TBT to August 13, 2015

HELLO HELLO HELLO and HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!  I can’t believe we’re here at the last Thursday of November already, let alone being another month closer to Christmas-WOW!!  I am happy to say that I have started doing a little bit of Christmas creating behind the scenes (that I’ll share a little bit of in a future posting), but right now–It is Throwback Thursday time for the Scrap’n Stamp Blog!!

Today, we’re going back to August 13, 2015 and a tea tin that I altered with all kinds of Tim Holtz goodies—


Head on over to the Scrap’n Stamp Blog for all of the reposted details.  Spoiler Alert–You’ll read that I altered this tin for the very last CC3 challenge; Update–Well, this tin ended up winning!!


What a thrill it was to be the CC3 Crews’ Choice for the last challenge of the series–I’m always so surprised when the creations I enter into challenges win anything, so this was extra surprising and exciting!!  OH–and another little update about this tin–it now lives with a dear crafty friend in Scotland!!  That brings just as big a smile to my face, as winning the challenge did!! 🙂 🙂

HAPPY THANKSGIVING once again and Thank You for popping in today!  Don’t forget to head over to the Scrap’n Stamp Blog for today’s Throwback Thursday posting!!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!


TBT to April 10, 2015

HAPPY THURSDAY–Throwback Thursday that is!!  Today, the Scrap’N Stamp Blog is going back to a posting from Spring 2015 and sharing a couple of ATCs I made at the time for a challenge–


Come on over and visit the Scrap’N Stamp Blog for the entire step-x-step!  Although Winter is right around the corner and I should be thinking about making Christmas cards and such, looking at these happy coneflowers makes me want to break out Tim’s Flower Garden set and make Springtime things!  That figures–I’ll use any excuse to procrastinate starting on holiday crafting! LOL 🙂 🙂

Hope to see you over at the Scrap’N Stamp Blog!!  Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!


Last But Not Least

Hi There!! Happy Thursday!!  Well, it’s time for THE LAST, but certainly not the least, challenge technique at the Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge Blog


Challenge #34, Tim’s Layering Stencil Monoprint technique.  This last technique is found on page 48 of Tim’s Compendium of Curiosities 3, and you’ve needed to work from your own copy to participate in this challenge series.  It’s definitely a must-have book for your creative library!  And even though the challenge is headed into its final sunset, the inspiration found in Tim’s book is eternal!!

And speaking of eternal–Thank You to Linda at Studio L3 for hosting and coordinating this challenge for the past 68 weeks and Thank You to the Extremely Talented Ladies of the Curiosity Crew who continuously inspired challenge after challenge, topping each and every one of their CC3 creations with the next!!

  Throughout this challenge, there have been Outrageous Prize-a-Paloozas to win!!  Firstly–There have been two very Awesome sponsorsInspiration Emporium and The Funkie Junkie Boutique.  For this last CC3 challenge, The Funkie Junkie Boutique is sponsoring a $25 gift certificate to one lucky, randomly drawn, participant-YAY!

Secondly–Is the chance of being chosen the Curiosity Crew’s Honorable Mention!  That’s no little feat! Have you seen the stuff that people make for this challenge?  (besides my own stuff that is!)  😉 🙂

Thirdly–And Definitely Not Lastly–Is the Tim & Mario prize package awarded to the Curiosity Crew’s Choice!  Now, that’s something to write home about!!

It’s been fun and creatively rewarding to craft through the pages of Tim’s latest tome, and I wanted to do something lasting to close the book with, so to speak — 😉 🙂


I altered a Tazo Tea tin to hold crafting goodies or little keepsakes or whatever I can fit in there!!  Let me take you through some of the steps, that I can share, in repurposing this tin for this last CC3 challenge.

Here’s  my Tazo Tea tin in all of its labeled glory!  I stripped the label off with a combination of soaking in soapy water, then rubbing with something called ‘Goof Off’ to remove the rest of the label adhesive.  I washed and dried the tin, lightly sanded the surface, then applied a dry brushing of white gesso over the surface.


I ‘measured’ a couple of pieces of mixed-media paper to wrap around the tin, and stitched together with my sewing machine.


And like magic–There’s my Layering Stencil Monoprint background!  I created this little scene using the Rays, Burlap and Measured Layering Stencils and all kinds of Distress Inks.


I’m using my favorite flower image in Tim’s Flower Garden stamp set to adorn my tin with.  I heat embossed the cone flower image onto the panels with Jet Black Archival ink and black embossing powder.  I colored the centers of the flowers with Walnut Stain DI and my water brush.


Behind the scenes, I stamped the cone flowers and stems onto pieces of mixed-media paper and water colored with Distress Markers and my water brush.  I could have sworn I snapped a separate picture of the stems, too–but they’re there out of shot somewhere!!  When I fussy cut these flowers out, I sprayed them with Sunflower Sparkle Perfect Pearls Mist to give them a little shimmer.


I wrapped the tin with my stitched panels and adhered with a combo of double-backed tape and matte Decou-Page.  I started adding the fussy cut cone flower heads  and stems in place and adhered with matte Decou-Page.


I made a separate panel for the top of the tin, and worked on this panel on the side as I was working on the other panels for the body of the tin.


I treated all of the sides of the tin the same with Botanical Rem-Rubs, Small Talk or Big Chat stickers and some ink spritzing and paint splattering.


I outlined the image of the flower and the small talk sticker with Black Soot DI and my water brush.  I heat set then outlined again with my white gel pen.


I used my air art tool with my Black Soot DM and spritzed ink all over the surfaces and heat set.


I also splattered Scattered Straw DP over the surfaces with a round water color brush and heat set that, too.


I trimmed a piece of Menagerie paper stash to attach to the bottom of the tin–this is mainly to camouflage all of the printing that’s on the bottom on the tin.


And that’s all folks!!  I’ve now got a nicely decorated tin that I can use for a myriad of purposes!!

I’m taking this over to Studio L3 for the last time, for this last CC3 challenge, which ends tomorrow, Friday August 14th at 11:55pm MDT.  If you’ve got Tim’s book, you’ve still got time to create and enter!  It’s never too late and you’ve gotta be in it to win it!! 🙂

Thanks so much for joining me today!  I’ll be back this weekend with a little something, something that I’ve been working on for Artistic Outpost, so I hope you’ll come back and visit again!!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Tazo Tea Tin; Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore)
  • Stamps:  Flower Garden (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous)
  • Distress Inks, Markers & Paint (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Ink & Perfect Pearls Mist (Ranger); Embossing Powder (WOW); White Gel Pen (Sakura)
  • Remnant Rubs, Tissue Tape, Small Talk & Big Chat Stickers (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Craft Sheet (Ranger); Heat Tool; Embossing Gun; Finger Knife (Fiskars); Round WC Paint Brush; Detail Water Brush

Grow Beauty

Hello & Happy Friday!! I’m here today with my make for the latest CC3 #25 Challenge–Frameworks.  We’re on page 64 of Tim Holtz’s Compendium of Curiosities 3 and I’m getting in just under the wire–it closes tonight at 11:55pm MST.  WHEW!!

Inspiration Emporium is sponsoring this challenge with a generous $50 gift certificate to their online store.  And don’t forget, there’s the chance to be awarded the Compendium Crew’s Choice and win a prize packaged donated by Tim & Mario!!


I made a couple of ATCs using my Honeycomb Frameworks die and two left over Flower Garden cone flowers from a previous project.


I brought out all of my previously cut Honeycomb Frameworks, thinking I was going to be making a tag with a combination of both the negatives & positives…


…But I haven’t made any ATCs for about a month now, so I brought out a couple of homemade ATCs (made with manila stock & chipboard) for the challenge.


I started with spritzing the ATCs with Broken China & Peeled Paint DSSs and heat set.


I spread a layer of white embossing paste over the ATCs and set the acetate positives & negatives into the wet EP.  I may have used a little too much EP on the ATC on the left, but I sure do love the texture!


Because the EP is a bit thicker on this ATC, I lightly spritzed the wet EP with Broken China & Peeled Paint DSSs and let air dry.  As it air dries, the EP will soak up the stain.


Since the layer of EP was thinner on this ATC, the stain will wick better into the EP as it dries and I won’t have to do an extra spritzing.  You can even see the deeper colors under the acetate framework that occurred when I pressed the die cut into the wet EP.


When the EP was dry,  I applied a couple of rem-rubs and crackled a couple of the acetate honeycomb negatives.   I did a little bit of stenciling using my Honeycomb LS with Vintage Photo DI and spritzed and flicked water over the surface and heat dried.  I layered on my cone flower, stem & leaves and the Big Chat sticker.  BTS, I altered a little strip of Industrious Borders with Walnut Stain & Broken China DPs for both ATCs.  This one got a strip of it on top 🙂


I treated this ATC the same with rem-rubs, a Big Chat sticker and an altered piece of industrious border.  I also treated the honeycomb framework with Clear Rock Candy DCP–you can see some of the crackle there that I enhanced with a rubbing of Walnut Stain DI with my finger.  The dried EP did end up a bit darker on this ATC because of the rubbing of Walnut Stain, so I outlined the bloom with my Picket Fence DM to try to get the bloom to pop a little more.


I finished off each ATC with an edging of Walnut Stain DP that I applied with my finger–I wanted to make sure the rougher edges got a good covering of paint to accentuate the texture of the embossing paste! FUN!

Well, I’m off to get this entered over at Studio L3–The home of the CC3 challenges!  Thanks for spending a little bit of your Friday with me!  I’ll be back this weekend with my weekly project for Artistic Outpost, so until next time–

Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Manila/Chipboard ATCs (home made); Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore)
  • Stamps: Flower Garden (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous); Honeycomb LS (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous)
  • Honeycomb Framework Die (Tim Holtz/Sizzix); Big Shot Machine (Sizzix)
  • Distress Spray Stains, Paints, Crackle Paint, Inks & Markers (Tim Holtz/Ranger); White Embossing Paste (Wendy Vecchi); Archival Ink (Ranger)
  • Remnant Rubs, Big Chat Stickers & Industrious Border Sticker (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Craft Sheet (Ranger); Scissors& Finger Knife (Fiskars); Heat Tool; Matte Multi-Medium (Ranger); Gloss Multi-Medium (Claudine Hellmuth/Ranger)

Color Your World

HAPPY APRIL!!  I’m back with my 2nd posting for the day-Thanks for joining me again, as I put on my Our Creative Corner Design Team hat and present our April challenge theme Color Your World as hosted by my OCC Teammie, Laurie.  Let’s hear about this month’s challenge theme from Laurie-

“Here in the U.S., we are coming into Spring-The season when nature comes forth with new life.  Soft green grasses grow in the fields and the trees bloom in glorious colors with the promise of fruit.  Tulips and daffodils emerge from the soil after a long Winters nap.  The colors of Spring, the sights and sounds of nature at this time of the year renews my soul.

In the Spring time, the colors of nature are different around the world.  For my challenge this month, I want you to Color Your World-Create a project with the colors of Springtime where you live.  Show us what colors renew your soul!”

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Color Your World is being sponsored by Creative Embellishments with a $25 gift certificate to their online store!!  Very Cool, indeed! 🙂

Thanks Laurie, for a much needed burst of color-full inspiration!  Well, in my part of the world, there is no color-not yet anyway.  Nothing is in bloom, my fresh sprouts of Bleeding Hearts, Peonies, Bee Balm and the like have just broken surface and the grass is just starting to turn green with new growth for the mowing season!  I created my own Spring color with this mixed-media jumbo tag–


This tag surprises me every time I look at it–It’s so bright and happy!  I loved using the new Tim Holtz Flower Garden stamp set to create this tag!  Let me show you some of the things I did to bring this all together.


I started with 2 #10 jumbo manila tags.  I smooshed and rubbed DPs in Salty Ocean, Mustard Seed, Ripe Persimmon & Mowed Lawn onto one tag, then I laid another jumbo tag over the paint, pressed down then gently peeled apart.


I spritzed the tags with water and heat dried.  I’ll be using the tag on the left for today’s project.  I’ll save the tag on the right for another time 🙂


I also did solid paint marbling of several pieces of manila stock with DPs in Mustard Seed, Ripe Persimmon, Abandoned Coral.  And for the stems I paint marbled a piece of manila stock with Mowed Lawn & Crushed Olive.


I stamped my flowers and stems onto these painted pieces of stock with Jet Black Archival and heat embossed several of the flower centers with Frosted Crystals EP.  OH-the flower centers where stamped onto pieces of manila stocked that was inked with Tea Dye & Walnut Stain DIs.


I fussy cut all of the blooms, flower centers and stems–I’m saving the coneflowers for later use 🙂


These white splotches are the result of a rather unsuccessful stencil monoprint–But I like the effect anyway!!  It’s random and splotchy–It can’t get any better than that if I had actually tried! 🙂


This is the stencil design of the unsuccessful monoprint!  It’s the Alphabet Border Dylusions stencil.  I used coordinating colors of DI to stencil over the painted surface.


I brought out my Gothic LS and applied a layer of White Embossing Paste


—Then, as lightly as I could, I spritzed coordinating Distress Spray Stains over the wet embossing paste, spritzed with water, and heat set.  I wanted the embossing paste to have some of the tag colors, and since I used Distress Paints to color my tag, it’s permanent and wouldn’t seep into the wet paste.


I added some pieces of tissue tape here and there and ran through my sewing machine for some random stitching.  It’s almost time to start layering my blooms on, but before I did that-and something I didn’t take a picture of-was paint splatters!  I added a final flick of Scattered Straw Distress Paint splatters over the surface and heat set.


OH-you can see the paint splatters here!!  I positioned my blooms and adhered into place on the tag with matte multi-medium.  I used my Tapered Fringe die with Kraft Core’dinations to create the grass and adhered to the tag with thin strips of tacky tape.


I used one of the quotes from my Small Talk stickers, cut into pieces, inked with Tea Dye DI and mounted onto black stock.  I adhered to the tag with matte multi-medium and let air dry.  When dry, I outlined the word bands and flowers with a combination of Walnut Stain & Picket Fence DMs.


I just love all of elements the layers of the different mediums create.


To camouflage the edge of the grass, I stapled a piece of jute twine in place.


Such a fun, cheery bouquet of colorful flowers!


 This tag definitely Colors My World!  Thanks again for the fantastic challenge theme, Laurie!  Now it’s your turn to show us what Color’s Your World!  The April Color Your World challenge is open until April 28th, and don’t forget, there’s a generous $25 Creative Embellishments gift certificate to one of our randomly drawn participants.  The top winner will receive a Guest Designer spot at Our Creative Corner!

Thanks again for joining me for post #2 today!  It’s fun like that!!  Happy April and hope to see your entries at Our Creative Corner!!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • #10 Jumbo Manila Tag (The Funkie Junkie Boutique); Manila Stock; Kraft Core’dinations (Tim Holtz/Core’dinations); Black Card Stock (Core’dinations)
  • Distress Paints, Inks & Markers (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Ink (Ranger); Frosted Crystal EP (Ranger)
  • Tissue Tape & Small Chat Stickers (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Seam Binding
  • Finger Knife (Fiskars); Cutting Mat; Matte Multi-Medium (Ranger); Sewing Machine (Kenmore); Splatter Brush (Liquitex); Craft Sheet (Ranger); Heat Tool; Embossing Heat Gun; Tacky Tape