Cats & Dogs Partying Together

HAPPY, HAPPY MONDAY!!  I’m here today wearing my Team Inspire crafty cap, for our mid-way reminder about our Pocket Letter Challenge going on at the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity right now through February 25th.  What’s a Pocket Letter you may ask?  Don’t worry, I had to ask, too–


–This is a pocket letter.  A collection of 9 ATC’s tucked neatly into a 9-pocket trading card sleeve that can be folded and mailed out in a business size envelope.  Since there are always birthdays going on, I’ve made my pocket letter into a birthday greeting, with the help of our Party Dogs & Party Cats stamps.  Let me show you a little bit of what I did….


There are those party animals, with that look in all of their eyes asking, Where’s The Party At?!  I’m also going to be using our Misc Words stamp–again, a must have stamp because of all of the words that are available on it.  I cut all of my ATCs out of mixed-media paper and slipped them into the ATC sleeve to make sure I cut them to the proper size–Yup! Got that part right!


I colored each ATC the same way by inking an acrylic block with a Distress Ink pad, then I spritzed the block with water, and pressed the block onto the ATC.


Let’s see if I can remember the DIs I used–Wilted Violet, Fossilized Amber, Candied Apple, Picked Raspberry, Twisted Citron, Mermaid Lagoon, Blueprint Sketch, Lucky Clover and Carved Pumpkin.


I stamped the Party Dogs & Party Cats onto another piece of mixed-media paper with black pigment ink and heat embossed with clear EP.  I fussy cut all of these guys out and set aside for later party placement.


I stamped all of the party participants onto their respective ATCs and ran each one through my sewing machine to add the stitched border.


I added stenciling, paint lines, paint cap circles and paint splatters onto each ATC.  Now, let me see if I remember which stencils I used–There’s the Harlequin LS and Wendy Vecchi’s Add a Stencil and her Polka Dotty stencil.  I used Black Soot and Picket Fence DPs for the paint lines and paint caps respectively and I stenciled using the same colors of DI that I used to color each ATC with.  To finish I splattered Hunter Grey Twinkling H20s over the surface and inked the edges with Black Soot DI.


I adhered each fussy cut party animal to their respective ATCs and added Happy Birthday word bands to two of the ATCs.  I outlined the animals and words with Black Soot DI and my water brush, then outlined again with white gel pen.


We’ve got some of the party animals behaving nicely-while others are finding themselves a little bit ‘tippy’.


Oh No!  One of the dogs seems to have found himself on the ceiling, to the obvious dismay of this ‘orange’ party kitty!


I kept my pocket letter kind of simple and didn’t add any embellies that would bulk this letter up–a challenge in itself!  And since I’m supposed to be able to mail this in a business size envelope-another challenge, I’m going to see if it will take only one postage stamp to mail it! LOL!  We’ll see about that, as I’m accustomed  to having to place those extra postage stamps on pretty much everything that I mail out!

I hope my very first pocket letter has inspired you to make your own, and join us for our Pocket Letter Challenge at The Portal!!  The link is open until the 25th, so there’s still plenty of creation time!  Hope to see you there!!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps:  Party Dogs, Party Cats & Misc Words (Lost Coast Designs)
  • Archival Ink & Clear Embossing Powder (Ranger); Pigment Ink (ColorBox); Distress Inks & Paints (Tim Holtz/Ranger); White Gel Pen (Sakura); Twinkling H20s
  • Stencils: Harlequin LS (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous); Add a Stencil & Polka Dotty (Wendy Vecchi)
  • Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore); Black Card Stock (Core’dinations)
  • Sewing Machine (Kenmore); Finger Knife (Fiskars); Gift Card; Paint Cap; Water Brush; Ink Blending Tools

Sew, Sew, Sew at Our Creative Corner

HAPPY MONDAY & HAPPY FEBRUARY!!  It’s time to introduce our new challenge theme at Our Creative Corner and it’s ‘Sew’ Fun!!

My OCC DTmate Jan, is our Challenge Hostess for the month and here’s her challenge to us for February–


Fabrics, wool, threads, lace – this month’s challenge is all about texture, layers and loveliness!  What scraps have you got hidden away?  Any snippets of favourite clothes you can’t bare to part with?  Anything sewing related can be used in your piece.  You could use stitches, sewing machine or fake stitches.  Don’t forget to get out your sewing themed stamps and dies.  Have fun and create something! 

I “SEW” LOVE Jan’s theme this month and might have gone Sew-Happy with my project–


–I’ve got machine stitching all over the place!!  But, before I go into the details of how I made this little wall hanging, let me tell you–Our Challenge Sponsor this month is…


Darkroom Door will be awarding one randomly drawn participant a Darkroom Door Rubber Stamp Set of their choice ($31.95 AUD value).  Jan will also award her Top Winner with a future Guest Designer spot at Our Creative Corner and her Top 3 favs will be awarded OCC Blog Badges.  Take a looksee at our Challenge Rules for additional details.

Now, back to my very rustic wall hanging….


I started by pre-cutting and staining pieces of muslin with Distress Stains.  These greens are for the stem and leaves…


…and these yellows are for the Sunflower head.


I’m using a lovely Sunflower themed PaperArtsy stamp set by Lin Brown (ELB24).  I stamped the flower head and stem onto the stained fabrics with Jet Black Archival.  I had fussy cut the lighter green stem and leaves and adhered onto the darker green panel.

I ran the stamped fabric through my sewing machine to add a stitched outline to the images then carefully fussy cut.  OH–something that I did with the pieces of fabric before sewing & fussy cutting was, strengthen the fabric with fusible interfacing.  I was worried that the fabric wouldn’t stand up to all of the machine stitching, so I ironed on pieces of fusible interfacing to make the fabric more sturdy.


I forgot to take pictures while I was stamping and assembling the wall hanging part itself–I was ‘sew’ in the zone!! 😉


I stamped and machine stitched the front and back pieces of muslin, then colored in a little bit with the same Distress Stains I used to stain the fabric with.  I sandwiched a piece of cotton batting between the layers of muslin, added the three hanger pieces, and stitched the two panels together.


I adhered the Sunflower onto the panel with matte Decou-Page.


I stamped the sentiment onto a piece of muslin with Jet Black Archival and stitched onto another piece of fabric that I had stained with Black Soot DS and adhered to the panel.


I’ve been waiting for just the right inspiration (and motivation) to make something to specifically hang on this cool hangar, and Jan’s Sew, Sew, Sew Challenge theme happened!  The wooden bobbin and bell pull hangar were sent to me by my Artsy Fartsy Crafty Friend-Deb, from Paxton Valley Folk Art.  She creates the coolest banners and when she shares them on her blog, she displays them on this same bobbin/hangar set-up.  Just love it–so simple and clever!!  Thanks again, Deb!! 🙂

Thanks so much for coming ’round again!  It’s been blogging busy here at Ain’t That Artsy Fartsy, but things are about to calm down, now that the 1st of the month has hit.  I’ll be back one more time before the day is out, so I hope you’ll hang with me, for just a little bit longer?!  I’ll be back soon!!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Cotton Muslin Fabric; Fusible Interfacing; Cotton Batting
  • Stamps:  Lin Brown ELB24 (PaperArtsy)
  • Archival Ink (Ranger); Distress Stains (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Matte Decou-Page (Deco-Art); Black Enamel (Ranger)
  • Sewing Machine (Kenmore); Fabric Scissors (Fiskars); Craft Scratcher (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios); Detail Paint Brush

Shades of Autumn

Hello & Welcome to a brand new challenge month at Our Creative Corner.  With Fall just around the corner, my lovely OCC Design Teammie Julia is challenging us with the theme of Shades of Autumn.  Let’s hear what Julia is looking for–


“I love the colours of Autumn!  Those beautiful and dramatic reds, golds, yellows, browns, greens and all shades in between.  Your challenge this month is to take some inspiration from the colours in the image provided and make an Autumnal inspired project.”

This month’s Our Creative Corner challenge is being sponsored by–

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One randomly drawn participant will win a $25 gift certificate to Creative Embellishments.

We will also have a Shades of Autumn Top Winner who will be awarded a future Guest Designer spot at Our Creative Corner and we have our Top 3 Blog Badges to award as well.  All kinds of good things going on!!  Let me show you what I’m creating for Julia’s challenge–


My Shades of Autumn project is one that is still in progress–I’m making garlands of fall leaves for a display table.


I started by die cutting lots and lots of Tattered Leaves and Layered Leaves out of pieces of Collage Paper Stash and Core’dinations stock.


I ran the leaves through their embossing folder and treated them further with Distress Inks and the addition of metallic leafing to some of the leaves.


I spritzed the leaves with different colors of Perfect Pearls Mist and wrapped them with wire for a little interest.


I machine stitched all of the Tattered Leaves together to make a string of leafy garland that will go around the perimeter of the display table.


I’m adhering the bigger leaves together to form different lengths of garland that will hang down from the stitched string of garland.


This is a dry run of what the table garland will look like and I’ll be making enough lengths to go around 3 sides of a 6′ x 2′ table.

There you have it–My Shades of Autumn project-in progress-for Our Creative Corner this month.  You’ve got until September 28th, 11:55pm GDT to bring your Shades of Autumn projects over to join in our challenge.  Hope to see you there!!

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



  • Tattered Leaves Die & Layered Leaf Duo (Tim Holtz/Sizzix)
  • Kraft Core & Color Core Stock (Core’dinations); Collage Paper Stash (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Distress Inks (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Perfect Pearls Mist & Sticky Embossing Powder (Ranger); Distress Embossing Ink (Tim Holtz/Ranger)
  • Big Shot Machine (Sizzix); Tattered Leaves Bigz & Layered Leaf Bigz Duo (Tim Holtz/Sizzix)
  • Wire; Metallic Leaf Flakes; Stencil Brush; Embossing Heat Gun; Matte Decou-Page (DecoArt); Sewing Machine (Kenmore)

Special Delivery

Hi There & Happy Monday!!  I’ve got my version of Tim’s August tag ready to go–talk about getting in just under the wire.  I’ve named this tag ‘Special Delivery’ because I get to hand deliver this tag to my very bestest friend Lance, for his 50th birthday!!  Now, the caveat is, it’s late!  BUT–It will be hand delivered, so, I’m hoping that will make it OK! 😉 🙂


I pretty much followed all of the wonderful steps that Tim took on his tag, but if you haven’t seen his, take a look at this–


Isn’t Tim’s tag GREAT?!  Aren’t they always GREAT?!!  You can see all of the detailed steps of how Tim created this masterpiece at his blog, I won’t go into many of the things that I did with my version (mainly because I didn’t take pictures!) 😉


I did just what Tim did with the sandwiching of stash paper between the two tags, but I’m using a jumbo #12 manila tag for my version, instead.  I really wanted the ‘Happy Birthday’ sentiment to be visible in the background and had I used a #8 tag, it would’ve gotten covered. up.


I rubbed my pads of DIs in Aged Mahogany, Twisted Citron, Vintage Photo & Blueprint Sketch over the surface of the tag.  I then brushed matte Decou-Page onto a clean paper towel and blotted over the surface of the tag to blend the colors.  I got this tip from my bloggy friend Alison (aka Butterfly) at Words & Pictures–this is how she treated her August Tim tag and I loved how it looked!!  Thanks for that, Alison!! 🙂


I used this boy and dog Found Relative card and layered on pieces of fussy cut paper stash and embellies.


I altered the Mirrored Star with Honeycomb AI then I dabbed a small amount of Black Soot DP over the surface.  I attached the Typed Token to the Arrow embellie with white cotton string that I then painted with a wash of Tea Dye DI.


I don’t have Tim’s vial labels, so I stamped this bottle label image from my AO Apothecary set, onto manila stock with Jet Black Archival and fussy cut.  I rubbed a bit of Vintage Photo over the surface and heat set.  I used Special Delivery & Numbers Rem Rubs to commemorate the date of Lance’s birthday.


I splattered Antiqued Bronze DP over the surface of the tag with a round wc paint brush.  I heat set everything and pressed under some heavy books for a spell, to make sure things where firmly adhered into place.


Here’s the back of the tag.  I did separate layers of Tim’s wrinkle-free distress stain technique using Twisted Citron, Blueprint Sketch, Vintage Photo & Aged Mahogany DSs.


This was a really fun tag to create-Such great ideas Tim comes up with, right?!  This is a style that can be used for any season, any reason and I just love that versatility.

OK–So, I’m dashing over to Tim’s blog now to get this entered into his challenge.  I’ll be back later tonight working on UK time, with the new challenge theme at Our Creative Corner for September!!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • #12 Jumbo Manila Tag (The Funkie Junkie Boutique); Collage Paper Stash (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Distress Inks, Stains & Paints (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Ink (Ranger); White Gesso (Dina Wakely/Ranger)
  • Big Shot Machine (Sizzix); Celebration Thinlits (Tim Holtz/Sizzix)
  • Stamps: Apothecary (Artistic Outpost); Steampunk (Andy Skinner/Stampendous)
  • Found Relatives Cards, Mirrored Stars, Pen Nib, Remnant Rubs, Small Talk Stickers, Natural Trimmings, Typed Token & Arrow (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Matte Decou-Page (DecoArt); Finger Knife (Fiskars); Flat Paint Brush; Paper Distresser (Tonic Studios)

Departing Terminal 3 – A Vintage Journey

Good Day & Welcome to Terminal 3 of our Destination Inspiration travels at A Vintage Journey.  I’m your tour hostess this week and have the full itinerary of our journey available for your perusal at our HQ-A Vintage Journey blog.

Here’s a little sneaky peek of my project using this month’s travel case essentials–


This will also be my last posting as a Creative Guide for A Vintage Journey.  My trip is being cut short with the AVJ team, but not because I don’t want to be on the ride!  I just need to take a slight detour presently, which one day, may lead me back to the open arms of the wonderful AVJ team!!

I can’t Thank Brenda & Chris enough for inviting me on the team!!  I’ve enjoyed my time as a Creative Guide and consider myself very fortunate to have been on the AVJ Team with so many Fabulously Talented women!! Just A-MAZE-ING!!

So, do come over to A Vintage Journey–I hope to see you there!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!


Last But Not Least

Hi There!! Happy Thursday!!  Well, it’s time for THE LAST, but certainly not the least, challenge technique at the Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge Blog


Challenge #34, Tim’s Layering Stencil Monoprint technique.  This last technique is found on page 48 of Tim’s Compendium of Curiosities 3, and you’ve needed to work from your own copy to participate in this challenge series.  It’s definitely a must-have book for your creative library!  And even though the challenge is headed into its final sunset, the inspiration found in Tim’s book is eternal!!

And speaking of eternal–Thank You to Linda at Studio L3 for hosting and coordinating this challenge for the past 68 weeks and Thank You to the Extremely Talented Ladies of the Curiosity Crew who continuously inspired challenge after challenge, topping each and every one of their CC3 creations with the next!!

  Throughout this challenge, there have been Outrageous Prize-a-Paloozas to win!!  Firstly–There have been two very Awesome sponsorsInspiration Emporium and The Funkie Junkie Boutique.  For this last CC3 challenge, The Funkie Junkie Boutique is sponsoring a $25 gift certificate to one lucky, randomly drawn, participant-YAY!

Secondly–Is the chance of being chosen the Curiosity Crew’s Honorable Mention!  That’s no little feat! Have you seen the stuff that people make for this challenge?  (besides my own stuff that is!)  😉 🙂

Thirdly–And Definitely Not Lastly–Is the Tim & Mario prize package awarded to the Curiosity Crew’s Choice!  Now, that’s something to write home about!!

It’s been fun and creatively rewarding to craft through the pages of Tim’s latest tome, and I wanted to do something lasting to close the book with, so to speak — 😉 🙂


I altered a Tazo Tea tin to hold crafting goodies or little keepsakes or whatever I can fit in there!!  Let me take you through some of the steps, that I can share, in repurposing this tin for this last CC3 challenge.

Here’s  my Tazo Tea tin in all of its labeled glory!  I stripped the label off with a combination of soaking in soapy water, then rubbing with something called ‘Goof Off’ to remove the rest of the label adhesive.  I washed and dried the tin, lightly sanded the surface, then applied a dry brushing of white gesso over the surface.


I ‘measured’ a couple of pieces of mixed-media paper to wrap around the tin, and stitched together with my sewing machine.


And like magic–There’s my Layering Stencil Monoprint background!  I created this little scene using the Rays, Burlap and Measured Layering Stencils and all kinds of Distress Inks.


I’m using my favorite flower image in Tim’s Flower Garden stamp set to adorn my tin with.  I heat embossed the cone flower image onto the panels with Jet Black Archival ink and black embossing powder.  I colored the centers of the flowers with Walnut Stain DI and my water brush.


Behind the scenes, I stamped the cone flowers and stems onto pieces of mixed-media paper and water colored with Distress Markers and my water brush.  I could have sworn I snapped a separate picture of the stems, too–but they’re there out of shot somewhere!!  When I fussy cut these flowers out, I sprayed them with Sunflower Sparkle Perfect Pearls Mist to give them a little shimmer.


I wrapped the tin with my stitched panels and adhered with a combo of double-backed tape and matte Decou-Page.  I started adding the fussy cut cone flower heads  and stems in place and adhered with matte Decou-Page.


I made a separate panel for the top of the tin, and worked on this panel on the side as I was working on the other panels for the body of the tin.


I treated all of the sides of the tin the same with Botanical Rem-Rubs, Small Talk or Big Chat stickers and some ink spritzing and paint splattering.


I outlined the image of the flower and the small talk sticker with Black Soot DI and my water brush.  I heat set then outlined again with my white gel pen.


I used my air art tool with my Black Soot DM and spritzed ink all over the surfaces and heat set.


I also splattered Scattered Straw DP over the surfaces with a round water color brush and heat set that, too.


I trimmed a piece of Menagerie paper stash to attach to the bottom of the tin–this is mainly to camouflage all of the printing that’s on the bottom on the tin.


And that’s all folks!!  I’ve now got a nicely decorated tin that I can use for a myriad of purposes!!

I’m taking this over to Studio L3 for the last time, for this last CC3 challenge, which ends tomorrow, Friday August 14th at 11:55pm MDT.  If you’ve got Tim’s book, you’ve still got time to create and enter!  It’s never too late and you’ve gotta be in it to win it!! 🙂

Thanks so much for joining me today!  I’ll be back this weekend with a little something, something that I’ve been working on for Artistic Outpost, so I hope you’ll come back and visit again!!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Tazo Tea Tin; Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore)
  • Stamps:  Flower Garden (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous)
  • Distress Inks, Markers & Paint (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Ink & Perfect Pearls Mist (Ranger); Embossing Powder (WOW); White Gel Pen (Sakura)
  • Remnant Rubs, Tissue Tape, Small Talk & Big Chat Stickers (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Craft Sheet (Ranger); Heat Tool; Embossing Gun; Finger Knife (Fiskars); Round WC Paint Brush; Detail Water Brush

My Big-S Altered Surface

Hi There! Happy Friday!!   I have to say Thank You & Welcome to my new followers!!  I’m so happy that you’ve joined me and I hope you enjoy your visits!!  Today, I’m ending the week and the month with my entry into the second to last challenge for Compendium of Curiosities  3 – Challenge #33 and it’s Tim’s Altered Surfaces technique found on page 45 in Volume 3 of Tim’s Compendium of Curiosities.


This next-to-the-last challenge is sponsored by Inspiration Emporium with a $50 gift certificate awarded to one luckily drawn random participant.  YAY!  There’s also the chance for one entrant to be the Curiosity Crew’s Honorable Mention-Double YAY!  And then there’s the very cool Curiosity Crew’s Choice winner who’ll be awarded a prize package donated by Tim & Mario themselves!!  Triple YAY!!

Now, let me show you My Big-S Altered Surface–


See–It’s a ‘Big S’!!  Well, it’s about 4″ x 6″ and the canvas it’s on is 5″ x 7″, so not all that big!! 😉 🙂

As this is a technique based challenge, I can’t show you how to achieve the Altered Surfaces effect itself, but I can show you some of the things I did to get ready to use the technique.

I started with a wood ‘S’ that I sealed and painted and sealed and painted and sealed and painted some more with Dylusions Black Marble Acrylic Paint and DecoArt Media Ultra-Matte Varnish, with lots of thorough air drying between layers.  Although my surface is non-porous, per se, the wood grain is still there.  This will effect the Altered Surfaces technique in the long run, but, overall, I’m OK with the success:failure ratio on this project 🙂

Between the layers of painting and sealing my ‘Big-S’, I worked on the canvas panel that my ‘Big-S’ will be mounted on.  I actually attempted a gelli print onto this canvas panel–none of the stenciled designs came through, but I sure do like how the color transferred.  I’m using PaperArtsy Fresco Chalk Acrylics in Caribbean Sea & Tangerine Twist and DecoArt Media Translucent White Acrylic for the gelli print.  I sprayed DAM Turquoise & White Shimmer Mists over the top edge, spritzed a bit with water, and let run down the panel.

I built up layers of stenciling, paint lines & paint cap circles, then stamped the text circle from the Artiste Make Art set from RedLead somewhat strategically around the ‘S’.  I wanted the words to show through just right around my ‘Big S’.  Oh, that’s Andy Skinner’s Sunburst stencil used with Tangerine Twist.


I painted a really rough outline around the traced ‘S’.  I wanted most of the shadow in place when I mounted my ‘Big S’ onto the canvas board.


I used Mermaid Lagoon, Twisted Citron & Mustard Seed Distress Paints for my Altered Surface colors, to try to match the paint colors I used on the canvas.  If the surface of my ‘Big S’ was smooth, there would be more black spaces exposed, but as I mentioned, the wood grain was going to effect how this technique looks on my project, but I like it!  There’s a little extra roughness and grunginess to it, I think 😉

So, I’m off to get my ‘Big S’ into Studio L3’s CC3 #33 Challenge, before it closes tonight at 11:55pm MST.  I’ll be back throughout this weekend with beginning of the month postings and my end of the week project for Artistic Outpost–Lots of stuff happening here!  Ya’ll come back now, ya’ hear!? 😉 🙂

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Unfinished Wood Letter S; 5″ x 7″ Canvas Board
  • Distress Paints & Ink (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Fresco Chalk Acrylics (PaperArtsy); Shimmer Misters, Ultra Matte Varnish & Fluid Acrylic (DecoArt Media);
  • Sunburst Stencil (Andy Skinner/Tando Creative); Stamps: Artiste Make Art (RedLead Paperworks); Gift Card; Paint Cap; Craft Sheet (Ranger); Matte Decou-Page (DecoArt); Diamond Glaze (Judikins)
  • Paint Brushes; Brayer; Gelli Plate (Gelli Arts); Heat Tool