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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 🙂


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!!


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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!


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


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.


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


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!!



  • 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–


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 – Jingle Bell WOW

Thursday, December 15th, 2016

Well, HELLO THERE!!  Thanks for popping in for this week’s sneak peek installment of  Throwback Thursday for the Scrap’n Stamp Blog!!  We’re revisiting another Christmastime creation from two years ago-November 28, 2014…..

I’ve got a Christmas themed tag I made for two challenges, one of which is a ‘new’ one for me to enter; Fashionable Stamping Challenge and my ‘early’ entry for Compendium of Curiosities 3 at Studio L3!  At FSC Challenge #86 is to make A Christmas Tag and it’s challenge #16-Layering Stencil Embossing at CC3.  I’m going to try to turn any challenge makes into a card or tag for Christmas, so that I stayed motivated and multi-task with getting Christmas cards made!



In keeping with the rules and such with the CC3 challenge, I’m working from my copy of Tim Holtz’s Compendium of Curiosities 3 book-page 50, and not sharing the technique.  But, I can share the details of what I used to bring this tag together and how I used the Layering Stencil Embossing technique.


So, here you can see some of the items I’ve gathered to concoct this tag–I’ve got a #8 manila tag, some DIs in Broken China & Evergreen Bough & Scattered Straw is in there, too.  Of course there’s my copy of Tim’s CofC #3 and two of Tim’s Layering Stencils that I’m going to use.


I’ve been working with Tim’s Christmas Blueprints #5 and this is the jingle bell image from that set.  It’s fun and playful and a chance for me to go ‘non-traditional’ with color.  Here, I’ve stamped my focal image onto the tag with black pigment ink, then I heat embossed with black WOW embossing powder.


And just like that–I’ve got layers of color, stenciling and embossed stenciling!!  I layered my DIs on the tag first-Scattered Straw, Broken China & Evergreen Bough and heat dried.  Then I used the Stars LS with Broken China DP and heat dried.  I used the Layer Stenciling Embossing technique with that last layer of blue stenciling!  Isn’t that fun?!  I love that blue embossing!!🙂


Before I embellished, I flicked Bolivian Blue Twinkling H2Os and Picket Fence DP over the entire tag with a round paint brush.  The label & sentiment is from the Simple Sayings set.  I stamped the label image onto manila stock with Distress Embossing ink and heat embossed with Cornflower Blue EP from Wendy Vecchi.  I love that blue!


I did spritz one more layer of Pewter Perfect Pearls Mist spray over the tag!  I really was in a spritzing mood–it’s totally fun to do! Once I felt I’d done enough spritzing, I heat dried everything.  After all of that, I wasn’t about to smudge any of it!!  I positioned my collection of mirror stars and set in place with matte gel.


Here’s the backside of the tag–spritzed with Peeled Paint DS (from a mini-mister) and White Linen Dylusions ink spray through the Christmas LS.  I heat dried the sprays and blended a little bit of Broken China DI over the surface and rubbed Vintage Photo DI over the edges.


And yet, more spritzing!!  I stamped the jingle bell image with Distress EI onto manila stock and heat embossed with Silver EP.  I colored the bell with Scattered Straw & Mustard Seed DI’s and heat set.  Then I spritzed the bell with Sunflower Sparkle & Pewter Perfect Pearls Mists.  I fussy cut it and adhered to the tag with adhesive foam.


I used Chit Chat & Seasonal Chit Chat stickers to form ‘jingle all the way’.  I distressed the stickers a bit with Tea Dye & Black Soot DIs.  I attached them to the bell and tag with little strips of double-back tape and mini foam dots.  I tied a little bow out of silver cord and attached to the top of the bell with matte gel.


OH–I love these little itty bitty bells!  I have these silver bells (leftover from Christmas card creations past) strung on a piece of silver cord that I tied into the ribbon that tops the tag.  Now, the tag makes a little jingle noise when it’s shaken🙂


I’m really happy with how this tag came out.  Those little shadows of white stars in the background, with the shine of the mirror stars in the foreground could be my favorite parts of this tag…but I’m not biased or anything!!😉

So, until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Surfaces: #8 Manila Tag (Inkssentials/Ranger); Manila Stock; Black Stock (Core’dinations)
  • Stamps: Christmas Blueprints #5 & Simple Sayings (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous)
  • Distress Inks, Paint & Embossing Ink (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Colorbox Pigment Ink (Clearsnap); Archival Ink (Ranger); Black EP (WOW); Cornflower Blue EP (Wendy Vecchi/Ranger); Dylusions Ink Spray (Ranger); Perfect Pearls Mist Spray (Ranger)
  • Layering Stencils (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous); Mirror Stars, Chit Chat Stickers & Seasonal Chit Chat Stickers (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Silver Cord; Tiny Bells; Satin Ribbon
  • Double-Back Tape (3M); Matte Gel (Liquitex); Craft Sheet (Ranger); Heat Tool; Embossing Heat Gun; Foam Squares & Dots; Paper Distresser (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios); Detail Scissors (Fiskars); Mini Mister (Ranger)