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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 22}

Happy Tuesday!  Today I want to share two simple cards based on the same “recipe” that are fun to make and easy to reproduce!  I have always loved kraft cardstock (reminds me of brown paper packages…) and it makes a great base for these cards!  Both include a kraft base (or layer on a colored base) with a background stamp on it, a strip of some patterned paper, a stamped sentiment and some paper flowers/leaves and bling!  I used Distress Inks blended on a background stamp then misted with water to create a soft background.  You can use a Christmas stamp or just a simple swirl depending on what you have in your stash!  The flowers (by Prima) were also in my stash… every year there is a different assortment available, and I think these were found in some of their random assortment tubs!

a touch of stickles is always a nice way to finish off a project 🙂

My second card has more of a masculine feel to it, in shades of green & brown:

a die cut ornament is a great spot for a small Christmas sentiment, and helps increase the festive feel on this very neutral toned card!

I hope December is off to a beautiful start for you… have a creative Tuesday!

Inky hugs,


Categories: Cards, Distress Inks, Stamps

Tuesday with Tara {take 21}

Happy Tuesday!  I’ve been playing with some art journaling and  thought I’d share a seasonal piece with you, once again playing with Dina Wakley’s new holiday set!  The base of this piece is cardboard with book print (a paperback novel I paid 10 cents for!) and gesso.

I haven’t done a lot of art journaling myself, but I enjoy the freedom it gives to just play and experiment with materials and color combinations you might not normally use.

Hope you like my little winter birdie & maybe it inspires you to play!  The layout on this page may inspire some Christmas cards for me…

Happy Tuesday!

Inky hugs,



Tuesday with Tara {take 20}

Happy Tuesday!  Today I’m sharing a tag inspired by Tim Holtz… even though my inspiration came from Tim’s June tag, the cup dies from Sizzix are perfect for cozy autumn days!

My cups and the background were all inked up with Distress Ink.  For a how-to on the techniques that inspired this tag, check out the original tag by Tim Holtz.  Here’s some more close ups of my twist on it:

I think it would be fun to take inspiration from this and throw some holiday elements on it to make it a Christmas card 🙂 Or perhaps use it as a gift tag with a coffee, tea or hot chocolate themed gift!

Hope you have a creative day!

Inky hugs,



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