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Winter Thanks

Sunday, January 12th, 2020

I know you’ve heard it 1000 times already, but how on earth is it 2020? I saw a meme on facebook in the last few weeks that said something about how can it be that the new millennium started 20 years ago when 1980 was only 20 years ago. I had a good laugh at that. I was born in the 70s so the 80s are very vivid in my mind… and there’s no way that was 40 years ago!!!

I am back with the design team, but on a part time basis right now… Hopefully you’ll see some more from me in the coming weeks.

For this month, I knew I wasn’t done playing with my Christmas stamps and dies… so I wanted to create something that shows you can use these images for at least a little while in to the new year. And since I’ve needed quite a few thank you cards in the last little bit, I decided to make a winter thank you card.

I don’t have any process photos for this card because honestly, it was pretty easy to put together. I cut out the Memory Box Telluride Snowflake using some silver glitter paper from the Concord & 9th 6×6 neutral glitter pack and I trimmed off the extra piece I didn’t need (the hanger). I used a Spellbinders circle die to cut out a window on a 4X5.5″ piece of white cardstock. I added some Gina K Connect Glue around the one portion of the window and glued the snowflake so it was peeking out of the window. I used foam adhesive to put the layer of patterned paper from the MFT 6X6 Over the Rainbow pad behind the snowflake. I added regular double sided tape behind the patterned paper and foam adhesive behind the rest of the panel before adhering it all to the card front. I finished it off using the Lawn Fawn Simply Sentiments stamp with Versafine Clair Nocturne ink and cut it out with the Lawn Fawn Everyday Sentiments Banners die.

Once designed, this card would be great to mass produce as it wouldn’t take long to get a bunch of them put together.

Tuesday with Tara {take 232} Wood Slice Ornaments

Tuesday, December 24th, 2019

Happy Christmas Eve! It’s a wonderful, busy time of year, but I hope you find time to step back and find time to enjoy the beauty of it! Every year I like to give my family new Christmas ornaments, and this year I wanted to make them handmade. I noticed a lot of varieties of wood slice ornaments popping up online, so I’m adding mine to the mix. I hope you like them!

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I made several styles of ornaments, but first I’ll share the ones I used stamps on! This pair has some painting along with birds (by Flora & Fauna) stamped in Versafine Clair Ink. I left them to dry for a while and colored them simply with watercolor pencils. Having seen several tutorials that used pencils & gambol (which I don’t have) I also blended with a tiny bit of water. Snowflakes are falling… I started with dots of paint, but finished it off with Nuvo drops for texture.

For this one I painted the tree with paint and outlined it with a black Sharpie marker. This pair is already hanging on our tree 🙂

Here’s another set I made using stamps from the same Flora & Fauna Stamp set. For these, I painted a white background on the wood slice. I was curious if it would stamp/color better on raw wood or paint. Both worked fairly well, though I like the pencils on raw wood better!

Next, I tried Distress Oxide on the white painted background. The text is Versafine Clair Ink again.

For this next set, I painted a black background and layered die cut snowflakes over it. I really like how bold and simple these ones are!

Lastly, here’s a set of hand-painted ornaments, inspired by one I saw on Pinterest!

As you can see, I had fun making wood slice ornaments this year! There’s so many possibilities… you just have to raid your stash a bit and see what inspires you!

Inky hugs & Merry Christmas wishes,


Tuesday with Tara {take 231} Peace & Joy

Tuesday, December 17th, 2019

Happy Tuesday! Today I’ve got another card featuring the Festive Overlay stamp set by Tim Holtz. I colored directly on the rubber with Distress Markers, misted with water lightly and stamped on an oval panel which I had pre-cut from Ivory card stock. To keep things simple, I added the sentiment in black over it.

I pulled out an old plaid embossing folder (also by Tim Holtz) to add some texture to my background. The green oval has some pearly shimmer to it and the twine & charm I used finish it all off.

Here’s a closer look…

Here’s another look at my card along with the second card I made, using a second generation stamping of the bird on a white panel. This is done by simply misting the inked stamp with water to reactivate the remaining color on it. It gives a softer version of the original image. It’s always nice to get two for one 🙂 I finished it off with some die cut holly leaves and some bling as my holly berries.

I especially like the sentiment I chose for these cards, it’s perfect for people like me who tend to get their cards in the mail a bit late for Christmas arrival! ha!

Inky hugs,