Little Merry Christmas Trees

HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY FRIDAY & MERRY CHRISTMAS one more time!!  I’m here on this Eve of Christmas Eve real quickly today to share a couple more little pieces of Christmas ‘art’ that I made for the holiday–Well, they’re actually a couple more ornaments 😉 🙂


These ornaments were so fun and easy to make, I wish I had made more (to keep for myself!) LOL!  Alas, these ornaments were sent out as little gifts, and knowing they have arrived at their destinations, I can now talk about them and share how I put these together 🙂 🙂


For this first little ornament, I painted the base and hanger of the decorative dome with Picket Fence DP and let air dry then I sprayed this mini Christmas tree with Picket Fence DSS and set that aside to drip dry.


This second mini Christmas tree was sprayed with Mowed Lawn DSS and I painted the base with Gathered Twigs DP.


When the trees were dry, I rubbed the tips of the bristles with diamond glaze then dipped and rolled each in Clear Rock Candy DG.  While the glitter was drying,  I made the two shrink plastic Merry Christmas tags–I stamped Merry Christmas onto pieces of shrink plastic with Jet Black Archival, punched holes into the plastic, then shrunk down using my embossing heat tool.


I applied a layer of white embossing paste onto the bases of the decorative domes, sprinkled with Clear Rock Candy DG then set each tree into the center of the wet embossing paste.  Then I dipped the rims of the glass domes into a little puddle of gloss Decou-Page and pressed into the wet embossing paste.


When the domes were dried and secured, I placed each on a hanger with a few beads and the shrink plastic tags, and that’s all there was to them!  Are these cute or what?!  I just love them and I really did want to keep them!!  LOL!! 🙂 🙂

I don’t think I’ll have another posting until next Thursday, so I’ll sign off for now with BIG WISHES of a Very Merry Christmas to you all!!

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



  • Decorative Domes & Mini Christmas Trees (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Distress Spray Stains, Paint & Distress Glitter (Tim Holtz/Ranger); White Embossing Paste (Wendy Vecchi)
  • Shrink Plastic (Inkssentials/Ranger); Archival Ink (Ranger); Merry Christmas Stamp (Hero Arts)
  • Diamond Glaze; Gloss Decou-Page (DecoArt)
  • Beads; Jump Rings; Metal Ornament Hangers

Mini-Canvas Ornaments

HI THERE & HAPPY TUESDAY-Thanks for dropping in today!!  I’ve been a little busy at the craft table lately and I’ve gotten most of my Christmas creations finished for the season, but I’m doing something different this year–I didn’t make Christmas cards, I made little pieces of Christmas art instead!


This is the first set of goodies I made–a trio of mini-canvas ornaments, that overall, were pretty quick and easy to make because they are so small (and cute if I don’t say so myself)!  Let me tell you a little bit about them–


These mini canvases measure 2″x 2″ and I started with texturing the background of each canvas with Tim’s Bubble LS and white embossing paste.  While the embossing paste was still wet, I sprinkled Clear Rock Candy Distress Glitter over the surface and let air dry–Love those sparkles!  When the EP was dry, I rubbed the top of each canvas with blue tones of Distress Stains-Broken China, Faded Jeans & Salty Ocean, then spritzed the canvases with water and let that color do its thing.


The snowflake that adorns each canvas is Tim’s Layered Snowflake die cut out of shrink plastic.  Before shrinking each snowflake, I colored with alcohol inks and touches of silver paint pen.  Before adhering the snowflakes, I drilled a little hole in the top and bottom of the canvases to insert the seam binding hangar and beaded doo-dad.


To hide the backsides of the canvases with their internal workings of the seam binding and beaded accent, I stenciled and stained a piece of mixed-media paper in the same manner as the front sides, except I stenciled with Picket Fence DP.  I cut the pieces of stenciled & stained mixed media paper to size, ran through my sewing machine, roughed up the edges with my paper distresser, then rubbed the edges with Hickory Smoke DI.


I printed the ‘Merry Christmas’ word bands from my computer and finished each canvas with a little Mirrored Heart to add an extra little touch of sparkle.  See–Easy Peasy!!

I’ve got a few more Christmas art pieces on the craft table that I need to hurry and finish, and as long as I take pictures of them before packing up, I’ll be back to share-You know how that can go!  So, hopefully I’ll be back soon, but if I go missing, I could be waiting in line at the post office!! LOL 😉 🙂

Thanks again for stopping by today for a visit!!  Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • 2″ x 2″ Mini Canvas; Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore); Shrink Plastic (Inkssentials/Ranger)
  • Distress Stain, Glitter, Paint & Ink (Tim Holtz/Ranger); White Embossing Paste (Wendy Vecchi); Silver Paint Pen
  • Bubbles Layering Stencil (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous)
  • Seam Binding; Glass Beads; Mirror Hearts (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Sewing Machine (Kenmore); Paper Distresser (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios); Palette Knife; Scissors

I Am Super!

HELLO & HAPPY WEDNESDAY!!  Funny thing happened to me today–I’m one of Tim Holtz’s Valentine’s Blogworthy Links!!!  OMG!!  Are you kidding me??!!  🙂 🙂

Another funny thing–I was already drafting this post with the title of ‘I Am Super!’ before I knew how SUPER I was actually going to be today!!  🙂 🙂

I just have to say THANK YOU to Tim Holtz & Mario Rossi!!  I’m really just super honored & humbled to be noticed and amongst all of these Fabulous Artists!!  CONGRATS EVERYONE!!  🙂 🙂

OK–So, back down to Earth now!!  I’ve been doing a little playing around and managed to have a go with the latest challenge at Compendium of Curiosities 3–


It’s Challenge #21-Rock Candy Distress Glitter–it’s a fun one, even if you don’t like glitter!!  OH–and CC3 #21 is being sponsored by Inspiration Emporium with a $50 gift certificate to their online store, plus, you’ve also got a chance to win a Tim & Mario prize package!!  And, it just so happens that Stampotique Designers Challenge just started SDC #182-Love & Hearts, so I’m taking this tag over there, too!


This goth beauty is called Sweetmoves and I thought she’d look fabulous on a polka-dotty, glittery background–Who can’t use a little glitter now and then?


I started by coloring a #8 manila tag with Salty Ocean & Picked Raspberry DSs, using Tim’s wrinkle free technique.


Then, using Tim’s Rock Candy Distress Glitter technique-that I can’t show you, I stamped and glittered the background.


So, I forgot to do my stenciling before I did the glitter technique, so I added a bit of Gothic LS here and there, over the glitter with Black Soot DI, and it didn’t come out too badly!  I spelled out my quote using Label Letters that I mounted onto card stock and then cut out.  I inked the edges with Black Soot DI and mounted onto my tag with matte gel.


I tried to get some shots of the glittery background–you can kind of see it glinting back there!  After the words were dried in place, I outlined them with a white gel pen.


Sweetmoves was stamped onto mixed media stock with Jet Black StazOn.  I colored her with my water brush and DMs in Tattered Rose, Dusty Concord, Black Soot & Pink Raspberry.  I rubbed a little bit of Tea Dye DI over the surface, then fussy cut with my finger knife, then added a bit of Diamond Glaze to her shoes & to the heart on her shirt.  When dry, I mounted her onto the tag with mini foam dots and I tucked a bit of my funky yarn into her left side to give a little movement to her sweetmoves!


This is a little brass heart from my stash that I colored with Wild Plum Adirondack Alcohol ink and attached to her wrist with a jump ring.


OH–I almost forgot!  Here’s the back of the tag.  I used the back to sop up the stain that I used on the front, distressed with Tea Dye & Vintage Photo DIs, then spritzed & flicked water over the surface.  I added a little bit of Gothic LS here and there with Vintage Photo DI.


Sweetmoves is sashaying over to CC3 #21, which closes this coming Friday the 13th (11:55pm mst)–there’s still time if you’ve got Tim’s Compendium of Curiosities 3!!  She’s also grooving to SDC#182 at the Stampotique Designers Challenge.  It’s a weekly theme, but, the challenge itself is open all month and closes on March 3 (12pm est).

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



  • #8 Manila Tag (Inkssentials/Ranger); Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore)
  • Stamps:  Sweetmoves (Stampotique); Psychedelic Grunge (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous)
  • Distress Stains, Inks, Markers, Glitter (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Sticky Embossing Powder (Ranger); StazOn (Tsukineko); White Gel Pen; Diamond Glaze (Judikins)
  • Label Letters (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Brass Heart; Jump Ring; Funky Yarn; Seam Binding (The Funkie Junkie Boutique)
  • Matte Gel (Liquitex); Foam Dots; Double-Back Tape (3M); Finger Knife (Fiskars); Craft Sheet (Ranger); Heat Tool; Embossing Heat Gun

It’s Begun!

Yes!!  I have done it!!  I’ve finally got myself crafting for Christmas-early (for me)!!  THANK YOU to all of my bloggy friends who have been inspiring me with their own Christmas creations and tales of not being ready to be in the holiday spirit, either!! 😉

I usually hold out until December 1st to start any kind of Christmas anything, but there are several challenges out there that expire on November 30th-if not sooner! and one of those challenges is holiday related.  That helps get the old motivation kick-started, too!!


This, my first of the season Christmas card, is headed into 3 challenges!  HO HO HO-Let’s Go!!


I’ve got the Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge #15-Cabinet Card…check!  I’ve got the Artistic Outpost-Show us your AO art….check!  And over at Inspiration Journal it’s Happy Holidays…check!  There is the chance to win some fabulous goodies and gift certificates at each challenge, so get your holiday crafting mojo in gear (if I can do it, you can do it) and join me!!  🙂


I started with a TH/Idea-ology Cabinet Card that I covered with a layer of gesso on the front…..


….and on the back.  I don’t mind that the pre-printed graphics can be seen through the gesso.  It’s a great first layer that I hope will show through here and there when I’m finished altering this card.

(Excuse the mottled sunlight–I’m still trying to use as much natural light as I can for my picture taking and the sun doesn’t crest the tree line that borders our property to the south.  This is the sunlight I get when the sun is at its highest point in the day, filtered through a greenbelt of evergreens.  It’s pretty, but not the best for picture taking, so I’ll be working on my whole lighting thing as the days grow shorter.)


 I used Jet Black Archival ink and randomly stamped images from my AO Ephemera Background set on the front of the cab card….


…and on the back.  I know that the postal mark in the image isn’t Christmas time related, but it’s the thought that counts!!


I’m going to finger paint Barn Door & Mowed Lawn DPs over the front and back of the cab card.  Before I began, I slipped a piece of wax paper into the middle of the cab card so that the pocket did not get painted shut.


I went heavier with red on the front, with a smudge of green here and there….


…and I used the rest of the paint and smudged it all over the backside with my fingers.

I sanded the front and back surfaces with my sanding block, then I applied Vintage Photo DI with my ink blending tool over the front & back surfaces and I finished with inking the edges with Walnut Stain DI.  I constructed the rest of this cabinet card at night and the lighting was horrible, so I only have pictures of the completed card, that I snapped in the daylight.


Here is the finished back–I used my TH Harlequin & Christmastime stencils with WV Silver Embossing Paste and randomly laid down some texture on the back and front sides.


You can see the stenciling peeking through some of the layers of embellies that I laid down–There’s some TH/Idea-ology Tissue Tape, Alpha Tiles that spell out St. Nick, OH–I used a piece of Industrious Border sticker, that I painted with Picket Fence & Mowed Lawn DPs, to frame the image of old St. Nick.


This nice image of St. Nick is from the AO Snowy Woods set and I stamped him onto glossy stock with StazOn ink in Jet Black.  I colored him with Tea Dye, Barn Door & Broken China DI’s and my mini ink blending tool.  He was attached to a couple of pieces of Seasonal Paper Stash and slipped into the pocket of the Cabinet Card.


I stamped the pine cones from the AO Midwinter sey onto manila stock and colored with Vintage Photo DI.  I fussy cut them out and applied Clear Rock Candy DG to the edges with sticky embossing powder.  The pine boughs are from the TH/Sizzix Tattered Pinecone die, treated with a layer of Shabby Shutters DG.



Here’s the tag I made to insert inside the pocket.  It’s a #8 manila tag that I soaked with a Walnut Stain re-inker spray that I made (Thanks for the idea, Lynne!)   I used the Christmastime stencil with Evergreen Bough DI and my ink blending tool.  That little trio of pine cones is from the Midwinter plate and they have a nice little sparkle of Clear Rock Candy DG, too.


 I attached the Merry Christmas label, from the TH/SA Simple Sayings set, to a piece of black stock and wrapped around the cab card with jute twine.  I have to say it feels good to have this first card made for Christmas.  It should just get easier from here on out, Right?!  🙂

If you need more detailed incentive to get your challenge and Christmas creative juices flowing, you’ve got prizes to consider!!  Artistic Outpost has a $15 gift certificate to use towards any AO stamps; Inspiration Journal-owned by Inspiration Emporium-has a $50 gift certificate to their online store for their winner; Compendium of Curiosities 3 has the prize-a-palooza package from Tim & Mario AND a $50 gift certificate from Inspiration Emporium!!  WOWIE!!

Thanks for stopping by today!!  I’m so glad that you did and until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Surfaces: Cabinet Card Frame (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Glossy, Manila & Black Card Stock; Seasonal Paper Stash (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); #8 Manila Tag (Inkssentials/Ranger)
  • Stamps: Snowy Woods, Midwinter, Ephemera Backgrounds (Artistic Outpost); Simple Sayings (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous)
  • Distress Inks & Paints (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Ink (Ranger); StazOn Ink (Tsukineko); Gesso (Claudine Hellmuth/Ranger); Sticky Embossing Powder (Ranger); Distress Glitter (Tim Holtz/Ranger)
  • Alpha Tiles, Tissue Tape, Mirror Stars, Christmastime Remnant Rubs (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Jute Twine
  • Big Shot Machine (Sizzix); Tattered Pinecone Bigz Die (Tim Holtz/Sizzix)
  • Matte Gel (Liquitex); Foam Squares; Double-Back Tape (3M); Embossing Heat Gun; Heat Tool; Ink Blending Tool; Mini Ink Blending Tool; Detail Scissors (Fiskars); Craft Sheet (Ranger)

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.

From The Heart

Hello Hello Hello!!  Happy Friday!!  I can’t believe this week got so completely away from me!!

We had some good weather here and I had to take advantage and get some dirt under my nails!  If I’m not inky or painty when I’m working in the dungeon, I’m definitely getting myself dirty and more dirty, working out in the yard!!  It’s all good, regardless 🙂

But  now it’s raining and supposed to all weekend so, I’ll take advantage and do some fun indoor stuff.

I’ll end this week with a quick post–One of those cards that I made so quickly, that taking pictures went right out the window!  I hope you enjoy, anyway.  🙂


Today’s card has a little bit grunge and a little bit glitz, but made completely with Love and from my Heart.

This card is for the collective group of Hospice Staff and Volunteers that helped care for my mom–Care they gave to my Mom, from Their Hearts.


I don’t have a lot of step x step pics on this one–It came together so fast and when I’m rolling, it’s full steam ahead and I simply forget to stop and take those pictures 😉


I started by staining my manila panel with Barn Door & Pumice Stone DS’s and a spritz or two of water, then dried with my heat tool.   I inked over the surface with Walnut Stain DI, then gave the panel a spritz and flick of water to get those wonderful water spots and stains.

I’m using the Hearts layering stencil from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous and a tinted embossing ink pad that I dabbed over the stencil, here and there.  I lifted the stencil then sprinkled clear embossing powder over the surface and set with my embossing heat tool.


You can see how some of the hearts were heat embossed and others were not, but gently fade out…That’s the effect of the tinted embossing ink creating a shadow-like effect where I didn’t really press down with the ink pad.


I set my heart embossed panel aside and moved on to the words—I’m going for the chalkboard effect and used the same tinted embossing pad to stamp the sentiments and labels from the Simple Sayings set on to black card stock.  I completely covered the stamping with Antiquities Frosted Embossing Cyrstals and heat set until just matte.


I scribbled white chalk over the rough, matte finish of the embossing crystals and lightly brushed away with my fingers.  I fussy cut each label and distressed the edges.


The die cut hearts are treated with Barn Door DI and Clear Rock Candy DG.  I used dimensional magic as glue to adhere the Distress Glitter to the chipboard hearts and let air dry.  Once dry, I inked over the entire surface with Barn Door DI and my ink blending tool and inked the edges with Walnut Stain DI.


Before final assembly, I used my paper distresser on the edges of my heart embossed panel then inked with Walnut Stain DI.  I positioned the glittered hearts first and adhered with foam squares.  For the labels, I placed a couple of foam squares on one side, then used multi-medium to adhere the other half on top of the glittered hearts.  I ended up placing this in between some books for a little bit to really get those labels secured.


I used two arrows from the Industrious Stickers-Borders assortment and placed under each label and adhered the finished panel to my card base using double-back tape.  I also inked the edges of the card base with Walnut Stain DI and my ink blending tool.


I was inspired by Tim Holtz’s February tag to make this card for the Terrific group of Human’s that touched my family’s life this year–All people who I’ll never forget and who’ll forever be special in my Heart.

Thank you for joining me today–I know it was a quicker than usual trip through my creative process, but that could be a good thing on a Friday! 😉

Have a Great Weekend and until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy–XOXO-Shari


  • Color Core-dinations Stock, Manila Stock, Black Card Stock, Chipboard (cereal box)
  • Distress Stains, Inks, Glitter (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Top Boss Tinted Embossing Ink (Clear Snap); Clear Embossing Powder (WOW); Antiquities Frosted Embossing Crystals (Ranger)
  • Heart Layering Stencil (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous); Heart Die #6 (Sizzix/SU); Big Shot Machine (Sizzix)
  • Industrious Stickers (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Paper Distresser (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios); Ink Blending Tool (Ranger)
  • Matte Multi-Medium (Claudine Hellmuth/Ranger); Double-Back Tape (3M); Foam Squares; Dimensional Magic (Plaid)
  • Heat Tool; Embossing Heat Tool; Craft Sheet

Tainted Love

Hello and Happy Wednesday!!  

I’ve got another song inspired post today and of course, it’s an 80’s song!!

One of the MOST popular (remade) songs from the 80’s–Tainted Love was played Everywhere–and Still Is!! You know the song….Can you name the band that made this song a New Wave hit in 1981?



Another one of my teenage angst years favs!! (and still is!)  I loved this version of Tainted Love, but–come on…It’s a Mugs Game, Sex Dwarf, Say Hello-Wave Goodbye?  AWESOME Soft Cell Classics!  Like, Totally–For Sure!! 🙂

I’m really enjoying the challenge inspiration of  ‘With a Song in Your Heart’ at Our Creative Corner and there’s another fun challenge I can incorporate this  with at Virginia’s View Challenge blog–It’s Challenge #2-Stencils!  This is going to be FUN!

Hmmmm…let me see—chipboard hearts for the ‘love’ part of the song, what should I do about the ‘tainted’ part?


I think you know where I’m going with this….

Each chipboard heart was ‘tainted’ with Peacock Feathers, Worn Lipstick, Mustard Seed and Black Soot DI’s.

I pressed the pads directly on top of each heart to really saturate the chipboard with color.


I gave each heart a dab of dimensional magic and spread around with  my fingertip, coating the top and sides completely…


…then gave each heart a good sprinkling of Clear Rock Candy DG I gently tapped the excess DG off each heart and set aside to air dry.


I didn’t want to heat dry these because I didn’t want to blow off any of those scrumptious crystals.

When the distress glitter was dry, I stained each heart with a coordinating color of Distress Stain and Ink Spray; Squeezed Lemonade, Salty Ocean & Worn Lipstick DS’s and Black Marble Dylusions Ink Spray.


Now on to what will become my background….time to bring in the grittiness of what Tainted Love can mean (told you I was going to have fun with this) 🙂

I’ve got a heavy piece of white card stock, Fired Brick & Black Soot DI’s, White Embossing Paste and my Brick Wall stencil from My Favorite Things.

I inked the card stock with Fired Brick & Black Soot DI’s and my ink blending tools.  I’m preparing this layer with color before I stencil because, I know the distress ink will wick into the embossing paste, further ‘tainting’ this top layer of the card 😉

I love this part!

I spread an uneven layer of white embossing paste over the secured stencil with my palette knife, then carefully lifted the stencil from the card stock.


It’s just stencil magic! So Cool!  I carefully set this panel aside to air dry.


This is the dry stenciled panel.  You can see how the distress ink colors seeped into the embossing paste as it dried.  Very cool effect!

I inked over my brick wall with more Fired Brick and Black Soot DI’s and gave the edges a distressing.  Of course, I couldn’t let this brick wall go without splattering it with paint!  I used Black Soot DP and my splatter brush and really gave a few good flicks of my wrist to create some gritty paint blots.


I don’t think I’m letting a project go by without paint splatters!

Just for some fun, I did some stamping through my Hearts stencil to get some random shots of text along the wall.


That’s Fun! Now I wish I would have stamped more random text!


I’ve got an idea of how I’m going to position my tainted hearts, but, I don’t want to have a plain background behind the holes that I’ve torn….

..I’m using the By Definition background stamp with Jet Black Staz-On ink.  I stamped the text onto white tissue paper, then ripped 3 pieces and strategically glued into place behind the holes in the brick panel.


There, a little peek-a-boo of text just in case.  Now, time for this card to come together.

Each heart was placed in it’s respective burst-out hole and adhered with foam dots and double-back tape.


All of the Alpha Tiles and gear pieces were glued down with matte multi-medium and in a few places, I needed to use pieces of foam squares to support some of the raised tiles.


I treated the trinket pin with Broken China DP then poked the trinket pin right through the burst out stock and then used a mini foam dot to support the head of the pin.


Did I say how much I LOVE multi-medium.  I coated the back of this gear sprocket with matte multi-medium and pressed in place for a minute or two to make sure the medium soaked down into the crystals for a strong bond.


With the hearts bursting out of the brick wall and all of the metal doo-dads and alpha tiles glued in place, I gave this card another good flick of Black Soot DP with my ever handy splatter brush.  This truly is Tainted Love!!  Oh oh oh…

Meet me over at Our Creative Corner and Virginia’s View Challenge and check out all of the other song/lyric themed and stenciled goodness that my Artsy Fartsy friends are creating–From all over the World! It’s Fantastic!!

Until Next Time–Thank you for taking the time to visit with me today & Stay Artsy Fartsy!!  XOXO-Shari


  • Surfaces: White Card Stock (Papertry Ink); Chipboard (cereal box); Black Card Stock (SU)
  • Distress Inks, Paints, Stains & Glitter (Tim Holtz/Ranger); White Embossing Paste (Wendy Vecchi/Studio 490)
  • Stamp: By Definition (SU)
  • Alpha Tiles, Gear Sprockets, Trinket Pin (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Prima Embellishment
  • Multi-Medium (Claudine Hellmuth/Ranger); Double-Back Tape (3M); Foam Squares/Dots
  • Splatter Brush (Liquitex); Dimensional Magic (Plaid); Palette Knife
  • Heart #6 Die (Sizzix); Big Shot Die Machine (Sizzix)