Autumn Sunshine

Happy Tuesday!!  WOW!  Is this the last day of September already? These last 30 days seemed to have flown by–WOW!  I hate to say it, but-Winter could be right around the corner!  It’s not unheard of to have snow on the sidewalks for Halloween in my neck of the woods! Now talk about scary!! 🙂

Staying as far away from winter-themed anything as I can (for now), today I’m sharing some of my favorite colors of fall in my challenge make for A Vintage Journey-The Colours of Autumn; Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers-‘D’ is for Distressing and Artistic Outpost-Show us your AO Art.


 This looks like it was difficult to bring together, but with plentiful inspirations of fall colors, Tim Holtz, distressing and awesome rubber stamp art, I let the muse take me where it would!

I started by stamping this sunflower image onto manila stock with all kinds of Distress Paints.  I used Mustard Seed, Ripe Persimmon and Scattered Straw.  I set those aside to let air dry so that I can move on to more Distress Paint fun!

One of Tim’s biggest influences on me is his use of layering colors and to not be afraid to let those colors blend and mix and mingle!  I used Tim’s paint marbling technique with Mustard Seed, Crushed Olive and Ripe Persimmon DPs….


…for my Autumnal toned background.  I love what these three colors of DP created.  If this were a Rorschach test, I’d say that I see an Autumn Leaf!!


OH–remember those sunflower parts?  I also used Gathered Twigs & Antiqued Bronze DPs for some of my sunflower centers and Mowed Lawn DP for some of my sunflower leaves.  All of my sunflower parts then got a random brushing of Clear Rock Candy DCP and set aside to air dry.


Oh Boy!! Now on to making this nice, bright background, into something aged and vintagey.  I’m layering my marbled background with Vintage Photo & Walnut Stain DIs over the entire surface with my ink blending tools and I’ll be distressing the edges with my paper distresser.


I’m using images from The Outpost & Ephemera Background plates from Artistic Outpost and I plan on framing my stamped image with some of Tim’s Remnant Rub-Ons.


Another one of Tim’s techniques that I enjoy is random stamping with an unmounted stamp.  In The Outpost plate, there’s a  little script image stamp that I used to fill in some of that empty space.


I had to get a close up–can you see the faint script?  I used Tea Dye DI with the script stamp and lightly pressed here and there.  The technique is a great background builder!


I need more layers!!  I used the postcard text stamp from AO’s Ephemera Background plate and randomly stamped the text around, then I pulled out two of Tim’s Layering Stencils-Schoolhouse & Burlap and laid some stenciling down with Walnut Stain DI.


After I finished stenciling, I lightly sprayed the surface of my panel with water and let the stencil designs wick a bit before I set with my heat tool.

I remembered to bring my camera with me to my sewing machine!!  Here I am, adding a few stitches to the perimeter of my stamped windmill image-I want it to look like it’s a patch, badly sewn into place!


Even with my bad stitching, it looks pretty good 🙂


OH BOY–another fun part!  Here are all of the sunflower parts after the Clear Rock Candy DCP dried.  You can’t see the cracks too well here….


But look at them now!!

I inked Walnut Stain over all of the sunflowers and the centers and the leaves to bring those crackles to life!


I adhered all of my sunflower pieces together with multi-medium and layered/glued them in place on my background panel then pressed between a couple of magazines until they were dry.

The quote is from The Outpost plate that I stamped with Jet Black Archival ink onto manila stock then mounted onto black strips of cardstock.  I outlined the word bands with white pencil.


Part of the Tim Holtz mystique is about embracing imperfection, too.  Well, imperfection happened when I was applying the rub-ons, and the stick slipped and rubbed off the ‘e’ from the word ‘shine’.  I will embrace the imperfections!! FULLY!!


I finished with a little spritz of Biscotti Perfect Pearls Mists over the stamped image and then adhered the panel to my card base.  You may see a little bit of tissue tape peeking out–I lined my card base with TH/Idea-ology tissue tape because I knew I was going to be distressing the heck out of my edges and the tape adds another little bit of layering to the card.

So, come on over to A Vintage Journey (challenge ends Oct 2 UK time), Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers (challenge ends Oct 3) and Artistic Outpost (challenge ends tonight) and check out all of the wonderful Design Team pieces and participant submissions–They could all use a little love!!

Thanks for coming by today!  Your visits and comments are so supportive and wonderful–Thank You!! I can’t say it enough!!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!! 🙂



  • Stamps: The Outpost & Ephemera Background (Artistic Outpost); Sunflower (SU-circa 1996!!! OMG!!)
  • Surfaces: Manila Stock; Black Card Stock (Core’dinations); Kraft Card Stock (Papertrey Ink)
  • Distress Paints & Inks (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Ink (Ranger); White Pencil; Perfect Pearls Mist (Ranger)
  • Remnant Rubs & Tissue Tape (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Scallop Edge Circle Punch (EK Success)
  • Multi-Medium (Claudine Hellmuth/Ranger); Double-Back Tape (3M); Sewing Machine (Kenmore)

The Snarky Set

Happy Friday!! Happy August!!  I’m starting the month and ending the week with a set of note cards I made for the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers.  I haven’t joined in with those Ladies in a spell and I’ve had a snarky kind of week-Perfect challenge timing!

Their challenge theme is ‘L is for Layer’ as in 1-layer cards/tags.  One Layer!!  That’s a hard one!! I love having multiple layers and embellishments and goodies all about–not this time, so I better make it good!!


I made a set of 8 note cards using the wonderfully snarky Say It How It Is stamp set by Dyan Reaveley.  I just love her attitude!!

The challenge is only allowing one layer (and it’s OK to have a single layer on top of your card base), so I’m going to make my backgrounds on manila stock using Distress Paints, Distress Stains, Distress Inks and Dylusions Ink Sprays–the perfect backdrops for Stencils!!

I’ll start with my Paint Marbling backgrounds….

I used Seedless Preserves & Crushed Olive DPs for my first Paint Marbling technique background.  I love this color combination–I can see a future Halloween card with this same combo!   I only ran my stock through the DPs twice, because I wanted to maintain that bright spot of green in the corner and when I spritzed the panel before heat drying, I didn’t spray that corner, either–I didn’t want that spot to run too much.

For the 2nd Paint Marbling background, I chose Broken China & Ripe Persimmon DP’s.  These two colors blended fantastically and ended up giving me warm and inviting beige/brown tones–very Autumny!

Here are the Dylusions Ink Spray panels….


Ink Sprays are so fun to play with!!  You can get so many different effects, depending on how close or far you decide to spray from.  The background on the left is Polished Jade & Tangerine Dream ISs and I sprayed from about 6-8″ away.  The panel on the right is Pure Sunshine & Pomegranate Seed ISs–I sprayed Pure Sunshine really close up, then backed away to about the 6-8″ range to spray the Pomegranate Seed.

I used two different techniques with the Distress Stains….

OK–don’t laugh at, what I call my “big-ass brayer”.  It’s another one of my ‘first tools’ that I’ve had since about 1999–check out that cool splatter guard!  I rubbed Spun Sugar & Worn Lipstick DSs onto my craft sheet and picked up with the brayer, then rolled a few times over my stock.  Love those streaks of color!!  This is one of my favorite Distress Stain techniques 🙂

 This is the Wrinkle-Free technique using Distress Stains.  I chose Barn Door & Squeezed Lemonade DSs that I rubbed onto my craft sheet, lightly spritzed with water, then I drug my panel through.  I spritzed the panel just a little with water and heat dried.  Then I pressed the panel back down into the DS and got those wonderful concentrated spots of stain!

Last but not least–Distress Inks!!

I don’t use my Brushed Corduroy & Victorian Velvet DIs enough–I’ll make a background out of them!!

I wanted one more background with blue–This time I picked Peacock Feathers & Crushed Olive DIs for this distressed background.  These colors are fabulous together!

Now for the fun part….you know what I like…

WATERSPOTS!!  After each panel was treated with its color technique, I inked the surface of all of them with Tea Dye, Vintage Photo & Walnut Stain DIs.  I also inked all of the edges with Walnut Stain DI.  Then, let the spritzing and flicking begin!!

One last detail….


I stamped each sentiment onto its respective panel with Black Colorbox Pigment Ink and heat embossed.  I then made masks of each sentiment and covered the heat embossed images before stenciling.



I used the Splatters TH/SA Layering Stencil to finish this card–it just fits with the sentiment!


This sentiment reminds me of my neighbor and she’s originally from Texas–The Stars layering stencil was perfect!


I used a combination of Walnut Stain & Black Soot DIs for all of the stenciling.  I used the Burlap stencil here–it just seemed nice and soothing 🙂


Each card is my favorite–But this one IS my favorite!  When I spritzed and flicked water on this Ink Spray background, I accidentally dropped it when I was heat drying, and the water spots ran all over!!  I LOVE IT!!  It lends a ‘schizo’ feeling to the background–perfect for the sentiment!!  I used the Schoolhouse stencil for this card.


Even with the blobs of embossing powder messing up the sentiment, it still works–It fits!!  I guess if I had multiple personalities, there’d be a good chance my cards would be messed up!!  I used MFT’s Teardrop stencil on this background and to me, the background now looks like flames!  It’s On Fire!!


One of my favorite stencils–Rays!  I thought this sentiment needed something that evoked, Watch Out!!


Here I used the Bubbles layering stencil to bring fun and playfulness to the sentiment! Did it work? 😉


OH–and THIS ONE is my favorite (too)!  My favorite DS technique with my favorite Dylusions Dotted Flowers stencil.   This time, I used Vintage Photo DI to stencil the polka dots with.  I love how you can still see the streaks through the dots.

How are those for one-layer cards?  I gave them big snark factor to make their single layer be enough!  And for me, the single layer caveat , really was a challenge…I still want to put some embellies on a couple of them and it’s taking all of my will-power not to! 🙂

Thanks for visiting with me on this 1st day of August!  I hope you enjoyed this little set of note cards?  I had a lot of fun making them and imagine the people who will receive these little delights will have a lot of fun reading them!  🙂

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


  • Surfaces: Brown Notecard Set (mfg unk); Manila Stock
  • Distress Inks, Stains & Paints (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Pigment Ink (Colorbox/Clearsnap); Embossing Powder (WOW)
  • Stamps: Say It How It Is (Dylusions/Ranger)
  • Layering Stencils (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous); Teardrop Stencil (My Favorite Things); Dotted Flowers Stencil (Dylusions/Ranger)
  • Craft Sheet (Ranger); Double-Back Tape (3M); Heat Tool; Embossing Heat Gun; Brayer (Fiskars); Ink Blending Tool (TH/Ranger)

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)

Queen of Snark-That’s Me!

OK–Just a quick ‘toot of my own horn’ today 🙂

Queen of Snark badge

THANK YOU to the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers for choosing the Queen Pup card I made for their ‘Q is for Queen’ challenge….


…And THANK YOU to the Sister’s for inviting me to be a Guest Design Team Member in an upcoming challenge! SUPER EXCITED about that!!

OK–I can go craft SUPER HAPPY now 🙂

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

Q is for Queen….

That’s the name of the challenge over at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers and the possibilities are endless!  Thanks for taking a break from your weekend activities to join me for today’s post–I’ll keep it quick 🙂


A dog as a queen?  In my house–Absolutely!  🙂

The background may look a little familiar–I’m on a fleur de lis kick right now.


Here’s the first batch of goodies I gathered to start my project.


I started with randomly adhering pieces of Sketchbook Tissue Tape on a piece of manila stock.


I swiped Seedless Preserves and Dusty Concord DP’s over the entire surface and spritzed with water.

Tim Holtz features this background technique on his April tag and I’m experimenting with it here first.


I embossed my painted purple panel with my fleur de lis embossing folder….


…and distressed & inked the edges and surface with Dusty Concord and Walnut Stain DI’s.


I spritzed and flicked water on top of the surface, too–I truly am addicted to water spots 🙂


This queenly pup is from the Party Dog set from Lost Cost Designs.  I stamped her with Jet Black Staz-On ink on manila stock and inked with Vintage Photo & Tea Dye DI’s.  Before I inked this stamp, I masked her hat, as she was going to be given a crown later!


I stamped her highness again on a separate piece of scrap manila and fussy cut her face out, then I applied a layer of Dimensional Magic and set aside to air dry.


The makings of a crown….

I inked the entire surface of a scrap piece of manila stock with Mustard Seed DI and dried with my heat tool.  I chose one of the crowns from Lost Coast Designs Party Hats 2 set and stamped twice on my mustard seed stock with Watermark Resist ink and sprinkled clear embossing powder over both crowns.


After heat setting, I fussy cut both crowns out….


…and placed one on top of puppy’s glazed face while it was still wet.

With the second crown, I spread a little Translucent Embossing Paste on top, then gave it a good covering of Clear Rock Candy DG.  This is going to be the ‘gilded’ crown which will set atop queen pup’s canine cranium…


Queenie will need some blingie!  Let’s surround her in crowns, to remind her of just how royal she is–I cut out the small crown from Elements Remnant Rub-Ons and vigorously rubbed to transfer on the face of the facet.

 I also rubbed a part of a flourish on the backside of the facet and inked with Eggplant Alcohol Ink.


I ended up stamping and fussy cutting another crown–this time in Dusty Concord.  When the clear Rock Candy DG was dry, I used Dusty Concord DI and my water brush to stain the glitter purple.

For my word bands, I prepared a piece of white card stock with Sketchbook Tissue Tape, then adhered vellum over the top.  I then stamped the sentiment from Dylusions Say it How it Is set several times with Jet Black Staz-On ink.  I fussy cut the best stamped words and inked the edges with Walnut Stain DI.


I keep forgetting to take pictures of final assembly steps, Darn It!  And some other details I ended up adding in…


…Like mounting queen puppy on a piece of molding film to give her a little dimension.  I totally forgot to take pictures of that step!

The word bands and purple crown were glued down with matte multi-medium and queen pup is adhered with foam squares.


I just couldn’t let this go without adding some Seedless Preserves paint splatters!


Her highness is ready to look upon you now with her bejeweled and gilded crown upon her regal head 🙂

Join me over at the Sisterhood with your queenly concoctions–There’s still time!  Hope to see you there!

Thanks for Stopping By Today!!  Until Next Time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!  XOXO-Shari


  • Surfaces: Manila Stock; Purple Card Stock; White Card Stock (SU); Vellum; Molding Film (Wendy Vecchi/Studio 490)
  • Stamps: Party Dogs & Party Hats 2 (Lost Coast Designs); Say it How it Is (Dylusions/Ranger)
  • Distress Paints & Inks (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Staz-On Ink (Tsukineko); Watermark Resist Ink (Ranger)
  • Translucent Embossing Paste (Wendy Vecchi/Studio 490); Distress Glitter (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Clear Embossing Powder (WOW)
  • Embossing folder (Provo Craft); Big Shot Die Machine (Sizzix)
  • Tissue Tape (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Self-Adhesive Rhinestones; Jump Rings & Facet (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Double-Back Tape (3M); Multi-Medium (Claudine Hellmuth/Ranger); Foam Squares; Dimensional Magic (Plaid); Splatter Brush (Liquitex); Water Bush
  • Craft Sheet; Heat Tool; Embossing Heat Tool; Finger Knife (Fiskars);


Time Observations

Happy Thursday!!  Happy April!!  Thanks for visiting with me today!  I’ve got a card to share that I made for 3 different challenge blogs! WOWIE!! Making one card for 3 challenges was a challenge in itself for me!!  Let’s see what I came up with!


One of the challenges that I’m entering this card into is at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers blog.  Although this card has no snark factor-this time, it does have a Fancy Fold-The theme for their latest challenge.  Frilly & Funkie has a challenge entitled Time After Time–create with the theme of time and/or clocks–I was all over that!  And at A Vintage Journey – a Tim Holtz inspired challenge blog, the theme is Say it with Words….


 ….to stay with the theme of ‘time’ for F&F and have a fantastic quote or statement for AVJ, I found a quote from the Chalkboard Wisdom plate that was perfect for both challenges.


This was a project that evolved by the seat of my pants with lots of inspiration from the techniques I learned in both Creative Chemistry online courses taught by Tim Holtz.

I started by bi-folding a piece of paper stash kraft resist stock (that’s my fancy-fold) and giving both sides a white washing with Picket Fence DS.


I applied a couple of lengths of tissue tape over the folds….

…and stenciled with Vintage Photo & Walnut Stain DI’s over the clockwork stencil.


This is the background for the front and back of my card.


I inked the inside of my card with Chipped Sapphire, Victorian Velvet, Peeled Paint and Vintage Photo DI’s and my ink blending tools.  I then gave it a spritz and flick of water.  With the base layer of Picket Fence DS, the water stains are white and really pop through.


I used Black Soot DI to stencil some random letters from the schoolhouse stencil on the inside.


I also used Walnut Stain DI with the stencil.

When I stamped this frame from Chalk It Up, I originally used Vintage Photo & Black Soot DI’s, but I didn’t like it for this project.  I re-stamped the frame with Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain DI’s and liked the color effect much better.  I pressed the stamp pads directly onto my rubber stamp, then stamped the image on a piece of manila stock.  I fussy cut the image with my finger knife and inked the edges with Walnut Stain DI.

The crackle texture paste is a really neat product.  So much like cracked, worn paint–Speaking of paint….


I rubbed Gathered Twigs DP over the crackled texture with my finger, then inked over the entire frame with Walnut Stain DI and my ink blending tool.


I stamped the quote from the Chalkboard Wisdom plate on kraft glassine with jet black archival ink.  I planned on using these words throughout the entire card, so I made sure I stamped it plenty of times to be able to fussy cut exactly what I wanted.


Overall, this card challenged me on almost every level.  I normally don’t make cards with much of anything on the inside, except a simple stamped sentiment or quote.  For this card, my sentiment on the inside is also a focal point.


Oh, excuse me–Are you doing something?

 Oh, excuse the kitty interruption.  This actually happens a lot with both of my cats–this one is Daisy.  I was quick enough this time to click a picture of her before she went off to chew on something/anything/everything….


As I mentioned earlier, this project had me flying by the seat of my pants and I ended up forgetting to take pictures of the assemblage of the entire front of this card.  So, here is the front of my fancy fold card, not quite finished just yet…

I cannibalize unfinished projects all the time.  For this design, I’m using a rusted fussy cut watch image from a barely started tag and a piece of dry embossed aluminum sheet that I had been experimenting with.


The rusty watch is fussy cut out of the pocket watch image from The Outpost plate from AO.  I had plans to use it on a tag, but this card needed it more!  The watch face was also meant for another project that I just didn’t get around to…I had been experimenting with a roll of aluminum sheeting and dry embossed this small piece months ago.  For this card, I industrialized it by dabbing Black Soot DP on it, let it sit a few seconds, then gently wiped away the excess.  I glued it to the back of the watch face with matte multi-medium.

All of the words are from the fussy cut kraft glassine.  I adhered them down with matte multi-medium and outlined them all with Picket Fence & Walnut Stain DM’s.  I then swiped over the outlines with my water brush to soften the lines a bit and let the colors work with each other.

I used time and clock related Words, Numbers and Elements Remnant Rub-On’s and randomly stamped the clock face with Black Soot DI.  Of course I can’t forget the splattering!!  I used Black Soot DP and my splatter brush to give the entire front of the card a nice speckling!  Gosh, I love that splatter brush!!

The glassine words on the inside flaps of the card also got outlined with dm’s.


And this is a gear that I was experimenting with–I covered the entire gear with dimensional magic and let it dry.  Then I applied a layer of Clear Rock Candy DCP and let that dry.  Then I inked the crackle with Wild Honey DS and Walnut Stain DI.  Eh–just something kind of shiny to have on the inside of the card 🙂


It’s hard to see, but, I made my own little, round, sticky closer thingies, so that the watch will keep the other flap closed.


I have to say that this could be my first ‘fancy-fold’ card!  But even this isn’t all that fancy!


I might have to admit that this could be the first time I’m submitting one card to multiple challenges, too!  Sending this card over to 3 different challenges is a big hurdle for me–I usually only make one card for one challenge.  For me, being able to meld 3 different challenge themes into one design–that’s a minor goal accomplishment within the bigger goals I set for myself!


 This quote holds more meaning for me now, than ever before in my life.  It is the simple things in life that are the most important, and Laughter, Imagination and Dreams are just some of those simpler things that I hold very close to my heart.  I love to Laugh, my Imagination keeps me young, and my Dreams-whether fulfilled or not–are Forever.

Thank you for joining me today and sharing in another one of my (small) goals being met!  Now, hop over to the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers, A Vintage Journey, and Frilly & Funkie and join in on the challenge fun!  You never know what kind of Artsy Fartsy you may be inspired to create!!  XOXO-Shari


  • Stamps: Chalk It Up-frame, Chalkboard Wisdom-quote, The Outpost-watch (Artistic Outpost); Stampers Sampler-clock face (Stampington & Co)
  • Surfaces: Kraft Resist (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Manila Stock; Aluminum Sheet; Kraft Glassine (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Tissue Tape (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Distress Paints, Stains, Inks, Markers, Crackle Paint (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Ink (Ranger);
  • Foam Squares; Multi-Medium (Claudine Hellmuth/Ranger); Double-Back Tape (3M); Paint Brush; Splatter Brush (Liquitex); Finger Knife (Fiskars)
  • Rusting Powder (Crafty Notions UK); Distress Crackle Paint (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Dimensional Magic (Plaid); Texture Crackle Paint (Wendy Vecchi/Studio 490); Texture Fade (Tim Holtz/Sizzix)
  • Stencils (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous)
  • Game Spinners & Gears (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)