In a Time of Poe

HAPPY HAPPY FRIDAY!!  It’s that ‘time’ again…Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge #10– Tim Holtz’s Assemblage Clock! Now you get my ‘time’ hints :) and you may have guessed the theme I chose to decorate my clock with, too–Edgar Allan Poe!  With Halloween right around the corner, a lot of my crafting of late has had an All Hallow’s Eve feel to it and I was waiting for this challenge, so I can make something for the house for Halloween :)


 The challenge this time around is not technique based, so I can show you what I did to compose my Assemblage Clock.  This is Challenge #10 which means The Funkie Junkie (Linda Coughlin to those who know her) Boutique is offering a $25 gift certificate to one of the lucky winners and as usual, the prize-a-palooza package from Tim & Mario is awarded to the Curiosity Crew’s Choice.


I’m working from page 33 in Tim’s Compendium of Curiosities 3 and it’s all about creating freely and having fun!  I took my time putting this together and even had some creative help from my hubbie along the way :)


I completely disassembled my clock (I used a 7/32 socket) and kept all of the small pieces in a little brad container that I’ve saved from days of yore.


I’m going to start by giving all of my clock pieces a coat of Adirondack Alcohol Inks.  I used Wild Plum, Lettuce, Terra Cotta & Eggplant.

I let gravity and the shape of the bell caps take its course with the Alcohol Inks.  The coverage was great and the way the inks ran and mottled together was just what I was hoping for.

I did the same thing with the body of the clock and let the Alcohol Inks run with the shape of the clock.  I helped a bit and spun the clock body to move the ink around the clock (uh, the edges of the clock are SHARP and I now have a new scar on my man hands!).

I got really painty with these next steps and I still have paint under my nails!  I’m going to do some finger painting with Seedless Preserves, Ripe Persimmon & Black Soot DPs…

I picked up the DPs with my fingers (individually at first..) and swiped and rubbed paint over the outside surface of the clock body and bell caps.  I did rub a little bit of DP in the undersides of the bell caps, too.

During all of my finger painting, I rubbed Black Soot DP onto the washers and nuts and heat dried them on my little pliers.


This is how I stored my clock at night.  As I did things for and on the clock during the day, I stored any bits & pieces inside the body-safely away from night prowling kitties!!


I decided on painting the inside of the clock a lighter color because I plan on using a lot of black elements within the confines of the hollow clock body which will entomb…..OH, almost waxed goth there ;) Sorry, back now!


I applied two coats of Pumice Stone DP and carefully heat dried each.  It is metal and it does get hot, but no burns suffered (from heat drying..).


I’m using stamps from the Haunted & Dr. Coffin’s Apothecary plates from Oxford Impressions which work so well together.  I mix and match these two sets all the time, but they are completely image-fulfilling on their own!


Stamping onto tissue paper is Awesome! You end up with two images on both sides of the tissue, giving you more versatility for image positioning.  Once I stamped the house image onto this piece of tissue paper, I turned it over and glued it into place with gloss multi-medium.  I heat dried just a bit, but mostly let this air dry.  OH–I’m using Jet Black Archival Ink as it’s permanent and won’t smudge from the multi-medium.

I’m using the Ouija board image to create the wallpaper that will adorn the inside of the clock.

Working in sections, I brushed a coat of multi-medium onto the wall of the clock, laid a piece of the tissue paper down and brushed over to set.  I cut any overhanging tissue with my finger knife once it was dry.

I had to get ‘Nevermore’ in this clock somewhere!  I rimmed the inside of the bell caps with tissue paper stamped with the famous utterance.

I so totally had to use the Gothic layering stencil on this! I masked the house image and used Black Soot & Seedless Preserves DPs, then I sprinkled Antiquities Frosted Crystal EP over the wet paint and heat embossed.  I wanted the stenciled design to have a matte finish and this worked great!


OH BOY–Now onto the actual pieces that will create my scene!  I shall have a gothic headstone!  I stamped this headstone image onto chipboard several times…


…and fussy cut each one out.  The top headstone needs to be weathered and worn so I stamp over one of the fussy cut stones with Distress Embossing Ink


…and heat embossed with Pumice Stone Distress EP.  I distressed all of the edges and inked with Black Soot DI.


I layered all of the chipboard headstones together and glued all of the layers with multi-medium.  I set this between a heavy stack of stuff overnight to dry and fuse together.


A gravesite isn’t gothic unless there’s a mourning wreath, well, a Woodlands wreath that will get the goth treatment…


…with Black Marble Ink Spray!!  Oh, Oh, I feel the goth coming out…black marble, cold like the soul of the raven’s black eyes that stare….


I made a couple of banners from manila stock that I’ll drape onto the wreath.  I treated the banners with Tea Dye, Vintage Photo & Walnut Stain mini DIs.


I made an itty bitty little easel for the wreath out of fireplace match sticks and hot glue then painted with Black Soot DP.  I stamped the raven image onto Shrink Plastic with Jet Black Staz-On Ink and let air dry a long time before fussy cutting it.


Here’s the little raven after being shrunk down with my embossing heat tool.  It wouldn’t be a proper ode to Poe without a raven ;)


This could be one of the funnest little décor elements I’ve ever made!


I want to add these metal filigree rounds to the bell caps–but I have to paint them black to make them goth-worthy.  These are wonderful little metal embellishments that I bought from The Funkie Junkie Boutique :)


I painted the filigree rounds with Black Soot DP and carefully heat dried.  Once dry, I brushed multi-medium on the bottom of the filigree pieces and brushed a little on top of the bell caps and adhered the rounds down.  I did place some weighted items on top of the caps to make sure those filigree pieces won’t go anywhere.

I stamped Mr. Poe’s image with Jet Black Archival Ink onto  the smooth side of Distress Water Color paper.  I colored the entire image with Distress Markers in Victorian Velvet, Black Soot, Pumice Stone, Tattered Rose & Aged Mahogany and my water brush.  At this point, I wasn’t sure if I was going to use the entire portrait image, or just fussy cut Edgar out.


This skeleton image is from Dr. Coffin’s Apothecary plate and I use him a lot! This time, I stamped him with Cotton White Opaque Staz-On ink onto Modeling Film.


Oh, this little skull & crossbones, I love this little trinket!!  I gave my skull the goth treatment with Black Soot DP and added tiny red rhinestones in the eye sockets.  I needed to add a little bling somewhere :)


BTS-Before calling it quits one of the nights I crafted late, I rusted this Prima clock face with Rusting Powder and let it do its rusting magic overnight.  I knew this was going to be safe overnight from the cats, because it gets sprayed with vinegar to activate the rusting ;)


OK–So now it’s time for assembly.  I’m using kraft shred for my groundcover that I spritzed with Black Marble & Chopped Pesto Ink Sprays.


OH–before I started gluing things in place, I added some hot glue spider webs to my wreath arrangement.  Since the clock is round, I trimmed down one of the legs on my easel so that it would sit somewhat straight in my graveyard.


Same with the headstone…I trimmed it down so that it will sit properly with the curved shape of the clock and adhered it with my hot glue gun (my man hand fingers may have gotten too close to the tip of the hot glue gun during these initial assembly steps) ;)


I almost forgot about installing the glass!!  But I figured that out before I started gluing everything in place!!  WHEW & DUH!!


My clock is almost complete….I’m waiting for a few things to dry….


I used my Tattered Florals die to create the goth blooms from black cotton fabric, black tulle, and orange color Core’dinations stock.  I stenciled the black fabric with the Gothic and Halloween layering stencils–it’s difficult to see the stenciled designs, but they’re there :)


Here’s a better view of the blooms.  Before I hot glued in place, I spritzed the blooms with Pomegranate Seed Ink Spray and Sheer Shimmer mist.  I also added a strip of black lace that I weaved between the blooms as I was gluing.


I’m still trying to take as many ‘finished’ pictures outside that I can, to utilize the sunshine while we still have it.  Tricky photographing this clock because the glass front reflects everything!!


Oh, my skeleton friend?  He got molded so that he’s hugging Mr. Poe’s headstone!


The shrink plastic raven was glued on top of the easel, perched to protect and overlook Mr. Poe’s final resting place-in this clock!


I swear that Edgar’s eyes follow me every where I go!! Look at him peeking through from the back of the scene…and then those glowing red eyes from the skull–Oh, so eerie!!


I could keep fussing and adding more embellishments to my Assemblage Clock, but at some point, I have to stop and close it up!!  And hurry and get this entered over at Studio L3 by tonight (11:55 Boise time)!!  I didn’t mean to wait until the very last moment to share or enter this, I was just having so much fun that I got swept away!

I hope you enjoyed my latest ode to Mr. Poe.  The anniversary of his death, 165 years ago, is quickly approaching and I hope that where ever he may be now, he’s pleased at how appreciated he and his work are and how alive his spirit is in his written words.  Thank You, EAP!

Thanks for enduring my gothic reveries!! I know this was a long one with lots of photos, but it’s over now!!  Or is it?



  • Assemblage Clock (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Stamps: Haunted & Dr. Coffin’s Apothecary Plates (Oxford Impressions/Austen Gallery)
  • Surfaces: Manila Stock; Shrink Plastic (Ranger); Modeling Film (Wendy Vecchi); Chipboard; Distress Water Color Stock (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Tissue Paper; Color Core’dinations (Core’dinations); Black Cotton Fabric; Black Tulle; Black Lace; Kraft Shred; Woodlands (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Distress Inks, Markers & Paints (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Dylusions Ink Sprays (Ranger); Adirondack Alcohol Inks (Ranger); Mixables Sheer Shimmer Mist (My Favorite Things); Archival Ink (Ranger); Distress Embossing Ink (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Staz-On Inks (Tsukineko); Antiquities Frosted EP (Ranger); Distress EP (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Rusting Powder (Crafty Notions)
  • Crossbones (Tim Holtz/Idea0ology); Metal Filigree Rounds (The Funkie Junkie Boutique); Black Brads; Clock Face (Prima Embellishments)
  • Tattered Florals Die (Tim Holtz/Sizzix); Big Shot Machine (Sizzix); Finger Knife (Fiskars); Scissors;
  • Craft Sheet (Ranger); Wax Paper; Glossy Multi-Medium (Claudine Hellmuth/Ranger); Foam Squares; Heat Tool; Embossing Heat Tool; Ink Blending Tools

Scrambled Birthday

Hello Hello Hello!!  Happy September!! Happy First Days of school and Cheers to renewed (or new) routines!!  I cannot believe how quickly these months of Summer passed–I may have whiplash!!  I think that’s the way I felt about it when it was time for my first days back to school, too.  Bittersweet-Summer is over, no more sleeping in-Boo!  But, getting to see all of my friends who I didn’t see over the break-Yay!

My first day of kindergarten, age 5-circa 1974

My first day of kindergarten, age 5-circa 1974

Even though I’m not in school any more, I’m still being taught new things every day and with learning new things, comes making lots of mistakes and then learning from those mistakes!  I’m sharing one of those mistakes today–Start the month off right!!


This is a  ‘failed’ shaker card that I had made specifically for the PPP Cutting Edge Blog Hop a couple of weeks ago.  After making this card, I had a lot of  “should have done this-should have done that’s”, one of which was-I should have waited to have electricity before assembling.  I could have used some really good final shots of a heat tool at this! :)

I’m using the PPP Stitched Frame die for the base and frame for the shaker element, which I die cut twice from manila stock, then fussy cut the perimeter to form my frame.


I’m going to randomly place some of these Tando Creative chipboard letters, but strategically include the word ‘birthday’ within the scrambled letters.


I did a few different letter placements before settling on this one and gluing down with multi-medium.


I sealed the manila base and chipboard letters with gesso and heat set (I still had power at this point) :)


Another mistake I made is, I should have layered my gesso with some Distress Paint.  Distress Ink doesn’t really ‘stick’ onto the finish of the gesso, but I’m OK with this for now…

 …because I’m going to make a inky/stainy mess for my grungy background anyway.  I still had power here, so I heat set the DS & DI, trying to maintain those puddles of color.


I’m going to use some Distress Paints to color the letters that spell out ‘birthday’–and this is where I have no electricity.  From here on out, I had to step away and let things air dry.

I’m using Seedless Preserves, Crushed Olive, Dusty Concord, Picked Raspberry, Barn Door, Mustard Seed & Mowed Lawn, Salty Ocean and Picket Fence Distress Paints.  I used the Picket Fence DP to touch up the insides of the letters.  As I didn’t have power, I did not heat set the paint and let air dry for a few hours (believe me, there were plenty of non-power chores that still got done behind the scenes).


After the paint had dried, I came back and applied a thin layer of Diamond Glaze to the painted letters, then set that aside to dry.  Before I had assembled this shaker element, I ended up painting all of the white letters with Black Soot DP.  One of the things I ‘should have’ done was just paint the entire panel black.  I think the colorful letters of ‘birthday’ would have popped more….


I colored my frame using the same DP’s I used for the letters.  I rubbed my finger over the sponge applicator of each paint, then rubbed my finger across the frame.  I set that aside to air dry, too.


I made an alcohol ink background to mount the shaker element onto.  I used Butterscotch, Lettuce, Salmon, Stream & Wild Plum Adirondack alcohol inks.  I ended up using the Cargo & Stars layering stencils to create a faded layers background, too–but no pictures of that part (sorry!) ;)


I made the ‘Happy” word sticker using my computer & plain white adhesive paper and a TH/Idea-ology File Tag (don’t mind the crimp marks), and adhered to the outside of the shaker frame with multi-medium.  When I assembled everything together, I did place a few foam dots under the file tab to make sure it won’t sag later on.


I stitched the label letters onto my alcohol ink background panel before final assembly.


I used a sheet of acetate for my shaker window and glued the frame onto the acetate with multi-medium.  I sprinkled some PPP sequins and wood veneer stars over the word scramble and placed my acetate window into place with two layers of foam tape.  Another ‘should have’ was to have 3 layers of foam tape instead of just 2!  Chock it up to a learning experience!!


Even though I think this is a failed shaker card, someone down the line, will get this as a birthday card!!  Ssshhhhh–They don’t know I consider this a failure, maybe they’ll just see it as a fun/funky card? ;) :)

Thank You for coming by today and having a visit!  I sure do appreciate ya’ll stopping in and leaving such nice comments!  Until next time–Artsy Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Surfaces: Kraft Stock & Acetate (Papertrey Ink); Manila Stock; Glossy Stock
  • Distress Inks, Stain & Paints (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Gesso (Claudine Hellmuth/Ranger); Adirondack Alcohol Ink & Blending Solution (Ranger)
  • Layering Stencils (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous); Label Letters & File Tab (TH/Idea-ology); Chipboard Letters (Tando Creative); Sequins & Wood Veneer Stars (Pretty Pink Posh)
  • Stitched Frame Die (Pretty Pink Posh); Big Shot Machine (Sizzix); Multi-Medium (Claudine Hellmuth/Ranger); Double Back Tape & Foam Tape (3M); Diamond Glaze (Judikins); Sewing Machine (Kenmore); Paper Distresser (TH/Tonic Studios); Finger Knife (Fiskars)
  • Heat Tool; Paint Brush; Craft Sheet (Ranger)

Kudzu Gals ATCs

Hi There Everyone!  Happy Labor Day weekend to my friends in the U.S.!  I’m using this weekend to try to catch myself up on making birthday cards (belated & future) and look in on one of my favorite challenge blogs that I’ve been neglecting of late-A Vintage Journey.  I haven’t created anything for their challenge in weeks, so I couldn’t let their challenge of A Little Touch of Tim-‘ATC’s Only’ go by.

This will also be my very first time making an ATC!  Yes–it’s true!!  Now, don’t get me wrong–I’ve incorporated 2.5″x3.5″ pieces in my card making over the years, but specifically using the small space ONLY as your entire surface to create upon–Nope!  This was something new to me :)


 I not only made one ATC, but two!  Why not?  I’m already ATC challenged to begin with, I may as well work it out!


The only definite things I knew going into making these ATC’s were; the size I had to work with/on, I wanted to use the ‘angry girl’ image from the Kudzu Kafe plate from Artistic Outpost and I want to use some of Tim’s Eclectic Elements fabric as my background.  I’m flying by the seat of my creative pants for the rest!


One of my favorite Tim Tags is his ‘Art is good for the soul’ creation.  He made this tag using one of his fabrics as the background and it’s beautiful!  I think my first ATC’s would be perfect with Tim’s fabrics!  I cut batting & Tim’s EE fabrics to fit over the manila ATC base.


I adhered the batting and fabrics to the ATC card base with double-back tape, then ran through my sewing machine.


I frayed the edges of the fabric with my craft scratcher and roughed up a bit of the batting underneath, too.

I inked the edges of the fabric and the card base with Vintage Photo & Walnut Stain mini DIs.

My Kudzu gals got stamped onto cold-press water color paper with Jet Black Archival Ink & water colored with my DM’s in Victorian Velvet, Tattered Rose, Faded Jeans, Wild Honey & Vintage Photo and my detail water brush.

I fussy cut these gals out and distressed the edges of the images just a bit with my paper distresser.  I then inked the edges with Vintage Photo DI.


I wanted something more on my fabric backgrounds, so I’m grabbing the Latticework & Burlap (not pictured) layering stencils.

I used Vintage Photo DI and Picket Fence DPs to color through the stencils with.  I love what the stencil designs did on the fabrics!

I’ve added bronze & espresso PPP sequins to the front of  (what will be angry girl’s) ATC and I splattered Picket Fence DP onto the blue flower ATC (it’s hard to see and the paint soaked into the fabric a bit).


OH!  I can’t forget about the back panels!!  Now, I don’t know if I’m breaking any ATC rules by adding a back panel, but it serves a couple of purposes; to hide the work that’s going on with the front panel and it’s now an empty space to write a message on–But, it’s still thin!


I’m just working with some placement here and getting ready to attach the back panels.  Behind the scenes, I added alcohol inks to a couple of mirrored stars and a brass heart and I stamped and glazed a party hat for angry girl.

I ran the back panels through my sewing machine before adhering to the ATC’s.  The words are also from the Kudzu Kafe plate that I had stamped onto a spare piece of paint marbled background.


Well, I seem to be on a party hat kick!  I can’t help but put a hat on this girl!  She’s one of my all-time fav images and of course I paired her with the ‘be silly’ sentiment :)  I added some white gel pen highlights and Walnut Stain DM outlines all over the place and rubbed Picket Fence DP to the surface of the number brad.  Everything was adhered down with multi-medium.


I call this image ‘auntie’ and she’s a loving lady with a big heart!  The butterflies flock around her because she’s so sweet! :)  I added an antique  brad to the center of the flower and layered the die cut butterflies with a little machine stitching.  I used multi-medium to glue everything down and when dry, I used my Walnut Stain DM and white gel pen to add highlights and outlines here and there.


OK–I can handle working on ATC’s!  These were really fun to make and I’m not intimidated by their size any longer!!

These gals are headed over to A Vintage Journey (ATC challenge ends Sept3 ) and to Artistic Outpost (AO art challenge ends 8/31).   They’re going to hang out there and I’m going to go make my lists of upcoming occasions and get my creative mojo on for the rest of the weekend (but yard work will be thrown in the mix, too!) :)

Thanks so much for stopping by this weekend–Now, get out there and have some fun!!  Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Manila Stock; TH Eclectic Elements Fabric (Coates); Water Color Paper; Vellum; Chocolate Box Core’dinations
  • Kudzu Kafe Plate (Artistic Outpost); Party Hats (Lost Coast Designs)
  • Distress Inks, Markers & Paints (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Adirondack Alcohol Inks (Ranger); Dylusions Ink Spray (Ranger); Archival Ink (Ranger); Gel Pen
  • Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh); Mirrored Stars & Number Brad (TH/Idea-ology); Antique Brad (SU); Layering Stencils (TH/Stampers Anonymous); Embosslits-Beautiful Wings (SU/Sizzix); Big Shot Machine (Sizzix); Finger Knife (Fiskars); Rotary Cutter (Fiskars); Air Tool (Artworx)
  • Multi-Medium (Claudine Hellmuth/Ranger); Double-Back Tape (3M); Diamond Glaze (Judikins); Hole Punch; Round Paint Brush; Ink Blending Tool; Splatter Brush (Liquitex); Craft Sheet; Self-Healing Mat; Sewing Machine (Kenmore)

Summer Memoirs

Happy Thursday Everyone!!  Thank You All soooo much for visiting over the past week and leaving such wonderful comments!  It was a lot of fun to be a part of the Pretty Pink Posh Cutting Edge Blog Hop and such an honor to be featured at Our Creative Corner for their Top Talent Spotlight.  It’s been an exciting week for me in blog-land, for sure!!  Thanks for coming along with me!!

With the month of August coming quickly to a close, I’ve almost let some of my favorite challenges go unchallenged! I can’t do that–I’d feel, somewhat incomplete!  With Autumn ready to make its official appearance next month, I’m holding on to the last vestiges of Summer with the tag I made for Tim Holtz’s 12 Tags of 2014, Our Creative Corner’s Summertime challenge and Artistic Outpost’s Anything Goes challenge.  I’m a Summer girl by blood and where I live now, it’s the shortest season we have–I’ll stretch it out for as long as I can :)


I knew one tag wasn’t going to be enough for what I had in mind, so I layered a #10 manila tag with a #8 and off I went!! Techniques and tools abound in this one and it’s a lot easier to make, than what it may look…


See–not a lot of supplies!  I’m using one of my favorite summery stamp sets, Boardwalk from Artistic Outpost and some summery shades of Distress Inks & Stains…This is going to be an inky one, but not difficult and fun!


Tim’s Tag for August is full of texture and color and pure creative genius.  This month, Tim wanted us to create just for the muse of it; create where it will take you–I went to the beach!


I set out all of the images from the Boardwalk set, not really sure which images I’m going to use-but I want to be able to reach for whichever ones ‘speaks’ to me ;)


I’m using 3 different TH tissue tapes for my two tags and laying down where I’ll be stamping.


 I stamped the umbrella girl image for the #8 tag and the Atlantic City Steel Pier image for the #10 tag with Jet Black Archival Ink.  Those being the ‘main focal’ images, I randomly stamped text and images as filler and to create pockets of empty space.


Which stencils to use-which stencils to use?  Bubbles & Cargo layering stencils wanted to be used on these tags!


I applied a somewhat thin layer of Wendy Vecchi’s white embossing paste through the stencils on both tags and let air dry.  I would normally dry with my heat tool, but, sometimes I plan certain projects around being able to multi-task elsewhere and this project was one of those.  I came back about 2 hours later and the paste was completely dry.


I rubbed Salty Ocean, Squeezed Lemonade, Wild Honey & Spun Sugar DSs onto my craft sheet and ran each tag through the stains.  The lighter Squeezed Lemonade and Spun Sugar DSs got lost in the smaller tag, so I added more to the craft sheet before dragging the larger tag through.  I spritzed both tags with water to get the stains to wick a little more, then dried with my heat tool.

I distressed the edges of both tags with my paper distresser and inked the edges with Walnut Stain DI and my ink blending tool.

I added one more layer of stenciling with Tim’s new Latticework stencil and Walnut Stain DI.

 I don’t have the TH/Idea-ology film strip, but I do have Tim’s Mini Filmstrip/Tickets die.  I used smooth black Core’dination stock and gave it a rustic effect with Distress EI & heat set Vintage Photo Distress EP.

This part was really fun!! I picked a collection of embellishments that I finger painted with a concoction of Salty Ocean, Scattered Straw, Black Soot & Tarnished Brass DPs.  As these pieces are pretty small, I set them aside to air dry.


I want to add a few more beach/surf themed goodies and I just received this envelope of creative awesomeness from The Funkie Junkie Boutique!! I can use a few of these pieces in this tag!  I’ll hoard the rest ;)

I forgot to take pics of the heat embossing of the tiny sand dollar and starfish, but I used Scattered Straw Distress EP to texturize my seashore treasures.  I tacked the game piece and seashell embellies down with matte multi-medium and the game spinner had a change of finish.  I wasn’t happy with the paint effect, so I gave this a dip in Vintage Photo Distress EP and heat set.


After treating the game piece with a few random rubs of Distress Paints, I let it air dry, then came back and gave it a light sanding.  It looks like it’s been around the bingo table a few times!

 Using Distress Paints on metal embellishments is really cool!  As long as you don’t heat set the paint, you can get it wet and wipe it away.  I ended up doing just that on the Word Band twice, before being happy!  As for the finish on the file tab–it came out the way I wanted it the first time ;)


I used a piece of natural cheesecloth and multi-medium to secure the word band in place on the #8 tag, then I layered it onto the #10 tag and secured it with a few stitches from my sewing machine.  I finished the edges of the #10 tag with Distress EI & Vintage Photo Distress EP.  That’s a cool technique to get quick rust-like effects!  Can you see the Picket Fence DP splatters?  I just had to!!  It’s that whole feeling of incompleteness if I don’t have splatters!


And speaking of incompleteness–I treated the back of the big tag, too! I make these tags to send out and I use the backs as my writing space, so I want the backs to look good too :)


Thanks for joining me for today’s stroll through Summer Memoirs.  This creation brought back a lot of my own childhood memories of beach camping trips on the Pacific Coast with my family back in the day–I hope it evoked fun Summer memories of your own (without the mosquitos or sun burn!).

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!! XOXO-Shari


  • #8 & #10 Manila Tags (Ranger); Smooth Core’dinations Stock; Tissue Tape (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Archival Ink (Ranger); Distress Ink, Stains & Paints (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Distress Embossing Ink (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Embossing Paste (Wendy Vecchi); Distress Embossing Powders (Tim Holtz/Ranger)
  • Filmstrip Die (Tim Holtz/Sizzix); Big Shot Machine (Sizzix); Sewing Machine (Kenmore)
  • Crinkle Ribbon (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Cheesecloth; Game Piece, Game Spinner/Brad; File Tab (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Multi-Medium (Claudine Hellmuth/Ranger); Double-Back Tape (3m); Foam Dots; Ink Blending Tool; Heat Tool; Embossing Heat Tool; Craft Sheet (Ranger); Palette Knife; Paper Distresser (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios)

Arrrr Halloween, Again

HELLO Again!! Thanks for joining me for my 2nd posting of the day!!

I’ve got another Halloween card for Studio L3’s Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge #9-Stamps & Framelits.  This is the only Tim Holtz/Sizzix Framelits set that I have, that’s why you’re seeing it again so soon.  Let me-not-show you how I made this card… :)


Yo Ho Ho and a bottle of rum….this card was a lot of fun (to make)….


As a CC3 #9 challenge participant, I can’t show you the techniques involved in the Stamps & Framelits page of Tim’s book, but I can show you some of the other techniques I used to make this card.


Since I had just used this set for the last CC3 #8 Challenge, I need to use another stamping technique for the Skull Blueprint stamp–AHA, let’s try the chalkboard technique!

I used Distress embossing ink with Frosted Crystals embossing powder and heat dried with my embossing heat tool.  When set, the embossed image is kind of rough to the touch and matte in finish.


 I was a little worried that the sentiment was going to get lost with this technique, but it came out really well.  Happy Halloween is from the Simple Sayings set from TH/SA.


WOW!  These all came out with the chalkboard technique!  A few of the finer lines around the jaw are a bit smooshed together, but that’s totally fine and lends to the whole artsy fartsy technique of it :)


I die cut an extra set of eyes and nose out of smooth black Core’dinations and applied a thin layer of Diamond Glaze and set aside to air dry.


I stamped another Skull Blueprint image and a raven and bottle image on to shrink plastic to make a few little charms.  The raven and skull are stamped with Jet Black Staz-On ink and the bottle is stamped in Cotton White Opaque Staz-On.  When the bottle image was dry, I dabbed Salmon Adirondack Alcohol Ink onto the back.


I’m using kraft card stock for my card base and a sheet of orange TH Kraft-Core for my background pieces.

I sanded the edges and surfaces of my kraft-core stock and inked the edges with Walnut Stain DI and my ink blending tool.  I also distressed the edges with my paper distresser.


I adhered my orange pieces to my card base with double-back tape, then ran through my sewing machine and gave the corners a little zig-zag stitch.


I added the chalkboard skull and sentiment label, then cut a little notch out of the card base to run a piece of TH Natural Trimmings through.  I tied a knot and attached the shrink plastic charms with a jump ring.


Aren’t those fun?  This shrink plastic takes me back to my childhood of Shrinky-Dinks sets!  Do any of you remember those?  I’ve got to start using it more often, that’s for sure!!


OH–Those Eyes!!  I love that shiny pop among the dull finish of the skull.  I did have to do a little touch up once I got these parts in place, to cover the fingerprints of an impatient crafter!


Something that’s really neat about the chalkboard technique, even if you lose a little bit of chalk coverage, you can replenish it with another light rubbing of chalk.  I can control it while it’s still in my hands–once it’s mailed…my responsibility of it is done ;) :)


This is a fun die & stamp set and I’m sure this won’t be the last time you see something made with it.  I’ve already got another idea waiting in line!

If you happen to have Tim’s Compendium of Curiosities 3 and one of his Stamp & Framelits sets, you’ve got until August 29th to join in on the challenge.  For Challenge #9, the sponsor is Inspiration Emporium with a $50 gift certificate! Cool!  Then there’s the chance to win the Tim & Mario prize package!  Totally Cool!

Thanks for stopping by!! Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!  XOXO-Shari


  • Skull Blueprint Stamp/Framelits Set (Tim Holtz/Sizzix); Simple Sayings (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous)
  • Surfaces: Kraft Stock (Papertrey Ink); Kraft Core (Tim Holtz/Core’dinations); Black Stock (Core’dinations); Shrink Plastic (Inkssentials/Ranger)
  • Jet Black & Cotton White Opaque Staz-On Inks (Tsukineko); Antiquities Frosted Crystals EP (Ranger)
  • Jump Ring & Natural Trimmings (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Chalk (Crayola); Diamond Glaze (Judi-Kins); Double-Back Tape (3M); Sewing Machine (Kenmore); Craft Scratcher & Paper Distesser (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios); Embossing Heat Tool

A Unique Blog Hop

Happy Monday Everyone!!  Today, I’m a part of A Unique Blog Hop, tagged by my Sister from another Mister–Donna of Yellow Dog Greetings!  She tagged me in her post last Monday, to share a little bit about myself today.

But first, let me tell you how I met Donna.  When I first started my blog last year, I found a fun challenge blog called the Drunken Stampers.  I started following and participating in their challenges and behind the scenes, became friends with one of the DT members and that was Donna!  She became one of my first followers of my blog and we’ve been bloggy friends ever since.  She and I have the same wicked sense of humor and understand it!  She’s a DT member for the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers, Shopping our Stash and Scraptures Kit Club.  She’s AWESOME!!


I’m a late bloomer to crafting–I didn’t get involved or know anything about stamping and card making until about 1998.  First, I was invited to a Stampin’ Up workshop, then I was asked to help make home-made, hand-stamped wedding invitations, and then I tried my hand at scrapbooking.  The scrapbooking did not take, but the card making did!  I stamped and made all of my own cards religiously for years, until I took a break in 2005 (career changes/life changes, etc).  I re-emerged into the creative world in 2009, a stranger in a strange land.  So much of the industry had evolved during my hiatus, and I was learning things all over again and delving into the information that was available online.  I’ve come a looong way, baby!! ;)


Right now, I’m finishing up a card that I’ve made for the Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge–#9 Stamps & Framelits.  You’ll have to come back later for the blog post to see the project ;)


I create cards the most with tags a close second.   I’ve also started to include mixed-media in my creations and I’m just starting to create on other surfaces like canvas and burlap panels, with some experiments on wood thrown in there, too.


Oh, the creative process (what creative process?-just kidding!)  Challenge blogs really help my creative process.  Talented designers really help my creative process.  Taking classes online really helps my creative process.  The more information and knowledge I can gain, the better it will all help me in my ‘creative process’.  And as for motivation–Staying positive and taking creative chances is what keeps me motivated.


I’m not sure I really have a style–I am attracted to all genres of card making and will try it all.  I guess I consider myself a ‘Crafter of All Trades”, although since ‘finding’ Tim Holtz, I may steer towards the grunge style a bit more often than anything else, but I do like a clean and simple card from time to time, too.  See–I’m all over the place :)


OK-now, this is the time where I’m supposed to ‘tag’ other crafty friends to join in on this Unique Blog Hop…but I must say, my tagee’s are fully committed to other projects at the moment and can’t directly participate.  However, I’m going to introduce you to these fabulously creative women and have you visit their blogs anyway :)

Even before I met Lynne Moncrieff through her blog Adorn, I was an admirer of hers through her published works in some of my favorite card making and mixed media magazines-Stampers Sampler, Take Ten & Somerset Studio.  Even while I was on my crafting hiatus, I was still receiving all of my magazines and (trying) to keep up on the latest trends and Lynne’s cards were always my favorite cards featured!  Since starting my blog and getting back into creating, I’ve been able to strike up a friendship with Lynne through our blogs and emails and let me tell you, she’s FABULOUS!!  See for yourself!

As I was starting to get adventurous in my new found creativity, I started following and entering more and more challenge blogs.  One of my favorite stamp manufacturers & challenge blogs, Artistic Outpost, has a kick-ass design team line up and one of those designers is Alison Bomber of Words and Pictures.  Alison’s style of art has really been an inspiration to me–especially her rusted bits & pieces!!!  She’s got something major going on in her creative world right now and she’s someone you all need to get to know!

Thanks for joining me today in this Unique Blog Hop and Thank You, Donna for inviting me!  I hope you all take a hop over to Adorn and Words and Pictures and see why I enjoy these artists so much.

Stay Artsy Fartsy!! XOXO-Shari

Hap-Poe Birthday

HELLO Again!!  Yes, it’s an exciting day for me and a Friday to boot!!  What a way to end the week!!  Hands in the air–Woot Woot!!

I’m SUPER HAPPY to be here in my second post of the day as a Guest Designer for Pretty Pink Posh–Today is the opening day of the Cutting Edge Blog Hop!!  Let’s hear it again–Woot Woot!!


August 22nd 6am thru August 25th 11:55pm (pst)

I’ve been excitedly anticipating today since finding out I was one of the designers that Paulina chose, from her GD call in June.  I’m my own worse critic and of course, I didn’t think Paulina would like any of the cards that I sent her.  But, lo & behold, she did like what I submitted and invited me to this weekend’s event!  Thank You, Paulina!!  :) :)

I’m amongst fabulous designer’s today, sharing their Cutting Edge creations and You All have got the chance to win goodies from the wonderful sponsors who will be providing the prizes for the Blog Hop festivities.


August 22nd 6am thru August 25th 11:55pm (pst)

 So, before I get into my creation for the hop, be ready to link up your Cutting Edge designs beginning tomorrow, Saturday August 23rd directly at the Pretty Pink Posh blog.  You’ve got all weekend and through Monday night to join in on the fun-Let’s see those die cut creations!  Anything Goes!!


One of the benefits I received from being invited to participate as a Guest Designer for Pretty Pink Posh, is the generous selection of PPP Sequins and PPP Dies that Paulina sent me.  In today’s Cutting Edge Blog Hop, I’m featuring PPP’s Stitched Film Strip die and Star Wood Veneers.  I think you’ll be able to tell, I’m thinking of Halloween and spooky things with this b-day card :)


In preparation for making this card, I had stamped, fussy cut and glazed my Lost Coast Designs Party Hats the night before.  I made two hats, not sure of which one was going to best suit Mr. Poe for the occasion–The blue hat is Peacock Feathers DI and the yellow hat is Mustard Seed DI. I cut the Film Strip die out of smooth black Core’dinations stock, which I doubled up.  My card base is from Papertrey Ink and I think the color is Enchanted Evening.  Mr. Poe and his entourage are stamped onto manila stock with Staz-On Jet Black ink.

I want a fun, yet kind of dark background (to match Mr. Poe) and the party hats!  I’m using my Distress Inks in Peacock Feathers, Tumbled Glass & Broken China and Mustard Seed.  After applying the inks, I did spritz the surface just a little with water, and fully heat dried.


I randomly stamped the hats with Distress Embossing ink and heat embossed with WOW clear embossing powder.  What’s coming next is totally cool and I just saw California Art Girl, Richele Christensen do this technique on her blog last week.


I then covered the entire surface with Chipped Sapphire, Dusty Concord & Walnut Stain DIs and my ink blending tools.  See how the embossed hats pop with color!!  With the colors that I chose to use, my background turned out to be very ‘Northern Lights’ like (have you tried that technique yet?).  I think Mr. Poe would have appreciated seeing the Northern Lights and might have even written about it.

I’m using the Bubbles layering stencil and water to add another layer of color and design to my background.

 I placed the stencil in different directions and lightly spritzed water over the surface.  I then quickly dabbed the water off the stencil with a paper towel and lifted the stencil off the panel.  I did heat dry after each layer of stenciling.

I love this effect!  It’s an organized version of water spots–and you know how I love water spots on my cards!!


Edgar, the owl and the raven are all images from the Haunted plate from Oxford Impressions–a fantastic set of stamps that always seems to make its way to the top of my Halloween themed creations!

I water colored all of the images with my water brush and Distress Markers in Tattered Rose, Antique Linen, Chipped Sapphire, Mustard Seed, Black Soot & Dusty Concord.  I fussy cut Mr. Poe’s head, before positioning into the filmstrip, so he’d pop up out of the frame a little.  He is the party boy!!


Is that possibly a smirk on Mr. Poe’s face?  He is wearing a party hat!


This little owl is just hanging out watching…..


…and this raven looks like he’s eyeballing poor ole Edgar.  Both feathered friends had itty bitty little dots of Diamond Glaze added to their eyes to give them a little gleam.


They look much more festive and ‘happy’ all put together with the party hats floating in the background!


I spelled out Hap-Poe Birthday using TH Label Letters that I mounted on a piece of black card stock first–the hyphen is an exclamation mark with the dot colored in with black pen and trimmed down just a tad.  I then glued the sentiment to the panel with matte multi-medium and heat dried.  I ran the entire panel through my sewing machine for the stitched border and the stitching on the letters.  I added the wood veneer stars with more multi-medium (it truly is a crafter’s bff!) and heat set in place.


Mr. Poe also has a wood veneer star on his hat, too!  Much more distinguished for our Mr. Poe, than a fuzzy ball or rhinestone ;)


This would be a great birthday card for a literature buff–especially one who enjoys the works of Edgar Allan Poe, like I do.  I just re-read his poem “The Tell Tale Heart” and it’s really good–It’s suspenseful, creepy, thrilling and chilling!!  Mr. Poe was definitely before his time and he’s been one of my favorite classic authors since junior high when I was first introduced to his poem “The Raven”.

OK–now that I’ve waxed personal….Time to move on and get Hopping!!  Cutting Edge Blog Hopping that is!!  Thank you all so much for coming over from Pretty Pink Posh and seeing how I put this card together.  I hope you enjoyed your visit and will come back again from time to time!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!  XOXO-Shari


  • Stitched Film Strip Die (Pretty Pink Posh); Star Wood Veneers (Pretty Pink Posh)
  • Stamps:  Haunted Plate (Oxford Impressions/Austen Gallery); Party Hats (Lost Coast Designs)
  • Manila Stock; Black Stock (Core’dinations); Card Base-Enchanted Evening (Papertrey Ink)
  • Distress Inks & Markers (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Distress Embossing Ink (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Staz-On Ink (Tsukineko)
  • Diamond Glaze (Judi-Kins); Clear Embossing Powder (WOW); Mutli-Medium (Claudine Hellmuth); Double Back Tape (3M); Foam Dots
  • Label Letters (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Bubbles Stencil (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous)
  • Sewing Machine (Kenmore); Paper Distresser (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios); Ink Blending Tools; Heat Tool; Embossing Heat Tool