Embrace Love

Hello Hello Hello to all my crafty friends, bloggers and followers!  It’s been a few weeks since I was last heard from and I just wanted to post a little HI THERE and let ya’ll know I’m still here!  Although I’m not in my crafty dungeon in North Idaho creating at the moment, I have been participating in a few online courses to keep my creative education and juices flowing.  I’ve completed both of  Tim Holtz’s Creative Chemistry 101 & 102 courses and participated in the latest Online Card Class “Stenciled”. Very fun indeed and chock full of new techniques and fabulous ideas!  If you ever feel like you’re in a creative rut–Take a class online–You never know what you’re going to learn or who you’ll end up meeting!!  Now, onto my quick little post for today….


I started this tag in my dungeon back home and ended up finishing it when I arrived at my parents house in Northern California.  Although, I had one more little rusted embellishment that I wanted to add, I lost it during my packing and had to leave this tag as is.   When I find the little rusted heart I made specifically for this tag, I’ll just use it in a future project….that’s the way it goes sometimes 🙂


I started with a #8 manila tag and stamped the hand image from the Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Oddities set in Jet Black Archival Ink.  I then masked the hand and sprayed the entire tag with Dylusions Ink Spray in Cherry Pie.


The stenciled hearts in the background are of my own making–I used the negative of a 3-heart punch from Stampin’ Up and used both Gesso and White Picket Fence DP to dab over my homemade stencil to create the textured and smooth hearts that are floating in the background.  The random Love text that I stamped in the background is the By Definition background stamp from SU.  I stamped that using Jet Black Archival Ink because I still have some water spritzing to do and I didn’t want the text to wick away.


The frilly cuff is made from a scrap piece of black ribbon and white paper doily that I colored with Black Soot DP, Seedless Preserves DP and Tea Dye DI.  I gave the doily a spritz of water and dried with my heat tool.  Once it was dry, I cut the outer ring of the doily and folded it, accordion style, and machine stitched it onto the tag.


The heart in the middle of the hand is from the same 3-heart SU punch that I used the negative of for stenciling.  I adhered the red glitter heart with matte multi-medium and set with my heat tool.  I then gave it a coat of DCP in Clear Rock Candy and let that air dry.  Once it was dry, I dabbed a bit of Barn Door DS onto my craft sheet and used a paint brush to give the crackle a bit of color–but, it may look a little gory…like the heart is bleeding coming out of the middle of the hand?  I didn’t mean to add a gore factor to this Valentine’s tag….It really isn’t a bloody valentine 🙂


I did give the entire tag a spritz of water and then while it was moist, I used my finger to smear some of the Cherry Pie ink over all of the stenciled hearts.  I set it with my heat tool and moved on to distressing the entire tag.


I distressed the edges then inked with Walnut Stain DI and my ink blending tool.  I then gave the entire tag a light layer of Tea Dye DI, also applied with my ink blending tool.


I used Tim Holtz/Idea-ology Chit Chat stickers for my sentiment, inked the edges with Walnut Stain DI and adhered with my stapler and black colored staples.  I also outlined the stickers with a Walnut Stain DM to add a little pop, which is very subtle, but still lends a touch of dimension to the flat surface.


And there it is–a little offering for Valentine’s Day.  Thanks for joining me today and for hanging out during my hiatus.  With the classes that I’ve taken and the new techniques I’ve learned, I’ll be back with a vengeance to get even more creative and Artsy Fartsy!  In the meantime, Thanks Again for all of your support and Stay Artsy Fartsy!!  XOXO-Shari

Supplies I Used:

Thinking of You

Hello, Hello, Hello!!  Happy Friday!!  I have to apologize for not getting a post out sooner–I’m working on a brand, spanking new laptop (Thanks, Mom & Dad!) and I’ve got myself a learning curve with the new Windows 8 OS–I’m used to working on my 9 year old laptop & 12 year old PC that I know like the backs of my hands….Wish me luck as I dive further into computer mayhem!!

But, I’m here and today I have a simple design made fabulous with the Tattered Florals die from Tim Holtz Alterations/Sizzix.  I hope you enjoy my offering for today.  Let’s get to it 🙂

Thinking of You Tat Floral

This is another card that practically made itself–I had all of the die cut pieces already in my hoard stash of goodies (I love that when that happens!)–I just had to figure out how I wanted to put all of it together.

Thinking of You

My card base is natural cardstock layered with a piece of decorative paper from Stampin’ Up.  Before machine sewing the striped paper, I distressed the edges and inked with Vintage Photo DI.  I then added a piece of muslin, which is stamped with Jet Black Archival Ink and the By Definition background stamp by SU.  The muslin was then machine stitched on top of the striped layer and adhered to the card base with double-backed tape.  I then inked over all of it with Tea Dye DI and my ink blending tool.  I finished it with a little spritz of water and heat dried.

Tat Floral Close Up

Just look at that flower!  Its layers are the striped decorative paper, tulle and the stamped muslin.  I added a bit of gesso to the tulle petals and then inked them with Tea Dye DI.  I used a brad to secure all of the layers together and glued a little gemstone on top of the brad to lend a little bit of pretty bling, then inked over all of the petals with Tea Dye DI.

Stems close up

The swirly stems are manila stock die cuts from the Home Décor Cricut cartridge.  I inked them with Mowed Lawn DI then added a layer of DCP in Clear Rock Candy.  Once that was dry and all crackly, I applied Peeled Paint DS right on top of the crackle to accentuate those itty bitty little cracks.  The stems and flower were adhered with Claudine Hellmuth Studio (matte) Multi-Medium and left to dry for a spell. (A little side  note–I just read that Claudine Hellmuth’s Studio Line is being discontinued with Ranger.)

Thinking of You close up

The sentiment is from the Three Little Words set from SU, stamped onto manila stock with Jet Black Archival Ink and punched out with the Word Window punch from SU.  I inked the edges with Vintage Photo DI and the surface with Tea Dye DI.  I attached to the front of the card with mini 3D dots.

Thinking of You Tat Floral

And there you have it–A card made out of spare die cut pieces that I seem to hoard on a regular basis.  OK–If I use the word hoard to describe the stuff that I keep around, does that make me a hoarder?  Hello, my name is Shari and I’m a craft hoarder 😉

Regardless, this was a super easy card to put together and I hope you are inspired to take a look around at the hoard stash inventory of extra goodies that you might keep around and put together your own simple card.  Thanks for joining me today and stay Artsy Fartsy!!  XOXO-Shari

Supplies I Used:

Making Spirits Bright

Chilly Greetings & Snowy Salutations!!  I’m back and in the holiday swing of things since reviving from my Thanksgiving induced food coma–WHEW!!  Let’s not even talk about the alleged 4,000 calories consumed in one sitting….But soooo worth it!!

 And now with those extra calories carefully stowed away for the upcoming long hours of holiday crafting  in my creativity dungeon, I thought I’d burn a few cals now and share this card that I made after being inspired by Paula Cheney.  She had me at the Harlequin background…..

Making Spirits Bright

I’m hooked on Harlequin–Classy, Vintage and Festive!

I started with the Christmas Tree first, since that was going to need some time to dry.  I used my Cricut personal trimmer with the Christmas Wishes cartridge and die-cut the tree and star out of manila stock.  I then inked the pieces with Mowed Lawn, Mustard Seed & Vintage Photo DI’s and my ink blending tool and spritzed with water.  For the tree, I applied a layer of DCP in Clear Rock Candy and set that aside to let it do its crackle-thing.  For the star, I applied a layer of Dimensional Magic and covered with yellow glitter and set that aside with the tree to dry.

I'm hooked on Harlequin backgrounds!

Even though I’m not using the new Harlequin stencil, the Harlequin texture fade gave me the almost-exact-same results!

Next, that fabulous Harlequin background–I inked my manila stock all over with Barn Door DI and my ink blending tool, spritzed with water and heat dried.  I placed my piece of stock inside the Harlequin texture Fade (Tim Holtz Alterations/Sizzix) and ran through the big Shot machine.  I then used my sanding block to distress it a bit and inked over the entire surface with Mowed Lawn & Vintage Photo DI’s to try to get that two-toned effect.

The frame is made out of watercolor paper stamped with the Holiday Print background stamp and Real Red dye ink then cut with two of the Framelits-Labels dies and my Big Shot machine.

Silver embossing

Another one of my touchy-feely cards with lots of textures!

The frame by itself was OK–but plain.  So, I stamped these mini snowflakes, from the Happy Winter set, all over with Top Boss embossing ink and then covered with silver embossing powder.  I tapped off the excess then used my heat embossing gun to set.  Just the right twinkle!

It's easy to make your own chit chat flags with a computer...

It’s easy to make your own chit chat flags with a computer…

As you can see with this card, I’m all about improvising.  It’s really OK if you don’t have the exact same ingredients as the original recipe.  Here’s another example with the faux-holiday chit chat flags I made on my computer–Choose the font and size, print on your choice of stock and trim out!

How about that star? Believe me--that glitter ain't going anywhere!

How about that star? Believe me–that glitter ain’t going anywhere!

If you have not used any kind of Dimensional Magic, Crystal Glaze or Glossy Accents to glue glitter with–It’s Fantastic!! Well worth the drying time for the permanent hold of glitter!

Can you see the stained glass effect on the tree?

Can you see the stained glass effect on the tree?

After the Clear Rock Candy DCP was dry, I added Peeled Paint DS right on top of the crackle finish to really bring out all of those little cracks.  Then I gave the edges a little inking with Walnut Stain DI and adhered the glitter star on top with a dab of multi-medium.

The tree & star turned out really cool!

The tree & star turned out really cool!

I am just as pleased with how this die-cut tree and star came out, as I am with the Harlequin embossed background.  Great techniques that have endless possibilities!!

Don't forget that Baker's Twine...

Don’t forget that Baker’s Twine…

And there it is–my Making Spirits Bright card inspired by Paula’s Holiday Wishes card.  Of course, I like Paula’s card muuuch better than mine!!  But that’s usually how it is–I’m my own worst critic!!  (But, really–Paula’s card is sooo cute!!)

Have a Great rest of your Tuesday today!!  With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season upon us, I hope you all still try to take some time out for yourself to be Artsy Fartsy!!  Thanks for Stopping By!!  XOXO-Shari

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Christmas Card Contender #2

Good Day & Happy Friday, Everyone!  Welcome back to Round #2 of my self-imposed, Christmas Card creative roulette–Where she stops, nobody knows!!  And that’s the truth—Sometimes, I never know what I’m going to end up with; how things will ultimately come together and this card is no exception.  See that nice, evergreen pine sprig?  Well….that turned into a brown twig after all the needles fell off, so, I had to change it out with something else……

Faux tin background with real pine sprig.

Next time I want to use foliage, I’ll find some fake stuff!

Even though this card ended up having a small malfunction, which was the clear sealant I used for the pine sprig, did not keep the sprig sealed, I was able to save the design with die-cut pine trees instead!

Fun, die-cut Christmas Trees saved this card!

Fun, die-cut Christmas Trees saved this card!

But I do think my favorite element of this card is the background paper–An image transfer onto a piece of Foil Tape Sheet!! I Love this technique….which is out of my technique toolbox courtesy of the online class taught by Claudine Hellmuth.  You know who else has a great tutorial of this technique?  Tammy Tutterow!  In her Tuesday Tutorial from July 2, 2013–Watercolor on Foil, she creates a beautiful tag with this image transfer technique–Very Artsy Fartsy, Indeed!

Look at how aged the decorative paper became after being transferred...

Look at how aged the decorative paper became after being transferred…

I pressed the decorative paper (image side down) onto the sticky side of the foil sheet and burnished with a plastic scraper.  I then spritzed the paper with water and rubbed the wet paper off with my fingers until the image started to emerge.  I continued exposing the transferred paper design and then dried with my heat tool and inked with Vintage Photo DI.

The vintage Santa in this stamp image

The collage image, one of the four out of the Holiday Collections plate, is stamped onto a piece of natural card stock with Archival Ink in Jet Black, covered with a layer of clear embossing powder and heat set with my embossing gun.  I colored the image with my water brush and DM’s in Barn Door, Shabby Shutter, Tumbled Glass, Old Paper, Wild Honey, Pine Needles, Tattered Rose and Picket Fence.

This collage stamp has such a fun mix of images to look at.

This collage stamp has such a fun mix of images to look at.

After coloring the heat embossed image, I trimmed it to size, distressed the edges and inked with Vintage Photo DI and my ink blending tool.  I adhered it to my card with 3D dots and wrapped Baker’s Twine around the front  a few times.

Baker's Twine is the best for a festive finish.

Baker’s Twine is the best for a festive finish.

And for a little extra fun flair, I hot-glued three tiny jingle bells in place and gave the stars on top of the trees a coat of Tarnished Brass DCP.

Don't these stars look like little pieces of tarnished old brass?

Don’t these stars look like little pieces of tarnished old brass?

Gosh, I may like the distressed trees and the distress crackle brass stars even more than the faux tin background!  Both elements made to look vintage with those fab Distress Inks & Stains!!

Antique Vintage CardAnd there you have it–My Contender #2.

If I choose to accept this design, at least I’ll know I won’t have any more creative failures to deal with!!  It’ll be die cut trees from here on out!!

I’ll have my final Christmas card design to share with ya’ll next Friday!  In the meantime, Stay Artsy Fartsy and THANK YOU for hanging out with me today!  Have a great Friday and a FAB Weekend!!  XOXO-Shari

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Vintage Stamping Challenge

Hello Kids & Happy Saturday!  Yeah, I didn’t think I was going to be on my computer this weekend but, I keep finding all of these  really cool challenge blogs and I just can’t help but give in to them!  The latest challenge blog I’ve run into and looks right up my creative alley is the Vintage Stamping Challenge.  Give the blog a look-see and maybe you’ll get challenged, too!  Here’s my creation for their challenge #11-Wings & Things.

He's got a crown & wings--Life is Good!

He’s got a crown & wings–Life is Good!

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This image just makes me smile!  I love its quirkiness and old-timey feel (I think it’s his mustache)!!  Anyway–I wanted the winged gentleman to be the center of attention for this design and having him neatly nested against a single layer of re-used packing paper, gave me exactly what I wanted.

A super easy card with one main focal point speaks volumes.

A super easy card with one main focal point speaks volumes.

I folded my natural card base and inked the edges with Walnut Stain DI and an ink blending tool.  I cut my piece of packing paper to size and ran it through the Big Shot machine with the Torn Notebook die by Tim Holtz/Sizzix.  I inked the already crumpled paper all over and on its edges with the Walnut Stain, too and adhered it to the card with double-back tape.  The Life is Good sentiment is from the Typography Plate from Artistic Outpost and I stamped that with Staz-On ink in Black and heat embossed with clear embossing powder and my heat tool.  The ink splatters in the background were achieved with my air art tool and the Distress Markers in Chipped Sapphire and Barn Door.

He has a regal look....yet, goofy all at the same time! Not that that's a bad thing...

He has a regal look….yet, goofy all at the same time! Not that that’s a bad thing…

My winged friend and his nest were stamped on to water-color paper using Archival Ink in Jet Black.  I used my heat tool to speed up the drying and started painting with Distress Markers in Tattered Rose, Mustard Seed, Peeled Paint, Tumbled Glass, Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain & Tea Dye–I scribbled the markers onto my craft sheet and picked up the ink with my water brush.  I was able to paint these images in really messy like, because the man & nest were getting fussy cut next….

There….my winged gentleman is settled so nicely into his little nest!  I slipped him in the nest by cutting a slit big enough for his image to fit into and I adhered it all down with 3D Dots.  OH–his crown!  It’s DCP in Tarnished Brass, inked with Walnut Stain! How could I forget his crown??!

Well, there it is–a pretty simple card with BIG WOW!  My hubbie just walked up to see what I was doing and he said–“Hey, that’s a really cool card!”  If he says it’s cool…well then…..

Have a GREAT Saturday Everyone!  I’ll be down in my dungeon today creating and designing more “Cool” stuff!!

Thanks for stopping by!!  XOXO-S

Frankenstein Image Transfer Tag

Hi There!  Shari, here again–With my very first experiment with photocopy image transferring!  This tag was really fun to make and using a new (to me) technique made seeing it all come together, even that much more exciting!  I felt almost like a little kid at Christmas!  I couldn’t wait to “open” my present to see what’s there!

Ladies and Gentlemen, I present The Monsta! Isn't he Cool?!

Ladies and Gentlemen, I present The Monsta! Isn’t he Cool?!

The photocopy image transfer technique has given my creativity new life!  I won’t be stuck with wanting to create a themed card or tag or journal page, but not having exactly the right image.  And this tag is a great example of having that feeling and now getting to fulfill it–I’ve been wanting to make a Frankenstein card/tag to match a sentiment I’ve had—But—I could not find the right image in a rubber stamp.  Well, that won’t happen any longer!

Supplies I Used:

  • HP Color Laserjet 2605dn Printer, lightweight copy paper, #8 Manilla Tag, Omni-Gel Tranfer & Texture Medium, Paint Brush, White Vellum, Craft Sheet, Heat Tool, Double-Backed Tape
  • All Inks, Stains, Paints used on tag are Tim Holtz Distress Line with Ranger Ink and Colorbox Pigment Ink and Silver Embossing Powder (mfg unknown), Ink Blending Tool, Brayer, Distresser, Mini-Mister
  • Decorative Round Paper Clips, Sticky Mesh, Tissue Tape, Crinkle Ribbon, Fuzzy Yarn, Trinket Pin
  • Sentiment from Smarty Pants set (Stampin’ Up)
I'm ready for my close-up now, Mr. Whale (ok-that's some trivia for you classic movie buffs out there) :)

I’m ready for my close-up now, Mr. Whale (ok-that’s some trivia for you classic movie buffs out there).

With this being my first try at the image transfer technique and not really knowing exactly what to expect or, how it was exactly supposed to look, I think this came out really cool!  I did get a little rambunctious with rubbing off the copy paper–See, Frankenstein’s chin is missing some color?  I rubbed the transferred image right off!  But it’s OK, it looks even that much more aged and vintage!  (if you want to see Claudine demonstrate the technique, there are older posts on YouTube that you can check out)

I had everything I needed to-execute-this tag.  And now--It's ALIVE!

I had everything I needed to-execute-this tag. And now–It’s ALIVE!

After transferring the image onto a plain #8 manilla tag, I inked it with a brayer and Peeled Paint DS and Black Soot DI.  I don’t have Black Soot DS, so using the same technique of inking my brayer, I pressed the ink pad onto my craft sheet and sprayed the ink with water before picking it up with my brayer.  With the leftover Peeled Paint and Black Soot on my craft sheet, I rolled the back of my tag, too.

I kept the back side simple--Frankie is the Lead Celebrity in this tag!

I kept the back side simple–Frankie is the Lead Celebrity in this tag!

I used my heat tool to dry the tag and finished inking it with Vintage Photo & Walnut Stain DI’s and I gave it a spritz of Peeled Paint from a mini-mister on the front and back.  I just love that speckled look!  I distressed the edges and added the pieces of tissue tape and sticky mesh.  I know it’s hard to see in the pictures, but Frank’s shirt has a coat of DCP in Clear Rock Candy on it.  I rushed the drying with my heat tool and gave the crackle a light tapping of Peeled Paint DS–even though it’s a dark green on a black image, the stain enriched the crackle finish.

I used DCP in Clear Rock Candy to give The Monsta's shirt some texture.

I used DCP in Clear Rock Candy to give The Monsta’s shirt some texture.

The sentiment is from a very fun set from Stampin’ Up called Smarty Pants!  I’ve had this set for a couple of years and have only used one or two of the sentiments once or twice—BeeeCaauuse, I did not have just the right image stamps, or could not find what I wanted!  I now see a future of fun, retro, vintage themed creations because of the photocopy image transfer technique!  Totally Awesome!

This is the sentiment that started my quest for THE PERFECT image!

This is the sentiment that started my quest for THE PERFECT image!

I stamped the sentiment onto white vellum in Colorbox Pigment Ink in Black and sprinkled the silver embossing powder (that I’ve had forever) over the wet text and applied the heat tool until melted.  I cut the sentiment out, inked the back of the vellum with Mowed Lawn DI and the edges with Walnut Stain DI and adhered to three round paperclips (which I’ve also had, for-ever!).  The crinkle ribbon was treated with Peeled Paint DS and Black Soot DP–I rubbed the colors onto my craft sheet, spritzed with water and rubbed the ribbon into the colors.  I dried with the heat tool, added some gray, fuzzy yard that I have on hand and He’s Ready!

Mmmmmmm....Friend. Good.  I couldn't have said it better myself!

Mmmmmmm….Friend. Good. I couldn’t have said it better myself!

This is only the beginning!  I’m buzzing with creative ELECTRICITY!  I hope you enjoyed today’s post and keep coming back!

Thanks for stopping by!

PS–I submitted this tag to Tim Holtz’ 12 Tags of 2013 Challenge for July.

Forever Patriotic Boy Tag

Hello Again!  I’m looking forward to another week of sharing some of the tags and cards I’ve been creating.  Here’s a patriotic themed tag I made with a cool texture technique I saw on Tammy Tutterow’s Blog  in her June 4th Tuesday Tutorial–Distress Paint Linen Texture.  A very cool technique and easy to achieve.

Forever Patriotic

Forever Patriotic

I was so inspired by all of the patriotic themes I’ve been seeing and completely motivated by learning several new techniques, that I kept my red, white and blue paints, stains and inks handy and created this Patriotic Boy tag.

Supplies I Used:

Here you can see the linen texture up close.

Here you can see the linen texture up close.

My tag was painted with Picket Fence DP and while still wet, I scratched the surface both vertically and horizontally with a Tim Holtz/Tonic Studio Scratcher and then dried with my heat tool.  I colored the textured background with Faded Jeans & Barn Door DS squeezed onto my craft sheet and brayed individually onto my tag.  With the extra blue stain on my brayer, I rolled the backside of my tag, too.  The sentiments stamped in the background are from the Hero & Typography plates from Artistic Outpost which I stamped with Archival Jet Black. And of course, I distressed the edges of the tag and inked with Walnut Stain DI.

Don't forget to give the backside of your tags attention, too.

Don’t forget to give the backside of your tags attention, too.

My next step was to get my stamped images and star embellishments coated with DCP in Clear Rock Candy so they could set aside and dry.  I stamped the image of the boy with Archival in Sepia and colored with DM’s in Faded Jeans, Barn Door & Tattered Rose and a water brush.  I fussy cut the excess card stock from around the boy and left only the frame surrounding him.  I applied a layer of DCP in Clear Rock Candy to the frame only and to three stars that I had cut out.

The stars are colored with Distress Stains once the crackle is dry.

The stars are colored with Distress Stains once the crackle is dry.

The small  forever tag was made from the Simple Sayings set and inked with Walnut Stain DI.  I wrapped some sparkly red yard around the bottom of my tag to achieve additional, festive sparkle–Just like a 4th of Sparkler!  Once the crackle on the stars and frame were dry, I applied distress stain right on top to highlight those cracks and crevices–such a cool effect!

Try applying paint to metal embellishments to artificially age their finish.

Try applying paint to metal embellishments to artificially age their finish.

Now time to add crinkle ribbon and a metal token!  I treated the ribbon with Barn Door & Faded Jeans distress stain, spritzed with water, and crinkled in my fingers while drying with my heat tool.  I rubbed the token with Picket Fence DP and let dry just a bit before rubbing any excess off with my thumbs.  After removing the excess Picket Fence, I rubbed Barn Door Distress Stain over the top to add a small amount of red pigment onto the token.



My Patriotic tags were really fun and easy to make and I plan on taking these same techniques and using them for other card, tag and journal projects!  You never know what you might see next!

Happy Tuesday and Thanks for stopping by!  Enjoy!

PS-My Patriotic Boy tag was submitted to Artistic Outpost’s Monthly Referral Program for July.