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Tuesday with Tara {take 382} a Whittle Throwback

Happy Tuesday, friends!

Poppy Stamps has an adorable collection of “whittle” stamps that we celebrated a while back with a blog hop… today I’m throwing back to share my cards!   I chose one set of dies to work – the adorable Whittle Cactus Trio.  I’ve been trying to develop my green thumb as of late, and these seemed like a really fun way to work that into my card making!   I started out inking up some shades of green on Cardstock and then cut the trio out several times.  Since they are so tiny (the biggest of the trio is just 1.4″ tall) I doubled them all up two layers thick with some glue.  Then the ideas started flowing… so I made TWO cards to share with you today!

For the first card, I used a scrap of corrugated card stock to create a little planter for my cacti.  I experimented with several colors of Distress Paint, but my final product is primarily Crackling Campfire Distress Paint.  It makes a fabulous terra cotta pot!  Once I had the design, I inked up some book print for my background.  This is a simple ombre mix of Salvaged Patina & Peacock Feathers Distress Ink.

I finished off the card with a cute little burlap flower embellishment and a sentiment from an awesome set by Heffy Doodle called Everyday Sentiment Duos.  It’s a super versatile set with a simple font you can dress up or down depending what you pair it with.  I inked the two parts of the ‘new home’ sentiment separately here, adding the smaller font on my card base & the larger font on Kraft across the top of the card.  Lastly, I splattered a bit of white paint for fun.

My second card uses the same elements as my first, but I positioned the cactus trio in a frame I made using one of the windows from the slimline die set by Picket Fence Studios.  I experimented with a variety of colors on this as well, finally adding Abandoned Coral Distress Ink to the mix (which is why it looks a bit dark & dirty compared to how vibrant it normally is!).  I stamped over the frame in the same coral ink with the MFT best friends cling background stamp.

Another sentiment from the Sentiment Duos (embossed with Rustic Wilderness Distress Embossing Glaze) seemed like a great compliment to the design.

I had a scrap of watercolor paper that I’d painted a wash of yellows & oranges on, so I added a touch of the coral and used it as the base for my frame.  A little bit of yellow twine wrapped around the frame added a bit of fun texture.  I also played around with another burlap blossom, added ink and glue and formed it into a bloom for one of my cacti!

Aren’t they some of the cutest little cacti you’ve ever seen?   I encourage you to take some extra time during these cold winter days to nurture some ‘green’ things in your home!  Perhaps it’ll encourage spring to come a little sooner 😉


Inky hugs,


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Add a Little Funny!


What better day to add a little humour to than a Monday? FUNNY is today’s prompt for Scrap ‘n Stamp’s Random Acts of Cardness challenge. A few cute images and a punny sentiment, and I had my card:



I find this sentiment particularly funny as it’s a little more unexpected than some of the usual critter puns. Since it was also the perfect reason to play with these fun Lawn Fawn goat stamps (and dies) again, it was even better. For the water, I die cut a Poppystamps whittle wave background, then trimmed it so I could use it as a mask on the card base with some salty ocean distress ink. Stamped and embossed my sentiment, and my CAS card was done!



Come and play along once, a few times, or a lot with our daily Random Acts of Cardness word prompts – it puts you in the running for a $50 gift card to the store!

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Tuesday with Tara {take 303} Whittle Cactus Trio

Happy Tuesday y’all!  I just couldn’t resist… I had so much fun creating my cards for the Whittle Things Blog Hop that I just kept on going.  Here’s one more card with my Whittle Cactus Trio dies!

I wanted to highlight the dies as a trio, so chose a mini slimline as my base for this card.  It’s a fun size to work with, just 3.5 x 6″ so it let me look at my products in a new way!  I also wanted to pair the dies with the sentiment from the Lawn Fawn Year Ten mini set for a fun birthday card.

I selected the hexagon stacked tiles dies by Tim Holtz as a base for my cacti and sentiment, originally planning to put one cactus on each hexagon.  I inked up a piece of white Cardstock with my trio of Distress Ink- Abandoned Coral, Squeezed Lemonade & Salvaged Patina, blending the colors together and splattering with water before I cut a variety of hexagons out of it.

Playing around with placement, I ended up with the one you see here, giving the sentiment it’s own hexagon rather than stamping it below the tiles as I originally planned. The little flower from the stamp set (stamped onto a scrap of the Abandoned Coral card stock) added a fun touch to my center tile.

As you can see, I’ve had a lot of fun with this little Cactus Trio!  If you haven’t visited our Whittle Things Blog Hop, there’s still time to get in on the fun- inspiration and a chance to win a prize!

Inky hugs,


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