Love Me Two Times

Hi There!!  Happy Monday!!  After the exciting weekend of sharing my design team projects for the new challenges at Our Creative Corner & Eclectic Ellapu, I’m here today with a tag I made to enter into a few challenges myself!!


I completely ran out of time to get this entered into the Compendium of Curiosities 3 #20 challenge, but I’m making it in the nick o’ time at Tag Along-Think Pink, Artist Trading Post Exchange-Flower Power & A Vintage Journey-Love is in the Air.

Although the challenge at AVJ is not music related, the challenge title “Love is in the Air” took me straight to a disco song from the 70’s, which got me running through my internal library of music, when the needle landed on “Love Me Two Times” by The Doors.  One of my favorite ways to create is by letting a song title or lyrics direct me and this song was perfect for my tag!!


I started with a jumbo #10 manila tag and stamped the heart from the Valentine Blueprint set onto the tag twice with Jet Black Archival ink.  See-there it is already…Love (me) two times!!  Get it?! LOL Oh, I crack myself up sometimes!! 🙂


I used Tim’s water coloring technique to color and shade the two hearts.  I used my detail water brush with Distress Markers in Barn Door on the top heart, and Worn Lipstick on the bottom heart.  I then shaded the hearts with Pumice Stone & Black Soot DMs using my wide tipped water brush and heat dried.


I added a bit more color to my tag using the wrinkle free Distress Stain technique with Worn Lipstick & Aged Mahagony DSs.  The color on the front of the tag is the left-over stain from running the backside of the tag through the stains first.


Here’s the back of the finished tag, which received those first few swipes through the stains-So much darker than the color on the front!


To finish my background, I rubbed Tea Dye & Vintage Photo DIs over the entire surface and edges.  Then I used my mini-Pumice Stone DI, my mini-ink blending tool and my Hearts LS to add a few random hearts here and there and used my air art tool to spritz Aged Mahogany DM over the tag.


I die cut  a bunch of Tattered Florals from pink, red & burgundy colored stock (and I had the tulle tattered florals in my stash).  I then stamped them with my ‘love’ definition &  harlequin background stamps, in Vermilion and Coffee Archival inks.  I spritzed them with water, wadded them up and let air dry.


I embellished my tag with the assembled Tattered Florals blooms, red rhinestones, a file tab and a couple of arrows from my Industrious Borders stickers.


I added colored gumdrops to the center of each flower and wrapped the blooms with pieces of some funky yarn from my stash–Oh, I also tucked some die cut Garden Greens in there that I had cut out of tissue wrap!


I added my word bands to my tag with matte gel and topped it all with a seam binding bow stained with Worn Lipstick & Barn Door DSs.

Love Me Two Times–I’m going away…..But only over to the challenges!!  I’m headed over to Tag Along, Artist Trading Post & A Vintage Journey before I lose any more time!!  Before we know it, February will be just a memory and Spring will be in the air!!

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



  • Surfaces: Jumbo Manila Tag (The Funkie Junkie Boutique); Pink, Burgundy, Red Card Stock (Papertrey Ink); Tulle; Tissue Wrap (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Stamps: Valentine Blueprints (Tim Holtz/ Stampers Anonymous); Love Defined Stamp (SU); Harlequin Stamp (Penny Black)
  • Distress Markers, Inks & Stains (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Inks (Ranger); Adirondack Alcohol Inks (Ranger); Black Enamel Accents (Ranger)
  • Tattered Florals & Garden Greens Bigz Dies (Tim Holtz/Sizzix); Big Shot Machine (Sizzix);
  • Gumdrops, File Tab & Industrious Stickers (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Seam Binding (The Funkie Junkie Boutique); Funky Yard;
  • Matte Gel (Liquitex); Hot Glue Gun; Craft Sheet (Ranger); Heat Tool; Paint Brush; Water Brushes; Air Art Tool (Artworx)

An Invincible Summer

HAPPY TUESDAY!!  MERRY-almost-CHRISTMAS!!  This will be my only pre-Christmas post (so I’ll try to keep it quick!) and I won’t be back until after the Christmas holiday, when I’ll have some fun & exciting news to share!!  Stay tuned for that 🙂

In the meantime, I’ve pretty much finished my Christmas card making for the year, but that doesn’t necessarily mean I’ve finished my Christmastime mixed-media projects!!  I’ve still got 3 on my worktable, that aren’t going to make it out on time this year–that’s just the way it’s going to HO HO HO go!

But, I did manage to sneak in a project that I made for a couple of challenges–on time!!  Does that mean my holiday priorities are a bit askew?  Well, HO HO HO to that, too!!  🙂



I decided upon making this ATC tri-fold based on the challenge going on at Our Creative Corner–Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.  The challenge is to create something festive for Christmas on an ATC or ATB…OH what a challenge for me!! The small size of the ATC (2.5″x3.5″) is quite intimidating for me, so I decided to make myself 3 ATC’s which gives me 6 small surfaces to create on. What have I done to myself??? 🙂


This is how it all started–3 ATC’s tissue taped together and rubbed with gesso.  I made these ATC’s with one piece of chipboard (cereal box) sandwiched between two pieces of manila stock that were all glued together with matte gel and pressed between heavy books to dry overnight.

I’ll also be sending this little tri-fold over to A Vintage Journey’s current challenge, Let’s Celebrate.  I’m incorporating all kinds of wonderful techniques I’ve learned from Tim Holtz this year; image tinting and layering, background building and the fun with altering metal surfaces!


I’m using three different sets of stamps; Midwinter & Snowy Woods from Artistic Outpost and Season of Giving from Oxford Impressions.  This kind, St. Nick image is in the Snowy Woods plate and I stamped him onto gloss stock with Jet Black StazOn ink  and tinted him with Barn Door, Vintage Photo & Tea Dye DIs and my mini ink blending tools.


 The background is Barn Door & Gathered Twigs DP that I finger painted onto the front and back of each panel.  I randomly stamped text in the background with Sepia Archival Ink and used the negative from these die cut pine trees to stencil a few shadowy trees in the background.


This wintery background was created by stamping the image onto tissue paper and adhering with matte gel and the snowflakes are from the Christmastime Remnant Rubs.  I treated the corner filigree piece with Antiqued Bronze & Antique Linen DPs and glued in place with matte gel.


This medallion was treated the same way and when dry, I added the date from the Christmastime Remnant Rubs.   There’s more random stamping in the background and I stenciled a few more pine trees in the background with Pumice Stone DI.


This little boy image is from the OE Seasons of Giving plate and I stamped him with Jet Black StazOn ink onto gloss stock and tinted him with Barn Door, Tea Dye & Vintage Photo DIs and my mini ink blending tool.  His buttons are little dots of Tarnished Brass DP and his star was colored with Butterscotch Adirondack Alcohol Ink.


This sentiment is from a SU set called Four Christmas and I stamped it onto tissue paper with Jet Black StazOn.  I then adhered the tissue paper to the panel with matte gel and let air dry.  The pine branch image is from the Midwinter plate and I colored directly on the stamp with Distress Markers in Pine Needle & Vintage Photo.

I treated all of the metal embellishments the same, plus I treated all of them at the same time!  I had all of the metal embellies dried and ready while I was stamping and fussy cutting all of the images and deciding on placement.


Some of the other goodies I used are a TH/Idea-ology gumdrop colored with Cranberry Adirondack Alcohol Ink, mirror stars, WV white embossing paste and Clear Rock Candy Distress Glitter.


The frosty pine trees are cut from an old Sizzix Sizzlit pine tree die, cut out of TH Kraft-Core stock and covered with Clear Rock Candy DG.  The sentiment is from a SU set called Four Christmas that was stamped onto tissue paper and glued into place with matte gel.

With that, the story is told in this quote from Albert Camus-“In the depth of Winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible Summer.”

Merry Christmas to you all!!



  • Surfaces: Manila Stock; Chipboard; Glossy Card Stock; Kraft-Core (Tim Holtz/Core’dinations); Black Card Stock (Core’dinations); Tissue Paper
  • Distress Inks, Paints & Glitter (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Inks (Ranger); StazOn Ink (Tsukineko); White Linen Dylusions Ink Spray (Ranger); Perfect Copper & Sunflower Sparkle Perfect Pearls Mist (Ranger); Clear Embossing Powder (WOW)
  • Stamps:  Snowy Woods & Midwinter (Artistic Outpost); Season of Giving (Oxford Impressions); Four Christmas (Stampin’ Up)
  • Tattered Pine Cone Die (Tim Holtz/Sizzix); Pine Tree Sizzlit (Sizzix); Big Shot Machine (Sizzix); Rays Layering Stencil (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous)
  • Mirror Stars, File Tabs, Type Charm, Ring Fastener, Gumdrop, Jump Ring; Christmastime Remnant Rubs (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Metal Filigree Pieces (Funkie Junkie Boutique)
  • Matte Gel (Liquitex); Hot Glue Gun; Craft Sheet (Ranger); Embossing Heat Gun; Paint Brushes; Sanding Block

Witchy Halloween Tag

TGIF!!  Hello and WELCOME! to my new FB & blog followers!!  I’m so glad that you’re here and today–I’m not going to keep you that long!!  Mainly-because I didn’t take many ‘during’ pictures when I was putting this tag together.  As I was going through my photos for editing, I was like–Where are all my pictures?  It happens sometimes–I get into the crafty zone and ZOOM-away I go!!  Kind of like this witch on her broom–WATCH OUT!! 😉


I’ve got 3 challenges that I want to enter this tag into and luckily, they’re all Halloween themed!

At Shopping Our Stash, it’s challenge #174 Halloween-75% of this tag is from my hoard collection of stashes!  This tag will also be my 2nd entry over at Artist Trading Post Exchange for their Halloween challenge for October and this is my Tim Holtz-esque inspired tag for A Vintage Journey’s Halloween-To Die For challenge.

A Vintage Journey, being a Tim Holtz inspired blog, wants to see Tim’s influence in our projects.  Overall, I can truly say, the biggest influence Tim Holtz has had in my creativity is the introduction of making my own backgrounds using all kinds of wonderful mixed medias and layers.  Believe me, I didn’t craft like this “before”!  Now, I try to create my own mixed-media backgrounds for every project I make…


Here, I’m starting with a #8 manila tag that’s from my stash of tags that I’ve pre-treated with Tim’s paint marbling technique with Black Soot, Tarnished Bronze, Salty Ocean & Scattered Straw DPs.  I’ve had this tag in my stash since Summer, just waiting to be used!


I’m trying to use shrink plastic any time I can!  It’s a really fun product and the coolest thing is to watch it shrink down!  I’m using images from the TH/SA Carved Halloween plate, stamped with Jet Black Staz-On ink and colored with Adirondack alcohol inks in Butterscotch & Terra Cotta.  I also punched holes in them so that I can use them as charms.


And with the flick of my creativity wand–my tag has received several layers of stenciled goodness, more Distress Paint (the Mustard Seed yellow moon in the background) and a heat embossed flying witch!!  OH–and then there’s the fussy cut and water colored witchy-poo, too!!  Fussy cut witch received a coat of Clear Rock Candy DCP, just for fun 🙂


 OK–this will work!!  This is the back of my tag, which has the same layered stenciling that I did on the front.  I first blended Black Soot, Salty Ocean, Scattered Straw & Mustard Seed DIs over the surface with my ink blending tools & spritzed with water.  I let the inks wick a bit and heat dried.  Then I used Walnut Stain DI with the Shattered LS and I used Black Soot DI with the Halloween LS.  I finished with flicking water over the surface and heat dried!


The spooky die cut tree is from my stash of pre-cut chipboard shapes that didn’t get used in a previous project and lucky for me, perfect for this tag!!  I rubbed Black Soot DP over the entire tree, then dabbed a bit of Scattered Straw DP onto the wet surface with my finger and I gave a little spritz of water and heat dried.  To add to the mottled effect, I applied Black Soot Distress EP and Clear Rock Candy DG to random spots on the tree.


I made the grass out of Kraft Core stock and herb scissors and added a few words from the Apothecary Remnant Rub-Ons.  You can see the texture of the Distress EP on the tree better in this picture and you can also see the ink spritzing that kind of got away from me on the Chit Chat stickers-OOPS!  🙂

These shrink plastic charms are so much fun!  They came out so well and decorate my spooky tree FaBOOlously!! 😉


Without having all of the detailed step-x-step pics, I know I’m skipping over some of the finer details, but, I told you I wouldn’t keep you long today and I’ll close this one out with haste–Witchy-poo does need to fly off to join the challenges!!  Won’t you join her??

HAPPY FRIDAY and Thanks Again for stopping by today!!  Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Surfaces: #8 Manila TagShrink Plastic (Inkssentials/Ranger); Distress WC Paper (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Kraft Core (Core’dinations); Chipboard (cereal box)
  • Distress Inks, Paints, Crackle Paint, Markers, Glitter, Embossing Powder (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Staz-On Ink (Tsukineko); Adirondack Alcohol Inks (Ranger); Dylusions Ink Spray (Ranger); Colorbox Pigment Ink (Clearsnap); WOW Embossing Powder
  • Tree Die (Sizzix); Big Shot Machine (Sizzix)
  • Remnant Rub-Ons, Jump Rings, Seasonal Chit Chat Stickers (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Paper Distresser (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios); Heat Tool; Embossing Heat Tool; Ink Blending Tools (TH/Ranger); Herb Scissors; Detail Scissors (Fiskars); Craft Sheet (Ranger); Matte Gel (Luquitex); Double-Back Tape (3M); Mini Foam Dots; Air Art Tool (Inkworx)

Kudzu Gals ATCs

Hi There Everyone!  Happy Labor Day weekend to my friends in the U.S.!  I’m using this weekend to try to catch myself up on making birthday cards (belated & future) and look in on one of my favorite challenge blogs that I’ve been neglecting of late-A Vintage Journey.  I haven’t created anything for their challenge in weeks, so I couldn’t let their challenge of A Little Touch of Tim-‘ATC’s Only’ go by.

This will also be my very first time making an ATC!  Yes–it’s true!!  Now, don’t get me wrong–I’ve incorporated 2.5″x3.5″ pieces in my card making over the years, but specifically using the small space ONLY as your entire surface to create upon–Nope!  This was something new to me 🙂


 I not only made one ATC, but two!  Why not?  I’m already ATC challenged to begin with, I may as well work it out!


The only definite things I knew going into making these ATC’s were; the size I had to work with/on, I wanted to use the ‘angry girl’ image from the Kudzu Kafe plate from Artistic Outpost and I want to use some of Tim’s Eclectic Elements fabric as my background.  I’m flying by the seat of my creative pants for the rest!


One of my favorite Tim Tags is his ‘Art is good for the soul’ creation.  He made this tag using one of his fabrics as the background and it’s beautiful!  I think my first ATC’s would be perfect with Tim’s fabrics!  I cut batting & Tim’s EE fabrics to fit over the manila ATC base.


I adhered the batting and fabrics to the ATC card base with double-back tape, then ran through my sewing machine.


I frayed the edges of the fabric with my craft scratcher and roughed up a bit of the batting underneath, too.

I inked the edges of the fabric and the card base with Vintage Photo & Walnut Stain mini DIs.

My Kudzu gals got stamped onto cold-press water color paper with Jet Black Archival Ink & water colored with my DM’s in Victorian Velvet, Tattered Rose, Faded Jeans, Wild Honey & Vintage Photo and my detail water brush.

I fussy cut these gals out and distressed the edges of the images just a bit with my paper distresser.  I then inked the edges with Vintage Photo DI.


I wanted something more on my fabric backgrounds, so I’m grabbing the Latticework & Burlap (not pictured) layering stencils.

I used Vintage Photo DI and Picket Fence DPs to color through the stencils with.  I love what the stencil designs did on the fabrics!

I’ve added bronze & espresso PPP sequins to the front of  (what will be angry girl’s) ATC and I splattered Picket Fence DP onto the blue flower ATC (it’s hard to see and the paint soaked into the fabric a bit).


OH!  I can’t forget about the back panels!!  Now, I don’t know if I’m breaking any ATC rules by adding a back panel, but it serves a couple of purposes; to hide the work that’s going on with the front panel and it’s now an empty space to write a message on–But, it’s still thin!


I’m just working with some placement here and getting ready to attach the back panels.  Behind the scenes, I added alcohol inks to a couple of mirrored stars and a brass heart and I stamped and glazed a party hat for angry girl.

I ran the back panels through my sewing machine before adhering to the ATC’s.  The words are also from the Kudzu Kafe plate that I had stamped onto a spare piece of paint marbled background.


Well, I seem to be on a party hat kick!  I can’t help but put a hat on this girl!  She’s one of my all-time fav images and of course I paired her with the ‘be silly’ sentiment 🙂  I added some white gel pen highlights and Walnut Stain DM outlines all over the place and rubbed Picket Fence DP to the surface of the number brad.  Everything was adhered down with multi-medium.


I call this image ‘auntie’ and she’s a loving lady with a big heart!  The butterflies flock around her because she’s so sweet! 🙂  I added an antique  brad to the center of the flower and layered the die cut butterflies with a little machine stitching.  I used multi-medium to glue everything down and when dry, I used my Walnut Stain DM and white gel pen to add highlights and outlines here and there.


OK–I can handle working on ATC’s!  These were really fun to make and I’m not intimidated by their size any longer!!

These gals are headed over to A Vintage Journey (ATC challenge ends Sept3 ) and to Artistic Outpost (AO art challenge ends 8/31).   They’re going to hang out there and I’m going to go make my lists of upcoming occasions and get my creative mojo on for the rest of the weekend (but yard work will be thrown in the mix, too!) 🙂

Thanks so much for stopping by this weekend–Now, get out there and have some fun!!  Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Manila Stock; TH Eclectic Elements Fabric (Coates); Water Color Paper; Vellum; Chocolate Box Core’dinations
  • Kudzu Kafe Plate (Artistic Outpost); Party Hats (Lost Coast Designs)
  • Distress Inks, Markers & Paints (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Adirondack Alcohol Inks (Ranger); Dylusions Ink Spray (Ranger); Archival Ink (Ranger); Gel Pen
  • Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh); Mirrored Stars & Number Brad (TH/Idea-ology); Antique Brad (SU); Layering Stencils (TH/Stampers Anonymous); Embosslits-Beautiful Wings (SU/Sizzix); Big Shot Machine (Sizzix); Finger Knife (Fiskars); Rotary Cutter (Fiskars); Air Tool (Artworx)
  • Multi-Medium (Claudine Hellmuth/Ranger); Double-Back Tape (3M); Diamond Glaze (Judikins); Hole Punch; Round Paint Brush; Ink Blending Tool; Splatter Brush (Liquitex); Craft Sheet; Self-Healing Mat; Sewing Machine (Kenmore)

My Dad–Navy 1959

Oh Boy, am I going out on a limb with this one!  Welcome to my first attempt at creating on a canvas!!  I’m going for it!  I’m venturing out and onto a new surface, a new landscape, so to speak and onto something that is not cardstock!! LOL!!

(Plus, I wanted to make something special as an upcoming gift.) 🙂

So, sit tight and I’ll take you through this memento piece I made for my Dad, in honor of my Dad.


There are a couple of challenges out there that this will be perfect for, but the main idea inspiration came from the Awesomely Awesome Paula Cheney and a vintagey canvas she designed in April called Wonderful Adventure.   It’s such a lovely piece–It inspired me to want to do the same!!


These are the base of the supplies I’m going to use for my canvas with the addition of lots more goodies as I go along!  Since this is my first attempt at using a canvas, I’m keeping it small and using a 6×6 square.

Dad in Navy 1959

This is my Dad, circa April 1959, not even 20 years old yet.  Quite dapper in his Navy Blues!!

In preparation for this project, I ran this original photo through a little bit of photo editing and made myself several copies on a few different surfaces, but I’ll get to that later.


I prepped the canvas with gesso and heat dried, as I did most of the layers that I’ll put on.  I was too impatient to have to wait for things to dry!! 😉


I’m letting the colors in the photo dictate what Distress Paints I’m going to use for my background.  I’ve chosen Broken China, Gathered Twigs and Pumice Stone DP’s for my paint layer.

So, there’s that first color of Broken China DP laid down, but magically, there’s all 3 colors of DP applied and ready to go!!  YUP–I was just going along and painting and having fun and then-OH, forgot to take those detail shots!


I made my own stamped tissue paper with images from Artistic Outpost and Tim Holtz/SA.  I used the compass stamp from Tim’s Classics #1 set and I used the word HERO from the Hero plate by AO.  I used Jet Black Archival Ink to stamp the images onto the tissue paper–that way it will be permanent when I start applying multi-medium and won’t run or wick away.

I ripped up pieces of the stamped tissue paper and randomly applied onto the canvas with matte multi-medium and set with my heat tool.


I’m going to distress the entire canvas with DI’s in Tea Dye, Walnut Stain and Vintage Photo, making sure to really dab into the tissue paper.

You knew this was coming!!  Water Spots!!  How could I possibly create a vintage style Naval themed piece without incorporating real water?  I…..Must……Spritz……and……Flick…..Water…..LOL!!  🙂


Next, I chose the piece of world map paper from the 8×8 Collage Paper Stash by TH/Idea-ology….

…to rip into a few little pieces and adhere to the canvas with matte multi-medium and dried with my heat tool.

I distressed those strips of paper with Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain and Black Soot DI’s and my ink blending tool and then roughed them up a little bit with my sanding block.


I used a piece of manila stock, left-over from a DP mono-print experiment, to make my home-made NAVY stencil with.  I used the Opposites Attract cartridge and my Cricut machine to die cut out the letters and I used the negative as my stencil.


I  used Chipped Sapphire DI and a finger dabber to stencil NAVY randomly over the entire canvas square and since the letter A was solid, I used a white pencil to create that open space.


More stenciling fun–I used the Stars layering stencil and Picket Fence DP to randomly add stars on the front and sides of the canvas with a sponge finger dabber.  I heat set every section that I stenciled, before moving on to the next.  Another detail that I failed to get a picture of is, I outlined some of the stars with Walnut Stain Distress Marker.  Darn It!!

One of the embellishments I wanted for this piece was an anchor, so I found the anchor image I wanted online.  I printed it, fussy cut, then traced onto a piece of chipboard and fussy cut once again.  I’m going to give my anchor a little bit of an eroded metal look.


I applied Pumice Stone Distress Stain directly onto my chipboard anchor and heat dried.  I know you don’t see the chipboard through the next layers, but, I just felt better having my first layer a little darker gray.


Next, I rubbed and dabbed Black Soot DP over the entire surface and heat set.


Then finished off with a layer of Brushed Pewter Metallic DP, which I gave the eroded metal treatment to.  Now, I’ve got a funny story about this particular anchor…

When I had this anchor done, this was my stopping point for the evening.  I set this aside, along with all of my other little embellishments, in a little pile, so I knew where everything I wanted was.  The next morning, time to assemble–Uh, where is my anchor?  No, really–where is my anchor?  It is GONE!  My pile of embellishments looks a little disturbed and the anchor is nowhere to be seen.  I picked everything up off of my work surface, I poured out my garbage…It’s not here.  So, after my husband found some larger pieces of chipboard eaten, on the floor, we’ve deduced that:

#1–One of the cats knocked said anchor onto the floor.  #2–Our cardboard eating dog, Maxine, found said anchor that had been knocked on the floor. #3–Maxine ate said anchor.

Suffice it to say, I had to make another anchor, but it looked exactly like this one!!  😉

OK–I’m not going to go into full detail mode with this next step.  I’m saving this ‘accidental image transfer’ technique for its own posting–soon!  But, what I will say is, I didn’t just want to stick the photo of my Dad on this canvas.  I wanted some kind of cool way of showcasing this photo, but not just as a picture pasted on top.


So, go figure, I accidentally found an image transfer technique that gave me several see-through layers of  the photo of my Dad.


With one of the photos that I printed on glossy photo paper, I fussy cut my Dad out and inked the edges with Vintage Photo DI and my ink blending tool.


His fussy cut image was adhered to the canvas with matte multi-medium and pressed in place.  I did let this sit for a spell and air dry–I didn’t want my heat tool to possibly tweak the ink on the photo paper or have the photo paper start to bubble.  I’ve had that happen!! Lesson learned!! 😉


 Here is the finished canvas with all of the embellishments adhered in place.


I made my anchor chain out of jump rings.  I didn’t have any spare, mini, chain-link hanging around, so–jump rings pressed into ovals will work for me!!


I printed these little word bands onto kraft card stock off of my computer.  I then fussy cut them out and inked the edges with Walnut Stain DI.  I adhered them in place with matte multi-medium and heat set.  When dry, I outlined them with Walnut Stain and Picket Fence DM’s.


To give the stamped compass image in the corner a little action, I added a sprocket gear and game spinner with a brad and poked it through the canvas.  I was going to glue the spinner in place, but, I let the spinner be free so the admirer has something to interact with.  And speaking of interacting–I did spray a clear, top coat over the entire canvas.  Just in case someone does want to touch something other than the spinner, nothing can come off on fingers and transfer to other places!  😉


Anchors Away Me Boy–Anchors Away!!  I’m safe to say this (as I’ve told my Dad he can’t read this posting) I’m going to give this to him for Father’s Day!

And remember the challenges I mentioned?  One of them is Red Carpet Studio–Their latest challenge is based on the movie Saving Private Ryan.  With the Memorial Day holiday approaching  in the U.S., the challenge is to create something for Memorial Day.  I instantly thought of my Dad and his service in the Navy when he was just a young man.  Perfectly timed for Father’s Day in the U.S., A Vintage Journey is hosting their fortnight challenge “All About Him”.   Another inspiration cue to make something for and about my Dad!  Perfect!!

I hope you enjoyed my foray into experimenting with canvas?  It wasn’t as intimidating as I thought it was going to be!  Who knows what I’ll create with my next 6×6 canvas?

Thanks for stopping by and Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!  XOXO-Shari


  • 6×6 White Canvas Square; Collage Stash Paper (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Tissue Paper; Kraft Card Stock & Acetate Sheets (Papertrey Ink); Chipboard (cereal box); Glossy Photo Paper
  • Paint Brushes; Ink Blending Tools (Ranger); Pliers; Heat Tool; Sponge Finger Dabbers (SU)
  • Stamps:  Hero Plate (Artistic Outpost); Classics #1 (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous)
  • Archival Ink (Ranger); Distress Paints, Stain, Markers & Ink (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Gesso (Claudine Hellmuth/Ranger)
  • Cricut Machine & ?????? Cartridge (Provo Craft); Layering Stencil (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous)
  • Jump Rings, Game Spinner, Sprocket Gear, Mirrored Star, Brad (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Matte Multi-Medium (Claudine Hellmuth/Ranger); Clear Spray Top Coat

Time Observations

Happy Thursday!!  Happy April!!  Thanks for visiting with me today!  I’ve got a card to share that I made for 3 different challenge blogs! WOWIE!! Making one card for 3 challenges was a challenge in itself for me!!  Let’s see what I came up with!


One of the challenges that I’m entering this card into is at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers blog.  Although this card has no snark factor-this time, it does have a Fancy Fold-The theme for their latest challenge.  Frilly & Funkie has a challenge entitled Time After Time–create with the theme of time and/or clocks–I was all over that!  And at A Vintage Journey – a Tim Holtz inspired challenge blog, the theme is Say it with Words….


 ….to stay with the theme of ‘time’ for F&F and have a fantastic quote or statement for AVJ, I found a quote from the Chalkboard Wisdom plate that was perfect for both challenges.


This was a project that evolved by the seat of my pants with lots of inspiration from the techniques I learned in both Creative Chemistry online courses taught by Tim Holtz.

I started by bi-folding a piece of paper stash kraft resist stock (that’s my fancy-fold) and giving both sides a white washing with Picket Fence DS.


I applied a couple of lengths of tissue tape over the folds….

…and stenciled with Vintage Photo & Walnut Stain DI’s over the clockwork stencil.


This is the background for the front and back of my card.


I inked the inside of my card with Chipped Sapphire, Victorian Velvet, Peeled Paint and Vintage Photo DI’s and my ink blending tools.  I then gave it a spritz and flick of water.  With the base layer of Picket Fence DS, the water stains are white and really pop through.


I used Black Soot DI to stencil some random letters from the schoolhouse stencil on the inside.


I also used Walnut Stain DI with the stencil.

When I stamped this frame from Chalk It Up, I originally used Vintage Photo & Black Soot DI’s, but I didn’t like it for this project.  I re-stamped the frame with Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain DI’s and liked the color effect much better.  I pressed the stamp pads directly onto my rubber stamp, then stamped the image on a piece of manila stock.  I fussy cut the image with my finger knife and inked the edges with Walnut Stain DI.

The crackle texture paste is a really neat product.  So much like cracked, worn paint–Speaking of paint….


I rubbed Gathered Twigs DP over the crackled texture with my finger, then inked over the entire frame with Walnut Stain DI and my ink blending tool.


I stamped the quote from the Chalkboard Wisdom plate on kraft glassine with jet black archival ink.  I planned on using these words throughout the entire card, so I made sure I stamped it plenty of times to be able to fussy cut exactly what I wanted.


Overall, this card challenged me on almost every level.  I normally don’t make cards with much of anything on the inside, except a simple stamped sentiment or quote.  For this card, my sentiment on the inside is also a focal point.


Oh, excuse me–Are you doing something?

 Oh, excuse the kitty interruption.  This actually happens a lot with both of my cats–this one is Daisy.  I was quick enough this time to click a picture of her before she went off to chew on something/anything/everything….


As I mentioned earlier, this project had me flying by the seat of my pants and I ended up forgetting to take pictures of the assemblage of the entire front of this card.  So, here is the front of my fancy fold card, not quite finished just yet…

I cannibalize unfinished projects all the time.  For this design, I’m using a rusted fussy cut watch image from a barely started tag and a piece of dry embossed aluminum sheet that I had been experimenting with.


The rusty watch is fussy cut out of the pocket watch image from The Outpost plate from AO.  I had plans to use it on a tag, but this card needed it more!  The watch face was also meant for another project that I just didn’t get around to…I had been experimenting with a roll of aluminum sheeting and dry embossed this small piece months ago.  For this card, I industrialized it by dabbing Black Soot DP on it, let it sit a few seconds, then gently wiped away the excess.  I glued it to the back of the watch face with matte multi-medium.

All of the words are from the fussy cut kraft glassine.  I adhered them down with matte multi-medium and outlined them all with Picket Fence & Walnut Stain DM’s.  I then swiped over the outlines with my water brush to soften the lines a bit and let the colors work with each other.

I used time and clock related Words, Numbers and Elements Remnant Rub-On’s and randomly stamped the clock face with Black Soot DI.  Of course I can’t forget the splattering!!  I used Black Soot DP and my splatter brush to give the entire front of the card a nice speckling!  Gosh, I love that splatter brush!!

The glassine words on the inside flaps of the card also got outlined with dm’s.


And this is a gear that I was experimenting with–I covered the entire gear with dimensional magic and let it dry.  Then I applied a layer of Clear Rock Candy DCP and let that dry.  Then I inked the crackle with Wild Honey DS and Walnut Stain DI.  Eh–just something kind of shiny to have on the inside of the card 🙂


It’s hard to see, but, I made my own little, round, sticky closer thingies, so that the watch will keep the other flap closed.


I have to say that this could be my first ‘fancy-fold’ card!  But even this isn’t all that fancy!


I might have to admit that this could be the first time I’m submitting one card to multiple challenges, too!  Sending this card over to 3 different challenges is a big hurdle for me–I usually only make one card for one challenge.  For me, being able to meld 3 different challenge themes into one design–that’s a minor goal accomplishment within the bigger goals I set for myself!


 This quote holds more meaning for me now, than ever before in my life.  It is the simple things in life that are the most important, and Laughter, Imagination and Dreams are just some of those simpler things that I hold very close to my heart.  I love to Laugh, my Imagination keeps me young, and my Dreams-whether fulfilled or not–are Forever.

Thank you for joining me today and sharing in another one of my (small) goals being met!  Now, hop over to the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers, A Vintage Journey, and Frilly & Funkie and join in on the challenge fun!  You never know what kind of Artsy Fartsy you may be inspired to create!!  XOXO-Shari


  • Stamps: Chalk It Up-frame, Chalkboard Wisdom-quote, The Outpost-watch (Artistic Outpost); Stampers Sampler-clock face (Stampington & Co)
  • Surfaces: Kraft Resist (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Manila Stock; Aluminum Sheet; Kraft Glassine (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Tissue Tape (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Distress Paints, Stains, Inks, Markers, Crackle Paint (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Ink (Ranger);
  • Foam Squares; Multi-Medium (Claudine Hellmuth/Ranger); Double-Back Tape (3M); Paint Brush; Splatter Brush (Liquitex); Finger Knife (Fiskars)
  • Rusting Powder (Crafty Notions UK); Distress Crackle Paint (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Dimensional Magic (Plaid); Texture Crackle Paint (Wendy Vecchi/Studio 490); Texture Fade (Tim Holtz/Sizzix)
  • Stencils (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous)
  • Game Spinners & Gears (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)

Happiest Wishes–A Little Bit Late

Happy Monday–Thanks for joining me today!!  I thought I’d try to get in an extra Artsy Fartsy post this week, so–why not start the week off with ticking one thing off of the “To Do” list early?!  Extra Blog Post–Check.  That feels Good!!  Oh, what else is on the list for this week?  “Enter a challenge or two…”  Well, I think today’s posting may take a trip over to A Vintage Journey for their “flagship” challenge Anything Tim–Join me, won’t you?  🙂

Rusted Watch

Better late than never–one of the belated greetings I’ve been working on.

I’ve been experimenting with some of the awesome techniques I’ve learned in Tim Holtz’s Creative Chemistry 102 course and the background on this card is one of those techniques–It’s called Eroded Metallic.  I’m also still playing around with the Industrial Technique, too!  Can you tell I’m crazy for all things Tim Holtz, too?

Just some of the supplies needed for this card....

Just some of the supplies needed for this card….

Here’s some of the supplies I started with, but, a last minute player change was made; I switched out the Antiqued Bronze DP for Brushed Pewter to be my metallic top layer.

I started by applying Crushed Olive, Scattered Straw and Broken China DP’s directly onto my manila stock and blending them all together with a clean sponge applicator on my ink blending tool.  I wanted to add more Broken China so, I dabbed it onto my craft sheet and picked up the extra paint with the blending tool.

Happy with base

I’m happy with my base colors and I dried with my heat tool-Completely-before moving on to the metallic layer.

Because this part happened really fast, I didn’t take pics of the application of the DP or the spritzing of the water onto the DP or the drying of the water….But once the DP started to dry around the edges, I stopped applying heat and placed my paper towel right over the paint and pressed down.

These pics don’t do the technique justice, but, it really does look eroded!

After blending some Walnut Stain and Vintage Photo DI’s on top of the dried metallic layer, I gave it a spritz and flick of water and dried with my heat tool.  The addition of the browns gave the effect of erosion even more depth…and of course, ya’ gotta love the water spots!

I was going all out on this one!  The eroded metallic background isn’t enough–I had to add some stenciling, too!  I used the Clockface stencil with Walnut Stain DI and my ink blending tool to add that shadow of the clock faces (I could have totally skipped this because it all gets covered anyway! oh well…)


Time to add a line of Numbers Remnant Rub-Ons and distress a bit with a light sanding.


Can you see the abraded surface?  You don’t have to sand very hard–if you apply too much pressure, the rub-ons will rub right off, so be careful and use a light hand.  Now, time to move on to the rusting step….

I started by cutting out my manila stock with the TH/Alterations Pocket Watch Die.

I don’t have the  sized circles movers & shakers die to cut out that middle circle, but what I do have is a very old custom cutting system (from creative memories) that I used to cut the center out.


I applied a good layer of matte multi-medium over the entire pocket watch….


…then gave a generous sprinkling of  Rusting Powder over the entire surface, making sure to cover all of the multi-medium.

I gently tapped off the excess powder then sprayed the coated watch with white vinegar.  Depending on what you’re rusting, the drying time will vary.  This pocket watch die cut took about 3 hours to dry, but even then it was still a little damp, so I didn’t come back to finish this card until the next morning. (I’m sure in a warmer environment, it would dry even faster.)

Rusted Watch Front

Is that cool or what?  Hard to believe that this is a piece of manila stock?  It really does look and feel like a rusted piece of thin metal.  Awesome!!


I used the Gear texture fade with a piece of foil tape applied onto the round center from the watch die cut to create the watch face.

I smushed some Black Soot DP directly onto the gear embossed circle to get that dirty/greasy industrial look….


…then wiped away the excess paint with a paper towel.  Distress Paint dries pretty fast, but, I added a little extra heat to make sure all of the paint in the nooks and crannies was completely dry.  Now, time to assemble!!


I started with assembling the clock face to the pocket watch by strategically using pieces of tape on the rear sides of both pieces.  Next time, I’ll cut a separate, larger circle, so that I’ll have a little larger clock face to work with.

I gave all of the components their own splattering of Black Soot DP before I assembled them together on the card face.


I think I splattered everything separately just so I can have every chance I can get to use the splatter brush!


But I did leave the trimming and type charm alone! No paint splatters on those! I simply tied the ribbon to the watch stem and inserted the wire pin securely into the knot.

I trimmed the excess ribbon and frayed the edges with my craft scratcher.


I glued the assembled pocket watch to my eroded metallic background with matte multi-medium and pressed between two books for about 5 minutes.  Then I applied a little heat to finish off the drying.  I adhered the entire panel to my dark brown card base with double-back tape and pressed between two books again for another 5 minutes.


I finished it all off with a journaling ticket stamped with two sentiments from the Happiest Birthday set from SU.  I used Jet Black Archival Ink for the Happiest Wishes sentiment and for the “a little bit late part”, I used a Distress Marker to color that itty bitty part of a stamp in and then positioned it under the larger sentiment.  I gave the edges of the ticket a distressing with Walnut Stain DI and stapled to the card.


So, not bad for a belated b-day card?  I think the later I am with a birthday, the better the card will be!  It’s already late….. 😉

Thanks for taking the time out to visit with me today!  I hope you enjoy the additional pictures I included in this post.  It’s something that I want to incorporate and improve upon in all of my future posts to really give you, my guest, a feels-like-you’re-there experience.  I hope you’ll like the upcoming changes 🙂

Have a GREAT week and until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!  XOXO-Shari