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Tuesday with Tara {take 375} Merry Bird

There’s just something about birds at Christmas- and this cutie is from a sweet set by MFT.  The set is called “Christmas Cardinals” but I took some creative license with my colors on this one, choosing to make his hat red instead!  I kept this card simple, pairing my bird with a bold, glittery ‘Merry‘ sentiment by Tim Holtz.

I layered the two elements over a book print circle (this one cut from an old technical manual I found) on a simple, clean white card.  A few pieces of bling finish it off and a bit of Nuvo glitter on the hat ties all the sparkly elements together!

This card might be a touch more than your basic CAS card, but it’s how I do CAS so I’m gonna say it counts!  I hope you like it 🙂

Inky hugs,


Tuesday with Tara {take 368} Hello There

Hello There!  I’m back after some a bit of time off!  It’s been fun for me to see Raya’s picks of my past cards to share on Tuesday’s here 🙂   Life is a bit crazy for me right now, and will continue to be that way for a while but for now I’m happy to share another card and some ‘creative therapy’ as I’m able to make things!

Today, I’ve got one more card I did using the fabulous Leaf Fragment dies by Tim Holtz.  This is the first one I’m sharing here on the SNS Blog, but if you participated in our September Inspiration hop  (or follow me on Instagram) you probably saw some of the others!

I made a series of 4 cards using a variety of inky leaves, Kraft card stock and book print and for this one, I added a glittery sentiment!  I die cut a BOLD TEXT sentiment with gold glitter Cardstock and pieced the letters carefully together along a ruler to keep them as straight as possible.  I kinda wish I had cut it from white or black also to layer under it and add a bit more pop, but since I didn’t I simply highlighted the left edges of the letters with a dark green pen to add some definition.

It definitely feels like autumn is here in the south now- temperatures have dropped and we had quite a bit of rain & wind as Ian landed in the United States.  Thankfully, where I’m living we didn’t have any major damage.  There were plenty of trees knocked down from the winds, and because of that we had a power outage for 12 hours on Friday night/Saturday morning.  It was mostly an inconvenience here and we are very grateful for our safety!

Be sure to stop back by this weekend- our October Inspiration Hop begins on Friday and it’s sure to be a treat!

Inky hugs,



Tuesday with tara {take 352} Refresh!

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,


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