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Tuesday with Tara {take 401} Coffee soon!

Happy Tuesday!

I’ve used Papercut Cafe once again, I actually took inspiration from the cards I made for the Christmas in July blog hopbut wanted to feature one of my fabulous Crinkle Ribbons on a ‘anytime’ card!   The little coffee sentiment is from Colorado Craft Company- I think it’s a perfect fit!

This card features Prize Ribbon Blue and is super simple, except for fun neutral inky details (including text from a stencil) on the die cut circle.  I’ll be working on prepping some backgrounds and tags similar to the one you see here on my Facebook live this week, so we should have some fun elements ready to go for upcoming creations!

If you haven’t caught the blog hop yet, there’s still time to hop & comment for a chance to win!  And of course I’d love to see you live on Facebook this Thursday at 5pm PST/ 8pm EST.

Inky hugs,


Tuesday with Tara {take 399} Canadian Cats, eh!

Happy Tuesday!

We had some fun on Thursday night during my FB live getting creative with some Canadian themed cards for Canada Day!  I didn’t have anything handy I could use as a maple leaf, so I decided to have some fun with other shapes.  When I came across the Mischievous Cats dies by Tim Holtz I knew that would be a fun choice!  Here’s two varieties of my fun card:

For both cards I worked with a background of book print paper with a wash of white gesso over it, die cut with a stitched rectangle shape. I painted my red panels with Lumberjack Plaid Distress Paint.  For this first card, I die cut a cat from a deep red card stock, then painted lightly over it with the same paint to help it match a bit better.

I love the texture of the card stock, especially on the raised head.

For the second card, I went for a perfect match and cut the cat from white card stock which I painted red first.   It definitely gives a more intense color!  Both cards are finished off with Bold Sayings by Tim Holtz stamped in matching Distress Oxide ink and an ‘eh’ from an O Canada! stamp set in black.

These cards are simple, but a fun and creative interpretation of the Canadian flag!  Hope you like them!  Catch a replay of my live on Facebook HERE.

(I had a bit more inspiration during clean up at the end of my live… visit my blog or instagram to see what else I made!)


Inky hugs,


Tuesday with Tara {take 398} Beautiful You

Happy Tuesday!

Do you keep a scrap pile/basket of pieces you die cut or inked up and just never finished making something with?  Maybe the color didn’t come out right, or you smudged a stencil, or a detailed die cut didn’t quite cut all the way through…

Maybe today my card will encourage you to take a second look at what you have there, because ALL those things happened to various pieces here and I managed to pull it all together to make this card!  That being said, I don’t remember exactly which ink colors I used!  I just know it wasn’t right for the project I was trying to complete at the time.  I do know that I used a Distress Spray Stain and the splatter effect turned out really cool underneath the clear gloss texture paste- even if I bumped the stencil and smudged it.  In the end, I think it turned into a pretty neat card. Sometimes though cast-off pieces really are worth a second look!

To the best of my memory, I’ve used:

Blossom Stencil by Tim Holtz
PolkaDot Stencil by Tim Holtz
Green Distress Stain Spray
Brown Distress Ink
Inky hugs,
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