Mini-Canvas Ornaments

HI THERE & HAPPY TUESDAY-Thanks for dropping in today!!  I’ve been a little busy at the craft table lately and I’ve gotten most of my Christmas creations finished for the season, but I’m doing something different this year–I didn’t make Christmas cards, I made little pieces of Christmas art instead!


This is the first set of goodies I made–a trio of mini-canvas ornaments, that overall, were pretty quick and easy to make because they are so small (and cute if I don’t say so myself)!  Let me tell you a little bit about them–


These mini canvases measure 2″x 2″ and I started with texturing the background of each canvas with Tim’s Bubble LS and white embossing paste.  While the embossing paste was still wet, I sprinkled Clear Rock Candy Distress Glitter over the surface and let air dry–Love those sparkles!  When the EP was dry, I rubbed the top of each canvas with blue tones of Distress Stains-Broken China, Faded Jeans & Salty Ocean, then spritzed the canvases with water and let that color do its thing.


The snowflake that adorns each canvas is Tim’s Layered Snowflake die cut out of shrink plastic.  Before shrinking each snowflake, I colored with alcohol inks and touches of silver paint pen.  Before adhering the snowflakes, I drilled a little hole in the top and bottom of the canvases to insert the seam binding hangar and beaded doo-dad.


To hide the backsides of the canvases with their internal workings of the seam binding and beaded accent, I stenciled and stained a piece of mixed-media paper in the same manner as the front sides, except I stenciled with Picket Fence DP.  I cut the pieces of stenciled & stained mixed media paper to size, ran through my sewing machine, roughed up the edges with my paper distresser, then rubbed the edges with Hickory Smoke DI.


I printed the ‘Merry Christmas’ word bands from my computer and finished each canvas with a little Mirrored Heart to add an extra little touch of sparkle.  See–Easy Peasy!!

I’ve got a few more Christmas art pieces on the craft table that I need to hurry and finish, and as long as I take pictures of them before packing up, I’ll be back to share-You know how that can go!  So, hopefully I’ll be back soon, but if I go missing, I could be waiting in line at the post office!! LOL 😉 🙂

Thanks again for stopping by today for a visit!!  Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • 2″ x 2″ Mini Canvas; Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore); Shrink Plastic (Inkssentials/Ranger)
  • Distress Stain, Glitter, Paint & Ink (Tim Holtz/Ranger); White Embossing Paste (Wendy Vecchi); Silver Paint Pen
  • Bubbles Layering Stencil (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous)
  • Seam Binding; Glass Beads; Mirror Hearts (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Sewing Machine (Kenmore); Paper Distresser (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios); Palette Knife; Scissors

Happy Bird-Day

Hi There & Happy Tuesday!!  It’s day 27 of our 31 Days of Halloween event at the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity and as a new DT member of Lost Coast Designs/Carmen’s Veranda, I’m representing LCD/CV today as a ‘Wicked Player’ in this month long hop being presented by Smeared Ink.  I didn’t think that October 31st would be upon us so quickly, but here we are with only 4 more days left and only 4 more days for you to enter our Linky Party and FB event.  Head over to our Challenge Page for all of the rules!

Today, I bring you one of my favorite movie icons, in tag form–


I’m using images today from both Carmen’s Veranda and Lost Coast Designs, because they go so well together!!  And I’m having a little play with elements from a couple of Mr. Hitchcock’s films–I’ve got some ‘Birds’ and some ‘Vertigo’ producing swirling circles for your viewing pleasure.  I was so swept up in the vortexes of creativity while making this tag, I only took a few in-process shots…


I’m using a jumbo manila tag as my surface today and I used the Batground LS and dabbed Black Soot DP through the stencil.


I used Fired Brick, Brushed Pewter & Barn Door DSS on this tag to create the drips that run down the length of the tag.  I sprayed the stains really closely to the surface then spritzed with a bit of water.


I turned the tag upside down and did the same thing with the spray stains and water to create more drips that fill in the blank spaces nicely.  From here on out, there are no more pictures until the tag was finished, but behind the scenes, there was lots of stamping and fussy cutting and crackling and shrinking….


Take the Vertigo-inspired background for instance.  I used my Cricut machine to cut circles in various diameters so I could get the negative pieces to create the swirly background effect.  I used DAM Carbon Black Mister to coat each circle and heat set.  Then I brushed a layer of DAM Crackle Glaze over the surfaces and let air dry.  When the crackle was dry, I brushed DAM Titanium White Antiquing Cream over all of them, gently heat set, then wiped away with a damp cloth to expose all of those wonderful crackles.


Mr. Hitchcock here is a Carmen Veranda’s Famous People image, and was stamped onto a piece of manila stock and heat embossed.  I rubbed the cooled image with Tea Dye DI and fussy cut.  I do believe that one of Mr. Hitchcock’s birds has gotten a bit rambunctious and has pecked his forehead!  Oh dear!!

I printed out the sentiment onto mixed-media paper and heat set.  I brushed a layer of matte Decou-Page over the surface, heat set, then brushed a layer of DAM Crackle Glaze over the words and let air dry.  When dry, I fussy cut into word bands, rubbed with Black Soot DI and mounted to pieces of black stock.  The bird, as are all of the birds on this tag, is from LCD’s Murder of Crows set.  I stamped 3 of them onto shrink plastic and 3 of them onto tissue paper with Jet Black Archival and adhered here and there on the tag.


Oh!!  During the photo shoot, my oldest kitty Lille had to get into the act and investigate this tag!  She really liked the tulle topping the tag and tried to steal this away from me.  She looks innocent enough, but those half closed eyes were scheming for sure!!


I adhered the circles & tissue paper stamped crows onto the tag with matte Decou-Page and let air dry.  I distressed the edges of the tag with my paper distresser, then ran through my sewing machine to add the stitched border, then rubbed with Black Soot DI.


I adhered Mr. Hitchcock, the word bands and the shrink plastic birds into place and pressed between heavy books for a spell to make sure everything will stay in place.  I added some shadows of Black Soot DI and my water brush, then I lightened up the shadows a bit with DAM Translucent White fluid acrylic.  To finish the tag, I added a few self-adhesive red rhinestones and gave the tag a splattering of Barn Door DP with a round paint brush.

There you have it!  My Day 27 contribution to the 31 Days of Halloween!!  This sure is a fun event to be a part of and I hope you’ll come over to our Lost Coast Portal to Creativity to join in on  the fun!  With 4 days left, I bet you could scare something up!!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps:  Alfred Hitchcock (Carmen’s Veranda); Murder of Crows (Lost Coast Designs)
  • Archival Ink (Ranger); Distress Ink, Paint & Spray Stains (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Mister, Crackle Glaze, Antiquing Cream, Fluid Acrylic (DecoArt Media)
  • Manila Stock; Tissue Paper; Shrink Plastic (Inkssentials/Ranger); Jumbo Manila Tag (The Funkie Junkie Boutique)
  • Batground Layering Stencil (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous)
  • Finger Knife (Fiskars); Paper Distresser (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios); Sewing Machine (Kenmore); Round Paint Brush; Flat Paint Brush; Paint Dabber; Matte Decou-Page (Americana/DecoArt)
  • Self-Adhesive Rhinestones; Tulle; Seam Binding (The Funkie Junkie Boutique); Yarn

On the Leaves of Babes

Hi There!!  Happy Sunday!!  I was feeling very much in the Fall mood this week when I was crafting for today’s Artistic Outpost project, so much so, I made a fall inspired master board to use in today’s card-


I thought these little cuties, from our Think & Wonder stamp set, would look really perfect on this fall inspired background–I’ve got them frolicking amongst the leaves!  Let me show you a little bit of what I did to create today’s card.


I’m using my 8″ x 10″ gelli plate, Dylusions Acrylics and some die cut Tattered Leaves.  I did a dry run of positioning the leaves, so I can kind of get an idea of where to place them when I’m ready…


I brayed the gelli plate with Melted Chocolate, Squeezed Orange and Fresh Lime, laid the die cut leaves down onto the wet paint, then pressed my piece of mixed-media paper onto the surface.


I pulled the leaves up from the gelli plate, rolled the brayer over the surface, then laid the print back down onto the gelli plate.


This is the finished print with additions of circles made with a paint cap, paint lines made with an old gift card and splatters of paint.  I know it’s busy here as a whole, but cut up into pieces that I want to use–it will be totally workable and great little background panels 🙂


These kids got stamped onto one of said pieces of background panel, with Jet Black Archival and again onto a separate piece of mixed-media paper with Coffee Archival and fussy cut.  I adhered the fussy cut kids onto the background and outlined with Black Soot DI and my water brush, then outlined with my white gel pen, then outlined one more time with my Hickory Smoke DM.  I ran the panel through my sewing machine to add the stitched border and I layered that panel onto another background panel that I had also run through my sewing machine.


I made mini tattered leaves with shrink plastic.  I colored the leaves with Adirondack AIs in Terra Cotta, Butterscotch & Lettuce and carefully shrunk with my embossing heat gun.  When they were cool to touch and set, I tied cotton string around the leaves and adhered to the surface of the card.  It’s like these little darlings are making a fun, natural kite of leaves 🙂


I stamped the quote, also from Think & Wonder, onto mixed-media paper with Jet Black Archival.  I brushed a layer of matte Decou-Page over the words and heat set.  I  then brushed a layer of DAM Crackle Glaze over it and let air dry.  When the crackle was dry, I rubbed with Walnut Stain DI and cut into word bands.  I adhered to each leaf with a little dab of matte Decou-Page then pressed under some books to make sure everything is set securely in place.  When all was set, I attached the panel to a mustardy colored card base.

OK-So this is card #1 using a piece of this master board–I wonder what I’m going to do with it next?  Hmmmmm…..the creative wheels are already turning!

Thanks again for stopping in and having a visit today!  Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps:  Think & Wonder (Artistic Outpost)
  • Dylusions Acrylic Paints & Archival Inks (Ranger); Distress Inks & Alcohol Inks (Tim Holtz/Ranger); White Gel Pen (Sakura); Crackle Glaze (DecoArt Media); Perfect Pearls Mist (Ranger)
  • Gelli Plate (Gelli Arts); Brayer (Ranger); Tattered Leaves Bigz Die (Tim Holtz/Sizzix); Big Shot Machine (Sizzix)
  • Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore); Colored Card Stocks (PTI); Shrink Plastic (Inkssentials/Ranger)
  • Craft Sheet (Ranger); Finger Knife (Fiskars); Paper Distresser (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios); Cotton String; Water Brush; Matte Decou-Page (DecoArt)

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

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

Arrrr Halloween, Again

HELLO Again!! Thanks for joining me for my 2nd posting of the day!!

I’ve got another Halloween card for Studio L3’s Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge #9-Stamps & Framelits.  This is the only Tim Holtz/Sizzix Framelits set that I have, that’s why you’re seeing it again so soon.  Let me-not-show you how I made this card… 🙂


Yo Ho Ho and a bottle of rum….this card was a lot of fun (to make)….


As a CC3 #9 challenge participant, I can’t show you the techniques involved in the Stamps & Framelits page of Tim’s book, but I can show you some of the other techniques I used to make this card.


Since I had just used this set for the last CC3 #8 Challenge, I need to use another stamping technique for the Skull Blueprint stamp–AHA, let’s try the chalkboard technique!

I used Distress embossing ink with Frosted Crystals embossing powder and heat dried with my embossing heat tool.  When set, the embossed image is kind of rough to the touch and matte in finish.


 I was a little worried that the sentiment was going to get lost with this technique, but it came out really well.  Happy Halloween is from the Simple Sayings set from TH/SA.


WOW!  These all came out with the chalkboard technique!  A few of the finer lines around the jaw are a bit smooshed together, but that’s totally fine and lends to the whole artsy fartsy technique of it 🙂


I die cut an extra set of eyes and nose out of smooth black Core’dinations and applied a thin layer of Diamond Glaze and set aside to air dry.


I stamped another Skull Blueprint image and a raven and bottle image on to shrink plastic to make a few little charms.  The raven and skull are stamped with Jet Black Staz-On ink and the bottle is stamped in Cotton White Opaque Staz-On.  When the bottle image was dry, I dabbed Salmon Adirondack Alcohol Ink onto the back.


I’m using kraft card stock for my card base and a sheet of orange TH Kraft-Core for my background pieces.

I sanded the edges and surfaces of my kraft-core stock and inked the edges with Walnut Stain DI and my ink blending tool.  I also distressed the edges with my paper distresser.


I adhered my orange pieces to my card base with double-back tape, then ran through my sewing machine and gave the corners a little zig-zag stitch.


I added the chalkboard skull and sentiment label, then cut a little notch out of the card base to run a piece of TH Natural Trimmings through.  I tied a knot and attached the shrink plastic charms with a jump ring.


Aren’t those fun?  This shrink plastic takes me back to my childhood of Shrinky-Dinks sets!  Do any of you remember those?  I’ve got to start using it more often, that’s for sure!!


OH–Those Eyes!!  I love that shiny pop among the dull finish of the skull.  I did have to do a little touch up once I got these parts in place, to cover the fingerprints of an impatient crafter!


Something that’s really neat about the chalkboard technique, even if you lose a little bit of chalk coverage, you can replenish it with another light rubbing of chalk.  I can control it while it’s still in my hands–once it’s mailed…my responsibility of it is done 😉 🙂


This is a fun die & stamp set and I’m sure this won’t be the last time you see something made with it.  I’ve already got another idea waiting in line!

If you happen to have Tim’s Compendium of Curiosities 3 and one of his Stamp & Framelits sets, you’ve got until August 29th to join in on the challenge.  For Challenge #9, the sponsor is Inspiration Emporium with a $50 gift certificate! Cool!  Then there’s the chance to win the Tim & Mario prize package!  Totally Cool!

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


  • Skull Blueprint Stamp/Framelits Set (Tim Holtz/Sizzix); Simple Sayings (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous)
  • Surfaces: Kraft Stock (Papertrey Ink); Kraft Core (Tim Holtz/Core’dinations); Black Stock (Core’dinations); Shrink Plastic (Inkssentials/Ranger)
  • Jet Black & Cotton White Opaque Staz-On Inks (Tsukineko); Antiquities Frosted Crystals EP (Ranger)
  • Jump Ring & Natural Trimmings (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Chalk (Crayola); Diamond Glaze (Judi-Kins); Double-Back Tape (3M); Sewing Machine (Kenmore); Craft Scratcher & Paper Distesser (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios); Embossing Heat Tool