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Tuesday with Tara {take 332} Celebrate!

Tuesday, January 4th, 2022

Happy Tuesday & Happy New Year!  It’s my first Tuesday with Tara for 2022… it only seemed right to bling things up a bit and celebrate!

I love glitter paper for maximum bling with minimum mess, and the 6×6 pads by Memory Box give so many colors in one stack!   I’ve paired it with a solid Cardstock layer with the falling stars die by Tim Holtz cut from it, as well as some of the additional stars cut from the glitter paper itself.

I kept this card really simple, with an embossed sentiment by MFT and a little mouse who snuck in to help out with the sparkle, lifting a star as high as he can!

I had two things in mind when I was making this card… but I tried to keep it neutral enough that it could perhaps be used for a variety of occasions!  First, of course, was a card for the new year!  I try to make one every year and I tend to forget to send them to anyone, so… lol.  I think this will also be a cute card for a new baby or any other celebratory occasion!

It’s a pretty simple card overall, but it carries lots of punch with all the glitter!  I hope you like it and I hope 2022 is a year full of creative days for all of us!

Inky hugs,


Tuesday with Tara {take 329} Trim the Tree

Tuesday, December 14th, 2021

Happy Tuesday friends!

You’ve probably noticed, if you’ve been around for very many of my Tuesday posts over the years, that I’m a fan of Tim Holtz and his products.  I love to stretch their limits and combine them with products by other companies and lately I love to demonstrate their simple beauty!  Sometimes there’s a product release that is really great and I love the projects but I resist it because it just seems like *too much* for me right now.  The paper village has been one of those… and really, they do just keep getting more and more fabulous!  The projects are amazing and I seriously envy the time & the patience people have to create these little miniature masterpieces!

Recently, however, inspiration struck!  I got an idea for a way I could use the tiny cuteness of the paper village dies and keep it simple without it feeling unfinished.  It’s not perfect, but I think it turned out quite sweet.  I’ve made a tiny paper house ornament!

I purchased the original Paper Village Die Set (use whichever one you have or can get!) and cut the mid sized house from the set out of White Sugar Crystal Glitter Cardstock– which gives a fun sugar coated effect!  I tried a few different ways of adhering the pieces together (and learned I need to restock my glue supply) but found that wet adhesives worked best, although waiting on dry time was no fun.  I really wished I had some Ranger Matte Medium on hand, because it dries quickly and holds well- but I’ve used all mine up.  (If you know of another amazing product that works similarly, I’d love to hear about it since I’ll be shopping for more soon!)

Before adhering the roof to the base, I cut a slit in it and poked sheer ribbon through it.  A knot on the under side and a loop on top made a great hanger (oops-forgot to take a photo of that, I hope you can visualize it from my description!)

Once the house was dry, I mounted it on the base.  I had purchased a small wooden star from a craft star and painted the top white. I then used a palette knife to apply some texture paste to it thick enough to sink the house into.  I set the house in it, then added some bling!  I placed some jewels and assorted white and clear glitter around it to mimic sparkling snow.

I had cut the larger house as well, but since it didn’t fit on the star base I cut a simple rectangular base just 1/4″ bigger than the house (this one is just 1×2″ in size and yes it is bigger than the other one!).  It’s very simple, but still pretty cute and sparkly!

Of course, I look at my little houses and notice all the little imperfections… but I’m sure I’ll sort them out as I make more of them!  I’ve got a few more that I need to make for gifts still this year (that’s me, ever the procrastinator!).

Inky (and glittery!) hugs,



Darling Deer

Saturday, December 11th, 2021

Hello my friend! It’s Deb here with a Saturday post for the Scrap ‘N Stamp Design Team. In case you didn’t know, each month in the Facebook group HERE, we post a list of words, one for each day of the month. The challenge is to choose a word prompt, create a project featuring that word in an image, and share it to the group using the hashtag #snschallenge. At the end of the month, one lucky participant is randomly chosen, to WIN a $50 Gift Certificate to Scrap ‘N Stamp! My word prompt for today is ‘reindeer’ – appropriate for this time of year, right? So I chose the new Sizzix/Tim Holtz Darling Deer Dies as my reindeer.


I just love the different poses & sizes of the 4 deer that come in this set. I’ve used 3 of the 4 in my card, along with creating the background with the Memory Box Lamplit Tree Collage Die.

Darling Deer

Now,  before you question why there is a lamp post with the deer – we’ve had deer wandering down our street, and in our front (and behind our back yard)!  Granted, we live at the base of a mountain, but they’re always breathtakingly beautiful!


For the background, start with a piece of white or light blue cardstock (if you start with light blue, it cuts down on your ink blending time!). Blend on Broken China Distress Oxide ink, getting lighter towards the middle. Next, die cut the Lamplit Tree Collage using your Big Shot, and white cardstock. Blend different shades of green ink onto the trees and ground, darker around the edges and corners.  Blend orange and yellow for the lamp light, and colour the lamp with a dark gray marker. While you have your Big Shot out, die cut 3 of the Darling Deer from a light brown or kraft colour cardstock.  Apply Vintage Photo ink with a blending brush onto the deer, for shading.  For the smallest deer, keep it lighter, just adding a bit of blending to his rump. Then, add some dots on top, using a white Posca Paint Pen. This makes it look like a baby deer (yes, I know baby deer aren’t born in winter!).

Add snow to the background and foreground panels by stamping the snow from the Colorado Craft Company Kittens & Mittens set, in Versamark ink, repeatedly. Cover with white embossing powder, and then heat set. Add a few more snowflakes if necessary, using the white Posca Paint Pen.

Attach the die cut panel to the ink blended background with foam squares. Next, glue the deer into place. Stamp the sentiment from the Penny Black When Snow Falls stamp set in Nocturne ink, and then die cut it with a stitched Oval. Attach it to the top corner of the card front. Finally, add the card front to a dark blue card base.

Darling Deer

Wouldn’t this be a lovely scene to come upon? Definitely Instagram worthy – if I were able to stop saying “OH” long enough to take a photo!


I hope that you’ll join the fun with our daily challenge! It’s also a great way to kickstart your creative process, and get lots of cards made at the same time! I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing my Darling Deer; I’ve included shopping links to Scrap ‘N Stamp for the supplies, below.

Darling Deer

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