Posts Tagged ‘Paper Dolls’

Tuesday with Tara {take 224} get your candy on

Tuesday, October 29th, 2019

Happy Tuesday! I wasn’t sure I’d be able to get a Halloween project ready to share with you today. Then I remembered I had a background I’d prepared at a local make & take day and fun Happy Halloween die cut from Impression Obsession to use! I hope you like what I came up with 🙂

I chose to combine the two prepared elements with some wide, sheer black ribbon and paper dolls & chit chat sticker by Tim Holtz. The glittery paper Happy Halloween die cut is pretty fabulous, but didn’t stand out like I wanted it to without that black layer behind it. I hated to cover up the fun background, but the sheer ribbon allows the design to peek through a bit.

I added a bit of color to the witch paper dolls with a matching purple Copic Marker, then added a bit of bling in the same purple to the card as well. A Quickie Glue Pen was just what I needed to adhere the die cut to the card. It even sticks to the ribbon! (The ribbon was stuck down with a bit of Sookwang/ Be Creative tape hidden behind the die cut as well as on the back of the panel.)

Hope your week is a good one! Have fun getting your candy on 🙂 I’ll be back on Friday, Nov. 1 to kick off our November blog hop… can’t wait to share what the team has been working on with you!

Inky hugs,


Tuesday with Tara {take 172}

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018

Happy Tuesday!  I hope you all have had as much fun with our latest blog hop as I have, and I can’t wait to see the response we will get to our new challenge!   I’ve got a second card with the challenge theme (Purple, Orange & Green- not just for Halloween) to share with you today.  I made several backgrounds with the same three colors of Distress Oxide ink colors (wilted violet, spiced marmalade, twisted citron) as I was preparing for this so naturally had to turn at least two of them into cards…

This background was created on glossy Alcohol Ink card stock, then finished with a light cover of Distress Micro Glaze, which brings the gloss back out and reveals all the layers of color.  Prior to glazing, you have a very muted background.  I found using a sponge made my glaze a bit too thick, so I applied a small amount with my finger and buffed it over the surface with a cotton rag.  I selected a paper doll from Tim Holtz Ancestors embellishments (I think this was in the ‘halloween’ themed release, but can’t be sure since mine are all stored together!) and added some butterfly wings (from the botanical ephemera pack).  I wanted to pair her with this cute sentiment I picked up, by Impression Obsession.  I rarely purchase Halloween stamps myself, but thought this one would work with a variety of images 🙂  It was stamped in Twisted Citron Distress Oxide ink.

I highlighted the word “BOO-TIFUL” in my sentiment by tracing over it with Nuvo Jewel Drops in Key Lime.  I needed a little something to finish off my card, and remembered these lace borders by Tim Holtz.  Mine are ‘vintage’ strip dies from before he started making thinlets, but this lace design has been re-imagined as a thinlet and looks like it’s even better now!  I cut it from book print, inked the top edge with spiced marmalade and threaded some thin purple jute through the holes.  Normally I like to trim a clean edge on a card front, but since this was so delicate and had jute through it, I wrapped it around the back and inside front of the card slightly to give a stronger finish.

It’s a simple card, but I hope you enjoy the mix of elements with the background colors & textures!  And I hope you’ll join us with our #SNSpurpleorangegreen challenge on facebook as well 🙂  Remember, you’ve got until Nov. 1 to play along with our challenge and have a chance to win a $50 gift certificate to the SNS online store!  Woo!

I hope you’re having a great week!  I can’t wait to see what you create…

Inky hugs,


Tuesday with Tara {take 156}

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018

Happy Tuesday!  I hope you had a fabulous Canada Day weekend- and to our friends in the USA, we hope you enjoy the upcoming 4th of July celebrations!  I don’t know about where you live, but for me, even though it’s been HOT for a while, it finally feels like summer is here!  There is nothing aquatic about this card, except the shades of green & blue… but I’ve definitely been inspired by time spent at the pool!

I started with creating a mixed media panel in simple black & white- collaged torn book paper, stamps & washi tape are the base, with a rough layer of texture paste through a Tim Holtz stencil.  After the panel was dry, I trimmed it to size and added some color with Distress Oxide, Distress Stain Spray splatters and some Nuvo Glitter glaze smooshed across the surface… I added more details with some dots of assorted Nuvo products and a bit of pearly splatter as well.  A layer of black card stock gives a strong contrast to draw the eyes in.  Since there was so much great texture, I wanted a simple focal point.  Tim Holtz’s black & white paper dolls are great for this, with just a bit of black shadowing to the left of them.  A simple ‘thank you’ sentiment finishes off the card!

Here’s a couple close ups…

I just love all the textures and the simple black design underneath it all!  I pulled out my fave wooden block script stamp for some flourish (It’s probably nearly 20 years old!) and added some newer designs I hadn’t inked yet, a fun set of collage images by Ken Oliver.   I’ll be back to add to this post some product links, but this was really all about using stuff I had to make something new & fun.  I hope you like it!   (If you need something new to inspire you, I see that a bunch of great Finnabair products are 50% in the shop right now!  Check out this awesome butterfly stamp for starters…)

Have a fabulous week!

Inky hugs,