Feeling Themeless and a Touch of Fate

Hi There!!  Happy Monday!!  I’m here today, just to share a little personal happiness!!  Nothing too big, but a huge thrill to me–I’m starting my 2016 creative year with being published in the Winter Edition of The Stamper’s Sampler!! 🙂 🙂


Just a WOW! feeling!!  That’s about the best way I can sum it up!!  Super Duper Happy!!  I’ve got not just one card featured, but TWO in their ‘Feeling Themeless’ section of their magazine.


Now, you may say to yourself–I don’t see Shari’s name here.  Well, yes, that’s correct.  Unfortunately, an error was made in crediting the ‘Poe’ card to me, but that’s just what happens in publishing sometimes.  But, this is also a card that I shared here at my blog way back in 2013–

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—I made a trio of, kind of, clean & simple Poe cards, and shared in my blog post “Poe, Poe, Poe”.

Another card featured in the Feeling Themeless section is–


—Georges and Louis….

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This is another card that I shared here at Ain’t That Artsy Fartsy back in 2013, during my first several months in blogland–“Thursday Love-A Boy & His Dog”   With this card–I’m using stamp images from 2 rubber stamp companies, Artistic Outpost & Lost Coast Designs, whose Design Teams I’m now on!!!  Who would have guessed, that almost 3 years after starting my blog and sharing the things that I create,  that I would end up creating for 2 rubber art stamp company’s design teams?  Talk about a touch of fate!  It’s one of those WOW! moments again, for sure!!

I hope to share more instances of WOW! with you throughout 2016!!  Thanks so much for stopping by today!!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!


Spiderly Treat

Hi There!!  Happy Thursday!!  I’m back today as a Wicked Player for Day 15 of DominoART’s 31 Days of Halloween event and I’ve created my first piece of domino art jewelry just for this FaBOOlous time of year….


This was really fun to make and I’ve got a few step-outs to share of how this creepy and spiderly necklace spun itself into existence.


I started by stamping this cobweb image, from the OI Haunted set, onto all of the smooth sides of the domino with watermark ink then heat embossing it with clear ep.

I then dabbed Eggplant AI onto all of the sides of the domino.


This spider, found in the OI Wicked set, was stamped onto tissue paper with Jet Black Archival and adhered to the numbered side of the domino with matte Decou-Page.  I heat set, then applied a coat of DAM Crackle Glaze over the surface and let air dry.


When the crackle glaze was dry, I rubbed the surface with Black Soot DI, then applied a dot of Diamond Glaze to the abdomen of the spider and added a little pinch of seed beads.


I used Seasonal Chit Chat stickers to adorn the backside of the domino.  I coated them with a brushing of Crackle Glaze first, then when dry, I rubbed with Black Soot DI.  I adhered onto the domino with matte Decou-Page then applied a layer of Ultra Matte Varnish over the entire domino to seal it.


I strung some beads onto a loop pin and added the TH Oddities spider charm with a jump ring.  I inserted the loop pin inside a pre-drilled hole and used a little hot glue to secure the pin into place.


I used a piece of wire strung with crystal and silver beads to form the loop at the top of the domino.  I strung the wire, twisted it to secure the beads, then slipped the beaded loop end into the hole at the top of the domino and secured with a dot of hot glue.  I attached a jump ring and placed onto a silver chain.


I just had to take a side shot to show you the fun cobwebby texture.


I’m really enjoying creating domino art–Turning a simple domino into this gothy, one-of-a-kind jewelry piece, was super rewarding and now, I’ve got domino art projects lined up on my craft table!!  I’m ensnared in the domino art web, I’m tellin’ ya’!!  😉 🙂

Thank you soooo much for having a visit today!  Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Standard Domino Game Piece
  • Stamps:  Haunted & Wicked (Oxford Impressions)
  • Adirondack Alcohol Ink, Archival Ink, Clear Embossing Powder & Watermark Ink (Ranger); Crackle Glaze & Ultra Matte Varnish (DecoArt Media)
  • Matte Decou-Page (DecoArt); Hot Glue Gun; Electric Drill (Makita)
  • Beads; Wire; Loop Pin; Jump Rings & Oddities Adornment Charm & Seasonal Chit Chat Stickers (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)


Hi There!! Happy Monday!!!  I’m totally excited to be here today as a Wicked Player in DominoART’s 31 Days of Halloween challenge event!!  We’re on Day 5 with 26 more days to go–it’s running straight through to October 31st!!

My guest of honor for today is no other than–


How could I not include Mr. Poe in such an auspicious occasion?  This creation came together so quickly, that I only took one ‘before’ picture…


…and this is it!  I arranged the dominos I was going to need to accommodate Carmen’s Veranda Poe image, and then it all went together like magic.  Although, even with a bit of magic, I did have a problem with the adhesive I was using to glue all of these dominos together.  I ended up mounting the group of dominos onto a panel.


I stamped the Crows Border in Jet Black pigment ink onto mixed-media paper and heat embossed with clear EP.  I placed the panel into my mini-paint booth upright, spritzed the panel with water, then sprayed Barn Door, Fired Brick & Black Soot DSS at the top of the panel and let the colors drip down.  I heat set, then did the same thing to the other end and when all dried, I glued the dominos onto the panel.


A few more of the unpictured steps that I did to create this piece–I stamped each domino (prior to gluing them all together) with the Cats Quote background in Vermillion Archival.  I stamped Poe onto tissue paper with Jet Black Archival and adhered onto the stamped domino background with matte Decou-Page.  I heat set then applied a coat of DAM Crackle Glaze over the surface and let air dry and when dry, I rubbed with Walnut Stain DI.


This raven is from Oxford Impressions Haunted set and I stamped him onto shrink plastic with Jet Black Archival.  I shrank him down, carefully, with my embossing gun and set him atop these Tiny Tattered Florals with a dab of matte Decou-Page.


Mr. Poe’s personalized label pull was made by stamping his name, also in the OI Haunted set, onto coffee stained manila stock with Jet Black Archival and crackling it up with DAM Crackle Glaze.  I drilled little holes into the dominos, dabbed in a little diamond glaze, then tapped the brads into place, securing the label pull.  I added a few more tiny tattered florals to gently adorn this forlorn fellow.


I wrapped the edge with design tape and rubbed with a bit of Black Soot DP to finish this little Poe-lightful domino art piece off.

I’ll have another project to share for this DominoART 31 Days of Halloween challenge event in a couple of weeks, so, stay tuned for that.  In the meantime, I’ll be back a couple of more times this week (told you it was going to be busy), so I hope you come back to see what’s going on!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps:  Cats Quote & Crows Border (Lost Coast Designs); Poe (Carmen’s Veranda); Haunted (Oxford Impressions)
  • 6 Regular Dominos
  • Tiny Tattered Florals (Tim Holtz/Sizzix); Big Shot Machine (Sizzix)
  • Archival Inks, Perfect Pearls Mist (Ranger); Crackle Glaze (DecoArt Media); Distress Spray Stains & Paint (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Clear Embossing Powder (Ranger); Pigment Ink (Colorbox)
  • Tissue Paper; Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore); Kraft Core (Tim Holtz/Core’dinations); Shrink Plastic (Inkssentials/Ranger)
  • Design Tape & Label Pulls (Tim Holtz/Ides-ology); Brads
  • Matte Decou-Page (DecoArt); Diamond Glaze (Judikins); Heat Tool; Heat Embossing Gun; Scissors (Fiskars); Paint Brush; Drill (Makita)

In a Time of Poe

HAPPY HAPPY FRIDAY!!  It’s that ‘time’ again…Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge #10– Tim Holtz’s Assemblage Clock! Now you get my ‘time’ hints 🙂 and you may have guessed the theme I chose to decorate my clock with, too–Edgar Allan Poe!  With Halloween right around the corner, a lot of my crafting of late has had an All Hallow’s Eve feel to it and I was waiting for this challenge, so I can make something for the house for Halloween 🙂


 The challenge this time around is not technique based, so I can show you what I did to compose my Assemblage Clock.  This is Challenge #10 which means The Funkie Junkie (Linda Coughlin to those who know her) Boutique is offering a $25 gift certificate to one of the lucky winners and as usual, the prize-a-palooza package from Tim & Mario is awarded to the Curiosity Crew’s Choice.


I’m working from page 33 in Tim’s Compendium of Curiosities 3 and it’s all about creating freely and having fun!  I took my time putting this together and even had some creative help from my hubbie along the way 🙂


I completely disassembled my clock (I used a 7/32 socket) and kept all of the small pieces in a little brad container that I’ve saved from days of yore.


I’m going to start by giving all of my clock pieces a coat of Adirondack Alcohol Inks.  I used Wild Plum, Lettuce, Terra Cotta & Eggplant.

I let gravity and the shape of the bell caps take its course with the Alcohol Inks.  The coverage was great and the way the inks ran and mottled together was just what I was hoping for.

I did the same thing with the body of the clock and let the Alcohol Inks run with the shape of the clock.  I helped a bit and spun the clock body to move the ink around the clock (uh, the edges of the clock are SHARP and I now have a new scar on my man hands!).

I got really painty with these next steps and I still have paint under my nails!  I’m going to do some finger painting with Seedless Preserves, Ripe Persimmon & Black Soot DPs…

I picked up the DPs with my fingers (individually at first..) and swiped and rubbed paint over the outside surface of the clock body and bell caps.  I did rub a little bit of DP in the undersides of the bell caps, too.

During all of my finger painting, I rubbed Black Soot DP onto the washers and nuts and heat dried them on my little pliers.


This is how I stored my clock at night.  As I did things for and on the clock during the day, I stored any bits & pieces inside the body-safely away from night prowling kitties!!


I decided on painting the inside of the clock a lighter color because I plan on using a lot of black elements within the confines of the hollow clock body which will entomb…..OH, almost waxed goth there 😉 Sorry, back now!


I applied two coats of Pumice Stone DP and carefully heat dried each.  It is metal and it does get hot, but no burns suffered (from heat drying..).


I’m using stamps from the Haunted & Dr. Coffin’s Apothecary plates from Oxford Impressions which work so well together.  I mix and match these two sets all the time, but they are completely image-fulfilling on their own!


Stamping onto tissue paper is Awesome! You end up with two images on both sides of the tissue, giving you more versatility for image positioning.  Once I stamped the house image onto this piece of tissue paper, I turned it over and glued it into place with gloss multi-medium.  I heat dried just a bit, but mostly let this air dry.  OH–I’m using Jet Black Archival Ink as it’s permanent and won’t smudge from the multi-medium.

I’m using the Ouija board image to create the wallpaper that will adorn the inside of the clock.

Working in sections, I brushed a coat of multi-medium onto the wall of the clock, laid a piece of the tissue paper down and brushed over to set.  I cut any overhanging tissue with my finger knife once it was dry.

I had to get ‘Nevermore’ in this clock somewhere!  I rimmed the inside of the bell caps with tissue paper stamped with the famous utterance.

I so totally had to use the Gothic layering stencil on this! I masked the house image and used Black Soot & Seedless Preserves DPs, then I sprinkled Antiquities Frosted Crystal EP over the wet paint and heat embossed.  I wanted the stenciled design to have a matte finish and this worked great!


OH BOY–Now onto the actual pieces that will create my scene!  I shall have a gothic headstone!  I stamped this headstone image onto chipboard several times…


…and fussy cut each one out.  The top headstone needs to be weathered and worn so I stamp over one of the fussy cut stones with Distress Embossing Ink


…and heat embossed with Pumice Stone Distress EP.  I distressed all of the edges and inked with Black Soot DI.


I layered all of the chipboard headstones together and glued all of the layers with multi-medium.  I set this between a heavy stack of stuff overnight to dry and fuse together.


A gravesite isn’t gothic unless there’s a mourning wreath, well, a Woodlands wreath that will get the goth treatment…


…with Black Marble Ink Spray!!  Oh, Oh, I feel the goth coming out…black marble, cold like the soul of the raven’s black eyes that stare….


I made a couple of banners from manila stock that I’ll drape onto the wreath.  I treated the banners with Tea Dye, Vintage Photo & Walnut Stain mini DIs.


I made an itty bitty little easel for the wreath out of fireplace match sticks and hot glue then painted with Black Soot DP.  I stamped the raven image onto Shrink Plastic with Jet Black Staz-On Ink and let air dry a long time before fussy cutting it.


Here’s the little raven after being shrunk down with my embossing heat tool.  It wouldn’t be a proper ode to Poe without a raven 😉


This could be one of the funnest little décor elements I’ve ever made!


I want to add these metal filigree rounds to the bell caps–but I have to paint them black to make them goth-worthy.  These are wonderful little metal embellishments that I bought from The Funkie Junkie Boutique 🙂


I painted the filigree rounds with Black Soot DP and carefully heat dried.  Once dry, I brushed multi-medium on the bottom of the filigree pieces and brushed a little on top of the bell caps and adhered the rounds down.  I did place some weighted items on top of the caps to make sure those filigree pieces won’t go anywhere.

I stamped Mr. Poe’s image with Jet Black Archival Ink onto  the smooth side of Distress Water Color paper.  I colored the entire image with Distress Markers in Victorian Velvet, Black Soot, Pumice Stone, Tattered Rose & Aged Mahogany and my water brush.  At this point, I wasn’t sure if I was going to use the entire portrait image, or just fussy cut Edgar out.


This skeleton image is from Dr. Coffin’s Apothecary plate and I use him a lot! This time, I stamped him with Cotton White Opaque Staz-On ink onto Modeling Film.


Oh, this little skull & crossbones, I love this little trinket!!  I gave my skull the goth treatment with Black Soot DP and added tiny red rhinestones in the eye sockets.  I needed to add a little bling somewhere 🙂


BTS-Before calling it quits one of the nights I crafted late, I rusted this Prima clock face with Rusting Powder and let it do its rusting magic overnight.  I knew this was going to be safe overnight from the cats, because it gets sprayed with vinegar to activate the rusting 😉


OK–So now it’s time for assembly.  I’m using kraft shred for my groundcover that I spritzed with Black Marble & Chopped Pesto Ink Sprays.


OH–before I started gluing things in place, I added some hot glue spider webs to my wreath arrangement.  Since the clock is round, I trimmed down one of the legs on my easel so that it would sit somewhat straight in my graveyard.


Same with the headstone…I trimmed it down so that it will sit properly with the curved shape of the clock and adhered it with my hot glue gun (my man hand fingers may have gotten too close to the tip of the hot glue gun during these initial assembly steps) 😉


I almost forgot about installing the glass!!  But I figured that out before I started gluing everything in place!!  WHEW & DUH!!


My clock is almost complete….I’m waiting for a few things to dry….


I used my Tattered Florals die to create the goth blooms from black cotton fabric, black tulle, and orange color Core’dinations stock.  I stenciled the black fabric with the Gothic and Halloween layering stencils–it’s difficult to see the stenciled designs, but they’re there 🙂


Here’s a better view of the blooms.  Before I hot glued in place, I spritzed the blooms with Pomegranate Seed Ink Spray and Sheer Shimmer mist.  I also added a strip of black lace that I weaved between the blooms as I was gluing.


I’m still trying to take as many ‘finished’ pictures outside that I can, to utilize the sunshine while we still have it.  Tricky photographing this clock because the glass front reflects everything!!


Oh, my skeleton friend?  He got molded so that he’s hugging Mr. Poe’s headstone!


The shrink plastic raven was glued on top of the easel, perched to protect and overlook Mr. Poe’s final resting place-in this clock!


I swear that Edgar’s eyes follow me every where I go!! Look at him peeking through from the back of the scene…and then those glowing red eyes from the skull–Oh, so eerie!!


I could keep fussing and adding more embellishments to my Assemblage Clock, but at some point, I have to stop and close it up!!  And hurry and get this entered over at Studio L3 by tonight (11:55 Boise time)!!  I didn’t mean to wait until the very last moment to share or enter this, I was just having so much fun that I got swept away!

I hope you enjoyed my latest ode to Mr. Poe.  The anniversary of his death, 165 years ago, is quickly approaching and I hope that where ever he may be now, he’s pleased at how appreciated he and his work are and how alive his spirit is in his written words.  Thank You, EAP!

Thanks for enduring my gothic reveries!! I know this was a long one with lots of photos, but it’s over now!!  Or is it?



  • Assemblage Clock (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Stamps: Haunted & Dr. Coffin’s Apothecary Plates (Oxford Impressions/Austen Gallery)
  • Surfaces: Manila Stock; Shrink Plastic (Ranger); Modeling Film (Wendy Vecchi); Chipboard; Distress Water Color Stock (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Tissue Paper; Color Core’dinations (Core’dinations); Black Cotton Fabric; Black Tulle; Black Lace; Kraft Shred; Woodlands (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Distress Inks, Markers & Paints (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Dylusions Ink Sprays (Ranger); Adirondack Alcohol Inks (Ranger); Mixables Sheer Shimmer Mist (My Favorite Things); Archival Ink (Ranger); Distress Embossing Ink (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Staz-On Inks (Tsukineko); Antiquities Frosted EP (Ranger); Distress EP (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Rusting Powder (Crafty Notions)
  • Crossbones (Tim Holtz/Idea0ology); Metal Filigree Rounds (The Funkie Junkie Boutique); Black Brads; Clock Face (Prima Embellishments)
  • Tattered Florals Die (Tim Holtz/Sizzix); Big Shot Machine (Sizzix); Finger Knife (Fiskars); Scissors;
  • Craft Sheet (Ranger); Wax Paper; Glossy Multi-Medium (Claudine Hellmuth/Ranger); Foam Squares; Heat Tool; Embossing Heat Tool; Ink Blending Tools

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!!


A Haunted Poe Halloween

Hello Hello Hello!!  Happy Monday!!  Sorry for the sporadic posts lately–It’s just I’ve been hard at work, behind the scenes, creating cards and tags for a few custom orders I’ve received!  YAY!!  But that doesn’t mean that I can’t slip in a spooky Halloween card here and there to share…..Boo!

Oh, my Haunted Poe.

Oh, my Haunted Poe.

I just love this Haunted plate from Oxford Impressions/Austen Gallery.  So many eerie images, so many possibilities!  Let me explain what I did on this Haunted Poe card..

Supplies I Used:

Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe

I knew Mr. Poe was going to be my focal point for this card, so I heat embossed his image using Staz-On Ink in Jet Black and clear embossing powder on manilla stock.  I chose Dusty Concord & Mustard Seed DM’s and my water-brush to give Poe’s portrait some color.  I really like how the embossed image acts like a resist…

What an eerie house....

What an eerie house….

The background was fun to do—I used Dusty Concord, Walnut Stain and Mustard Seed Distress Inks and my ink blending tool and rubbed all over my manilla stock then spritzed with water and dried with my heat tool.  So goth and macabre, indeed.  I used Archival Ink in Jet Black to stamp all of the background images with–

My vellum headstones look worn and aged...

My vellum headstones look worn and aged…

The vellum headstones are stamped with Archival Ink in Jet Black and Tea Dye Distress Inks–see, there’s another really faded headstone behind this one….And can you see the little pieces if stamped Ouija Board back there, too?

The Haunted Halloween banners are ivory card stock, treated with Dusty Concord & Walnut Stain DI’s.  I then crumpled up the banners a little an rubbed with Walnut Stain to highlight those folds.  The moon is stamped with Mustard Seed DI and fussy cut then I inked the edges a little with more Walnut Stain DI.

The assembled result...

The assembled result…

Once my background was eerie enough, I distressed the edges and inked with Walnut Stain DI.  I added mini 3-D dots to the top headstone to give it a little pop, then positioned Poe’s portrait and banners and adhered with more 3-D Dots.

There's nothing like a little Poe, to darken the mood....

There’s nothing like a little Poe, to darken the mood….

And there you have it…..an eerily fun and haunted card just in time for Halloween!  I wonder who may come a knock, knock, knocking on your front door this Halloween?

Until next time….Keep it Artsy Fartsy!  Thanks for stopping by!!  XOXO-Shari