TBT to November 28, 2014

Well, HELLO THERE!!  Thanks for popping in for this week’s sneak peek installment of  Throwback Thursday for the Scrap’n Stamp Blog!!  We’re revisiting another Christmastime creation from two years ago-November 28, 2014…..


My Goodness!  Two years ago, I made this?  It seems like yesterday, I’m tellin’ ya’!!  It was really fun revisiting this posting and I hope you enjoy it, too!  So, head on over to the Scrap’n Stamp Blog for all of the particulars!  Hope to see you there 🙂 🙂

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!


Celebrate the Meow!

Hi There!!  Happy Friday!!  I’m ending the week sharing the card I created for the current Compendium of Curiosities 3 challenge at Studio L3.


It’s CC3 #28-Alcohol Ink Ombre.  This technique is found on page 57 of Tim’s Compendium of Curiosities 3 and you do need your own copy to enter the challenge.  This even  number challenge is sponsored by The Funkie Junkie Boutique with a $25 shopping spree to a lucky participant!  Of course there’s the Curiosity Crew’s Choice prize package de-resistance, generously donated to each CC3 challenge by Tim & Mario!

Let me show you how I used the Alcohol Ink Ombre technique!


I just love this Mr. Meow Meow!!  I can’t see how any kitty-lovers out there can resist this Mr. Meow Meow & Tweets McGee stamp set by Brett Wedele!  It’s so much fun!!

As this CC3 #28 challenge is technique based, I can’t show you how I achieved the background.  But, I can show you how it looks…..


I don’t have the family of alcohol inks needed to affect a ‘true’ ombre graduation of color, so, I improvised with what I do have and choose a combo of yellow & greens.  I used Butterscotch, Lettuce & Bottle Adirondack Alcohol Inks.


Here’s the panel after stamping Mr. MM with Jet Black Archival, stenciling with Sepia Archival and my Harlequin LS and doing a little bit of the Faded Layers technique that’s also found in Tim’s book.  The faded layers technique got away from me a bit, and that’s what those pale splotches are from.  Embrace Imperfection–Gosh how that quote makes me feel better!! LOL 🙂 🙂


Even though Mr. Meow Meow already has a monocle, I layered it with a real one–well, one of Tim’s monocles, attached a little kitty bell (salvaged from an almost destroyed kitty toy) and tied a piece of stained seam binding to it.  I adhered the monocle in place with matte multi-medium.


I made a second alcohol ink ombre panel to stamp the words I needed to form the quote.  The ‘Meow’ is from the Mr. Meow Meow & Tweets McGee set and the ‘celebrate the’ are from the Simple Sayings set.  I fussy cut them out and mounted onto black card stock and adhered little pieces of Industrious Border to the bottom of each word band.


I outlined the word bands with my Black Soot DM and my white gel pen, then finished the card with a splatter of Black Soot & Antique Linen DPs with a round paint brush and heat set.

Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge #28-Alcohol Ink Ombre, closes next Friday May 22nd @ 11:59pmMST.  Oh, WOW!  I’m entering a whole week early, and not ‘just under the wire’ like I usually am!  That’s a good way to end the week!!  If you’ve got your own copy of CC3, you’ve got plenty of time to create something wonderful!

Thanks so much for ending your week with me!  I’ll be back this weekend with my weekly posting for Artistic Outpost–

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps: Mr. Meow Meow & Tweets McGee (Brett Wedele/Stampers Anonymous)
  • Adirondack Alcohol Ink Glossy Stock (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Black Stock (Core’dinations)
  • Adirondack Alcohol Inks, Blending Solution & Distress Paints (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Inks (Ranger); Harlequin LS (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous)
  • Monocle & Industrious Border (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Seam Binding (The Funkie Junkie Boutique)
  • Matte Multi-Medium (Ranger); Paper Distresser (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios); Double-Backed Tape (3M)

Dream a Little Dream

Hi There!! Happy Friday!!  I’m here real quick like today with my entry into the latest Compendium of Curiosities Challenge #27-Embossing Diffusers.  The challenge closes tonight and I didn’t want to miss yet another page in the CC3 challenge fun!  CC3 #27 is being sponsored by Inspiration Emporium with a $50 gift certificate to their online store! AWESOME!  And there’s also the chance to win an amazing prize package of Tim’s goodies, donated to the challenge by Tim & Mario! COOL!!


CC3 #27 is about Tim’s Embossing Diffusers, as found on page 61 of his book, and how to properly sandwich all of the moving pieces so that your panel is embossed where you want it, smooth where you don’t…Like this–


I’m using a piece of kraft core that was embossed using the rectangle embossing diffuser with my collage texture fade.


I applied a few different layers of Deco Art Antiquing Creams over the entire surface of the panel.  I gently wiped away the creams in some places and rubbed a little harder in others.


I cut a small piece of collage paper stash to fit the rectangle and inked the surface with Broken China DI.  I distressed the edges with my paper distresser and inked with Vintage Photo DI.  I spritzed and flicked a bit of water over the surface, heat dried then stitched in place with my sewing machine.


Oh, even the back is cool looking!!


I layered on my stamped elements and mica flakes and stained seam binding–Added a little type charm and this birthday card to my hubbie is done!!


I love this little crackly crown!


The type charm holds a letter ‘D’ for my hubbie’s name-Don 🙂


Birthday wishes are also dreams and the quote that’s adorned on this Winged Thing gent is the perfect message I wanted my husband’s card to have.


I’m off to Studio L3 to get this entered into CC3 Challenge #27, with just a few hours to spare–WHEW!!  That means that CC3 challenge #28 is right around the corner!  I wonder what page of Tim’s creative volume we’re going to be challenged with tomorrow!!  Something to look forward to 🙂

Thanks soooo much for stopping by today!!  Have a GREAT Friday and a wonderful weekend!!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Embossing Diffusers (Tim Holtz/Sizzix); Big Shot Machine (Sizzix); Collage Texture Fade (Tim Holtz/Sizzix)
  • Stamps: Winged Things II & Simple Sayings (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous)
  • Archival Ink (Ranger); Distress Inks & Stain (Tim Holtz/Ranger)
  • Kraft Core (Tim Holtz/Core’dinations); Kraft Stock (PTI); Black Stock (Core’dinations)
  • Seam Binding (The Funkie Junkie Boutique); Type Charm (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Mica Flakes (RedLead Paperworks);
  • Sewing Machine (Kenmore); Paper Distresser (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios); Craft Sheet (Ranger); Heat Tool; Finger Knife (Fiskars); Matte Multi-Medium (Ranger); Foam Sqaures

It’s Begun!

Yes!!  I have done it!!  I’ve finally got myself crafting for Christmas-early (for me)!!  THANK YOU to all of my bloggy friends who have been inspiring me with their own Christmas creations and tales of not being ready to be in the holiday spirit, either!! 😉

I usually hold out until December 1st to start any kind of Christmas anything, but there are several challenges out there that expire on November 30th-if not sooner! and one of those challenges is holiday related.  That helps get the old motivation kick-started, too!!


This, my first of the season Christmas card, is headed into 3 challenges!  HO HO HO-Let’s Go!!


I’ve got the Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge #15-Cabinet Card…check!  I’ve got the Artistic Outpost-Show us your AO art….check!  And over at Inspiration Journal it’s Happy Holidays…check!  There is the chance to win some fabulous goodies and gift certificates at each challenge, so get your holiday crafting mojo in gear (if I can do it, you can do it) and join me!!  🙂


I started with a TH/Idea-ology Cabinet Card that I covered with a layer of gesso on the front…..


….and on the back.  I don’t mind that the pre-printed graphics can be seen through the gesso.  It’s a great first layer that I hope will show through here and there when I’m finished altering this card.

(Excuse the mottled sunlight–I’m still trying to use as much natural light as I can for my picture taking and the sun doesn’t crest the tree line that borders our property to the south.  This is the sunlight I get when the sun is at its highest point in the day, filtered through a greenbelt of evergreens.  It’s pretty, but not the best for picture taking, so I’ll be working on my whole lighting thing as the days grow shorter.)


 I used Jet Black Archival ink and randomly stamped images from my AO Ephemera Background set on the front of the cab card….


…and on the back.  I know that the postal mark in the image isn’t Christmas time related, but it’s the thought that counts!!


I’m going to finger paint Barn Door & Mowed Lawn DPs over the front and back of the cab card.  Before I began, I slipped a piece of wax paper into the middle of the cab card so that the pocket did not get painted shut.


I went heavier with red on the front, with a smudge of green here and there….


…and I used the rest of the paint and smudged it all over the backside with my fingers.

I sanded the front and back surfaces with my sanding block, then I applied Vintage Photo DI with my ink blending tool over the front & back surfaces and I finished with inking the edges with Walnut Stain DI.  I constructed the rest of this cabinet card at night and the lighting was horrible, so I only have pictures of the completed card, that I snapped in the daylight.


Here is the finished back–I used my TH Harlequin & Christmastime stencils with WV Silver Embossing Paste and randomly laid down some texture on the back and front sides.


You can see the stenciling peeking through some of the layers of embellies that I laid down–There’s some TH/Idea-ology Tissue Tape, Alpha Tiles that spell out St. Nick, OH–I used a piece of Industrious Border sticker, that I painted with Picket Fence & Mowed Lawn DPs, to frame the image of old St. Nick.


This nice image of St. Nick is from the AO Snowy Woods set and I stamped him onto glossy stock with StazOn ink in Jet Black.  I colored him with Tea Dye, Barn Door & Broken China DI’s and my mini ink blending tool.  He was attached to a couple of pieces of Seasonal Paper Stash and slipped into the pocket of the Cabinet Card.


I stamped the pine cones from the AO Midwinter sey onto manila stock and colored with Vintage Photo DI.  I fussy cut them out and applied Clear Rock Candy DG to the edges with sticky embossing powder.  The pine boughs are from the TH/Sizzix Tattered Pinecone die, treated with a layer of Shabby Shutters DG.



Here’s the tag I made to insert inside the pocket.  It’s a #8 manila tag that I soaked with a Walnut Stain re-inker spray that I made (Thanks for the idea, Lynne!)   I used the Christmastime stencil with Evergreen Bough DI and my ink blending tool.  That little trio of pine cones is from the Midwinter plate and they have a nice little sparkle of Clear Rock Candy DG, too.


 I attached the Merry Christmas label, from the TH/SA Simple Sayings set, to a piece of black stock and wrapped around the cab card with jute twine.  I have to say it feels good to have this first card made for Christmas.  It should just get easier from here on out, Right?!  🙂

If you need more detailed incentive to get your challenge and Christmas creative juices flowing, you’ve got prizes to consider!!  Artistic Outpost has a $15 gift certificate to use towards any AO stamps; Inspiration Journal-owned by Inspiration Emporium-has a $50 gift certificate to their online store for their winner; Compendium of Curiosities 3 has the prize-a-palooza package from Tim & Mario AND a $50 gift certificate from Inspiration Emporium!!  WOWIE!!

Thanks for stopping by today!!  I’m so glad that you did and until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Surfaces: Cabinet Card Frame (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Glossy, Manila & Black Card Stock; Seasonal Paper Stash (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); #8 Manila Tag (Inkssentials/Ranger)
  • Stamps: Snowy Woods, Midwinter, Ephemera Backgrounds (Artistic Outpost); Simple Sayings (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous)
  • Distress Inks & Paints (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Ink (Ranger); StazOn Ink (Tsukineko); Gesso (Claudine Hellmuth/Ranger); Sticky Embossing Powder (Ranger); Distress Glitter (Tim Holtz/Ranger)
  • Alpha Tiles, Tissue Tape, Mirror Stars, Christmastime Remnant Rubs (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Jute Twine
  • Big Shot Machine (Sizzix); Tattered Pinecone Bigz Die (Tim Holtz/Sizzix)
  • Matte Gel (Liquitex); Foam Squares; Double-Back Tape (3M); Embossing Heat Gun; Heat Tool; Ink Blending Tool; Mini Ink Blending Tool; Detail Scissors (Fiskars); Craft Sheet (Ranger)

The Accidental Christmas Tree

HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY Friday!!  See, I have been working on some Christmas cards behind the scenes!  I’ve been making prototype’s of the card that will ultimately be the greeting I send out this year so I thought it would be fun to end the week with one of my first contenders, which I call–The Accidental Christmas Tree card.  I’ll explain…

Christmas Trees

Supplies I Used:

So, how did this card end up being the accident that it is?  Well, when I first set out to create this card, it was meant to be a snow-capped mountain scape!!  But, as it sometimes happens, I was just crafting along, minding my own business and found that I had inserted colored brads into my die-cut triangles mountains!  Just like that, mountains turned into trees and the flavor of the card became whimsy Artsy Fartsy with some simple Cutesy Wutesy thrown in!!

With just a few brads, turn a plain triangle into a Christmas Tree!

With just a few brads, turn a plain triangle into a Christmas Tree!

At least my background wasn’t a mistake–That came out just how I had hoped!  The resist snowflake background is a technique I learned from Claudine Hellmuth this past summer when I enrolled in her online Technique Toolbox class.  It’s really easy to achieve–

I plan on changing the paint colors I use for the snowflake resist background-

I plan on changing the paint colors I use for the snowflake resist background-

I used a piece of smooth white card stock for my background base and painted it with Sky Blue Studio Acrylic Paint and heat dried it.  I used two different snowflake stamps from Stampin’ Up with Watermark Resist ink and randomly stamped all over my painted stock.  While I set that aside to air dry a bit, I squeezed a dollop of Traditional Tan Studio Acrylic Paint onto my craft sheet and diluted with water to make a wash.  After making sure the resist ink was dry, I used a paintbrush and the paint wash and brushed over the snowflakes.  COOL!!

I tried to change the lighting to expose the snowflakes....

I tried to change the lighting to expose the snowflakes….

Although I haven’t mentioned it until now–I had all of the different sizes and colors of pennants triangles mountains Trees ready to go!  When I had them positioned where I wanted them, I adhered them down with double-back tape and cut off the excess trees that hung over the edges of the background base.  I inked the edges once again with Vintage Photo DI and wrapped the bottom end with red & white Baker’s Twine.

Christmas TreesAnd to finish the card, I made the Merry Christmas label using the Simple Sayings set.  I used Barn Door DI and Archival Ink in Jet Black on a scrap piece of manilla stock, fussy cut the label out and distressed the edges and inked with Vintage Photo DI. 
It seems to add a little bit of vintage to the whimsy…..

You can't go wrong with adding a vintage label...

You can’t go wrong with adding a vintage label…

And there you have it–Contender #1 in my annual self-inflicted “Which one is it going to be this year?” Christmas Card creative battle…that I’m waging amongst myself!  But it’s FUN!!  Stay tuned for contenders 2 and 3–you never know what I’m gong to make next!

Have a FABULOUS Friday and a GREAT weekend!  Thanks sooo much for stopping by and stay Artsy Fartsy!!  XOXO-Shari

A B-Day Card for #21

Good Day Kids and Welcome to Time Warp Tuesday…. Let’s take a step back in time shall we, to a time when we all turned 21!  I really don’t remember anything remarkable happening on my 21st,  but I wanted to make sure my hubby’s niece remembers something remarkable from hers!  This is the fun & silly, yet mature, birthday card I made especially for her.   This card was made fun by the techniques I learned in Claudine Hellmuth’s 5-week online class, Technique Toolbox.  Let me explain what I did….

Annies BDay Card

It’s not just a happy birthday..it’s a happy, happy, happy birthday!

Supplies I Used:

  • Textured Pink Card Stock, Manilla Stock, Ivory Card Stock, Core’dinations Stock, Water-Color Paper, Laser Photo Copy Image
  • Stamps: Simple Sayings (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous) and Party Hats (Lost Coast Designs) 
  • Archival Ink, Studio Acrylic Paints, Distress Markers, Inks & Stains, White Gesso, Omni-Gel Multi-Medium, Ink Blending Tool, Paint Brushes, Craft Sheet, Heat Tool, Craft Stick, Double-Back Tape
  • Tim Holtz Alterations/Sizzix Mini Paper Rosette Die & Sizzix Big Shot
  • Tim Holtz/Idea-ology Remnant Rub-Ons, Facet & Tissue Tape, Dimensional Magic, Self-Adhesive Gemstone
I like how the gesso etching ended up looking kinda like grafitti.

I like how the gesso etching ended up looking kinda like graffiti.

I know there seems to be a lot going on with the supplies I used, but, I had a few of my pieces ready to go and I just needed a new idea to bring them all together! Here we go…

The image of the woman is from Claudine’s class–it’s a laser printed image transferred with Omni-Gel multi-medium  onto manilla stock.  I inked the image with Tea Dye DI and my ink blending tool then did a little fussy cutting and ripping of the image and inked the edges with Vintage Photo DI and the blending tool.  I set her aside and got to some gesso etching….

Gesso etching is really fun and if you mess up, it's easy to start over.

Gesso etching is really fun and if you mess up, it’s easy to start over.

It’s really easy to make a background like this–Spread your gesso with a craft stick, as if you’re frosting a cake, then make a design or write some words, with the tip end of a paint brush.  With this card, I wrote “21” in different ways all over and added a couple of swirly flourishes.  I dried my etched gesso with my heat tool then used Studio acrylic paints in Painterly Pink & Yellow Pastel to paint over the etching, really working it into the writing and designs.  I used the heat tool again to speed up the drying and when completely dried, I inked over the etchings lightly with Tea Dye DI and I inked the edges with Vintage Photo DI and adhered my image transfer with double-back tape on top of my painted gesso background.

I used the mini rosette as her corsage.

I used the mini rosette as her corsage.

I stamped the “happy birthday” sentiment from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Simple Sayings set, three times onto ivory card stock that I had previously prepared with Wild Honey & Spun Sugar DS’s.  I fussy cut the words, inked the edges and mounted onto a Core’dinations scraps I had laying about.

A little dimensional magic to highlight the big 21...

A little dimensional magic to highlight the big 21…

Her hat is from the Party Hat set from Lost Coast Designs–so many fun hats to choose from!  I stamped this hat onto water-color paper with Jet Black Archival Ink and colored with my water brush and a Distress Marker in Worn Lipstick.  Since this hat image already has the “1” on it, I used a single “2” from TH/Idea-ology Number remnant rub-ons to turn the hat into a “21” celebration in itself!

I personalized the facet by using number remnant rub-ons.

I personalized the facet by using number remnant rub-ons.

I went a little rosette crazy a few weeks ago, and made a bunch of them in different colors from the Core’dinations Chocolate Box collection—you never know when you’ll need a rosette!  I added a piece of tissue tape to the die-cut rosette before I folded it and I finished it with a lovely TH/Idea-ology facet that I embellished with 21–again, using the Number Remnant rub-ons…just love all of the rub-ons!

Happy 21st Annie!

Happy 21st Annie!

And there she is…Miss 21!  The gesso etching is a great technique and I’m so glad that I had this great opportunity to use it as a fabulous way to personalize this special birthday card!  FUN FUN FUN and easy to do.  If you’ve got some white gesso around, gosh, even black gesso (would be great for Halloween backgrounds…) give it a try!

Have a GREAT rest of your Tuesday and Thanks for stopping by!!  XOXO-S