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Tuesday with Tara {take 208}

Tuesday, July 9th, 2019

Happy Tuesday!

I hope you enjoyed our Turnabout Blog Hop over the weekend- and if you haven’t checked it out yet, there is still time to hop along and leave some comments for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate to the online store!

Today I’m sharing another simple card that uses the ‘Hello Sunshine’ Turnabout again, along with the same four colors of Distress Oxide Ink that I used on my card for the hop: Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade, Squeezed Lemonade & Wild Honey, along with a spritz of Distress Oxide Spray in Spiced Marmalade, but this time I stamped it on a kraft card base. The effect of the yellow & orange inks on kraft is a lot more subtle, but I had something different in mind for this one… I pictured the burst design as the flash from this adorable little camera image by Picket Fence Studios!

I fell in love with this “Capture Life in Color” stamp when I saw it, though I didn’t really know what I would do with it… except to make it colorful! I love pairing bright colors with kraft so I decided to give it a go. I stamped the image twice, once on white cardstock and once directly on the kraft base. I knew I would be fussy cutting the image, but thought the words would look best as part of the base rather than having a white outline around them.

After that, I did some very simple coloring with watercolor pencils (these ones by Nuvo have a nice mix of bright colors!), fussy cut my image and adhered it with 3D Foam Squares before adding some touches of glitter with Nuvo Glitter Drops in Honey Gold & Aquatic Mist. (always apply the wet stuff last! LOL). Once it sat for a bit, I decided to add some tiny pieces of washi tape and some heart bling to balance everything and add that extra touch of texture…

This card is super simple, but I think the colors and the message really POP! Hope it makes you smile, it’s a fun use for this Turnabout stamp design.

Inky hugs,


Life Is Better By The Sea

Thursday, July 4th, 2019

Hello stamping friend!It’s Deb here today, posting for the Scrap ‘N Stamp Design Team. Summertime weather has started here, which means that life is always better by the sea – or ocean, or lake! I’m using one of my favourite stamp sets called A Dose of Vitamin Sea, by Picket Fence Studios.


I love these whales! Don’t they just look happy to be swimming about?

Life Is Better By The Sea

I did a lot of my favourite thing – ink blending – for the background; that made me happy 🙂


First, cut a panel of white cardstock. Use your blender brushes to add ink, creating a water background. Start from lightest at the top, to darkest at the bottom. The colours I chose are Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Salty Ocean and Blueprint Sketch, Distress inks. When you’re happy with your water, lay your stencil on top of the panel. To make sure it stays in place, I used a temporary spray adhesive, or you can use the Thermo Web Purple Tape, or even a washi tape. If you don’t have a sun rays stencil, you can always make your own if you have the Lawn Fawn Sun Rays die, and an acetate sheet!

Create the sun rays by blending Peacock Feathers Distress ink through the stencil, about halfway down the panel. Lighten the rays as you go, just as they would normally penetrate less through the water, the deeper they go.  Remove, and clean your stencil. Add a few small fish, stamping them in Salty Ocean Distress ink, randomly on the panel. Spray some water onto the panel, to create some lighter droplet areas.  Now, set aside your beautiful water panel, while you work on the rest of the details.

Life Is Better By The Sea


On a separate piece of white cardstock, blend Salty Ocean Distress ink. Stamp the sentiment in Versamark ink, and then cover it with white embossing powder. Set it with a heat tool, and set it aside.

For the whales, stamp them in waterproof ink onto watercolour paper, and allow it to dry. Use your Zig Clean Colour Brush markers in 091 Light Gray and 092 Gray Blue to colour the whales.  Next, use the coordinating Dose of Vitamin Sea Dies to die cut the whales.  Lay your whales on the panel, and stamp some bubbles above them, in a light gray ink.

Now you can attach the whales and the sentiment to the water panel, with foam tape or squares.  Add a little bling by attaching some small rhinestones, near the stamped bubbles. Now you can finally attach your image panel to an aqua cardstock base. There you are – these happy whales prove that life is better by the sea (or in their case – in it!).


Is life better by the sea for you? Or do you prefer a lake, or pool? Whichever you prefer, I hope that my card has inspired you to add a water theme to your crafting! I’ve attached links, where possible, to the products I’ve used in my card. Online shopping is quick & easy – and it’s like Christmas when it arrives at your door! Thanks for spending some time with me today – happy stamping!

Life Is Better By The Sea

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Simple Waterfall Cards

Sunday, June 30th, 2019

Hey Guys! Glad to be back on the Scrap’N Stamp blog! I wanted to re-share an old card technique that is sure to Wow your recipients.

The waterfall card is one of the first interactive cards I attempted to make way back in the day. The nice thing about this type of card is that you don’t actually need a special die set to create it. It also is a great way to take a look at the stamps you have on hand and use them in a different way. Today I will share two cards with you. One using a newer stamp set by MFT – Picture Perfect which is such an adorable and fun set, as well as an older Lawn Fawn set called Thanks a Latte. I will also be using my Silhouette die cut machine to cut out the pieces for the waterfall card, however, you do not need this machine at all! In fact, there are many free templates available on the internet or you can use the template that I created. My template includes 4 squares in which you can stamp your image or text, a decorative panel that is slightly smaller than an A2 size card and the waterfall mechanism. I encourage you to watch the YouTube video linked below on how to use the template.

A2 Waterfall Card Template

Let’s get started! The template I will be using works with a standard A2 size card. However, you can increase or reduce the size to fit the size of card or stamps that you are using. Once you have your pieces cut out you will want to stamp your images (or sentiments) onto the 4 squares. You can use any medium to colour in your images. I used Copics for mine. Another thing you can do is create additional square cards out of coloured cardstock that are slightly larger in size to give them a backer or frame and to hide any Copic bleed through.

The next step is to prepare your pull / waterfall mechanism. You will want to score and fold the top of the “T” over and glue it down. You can use a liquid adhesive or a strong adhesive like Be Creative  Scor Tape (3mm).

Then you will score the other four marks on the base of the “T” shape and fold the paper to the back. This is a bit tricky to explain…so, I again I encourage you to watch the YouTube video linked below. Once those folds are made, you can adhere your squares down starting with the image that you want on the bottom and lining them up to your score marks. This will make the waterfall effect when you pull on the tab.

I like to punch or pierce holes in the ends of the “T” portion of the waterfall fall mechanism and create corresponding holes in the decorative panel that I can attach the two pieces together with brads. You don’t have to do this, however, if you are not adhering with brads you need to ensure you are only applying adhesive to the end of the tabs…otherwise you cannot feed the waterfall portion through the back….(again, this is confusing to explain but much easier to follow along with the video)! If you are using brads you will want to connect the panel and waterfall mechanism pieces together before you glue the panel down onto your card.

Once you have the panel adhered down you can embellish the pull tab with sting or simply by creating a tab and stamping or writing “pull here”. Again, you can glue the tab or adhere it with a brad. (Note the template above does not have a separate tab piece…but you can always create one!)

Now you can pull down your tab and watch the “waterfall” of images.

To complete your card you can stamp a sentiment or greeting on the inside.

This first one is for yet another birthday that my son Leighton was attending! I kept the front of the card super simple…although you could totally add embellishments and additional stamping!

I thought it would be fun to attach the gift card to the pull tab as an additional surprise! It also helps give the slider mechanism enough clearance for the brad to slide underneath the images without getting caught.

This corresponding sentiments from the MFT – Picture Perfect stamp set was perfect for the recipient and the giver! In fact, the two monkeys remind me of my son and his friend! (My son is really tiny so the little monkey is a spitting image of him! LOL) I also added “Happy Birthday” from the Lawn Fawn Ahoy Matey stamp set. (Another set that has images that would be super cute on a waterfall card!)

The second card was going to my son Arden’s teacher for an end of the year “Thank you”. I used some coffee themed patterned paper for the panel.

Again, there is room to add a gift card to the pull tab if you like! On this one I did not add backing cardstock so you can see the Copic colouring that bled through…but, I am okay with that.

I used a sentiment from Picket Fence’s stamp set Good Teacher that I thought worked nicely with the coffee theme. The sentiment just cracks me up…again, it suits the recipient perfectly!

I hope you enjoyed today’s cards and again, I encourage you to watch the corresponding YouTube video to get a more concise view of how these cards are assembled.

Click Here to watch the Video:

Take a look at your stamp stash and see what cute waterfall combinations you can come up with! I have stamped with the following sets and am hoping to have the cards completed shortly and posted on my Instagram account. Lawn Fawn: Ahoy Matey, Rawrsome, On the Mend, Mama Elephant: Puppy Play, Tailored Expressions: Grouchy Grumplings

Please share your creations and use the tag #snsblogwaterfallcards so we can see what you have come up with.

Have a great long weekend and Happy Canada Day to you all! 🇨🇦