Witchy Halloween Tag

TGIF!!  Hello and WELCOME! to my new FB & blog followers!!  I’m so glad that you’re here and today–I’m not going to keep you that long!!  Mainly-because I didn’t take many ‘during’ pictures when I was putting this tag together.  As I was going through my photos for editing, I was like–Where are all my pictures?  It happens sometimes–I get into the crafty zone and ZOOM-away I go!!  Kind of like this witch on her broom–WATCH OUT!! ;)


I’ve got 3 challenges that I want to enter this tag into and luckily, they’re all Halloween themed!

At Shopping Our Stash, it’s challenge #174 Halloween-75% of this tag is from my hoard collection of stashes!  This tag will also be my 2nd entry over at Artist Trading Post Exchange for their Halloween challenge for October and this is my Tim Holtz-esque inspired tag for A Vintage Journey’s Halloween-To Die For challenge.

A Vintage Journey, being a Tim Holtz inspired blog, wants to see Tim’s influence in our projects.  Overall, I can truly say, the biggest influence Tim Holtz has had in my creativity is the introduction of making my own backgrounds using all kinds of wonderful mixed medias and layers.  Believe me, I didn’t craft like this “before”!  Now, I try to create my own mixed-media backgrounds for every project I make…


Here, I’m starting with a #8 manila tag that’s from my stash of tags that I’ve pre-treated with Tim’s paint marbling technique with Black Soot, Tarnished Bronze, Salty Ocean & Scattered Straw DPs.  I’ve had this tag in my stash since Summer, just waiting to be used!


I’m trying to use shrink plastic any time I can!  It’s a really fun product and the coolest thing is to watch it shrink down!  I’m using images from the TH/SA Carved Halloween plate, stamped with Jet Black Staz-On ink and colored with Adirondack alcohol inks in Butterscotch & Terra Cotta.  I also punched holes in them so that I can use them as charms.


And with the flick of my creativity wand–my tag has received several layers of stenciled goodness, more Distress Paint (the Mustard Seed yellow moon in the background) and a heat embossed flying witch!!  OH–and then there’s the fussy cut and water colored witchy-poo, too!!  Fussy cut witch received a coat of Clear Rock Candy DCP, just for fun :)


 OK–this will work!!  This is the back of my tag, which has the same layered stenciling that I did on the front.  I first blended Black Soot, Salty Ocean, Scattered Straw & Mustard Seed DIs over the surface with my ink blending tools & spritzed with water.  I let the inks wick a bit and heat dried.  Then I used Walnut Stain DI with the Shattered LS and I used Black Soot DI with the Halloween LS.  I finished with flicking water over the surface and heat dried!


The spooky die cut tree is from my stash of pre-cut chipboard shapes that didn’t get used in a previous project and lucky for me, perfect for this tag!!  I rubbed Black Soot DP over the entire tree, then dabbed a bit of Scattered Straw DP onto the wet surface with my finger and I gave a little spritz of water and heat dried.  To add to the mottled effect, I applied Black Soot Distress EP and Clear Rock Candy DG to random spots on the tree.


I made the grass out of Kraft Core stock and herb scissors and added a few words from the Apothecary Remnant Rub-Ons.  You can see the texture of the Distress EP on the tree better in this picture and you can also see the ink spritzing that kind of got away from me on the Chit Chat stickers-OOPS!  :)

These shrink plastic charms are so much fun!  They came out so well and decorate my spooky tree FaBOOlously!! ;)


Without having all of the detailed step-x-step pics, I know I’m skipping over some of the finer details, but, I told you I wouldn’t keep you long today and I’ll close this one out with haste–Witchy-poo does need to fly off to join the challenges!!  Won’t you join her??

HAPPY FRIDAY and Thanks Again for stopping by today!!  Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Surfaces: #8 Manila TagShrink Plastic (Inkssentials/Ranger); Distress WC Paper (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Kraft Core (Core’dinations); Chipboard (cereal box)
  • Distress Inks, Paints, Crackle Paint, Markers, Glitter, Embossing Powder (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Staz-On Ink (Tsukineko); Adirondack Alcohol Inks (Ranger); Dylusions Ink Spray (Ranger); Colorbox Pigment Ink (Clearsnap); WOW Embossing Powder
  • Tree Die (Sizzix); Big Shot Machine (Sizzix)
  • Remnant Rub-Ons, Jump Rings, Seasonal Chit Chat Stickers (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Paper Distresser (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios); Heat Tool; Embossing Heat Tool; Ink Blending Tools (TH/Ranger); Herb Scissors; Detail Scissors (Fiskars); Craft Sheet (Ranger); Matte Gel (Luquitex); Double-Back Tape (3M); Mini Foam Dots; Air Art Tool (Inkworx)

Halloween WHOO Tag

Happy Saturday & Happy Weekend!!  Thanks for coming by today!  I’m having some fun making Halloween themed goodies and my project today is for 3 monthly challenges!!  I’m entering today’s tag into Tim’s 12 Tags of 2014 for October; Eclectic Ellapu’s October Challenge-I’m putting this in for the Purple Team’s theme of Texture Paste/Embossing and I’m headed over to a new challenge site for me, Artist Trading Post Exchange where the monthly mixed media challenge is Halloween.


Come along with me and I’ll show you all of the fun, Halloweeny elements that went into making this tag :)


I’m sticking to using this one set of images from Tim’s Carved Halloween set–but they’re all so cool, which one do I choose for my focal image?  That’s sometimes the hardest part…choosing the image.


I’m going with the big-eyed owl and made the masks I’ll need for my stamped & heat embossed images.

I then moved onto the pieces I’m going to glaze, so those can sit aside and dry–I stamped owl again, onto Distress WC Paper with Spice Marmalade DI and inked the pupils with a fine tip Sharpie.  I also stamped the little pumpkins that hang from the witch’s broom, with Jet Black Archival ink and colored in with my water brush and Distress Markers in Wild Honey, Mustard Seed & Peeled Paint.

This was a fun pre-prep thing to do, too.  I knew I wanted to get some Distress Glitter into this tag somewhere, so I decided to give the wishbone a little bling with Shabby Shutters DG.  I coated it with Diamond Glaze then gave it a little dip into the tub of DG.  I left it hanging on one of my embroidery needles until it was dry.


Heat embossing is one of the first magical things I learned when I started stamping and it’s a technique that never gets old–I used Distress Embossing Ink to stamp the owl image and extra branch onto my #8 manila tag and quickly covered with WOW EP in Primary Ebony and melted with my embossing heat gun.

I masked the owl and branch and laid down the Halloween LS over the tag and smeared a layer of WV’s white embossing paste over the entire tag.


I love exposing the stenciled words–That’s another magical technique that will never get old–YAY stencils!!


I also have a backside tag going on for added stability.  I’ve used the Halloween LS with Picket Fence DP and that’s all I’m going to do, for the most part.


When the embossing paste was dry, I used Squeezed Lemonade, Peeled Paint & Aged Mahogany Distress Stains in mini-misters and spritzed directly onto the surface.  I then spritzed a bit of water over the stains and let the colors blend.  For the kraft tag, I colored it with the over-spray of DS that landed on my craft sheet–I spritzed the stain with water and drug the tag through.


I added the metallic spots of color by flinging the stem from my Perfect Copper Perfect Pearls sprayer over the surface of the tag–I also did this in my little paint booth box to keep the splatter to a minimum, kind of ;)

By now, I’ve glued the two tags together with matte gel and let dry between heavy books.  I inked the edges with Black Soot DI & my ink blending tool &  distressed the edges with my paper distresser.  Time to start embellishing this tag!!


To go with my owl theme, I’m using Alpha Tiles to spell out what an owl would say, perched on a branch, on an eerie All Hallow’s Eve night! WHOO, indeed!! These tiles are going to get inked with Black Soot DI and have a few mini-fasteners attached here and there.

This was fun to do!  I used a TH/Idea-ology monocle that I rubbed Picket Fence DP over and heat dried.  I cut out a few words from the Apothecary Remnant Rub-Ons and did a little placement.  I have a fabulous dental tool that is one of the oldest tools I have in my crafting arsenal.  I use it for everything and it’s a perfect & precise paint scraper.

I strategically scraped away the DP where I wanted the rub-ons on the front side and didn’t even worry about any extra paint that I smudged on the reverse side of the monocle.

I’m using silver Tinsel Twine that I’ve colored with Lettuce & Eggplant Adirondack alcohol inks and heat dried with my embossing heat tool.  I then gave a little inking over the twine with Black Soot DI and my ink blending tool.



Look at those eyes shine!!  I fussy cut the eyes that I had glazed earlier and inked the edges with Walnut Stain DI and adhered down onto my embossed image with matte gel.  Love those eyes–they seem to bring this owl to life!


I don’t know which embellies I had more fun with–the monocle or the wishbone?  I love how the both of them turned out and they were so easy to alter!


Here’s a close up of the wishbone–Love those mica flakes! Sooo cool!!  When it was dry, I applied a little bit of Walnut Stain DI to it, too, to give it a little age.


Here’s the tag fully assembled with a few finishing touches of paint splatter!! I used Hunter Grey Twinkling H2Os to flick paint over the surface once everything was in place.


I purposely cracked the glaze on this pumpkin to give him a little character and inked the entire surface and edges with Walnut Stain DI.  I adhered him in place with a couple of foam squares.


I adhered the alpha tiles in place with matte gel and added the numbered brad after wrapping the bottom of the tag with the inked tinsel twine.


Are those big owl eyes mesmerizing or what?  With all of the fun things to look at and touch, I keep getting sucked back in to those eyes!  Those big, yellow, owl eyes!! Spoo-WHOO-ky for sure!! :)

If you’re in a Halloween challenge kind of mood, the 3 challenges this tag is going into, are open until the 30th & 31st of this month–Plenty of time to get that Halloween voodoo that you do (so well) onto a card or tag or whatever and join me in all of the challenge fun!  I hope to see you there :)

Thank you again for stopping by!! Big THANKS to my new followers and I’m so glad that you’re here hanging out with me!!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Surfaces: #8 Manila & Kraft Tags (Inkssentials/Ranger); Distress WC Paper (Tim Holtz/Ranger)
  • Distress Stains, Inks, Markers & Paints (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Ink (Ranger); Twinkling H2O (Splash of Color); Adirondack Alcohol Inks (Ranger); Perfect Pearls Mist (Ranger); Embossing Paste (Wendy Vecchi/Studio 490); Embossing Ink (Tim Holtz/Ranger); WOW Embossing Powder;
  • Layering Stencil (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous); Remnant Rub-Ons, Alpha Tiles, Number Brad, Tinsel Twine, Monocle, Wishbone, Trimmings, Swivel Clasp (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology);
  • Matte Gel (Liquitex); Foam Squares; Hole Punch; Dental Tool; Heat Tool; Embossing Heat Gun; Craft Sheet (Ranger); Diamond Glaze (Judikins); Paper Distresser & Scratcher (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios)


Happy Friday Everyone!!  I’m ending the week with my-by the hair of my chinny chin chin-challenge entry for Compendium of Curiosities 3, Challenge #12-Photo Tinting as it ends tonight!!  Talk about WHEW!! :)


If you’ve got Tim’s book, you can play along  and The Funkie Junkie Boutique is the sponsor for this challenge with a $25 gift certificate and of course there’s the prize bonanza from Tim & Mario awarded to the Curiosity Crew’s Choice!!


This challenge is technique based, so I won’t be able to show you how the technique works, but, with a little creative ‘hocus pocus’ I can show you everything else that went into this “Bewitching” card ;)


My background panel is a left-over Distress Ink mono-print using the Gothic Layering Stencil and Aged Mahagony DI.


I’m going to add a little bit of texture with WV’s Embossing Paste through the Halloween LS.


I’m kind of messy with my EP application and any extra embossing paste is scraped up and placed right back into the tub :)


After the EP dried, I blended Vintage Photo DI over the entire surface with my ink blending tool.


 I love how Vintage Photo DI blended with this–It completely toned down the brightness of the manila stock but enriched the color of the Aged Mahogany, with an instant element of age.


Now, using the Halloween stencil as a mask, I’m placing it back over the raised letters…


…to rub a bit of Black Soot DI over the EP stenciling.


I distressed the edges with my paper distresser and I spritzed & flicked water over the surface.  I applied heat to dry the water spots and rubbed Walnut Stain DI around the distressed edges.


Before moving on to the image I’m using for my card, I practiced the Photo Tinting technique on this picture that I have from Claudine Hellmuth’s Composition for Collage class.  This is one of her class downloads and I thought a good piece to practice with.


This image is also a download from Claudine’s class–and my third attempt, with this picture, at photo tinting.  I think the glossy photo paper I used is too glossy for this technique, but, with an ever so light hand, I was able to tint this photo with minimal damage (but her lips did get away from me a bit).


I’m using a piece of 8×8 Seasonal Paper Stash, adhered to chipboard, to create a small frame for my photo.  I ran this piece through my Cricut machine to cut the oval.


This is the only shot I have where there’s a before & after shot of the photo.  The fussy cut image-very plain and blah before tinting; The image on the left-aged and delightful after tinting.


I applied a nice layer of Clear Rock Candy DCP to my frame and set aside to air dry.


I used the die cut oval as a mask to create the shadow of the frame around the image.  I did that as a visual place-holder, while my DCP frame was drying, so I could work with the remnant rub-ons, hat & embellies placement.  Then I used the mask I made and placed over the girl and lightly pounced Tea Dye DI to age the background directly behind her–she has a slight, pale aura about her now…How vexing!! ;)


Here’s the frame after it dried & after I rubbed Walnut Stain DI into the cracks and Black Soot DI around the edges and inside the oval with my ink blending tools.


BTS–I made her witch hat from a Tempting Template I found at Stampington.com , out of kraft-core stock,  Distress Glitter and black silk cord.  The flowers are from Kaisercraft that I spritzed with Tangerine Dream & Pomegranate Seed Dylusions IS and Pewter Perfect Pearls Mist.


I printed out the word onto label paper and fussy cut to fit into this file tab.  I attached the tab to the frame with matte gel and foam squares.


Before I had assembled everything into place,  I applied words from the Apothecary remnant rub-ons here & there and flicked Wine & Roses Twinkling H2O’s over the surface.


The framed photo & hat were adhered to the background panel with a combination of double-back tape, matte gel and foam squares.  Those pieces aren’t going anywhere!!


And now we’re flying off to Studio L3 to be a part of the CC3 festivities with Challenge #12!!  Come on over and check out the projects that are being entered from around the world!  It’s a fun challenge and all you need to participate is Tim’s Compendium of Curiosities 3!!

Thanks for ending your week with me!!  I know you have your choice of crafty blogs to visit and your time visiting with me is always valued and appreciated.  Please visit again soon and until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Surfaces: Manila Stock, Kraft-Core (Core’dinations); Glossy Photo Paper (HP); Chipboard; Seasonal Paper Stash (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Card Base (Papertrey Ink)
  • Distress Markers, Ink, Glitter & DCP (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Embossing Paste (Wendy Vecchi); Dylusions Ink Spray (Ranger); Perfect Pearls Mist (Ranger)
  • Paper Blossoms (Kaisercraft); File Tab (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Black Silk Cord;
  • Matte Gel (Liquitex); Double-Back Tape (3M); Foam Squares; Ink Blending Tool (Ranger)
  • Cricut Machine; Georges & Basic Shape Cartridge (Provo Craft)

The Dr is In

Happy Saturday!!  I’m here today with the tag that I made for the Frilly & Funkie challenge-A Haunting Halloween.  It’s week two of the challenge, which closes on Oct 7th–Hey, I’m way ahead with getting this challenge make in, with several days to spare, even!

I’ve got all kinds of haunting elements to share, so–Step into the office, the Dr. will be right with you…


I’ll make your visit as painless as possible–Now sit back, relax and let’s take a look at what we have here.  :)


I’m using 2 #8 kraft tags that I had previously paint marbled using left over Distress Paints in Black Soot, Mustard Seed and I think Pumice Stone.  I don’t remember which project I had this leftover DP from, but I never let it go to waste and I was able to sop up two tags worth of color (with the help of some spritz of water)…


…this is the second tag, which I plan on using for the backside of this project.  You know how I am about my backsides!! ;)


I started off with treating the back tag–I’m going to do a little bit of mono-print stenciling using the Halloween LS and mini DI set #3.

I tapped each mini DI over the reverse side of the stencil and then spritzed with water.

I pressed the stencil onto my kraft tag and lightly blotted off any excess ink with a paper towel.  I lifted the stencil and dried with my heat tool.  I love how the words are so ghostly.


I also put down another stenciled layer using the Gothic LS and Walnut Stain DI and I sewed the two tags together before I started layering all of my embellishments onto the front side.

 I used the Shattered LS with Dylusions White Linen IS and sprayed the stencil, laid it over my tag and pressed down with a paper towel.  I lifted the stencil and heat set and the base of this tag is ready for major haunting!


Oh, yeah–When I was spraying the stencil, I had that black piece of cardstock underneath–I didn’t want all of that wonderful spray ink to go to waste, and now I have another piece of stenciled stock ready for a new project!

From here on out, I was kind of all over the place when creating the stamped embellishments for this tag.  I had a couple of “failures”, which were easily remedied, but not all recorded with pictures…it was just one of those days ;)


Take these bottles for instance….OH–I’m using images from Dr. Coffin’s Apothecary plate from Oxford Impressions for my tag.  These bottles got stamped with Sepia & Jet Black Archival inks onto WV’s modeling film.  The sepia ink rubbed right off–Failure one fixed with re-stamping the image with Jet Black Archival.  I fussy cut these out, carefully shaped with my embossing heat gun, then colored with Bottle & Sand Adirondack alcohol inks and layered with Clear Rock Candy DCP–all of which did not get photographed-sorry :(

Failure 2 coming up, but only because I didn’t realize how concentrated the alcohol ink colors would become, once the shrink plastic images shrunk down to size.  But, not too much of a boo-boo…(I’ll still use this darker mushroom on something else in the future)…


…and fixed with stamping the mushroom image again, but with Cotton White Staz-On ink and I colored the plastic with one color of Adirondack alcohol ink in Sand.

Here’s a trick that I learned from Marjie Kemper–put your shrink plastic piece inside of a circle of tape, apply heat, and there’s your little shrink plastic piece nicely contained!


Here are a few more stamped images for my tag–I stamped Dr. Coffin and the cat with Jet Black Archival ink and the labels are a watercolor technique where I used Distress Markers-in Barn Door, Black Soot & Chipped Sapphire, to color the label stamp with, spritzed the stamp with water, then stamped 3 times.  All of these got fussy cut for assembly…


I added a couple of more stamped and stenciled layers onto my tag and strategically applied some Apothecary Remnant Rub-Ons here and there.


Look at this itty-bitty little poppy.  I just had to get a shot of this little goodie–it’s the contents of one of the bottles!


I added rub-ons to the bottle & gave it a Vintage Photo Distress Powder cork.  I glued the brown bottle in place with glossy multi-medium and there’s one of the Doc’s mysterious bottles.


Just had to get a close up of my label.  I completely balled it up, gave it a tiny spritz of water and let sit for a spell.  When I un-wadded it, I did give it a little bit of heat drying, then I inked it with Vintage Photo DI and my ink blending tool.  OH–see that cute little mushroom?  That’s its placement for the second bottle.


It’s barely visible (the darker mushroom completely disappeared under the bottle), but you can kind of see that there’s a little something something in Doc’s bottle of Magic Potion!


What a dapper doctor, Dr. Coffin is.  I added label letters, outlined with Picket Fence DM and stitched with my sewing machine.


Ohhh, Mr. Spooky Kitty got some yellow eyes (Mustard Seed DM) that shine (w/diamond glaze) and he was secured in place with foam squares.


To add a little more spookiness to this Dr.’s visit is this shrink plastic raven (left-over from a project last month) nested securely in the ripped strip of black tulle that I topped the tag with.


And with that, time is up–The Dr. has another appointment presently–he’s due over at Frilly & Funkie, but you can come, too!  Join in on the challenge and have the chance to win a $25 gift certificate at The Funkie Junkie Boutique! Sounds like just what the Dr. ordered! :)

Thanks for taking this time out of your Saturday to visit with me and the Dr.!  Have a healthy & haunting rest of your weekend and until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps: Dr. Coffin’s Apothecary (Oxford Impressions) & Raven image from Haunted (Oxford Impressions)
  • Surfaces: #8 Kraft Tags (Ranger); Shrink Plastic (Ranger); Modeling Film (Wendy Vecchi); Kraft Card Stock (Papertrey Ink)
  • Distress Paints, Inks & Markers (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Ink (Ranger); Staz-On Ink (Tsukineko); Dylusions Ink Spray (Ranger)
  • Apothecary Remnant Rub-Ons & Label Letters (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Sewing Machine (Kenmore); Double-Back Tape (3M); Multi-Medium (Claudine Hellmuth/Ranger); Paper Distresser (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios); Embossing Heat Tool; Heat Tool; Paper Towels; Foam Squares

Autumn Sunshine

Happy Tuesday!!  WOW!  Is this the last day of September already? These last 30 days seemed to have flown by–WOW!  I hate to say it, but-Winter could be right around the corner!  It’s not unheard of to have snow on the sidewalks for Halloween in my neck of the woods! Now talk about scary!! :)

Staying as far away from winter-themed anything as I can (for now), today I’m sharing some of my favorite colors of fall in my challenge make for A Vintage Journey-The Colours of Autumn; Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers-‘D’ is for Distressing and Artistic Outpost-Show us your AO Art.


 This looks like it was difficult to bring together, but with plentiful inspirations of fall colors, Tim Holtz, distressing and awesome rubber stamp art, I let the muse take me where it would!

I started by stamping this sunflower image onto manila stock with all kinds of Distress Paints.  I used Mustard Seed, Ripe Persimmon and Scattered Straw.  I set those aside to let air dry so that I can move on to more Distress Paint fun!

One of Tim’s biggest influences on me is his use of layering colors and to not be afraid to let those colors blend and mix and mingle!  I used Tim’s paint marbling technique with Mustard Seed, Crushed Olive and Ripe Persimmon DPs….


…for my Autumnal toned background.  I love what these three colors of DP created.  If this were a Rorschach test, I’d say that I see an Autumn Leaf!!


OH–remember those sunflower parts?  I also used Gathered Twigs & Antiqued Bronze DPs for some of my sunflower centers and Mowed Lawn DP for some of my sunflower leaves.  All of my sunflower parts then got a random brushing of Clear Rock Candy DCP and set aside to air dry.


Oh Boy!! Now on to making this nice, bright background, into something aged and vintagey.  I’m layering my marbled background with Vintage Photo & Walnut Stain DIs over the entire surface with my ink blending tools and I’ll be distressing the edges with my paper distresser.


I’m using images from The Outpost & Ephemera Background plates from Artistic Outpost and I plan on framing my stamped image with some of Tim’s Remnant Rub-Ons.


Another one of Tim’s techniques that I enjoy is random stamping with an unmounted stamp.  In The Outpost plate, there’s a  little script image stamp that I used to fill in some of that empty space.


I had to get a close up–can you see the faint script?  I used Tea Dye DI with the script stamp and lightly pressed here and there.  The technique is a great background builder!


I need more layers!!  I used the postcard text stamp from AO’s Ephemera Background plate and randomly stamped the text around, then I pulled out two of Tim’s Layering Stencils-Schoolhouse & Burlap and laid some stenciling down with Walnut Stain DI.


After I finished stenciling, I lightly sprayed the surface of my panel with water and let the stencil designs wick a bit before I set with my heat tool.

I remembered to bring my camera with me to my sewing machine!!  Here I am, adding a few stitches to the perimeter of my stamped windmill image-I want it to look like it’s a patch, badly sewn into place!


Even with my bad stitching, it looks pretty good :)


OH BOY–another fun part!  Here are all of the sunflower parts after the Clear Rock Candy DCP dried.  You can’t see the cracks too well here….


But look at them now!!

I inked Walnut Stain over all of the sunflowers and the centers and the leaves to bring those crackles to life!


I adhered all of my sunflower pieces together with multi-medium and layered/glued them in place on my background panel then pressed between a couple of magazines until they were dry.

The quote is from The Outpost plate that I stamped with Jet Black Archival ink onto manila stock then mounted onto black strips of cardstock.  I outlined the word bands with white pencil.


Part of the Tim Holtz mystique is about embracing imperfection, too.  Well, imperfection happened when I was applying the rub-ons, and the stick slipped and rubbed off the ‘e’ from the word ‘shine’.  I will embrace the imperfections!! FULLY!!


I finished with a little spritz of Biscotti Perfect Pearls Mists over the stamped image and then adhered the panel to my card base.  You may see a little bit of tissue tape peeking out–I lined my card base with TH/Idea-ology tissue tape because I knew I was going to be distressing the heck out of my edges and the tape adds another little bit of layering to the card.

So, come on over to A Vintage Journey (challenge ends Oct 2 UK time), Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers (challenge ends Oct 3) and Artistic Outpost (challenge ends tonight) and check out all of the wonderful Design Team pieces and participant submissions–They could all use a little love!!

Thanks for coming by today!  Your visits and comments are so supportive and wonderful–Thank You!! I can’t say it enough!!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!! :)



  • Stamps: The Outpost & Ephemera Background (Artistic Outpost); Sunflower (SU-circa 1996!!! OMG!!)
  • Surfaces: Manila Stock; Black Card Stock (Core’dinations); Kraft Card Stock (Papertrey Ink)
  • Distress Paints & Inks (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Ink (Ranger); White Pencil; Perfect Pearls Mist (Ranger)
  • Remnant Rubs & Tissue Tape (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Scallop Edge Circle Punch (EK Success)
  • Multi-Medium (Claudine Hellmuth/Ranger); Double-Back Tape (3M); Sewing Machine (Kenmore)

Prescription of Love

Happy Thursday!!  I’m so glad that you’re stopping in for a visit!  Today, I’m sharing a special tag that I made for my Great Aunt who recently suffered a fall and broke her hip.  She’s a healthy & strong woman (from being an avid golfer) and after having a hip replacement, she’s expected to recover very well-WHEW!  So, I made her a tag to let her know that I’m wishing her a healthy & full recovery and writing up a ‘prescription of love’ just for her!


And as it just so happens…This tag is also going into a couple of my favorite challenges:

Compendium of Curiosities 3-Challege #11


 At Studio L3, where Tim Holtz’s Compendium of Curiosities 3 is the name of the game, we’re at challenge #11-creating with Tim’s Effect Powders technique.  This challenge is being sponsored by Inspiration Emporium with a $50 gift certificate-WOW!-and then there’s the chance to be awarded the Curiosities Crew’s Choice and receive the prize package that Tim & Mario put together especially for the CC3 challenge-AWESOME!!

Over at Artistic Outpost–

untitledArtistic Outpost is asking us to create anything using AO stamps and show our stuff!  If chosen the random winner for the month, you’ll receive a $15 gift certificate to use towards AO stamps!  COOL!!


I’ve pulled together my Apothecary set from AO with some WV Modeling Film and some surfaces to get started with.


My base is a #8 manila tag and I’ve got this ‘saved for later’ Harlequin embossed piece of white stock.  I can’t let any scrap of foil tape go and all of these strips were left-overs from previous projects.  I’m so glad that I kept this!!  I knew it would get used :)


I want this to be really vintagey so I brought out some of my brown tones of Distress Stains & Inks and earthy Gathered Twigs Distress Paint.


My first layer of color down is Pumice Stone & Frayed Burlap DS on both surfaces.


I then added a few layers of Distress Inks in Tea Dye, Vintage Photo & Walnut Stain with my ink blending tools.


The embossed panel is now going to have some finger painting added to it!  I haven’t forgotten about those foil strips ;)


This is fun!!  I love how this panel finished with that last layer of Gathered Twigs DP.  This looks pretty vintagey to me :)


I can’t resist the lure of the water spots!!  I spritzed and flicked water over both pieces.


I layered the Harlequin panel onto my manila tag with double-back tape (lots of DBT)!


Here’s my tag with Tim’s Effect Powder technique at work.  I used Vintage Photo Distress EP to create this rust-like effect around the perimeter of my tag then inked over it with Vintage Photo & Walnut Stain DIs.


So, yeah–Here’s the part where I tell you I didn’t take pictures!! LOL!!  I just started stamping and coloring away and did not take pictures of any of the stamped elements I prepared for my tag…except for…


…my WV Modeling Film medicine bottle!!  I had stamped the image of the bottle from the Apothecary set with Sepia Archival Ink onto the Modeling Film, and as I was fussy cutting the bottle, all of the ink rubbed off.  Which is OK–I really only wanted the bottle shape anyway, because I’m going to turn this clear piece of plastic into a mercury glass medicine bottle!


I shaped the modeling film (carefully) with my embossing heat gun, then I painted the ‘inside’ of my bottle with Brushed Pewter DP and I applied a layer of multi-medium to the ‘outside’ of my bottle.  I heat set, then applied a layer of Clear Rock Candy DCP to the ‘outside’ of the bottle.


I rushed the drying of the Clear Rock Candy with my heat tool, then outlined the bottle with Black Soot DP and I painted the cork portion with Gathered Twigs DP.


You can kind-of see the crackles!


I finished my mercury bottle with a mixture of Tim’s Pumice Stone Distress EP and metallic silver EP that I have from my stash.  I also used Vintage Photo Distress EP to add texture to my cork!  Tim’s Effect Powder technique is really cool and it’s because of those release crystals in his embossing powders!


I stamped the coins, Dr. Forrest and the Rx slip on manila & Distress WC papers.  Dr. Forrest, up there in the corner, is water-colored with Tattered Rose, Vintage Photo, Weathered Wood, Aged Mahogany & Antique Linen Distress Markers and my water brush.


 I filled the bottle of Healing Tonic with Love–in this case, red glitter paper punched hearts, and sent this on it’s healing way!!  OH–I did treat the backside of my tag (not pictured) as I usually do, so that I could write a special message to my Great Aunt :)


The RX today is LOVE and I have to say, I’m loving how this tag came out!!  I’m taking this over to Artistic Outpost and Studio L3 now, almost right under the wire!  You have until September 30th to enter at Artistic Outpost and CC3 #11 ends tomorrow, September 26th.  Hope to see you there!!

I’ll be back next week with one or two projects that I’ve been working on–There are some new challenge themes out there that have just commenced and I’ve got to get these ideas down and stamped on paper!!

Until next time–THANK YOU–and Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



Colors of the Spirit

Happy Monday & Happy (almost) First Day of Autumn!  I’m starting the week and ushering in Fall with my submission to Our Creative Corner’s September challenge, being hosted by OCC DT Member extraordinaire-Claudia (aka, von Pappe II)!  She’s composed an Autumnal Collage to challenge us with–


It’s completely up to us how we interpret Claudia’s beautiful photographic collage–Photo’s also courtesy of Claudia from her hikes amongst the vineyards and woods of Vienna-Beautiful, indeed!  There’s an element in each photo that inspired me, but I seemed to focus on colors and shapes the most to create the tag I made….


I loved the swirl of the snail shell, the dark purple and polka-dot-esque shape of the black currants and all of the colors in each picture.  This was fun to bring together and for once, the ideas were right there waiting to be laid out!


When Claudia posted her challenge collage, my eyes were immediately drawn to the snail shell.  It’s so pretty to me and this die came instantly to mind.


Before I die cut my swirly circles, I painted my chipboard pieces with Pumice Stone DP, heat dried then ran through my Xyron machine to add adhesive to the backside of the chipboard.


I have a #10 manila tag that I’m going to use the old ‘paint marbling’ technique on with Crushed Olive & Picked Raspberry DPs.

I rubbed the DPs onto my craft sheet and spritzed with water and gave my tag a very light spritz of water and ran through the paints.


Front side of tag.

I love how these colors blended together-I’ve got those bright pops of solid color, then they mixed & melded and gave me some lovely rusty orange.

Backside of tag.

Backside of tag.

I mopped up the remaining DPs with the backside of the tag.  You can really see the rusty-orange color that the Crushed Olive & Picked Raspberry created naturally, just like in nature! Oh, how Autumn is that? ;)


This is a quickie placement of how I want to space the swirly circles before moving on to creating the background.  Hmmm..I think I like it!


Oh boy, some stenciling!  I taped down my tag with painters tape then positioned my Dylusions Dotted Flowers stencil over it and taped the stencil down too.

I darkened my Seedless Preserves DP with Black Soot DP to try to achieve that super dark purple of the black currants in Claudia’s Collage.


I used a little finger paint dabber to apply the paint over the stencil–it was the perfect applicator for the polka-dots!


Lifting the stencil is one of the funnest things!  I LOVE how these polka-dots came out!  They look like little currants to me ;)


Before placing the pre-adhesive-d swirly circles down, I inked over the front and back surfaces with Vintage Photo & Walnut Stain DIs and my ink blending tools.  I pressed the swirly circles in place, gave those an inking of Walnut Stain DI then I spritzed and flicked water over the surface and heat dried.

I want to use some die cut leaves into my project, but the size of this leaf is too big.  Oh, what’s that?  Shrink Plastic to the rescue!!

I die cut 4 leaves from shrink plastic and used Adirondack alcohol inks to color them with before shrinking them down with my embossing heat tool.  I kept the negatives to use in a future projec.


Before I had adhered the leaves and word bands down, I outlined some of the polka-dots with white gel pen


… and dotted Crushed Olive DP around some of the polka-dots with a fine tip detail paint brush.


I added the little rolled up pieces of purple hemp twine to the center of each swirly circle with multi-medium and carefully heat dried in place.  When dry, the purple hemp turned pale, so I dabbed on a little bit of  Twinkling H2Os in Wine & Roses over each and the color sprung right back to sparkly life!


I left the backside of my tag blank.  A perfect spot for writing a message :)


 This quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson completely fits with not only my tag, but Claudia’s photo collage, too-The perfect finish for my Autumnal tag :)   I’m off to Our Creative Corner now get this entered into Claudia’s Autumnal Collage challenge, which ends on September 28th (UK time) and there’s a prize to be won, sponsored by Tando Creative!

Thanks for coming over and starting your week with me :)  I appreciate your visits and comments and the time you’re taking out of your day to hang out with me for a spell!  Until Next Time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • #10 Manila Tag & Shrink Plastic (Inkssentials/Ranger); Chipboard; Manila Stock
  • Distress Paints & Inks (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Adirondack Alcohol Inks (Ranger); Twinkling H2O (Splash of Color); White Gel Pen (Sakura)
  • Xyron Machine & Adhesive; Multi-Medium (Claudine Hellmuth/Ranger)
  • #1 Leaf Die (Sizzix); Swirly Circles Die (Provo Craft); Big Shot Machine (Sizzix)
  • Dotted Flowers Stencil (Dylusions/Ranger); Jute Twine; Yarn
  • Craft Sheet (Ranger); Heat Tool; Embossing Heat Tool; Ink Blending Tools