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Tuesday with Tara {take 153}

Tuesday, June 12th, 2018

Happy Tuesday!  It’s been a busy week for me here on the blog, introducing y’all to our new Design Team!  I hope you’ve enjoyed their projects and are as excited as we are to see what they will be creating and sharing in the coming months.  With all the busyness, I almost didn’t get my own project ready for you!  I decided on a quick tag for Father’s Day…

I dry embossed my tag with a fun ink splat embossing folder (by Tim Holtz) and rubbed a couple shades of brown Distress Ink over it, highlighting the design.  I know they’re a couple years old, but I still love them and I wanted to play with one of Tim Holtz’s Crazy Dogs- a mini one, and he was colored quickly with Copics & cut with the coordinating dies that come as a set of mini cats & dogs.  I love the little bone accessory as well, it makes a fun addition!

I went even farther back for my lettering on this tag… do you remember GrungeBoard?  I have a huge stash of that wonderful stuff… and dug into my alpha collections to spell out ‘Dad’ here!  I kept it super simple inking it up with the Metallique wax paint (which I also rubbed a few other spots on this tag as well to tie everything together).

I decided to mix the old with some new… and I’m giving you a sneak peek of the new O Canada! Collection by Photoplay. I’ve used some papers & ephemera from it on my tag- I hope you like it, because you’re gonna see a bunch more coming soon when we feature the collection for our June Blog Hop.  Save the date for June 22!  The Design Team is excited to share their projects with you!

Check out what’s new in the store, including the O Canada stuff!  I think you’re going to love it!

Inky hugs,


Tuesday with tara {take 151}

Tuesday, May 29th, 2018

Happy Tuesday!

Today’s card is a simple one that celebrates some gorgeous watercolor floral paper by Webster’s Pages that I picked up on a recent shopping trip- the cheerful mix of patterns and colors called to me… so I decided to try using it for some paper piecing!  I stamped this fun mug by Impression Obsession first on white card stock, then on the patterned paper.  I trimmed my patterned mug and added a bit of shading, then colored the pens, pencils & paintbrushes in a variety of shades to coordinate with the paper. My white cardstock was trimmed to fit inside the card front and the right edge was trimmed with some old school scalloped scissors 😉

I trimmed a strip of the floral paper to fit a die cut ‘hello’ sentiment (from the Sizzix Side Order die set) I added a simple ‘handmade’ definition stamp in black (an OLD Hero Arts fave!) to help draw the eye to the die cut greeting.

Such a pretty mug of tools!  The little butterfly is also from the spring Side Order die set, I stamped the same definition on the back side of the patterned paper (which has a pale pink pattern).

A little bit of Distress Ink blending and some Nuvo Glitter drops add a bit of extra interest to the background of my card.  I also added a bit of splatter details using Dina’s Scribble Sticks.  They make it soooo easy!

I paper pieced another image as well and made a similar card with it- you can see a closer look at that one on my personal blog later today 🙂

Thanks for stopping by!

Inky hugs,



Materials Used:

Die Cut butterfly/hello by Sizzix (Springtime Side Order die set)

Kraft card

White Card Stock

Mug stamp by Impression Obsession

Patterned Paper by Webster’s Pages

Girl Stamp & Sentiment by Unity

Distress Ink

Nuvo Glitter Drops Sunlit Meadow

Tuesday with Tara {take 143}

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018

Happy Tuesday!

Today I thought I’d share a simple pair of cards with a fabulous sentiment, bold silhouette die cuts and colorful watercolors!

I couldn’t decide between a floral or leafy design… so decided to use both and create two cards for you today.  I wanted to create a fully rainbow (mostly) but the leafy design shape didn’t lend itself well to that.  I ended up using 5 shades of Color Burst behind the tall flower and just three shades behind the leaves.  It’s been a while since I just played with watercolor like this and it took a bit of practice, but thankfully only one piece was set aside for reinvention later 🙂

I started with the lightest color- a puddle of yellow, and worked up & down from there.  The toughest to work with was the purple, it’s a lot darker than I wanted. Still need to get my hands on those lighter sets (the Fresh Florals would be amazing for this!)  This floral is from Sizzix/ Tim Holtz.  Love those floral silhouettes… they are timeless!

These leafy greens are an older Memory Box die… they really seem to match the curves of the script in the sentiment (by Hero Arts) and I love the shades of yellow/green/blue behind them.  While this was not the design in my head when I sat down to create, this is my favorite of the two cards 🙂  Funny how it works out that way sometimes…

I hope today and this week you find beauty in the simple things around you!

Inky hugs,



p.s. there’s so much fun stuff arriving NEW in the online store… go check it out!


Materials Used:

Kraft pre-cut cards

White Neenah Cardstock

Black Cardstock

Black Archival Ink

Color Burst Pigments

Water &  a paintbrush

‘Simple Beauty’ Stamp by Hero Arts

Floral Silhouette die by Sizzix/Tim Holtz (this would be cute– though it’s not what I used!)

Leafy Silhouette die by Memory Box