Friday, August 22, 2014

Bokeh technique for The Friday Mashup!

Over at The Friday Mashup, Holly has a super fun technique for us. I had never seen it before, and it looks super cool. Be sure to stop by and check out what the rest of the Design Team did - all fabulous!


I started with a piece of watercolour paper and did a wash of Night of Navy, Marina Mist and Soft Sky. In hindsight, Soft Sky may have been to light for this technique, but it was all a big learning process! Next, I made myself a mask using different sized circle punch cut outs. I sponged white Craft ink.

The cute little houses are from the new Holiday catty, which is going live very, very soon (I promise)! There are so many amazing goodies in there that I don't even know what to do with them all.

The second part of the mashup challenge was to use die cuts. I thought I had ordered the bundle for this fab stamp set, but when I search my box (and then my order slip, and then the actual order) I realized I hadn't. So let's pretend the houses were die cut, because they could have been ;)

Check out the challenge this week:


  1. Create a project with the "Bokeh Technique"
  2. Create a project with "Die Cuts"
  3. or Mash it Up! and create a "Bokeh project using a Die Cut"

Thanks for stopping by today!

-Tara
xox

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Colour Me... Christmas-y!

Well, I did it... I started my digital Christmas cards! I make a lot of traditional paper Christmas cards by mailing time, but it's also nice to have some digital ones printed out just in case. You never know what kind of Christmas card emergency might pop up!


The background is the Decorative Dots 'embossing folder' in Crisp Cantaloupe. I love it embossing folder form, and I love it in digital form as a soft background. It felt like falling snow! For the main panel, I knew I wanted to go for an ombre effect... to give the illusion of snow building up on the ground (I'm sorry, I can't believe I'm talking like this in the middle of summer). The ombre was done in Calypso Coral, starting at the bottom with the first panel being 100% opacity and each one after that I would drop the opacity by 15%. 

Check out the challenge this week and please stop by Colour Me...! to see all the lovely creations from the rest of the Design Team. 

Thanks for stopping by today!

-Tara
xox

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

More photos of the boys for Colour Me...!

This week at Colour Me...! we are going striking and using Tangelo Twist and Tempting Turquoise.


I told you last post that I had some more photos from the boys' session that I was saving for something a little more 'structured'. I wanted to have something simple, but playful that they could have in their room (which they share). Their walls are orange and they have blue accents throughout so I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to create something for them.

Check out the challenge this week:

Thanks for stopping by!

-Tara
xox

Monday, August 11, 2014

Brothers for MDS Monday!

This week at MDS Monday Joan has a great sketch for us. It came just in time, as we had a quick photo session with our boys this past weekend and I needed something perfect for a starting point.


I used mostly the Seriously Teen kit for this page. I loved the colours and fun elements. Once I finished, I found that the page felt a bit lopsided, so instead of a full white background, I added a layer of DSP and then another layer of White with a ripped edge. Very happy with how it turned out!

Here are some of the other photos from the session. For these ones, I plan to do a page that is a little more 'structured'. The ones with the brick background seemed to call for a more grunge-y feel!





Check out the sketch this week!

Thanks for stopping by today!

-Tara
xox


Sunday, August 10, 2014

Monochromatic week at Colour Me...!

This week at Colour Me...! we are going monochromatic and using Pistachio Pudding (love it!)


This card had a lot of little details, but I had such a fun time making it. I wanted to try and mimic the DSP in the background, so I stamped the fun starburst stamp from Kinda Eclectic on Gold Foil paper and then embossed with White embossing powder. I didn't want to the burst to be dead-on, so I punched it out using the new 2" circle punch a little to the left of the centre. I layered this on another 2" circle punched out in Whisper White, similar to the layers of circles in the paper. 

The chevrons down the left are punched from Gold Foil paper with the Chevron punch. A few scattering of sequins and loops of thick baker's twine and we were good to go!

Check out the challenge this week: 

Thanks for stopping by today (and I'm all caught up now, so I'll stop bombarding you with posts :))

-Tara
xox


Supplies:
Stamps: Kinda Eclectic, Celebrate Baby, Hello Darling
Paper: Pistachio Pudding CS, Whisper White CS, Gold Foil CS,  Gold Soiree Specialty DSP
Ink: Versamark, Pistachio Pudding
Embellishments: Sequin Trim, Pistachio Pudding Thick Baker's Twine
Tools: White Embossing powder, 2" circle punch, Heat tool

Diggin' around for MDS Monday!

I was hosting challenge #75 over at MDS Monday and had so much fun making this page of our boys at the Museum of Nature. Derek wanted to spend the day at the museum with the boys for Father's Day and it was so much fun!


Check out the challenge for MDSM#75


Thanks for stopping by!

-Tara
xox

Baby welcome for Colour Me!

Challenge #31 for Colour Me...! was one of those rare challenge that only happen when we get a month with 5 weeks in them. We decided to do something a little different this time around and give you the option of which colour combo to play along with. The Design Team was split into two teams; Team Hayley (yellows and pink) and Team Tara (blues and green).

I made a card for my SIL's baby shower:


The background was made by cutting various strips of Core'dinations paper in Soft Sky, Garden Green and Night of Navy. Those sweet little stars and button are from the new Little Pieces embosslit.

Check out the challenge for CMCC#31!

Thanks for stopping by!

-Tara
xox

Supplies:
Stamps: Celebrate Baby
Paper: Smoky Slate CS, Whisper White CS, Soft Sky Core'dinations, Night of Navy Core'dinations, Garden Green Core'dinations
Ink: Smoky Slate, Night of Navy, Garden Green, Soft Sky
Tools: Little Pieces embosslit