Posts Tagged ‘Tuesday with Tara’

Tuesday with Tara {take 255} Bee Happy Birthday

Tuesday, July 7th, 2020

Happy Tuesday!  We’ve got another list of 31 words for our ‘Random Acts of CARDNESS’ Challenge over on our facebook group, and today’s is SCRIPT.  I’m sharing a simple card to add to my stash, which is lacking birthday cards right now!

For the ‘script’ part of my card, I’ve used the stamps from the Ranger Letter It Embossing Technique Kit.  I paired it with ‘Bee Kind’ stamps by Flora and Fauna & stacked tiles hexagon dies by Tim Holtz.  This card came together quick and easy because I used a tag I had inked up with Distress Ink and ready to go!  I love having a collection of backgrounds and tags to pull from when I need a card and the shades of yellow here (I’m guessing there’s a mix of Fossilized Amber, Mustard Seed & Squeezed Lemonade Distress on this one) had me digging through my stamps for this fun set with flowers, bees & honeycomb in it!  I kept things really simple by doing all of my stamping a bold black ink, Versafine Clair Nocturne, on a kraft card.

The simple script sentiments in the letter it line are perfect for projects like this and they look beautiful heat embossed or simply stamped in black like I’ve done here.  I hope my card today brings a little happy to your day 🙂

Inky hugs,


Tuesday with Tara {take 254} Busy Beaver & Painted Flag

Tuesday, June 30th, 2020

Happy Tuesday!  We are gearing up for our July Blog Hop, which will be a few days early since we wanted to celebrate Canada Day!  Plan to stop by tomorrow, July 1 for the fun!  Today I’m sharing two “throwback” cards with you, which I firs introduced for a blog hop back in 2017.  The theme for today in our ‘Random Acts of Cardness’ Challenge is PAINT and that’s what I used to create these fun flag inspired backgrounds.  I hope  you enjoy!  First up is my Busy Beaver Card:

I created a background using some book print paper coated with white gesso, I then used a heart stencil (this one is by Dina Wakley) and some Distress Paint in two shades of red, Barn Door & Festive Berries, to create part of my ‘Canadian flag’ background.  I like combining two shades of paint for some subtle variety and texture.  I used the 1″ Alphanumeric Dies by Tim Holtz & Sizzix to cut CANADA out of my background as well, I love how easy it is when there are multiples of each letter to work with!  The rest of the card is from the Busy Beaver stamp & die set– I stamped on watercolor paper and used watercolor pencils to color this cutie up.  The maple leaf die is from a sweet little tag that was a gift with purchase (sold out years ago- sorry!).

Here’s a closer look at the stamp set- it comes with some sweet sentiments 🙂  This adorable Busy Beaver Stamp & Die set was created by Raya’s request to help us celebrate Canada’s big 150th Birthday!

My second card uses the same background as the first, but instead of the beaver I added the ‘kind is classy‘ sentiment by Concord & 9th.  I also use that cute little maple leaf tag!  This sentiment seemed perfect for my Canadian card, since kind is definitely a word that describes most Canadians I know!

Here’s another look at both of my cards together- I really love the imperfections of the painted background!

Inky hugs,


Tuesday with Tara {take 253} geometric tag bookmark

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2020

Happy Tuesday!  I was pretty excited this week to be able to do a curb-side pickup of some books at my local library and bring home some summer reads.  As I tucked the checkout receipt in as a bookmark after reading a few pages, I decided I should create some fun tags to keep my place.  Today I’m sharing one of the tag bookmarks I created, inspired by today’s ‘Random Acts of Cardness’ Challenge theme- geometric!

I’ve used a few Tim Holtz/ Sizzix dies on this tag, with a focus on the new hexagon stacked tiles set.  It’s a great little set which includes 5 each of 5 different sizes of hexagon dies.  I spent a bit of time the other day cutting hexagons from a variety of scraps of cardstock, inked & embossed backgrounds that I’d never used for anything yet.  I also had a variety of tags that had been inked or painted and never finished… this bookmark is what I assembled from those bits and pieces!

The hexagons I selected for this bookmark were all cut from a piece which I had debossed & painted with metallic rub.  I also spilled some Speckled Egg Distress Paint on it… which ended up looking pretty cool on this piece (not so great on the original project I was working on!).  I chose these pieces because the tag I was building on had been painted in a variety of shades of blue Dina Wakley paint and then stamped onto with her metallic ‘penny’ paint on some bubble wrap.  The gorgeous punch of metallic was a perfect match for these hexagons!  I stamped a few bits of text print into the open spaces to anchor the black elements I was going to be adding.

Once everything was laid out, I selected a wildflower to die cut in a bold black, along with a simple sentiment from a shadow script set.  The butterfly was already cut out in my little scrap box as well, but I added a bit of stamping, paint & metallic marker to help him blend in.  Everything was glued down with some Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive which I am finally trying out, after hearing so many people rave about it!

I’m pretty pleased with how this bookmark turned out- it somehow is both bold and soothing at the same time.   I love how it lays perfectly flat, yet has a lot of visual texture.  It doesn’t hurt that it serves the purpose of saving my spot in my next summer read!

Hope you like it too!  I can’t wait to see what you make & share in our facebook group for our geometric theme today!

Inky hugs,