Summer Memoirs

Happy Thursday Everyone!!  Thank You All soooo much for visiting over the past week and leaving such wonderful comments!  It was a lot of fun to be a part of the Pretty Pink Posh Cutting Edge Blog Hop and such an honor to be featured at Our Creative Corner for their Top Talent Spotlight.  It’s been an exciting week for me in blog-land, for sure!!  Thanks for coming along with me!!

With the month of August coming quickly to a close, I’ve almost let some of my favorite challenges go unchallenged! I can’t do that–I’d feel, somewhat incomplete!  With Autumn ready to make its official appearance next month, I’m holding on to the last vestiges of Summer with the tag I made for Tim Holtz’s 12 Tags of 2014, Our Creative Corner’s Summertime challenge and Artistic Outpost’s Anything Goes challenge.  I’m a Summer girl by blood and where I live now, it’s the shortest season we have–I’ll stretch it out for as long as I can :)


I knew one tag wasn’t going to be enough for what I had in mind, so I layered a #10 manila tag with a #8 and off I went!! Techniques and tools abound in this one and it’s a lot easier to make, than what it may look…


See–not a lot of supplies!  I’m using one of my favorite summery stamp sets, Boardwalk from Artistic Outpost and some summery shades of Distress Inks & Stains…This is going to be an inky one, but not difficult and fun!


Tim’s Tag for August is full of texture and color and pure creative genius.  This month, Tim wanted us to create just for the muse of it; create where it will take you–I went to the beach!


I set out all of the images from the Boardwalk set, not really sure which images I’m going to use-but I want to be able to reach for whichever ones ‘speaks’ to me ;)


I’m using 3 different TH tissue tapes for my two tags and laying down where I’ll be stamping.


 I stamped the umbrella girl image for the #8 tag and the Atlantic City Steel Pier image for the #10 tag with Jet Black Archival Ink.  Those being the ‘main focal’ images, I randomly stamped text and images as filler and to create pockets of empty space.


Which stencils to use-which stencils to use?  Bubbles & Cargo layering stencils wanted to be used on these tags!


I applied a somewhat thin layer of Wendy Vecchi’s white embossing paste through the stencils on both tags and let air dry.  I would normally dry with my heat tool, but, sometimes I plan certain projects around being able to multi-task elsewhere and this project was one of those.  I came back about 2 hours later and the paste was completely dry.


I rubbed Salty Ocean, Squeezed Lemonade, Wild Honey & Spun Sugar DSs onto my craft sheet and ran each tag through the stains.  The lighter Squeezed Lemonade and Spun Sugar DSs got lost in the smaller tag, so I added more to the craft sheet before dragging the larger tag through.  I spritzed both tags with water to get the stains to wick a little more, then dried with my heat tool.

I distressed the edges of both tags with my paper distresser and inked the edges with Walnut Stain DI and my ink blending tool.

I added one more layer of stenciling with Tim’s new Latticework stencil and Walnut Stain DI.

 I don’t have the TH/Idea-ology film strip, but I do have Tim’s Mini Filmstrip/Tickets die.  I used smooth black Core’dination stock and gave it a rustic effect with Distress EI & heat set Vintage Photo Distress EP.

This part was really fun!! I picked a collection of embellishments that I finger painted with a concoction of Salty Ocean, Scattered Straw, Black Soot & Tarnished Brass DPs.  As these pieces are pretty small, I set them aside to air dry.


I want to add a few more beach/surf themed goodies and I just received this envelope of creative awesomeness from The Funkie Junkie Boutique!! I can use a few of these pieces in this tag!  I’ll hoard the rest ;)

I forgot to take pics of the heat embossing of the tiny sand dollar and starfish, but I used Scattered Straw Distress EP to texturize my seashore treasures.  I tacked the game piece and seashell embellies down with matte multi-medium and the game spinner had a change of finish.  I wasn’t happy with the paint effect, so I gave this a dip in Vintage Photo Distress EP and heat set.


After treating the game piece with a few random rubs of Distress Paints, I let it air dry, then came back and gave it a light sanding.  It looks like it’s been around the bingo table a few times!

 Using Distress Paints on metal embellishments is really cool!  As long as you don’t heat set the paint, you can get it wet and wipe it away.  I ended up doing just that on the Word Band twice, before being happy!  As for the finish on the file tab–it came out the way I wanted it the first time ;)


I used a piece of natural cheesecloth and multi-medium to secure the word band in place on the #8 tag, then I layered it onto the #10 tag and secured it with a few stitches from my sewing machine.  I finished the edges of the #10 tag with Distress EI & Vintage Photo Distress EP.  That’s a cool technique to get quick rust-like effects!  Can you see the Picket Fence DP splatters?  I just had to!!  It’s that whole feeling of incompleteness if I don’t have splatters!


And speaking of incompleteness–I treated the back of the big tag, too! I make these tags to send out and I use the backs as my writing space, so I want the backs to look good too :)


Thanks for joining me for today’s stroll through Summer Memoirs.  This creation brought back a lot of my own childhood memories of beach camping trips on the Pacific Coast with my family back in the day–I hope it evoked fun Summer memories of your own (without the mosquitos or sun burn!).

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


  • #8 & #10 Manila Tags (Ranger); Smooth Core’dinations Stock; Tissue Tape (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Archival Ink (Ranger); Distress Ink, Stains & Paints (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Distress Embossing Ink (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Embossing Paste (Wendy Vecchi); Distress Embossing Powders (Tim Holtz/Ranger)
  • Filmstrip Die (Tim Holtz/Sizzix); Big Shot Machine (Sizzix); Sewing Machine (Kenmore)
  • Crinkle Ribbon (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Cheesecloth; Game Piece, Game Spinner/Brad; File Tab (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Multi-Medium (Claudine Hellmuth/Ranger); Double-Back Tape (3m); Foam Dots; Ink Blending Tool; Heat Tool; Embossing Heat Tool; Craft Sheet (Ranger); Palette Knife; Paper Distresser (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios)

Arrrr Halloween, Again

HELLO Again!! Thanks for joining me for my 2nd posting of the day!!

I’ve got another Halloween card for Studio L3’s Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge #9-Stamps & Framelits.  This is the only Tim Holtz/Sizzix Framelits set that I have, that’s why you’re seeing it again so soon.  Let me-not-show you how I made this card… :)


Yo Ho Ho and a bottle of rum….this card was a lot of fun (to make)….


As a CC3 #9 challenge participant, I can’t show you the techniques involved in the Stamps & Framelits page of Tim’s book, but I can show you some of the other techniques I used to make this card.


Since I had just used this set for the last CC3 #8 Challenge, I need to use another stamping technique for the Skull Blueprint stamp–AHA, let’s try the chalkboard technique!

I used Distress embossing ink with Frosted Crystals embossing powder and heat dried with my embossing heat tool.  When set, the embossed image is kind of rough to the touch and matte in finish.


 I was a little worried that the sentiment was going to get lost with this technique, but it came out really well.  Happy Halloween is from the Simple Sayings set from TH/SA.


WOW!  These all came out with the chalkboard technique!  A few of the finer lines around the jaw are a bit smooshed together, but that’s totally fine and lends to the whole artsy fartsy technique of it :)


I die cut an extra set of eyes and nose out of smooth black Core’dinations and applied a thin layer of Diamond Glaze and set aside to air dry.


I stamped another Skull Blueprint image and a raven and bottle image on to shrink plastic to make a few little charms.  The raven and skull are stamped with Jet Black Staz-On ink and the bottle is stamped in Cotton White Opaque Staz-On.  When the bottle image was dry, I dabbed Salmon Adirondack Alcohol Ink onto the back.


I’m using kraft card stock for my card base and a sheet of orange TH Kraft-Core for my background pieces.

I sanded the edges and surfaces of my kraft-core stock and inked the edges with Walnut Stain DI and my ink blending tool.  I also distressed the edges with my paper distresser.


I adhered my orange pieces to my card base with double-back tape, then ran through my sewing machine and gave the corners a little zig-zag stitch.


I added the chalkboard skull and sentiment label, then cut a little notch out of the card base to run a piece of TH Natural Trimmings through.  I tied a knot and attached the shrink plastic charms with a jump ring.


Aren’t those fun?  This shrink plastic takes me back to my childhood of Shrinky-Dinks sets!  Do any of you remember those?  I’ve got to start using it more often, that’s for sure!!


OH–Those Eyes!!  I love that shiny pop among the dull finish of the skull.  I did have to do a little touch up once I got these parts in place, to cover the fingerprints of an impatient crafter!


Something that’s really neat about the chalkboard technique, even if you lose a little bit of chalk coverage, you can replenish it with another light rubbing of chalk.  I can control it while it’s still in my hands–once it’s mailed…my responsibility of it is done ;) :)


This is a fun die & stamp set and I’m sure this won’t be the last time you see something made with it.  I’ve already got another idea waiting in line!

If you happen to have Tim’s Compendium of Curiosities 3 and one of his Stamp & Framelits sets, you’ve got until August 29th to join in on the challenge.  For Challenge #9, the sponsor is Inspiration Emporium with a $50 gift certificate! Cool!  Then there’s the chance to win the Tim & Mario prize package!  Totally Cool!

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


  • Skull Blueprint Stamp/Framelits Set (Tim Holtz/Sizzix); Simple Sayings (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous)
  • Surfaces: Kraft Stock (Papertrey Ink); Kraft Core (Tim Holtz/Core’dinations); Black Stock (Core’dinations); Shrink Plastic (Inkssentials/Ranger)
  • Jet Black & Cotton White Opaque Staz-On Inks (Tsukineko); Antiquities Frosted Crystals EP (Ranger)
  • Jump Ring & Natural Trimmings (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Chalk (Crayola); Diamond Glaze (Judi-Kins); Double-Back Tape (3M); Sewing Machine (Kenmore); Craft Scratcher & Paper Distesser (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios); Embossing Heat Tool

A Unique Blog Hop

Happy Monday Everyone!!  Today, I’m a part of A Unique Blog Hop, tagged by my Sister from another Mister–Donna of Yellow Dog Greetings!  She tagged me in her post last Monday, to share a little bit about myself today.

But first, let me tell you how I met Donna.  When I first started my blog last year, I found a fun challenge blog called the Drunken Stampers.  I started following and participating in their challenges and behind the scenes, became friends with one of the DT members and that was Donna!  She became one of my first followers of my blog and we’ve been bloggy friends ever since.  She and I have the same wicked sense of humor and understand it!  She’s a DT member for the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers, Shopping our Stash and Scraptures Kit Club.  She’s AWESOME!!


I’m a late bloomer to crafting–I didn’t get involved or know anything about stamping and card making until about 1998.  First, I was invited to a Stampin’ Up workshop, then I was asked to help make home-made, hand-stamped wedding invitations, and then I tried my hand at scrapbooking.  The scrapbooking did not take, but the card making did!  I stamped and made all of my own cards religiously for years, until I took a break in 2005 (career changes/life changes, etc).  I re-emerged into the creative world in 2009, a stranger in a strange land.  So much of the industry had evolved during my hiatus, and I was learning things all over again and delving into the information that was available online.  I’ve come a looong way, baby!! ;)


Right now, I’m finishing up a card that I’ve made for the Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge–#9 Stamps & Framelits.  You’ll have to come back later for the blog post to see the project ;)


I create cards the most with tags a close second.   I’ve also started to include mixed-media in my creations and I’m just starting to create on other surfaces like canvas and burlap panels, with some experiments on wood thrown in there, too.


Oh, the creative process (what creative process?-just kidding!)  Challenge blogs really help my creative process.  Talented designers really help my creative process.  Taking classes online really helps my creative process.  The more information and knowledge I can gain, the better it will all help me in my ‘creative process’.  And as for motivation–Staying positive and taking creative chances is what keeps me motivated.


I’m not sure I really have a style–I am attracted to all genres of card making and will try it all.  I guess I consider myself a ‘Crafter of All Trades”, although since ‘finding’ Tim Holtz, I may steer towards the grunge style a bit more often than anything else, but I do like a clean and simple card from time to time, too.  See–I’m all over the place :)


OK-now, this is the time where I’m supposed to ‘tag’ other crafty friends to join in on this Unique Blog Hop…but I must say, my tagee’s are fully committed to other projects at the moment and can’t directly participate.  However, I’m going to introduce you to these fabulously creative women and have you visit their blogs anyway :)

Even before I met Lynne Moncrieff through her blog Adorn, I was an admirer of hers through her published works in some of my favorite card making and mixed media magazines-Stampers Sampler, Take Ten & Somerset Studio.  Even while I was on my crafting hiatus, I was still receiving all of my magazines and (trying) to keep up on the latest trends and Lynne’s cards were always my favorite cards featured!  Since starting my blog and getting back into creating, I’ve been able to strike up a friendship with Lynne through our blogs and emails and let me tell you, she’s FABULOUS!!  See for yourself!

As I was starting to get adventurous in my new found creativity, I started following and entering more and more challenge blogs.  One of my favorite stamp manufacturers & challenge blogs, Artistic Outpost, has a kick-ass design team line up and one of those designers is Alison Bomber of Words and Pictures.  Alison’s style of art has really been an inspiration to me–especially her rusted bits & pieces!!!  She’s got something major going on in her creative world right now and she’s someone you all need to get to know!

Thanks for joining me today in this Unique Blog Hop and Thank You, Donna for inviting me!  I hope you all take a hop over to Adorn and Words and Pictures and see why I enjoy these artists so much.

Stay Artsy Fartsy!! XOXO-Shari

Hap-Poe Birthday

HELLO Again!!  Yes, it’s an exciting day for me and a Friday to boot!!  What a way to end the week!!  Hands in the air–Woot Woot!!

I’m SUPER HAPPY to be here in my second post of the day as a Guest Designer for Pretty Pink Posh–Today is the opening day of the Cutting Edge Blog Hop!!  Let’s hear it again–Woot Woot!!


August 22nd 6am thru August 25th 11:55pm (pst)

I’ve been excitedly anticipating today since finding out I was one of the designers that Paulina chose, from her GD call in June.  I’m my own worse critic and of course, I didn’t think Paulina would like any of the cards that I sent her.  But, lo & behold, she did like what I submitted and invited me to this weekend’s event!  Thank You, Paulina!!  :) :)

I’m amongst fabulous designer’s today, sharing their Cutting Edge creations and You All have got the chance to win goodies from the wonderful sponsors who will be providing the prizes for the Blog Hop festivities.


August 22nd 6am thru August 25th 11:55pm (pst)

 So, before I get into my creation for the hop, be ready to link up your Cutting Edge designs beginning tomorrow, Saturday August 23rd directly at the Pretty Pink Posh blog.  You’ve got all weekend and through Monday night to join in on the fun-Let’s see those die cut creations!  Anything Goes!!


One of the benefits I received from being invited to participate as a Guest Designer for Pretty Pink Posh, is the generous selection of PPP Sequins and PPP Dies that Paulina sent me.  In today’s Cutting Edge Blog Hop, I’m featuring PPP’s Stitched Film Strip die and Star Wood Veneers.  I think you’ll be able to tell, I’m thinking of Halloween and spooky things with this b-day card :)


In preparation for making this card, I had stamped, fussy cut and glazed my Lost Coast Designs Party Hats the night before.  I made two hats, not sure of which one was going to best suit Mr. Poe for the occasion–The blue hat is Peacock Feathers DI and the yellow hat is Mustard Seed DI. I cut the Film Strip die out of smooth black Core’dinations stock, which I doubled up.  My card base is from Papertrey Ink and I think the color is Enchanted Evening.  Mr. Poe and his entourage are stamped onto manila stock with Staz-On Jet Black ink.

I want a fun, yet kind of dark background (to match Mr. Poe) and the party hats!  I’m using my Distress Inks in Peacock Feathers, Tumbled Glass & Broken China and Mustard Seed.  After applying the inks, I did spritz the surface just a little with water, and fully heat dried.


I randomly stamped the hats with Distress Embossing ink and heat embossed with WOW clear embossing powder.  What’s coming next is totally cool and I just saw California Art Girl, Richele Christensen do this technique on her blog last week.


I then covered the entire surface with Chipped Sapphire, Dusty Concord & Walnut Stain DIs and my ink blending tools.  See how the embossed hats pop with color!!  With the colors that I chose to use, my background turned out to be very ‘Northern Lights’ like (have you tried that technique yet?).  I think Mr. Poe would have appreciated seeing the Northern Lights and might have even written about it.

I’m using the Bubbles layering stencil and water to add another layer of color and design to my background.

 I placed the stencil in different directions and lightly spritzed water over the surface.  I then quickly dabbed the water off the stencil with a paper towel and lifted the stencil off the panel.  I did heat dry after each layer of stenciling.

I love this effect!  It’s an organized version of water spots–and you know how I love water spots on my cards!!


Edgar, the owl and the raven are all images from the Haunted plate from Oxford Impressions–a fantastic set of stamps that always seems to make its way to the top of my Halloween themed creations!

I water colored all of the images with my water brush and Distress Markers in Tattered Rose, Antique Linen, Chipped Sapphire, Mustard Seed, Black Soot & Dusty Concord.  I fussy cut Mr. Poe’s head, before positioning into the filmstrip, so he’d pop up out of the frame a little.  He is the party boy!!


Is that possibly a smirk on Mr. Poe’s face?  He is wearing a party hat!


This little owl is just hanging out watching…..


…and this raven looks like he’s eyeballing poor ole Edgar.  Both feathered friends had itty bitty little dots of Diamond Glaze added to their eyes to give them a little gleam.


They look much more festive and ‘happy’ all put together with the party hats floating in the background!


I spelled out Hap-Poe Birthday using TH Label Letters that I mounted on a piece of black card stock first–the hyphen is an exclamation mark with the dot colored in with black pen and trimmed down just a tad.  I then glued the sentiment to the panel with matte multi-medium and heat dried.  I ran the entire panel through my sewing machine for the stitched border and the stitching on the letters.  I added the wood veneer stars with more multi-medium (it truly is a crafter’s bff!) and heat set in place.


Mr. Poe also has a wood veneer star on his hat, too!  Much more distinguished for our Mr. Poe, than a fuzzy ball or rhinestone ;)


This would be a great birthday card for a literature buff–especially one who enjoys the works of Edgar Allan Poe, like I do.  I just re-read his poem “The Tell Tale Heart” and it’s really good–It’s suspenseful, creepy, thrilling and chilling!!  Mr. Poe was definitely before his time and he’s been one of my favorite classic authors since junior high when I was first introduced to his poem “The Raven”.

OK–now that I’ve waxed personal….Time to move on and get Hopping!!  Cutting Edge Blog Hopping that is!!  Thank you all so much for coming over from Pretty Pink Posh and seeing how I put this card together.  I hope you enjoyed your visit and will come back again from time to time!

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


  • Stitched Film Strip Die (Pretty Pink Posh); Star Wood Veneers (Pretty Pink Posh)
  • Stamps:  Haunted Plate (Oxford Impressions/Austen Gallery); Party Hats (Lost Coast Designs)
  • Manila Stock; Black Stock (Core’dinations); Card Base-Enchanted Evening (Papertrey Ink)
  • Distress Inks & Markers (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Distress Embossing Ink (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Staz-On Ink (Tsukineko)
  • Diamond Glaze (Judi-Kins); Clear Embossing Powder (WOW); Mutli-Medium (Claudine Hellmuth); Double Back Tape (3M); Foam Dots
  • Label Letters (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Bubbles Stencil (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous)
  • Sewing Machine (Kenmore); Paper Distresser (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios); Ink Blending Tools; Heat Tool; Embossing Heat Tool

The World Calls a Butterfly

Happy Friday and Welcome!!  Today is a special day for me, as this is my posting as Our Creative Corner’s August Top Talent!!  I’m in their Spotlight today as the winner of their June Challenge–Flaming June, which was hosted by OCC DT member Julia.

When Laura contacted me to take part as Our Creative Corner’s August Top Talent, I instantaneously started freaking out panicking thinking about what I could possibly make?  Do I create something in keeping with the monthly challenge (which Laura is hosting for August)?  Do I make something similar to my winning entry?  I bombarded her with my questions and nervousness and she simply said “Do whatever you like and have some fun!”  Well, OK then!!

I am HONORED and ECSTATIC to be a part of Our Creative Corner for the day and I hope you enjoy my step-x-steps, with boo-boos and changes along the way!  I’m showing you (almost) everything, except the finished piece–Ha Ha–For that, you’ve got to go to Our Creative Corner directly-and while you’re there, you can learn a little bit about me in their Top Talent Q&A segment!  Ha Ha–sneaky, huh?!  It’s fun that way and I hope you enjoy today’s creative journey :)


I decided upon a 6×6 box canvas for my project, which is a pretty new surface-for me-to work on.  I’m going for it!!  I also gathered stamps from Darkroom Door and chipboard Mini-Butterflies from Tando Creative.


I prepped my canvas with a layer of gesso that I applied with a paint brush and my palette knife and pressed a few scrap pieces of ripped book pages into it.  I heat dried the surface just a little….


…while the gesso was still wet, I randomly pressed the DD Polka Dot background stamp into the surface and into the sides.

 Working with the DD Polka Dot background stamp again and the DD Patchwork Butterfly image, I used Archival Inks in Orange Blossom, Olive and Cobalt to stamp the images onto tissue paper.  I didn’t end up using the blue butterfly…it unfortunately got experimented with and ripped all to heck-you know how that can go (uh, that’s a boo-boo).


I colored my canvas in layers–I used Distress Stains and rubbed them onto my craft sheet and pressed and rubbed the canvas down into the colors.  Here, I’ve used Salty Ocean, Pumice Stone and Squeezed Lemonade DSs on the front surface and sides.


My direction with this canvas is already taking a turn at this point.  I’m adding ripped lengths of the stamped tissue paper with multi-medium so that I have a fun horizon line to work with (change #1 coming right up).

That floating piece of book page in the upper corner?  Gone!!  It didn’t work for me, once I started adding a horizon line.  I repaired the corner with gesso, stamping and staining.  I’m not too worried about that corner being a bit lighter in tone than the rest of the canvas…it’ll all work out :)


 This butterfly image is a second gen stamping with Jet Black Archival Ink onto tissue paper.  It’s going to end up serving as a shadow of sorts and here, I’m doing some positioning.


I’m going to add another layer of texture using my Dylusions Dotted Flowers stencil and WV White Embossing Paste, but I do a little pre-positioning to see where the dots will be hidden and exposed.

I taped the stencil down with painter’s tape and applied a light to medium layer of White Embossing Paste.  The stain will seep into the paste when it dries and I just love that effect.  I did a little heat drying, but I mostly let it air dry.


After my embossed dots are dry, I apply my shadow butterfly down with matte multi-medium and heat set.  Most of the front is done…well, the foundation is set, at least.  Since this is a box canvas, the back is basically available to create upon and within, as well.  Like Laura said “Have fun”!

I’m using Wendy Vecchi’s Crackled Texture Paste to coat the perimeter of the frame with.  The back side of the canvas is going to be the same, yet different–


I ran strips of TH Tissue tape to the inside edge of the frame and painted the surface of it with Scattered Straw, Crushed Olive & Broken China DPs.  I also painted the very inside of the frame (it slants inward) with Seedless Preserves DP.


I inked the inside of the canvas with Dusty Concord DI and my ink blending tool and applied these ripped pieces of  floral paper from the TH Menagerie paper stash with multi-medium.  I heat set and then rubbed Walnut Stain DI over the entire canvas-front & back-with my ink blending tool.  I stenciled more dots onto the frame with a mixture of Broken China & Scattered Straw DPs and heat set.


Not to give the finished piece away or anything, but, my main focal points for the front and back, are going to be a butterfly, and I want them to be different from one another.  For the butterfly that will be on the front, I’m making an alcohol ink background to stamp the Patchwork Butterfly image onto.


Isn’t this pretty?  This is a combination of Lettuce, Wild Plum & Aqua Adirondack Alcohol Inks, on glossy stock, with just a touch of blending solution dabbed over the entire surface.


I used Jet Black Staz-On ink to stamp the butterfly with and I heat set it, carefully.  Glossy paper, when too hot, will bubble.

I ran the stamped image through my Xyron adhesive machine, then placed a piece of WV Modeling Film onto the sticky surface.   I fussy cut this butterfly out and set aside for later assembly.

Now, a couple of the major boo-boo’s that happened, took place after assembly and during my photo shoot (the sprinklers came on, the canvas and I got wet, things tweaked and failed…boo-boo!) Then, I don’t have any pictures of the replacement butterfly that I recreated for the back of the again! However, I can tell you, I used vellum, frosted film and WV White-Out modeling film for it.  You’re just going to have to go over to Our Creative Corner and see how it all turned out!! Sorry about that!! :)

 I’m using Tando Creative Mini-Butterflies as some of my embellishments to finish the canvas with.  I painted each butterfly with colors of DP that I’m already using in the canvas-Seedless Preserves, Crushed Olive & Scattered Straw.  I dabbed each chipboard butterfly with paint and set with my heat tool.


I applied a thin layer of Diamond Glaze to each painted butterfly then sprinkled Clear Rock Candy Distress Glitter over each one.  I gently tapped off the excess and set aside to air dry.


To finish everything, I found a lovely quote about butterflies and made my own word bands with my computer & printer for the front, and I used the quote again in an image transfer onto tissue paper, for the back.

It’s really kind of fun being mysterious about the finished canvas and I hope I’ve piqued your interest enough that you’ll want to go to Our Creative Corner now for the finished project!!

Thank you all soooo much for joining me today, in what’s to me, a momentous occasion and one that’s going into the creative resume!!  Thank You, Our Creative Corner, for this fantastic opportunity!  Laura, I did have fun!! ;) :)

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


  • 6×6 Box Canvas; Tissue Paper; Book Pages; Kraft Card Stock (Papertrey Ink); Modeling Film & White Out Modeling Film (Wendy Vecchi Studio 490); Frosted Film (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Vellum; Menagerie Paper Stash (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Glossy Stock
  • Gesso (Claudine Hellmuth); Distress Stains, Inks & Paints (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Inks (Ranger); Staz-On Ink (Tsukineko); Adirondack Alcohol Inks (Ranger); Matte & Glossy Multi-Mediums (Claudine Hellmuth); Distress Glitter (Tim Holtz/Ranger)
  • Stamps:  Patchwork Butterfly & Polka Dot Background (Darkroom Door)
  • Mini Chipboard Butterflies (Tando Creative); Dotted Flowers Stencil (Dylusions/Ranger); Trinket Pins (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology);
  • Paint Brush; Heat Tool; Palette Knife; Scissors; Ink Blending Tool; Air Tool (Inkworx); Foam Dots; Embossing Heat Tool; Xyron Machine

The Dungeon Has Moved

Well, just temporarily that is–Happy Weekend!!  Thanks for coming by!!  It’s not a creative post today–just a little behind the scenes look at what I’ve been up to this week.

Well, it was a very exciting week weather-wise, here in Northern Idaho.  Lots of thunderstorms, which kept knocking our power out.  If you’re a follower or frequent visitor, you’ve read my mentions of my ‘craft dungeon’.  It’s our downstairs level, I guess it’s called a daylight basement, but, no daylight gets to the area in which I work and it’s cold down there–thus “The Craft Dungeon”.  Otherwise, it’s a great work area…and it’s mine!!! ;)

Since our power has frequently been getting knocked out (I’m taking this as a sign of the Winter to come) it gets really dark down in the craft dungeon.  I was getting tired of the constant disruptions, so, I moved the bulk of my supplies upstairs!  Now, if the power goes out during the daytime, I can still work, because of all of the natural light that we get.


So, I confiscated the dining room table….


…and brought up a spare table for extra goodies…(and a kitty)


…and part of the kitchen counter is now the cutting station!!

The natural light is fantastic and when the power has gone out, I’ve still got plenty of light to work by! I could get used to being up here :)

OK–time to get inky!!  I’ve got some fun things coming up this week and into next weekend-(hint hint Pretty Pink Posh Cutting Edge Blog Hop) so I’ve got my projects lined up for myself! FUN!!  I hope ya’ll get some crafting time in this weekend, too!!

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

Trick or Treat-Already?

What? It’s not Halloween! What am I talking about?  Although our days are still blistering hot, our evenings and mornings are cooling down and my mind is wandering to the upcoming months of Fall, which brings the ‘season of the witch’ and lots of falling leaves!!

 With that in mind, the thrill and chill of Halloween is the direction I decided to go with my latest entry into Studio L3’s Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge–it’s #8 and it’s Faded Layers.  I’ve been inspired by the fun and clever Autumn and Halloween themed creations out there and this is actually my first ‘official’ holiday card for the Fall/Winter season.


 In keeping with the challenge rules, I can’t show you how I made my Tim Holtz CC3 Faded Layers background, but, I can show you everything else and can tell you that it’s a neat technique that can open up your creativity, BIG TIME!!  It’s a good one to know about :)


I gathered up some supplies–Distress Core’dinations & WC paper, glossy stock and a few Adirondack Alcohol Inks.  I’m using the TH/Sizzix Skull Blueprints Framelits die & stamp set for the first time, too!


I used Cranberry, Wild Plum, Terra Cotta & Sandal Alcohol Inks for my background colors…


…and I used my TH/SA Stars and Harelequin Layering Stencils to achieve my faded layers with.


Because I had some accidental smudging going on from the technique, I used a little Black Soot DI and my layering stencils to define a couple of my corners better.  Just a little–I didn’t want to take anything away from the results of the Faded Layers technique.

 I stamped the Blueprint Skull image 3 times onto Distress WC paper and colored in with my water brush and DM’s in Antique Linen, Black Soot, Pumice Stone & Picket Fence.


Each water-colored image then got a run through the Big Shot machine with its corresponding die.  AWESOME!!  I can get used to that!! (I usually fussy cut everything by hand!)


I did a little further inking with Tea Dye over all of the surfaces and Walnut Stain along the edges.  I die cut the eyes and nose out of red glitter paper–I wanted to give a little blingy menace to my skull ;)


The ‘trick or treat’ label is stamped onto Distress WC paper with Black Soot & Aged Mahogany DI’s.  I then aged the label a little with Tea Dye and Vintage Photo DI’s and my ink blending tool.  That label also got a run through the Big Shot machine with its coordinating die then I distressed the edges with my paper distresser and inked with Walnut Stain DI.


I cut a piece of black Distress Core’dinations stock to size, to back my faded layers panel with.  I sanded the Core’dinations first and lightly distressed the edges.  I forgot to take a picture–but I ran the entire panel through my sewing machine for a stitched edge. (I gotta remember to take my camera with me when I’m at my sewing machine!)


I also did a little stitching on the label, too.  I used a straight stitch first, then ran through again with a zig-zag stitch.


Look at the sparkle in those eyes!!  I’ve been taking my ‘finished’ photos outside, while I still can, to use that natural sunlight, and the way the sun caught that red glitter paper in this shot–Luckyyyy!!


Beside the fabulous Faded Layers background, these eyes and nose are my favorite part about this card ;)


What do you think?  Do you have Tim’s Compendium of Curiosities 3, yet?  If you’ve got the book, you can join me over at Studio L3 and get in on the challenge fun!!  The Funkie Junkie Boutique is sponsoring a $25 gift certificate for this challenge and there’s a Tim & Mario sponsored prize, too!  There’s still plenty of time to create and join, so give it try!!

Thanks for stopping by today!  I appreciate your visits and WELCOME to my new followers!!  I’m so happy that you’ve taken the time look in on me and my creative adventures :)

Ya’ll come back now, ya’ hear??  Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!  XOXO-Shari


  • Surfaces: Glossy Stock; Distress Core’dinations (Tim Holtz/Core’dinations); Distress Water Color Paper (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Scarlet Jewel CS (Papertrey Ink); Red Glitter Paper (Stampin’ Up)
  • Inks:  Distress Inks & Markers (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Adirondack Alcohol Inks (Ranger); Alcohol Blending Solution (Ranger)
  • Skull Blueprint Framelits/Stamp Set (Tim Holtz/Sizzix); Big Shot Machine (Sizzix)
  • Layering Stencils (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous)
  • Ink Blending Tool; Sewing Machine; Sanding block; Paper Distresser (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios); Craft Sheet (Ranger); Heat Tool