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)

Colors of the Spirit

Happy Monday & Happy (almost) First Day of Autumn!  I’m starting the week and ushering in Fall with my submission to Our Creative Corner’s September challenge, being hosted by OCC DT Member extraordinaire-Claudia (aka, von Pappe II)!  She’s composed an Autumnal Collage to challenge us with–


It’s completely up to us how we interpret Claudia’s beautiful photographic collage–Photo’s also courtesy of Claudia from her hikes amongst the vineyards and woods of Vienna-Beautiful, indeed!  There’s an element in each photo that inspired me, but I seemed to focus on colors and shapes the most to create the tag I made….


I loved the swirl of the snail shell, the dark purple and polka-dot-esque shape of the black currants and all of the colors in each picture.  This was fun to bring together and for once, the ideas were right there waiting to be laid out!


When Claudia posted her challenge collage, my eyes were immediately drawn to the snail shell.  It’s so pretty to me and this die came instantly to mind.


Before I die cut my swirly circles, I painted my chipboard pieces with Pumice Stone DP, heat dried then ran through my Xyron machine to add adhesive to the backside of the chipboard.


I have a #10 manila tag that I’m going to use the old ‘paint marbling’ technique on with Crushed Olive & Picked Raspberry DPs.

I rubbed the DPs onto my craft sheet and spritzed with water and gave my tag a very light spritz of water and ran through the paints.


Front side of tag.

I love how these colors blended together-I’ve got those bright pops of solid color, then they mixed & melded and gave me some lovely rusty orange.

Backside of tag.

Backside of tag.

I mopped up the remaining DPs with the backside of the tag.  You can really see the rusty-orange color that the Crushed Olive & Picked Raspberry created naturally, just like in nature! Oh, how Autumn is that? 😉


This is a quickie placement of how I want to space the swirly circles before moving on to creating the background.  Hmmm..I think I like it!


Oh boy, some stenciling!  I taped down my tag with painters tape then positioned my Dylusions Dotted Flowers stencil over it and taped the stencil down too.

I darkened my Seedless Preserves DP with Black Soot DP to try to achieve that super dark purple of the black currants in Claudia’s Collage.


I used a little finger paint dabber to apply the paint over the stencil–it was the perfect applicator for the polka-dots!


Lifting the stencil is one of the funnest things!  I LOVE how these polka-dots came out!  They look like little currants to me 😉


Before placing the pre-adhesive-d swirly circles down, I inked over the front and back surfaces with Vintage Photo & Walnut Stain DIs and my ink blending tools.  I pressed the swirly circles in place, gave those an inking of Walnut Stain DI then I spritzed and flicked water over the surface and heat dried.

I want to use some die cut leaves into my project, but the size of this leaf is too big.  Oh, what’s that?  Shrink Plastic to the rescue!!

I die cut 4 leaves from shrink plastic and used Adirondack alcohol inks to color them with before shrinking them down with my embossing heat tool.  I kept the negatives to use in a future projec.


Before I had adhered the leaves and word bands down, I outlined some of the polka-dots with white gel pen


… and dotted Crushed Olive DP around some of the polka-dots with a fine tip detail paint brush.


I added the little rolled up pieces of purple hemp twine to the center of each swirly circle with multi-medium and carefully heat dried in place.  When dry, the purple hemp turned pale, so I dabbed on a little bit of  Twinkling H2Os in Wine & Roses over each and the color sprung right back to sparkly life!


I left the backside of my tag blank.  A perfect spot for writing a message 🙂


 This quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson completely fits with not only my tag, but Claudia’s photo collage, too-The perfect finish for my Autumnal tag 🙂   I’m off to Our Creative Corner now get this entered into Claudia’s Autumnal Collage challenge, which ends on September 28th (UK time) and there’s a prize to be won, sponsored by Tando Creative!

Thanks for coming over and starting your week with me 🙂  I appreciate your visits and comments and the time you’re taking out of your day to hang out with me for a spell!  Until Next Time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • #10 Manila Tag & Shrink Plastic (Inkssentials/Ranger); Chipboard; Manila Stock
  • Distress Paints & Inks (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Adirondack Alcohol Inks (Ranger); Twinkling H2O (Splash of Color); White Gel Pen (Sakura)
  • Xyron Machine & Adhesive; Multi-Medium (Claudine Hellmuth/Ranger)
  • #1 Leaf Die (Sizzix); Swirly Circles Die (Provo Craft); Big Shot Machine (Sizzix)
  • Dotted Flowers Stencil (Dylusions/Ranger); Jute Twine; Yarn
  • Craft Sheet (Ranger); Heat Tool; Embossing Heat Tool; Ink Blending Tools

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)

Fond Memories

Happy Thursday!!  So glad that you’re joining me today!!

Sorry I’ve been sporadic with my postings lately.  I’m multi-tasking in the background with some home improvements.  Specifically, a ‘small’ bathroom remodel with tiling, wainscoting and the install of a brand new 72″, cast-iron, double slipper tub.  I won’t talk about how it’s been sitting, waiting for this install (4 years..) but, it’s happening now!  That’s all that matters 😉

For today though, I’ve got a special tag to share with you, which I’ve made to submit to 4 different challenges.  I usually make one project, per challenge, but with this tag, I was able to accommodate all of the caveats for each challenge pretty well, I think, maybe…

Follow me and I’ll show you where each challenge theme is–


The base inspiration of this tag is Fond Memories, the theme of the challenge at A Vintage Journey.  The fondest memories I find myself thinking of these days, are those of my Mom.  I have a small collection of some of my family’s old pictures, including those of my Mom in her childhood, and I thought it would be fun to experiment with all of the challenge themes and incorporate a very Fond Memory–A vintage photo of my Mom.

I’ve pulled out one of my jars of embellishments, in support of Tim’s May Tag challenge of using ‘creative composition’ for this month’s installment of the 12 Tags of 2014 and I’ve pulled out just a few of my hoards of left-overs to play along over at Our Creative Corner, ‘Love Those Leftovers’.  I use left-overs ALL the time and sometimes, choosing which left-overs to use is a challenge in itself 🙂


I also want to experiment with using some water coloring on this tag, so, I’m going really artsy with printing that vintage photo of my Mom onto a piece of sticky back canvas that I’ll treat later with some color.  (I’m taking the Water Color for Card Makers course and I’m experimenting whenever I can…)

I started with picking the embellishments I wanted to include for this tag.  The embellishments I chose dictated the size of my backgrounds and the pieces of Collage Paper Stash that I used.  I backed each piece of paper with chipboard and adhered together with my glue stick.  I roughed up the edges with my sanding block and inked with Walnut Stain DI and my ink blending tool.

Of course I couldn’t resist spritzing and flicking water over each background piece!


Now onto some of the embellishments that are going to need some alone time to dry, like these little brass hearts.  I have NO IDEA where I got these from and I’ve had them in my stash, for what seems like–FOREVER!!  Time to use them, I’d say!!  Each heart represents me and my siblings–more Fond Memories…


I used Adirondack Alcohol Inks in Stream, Butterscotch, Wild Plum and Lettuce.  I applied the inks directly onto each heart and used the tip of the bottle to spread around.  I set those aside on a piece of wax paper to air dry…

…and once dry, I applied Clear Rock Candy Distress Glitter to each heart to add a little sparkle.  I left the hearts as is and did not apply any kind of ink or stain on top of the DG.  I’m being a little sparse about the DG hearts, as this is in support of Studio L3’s current Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge–Distress Glitter!  You have to have Tim’s latest volume to participate in this one.


I adhered the hearts down to my background panel with multi-medium and set that aside to air dry.  I’m the only girl, so I’ll claim the pink heart!!


Out of my left-over stash, I found this chipboard die cut frame, which I’m going to glitz up with some Distress Glitter and some kind of base color….


I rubbed Pumice Stone DS over the entire frame and dried with my heat tool.  Then I rubbed some Broken China DP onto my craft sheet, spritzed with water, and ran the frame through the paint.  I didn’t saturate the entire frame with DP so that Pumice Stone color breaks through here and there.  Happy with the coverage, I set with my heat tool.

Here again, I used Clear Rock Candy DG over the entire frame and set aside to dry.  I only have two colors of Distress Glitter, but luckily, Clear Rock Candy is one of them and it’s sooooo versatile!!  You can still see the colors of Broken China and Pumice Stone through the glitter–Cool!!


I bumped the color up, just a little bit, with the addition of Broken China DI over the surface of the dry glitter and the inking of the outside and inside edges of the frame with Walnut Stain DI.


This is a class picture of my Mom, circa 1954 or so when she was about 12 years old.

Now, back to the printed picture of my Mom.  First, I must say, I would have printed this picture using my laser jet printer–laser jet printers have a more permanent ink and won’t react with moisture.  Alas, the laser jet is out of ink, so I printed this picture using my ink jet printer.  Fingers crossed that I won’t have an inky mess when I get to adding water.

I added color to the canvas using my ink blending tools and a dab/rub type application with DI’s in Broken China, Tea Dye, Victorian Velvet and Aged Mahogany.  When I was happy with the depth of color, I used my water brushes to move the ink around.


When I adhered the sticky back canvas to its background panel, I needed to add more color.  This time, I used my water brushes and DM’s in Tea Dye, Spun Sugar, Tattered Rose and Vintage Photo to bring out my Mom’s eyes, hair, lips and skin.  I scribbled each color of marker onto my craft sheet and picked up with the water brushes.

Now, you’ll see how some of the ink jet print has smeared a bit around the hairline and brows when I started water coloring, but, I’m totally OK with that–It looks like a real, hand painted water color portrait!  OK–maybe not a ‘real’ water color painting…but close!


I’m going to speed this up a bit and get to the layout of my mounted embellishments and canvas portrait onto this left-over #10 manila tag.  The background on this tag was achieved using left-over Distress Paints, even!!  I can’t let anything go to waste and when I’m using distress paints for projects, I use every last drop that I can!  And the stenciled polka-dots….left-over Black Soot DP on the stencil itself that I rubbed onto the tag using a paper towel.


I adhered all of the embellishments to their respective panels with multi-medium, except for the portrait…that’s sticky back canvas and didn’t need anything extra–and the word panel… I glued each letter down with a glue stick–then each embellished panel was secured with multi-medium.  I did end up pressing the almost finished tag between heavy magazines and my Big Shot machine, to really get those panels to stay put…


I picked the Courageous muse token to describe my Mom–not only Courageous about how she handled her illness, but how she handled all of us kids growing up!!  Well, maybe not me…but definitely my Brothers!! 😉


And I chose to use this key hole, from the Locket Keys set with this piece of collage paper.  I wanted that printed text of Memory to be seen right through the keyhole….The right key, will open the door to memories.


I pretty much copied Tim’s arrow panel from his May tag!  My arrow represents those fond shots of memory, right to my heart–BINGO!!

A couple of extra embellishments are these paper flowers that I dipped in Vintage Photo & Clear Rock Candy DG’s.  I made myself a little mix of the two and dipped and twirled my blossoms into the concoction and let air dry.  Then I made these little initial pieces with black card stock and heat embossed with detail white powder.  I did a bit of messy stitching to each initial strip with my sewing machine, then adhered to the canvas panel with double-back tape.


I stamped the word FOND with mini alphabet letters and Staz-On ink in Jet Black directly onto the tag.  I used color treated seam binding and frilly yarn to tie the key to the tag with.  The seam binding I used is treated with Seedless Preserves DP and Broken China & Walnut Stain DI’s.


I don’t have Tim’s new Shadow Presses, so I compromised and I made my own shadowed word panel with die cut letters, using my Cricut Machine and the Opposites Attract cartridge.  I ran my craft & black card stocks through the Cricut machine and adhered each letter together with a glue stick, then I glued each letter to the panel with a light coating of multi-medium.  I don’t want any memories falling off this tag!!


And let me bring up the back of this tag!  The weight of the embellishments on their chipboard panels made this tag warp a bit.  For some added strength, I used another left-over #10 tag (which has 2 different experiments going on with it) and glued to the back of my tag.  And you may notice, I covered the backside of each panel that sticks out, with collage paper.  It’s all in the details, Baby 🙂

And that’s how I came about being able to make this tag for 4 different challenges.  I took the concept of each challenge theme and composed the ingredients into this final creation.


Several of the challenges that this tag is being submitted to run all month long, so, join along and maybe you’ll find your own essence of the challenges–You never know where your own creativity will lead you!

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


  1. Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2014-May/Theme: Creative Composition using Embellishments/Sponsor: Tim & Mario provide a wonderful prize package to winning tags! Challenge Ends May 31.
  2. Studio L3 Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge-Current Theme Distress Glitter/Sponsors: Inspiration Emporium and The Funkie Junkie Boutique.  Linda Coughlin, the owner of The Funkie Junkie Boutique, is moving her store to a commercial location and the online store is closed for a couple more days.  Congrats to Linda and wish I lived in Florida to be her first employee!   Challenge Ends May 23.
  3. Our Creative Corner-May Theme: Love Those Leftovers/Sponsor: Crafty Individuals Challenge Ends May 31.
  4. A Vintage Journey-May Theme: Fond Memories/Sponsor:  Country View Crafts  Challenge Ends May 15.


  • Surfaces: #10 Manila Tags (Ranger); Chipboard (cereal box); Collage Paper Stash (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Sticky Back Canvas (Claudine Hellmuth/Ranger); Craft & Black Card Stocks
  • Distress Paints, Ink, Markers, Stain (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Staz-On Ink (Tsukineko); Colorbox Pigment Ink (ClearSnap)
  • Alphabet Letters (mfg unk)
  • Detail White Embossing Powder; Distress Glitter (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Cotton Twill; Seam Binding; Frilly Yarn
  • Paper Flowers (Prima & Kaiser Craft); Embellishments (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Stencil (Dylusions/Ranger)
  • Cricut Personal Trimmer & Cartridge (Provo Craft); Big Shot Machine (Sizzix); Framelits Frame Dies (Sizzix/SU); Canon Ink Jet Printer
  • Craft Sheet (Ranger); Ink Blending Tools (Ranger); Craft Scratcher (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios); Water Brushes; Heat Tool; Embossing Heat Tool; Sewing Machine
  • Multi-Medium (Claudine Hellmuth/Ranger)*; Double-Back Tape (3M); Dimensional Magic (Plaid); Foam Dots; Hot Glue Gun

*Claudine’s line of multi-mediums are being retired and I’m finding it hard to find shopping links that are still stocking her mediums.  You can use any type of multi-medium you prefer…they all pretty much act the same and give the same results.

Live Dreams Everyday

Happy Wednesday Everyone!  You know that saying–Better Late Than Never?  Well, this is my better late than never card share for Tim Holtz’s 12 Tags of 2013 -September Tag challenge.

Live Dreams Everyday....even if you're running late!

Live Dreams Everyday….even if you’re running late!

Supplies I Used:

It just ended up being one of those months for me where I didn’t seem to get anything fully accomplished (on time)—pulled in many different directions at once and just overall discombobulated (isn’t that a great word–one of my favs).  But, underneath all of the chaos, I did manage to find some peace in creating this card with some words of inspiration – For Us All.

Words to live by, no matter the dreams!

Words to live by, no matter the dreams!

Although I don’t have the exact same goodies that Tim showcased with his September Tag, I was still able to embrace the techniques and improvise with the supplies I do have.  That’s what it’s all about anyway–Use what you got and see what happens!

My Fav Winged Fella seems to exude the sentiment.

My Fav Winged Fella seems to exude the sentiment.

I used both designs of the Dylusions Luscious Leaves stencil with white gesso and Picket Fence Distress Paint for my first layer of the background.  I sped up the drying with my heat tool then spritzed with water and directly applied Squeezed Lemonade, Salty Ocean & Peeled Paint Distress Stains and let bleed into each other then dried with my heat tool.

Layered Winged Thing Card

Wearing a crown & wings…I think I’d like to try living like that!

With all of the fun stenciling going on, I wanted to have a main focal image that wouldn’t get lost, yet stand out and invoke the meaning of the sentiment.  I chose my favorite winged gent from Winged Things II and stamped him with Jet Black Archival.

The last 3 layers add a cool, kinda abstract, flavor--

The last 3 layers add a cool, kinda abstract, flavor–

With my winged man in place, I finished with the Luscious Leaves stencil and Vintage Photo & Mowed Lawn DI’s.  Then I used the Dotted Flowers stencil with Black Soot DI to add the polka dots.  I distressed the edges and inked with Vintage Photo & Walnut Stain DI’s and my ink blending tool.

Love stenciling on the seam binding-Very cool results!

Love stenciling on the seam binding-Very cool results!

I used seam binding for my ribbon and treated with Salty Ocean & Peeled Paint DS’s.  I crinkled it a bit while I was drying it, then I taped it down and used my Dotted Flowers stencil and Vintage Photo DI to add the dots.  Very cool effect, indeed!  I added a touch of Picket Fence DP to my trinket pin and pushed through the knot of the ribbon.

The last 3 layers add a cool, kinda abstract, flavor--

The last 3 layers add a cool, kinda abstract, flavor–

I did mess up the outlining on the first word -live- and you can see where I got a little too carried away with the smudging!  I got it under control with the next two Chit Chat words and even used a little bit of the Picket Fence DM to add a little white shadow, too.

I do like the technique of layering stencils and the dimension it adds.

I do like the technique of layering stencils and the dimension it adds.

It’s been really fun experimenting with the techniques Tim showed us last month and I’m so looking forward to getting all of Tim’s new stencils and really going to town!!  I’m loving the depth the layered stencils add–Very Artsy Fartsy!!  LOVE IT!!

Happy Wednesday!!  Thank you for stopping by and remember to Live Dreams Everyday!  You never know how Artsy Fartsy they may take you!  XOXO-Shari

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