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Tuesday with Tara {take 432} Wildflowers

You belong among the wildflowers.

Happy Tuesday!  Last week I got inky on my Crafty Live with the new Scorched Timber Distress, and I was determined to make something with one of my backgrounds for this week!   I kept things pretty simple and die cut one of the backgrounds (I believe this one features the two sprays together- Distress Spray Stain and Distress Oxide Spray) with my new Stitched Oblong STAX dies by MFT.  I love how the mix of the two sprays gives almost a dirty chalkboard effect.

I embossed a wildflowers sentiment (this is from an older Gina K set that it still in stock!) in white, then scattered a few mini brushstrokes flowers along one edge.  I’d pre-cut a variety of flowers in yellows & blue from some backgrounds so these were ready to go!

I added some subtle detail to the background with an Altenew stencil called “Leaf Bed” and Squeezed Lemonade Distress Ink, then decided to add it to a coordinating envelope as well!  I added a few sequins as a finishing touch…

I hope this brings a bit of sunshine to your day, especially if you’re experiencing the endless days of winter wherever you are…

Inky hugs,

Tara

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Tuesday with Tara {take 424} Winter Birthday Wishes

Happy Boxing Day, friends!  (or happy Tuesday to those of you in the USA. LOL)

Just because Christmas Day has come & gone, we don’t have to stop using our snowy crafty supplies!  Especially if they are relatively new and you still have inspiration for them… so today I’m sharing a winter birthday card!  It’s fairly simple, but has tons of shimmer & shine!

My background is this gorgeous Pierced Fancy Flakes A2 cover plate by Honey Bee, cut in blue then spritzed with some pearly mica spray.  I was looking for something shiny to complement the background, and none of my blues or silvers looked quite right… then I remembered I had some Holographic Foil Cardstock and thought I’d give it a try… I think we can agree it turned out kinda fabulous!

I cut a sentiment (birthday wishes by MFT) and some snowflakes (snow time by Penny Black) from the foil cardstock (sorry- can’t fine either of these in the online store at the moment!) and added some clear bling to finish it off!  Any snowflakes or sentiment would be lovely out of this- it’s a touch finicky to deal with, but is totally worth it when you get these results!  I was very impressed it photographed well, too!

I hope you had a lovely Christmas- and if you’re still on vacation, enjoy every minute!  Don’t forget to take some time to be creative and make some snowy thank you or birthday cards to get you through January 🙂

Inky hugs,

Tara

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Tuesday with Tara {take 415} Sweet Treat Bags!

It’s not too late to put together some sweet little bags of treats before Halloween next week!  I’ve used dies, a stencil and ink all by Tim Holtz for these treats!  One thing I love about the Pumpkin Duo die set, is that you can use just the base layer as a silhouette when you want something simple, like I’ve done here!  It made a really fun window for my treat bags!
I was really hoping the cats from the Mischievous die set would be a good fit with the pumpkins, and they did not disappoint!  Cutting them out of a deep purple/black glitter paper is simply fabulous for Halloween (but they’ll be fun in a variety of colors throughout the year too)!

For the background I trimmed and scored the panel to the size I wanted (slightly larger than the plastic treat bag I filled with candy & tucked inside).  I used a blending tool to ink around the edges to start, then added more color over the entire panel through the linked circle stencil.  The fun finishing touch on these is the Sassy Spooktacular Sentiments by MFT- there’s so many fun ones in this set, I really wish I had more Halloween images to work with (who knew I’d grow to enjoy Halloween makes?)!

I used small treat bags to fill with candy, then put them in place with adhesive tape before folding over the Cardstock and punching holes for my ribbon.  I forgot to take a photo of the back of these, but it’s really nothing fancy- just a rectangle of cardstock folded over a bag.  You could definitely make it a bit fancier by creating a triangular pouch with scores at the bottom so it stood up, but these are super simple and perfect to go in my little treat bucket!

These little goodie bags went together pretty quick & easy and are such a fun way to add a handmade touch to your Halloween Treats!  We don’t get many trick-or-treaters at our house, so it was no problem making enough to go around 🙂

Hope you have a sweet day!

Inky hugs,

Tara

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