On the Leaves of Babes

Hi There!!  Happy Sunday!!  I was feeling very much in the Fall mood this week when I was crafting for today’s Artistic Outpost project, so much so, I made a fall inspired master board to use in today’s card-


I thought these little cuties, from our Think & Wonder stamp set, would look really perfect on this fall inspired background–I’ve got them frolicking amongst the leaves!  Let me show you a little bit of what I did to create today’s card.


I’m using my 8″ x 10″ gelli plate, Dylusions Acrylics and some die cut Tattered Leaves.  I did a dry run of positioning the leaves, so I can kind of get an idea of where to place them when I’m ready…


I brayed the gelli plate with Melted Chocolate, Squeezed Orange and Fresh Lime, laid the die cut leaves down onto the wet paint, then pressed my piece of mixed-media paper onto the surface.


I pulled the leaves up from the gelli plate, rolled the brayer over the surface, then laid the print back down onto the gelli plate.


This is the finished print with additions of circles made with a paint cap, paint lines made with an old gift card and splatters of paint.  I know it’s busy here as a whole, but cut up into pieces that I want to use–it will be totally workable and great little background panels 🙂


These kids got stamped onto one of said pieces of background panel, with Jet Black Archival and again onto a separate piece of mixed-media paper with Coffee Archival and fussy cut.  I adhered the fussy cut kids onto the background and outlined with Black Soot DI and my water brush, then outlined with my white gel pen, then outlined one more time with my Hickory Smoke DM.  I ran the panel through my sewing machine to add the stitched border and I layered that panel onto another background panel that I had also run through my sewing machine.


I made mini tattered leaves with shrink plastic.  I colored the leaves with Adirondack AIs in Terra Cotta, Butterscotch & Lettuce and carefully shrunk with my embossing heat gun.  When they were cool to touch and set, I tied cotton string around the leaves and adhered to the surface of the card.  It’s like these little darlings are making a fun, natural kite of leaves 🙂


I stamped the quote, also from Think & Wonder, onto mixed-media paper with Jet Black Archival.  I brushed a layer of matte Decou-Page over the words and heat set.  I  then brushed a layer of DAM Crackle Glaze over it and let air dry.  When the crackle was dry, I rubbed with Walnut Stain DI and cut into word bands.  I adhered to each leaf with a little dab of matte Decou-Page then pressed under some books to make sure everything is set securely in place.  When all was set, I attached the panel to a mustardy colored card base.

OK-So this is card #1 using a piece of this master board–I wonder what I’m going to do with it next?  Hmmmmm…..the creative wheels are already turning!

Thanks again for stopping in and having a visit today!  Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps:  Think & Wonder (Artistic Outpost)
  • Dylusions Acrylic Paints & Archival Inks (Ranger); Distress Inks & Alcohol Inks (Tim Holtz/Ranger); White Gel Pen (Sakura); Crackle Glaze (DecoArt Media); Perfect Pearls Mist (Ranger)
  • Gelli Plate (Gelli Arts); Brayer (Ranger); Tattered Leaves Bigz Die (Tim Holtz/Sizzix); Big Shot Machine (Sizzix)
  • Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore); Colored Card Stocks (PTI); Shrink Plastic (Inkssentials/Ranger)
  • Craft Sheet (Ranger); Finger Knife (Fiskars); Paper Distresser (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios); Cotton String; Water Brush; Matte Decou-Page (DecoArt)

Celebrate the Meow!

Hi There!!  Happy Friday!!  I’m ending the week sharing the card I created for the current Compendium of Curiosities 3 challenge at Studio L3.


It’s CC3 #28-Alcohol Ink Ombre.  This technique is found on page 57 of Tim’s Compendium of Curiosities 3 and you do need your own copy to enter the challenge.  This even  number challenge is sponsored by The Funkie Junkie Boutique with a $25 shopping spree to a lucky participant!  Of course there’s the Curiosity Crew’s Choice prize package de-resistance, generously donated to each CC3 challenge by Tim & Mario!

Let me show you how I used the Alcohol Ink Ombre technique!


I just love this Mr. Meow Meow!!  I can’t see how any kitty-lovers out there can resist this Mr. Meow Meow & Tweets McGee stamp set by Brett Wedele!  It’s so much fun!!

As this CC3 #28 challenge is technique based, I can’t show you how I achieved the background.  But, I can show you how it looks…..


I don’t have the family of alcohol inks needed to affect a ‘true’ ombre graduation of color, so, I improvised with what I do have and choose a combo of yellow & greens.  I used Butterscotch, Lettuce & Bottle Adirondack Alcohol Inks.


Here’s the panel after stamping Mr. MM with Jet Black Archival, stenciling with Sepia Archival and my Harlequin LS and doing a little bit of the Faded Layers technique that’s also found in Tim’s book.  The faded layers technique got away from me a bit, and that’s what those pale splotches are from.  Embrace Imperfection–Gosh how that quote makes me feel better!! LOL 🙂 🙂


Even though Mr. Meow Meow already has a monocle, I layered it with a real one–well, one of Tim’s monocles, attached a little kitty bell (salvaged from an almost destroyed kitty toy) and tied a piece of stained seam binding to it.  I adhered the monocle in place with matte multi-medium.


I made a second alcohol ink ombre panel to stamp the words I needed to form the quote.  The ‘Meow’ is from the Mr. Meow Meow & Tweets McGee set and the ‘celebrate the’ are from the Simple Sayings set.  I fussy cut them out and mounted onto black card stock and adhered little pieces of Industrious Border to the bottom of each word band.


I outlined the word bands with my Black Soot DM and my white gel pen, then finished the card with a splatter of Black Soot & Antique Linen DPs with a round paint brush and heat set.

Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge #28-Alcohol Ink Ombre, closes next Friday May 22nd @ 11:59pmMST.  Oh, WOW!  I’m entering a whole week early, and not ‘just under the wire’ like I usually am!  That’s a good way to end the week!!  If you’ve got your own copy of CC3, you’ve got plenty of time to create something wonderful!

Thanks so much for ending your week with me!  I’ll be back this weekend with my weekly posting for Artistic Outpost–

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps: Mr. Meow Meow & Tweets McGee (Brett Wedele/Stampers Anonymous)
  • Adirondack Alcohol Ink Glossy Stock (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Black Stock (Core’dinations)
  • Adirondack Alcohol Inks, Blending Solution & Distress Paints (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Inks (Ranger); Harlequin LS (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous)
  • Monocle & Industrious Border (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Seam Binding (The Funkie Junkie Boutique)
  • Matte Multi-Medium (Ranger); Paper Distresser (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios); Double-Backed Tape (3M)

Woodlands Christmas Ornament

Happy Monday!!  Thanks for starting your creative week with me!!  Today’s post is kinda quick–It’s my entry into the Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge at Studio L3 and I can’t show you the techniques behind it 😉


It’s Challenge #17-Woodlands & Tinsel Twine time, from Page 60 of Tim’s CC3-just in time to make something festive for Christmas!!  And how about the possibility of having a $50 post-Christmas shopping spree with the challenge sponsor, Inspiration Emporium?  And how about the possibility of being the recipient of the Curiosity Crew’s Choice prize package from Tim & Mario?  Well, color me jolly and let’s get into a festive mood!! 🙂


This is my Woodlands ornament I made after being inspired by not only the fabulousness of what the entire CC3 Curiosity Crew created, but add in another two sources;

Richele Christensen


Also known as California Art Girl, Richele made this darling Woodlands ornament after being inspired by a Pottery Barn ornament-

Somerset Place


-and these cute little mini-Woodland tree ornaments  are found at Somerset Place, the blog for Stampington & Co.

Now you can see why I wanted to make an ornament 🙂


Here is the large Woodlands tree untouched.  I was having problems figuring out what the heck I was going to mount this tree onto…a little ring box, a little block of wood, this tin lid it’s sitting on–Then I remembered a bag of antique wooden spools I have!! SCORE!!


I treated the tree with Salty Ocean DS and I wrapped a piece of stamped & stitched muslin around my wooden spool and adhered with matte gel.


Although I can’t talk about this step and how I got the globs of glittery goodness on the tree branches, I can say that I wish I was a little more heavy handed with this technique.  I think this tree could have used a little more snowy sparkle!


To bling up my tree a bit more, I strung some white micro beads onto fishing line, with intermittent blue glass beads, to make my garland…


…and I mounted clear glass stars & round beads onto straight jewelry posts and hot glued into the tree.


Here’s a close-up view of the thread spool and my use of the Tinsel Twine.


I can definitely see myself making an entire-large & small-set of these Woodland Tree Christmas ornaments for next year!!  This was a fun ornament to make and it was pretty easy, too!

If you’ve got a copy of Tim’s Compendium of Curiosities 3, you can join in on CC3 Challenge #17–it’s open until Friday, Dec 19th and it’s so worth joining in.  Hope to see you there!!

Thanks again for stopping by today!!  I know we’re smack dab in the middle of the mad, holiday rush so I do appreciate the time you’re taking out of your day to have a visit with me!!  Thank You sooo much!!  Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



In a Time of Poe

HAPPY HAPPY FRIDAY!!  It’s that ‘time’ again…Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge #10– Tim Holtz’s Assemblage Clock! Now you get my ‘time’ hints 🙂 and you may have guessed the theme I chose to decorate my clock with, too–Edgar Allan Poe!  With Halloween right around the corner, a lot of my crafting of late has had an All Hallow’s Eve feel to it and I was waiting for this challenge, so I can make something for the house for Halloween 🙂


 The challenge this time around is not technique based, so I can show you what I did to compose my Assemblage Clock.  This is Challenge #10 which means The Funkie Junkie (Linda Coughlin to those who know her) Boutique is offering a $25 gift certificate to one of the lucky winners and as usual, the prize-a-palooza package from Tim & Mario is awarded to the Curiosity Crew’s Choice.


I’m working from page 33 in Tim’s Compendium of Curiosities 3 and it’s all about creating freely and having fun!  I took my time putting this together and even had some creative help from my hubbie along the way 🙂


I completely disassembled my clock (I used a 7/32 socket) and kept all of the small pieces in a little brad container that I’ve saved from days of yore.


I’m going to start by giving all of my clock pieces a coat of Adirondack Alcohol Inks.  I used Wild Plum, Lettuce, Terra Cotta & Eggplant.

I let gravity and the shape of the bell caps take its course with the Alcohol Inks.  The coverage was great and the way the inks ran and mottled together was just what I was hoping for.

I did the same thing with the body of the clock and let the Alcohol Inks run with the shape of the clock.  I helped a bit and spun the clock body to move the ink around the clock (uh, the edges of the clock are SHARP and I now have a new scar on my man hands!).

I got really painty with these next steps and I still have paint under my nails!  I’m going to do some finger painting with Seedless Preserves, Ripe Persimmon & Black Soot DPs…

I picked up the DPs with my fingers (individually at first..) and swiped and rubbed paint over the outside surface of the clock body and bell caps.  I did rub a little bit of DP in the undersides of the bell caps, too.

During all of my finger painting, I rubbed Black Soot DP onto the washers and nuts and heat dried them on my little pliers.


This is how I stored my clock at night.  As I did things for and on the clock during the day, I stored any bits & pieces inside the body-safely away from night prowling kitties!!


I decided on painting the inside of the clock a lighter color because I plan on using a lot of black elements within the confines of the hollow clock body which will entomb…..OH, almost waxed goth there 😉 Sorry, back now!


I applied two coats of Pumice Stone DP and carefully heat dried each.  It is metal and it does get hot, but no burns suffered (from heat drying..).


I’m using stamps from the Haunted & Dr. Coffin’s Apothecary plates from Oxford Impressions which work so well together.  I mix and match these two sets all the time, but they are completely image-fulfilling on their own!


Stamping onto tissue paper is Awesome! You end up with two images on both sides of the tissue, giving you more versatility for image positioning.  Once I stamped the house image onto this piece of tissue paper, I turned it over and glued it into place with gloss multi-medium.  I heat dried just a bit, but mostly let this air dry.  OH–I’m using Jet Black Archival Ink as it’s permanent and won’t smudge from the multi-medium.

I’m using the Ouija board image to create the wallpaper that will adorn the inside of the clock.

Working in sections, I brushed a coat of multi-medium onto the wall of the clock, laid a piece of the tissue paper down and brushed over to set.  I cut any overhanging tissue with my finger knife once it was dry.

I had to get ‘Nevermore’ in this clock somewhere!  I rimmed the inside of the bell caps with tissue paper stamped with the famous utterance.

I so totally had to use the Gothic layering stencil on this! I masked the house image and used Black Soot & Seedless Preserves DPs, then I sprinkled Antiquities Frosted Crystal EP over the wet paint and heat embossed.  I wanted the stenciled design to have a matte finish and this worked great!


OH BOY–Now onto the actual pieces that will create my scene!  I shall have a gothic headstone!  I stamped this headstone image onto chipboard several times…


…and fussy cut each one out.  The top headstone needs to be weathered and worn so I stamp over one of the fussy cut stones with Distress Embossing Ink


…and heat embossed with Pumice Stone Distress EP.  I distressed all of the edges and inked with Black Soot DI.


I layered all of the chipboard headstones together and glued all of the layers with multi-medium.  I set this between a heavy stack of stuff overnight to dry and fuse together.


A gravesite isn’t gothic unless there’s a mourning wreath, well, a Woodlands wreath that will get the goth treatment…


…with Black Marble Ink Spray!!  Oh, Oh, I feel the goth coming out…black marble, cold like the soul of the raven’s black eyes that stare….


I made a couple of banners from manila stock that I’ll drape onto the wreath.  I treated the banners with Tea Dye, Vintage Photo & Walnut Stain mini DIs.


I made an itty bitty little easel for the wreath out of fireplace match sticks and hot glue then painted with Black Soot DP.  I stamped the raven image onto Shrink Plastic with Jet Black Staz-On Ink and let air dry a long time before fussy cutting it.


Here’s the little raven after being shrunk down with my embossing heat tool.  It wouldn’t be a proper ode to Poe without a raven 😉


This could be one of the funnest little décor elements I’ve ever made!


I want to add these metal filigree rounds to the bell caps–but I have to paint them black to make them goth-worthy.  These are wonderful little metal embellishments that I bought from The Funkie Junkie Boutique 🙂


I painted the filigree rounds with Black Soot DP and carefully heat dried.  Once dry, I brushed multi-medium on the bottom of the filigree pieces and brushed a little on top of the bell caps and adhered the rounds down.  I did place some weighted items on top of the caps to make sure those filigree pieces won’t go anywhere.

I stamped Mr. Poe’s image with Jet Black Archival Ink onto  the smooth side of Distress Water Color paper.  I colored the entire image with Distress Markers in Victorian Velvet, Black Soot, Pumice Stone, Tattered Rose & Aged Mahogany and my water brush.  At this point, I wasn’t sure if I was going to use the entire portrait image, or just fussy cut Edgar out.


This skeleton image is from Dr. Coffin’s Apothecary plate and I use him a lot! This time, I stamped him with Cotton White Opaque Staz-On ink onto Modeling Film.


Oh, this little skull & crossbones, I love this little trinket!!  I gave my skull the goth treatment with Black Soot DP and added tiny red rhinestones in the eye sockets.  I needed to add a little bling somewhere 🙂


BTS-Before calling it quits one of the nights I crafted late, I rusted this Prima clock face with Rusting Powder and let it do its rusting magic overnight.  I knew this was going to be safe overnight from the cats, because it gets sprayed with vinegar to activate the rusting 😉


OK–So now it’s time for assembly.  I’m using kraft shred for my groundcover that I spritzed with Black Marble & Chopped Pesto Ink Sprays.


OH–before I started gluing things in place, I added some hot glue spider webs to my wreath arrangement.  Since the clock is round, I trimmed down one of the legs on my easel so that it would sit somewhat straight in my graveyard.


Same with the headstone…I trimmed it down so that it will sit properly with the curved shape of the clock and adhered it with my hot glue gun (my man hand fingers may have gotten too close to the tip of the hot glue gun during these initial assembly steps) 😉


I almost forgot about installing the glass!!  But I figured that out before I started gluing everything in place!!  WHEW & DUH!!


My clock is almost complete….I’m waiting for a few things to dry….


I used my Tattered Florals die to create the goth blooms from black cotton fabric, black tulle, and orange color Core’dinations stock.  I stenciled the black fabric with the Gothic and Halloween layering stencils–it’s difficult to see the stenciled designs, but they’re there 🙂


Here’s a better view of the blooms.  Before I hot glued in place, I spritzed the blooms with Pomegranate Seed Ink Spray and Sheer Shimmer mist.  I also added a strip of black lace that I weaved between the blooms as I was gluing.


I’m still trying to take as many ‘finished’ pictures outside that I can, to utilize the sunshine while we still have it.  Tricky photographing this clock because the glass front reflects everything!!


Oh, my skeleton friend?  He got molded so that he’s hugging Mr. Poe’s headstone!


The shrink plastic raven was glued on top of the easel, perched to protect and overlook Mr. Poe’s final resting place-in this clock!


I swear that Edgar’s eyes follow me every where I go!! Look at him peeking through from the back of the scene…and then those glowing red eyes from the skull–Oh, so eerie!!


I could keep fussing and adding more embellishments to my Assemblage Clock, but at some point, I have to stop and close it up!!  And hurry and get this entered over at Studio L3 by tonight (11:55 Boise time)!!  I didn’t mean to wait until the very last moment to share or enter this, I was just having so much fun that I got swept away!

I hope you enjoyed my latest ode to Mr. Poe.  The anniversary of his death, 165 years ago, is quickly approaching and I hope that where ever he may be now, he’s pleased at how appreciated he and his work are and how alive his spirit is in his written words.  Thank You, EAP!

Thanks for enduring my gothic reveries!! I know this was a long one with lots of photos, but it’s over now!!  Or is it?



  • Assemblage Clock (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Stamps: Haunted & Dr. Coffin’s Apothecary Plates (Oxford Impressions/Austen Gallery)
  • Surfaces: Manila Stock; Shrink Plastic (Ranger); Modeling Film (Wendy Vecchi); Chipboard; Distress Water Color Stock (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Tissue Paper; Color Core’dinations (Core’dinations); Black Cotton Fabric; Black Tulle; Black Lace; Kraft Shred; Woodlands (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Distress Inks, Markers & Paints (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Dylusions Ink Sprays (Ranger); Adirondack Alcohol Inks (Ranger); Mixables Sheer Shimmer Mist (My Favorite Things); Archival Ink (Ranger); Distress Embossing Ink (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Staz-On Inks (Tsukineko); Antiquities Frosted EP (Ranger); Distress EP (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Rusting Powder (Crafty Notions)
  • Crossbones (Tim Holtz/Idea0ology); Metal Filigree Rounds (The Funkie Junkie Boutique); Black Brads; Clock Face (Prima Embellishments)
  • Tattered Florals Die (Tim Holtz/Sizzix); Big Shot Machine (Sizzix); Finger Knife (Fiskars); Scissors;
  • Craft Sheet (Ranger); Wax Paper; Glossy Multi-Medium (Claudine Hellmuth/Ranger); Foam Squares; Heat Tool; Embossing Heat Tool; Ink Blending Tools

Scrambled Birthday

Hello Hello Hello!!  Happy September!! Happy First Days of school and Cheers to renewed (or new) routines!!  I cannot believe how quickly these months of Summer passed–I may have whiplash!!  I think that’s the way I felt about it when it was time for my first days back to school, too.  Bittersweet-Summer is over, no more sleeping in-Boo!  But, getting to see all of my friends who I didn’t see over the break-Yay!

My first day of kindergarten, age 5-circa 1974

My first day of kindergarten, age 5-circa 1974

Even though I’m not in school any more, I’m still being taught new things every day and with learning new things, comes making lots of mistakes and then learning from those mistakes!  I’m sharing one of those mistakes today–Start the month off right!!


This is a  ‘failed’ shaker card that I had made specifically for the PPP Cutting Edge Blog Hop a couple of weeks ago.  After making this card, I had a lot of  “should have done this-should have done that’s”, one of which was-I should have waited to have electricity before assembling.  I could have used some really good final shots of a heat tool at this! 🙂

I’m using the PPP Stitched Frame die for the base and frame for the shaker element, which I die cut twice from manila stock, then fussy cut the perimeter to form my frame.


I’m going to randomly place some of these Tando Creative chipboard letters, but strategically include the word ‘birthday’ within the scrambled letters.


I did a few different letter placements before settling on this one and gluing down with multi-medium.


I sealed the manila base and chipboard letters with gesso and heat set (I still had power at this point) 🙂


Another mistake I made is, I should have layered my gesso with some Distress Paint.  Distress Ink doesn’t really ‘stick’ onto the finish of the gesso, but I’m OK with this for now…

 …because I’m going to make a inky/stainy mess for my grungy background anyway.  I still had power here, so I heat set the DS & DI, trying to maintain those puddles of color.


I’m going to use some Distress Paints to color the letters that spell out ‘birthday’–and this is where I have no electricity.  From here on out, I had to step away and let things air dry.

I’m using Seedless Preserves, Crushed Olive, Dusty Concord, Picked Raspberry, Barn Door, Mustard Seed & Mowed Lawn, Salty Ocean and Picket Fence Distress Paints.  I used the Picket Fence DP to touch up the insides of the letters.  As I didn’t have power, I did not heat set the paint and let air dry for a few hours (believe me, there were plenty of non-power chores that still got done behind the scenes).


After the paint had dried, I came back and applied a thin layer of Diamond Glaze to the painted letters, then set that aside to dry.  Before I had assembled this shaker element, I ended up painting all of the white letters with Black Soot DP.  One of the things I ‘should have’ done was just paint the entire panel black.  I think the colorful letters of ‘birthday’ would have popped more….


I colored my frame using the same DP’s I used for the letters.  I rubbed my finger over the sponge applicator of each paint, then rubbed my finger across the frame.  I set that aside to air dry, too.


I made an alcohol ink background to mount the shaker element onto.  I used Butterscotch, Lettuce, Salmon, Stream & Wild Plum Adirondack alcohol inks.  I ended up using the Cargo & Stars layering stencils to create a faded layers background, too–but no pictures of that part (sorry!) 😉


I made the ‘Happy” word sticker using my computer & plain white adhesive paper and a TH/Idea-ology File Tag (don’t mind the crimp marks), and adhered to the outside of the shaker frame with multi-medium.  When I assembled everything together, I did place a few foam dots under the file tab to make sure it won’t sag later on.


I stitched the label letters onto my alcohol ink background panel before final assembly.


I used a sheet of acetate for my shaker window and glued the frame onto the acetate with multi-medium.  I sprinkled some PPP sequins and wood veneer stars over the word scramble and placed my acetate window into place with two layers of foam tape.  Another ‘should have’ was to have 3 layers of foam tape instead of just 2!  Chock it up to a learning experience!!


Even though I think this is a failed shaker card, someone down the line, will get this as a birthday card!!  Ssshhhhh–They don’t know I consider this a failure, maybe they’ll just see it as a fun/funky card? 😉 🙂

Thank You for coming by today and having a visit!  I sure do appreciate ya’ll stopping in and leaving such nice comments!  Until next time–Artsy Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Surfaces: Kraft Stock & Acetate (Papertrey Ink); Manila Stock; Glossy Stock
  • Distress Inks, Stain & Paints (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Gesso (Claudine Hellmuth/Ranger); Adirondack Alcohol Ink & Blending Solution (Ranger)
  • Layering Stencils (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous); Label Letters & File Tab (TH/Idea-ology); Chipboard Letters (Tando Creative); Sequins & Wood Veneer Stars (Pretty Pink Posh)
  • Stitched Frame Die (Pretty Pink Posh); Big Shot Machine (Sizzix); Multi-Medium (Claudine Hellmuth/Ranger); Double Back Tape & Foam Tape (3M); Diamond Glaze (Judikins); Sewing Machine (Kenmore); Paper Distresser (TH/Tonic Studios); Finger Knife (Fiskars)
  • Heat Tool; Paint Brush; Craft Sheet (Ranger)

Trick or Treat-Already?

What? It’s not Halloween! What am I talking about?  Although our days are still blistering hot, our evenings and mornings are cooling down and my mind is wandering to the upcoming months of Fall, which brings the ‘season of the witch’ and lots of falling leaves!!

 With that in mind, the thrill and chill of Halloween is the direction I decided to go with my latest entry into Studio L3’s Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge–it’s #8 and it’s Faded Layers.  I’ve been inspired by the fun and clever Autumn and Halloween themed creations out there and this is actually my first ‘official’ holiday card for the Fall/Winter season.


 In keeping with the challenge rules, I can’t show you how I made my Tim Holtz CC3 Faded Layers background, but, I can show you everything else and can tell you that it’s a neat technique that can open up your creativity, BIG TIME!!  It’s a good one to know about 🙂


I gathered up some supplies–Distress Core’dinations & WC paper, glossy stock and a few Adirondack Alcohol Inks.  I’m using the TH/Sizzix Skull Blueprints Framelits die & stamp set for the first time, too!


I used Cranberry, Wild Plum, Terra Cotta & Sandal Alcohol Inks for my background colors…


…and I used my TH/SA Stars and Harelequin Layering Stencils to achieve my faded layers with.


Because I had some accidental smudging going on from the technique, I used a little Black Soot DI and my layering stencils to define a couple of my corners better.  Just a little–I didn’t want to take anything away from the results of the Faded Layers technique.

 I stamped the Blueprint Skull image 3 times onto Distress WC paper and colored in with my water brush and DM’s in Antique Linen, Black Soot, Pumice Stone & Picket Fence.


Each water-colored image then got a run through the Big Shot machine with its corresponding die.  AWESOME!!  I can get used to that!! (I usually fussy cut everything by hand!)


I did a little further inking with Tea Dye over all of the surfaces and Walnut Stain along the edges.  I die cut the eyes and nose out of red glitter paper–I wanted to give a little blingy menace to my skull 😉


The ‘trick or treat’ label is stamped onto Distress WC paper with Black Soot & Aged Mahogany DI’s.  I then aged the label a little with Tea Dye and Vintage Photo DI’s and my ink blending tool.  That label also got a run through the Big Shot machine with its coordinating die then I distressed the edges with my paper distresser and inked with Walnut Stain DI.


I cut a piece of black Distress Core’dinations stock to size, to back my faded layers panel with.  I sanded the Core’dinations first and lightly distressed the edges.  I forgot to take a picture–but I ran the entire panel through my sewing machine for a stitched edge. (I gotta remember to take my camera with me when I’m at my sewing machine!)


I also did a little stitching on the label, too.  I used a straight stitch first, then ran through again with a zig-zag stitch.


Look at the sparkle in those eyes!!  I’ve been taking my ‘finished’ photos outside, while I still can, to use that natural sunlight, and the way the sun caught that red glitter paper in this shot–Luckyyyy!!


Beside the fabulous Faded Layers background, these eyes and nose are my favorite part about this card 😉


What do you think?  Do you have Tim’s Compendium of Curiosities 3, yet?  If you’ve got the book, you can join me over at Studio L3 and get in on the challenge fun!!  The Funkie Junkie Boutique is sponsoring a $25 gift certificate for this challenge and there’s a Tim & Mario sponsored prize, too!  There’s still plenty of time to create and join, so give it try!!

Thanks for stopping by today!  I appreciate your visits and WELCOME to my new followers!!  I’m so happy that you’ve taken the time look in on me and my creative adventures 🙂

Ya’ll come back now, ya’ hear??  Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!  XOXO-Shari


  • Surfaces: Glossy Stock; Distress Core’dinations (Tim Holtz/Core’dinations); Distress Water Color Paper (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Scarlet Jewel CS (Papertrey Ink); Red Glitter Paper (Stampin’ Up)
  • Inks:  Distress Inks & Markers (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Adirondack Alcohol Inks (Ranger); Alcohol Blending Solution (Ranger)
  • Skull Blueprint Framelits/Stamp Set (Tim Holtz/Sizzix); Big Shot Machine (Sizzix)
  • Layering Stencils (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous)
  • Ink Blending Tool; Sewing Machine; Sanding block; Paper Distresser (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios); Craft Sheet (Ranger); Heat Tool

June in Orange

Happy Friday Everyone!!  Goodness, is the month almost over already?? WOW!!

Time has surely gotten the best of me lately but, I’m sure happy to be here today, with my tag for Tim Holtz’s June 2014 Tag Challenge and Our Creative Corner’s Flaming June Challenge.


I’m loving both challenge themes at each blog–The primary goal at Our Creative Corner’s monthly challenge is to use Orange and Tim is showcasing his Distress Ink Mono-Print technique.  That sounds like fun to me–Let me show you what I did 🙂


A real challenge for me with the OCC theme was not having that many orange colors to use.  But, I managed with the three colors of Distress Inks that I have; Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade & Ripe Persimmon.  They did me right proud!!

I’m using a #8 manila tag and 140# cold press water color paper as my bases and I’ve chosen the Burlap Layering Stencil as my mono-print pattern.


I don’t have the Mini DI’s, just the biggies, but they work just the same, with a little extra ink that ends up on the craft sheet (that will get used!).

I smooshed all three of my DI colors directly onto my stencil and spritzed with water.


Then laid the stencil down onto my piece of water color paper.  Using a paper towel, I gently dabbed the stencil down into the paper while wiping away any excess ink that’s seeped through under the stencil.


I love this part and I especially love this burlap stencil!  It has been my go-to stencil to use on mono-print backgrounds in the past (click here) and I love the effect–it’s different every time!!

I heat dried the wc panel and set aside, then grabbed my #8 manila tag and ran it through the left over DI’s on my craft sheet.


I can’t stand to let any left-over inks go and I always have manila tags ready at hand!  In this case, I’m inking up my manila tag base to give me more orange….


…and I’m using the left-over ink on the stencil to apply onto my #8 tag base.  Like I said, I hate to let any ink go!!


Even though the water color panel is going to cover most of this tag, I love the 2nd generation mono-print I got from the DI’s that were left-over on the stencil.  Does that make it a duo-print? 😉


I’ve got my dried #8 tag and my Burlap mono-print wc panel ready with some of the supplies I’ll need for the next few steps.  Lots o ‘stamping and water coloring and maybe a little fabric and stitch work thrown in for good measure!

I stamped the winged girl from TH/SA Winged Thing I set onto the mono-print panel with Sepia Archival Ink.  I also stamped her with Jet Black Archival onto another piece of 140# wc paper.  Then I stamped her again, using Ripe Persimmon onto a piece of muslin (not pictured, of course!).

I water colored the images using the same 3 colors of DI and my water brush and I used my Tattered Rose DM for her skin tone and Pumice Stone DM for her stockings.  I finished her ensemble with a layer of TH/Idea-ology Frosted Film over her wings.  So shimmery and pretty!

I fussy cut the winged girl out and used the stamped piece of muslin as a frock for her.  I used matte multi-medium to adhere her dress and added a couple of decorative stitches with my sewing machine.


BTS–I added Dimensional Magic to her crown and alcohol stained rhinestones for some orange toned bling 🙂

I really wasn’t happy with any of the larger sentiment/quote stamps that I have, and none of them really ‘said’ anything to me.  But, I knew one of my Artistic Outpost plates has the perfect quote that would match my winged girl perfectly!!  It’s from the Think & Wonder plate and I did some pre-emptive positioning before stamping each word onto the panel separately.


I used a Philosophy Tag smudged with a bit of Ripe Persimmon DP and painted the end of a brad to match.

Inking Crinkle Ribbon is always fun!! This sunny color trifecta of oranges I’m using throughout is brought into concentrated delight!!

I pressed my longer piece of crinkle ribbon through the combination of all three DI’s, then I used only Wild Honey DI for my shorter piece of ribbon.  I heat dried while crinkling in my fingers then rubbed with Walnut Stain DI when dried.


I assembled by adhering my winged girl with a combination of foam squares, double-back tape & matte multi-medium.  The words got lost on the tag once I started putting things into place, so I used a fine tip black Sharpie and made rough boxes around each word.  I added the vellum butterflies, inked in my fav oranges!!


I made her heart charm bracelet out of a TH/Idea-ology jump ring, 4 glass beads (in oranges, of course) and a brass heart that I first treated with Butterscotch Adirondack Alcohol Ink, then coated with Ripe Persimmon DP.

This was a fun tag to make, using the same 3 DI colors in so many different ways.  There’s DI water coloring going on and DI mono-printing going on, there’s DI dyeing of ribbon going on….And they are all different!!  That is so very cool!!


So off I go with my ‘June in Orange’ tag to, Tim Holtz’s June Tag Challenge and Our Creative Corner-Flaming June Challenge.

Since I last wrote earlier this week, our Summer weather was taken a hiatus and we’re back to rain and thunderstorms….

So, I’ve been able to spend the last couple of days down in the craft dungeon and not feel guilty about it!!  I’m going to take advantage of the rainy weather and get myself nice and inky and painty and get some of the late cards I should have made weeks ago, done!! YAY!!

I hope you’ve enjoyed my offering for today and will join me over at Tim’s and Our Creative Corner’s blogs.  These are just a couple of my fav challenge blogs and there’s always inspiration to be had and shared by all.

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


  • Surfaces: #8 Manila Tag (Ranger); 140# Water Color Paper; Muslin; Frosted Film (TH/Idea-ology)
  • Stamps:  Winged Things I (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous); Think & Wonder (Artistic Outpost); Background Basics Text Style (Papertrey Ink)
  • Distress Inks, Markers & Paint (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Inks (Ranger); Adirondack Alcohol Ink (Ranger)
  • Layering Stencil (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous); Philosophy Tag & Brad (TH/Idea-ology); Crinkle Ribbon (TH/Idea-ology)
  • Dimensional Magic (Plaid); Fine Point Pen (Sharpie); Self Adhesive Rhinestones; Jump Ring (TH/Idea-ology); Glass Beads; Brass Heart
  • Double-Back Tape (3M); Matte Multi-Medium (Claudine Hellmuth/Ranger); Foam Squares/Dots; Ink Blending Tool
  • Craft Sheet (Ranger); Heat Tool; Hole Punch; Finger Knife
  • Big Shot Machine (Sizzix); Beautiful Wings Embosslits (Sizzix)

PS–I’ve incorrectly watermarked ALL of the photos is this blog…BIG DUH!! The correct watermark should read http://aintthatartsyfartsy.com  (but if you’re here, you found me anyway!!) Sorry…DUH!! 😉