Tic Tac Toe-Our Creative Corner Style

Hello Again!!  Happy February!!  Are you ready for a game of Tic Tac Toe, Our Creative Corner style?  I have to admit, I’ve not played a game of creative tic tac toe before, but our challenge host for February, Julia, gave us such wonderful options to play with, I could keep playing this game for days!! 😉



For February’s challenge, choose one line from the OCC Tic-Tac-Toe board above.  You can move horizontally, vertically, diagonally, but you must ALWAYS have the middle square of ‘Stamps’ in your creation.  What you make is up to you, but make sure that all three items that are within your move, are clearly visible in  your creation.  When you join in for the challenge, remember to tell us which move you made and inks, stains, sprays, etc can be used as necessary on your project.  Oh, and don’t forget this–


–The February challenge is being sponsored by Tando Creative with a generous prize package awarded to one randomly drawn entrant!  So, come on over and play Tic-Tac-Toe with us!!  I’d love to see the moves you make in your creations! 🙂

My Tic-Tac-Toe move was center horizontal; Paints-Stamps-Stencils.


I used this challenge theme to start creating in my first art journal!!


 This is my 6″x8″ Inky Art Journal that I’m working in and I knew upon receiving it, that I’d be using the quote that’s on this sheet of ready to use goodness, in one way or another.  Considering this is my first art journal and a new (for me) form of creating, I am trusting the magic of just beginning!

I have decorated the outside of the journal and it now looks like this-

Time to get the inside looking Artsy Fartsy, too!! 😉


I wanted to keep in play with the colors of the decorative paper, but I changed the green to my favorite color, yellow!  I used Salty Ocean, Mustard Seed and a swipe of Crushed Olive DPs to finger paint the entire surface.


I gave the page a good spritzing of water and let gravity do its thing–I love those distress paint streaks!  When I was happy with the streaking, I set the page with my heat tool.


I’m really wanting to use my small collection of Stampotique images more this year and I couldn’t think of a better way of doing that, than by using Mela as the first image you see when you open this journal.   I stamped her into place with Jet Black Archival and I also stamped her onto mixed media stock that I water colored and fussy cut for later use.


I happened to be working on this page at night, so I stopped for the evening with stenciling WV’s white embossing paste through the Rays layering stencil and let air dry overnight.


Isn’t Mela lovely?  I love the little swing in her dress!!  Here she is stamped onto mixed media paper and water colored with my water brush and DMs in Tattered Rose, Mustard Seed, Dusty Concord, Black Soot & Barn Door.  I applied a little bit of Diamond Glaze to the heart on her smock, let dry and then fussy cut her.  She’s a bit smudged because of me and my inky fingers–but it’s just that kind of imperfection, that I now love!!


I applied pieces of tissue tape here and there and added the outlined stars onto my page using the Dylusions Stars stencil and a black gel pen.  I painted them with a little Dusty Concord DP and a mini-detail paint brush.


This ‘new, creative’ me doesn’t even mind that I painted outside the lines or smeared my ink splatters!!  Oh, yeah-that!  I spritzed the page with my air art tool and my Black Soot DM, but I didn’t heat dry it–DUH!!  I started mounting the words and Mela and saw all the smudges–Embrace Imperfection & heat dry!!


Oh, I was hoping that the shimmer would come through in the picture!  I used a couple of spritzes of Sunflower Sparkle PPM over the stenciled rays to add a little bit of glint to the entire background.  And those blue & yellow circles?  A paper straw dabbed into my DPs and randomly pressed here and there on my page.


Before fussy cutting the words, I brushed them with a light layer of matte gel,  then mounted to my page with more matte gel and heat dried.  Mela was also adhered with matte gel.  I took a piece of wax paper and laid over the page, then closed the journal and pressed between heavy books for a bit to set and dry.  After drying, I used my Black Soot DM to outline each word band and smudge with my finger.  Page 1 of my first art journal DONE!!  That was FUN!! 🙂

I hope my creative Tic Tac Toe move of Paints-Stamps-Stencils has inspired you to make the same move, or one of the others!  Take whichever direction you want, but include that middle spot of Stamps!  The February OCC Tic Tac Toe Challenge is open until February 28th at 11:59pm (GMT).  Hope to see you there!  🙂

Thanks for stopping by and until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Surfaces:  Inky Art Journal (Yvonne Blair); Mixed Media Paper (Strathmore)
  • Stamp:  Mela (Daniel Torrente/Stampotique)
  • Stencils:  Rays LS (Tim Holtz/Stamper Anonymous); Stars (Dylusions/Ranger)
  • Distress Paints, Ink & Markers (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Ink (Ranger); White Embossing Paste (Wendy Vecchi/Dreamweaver Stencils); Perfect Pearls Mist (Ranger)
  • Tissue Tape (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Black Gel Pen; Paper Straw
  • Matte Gel (Liquitex); Air Art Tool (Artworx); Heat Tool; Finger Knife (Fiskars); Craft Sheet (Ranger); Paint Brush; Palette Knife

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

In a Time of Poe

HAPPY HAPPY FRIDAY!!  It’s that ‘time’ again…Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge #10– Tim Holtz’s Assemblage Clock! Now you get my ‘time’ hints 🙂 and you may have guessed the theme I chose to decorate my clock with, too–Edgar Allan Poe!  With Halloween right around the corner, a lot of my crafting of late has had an All Hallow’s Eve feel to it and I was waiting for this challenge, so I can make something for the house for Halloween 🙂


 The challenge this time around is not technique based, so I can show you what I did to compose my Assemblage Clock.  This is Challenge #10 which means The Funkie Junkie (Linda Coughlin to those who know her) Boutique is offering a $25 gift certificate to one of the lucky winners and as usual, the prize-a-palooza package from Tim & Mario is awarded to the Curiosity Crew’s Choice.


I’m working from page 33 in Tim’s Compendium of Curiosities 3 and it’s all about creating freely and having fun!  I took my time putting this together and even had some creative help from my hubbie along the way 🙂


I completely disassembled my clock (I used a 7/32 socket) and kept all of the small pieces in a little brad container that I’ve saved from days of yore.


I’m going to start by giving all of my clock pieces a coat of Adirondack Alcohol Inks.  I used Wild Plum, Lettuce, Terra Cotta & Eggplant.

I let gravity and the shape of the bell caps take its course with the Alcohol Inks.  The coverage was great and the way the inks ran and mottled together was just what I was hoping for.

I did the same thing with the body of the clock and let the Alcohol Inks run with the shape of the clock.  I helped a bit and spun the clock body to move the ink around the clock (uh, the edges of the clock are SHARP and I now have a new scar on my man hands!).

I got really painty with these next steps and I still have paint under my nails!  I’m going to do some finger painting with Seedless Preserves, Ripe Persimmon & Black Soot DPs…

I picked up the DPs with my fingers (individually at first..) and swiped and rubbed paint over the outside surface of the clock body and bell caps.  I did rub a little bit of DP in the undersides of the bell caps, too.

During all of my finger painting, I rubbed Black Soot DP onto the washers and nuts and heat dried them on my little pliers.


This is how I stored my clock at night.  As I did things for and on the clock during the day, I stored any bits & pieces inside the body-safely away from night prowling kitties!!


I decided on painting the inside of the clock a lighter color because I plan on using a lot of black elements within the confines of the hollow clock body which will entomb…..OH, almost waxed goth there 😉 Sorry, back now!


I applied two coats of Pumice Stone DP and carefully heat dried each.  It is metal and it does get hot, but no burns suffered (from heat drying..).


I’m using stamps from the Haunted & Dr. Coffin’s Apothecary plates from Oxford Impressions which work so well together.  I mix and match these two sets all the time, but they are completely image-fulfilling on their own!


Stamping onto tissue paper is Awesome! You end up with two images on both sides of the tissue, giving you more versatility for image positioning.  Once I stamped the house image onto this piece of tissue paper, I turned it over and glued it into place with gloss multi-medium.  I heat dried just a bit, but mostly let this air dry.  OH–I’m using Jet Black Archival Ink as it’s permanent and won’t smudge from the multi-medium.

I’m using the Ouija board image to create the wallpaper that will adorn the inside of the clock.

Working in sections, I brushed a coat of multi-medium onto the wall of the clock, laid a piece of the tissue paper down and brushed over to set.  I cut any overhanging tissue with my finger knife once it was dry.

I had to get ‘Nevermore’ in this clock somewhere!  I rimmed the inside of the bell caps with tissue paper stamped with the famous utterance.

I so totally had to use the Gothic layering stencil on this! I masked the house image and used Black Soot & Seedless Preserves DPs, then I sprinkled Antiquities Frosted Crystal EP over the wet paint and heat embossed.  I wanted the stenciled design to have a matte finish and this worked great!


OH BOY–Now onto the actual pieces that will create my scene!  I shall have a gothic headstone!  I stamped this headstone image onto chipboard several times…


…and fussy cut each one out.  The top headstone needs to be weathered and worn so I stamp over one of the fussy cut stones with Distress Embossing Ink


…and heat embossed with Pumice Stone Distress EP.  I distressed all of the edges and inked with Black Soot DI.


I layered all of the chipboard headstones together and glued all of the layers with multi-medium.  I set this between a heavy stack of stuff overnight to dry and fuse together.


A gravesite isn’t gothic unless there’s a mourning wreath, well, a Woodlands wreath that will get the goth treatment…


…with Black Marble Ink Spray!!  Oh, Oh, I feel the goth coming out…black marble, cold like the soul of the raven’s black eyes that stare….


I made a couple of banners from manila stock that I’ll drape onto the wreath.  I treated the banners with Tea Dye, Vintage Photo & Walnut Stain mini DIs.


I made an itty bitty little easel for the wreath out of fireplace match sticks and hot glue then painted with Black Soot DP.  I stamped the raven image onto Shrink Plastic with Jet Black Staz-On Ink and let air dry a long time before fussy cutting it.


Here’s the little raven after being shrunk down with my embossing heat tool.  It wouldn’t be a proper ode to Poe without a raven 😉


This could be one of the funnest little décor elements I’ve ever made!


I want to add these metal filigree rounds to the bell caps–but I have to paint them black to make them goth-worthy.  These are wonderful little metal embellishments that I bought from The Funkie Junkie Boutique 🙂


I painted the filigree rounds with Black Soot DP and carefully heat dried.  Once dry, I brushed multi-medium on the bottom of the filigree pieces and brushed a little on top of the bell caps and adhered the rounds down.  I did place some weighted items on top of the caps to make sure those filigree pieces won’t go anywhere.

I stamped Mr. Poe’s image with Jet Black Archival Ink onto  the smooth side of Distress Water Color paper.  I colored the entire image with Distress Markers in Victorian Velvet, Black Soot, Pumice Stone, Tattered Rose & Aged Mahogany and my water brush.  At this point, I wasn’t sure if I was going to use the entire portrait image, or just fussy cut Edgar out.


This skeleton image is from Dr. Coffin’s Apothecary plate and I use him a lot! This time, I stamped him with Cotton White Opaque Staz-On ink onto Modeling Film.


Oh, this little skull & crossbones, I love this little trinket!!  I gave my skull the goth treatment with Black Soot DP and added tiny red rhinestones in the eye sockets.  I needed to add a little bling somewhere 🙂


BTS-Before calling it quits one of the nights I crafted late, I rusted this Prima clock face with Rusting Powder and let it do its rusting magic overnight.  I knew this was going to be safe overnight from the cats, because it gets sprayed with vinegar to activate the rusting 😉


OK–So now it’s time for assembly.  I’m using kraft shred for my groundcover that I spritzed with Black Marble & Chopped Pesto Ink Sprays.


OH–before I started gluing things in place, I added some hot glue spider webs to my wreath arrangement.  Since the clock is round, I trimmed down one of the legs on my easel so that it would sit somewhat straight in my graveyard.


Same with the headstone…I trimmed it down so that it will sit properly with the curved shape of the clock and adhered it with my hot glue gun (my man hand fingers may have gotten too close to the tip of the hot glue gun during these initial assembly steps) 😉


I almost forgot about installing the glass!!  But I figured that out before I started gluing everything in place!!  WHEW & DUH!!


My clock is almost complete….I’m waiting for a few things to dry….


I used my Tattered Florals die to create the goth blooms from black cotton fabric, black tulle, and orange color Core’dinations stock.  I stenciled the black fabric with the Gothic and Halloween layering stencils–it’s difficult to see the stenciled designs, but they’re there 🙂


Here’s a better view of the blooms.  Before I hot glued in place, I spritzed the blooms with Pomegranate Seed Ink Spray and Sheer Shimmer mist.  I also added a strip of black lace that I weaved between the blooms as I was gluing.


I’m still trying to take as many ‘finished’ pictures outside that I can, to utilize the sunshine while we still have it.  Tricky photographing this clock because the glass front reflects everything!!


Oh, my skeleton friend?  He got molded so that he’s hugging Mr. Poe’s headstone!


The shrink plastic raven was glued on top of the easel, perched to protect and overlook Mr. Poe’s final resting place-in this clock!


I swear that Edgar’s eyes follow me every where I go!! Look at him peeking through from the back of the scene…and then those glowing red eyes from the skull–Oh, so eerie!!


I could keep fussing and adding more embellishments to my Assemblage Clock, but at some point, I have to stop and close it up!!  And hurry and get this entered over at Studio L3 by tonight (11:55 Boise time)!!  I didn’t mean to wait until the very last moment to share or enter this, I was just having so much fun that I got swept away!

I hope you enjoyed my latest ode to Mr. Poe.  The anniversary of his death, 165 years ago, is quickly approaching and I hope that where ever he may be now, he’s pleased at how appreciated he and his work are and how alive his spirit is in his written words.  Thank You, EAP!

Thanks for enduring my gothic reveries!! I know this was a long one with lots of photos, but it’s over now!!  Or is it?



  • Assemblage Clock (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Stamps: Haunted & Dr. Coffin’s Apothecary Plates (Oxford Impressions/Austen Gallery)
  • Surfaces: Manila Stock; Shrink Plastic (Ranger); Modeling Film (Wendy Vecchi); Chipboard; Distress Water Color Stock (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Tissue Paper; Color Core’dinations (Core’dinations); Black Cotton Fabric; Black Tulle; Black Lace; Kraft Shred; Woodlands (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Distress Inks, Markers & Paints (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Dylusions Ink Sprays (Ranger); Adirondack Alcohol Inks (Ranger); Mixables Sheer Shimmer Mist (My Favorite Things); Archival Ink (Ranger); Distress Embossing Ink (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Staz-On Inks (Tsukineko); Antiquities Frosted EP (Ranger); Distress EP (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Rusting Powder (Crafty Notions)
  • Crossbones (Tim Holtz/Idea0ology); Metal Filigree Rounds (The Funkie Junkie Boutique); Black Brads; Clock Face (Prima Embellishments)
  • Tattered Florals Die (Tim Holtz/Sizzix); Big Shot Machine (Sizzix); Finger Knife (Fiskars); Scissors;
  • Craft Sheet (Ranger); Wax Paper; Glossy Multi-Medium (Claudine Hellmuth/Ranger); Foam Squares; Heat Tool; Embossing Heat Tool; Ink Blending Tools

Scrambled Birthday

Hello Hello Hello!!  Happy September!! Happy First Days of school and Cheers to renewed (or new) routines!!  I cannot believe how quickly these months of Summer passed–I may have whiplash!!  I think that’s the way I felt about it when it was time for my first days back to school, too.  Bittersweet-Summer is over, no more sleeping in-Boo!  But, getting to see all of my friends who I didn’t see over the break-Yay!

My first day of kindergarten, age 5-circa 1974

My first day of kindergarten, age 5-circa 1974

Even though I’m not in school any more, I’m still being taught new things every day and with learning new things, comes making lots of mistakes and then learning from those mistakes!  I’m sharing one of those mistakes today–Start the month off right!!


This is a  ‘failed’ shaker card that I had made specifically for the PPP Cutting Edge Blog Hop a couple of weeks ago.  After making this card, I had a lot of  “should have done this-should have done that’s”, one of which was-I should have waited to have electricity before assembling.  I could have used some really good final shots of a heat tool at this! 🙂

I’m using the PPP Stitched Frame die for the base and frame for the shaker element, which I die cut twice from manila stock, then fussy cut the perimeter to form my frame.


I’m going to randomly place some of these Tando Creative chipboard letters, but strategically include the word ‘birthday’ within the scrambled letters.


I did a few different letter placements before settling on this one and gluing down with multi-medium.


I sealed the manila base and chipboard letters with gesso and heat set (I still had power at this point) 🙂


Another mistake I made is, I should have layered my gesso with some Distress Paint.  Distress Ink doesn’t really ‘stick’ onto the finish of the gesso, but I’m OK with this for now…

 …because I’m going to make a inky/stainy mess for my grungy background anyway.  I still had power here, so I heat set the DS & DI, trying to maintain those puddles of color.


I’m going to use some Distress Paints to color the letters that spell out ‘birthday’–and this is where I have no electricity.  From here on out, I had to step away and let things air dry.

I’m using Seedless Preserves, Crushed Olive, Dusty Concord, Picked Raspberry, Barn Door, Mustard Seed & Mowed Lawn, Salty Ocean and Picket Fence Distress Paints.  I used the Picket Fence DP to touch up the insides of the letters.  As I didn’t have power, I did not heat set the paint and let air dry for a few hours (believe me, there were plenty of non-power chores that still got done behind the scenes).


After the paint had dried, I came back and applied a thin layer of Diamond Glaze to the painted letters, then set that aside to dry.  Before I had assembled this shaker element, I ended up painting all of the white letters with Black Soot DP.  One of the things I ‘should have’ done was just paint the entire panel black.  I think the colorful letters of ‘birthday’ would have popped more….


I colored my frame using the same DP’s I used for the letters.  I rubbed my finger over the sponge applicator of each paint, then rubbed my finger across the frame.  I set that aside to air dry, too.


I made an alcohol ink background to mount the shaker element onto.  I used Butterscotch, Lettuce, Salmon, Stream & Wild Plum Adirondack alcohol inks.  I ended up using the Cargo & Stars layering stencils to create a faded layers background, too–but no pictures of that part (sorry!) 😉


I made the ‘Happy” word sticker using my computer & plain white adhesive paper and a TH/Idea-ology File Tag (don’t mind the crimp marks), and adhered to the outside of the shaker frame with multi-medium.  When I assembled everything together, I did place a few foam dots under the file tab to make sure it won’t sag later on.


I stitched the label letters onto my alcohol ink background panel before final assembly.


I used a sheet of acetate for my shaker window and glued the frame onto the acetate with multi-medium.  I sprinkled some PPP sequins and wood veneer stars over the word scramble and placed my acetate window into place with two layers of foam tape.  Another ‘should have’ was to have 3 layers of foam tape instead of just 2!  Chock it up to a learning experience!!


Even though I think this is a failed shaker card, someone down the line, will get this as a birthday card!!  Ssshhhhh–They don’t know I consider this a failure, maybe they’ll just see it as a fun/funky card? 😉 🙂

Thank You for coming by today and having a visit!  I sure do appreciate ya’ll stopping in and leaving such nice comments!  Until next time–Artsy Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Surfaces: Kraft Stock & Acetate (Papertrey Ink); Manila Stock; Glossy Stock
  • Distress Inks, Stain & Paints (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Gesso (Claudine Hellmuth/Ranger); Adirondack Alcohol Ink & Blending Solution (Ranger)
  • Layering Stencils (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous); Label Letters & File Tab (TH/Idea-ology); Chipboard Letters (Tando Creative); Sequins & Wood Veneer Stars (Pretty Pink Posh)
  • Stitched Frame Die (Pretty Pink Posh); Big Shot Machine (Sizzix); Multi-Medium (Claudine Hellmuth/Ranger); Double Back Tape & Foam Tape (3M); Diamond Glaze (Judikins); Sewing Machine (Kenmore); Paper Distresser (TH/Tonic Studios); Finger Knife (Fiskars)
  • Heat Tool; Paint Brush; Craft Sheet (Ranger)

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 canvas..boo-boo 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

Coming Up Roses

HELLO HELLO HELLO!!  I’m so happy to be back and sharing this latest challenge project-FINALLY!! That means I’m done tiling the bathroom floor!!

I started this project, one day last week and wasn’t able to get back to it until a couple of days ago.  Which, was probably a good thing–As I was mortaring and tiling and grouting, I was also thinking about my project and how I was going to bring it all together with the challenge theme and the two additional inspirations that drove my design…


This is what I made for the latest Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge at Studio L3–Faux Tea Roses.  When this challenge was first posted and the subject was the Faux Tea Roses technique from Tim’s book, I started singing…”Everything’s Coming Up Roses…” and Yes–I attempted to belt it out Ethel Mermon style!!  I do that sometimes 🙂

So, the song is a challenge I gave myself–incorporate it somehow, in a clever & crafty manner, in my project–like I don’t have enough challenges already?  And then, there’s Linda Ledbetter’s own creation she made for challenge inspiration.  Her darling painting did just that–Inspire me!!  BIG TIME!!

For the most part, I will be flying by the seat of my pants on this canvas.  I kind of know what I want to do when I begin, so, I gather some Distress Inks & Paints and some gesso and acrylics….I’m going for it!!


I prepped my 6×6 canvas with gesso and heat dried.  I squeezed some CH StudioYellow Pastel semi-gloss acrylic paint directly onto the canvas and spread with my paint brush.  I’m heat drying each layer as I go along.


I wanted a bright, happy background for this canvas to evoke a positive feeling–Everything’s Coming Up Roses, you know!?! 😉

I don’t have an extensive collection of acrylic paints (well, at least in the colors I wanted to use..) so, I’m bringing in the Distress Paints in Broken China, Scattered Straw and Crushed Olive to layer on the middle and bottom portion of the canvas.


I’m very happy with the layering and graduation of color I achieved and I did wrap the paint around the sides of the canvas.

I’m using one of my favorite stencils ‘Rays’ from Tim’s Layering Stencil line.  I used a mini-ink blending tool with Picket Fence DP and pounced paint over the entire stencil and around the sides.

I’m going to use a splattering technique I recently learned (in the Watercolor for Card Makers OCC), to form a layered background.

First, I’ll use Peeled Paint DI, that I pressed onto my craft sheet, spritzed with water and picked up with my round paint brush…


….to splatter and give me my first layer of color.

Next is Broken China DI splattered on the top half and sides….


..to help give my sunshiny sky a little blue.


I’ve got a small set of different sized round stencil brushes that I’m going to use to pounce some flowers onto the scene….

I started with Picked Raspberry DI that I smooshed onto my craft sheet, spritzed with water and picked up with the stencil paint brush.  I lightly pounced the brush all over the surface and sides of the canvas…

…then I brought in Aged Mahogany DI using a larger stencil brush and filled in the spaces.


Using the stenciled Rays that I previously laid down as my guide, I placed the Rays stencil back down and applied a layer of white embossing paste over the painted surface.

As the embossing paste dries, the paint will seep through the paste and give me some really cool color through the texture–Love That!!

I added more splatters of Peeled Paint DI and more pounces of Picked Raspberry & Aged Mahogany to the left side of the canvas–I had a change of mind with my layout and decided to fill in that area to even it out a bit.


I inked all of the edges with Sepia Archival Ink and my ink blending tool….


…then sealed the entire canvas with a spray of clear top coat.  Since I am using Distress Inks, I don’t want them to react from here on out.  With what I need to do with this canvas in a couple of upcoming steps, I want the color to stay put.

This is where I ended last week.  I had the background of my creation ready for a story to be told upon it, and with part of this challenge being secret, I can bump forward to the parts needed for assembly.  Plus, I didn’t take pictures-again-of a lot of the detail work…you know how it goes!! 🙂

In keeping with the challenge requirements, I can’t show you how I created the bunches of roses, but let me tell you–with my ‘man hands’, making those little roses, wasn’t easy!!  Paper rips–easily!! But, if Tim Holtz can create those dainty little flowers, by George–so can I, darn it!!  It wasn’t easy and probably took me too much time to make, but I did it!!  And I only lost one rose in the process 😉

Behind the scenes–I did a text transfer (a la image transfer) onto tissue paper for my background text pieces that say–Everything’s Coming Up Roses!  This is why I needed my colors to stay fast.  I used matte multi-medium to glue all of my tissue paper pieces down and that multi-medium would have reacted with the Distress Ink.

This is where I stopped taking pictures-sorry.  I glued all of my tissue pieces in place on the canvas and set it aside to air dry while I cut and assembled all of the roses out of TH Color Core stock.  I used three different colors of pink colorcore to match the pinks of DI I used on the canvas and to match my winged girl.


MAGIC–It’s done!!

The words between the embossed rays are tissue paper transfer and I am truly pleased at how it came out!  I wish I could say that was my script, but it’s not!  It’s a font called Ralph Walker that I found on fontspace.com and it matches just perfectly with the playful feel of the canvas.


The winged girl is from TH/SA Winged Things I set and she’s stamped onto 140# water color paper with Jet Black Staz-On ink and water colored with my water brush and DM’s in: Victorian Velvet, Scattered Straw, Aged Mahogany, Worn Lipstick, Tattered Rose and Walnut Stain.  Her wings are modeling film layered with frosted film and her hat is a bit of scrap fabric that I stitched on with my sewing machine.  DSC03306

I have her adhered to the canvas with layered foam squares, so you can touch her and there’s a little bit of movement.

Everything else is adhered down with either matte multi-medium or hot glue!  Those roses aren’t going anywhere!!

Here are a couple of shots of the sides–Touchable and permanent because of that clear coat that I protected it with, WHEW!!


Don’t you just want to sing?!  I do!! Everything’s Coming Up Roses!!  I just can’t help myself!! 🙂

Join me over at Studio L3 for the chance to win a fab goodie gift package from Tim & Mario themselves or a wonderful $50 gift certificate from the sponsor of this Faux Tea Rose challenge, Inspiration Emporium! Totally awesome!!

Thanks for joining me today!!  I hope you enjoyed coming with me on this challenge creation–which, incidentally, is my 2nd canvas creation!! Cool!!

I’ve got a whole list of cards and tags to make for celebrations and challenges, so I may be laying low for another week, but I’ll have all kinds of goodness to share in upcoming weeks and that makes me happy!!  So, until next time–

Stay Artsy Fartsy!!  XOXO-Shari


  • 6×6 Canvas; Tissue Paper; 140# Water Color Paper; Modeling Film (Wendy Vecchi Studio 490); Frosted Film (TH/Idea-ology); ColorCore Cardstock (Core’dinations); Acetate-for text transfer (Papertrey Ink)
  • Stamp: Winged Thing I (TH/SA)
  • Stencil; Rays (TH/SA); Tattered Pinecone Die (TH/Sizzix); Big Shot Machine (Sizzix)
  • Gesso & Yellow Pastel Acrylic (Claudine Hellmuth Studio); Distress Paints, Inks, Markers (TH/Ranger); Staz-On Ink (Tsukineko);Archival Ink (Ranger); Embossing Paste (Wendy Vecchi/Ranger); Spray Clear Top Coat; Sheer Shimmer Mist (My Favorite Things)
  • Paint Brushes-Round & Stencil; Palette Knife; Craft Sheet (Ranger); Heat Tool; Hot Glue Gun; Matte Multi-Medium (CH Studio/Ranger);
  • Self-Adhesive Mini Pearls; Self-Adhesive Gemstone; Natural Leaves

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