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Author name: Tara

Hi! I'm Tara and I've been creating and teaching classes in the paper crafting industry for 15 years in Western Canada. I closed my rubber stamp & scrapbook store in 2013 to get married & move to North Carolina, but my passion is still getting inky and sharing the love of this hobby wherever I can! I started out as a card maker, but over the years I have done it all- from cards & mini books, to scrapbooking & mixed media projects. I'm certified by both Ranger & Copic and I look forward to sharing some creative fun and maybe getting inky with you in one of my classes soon!

Tuesday with Tara {take 396} Nailed It!

Happy Tuesday!   Today’s card is some simple krafty fun I shared with viewers of my Crafty Facebook Live on Saturday!  I showed the card I made for our Tongue-in-cheek blog hop and then made this similar card with the same stamp set by Sunny Studio, called Tool Time.

This little stamp set is perfect for guy cards with some clever puns, and the simple designs are fabulous for creating an easy background with repeat stamping.  For this card, I stamped on a Kraft card base in Ground Espresso Distress Ink.  I started with the largest image- the hammer, then filled in the empty spaces with “congrats” and the nail image.  The trick to these backgrounds is to rotate your designs so they fill in the space.  If you know a large part of the background will be covered up, as with the tag on this card, you can leave that part empty and focus on what the edges of your space will look like.

I used a pre-printed tag for this, to keep things simple and add some subtle texture.  You could absolutely create a subtle background yourself- and this might actually be a fun project to do just to have some on hand!  I played around with the layout of the text for my tag and added some die cut numbers I had from last week’s project, which worked out perfect since I used this as a graduation card as well!  I added some quick color with Distress Watercolor Pencils & finished off the tag with a bit of Glossy Accents on the hammer and some Rock Candy stickles (the stickles are discontinued, but you can still buy the mica glitter) on the numbers!

It’s simple fun, perfect for any guy who needs congratulating!  I hope you like it and I hope you enjoyed the live as well!  If you haven’t already, please check out our current HOP and drop us some comments to let us know you did (and have a chance to win a prize)!

Inky hugs,


Tongue-in-Cheek Blog Hop!

Ready for a little Tongue-in-Cheek Fun & Puns this weekend?  We’re all set to share some cards inspired by & created for DAD!

As always, there’s a prize to be won!  Leave comments at all the stops along the way and you’ll be entered for a chance to win a $50 GC to the SNS online store!  Yay for free crafty shopping!   If you hop over to see some of us on Instagram, you’ll find an extra chance to win by leaving comments there, too!

The hop moves from here to Meghan K!   Then hop over and see projects by:

Happy Hopping!

Categories: Blog Hop

Tuesday with Tara {take 395} Grad 2023

Happy Tuesday!  It’s that time of year when all sorts of celebrations, and reasons for card-giving, happen!  Today I’m sharing a card I made for our nephew, who is graduating from high school this year.

I realized when I went to make the card that I really don’t have much for graduation themed stamps, apart from the sentiment inside this card!  Basic elements like the fabulous falling stars die by Tim Holtz are perfect for situations like this, especially paired with basic alphabet dies (the one I used isn’t in stock, but this one would be even better for something like this!).  Add inks & paper in school colors (Hello Prize Ribbon Distress!) and a simple sentiment and you’re good to go!

I hope he liked it, and I hope it inspires you to look at your ‘basic’ tools in a fun new way!

Inky hugs,


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