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Tuesday with Tara {take 105}

Tuesday, July 4th, 2017

Happy Tuesday!  Today I want to share with you an Art Journal page I was inspired to create when I saw the new #ShowUsYourMEdia challenge on the Ranger blog!  Dina Wakley is going to be hosting monthly challenges and this month the focus is to create a project that puts the ME into media and shows WHY you create.  I just got one of her new Mixed Media  journals (and it’s fabulous- so many great textures!) and this is my very first spread in it!

I actually started with a tag I had already inked up with Distress Oxide, added words and birds, etc… I used that as my color palette and grabbed some yummy colors of Dina Wakely Media paint to create a fun background.

I create for my sanity and to bring everyday joy.

I pulled out an OLD set of alphabet dies by Quickutz for this big word!

 

Some of the products I used:

Affirmations Stencil

Dina Wakley Media Paint in Black, Lime, Turquoise, Tangerine, Blushing

Scribbly Birds stamps 

Black Stablio Pencil

Nuvo Glitter Drops

 

Inky hugs!

Tara

Busy Beaver Canada Day Blog Hop

Saturday, July 1st, 2017

Welcome to our Busy Beaver Canada Day Blog Hop!  We are blog hopping today in celebration of Canada’s 150th Birthday, sharing projects featuring the cute new ‘Busy Beaver’ stamp & die set by Taylored Expressions!

Grab a coffee and relax for a bit while you enjoy our little hop!  Be sure to leave comments along the way because Scrap N’ Stamp Canada has some prizes to give away randomly- $150 in gift certificates (3 lucky people will get $50 gc’s) and a Busy Beaver set with a bonus maple leaf tag die!  Winners will be randomly chosen and announced here on the SNS blog on Monday!

Today I’m sharing two cards with you- first up is my Busy Beaver Card:

I created a background using some book print paper coated with white gesso, I then used a heart stencil (this one is by Dina Wakley) and some Distress Paint in two shades of red, Barn Door & Festive Berries, to create part of my ‘Canadian flag’ background.  I like combining two shades of paint for some subtle variety and texture.  I used the 1″ Alphanumeric Dies by Tim Holtz & Sizzix to cut CANADA out of my background as well, I love how easy it is when there are multiples of each letter to work with!  The rest of the card is from the Busy Beaver stamp set- I stamped on watercolor paper and used watercolor pencils to color this cutie up.  The maple leaf die is from a sweet little tag that is a gift with purchase while supplies last!  Love it!

Here’s a closer look at the stamp set- it comes with some sweet sentiments 🙂  This adorable Busy Beaver Stamp & Die set was created by Raya’s request to help us celebrate Canada’s big 150th Birthday!

My second card uses the same background as the first, but instead of the beaver I added the same ‘kind is classy‘ sentiment I featured on my card last Tuesday.  I also use that cute little maple leaf tag!  This sentiment seemed perfect for my Canadian card, since kind is definitely a word that describes most Canadians I know!

We’ve got a several more stops with inspiration for you to visit… please enjoy hopping on through and seeing what our friends have created!   If you get lost along the way, feel free to stop back here and see what you’ve missed- all the links are listed below!

Tara Nixon Cox                 (you are here!)

Nancy Frustaci

Amy Rysavy

Nicole Wright

Niki Stone 

Amber Trubiak

Karen Warner

Julia Chupik

Karla Yungwirth

 

Thanks so much for joining us celebrating Canada’s 150th Birthday!  Have FUN hopping along to the different blogs!

Inky hugs,

Tara

 

p.s. in case you missed it… GO HERE NEXT to see what Nancy has for you!

Tuesday with Tara {take 102}

Tuesday, June 13th, 2017

Happy Tuesday!

Father’s Day is coming up so I thought I’d share a fun masculine card idea with you featuring the popular paper dolls by Tim Holtz, Distress Oxide and a bunch of kraft colored goodness 🙂

I started by working with a variety of Distress Oxide Inks on a #8 manila tag.  I used what I like to call the ‘dip & drip’ technique- rubbing a few colors onto my Ranger Craft Sheet, spritzing with water and dipping the tag into it.  I let it drip a bit, then dried with a heat tool and repeated the process.  The Oxide inks layer beautifully, giving a really funky effect.  I finished off the tag with some brown ink around the edges.  I also stamped a vintage button border in the same brown along the left side and added a few rings of white paint (using a lid as my tool).  The card background is also Distress Oxide, a simply stamped a small dot background onto the kraft card base and a few of those paint rings as well.

I’ve been looking for things to seat the sitting dolls on, and this coffee cup seemed like a fun ‘larger than life’ option- especially for my coffee loving Dad!

I always like to add texture, and this mustache ribbon from my stash, the burlap coffee sleeve and the decorative brads helped to complete this card.  It can be a challenge for a lot of us making masculine cards that aren’t boring, but details like this make it easy!

I hope you got a bit of inspiration for some masculine creations this week!

Inky hugs,

Tara

 

Materials Used:

Tim Holtz Paper Dolls

Assorted Colors of Distress Oxide

Sizzix Coffee Die

5×7 Kraft Card

#8 Manila Tag (#5 fits nicely on an A2 card)

Small Dots Background Stamp

Sentiment Stamp by Hero Arts (from years ago!)

Assorted decorative brads from my stash