Wish Upon a Star

Hi There & HELLO DECEMBER!!  I’ve been looking forward to this month at Our Creative Corner because of the challenge theme  of —-


Our Challenge Hostess this month is my SUPER talented DT member Trish Latimer and here’s what she has to say about her challenge to us this month….

“My challenge to you all this month is a very simple one…Stars!

I have a passion for stars.  Stars are incorporated into my email addresses, internet log ins, business name and even my tattoos 🙂

I would love for you all to share your creations, full of stars!!  Star stamps, star die cuts, star embellishments, star shaped backgrounds-it’s up to you!!  Use lots, or just the one, as long as there is a star somewhere, you’re good to go!!”


I Love stars, too, Trish!!


And with Christmas right around the corner, I thought about making things to send out, instead of just Christmas cards this year.  So, I made a trio of very rustic, roughly machine stitched, simple, stamped & stuffed star ornaments.  Gosh, say that 5 times fast!  I took a few pictures along the way–let me show you 🙂


I used my Cricut machine to cut out chipboard stars to use as my patterns.  I cut a piece of cotton muslin big enough to let me get 3 stars and off camera is a piece of star fabric that I’ll be using for the backsides.


I soaked my piece of cotton muslin (along with another piece) in coffee for about 15 minutes and air dried.


I ironed my two strips of fabric, traced out the stars and snipped out with sharp scissors.


I used the spare pieces of muslin to stamp all of the Christmas sentiments onto.  I used Coffee Archival ink as that is permanent and won’t bleed if the fabric happens to get damp, and all of the sentiments are from the Christmas Chalk stamp set from Artistic Outpost.


I machine stitched borders around all of the words then trimmed to size and I frayed all of the edges with my craft scratcher.


I was doing a little placement dry run here and something I forgot to take a picture of, was the stamping of all of the red stars onto the dyed muslin stars.  The star images are from the Chalkboard Wisdom set from AO and I used Vermillion Archival.


Something else that I forgot to take a picture of is the batting layer that I sandwiched between the two pieces of fabric.  You can see some red fringe coming out of the star–I stitched that yarn onto both sides of the batting, that I had cut into a star shape, too, then stitched the three layers together.  I left an opening at the top of the star so that I could add a little stuffing and the word bands are only glued on at this point.


I added a couple of star shaped eyelets to the top points of both stars, fluffed the stuffing a little, then sewed the top of the star closed.  I then ran the star through my sewing machine to stitch the word bands into place and to give the stars a puffy, quilty feel.


After all of the stars were assembled, stuffed and stitched, I gave them all a spray of Pewter Perfect Pearls Mist.  There’s a nice little shimmer to them, that didn’t get captured in the photos, darn it!


I almost started to add bling to all of the ornaments, but changed my mind, wanting to keep these as simple and vintagey as possible.  Thank goodness I’ve completely ‘Embraced Imperfection’ with all of that rough stitching!! 😉 🙂


I don’t have a Christmas tree in the house yet, but I do have lots of trees outside that serve their purpose well, when I need a tree to hang ornaments on to photograph!!  And look–there’s even a little snow left on the branches from our first snow storm!

What kind of ‘Wish Upon a Star’ creation will you dream up for our December challenge?  We’re being sponsored this month by–


One lucky, randomly drawn participant, will receive a surprise parcel of goodies direct from Tando Creative!  Then Trish will award her favorite Top 3 with OCC Blog Badges and her overall challenge winner will be a future Guest Designer at Our Creative Corner!  You’ve got to be in it to win it, so Come On!  The challenge is open until Monday, December 28th.

Thanks so much for joining me today!  I can’t wait to see your Star inspired creations at Our Creative Corner!!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Cotton Muslin Fabric; Red Star Fabric; Funky Red Yard; Cotton Batting; Fiber Fill; Sewing Machine (Kenmore)
  • Stamps: Chalkboard Wisdom & Christmas Chalk (Artistic Outpost)
  • Archival Inks (Ranger); Matte Decou-Page (DecoArt)
  • Star Eyelets
  • Craft Scratcher (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios); Scissors; Eyelet Setter; Hole Punch; Bamboo Skewer

Shades of Autumn

Hello & Welcome to a brand new challenge month at Our Creative Corner.  With Fall just around the corner, my lovely OCC Design Teammie Julia is challenging us with the theme of Shades of Autumn.  Let’s hear what Julia is looking for–


“I love the colours of Autumn!  Those beautiful and dramatic reds, golds, yellows, browns, greens and all shades in between.  Your challenge this month is to take some inspiration from the colours in the image provided and make an Autumnal inspired project.”

This month’s Our Creative Corner challenge is being sponsored by–

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One randomly drawn participant will win a $25 gift certificate to Creative Embellishments.

We will also have a Shades of Autumn Top Winner who will be awarded a future Guest Designer spot at Our Creative Corner and we have our Top 3 Blog Badges to award as well.  All kinds of good things going on!!  Let me show you what I’m creating for Julia’s challenge–


My Shades of Autumn project is one that is still in progress–I’m making garlands of fall leaves for a display table.


I started by die cutting lots and lots of Tattered Leaves and Layered Leaves out of pieces of Collage Paper Stash and Core’dinations stock.


I ran the leaves through their embossing folder and treated them further with Distress Inks and the addition of metallic leafing to some of the leaves.


I spritzed the leaves with different colors of Perfect Pearls Mist and wrapped them with wire for a little interest.


I machine stitched all of the Tattered Leaves together to make a string of leafy garland that will go around the perimeter of the display table.


I’m adhering the bigger leaves together to form different lengths of garland that will hang down from the stitched string of garland.


This is a dry run of what the table garland will look like and I’ll be making enough lengths to go around 3 sides of a 6′ x 2′ table.

There you have it–My Shades of Autumn project-in progress-for Our Creative Corner this month.  You’ve got until September 28th, 11:55pm GDT to bring your Shades of Autumn projects over to join in our challenge.  Hope to see you there!!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!!  Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Tattered Leaves Die & Layered Leaf Duo (Tim Holtz/Sizzix)
  • Kraft Core & Color Core Stock (Core’dinations); Collage Paper Stash (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Distress Inks (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Perfect Pearls Mist & Sticky Embossing Powder (Ranger); Distress Embossing Ink (Tim Holtz/Ranger)
  • Big Shot Machine (Sizzix); Tattered Leaves Bigz & Layered Leaf Bigz Duo (Tim Holtz/Sizzix)
  • Wire; Metallic Leaf Flakes; Stencil Brush; Embossing Heat Gun; Matte Decou-Page (DecoArt); Sewing Machine (Kenmore)

Christmas Leftovers

HAPPY HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!  BIG THANKS to all of you who joined me in 2014 on my-still in progress-creative journey and BIG THANKS to those of you who’ll continue to ride along with me into 2015!!  I predict there will be fun & exciting things happening along the way and it would be wonderful to have your company! 🙂

Now, for my very first Our Creative Corner Design Team challenge project of 2015 and our 1st challenge of the year!!   Our January 2015 challenge is being hosted by new DT member, Pamellia!!  Look at her go!!  Pamellia is challenging us with transforming our Christmas Leftovers

“Christmas wrapping, gift bags, tinsel, ribbon, gift boxes, tissue paper, Christmas crackers/wine boxes, empty gift wrap rolls, Christmas cookie tins, even the images from the fronts of cards–Let’s put those bits to good use this month!” 

(How did Pamellia know that I had a severely leftover Christmas tin ‘lost’ in a kitchen junk drawer??)

Your project, should you choose to enter our challenge, does not have to have a Christmas theme at all!!  You just need to use some kind of ‘Christmas Leftover’ in your creation and let us know what Christmas scrap you’ve incorporated, if it’s not completely obvious in what you’ve made.  If you do choose to enter our Christmas Leftover challenge, you’ll have a chance to win a prize  from our generous sponsor-Nicecrane Designs.

This little Coca-Cola gift card tin has been hoarded stored in one of my kitchen junk drawers, almost completely forgotten about (except when I opened up that particular junk drawer), since Christmas of 2006.  Pamellia’s challenge is just what was needed to give this tiny, tin suitcase a new purpose in life!


Here is that same little tin, altered into this itty-bitty, little diorama-esque scene for Christmas.  I’ve got a few steps that I managed to take pictures of–let me show you what I did 🙂


I started by taking the suitcase apart.  When I started this project, I wasn’t sure if I was going to turn this into a hanging ornament or a tabletop décor piece, but I wanted the hinged ‘door’ stationary so it’s going to be the base everything will be secured to.


I gave the disassembled suitcase a coat of gesso and let air dry.


When the gesso was dry, I finger painted the outside of the tin with Gathered Twigs & Barn Door DPs.


I also finger painted the inside with Gathered Twigs, Mowed Lawn & Broken China DPs.

 This lovely landscape image is from the Midwinter plate from Artistic Outpost and I stamped it with Jet Black StazOn onto tissue paper (another Christmas leftover).  I carefully ripped the edges and glued into place inside the tin, with matte gel.  See how the tissue paper just disappears? I love that!! Now I’ve got a beautifully colored snowy background ready to be built upon.


To create the bulk of my snowy ground, I used a heavy layer of gesso and let air dry.


To create the glittery slopes of snow, I lightly dry-brushed gesso along the outline of the images and heat set.  I then used a little paint brush and applied Diamond Glaze over the dry gesso, then sprinkled it all with Clear Rock Candy Distress Glitter.  I let it air dry a bit before taping out all of the excess glitter.


I made these shrink plastic snowflakes from my Cricut cutting machine & the Home Accents cartridge.  That blue snowflake did not make it!!  As soon as I started handling it, its little snowflake arms started breaking off 😦


Here’s how the two remaining snowflakes were put to use!  I tied them to fishing string, hiding the line with little glass beads, then hot glued them to the top of the inside of the tin.  I wish that blue snowflake didn’t break!! 😉


I covered the outside of the tin with more tissue paper stamped with snowflakes and text from my Season of Giving set from Oxford Impressions and the Snowy Woods plate from Artistic Outpost.


This image of a ribbon wrapped envelope fit perfectly within the depression of the backside of the suitcase, leaving the perfect lip for one strip of skinny diamond tissue tape around the inside.  I then used two strips of tissue tape to line the perimeter of the base.


When the gesso snow was dry, I hot glued in my stained & flocked Christmas tree and the two little children.  I then spread in a little white embossing paste here and there, then sprinkled white & clear glass micro beads over the wet paste.  The beads give a little extra texture and sparkle to my ‘snow’.


A simple little Christmas leftover, from a season long past–revived and renewed into a little Christmas décor piece that will be enjoyed for years to come!  Thank you Pamellia for a wonderful OCC challenge theme to start the New Year off with!!

What Christmas Leftovers do you have, that can find a second or even third life as something completely different?  The Christmas Leftover challenge runs until January 28 11:55pm UK time–I hope to see your Christmas Leftover creations there!!

Thank You sooo much for stopping by today–This 1st day of 2015!!  I hope you enjoyed my first official ‘Our Creative Corner Design Team’ post?  I sure had fun with it!!  Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Coca-Cola Gift Card Tin (circa 2006)
  • Stamps:  Midwinter & Snowy Woods (Artistic Outpost); Season of Giving (Oxford Impressions)
  • Surfaces:  Tissue Paper; Glossy Stock; Black Stock (Core’dinations); Shrink Plastic (Inkssentials/Ranger)
  • Distress Paints, Inks, Markers, Glitter & Stain (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Gesso; White Embossing Paste (Wendy Vecchi/Studio 490)
  • Matte Gel (Liquitex); Diamond Glaze (Judikins); Paint Brushes; Heat Tool; Craft Sheet (Ranger); Mini Mister (Inkssentials/Ranger); Fishing Line; Needle-Nose Pliers; Hot Glue Gun
  • White Micro Beads; Clear Glass Beads; Tissue Tape (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)

Secrets Revealed

OH MY GOSH!!!  FINALLY!!!  I can let out my AWESOME news!!!  I am a new Design Team member of OUR CREATIVE CORNER!!!   Jump around–HAPPY DANCING!!!  I have been keeping this secret since Summer!!!  Oh gosh, does that feel good to let that out!!!

When Laura contacted me this past Summer and asked if I’d be interested in being on the Our Creative Corner Design Team–I first said “ME?”  And when she confirmed–‘Yes, You!”, I instantly said YES YES YES–OMG OMG OMG!!!  I am so honored to be a part of this International group of FANTASTICALLY talented artists!!  Here I am, just little ole me, joining a HUGELY popular, world renowned, challenge blog!!  OMG OMG OMG!!  Can I admit how incredibly intimidated I am under the ‘calm’ exterior!! LOL 🙂

Join me at Our Creative Corner today for the official Welcome and Introductions of all of the new OCC Design Team Members.  We’ve all made special projects to share and would love to introduce ourselves to you!

So, without further ado,  I present a Christmas ornament that I created to celebrate the occasion–


 This (poor) ornament did not have a good start, but I’m pretty happy with how it ended up.  Embrace imperfection, right? 🙂


I made my own ornament using my Cricut machine and the Georges & Basic Shapes cartridge.  I cut out several 4″ circles out of chipboard (cereal box) and manila stock; I sandwiched one piece of chipboard between two pieces of manila and glued together with matte gel then pressed under heavy books overnight to dry.  I made the topper with the same manila/chipboard combo and cut into rectangles and used a scallop punch for the decorative edge.


This is the first layer of WV Crackled Texture Paste that I spread over the painted surface of the ornament.  I gave the ornament a layer of Antiqued Bronze Distress Paint on the front and back.  At this point, I started stamping my images directly onto this crackle surface–unsuccessfully!!  The images didn’t stay crisp and the inks kind of bled into the crackle.


Here is my remedy–I applied another layer of crackle textured paste over the first layer and let dry.  Once dry, I rubbed a layer of Vintage Photo & Walnut Stain DIs over the crackle with my ink blending tools.  You can see a bit of the faded images underneath, which is really OK because it helped with the next few steps…



This time, I stamped these images from the Midwinter plate from Artistic Outpost, onto tissue paper.  I used Distress Markers in Pine Needles, Barn Door,  Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain & Black Soot to color the stamps directly.


I could have definitely used more matte gel to adhere down all of the tissue–but all in all, I’m happy that I’ve got clearer images for this stamped layer.  For the topper, I rubbed Distress Embossing ink over the front & back surfaces, dipped into a small tub of Copper EP and heat set.


I stamped the reindeer image onto manila stock with Coffee Archival Ink, covered with clear EP, heat set and carefully fussy cut with my finger knife. The sentiment is stamped onto manila stock with Coffee Archival Ink, too, fussy cut and inked with Walnut Stain DI.


I left the back of this ornament plain with a simple layer of Antiqued Bronze DP that I distressed with a light sanding and an inking of Walnut Stain DI over the entire surface.


I finished with embellishing this ornament with these cute little rustic wood stars and using a piece of jute twine as the hanger.

Thank you for joining me today and helping me celebrate my exciting news!!  I’m looking forward to this coming year of getting to know my creative team mates at Our Creative Corner and making new friends worldwide.  I hope you’ll join me!! 🙂

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Surfaces: Manila Stock; Chipboard (cereal box); Tissue Paper
  • Stamps: Midwinter Plate (Artistic Outpost)
  • Distress Paints, Inks & Markers (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Ink (Ranger); Copper Embossing Powder (Stampin’ Up); Clear Embossing Powder (WOW)
  • Cricut Cutting System & Cartridge (Provo Craft); Finger Knife (Fiskars); Craft Sheet (Ranger); Embossing Heat Gun; Heat Tool; Ink Blending Tools (Tim Holtz/Ranger)
  • Matte Gel (Liquitex); Mini Foam Dots
  • Jute Twine; Wood Stars (Pretty Pink Posh)

Colors of the Spirit

Happy Monday & Happy (almost) First Day of Autumn!  I’m starting the week and ushering in Fall with my submission to Our Creative Corner’s September challenge, being hosted by OCC DT Member extraordinaire-Claudia (aka, von Pappe II)!  She’s composed an Autumnal Collage to challenge us with–


It’s completely up to us how we interpret Claudia’s beautiful photographic collage–Photo’s also courtesy of Claudia from her hikes amongst the vineyards and woods of Vienna-Beautiful, indeed!  There’s an element in each photo that inspired me, but I seemed to focus on colors and shapes the most to create the tag I made….


I loved the swirl of the snail shell, the dark purple and polka-dot-esque shape of the black currants and all of the colors in each picture.  This was fun to bring together and for once, the ideas were right there waiting to be laid out!


When Claudia posted her challenge collage, my eyes were immediately drawn to the snail shell.  It’s so pretty to me and this die came instantly to mind.


Before I die cut my swirly circles, I painted my chipboard pieces with Pumice Stone DP, heat dried then ran through my Xyron machine to add adhesive to the backside of the chipboard.


I have a #10 manila tag that I’m going to use the old ‘paint marbling’ technique on with Crushed Olive & Picked Raspberry DPs.

I rubbed the DPs onto my craft sheet and spritzed with water and gave my tag a very light spritz of water and ran through the paints.


Front side of tag.

I love how these colors blended together-I’ve got those bright pops of solid color, then they mixed & melded and gave me some lovely rusty orange.

Backside of tag.

Backside of tag.

I mopped up the remaining DPs with the backside of the tag.  You can really see the rusty-orange color that the Crushed Olive & Picked Raspberry created naturally, just like in nature! Oh, how Autumn is that? 😉


This is a quickie placement of how I want to space the swirly circles before moving on to creating the background.  Hmmm..I think I like it!


Oh boy, some stenciling!  I taped down my tag with painters tape then positioned my Dylusions Dotted Flowers stencil over it and taped the stencil down too.

I darkened my Seedless Preserves DP with Black Soot DP to try to achieve that super dark purple of the black currants in Claudia’s Collage.


I used a little finger paint dabber to apply the paint over the stencil–it was the perfect applicator for the polka-dots!


Lifting the stencil is one of the funnest things!  I LOVE how these polka-dots came out!  They look like little currants to me 😉


Before placing the pre-adhesive-d swirly circles down, I inked over the front and back surfaces with Vintage Photo & Walnut Stain DIs and my ink blending tools.  I pressed the swirly circles in place, gave those an inking of Walnut Stain DI then I spritzed and flicked water over the surface and heat dried.

I want to use some die cut leaves into my project, but the size of this leaf is too big.  Oh, what’s that?  Shrink Plastic to the rescue!!

I die cut 4 leaves from shrink plastic and used Adirondack alcohol inks to color them with before shrinking them down with my embossing heat tool.  I kept the negatives to use in a future projec.


Before I had adhered the leaves and word bands down, I outlined some of the polka-dots with white gel pen


… and dotted Crushed Olive DP around some of the polka-dots with a fine tip detail paint brush.


I added the little rolled up pieces of purple hemp twine to the center of each swirly circle with multi-medium and carefully heat dried in place.  When dry, the purple hemp turned pale, so I dabbed on a little bit of  Twinkling H2Os in Wine & Roses over each and the color sprung right back to sparkly life!


I left the backside of my tag blank.  A perfect spot for writing a message 🙂


 This quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson completely fits with not only my tag, but Claudia’s photo collage, too-The perfect finish for my Autumnal tag 🙂   I’m off to Our Creative Corner now get this entered into Claudia’s Autumnal Collage challenge, which ends on September 28th (UK time) and there’s a prize to be won, sponsored by Tando Creative!

Thanks for coming over and starting your week with me 🙂  I appreciate your visits and comments and the time you’re taking out of your day to hang out with me for a spell!  Until Next Time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • #10 Manila Tag & Shrink Plastic (Inkssentials/Ranger); Chipboard; Manila Stock
  • Distress Paints & Inks (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Adirondack Alcohol Inks (Ranger); Twinkling H2O (Splash of Color); White Gel Pen (Sakura)
  • Xyron Machine & Adhesive; Multi-Medium (Claudine Hellmuth/Ranger)
  • #1 Leaf Die (Sizzix); Swirly Circles Die (Provo Craft); Big Shot Machine (Sizzix)
  • Dotted Flowers Stencil (Dylusions/Ranger); Jute Twine; Yarn
  • Craft Sheet (Ranger); Heat Tool; Embossing Heat Tool; Ink Blending Tools

Face the Sun

Happy Monday!!  I’m actually a bit relieved to be inside today sharing this post with you–It was a HOT one working outside over the weekend and today we’re having a cooler day with predicted thunderstorms, so, I’m taking advantage and ‘working’ inside today!

I’m sharing a project that was firstly inspired by Challenge #6 over at Studio L3, Compendium of Curiosities 3–Altered Burlap Panel.  But, as just so happens, I have a printed chronological list of all of my fav fortnightly & monthly challenges printed out and taped to my wall above my work table, and I got to looking at some of the challenge themes and HEY–what I want to make will fit in with 4 other challenges!!  Can you tell which ones?


I LOVE SUNFLOWERS!! and I couldn’t resist making this entire project about Sunflowers and inspiration and Summer and Distress & Dies (A Vintage Journey and Virginia’s View Challenge) and Handmade Flowers & Dyed Ribbon (Our Creative Corner) and Summer Heat (Frilly & Funkie).  See what I mean?  😉

As I’m participating in the CC3 Challenge, I can’t share any of the Altered Burlap Panel techniques I used, but, I can show you the bulk of goodies that I started with–Oh boy, I’m gonna get inky and painty with this one!!


At Frilly & Funkie, the challenge is to use warm colors and Summer blooms in your creation.  I can’t think of a bloom that says Summer more than my favorite in the whole wide world–Sunflowers!  And I’m pulling out all kinds of Distress goodness & my Tattered Floral Die to keep up with the creative tour at A Vintage Journey.  I’m Distressing out all over the place for these burlap panels!


I’m stamping/fussy cutting and die cutting my handmade flowers to be a part of the fun at Our Creative Corner and Virginia’s View Challenge along with….


…the added touch of dying your own ribbon as a part of Our Creative Corner, too!  Fun Stuff!!


I have an ‘old’ Stampin’ Up set (circa 2000) called Summer Sunflower–Gotta totally use that!!  I stamped several blooms from that set with Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed & Wild Honey DI’s, but I only ended up using the larger Sunflower images for my panels.  I die cut the pointy blooms from the Tattered Floral Die, in manila stock, muslin and tulle.


I dabbed some gesso onto the tulle flowers and heat dried, then pressed them into Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed & Ripe Persimmon DI’s that I smooshed onto my craft sheet and spritzed with water.


My muslin die cut flowers have been treated the same as the tulle flowers.  I randomly dabbed gesso and heat dried, then I pressed them into the same DI colors that were left-over on my craft sheet!  I love those concentrations of color!

After die-cutting these flowers, I inked them with Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed and Ripe Persimmon DI’s.  I rubbed each bloom, front and back, directly onto the stamp pad, then rubbed it in with my fingers.  I got really inky!!  After heat drying, I spritzed each flower with water and scrunched into little balls and spritzed again.


I left these to dry overnight and I was not expecting these to be on my work table the next morning (I guess the kitties found better things to play with…).  These are how they looked when I peeled the petals open!  Love it!!  These blooms also got spritzed with Biscotti & Sunflower Sparkle Perfect Pearls Mists, I just didn’t take pictures…


These leaves and stems are also from the Summer Sunflower set by SU.  I stamped these onto manila stock with Crushed Olive and Peeled Paint DI’s then fussy cut.  I applied a layer of Clear Rock Candy DCP and when dry, I used a paint brush and applied a light layer of Peeled Paint DS over the top of the crackle finish.  I heat dried then inked the edges with Walnut Stain DI and my ink blending tool.


I dyed this crinkle ribbon with Wild Honey, Squeezed Lemonade & Barn Door Distress Stains.  I pressed each stain, separately, onto sections of the ribbon and let the stains wick into each other.


I spritzed the stained ribbon with water, then crinkled into a little ball, and heat dried while pressing between my fingers.

Here’s where the magic happened when I got to put everything together, but, of course, as it goes–no pictures!!  Mainly because of the CC3 #6 challenge, but also because I was in a zone and didn’t pick up the camera again until it was finished…..


Voila!!  Happy Sunflowers with one of my favorite, inspirational quotes “Keep your face to the sun and you will never see the shadows.-Helen Keller”  I made the word bands myself with my computer and kraft stock.  Easy Peasy!

Now, how about some up close details?


I’ve added a couple of little brads to ‘tack’ down my dyed ribbon to the top of the burlap panel, but I cheated and used multi-medium to glue those brad tops securely.  I used hot glue to adhere the ribbon in place 😉

I added TH/Idea-ology Pen Nibs as embellishment on both panels–one as a stem!


The center of my Sunflowers are small, round pieces of scrap manila stock that I inked with Walnut Stain DI and layered with gloss multi-medium.  I then dipped each piece into a little bag of brown micro-beads and shook a little, until each piece was well coated.  In hindsight, I should have applied another layer of multi-medium & micro-beads to fill in the empty spaces (next time!) 😉


The ribbon that I used between the panels, is hiding a mistake!  It was a failed attempt at joining the panels together–without having the right hardware!!  Luckily, I had a piece of my dyed ribbon that fit just right and now, maybe, it looks like it was supposed to be like that to begin with?! 😉


I just wanted to throw this picture in!  I was having my photo shoots at different times of the day-this one was just as the sun started moving west to set and this is the natural sunlight that floods our living room in the early evening.  I love how the sun landed on this bloom so you can really see that bright yellow of Squeezed Lemonade shine through 🙂  HAPPY!!!


I hope you enjoyed my multi-challenged project today!  What a way to start the week–Finishing this Altered Burlap Panel to now send over to 4 challenges!! WHEW!!  There’s still time at these challenges–Frilly & Funkie ends July 15/Virginia’s View ends July 18/Studio L3 CC3 #6 ends July 18/A Vintage Journey ends July 24/Our Creative Corner ends July 26.  Come On!!

OH–and did I mention the prizes that are available to win at each challenge?  Totally awesome goodies and sponsors; Our Creative Corner has a random prize package from Nicecrane Designs; Virginia’s View Challenge has a gift certificate from Simon Says Stamp up for grabs; Frilly & Funkie and Studio L3 are both being sponsored by The Funkie Junkie Boutique!  See, lots of reasons to create your own projects and submit!!  Remember–you’ve got to be in it to win it, Baby!! 😉 🙂

Thanks so much for starting your week with me!!  I appreciate you all stopping by and taking the time to venture through my creative process with me, even though I couldn’t show you a lot of it!  😉  Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!  XOXO-Shari



Fond Memories

Happy Thursday!!  So glad that you’re joining me today!!

Sorry I’ve been sporadic with my postings lately.  I’m multi-tasking in the background with some home improvements.  Specifically, a ‘small’ bathroom remodel with tiling, wainscoting and the install of a brand new 72″, cast-iron, double slipper tub.  I won’t talk about how it’s been sitting, waiting for this install (4 years..) but, it’s happening now!  That’s all that matters 😉

For today though, I’ve got a special tag to share with you, which I’ve made to submit to 4 different challenges.  I usually make one project, per challenge, but with this tag, I was able to accommodate all of the caveats for each challenge pretty well, I think, maybe…

Follow me and I’ll show you where each challenge theme is–


The base inspiration of this tag is Fond Memories, the theme of the challenge at A Vintage Journey.  The fondest memories I find myself thinking of these days, are those of my Mom.  I have a small collection of some of my family’s old pictures, including those of my Mom in her childhood, and I thought it would be fun to experiment with all of the challenge themes and incorporate a very Fond Memory–A vintage photo of my Mom.

I’ve pulled out one of my jars of embellishments, in support of Tim’s May Tag challenge of using ‘creative composition’ for this month’s installment of the 12 Tags of 2014 and I’ve pulled out just a few of my hoards of left-overs to play along over at Our Creative Corner, ‘Love Those Leftovers’.  I use left-overs ALL the time and sometimes, choosing which left-overs to use is a challenge in itself 🙂


I also want to experiment with using some water coloring on this tag, so, I’m going really artsy with printing that vintage photo of my Mom onto a piece of sticky back canvas that I’ll treat later with some color.  (I’m taking the Water Color for Card Makers course and I’m experimenting whenever I can…)

I started with picking the embellishments I wanted to include for this tag.  The embellishments I chose dictated the size of my backgrounds and the pieces of Collage Paper Stash that I used.  I backed each piece of paper with chipboard and adhered together with my glue stick.  I roughed up the edges with my sanding block and inked with Walnut Stain DI and my ink blending tool.

Of course I couldn’t resist spritzing and flicking water over each background piece!


Now onto some of the embellishments that are going to need some alone time to dry, like these little brass hearts.  I have NO IDEA where I got these from and I’ve had them in my stash, for what seems like–FOREVER!!  Time to use them, I’d say!!  Each heart represents me and my siblings–more Fond Memories…


I used Adirondack Alcohol Inks in Stream, Butterscotch, Wild Plum and Lettuce.  I applied the inks directly onto each heart and used the tip of the bottle to spread around.  I set those aside on a piece of wax paper to air dry…

…and once dry, I applied Clear Rock Candy Distress Glitter to each heart to add a little sparkle.  I left the hearts as is and did not apply any kind of ink or stain on top of the DG.  I’m being a little sparse about the DG hearts, as this is in support of Studio L3’s current Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge–Distress Glitter!  You have to have Tim’s latest volume to participate in this one.


I adhered the hearts down to my background panel with multi-medium and set that aside to air dry.  I’m the only girl, so I’ll claim the pink heart!!


Out of my left-over stash, I found this chipboard die cut frame, which I’m going to glitz up with some Distress Glitter and some kind of base color….


I rubbed Pumice Stone DS over the entire frame and dried with my heat tool.  Then I rubbed some Broken China DP onto my craft sheet, spritzed with water, and ran the frame through the paint.  I didn’t saturate the entire frame with DP so that Pumice Stone color breaks through here and there.  Happy with the coverage, I set with my heat tool.

Here again, I used Clear Rock Candy DG over the entire frame and set aside to dry.  I only have two colors of Distress Glitter, but luckily, Clear Rock Candy is one of them and it’s sooooo versatile!!  You can still see the colors of Broken China and Pumice Stone through the glitter–Cool!!


I bumped the color up, just a little bit, with the addition of Broken China DI over the surface of the dry glitter and the inking of the outside and inside edges of the frame with Walnut Stain DI.


This is a class picture of my Mom, circa 1954 or so when she was about 12 years old.

Now, back to the printed picture of my Mom.  First, I must say, I would have printed this picture using my laser jet printer–laser jet printers have a more permanent ink and won’t react with moisture.  Alas, the laser jet is out of ink, so I printed this picture using my ink jet printer.  Fingers crossed that I won’t have an inky mess when I get to adding water.

I added color to the canvas using my ink blending tools and a dab/rub type application with DI’s in Broken China, Tea Dye, Victorian Velvet and Aged Mahogany.  When I was happy with the depth of color, I used my water brushes to move the ink around.


When I adhered the sticky back canvas to its background panel, I needed to add more color.  This time, I used my water brushes and DM’s in Tea Dye, Spun Sugar, Tattered Rose and Vintage Photo to bring out my Mom’s eyes, hair, lips and skin.  I scribbled each color of marker onto my craft sheet and picked up with the water brushes.

Now, you’ll see how some of the ink jet print has smeared a bit around the hairline and brows when I started water coloring, but, I’m totally OK with that–It looks like a real, hand painted water color portrait!  OK–maybe not a ‘real’ water color painting…but close!


I’m going to speed this up a bit and get to the layout of my mounted embellishments and canvas portrait onto this left-over #10 manila tag.  The background on this tag was achieved using left-over Distress Paints, even!!  I can’t let anything go to waste and when I’m using distress paints for projects, I use every last drop that I can!  And the stenciled polka-dots….left-over Black Soot DP on the stencil itself that I rubbed onto the tag using a paper towel.


I adhered all of the embellishments to their respective panels with multi-medium, except for the portrait…that’s sticky back canvas and didn’t need anything extra–and the word panel… I glued each letter down with a glue stick–then each embellished panel was secured with multi-medium.  I did end up pressing the almost finished tag between heavy magazines and my Big Shot machine, to really get those panels to stay put…


I picked the Courageous muse token to describe my Mom–not only Courageous about how she handled her illness, but how she handled all of us kids growing up!!  Well, maybe not me…but definitely my Brothers!! 😉


And I chose to use this key hole, from the Locket Keys set with this piece of collage paper.  I wanted that printed text of Memory to be seen right through the keyhole….The right key, will open the door to memories.


I pretty much copied Tim’s arrow panel from his May tag!  My arrow represents those fond shots of memory, right to my heart–BINGO!!

A couple of extra embellishments are these paper flowers that I dipped in Vintage Photo & Clear Rock Candy DG’s.  I made myself a little mix of the two and dipped and twirled my blossoms into the concoction and let air dry.  Then I made these little initial pieces with black card stock and heat embossed with detail white powder.  I did a bit of messy stitching to each initial strip with my sewing machine, then adhered to the canvas panel with double-back tape.


I stamped the word FOND with mini alphabet letters and Staz-On ink in Jet Black directly onto the tag.  I used color treated seam binding and frilly yarn to tie the key to the tag with.  The seam binding I used is treated with Seedless Preserves DP and Broken China & Walnut Stain DI’s.


I don’t have Tim’s new Shadow Presses, so I compromised and I made my own shadowed word panel with die cut letters, using my Cricut Machine and the Opposites Attract cartridge.  I ran my craft & black card stocks through the Cricut machine and adhered each letter together with a glue stick, then I glued each letter to the panel with a light coating of multi-medium.  I don’t want any memories falling off this tag!!


And let me bring up the back of this tag!  The weight of the embellishments on their chipboard panels made this tag warp a bit.  For some added strength, I used another left-over #10 tag (which has 2 different experiments going on with it) and glued to the back of my tag.  And you may notice, I covered the backside of each panel that sticks out, with collage paper.  It’s all in the details, Baby 🙂

And that’s how I came about being able to make this tag for 4 different challenges.  I took the concept of each challenge theme and composed the ingredients into this final creation.


Several of the challenges that this tag is being submitted to run all month long, so, join along and maybe you’ll find your own essence of the challenges–You never know where your own creativity will lead you!

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


  1. Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2014-May/Theme: Creative Composition using Embellishments/Sponsor: Tim & Mario provide a wonderful prize package to winning tags! Challenge Ends May 31.
  2. Studio L3 Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge-Current Theme Distress Glitter/Sponsors: Inspiration Emporium and The Funkie Junkie Boutique.  Linda Coughlin, the owner of The Funkie Junkie Boutique, is moving her store to a commercial location and the online store is closed for a couple more days.  Congrats to Linda and wish I lived in Florida to be her first employee!   Challenge Ends May 23.
  3. Our Creative Corner-May Theme: Love Those Leftovers/Sponsor: Crafty Individuals Challenge Ends May 31.
  4. A Vintage Journey-May Theme: Fond Memories/Sponsor:  Country View Crafts  Challenge Ends May 15.


  • Surfaces: #10 Manila Tags (Ranger); Chipboard (cereal box); Collage Paper Stash (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Sticky Back Canvas (Claudine Hellmuth/Ranger); Craft & Black Card Stocks
  • Distress Paints, Ink, Markers, Stain (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Staz-On Ink (Tsukineko); Colorbox Pigment Ink (ClearSnap)
  • Alphabet Letters (mfg unk)
  • Detail White Embossing Powder; Distress Glitter (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Cotton Twill; Seam Binding; Frilly Yarn
  • Paper Flowers (Prima & Kaiser Craft); Embellishments (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Stencil (Dylusions/Ranger)
  • Cricut Personal Trimmer & Cartridge (Provo Craft); Big Shot Machine (Sizzix); Framelits Frame Dies (Sizzix/SU); Canon Ink Jet Printer
  • Craft Sheet (Ranger); Ink Blending Tools (Ranger); Craft Scratcher (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios); Water Brushes; Heat Tool; Embossing Heat Tool; Sewing Machine
  • Multi-Medium (Claudine Hellmuth/Ranger)*; Double-Back Tape (3M); Dimensional Magic (Plaid); Foam Dots; Hot Glue Gun

*Claudine’s line of multi-mediums are being retired and I’m finding it hard to find shopping links that are still stocking her mediums.  You can use any type of multi-medium you prefer…they all pretty much act the same and give the same results.