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Tuesday with Tara {take 365} cheers to you

Happy Tuesday!  Cheers to you!

Today’s card is inspired by the challenge word over at the SNS fb challenge group “stencil” so I used two very different stencils in two different ways… along with a generous heaping of Uncharted Mariner Distress Oxide Ink!

My starting point was the tag, which features one of the Tim Holtz Doodle Art Stencils and some leftover crackle paste from another project.   This is a very detailed stencil with a ton of fun elements.  I sprinkled some Uncharted Mariner Distress Embossing Glaze over it and once dry, heated it.  I also just wiped excess paste off on the other corners of the tag to clean my palette knife which gives a bit of a resist to the Kraft tag base.  I inked over the entire tag with the Distress Oxide Ink and then added a bit of shading around the edges with Ground Espresso Distress Oxide.

A smaller Kraft tag with a sentiment stamped on it and a ribbon bow adds a bit more texture, as well as a touch of bling.

I built my card on a 5×7 Kraft card base, stenciling and stamping in the same ink.  I’ve used Woodware’s Wheel stencil and my sentiment is by MFT.  The finishing touches are these glittery silhouette birdscut from somesugar crystal card stock.  They pretty much steal the show, but I am here for it!

Thanks for stopping by!

Inky hugs,


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Tuesday with Tara {take 333} Coffee Obsessed

Happy Tuesday!  Did you check out our Inspiration Hop over the weekend?  It’s not too late to check it out again- it was full of so many great projects from the team!  I’m back with another card using the Coffee House stamps by Anita Jeram together with Storyteller paper pad by Vicki Boutin.   I picked a totally different color combo for this card and I also am feeling a little more back into the groove with my Copic Markers again. LOL. Good to know I haven’t totally wasted that investment!

I couldn’t decide between a grey mouse or a brown mouse, so I did one of each and I then I settled on matching this pretty teal paper from the paper pad for the Bodum Coffee Maker.  I rarely even use mine (mostly when we’re camping) but now I really want one in teal like this!   I’ve used the Copic Markers BG13, BG15 & BG18 for this and it’s a fave color combo of mine.  It makes me happy… like coffee 🙂

I finished this card off with a few Clear Drops by Studio Katia– adding a tiny bit of sparkle by using Honey Gold Nuvo Glitter Drops as my adhesive.  I always like a bit of texture too, so a bit of thin twine tied in a bow to match the adorable coffee maker was a fun touch as well!  You can’t really see it well, but I added subtle dimension to the sentiment banner by adding some foam adhesive only in the center so it is flat at both of the outer edges, giving a bit of softness & height to it.

I hope you like it and that your day is more blessed than stressed 🙂

Inky hugs,


Tuesday with Tara {take 297} Yellow Simplicity

There is beauty in simplicity… and joy in the color yellow!  Today I decided to try some abstract watercolor in shades of yellow & green Distress Ink (I started with Squeezed lemonade and Twisted Citron & added a few more for texture & fun).

I have done this technique with florals in the past, but thought it would work great with this lemon stamp by Picket Fence Studios as well!  I first trimmed some water color Cardstock to the size I wanted and used the image as my guide to apply ink directly from the pads to my work surface (looking at the clear stamp upside down helped me with the placement for the yellow & green!).

Next, I misted the ink with water and smooshed the cut piece of Cardstock into it.  I repeated it with a bit more water and a second piece since I planned to make two cards (I had a little mishap with some coffee though, so that one has some extra color to it!).  I set it aside to dry for a while, then stamped using my stamp platform (you could use your Misti or another tool if you have one) to get a nice, dark, black image. Once again, I let it dry before adding a bit more color to a few spots on my lemons & leaves.

I knew I wanted to use a sentiment from Tim Holtz’s Metallic Sticker Book, and after spilling coffee all over my work surface I was definitely ready for some simplicity!  I chose a pre-cut Kraft square card as my base and added some pale yellow corrugated paper as a single layer between them.  I mounted the sticker on a bit of black and with a bit of Sookwang/Be Creative tape it was done.  Just in case the spilled coffee came back to show it’s face, I stacked some ink pads on top of my card for a few hours before I took photos.

Fun fact- while this is not my greatest photography, I had to use my (artificial) lemon tree as my backdrop for this card!  This tree stands beside our yellow front door in the spring & summer months and has fooled several people into sniffing it’s fruit 🙂

Inky hugs,


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