Topsy Turvy at Our Creative Corner

Happy November!!  WHAT?  November already?!  Well, that means it’s a brand new challenge month at Our Creative Corner!!  This month’s challenge is being hosted by my Lovely OCC DT-mate, Lys of ImpressionScrap.  Take it away Lys–

“We often try to do the right way, use the suitable thing, organize our creations following definite lines or intentions…and sometimes it doesn’t go the way we wanted it to.  Sometimes it goes to the bin, sometimes we discover something new…and we love it!!

On the right side or topsy turvy…Is there a right side in art? 

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So, let’s play!!  Whatever it is: upside down, inverted, reversed or escaping from the right order….Please show me one “Topsy Turvy” creation and how it came to life in your hands!”

Well, OK, Lys!!  This is what I made for your Topsy Turvy challenge….


I completed a page in my art journal, upside down and had a play with one of life’s most prolific quotes and turned it Topsy Turvy, too!!  It would be improbable enough “When Pigs Fly”…but UPSIDE DOWN, too?


This is how my page started out.  My background is made using Ken Oliver’s Colors Bursts in Ultramarine Blue & Sepia.  I lightly spritzed the page with water, then squeezed the CBs onto the page, spritzed with a bit more water and let the CBs do their thing.  I heat set, then stamped the farm image from my AO Outpost set onto tissue paper and glued onto the page with matte Decou-Page.  The checkerboard design is part of Dylusions’ luscious leaves stencil and I used textured crackle paste.


I stained pieces of manila stock with DSS and heat set.


I’m stamped Roc Nicholas’ Flying Pig image onto all of the stained pieces of stock with black pigment ink and heat embossed.  I fussy cut out the piggies I needed for my page.

I used alpha tiles to form the quote and adhered into place with E6000 adhesive and I used matte Decou-page to adhere the pigs down.


Those crazy swines!!  I outlined all of them with Black Soot DI and my water brush and used my air art tool to give a spritz of ink here and there.


Either way you look at this page, you can’t mistake the playful mood being Topsy Turvy put me in!!  I was dizzy from delight, I’m tellin’ ya’!! 🙂

Take the challenge theme Lys has presented and truly go Topsy Turvy with it!  Our sponsor this month is–



Andy Skinner, DecoArt Artist extraordinaire & DecoArt is donating a DecoArt Media Sampler Kit to one of our randomly selected entrants!  How cool is that?  And Andy will be including a couple of  his stencils, too!! WOO HOO!!  And I will be back next week with our first DecoArt Sponsor Spotlight for the month.  I can’t wait to show you what I did!! 😉

Our Topsy Turvy challenge closes on November 28th then Lys will announce her winners in early December.  The Top Winner will be awarded a future Guest Designer spot at Our Creative Corner and Lys will award her fav Top 3 with OCC Blog Badges.

Thanks so much for spending a little bit of your Sunday with me!  I hope to see your Topsy Turvy creations at our challenge!!

Until next time-Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Inky Art Journal (Yvonne Blair); Tissue Paper; Manila Stock
  • Stamps: Pig (Roc Nicols/Stampotique); The Outpost (Artistic Outpost)
  • Archival Ink, Clear Embossing Powder & Perfect Pearls Mist (Ranger); Color Bursts (Ken Oliver); Textured Crackle Paste (Wendy Vecchi); Pigment Ink (ColorBox); Distress Markers (Tim Holtz/Ranger)
  • Tissue Tape (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Luscious Leaves Stencil (Dylusions/Ranger);
  • Craft Sheet (Ranger); Heat Tool; Finger Knife (Fiskars); Palette Knife; Water Brush; Air Art Tool (ArtWorx)

Happy Horror to You

HELLO OCTOBER!!  WOO HOO!!  It’s going to be a fun month here at Ain’t That Artsy Fartsy and it begins with a new challenge month at Our Creative Corner!!  I’ve really been looking forward to this challenge, to let my inner dark side come out for a play, with our Hostess Laura’s, theme this month–HEEEEERE’S Laura!!

“Forget cute cats and smiling pumpkins….We want….


For this Halloween, share with us some horror inspired creations that are sure to send shivers down our spines. 

Bring out your most grotesque stamps and embellishments, or perhaps take on the challenge of finding a way to transform pretty stamps into something macabre.  Reach for the grungiest colors and textures–Come over to the dark side of Halloween.

Can you scare us?”

Well, I’ll certainly try, Laura–


 I took Laura’s theme to heart, that of the darkest kind it seems, and created this art journal page full of macabre, with a bit of black humor, too, to soften the blow, so to speak.  I’ve got just a few photos of what I did to put this fiendish page of grisliness together….if you dare to look?


I’m working on a page in my 6″ x 8″ art journal.  I started with spritzing my page with water, then I sprayed a couple of Distress Spray Stains over the surface and heat set, but I don’t remember which colors these were–Could be Pumice Stone & Antique Linen?


I spritzed Hickory Smoke DSS directly to the bottom, spritzed with water, then heat set.


I applied WV Embossing Paste through my Brick stencil and let air dry.


When the embossing paste was dry, I stood the journal upright then sprayed Fired Brick & Barn Door DSSs at the top and let it drip down and pool at the bottom of the page.  I roughly painted Black Soot DI with my water brush in between the crevices of the bricks, then stamped the image of Penelope into place, so I know where future placements will occur.


I rubbed a layer of DAM Gold Interference over Penelope’s stamped image with my finger and laid down a strip of TH design tape.  In the grand scheme of things, I want an aura, of sorts, around Penelope-as if she could be standing under a light source, or illuminated by something from within, maybe?


I added a fussy cut shadow image of Penelope and rubbed Black Soot DP over the strip of tape.  From here on out, I didn’t take pictures of the stamping, heat embossing, water coloring and such going on behind the scenes, sorry about that….


…But, how ’bout that quote?  This devilishly, delicious quote–I cannot take credit for!  I am a fan of witty dialogue and snarky banter and this little gem is from an American comedy (no longer on the air) called Arrested Development (…narrated in season 3 when Michael meets Rita).  That show was chock full of hilariously snarky dialog that I just loved (and still do)!

Anyways, I digress–I printed the quote out from my computer, cut into word bands and treated to its crackly finish with DAM Crackle Glaze.  The Union Jack is found in the London Underground stamp set that I had colored directly with DMs, spritzed with water, then stamped upon coffee stained vellum.  Oh, those cobwebs!!  That’s an image from the Haunted set from Oxford Impressions.  I stamped it onto tissue paper with white pigment ink and heat embossed.  I carefully fussy ripped each cobweb out and colored with my Pumice Stone DM.  The embossed image acts as a resist, so the marker only colored the tissue paper and not the cobweb.


Penelope’s hat & spiders are from Tim Holtz’s Undertaker set.  Those were stamped with black pigment ink onto mixed-media paper, heat embossed then fussy cut.  The announcement of deaths behind Penelope is also from the Undertaker set that I stamped onto coffee stained vellum and cut out.  I carefully burned the vellum in places and added a few of my faux rusted brads in place.  I water colored Penelope with my water brush and Distress Markers and her little arachnid friend is hanging from a piece of cotton string.


Before I started layering all of the images onto the page, I spritzed the cobwebs with Pewter Perfect Pearls Mist to give them a shimmery appearance.  After adhering everything onto the page, I gave Penelope and the word bands a little extra shading with Black Soot DI and my water brush.  I can tell you, I’m having a bit of a giggle with this page!  Or maybe it’s more like an evil cackle?!

And, as this is an art journal page created to inspire for our Our Creative Corner Horror themed challenge this month, I dare not forget to mention this month’s sponsor, Nicecrane Designs!


Nicecrane is sponsoring our challenge with a $20 voucher to their online store, to one of our randomly chosen participants.  They’ve got some great vintage Halloween images…..

Well, there you go–My creative start for the month of October.  If today’s creation is an example of what’s in store this month, you’re in for a ‘bump in the middle of the night” kind of ride!!

Thanks for joining me today!  Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • 6″ x 8″ Art Journal (Yvonne Blair); Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore); Tissue Paper; Vellum
  • Stamps:  Penelope (Stampotique); Undertaker (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous); London Underground (Artistic Outpost); Haunted (Oxford Impressions)
  • Distress Spray Stains, Inks, Markers & Paint (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Inks (Ranger); Pigment Inks (Colorbox); Embossing Paste (Wendy Vecchi); White Embossing Powder (my stash); Clear Embossing Powder (Ranger); Crackle Glaze, Texture Sand Paste, Gold Interference, Fluid Acrylics (DecoArt Media); Perfect Pearls Mist (Ranger)
  • Brick Stencil (My Favorite Things); Cotton String; Design Tape (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Finger Knife (Fiskars); Craft Sheet (Ranger); Heat Tool; Embossing Heat Gun; Matte Decou-Page (DecoArt); Water Brush; Palette Knife; Scissors;

Tic Tac Toe-Our Creative Corner Style

Hello Again!!  Happy February!!  Are you ready for a game of Tic Tac Toe, Our Creative Corner style?  I have to admit, I’ve not played a game of creative tic tac toe before, but our challenge host for February, Julia, gave us such wonderful options to play with, I could keep playing this game for days!! 😉



For February’s challenge, choose one line from the OCC Tic-Tac-Toe board above.  You can move horizontally, vertically, diagonally, but you must ALWAYS have the middle square of ‘Stamps’ in your creation.  What you make is up to you, but make sure that all three items that are within your move, are clearly visible in  your creation.  When you join in for the challenge, remember to tell us which move you made and inks, stains, sprays, etc can be used as necessary on your project.  Oh, and don’t forget this–


–The February challenge is being sponsored by Tando Creative with a generous prize package awarded to one randomly drawn entrant!  So, come on over and play Tic-Tac-Toe with us!!  I’d love to see the moves you make in your creations! 🙂

My Tic-Tac-Toe move was center horizontal; Paints-Stamps-Stencils.


I used this challenge theme to start creating in my first art journal!!


 This is my 6″x8″ Inky Art Journal that I’m working in and I knew upon receiving it, that I’d be using the quote that’s on this sheet of ready to use goodness, in one way or another.  Considering this is my first art journal and a new (for me) form of creating, I am trusting the magic of just beginning!

I have decorated the outside of the journal and it now looks like this-

Time to get the inside looking Artsy Fartsy, too!! 😉


I wanted to keep in play with the colors of the decorative paper, but I changed the green to my favorite color, yellow!  I used Salty Ocean, Mustard Seed and a swipe of Crushed Olive DPs to finger paint the entire surface.


I gave the page a good spritzing of water and let gravity do its thing–I love those distress paint streaks!  When I was happy with the streaking, I set the page with my heat tool.


I’m really wanting to use my small collection of Stampotique images more this year and I couldn’t think of a better way of doing that, than by using Mela as the first image you see when you open this journal.   I stamped her into place with Jet Black Archival and I also stamped her onto mixed media stock that I water colored and fussy cut for later use.


I happened to be working on this page at night, so I stopped for the evening with stenciling WV’s white embossing paste through the Rays layering stencil and let air dry overnight.


Isn’t Mela lovely?  I love the little swing in her dress!!  Here she is stamped onto mixed media paper and water colored with my water brush and DMs in Tattered Rose, Mustard Seed, Dusty Concord, Black Soot & Barn Door.  I applied a little bit of Diamond Glaze to the heart on her smock, let dry and then fussy cut her.  She’s a bit smudged because of me and my inky fingers–but it’s just that kind of imperfection, that I now love!!


I applied pieces of tissue tape here and there and added the outlined stars onto my page using the Dylusions Stars stencil and a black gel pen.  I painted them with a little Dusty Concord DP and a mini-detail paint brush.


This ‘new, creative’ me doesn’t even mind that I painted outside the lines or smeared my ink splatters!!  Oh, yeah-that!  I spritzed the page with my air art tool and my Black Soot DM, but I didn’t heat dry it–DUH!!  I started mounting the words and Mela and saw all the smudges–Embrace Imperfection & heat dry!!


Oh, I was hoping that the shimmer would come through in the picture!  I used a couple of spritzes of Sunflower Sparkle PPM over the stenciled rays to add a little bit of glint to the entire background.  And those blue & yellow circles?  A paper straw dabbed into my DPs and randomly pressed here and there on my page.


Before fussy cutting the words, I brushed them with a light layer of matte gel,  then mounted to my page with more matte gel and heat dried.  Mela was also adhered with matte gel.  I took a piece of wax paper and laid over the page, then closed the journal and pressed between heavy books for a bit to set and dry.  After drying, I used my Black Soot DM to outline each word band and smudge with my finger.  Page 1 of my first art journal DONE!!  That was FUN!! 🙂

I hope my creative Tic Tac Toe move of Paints-Stamps-Stencils has inspired you to make the same move, or one of the others!  Take whichever direction you want, but include that middle spot of Stamps!  The February OCC Tic Tac Toe Challenge is open until February 28th at 11:59pm (GMT).  Hope to see you there!  🙂

Thanks for stopping by and until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Surfaces:  Inky Art Journal (Yvonne Blair); Mixed Media Paper (Strathmore)
  • Stamp:  Mela (Daniel Torrente/Stampotique)
  • Stencils:  Rays LS (Tim Holtz/Stamper Anonymous); Stars (Dylusions/Ranger)
  • Distress Paints, Ink & Markers (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Ink (Ranger); White Embossing Paste (Wendy Vecchi/Dreamweaver Stencils); Perfect Pearls Mist (Ranger)
  • Tissue Tape (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Black Gel Pen; Paper Straw
  • Matte Gel (Liquitex); Air Art Tool (Artworx); Heat Tool; Finger Knife (Fiskars); Craft Sheet (Ranger); Paint Brush; Palette Knife

An Invincible Summer

HAPPY TUESDAY!!  MERRY-almost-CHRISTMAS!!  This will be my only pre-Christmas post (so I’ll try to keep it quick!) and I won’t be back until after the Christmas holiday, when I’ll have some fun & exciting news to share!!  Stay tuned for that 🙂

In the meantime, I’ve pretty much finished my Christmas card making for the year, but that doesn’t necessarily mean I’ve finished my Christmastime mixed-media projects!!  I’ve still got 3 on my worktable, that aren’t going to make it out on time this year–that’s just the way it’s going to HO HO HO go!

But, I did manage to sneak in a project that I made for a couple of challenges–on time!!  Does that mean my holiday priorities are a bit askew?  Well, HO HO HO to that, too!!  🙂



I decided upon making this ATC tri-fold based on the challenge going on at Our Creative Corner–Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.  The challenge is to create something festive for Christmas on an ATC or ATB…OH what a challenge for me!! The small size of the ATC (2.5″x3.5″) is quite intimidating for me, so I decided to make myself 3 ATC’s which gives me 6 small surfaces to create on. What have I done to myself??? 🙂


This is how it all started–3 ATC’s tissue taped together and rubbed with gesso.  I made these ATC’s with one piece of chipboard (cereal box) sandwiched between two pieces of manila stock that were all glued together with matte gel and pressed between heavy books to dry overnight.

I’ll also be sending this little tri-fold over to A Vintage Journey’s current challenge, Let’s Celebrate.  I’m incorporating all kinds of wonderful techniques I’ve learned from Tim Holtz this year; image tinting and layering, background building and the fun with altering metal surfaces!


I’m using three different sets of stamps; Midwinter & Snowy Woods from Artistic Outpost and Season of Giving from Oxford Impressions.  This kind, St. Nick image is in the Snowy Woods plate and I stamped him onto gloss stock with Jet Black StazOn ink  and tinted him with Barn Door, Vintage Photo & Tea Dye DIs and my mini ink blending tools.


 The background is Barn Door & Gathered Twigs DP that I finger painted onto the front and back of each panel.  I randomly stamped text in the background with Sepia Archival Ink and used the negative from these die cut pine trees to stencil a few shadowy trees in the background.


This wintery background was created by stamping the image onto tissue paper and adhering with matte gel and the snowflakes are from the Christmastime Remnant Rubs.  I treated the corner filigree piece with Antiqued Bronze & Antique Linen DPs and glued in place with matte gel.


This medallion was treated the same way and when dry, I added the date from the Christmastime Remnant Rubs.   There’s more random stamping in the background and I stenciled a few more pine trees in the background with Pumice Stone DI.


This little boy image is from the OE Seasons of Giving plate and I stamped him with Jet Black StazOn ink onto gloss stock and tinted him with Barn Door, Tea Dye & Vintage Photo DIs and my mini ink blending tool.  His buttons are little dots of Tarnished Brass DP and his star was colored with Butterscotch Adirondack Alcohol Ink.


This sentiment is from a SU set called Four Christmas and I stamped it onto tissue paper with Jet Black StazOn.  I then adhered the tissue paper to the panel with matte gel and let air dry.  The pine branch image is from the Midwinter plate and I colored directly on the stamp with Distress Markers in Pine Needle & Vintage Photo.

I treated all of the metal embellishments the same, plus I treated all of them at the same time!  I had all of the metal embellies dried and ready while I was stamping and fussy cutting all of the images and deciding on placement.


Some of the other goodies I used are a TH/Idea-ology gumdrop colored with Cranberry Adirondack Alcohol Ink, mirror stars, WV white embossing paste and Clear Rock Candy Distress Glitter.


The frosty pine trees are cut from an old Sizzix Sizzlit pine tree die, cut out of TH Kraft-Core stock and covered with Clear Rock Candy DG.  The sentiment is from a SU set called Four Christmas that was stamped onto tissue paper and glued into place with matte gel.

With that, the story is told in this quote from Albert Camus-“In the depth of Winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible Summer.”

Merry Christmas to you all!!



  • Surfaces: Manila Stock; Chipboard; Glossy Card Stock; Kraft-Core (Tim Holtz/Core’dinations); Black Card Stock (Core’dinations); Tissue Paper
  • Distress Inks, Paints & Glitter (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Inks (Ranger); StazOn Ink (Tsukineko); White Linen Dylusions Ink Spray (Ranger); Perfect Copper & Sunflower Sparkle Perfect Pearls Mist (Ranger); Clear Embossing Powder (WOW)
  • Stamps:  Snowy Woods & Midwinter (Artistic Outpost); Season of Giving (Oxford Impressions); Four Christmas (Stampin’ Up)
  • Tattered Pine Cone Die (Tim Holtz/Sizzix); Pine Tree Sizzlit (Sizzix); Big Shot Machine (Sizzix); Rays Layering Stencil (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous)
  • Mirror Stars, File Tabs, Type Charm, Ring Fastener, Gumdrop, Jump Ring; Christmastime Remnant Rubs (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Metal Filigree Pieces (Funkie Junkie Boutique)
  • Matte Gel (Liquitex); Hot Glue Gun; Craft Sheet (Ranger); Embossing Heat Gun; Paint Brushes; Sanding Block

Summer Memoirs

Happy Thursday Everyone!!  Thank You All soooo much for visiting over the past week and leaving such wonderful comments!  It was a lot of fun to be a part of the Pretty Pink Posh Cutting Edge Blog Hop and such an honor to be featured at Our Creative Corner for their Top Talent Spotlight.  It’s been an exciting week for me in blog-land, for sure!!  Thanks for coming along with me!!

With the month of August coming quickly to a close, I’ve almost let some of my favorite challenges go unchallenged! I can’t do that–I’d feel, somewhat incomplete!  With Autumn ready to make its official appearance next month, I’m holding on to the last vestiges of Summer with the tag I made for Tim Holtz’s 12 Tags of 2014, Our Creative Corner’s Summertime challenge and Artistic Outpost’s Anything Goes challenge.  I’m a Summer girl by blood and where I live now, it’s the shortest season we have–I’ll stretch it out for as long as I can 🙂


I knew one tag wasn’t going to be enough for what I had in mind, so I layered a #10 manila tag with a #8 and off I went!! Techniques and tools abound in this one and it’s a lot easier to make, than what it may look…


See–not a lot of supplies!  I’m using one of my favorite summery stamp sets, Boardwalk from Artistic Outpost and some summery shades of Distress Inks & Stains…This is going to be an inky one, but not difficult and fun!


Tim’s Tag for August is full of texture and color and pure creative genius.  This month, Tim wanted us to create just for the muse of it; create where it will take you–I went to the beach!


I set out all of the images from the Boardwalk set, not really sure which images I’m going to use-but I want to be able to reach for whichever ones ‘speaks’ to me 😉


I’m using 3 different TH tissue tapes for my two tags and laying down where I’ll be stamping.


 I stamped the umbrella girl image for the #8 tag and the Atlantic City Steel Pier image for the #10 tag with Jet Black Archival Ink.  Those being the ‘main focal’ images, I randomly stamped text and images as filler and to create pockets of empty space.


Which stencils to use-which stencils to use?  Bubbles & Cargo layering stencils wanted to be used on these tags!


I applied a somewhat thin layer of Wendy Vecchi’s white embossing paste through the stencils on both tags and let air dry.  I would normally dry with my heat tool, but, sometimes I plan certain projects around being able to multi-task elsewhere and this project was one of those.  I came back about 2 hours later and the paste was completely dry.


I rubbed Salty Ocean, Squeezed Lemonade, Wild Honey & Spun Sugar DSs onto my craft sheet and ran each tag through the stains.  The lighter Squeezed Lemonade and Spun Sugar DSs got lost in the smaller tag, so I added more to the craft sheet before dragging the larger tag through.  I spritzed both tags with water to get the stains to wick a little more, then dried with my heat tool.

I distressed the edges of both tags with my paper distresser and inked the edges with Walnut Stain DI and my ink blending tool.

I added one more layer of stenciling with Tim’s new Latticework stencil and Walnut Stain DI.

 I don’t have the TH/Idea-ology film strip, but I do have Tim’s Mini Filmstrip/Tickets die.  I used smooth black Core’dination stock and gave it a rustic effect with Distress EI & heat set Vintage Photo Distress EP.

This part was really fun!! I picked a collection of embellishments that I finger painted with a concoction of Salty Ocean, Scattered Straw, Black Soot & Tarnished Brass DPs.  As these pieces are pretty small, I set them aside to air dry.


I want to add a few more beach/surf themed goodies and I just received this envelope of creative awesomeness from The Funkie Junkie Boutique!! I can use a few of these pieces in this tag!  I’ll hoard the rest 😉

I forgot to take pics of the heat embossing of the tiny sand dollar and starfish, but I used Scattered Straw Distress EP to texturize my seashore treasures.  I tacked the game piece and seashell embellies down with matte multi-medium and the game spinner had a change of finish.  I wasn’t happy with the paint effect, so I gave this a dip in Vintage Photo Distress EP and heat set.


After treating the game piece with a few random rubs of Distress Paints, I let it air dry, then came back and gave it a light sanding.  It looks like it’s been around the bingo table a few times!

 Using Distress Paints on metal embellishments is really cool!  As long as you don’t heat set the paint, you can get it wet and wipe it away.  I ended up doing just that on the Word Band twice, before being happy!  As for the finish on the file tab–it came out the way I wanted it the first time 😉


I used a piece of natural cheesecloth and multi-medium to secure the word band in place on the #8 tag, then I layered it onto the #10 tag and secured it with a few stitches from my sewing machine.  I finished the edges of the #10 tag with Distress EI & Vintage Photo Distress EP.  That’s a cool technique to get quick rust-like effects!  Can you see the Picket Fence DP splatters?  I just had to!!  It’s that whole feeling of incompleteness if I don’t have splatters!


And speaking of incompleteness–I treated the back of the big tag, too! I make these tags to send out and I use the backs as my writing space, so I want the backs to look good too 🙂


Thanks for joining me for today’s stroll through Summer Memoirs.  This creation brought back a lot of my own childhood memories of beach camping trips on the Pacific Coast with my family back in the day–I hope it evoked fun Summer memories of your own (without the mosquitos or sun burn!).

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


  • #8 & #10 Manila Tags (Ranger); Smooth Core’dinations Stock; Tissue Tape (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Archival Ink (Ranger); Distress Ink, Stains & Paints (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Distress Embossing Ink (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Embossing Paste (Wendy Vecchi); Distress Embossing Powders (Tim Holtz/Ranger)
  • Filmstrip Die (Tim Holtz/Sizzix); Big Shot Machine (Sizzix); Sewing Machine (Kenmore)
  • Crinkle Ribbon (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Cheesecloth; Game Piece, Game Spinner/Brad; File Tab (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Multi-Medium (Claudine Hellmuth/Ranger); Double-Back Tape (3m); Foam Dots; Ink Blending Tool; Heat Tool; Embossing Heat Tool; Craft Sheet (Ranger); Palette Knife; Paper Distresser (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios)

June in Orange

Happy Friday Everyone!!  Goodness, is the month almost over already?? WOW!!

Time has surely gotten the best of me lately but, I’m sure happy to be here today, with my tag for Tim Holtz’s June 2014 Tag Challenge and Our Creative Corner’s Flaming June Challenge.


I’m loving both challenge themes at each blog–The primary goal at Our Creative Corner’s monthly challenge is to use Orange and Tim is showcasing his Distress Ink Mono-Print technique.  That sounds like fun to me–Let me show you what I did 🙂


A real challenge for me with the OCC theme was not having that many orange colors to use.  But, I managed with the three colors of Distress Inks that I have; Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade & Ripe Persimmon.  They did me right proud!!

I’m using a #8 manila tag and 140# cold press water color paper as my bases and I’ve chosen the Burlap Layering Stencil as my mono-print pattern.


I don’t have the Mini DI’s, just the biggies, but they work just the same, with a little extra ink that ends up on the craft sheet (that will get used!).

I smooshed all three of my DI colors directly onto my stencil and spritzed with water.


Then laid the stencil down onto my piece of water color paper.  Using a paper towel, I gently dabbed the stencil down into the paper while wiping away any excess ink that’s seeped through under the stencil.


I love this part and I especially love this burlap stencil!  It has been my go-to stencil to use on mono-print backgrounds in the past (click here) and I love the effect–it’s different every time!!

I heat dried the wc panel and set aside, then grabbed my #8 manila tag and ran it through the left over DI’s on my craft sheet.


I can’t stand to let any left-over inks go and I always have manila tags ready at hand!  In this case, I’m inking up my manila tag base to give me more orange….


…and I’m using the left-over ink on the stencil to apply onto my #8 tag base.  Like I said, I hate to let any ink go!!


Even though the water color panel is going to cover most of this tag, I love the 2nd generation mono-print I got from the DI’s that were left-over on the stencil.  Does that make it a duo-print? 😉


I’ve got my dried #8 tag and my Burlap mono-print wc panel ready with some of the supplies I’ll need for the next few steps.  Lots o ‘stamping and water coloring and maybe a little fabric and stitch work thrown in for good measure!

I stamped the winged girl from TH/SA Winged Thing I set onto the mono-print panel with Sepia Archival Ink.  I also stamped her with Jet Black Archival onto another piece of 140# wc paper.  Then I stamped her again, using Ripe Persimmon onto a piece of muslin (not pictured, of course!).

I water colored the images using the same 3 colors of DI and my water brush and I used my Tattered Rose DM for her skin tone and Pumice Stone DM for her stockings.  I finished her ensemble with a layer of TH/Idea-ology Frosted Film over her wings.  So shimmery and pretty!

I fussy cut the winged girl out and used the stamped piece of muslin as a frock for her.  I used matte multi-medium to adhere her dress and added a couple of decorative stitches with my sewing machine.


BTS–I added Dimensional Magic to her crown and alcohol stained rhinestones for some orange toned bling 🙂

I really wasn’t happy with any of the larger sentiment/quote stamps that I have, and none of them really ‘said’ anything to me.  But, I knew one of my Artistic Outpost plates has the perfect quote that would match my winged girl perfectly!!  It’s from the Think & Wonder plate and I did some pre-emptive positioning before stamping each word onto the panel separately.


I used a Philosophy Tag smudged with a bit of Ripe Persimmon DP and painted the end of a brad to match.

Inking Crinkle Ribbon is always fun!! This sunny color trifecta of oranges I’m using throughout is brought into concentrated delight!!

I pressed my longer piece of crinkle ribbon through the combination of all three DI’s, then I used only Wild Honey DI for my shorter piece of ribbon.  I heat dried while crinkling in my fingers then rubbed with Walnut Stain DI when dried.


I assembled by adhering my winged girl with a combination of foam squares, double-back tape & matte multi-medium.  The words got lost on the tag once I started putting things into place, so I used a fine tip black Sharpie and made rough boxes around each word.  I added the vellum butterflies, inked in my fav oranges!!


I made her heart charm bracelet out of a TH/Idea-ology jump ring, 4 glass beads (in oranges, of course) and a brass heart that I first treated with Butterscotch Adirondack Alcohol Ink, then coated with Ripe Persimmon DP.

This was a fun tag to make, using the same 3 DI colors in so many different ways.  There’s DI water coloring going on and DI mono-printing going on, there’s DI dyeing of ribbon going on….And they are all different!!  That is so very cool!!


So off I go with my ‘June in Orange’ tag to, Tim Holtz’s June Tag Challenge and Our Creative Corner-Flaming June Challenge.

Since I last wrote earlier this week, our Summer weather was taken a hiatus and we’re back to rain and thunderstorms….

So, I’ve been able to spend the last couple of days down in the craft dungeon and not feel guilty about it!!  I’m going to take advantage of the rainy weather and get myself nice and inky and painty and get some of the late cards I should have made weeks ago, done!! YAY!!

I hope you’ve enjoyed my offering for today and will join me over at Tim’s and Our Creative Corner’s blogs.  These are just a couple of my fav challenge blogs and there’s always inspiration to be had and shared by all.

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


  • Surfaces: #8 Manila Tag (Ranger); 140# Water Color Paper; Muslin; Frosted Film (TH/Idea-ology)
  • Stamps:  Winged Things I (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous); Think & Wonder (Artistic Outpost); Background Basics Text Style (Papertrey Ink)
  • Distress Inks, Markers & Paint (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Inks (Ranger); Adirondack Alcohol Ink (Ranger)
  • Layering Stencil (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous); Philosophy Tag & Brad (TH/Idea-ology); Crinkle Ribbon (TH/Idea-ology)
  • Dimensional Magic (Plaid); Fine Point Pen (Sharpie); Self Adhesive Rhinestones; Jump Ring (TH/Idea-ology); Glass Beads; Brass Heart
  • Double-Back Tape (3M); Matte Multi-Medium (Claudine Hellmuth/Ranger); Foam Squares/Dots; Ink Blending Tool
  • Craft Sheet (Ranger); Heat Tool; Hole Punch; Finger Knife
  • Big Shot Machine (Sizzix); Beautiful Wings Embosslits (Sizzix)

PS–I’ve incorrectly watermarked ALL of the photos is this blog…BIG DUH!! The correct watermark should read  (but if you’re here, you found me anyway!!) Sorry…DUH!! 😉


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)