Posts Tagged ‘Simple Card’

Tuesday with Tara {take 251} Feathered Friend

Tuesday, June 9th, 2020

Happy Tuesday!

Today I’m sharing a simple card that showcases a fun little mixed media bird from Tim Holtz’s Feathered Friends die set, all ready to build a nest.  There are two birds in this die set and I love them both!  If you haven’t seen yet, I’ve used the larger bird on my beach scene card for our June Perfect Pearls Blog Hop.  (Check it out HERE– and be sure to visit the rest of the blogs too, there’s some great inspiration from our fabulous creative design team!)

I honestly just grabbed some scraps I had on my work space to die cut this cutie and added a bit of ink.  I love the combo of colored card stock, kraft & book print for her.  The ‘twig’ in her mouth was also a scrap I had from another project, I just added a few touches of perfect pearls to make it shine a bit 🙂

The background layer from my card was an inky mix of Speckled Egg and Old Paper Distress Oxide, mixed together on the same surface that had bits of turquoise Perfect Pearls left on it…  I love how the smooshing gave a bit of a marbled effect with the shimmer.  It’s subtle, but it shines when you hit it with the light!

A piece of frayed canvas gave me both a surface for the bird to stand on and some extra threads for it to carry.  Perfect little additions for a card that is on it’s way to my Mom (Happy Birthday Mom!).

I finished the card off with some heat embossing in a powder that is similar to kraft.  The color is almost too subtle to really pop in a photograph, but I still think it works!  My sentiment is by Gina K.  It’s a beautiful but simple script that works with so many designs.

I hope you like my little feathered friend!  Have a fantastic week 🙂

Inky hugs,


Tuesday with Tara {take 222} Thanks

Tuesday, October 15th, 2019

Happy Tuesday!

I challenged myself to make a quick card for today… and I pulled it off in ten minutes! I started with a challenge on Instagram (AAA Cards “one corner”) and decided to use only materials I could find leftover from other projects on my desk! Here’s what I came up with…

I used the die cut letters from the card I shared last Tuesday and a scrap of inky paper from the card I shared in our blog hop as my starting point. I found a leaf I’d die cut and never used and played around with the layout a bit. After selecting some wheat colored card stock, I stamped a couple leaves from Tim Holtz’s Nature’s Wonders stamp set. Of course, I used Distress Oxide- Crushed Olive and Walnut Stain. The Coffee Break stamp set by MFT has a great mix of sentiments, so I was happy to find one I could pair with the “thanks”!

It’s just a simple little collage in the corner… finished off with a few Nuvo Glitter Drops to highlight the blue tones in the inked scrap. I’m not sure if it’s still in the ‘clean and simple’ category, but it sure was quick to put together! Hope you like it- it was a fun challenge to use just supplies on my desk! I’ve got to get it tidied up so I can make the move to my larger space I just finished painting!

Inky hugs,


Tuesday with Tara {take 216} Without Coffee

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019

Happy Tuesday!

Happy Tuesday with Tara! Today is the day a lot of kids & teachers are officially back in the swing of things with a new school year! I thought some more rainbows & coffee would be in order to help you get through the day! I’m sharing another fun rainbow card with the Coffee Understands stamp set by Picket Fence Studios, this one questions what we would do without coffee. As you can see by the sentiment, it’s probably best that we don’t find out the answer! ha!

Coffee Understands by Picket Fence Studios: Without Coffee

Simple Design.

There is something about this stamp image that makes me want to keep my card fairly simple. I love how long & lean she is (total opposite of me!). It looks like she’s got her priorities straight, coffee in one hand, ready to take on the world (or a classroom, at least)!

Bold & Colorful.

Just because a card is simple does not mean it can’t be bold & colorful! I paired bold black & white with a colorful rainbow panel I inked up with a variety of Distress Oxide Inks. The colors blend together so nicely and it ends up looking like I used a wider variety of colors than I actually did! Curiosity got me wondering what would happen if I stamped with a watermark ink pad over my inked rainbow… and I was pleased with how it came out! (I used Versamark, but I’m guessing this Gina K Embossing & Watermark Ink would work just as well!)

Coffee Understands by Picket Fence Studios: Distress Oxide Rainbow


As I mentioned earlier, I tried to keep this card pretty simple. The stitched details from the edge die (by MFT) are repeated on the white card front and the black strip beside it. I stamped with bold black ink and repeated the sentiment in watermark on the rainbow panel. A single cup design from the stamp set was also repeated to fill in the gaps. Then I chose a few colors from the rainbow to brighten up my stamped image. Repeating details like the stamp images and colors kept the design feeling simple.

I hope you like my happy rainbow, and that you have no reason to find out what your day, week or year will be like without coffee!

Inky hugs,