Stitch n’ Stories

Happy Monday & Happy Memorial Day to my friends in the U.S. — Thanks for dropping in today!!  I can’t believe how quickly May is going by, and I’m watching the crafting clock tick down for entering a few challenges before the end of the month.  Today, I’m sharing a project I made for 3 different challenge themes–


I’m entering this mixed-media ATC triptych into Challenge #09-Triptychs at The Mirror Crack’dI’m also playing over at Challenge #44-Raving Ravens at Quoth the Raven and I’m finishing off the challenge trifecta at Challenge #12-ATCs at Lost Coast Designs.  Let me show you how this all started!


I made my own ATCs with two layers of manila stock sandwiched around a piece of chipboard–They are very sturdy.  I’ve pulled out some of my Lost Coast Design stamps–Murder of Crows (I know, they aren’t ravens…), Early Stitch n’ Bitch, and one of my ATC Borders stamps.


I used my Shattered LS and Picket Fence DP to create a monoprint background on each ATC.


I stained the ATCs with Dusty Concord & Brushed Pewter DSS.  I spritzed the stains on my craft sheet, then smooshed each ATC into the pooled stained and heat set.  I attached the ATCs together with tissue tape and although I didn’t take a picture of this–I thought the purple & silver background needed a little extra something, so I lightly spritzed Barn Door DSS over the ATCs and spritzed with water.  You’ll see a close up of that soon…


I used 3 of the crow images from the Murder of Crows set, to create my shrink plastic ravens.  They shrunk to the perfect size for the ATCs!


I also made a heat embossed panel of red, using Vermillion Archival and Red Geranium EP.  I’m going to punch 3 hearts out of this for each lady in attendance.


I heat embossed each ATC with one of the ATC Borders image, masked off the border, then stamped each woman inside the frame with Jet Black Archival.  I then used water-downed bleach to create an aura around each woman.  I came back in with a small paint brush and bleach solution when the ravens were adhered into place, and gave them a little aura, too.


The women in the Early Stitch n’ Bitch image sit rather closely together, so when I stamped each woman into their respective ATC places, I had masked off the stamp first, before inking.  I also stamped the SnB image onto a separate piece of mixed-media stock so that I could have individually fussy cut ladies.


Oh, aren’t those little flecks of red stain eerily wonderful?!  And how about their little hearts?  After I punched each heart out, I inked with Black Soot DI, and before adhering the fussy cut ladies into place, I carefully cut little slits at their hands and slipped each heart into place and popped up with an itty bitty little foam dot.

Oh these three lovelies!!  They are definitely stitching, but they are sharing their favorite stories with each other, too!  And they all so happen, to have ravens with them to help enliven the story telling.


I did have to computer generate the EAP quote from The Raven.  I printed it onto white card stock, and heat set.  Then I pounced Tea Dye, Vintage Photo & Black Soot DIs over the words and fussy cut to size.  I treated each word band with matte multi-medium to seal and act as tooth for the DA Media Crackle Glaze that I coated each word band with.  I love those little cracks!


Here is the what the back side of the triptych looks like.  I didn’t let any of that Dusty Concord & Brushed Pewter stain go to waste and I picked up every last drop with the back side of each ATC.  I used the Crow Border stamp from Lost Coast Designs and their Cats Background stamp to do a little random stamping–just for some fun interest.


Mesmerizing, aren’t they?  I swear, the woman in the middle is looking right at me!!  Spooooky!!  But, FUN!! 🙂

Challenge #12-ATCs at Lost Coast Designs closes tonight at 11:55pm PDT, so just getting in under that proverbial wire there! WHEW!  Challenge #44-Raving Ravens at Quoth the Raven closes on June 2nd and Challenge #09-Triptych at The Mirror Crack’d closes June 3rd.  Still plenty of time to play in those two!

Thanks so much for starting your creative week with me!  There are a few more monthly challenges that close on May 31st that I’d like to try to enter, so hopefully, I’ll be back with one or two more challenge makes before then 🙂

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps: Early Stitch n’ Bitch, ATC Borders Set, Murder of Crows, Crows Border & Cats Background (Lost Coast Designs)
  • Surfaces: Manila Stock; Chipboard; Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore); Black Card Stock (Core’dinations); White Card Stock (PTI); Shrink Plastic (Inkssentials/Ranger)
  • Distress Spray Stains, Markers, Paints & Inks (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Inks (Ranger); Black EP (WOW); Wendy Vecchi EP (Ranger); Crackle Glaze (DecoArt Media); White Gel Pen (Sakura)
  • Tissue Tape (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Heart Punch (SU)
  • Craft Sheet (Ranger); Embossing Heat Tool; Heat Tool; Finger Knife (Fiskars); Paint Brush; Ink Blending Tools; Make-Up Sponge; Matte Multi-Medium (Ranger)

38 thoughts on “Stitch n’ Stories

  1. Awesomeness! The triptych and the background with the ladies is fabulous! Love the SP Ravens and your placement! Hope you had a great Memorial Day long weekend!

  2. Shari, this is fantastic – just love every bit of it. So cleaver of you to shrink the raven and the way you used your stamps is amazing. Makes me look at all my supplies in a different way.
    Love it!!! S@ndy xx

    • BOO!! Oh, didn’t mean to creep you out 🙂 🙂 LOL!! Who said you’ve gotta wait until October to start with the spooky stuff? 🙂 Thanks for coming by, Anita!! XOXO-Shari

  3. Brilliant, I say! Love this triptych of eeriness, Shari The darker side seems even more so with those red hearts. Well staged. Thanks for participating in the Quoth the Raven challenge this month!

    Kay Wallace
    Quoth the Raven DT

    • Hi Kay!! Thank you soooo much!! I thought those ladies needed a little something red, in their busy little hands! 🙂 Thank you so much for coming by!! XOXO-Shari

  4. WOWZA! Shari, these are just STUNNING!!!! Love every single detail! Thanks for playing in our Lost Coast Designs Challenge. Don’t forget that we now have a new Event & Challenge Blog and our Challenges will be hosted there starting with the June Challenge so look here for the new challenge and May winner details!

    • Thank You Deb!! 🙂 🙂 I hadn’t used bleach in ages, and it’s a really great creative tool–the things it does to colored papers is really cool!! 🙂 And I love the ghostly aura it gave these ladies! Scaaaarrrry 🙂 🙂 XOXO-Shari

  5. Again, a fabulous atmosphere and tryptich, wow… I love the little hearts made using red ink and EP n particular, but everything is fab. I’ve very tempted to write you a big ‘Congrats’ on every of your posts!!!!! 😀 BRAVO!!!

    • Hi Coco!! Can you possibly hear the hearts beating? BOO!! Did I scare you?! 🙂 🙂 This was a fun one–I feel like I’m celebrating Halloween early 🙂 BOO!! Did I scare you? 🙂 🙂 XOXO-Shari

  6. Fantasitical!! had to make up a word to express how great this is!! Awesome job!! Thanks for playing at Quoth the Raven this month! ~Nanette, DT~

  7. oh wow! What stunning work, so much work has gone into this and it certainly pays off, thank you for sharing this with us at QTR x

    • Thank You, Shell!! Oh, not as much work as you think–I let the stamps do most of the work 🙂 🙂 I can’t wait to see what’s in store for us Poe lovers in June 🙂 🙂 XOXO-Shari

  8. Shari I am so inspired by this tryptich… so much thought and work went into it. I’ll forgive the Ravens being crows… shrunk down they are just amazingly adorable! The ladies scare me tho! Thank you for joining us at QUOTH THE RAVEN…. Hope you’ll join us again soon. BDx

    • Oh Black Dragon–I know, they aren’t ravens 😦 And can those little crows make those ladies any more scary!! You think they’re scary apart–wait til you see them all together!! 🙂 🙂 I can’t wait to see what’s in store for us at QTR in June!! It could be anything, with is just soooo Poe-licious!! XOXO-Shari

  9. Love your Tryptich. Even the background is gorgeous, it seems a shame to cover it but the images are great and those hearts really make it pop. Many thanks for joining in the challenge at The Mirror Crack’d. Happy crafting, Angela x

    • Hi Angela! Thank you!! I felt the same way about the fun background, but I’ve learned to just get over that 🙂 🙂 It’s a part of the whole and makes the whole work, so it’s OK!! 🙂 Thank you sooo much for coming by!! The Tryptich challenge was really fun!! XOXO-Shari

  10. Shari – You are such a dear one. Thanks bunches for your kind and gracious comment on The Mirror Crack’d. I just was fascinated by your triptych because it is so unique (at least to folks like me who don’t see QTR projects as much as others). It is so obvious that a lot of tender loving care went into making it. The colors are perfect… just scary enough. I love the way you have diffferent poses of ladies. Just makes me think that your raven has gone from house to house – flew in the window and went to sit a spell with them. Your triptych tells a story – at least to me!!! Can’t wait to see your next creation. HUGS, j

    • Oh and HELLO… sorry, I was so iinto thinking about your triptych I forgot to CONGRATULATE you for your win on The Mirror Crack’d… silly me!! I love that we got to be there together! j.

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