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Tuesday with Tara {take 422} Christmas Sweater

Happy Tuesday!

I’ve been having fun creating backgrounds with the new Holiday Knit Texture Fade by Tim Holtz.  I inked the front of the embossing folder with some Distress Oxide Ink (for this card I’ve used Rustic Wilderness) and didn’t do much else besides add a bit of ink to the edges!  I embossed a panel I had pre-cut to give me an even border around the card front.

For this card, I paired my background with some greenery from the Festive Gatherings die set and added touches of glitter & gold.  I’ve once again used a foiled sentiment using the new Stick & Shine Xmas Classics sentiments Metallic foil by Penny Black!  I think I’ll be using these on quite a few of my cards this year (yes, I’m one of those people who is still making them…). Don’t you love the shimmering touches and the texture on the background?  I’ve also used one of the Nesting Stitched Circle dies by Prism Studio- there’s so many sizes they are perfect for almost everything, and the stitched edge gives a nice nod to the sweater pattern!

For a bit of contrast I tied my greenery with a small bit of red jute string.  It’s a nice finishing touch, I think!

Inky hugs,


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Tuesday with Tara {take 421} Birthday Bug

Happy Tuesday!  It’s definitely the season for making & sending Christmas cards, because of that it can be a bit challenging for those people who have December birthdays.  My grandson, who turned 1 yesterday, is one of those people!  I decided to use the same stamp set I worked with for the Christmas Critters Blog Hop (you can see my card HERE) and use it on a quick, but playful birthday card!

I had a blue rectangle die cut and the Lawn Fawn Knit Picky Winter 6×6 paper pad sitting on my desk, so they were the inspiration for the rest of the card!  I wanted to use one of the little bugs in the Christmas Hats stamp set by Anita Jeram, thinking they would be cute paired with this bold birthday greeting by Tim Holtz.  I love using these bold sentiments when I need a quick card!

I stamped the sentiment in Prize Ribbon Distress Ink and added this cute little bug in black.  I almost left it just like that, but decided to add a bit of color and shimmer with a touch of a gelly roll Stardust pen, as well (did you know you can do watercolor blending with these? You can see it a bit on the bug’s belly). I finished it off (as well as the die cut “1” I added) with a bit of Glossy Accents to help it stand out!

I didn’t make this adorable little cake (that Shyloe was not at all interested in smashing.  LOL), but thought I’d share since it matched my card so well!  Isn’t it pretty!?

I’ve got another birthday card using the same colors to share as well- watch for it on my Instagram & blog later this week!  If you haven’t done our Christmas Critters blog hop yet, start here and check it out- there’s some really great makes to inspire you!

Inky hugs,



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Tuesday with Tara {take 419} holly hugs

Happy Tuesday!

I’m sharing a throwback post today, since I am currently on vacation with family!  Enjoy!

Today’s card started out very simple and grew into a vintage collage that I had so much fun putting together!  I knew I wanted to work with ribbon, so a wreath is a perfect way to display one.  This little one from Tim Holtz’s Wreath & Snowflake die set is really cute and I’d never even cut it out before!  I chose to layer together two wreaths, one from a (not quite big enough) piece of inked cardstock and the other is solid green.  I did the same with the berry dies and it gave me a nice variety to work with and pair with the crinkly ribbon bow.

Last time I used this set, it was for our ‘snow much fun’ blog hop (you can see my card on instagram or my blog) and I used the same die cut ‘hugs’ sentiment!  I’d cut it twice since I wasn’t sure which way I wanted my layers to go, so today’s card seemed like a perfect chance to use it.

Honestly, the rest of the card just kinda came together as I flipped through paper pads and stamps that were nearby on my messy workspace (seriously, has anyone got tips how to clean this mess up without getting distracted by all the pretty things?)…

The library card is from Vicky Boutin, the holly stamp is by Tim Holtz and the rest are old wooden stamps from Art Impressions & Hero Arts I just love to throw in the mix sometimes.  I had fun adding in some metallic stickers & a touch of Nuvo glitter dots as well!  That background paper is some OLD Tim Holtz Kraft resist gorgeousness with some Rustic Wilderness Distress Ink over it.  I added a bit of a Distress Ink/ Distress Marker combo to add color to the holly on the library card.

Thanks for stopping by!

Inky hugs,


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