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!!



HELLO & HAPPY FRIDAY!!  Well, it’s still technically Thursday where I live, but I’m working on UK time today and with that–It’s the first Friday of June and it’s time to start a new challenge at A Vintage Journey!  I’m here today as one of your Creative Guides to introduce you to our challenge theme and your challenge host this month–S@ndy of My Crafty Life on the Internet.


“Share your celebrations with us.  It can be the end of the school year, a birthday, Father’s Day, a wedding or a special anniversary.  Use any of Tim’s products or his techniques.”

This month’s challenge is being sponsored by Country View Crafts with a $20 gift certificate-(it’s actually a 20 pound gc, but I don’t have the symbol for that)- awarded to a randomly selected participant and then S@ndy will choose her Top 3, to receive the A Vintage Journey Pinworthy blog badges!

I’m choosing to celebrate Love—-


…Zombie style!!  Who said you had to celebrate Love only one day a year on Valentine’s Day?  Who said zombies only came out on Halloween?  Who said a zombie can’t fall in love?!! This was a fun tag to make for S@ndy’s Celebrations themed challenge!!  Let me show you what I did and how I used Tim’s goodies and techniques on this tag.


I started with a jumbo #12 manila tag and the Zombie Casanova stamp set by one of Tim’s fellow Stamper’s Anonymous designer’s Brett Weldele.  It’s a fun set, so full of love-sick, zombie-possibilities.  I stamped Mr. Zombie with Jet Black Archival onto the tag.


I employed Tim’s distress marker spritzed  background technique from his April tag.  I used Barn Door & Walnut Stain DMs with my air art tool, to color this background with.  Oh, that red mottling is gore-lightful!!


I applied some pieces of tissue tape as anchors.  But at this point, they’re kind of place holders–I’m not sure if I’m going to cover them up with something else, or leave as is.  From here on out, I was a water coloring fool, and didn’t stop to take pictures of that process.  I also ended up heat embossing like a fool, too!!


Here’s a close up of some of that heat embossing.  Aren’t these hearts wonderful?  I just love their grittiness and I love how the red embossing really makes these hearts pop right off of the tag’s surface!!  After embossing with Red Geranium EP, I outlined them with my water brush swiped through Walnut Stain DI, then outlined with the fine tip side of my Black Soot DM.


He doesn’t look all that scary surrounded by hearts, does he?  You can see some of the water coloring I did on his zombie body.  I used my water brush & Fired Brick DM to color his shirt, or what’s left of it and I used my water brush & Pumice Stone DM to color his skin.


I did end up covering that tissue tape anchor under his relaxed left elbow, with one of the quotes from the Zombie Casanova set.  I separately stamped the quote in red and heat embossed the heart.  I fussy cut it and attached the heart to make the box pop a little bit more.


I colored his jeans with my water brush and Faded Jeans DM.  His bouquet of flowers was colored with Pine Needles & Barn Door DMs with my fine tip water brush.  I gave the tag a good run through my sewing machine and I added all of the rough stitching.


I topped the tag with a stained piece of tulle and a typed token that just seemed completely PERFECT for this tag!!  XOXO, indeed!!


I distressed the edges with my paper distresser then inked with Walnut Stain DI and my ink blending tool and Zombie Casanova is ready to eat date you!!  The least he could have done was find some shoes!! 🙂

So, there you have my creation for this month’s Celebrations challenge  for A Vintage Journey.  What kind of celebrations will you share with us?  S@ndy’s challenge is open until Thursday, July 2nd, so come on over and celebrate with us!

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



  • #12 Jumbo Tag; Black Card Stock (Core’dinations); Mixed Media Paper (Strathmore)
  • Distress Markers & Ink (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Ink (Ranger); Embossing Powder (Wendy Vecchi/Ranger)
  • Tissue Tape, Typed Token & Jump Rings (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Tulle
  • Paper Distresser (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios); Sewing Machine (Kenmore); Water Brushes; Double-Backed Tape (3M); Heat Tool; Embossing Heat Gun

Through the Looking Glass at A Vintage Journey

HELLO & HAPPY THURSDAY/FRIDAY!!  I’m working on U.K. time again and I’m here today with my inspiration project for this month’s challenge at A Vintage Journey!  This was a fun one, and I’ve put my Creative Guide vest on to usher you Through the Looking Glass.  It’s time to kick off AVJ Challenge #28 for April and my fellow Creative Guide Julia, has given us this month’s theme.

Think about making a Tim Holtz influenced project involving glass (acetate) or mirrors (metal sheet), perhaps something with a window or a clock face?  What about a hand held ‘looking glass’ or using a bottle somehow?  There are all kinds of very fun Tim Holtz Idea-ology products that would work fabulously for this challenge, but, you’re not required to use Tim’s goodies.  Just show us your Tim Holtz influence in your project and how you incorporated it with this month’s challenge theme.

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For one of our participants, there’s a chance to win a voucher from our lovely sponsor, Country View Crafts to use at their online store.  And of course, we have our  AVJ Top 3 Pinworthy’s to boast about, too!


I created this distressed little beach hut with a window that was once painted over, but scraped away to reveal this little bathing beauty!

I’ve got a few steps of how I put this together, let me show you what I did.


I’ve got this little laser cut wood shadowbox from RedLead Paperworks, all prepped with a coat of gesso (because I thought I was going to paint marble this), but I changed my mind after my very talented AVJ Creative Guide Trace posted this & this on her blog!  So simple and fun and just too darn playful!

I adhered the pieces of the shadowbox to a piece of 8×8 Collage paper stash with matte multi-medium and heat dried.  I fussy cut the pieces and did the same to the other side, on another piece of collage paper.

Here are both sides all nice and covered with paper.  Now, I know you’re not going to see the inside of the box, but I know it’s nicely papered inside 🙂

I’ve now got to get some of the other details taken care of and ready for assembly, because I’m going to be doing a lot of my work on this when it’s put together and glued shut.


Here’s my ‘window’-a piece of acetate, with a roughly drawn outline of the shadowbox window.


I rubbed Picket Fence DP over the entire surface of the acetate and carefully heat dried.


I trimmed the painted acetate down a bit and adhered to the inside of the shadowbox frame, making sure the painted side is facing out.

I lightly sanded the surface of this Found Relative card, then tinted it with my Distress Markers and heat set.  I fussy cut the girl out of the card, but I’m not through with it just yet–


I cut the card down to size and adhered to the back wall of the shadowbox.  I really wish that I had one of Tim’s mini lanterns to put inside this box, to illuminate this background, but you get the idea of what I’m trying to do here 🙂


I adhered the fussy cut bathing beauty to the inside of the shadowbox, then worked with the window to strategically scrape away the distress paint.  When I was happy with the paint I scraped away, I closed the box up with multi-purpose glue and carefully clamped together to dry.

I ended up getting a little ahead of myself and I started to treat the outside of the shadowbox, and not take pictures of what I was doing.  Here, I made a blue tinted white-wash with Picket Fence & Broken China DPs.  I brushed that over the entire exterior with a wide paint brush and heat dried.


I masked off the window so that I don’t mar the acetate with any of the steps I’m taking next.  Here, I’ve laid down some crackled paint stamping with Jet Black Archival Ink.


I added a little bit of Stars LS here and there with Antique Linen DP and a finger dabber.  Very subtle, maybe too subtle.  I wish I would have used Picket Fence so that these stars would have popped a little more.

I just received this cute pennant image from Crafty Individuals and thought it would be perfect stamped onto sticky back canvas and fussy cut for a couple of strings beachy banners for the beach hut!  I inked each banner with a different Distress Markers and stamped onto the canvas.  Then I inked over the surface with Tea Dye DI and fussy cut as so-leaving little tabs that I can fold over the bakers twine to help the strings of banners hold their shape.  I also stiffened the banners a bit with matte multi-medium after I adhered them onto the hut.


I’d want to visit a beach hut with colorful banners like this!  And look–Safety First!


A rustic little life preserver, treated with a smudging of Picket Fence DP and given a remnant rub star.


I applied more rem-rubs here and there and glued this Small Chat sticker in place with matte multi-medium.


I just love these Found Relative cards.  When I saw this one in the stack, I knew she was destined for her very own beach hut 🙂


So, here’s my little journey Through the Looking Glass for A Vintage Journey!  The possibilities for this challenge theme are virtually endless!  April’s challenge closes on Thursday, April 30th (6pm, UK Time).

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope to see your Through the Looking Glass creations–I’ll be looking for you!!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Wood Framed Box (RedLead Paperworks)
  • Stamps: Industrial (Andy Skinner/Stampendous); Pennants (Crafty Individuals)
  • Distress Paints, Markers & Inks (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Ink (Ranger); Sticky Back Canvas (Claudine Hellmuth/Ranger)
  • Stars Layering Stencil (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous)
  • Remnant Rubs & Small Talk Stickers (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Brass Life Preserver (mfg? from my stash)

Making Spirits Bright-Again

Happy Monday!!  Thank you for starting your creative week with me and THANK YOU and Welcome to my new followers!!  I surely appreciate your visits and comments–Thank You soooooo much!!  I love making all of these new creative connections–I have bloggy friends all over the world now!!  🙂

OK–You may be asking, ‘Making Spirits Bright-Again?’  What’s with the “again” part?  Well, I posted a blog with the same title last year (there may be a yearly theme starting here?) and I couldn’t think of another better title for this posting.  But, the card is completely different–kind of–there may be some similarities–but purely by coincidence!! 😉


What does make this card a little different this year is, it’s not only a card in the DONE pile of Christmas cards-early!, it’s a challenge card that I made for A Vintage Journey-All Sewn Up.  Another inspiring challenge to get me creating for Christmas!!  Thank goodness for challenges–I Love Them!!

With A Vintage Journey’s theme of All Sewn Up, we’re to use the inspiration of  Tim Holtz and incorporate the theme of sewing or sewing related, into our projects.  Well, I think I may have actually channeled Tim directly when I made this card, because it came together so smoothly and quickly.  I didn’t find myself overthinking it and adding those final touches of stitching really brought that vintagey, Tim Holtz style full-circle, right on my own card!!


 I don’t have any step-outs for this card, but there are so few ingredients that went into making this card, it’s the technique’s end results that are the stars!!

My card base is kraft stock, cut and folded as a top-fold card.  The first layer is a piece of red TH Kraft-Core stock that I ran through one of the TH/Sizzix Holiday Knit set texture fades.  I then lightly sanded the embossed design, distressed the edges with my paper distresser and rubbed Walnut Stain DI over the surface and edges with my ink blending tool.  I secured the panel to the card base with double-back tape, then ran through my sewing machine to stitch the border.


Isn’t this lantern image fun?  It’s from Tim’s Christmas Blueprint 5 set and here, I’ve heat embossed it onto multi-media paper that I had first inked with Chipped Sapphire & Squeezed Lemonade DIs and my ink blending tools.  I then water colored the lantern with my water brush and DMs in Barn Door, Squeezed Lemonade & Pumice Stone.  The blue paint splatters in the background is Bolivian Blue Twinkling H2Os and the water spots are my own concoction of Walnut Stain re-inker in a spray bottle that I spritzed & flicked over the panel.  I finished with painting a thin layer of Diamond Glaze over the ‘glass’ portion of the lantern image and set aside to dry.


I improvised this little snowflake sticker for this TH/Idea-ology file tab by using a snowflake from the Christmastime Remnant Rubs and a piece of label paper–I rubbed the snowflake onto the label paper, rubbed a little Broken China DI over the top and punched out with a 3/8″ circle punch.  I inked the edges with Walnut Stain and placed into the depression on the file tab and sealed with the acrylic dot.  Ta-Da!!


I made these little banners from a set of Christmas sentiments by Hero Arts called Sunny Holiday Messages (circa 2006).  I stamped the words onto manila stock with Jet Black Archival, cut out and inked the edges with Walnut Stain DI and my mini ink blending tool.  They were stitched into place on the top panel before final assembly.


I’m creating a few cards with this Christmas Blueprint 5 set, so I’ll have-at the least-3 more cards to share in the next week.  That’s fun when the mojo is in full swing and I can create several cards in one sitting!  Especially Christmas cards and especially challenge cards!

 A Vintage Journey-All Sewn Up is running until November 27th (UK time) so get your Tim Holtz mojo in gear and create your own sewing themed creation for the challenge!!  Hope to see you there 🙂

Thanks again for stopping by!!  Cheers to a creative week and until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Surfaces: Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore); Manila Stock; Kraft Core (Tim Holtz/Core’dinations); Label Paper (Avery); Kraft Stock (Papertrey Ink)
  • Stamps:  Christmas Blueprint 5 (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous); Sunny Holiday Messages (Hero Arts)
  • Distress Inks & Markers (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Colorbox Black Pigment Ink (Clearsnap); Black Embossing Powder (WOW)
  • Holiday Knit Texture Fades (Tim Holtz/Sizzix); Big Shot Machine (Sizzix); Paper Distresser (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios); Sewing Machine (Kenmore)
  • Remnant Rubs & File Tab (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Craft Sheet (Ranger); Embossing Heat Gun; Heat Tool; Double-Back Tape (3M)

Autumn Sunshine

Happy Tuesday!!  WOW!  Is this the last day of September already? These last 30 days seemed to have flown by–WOW!  I hate to say it, but-Winter could be right around the corner!  It’s not unheard of to have snow on the sidewalks for Halloween in my neck of the woods! Now talk about scary!! 🙂

Staying as far away from winter-themed anything as I can (for now), today I’m sharing some of my favorite colors of fall in my challenge make for A Vintage Journey-The Colours of Autumn; Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers-‘D’ is for Distressing and Artistic Outpost-Show us your AO Art.


 This looks like it was difficult to bring together, but with plentiful inspirations of fall colors, Tim Holtz, distressing and awesome rubber stamp art, I let the muse take me where it would!

I started by stamping this sunflower image onto manila stock with all kinds of Distress Paints.  I used Mustard Seed, Ripe Persimmon and Scattered Straw.  I set those aside to let air dry so that I can move on to more Distress Paint fun!

One of Tim’s biggest influences on me is his use of layering colors and to not be afraid to let those colors blend and mix and mingle!  I used Tim’s paint marbling technique with Mustard Seed, Crushed Olive and Ripe Persimmon DPs….


…for my Autumnal toned background.  I love what these three colors of DP created.  If this were a Rorschach test, I’d say that I see an Autumn Leaf!!


OH–remember those sunflower parts?  I also used Gathered Twigs & Antiqued Bronze DPs for some of my sunflower centers and Mowed Lawn DP for some of my sunflower leaves.  All of my sunflower parts then got a random brushing of Clear Rock Candy DCP and set aside to air dry.


Oh Boy!! Now on to making this nice, bright background, into something aged and vintagey.  I’m layering my marbled background with Vintage Photo & Walnut Stain DIs over the entire surface with my ink blending tools and I’ll be distressing the edges with my paper distresser.


I’m using images from The Outpost & Ephemera Background plates from Artistic Outpost and I plan on framing my stamped image with some of Tim’s Remnant Rub-Ons.


Another one of Tim’s techniques that I enjoy is random stamping with an unmounted stamp.  In The Outpost plate, there’s a  little script image stamp that I used to fill in some of that empty space.


I had to get a close up–can you see the faint script?  I used Tea Dye DI with the script stamp and lightly pressed here and there.  The technique is a great background builder!


I need more layers!!  I used the postcard text stamp from AO’s Ephemera Background plate and randomly stamped the text around, then I pulled out two of Tim’s Layering Stencils-Schoolhouse & Burlap and laid some stenciling down with Walnut Stain DI.


After I finished stenciling, I lightly sprayed the surface of my panel with water and let the stencil designs wick a bit before I set with my heat tool.

I remembered to bring my camera with me to my sewing machine!!  Here I am, adding a few stitches to the perimeter of my stamped windmill image-I want it to look like it’s a patch, badly sewn into place!


Even with my bad stitching, it looks pretty good 🙂


OH BOY–another fun part!  Here are all of the sunflower parts after the Clear Rock Candy DCP dried.  You can’t see the cracks too well here….


But look at them now!!

I inked Walnut Stain over all of the sunflowers and the centers and the leaves to bring those crackles to life!


I adhered all of my sunflower pieces together with multi-medium and layered/glued them in place on my background panel then pressed between a couple of magazines until they were dry.

The quote is from The Outpost plate that I stamped with Jet Black Archival ink onto manila stock then mounted onto black strips of cardstock.  I outlined the word bands with white pencil.


Part of the Tim Holtz mystique is about embracing imperfection, too.  Well, imperfection happened when I was applying the rub-ons, and the stick slipped and rubbed off the ‘e’ from the word ‘shine’.  I will embrace the imperfections!! FULLY!!


I finished with a little spritz of Biscotti Perfect Pearls Mists over the stamped image and then adhered the panel to my card base.  You may see a little bit of tissue tape peeking out–I lined my card base with TH/Idea-ology tissue tape because I knew I was going to be distressing the heck out of my edges and the tape adds another little bit of layering to the card.

So, come on over to A Vintage Journey (challenge ends Oct 2 UK time), Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers (challenge ends Oct 3) and Artistic Outpost (challenge ends tonight) and check out all of the wonderful Design Team pieces and participant submissions–They could all use a little love!!

Thanks for coming by today!  Your visits and comments are so supportive and wonderful–Thank You!! I can’t say it enough!!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!! 🙂



  • Stamps: The Outpost & Ephemera Background (Artistic Outpost); Sunflower (SU-circa 1996!!! OMG!!)
  • Surfaces: Manila Stock; Black Card Stock (Core’dinations); Kraft Card Stock (Papertrey Ink)
  • Distress Paints & Inks (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Ink (Ranger); White Pencil; Perfect Pearls Mist (Ranger)
  • Remnant Rubs & Tissue Tape (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Scallop Edge Circle Punch (EK Success)
  • Multi-Medium (Claudine Hellmuth/Ranger); Double-Back Tape (3M); Sewing Machine (Kenmore)

Ticket to Ride

HAPPY WEDNESDAY!!  Thanks for hanging with me, for what’s become, kind-of sporadic postings of late.  I wish I could say it’s because I’m out having fun in the sun, but in reality, with the old homestead for sale, it’s a bit more harder type of house work stuff going on in the background.  But, it’s all good and I am thankful that I’ve had some time to create and now share.

And a special ‘Shout-Out’ to my new followers through FB and through this blog! Thank You and Welcome!!  Now, on to what I’ve got for you today 🙂

I’ve got a rustic and vintagey tag to share, that’s going over to Challenge #9 at A Vintage JourneyUse all the stamps in a set!  You’d think that would be an easy thing….not so much!!  I’ve got sets of stamps that have 20+ images in them!!  But for this tag, I took the easy way out and used a set of stamps that have only 3 images in it!  Yeah, I may have chickened out a bit 😉


But, it’s not the quantity that counts–It’s how you use them!  😉

I did have a lot of fun picking and choosing the materials I wanted to use.  I knew I wanted to give everything a time-worn appearance and I wanted to treat each image differently.

I’m using the Traveling Friends set from TH/SA for the ticket image, just as much as I’m using it for the boy and his dog image!  And I didn’t realize that I hadn’t inked up this set before, so, in essence, this tag is on its own ‘vintage journey’ 😉

Speaking of which, as A Vintage Journey is a blog about finding inspiration from the stylings and designs of Tim Holtz, I wanted this tag to evoke a feeling of days of travel long gone–When you were handed a printed ticket by a person, not a slip of paper spit out by a machine.  When said tickets to travel were hand cancelled, not scanned by a new-fangled machine.  When tickets to travel were lost in deep pockets,  instead of lost in computer la-la land.

I’m all over the place with Tim techniques on this tag and it’s well worth the….wait for it….’Ticket to Ride’ 😉 🙂

(and honestly, I was going to use something completely different for this post title, but, unfortunately-it evoked memories of the 80’s band named ‘Journey’ and that’s not where I wanted to go with this) LOL!


The base of my creation is a #10 manila tag.  I want this tag to look like it’s been around for a while, so I’m going to use Pumice Stone & Wild Honey Distress Stains to get some color, or discoloration, onto this background.

I rubbed both stains onto my craft sheet, spritzed my tag with water, then drug the tag through the stain.  I heat set the first layer of colors, then pressed the tag into the left-over droplets of stain and heat set.


I used my paper distresser on the edges then inked the edges and the surface of the tag with Vintage Photo DI.  You may know what’s coming next….


….Water spots!!  I’m telling you, it’s one of my favorite things to do to create an aged look–spritz and flick water!!


I just love that look!  OH–and I did do the back side of this tag, too–There was no Distress Stain wasted in the making of this tag 😉

Time for some stenciling!  I used the Cargo LS with Black Soot DI and the Burlap LS with Vintage Photo DI to add a little faux wear & tear to this nicely aging tag.

OH YEAH—Gotta get my ink splatter on, too!!  Water spots just aren’t enough!!  I need more!!  So, I used Dylusions Ink Sprays in White Linen & Black Marble to satisfy my splattering needs!!


I love all of the stain droplets, water spots, ink splatters–All of It!!  All of these little details add so much depth and character.  I better do this tag base justice!!


For the ticket image, I’m going to stamp it onto a #8 manila tag with Jet Black Archival Ink.  I want to utilize the pre-punched hole in the tag for this ticket.


Something I love about this ticket image is the small detail of perforation around two of the edges.  AHA–I’ve got a perforation rotary blade, I’ll use that to give the entire ticket a perforated edge!!  But not before adding a layer of Tea Dye DI over the entire surface to start the aging process.

This ticket needs to look like it’s been busy traveling, so I’ve added cup rings and partial splatters in Adirondack Espresso Ink with the Splatters Layering Stencil.

And how could I not give this ticket some water spots to go along with the coffee stains?!!  And how about those perforated edges?  Pretty cool, huh? 🙂


The ticket was too nice as it was, so I spritzed it with more water, crumpled it up and inked the balled up ticket with Walnut Stain &  Black Soot DI and my ink blending tools.


Now this ticket looks like it’s been around for a while!!  Although the little piece of twine may look too clean!!

I stamped the boy and his dog image, several times, onto 140# cold press water color paper and also on tissue paper.  I used Jet Black Staz-On and Sepia Archival Inks.

I colored the images of the boy and the dog separately.  Not pictured is the dog–colored with Picket Fence & Black Soot DM’s and my water brush.  I fussy cut him out and set aside for later assembly.  For the boy, since the dog sits in front of his arm, I colored through the dog image to give the boy a whole arm.  I have plans and the boy needs a whole arm!  The boy is colored with Forest Moss, Tattered Rose, Vintage Photo & Peeled Paint DM’s and my water brush.


I didn’t want to stamp the image of the boy and dog right onto my tag.  I didn’t want the image to be that “solid”.  So, with the images that I stamped onto tissue paper, I’m going to do a little paper gluing and layering.


This is exactly what I wanted.  A somewhat see-through image of the boy and dog with some texture added in with the layers of tissue paper.  I used matte multi-medium to glue the tissue down and heat dried.

Now, behind the scenes, I had prepped a couple of pieces of corrugated cardboard for rusting and let those sit aside and do their thing….

By the time the tag needed to be assembled, the rusting process was finished and these pieces of corrugated cardboard were dry and ready to use (but I only used one piece on this tag).

My embellishments on this tag are minimal because I wanted the stamped images to do all of the talking, but, I did get a little painty with them just the same!

I have a couple of TH/Idea-ology Mini-Numerals and this globe charm from my stash of embellies to use.  I layered Scattered Straw, Crushed Olive, Broken China and Gathered Twigs DP’s to all three of these metal trinkets, but not necessarily in that order.  As it ended up, when they were all said and done, I added an additional layer of Broken China DP to the numbers.  The last layer of blue really helped the numbers pop off the front of an otherwise neutral color scheme.


The front side of my tag….


..and the back side.  More simply dressed, but part of the journey just the same 🙂


And speaking of ‘journey’–I used Jet Black Staz-On ink to stamp the word onto a piece of kraft glassine.  I heat dried and crumpled up, then smoothed out and ripped the edges off.  I punched holes into all of the corners and inserted copper brads, then adhered as my top layer with double-back tape and mini foam rounds.


Another detail I did not take a photo of (duh) was the stamping I did on the twill ribbon.  I individually inked each letter of ‘journey’ with Jet Black Archival ink (a la masking my stamp with post-it notes) and stamped each letter to spell out ‘journey’ vertically.  You might be able to see it a little bit in this picture…

And a few random additions of some Words Remnant Rub-Ons on the front….

…and on the back.


My finished tag–Using all the stamps in the Traveling Friends set from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous!  That ticket image alone has possibilities galore!! I already have another tag design spinning around in my head!! I like it when that happens!!  That’s a good spinny!!

Thanks for joining me in my challenge trek to A Vintage Journey today!!  This really was a fun challenge and has me studying some of my stamp sets a bit more closely.  I like to mix and match a lot, but, maybe now, not so much…

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!  XOXO-Shari


  • Traveling Friends Stamp Set (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous)
  • Surfaces: #8 & #10 Manila Tags (Ranger); Corrugated Cardboard; Kraft Glassine (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Tissue Paper; 140# Cold Press Water Color Paper
  • Distress Inks, Stains, Markers & Paints (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival & Adirondack Inks (Ranger); Staz-On (Tsukineko); Rusting Powder (Crafty Notions); Dylusions Spray Inks (Ranger)
  • Mini-Numerals (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Copper Brads; Cotton Twine (Pretty Pink Posh); Jute Twine; Twill Ribbon; Remnant Rub-Ons (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Layering Stencils (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous)
  • Matte Multi-Medium (Claudine Hellmuth/Ranger); Double-Back Tape (3M); Mini Foam Rounds; Foam Squares; Stapler & Staples (EK Success); Paint Brush; Ink Blending Tools
  • Craft Sheet (Ranger); Cutting Mat; Heat Tool; Finger Knife (Fiskars); Craft Scratcher (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios);

Fond Memories

Happy Thursday!!  So glad that you’re joining me today!!

Sorry I’ve been sporadic with my postings lately.  I’m multi-tasking in the background with some home improvements.  Specifically, a ‘small’ bathroom remodel with tiling, wainscoting and the install of a brand new 72″, cast-iron, double slipper tub.  I won’t talk about how it’s been sitting, waiting for this install (4 years..) but, it’s happening now!  That’s all that matters 😉

For today though, I’ve got a special tag to share with you, which I’ve made to submit to 4 different challenges.  I usually make one project, per challenge, but with this tag, I was able to accommodate all of the caveats for each challenge pretty well, I think, maybe…

Follow me and I’ll show you where each challenge theme is–


The base inspiration of this tag is Fond Memories, the theme of the challenge at A Vintage Journey.  The fondest memories I find myself thinking of these days, are those of my Mom.  I have a small collection of some of my family’s old pictures, including those of my Mom in her childhood, and I thought it would be fun to experiment with all of the challenge themes and incorporate a very Fond Memory–A vintage photo of my Mom.

I’ve pulled out one of my jars of embellishments, in support of Tim’s May Tag challenge of using ‘creative composition’ for this month’s installment of the 12 Tags of 2014 and I’ve pulled out just a few of my hoards of left-overs to play along over at Our Creative Corner, ‘Love Those Leftovers’.  I use left-overs ALL the time and sometimes, choosing which left-overs to use is a challenge in itself 🙂


I also want to experiment with using some water coloring on this tag, so, I’m going really artsy with printing that vintage photo of my Mom onto a piece of sticky back canvas that I’ll treat later with some color.  (I’m taking the Water Color for Card Makers course and I’m experimenting whenever I can…)

I started with picking the embellishments I wanted to include for this tag.  The embellishments I chose dictated the size of my backgrounds and the pieces of Collage Paper Stash that I used.  I backed each piece of paper with chipboard and adhered together with my glue stick.  I roughed up the edges with my sanding block and inked with Walnut Stain DI and my ink blending tool.

Of course I couldn’t resist spritzing and flicking water over each background piece!


Now onto some of the embellishments that are going to need some alone time to dry, like these little brass hearts.  I have NO IDEA where I got these from and I’ve had them in my stash, for what seems like–FOREVER!!  Time to use them, I’d say!!  Each heart represents me and my siblings–more Fond Memories…


I used Adirondack Alcohol Inks in Stream, Butterscotch, Wild Plum and Lettuce.  I applied the inks directly onto each heart and used the tip of the bottle to spread around.  I set those aside on a piece of wax paper to air dry…

…and once dry, I applied Clear Rock Candy Distress Glitter to each heart to add a little sparkle.  I left the hearts as is and did not apply any kind of ink or stain on top of the DG.  I’m being a little sparse about the DG hearts, as this is in support of Studio L3’s current Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge–Distress Glitter!  You have to have Tim’s latest volume to participate in this one.


I adhered the hearts down to my background panel with multi-medium and set that aside to air dry.  I’m the only girl, so I’ll claim the pink heart!!


Out of my left-over stash, I found this chipboard die cut frame, which I’m going to glitz up with some Distress Glitter and some kind of base color….


I rubbed Pumice Stone DS over the entire frame and dried with my heat tool.  Then I rubbed some Broken China DP onto my craft sheet, spritzed with water, and ran the frame through the paint.  I didn’t saturate the entire frame with DP so that Pumice Stone color breaks through here and there.  Happy with the coverage, I set with my heat tool.

Here again, I used Clear Rock Candy DG over the entire frame and set aside to dry.  I only have two colors of Distress Glitter, but luckily, Clear Rock Candy is one of them and it’s sooooo versatile!!  You can still see the colors of Broken China and Pumice Stone through the glitter–Cool!!


I bumped the color up, just a little bit, with the addition of Broken China DI over the surface of the dry glitter and the inking of the outside and inside edges of the frame with Walnut Stain DI.


This is a class picture of my Mom, circa 1954 or so when she was about 12 years old.

Now, back to the printed picture of my Mom.  First, I must say, I would have printed this picture using my laser jet printer–laser jet printers have a more permanent ink and won’t react with moisture.  Alas, the laser jet is out of ink, so I printed this picture using my ink jet printer.  Fingers crossed that I won’t have an inky mess when I get to adding water.

I added color to the canvas using my ink blending tools and a dab/rub type application with DI’s in Broken China, Tea Dye, Victorian Velvet and Aged Mahogany.  When I was happy with the depth of color, I used my water brushes to move the ink around.


When I adhered the sticky back canvas to its background panel, I needed to add more color.  This time, I used my water brushes and DM’s in Tea Dye, Spun Sugar, Tattered Rose and Vintage Photo to bring out my Mom’s eyes, hair, lips and skin.  I scribbled each color of marker onto my craft sheet and picked up with the water brushes.

Now, you’ll see how some of the ink jet print has smeared a bit around the hairline and brows when I started water coloring, but, I’m totally OK with that–It looks like a real, hand painted water color portrait!  OK–maybe not a ‘real’ water color painting…but close!


I’m going to speed this up a bit and get to the layout of my mounted embellishments and canvas portrait onto this left-over #10 manila tag.  The background on this tag was achieved using left-over Distress Paints, even!!  I can’t let anything go to waste and when I’m using distress paints for projects, I use every last drop that I can!  And the stenciled polka-dots….left-over Black Soot DP on the stencil itself that I rubbed onto the tag using a paper towel.


I adhered all of the embellishments to their respective panels with multi-medium, except for the portrait…that’s sticky back canvas and didn’t need anything extra–and the word panel… I glued each letter down with a glue stick–then each embellished panel was secured with multi-medium.  I did end up pressing the almost finished tag between heavy magazines and my Big Shot machine, to really get those panels to stay put…


I picked the Courageous muse token to describe my Mom–not only Courageous about how she handled her illness, but how she handled all of us kids growing up!!  Well, maybe not me…but definitely my Brothers!! 😉


And I chose to use this key hole, from the Locket Keys set with this piece of collage paper.  I wanted that printed text of Memory to be seen right through the keyhole….The right key, will open the door to memories.


I pretty much copied Tim’s arrow panel from his May tag!  My arrow represents those fond shots of memory, right to my heart–BINGO!!

A couple of extra embellishments are these paper flowers that I dipped in Vintage Photo & Clear Rock Candy DG’s.  I made myself a little mix of the two and dipped and twirled my blossoms into the concoction and let air dry.  Then I made these little initial pieces with black card stock and heat embossed with detail white powder.  I did a bit of messy stitching to each initial strip with my sewing machine, then adhered to the canvas panel with double-back tape.


I stamped the word FOND with mini alphabet letters and Staz-On ink in Jet Black directly onto the tag.  I used color treated seam binding and frilly yarn to tie the key to the tag with.  The seam binding I used is treated with Seedless Preserves DP and Broken China & Walnut Stain DI’s.


I don’t have Tim’s new Shadow Presses, so I compromised and I made my own shadowed word panel with die cut letters, using my Cricut Machine and the Opposites Attract cartridge.  I ran my craft & black card stocks through the Cricut machine and adhered each letter together with a glue stick, then I glued each letter to the panel with a light coating of multi-medium.  I don’t want any memories falling off this tag!!


And let me bring up the back of this tag!  The weight of the embellishments on their chipboard panels made this tag warp a bit.  For some added strength, I used another left-over #10 tag (which has 2 different experiments going on with it) and glued to the back of my tag.  And you may notice, I covered the backside of each panel that sticks out, with collage paper.  It’s all in the details, Baby 🙂

And that’s how I came about being able to make this tag for 4 different challenges.  I took the concept of each challenge theme and composed the ingredients into this final creation.


Several of the challenges that this tag is being submitted to run all month long, so, join along and maybe you’ll find your own essence of the challenges–You never know where your own creativity will lead you!

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


  1. Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2014-May/Theme: Creative Composition using Embellishments/Sponsor: Tim & Mario provide a wonderful prize package to winning tags! Challenge Ends May 31.
  2. Studio L3 Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge-Current Theme Distress Glitter/Sponsors: Inspiration Emporium and The Funkie Junkie Boutique.  Linda Coughlin, the owner of The Funkie Junkie Boutique, is moving her store to a commercial location and the online store is closed for a couple more days.  Congrats to Linda and wish I lived in Florida to be her first employee!   Challenge Ends May 23.
  3. Our Creative Corner-May Theme: Love Those Leftovers/Sponsor: Crafty Individuals Challenge Ends May 31.
  4. A Vintage Journey-May Theme: Fond Memories/Sponsor:  Country View Crafts  Challenge Ends May 15.


  • Surfaces: #10 Manila Tags (Ranger); Chipboard (cereal box); Collage Paper Stash (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Sticky Back Canvas (Claudine Hellmuth/Ranger); Craft & Black Card Stocks
  • Distress Paints, Ink, Markers, Stain (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Staz-On Ink (Tsukineko); Colorbox Pigment Ink (ClearSnap)
  • Alphabet Letters (mfg unk)
  • Detail White Embossing Powder; Distress Glitter (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Cotton Twill; Seam Binding; Frilly Yarn
  • Paper Flowers (Prima & Kaiser Craft); Embellishments (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Stencil (Dylusions/Ranger)
  • Cricut Personal Trimmer & Cartridge (Provo Craft); Big Shot Machine (Sizzix); Framelits Frame Dies (Sizzix/SU); Canon Ink Jet Printer
  • Craft Sheet (Ranger); Ink Blending Tools (Ranger); Craft Scratcher (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios); Water Brushes; Heat Tool; Embossing Heat Tool; Sewing Machine
  • Multi-Medium (Claudine Hellmuth/Ranger)*; Double-Back Tape (3M); Dimensional Magic (Plaid); Foam Dots; Hot Glue Gun

*Claudine’s line of multi-mediums are being retired and I’m finding it hard to find shopping links that are still stocking her mediums.  You can use any type of multi-medium you prefer…they all pretty much act the same and give the same results.