Q is for Queen….

That’s the name of the challenge over at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers and the possibilities are endless!  Thanks for taking a break from your weekend activities to join me for today’s post–I’ll keep it quick :)


A dog as a queen?  In my house–Absolutely!  :)

The background may look a little familiar–I’m on a fleur de lis kick right now.


Here’s the first batch of goodies I gathered to start my project.


I started with randomly adhering pieces of Sketchbook Tissue Tape on a piece of manila stock.


I swiped Seedless Preserves and Dusty Concord DP’s over the entire surface and spritzed with water.

Tim Holtz features this background technique on his April tag and I’m experimenting with it here first.


I embossed my painted purple panel with my fleur de lis embossing folder….


…and distressed & inked the edges and surface with Dusty Concord and Walnut Stain DI’s.


I spritzed and flicked water on top of the surface, too–I truly am addicted to water spots :)


This queenly pup is from the Party Dog set from Lost Cost Designs.  I stamped her with Jet Black Staz-On ink on manila stock and inked with Vintage Photo & Tea Dye DI’s.  Before I inked this stamp, I masked her hat, as she was going to be given a crown later!


I stamped her highness again on a separate piece of scrap manila and fussy cut her face out, then I applied a layer of Dimensional Magic and set aside to air dry.


The makings of a crown….

I inked the entire surface of a scrap piece of manila stock with Mustard Seed DI and dried with my heat tool.  I chose one of the crowns from Lost Coast Designs Party Hats 2 set and stamped twice on my mustard seed stock with Watermark Resist ink and sprinkled clear embossing powder over both crowns.


After heat setting, I fussy cut both crowns out….


…and placed one on top of puppy’s glazed face while it was still wet.

With the second crown, I spread a little Translucent Embossing Paste on top, then gave it a good covering of Clear Rock Candy DG.  This is going to be the ‘gilded’ crown which will set atop queen pup’s canine cranium…


Queenie will need some blingie!  Let’s surround her in crowns, to remind her of just how royal she is–I cut out the small crown from Elements Remnant Rub-Ons and vigorously rubbed to transfer on the face of the facet.

 I also rubbed a part of a flourish on the backside of the facet and inked with Eggplant Alcohol Ink.


I ended up stamping and fussy cutting another crown–this time in Dusty Concord.  When the clear Rock Candy DG was dry, I used Dusty Concord DI and my water brush to stain the glitter purple.

For my word bands, I prepared a piece of white card stock with Sketchbook Tissue Tape, then adhered vellum over the top.  I then stamped the sentiment from Dylusions Say it How it Is set several times with Jet Black Staz-On ink.  I fussy cut the best stamped words and inked the edges with Walnut Stain DI.


I keep forgetting to take pictures of final assembly steps, Darn It!  And some other details I ended up adding in…


…Like mounting queen puppy on a piece of molding film to give her a little dimension.  I totally forgot to take pictures of that step!

The word bands and purple crown were glued down with matte multi-medium and queen pup is adhered with foam squares.


I just couldn’t let this go without adding some Seedless Preserves paint splatters!


Her highness is ready to look upon you now with her bejeweled and gilded crown upon her regal head :)

Join me over at the Sisterhood with your queenly concoctions–There’s still time!  Hope to see you there!

Thanks for Stopping By Today!!  Until Next Time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!  XOXO-Shari


  • Surfaces: Manila Stock; Purple Card Stock; White Card Stock (SU); Vellum; Molding Film (Wendy Vecchi/Studio 490)
  • Stamps: Party Dogs & Party Hats 2 (Lost Coast Designs); Say it How it Is (Dylusions/Ranger)
  • Distress Paints & Inks (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Staz-On Ink (Tsukineko); Watermark Resist Ink (Ranger)
  • Translucent Embossing Paste (Wendy Vecchi/Studio 490); Distress Glitter (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Clear Embossing Powder (WOW)
  • Embossing folder (Provo Craft); Big Shot Die Machine (Sizzix)
  • Tissue Tape (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Self-Adhesive Rhinestones; Jump Rings & Facet (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Double-Back Tape (3M); Multi-Medium (Claudine Hellmuth/Ranger); Foam Squares; Dimensional Magic (Plaid); Splatter Brush (Liquitex); Water Bush
  • Craft Sheet; Heat Tool; Embossing Heat Tool; Finger Knife (Fiskars);


I Don’t Care-said Pierre

Bienvenue, Bonjour & Happy Friday!! Does the title of today’s post have you intrigued?  Well, today’s offering is my submission to A Vintage Journey’s ‘A Little bit French’ challenge.  And let me tell you, I really have “a little bit of French” themed items in my crafting inventory to participate with!  This truly was going to be a challenge for me, but here I go…


There’s no way I’m going to “craft-up” to what the DT members at A Vintage Journey created as inspiration, let alone the other designs the participants will be making, but I’m going for it anyways and have some fun!  Now, where do I start with this one?

Ah-Yes, The Sentiment.  It’s a quote from the ‘Cartmanland’ episode of South Park in season 5, episode 506.  It’s such a funny and silly quote, I’ve just been dying to use it for something!  (if you click on the above link, you’ll be taken to the episode–the quote happens near the end)


With the challenge at A Vintage Journey being ‘A Little bit French’  I pulled together all of the French themed things that I have on hand–which isn’t many.  Challenge On!!

I chose a sheet of stock from the Paper Stash Kraft Resist that has French script–I applied a layer of Picket Fence DS and dried with my heat tool.


I love the white wash effect–This is going to come in handy for later.

This little boy & dog stamp is from Lost Coast Designs and is called George & Louis, but for all intents and purposes for this card–His name is Pierre!  He got stamped on white stock with Jet Black Staz-On ink.

I fussy cut these little guys out with my finger knife, inked the edges with Black Soot DI and added a few ruby red self-adhesive rhinestones to puppy’s collar.  I set this aside for later assembly…


I want a two-toned background for Pierre and his pup, so I’m using Picket Fence and Black Soot DP’s on a piece of manila stock.


I rubbed Black Soot DP over half of the manila stock, spritzed with water and held in my hand and flicked the stock down, so I could get those drips started.  While the drippy streaks were forming, I dried with my heat tool.


I did the same with Picket Fence DP on the other half.

I distressed the edges and inked with Walnut Stain DI and my ink blending tool.


I ran this painted panel through my Big Shot machine using my fleur de lis embossing folder.  Hey–That’s French!! ;)


Staying with the black & white color theme…I’m going to experiment with the chalkboard technique on the Black Soot side of the embossed panel.


I dabbed my watermark resist ink pad over the embossed fleur de lis and covered with the Antiquities Frosted Crystal embossing powder…

I carefully heat set with my embossing gun so not to over-heat the Frosted Crystals embossing powder.  The finish needs to be matte and rough for this technique to be successful…

It worked!  I used a very light hand when I rubbed the chalk over the raised fleur de lis pattern.  I didn’t want to press too hard and knock any of the embossed texture down.


After chalking the black soot side of the panel, I inked the picket fence side with Black Soot DI.  Tre happy with how this fleur de lis panel turned out :)


I downloaded the font I used for the sentiment from fontspace.comIt’s a great resource for all kinds of awesome fonts–this one is called ‘Frosting for Breakfast’ and I printed the sentiment on both white card stock and vellum.  I wasn’t quite sure how I was going to treat the words.


This font is called ‘Fleur de Lys’.  I wanted to use this as some kind of cool embellishment strip…but how?


….I layered the words printed on vellum on top of the fleur de lys strips that were printed on the white stock.  I adhered the pieces together with multi-medium and cut to size.  All of the edges were inked in Black Soot DI and my ink blending tool.


A few final tweaks to the kraft resist card base—Oh how I LOVE my splatter brush and water spots!

I used Black Soot DP and my splatter brush to create the splotches of paint–I stood up and flung the brush at the stock this time and achieved those bigger paint splats.  Then, I spritzed and flicked some water to give me my beloved water spots!


I applied thin strips of Sketchbook tissue tape to some of the raised portions of the embossed panel–a little more French for the challenge theme :)

I glued everything together and down with matte multi-medium and Pierre and pup where adhered with foam squares.


Voila! Fini! Maybe not the Frenchiest themed piece on the block, but–I don’t care, said Pierre!!!! :)

Have a great rest of your Friday–I’ve got a couple more challenge pieces to get in before next Friday, so, you may hear from me again before the weekend is finished.  Thanks for Stopping By!!  Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!  XOXO-Shari


  • Surfaces: Manila Stock; Vellum; White Stock (Papertrey Ink); Kraft Resist (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Stamp: George & Louis (Lost Coast Designs)
  • Distress Paints & Inks (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Staz-On Ink (Tsukineko); Watermark Resist Ink (Ranger); Embossing Powder (Ranger); Chalk (Crayola)
  • Metal Embellishment (Prima); Self-Adhesive Rhinestones (mfg unk)
  • Multi-Medium (Claudine Hellmuth/Ranger); Foam Squares; Double-Back Tape (3M); Distresser (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studio); Heat Tool; Embossing Heat Tool; Splatter Brush (Liquitex); Finger Knife (Fiskars)

Snarky Princess in the House!

THANK YOU to those Sisters of Snark…..

..for my 'fancy fold' card Time Observations.

..for my ‘fancy fold’ card Time Observations.

…for choosing my card ‘Time Observations’ for a tiara-worthy honor!  YAY!!!

I’ve got something up my creative sleeve for their latest challenge “Q-is for Queen” challenge.  They’re looking for something queenly and royal–something with a crown, perhaps?  Stay tuned–The challenge is open until Friday, April 18th.


Bamboo Anniversary

Hello Hello Hello!!  Thanks for joining me today!  I’ve got a really easy card to share with you–I made this card for my hubbie, for our anniversary last month, to commemorate our wedding and honeymoon on Maui.  One of the excursions we did while on the island was a hike through the Bamboo Forest.  It was sooo beautiful there–

Maui 2008 205

Inspired by the memory, I created this—


This card was super-duper easy to make and the water color effect makes it look really Artsy Fartsy :)


These are all of my supplies (except for the twine not pictured) to make this card.  Super fast to make, too!


I started by stamping the bamboo image with watermark ink then heat embossing with clear embossing powder.


I used Peeled Paint, Crushed Olive and Mowed Lawn DI’s to ‘watercolor’ the bamboo stamped panel.  I smushed each pad onto my craft sheet, spritzed with water then picked up each color individually with a paint brush and randomly brushed over the embossed image.


I also tapped the edges into the watery inks left on my craft sheet and gave the panel a spritz and flick with water.  I LOVE those water spots!!


The Happy Anniversary sentiment is from the All Year Cheer III set from SU–that got stamped with watermark ink then heat embossed with white embossing powder on vellum.


I layered the stamped sentiment onto textured green card stock and wound with jute twine and attached to the panel with double-back tape.


I attached the water colored bamboo panel to a green card base with double-back tape and Ta-Da!!  Really, that easy peasy and so Artsy Fartsy!!

There you have it–short & sweet today!  Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!  XOXO-Shari


  • Surfaces:  Smooth & Textured Green Card Stock (SU); Vellum; Water Color Paper
  • Inks:  Distress Ink (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Watermark Ink (Ranger)
  • Clear Embossing Powder (WOW); White Embossing Powder
  • Paint Brush; Craft Sheet (Ranger); Double-Back Tape (3M); Heat Tool; Embossing Heat Tool
  • Jute Twine

World In My Eyes

Happy Weekend!!  Our Creative Corner has a Fabulous April challenge – With a Song in Your Heart - Create something inspired by a song title or lyrics.  Oh Boy!!  This is going to be a fun one!!


Let me take you (on a trip..) back to my youth in the 80′s when the “New Wave” genre of music hit the States.  I instantly fell in L-O-V-E with Depeche Mode!!  I’ve been a lifetime fan (I said fan–not fanatic!) ever since.  Even as an adult, they are my–Final Answer–Favorite Band of ALL TIME!  I instantly thought of this song for this challenge!!


World in My Eyes–Track 1 from their 1990 album Violator.  (click on this link and you’ll be taken to the video)

Here’s a story–When I was a young, 21 year old navy wife (ahem-that was hubby #1) in San Diego, Depeche Mode played 2 sold-out shows at the Sports Arena for this album.  I didn’t get to go to either of the sold out shows–but, as a sad, alone, DM fan, I forlornly drove past the Sports Arena both nights, just so I could hear the thrum of the music and the screams of the crowd!  Martin Gore would have appreciated that!

I did make up for it later though, by pretty much going to every Depeche Mode concert they played in Seattle, between the years of 1991-2005!!  And let me say this–that spin that Dave Gahan does….It’s Spectacular when you get to see it on stage in person!!!  :)


OK–back to what I’m here for!  I started with a piece of Paper Stash Kraft Resist and rubbed Salty Ocean DS over the entire front.


The distress stain really brings out that coated design on the paper.  You can see the beads of stain sit on top of the resist.


I dried the surface with my heat tool and wiped away the excess stain from the resist areas. I also inked the edges with Night of Navy and a sponge applicator–This is going to be my card base.

 I made my own perfect pearls mist by taking a little bit of Pewter Perfect Pearls and spooning inside a mini-mister, then filling with water and placing a small bead inside to shake.  This is how I achieved this sparkly, water spot effect.


For my ‘world’, I’m using the globe image from the Travel Blueprint plate.  I stamped with Staz-On ink in Jet Black on three different surfaces, because I just wasn’t sure what I was going to do at this point.


I’m going to color my globe on vellum with my water brush and Distress Markers in Faded Jeans, Broken China, Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint, Brushed Corduroy & Antique Linen…


…but on the reverse side!  I figured out what I’m going to do with my stamped globe images and I can’t have water-reactive inks on the front side of this vellum.

I also colored the globe image I stamped on the white card stock with the same DM’s and my water brush.

I ran the white cardstock globe through my Xyron adhesive machine, positioned so the colored side of the globe will get the adhesive, then I layered the piece of vellum right on top with ‘perfect’ alignment.  I really rubbed the vellum onto the white cardstock to make sure the adhesive layer stuck, then fussy cut the globe.


This is why I couldn’t have ink on the front side of the globe image–I’m layering it with a coat of dimensional magic and I didn’t want the colors to wick away.  This was set aside to air dry to reduce any air bubbles that could form if I used my heat tool to dry.



I’m very happy with how this turned out!  Even though the vellum lifted in a few places, it lends a fun texture to my glossy globe.  I mounted this globe on a piece of black cardstock for rigidity and inked the edges and surface with Sepia & Jet Black Archival Inks.  Very cool effect on those raised portions of vellum.


I’m trying to incorporate acetate in more of my designs….


…so I stamped the ‘eye’ image from the Oddities set a couple of times with Jet Black Staz-On ink….


…then die-cut the eyes into mini-tags.

I also stamped the song title onto acetate with Jet Black Staz-On then fussy cut into little word bands.


Now time for assembly! I gathered some metal embellishments from Tim Holtz and Prima Embellishments, silver and brown threads and everyone’s crafting BFF, multi-medium!!


And here’s how it turned out (ignore that red dot on the eyebrow…it’s from my camera)….

I ended up layering the eye over the world with vellum because it got lost on the transparent acetate when I first positioned it and I ended up using only the silver thread–the brown thread was just too thick.

I used foam dots to pop the world off of my card front and multi-medium to glue down the metal pieces.  I actually used double-back tape to adhere the acetate words down with because the matte multi-medium left a dull coating on the acetate when I experimented with it earlier.  I wonder if I used glossy multi-medium, would it have left a dull film on the acetate?  Hmmm…I’ll be experimenting with that…


And there you have it–My first challenge card for Our Creative Corner and a brief look into my musical preferences!  I hold the music of my ‘youth’ very close and it dominates my i-pod almost exclusively…I LOVE my 80′s NEW WAVE MUSIC!!  TOTALLY!!  Thanks for coming with me as I took my trip down Depeche Mode memory lane–It was fun for me :)

Have a Great rest of your weekend and until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!  XOXO-Shari


  • Kraft Resist (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Acetate (SU); Teal Cardstock (inside layer); Vellum; White Cardstock; Black Cardstock
  • Stamps: Oddities & Travel Blueprint (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous); Alphabet Letters (mfg unk)
  • Distress Stain & Markers (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Staz-On (Tsukineko); Perfect Pearls (Ranger); Classic Dye Ink Pad (SU)
  • Silver Thread (Coats); Small Gears, Spinner & Brad (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Large Metal Embellishments (Prima Embellishments)
  • Matte Multi-Medium (Claudine Hellmuth/Ranger); Double-Back Tape (3M); Foam Dots; Dimensional Magic (Plaid)
  • Paint Brush; Mini-Mister; Craft Sheet; Heat Tool; Sponge Applicator (make-up triangles)
  • Big Shot Machine (Sizzix); Traditional Tags Die (Sizzix)

Artistic Outpost Top 3 for March

HAPPY FRIDAY!!  What a way to end the week!!  I’m sooooo TOTALLY HAPPY!!

Artistic Outpost chose my Braver, Stronger, Smarter card from my submission to their Monthly Referral Challenge for March!!

Brave Girl

They are going to take a hiatus from the challenge for April, but have invited us to share any creations we make with their images, on their FB page.

In the meantime, their DT members are creating works of art on the AO blog that’s worth checking out!

Have a GREAT Friday & Thanks for Stopping By today–Stay Artsy Fartsy!! XOXO-Shari

Time Observations

Happy Thursday!!  Happy April!!  Thanks for visiting with me today!  I’ve got a card to share that I made for 3 different challenge blogs! WOWIE!! Making one card for 3 challenges was a challenge in itself for me!!  Let’s see what I came up with!


One of the challenges that I’m entering this card into is at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers blog.  Although this card has no snark factor-this time, it does have a Fancy Fold-The theme for their latest challenge.  Frilly & Funkie has a challenge entitled Time After Time–create with the theme of time and/or clocks–I was all over that!  And at A Vintage Journey - a Tim Holtz inspired challenge blog, the theme is Say it with Words….


 ….to stay with the theme of ‘time’ for F&F and have a fantastic quote or statement for AVJ, I found a quote from the Chalkboard Wisdom plate that was perfect for both challenges.


This was a project that evolved by the seat of my pants with lots of inspiration from the techniques I learned in both Creative Chemistry online courses taught by Tim Holtz.

I started by bi-folding a piece of paper stash kraft resist stock (that’s my fancy-fold) and giving both sides a white washing with Picket Fence DS.


I applied a couple of lengths of tissue tape over the folds….

…and stenciled with Vintage Photo & Walnut Stain DI’s over the clockwork stencil.


This is the background for the front and back of my card.


I inked the inside of my card with Chipped Sapphire, Victorian Velvet, Peeled Paint and Vintage Photo DI’s and my ink blending tools.  I then gave it a spritz and flick of water.  With the base layer of Picket Fence DS, the water stains are white and really pop through.


I used Black Soot DI to stencil some random letters from the schoolhouse stencil on the inside.


I also used Walnut Stain DI with the stencil.

When I stamped this frame from Chalk It Up, I originally used Vintage Photo & Black Soot DI’s, but I didn’t like it for this project.  I re-stamped the frame with Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain DI’s and liked the color effect much better.  I pressed the stamp pads directly onto my rubber stamp, then stamped the image on a piece of manila stock.  I fussy cut the image with my finger knife and inked the edges with Walnut Stain DI.

The crackle texture paste is a really neat product.  So much like cracked, worn paint–Speaking of paint….


I rubbed Gathered Twigs DP over the crackled texture with my finger, then inked over the entire frame with Walnut Stain DI and my ink blending tool.


I stamped the quote from the Chalkboard Wisdom plate on kraft glassine with jet black archival ink.  I planned on using these words throughout the entire card, so I made sure I stamped it plenty of times to be able to fussy cut exactly what I wanted.


Overall, this card challenged me on almost every level.  I normally don’t make cards with much of anything on the inside, except a simple stamped sentiment or quote.  For this card, my sentiment on the inside is also a focal point.


Oh, excuse me–Are you doing something?

 Oh, excuse the kitty interruption.  This actually happens a lot with both of my cats–this one is Daisy.  I was quick enough this time to click a picture of her before she went off to chew on something/anything/everything….


As I mentioned earlier, this project had me flying by the seat of my pants and I ended up forgetting to take pictures of the assemblage of the entire front of this card.  So, here is the front of my fancy fold card, not quite finished just yet…

I cannibalize unfinished projects all the time.  For this design, I’m using a rusted fussy cut watch image from a barely started tag and a piece of dry embossed aluminum sheet that I had been experimenting with.


The rusty watch is fussy cut out of the pocket watch image from The Outpost plate from AO.  I had plans to use it on a tag, but this card needed it more!  The watch face was also meant for another project that I just didn’t get around to…I had been experimenting with a roll of aluminum sheeting and dry embossed this small piece months ago.  For this card, I industrialized it by dabbing Black Soot DP on it, let it sit a few seconds, then gently wiped away the excess.  I glued it to the back of the watch face with matte multi-medium.

All of the words are from the fussy cut kraft glassine.  I adhered them down with matte multi-medium and outlined them all with Picket Fence & Walnut Stain DM’s.  I then swiped over the outlines with my water brush to soften the lines a bit and let the colors work with each other.

I used time and clock related Words, Numbers and Elements Remnant Rub-On’s and randomly stamped the clock face with Black Soot DI.  Of course I can’t forget the splattering!!  I used Black Soot DP and my splatter brush to give the entire front of the card a nice speckling!  Gosh, I love that splatter brush!!

The glassine words on the inside flaps of the card also got outlined with dm’s.


And this is a gear that I was experimenting with–I covered the entire gear with dimensional magic and let it dry.  Then I applied a layer of Clear Rock Candy DCP and let that dry.  Then I inked the crackle with Wild Honey DS and Walnut Stain DI.  Eh–just something kind of shiny to have on the inside of the card :)


It’s hard to see, but, I made my own little, round, sticky closer thingies, so that the watch will keep the other flap closed.


I have to say that this could be my first ‘fancy-fold’ card!  But even this isn’t all that fancy!


I might have to admit that this could be the first time I’m submitting one card to multiple challenges, too!  Sending this card over to 3 different challenges is a big hurdle for me–I usually only make one card for one challenge.  For me, being able to meld 3 different challenge themes into one design–that’s a minor goal accomplishment within the bigger goals I set for myself!


 This quote holds more meaning for me now, than ever before in my life.  It is the simple things in life that are the most important, and Laughter, Imagination and Dreams are just some of those simpler things that I hold very close to my heart.  I love to Laugh, my Imagination keeps me young, and my Dreams-whether fulfilled or not–are Forever.

Thank you for joining me today and sharing in another one of my (small) goals being met!  Now, hop over to the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers, A Vintage Journey, and Frilly & Funkie and join in on the challenge fun!  You never know what kind of Artsy Fartsy you may be inspired to create!!  XOXO-Shari


  • Stamps: Chalk It Up-frame, Chalkboard Wisdom-quote, The Outpost-watch (Artistic Outpost); Stampers Sampler-clock face (Stampington & Co)
  • Surfaces: Kraft Resist (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Manila Stock; Aluminum Sheet; Kraft Glassine (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Tissue Tape (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Distress Paints, Stains, Inks, Markers, Crackle Paint (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Ink (Ranger);
  • Foam Squares; Multi-Medium (Claudine Hellmuth/Ranger); Double-Back Tape (3M); Paint Brush; Splatter Brush (Liquitex); Finger Knife (Fiskars)
  • Rusting Powder (Crafty Notions UK); Distress Crackle Paint (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Dimensional Magic (Plaid); Texture Crackle Paint (Wendy Vecchi/Studio 490); Texture Fade (Tim Holtz/Sizzix)
  • Stencils (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous)
  • Game Spinners & Gears (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)