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All That Sparkles Blog Hop!

Friday, December 14th, 2018

Welcome to our December blog hop!  This month we are celebrating ALL THAT SPARKLES and there is definitely a celebratory feel to the projects you’ll enjoy today along the hop!  As always, there are prizes to be given randomly to some of you who leave comments along the hop!  There will be a prize from each blog- a fun sparkly surprise pack (5 total) plus a $25 gift certificate to the SNS online store!  So please, leave us some love- we so enjoy reading your comments and hearing your favorite things about our projects!

 

We also have a challenge with the same theme on Facebook, which has already been so much sparkly fun!  You’ve got until the end of the month to play along with us there!

I decided to create a card with the Holly Collage Paper by Tim Holtz, and make it my most glittery element!  The roll is 6″ tall and I tore a piece to glue onto a 5″ card, crumpling it up a bit for extra texture.  I covered the card base with Multi Medium, smoothed out the crumpled collage paper over it and painted over it again to adhere it.  Once it was dry, I used a palette knife to scrape Nuvo Glimmer Paste over the entire surface, covering it in glittery, sparkly goodness!  I used the Moonstone paste, which is clear with shimmers in shades of gold, green & purple depending on the angle!  Definitely a sparkly background!

Once that was dry, I decided to go with a 5×7 card as my base, so I trimmed it down to 4.75″ wide and adhered it to the base.  I cut a rounded edge from a pearlescent cardstock to top my card, adding the Merry Cursive die cut from Memory Box across it (it’s a few years old, so not in stock… but there are plenty of other pretty ones, like this).  I die cut large holly leaves by Tim Holtz, inked them a bit and added some embossing powder for a bit of shimmer.  I added a mix of three different holly berries to finish my card.

My finished card design is simple, but oh so sparkly!  I hope you like it.  I still have a ton of collage paper left on the roll, so I just might be making more of these pretty backgrounds!  I apologize for the shadowy photos… but I wasn’t about to pass up a rare pre-Christmas snow fall as the backdrop to my pictures!

Now it’s time to visit the rest of the design team!  Hop on over and see what the girls have made…

Jessica

Nancy

Amy

Kia

Laurie

 

Don’t forget to leave comments for a chance to win!  And be sure to join our Challenge as well for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate!

 

Inky hugs,

Tara

Tuesday with Tara {take 179}

Tuesday, December 11th, 2018

Happy Tuesday!

For the first time since I moved south to North Carolina, we’ve had a snow storm in December (aka SNOWPOCALYPSE 2018)!  While most of the south shuts down with snow & ice like this, I’ve got to say that I’m kinda loving it and it is definitely helping to put me in the Christmas mood!  I’m so glad I saved this card to share with y’all today 🙂  I’ve been having fun with my Snowflakes Turnabout Stamp by Concord & 9th!  For this card, I decided to use the entire design on a 5.5″ square card, stamping in four different colors of Distress Oxide Ink.

I love the combination of brown & teal, especially on a snowy card.  I know brown snowflakes aren’t typical, but they work great with this stamp design mixed in with the other colors of Distress Oxide Inks on a kraft base.  For this card I used Cracked Pistachio, Broken China, Peacock Feathers & Vintage Photo.  I really loved how this background came out, so decided to keep most of it uncovered- adding just a few die cuts and some crinkle ribbon! I didn’t capture it well with photos, but there is some sparkle on that large snowflake and ‘believe’ is cut from pearly white card stock.  I added bits of Nuvo Glitter Drops (Aquatic Mist & Honey Gold) in the background for a bit of extra shine.

I’m a big fan of adding some subtle sparkle, but I’m currently working on pulling out ALL THE SPARKLE for our current challenge and upcoming blog hop- check back here on Friday afternoon for some sparkly seasonal inspiration!  Until then,

Inky hugs,

Tara

Tuesday with Tara {take 178}

Tuesday, December 4th, 2018

Happy Tuesday!

I’ve been holding out for a bit to play with this sweet “Winter Aviary” stamp set by Flora & Fauna and today I’m finally sharing my first creation with you using it.  I was admiring the variety of greens and noticed the curve of one of the branches would work perfectly to create a wreath, so I traced a circle onto my card front and inked up the branch with Iced Spruce Distress Oxide and I was delighted when it was a perfect fit!  Since the first step went so well, I decided to continue on… I added some berries and holly leaves, stamped in shades of red (Candied Apple) & green (Lucky Clover).

I decided I wanted a bit more dimension, so I stamped the holly leaves onto a light green cardstock (the same as my card base would be) in the same Lucky Clover Ink.  After I cut them out, I added a bit of shading using my ink applicator tool with blending foams.   I added a bit of red Stickles to the berries and some lime Nuvo Crystal Drops on a few of the leaves, also adding some to the NOEL I stamped in the center of my wreath.  The subtle color really made my Oxide Ink pop!  I finished off my wreath adding a red bow and a small stamped bird from the set.

It’s a simple card, but it was fun to see what I could do with the variety of designs in this stamp set!  It definitely opened my eyes to look at the other Flora & Fauna sets and see what I could do with them… but first I’ve got a bit more creating to do with this one 🙂

Inky hugs,

Tara