel to the graphics. To create this I used a Lori Whitlock cutting file which you can find HERE.

Purty darn cool! And totally useful! You can make several ‘themes’ to store extra photos that may not make it to scrapbook albums and such. Perfect!

I am pretty much in love with this camera die cut. I got the shape in the Silhouette store. Added the ‘New York’ sticker with an Epiphany Crafts epoxy over it to create a ‘lens’. Then I added on some tiny brads and gray cord to make a camera strap. Um, yeah. Hello awesome idea! So happy to have met you!  You should come around more often!

*high five* for scrumptious embellies! I am so into brads right now. I think I might just start calling my husband Brad. Yeah. That’ll work.

Did’ja know Carta Bella’s ‘Well Traveled’ collection has WASHI TAPE! I added a little taste of it here and there to my box. Those cool roller stamps (arrows and cameras) are from Glitz Design. Really neat and I am glad I snagged them!

 

Alrighty, now for my BONUS giveaway. I am giving away a Well Traveled 6×6 paper pad, layered stickers, AND a pack of three washi tapes! I will chose a winner from my blog comments AND Facebook page. Here’s how it will work. When selecting the winner I will count blog comments first and my Facebook WALL COMMENTS. So if you follow me on Facebook and post to my wall that will get you an extra entry!

  • Go to my FACEBOOK PAGE. Click ‘like’ (if you haven’t already)… post something to my FACEBOOK WALL; that you are a follower, say hello,  leave me a smiley face, tell me your credit card info (LOL)..etc. The comment must be posted between 2/21 and 3/1. YAY! Good luck!

**  Don’t forget that a comment on EACH DESIGNER BLOG will enter you for a chance to win a kit of your choice!

Time to send you off to the talented Jan! I gurantee she’s got something amazing to share with you all!

If you happen to just stop by my blog, or got lost along the way, here’s the hop list:

OK, crafty friends… I will see you next time! Feel free to browse my bllog later and check out the ECHO PARK DT blog hop! We’ve got more prizes there, too! YAY FOR PRIZES! I hope you all have a great weekend!

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Echo Park ‘SCOOT’ Birthday Truck

I have been so excited to share this project using Echo Park’s SCOOT collection!

 

I created this back for EP’s booth at winter CHA… It’s really hard for me to not share things right away! Anyone else like that?

Scoot is such an amazing boys collection! I was SO inspired by the cute papers and stickers. I thought a cute birthday boy centerpiece would be fantastic.. but what shall I make?

Of course I fall back to my trusty SVG Cuts files! The Ryan’s Play Date SVG Kit has a perfectly adorable little truck.. and then my birthday boy truck was born! (After a rough 1.5hrs of labor.. pain med free, too!.. LOL!)

So, here it is.. vroom-vroooom!

  • DESIGN NOTE: Cut the SVG Cuts truck files AS SIZED. I added a button over each wheel and little star stickers on the headlights. You can also use acetate for the windows so they are clear!

CUTE, CUUUUTE! Seriously. What little boy wouldn’t LOVE this?!

I added some gumballs in the back.. The back of the truck is perfect for little treats.

I wanted to jazz it up even more, so I added a rosette onto a dowel and adhered it inside the truck. Added a touch of twine, buttons, ‘flying’ plane, and some more stickers..  The perfect finishing touch!

When I was working on this project I thought of all the cute party decor you could make! Hats, cupcake wrappers, etc. You could get the digital collection and print away all the papers you’d need! I seriously love how Echo Park papers are just SO inspiring to me.

Before I let you go, I wanted to invite you to join the Echo Park design team next Monday, FEB 18TH! The DT will be showing off some fun projects with the latest Echo Park collections! Hope you’ll join us!

Have a great weekend! My birthday is tomorrow so my weekend should be FUN! I am turning 30.. eeek! THIRTY!

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Doodlebug Designs: Simple Bookmarks & a Birthday Card

Hello, friends! Are you ready to see some adorable Doodlebug projects? Today I have some quick and easy bookmarks and a fun and colorful robot card!

If you follow the Doodlebug Blog (and you should!) you’ve probably already seen these cute bookmarks.. so just keep scrollin’ and check out the adorable card below!

 

These bookmarks are quick and easy! Which is good if the child you give them to rips the stickers off to use on THEIR projects. Yes… that did happen. My daughter had the bookmarks in her hands for about 3 minutes and she took the sweet kitty Doodle Pop right off. She might have ripped off all the ‘good stuff’ but hey.. she still uses the tore up bookmark! I could have just handed her a piece of scrap paper and it would have been the same thing!

The assignment was a ‘love’ non-Valentines project. These are perfect for the child who LOVES to read.

I think the kitty wants to make a meal outta that little birdie. I can see it in her eyes… Psycho kitty. MEOW!

The ‘buggy’ bookmark is perfect for my little Alannah. We call her ‘Lana Buggy’. She saw it and was all smiles.

 

Doodlebug has TONS.. I mean TONS of different Doodle-Pops and stickers to use for custom bookmarks! I am trying to refrain from saying, “I LOVE Doodle-Pops” because I think I say it in every Doodlebug post I make.. lol.

OK.. really. I joined the DT JUST to get my hands on all their Doodle-Pop awesomeness.

I vaguely remember rolling around in them when my DT box came.

I also have them out in the open in my craft room. Right next to my table.. just so I can look over and give ‘em a lil wink and smile at them.

Yeah.. I WILL complete this post without telling you about my Doodle-Pop obsession… heh.

 

Then there’s this robot Doodle-Pop. I saw him and fell in love.

I have a ‘thing’ for robots. My son has had oodles of robot shirts in his sweet 5 years of life, has had a robot birthday, etc. I just think they are cute…. and I secretly wish I had one to hang out with and clean my house…. and change the cat box. Hmm.. could you imagine if the robot malfunctioned while scoopin’ the cat box?.. Just started flinging kitty clumps all of the place. “Scoop poop.. does not compute..” <— I hope you read that in your best robot voice.

So, I made a cute robot birthday card for a sweet birthday boy.

Hopefully you have the image of a robot flinging cat box scoopings out of your head by now..

 

That robot just screams ‘Come party with me!.. I’m a real ’machine’ on the dance floor!” har-har-haaaar.

 

Alright crafty friends… you can go about your day now. Don’t forget about my GIVEAWAY!

 

I am weird.. I know that. Not many paper craft blogs have cute projects and random robot flinging cat litter chit-chat. So for those who come here, read my nonsense, smile and keep coming back for more of my randomess THANK YOU!

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The Naturals collection by Little Yellow Bicycle & GIVEAWAY!

Wow, wow, WOW! Have you all seen this stuff? It’s like burlap, canvas, and cork candy!..

Candy you wouldn’t want to eat.. I mean. Not sure how good they taste, but they sure are pretty to look at!

The Naturals Collection  <— Click there. Prepare to drool.

 

Are you a slobbering fool now?.. seriously! I know you are.. *hands you a towel*

 

I was sent a big ol box of pretties (Thank you, LYB!!) and it was a bit overwhelming opening the box and trying to think of what to use first. I was tempted to just start sticking things all over my body. I had a weird urge to just use every.single.piece. It all coordinates and ideas started pouring my in head. Burlap, cork, and canvas are so ‘in’. They just add a fabulous look, feel, and texture to projects. You can die cut them, stamp them, ink them, color them.. So many ways to make them work for your style.

For my first project with the Naturals collection I decided to stay away from a ‘paper craft’. I saw this little pitcher sitting here.. with ugly ribbon shoved in it that I will never use, yet I can’t seem to get rid of it, lol. I immediately wanted to alter it… spruce it up a bit! With the help of the Naturals it would become a beautiful decor piece.

Lovely, isn’t it? I frayed a strip of fabric and hot glued it behind a burlap circle. Then I stamped some polka dots onto a burlap flower and layered it over the circle with adhesive foam for dimension. The stick pins are stuck right into the foam. I LOVE the stick pins!

I love how easy it is to punch the cork… with a craft punch. I am not abusing my cork pretties. Don’t call CPS on me.. get it.. ‘CORK Protective Services’. Yeah.. I am full of lame jokes… I added some small scalloped circles to the wings of the larger butterfly.

I created a very simple tag on a dowel rod. I love the look of the cork letters on the cork tag.

I decorated the handle with a canvas tape strip. These are awesome and adhered really well!

 

Who wouldn’t love to get their hands on these pretties? I haven’t seen them online for purchase just yet. But I have seen them at Michaels! YES! You can get your LYB fix at Michaels craft stores! I was there the other day and immediately pulled to the display. So, if you live near a Michaels, stop by and see them for yourself.. and bring your checkbook. *wink*

 

I only had a chance to make one project for now, but I wanted to show how great the burlap tags looked stamped!

Perfect sentiment for the ‘Naturals’ collection, eh?.. (Stamp is from Unity Stamp Co.)

 

Also, the little cork pieces are some of my favorite. Perfect to add behind a button, flair, etc.

 

Alrighty.. now time for a little GIVEAWAY! You can get your hot little hands on some of this stuff. For a chance to win just leave a comment on this post. Giveaway ends FRIDAY, Feb 15! Here’s what is up for grabs!

NA-SP30 AS-100

NA-CV70NA-CR20

NA-BS10 NA-BS50 NA-CV50

NA-CVB20 NA-CW10

A nice little prize pack, wouldn’t you say? Again, just simply LEAVE A COMMENT to enter! Maybe tell me what your favotite thing about the Naturals collection is!

 

Thanks for stopping by! I have MORE Little Yellow Bicycle pretties coming up very soon using the lovely ‘Just Because’ collection. My cycling team spot goes live on the 19th! Can’t wait to share what I’ve been working on!

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See you again tomorrow!.. Yep.. lots of Tamara bloggy yummies coming at ya this week! (DOH! I mis-typed and put ‘booggy’.. that’s too close to ‘boogie’… and well, I don’t think you want my boogies. LOL!)

 

 

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Enjoy the day & SMILE!

Another layout from yours truly! I’m pretty amazed that I made TWO layouts and TWO Photo Freedom pages this week! Go me, oh yeah! That’s four projects working around photos in one week! That’s more than I usually do in a 6 month period, lol.

I got so much positive feedback on my last layout and it totally gave me the push to try another. I think I am slowly getting better at this. I really love how this one came out. It’s crazy the amount of thought and planning I put into this vs. a huge altered project, lol. I can slam out altered projects pretty quickly.. stick a 12×12 piece of paper in front of me and I get all sorts of confused and stare at it forever.

For this layout I used October Afternoon’s ‘Woodland Park’. It’s quite beautiful and I have tons of it! I just love the color palette here. And butterflies.. gotta love butterflies! I have two butterfly tattoos, my youngest daughters nursery was butterflies, my oldest daughter had a butterfly themed room for awhile.. and now my youngest daughter has owls and butterflies in her room.. see a pattern here? lol.

So here it is!

I did a few lines of white butterflies. I kept them whte because I wanted to add dimension to the page without making it take away from the photo. I think it came out really pretty!

I printed two of the same photo. One in black and white and one in color. I wasn’t sure which version I would like with this layout.. turns out I used both! I just have a bit of the colored version peeking behind the black and white. Of course I stuck on some brads! I love the look of random embellishments here and there.

I stayed away from journaling on this one. I really didn’t have much to say. I just left the stickers ‘Enjoy the day & smile’ and I think that worked perfectly.

I’d love to hear what you think! I’m actually pretty excited to start another one! Who woulda’ thunk it, eh?..

Thanks for stopping by! See ya on MONDAY!

 

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