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)

Industrial Florals


I don’t know about you, but still being buried in a few feet of snow does not make me feel like Spring is right around the corner!  No early Spring flowers shyly blooming from under the veil of Winter’s frozen slumber, here!!  It’s more like—LAME–we need to go cut more wood for the wood burning stove and schlep it through two feet of slushy, wet snow!!  🙂

 Oh, we’ll get our Spring flowers–but maybe not until April!!  So until then, I’m finding myself using flowers in some of my latest designs….if I don’t have any flowers outside (yet), I’ll create some inside!!  🙂

Indus Flower

I was inspired by Tim Holtz’s January Tag design and this is my take. Better late than never, right?  One of the creative goals that I set for myself this year is keeping up with Tim’s 12 Tags of 2014 Challenge.  Now, in what order I do them….?  😉


I started with a piece of manila stock cut to about 4″x5.25″.  I smushed Vintage Photo, Crushed Olive and Mustard Seed DI’s onto my craft sheet and dropped some small piles of Pewter Perfect Pearls randomly over the ink.  I spritzed it all with water then pressed my manila stock into the wet ink and dried with my heat tool.  I repeated that process two more times.  This photo does not do the technique proud, but, it’s a very cool effect and the way the ink blends with the perfect pearls–Awesome!!

Rub Ons and Stencils

I used Words & Elements Remnant Rub-Ons on the right hand side and I used the Rays stencil with Antique Linen & Vintage Photo DI’s on the left hand side.  After applying the inks with my ink blending tool, I quickly dusted it with clear embossing powder and set with my embossing  heat tool.

Embossed Rays

The embossed rays gave this background a very subtle texture and image but ‘Big Design Bang’ nonetheless!


I lightly sanded the rub-ons and distressed the edges.  I inked the edges and over the entire background with Walnut Stain DI and my ink blending tool.

Foil for the flowers

To make the industrial flowers, I adhered a piece of Foil Tape Sheet to a scrap piece of cardstock.  I then added texture to the foil cardstock with a Cuttlebug embossing folder and then ran through the Big Shot machine again with the Tattered Floral Die.

Flowers and Molding

I cut a piece of Molding Film and covered it with a layer of Frosted Film then ran that through the Big Shot with the Tattered Floral die, too.

Foil Tat Florals

Pretty fun, right?  Now, time to get inky and painty!!

The frosted florals that I ended up using, got inked with Orange Blossom and Sepia Archival Inks and the industrial florals got a light layer of Black Soot DP.


I shaped the foil flowers with a pencil and I shaped the frosted flowers with my heat embossing tool.  I carefully applied heat to the frosted petals and quickly manipulated into a slight curve with my fingers.  After it cooled, it was time for assembly and layering! More fun pieces of embellishments coming right up!!

I “made” those rusty bits! It’s totally awesome!!  I was introduced to Crafty Notions Rusting Powder by Alison Bomber on her blog Words and Pictures (you gotta check out her blog–Awesome!).  I just started having the chance to play with this magical powder, but so far–it’s easy: apply layer of multi-medium to bit or piece of your choice and then sprinkle Rusting Powder to cover;  a bit stinky: spray vinegar over powdered pieces; and totally worth it: wait for bits & pieces to dry and become rusty.

Flower Assembly

I used a simple black brad and an antique brad to layer with my rusted pieces.  I punched a hole through the layers of flowers and manila stock to secure them all together with the brads.

That splatter brush is a fun tool!  I may have gone a little splatter happy on this card 🙂


I finished with a few Chit Chat stickers that I trimmed into little banners and inked with Walnut Stain DI.

Lots of elements in this one–But, they all work!!  With this card heavily inspired by Tim Holtz, it’ll fit right in over at the Anything Tim challenge at A Vintage Journeya new challenge blog on the block, and with all of the textures and the stenciling I did on this one, I’m going to send it over to Frilly and Funky for their Stencils and Textures challenge.


I really am looking forward to actually having real flowers blooming in my yard but, not having to dig in the yard yet and being able to stay in my crafty dungeon to create, is one of the benefits of having a late Winter and two feet of slushy snow hanging around 🙂

Thanks for stopping by my blog today! Have a GREAT weekend and Stay Artsy Fartsy!!  XOXO-Shari


  • Distress Inks & Paint (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Inks (Ranger); Perfect Pearls (Ranger); Embossing Ink (Clearsnap)
  • Modeling Film (Wendy Vecchi/Studio 490); Frosted Film (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology);  Foil Tape Sheets (Ranger); Rusting Powder (Crafty Notions);
  • Stencil (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous); Tattered Florals Die (Tim Holtz/Sizzix); Cuttlebug Embossing Folder (Provo); Big Shot Machine (Sizzix)
  • Splatter Brush (Liquitex); Multi-Medium (Claudine Hellmuth/Ranger); Sanding Block; Craft Sheet; Ink Blending Tool; Distresser
  • Chit-Chat Stickers (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Remnant Rub-Ons (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Brad; Antique Brad (SU)

Thinking of You

Hello, Hello, Hello!!  Happy Friday!!  I have to apologize for not getting a post out sooner–I’m working on a brand, spanking new laptop (Thanks, Mom & Dad!) and I’ve got myself a learning curve with the new Windows 8 OS–I’m used to working on my 9 year old laptop & 12 year old PC that I know like the backs of my hands….Wish me luck as I dive further into computer mayhem!!

But, I’m here and today I have a simple design made fabulous with the Tattered Florals die from Tim Holtz Alterations/Sizzix.  I hope you enjoy my offering for today.  Let’s get to it 🙂

Thinking of You Tat Floral

This is another card that practically made itself–I had all of the die cut pieces already in my hoard stash of goodies (I love that when that happens!)–I just had to figure out how I wanted to put all of it together.

Thinking of You

My card base is natural cardstock layered with a piece of decorative paper from Stampin’ Up.  Before machine sewing the striped paper, I distressed the edges and inked with Vintage Photo DI.  I then added a piece of muslin, which is stamped with Jet Black Archival Ink and the By Definition background stamp by SU.  The muslin was then machine stitched on top of the striped layer and adhered to the card base with double-backed tape.  I then inked over all of it with Tea Dye DI and my ink blending tool.  I finished it with a little spritz of water and heat dried.

Tat Floral Close Up

Just look at that flower!  Its layers are the striped decorative paper, tulle and the stamped muslin.  I added a bit of gesso to the tulle petals and then inked them with Tea Dye DI.  I used a brad to secure all of the layers together and glued a little gemstone on top of the brad to lend a little bit of pretty bling, then inked over all of the petals with Tea Dye DI.

Stems close up

The swirly stems are manila stock die cuts from the Home Décor Cricut cartridge.  I inked them with Mowed Lawn DI then added a layer of DCP in Clear Rock Candy.  Once that was dry and all crackly, I applied Peeled Paint DS right on top of the crackle to accentuate those itty bitty little cracks.  The stems and flower were adhered with Claudine Hellmuth Studio (matte) Multi-Medium and left to dry for a spell. (A little side  note–I just read that Claudine Hellmuth’s Studio Line is being discontinued with Ranger.)

Thinking of You close up

The sentiment is from the Three Little Words set from SU, stamped onto manila stock with Jet Black Archival Ink and punched out with the Word Window punch from SU.  I inked the edges with Vintage Photo DI and the surface with Tea Dye DI.  I attached to the front of the card with mini 3D dots.

Thinking of You Tat Floral

And there you have it–A card made out of spare die cut pieces that I seem to hoard on a regular basis.  OK–If I use the word hoard to describe the stuff that I keep around, does that make me a hoarder?  Hello, my name is Shari and I’m a craft hoarder 😉

Regardless, this was a super easy card to put together and I hope you are inspired to take a look around at the hoard stash inventory of extra goodies that you might keep around and put together your own simple card.  Thanks for joining me today and stay Artsy Fartsy!!  XOXO-Shari

Supplies I Used:

My First Altered Book

Ho Ho Ho!!  Happy Tuesday!!  Thank you for coming back and visiting with me!!  I have to say how very thankful I am to all of you who are taking some time out to stop by and browse my blog–especially during this mostly hectic time of year (mostly)….(hee, little joke there)…

I hope you continue to enjoy my offerings of creativity and continue to join me on my journey of artistic self-discovery!  Who knows what 2014 will have in store for us!!

Anyhoo….I’m still working on Christmas cards in my craft dungeon, but I thought I’d share something not related to the season, to take a bit of a break from all of the HO HO HO-ing…

My 1st Altered Book–A gift to my Parents

For my parent's 55th wedding anniversary.

For my parent’s 55th wedding anniversary.

My Mom and Dad on their wedding day 55 years ago.

My Mom and Dad on their wedding day 55 years ago.

I wanted to make my Mom & Dad something really special and unique for their 55th Wedding Anniversary and with all of the new techniques I’ve learned this year and all of the wonderful inspiration I’ve gathered from all over the world, I created this altered book in honor of my Folks!

The Happy Couple when they were just kids themselves...

The Happy Couple when they were just kids themselves…

Not only just an altered book, but a one-of-a-kind display of a cherished family photo (one of the last photo’s remaining) of my Mom & Dad’s Wedding day.  I took the idea and off I went and this is how it turned out….

I had a lot of fun with this–I used everything but the kitchen sink…Oh wait, I did use the kitchen sink when I was soaking the book in diluted coffee to stain the pages!!

Lots of textures  and fun stuff to touch!

Lots of textures and fun stuff to touch!

White Gesso, Distress Crackle Paint, Cheese Cloth, Tulle–Chipboard, Card Stocks, Home-Made Stencils and Dylusions Spray Inks….

Alt book Flower

All of the die cut pieces on this book were all pieces that I had saved–I never throw anything away! Hoarder Alert!

Corrugated Cardboard, Studio Acrylic Paint, Distress and Archival Inks and the bestest friend a crafter can have…Multi-Medium.

Alt Book

I’ve tucked portions of their wedding invitation around the photo…

And where would I be without my new crafting BFF–Multi-Medium!!  I love multi-medium!!  It’s basically the glue that is holding this entire project together…even keeping the pages of the book together, yet looking like nothing is holding the pages together!

Alt Book Flower Close UpI have several stashes of where I keep all of my spare die cut pieces that don’t end up being used for one reason or another–And coming across these tattered floral pieces was a score!!  I layered each petal with tulle and randomly brushed some white gesso to bring out the texture of the tulle and corrugated cardboard.

Happy 55 AnnivI used my Cricut personal trimmer and the Beyond Birthday’s & Opposites Attract cartridges to cut the 55th & Happy Anniversary pieces out of manila and black card stock.

Frame inside a FrameThe shadow box frame was made from chipboard (I keep my cereal boxes for crafting) and layered with musical background paper that I downloaded for free from Free Vintage Digital Stamps.  If you don’t have the “just-right” decorative papers, you’ll be able to find exactly what you’re looking for online–For FREE!!!  There are lots of crafty blogs out there that feature free image downloads and that’s a good thing for rural crafters like me!

I even had one of their original wedding invitations!  I copied it onto white vellum and cut it into strips to incorporate in the book and frame.

Vellum Invite StripsBeing my first altered book, and kind of using my Mom & Dad’s 55th Anniversary as my inspiration/experiment, I have to say that this came out much better than what I was expecting!  They just loved it and I loved being able to hand deliver it to them 700 miles away!!

Frame inside a FrameThanks for everything, Mom & Dad!!  I Love You Bunches!!

Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to visit!  I really do appreciate the hustle and bustle of the season and even finding the slightest piece of quiet can be hard–Let alone browsing on blogs that have nothing to do with (holiday) shopping!!  THANK YOU!!

So, until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!  XOXO-Shari

Supplies I Used (based entirely on my memory as I did not make my list of goodies used before I gave to my parents…):

My First Blog Post

Hello, my name is Shari Trumbull and I’m proud to Welcome You, to my very 1st blog site, Ain’t That Artsy Fartsy.  I want to use my blog as a place to share some of the cards I design using some of the COOLEST rubber stamp art out there.  As I get into the groove of establishing my blog, I plan on sharing links and blogs that are an integral part of my creativity.  But, let me start by sharing a picture of one of the more recent Spring themed cards I’ve made.

I made this card by using two sets of stamps from Artistic Outpost: Birds of a Feather and the text is from Old Grist Mill. After stamping the image with Ranger Archival Ink (in Jet Black) onto watercolor paper, I colored the image with Stampin’ Up Watercolor Pencils and then used my water-brush to achieve the watercolor painted look.  The flowers were made using the Tim Holtz Alterations die-cut Tattered Florals and I pretty much distressed everything using Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Walnut Stain.  I finished up with Tim Holtz Paper Tape and an Antique Brad from Stampin’ Up.

Very Artsy Fartsy!