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.

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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!

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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…..

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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.

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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 🙂 🙂

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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.

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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.

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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!!

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SUPPLIES I USED:

  • 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)

Prescription of Love

Happy Thursday!!  I’m so glad that you’re stopping in for a visit!  Today, I’m sharing a special tag that I made for my Great Aunt who recently suffered a fall and broke her hip.  She’s a healthy & strong woman (from being an avid golfer) and after having a hip replacement, she’s expected to recover very well-WHEW!  So, I made her a tag to let her know that I’m wishing her a healthy & full recovery and writing up a ‘prescription of love’ just for her!

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And as it just so happens…This tag is also going into a couple of my favorite challenges:

Compendium of Curiosities 3-Challege #11

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 At Studio L3, where Tim Holtz’s Compendium of Curiosities 3 is the name of the game, we’re at challenge #11-creating with Tim’s Effect Powders technique.  This challenge is being sponsored by Inspiration Emporium with a $50 gift certificate-WOW!-and then there’s the chance to be awarded the Curiosities Crew’s Choice and receive the prize package that Tim & Mario put together especially for the CC3 challenge-AWESOME!!

Over at Artistic Outpost–

untitledArtistic Outpost is asking us to create anything using AO stamps and show our stuff!  If chosen the random winner for the month, you’ll receive a $15 gift certificate to use towards AO stamps!  COOL!!

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I’ve pulled together my Apothecary set from AO with some WV Modeling Film and some surfaces to get started with.

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My base is a #8 manila tag and I’ve got this ‘saved for later’ Harlequin embossed piece of white stock.  I can’t let any scrap of foil tape go and all of these strips were left-overs from previous projects.  I’m so glad that I kept this!!  I knew it would get used 🙂

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I want this to be really vintagey so I brought out some of my brown tones of Distress Stains & Inks and earthy Gathered Twigs Distress Paint.

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My first layer of color down is Pumice Stone & Frayed Burlap DS on both surfaces.

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I then added a few layers of Distress Inks in Tea Dye, Vintage Photo & Walnut Stain with my ink blending tools.

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The embossed panel is now going to have some finger painting added to it!  I haven’t forgotten about those foil strips 😉

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This is fun!!  I love how this panel finished with that last layer of Gathered Twigs DP.  This looks pretty vintagey to me 🙂

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I can’t resist the lure of the water spots!!  I spritzed and flicked water over both pieces.

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I layered the Harlequin panel onto my manila tag with double-back tape (lots of DBT)!

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Here’s my tag with Tim’s Effect Powder technique at work.  I used Vintage Photo Distress EP to create this rust-like effect around the perimeter of my tag then inked over it with Vintage Photo & Walnut Stain DIs.

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So, yeah–Here’s the part where I tell you I didn’t take pictures!! LOL!!  I just started stamping and coloring away and did not take pictures of any of the stamped elements I prepared for my tag…except for…

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…my WV Modeling Film medicine bottle!!  I had stamped the image of the bottle from the Apothecary set with Sepia Archival Ink onto the Modeling Film, and as I was fussy cutting the bottle, all of the ink rubbed off.  Which is OK–I really only wanted the bottle shape anyway, because I’m going to turn this clear piece of plastic into a mercury glass medicine bottle!

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I shaped the modeling film (carefully) with my embossing heat gun, then I painted the ‘inside’ of my bottle with Brushed Pewter DP and I applied a layer of multi-medium to the ‘outside’ of my bottle.  I heat set, then applied a layer of Clear Rock Candy DCP to the ‘outside’ of the bottle.

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I rushed the drying of the Clear Rock Candy with my heat tool, then outlined the bottle with Black Soot DP and I painted the cork portion with Gathered Twigs DP.

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You can kind-of see the crackles!

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I finished my mercury bottle with a mixture of Tim’s Pumice Stone Distress EP and metallic silver EP that I have from my stash.  I also used Vintage Photo Distress EP to add texture to my cork!  Tim’s Effect Powder technique is really cool and it’s because of those release crystals in his embossing powders!

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I stamped the coins, Dr. Forrest and the Rx slip on manila & Distress WC papers.  Dr. Forrest, up there in the corner, is water-colored with Tattered Rose, Vintage Photo, Weathered Wood, Aged Mahogany & Antique Linen Distress Markers and my water brush.

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 I filled the bottle of Healing Tonic with Love–in this case, red glitter paper punched hearts, and sent this on it’s healing way!!  OH–I did treat the backside of my tag (not pictured) as I usually do, so that I could write a special message to my Great Aunt 🙂

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The RX today is LOVE and I have to say, I’m loving how this tag came out!!  I’m taking this over to Artistic Outpost and Studio L3 now, almost right under the wire!  You have until September 30th to enter at Artistic Outpost and CC3 #11 ends tomorrow, September 26th.  Hope to see you there!!

I’ll be back next week with one or two projects that I’ve been working on–There are some new challenge themes out there that have just commenced and I’ve got to get these ideas down and stamped on paper!!

Until next time–THANK YOU–and Stay Artsy Fartsy!!

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SUPPLIES I USED:

The World Calls a Butterfly

Happy Friday and Welcome!!  Today is a special day for me, as this is my posting as Our Creative Corner’s August Top Talent!!  I’m in their Spotlight today as the winner of their June Challenge–Flaming June, which was hosted by OCC DT member Julia.

When Laura contacted me to take part as Our Creative Corner’s August Top Talent, I instantaneously started freaking out panicking thinking about what I could possibly make?  Do I create something in keeping with the monthly challenge (which Laura is hosting for August)?  Do I make something similar to my winning entry?  I bombarded her with my questions and nervousness and she simply said “Do whatever you like and have some fun!”  Well, OK then!!

I am HONORED and ECSTATIC to be a part of Our Creative Corner for the day and I hope you enjoy my step-x-steps, with boo-boos and changes along the way!  I’m showing you (almost) everything, except the finished piece–Ha Ha–For that, you’ve got to go to Our Creative Corner directly-and while you’re there, you can learn a little bit about me in their Top Talent Q&A segment!  Ha Ha–sneaky, huh?!  It’s fun that way and I hope you enjoy today’s creative journey 🙂

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I decided upon a 6×6 box canvas for my project, which is a pretty new surface-for me-to work on.  I’m going for it!!  I also gathered stamps from Darkroom Door and chipboard Mini-Butterflies from Tando Creative.

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I prepped my canvas with a layer of gesso that I applied with a paint brush and my palette knife and pressed a few scrap pieces of ripped book pages into it.  I heat dried the surface just a little….

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…while the gesso was still wet, I randomly pressed the DD Polka Dot background stamp into the surface and into the sides.

 Working with the DD Polka Dot background stamp again and the DD Patchwork Butterfly image, I used Archival Inks in Orange Blossom, Olive and Cobalt to stamp the images onto tissue paper.  I didn’t end up using the blue butterfly…it unfortunately got experimented with and ripped all to heck-you know how that can go (uh, that’s a boo-boo).

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I colored my canvas in layers–I used Distress Stains and rubbed them onto my craft sheet and pressed and rubbed the canvas down into the colors.  Here, I’ve used Salty Ocean, Pumice Stone and Squeezed Lemonade DSs on the front surface and sides.

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My direction with this canvas is already taking a turn at this point.  I’m adding ripped lengths of the stamped tissue paper with multi-medium so that I have a fun horizon line to work with (change #1 coming right up).

That floating piece of book page in the upper corner?  Gone!!  It didn’t work for me, once I started adding a horizon line.  I repaired the corner with gesso, stamping and staining.  I’m not too worried about that corner being a bit lighter in tone than the rest of the canvas…it’ll all work out 🙂

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 This butterfly image is a second gen stamping with Jet Black Archival Ink onto tissue paper.  It’s going to end up serving as a shadow of sorts and here, I’m doing some positioning.

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I’m going to add another layer of texture using my Dylusions Dotted Flowers stencil and WV White Embossing Paste, but I do a little pre-positioning to see where the dots will be hidden and exposed.

I taped the stencil down with painter’s tape and applied a light to medium layer of White Embossing Paste.  The stain will seep into the paste when it dries and I just love that effect.  I did a little heat drying, but I mostly let it air dry.

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After my embossed dots are dry, I apply my shadow butterfly down with matte multi-medium and heat set.  Most of the front is done…well, the foundation is set, at least.  Since this is a box canvas, the back is basically available to create upon and within, as well.  Like Laura said “Have fun”!

I’m using Wendy Vecchi’s Crackled Texture Paste to coat the perimeter of the frame with.  The back side of the canvas is going to be the same, yet different–

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I ran strips of TH Tissue tape to the inside edge of the frame and painted the surface of it with Scattered Straw, Crushed Olive & Broken China DPs.  I also painted the very inside of the frame (it slants inward) with Seedless Preserves DP.

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I inked the inside of the canvas with Dusty Concord DI and my ink blending tool and applied these ripped pieces of  floral paper from the TH Menagerie paper stash with multi-medium.  I heat set and then rubbed Walnut Stain DI over the entire canvas-front & back-with my ink blending tool.  I stenciled more dots onto the frame with a mixture of Broken China & Scattered Straw DPs and heat set.

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Not to give the finished piece away or anything, but, my main focal points for the front and back, are going to be a butterfly, and I want them to be different from one another.  For the butterfly that will be on the front, I’m making an alcohol ink background to stamp the Patchwork Butterfly image onto.

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Isn’t this pretty?  This is a combination of Lettuce, Wild Plum & Aqua Adirondack Alcohol Inks, on glossy stock, with just a touch of blending solution dabbed over the entire surface.

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I used Jet Black Staz-On ink to stamp the butterfly with and I heat set it, carefully.  Glossy paper, when too hot, will bubble.

I ran the stamped image through my Xyron adhesive machine, then placed a piece of WV Modeling Film onto the sticky surface.   I fussy cut this butterfly out and set aside for later assembly.

Now, a couple of the major boo-boo’s that happened, took place after assembly and during my photo shoot (the sprinklers came on, the canvas and I got wet, things tweaked and failed…boo-boo!) Then, I don’t have any pictures of the replacement butterfly that I recreated for the back of the canvas..boo-boo again! However, I can tell you, I used vellum, frosted film and WV White-Out modeling film for it.  You’re just going to have to go over to Our Creative Corner and see how it all turned out!! Sorry about that!! 🙂

 I’m using Tando Creative Mini-Butterflies as some of my embellishments to finish the canvas with.  I painted each butterfly with colors of DP that I’m already using in the canvas-Seedless Preserves, Crushed Olive & Scattered Straw.  I dabbed each chipboard butterfly with paint and set with my heat tool.

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I applied a thin layer of Diamond Glaze to each painted butterfly then sprinkled Clear Rock Candy Distress Glitter over each one.  I gently tapped off the excess and set aside to air dry.

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To finish everything, I found a lovely quote about butterflies and made my own word bands with my computer & printer for the front, and I used the quote again in an image transfer onto tissue paper, for the back.

It’s really kind of fun being mysterious about the finished canvas and I hope I’ve piqued your interest enough that you’ll want to go to Our Creative Corner now for the finished project!!

Thank you all soooo much for joining me today, in what’s to me, a momentous occasion and one that’s going into the creative resume!!  Thank You, Our Creative Corner, for this fantastic opportunity!  Laura, I did have fun!! 😉 🙂

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

SUPPLIES I USED:

  • 6×6 Box Canvas; Tissue Paper; Book Pages; Kraft Card Stock (Papertrey Ink); Modeling Film & White Out Modeling Film (Wendy Vecchi Studio 490); Frosted Film (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Vellum; Menagerie Paper Stash (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Glossy Stock
  • Gesso (Claudine Hellmuth); Distress Stains, Inks & Paints (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Inks (Ranger); Staz-On Ink (Tsukineko); Adirondack Alcohol Inks (Ranger); Matte & Glossy Multi-Mediums (Claudine Hellmuth); Distress Glitter (Tim Holtz/Ranger)
  • Stamps:  Patchwork Butterfly & Polka Dot Background (Darkroom Door)
  • Mini Chipboard Butterflies (Tando Creative); Dotted Flowers Stencil (Dylusions/Ranger); Trinket Pins (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology);
  • Paint Brush; Heat Tool; Palette Knife; Scissors; Ink Blending Tool; Air Tool (Inkworx); Foam Dots; Embossing Heat Tool; Xyron Machine

Industrial Florals

HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY FRIDAY!!

I don’t know about you, but still being buried in a few feet of snow does not make me feel like Spring is right around the corner!  No early Spring flowers shyly blooming from under the veil of Winter’s frozen slumber, here!!  It’s more like—LAME–we need to go cut more wood for the wood burning stove and schlep it through two feet of slushy, wet snow!!  🙂

 Oh, we’ll get our Spring flowers–but maybe not until April!!  So until then, I’m finding myself using flowers in some of my latest designs….if I don’t have any flowers outside (yet), I’ll create some inside!!  🙂

Indus Flower

I was inspired by Tim Holtz’s January Tag design and this is my take. Better late than never, right?  One of the creative goals that I set for myself this year is keeping up with Tim’s 12 Tags of 2014 Challenge.  Now, in what order I do them….?  😉

Background

I started with a piece of manila stock cut to about 4″x5.25″.  I smushed Vintage Photo, Crushed Olive and Mustard Seed DI’s onto my craft sheet and dropped some small piles of Pewter Perfect Pearls randomly over the ink.  I spritzed it all with water then pressed my manila stock into the wet ink and dried with my heat tool.  I repeated that process two more times.  This photo does not do the technique proud, but, it’s a very cool effect and the way the ink blends with the perfect pearls–Awesome!!

Rub Ons and Stencils

I used Words & Elements Remnant Rub-Ons on the right hand side and I used the Rays stencil with Antique Linen & Vintage Photo DI’s on the left hand side.  After applying the inks with my ink blending tool, I quickly dusted it with clear embossing powder and set with my embossing  heat tool.

Embossed Rays

The embossed rays gave this background a very subtle texture and image but ‘Big Design Bang’ nonetheless!

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I lightly sanded the rub-ons and distressed the edges.  I inked the edges and over the entire background with Walnut Stain DI and my ink blending tool.

Foil for the flowers

To make the industrial flowers, I adhered a piece of Foil Tape Sheet to a scrap piece of cardstock.  I then added texture to the foil cardstock with a Cuttlebug embossing folder and then ran through the Big Shot machine again with the Tattered Floral Die.

Flowers and Molding

I cut a piece of Molding Film and covered it with a layer of Frosted Film then ran that through the Big Shot with the Tattered Floral die, too.

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Pretty fun, right?  Now, time to get inky and painty!!

The frosted florals that I ended up using, got inked with Orange Blossom and Sepia Archival Inks and the industrial florals got a light layer of Black Soot DP.

Assembly

I shaped the foil flowers with a pencil and I shaped the frosted flowers with my heat embossing tool.  I carefully applied heat to the frosted petals and quickly manipulated into a slight curve with my fingers.  After it cooled, it was time for assembly and layering! More fun pieces of embellishments coming right up!!

I “made” those rusty bits! It’s totally awesome!!  I was introduced to Crafty Notions Rusting Powder by Alison Bomber on her blog Words and Pictures (you gotta check out her blog–Awesome!).  I just started having the chance to play with this magical powder, but so far–it’s easy: apply layer of multi-medium to bit or piece of your choice and then sprinkle Rusting Powder to cover;  a bit stinky: spray vinegar over powdered pieces; and totally worth it: wait for bits & pieces to dry and become rusty.

Flower Assembly

I used a simple black brad and an antique brad to layer with my rusted pieces.  I punched a hole through the layers of flowers and manila stock to secure them all together with the brads.

That splatter brush is a fun tool!  I may have gone a little splatter happy on this card 🙂

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I finished with a few Chit Chat stickers that I trimmed into little banners and inked with Walnut Stain DI.

Lots of elements in this one–But, they all work!!  With this card heavily inspired by Tim Holtz, it’ll fit right in over at the Anything Tim challenge at A Vintage Journeya new challenge blog on the block, and with all of the textures and the stenciling I did on this one, I’m going to send it over to Frilly and Funky for their Stencils and Textures challenge.

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I really am looking forward to actually having real flowers blooming in my yard but, not having to dig in the yard yet and being able to stay in my crafty dungeon to create, is one of the benefits of having a late Winter and two feet of slushy snow hanging around 🙂

Thanks for stopping by my blog today! Have a GREAT weekend and Stay Artsy Fartsy!!  XOXO-Shari

SUPPLIES I USED:

  • Distress Inks & Paint (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Inks (Ranger); Perfect Pearls (Ranger); Embossing Ink (Clearsnap)
  • Modeling Film (Wendy Vecchi/Studio 490); Frosted Film (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology);  Foil Tape Sheets (Ranger); Rusting Powder (Crafty Notions);
  • Stencil (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous); Tattered Florals Die (Tim Holtz/Sizzix); Cuttlebug Embossing Folder (Provo); Big Shot Machine (Sizzix)
  • Splatter Brush (Liquitex); Multi-Medium (Claudine Hellmuth/Ranger); Sanding Block; Craft Sheet; Ink Blending Tool; Distresser
  • Chit-Chat Stickers (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Remnant Rub-Ons (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Brad; Antique Brad (SU)

I Am Exhausted….

HAPPY 2014!!!  Oh, sorry–did I say that too loudly?  I’ll try to keep it down for today’s post then 🙂  But seriously–

Happy New Year!!  I hope 2014 brings you all moments of “Well, Ain’t That Artsy Fartsy” as well as finding inspiration any where and every where to create your own Artsy Fartsiness, in whatever form it may take!!  So, without further ado, my first posting of the New Year!  Enjoy!!

Ain't she sweet?

Ain’t she sweet?

Disclaimer:  The comment made on this tag, may not necessarily reflect the opinion of the designer/blogger.  Or, does it? 🙂  Talk about SNARKY!! 🙂  LOVE IT!!  This girl is another image that just seems to speak for herself!

Oh, does someone need a hug?

Oh, does someone need a hug?

I’m using a couple of different stamp plates from Artistic Outpost on this tag–Kudzu Cafe and The Outpost.  Let’s call my friend here “angry girl” and she’s from the Kudzu plate.  She’s stamped with Jet Black Archival Ink onto water color paper and “painted” with Aged Mahogany, Tattered Roses & Victorian Velvet DM’s and my water brush.  I fussy cut her out and inked the edges with Vintage Photo DI and my ink blending tool.

Outpost and KudzuThe background of my #8 manila tag is Peacock Feathers, Mustard Seed and Vintage Photo DI’s, nicely applied with my ink blending tools and then given a spritz of water and dried with my heat tool.  I then stamped the windmill image with Jet Black Archival Ink and the barbed wire with Sepia Archival Ink and gave the edges an inking with Walnut Stain DI.

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Since this is a tag I’m making for someone, I stamped the back side, too.

The backside of my tag is a simpler version of the front–inked in the same colors as the front and spritzed with water; Angry Girl is stamped with Jet Black Archival; the barbed wire is Sepia Archival Ink.

I randomly added some Tim Holtz/Idea-ology paper tape here and there on the front and back.  I had some bare spaces and the tapes just add that certain nostalgic quality that angry girl needed to soften her up a bit.  Did it help?

The attitude is courtesy of Dylusions-Say It How It Is set.

The attitude is courtesy of Dylusions-Say It How It Is set.

One of my favorite quote plates is the Say It How It Is set from Dylusions.  I just love Dyan Reaveley’s style and this quote just fits with Angry Girl perfectly!!

I improvised the rust look with DCP Clear Rock Candy and Barn Door DS.

I improvised the rust look with DCP Clear Rock Candy and Barn Door DS.

I really like the look of rust and rusted things.  While anxiously awaiting for the arrival of a new product (that I’ll be talking about in future posts), I wanted to add something rusty to this tag.  So, I used my Cricut machine with the Cricut Sampler cartridge and die-cut hinges out of manila stock, then inked with Tea Dye & Vintage Photo DI’s, then layered with a smudging of Picket Fence & Black Soot DP’s finished with a spritz of water and heat dried.

The  hinges on the backside aren't coated with Clear Rock Candy.

The hinges on the backside aren’t coated with Clear Rock Candy.

I left the hinge on the backside of the tag raw, so to speak, because I really like the effect the DP’s & DI’s made after being spritzed with water–Almost looks like rust!!

I improvised the rust look with DCP Clear Rock Candy and Barn Door DS.

I improvised the rust look with DCP Clear Rock Candy and Barn Door DS.

When the Clear Rock Candy DCP was dry, I applied Barn Door DS right on top of the crackle finish and heat dried.  I think my experiment with improvising a rust-like finish looks pretty cool!

You can't help but laugh out loud with this one!

You can’t help but laugh out loud with this one!

And There you have it–Angry Girl strikes again and she’s EXHAUSTED!!  Too funny!!  I hope you’re laughing with me because this won’t be the last you see of her–this is only the beginning!!

Thank You soooo much for stopping by today, on this 1st day of the New Year!  Cheers to an Artsy Fartsy kind of year!!

Supplies I Used:

My First Altered Book

Ho Ho Ho!!  Happy Tuesday!!  Thank you for coming back and visiting with me!!  I have to say how very thankful I am to all of you who are taking some time out to stop by and browse my blog–especially during this mostly hectic time of year (mostly)….(hee, little joke there)…

I hope you continue to enjoy my offerings of creativity and continue to join me on my journey of artistic self-discovery!  Who knows what 2014 will have in store for us!!

Anyhoo….I’m still working on Christmas cards in my craft dungeon, but I thought I’d share something not related to the season, to take a bit of a break from all of the HO HO HO-ing…

My 1st Altered Book–A gift to my Parents

For my parent's 55th wedding anniversary.

For my parent’s 55th wedding anniversary.

My Mom and Dad on their wedding day 55 years ago.

My Mom and Dad on their wedding day 55 years ago.

I wanted to make my Mom & Dad something really special and unique for their 55th Wedding Anniversary and with all of the new techniques I’ve learned this year and all of the wonderful inspiration I’ve gathered from all over the world, I created this altered book in honor of my Folks!

The Happy Couple when they were just kids themselves...

The Happy Couple when they were just kids themselves…

Not only just an altered book, but a one-of-a-kind display of a cherished family photo (one of the last photo’s remaining) of my Mom & Dad’s Wedding day.  I took the idea and off I went and this is how it turned out….

I had a lot of fun with this–I used everything but the kitchen sink…Oh wait, I did use the kitchen sink when I was soaking the book in diluted coffee to stain the pages!!

Lots of textures  and fun stuff to touch!

Lots of textures and fun stuff to touch!

White Gesso, Distress Crackle Paint, Cheese Cloth, Tulle–Chipboard, Card Stocks, Home-Made Stencils and Dylusions Spray Inks….

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All of the die cut pieces on this book were all pieces that I had saved–I never throw anything away! Hoarder Alert!

Corrugated Cardboard, Studio Acrylic Paint, Distress and Archival Inks and the bestest friend a crafter can have…Multi-Medium.

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I’ve tucked portions of their wedding invitation around the photo…

And where would I be without my new crafting BFF–Multi-Medium!!  I love multi-medium!!  It’s basically the glue that is holding this entire project together…even keeping the pages of the book together, yet looking like nothing is holding the pages together!

Alt Book Flower Close UpI have several stashes of where I keep all of my spare die cut pieces that don’t end up being used for one reason or another–And coming across these tattered floral pieces was a score!!  I layered each petal with tulle and randomly brushed some white gesso to bring out the texture of the tulle and corrugated cardboard.

Happy 55 AnnivI used my Cricut personal trimmer and the Beyond Birthday’s & Opposites Attract cartridges to cut the 55th & Happy Anniversary pieces out of manila and black card stock.

Frame inside a FrameThe shadow box frame was made from chipboard (I keep my cereal boxes for crafting) and layered with musical background paper that I downloaded for free from Free Vintage Digital Stamps.  If you don’t have the “just-right” decorative papers, you’ll be able to find exactly what you’re looking for online–For FREE!!!  There are lots of crafty blogs out there that feature free image downloads and that’s a good thing for rural crafters like me!

I even had one of their original wedding invitations!  I copied it onto white vellum and cut it into strips to incorporate in the book and frame.

Vellum Invite StripsBeing my first altered book, and kind of using my Mom & Dad’s 55th Anniversary as my inspiration/experiment, I have to say that this came out much better than what I was expecting!  They just loved it and I loved being able to hand deliver it to them 700 miles away!!

Frame inside a FrameThanks for everything, Mom & Dad!!  I Love You Bunches!!

Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to visit!  I really do appreciate the hustle and bustle of the season and even finding the slightest piece of quiet can be hard–Let alone browsing on blogs that have nothing to do with (holiday) shopping!!  THANK YOU!!

So, until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!  XOXO-Shari

Supplies I Used (based entirely on my memory as I did not make my list of goodies used before I gave to my parents…):