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Tuesday with Tara {take 393} Coffee. Craft. Repeat.

Coffee.  Craft.  Repeat.

I love creating anything with a coffee theme… so pairing the Papercut Cafe Sizzix dies and this coffee ring & sentiment stamp by Altenew definitely made me happy!    Today I’m sharing the two cards I created on my Facebook LIVE on Saturday, both have the same design but different color schemes.  We focused on the process of cutting and assembling these mini Tim Holtz Colorize dies and just how cute they are!

My first card, in shades of pink, orange & yellow, was composed with a painty background I created with Dina Wakley Gloss Sprays!  It wasn’t particularly pretty as a large piece, but the smaller elements were perfect for cutting the coffee cup layers as well as for the border strip on this card.  I finished off the pre-printed tag with a wide yellow silk ribbon.

My second card was made from an inky background I made during the live, which included Distress Inks & Distress Oxide together in shades like Squeezed Lemonade & Peacock Feathers.  I finished it with a piece of crinkle ribbon I had previously inked up in shades of green.

I love seeing the same design in two different color schemes, and had so much fun creating these whimsical coffee cups with bold colors!  Please follow me on Instagram this week to see more completed cards I made with the other cups that were assembled on Facebook live!  If you missed it, you can also catch the replay on Facebook HERE.

Hope to see you soon!

Inky hugs,


Tuesday with Tara {take 392} Birthday Birds

Since I’m inspired by our Windows of Wonder Inspiration Hop theme, I thought I’d share another window themed card!  This is another mini slim- a gatefold card that measures 3.5×6″ and features frames from the Picket Fence Slimline System, together with Tim Holtz Silhouette birds.

As you can see, I actually have two cards to share… one of which was completed during my Facebook Crafty Live last Saturday!

I’ve used the stitched frame for the front (open left) panel and the bare tree/branches die for the middle (open right) panel.  Behind them both I’ve attached a slightly larger die cut square, which was inked to resemble the sunny sky.  A die cut bird is perched on the branch, colored up in bold red.

I die cut & scored the panels in advance, then completed the card on a Facebook live video, which I’ll link to below- I’d love to have you watch it!

Hopefully you were able to catch the replay of the live! If it doesn’t show up embedded in this post, please click here to see it on Facebook 🙂

I’ve included a few more photos of the open card on my personal blog, if you’d like a closer look!

Thanks for stopping by!

Inky hugs,


Tuesday with Tara {take 390} irRESIST-able

Happy Tuesday!  Today I’m sharing a fun resist technique with a CAS-ish feel- I hope you like it!

I’ve got two cards featuring Uncharted Mariner Distress products- the first card shows the Distress Spray Stain and the second shows Distress Oxide Ink.  I also took a photo of my backgrounds side by side so you can see how the two inks compare with each other.

For this technique, I’ve started with a glossy translucent texture paste applied through a stencil.  If you don’t have any, this texture paste is perfect!  I applied it on some pre-cut stitched rectangle panels as I planned to have a CAS-ish white on white base for my card.  Once the paste was dry, I selected some Distress mediums to use!  I also had pre stamped and cut a variety of sentiment strips from Tim Holtz’s Tiny Text stamp set– I arranged and stamped several at the same time then cut them into strips so I had a variety ready to use.

For this first card, my stencil is a fun “typo” alphabet.  I’ve misted over it with Distress Spray Stain in Uncharted Mariner.  Love those splatters!  This leafy sprig is from a die set that is a few years old, but still a favorite of mine- Wildflower Stems #1.

This card features Distress Oxide ink, also in Uncharted Mariner.  I blended it with a foam ink blending tool and splattered a bit of water over it for extra dimension.  The stencil is a fun mesh design & I love the addition of an inky bird silhouette.

As you can see in this last photo, there are slight variations in the colors & appearance of the Distress products even though they are the same color.  I love experimenting to see how different products will present & react using a similar technique!  If you’d be interested in seeing more products compared in real time, drop me a comment and we can work on having a live demo for you on Facebook!

Hope you have a beautiful Tuesday!

Inky hugs,


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