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Tuesday with Tara {take 430} Yappy Pyramid Card

Happy Tuesday!

If today’s card looks familiar to you, it’s probably because you saw it in another color palette during our Dimensional Designs Inspiration Hop last month!  I never did give directions for the assembly of the pyramid, or photos of it laying flat, so I thought I’d share some of that with you today!

Here’s another angle of the pyramid card, showing how it ties closed at the back.

My card was formed from 3 squares (mine are 4 1/4″) which are scored diagonally.  The decorative pieces are cut from 4″ squares and I’m using 3 triangles on this card.  You also need two pieces of ribbon to tie it shut, but you could also use magnets or velcro or some other kind of closure!

Here is a photo the flat lay of the card- start with the square on the left and layer a second square against the score line, then repeat with the third square as shown.  From here I suggest folding the card into a pyramid and marking where you will need to adhere your ribbon so it matches to tie together.  You’ll want to adhere the ribbon underneath the decorative panels, so start with the ribbon then decorate!  (You can catch the live tutorial of the pyramid card on the Scrap ‘N Stamp Facebook page!)

Simply fold the card in half to mail it- this size fits in a 5×7 envelope.  I’m still experimenting with sizes to figure out what fits perfectly in an A2 envelope!

Here’s the details & links from how I decorated both cards:

I kept the decorating pretty simple on this one because I didn’t want to distract from the design and I also didn’t want to cover up the paper I stenciled!  I started with a vintage letter print from the new 6×6 pad by IO and layered on the Puppy Love Layering Stencil by Taylored Expressions.  I chose to use Distress Oxide Inks because the patterned paper has a slightly glossy coating on it that I knew regular Distress Ink would not work on.
I’ve used Puppy Play stamp & die set, coloring the pups simply with Distress Watercolor Pencil Crayons and stamped the sentiment on a strip of Kraft cardstock, to match my pyramid card base.
I die cut some of the Prism Nesting Hearts from scraps I had on my workspace.  The card still seemed to be missing something, and bling was not doing the trick for me this time (so weird, it is almost always the right finishing choice!) so I die cut the word ‘hugs’ from some brushed gold foil cardstock, and a tiny heart as well for my finishing touches!
Hope you like the card and this little tutorial was helpful!  It’s really quite simple to assemble and very fun to decorate!
Inky hugs,

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Tuesday with Tara {take 330} Foxy Christmas

Happy Tuesday!

Today’s post is going to be short and sweet… kinda like the process of making this card!  It’s a pretty quick & easy card that is great for some last minute cards.  I really wanted to demo it for you with a video, but we’ve had new flooring installed this week and are living in chaos right now, so I’m afraid that didn’t happen!

I did use a new stamp though, the sweet Foxy Christmas set by Woodware Stamps over a soft ombre of Distress Oxide Inks.

Instead of using a background stamp, like I did in the tutorial, which you can see on my original post from back in 2016 on my blog,  I stamped the Merry Christmas sentiment (this is an OLD Stampendous wooden stamp) repeatedly in the mid-tone ink.

Hope you like my ‘torn’ inspiration!  Have a Merry Christmas & a foxy celebration!

Inky hugs,


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No Cha-Ching Bling Christmas Cards

Hey guys, I am back to share two “No Cha-Ching Bling” Christmas cards with you.

What is that you ask? Well, I wanted to share a card that had bling without you having to spend any money or break the bank if you need to . Most of the supplies I am sharing you likely already have in your stash!

For my first card I KNOW that we all have sequins in our supplies. We have all taken that fateful trip to the dollar store and purchased sequins because we knew they would make great embellishments and you bought every colour and now they are sitting there all lonely wondering when it will be there turn to be used on a card! Here is your chance to use them. Oh – I should probably let you know that the inspiration for my cards today was brought on by two other crafts – cross-stitch and diamond painting. So if you don’t like either…..well, I hope this changes your mind! Let’s start with the first card!

Pull out your sequins, find yourself a fun cross-stitch pattern for inspiration, or free-hand a design you like. My inspiration today is a Christmas Tree cross-stitch pattern I found on Pinterest. I printed the picture out and will actually use it as reference for both my cards today.

I closed my eyes stuck my hand in my sequin drawer (yes, I have an entire drawer for sequins – don’t judge me) and pulled out the Spiked Ocean Water Sequins from Picket Fence Studios.

The next step is very difficult….find your favourite clear drying glue. I say it is difficult because I actually have a few….Glossy Accents and Gina K Connect Glue are my favourite. Gina K won this time as she was the closest at hand.

I then just added glue in the shape of the tree and began adhering the sequins keeping in mind which colours and sizes I was laying down to help it look pleasing to the eye. This is made a lot easier by using reverse tweezers, a Jewel Picker and the Tim Holtz Craft Pick. You could be even more particular and follow the cross-stitch patter and match up the colours with the sequins, but because of the ones I picked I didn’t have a large variation in colours…so mine is more monochromatic. Once I was done adhering them down I set that aside to dry very well.

When I was sure everything was dry, I used my Fiskars sure cut paper trimmer and trimmed down the image and backed it onto some coordinating cardstock and adhered to my card leaving enough room to stamp a sentiment underneath with Versafine Claire Nocturne Ink

For the sentiment you can really use any one you like that you think works well with the style of card. I am sure we all have a ton of Christmas sentiments that we can choose from! And that finishes card number one! Pretty quick and simple except for the glue part – LET IT DRY!!!

Card two!! This one is more of a diamond dot painting type card…so, it took a bit more patience but was worth it! If you are a girl from the 80s/90s I know you have some hot fix crystals somewhere! lol! Or you can even use jewel embellishments.

I had some hot fix crystals that I pulled out and used my hot tool to adhere them to the cardstock. This time I followed the cross-stitch pattern a little more carefully…but not 100% Again, if you are using embellishment jewels you can just adhere them with your favourite clear drying glue.

I used a two of the Small Stitched Square Stackable dies from Lawn Fawn and used the smaller of the two to die cut the hot fix crystal tree. I ran it through my Gemini Jr. and was pleasantly surprised to see that all the crystals remained in tact. I adhered that onto the large stitched square that I die cut from some red cardstock and again adhered to a card base and stamped a simple sentiment with the Versafine Claire Nocturne Ink.

I hope that you enjoyed today’s simple yet beautiful bling cards! Leave me a comment to let me know which card you liked the best the Sequin card or the Crystal Card.

Remember to play along with the Scrap’N Stamp Random Acts of Cardness Facebook Challenge for your chance to win some great prizes!!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Chala xoxo

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