Happy Friday Everyone!!  I’m ending the week with my-by the hair of my chinny chin chin-challenge entry for Compendium of Curiosities 3, Challenge #12-Photo Tinting as it ends tonight!!  Talk about WHEW!! 🙂


If you’ve got Tim’s book, you can play along  and The Funkie Junkie Boutique is the sponsor for this challenge with a $25 gift certificate and of course there’s the prize bonanza from Tim & Mario awarded to the Curiosity Crew’s Choice!!


This challenge is technique based, so I won’t be able to show you how the technique works, but, with a little creative ‘hocus pocus’ I can show you everything else that went into this “Bewitching” card 😉


My background panel is a left-over Distress Ink mono-print using the Gothic Layering Stencil and Aged Mahagony DI.


I’m going to add a little bit of texture with WV’s Embossing Paste through the Halloween LS.


I’m kind of messy with my EP application and any extra embossing paste is scraped up and placed right back into the tub 🙂


After the EP dried, I blended Vintage Photo DI over the entire surface with my ink blending tool.


 I love how Vintage Photo DI blended with this–It completely toned down the brightness of the manila stock but enriched the color of the Aged Mahogany, with an instant element of age.


Now, using the Halloween stencil as a mask, I’m placing it back over the raised letters…


…to rub a bit of Black Soot DI over the EP stenciling.


I distressed the edges with my paper distresser and I spritzed & flicked water over the surface.  I applied heat to dry the water spots and rubbed Walnut Stain DI around the distressed edges.


Before moving on to the image I’m using for my card, I practiced the Photo Tinting technique on this picture that I have from Claudine Hellmuth’s Composition for Collage class.  This is one of her class downloads and I thought a good piece to practice with.


This image is also a download from Claudine’s class–and my third attempt, with this picture, at photo tinting.  I think the glossy photo paper I used is too glossy for this technique, but, with an ever so light hand, I was able to tint this photo with minimal damage (but her lips did get away from me a bit).


I’m using a piece of 8×8 Seasonal Paper Stash, adhered to chipboard, to create a small frame for my photo.  I ran this piece through my Cricut machine to cut the oval.


This is the only shot I have where there’s a before & after shot of the photo.  The fussy cut image-very plain and blah before tinting; The image on the left-aged and delightful after tinting.


I applied a nice layer of Clear Rock Candy DCP to my frame and set aside to air dry.


I used the die cut oval as a mask to create the shadow of the frame around the image.  I did that as a visual place-holder, while my DCP frame was drying, so I could work with the remnant rub-ons, hat & embellies placement.  Then I used the mask I made and placed over the girl and lightly pounced Tea Dye DI to age the background directly behind her–she has a slight, pale aura about her now…How vexing!! 😉


Here’s the frame after it dried & after I rubbed Walnut Stain DI into the cracks and Black Soot DI around the edges and inside the oval with my ink blending tools.


BTS–I made her witch hat from a Tempting Template I found at , out of kraft-core stock,  Distress Glitter and black silk cord.  The flowers are from Kaisercraft that I spritzed with Tangerine Dream & Pomegranate Seed Dylusions IS and Pewter Perfect Pearls Mist.


I printed out the word onto label paper and fussy cut to fit into this file tab.  I attached the tab to the frame with matte gel and foam squares.


Before I had assembled everything into place,  I applied words from the Apothecary remnant rub-ons here & there and flicked Wine & Roses Twinkling H2O’s over the surface.


The framed photo & hat were adhered to the background panel with a combination of double-back tape, matte gel and foam squares.  Those pieces aren’t going anywhere!!


And now we’re flying off to Studio L3 to be a part of the CC3 festivities with Challenge #12!!  Come on over and check out the projects that are being entered from around the world!  It’s a fun challenge and all you need to participate is Tim’s Compendium of Curiosities 3!!

Thanks for ending your week with me!!  I know you have your choice of crafty blogs to visit and your time visiting with me is always valued and appreciated.  Please visit again soon and until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Surfaces: Manila Stock, Kraft-Core (Core’dinations); Glossy Photo Paper (HP); Chipboard; Seasonal Paper Stash (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Card Base (Papertrey Ink)
  • Distress Markers, Ink, Glitter & DCP (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Embossing Paste (Wendy Vecchi); Dylusions Ink Spray (Ranger); Perfect Pearls Mist (Ranger)
  • Paper Blossoms (Kaisercraft); File Tab (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Black Silk Cord;
  • Matte Gel (Liquitex); Double-Back Tape (3M); Foam Squares; Ink Blending Tool (Ranger)
  • Cricut Machine; Georges & Basic Shape Cartridge (Provo Craft)

The Snarky Set

Happy Friday!! Happy August!!  I’m starting the month and ending the week with a set of note cards I made for the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers.  I haven’t joined in with those Ladies in a spell and I’ve had a snarky kind of week-Perfect challenge timing!

Their challenge theme is ‘L is for Layer’ as in 1-layer cards/tags.  One Layer!!  That’s a hard one!! I love having multiple layers and embellishments and goodies all about–not this time, so I better make it good!!


I made a set of 8 note cards using the wonderfully snarky Say It How It Is stamp set by Dyan Reaveley.  I just love her attitude!!

The challenge is only allowing one layer (and it’s OK to have a single layer on top of your card base), so I’m going to make my backgrounds on manila stock using Distress Paints, Distress Stains, Distress Inks and Dylusions Ink Sprays–the perfect backdrops for Stencils!!

I’ll start with my Paint Marbling backgrounds….

I used Seedless Preserves & Crushed Olive DPs for my first Paint Marbling technique background.  I love this color combination–I can see a future Halloween card with this same combo!   I only ran my stock through the DPs twice, because I wanted to maintain that bright spot of green in the corner and when I spritzed the panel before heat drying, I didn’t spray that corner, either–I didn’t want that spot to run too much.

For the 2nd Paint Marbling background, I chose Broken China & Ripe Persimmon DP’s.  These two colors blended fantastically and ended up giving me warm and inviting beige/brown tones–very Autumny!

Here are the Dylusions Ink Spray panels….


Ink Sprays are so fun to play with!!  You can get so many different effects, depending on how close or far you decide to spray from.  The background on the left is Polished Jade & Tangerine Dream ISs and I sprayed from about 6-8″ away.  The panel on the right is Pure Sunshine & Pomegranate Seed ISs–I sprayed Pure Sunshine really close up, then backed away to about the 6-8″ range to spray the Pomegranate Seed.

I used two different techniques with the Distress Stains….

OK–don’t laugh at, what I call my “big-ass brayer”.  It’s another one of my ‘first tools’ that I’ve had since about 1999–check out that cool splatter guard!  I rubbed Spun Sugar & Worn Lipstick DSs onto my craft sheet and picked up with the brayer, then rolled a few times over my stock.  Love those streaks of color!!  This is one of my favorite Distress Stain techniques 🙂

 This is the Wrinkle-Free technique using Distress Stains.  I chose Barn Door & Squeezed Lemonade DSs that I rubbed onto my craft sheet, lightly spritzed with water, then I drug my panel through.  I spritzed the panel just a little with water and heat dried.  Then I pressed the panel back down into the DS and got those wonderful concentrated spots of stain!

Last but not least–Distress Inks!!

I don’t use my Brushed Corduroy & Victorian Velvet DIs enough–I’ll make a background out of them!!

I wanted one more background with blue–This time I picked Peacock Feathers & Crushed Olive DIs for this distressed background.  These colors are fabulous together!

Now for the fun part….you know what I like…

WATERSPOTS!!  After each panel was treated with its color technique, I inked the surface of all of them with Tea Dye, Vintage Photo & Walnut Stain DIs.  I also inked all of the edges with Walnut Stain DI.  Then, let the spritzing and flicking begin!!

One last detail….


I stamped each sentiment onto its respective panel with Black Colorbox Pigment Ink and heat embossed.  I then made masks of each sentiment and covered the heat embossed images before stenciling.



I used the Splatters TH/SA Layering Stencil to finish this card–it just fits with the sentiment!


This sentiment reminds me of my neighbor and she’s originally from Texas–The Stars layering stencil was perfect!


I used a combination of Walnut Stain & Black Soot DIs for all of the stenciling.  I used the Burlap stencil here–it just seemed nice and soothing 🙂


Each card is my favorite–But this one IS my favorite!  When I spritzed and flicked water on this Ink Spray background, I accidentally dropped it when I was heat drying, and the water spots ran all over!!  I LOVE IT!!  It lends a ‘schizo’ feeling to the background–perfect for the sentiment!!  I used the Schoolhouse stencil for this card.


Even with the blobs of embossing powder messing up the sentiment, it still works–It fits!!  I guess if I had multiple personalities, there’d be a good chance my cards would be messed up!!  I used MFT’s Teardrop stencil on this background and to me, the background now looks like flames!  It’s On Fire!!


One of my favorite stencils–Rays!  I thought this sentiment needed something that evoked, Watch Out!!


Here I used the Bubbles layering stencil to bring fun and playfulness to the sentiment! Did it work? 😉


OH–and THIS ONE is my favorite (too)!  My favorite DS technique with my favorite Dylusions Dotted Flowers stencil.   This time, I used Vintage Photo DI to stencil the polka dots with.  I love how you can still see the streaks through the dots.

How are those for one-layer cards?  I gave them big snark factor to make their single layer be enough!  And for me, the single layer caveat , really was a challenge…I still want to put some embellies on a couple of them and it’s taking all of my will-power not to! 🙂

Thanks for visiting with me on this 1st day of August!  I hope you enjoyed this little set of note cards?  I had a lot of fun making them and imagine the people who will receive these little delights will have a lot of fun reading them!  🙂

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


  • Surfaces: Brown Notecard Set (mfg unk); Manila Stock
  • Distress Inks, Stains & Paints (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Pigment Ink (Colorbox/Clearsnap); Embossing Powder (WOW)
  • Stamps: Say It How It Is (Dylusions/Ranger)
  • Layering Stencils (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous); Teardrop Stencil (My Favorite Things); Dotted Flowers Stencil (Dylusions/Ranger)
  • Craft Sheet (Ranger); Double-Back Tape (3M); Heat Tool; Embossing Heat Gun; Brayer (Fiskars); Ink Blending Tool (TH/Ranger)

Ticket to Ride

HAPPY WEDNESDAY!!  Thanks for hanging with me, for what’s become, kind-of sporadic postings of late.  I wish I could say it’s because I’m out having fun in the sun, but in reality, with the old homestead for sale, it’s a bit more harder type of house work stuff going on in the background.  But, it’s all good and I am thankful that I’ve had some time to create and now share.

And a special ‘Shout-Out’ to my new followers through FB and through this blog! Thank You and Welcome!!  Now, on to what I’ve got for you today 🙂

I’ve got a rustic and vintagey tag to share, that’s going over to Challenge #9 at A Vintage JourneyUse all the stamps in a set!  You’d think that would be an easy thing….not so much!!  I’ve got sets of stamps that have 20+ images in them!!  But for this tag, I took the easy way out and used a set of stamps that have only 3 images in it!  Yeah, I may have chickened out a bit 😉


But, it’s not the quantity that counts–It’s how you use them!  😉

I did have a lot of fun picking and choosing the materials I wanted to use.  I knew I wanted to give everything a time-worn appearance and I wanted to treat each image differently.

I’m using the Traveling Friends set from TH/SA for the ticket image, just as much as I’m using it for the boy and his dog image!  And I didn’t realize that I hadn’t inked up this set before, so, in essence, this tag is on its own ‘vintage journey’ 😉

Speaking of which, as A Vintage Journey is a blog about finding inspiration from the stylings and designs of Tim Holtz, I wanted this tag to evoke a feeling of days of travel long gone–When you were handed a printed ticket by a person, not a slip of paper spit out by a machine.  When said tickets to travel were hand cancelled, not scanned by a new-fangled machine.  When tickets to travel were lost in deep pockets,  instead of lost in computer la-la land.

I’m all over the place with Tim techniques on this tag and it’s well worth the….wait for it….’Ticket to Ride’ 😉 🙂

(and honestly, I was going to use something completely different for this post title, but, unfortunately-it evoked memories of the 80’s band named ‘Journey’ and that’s not where I wanted to go with this) LOL!


The base of my creation is a #10 manila tag.  I want this tag to look like it’s been around for a while, so I’m going to use Pumice Stone & Wild Honey Distress Stains to get some color, or discoloration, onto this background.

I rubbed both stains onto my craft sheet, spritzed my tag with water, then drug the tag through the stain.  I heat set the first layer of colors, then pressed the tag into the left-over droplets of stain and heat set.


I used my paper distresser on the edges then inked the edges and the surface of the tag with Vintage Photo DI.  You may know what’s coming next….


….Water spots!!  I’m telling you, it’s one of my favorite things to do to create an aged look–spritz and flick water!!


I just love that look!  OH–and I did do the back side of this tag, too–There was no Distress Stain wasted in the making of this tag 😉

Time for some stenciling!  I used the Cargo LS with Black Soot DI and the Burlap LS with Vintage Photo DI to add a little faux wear & tear to this nicely aging tag.

OH YEAH—Gotta get my ink splatter on, too!!  Water spots just aren’t enough!!  I need more!!  So, I used Dylusions Ink Sprays in White Linen & Black Marble to satisfy my splattering needs!!


I love all of the stain droplets, water spots, ink splatters–All of It!!  All of these little details add so much depth and character.  I better do this tag base justice!!


For the ticket image, I’m going to stamp it onto a #8 manila tag with Jet Black Archival Ink.  I want to utilize the pre-punched hole in the tag for this ticket.


Something I love about this ticket image is the small detail of perforation around two of the edges.  AHA–I’ve got a perforation rotary blade, I’ll use that to give the entire ticket a perforated edge!!  But not before adding a layer of Tea Dye DI over the entire surface to start the aging process.

This ticket needs to look like it’s been busy traveling, so I’ve added cup rings and partial splatters in Adirondack Espresso Ink with the Splatters Layering Stencil.

And how could I not give this ticket some water spots to go along with the coffee stains?!!  And how about those perforated edges?  Pretty cool, huh? 🙂


The ticket was too nice as it was, so I spritzed it with more water, crumpled it up and inked the balled up ticket with Walnut Stain &  Black Soot DI and my ink blending tools.


Now this ticket looks like it’s been around for a while!!  Although the little piece of twine may look too clean!!

I stamped the boy and his dog image, several times, onto 140# cold press water color paper and also on tissue paper.  I used Jet Black Staz-On and Sepia Archival Inks.

I colored the images of the boy and the dog separately.  Not pictured is the dog–colored with Picket Fence & Black Soot DM’s and my water brush.  I fussy cut him out and set aside for later assembly.  For the boy, since the dog sits in front of his arm, I colored through the dog image to give the boy a whole arm.  I have plans and the boy needs a whole arm!  The boy is colored with Forest Moss, Tattered Rose, Vintage Photo & Peeled Paint DM’s and my water brush.


I didn’t want to stamp the image of the boy and dog right onto my tag.  I didn’t want the image to be that “solid”.  So, with the images that I stamped onto tissue paper, I’m going to do a little paper gluing and layering.


This is exactly what I wanted.  A somewhat see-through image of the boy and dog with some texture added in with the layers of tissue paper.  I used matte multi-medium to glue the tissue down and heat dried.

Now, behind the scenes, I had prepped a couple of pieces of corrugated cardboard for rusting and let those sit aside and do their thing….

By the time the tag needed to be assembled, the rusting process was finished and these pieces of corrugated cardboard were dry and ready to use (but I only used one piece on this tag).

My embellishments on this tag are minimal because I wanted the stamped images to do all of the talking, but, I did get a little painty with them just the same!

I have a couple of TH/Idea-ology Mini-Numerals and this globe charm from my stash of embellies to use.  I layered Scattered Straw, Crushed Olive, Broken China and Gathered Twigs DP’s to all three of these metal trinkets, but not necessarily in that order.  As it ended up, when they were all said and done, I added an additional layer of Broken China DP to the numbers.  The last layer of blue really helped the numbers pop off the front of an otherwise neutral color scheme.


The front side of my tag….


..and the back side.  More simply dressed, but part of the journey just the same 🙂


And speaking of ‘journey’–I used Jet Black Staz-On ink to stamp the word onto a piece of kraft glassine.  I heat dried and crumpled up, then smoothed out and ripped the edges off.  I punched holes into all of the corners and inserted copper brads, then adhered as my top layer with double-back tape and mini foam rounds.


Another detail I did not take a photo of (duh) was the stamping I did on the twill ribbon.  I individually inked each letter of ‘journey’ with Jet Black Archival ink (a la masking my stamp with post-it notes) and stamped each letter to spell out ‘journey’ vertically.  You might be able to see it a little bit in this picture…

And a few random additions of some Words Remnant Rub-Ons on the front….

…and on the back.


My finished tag–Using all the stamps in the Traveling Friends set from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous!  That ticket image alone has possibilities galore!! I already have another tag design spinning around in my head!! I like it when that happens!!  That’s a good spinny!!

Thanks for joining me in my challenge trek to A Vintage Journey today!!  This really was a fun challenge and has me studying some of my stamp sets a bit more closely.  I like to mix and match a lot, but, maybe now, not so much…

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


  • Traveling Friends Stamp Set (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous)
  • Surfaces: #8 & #10 Manila Tags (Ranger); Corrugated Cardboard; Kraft Glassine (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Tissue Paper; 140# Cold Press Water Color Paper
  • Distress Inks, Stains, Markers & Paints (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival & Adirondack Inks (Ranger); Staz-On (Tsukineko); Rusting Powder (Crafty Notions); Dylusions Spray Inks (Ranger)
  • Mini-Numerals (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Copper Brads; Cotton Twine (Pretty Pink Posh); Jute Twine; Twill Ribbon; Remnant Rub-Ons (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Layering Stencils (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous)
  • Matte Multi-Medium (Claudine Hellmuth/Ranger); Double-Back Tape (3M); Mini Foam Rounds; Foam Squares; Stapler & Staples (EK Success); Paint Brush; Ink Blending Tools
  • Craft Sheet (Ranger); Cutting Mat; Heat Tool; Finger Knife (Fiskars); Craft Scratcher (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios);

Embrace Love

Hello Hello Hello to all my crafty friends, bloggers and followers!  It’s been a few weeks since I was last heard from and I just wanted to post a little HI THERE and let ya’ll know I’m still here!  Although I’m not in my crafty dungeon in North Idaho creating at the moment, I have been participating in a few online courses to keep my creative education and juices flowing.  I’ve completed both of  Tim Holtz’s Creative Chemistry 101 & 102 courses and participated in the latest Online Card Class “Stenciled”. Very fun indeed and chock full of new techniques and fabulous ideas!  If you ever feel like you’re in a creative rut–Take a class online–You never know what you’re going to learn or who you’ll end up meeting!!  Now, onto my quick little post for today….


I started this tag in my dungeon back home and ended up finishing it when I arrived at my parents house in Northern California.  Although, I had one more little rusted embellishment that I wanted to add, I lost it during my packing and had to leave this tag as is.   When I find the little rusted heart I made specifically for this tag, I’ll just use it in a future project….that’s the way it goes sometimes 🙂


I started with a #8 manila tag and stamped the hand image from the Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Oddities set in Jet Black Archival Ink.  I then masked the hand and sprayed the entire tag with Dylusions Ink Spray in Cherry Pie.


The stenciled hearts in the background are of my own making–I used the negative of a 3-heart punch from Stampin’ Up and used both Gesso and White Picket Fence DP to dab over my homemade stencil to create the textured and smooth hearts that are floating in the background.  The random Love text that I stamped in the background is the By Definition background stamp from SU.  I stamped that using Jet Black Archival Ink because I still have some water spritzing to do and I didn’t want the text to wick away.


The frilly cuff is made from a scrap piece of black ribbon and white paper doily that I colored with Black Soot DP, Seedless Preserves DP and Tea Dye DI.  I gave the doily a spritz of water and dried with my heat tool.  Once it was dry, I cut the outer ring of the doily and folded it, accordion style, and machine stitched it onto the tag.


The heart in the middle of the hand is from the same 3-heart SU punch that I used the negative of for stenciling.  I adhered the red glitter heart with matte multi-medium and set with my heat tool.  I then gave it a coat of DCP in Clear Rock Candy and let that air dry.  Once it was dry, I dabbed a bit of Barn Door DS onto my craft sheet and used a paint brush to give the crackle a bit of color–but, it may look a little gory…like the heart is bleeding coming out of the middle of the hand?  I didn’t mean to add a gore factor to this Valentine’s tag….It really isn’t a bloody valentine 🙂


I did give the entire tag a spritz of water and then while it was moist, I used my finger to smear some of the Cherry Pie ink over all of the stenciled hearts.  I set it with my heat tool and moved on to distressing the entire tag.


I distressed the edges then inked with Walnut Stain DI and my ink blending tool.  I then gave the entire tag a light layer of Tea Dye DI, also applied with my ink blending tool.


I used Tim Holtz/Idea-ology Chit Chat stickers for my sentiment, inked the edges with Walnut Stain DI and adhered with my stapler and black colored staples.  I also outlined the stickers with a Walnut Stain DM to add a little pop, which is very subtle, but still lends a touch of dimension to the flat surface.


And there it is–a little offering for Valentine’s Day.  Thanks for joining me today and for hanging out during my hiatus.  With the classes that I’ve taken and the new techniques I’ve learned, I’ll be back with a vengeance to get even more creative and Artsy Fartsy!  In the meantime, Thanks Again for all of your support and Stay Artsy Fartsy!!  XOXO-Shari

Supplies I Used:

My First Altered Book

Ho Ho Ho!!  Happy Tuesday!!  Thank you for coming back and visiting with me!!  I have to say how very thankful I am to all of you who are taking some time out to stop by and browse my blog–especially during this mostly hectic time of year (mostly)….(hee, little joke there)…

I hope you continue to enjoy my offerings of creativity and continue to join me on my journey of artistic self-discovery!  Who knows what 2014 will have in store for us!!

Anyhoo….I’m still working on Christmas cards in my craft dungeon, but I thought I’d share something not related to the season, to take a bit of a break from all of the HO HO HO-ing…

My 1st Altered Book–A gift to my Parents

For my parent's 55th wedding anniversary.

For my parent’s 55th wedding anniversary.

My Mom and Dad on their wedding day 55 years ago.

My Mom and Dad on their wedding day 55 years ago.

I wanted to make my Mom & Dad something really special and unique for their 55th Wedding Anniversary and with all of the new techniques I’ve learned this year and all of the wonderful inspiration I’ve gathered from all over the world, I created this altered book in honor of my Folks!

The Happy Couple when they were just kids themselves...

The Happy Couple when they were just kids themselves…

Not only just an altered book, but a one-of-a-kind display of a cherished family photo (one of the last photo’s remaining) of my Mom & Dad’s Wedding day.  I took the idea and off I went and this is how it turned out….

I had a lot of fun with this–I used everything but the kitchen sink…Oh wait, I did use the kitchen sink when I was soaking the book in diluted coffee to stain the pages!!

Lots of textures  and fun stuff to touch!

Lots of textures and fun stuff to touch!

White Gesso, Distress Crackle Paint, Cheese Cloth, Tulle–Chipboard, Card Stocks, Home-Made Stencils and Dylusions Spray Inks….

Alt book Flower

All of the die cut pieces on this book were all pieces that I had saved–I never throw anything away! Hoarder Alert!

Corrugated Cardboard, Studio Acrylic Paint, Distress and Archival Inks and the bestest friend a crafter can have…Multi-Medium.

Alt Book

I’ve tucked portions of their wedding invitation around the photo…

And where would I be without my new crafting BFF–Multi-Medium!!  I love multi-medium!!  It’s basically the glue that is holding this entire project together…even keeping the pages of the book together, yet looking like nothing is holding the pages together!

Alt Book Flower Close UpI have several stashes of where I keep all of my spare die cut pieces that don’t end up being used for one reason or another–And coming across these tattered floral pieces was a score!!  I layered each petal with tulle and randomly brushed some white gesso to bring out the texture of the tulle and corrugated cardboard.

Happy 55 AnnivI used my Cricut personal trimmer and the Beyond Birthday’s & Opposites Attract cartridges to cut the 55th & Happy Anniversary pieces out of manila and black card stock.

Frame inside a FrameThe shadow box frame was made from chipboard (I keep my cereal boxes for crafting) and layered with musical background paper that I downloaded for free from Free Vintage Digital Stamps.  If you don’t have the “just-right” decorative papers, you’ll be able to find exactly what you’re looking for online–For FREE!!!  There are lots of crafty blogs out there that feature free image downloads and that’s a good thing for rural crafters like me!

I even had one of their original wedding invitations!  I copied it onto white vellum and cut it into strips to incorporate in the book and frame.

Vellum Invite StripsBeing my first altered book, and kind of using my Mom & Dad’s 55th Anniversary as my inspiration/experiment, I have to say that this came out much better than what I was expecting!  They just loved it and I loved being able to hand deliver it to them 700 miles away!!

Frame inside a FrameThanks for everything, Mom & Dad!!  I Love You Bunches!!

Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to visit!  I really do appreciate the hustle and bustle of the season and even finding the slightest piece of quiet can be hard–Let alone browsing on blogs that have nothing to do with (holiday) shopping!!  THANK YOU!!

So, until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!  XOXO-Shari

Supplies I Used (based entirely on my memory as I did not make my list of goodies used before I gave to my parents…):

American Goth-Father

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

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

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Supplies I Used:

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

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

Those Haunted Eyes...

Those Haunted Eyes…

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

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

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

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

The Raven

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

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

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

Remember Mr. Poe for your next goth event…

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

Poe Eyes

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

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