My First Art Journal

HAPPY TUESDAY and HELLO & WELCOME to my new followers!!  I’m so glad that you’re joining me!!  🙂

I worked all weekend on my project for the latest Compendium of Curiosities Challenge at Studio L3!!  I’ve been looking forward to this one because I’m getting to use some of Tim’s wonderful fabrics again, from his Eclectic Elements line.  It’s CC3 #19-Frayed Fabrics, found on page 66 of Tim’s creative tome.  You’ve got to have Tim’s book to play in this challenge, which is being sponsored with a $50 gift certificate from Inspiration Emporium!!


 I was sooo inspired by CC3 Creative Crew member Cheryl Grigsby’s  creation, that I pretty much copied her, right down to using one of my new Yvonne Blair Inky Art Journals!!  This is one of the Inky Art Journals that I actually won from Yvonne when she first shared her news of this product being released last year 🙂


As CC3 #19 is a technique based challenge, I can’t show you all of the details that went into making this journal cover.  But, I can show you some of the pre-assembly prep and sewing that I did to make this all come together.

 I’m using my 6″x8″ Inky Art Journal to take measurements for the pieces of Eclectic Elements fabric that I’ll need to sew together to cover this journal.  I have 6″x6″ & 12″x12″ EE fabric scrap packs to choose my fabrics from, so this is going to be fun!!


Now, I’m no sewer and an even worse fabric cutter!  Even with the most precise cutting tools and doodads available, I will still cut a crooked line!  Thank goodness for one of my fav Tim mottos – “Embrace Imperfection”!!  Oh, this journal cover will be a celebration of imperfection!!  These are the sections for the front and I added two more shorter pieces at each end for the inside flaps.  I roughly machine stitched all of the panels together.

I created a patchwork square out of 25-1.25″ squares which were roughly machine stitched together for what will become the patchwork heart on the front of my art journal.

I made my heart pattern from a chipboard heart that I photo-copied at 150%, pinned to the back of my patchwork square, then machine stitched around the perimeter of the heart.


Here is the front side of the patchwork square showing that first line of stitching.  I went over it several more times to enhance that imperfect stitch line and when I was finished, I ripped away the paper pattern from the back.


I stamped the word ‘artist’ with Jet Black Stazon onto a piece of muslin and then stitched it to another little scrap of EE fabric, then stitched it into place to the top center of the front panel.


The word ‘journal’ was treated the same and stitched into place to the bottom center of the front panel.


The heart was stitched into place as my main focal point, right in the center of the entire front panel.  I love it!!

I left all of the metal embellishments on this journal ‘naked’ if you will–I liked them with their natural finish, plus I think the silver of the metals look great with all of the mixed fabrics.

As a homage to Yvonne Blair, I included a butterfly as one of my embellies–Yvonne always includes a butterfly (or many butterflies) in her creations and as I won this journal from her, I wanted a reminder of the promise I made to her, to create in her art journals this year!!


As a reminder to myself, I included these 3 Chit Chat stickers to keep me motivated and inspired.  Just as I did with the making of this fabric cover, I imagined what I wanted, I created what I had imagined and discovered–I Can Do This!! 🙂


OK–now remember that ’embrace imperfection’ motto?  Do you notice anything WRONG with this picture?  Ummm, yeah, well, things started in the right direction!!  Yes, this is the back side of my journal cover, and it is in fact, sewn upside down!!  LOL!!  It is what it is and like I admitted earlier–I am definitely no sewer!! Imperfection Embraced!! 🙂 🙂

The front and back flaps are very simple and serve their purpose of holding this journal cover in place–and yes, the inside front flap is also upside down!!


 And here is the beginning of my very 1st art journal.  I’m really looking forward to creating on the inside of this journal.  I think I’ll probably end up sharing a few pages here and there as 2015 progresses!!  Stay tuned 🙂

Alrighty then–I’m headed off to Studio L3 now to get this Frayed Fabric creation entered into Compendium of Curiosities Challenge #19!!  It’s open until this coming Friday the 16th @ 11:55mst, so if you’ve got Tim’s CC3, come on over and join in on the fun!!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!!  Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Eclectic Elements Fabrics (Tim Holtz/Coates); Muslin; Cotton Batting
  • Stamps:  Classics #1 (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous)
  • Distress Inks & Marker (Tim Holtz/Ranger); StazOn Ink (Tsukineko)
  • Sewing Machine (Kenmore); Self-Healing Cutting Mat; Hand-Held Rotary Cutter (Fiskars);
  • Chit Chat Stickers, Nature Adornments, Pen Nib & Mini Corners (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Matte Gel (Liquitex); Hot Glue Gun; Ink Blending Tools (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Craft Scratcher (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios)

Making Spirits Bright-Again

Happy Monday!!  Thank you for starting your creative week with me and THANK YOU and Welcome to my new followers!!  I surely appreciate your visits and comments–Thank You soooooo much!!  I love making all of these new creative connections–I have bloggy friends all over the world now!!  🙂

OK–You may be asking, ‘Making Spirits Bright-Again?’  What’s with the “again” part?  Well, I posted a blog with the same title last year (there may be a yearly theme starting here?) and I couldn’t think of another better title for this posting.  But, the card is completely different–kind of–there may be some similarities–but purely by coincidence!! 😉


What does make this card a little different this year is, it’s not only a card in the DONE pile of Christmas cards-early!, it’s a challenge card that I made for A Vintage Journey-All Sewn Up.  Another inspiring challenge to get me creating for Christmas!!  Thank goodness for challenges–I Love Them!!

With A Vintage Journey’s theme of All Sewn Up, we’re to use the inspiration of  Tim Holtz and incorporate the theme of sewing or sewing related, into our projects.  Well, I think I may have actually channeled Tim directly when I made this card, because it came together so smoothly and quickly.  I didn’t find myself overthinking it and adding those final touches of stitching really brought that vintagey, Tim Holtz style full-circle, right on my own card!!


 I don’t have any step-outs for this card, but there are so few ingredients that went into making this card, it’s the technique’s end results that are the stars!!

My card base is kraft stock, cut and folded as a top-fold card.  The first layer is a piece of red TH Kraft-Core stock that I ran through one of the TH/Sizzix Holiday Knit set texture fades.  I then lightly sanded the embossed design, distressed the edges with my paper distresser and rubbed Walnut Stain DI over the surface and edges with my ink blending tool.  I secured the panel to the card base with double-back tape, then ran through my sewing machine to stitch the border.


Isn’t this lantern image fun?  It’s from Tim’s Christmas Blueprint 5 set and here, I’ve heat embossed it onto multi-media paper that I had first inked with Chipped Sapphire & Squeezed Lemonade DIs and my ink blending tools.  I then water colored the lantern with my water brush and DMs in Barn Door, Squeezed Lemonade & Pumice Stone.  The blue paint splatters in the background is Bolivian Blue Twinkling H2Os and the water spots are my own concoction of Walnut Stain re-inker in a spray bottle that I spritzed & flicked over the panel.  I finished with painting a thin layer of Diamond Glaze over the ‘glass’ portion of the lantern image and set aside to dry.


I improvised this little snowflake sticker for this TH/Idea-ology file tab by using a snowflake from the Christmastime Remnant Rubs and a piece of label paper–I rubbed the snowflake onto the label paper, rubbed a little Broken China DI over the top and punched out with a 3/8″ circle punch.  I inked the edges with Walnut Stain and placed into the depression on the file tab and sealed with the acrylic dot.  Ta-Da!!


I made these little banners from a set of Christmas sentiments by Hero Arts called Sunny Holiday Messages (circa 2006).  I stamped the words onto manila stock with Jet Black Archival, cut out and inked the edges with Walnut Stain DI and my mini ink blending tool.  They were stitched into place on the top panel before final assembly.


I’m creating a few cards with this Christmas Blueprint 5 set, so I’ll have-at the least-3 more cards to share in the next week.  That’s fun when the mojo is in full swing and I can create several cards in one sitting!  Especially Christmas cards and especially challenge cards!

 A Vintage Journey-All Sewn Up is running until November 27th (UK time) so get your Tim Holtz mojo in gear and create your own sewing themed creation for the challenge!!  Hope to see you there 🙂

Thanks again for stopping by!!  Cheers to a creative week and until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Surfaces: Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore); Manila Stock; Kraft Core (Tim Holtz/Core’dinations); Label Paper (Avery); Kraft Stock (Papertrey Ink)
  • Stamps:  Christmas Blueprint 5 (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous); Sunny Holiday Messages (Hero Arts)
  • Distress Inks & Markers (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Colorbox Black Pigment Ink (Clearsnap); Black Embossing Powder (WOW)
  • Holiday Knit Texture Fades (Tim Holtz/Sizzix); Big Shot Machine (Sizzix); Paper Distresser (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios); Sewing Machine (Kenmore)
  • Remnant Rubs & File Tab (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Craft Sheet (Ranger); Embossing Heat Gun; Heat Tool; Double-Back Tape (3M)

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)


Last, but Not Least….

HAPPY Friday Everyone!!  I’m back with the final card in my self-imposed, Christmas Card Creative Roulette (not much of a roulette, I know, with only 3 choices)(insert shrug of shoulders here…) and I think maybe my favorite out of the three that I’ve made–and I’m trying not to be biased here!!

Christmas Card #3

Christmas Card #3

This could be my favorite because it was the easiest and quickest of the three to make–No extra drying times, no mistakes to ponder over how to fix, stuff like that!  I kept everything pretty simple (so I wouldn’t mess up!) and ended up making a card that has two different types of embossing techniques that go together so well in this design!

I think this may be my Christmas Card...Oh, spoiler alert!!

I think this may be my Christmas Card…Oh, spoiler alert!!

My background is a piece of manilla stock that I inked with Barn Door DI and my ink blending tool.  I spritzed it with water and heat dried.  I used the Petals-a-Plenty embossing folder and my now red piece of manilla stock and ran it through my Big Shot machine.  After I trimmed it down to size, I distressed it all over with Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain DI’s.

I love what distressing does to

I love what distressing does.

For the collage image, I used tinted embossing ink and stamped it onto manilla stock and covered with a layer of clear embossing powder.  I heat set it, then trimmed the image down to size.  I randomly inked with Barn Door, Vintage Photo and Broken China DI’s and my ink blending tool, spritzed it with water and heat dried.  I finished by distressing the edges and inking with Walnut Stain DI.

LOVE the resist effect with clear embossing powder and Distress Inks.

LOVE the resist effect with clear embossing powder and Distress Inks.

Wanting to add a vintage sentiment, I used the label and Merry Christmas stamps from the Simple Sayings plate and stamped in Barn Door DI & Archival Ink in Jet Black onto a scrap piece of natural stock.  I trimmed the label down to size, distressed the edges and inked with Walnut Stain DI.

This simple stamped sentiment of Merry Christmas

The Simple Sayings plate is a go-to collection for greetings of every occasion.

Of course I had to add red & white Baker’s Twine and those cute little mini jingle bells!!  When I adhered the bells, I controlled those pesky strings of  the hot glue I was using by placing my blobs of hot glue onto my craft sheet and carefully dipping each bell into the glue (I was using tweezers to handle each bell).  That way, I didn’t end up with strings of hot glue all over the Baker’s Twine or the entire card for that matter.

I could have sold myself on this card with the cute trio of jingle bells alone...

I could have sold myself on this card with the cute trio of jingle bells alone…

And there we have them–the three sample designs of my proposed Christmas Cards this year.  Honestly–I may like today’s card design the best because of its versatility.  The Holiday Collections plate has a total of 4 collage images and by changing my Distress Ink colors, I’ll be able to get 4 different cards, yet, all with the same, simple layout…Easy Peasy and Artsy Fartsy–Perfect!

I just have to end with this–I’ve been visiting some of my fav blogs and some of the creations that are being made—FABULOUS!  One in particular is Paula Cheney’s Holiday Wishes card she shared this week.  It’s the background–I just LOVE what she did and that’s all I’m going to say about that (I may have just gotten inspired…)  You’ll just need to go to her blog One Lucky Day and get inspired, too!  She’s so Good!!

Thank You for joining me today–I truly appreciate your visits and remember–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!  XOXO–Shari

Supplies I Used:

Christmas Card Contender #2

Good Day & Happy Friday, Everyone!  Welcome back to Round #2 of my self-imposed, Christmas Card creative roulette–Where she stops, nobody knows!!  And that’s the truth—Sometimes, I never know what I’m going to end up with; how things will ultimately come together and this card is no exception.  See that nice, evergreen pine sprig?  Well….that turned into a brown twig after all the needles fell off, so, I had to change it out with something else……

Faux tin background with real pine sprig.

Next time I want to use foliage, I’ll find some fake stuff!

Even though this card ended up having a small malfunction, which was the clear sealant I used for the pine sprig, did not keep the sprig sealed, I was able to save the design with die-cut pine trees instead!

Fun, die-cut Christmas Trees saved this card!

Fun, die-cut Christmas Trees saved this card!

But I do think my favorite element of this card is the background paper–An image transfer onto a piece of Foil Tape Sheet!! I Love this technique….which is out of my technique toolbox courtesy of the online class taught by Claudine Hellmuth.  You know who else has a great tutorial of this technique?  Tammy Tutterow!  In her Tuesday Tutorial from July 2, 2013–Watercolor on Foil, she creates a beautiful tag with this image transfer technique–Very Artsy Fartsy, Indeed!

Look at how aged the decorative paper became after being transferred...

Look at how aged the decorative paper became after being transferred…

I pressed the decorative paper (image side down) onto the sticky side of the foil sheet and burnished with a plastic scraper.  I then spritzed the paper with water and rubbed the wet paper off with my fingers until the image started to emerge.  I continued exposing the transferred paper design and then dried with my heat tool and inked with Vintage Photo DI.

The vintage Santa in this stamp image

The collage image, one of the four out of the Holiday Collections plate, is stamped onto a piece of natural card stock with Archival Ink in Jet Black, covered with a layer of clear embossing powder and heat set with my embossing gun.  I colored the image with my water brush and DM’s in Barn Door, Shabby Shutter, Tumbled Glass, Old Paper, Wild Honey, Pine Needles, Tattered Rose and Picket Fence.

This collage stamp has such a fun mix of images to look at.

This collage stamp has such a fun mix of images to look at.

After coloring the heat embossed image, I trimmed it to size, distressed the edges and inked with Vintage Photo DI and my ink blending tool.  I adhered it to my card with 3D dots and wrapped Baker’s Twine around the front  a few times.

Baker's Twine is the best for a festive finish.

Baker’s Twine is the best for a festive finish.

And for a little extra fun flair, I hot-glued three tiny jingle bells in place and gave the stars on top of the trees a coat of Tarnished Brass DCP.

Don't these stars look like little pieces of tarnished old brass?

Don’t these stars look like little pieces of tarnished old brass?

Gosh, I may like the distressed trees and the distress crackle brass stars even more than the faux tin background!  Both elements made to look vintage with those fab Distress Inks & Stains!!

Antique Vintage CardAnd there you have it–My Contender #2.

If I choose to accept this design, at least I’ll know I won’t have any more creative failures to deal with!!  It’ll be die cut trees from here on out!!

I’ll have my final Christmas card design to share with ya’ll next Friday!  In the meantime, Stay Artsy Fartsy and THANK YOU for hanging out with me today!  Have a great Friday and a FAB Weekend!!  XOXO-Shari

Supplies I Used:

More B-Day Greetings

Happy Friday Kids! Cheers to another week well done!  I’m going to take it kind of easy on my posting today and share a simple and uncomplicated card I recently made for another family birthday–this time, for my hubby’s (retired) US Air Force and commercial airline pilot Uncle!

This card was made for a retired airline pilot.

This card was made for a retired Air Force pilot.

This card was easy and fun to make and made simpler with having the perfect images for a retired military & airline pilot to create with!  And I just have to throw this in—The Travel Blueprint plate is part of the prize I won from Tim Holtz for my July Tag!!! TOTALLY AWESOME!!  OK–onto making the card…

Supplies I Used:

My card base is white speckled card stock and my background is manilla stock treated with Salty Ocean DS, spritzed with water and dried with my heat tool.  I also inked my salty ocean background with Walnut Stain DI and an ink blending tool.  I randomly stamped the globe & compass images from the Travel Blueprint plate with Jet Black Archival Ink, added a few pieces of tissue tape and distressed the edges.

Corner Close Up

I stamped the airline postage stamp image onto water-color paper with Jet Black Archival Ink.  I painted the image with my water brush and DM’s in: Mustard Seed, Pumice Stone, Picket Fence, Tumbled Glass, Barn Door & Black Soot.  I applied a bit of heat to dry quicker and then cut the image down to size.

Late August Vid Cam 010

I distressed the airliner stamp image and inked the edges with Walnut Stain DI and the ink blending tool–I also lightly inked over the image, too, to give it a little antiquey feel.  I adhered it with double-back tape to the manilla stock background and moved onto the sentiment.

Love the Simple Sayings plate...

Love the Simple Sayings plate…

The TH/Stampers Anonymous Simple Sayings plate is one of the best sentiment sets…It has everything and the tag outline to boot!  I stamped the tag and sentiment onto a scrap piece of ivory cardstock with Barn Door DI & Jet Black Archival and cut to size.  I lightly distressed the edges and inked with Walnut Stain DI then adhered with 3D Dots to finish the card.

Can't get much easier than this...

Can’t get much easier than this…

Done–The perfect b-day card for a pilot or an aviation enthusiast–which I have a few of in my family!  I hope ya’ll enjoyed this simple card that I ended the week with.  I’m now headed back down to my dungeon to finish up some end of the week cleaning & organizing, before I spend my weekend creating and crafting!

Thank you for stopping by and stay Artsy Fartsy!!  XOXO-Shari

Boardwalk Notebook

Good Evening, on this late Sunday night!  I just couldn’t resist ending my weekend with doing a little reading on some of my favorite blogs, checking in on weekly challenges and I said “HEY”–I’ve got to enter a challenge (or 2 or 3)!!  I’ve been creating all kinds of fun, Summer-themed cards, tags and notebooks lately, so, I’ll go for it!  And, I had this notebook for sale at the Unique Goods & Curious Finds Market over the weekend, and it was one of the first things purchased–Thanks, Jaime, I hope you use it well!! I will be posting pictures of the Market tomorrow and I know there will be more available as the week goes on–I’ll keep you posted on any links!

Supplies I Used:

  • Staples 200 Page Composition Book, Manilla Stock (cut to size for the front & back covers), Water Color Paper, Decorative Papers (they’re on the inside of the front & back covers), corrugated Cardboard
  • Stamps:  Boardwalk (Artistic Outpost) and Psychedelic Grunge (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous)
  • Distress Inks, Stains & Markers; Archival & Adirondack Inks, Ink Blending Tool, White Gesso, Multi-Medium, Dimensional Magic, Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Brayer, Big Shot Die Machine & Mini-Paper Rosette Die, Paint Brushes, Water Brush
  • Remnant Rub-Ons, Tissue Tape, Cheese Cloth

I knew what I wanted to do with this notebook and my goal was to use every stamp in the Boardwalk plate!  And it just so happens that this notebook fits in with a weekly challenge at Drunken Stampers-Challenge #136 and Frilly & Funkie-By The Seaside.   And, since I used every single stamp in the Boardwalk plate, I’m going to enter this in Artistic Outpost’s Monthly Referral Program Challenge, too!

Who doesn't love the feeling of sand between their toes?

Who doesn’t love the feeling of sand between their toes?

I used manilla stock as my base to cover the front & back of the composition book and for the front, I used Salty Ocean DS and Tea Dye DI, which I dabbed onto my craft sheet, spritzed with water and picked up with my brayer.  Once I was satisfied with the coverage, I dried with my heat tool.  The beach huts are stamped with Adirondack Ink in Denim and Archival in Sepia & Jet Black and I added Number Remnant Rub-On’s to each hut for a little personality.

I slathered on some white gesso to hold the cheese cloth in place.

I slathered on some white gesso to hold the cheese cloth in place.

The bathing beauties are stamped with Jet Black Archival ink three times then I added the layer of white gesso-to press the cheese cloth into to keep it in place-right above the beauties and in the upper left corner.  Before the gesso dried, I placed the umbrella girl into her spot and used my heat tool to partially dry both areas of gesso.  I stamped the umbrella girl image with Jet Black Archival onto water-color paper and painted with my water brush and Distress Markers in Tattered Rose, Tumbled Glass, Spun Sugar, Spiced Marmalade & Mustard Seed.

The words and shells are secured with multi-medium...My New Bestest Friend!

The words and shells are secured with multi-medium…My New Bestest Friend!

It’s pretty hard to see in this shot but, the shells are all coated with Dimensional Magic and were some of the wonderful scrap pieces I save from other projects where I didn’t use them.  I do that a lot and it’s a time saver!  My sunbeams are from the Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Psychedelic Grunge set and I heat embossed to add another texture.  I finished it all off with inking the cheese cloth and words with Tea Dye DI and the ink blending tool and I inked the edges with Vintage Photo & Walnut Stain DI’s and the ink blending tool, too.  Now–on to the backside!

This is the back--with this old-timey Boardwalk Hunk.

This is the back–with this old-timey Boardwalk Hunk.

I brayed the back of this the same as I did the front, except I used Faded Jeans & Wild Honey DS’s.  And I love to say this–everything on the back, except the images I stamped directly onto the manilla stock directly, are all scrap pieces I had from previous projects.  I let the scraps dictate how I put this together, and it was fun to see this unfold.

Scrap pieces that still ended up being used together.

Scrap pieces that still ended up being used together.

The beach hunk and the boardwalk sign are both left over pieces that just didn’t fit, before–they came together just fine here–I love it when that happens!  I did frame hunkie-pie with a piece of corrugated cardboard lightly painted with white gesso and I dried the gesso quickly with my heat tool added the piece of cheese cloth an  inked it all with Vintage Photo & Walnut Stain DI’s.

I heat embossed only one of the stamped images of the Steel Pier.

I heat embossed only one of the stamped images of the Steel Pier.

There are a lot of texture’s on the front and the back is no exception–There is corrugated cardboard, glossy shells, raised-heat embossed images–FUN!  I added some fun tissue tape and remnant rub-on’s and heat embossed sunbeams.

This mini-rosette fit right in with the vintage, old-timey feel I was trying to get.

This mini-rosette fit right in with the vintage, old-timey feel I was trying to get.

Everything is secured in place with multi-medium and I let both the front & back covers dry overnight between sheets of wax paper and weighted down with some of my heavier (weight-wise) publications.  I prepped the composition books by applying layers of tissue tape to the binding and gluing 1/4″ cotton ribbon onto the front & back panels just where the completed scenes will adhere.  There’s some nice layering going on there….too bad I didn’t get a good picture of it! DUH!

This was really enjoyable to put together and I really hope that Jaime, the young woman who purchased this notebook this past Saturday, enjoys using and looking at it, as much as I did putting it together!  The Boardwalk plate is one of my all-time fav’s–which helps make creating fun, new designs, that much easier!

With this being a late-night Sunday post, I wish those of you up late a, Good Evening–Those of you in the world just waking up to start your week a, Good Morning and as always–a GREAT BIG THANK YOU for stopping by!