TBT to February 15, 2015

HELLO HELLO HELLO!!  It’s time for another weekly sneak peek of today’s Throwback Thursday project at the Scrap’N Stamp Blog


I remember this one–I tried all kinds of techniques for this Valentine’s project!!  For all of the reposted details, check out the Scrap’N Stamp Blog!!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!


TBT to Jan 31, 2015

HELLO THERE & HAPPY NEW YEAR!!  Thanks for joining me today as we continue the Throwback Thursday feature at the Scrap’N Stamp Blog!  As the ‘Season of Love’ is creeping into view, we’re going to share Love and Valentine’s themed projects for the next several TBTs to get ya’ll in the mood!!  Today, we’re going back to a project I created two years ago for the Eclectic Ellapu DT that I was on….


This is a fun project to revisit and will surely ‘inflame’ your creative desire…   😉 🙂

I hope you head over to the Scrap’N Stamp Blog to check out all of the project details!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!


Love Me Two Times

Hi There!!  Happy Monday!!  After the exciting weekend of sharing my design team projects for the new challenges at Our Creative Corner & Eclectic Ellapu, I’m here today with a tag I made to enter into a few challenges myself!!


I completely ran out of time to get this entered into the Compendium of Curiosities 3 #20 challenge, but I’m making it in the nick o’ time at Tag Along-Think Pink, Artist Trading Post Exchange-Flower Power & A Vintage Journey-Love is in the Air.

Although the challenge at AVJ is not music related, the challenge title “Love is in the Air” took me straight to a disco song from the 70’s, which got me running through my internal library of music, when the needle landed on “Love Me Two Times” by The Doors.  One of my favorite ways to create is by letting a song title or lyrics direct me and this song was perfect for my tag!!


I started with a jumbo #10 manila tag and stamped the heart from the Valentine Blueprint set onto the tag twice with Jet Black Archival ink.  See-there it is already…Love (me) two times!!  Get it?! LOL Oh, I crack myself up sometimes!! 🙂


I used Tim’s water coloring technique to color and shade the two hearts.  I used my detail water brush with Distress Markers in Barn Door on the top heart, and Worn Lipstick on the bottom heart.  I then shaded the hearts with Pumice Stone & Black Soot DMs using my wide tipped water brush and heat dried.


I added a bit more color to my tag using the wrinkle free Distress Stain technique with Worn Lipstick & Aged Mahagony DSs.  The color on the front of the tag is the left-over stain from running the backside of the tag through the stains first.


Here’s the back of the finished tag, which received those first few swipes through the stains-So much darker than the color on the front!


To finish my background, I rubbed Tea Dye & Vintage Photo DIs over the entire surface and edges.  Then I used my mini-Pumice Stone DI, my mini-ink blending tool and my Hearts LS to add a few random hearts here and there and used my air art tool to spritz Aged Mahogany DM over the tag.


I die cut  a bunch of Tattered Florals from pink, red & burgundy colored stock (and I had the tulle tattered florals in my stash).  I then stamped them with my ‘love’ definition &  harlequin background stamps, in Vermilion and Coffee Archival inks.  I spritzed them with water, wadded them up and let air dry.


I embellished my tag with the assembled Tattered Florals blooms, red rhinestones, a file tab and a couple of arrows from my Industrious Borders stickers.


I added colored gumdrops to the center of each flower and wrapped the blooms with pieces of some funky yarn from my stash–Oh, I also tucked some die cut Garden Greens in there that I had cut out of tissue wrap!


I added my word bands to my tag with matte gel and topped it all with a seam binding bow stained with Worn Lipstick & Barn Door DSs.

Love Me Two Times–I’m going away…..But only over to the challenges!!  I’m headed over to Tag Along, Artist Trading Post & A Vintage Journey before I lose any more time!!  Before we know it, February will be just a memory and Spring will be in the air!!

Thanks for stopping by!!  Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Surfaces: Jumbo Manila Tag (The Funkie Junkie Boutique); Pink, Burgundy, Red Card Stock (Papertrey Ink); Tulle; Tissue Wrap (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Stamps: Valentine Blueprints (Tim Holtz/ Stampers Anonymous); Love Defined Stamp (SU); Harlequin Stamp (Penny Black)
  • Distress Markers, Inks & Stains (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Inks (Ranger); Adirondack Alcohol Inks (Ranger); Black Enamel Accents (Ranger)
  • Tattered Florals & Garden Greens Bigz Dies (Tim Holtz/Sizzix); Big Shot Machine (Sizzix);
  • Gumdrops, File Tab & Industrious Stickers (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Seam Binding (The Funkie Junkie Boutique); Funky Yard;
  • Matte Gel (Liquitex); Hot Glue Gun; Craft Sheet (Ranger); Heat Tool; Paint Brush; Water Brushes; Air Art Tool (Artworx)

Love Potion #9

Happy Sunday!!  Here I am with my weekly posting for Artistic Outpost (I just love saying that)!!  I’m going all romantic on you today with a musically inspired Valentine’s Day card I’ve entitled ‘Love Potion #9’.  I could have made up something like, ‘Dr. Love’ or ‘Bottle Full of Love’ for this post title, but those don’t have the playfulness or fun the title & lyrics of the song “Love Potion #9” evokes 🙂


 I’m featuring two Artistic Outpost stamp sets in this card; Apothecary & Secretary Pool.  In the Apothecary set, there are 6 different stamps that you can use for the bottle label, making this set extremely versatile for creating for any season, for any reason.  The ‘Love Potion #9’ stamp got me singing the song (in my head, of course!) and thinking of Valentine’s Day (less than a month away….nudge, nudge-wink-wink)!


 I worked with the bottle first as this had some drying time involved with its creation.  I stamped the bottle image with Jet Black StazOn ink onto WV modeling film.  I fussy cut the bottle then colored it with Wild Plum Adirondack alcohol ink and an oldie-but-goodie bottle of alcohol ink, that I’ve had since the very beginnings of my craftydom, called Studio 2 Ink-It in Watermelon.  I let those colors blend together and air dry.   I stamped the text onto tissue paper then glued to the inside of the bottle and heat set.  I then molded the bottle by using my embossing heat gun and my fingers, carefully–it’s HOT!!  Then, I treated with gloss multi-medium, let dry, then applied a layer of Clear Rock Candy DCP over the entire surface and let air dry.  Love those cracks!!  I rubbed Black Soot DI over the crackly surface to bring those wonderful cracks out!!


I think this could be the guy in the song who visits the fortune teller for his bottle of Love Potion #9!!  He’s been unlucky in love, went to the fortune teller, got the bottle, went back to his office, compounded his own tonic, and now, he’s prescribing his own concoction of ‘Love Potion #9’!!  This gent is stamped onto mixed-media paper with Jet Black Archival ink and water colored with my water brush and DMs in Tattered Rose, Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain, Barn Door, Picket Fence & Weathered Wood.  He was fussy cut and mounted onto a little piece of black stock, fussy cut again and adhered to the card with foam squares.


 I was playing around with different positioning options for this card–at one point, I was going to place the Dr. onto the prescription, but thought that too obvious (oh, he’s prescribing himself, is he?)!  Instead, I thought a bloom of love, sitting atop a prescription of love, to be more romantic and subtle.  I’m using my Tattered Florals die to cut out my stamped stock and painted & inked pieces of tulle.  I layered them together and attached to this heart shaped metal flower embellie with a mini silver brad.


This is a good shot of not only the glittery hearts bursting out of this bottle of Love Potion #9, but look at that background!!  I can’t believe I didn’t take any pictures of this before I started layering-DUH!!  The background is white stock brayed with Picked Raspberry, Worn Lipstick & Barn Door Distress Stains.  I spritzed with water and heat dried, then used the Blueprint texture fade to emboss, then I rubbed Black Soot DI over the entire surface.


Take 2 ‘loves’ and call me in the morning!!  I’ve used the alphabet stamp from the Secretary Pool to create these two sets of words–stamped several times onto white stock with Picked Raspberry, Barn Door, Black Soot & Worn Lipstick DIs.


This was a lot of fun to put together and other than drying times, pretty fast to make.  While I let the bottle do its crackly thing overnight, I had everything else assembled and ready to go, so the next day, placement, another round of letting things dry (but quickly) and done!  OK–I’ll tell you now, this won’t be the last time you see me using this Apothecary set!!  There are still stamps in this set that I haven’t put to use yet, and it’s only January!!  😉

Thanks for taking time out of your Sunday to have a visit with me!  If you’ve got AO stamps, then don’t forget to fit the monthly Show Us Your AO Art Challenge onto your creative calendar.  You’ve got a chance to win a $15 AO gift certificate, so why not?!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps:  Apothecary & Secretary Pool (Artistic Outpost)
  • Surfaces: Red, White, Black Card Stock; Mixed-Media Stock; Modeling Film; Color Core Stock; Tulle; Red Glitter Paper; Tissue Paper
  • Distress Inks, Paint, Stains & Markers (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Adirondack Alcohol Ink (Ranger); Ink-It Alcohol Ink (Studio 2); Archival Ink (Ranger); StazOn Ink (Tsukineko); Perfect Pearls Mist (Ranger)
  • Hearts Layering Stencil (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous); Label Letters (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Brayer & Finger Knife (Fiskars); Craft Sheet & Ink Blending Tools (Ranger); Heat Tool; Embossing Heat Gun; Paper Distresser (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios); Gloss Multi-Medium (Claudine Hellmuth/Ranger); 26 Gauge Wire; Metal Flower Embellishme