Hap-Poe Birthday

HELLO Again!!  Yes, it’s an exciting day for me and a Friday to boot!!  What a way to end the week!!  Hands in the air–Woot Woot!!

I’m SUPER HAPPY to be here in my second post of the day as a Guest Designer for Pretty Pink Posh–Today is the opening day of the Cutting Edge Blog Hop!!  Let’s hear it again–Woot Woot!!


August 22nd 6am thru August 25th 11:55pm (pst)

I’ve been excitedly anticipating today since finding out I was one of the designers that Paulina chose, from her GD call in June.  I’m my own worse critic and of course, I didn’t think Paulina would like any of the cards that I sent her.  But, lo & behold, she did like what I submitted and invited me to this weekend’s event!  Thank You, Paulina!!  🙂 🙂

I’m amongst fabulous designer’s today, sharing their Cutting Edge creations and You All have got the chance to win goodies from the wonderful sponsors who will be providing the prizes for the Blog Hop festivities.


August 22nd 6am thru August 25th 11:55pm (pst)

 So, before I get into my creation for the hop, be ready to link up your Cutting Edge designs beginning tomorrow, Saturday August 23rd directly at the Pretty Pink Posh blog.  You’ve got all weekend and through Monday night to join in on the fun-Let’s see those die cut creations!  Anything Goes!!


One of the benefits I received from being invited to participate as a Guest Designer for Pretty Pink Posh, is the generous selection of PPP Sequins and PPP Dies that Paulina sent me.  In today’s Cutting Edge Blog Hop, I’m featuring PPP’s Stitched Film Strip die and Star Wood Veneers.  I think you’ll be able to tell, I’m thinking of Halloween and spooky things with this b-day card 🙂


In preparation for making this card, I had stamped, fussy cut and glazed my Lost Coast Designs Party Hats the night before.  I made two hats, not sure of which one was going to best suit Mr. Poe for the occasion–The blue hat is Peacock Feathers DI and the yellow hat is Mustard Seed DI. I cut the Film Strip die out of smooth black Core’dinations stock, which I doubled up.  My card base is from Papertrey Ink and I think the color is Enchanted Evening.  Mr. Poe and his entourage are stamped onto manila stock with Staz-On Jet Black ink.

I want a fun, yet kind of dark background (to match Mr. Poe) and the party hats!  I’m using my Distress Inks in Peacock Feathers, Tumbled Glass & Broken China and Mustard Seed.  After applying the inks, I did spritz the surface just a little with water, and fully heat dried.


I randomly stamped the hats with Distress Embossing ink and heat embossed with WOW clear embossing powder.  What’s coming next is totally cool and I just saw California Art Girl, Richele Christensen do this technique on her blog last week.


I then covered the entire surface with Chipped Sapphire, Dusty Concord & Walnut Stain DIs and my ink blending tools.  See how the embossed hats pop with color!!  With the colors that I chose to use, my background turned out to be very ‘Northern Lights’ like (have you tried that technique yet?).  I think Mr. Poe would have appreciated seeing the Northern Lights and might have even written about it.

I’m using the Bubbles layering stencil and water to add another layer of color and design to my background.

 I placed the stencil in different directions and lightly spritzed water over the surface.  I then quickly dabbed the water off the stencil with a paper towel and lifted the stencil off the panel.  I did heat dry after each layer of stenciling.

I love this effect!  It’s an organized version of water spots–and you know how I love water spots on my cards!!


Edgar, the owl and the raven are all images from the Haunted plate from Oxford Impressions–a fantastic set of stamps that always seems to make its way to the top of my Halloween themed creations!

I water colored all of the images with my water brush and Distress Markers in Tattered Rose, Antique Linen, Chipped Sapphire, Mustard Seed, Black Soot & Dusty Concord.  I fussy cut Mr. Poe’s head, before positioning into the filmstrip, so he’d pop up out of the frame a little.  He is the party boy!!


Is that possibly a smirk on Mr. Poe’s face?  He is wearing a party hat!


This little owl is just hanging out watching…..


…and this raven looks like he’s eyeballing poor ole Edgar.  Both feathered friends had itty bitty little dots of Diamond Glaze added to their eyes to give them a little gleam.


They look much more festive and ‘happy’ all put together with the party hats floating in the background!


I spelled out Hap-Poe Birthday using TH Label Letters that I mounted on a piece of black card stock first–the hyphen is an exclamation mark with the dot colored in with black pen and trimmed down just a tad.  I then glued the sentiment to the panel with matte multi-medium and heat dried.  I ran the entire panel through my sewing machine for the stitched border and the stitching on the letters.  I added the wood veneer stars with more multi-medium (it truly is a crafter’s bff!) and heat set in place.


Mr. Poe also has a wood veneer star on his hat, too!  Much more distinguished for our Mr. Poe, than a fuzzy ball or rhinestone 😉


This would be a great birthday card for a literature buff–especially one who enjoys the works of Edgar Allan Poe, like I do.  I just re-read his poem “The Tell Tale Heart” and it’s really good–It’s suspenseful, creepy, thrilling and chilling!!  Mr. Poe was definitely before his time and he’s been one of my favorite classic authors since junior high when I was first introduced to his poem “The Raven”.

OK–now that I’ve waxed personal….Time to move on and get Hopping!!  Cutting Edge Blog Hopping that is!!  Thank you all so much for coming over from Pretty Pink Posh and seeing how I put this card together.  I hope you enjoyed your visit and will come back again from time to time!

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


  • Stitched Film Strip Die (Pretty Pink Posh); Star Wood Veneers (Pretty Pink Posh)
  • Stamps:  Haunted Plate (Oxford Impressions/Austen Gallery); Party Hats (Lost Coast Designs)
  • Manila Stock; Black Stock (Core’dinations); Card Base-Enchanted Evening (Papertrey Ink)
  • Distress Inks & Markers (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Distress Embossing Ink (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Staz-On Ink (Tsukineko)
  • Diamond Glaze (Judi-Kins); Clear Embossing Powder (WOW); Mutli-Medium (Claudine Hellmuth); Double Back Tape (3M); Foam Dots
  • Label Letters (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Bubbles Stencil (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous)
  • Sewing Machine (Kenmore); Paper Distresser (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios); Ink Blending Tools; Heat Tool; Embossing Heat Tool

American Goth-Father

Hello Fellow Gothaholics–and Happy Halloween!!  Excuse my absence–I’ve been a bit occupied behind the scenes and hope to get back into a more frequent posting schedule–Thanks for hanging in here with me!!

In the meantime, I’ve tried to keep up on some of my fav blogs and there’s so much going on!!  Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas themes abound!  I’m working on some Christmas designs right now (I’ll share those in upcoming posts…) but I couldn’t resist having some fun with The Drunken Stampers Goth Challenge this week….How could I not bring Mr. Poe to the party??

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Supplies I Used:

OK–I have a Goth-fession to make….I spent my fair share of teenage angst years listening to the darkly mellifluous compositions of Bauhaus, Sisters of Mercy, Ministry to name a few–AND I STILL DO!!!  Yes, the music of my youth is still with me today!!  HILARIOUS!!  But now, it’s nostalgic and funny!!  (Especially funny when South Park does a whole episode on Goth, Emo & Vamp kids who end up conjuring Edgar!!  I Love Trey Parker & Matt Stone!!)

But, I digress….let me get back to My Favorite Goth–Mr. Edgar Allan Poe.  This week’s Drunken Stamper’s Goth Challenge is just perfect!!  It’s Halloween, it’s getting darker earlier, the cold, fall wind tears at the brittle leaves like ravens rip at the rotting flesh of….OH–sorry, felt the Goth-ness come over me….

Those Haunted Eyes...

Those Haunted Eyes…

I’ll get serious now!!  I started by stamping Edgar’s image onto manilla stock with Archival Ink in Jet Black and sprinkled some clear embossing powder and heat set with my embossing heat tool.  I colored him in with my water brush and DM’s in Aged Mahogany, Tattered Rose & Fired Brick.  I distressed the edges and inked with Black Soot DI & my ink blending tool.

Red card stock gets Goth with Dylusions Ink Spray in Black Marble.

Red card stock gets Goth with Dylusions Ink Spray in Black Marble.

I made the photo corner with a scrap piece of red card stock and a scalloped edge punch.  I inked the edges with Black Soot DI and gave it a little spritz with Black Marble Dylusions ink spray.  The doily in the background is painted with Black Soot DP, dried with my heat tool then spritzed with Dylusions Cherry Pie ink spray.

The Raven

I kept this raven image simple–just stamped it onto manilla stock with Staz-On ink in Jet Black and fussy cut, then inked the edges with Black Soot DI.  He’s adhered with 3D Dots, doubled at his head to give it more of a lift off of the face of the card.

Even the most Goth-est of the Goth needs a little bling.  I kept it simple and used black self-adhesive pearls.

Remember Mr. Poe for your next goth event...

Remember Mr. Poe for your next goth event…

The Haunted stamp plate has so many great images, but I find myself using the portrait image of Poe the most.  It’s such a dramatic image–I have to allow it to speak for himself.

Poe Eyes

Mr. Poe is now off to the cocktail party over at Drunken Stampers and I’m headed to the worktable to get back to Christmas card creations!

I hope you enjoyed today’s flash-back reminiscence ode to Halloween and the Goth-Father himself, POE.  Enjoy the season!!  Happy Halloween!!  Thanks for stopping by!!


A Haunted Poe Halloween

Hello Hello Hello!!  Happy Monday!!  Sorry for the sporadic posts lately–It’s just I’ve been hard at work, behind the scenes, creating cards and tags for a few custom orders I’ve received!  YAY!!  But that doesn’t mean that I can’t slip in a spooky Halloween card here and there to share…..Boo!

Oh, my Haunted Poe.

Oh, my Haunted Poe.

I just love this Haunted plate from Oxford Impressions/Austen Gallery.  So many eerie images, so many possibilities!  Let me explain what I did on this Haunted Poe card..

Supplies I Used:

Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe

I knew Mr. Poe was going to be my focal point for this card, so I heat embossed his image using Staz-On Ink in Jet Black and clear embossing powder on manilla stock.  I chose Dusty Concord & Mustard Seed DM’s and my water-brush to give Poe’s portrait some color.  I really like how the embossed image acts like a resist…

What an eerie house....

What an eerie house….

The background was fun to do—I used Dusty Concord, Walnut Stain and Mustard Seed Distress Inks and my ink blending tool and rubbed all over my manilla stock then spritzed with water and dried with my heat tool.  So goth and macabre, indeed.  I used Archival Ink in Jet Black to stamp all of the background images with–

My vellum headstones look worn and aged...

My vellum headstones look worn and aged…

The vellum headstones are stamped with Archival Ink in Jet Black and Tea Dye Distress Inks–see, there’s another really faded headstone behind this one….And can you see the little pieces if stamped Ouija Board back there, too?

The Haunted Halloween banners are ivory card stock, treated with Dusty Concord & Walnut Stain DI’s.  I then crumpled up the banners a little an rubbed with Walnut Stain to highlight those folds.  The moon is stamped with Mustard Seed DI and fussy cut then I inked the edges a little with more Walnut Stain DI.

The assembled result...

The assembled result…

Once my background was eerie enough, I distressed the edges and inked with Walnut Stain DI.  I added mini 3-D dots to the top headstone to give it a little pop, then positioned Poe’s portrait and banners and adhered with more 3-D Dots.

There's nothing like a little Poe, to darken the mood....

There’s nothing like a little Poe, to darken the mood….

And there you have it…..an eerily fun and haunted card just in time for Halloween!  I wonder who may come a knock, knock, knocking on your front door this Halloween?

Until next time….Keep it Artsy Fartsy!  Thanks for stopping by!!  XOXO-Shari

Happy Camping

Hey Everyone and Happy Thursday!  Today, I’m sharing a card that I made for the Drunken Stampers Challenge #139 – Place: Campsite.   I was multi-tasking when I made this card…working on the pieces to assemble, needing to let things dry–then being able to start another project or experiment, let that dry–come back to Happy Camping…It’s fun like that!

Supplies I Used:

  • Natural Card Stock, Manilla Stock, Muslin, Toothpicks, Baker’s Twine
  • Distress Inks & Markers, Art Air Tool, Water Brush, Ink Blending Tool, Distresser, Multi-Medium, Double-Back Tape, Sewing Machine, Paint Brush
  • Wood-grain Stamp/Stampin’ Up & Alphabet Stamps/Mfg Unknown
  • Round & Star Eyelets, Self-Adhesive Rhinestones, Glass Beads, Moonstone

With this week’s challenge, I struggled for inspiration.  The challenge is for a Place: Campsite, but, the hostesses are OK with us using wood grain & campsite images as well as wood elements.  Sure, I have a wood grain stamp but, I really wanted to embrace the challenge in its simplest form–create a campsite somehow.  Here’s what I used for my inspiration…

This is a sign that’s hanging in our mudroom and I walk past this probably 12+ times a day.  On Monday, when I still couldn’t think of a design, I saw it….THE SIGN!!!  I took it to my dungeon and came up with my campsite creation!

Campsite Card

The card base is natural stock and my top layer is manilla stock. I made my background using Broken China, Mowed Lawn and Vintage Photo DI’s blended together with my ink blending tool.  I spritzed with water, gave a heat dry and distressed the edges and inked with Walnut Stain DI.

I aged the outside of the tent with Tea Dye Distress Ink.

I aged the outside of the tent with Tea Dye Distress Ink.

The tent is a piece of muslin that I ran through my sewing machine to stitch a 1/4″ seam, then I pressed it in shape with a steam iron.

The star brads weren't enough so I glued rhinestones to each star.

The star eyelets weren’t enough so I glued rhinestones to each star.

The starry night is made of silver star eyelets and rhinestones — Twinkle Twinkle!  I used multi-medium to glue each rhinestone to the star eyelets and used small self-adhesive rhinestones as the smaller stars in this night sky.  I then painted a thin layer of  multi-medium to the backside of my tent and positioned in place and pressed down with some weighted items.  I set that aside to assemble the FIRE!

What a cozy campfire.

What a cozy campfire.

I made my fire with round toothpicks colored with Vintage Photo & Walnut Stain DI’s and an ink blending tool.  I cut the picks into miscellaneous sizes and adhered onto a scrap piece of dark stock with multi-medium in a layered manner to achieve the perfectly built campfire.  The warm coals are glass beads and the smoke is cotton all glued in place with multi-medium (which has become my newest BFF!).

I kept my usage of wood elements  kind of simple and used round toothpicks as my tent stakes, too!  Before I had glued the tent down, I inserted the two eyelets into place and ran a long piece of Baker’s Twine through and glued in place so the twine wouldn’t slip out of the eyelets when I was tying to the stakes.  My stakes are set into small holes, which are glued into place with, you got it–my BFF, Multi-Medium and the little rocks are pieces of moonstone.

When I first assembled this card, I showed it to my husband and he said that the tent was too clean–it needed to look old and stained, as a real canvas tent would.  So, I used Tea Dye and the ink blending tool and lightly rubbed onto the fabric–that wasn’t dirty enough.  I painted the inside flap with Vintage Photo DM and my water brush to get a shadow effect–still something missing—water stains!  I used my air art tool and the Tea Dye DM to achieve the water stains.  Just right! A dirty old canvas tent!

Camping never looked so Happy!

Camping never looked so Happy!

And that’s it!  Camp is set up, the fire is stoked–Where are the SMORES!!   This card ended up being really easy to put together once I had my inspiration and go figure, the inspiration was in the form of a little piece of home decor I already had!  You never know what may inspire–You just have to keep your eyes open to see!

Thank You for stopping by and stay Artsy Fartsy!!  XOXO-S

More B-Day Greetings

Happy Friday Kids! Cheers to another week well done!  I’m going to take it kind of easy on my posting today and share a simple and uncomplicated card I recently made for another family birthday–this time, for my hubby’s (retired) US Air Force and commercial airline pilot Uncle!

This card was made for a retired airline pilot.

This card was made for a retired Air Force pilot.

This card was easy and fun to make and made simpler with having the perfect images for a retired military & airline pilot to create with!  And I just have to throw this in—The Travel Blueprint plate is part of the prize I won from Tim Holtz for my July Tag!!! TOTALLY AWESOME!!  OK–onto making the card…

Supplies I Used:

My card base is white speckled card stock and my background is manilla stock treated with Salty Ocean DS, spritzed with water and dried with my heat tool.  I also inked my salty ocean background with Walnut Stain DI and an ink blending tool.  I randomly stamped the globe & compass images from the Travel Blueprint plate with Jet Black Archival Ink, added a few pieces of tissue tape and distressed the edges.

Corner Close Up

I stamped the airline postage stamp image onto water-color paper with Jet Black Archival Ink.  I painted the image with my water brush and DM’s in: Mustard Seed, Pumice Stone, Picket Fence, Tumbled Glass, Barn Door & Black Soot.  I applied a bit of heat to dry quicker and then cut the image down to size.

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I distressed the airliner stamp image and inked the edges with Walnut Stain DI and the ink blending tool–I also lightly inked over the image, too, to give it a little antiquey feel.  I adhered it with double-back tape to the manilla stock background and moved onto the sentiment.

Love the Simple Sayings plate...

Love the Simple Sayings plate…

The TH/Stampers Anonymous Simple Sayings plate is one of the best sentiment sets…It has everything and the tag outline to boot!  I stamped the tag and sentiment onto a scrap piece of ivory cardstock with Barn Door DI & Jet Black Archival and cut to size.  I lightly distressed the edges and inked with Walnut Stain DI then adhered with 3D Dots to finish the card.

Can't get much easier than this...

Can’t get much easier than this…

Done–The perfect b-day card for a pilot or an aviation enthusiast–which I have a few of in my family!  I hope ya’ll enjoyed this simple card that I ended the week with.  I’m now headed back down to my dungeon to finish up some end of the week cleaning & organizing, before I spend my weekend creating and crafting!

Thank you for stopping by and stay Artsy Fartsy!!  XOXO-Shari

Have Umbrella-Will Boardwalk

WOW! Thursday already–Well, then–HAPPY THURSDAY it is!! I’ve been engaged all week with one of two custom card orders that have been waiting for me and I realized I’ve been neglecting my blog…So, I thought I’d take a little break and share another old-timey Summer-themed card I made using the Boardwalk plate from Artistic Outpost.  The images in this set are just the Summer-funnest!  Here we go…

One of my busier cards--is it "funky" enough for a challenge?

One of my busier cards–but it all seems to come together alright!

Supplies I Used:

  • Stamps from the Boardwalk  & Keeper Plates from Artistic Outpost
  • Card Stock, Manilla Stock
  • Adirondack Inks, Archival Ink, Distress Inks & Markers, Water Brush, Dimensional Magic, Glue Sticks, Ink Blending Tool, 3D Dots, Heat Tool, Distresser, Double-Back Tape
  • Remnant Rub-Ons, Tissue Tape, Mini-Shells, Sand, Twine, Brad

My season is definitely Summer (I am from So.Cal originally where it’s Summer year-round) and since moving to a region that truly does have 4 seasons, Summer is still my fav of all time and gives me inspiration to keep creating with these “like-totally awesome” images!

Once again, time saved by using bits & pieces of left overs!

Once again, time saved by using bits & pieces of left overs!

Even though this card has a lot of little pieces to it, I had the majority of it ready to go–All I had to do was create the background and assemble! I do like it when that happens–I kinda feel like I’m cheating!  I’m using manilla stock as my “canvas” and I’ve inked the background in Broken China, Tea Dye & Vintage Photo DI’s blended with an ink blending tool, spritzed with water and dried with the heat tool–I also distressed the edges and inked with Walnut Stain DI and the ink blending tool.

Umbrella and huts again

The huts are stamped with Adirondack Inks in Espresso & Denim and I added Remnant Rub-On Numbers to the huts. I masked the huts and stamped the grass image from the Keeper plate over a few times using Espresso Adirondack Ink and Archival in Sepia. I rubbed a glue stick across the bottom of the card and sprinkled sand on top, pressed in, then tapped off excess.  Yes–I actually used sand–it’s real sand on my beach card–I am from So.Cal after all!

After allowing the sand to dry,  I positioned my umbrella girl and adhered all of the words with a more viscous glue stick then used Dimensional Magic to glue down the shells.  I adhered umbrella girl with 3D Dots and – OH–Umbrella Girl…she was a left over, too! But I know I stamped her on water-color paper with Jet Black Archival Ink and painted her with Mustard Seed, Barn Door, Spiced Marmalade & Tattered Rose DM’s and a water brush.

This kind of evolved as needed filler--using more pieces of left overs.

This kind of evolved as needed filler–using more pieces of left overs.

The Atlantic City twine button & glazed shells are left-overs that came in real handy for this corner filler. The “button” is colored with my water-brush and more DM’s–Barn Door, Tea Dye and Tumbled Glass.  I have a piece of double-back tape on the back of the circle that holds my twine loops in place and I glued the glazed shells down before gluing down the twine button.  Very secure!

Finished Summer Umbrella Girl

The finished panel got adhered to my light mustard yellow card base with double-back tape and all edges inked again with Walnut Stain DI–easy peasy!  Umbrella girl really does look like she’s just strollin’ along…Cool!

And being this close to the end of some of the weekly challenges I’m participating in, I think I’ll add this card, too!  Look for this in the weekly challenge at Drunken Stampers-Challenge #136-A Beach,  the bi-weekly challenge at Frilly & Funkie-By The Seaside Challenge, and the monthly Referral Program at Artistic Outpost.  Check out these blogs and join in on the fun!

I hope you enjoyed today’s card and my step-x-steps! I’m feeling motivated again to get back down in my dungeon and get Artsy Fartsy on all kinds of stuff!  You know what I am saying?

Have a great Thursday and Thank You All for stopping by!!  XOXO-Shari

Bathing Beauties

The rays of this sun won't burn these Bathing Beauties!

The rays of this sun won’t burn these Bathing Beauties!

Happy Friday to you all!  I hope everyone had a happy, safe & sane 4th of July holiday!  I didn’t mean to stay away from my computer for so long–but, I have been crafting behind the scenes, creating fun Summer-themed cards and just experimenting in general.  Time really does fly when you’re being Artsy Fartsy!  So, here we go….

The Bathing Beauties card you see here is one of the creations I was having some fun with.  Even though this card  may look like it took a long time to make, it was one of the quicker ones I put together!  The fancy cutting of the beauties may have been the only step that took me the longest to complete!

Supplies I Used:

I knew I wanted to achieve a sunshine filled background for the bathing beauties and the sunburst & circles stamps in the Tim Holtz/SA Psychedelic Grunge set were perfect!  I used Jet Black pigment ink then poured clear embossing powder over the entire, well inked/stamped images; set with heat tool.  For the card background; using the ink blending tool, I applied Mustard Seed, Peacock Feather and Vintage Photo over the embossed sunburst image, sprayed with water and used the heat tool to dry. While drying with the heat tool, I held the background piece in my hand so I could move it around and direct the blending of the inks to my liking.  I colored the circle of the sunburst separately with Mustard Seed DI and a rub of Barn Door DI, cut it out, distressed the edges just a bit, inked with Walnut Stain DI and attached to the sunburst with a 3D Dot.

I used Archival ink in Jet Black to stamp the beauties onto water color paper and then colored each lady with DI Markers and a water brush in: Tattered Rose (skin tone), Broken China, Dusty Concord, Worn Lipstick.  I fancy cut the image out and inked the edges with Walnut Stain DI attached some 3D Dots to the back and set aside.  I love little details and I wanted to throw something fun and whimsical in, so I stamped a couple of the Steel Pier tickets from the  Boardwalk set in Jet Black Archival and inked with Barn Door DI.  I cut out with postage edged scissors and inked with Walnut Stain and set those aside with the ladies.

I stamped the beach hut with Jet Black Archival ink and used a Number Remnant Rub on the door.  I placed the raised beauties image onto the card and adhered; stamped the Bathing Beauties text a couple of times and positioned the tickets so when I adhered with 3D Dots, I could make them look like they came out of a pocket, kind of bunched up and used.  I adhered the finished panel to a dark brown card that I had edged stamped with the steel pier ticket stamp (but you can’t see that detail in this picture, darn it!).

That’s it!  A fun, sunshine filled card that will evoke images and memories of beach excursions of yore!  I know it brings back a memory or two of family beach vacations to Pismo Beach (and all the clams you could eat!).

Thanks for stopping by!

PS–I entered this card in Artistic Outpost’s Monthly Referral Program for July.