My March Tim Tag

HAPPY FRIDAY!!  HAPPY 1ST DAY OF SPRING!!  I brought out lots of bright colors to play with this week, and have my take on Tim’s March Tag to share today.


Here’s Tim’s tag–full of color and Spring!

I didn’t make a tag this month…


–But a little wall/door hanging out of a recycled clearance bin find, instead 🙂


Here’s what the little board looked like when I first found it.  That floral image was a piece of paper that I rubbed off with wet fingers.  I heat dried the board then gave a light sanding…


…and painted with a coat of gesso on both sides and around the edges.  OK–so this poor little board…I was going to use it for a Christmas décor piece and had started working on it in December, but then I had set it aside and kind of forgot about it.  But, I had started some Christmas themed work on it that I would need to hide…


Can you see some of the pops of Christmas color coming through?  Tim used tissue tape on his tag, but I’ve got too much that I need to hide, so I’m using a stamped piece of tissue paper to cover the entire surface.  I brushed on a layer of matte multi-medium and smooshed the tissue paper onto the board and let air dry.


Once dry, I’m using Broken China, Picked Raspberry, Mustard Seed & Ripe Persimmon DPs to marble my almost camouflaged board with.


AH–No more signs of Christmas here!!  Color me Spring AND you can still see the stamped ledger image!


Here is the back of the board–I kept it plain so I can write a special message, but I had smooshed a piece of tissue paper on the back just like I did on the front.


I followed along with the techniques that Tim employed in his March Tag–I used my Harlequin LS with Wendy Vecchi’s White Embossing Paste & her Buttercup Embossing Powder for my textured background.  I just love the grittiness of the enameled finish over the embossing paste.  Go ahead, touch it!!


I added a quote from Tim’s new Small Talk stickers and embellished with little wood & mirror stars


…and an Observation Word Band and some mini gears.


I altered a token and a brad and am using ring fasteners with with jump rings to make my hangers with.  I ran a double strand of jute twine to hang this with (it’s really lightweight) and finished with a spritz of Black Soot marker with my air art tool.

I’m going to head over to Tim’s blog and enter this into his March Tag challenge then I’ll be back over the weekend with my weekly post for Artistic Outpost!  Who knows what I made for AO?  You’ll have to come back on Sunday to see 🙂

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • MDF Board (3.5″x5.5″); Tissue Paper
  • Stamps:  Winged Things II (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous)
  • Distress Paints & Markers (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Embossing Paste & Embossing Powder (Wendy Vecchi); Archival Ink (Ranger); Black Embossing Powder (WOW); Adirondack Alcohol Ink (Tim Holtz/Ranger)
  • Mini Gears, Token, Mirror Star, Word Band, Ring Fasteners & Jump Rings (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Jute Twine; Wood Stars; Brads

Tic Tac Toe-Our Creative Corner Style

Hello Again!!  Happy February!!  Are you ready for a game of Tic Tac Toe, Our Creative Corner style?  I have to admit, I’ve not played a game of creative tic tac toe before, but our challenge host for February, Julia, gave us such wonderful options to play with, I could keep playing this game for days!! 😉



For February’s challenge, choose one line from the OCC Tic-Tac-Toe board above.  You can move horizontally, vertically, diagonally, but you must ALWAYS have the middle square of ‘Stamps’ in your creation.  What you make is up to you, but make sure that all three items that are within your move, are clearly visible in  your creation.  When you join in for the challenge, remember to tell us which move you made and inks, stains, sprays, etc can be used as necessary on your project.  Oh, and don’t forget this–


–The February challenge is being sponsored by Tando Creative with a generous prize package awarded to one randomly drawn entrant!  So, come on over and play Tic-Tac-Toe with us!!  I’d love to see the moves you make in your creations! 🙂

My Tic-Tac-Toe move was center horizontal; Paints-Stamps-Stencils.


I used this challenge theme to start creating in my first art journal!!


 This is my 6″x8″ Inky Art Journal that I’m working in and I knew upon receiving it, that I’d be using the quote that’s on this sheet of ready to use goodness, in one way or another.  Considering this is my first art journal and a new (for me) form of creating, I am trusting the magic of just beginning!

I have decorated the outside of the journal and it now looks like this-

Time to get the inside looking Artsy Fartsy, too!! 😉


I wanted to keep in play with the colors of the decorative paper, but I changed the green to my favorite color, yellow!  I used Salty Ocean, Mustard Seed and a swipe of Crushed Olive DPs to finger paint the entire surface.


I gave the page a good spritzing of water and let gravity do its thing–I love those distress paint streaks!  When I was happy with the streaking, I set the page with my heat tool.


I’m really wanting to use my small collection of Stampotique images more this year and I couldn’t think of a better way of doing that, than by using Mela as the first image you see when you open this journal.   I stamped her into place with Jet Black Archival and I also stamped her onto mixed media stock that I water colored and fussy cut for later use.


I happened to be working on this page at night, so I stopped for the evening with stenciling WV’s white embossing paste through the Rays layering stencil and let air dry overnight.


Isn’t Mela lovely?  I love the little swing in her dress!!  Here she is stamped onto mixed media paper and water colored with my water brush and DMs in Tattered Rose, Mustard Seed, Dusty Concord, Black Soot & Barn Door.  I applied a little bit of Diamond Glaze to the heart on her smock, let dry and then fussy cut her.  She’s a bit smudged because of me and my inky fingers–but it’s just that kind of imperfection, that I now love!!


I applied pieces of tissue tape here and there and added the outlined stars onto my page using the Dylusions Stars stencil and a black gel pen.  I painted them with a little Dusty Concord DP and a mini-detail paint brush.


This ‘new, creative’ me doesn’t even mind that I painted outside the lines or smeared my ink splatters!!  Oh, yeah-that!  I spritzed the page with my air art tool and my Black Soot DM, but I didn’t heat dry it–DUH!!  I started mounting the words and Mela and saw all the smudges–Embrace Imperfection & heat dry!!


Oh, I was hoping that the shimmer would come through in the picture!  I used a couple of spritzes of Sunflower Sparkle PPM over the stenciled rays to add a little bit of glint to the entire background.  And those blue & yellow circles?  A paper straw dabbed into my DPs and randomly pressed here and there on my page.


Before fussy cutting the words, I brushed them with a light layer of matte gel,  then mounted to my page with more matte gel and heat dried.  Mela was also adhered with matte gel.  I took a piece of wax paper and laid over the page, then closed the journal and pressed between heavy books for a bit to set and dry.  After drying, I used my Black Soot DM to outline each word band and smudge with my finger.  Page 1 of my first art journal DONE!!  That was FUN!! 🙂

I hope my creative Tic Tac Toe move of Paints-Stamps-Stencils has inspired you to make the same move, or one of the others!  Take whichever direction you want, but include that middle spot of Stamps!  The February OCC Tic Tac Toe Challenge is open until February 28th at 11:59pm (GMT).  Hope to see you there!  🙂

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



  • Surfaces:  Inky Art Journal (Yvonne Blair); Mixed Media Paper (Strathmore)
  • Stamp:  Mela (Daniel Torrente/Stampotique)
  • Stencils:  Rays LS (Tim Holtz/Stamper Anonymous); Stars (Dylusions/Ranger)
  • Distress Paints, Ink & Markers (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Ink (Ranger); White Embossing Paste (Wendy Vecchi/Dreamweaver Stencils); Perfect Pearls Mist (Ranger)
  • Tissue Tape (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Black Gel Pen; Paper Straw
  • Matte Gel (Liquitex); Air Art Tool (Artworx); Heat Tool; Finger Knife (Fiskars); Craft Sheet (Ranger); Paint Brush; Palette Knife

Halloween WHOO Tag

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


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


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


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

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

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


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

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


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


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


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


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

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


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

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

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

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



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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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

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

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



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


Happy Friday Everyone!!  I’m ending the week with my-by the hair of my chinny chin chin-challenge entry for Compendium of Curiosities 3, Challenge #12-Photo Tinting as it ends tonight!!  Talk about WHEW!! 🙂


If you’ve got Tim’s book, you can play along  and The Funkie Junkie Boutique is the sponsor for this challenge with a $25 gift certificate and of course there’s the prize bonanza from Tim & Mario awarded to the Curiosity Crew’s Choice!!


This challenge is technique based, so I won’t be able to show you how the technique works, but, with a little creative ‘hocus pocus’ I can show you everything else that went into this “Bewitching” card 😉


My background panel is a left-over Distress Ink mono-print using the Gothic Layering Stencil and Aged Mahagony DI.


I’m going to add a little bit of texture with WV’s Embossing Paste through the Halloween LS.


I’m kind of messy with my EP application and any extra embossing paste is scraped up and placed right back into the tub 🙂


After the EP dried, I blended Vintage Photo DI over the entire surface with my ink blending tool.


 I love how Vintage Photo DI blended with this–It completely toned down the brightness of the manila stock but enriched the color of the Aged Mahogany, with an instant element of age.


Now, using the Halloween stencil as a mask, I’m placing it back over the raised letters…


…to rub a bit of Black Soot DI over the EP stenciling.


I distressed the edges with my paper distresser and I spritzed & flicked water over the surface.  I applied heat to dry the water spots and rubbed Walnut Stain DI around the distressed edges.


Before moving on to the image I’m using for my card, I practiced the Photo Tinting technique on this picture that I have from Claudine Hellmuth’s Composition for Collage class.  This is one of her class downloads and I thought a good piece to practice with.


This image is also a download from Claudine’s class–and my third attempt, with this picture, at photo tinting.  I think the glossy photo paper I used is too glossy for this technique, but, with an ever so light hand, I was able to tint this photo with minimal damage (but her lips did get away from me a bit).


I’m using a piece of 8×8 Seasonal Paper Stash, adhered to chipboard, to create a small frame for my photo.  I ran this piece through my Cricut machine to cut the oval.


This is the only shot I have where there’s a before & after shot of the photo.  The fussy cut image-very plain and blah before tinting; The image on the left-aged and delightful after tinting.


I applied a nice layer of Clear Rock Candy DCP to my frame and set aside to air dry.


I used the die cut oval as a mask to create the shadow of the frame around the image.  I did that as a visual place-holder, while my DCP frame was drying, so I could work with the remnant rub-ons, hat & embellies placement.  Then I used the mask I made and placed over the girl and lightly pounced Tea Dye DI to age the background directly behind her–she has a slight, pale aura about her now…How vexing!! 😉


Here’s the frame after it dried & after I rubbed Walnut Stain DI into the cracks and Black Soot DI around the edges and inside the oval with my ink blending tools.


BTS–I made her witch hat from a Tempting Template I found at , out of kraft-core stock,  Distress Glitter and black silk cord.  The flowers are from Kaisercraft that I spritzed with Tangerine Dream & Pomegranate Seed Dylusions IS and Pewter Perfect Pearls Mist.


I printed out the word onto label paper and fussy cut to fit into this file tab.  I attached the tab to the frame with matte gel and foam squares.


Before I had assembled everything into place,  I applied words from the Apothecary remnant rub-ons here & there and flicked Wine & Roses Twinkling H2O’s over the surface.


The framed photo & hat were adhered to the background panel with a combination of double-back tape, matte gel and foam squares.  Those pieces aren’t going anywhere!!


And now we’re flying off to Studio L3 to be a part of the CC3 festivities with Challenge #12!!  Come on over and check out the projects that are being entered from around the world!  It’s a fun challenge and all you need to participate is Tim’s Compendium of Curiosities 3!!

Thanks for ending your week with me!!  I know you have your choice of crafty blogs to visit and your time visiting with me is always valued and appreciated.  Please visit again soon and until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Surfaces: Manila Stock, Kraft-Core (Core’dinations); Glossy Photo Paper (HP); Chipboard; Seasonal Paper Stash (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Card Base (Papertrey Ink)
  • Distress Markers, Ink, Glitter & DCP (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Embossing Paste (Wendy Vecchi); Dylusions Ink Spray (Ranger); Perfect Pearls Mist (Ranger)
  • Paper Blossoms (Kaisercraft); File Tab (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Black Silk Cord;
  • Matte Gel (Liquitex); Double-Back Tape (3M); Foam Squares; Ink Blending Tool (Ranger)
  • Cricut Machine; Georges & Basic Shape Cartridge (Provo Craft)

The World Calls a Butterfly

Happy Friday and Welcome!!  Today is a special day for me, as this is my posting as Our Creative Corner’s August Top Talent!!  I’m in their Spotlight today as the winner of their June Challenge–Flaming June, which was hosted by OCC DT member Julia.

When Laura contacted me to take part as Our Creative Corner’s August Top Talent, I instantaneously started freaking out panicking thinking about what I could possibly make?  Do I create something in keeping with the monthly challenge (which Laura is hosting for August)?  Do I make something similar to my winning entry?  I bombarded her with my questions and nervousness and she simply said “Do whatever you like and have some fun!”  Well, OK then!!

I am HONORED and ECSTATIC to be a part of Our Creative Corner for the day and I hope you enjoy my step-x-steps, with boo-boos and changes along the way!  I’m showing you (almost) everything, except the finished piece–Ha Ha–For that, you’ve got to go to Our Creative Corner directly-and while you’re there, you can learn a little bit about me in their Top Talent Q&A segment!  Ha Ha–sneaky, huh?!  It’s fun that way and I hope you enjoy today’s creative journey 🙂


I decided upon a 6×6 box canvas for my project, which is a pretty new surface-for me-to work on.  I’m going for it!!  I also gathered stamps from Darkroom Door and chipboard Mini-Butterflies from Tando Creative.


I prepped my canvas with a layer of gesso that I applied with a paint brush and my palette knife and pressed a few scrap pieces of ripped book pages into it.  I heat dried the surface just a little….


…while the gesso was still wet, I randomly pressed the DD Polka Dot background stamp into the surface and into the sides.

 Working with the DD Polka Dot background stamp again and the DD Patchwork Butterfly image, I used Archival Inks in Orange Blossom, Olive and Cobalt to stamp the images onto tissue paper.  I didn’t end up using the blue butterfly…it unfortunately got experimented with and ripped all to heck-you know how that can go (uh, that’s a boo-boo).


I colored my canvas in layers–I used Distress Stains and rubbed them onto my craft sheet and pressed and rubbed the canvas down into the colors.  Here, I’ve used Salty Ocean, Pumice Stone and Squeezed Lemonade DSs on the front surface and sides.


My direction with this canvas is already taking a turn at this point.  I’m adding ripped lengths of the stamped tissue paper with multi-medium so that I have a fun horizon line to work with (change #1 coming right up).

That floating piece of book page in the upper corner?  Gone!!  It didn’t work for me, once I started adding a horizon line.  I repaired the corner with gesso, stamping and staining.  I’m not too worried about that corner being a bit lighter in tone than the rest of the canvas…it’ll all work out 🙂


 This butterfly image is a second gen stamping with Jet Black Archival Ink onto tissue paper.  It’s going to end up serving as a shadow of sorts and here, I’m doing some positioning.


I’m going to add another layer of texture using my Dylusions Dotted Flowers stencil and WV White Embossing Paste, but I do a little pre-positioning to see where the dots will be hidden and exposed.

I taped the stencil down with painter’s tape and applied a light to medium layer of White Embossing Paste.  The stain will seep into the paste when it dries and I just love that effect.  I did a little heat drying, but I mostly let it air dry.


After my embossed dots are dry, I apply my shadow butterfly down with matte multi-medium and heat set.  Most of the front is done…well, the foundation is set, at least.  Since this is a box canvas, the back is basically available to create upon and within, as well.  Like Laura said “Have fun”!

I’m using Wendy Vecchi’s Crackled Texture Paste to coat the perimeter of the frame with.  The back side of the canvas is going to be the same, yet different–


I ran strips of TH Tissue tape to the inside edge of the frame and painted the surface of it with Scattered Straw, Crushed Olive & Broken China DPs.  I also painted the very inside of the frame (it slants inward) with Seedless Preserves DP.


I inked the inside of the canvas with Dusty Concord DI and my ink blending tool and applied these ripped pieces of  floral paper from the TH Menagerie paper stash with multi-medium.  I heat set and then rubbed Walnut Stain DI over the entire canvas-front & back-with my ink blending tool.  I stenciled more dots onto the frame with a mixture of Broken China & Scattered Straw DPs and heat set.


Not to give the finished piece away or anything, but, my main focal points for the front and back, are going to be a butterfly, and I want them to be different from one another.  For the butterfly that will be on the front, I’m making an alcohol ink background to stamp the Patchwork Butterfly image onto.


Isn’t this pretty?  This is a combination of Lettuce, Wild Plum & Aqua Adirondack Alcohol Inks, on glossy stock, with just a touch of blending solution dabbed over the entire surface.


I used Jet Black Staz-On ink to stamp the butterfly with and I heat set it, carefully.  Glossy paper, when too hot, will bubble.

I ran the stamped image through my Xyron adhesive machine, then placed a piece of WV Modeling Film onto the sticky surface.   I fussy cut this butterfly out and set aside for later assembly.

Now, a couple of the major boo-boo’s that happened, took place after assembly and during my photo shoot (the sprinklers came on, the canvas and I got wet, things tweaked and failed…boo-boo!) Then, I don’t have any pictures of the replacement butterfly that I recreated for the back of the again! However, I can tell you, I used vellum, frosted film and WV White-Out modeling film for it.  You’re just going to have to go over to Our Creative Corner and see how it all turned out!! Sorry about that!! 🙂

 I’m using Tando Creative Mini-Butterflies as some of my embellishments to finish the canvas with.  I painted each butterfly with colors of DP that I’m already using in the canvas-Seedless Preserves, Crushed Olive & Scattered Straw.  I dabbed each chipboard butterfly with paint and set with my heat tool.


I applied a thin layer of Diamond Glaze to each painted butterfly then sprinkled Clear Rock Candy Distress Glitter over each one.  I gently tapped off the excess and set aside to air dry.


To finish everything, I found a lovely quote about butterflies and made my own word bands with my computer & printer for the front, and I used the quote again in an image transfer onto tissue paper, for the back.

It’s really kind of fun being mysterious about the finished canvas and I hope I’ve piqued your interest enough that you’ll want to go to Our Creative Corner now for the finished project!!

Thank you all soooo much for joining me today, in what’s to me, a momentous occasion and one that’s going into the creative resume!!  Thank You, Our Creative Corner, for this fantastic opportunity!  Laura, I did have fun!! 😉 🙂

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


  • 6×6 Box Canvas; Tissue Paper; Book Pages; Kraft Card Stock (Papertrey Ink); Modeling Film & White Out Modeling Film (Wendy Vecchi Studio 490); Frosted Film (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Vellum; Menagerie Paper Stash (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Glossy Stock
  • Gesso (Claudine Hellmuth); Distress Stains, Inks & Paints (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Inks (Ranger); Staz-On Ink (Tsukineko); Adirondack Alcohol Inks (Ranger); Matte & Glossy Multi-Mediums (Claudine Hellmuth); Distress Glitter (Tim Holtz/Ranger)
  • Stamps:  Patchwork Butterfly & Polka Dot Background (Darkroom Door)
  • Mini Chipboard Butterflies (Tando Creative); Dotted Flowers Stencil (Dylusions/Ranger); Trinket Pins (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology);
  • Paint Brush; Heat Tool; Palette Knife; Scissors; Ink Blending Tool; Air Tool (Inkworx); Foam Dots; Embossing Heat Tool; Xyron Machine

Patriotic Memories

HELLO HELLO HELLO!!  Happy almost weekend!!  Sorry I’ve been absent for so long!!  Behind the scenes, I’ve been busy with family members in town and staging the old homestead for selling and everything else that goes along with that…WHEW!!

So, not a lot of spare time for creativity down in the old dungeon!  But, I do have this card to share, that I made (and sent) to my Great Uncle, a WWII veteran.  I sent this card to him, along with a DVD about the submarine base he trained at in 1944 that used to be here in Idaho!!  Yeah–a submarine base in Idaho!!

Farragut Naval Station, at one time, employed and housed 300,000 Naval and civilian personnel, support staff and families at the South end of Lake Pend O’Reille–the 5th deepest lake in the United States.  Now, Farragut is a recreational area with only one original Navy building remaining–which is the brig (and it’s supposed to be haunted!)!!


 And just in the nick o’time, I’m going to send this over to Studio L3’s Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge #4–Layering Stencil-Texture Paste.  With the chance to win fabulous goodies sponsored by Tim Holtz and a $25 gift certificate from The Funkie Junkie Boutique, I’ve just got to go for it!!


I gathered most of my supplies; Distress Inks & Stain, Wendy Vecchi’s Embossing Pastes and Crackled Texture Paste, the Stars Layering Stencil and the Hero stamp plate from Artistic Outpost and got started.


I’m also goofing around with the DI mono-print technique that Tim is showcasing in his June Tag challenge.  It’s a super easy and fun technique with different results every time! Just like that proverbial box of chocolates–you never know what yer gonna get!!

I applied Fired Brick & Faded Jeans DI and Picket Fence DS directly to the Stars stencil and spritzed with water.

I turned the stencil over and laid it down onto my piece of manila stock.  I used a paper towel to gently press the stencil onto the stock to make sure I got good saturation of the inks and stain.

Here’s the secret ingredient part of this card that I can’t talk about, but I can say that I used TH’s Stars Layering Stencil and Wendy Vecchi’s Silver Embossing Paste to add this spattering of spangled stars.  I set this aside and let air dry and moved on to some stamping.


I used the American Flag image from AO’s Hero plate and stamped twice onto manila stock.  I stamped in Jet Black Archival Ink on one panel and Fired Brick and Faded Jeans on the other manila panel.  To achieve the multi-colored stamped image on the right, I tapped the ink pads directly onto the rubber stamp and blended a little bit with my finger before pressing down onto the manila stock.  Pretty cool!!

I fussy cut the frame of the image stamped in Jet Black Archival and applied a layer of WV’s Crackled Texture Paste.  I didn’t heat dry this either and set aside with the stenciled stars to air dry.


I fussy cut the red & blue inked flags and forgot to take pictures from here on out!!  DUH!!  I didn’t show you the water spots or the Clear Rock Candy DCP that I applied or the cool inking to highlight the cracks!!  But…..

…Here are some close-up’s of the dried/finished surfaces!  When the Clear Rock Candy DCP dried, I inked it with Tea Dye DI and my ink blending tool.  When my crackled frame was dry, I swiped my Fired Brick & Faded Jeans DI pads over the surface and then inked the edges with Vintage Photo DI and the ink blending tool.


The sentiment is from the Simple Sayings plate from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous.  I stamped the label in Fired Brick DI and the words in Jet Black Archival, then  I inked over the entire image with Tea Dye DI and gave a spritz & flick of water.  I fussy cut the label and distressed the edges and inked with Walnut Stain DI.


Everything was adhered together onto my red card base with either double-back tape or foam squares.  I glued the mirrored star with matte multi-medium for a really good bond on that crackled frame.  OH–I made the silver flagpoles out of round toothpicks, painted with Brushed Pewter DP!!


And there you have it–my star spangled tribute to my Great Uncle, along with my submission to the CC3 Challenge at Studio L3.  Come on over and check out the creative goodness that’s being made for this round….it ends tonight, there’s still time to join!!

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


  • Manila Stock; Red Stock
  • Distress Inks, Paints & Stain (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Ink (Ranger); Silver Embossing Paste & Crackled Texture (Wendy Vecchi)
  • Stars Layering Stencil (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous); Simple Sayings Plate (TH/SA); Hero Plate (Artistic Outpost)
  • Mirrored Star (TH/Idea-ology); Round Toothpicks
  • Craft Sheet (Ranger); Finger Knife (Fiskars); Double-Back Tape (3M); Foam Squares; Matte Multi-Medium (Claudine Hellmuth); Paper Distresser (TH/Tonic Studios); Palette Knife