Monday, January 26, 2015

K is for Kindness... And Koala :)

Good Monday morning!

Today I'm super excited to share with you my little friend Harrison. The past few months I've been seriously thinking about drawing my own images for my cards. So, I started with this little guy. He's Harrison, and he likes to play dress-up :)

I'm hoping to eventually move into the digitally stamping world, but for now I'm enjoying just doodling away and using the images on my own cards.


I used the I Am Me Designer Series Paper from Stampin' Up! (There is still some on the clearance rack if you love it and want to pick some up). Harrison in his Koala suit was traced with Pigma Micron marker. I have the original image stored (which was first draw with pencil and then cleaned up with marker) and I just trace it when I need it.

He was coloured in with Copics and Stampin' Up Blendabilities:

  • Koala costume: Copics - C1, C3, C5, C7, W4, 0 (for the ear, belly and nose fur)
  • Face: SU Blendabilities - Ivory, Nude and Blush
  • Hair: SU Blendabilities - Daffodil Delight
  • Outline: Copics - C1


I need to keep practicing with drawing, colouring, etc... but I'm hoping this turns into something regular :)

This week I played along with the super sweet sketch from Freshly Made Sketches:


Thanks for stopping by today!

-Tara
xox

Friday, January 23, 2015

Baby Announcement for The Friday Mashup!

This week I'm hosting over at The Friday Mashup and I went with a colour combo and a baby theme.


I went with a very simple design and made these quick 1-layer baby announcements. I used Stampin' Up! Blendabilities to colour them in and Copics for the bottom/ground. 

Check out the challenge this week:


  1. Create a project with a "Baby Theme"
  2. Create a project with "Brown, Aqua & Tangerine"
  3. or Mash it Up! and create a "Baby project with the above colours"
Thanks for stopping by today!

-Tara
xox

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Kick up yer heels for Colour Me...!

This week at Colour Me...! we are going retro subtle and using Mossy Meadow, Cajun Craze and Hello Honey. 


I used the Bootiful Occasions stamp set (oh, how I love this fun set!) and added some rustic elements. The background is Mossy Meadow ink stamped on Mossy Meadow cardstock sing the Hardwood background stamp. 

For the boot, I stamped it on Hello Honey and Cajun Craze cardstock. I fussy cut out the heel/toe and the top of the boot from the Cajun Craze and sponged it lightly. I sponged the Hello Honey boot as well to give them some dimension.

Check out the challenge this week:
Thanks for stopping by today!

-Tara
xox

Friday, January 16, 2015

Triple Time for Friday Mashup

At The Friday Mashup we are playing with flowers and the triple time stamping technique! So fun.


I decided to do a side-step card for this one - it didn't leave a lot of room for the triple time technique though!

For the picket fence, I stamped the hardwood stamp on Soft Sky paper with Soft Sky ink to make it very subtle.

Check out the challenge: 
  1. Create a project with the "Triple Layer Technique" (tutorial here)
  2. Create a project that's "Floral"
  3. or Mash it Up! and create a "Floral Triple Layer Project"

Thanks for stopping by today!

-Tara
xox





Thursday, January 15, 2015

Sweet Friend for Colour Me...!

This week at Colour Me...! we are going striking and using Pacific Point and Real Red. Fun!

I went minimalist on this one this week. I've seen so many people do awesome creamsicle elements (or whole cards!) and I figured even though I'm late to the game, it would be fun to play anyway!


I trimmed the corners with the Project Life Corner Punch by Stampin' Up!. Then I took the 'bite' out with the scallop circle. I did layer a white scallop underneath, but hadn't decided at that point to put it on a white background, so it gets lost a little in the photo.

For the grooves in the creamsicle, I used the Word Window punch out as a mask and sponged lightly around it. The little face was made using the circles from the Cupcake Punch from Stampin' Up! and the blacks are from the 1/8" handheld punch. A sweet sentiment and some bling finish it off.

Check out the challenge this week:


Thanks for stopping by today!

-Tara
xox

Friday, January 9, 2015

Mix and Match Shapes for Friday Mashup!

Happy Friday!

It's been really cold around here lately. Really, really cold. I've been spending a lot of time in my little craft room to keep warm!

I have to admit, I didn't really do the technique exactly as I was supposed to. I couldn't get it to work for me the way I was expecting it too. I compromised and inked up my embossing folder with white StazOn in and then ran it through the embossing folder. 

I don't tend to do black card bases, so this was kind of fun to do. 

The papers (with all my mix and matched shapes) comes from the Project Life pocket card kit from Stampin' Up! I just love the colours and patterns in these papers. 

The sentiment is one that came from a Paper Pumpkin kit and I embossed it in white. 

This week at The Friday Mashup, Lisa has a fun technique and challenge for us. Check it out!


  1. Create a project using the "Embossing Folder Stamping Technique"
  2. Create a project using "Mix and Matched Shapes"
  3. or Mash it Up! and create a project using "the technique with different shapes"

I look forward to seeing what you come up with!

Thanks for stopping by today!

- Tara
xox

Supplies:

Thursday, January 8, 2015

"fun ride" for Freshly Made Sketches

It has been absolutely forever since I played along with a challenge! I had a clean desk, some extra mojo and a free night... so I had fun with my new Copic markers and this great little scooter/moped thingy from Stampin' Up!


Well, this is new territory for me! This is my first time colouring with Copic markers. I have a lot to learn, but I had fun breaking them in. Now I need to go out and buy more. Every. Single. Colour. 

I played along with the great sketch from Freshly Made Sketches.

Thanks for stopping by today!

-Tara
xox