Posts Tagged ‘dee’s distinctively’

Hop Into Spring Blog Hop

Saturday, May 12th, 2018

Hi!  Thanks for stopping by today, we’ve got some fun projects to share with you on our Hop Into Spring blog hop 🙂  The hop starts HERE with projects by ME (Tara) & my Mom, Julie!  Be sure to leave a comment on each of the blogs and we’ll be selecting a winner to receive the featured die set!

I’ll give you the links later in the post as well, but to make it easy, here’s the full (short) list:

Today our projects all feature the lovely lilac die by Dee’s Distinctively, a great Canadian company!  This beautiful die features two parts- a base with the entire lilac shape and another with individual blooms.  I chose to use both parts on my projects today, cutting from some pretty marbled paper (more on that later!) and shaping the individual blooms to add dimension and texture to my project!

The blooms were so pretty that I kept the rest of my card quite simple… the palette was inspired by the combination of the lilacs and the fun variegated fibers I came across.  I had the pleasure of crafting with my Mom on my recent visit and using primarily supplies from her creative space on the cards.  In fact, I’m sharing two cards with you today- one of which my mom created 🙂   Here’s a closer look at my sentiment, by Taylored Expressions, simply stamped in pigment ink & clear embossed.  Love it!

I used some dimensional drops in the centers of the blossoms (similar to Nuvo drops or Glossy Accents) and added some dimensional drops around the card as well.

Here’s the card my Mom, Julie made:

She had a pre-cut frame panel that provides a perfect focal point for the lilacs!  The sentiment is from the same set I used and she added the sweet little bee from a Tim Holtz minis set 🙂

The lilacs were all cut from some paper I created using a Shaving Cream Marbling process at a recent make & take day at a nearby store.  Here’s a few process pics- I started with a coral base and added purple for my second run since I wanted to work with these dies.  So glad I did, Love the results!

Start with shaving cream foam and Distress Ink Re-inkers… drop and drag a tool through to create patterns.

lay your paper into the patterned foam, remove and then scrape the foam from the paper to reveal the pattern!  Add some more drops of color and repeat until it’s not pretty anymore LOL.  Here’s my finished pieces:

It’s a bit messy, but easy and a fun way to create backgrounds!

Next on the HOP head over to see…

As you can see, we are a smaller group for today’s hop- we lost some amazingly talented ladies as they’ve gone on to other commitments (we wish you guys all the best- love seeing what you’re doing on social media!) and we have decided to step it up and start an official Design Team! We’d love to have YOU apply!  You can find all the details on Facebook and by clicking over to this blog post 🙂

Have a creative day!

Inky hugs,



Materials Used:

Dee’s Distinctively Die: lilac

Taylored Expressions Wonderful World Stamp Set



Tuesday with Tara {take 109}

Tuesday, August 1st, 2017

Happy Tuesday!

Guess what arrived after last week’s blog hop post went live?  My package that included the freebie stocking die, which I hope many of you will have arriving soon at your homes after you did some retail therapy in the online store 🙂  So, as promised, I’m sharing one final “Christmas in July” creation… on the first of August 🙂

I decided to go with a tag… which would be fabulous hanging on a gift bag or bottle of wine as a gift, or it may end up the focal point of a card later on!  I die cut the gorgeous stocking die twice, once out of kraft and once out of the silver glitter cardstock.  I taped up the back of the glitter die cut to keep all those detailed pieces from going anywhere, then layered the kraft die cut over it.  I love the contrast of the neutral kraft over that glittery base!

I inked up a manila tag with a variety of green & blue Distress Oxide Inks, then added a bit more shading a stamped sentiment in Vintage Photo Distress Oxide.  A few brown toned sequins worked well to mix with both the kraft & the glitter elements.

I pulled some pre-inked pieces of crinkle ribbon from my stash that coordinated nicely with my tag and added a little piece of Christmas idea-ology by Tim Holtz to finish it off!  All in all, it’s a pretty simple project, but something as detailed as this stocking die doesn’t need much to look complete!  Plus, I think I managed to make something completely different than everyone else who did the hop, which can sometimes be a challenge after you’ve seen their amazing inspiration pieces!  If you missed the hop, check it out HERE.


Thanks for stopping by!

Inky hugs,




Supplies I’ve used:

Dee’s Distinctively Stocking Die

Silver Glitter Paper

In the Making Retro Merry Christmas stamp (love that the words are separate so I can rearrange them!)

Distress Oxide Inks (a variety from set 1)

Manila Tag #8

Crinkle Ribbon (inked with assorted Distress Inks)

Christmas charm by Tim Holtz idea-ology



Tuesday with Tara {take 108} Christmas in July Blog Hop!

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

Happy Tuesday!  It’s July 25 and we’ve got a treat for you… another fun blog hop, this time with some Christmas in July fun!

The ladies have some really fun projects in store for you, all of them featuring a funky stocking die by Dee’s Distinctively!  The exciting news (apart from all the inspiration you’ll be getting!) is that this die is a FREE GIFT with purchases over $50 right now!  Yay for freebies!  You’re also going to see some gorgeous sparkle paper used in today’s hop, and it’s also available in the store, available in a multi pack or individual colors.

Unfortunately for me, I haven’t gotten my die in the mail yet to create with… so I haven’t got a new project to share with you today!  You can bet I’ll be making something fun with it when it arrives though, and I’ll share it with you even if it means a bit of ‘Christmas in August’ 😉  Just so I’m not completely out of the loop, here’s a flashback post for you to some cards I made that feature another Dee’s Distinctively die, a fun stacked tree.

Now let’s get on with the BLOG HOP fun!  Here’s the list of fabulously creative ladies that are hopping with us today:

Tara Nixon Cox  (that’s me and you are HERE)               
Karla Yungwirth                
Amber Trubiak                                  
Nancy Frustaci                   
Niki Stone                           
Julia Chupik                        
Karen Warner                    

Thanks for visiting and checking out our Christmas in July Blog Hop!  I hope it’s as fun for you as it has been for us!  And I hope you enjoy the free gift with your $50 purchase in the online store… happy shopping & happy hopping!

Inky hugs,