High Heel Standards

Happy Saturday!! Glad to be here but, I’ll keep it short, so ya’ll can get back out to whatever Summer fun activities you’re up to this weekend!  Personally, I’ve got some yard work waiting for me and our sunshine has returned, after having a stormy week–which means, the lawn has grown a little bit longer with all of the extra water it got this week.  Big mow day!

What I’m sharing with you today is the tag I’m sending into the Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge for the latest Tim technique–Painted Industrial.  This is challenge #7 and is found on page 46, if you’re following along.  It’s a very ‘artsy fartsy’ technique that can be taken in so many different directions.  As I’m participating in the challenge, I won’t be able to show you the details of the technique itself, but, I’ve got some other pics to show you of how I put this one together.


The retro-ness of these vintage people where a perfect match for my ‘atomic’ themed Painted Industrial background and exude the attitude of the snarky quote from the Say It How It Is set by Dyan Reaveley.  This technique couldn’t have given me a better 50’s-ish style wallpaper!  It looks like it could be ‘flying saucers’ or protons and atoms and neutrons–fun 50’s atomic age décor!


The stamps I used are from Flonz Craft and I used an image from their  Vintage Fashion Men & Vintage Fashion Fifties plates.  My base for this project is a #8 manila tag and I used a piece of foil tape sheet and embossing folder to create my Painted Industrial background.


I’m using Broken China DP & Worn Lipstick DS to create the background on my tag.  I layered the DP first by rubbing onto my craft sheet, spritzing with water, then running the front and back sides of the tag through the paint.  I heat set then did the same with the Worn Lipstick DS–to both sides of the tag.


When I think of the 50’s, I think of “sweet” colors–Worn Lipstick is like the perfect pink for this!

 To bring out a bit more vividness of the colors, I rubbed Broken China & Worn Lipstick DI’s strategically over the tag and left as is!  I did not spritz and flick this tag with water!  It was quite the strain–but, I’ll get my chance later!


I stamped my retro woman and man onto 140# cold press water color paper using Jet Black Staz-On ink.

I’m using Distress Markers and my water brushes to water-color the images.  I scribbled the markers onto my craft sheet and picked the colors up with the water brush.  I’m using Broken China, Worn Lipstick, Pumice Stone, Tattered Rose, Barn Door, Picket Fence and Black Soot DI’s on these two.


These hip kids got fussy cut and I inked the edges with Vintage Photo DI and my ink blending tool.

There are several steps that I did not record with pictures because of the challenge itself, but also, because, I was on a roll and things just magically came together!  It can be very zen-like while creating in the craft dungeon and stopping to take pictures can break that flow–this is one of those times.  Plus, I was just having too much fun with this tag to slow down!!


I used two arrows from the Alpha Parts collection as my retro-style embellishments for this tag.  I applied a few layers of Distress Paint to the arrows then applied the pink polka-dots using a mini bottle of Painterly Pink semi-gloss acrylic paint.  I carefully heat seat then applied a layer of Diamond Glaze.  I let the top coat of Glaze air dry so no air bubbles would form.


The pink polka-dots also remind me of the 50’s and is a feminine touch to the industrial edginess of the foil background.  Oooo, so atomic!! ;) :)


It’s hard to get a good shot of the subtle shimmer that I sprayed over the word bands.  I wanted to add in another little touch of girlie to this tag–soften the blow of the words, I guess!! ;)


I stamped the sentiment onto a scrap piece of 140# wc paper with Jet Black Staz-On ink and ran through some Worn Lipstick DS.  I fussy cut each word band out and inked the edges with Black Soot DI and my ink blending tool.  I then gave the word bands a light spritzing of MFT Sheer Shimmer Mist.


OH–before I had adhered my Painted Industrial panel to my tag, I stenciled it with the Measured Layering Stencil and Black Soot DI. That’s what you see peeking out from behind the foil panel!  It was one of the steps that I didn’t stop to take pics of…sorry ;)


Remember how I said “I’d get my chance” earlier?  It’s all about splattering!!  I had to add some kind of splatter somewhere!!  I used Broken China & Black Soot DP’s and my splatter brush to add those paint splatters, before I assembled all of my pieces together.

This is the backside of the tag.

This is the backside of the tag.

I almost forgot–here’s the back of the tag! I left the backside of my tag plain–this gives me a place to write a special message :)


I used Worn Lipstick DS to stain my seam binding ribbon and I added a couple of strands of fun, funky yarn for more girlie-ness…think ostrich feather boa when looking at the ribbon/yarn tie ;)


 What do you think?  Can you see the 50’s in this tag?  This was a fun one to design! I love those vintage people! I’ve got more in store for all of them :)

Thanks for joining me today–I hope I didn’t keep you too long?  But, before you go, hop over to Studio L3 for the latest challenge with me!  As this is an odd numbered challenge, Inspiration Emporium is sponsoring a $50 gift certificate for one of the lucky participants! And then there’s the gift-a-palooza from Tim and Mario themselves! Pure Awesomeness!!

Get out there and enjoy your weekend, where ever you may be!  Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!! XOXO-Shari


  • Surfaces: # Manila Tag (Ranger); Foil Tape Sheets (Ranger); 140# Cold Press WC Paper
  • Stamps: Vintage Fashion Men & Vintage Fashion Fifties FlonzCraft); Say it How it Is (Dylusions/Ranger)
  • Distress Inks, Paints, Stains (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Sheer Shimmer Mist (My Favorite Things); Semi-Gloss Acrylic Paint (Claudine Hellmuth/Ranger)
  • Measured Layering Stencil (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous); Seam Binding; Funky Yarn
  • Embossing Folder (Cuttlebug); Big Shot Machine (Sizzix)
  • Diamond Glaze (Judikins); Double-Back Tape (3M); Finger Knife (Fiskars); Craft Sheet (Ranger); Cutting Mat; Foam Squares; Matte Multi-Medium (Claudine Hellmuth/Ranger); Ink Blending Tool

Party, Dogs!

Hello Hello Hello!!  Happy Tuesday!!  Thanks for coming back and having a visit with me today!

I’ve got a fun and colorful card to share–it’s one of my late June birthday greetings, that wasn’t taken care of until July!!  But, Hey–better late than never, right? ;)

Funny thing about this card, too–I had signed myself up (late) for Claudine Hellmuth’s Composition for Collage class, and I was still working on week one experiments (Asymmetrical)  when I made this card.  Unbeknownst to me, this card design is using a ‘grid’ pattern, which Claudine talks about in week 4 of the class!  I didn’t mean to skip ahead, really, I didn’t!!


I Love these Party Dogs!

I’m using the Party Dogs & Party Hats plates from Lost Coast Designs for this card and a color-wash background technique using my acrylic stamp blocks and Distress Inks.  Who doesn’t love bright colors and dog with hats?


The Party Dogs set has a total of 4 dogs in it, but I only used 3 of the images to help me create the size of panels I wanted.  I stamped all of the images onto 140# cold press water color paper with Jet Black Archival Ink and cut to size (except for the hat images….those are filler and won’t be cut to size until later).

Each stamped dog section was treated with a Distress Ink color wash.  Easy peasy!  Press the ink pad directly onto an acrylic stamp block, spritz with water, press onto the stamped wc paper.  This trio of party pups has a Peacock Feathers DI background.

This Min-Pin has a Ripe Persimmon DI color-wash.

This little Beagle has the saddest expression for a party dog!  Maybe a little pick me up of Picked Raspberry DI will help?

The extra party hats were color-washed with Dusty Concord and Crushed Olive DI’s.


While I was heat drying each panel, I manipulated the pieces of wc paper to form those pools of saturated color.  Love those deep spots of color!


Of course, I’ve gotta have my water spots, too!!  I spritzed and flicked water all over the place and heat dried each panel.


I matched each color-washed panel with a piece of Distress Core’dinations stock.  I roughed up each piece of Core’dinations by sanding and crumpling and then inking with Walnut Stain DI and my ink blending tool.  Each piece was cut to size and adhered to a piece of kraft card stock….


..which I then haphazardly ran through my sewing machine, employing different stitches randomly around each piece of Core’dinations.


I’m not the best ‘sewer’ either and my stitching does not run in straight lines!  Oh, it’s supposed to be like that, what am I saying!! ;)


I’ve got some zig-zag going on, some applique type stitching–I’m all over the place!  Embrace imperfection right? After sewing the borders, I adhered each party dog panel to its coordinating pieces of Core’dinations with double-back tape.  Bow Wow!!


Happy Birthday, M-Dog!! (My brother-in-law, also known as Mark).  Cheers to many more to come!!

I hope you enjoyed today’s card–It was an easy one, and hmmm, maybe with all of the drying, took me about 20 minutes to make (well, I was in a rush to get it in the mail, considering how late it was and everything..) ;)

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


  • Party Dogs & Party Hats Plates (Lost Coast Designs)
  • 140# Cold-Press Water Color Paper, Kraft Stock (Papertrey Ink); Distress Core’dinations
  • Distress Inks (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Ink (Ranger)
  • Double-Back Tape (3M); Sewing Machine; Heat Tool; Ink Blending Tool; Sanding Block


Found Objects

Happy Friday!!  I can’t believe that the week is (almost) over already!!  I could have sworn it was just Monday!!  But, that could mean I’ve been busy all week and it just zoomed by–Hello Weekend!!  Let’s get this party started!!

I’ve got my July Tag offering for Tim’s 12 Tags of 2014 to share today.  Here’s my ‘on the beach’ take of Tim’s ‘below the sea’ creation….


I wanted to stay with the ocean theme of Tim’s tag, it’s just I don’t have some of the goodies that Tim used.  So, I took his inspiration and brought it to the shoreline.


Tim’s July Tag is like peeking into the depths of the sea.  He’s got a seahorse, a starfish, a sand-dollar, seaweed…all kinds of marine life that you’d see below the waves.  I think Jacques Cousteau would have like Tim’s tag :)

Let me show you how I went about creating my tag using the techniques that Tim shared this month.


I gathered a bunch of supplies similar to Tim’s, that I thought I was going to use!  As I ended up staying on the beach with my tag, my ink colors changed and I didn’t end up using an embossing folder/texture fade.  But, I pretty much used everything else.

I’m using a #8 manila tag and a base background color of Broken China DP.

I added Wild Honey and Pumice Stone DS’s to my tag to mimic a sunshiny sky on top and a more neutral toned lower half.


I then inked the top half of the tag with Squeezed Lemonade DI and Vintage Photo DI on the bottom half.  I distressed the edges with my paper distresser and inked with Walnut Stain DI.  I think you may know what’s coming next….

WATER SPOTS!!  I spritzed and flicked water that I sprayed in my hand, and heat dried.

But oh, let’s not forget those ink splatters, too!!  I don’t have Tim’s Air Gun, but I’ve had this Inkworx Air Tool since, oh, gosh, about 1999 or so…


I don’t have an embossing folder or texture fade that I wanted to use for my background overlay–instead, I created clear sunrays with Translucent Embossing Paste and the Rays Layering Stencil.

I taped the stencil in place and spread a thin layer of embossing paste through the stencil.  I kept the layer thin so that I would have completely, see-through rays when the paste was dry.  I set this aside to air dry and started on the pieces.

I die cut the Apothecary Bottles out of Modeling Film.  I’m only going to use one of the bottles–the largest of the 3, for this tag–but I did experiment on another….


…not pictured (I’m saving it for another project).  I thought I was going to make my bottle mercury glass-like (hint hint) for this tag, but I didn’t want to experiment too much (and not be happy) so, I only went with alcohol ink to color my bottle.


I used Bottle Adirondack Alcohol Ink to color my modeling film with.  I squeezed the ink directly onto the felt applicator then dabbed onto the die cut bottle, then I applied a little Blending Solution to the felt and dabbed over the bottle again.


After applying a few layers, I stopped when I achieved this.  I love green sea glass!! ;)


I applied heat to the bottle with my embossing gun, then carefully molded the bottle into a rounded contour with my fingers.  I wanted the bottle to have its shape before I start in with it’s crackle finish! This is going to be fun!


I applied a thin layer of matte multi-medium first, as the base the DCP will adhere to.


I heat dried the multi-medium and the bottle turned frosty–I could have left the bottle as is!  It completely looks like a worn piece of beach glass!


But I couldn’t resist! I wanted a crackly bottle, so, on with a thin layer of Clear Rock Candy DCP.  I let that air dry to move on to some more small stuff…


I’m using stamps from the Boardwalk plate from Artistic Outpost and the little beach hut from this set will be perfect!

I stamped the hut in Jet Black Archival and water-colored with Barn Door, Pumice Stone, Frayed Burlap, Vintage Photo & Black Soot DM’s and my detail water brush, heat dried and fussy cut…


…then stamped the shells in Tea Dye, Victorian Velvet, Antique Linen and Spun Sugar DI’s and fussy cut those, too.


I inked the edges of all of the little shells with Walnut Stain DI and my ink blending tool.  Since I’m not using paint on my shells, I’ll use Distress Embossing Powder to assist in creating the grainy texture on my shells.


I pressed my fingertip into the Embossing Ink pad, then dabbed randomly over the surfaces of the shells.  I sprinkled tiny little pinches of Scattered Straw, Vintage Photo and Black Soot Distress Powders over the inked shells….


…then set with my embossing gun–carefully.  I had to hold each shell down with a pin as I was heat drying (ummm..I may have only, accidentally, touched the tip of the blazing hot pin once!) ;)


OH–I forgot!

Behind the scenes, I had die cut the Apothecary label for the bottle out of vellum and aged with Tea Dye and Walnut Stain DI’s….


…and die cut the Apothecary stopper out of manila stock and treated the same, to try to achieve a cork look.  Pretty close!  (I do have sheets of cork, but they’re too thick, and it was too dangerous to cut in half…I tried!)

I applied Remnant Rubs to the label and the beach hut–these are ready for placement!


This sheet music image is from the Ephemera Background plate from Artistic Outpost.

I stamped this sheet music image onto vellum and treated with Tea Dye, Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain DI’s and my ink blending tools.  I gave it a spritz and flick of water and heat dried.  I ripped the edges with my Tearing Edge tool and inked with Walnut Stain DI.  This is going to be my little message in the bottle.

I have an older Grass Sizzlits die that I used with Distress Core’dinations stock.  I lightly sanded the strips of stock prior to cutting and after, before I popped the grass out.  I ripped apart little strips of grass that I needed and inked them with Walnut Stain DI.

I also created ‘real grass’ out of fraying the ends of jute twine with my craft scratcher.  I made a few little bunches to have ready to tuck.


Oh boy–look at all of those goodies! It’s assembly time–but that all happened without pictures!

I did make my own sand concoction out of  Clear UTEE, Scattered Straw & Black Soot Distress EP and Mustard Seed Distress Glitter, mixed with Diamond Glaze.  I had to work fast as I was gluing and tucking and placing and smearing all at the same time!  Once everything was placed, I did cover with waxed paper and weighted in place with some magazines.


After drying for a spell, I lightly tapped the tag to remove any loose sand and just to check the durability of all of the glued goodies.  It’s solid!


This faux-cork stopper could be my favorite little detail of this entire tag!! I glued it in place with matte multi-medium while I was holding it in place with my finger so it would also have a curve to it, like the neck of the bottle.


You can see my clear sunrays at this angle!


I love the little tuck of ‘natural’ grass poking through the sand.


Who knows where this bottle washed ashore from? Oh, but look–there’s a message inside & out!


I hope you enjoyed this stroll down the beach with me today!  We may not have dived under the sea like Tim did, but, we may have gotten our toes a little wet in the surf!  And sometimes, that’s good enough for me–SHARK!!

Thanks for stopping by with me today!!  Have a GREAT weekend & until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!  XOXO-Shari


  • Surfaces: #8 Manila Tag (Ranger); Vellum; Manila Stock; Modeling Film (Wendy Vecchi Studio 490); Distress Core’dinations
  • Distress Inks, Stains, Markers & Paint (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Ink (Ranger); Adirondack Alcohol Ink (Ranger)
  • Stamps: Boardwalk & Ephemera Background Plates (Artistic Outpost)
  • Apothecary Bottles Die (TH/Sizzix); Grass Sizzlits (Sizzix); Big Shot Machine (Sizzix)
  • Remnant Rub-Ons (TH/Idea-ology); Jute Twine; Cotton Twine (Pretty Pink Posh)Natural Trimmings (TH/Idea-ology); Word Band/Observations (TH/Idea-ology)
  • Finger Knife (Fiskars); Cutting Mat; Craft Sheet (Ranger); Matte Multi-Medium (Claudine Hellmuth/Ranger); Heat Tool; Embossing Heat Tool; Paper Distresser & Craft Scratcher (TH/Tonic Studios); Diamond Glaze; Water Brush
  • UTEE (Melt-Art); Distress Embossing Powders & Glitter (TH/Ranger)

Thank You, Darkroom Door!

I just had to share a picture of the AWESOME prize package I just received from Darkroom Door!! I joined in on their 5 day blog hop with Art Journey last month and I was one of DD’s randomly selected winners!!!


Thank You soooo much, Rachel!!  Look at all of these cool goodies!!  These came all the way from Tumbi Umbi, Australia!!!  I totally know what I’m doing this weekend!!

When you have the chance, take a visit to both Darkroom Door and Art Journeys’ Blog’s and online shops!  Because of the hop, I’ve found new artists to love & follow and two new stores to shop at! I’m sure you’ll find the same, too :)

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

Face the Sun

Happy Monday!!  I’m actually a bit relieved to be inside today sharing this post with you–It was a HOT one working outside over the weekend and today we’re having a cooler day with predicted thunderstorms, so, I’m taking advantage and ‘working’ inside today!

I’m sharing a project that was firstly inspired by Challenge #6 over at Studio L3, Compendium of Curiosities 3–Altered Burlap Panel.  But, as just so happens, I have a printed chronological list of all of my fav fortnightly & monthly challenges printed out and taped to my wall above my work table, and I got to looking at some of the challenge themes and HEY–what I want to make will fit in with 4 other challenges!!  Can you tell which ones?


I LOVE SUNFLOWERS!! and I couldn’t resist making this entire project about Sunflowers and inspiration and Summer and Distress & Dies (A Vintage Journey and Virginia’s View Challenge) and Handmade Flowers & Dyed Ribbon (Our Creative Corner) and Summer Heat (Frilly & Funkie).  See what I mean?  ;)

As I’m participating in the CC3 Challenge, I can’t share any of the Altered Burlap Panel techniques I used, but, I can show you the bulk of goodies that I started with–Oh boy, I’m gonna get inky and painty with this one!!


At Frilly & Funkie, the challenge is to use warm colors and Summer blooms in your creation.  I can’t think of a bloom that says Summer more than my favorite in the whole wide world–Sunflowers!  And I’m pulling out all kinds of Distress goodness & my Tattered Floral Die to keep up with the creative tour at A Vintage Journey.  I’m Distressing out all over the place for these burlap panels!


I’m stamping/fussy cutting and die cutting my handmade flowers to be a part of the fun at Our Creative Corner and Virginia’s View Challenge along with….


…the added touch of dying your own ribbon as a part of Our Creative Corner, too!  Fun Stuff!!


I have an ‘old’ Stampin’ Up set (circa 2000) called Summer Sunflower–Gotta totally use that!!  I stamped several blooms from that set with Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed & Wild Honey DI’s, but I only ended up using the larger Sunflower images for my panels.  I die cut the pointy blooms from the Tattered Floral Die, in manila stock, muslin and tulle.


I dabbed some gesso onto the tulle flowers and heat dried, then pressed them into Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed & Ripe Persimmon DI’s that I smooshed onto my craft sheet and spritzed with water.


My muslin die cut flowers have been treated the same as the tulle flowers.  I randomly dabbed gesso and heat dried, then I pressed them into the same DI colors that were left-over on my craft sheet!  I love those concentrations of color!

After die-cutting these flowers, I inked them with Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed and Ripe Persimmon DI’s.  I rubbed each bloom, front and back, directly onto the stamp pad, then rubbed it in with my fingers.  I got really inky!!  After heat drying, I spritzed each flower with water and scrunched into little balls and spritzed again.


I left these to dry overnight and I was not expecting these to be on my work table the next morning (I guess the kitties found better things to play with…).  These are how they looked when I peeled the petals open!  Love it!!  These blooms also got spritzed with Biscotti & Sunflower Sparkle Perfect Pearls Mists, I just didn’t take pictures…


These leaves and stems are also from the Summer Sunflower set by SU.  I stamped these onto manila stock with Crushed Olive and Peeled Paint DI’s then fussy cut.  I applied a layer of Clear Rock Candy DCP and when dry, I used a paint brush and applied a light layer of Peeled Paint DS over the top of the crackle finish.  I heat dried then inked the edges with Walnut Stain DI and my ink blending tool.


I dyed this crinkle ribbon with Wild Honey, Squeezed Lemonade & Barn Door Distress Stains.  I pressed each stain, separately, onto sections of the ribbon and let the stains wick into each other.


I spritzed the stained ribbon with water, then crinkled into a little ball, and heat dried while pressing between my fingers.

Here’s where the magic happened when I got to put everything together, but, of course, as it goes–no pictures!!  Mainly because of the CC3 #6 challenge, but also because I was in a zone and didn’t pick up the camera again until it was finished…..


Voila!!  Happy Sunflowers with one of my favorite, inspirational quotes “Keep your face to the sun and you will never see the shadows.-Helen Keller”  I made the word bands myself with my computer and kraft stock.  Easy Peasy!

Now, how about some up close details?


I’ve added a couple of little brads to ‘tack’ down my dyed ribbon to the top of the burlap panel, but I cheated and used multi-medium to glue those brad tops securely.  I used hot glue to adhere the ribbon in place ;)

I added TH/Idea-ology Pen Nibs as embellishment on both panels–one as a stem!


The center of my Sunflowers are small, round pieces of scrap manila stock that I inked with Walnut Stain DI and layered with gloss multi-medium.  I then dipped each piece into a little bag of brown micro-beads and shook a little, until each piece was well coated.  In hindsight, I should have applied another layer of multi-medium & micro-beads to fill in the empty spaces (next time!) ;)


The ribbon that I used between the panels, is hiding a mistake!  It was a failed attempt at joining the panels together–without having the right hardware!!  Luckily, I had a piece of my dyed ribbon that fit just right and now, maybe, it looks like it was supposed to be like that to begin with?! ;)


I just wanted to throw this picture in!  I was having my photo shoots at different times of the day-this one was just as the sun started moving west to set and this is the natural sunlight that floods our living room in the early evening.  I love how the sun landed on this bloom so you can really see that bright yellow of Squeezed Lemonade shine through :)  HAPPY!!!


I hope you enjoyed my multi-challenged project today!  What a way to start the week–Finishing this Altered Burlap Panel to now send over to 4 challenges!! WHEW!!  There’s still time at these challenges–Frilly & Funkie ends July 15/Virginia’s View ends July 18/Studio L3 CC3 #6 ends July 18/A Vintage Journey ends July 24/Our Creative Corner ends July 26.  Come On!!

OH–and did I mention the prizes that are available to win at each challenge?  Totally awesome goodies and sponsors; Our Creative Corner has a random prize package from Nicecrane Designs; Virginia’s View Challenge has a gift certificate from Simon Says Stamp up for grabs; Frilly & Funkie and Studio L3 are both being sponsored by The Funkie Junkie Boutique!  See, lots of reasons to create your own projects and submit!!  Remember–you’ve got to be in it to win it, Baby!! ;) :)

Thanks so much for starting your week with me!!  I appreciate you all stopping by and taking the time to venture through my creative process with me, even though I couldn’t show you a lot of it!  ;)  Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!  XOXO-Shari



Ticket to Ride

HAPPY WEDNESDAY!!  Thanks for hanging with me, for what’s become, kind-of sporadic postings of late.  I wish I could say it’s because I’m out having fun in the sun, but in reality, with the old homestead for sale, it’s a bit more harder type of house work stuff going on in the background.  But, it’s all good and I am thankful that I’ve had some time to create and now share.

And a special ‘Shout-Out’ to my new followers through FB and through this blog! Thank You and Welcome!!  Now, on to what I’ve got for you today :)

I’ve got a rustic and vintagey tag to share, that’s going over to Challenge #9 at A Vintage JourneyUse all the stamps in a set!  You’d think that would be an easy thing….not so much!!  I’ve got sets of stamps that have 20+ images in them!!  But for this tag, I took the easy way out and used a set of stamps that have only 3 images in it!  Yeah, I may have chickened out a bit ;)


But, it’s not the quantity that counts–It’s how you use them!  ;)

I did have a lot of fun picking and choosing the materials I wanted to use.  I knew I wanted to give everything a time-worn appearance and I wanted to treat each image differently.

I’m using the Traveling Friends set from TH/SA for the ticket image, just as much as I’m using it for the boy and his dog image!  And I didn’t realize that I hadn’t inked up this set before, so, in essence, this tag is on its own ‘vintage journey’ ;)

Speaking of which, as A Vintage Journey is a blog about finding inspiration from the stylings and designs of Tim Holtz, I wanted this tag to evoke a feeling of days of travel long gone–When you were handed a printed ticket by a person, not a slip of paper spit out by a machine.  When said tickets to travel were hand cancelled, not scanned by a new-fangled machine.  When tickets to travel were lost in deep pockets,  instead of lost in computer la-la land.

I’m all over the place with Tim techniques on this tag and it’s well worth the….wait for it….’Ticket to Ride’ ;) :)

(and honestly, I was going to use something completely different for this post title, but, unfortunately-it evoked memories of the 80’s band named ‘Journey’ and that’s not where I wanted to go with this) LOL!


The base of my creation is a #10 manila tag.  I want this tag to look like it’s been around for a while, so I’m going to use Pumice Stone & Wild Honey Distress Stains to get some color, or discoloration, onto this background.

I rubbed both stains onto my craft sheet, spritzed my tag with water, then drug the tag through the stain.  I heat set the first layer of colors, then pressed the tag into the left-over droplets of stain and heat set.


I used my paper distresser on the edges then inked the edges and the surface of the tag with Vintage Photo DI.  You may know what’s coming next….


….Water spots!!  I’m telling you, it’s one of my favorite things to do to create an aged look–spritz and flick water!!


I just love that look!  OH–and I did do the back side of this tag, too–There was no Distress Stain wasted in the making of this tag ;)

Time for some stenciling!  I used the Cargo LS with Black Soot DI and the Burlap LS with Vintage Photo DI to add a little faux wear & tear to this nicely aging tag.

OH YEAH—Gotta get my ink splatter on, too!!  Water spots just aren’t enough!!  I need more!!  So, I used Dylusions Ink Sprays in White Linen & Black Marble to satisfy my splattering needs!!


I love all of the stain droplets, water spots, ink splatters–All of It!!  All of these little details add so much depth and character.  I better do this tag base justice!!


For the ticket image, I’m going to stamp it onto a #8 manila tag with Jet Black Archival Ink.  I want to utilize the pre-punched hole in the tag for this ticket.


Something I love about this ticket image is the small detail of perforation around two of the edges.  AHA–I’ve got a perforation rotary blade, I’ll use that to give the entire ticket a perforated edge!!  But not before adding a layer of Tea Dye DI over the entire surface to start the aging process.

This ticket needs to look like it’s been busy traveling, so I’ve added cup rings and partial splatters in Adirondack Espresso Ink with the Splatters Layering Stencil.

And how could I not give this ticket some water spots to go along with the coffee stains?!!  And how about those perforated edges?  Pretty cool, huh? :)


The ticket was too nice as it was, so I spritzed it with more water, crumpled it up and inked the balled up ticket with Walnut Stain &  Black Soot DI and my ink blending tools.


Now this ticket looks like it’s been around for a while!!  Although the little piece of twine may look too clean!!

I stamped the boy and his dog image, several times, onto 140# cold press water color paper and also on tissue paper.  I used Jet Black Staz-On and Sepia Archival Inks.

I colored the images of the boy and the dog separately.  Not pictured is the dog–colored with Picket Fence & Black Soot DM’s and my water brush.  I fussy cut him out and set aside for later assembly.  For the boy, since the dog sits in front of his arm, I colored through the dog image to give the boy a whole arm.  I have plans and the boy needs a whole arm!  The boy is colored with Forest Moss, Tattered Rose, Vintage Photo & Peeled Paint DM’s and my water brush.


I didn’t want to stamp the image of the boy and dog right onto my tag.  I didn’t want the image to be that “solid”.  So, with the images that I stamped onto tissue paper, I’m going to do a little paper gluing and layering.


This is exactly what I wanted.  A somewhat see-through image of the boy and dog with some texture added in with the layers of tissue paper.  I used matte multi-medium to glue the tissue down and heat dried.

Now, behind the scenes, I had prepped a couple of pieces of corrugated cardboard for rusting and let those sit aside and do their thing….

By the time the tag needed to be assembled, the rusting process was finished and these pieces of corrugated cardboard were dry and ready to use (but I only used one piece on this tag).

My embellishments on this tag are minimal because I wanted the stamped images to do all of the talking, but, I did get a little painty with them just the same!

I have a couple of TH/Idea-ology Mini-Numerals and this globe charm from my stash of embellies to use.  I layered Scattered Straw, Crushed Olive, Broken China and Gathered Twigs DP’s to all three of these metal trinkets, but not necessarily in that order.  As it ended up, when they were all said and done, I added an additional layer of Broken China DP to the numbers.  The last layer of blue really helped the numbers pop off the front of an otherwise neutral color scheme.


The front side of my tag….


..and the back side.  More simply dressed, but part of the journey just the same :)


And speaking of ‘journey’–I used Jet Black Staz-On ink to stamp the word onto a piece of kraft glassine.  I heat dried and crumpled up, then smoothed out and ripped the edges off.  I punched holes into all of the corners and inserted copper brads, then adhered as my top layer with double-back tape and mini foam rounds.


Another detail I did not take a photo of (duh) was the stamping I did on the twill ribbon.  I individually inked each letter of ‘journey’ with Jet Black Archival ink (a la masking my stamp with post-it notes) and stamped each letter to spell out ‘journey’ vertically.  You might be able to see it a little bit in this picture…

And a few random additions of some Words Remnant Rub-Ons on the front….

…and on the back.


My finished tag–Using all the stamps in the Traveling Friends set from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous!  That ticket image alone has possibilities galore!! I already have another tag design spinning around in my head!! I like it when that happens!!  That’s a good spinny!!

Thanks for joining me in my challenge trek to A Vintage Journey today!!  This really was a fun challenge and has me studying some of my stamp sets a bit more closely.  I like to mix and match a lot, but, maybe now, not so much…

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


  • Traveling Friends Stamp Set (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous)
  • Surfaces: #8 & #10 Manila Tags (Ranger); Corrugated Cardboard; Kraft Glassine (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Tissue Paper; 140# Cold Press Water Color Paper
  • Distress Inks, Stains, Markers & Paints (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival & Adirondack Inks (Ranger); Staz-On (Tsukineko); Rusting Powder (Crafty Notions); Dylusions Spray Inks (Ranger)
  • Mini-Numerals (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Copper Brads; Cotton Twine (Pretty Pink Posh); Jute Twine; Twill Ribbon; Remnant Rub-Ons (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Layering Stencils (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous)
  • Matte Multi-Medium (Claudine Hellmuth/Ranger); Double-Back Tape (3M); Mini Foam Rounds; Foam Squares; Stapler & Staples (EK Success); Paint Brush; Ink Blending Tools
  • Craft Sheet (Ranger); Cutting Mat; Heat Tool; Finger Knife (Fiskars); Craft Scratcher (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios);

Red, White & Meow

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, AMERICA!!  As we tie up this 4th of July holiday weekend here in the States, I wanted to share a fun & playful Patriotic card, paying tribute to the colors of our Flag; Red, White & Blue!!


Red, White & Meow, Baby!!!

My Yankee Doodle Kitty is headed over to Shopping our Stash for their 158th Challenge-Red, White & Blue in honor of the colors of our country’s Flag!


I started by shopping my stash of papers and cardstocks!!  I keep almost every single piece and scrap of paper that I cut, because you never know!!  In this case, I’m pulling pieces of water color paper, kraft stock and Distress Core’dinations that I’ve hoarded saved from previous projects.


And since it’s a celebratory type weekend here in the States, I decided Party Hat Cats from Lost Coast Designs would like to come out to party, too!!

I began by prepping my red & blue background pieces first.  I used a piece of red TH Distress Core’dinations paper and lightly sanded the surface, then I used Picket Fence DP and a mini ink blending tool to add the layer of white stenciled stars over the entire surface of my card stock.

For my blue background, I’m using 140# cold press water color paper and Faded Jeans DS.  I rubbed the stain directly onto my craft sheet and spritzed the wc paper with water, before dragging it through the stain.


After the first layer of color, I heat dried the water color paper, then, I gave the stain, left over on the craft sheet, a spritz of water and dabbed the wc paper into the stain again.  I heat dried again and then dabbed the wc panel one last time into the last drops of stain.  I just love those concentrated droplets of color!!

I used Wendy Vecchi’s White Embossing Paste with the Rays Layering Stencil, to give me more white accents I need for the challenge.  Plus, the color from the Distress Stain will end up seeping through the White Embossing Paste and I LOVE that!!  To me, that’s a +++ with Wendy’s white embossing paste!  After stenciling this stained wc panel, I set it aside to air dry.


In the background, which I did not take pictures of, I was experimenting with how I wanted to stamp this cat image.  Did I want the image simply stamped in black ink?  What about solid red or blue?  Nah….I didn’t like any of those.  How about a mix of red & blue on white?


I applied Barn Door and Faded Jeans DI directly onto the rubber stamp, then pressed it down onto another piece of 140# wc paper.  I fussy cut it and inked the edges with Walnut Stain DI and my ink blending tool.  The little silver star on kitty’s hat is stenciled with WV’s Silver Embossing Paste and the Stars Layering Stencil.

When my stenciled backgrounds were dry, I thought they needed a splattering of gold!!  Using the stencils as a mask on both background panels, I spritzed and flicked each panel with Sunflower Sparkle Perfect Pearl Mist.


I think I just like saying Sunflower Sparkle!!  :)

I cut my panels to the shape and size I wanted for my layout and distressed the edges with my paper distresser and inked with Walnut Stain DI.  And of course, in my usual style, there are some minor detail items that I did not take pictures of….


…but, in the end, it all came together like this!!


I made the little word bands from kraft stock and my computer.


Look at that face!!  Is he or is he not having a good time?  One can never tell with Yankee Doodle Kitty!!


Kitty had to include his two cents on the subject…


…and I added the Happy 4th of July sentiment between the rays as the human’s two cents!!


Although I may have gotten a little too rambunctious with the sanding, I do like how a couple of the corners lifted on the red panel to really help give a time-worn, vintagey feel to the entire card.  And, I LOVE those splatters of Sunflower Sparkle!  Reminds me of one of my childhood fav’s–Sparklers!!


Yankee Doodle Kitty has his own little red, white & blue square panel that he’s adhered to.  It’s made from pieces of the background panels, cut to size using a 1 7/8″x1 7/8″ square punch.


There you have it!  My holiday tribute to the colors of America’s flag–Red, White & Blue!  May these colors never run!!

Thanks for joining me today and ending your holiday weekend on a creative note!  Yankee Doodle Kitty is headed over to Shopping Our Stash to join in on the patriotic fun over there!!

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


  • Surfaces: Kraft Stock (Papertrey Ink); Water Color Paper; TH Distress Core’dinations
  • Distress Inks, Stains, Paints (TH/Ranger); Archival Ink (Ranger); Perfect Pearls Mist (Ranger)
  • Stamps: Party Hat Cats (Lost Coast Designs); Hero Plate (Artistic Outpost)
  • White & Silver Embossing Pastes (Wendy Vecchi/Studio 490)
  • Layering Stencils (TH/SA); Paper Distresser (TH/Tonic Studios); Mini & Regular Ink Blending Tools (Ranger); Square Punch (Marvy)
  • Craft Sheet (Ranger); Cutting Mat; Heat Tool; Double-Back Tape (3M); Foam Squares; Sanding Block; Finger Knife (Fiskars)