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Tuesday with Tara {take 440} Knowing Bee

Happy Tuesday!

If you joined me live on Facebook last week (or caught the replay) you would have seen me color up this Funky bee near the end of our time together.  After all my watercolored bits were dry, I glued my layers together and added some Glossy Accents to his wings.  Since the watercolor paper I was working on was a lighter weight, it gives it a somewhat translucent effect.  It’s not what I intended… but it’s kinda perfect for wings!

I know it’s another grey card base, but I really thought the Silverleaf Willow by Prism Studio complemented the colors of my bee quite nicely.  I cut a wide border at the crease side of my card with one of the Puffy Cloud Border dies by Lawn Fawn.

Behind the bee, I used some book print which I spritzed with some Distress Oxide Spray in Salvaged Patina.  I then adhered that paper to white cardstock and attached it under the creased edge of my card.  I stamped a sentiment from one of my older Tim Holtz stamp sets (CMS086 if you’re wondering) to finish it off.

I’ll show you how I did that fold and assembled the card during this week’s Facebook Live, but our finished card will feature the dragonfly I colored :). Hope to see you there!

Inky hugs,


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Tuesday with Tara {take 414} Sketchy Leaves

I absolutely love autumn!  One of my favorite things about moving south to North Carolina is that I can enjoy, decorate & make cards for autumn all the way through November. It’s especially nice because I love buying new autumn stamps… like these Sketchy Leaves by Tim Holtz!  I almost resisted them, but the big maple leaf caught my eye as I don’t think I’ve got one in all my other sets and it’ll come in handy for Canada Day, too 😉

I decided to start with some simple Distress Ink watercolor- blending a couple colors on the stamp and misting it with water before stamping on watercolor card stock.  I trimmed my card stock to size for a slimline card so I could fit more leaves on it, then had some fun with Mica Sprays over my colorful leaves!  I’ve used a trio of Distress Inks, Wild Honey, Crackling Campfire & Peacock Feathers.  I misted over them with two of the new seasonal Mica Sprays, Sugary Gumdrop & Wonderland, then added a some Antiqued Bronze to tie it all together with the copper embossed sentiment (by MFT).

The mix of the mica sprays is so pretty & shimmery, it was hard to capture in a photo!  It’s one of those combos I decided to try on a whim for this card, and I’m so glad I did!  I’ll be playing with these stamps some more over the next bit… keep an eye on my blog or instagram account for a peek!

Inky hugs,


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Tuesday with Tara {take 401} Coffee soon!

Happy Tuesday!

I’ve used Papercut Cafe once again, I actually took inspiration from the cards I made for the Christmas in July blog hopbut wanted to feature one of my fabulous Crinkle Ribbons on a ‘anytime’ card!   The little coffee sentiment is from Colorado Craft Company- I think it’s a perfect fit!

This card features Prize Ribbon Blue and is super simple, except for fun neutral inky details (including text from a stencil) on the die cut circle.  I’ll be working on prepping some backgrounds and tags similar to the one you see here on my Facebook live this week, so we should have some fun elements ready to go for upcoming creations!

If you haven’t caught the blog hop yet, there’s still time to hop & comment for a chance to win!  And of course I’d love to see you live on Facebook this Thursday at 5pm PST/ 8pm EST.

Inky hugs,


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