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

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

Vintage Stamping Challenge

Hello Kids & Happy Saturday!  Yeah, I didn’t think I was going to be on my computer this weekend but, I keep finding all of these  really cool challenge blogs and I just can’t help but give in to them!  The latest challenge blog I’ve run into and looks right up my creative alley is the Vintage Stamping Challenge.  Give the blog a look-see and maybe you’ll get challenged, too!  Here’s my creation for their challenge #11-Wings & Things.

He's got a crown & wings--Life is Good!

He’s got a crown & wings–Life is Good!

Supplies I Used:

This image just makes me smile!  I love its quirkiness and old-timey feel (I think it’s his mustache)!!  Anyway–I wanted the winged gentleman to be the center of attention for this design and having him neatly nested against a single layer of re-used packing paper, gave me exactly what I wanted.

A super easy card with one main focal point speaks volumes.

A super easy card with one main focal point speaks volumes.

I folded my natural card base and inked the edges with Walnut Stain DI and an ink blending tool.  I cut my piece of packing paper to size and ran it through the Big Shot machine with the Torn Notebook die by Tim Holtz/Sizzix.  I inked the already crumpled paper all over and on its edges with the Walnut Stain, too and adhered it to the card with double-back tape.  The Life is Good sentiment is from the Typography Plate from Artistic Outpost and I stamped that with Staz-On ink in Black and heat embossed with clear embossing powder and my heat tool.  The ink splatters in the background were achieved with my air art tool and the Distress Markers in Chipped Sapphire and Barn Door.

He has a regal look....yet, goofy all at the same time! Not that that's a bad thing...

He has a regal look….yet, goofy all at the same time! Not that that’s a bad thing…

My winged friend and his nest were stamped on to water-color paper using Archival Ink in Jet Black.  I used my heat tool to speed up the drying and started painting with Distress Markers in Tattered Rose, Mustard Seed, Peeled Paint, Tumbled Glass, Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain & Tea Dye–I scribbled the markers onto my craft sheet and picked up the ink with my water brush.  I was able to paint these images in really messy like, because the man & nest were getting fussy cut next….

There….my winged gentleman is settled so nicely into his little nest!  I slipped him in the nest by cutting a slit big enough for his image to fit into and I adhered it all down with 3D Dots.  OH–his crown!  It’s DCP in Tarnished Brass, inked with Walnut Stain! How could I forget his crown??!

Well, there it is–a pretty simple card with BIG WOW!  My hubbie just walked up to see what I was doing and he said–“Hey, that’s a really cool card!”  If he says it’s cool…well then…..

Have a GREAT Saturday Everyone!  I’ll be down in my dungeon today creating and designing more “Cool” stuff!!

Thanks for stopping by!!  XOXO-S

Winged Thing Harlequin Tag

Using tags is a good way to practice new techniques before trying on a card that you're going to give to someone.

Using tags is a good way to practice with new techniques & mediums before trying on a card that you’re going to give to someone.

Hi There and Happy Sunday!  Today, I was inspired to share a tag that I created with the Winged Things II set (Stampers Anonymous/Tim Holtz).  Such fun images-Very happy, indeed!  And this tag may look complex with all the rich colors and textures, but it was super easy to make!  I did a little bit of prep ahead of time; stamp, color and cut out the winged man and I had dry embossed a bunch of tags and set aside for later use–I just had to pick which texture I wanted!  Here’s my list of goodies that I used:

Supplies I Used:

  • Stamp Set: Winged Things II (Tim Holtz/SA)
  • Distress Line of Inks, Stains, Paints (Tim Holtz/Ranger) and Archival (Ranger); Colorbox Pigment Ink
  • Crinkle Ribbon, Token & Brad, Pin, Distresser, Harlequin Embossing Folder, Big Shot Die Machine, Heat Tool, Crystal Clear Embossing Powder, Craft Sheet, Ink Blending Tool, Water Brush, Chit Chat Stickers

After choosing a Harlequin embossed tag as my base, I used Seedless Preserves DP and Peeled Paint & Wild Honey DS’s to color the background.  I applied all of the colors onto my craft sheet and spritzed with water then drug my tag through the concoction.  While drying the tag with the heat tool, I moved the tag around so the colors would blend and fill in the non-raised portions of the Harlequin design.  I distressed the edges and inked with Walnut Stain DI and an ink blending tool.

I stamped the Dream sentiment with Jet Black Archival on the front and back of the tag.  Although I did not mention it above, I also colored the rear side of my tag, too.  I want my tags to be finished on both sides, but I do only embellish the front.

My winged man is colored with Distress Markers in Dusty Concord, Tattered Rose and Crushed Olive and a water brush.  I rubbed each color of marker on my craft sheet and picked up the colors with the water brush to paint my image.  I just love this technique!  It makes any image look as if it were actually painted with watercolors–Very Artsy Fartsy!  His wings are blue vellum that I had stamped with pigment ink and heat embossed with Crystal Clear Embossing Powder.  I cut those out and only adhered the bottom portion of the wings to the image.  The wings are loose on top and look like he’s going to flutter away any second!  His crown is painted with Tarnished Brass DCP and inked with Walnut Stain, for that vintage, tarnished look.

His wings are poised and ready to take flight!

His wings are poised and ready to take flight!

Crinkle Ribbon and painted pieces of metal bling are the final touches–I rubbed Seedless Preserves DP into the pin head and token face with my thumbs and let it sit and saturate while I painted the ribbon.  I used Seedless Preserves DP and Peeled Paint & Wild Honey DS’s on the ribbon.  I spritzed with water and crinkled in my fingers while drying with the heat tool and when it was dry, I inked with Walnut Stain DI.  Ribbon done, I take the tokens and rub my thumbs over their faces to remove any excess paint.  I use the heat tool to dry the remaining paint on the bling so I can get them in place and secured.

I used Seedless Preserves Distress Paint to color the metal embellishments.

I used Seedless Preserves Distress Paint to color the metal embellishments.

There he is–Mr. Winged Thing!  I think I may need to get him put in a nest somewhere!!  I think an idea is forming for another tag or card!  FUN!!

Finished Winged Thing Man

I hope you enjoyed today’s creation!  I’m trying to make each posting improved and will be adding more pictures with less words!  Less words is always a good thing!

Thank you for stopping by!

Nesting Dream Boy

My cute little Winged Dream Boy!

My cute little Winged Dream Boy!

OK–I totally stole this design from a magazine spread I saw in the Autumn 2012 issue of Take Ten Magazine!  The artist who designed the original is Susan Pagnucci and the very cute, whimsy cards she made were AWESOME!  Very vintage looking and Very Artsy Fartsy!  My version of her design didn’t take me 10 minutes though–a requirement to be published in Take Ten!  I may have taken just a little longer!  Here’s what I used and did to tweak Susan’s design:

Supplies I Used:

The layout of the original cards is simple, clean and just so darn cute!  I wanted to have the same cuteness, but grunge it up a bit and add more layers.  I chose natural colored papers for the card base and background and cut a rectangle of craft paper to run through the die machine with the Torn Notebook die.  I inked the edges with Walnut stain and adhered to the card base with double-back tape.  I used pigment ink in Black to stamp Dream and applied Crystal Clear Embossing Powder, set with the heat tool and splattered it all with Chipped Sapphire & Barn Door DM’s–dipped in a little puddle of water I squeezed from one of the water brushes.

Remember how I’ve mentioned that I save scraps from prior projects?  The winged boy was ready to go for this project, but I did have to stamp and “paint” the nest.  The boy was painted with a fine tipped water brush and Barn Door, Wild Honey, Tumbled Glass, Pumice Stone, Tattered Rose, Pine Needles.  The nest stamp is from Stacy Stamps and I used Sepia Archival to stamp it onto water-color paper.  I painted that with Vintage Photo and Tea Dye DM’s and the large tipped water brush.  I was sloppy when I was painting because I knew I was going to be cutting the majority of my mess away to present a lovely little nest!

After fancy cutting the nest, I inked the edges with Walnut Stain and an ink blending tool.  As I was positioning the nest, I stamped feathers, in Sepia, so that they would stick out from underneath the nest once things were finally positioned.  I stamped two eggs onto mustard colored card stock with Sepia and cut those out–inked with walnut stain and positioned into the nest.  I did cut a little slit in the nest so I could nest an egg inside and raise it a little with a mini-dot for height-the other egg is secured flat against the nest with double-backed tape.  OH–The feather stamp I used is from The Birds Nest plate and the egg is from the Country Boy set, both from Oxford Impressions.

I positioned the nest and used double-back tape to secure to the background.  I applied 3D Dots to the top-half of the boy, to give him the appearance of sitting on the edge of the nest with his legs swung over the eggs.  Since there is already a mini-dot under one of the eggs, it does look like the boys legs are hanging over something round.  I taped his butt down for extra security.  Isn’t he a cute little Winged Thing?  I think he’s daring us to DREAM!

The Winged Thing II set is a lot of fun and I’ve already got another little project brewing!  Hmmmm…..

Thanks for stopping by!