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

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)


Paws Up – Hiccup!

Happy Weekend, Kids!! I just thought I’d sneak in here and share a glass of happy hour creativity with a simple card that I made using one of the super cute Party Hat Cats from Lost Coast Designs–Cheers, Paws-Up & all that rot….

Is that a pink kitty in my glass or am I just having a good time?

Is that a pink kitty in my glass or am I just having a good time?

Supplies I Used:

I started this card for a Drunken Stamper’s challenge incorporating some of Tim Holtz’s September Tag techniques – I stamped my Party Hat Cat on my manilla stock first with Archival Ink in Jet Black and also made a mask of the image.  Since I had this stamp all inked up, I stamped again on a scrap piece of acetate and on a scrap piece of yellow stock — All to be used later!

I masked the image then stenciled the polka-dots with white gesso.

I masked the image then stenciled the polka-dots with white gesso.

I masked my kitty image then laid the dot part of the Dylusions Dotted Flowers stencil over the image strategically and lightly painted a coat of white gesso over the stencil.  I carefully removed the stencil & mask and dried the gesso with my heat tool.

I see this party kitty dancing on a table under a disco ball!!

I see this party kitty dancing on a table under a disco ball!!

Now time to color the background!  I spritzed with water then directly smudged and dabbed Salty Ocean, Worn Lipstick & Squeezed Lemonade DS’s.  I tilted the stock to let the colors bleed into each other then applied my heat tool.  I love how the Distress Stains give the white gesso polka dots a color-wash effect.

Party Kitty Glass

This picture doesn’t really show that this glass is the acetate scrap that I had previously stamped party kitty onto.  I fussy cut the image and adhered with multi-medium to ensure you could see through the glass and get the entire background colors.

Party Kitty Hat

Kitty’s hat was stamped on a piece of scrap yellow stock with Jet Black Archival and then given a coat of Dimensional Magic.  I let that air dry and then fussy cut it to fit Party Kitty’s attentive ears!  Of course, it’s not a party hat without a few rhinestones!  MEE-OOW!

Party Cat with a hat in a glass!

Party Cat with a hat in a glass!

I stamped the words with my mini-alphabet letters onto scrap white stock, doodled a border around each word and cut out.  I inked the edges with Vintage Photo DI and adhered with 3D Dots.  The card was finished with distressing of the edges and inking with Vintage Photo DI.

This Party Cat’s weekend is just beginning!!  Paws Up Party Kitty–Paws Up!!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!!  Thank you for stopping by and Stay Artsy Fartsy!!  XOXO-Shari

I’ve Got Sunshine–On a Cloudy Day!

And it IS cold outside!!  Happy Tuesday and Hello Fall!!  It’s hitting near freezing temps here at night already and the last few days have been rainy, dreary, blustery and chilly…Brrrrr!  But, this happy card will bring the cheer of sunshine right back, no matter where you are!

Happy Button Flowers

Happy Button Flowers

Supplies I Used:

The background may look familiar if you’re a follower of Tim Holtz’s 12 Tags of 2013.  The background is the technique he taught us for September’s Tag Challenge.  I’m still experimenting and haven’t made a tag for the challenge yet but, I’m having fun whipping out some cards using the techniques!!

Vibrant colors and stencil layering is pure eye candy!

Vibrant colors and stencil layering is pure eye candy!

I used the Dylusions Dotted Flower stencil with white gesso for the polk-a-dots and Picket Fence DP for the flowers.  I then used Salty Ocean, Worn Lipstick & Peeled Paint DS’s for my blended background and used the Dylusions Luscious Leaves stencil and dabbed Vintage Photo DI with my ink blending tool.  I distressed the edges and inked with Vintage Photo DI and my ink blending tool.

The button flowers add a touch a whimsy to the grungy background...

The button flowers add a touch a whimsy to the grungy background…

The button flowers are made by simply laying a dot of hot glue down on the craft sheet, arranging the buttons into the hot glue and top it off with another button.  Let the buttons dry on your craft sheet–when dry, you can use a scraper to release the flower.  Easy Peasy!  (I originally made this card to enter into the Drunken Stampers-Button challenge….)

Its Your Day Button Flowers

The ribbon is seam binding colored with Peeled Paint & Squeezed Lemonade DS’s all smushed together and dried with my heat tool.  After I had tied the bow, I really liked how part of the ribbon turned upwards between two of the flowers–so I adhered that in place with a small piece of double-back tape and rubbed a little bit of Vintage Photo DI over the top of it to age the bow a little.

Its Your Day Labels

The sentiment is from the Happiest Birthday Wishes set from Stampin’ Up and I cut the words out like banners, adhered with 3D Dots and placed light blue self adhesive rhinestones here and there.

These flowers will never wilt!

These flowers will never wilt!

It’s Your Day EVERYDAY with happy button flowers like this!  This is one of my more “cutesy-wutesy” designs–especially made for my girlie-girl sis-in-law, Josie, for her birthday!!!  YAY!!

Now, it’s back to the design dungeon for me to get some card orders out the door and get back to being Artsy Fartsy!!

Have a GREAT rest of your Tuesday and Thanks for Stopping By!! XOXO-Shari

A Dog’s Adventure-Card

Hello Kids! Happy Thursday!  I don’t even know where the week has gone….Whew!  So for today, I’m going to take it easy and share a card that’s nice and simple, letting the image speak for itself…..

It speaks for itself....

Supplies I Used:

  • Stamps from the Adventure Plate from Artistic Outpost
  • Turquoise Card Stock, Manilla Stock, Ivory Card Stock
  • Distress Stains & Inks, Archival Ink, Ink Blending Tool, Multi-Medium, Distresser, Brayer, Heat Tool, Craft Sheet
  • Bakers Twine, Tim Holtz/Idea-ology; Tissue Tape, Remnant Rub-Ons, Philosophy Tag & Brad, Sprocket Gear

I wanted the dog to be the center of attention in this adventure of a card and I think I did him justice by keeping everything about this card pretty simple.  My card base is turquoise card stock with two pieces of tissue tape on the left and right edges. I inked the edges with Walnut Stain DI and my ink blending tool.

Follow the fingers to ADVENTURE!

Follow the fingers to ADVENTURE!

I’m using manilla stock as my top layer and I stamped my doggie friend with Archival Ink in Jet Black and  treated it with Salty Ocean & Wild Honey DS’s that I rubbed on my craft sheet and picked up & applied, individually, with the brayer.  I really like using the brayer to get that chunky, water color effect–I do that by lifting my brayer during rolling, then set it back down where I picked it up and continue rolling—it ends up leaving a big, chunky stain of intense color.  I dried the surface with the heat tool then distressed the edges and inked with Walnut Stain DI and the ink blending tool.

I stamped the word Adventure onto ivory card stock and used Wild Honey & Broken China DI’s and the blending tool to give the letters some color.  I fussy cut the letters out, inked the edges in Walnut Stain DI and set aside. I wrapped the right side of my layer with yellow Baker’s Twine and secured on the back with tape.  I used multi-medium to glue each letter to the bakers twine and I did have to let that sit and dry before I could finish with my simple embellishments…tick tock, tick tock…..Once the letters were dried and secured in place, I used a couple of the fingers from the Elements rub-ons and just one word from the Words rub-ons as part of my simple embellishments along with a philosophy tag & sprocket gear.  This Doggie Adventure card is done!

A Dog's Life...filled with Destiny & Adventure!

A Dog’s Life…filled with Destiny & Adventure!

This card is versatile and can be used to celebrate a birthday, someone’s long travel or relocation, or even someone needing some encouraging, uplifting words—Life is an Adventure…Enjoy the direction the wind takes you.

Have a great day and Thank You All for stopping by!

PS–I’m going to enter this card in 2 blog challenges..the Monthly Referral Program challenge at Artistic Outpost  and Challenge #137 at Drunken Stampers.  You should take a look-see at these blogs and look at all of the wonderful art that’s submitted–Tons of inspiration!  Enjoy!