Posts Tagged ‘challenge’

Tuesday with Tara {take 222} Thanks

Tuesday, October 15th, 2019

Happy Tuesday!

I challenged myself to make a quick card for today… and I pulled it off in ten minutes! I started with a challenge on Instagram (AAA Cards “one corner”) and decided to use only materials I could find leftover from other projects on my desk! Here’s what I came up with…

I used the die cut letters from the card I shared last Tuesday and a scrap of inky paper from the card I shared in our blog hop as my starting point. I found a leaf I’d die cut and never used and played around with the layout a bit. After selecting some wheat colored card stock, I stamped a couple leaves from Tim Holtz’s Nature’s Wonders stamp set. Of course, I used Distress Oxide- Crushed Olive and Walnut Stain. The Coffee Break stamp set by MFT has a great mix of sentiments, so I was happy to find one I could pair with the “thanks”!

It’s just a simple little collage in the corner… finished off with a few Nuvo Glitter Drops to highlight the blue tones in the inked scrap. I’m not sure if it’s still in the ‘clean and simple’ category, but it sure was quick to put together! Hope you like it- it was a fun challenge to use just supplies on my desk! I’ve got to get it tidied up so I can make the move to my larger space I just finished painting!

Inky hugs,


November Blog Hop & Challenge!

Friday, November 16th, 2018

Welcome to our November Blog Hop, where we are introducing our November Challenge (you can play along with us on Facebook!) and hopefully bringing you inspiration to create a Movember Madness card which features mustaches or a masculine theme!  We are featuring a fun little Retro Masculine die set by Impression Obsession, but you can interpret the challenge however you wish…

We will be giving away prizes, of course- 3 of you who leave comments along the way of the hop will win one of the Retro Masculine die sets, and one lucky challenge participant will get a $50 gift certificate to spend in the SNS online store!   Scrap ‘N Stamp will also be be donating 10% of net sales on hop Day to the Movember foundation in support of men’s health issues.

For my card, I’ve paired  the Retro Masculine Dies with mugs from the ‘Thanks a Latte’ set by Lawn Fawn.  I die cut the entire set and played around with placement of them to add some fun character to the mugs, which I colored with Copic Markers.  I pulled a 6×6 pad out from my stash (perhaps you recognize this old fave, Mamarazzi, by BoBunny.  It’s probably 7 years old!) and chose papers using inspiration from a recent card sketch I found online.  I’ve switched things up a bit, but you can probably still see the design 😉  One of Tim’s SNARKY small talk sentiment stickers was a perfect fit to help me with my design… After a bit of playing around, I added some ribbon and moved a third mug to the inside of the card, then added a fun border of die cut shapes at the bottom of the card.

I love the personality the die cuts add to my mugs!  As you can see, I added some Glossy Accents to the coffee.  yum.

Inside the card, I added a strip of patterned paper & the smaller mug, which is from the mini Pumpkin Spice stamp set, also by Lawn Fawn.  I can see the three mugs being used together to represent a family (with a mustache on just one, of course!).  The sentiment is from the Thanks a Latte set.  I love that there are so many options to mix & match between the two sets!

I had fun creating this card and making a card that is whimsical, snarky & masculine!  The girls have put together some fun projects, I think you’re going to enjoy this hop!  And remember, we’d love to see what you are making too!  Please join us on the Challenge Page on Facebook and play along!  Now that you’ve seen my card, it’s time to continue on and get hopping…

The hop starts here with Tara, then goes to







Enjoy the fabulous creations from our Creative Design Team!  We look forward to hearing what you think of the theme & the cards!

Inky hugs,


Blog Hop & October Challenge!

Friday, October 19th, 2018


Thanks for stopping by!  We are excited to have you join us for another fun blog hop with our design team, but are even more excited this month to be kicking off a new CHALLENGE, which will be hosted in a new group that has been created on facebook!  The theme for both is:

Purple, Orange & Green- not just for Halloween!

Take your inspiration from this palette of Distress Colors and create a project with mediums of your choice with a Halloween theme… or not!  We’ll get your started with our projects along the blog hop.  As usual, please leave comments along the way for a chance to win one of three $25 gift certificates!  (winners will be announced on October 26th).  Then create your own project and share it with us in the new Facebook group- one random participant will win a $50 gift certificate, and ALL participants will get a special discount code to use in the store!  We will accept entries until November 1 and announce the challenge winner on Nov. 2.

I’ll give you the full link up list at the end of this post… but it’s time for me to show you what I made!

I played around with three colors of Distress Oxide ink colors (wilted violet, spiced marmalade, twisted citron) and made a few backgrounds.  I really wasn’t sure where I was going with it, but decided to embrace the ‘not just for Halloween’ part of our theme and make a more ‘holiday neutral’ card (actually, I had my parents in mind making this… today is their 45th wedding anniversary!  Happy Anniversary Mom & Dad- sorry the card won’t be there anywhere close to on time!).

I stamped the images from the Delicate Pretty Poppies set by MFT in black on my colorful background and did a bit of shading with a black stablio pencil.  It’s a very pigment rich water based pencil, so I added a bit of shading and blended it out with a watercolor brush.  It gave me a very unique look on top of the Distress Oxide background… picked up a little of the color beneath it in some spots, but allowed for enough contrast to make my flowers pop against the background.  I tied some crinkle ribbon around the card with an oversized bow and added some Stickles details to the flowers- I was looking for a black like Black Diamond, but found Gunmetal so used that.  (It was still a bit wet when I took the photos, looks even better now!).  A pewter tag embellishment by Tim Holtz finished off my card…

I wasn’t sure about this card as I was working on it, but it’s definitely grown on me!  It’s a fun, unique color combo that definitely makes me think of Halloween… so I enjoyed mixing it up to create this card!  I can’t wait for you to see what the rest of the team came up with to share with you!


Remember to leave comments along the way for a chance to be randomly chosen to win a gift certificate!  And check us out on facebook and join our new Challenge Page to play along with us!  We can’t wait to see what you will create!

Inky hugs,