Posts Tagged ‘Cards’

Tuesday with Tara {take 273} Poignant Poppies

Tuesday, November 10th, 2020

Happy Tuesday!

I’ve got another throwback card for you today, this one was created for our blog hop last November and uses a lot of the same supplies featured in the card we shared for a TBT last week.  Hope you like it!

my card

It wasn’t intentional, but the primary elements I chose were all from My Favorite Things (aka MFT)! I’ve used the Delicate Pretty Poppies stamp set, Framework stencil & Miss You dies. I decided to try my hand at ‘no lines coloring’ for the first time on this card. When I look closely I really wish I had practiced more before sharing, but it’s not bad for a first go at it! LOL

I stamped the poppies (blooms, stems & leaves are all separate stamps so you can create your own arrangements) with Scattered Straw Distress Ink. Once that set for a bit (not because it had to necessarily, but I was nervous and decided to walk away from it!), I set in with my Copics, starting with an outline in my mid-tone color. I won’t go into details of my technique because I really don’t think it was that great… I actually think I’ll look for a tutorial to watch before trying again!

finishing details

Once I finished coloring my poppies, I selected Lawn Fawn’s Dotted Square dies to cut it out. I also cut a larger layer in black to frame my design. The white background needed some detail, so I chose to take a risk and stencil over/around my image. I used the MFT Framework stencil, Distress Ink in Scattered Straw & Vintage Photo and gently inked the white space with a Life Changing Blender Brush by Picket Fence.

I finished off the card with a bit of washi tape & bling to highlight the die cut sentiment. On the card base, I stamped a poppy and sentiment from the stamp set multiple times in Scattered Straw for some subtle detail, then added a strip of torn paper and red twine to anchor it all. On a simple card, those little details can make a big difference!


Thanks for stopping by, I hope to see some of you sharing poppy themed makes in our Facebook group over the next few days!

Inky hugs,


Tuesday with Tara {take 262} Art Grows Brain Cells

Tuesday, August 25th, 2020

Happy Tuesday!  Today’s card was inspired by today’s daily SNS challenge word: ART.  I’ve had this fun Craftiness is Happiness stamp set by Taylored Expressions and hadn’t played with it yet  I love all the artsy images in it, but the sayings are a bit too craft focused for my taste.  When I found this sentiment by Picket Fence, I knew they would be perfect together!

I played around with images from the set, combining a paint tube, brush and pen with some squiggles & splats for a colorful design on a white die cut circle. I then dig through pieces from the Dina Wakley class again and after trying some of my faves, I chose an ugly one to work with. Lol. Since I’ve gotten some new gloss sprays since class, I added a bit to my ugly background.  I sprayed, splattered and poured little bits of gloss spray until I had tons of colorful bits that would peek through on this card.  It’s pretty much a hot mess, but sometimes art is messy!

Since there is so much going on in both my background and my focal image, I kept the card design very simple.  My layout was inspired by a sketch I had saved a while back, though I rearranged the flag event to work with my design and give better balance to the colors I was using.  It’s taken me a few days, but this card is growing on me and I like it more now than I did at first!  Maybe my brain cells are growing?  Lol

inky, painty hugs,








Sunday, April 12th, 2020

Good Morning and HAPPY EASTER!

It’s Susan here today sharing some fun cards – you’d think since it’s Easter that I would’ve made some Easter themed or bunny cards but I didn’t. I forgot it was Easter when I made these.

I recently received the Penny Black Birthday Balloons stamp set and I couldn’t wait to play with it. I grabbed my Copics and Prismacolor Pencils and set out to play.

The card above on the left is colored with copics. I didn’t do anything fancy – mostly because I don’t have a lot of colors and I’m still learning how to use them. I used a white paint pen to add some fun patterns to each of them.  The one on the right is colored with Prismacolor pencils. Here too I kept the coloring really simple using two shades of each color and the same white paint pen to add the highlight on each balloon. You could use a white gel pen for this as well.  I chose not to color the girl in bright colors because I wanted the balloons to be the focus.


This next card is a little more detailed. I used a 4 1/4 x 11″ piece of card stock and scored it on the 4 1/4″ side 2 3/4″ in from both ends.

The image on the right side of the card is stamped directly onto the card base but the balloons on the left were stamped onto scrap card stock, fussy cut out and added to the left side of the card base. The balloons furthers to the left were added with some craft foam. Here again the coloring was kept really simple. I used Pismacolor Pencils – 2 shades of each color and the white paint pen for highlight.

For my last card today I wanted to do something that would be considered a little more formal. Something for a 21st or 50th birthday or any special occasion. You could change out the sentiment to make it an Anniversary or Retirement card.

I used gold and silver Prismacolor Pencils for the balloons and then used a clear sparkle pen to add some shine to them. This time I colored the girl in using gold and black to coordinate with the balloons. A little fun strip of paper along the side and these cards are done.

I have an idea for another card with this set. I’ll get it made and share it over on the Scrap’n Stamp Facebook PageHave you seen the Random Acts of Cardness Challenge on the Facebook page yet? Be sure to check it out – there are all kinds of ideas to inspire you.


Happy Stampin’

and thanks so much for visiting!

Stay safe everyone!!


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