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Tuesday with Tara {take 402} Miss You

Happy Tuesday!

Today I’m sharing a card made with some of the pieces you will have seen me prep in the last couple of Crafty Lives I’ve done on our Facebook page!  Two weeks ago I showed how I create these fabulous Crinkle Ribbons and last week I made some neutral toned inky backgrounds ready to be die cut as tags!

I finally succumbed to the temptation and got the mini brushstoke flower dies by Tim Holtz– they are sooo cute, but have intimidated me because they are so tiny!  I had some inked up (actually Dina Wakley Glossy sprayed up) backgrounds from a previous project and decided to cut a few of them out.  They turned out really cute and were such a fun addition to the smallest of the tags I die cut!

 

I paired the little tags with a bold sentiment that overlaps the tags, bringing them together as one focal point.  (This one by MFT is out of stock, but here’s another fab die set!).  The addition of one tiny flower behind the dot in the ‘I’ and a few pink jewels helps everything flow.  I stuck with neutrals for my background in contrast to the vibrant colors of the flowers and finished it off with a pretty yellow ribbon!

Hope you like it and that it gives you some inspiration to use up some of the fabulous inky scraps you have on your work space!  Pull out some die cuts and see what you can do to make a future project quick & easy!

Inky hugs,

Tara

Tuesday with Tara {take 396} Nailed It!

Happy Tuesday!   Today’s card is some simple krafty fun I shared with viewers of my Crafty Facebook Live on Saturday!  I showed the card I made for our Tongue-in-cheek blog hop and then made this similar card with the same stamp set by Sunny Studio, called Tool Time.

This little stamp set is perfect for guy cards with some clever puns, and the simple designs are fabulous for creating an easy background with repeat stamping.  For this card, I stamped on a Kraft card base in Ground Espresso Distress Ink.  I started with the largest image- the hammer, then filled in the empty spaces with “congrats” and the nail image.  The trick to these backgrounds is to rotate your designs so they fill in the space.  If you know a large part of the background will be covered up, as with the tag on this card, you can leave that part empty and focus on what the edges of your space will look like.

I used a pre-printed tag for this, to keep things simple and add some subtle texture.  You could absolutely create a subtle background yourself- and this might actually be a fun project to do just to have some on hand!  I played around with the layout of the text for my tag and added some die cut numbers I had from last week’s project, which worked out perfect since I used this as a graduation card as well!  I added some quick color with Distress Watercolor Pencils & finished off the tag with a bit of Glossy Accents on the hammer and some Rock Candy stickles (the stickles are discontinued, but you can still buy the mica glitter) on the numbers!

It’s simple fun, perfect for any guy who needs congratulating!  I hope you like it and I hope you enjoyed the live as well!  If you haven’t already, please check out our current HOP and drop us some comments to let us know you did (and have a chance to win a prize)!

Inky hugs,

Tara

Tuesday with Tara {take 344} Enjoy

Today’s card is inspired by the challenge theme “banners” and I wanted to use up some of the extras stamped & die cut pieces I had from the March Inspiration Hop (there’s still a couple of days to comment on my instagram post for your chance to win or you can go directly to my card here)!

I ended up going with what I call a scrappy style card, since I’ve used patterned paper & pre-made tags, and I also added a few pre-made & stitched banners for another fun element!

I had fun assembling the bits and pieces of this card, which includes bits from

– Birthday Banners by Hampton Arts &
Cupcakes Stamp & Dies by Hampton Arts
but wow… I did NOT have fun taking a photo of this thing and trying to get the colour right!  Please believe me when I say it looks better in person!  It’s very hard to get the different whites to match up, especially when they have slightly different finishes!
I hope you can imagine it and it inspires you to use up some of your scraps to make another card!  Don’t let all those creative bits you didn’t use the first time go to waste!
Inky hugs,
Tara
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