TBT to February 15, 2015

HELLO HELLO HELLO!!  It’s time for another weekly sneak peek of today’s Throwback Thursday project at the Scrap’N Stamp Blog


I remember this one–I tried all kinds of techniques for this Valentine’s project!!  For all of the reposted details, check out the Scrap’N Stamp Blog!!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!


Full of Possibilities

Happy Sunday, again!!  I’m back in my own PDT-time zone for this post and before the month really ends without me, I’m sharing my version of Tim’s Tag of May!!  I actually got it together and am making it just under the wire, with only hours to spare! WHEW!!


I don’t have all of the goodies that Tim used to create his gorgeous tag, but, it was fun to improvise with what I did have.  Let me show you what I did on my version of Tim’s Tag for May!


I had to make some provisions for not having any of Tim’s Ephemera packs or the exact same embellies, and I may have changed up the flowers a bit, too.  But, that’s the fun of creating one of Tim’s Tags each month–you don’t have to have Tim’s products.  Just be inspired by his creative style and techniques and you’ll be surprised at what you can do!!


I gathered up the supplies that I’m going to use for making my version of Tim’s Tag.  In lieu of having Ephemera Packs, I have a few of his Paper Stashes, that I cut my layering pieces from.  I’ve got burlap paper,  but there’s one small problem–


–it has a hole punched in it!!  Where ever I place the tag on the piece of burlap, the hole interferes with me being able to trace & cut out a good piece of tag size burlap.


So, I had to cut the piece of burlap into different sizes and stitch together.


Here’s the burlap panel cut down to a #8 tag—


Here’s the back of the tag–It’s a #8 manila tag that I found in my stash of prepared surfaces and I like the colors that this tag has.  If I had to guess, I think this is Mustard Seed & Broken China Distress Stains.


I applied white embossing paste through my Schoolhouse LS and let air dry.  When dry, I rubbed Faded Jeans DI onto the stenciled numbers.


While waiting for the embossing paste to dry, I worked on making some enameled Tiny Tattered Florals.  I made four heat embossed panels of card stock using Buttercup, Cornflower Blue, Tea Rose & Fern Green–the fern green panel is for the leaves, but I didn’t take a photo of those (sorry!).


Because I heat embossed the stock I used to make the flowers, it’s thicker and doesn’t fit into the quilling tool that comes with the set of dies.  I made my own quilling tool using my smallest needle nose pliers and taping the handle shut at the point where the embossed stock would fit snugly.


I don’t have the note pins that Tim used to hold the photo booth picture in, so I popped it up with foam dots.  I also don’t have the cute little star brads, so I stained a mirrored star with Denim Adirondack AI and glued to the typed token.  I glued the type token to the picture with matte multi-medium and when I attached to the tag, I added more foam dots to keep the token level.


Before gluing the flowers into place, I added a color coordinated brad to the center of each bloom.  OH–you can see the enameled leaves back there, too!


I chose a quote from the small talk sticker book and lightly sanded the edges.  I had a loop pin in my stash of goodies and I’ve got two jars full of buttons to choose from.  I dyed my seam binding with Faded Jeans DS and tied into a nice little bow!  An amazing feat with my man hands!!  Lets not even go into how my man hands handled those tiny tattered florals!! 😉 🙂


I used a game spinner for the arrow, and I had a piece of cotton twill ribbon that I also dyed with Faded Jeans DS to top the tag with.  To finish, I used my air art tool with my Black Soot DM and spritzed those wonderful ink splatters over the surface of the tag, being careful around the photo booth picture.  Not exactly like Tim’s May Tag, but you can see his inspiration and techniques all over the place!  Thanks Tim!!  I always learn something new when I attempt to create a monthly Tim tag, I wonder what’s in store for us in June!!

So, technically, this is my 2nd post for today–Sunday.  I will be back later tonight, working in two different time zones, wearing my design team hats for Artistic Outpost and Our Creative Corner, respectively!!  Hope you’ll be back to join me!!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Surfaces:  #8 Manila Tag (Inkssentials/Ranger); Burlap Paper; Photo Booth, Menagerie & Collage Paper Stashes (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Distress Inks, Stains & Markers (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Inks (Wendy Vecchi/Ranger); Embossing Paste (Wendy Vecchi)
  • Schoolhouse LS (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous); Numbers Remnant Rubs, Mirrored Stars, Small Chat, Game Spinner, Typed Token & Paper Twine (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Seam Binding & Loop Pin (The Funkie Junkie Boutique)
  • Big Shot Machine (Sizzix); Tiny Tattered Florals Dies (Tim Holtz/Sizzix); Craft Sheet (Ranger); Heat Tool; Air Art Tool (ArtWorx); Buttons; Palette Knife; Sewing Machine (Kenmore); Matte Multi-Medium (Ranger); Foam Dots; Scissors (Fiskars)

April Showers Bring May Flowers

HELLO & WELCOME!!  I am sooo happy to be here today as your Challenge Host this month at Our Creative Corner!!  I know this is a popular theme this time of year, but the interpretations, medias and artists make it such a fun one to choose!!


….or so the proverb goes.  Spring comes late in my neck of the world-In the month of May (with Summer just weeks away), our Spring flowers are still, usually, under a thin blanket of snow until those Spring rains wash it all away.**

This month, the challenge at Our Creative Corner is to create something, a mixed-media project, a journal page, a scrapbook page, a card or tag….Anything, that reflects the Spring rains and/or Spring flowers in your part of the world.

Now, I’m not going to nit-pic your choices of Spring flowers, as the growing season where I live is short and our Spring flowers don’t last very long before the blooms of Summer start budding.  So, if you throw in flowers of Summer into your creation, that’s OK, too.

Our challenge sponsor this month is—

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Ryn Tanaka, Owner/Designer of Designs by Ryn, is generously donating a prize of one of her best selling Water Effects stamps and 3 stencils–a package worth $50, plus there’s the chance to win a future Our Creative Corner Top Talent Spotlight feature, too!  I sure do hope to see your ‘April Showers Bring May Flowers’ creations over at Our Creative Corner this month!!

Now, let me show you what I made for the challenge–But, first not without the ‘**’ explanation.  You see, I explained in the challenge that this time of year, we usually still have snow?  Well, we haven’t had a blanket of snow covering anything since mid-February.  It’s been a lovely Spring here in the mountains of North Idaho, with not all that much rain, either! 😉 🙂


Spring has definitely come in like a lamb, so I took to gentler colors and simple blooms for my April Showers Bring May Flowers tag.


 I started with staining my #8 manila tag with Broken China DSS.


I secured my teardrop stencil in place…


…and smeared a kind-of thin layer of white embossing paste through the stencil.  There are my raindrops and I just love how the stain wicks into the embossing paste.  🙂


This lovely little bloom is from my Le Jardin set from Oxford Impressions.


I colored the stamp directly with my Distress Markers, spritzed with water, then stamped onto white card stock.  I stamped several flowers this way and fussy cut each one.


I layered my fussy cut blooms and adhered into place with matte multi-medium.  I distressed a few number brads with Picket Fence DP then poked into place as the center for each flower.


I generated the words on my computer and printed out on white card stock.  I fussy cut and mounted onto black card stock and adhered into place on the tag with matte multi-medium.


I stained seam binding with Peeled Paint DS, heat dried then rubbed with Vintage Photo DI.  I formed this messy bow and tied into place, then I stapled the ends of the ribbon into place–you can see the criss cross of the staples in the bottom corner there 🙂


I shadowed and outlined everything with my Pumice Stone DM and a white gel pen then I added my favorite paint splatters, to simulate itty bitty little raindrops, with Picket Fence & Broken China DPs.

There you have my little April Showers Bring May Flowers creation for you this month!  Don’t forget to check out what my Our Creative Corner Teammies have made for you, too–

Jan * Kerstin * AnaLys * Laura * Trish * Julia * Candice * Laurie

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



  • #8 Manila Tag (Inkssentials/Ranger); Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore); White Card Stock (Papertrey Ink); Black Card Stock (Core’dinations)
  • Stamps: Le Jardin (Oxford Impressions)
  • Distress Markers, Spray Stain, Paint, Ink & Stain (Tim Holtz/Ranger);  White Embossing Paste (Wendy Vecchi)
  • Teardrop Stencil (My Favorite Things); Seam Binding (The Funkie Junkie Boutique); Number Brads (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Craft Sheet (Ranger); Cutting Mat; Finger Knife (Fiskars); Matte Multi-Medium (Ranger); Water Brush; Mister Bottle; Heat Tool; Stapler & Colored Staples (Memory Box)