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Tuesday with Tara {take 410} Growing

Happy Tuesday!

I fell in love with this Bloom with Grace stamp set by Altenew a while ago but somehow it kept getting set to the side while I worked on something else… the bonus to that is that when I needed a quick card this week I had a few ideas in mind already!   I splurged & got the coordinating dies (something I rarely do!) and it definitely helped me put this card together easily!

I stamped & colored the larger image in the set with Distress Watercolor Pencil Crayons, then cut it with the coordinating die.  I stamped a sentiment on a strip of green cardstock and then did some quick Distress Oxide Ink blending on a Kraft card stock base.  I kept the color heavier (freshly inked up) in the middle and faded it out toward the edges of the card.

I finished it off by splattering a bit of water over the ink, then added a few splatters of white spray (like this one).  A few vanilla sequins and a bit of thin twine finished it all off for me!

Hope you like how it all came together, I think I’ll make something similar with the smaller stamp and try out a few more ideas… watch for that on Instagram later this week!

Inky hugs,


Tuesday with Tara {take 399} Canadian Cats, eh!

Happy Tuesday!

We had some fun on Thursday night during my FB live getting creative with some Canadian themed cards for Canada Day!  I didn’t have anything handy I could use as a maple leaf, so I decided to have some fun with other shapes.  When I came across the Mischievous Cats dies by Tim Holtz I knew that would be a fun choice!  Here’s two varieties of my fun card:

For both cards I worked with a background of book print paper with a wash of white gesso over it, die cut with a stitched rectangle shape. I painted my red panels with Lumberjack Plaid Distress Paint.  For this first card, I die cut a cat from a deep red card stock, then painted lightly over it with the same paint to help it match a bit better.

I love the texture of the card stock, especially on the raised head.

For the second card, I went for a perfect match and cut the cat from white card stock which I painted red first.   It definitely gives a more intense color!  Both cards are finished off with Bold Sayings by Tim Holtz stamped in matching Distress Oxide ink and an ‘eh’ from an O Canada! stamp set in black.

These cards are simple, but a fun and creative interpretation of the Canadian flag!  Hope you like them!  Catch a replay of my live on Facebook HERE.

(I had a bit more inspiration during clean up at the end of my live… visit my blog or instagram to see what else I made!)


Inky hugs,


Tuesday with Tara {take 398} Colorful Life

Happy Tuesday!

I did a LIVE demo on Facebook last Thursday featuring Vicki Boutin’s Ready-to-use Mixed Media Paper pad & ‘Just Add Color’ stamps by Gina K Designs.  I worked with a few coordinating colors of Distress Inks & a black ink pad.  The goal was to make some quick & simple cards with these gorgeous papers.

I shared one card on my Instagram yesterday, and it’s on my personal blog as well- please stop by one of those places to check it out 😉

This pretty card features on of the designed papers with gold foil accents- with the splashes of yellow it just screamed summertime for me, and I hope you like it too!  I die cut a few white pieces for the sentiments prior to the live, and this circle was a nice fit for the smaller paint swatch and some circles.  These background designs are a really fun way to add color quickly & easily!  I chose to tie it all together with a black card base & some black ribbon.  I think those dark elements really add nice contrast to the bright shades of yellow & pink!

Here’s a peek at the supplies I used (black ribbon & sequins aren’t pictured)!

This is a simple one layer ‘bonus’ card I made using one of the mixed media papers folded in half, with 1/2″ trimmed off so it will fit in an A2 envelope (like the pink one I set it on for this photo).  The design was in shades of pink, so I added to it a bit with more pink Distress Ink using the circles and small brushstroke stamp.  I finished it off with the small ‘hello’ stamped in black.

There’s so much potential in this paper pad, I think I’ll have fun creating with it!

Inky hugs,


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