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Tuesday with Tara {take 408} The Struggle is Real

Happy Tuesday!

Today I’m sharing a card I made with the same image that I used for my card for our current blog hop, Pooh & his big Coffee!  I wanted to create a coffee shaker from the big open space, and this is what I came up with.  I stamped on watercolor paper & colored the image with Distress Watercolor Pencil Crayons.  I then added some Distress Ink Stenciling around the image with a honeycomb pattern.

I drew a frame in the mug to give me a window to cut.  Then I used a small piece of acetate behind my window, then filled the shaker with real coffee beans, some beads & sequins.

My chosen sentiment, “the struggle is real” is something I was definitely feeling as I struggled with the final assembly on this one… but I think once I trimmed things up a little bit it came out okay,  and hopefully the bling distracts from the boo-boos LOL

If you haven’t already checked out the blog hop, please do!  It’s a fairly small/quick hop but the cards are fabulous and your comments are entries for a $50 shopping spree!

Inky hugs,


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Shake Up Summer! SNS August 2020 Blog Hop

Happy Blog Hop Day!  The girls at Scrap ‘N Stamp are here to help you Shake Up Summer with some fun projects featuring Tonic Shaker Card kits!   We’ve got some great prizes and fun cards to share with you and I hope they inspire you to Shake Up your Summer!

Be sure to leave a comment along the way for chances to win one of 3 Tonic Shaker Prize Packages- and watch for chances to win on our Facebook & Instagram as well!  You can also have some fun shopping this weekend after you hop and save 20% OFF TONIC (including Nuvo) products this weekend, until midnight Aug.9th!  I suggest starting with your favorite Die & Shaker set, like the Coffee Mug one I’m using today!  They include the dies you need & adhesive backed shaker pouches to make it easy for you to make unique shaker cards, just add the fun filler!

Enough talk… I bet you’re ready to get hopping!  Here’s what I made:

Here’s a look at most of the products I used for my card.  I was kinda stumped on my layout, until I noticed a fun Tim Holtz Doodle Art Stencil I hadn’t inked up yet… so I decided to blend a background with a mix of Ground Espresso & Vintage Photo Distress Oxide, using a Life Changing Blender Brush by Picket Fence Studios.   You can see the Coffee Mug Die & Shaker pieces here, as well as the Moscow Mule Sequin Mix I used.  I also used Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive, Tonic Tea & Coffee Stamp Set and a Nuvo Aqua Shimmer Pen in Blush.  I also added one of my new fave dies (in case you hadn’t noticed yet, haha), Tim Holtz Feathered Friends.  Sometimes you just have to put a bird on it 🙂

The card is really very simple!  I inked up the stenciled background on a white layer and figured out the position for my cup, with room to place my bird on top.  I selected a lime green for the mug & base card, then decided I needed some color contrast as well for my stamped sentiment. I stamped it in the same Ground Espresso ink on some aqua card stock, which I cut deliberately crooked and curled my edges a bit.  I pulled out some Distress Oxide sprays to add some splatter with a mix of Evergreen Bough & Speckled Egg. (Then when everything was done I added some more speckles… which got a bit out of control, which is why there’s some blue shading on my mug!).  Shimmer on the bird, stamped coffee beans & under the mug add a little bit extra, as does my fave thin jute twine.

In case you are wondering how it all goes together, here’s a look at the pieces for the actual shaker.  I cut the opening as you see here, then the window was adhered from the back.  I filled with some fun (I always struggle with how much to add)! and glued the full mug cut out to the back and the open mug to the front.

Here’s a final close up to show you the mix of goodies in my ‘cup of happiness’ shaker.  I added a few mini die cut hearts and some micro beads for variety.  As you can see, I decided to stamp a small sentiment inside my shaker for a fun touch.

I hope my little card makes you smile!  Can’t wait to see what the rest of the girls have shaking for us!  Next up is the talented Chala– I caught a little peek of her card and already asked her to pour me a glass 🙂

Here’s the full set of hop links- have fun and don’t forget to comment for  your chance to win!

Inky hugs,


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Tuesday with Tara {take 183}

Happy Tuesday!

It’s hard to believe we are already (more than) a full week into 2019- I hope it’s been off to a BRIGHT start for you!  Today I’m sharing a holiday/New Years Card that features a fun star shaped shaker window & die set by Tonic.  I created it to play along with the “All That Sparkles” challenge we had for December, but wasn’t happy with it at the time… I have since added more sparkle and texture and as well as adding “2019” to one of the stars 🙂  I guess you could say I’m starting the new year with a card makeover (aka Transformation Tuesday)- hope you like it!

Here’s a closer look at my little shaker window… it’s filled with glass & micro beads and a few sequins.    I love the mix of sizes in my shaker 🙂  As you can see, I added Glitter Drops on several stars as well as my die cut words and letter stickers.  These exact products aren’t available in the store right now, but they are in other colors!

Here’s a peek at some of the fun products I used, many of them are older but there’s a chance you’ll find them in your stash 😉


Materials Used:

Tonic Star Die & Shaker Set

Tim Holtz Shadow Script Christmas

Nuvo Embellishment Mousse in Cosmic Brown

Nuvo Glitter Drops in White Blizzard & Honey Gold

Dylusions Amongst the Stars Stamp

Art Ingredients Glass Beads Turquoise

Art Ingredients Micro Beads Bronze

Kraft 5.5″ card stock base

Assorted card stock and mini number stickers

Antique Gold Sequins


Sending INKY New Years hugs and wishing you a 2019 that is full of BRIGHT things!



p.s. there’s still some awesome deals in the online store as Raya & the team make room for new releases… and did you catch the news about our Design Team call?

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