Note to Self-Dream

Happy Tuesday Everyone and Happy Veteran’s Day in the United States!  Today is a national holiday in America to celebrate and honor the Veteran’s of our military and to say Thank You for serving.  Thank You Veteran’s!!  If I could hug you all, I would!!


Oh, this?  Well, I’ve got myself settled down enough (from all the happy dancing this past weekend) to share this news! 🙂

I received the nicest email from Elaine (the one and only Eclectic Ellapu!) over the weekend and I am a new member of the Eclectic Ellapu Design Team!!  I’m so excited to be a part of this amazing collection of Designers, I’m just beside myself goofy about it!!  I will be joining The Purple Team and will have my first official posting as an EE DT member November 30th/December 1st—so stay tuned for that!!

When I finally stopped dancing—I sat myself down at my worktable and made this tag to enter into the Tag Along Challenge #63-Dream.  This theme couldn’t have been better timed because of the state of joy I was swept up into over the weekend!!


 Plus, if you’re seeing flying pigs, you are definitely in a dream…or in some kind of fugue state or stupor (depending on what you drank or took)!! LOL!! 😉


I went kind of ‘hog wild’ with this tag because this Pig image by Roc Nichols is just so darn cute!!  If you’re not familiar with Roc, you can find her designs featured at StampotiqueTotally worth the visit over there to the store and to the Stampotique Designer’s Blog. Fun Stuff!!


I’m going for the paint marbling technique to apply color to my #8 manila tag.  I’m using Picked Raspberry & Seedless Preserves DP.  I spritzed the DP with water then drug the front & backside of my tag through, and had enough left over DP to cover one more tag!  None of this paint goes to waste 🙂


Isn’t that pretty?  I love how the colors swirl and blend together.  I spritzed this tag with a bit more water then heat dried.


My 3 flying pigs are stamped onto mixed media stock with Jet Black Archival Ink and colored in with my pan watercolors from Simply Art.


This is a fun stencil!!  This is the Starry Starry Night stencil from Dylusions and I used Walnut Stain DI and my mini ink blending tool to cover my background with these slightly askew stars!


Each piggy was fussy cut out, but this little one, accidentally lost its tail!  I replaced it with a little piece of  20 gauge copper wire that I twisted into a new little curly-q tail!  Since this little piggy was being treated so special, I added a little Clear Rock Candy DG to the wings and a little black enamel ‘polish’ to the hooves.


I altered the surface of this Framed Alpha Part with Seedless Preserves, Picked Raspberry & Picket Fence DPs.  When the paint was dry, I applied a thin layer of Diamond Glaze over the surface and let air dry.


OH–Here’s the back of my tag!!  The ‘dream’ stamp is from the TH/SA Winged Things II set and I did some 2nd gen stamping with Black Soot DI.


In the background of my tag, you can see some stamping and white paint splatters (Picket Fence DP), and I outlined the stars with a white gel pen and I spelled out ‘dream’ with TH Label Letters and I’ve got some layers of TH Tissue Tape and I added a few black & white enamel dots…


 Oink Oink Oink!!  Off we go!!  There’s still one day left to join in over at the weekly challenge at Tag Along.  I know–cutting it a bit close with a challenge deadline!  Time slows down for no crafter!! 🙂

Thanks for stopping by today!  Have a wonderful Veteran’s Day (hug a veteran!) and until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • #8 Manila Tag (Inkssentials/Ranger); Mixed Media Paper (Strathmore)
  • Stamps:  Pig (Roc Nichols/Stampotique); Winged Things II (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous)
  • Distress Paints & Inks (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Ink (Ranger); Pan Watercolors (Simply Art); White Gel Pen (Sakura)
  • Tissue Tape (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Starry Starry Night Stencil (Dylusions/Ranger); Enamel Dots (My Minds Eye); Alpha Parts & Letter Labels (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Diamond Glaze (Judikins); Foam Squares; Matte Gel (Liquitex); Copper Wire; Jute Twine; Yarn
  • Craft Sheet (Ranger); Finger Knife (Fiskars); Heat Tool; Craft Scratcher (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios)

The Dr is In

Happy Saturday!!  I’m here today with the tag that I made for the Frilly & Funkie challenge-A Haunting Halloween.  It’s week two of the challenge, which closes on Oct 7th–Hey, I’m way ahead with getting this challenge make in, with several days to spare, even!

I’ve got all kinds of haunting elements to share, so–Step into the office, the Dr. will be right with you…


I’ll make your visit as painless as possible–Now sit back, relax and let’s take a look at what we have here.  🙂


I’m using 2 #8 kraft tags that I had previously paint marbled using left over Distress Paints in Black Soot, Mustard Seed and I think Pumice Stone.  I don’t remember which project I had this leftover DP from, but I never let it go to waste and I was able to sop up two tags worth of color (with the help of some spritz of water)…


…this is the second tag, which I plan on using for the backside of this project.  You know how I am about my backsides!! 😉


I started off with treating the back tag–I’m going to do a little bit of mono-print stenciling using the Halloween LS and mini DI set #3.

I tapped each mini DI over the reverse side of the stencil and then spritzed with water.

I pressed the stencil onto my kraft tag and lightly blotted off any excess ink with a paper towel.  I lifted the stencil and dried with my heat tool.  I love how the words are so ghostly.


I also put down another stenciled layer using the Gothic LS and Walnut Stain DI and I sewed the two tags together before I started layering all of my embellishments onto the front side.

 I used the Shattered LS with Dylusions White Linen IS and sprayed the stencil, laid it over my tag and pressed down with a paper towel.  I lifted the stencil and heat set and the base of this tag is ready for major haunting!


Oh, yeah–When I was spraying the stencil, I had that black piece of cardstock underneath–I didn’t want all of that wonderful spray ink to go to waste, and now I have another piece of stenciled stock ready for a new project!

From here on out, I was kind of all over the place when creating the stamped embellishments for this tag.  I had a couple of “failures”, which were easily remedied, but not all recorded with pictures…it was just one of those days 😉


Take these bottles for instance….OH–I’m using images from Dr. Coffin’s Apothecary plate from Oxford Impressions for my tag.  These bottles got stamped with Sepia & Jet Black Archival inks onto WV’s modeling film.  The sepia ink rubbed right off–Failure one fixed with re-stamping the image with Jet Black Archival.  I fussy cut these out, carefully shaped with my embossing heat gun, then colored with Bottle & Sand Adirondack alcohol inks and layered with Clear Rock Candy DCP–all of which did not get photographed-sorry 😦

Failure 2 coming up, but only because I didn’t realize how concentrated the alcohol ink colors would become, once the shrink plastic images shrunk down to size.  But, not too much of a boo-boo…(I’ll still use this darker mushroom on something else in the future)…


…and fixed with stamping the mushroom image again, but with Cotton White Staz-On ink and I colored the plastic with one color of Adirondack alcohol ink in Sand.

Here’s a trick that I learned from Marjie Kemper–put your shrink plastic piece inside of a circle of tape, apply heat, and there’s your little shrink plastic piece nicely contained!


Here are a few more stamped images for my tag–I stamped Dr. Coffin and the cat with Jet Black Archival ink and the labels are a watercolor technique where I used Distress Markers-in Barn Door, Black Soot & Chipped Sapphire, to color the label stamp with, spritzed the stamp with water, then stamped 3 times.  All of these got fussy cut for assembly…


I added a couple of more stamped and stenciled layers onto my tag and strategically applied some Apothecary Remnant Rub-Ons here and there.


Look at this itty-bitty little poppy.  I just had to get a shot of this little goodie–it’s the contents of one of the bottles!


I added rub-ons to the bottle & gave it a Vintage Photo Distress Powder cork.  I glued the brown bottle in place with glossy multi-medium and there’s one of the Doc’s mysterious bottles.


Just had to get a close up of my label.  I completely balled it up, gave it a tiny spritz of water and let sit for a spell.  When I un-wadded it, I did give it a little bit of heat drying, then I inked it with Vintage Photo DI and my ink blending tool.  OH–see that cute little mushroom?  That’s its placement for the second bottle.


It’s barely visible (the darker mushroom completely disappeared under the bottle), but you can kind of see that there’s a little something something in Doc’s bottle of Magic Potion!


What a dapper doctor, Dr. Coffin is.  I added label letters, outlined with Picket Fence DM and stitched with my sewing machine.


Ohhh, Mr. Spooky Kitty got some yellow eyes (Mustard Seed DM) that shine (w/diamond glaze) and he was secured in place with foam squares.


To add a little more spookiness to this Dr.’s visit is this shrink plastic raven (left-over from a project last month) nested securely in the ripped strip of black tulle that I topped the tag with.


And with that, time is up–The Dr. has another appointment presently–he’s due over at Frilly & Funkie, but you can come, too!  Join in on the challenge and have the chance to win a $25 gift certificate at The Funkie Junkie Boutique! Sounds like just what the Dr. ordered! 🙂

Thanks for taking this time out of your Saturday to visit with me and the Dr.!  Have a healthy & haunting rest of your weekend and until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps: Dr. Coffin’s Apothecary (Oxford Impressions) & Raven image from Haunted (Oxford Impressions)
  • Surfaces: #8 Kraft Tags (Ranger); Shrink Plastic (Ranger); Modeling Film (Wendy Vecchi); Kraft Card Stock (Papertrey Ink)
  • Distress Paints, Inks & Markers (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Ink (Ranger); Staz-On Ink (Tsukineko); Dylusions Ink Spray (Ranger)
  • Apothecary Remnant Rub-Ons & Label Letters (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Sewing Machine (Kenmore); Double-Back Tape (3M); Multi-Medium (Claudine Hellmuth/Ranger); Paper Distresser (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios); Embossing Heat Tool; Heat Tool; Paper Towels; Foam Squares

The World Calls a Butterfly

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

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

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


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


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


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

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


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


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

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


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


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

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


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

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


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


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


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


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


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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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


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

Party, Dogs!

Hello Hello Hello!!  Happy Tuesday!!  Thanks for coming back and having a visit with me today!

I’ve got a fun and colorful card to share–it’s one of my late June birthday greetings, that wasn’t taken care of until July!!  But, Hey–better late than never, right? 😉

Funny thing about this card, too–I had signed myself up (late) for Claudine Hellmuth’s Composition for Collage class, and I was still working on week one experiments (Asymmetrical)  when I made this card.  Unbeknownst to me, this card design is using a ‘grid’ pattern, which Claudine talks about in week 4 of the class!  I didn’t mean to skip ahead, really, I didn’t!!


I Love these Party Dogs!

I’m using the Party Dogs & Party Hats plates from Lost Coast Designs for this card and a color-wash background technique using my acrylic stamp blocks and Distress Inks.  Who doesn’t love bright colors and dog with hats?


The Party Dogs set has a total of 4 dogs in it, but I only used 3 of the images to help me create the size of panels I wanted.  I stamped all of the images onto 140# cold press water color paper with Jet Black Archival Ink and cut to size (except for the hat images….those are filler and won’t be cut to size until later).

Each stamped dog section was treated with a Distress Ink color wash.  Easy peasy!  Press the ink pad directly onto an acrylic stamp block, spritz with water, press onto the stamped wc paper.  This trio of party pups has a Peacock Feathers DI background.

This Min-Pin has a Ripe Persimmon DI color-wash.

This little Beagle has the saddest expression for a party dog!  Maybe a little pick me up of Picked Raspberry DI will help?

The extra party hats were color-washed with Dusty Concord and Crushed Olive DI’s.


While I was heat drying each panel, I manipulated the pieces of wc paper to form those pools of saturated color.  Love those deep spots of color!


Of course, I’ve gotta have my water spots, too!!  I spritzed and flicked water all over the place and heat dried each panel.


I matched each color-washed panel with a piece of Distress Core’dinations stock.  I roughed up each piece of Core’dinations by sanding and crumpling and then inking with Walnut Stain DI and my ink blending tool.  Each piece was cut to size and adhered to a piece of kraft card stock….


..which I then haphazardly ran through my sewing machine, employing different stitches randomly around each piece of Core’dinations.


I’m not the best ‘sewer’ either and my stitching does not run in straight lines!  Oh, it’s supposed to be like that, what am I saying!! 😉


I’ve got some zig-zag going on, some applique type stitching–I’m all over the place!  Embrace imperfection right? After sewing the borders, I adhered each party dog panel to its coordinating pieces of Core’dinations with double-back tape.  Bow Wow!!


Happy Birthday, M-Dog!! (My brother-in-law, also known as Mark).  Cheers to many more to come!!

I hope you enjoyed today’s card–It was an easy one, and hmmm, maybe with all of the drying, took me about 20 minutes to make (well, I was in a rush to get it in the mail, considering how late it was and everything..) 😉

Thanks for stopping by today!  Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!  XOXO-Shari


  • Party Dogs & Party Hats Plates (Lost Coast Designs)
  • 140# Cold-Press Water Color Paper, Kraft Stock (Papertrey Ink); Distress Core’dinations
  • Distress Inks (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Ink (Ranger)
  • Double-Back Tape (3M); Sewing Machine; Heat Tool; Ink Blending Tool; Sanding Block


April’s Tag

Hello & Welcome Back!  I wanted to end the week with my tag offering for Tim Holtz’s 12 Tags of 2014 for April.  I’ve been experimenting with parts of his showcased techniques all month, I guess it’s time that I put them all together for my April Tag.  Here we go!


One of the techniques that Tim highlighted in the making of his April Tag is using his Tattered Pinecone die to make the flowers.  I don’t have that die, but I do have the Tattered Florals die that I experimented with to make my flowers.  As I go along, I’ll show you how I improvised and ended up with these two blooms.


The collection of goodies.

I shopped my own stash with this project and used chipboard from cereal boxes and corrugated cardboard from box packaging and happened to find already cut tattered florals.

Speaking of ‘shopping my stash’–This tag is going to the Earth Day challenge over at Shopping Our Stash challenge blog, too.  Using cereal boxes as my chipboard and hoarding all of the corrugated material I can get my hands on, is just the way I craft.  It’s fun trying to figure out second-life uses of items and materials we use every day.


Bits & pieces of Tim’s collage paper stash.

This is the chipboard paper collage I glued together to use with the Honeycomb frameworks die.  I’ll use the frame this makes later but I’ll use a few of the hexagons on this tag.

I randomly applied tissue tape to both sides of my #8 manila tag.


The front side of the tag got a coat of Broken China DP and a good spritz and flick of water.

I blotted the excess water off, then dried with my heat tool.

I treated the backside of my tag with Scattered Straw DP in the same manner as the front.


I blotted the excess water and paint off with a paper towel and heat dried.  I Love how some of the Broken China DP from the front of the tag, seeped around the edges of the back.  A completely random and totally awesome effect!  Being messy really pays off sometimes 🙂

I inked the front and back with Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain DI’s and my ink blending tools.  I also distressed the edges with my paper distresser.

One of my favorite things to do–the water spritz and flick.

 Those water drops add so much personality to a project.  If I’m not splattering paint on my cards & tags, I’m definitely spritzing & flicking water on them.  Well, who am I fooling–I usually do both to ALL of my projects!  LOL 🙂


Here is my second-life cereal box chipboard, that I die cut using the Tim Holtz Honeycomb frameworks die.  I’m going to apply my Crushed Olive DP heavier where that dot-matrix printing is on the chipboard.  That’s all coding and such printed on the inside of the cereal box–but easily camouflaged, no problem!

I thoroughly heat dried my painted honeycomb frame, then gave it a light sanding with my sanding block and finished with an inking of Vintage Photo & Walnut Stain DI’s.

I cut the honeycomb frame in a couple of different places and positioned onto the front of my tag.  I glued it down with a glue stick and applied a little dry heat.


One of the things I experimented with for this tag is getting a mirrored effect with Distress Paint.  One surface I used the Honeycomb die with was a piece of acetate.  I used one of the acetate hexagon’s and painted it with Brushed Pewter DP and dried with my heat tool.


It’s not a clear, clean mirror effect–it reminds me more of a mercury glass effect.  I’ll take it!

Part of my stash is a nice collection of previously cut die shapes–in this case, already inked and tulle florals already gesso’d.  I stamped the stock florals with one of the french text stamps from the Le Jardin plate from Oxford Impressions.  After stamping all three shapes, I cut the centers out of all of them to basically give me the same kind of length of stock that I can manipulate around a toothpick.


There’s the center of my yellow flower–which btw, was my second attempt at making one of these flowers.  The blue flower is my first attempt and kind of looks like it 😉


I layered a piece of the gesso’d tulle behind the center bud, then wrapped and hot glued the bigger Tattered Floral shape around the toothpick.  (I cleaned my fingers of all of the hot glue residue before taking this shot! My fingers where a gluey mess!!)


This is my first try at making the 3D flower with the tattered florals.  These were left-over die cuts that I made from decorative papers–I think from Stampin’ Up.  But, definitely a bit more…bland, than the 2nd flower that I made.

And again, since I don’t have the Tattered Pinecone die, I don’t have the juniper branches either.  So, in this case, I used a leaf die cut from Sizzix and cut out my leaf branches from a piece of distress colorcore stock.  I ran two pieces of stock through the Big Shot machine and carefully sanded each branch before taking out of the whole piece.  Then I stamped each branch with the same french text stamp that I used on the yellow flower.


I spritzed my crinkle ribbon with water, then rubbed my Crushed Olive DI pad over the entire surface then crinkled in my fingers while I heat set.


I rubbed both Crushed Olive & Broken China DP onto the philosophy tag and rubbed a little bit onto the jump ring and wire pin.  When the DP was a little dry, I wiped the surface of the token to leave the depressed areas filled with paint.

I glued both blooms down with a hot glue gun and all of the little hexagon pieces got adhered with matte multi-medium.


What did I say earlier about paint splattering?  I couldn’t let this tag get away without a proper splattering of Scattered Straw DP.  I’m so glad that I made this last minute addition.  The way the paint ended up getting splattered on that blue flower, just finished it off perfectly!  Now I feel a little better about that particular flower 🙂


The back I left plain–When I make a tag that I know I’m going to end up sending to someone, I prepare the back, but leave room for a stamped sentiment or a handwritten message.


I added little itty bitty self-adhesive brown pearls to the centers of each tattered bloom–just the right amount of ‘bling’ for this tag.


Since I’ve got this tag with all kinds of fun elements, I’m going to send this into the Spring Flowers challenge at A Vintage Journey.  This tag is perfect for this challenge–not only is it for Tim’s monthly challenge, but A Vintage Journey is a blog inspired by Tim’s creations and techniques!  This tag is Tim inspired all the way!! 🙂


Thank you for ending your week with me!  I may be posting something special over the weekend, so stay tuned 🙂

Until then–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!  XOXO-Shari


  • #8 Manila Tag (Ranger); Chipboard (cereal box); Collage Paper Stash (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Tulle; Manila Stock; Decorative Papers (SU); Corrugated Cardboard (reused packaging); Acetate (SU); Colorcore Distress Collection (Core’dinations)
  • French Text Stamp from Le Jardin Plate (Oxford Impressions)
  • Honeycomb & Tattered Florals Dies (Tim Holtz/Sizzix); Big Shot Machine (Sizzix)
  • Distress Inks & Paints (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Ink (Ranger)
  • Tissue Tape, Crinkle Ribbon, Wire Pin & Philosophy Tag (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Jute Twine; Self-Adhesive Pearls
  • Hot Glue Gun; Round Toothpicks; Craft Sheet (Ranger); Heat Tool; Sanding Block; Glue Stick; Matte Multi-Medium (Claudine Hellmuth/Ranger); Splatter Brush (Liquitex); Paper Distresser (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios)

Dream-My March Tag

Happy Wednesday my Artsy Fartsy Friends!!  And a special HELLO and WELCOME BACK to SPRING!!!  YAY!!  It’s changing around here quickly and the planting beds are no longer covered in snow.  That means my days in my creative dungeon are numbered (but just temporarily), so I better get some of my fav challenge projects done, before those dirt sirens start singing for me to come out and play!  🙂

Dream Smudge Tags

My March Tags for Tim Holtz’s 12 Tags of 2014 Challenge.

With Spring here and the birds returning to their Summer homes, the theme of Tim’s March tag is just perfect.  I do love the birds coming home to nest and I especially look forward to a returning Robin family that nests under our deck.  If you squint through the decking, you can see down into the nest!  It’s the coolest nature experience, literally under my feet!  In honor of my feathered friends, I stayed with Tim’s nature concept and made sure my nest, at least, had a Robin’s egg nested securely inside 🙂

My starting supplies...

My starting supplies…

This is a really cool technique and it’s like you get two tags for the effort of one!  Lot’s of ink play with this smudge technique!  Let’s go…


Although I stuck with, pretty much, all of the same techniques that Tim used for this March tag, I did begin by coloring my manila tags with Frayed Burlap Distress Stain first.


I smushed the stain directly onto my craft sheet and drug my first tag through the stain, full strength….


…then I spritzed the stain that was left on the craft sheet with water, then drug my second tag through the water-downed stain.  See, one tag has a darker background, the other, a lighter more subtle background.


My nest image is from the Goldfinch stamp from Stacy Stamps—I had to strategically press my Vintage Photo DI pad directly onto the stamp image to leave out the image of the goldfinch.  Once I stamped the full strength image on my dark tag, I huffed on the stamp for the second press on my lighter tag–both images then got smudged with a clean sponge applicator on my ink blending tool.


Even though I didn’t want to use the image of the goldfinch in her nest, I did want to have something with wings on my tags.  I’m using the winged man from the Winged Things II plate and he’s going to get inked with Mustard Seed, Tea Dye, Crushed Olive and Tumbled Glass DI’s.

Although it’s hard to see, when the images get smudged with the clean blending tool, the lines/edges of the images softened.

I stamped the compass image from the Classics #1 set with Black Soot DI and you can really see the smudge effect on that–Cool!!


I used Walnut Stain DI to stamp ‘Dream’ onto both tags, smudged with my ink blending tool, then did a bit of water spritz and flicking all over both tags.  You can really see the water spots on the “full-strength” tag–they’re more subtle on the second tag.

I colored my robin’s egg with a DM in Tumbled Glass and my water brush.  I scribbled the marker onto my craft sheet and picked up with my water brush, without squeezing any excess water through the bristles.  For the lighter tag, when I picked up the DM with my water brush, I did scribble a bit onto my craft sheet, then colored the egg.


I inked the edges on both tags with Vintage Photo & Walnut Stain Distress Inks.

 Now time for picking the colors I’m going to stencil with–For the darker tag, I’m using Spiced Marmalade and Weathered Wood DM’s and for my lighter tag, I’m using Wild Honey and Antique Linen DM’s.

 I chose one of my favorite background designs for my stencil–Harlequin!!  It’s such a versatile design and I think it fits in nicely with my winged gent.


I really like the effect when using an air tool and markers to color through stencils–for these tags especially, the air sprayed stencil designs have the soft edges like the smudged stamped images do.


Time to get really inky with the embellishments!  I’ll be using Gathered Twigs DP on my metal feathers and Wild Honey & Frayed Burlap DS’s for my cheese cloth and crinkle ribbon.

I dabbed Gathered Twigs DP directly onto my metal feathers then rubbed my finger over them to make sure the paint got into the grooves then I set with my heat tool.    For the cheese cloth, I dabbed and rubbed Wild Honey & Frayed Burlap DS’s directly on it, then spritzed with water and manipulated with my fingers a bit to make sure the stains were wicking into the fibers.  The crinkle ribbon got a coat of Wild Honey DS, a spritzing of water, then dried with my heat tool.  The cheese cloth and crinkle ribbon got a random inking with Walnut Stain DI and my ink blending tool.

Each tag got a piece of the stained cheesecloth glued to it with matte multi-medium.  As I laid the cheesecloth down, I would apply a light layer of multi-medium then press the cloth into the medium.  The matte multi-medium dries completely invisible and it’s strong!!  I have no worries about the cheesecloth coming lose or falling off–Ever!


With the final touches of feathers and tissue tape to both tags…..

These tags are ready to fly the coop to Tim's 12 Tags of 2014 for March!

…these tags are ready to fly the coop and migrate to the March installment of Tim’s 12 Tags of 2014!  You’ve got until Monday the 31st to join in on the fun…spread your wings and take flight with the challenge!!

I hope you enjoyed today’s post and found it full of Artsy Fartsy inspiration.  Until next time, Thank You soooo much for stopping by and Stay Artsy Fartsy!!  XOXO-Shari


  • Stamps: Goldfinch (Stacy Stamps); Winged Things II & Classics #1 (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous)
  • Distress Inks, Paints, Stains & Markers (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Multi-Medium (Claudine Hellmuth/Ranger);
  • #8 Manila Tag (Ranger); Cheese Cloth; Crinkle Ribbon, Tissue Tape & Wire Pins (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology);  Metal Feathers (mfg unk)
  • Harlequin Stencil (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous); Air Art Tool (Artworx)


Braver, Stronger, Smarter

Happy Friday my Artsy Fartsy Friends!  To end the week, I’m sharing  another of the Thank You cards I made for one of the Hospice nurses that cared for my Mom.  I made this card specifically with the bespectacled girl from the Generation Redux plate in mind because, she kind of looks like the recipient of this card–Gentle and Quiet on the outside, Strong, Brave & Smart on the inside!

Brave Girl

This card is chock-full of all kinds of new-to-me techniques.  Not only background inking techniques, but stamping techniques, too!  Let me show you the artsy fartsy steps I took, to put this card together.  Gosh, where do I start? 😉

The Braver, Stronger sentiment from the Typography plate was also a must for this card and I thought having a  chalkboard frame for it would be perfect to give it an old-timey feel.

I used one of the frames from the Chalk It Up plate that fit the sentiment that I had already stamped on a small piece of black cardstock with Staz-On Opaque White ink.  I did try the chalkboard technique on the sentiment, but, it’s too detailed an image and the chalk muddled everything together.

I don’t remember having this much fun with chalk since I was a little girl writing and drawing with chalks on the sidewalk in front of my house!!  Playing with chalk has grown up!!  😉

I gently rubbed the excess chalk off the card stock with my finger and fussy cut the frame.

I added some foam squares to the back of the frame and positioned over the sentiment.  I had to trim the sentiment down a little bit so nothing stuck out from behind the frame.


I set aside the framed sentiment and moved on to stamping and coloring the young woman image from Artistic Outpost’s Generation Redux plate.  I used Jet Black Archival Ink to stamp the image with and colored with Distress Markers and my fine tipped water brush.

I didn't have to be neat since she was going to be fussy cut.

I didn’t have to be neat since she was going to be fussy cut.

I used Tattered Rose, Tumbled Glass and Tea Dye DM’s to color her in.  I scribbled each pen onto my craft sheet and picked up with my water brush.


And to give her image that vintagey finish, I lightly inked over the entire surface with Tea Dye DI and my ink blending tool.  She ended up getting fussy cut and set aside with the framed sentiment.

Supplies for the ink monoprint technique...

Supplies for the ink monoprint technique…

I wanted the background for this card to be bright and happy–I chose Wild Honey, Crushed Olive, Spiced Marmalade and Peacock Feathers DI’s for my ink monoprint .  I had my piece of manila stock cut to size (all of my cards are 4.25″x5.5″) and secured to my craft sheet with a piece of double-back tape on its backside (I tape everything down when I’m stenciling).

I pressed each ink pad directly onto my Burlap stencil and then spritzed the stencil with water.


Then I laid the inky stencil onto my piece of manila stock and gently pressed my fingertips over the stencil.   I slowly lifted the stencil and here is the ink monoprint for my background.  Very Cool, indeed!  I then inked the entire stock with the same ink colors and my ink blending tool.

OK–any chance to use the splatter brush!  I smushed Spice Marmalade DI onto my craft sheet, gave a spritz of water and picked up with the splatter brush.  Uh, yeah, this time it really got away from me and I ended up with a big glob of watery, inky splatter (I over saturated the splatter brush–you think?).  But, I like it anyways and dry it with my heat tool.


I love this splatter layer of color over the burlap design–how the orange splatters completely bleach out the burlap monoprint.  COOL!!

I inked the edges of my monoprint layer with Walnut Stain DI, then I distressed the edges, then I inked the edges again with Walnut Stain, again.  Even though this card was going to be rather girlie, I wanted it to also have that rustic, vintage feel to it and I love inking and distressing!!

Nothing says Happy like rays of sunshine!

Nothing says Happy like rays of sunshine!

I’m trying to use my stencils on every project I can, too!  How else can I make this card any happier?  Add some of those sunshiny rays!  But, I kept it vintagey and used Vintage Photo DI for the color of my rays.


Those rays are going to fit perfectly once I have all of the elements together, but that big splotchy splatter has become one of my favorite parts  and I need to make sure I don’t cover it up when I finally position everything.

I’m going to make some layered flowers using the Tattered Florals die and I’ll be using muslin and tulle.


I used the ledger image from the Ephemera Background plate and Jet Black Archival ink to stamp onto the muslin.  This piece of muslin is sized to cover the entire surface of the tattered florals die.

I die cut the tulle and the muslin at the same time.  I layered the tulle three times then placed the stamped piece of muslin on top of the tulle.  I also did this so I could see where the tulle flowers are!


After I carefully pulled and trimmed my tattered florals apart, I put all of the tulle flowers on dark card stock so I could see where they are and be able to keep track of them.

I also gave each tulle floral a layer of gesso for added texture.  I don’t want the tulle layer of my florals to get lost among the solid layer of the muslin petals.  While those tulle flowers are air drying, I’m going to color the little flower brads that I’m going to use for the center of each of my tattered flowers.

I used the altered surfaces technique to add a little color to these plain grey flower brads.  My first layer of DP is Broken China, which got partially heat dried, then wiped down to remove any wet paint.  Then I added another layer of DP in Ripe Persimmon and did the same with that layer of paint–partially heat dried, then wiped down any wet paint.  I’m left with a 3-colored brad that was just plain and grey before!


Once the gesso was dry on the tulle florals, I inked all of the layers with Wild Honey and Tumbled Glass DI’s.

Each tattered flower was backed with a lose circle of this fun, kind of feathery yarn that I have and then each flower got one of the cute metal brads that got the altered surface treatment earlier.


Once all of my elements came together, I added some blue rhinestones for a little extra shiny bling….


…and I added a light coat of Dimensional Magic to her glasses to add a little shine there, too–like those are really glass lenses 🙂

We are all Braver than we believe, Stronger than we seem and Smarter than we think–AMEN!!


And with that, this card is finished and ready to mail to the extraordinary recipient–A woman who will always be in my heart, for the sincere and loving care she gave to my Mom during the last weeks of her life.  Memories I will cherish forever.  Thank You, Mary, for Everything!!

And Thank You–all of my Artsy Fartsy followers and visitors!  I hope you enjoyed today’s post and find yourself getting inky and painty and most importantly Artsy Fartsy over the weekend with your own crafting!  I’m going to send this card over to Artistic Outpost’s monthly challenge for MarchAnything Goes (with AO stamps that is).  Head on over and take a look-see at all of the fabulous creations being made from all over the world!  Who knows, maybe you’ll join in on the Artsy Fartsiness, too!

Until Next Time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!  XOXO-Shari


  • Card Stocks:  Black, Olive and Manila
  • Fabrics:  Muslin; Tulle, Decorative Yarn
  • Stamps:  Ephemera Background, Chalk It Up, Generation Redux, Typography (all from Artistic Outpost)
  • Stencils: Burlap and Rays (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous)
  • Distress Inks, Markers, Paints (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Antiquities Frosted Embossing Powder (Ranger); Chalk (Crayola); Water Brush; Gesso; Archival Ink (Ranger); Staz-On White Opaque (Tsukineko); Dimensional Magic (Plaid Ent)
  • Ink Blending Tools (Ranger), Fiskars Fingertip Craft Knife; Double-Back Tape (3M); Foam Squares; Studio Multi-Medium (Claudine Hellmuth/Ranger); Distresser
  • Tattered Floral Die (Tim Holtz/Sizzix); Big Shot Die Machine (Sizzix)
  • Flower Brads; Blue Self-Adhesive Rhinestones