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Tuesday with Tara {take 298} fiesta!

Tuesday, May 4th, 2021

Today I’m sharing a throwback card for our Challenge word of the day, FIESTA!  I’m a big fan of Mexican food, and back when I lived in B.C. we used to celebrate National Scrapbooking Day weekend each year with a FIESTA themed crop.  I have such great memories of those weekends and the amazing ladies we used to spend them with, getting creative and eating tacos 🙂

So, in honor of those ladies I miss so much, here’s my take on the theme:

Happy Tuesday !  Since I had such fun with this stencil on my card for the blog hop, I decided to play it up with a Mexican twist for today’s theme: FOOD.  I’ve paired it with the cutest mini TACO stamp set (year nine) by Lawn Fawn.

I let the colors and design stand out by mounting it white on white, using a stitched rectangle die for a bit of subtle details.  I’ve blended Distress Oxide Inks in Ripe Persimmon & a bit of yellow (I’m not sure which one!) and colored my image with some Distress Markers.

Along with the stenciled design, a few sequins and a rainbow party hat add to this little fiesta on a card!  I hope it makes you smile!

inky hugs,


Tuesday with Tara {take 297} Yellow Simplicity

Tuesday, April 27th, 2021

There is beauty in simplicity… and joy in the color yellow!  Today I decided to try some abstract watercolor in shades of yellow & green Distress Ink (I started with Squeezed lemonade and Twisted Citron & added a few more for texture & fun).

I have done this technique with florals in the past, but thought it would work great with this lemon stamp by Picket Fence Studios as well!  I first trimmed some water color Cardstock to the size I wanted and used the image as my guide to apply ink directly from the pads to my work surface (looking at the clear stamp upside down helped me with the placement for the yellow & green!).

Next, I misted the ink with water and smooshed the cut piece of Cardstock into it.  I repeated it with a bit more water and a second piece since I planned to make two cards (I had a little mishap with some coffee though, so that one has some extra color to it!).  I set it aside to dry for a while, then stamped using my stamp platform (you could use your Misti or another tool if you have one) to get a nice, dark, black image. Once again, I let it dry before adding a bit more color to a few spots on my lemons & leaves.

I knew I wanted to use a sentiment from Tim Holtz’s Metallic Sticker Book, and after spilling coffee all over my work surface I was definitely ready for some simplicity!  I chose a pre-cut Kraft square card as my base and added some pale yellow corrugated paper as a single layer between them.  I mounted the sticker on a bit of black and with a bit of Sookwang/Be Creative tape it was done.  Just in case the spilled coffee came back to show it’s face, I stacked some ink pads on top of my card for a few hours before I took photos.

Fun fact- while this is not my greatest photography, I had to use my (artificial) lemon tree as my backdrop for this card!  This tree stands beside our yellow front door in the spring & summer months and has fooled several people into sniffing it’s fruit 🙂

Inky hugs,


Tuesday with Tara {take 296} Paintbrush Tickles

Tuesday, April 20th, 2021

Happy Tuesday!

When I got the Wishing You Happiness stamp set, I couldn’t wait to play with these little cuties with their paintbrushes… I wanted to pair them with some fun painty backgrounds and the recent live by Tim Holtz featuring Distress Paint was great inspiration!  I still haven’t watched the entire thing yet (I think it’s 3 hours long), but there’s some fantastic techniques to check out if you haven’t yet!  If you’re short on time like I almost always am, you can catch the technique I took my inspiration from starting at the 52 minute mark.  He calls it paint lifting and it’s a favorite technique of mine using stencils with paint- I’ve done it a bunch with Dina’s paints, but this was my first try with Distress!

I created a simple background on a piece of white card that was approximately 5.5 x 4.25″ using Distress Paint in Twisted Citron, Broken China ,Crackling Campfire & Chipped Sapphire.  I did some paint lifting through a couple different stencils (Dotty Lottie & Broken Fence) and I finished it off with a few splatters of Picket Fence Distress Spray Stain.

Taking inspiration from a different curved sentiment in this set, I decided to use a curved edge die to trim my background design and stamped the little mouse & sentiment along the curve.  For simplicity (and time!) I didn’t even color my image, just stamped with Twilight Versafine Ink for a nice bold image.

I chose to make the second card vertical with the smaller piece of my painted background along the fold.  Again, I left the card design very simple.  I love how you can really see my brush strokes in the chipped sapphire paint!

The splatters on this one were a bit bigger than I intended, but it makes the small piece a lot more interesting!  I love how these cards combine mixed media techniques with a clean & simple design.

Here’s a look at the pair of cards together… can you tell I was inspired by my sweet & silly grandson when I was making them?

Inky hugs,