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Gnome for the Holidays Blog Hop

Friday, October 8th, 2021

Happy Blog Hop Day friends!  We’ve got a fun theme for you on this October evening… Gnome for the Holidays!  Each of us on the Scrap ‘N Stamp Design Team will be sharing fun holiday projects with you today featuring gnomes.  As always, you can leave comments at each stop along the way for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate to spending the SNS Online Store!  It should be a lot of fun!

My card today features the fun Gnome Child set from Crafters Companion.  It includes stamps, dies and a coordinating stencil for adding details to the gnome image!  I paired my gnome with a background featuring the new Scribbly Snowflakes dies by Tim Holtz.  I was on the fence about getting these dies, but they really are a perfect whimsical combination with my gnome, and I’m sure I’ll find more fun things to mix them with!

I started with a pre-inked background I had made when I got the new Prize Ribbon Distress Bundle.  I made up several backgrounds using the Distress Spray Stains and shared one of my cards on this post.  (Side note- the next new color is being released NEXT WEEK!  Any guesses on what it might be?) Anyways, I simply arranged some of the snowflake dies over my background and die cut using the detail cutting plates.  I needed a little extra oomph since this background is on watercolor paper.

I had a little lightbulb moment looking at the stencil… what if I used a fun glitter texture paste through the stencil instead of just ink?  I dusted off my Copic Markers to quickly color this guy (I’m REALLY out of practice with them, so I colored several until I was happy with my blends) and grabbed some sparkly paste & a palette knife. Unfortunately, my paste has dried up and turned to gel on me so I had to find another option.  Since my image is pretty tiny, I decided to try some White Blizzard Nuvo Glitter Drops.  I squeezed a small amount under the broadest part of the hat portion and swiped up, then repeated the process going down and IT WORKED!  I’m in love with the sparkly stripes on his outfit- it’s just so stinking cute!

I added about a hundred 3D foam squares behind my background layer (I’m not even joking. LOL) & finished off my card with a few fun touches… I wrapped purple twine around the card and hung a small hand cut tag with one of the sentiments from the stamp set “Jingle Gnomes” and layered one of the die cut snowflakes, glitzed up with some of the same Nuvo Glitter Drops I used on his outfit.  I also added some bling to the white card base under some of my die cut snowflakes.

Are you ready for some more inspiration?  Next up on the hop is Deborah, and I know she’s got something fabulous to share with you!  Happy hopping and have an amazing weekend!

Inky hugs,

Tuesday with Tara {take 313} birthday wishes

Tuesday, August 17th, 2021

Happy Tuesday! Today I’m sharing a throwback post with some fun birthday wishes to hopefully inspire you!  Enjoy!  (In case of any technical difficulties, the original post is here.)

Happy Tuesday! Today I’m sharing two cards that came from some experimentation with the Retro Repeat die set by Tim Holtz. Since I’m still totally overflowing with inspiration from the girls in our Watercolour Wishes Blog Hop, I’ve also got some watercolor vibes happening in my first card.

Retro Repeat Dies

I started out just experimenting with the repeat dies to see how they worked. They cut out two rows of design, but the die includes a third which lightly embosses the next row so you can easily align the die to cut as many as you wish. It was pretty simple to work with, I just had to do a bit of trimming to my panel when I was done. (Let’s just pretend it was intentional for me to photograph the wrong die alongside my card. LOL. I’m experiencing some significant brain fog these days!)


I decided to layer a colorful watercolor background behind my panel, so cut a piece of watercolor paper to the size I wanted and used a smooshing technique with Distress Ink on my craft sheet. I just kinda used the colors I had sitting there and it ended up being something I wasn’t crazy about. Ooops. You can always fix a background though- so I added some shades of yellow Distress Oxide (Squeezed Lemonade & Fossilized Amber) over the background with a blending tool, then used the same colors to smoosh more color onto it. The layer of yellow softened some of the muddy bits and brightened the yellows I already had, as well as increasing the textural look with some oxidization.

I chose some fun sketchy flowers (which have a two-step design like the stamps I used for the blog hop) by MFT to provide a focal point for this card. Using the same shades of yellow & green which were in my background helps tie it all together. I paired the ‘wish’ die cut from Tim’s Shadow Script #2 set with a sentiment sticker from one of the Small Talk sticker pads. (I have a stash of these, I’ve been collecting for years. They come in handy so often!)

A little tip

As you can see, the die cut opening only reveals part of my background, so I cut the bottom layer of the ‘wish’ die from the portion that would be hidden! I use this technique a lot when I’m working with layers on a card. If you’ve got a layer that won’t be seen, die cut something out of it! In a case like this, it’s a perfect coordinating element. Otherwise, you’ve got a start for your next project…

My final detail to tie everything together was to ink the Small Talk Sticker with the same yellows I stamped with. A few little Nuvo Jewel Drops finished this card off!

More Retro Repeat

I created a larger die cut with another of the Retro Repeat dies and turned it into another simple card. I came across this snarky sentiment as I was looking for something to go with ‘wish’ Since it was a larger sticker, I decided I’d keep this one simple.

Since my card base & ‘wish’ layer were cream, I chose to ink my white sticker with yellow again. A few enamel dots and some Stickles glitter glue add a bit more yellow to balance everything out. There’s not much fancy about this card… but I think we can all relate to the sentiment! I hope your week is off to a great start, and I hope you get some time to get inky & play along with our Watercolour Wishes Challenge on facebook! Inky hugs, Tara  


Bling & Blossoms Blog Hop

Friday, May 7th, 2021

Happy Blog Hop Day!

You are in for a treat this weekend, as our design team shares their makes featuring lots of bling and beautiful blossoms!  We will be giving away another $50 gift certificate to one special person who leaves comments along the way and since it’s also Mother’s Day weekend, each of you can go ahead and pamper yourself with 20% off your purchase in the SNS online store (use promo code Pamper).

My card today was going to be a Mother’s Day card… but when I went to my dies to find some alphas to use, I noticed the ‘miss you’ sentiment and decided it was perfect for my mom, who I really miss since she’s so far away!

I’m featuring a card with the gorgeous Brushstroke Flowers #1 (numbers 2 & 3 are also gorgeous, I just don’t have them yet!) and a fab ‘miss you’ die by MFT.  (It’s out of stock right now, but there’s several other fab ones, like this one by Penny Black!).

I cut a heart shape out of some corrugated paper that I had previously used as a backdrop for some paint I was spraying… it has layers of color, but ended up a really pretty green that I think looks lovely with the die cut flower!  I added a bit of crocheted lace around it for extra texture.

I chose to finish off my card with a non-traditional sort of bling, Quote Flair by Tim Holtz.  Since it doesn’t actually sparkle, I also added a few gems and misted some Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls on the die cut words and the corrugated heart. (I used the mist, but you can make your own by mixing some with water in a spray bottle or mini mister!)

I tied a sloppy bow with some thin crinkle ribbon that I had previously inked in shades of yellow and nested the quote flair in the middle of it.  It adds a bit of softness next to the gloss of the quote flair.

Once the individual pieces were assembled, this card went together fairly easily and without much fuss… just the way I like it!

I imagine, like me, you are looking forward to seeing the rest of the makes from the team.  Next up is Deborah, and it’s sure to be sparkly and fabulous!

Here’s the full hop order:

Happy Hopping!  Don’t forget to leave comments along the way for your chance to win 🙂
Inky hugs,