Autumn Sunshine

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

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


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

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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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


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


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


But look at them now!!

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


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

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


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


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

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

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

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!! :)



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

Prescription of Love

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


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

Compendium of Curiosities 3-Challege #11


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

Over at Artistic Outpost–

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


You can kind-of see the crackles!


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


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


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


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

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

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



Colors of the Spirit

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


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


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


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


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


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

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


Front side of tag.

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

Backside of tag.

Backside of tag.

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


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


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

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


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


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


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

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

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


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


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


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


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


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

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



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

Party Animals

Hi There Everyone and WELCOME to my new followers!!  I sure do appreciate you all coming by and joining me on my creative adventure!  Thank You so much :)

Today is a quickie for sure!!  I’m joining in at Lost Coast Designs for their challenge this month–Clean & Simple with LCD images.  Clean & Simple for me, also means quick and easy.  Maybe one color of ink, a couple card stock colors, a couple of images….Easy Peasy-Lemon Squeezy!!  Don’t blink or you may miss this post!! :)


I’m using kraft, white & black cardstocks for my CAS cards and using images from the Party Hat Cats set…..


…and from the Party Dogs set.  I want clean and crisp images, so I’m using Staz-On Jet Black ink to stamp the images with.


Puppy pants here, stamped so well with the Staz-On ink.


Kitty-pie doesn’t look so bad either!

From here on out, things go kind of fast–that’s the nature of CAS :)


I’m using kraft stock as my card base for both cards and I just can’t do clean and simple, cleanly…I’ve got to have some kind of background!  One card is going to have this Darkroom Door Polka-Dots background….


…the other card is going to have a Tim Holtz Tissue Tape background.


OH–the insides of both cards are really simple!!  I used sentiments from the Think Big Favorites #12 stamp set from Papertrey Ink (I used two birthday sentiments within the set to get the same block font for my greeting).


Clean & Simple kitty got the Black Soot DI polka dot background….


Clean & Simple puppy got the tissue tape background.  Easy Peasy–just like that!

If you’ve got some Lost Coast Designs stamps, come on over and join in on their challenge. It runs until the 25th of the month, so you’ve got some time!  Hope to see you over there :)

Until next time-Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps:  Party Cat Hats & Party Dogs (Lost Coast Designs); Polka Dot Background (Darkroom Door); Think Big Fav #12 (Papertrey Ink)
  • Stocks:  Kraft & White (Papertrey Ink); Black (Core’dinations)
  • Inks:  Staz-On (Tsukineko); Distress (Tim Holtz/Ranger)
  • Tissue Tape (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Double Back Tape (3M); Ink Blending Tool (Ranger);

In a Time of Poe

HAPPY HAPPY FRIDAY!!  It’s that ‘time’ again…Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge #10– Tim Holtz’s Assemblage Clock! Now you get my ‘time’ hints :) and you may have guessed the theme I chose to decorate my clock with, too–Edgar Allan Poe!  With Halloween right around the corner, a lot of my crafting of late has had an All Hallow’s Eve feel to it and I was waiting for this challenge, so I can make something for the house for Halloween :)


 The challenge this time around is not technique based, so I can show you what I did to compose my Assemblage Clock.  This is Challenge #10 which means The Funkie Junkie (Linda Coughlin to those who know her) Boutique is offering a $25 gift certificate to one of the lucky winners and as usual, the prize-a-palooza package from Tim & Mario is awarded to the Curiosity Crew’s Choice.


I’m working from page 33 in Tim’s Compendium of Curiosities 3 and it’s all about creating freely and having fun!  I took my time putting this together and even had some creative help from my hubbie along the way :)


I completely disassembled my clock (I used a 7/32 socket) and kept all of the small pieces in a little brad container that I’ve saved from days of yore.


I’m going to start by giving all of my clock pieces a coat of Adirondack Alcohol Inks.  I used Wild Plum, Lettuce, Terra Cotta & Eggplant.

I let gravity and the shape of the bell caps take its course with the Alcohol Inks.  The coverage was great and the way the inks ran and mottled together was just what I was hoping for.

I did the same thing with the body of the clock and let the Alcohol Inks run with the shape of the clock.  I helped a bit and spun the clock body to move the ink around the clock (uh, the edges of the clock are SHARP and I now have a new scar on my man hands!).

I got really painty with these next steps and I still have paint under my nails!  I’m going to do some finger painting with Seedless Preserves, Ripe Persimmon & Black Soot DPs…

I picked up the DPs with my fingers (individually at first..) and swiped and rubbed paint over the outside surface of the clock body and bell caps.  I did rub a little bit of DP in the undersides of the bell caps, too.

During all of my finger painting, I rubbed Black Soot DP onto the washers and nuts and heat dried them on my little pliers.


This is how I stored my clock at night.  As I did things for and on the clock during the day, I stored any bits & pieces inside the body-safely away from night prowling kitties!!


I decided on painting the inside of the clock a lighter color because I plan on using a lot of black elements within the confines of the hollow clock body which will entomb…..OH, almost waxed goth there ;) Sorry, back now!


I applied two coats of Pumice Stone DP and carefully heat dried each.  It is metal and it does get hot, but no burns suffered (from heat drying..).


I’m using stamps from the Haunted & Dr. Coffin’s Apothecary plates from Oxford Impressions which work so well together.  I mix and match these two sets all the time, but they are completely image-fulfilling on their own!


Stamping onto tissue paper is Awesome! You end up with two images on both sides of the tissue, giving you more versatility for image positioning.  Once I stamped the house image onto this piece of tissue paper, I turned it over and glued it into place with gloss multi-medium.  I heat dried just a bit, but mostly let this air dry.  OH–I’m using Jet Black Archival Ink as it’s permanent and won’t smudge from the multi-medium.

I’m using the Ouija board image to create the wallpaper that will adorn the inside of the clock.

Working in sections, I brushed a coat of multi-medium onto the wall of the clock, laid a piece of the tissue paper down and brushed over to set.  I cut any overhanging tissue with my finger knife once it was dry.

I had to get ‘Nevermore’ in this clock somewhere!  I rimmed the inside of the bell caps with tissue paper stamped with the famous utterance.

I so totally had to use the Gothic layering stencil on this! I masked the house image and used Black Soot & Seedless Preserves DPs, then I sprinkled Antiquities Frosted Crystal EP over the wet paint and heat embossed.  I wanted the stenciled design to have a matte finish and this worked great!


OH BOY–Now onto the actual pieces that will create my scene!  I shall have a gothic headstone!  I stamped this headstone image onto chipboard several times…


…and fussy cut each one out.  The top headstone needs to be weathered and worn so I stamp over one of the fussy cut stones with Distress Embossing Ink


…and heat embossed with Pumice Stone Distress EP.  I distressed all of the edges and inked with Black Soot DI.


I layered all of the chipboard headstones together and glued all of the layers with multi-medium.  I set this between a heavy stack of stuff overnight to dry and fuse together.


A gravesite isn’t gothic unless there’s a mourning wreath, well, a Woodlands wreath that will get the goth treatment…


…with Black Marble Ink Spray!!  Oh, Oh, I feel the goth coming out…black marble, cold like the soul of the raven’s black eyes that stare….


I made a couple of banners from manila stock that I’ll drape onto the wreath.  I treated the banners with Tea Dye, Vintage Photo & Walnut Stain mini DIs.


I made an itty bitty little easel for the wreath out of fireplace match sticks and hot glue then painted with Black Soot DP.  I stamped the raven image onto Shrink Plastic with Jet Black Staz-On Ink and let air dry a long time before fussy cutting it.


Here’s the little raven after being shrunk down with my embossing heat tool.  It wouldn’t be a proper ode to Poe without a raven ;)


This could be one of the funnest little décor elements I’ve ever made!


I want to add these metal filigree rounds to the bell caps–but I have to paint them black to make them goth-worthy.  These are wonderful little metal embellishments that I bought from The Funkie Junkie Boutique :)


I painted the filigree rounds with Black Soot DP and carefully heat dried.  Once dry, I brushed multi-medium on the bottom of the filigree pieces and brushed a little on top of the bell caps and adhered the rounds down.  I did place some weighted items on top of the caps to make sure those filigree pieces won’t go anywhere.

I stamped Mr. Poe’s image with Jet Black Archival Ink onto  the smooth side of Distress Water Color paper.  I colored the entire image with Distress Markers in Victorian Velvet, Black Soot, Pumice Stone, Tattered Rose & Aged Mahogany and my water brush.  At this point, I wasn’t sure if I was going to use the entire portrait image, or just fussy cut Edgar out.


This skeleton image is from Dr. Coffin’s Apothecary plate and I use him a lot! This time, I stamped him with Cotton White Opaque Staz-On ink onto Modeling Film.


Oh, this little skull & crossbones, I love this little trinket!!  I gave my skull the goth treatment with Black Soot DP and added tiny red rhinestones in the eye sockets.  I needed to add a little bling somewhere :)


BTS-Before calling it quits one of the nights I crafted late, I rusted this Prima clock face with Rusting Powder and let it do its rusting magic overnight.  I knew this was going to be safe overnight from the cats, because it gets sprayed with vinegar to activate the rusting ;)


OK–So now it’s time for assembly.  I’m using kraft shred for my groundcover that I spritzed with Black Marble & Chopped Pesto Ink Sprays.


OH–before I started gluing things in place, I added some hot glue spider webs to my wreath arrangement.  Since the clock is round, I trimmed down one of the legs on my easel so that it would sit somewhat straight in my graveyard.


Same with the headstone…I trimmed it down so that it will sit properly with the curved shape of the clock and adhered it with my hot glue gun (my man hand fingers may have gotten too close to the tip of the hot glue gun during these initial assembly steps) ;)


I almost forgot about installing the glass!!  But I figured that out before I started gluing everything in place!!  WHEW & DUH!!


My clock is almost complete….I’m waiting for a few things to dry….


I used my Tattered Florals die to create the goth blooms from black cotton fabric, black tulle, and orange color Core’dinations stock.  I stenciled the black fabric with the Gothic and Halloween layering stencils–it’s difficult to see the stenciled designs, but they’re there :)


Here’s a better view of the blooms.  Before I hot glued in place, I spritzed the blooms with Pomegranate Seed Ink Spray and Sheer Shimmer mist.  I also added a strip of black lace that I weaved between the blooms as I was gluing.


I’m still trying to take as many ‘finished’ pictures outside that I can, to utilize the sunshine while we still have it.  Tricky photographing this clock because the glass front reflects everything!!


Oh, my skeleton friend?  He got molded so that he’s hugging Mr. Poe’s headstone!


The shrink plastic raven was glued on top of the easel, perched to protect and overlook Mr. Poe’s final resting place-in this clock!


I swear that Edgar’s eyes follow me every where I go!! Look at him peeking through from the back of the scene…and then those glowing red eyes from the skull–Oh, so eerie!!


I could keep fussing and adding more embellishments to my Assemblage Clock, but at some point, I have to stop and close it up!!  And hurry and get this entered over at Studio L3 by tonight (11:55 Boise time)!!  I didn’t mean to wait until the very last moment to share or enter this, I was just having so much fun that I got swept away!

I hope you enjoyed my latest ode to Mr. Poe.  The anniversary of his death, 165 years ago, is quickly approaching and I hope that where ever he may be now, he’s pleased at how appreciated he and his work are and how alive his spirit is in his written words.  Thank You, EAP!

Thanks for enduring my gothic reveries!! I know this was a long one with lots of photos, but it’s over now!!  Or is it?



  • Assemblage Clock (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Stamps: Haunted & Dr. Coffin’s Apothecary Plates (Oxford Impressions/Austen Gallery)
  • Surfaces: Manila Stock; Shrink Plastic (Ranger); Modeling Film (Wendy Vecchi); Chipboard; Distress Water Color Stock (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Tissue Paper; Color Core’dinations (Core’dinations); Black Cotton Fabric; Black Tulle; Black Lace; Kraft Shred; Woodlands (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Distress Inks, Markers & Paints (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Dylusions Ink Sprays (Ranger); Adirondack Alcohol Inks (Ranger); Mixables Sheer Shimmer Mist (My Favorite Things); Archival Ink (Ranger); Distress Embossing Ink (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Staz-On Inks (Tsukineko); Antiquities Frosted EP (Ranger); Distress EP (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Rusting Powder (Crafty Notions)
  • Crossbones (Tim Holtz/Idea0ology); Metal Filigree Rounds (The Funkie Junkie Boutique); Black Brads; Clock Face (Prima Embellishments)
  • Tattered Florals Die (Tim Holtz/Sizzix); Big Shot Machine (Sizzix); Finger Knife (Fiskars); Scissors;
  • Craft Sheet (Ranger); Wax Paper; Glossy Multi-Medium (Claudine Hellmuth/Ranger); Foam Squares; Heat Tool; Embossing Heat Tool; Ink Blending Tools

Scrambled Birthday

Hello Hello Hello!!  Happy September!! Happy First Days of school and Cheers to renewed (or new) routines!!  I cannot believe how quickly these months of Summer passed–I may have whiplash!!  I think that’s the way I felt about it when it was time for my first days back to school, too.  Bittersweet-Summer is over, no more sleeping in-Boo!  But, getting to see all of my friends who I didn’t see over the break-Yay!

My first day of kindergarten, age 5-circa 1974

My first day of kindergarten, age 5-circa 1974

Even though I’m not in school any more, I’m still being taught new things every day and with learning new things, comes making lots of mistakes and then learning from those mistakes!  I’m sharing one of those mistakes today–Start the month off right!!


This is a  ‘failed’ shaker card that I had made specifically for the PPP Cutting Edge Blog Hop a couple of weeks ago.  After making this card, I had a lot of  “should have done this-should have done that’s”, one of which was-I should have waited to have electricity before assembling.  I could have used some really good final shots of a heat tool at this! :)

I’m using the PPP Stitched Frame die for the base and frame for the shaker element, which I die cut twice from manila stock, then fussy cut the perimeter to form my frame.


I’m going to randomly place some of these Tando Creative chipboard letters, but strategically include the word ‘birthday’ within the scrambled letters.


I did a few different letter placements before settling on this one and gluing down with multi-medium.


I sealed the manila base and chipboard letters with gesso and heat set (I still had power at this point) :)


Another mistake I made is, I should have layered my gesso with some Distress Paint.  Distress Ink doesn’t really ‘stick’ onto the finish of the gesso, but I’m OK with this for now…

 …because I’m going to make a inky/stainy mess for my grungy background anyway.  I still had power here, so I heat set the DS & DI, trying to maintain those puddles of color.


I’m going to use some Distress Paints to color the letters that spell out ‘birthday’–and this is where I have no electricity.  From here on out, I had to step away and let things air dry.

I’m using Seedless Preserves, Crushed Olive, Dusty Concord, Picked Raspberry, Barn Door, Mustard Seed & Mowed Lawn, Salty Ocean and Picket Fence Distress Paints.  I used the Picket Fence DP to touch up the insides of the letters.  As I didn’t have power, I did not heat set the paint and let air dry for a few hours (believe me, there were plenty of non-power chores that still got done behind the scenes).


After the paint had dried, I came back and applied a thin layer of Diamond Glaze to the painted letters, then set that aside to dry.  Before I had assembled this shaker element, I ended up painting all of the white letters with Black Soot DP.  One of the things I ‘should have’ done was just paint the entire panel black.  I think the colorful letters of ‘birthday’ would have popped more….


I colored my frame using the same DP’s I used for the letters.  I rubbed my finger over the sponge applicator of each paint, then rubbed my finger across the frame.  I set that aside to air dry, too.


I made an alcohol ink background to mount the shaker element onto.  I used Butterscotch, Lettuce, Salmon, Stream & Wild Plum Adirondack alcohol inks.  I ended up using the Cargo & Stars layering stencils to create a faded layers background, too–but no pictures of that part (sorry!) ;)


I made the ‘Happy” word sticker using my computer & plain white adhesive paper and a TH/Idea-ology File Tag (don’t mind the crimp marks), and adhered to the outside of the shaker frame with multi-medium.  When I assembled everything together, I did place a few foam dots under the file tab to make sure it won’t sag later on.


I stitched the label letters onto my alcohol ink background panel before final assembly.


I used a sheet of acetate for my shaker window and glued the frame onto the acetate with multi-medium.  I sprinkled some PPP sequins and wood veneer stars over the word scramble and placed my acetate window into place with two layers of foam tape.  Another ‘should have’ was to have 3 layers of foam tape instead of just 2!  Chock it up to a learning experience!!


Even though I think this is a failed shaker card, someone down the line, will get this as a birthday card!!  Ssshhhhh–They don’t know I consider this a failure, maybe they’ll just see it as a fun/funky card? ;) :)

Thank You for coming by today and having a visit!  I sure do appreciate ya’ll stopping in and leaving such nice comments!  Until next time–Artsy Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Surfaces: Kraft Stock & Acetate (Papertrey Ink); Manila Stock; Glossy Stock
  • Distress Inks, Stain & Paints (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Gesso (Claudine Hellmuth/Ranger); Adirondack Alcohol Ink & Blending Solution (Ranger)
  • Layering Stencils (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous); Label Letters & File Tab (TH/Idea-ology); Chipboard Letters (Tando Creative); Sequins & Wood Veneer Stars (Pretty Pink Posh)
  • Stitched Frame Die (Pretty Pink Posh); Big Shot Machine (Sizzix); Multi-Medium (Claudine Hellmuth/Ranger); Double Back Tape & Foam Tape (3M); Diamond Glaze (Judikins); Sewing Machine (Kenmore); Paper Distresser (TH/Tonic Studios); Finger Knife (Fiskars)
  • Heat Tool; Paint Brush; Craft Sheet (Ranger)

Kudzu Gals ATCs

Hi There Everyone!  Happy Labor Day weekend to my friends in the U.S.!  I’m using this weekend to try to catch myself up on making birthday cards (belated & future) and look in on one of my favorite challenge blogs that I’ve been neglecting of late-A Vintage Journey.  I haven’t created anything for their challenge in weeks, so I couldn’t let their challenge of A Little Touch of Tim-‘ATC’s Only’ go by.

This will also be my very first time making an ATC!  Yes–it’s true!!  Now, don’t get me wrong–I’ve incorporated 2.5″x3.5″ pieces in my card making over the years, but specifically using the small space ONLY as your entire surface to create upon–Nope!  This was something new to me :)


 I not only made one ATC, but two!  Why not?  I’m already ATC challenged to begin with, I may as well work it out!


The only definite things I knew going into making these ATC’s were; the size I had to work with/on, I wanted to use the ‘angry girl’ image from the Kudzu Kafe plate from Artistic Outpost and I want to use some of Tim’s Eclectic Elements fabric as my background.  I’m flying by the seat of my creative pants for the rest!


One of my favorite Tim Tags is his ‘Art is good for the soul’ creation.  He made this tag using one of his fabrics as the background and it’s beautiful!  I think my first ATC’s would be perfect with Tim’s fabrics!  I cut batting & Tim’s EE fabrics to fit over the manila ATC base.


I adhered the batting and fabrics to the ATC card base with double-back tape, then ran through my sewing machine.


I frayed the edges of the fabric with my craft scratcher and roughed up a bit of the batting underneath, too.

I inked the edges of the fabric and the card base with Vintage Photo & Walnut Stain mini DIs.

My Kudzu gals got stamped onto cold-press water color paper with Jet Black Archival Ink & water colored with my DM’s in Victorian Velvet, Tattered Rose, Faded Jeans, Wild Honey & Vintage Photo and my detail water brush.

I fussy cut these gals out and distressed the edges of the images just a bit with my paper distresser.  I then inked the edges with Vintage Photo DI.


I wanted something more on my fabric backgrounds, so I’m grabbing the Latticework & Burlap (not pictured) layering stencils.

I used Vintage Photo DI and Picket Fence DPs to color through the stencils with.  I love what the stencil designs did on the fabrics!

I’ve added bronze & espresso PPP sequins to the front of  (what will be angry girl’s) ATC and I splattered Picket Fence DP onto the blue flower ATC (it’s hard to see and the paint soaked into the fabric a bit).


OH!  I can’t forget about the back panels!!  Now, I don’t know if I’m breaking any ATC rules by adding a back panel, but it serves a couple of purposes; to hide the work that’s going on with the front panel and it’s now an empty space to write a message on–But, it’s still thin!


I’m just working with some placement here and getting ready to attach the back panels.  Behind the scenes, I added alcohol inks to a couple of mirrored stars and a brass heart and I stamped and glazed a party hat for angry girl.

I ran the back panels through my sewing machine before adhering to the ATC’s.  The words are also from the Kudzu Kafe plate that I had stamped onto a spare piece of paint marbled background.


Well, I seem to be on a party hat kick!  I can’t help but put a hat on this girl!  She’s one of my all-time fav images and of course I paired her with the ‘be silly’ sentiment :)  I added some white gel pen highlights and Walnut Stain DM outlines all over the place and rubbed Picket Fence DP to the surface of the number brad.  Everything was adhered down with multi-medium.


I call this image ‘auntie’ and she’s a loving lady with a big heart!  The butterflies flock around her because she’s so sweet! :)  I added an antique  brad to the center of the flower and layered the die cut butterflies with a little machine stitching.  I used multi-medium to glue everything down and when dry, I used my Walnut Stain DM and white gel pen to add highlights and outlines here and there.


OK–I can handle working on ATC’s!  These were really fun to make and I’m not intimidated by their size any longer!!

These gals are headed over to A Vintage Journey (ATC challenge ends Sept3 ) and to Artistic Outpost (AO art challenge ends 8/31).   They’re going to hang out there and I’m going to go make my lists of upcoming occasions and get my creative mojo on for the rest of the weekend (but yard work will be thrown in the mix, too!) :)

Thanks so much for stopping by this weekend–Now, get out there and have some fun!!  Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Manila Stock; TH Eclectic Elements Fabric (Coates); Water Color Paper; Vellum; Chocolate Box Core’dinations
  • Kudzu Kafe Plate (Artistic Outpost); Party Hats (Lost Coast Designs)
  • Distress Inks, Markers & Paints (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Adirondack Alcohol Inks (Ranger); Dylusions Ink Spray (Ranger); Archival Ink (Ranger); Gel Pen
  • Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh); Mirrored Stars & Number Brad (TH/Idea-ology); Antique Brad (SU); Layering Stencils (TH/Stampers Anonymous); Embosslits-Beautiful Wings (SU/Sizzix); Big Shot Machine (Sizzix); Finger Knife (Fiskars); Rotary Cutter (Fiskars); Air Tool (Artworx)
  • Multi-Medium (Claudine Hellmuth/Ranger); Double-Back Tape (3M); Diamond Glaze (Judikins); Hole Punch; Round Paint Brush; Ink Blending Tool; Splatter Brush (Liquitex); Craft Sheet; Self-Healing Mat; Sewing Machine (Kenmore)