Sunday, March 30, 2014

Color Outside The Lines

 Remember the chevron pattern on the tags from my last post?  Well they were the result of mopping up excess paint from my stencil after making these cards!  I used watercolor paper and taped down my stencil (by Donna Downey for Prima) with washi tape and sprayed it with some lime green Dylusions Mist and Yellow Perfect Pearl Mist.  I love the mix of these and how it gave a softer shimmer to the distressed chevron background.  The tree image (Hero Arts) was inked up with Distress Markers then misted and stamped, then I brushed water on it (colouring freely outside the lines!) and stamped again.  To finish it off, I added spots of stickles & glossy accents on the tree and a white paper flower.  This sentiment is a fave of mine, also from Hero Arts.
 Hopefully this close up shows some of the shimmer & texture!
 For both cards, I stamped the tree twice, after giving a wash with water to spread the colour from Distress Markers the first time.  You can see quite a difference between the two cards as the first one has the stencil under the stamped tree and the second has it on top of the tree, which makes for a softer overall image.  Both cards have a touch of washi tape and twine and are mounted on a kraft card base.
I had fun playing with a simple spring image and shades of green on these cards, I loved the way the watercolor paper worked with both the sprays and the Distress Markers- so much fun!

Challenges I'd like to play along with:

MilkCoffee's theme is  'Welcome Spring'
Miriam's Crafting Blog's theme is 'Shades of Green'
Clear it Out Challenge Blog challenge is anything green with something green from your stash (green twine!)

Friday, March 28, 2014

A Speedy Recovery

 I'm ready for spring, and was playing with sprays & stencils the other day with a cheery lime green!  The colour and shimmer made me happy, and I used some tags to pick up the extra ink on my stencil.  Today's cards are what I made with those little tags!   As you can see on this card, I trimmed the top off my tag, but used it as a tab on the card since the sketch called for one :)  My little turtle (by Lawn Fawn) was stamped on watercolour paper and painted with Distress Markers.  The shell was covered with Crackle Accents by Ranger.  I also used a Hero Arts background stamp and Basic Grey paper, plus some washi tape from my stash!
 I used a sketch from Your Next Stamp Challenge #10, as well as inspiration from their colourful inspiration photo for this somewhat wild card!  I had fun playing with a variety of colours and patterns to make a cheery card that will hopefully brighten someone's day when they are feeling under the weather and are ready for a speedy recovery!
 Here's a second card I made, something more suitable for a guy!  This one is a lot more simple, but it's in one of  my fave colour schemes, so it didn't take much to make me happy right there!
I love the little splashes in the background on the tag!  And the crackle on the shell is one of my fave textures to add to a simple project!

Other challenges I'd like to enter:  The Sisterhood of Crafters challenged us to use an animal on their project.  Penny's Challenge was to use a fave colour combo. 

Friday, March 21, 2014

The Best Day!

I picked up the "Find your wings & fly" collections by MME before my wedding last summer, loving both the colour palette and the fun subtle travel theme within them. I've been using "sky's the limit" so far and it's been so easy to work with!  This layout came together pretty quickly, I started with this fabulous background paper and chose photos that could fit it.  The stickers and words here were partly inspired by the hot air balloons and partly by the amazing group of friends & family we had standing with us on our wedding day!  They really helped to make it the best day for both of us :)
 At the bottom of the layout I have a mix of stickers & chipboard from the collection and flowers and bling from my stash of Prima flowers :)  A few splashes of ColorShine finish it off.
 More chipboard, stickers & flowers and a tiny resist heart by Pink Paislee :)

I'm entering this layout in some challenges...  Scrap Our Stash has a challenge theme of balloons this week and  A Song In Your HE{ART} is all about CELEBRATION!  I've been out of the loop for a while, but I'm having fun searching through challenge blogs to inspire me again, trying to update the links in my sidebar too!  A friend shared a great blog that lists the mother load of challenges... it's pretty overwhelming, but it's fun to see what's new out there!  Check out Paper Playful if you're looking for a challenge to play along with!

Monday, March 17, 2014


For me, the first step in getting my mojo back is often to pull out my Distress Ink and some tags and just play with colour! This card is the result of what happens when I just go with it... :)  I made tags & inked up crinkle ribbon in a variety of colours the other day, and for this tag I decided to use it for my sentiment (love this one from Stampendous) and this bird in a heart stamp from Memory Box seemed like a good fit for it.

The background of the heart image was made with the Wrinkle Free Distress technique, with shades of blue & purple.  The stamps were inked up with my new Potting Soil Archival Ink- such a fabulous shade of brown!
I am still unpacking my studio space, and haven't even plugged in my vagabond yet to do some die cutting, so I went back to basics here- tags, tears, cutting by hand... even the cardstock heart was hand cut (I stamped the bird image on the back side!).  I have found my flowers and washi tape though, so they made their way onto this card as well :)

I want to enter this card in a few challenges... I just discovered Chocolate, Coffee & Cards and well, hello!  It's just a few of my FAVE things and it looks like a pretty fab challenge blog!  They have a lovely color inspiration challenge going on right now, and while my teal is a bit bright, I think the watercolor shades on my card fit the bill pretty well!   Inspiration Emporium's March Challenge is 'A splash of color' and since I basically splashed around with colour to make this card, I thought it fit the bill ;)

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Wish Big {Happy Birthday Becky}

Here's a few cards I made as I'm getting my mojo going again!  Since they're all pretty similar, I'll share them all here!  My goal here was to make a card for my fabulous friend Becky's birthday, but in typical Tara fashion, none of them made it in the mail to get to her in time... so now I need to make something even more fabulous and actually mail it!  ;)

They're all pretty simple- lots of Distress Ink on tags & Crinkle Ribbon and some stamps from Hero Arts.

this first one has a touch of stickles, some glittery thread and glittery heart shaped bling :)  Cuz girlfriends deserve glitter ;)  Hope your birthday is fabulous Becky!  I will miss our annual girls night in celebration this year, but hope you're celebrating lots even without me!

 This second card is pretty similar... but none of the glitter or bling, so it's got a more masculine feel.
And this last one is the same basic layout but with some fabulous bursts of orange.

Three simple cards, but with some inky fun colour! 

Friday, March 14, 2014

We Made It Official

You may not believe this... but I made a scrapbook page today!  My first since our wedding in August!  I've been getting my groove back and my friend Sarah is on the DT for Paper Bakery and they have a fabulous sketch challenge going on right now- I'm cutting it close to get this in by the deadline tomorrow ;)

So here's my layout:
I tried to stick with our wedding colours and even used some elements from our wedding invitations and favours!  The papers, chipboard and brads are all by MME, from a few different collections.  The title stickers & photo frame are by Heidi Swapp- love those resist letters, which let me pull out my Distress Ink to colour it exactly as I wanted it! 
 The flair in the botttom corner is one of my custom designs I made for the wedding- I did the same one in several colors.  I love that this one matches the papers so well!  As you can see, I splattered some of Heidi Swapp's Color Shine spray on the layout as well.    The sticker here is by Crate Paper.
The date stamp here is a custom one I had designed for our invitations as well.  We stamped them on the kraft tags the title is on and added engagement photos!

Okay, so as I said I used the sketch from Paper Bakery for this layout.  I really love it!  I'm trying to get my creative groove back here, so I'd also like to enter in a couple more challenges... Quick Quotes has a 'tag you're it' challenge this month.  I have a few tag projects coming up, but I'll go with this one for now. 

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Setting up my Small Studio Space...

Spring is in the air and I'm inspired to make some good use of my new Small Studio Space... getting things hung on the wall so it feels more like my own and has happy things to inspire me as I work!  My honey hung my canvas set for me and along with it we hung this piece of paintbrush art:

 This brush was beyond repair when I got to it, hardened with paint, but since it featured such happy colours (the blue is featured on two of my Studio walls... as well as our downstairs bathroom, and the lime is our cheery kitchen!) and it matched perfectly with my Studio and the canvases... well, I decided to turn it into it's own art piece!  I dipped the brush in the paint again to get a nice chunk of colour on it, then set it aside until I figured out what to hang from it.

Unpacking boxes, I found the kraft tags with childhood photos I had assembled for our wedding.  I selected one of each of us when we were a similar age and embellished them with some washi tape and acrylic letters from my stash.  The center tag is a combination of a printed tag (that matches one I used on my canvases!) and a canvas tag which I stamped on.  I added a vintage Heidi Swapp sticker and tied them all on to the brush handle with ribbon!

Here's a photo of my Studio wall, with shelves and my new art pieces hung on display (it's straight in real life!  LOL):
I'm still figuring out how to organize this small space- quite a challenge after having a whole classroom in the store to house my supplies!  I'm looking for something to store my washi tape, but for now they look pretty stacked up on display :)  The card tree features some shower/wedding cards from my creative friends in Williams Lake... miss you all so much and wish I could get together and get inky with you!

I found my desk yesterday and inked up a bunch of tags that are waiting to be transformed into cards...  Here's hoping I'll be back soon to share them with you! 

Friday, March 07, 2014

More Happy Thoughts!

I'm back with part 2 of my set of canvases for the studio! 

This is the largest of the canvases, the size is 6x8.  I used a large black tag as a focal point, and a base for this fun printed envelope which has two tags in it (pieces from our wedding, with childhood photos of Brian & myself on them!) there's not a lot of explanation needed- I added bling, flowers, and assorted embellishments, including one of the custom buttons/ flair pieces I had made for our wedding favors :)
Here's the final piece, a 4x6 canvas simply decorated with another Graphic 45 element!  As I said previously, I was going for happy thoughts with this project!

Here's a look at the set of canvas as they will hang on my wall... just as soon as I get my hands on a hammer & some nails!
I hope you enjoyed my little project!  I've got one more addition to hang on the wall... But I'll keep you waiting a bit longer!  I'm currently without power at home and will be for a few more days... Yikes!  I could have done without the experience of my first southern ice storm and all the fun that comes with it!  Guess I'll be creating during daylight hours only for a while!

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Happy Thoughts for the Studio Space!

I know my blog posts have been somewhat few & far between lately... but so has my mojo.  I'm hoping to change both of those things, but we'll just take it one day at a time!  Today I have part one of a project I created to spiffy up my new studio space (and yes, I figure I can get away with calling it new until most everything is unpacked-ha!).  I decided to keep it pretty generic and just use sayings and things that made me happy!  Hopefully it'll bring some happy to others who see it as well :)

I started with a set of four canvas by Tim Holtz with a travel motif.  Since I had two sets of these pretties I figured I could use it as a base for something new!  When I was painting a couple walls in the studio, I ran my paintbrush over the canvas!  Just a thin coat so some of the collage design shows through.  Here's the two 6x6 canvases:
 I used some random chipboard from my stash, some Letterpress blocks, washi tape, bling, flowers & embellishments... assorted stuff that had been unpacked and would fit the feel I was going for!  (The burlap flowers are a new purchase I got 50% off at Hobby Lobby- love the texture and tiny size!)  Everything was glued on with either foam squares or Matte Medium by Ranger.  The second 6x6 canvas is much simpler- it features a cut out from Graphic 45 Typography (which I'm in love with!).
Here's a lousy photo of what the canvas set looked like before I painted them... as you can see, I've got two more to share with you in a blog post coming soon :)
That's part one of my project... hope you like!  I'll be back soon... Remember, it's a good day to have a GOOD DAY!