Tuesday with Tara {take 116}

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Happy Tuesday!  Today’s card is very simple… but it features one of my favorite things, coffee, together with some great images from Concord & 9th.

The coffee spill effect on my central point was created with the splatter/shadow type leaf shape from the set, inked with two colors of Distress Ink and misted with water.  It’s kinda a funky shape thats fun to use behind the sentiment instead of behind the lace leaf that it was designed for!

I used a shimmery silver embossing powder over brown ink and it ended up somewhat translucent over the text and the little heart on the coffee cup.  I decided to play up that shimmer and use silver glitter paper, bling and some brown crinkle ribbon to complete the card.

For a neutral colored card, there’s actually quite a bit of shimmer going on!  The background of my card was simply stamped, repeating the sentiment in a staggered fashion in two different shades of brown Distress Oxide Ink.  I added a few hearts to fill in open spaces and then inked over it all, going darker from the edges in, with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

We have much to be thankful for… but every day I start with being thankful for coffee 🙂

Inky hugs,

Tara

 

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Tuesday with Tara {take 115}

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Happy Tuesday!

I hope you enjoyed our blog hop on Friday, weren’t there some fabulous projects with that postage strip die?  Once I got started with it, I kept going and today I have a little Pumpkin Spice Latte card to share with you…

I’m having some technical difficulties getting my photos to load here on the blog, so if you enjoy the peek at my card, please visit my ‘regular’ (neglected) blog to see more details!

 

Inky hugs,

Tara

 

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STAMPtember Blog Hop!

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Welcome to our STAMPTEMBER blog hop!  We’re glad you have joined us and I hope you’ll enjoy the fresh inspiration from the ladies who are participating today!

We were each give a fun postage strip die set by Memory Box to create with- it includes a border die and a strip that cuts out 5 identical postage stamps.  This die is on sale right now for 25% and as you’ll see in the hop, it’s very versatile and a lot of fun!

I decided to make a tri-fold card and use the border die along the right cut edge.  I used my Scor-Buddy tool to measure the first fold (based around the layers I wanted to create behind my tag, it was 3.5″) then marked the second scoring line based on a standard 4.25″ card width. Once the border was cut, I was left with a center panel that is 4.25″ and two side panels that are 3.25″ each.  It’s a tricky fold to photograph… but here’s a look at my ‘closed’ card:

I stamped a small sentiment onto a postage stamp die and adhered it to my right panel, which I inked up with Distress Ink and misted with water for some subtle texture.

My tag features a Distress Oxide background on a kraft tag.  I die cut some words from Tim Holtz/Sizzix and paired them with a paper doll die cut.

The finishing touches on my tag are some yummy brown crinkle ribbon (dyed with the two colors of Distress Ink I used to ink the side panel on my card), a vintage key charm and a mini safety pin which I added a few seed beads to as a fun throwback to my childhood (tell me I’m not the only one who loved making ‘friendship pins’ and trading them)!  The layer of olive corrugated paper adds more fantastic texture, which is always an important element on my projects!

I hope you like my project… and I’m so excited for you to see what everyone else has done!  I love product based challenges like this because it’s so fun to see the variety that comes from working with a single item!  Happy hopping, and happy shopping!  There’s a lot of great product on sale in the store right now and tons that is fun & new!

 

Now.. check out the other great projects in today’s Blog Hop!  If you find any bad links or get lost along the way, please stop back here, all the links are listed below!

  1. Tara Nixon Cox  (that’s me and you are HERE)               
  2. Karla Yungwirth                  
  3. Amber Trubiak                                  
  4. Nancy Frustaci                                      
  5. Julia Chupik                        
  6. Karen Warner  
Inky hugs,
Tara
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