My First Art Journal

HAPPY TUESDAY and HELLO & WELCOME to my new followers!!  I’m so glad that you’re joining me!!  🙂

I worked all weekend on my project for the latest Compendium of Curiosities Challenge at Studio L3!!  I’ve been looking forward to this one because I’m getting to use some of Tim’s wonderful fabrics again, from his Eclectic Elements line.  It’s CC3 #19-Frayed Fabrics, found on page 66 of Tim’s creative tome.  You’ve got to have Tim’s book to play in this challenge, which is being sponsored with a $50 gift certificate from Inspiration Emporium!!


 I was sooo inspired by CC3 Creative Crew member Cheryl Grigsby’s  creation, that I pretty much copied her, right down to using one of my new Yvonne Blair Inky Art Journals!!  This is one of the Inky Art Journals that I actually won from Yvonne when she first shared her news of this product being released last year 🙂


As CC3 #19 is a technique based challenge, I can’t show you all of the details that went into making this journal cover.  But, I can show you some of the pre-assembly prep and sewing that I did to make this all come together.

 I’m using my 6″x8″ Inky Art Journal to take measurements for the pieces of Eclectic Elements fabric that I’ll need to sew together to cover this journal.  I have 6″x6″ & 12″x12″ EE fabric scrap packs to choose my fabrics from, so this is going to be fun!!


Now, I’m no sewer and an even worse fabric cutter!  Even with the most precise cutting tools and doodads available, I will still cut a crooked line!  Thank goodness for one of my fav Tim mottos – “Embrace Imperfection”!!  Oh, this journal cover will be a celebration of imperfection!!  These are the sections for the front and I added two more shorter pieces at each end for the inside flaps.  I roughly machine stitched all of the panels together.

I created a patchwork square out of 25-1.25″ squares which were roughly machine stitched together for what will become the patchwork heart on the front of my art journal.

I made my heart pattern from a chipboard heart that I photo-copied at 150%, pinned to the back of my patchwork square, then machine stitched around the perimeter of the heart.


Here is the front side of the patchwork square showing that first line of stitching.  I went over it several more times to enhance that imperfect stitch line and when I was finished, I ripped away the paper pattern from the back.


I stamped the word ‘artist’ with Jet Black Stazon onto a piece of muslin and then stitched it to another little scrap of EE fabric, then stitched it into place to the top center of the front panel.


The word ‘journal’ was treated the same and stitched into place to the bottom center of the front panel.


The heart was stitched into place as my main focal point, right in the center of the entire front panel.  I love it!!

I left all of the metal embellishments on this journal ‘naked’ if you will–I liked them with their natural finish, plus I think the silver of the metals look great with all of the mixed fabrics.

As a homage to Yvonne Blair, I included a butterfly as one of my embellies–Yvonne always includes a butterfly (or many butterflies) in her creations and as I won this journal from her, I wanted a reminder of the promise I made to her, to create in her art journals this year!!


As a reminder to myself, I included these 3 Chit Chat stickers to keep me motivated and inspired.  Just as I did with the making of this fabric cover, I imagined what I wanted, I created what I had imagined and discovered–I Can Do This!! 🙂


OK–now remember that ’embrace imperfection’ motto?  Do you notice anything WRONG with this picture?  Ummm, yeah, well, things started in the right direction!!  Yes, this is the back side of my journal cover, and it is in fact, sewn upside down!!  LOL!!  It is what it is and like I admitted earlier–I am definitely no sewer!! Imperfection Embraced!! 🙂 🙂

The front and back flaps are very simple and serve their purpose of holding this journal cover in place–and yes, the inside front flap is also upside down!!


 And here is the beginning of my very 1st art journal.  I’m really looking forward to creating on the inside of this journal.  I think I’ll probably end up sharing a few pages here and there as 2015 progresses!!  Stay tuned 🙂

Alrighty then–I’m headed off to Studio L3 now to get this Frayed Fabric creation entered into Compendium of Curiosities Challenge #19!!  It’s open until this coming Friday the 16th @ 11:55mst, so if you’ve got Tim’s CC3, come on over and join in on the fun!!

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



  • Eclectic Elements Fabrics (Tim Holtz/Coates); Muslin; Cotton Batting
  • Stamps:  Classics #1 (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous)
  • Distress Inks & Marker (Tim Holtz/Ranger); StazOn Ink (Tsukineko)
  • Sewing Machine (Kenmore); Self-Healing Cutting Mat; Hand-Held Rotary Cutter (Fiskars);
  • Chit Chat Stickers, Nature Adornments, Pen Nib & Mini Corners (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Matte Gel (Liquitex); Hot Glue Gun; Ink Blending Tools (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Craft Scratcher (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios)

Arrrr Halloween, Again

HELLO Again!! Thanks for joining me for my 2nd posting of the day!!

I’ve got another Halloween card for Studio L3’s Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge #9-Stamps & Framelits.  This is the only Tim Holtz/Sizzix Framelits set that I have, that’s why you’re seeing it again so soon.  Let me-not-show you how I made this card… 🙂


Yo Ho Ho and a bottle of rum….this card was a lot of fun (to make)….


As a CC3 #9 challenge participant, I can’t show you the techniques involved in the Stamps & Framelits page of Tim’s book, but I can show you some of the other techniques I used to make this card.


Since I had just used this set for the last CC3 #8 Challenge, I need to use another stamping technique for the Skull Blueprint stamp–AHA, let’s try the chalkboard technique!

I used Distress embossing ink with Frosted Crystals embossing powder and heat dried with my embossing heat tool.  When set, the embossed image is kind of rough to the touch and matte in finish.


 I was a little worried that the sentiment was going to get lost with this technique, but it came out really well.  Happy Halloween is from the Simple Sayings set from TH/SA.


WOW!  These all came out with the chalkboard technique!  A few of the finer lines around the jaw are a bit smooshed together, but that’s totally fine and lends to the whole artsy fartsy technique of it 🙂


I die cut an extra set of eyes and nose out of smooth black Core’dinations and applied a thin layer of Diamond Glaze and set aside to air dry.


I stamped another Skull Blueprint image and a raven and bottle image on to shrink plastic to make a few little charms.  The raven and skull are stamped with Jet Black Staz-On ink and the bottle is stamped in Cotton White Opaque Staz-On.  When the bottle image was dry, I dabbed Salmon Adirondack Alcohol Ink onto the back.


I’m using kraft card stock for my card base and a sheet of orange TH Kraft-Core for my background pieces.

I sanded the edges and surfaces of my kraft-core stock and inked the edges with Walnut Stain DI and my ink blending tool.  I also distressed the edges with my paper distresser.


I adhered my orange pieces to my card base with double-back tape, then ran through my sewing machine and gave the corners a little zig-zag stitch.


I added the chalkboard skull and sentiment label, then cut a little notch out of the card base to run a piece of TH Natural Trimmings through.  I tied a knot and attached the shrink plastic charms with a jump ring.


Aren’t those fun?  This shrink plastic takes me back to my childhood of Shrinky-Dinks sets!  Do any of you remember those?  I’ve got to start using it more often, that’s for sure!!


OH–Those Eyes!!  I love that shiny pop among the dull finish of the skull.  I did have to do a little touch up once I got these parts in place, to cover the fingerprints of an impatient crafter!


Something that’s really neat about the chalkboard technique, even if you lose a little bit of chalk coverage, you can replenish it with another light rubbing of chalk.  I can control it while it’s still in my hands–once it’s mailed…my responsibility of it is done 😉 🙂


This is a fun die & stamp set and I’m sure this won’t be the last time you see something made with it.  I’ve already got another idea waiting in line!

If you happen to have Tim’s Compendium of Curiosities 3 and one of his Stamp & Framelits sets, you’ve got until August 29th to join in on the challenge.  For Challenge #9, the sponsor is Inspiration Emporium with a $50 gift certificate! Cool!  Then there’s the chance to win the Tim & Mario prize package!  Totally Cool!

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


  • Skull Blueprint Stamp/Framelits Set (Tim Holtz/Sizzix); Simple Sayings (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous)
  • Surfaces: Kraft Stock (Papertrey Ink); Kraft Core (Tim Holtz/Core’dinations); Black Stock (Core’dinations); Shrink Plastic (Inkssentials/Ranger)
  • Jet Black & Cotton White Opaque Staz-On Inks (Tsukineko); Antiquities Frosted Crystals EP (Ranger)
  • Jump Ring & Natural Trimmings (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Chalk (Crayola); Diamond Glaze (Judi-Kins); Double-Back Tape (3M); Sewing Machine (Kenmore); Craft Scratcher & Paper Distesser (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios); Embossing Heat Tool

Face the Sun

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

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


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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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


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


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


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


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

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


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

Now, how about some up close details?


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

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


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


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


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


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

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

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



Coming Up Roses

HELLO HELLO HELLO!!  I’m so happy to be back and sharing this latest challenge project-FINALLY!! That means I’m done tiling the bathroom floor!!

I started this project, one day last week and wasn’t able to get back to it until a couple of days ago.  Which, was probably a good thing–As I was mortaring and tiling and grouting, I was also thinking about my project and how I was going to bring it all together with the challenge theme and the two additional inspirations that drove my design…


This is what I made for the latest Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge at Studio L3–Faux Tea Roses.  When this challenge was first posted and the subject was the Faux Tea Roses technique from Tim’s book, I started singing…”Everything’s Coming Up Roses…” and Yes–I attempted to belt it out Ethel Mermon style!!  I do that sometimes 🙂

So, the song is a challenge I gave myself–incorporate it somehow, in a clever & crafty manner, in my project–like I don’t have enough challenges already?  And then, there’s Linda Ledbetter’s own creation she made for challenge inspiration.  Her darling painting did just that–Inspire me!!  BIG TIME!!

For the most part, I will be flying by the seat of my pants on this canvas.  I kind of know what I want to do when I begin, so, I gather some Distress Inks & Paints and some gesso and acrylics….I’m going for it!!


I prepped my 6×6 canvas with gesso and heat dried.  I squeezed some CH StudioYellow Pastel semi-gloss acrylic paint directly onto the canvas and spread with my paint brush.  I’m heat drying each layer as I go along.


I wanted a bright, happy background for this canvas to evoke a positive feeling–Everything’s Coming Up Roses, you know!?! 😉

I don’t have an extensive collection of acrylic paints (well, at least in the colors I wanted to use..) so, I’m bringing in the Distress Paints in Broken China, Scattered Straw and Crushed Olive to layer on the middle and bottom portion of the canvas.


I’m very happy with the layering and graduation of color I achieved and I did wrap the paint around the sides of the canvas.

I’m using one of my favorite stencils ‘Rays’ from Tim’s Layering Stencil line.  I used a mini-ink blending tool with Picket Fence DP and pounced paint over the entire stencil and around the sides.

I’m going to use a splattering technique I recently learned (in the Watercolor for Card Makers OCC), to form a layered background.

First, I’ll use Peeled Paint DI, that I pressed onto my craft sheet, spritzed with water and picked up with my round paint brush…


….to splatter and give me my first layer of color.

Next is Broken China DI splattered on the top half and sides….

DSC03265 help give my sunshiny sky a little blue.


I’ve got a small set of different sized round stencil brushes that I’m going to use to pounce some flowers onto the scene….

I started with Picked Raspberry DI that I smooshed onto my craft sheet, spritzed with water and picked up with the stencil paint brush.  I lightly pounced the brush all over the surface and sides of the canvas…

…then I brought in Aged Mahogany DI using a larger stencil brush and filled in the spaces.


Using the stenciled Rays that I previously laid down as my guide, I placed the Rays stencil back down and applied a layer of white embossing paste over the painted surface.

As the embossing paste dries, the paint will seep through the paste and give me some really cool color through the texture–Love That!!

I added more splatters of Peeled Paint DI and more pounces of Picked Raspberry & Aged Mahogany to the left side of the canvas–I had a change of mind with my layout and decided to fill in that area to even it out a bit.


I inked all of the edges with Sepia Archival Ink and my ink blending tool….


…then sealed the entire canvas with a spray of clear top coat.  Since I am using Distress Inks, I don’t want them to react from here on out.  With what I need to do with this canvas in a couple of upcoming steps, I want the color to stay put.

This is where I ended last week.  I had the background of my creation ready for a story to be told upon it, and with part of this challenge being secret, I can bump forward to the parts needed for assembly.  Plus, I didn’t take pictures-again-of a lot of the detail work…you know how it goes!! 🙂

In keeping with the challenge requirements, I can’t show you how I created the bunches of roses, but let me tell you–with my ‘man hands’, making those little roses, wasn’t easy!!  Paper rips–easily!! But, if Tim Holtz can create those dainty little flowers, by George–so can I, darn it!!  It wasn’t easy and probably took me too much time to make, but I did it!!  And I only lost one rose in the process 😉

Behind the scenes–I did a text transfer (a la image transfer) onto tissue paper for my background text pieces that say–Everything’s Coming Up Roses!  This is why I needed my colors to stay fast.  I used matte multi-medium to glue all of my tissue paper pieces down and that multi-medium would have reacted with the Distress Ink.

This is where I stopped taking pictures-sorry.  I glued all of my tissue pieces in place on the canvas and set it aside to air dry while I cut and assembled all of the roses out of TH Color Core stock.  I used three different colors of pink colorcore to match the pinks of DI I used on the canvas and to match my winged girl.


MAGIC–It’s done!!

The words between the embossed rays are tissue paper transfer and I am truly pleased at how it came out!  I wish I could say that was my script, but it’s not!  It’s a font called Ralph Walker that I found on and it matches just perfectly with the playful feel of the canvas.


The winged girl is from TH/SA Winged Things I set and she’s stamped onto 140# water color paper with Jet Black Staz-On ink and water colored with my water brush and DM’s in: Victorian Velvet, Scattered Straw, Aged Mahogany, Worn Lipstick, Tattered Rose and Walnut Stain.  Her wings are modeling film layered with frosted film and her hat is a bit of scrap fabric that I stitched on with my sewing machine.  DSC03306

I have her adhered to the canvas with layered foam squares, so you can touch her and there’s a little bit of movement.

Everything else is adhered down with either matte multi-medium or hot glue!  Those roses aren’t going anywhere!!

Here are a couple of shots of the sides–Touchable and permanent because of that clear coat that I protected it with, WHEW!!


Don’t you just want to sing?!  I do!! Everything’s Coming Up Roses!!  I just can’t help myself!! 🙂

Join me over at Studio L3 for the chance to win a fab goodie gift package from Tim & Mario themselves or a wonderful $50 gift certificate from the sponsor of this Faux Tea Rose challenge, Inspiration Emporium! Totally awesome!!

Thanks for joining me today!!  I hope you enjoyed coming with me on this challenge creation–which, incidentally, is my 2nd canvas creation!! Cool!!

I’ve got a whole list of cards and tags to make for celebrations and challenges, so I may be laying low for another week, but I’ll have all kinds of goodness to share in upcoming weeks and that makes me happy!!  So, until next time–

Stay Artsy Fartsy!!  XOXO-Shari


  • 6×6 Canvas; Tissue Paper; 140# Water Color Paper; Modeling Film (Wendy Vecchi Studio 490); Frosted Film (TH/Idea-ology); ColorCore Cardstock (Core’dinations); Acetate-for text transfer (Papertrey Ink)
  • Stamp: Winged Thing I (TH/SA)
  • Stencil; Rays (TH/SA); Tattered Pinecone Die (TH/Sizzix); Big Shot Machine (Sizzix)
  • Gesso & Yellow Pastel Acrylic (Claudine Hellmuth Studio); Distress Paints, Inks, Markers (TH/Ranger); Staz-On Ink (Tsukineko);Archival Ink (Ranger); Embossing Paste (Wendy Vecchi/Ranger); Spray Clear Top Coat; Sheer Shimmer Mist (My Favorite Things)
  • Paint Brushes-Round & Stencil; Palette Knife; Craft Sheet (Ranger); Heat Tool; Hot Glue Gun; Matte Multi-Medium (CH Studio/Ranger);
  • Self-Adhesive Mini Pearls; Self-Adhesive Gemstone; Natural Leaves

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Wish Big

Happy Weekend Everyone!  I won’t keep you too long today, mainly because today’s card was made as an experiment and I didn’t take any ‘As I went along’ photos.  You’ll get the very beginning, then a little bit in the middle, then lots at the end.

Plus, I can’t be too explanatory with some of my steps, because I’m sending this over to the Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge at Studio L3.  It’s challenge #2–Distress Glitter, sponsored by the fabulous Funkie Junkie Boutique!


With the little bit of applique stitching I did on this card, I’m also going to enter this into Virginia’s View Challenge for May–Stitching And no, I didn’t hand stitch this–I used my sewing machine 😉

 Here are the bulk of supplies that I used to make this card….


…and I just have to give this particular stamp its due recognition!  I have had this stamp since 1999 and it’s actually a stamp that I ‘go-to’ all the time.  Believe me, you haven’t seen the last of this Sunflower stamp, it’s one of my favorites 🙂


I started with stamping the sunflower image onto 140# cold-press water color paper with Walnut Stain DI.

Now, here’s where I stopped taking pictures (sorry).  The process of water coloring this image happened rather quickly–quicker than what I had been expecting, since I’m a beginner at water coloring.  Anyway–I did use the wet-on-wet technique for coloring this image and moistened the surface of the inked image with a wet, round paint brush.


You can still see the outline of the stamped image, but because distress inks react with water, those lines really softened when I started applying clean water and the water colors themselves.


This is the first layer of water color that I painted and I let this dry completely!

I used about 7 different colors from my set of water colors; 2 Yellows, 2 Browns, 2 Greens and 1 Blue.  The water did the rest!


Here’s where I’ve come back in and moved color around with a clean, wet, round paint brush.

Then, I started adding some ‘drier’ color for shading and when satisfied, I used my heat tool to dry.


To finish off this ‘painting’, I moved those darker, harsh lines with a wet, round paint brush and blended into the lighter areas–Then I walked away!!  I could have kept messing and blending and adding water and color, but, something I’m learning is not to overwork a water color project.  Good enough for me!  I’m outta here–OK, not really 🙂


Oh, are those Tim Holtz Distress Glitters I see?  Here’s where I can’t talk about how I applied or treated my DG’s…but I’ll show you how it turned out–

This is about all I can show you regarding my use of Clear Rock Candy & Vintage Photo Distress Glitters.  But, I LOVE my glittery Sunflower centers.  This really bumped up the sunshiny feel of these Sunflowers!!


Distress Glitter really is one of the coolest glitters I’ve used–When you touch it, it’s soft and flat, not grainy and round.  And look how it reflects light–I love what it’s done to my Sunflowers!!


I distressed the edges and mounted the water color panel to a piece of Hot Fudge card stock then mounted to my kraft card stock base.

I stamped the Wish Big sentiment, from the Stylish Sentiment Birthday set from Papertrey Ink, onto a piece of acetate with Jet-Black Staz-On ink, fussy cut then adhered to the water color panel with glossy multi-medium I let that sit between a couple of heavy books to make sure the sentiment stays put!


Then, I ran the entire card through my sewing machine using this applique stitch just in the corners.  I experimented with a few different stitches before I chose this one and really like how the stitches anchor down the panel.


Not bad for an experiment in water coloring!!  This could be a hard one to part with 😉

There you go, a pretty fast post for today–Now get back to your weekend activities and I’ll see you next time!!

Stay Artsy Fartsy–XOXO-Shari

Challenges w/Sponsors (if applicable);

  1. Studio L3CC3 Challenge/Current Challenge: Distress Glitter from page 56 of Tim Holtz’s Compendium of Curiosities 3.  Sponsor for this challenge is the Funkie Junkie Boutique.
  2. Virginia’s View ChallengeStitching.  Sponsor for this challenge is Simon Say Stamp.


  • Loew-Cornell Water Colors; Round Paint Brushes
  • 140# Cold Press Water Color Paper (Canson); Brown Card Stock (My Favorite Things); Kraft Card Stock (Papertrey Ink); Acetate
  • Sunflower Stamp (Peddler Pack Stampworks)
  • Distress Ink & Glitter (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Staz-On Ink (Tsukineko);
  • Glossy Multi-Medium (Claudine Hellmuth); Dimensional Magic (Plaid); Double-Back Tape (3M); Paper Distresser (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios)
  • Sewing Machine; Brown Thread; Craft Sheet (Ranger); Heat Tool

Fond Memories

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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


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


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

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


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


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


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

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


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


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

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

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


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

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


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


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


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


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


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

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


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


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


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

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


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

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


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


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

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

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