Wish Upon a Star

Hi There & HELLO DECEMBER!!  I’ve been looking forward to this month at Our Creative Corner because of the challenge theme  of —-


Our Challenge Hostess this month is my SUPER talented DT member Trish Latimer and here’s what she has to say about her challenge to us this month….

“My challenge to you all this month is a very simple one…Stars!

I have a passion for stars.  Stars are incorporated into my email addresses, internet log ins, business name and even my tattoos :)

I would love for you all to share your creations, full of stars!!  Star stamps, star die cuts, star embellishments, star shaped backgrounds-it’s up to you!!  Use lots, or just the one, as long as there is a star somewhere, you’re good to go!!”


I Love stars, too, Trish!!


And with Christmas right around the corner, I thought about making things to send out, instead of just Christmas cards this year.  So, I made a trio of very rustic, roughly machine stitched, simple, stamped & stuffed star ornaments.  Gosh, say that 5 times fast!  I took a few pictures along the way–let me show you :)


I used my Cricut machine to cut out chipboard stars to use as my patterns.  I cut a piece of cotton muslin big enough to let me get 3 stars and off camera is a piece of star fabric that I’ll be using for the backsides.


I soaked my piece of cotton muslin (along with another piece) in coffee for about 15 minutes and air dried.


I ironed my two strips of fabric, traced out the stars and snipped out with sharp scissors.


I used the spare pieces of muslin to stamp all of the Christmas sentiments onto.  I used Coffee Archival ink as that is permanent and won’t bleed if the fabric happens to get damp, and all of the sentiments are from the Christmas Chalk stamp set from Artistic Outpost.


I machine stitched borders around all of the words then trimmed to size and I frayed all of the edges with my craft scratcher.


I was doing a little placement dry run here and something I forgot to take a picture of, was the stamping of all of the red stars onto the dyed muslin stars.  The star images are from the Chalkboard Wisdom set from AO and I used Vermillion Archival.


Something else that I forgot to take a picture of is the batting layer that I sandwiched between the two pieces of fabric.  You can see some red fringe coming out of the star–I stitched that yarn onto both sides of the batting, that I had cut into a star shape, too, then stitched the three layers together.  I left an opening at the top of the star so that I could add a little stuffing and the word bands are only glued on at this point.


I added a couple of star shaped eyelets to the top points of both stars, fluffed the stuffing a little, then sewed the top of the star closed.  I then ran the star through my sewing machine to stitch the word bands into place and to give the stars a puffy, quilty feel.


After all of the stars were assembled, stuffed and stitched, I gave them all a spray of Pewter Perfect Pearls Mist.  There’s a nice little shimmer to them, that didn’t get captured in the photos, darn it!


I almost started to add bling to all of the ornaments, but changed my mind, wanting to keep these as simple and vintagey as possible.  Thank goodness I’ve completely ‘Embraced Imperfection’ with all of that rough stitching!! ;) :)


I don’t have a Christmas tree in the house yet, but I do have lots of trees outside that serve their purpose well, when I need a tree to hang ornaments on to photograph!!  And look–there’s even a little snow left on the branches from our first snow storm!

What kind of ‘Wish Upon a Star’ creation will you dream up for our December challenge?  We’re being sponsored this month by–


One lucky, randomly drawn participant, will receive a surprise parcel of goodies direct from Tando Creative!  Then Trish will award her favorite Top 3 with OCC Blog Badges and her overall challenge winner will be a future Guest Designer at Our Creative Corner!  You’ve got to be in it to win it, so Come On!  The challenge is open until Monday, December 28th.

Thanks so much for joining me today!  I can’t wait to see your Star inspired creations at Our Creative Corner!!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Cotton Muslin Fabric; Red Star Fabric; Funky Red Yard; Cotton Batting; Fiber Fill; Sewing Machine (Kenmore)
  • Stamps: Chalkboard Wisdom & Christmas Chalk (Artistic Outpost)
  • Archival Inks (Ranger); Matte Decou-Page (DecoArt)
  • Star Eyelets
  • Craft Scratcher (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios); Scissors; Eyelet Setter; Hole Punch; Bamboo Skewer


HAPPY MONDAY!!  I’m giving you a sneak peek of the project I’ve made for my very first Lost Coast Designs DT posting over at the Lost Coasters Review Blog today :) :)


I’ll have several projects a month to share for Lost Coast Designs & Carmen’s Veranda with DT responsibilities on the LCD Team Dream every other month-beginning in December, and then I’ll have projects to share over at our Lost Coast Portal to Creativity from time to time.  Speaking of which….

A Carmen's Christmas

The entire Lost Coast Designs DT Members will be featuring Christmas themed creations using images from Carmen’s Veranda beginning tomorrow through December 15th at the LCD Portal to Creativity, then we’re hosting…..


…During our 2nd FB challenge, we’ll share more LCD & CV creations to inspire and amuse you through the Christmas holiday season and into the New Year.

I’m SUPER excited to be a part of the Lost Coast Designs & Carmen’s Veranda family and hope you’ll come over and have a visit with me! Hope to see you there!!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



Are You Ready for Some Football?

Hi There Everyone!!  You can find me over at the Artistic Outpost Blog today still playing around with our football inspired set-Go Team!


Come on over to Artistic Outpost and see what I made for you this week–Hope to see you there!! :) :)

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps: Go Team (Artistic Outpost)
  • Master board background made with Gelli Plate print featured in my On the Leaves of Babes post from September 12, 2015
  • Archival Ink (Ranger); Distress Inks & Markers (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Silver EP (SU); White Gel Pen (Sakura)
  • Tissue Paper; Coffee Stained Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore); Kraft Glassine; Black Card Stock (Core’dinations)
  • Finger Knife (Fiskars); Sewing Machine (Kenmore); Paper Distresser (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios); Foam Dots; Double-Backed Tape (3M); Matte Decou-Page (DecoArt)

Matchbox Play Book

HELLO HELLO HELLO!!  Happy Sunday!!  It’s been a ‘camping-in-doors’ kind of week here at Ain’t That Artsy Fartsy, due to a power outage that took our electricity away for 2 days! LOL :) :)

I feel like I’m two weeks behind–Good thing I got some projects done ahead of time!


I’m over at Artistic Outpost today sharing this week’s project–a football related creation, made with our new Go Team stamp set, that you fans of the gridiron will really enjoy!!  Last month, I enrolled in Kathryn Crane’s Marvelous Miniatures class, and learned how to create darling little matchbox journals…you’ll have to head over to Artistic Outpost to see what I learned!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps:  Go Team (Artistic Outpost)
  • Archival Ink (Ranger); Distress Inks & Spray Stains (Tim Holtz/Ranger); White Gesso (Dina Wakely/Ranger); Silver Embossing Powder (SU)
  • Manila Stock; Coffee Stained Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore); Matchbox (The Little Crafty Bugs Co)
  • Harlequin Layering Stencil (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous); Polka Dot Stencil (Wendy Vecchi)
  • Finger Knife (Fiskars); Craft Sheet (Ranger); Heat Tool; Embossing Heat Gun; Matte Decou-Page (DecoArt); Water Brush; Palette Knife
  • Tissue & Decorative Tapes, Hitch Fastener (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology);

Toy Emporium Ornaments

Hi There & Happy Sunday!!  Remember the trio of Christmas ornaments I shared last month for the Artistic Outpost DT Blog Hop?  I’m sharing some behind the scenes shots of how I put them together over at the AO Blog today!


These were really fun to create and have put me in an early festive mood!!  This past Summer, I had a goodie swap with a Wonderful Creative Friend of mine, Lynne Moncrieff,  and in the lovely care package of Fabulous goodies she sent to me were 3 laser cut wooden flowers–I knew those were going to be turned into Christmas ornaments as soon as I saw them!!  Thanks for the inspiration, Lynne!! :) :)

Come on over to the AO Blog today and see how they got made!  Hope to see you there!!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps:  Toy Emporium, Midwinter, Snowy Woods & Christmas Chalk (Artistic Outpost)
  • 3 Laser Cut Wood Flower Shapes (from Lynne!); Tissue Paper; Coffee Stained Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore); Tulle; Kraft Core (Tim Holtz/Core’dinations); Cotton Muslin; Coffee Stained Vellum
  • Archival Ink (Ranger); Distress Inks, Paints, Glitters & Markers (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Texture Paste (Wendy Vecchi); Liquid Glass & Crackle Paint (DecoArt Media); Weathered Wood Crackle Medium (Americana/DecoArt); Black Embossing Powder (WOW)
  • Sewing Machine (Kenmore); Tattered Poinsettia Bigz Die (Tim Holtz/Sizzix); Big Shot Machine (Sizzix); Finger Knife (Fiskars)
  • Jump Rings (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Brads; Self-Adhesive Rhinestones

DecoArt Sponsor Spotlight

HAPPY MONDAY!!  I’m over at Our Creative Corner today featuring a project I made showcasing products from this month’s Topsy Turvy Challenge Sponsor DecoArt.


It’s a photo heavy post, so make sure you have a favorite beverage or snack and Enjoy!!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Wooden Miniature 3-Drawer Chest of Drawers (antique store salvage)
  • Fluid Acrylics, Crackle Paint, Misters, Antiquing Cream, Interference & White Gesso (DecoArt Media); Americana Weathered Wood Crackle Medium (DecoArt); Matte Decou-Page (DecoArt)
  • Burlap Paper; Tulle; Kraft Core (Tim Holtz/Core’dinations); Melange Tissue Wrap, Menagerie Paper Stash, Letterpress Blocks (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Foil Tape (Home Depot)
  • Tattered Florals Bigz Die (Tim Holtz/Sizzix); Big Shot Machine (Sizzix); Sewing Machine (Kenmore)
  • Paint Brushes; Hot Glue Gun; Seed Beads; Glass Door Knob; Accoutrements (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Wooden Spools

Form in Fashion

HI THERE!!  Happy Sunday!!  I’ve got my weekly sneaky peek of the project I’m featuring over at the Artistic Outpost Blog today–


Could this be card #3 in the Vintage Fashion trio that I’ve been sharing?  Hmmmmm…You’ll have to come on over and have a looksee!! :)

Hope to see you there!!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps:  Vintage Fashion (Artistic Outpost)
  • Archival Ink (Ranger); Crafter’s Acrylics (DecoArt); Distress Ink & Markers (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Crackled Texture Paste (Wendy Vecchi); Twinkling H2Os; Fresco Chalk Finish Acrylic (PaperArtsy); Fluid Acrylic (DecoArt Media); Black Embossing Powder (WOW); Clear Embossing Powder (Ranger)
  • Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore); Coffee Stained Manila Stock; Coffee Stained Vellum
  • Flourishes Layering Stencil (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous);  Mini Sewing Room Movers & Shapers (Tim Holtz/Sizzix); Tiny Self-Adhesive Pearls
  • Palette Knife; Sewing Machine (Kenmore); Big Shot Machine (Sizzix); Finger Knife (Fiskars); Scissors; Paint Brush; Embossing Heat Gun