HELLO & HAPPY FRIDAY!!  Well, it’s still technically Thursday where I live, but I’m working on UK time today and with that–It’s the first Friday of June and it’s time to start a new challenge at A Vintage Journey!  I’m here today as one of your Creative Guides to introduce you to our challenge theme and your challenge host this month–S@ndy of My Crafty Life on the Internet.


“Share your celebrations with us.  It can be the end of the school year, a birthday, Father’s Day, a wedding or a special anniversary.  Use any of Tim’s products or his techniques.”

This month’s challenge is being sponsored by Country View Crafts with a $20 gift certificate-(it’s actually a 20 pound gc, but I don’t have the symbol for that)- awarded to a randomly selected participant and then S@ndy will choose her Top 3, to receive the A Vintage Journey Pinworthy blog badges!

I’m choosing to celebrate Love—-


…Zombie style!!  Who said you had to celebrate Love only one day a year on Valentine’s Day?  Who said zombies only came out on Halloween?  Who said a zombie can’t fall in love?!! This was a fun tag to make for S@ndy’s Celebrations themed challenge!!  Let me show you what I did and how I used Tim’s goodies and techniques on this tag.


I started with a jumbo #12 manila tag and the Zombie Casanova stamp set by one of Tim’s fellow Stamper’s Anonymous designer’s Brett Weldele.  It’s a fun set, so full of love-sick, zombie-possibilities.  I stamped Mr. Zombie with Jet Black Archival onto the tag.


I employed Tim’s distress marker spritzed  background technique from his April tag.  I used Barn Door & Walnut Stain DMs with my air art tool, to color this background with.  Oh, that red mottling is gore-lightful!!


I applied some pieces of tissue tape as anchors.  But at this point, they’re kind of place holders–I’m not sure if I’m going to cover them up with something else, or leave as is.  From here on out, I was a water coloring fool, and didn’t stop to take pictures of that process.  I also ended up heat embossing like a fool, too!!


Here’s a close up of some of that heat embossing.  Aren’t these hearts wonderful?  I just love their grittiness and I love how the red embossing really makes these hearts pop right off of the tag’s surface!!  After embossing with Red Geranium EP, I outlined them with my water brush swiped through Walnut Stain DI, then outlined with the fine tip side of my Black Soot DM.


He doesn’t look all that scary surrounded by hearts, does he?  You can see some of the water coloring I did on his zombie body.  I used my water brush & Fired Brick DM to color his shirt, or what’s left of it and I used my water brush & Pumice Stone DM to color his skin.


I did end up covering that tissue tape anchor under his relaxed left elbow, with one of the quotes from the Zombie Casanova set.  I separately stamped the quote in red and heat embossed the heart.  I fussy cut it and attached the heart to make the box pop a little bit more.


I colored his jeans with my water brush and Faded Jeans DM.  His bouquet of flowers was colored with Pine Needles & Barn Door DMs with my fine tip water brush.  I gave the tag a good run through my sewing machine and I added all of the rough stitching.


I topped the tag with a stained piece of tulle and a typed token that just seemed completely PERFECT for this tag!!  XOXO, indeed!!


I distressed the edges with my paper distresser then inked with Walnut Stain DI and my ink blending tool and Zombie Casanova is ready to eat date you!!  The least he could have done was find some shoes!! 🙂

So, there you have my creation for this month’s Celebrations challenge  for A Vintage Journey.  What kind of celebrations will you share with us?  S@ndy’s challenge is open until Thursday, July 2nd, so come on over and celebrate with us!

Thanks so much for stopping in with me today!  Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • #12 Jumbo Tag; Black Card Stock (Core’dinations); Mixed Media Paper (Strathmore)
  • Distress Markers & Ink (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Ink (Ranger); Embossing Powder (Wendy Vecchi/Ranger)
  • Tissue Tape, Typed Token & Jump Rings (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Tulle
  • Paper Distresser (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios); Sewing Machine (Kenmore); Water Brushes; Double-Backed Tape (3M); Heat Tool; Embossing Heat Gun

30 thoughts on “Celebrations

  1. Wow – wouldn’t I like a date with THAT guy!! what a fun card with that rather scary zombie guy – great coloring on him and the pretty hearts – love the scattered black stitching too! what a great celebration project Shari!

    • Hi Julia!! He is quite the interesting guy, isn’t he?! But it’s a great stamp set and I wanted to do a little something different for S@ndy’s Celebration challenge 🙂 🙂 So glad that you got a kick out of him 🙂 🙂 XOXO-Shari

  2. Oh Shari. just love your take on the challenge! Thanks so much for your fun and perky style.
    Who says different is a bad thing?

    Zombie Hugs, S@ndy xx

    • Thank You, S@ndy!! 🙂 🙂 That’s right–who said being different or a zombie is a bad thing 🙂 🙂 LOL!! I know I took a different direction with your ‘Celebrations’ theme, but hey, that’s what creativity is all about 🙂 🙂 Happy Weekend!! XOXO-Shari

    • Thank You, Jenny!! This set of stamps was just moaning to be let out!! Now, he won’t go away!! Oh, those zombies–once you let them in, they don’t go away!! 🙂 🙂 XOXO-Shari

  3. Such a fun tag Shari!! I had never seen this stamp before, but it sure is brilliant! Love how you used it here, a great love tag with a really fun twist!

    • Oh, I’m so glad that I shared a stamp set that you haven’t seen 🙂 🙂 I fell in love with this set as soon as I saw it!! Any love, even zombie love, can make the world go around 🙂 🙂 XOXO-Shari

    • Oh YAY!! Another zombie fan!! They’re fun, aren’t they?! LOL 🙂 🙂 Oh, does this mean you’re going to be getting this stamp set for your zombie stamp collection?! 🙂 🙂 LOL!! Who can’t use a little zombie love!! XOXO-Shari

    • Thank You, Brenda!! I did go a little different for S@ndy’s ‘Celebration’ theme 😉 🙂 But Love is Love–Even Zombies need love 🙂 🙂 Thanks so much for stopping by, Brenda!! XOXO-Shari

  4. Brilliant techniques and such a fun tag. not seen this stamp before but just love how you have showcased him and added some stitching into the design.
    Have a lovely weekend,
    Julie x

    • Thank You, Julie!! This was a fun theme to create for, and this zombie stamp set was just groaning to be let out!! Now, he won’t go away!! 🙂 🙂 Happy Weekend to you!! XOXO-Shari

  5. a fabulous fun tag Shari and I just love the idea behind it……..of course we should celebrate love daily. The hearts looks wonderful and I love the shading around them.
    Hope the su comes out….looks like it might be a better day here in Scotland too x

    Happy Sunday
    Annie xx

    • YAY! Celebrate Love–even zombie style!! Yes indeed!! 🙂 🙂 Oh–the sun came out just in time for the weekend, to do yard work outside!! I got myself a bit of a sunburn being outside yesterday!! 🙂 🙂 I know Summer is just around the corner, when I get a sunburn from mowing the lawn!! 🙂 🙂 XOXO-Shari

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