Little Merry Christmas Trees

HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY FRIDAY & MERRY CHRISTMAS one more time!!  I’m here on this Eve of Christmas Eve real quickly today to share a couple more little pieces of Christmas ‘art’ that I made for the holiday–Well, they’re actually a couple more ornaments 😉 🙂


These ornaments were so fun and easy to make, I wish I had made more (to keep for myself!) LOL!  Alas, these ornaments were sent out as little gifts, and knowing they have arrived at their destinations, I can now talk about them and share how I put these together 🙂 🙂


For this first little ornament, I painted the base and hanger of the decorative dome with Picket Fence DP and let air dry then I sprayed this mini Christmas tree with Picket Fence DSS and set that aside to drip dry.


This second mini Christmas tree was sprayed with Mowed Lawn DSS and I painted the base with Gathered Twigs DP.


When the trees were dry, I rubbed the tips of the bristles with diamond glaze then dipped and rolled each in Clear Rock Candy DG.  While the glitter was drying,  I made the two shrink plastic Merry Christmas tags–I stamped Merry Christmas onto pieces of shrink plastic with Jet Black Archival, punched holes into the plastic, then shrunk down using my embossing heat tool.


I applied a layer of white embossing paste onto the bases of the decorative domes, sprinkled with Clear Rock Candy DG then set each tree into the center of the wet embossing paste.  Then I dipped the rims of the glass domes into a little puddle of gloss Decou-Page and pressed into the wet embossing paste.


When the domes were dried and secured, I placed each on a hanger with a few beads and the shrink plastic tags, and that’s all there was to them!  Are these cute or what?!  I just love them and I really did want to keep them!!  LOL!! 🙂 🙂

I don’t think I’ll have another posting until next Thursday, so I’ll sign off for now with BIG WISHES of a Very Merry Christmas to you all!!

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



  • Decorative Domes & Mini Christmas Trees (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Distress Spray Stains, Paint & Distress Glitter (Tim Holtz/Ranger); White Embossing Paste (Wendy Vecchi)
  • Shrink Plastic (Inkssentials/Ranger); Archival Ink (Ranger); Merry Christmas Stamp (Hero Arts)
  • Diamond Glaze; Gloss Decou-Page (DecoArt)
  • Beads; Jump Rings; Metal Ornament Hangers

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!!


Mini-Canvas Ornaments

HI THERE & HAPPY TUESDAY-Thanks for dropping in today!!  I’ve been a little busy at the craft table lately and I’ve gotten most of my Christmas creations finished for the season, but I’m doing something different this year–I didn’t make Christmas cards, I made little pieces of Christmas art instead!


This is the first set of goodies I made–a trio of mini-canvas ornaments, that overall, were pretty quick and easy to make because they are so small (and cute if I don’t say so myself)!  Let me tell you a little bit about them–


These mini canvases measure 2″x 2″ and I started with texturing the background of each canvas with Tim’s Bubble LS and white embossing paste.  While the embossing paste was still wet, I sprinkled Clear Rock Candy Distress Glitter over the surface and let air dry–Love those sparkles!  When the EP was dry, I rubbed the top of each canvas with blue tones of Distress Stains-Broken China, Faded Jeans & Salty Ocean, then spritzed the canvases with water and let that color do its thing.


The snowflake that adorns each canvas is Tim’s Layered Snowflake die cut out of shrink plastic.  Before shrinking each snowflake, I colored with alcohol inks and touches of silver paint pen.  Before adhering the snowflakes, I drilled a little hole in the top and bottom of the canvases to insert the seam binding hangar and beaded doo-dad.


To hide the backsides of the canvases with their internal workings of the seam binding and beaded accent, I stenciled and stained a piece of mixed-media paper in the same manner as the front sides, except I stenciled with Picket Fence DP.  I cut the pieces of stenciled & stained mixed media paper to size, ran through my sewing machine, roughed up the edges with my paper distresser, then rubbed the edges with Hickory Smoke DI.


I printed the ‘Merry Christmas’ word bands from my computer and finished each canvas with a little Mirrored Heart to add an extra little touch of sparkle.  See–Easy Peasy!!

I’ve got a few more Christmas art pieces on the craft table that I need to hurry and finish, and as long as I take pictures of them before packing up, I’ll be back to share-You know how that can go!  So, hopefully I’ll be back soon, but if I go missing, I could be waiting in line at the post office!! LOL 😉 🙂

Thanks again for stopping by today for a visit!!  Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • 2″ x 2″ Mini Canvas; Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore); Shrink Plastic (Inkssentials/Ranger)
  • Distress Stain, Glitter, Paint & Ink (Tim Holtz/Ranger); White Embossing Paste (Wendy Vecchi); Silver Paint Pen
  • Bubbles Layering Stencil (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous)
  • Seam Binding; Glass Beads; Mirror Hearts (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Sewing Machine (Kenmore); Paper Distresser (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios); Palette Knife; Scissors

TBT to November 30, 2014

HELLO HELLO HELLO!!!  HAPPY THROWBACK THURSDAY!!  Today at the Scrap’n Stamp Blog, we’re going back to a post from November 30, 2014 when I was in full blown ‘Christmastime Craft Mode’–


I’m only giving you a sneak peek here–for all of the crafty details, head on over to the Scrap’n Stamp Blog!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!


Christmas Joy Matchbox

HO HO HO!!  It’s time for my weekly project over at the Artistic Outpost Blog today!!  I’m sharing an itty bitty little Christmas project and I hope you’ll join me over there and see what I have in store for you 🙂


I’m not sure if I’m going to find the opportunity to do another posting before Christmas, so I’d like to take this time to wish You All a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!!  May all of your Christmas wishes come true!! 🙂 🙂

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps:  Toy Emporium & Snowy Woods (Artistic Outpost)
  • Dylusions Acrylic Paints (Ranger); Archival Ink (Ranger); Distress Inks & Markers (Tim Holtz/Ranger); White Gesso (Dina Wakely/Ranger)
  • Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore); White Card Stock (PTI); Tissue Paper
  • Matchbox Bigz Die (Tim Holtz/Sizzix); Big Shot Machine (Sizzix); Holiday Knit Layering Stencil (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous)
  • Brayer (Ranger); Finger Knife (Fiskars); Sewing Machine (Kenmore); Palette Knife; Round Paint Brush; Pencil Eraser; Pen Barrel
  • Tissue Tape; Hemp Twine (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Black Duct Tape

Snowman Greetings

Hi There & Happy Tuesday!!  I’m here today sharing one of the projects I made for—

A Carmen's Christmas

….A Carmen’s Veranda Christmas Contest that actually ends tonight at the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity.  You have until 8pm PST this evening to link your Christmas inspired, stamped creation for the chance to win a $15.00 shopping spree at the LCD/CV online stores!  Maybe my little project will spur you to make a last minute creation?  🙂

I’m using Carmen Veranda’s Elf with Star image to decorate the outside of an altered matchbox, complete with its own little journal to write down your Christmas wishes in!!  I have a few behind the scenes pics–Let me show you what I did!


I’m going to make an ugly Christmas sweater inspired master board using a piece of 9″ x 12″ mixed-media paper and 3 very Christmas-y colored Dylusions acrylics.

I brayered on the colors one at a time so that the colors didn’t mush together and get all muddy.  I heat set then laid down some stenciling with Black Soot DI.

I then added a top layer of stenciling with gesso this time to add a little texture.  This master board really does look like an ugly sweater-PERFECT!!


I didn’t take any pics while I was altering the matchbox, but here it is!  I stained the matchbox with Walnut Stain DI and let air dry.  Then I dipped a paint cap into paint and applied a smattering of circles.


I used an eraser of a pencil to add the white dots of paint then I splattered green paint over the surfaces with a round paint brush.  I wrapped the sleeve of the matchbox with tissue tape…


…and the inside of the box, too.  Before I adhered the pieces of master board into place, I ran them through my sewing machine to add a messy, stitched border.


I adhered the top piece of master board to the sleeve of the matchbox with matte Decou-Page and clamped into place with clothes pins until it was firmly secure.


Some of the things that I didn’t take pictures of, was all of the stamping and fussy cutting of Mr. Elfman that I did.  I stamped him several different times with different colors of ink and fussy cut his hat, coat, scarf and pants and adhered onto another fussy cut image.


I know he’s an elf, but the chit chat stickers didn’t have ‘elfman’, and since he’s all dressed up, he could pass as a snowman-having a day as a person!!  😉


Here’s the matchbox all ready to hold a special gift or memento…


…or a handmade mini-journal to jot down those last minute Christmas gift ideas and wishes!  🙂

A couple more things that I have yet to take step-out photos of, is how I put together the mini-journals!  I’ve taken Kate Crane’s Marvelous Miniatures class and I learned how to create these darling little journals from her!  Mine have been far from perfect, but I do love how vintagey and rustic they look 🙂


I added a hitch fastener to the drawer of the matchbox and gave Mr. Elfman a mirrored star to hold in his hand then outlined him with my water brush and Black Soot DI, attached the chit chat stickers and this matchbox is done!

Speaking of being done–Even though tonight is the deadline for our A Carmen’s Veranda Christmas contest at the Lost Coast Portal, we still have a month to go at our FB Challenge–


I’m so glad that you spent a little time with me today–I’ll be back at our Lost Coaster’s Review blog in a couple of weeks–

So, until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps: Elf with Star (Carmen’s Veranda)
  • Dylusions Acrylics (Ranger); Distress Ink & Markers (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Ink (Ranger); White Gesso (Dina Wakely/Ranger); Matte Decou-Page (DecoArt)
  • Large Matchbox; Coffee Stained  & untreated Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore);
  • Sewing Machine (Kenmore); Finger Knife (Fiskars); Paint Brush; Paint Cap; Pencil Eraser
  • Mirrored Star & Hitch Fastener (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)

It’s a Carmen’s Veranda Kind of Christmas

I Know!!  I’m back so soon!!  You know it’s a new creative month when you see me posting a couple of different times in one day!!

Today, I’m here to set you on a crafty course for A Carmen’s Veranda Christmas at the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity

A Carmen's Christmas

Bring your stamped Christmas projects (they don’t have to feature CV images) over to our challenge by December 15th for a chance to win a gift certificate to the Carmen’s Veranda online store!

I’ve made a few projects for the occasion that will be shared throughout the month–Here’s a little sneak peek of a couple of them…

Then we’ll also have our 6-week long FB challenge at both Lost Coast Designs & Carmen’s Veranda FB pages….


If you have any energy left after surviving through the holidays, you’ve got until January 15th, 2016 to enter your stamped projects!!

Thanks so much for popping in today and I hope to see you over at the LC Portal!!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!