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Tuesday with Tara {take 336} Simple Love

Happy Tuesday!

I was inspired by a card & challenge our former design team member, Nancy, shared on Instagram to make a card with no layers a big bold sentiment!  I almost had two cards that fit the challenge, until an ink smudge forced me to trim & layer 🙂

Both card were started with a heart stencil I made just by using the outline of a die cut shape as my frame to blend ink through.  I’ve used a mixture of Kitsch Flamingo & Abandoned Coral Distress Inks.   For this first card, I stamped over it a sentiment I pieced together from the Bitty Buzzwords stamp set combined with a Valentine’s Day greeting.  A big black smudge forced me to trim it down and layer it onto a red card base, but I like the extra bit of color it gives!

The second card was the same technique, just a single sentiment from Picket Fence “Happiness Belongs to You” set.  Both cards have a few bits of bling to finish everything off!

They’re sweet and simple… hope you have a lovely day!

Inky hugs,


Happy Hugs

Hello all! My card today is an extra for this month, hence it does not have a prompt word.

I wanted to share with you a technique for using Zig Kuretake Gem watercolours. When I watercolour using the Gem colours I have wanted the colour more intense, so I mix the Gem colours with distress ink colours, and the results you can see in this card and another card I did yesterday.

This card is done to send a girlfriend for Valentine’s Day, so I wanted to add special things that I know she will love. Like the texture paste applied using a heart stencil. and the die cut heart border die painted with the Kuretake red colour.  And of course, the hugs die added to the finish along with the gems.

It is a card that is sure to be loved by my friend and I hope you have enjoyed it being shared with you and I thank you for your visit.

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Tuesday with Tara {take 286} big love

Happy Tuesday!  Today’s card is inspired by the puppy love blog hop we have going on right now (if you haven’t already, check it out!)… but I wanted to feature a snarky cat stamp for this one!  I kept things simple using some leftover hexagon cuts and keeping my stamped image simple in black & white.

I chose this image because of the way his arms are, ready to hold a tall die cut flower from Tim’s Wildflower Stems #1.  I like how the flower fills the height of the card!  I inked it up using the same colors I had used on the background I cut the hexagons from- it’s a lighter tone because I simply used the ink left on my ink blending tool!

I stamped the cat’s arms twice and cut them out, adding a bit of foam tape for dimension near the paws.  It’s a little detail that adds a lot of fun!

I’ve kept this little valentine quite simple… and even left off the ‘Happy Valentine’s Day’ in so it can be used for just a little love note anytime.  It’s fun to make cards with the leftover bits from other projects!  I keep a small box on my desk for cut outs like these to grab for quick-ish cards like this one :). Hope you like it!

Inky hugs,


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