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Tuesday with Tara {take 125}

Tuesday, November 21st, 2017

Happy Tuesday!

I mentioned last week that I had a piece of my background paper left over that I was playing with… here’s what I came up using it!  It’s a simple Christmas card with a completely different feel than my last card.  Hope you enjoy!


The tree die cut is a negative space design, so after cutting it I trimmed it down to have a narrow border and glued it over the background paper.  Once that was dry, I trimmed again and layered it onto a teal layer of card stock.  I left the top & bottom edges of that piece so it could be trimmed to fit on my finished card.  I played around with several background ideas, looking for a way to add texture and shine without competing with the focal point.  I chose this fabulous snowflake embossing folder and sprayed it with Perfect Pearls mist, then trimmed it down to fit on a card base the same ivory color.

I wanted the sentiment on a round/oval shape die to match the round baubles on the tree, so die cut a lighter green oval and stamped with Distress Oxide in blue to tie it all together.  It’s a very simple layout, but there’s a lot of shine and texture 🙂

And another shot in direct sunlight to catch the shimmer and texture on the ivory background…

Hope this gives you a little inspiration for your Christmas card crafting… there’s a ton of great products in the online store if you need a little something new to give you a kick of inspiration!  Have a great week, and check back with us on Friday when we announce the winners of the blog hop giveaway!

Inky hugs,



p.s. today is the last day to comment to win on the blog hop posts!


Materials Used:

Sizzix embossing folder, 3D snowflakes

Memory Box Snowflake Tree Die

Oval die (Sizzix)

Merry & Bright stamp by Stampabilities

Turquoise Perfect Pearl Mist (get a similar look with new Mica Sprays!)

Distress Crayons, Gesso, stencil (see technique in last week’s post!)

Distress Oxide in Broken China

Tuesday with Tara {take 124} Distress to Impress Blog Hop

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017
Happy Tuesday!  Today we’ve got another fun blog hop, this one we are calling ‘Distress to Impress’ because all of our projects feature Tim Holtz’s Distress Crayons!  We will be sharing with you some fun ideas for these great coloring tools… and maybe you’ll even WIN a new set by leaving comments on all the blogs along the way!   You can also get yourself some new sets, saving 25% in the store until the end of the month!  Even the new metallics are on sale…yay!
To be honest, I really struggled finishing up this card… almost didn’t share it with y’all today!  BUT, I do love the background I created with the Distress Crayons, so even if you’re not loving my card (like me!) I hope you’ll enjoy the background technique I used!
First, I started with a simple collage of torn book paper on some cardstock, painted with a thin coat of white gesso. I pulled out an assortment of greens & blues from the sets of Distress Crayons I have…
I scribbled bits of color all over my background…  as you can see, I was very careful 😉
Then I misted some more water and got my fingers inky, smearing & blending the colors!  I added some extra depth of color by highlighting along some of the torn edges with more crayon.
I selected a couple different stencils and used a slightly wet rag (I just sprayed a bit of water in a corner of it) to rub through the stencil and remove some of the color.
… and my background was complete!  I really love how it turned out!  I trimmed the background to fit on a square card and used one of the crayons along the edges of the piece to finish it off, again just blending with my fingers. I think the finger blending worked so well because of the gesso underneath.  Love it!
I wanted to try the crayons on another surface as well, so prepared another piece of card stock with some torn foil tape layered on it.
Because the surface was shiny & slick, I used a blending tool to add color and keep my fingerprints off of it 🙂
I stamped some stars in black Archival ink on the foil tape and cut them out.  The ink did not dry and the black was a bit too harsh, so I embossed the stars in silver (this powder is slightly translucent, so they have a pewter look because of the black peeking through).
Even with the Distress Crayon added, the metallic foil shines through!
I embossed some stars on my background to tie it all together… added sequins and some glitter for extra bling.  It’s actually pretty sparkly for a masculine Christmas card!  LOL
I’ve got another piece from my background that I’m working with to create another card… with a little luck I’ll end up with something I like enough to share next week!  Now I happen to know that there’s some very creative pieces waiting for you on the following blogs… so please enjoy our ‘Distress to Impress’ blog hop!  It’s been a fun challenge working with Distress Crayons 🙂
Get hopping and prepare to be impressed:
Thanks for hopping along with us!  Don’t forget to leave comments along the way for a chance to win a set of Distress Crayons!  Stop back here if you happen to get lost along the way… 🙂
Inky hugs,
Materials Used:
Distress Crayons Sets 1, 2 & 9
Star stamp by Ken Oliver
Star background stamp by Dylusions
Silver Embossing Powder
Tim Holtz Embellishment
sequins & glitter…

Tuesday with Tara {take 100} & you can win!

Tuesday, May 30th, 2017

Happy Tuesday!  Today marks 100 Tuesday with Tara blog posts here on the Scrap n’ Stamp blog!  We thought it would be fun to celebrate this milestone sharing 10 favorites from the past 99 posts… and a chance for YOU to join the fun and win $100 gift certificate to spend in the online store!  Woohoo!  (Thanks Raya!)  So, if you want a chance to win, please leave a comment on this blog post telling me your fave “take” or if any of these past 99 posts have inspired you to create!

Now… in random order, here’s a creative top 10 list of sorts:

1. {take 7}

2. {take 35}

3. {take 66}

4. {take 20}

5. {take 68}

6. {take 15}

7. {take 41}

8. {take 57}

9. {take 11}

10. {take 85}

And that’s it… click the link for each take to see the original blog post details!  I deliberately skipped over winter/Christmas projects, cuz I’m all about warm, sunny days this time of year 🙂

Thanks for sticking around!  Hope you saw something that made you smile… and I hope you’ll take advantage of a chance to win a $100 gift certificate by leaving a comment!  I look forward to hearing from you!

Inky hugs,