Little Merry Christmas Trees

HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY FRIDAY & MERRY CHRISTMAS one more time!!  I’m here on this Eve of Christmas Eve real quickly today to share a couple more little pieces of Christmas ‘art’ that I made for the holiday–Well, they’re actually a couple more ornaments 😉 🙂


These ornaments were so fun and easy to make, I wish I had made more (to keep for myself!) LOL!  Alas, these ornaments were sent out as little gifts, and knowing they have arrived at their destinations, I can now talk about them and share how I put these together 🙂 🙂


For this first little ornament, I painted the base and hanger of the decorative dome with Picket Fence DP and let air dry then I sprayed this mini Christmas tree with Picket Fence DSS and set that aside to drip dry.


This second mini Christmas tree was sprayed with Mowed Lawn DSS and I painted the base with Gathered Twigs DP.


When the trees were dry, I rubbed the tips of the bristles with diamond glaze then dipped and rolled each in Clear Rock Candy DG.  While the glitter was drying,  I made the two shrink plastic Merry Christmas tags–I stamped Merry Christmas onto pieces of shrink plastic with Jet Black Archival, punched holes into the plastic, then shrunk down using my embossing heat tool.


I applied a layer of white embossing paste onto the bases of the decorative domes, sprinkled with Clear Rock Candy DG then set each tree into the center of the wet embossing paste.  Then I dipped the rims of the glass domes into a little puddle of gloss Decou-Page and pressed into the wet embossing paste.


When the domes were dried and secured, I placed each on a hanger with a few beads and the shrink plastic tags, and that’s all there was to them!  Are these cute or what?!  I just love them and I really did want to keep them!!  LOL!! 🙂 🙂

I don’t think I’ll have another posting until next Thursday, so I’ll sign off for now with BIG WISHES of a Very Merry Christmas to you all!!

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



  • Decorative Domes & Mini Christmas Trees (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Distress Spray Stains, Paint & Distress Glitter (Tim Holtz/Ranger); White Embossing Paste (Wendy Vecchi)
  • Shrink Plastic (Inkssentials/Ranger); Archival Ink (Ranger); Merry Christmas Stamp (Hero Arts)
  • Diamond Glaze; Gloss Decou-Page (DecoArt)
  • Beads; Jump Rings; Metal Ornament Hangers

World In My Eyes

Happy Weekend!!  Our Creative Corner has a Fabulous April challenge – With a Song in Your Heart – Create something inspired by a song title or lyrics.  Oh Boy!!  This is going to be a fun one!!


Let me take you (on a trip..) back to my youth in the 80’s when the “New Wave” genre of music hit the States.  I instantly fell in L-O-V-E with Depeche Mode!!  I’ve been a lifetime fan (I said fan–not fanatic!) ever since.  Even as an adult, they are my–Final Answer–Favorite Band of ALL TIME!  I instantly thought of this song for this challenge!!


World in My Eyes–Track 1 from their 1990 album Violator.  (click on this link and you’ll be taken to the video)

Here’s a story–When I was a young, 21 year old navy wife (ahem-that was hubby #1) in San Diego, Depeche Mode played 2 sold-out shows at the Sports Arena for this album.  I didn’t get to go to either of the sold out shows–but, as a sad, alone (because hubby was out to sea), DM fan, I forlornly drove past the Sports Arena both nights, just so I could hear the thrum of the music and the screams of the crowd!  Martin Gore would have appreciated that!

I did make up for it later though, by pretty much going to every Depeche Mode concert they played in Seattle, between the years of 1991-2005!!  And let me say this–that spin that Dave Gahan does….It’s Spectacular when you get to see it on stage in person!!!  🙂


OK–back to what I’m here for!  I started with a piece of Paper Stash Kraft Resist and rubbed Salty Ocean DS over the entire front.


The distress stain really brings out that coated design on the paper.  You can see the beads of stain sit on top of the resist.


I dried the surface with my heat tool and wiped away the excess stain from the resist areas. I also inked the edges with SU Night of Navy and a sponge applicator–This is going to be my card base.

 I made my own perfect pearls mist by taking a little bit of Pewter Perfect Pearls and spooning inside a mini-mister, then filling with water and placing a small bead inside to shake.  This is how I achieved this sparkly, water spot effect.


For my ‘world’, I’m using the globe image from the Travel Blueprint set.  I stamped with Staz-On ink in Jet Black on three different surfaces, because I just wasn’t sure what I was going to do at this point.


I’m going to color my globe on vellum with my water brush and Distress Markers in Faded Jeans, Broken China, Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint, Brushed Corduroy & Antique Linen


…but on the reverse side!  I figured out what I’m going to do with my stamped globe images and I can’t have water-reactive inks on the front side of this vellum.

I also colored the globe image I stamped on the white card stock with the same DM’s and my water brush.

I ran the white cardstock globe through my Xyron adhesive machine, positioned so the colored side of the globe will get the adhesive, then I layered the piece of vellum right on top with ‘perfect’ alignment.  I really rubbed the vellum onto the white cardstock to make sure the adhesive layer stuck, then fussy cut the globe.


This is why I couldn’t have ink on the front side of the globe image–I’m layering it with a coat of dimensional magic and I didn’t want the colors to wick away.  This was set aside to air dry to reduce any air bubbles that could form if I used my heat tool to dry.



I’m very happy with how this turned out!  Even though the vellum lifted in a few places, it lends a fun texture to my glossy globe.  I mounted this globe on a piece of black cardstock for rigidity and inked the edges and surface with Sepia & Jet Black Archival Inks.  Very cool effect on those raised portions of vellum.


I’m trying to incorporate acetate in more of my designs….


…so I stamped the ‘eye’ image from the Oddities set a couple of times with Jet Black Staz-On ink….


…then die-cut the eyes into mini-tags.

I also stamped the song title onto acetate with Jet Black Staz-On then fussy cut into little word bands.


Now time for assembly! I gathered some metal embellishments from Tim Holtz and Prima Embellishments, silver and brown threads and everyone’s crafting BFF, multi-medium!!


And here’s how it turned out (ignore that red dot on the eyebrow…it’s from my camera)….

I ended up layering the eye over the world with vellum because it got lost on the transparent acetate when I first positioned it and I ended up using only the silver thread–the brown thread was just too thick.

I used foam dots to pop the world off of my card front and multi-medium to glue down the metal pieces.  I actually used double-back tape to adhere the acetate words down with because the matte multi-medium left a dull coating on the acetate when I experimented with it earlier.  I wonder if I used glossy multi-medium, would it have left a dull film on the acetate?  Hmmm…I’ll be experimenting with that…


And there you have it–My first challenge card for Our Creative Corner and a brief look into my musical preferences!  I hold the music of my ‘youth’ very close and it dominates my i-pod almost exclusively…I LOVE my 80’s NEW WAVE MUSIC!!  TOTALLY!!  Thanks for coming with me as I took my trip down Depeche Mode memory lane–It was fun for me 🙂

Have a Great rest of your weekend and until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!  XOXO-Shari


  • Kraft Resist (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Acetate (SU); Teal Cardstock (inside layer); Vellum; White Cardstock; Black Cardstock
  • Stamps: Oddities & Travel Blueprint (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous); Alphabet Letters (mfg unk)
  • Distress Stain & Markers (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Staz-On (Tsukineko); Perfect Pearls (Ranger); Classic Dye Ink Pad (SU)
  • Silver Thread (Coats); Small Gears, Spinner & Brad (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Large Metal Embellishments (Prima Embellishments)
  • Matte Multi-Medium (Claudine Hellmuth/Ranger); Double-Back Tape (3M); Foam Dots; Dimensional Magic (Plaid)
  • Paint Brush; Mini-Mister; Craft Sheet; Heat Tool; Sponge Applicator (make-up triangles)
  • Big Shot Machine (Sizzix); Traditional Tags Die (Sizzix)

I Am Exhausted….

HAPPY 2014!!!  Oh, sorry–did I say that too loudly?  I’ll try to keep it down for today’s post then 🙂  But seriously–

Happy New Year!!  I hope 2014 brings you all moments of “Well, Ain’t That Artsy Fartsy” as well as finding inspiration any where and every where to create your own Artsy Fartsiness, in whatever form it may take!!  So, without further ado, my first posting of the New Year!  Enjoy!!

Ain't she sweet?

Ain’t she sweet?

Disclaimer:  The comment made on this tag, may not necessarily reflect the opinion of the designer/blogger.  Or, does it? 🙂  Talk about SNARKY!! 🙂  LOVE IT!!  This girl is another image that just seems to speak for herself!

Oh, does someone need a hug?

Oh, does someone need a hug?

I’m using a couple of different stamp plates from Artistic Outpost on this tag–Kudzu Cafe and The Outpost.  Let’s call my friend here “angry girl” and she’s from the Kudzu plate.  She’s stamped with Jet Black Archival Ink onto water color paper and “painted” with Aged Mahogany, Tattered Roses & Victorian Velvet DM’s and my water brush.  I fussy cut her out and inked the edges with Vintage Photo DI and my ink blending tool.

Outpost and KudzuThe background of my #8 manila tag is Peacock Feathers, Mustard Seed and Vintage Photo DI’s, nicely applied with my ink blending tools and then given a spritz of water and dried with my heat tool.  I then stamped the windmill image with Jet Black Archival Ink and the barbed wire with Sepia Archival Ink and gave the edges an inking with Walnut Stain DI.

I'm Exhausted Back

Since this is a tag I’m making for someone, I stamped the back side, too.

The backside of my tag is a simpler version of the front–inked in the same colors as the front and spritzed with water; Angry Girl is stamped with Jet Black Archival; the barbed wire is Sepia Archival Ink.

I randomly added some Tim Holtz/Idea-ology paper tape here and there on the front and back.  I had some bare spaces and the tapes just add that certain nostalgic quality that angry girl needed to soften her up a bit.  Did it help?

The attitude is courtesy of Dylusions-Say It How It Is set.

The attitude is courtesy of Dylusions-Say It How It Is set.

One of my favorite quote plates is the Say It How It Is set from Dylusions.  I just love Dyan Reaveley’s style and this quote just fits with Angry Girl perfectly!!

I improvised the rust look with DCP Clear Rock Candy and Barn Door DS.

I improvised the rust look with DCP Clear Rock Candy and Barn Door DS.

I really like the look of rust and rusted things.  While anxiously awaiting for the arrival of a new product (that I’ll be talking about in future posts), I wanted to add something rusty to this tag.  So, I used my Cricut machine with the Cricut Sampler cartridge and die-cut hinges out of manila stock, then inked with Tea Dye & Vintage Photo DI’s, then layered with a smudging of Picket Fence & Black Soot DP’s finished with a spritz of water and heat dried.

The  hinges on the backside aren't coated with Clear Rock Candy.

The hinges on the backside aren’t coated with Clear Rock Candy.

I left the hinge on the backside of the tag raw, so to speak, because I really like the effect the DP’s & DI’s made after being spritzed with water–Almost looks like rust!!

I improvised the rust look with DCP Clear Rock Candy and Barn Door DS.

I improvised the rust look with DCP Clear Rock Candy and Barn Door DS.

When the Clear Rock Candy DCP was dry, I applied Barn Door DS right on top of the crackle finish and heat dried.  I think my experiment with improvising a rust-like finish looks pretty cool!

You can't help but laugh out loud with this one!

You can’t help but laugh out loud with this one!

And There you have it–Angry Girl strikes again and she’s EXHAUSTED!!  Too funny!!  I hope you’re laughing with me because this won’t be the last you see of her–this is only the beginning!!

Thank You soooo much for stopping by today, on this 1st day of the New Year!  Cheers to an Artsy Fartsy kind of year!!

Supplies I Used:

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.

Late August Vid Cam 010

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