Throwback Thursdays

Well, HELLO HELLO HELLO!!  Nice to be with you today and returning to blogland on Thursdays for a new Throwback Thursday feature happening at the Scrap ‘N Stamp Blog.  Scrap’N Stamp online store & blog owner, Raya Latham recently contacted me and asked if I would be interested in sharing some of my older creations and blog postings at the Scrap’N Stamp Blog, and I said Yes!

So, every Thursday I’ll be re-sharing projects from blog postings of years past, beginning with today’s Throwback Thursday project of my version of Tim Holtzs’ Tag from July 2015 which, just so happened to be picked as one of Tim’s Winner’s last year!!



Thanks so much for joining me today and coming back to visit!  Hope to see you over at the Scrap’N Stamp Blog!!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!


Cats & Dogs Partying Together

HAPPY, HAPPY MONDAY!!  I’m here today wearing my Team Inspire crafty cap, for our mid-way reminder about our Pocket Letter Challenge going on at the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity right now through February 25th.  What’s a Pocket Letter you may ask?  Don’t worry, I had to ask, too–


–This is a pocket letter.  A collection of 9 ATC’s tucked neatly into a 9-pocket trading card sleeve that can be folded and mailed out in a business size envelope.  Since there are always birthdays going on, I’ve made my pocket letter into a birthday greeting, with the help of our Party Dogs & Party Cats stamps.  Let me show you a little bit of what I did….


There are those party animals, with that look in all of their eyes asking, Where’s The Party At?!  I’m also going to be using our Misc Words stamp–again, a must have stamp because of all of the words that are available on it.  I cut all of my ATCs out of mixed-media paper and slipped them into the ATC sleeve to make sure I cut them to the proper size–Yup! Got that part right!


I colored each ATC the same way by inking an acrylic block with a Distress Ink pad, then I spritzed the block with water, and pressed the block onto the ATC.


Let’s see if I can remember the DIs I used–Wilted Violet, Fossilized Amber, Candied Apple, Picked Raspberry, Twisted Citron, Mermaid Lagoon, Blueprint Sketch, Lucky Clover and Carved Pumpkin.


I stamped the Party Dogs & Party Cats onto another piece of mixed-media paper with black pigment ink and heat embossed with clear EP.  I fussy cut all of these guys out and set aside for later party placement.


I stamped all of the party participants onto their respective ATCs and ran each one through my sewing machine to add the stitched border.


I added stenciling, paint lines, paint cap circles and paint splatters onto each ATC.  Now, let me see if I remember which stencils I used–There’s the Harlequin LS and Wendy Vecchi’s Add a Stencil and her Polka Dotty stencil.  I used Black Soot and Picket Fence DPs for the paint lines and paint caps respectively and I stenciled using the same colors of DI that I used to color each ATC with.  To finish I splattered Hunter Grey Twinkling H20s over the surface and inked the edges with Black Soot DI.


I adhered each fussy cut party animal to their respective ATCs and added Happy Birthday word bands to two of the ATCs.  I outlined the animals and words with Black Soot DI and my water brush, then outlined again with white gel pen.


We’ve got some of the party animals behaving nicely-while others are finding themselves a little bit ‘tippy’.


Oh No!  One of the dogs seems to have found himself on the ceiling, to the obvious dismay of this ‘orange’ party kitty!


I kept my pocket letter kind of simple and didn’t add any embellies that would bulk this letter up–a challenge in itself!  And since I’m supposed to be able to mail this in a business size envelope-another challenge, I’m going to see if it will take only one postage stamp to mail it! LOL!  We’ll see about that, as I’m accustomed  to having to place those extra postage stamps on pretty much everything that I mail out!

I hope my very first pocket letter has inspired you to make your own, and join us for our Pocket Letter Challenge at The Portal!!  The link is open until the 25th, so there’s still plenty of creation time!  Hope to see you there!!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps:  Party Dogs, Party Cats & Misc Words (Lost Coast Designs)
  • Archival Ink & Clear Embossing Powder (Ranger); Pigment Ink (ColorBox); Distress Inks & Paints (Tim Holtz/Ranger); White Gel Pen (Sakura); Twinkling H20s
  • Stencils: Harlequin LS (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous); Add a Stencil & Polka Dotty (Wendy Vecchi)
  • Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore); Black Card Stock (Core’dinations)
  • Sewing Machine (Kenmore); Finger Knife (Fiskars); Gift Card; Paint Cap; Water Brush; Ink Blending Tools

An Invincible Summer

HAPPY TUESDAY!!  MERRY-almost-CHRISTMAS!!  This will be my only pre-Christmas post (so I’ll try to keep it quick!) and I won’t be back until after the Christmas holiday, when I’ll have some fun & exciting news to share!!  Stay tuned for that 🙂

In the meantime, I’ve pretty much finished my Christmas card making for the year, but that doesn’t necessarily mean I’ve finished my Christmastime mixed-media projects!!  I’ve still got 3 on my worktable, that aren’t going to make it out on time this year–that’s just the way it’s going to HO HO HO go!

But, I did manage to sneak in a project that I made for a couple of challenges–on time!!  Does that mean my holiday priorities are a bit askew?  Well, HO HO HO to that, too!!  🙂



I decided upon making this ATC tri-fold based on the challenge going on at Our Creative Corner–Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.  The challenge is to create something festive for Christmas on an ATC or ATB…OH what a challenge for me!! The small size of the ATC (2.5″x3.5″) is quite intimidating for me, so I decided to make myself 3 ATC’s which gives me 6 small surfaces to create on. What have I done to myself??? 🙂


This is how it all started–3 ATC’s tissue taped together and rubbed with gesso.  I made these ATC’s with one piece of chipboard (cereal box) sandwiched between two pieces of manila stock that were all glued together with matte gel and pressed between heavy books to dry overnight.

I’ll also be sending this little tri-fold over to A Vintage Journey’s current challenge, Let’s Celebrate.  I’m incorporating all kinds of wonderful techniques I’ve learned from Tim Holtz this year; image tinting and layering, background building and the fun with altering metal surfaces!


I’m using three different sets of stamps; Midwinter & Snowy Woods from Artistic Outpost and Season of Giving from Oxford Impressions.  This kind, St. Nick image is in the Snowy Woods plate and I stamped him onto gloss stock with Jet Black StazOn ink  and tinted him with Barn Door, Vintage Photo & Tea Dye DIs and my mini ink blending tools.


 The background is Barn Door & Gathered Twigs DP that I finger painted onto the front and back of each panel.  I randomly stamped text in the background with Sepia Archival Ink and used the negative from these die cut pine trees to stencil a few shadowy trees in the background.


This wintery background was created by stamping the image onto tissue paper and adhering with matte gel and the snowflakes are from the Christmastime Remnant Rubs.  I treated the corner filigree piece with Antiqued Bronze & Antique Linen DPs and glued in place with matte gel.


This medallion was treated the same way and when dry, I added the date from the Christmastime Remnant Rubs.   There’s more random stamping in the background and I stenciled a few more pine trees in the background with Pumice Stone DI.


This little boy image is from the OE Seasons of Giving plate and I stamped him with Jet Black StazOn ink onto gloss stock and tinted him with Barn Door, Tea Dye & Vintage Photo DIs and my mini ink blending tool.  His buttons are little dots of Tarnished Brass DP and his star was colored with Butterscotch Adirondack Alcohol Ink.


This sentiment is from a SU set called Four Christmas and I stamped it onto tissue paper with Jet Black StazOn.  I then adhered the tissue paper to the panel with matte gel and let air dry.  The pine branch image is from the Midwinter plate and I colored directly on the stamp with Distress Markers in Pine Needle & Vintage Photo.

I treated all of the metal embellishments the same, plus I treated all of them at the same time!  I had all of the metal embellies dried and ready while I was stamping and fussy cutting all of the images and deciding on placement.


Some of the other goodies I used are a TH/Idea-ology gumdrop colored with Cranberry Adirondack Alcohol Ink, mirror stars, WV white embossing paste and Clear Rock Candy Distress Glitter.


The frosty pine trees are cut from an old Sizzix Sizzlit pine tree die, cut out of TH Kraft-Core stock and covered with Clear Rock Candy DG.  The sentiment is from a SU set called Four Christmas that was stamped onto tissue paper and glued into place with matte gel.

With that, the story is told in this quote from Albert Camus-“In the depth of Winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible Summer.”

Merry Christmas to you all!!



  • Surfaces: Manila Stock; Chipboard; Glossy Card Stock; Kraft-Core (Tim Holtz/Core’dinations); Black Card Stock (Core’dinations); Tissue Paper
  • Distress Inks, Paints & Glitter (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Inks (Ranger); StazOn Ink (Tsukineko); White Linen Dylusions Ink Spray (Ranger); Perfect Copper & Sunflower Sparkle Perfect Pearls Mist (Ranger); Clear Embossing Powder (WOW)
  • Stamps:  Snowy Woods & Midwinter (Artistic Outpost); Season of Giving (Oxford Impressions); Four Christmas (Stampin’ Up)
  • Tattered Pine Cone Die (Tim Holtz/Sizzix); Pine Tree Sizzlit (Sizzix); Big Shot Machine (Sizzix); Rays Layering Stencil (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous)
  • Mirror Stars, File Tabs, Type Charm, Ring Fastener, Gumdrop, Jump Ring; Christmastime Remnant Rubs (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Metal Filigree Pieces (Funkie Junkie Boutique)
  • Matte Gel (Liquitex); Hot Glue Gun; Craft Sheet (Ranger); Embossing Heat Gun; Paint Brushes; Sanding Block

Colors of the Spirit

Happy Monday & Happy (almost) First Day of Autumn!  I’m starting the week and ushering in Fall with my submission to Our Creative Corner’s September challenge, being hosted by OCC DT Member extraordinaire-Claudia (aka, von Pappe II)!  She’s composed an Autumnal Collage to challenge us with–


It’s completely up to us how we interpret Claudia’s beautiful photographic collage–Photo’s also courtesy of Claudia from her hikes amongst the vineyards and woods of Vienna-Beautiful, indeed!  There’s an element in each photo that inspired me, but I seemed to focus on colors and shapes the most to create the tag I made….


I loved the swirl of the snail shell, the dark purple and polka-dot-esque shape of the black currants and all of the colors in each picture.  This was fun to bring together and for once, the ideas were right there waiting to be laid out!


When Claudia posted her challenge collage, my eyes were immediately drawn to the snail shell.  It’s so pretty to me and this die came instantly to mind.


Before I die cut my swirly circles, I painted my chipboard pieces with Pumice Stone DP, heat dried then ran through my Xyron machine to add adhesive to the backside of the chipboard.


I have a #10 manila tag that I’m going to use the old ‘paint marbling’ technique on with Crushed Olive & Picked Raspberry DPs.

I rubbed the DPs onto my craft sheet and spritzed with water and gave my tag a very light spritz of water and ran through the paints.


Front side of tag.

I love how these colors blended together-I’ve got those bright pops of solid color, then they mixed & melded and gave me some lovely rusty orange.

Backside of tag.

Backside of tag.

I mopped up the remaining DPs with the backside of the tag.  You can really see the rusty-orange color that the Crushed Olive & Picked Raspberry created naturally, just like in nature! Oh, how Autumn is that? 😉


This is a quickie placement of how I want to space the swirly circles before moving on to creating the background.  Hmmm..I think I like it!


Oh boy, some stenciling!  I taped down my tag with painters tape then positioned my Dylusions Dotted Flowers stencil over it and taped the stencil down too.

I darkened my Seedless Preserves DP with Black Soot DP to try to achieve that super dark purple of the black currants in Claudia’s Collage.


I used a little finger paint dabber to apply the paint over the stencil–it was the perfect applicator for the polka-dots!


Lifting the stencil is one of the funnest things!  I LOVE how these polka-dots came out!  They look like little currants to me 😉


Before placing the pre-adhesive-d swirly circles down, I inked over the front and back surfaces with Vintage Photo & Walnut Stain DIs and my ink blending tools.  I pressed the swirly circles in place, gave those an inking of Walnut Stain DI then I spritzed and flicked water over the surface and heat dried.

I want to use some die cut leaves into my project, but the size of this leaf is too big.  Oh, what’s that?  Shrink Plastic to the rescue!!

I die cut 4 leaves from shrink plastic and used Adirondack alcohol inks to color them with before shrinking them down with my embossing heat tool.  I kept the negatives to use in a future projec.


Before I had adhered the leaves and word bands down, I outlined some of the polka-dots with white gel pen


… and dotted Crushed Olive DP around some of the polka-dots with a fine tip detail paint brush.


I added the little rolled up pieces of purple hemp twine to the center of each swirly circle with multi-medium and carefully heat dried in place.  When dry, the purple hemp turned pale, so I dabbed on a little bit of  Twinkling H2Os in Wine & Roses over each and the color sprung right back to sparkly life!


I left the backside of my tag blank.  A perfect spot for writing a message 🙂


 This quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson completely fits with not only my tag, but Claudia’s photo collage, too-The perfect finish for my Autumnal tag 🙂   I’m off to Our Creative Corner now get this entered into Claudia’s Autumnal Collage challenge, which ends on September 28th (UK time) and there’s a prize to be won, sponsored by Tando Creative!

Thanks for coming over and starting your week with me 🙂  I appreciate your visits and comments and the time you’re taking out of your day to hang out with me for a spell!  Until Next Time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • #10 Manila Tag & Shrink Plastic (Inkssentials/Ranger); Chipboard; Manila Stock
  • Distress Paints & Inks (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Adirondack Alcohol Inks (Ranger); Twinkling H2O (Splash of Color); White Gel Pen (Sakura)
  • Xyron Machine & Adhesive; Multi-Medium (Claudine Hellmuth/Ranger)
  • #1 Leaf Die (Sizzix); Swirly Circles Die (Provo Craft); Big Shot Machine (Sizzix)
  • Dotted Flowers Stencil (Dylusions/Ranger); Jute Twine; Yarn
  • Craft Sheet (Ranger); Heat Tool; Embossing Heat Tool; Ink Blending Tools

Crazy for Watercolors

Hello & Happy Tuesday!!  Happy Canada Day to my friends in the Great White North!!

Now what did I say? Crazy for Watercolors??   Well, that’s what may have happened to me with Challenge #5 at Studio L3!!  It’s all about Distress Watercoloring (Part 1) from Tim  Holtz’s Compendium of Curiosities 3 and I may have gone a little water-coloring crazy!


Sunflowers are my favorite flower and learning the Distress Watercoloring technique has brought new life to my Sunflower stamps!


I’m using the Sunflower image from Papertrey Ink’s Botanical Block set for the two cards I’m sharing today.


I needed to make a total of 4 cards, so I pre-emptively stamped out a few sentiments onto 140# watercolor paper with Jet Black Archival Ink that I’ll cut out and deal with later… (btw-the other watercolor cards I made will be posted to my flickr account)….


…and stamped 2 of the Sunflower image onto 140# watercolor paper.

I’ve kept one stamped image whole and fussy cut the background out of the other.

Now, I can’t show you exactly what the Distress Watercoloring technique entails, but, I can show you how the color builds.


This is my first layer of Mustard Seed, Crushed Olive and Rusty Hinge Distress Inks.


This is my second layering of DI with the addition of Broken China for my background and Peeled Paint on the stem.


I used the same DI’s and applied my first layer on the fussy cut Sunflower image.


Between layers, I do heat dry the inks, but even after being dried, adding water re-activates the ink so you can manipulate as you need.


One of the things I did for my 3rd and final layer of color was to ink the exposed edges of my fussy cut Sunflower to help add a bit of shade and dimension.


I adhered a pinch or two of Pretty Pink Posh’s Crystal Clear Sequins to the center of this Sunflower with Dimensional Magic and let air dry, flat.


When my Sunflower panel was dry, I mounted it to pieces of kraft and black cardstocks.


I took the Happy Birthday sentiment and ran it through some watered-down Broken China DI and heat dried, then mounted onto kraft and black cardstocks.


I didn’t take pictures of my process of making the background for this card, but I had a blast with my Distress Ink splatters!!  I used Mustard Seed, Broken China and Crushed Olive and a #12 round paint brush.  I also gave my background panel a spritz of Sunflower Sparkle Perfect Pearls Mist.


I did remember to take pictures of my ink splattered background that I made for the fussy cut Sunflower!

I used a #8 round paint brush for this splattering of Distress Ink colors, then used stencil brushes to pounce more concentrated DI’s onto the background panel.


This is the finished panel after pouncing a couple of layers of Distress Ink onto my splattered piece of watercolor paper.

Can you tell I’m going a little crazy with sequins, too?  They are fun and I do like shiny things on my cards from time to time!  I’m using the Nature Mix from Pretty Pink Posh and….


… a few Marigold and Crystal Clear sequins, too.


I do think I like the Distress Watercoloring on this fussy cut Sunflower image the most.  It takes me a warm up project to ‘re- figure’ out the whole water to color manipulation thing and I think I got it on this one!!  Which just happened to by my 2nd DI water-color card of the day!!  😉


So there you have it–Two examples of Tim Holtz’s Distress Watercoloring technique (part 1) as found on page 39 of Compendium of Curiosities 3.  If you’ve got the book, you can enter the challenge!  You’ve still got time–this challenge closes on July 4th, and it’s so worth entering!  As a participant, you’ve got a chance to win a goodie treasure trove from Tim and Mario or a $50 gift certificate from Inspiration Emporium.  WOW!!

I hope you enjoyed this double-whammy of a post today!  I hope I see you over at Studio L3!!

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


  • Compendium of Curiosities Vol 3 (Tim Holtz)
  • Stamps: Botanical Blocks (Papertrey Ink)
  • 140# Watercolor Paper; Kraft Stock (Papertrey Ink); Black Stock (Bazzill Basics)
  • Distress Inks & Markers (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Ink (Ranger)
  • Sequins & Twine (Pretty Pink Posh)
  • Dimensional Magic (Plaid); Double-Back Tape (3M); Foam Squares
  • Finger Knife (Fiskars); Cutting Mat; Craft Sheet (Ranger); Heat Tool; Craft Scratcher (TH/Tonic Studios)
  • Paint Brushes; Stencil Brushes; Water Brushes

Time Observations

Happy Thursday!!  Happy April!!  Thanks for visiting with me today!  I’ve got a card to share that I made for 3 different challenge blogs! WOWIE!! Making one card for 3 challenges was a challenge in itself for me!!  Let’s see what I came up with!


One of the challenges that I’m entering this card into is at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers blog.  Although this card has no snark factor-this time, it does have a Fancy Fold-The theme for their latest challenge.  Frilly & Funkie has a challenge entitled Time After Time–create with the theme of time and/or clocks–I was all over that!  And at A Vintage Journey – a Tim Holtz inspired challenge blog, the theme is Say it with Words….


 ….to stay with the theme of ‘time’ for F&F and have a fantastic quote or statement for AVJ, I found a quote from the Chalkboard Wisdom plate that was perfect for both challenges.


This was a project that evolved by the seat of my pants with lots of inspiration from the techniques I learned in both Creative Chemistry online courses taught by Tim Holtz.

I started by bi-folding a piece of paper stash kraft resist stock (that’s my fancy-fold) and giving both sides a white washing with Picket Fence DS.


I applied a couple of lengths of tissue tape over the folds….

…and stenciled with Vintage Photo & Walnut Stain DI’s over the clockwork stencil.


This is the background for the front and back of my card.


I inked the inside of my card with Chipped Sapphire, Victorian Velvet, Peeled Paint and Vintage Photo DI’s and my ink blending tools.  I then gave it a spritz and flick of water.  With the base layer of Picket Fence DS, the water stains are white and really pop through.


I used Black Soot DI to stencil some random letters from the schoolhouse stencil on the inside.


I also used Walnut Stain DI with the stencil.

When I stamped this frame from Chalk It Up, I originally used Vintage Photo & Black Soot DI’s, but I didn’t like it for this project.  I re-stamped the frame with Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain DI’s and liked the color effect much better.  I pressed the stamp pads directly onto my rubber stamp, then stamped the image on a piece of manila stock.  I fussy cut the image with my finger knife and inked the edges with Walnut Stain DI.

The crackle texture paste is a really neat product.  So much like cracked, worn paint–Speaking of paint….


I rubbed Gathered Twigs DP over the crackled texture with my finger, then inked over the entire frame with Walnut Stain DI and my ink blending tool.


I stamped the quote from the Chalkboard Wisdom plate on kraft glassine with jet black archival ink.  I planned on using these words throughout the entire card, so I made sure I stamped it plenty of times to be able to fussy cut exactly what I wanted.


Overall, this card challenged me on almost every level.  I normally don’t make cards with much of anything on the inside, except a simple stamped sentiment or quote.  For this card, my sentiment on the inside is also a focal point.


Oh, excuse me–Are you doing something?

 Oh, excuse the kitty interruption.  This actually happens a lot with both of my cats–this one is Daisy.  I was quick enough this time to click a picture of her before she went off to chew on something/anything/everything….


As I mentioned earlier, this project had me flying by the seat of my pants and I ended up forgetting to take pictures of the assemblage of the entire front of this card.  So, here is the front of my fancy fold card, not quite finished just yet…

I cannibalize unfinished projects all the time.  For this design, I’m using a rusted fussy cut watch image from a barely started tag and a piece of dry embossed aluminum sheet that I had been experimenting with.


The rusty watch is fussy cut out of the pocket watch image from The Outpost plate from AO.  I had plans to use it on a tag, but this card needed it more!  The watch face was also meant for another project that I just didn’t get around to…I had been experimenting with a roll of aluminum sheeting and dry embossed this small piece months ago.  For this card, I industrialized it by dabbing Black Soot DP on it, let it sit a few seconds, then gently wiped away the excess.  I glued it to the back of the watch face with matte multi-medium.

All of the words are from the fussy cut kraft glassine.  I adhered them down with matte multi-medium and outlined them all with Picket Fence & Walnut Stain DM’s.  I then swiped over the outlines with my water brush to soften the lines a bit and let the colors work with each other.

I used time and clock related Words, Numbers and Elements Remnant Rub-On’s and randomly stamped the clock face with Black Soot DI.  Of course I can’t forget the splattering!!  I used Black Soot DP and my splatter brush to give the entire front of the card a nice speckling!  Gosh, I love that splatter brush!!

The glassine words on the inside flaps of the card also got outlined with dm’s.


And this is a gear that I was experimenting with–I covered the entire gear with dimensional magic and let it dry.  Then I applied a layer of Clear Rock Candy DCP and let that dry.  Then I inked the crackle with Wild Honey DS and Walnut Stain DI.  Eh–just something kind of shiny to have on the inside of the card 🙂


It’s hard to see, but, I made my own little, round, sticky closer thingies, so that the watch will keep the other flap closed.


I have to say that this could be my first ‘fancy-fold’ card!  But even this isn’t all that fancy!


I might have to admit that this could be the first time I’m submitting one card to multiple challenges, too!  Sending this card over to 3 different challenges is a big hurdle for me–I usually only make one card for one challenge.  For me, being able to meld 3 different challenge themes into one design–that’s a minor goal accomplishment within the bigger goals I set for myself!


 This quote holds more meaning for me now, than ever before in my life.  It is the simple things in life that are the most important, and Laughter, Imagination and Dreams are just some of those simpler things that I hold very close to my heart.  I love to Laugh, my Imagination keeps me young, and my Dreams-whether fulfilled or not–are Forever.

Thank you for joining me today and sharing in another one of my (small) goals being met!  Now, hop over to the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers, A Vintage Journey, and Frilly & Funkie and join in on the challenge fun!  You never know what kind of Artsy Fartsy you may be inspired to create!!  XOXO-Shari


  • Stamps: Chalk It Up-frame, Chalkboard Wisdom-quote, The Outpost-watch (Artistic Outpost); Stampers Sampler-clock face (Stampington & Co)
  • Surfaces: Kraft Resist (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Manila Stock; Aluminum Sheet; Kraft Glassine (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Tissue Tape (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Distress Paints, Stains, Inks, Markers, Crackle Paint (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Ink (Ranger);
  • Foam Squares; Multi-Medium (Claudine Hellmuth/Ranger); Double-Back Tape (3M); Paint Brush; Splatter Brush (Liquitex); Finger Knife (Fiskars)
  • Rusting Powder (Crafty Notions UK); Distress Crackle Paint (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Dimensional Magic (Plaid); Texture Crackle Paint (Wendy Vecchi/Studio 490); Texture Fade (Tim Holtz/Sizzix)
  • Stencils (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous)
  • Game Spinners & Gears (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)

Embrace Love

Hello Hello Hello to all my crafty friends, bloggers and followers!  It’s been a few weeks since I was last heard from and I just wanted to post a little HI THERE and let ya’ll know I’m still here!  Although I’m not in my crafty dungeon in North Idaho creating at the moment, I have been participating in a few online courses to keep my creative education and juices flowing.  I’ve completed both of  Tim Holtz’s Creative Chemistry 101 & 102 courses and participated in the latest Online Card Class “Stenciled”. Very fun indeed and chock full of new techniques and fabulous ideas!  If you ever feel like you’re in a creative rut–Take a class online–You never know what you’re going to learn or who you’ll end up meeting!!  Now, onto my quick little post for today….


I started this tag in my dungeon back home and ended up finishing it when I arrived at my parents house in Northern California.  Although, I had one more little rusted embellishment that I wanted to add, I lost it during my packing and had to leave this tag as is.   When I find the little rusted heart I made specifically for this tag, I’ll just use it in a future project….that’s the way it goes sometimes 🙂


I started with a #8 manila tag and stamped the hand image from the Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Oddities set in Jet Black Archival Ink.  I then masked the hand and sprayed the entire tag with Dylusions Ink Spray in Cherry Pie.


The stenciled hearts in the background are of my own making–I used the negative of a 3-heart punch from Stampin’ Up and used both Gesso and White Picket Fence DP to dab over my homemade stencil to create the textured and smooth hearts that are floating in the background.  The random Love text that I stamped in the background is the By Definition background stamp from SU.  I stamped that using Jet Black Archival Ink because I still have some water spritzing to do and I didn’t want the text to wick away.


The frilly cuff is made from a scrap piece of black ribbon and white paper doily that I colored with Black Soot DP, Seedless Preserves DP and Tea Dye DI.  I gave the doily a spritz of water and dried with my heat tool.  Once it was dry, I cut the outer ring of the doily and folded it, accordion style, and machine stitched it onto the tag.


The heart in the middle of the hand is from the same 3-heart SU punch that I used the negative of for stenciling.  I adhered the red glitter heart with matte multi-medium and set with my heat tool.  I then gave it a coat of DCP in Clear Rock Candy and let that air dry.  Once it was dry, I dabbed a bit of Barn Door DS onto my craft sheet and used a paint brush to give the crackle a bit of color–but, it may look a little gory…like the heart is bleeding coming out of the middle of the hand?  I didn’t mean to add a gore factor to this Valentine’s tag….It really isn’t a bloody valentine 🙂


I did give the entire tag a spritz of water and then while it was moist, I used my finger to smear some of the Cherry Pie ink over all of the stenciled hearts.  I set it with my heat tool and moved on to distressing the entire tag.


I distressed the edges then inked with Walnut Stain DI and my ink blending tool.  I then gave the entire tag a light layer of Tea Dye DI, also applied with my ink blending tool.


I used Tim Holtz/Idea-ology Chit Chat stickers for my sentiment, inked the edges with Walnut Stain DI and adhered with my stapler and black colored staples.  I also outlined the stickers with a Walnut Stain DM to add a little pop, which is very subtle, but still lends a touch of dimension to the flat surface.


And there it is–a little offering for Valentine’s Day.  Thanks for joining me today and for hanging out during my hiatus.  With the classes that I’ve taken and the new techniques I’ve learned, I’ll be back with a vengeance to get even more creative and Artsy Fartsy!  In the meantime, Thanks Again for all of your support and Stay Artsy Fartsy!!  XOXO-Shari

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