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Tuesday with Tara {take 99}

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

Happy Tuesday!
This card started as some “no rules” experimentation… and turned into a funky card that will hopefully give encouragement to an artistic friend who is fighting some health battles right now.


I love these sentiments & face images by Dina Wakley, and had fun working with them on an inked up tag I had set aside.  I layered some collage paper, added more ink and stamped over it, then gathered other pieces to assemble a complete card.  This fun tassels embellishment seemed like a good fit!


Enamel accents seemed like like a fun way to add texture and make her hair stand out!  A bit of watered down white paint allowed me to add shading to her face.


She’s unconventional… strong, brave, kind… and certainly unique!  She ignores the rules and she is fierce enough to fight and win!

inky hugs to you and whatever battle you are facing right now,



materials used

stamps by Dina Wakley (I love this one and this even more than the one I used!)

Enamel Accents

Assorted Distress Inks


Tuesday with Tara {take 98}

Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

Happy Tuesday!

Hope you had a great week!  Since I neglected to post a Mother’s Day card last week I thought I’d share a card celebrating women… it came about from some fun creative play with Distress Oxide and paper dolls and botanical due cuts from Tim Holtz idea-ology.

I started with a kraft card, some collaged papers and white gesso.

From there I inked & spritzed a subtle background with Distress Oxide inks (iced spruce & vintage photo) then stamped a background stamp with Faded Jeans.  I missed the stamp heavily for puddles of Oxide goodness…

After selecting die cut images, I inked a small Manila tag as well, adding some broken china for a little brighter color. I stamped the same background image on my tag, then added some script as well.

The finished card is a simple, vintage collage with some great inky layers.  Hope you like it and it inspires you to play with Distress Oxides!  They’re pretty fun!

Inky hugs,


Materials used:

kraft cardstock

manilla tag

Distress Oxide inks Broken China, Faded Jeans, Iced Spruce, Vintage Photo, walnut Stain

Idea-ology Paper Dolls

Idea-ology Botanical layers die cuts

Hero Arts background stamps

White gesso

ink blending tools & foams

crinkle ribbon

idea-ology baubles

idea-ology small talk sticker

Tuesday with Tara {take 95}

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

Happy Tuesday!

Today I want to share with you a tag I finished up… it started as an experiment with Distress Oxide (the background is all faded jeans on a black tag) and I finished it up with some new botanical layers from The new idea-Ology release by Tim Holtz.

My background was inked and stenciled with Faded Jeans Distress Oxide on black, then I added some simply stamped roses by Dylusions over it.  I decided to bring some spring to it with butterflies and flowers from the new botanical layers- so many great pieces in this package, it is stuffed full with 83 printed & die cut shapes!

I tied everything together with a bit more yellow… I inked up some book print with gesso using Distress Oxide in fossilized amber & Distress Ink in wild honey.  I blended the colors with a wet paint brush then spritzed with water to see a bit of extra Oxide action 🙂


I selected a sweet sentiment from this “everyday greetings” stamp set by mama elephant and glued my layers together, then finished it off with yellow silk ribbon and touches of nuvo glitter drops.  These are a fun addition that’s like a mix of glossy accents & stickles!


Inky hugs,



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