October Guest Designer: Tara Godfrey



We are thrilled to share the beautiful work of Tara Godfrey, our October BG Guest Designer! Tara is a super talented cardmaker and chose the Juniper Berry collection to create eight holiday and winter-inspired cards. Here’s more about Tara:




Hi, I’m Tara (Tar-ah). I live in Ontario, Canada about 45 minutes outside Toronto. I’ve been married to my husband, Chris, for 19 years and we have two awesome kids, Hannah is 16 years old and Kieran is soon-to-be 14 years old. I grew up with dogs but married a cat lover, now I am a cat-convert! Liam is our rather hefty Domestic Short Hair and Kato is our sweet Chocolate Siamese. I’m an American Sign Language/English interpreter, working full-time for the Canadian Hearing Society, a large non-profit organization.

I started out scrapbooking soon after the birth of my son, Kieran. Several years later, while on-line, I stumbled across card-makers stamping cute images that they coloured. I was totally and instantly hooked on stamping and colouring, especially with Copic markes. I started my blog, Inking on the Edge in 2008 and became involved in the on-line paper-crafting community. One of my first opportunities as a “designer” was for the BasicGrey Challenges blog run for and by BG fans! Since then, I’ve been very fortunate to have had several opportunities to design/teach for local scrapbooking stores and popular stamp companies such as My Favorite Things Stamps, Reverse Confetti Stamps, SugarPea Designs, Your Next Stamp and Kraftin’ Kimmie Stamps! I would say my style is highly layered/embellished usually with the addition of stamping, especially “cute” stamped image. I spend all my free time getting inky, colouring up those cute stamped images with my Copics and die-cutting until my hearts content!


Hello Winter card:

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I made this card with a mix of Juniper Berry papers from the 121X12 pack and the Juniper Berry 6X6 paper pad. I loved the bold graphic wintery look of the reverse side of the Garland paper. I knew it had to be the focus of a card and so I framed it with another Instant Photo Frame cut with the BasicGrey Silhouette digital cutting file. The sentiment is made with a die cut word and I used the Juniper Berry Alphabet Stickers to spell out the word “winter”. BasicGrey Silver Candy Dots add the perfect little sparkle to card. I added a little cluster of leaves from two different BasicGrey digital cutting file called Leaves and Berries and tied the spray with some hemp cord.



Winter Wishes card:

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The pattern size of the Balsam 12X12 paper works on the smaller canvas size of a card too. I used a gold glittered manila tag from the Juniper Berry Mixed Tag Pack and picked up on the gold by cutting the scalloped panel from gold glitter corrugated cardstock. The sentiment is a sticker from the Juniper Berry Title Sticker sheet. I  adhered the “Winter Wishes” sticker it to a scrap of black cardstock and fussy cut it out leaving a thin boarder around the sentiment sticker. I then popped it up on the circle panel panel cut with the reverse side of Merrily from the 6X6 paper pad. I found the perfect little spot for the sweet little wood veneer squirrel from the Juniper Berry Wood Die Cut pack. A sprinkling of White BasicGrey Candy Dots finishes of the card.



Peace & Joy card:

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I love the Peace & Joy tag from the Title Sticker Sheet. I layered it over an Instant Photo frame, framing the beautiful Holly Jolly paper from the Juniper Berry 6X6 paper pad. I also used the Lump of Coal and Good Cheer paper from the 6X6 pad and cut a circle from the Garland 12X12 paper pack. I added the Wood Die Cut Owl and a strip of striped gold foil Washi Tape from the Juniper Berry Embellishment pack.



So Jolly card:

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For this card I used papers from the Juniper Berry 6X6 paper pad, layered with another gold glitter manila tag from the Mixed Tags Pack. The sentiment is created with the So Jolly fishtail flag sticker from the Title Sticker sheet. I used a little more of the fabulous Washi Tape from the Juniper Berry Embellishment pack and sprinkled the card with BasicGrey Black Candy Dots.



Merry Christmas card:

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I made this Christmas card with the Juniper Berry 6X6 paper pad and die cuts from the Juniper Berry Die Cuts & Vellum Pack. I embellished with the sequins from the Juniper Berry Embellishment pack and die cut some leaves from the Balsam 12 X12 paper.



You’re Cool card:

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I feel in love instantly with the Reindeer Games paper in the BasicGrey Juniper Berry 12X12 paper pack. As a stamper I often make my cards featuring a stamped and copic-coloured image but this is a very time-consuming process and often makes it difficult to make multiple or mass-produced christmas cards. I have a little time-saving tip, substitute a stamped and coloured focal image with an image cut out from patterned paper.  The sweet and whimsical 12 X12 Reindeer Games paper is perfect for using as a focal image on a winter-y friendship card.

I used the pretty plaid paper called Workshop from the Juniper Berry 6X6 pad and paired it with the larger 12X12 Reindeer Games paper. I cut the BasicGrey Instant Photo Frames digital cut file that I downloaded from the Silhouette Store and cut it out with my Silhouette from Kraft cardstock. I really like how it frames the sweet trio of cute woodland creatures. I also cut the leaves with the BasicGrey Leaves and Berries cutting file and the word “cool” was cut with a BasicGrey digital Word Set cutting file. I cut the word “cool” several times and adhered the layers to create extra dimension and stamped the word “you’re” from a stamp set from my stash to create the fun sentiment on this card. I embellished with green sequins in the Juniper Berry Embellishment pack and added some hemp cord to the cluster of leaves.



Hello Deer card:

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For this card I used the 12X12 Reindeer Games paper again, paired with papers from the Juniper Berry 6X6 paper pad. Again, I made the reindeer and his little bird friend the focal image. I love lots and lots of layers on my cards and the gold glittered manila tags in the Juniper Berry Mixed Tags embellishments pack was perfect for adding another dimensional layer to this card. It was also a good spot to add the word “deer” with the BasicGrey Juniper Berry Alphabet Stickers. I die cut the word ‘Hello” from corrugated cardstock four times and adhered them together to add dimension and inked it with white pigment ink.

I tied the BasicGrey gold Glittered Manila tag with some hemp cord, added a few strips of gold foiled Washi Tape from the BasicGrey embellishment pack and added some BasicGrey gold sparkly enamel dots to the centres of the die cut snowflakes cut from corrugated cardstock and inked with white pigment ink.



Hello Friend card:

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This card is made with the Juniper Berry 12X12 paper pack.


Aren’t her cards just amazing?! And with her brief how-to’s, you could easily recreate these beautiful cards for your holiday greetings. Before we let Tara go, we asked her to answer the BG Baker’s Dozen:

Favorite color: Red 

Buttons or brads: This is a hard one…Brads but currently I’m suffering from a severe enamel dots addiction ;)

Dr. Phil or Dr. Oz: Dr. Phil 

Dots or stripes: Definitely stripes

Mac or PC: Mac <3 <3 <3

Ribbon or twine: definitely twine

Ninjas or pirates: pirates 

Google or Yahoo: Google

Sweet or salty: sweet

Chipboard or wood veneer: Chipboard…my BG Precision File Set is well-loved

Mountains or beach: beach

Dog or cat: cat

Cake or pie: pie 



Thank you Tara for sharing your mad cardmaking skills with our BG fans!



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