Making Spirits Bright-Again

Happy Monday!!  Thank you for starting your creative week with me and THANK YOU and Welcome to my new followers!!  I surely appreciate your visits and comments–Thank You soooooo much!!  I love making all of these new creative connections–I have bloggy friends all over the world now!!  :)

OK–You may be asking, ‘Making Spirits Bright-Again?’  What’s with the “again” part?  Well, I posted a blog with the same title last year (there may be a yearly theme starting here?) and I couldn’t think of another better title for this posting.  But, the card is completely different–kind of–there may be some similarities–but purely by coincidence!! ;)


What does make this card a little different this year is, it’s not only a card in the DONE pile of Christmas cards-early!, it’s a challenge card that I made for A Vintage Journey-All Sewn Up.  Another inspiring challenge to get me creating for Christmas!!  Thank goodness for challenges–I Love Them!!

With A Vintage Journey’s theme of All Sewn Up, we’re to use the inspiration of  Tim Holtz and incorporate the theme of sewing or sewing related, into our projects.  Well, I think I may have actually channeled Tim directly when I made this card, because it came together so smoothly and quickly.  I didn’t find myself overthinking it and adding those final touches of stitching really brought that vintagey, Tim Holtz style full-circle, right on my own card!!


 I don’t have any step-outs for this card, but there are so few ingredients that went into making this card, it’s the technique’s end results that are the stars!!

My card base is kraft stock, cut and folded as a top-fold card.  The first layer is a piece of red TH Kraft-Core stock that I ran through one of the TH/Sizzix Holiday Knit set texture fades.  I then lightly sanded the embossed design, distressed the edges with my paper distresser and rubbed Walnut Stain DI over the surface and edges with my ink blending tool.  I secured the panel to the card base with double-back tape, then ran through my sewing machine to stitch the border.


Isn’t this lantern image fun?  It’s from Tim’s Christmas Blueprint 5 set and here, I’ve heat embossed it onto multi-media paper that I had first inked with Chipped Sapphire & Squeezed Lemonade DIs and my ink blending tools.  I then water colored the lantern with my water brush and DMs in Barn Door, Squeezed Lemonade & Pumice Stone.  The blue paint splatters in the background is Bolivian Blue Twinkling H2Os and the water spots are my own concoction of Walnut Stain re-inker in a spray bottle that I spritzed & flicked over the panel.  I finished with painting a thin layer of Diamond Glaze over the ‘glass’ portion of the lantern image and set aside to dry.


I improvised this little snowflake sticker for this TH/Idea-ology file tab by using a snowflake from the Christmastime Remnant Rubs and a piece of label paper–I rubbed the snowflake onto the label paper, rubbed a little Broken China DI over the top and punched out with a 3/8″ circle punch.  I inked the edges with Walnut Stain and placed into the depression on the file tab and sealed with the acrylic dot.  Ta-Da!!


I made these little banners from a set of Christmas sentiments by Hero Arts called Sunny Holiday Messages (circa 2006).  I stamped the words onto manila stock with Jet Black Archival, cut out and inked the edges with Walnut Stain DI and my mini ink blending tool.  They were stitched into place on the top panel before final assembly.


I’m creating a few cards with this Christmas Blueprint 5 set, so I’ll have-at the least-3 more cards to share in the next week.  That’s fun when the mojo is in full swing and I can create several cards in one sitting!  Especially Christmas cards and especially challenge cards!

 A Vintage Journey-All Sewn Up is running until November 27th (UK time) so get your Tim Holtz mojo in gear and create your own sewing themed creation for the challenge!!  Hope to see you there :)

Thanks again for stopping by!!  Cheers to a creative week and until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Surfaces: Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore); Manila Stock; Kraft Core (Tim Holtz/Core’dinations); Label Paper (Avery); Kraft Stock (Papertrey Ink)
  • Stamps:  Christmas Blueprint 5 (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous); Sunny Holiday Messages (Hero Arts)
  • Distress Inks & Markers (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Colorbox Black Pigment Ink (Clearsnap); Black Embossing Powder (WOW)
  • Holiday Knit Texture Fades (Tim Holtz/Sizzix); Big Shot Machine (Sizzix); Paper Distresser (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios); Sewing Machine (Kenmore)
  • Remnant Rubs & File Tab (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Craft Sheet (Ranger); Embossing Heat Gun; Heat Tool; Double-Back Tape (3M)

Featured Friday at The Damsel of Distressed Cards

HAPPY HAPPY FRIDAY!!  Today, I’m happy to introduce you to a new blogging and creative friend-Becca Cruger!


Becca just started blogging this year (like, in September!) and she’s already making a name for herself at her blog-The Damsel of Distressed Cards.  One of the things she’s doing to have some fun and to get to know her crafty peeps, is with her weekly “Featured Friday”.  Well, gosh–Today, I’m at Becca’s blog as her Featured Friday crafter!!  THANK YOU, BECCA!!  Are you still sure–ME??!! ;)

And she put me to work!!  Well, she put us both to work, CASE-ing one of my tags!!  Now, I actually needed to be told what CASE meant–Becca had to kindly explain it to me (Cheat And Steal Everything) as all of the crafting acronyms confuse me!!


This is the original tag that I forced Becca to CASE.  I made this tag this past Summer for one of the CC3 challenges.


Now, look at this gorgeous (of all things!) Christmas card that Becca CASEd–It’s snarky and fun and layered and textured and I just LOVE it!!  I LOVE those little jingle bells, too!!  Totally Awesome Card!!  Here’s what Becca said about her card:

“I went for tall and skinny because the original inspiration was a tag.  Then I sponged through a circular stencil (inspired by your tag’s embossed circles) and I added some Distress Crackle Paint-which is hard to see, but it’s there!  I sponged over the crackle with Vintage Photo DI to make the crackles shine through and then I layered layered layered (also inspired by you).  I tried to incorporate different media into the card too, like metal.”


Here’s my CASEd card.  I used all of the same Distress Paint & Ink colors as I did on the original tag, but I’ve turned it into a card, instead.


I even had this altered Alpha Part left over from previous experimenting–all I had to do was add the pink polka dots!


This fashionista is from the Vintage Fashion 50’s set from FlonzcraftI just love her polka dot dress!


Instead of having a dry embossed background, like I did on the original tag, I kept this background simple and stamped a single layer.  I was also trying to CAS my card, too (there’s some of that acronym confusion), but the paint & ink splatters took that off the table right away!!  Not very Clean And/or Simple ;)


This was a really FUN thing to do with Becca!  Who knew that I would EVER inspire anyone with anything that I make??!!  I’m just floored to be a part of someone else’s creativity!!  Thank You again, Becca!!  Happy Friday!!

Thanks for stopping by and until  next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



It’s Begun!

Yes!!  I have done it!!  I’ve finally got myself crafting for Christmas-early (for me)!!  THANK YOU to all of my bloggy friends who have been inspiring me with their own Christmas creations and tales of not being ready to be in the holiday spirit, either!! ;)

I usually hold out until December 1st to start any kind of Christmas anything, but there are several challenges out there that expire on November 30th-if not sooner! and one of those challenges is holiday related.  That helps get the old motivation kick-started, too!!


This, my first of the season Christmas card, is headed into 3 challenges!  HO HO HO-Let’s Go!!


I’ve got the Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge #15-Cabinet Card…check!  I’ve got the Artistic Outpost-Show us your AO art….check!  And over at Inspiration Journal it’s Happy Holidays…check!  There is the chance to win some fabulous goodies and gift certificates at each challenge, so get your holiday crafting mojo in gear (if I can do it, you can do it) and join me!!  :)


I started with a TH/Idea-ology Cabinet Card that I covered with a layer of gesso on the front…..


….and on the back.  I don’t mind that the pre-printed graphics can be seen through the gesso.  It’s a great first layer that I hope will show through here and there when I’m finished altering this card.

(Excuse the mottled sunlight–I’m still trying to use as much natural light as I can for my picture taking and the sun doesn’t crest the tree line that borders our property to the south.  This is the sunlight I get when the sun is at its highest point in the day, filtered through a greenbelt of evergreens.  It’s pretty, but not the best for picture taking, so I’ll be working on my whole lighting thing as the days grow shorter.)


 I used Jet Black Archival ink and randomly stamped images from my AO Ephemera Background set on the front of the cab card….


…and on the back.  I know that the postal mark in the image isn’t Christmas time related, but it’s the thought that counts!!


I’m going to finger paint Barn Door & Mowed Lawn DPs over the front and back of the cab card.  Before I began, I slipped a piece of wax paper into the middle of the cab card so that the pocket did not get painted shut.


I went heavier with red on the front, with a smudge of green here and there….


…and I used the rest of the paint and smudged it all over the backside with my fingers.

I sanded the front and back surfaces with my sanding block, then I applied Vintage Photo DI with my ink blending tool over the front & back surfaces and I finished with inking the edges with Walnut Stain DI.  I constructed the rest of this cabinet card at night and the lighting was horrible, so I only have pictures of the completed card, that I snapped in the daylight.


Here is the finished back–I used my TH/SA Harlequin & Christmastime stencils with WV Silver Embossing Paste and randomly laid down some texture on the back and front sides.


You can see the stenciling peeking through some of the layers of embellies that I laid down–There’s some TH/Idea-ology Tissue Tape, Alpha Tiles that spell out St. Nick, OH–I used a piece of Industrious Border sticker, that I painted with Picket Fence & Mowed Lawn DPs, to frame the image of old St. Nick.


This nice image of St. Nick is from the AO Snowy Woods plate and I stamped him onto glossy stock with StazOn ink in Jet Black.  I colored him with Tea Dye, Barn Door & Broken China DI’s and my mini ink blending tool.  He was attached to a couple of pieces of Seasonal Paper Stash and slipped into the pocket of the Cabinet Card.


I stamped the pine cones from the AO Midwinter plate onto manila stock and colored with Vintage Photo DI.  I fussy cut them out and applied Clear Rock Candy DG to the edges with sticky embossing powder.  The pine boughs are from the TH/Sizzix Tattered Pinecone die, treated with a layer of Shabby Shutters DG.



Here’s the tag I made to insert inside the pocket.  It’s a #8 manila tag that I soaked with a Walnut Stain re-inker spray that I made (Thanks for the idea, Lynne!)   I used the Christmastime stencil with Evergreen Bough DI and my ink blending tool.  That little trio of pine cones is from the Midwinter plate and they have a nice little sparkle of Clear Rock Candy DG, too.


 I attached the Merry Christmas label, from the TH/SA Simple Sayings set, to a piece of black stock and wrapped around the cab card with jute twine.  I have to say it feels good to have this first card made for Christmas.  It should just get easier from here on out, Right?!  :)

If you need more detailed incentive to get your challenge and Christmas creative juices flowing, you’ve got prizes to consider!!  Artistic Outpost has a $15 gift certificate to use towards any AO stamps; Inspiration Journal-owned by Inspiration Emporium-has a $50 gift certificate to their online store for their winner; Compendium of Curiosities 3 has the prize-a-palooza package from Tim & Mario AND a $50 gift certificate from Inspiration Emporium!!  WOWIE!!

Thanks for stopping by today!!  I’m so glad that you did and until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Surfaces: Cabinet Card Frame (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Glossy, Manila & Black Card Stock; Seasonal Paper Stash (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); #8 Manila Tag (Inkssentials/Ranger)
  • Stamps: Snowy Woods, Midwinter, Ephemera Backgrounds (Artistic Outpost); Simple Sayings (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous)
  • Distress Inks & Paints (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Ink (Ranger); StazOn Ink (Tsukineko); Gesso (Claudine Hellmuth/Ranger); Sticky Embossing Powder (Ranger); Distress Glitter (Tim Holtz/Ranger)
  • Alpha Tiles, Tissue Tape, Mirror Stars, Christmastime Remnant Rubs (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Jute Twine
  • Big Shot Machine (Sizzix); Tattered Pinecone Bigz Die (Tim Holtz/Sizzix)
  • Matte Gel (Liquitex); Foam Squares; Double-Back Tape (3M); Embossing Heat Gun; Heat Tool; Ink Blending Tool; Mini Ink Blending Tool; Detail Scissors (Fiskars); Craft Sheet (Ranger)

Note to Self-Dream

Happy Tuesday Everyone and Happy Veteran’s Day in the United States!  Today is a national holiday in America to celebrate and honor the Veteran’s of our military and to say Thank You for serving.  Thank You Veteran’s!!  If I could hug you all, I would!!


Oh, this?  Well, I’ve got myself settled down enough (from all the happy dancing this past weekend) to share this news! :)

I received the nicest email from Elaine (the one and only Eclectic Ellapu!) over the weekend and I am a new member of the Eclectic Ellapu Design Team!!  I’m so excited to be a part of this amazing collection of Designers, I’m just beside myself goofy about it!!  I will be joining The Purple Team and will have my first official posting as an EE DT member November 30th/December 1st—so stay tuned for that!!

When I finally stopped dancing—I sat myself down at my worktable and made this tag to enter into the Tag Along Challenge #63-Dream.  This theme couldn’t have been better timed because of the state of joy I was swept up into over the weekend!!


 Plus, if you’re seeing flying pigs, you are definitely in a dream…or in some kind of fugue state or stupor (depending on what you drank or took)!! LOL!! ;)


I went kind of ‘hog wild’ with this tag because this Pig image by Roc Nichols is just so darn cute!!  If you’re not familiar with Roc, you can find her designs featured at StampotiqueTotally worth the visit over there to the store and to the Stampotique Designer’s Blog. Fun Stuff!!


I’m going for the paint marbling technique to apply color to my #8 manila tag.  I’m using Picked Raspberry & Seedless Preserves DP.  I spritzed the DP with water then drug the front & backside of my tag through, and had enough left over DP to cover one more tag!  None of this paint goes to waste :)


Isn’t that pretty?  I love how the colors swirl and blend together.  I spritzed this tag with a bit more water then heat dried.


My 3 flying pigs are stamped onto mixed media stock with Jet Black Archival Ink and colored in with my pan watercolors from Simply Art.


This is a fun stencil!!  This is the Starry Starry Night stencil from Dylusions and I used Walnut Stain DI and my mini ink blending tool to cover my background with these slightly askew stars!


Each piggy was fussy cut out, but this little one, accidentally lost its tail!  I replaced it with a little piece of  20 gauge copper wire that I twisted into a new little curly-q tail!  Since this little piggy was being treated so special, I added a little Clear Rock Candy DG to the wings and a little black enamel ‘polish’ to the hooves.


I altered the surface of this Framed Alpha Part with Seedless Preserves, Picked Raspberry & Picket Fence DPs.  When the paint was dry, I applied a thin layer of Diamond Glaze over the surface and let air dry.


OH–Here’s the back of my tag!!  The ‘dream’ stamp is from the TH/SA Winged Things II set and I did some 2nd gen stamping with Black Soot DI.


In the background of my tag, you can see some stamping and white paint splatters (Picket Fence DP), and I outlined the stars with a white gel pen and I spelled out ‘dream’ with TH Label Letters and I’ve got some layers of TH Tissue Tape and I added a few black & white enamel dots…


 Oink Oink Oink!!  Off we go!!  There’s still one day left to join in over at the weekly challenge at Tag Along.  I know–cutting it a bit close with a challenge deadline!  Time slows down for no crafter!! :)

Thanks for stopping by today!  Have a wonderful Veteran’s Day (hug a veteran!) and until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • #8 Manila Tag (Inkssentials/Ranger); Mixed Media Paper (Strathmore)
  • Stamps:  Pig (Roc Nichols/Stampotique); Winged Things II (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous)
  • Distress Paints & Inks (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Ink (Ranger); Pan Watercolors (Simply Art); White Gel Pen (Sakura)
  • Tissue Tape (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Starry Starry Night Stencil (Dylusions/Ranger); Enamel Dots (My Minds Eye); Alpha Parts & Letter Labels (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Diamond Glaze (Judikins); Foam Squares; Matte Gel (Liquitex); Copper Wire; Jute Twine; Yarn
  • Craft Sheet (Ranger); Finger Knife (Fiskars); Heat Tool; Craft Scratcher (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios)

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!!

Happy Saturday Everyone!!!  I’m here to announce the winner of my little giveaway from yesterday….

Firstly—HELLO & WELCOME to my new followers!!  Thanks for jumping on board with me and joining me on my journey of creativity!  Who knows where we’ll end up but I’m so glad that you’re with me!! :)

Secondly—The quote from my tag yesterday “Do You See” is a quote from the 1986 movie MANUNTER.  The correct answer is Manhunter.  It’s from the scene where the killer has the journalist and is making him watch a slide show and the killer keeps asking the journalist….’Do You See’….Yeah, I’m a 80’s movie geek, for sure!!

OK–Now on to announce the winner….Ba Ba Da Daaaaaa…..


Jessa, I’ll be sending you an email to get your mailing address so that I can send you the Tim Holtz/Idea-ology Elements Remnant Rubs & the Industrious Stickers Borders.  Congrats!!  Hope you enjoy them!!

Thanks again to everyone who joined in on the fun!  Now, get back out there and have a Good Weekend!!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!


Do You See–a Giveaway?

Happy Happy Friday!!  What better way to end the week than with a giveaway, right?  Since I started blogging and participating in challenges and other bloggy giveaways, I’ve won and been gifted a nice little stash of goodies, some of which I already have in my crafting inventory.  I’d like to share some of my goodies with you and at the end of this post, I’ll tell you what I’m giving away and how to enter my drawing!  Yes–you’ll have to earn your goodies, but I’ll give you a couple of ways to enter to win! :)


Until then, you’ll just have to hang on while I share my Colored Crackle creation for the Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge #14 at Studio L3!  This one is from page 53 of Tim’s book and it’s one of my favorite techniques!  This is my 3rd bottle of Clear Rock Candy DCP, and I even had the big tub to refill the small bottles!!  This stuff is GREAT!


This will be a pretty short post, as I can’t show you how the details of how the Colored Crackle technique works, but it’s on almost every surface on this tag–can you say Colored Crackle Crazy 5 times fast, with crackers in your mouth?! LOL!! :)


I’m using a #8 manila tag to create my Shattered LS colored crackle background with. This was very messy and I scraped up any extra DCP and put back into the jar and I washed the stencil right away.  I let this tag dry overnight.

I used Seedless Preserves & Crushed Olive DPs and Black Soot DI to color my crackle.  Look at that crackly goodness!!  It’s so cool!!

 Here is a #8 kraft tag that I’m using for the back of my colored crackle tag.  My tag is going to end up being a little heavy when it’s all put together, so I’m adhering this extra tag so the finished project is sturdy.


Now for the close-ups!  This is a large clock face piece from Prima (that I got from the Funkie Junkie Boutique earlier this year) treated with the colored crackle technique.  I used Crushed Olive DP & Walnut Stain DI.  The eye image is from the Oddities plate and I stamped it onto WV Modeling Film with Jet Black StazOn ink.  I molded the film, then did the colored crackle technique on it and used Seedless Preserves DP to make the eye pop a little bit more off of the surface of the tag.


Here I’ve treated some TH/Idea-ology mini gears, long fasteners & game spinners with the colored crackle technique and I’ve used Crushed Olive & Seedless Preserves DPs and Walnut Stain DI.


This is fun! Same thing here–all pieces treated with the colored crackle technique and colored with Seedless Preserves & Crushed Olive DPs and Walnut Stain DI.

Here is an acetate panel that I treated with the colored crackle technique.  I stamped the eye chart onto the front side with Jet Black StazOn ink and applied the technique to the reverse side.  I used Brushed Pewter DP & Black Soot DI to color the crackle.


Here’s a finished shot of the back of my tag. It’s a little messy with the stitching, but there’s still good space for note writing.


‘Do You See’ now, how I went kind of colored crackle crazy?  But it’s a good kind of crazy–the creative kind!!  The CC3 #14 Colored Crackle challenge at Studio L3 closes tonight at 11:55pmMDT and there’s the chance to win a $25 gift certificate from the challenge sponsor-The Funkie Junkie Boutique and a Tim & Mario prize package to the Curiosity Crew’s Choice!  There’s still a bit of time to enter your colored crackle creation!!


OK–now on to the fun stuff!!  I have these couple of Tim Holtz/Idea-ology goodies to give away to one randomly drawn contestant.

First way to earn an entry–Leave me a comment (w/your em address) on this posting giving me the title of the 1986 movie the quote on my tag is from.

(And for 80’s geeks out there like me, you won’t need to go on the online to look this up!  It’s just one of the useless bits of nothing that you’ve stored away for some purpose–Here’s that purpose! It’s going to win you some crafty goodies–Go Figure!!  LOL!!)  :)

The 2nd way to earn an entry?  Just press that follow button and sign up for my blog (and technically, this is not a bribe as what I’m giving away is not money…)! :)

This drawing is open until 11:59pmPDT tonight and I’ll draw and post the winner tomorrow.  GOOD LUCK!!

Thanks for stopping by and until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Surfaces: #8 Manila & Kraft Tags (Inkssentials/Ranger); Acetate Stock (Papertrey Ink); Modeling Film (Wendy Vecchi/Studio 490); Black Stock (Core’dinations)
  • Stamps:  Oddities (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous)
  • Distress Paints, Crackle Paint, Inks (Tim Holtz/Ranger); StazOn (Tsukineko); Twinkling H2Os
  • Shattered Layering Stencil (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous)
  • Clock Face (Prima); Mini Gears, Game Spinners, Long Fasteners & Tinsel Twine (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology);
  • Matte Gel (Liquitex); Hole Punch; Sewing Machine (Kenmore); Ink Blending Tools; Paint Brush

Currently Unsupervised

Did I say unsupervised?  Me? No-Not Me!!  Considering it’s already November, I’d say this year of 2014 is what’s completely out of control and unsupervised- from the very beginning!!  I’ve simply been trying to hang on for dear life as each month passes by with a WHOOSH!!!  Thanks for hangin’ on with me!!  LOL!! :)

 So, before November gets away from me, I better start sharing some of the goodies I’ve been working on!  To start my crafty month and week, there are 2 ‘Favorite Color/Color Combo’ challenges that this tag is headed to.  Come along with!!


The Pink Team at Eclectic Ellapu is hosting the ‘Favorite Color Combo’ challenge this month and for my first time, I’m joining in the weekly challenges at the  Stampotique Designers Blog!!  Totally excited about that and I’m entering this one into SDC #171-Favorite Color.


My favorite color is Yellow.  I used to own a ‘Mello Yellow’ 2005 convertible VW Beetle, there is always a room in my house painted yellow (it’s my laundry room downstairs in this house) and my favorite flower is the happy, yellow Sunflower.  I love the color yellow!  I love yellow with any other color, too!  For my paint marbled background, I’m using Mustard Seed, Antiqued Bronze & Ripe Persimmon DPs.


I’m using mostly Mustard Seed with two dabs of Ripe Persimmon and a dab of Antiqued Bronze DPs.

I spritzed the DPs on my craft sheet with water and ran my tag through the paints.  Then I spritzed the tag with water and dried with my heat tool.  I love how the Antiqued Bronze DP looks like it ran and smeared over the painted surface of the yellow & oranges.  I used the rest of the smeared paint on my craft sheet to color the back of my tag…there’s my writing surface! :)

OK–I have to admit, I didn’t take many any step-x-step pics while I was working on this tag.  I’m telling you, I was off and running and didn’t realize how far I had gotten into almost finishing this tag (until making a boo-boo).


I’ve got some fun layers of stenciling and stamping at play on my tag.  I started with stamping Smile onto my tag with Jet Black Staz-On ink and masking him off.  I then stenciled the dots in the background using my Dylusions Dotted Flower stencil and DIs in Ripe Persimmon & Vintage Photo and also a dot here & there of Cotton White Staz-On ink, too.  I did some 2nd gen stamping with the Barcode image in Jet Black Archival ink and finished my layers with a flick of Picket Fence DP and my paint brush and a spritz of Sunflower Sparkle Perfect Pearls Mist.


 I ended up stamping Smiles a couple of other times on red & pale yellow card stocks and fussy cut him and his hearts out.  The quote is from Dylusions Say It How It Is set that I stamped onto stained manila tag with Jet Black Archival ink and mounted on black Core’dinations stock.


OH! The boo-boo I mentioned?  Well, as I was machine stitching the perimeter, I didn’t realize that the ink spritzes (one last layer I couldn’t resist adding!) weren’t dry all of the way and I was smearing Black Soot DI all over my tag and machine! I was able to strategically place the word bands over some of the mess, but–you can see it!!  ;)


Here’s another look at the back of my tag.  Can you see some of the shimmery goodness from the PPM?  I love that stuff!!  I also love the stitching around the perimeter–I have a nice open space to write a note!


Unsupervised or not, the order of the day is FUN FUN FUN were the possibilities are truly endless!!  Come on over and check out the challenge themes at Eclectic Ellapu for November and grab your Stampotique images and get stamping for their weekly challenges–Hope to see you there!!

Thanks for stopping by today and until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps: Smile & Barcode (Stampotique); Say It How It Is (Dylusions/Ranger)
  • Surfaces: #8 Manila Tag (Inkssentials/Ranger); Red & Yellow Card Stocks; Black Card Stock (Core’dinations)
  • Distress Paints, Inks, Stains & Markers (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Ink (Ranger); Staz-On Inks (Tsukineko); Perfect Pearls Mist (Ranger);
  • Air Art Gun (Artworx); Paper Distresser & Craft Scratcher (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios)
  • Matte Gel (Liquitex); Craft Sheet (Ranger); Heat Tool; Sewing Machine (Kenmore); Detail Scissors (Fiskars)
  • Cotton Twill Ribbon