TBT to November 30, 2014

HELLO HELLO HELLO!!!  HAPPY THROWBACK THURSDAY!!  Today at the Scrap’n Stamp Blog, we’re going back to a post from November 30, 2014 when I was in full blown ‘Christmastime Craft Mode’–


I’m only giving you a sneak peek here–for all of the crafty details, head on over to the Scrap’n Stamp Blog!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!


Cats & Dogs Partying Together

HAPPY, HAPPY MONDAY!!  I’m here today wearing my Team Inspire crafty cap, for our mid-way reminder about our Pocket Letter Challenge going on at the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity right now through February 25th.  What’s a Pocket Letter you may ask?  Don’t worry, I had to ask, too–


–This is a pocket letter.  A collection of 9 ATC’s tucked neatly into a 9-pocket trading card sleeve that can be folded and mailed out in a business size envelope.  Since there are always birthdays going on, I’ve made my pocket letter into a birthday greeting, with the help of our Party Dogs & Party Cats stamps.  Let me show you a little bit of what I did….


There are those party animals, with that look in all of their eyes asking, Where’s The Party At?!  I’m also going to be using our Misc Words stamp–again, a must have stamp because of all of the words that are available on it.  I cut all of my ATCs out of mixed-media paper and slipped them into the ATC sleeve to make sure I cut them to the proper size–Yup! Got that part right!


I colored each ATC the same way by inking an acrylic block with a Distress Ink pad, then I spritzed the block with water, and pressed the block onto the ATC.


Let’s see if I can remember the DIs I used–Wilted Violet, Fossilized Amber, Candied Apple, Picked Raspberry, Twisted Citron, Mermaid Lagoon, Blueprint Sketch, Lucky Clover and Carved Pumpkin.


I stamped the Party Dogs & Party Cats onto another piece of mixed-media paper with black pigment ink and heat embossed with clear EP.  I fussy cut all of these guys out and set aside for later party placement.


I stamped all of the party participants onto their respective ATCs and ran each one through my sewing machine to add the stitched border.


I added stenciling, paint lines, paint cap circles and paint splatters onto each ATC.  Now, let me see if I remember which stencils I used–There’s the Harlequin LS and Wendy Vecchi’s Add a Stencil and her Polka Dotty stencil.  I used Black Soot and Picket Fence DPs for the paint lines and paint caps respectively and I stenciled using the same colors of DI that I used to color each ATC with.  To finish I splattered Hunter Grey Twinkling H20s over the surface and inked the edges with Black Soot DI.


I adhered each fussy cut party animal to their respective ATCs and added Happy Birthday word bands to two of the ATCs.  I outlined the animals and words with Black Soot DI and my water brush, then outlined again with white gel pen.


We’ve got some of the party animals behaving nicely-while others are finding themselves a little bit ‘tippy’.


Oh No!  One of the dogs seems to have found himself on the ceiling, to the obvious dismay of this ‘orange’ party kitty!


I kept my pocket letter kind of simple and didn’t add any embellies that would bulk this letter up–a challenge in itself!  And since I’m supposed to be able to mail this in a business size envelope-another challenge, I’m going to see if it will take only one postage stamp to mail it! LOL!  We’ll see about that, as I’m accustomed  to having to place those extra postage stamps on pretty much everything that I mail out!

I hope my very first pocket letter has inspired you to make your own, and join us for our Pocket Letter Challenge at The Portal!!  The link is open until the 25th, so there’s still plenty of creation time!  Hope to see you there!!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps:  Party Dogs, Party Cats & Misc Words (Lost Coast Designs)
  • Archival Ink & Clear Embossing Powder (Ranger); Pigment Ink (ColorBox); Distress Inks & Paints (Tim Holtz/Ranger); White Gel Pen (Sakura); Twinkling H20s
  • Stencils: Harlequin LS (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous); Add a Stencil & Polka Dotty (Wendy Vecchi)
  • Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore); Black Card Stock (Core’dinations)
  • Sewing Machine (Kenmore); Finger Knife (Fiskars); Gift Card; Paint Cap; Water Brush; Ink Blending Tools

Spring’s Greatest Joy

Hi There!  Happy Sunday!!  It’s time for my weekly project for Artistic Outpost and I’ve got one of the cards that I sneak-peeked this past week for the Artistic Outpost New Release Blog Hop.


It’s actually quite a relief to be able to share the ‘secret’ projects I’ve been making behind the scenes with the New Releases!  The new stamp sets are really fun, and today, I’m showcasing the Springtime set in this mixed-media card 🙂


Have you seen these little goodies?  These are the Ken Oliver Color Bursts–highly pigmented water color powders.  Using products like these, is a first for me (I had several days in May that had creative ‘firsts’) and I couldn’t think of a better time to experiment with them, than with new images from Artistic Outpost!


I’ve got a small panel of mixed-media paper that I’m going to stencil with my Harlequin LS and Picket Fence DP.


I want to see what kind of resist effect I’m going to get with the Color Bursts against a paint stenciled background.


I’m going to use Lemon Yellow & Alizarin Crimson for the very first time—drum roll please…..


I use a motto in crafting, that I use in cooking–Start with a little dash, you can always add more to taste later… or the abridged version-You can’t fix too much!  Can you see the little sprinkles of Color Bursts?  I only started with little dashes of powder…..


….because this is what those little dashes of pigment look like when spritzed with water!  See how those colors burst!!  At this point, I spritzed the panel with more water, sprinkled a little bit more of the Color Bursts onto the wet paper, and heat set.


None of the over-sprinkle of the Color Bursts went to waste.  What beaded onto my craft sheet, I picked up by randomly pressing the panel down into the left over Color Bursts to get all of those wonderful spots of color!


I had to get a close-up of this corner….I just love the harlequin design with the splotches of color here and there.


I stamped the images of the children onto the treated panel as place holders.  This aided in visualizing how I needed to fill in all of that open space behind them!  I applied the pieces of tissue tape and randomly stamped the music image from the Ephemera Backgrounds set in Jet Black Archival.  Then I used a paint cap dipped into Black Soot & Picket Fence DPs to stamp the random circles and I used an old gift card to add the random lines of Ripe Persimmon, Picked Raspberry & Picket Fence DPs.


I had separately stamped the children onto mixed-media paper with Jet Black Archival and fussy cut with my finger knife.  I edged the fussy cut pieces with my Walnut Stain DM and adhered into their places on the panel with matte multi-medium.  When dry, I outlined the kids with my water brush and Walnut Stain DM, then I outlined with my white gel pen.  I thought the white outline was too bright, so I brought out my Pumice Stone DM and used the fine tip side and went over the outline again to tone it down a bit.


I stamped the quote onto tissue paper and carefully fussy cut.  I adhered the words onto the panel with matte multi-medium and heat set.  The upper right corner needed a little something else, so I added stenciling with my Latticework LS and Ripe Persimmon DI then I outlined the words as I did the kids, but I added an additional outline of Black Soot DM.  I roughed up the edges with my paper distresser and inked with Black Soot DI and adhered the finished panel to a pink card base.

Spring’s greatest joy, indeed!  Springtime is such a fun stamp set, and one that will carry me through all of the seasons!  I’ll have more creations made with this stamp set in upcoming weeks, so stay tuned for those.  Also, with the month quickly coming to a close, we’ll have our regular monthly Artistic Outpost DT Blog Hop coming up this week!  Hope you’ll come back for that!!

Thanks so much for spending a little time with me today!!  Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps:  Springtime & Ephemera Backgrounds (Artistic Outpost)
  • Color Bursts (Ken Oliver); Distress Paints, Inks & Markers (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Ink (Ranger); White Gel Pen (Sakura)
  • Mixed Media Paper (Strathmore); Pink Card Stock (PTI); Tissue Paper
  • Tissue Tape (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Layering Stencils (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous)
  • Craft Sheet (Ranger); Finger Knife (Fiskars); Heat Tool; Paper Distresser (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios); Ink Blending Tools; Water Brush; Spritzer Bottle

Celebrate the Meow!

Hi There!!  Happy Friday!!  I’m ending the week sharing the card I created for the current Compendium of Curiosities 3 challenge at Studio L3.


It’s CC3 #28-Alcohol Ink Ombre.  This technique is found on page 57 of Tim’s Compendium of Curiosities 3 and you do need your own copy to enter the challenge.  This even  number challenge is sponsored by The Funkie Junkie Boutique with a $25 shopping spree to a lucky participant!  Of course there’s the Curiosity Crew’s Choice prize package de-resistance, generously donated to each CC3 challenge by Tim & Mario!

Let me show you how I used the Alcohol Ink Ombre technique!


I just love this Mr. Meow Meow!!  I can’t see how any kitty-lovers out there can resist this Mr. Meow Meow & Tweets McGee stamp set by Brett Wedele!  It’s so much fun!!

As this CC3 #28 challenge is technique based, I can’t show you how I achieved the background.  But, I can show you how it looks…..


I don’t have the family of alcohol inks needed to affect a ‘true’ ombre graduation of color, so, I improvised with what I do have and choose a combo of yellow & greens.  I used Butterscotch, Lettuce & Bottle Adirondack Alcohol Inks.


Here’s the panel after stamping Mr. MM with Jet Black Archival, stenciling with Sepia Archival and my Harlequin LS and doing a little bit of the Faded Layers technique that’s also found in Tim’s book.  The faded layers technique got away from me a bit, and that’s what those pale splotches are from.  Embrace Imperfection–Gosh how that quote makes me feel better!! LOL 🙂 🙂


Even though Mr. Meow Meow already has a monocle, I layered it with a real one–well, one of Tim’s monocles, attached a little kitty bell (salvaged from an almost destroyed kitty toy) and tied a piece of stained seam binding to it.  I adhered the monocle in place with matte multi-medium.


I made a second alcohol ink ombre panel to stamp the words I needed to form the quote.  The ‘Meow’ is from the Mr. Meow Meow & Tweets McGee set and the ‘celebrate the’ are from the Simple Sayings set.  I fussy cut them out and mounted onto black card stock and adhered little pieces of Industrious Border to the bottom of each word band.


I outlined the word bands with my Black Soot DM and my white gel pen, then finished the card with a splatter of Black Soot & Antique Linen DPs with a round paint brush and heat set.

Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge #28-Alcohol Ink Ombre, closes next Friday May 22nd @ 11:59pmMST.  Oh, WOW!  I’m entering a whole week early, and not ‘just under the wire’ like I usually am!  That’s a good way to end the week!!  If you’ve got your own copy of CC3, you’ve got plenty of time to create something wonderful!

Thanks so much for ending your week with me!  I’ll be back this weekend with my weekly posting for Artistic Outpost–

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps: Mr. Meow Meow & Tweets McGee (Brett Wedele/Stampers Anonymous)
  • Adirondack Alcohol Ink Glossy Stock (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Black Stock (Core’dinations)
  • Adirondack Alcohol Inks, Blending Solution & Distress Paints (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Inks (Ranger); Harlequin LS (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous)
  • Monocle & Industrious Border (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Seam Binding (The Funkie Junkie Boutique)
  • Matte Multi-Medium (Ranger); Paper Distresser (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios); Double-Backed Tape (3M)

It’s My Tim Tag for February

HELLO HELLO HELLO!!  Happy Thursday!!  I’ve got a busy weekend ahead of me, (with Sunday being March 1st and all) (nudge nudge-wink wink) so I wanted to get my version of Tim Holtz’s February Tag in before all the brouhaha begins 🙂


I pretty  much followed Tim’s techniques except, I’m using his Eclectic Elements Fabrics for my  background!  I’ve been messing around with his fabrics lately (nudge nudge-wink wink) and am getting down to just a few scrap pieces, so, I thought FUN, just use fabrics instead of ephemera pieces and paper!!


Here’s an assortment of some of the pieces of EE fabrics I have left and there’s my #8 tag, that I had previously done a Distress Spray Stain monoprint technique on.


This will be the backside of my tag–you can see a little bit of the batting I’ve adhered to the front side peeking out.


Here are my scraps all sewn together, with a holiday flash card and a couple of strips of tissue tape as part of my patchwork, too.


Here’s a little bit of Picket Fence DP rubbed along the seams.


Things got a little but grungier with the addition of rubbing Black Soot DM along the seams, too.  Something I didn’t take pictures of–I added two butterflies to this tag.  I wasn’t happy with it as it was in this picture–I fussy cut two butterflies from my Collage paper stash and adhered to the tag.


Here you can see the two butterflies that I added and I machine stitched a piece of Tim’s red & cream ric-rac to the tag, too.


I improvised at making my own industrial frame–I used foil tape on cardstock, embossed with polka dots, then die cut using my framelits dies.  I also dyed my felt heart.  I don’t have red felt, but I have off-white, so I stained it with Barn Door DS and heat dried.  When I stitched the heart to the tag, it was still kind of damp, and you can see how some of the DS stained the thread!


I treated the word band and brads with Picket Fence DP and adhered to my tag with hot glue.


I treated the arrow, wire and mini corner with Picket Fence DP, then I hot glued the arrow in place and I gently hammered the corner piece in place.


Here is the back of the tag with all of the stitching making quite the design!


Oh boy–another month down on the Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2015!  I’m headed over there now to get this tag in–talk about down to the wire!  Tim’s February tag challenge closes Saturday the 28th, so hurry up!

I’ll be back on Saturday–it’s going to be a busy day here at Ain’t That Artsy Fartsy and a new month of creativity in store for you!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Eclectic Elements Fabrics (Tim Holtz/Coats); #8 Manila Tag (Inkssentials/Ranger); Cotton Batting; Foil Tape (Home Depot); Felt; Flash Card (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Seam Binding (Funkie Junkie Boutique)
  • Distress Paints, Markers, Inks (Tim Holtz/Ranger)
  • Arrow Adornment, Heart Charm, Red & Cream Trimmings, Word Band (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); 26 Gauge Wire;
  • Framelits (SU/Sizzix); Big Shot Machine (Sizzix); Heart #7 Sizzlet (SU/Sizzix); Polka Dot Embossing Folder (Provo Craft)
  • Matte Gel; Hot Glue Gun; Craft Sheet; Heat Tool; Paint Brush; Sewing Machine (Kenmore); Air Art Tool (Artworx)

Huck Finn Altered Book

Hi There!!  It’s the last Wednesday of the month and that means it’s Blog Hop time at Artistic Outpost!!  Our theme for February is BOOKS and I took it kind of literally, and started altering a book.  I’m just making myself all kinds of new projects to work on this year!!  🙂

Join the Artistic Outpost Design Team on our creative adventure through the theme of ‘Books’-Take a stroll through the stacks and have a visit with my teammies–

Terry *  Shari (That’s Me!) and you’re Here! * Tracy * Gerrie * Kate * Lisa


 I have to admit that I’m really pleased with how this book cover came out!!  Now, I’ve got 50 pages inside to deal with, but this book, has some really cool black and white photos inside, gosh, now that I look at it–there is a cool photo on every other page, with a couple of photos that take up both pages!  I’ll be using that to my advantage for sure!!

OK–Now onto how I altered this (it’s basically 5″x7″) book into the new art journal that it’s become 🙂


I’m not using a lot of supplies to transform this book cover.  I’ve got my Artistic Outpost Huck Finn stamp set, some Distress Spray Stains, tissue paper, a piece of mix-media paper–there’s some stamp pads sitting out of frame, too.  I lucked out–the book cover is plain white, a completely blank, smooth surface, so I don’t have to prep it!


I started with running a little tissue tape over the binding of the book, then sprayed Salty Ocean, Wild Honey & Peeled Paint DSSs onto the cover.  I spritzed just a little bit of water over the stains, then I heat dried.  I stamped the text & words from the Huck Finn set onto tissue paper with Jet Black Archival and ‘fussy ripped’ out and applied to the outside of the book cover with matte gel.


I dry brushed a bit of gesso here and there and heat dried.


I added a bit of random stenciling with my Harlequin LS and Tea Dye DSS.  I spritzed the spray stain through the stencil, then while the stencil was still in place, I lightly gave it a spritz of water, then I lifted the stencil off and heat set.


I stamped the paddle boat image with Jet Black Archival right onto the book cover and heat set.  I adhered the token with game spinner to the corner with matte gel and mini foam dots and the mini gears in place with matte gel.


I stamped Huck and his boys onto mixed media paper with Jet Black Archival and water colored with my Distress Markers & my water brush.  I fussy cut and inked the edges with Walnut Stain DI and my ink blending tool.  I adhered them in place with matte gel and mini foam dots, then outlined them with the fine tip of my Walnut Stain DM.


I altered this old key brass key from my stash with Brushed Pewter DP, and altered the brad to match.  I added the remnant rub words to the key and adhered to the book cover with matte gel & mini-foam dots.


When all of my embellies were in place, I masked the boys off, then gave the entire cover a spritz of Walnut Stain DM through my air art tool and heat set.  I did not touch the cover again until all of those little spritzes of ink were dry!!  I don’t think I smudged one little spritz–


–even on the back!!  That’s AMAZING for me!!


And that’s my ‘BOOK’ themed creation for this month’s Artistic Outpost DT Blog Hop!  But, this won’t be the last time you’ll see this little book-turned art journal!  I’ll be keeping it close at hand on the crafting table for when those art journaling moments strike!!

Thank You for joining me for today’s Blog Hop-I hope you enjoyed your visit!  Now, if you’re hopping in order, your next stop is at Tracy’s blog, but if you like to hop freely, here’s the team again-

Terry * Tracy * Gerrie * Kate * Lisa

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Huck Finn Stamp Set (Artistic Outpost)
  • Hardcover Book (‘A Short Guide to a Happy Life’ by Anna Quindlen); Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore); Tissue Paper; Tissue Tape & Remnant Rubs (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Distress Stain Sprays, Inks, Paints & Markers (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Ink (Ranger); Gesso (Claudine Hellmuth/Ranger)
  • Harlequin Layering Stencil (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous); Muse Token, Mini-Gears, Game Spinner (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Brass Key & Brad (my stash)
  • Matte Gel (Liquitex); Finger Knife (Fiskars); Cutting Mat; Air Art Tool (Artworx); Mini Foam Dots; Paint Brush; Water Brush

Chipboard Ornament for Eclectic Ellapu

Told ya’ll I’d be back soon!! Happy Sunday to my friends in the U.S.!!  Happy December 1st to my International friends!!  I’m here today with my first official blog post as an Eclectic Ellapu Design Team Member–WOOT WOOT!!  I’m stoked!!  I’m a member of the EE Purple Team and teammate PurpleCinn (aka Tabatha) chose the December theme and challenges us to create something for Christmas-But not a card!

OK–I’ve got something!!  I was inspired by Wendy Vecchi to try my hand at making my own home-made Christmas ornaments after reading her post at her own blog-Here and over at the Ranger blog, too-Here.  


This is a proto-type ornament, of sorts.  I want to have a creative activity to share with my Mom-in-Law when she visits for Christmas, so I assembled a chipboard ornament and went to Christmas-town on it!!


This is how my ornament started out.  I cut out lots of 3″ circles (this was before I learned, from Wendy herself, that the wooden ornaments are 4″) and fashioned the toppers from a bunch of rectangles that I fussy cut and scalloped punched.  As I am a cheap frugal crafter, I save the boxes from dry cereal and reuse as my ‘chipboard’.  Each ornament has 3 layers of chipboard glued together and the toppers are just two layers.


I’m going to start by rubbing a layer of Picket Fence DP over the front and back of my ornament.

 I really like the whitewash effect the Picket Fence DP gave the chipboard.  It’s a great first layer of color!


My next layer is Salty Ocean DS that I rubbed onto my craft sheet then finger painted onto the painted chipboard.  I love how the color settled into the painted surface of the ornament.  It’s uneven and rough and super cool!!


I used my Harlequin LS with Chipped Sapphire DI to stencil dark diamonds onto the front of the ornament.  I quickly covered with Sticky EP and applied heat until just shiny.


I quickly covered the melted Sticky EP with Clear Rock Candy Distress Glitter and let cool.


 Aren’t those glittery diamonds fun?  I was hoping they’d be a bit darker so that they’d stand out more, but I can fix that later on.


Here’s the back of the ornament–basically an unembellished version of the front!  But even this looks pretty good on its own 😉


For the topper, I rubbed Distress Embossing Ink over the front and back surfaces and then dipped into my little tub of Silver EP and heat set.  DONE!! 🙂

Then, I added some stamping through the Harlequin LS and I outlined the diamonds with a fine tip black gel pen.  I did splatter more Picket Fence DP over the surface and you can see in some places, it made the black gel pen run.  I LIKE it!!  I rubbed Chipped Sapphire DI over the edge of the ornament with my ink blending tool and heat set everything.


These layered snowflakes were cut from my Cricut machine with the Christmas Cheer cartridge.  I used a piece of silver embossed card stock and vellum and I layered those with painted rounds of tulle.  They were blinged out with little blue rhinestones and glued to the ornament with matte gel.


I made the word banners from white card stock stamped with a sentiment from my Sunny Holiday Messages set from Hero Arts.  I inked the edges with Chipped Sapphire DI and adhered with matte gel.  I’m making sure nothing is falling off!!


I finished by stringing color coordinated glass beads onto silver cord and tying onto the topper to form a hanger.  Not too bad for my very first, homemade chipboard ornament!  And this is versatile, too–It can serve as a special Christmas gift tag or even as a nice way to send a note, because of the bare backside!  I love my backsides for note writing!! 😉

I hope this homemade chipboard ornament has inspired you to make something for Christmas-That’s not a card!  Come on over with whatever you make-that’s not a card for Christmas, and join in with the Eclectic Ellapu Purple Team challenge.  It’s running from December 1st through January 31st.  Our first challenge in 2015 will be introduced on February 1, 2015.

Thank You sooo much for joining me today!!  I hope you enjoyed todays post as much as I enjoyed making this ornament!!  I hope to see you over at Eclectic Ellapu!!  Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Surfaces: Chipboard (cereal boxes); White Card Stock (Papertrey Ink); Vellum; Tulle
  • Distress Paint, Stain, Embossing Ink & Ink (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Ink (Ranger); Silver Embossing Powder (SU)
  • Stamps: Sunny Holiday Messages (Hero Arts); Background Basics-Text Style (Papertrey Ink)
  • Cricut Machine (Provo Craft); Christmas Cheer Cartridge (Provo Craft)
  • Matte Gel (Liquitex); Foam Dot; Scallop Edge Punch (EK Success); Detail Scissors (Fiskars); Craft Sheet (Ranger); Flat Paint Brush
  • Glass Beads; Blue Rhinestones; Silver Cord