The Dr is In

Happy Saturday!!  I’m here today with the tag that I made for the Frilly & Funkie challenge-A Haunting Halloween.  It’s week two of the challenge, which closes on Oct 7th–Hey, I’m way ahead with getting this challenge make in, with several days to spare, even!

I’ve got all kinds of haunting elements to share, so–Step into the office, the Dr. will be right with you…


I’ll make your visit as painless as possible–Now sit back, relax and let’s take a look at what we have here.  🙂


I’m using 2 #8 kraft tags that I had previously paint marbled using left over Distress Paints in Black Soot, Mustard Seed and I think Pumice Stone.  I don’t remember which project I had this leftover DP from, but I never let it go to waste and I was able to sop up two tags worth of color (with the help of some spritz of water)…


…this is the second tag, which I plan on using for the backside of this project.  You know how I am about my backsides!! 😉


I started off with treating the back tag–I’m going to do a little bit of mono-print stenciling using the Halloween LS and mini DI set #3.

I tapped each mini DI over the reverse side of the stencil and then spritzed with water.

I pressed the stencil onto my kraft tag and lightly blotted off any excess ink with a paper towel.  I lifted the stencil and dried with my heat tool.  I love how the words are so ghostly.


I also put down another stenciled layer using the Gothic LS and Walnut Stain DI and I sewed the two tags together before I started layering all of my embellishments onto the front side.

 I used the Shattered LS with Dylusions White Linen IS and sprayed the stencil, laid it over my tag and pressed down with a paper towel.  I lifted the stencil and heat set and the base of this tag is ready for major haunting!


Oh, yeah–When I was spraying the stencil, I had that black piece of cardstock underneath–I didn’t want all of that wonderful spray ink to go to waste, and now I have another piece of stenciled stock ready for a new project!

From here on out, I was kind of all over the place when creating the stamped embellishments for this tag.  I had a couple of “failures”, which were easily remedied, but not all recorded with pictures…it was just one of those days 😉


Take these bottles for instance….OH–I’m using images from Dr. Coffin’s Apothecary plate from Oxford Impressions for my tag.  These bottles got stamped with Sepia & Jet Black Archival inks onto WV’s modeling film.  The sepia ink rubbed right off–Failure one fixed with re-stamping the image with Jet Black Archival.  I fussy cut these out, carefully shaped with my embossing heat gun, then colored with Bottle & Sand Adirondack alcohol inks and layered with Clear Rock Candy DCP–all of which did not get photographed-sorry 😦

Failure 2 coming up, but only because I didn’t realize how concentrated the alcohol ink colors would become, once the shrink plastic images shrunk down to size.  But, not too much of a boo-boo…(I’ll still use this darker mushroom on something else in the future)…


…and fixed with stamping the mushroom image again, but with Cotton White Staz-On ink and I colored the plastic with one color of Adirondack alcohol ink in Sand.

Here’s a trick that I learned from Marjie Kemper–put your shrink plastic piece inside of a circle of tape, apply heat, and there’s your little shrink plastic piece nicely contained!


Here are a few more stamped images for my tag–I stamped Dr. Coffin and the cat with Jet Black Archival ink and the labels are a watercolor technique where I used Distress Markers-in Barn Door, Black Soot & Chipped Sapphire, to color the label stamp with, spritzed the stamp with water, then stamped 3 times.  All of these got fussy cut for assembly…


I added a couple of more stamped and stenciled layers onto my tag and strategically applied some Apothecary Remnant Rub-Ons here and there.


Look at this itty-bitty little poppy.  I just had to get a shot of this little goodie–it’s the contents of one of the bottles!


I added rub-ons to the bottle & gave it a Vintage Photo Distress Powder cork.  I glued the brown bottle in place with glossy multi-medium and there’s one of the Doc’s mysterious bottles.


Just had to get a close up of my label.  I completely balled it up, gave it a tiny spritz of water and let sit for a spell.  When I un-wadded it, I did give it a little bit of heat drying, then I inked it with Vintage Photo DI and my ink blending tool.  OH–see that cute little mushroom?  That’s its placement for the second bottle.


It’s barely visible (the darker mushroom completely disappeared under the bottle), but you can kind of see that there’s a little something something in Doc’s bottle of Magic Potion!


What a dapper doctor, Dr. Coffin is.  I added label letters, outlined with Picket Fence DM and stitched with my sewing machine.


Ohhh, Mr. Spooky Kitty got some yellow eyes (Mustard Seed DM) that shine (w/diamond glaze) and he was secured in place with foam squares.


To add a little more spookiness to this Dr.’s visit is this shrink plastic raven (left-over from a project last month) nested securely in the ripped strip of black tulle that I topped the tag with.


And with that, time is up–The Dr. has another appointment presently–he’s due over at Frilly & Funkie, but you can come, too!  Join in on the challenge and have the chance to win a $25 gift certificate at The Funkie Junkie Boutique! Sounds like just what the Dr. ordered! 🙂

Thanks for taking this time out of your Saturday to visit with me and the Dr.!  Have a healthy & haunting rest of your weekend and until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps: Dr. Coffin’s Apothecary (Oxford Impressions) & Raven image from Haunted (Oxford Impressions)
  • Surfaces: #8 Kraft Tags (Ranger); Shrink Plastic (Ranger); Modeling Film (Wendy Vecchi); Kraft Card Stock (Papertrey Ink)
  • Distress Paints, Inks & Markers (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Ink (Ranger); Staz-On Ink (Tsukineko); Dylusions Ink Spray (Ranger)
  • Apothecary Remnant Rub-Ons & Label Letters (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Sewing Machine (Kenmore); Double-Back Tape (3M); Multi-Medium (Claudine Hellmuth/Ranger); Paper Distresser (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios); Embossing Heat Tool; Heat Tool; Paper Towels; Foam Squares

Hap-Poe Birthday

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

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


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

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

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


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

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


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


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

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


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


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

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

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

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


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

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


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


This little owl is just hanging out watching…..


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


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


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


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


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

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

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


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

My First Guest Designer Spot

Happy Weekend and Thank You for joining me for my 1st Guest Designer gig!

I’m more than EXCITED to be a part of the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers for “our” latest challenge that kicks off today–

#7 Y is for Your Mama

 This will be a bittersweet Mother’s Day for me.  I recently lost my Mom earlier this year, after she succumbed to ovarian cancer.  This will be the first year of my existence without my Mom, for Mother’s Day.  Bittersweet, indeed.

But, the best way I can think of, to deal with this, is by doing something for my Mom, anyway, and make a Mother’s Day card in her honor–I think she’d like that 🙂


And being a Guest of the Sisterhood’s Design Team is the best medicine!!  Thank You Sisters, for inviting me to be a part of your Design Team for this fortnight challenge!!


I didn’t have a plan for this card–I didn’t even start with a gathering of supplies! I just went for it!!  This is a manila panel that I treated with Tim Holtz’s ‘paint marbling’ technique.  I used Antiqued Bronze, Scattered Straw, Broken China & Gathered Twigs DP’s to achieve this first layer of color.

One of my experimental left-overs...

I inked over the entire painted surface with distress inks in Broken China, Mustard Seed & Walnut Stain and my ink blending tools…


…distressed and inked the edges and of course, gave it a good spritz & flick of water…..


…and dried with my heat tool.  Love this background!!


I did a little embossing with Distress Ink and a stencil, using My Favorite Things Sun-Ray stencil and clear embossing powder.  I love how the distress paint marbling comes through the clear embossing.

Using the Sun-Ray stencil as a mask, I taped it in place, covering the raised embossed areas, then used an unmounted clear stamp from Papertrey Ink, Background Basics, to stamp the text through the stencil with Black Soot DI.


I like the imperfect text that pops up through the rays.


So, as I mentioned, I just kind of went for it with this card 😉

Here’s a stack of Tattered Florals that I die cut out of muslin.  I used a few stamps from the Farm Girl plate and Sepia, Black & Cobalt Archival Inks to stamp text and backgrounds onto the flowers.  Then I dabbed gesso here and there onto each flower and set with my heat tool.


They look pretty good like this….


…but even better with an inking of Vintage Photo, Tea Dye & Walnut Stain Di’s!

I gave the florals a spritz and flick of water….


…and dried with my heat tool.  LOVE LOVE LOVE the water spots!!  Really love the rustic effects on these florals!!


This is a large brass brad that I’ve had in my hoard stash forever! I applied a portion of Elements Remnant Rub-Ons and adhered to the center of my embossed sun with foam adhesive scraps.

This is another experiment with Tim Holtz’s paint marbling technique.  I wanted to have a cool background to stamp or print text onto, so I made this up real quick with Scattered Straw & Crushed Olive DP’s.


Each word/letters were stamped onto the painted panel and cut to size.  I inked the edges with Walnut Stain DI and adhered into position with matte multi-medium.  I outlined the word bands with Picket Fence & Walnut Stain DM’s and lightly smudged with a damp Q-tip.

This little sunflower is a part of an earring that lost its mate years ago!!  When that happens to any of my beaded jewelry, I salvage whatever I can and put in my hoard stash! 😉

Anyway–I applied Butterscotch alcohol ink directly to the charm and let air dry.  Once dry, I snipped off the eye and jump ring and gave the sunflower one more coating of alcohol ink.


The little girl is from OE’s Farm Girl plate.  I stamped her onto a piece of manila stock with Jet Black Archival Ink and ‘painted’ her with my Distress Markers and water brush.  Her shoes are Tea Dye, her over-all’s are Faded Jeans, her top is Victorian Velvet, her complexion Tattered Rose and her hair is a lovely shade of Wild Honey!  I fussy cut her out and inked the edges with Walnut Stain DI.


When I put everything together, I wasn’t happy with how plain the tattered flower was.  I fixed that by masking everything off, except the flower, and splattered it with Gathered Twigs DP and my splatter brush.  OK–I feel better now…I splattered something 😉


I adhered a metal filigree piece behind farm girl, as if she’s standing in front of a fancy gate.


This would be the card I’d send to my Mom this year.  I think she’d get a kick out of it and really like all of the techniques and elements I used.  She was a scrap booker and card maker, too and we loved talking to each other about new things and projects we were working on.  Good Memories, indeed. 🙂

This has been a Fantastic way to think of my Mom while I made this Mother’s Day card for the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers.  Great therapy and made with love and hope of inspiring others.

Join me over at the Sisterhood and visit the Design Team Members who are sharing their Mother’s Day creations.  These ladies are a fantastically talented group and bring their own flair to each and every challenge.  Inspiration to be had by all!!

Until next time-Stay Artsy Fartsy–XOXO-Shari


  • Brown Card Stock (card base); Manila Stock; Muslin
  • Distress Paints, Inks & Markers (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Inks (Ranger)
  • Stamps: Country Girl (Oxford Impressions); “Happy” from Wonderful Words-Birthday (Papertrey Ink); Alphabet Stamps (mfg unk)
  • Tattered Floral Die (Tim Holtz/Sizzix); Big Shot Machine (Sizzix); Remnant Rub-Ons (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Matte Multi-Medium (Claudine Hellmuth/Ranger); Double-Back Tape (3M); Foam Adhesive
  • Paper Distresser (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios); Craft Sheet (Ranger); Splatter Brush (Liquitex)
  • Q-Tips; Heat Tool; Embossing Heat Tool; Finger Knife (Fiskars)

Delicious Dinner

Welcome Back & Happy May Day!!

Today, I’m beginning a new challenge over at Studio L3 with Linda Ledbetter called the CC3 Challenge.


It’s all about creating projects based on the  techniques found in Tim Holtz’s Compendium of Curiosities 3.  I was lucky enough to win my autographed copy from the fabulously talented Paula Cheney, who is also a featured artist in Tim’s book!  How cool is that!

For the first, 2-week challenge, we’re tasked with using Tim’s Paint Marbling technique.  Here’s what I came up with for Challenge 1–


Not only is this a challenge tag, but, it’s also being sent out to some very dear friends who recently hosted us for dinner.  Can you possibly guess what the main course was? 🙂

Anyway, part of the challenge is not sharing how the technique is done.  That’s why the challenge is called CC3–you need to have the book in order to participate.  So, in keeping with the challenge, I’m not going to go into detail about how I achieved my paint marbling, but, I can show you what came about from it…


I used Broken China, Seedless Preserves, Ripe Persimmon & Crushed Olive DP’s to get this very colorful and somewhat psychedelic background–Groovy man!!



I’m going to use the second tag as the backside of this project.


The dots are stamped with Scattered Straw & Crushed Olive DP’s.  I pressed the paint dabbers directly onto this stamp from SU (it’s the Great Shapes set, I think), lightly spritzed with water and pressed down onto my tag in various places.


So, again, I’m just going along and not taking pictures of what’s going on behind the scenes!  Although, this medallion rosette, is one of my “valuable” left-overs!  I simply had to pull it out and incorporate it for this tag.  (I don’t even remember what color paper I used to make this with….) 😉

The darling little piggy is from the Life’s Direction set from My Favorite Things.  I stamped the image onto a scrap piece of manila stock with Sepia Archival Ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.


Umm, another few steps that I didn’t take pictures of, are of the stenciling and stamping on the tag.  I used the TH/SA Burlap layering stencil and the chicken wire stamp from the Farm Girl plate from Oxford Impressions for a little random filler.

This is another paint marbling technique panel that I made for printing and stamping text onto.


Just a few of the embellishments that I’m going to add to this tag.  I’m going to use alcohol ink on the mirrored stars and metallic distress paint on the decorative brad.  OH–do you see that little bottle of Ink It?  That is one of my very first bottles of alcohol ink (circa 1999 or so) and I still have it and use it! Crazy, right!!

I’m inserting this gallery of how Rusting Powder works, and where I got the rusted stars on my tag from.  If you haven’t experienced being able to, simply, rust your own doo-dads, I highly recommend the investment of Rusting Powder.  It’s REALLY AWESOME!!


I trimmed out all of the printed text and inked the edges with Walnut Stain DI.  I adhered the rusted stars and the word bands with matte multi-medium and let air dry.

I adhered the mirrored stars and the decorative brad with matte multi-medium and let that air dry, too.  Although, I was running out of behind the scene things to do, so, I sped up all of the drying with my heat tool 🙂

Remember the back panel for the tag?  I treated it the same as the front, with the burlap stencil and chicken wire stamping.  I added a couple of stamps of ‘Thank You’ and adhered that cute little fabric button–which I’ve had for a few years, in my stash! 🙂


Taaa-Daaaa!  My Tim Holtz Paint Marbling technique tag for Challenge 1 at the CC3 Challenge!

I’m really looking forward to the other techniques that this challenge will bring! And not just because of the opportunity to win some top drawer goodies from Tim Holtz(himself!) and Inspiration Emporium! OK–well, maybe that’s an incentive 😉

Thanks for stopping by and I do hope you check out the challenge fun over at Studio L3.

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy XOXO-Shari


  • #8 Manila & Kraft Tags (Ranger); Manila Stock; Color-Core Stock (Core-dinations)
  • Stamps: Life’s Direction (My Favorite Things); Farm Girl (Oxford Impressions); Engraved Greetings & Great Shapes (SU)
  • Distress Paints & Inks (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Burlap Stencil (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous); Rusting Powder (Crafty Notions UK); Tissue Tape (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Matte Multi-Medium (Claudine Hellmuth/Ranger); Double-Back Tape (3M); Mini Foam Dots
  • Rosette Die (Tim Holtz/Sizzix); Big Shot Die Machine (Sizzix); Star Die Cuts (Cricut Cartridge Georges & Basic Shapes); Cricut Machine (Provo Craft)
  • Paper Distresser (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios); Antique Brad (SU); Mirrored Stars (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Fabric Button

April’s Tag

Hello & Welcome Back!  I wanted to end the week with my tag offering for Tim Holtz’s 12 Tags of 2014 for April.  I’ve been experimenting with parts of his showcased techniques all month, I guess it’s time that I put them all together for my April Tag.  Here we go!


One of the techniques that Tim highlighted in the making of his April Tag is using his Tattered Pinecone die to make the flowers.  I don’t have that die, but I do have the Tattered Florals die that I experimented with to make my flowers.  As I go along, I’ll show you how I improvised and ended up with these two blooms.


The collection of goodies.

I shopped my own stash with this project and used chipboard from cereal boxes and corrugated cardboard from box packaging and happened to find already cut tattered florals.

Speaking of ‘shopping my stash’–This tag is going to the Earth Day challenge over at Shopping Our Stash challenge blog, too.  Using cereal boxes as my chipboard and hoarding all of the corrugated material I can get my hands on, is just the way I craft.  It’s fun trying to figure out second-life uses of items and materials we use every day.


Bits & pieces of Tim’s collage paper stash.

This is the chipboard paper collage I glued together to use with the Honeycomb frameworks die.  I’ll use the frame this makes later but I’ll use a few of the hexagons on this tag.

I randomly applied tissue tape to both sides of my #8 manila tag.


The front side of the tag got a coat of Broken China DP and a good spritz and flick of water.

I blotted the excess water off, then dried with my heat tool.

I treated the backside of my tag with Scattered Straw DP in the same manner as the front.


I blotted the excess water and paint off with a paper towel and heat dried.  I Love how some of the Broken China DP from the front of the tag, seeped around the edges of the back.  A completely random and totally awesome effect!  Being messy really pays off sometimes 🙂

I inked the front and back with Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain DI’s and my ink blending tools.  I also distressed the edges with my paper distresser.

One of my favorite things to do–the water spritz and flick.

 Those water drops add so much personality to a project.  If I’m not splattering paint on my cards & tags, I’m definitely spritzing & flicking water on them.  Well, who am I fooling–I usually do both to ALL of my projects!  LOL 🙂


Here is my second-life cereal box chipboard, that I die cut using the Tim Holtz Honeycomb frameworks die.  I’m going to apply my Crushed Olive DP heavier where that dot-matrix printing is on the chipboard.  That’s all coding and such printed on the inside of the cereal box–but easily camouflaged, no problem!

I thoroughly heat dried my painted honeycomb frame, then gave it a light sanding with my sanding block and finished with an inking of Vintage Photo & Walnut Stain DI’s.

I cut the honeycomb frame in a couple of different places and positioned onto the front of my tag.  I glued it down with a glue stick and applied a little dry heat.


One of the things I experimented with for this tag is getting a mirrored effect with Distress Paint.  One surface I used the Honeycomb die with was a piece of acetate.  I used one of the acetate hexagon’s and painted it with Brushed Pewter DP and dried with my heat tool.


It’s not a clear, clean mirror effect–it reminds me more of a mercury glass effect.  I’ll take it!

Part of my stash is a nice collection of previously cut die shapes–in this case, already inked and tulle florals already gesso’d.  I stamped the stock florals with one of the french text stamps from the Le Jardin plate from Oxford Impressions.  After stamping all three shapes, I cut the centers out of all of them to basically give me the same kind of length of stock that I can manipulate around a toothpick.


There’s the center of my yellow flower–which btw, was my second attempt at making one of these flowers.  The blue flower is my first attempt and kind of looks like it 😉


I layered a piece of the gesso’d tulle behind the center bud, then wrapped and hot glued the bigger Tattered Floral shape around the toothpick.  (I cleaned my fingers of all of the hot glue residue before taking this shot! My fingers where a gluey mess!!)


This is my first try at making the 3D flower with the tattered florals.  These were left-over die cuts that I made from decorative papers–I think from Stampin’ Up.  But, definitely a bit more…bland, than the 2nd flower that I made.

And again, since I don’t have the Tattered Pinecone die, I don’t have the juniper branches either.  So, in this case, I used a leaf die cut from Sizzix and cut out my leaf branches from a piece of distress colorcore stock.  I ran two pieces of stock through the Big Shot machine and carefully sanded each branch before taking out of the whole piece.  Then I stamped each branch with the same french text stamp that I used on the yellow flower.


I spritzed my crinkle ribbon with water, then rubbed my Crushed Olive DI pad over the entire surface then crinkled in my fingers while I heat set.


I rubbed both Crushed Olive & Broken China DP onto the philosophy tag and rubbed a little bit onto the jump ring and wire pin.  When the DP was a little dry, I wiped the surface of the token to leave the depressed areas filled with paint.

I glued both blooms down with a hot glue gun and all of the little hexagon pieces got adhered with matte multi-medium.


What did I say earlier about paint splattering?  I couldn’t let this tag get away without a proper splattering of Scattered Straw DP.  I’m so glad that I made this last minute addition.  The way the paint ended up getting splattered on that blue flower, just finished it off perfectly!  Now I feel a little better about that particular flower 🙂


The back I left plain–When I make a tag that I know I’m going to end up sending to someone, I prepare the back, but leave room for a stamped sentiment or a handwritten message.


I added little itty bitty self-adhesive brown pearls to the centers of each tattered bloom–just the right amount of ‘bling’ for this tag.


Since I’ve got this tag with all kinds of fun elements, I’m going to send this into the Spring Flowers challenge at A Vintage Journey.  This tag is perfect for this challenge–not only is it for Tim’s monthly challenge, but A Vintage Journey is a blog inspired by Tim’s creations and techniques!  This tag is Tim inspired all the way!! 🙂


Thank you for ending your week with me!  I may be posting something special over the weekend, so stay tuned 🙂

Until then–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!  XOXO-Shari


  • #8 Manila Tag (Ranger); Chipboard (cereal box); Collage Paper Stash (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Tulle; Manila Stock; Decorative Papers (SU); Corrugated Cardboard (reused packaging); Acetate (SU); Colorcore Distress Collection (Core’dinations)
  • French Text Stamp from Le Jardin Plate (Oxford Impressions)
  • Honeycomb & Tattered Florals Dies (Tim Holtz/Sizzix); Big Shot Machine (Sizzix)
  • Distress Inks & Paints (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Ink (Ranger)
  • Tissue Tape, Crinkle Ribbon, Wire Pin & Philosophy Tag (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Jute Twine; Self-Adhesive Pearls
  • Hot Glue Gun; Round Toothpicks; Craft Sheet (Ranger); Heat Tool; Sanding Block; Glue Stick; Matte Multi-Medium (Claudine Hellmuth/Ranger); Splatter Brush (Liquitex); Paper Distresser (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios)

No Concerns

Happy Monday my Artsy Fartsy Friends!!  After this busy Easter weekend and a HUGE Easter dinner with friends, I’m looking forward to getting back down into my craft dungeon just so I can recuperate from my food coma!! LOL!!

This weekend had us putting out Hummingbird feeders for the returning Hummers who are finding their way ‘home’ (our first hummer of the season returned on Friday–a male Rufous!), clean-up of a downed tree from a brief, yet violent, windstorm that came in on Saturday, then some cooking and baking for Easter Sunday dinner with our good neighbors.  BUSY BUSY BUSY!!

All in all a GREAT weekend–With a little bit of crafting thrown into the mix 😉


Amongst all of the busy work, I was able to fit in a little bit of crafty work on Saturday to make this tag for a few challenges:  Frilly & Funkie ‘Flights of Fancy’, A Vintage Journey ‘Spring Flowers’ and the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers ‘E is for Embellishments’.  Let me show you how I worked in each challenge requirement on this single #8 manila tag  🙂


Here’s just some of the supplies I gathered to start on this tag…

…You may notice Kudzu Kafe’s ‘Angry Girl’, already fussy cut and inked up?  She’s one of those left-over pieces that I’ve had sitting around, just waiting for THE perfect project to incorporate her in, along with her wings!

I started with applying tissue tape randomly to the front and back sides of the tag.


I swiped Scattered Straw DP over the entire front side of the tag, then spritzed with water…


…blotted off the excess paint/water mix and dried with my heat tool.

I gave the back of the tag the same treatment using Crushed Olive DP.


When I ‘painted’ the back side of the tag, some of the Crushed Olive DP got onto the front side of the tag–I’m really happy with this two-toned border my messiness gave me 🙂

I applied Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain DI’s to the front and back sides of the tag with my ink blending tools and distressed the edges…

…then gave both sides the old spritz and flick of water and dried with my heat tool. Love those water spots!!


Now it’s time for me to experiment with the new Gerbera Daisy dies from My Favorite Things!  I’ve gathered kraft glassine, tulle, tissue paper, vellum and muslin (which the die did not cut through) to make my Spring Flowers with.  The gesso is for the tulle.

I took my piece of kraft glassine and waded it into a little ball.  Then I flattened it out and ran it through my Big Shot machine to get these, almost leather-like, gerbera daisy petals and centers–COOL!!

I cut a piece of tissue paper to accommodate the dies and inked with Mustard Seed DI, then gave a spritz of Pure Sunshine Ink Spray and finished with a splattering of Ripe Persimmon DP.  Of course I had to paint splatter something 🙂

I also die cut the Gerbera Daisies out of the gesso’d tulle and vellum…


…but I forgot to take pictures of the petals before I started assembly.  For the vellum layer, I stamped the bee image from the Le Jardin plate with Staz-On ink in Jet Black.


Wings for ‘Flights of Fancy’, Gerbera Daisy die cuts for ‘Spring Flowers’…embellishments coming up!

Now to put everything together onto the tag–Time for the ‘E is for Embellishment’ part of this project 🙂

And, how it goes for me, I forgot to take pictures of the assembly part–I just started going and before I knew it, this tag was together and ready for its close-up!!


OH–Angry Girl did change her clothes!  She had to…her head was ripping off slightly, so I just stamped, colored and fussy cut another girl and adhered her on top of the previous.  Now, she’s presented in a simple frock colored in Crushed Olive and Dusty Concord DM’s and my water brush.  I also gave her a spritz of MFT Mixables Sheer Shimmer spray for a little glitz.

I LOVE how these Gerbera Daisies turned out!  After laying down the crystal swirl on the tag first, I adhered 3 Gerbera Daisy blooms down with matte multi-medium and let air dry before securing winged angry girl down with stacked foam squares.


This Fancy Butterfly is die cut from Wendy Vecchi’s molding film and inked with Stream & Wild Plum Adirondack alcohol inks.  I glued the wings to angry girl with matte multi-medium and let air dry.  Once dry, I molded the wings using my embossing heat tool-CAREFULLY!!


I layered foam dots on top of each other to really give winged girl a pop off the front of the tag and showcase those wings!

Now, onto the back side of this tag–


Quote courtesy of Randy Marsh in Season 14, Episode 1410 “Insheeption’ of South Park.

OK–have I tipped my hand that I’m a South Park fan?  I had to add this in, not only for the ‘snark’ factor of it, but, it just fits with Angry Girl! That look on her face can be interpreted in so many different ways–This is the attitude she gives us today 🙂

I used two of the tissue paper die-cut blooms with enamel dot centers for a little filler around the words and a small crystal swirl around the hole at the top of the tag.


I wrapped jute twine around the bottom of the tag and tied a small scrap of it around the crinkle ribbon at the top.

I printed the words onto manila stock and fussy cut, then inked with Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain DI’s and adhered in place with matte-multi medium.

There she is–Angry Girl with ‘Flights of Fancy’ among the ‘Spring Flowers’ ‘Embellished’ front and back!  WHEW!! I think I’ve got it covered!

Thanks for joining me today!  This was a fun tag to make and I hope it was fun for you to see how it went together.  Until next time-

Stay Artsy Fartsy!  XOXO-Shari


  • Surfaces: Manila Stock; #8 Manila Tag (Ranger); Kraft Glassine & Tissue Paper (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Vellum; Molding Film (Wendy Vecchi Studio 490)
  • Stamps: Kudzu Kafe (Artistic Outpost); Le Jardin (Oxford Impressions)
  • Dies:  Fancy Butterflies & Gerbera Daisy (My Favorite Things); Big Shot Die Machine (Sizzix)
  • Distress Inks, Paints, Markers, Stain (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Staz-On (Tsukineko); Adirondack Alcohol Inks (Ranger); Gesso (Claudine Hellmuth/Ranger); Ink Spray (Dylusions/Ranger);
  • Tissue Tape (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Tulle; Jute Twine; Enamel Buttons (My Mind’s Eye); Crystal Swirls (Prima); Crinkle Ribbon (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Heat Tool; Embossing Heat Gun; Craft Sheet (Ranger); Splatter Brush (Liquitex); Paint Brushes; Water Brush; Finger Knife (Fiskars); Foam Squares



Happy Tuesday & HAPPY HALLOWEEN–Nah, just kidding!  That’s still 8 weeks away!  I just can’t bring myself to jump on the (early) Christmas holiday card making bandwagon yet so, I’m having some (early) spooky Halloween fun creating a threesome of Edgar Allan Poe cards.  As a matter of fact, I submitted one of these cards to the Stamper’s Sampler – Take Ten magazine as a card that can be made in 10 minutes or less!

Supplies I Used:

I only set out to make one of these cards, but found it was so quick and easy to put together, I made three!  I started by picking out three Halloween-themed colors of card stock and a coordinating piece of textured stock–the textured stock is my card base & the smooth stock for stamping the images onto.

Green Poe Two

I folded my card base and inked the edges with Walnut Stain DI and my ink blending tool. I stamped Edgar three times, with Jet Black Archival ink, onto my three pieces of smooth stock.  I used my square punch to cut out each stamped image, and distressed those edges and inked with Walnut Stain DI.

Orange Poe up close

I lined up each image on my card base in the orientation I wanted, then adhered with double-back tape and used 3D Dots on the middle image to “pop” Poe out.  On all of these cards, the middle image of Edgar is the same color as the card base–it seems to lend a monochromatic element even though there are two other colors in the design scheme! COOL!

Purple and Orange Poe

Each card was finished off with a top and bottom border of tissue tape around the stamped images and a Poe nameplate was attached to each image–almost makes each image look like a mugshot…Poor Poe.

Poe 3some

So there you go–POE POE POE…a quick and easy threesome of cards, made in less than 30 minutes and each one full of POE-sonality!  HA–get it…POE-sonality….Ah, I just crack myself up sometimes!  Anyhoo, I hope you enjoyed these POE POE POE cards and come up with your own threesome of easy-peasy cards to make!

Have a GREAT rest of your Tuesday, where ever you may be, and always–Thank You for Stopping By!!  XOXO-Shari