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Get snarky with MFT & Tim Holtz

Sunday, May 30th, 2021

Hi there!  Chala here today to share MFT and Tim Holtz snarky cards featuring Gel Press Backgrounds.  If you have been participating in the Scrap’N Stamp Facebook Challenge then you know that today’s word is “Snarky”.  This is by far my favourite theme for cards.  I found the perfect sentiments to use at the Scrap’N Stamp store – the Tim Holtz, Small Talk – Snarky sentiments.  This tiny book is packed full of sarcasm and off the hip wit!  I couldn’t wait to get started!

If you are like me, you have a TON of stamps that you haven’t used in a while and I searched through my stash and found some of my very first purchased stamps, Crazy Cats and Bird Crazy.  These adorable old friends were perfect to use with these sentiment strips and my bank account was very happy to not have to purchase any new items.  However, with that said, as I was making these cards I did have a Scrap’N Stamp order arrive (tee hee hee- oops!) and the ironic thing was the new MFT Old Friends stamp set was in this order!  Well…old people and snark go together like Bengay and arthritis, so of course, I had to use these too!

I knew I wanted to have some fun focal backgrounds to layer the little Tim Holtz critters on and I haven’t used my Gel Press in a dog’s age, so I pulled out some stencils to create simple geometric backgrounds with Distress Oxide Inks.  The colour combinations I used were Blueprint Sketch, Cracked Pistachio and Peacock Feathers as well as Seedless Preserve, Spiced Marmalade and Abandoned Coral.  I also pulled out some fun geometric stencils to use for some interest and layering.  I die cut the backgrounds out with the Wonky Stitched Square dies from MFT and backed them onto some coloured cardstock.  Then I  stamped out the images with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and Copic coloured them.

The next step was to match up the Tim Holtz images to the gel press backgrounds and adhere them to the card bases leaving room for the sentiment strips at the bottom.  I took a different route with the Old people from the Old Friends set  I did some ink blending with Distress Inks in Mowed Lawn and Tumbled grass.  This simple ink blending helped to ground the images and let them be the star of the card.

Once all the elements have adhered to the card bases it was time to flip through the sentiment book and find the perfect amount of snark for each card.  It was hard to choose as there were so many I loved, so I was happy to have this as a mass make session and ended up creating 20 cards!  The sentiment strips are adhesive on the back, but I always like to add a bit of extra liquid adhesive just in case.  Here is a quick look at some of the cards that I created.  You can see the flip through of all 20 cards I created by watching the video.


Thanks so much for joining me for today’s cards.  You can see the complete list of materials used and links below.



Tim Holtz Small Talk – Snarky 

Tim Holtz Crazy Cats

Tim Holtz Bird Crazy

MFT Old Friends

120lb Cardstock  

Art Glitter Glue   

Gel Press


Tim Holtz Glass Media Mat


Blending Brushes

Thermo-web Purple Tape

Gemini Jr

Memento Tuxedo Black Ink

Copic Markers

Brother Scan’n Cut

Distress Oxide Inks

Distress Inks

Wendy Vecchi Make Art Stay-tion

Birthday Wishing Mice and a Cute Rabbit

Saturday, May 29th, 2021

Hi Everyone! Susan here with day 29 of the Random Acts of Cardness Challenges. My challenge this time is Mice. I love the Birthday Wishing stamp set from Colorado Craft Company – those critters are so cute and knew I would be using it for this challenge. I paired it with the Playful Happy Birthday Die from Poppystamps and the It’s a Mice Time To Celebrate Stamp Set from MFT.

I started out with the idea of using the Happy Birthday die on a slim line card. First I blended some distress oxide inks onto a piece of white cardstock in a rainbow order. After I die cut it I thought I could use the leftover piece on a card and decided to make two A2 size cards instead of one slimline card.

My first card doesn’t have a mouse on it – oops. I forgot to leave room to stamp a little mouse looking up at the rabbit.

I decided to use the happy on this card paired with the white embossed birthday on black card stock. The birthday is part of a sentiment from the It’s a Mice Time To Celebrate Stamp Set. I stamped the rabbit onto the piece of cardstock that I did the ink blending on (first cutting off the portion that I die cut the happy birthday from) then fit it to the right side of my card base. I added a thin strip of black card stock then added the sentiments to call this card done.

My second card definitely has mice. I started by adhering the birthday word die to the panel, stamping the little happy above it then stamped the mice.

The balloons are the same one you see in the first card. I just stamped the balloon portion 3x then drew on the strings with a fine tip black marker. I used a blender pen and the same distress oxide inks I used on the first card to color in the balloons & the present. I used Prismacolor pencils for the mice.


Both these cards put a smile on my face. They are bright, fun and still very clean and simple.

Time for you to join the fun!

If you want to play along with the Random Acts of Cardness challenges please share your projects (it doesn’t have to be a card) on the Scrap’n Stamp Facebook Challenge Page using the hashtag #SNSCHALLENGE. Be sure to say which day your project is for. There’s a different challenge every day of the month and you can enter as many times as you like. Someone (randomly chosen) will win a $50 Gift Certificate to the Scrap’n Stamp shop.


 Happy Stampin’

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Tuesday with Tara {take 300} Some Faves

Tuesday, May 18th, 2021

Today I’m celebrating a blogging milestone- It’s my 300th Tuesday with Tara post on the SNS blog!  I like to reflect back a bit when I hit a milestone like this one, and today I’m sharing a few of my faves from the past 100 posts with you.

Looking back, these last 100 posts cover a little over 2 years, and the past 2 years show a bit of a style change to me towards simplicity.  I’ve dealt with a lot of health issues in that time (a journey I’ll probably always be on!) and haven’t had the same amount of time or energy to devote to card making- or any sort of making!  Inky art is still a form of therapy for me and the online community (that includes YOU) is such a blessing!  Thank you for being a part of my life- and welcome if you’re new to Scrap ‘N Stamp and my Tuesday with Tara posts!

These are the faves that caught my eye this week… you might get a totally different assortment if you ask me later to pick some!  I’m including links to the original blog post for each one, please check them out for more details.

Yellow Simplicity

This is a pretty recent card and I absolutely love the simplicity of it.  The combination of the lemons, Kraft card stock (always a fave of mine!) and some great texture & shine really work together.


Happy Brushstroke Flowers

What can I say except I’m in love with the Brushstroke Flowers dies!  It was so much fun mixing textures, patterns & colors together for this card and it definitely brings some happiness.


Woodgrain Birthday Wishes

Autumn is my favorite season and green my favorite color… so I think you can probably see why I love this card so much!   It’s also the same woodgrain 3D embossing folder you saw on the floral card above- just great elements you can use over & over again!

Geometric Tag Bookmark

I haven’t done a lot of tags lately, but I love the freedom they give me to just experiment.  I’m also trying to get back into reading more in the past couple of years, so tag bookmarks are just fun!  I love this bold design and all the organic elements within it.

Type Talk Thank You 

Concord & 9th has a way of just nailing it with amazing stamp designs… and this ‘type talk’ stamp set is no exception.  I once again had a great time with Kraft and some inky fun on that typewriter!

Toucan Paradise (Wild About You)

Yep, it’s another Kraft card- this one featuring awesome tropical stamps by Concord & 9th and some simple stamping with Distress Oxide that I just couldn’t resist.  At a glance, you really wouldn’t know it’s as simple as it is!


And that’s a start- a few of my faves in the last 100 of my 300 Tuesday with Tara posts!   I hope you like them too!   Here’s to the next 100…

Inky hugs,