Departing Terminal 3 – A Vintage Journey

Good Day & Welcome to Terminal 3 of our Destination Inspiration travels at A Vintage Journey.  I’m your tour hostess this week and have the full itinerary of our journey available for your perusal at our HQ-A Vintage Journey blog.

Here’s a little sneaky peek of my project using this month’s travel case essentials–


This will also be my last posting as a Creative Guide for A Vintage Journey.  My trip is being cut short with the AVJ team, but not because I don’t want to be on the ride!  I just need to take a slight detour presently, which one day, may lead me back to the open arms of the wonderful AVJ team!!

I can’t Thank Brenda & Chris enough for inviting me on the team!!  I’ve enjoyed my time as a Creative Guide and consider myself very fortunate to have been on the AVJ Team with so many Fabulously Talented women!! Just A-MAZE-ING!!

So, do come over to A Vintage Journey–I hope to see you there!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!


Last But Not Least

Hi There!! Happy Thursday!!  Well, it’s time for THE LAST, but certainly not the least, challenge technique at the Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge Blog


Challenge #34, Tim’s Layering Stencil Monoprint technique.  This last technique is found on page 48 of Tim’s Compendium of Curiosities 3, and you’ve needed to work from your own copy to participate in this challenge series.  It’s definitely a must-have book for your creative library!  And even though the challenge is headed into its final sunset, the inspiration found in Tim’s book is eternal!!

And speaking of eternal–Thank You to Linda at Studio L3 for hosting and coordinating this challenge for the past 68 weeks and Thank You to the Extremely Talented Ladies of the Curiosity Crew who continuously inspired challenge after challenge, topping each and every one of their CC3 creations with the next!!

  Throughout this challenge, there have been Outrageous Prize-a-Paloozas to win!!  Firstly–There have been two very Awesome sponsorsInspiration Emporium and The Funkie Junkie Boutique.  For this last CC3 challenge, The Funkie Junkie Boutique is sponsoring a $25 gift certificate to one lucky, randomly drawn, participant-YAY!

Secondly–Is the chance of being chosen the Curiosity Crew’s Honorable Mention!  That’s no little feat! Have you seen the stuff that people make for this challenge?  (besides my own stuff that is!)  😉 🙂

Thirdly–And Definitely Not Lastly–Is the Tim & Mario prize package awarded to the Curiosity Crew’s Choice!  Now, that’s something to write home about!!

It’s been fun and creatively rewarding to craft through the pages of Tim’s latest tome, and I wanted to do something lasting to close the book with, so to speak — 😉 🙂


I altered a Tazo Tea tin to hold crafting goodies or little keepsakes or whatever I can fit in there!!  Let me take you through some of the steps, that I can share, in repurposing this tin for this last CC3 challenge.

Here’s  my Tazo Tea tin in all of its labeled glory!  I stripped the label off with a combination of soaking in soapy water, then rubbing with something called ‘Goof Off’ to remove the rest of the label adhesive.  I washed and dried the tin, lightly sanded the surface, then applied a dry brushing of white gesso over the surface.


I ‘measured’ a couple of pieces of mixed-media paper to wrap around the tin, and stitched together with my sewing machine.


And like magic–There’s my Layering Stencil Monoprint background!  I created this little scene using the Rays, Burlap and Measured Layering Stencils and all kinds of Distress Inks.


I’m using my favorite flower image in Tim’s Flower Garden stamp set to adorn my tin with.  I heat embossed the cone flower image onto the panels with Jet Black Archival ink and black embossing powder.  I colored the centers of the flowers with Walnut Stain DI and my water brush.


Behind the scenes, I stamped the cone flowers and stems onto pieces of mixed-media paper and water colored with Distress Markers and my water brush.  I could have sworn I snapped a separate picture of the stems, too–but they’re there out of shot somewhere!!  When I fussy cut these flowers out, I sprayed them with Sunflower Sparkle Perfect Pearls Mist to give them a little shimmer.


I wrapped the tin with my stitched panels and adhered with a combo of double-backed tape and matte Decou-Page.  I started adding the fussy cut cone flower heads  and stems in place and adhered with matte Decou-Page.


I made a separate panel for the top of the tin, and worked on this panel on the side as I was working on the other panels for the body of the tin.


I treated all of the sides of the tin the same with Botanical Rem-Rubs, Small Talk or Big Chat stickers and some ink spritzing and paint splattering.


I outlined the image of the flower and the small talk sticker with Black Soot DI and my water brush.  I heat set then outlined again with my white gel pen.


I used my air art tool with my Black Soot DM and spritzed ink all over the surfaces and heat set.


I also splattered Scattered Straw DP over the surfaces with a round water color brush and heat set that, too.


I trimmed a piece of Menagerie paper stash to attach to the bottom of the tin–this is mainly to camouflage all of the printing that’s on the bottom on the tin.


And that’s all folks!!  I’ve now got a nicely decorated tin that I can use for a myriad of purposes!!

I’m taking this over to Studio L3 for the last time, for this last CC3 challenge, which ends tomorrow, Friday August 14th at 11:55pm MDT.  If you’ve got Tim’s book, you’ve still got time to create and enter!  It’s never too late and you’ve gotta be in it to win it!! 🙂

Thanks so much for joining me today!  I’ll be back this weekend with a little something, something that I’ve been working on for Artistic Outpost, so I hope you’ll come back and visit again!!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Tazo Tea Tin; Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore)
  • Stamps:  Flower Garden (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous)
  • Distress Inks, Markers & Paint (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Ink & Perfect Pearls Mist (Ranger); Embossing Powder (WOW); White Gel Pen (Sakura)
  • Remnant Rubs, Tissue Tape, Small Talk & Big Chat Stickers (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Craft Sheet (Ranger); Heat Tool; Embossing Gun; Finger Knife (Fiskars); Round WC Paint Brush; Detail Water Brush

My Big-S Altered Surface

Hi There! Happy Friday!!   I have to say Thank You & Welcome to my new followers!!  I’m so happy that you’ve joined me and I hope you enjoy your visits!!  Today, I’m ending the week and the month with my entry into the second to last challenge for Compendium of Curiosities  3 – Challenge #33 and it’s Tim’s Altered Surfaces technique found on page 45 in Volume 3 of Tim’s Compendium of Curiosities.


This next-to-the-last challenge is sponsored by Inspiration Emporium with a $50 gift certificate awarded to one luckily drawn random participant.  YAY!  There’s also the chance for one entrant to be the Curiosity Crew’s Honorable Mention-Double YAY!  And then there’s the very cool Curiosity Crew’s Choice winner who’ll be awarded a prize package donated by Tim & Mario themselves!!  Triple YAY!!

Now, let me show you My Big-S Altered Surface–


See–It’s a ‘Big S’!!  Well, it’s about 4″ x 6″ and the canvas it’s on is 5″ x 7″, so not all that big!! 😉 🙂

As this is a technique based challenge, I can’t show you how to achieve the Altered Surfaces effect itself, but I can show you some of the things I did to get ready to use the technique.

I started with a wood ‘S’ that I sealed and painted and sealed and painted and sealed and painted some more with Dylusions Black Marble Acrylic Paint and DecoArt Media Ultra-Matte Varnish, with lots of thorough air drying between layers.  Although my surface is non-porous, per se, the wood grain is still there.  This will effect the Altered Surfaces technique in the long run, but, overall, I’m OK with the success:failure ratio on this project 🙂

Between the layers of painting and sealing my ‘Big-S’, I worked on the canvas panel that my ‘Big-S’ will be mounted on.  I actually attempted a gelli print onto this canvas panel–none of the stenciled designs came through, but I sure do like how the color transferred.  I’m using PaperArtsy Fresco Chalk Acrylics in Caribbean Sea & Tangerine Twist and DecoArt Media Translucent White Acrylic for the gelli print.  I sprayed DAM Turquoise & White Shimmer Mists over the top edge, spritzed a bit with water, and let run down the panel.

I built up layers of stenciling, paint lines & paint cap circles, then stamped the text circle from the Artiste Make Art set from RedLead somewhat strategically around the ‘S’.  I wanted the words to show through just right around my ‘Big S’.  Oh, that’s Andy Skinner’s Sunburst stencil used with Tangerine Twist.


I painted a really rough outline around the traced ‘S’.  I wanted most of the shadow in place when I mounted my ‘Big S’ onto the canvas board.


I used Mermaid Lagoon, Twisted Citron & Mustard Seed Distress Paints for my Altered Surface colors, to try to match the paint colors I used on the canvas.  If the surface of my ‘Big S’ was smooth, there would be more black spaces exposed, but as I mentioned, the wood grain was going to effect how this technique looks on my project, but I like it!  There’s a little extra roughness and grunginess to it, I think 😉

So, I’m off to get my ‘Big S’ into Studio L3’s CC3 #33 Challenge, before it closes tonight at 11:55pm MST.  I’ll be back throughout this weekend with beginning of the month postings and my end of the week project for Artistic Outpost–Lots of stuff happening here!  Ya’ll come back now, ya’ hear!? 😉 🙂

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Unfinished Wood Letter S; 5″ x 7″ Canvas Board
  • Distress Paints & Ink (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Fresco Chalk Acrylics (PaperArtsy); Shimmer Misters, Ultra Matte Varnish & Fluid Acrylic (DecoArt Media);
  • Sunburst Stencil (Andy Skinner/Tando Creative); Stamps: Artiste Make Art (RedLead Paperworks); Gift Card; Paint Cap; Craft Sheet (Ranger); Matte Decou-Page (DecoArt); Diamond Glaze (Judikins)
  • Paint Brushes; Brayer; Gelli Plate (Gelli Arts); Heat Tool

Frosted Sunflower Trinket Box

Hi There!! Happy Tuesday!!  I’m here today with my entry for the latest Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge-#32 Frosted Film.


There’s still time to enter this challenge–it closes this Friday, July 17th at 11:59pm MDT and there are wonderful prizes to be won!!  CC3 #32 is sponsored by The Funkie Junkie Boutique with a $25 gift certificate awarded to one randomly drawn participant, then you have the chance to be awarded the Curiosity Crew’s Choice and receive a Tim & Mario prize package and there’s the coveted Curiosity Crew’s Honorable Mention blog badge!  You’ve gotta be in it to win it!!


I decorated a little round wooden trinket box and adorned the top with a Frosted Film Sunflower that I made using the Tattered Poinsettia Bigz Die.


Here’s how the box started out–I’m using the smaller of the two for today’s project.  I won these boxes from A Vintage Journey late last year!!  These were a part of a special Christmas Give-Away they were hosting at the end of December and I was the lucky random winner!!  WOO HOO!!  Thanks, AVJ!!


Now, I hope I can explain what’s going on here, without exposing too much about the technique.  The Frosted Film technique is also, kind of, product based and I did not have enough of one of the products to do exactly what Tim does in his book.  So, I took pieces of Wendy Vecchi’s White Out and colored them with Adirondack AIs in Sunshine Yellow & Honeycomb to achieve my color.  This is all I can say about that 😉


I first lined the inside of the box & lid with a piece of Menagerie Paper Stash and adhered into place with matte Decou-Page.  I heat set then painted the outside of the box with Mustard Seed DP and heat set.  The stenciling was done in small sections, as the stencil did not wrap all the way around the box, and believe me–I let all of those sections air dry completely!  I used WV’s Add a stencil with DA Black Modeling Paste.


When all of the stenciling was done, I used the Dotted Flourish image from Wendy Vecchi and stamped it onto the lid with Jet Black Archival.  I heat set the ink then applied a coat of DA Crackle Glaze and let air dry.  When that layer was dry, I brushed on some DA Titanium White Antiquing Cream and let air dry, which was pretty quick.  I then wiped down with a damp cotton cloth to expose those cracks! COOL!  Oh, and you can see how some of the antiquing cream seeped under the crackle–I like that, too!!


I’m using 4 whole layers of the Tattered Poinsettia die cuts and several individually cut petals that I used as filler here and there when I was hot gluing the flower onto the top of the lid.  I created the center out of a roughly cut piece of manila stock that I painted with Black Soot DP.  Then I applied a great big glob of Diamond Glaze and covered it with black seed beads.  I totally let that air dry!!


Oh Boy, I love this close up!!  You can see the shimmer of the Frosted Film and Oh Those Beads!!  They look really cool!!  A couple of details–I treated the edges of all of the sunflower petals with an inking of Orange Blossom Archival then a layer of Black Soot DP with a detail paint brush.  I also outlined the center with Orange Blossom Archival using my water brush.


Oh, here’s another cool picture!  You can see the paint on the edges of the petals and look at all of that wonderful crackly goodness!!


This was a fun challenge to create for–I’ve secretly been waiting for this Frosted Film challenge to roll around so that I could make something Sunflower related!  LOL 🙂 🙂

Thanks so much for joining me today!!  If you’ve got some Frosted Film and Tim’s CC3, come on over to Studio L3 and join in!  There will be only 2 challenges left after CC3 #32 closes, so it’s not too late!!  Hope to see you there!!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • 3″ Round Wooden Box; Frosted Film (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Art Parts White Out (Wendy Vecchi); Menagerie Paper Stash (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Add a Stencil (Wendy Vecchi); Tattered Poinsettia Bigz Die (Tim Holtz/Sizzix); Big Shot Machine (Sizzix)
  • Adirondack Alcohol Inks & Distress Paint (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Crackle Glaze, Antiquing Cream & Modeling Paste (DecoArt Media); Archival Inks (Ranger)
  • Matte Decou-Page (DecoArt); Diamond Glaze (Judikins); Paint Brushes; Palette Knife; Heat Tool; Hot Glue Gun

Happy 4th of July

Hi There!! Happy Sunday & Happy 4th of July–6 days early!!  I know I’m early, but-as my weekly postings for Artistic Outpost fall on Sunday’s, I didn’t want to miss out on the occasion to create something a little patriotic to celebrate the holiday, which is next Saturday!!  Happy Birthday America!!


I’m not only here with my weekly Artistic Outpost project–I’m also going to send this tag into the latest Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge #31-Layering Stencil/Paint Resist.


CC3 #31 is being sponsored by Inspiration Emporium with a $50 shopping spree that will be awarded to a randomly drawn participant!! COOL!!  Then there’s the awesome Tim & Mario prize package that is awarded to the Curiosity Crew’s Choice!! TOTALLY COOL!!  And don’t forget there’s always a Curiosity Crew’s Honorable Mention badge to be won–EVEN COOLER!!  I call it the CC3 Trifecta–And you’ve got 3 more challenges left to go for it!!


Working from my own copy of Tim’s CC3, I turned to page 47 and went for it!  I can’t share the technique, but I can tell you what I used.  Here is the front side of my #8 manila tag-I used Broken China DSS & Barn Door DS with Picket Fence DP and my Stars Layering Stencil.


This is the backside of my tag, which I kind of experimented on.  I’ve done this LS:PR technique before, but not with one of the Metallic DPs.  Here, I’m using the same colors of stains, but with Brushed Pewter DP.  I like it!!

I just love my water spots!!  I rubbed my tags with Broken China & Barn Door DIs, spritzed & flicked with some water and heat set.  This tag is ready for its patriotic ornamentations!!


I’m using several images from my Hero stamp set.  I started with I stamping the flag image onto tissue paper with Jet Black Archival.  I fussy cut the flag and border part and adhered to the tag with Matte Decou-Page.  I stamped the flag image again onto mixed-media paper and heat embossed with glossy black embossing powder.  I fussy cut the embossed frame and adhered to the tag.


This handsome little soldier was stamped onto mixed-media paper with Jet Black Archival.  I colored him with my Distress Markers and detail water brush, heat set then rubbed with a little bit of Tea Dye DI and my ink blending tool.  I fussy cut him and mounted onto the tag with foam squares.  I outlined him with Walnut Stain DI and my detail water brush, heat set, then outlined again with my white gel pen.


The silver 4 is part of the flag image that I treated separately.  I stamped that section of the image three times onto mixed-media paper and fussy cut.  I glued all of the 4s together then rubbed into my Watering Can Archival ink pad to fully cover with ink.  I quickly dipped into a tub of silver embossing powder and heat set.  I attached the embossed 4 into place then outlined with Walnut Stain DI and my detail water brush, then I outlined again with my white gel pen.


This is a piece of Beautiful Borders die cut that I heat embossed, too.  It’s a piece of manila stock that I rubbed into my Vermilion Archival ink pad to fully saturate with color, on both sides.  Then I immediately covered in Red Geranium EP and heat set.  I repeated this 2 more times.  I attempted to carefully machine stitch this onto the bottom of the tag, but it went a bit askew on me and almost ripped in the machine–I’m lucky there were only a few chips and one slight rip-WHEW!!


Here is what the backside of the finished tag looks like.  You can see the additional border stitching I did–it’s really for this back side, to give it a little oomph.  I distressed the edges of the tag with my paper distresser & inked with Black Soot DI and my ink blending tool.


I stamped the sentiment onto tissue paper with Jet Black Archival, fussy cut, adhered onto the tag with Matte Decou-Page and heat set.  Then I finished the tag with a couple of mirrored stars, a messy seam binding ribbon that I colored with my Broken China & Barn Door DMS, and a typed token attached with a wire pin.

Thanks so much for joining me today!  I’ll be back this week with a 1st of the month posting for Our Creative Corner, then of course I’ll see you next weekend when I’m posting for Artistic Outpost!  Fun stuff ahead!! 🙂 🙂

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps: Hero (Artistic Outpost)
  • Surfaces:  #8 Manila Tag (Inkssentials/Ranger); Tissue Paper; Manila Stock; Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore)
  • Distress Stain & Spray Stain, Inks, Paints & Markers (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Ink (Ranger); Wendy Vecchi EP (Ranger); Silver EP (SU); Black EP (WOW); White Gel Pen (Sakura)
  • Beautiful Borders Die (ODBD); Big Shot Machine (Sizzix)
  • Seam Binding (The Funkie Junkie Boutique); Mirrored Stars, Wire Pin, Jump Rings & Typed Token (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Craft Sheet (Ranger); Heat Tool; Embossing Heat Gun; Matte Decou-Page (DecoArt); Paint Brushes; Finger Knife (Fiskars); Sewing Machine (Kenmore)

Cracked Bluebird Vase of Happiness

HELLO HELLO HELLO!!  I’m here real quick today with my project for the latest Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge–Faux Cracked Glass!  It’s challenge #30 and we’re working from page 54 of Tim’s CC #3.  This challenge series is winding down, and there are only a few more pages of Tim’s techniques to go.  It’s not too late to get your own copy of Tim’s CC3 and join in, plus, it’s a fantastic resource to have at your fingertips, year-round.


The Funkie Junkie Boutique is the sponsor for this challenge with a $25 gift certificate awarded to a random CC3 #30 participant–YAY!! Shopping with The Funkie Junkie is AWESOME and winning the gift certificate is even AWESOMER!!  Then we’ve got the chance to win the Curiosity Crew’s Choice prize package donated to each & every challenge by Tim & Mario!!  There’s also a blog badge to be worn proudly for being the Curiosity Crew’s Honorable Mention!


After ogling all of the very cool Faux Cracked Glass projects the Curiosity Crew created to inspire us, I took this cute, but plain, bird bud base to task for this challenge!  I can’t show you anything about the technique–


—but, this is how this little vase turned out after treating it with the Faux Cracked Glass technique.  So much more personality now!! I LOVE IT!!


Something I did do that’s not a part of the technique, so, I feel OK with sharing this with you–I tinted the vase with one of my blue colors of Adirondack Alcohol Ink, before applying the technique.  I wanted there to be a light base color on the glass, to help play up the technique a bit more.


But the rest of the colors that you see, especially the darker tones highlighting those cracks, are part of the finishing touches of the technique that make all of those little cracks really stand out.  Something else I did, that’s not a part of the technique, is seal this.  Since it is a vase, and Distress products react with water, I gave this a spray of clear coat.  I’ll still be careful with this around water and fill it using a funnel now, instead of holding it under the faucet 😉

See, told you I was going to be quick today!  AND–I’m getting this into CC3 #30 early (for me!)!!  The inspiration was just too great to deny the muse!  CC3 #30 closes on Friday, June 19th @ 11:55pm MDT.  That’s NEXT FRIDAY!!  Still plenty of time to come over and play!!  Hope to see you there 🙂

Thanks for spending a bit of your Thursday with me!!  I’ve got my weekly Artistic Outpost project in the works for Sunday, so I hope you come back to see what I’ve been doing–It’s going to be another quick one, too!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



Salvaged Collections

Hi There & Happy Friday!!  I need to start by saying HELLO & WELCOME to my new followers!!  Thank you so much for choosing to follow me–I know you have thousands of choices of blogs to follow and I’m most certainly glad that you choose little ole’ me as one of your favorites!!  I do hope you’ll enjoy the crafty entertainment I provide here at Ain’t That Artsy Fartsy!!  🙂

I’m here today with my creation for Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge #29-Eroded Metallic


Challenge #29 is technique based and is found on page 44 of Tim’s third tome of his Compendium of Curiosities series.  That means I can’t show you what I did to create the Eroded Metallic effect and you’ve got to have your own copy of CC3 to enter this latest challenge that closes on Tonight @ 11:55pm MDT.  Inspiration Emporium is the sponsor for this challenge with a $50 gift certificate to one randomly drawn entrant! Sooo Cool!!  Then, of course, there’s the Curiosity Crew’s Choice Prize Packaged donated by Tim & Mario!!  Even Cooler!!  😉

Today’s post is a bit word & photo heavy, but this is where the creative muse took me and I can’t deny the muse when she decides to grace me with inspiration!!  🙂


I created two little eroded metallic matchboxes, filled with little treasures, that these two sweethearts exchanged with each other.  I didn’t take many, if any, step out photos while putting these matchboxes together–sorry.  But, let me show you what I did take shots of.


Here are my two panels of Eroded Metallic.  I created these on manila stock and have them cut to size for the Matchbox M&S die.  Now, I hope I can say this, without exposing too much about the technique–

–My paper towel has a design on it, of sorts, with little dimples all over the place, and that ended up transferring onto the surface of my eroded metallic panels.  I highly recommend using smooth paper towels for this technique, but at the same time, the extra texture on these panels is pretty neat, too.


Not to spoil any surprises of what’s to be found inside one of the matchboxes, but I made a whole bunch of these little, itty bitty shrink plastic hearts.  I colored the shrink plastic with Terra Cotta & Cranberry Adirondack AIs, punched out many little hearts, and carefully shrunk them with my embossing heat gun.


OK–here’s what I did–I filled a little corked vial with them!! But more on those later–Let’s meet Ralph!!  🙂


This is Ralph’s box he gave to his sweetheart, Dorothy–Dottie is what everyone calls her!  You see, Ralph is headed West for a super big job interview that could change their lives forever!  He’s headed on a road trip and made this little matchbox of special mementos to give to his betrothed.


The key is simply the key to his heart, and Dottie’s got it completely!!  The button–Well, that is the button that Dottie was looking for on the day when they met for the very first time!


Ralph was approaching his bus stop, when we saw this lovely blonde woman hunched over, looking at the ground and kind of wandering aimlessly.  No sooner had he saw her, she rammed right into him and head-butted him square in his gut!!  Down he went, right on top of Dottie’s missing button.  He pocketed it that day, introduced himself to the laughing woman who just knocked him down, and proceeded to help her look for her missing coat button, until their bus arrived.  They’ve been together ever since!!


Ralph also wanted his beloved Dottie to be reminded of how he feels about her, because they’ll be separated for a little bit, and he won’t be able to talk to her for a while (this is pre-cell phone times).  This little message was created using a small talk sticker that was cut into its little word band pieces.


So, Ralph may have had a little help with the assembly of his salvaged keepsakes!  His matchbox contains another shrink plastic heart and one of those Tiny Tattered Florals roses!  My goodness, they are small!!  They key to Ralph’s heart is a locket key, that I crackled up with DA Crackle Glaze.  Dottie’s button is a fanciful button that I dyed with Cranberry Adirondack AI.  I pulled a piece of stained seam binding through the button hole, attached a wire pin and attached the small talk sticker.


Ralph is one of the photo booth images that I lightly tinted with a couple of distress markers.  I added some remnant rubs and adhered an observation word band to the matchbox with matte multi-medium.  I gave the little box a splattering of Antique Linen & Walnut Stain DPs with a round paint brush.

Now, let’s see what Dottie made for Ralph-


Dottie wanted Ralph to be reminded of all of the love she has for him and send him off with as much luck as she could possibly give him.


She’s given Ralph their lucky bingo piece and a little bottle full of love!!

Dottie & Ralph have a standing Friday night date-They go out to play bingo and afterwards, get either ice cream cones or root beer floats.  One particular date night, found them the lucky winners of the nightly bingo bonanza play, and they won big!! Big enough for Ralph to be able to take this cross country road trip!!  So, Dottie is giving Ralph their lucky bingo game piece, to bring Ralph continued good luck & fortune while he’s driving West. She’s also sending him off with this little bottle filled with hearts, to remind him that she’s filled with love for him!


Dottie summed up her feelings for Ralph in the darling small talk message she left for him at the bottom of the matchbox.


Dottie is also a photo booth image that I tinted with a couple of distress markers.  I added a couple of rem-rubs & adhered an observation word band to her trinket box, too!  I finished off with the same splattering of Walnut Stain & Antique Linen DPs that I did on Ralph’s matchbox.  OH–something that I didn’t mention–the little brad heads on each box.  I attempted the eroded metallic technique on them, but the surface is so small, they ended up as altered surfaces instead!


OH–here are the bottoms of the matchboxes!


And here they are, Ralph & Dottie captured forever in their early years, commemorated by the little souvenirs that each matchbox holds inside–Such fun!!

Creating the stories for these two images was just as fun as the physical creating of the matchboxes themselves!  Creative writing was one of my strong subjects in school, and I was inspired by one of my bloggy friends and OCC DTmate, Laura, when she mentioned how looking at old photographs made her wonder who/when/why/where/what?!  The ideas just took off from there!!  So cool when that happens!!

Well, time to get back to the crafty table so I can have something for you this weekend, when I’m back wearing my Artistic Outpost Design Team bonnet on Sunday!!

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



  • Matchbook Bigz Die (Tim Holtz/Sizzix); Big Shot Machine (Sizzix)
  • Distress Paints, Markers & Ink (Tim Holtz/Ranger)
  • Menagerie Paper Stash, Corked Vial, Photo Booth, Remnant Rubs, &  Observation Word Bands (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Brads; Micro Beads
  • Manila Stock; Paper Towels
  • Matchbox Movers & Shakers Die and Tiny Tattered Florals Die (Tim Holtz/Sizzix); Big Shot Machine (Sizzix); Round Paint Brush; Heat Tool; Matt Multi-Medium (Ranger); Detail Paint Brush