Grow Beauty

Hello & Happy Friday!! I’m here today with my make for the latest CC3 #25 Challenge–Frameworks.  We’re on page 64 of Tim Holtz’s Compendium of Curiosities 3 and I’m getting in just under the wire–it closes tonight at 11:55pm MST.  WHEW!!

Inspiration Emporium is sponsoring this challenge with a generous $50 gift certificate to their online store.  And don’t forget, there’s the chance to be awarded the Compendium Crew’s Choice and win a prize packaged donated by Tim & Mario!!


I made a couple of ATCs using my Honeycomb Frameworks die and two left over Flower Garden cone flowers from a previous project.


I brought out all of my previously cut Honeycomb Frameworks, thinking I was going to be making a tag with a combination of both the negatives & positives…


…But I haven’t made any ATCs for about a month now, so I brought out a couple of homemade ATCs (made with manila stock & chipboard) for the challenge.


I started with spritzing the ATCs with Broken China & Peeled Paint DSSs and heat set.


I spread a layer of white embossing paste over the ATCs and set the acetate positives & negatives into the wet EP.  I may have used a little too much EP on the ATC on the left, but I sure do love the texture!


Because the EP is a bit thicker on this ATC, I lightly spritzed the wet EP with Broken China & Peeled Paint DSSs and let air dry.  As it air dries, the EP will soak up the stain.


Since the layer of EP was thinner on this ATC, the stain will wick better into the EP as it dries and I won’t have to do an extra spritzing.  You can even see the deeper colors under the acetate framework that occurred when I pressed the die cut into the wet EP.


When the EP was dry,  I applied a couple of rem-rubs and crackled a couple of the acetate honeycomb negatives.   I did a little bit of stenciling using my Honeycomb LS with Vintage Photo DI and spritzed and flicked water over the surface and heat dried.  I layered on my cone flower, stem & leaves and the Big Chat sticker.  BTS, I altered a little strip of Industrious Borders with Walnut Stain & Broken China DPs for both ATCs.  This one got a strip of it on top 🙂


I treated this ATC the same with rem-rubs, a Big Chat sticker and an altered piece of industrious border.  I also treated the honeycomb framework with Clear Rock Candy DCP–you can see some of the crackle there that I enhanced with a rubbing of Walnut Stain DI with my finger.  The dried EP did end up a bit darker on this ATC because of the rubbing of Walnut Stain, so I outlined the bloom with my Picket Fence DM to try to get the bloom to pop a little more.


I finished off each ATC with an edging of Walnut Stain DP that I applied with my finger–I wanted to make sure the rougher edges got a good covering of paint to accentuate the texture of the embossing paste! FUN!

Well, I’m off to get this entered over at Studio L3–The home of the CC3 challenges!  Thanks for spending a little bit of your Friday with me!  I’ll be back this weekend with my weekly project for Artistic Outpost, so until next time–

Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Manila/Chipboard ATCs (home made); Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore)
  • Stamps: Flower Garden (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous); Honeycomb LS (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous)
  • Honeycomb Framework Die (Tim Holtz/Sizzix); Big Shot Machine (Sizzix)
  • Distress Spray Stains, Paints, Crackle Paint, Inks & Markers (Tim Holtz/Ranger); White Embossing Paste (Wendy Vecchi); Archival Ink (Ranger)
  • Remnant Rubs, Big Chat Stickers & Industrious Border Sticker (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Craft Sheet (Ranger); Scissors& Finger Knife (Fiskars); Heat Tool; Matte Multi-Medium (Ranger); Gloss Multi-Medium (Claudine Hellmuth/Ranger)

21 thoughts on “Grow Beauty

    • Thank You, Astrid! I did single color Distress Paint marbling for the flowers with Mustard Seed DP! It’s such a happy yellow, I love it 🙂 Thank you for coming by!! XOXO-Shari

  1. Wow! Ain’t that artsy fartsy! Really, Shari, these are amazing ATC’s and genius way to use the frameworks! Love the subject matter, but love the entire package you have created! Pinning these wonders! Hugs!

    • Oh, Sara Emily!! No Way! There are some pretty cool entries that I perused and I’ll be popping over to see yours, too!! An ATC? See, genius minds create alike!! 🙂 Thanks for coming by again–Happy Friday!! XOXO-Shari

    • Hi Anne!! Thank you soooo much!! I love the cone flowers from the Flower Garden set, too! The whole set is one of my favorite floral motif stamp sets, ever!! I’ve got big plans for it 🙂 Thank you for coming by, Anne!! Happy Friday!! XOXO-Shari

  2. Wow, Shari! This is such an amazing and clever way to use the frameworks die! Genius! These acts turned out so beautifully. That cone flower has to be one of my favorite Tim flowers! Great job! Thanks for joining us for this challenge!

    • Hi Susan!! Thank you for your kind comment!! I love cone flowers in real life and this image in Tim’s set captures one wonderfully!! I’m so glad that I got in to CC3 #25 under the wire 🙂 XOXO-Shari

  3. These are just gorgeous, Shari – love how you’ve used the Frameworks to create the texture, and the spring colours are really pretty. The flowers look fabulous!
    Alison xx

    • Alison, Thank You!! 🙂 🙂 I’ve been loving how you’ve been using the Mixed Media thinlits with glossy accents and colors and texture–You completely inspired me with this one, Alison!! So, really–I Do Thank You!! XOXO-Shari

  4. Two real beauties Shari!!! 😀 Love how the flowers really nicely pop and take the whole part! And your backgrounds are fabulous, very creative and full of imagination as usual! 😀 Bises! Coco XOXO

    • Thank You, Coco!! When all else fails, make ATCs 🙂 🙂 I don’t seem to need as much mojo (thank goodness) when I work on smaller surfaces! I’ve suffered complete mojo-loss this week (more unresolved household problems) so I’m super glad I had some time to create last week 🙂 Thank you so much for coming by and checking on me 🙂 I’ll be back soon 🙂 XOXO-Shari

    • Hi There Jenny!! Thank you for all of your wonderfully kind comments!! 🙂 I was having a hard time in April, thus, a little quiet in blogland, but your visits and the time you take to have a looksee at what I’ve been up to (or not up to) means the world to me!! Thank You!!! XOXO-Shari

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