Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Undefined Mario

We have a Mario lover in this house. Like... hardcore fan. We all dressed up us characters from Mario for Halloween last year, and he stills refers to me as Princess Peach and his dad as Luigi most days. He's even gone to daycare and refused to respond to anything other than Mario.

Let's just say, Mario is a hot topic around here. 

So... This stamp set was a long time in coming! I had finally tried my hand at the Undefined kit by Stampin' Up! a little while ago for my mom's birthday present, and I just HAD to give it another go. 


It is so much fun creating your own stamp sets! And easy-peasey. So easy it almost feels wrong :)

I drew these by hand referencing some images I found online, but you don't have to! You can print out an image and use that as well - there is a world of possibilities at your fingertips with this super-fun kit!

Want to see it in action? Check out the Stampin' Up! video:




Try it out yourself - and if you do, I would LOVE to see it :)

Thanks for stopping by today!

-Tara
xox

Monday, April 21, 2014

Happy Easter for MDS Monday!

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter. We enjoyed so many get-togethers this weekend; from friends visiting from out of town, to brunches and dinners and breakfast... All around a wonderful, feel-good weekend.



Another thing that made this weekend so remarkable was that I was able to finally score a fab picture of  our boys together! This is like a one-in-a-million opportunity right here. Hunter was kind enough to bribe JackJack with some chocolate to get him to cooperate :) Such a smart fella.

I had a page already started (and almost finished!) for this week's MDS Monday challenge, but when I snapped this photo of the gents, I knew I had to scrap it all (haha, pun totally intended!) and start fresh.

Check out the challenge this week - a great sketch from the lovely Joan!



Here is Jackers getting is reward for a job well done ;)


Thanks for stopping by today!

-Tara
xox

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Card in a Box... finally!

I have been seeing these 'Card in a box' projects all over the place lately and have been just dying to try one out.  This one was made for a very special friend and I wanted it to be very romantic and have a very vintage/Victorian feel.



To make the box, I followed the tutorial over at Split Coast Stampers (and used the altered dimensions so that it would fit in a standard card).

The base is Baked Brown Sugar and I have (finally!) used more of the Etcetera DSP! I just love this paper and spent a long time decided exactly which piece to use for this project :)

I've layered the DSP pieces with Pistachio Pudding CS and popped each panel onto the flaps. Most of the elements (the flowers) are from the Simply Sketched set, with the exception of the little flower from Petite Petals. I coloured the flowers in with Blushing Bride, and then stamped the smaller flowers in Calypso Coral. I love, love, love the Simply Sketched set, and have used it more times than I can remember!

What is your favourite set? The one you go to when no other set will do? 

Check out the challenge this week at Colour Me...!

Thanks for stopping by today!

-Tara
xox



Supplies:
Stamps: Simply Sketched, Petite Petals
Inks: Baked Brown Sugar, Calypso Coral, Blushing Bride, Pistachio Pudding
Paper: Etcetera DSP, Baked Brown Sugar CS, Pistachio Pudding CS, Very Vanilla CS
Tools: Petite Petals punch, Scalloped Oval punch, Large Oval punch

Monday, April 14, 2014

Thank you for MDS Monday!

This week at MDS Monday Cindy has a great card sketch for us and the added challenge of using the Color Picker tool.


All I can really say about this one is hooray for sequins!! I was so thrilled to see the Gold Sequins pop up on the new weekly downloads. And since I had them, I had to go all out :)

Check out the sketch this week:



Thanks for stopping by today!

-Tara
xox

Friday, April 11, 2014

Having fun with shaped cards!

Hello! This week at The Friday Mashup, Avery has a great challenge for us with some fun spring colours and the added challenge of creating a shaped card!


The hardest part of this challenge was deciding what shape to make my card! I finally decided to whip out my Labels framelits (I don't use these nearly enough!) and make a nice spring "you make me smile" kind of card. 

I stamped the flowers from Happy Watercolour on a piece of velum and used the Stained Glass technique to colour them. I then matted it with some Whisper White and popped it up with a dimensional. 

Check out the challenge this week:


  1. Create a project using the colors "Pool Party, Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral, Wiseria Wonder & Wild Wasabi"
  2. Create a "Shaped Card"
  3. Or Mash it Up and create a "Shaped Card using the above colors"

Thanks for stopping by today!

-Tara
xox

Supplies
Stamps: Happy Watercolor, Petite Pairs
Paper: Wisteria Wonder CS, Whisper White CS, Vellum
Ink: Pool Party, Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral, Wisteria Wonder, Wild Wasabi, Black Stazon
Embellishments: Calypso Coral baker's twine, Design Button
Tools: Labels framelits

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

A little love for Colour Me...!

Good morning and welcome to a new challenge over at Colour Me...! This week are going striking and using Bermuda Bay and Daffodil Delight. So summer-y and fun!



I've used the oh-so-fun Crazy Mixed-Up Love set, which I absolutely fell in love with when it came out. I thought this challenge would be the perfect opportunity to use the fun Pucker Up lemon :) 

The background zigzags were created using a square stamp from one of the Paper Pumpkin kits. I wanted it to look a little more 'natural', so instead of inking the whole square, I sponged the ink onto the stamp directly to give it a little more funky feel.

The circle is another Paper Pumpkin gem (as is that chevron arrow!). I love digging through those stamps that I've collected and pulling them out for fun projects like this :)

Check out the challenge this week - we would love to have you join us!


Thanks for stopping by today!

-Tara
xox

Supplies:
Stamps: Crazy Mixed-Up Love, Just Sayin', various Paper Pumpkin stamps
Inks: Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight, Basic Black
Paper: Whisper White CS, Bermuda Bay CS
Embellishments: Candy Dots, Rhinestones

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Peek-a-boo!

This week I'm very excited to be the hostess over at MDS Monday.


I've been trying to scrapbook these pics of my son now for ages, but just never had the right layout or theme - finally, I got to and I love the results :)

Check out the sketch this week:


We would love to see you joining us!

Thanks for stopping by today! 

-Tara
xox