Did You See This?

Did you hear about this?


Those wonderfully talented Creative Guides at A Vintage Journey are having a Secret Santa gift exchange amongst themselves and are now sharing the projects that they made for one another on the AVJ blog as well as on their own personal blogs.  Not only do we get to share in the behind the scenes creating of these spectacular projects, we can share in the Guide’s excitement of receiving their special gifts, too.


The Creative Guides are also giving us fans of AVJ a chance to enter their special Secret Santa Christmas Giveaway!!

Join in the Secret Santa blog hop and visit each Creative Guide’s blog and leave them a nice comment–Then, do what I’m doing and pass the word along about this festive happening on your own blog and leave a link about it at A Vintage Journey.


If more than 30 people link up at AVJ, this second prize package will be added….


..and if more than 50 people link up, the Creative Guides will add this third prize package!!

You have until 11:55pm (UK time) Sunday, December 21st to leave all of your comments and your link on the A Vintage Journey blog–so what are you waiting for?  Not only may you win a spectacular creative gift package from AVJ, but you’re sure to get some GREAT inspiration for starting or finishing those Christmas projects!!

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


Woodlands Christmas Ornament

Happy Monday!!  Thanks for starting your creative week with me!!  Today’s post is kinda quick–It’s my entry into the Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge at Studio L3 and I can’t show you the techniques behind it ;)


It’s Challenge #17-Woodlands & Tinsel Twine time, from Page 60 of Tim’s CC3-just in time to make something festive for Christmas!!  And how about the possibility of having a $50 post-Christmas shopping spree with the challenge sponsor, Inspiration Emporium?  And how about the possibility of being the recipient of the Curiosity Crew’s Choice prize package from Tim & Mario?  Well, color me jolly and let’s get into a festive mood!! :)


This is my Woodlands ornament I made after being inspired by not only the fabulousness of what the entire CC3 Curiosity Crew created, but add in another two sources;

Richele Christensen


Also known as California Art Girl, Richele made this darling Woodlands ornament after being inspired by a Pottery Barn ornament-

Somerset Place


-and these cute little mini-Woodland tree ornaments  are found at Somerset Place, the blog for Stampington & Co.

Now you can see why I wanted to make an ornament :)


Here is the large Woodlands tree untouched.  I was having problems figuring out what the heck I was going to mount this tree onto…a little ring box, a little block of wood, this tin lid it’s sitting on–Then I remembered a bag of antique wooden spools I have!! SCORE!!


I treated the tree with Salty Ocean DS and I wrapped a piece of stamped & stitched muslin around my wooden spool and adhered with matte gel.


Although I can’t talk about this step and how I got the globs of glittery goodness on the tree branches, I can say that I wish I was a little more heavy handed with this technique.  I think this tree could have used a little more snowy sparkle!


To bling up my tree a bit more, I strung some white micro beads onto fishing line, with intermittent blue glass beads, to make my garland…


…and I mounted clear glass stars & round beads onto straight jewelry posts and hot glued into the tree.


Here’s a close-up view of the thread spool and my use of the Tinsel Twine.


I can definitely see myself making an entire-large & small-set of these Woodland Tree Christmas ornaments for next year!!  This was a fun ornament to make and it was pretty easy, too!

If you’ve got a copy of Tim’s Compendium of Curiosities 3, you can join in on CC3 Challenge #17–it’s open until Friday, Dec 19th and it’s so worth joining in.  Hope to see you there!!

Thanks again for stopping by today!!  I know we’re smack dab in the middle of the mad, holiday rush so I do appreciate the time you’re taking out of your day to have a visit with me!!  Thank You sooo much!!  Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



Friday Update

HAPPY FRIDAY!!  WHOA–Where did the last (almost) 2 weeks go?!  I can’t believe I haven’t done a blog post since November 30th!!  Not even one peep!  Well, my temporary silence is all for good stuff going on behind the scenes–most of which has been crafting for Christmas.  I’m a bit all over the place with several Christmas projects going on at once, so I thought I’d take some ‘BTS’ pics to make me get organized ;)

Speaking of getting organized–I’ve updated my Flickr feed to share some of the tags/cards I’ve been making, inspired by The Funkie Junkie’s 12 Tags of Christmas Challenge.  Although I’m not entering the challenges, the tags that Linda has been creating have been wonderfully inspirational and FUN!!  Take a look-see for yourself and find yourself instantly inspired :)

So, on to what I’ve been doing or not doing (depending on how you look at things)….


Here is my worktable with 6 projects in some form of pre-prep, or just waiting for me to get started on!!


There are 3 projects right here–two with the Woodlands Trees and that crackled chipboard/manila ornament.  Let me tell you–that crackled ornament has already experienced one failed attempt at whatever I was trying to do with it!! It’s now sitting, with another coat of crackle paste, waiting for me to get back to it ;)


‘Using’ The Funkie Junkie’s 12 Tags of Christmas weekly challenge to inspire me to get my Christmas cards & tags made, I’ve got tags #5 & #6 under their respective print-outs.  I’ve also got a birthday tag to make for a brother-in-law, which isn’t going to be Christmas themed (thank goodness!!) ;)


OH–and here’s project #7!!  I’ve got a little ATC tri-fold going on here, inspired by the monthly challenge going on over at Our Creative Corner right now “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas“.   The challenges have certainly spurred me into creating different things to give as “Christmas Cards” this year.  Now the trick is to actually get all of these projects finished and mailed out ‘in time’ :)

Now, just to share some stenciling fun I’ve been having from making all of these things for Christmas–


 From Linda’s week #3 tag, I was inspired to create snowflake masks from acetate and my Cricut machine.  I laid the snowflakes onto the kraft tag and spritzed with Salty Ocean DS from a mini mister–then I picked the snowflakes off of the kraft tag, spritzed with water, then laid down onto the manila tag and patted down with a paper towel.  Two backgrounds ready to go!!


This is the back of my week #1 tag.  I used the Holiday Knit LS with Barn Door DI on the front of this tag, but not wanting any of that excess ink to go to waste–I spritzed the stencil with water, then pressed down onto the rear side of my tag and patted with a paper towel.  Very festive!! :)


This is the background panel I stenciled for the week #4 tag–but I turned my creation into a card.  This is the Festive LS strategically masked with post-it notes and inked with Mowed Lawn, Barn Door & Gathered Twigs DI.  I used the sponge applicators with my fingers so I could precisely color through the stencil.

I know this isn’t my usual posting-but it’s not a usual month, to say the least!  I can’t wait until my ‘behind the scenes’ happenings come together and I can disclose fully with you all!!  I’ve just got to get through all of the Christmas hub-bub first!!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!!  Have a GREAT Friday and a WONDERFUL weekend!!  Until Next Time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Surfaces: #8 Kraft & Manila Tagas (Inkssentials/Ranger); Manila Stock; Acetate (Papertrey Ink)
  • Stencils: Festive & Holiday Knits (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous)
  • Distress Inks & Stains (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Crackled Texture Paste (Wendy Vecchi/Studio 490)
  • Cricut Machine & Home Accents Cartridge (Provo Crafts)
  • Tissue Tape & Woodland Trees (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)

Chipboard Ornament for Eclectic Ellapu

Told ya’ll I’d be back soon!! Happy Sunday to my friends in the U.S.!!  Happy December 1st to my International friends!!  I’m here today with my first official blog post as an Eclectic Ellapu Design Team Member–WOOT WOOT!!  I’m stoked!!  I’m a member of the EE Purple Team and teammate PurpleCinn (aka Tabatha) chose the December theme and challenges us to create something for Christmas-But not a card!

OK–I’ve got something!!  I was inspired by Wendy Vecchi to try my hand at making my own home-made Christmas ornaments after reading her post at her own blog-Here and over at the Ranger blog, too-Here.  


This is a proto-type ornament, of sorts.  I want to have a creative activity to share with my Mom-in-Law when she visits for Christmas, so I assembled a chipboard ornament and went to Christmas-town on it!!


This is how my ornament started out.  I cut out lots of 3″ circles (this was before I learned, from Wendy herself, that the wooden ornaments are 4″) and fashioned the toppers from a bunch of rectangles that I fussy cut and scalloped punched.  As I am a cheap frugal crafter, I save the boxes from dry cereal and reuse as my ‘chipboard’.  Each ornament has 3 layers of chipboard glued together and the toppers are just two layers.


I’m going to start by rubbing a layer of Picket Fence DP over the front and back of my ornament.

 I really like the whitewash effect the Picket Fence DP gave the chipboard.  It’s a great first layer of color!


My next layer is Salty Ocean DS that I rubbed onto my craft sheet then finger painted onto the painted chipboard.  I love how the color settled into the painted surface of the ornament.  It’s uneven and rough and super cool!!


I used my Harlequin LS with Chipped Sapphire DI to stencil dark diamonds onto the front of the ornament.  I quickly covered with Sticky embossing powder and applied heat until just shiny.


I quickly covered the melted Sticky EP with Clear Rock Candy Distress Glitter and let cool.


 Aren’t those glittery diamonds fun?  I was hoping they’d be a bit darker so that they’d stand out more, but I can fix that later on.


Here’s the back of the ornament–basically an unembellished version of the front!  But even this looks pretty good on its own ;)


For the topper, I rubbed Distress Embossing Ink over the front and back surfaces and then dipped into my little tub of Silver EP and heat set.  DONE!! :)

Then, I added some stamping through the Harlequin LS and I outlined the diamonds with a fine tip black gel pen.  I did splatter more Picket Fence DP over the surface and you can see in some places, it made the black gel pen run.  I LIKE it!!  I rubbed Chipped Sapphire DI over the edge of the ornament with my ink blending tool and heat set everything.


These layered snowflakes were cut from my Cricut machine with the Christmas Cheer cartridge.  I used a piece of silver embossed card stock and vellum and I layered those with painted rounds of tulle.  They were blinged out with little blue rhinestones and glued to the ornament with matte gel.


I made the word banners from white card stock stamped with a sentiment from my Sunny Holiday Messages set from Hero Arts.  I inked the edges with Chipped Sapphire DI and adhered with matte gel.  I’m making sure nothing is falling off!!


I finished by stringing color coordinated glass beads onto silver cord and tying onto the topper to form a hanger.  Not too bad for my very first, homemade chipboard ornament!  And this is versatile, too–It can serve as a special Christmas gift tag or even as a nice way to send a note, because of the bare backside!  I love my backsides for note writing!! ;)

I hope this homemade chipboard ornament has inspired you to make something for Christmas-That’s not a card!  Come on over with whatever you make-that’s not a card for Christmas, and join in with the Eclectic Ellapu Purple Team challenge.  It’s running from December 1st through January 31st.  Our first challenge in 2015 will be introduced on February 1, 2015.

Thank You sooo much for joining me today!!  I hope you enjoyed todays post as much as I enjoyed making this ornament!!  I hope to see you over at Eclectic Ellapu!!  Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Surfaces: Chipboard (cereal boxes); White Card Stock (Papertrey Ink); Vellum; Tulle
  • Distress Paint, Stain, Embossing Ink & Ink (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Ink (Ranger); Silver Embossing Powder (SU)
  • Stamps: Sunny Holiday Messages (Hero Arts); Background Basics-Text Style (Papertrey Ink)
  • Cricut Machine (Provo Craft); Christmas Cheer Cartridge (Provo Craft)
  • Matte Gel (Liquitex); Foam Dot; Scallop Edge Punch (EK Success); Detail Scissors (Fiskars); Craft Sheet (Ranger); Flat Paint Brush
  • Glass Beads; Blue Rhinestones; Silver Cord

Jingle Bell WOW!

Happy Friday!!  I’m sure there’s the sound of crickets out there (in the U.S. especially!) with everyone out and about shopping, shopping, shopping!!  Well, I’m at home crafting, crafting, crafting at the worktable and recuperating from the Thanksgiving day of cooking and playing and eating!!  The weather even allowed us to traipse about the property yesterday and look for our Christmas tree!!  We’ve tagged 4 of them and will make the final selection this weekend :)

I’ve got a Christmas themed tag I made for two challenges, one of which is a ‘new’ one for me to enter; Fashionable Stamping Challenge and my ‘early’ entry for Compendium of Curiosities 3 at Studio L3!  At FSC Challenge #86 is to make A Christmas Tag and it’s challenge #16-Layering Stencil Embossing at CC3.  I’m going to try to turn any challenge makes into a card or tag for Christmas, so that I stayed motivated and multi-task with getting Christmas cards made!

There are FABULOUS sponsors and prizes to be won at both challenges!  Fashionable Stamping Challenge has a $20 gift certificate from their sponsor, Flonzcraft!  Very Cool, indeed! (I’ve got a couple of their Vintage Fashion sheets of stamps) CC3 #16 is being sponsored by The Funkie Junkie Boutique with a $25 shopping spree at Linda’s store and then there’s the coveted prize-bonanza, donated by Tim & Mario, that’s awarded to the Curiosity Crew’s Choice!  WOO-HOO! :)


In keeping with the rules and such with the CC3 challenge, I’m working from my copy of Tim Holtz’s Compendium of Curiosities 3 book-page 50, and not sharing the technique.  But, I can share the details of what I used to bring this tag together and how I used the Layering Stencil Embossing technique.


So, here you can see some of the items I’ve gathered to concoct this tag–I’ve got a #8 manila tag, some DIs in Broken China & Evergreen Bough & Scattered Straw is in there, too.  Of course there’s my copy of Tim’s CofC #3 and two of Tim’s Layering Stencils that I’m going to use.


I’ve been working with Tim’s Christmas Blueprints #5 and this is the jingle bell image from that set.  It’s fun and playful and a chance for me to go ‘non-traditional’ with color.  Here, I’ve stamped my focal image onto the tag with black pigment ink, then I heat embossed with black WOW embossing powder.


 And just like that–I’ve got layers of color, stenciling and embossed stenciling!!  I layered my DIs on the tag first-Scattered Straw, Broken China & Evergreen Bough and heat dried.  Then I used the Stars LS with Broken China DP and heat dried.  I used the Layer Stenciling Embossing technique with that last layer of blue stenciling!  Isn’t that fun?!  I love that blue embossing!! :)


Before I embellished, I flicked Bolivian Blue Twinkling H2Os and Picket Fence DP over the entire tag with a round paint brush.  The label & sentiment is from the Simple Sayings set.  I stamped the label image onto manila stock with Distress Embossing ink and heat embossed with Cornflower Blue EP from Wendy Vecchi.  I love that blue!


I did spritz one more layer of Pewter Perfect Pearls Mist spray over the tag!  I really was in a spritzing mood–it’s totally fun to do! Once I felt I’d done enough spritzing, I heat dried everything.  After all of that, I wasn’t about to smudge any of it!!  I positioned my collection of mirror stars and set in place with matte gel.


Here’s the backside of the tag–spritzed with Peeled Paint DS (from a mini-mister) and White Linen Dylusions ink spray through the Christmas LS.  I heat dried the sprays and blended a little bit of Broken China DI over the surface and rubbed Vintage Photo over the edges.


And yet, more spritzing!!  I stamped the jingle bell image with Distress EI onto manila stock and heat embossed with Silver EP.  I colored the bell with Scattered Straw & Mustard Seed DI’s and heat set.  Then I spritzed the bell with Sunflower Sparkle & Pewter Perfect Pearls Mists.  I fussy cut it and adhered to the tag with adhesive foam.


I used Chit Chat & Seasonal Chit Chat stickers to form ‘jingle all the way’.  I distressed the stickers a bit with Tea Dye & Black Soot DIs.  I attached them to the bell and tag with little strips of double-back tape and mini foam dots.  I tied a little bow out of silver cord and attached to the top of the bell with matte gel.


OH–I love these little itty bitty bells!  I have these silver bells (leftover from Christmas card creations past) strung on a piece of silver cord that I tied into the ribbon that tops the tag.  Now, the tag makes a little jingle noise when it’s shaken :)


 I’m really happy with how this tag came out.  Those little shadows of white stars in the background, with the shine of the mirror stars in the foreground could be my favorite parts of this tag…but I’m not biased or anything!! ;)

So, “Jingle all the way” over with me to Studio L3 for CC3 #16 (this challenge ends Dec 5th) and FSC for Challenge #86 (this challenge ends tomorrow, Nov 29) with your creations!  I’d love to see you there, too!!

I’ll be back soon with my 1st Eclectic Ellapu Design Team post, that I’m really excited about!!  So, until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Surfaces: #8 Manila Tag (Inkssentials/Ranger); Manila Stock; Black Stock (Core’dinations)
  • Stamps: Christmas Blueprints #5 & Simple Sayings (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous)
  • Distress Inks, Paint & Embossing Ink (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Colorbox Pigment Ink (Clearsnap); Archival Ink (Ranger); Black EP (WOW); Cornflower Blue EP (Wendy Vecchi/Ranger); Dylusions Ink Spray (Ranger); Perfect Pearls Mist Spray (Ranger)
  • Layering Stencils (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous); Mirror Stars, Chit Chat Stickers & Seasonal Chit Chat Stickers (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Silver Cord; Tiny Bells; Satin Ribbon
  • Double-Back Tape (3M); Matte Gel (Liquitex); Craft Sheet (Ranger); Heat Tool; Embossing Heat Gun; Foam Squares & Dots; Paper Distresser (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios); Detail Scissors (Fiskars); Mini Mister (Ranger)

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!!