Halloween WHOO Tag

Happy Saturday & Happy Weekend!!  Thanks for coming by today!  I’m having some fun making Halloween themed goodies and my project today is for 3 monthly challenges!!  I’m entering today’s tag into Tim’s 12 Tags of 2014 for October; Eclectic Ellapu’s October Challenge-I’m putting this in for the Purple Team’s theme of Texture Paste/Embossing and I’m headed over to a new challenge site for me, Artist Trading Post Exchange where the monthly mixed media challenge is Halloween.


Come along with me and I’ll show you all of the fun, Halloweeny elements that went into making this tag 🙂


I’m sticking to using this one set of images from Tim’s Carved Halloween set–but they’re all so cool, which one do I choose for my focal image?  That’s sometimes the hardest part…choosing the image.


I’m going with the big-eyed owl and made the masks I’ll need for my stamped & heat embossed images.

I then moved onto the pieces I’m going to glaze, so those can sit aside and dry–I stamped owl again, onto Distress WC Paper with Spice Marmalade DI and inked the pupils with a fine tip Sharpie.  I also stamped the little pumpkins that hang from the witch’s broom, with Jet Black Archival ink and colored in with my water brush and Distress Markers in Wild Honey, Mustard Seed & Peeled Paint.

This was a fun pre-prep thing to do, too.  I knew I wanted to get some Distress Glitter into this tag somewhere, so I decided to give the wishbone a little bling with Shabby Shutters DG.  I coated it with Diamond Glaze then gave it a little dip into the tub of DG.  I left it hanging on one of my embroidery needles until it was dry.


Heat embossing is one of the first magical things I learned when I started stamping and it’s a technique that never gets old–I used Distress Embossing Ink to stamp the owl image and extra branch onto my #8 manila tag and quickly covered with WOW EP in Primary Ebony and melted with my embossing heat gun.

I masked the owl and branch and laid down the Halloween LS over the tag and smeared a layer of WV’s white embossing paste over the entire tag.


I love exposing the stenciled words–That’s another magical technique that will never get old–YAY stencils!!


I also have a backside tag going on for added stability.  I’ve used the Halloween LS with Picket Fence DP and that’s all I’m going to do, for the most part.


When the embossing paste was dry, I used Squeezed Lemonade, Peeled Paint & Aged Mahogany Distress Stains in mini-misters and spritzed directly onto the surface.  I then spritzed a bit of water over the stains and let the colors blend.  For the kraft tag, I colored it with the over-spray of DS that landed on my craft sheet–I spritzed the stain with water and drug the tag through.


I added the metallic spots of color by flinging the stem from my Perfect Copper Perfect Pearls sprayer over the surface of the tag–I also did this in my little paint booth box to keep the splatter to a minimum, kind of 😉

By now, I’ve glued the two tags together with matte gel and let dry between heavy books.  I inked the edges with Black Soot DI & my ink blending tool &  distressed the edges with my paper distresser.  Time to start embellishing this tag!!


To go with my owl theme, I’m using Alpha Tiles to spell out what an owl would say, perched on a branch, on an eerie All Hallow’s Eve night! WHOO, indeed!! These tiles are going to get inked with Black Soot DI and have a few mini-fasteners attached here and there.

This was fun to do!  I used a TH/Idea-ology monocle that I rubbed Picket Fence DP over and heat dried.  I cut out a few words from the Apothecary Remnant Rub-Ons and did a little placement.  I have a fabulous dental tool that is one of the oldest tools I have in my crafting arsenal.  I use it for everything and it’s a perfect & precise paint scraper.

I strategically scraped away the DP where I wanted the rub-ons on the front side and didn’t even worry about any extra paint that I smudged on the reverse side of the monocle.

I’m using silver Tinsel Twine that I’ve colored with Lettuce & Eggplant Adirondack alcohol inks and heat dried with my embossing heat tool.  I then gave a little inking over the twine with Black Soot DI and my ink blending tool.



Look at those eyes shine!!  I fussy cut the eyes that I had glazed earlier and inked the edges with Walnut Stain DI and adhered down onto my embossed image with matte gel.  Love those eyes–they seem to bring this owl to life!


I don’t know which embellies I had more fun with–the monocle or the wishbone?  I love how the both of them turned out and they were so easy to alter!


Here’s a close up of the wishbone–Love those mica flakes! Sooo cool!!  When it was dry, I applied a little bit of Walnut Stain DI to it, too, to give it a little age.


Here’s the tag fully assembled with a few finishing touches of paint splatter!! I used Hunter Grey Twinkling H2Os to flick paint over the surface once everything was in place.


I purposely cracked the glaze on this pumpkin to give him a little character and inked the entire surface and edges with Walnut Stain DI.  I adhered him in place with a couple of foam squares.


I adhered the alpha tiles in place with matte gel and added the numbered brad after wrapping the bottom of the tag with the inked tinsel twine.


Are those big owl eyes mesmerizing or what?  With all of the fun things to look at and touch, I keep getting sucked back in to those eyes!  Those big, yellow, owl eyes!! Spoo-WHOO-ky for sure!! 🙂

If you’re in a Halloween challenge kind of mood, the 3 challenges this tag is going into, are open until the 30th & 31st of this month–Plenty of time to get that Halloween voodoo that you do (so well) onto a card or tag or whatever and join me in all of the challenge fun!  I hope to see you there 🙂

Thank you again for stopping by!! Big THANKS to my new followers and I’m so glad that you’re here hanging out with me!!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Surfaces: #8 Manila & Kraft Tags (Inkssentials/Ranger); Distress WC Paper (Tim Holtz/Ranger)
  • Distress Stains, Inks, Markers & Paints (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Ink (Ranger); Twinkling H2O (Splash of Color); Adirondack Alcohol Inks (Ranger); Perfect Pearls Mist (Ranger); Embossing Paste (Wendy Vecchi/Studio 490); Embossing Ink (Tim Holtz/Ranger); WOW Embossing Powder;
  • Layering Stencil (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous); Remnant Rub-Ons, Alpha Tiles, Number Brad, Tinsel Twine, Monocle, Wishbone, Trimmings, Swivel Clasp (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology);
  • Matte Gel (Liquitex); Foam Squares; Hole Punch; Dental Tool; Heat Tool; Embossing Heat Gun; Craft Sheet (Ranger); Diamond Glaze (Judikins); Paper Distresser & Scratcher (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios)

Summer Memoirs

Happy Thursday Everyone!!  Thank You All soooo much for visiting over the past week and leaving such wonderful comments!  It was a lot of fun to be a part of the Pretty Pink Posh Cutting Edge Blog Hop and such an honor to be featured at Our Creative Corner for their Top Talent Spotlight.  It’s been an exciting week for me in blog-land, for sure!!  Thanks for coming along with me!!

With the month of August coming quickly to a close, I’ve almost let some of my favorite challenges go unchallenged! I can’t do that–I’d feel, somewhat incomplete!  With Autumn ready to make its official appearance next month, I’m holding on to the last vestiges of Summer with the tag I made for Tim Holtz’s 12 Tags of 2014, Our Creative Corner’s Summertime challenge and Artistic Outpost’s Anything Goes challenge.  I’m a Summer girl by blood and where I live now, it’s the shortest season we have–I’ll stretch it out for as long as I can 🙂


I knew one tag wasn’t going to be enough for what I had in mind, so I layered a #10 manila tag with a #8 and off I went!! Techniques and tools abound in this one and it’s a lot easier to make, than what it may look…


See–not a lot of supplies!  I’m using one of my favorite summery stamp sets, Boardwalk from Artistic Outpost and some summery shades of Distress Inks & Stains…This is going to be an inky one, but not difficult and fun!


Tim’s Tag for August is full of texture and color and pure creative genius.  This month, Tim wanted us to create just for the muse of it; create where it will take you–I went to the beach!


I set out all of the images from the Boardwalk set, not really sure which images I’m going to use-but I want to be able to reach for whichever ones ‘speaks’ to me 😉


I’m using 3 different TH tissue tapes for my two tags and laying down where I’ll be stamping.


 I stamped the umbrella girl image for the #8 tag and the Atlantic City Steel Pier image for the #10 tag with Jet Black Archival Ink.  Those being the ‘main focal’ images, I randomly stamped text and images as filler and to create pockets of empty space.


Which stencils to use-which stencils to use?  Bubbles & Cargo layering stencils wanted to be used on these tags!


I applied a somewhat thin layer of Wendy Vecchi’s white embossing paste through the stencils on both tags and let air dry.  I would normally dry with my heat tool, but, sometimes I plan certain projects around being able to multi-task elsewhere and this project was one of those.  I came back about 2 hours later and the paste was completely dry.


I rubbed Salty Ocean, Squeezed Lemonade, Wild Honey & Spun Sugar DSs onto my craft sheet and ran each tag through the stains.  The lighter Squeezed Lemonade and Spun Sugar DSs got lost in the smaller tag, so I added more to the craft sheet before dragging the larger tag through.  I spritzed both tags with water to get the stains to wick a little more, then dried with my heat tool.

I distressed the edges of both tags with my paper distresser and inked the edges with Walnut Stain DI and my ink blending tool.

I added one more layer of stenciling with Tim’s new Latticework stencil and Walnut Stain DI.

 I don’t have the TH/Idea-ology film strip, but I do have Tim’s Mini Filmstrip/Tickets die.  I used smooth black Core’dination stock and gave it a rustic effect with Distress EI & heat set Vintage Photo Distress EP.

This part was really fun!! I picked a collection of embellishments that I finger painted with a concoction of Salty Ocean, Scattered Straw, Black Soot & Tarnished Brass DPs.  As these pieces are pretty small, I set them aside to air dry.


I want to add a few more beach/surf themed goodies and I just received this envelope of creative awesomeness from The Funkie Junkie Boutique!! I can use a few of these pieces in this tag!  I’ll hoard the rest 😉

I forgot to take pics of the heat embossing of the tiny sand dollar and starfish, but I used Scattered Straw Distress EP to texturize my seashore treasures.  I tacked the game piece and seashell embellies down with matte multi-medium and the game spinner had a change of finish.  I wasn’t happy with the paint effect, so I gave this a dip in Vintage Photo Distress EP and heat set.


After treating the game piece with a few random rubs of Distress Paints, I let it air dry, then came back and gave it a light sanding.  It looks like it’s been around the bingo table a few times!

 Using Distress Paints on metal embellishments is really cool!  As long as you don’t heat set the paint, you can get it wet and wipe it away.  I ended up doing just that on the Word Band twice, before being happy!  As for the finish on the file tab–it came out the way I wanted it the first time 😉


I used a piece of natural cheesecloth and multi-medium to secure the word band in place on the #8 tag, then I layered it onto the #10 tag and secured it with a few stitches from my sewing machine.  I finished the edges of the #10 tag with Distress EI & Vintage Photo Distress EP.  That’s a cool technique to get quick rust-like effects!  Can you see the Picket Fence DP splatters?  I just had to!!  It’s that whole feeling of incompleteness if I don’t have splatters!


And speaking of incompleteness–I treated the back of the big tag, too! I make these tags to send out and I use the backs as my writing space, so I want the backs to look good too 🙂


Thanks for joining me for today’s stroll through Summer Memoirs.  This creation brought back a lot of my own childhood memories of beach camping trips on the Pacific Coast with my family back in the day–I hope it evoked fun Summer memories of your own (without the mosquitos or sun burn!).

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


  • #8 & #10 Manila Tags (Ranger); Smooth Core’dinations Stock; Tissue Tape (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Archival Ink (Ranger); Distress Ink, Stains & Paints (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Distress Embossing Ink (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Embossing Paste (Wendy Vecchi); Distress Embossing Powders (Tim Holtz/Ranger)
  • Filmstrip Die (Tim Holtz/Sizzix); Big Shot Machine (Sizzix); Sewing Machine (Kenmore)
  • Crinkle Ribbon (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Cheesecloth; Game Piece, Game Spinner/Brad; File Tab (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Multi-Medium (Claudine Hellmuth/Ranger); Double-Back Tape (3m); Foam Dots; Ink Blending Tool; Heat Tool; Embossing Heat Tool; Craft Sheet (Ranger); Palette Knife; Paper Distresser (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios)

Found Objects

Happy Friday!!  I can’t believe that the week is (almost) over already!!  I could have sworn it was just Monday!!  But, that could mean I’ve been busy all week and it just zoomed by–Hello Weekend!!  Let’s get this party started!!

I’ve got my July Tag offering for Tim’s 12 Tags of 2014 to share today.  Here’s my ‘on the beach’ take of Tim’s ‘below the sea’ creation….


I wanted to stay with the ocean theme of Tim’s tag, it’s just I don’t have some of the goodies that Tim used.  So, I took his inspiration and brought it to the shoreline.


Tim’s July Tag is like peeking into the depths of the sea.  He’s got a seahorse, a starfish, a sand-dollar, seaweed…all kinds of marine life that you’d see below the waves.  I think Jacques Cousteau would have like Tim’s tag 🙂

Let me show you how I went about creating my tag using the techniques that Tim shared this month.


I gathered a bunch of supplies similar to Tim’s, that I thought I was going to use!  As I ended up staying on the beach with my tag, my ink colors changed and I didn’t end up using an embossing folder/texture fade.  But, I pretty much used everything else.

I’m using a #8 manila tag and a base background color of Broken China DP.

I added Wild Honey and Pumice Stone DS’s to my tag to mimic a sunshiny sky on top and a more neutral toned lower half.


I then inked the top half of the tag with Squeezed Lemonade DI and Vintage Photo DI on the bottom half.  I distressed the edges with my paper distresser and inked with Walnut Stain DI.  I think you may know what’s coming next….

WATER SPOTS!!  I spritzed and flicked water that I sprayed in my hand, and heat dried.

But oh, let’s not forget those ink splatters, too!!  I don’t have Tim’s Air Gun, but I’ve had this Inkworx Air Tool since, oh, gosh, about 1999 or so…


I don’t have an embossing folder or texture fade that I wanted to use for my background overlay–instead, I created clear sunrays with Translucent Embossing Paste and the Rays Layering Stencil.

I taped the stencil in place and spread a thin layer of embossing paste through the stencil.  I kept the layer thin so that I would have completely, see-through rays when the paste was dry.  I set this aside to air dry and started on the pieces.

I die cut the Apothecary Bottles out of Modeling Film.  I’m only going to use one of the bottles–the largest of the 3, for this tag–but I did experiment on another….


…not pictured (I’m saving it for another project).  I thought I was going to make my bottle mercury glass-like (hint hint) for this tag, but I didn’t want to experiment too much (and not be happy) so, I only went with alcohol ink to color my bottle.


I used Bottle Adirondack Alcohol Ink to color my modeling film with.  I squeezed the ink directly onto the felt applicator then dabbed onto the die cut bottle, then I applied a little Blending Solution to the felt and dabbed over the bottle again.


After applying a few layers, I stopped when I achieved this.  I love green sea glass!! 😉


I applied heat to the bottle with my embossing gun, then carefully molded the bottle into a rounded contour with my fingers.  I wanted the bottle to have its shape before I start in with it’s crackle finish! This is going to be fun!


I applied a thin layer of matte multi-medium first, as the base the DCP will adhere to.


I heat dried the multi-medium and the bottle turned frosty–I could have left the bottle as is!  It completely looks like a worn piece of beach glass!


But I couldn’t resist! I wanted a crackly bottle, so, on with a thin layer of Clear Rock Candy DCP.  I let that air dry to move on to some more small stuff…


I’m using stamps from the Boardwalk plate from Artistic Outpost and the little beach hut from this set will be perfect!

I stamped the hut in Jet Black Archival and water-colored with Barn Door, Pumice Stone, Frayed Burlap, Vintage Photo & Black Soot DM’s and my detail water brush, heat dried and fussy cut…


…then stamped the shells in Tea Dye, Victorian Velvet, Antique Linen and Spun Sugar DI’s and fussy cut those, too.


I inked the edges of all of the little shells with Walnut Stain DI and my ink blending tool.  Since I’m not using paint on my shells, I’ll use Distress Embossing Powder to assist in creating the grainy texture on my shells.


I pressed my fingertip into the Embossing Ink pad, then dabbed randomly over the surfaces of the shells.  I sprinkled tiny little pinches of Scattered Straw, Vintage Photo and Black Soot Distress Powders over the inked shells….


…then set with my embossing gun–carefully.  I had to hold each shell down with a pin as I was heat drying (ummm..I may have only, accidentally, touched the tip of the blazing hot pin once!) 😉


OH–I forgot!

Behind the scenes, I had die cut the Apothecary label for the bottle out of vellum and aged with Tea Dye and Walnut Stain DI’s….


…and die cut the Apothecary stopper out of manila stock and treated the same, to try to achieve a cork look.  Pretty close!  (I do have sheets of cork, but they’re too thick, and it was too dangerous to cut in half…I tried!)

I applied Remnant Rubs to the label and the beach hut–these are ready for placement!


This sheet music image is from the Ephemera Background plate from Artistic Outpost.

I stamped this sheet music image onto vellum and treated with Tea Dye, Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain DI’s and my ink blending tools.  I gave it a spritz and flick of water and heat dried.  I ripped the edges with my Tearing Edge tool and inked with Walnut Stain DI.  This is going to be my little message in the bottle.

I have an older Grass Sizzlits die that I used with Distress Core’dinations stock.  I lightly sanded the strips of stock prior to cutting and after, before I popped the grass out.  I ripped apart little strips of grass that I needed and inked them with Walnut Stain DI.

I also created ‘real grass’ out of fraying the ends of jute twine with my craft scratcher.  I made a few little bunches to have ready to tuck.


Oh boy–look at all of those goodies! It’s assembly time–but that all happened without pictures!

I did make my own sand concoction out of  Clear UTEE, Scattered Straw & Black Soot Distress EP and Mustard Seed Distress Glitter, mixed with Diamond Glaze.  I had to work fast as I was gluing and tucking and placing and smearing all at the same time!  Once everything was placed, I did cover with waxed paper and weighted in place with some magazines.


After drying for a spell, I lightly tapped the tag to remove any loose sand and just to check the durability of all of the glued goodies.  It’s solid!


This faux-cork stopper could be my favorite little detail of this entire tag!! I glued it in place with matte multi-medium while I was holding it in place with my finger so it would also have a curve to it, like the neck of the bottle.


You can see my clear sunrays at this angle!


I love the little tuck of ‘natural’ grass poking through the sand.


Who knows where this bottle washed ashore from? Oh, but look–there’s a message inside & out!


I hope you enjoyed this stroll down the beach with me today!  We may not have dived under the sea like Tim did, but, we may have gotten our toes a little wet in the surf!  And sometimes, that’s good enough for me–SHARK!!

Thanks for stopping by with me today!!  Have a GREAT weekend & until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!  XOXO-Shari


  • Surfaces: #8 Manila Tag (Ranger); Vellum; Manila Stock; Modeling Film (Wendy Vecchi Studio 490); Distress Core’dinations
  • Distress Inks, Stains, Markers & Paint (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Ink (Ranger); Adirondack Alcohol Ink (Ranger)
  • Stamps: Boardwalk & Ephemera Background Plates (Artistic Outpost)
  • Apothecary Bottles Die (TH/Sizzix); Grass Sizzlits (Sizzix); Big Shot Machine (Sizzix)
  • Remnant Rub-Ons (TH/Idea-ology); Jute Twine; Cotton Twine (Pretty Pink Posh)Natural Trimmings (TH/Idea-ology); Word Band/Observations (TH/Idea-ology)
  • Finger Knife (Fiskars); Cutting Mat; Craft Sheet (Ranger); Matte Multi-Medium (Claudine Hellmuth/Ranger); Heat Tool; Embossing Heat Tool; Paper Distresser & Craft Scratcher (TH/Tonic Studios); Diamond Glaze; Water Brush
  • UTEE (Melt-Art); Distress Embossing Powders & Glitter (TH/Ranger)

June in Orange

Happy Friday Everyone!!  Goodness, is the month almost over already?? WOW!!

Time has surely gotten the best of me lately but, I’m sure happy to be here today, with my tag for Tim Holtz’s June 2014 Tag Challenge and Our Creative Corner’s Flaming June Challenge.


I’m loving both challenge themes at each blog–The primary goal at Our Creative Corner’s monthly challenge is to use Orange and Tim is showcasing his Distress Ink Mono-Print technique.  That sounds like fun to me–Let me show you what I did 🙂


A real challenge for me with the OCC theme was not having that many orange colors to use.  But, I managed with the three colors of Distress Inks that I have; Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade & Ripe Persimmon.  They did me right proud!!

I’m using a #8 manila tag and 140# cold press water color paper as my bases and I’ve chosen the Burlap Layering Stencil as my mono-print pattern.


I don’t have the Mini DI’s, just the biggies, but they work just the same, with a little extra ink that ends up on the craft sheet (that will get used!).

I smooshed all three of my DI colors directly onto my stencil and spritzed with water.


Then laid the stencil down onto my piece of water color paper.  Using a paper towel, I gently dabbed the stencil down into the paper while wiping away any excess ink that’s seeped through under the stencil.


I love this part and I especially love this burlap stencil!  It has been my go-to stencil to use on mono-print backgrounds in the past (click here) and I love the effect–it’s different every time!!

I heat dried the wc panel and set aside, then grabbed my #8 manila tag and ran it through the left over DI’s on my craft sheet.


I can’t stand to let any left-over inks go and I always have manila tags ready at hand!  In this case, I’m inking up my manila tag base to give me more orange….


…and I’m using the left-over ink on the stencil to apply onto my #8 tag base.  Like I said, I hate to let any ink go!!


Even though the water color panel is going to cover most of this tag, I love the 2nd generation mono-print I got from the DI’s that were left-over on the stencil.  Does that make it a duo-print? 😉


I’ve got my dried #8 tag and my Burlap mono-print wc panel ready with some of the supplies I’ll need for the next few steps.  Lots o ‘stamping and water coloring and maybe a little fabric and stitch work thrown in for good measure!

I stamped the winged girl from TH/SA Winged Thing I set onto the mono-print panel with Sepia Archival Ink.  I also stamped her with Jet Black Archival onto another piece of 140# wc paper.  Then I stamped her again, using Ripe Persimmon onto a piece of muslin (not pictured, of course!).

I water colored the images using the same 3 colors of DI and my water brush and I used my Tattered Rose DM for her skin tone and Pumice Stone DM for her stockings.  I finished her ensemble with a layer of TH/Idea-ology Frosted Film over her wings.  So shimmery and pretty!

I fussy cut the winged girl out and used the stamped piece of muslin as a frock for her.  I used matte multi-medium to adhere her dress and added a couple of decorative stitches with my sewing machine.


BTS–I added Dimensional Magic to her crown and alcohol stained rhinestones for some orange toned bling 🙂

I really wasn’t happy with any of the larger sentiment/quote stamps that I have, and none of them really ‘said’ anything to me.  But, I knew one of my Artistic Outpost plates has the perfect quote that would match my winged girl perfectly!!  It’s from the Think & Wonder plate and I did some pre-emptive positioning before stamping each word onto the panel separately.


I used a Philosophy Tag smudged with a bit of Ripe Persimmon DP and painted the end of a brad to match.

Inking Crinkle Ribbon is always fun!! This sunny color trifecta of oranges I’m using throughout is brought into concentrated delight!!

I pressed my longer piece of crinkle ribbon through the combination of all three DI’s, then I used only Wild Honey DI for my shorter piece of ribbon.  I heat dried while crinkling in my fingers then rubbed with Walnut Stain DI when dried.


I assembled by adhering my winged girl with a combination of foam squares, double-back tape & matte multi-medium.  The words got lost on the tag once I started putting things into place, so I used a fine tip black Sharpie and made rough boxes around each word.  I added the vellum butterflies, inked in my fav oranges!!


I made her heart charm bracelet out of a TH/Idea-ology jump ring, 4 glass beads (in oranges, of course) and a brass heart that I first treated with Butterscotch Adirondack Alcohol Ink, then coated with Ripe Persimmon DP.

This was a fun tag to make, using the same 3 DI colors in so many different ways.  There’s DI water coloring going on and DI mono-printing going on, there’s DI dyeing of ribbon going on….And they are all different!!  That is so very cool!!


So off I go with my ‘June in Orange’ tag to, Tim Holtz’s June Tag Challenge and Our Creative Corner-Flaming June Challenge.

Since I last wrote earlier this week, our Summer weather was taken a hiatus and we’re back to rain and thunderstorms….

So, I’ve been able to spend the last couple of days down in the craft dungeon and not feel guilty about it!!  I’m going to take advantage of the rainy weather and get myself nice and inky and painty and get some of the late cards I should have made weeks ago, done!! YAY!!

I hope you’ve enjoyed my offering for today and will join me over at Tim’s and Our Creative Corner’s blogs.  These are just a couple of my fav challenge blogs and there’s always inspiration to be had and shared by all.

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


  • Surfaces: #8 Manila Tag (Ranger); 140# Water Color Paper; Muslin; Frosted Film (TH/Idea-ology)
  • Stamps:  Winged Things I (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous); Think & Wonder (Artistic Outpost); Background Basics Text Style (Papertrey Ink)
  • Distress Inks, Markers & Paint (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Inks (Ranger); Adirondack Alcohol Ink (Ranger)
  • Layering Stencil (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous); Philosophy Tag & Brad (TH/Idea-ology); Crinkle Ribbon (TH/Idea-ology)
  • Dimensional Magic (Plaid); Fine Point Pen (Sharpie); Self Adhesive Rhinestones; Jump Ring (TH/Idea-ology); Glass Beads; Brass Heart
  • Double-Back Tape (3M); Matte Multi-Medium (Claudine Hellmuth/Ranger); Foam Squares/Dots; Ink Blending Tool
  • Craft Sheet (Ranger); Heat Tool; Hole Punch; Finger Knife
  • Big Shot Machine (Sizzix); Beautiful Wings Embosslits (Sizzix)

PS–I’ve incorrectly watermarked ALL of the photos is this blog…BIG DUH!! The correct watermark should read http://aintthatartsyfartsy.com  (but if you’re here, you found me anyway!!) Sorry…DUH!! 😉


April’s Tag

Hello & Welcome Back!  I wanted to end the week with my tag offering for Tim Holtz’s 12 Tags of 2014 for April.  I’ve been experimenting with parts of his showcased techniques all month, I guess it’s time that I put them all together for my April Tag.  Here we go!


One of the techniques that Tim highlighted in the making of his April Tag is using his Tattered Pinecone die to make the flowers.  I don’t have that die, but I do have the Tattered Florals die that I experimented with to make my flowers.  As I go along, I’ll show you how I improvised and ended up with these two blooms.


The collection of goodies.

I shopped my own stash with this project and used chipboard from cereal boxes and corrugated cardboard from box packaging and happened to find already cut tattered florals.

Speaking of ‘shopping my stash’–This tag is going to the Earth Day challenge over at Shopping Our Stash challenge blog, too.  Using cereal boxes as my chipboard and hoarding all of the corrugated material I can get my hands on, is just the way I craft.  It’s fun trying to figure out second-life uses of items and materials we use every day.


Bits & pieces of Tim’s collage paper stash.

This is the chipboard paper collage I glued together to use with the Honeycomb frameworks die.  I’ll use the frame this makes later but I’ll use a few of the hexagons on this tag.

I randomly applied tissue tape to both sides of my #8 manila tag.


The front side of the tag got a coat of Broken China DP and a good spritz and flick of water.

I blotted the excess water off, then dried with my heat tool.

I treated the backside of my tag with Scattered Straw DP in the same manner as the front.


I blotted the excess water and paint off with a paper towel and heat dried.  I Love how some of the Broken China DP from the front of the tag, seeped around the edges of the back.  A completely random and totally awesome effect!  Being messy really pays off sometimes 🙂

I inked the front and back with Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain DI’s and my ink blending tools.  I also distressed the edges with my paper distresser.

One of my favorite things to do–the water spritz and flick.

 Those water drops add so much personality to a project.  If I’m not splattering paint on my cards & tags, I’m definitely spritzing & flicking water on them.  Well, who am I fooling–I usually do both to ALL of my projects!  LOL 🙂


Here is my second-life cereal box chipboard, that I die cut using the Tim Holtz Honeycomb frameworks die.  I’m going to apply my Crushed Olive DP heavier where that dot-matrix printing is on the chipboard.  That’s all coding and such printed on the inside of the cereal box–but easily camouflaged, no problem!

I thoroughly heat dried my painted honeycomb frame, then gave it a light sanding with my sanding block and finished with an inking of Vintage Photo & Walnut Stain DI’s.

I cut the honeycomb frame in a couple of different places and positioned onto the front of my tag.  I glued it down with a glue stick and applied a little dry heat.


One of the things I experimented with for this tag is getting a mirrored effect with Distress Paint.  One surface I used the Honeycomb die with was a piece of acetate.  I used one of the acetate hexagon’s and painted it with Brushed Pewter DP and dried with my heat tool.


It’s not a clear, clean mirror effect–it reminds me more of a mercury glass effect.  I’ll take it!

Part of my stash is a nice collection of previously cut die shapes–in this case, already inked and tulle florals already gesso’d.  I stamped the stock florals with one of the french text stamps from the Le Jardin plate from Oxford Impressions.  After stamping all three shapes, I cut the centers out of all of them to basically give me the same kind of length of stock that I can manipulate around a toothpick.


There’s the center of my yellow flower–which btw, was my second attempt at making one of these flowers.  The blue flower is my first attempt and kind of looks like it 😉


I layered a piece of the gesso’d tulle behind the center bud, then wrapped and hot glued the bigger Tattered Floral shape around the toothpick.  (I cleaned my fingers of all of the hot glue residue before taking this shot! My fingers where a gluey mess!!)


This is my first try at making the 3D flower with the tattered florals.  These were left-over die cuts that I made from decorative papers–I think from Stampin’ Up.  But, definitely a bit more…bland, than the 2nd flower that I made.

And again, since I don’t have the Tattered Pinecone die, I don’t have the juniper branches either.  So, in this case, I used a leaf die cut from Sizzix and cut out my leaf branches from a piece of distress colorcore stock.  I ran two pieces of stock through the Big Shot machine and carefully sanded each branch before taking out of the whole piece.  Then I stamped each branch with the same french text stamp that I used on the yellow flower.


I spritzed my crinkle ribbon with water, then rubbed my Crushed Olive DI pad over the entire surface then crinkled in my fingers while I heat set.


I rubbed both Crushed Olive & Broken China DP onto the philosophy tag and rubbed a little bit onto the jump ring and wire pin.  When the DP was a little dry, I wiped the surface of the token to leave the depressed areas filled with paint.

I glued both blooms down with a hot glue gun and all of the little hexagon pieces got adhered with matte multi-medium.


What did I say earlier about paint splattering?  I couldn’t let this tag get away without a proper splattering of Scattered Straw DP.  I’m so glad that I made this last minute addition.  The way the paint ended up getting splattered on that blue flower, just finished it off perfectly!  Now I feel a little better about that particular flower 🙂


The back I left plain–When I make a tag that I know I’m going to end up sending to someone, I prepare the back, but leave room for a stamped sentiment or a handwritten message.


I added little itty bitty self-adhesive brown pearls to the centers of each tattered bloom–just the right amount of ‘bling’ for this tag.


Since I’ve got this tag with all kinds of fun elements, I’m going to send this into the Spring Flowers challenge at A Vintage Journey.  This tag is perfect for this challenge–not only is it for Tim’s monthly challenge, but A Vintage Journey is a blog inspired by Tim’s creations and techniques!  This tag is Tim inspired all the way!! 🙂


Thank you for ending your week with me!  I may be posting something special over the weekend, so stay tuned 🙂

Until then–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!  XOXO-Shari


  • #8 Manila Tag (Ranger); Chipboard (cereal box); Collage Paper Stash (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Tulle; Manila Stock; Decorative Papers (SU); Corrugated Cardboard (reused packaging); Acetate (SU); Colorcore Distress Collection (Core’dinations)
  • French Text Stamp from Le Jardin Plate (Oxford Impressions)
  • Honeycomb & Tattered Florals Dies (Tim Holtz/Sizzix); Big Shot Machine (Sizzix)
  • Distress Inks & Paints (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Ink (Ranger)
  • Tissue Tape, Crinkle Ribbon, Wire Pin & Philosophy Tag (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Jute Twine; Self-Adhesive Pearls
  • Hot Glue Gun; Round Toothpicks; Craft Sheet (Ranger); Heat Tool; Sanding Block; Glue Stick; Matte Multi-Medium (Claudine Hellmuth/Ranger); Splatter Brush (Liquitex); Paper Distresser (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios)

Dream-My March Tag

Happy Wednesday my Artsy Fartsy Friends!!  And a special HELLO and WELCOME BACK to SPRING!!!  YAY!!  It’s changing around here quickly and the planting beds are no longer covered in snow.  That means my days in my creative dungeon are numbered (but just temporarily), so I better get some of my fav challenge projects done, before those dirt sirens start singing for me to come out and play!  🙂

Dream Smudge Tags

My March Tags for Tim Holtz’s 12 Tags of 2014 Challenge.

With Spring here and the birds returning to their Summer homes, the theme of Tim’s March tag is just perfect.  I do love the birds coming home to nest and I especially look forward to a returning Robin family that nests under our deck.  If you squint through the decking, you can see down into the nest!  It’s the coolest nature experience, literally under my feet!  In honor of my feathered friends, I stayed with Tim’s nature concept and made sure my nest, at least, had a Robin’s egg nested securely inside 🙂

My starting supplies...

My starting supplies…

This is a really cool technique and it’s like you get two tags for the effort of one!  Lot’s of ink play with this smudge technique!  Let’s go…


Although I stuck with, pretty much, all of the same techniques that Tim used for this March tag, I did begin by coloring my manila tags with Frayed Burlap Distress Stain first.


I smushed the stain directly onto my craft sheet and drug my first tag through the stain, full strength….


…then I spritzed the stain that was left on the craft sheet with water, then drug my second tag through the water-downed stain.  See, one tag has a darker background, the other, a lighter more subtle background.


My nest image is from the Goldfinch stamp from Stacy Stamps—I had to strategically press my Vintage Photo DI pad directly onto the stamp image to leave out the image of the goldfinch.  Once I stamped the full strength image on my dark tag, I huffed on the stamp for the second press on my lighter tag–both images then got smudged with a clean sponge applicator on my ink blending tool.


Even though I didn’t want to use the image of the goldfinch in her nest, I did want to have something with wings on my tags.  I’m using the winged man from the Winged Things II plate and he’s going to get inked with Mustard Seed, Tea Dye, Crushed Olive and Tumbled Glass DI’s.

Although it’s hard to see, when the images get smudged with the clean blending tool, the lines/edges of the images softened.

I stamped the compass image from the Classics #1 set with Black Soot DI and you can really see the smudge effect on that–Cool!!


I used Walnut Stain DI to stamp ‘Dream’ onto both tags, smudged with my ink blending tool, then did a bit of water spritz and flicking all over both tags.  You can really see the water spots on the “full-strength” tag–they’re more subtle on the second tag.

I colored my robin’s egg with a DM in Tumbled Glass and my water brush.  I scribbled the marker onto my craft sheet and picked up with my water brush, without squeezing any excess water through the bristles.  For the lighter tag, when I picked up the DM with my water brush, I did scribble a bit onto my craft sheet, then colored the egg.


I inked the edges on both tags with Vintage Photo & Walnut Stain Distress Inks.

 Now time for picking the colors I’m going to stencil with–For the darker tag, I’m using Spiced Marmalade and Weathered Wood DM’s and for my lighter tag, I’m using Wild Honey and Antique Linen DM’s.

 I chose one of my favorite background designs for my stencil–Harlequin!!  It’s such a versatile design and I think it fits in nicely with my winged gent.


I really like the effect when using an air tool and markers to color through stencils–for these tags especially, the air sprayed stencil designs have the soft edges like the smudged stamped images do.


Time to get really inky with the embellishments!  I’ll be using Gathered Twigs DP on my metal feathers and Wild Honey & Frayed Burlap DS’s for my cheese cloth and crinkle ribbon.

I dabbed Gathered Twigs DP directly onto my metal feathers then rubbed my finger over them to make sure the paint got into the grooves then I set with my heat tool.    For the cheese cloth, I dabbed and rubbed Wild Honey & Frayed Burlap DS’s directly on it, then spritzed with water and manipulated with my fingers a bit to make sure the stains were wicking into the fibers.  The crinkle ribbon got a coat of Wild Honey DS, a spritzing of water, then dried with my heat tool.  The cheese cloth and crinkle ribbon got a random inking with Walnut Stain DI and my ink blending tool.

Each tag got a piece of the stained cheesecloth glued to it with matte multi-medium.  As I laid the cheesecloth down, I would apply a light layer of multi-medium then press the cloth into the medium.  The matte multi-medium dries completely invisible and it’s strong!!  I have no worries about the cheesecloth coming lose or falling off–Ever!


With the final touches of feathers and tissue tape to both tags…..

These tags are ready to fly the coop to Tim's 12 Tags of 2014 for March!

…these tags are ready to fly the coop and migrate to the March installment of Tim’s 12 Tags of 2014!  You’ve got until Monday the 31st to join in on the fun…spread your wings and take flight with the challenge!!

I hope you enjoyed today’s post and found it full of Artsy Fartsy inspiration.  Until next time, Thank You soooo much for stopping by and Stay Artsy Fartsy!!  XOXO-Shari


  • Stamps: Goldfinch (Stacy Stamps); Winged Things II & Classics #1 (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous)
  • Distress Inks, Paints, Stains & Markers (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Multi-Medium (Claudine Hellmuth/Ranger);
  • #8 Manila Tag (Ranger); Cheese Cloth; Crinkle Ribbon, Tissue Tape & Wire Pins (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology);  Metal Feathers (mfg unk)
  • Harlequin Stencil (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous); Air Art Tool (Artworx)


Be A Good One

Greetings & Salutations and HAPPY FRIDAY!!!  Thank you all for hanging with me while I was taking my hiatus to be with my Mom and Dad.  The life experience I was honored to have with my Mom during the end of her life is something that leaves me with memories of love and strength and faith.  I aspire to be as strong as my Mom was during her 20 month fight with ovarian cancer.  I Thank God for taking her Home and giving us another Angel to watch over us.  I Love You, Mom!!

So, now, I’m back in my creative dungeon and kind of getting myself back into the creative swing of things.  It feels good to have something artsy-fartsy to focus on and a motivational tool for me is Tim Holtz’s 12 Tags of 2014–I thought I’d get this late Friday night offering in for February, right under the wire!  Hope you enjoy this–it was a fun one!  I’m up late anyways, so–Why Not?  🙂

Feb Good One Tag

I really like the clean and simple design of this tag.  Let me take you through my steps and the ingredients that were used to mix this happy tag up!

Tag Ingredients

I used a #8 manila tag and colored it with Squeezed Lemonade and Frayed Burlap DS’s.


I rubbed the stains onto my craft sheet and drug the tag through the colors.  I did give the tag a spritz of water and let the stains wick while I was heat drying it upside down.

Stain Color Base

I did forget to snap pics of the stenciling itself, but, it came out FANTASTIC!! 🙂

I used Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed and Wild Honey DI’s and ink blending tools to stencil the stars.  I removed the stencil and quickly sprinkled clear embossing powder over the entire tag and heat with my embossing tool.

Inked Edges

I inked the edges with Walnut Stain DI and my ink blending tool….


….and gave the edges  some distressing.

Plain Stars

I moved on to getting the stars all glitzed up and set aside to dry.  I colored two of the stars with Mustard Seed and Squeezed Lemonade DI’s and the smallest star was treated with embossing ink and heat embossed with silver embossing powder.

Glitter Stars

The biggest star has a layer of Clear Rock Candy Distress Glitter and was so pretty on its own.  But, I couldn’t help myself and dabbed some Squeezed Lemonade DS on top of the clear glitter.  It enhanced the sparkle of the glitter even more!

Chalkboard Sentiment

This was my first attempt at the newest stamping magic technique–Chalkboard.  When my husband got a look at this part, he said “Hey–that looks like a little chalkboard…” Perfect! I must have done the technique right!!

Chalkboard Close Up

I had this small piece of black cardstock ready to go and used this sentiment from the Typography plate from Artistic Outpost.  I stamped the verse with tinted embossing ink and covered with Antiquities Frosted Crystal embossing powder.  I heat set just until the powder turned matte and let cool before I rubbed chalk all over.

A Good One Close Up

Once I covered the entire stamped sentiment with chalk, I used my finger to remove the excess chalk dust.  What I was left with was a vintage looking and feeling, faux chalkboard focal point.  COOL!

Industrial Sticker

I layered the chalkboard sentiment on a piece of plain white cardstock and adhered to the center of the stenciled tag.  I trimmed a small piece of an Idea-ology Industrial Sticker and adhered to the bottom of my tag.  I gave the industrial sticker a swipe of  Walnut Stain DI, but, the camera wasn’t able to pick up the little extra shading that additional inking provided.

Glitter and Stain Star

I added some 3-D squares to the back of the glitter star and pressed firmly into place.

Silver Embossed Star

And here’s my little extra star bling in the upper corner.  This is the chipboard star that I had die-cut from my Cricut and heat embossed.  The edges got an inking of Walnut Stain DI.

Finished Tag

And there’s the finished tag with added pieces of funky yarn and cotton twill!

Finished Good One

The chalkboard technique is really cool and the results are awesome! I’ll be incorporating more of that in future projects, for sure!!

Glitter Star with Inked Edges

And this Clear Rock Candy DG star! With its inked edges, it gives this whole tag an antiquey and vintage feel.  Artsy-Fartsy, indeed! 🙂

Final Tag Pic

I hope you enjoyed my late-night, last-day-of-the-month, under-the-wire posting  for a couple of February challenges.  I’m going to submit this into Tim Holtz’s 12 Tags of 2014-February and to Artistic Outpost for their Monthly Referral ProgramWish me luck!!

Thanks again, for sticking with me through my hiatus–I appreciate you all hanging out, waiting for me!  I plan to be back at posting once a week with fun new creations to make you smile and feel good 🙂   Thanks for Stopping By and Stay Artsy Fartsy!!  XOXO-Shari

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