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Tuesday with Tara {take 375} Merry Bird

There’s just something about birds at Christmas- and this cutie is from a sweet set by MFT.  The set is called “Christmas Cardinals” but I took some creative license with my colors on this one, choosing to make his hat red instead!  I kept this card simple, pairing my bird with a bold, glittery ‘Merry‘ sentiment by Tim Holtz.

I layered the two elements over a book print circle (this one cut from an old technical manual I found) on a simple, clean white card.  A few pieces of bling finish it off and a bit of Nuvo glitter on the hat ties all the sparkly elements together!

This card might be a touch more than your basic CAS card, but it’s how I do CAS so I’m gonna say it counts!  I hope you like it 🙂

Inky hugs,


Tuesday with Tara {take 366} Vellum Sunflowers

Happy Tuesday!

Today I’m sharing a simple card I made using a piece of the stunning vellum from the Crafter’s Companion Sunflower collection!  I’ve paired it with a negative cut from one of Tim Holtz’s Bold Text dies.

The details on these sheets of vellum are so gorgeous, I really tried to keep the card simple to let them stand out.  I love the effect of the negative cuts with it, though as really shows off the delicate, sheer nature of the vellum.  As I mentioned, I kept this one super simple- just finished it off with a few sequins & beads and a piece of ribbon which I’d previously colored with Distress Inks.

For this card, after I measured and scored for the front piece I trimmed down the vellum so there was about 1″ overlapping on the back of the card, and I adhered it at the back of the score line.  Vellum can be tricky to adhere, but adding the ribbon to the front of the card meant I could avoid adhesive completely on the front of this card.

Hope this brightens your day and you are able to focus on the good!  I’ve got a couple other cards in the works I’ll be sharing on my personal blog and instagram through the week.


Inky hugs,



Tuesday with Tara {take 363} Celebrate!

Happy Tuesday!

I’ve got a new take on one of my favorite quick card techniques to share with you today- it features a torn paper mask but this time I went the easy way and used a piece of Heffy Doodle Memo Tape  for my mask.  It worked like a charm and saved me the step of taping down my paper over my card!

I did a bit of experimenting, but all three cards I’m sharing use Tim Holtz’s Floral Outlines stamp set (one card for each stamp) together with sentiments from the Confetti stamp set by Photo Play.  There’s a wide variety of celebratory sentiments in this set, but the script ones worked best for these cards.

This first card is my favorite of the three… but it has a flaw that I won’t point out (you may not be able to see it in the photo!), except to say that you should be careful with the first piece of Memo Tape, it’s got a bit that is extra sticky!  I really like the blend of Distress Ink colors (Salvaged Patina, Fossilized Amber & Spiced Marigold) I used as well as the addition of a metallic sentiment strip to complete the card.

This second card features Saltwater Taffy instead of Salvaged Patina and the same sentiment with some additional small print from the stamp set.  I was really happy with the ombre effects on this and I love the way the floral design hangs over the strip of color!

Lastly, I’ve got a ‘wish’ card that uses the same colors you see above but in a different order… this blend is definitely has more orange tones and the pink almost disappears.  It would be perfect for a fall birthday!

Here’s the two ‘Celebrate’ cards together!

To me, this is a super quick and simple technique to make beautiful CAS cards!  I’m hoping to get it together to do a short video tutorial though in case it doesn’t seem obvious to you what I did.  Or maybe a live demo sometime?  Let me know if this is something you’d like to see 🙂

Inky hugs,


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