Posts Tagged ‘Shari T’

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.

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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 🙂

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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!!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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!!

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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!! 🙂

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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!!

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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!!

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SUPPLIES I USED:

  • 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 – Tim Tag for February

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017

HELLO HELLO HELLO!!  Happy Thursday!!  I’ve got a busy weekend ahead of me, (with Sunday being March 1st and all) (nudge nudge-wink wink) so I wanted to get my version of Tim Holtz’s February Tag in before all the brouhaha begins 🙂

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I pretty  much followed Tim’s techniques except, I’m using his Eclectic Elements Fabrics for my  background!  I’ve been messing around with his fabrics lately (nudge nudge-wink wink) and am getting down to just a few scrap pieces, so, I thought FUN, just use fabrics instead of ephemera pieces and paper!!

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Here’s an assortment of some of the pieces of EE fabrics I have left and there’s my #8 tag, that I had previously done a Distress Spray Stain monoprint technique on.

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This will be the backside of my tag–you can see a little bit of the batting I’ve adhered to the front side peeking out.

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Here are my scraps all sewn together, with a holiday flash card and a couple of strips of tissue tape as part of my patchwork, too.

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Here’s a little bit of Picket Fence DP rubbed along the seams.

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Things got a little but grungier with the addition of rubbing Black Soot DM along the seams, too.  Something I didn’t take pictures of–I added two butterflies to this tag.  I wasn’t happy with it as it was in this picture–I fussy cut two butterflies from my Collage paper stash and adhered to the tag.

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Here you can see the two butterflies that I added and I machine stitched a piece of Tim’s red & cream ric-rac to the tag, too.

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I improvised at making my own industrial frame–I used foil tape on cardstock, embossed with polka dots, then die cut using my framelits dies.  I also dyed my felt heart.  I don’t have red felt, but I have off-white, so I stained it with Barn Door DS and heat dried.  When I stitched the heart to the tag, it was still kind of damp, and you can see how some of the DS stained the thread!

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I treated the word band and brads with Picket Fence DP and adhered to my tag with hot glue.

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I treated the arrow, wire and mini corner with Picket Fence DP, then I hot glued the arrow in place and I gently hammered the corner piece in place.

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Here is the back of the tag with all of the stitching making quite the design!

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Oh boy–another month down on the Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2015!  I’m headed over there now to get this tag in–talk about down to the wire!  Tim’s February tag challenge closes Saturday the 28th, so hurry up!

I’ll be back on Saturday–it’s going to be a busy day here at Ain’t That Artsy Fartsy and a new month of creativity in store for you!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!

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SUPPLIES I USED:

  • Eclectic Elements Fabrics (Tim Holtz/Coats); #8 Manila Tag (Inkssentials/Ranger); Cotton Batting; Foil Tape (Home Depot); Felt; Flash Card (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Seam Binding (Funkie Junkie Boutique)
  • Distress Paints, Markers, Inks (Tim Holtz/Ranger)
  • Arrow Adornment, Heart Charm, Red & Cream Trimmings, Word Band (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); 26 Gauge Wire;
  • Framelits (SU/Sizzix); Big Shot Machine (Sizzix); Heart #7 Sizzlet (SU/Sizzix); Polka Dot Embossing Folder (Provo Craft)
  • Matte Gel; Hot Glue Gun; Craft Sheet; Heat Tool; Paint Brush; Sewing Machine (Kenmore); Air Art Tool

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–

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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!!

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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!! 🙂

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!!

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SUPPLIES I USED:

  • 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)