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Puppy Love: SNS February 2021 Blog Hop

Friday, February 5th, 2021

Hi!  We are so glad you’ve joined us for our February “Puppy Love” blog hop!  Today’s cards are sure to make you smile and hopefully bring some warm fuzzies your way!

We hope you enjoy the fun twist we’re giving our valentines this year and that you’re inspired to play along with us!  We love hearing what you think about our projects, so please leave us some comments along the way.  You never know,  yours might win you a $50 gift certificate to spend at the SNS online store!

Once again, I get the fun of kicking things off here with my card!  I kept on the trend I started with my last card, working with shades of PINK Distress Ink (can’t wait to add Kitsch Flamingo into the mix!), this time using them to watercolor on some Distress Mixed Media Heavystock.

I’ve used some older Tim Holtz stamps that I know are faves of a lot of people, the crazy dogs!  My card features images from the mini cats & dogs stamp set and the Happy Valentine’s Day sentiment from the Crazy Talk stamps.  The hearts & chocolate box are from the mini bird crazy & things set (it’s not in stock, but here’s the larger version if you want to pair it with the original sized stamps).

I started with two half sheets of heavystock.  On one, I did some ink blending & smooshing with a variety of pinks, layering the colors for some fun texture.  On the second I stamped a few dog images in Archival Black Ink, and painted around them with the same mixture of colors, picking up ink that was left on my work surface.  I then die cut a variety of  sizes of hexagon tiles out from both of the papers.

Once cut, I added some details with smaller stamps, some tone-on-tone & some black to mix things up.  A Nuvo Aqua Shimmer Pen was a fun touch to add shimmer to the details.  As a bonus, it also made for some really pretty smooshes for a marbled look on some of my tiles when I ‘mopped’ it up off my work surface!  A few touches of Honey Gold Glitter Drops also added a fun touch.

For finishing touches, I used foam squares under the sentiment and the box of chocolates.  I also added some tiny paper flowers & bits of bling for a bit of texture.  I kept debating whether I should color in the dog images, but in the end I’m quite pleased with the monochromatic look this card has, keeping the images black & white (or cream, in this case).  I hope you like it too!  I’ve got a few extra tiles cut out that I’m hoping to work into another card to share with you soon!

Now that you’ve seen my card, here’s the full hop order!  Next up, you’ll visit Kia… be sure to leave comments along the way for your chance to win a sweet $50 gift certificate at SNS!

Tara (you are here!)
Happy Hopping!
Inky Hugs & Puppy Love,
Tara

January 2021 Slimsational Cards Blog Hop

Friday, January 1st, 2021

Happy New Year and welcome to the first SNS Blog Hop of 2021… the Slimsational Cards Hop!  Today we are celebrating the fun trend of slim line cards, which are cards that fit in a standard #10/legal sized envelope!  Often they are 3.5×8.5″, but sizes can vary slightly!

Today we are working with the Slim Line Die cutting system by Picket Fence Studios… in fact, we are giving away a set of dies to one lucky person who leaves comments on the blog hop & other social media posts!  The set includes two large layering dies- the largest of which is 3.5×8.5″ and is perfect if you want to make your card base just a tad bigger than that if your envelope allows!

Of course we have a special in case you are inspired to do some shopping after seeing everyone’s cards!  Celebrate the new year & use the code “finally2021” to save 21% on your order!  Happy Shopping!

In addition to the Slimline Cutting System, I’ve used some Tim Holtz dies.  I got the new Merry & Bright set shortly before Christmas, so this was a fun way to use it for a non-christmas card, using just the word Bright.  As soon as I saw the tree window for this set (which you could fit three of across the card front if you wanted!) I planned to pair it with one of the darling deer die cuts.  The  falling stars set was a perfect way to tie it all together.

Both the deer & the word were cut from a piece I had experimented on with gel printing.  Random pieces like this are great for die cutting, and I was able to get a few individual stars out of it too!  I layered the large Kraft layer over a card base made from crackle Kraft Core card stock- an older Tim Holtz product that I don’t believe is available anymore, but seemed like a great fit for this card!

I added a bit of subtle stencil details in the background… mostly because I wanted to try out my broken fence slimline stencil by Picket Fence 😉  I kept it neutral for a subtle look.  As you can see, I added a bit of Nuvo glitter to some of the stars.

I was playing around with sentiments I could use to pair with the ‘bright’ word… and leaning toward ‘the future is bright’ until I found this sticker in one of my small talk books.  Die Cut numbers for 2021 balanced everything out for me!  Tim Holtz’s Alphanumeric dies are a perfect, timeless font that goes with almost any lettering style (mine are the slightly smaller 1″ alpha, which I believe is discontinued).

If you’ve been making cards for a while, trying a new shape or size, like slimline, can really give a creative boost. Especially since it gives new life to older stamps & dies that you tend to use the same way or with the same sort of layout every time.   Years ago I used to make what I’m going to call now “mini slimline” cards that were 3×6, from 6×6 card stock.  It’s a much smaller size, but the design concept is similar!   Even if you’ve been creating slimline cards for a while now, I hope this hop can give you some fresh inspiration!  Next up, you’ll want to go visit Nancy to see her wintery card…

Here’s the full hop order in case you get lost along the way.

Once again, Happy New Year & happy hopping!
Inky hugs,
Tara

Iconic Christmas Blog Hop

Friday, December 4th, 2020

Happy Blog Hop Day!  Thanks for joining us for a fun, inspiration filled hop featuring Christmas Icons!  You’ll see trees, ornaments, candy canes, stockings, snowflakes, holly & more as you visit each blog and see projects created by our design team members!

Be sure to leave comments letting us know what you think at each stop along the way- your name will be entered to win a $50 gift certificate to spend in the SNS online store!  Speaking of the store, if you shop this weekend you’ll find an Iconic Christmas sale with 25% off selected stamps & dies!

The team is highlighting a fun Iconic Christmas die set by Concord & 9th for this hop, but since mine hasn’t arrived I’ve chosen to use some cute snowflake dies by Memory Box for my card.

I’m using my plaid background stamp again, stamped simply in black on some book print for some fun texture.  I added a bit of Distress Ink along the torn bottom edge, as well as through a wonky dot stencil, also by MFT.

These snowflake dies have some sweet stitching details on them, but the same card design would be fabulous with some added glitter instead… my photos didn’t capture it, but the sentiment is embossed with Rustic Wilderness Distress Embossing Glaze on a pearly white card stock.  It really has some nice shimmer!

The finishing touch is a simple bow, tied with ribbon I dyed with Rustic Wilderness Distress Spray Stain. (I did warn you that this was going to be my color of the season, didn’t I?)

Now that you’ve checked out my card, I hope you’re ready to see what the rest of the girls have been making!   Next up on the hop is Chala.

Here’s the full line up:

Tara/ SNS blog

Chala

Kia

Susan

Deborah

Nancy

Happy Hopping!

Inky hugs,

Tara