Posts Tagged ‘mixed media’

TBT with Shari T – My First Art Journal

Thursday, February 9th, 2017

Shari is retiring from blogland so this will be her last post with us. Make sure to check out her blog Ain’t That Artsy Fartsy were she inspires with her talent and her humour.  It’s been a pleasure to have Shari share her projects with us over the last several months.  We wish her all the best –Raya

This Throw Back Thursday takes us back two years ago to January 2015…

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.


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)

TBT with Shari T – Love Me Two Times

Thursday, January 26th, 2017

HI THERE & HAPPY THURSDAY!!  We’re in full blown Valentine’s inspiration mode at the Scrap’N Stamp Blog for today’s Throwback Thursday.  Here’s a today’s Throwback project from February 2, 2015–


I completely ran out of time to get this entered into the Compendium of Curiosities 3 #20 challenge, but I’m making it in the nick o’ time at Tag Along-Think Pink, Artist Trading Post Exchange-Flower Power & A Vintage Journey-Love is in the Air.

Although the challenge at AVJ is not music related, the challenge title “Love is in the Air” took me straight to a disco song from the 70’s, which got me running through my internal library of music, when the needle landed on “Love Me Two Times” by The Doors.  One of my favorite ways to create is by letting a song title or lyrics direct me and this song was perfect for my tag!!


I started with a jumbo #10 manila tag and stamped the heart from the Valentine Blueprint set onto the tag twice with Jet Black Archival ink.  See-there it is already…Love (me) two times!!  Get it?! LOL Oh, I crack myself up sometimes!! 🙂


I used Tim’s water coloring technique to color and shade the two hearts.  I used my detail water brush with Distress Markers in Barn Door on the top heart, and Worn Lipstick on the bottom heart.  I then shaded the hearts with Pumice Stone & Black Soot DMs using my wide tipped water brush and heat dried.


I added a bit more color to my tag using the wrinkle free Distress Stain technique with Worn Lipstick & Aged Mahagony DSs.  The color on the front of the tag is the left-over stain from running the backside of the tag through the stains first.


Here’s the back of the finished tag, which received those first few swipes through the stains-So much darker than the color on the front!


To finish my background, I rubbed Tea Dye & Vintage Photo DIs over the entire surface and edges.  Then I used my mini-Pumice Stone DI, my mini-ink blending tool and my Hearts LS to add a few random hearts here and there and used my air art tool to spritz Aged Mahogany DM over the tag.


I die cut  a bunch of Tattered Florals from pink, red & burgundy colored stock (and I had the tulle tattered florals in my stash).  I then stamped them with my ‘love’ definition &  harlequin background stamps, in Vermilion and Coffee Archival inks.  I spritzed them with water, wadded them up and let air dry.


I embellished my tag with the assembled Tattered Florals blooms, red rhinestones, a file tab and a couple of arrows from my Industrious Borders stickers.


I added colored gumdrops to the center of each flower and wrapped the blooms with pieces of some funky yarn from my stash–Oh, I also tucked some die cut Garden Greens in there that I had cut out of tissue wrap!


I added my word bands to my tag with matte gel and topped it all with a seam binding bow stained with Worn Lipstick & Barn Door DSs.

Love Me Two Times–I’m going away…..But only over to the challenges!!  I’m headed over to Tag Along, Artist Trading Post & A Vintage Journey before I lose any more time!!  Before we know it, February will be just a memory and Spring will be in the air!!

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



  • Surfaces: Jumbo Manila Tag (The Funkie Junkie Boutique); Pink, Burgundy, Red Card Stock (Papertrey Ink); Tulle; Tissue Wrap (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Stamps: Valentine Blueprints (Tim Holtz/ Stampers Anonymous); Love Defined Stamp (SU); Harlequin Stamp (Penny Black)
  • Distress Markers, Inks & Stains (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Inks (Ranger); Adirondack Alcohol Inks (Ranger); Black Enamel Accents (Ranger)
  • Tattered Florals & Garden Greens Bigz Dies (Tim Holtz/Sizzix); Big Shot Machine (Sizzix);
  • Gumdrops, File Tab & Industrious Stickers (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Seam Binding (The Funkie Junkie Boutique); Funky Yard;
  • Matte Gel (Liquitex); Hot Glue Gun; Craft Sheet (Ranger); Heat Tool; Paint Brush; Water Brushes; Air Art Tool (Artworx)

TBT with Shari T – Two Hearts

Thursday, January 19th, 2017

So here’s a throw back to  A Vintage Journey today for Annie’s Tic-Tac-Toe challenge— a la Tim Holtz, of course!!  You can find the game board at A Vintage Journey with inspirational projects that each of the Creative Guides made to fire you up!!


As we are winding down the Valentine’s Day weekend here in the US, I thought I’d share one last Valentine’s creation that I made using several moves on Annie’s Tic-Tac-Toe board.  I didn’t mean to use almost every square!! 😉

I only started out taking the Left-Vertical move of *Idea-ology/Paint/Foil Tape*.  Then as I started gathering my goodies, I found I was also moving Bottom-Horizontal with *Foil Tape/Texture Fades/Stains*.  And as easily as that, I found I had also moved Right-Vertical with *Ribbon-Twine/Die Cuts/Stains*.

I’m so glad that it’s OK with Annie if we make more than one move!!  🙂


One of my very favorite Tim Holtz-things to do is create my own backgrounds.  The process of blending and swirling and layering his inks, paints & stains has actually led me to not depend on decorative papers as I once did.  Believe me, I did not create the way that I do now, when I first started card making almost 18 years ago!  I was very clean and simple back then and OMG–smudge anything–Blasphemy!!  😉 🙂

I started my Tic-Tac-Toe project with layering color onto Tim’s Idea-ology Cabinet Card first.  I finger painted Picked Raspberry & Barn Door DPs randomly over the surface and heat dried.  Then I rubbed Tea Dye & Vintage Photo DIs over the painted surface and used my Hearts LS to add a few hearts here and there with Walnut Stain DI.  I finished with a spritz & flick of water to create those awesome water spots!!


Here’s the back of the cab card.  I didn’t stencil hearts on the back, but I did spritz and flick water spots to my hearts content!!  I love water spots (and paint splatters, too!)!!


I picked this lovely couple from Tim’s Found Relatives cards and tinted the woman’s blouse and barrette with my Worn Lipstick DM.  To age the image a bit, I lightly pulled my sanding block over the surface and edges and then inked with Tea Dye DI and my ink blending tool.


Here’s my little piece of embossed foil tape.  I almost had a “whoopsie” moment, not realizing how limited a supply of foil tape I have on hand.  This little strip represents one of the pieces I had left, which I had already embossed with polka dots.  Well, this is for Valentine’s Day and I wanted hearts!  I don’t have a heart texture fade or embossing folder, so I used my Hearts Layering Stencil and embossed the hearts that way!  OK–So, I may have cheated just a little bit!  But, using your Layering Stencils to emboss, is a great way to extend the usefulness of those stencils!


Here’s that same piece of foil tape, tucked neatly inside the cab card, next to the two Sweethearts!  That’s the love exuding from them 🙂 🙂


I used my Tattered Florals & Garden Greens dies to create my blooms and leaves.  I used a few different colors of card stock for the flowers and I used Tim’s Tissue Wrap to cut out the leaves.  I also layered the blooms with gesso’d & stained pieces of tulle.  I gave each flower a gumdrop center that I colored with Adirondack Alcohol Inks.


This corner was really fun to embellish!  It’s so frilly and girly–completely unlike me–although, I do love hearts and crystals and fun little trinkets!  Here, I’ve stained some seam binding with Worn Lipstick, Picked Raspberry & Barn Door Distress Stains and tied into this lovely little bow.  I adorned the hangar clip with a heart charm, red heart crystal, and key locket and glued into the tied bow.


I stamped the words using mini alphabet letter stamps (that I’ve had forever!) with Jet Black Archival onto previously stained manila stock.  I fussy cut and inked the edges with Black Soot DI and mounted onto black stock.  I fussy cut the mounted words and adhered to the cab card with matte gel.  I’ve also altered a couple of mini corners-the corners I used were the antiqued bronze finish-with Brushed Pewter DP.


My finishing touch was rubbing Black Soot DP onto all of the edges with my finger–kind of my ‘signed-sealed-delivered’ I’m done!!  🙂 🙂

If you haven’t made your move yet, you’ve still got time to play and enter your Tic-Tac-Toe creation at A Vintage Journey!!   The challenge is open until February 19th @ 6pm (GMT) and Country View Crafts is sponsoring the challenge with a voucher to their online store to the challenge winner!!

I’m so happy to have been invited to join in the game as a Guest Creative Guide–BIG THANKS to Brenda and all of the Creative Guides for having me in for a play or two or three!!  This was fun!!

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



  • Tim Holtz/Idea-ology Items:  Cabinet Card Frame, Found Relative Card, Tissue Wrap; Gumdrops, Hangar Clip, Locket Keys, Heart Charm, Mini Corners, Jump Rings
  • Paint & Stains:  Distress Paints, Inks, Stains & Markers (Tim Holtz/Ranger)
  • Foil Tape (Inkssentials/Ranger)
  • Texture Fades/Embossing Folder:  Polka Dots (Sizzix); Hearts Layering Stencil-in lieu of a Texture Fade (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous)
  • Ribbon/Twine:  Seam Binding (The Funkie Junkie Boutique)
  • Die Cuts:  Tattered Florals & Garden Green Dies (Tim Holtz/Sizzix); Big Shot Machine (Sizzix); Silicon Pads
  • Everything Else:  Archival Ink (Ranger); Ink Blending Tool; Craft Sheet; Heat Tool; Matte Gel; Hot Glue Gun; Sanding Block; Self-Healing Cutting Mat; Finger Knife (Fiskars)