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Tuesday with Tara {take 292} Birthday Wishes & Giveaway!

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2021

Happy Tuesday!  The birthday celebrations are continuing here on the blog (and also on instagram, so be sure to visit SNS & my personal feed-I’m “msespresso” for more chances to win)!  My card today is a slimline one, featuring the Make a Wish stamp set by Gina K.

Today’s card started with a background I made a couple months ago when I made this birthday card– I’ve used similar colors (but more of them!) and the same stencil & glitter paste.   This panel had a few smudges and imperfections, but it’s still so pretty with all that glitter I decided to use it anyways!  I used the Picket Fence Slimline dies to cut the panel and a circle window out of it.  I placed the die cut panel over my card base (which measures 3.5 x 8.5 inches folded) and stamped the cupcake inside the window with Archival Ink.

The stamp set which includes the cupcake is part of the Present Parade Giveaway, along with a Mini Slim Trifold Template & Dies by Taylored Expressions (together they are worth $48.75).

The mini slim set looks like a ton of fun in a little size- it’s designed to help you make a tri-fold card with die cut windows.  The mini slim cards measure a fun 3.5 x6 inches!  It’s a size I’m definitely going to try out soon!  You can enter to win this great prize by leaving a comment here on this blog post. You can also get extra entries over on Instagram- by dropping a like, comment and a follow on my post featuring this card & giveaway!

Okay… now that you’ve got all the Present Parade Details, let’s get back to my card… Once the ink was dry, I did bit of watercolor with Distress Ink.

I brought in a mix of yellow, pink & purple inks since I planned to add this die cut ‘wish’ word that was in my little scrap bin.  I finished it off with some glitter and then some paint splatters to add to the party vibes!

Since I had some pre-done pieces, this card actually came together pretty quickly… apart from the drying time of my paint splatters 🙂  There’s nothing like glitter, confetti and cupcakes to set the party mood!  I’ll be adding one of the sentiments from the stamp set to the inside to tie it all together.  Here’s another look at the entire card, I hope it makes you smile!  

Be sure to leave me a comment for a chance to win this fab gift in the present parade!  I’d love to know what you prefer at a party… cake or cupcakes?  And if you haven’t yet, check out the rest of the giveaways the team is sharing… and there’s more to come, so be on the watch for them!

Inky hugs,


Tuesday with Tara {take 289} Wonderful Pink

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2021

Happy Tuesday!   Today I’ve got another card featuring the engraved 3D embossing folder, but I’m pairing it with a feathered friend decked out in PINK!

Yes, that’s right… I finally got my hands on the new Kitsch Flamingo Distress Ink Bundle!  I’ve paired it up here with some Picked Raspberry and a bit of Abandoned Coral.  The brighter colors did tend to sorta take over the color profile here, but you still see that pretty kitsch flamingo in the lighter areas.

For my background, I embossed on Brushed Silver Alcohol Ink Cardstock, then added some black soot Distress Paint over it and finally a bit of Black Archival Ink to really darken the edges.

It’s a pretty simple card, but the details in the dies & embossing folders really stand out!  I hope you like it!  I’ll be playing with my new Kitsch Flamingo some more and can’t wait to see what other colors I can make it work with!

Inky hugs,


Stencils with Nancy

Friday, February 26th, 2021

Hi All!  Nancy here with my take on todays Random Act of Cardness Prompt… and since I put an “s” on the end of my prompt word, I decided I should use more than one stencil.  I used two LOL!

I honestly didn’t think I’d ever “get in to” stencils… when I first started seeing them it was a lot more mixed media stuff and it wasn’t my style.  I don’t know what changed (probably me) but I have found myself gravitating towards stencils when I’m shopping.  To the point of wandering around a trendy shopping area in Calgary on the weekend and stopping in front of the art store because of all the stencils they had hanging in the window display.

I wish I had taken photos of the process, but honestly, I was in the creative zone and didn’t even think of it.

I started out with the smaller white panel for the front of my card.  I used a Taylored Expressions Masking Stencil and some inks and blending brushes to create the centre panel.  I set it aside to dry for about a half hour before carrying on with the card because I didn’t want to work on top of the colours if they were still wet.  I then adhered a patterned stencil on top and using Purple, masked off everything except that colour rectangle.  I put a layer of Glimmer Paste over top and once again, set it aside for about an hour so that it would fully dry.

The rest of the card came together easily using my Layers Guide to create that great 1/16″ mat behind the front panel.

Items Used:
*Cardstock:  Neenah Classic Crest Cover Solar White; Lawn Fawn Sugarplum

*Ink:  Versafine Clair Nocturne; Tim Holtz Distress Inks Picked Raspberry and Wilted Violet
*Stencils:  Taylored Expressions Rectangle Masking Stencil; Paper Rose Big Drops
*Tools:  Taylored Expressions Blending Brushes; Layers Guide