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Tuesday with tara {take 351} Refresh!

Tuesday, May 17th, 2022

Happy Tuesday!  Today I’m sharing a card that is a sweet reminder to *refresh*!  This sweet kitten by Anita Jeram is getting ready to refresh some spring flowers, and maybe taking some time to enjoy the flowers will give you the refresh that you need!

I wanted to work with my new mini slimline stackable dies by Lawn Fawn for this card, so I chose to make a sweet 3×6″ card this time.  I’ve been playing around with a variety of sizes as mini slims lately, but this one (or something a little bit bigger) may be my new default now that I have these dies!

This little card size is not anything new for me, even though it is kinda a ‘trendy new thing’ in card making right now!  I have been making cards this size for around 15 years!  Looking back at my personal blog (which I used when I had a store in Williams Lake, BC) I found some to share from classes I taught in 2009.  I saw some as far back as 2007 when I looked a while ago, but the photos were kinda awful 🙂

I pulled out my Copics to color this cutie, experimenting with this light Kraft Cardstock as my base.  It was a bit hard to see how the blending would come out as I worked (the ink is much darker when wet than it is on white Cardstock!), but I was pleased with the result and impressed with how well even the light colors show up!

I dug through my dies to find some flowers that would coordinate nicely with the cute one on the watering can… and I found these ones from two different funky floral sets by Tim Holtz.  I cut them from a panel of Cardstock I did some ink blending on with a few shades of Distress Oxide Ink, then added a touch of glitter to the finished flowers.

Finally, I decided on some ombre layers to match the mix of colors and of course a bit of bling to add sparkle!

Hope you like this little cutie and that you take some time to refresh… whatever that means for you!

Inky hugs,


Creating Texture

Monday, May 16th, 2022

Hi Everyone! It’s Susan and I’m sharing a post for the Random Acts of Cardness prompt of Texture. I have a LOT of pics so I made them smaller to fit more in – hope they’re not too small to see.

I was playing with the Simon Hurley Stampin Foam. This was my first time and I am HOOKED!! If you haven’t tried these I highly recommend them. All you do is heat the foam for a couple of minutes with your heat tool then press in to whatever you have that is textured. Next you ink up the foam like you would a stamp then stamp with it. I wiped it clean with a wet wipe then heated it up again with my heat tool to remove the impression and moved on to the next thing with texture.

Click HERE to watch a quick video on how it works.

Here’s a pic of the foam with the impression of the wall and inked up then me stamping it.


Below are all the panels I made using the foam. The top three are made from the impression I got from the wall in my craft room

The middle row: left is from my sweater, middle is a wicker basket and right is my Tombow markers

The bottom row is all the edge of the baskets that I store my stamps in.

And these are the cards I made from the panels. I do have a couple still to play with but I did make a lot.

All the products I used are listed below.

Other ways I added texture was to to use stencils, tear edges of card stock and also distress the edges of some of the card stock.





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Home is Where the Books Are!

Friday, May 13th, 2022


Happy Friday! Today’s Random Acts of Cardness word is HOME, and I made a card that, for me, has lots of elements of home:



I’ve used two new stamp and die sets from Avery Elle, Feels Like Home and Feels Like Home Addition. So cute! I had to make sure I included books, a hot beverage (tea for me, please) and a cat. Everything is from the first set except for the reading koala and the sentiment, which come from the addition. Because I can’t help myself, I stamped and embossed with clear embossing powder before colouring everything with Copic markers.  To create a bit of flooring, I masked off the top part of my white panel and lightly applied my antique linen distress ink pad directly to the cardstock. (I should probably reink it, but it adds the perfect variations of colour at the moment!) I added my panel to my card base before arranging everyone into their little scene.



I’d love to see how you might interpret today’s word prompt! Enjoy your weekend.