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)

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

My July Tim Tag

Hi There!! Happy Tuesday!! Thanks for joining me today as I share my Tim Tag for July!!  We all know what Tim’s Tag looks like–


Perfectly patriotic for our July 4th holiday earlier this month here in the U.S.!  I don’t have any of those fun images, but I do have some other seasonal Mini-Blueprints stamps, so I did a 3 month fast forward to Halloween instead 🙂


We had Fall-like weather this weekend with stormy skies, thunder & lightning and sporadic downpours of rain–It was fun and put me in the mood for Halloween!


I gathered up some of my supplies to make this month’s tag.


I’m using a jumbo tag for my version that I covered with a piece of this seasonal collage paper stash.


These Halloween images are in the Mini Blueprints #7 set and just like Tim, I stamped them onto Distress WC paper with Jet Black Archival.  These images are a bit tall, so that’s why I’m using a jumbo tag.  I did a quickie placement of the stamps onto a #8 manila tag and realized they wouldn’t all fit.


I water colored my images with Distress Markers, then rubbed the Distress Micro Glaze over the images and buffed away.  I used Ripe Persimmon, Mustard Seed & Dusty Concord as my background colors.


I inked the ripped edges of the images with Walnut Stain DI and adhered onto the tag.  I then snipped off any extra paper and ran through my sewing machine to add that rough stitched border.  I distressed the edges with my paper distresser and inked the edges with more Walnut Stain DI and my ink blending tool.


I’m using Spiced Marmalade & Dusty Concord DMs to ink my seam binding.  This is a great technique for creating a two-toned ribbon!  I LOVE this technique!!


I don’t have the vial labels that Tim used on his tag, but I improvised with one of his enameled tags that I painted with Black Soot DP.  Now, I also ran out of my sheet of black remnant rubs from the Apothecary set and only have the sheet of white rubs left–That’s why I painted the tag black.  Otherwise, you wouldn’t be able to see the words on the white background.

I spritzed Black Soot DM over the entire tag with my air art tool and heat set thoroughly.


I had to get a close-up of this mirrored star.  I love the matte areas where the Black Soot DP settled.


I topped my tag with my colored seam binding, which blended wonderfully when spritzed with water and heat set.  I also stained some cheesecloth with Black Soot DSS and ran that through with the seam binding.  I added a type charm with the letter ‘H’ for Halloween.


I’m headed over to Tim’s blog right now and get this entered, before the clock strikes midnight on the 31st!  Hey–that’s still 3 days away!! I’m ‘early’ for once, not sliding in right under the wire!  WHEW, that feels good!!

Thanks so much for coming by today!  I have a plan to be back before the end of the week with one last July challenge project (due on the 31st), so I hope you come back for that!  Gosh, I hope I can make that!! 🙂

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Jumbo Manila Tag; Distress Watercolor Paper (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Seasonal Collage Paper Stash 8×8 (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Distress Inks, Markers, Paint, Micro Glaze, Spray Stain (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Ink (Ranger)
  • Mirrored Star, Type Charm, Enameled Tag & Mini Numerals (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Seam Binding; Cheesecloth
  • Craft Sheet (Ranger); Heat Tool; Sewing Machine (Kenmore); Craft Scissors; Glue Stick; Air Art Tool (Artworx)

Frosted Sunflower Trinket Box

Hi There!! Happy Tuesday!!  I’m here today with my entry for the latest Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge-#32 Frosted Film.


There’s still time to enter this challenge–it closes this Friday, July 17th at 11:59pm MDT and there are wonderful prizes to be won!!  CC3 #32 is sponsored by The Funkie Junkie Boutique with a $25 gift certificate awarded to one randomly drawn participant, then you have the chance to be awarded the Curiosity Crew’s Choice and receive a Tim & Mario prize package and there’s the coveted Curiosity Crew’s Honorable Mention blog badge!  You’ve gotta be in it to win it!!


I decorated a little round wooden trinket box and adorned the top with a Frosted Film Sunflower that I made using the Tattered Poinsettia Bigz Die.


Here’s how the box started out–I’m using the smaller of the two for today’s project.  I won these boxes from A Vintage Journey late last year!!  These were a part of a special Christmas Give-Away they were hosting at the end of December and I was the lucky random winner!!  WOO HOO!!  Thanks, AVJ!!


Now, I hope I can explain what’s going on here, without exposing too much about the technique.  The Frosted Film technique is also, kind of, product based and I did not have enough of one of the products to do exactly what Tim does in his book.  So, I took pieces of Wendy Vecchi’s White Out and colored them with Adirondack AIs in Sunshine Yellow & Honeycomb to achieve my color.  This is all I can say about that 😉


I first lined the inside of the box & lid with a piece of Menagerie Paper Stash and adhered into place with matte Decou-Page.  I heat set then painted the outside of the box with Mustard Seed DP and heat set.  The stenciling was done in small sections, as the stencil did not wrap all the way around the box, and believe me–I let all of those sections air dry completely!  I used WV’s Add a stencil with DA Black Modeling Paste.


When all of the stenciling was done, I used the Dotted Flourish image from Wendy Vecchi and stamped it onto the lid with Jet Black Archival.  I heat set the ink then applied a coat of DA Crackle Glaze and let air dry.  When that layer was dry, I brushed on some DA Titanium White Antiquing Cream and let air dry, which was pretty quick.  I then wiped down with a damp cotton cloth to expose those cracks! COOL!  Oh, and you can see how some of the antiquing cream seeped under the crackle–I like that, too!!


I’m using 4 whole layers of the Tattered Poinsettia die cuts and several individually cut petals that I used as filler here and there when I was hot gluing the flower onto the top of the lid.  I created the center out of a roughly cut piece of manila stock that I painted with Black Soot DP.  Then I applied a great big glob of Diamond Glaze and covered it with black seed beads.  I totally let that air dry!!


Oh Boy, I love this close up!!  You can see the shimmer of the Frosted Film and Oh Those Beads!!  They look really cool!!  A couple of details–I treated the edges of all of the sunflower petals with an inking of Orange Blossom Archival then a layer of Black Soot DP with a detail paint brush.  I also outlined the center with Orange Blossom Archival using my water brush.


Oh, here’s another cool picture!  You can see the paint on the edges of the petals and look at all of that wonderful crackly goodness!!


This was a fun challenge to create for–I’ve secretly been waiting for this Frosted Film challenge to roll around so that I could make something Sunflower related!  LOL 🙂 🙂

Thanks so much for joining me today!!  If you’ve got some Frosted Film and Tim’s CC3, come on over to Studio L3 and join in!  There will be only 2 challenges left after CC3 #32 closes, so it’s not too late!!  Hope to see you there!!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • 3″ Round Wooden Box; Frosted Film (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Art Parts White Out (Wendy Vecchi); Menagerie Paper Stash (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Add a Stencil (Wendy Vecchi); Tattered Poinsettia Bigz Die (Tim Holtz/Sizzix); Big Shot Machine (Sizzix)
  • Adirondack Alcohol Inks & Distress Paint (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Crackle Glaze, Antiquing Cream & Modeling Paste (DecoArt Media); Archival Inks (Ranger)
  • Matte Decou-Page (DecoArt); Diamond Glaze (Judikins); Paint Brushes; Palette Knife; Heat Tool; Hot Glue Gun

Kudzu Wisdom

Hi There & Happy Sunday!!  It’s my turn to share my weekly project for Artistic Outpost and today, I’m bringing you an almost trashed canvas board that had a very rough beginning.  Every so often, my mojo will ”leave the building” if you will, and my original attempt at what I was doing on this was, just, BLECH!!  But luckily, one of my favorite AO stamp sets, Kudzu Kafe, came to the rescue!!


Not only did the images of Kudzu Kafe help me out on this project, but I went back into the archives of one of my favorite designers, Paula Cheney, to get inspiration from her canvas called “Wonderful Adventure“.  You’ll see some of the liberties I took in my project, especially with the overall wing-span of Kudzu Girl here, but the inspiration is evident and helped me get through my temporary loss of mojo over this canvas board.

I’m also going to send this canvas board over to The Mirror Crack’d challenge for July-Canvas.  I missed out on lots of my favorite challenges last month as I’m spending my free creative time on other projects, but I always pay attention to the themes and write them down for inspiration.  As this month’s theme at The Mirror Crack’d is creating on a Canvas, that also inspired me to bring this canvas back out and try to salvage it in some way!


This is how this 5″ x 7″ canvas board started out, but I had actually gotten farther along in the water coloring of this and even glazed some of the rain drops.  I was not happy with the direction this was going, and almost threw this away!  Instead, I put it away, but not out of sight–I can’t just get rid of a nice canvas board that can be saved and turned into something else!!


I covered the board with a good coat of gesso, maybe a bit thicker than normal, but I had some bright colors to cover and the layer of TH Melange Tissue Wrap helped camouflage the painting underneath.


I applied Abandoned Coral DP onto the top half and Mermaid Lagoon DP to the bottom half and rubbed the paint in with a baby wipe.  These colors are so fun together! Oh-Can you see some of the raised rain drops back there?  Even though those are remnants of the failed creative layer underneath, I think they lend a fun, textural element to this board.


I took another piece of the Melange Tissue Wrap and glued to a piece of white stock with Matte Decou-Page.  I heat set, then colored the wings with my Mustard Seed & Ripe Persimmon DMs.


I’m playing around with some TH Frosted Film right now and decided to cover the butterfly with a layer to give the wings some pretty shimmer.  I fussy cut them and adhered the image onto the canvas board with Matte Decou-Page.


My favorite AO image-Kudzu Girl (aka Angry Girl)!!  I stamped her onto mixed-media paper with Jet Black Archival and water colored her with Distress Markers and my water brush.  I fussy cut her, inked the edges with my Pumice Stone DM and adhered her onto the wings with Matte Decou-Page.  And, as one of the tenants of Kudzu Wisdom is to ‘be silly’, I gave her a pair of wire antennae that I glitzed up with Black Diamond Stickles.  I just love that sparkle in the sunshine!


I’ve got some random stamping and stenciling going on in the background, too.  I’m using a flourishy image from the Serenity stamp set stamped in Cobalt Archival and I’m using the Letter Jumble stencil from Dylusions.  You might see a two-toned effect with the stenciling–there I used Scattered Straw DP with an over lay of Black Soot SI.  The circles were made with a paint cap dipped into Picket Fence DP and Prussian Blue Hue DA Media Fluid Acrylic.

The 3 tenants of Kudzu Widsom–be silly, be kind, be honest!!  I stamped the words onto white card stock with Jet Black Archival and heat set.  I then brushed on a layer of Matte Decou-Page and heat set.  I fussy cut the words and edged with Jet Black Archival then mounted onto pieces of black stock.  I attached to the canvas board with foam squares and outlined with Walnut Stain DI and my water brush, then outlined again with my white gel pen.


I outlined winged Kudzu Girl three times–the first layer in Black Soot DP using a fine detail paint brush, then I outlined with Walnut Stain DI and my water brush, then I outlined with my white gel pen.  I finished the panel with adding strips of TH Tissue Tape around the edges to frame the panel and give it a clean and crisp look, then spritzed a bit of Black Soot DM here & there with my air art tool.  So, there you go–a project that was once a failure, saved by paint and ink and stamping and paper and good ole inspiration!!

Thanks so much for spending a little bit of your Sunday with me!!  Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps:  Kudzu Kafe & Serenity (Artistic Outpost)
  • 5″ x 7″ Canvas Board; Melange Tissue Wrap (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore); Black Card Stock (Core’dinations)
  • Distress Paints, Inks & Markers (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Inks (Ranger); DecoArt Media Acrylic; Gesso (Dina Wakely/Ranger); White Gel Pen (Sakura)
  • Letter Jumble Stencil (Dylusions/Ranger); Frosted Film & Tissue Tape (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Craft Sheet (Ranger); Matte Decou-Page (DecoArt); Finger Knife (Fiskars); Paint Cap; Ink Blending Tool; Heat Tool; Air Art Tool (Artworx)

Happy 4th of July

Hi There!! Happy Sunday & Happy 4th of July–6 days early!!  I know I’m early, but-as my weekly postings for Artistic Outpost fall on Sunday’s, I didn’t want to miss out on the occasion to create something a little patriotic to celebrate the holiday, which is next Saturday!!  Happy Birthday America!!


I’m not only here with my weekly Artistic Outpost project–I’m also going to send this tag into the latest Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge #31-Layering Stencil/Paint Resist.


CC3 #31 is being sponsored by Inspiration Emporium with a $50 shopping spree that will be awarded to a randomly drawn participant!! COOL!!  Then there’s the awesome Tim & Mario prize package that is awarded to the Curiosity Crew’s Choice!! TOTALLY COOL!!  And don’t forget there’s always a Curiosity Crew’s Honorable Mention badge to be won–EVEN COOLER!!  I call it the CC3 Trifecta–And you’ve got 3 more challenges left to go for it!!


Working from my own copy of Tim’s CC3, I turned to page 47 and went for it!  I can’t share the technique, but I can tell you what I used.  Here is the front side of my #8 manila tag-I used Broken China DSS & Barn Door DS with Picket Fence DP and my Stars Layering Stencil.


This is the backside of my tag, which I kind of experimented on.  I’ve done this LS:PR technique before, but not with one of the Metallic DPs.  Here, I’m using the same colors of stains, but with Brushed Pewter DP.  I like it!!

I just love my water spots!!  I rubbed my tags with Broken China & Barn Door DIs, spritzed & flicked with some water and heat set.  This tag is ready for its patriotic ornamentations!!


I’m using several images from my Hero stamp set.  I started with I stamping the flag image onto tissue paper with Jet Black Archival.  I fussy cut the flag and border part and adhered to the tag with Matte Decou-Page.  I stamped the flag image again onto mixed-media paper and heat embossed with glossy black embossing powder.  I fussy cut the embossed frame and adhered to the tag.


This handsome little soldier was stamped onto mixed-media paper with Jet Black Archival.  I colored him with my Distress Markers and detail water brush, heat set then rubbed with a little bit of Tea Dye DI and my ink blending tool.  I fussy cut him and mounted onto the tag with foam squares.  I outlined him with Walnut Stain DI and my detail water brush, heat set, then outlined again with my white gel pen.


The silver 4 is part of the flag image that I treated separately.  I stamped that section of the image three times onto mixed-media paper and fussy cut.  I glued all of the 4s together then rubbed into my Watering Can Archival ink pad to fully cover with ink.  I quickly dipped into a tub of silver embossing powder and heat set.  I attached the embossed 4 into place then outlined with Walnut Stain DI and my detail water brush, then I outlined again with my white gel pen.


This is a piece of Beautiful Borders die cut that I heat embossed, too.  It’s a piece of manila stock that I rubbed into my Vermilion Archival ink pad to fully saturate with color, on both sides.  Then I immediately covered in Red Geranium EP and heat set.  I repeated this 2 more times.  I attempted to carefully machine stitch this onto the bottom of the tag, but it went a bit askew on me and almost ripped in the machine–I’m lucky there were only a few chips and one slight rip-WHEW!!


Here is what the backside of the finished tag looks like.  You can see the additional border stitching I did–it’s really for this back side, to give it a little oomph.  I distressed the edges of the tag with my paper distresser & inked with Black Soot DI and my ink blending tool.


I stamped the sentiment onto tissue paper with Jet Black Archival, fussy cut, adhered onto the tag with Matte Decou-Page and heat set.  Then I finished the tag with a couple of mirrored stars, a messy seam binding ribbon that I colored with my Broken China & Barn Door DMS, and a typed token attached with a wire pin.

Thanks so much for joining me today!  I’ll be back this week with a 1st of the month posting for Our Creative Corner, then of course I’ll see you next weekend when I’m posting for Artistic Outpost!  Fun stuff ahead!! 🙂 🙂

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps: Hero (Artistic Outpost)
  • Surfaces:  #8 Manila Tag (Inkssentials/Ranger); Tissue Paper; Manila Stock; Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore)
  • Distress Stain & Spray Stain, Inks, Paints & Markers (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Ink (Ranger); Wendy Vecchi EP (Ranger); Silver EP (SU); Black EP (WOW); White Gel Pen (Sakura)
  • Beautiful Borders Die (ODBD); Big Shot Machine (Sizzix)
  • Seam Binding (The Funkie Junkie Boutique); Mirrored Stars, Wire Pin, Jump Rings & Typed Token (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Craft Sheet (Ranger); Heat Tool; Embossing Heat Gun; Matte Decou-Page (DecoArt); Paint Brushes; Finger Knife (Fiskars); Sewing Machine (Kenmore)