TBT to February 26, 2015

HI THERE & HAPPY THURSDAY!!  It’s time for a sneaky peek of my Throwback Thursday project over at the Scrap’N Stamp Blog today–


Today’s Throwback Thursday creation comes from February 26, 2015 and was my try at Tim’s February tag design that year.  Head on over to the Scrap’N Stamp Blog for all of the thrown-back details!  Hope to see you there!! 🙂 🙂

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!


TBT to February 2, 2015

HI THERE & HAPPY THURSDAY!!  We’re in full blown Valentine’s inspiration mode at the Scrap’N Stamp Blog for today’s Throwback Thursday.  Here’s a little hint of today’s Throwback project from February 2, 2015–


I sure was a busy little crafting bee two years ago and I remember how fun making this tag was!

Come on over to the Scrap’N Stamp Blog for all of the details-Hope to see you there!!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!


TBT to November 28, 2014

Well, HELLO THERE!!  Thanks for popping in for this week’s sneak peek installment of  Throwback Thursday for the Scrap’n Stamp Blog!!  We’re revisiting another Christmastime creation from two years ago-November 28, 2014…..


My Goodness!  Two years ago, I made this?  It seems like yesterday, I’m tellin’ ya’!!  It was really fun revisiting this posting and I hope you enjoy it, too!  So, head on over to the Scrap’n Stamp Blog for all of the particulars!  Hope to see you there 🙂 🙂

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!


Throwback Thursdays

Well, HELLO HELLO HELLO!!  Nice to be with you today and returning to blogland on Thursdays for a new Throwback Thursday feature happening at the Scrap ‘N Stamp Blog.  Scrap’N Stamp online store & blog owner, Raya Latham recently contacted me and asked if I would be interested in sharing some of my older creations and blog postings at the Scrap’N Stamp Blog, and I said Yes!

So, every Thursday I’ll be re-sharing projects from blog postings of years past, beginning with today’s Throwback Thursday project of my version of Tim Holtzs’ Tag from July 2015 which, just so happened to be picked as one of Tim’s Winner’s last year!!



Thanks so much for joining me today and coming back to visit!  Hope to see you over at the Scrap’N Stamp Blog!!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!


Big Statement, Little Card

Peek-a-Boo!!  It’s time for my weekly sneak peek for Artistic Outpost….


Today’s project is a quickie little card that packs quite the punch with its big statement.  Come on over to the Artistic Outpost Blog and have a visit–it’ll be quick, I promise! 😉 🙂

Hope to see you there!!  Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps:  Go Team (Artistic Outpost)
  • Jumbo Manila Tag (The Funkie Junkie Boutique); Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore); Tissue Paper; Acetate
  • Archival Inks (Ranger); Distress Spray Stains (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Matte Decou-Page (DecoArt); Silver Embossing Powder (SU); Mica Flakes (Red Lead Paperworks)
  • Finger Knife (Fiskars); Craft Sheet (Ranger); Heat Tool; Embossing Heat Gun; Sewing Machine (Kenmore)

Make Time-Moodboard Challenge at Our Creative Corner

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!  I’ve got my Our Creative Corner party hat on, as we’re ringing in the new year with a most apropos challenge theme, courtesy our Guest Resident DT member, Claudia (aka Von Pappe II).  Here’s what Claudia has challenged us with for this first month of a brand new  creative year:

Make Time – Moodboard Challenge

Servus!  Claudia here to welcome you to Our Creative Corner’s first challenge of the year (what an honour!)–And here we go:

Why not promise something good to yourself for the new year’s start?

To make more quality time for yourself, for example, and spend it doing what you love? Creative (or recreational) time always is quality time if you listen to your inner voice and follow your own speed, instead of listening to the clock ticking and reminding you of deadlines or other duties. And work will be done so much more easily (and faster) after some recreational me-time as it will have fuelled up your energy!  I promise! 

So why not escape the endless circling and rushing and get yourself in the right mood for some me-time? The mood board I have in store for you, could be a good start.


I challenge you to calm down, enjoy what you see and let yourself be inspired by it. No precise theme to narrow your creativity down – just the colours, shapes, directions, textures and hints of possible themes.

Whatever you make of it – it will be good! Whatever it sparks in you – I want you to show it and have a good time at your studio desks!


Well, I’m usually kind of intimidated by moodboards–there’s too much creative stimulation for me to handle all at once (squirrel!), but taking Claudia’s advice to heart, I calmed down, enjoyed what I was seeing and crafted for some me-time.


My birthday is in January and I’m an Aquarius, so I made this stubby, funky tag, well, for ME!!  🙂 🙂

I managed to take a few BTS pictures while I was putting this together–let me show you…


I started by playing with the colors that Claudia presented us with in her moodboard.  Something else Claudia presented us with in her moodboard are astrological signs.  OK–direction starting to materialize….


I made a stencil of my astrological sign out of a piece of acetate.  I found a free image online, printed it out, then laid the piece of acetate over the image and fussy cut it out.  I used a piece of tape to correct a mistake I made during my fussy cutting and it’s all better now!!


I stamped out AQUARIUS onto tissue paper and carefully fussy cut each one out to use in my background.


I cut down a jumbo tag and stamped this Stampotique image called ‘Sweetmoves’ onto the tag with Jet Black Archival ink.  I did some pre-positioning of the tissue paper word bands then adhered onto the tag with matte Decou-Page.


After I adhered the stamped tissue paper onto the tag and heat set, I ran the tag through Hickory Smoke DS–this will help tone down the Ultramarine Color Burst I’m going to be using.


Using my homemade stencil, I applied textured embossing paste through the stencil with a palette knife.


I squeezed the bottle of Ultramarine Blue CB onto my craft sheet and mixed with water.  When the texture paste is dry, I’m going to give the tag a water color washing to achieve that smoky blue color in the moodboard.


I love the resist effect in the background from the matte Decou-Page.  It’s added another element of interest when I wasn’t even trying to!


A couple more elements from Claudia’s moodboard that I’m bringing in is, brass and more color.  I gave Sweetmoves yellow pants and an orange shirt (she likes wearing bright colors being an Aquarius and all…)(and yellow is her favorite color, too!) and I’ve dipped the edges of the tag into Tarnished Brass DP.


Sweetmoves is also presenting us with a great big, wet looking raindrop–She is the Water-Bearer after all!  That’s a raindrop from Designs by Ryn’s Raindrop stamp set and I gave it two coats of Diamond Glaze.  It will look wet forever!  OH–then I added a bit more brass by painting the stenciling with Tarnished Brass DS and adding a typed token that I painted with Tarnished Brass DP.

Thanks to Claudia for the motivation and inspiration!  I’ve been stuck (but in a good way) in the create-for-Christmas-mode, and it was nice to step out of it and create for no rhyme or reason–It was Fun!!

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Our challenge sponsor this month is Creative Embellishments and if you join in on Claudia’s challenge and enter your Make Time Moodboard Challenge project by January 28th, one random winner will receive a $25 gift certificate to Creative Embellishments!  Claudia’s Top Challenge Winner will be awarded a future OCC Guest Designer Spot and her Top 3 Winner’s will receive OCC Top 3 Blog Badges!

Thanks so much for starting your New Year with me!!  I hope to see your Make Time Moodboard creations over at Our Creative Corner!!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps:  Sweetmoves (Stampotique); Alphabet Letters (Hero Arts, I think); Raindrop Set (Designs by Ryn)
  • Jumbo Manila Tag (The Funkie Junkie Boutique); Tissue Paper; Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore); Acetate
  • Color Bursts (Ken Oliver); Archival Ink (Ranger); Distress Paint & Stains (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Textured Embossing Paste (Wendy Vecchi); Diamond Glaze (Judikins)
  • Typed Token &Brad (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Finger Knife (Fiskars); Craft Sheet (Ranger); Heat Tool; Water Brush; Round Paint Brush; Matte Decou-Page (DecoArt)

Board Game Pieces

Hi There!!  Happy Monday!!  It’s time for a new challenge at our Lost Coast Portal to Creativity and I’m here today representing LCD Team Inspire with my project for Challenge #19–Board Game Pieces!!  I have effectively cannibalized my Scrabble game to spell-out and add a little J-O-Y to my Christmas inspired creation today….


I’m loving this Reindeer Doll image from Carmen’s Veranda-I love how her left arm is out to hold anything you give her–Perfect for holding this message of JOY!  I managed to take a few step-out photos while I was making this–let me show you what I did!!


I gathered some of the supplies together that I’m going to use to make this tag.  I had that piece of stained & embossed stock in my stash, and it looks perfect for what I want to do.  I did end up using Black Soot DP, instead of the Picket Fence DP pictured–the Picket Fence DP wouldn’t have given me the grunge factor I was looking for…


I stamped the Reindeer Doll image several times to fussy cut and piece together.


My stenciling got away from me a bit, but I’m not too worried–this is just the first layer that will mostly be covered anyways!  I applied Black Soot DP with a finger dabber through the stencil and I ended up dabbing too hard, thus the bleeding of the paint, but there’s that grunge factor I was looking for 🙂


I ripped the embossed stock into pieces and did this preliminary placement with how I’ll position them….


I stained the tag with Barn Door DS and heat set.


I ran the tag through my sewing machine to add a stitched border….


….and I ran all of the ripped pieces of embossed stock through my sewing machine to add a stitched border to all of those pieces, too.


I spread Crackled Texture Paste onto the tag with a palette knife then pressed the ripped pieces of embossed stock into the wet paste and let air dry.


Here’s a close-up of some of those wonderful cracks!!  I love using crackle mediums–they add so much to a project with so little effort!


While the crackle paste was drying, I was drilling holes through the Scrabble tiles.


I strung the tiles, with beads onto .45mm beading wire.


I made the messy bows out of seam binding that I stained with Barn Door DS and Pewter Perfect Pearls Mist.


I found a quote in TH’s Small Talk Stickers that I fussy cut into word bands, rubbed with Tea Dye DI and mounted onto black stock.  I adhered them to the tag with matte Decou-Page and set between heavy books for just a few minutes to set into place.  When dry, I outlined each word band with Hickory Smoke DI and my water brush.


I adhered Reindeer Doll into place with matte Decou-page, then outlined with watered down Hickory Smoke DP and my water brush, then I used my hot glue gun to secure the Scrabble ornament into place-Just the bow is secure, the tiles swing freely.  I dabbed a bit of matte Decou-Page under Reindeer Doll’s feet and sprinkled white seed beads over the surface and finished with another messy bow tied to the top of the tag!

Thanks so much for joining me today!!  I hope you’ve enjoyed my very first challenge inspiration piece that I’ve made as a new member of the LCD/CV DT!!  Head on over to the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity to enter your stamped creations to our Board Game Pieces Challenge!!  The link is open until December 20th @ 11:55pm PST and as long as your project contains stamping, you’re eligible!!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps:  Reindeer Doll (Carmen’s Veranda)
  • Scrabble Tiles; Bead Wire; Beads; Closed Jump Ring
  • Jumbo Manila Tag; Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore); Black Stock (Core’dinations); White Stock (PTI)
  • Distress Inks, Stains, Markers & Paints (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Inks (Ranger); Textured Crackle Paste (Wendy Vecchi); Perfect Pearls Mist (Ranger); Diamond Glaze (Judikins)
  • Flower Embossing Folder (Sizzix); Big Shot Machine (Sizzix); Sewing Machine (Kenmore); Palette Knife; Finger Knife (Fiskars); Water Brush
  • Seam Binding; Seed Beads