Doodle Flowers

Happy Monday & Happy Leap Year!!  I’m ending the month over at the Lost Coasters Review Blog today and had I planned better, I would have made something for the Leap Year occasion, darn it!  But, alas, my head is outdoors with the early Spring, and I’m thinking about flowers (and raking the beds, and laying down new top soil, and repairing the sprinkler line, and I could go on!) …..


Just a little sneaky peek of what I made using, just two, wonderful stamps from Lost Coast Designs.  You’ll have to come over to the Lost Coasters Review to see the details–Hope to see you there!!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps:  Doodle Flowers & Misc. Words (Lost Coast Designs)
  • Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore); Colored Card Stock (Papertrey Ink)
  • Simply Art Water Color Set; Archival Ink & Clear Embossing Powder (Ranger); Pigment Ink (Colorbox)
  • Sewing Machine (Kenmore); Finger Knife (Fiskars); Heat Tool; #10 Round WC Paint Brush; Matte Decou-Page (DecoArt); Double-Backed Tape (3M)
  • Enamel Dots (My Minds Eye)

My New Hat

Hi There, again!!  Two posts in one day–It’s on FIRE here at Ain’t That Artsy Fartsy!!  WOO HOO-Can you feel the heat?!!  I’m here today as an Official Design Team Member of Lost Coast Designs and Carmen’s Veranda!!  I’m also here today to take you through Day 18 of our 31 Days of Halloween event taking place at the  Lost Coast Portal to Creativity.


I’ve made a canvas board wall hanging that every witch can relate to!  Aren’t these ladies delightful?  I think she looks simply SPOOK-tacular in her new hat!  Let me show you a little bit of what I did.


I’m using a 5″ x 7″ flat canvas board that I prepped ahead of time with a layer of gesso.


 I scraped Dylusions Acrylics in Black Marble, Crushed Grape & Postbox Red over the surface with an old gift card then heat set.


This is the Early Stitch n’ Bitch image from LCD and I stamped it onto tissue paper with Jet Black Archival.  I adhered the tissue to the surface with matte Decou-Page and heat set.


I wanted to conjure up a glowing aura about these ladies so, I rubbed Gold Interference around them with my finger and heat set.  I then gave the surface a light sanding, not for any reason in particular, but I do like the misty effect it gave me.


I masked the ladies off and applied crackled texture paste through the Gothic layering stencil and let air dry.  Behind the scenes, I stamped the ladies again onto a piece of mixed-media paper with Jet Black Archival and fussy cut.


The quote is from the LCD Swimsuit Girl image that I stamped onto mixed-media paper with Jet Black Archival and fussy cut to make the word bands.  I’m really not sure what that metal embellie is called, but it’s perfect as the caption ‘bubble’ for the scene taking place in front of us.


The hat in question, is a Tempting Template available online from Stampington & Co.  I traced it onto a piece of black card stock, fussy cut it and applied a light layer of Diamond Glaze to it.  When the glaze was dry, I wrapped the piece of yarn around it and adorned with a purple rhinestone.


I stained two lengths of seam binding with Black Soot & Brushed Pewter DSSs and Seedless Preserves DSS.  I heat set while crinkling in my fingers (my fingers were stained purple & black for days!).  I attached a couple of ring fasteners to the board and ran the stained seam binding through them, tied a rough bow out of the ends, added a couple of black tulle Tattered Florals and glued the heirloom rose into the center.  I tinted the rose with Eggplant Adirondack AI.


I forgot to take a picture of the back of this finished panel, which I covered with a really neat piece of black and white floral paper that I had distressed with Black Soot DI.  I rubbed the edges of the panel with Black Soot DP and heat set.

Even though this is a creation made with the Halloween holiday in mind, this is fun and playful enough to have hanging around all year round!

Thanks so much for coming back for my second posting of the day!!  Happy Sunday to ya’ll and I’ll be back soon!!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps:  Early Stitch n’ Bitch & Swimsuit Girl (Lost Coast Designs)
  • 5″ x 7″ Canvas Board; Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore); Tissue Paper; Gothic Layering Stencil (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous)
  • Archival Ink, Adirondack Alcohol Ink & Dylusions Acrylic Paints (Ranger); Gesso (Dina Wakely/Ranger); Distress Spray Stains (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Crackle Glaze (DecoArt Media); Matte Decou-Page (DecoArt); Diamond Glaze (Judikins)
  • Seam Binding (The Funkie Junkie Boutique); Ring Fasteners, Heirloom Rose & the caption holder thingie (Tim Holt/Idea-ology)
  • Palette Knife; Scissors; Heat Tool; Paint Brush; Black Tulle

Stitch n’ Stories

Happy Monday & Happy Memorial Day to my friends in the U.S. — Thanks for dropping in today!!  I can’t believe how quickly May is going by, and I’m watching the crafting clock tick down for entering a few challenges before the end of the month.  Today, I’m sharing a project I made for 3 different challenge themes–


I’m entering this mixed-media ATC triptych into Challenge #09-Triptychs at The Mirror Crack’dI’m also playing over at Challenge #44-Raving Ravens at Quoth the Raven and I’m finishing off the challenge trifecta at Challenge #12-ATCs at Lost Coast Designs.  Let me show you how this all started!


I made my own ATCs with two layers of manila stock sandwiched around a piece of chipboard–They are very sturdy.  I’ve pulled out some of my Lost Coast Design stamps–Murder of Crows (I know, they aren’t ravens…), Early Stitch n’ Bitch, and one of my ATC Borders stamps.


I used my Shattered LS and Picket Fence DP to create a monoprint background on each ATC.


I stained the ATCs with Dusty Concord & Brushed Pewter DSS.  I spritzed the stains on my craft sheet, then smooshed each ATC into the pooled stained and heat set.  I attached the ATCs together with tissue tape and although I didn’t take a picture of this–I thought the purple & silver background needed a little extra something, so I lightly spritzed Barn Door DSS over the ATCs and spritzed with water.  You’ll see a close up of that soon…


I used 3 of the crow images from the Murder of Crows set, to create my shrink plastic ravens.  They shrunk to the perfect size for the ATCs!


I also made a heat embossed panel of red, using Vermillion Archival and Red Geranium EP.  I’m going to punch 3 hearts out of this for each lady in attendance.


I heat embossed each ATC with one of the ATC Borders image, masked off the border, then stamped each woman inside the frame with Jet Black Archival.  I then used water-downed bleach to create an aura around each woman.  I came back in with a small paint brush and bleach solution when the ravens were adhered into place, and gave them a little aura, too.


The women in the Early Stitch n’ Bitch image sit rather closely together, so when I stamped each woman into their respective ATC places, I had masked off the stamp first, before inking.  I also stamped the SnB image onto a separate piece of mixed-media stock so that I could have individually fussy cut ladies.


Oh, aren’t those little flecks of red stain eerily wonderful?!  And how about their little hearts?  After I punched each heart out, I inked with Black Soot DI, and before adhering the fussy cut ladies into place, I carefully cut little slits at their hands and slipped each heart into place and popped up with an itty bitty little foam dot.

Oh these three lovelies!!  They are definitely stitching, but they are sharing their favorite stories with each other, too!  And they all so happen, to have ravens with them to help enliven the story telling.


I did have to computer generate the EAP quote from The Raven.  I printed it onto white card stock, and heat set.  Then I pounced Tea Dye, Vintage Photo & Black Soot DIs over the words and fussy cut to size.  I treated each word band with matte multi-medium to seal and act as tooth for the DA Media Crackle Glaze that I coated each word band with.  I love those little cracks!


Here is the what the back side of the triptych looks like.  I didn’t let any of that Dusty Concord & Brushed Pewter stain go to waste and I picked up every last drop with the back side of each ATC.  I used the Crow Border stamp from Lost Coast Designs and their Cats Background stamp to do a little random stamping–just for some fun interest.


Mesmerizing, aren’t they?  I swear, the woman in the middle is looking right at me!!  Spooooky!!  But, FUN!! 🙂

Challenge #12-ATCs at Lost Coast Designs closes tonight at 11:55pm PDT, so just getting in under that proverbial wire there! WHEW!  Challenge #44-Raving Ravens at Quoth the Raven closes on June 2nd and Challenge #09-Triptych at The Mirror Crack’d closes June 3rd.  Still plenty of time to play in those two!

Thanks so much for starting your creative week with me!  There are a few more monthly challenges that close on May 31st that I’d like to try to enter, so hopefully, I’ll be back with one or two more challenge makes before then 🙂

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps: Early Stitch n’ Bitch, ATC Borders Set, Murder of Crows, Crows Border & Cats Background (Lost Coast Designs)
  • Surfaces: Manila Stock; Chipboard; Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore); Black Card Stock (Core’dinations); White Card Stock (PTI); Shrink Plastic (Inkssentials/Ranger)
  • Distress Spray Stains, Markers, Paints & Inks (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Inks (Ranger); Black EP (WOW); Wendy Vecchi EP (Ranger); Crackle Glaze (DecoArt Media); White Gel Pen (Sakura)
  • Tissue Tape (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Heart Punch (SU)
  • Craft Sheet (Ranger); Embossing Heat Tool; Heat Tool; Finger Knife (Fiskars); Paint Brush; Ink Blending Tools; Make-Up Sponge; Matte Multi-Medium (Ranger)

Party Animals

Hi There Everyone and WELCOME to my new followers!!  I sure do appreciate you all coming by and joining me on my creative adventure!  Thank You so much 🙂

Today is a quickie for sure!!  I’m joining in at Lost Coast Designs for their challenge this month–Clean & Simple with LCD images.  Clean & Simple for me, also means quick and easy.  Maybe one color of ink, a couple card stock colors, a couple of images….Easy Peasy-Lemon Squeezy!!  Don’t blink or you may miss this post!! 🙂


I’m using kraft, white & black cardstocks for my CAS cards and using images from the Party Hat Cats set…..


…and from the Party Dogs set.  I want clean and crisp images, so I’m using Staz-On Jet Black ink to stamp the images with.


Puppy pants here, stamped so well with the Staz-On ink.


Kitty-pie doesn’t look so bad either!

From here on out, things go kind of fast–that’s the nature of CAS 🙂


I’m using kraft stock as my card base for both cards and I just can’t do clean and simple, cleanly…I’ve got to have some kind of background!  One card is going to have this Darkroom Door Polka-Dots background….


…the other card is going to have a Tim Holtz Tissue Tape background.


OH–the insides of both cards are really simple!!  I used sentiments from the Think Big Favorites #12 stamp set from Papertrey Ink (I used two birthday sentiments within the set to get the same block font for my greeting).


Clean & Simple kitty got the Black Soot DI polka dot background….


Clean & Simple puppy got the tissue tape background.  Easy Peasy–just like that!

If you’ve got some Lost Coast Designs stamps, come on over and join in on their challenge. It runs until the 25th of the month, so you’ve got some time!  Hope to see you over there 🙂

Until next time-Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps:  Party Cat Hats & Party Dogs (Lost Coast Designs); Polka Dot Background (Darkroom Door); Think Big Fav #12 (Papertrey Ink)
  • Stocks:  Kraft & White (Papertrey Ink); Black (Core’dinations)
  • Inks:  Staz-On (Tsukineko); Distress (Tim Holtz/Ranger)
  • Tissue Tape (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Double Back Tape (3M); Ink Blending Tool (Ranger);

Kudzu Gals ATCs

Hi There Everyone!  Happy Labor Day weekend to my friends in the U.S.!  I’m using this weekend to try to catch myself up on making birthday cards (belated & future) and look in on one of my favorite challenge blogs that I’ve been neglecting of late-A Vintage Journey.  I haven’t created anything for their challenge in weeks, so I couldn’t let their challenge of A Little Touch of Tim-‘ATC’s Only’ go by.

This will also be my very first time making an ATC!  Yes–it’s true!!  Now, don’t get me wrong–I’ve incorporated 2.5″x3.5″ pieces in my card making over the years, but specifically using the small space ONLY as your entire surface to create upon–Nope!  This was something new to me 🙂


 I not only made one ATC, but two!  Why not?  I’m already ATC challenged to begin with, I may as well work it out!


The only definite things I knew going into making these ATC’s were; the size I had to work with/on, I wanted to use the ‘angry girl’ image from the Kudzu Kafe plate from Artistic Outpost and I want to use some of Tim’s Eclectic Elements fabric as my background.  I’m flying by the seat of my creative pants for the rest!


One of my favorite Tim Tags is his ‘Art is good for the soul’ creation.  He made this tag using one of his fabrics as the background and it’s beautiful!  I think my first ATC’s would be perfect with Tim’s fabrics!  I cut batting & Tim’s EE fabrics to fit over the manila ATC base.


I adhered the batting and fabrics to the ATC card base with double-back tape, then ran through my sewing machine.


I frayed the edges of the fabric with my craft scratcher and roughed up a bit of the batting underneath, too.

I inked the edges of the fabric and the card base with Vintage Photo & Walnut Stain mini DIs.

My Kudzu gals got stamped onto cold-press water color paper with Jet Black Archival Ink & water colored with my DM’s in Victorian Velvet, Tattered Rose, Faded Jeans, Wild Honey & Vintage Photo and my detail water brush.

I fussy cut these gals out and distressed the edges of the images just a bit with my paper distresser.  I then inked the edges with Vintage Photo DI.


I wanted something more on my fabric backgrounds, so I’m grabbing the Latticework & Burlap (not pictured) layering stencils.

I used Vintage Photo DI and Picket Fence DPs to color through the stencils with.  I love what the stencil designs did on the fabrics!

I’ve added bronze & espresso PPP sequins to the front of  (what will be angry girl’s) ATC and I splattered Picket Fence DP onto the blue flower ATC (it’s hard to see and the paint soaked into the fabric a bit).


OH!  I can’t forget about the back panels!!  Now, I don’t know if I’m breaking any ATC rules by adding a back panel, but it serves a couple of purposes; to hide the work that’s going on with the front panel and it’s now an empty space to write a message on–But, it’s still thin!


I’m just working with some placement here and getting ready to attach the back panels.  Behind the scenes, I added alcohol inks to a couple of mirrored stars and a brass heart and I stamped and glazed a party hat for angry girl.

I ran the back panels through my sewing machine before adhering to the ATC’s.  The words are also from the Kudzu Kafe plate that I had stamped onto a spare piece of paint marbled background.


Well, I seem to be on a party hat kick!  I can’t help but put a hat on this girl!  She’s one of my all-time fav images and of course I paired her with the ‘be silly’ sentiment 🙂  I added some white gel pen highlights and Walnut Stain DM outlines all over the place and rubbed Picket Fence DP to the surface of the number brad.  Everything was adhered down with multi-medium.


I call this image ‘auntie’ and she’s a loving lady with a big heart!  The butterflies flock around her because she’s so sweet! 🙂  I added an antique  brad to the center of the flower and layered the die cut butterflies with a little machine stitching.  I used multi-medium to glue everything down and when dry, I used my Walnut Stain DM and white gel pen to add highlights and outlines here and there.


OK–I can handle working on ATC’s!  These were really fun to make and I’m not intimidated by their size any longer!!

These gals are headed over to A Vintage Journey (ATC challenge ends Sept3 ) and to Artistic Outpost (AO art challenge ends 8/31).   They’re going to hang out there and I’m going to go make my lists of upcoming occasions and get my creative mojo on for the rest of the weekend (but yard work will be thrown in the mix, too!) 🙂

Thanks so much for stopping by this weekend–Now, get out there and have some fun!!  Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Manila Stock; TH Eclectic Elements Fabric (Coates); Water Color Paper; Vellum; Chocolate Box Core’dinations
  • Kudzu Kafe Plate (Artistic Outpost); Party Hats (Lost Coast Designs)
  • Distress Inks, Markers & Paints (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Adirondack Alcohol Inks (Ranger); Dylusions Ink Spray (Ranger); Archival Ink (Ranger); Gel Pen
  • Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh); Mirrored Stars & Number Brad (TH/Idea-ology); Antique Brad (SU); Layering Stencils (TH/Stampers Anonymous); Embosslits-Beautiful Wings (SU/Sizzix); Big Shot Machine (Sizzix); Finger Knife (Fiskars); Rotary Cutter (Fiskars); Air Tool (Artworx)
  • Multi-Medium (Claudine Hellmuth/Ranger); Double-Back Tape (3M); Diamond Glaze (Judikins); Hole Punch; Round Paint Brush; Ink Blending Tool; Splatter Brush (Liquitex); Craft Sheet; Self-Healing Mat; Sewing Machine (Kenmore)

Hap-Poe Birthday

HELLO Again!!  Yes, it’s an exciting day for me and a Friday to boot!!  What a way to end the week!!  Hands in the air–Woot Woot!!

I’m SUPER HAPPY to be here in my second post of the day as a Guest Designer for Pretty Pink Posh–Today is the opening day of the Cutting Edge Blog Hop!!  Let’s hear it again–Woot Woot!!


August 22nd 6am thru August 25th 11:55pm (pst)

I’ve been excitedly anticipating today since finding out I was one of the designers that Paulina chose, from her GD call in June.  I’m my own worse critic and of course, I didn’t think Paulina would like any of the cards that I sent her.  But, lo & behold, she did like what I submitted and invited me to this weekend’s event!  Thank You, Paulina!!  🙂 🙂

I’m amongst fabulous designer’s today, sharing their Cutting Edge creations and You All have got the chance to win goodies from the wonderful sponsors who will be providing the prizes for the Blog Hop festivities.


August 22nd 6am thru August 25th 11:55pm (pst)

 So, before I get into my creation for the hop, be ready to link up your Cutting Edge designs beginning tomorrow, Saturday August 23rd directly at the Pretty Pink Posh blog.  You’ve got all weekend and through Monday night to join in on the fun-Let’s see those die cut creations!  Anything Goes!!


One of the benefits I received from being invited to participate as a Guest Designer for Pretty Pink Posh, is the generous selection of PPP Sequins and PPP Dies that Paulina sent me.  In today’s Cutting Edge Blog Hop, I’m featuring PPP’s Stitched Film Strip die and Star Wood Veneers.  I think you’ll be able to tell, I’m thinking of Halloween and spooky things with this b-day card 🙂


In preparation for making this card, I had stamped, fussy cut and glazed my Lost Coast Designs Party Hats the night before.  I made two hats, not sure of which one was going to best suit Mr. Poe for the occasion–The blue hat is Peacock Feathers DI and the yellow hat is Mustard Seed DI. I cut the Film Strip die out of smooth black Core’dinations stock, which I doubled up.  My card base is from Papertrey Ink and I think the color is Enchanted Evening.  Mr. Poe and his entourage are stamped onto manila stock with Staz-On Jet Black ink.

I want a fun, yet kind of dark background (to match Mr. Poe) and the party hats!  I’m using my Distress Inks in Peacock Feathers, Tumbled Glass & Broken China and Mustard Seed.  After applying the inks, I did spritz the surface just a little with water, and fully heat dried.


I randomly stamped the hats with Distress Embossing ink and heat embossed with WOW clear embossing powder.  What’s coming next is totally cool and I just saw California Art Girl, Richele Christensen do this technique on her blog last week.


I then covered the entire surface with Chipped Sapphire, Dusty Concord & Walnut Stain DIs and my ink blending tools.  See how the embossed hats pop with color!!  With the colors that I chose to use, my background turned out to be very ‘Northern Lights’ like (have you tried that technique yet?).  I think Mr. Poe would have appreciated seeing the Northern Lights and might have even written about it.

I’m using the Bubbles layering stencil and water to add another layer of color and design to my background.

 I placed the stencil in different directions and lightly spritzed water over the surface.  I then quickly dabbed the water off the stencil with a paper towel and lifted the stencil off the panel.  I did heat dry after each layer of stenciling.

I love this effect!  It’s an organized version of water spots–and you know how I love water spots on my cards!!


Edgar, the owl and the raven are all images from the Haunted plate from Oxford Impressions–a fantastic set of stamps that always seems to make its way to the top of my Halloween themed creations!

I water colored all of the images with my water brush and Distress Markers in Tattered Rose, Antique Linen, Chipped Sapphire, Mustard Seed, Black Soot & Dusty Concord.  I fussy cut Mr. Poe’s head, before positioning into the filmstrip, so he’d pop up out of the frame a little.  He is the party boy!!


Is that possibly a smirk on Mr. Poe’s face?  He is wearing a party hat!


This little owl is just hanging out watching…..


…and this raven looks like he’s eyeballing poor ole Edgar.  Both feathered friends had itty bitty little dots of Diamond Glaze added to their eyes to give them a little gleam.


They look much more festive and ‘happy’ all put together with the party hats floating in the background!


I spelled out Hap-Poe Birthday using TH Label Letters that I mounted on a piece of black card stock first–the hyphen is an exclamation mark with the dot colored in with black pen and trimmed down just a tad.  I then glued the sentiment to the panel with matte multi-medium and heat dried.  I ran the entire panel through my sewing machine for the stitched border and the stitching on the letters.  I added the wood veneer stars with more multi-medium (it truly is a crafter’s bff!) and heat set in place.


Mr. Poe also has a wood veneer star on his hat, too!  Much more distinguished for our Mr. Poe, than a fuzzy ball or rhinestone 😉


This would be a great birthday card for a literature buff–especially one who enjoys the works of Edgar Allan Poe, like I do.  I just re-read his poem “The Tell Tale Heart” and it’s really good–It’s suspenseful, creepy, thrilling and chilling!!  Mr. Poe was definitely before his time and he’s been one of my favorite classic authors since junior high when I was first introduced to his poem “The Raven”.

OK–now that I’ve waxed personal….Time to move on and get Hopping!!  Cutting Edge Blog Hopping that is!!  Thank you all so much for coming over from Pretty Pink Posh and seeing how I put this card together.  I hope you enjoyed your visit and will come back again from time to time!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!  XOXO-Shari


  • Stitched Film Strip Die (Pretty Pink Posh); Star Wood Veneers (Pretty Pink Posh)
  • Stamps:  Haunted Plate (Oxford Impressions/Austen Gallery); Party Hats (Lost Coast Designs)
  • Manila Stock; Black Stock (Core’dinations); Card Base-Enchanted Evening (Papertrey Ink)
  • Distress Inks & Markers (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Distress Embossing Ink (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Staz-On Ink (Tsukineko)
  • Diamond Glaze (Judi-Kins); Clear Embossing Powder (WOW); Mutli-Medium (Claudine Hellmuth); Double Back Tape (3M); Foam Dots
  • Label Letters (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Bubbles Stencil (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous)
  • Sewing Machine (Kenmore); Paper Distresser (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios); Ink Blending Tools; Heat Tool; Embossing Heat Tool

Party, Dogs!

Hello Hello Hello!!  Happy Tuesday!!  Thanks for coming back and having a visit with me today!

I’ve got a fun and colorful card to share–it’s one of my late June birthday greetings, that wasn’t taken care of until July!!  But, Hey–better late than never, right? 😉

Funny thing about this card, too–I had signed myself up (late) for Claudine Hellmuth’s Composition for Collage class, and I was still working on week one experiments (Asymmetrical)  when I made this card.  Unbeknownst to me, this card design is using a ‘grid’ pattern, which Claudine talks about in week 4 of the class!  I didn’t mean to skip ahead, really, I didn’t!!


I Love these Party Dogs!

I’m using the Party Dogs & Party Hats plates from Lost Coast Designs for this card and a color-wash background technique using my acrylic stamp blocks and Distress Inks.  Who doesn’t love bright colors and dog with hats?


The Party Dogs set has a total of 4 dogs in it, but I only used 3 of the images to help me create the size of panels I wanted.  I stamped all of the images onto 140# cold press water color paper with Jet Black Archival Ink and cut to size (except for the hat images….those are filler and won’t be cut to size until later).

Each stamped dog section was treated with a Distress Ink color wash.  Easy peasy!  Press the ink pad directly onto an acrylic stamp block, spritz with water, press onto the stamped wc paper.  This trio of party pups has a Peacock Feathers DI background.

This Min-Pin has a Ripe Persimmon DI color-wash.

This little Beagle has the saddest expression for a party dog!  Maybe a little pick me up of Picked Raspberry DI will help?

The extra party hats were color-washed with Dusty Concord and Crushed Olive DI’s.


While I was heat drying each panel, I manipulated the pieces of wc paper to form those pools of saturated color.  Love those deep spots of color!


Of course, I’ve gotta have my water spots, too!!  I spritzed and flicked water all over the place and heat dried each panel.


I matched each color-washed panel with a piece of Distress Core’dinations stock.  I roughed up each piece of Core’dinations by sanding and crumpling and then inking with Walnut Stain DI and my ink blending tool.  Each piece was cut to size and adhered to a piece of kraft card stock….


..which I then haphazardly ran through my sewing machine, employing different stitches randomly around each piece of Core’dinations.


I’m not the best ‘sewer’ either and my stitching does not run in straight lines!  Oh, it’s supposed to be like that, what am I saying!! 😉


I’ve got some zig-zag going on, some applique type stitching–I’m all over the place!  Embrace imperfection right? After sewing the borders, I adhered each party dog panel to its coordinating pieces of Core’dinations with double-back tape.  Bow Wow!!


Happy Birthday, M-Dog!! (My brother-in-law, also known as Mark).  Cheers to many more to come!!

I hope you enjoyed today’s card–It was an easy one, and hmmm, maybe with all of the drying, took me about 20 minutes to make (well, I was in a rush to get it in the mail, considering how late it was and everything..) 😉

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


  • Party Dogs & Party Hats Plates (Lost Coast Designs)
  • 140# Cold-Press Water Color Paper, Kraft Stock (Papertrey Ink); Distress Core’dinations
  • Distress Inks (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Ink (Ranger)
  • Double-Back Tape (3M); Sewing Machine; Heat Tool; Ink Blending Tool; Sanding Block