Happy 4th of July

Hi There!! Happy Sunday & Happy 4th of July–6 days early!!  I know I’m early, but-as my weekly postings for Artistic Outpost fall on Sunday’s, I didn’t want to miss out on the occasion to create something a little patriotic to celebrate the holiday, which is next Saturday!!  Happy Birthday America!!


I’m not only here with my weekly Artistic Outpost project–I’m also going to send this tag into the latest Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge #31-Layering Stencil/Paint Resist.


CC3 #31 is being sponsored by Inspiration Emporium with a $50 shopping spree that will be awarded to a randomly drawn participant!! COOL!!  Then there’s the awesome Tim & Mario prize package that is awarded to the Curiosity Crew’s Choice!! TOTALLY COOL!!  And don’t forget there’s always a Curiosity Crew’s Honorable Mention badge to be won–EVEN COOLER!!  I call it the CC3 Trifecta–And you’ve got 3 more challenges left to go for it!!


Working from my own copy of Tim’s CC3, I turned to page 47 and went for it!  I can’t share the technique, but I can tell you what I used.  Here is the front side of my #8 manila tag-I used Broken China DSS & Barn Door DS with Picket Fence DP and my Stars Layering Stencil.


This is the backside of my tag, which I kind of experimented on.  I’ve done this LS:PR technique before, but not with one of the Metallic DPs.  Here, I’m using the same colors of stains, but with Brushed Pewter DP.  I like it!!

I just love my water spots!!  I rubbed my tags with Broken China & Barn Door DIs, spritzed & flicked with some water and heat set.  This tag is ready for its patriotic ornamentations!!


I’m using several images from my Hero stamp set.  I started with I stamping the flag image onto tissue paper with Jet Black Archival.  I fussy cut the flag and border part and adhered to the tag with Matte Decou-Page.  I stamped the flag image again onto mixed-media paper and heat embossed with glossy black embossing powder.  I fussy cut the embossed frame and adhered to the tag.


This handsome little soldier was stamped onto mixed-media paper with Jet Black Archival.  I colored him with my Distress Markers and detail water brush, heat set then rubbed with a little bit of Tea Dye DI and my ink blending tool.  I fussy cut him and mounted onto the tag with foam squares.  I outlined him with Walnut Stain DI and my detail water brush, heat set, then outlined again with my white gel pen.


The silver 4 is part of the flag image that I treated separately.  I stamped that section of the image three times onto mixed-media paper and fussy cut.  I glued all of the 4s together then rubbed into my Watering Can Archival ink pad to fully cover with ink.  I quickly dipped into a tub of silver embossing powder and heat set.  I attached the embossed 4 into place then outlined with Walnut Stain DI and my detail water brush, then I outlined again with my white gel pen.


This is a piece of Beautiful Borders die cut that I heat embossed, too.  It’s a piece of manila stock that I rubbed into my Vermilion Archival ink pad to fully saturate with color, on both sides.  Then I immediately covered in Red Geranium EP and heat set.  I repeated this 2 more times.  I attempted to carefully machine stitch this onto the bottom of the tag, but it went a bit askew on me and almost ripped in the machine–I’m lucky there were only a few chips and one slight rip-WHEW!!


Here is what the backside of the finished tag looks like.  You can see the additional border stitching I did–it’s really for this back side, to give it a little oomph.  I distressed the edges of the tag with my paper distresser & inked with Black Soot DI and my ink blending tool.


I stamped the sentiment onto tissue paper with Jet Black Archival, fussy cut, adhered onto the tag with Matte Decou-Page and heat set.  Then I finished the tag with a couple of mirrored stars, a messy seam binding ribbon that I colored with my Broken China & Barn Door DMS, and a typed token attached with a wire pin.

Thanks so much for joining me today!  I’ll be back this week with a 1st of the month posting for Our Creative Corner, then of course I’ll see you next weekend when I’m posting for Artistic Outpost!  Fun stuff ahead!! 🙂 🙂

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps: Hero (Artistic Outpost)
  • Surfaces:  #8 Manila Tag (Inkssentials/Ranger); Tissue Paper; Manila Stock; Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore)
  • Distress Stain & Spray Stain, Inks, Paints & Markers (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Ink (Ranger); Wendy Vecchi EP (Ranger); Silver EP (SU); Black EP (WOW); White Gel Pen (Sakura)
  • Beautiful Borders Die (ODBD); Big Shot Machine (Sizzix)
  • Seam Binding (The Funkie Junkie Boutique); Mirrored Stars, Wire Pin, Jump Rings & Typed Token (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Craft Sheet (Ranger); Heat Tool; Embossing Heat Gun; Matte Decou-Page (DecoArt); Paint Brushes; Finger Knife (Fiskars); Sewing Machine (Kenmore)

Dare to Live

HELLO & HAPPY SUNDAY!!  It’s not only my weekly share for Artistic Outpost, but it’s also the first Sunday of Spring and things are starting to come alive out there!  The trees are still bare, but there are little sprouts of everything popping up everywhere!  Now, to just keep the bunnies from eating all of that succulent new growth!!  With all of the action going on outside, I was able to get a little playtime done in the inside, too!


With it being just a few days into Spring, our days are still quite gray, chilly and now rainy (instead of snowy)–Not a lot of bright colors out and about just yet.  But, I can make the bright colors come alive at the craft table with Distress Inks and LOTS of Artistic Outpost stamps!!

I think I was daydreaming during the making of this card, because I didn’t pick up the camera, except for one time.  I just zoomed through the process of putting this card together, which was pretty fun!


I did all of my distressing and stamping first.  I inked my manila panel with Squeezed Lemonade, Tumbled Glass & Mowed Lawn DIs, then stamped the barn image from the Home set into place with Jet Black Archival.  I ran the panel through my sewing machine for a few messy stitches, then grabbed my Honeycomb & Stars LSs.  I inked over the stencils with Mustard Seed & Mowed Lawn DIs, then spritzed and flicked with water.

The quote is from the Kudzu Kafe set, stamped onto a piece of manila stock that I had inked with Tea Dye, Vintage Photo & Walnut Stain DIs.  While I had the Tea Dye out, I stamped the ticking image randomly about the background, too.


So, here is the only in-process photo that I took!  DUH!!  But there are my tattered florals in assembly.  I ran the bigger burlap florals through my sewing machine and stamped the muslin florals with the ledger image from the Ephemera Background set.  I also die cut some florals out of the Rustic Beauty paper pad from ODBD.  I spritzed everything with Distress Spray Stains in Mustard Seed, Crushed Olive & Mowed Lawn.  Then I spritzed the florals again with water, and scrunched into little balls and let air dry.


Here they are, all assembled and simply adorned with a jeweled brad and inked with a bit of Vintage Photo DI.  I just love their messy, rustic look 🙂


These bicyclists are from the Hats Off set that I stamped onto acetate with Jet Black Archival.  I fussy cut them and adhered to the filmstrip die with matte multi-medium and then applied a thin layer of Clear Rock Candy DCP over the surface.  I just love those crackly cracks and that little bit of script that peeks through!


Oh, here’s some more of that script!  That could be one of my favorite little stamps that I reach for time and time again.  It’s from The Outpost set and it’s a dandy image to have!


I distressed and inked the edges of this panel, then used my air art tool to spritz Walnut Stain DM over everything and heat set!  I attached this finished panel to a light green card base with lots & lots of double-backed tape, then inked the edges again to grunge up the card base a bit.

Happy Spring and Thank You for joining me for my first card of Spring!!  It’s true! This is the first card I’ve made all week, and it just so happened to coincide with this first weekend of Spring!  FUN!  OH–and speaking of Spring & Fun….We’re going to be having our monthly Artistic Outpost Design Team Blog Hop this coming Wednesday, and guess what our theme is going to be?! 🙂

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps: Home, The Outpost, Hats Off, Kudzu Kafe & Ephemera Backgrounds (Artistic Outpost)
  • Dies:  Tattered Florals & Mini Filmstrip/Tickets (Tim Holtz/Sizzix);  Flower & Vines #2 (Sizzix)
  • Big Shot Machine (Sizzix); Sewing Machine (Kenmore)
  • Surfaces:  Manila; Acetate; Muslin Fabric; Burlap Paper; Green Card Stock; Rustic Beauty Pattern Paper (ODBD); Kraft Core (Tim Holtz/Core’dinations)
  • Distress Inks, Crackle Paint, Markers & Spray Stains (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Ink (Ranger)
  • Paper Distresser (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios); Matte Multi-Medium (Ranger); Double-Backed Tape (3M); Air Art Tool (Artworx); Craft Sheet (Ranger); Heat Tool; Paint Brushes
  • Jeweled Brad (American Crafts)

Jingle Bell WOW!

Happy Friday!!  I’m sure there’s the sound of crickets out there (in the U.S. especially!) with everyone out and about shopping, shopping, shopping!!  Well, I’m at home crafting, crafting, crafting at the worktable and recuperating from the Thanksgiving day of cooking and playing and eating!!  The weather even allowed us to traipse about the property yesterday and look for our Christmas tree!!  We’ve tagged 4 of them and will make the final selection this weekend 🙂

I’ve got a Christmas themed tag I made for two challenges, one of which is a ‘new’ one for me to enter; Fashionable Stamping Challenge and my ‘early’ entry for Compendium of Curiosities 3 at Studio L3!  At FSC Challenge #86 is to make A Christmas Tag and it’s challenge #16-Layering Stencil Embossing at CC3.  I’m going to try to turn any challenge makes into a card or tag for Christmas, so that I stayed motivated and multi-task with getting Christmas cards made!

There are FABULOUS sponsors and prizes to be won at both challenges!  Fashionable Stamping Challenge has a $20 gift certificate from their sponsor, Flonzcraft!  Very Cool, indeed! (I’ve got a couple of their Vintage Fashion sheets of stamps) CC3 #16 is being sponsored by The Funkie Junkie Boutique with a $25 shopping spree at Linda’s store and then there’s the coveted prize-bonanza, donated by Tim & Mario, that’s awarded to the Curiosity Crew’s Choice!  WOO-HOO! 🙂


In keeping with the rules and such with the CC3 challenge, I’m working from my copy of Tim Holtz’s Compendium of Curiosities 3 book-page 50, and not sharing the technique.  But, I can share the details of what I used to bring this tag together and how I used the Layering Stencil Embossing technique.


So, here you can see some of the items I’ve gathered to concoct this tag–I’ve got a #8 manila tag, some DIs in Broken China & Evergreen Bough & Scattered Straw is in there, too.  Of course there’s my copy of Tim’s CofC #3 and two of Tim’s Layering Stencils that I’m going to use.


I’ve been working with Tim’s Christmas Blueprints #5 and this is the jingle bell image from that set.  It’s fun and playful and a chance for me to go ‘non-traditional’ with color.  Here, I’ve stamped my focal image onto the tag with black pigment ink, then I heat embossed with black WOW embossing powder.


 And just like that–I’ve got layers of color, stenciling and embossed stenciling!!  I layered my DIs on the tag first-Scattered Straw, Broken China & Evergreen Bough and heat dried.  Then I used the Stars LS with Broken China DP and heat dried.  I used the Layer Stenciling Embossing technique with that last layer of blue stenciling!  Isn’t that fun?!  I love that blue embossing!! 🙂


Before I embellished, I flicked Bolivian Blue Twinkling H2Os and Picket Fence DP over the entire tag with a round paint brush.  The label & sentiment is from the Simple Sayings set.  I stamped the label image onto manila stock with Distress Embossing ink and heat embossed with Cornflower Blue EP from Wendy Vecchi.  I love that blue!


I did spritz one more layer of Pewter Perfect Pearls Mist spray over the tag!  I really was in a spritzing mood–it’s totally fun to do! Once I felt I’d done enough spritzing, I heat dried everything.  After all of that, I wasn’t about to smudge any of it!!  I positioned my collection of mirror stars and set in place with matte gel.


Here’s the backside of the tag–spritzed with Peeled Paint DS (from a mini-mister) and White Linen Dylusions ink spray through the Christmas LS.  I heat dried the sprays and blended a little bit of Broken China DI over the surface and rubbed Vintage Photo DI over the edges.


And yet, more spritzing!!  I stamped the jingle bell image with Distress EI onto manila stock and heat embossed with Silver EP.  I colored the bell with Scattered Straw & Mustard Seed DI’s and heat set.  Then I spritzed the bell with Sunflower Sparkle & Pewter Perfect Pearls Mists.  I fussy cut it and adhered to the tag with adhesive foam.


I used Chit Chat & Seasonal Chit Chat stickers to form ‘jingle all the way’.  I distressed the stickers a bit with Tea Dye & Black Soot DIs.  I attached them to the bell and tag with little strips of double-back tape and mini foam dots.  I tied a little bow out of silver cord and attached to the top of the bell with matte gel.


OH–I love these little itty bitty bells!  I have these silver bells (leftover from Christmas card creations past) strung on a piece of silver cord that I tied into the ribbon that tops the tag.  Now, the tag makes a little jingle noise when it’s shaken 🙂


 I’m really happy with how this tag came out.  Those little shadows of white stars in the background, with the shine of the mirror stars in the foreground could be my favorite parts of this tag…but I’m not biased or anything!! 😉

So, “Jingle all the way” over with me to Studio L3 for CC3 #16 (this challenge ends Dec 5th) and FSC for Challenge #86 (this challenge ends tomorrow, Nov 29) with your creations!  I’d love to see you there, too!!

I’ll be back soon with my 1st Eclectic Ellapu Design Team post, that I’m really excited about!!  So, until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Surfaces: #8 Manila Tag (Inkssentials/Ranger); Manila Stock; Black Stock (Core’dinations)
  • Stamps: Christmas Blueprints #5 & Simple Sayings (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous)
  • Distress Inks, Paint & Embossing Ink (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Colorbox Pigment Ink (Clearsnap); Archival Ink (Ranger); Black EP (WOW); Cornflower Blue EP (Wendy Vecchi/Ranger); Dylusions Ink Spray (Ranger); Perfect Pearls Mist Spray (Ranger)
  • Layering Stencils (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous); Mirror Stars, Chit Chat Stickers & Seasonal Chit Chat Stickers (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Silver Cord; Tiny Bells; Satin Ribbon
  • Double-Back Tape (3M); Matte Gel (Liquitex); Craft Sheet (Ranger); Heat Tool; Embossing Heat Gun; Foam Squares & Dots; Paper Distresser (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios); Detail Scissors (Fiskars); Mini Mister (Ranger)

Trick or Treat-Already?

What? It’s not Halloween! What am I talking about?  Although our days are still blistering hot, our evenings and mornings are cooling down and my mind is wandering to the upcoming months of Fall, which brings the ‘season of the witch’ and lots of falling leaves!!

 With that in mind, the thrill and chill of Halloween is the direction I decided to go with my latest entry into Studio L3’s Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge–it’s #8 and it’s Faded Layers.  I’ve been inspired by the fun and clever Autumn and Halloween themed creations out there and this is actually my first ‘official’ holiday card for the Fall/Winter season.


 In keeping with the challenge rules, I can’t show you how I made my Tim Holtz CC3 Faded Layers background, but, I can show you everything else and can tell you that it’s a neat technique that can open up your creativity, BIG TIME!!  It’s a good one to know about 🙂


I gathered up some supplies–Distress Core’dinations & WC paper, glossy stock and a few Adirondack Alcohol Inks.  I’m using the TH/Sizzix Skull Blueprints Framelits die & stamp set for the first time, too!


I used Cranberry, Wild Plum, Terra Cotta & Sandal Alcohol Inks for my background colors…


…and I used my TH/SA Stars and Harelequin Layering Stencils to achieve my faded layers with.


Because I had some accidental smudging going on from the technique, I used a little Black Soot DI and my layering stencils to define a couple of my corners better.  Just a little–I didn’t want to take anything away from the results of the Faded Layers technique.

 I stamped the Blueprint Skull image 3 times onto Distress WC paper and colored in with my water brush and DM’s in Antique Linen, Black Soot, Pumice Stone & Picket Fence.


Each water-colored image then got a run through the Big Shot machine with its corresponding die.  AWESOME!!  I can get used to that!! (I usually fussy cut everything by hand!)


I did a little further inking with Tea Dye over all of the surfaces and Walnut Stain along the edges.  I die cut the eyes and nose out of red glitter paper–I wanted to give a little blingy menace to my skull 😉


The ‘trick or treat’ label is stamped onto Distress WC paper with Black Soot & Aged Mahogany DI’s.  I then aged the label a little with Tea Dye and Vintage Photo DI’s and my ink blending tool.  That label also got a run through the Big Shot machine with its coordinating die then I distressed the edges with my paper distresser and inked with Walnut Stain DI.


I cut a piece of black Distress Core’dinations stock to size, to back my faded layers panel with.  I sanded the Core’dinations first and lightly distressed the edges.  I forgot to take a picture–but I ran the entire panel through my sewing machine for a stitched edge. (I gotta remember to take my camera with me when I’m at my sewing machine!)


I also did a little stitching on the label, too.  I used a straight stitch first, then ran through again with a zig-zag stitch.


Look at the sparkle in those eyes!!  I’ve been taking my ‘finished’ photos outside, while I still can, to use that natural sunlight, and the way the sun caught that red glitter paper in this shot–Luckyyyy!!


Beside the fabulous Faded Layers background, these eyes and nose are my favorite part about this card 😉


What do you think?  Do you have Tim’s Compendium of Curiosities 3, yet?  If you’ve got the book, you can join me over at Studio L3 and get in on the challenge fun!!  The Funkie Junkie Boutique is sponsoring a $25 gift certificate for this challenge and there’s a Tim & Mario sponsored prize, too!  There’s still plenty of time to create and join, so give it try!!

Thanks for stopping by today!  I appreciate your visits and WELCOME to my new followers!!  I’m so happy that you’ve taken the time look in on me and my creative adventures 🙂

Ya’ll come back now, ya’ hear??  Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!  XOXO-Shari


  • Surfaces: Glossy Stock; Distress Core’dinations (Tim Holtz/Core’dinations); Distress Water Color Paper (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Scarlet Jewel CS (Papertrey Ink); Red Glitter Paper (Stampin’ Up)
  • Inks:  Distress Inks & Markers (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Adirondack Alcohol Inks (Ranger); Alcohol Blending Solution (Ranger)
  • Skull Blueprint Framelits/Stamp Set (Tim Holtz/Sizzix); Big Shot Machine (Sizzix)
  • Layering Stencils (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous)
  • Ink Blending Tool; Sewing Machine; Sanding block; Paper Distresser (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios); Craft Sheet (Ranger); Heat Tool

Patriotic Memories

HELLO HELLO HELLO!!  Happy almost weekend!!  Sorry I’ve been absent for so long!!  Behind the scenes, I’ve been busy with family members in town and staging the old homestead for selling and everything else that goes along with that…WHEW!!

So, not a lot of spare time for creativity down in the old dungeon!  But, I do have this card to share, that I made (and sent) to my Great Uncle, a WWII veteran.  I sent this card to him, along with a DVD about the submarine base he trained at in 1944 that used to be here in Idaho!!  Yeah–a submarine base in Idaho!!

Farragut Naval Station, at one time, employed and housed 300,000 Naval and civilian personnel, support staff and families at the South end of Lake Pend O’Reille–the 5th deepest lake in the United States.  Now, Farragut is a recreational area with only one original Navy building remaining–which is the brig (and it’s supposed to be haunted!)!!


 And just in the nick o’time, I’m going to send this over to Studio L3’s Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge #4–Layering Stencil-Texture Paste.  With the chance to win fabulous goodies sponsored by Tim Holtz and a $25 gift certificate from The Funkie Junkie Boutique, I’ve just got to go for it!!


I gathered most of my supplies; Distress Inks & Stain, Wendy Vecchi’s Embossing Pastes and Crackled Texture Paste, the Stars Layering Stencil and the Hero stamp plate from Artistic Outpost and got started.


I’m also goofing around with the DI mono-print technique that Tim is showcasing in his June Tag challenge.  It’s a super easy and fun technique with different results every time! Just like that proverbial box of chocolates–you never know what yer gonna get!!

I applied Fired Brick & Faded Jeans DI and Picket Fence DS directly to the Stars stencil and spritzed with water.

I turned the stencil over and laid it down onto my piece of manila stock.  I used a paper towel to gently press the stencil onto the stock to make sure I got good saturation of the inks and stain.

Here’s the secret ingredient part of this card that I can’t talk about, but I can say that I used TH’s Stars Layering Stencil and Wendy Vecchi’s Silver Embossing Paste to add this spattering of spangled stars.  I set this aside and let air dry and moved on to some stamping.


I used the American Flag image from AO’s Hero plate and stamped twice onto manila stock.  I stamped in Jet Black Archival Ink on one panel and Fired Brick and Faded Jeans on the other manila panel.  To achieve the multi-colored stamped image on the right, I tapped the ink pads directly onto the rubber stamp and blended a little bit with my finger before pressing down onto the manila stock.  Pretty cool!!

I fussy cut the frame of the image stamped in Jet Black Archival and applied a layer of WV’s Crackled Texture Paste.  I didn’t heat dry this either and set aside with the stenciled stars to air dry.


I fussy cut the red & blue inked flags and forgot to take pictures from here on out!!  DUH!!  I didn’t show you the water spots or the Clear Rock Candy DCP that I applied or the cool inking to highlight the cracks!!  But…..

…Here are some close-up’s of the dried/finished surfaces!  When the Clear Rock Candy DCP dried, I inked it with Tea Dye DI and my ink blending tool.  When my crackled frame was dry, I swiped my Fired Brick & Faded Jeans DI pads over the surface and then inked the edges with Vintage Photo DI and the ink blending tool.


The sentiment is from the Simple Sayings plate from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous.  I stamped the label in Fired Brick DI and the words in Jet Black Archival, then  I inked over the entire image with Tea Dye DI and gave a spritz & flick of water.  I fussy cut the label and distressed the edges and inked with Walnut Stain DI.


Everything was adhered together onto my red card base with either double-back tape or foam squares.  I glued the mirrored star with matte multi-medium for a really good bond on that crackled frame.  OH–I made the silver flagpoles out of round toothpicks, painted with Brushed Pewter DP!!


And there you have it–my star spangled tribute to my Great Uncle, along with my submission to the CC3 Challenge at Studio L3.  Come on over and check out the creative goodness that’s being made for this round….it ends tonight, there’s still time to join!!

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


  • Manila Stock; Red Stock
  • Distress Inks, Paints & Stain (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Ink (Ranger); Silver Embossing Paste & Crackled Texture (Wendy Vecchi)
  • Stars Layering Stencil (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous); Simple Sayings Plate (TH/SA); Hero Plate (Artistic Outpost)
  • Mirrored Star (TH/Idea-ology); Round Toothpicks
  • Craft Sheet (Ranger); Finger Knife (Fiskars); Double-Back Tape (3M); Foam Squares; Matte Multi-Medium (Claudine Hellmuth); Paper Distresser (TH/Tonic Studios); Palette Knife