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Tuesday with Tara {take 416} Golden Anniversary

Happy Tuesday (or Wednesday in this case, since I decided to wait until after Halloween to share this card) friends!  October was a busy month, with a lot of things to celebrate.  At the top of the list in our family was my parent’s Golden Anniversary, celebrating 50 years of marriage!

I had a special card in mind for them, which I wanted to represent them in some way in addition to having some touches of GOLD.

I made a black on white collage with a variety of dies from an assortment of Tim Holtz Sizzix sets (I’ll list them all below).  I started with the dies themselves and arranged them in a heart shape.  Once I had the rough shape, I took a picture and traced a heart around them on some scrap paper.  I started with the larger dies, which I tried to do in pairs (like the birds & the coffee cups, and then a leaf & feather) and added in numbers, flowers & hearts.  I cut everything out of black card stock and then trimmed a piece of patterned paper (this is from the Classic Pooh paper pad!) and began assembling my pieces, starting with the birds and then forming the heart shape from there.

The small hearts and bling were the finishing touches to form the final heart shape.  I misted the entire collage with Mica spray for some shimmer on the black pieces.  Once dry, I mounted this on a 5×7 Kraft card base, with a layer of gold paper between the layers.  Since the text print was only 6″ tall, I left room at the bottom for a sticker that says “Let’s Celebrate” in gold on black.

Before layering onto the gold, I die cut the birds & the ’50’ from it to use on the inside of the card.  I adhered these to a tag and added a handwritten sentiment and a few more hearts.

This is a fun way to create a personalized card and use a variety of dies in a new way!  It also gets you looking at the individual pieces in your die sets differently… maybe you’ll discover something new!  Here’s a list of the dies I’ve used:

I hope you enjoyed the card and it inspires you to try something new with your collection of dies… or maybe stamps!

Inky hugs,


Tuesday with Tara {take 415} Sweet Treat Bags!

It’s not too late to put together some sweet little bags of treats before Halloween next week!  I’ve used dies, a stencil and ink all by Tim Holtz for these treats!  One thing I love about the Pumpkin Duo die set, is that you can use just the base layer as a silhouette when you want something simple, like I’ve done here!  It made a really fun window for my treat bags!
I was really hoping the cats from the Mischievous die set would be a good fit with the pumpkins, and they did not disappoint!  Cutting them out of a deep purple/black glitter paper is simply fabulous for Halloween (but they’ll be fun in a variety of colors throughout the year too)!

For the background I trimmed and scored the panel to the size I wanted (slightly larger than the plastic treat bag I filled with candy & tucked inside).  I used a blending tool to ink around the edges to start, then added more color over the entire panel through the linked circle stencil.  The fun finishing touch on these is the Sassy Spooktacular Sentiments by MFT- there’s so many fun ones in this set, I really wish I had more Halloween images to work with (who knew I’d grow to enjoy Halloween makes?)!

I used small treat bags to fill with candy, then put them in place with adhesive tape before folding over the Cardstock and punching holes for my ribbon.  I forgot to take a photo of the back of these, but it’s really nothing fancy- just a rectangle of cardstock folded over a bag.  You could definitely make it a bit fancier by creating a triangular pouch with scores at the bottom so it stood up, but these are super simple and perfect to go in my little treat bucket!

These little goodie bags went together pretty quick & easy and are such a fun way to add a handmade touch to your Halloween Treats!  We don’t get many trick-or-treaters at our house, so it was no problem making enough to go around 🙂

Hope you have a sweet day!

Inky hugs,


Tuesday with Tara {take 412} Fall Fragments

Happy Tuesday!

The focal point of my card is a gorgeous Leaf Fragment by Tim Holtz, which I inked up with assorted Distress Inks (smooshing technique) and then spritzed with Mica Spray.   I layered it over a piece of book print which I embossed using an autumn leaves embossing folder (I’m gonna call it vintage Tim Holtz since I’m sure it’s long ago discontinued).  It gives some subtle texture that you don’t really notice at first!

Adhering everything to a Kraft panel then a green card and the addition of a simple sentiment sticker (with gold text for more shine) finish it all off.

The second card is very much the same… just extra leaves and no embossing folder. I love them as an inky autumn pair!

I hope you like them as much as I do!

Inky hugs,


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