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Tuesday with Tara {take 331} Birthday Hugs

Happy Tuesday!  Today’s card its designed for those January and December birthdays… the ones that are so close to Christmas that they sometimes get overlooked!  They are a perfect opportunity to use the wintery stamps in your collection and let them know how special they really are.  I actually purchased this ‘Snowman Joy‘ die by Penny Black specifically for birthday cards, though it would definitely work for Christmas too!

I wanted to highlight the simple white snowman on a fun ombre background of blended Distress Oxide Inks.  I chose soft pastels again, blending into the bright pink of kitsch flamingo on top!  I set this blend aside to dry overnight before die cutting with a stitched frame and then white embossed a birthday sentiment from MFT.

I muddied things up a little bit when I added some shading (oops… that’s what I get for having a dirty brush!) so I added a bit of glitter to help 🙂  A few scattered crystals added to the sparkle and finished off this simple card.  Sometimes simple is best, especially when you have a cute die like this one to be your focal point!  I think it’ll bring a smile to the recipient, don’t you?

Inky hugs,


CAS Sympathy Card

Hi Friends!  Chala here for today’s prompt word “Sympathy”.  This subject is never an easy one!  I find it so important to always have few of these types of cards in my stash, “just in case”.

My typical “go to” style for these types of cards is clean and simple.  That is exactly what today’s card is.

I stuck with a colour pallet of just black and white for my card.  However, you can add colour where you see fit.

I started off with a top folding white card base out of 120lb cardstock.  I then used the MFT A2 Rectangle Stax to die cut a piece of black cardstock and also a smaller die to cut a piece of white cardstock

I adhered the black cardstock piece in the centre of the card base with some Art Glitter Glue.  I then embossed the white cardstock piece with a simple polka dot embossing folder by Circuit.

Next I adhered that down into the centre of the black cardstock rectangle.

For my focal point I am using the Floral Circles by Pink Fresh Studios.  I love these simple and dainty dies for these types of cards and there are six different styles you can choose from or you can make six different cards for your stash.

For the sentiment on the front I used the Taylored Expressions Simple Sentiments Background and the coordinating dies.  I had placed an order for the MFT Deepest Sympathy stamp set  to use for the inside sentiment….unfortunately, it did not arrive in time for this post.  I will however be adding them to the inside of the card once it does arrive.  The sentiment in the stamp set are absolutely perfect for when you don’t know what to say!

Here is the final look at today’s clean and simple sympathy card.

Thanks for joining me for today’s quick, clean and simple sympathy card.

~Chala, x0x0

One Layer Winter Card with Concord & 9th

Concord and 9th happy winter 1

Hi Everyone!

I hope you are all well and staying safe in these trying times. Those of you dealing with kids back in school I wish you all the best for whatever situation you are faced with.

I have a one layer card for you today. These haven’t always been easy for me to do and sometimes I still struggle with them but today’s card came together pretty easy.

Concord and 9th happy winter 2

I started with stamping the image a little off to the right making sure to leave enough space on the left for my ‘patterned paper.’ I used the distress oxide minis to create my paper. I chose 6 colors – 3 blues and 3 greens – and pressed the cube onto the paper and dragged it off the edge. Once I filled up the side I stamped the little images on top.

Concord and 9th happy winter detail

Next I grabbed a blender pen and coloured in the image with the same colors in the ‘paper’ and a few more.
I chose to use a bigger sentiment because it balances well with the larger image on my card and to help ground the image.

Concord and 9th happy winter

A few tips for one layer cards:
– use one larger image
– if using smaller images cluster them together
– keep the colors simple (I did use quite a few but they were all shades of each other so that helps to keep it simple)
– larger sentiments work well with large images
– smaller sentiments work well with smaller images.

I hope this tips make sense and help you if you struggle with one layer cards.

Happy Stampin’

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