TBT to July 14, 2015

HAPPY almost NEW YEAR!!!  WOO-HOO!!!  And it’s Thursday, too!!  HEY–That means it’s Throwback Thursday time at the Scrap’n Stamp Blog!!  Glad I didn’t decide to hibernate the rest of the year away!! LOL!! 😉 🙂

Today, for the last Throwback Thursday of 2016, we’re ending the year on a sunshiny kind of feeling with a posting from July 14, 2015


I totally loved making this!!  As a matter of fact, I’m altering the larger box to match (finally!) 😉 🙂

Come on over to the Scrap’n Stamp Blog to find out how I made this sunflower and altered the round trinket box–You’ll love it!!

Wishing you all a HAPPY & SAFE NEW YEAR!!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!


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….


..to 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 fontspace.com 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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