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For the Birds Blog Hop

Friday, September 3rd, 2021

Hello & welcome to our September Blog Hop- For the Birds!  I’m a sucker for bird stamps and dies, but when I started to plan my design for this hop I realized it’s been a while since I got a new one.  I’m sure after seeing the cards the rest of the team make I’ll have a big wish list 🙂

As usual, we ask that you leave us some comments along the way as you do the hop- we’ll be selecting one special commenter to win a $50 gift certificate to the SNS online store!  You’ll also find some great savings there this weekend, so be sure to check it out!

For my card, I decided to feature a favorite of mine, the feathered friends dies by Tim Holtz.  It had been a while since I’ve made anything with these, so I started by inking up a bunch of backgrounds so I could cut multiple times and mix & match them.  I wanted to pair with one of the backgrounds I made the other day when I was playing around with my Distress Inks & Floral Outline Stamps, so I chose one of the more neutral colored birds to complement the flowers.

I overwatered the background with water to try to bleed the colors out… which didn’t work quite like I wanted, but still made a nice, soft design.  I spritzed over it with bundled sage Distress Spray Stain to tie it together with the greens in the bird as well.

As you can see, the inky green part has a text pattern and some gold shimmer to it!  I don’t have any of the new Distress Mica Sprays, but I have plenty of shimmery things in my stash to help me improvise 🙂

My little sentiment is from an older Tim Holtz set, Crazy Talk. It’s got a bunch of great sentiments to mix & match AND it’s still available to purchase!

Now it’s time to carry on hopping!  You are here with me, Tara and your next stop is Susan.  Enjoy!  Don’t forget to leave some comments for a chance to win!

Thanks for visiting, and have fun!

Inky hugs,





Tuesday with Tara {take 315} Happy For You

Tuesday, August 31st, 2021

Happy Tuesday!  Today’s Challenge word is SPRITZ so I took it upon myself to use Distress Spray Stains as my ink medium today!  I also took inspiration from the teasers for the new Distress Crayon Release and limited my palette to the three newest Distress Colors- Prize Ribbon, Salvaged Patina & Kitsch Flamingo.  They’re really pretty together, and while I love the combo they are not in my ‘comfort zone’ together, so I really struggled to get a finished card together (I made a bunch of backgrounds though, so you’ll see them pop up here & there!)

For this background, I used the Distress Mixed Media Heavystock and using the stains it was a favorite of mine for the way the inks were able to mix & blend together in some spots and still show spray/splatter marks on other spots.    I stamped first the Tim Holtz Floral Outline Stamps over the Cardstock, then after it was dry I spritzed the three colors over it.  I did not add water to my background, but I did go back over it with some pink (kitsch flamingo) as it was the lightest color and the other colors were definitely dominant.

I really wanted to keep this card simple, and I chose a pretty sentiment from Gina K Designs to go with it.  I struggled a lot with what to add and finally die cut a few different leaves and layered them on the card. I added a few touches of bling and a twine bow for some texture.

I really struggle with designing cards in certain colors and this was an example of that for me!  I do love the colors together with these stamps though, and you’ll see them again soon!

Inky hugs,


Tuesday with Tara {take 313} birthday wishes

Tuesday, August 17th, 2021

Happy Tuesday! Today I’m sharing a throwback post with some fun birthday wishes to hopefully inspire you!  Enjoy!  (In case of any technical difficulties, the original post is here.)

Happy Tuesday! Today I’m sharing two cards that came from some experimentation with the Retro Repeat die set by Tim Holtz. Since I’m still totally overflowing with inspiration from the girls in our Watercolour Wishes Blog Hop, I’ve also got some watercolor vibes happening in my first card.

Retro Repeat Dies

I started out just experimenting with the repeat dies to see how they worked. They cut out two rows of design, but the die includes a third which lightly embosses the next row so you can easily align the die to cut as many as you wish. It was pretty simple to work with, I just had to do a bit of trimming to my panel when I was done. (Let’s just pretend it was intentional for me to photograph the wrong die alongside my card. LOL. I’m experiencing some significant brain fog these days!)


I decided to layer a colorful watercolor background behind my panel, so cut a piece of watercolor paper to the size I wanted and used a smooshing technique with Distress Ink on my craft sheet. I just kinda used the colors I had sitting there and it ended up being something I wasn’t crazy about. Ooops. You can always fix a background though- so I added some shades of yellow Distress Oxide (Squeezed Lemonade & Fossilized Amber) over the background with a blending tool, then used the same colors to smoosh more color onto it. The layer of yellow softened some of the muddy bits and brightened the yellows I already had, as well as increasing the textural look with some oxidization.

I chose some fun sketchy flowers (which have a two-step design like the stamps I used for the blog hop) by MFT to provide a focal point for this card. Using the same shades of yellow & green which were in my background helps tie it all together. I paired the ‘wish’ die cut from Tim’s Shadow Script #2 set with a sentiment sticker from one of the Small Talk sticker pads. (I have a stash of these, I’ve been collecting for years. They come in handy so often!)

A little tip

As you can see, the die cut opening only reveals part of my background, so I cut the bottom layer of the ‘wish’ die from the portion that would be hidden! I use this technique a lot when I’m working with layers on a card. If you’ve got a layer that won’t be seen, die cut something out of it! In a case like this, it’s a perfect coordinating element. Otherwise, you’ve got a start for your next project…

My final detail to tie everything together was to ink the Small Talk Sticker with the same yellows I stamped with. A few little Nuvo Jewel Drops finished this card off!

More Retro Repeat

I created a larger die cut with another of the Retro Repeat dies and turned it into another simple card. I came across this snarky sentiment as I was looking for something to go with ‘wish’ Since it was a larger sticker, I decided I’d keep this one simple.

Since my card base & ‘wish’ layer were cream, I chose to ink my white sticker with yellow again. A few enamel dots and some Stickles glitter glue add a bit more yellow to balance everything out. There’s not much fancy about this card… but I think we can all relate to the sentiment! I hope your week is off to a great start, and I hope you get some time to get inky & play along with our Watercolour Wishes Challenge on facebook! Inky hugs, Tara