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My crafting resolutions:
1. To create more than 50% of my projects with either recycled materials or scrap left over materials to cut waste and excessive earth fillers.
2. Teach paper crafting classes and share the Joy.
3.Custom Design Products I love to use and share.
4. Learn everyday what it takes to be patient, understanding, tolerant and giving.

Saturday, January 18, 2020

My Pegasus can fly! Why?

I hope all of my friends and family are having a great weekend!  

The Creativation Trade Show is going on right now with companies like Simon Says Stamps, Spellbinders and Mama Elephant showing off their newest product line for 2020!  

I don't have a booth, but I do have a great new die product available NOW!  The Double Dial Die 1 and it's available to U.S. customers from my new store!  If you are not in the U.S. however, you can find it at the because they ship worldwide! 

Created with Lavinia Stamps and the gel press with other small Lavinia stamps too!
This is what makes the magic!  The Double Dial Die 1!  This sample project shows Zanor the king of the Pegasus leaping through the forest over the lake to meet his queen Sirlus on the most majestic of snowy nights! 

Priced right, fun and easy to use!
For today's project I used the cute frame that comes with the Double Dial Die and double cut it for sturdiness.  Then I cut two dials and four arms.  The more sound your foundation and parts, the better this interactive mechanism will work. 

 I used my Gel press with the Colorbox and brusho inks first and let dry.  I went around the edges of the frame with coordinating ink and sponge and began my stamping.  The background was designed with the bridge first which I colored in just a bit with some brown Colorbox.  I tore some printer paper and used it to ink the mountains in the background then stamped some trees above where the Pegasus's were flying.  The yellow was brought into the center with Colorbox ink and a round sponge to simulate the reflection of the moon in the water.

The background brings this project to life with mushrooms in the foreground on the bottom and some vines hanging from the top.  Most of the trees and mountains and mushrooms were brushed over with the gel pen to give it that winter feel and the project was decorated.

To complete the project, I stamped the two illustrations on Kraft paper and embellished them with gel pen glitter and fussy cut them.  Then I assembled the mechanism and adhered the illustrations!  Raising the topper onto a card base completed the project! 

Double Dial Die 1 - TLCDesigns
Sirlus Stamp - LaviniaStamps
Zanor Stamp - LaviniaStamps
Fir Tree - LaviniaStamps
Fir Tree 1 - LaviniaStamps
Fairy Bridge - Lavinia Stamps
Spanish Moss - Lavinia Stamps
Skinny Mushrooms - Lavinia Stamps

Visit my Youtube Channel for many other video tutorials regarding assembly and tips and tricks you can learn to use with this fun interactive die on your next project!  But for now, here's a quick demonstration of how the die brings your card to life! 

Versafine Clair - Nocturne


Thank you for joining me on my crafting journey and I hope you visit again soon!  Happy Crafting!
Tammy Louise

Monday, January 13, 2020

Double Dial your heart with Tracey Hey illustrations

Hi Friends,
Aren't these two darling? 

Today I completed a project I designed a few weeks ago using the Double Dial Die 1 and Tracey Hey illustrations.  I had been using this unattached topper to demonstrate the function and mechanical parts of the die in several video tutorials, but today is the day to finish it up! 

I decided to not only post the project here on my blog with a few links to the products used, but I created a TUTORIAL VIDEO as well.  There have been a few questions regarding popping the topper of the dial card project onto a card base with dimensional dots and how to prohibit the vertical slot illustration from a twisting as it wants to naturally. 

There are a few other tips in the tutorial as well.  

If your card base is a stock color that you don't want to see through the slot, simply glue a piece of thin paper the color of your choice onto the card base before attaching the topper.  

Perfect for Spring and Valentines! 
 Stop in and visit my youtube channel and see for yourself!  

Enjoy and stay crafty my friends!




He's darling up close and ready to catch the heart! 
All spotty and fluffy looking, He's casting his heart to his friend! 

The best way to predict the future, is to create it! 

Inside finished off CAS with Ombre Ink and Altenew sentiment
Visit for the Double Dial interactive Die!

Wednesday, January 8, 2020


I've got so much BIG NEWS today!

First, a sneak peek! for more on the project, see yesterdays post

Hello Crafty Friends!
There is so much BIG NEWS I'm sharing with you today I don't know where to start! lol
First . . . Briefly . . . I've been blogging for more than 10 years and many of you have followed, shared, served on Dt's with me, entered card challenges, magazine consignments or just been blogging right along with me.  I appreciate each and every one of you, after all, many of you have been telling me for years that I should do this for myself and you are right!  Thank you! From getting crafty all the way to my experiences at CHA annually with many different stores, everything I've done has been a stepping stone to where my "Journey of Joy" will go.  
I previously, like many of you, purchased and used products in this industry with little knowledge of what goes into getting them onto the market. What do the behind scenes actually look like?  Well,  I can tell you!  I've spent years in product development, product design, package design, graphic art on illustrations, illustrations themselves, product quotes, manufacturing process, marketing, newsletter development, social media banners, pricing, customer service and much more for other companies! 
One day, I was struck with a stick (as hubby called it) LOL!  I decided that all of my experience has the makings of TLC Designs Brand Products!  Why not?  Choosing to manufacture products I design and love while offering them at affordable prices is just what the next step in my "Journey of Joy" SHOULD be!  I'm not going to lie and tell you that it's not terrifying, exciting, exhausting and exhilarating all at the same time but it's time!  After all, I am an artist at heart and I'm not getting any younger and joy can be more difficult to find.  If I'm unable, any longer, to find joy working for someone else on their products, I should get up and do it for myself right?  Well, I agree!  

My first TLC Designs brand product is here!  

currently retailing at

The movement in this interactive die is smooth and the possibilities are endless!  Step by step instructions are included!  Perfect for A2 size cards AND you can either use the frame included OR use the slot mechanism on ANY frame die you already have in your stash!! 
From beginner to veteran card making, this die is easy to assemble and the possibility are endless!  All Occasions!  Make your fairies fly, throw a snowball or blow flowers to a friend!  This card is fun and interactive!  Sure to make them smile!
The TLC Inspired Designs, LLC or(TLC DESIGNS) logo is on this package!  What do you think of the packaging?  I just love the Bright, Bold and Beautiful colors when I craft and the Gerber Daisy brings me Joy!  The design of the LOGO and brand fit me perfectly!  What better way to express myself than to be true to what I love?  
   Digi's and Polymer Stamps won't be far behind!
another small Sneak Peek! 

But that's not all . . . 
There's more you ask . . . YES!
I have been working hard behind the scenes for other stores, brainstorming and designing products for them to sell more than 10 years now.  Hint hint.

I have been hard at work putting my online retail store on the Shopify platform where I can bring you my products direct!  I can offer you a product I love, I have tested and can trust to be reliable.  I stand behind the product or I won't sell it.  I will be able to listen and put products out there you can afford to add to your stash!  Every one of us want good reliable product we can afford!  Let me help you find it! 

Now . . .  keep in mind . . . everyone has to start somewhere, so follow along on my journey, be patient with me (lol), and join in.  Share and create with me along the way!  I've been so blessed to have all of you, my friends and family, in my crafty world!  I appreciate all of your support, comments and comradery along the way!  You mean the world to me and I could've never do this without all of you either! 

last sneak peek!  Promise!

Last but not least . . . 

I've become the newest Illustrator for the store!  My double dial die design will be sold through this popular craft product store as well as when it opens!  

While my product inventory grows, you will be able to purchase my products effortlessly.  While my store and clientele grows, you can still find the perfect illustration to use with this die in her store!  Her variety is fantastic and her prices are out of this world!  

Most importantly, I've committed to a few projects every month again!

Yes!  Once again, I get to share projects with you on my blog!  It's been so long I hope I remember how!  lol

Having announced all of that!  Thank you again! I hope you'll stop in my store at TLCdesigns.shop and peruse my products!  Maybe even share projects and tag me so I can come by and see your beautiful inky work! 
A special thank you goes out to Kelly Neis or 7 Kids Crafts for her support in this venture.  The Double Dial Die 1 is available through
This "Journey of Joy" with Bright, Bold and Beautiful art products is why I've decided to take the leap and go into business for myself with my own designs.  I'm blessed to have had every one of you with me these past 10 years and am looking forward to continuing with your for a good 10 more!   

Gratefully Yours,

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Dragonfly Keepers light the way

Hi Friends,

I've made a card today with combining the NEW Double Dial Die 1 by TLC Designs and some of my new Lavinia Stamps and supplies.  This project was really fast and fun so I decided to show you how I created it with a Youtube video here!

I know that some interactive dies can be intimidating and sometime troublesome, but there are some tips and tricks included in the video you won't want to miss!  The product is innovative, incredibly fun and easy to use!  Try it yourself!  ON SALE NOW at an unseen low price for a product of this caliber and size including free brads! 


Copics - G99, BV17, V09

Fairy starts at bottom

She flies over to the hive
The hive comes in close and is lit


The lantern, hive window and wings were brought to life with glitter stickles

Placed on the card base and matched to a glitter envelope match and the project is ready to mail!

This is the inside of the card, I stamped a few mushrooms and flowers at the bottom and gel pen snow on the tree and this completed the project!

Inspirational Thoughts for the Day:

“When you are able to shift your inner awareness to how you can serve others, and when you make this the central focus of your life, you will then be in a position to know true miracles in your progress toward prosperity.”
– Wayne Dyer

Entered Lavinia World Challenge 

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Watermark ink with Stencil on Kraft

Happy Sunday crafty friends!  Today I've used my stencil design you can find exclusive in The Hedgehog Hollow October subscription box!  The box comes with over $100.00 worth of product including three stamp sets, stencil, the Double Dial Die, papers, brads and more!  It's while supplies last and limited so don't wait, they're going fast! 

Today I wanted to simplify the Holiday card making process for the beginner card designer.  With a piece of Kraft card stock and the reindeer portion of the stencil, I dabbed watermark ink into the reindeer form and was sure to get into every nick and cranny! 

I did have to mask off the reindeer from the other portions of the stencil so the ink wouldn't leak into snowflakes or other parts.  Then I drew a collar in gold and black ink and used a berry colored alcohol ink and designed three little berries at the back of the collar.  I used a white gel pen for the four dots on each reindeer back and tied some twine around the kraft paper with a bow.  

A strip of vellum was cut, a strip of black card stock was stamped and embossed with white and adhered to the bottom for the sentiment section.  

 All that remained was to pop up the front Kraft panel and use the watermark ink again onto red paper from in the box and fussy cut another Reindeer to pop up onto the empty part of the banner strip.  Voila!  Done!  It's a 10 minute card!  

 Until Next Time, Stay Crafty! 

Friday, October 25, 2019

Lavinia Clean n Simple

Happy Friday friends!  I realize I just posted a project with some of the Lavinia Stamps I've added to my collection just the other day, but I just had to see if they fit into the CAS genre too! 

This is Fox 1 Kernel!  Isn't he regal looking?  As I've been practicing with my Gelli Plate in the past, today's project was no different!  I winded up with a beautiful Teal and purple backdrop that I cut with a circle die.  

Normally, I would stamp directly into the background with the Versa Clair Nocturn color of ink, however, my first stamping of Kernel didn't leave the little spotty areas on his chest and tail!  It was all filled in!  So, I stamped him out again and glued the image down over the other image and it actually looks more realistic because of all the cut lines in the hairs in his tail.  

I want to explain something else about my work.  I am now an independent designer!  I no longer am required to color or design with images or products that someone needs me to design with!  I color what I want to color and It is such a liberating feeling!  Many of my friends have commented on my recent posts that they see more color, more style and more joy in my work!  It's because as a liberated artist, we feel more joy and comfort in what we design!  I hope everyone understands why I don't link to stores where I've shopped and why I don't go into great detail about how the project was made?  Perhaps in the future I will design for someone else, perhaps not!  lol  Time will tell, but for right now, I'm a happy crafter enjoying the freedom! 

The inside of the card too!   My posts are more about combining the joy of crafting, the intrigue of graphic designing the pictures and living life with no restrictions or limitations. 

 If you are looking to find where you too can find anything you see me use, please don't hesitate to ask.  Until next time Friends!  Stay Crafty!  Find Joy!