Posts Tagged ‘tag’

Tuesday with Tara {take 95}

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

Happy Tuesday!

Today I want to share with you a tag I finished up… it started as an experiment with Distress Oxide (the background is all faded jeans on a black tag) and I finished it up with some new botanical layers from The new idea-Ology release by Tim Holtz.

My background was inked and stenciled with Faded Jeans Distress Oxide on black, then I added some simply stamped roses by Dylusions over it.  I decided to bring some spring to it with butterflies and flowers from the new botanical layers- so many great pieces in this package, it is stuffed full with 83 printed & die cut shapes!

I tied everything together with a bit more yellow… I inked up some book print with gesso using Distress Oxide in fossilized amber & Distress Ink in wild honey.  I blended the colors with a wet paint brush then spritzed with water to see a bit of extra Oxide action 🙂


I selected a sweet sentiment from this “everyday greetings” stamp set by mama elephant and glued my layers together, then finished it off with yellow silk ribbon and touches of nuvo glitter drops.  These are a fun addition that’s like a mix of glossy accents & stickles!


Inky hugs,



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Halloween TBT with… Shari from Ain’t that Artsy Fartsy

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

I am thrilled to introduce  Shari of  Ain’t That Artsy Fartsy. She has agreed to host our TBT’s (Throw Back Thursdays)!  If you can’t wait to see all her wonderful projects make sure to check out her blog.  —Raya


Hello, my name is Shari and my Happy Place in blog-land is called,

Ain’t That Artsy Fartsy.

I’ve been a crafter, in one way or another, since about 1998 after helping someone make  their own, home-made, hand-stamped, wedding invitations – I was hooked and have been creating cards ever since!  I don’t subscribe to any one particular style – I Love It All!  As you peruse my work, you’ll find examples of Clean & Simple, Grungy, Vintage…I’m all over the place and I love to experiment with new techniques.

I am married to my hubbie Don, and we have 3 dogs and 2 cats all nestled together on 12 acres of land located on the gorgeous Pend Oreille River – a place that we call Heaven on Earth.

I hope you come back often and find your own Artsy Fartsy inspiration in the creations that I share! So, it being Halloween we thought that this would be a good place to start…..

We all know what Tim’s Tag looks like–


Perfectly patriotic for our July 4th holiday earlier this month here in the U.S.!  I don’t have any of those fun images, but I do have some other seasonal Mini-Blueprints stamps, so I did a 3 month fast forward to Halloween instead🙂


We had Fall-like weather this weekend with stormy skies, thunder & lightning and sporadic downpours of rain–It was fun and put me in the mood for Halloween!

I gathered up some of my supplies to make this month’s tag.


I’m using a jumbo tag for my version that I covered with a piece of this seasonal collage paper stash.


These Halloween images are in the Mini Blueprints #7 set and just like Tim, I stamped them onto Distress WC paper with Jet Black Archival.  These images are a bit tall, so that’s why I’m using a jumbo tag.  I did a quickie placement of the stamps onto a #8 manila tag and realized they wouldn’t all fit.


I water colored my images with Distress Markers, then rubbed the Distress Micro Glaze over the images and buffed away.  I used Ripe Persimmon, Mustard Seed & Dusty Concord as my background colors.


I inked the ripped edges of the images with Walnut Stain DI and adhered onto the tag.  I then snipped off any extra paper and ran through my sewing machine to add that rough stitched border.  I distressed the edges with my paper distresser and inked the edges with more Walnut Stain DI and my ink blending tool.


I’m using Spiced Marmalade & Dusty Concord DMs to ink my seam binding.  This is a great technique for creating a two-toned ribbon!  I LOVE this technique!!


I don’t have the vial labels that Tim used on his tag, but I improvised with one of his enameled tags that I painted with Black Soot DP.  Now, I also ran out of my sheet of black remnant rubs from the Apothecary set and only have the sheet of white rubs left–That’s why I painted the tag black.  Otherwise, you wouldn’t be able to see the words on the white background


I had to get a close-up of this mirrored star.  I love the matte areas where the Black Soot DP settled.


I topped my tag with my colored seam binding, which blended wonderfully when spritzed with water and heat set.  I also stained some cheesecloth with Black Soot DSS and ran that through with the seam binding.  I added a type charm with the letter ‘H’ for Halloween.


I’m headed over to Tim’s blog right now and get this entered, before the clock strikes midnight on the 31st!  Hey–that’s still 3 days away!! I’m ‘early’ for once, not sliding in right under the wire!  WHEW, that feels good!!

Thanks so much for coming by today!  I have a plan to be back before the end of the week with one last July challenge project (due on the 31st), so I hope you come back for that!  Gosh, I hope I can make that!!🙂

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • PAPER: Jumbo Manila Tag ; Distress Watercolor Paper (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Seasonal Collage Paper Stash 8×8 (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • MEDIUMS: Distress Inks, Markers, Paint, Micro Glaze, Spray Stain (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Ink (Ranger)
  • EMBELLISHMENTS: Mirrored Star, Type Charm, Enameled Tag & Mini Numerals (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Seam Binding ; Cheesecloth
  • TOOLS: Craft Sheet (Ranger); Heat Tool; Sewing Machine (Kenmore); Craft Scissors; Glue Stick; Air Art Tool (Artworx)

Tuesday with Tara {take 54}

Tuesday, July 12th, 2016

Happy Tuesday!  Hope you’ve had a great week and found some time to create- I’ve been a bit short on creative time lately, but am taking time today to work on creative projects which I hope to share with y’all over the next few weeks!  Today I was inspired by a card I saw on Pinterest again, this one featured a stack of colored blocks behind a floral die cut.  My card doesn’t really resemble the one I saw there beyond that basic concept, but that’s half the fun of inspiration- seeing where it takes your projects 🙂wildflower blocks (2)

I had a one inch strip of watercolor paper with a bit of color on it from trimming something else, so I decided to add bits of yellow and green (a combination of Color Burst, Distress Crayons & Distress Ink!) and trim it into 1″ squares.  I cut several wildflower dies out of a pearly white cardstock and selected the largest one to go on this standard A2 sized card.  I played around with the placement of the squares until I was happy with them, then snapped a photo with my iphone so I could refer to it once I removed the flower & was ready for glue!  I decided on a pale yellow background and added a lightly inked (Lucky Clover Distress Ink) background stamp by Tim Holtz to give it a bit of texture.  Once it was all dry, I pulled out the glue and adhered my blocks and my flower over them (I used multi matte medium for this tiny detailed image & the sentiment).  A white word and a bit of bling finished off my card.

wildflower blocks (3)

wildflower blocks (4)

I had a few extra pieces left so I put together a little tag with them- it gives a more modern, crisp look on a simple kraft background.

wildflower blocks (1)

It’s always nice to have a bonus project that takes less than 5 minutes to finish up 🙂

Hope the week ahead is filled with JOY for you… and peace for our world.  We could use some of both right now!

Inky hugs,