I Don’t Care-said Pierre

Bienvenue, Bonjour & Happy Friday!! Does the title of today’s post have you intrigued?  Well, today’s offering is my submission to A Vintage Journey’s ‘A Little bit French’ challenge.  And let me tell you, I really have “a little bit of French” themed items in my crafting inventory to participate with!  This truly was going to be a challenge for me, but here I go…


There’s no way I’m going to “craft-up” to what the DT members at A Vintage Journey created as inspiration, let alone the other designs the participants will be making, but I’m going for it anyways and have some fun!  Now, where do I start with this one?

Ah-Yes, The Sentiment.  It’s a quote from the ‘Cartmanland’ episode of South Park in season 5, episode 506.  It’s such a funny and silly quote, I’ve just been dying to use it for something!  (if you click on the above link, you’ll be taken to the episode–the quote happens near the end)


With the challenge at A Vintage Journey being ‘A Little bit French’  I pulled together all of the French themed things that I have on hand–which isn’t many.  Challenge On!!

I chose a sheet of stock from the Paper Stash Kraft Resist that has French script–I applied a layer of Picket Fence DS and dried with my heat tool.


I love the white wash effect–This is going to come in handy for later.

This little boy & dog stamp is from Lost Coast Designs and is called George & Louis, but for all intents and purposes for this card–His name is Pierre!  He got stamped on white stock with Jet Black Staz-On ink.

I fussy cut these little guys out with my finger knife, inked the edges with Black Soot DI and added a few ruby red self-adhesive rhinestones to puppy’s collar.  I set this aside for later assembly…


I want a two-toned background for Pierre and his pup, so I’m using Picket Fence and Black Soot DP’s on a piece of manila stock.


I rubbed Black Soot DP over half of the manila stock, spritzed with water and held in my hand and flicked the stock down, so I could get those drips started.  While the drippy streaks were forming, I dried with my heat tool.


I did the same with Picket Fence DP on the other half.

I distressed the edges and inked with Walnut Stain DI and my ink blending tool.


I ran this painted panel through my Big Shot machine using my fleur de lis embossing folder.  Hey–That’s French!! 😉


Staying with the black & white color theme…I’m going to experiment with the chalkboard technique on the Black Soot side of the embossed panel.


I dabbed my watermark resist ink pad over the embossed fleur de lis and covered with the Antiquities Frosted Crystal embossing powder…

I carefully heat set with my embossing gun so not to over-heat the Frosted Crystals embossing powder.  The finish needs to be matte and rough for this technique to be successful…

It worked!  I used a very light hand when I rubbed the chalk over the raised fleur de lis pattern.  I didn’t want to press too hard and knock any of the embossed texture down.


After chalking the black soot side of the panel, I inked the picket fence side with Black Soot DI.  Tre happy with how this fleur de lis panel turned out 🙂


I downloaded the font I used for the sentiment from fontspace.comIt’s a great resource for all kinds of awesome fonts–this one is called ‘Frosting for Breakfast’ and I printed the sentiment on both white card stock and vellum.  I wasn’t quite sure how I was going to treat the words.


This font is called ‘Fleur de Lys’.  I wanted to use this as some kind of cool embellishment strip…but how?


….I layered the words printed on vellum on top of the fleur de lys strips that were printed on the white stock.  I adhered the pieces together with multi-medium and cut to size.  All of the edges were inked in Black Soot DI and my ink blending tool.


A few final tweaks to the kraft resist card base—Oh how I LOVE my splatter brush and water spots!

I used Black Soot DP and my splatter brush to create the splotches of paint–I stood up and flung the brush at the stock this time and achieved those bigger paint splats.  Then, I spritzed and flicked some water to give me my beloved water spots!


I applied thin strips of Sketchbook tissue tape to some of the raised portions of the embossed panel–a little more French for the challenge theme 🙂

I glued everything together and down with matte multi-medium and Pierre and pup where adhered with foam squares.


Voila! Fini! Maybe not the Frenchiest themed piece on the block, but–I don’t care, said Pierre!!!! 🙂

Have a great rest of your Friday–I’ve got a couple more challenge pieces to get in before next Friday, so, you may hear from me again before the weekend is finished.  Thanks for Stopping By!!  Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!  XOXO-Shari


  • Surfaces: Manila Stock; Vellum; White Stock (Papertrey Ink); Kraft Resist (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Stamp: George & Louis (Lost Coast Designs)
  • Distress Paints & Inks (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Staz-On Ink (Tsukineko); Watermark Resist Ink (Ranger); Embossing Powder (Ranger); Chalk (Crayola)
  • Metal Embellishment (Prima); Self-Adhesive Rhinestones (mfg unk)
  • Multi-Medium (Claudine Hellmuth/Ranger); Foam Squares; Double-Back Tape (3M); Distresser (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studio); Heat Tool; Embossing Heat Tool; Splatter Brush (Liquitex); Finger Knife (Fiskars)

World In My Eyes

Happy Weekend!!  Our Creative Corner has a Fabulous April challenge – With a Song in Your Heart – Create something inspired by a song title or lyrics.  Oh Boy!!  This is going to be a fun one!!


Let me take you (on a trip..) back to my youth in the 80’s when the “New Wave” genre of music hit the States.  I instantly fell in L-O-V-E with Depeche Mode!!  I’ve been a lifetime fan (I said fan–not fanatic!) ever since.  Even as an adult, they are my–Final Answer–Favorite Band of ALL TIME!  I instantly thought of this song for this challenge!!


World in My Eyes–Track 1 from their 1990 album Violator.  (click on this link and you’ll be taken to the video)

Here’s a story–When I was a young, 21 year old navy wife (ahem-that was hubby #1) in San Diego, Depeche Mode played 2 sold-out shows at the Sports Arena for this album.  I didn’t get to go to either of the sold out shows–but, as a sad, alone (because hubby was out to sea), DM fan, I forlornly drove past the Sports Arena both nights, just so I could hear the thrum of the music and the screams of the crowd!  Martin Gore would have appreciated that!

I did make up for it later though, by pretty much going to every Depeche Mode concert they played in Seattle, between the years of 1991-2005!!  And let me say this–that spin that Dave Gahan does….It’s Spectacular when you get to see it on stage in person!!!  🙂


OK–back to what I’m here for!  I started with a piece of Paper Stash Kraft Resist and rubbed Salty Ocean DS over the entire front.


The distress stain really brings out that coated design on the paper.  You can see the beads of stain sit on top of the resist.


I dried the surface with my heat tool and wiped away the excess stain from the resist areas. I also inked the edges with SU Night of Navy and a sponge applicator–This is going to be my card base.

 I made my own perfect pearls mist by taking a little bit of Pewter Perfect Pearls and spooning inside a mini-mister, then filling with water and placing a small bead inside to shake.  This is how I achieved this sparkly, water spot effect.


For my ‘world’, I’m using the globe image from the Travel Blueprint set.  I stamped with Staz-On ink in Jet Black on three different surfaces, because I just wasn’t sure what I was going to do at this point.


I’m going to color my globe on vellum with my water brush and Distress Markers in Faded Jeans, Broken China, Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint, Brushed Corduroy & Antique Linen


…but on the reverse side!  I figured out what I’m going to do with my stamped globe images and I can’t have water-reactive inks on the front side of this vellum.

I also colored the globe image I stamped on the white card stock with the same DM’s and my water brush.

I ran the white cardstock globe through my Xyron adhesive machine, positioned so the colored side of the globe will get the adhesive, then I layered the piece of vellum right on top with ‘perfect’ alignment.  I really rubbed the vellum onto the white cardstock to make sure the adhesive layer stuck, then fussy cut the globe.


This is why I couldn’t have ink on the front side of the globe image–I’m layering it with a coat of dimensional magic and I didn’t want the colors to wick away.  This was set aside to air dry to reduce any air bubbles that could form if I used my heat tool to dry.



I’m very happy with how this turned out!  Even though the vellum lifted in a few places, it lends a fun texture to my glossy globe.  I mounted this globe on a piece of black cardstock for rigidity and inked the edges and surface with Sepia & Jet Black Archival Inks.  Very cool effect on those raised portions of vellum.


I’m trying to incorporate acetate in more of my designs….


…so I stamped the ‘eye’ image from the Oddities set a couple of times with Jet Black Staz-On ink….


…then die-cut the eyes into mini-tags.

I also stamped the song title onto acetate with Jet Black Staz-On then fussy cut into little word bands.


Now time for assembly! I gathered some metal embellishments from Tim Holtz and Prima Embellishments, silver and brown threads and everyone’s crafting BFF, multi-medium!!


And here’s how it turned out (ignore that red dot on the eyebrow…it’s from my camera)….

I ended up layering the eye over the world with vellum because it got lost on the transparent acetate when I first positioned it and I ended up using only the silver thread–the brown thread was just too thick.

I used foam dots to pop the world off of my card front and multi-medium to glue down the metal pieces.  I actually used double-back tape to adhere the acetate words down with because the matte multi-medium left a dull coating on the acetate when I experimented with it earlier.  I wonder if I used glossy multi-medium, would it have left a dull film on the acetate?  Hmmm…I’ll be experimenting with that…


And there you have it–My first challenge card for Our Creative Corner and a brief look into my musical preferences!  I hold the music of my ‘youth’ very close and it dominates my i-pod almost exclusively…I LOVE my 80’s NEW WAVE MUSIC!!  TOTALLY!!  Thanks for coming with me as I took my trip down Depeche Mode memory lane–It was fun for me 🙂

Have a Great rest of your weekend and until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!  XOXO-Shari


  • Kraft Resist (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Acetate (SU); Teal Cardstock (inside layer); Vellum; White Cardstock; Black Cardstock
  • Stamps: Oddities & Travel Blueprint (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous); Alphabet Letters (mfg unk)
  • Distress Stain & Markers (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Staz-On (Tsukineko); Perfect Pearls (Ranger); Classic Dye Ink Pad (SU)
  • Silver Thread (Coats); Small Gears, Spinner & Brad (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Large Metal Embellishments (Prima Embellishments)
  • Matte Multi-Medium (Claudine Hellmuth/Ranger); Double-Back Tape (3M); Foam Dots; Dimensional Magic (Plaid)
  • Paint Brush; Mini-Mister; Craft Sheet; Heat Tool; Sponge Applicator (make-up triangles)
  • Big Shot Machine (Sizzix); Traditional Tags Die (Sizzix)

Happy Camping

Hey Everyone and Happy Thursday!  Today, I’m sharing a card that I made for the Drunken Stampers Challenge #139 – Place: Campsite.   I was multi-tasking when I made this card…working on the pieces to assemble, needing to let things dry–then being able to start another project or experiment, let that dry–come back to Happy Camping…It’s fun like that!

Supplies I Used:

  • Natural Card Stock, Manilla Stock, Muslin, Toothpicks, Baker’s Twine
  • Distress Inks & Markers, Art Air Tool, Water Brush, Ink Blending Tool, Distresser, Multi-Medium, Double-Back Tape, Sewing Machine, Paint Brush
  • Wood-grain Stamp/Stampin’ Up & Alphabet Stamps/Mfg Unknown
  • Round & Star Eyelets, Self-Adhesive Rhinestones, Glass Beads, Moonstone

With this week’s challenge, I struggled for inspiration.  The challenge is for a Place: Campsite, but, the hostesses are OK with us using wood grain & campsite images as well as wood elements.  Sure, I have a wood grain stamp but, I really wanted to embrace the challenge in its simplest form–create a campsite somehow.  Here’s what I used for my inspiration…

This is a sign that’s hanging in our mudroom and I walk past this probably 12+ times a day.  On Monday, when I still couldn’t think of a design, I saw it….THE SIGN!!!  I took it to my dungeon and came up with my campsite creation!

Campsite Card

The card base is natural stock and my top layer is manilla stock. I made my background using Broken China, Mowed Lawn and Vintage Photo DI’s blended together with my ink blending tool.  I spritzed with water, gave a heat dry and distressed the edges and inked with Walnut Stain DI.

I aged the outside of the tent with Tea Dye Distress Ink.

I aged the outside of the tent with Tea Dye Distress Ink.

The tent is a piece of muslin that I ran through my sewing machine to stitch a 1/4″ seam, then I pressed it in shape with a steam iron.

The star brads weren't enough so I glued rhinestones to each star.

The star eyelets weren’t enough so I glued rhinestones to each star.

The starry night is made of silver star eyelets and rhinestones — Twinkle Twinkle!  I used multi-medium to glue each rhinestone to the star eyelets and used small self-adhesive rhinestones as the smaller stars in this night sky.  I then painted a thin layer of  multi-medium to the backside of my tent and positioned in place and pressed down with some weighted items.  I set that aside to assemble the FIRE!

What a cozy campfire.

What a cozy campfire.

I made my fire with round toothpicks colored with Vintage Photo & Walnut Stain DI’s and an ink blending tool.  I cut the picks into miscellaneous sizes and adhered onto a scrap piece of dark stock with multi-medium in a layered manner to achieve the perfectly built campfire.  The warm coals are glass beads and the smoke is cotton all glued in place with multi-medium (which has become my newest BFF!).

I kept my usage of wood elements  kind of simple and used round toothpicks as my tent stakes, too!  Before I had glued the tent down, I inserted the two eyelets into place and ran a long piece of Baker’s Twine through and glued in place so the twine wouldn’t slip out of the eyelets when I was tying to the stakes.  My stakes are set into small holes, which are glued into place with, you got it–my BFF, Multi-Medium and the little rocks are pieces of moonstone.

When I first assembled this card, I showed it to my husband and he said that the tent was too clean–it needed to look old and stained, as a real canvas tent would.  So, I used Tea Dye and the ink blending tool and lightly rubbed onto the fabric–that wasn’t dirty enough.  I painted the inside flap with Vintage Photo DM and my water brush to get a shadow effect–still something missing—water stains!  I used my air art tool and the Tea Dye DM to achieve the water stains.  Just right! A dirty old canvas tent!

Camping never looked so Happy!

Camping never looked so Happy!

And that’s it!  Camp is set up, the fire is stoked–Where are the SMORES!!   This card ended up being really easy to put together once I had my inspiration and go figure, the inspiration was in the form of a little piece of home decor I already had!  You never know what may inspire–You just have to keep your eyes open to see!

Thank You for stopping by and stay Artsy Fartsy!!  XOXO-S

Do Small Things Greatly

Happy Friday Everyone!!  I thought I’d end the week with sharing another simple and fun dog card using the same stamp plate as I did in yesterday’s card, Artistic Outpost’s – Adventure – plate, along with a sentiment from their – Typography – plate, too….The stamps in this set are just so fun to create with and very versatile.  I’ve been making lots of cards lately using these stamps and I keep finding fun things to do with them!

Another great image that speaks for itself.

Another great image that speaks for itself.

Supplies I Used:

  • Yellow Sparkle Card-stock, Manilla Stock, White, Ivory & Black Card-stock, Old Phone Book Pages
  • Stamps: the Adventure & Typography Plates from Artistic Outpost
  • Distress Stains, Inks & Paints, Archival Ink, Dimensional Magic, Brayer, 3D Dots, Double-Back Tape, Multi-Medium, Craft Sheet, Heat Tool
  • Self-adhesive Rhinestones, Tim Holtz/Idea-ology Tissue Tape

All of the cards I make are 4.25″ x 5.5″.  Depending on how I want my card base to be oriented, is what determines how I’ll cut my sheet of 8.5″ x 11″ card-stock….I’m simple that way 🙂  And I like layering–With this card, I’ve layered with scrap pieces of old phone book and then topped with my colored & stamped layer of manilla stock!

Dog and Phone Booth

I started by squeezing a little bit of Peeled Paint & Faded Jeans DS onto my craft sheet and braying each color separately onto my piece of manilla stock — (I know it’s kind of hard to see the background colors in this–I even took all of these pictures outside for the best light!) — I dried with my heat tool and then stamped my phone-booth doggie with Jet Black Archival Ink.  I wanted to highlight the blue & green tones of the background, so I added a little layer of DCP in Clear Rock Candy onto a portion of the phone-booth, dried with my heat tool, then applied Peeled Paint & Faded Jeans DS directly onto the crackled finish.

Close up  Phone Booth Dog

I randomly added pieces of Tim Holtz’s tissue tape and lightly inked with Walnut Stain DI and an ink blending tool.  The sentiment pieces are left overs from an earlier project, so all I had to do was position and adhere! I do remember though, the words were stamped with Jet Black Archival on ivory card stock and inked with Wild Honey & Broken China DI’s with the edges inked in Walnut Stain.

Look at that face....

Look at that face….

And then there’s this little guy….This little doggie face was stamped onto white card stock with Jet Black Archival then given a layer of Dimensional Magic.  Once he was dry, I fussy cut him out, added the light blue rhinestone bling to his collar and secured with 3D Dots.  I did ink the edges with Walnut Stain DI and while I was doing that, he cracked, but I think the cracks added a bit of character to his face!

Finished Dog PhoneBooth

And that’s it…These little dogs just make me smile and the sentiment of Do Small Things Greatly just seems to fit with this image perfectly!  This will be another design I’ll submit to Artistic Outpost for their August Referral Program, which is their monthly challenge.  Check out their blog and enjoy the splendor! Inspiration Guaranteed!

Have a GREAT Friday and a WONDERFUL weekend!  Thanks for hangin’ with me this week and who knows if I’ll pop up during the weekend…I probably will (I’m still trying to create my August Tag for Tim Holtz!)…

Thanks for stopping by!!

Fun With Fabric-Part 2

Hello Everyone and Happy Tuesday!  I know that I said last week, that I wasn’t going to be posting everyday, because I was going to be busy preparing for the Unique Goods & Curious Finds Market (which is just 4 days away!) but, while I’ve been creating cards and tags and such for The Market, I also think about the weekly and monthly challenge blogs that I like and what I can create for those.  This is another simple card that I made using fabric as my background and I think I’m going to submit this card to the Simon Says Stamp-Wednesday Challenge-Anything Goes.

The fabrics & the little boy image are both equal focal points.

The fabrics & the little boy image are both equal focal points.

Supplies I Used:

  • Image of little boy from the Le Jardin Plate (Oxford Impressions/Austen Gallery)
  • Speckled Card Stock, Muslin & Paisley Fabric Scraps, Seam Binding, Air Art Tool, Twine, Buttons, Word Band
  • Archival Ink, Distress Paint & Stain, Ink Blending Tool, Stampin’ Up Classic Pad & Marker, Sewing Machine

I ended up making a total of 3 of these single-layer cards with fabric and simple stamped images. This could be my favorite out of all of them (I’ll share the 3rd card in my next posting).  I put this card together the same way I did as the card I shared in last Saturday’s post so I won’t go through all of the steps on this one–but, I’ll say I do love using multi-medium as a glue!  Perfect “gluing” every time!

I glued the fabrics and buttons securely with multi-medium.

I glued the fabrics and buttons securely with multi-medium.

See how everything lays so nicely and smoothly in place? The buttons are glued down, too!  I stamped the boy image with Archival Ink in Jet Black on the muslin piece before gluing it to the blue paisley fabric piece–and then I stitched the two pieces of fabric together and then glued to my card.  The mutli-medium did make the muslin piece a little transparent–you can see just a little bit of the paisley design coming through the muslin.

This bow is worth learning how to make!

This bow is worth learning how to make!

I won’t admit how long it took me to tie this little bow!  If I had an extra finger, it would have gone much faster (the next time I make a bow like this, I will be borrowing a finger from my husband)—If you want to learn how to make this bow, check out the One Lucky Day blog by Paula Cheney–Well worth the visit!  My little bow is made with seam binding stained with Salty Ocean DS and I “painted” the word band with Picket Fence DP to highlight the sentiment.

Little Paisley Boy with Buttons & Bows in Blue.

Little Paisley Boy with Buttons & Bows in Blue.

My little boy blue card is all done!  A very clean, uncomplicated card, made with using a multi-medium as my adhesive and keeping my embellishments simple.  May we all Live In The Moment!

Have a GREAT rest of your day & Thanks for stopping by!!

Simon Says Stamp Blog Challenge

Surprised to see another post so soon on a Saturday?  Well, like I mentioned yesterday, being involved in online challenges really keeps me motivated and creative and I’ve got another challenge that I’d like to get involved with.  This time, the challenge I’m going to be entering is the Simon Says Stamp Blog–Wednesday Challenge–Their theme this week is Anything Goes.  Although they’d like us to use some of their stamp line products, it’s OK if we don’t for this weeks challenge.  Here’s the simple card I’m going to enter.

Stamping on fabric adds something special.

Stamping on fabric adds something special.

Supplies I Used:

  • Stamps: Le Jardin (Oxford Impressions-Austen Gallery)
  • Staz-On Ink, Distress Inks & Markers
  • Muslin Fabric, Ivory & Speckled Card Stock, Blue Paisley Fabric, Twine
  • Transfer & Texture Medium, Paint Brush, Ink Blending Tool, Water Brush, Craft Scratcher, Sewing Machine, 3D Dots

I started by cutting the piece of muslin to accommodate the size of the flower stamp.  I scratched the edges of the fabric then stamped the flower with Staz-On ink.  I also stamped the bee image & bee text onto scrap pieces of ivory card stock and inked and colored with Distress Inks & Markers.

Fraying the edges of fabric adds that aged, worn & torn look.

Fraying the edges of fabric adds that aged, worn & torn look.

I ran the muslin piece and the BEE text embellishment through my sewing machine and then inked the stitching with Tea Dye DI, before I attached to my card–I cheated on that part by not sewing the fabric directly onto my card, but only because I learned a trick and used my transfer & texture medium to glue the fabric pieces down, instead.  Very clean and smooth results.

Simple, little embellishments sometimes make the biggest impact.

Simple, little embellishments sometimes make the biggest impact.

Using any multi-medium you have to glue papers, fabric, trinkets, etc, in place is GREAT!  This is a close-up of the very tiny flower button that I glued in place with the multi-medium that I have on hand, and you can also see how smooth the muslin is laying.  I did use a 3D Dot to pop the bee image.

Clean & simple with not a lot of fuss.

Clean & simple with not a lot of fuss.

I think this simple card is worthy of entering into a weekly challenge?  Not a lot of fuss, not a lot of muss–just a sweet little card with a flower and bee and a button.  My first-time submission to Simon Says Stamp!  WOO-HOO!

Have a GREAT rest of your weekend and Thanks for stopping by!!