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Tuesday with Tara {take 308} Hold On Art Journal Spread

Tuesday, July 13th, 2021

Happy Tuesday!

Today I had the best intentions of sharing a new card featuring a new-to-my-stash product… but I’ve been sick with a super fun bug (ha) during the time I would have had to create!  So, I’m sharing a throw back post!  My challenge word for today is “lift” and I came across this fun art journal spread that’s a bit interactive, so I thought it was a good one to share!  I hope you like it- it’s from way back in 2017!

Hope you enjoy the throwback!

I hope you’ve had a great week and that you enjoyed our Freaky Friday Blog Hop (if you missed it, it’s not to late to check it out and comment for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to the online store!  We’ll announce the winners on Friday!).

While the hop was happening, I was making a hot mess in an all day Art Journaling class with Dina Wakley!  We had such a fun time, and I tried some new things and stepped out of my comfort zone… it was fabulous!  Today I want to share with you the ‘big’ project we did in her new Mixed Media journal– a six ‘page’ spread with one continuous theme.  Wow!  Since this was a class, I’m not going to be giving you any step-by-step details, though I will encourage you to take a class with Dina if you ever get a chance, she’s a really great teacher!  If she doesn’t teach in an area near you, she’s got classes available online and some great youtube videos to check out as well!

As I said, we worked in the new journal and our spread started with a page of watercolor paper, then burlap (2 sides) then a large tag (2 sides-inserted with her Printed Paper Tape) and finally another page of watercolor paper.  I used images from the ‘Words in Faces‘ stamp set as my focal point.  My color scheme was primarily Lapis, Fuchsia and Cheddar paints from her collection.  I also used a variety of other stamps & stencils from her collection… lots of fun stuff to work with!

Space doesn’t allow for me to share a ton of close up photos… but I hope you can get a taste of the creative fun I had!  So many things about this stretched me out of my comfort zone, and I loved it!  Hopefully it inspires you to move out of yours this week… and make a hot mess 🙂

Inky hugs,


Tuesday with Tara {take 307} anniversary resist

Tuesday, July 6th, 2021

Hey friends!  Happy Tuesday… today I decided to continue playing with Sketch Greenery stamps & embossing powder and show you a simple resist technique.  But then when I was reaching for clear embossing powder (which I may or may not have to add to my craft shopping list!) I saw Distress Embossing Glaze and the rest, well that’s history I suppose!

I filmed another video while working on this background and card, and I’m hoping to get it edited and uploaded this week.  I’ll be sure to link to it here if I ever get it together!

I wanted to use stamps from the same set I used for the blog hop, sketch greenery but with some definite non-Christmas vibes!  I decided on a more tropical color scheme and it’s definitely a step away from my usual.  I stamped two different greenery images in Versamark Ink, then embossed with a mixture of two Distress Embossing Glaze colors- Rustic Wilderness & Salvaged Patina.  I love how the two colors mix together on some of the leaves, but I love the way the resist pops over the lighter Patina color especially!  I’ll definitely be trying some of my lighter colored glazes on this technique later on.

Over the embossed design I did some inking in yellows & coral/pink and it definitely is giving off those tropical vibes!  I had left an open space in my design, so I decided to make it the focal point instead of hiding it.  I started my blending with Distress Inks: Squeezed Lemonade (pale yellow) in the center and abandoned coral around the edges.  I blended between them with Fossilized Amber and finally decided to brighten up the corners a bit with some Picked Raspberry.  So fun!

The anniversary portion of the sentiment was embossed with the same Salvaged Patina embossing glaze.  It was a great match to the Cardstock I cut the MFT ‘hey’ from (I can’t get enough of this die!).  I layered it onto a white cut to tie the sentiment and card base together.

Of course, I had to use the full anniversary sentiment on the inside of the card- “You guys make marriage look easy peasy” just because it’s marriage goals.  I love this fun set by Heffy Doodle!

Hope your week is off to a great start!

Inky hugs,


Christmas in July Blog Hop

Friday, July 2nd, 2021

Happy Blog Hop Day!

I’m not one of those people who work on their Christmas cards all year long… and I’m not one who does more than one or two Christmas cards in July.  However, I DO buy Christmas stamps after Christmas and our blog hop today gave me an opportunity to make a card with one such stamp set that was at the top of my wish list in 2020.

But first, let me tell you about our blog hop!  We’ve kept the theme pretty flexible this time, so you’ll see a variety of Christmas card inspiration ranging from elegant to cute and everything in between!  I’m always so impressed with the diversity on our design team, and I hope you enjoy it too!  You’ll find the full list of blogs & links at the bottom of this post.  You can also enjoy some Christmas shopping in the SNS online store this weekend- lots of fabulous Christmas items are on sale 20% off!  Have fun!

Today I’m using Sketch Greenery Stamps by Tim Holtz, which I fell in love with last fall when it was a new release.  I missed out on all the after Christmas sales, but still had to have this one when I found it this spring.  I love the mix of greenery and the collection of lovely, simple sentiments… and I can totally envision myself using some of these images during the rest of the year, too!  Just watch for it to show up in future projects 🙂

I kept things very simple for my card, going back to basics as it were by featuring gold embossing and plain white card stock with Kraft.  I stamped one of the greenery images multiple times and heat embossed with gold, then stamped the holly design with Picket Fence Distress in the open spaces.  I added a bit of loose color (aka I scribbled) to the gold leaves with a white watercolor pencil.

I selected one of the many sentiments in the set and heat embossed it as well, then trimmed it down and cut it into a flag shape before mounting it on a white layer.  I added a small piece of white sheer ribbon to the flag before gluing it all to my white card base.

As I said, I kept it really simple! Gold heat embossing was one of the first things I learned to do when I started stamping in the early 90’s and it still makes me smile!  This card really is a throwback for me though… my VERY first project with stamps was making personalized Christmas wrapping paper on Kraft shipping paper!  So fun to think back about what started it all!  I’d love to know, what was your first stamping project?

Next up you’re going to hop over to see what KIA has made!  And she’ll keep you going from there. If you need it, here’s the full hop list:


Happy Hopping!  I hope you’re inspired to get going on some Christmas makes… or at least that it gives you a bit of a mental cool down in the midst of all this heat 🙂

Inky hugs,