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Tuesday with tara {take 151}

Tuesday, May 29th, 2018

Happy Tuesday!

Today’s card is a simple one that celebrates some gorgeous watercolor floral paper by Webster’s Pages that I picked up on a recent shopping trip- the cheerful mix of patterns and colors called to me… so I decided to try using it for some paper piecing!  I stamped this fun mug by Impression Obsession first on white card stock, then on the patterned paper.  I trimmed my patterned mug and added a bit of shading, then colored the pens, pencils & paintbrushes in a variety of shades to coordinate with the paper. My white cardstock was trimmed to fit inside the card front and the right edge was trimmed with some old school scalloped scissors 😉

I trimmed a strip of the floral paper to fit a die cut ‘hello’ sentiment (from the Sizzix Side Order die set) I added a simple ‘handmade’ definition stamp in black (an OLD Hero Arts fave!) to help draw the eye to the die cut greeting.

Such a pretty mug of tools!  The little butterfly is also from the spring Side Order die set, I stamped the same definition on the back side of the patterned paper (which has a pale pink pattern).

A little bit of Distress Ink blending and some Nuvo Glitter drops add a bit of extra interest to the background of my card.  I also added a bit of splatter details using Dina’s Scribble Sticks.  They make it soooo easy!

I paper pieced another image as well and made a similar card with it- you can see a closer look at that one on my personal blog later today 🙂

Thanks for stopping by!

Inky hugs,



Materials Used:

Die Cut butterfly/hello by Sizzix (Springtime Side Order die set)

Kraft card

White Card Stock

Mug stamp by Impression Obsession

Patterned Paper by Webster’s Pages

Girl Stamp & Sentiment by Unity

Distress Ink

Nuvo Glitter Drops Sunlit Meadow

Hop Into Spring Blog Hop

Saturday, May 12th, 2018

Hi!  Thanks for stopping by today, we’ve got some fun projects to share with you on our Hop Into Spring blog hop 🙂  The hop starts HERE with projects by ME (Tara) & my Mom, Julie!  Be sure to leave a comment on each of the blogs and we’ll be selecting a winner to receive the featured die set!

I’ll give you the links later in the post as well, but to make it easy, here’s the full (short) list:

Today our projects all feature the lovely lilac die by Dee’s Distinctively, a great Canadian company!  This beautiful die features two parts- a base with the entire lilac shape and another with individual blooms.  I chose to use both parts on my projects today, cutting from some pretty marbled paper (more on that later!) and shaping the individual blooms to add dimension and texture to my project!

The blooms were so pretty that I kept the rest of my card quite simple… the palette was inspired by the combination of the lilacs and the fun variegated fibers I came across.  I had the pleasure of crafting with my Mom on my recent visit and using primarily supplies from her creative space on the cards.  In fact, I’m sharing two cards with you today- one of which my mom created 🙂   Here’s a closer look at my sentiment, by Taylored Expressions, simply stamped in pigment ink & clear embossed.  Love it!

I used some dimensional drops in the centers of the blossoms (similar to Nuvo drops or Glossy Accents) and added some dimensional drops around the card as well.

Here’s the card my Mom, Julie made:

She had a pre-cut frame panel that provides a perfect focal point for the lilacs!  The sentiment is from the same set I used and she added the sweet little bee from a Tim Holtz minis set 🙂

The lilacs were all cut from some paper I created using a Shaving Cream Marbling process at a recent make & take day at a nearby store.  Here’s a few process pics- I started with a coral base and added purple for my second run since I wanted to work with these dies.  So glad I did, Love the results!

Start with shaving cream foam and Distress Ink Re-inkers… drop and drag a tool through to create patterns.

lay your paper into the patterned foam, remove and then scrape the foam from the paper to reveal the pattern!  Add some more drops of color and repeat until it’s not pretty anymore LOL.  Here’s my finished pieces:

It’s a bit messy, but easy and a fun way to create backgrounds!

Next on the HOP head over to see…

As you can see, we are a smaller group for today’s hop- we lost some amazingly talented ladies as they’ve gone on to other commitments (we wish you guys all the best- love seeing what you’re doing on social media!) and we have decided to step it up and start an official Design Team! We’d love to have YOU apply!  You can find all the details on Facebook and by clicking over to this blog post 🙂

Have a creative day!

Inky hugs,



Materials Used:

Dee’s Distinctively Die: lilac

Taylored Expressions Wonderful World Stamp Set



Tuesday with Tara {take 137}

Tuesday, February 20th, 2018

Happy Tuesday!

For today’s card I was inspired to do two things… play with the color ORANGE and try a new background stamp technique with my Tim Holtz stamp platform.  I probably should have stopped a few steps before I did, but now that I’ve walked away from the project and am coming back to it, it’s growing on me.  Regardless, I had fun and did succeed with both those goals!  Hope you like the card, or can look past it and learn a fun technique 🙂

Let me first say that I saw this technique on a video shared by Unity Stamp Company… I looked for it so I could share the link, but haven’t been able to track it down.  If I find it, I’ll add the link here!  The stamp I chose may not be the best for this technique, but it was still fun!

I used a cling mounted background stamp (this is an OLD one by Hero Arts) and three shades of yellow/orange Distress Ink.  After lining up my paper with the stamp and securing it with magnets, I started with the lightest color and randomly inked spots over the background.  I repeated this with two more colors, gradually filling in the entire card surface.  I went back with the middle color to fill in any gaps that were still there and created a fun, multi-toned background in just a few steps!  Because Distress Inks layer and blend so well, there were no harsh lines where the colors met or overlapped.  I used full size ink pads, but you could probably get even better results with the mini Distress Inks!

When I went to assemble my card, I found the background had too much white space for the rest of the ideas I had in my head, so I kept going… blending some Distress Ink over it, stamping another background stamp & eventually adding a large splatter of Distress Stain. It got pretty ugly before I (hopefully) redeemed it. LOL. but, I added a pretty die cut (another old fave by Memory Box), book print, a sentiment stamp (another oldie by Art Impressions) and some pretty orange ribbon… and came up with this:

I finished it off with a light shadow with the black Stablio pencil and some glitter…

At the very least, I can say that I was indeed creating with abandon, as the sentiment says.  Maybe that’s not always the best advice… but it came out okay in the end 😉

I also have to say, apart from the Stamp Platform, I used a bunch of older supplies that hadn’t seen any love for a while to make this card. A new tool like the platform (and the new mini that is available for pre-order, which is awesome if the larger one is a bit over your budget!) can really give new life to the supplies you have already!

Hope you find time to be creative this week!  See you next Tuesday!

Inky hugs,



Materials Used:

Tim Holtz Stamp Platform

Distress Inks

Distress Stain

Cling mounted background stamp

White cardstock

Memory Box Poppy Die

Art Impressions Sentiment