Do Goofy Stuff

HELLO & Happy Monday!!  WHEW!!  What a busy weekend here at Ain’t That Artsy Fartsy!!  Well, even with all of the projects that I’ve been making for my Design Teams, I’m still able to have a little bit of fun for me, too!!


Today’s post is a quick one–I’ve got to hurry and get this over to Stampotique Designers Challenge before their February challenge link closes (it closes tomorrow, March 3rd @ 12pm EST)!!  This little guy is going into their challenge SDC #183-Happy Unbirthday!  I think this tag is all about having a Happy Unbirthday–Just do goofy stuff instead!! :)

I don’t have any step outs of this tag–before I knew it, this tag had put itself together!!  I just love that when that happens ;) :)


I don’t have my cheat sheet on this tag and this is a tag that got sent to one of my BILs for his birthday, so I don’t have it in front of me to look at either! OK-I’m going to try to remember what I did here…The background is the paint marbling technique with Mustard Seed & Broken China DPs.  I did some stenciling with the Clockwork & Splatter LSs  and those circles?  I’m pretty sure I made those with a paper straw dipped into Picket Fence DP!  The image of Smiles was stamped onto mixed-media paper with Jet Black Archival and water colored with my Distress Markers and my water brush, fussy cut and adhered to the tag with matte gel.


Here’s the back of the tag with some shadow stamping of Smiles and the Barcode image.


Oh, that Smiles!  You never know where he’s going to pop up next!!  I had heat embossed Smiles onto the tag so I can get those little swirls around his head and Oh-looks like I did some paint splattering with Broken China DP and a small round paint brush!


The quote is from a SU stamp set called Smarty Pants that I stamped onto tissue paper with Jet Black Archival, fussy ripped and adhered onto the tag with matte gel.  I heat dried and outlined the words with the fine tip side of my Black Soot DM.  Smile’s party hat is from the Party Hats set from Lost Coast Designs.

Well, Gosh!  That’s about it!  I know I’m missing some details, but without my little cheat sheet (I usually keep a list of the things I’ve used on each project), I’m tapping into my memory banks!  Oh, that could be problematic!! LOL!! :)

Thanks for joining me with this quickie post today–Not too bad of a way to start a new week!!  I’ll be back later this week with a big (for me) announcement!!

Until then–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • #8 Manila Tag (Inkssentials/Ranger); Manila Stock; Tissue Paper
  • Stamps: Smile & Barcode (Stampotique); Smarty Pants (SU); Party Hats (Lost Coast Designs)
  • Distress Inks, Markers & Paints (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Ink (Ranger)
  • Layering Stencils (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous); Paper Straw; Paint Brush; Diamond Glaze (Judikins); Naturals Black & Cream Trimmings (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Craft Sheet (Ranger); Heat Tool; Ink Blending Tool; Matte Gel (Liquitex)

Junk in your Trunk at Our Creative Corner

HELLO & WELCOME to a new challenge for the month of March at Our Creative Corner!!  This is going to be a fun one!!  This month, my very creative and ambitious teammate Candice, (you’ve got to check out her blog Tincan Handmade Craft Deli) has tasked us with doing something with that ‘Junk in our Trunks’!!  Here’s what she’s talking about:


For the challenge this month, create something out of any kind of “junk” & refashion it into something useful and/or functional and/or beautiful!  The interpretation of “junk” is up to you!!  How FUN is that?! :)

Candice gives examples like-Hideously patterned china? Smash it and make a mosaic!  Unused decorative/patterned papers? Rip’em, cut ‘em-Collage them!  Skeins of Wool? Rusty bits & pieces–Create whatever you want to!  The only rules are that your project MUST contain something that you consider junk, that you have reclaimed or recycled.

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The sponsor for our March Junk in Your Trunk challenge is Crafty Individuals!!  One randomly drawn participant will receive a surprise parcel of Crafty Individuals goodies, and of course the overall Junk in Your Trunk Winner is awarded Top Talent Honors and will be invited back to Our Creative Corner for a future Top Talent Spotlight!  We also have Blog Badges awarded to our Top 3 favorites, too!!  Lots of reasons to join in!!

OK, So here I go!!  My “junk” is something that I’ve had my eye on to reclaim and beautify for a long time now!!


 This ugly, junky, shaky, paint can/tarnish can/stain can holder!!  It’s been splattered on, dripped on, stained on–just a yuck piece of utilitarian yuck!!


With some coats of paint (failed painting techniques!) and a custom sewn seat cover, this utilitarian piece of junk that it was, has been transformed into the nice stool it deserves to be!!  And, it doesn’t rattle around any more and sits still!!  Let me show you some of the successful, and not-so successful, things that I did to this stool! :)


I gave the stool a good sanding in preparation of the first layer of paint I’m going to apply.


I painted the legs a light yellow & the seat a darker sunflowery yellow color, with the full intentions of these colors peeking through the crackling technique I was going to apply.  I’m leaving out the steps I took of, the stamping of random images onto tissue paper, that then got randomly adhered to the legs and seat of this stool, that I had the full intentions of said random images peeking through the crackling technique that I was going to apply next….


…Uh, Nope!  No crackly paint technique happened here!!  It’s more like a melty, smolten looking copper sludge!!  But, this just so happens to be an area where the stamped image peeks through…kind of!!  The ‘why & how’ I ended up with this melted looking top layer of copper paint, lies within the type of paint, the copper paint is.  After I had adhered all of the stamped images onto the stool, I applied a thick layer of Elmer’s Glue over everything (I worked in sections), then brushed a layer of this hammered copper metallic paint over the wet glue.  For crackle-you need to use ACRYLIC paint!  This copper paint IS NOT ACRYLIC, but a paint that I had on hand, for around the house/metal patio furniture painting.


BUT–making the best of a still decent transformation, I ran some pieces of foil tape through random embossing folders and stuck onto the cross-sections of the legs and to the tops and bottoms of the legs.  I then used Black Soot Distress Paint, that I dabbed onto a paper towel, then rubbed over the surface of everything!!  That ended up being a pretty cool effect.  It toned down the bright yellow that does peek through the copper layer.

Now I’m going to move a little faster with the seat cover–

I started by making a paper pattern of the seat.  I cut out strips of Eclectic Elements fabrics and randomly and roughly stitched together.  I pinned the pattern to the backside of the seat cover top, and machine stitched around the perimeter.  When finished stitching, I ripped the paper pattern away.

I added a long strip of EE fabrics that I had sewn together, to the bottom of the seat cover.   See, I’m so not a sewer, I don’t even know the technical sewing term for that whole extra piece of fabric that I attached, that hides the cotton twill pull tie that will cinch this cover tightly over the seat-LOL! :)

I’m not quite through with the seat cover yet–I’m going to make some flowers for it!  I roughly cut out different size circles of EE fabrics and sewed together.  Then, I roughed up the edges with my craft scratcher, then sewed onto the top of the seat cover.


Even with the failed paint technique, this doesn’t look half bad!!  I’m pretty happy with how this whole transformation came out–Maybe the happiest with the seat cover! :)

I know it’s an ambitious challenge, but that’s what it’s all about–Moving outside your comfort zone and just going for it!!   All of my Our Creative Corner Teammates have performed some amazing transformations to their ‘Junk” for inspiration–Let’s see what kind of Junk is In Your Trunk and join in on the challenge!  We’d love to have you and see your junk metamorphosis!!  The challenge closes Saturday, March 28th, 11:55pm (GMT).

Thanks so much for joining me with this 2nd posting of the day!!  It’s a new month & new creative challenges await you!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Wood Stool; Eclectic Elements Fabrics (Tim Holtz/Coats); Batting; Tissue Paper; Foil Tape (Home Depot)
  • Archival Ink; Elmers All Purpose Glue; Hammered Copper Metallic Paint; Two Shades of Yellow Paint
  • Sand Paper; Paint Brushes; Sewing Machine (Kenmore)
  • Eclectic Elements Fabrics (Tim Holtz/Coats); Cotton Batting; Distress Paint (Tim Holtz/Ranger)
  • Embossing Folders (a mix of Tim Holtz/Sizzix & Provo Craft); Big Shot Machine (Sizzix)
  • Tissue Paper; Archival Ink (Ranger); Stamp Images (a mix of Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous)

Going Green at Eclectic Ellapu

‘Tis the time of the year when we’ve all got a bit of the Irish in us and for this month’s challenge, the Purple Team at Eclectic Ellapu wants to see your Green!!  That’s Right–Go Green is the name of the March challenge theme my EE Purple Teammate, Anuja has asked us to create by, and here’s my creation to give you some green inspiration!


I’ve got all kinds of mixed-media fun going on with this tag, and I managed to take a few pictures while I was putting this together, too!  Let me show you what I did :)


I basically started with an idea in my head, gathered the supplies that I have to make said idea come to life, and wing it the rest of the way!!  I’ve got my already gesso’d jumbo tag, my stamps & Apothecary Bottle die, some Distress Spray Stains and some misc pieces of tulle, corrugated cardboard and green felt.  Oh, this is going to be FUN!


This is a jumbo tag that I had pressed onto another gesso’d tag and pulled away.  I bit of the other tag came off onto this tag, but it adds some cool texture!


I spritzed Mowed Lawn, Mustard Seed & Crushed Olive DSSs over the surface, spritzed with a little water, then blotted while I heat dried.


When the tag was dry, I mixed Bamboo Heaven Twinkling H20s with celestial brass powder (it’s not perfect pearls, but similar) and flicked over the entire surface with a small round paint brush.  I want those little hints of gold glinting in the background-A promise of riches to come, perhaps? ;)


I moved on to the bottle, as this will need time to sit and dry once I’m done treating it!  I used my Apothecary Bottle die and cut the largest bottle out of modeling film.  I’m going to color the bottle with Lettuce Alcohol Ink and include more hints of gold using my gold leafing pen.


What I did was push the pen down onto the bottle in random spots, then applied the alcohol ink to a felt applicator on my ink blending tool, then bounced the tool about in the gold leafing until I was happy.  I carefully molded the bottle with my embossing heat gun and when cooled, applied a layer of gloss multi-medium to the surface and set aside to air dry.  While waiting, I stamped a label from my AO Apothecary set onto tissue paper and ‘fussy ripped’.


I adhered the label to the bottle with matte gel and carefully heat set.  Then I applied a layer of Clear Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint to the entire surface of the bottle and let air dry.  When the bottle was dry, I rubbed it with Walnut Stain DI and my ink blending tool and rubbed a bit of Black Soot DP over the edges with my finger.  The piece of grass that I attached to the bottle is cut using the Tapered Fringe die and green color Core’dinations stock.  The stem is from Tim’s new Flower Garden stamp set, that I stamped onto manila stock with Olive Archival ink and fussy cut.  I adhered to the inside of the bottle with gloss multi-medium.


Here’s the shamrock I made with the green felt, tulle & corrugated cardboard.  I cut all of those materials out using my #8 Heart sizzlet die and stitched together.



I made the center using  hearts that I punched out of the corrugated cardboard (that I had painted with gesso and spritzed with Mowed Lawn & Crushed Olive DSSs).  I glued those to the middle of the shamrock with matte gel and then popped that little green jewel brad through the center.


Before adhering everything into place onto the tag, I added stitching around the perimeter of the tag then I stenciled in these Sun Rays with a mixture of Tarnished Brass DP in my white embossing paste.


I tied the seam binding onto the bottle and added this Simple Sayings stamped label and wishbone to the ribbon with jump rings.  I layered the bottom of the tag with more tapered fringe grass, then glued the bottle into place with gloss multi-medium.  I set a somewhat heavy book on top, and let dry overnight.  In the morning, I attached the shamrock into place with lots of foam dots!


I don’t think I’d mind finding a bottle like this!!  I could use a little bit o’ the ‘Liquid Luck’!! :)

I hope you enjoyed my Eclectic Ellapu Go Green creation!  It was really fun to make and I hope I inspired your own Green creations!  Come on over to Eclectic Ellapu and join in either our Purple Team theme or the Pink Team theme of Anything Goes!  I hope to see you there!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • #10 Jumbo Manila Tag (The Funkie Junkie Boutique); Modeling Film (Wendy Vecchi/Art Parts); Color Core (Tim Holtz/Core’dinations); Tissue Paper; Manila Stock; Felt; Tulle; Corrugated Cardboard
  • Stamps; Apothecary (Artistic Outpost); Simple Sayings (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous)
  • Distress Spray Stains, Inks, Stains & Paints (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Ink (Ranger); White Embossing Paste (Wendy Vecchi); Twinkling H20s (Splash of Color); Gesso (Claudine Hellmuth/Ranger)
  • Heart #8 (Sizzix/SU); Apothecary Bottles & Tapered Fringe Dies (Tim Holtz/Sizzix); Big Shot Machine (Sizzix); Triple Heart Punch (SU)
  • Sun Ray Stencil (My Favorite Things); Jewel Brad (American Crafts); Wishbone & Jump Rings (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Craft Sheet (Ranger); Heat Tool; Embossing Heat Gun; Sewing Machine (Kenmore); Sanding Block; Paint Brush; Ink Blending Tool; Palette Knife
  • Gloss Multi-Medium (Claudine Hellmuth/Ranger); Matte Gel (Liquitex); Foam Dots; Sticky Tape

It’s My Tim Tag for February

HELLO HELLO HELLO!!  Happy Thursday!!  I’ve got a busy weekend ahead of me, (with Sunday being March 1st and all) (nudge nudge-wink wink) so I wanted to get my version of Tim Holtz’s February Tag in before all the brouhaha begins :)


I pretty  much followed Tim’s techniques except, I’m using his Eclectic Elements Fabrics for my  background!  I’ve been messing around with his fabrics lately (nudge nudge-wink wink) and am getting down to just a few scrap pieces, so, I thought FUN, just use fabrics instead of ephemera pieces and paper!!


Here’s an assortment of some of the pieces of EE fabrics I have left and there’s my #8 tag, that I had previously done a Distress Spray Stain monoprint technique on.


This will be the backside of my tag–you can see a little bit of the batting I’ve adhered to the front side peeking out.


Here are my scraps all sewn together, with a holiday flash card and a couple of strips of tissue tape as part of my patchwork, too.


Here’s a little bit of Picket Fence DP rubbed along the seams.


Things got a little but grungier with the addition of rubbing Black Soot DM along the seams, too.  Something I didn’t take pictures of–I added two butterflies to this tag.  I wasn’t happy with it as it was in this picture–I fussy cut two butterflies from my Collage paper stash and adhered to the tag.


Here you can see the two butterflies that I added and I machine stitched a piece of Tim’s red & cream ric-rac to the tag, too.


I improvised at making my own industrial frame–I used foil tape on cardstock, embossed with polka dots, then die cut using my framelits dies.  I also dyed my felt heart.  I don’t have red felt, but I have off-white, so I stained it with Barn Door DS and heat dried.  When I stitched the heart to the tag, it was still kind of damp, and you can see how some of the DS stained the thread!


I treated the word band and brads with Picket Fence DP and adhered to my tag with hot glue.


I treated the arrow, wire and mini corner with Picket Fence DP, then I hot glued the arrow in place and I gently hammered the corner piece in place.


Here is the back of the tag with all of the stitching making quite the design!


Oh boy–another month down on the Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2015!  I’m headed over there now to get this tag in–talk about down to the wire!  Tim’s February tag challenge closes Saturday the 28th, so hurry up!

I’ll be back on Saturday–it’s going to be a busy day here at Ain’t That Artsy Fartsy and a new month of creativity in store for you!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Eclectic Elements Fabrics (Tim Holtz/Coats); #8 Manila Tag (Inkssentials/Ranger); Cotton Batting; Foil Tape (Home Depot); Felt; Flash Card (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Seam Binding (Funkie Junkie Boutique)
  • Distress Paints, Markers, Inks (Tim Holtz/Ranger)
  • Arrow Adornment, Heart Charm, Red & Cream Trimmings, Word Band (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); 26 Gauge Wire;
  • Framelits (SU/Sizzix); Big Shot Machine (Sizzix); Heart #7 Sizzlet (SU/Sizzix); Polka Dot Embossing Folder (Provo Craft)
  • Matte Gel; Hot Glue Gun; Craft Sheet; Heat Tool; Paint Brush; Sewing Machine (Kenmore); Air Art Tool (Artworx)

Huck Finn Altered Book

Hi There!!  It’s the last Wednesday of the month and that means it’s Blog Hop time at Artistic Outpost!!  Our theme for February is BOOKS and I took it kind of literally, and started altering a book.  I’m just making myself all kinds of new projects to work on this year!!  :)

Join the Artistic Outpost Design Team on our creative adventure through the theme of ‘Books’-Take a stroll through the stacks and have a visit with my teammies–

Terry *  Shari (That’s Me!) and you’re Here! * Tracy * Gerrie * Kate * Lisa


 I have to admit that I’m really pleased with how this book cover came out!!  Now, I’ve got 50 pages inside to deal with, but this book, has some really cool black and white photos inside, gosh, now that I look at it–there is a cool photo on every other page, with a couple of photos that take up both pages!  I’ll be using that to my advantage for sure!!

OK–Now onto how I altered this (it’s basically 5″x7″) book into the new art journal that it’s become :)


I’m not using a lot of supplies to transform this book cover.  I’ve got my Artistic Outpost Huck Finn stamp set, some Distress Spray Stains, tissue paper, a piece of mix-media paper–there’s some stamp pads sitting out of frame, too.  I lucked out–the book cover is plain white, a completely blank, smooth surface, so I don’t have to prep it!


I started with running a little tissue tape over the binding of the book, then sprayed Salty Ocean, Wild Honey & Peeled Paint DSSs onto the cover.  I spritzed just a little bit of water over the stains, then I heat dried.  I stamped the text & words from the Huck Finn set onto tissue paper with Jet Black Archival and ‘fussy ripped’ out and applied to the outside of the book cover with matte gel.


I dry brushed a bit of gesso here and there and heat dried.


I added a bit of random stenciling with my Harlequin LS and Tea Dye DSS.  I spritzed the spray stain through the stencil, then while the stencil was still in place, I lightly gave it a spritz of water, then I lifted the stencil off and heat set.


I stamped the paddle boat image with Jet Black Archival right onto the book cover and heat set.  I adhered the token with game spinner to the corner with matte gel and mini foam dots and the mini gears in place with matte gel.


I stamped Huck and his boys onto mixed media paper with Jet Black Archival and water colored with my Distress Markers & my water brush.  I fussy cut and inked the edges with Walnut Stain DI and my ink blending tool.  I adhered them in place with matte gel and mini foam dots, then outlined them with the fine tip of my Walnut Stain DM.


I altered this old key brass key from my stash with Brushed Pewter DP, and altered the brad to match.  I added the remnant rub words to the key and adhered to the book cover with matte gel & mini-foam dots.


When all of my embellies were in place, I masked the boys off, then gave the entire cover a spritz of Walnut Stain DM through my air art tool and heat set.  I did not touch the cover again until all of those little spritzes of ink were dry!!  I don’t think I smudged one little spritz–


–even on the back!!  That’s AMAZING for me!!


And that’s my ‘BOOK’ themed creation for this month’s Artistic Outpost DT Blog Hop!  But, this won’t be the last time you’ll see this little book-turned art journal!  I’ll be keeping it close at hand on the crafting table for when those art journaling moments strike!!

Thank You for joining me for today’s Blog Hop-I hope you enjoyed your visit!  Now, if you’re hopping in order, your next stop is at Tracy’s blog, but if you like to hop freely, here’s the team again-

Terry * Tracy * Gerrie * Kate * Lisa

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Huck Finn Stamp Set (Artistic Outpost)
  • Hardcover Book (‘A Short Guide to a Happy Life’ by Anna Quindlen); Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore); Tissue Paper; Tissue Tape & Remnant Rubs (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Distress Stain Sprays, Inks, Paints & Markers (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Ink (Ranger); Gesso (Claudine Hellmuth/Ranger)
  • Harlequin Layering Stencil (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous); Muse Token, Mini-Gears, Game Spinner (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Brass Key & Brad (my stash)
  • Matte Gel (Liquitex); Finger Knife (Fiskars); Cutting Mat; Air Art Tool (Artworx); Mini Foam Dots; Paint Brush; Water Brush

Winter Holly Candle Holder

Hi There & Happy Sunday!!  It is Sunday, which means I’m sharing my weekly project for the Artistic Outpost Blog-Thanks for joining me today!!  :)

OK–Technically, we still have a good month of Winter remaining and in some parts of the U.S., Winter is firmly ensconced and is not going anywhere, anytime soon!!  Luckily, I’m nowhere near those frozen and snowbound parts of the States and seem to be experiencing an early Spring where I am!!  (knock on wood) With those wintery locales in mind, I feel it’s OK if I share a little piece of Christmastime home décor with you today ;)


I’ve altered a clear glass votive holder into this mini-Wintery portrait using one of the new single stamps from the January Release-Holly and the Ivy.  Let me show you some of the steps that I took to create this.


There’s the square candle holder–All naked and needing a little Christmastime refinery I’d say!  I stamped the Holly image onto tissue paper with Jet Black Archival Ink 4 times, for each side of the square candle holder.


I used Cranberry Adirondack Alcohol Ink and Watermelon Studio 2 alcohol ink (an alcohol ink that I’ve had forever!) to tint the outside of the glass cube.



I ‘fussy-ripped’ the 4 stamped images and adhered to the outside of the tinted glass block with gloss multi-medium.  I pretty much coated the entire outside of the glass cube with gloss multi-medium to prepare it for its top layer of crackle that it’s going to get.


I stamped Holly onto mixed-media paper with Jet Black Archival and water colored with my Distress Markers and my water brush.  I used my Mini-Holly Movers & Shapers die to cut out heat-embossed pieces of manila stock.


Can you see the crackles?  I applied Clear Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint over the entire surface of the candle holder and when dry, I rubbed Walnut Stain DI over it with my ink blending tool.  It doesn’t look like much in this photo, but the crackly surface looks like cracked ice, all frosty and frozen!  I adhered the fussy cut Holly images onto opposite sides of the candle with a thin layer of hot glue.


Holly is so cute in her furry cloak and matching furry hand-muff!!  Maybe she’s all bundled up to be outside stargazing on a clear Winter’s night?


I added a layer of Wendy Vecchi’s white embossing paste and while still wet, I stuck in the holly leaves and glass bead ‘berries’ and sprinkled a little bit of Clear Rock Candy Distress Glitter over it all.


I masked off Holly and gave the surface a splattering of Picket Fence Distress Paint with my paint brush–Look, it’s snowing!!


My last embellies are these laser cut wood mini-stars and snowflake.  I painted them with Brushed Pewter DP, let air dry, then brushed a thin layer of gloss multi-medium over them, then sprinkled with Clear Rock Candy DG.  I let them all air dry, then adhered to the crackly surface with gloss multi-medium.


Here’s the candle holder in use!  I only used a tea light here, but even this small candle created a really pretty reddish/burgundy glow!!  You can kind of see the reflections of light bouncing through the crackles–just as if you’re looking through an icy & frosty window!!


We are in such an early Spring, that I was able to take most of these pictures in natural light!!  Now, that’s exciting, because it means the days are starting to slowly but surely, get long again!!  Oh, I think I can feel Summer now!!  ;) :)

Thanks again for spending a little bit of your Sunday with me!!  I’ll be back on Wednesday with a little something I made for the monthly Artistic Outpost DT Blog Hop, so until then–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamp:  Holly and the Ivy (Artistic Outpost)
  • Square Glass Votive Candle Holder; Tissue Paper; Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore)
  • Adirondack Alcohol Ink (Ranger); Studio 2 Alcohol Ink; Archival Ink (Ranger); Distress Ink, Paint & Markers (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Distress Embossing Ink (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Fern Green WV Embossing Powder (Wendy Vecchi/Ranger); Distress Glitter (Tim Holtz/Ranger); White Embossing Paste (Wendy Vecchi/Studio 490)
  • Gloss Multi-Medium (Claudine Hellmuth/Ranger); Hot Glue Gun; Finger Knife (Fiskars); Heat Tool; Water Brush; Palette Knife
  • Mini Pine Tree & Holly Movers & Shapers Die (Tim Holtz/Sizzix); Big Shot Machine (Sizzix); Base Tray (Tim Holtz/Sizzix); Ink Blending Tool; Paint Brush
  • Glass Beads; Laser Cut Wood Embellies

Obey My Dog

Hi There & Happy Thursday!!   WELCOME to my new followers!!  I’m so glad that you’re joining me!!  I’ll keep today’s offering short–it’s just a ‘little’ post for you today ;) :)

As much as I really like using a song title or lyrics as quotes or sentiments in my projects, I’ve got some movie and television quotes saved up, too!  I’m using one of my favorite quotes from a movie called Zoolander in today’s trio of ATC’s that I made earlier this month for the Stampotique Designers Challenge #181-Use Citrus.


I had fun making these ATC’s!  I was inspired to make these gesso backgrounds by Kay Wallace when she hosted Tag Along Challenge #75-Rethink Gesso a couple of weeks ago.  (If you go to Kay’s blog, she has a YouTube link to former Stampotique Designer Sarinda Jones, showing how these gesso techniques work.)  Although I didn’t make a tag for the challenge , I was inspired just the same!  Thanks, Kay!!


For the first ATC in the trio, I’ve used gesso through my Burlap LS to create this background.  I heat dried the gesso and then pressed Squeezed Lemonade & Wild Honey Distress Stains directly onto the surface, spritzed with water, then heat dried.  All of the black circles are left-over squiggly circle die cuts, that I heat embossed with black embossing powder.  The Dog image was stamped onto previously stained mixed-media paper with Jet Black Archival, fussy cut and detailed colored with my Distress Markers.


This little guy is spinning on a background made with gesso simply spread onto the surface with my palette knife.  I heat dried then spritzed my Pure Sunshine, Lemon Zest & Tangerine Dream Dylusions Ink Sprays over the surface and heat dried.  I stamped the quote using mini-alphabet letters onto manila stock with Jet Black Archival.  I fussy cut the words and mounted onto black stock.


Last but not least, this third ATC could be my favorite!  This background was made with spreading gesso onto the surface, then pressing another piece of stock over it, then gently peeling the top layer off.  Completely cool effect!!  I heat dried the gesso then rubbed my Mustard Seed & Squeezed Lemonade Distress Ink pads directly over the surface, gave a spritz of water and heat dried.


Oh, I can’t forget to show you the backsides–I did a simple paint marbling technique with my Mustard Seed & Ripe Persimmon Distress Paints.  When dried, I rubbed Vintage Photo & Walnut Stain DIs over the surface and spritzed & flicked water to get those glorious water spots!!  I finished with edging all of the ATC’s with Black Soot DP that I rubbed on with my finger.


Now, if you look at these really hard, you can kind of see the dogs swirling!!  I-Think-I-Hear-My-Dogs-Calling-Me!!! Naaaah!!  ;) :)

Thanks so much for joining me today!  I truly appreciate your visits and your comments and hope you’ll come back again!  Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Manila Stock; Chipboard (cereal box); Mixed Media Paper (Strathmore); Black Card Stock (Core’dinations)
  • Stamp:  Dog (Roc Nicholas/Stampotique); Mini Alphabet Letters (mfg ?)
  • Archival Ink (Ranger); Distress Stains, Markers, Paints & Inks (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Dylusions Ink Spray (Ranger)
  • Gesso (Claudine Hellmuth/Ranger); Black Embossing Powder (WOW); Diamond Glaze (Judikins)
  • Burlap Layering Stencil (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous); Squiggly Circle Die (Provo Craft); Big Shot Machine (Sizzix)
  • Palette Knife; Finger Knife (Fiskars); Craft Sheet (Ranger); Heat Tool; Embossing Heat Gun; Foam Squares; Matte Gel (Liquitex)