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Tuesday with Tara {take 229} Wise Men Wow

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019

Happy Tuesday! Today’s Card is a simple one with some WOW factor, featuring a bold Wise Men die cut over ink blending with copper accents.

I don’t know about you, but I tend to be drawn to certain themes in decor & stamps at Christmas time. One of my favorites is anything with the 3 Wise Men on it. There’s something so beautiful about that part of the Christmas Story. I will never tire hearing about the journey they took. To me, the Wise Men really symbolize a big part of the wonder of the season! Of course, the Wise Men dies by Tim Holtz were a must have for me! I die cut them simply in black, leaving room at the bottom (the edge is open) for a sentiment I’ve had for years.

Next, I embossed the sentiment with Wow Copper Embossing Powder. I also inked up the star and embossed it in the same copper EP. It gave a nice bit of texture and was easy to do with a pair of tweezers to hold on to it!

I started with a pale blue panel of cardstock, so only used two colors of ink to blend my night sky. Wilted Violet Distress Oxide is my darkest color, which blends down into Peacock Feathers. I splattered over the panel with some Copper/Bronze Distress Spray Stain for a twist on the typical starry sky.

Like I said, the card itself is really simple! The pairing of the color combination with the bold silhouette of the wise men & the copper accents really does add some WOW. I hope you like it!

Inky hugs,


Tuesday with Tara {take 228} Merry Birdie

Tuesday, November 26th, 2019

Happy Tuesday! Can you believe it’s officially less than a month until Christmas? I haven’t started decorating yet, but I’m finally getting inspired to make Christmas cards! Today I want to share a couple fun cards I made with Dina Wakley’s set Scribbly Holiday Birdie 2. I was so excited to see this set released in cling this year, as I got it as a limited release in clear a couple years ago and it’s a really fun one! For today’s cards, I worked with just one of the birdies, making two similar cards. I hope they make you smile 🙂

The Basics

On my first card, I used a background I had previously stamped using my Snowflakes Turnabout stamp by Concord & 9th. I chose 2 shades of red and 2 shades of green Distress Oxide to stamp with for a bright & cheery background. I typically don’t work with a lot of red & green (together) on my Christmas cards, so I chose the brighter of the greens to highlight here for a whimsical twist.

This bird is pretty good size- the square watercolor panel I stamped on is 4×4″ and there are three different hats included in the set. I stamped in permanent ink and colored him ‘scribbly’ style with Dina’s Scribble Sticks, then blended with a water brush. The hat was stamped separately and layered over my bird for extra dimension (I added a foam square under the pom-pom).

The Details

This cute sentiment ‘tweet tweet merry merry’ comes with the Holiday Birdie Stamp set. When I pulled it off to use it, I realized I had trimmed it so I could use one of the ‘merry’ words separately. I decided to leave that word off and add a Shadow Script die cut to complete the sentiment. The sentiment & Holly berries were both embossed with Wow Apple Red embossing powder.

I stamped the holly leaves on book print and layered them onto cardstock for a bit more stability. To finish off the card, I added some glitter as well as some fun red & white twine from my stash.

Snow Birdie

My second card has the same birdie with bold, grungy snowflakes (an old Tim Holtz stamp set) in the background!

I love this fun red hat! Together with the red embossed sentiment and red & white twine, it gives some fun pops of colour.

I finished this card off with a little bit more glitter and some bling. Since I smudged some ink on the bottom of my white panel, I also added a wash of color for the birdie to stand on 😉

I hope my Merry Birdie cards make you smile! I’ve still got another hat I colored up, ready to go… so watch for it on an upcoming card!

Inky hugs,


Tuesday with Tara {take 227} Christmas Blocks

Tuesday, November 19th, 2019

This card was originally shared in November 2016! I hope it inspires you to use up some of the leftover bits and pieces from other projects you’ve got on the go… Enjoy!

Happy Tuesday! Before I get started I’m supposed to announce the winner of the Poignant Poppy Blog Hop! Thanks to every one for their lovely comments and congratulations to Glenda A! You have two weeks to claim your prize – click here

I’m not sure when they decided it was officially “time” but I heard Christmas music on one of our local radio stations this past week, and store shelves are currently overflowing with Christmas decorations.  It’s far from wintery outside here, but it’s a wonderful time of year to be creating Christmas cards

  Today I have one that is great for using up smaller die cuts and embellishments you have, or for doing a bit of prep work and taking time (maybe while you watch a Christmas movie!) to create a bunch of little paper blocks that can be assembled onto cards later.  My blocks are 1.75″ square, but you could save yourself some time if you have a square punch in a size close to that.

I’ve used die cuts by Sizzix/Tim Holtz- these minis are probably some of my most used dies this time of year!  I love the steel dies for cutting heavier & textured materials, like chipboard and burlap covered cardstock.  Perhaps you’ve noticed that kraft is my favourite neutral to work with, and this card I pulled it out for every block on my card, keeping things pretty neutral overall but with little bits of red & some sparkle to brighten it up.

A ticket embellishment by Tim Holtz, some red bakers twine and some red bling, along with red embossing powder for my sentiment, bring the color to this card.  The olive green squares also add color, but are a step away from traditional red & green.

Corrugated cardboard is always a fun way to add texture, and these tiny snowflake buttons add some elegance.  I can’t decide which block is my fave… but I’m looking forward to creating some more and seeing where they end up!

Have you started your Christmas cards yet?  Dig into your supplies and see what you can create on tiny blocks to turn into fun patchwork cards.  I’d love to see a link to your creation in the comments!

Inky hugs,