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!!


Halloween WHOO Tag

Happy Saturday & Happy Weekend!!  Thanks for coming by today!  I’m having some fun making Halloween themed goodies and my project today is for 3 monthly challenges!!  I’m entering today’s tag into Tim’s 12 Tags of 2014 for October; Eclectic Ellapu’s October Challenge-I’m putting this in for the Purple Team’s theme of Texture Paste/Embossing and I’m headed over to a new challenge site for me, Artist Trading Post Exchange where the monthly mixed media challenge is Halloween.


Come along with me and I’ll show you all of the fun, Halloweeny elements that went into making this tag 🙂


I’m sticking to using this one set of images from Tim’s Carved Halloween set–but they’re all so cool, which one do I choose for my focal image?  That’s sometimes the hardest part…choosing the image.


I’m going with the big-eyed owl and made the masks I’ll need for my stamped & heat embossed images.

I then moved onto the pieces I’m going to glaze, so those can sit aside and dry–I stamped owl again, onto Distress WC Paper with Spice Marmalade DI and inked the pupils with a fine tip Sharpie.  I also stamped the little pumpkins that hang from the witch’s broom, with Jet Black Archival ink and colored in with my water brush and Distress Markers in Wild Honey, Mustard Seed & Peeled Paint.

This was a fun pre-prep thing to do, too.  I knew I wanted to get some Distress Glitter into this tag somewhere, so I decided to give the wishbone a little bling with Shabby Shutters DG.  I coated it with Diamond Glaze then gave it a little dip into the tub of DG.  I left it hanging on one of my embroidery needles until it was dry.


Heat embossing is one of the first magical things I learned when I started stamping and it’s a technique that never gets old–I used Distress Embossing Ink to stamp the owl image and extra branch onto my #8 manila tag and quickly covered with WOW EP in Primary Ebony and melted with my embossing heat gun.

I masked the owl and branch and laid down the Halloween LS over the tag and smeared a layer of WV’s white embossing paste over the entire tag.


I love exposing the stenciled words–That’s another magical technique that will never get old–YAY stencils!!


I also have a backside tag going on for added stability.  I’ve used the Halloween LS with Picket Fence DP and that’s all I’m going to do, for the most part.


When the embossing paste was dry, I used Squeezed Lemonade, Peeled Paint & Aged Mahogany Distress Stains in mini-misters and spritzed directly onto the surface.  I then spritzed a bit of water over the stains and let the colors blend.  For the kraft tag, I colored it with the over-spray of DS that landed on my craft sheet–I spritzed the stain with water and drug the tag through.


I added the metallic spots of color by flinging the stem from my Perfect Copper Perfect Pearls sprayer over the surface of the tag–I also did this in my little paint booth box to keep the splatter to a minimum, kind of 😉

By now, I’ve glued the two tags together with matte gel and let dry between heavy books.  I inked the edges with Black Soot DI & my ink blending tool &  distressed the edges with my paper distresser.  Time to start embellishing this tag!!


To go with my owl theme, I’m using Alpha Tiles to spell out what an owl would say, perched on a branch, on an eerie All Hallow’s Eve night! WHOO, indeed!! These tiles are going to get inked with Black Soot DI and have a few mini-fasteners attached here and there.

This was fun to do!  I used a TH/Idea-ology monocle that I rubbed Picket Fence DP over and heat dried.  I cut out a few words from the Apothecary Remnant Rub-Ons and did a little placement.  I have a fabulous dental tool that is one of the oldest tools I have in my crafting arsenal.  I use it for everything and it’s a perfect & precise paint scraper.

I strategically scraped away the DP where I wanted the rub-ons on the front side and didn’t even worry about any extra paint that I smudged on the reverse side of the monocle.

I’m using silver Tinsel Twine that I’ve colored with Lettuce & Eggplant Adirondack alcohol inks and heat dried with my embossing heat tool.  I then gave a little inking over the twine with Black Soot DI and my ink blending tool.



Look at those eyes shine!!  I fussy cut the eyes that I had glazed earlier and inked the edges with Walnut Stain DI and adhered down onto my embossed image with matte gel.  Love those eyes–they seem to bring this owl to life!


I don’t know which embellies I had more fun with–the monocle or the wishbone?  I love how the both of them turned out and they were so easy to alter!


Here’s a close up of the wishbone–Love those mica flakes! Sooo cool!!  When it was dry, I applied a little bit of Walnut Stain DI to it, too, to give it a little age.


Here’s the tag fully assembled with a few finishing touches of paint splatter!! I used Hunter Grey Twinkling H2Os to flick paint over the surface once everything was in place.


I purposely cracked the glaze on this pumpkin to give him a little character and inked the entire surface and edges with Walnut Stain DI.  I adhered him in place with a couple of foam squares.


I adhered the alpha tiles in place with matte gel and added the numbered brad after wrapping the bottom of the tag with the inked tinsel twine.


Are those big owl eyes mesmerizing or what?  With all of the fun things to look at and touch, I keep getting sucked back in to those eyes!  Those big, yellow, owl eyes!! Spoo-WHOO-ky for sure!! 🙂

If you’re in a Halloween challenge kind of mood, the 3 challenges this tag is going into, are open until the 30th & 31st of this month–Plenty of time to get that Halloween voodoo that you do (so well) onto a card or tag or whatever and join me in all of the challenge fun!  I hope to see you there 🙂

Thank you again for stopping by!! Big THANKS to my new followers and I’m so glad that you’re here hanging out with me!!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Surfaces: #8 Manila & Kraft Tags (Inkssentials/Ranger); Distress WC Paper (Tim Holtz/Ranger)
  • Distress Stains, Inks, Markers & Paints (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Ink (Ranger); Twinkling H2O (Splash of Color); Adirondack Alcohol Inks (Ranger); Perfect Pearls Mist (Ranger); Embossing Paste (Wendy Vecchi/Studio 490); Embossing Ink (Tim Holtz/Ranger); WOW Embossing Powder;
  • Layering Stencil (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous); Remnant Rub-Ons, Alpha Tiles, Number Brad, Tinsel Twine, Monocle, Wishbone, Trimmings, Swivel Clasp (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology);
  • Matte Gel (Liquitex); Foam Squares; Hole Punch; Dental Tool; Heat Tool; Embossing Heat Gun; Craft Sheet (Ranger); Diamond Glaze (Judikins); Paper Distresser & Scratcher (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios)