Posts Tagged ‘christmas’

Tuesday with Tara {take 328} Winter Cardinals

Tuesday, December 7th, 2021

Happy Tuesday!  Today’s card will probably seem very non-traditional, but it really depicts the kind of winter I see most of the time since I’ve moved south!  I’m featuring the new Tim Holtz Festive Words dies paired with Cardinals dies by Impression Obsession over a background of Sketch Greenery stamped in assorted shades of green Distress Ink.  I used a mix of regular & oxide inks, misted with water on watercolor Cardstock to create a soft background.

My photo background is also the inspiration for the background of the card.  I went to a wreath making workshop with a friend and was able to use a large variety of different greenery to create a gorgeous fresh wreath for the holidays.  I love the mix of textures and colors together!

There’s a touch of shimmer mixed with all the earthy vibes, like a hint of fresh snow… with white pearlescent text and sequins scattered around.  Two of the cardinals are resting on the greeting while the third one, taking flight, is raised with a foam square.

I had a small piece of the background left after making my card, so I made a coordinating gift tag using the smaller ‘joy’ sentiment from the set.  I love the mix of the elegant background and the whimsical font of the greeting together!

Bonus, my hands were super inky after finishing this project 🙂

I noticed several of my last few makes have all been different shades of red & green… time to mix things up for next week!

Inky hugs,

Tara

Wrap It Up Inspiration Hop

Friday, December 3rd, 2021

Happy December and welcome to our Wrap It Up Inspiration Hop!  We are excited to be together on social media this weekend to inspire you with ideas for your holiday gift wrapping!

Once again this month, we will be hopping around across blogs, YouTube & Instagram to find inspiration!  We also have a guest designer, Allison, joining us this month and we’ll meet her over on YouTube channel!

As always, we encourage you to leave comments along the hop for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate to the SNS online store!  The more comments you leave, the better your chance to win!

You can also enjoy some savings over at the SNS online store this weekend- Save 20% on select ‘wrapping’ inspired products!

My project will be featured over on Instagram (with more details on my personal blog) but here’s a little peek…

… and a bit of a story!  The theme this month is a fond one for me, as it takes me back to my roots and the VERY first projects that got me interested in rubber stamps- and that was making my own Christmas wrapping paper!  It was back in the early 90’s and my grandparents gave me a rubber stamp of a cow with heart shaped spots on it. I didn’t think much of it at the time, but I collected cows so I thought it was kinda cool.  Shortly after that, my aunt showed me a catalog for a company called PSX (show of hands if you remember them!) and I found a little holly stamp with heart shaped berries.  These two stamps, together with a green ink pad and a roll of kraft paper from the post office became my Christmas wrapping paper!  After that, I learned about gold embossing and started getting more stamps & more inks… and the rest is history.

I made my own wrapping paper on Kraft paper for many years and that’s probably why I still love it so much as a card base so often even today!   You’ll see that I’m sharing more love for the Sketch Greenery stamps & I’ve paired it with some greenery & berries from the Festive Bouquet die set along with a sweet sentiment by Anita Jeram.

The first stop on the hop will be Kia– and if you get lost along the way, you can check back here to find a full list of everyone in the hop!  Have fun, I’ll see you soon when you get to the Instagram portion of the hop 🙂

Here’s the full list:

SNS Blog
Kia
Deborah
Lindsey
Allison
Tara
Susan
Jessica

Have fun!

Inky hugs,

Tara

 

Tuesday with Tara {take 327} Christmas Holly

Tuesday, November 30th, 2021

Happy Tuesday!

Today’s card is a slimline card that showcases a fun Christmas banner I created that spans the entire width… and beyond!  It’s a good thing legal envelopes are little bit wider than the cards are!  Since the banner itself is really such a statement piece, I kept the rest of the card pretty simple.  I stamped a random repeat of holly from Sketch Greenery as my background in green on a Kraft base.

I inked the die cut ‘Christmas’ letters in the same green before adhering it to the banner.  Are you ready for my secret?  I totally cheated and bought a pre-made (stitched together) paper banner for just a few dollars and it’s long enough to do tons of cards!

I paired the banner with a big “Merry” from Tim Holtz’s Merry & Bright die, which is a favorite of mine!  My red glitter paper hadn’t arrived yet, (I have some now!) so I used some deep pink, pearly paper.   I finished it all off by with some green ink around the edges and some pink pearls!

It was simple, but I think it makes a bold statement 🙂

Inky hugs,

Tara