Posts Tagged ‘Valentines’

Tuesday with Tara {take 84}

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017

Happy Tuesday!

Since I’ve been working on some ATC’s lately, I thought it would be fun to make some Valentines minis!


I started with a base of watercolor cardstock that had already been inked up with Color Burst and trimmed them down to size (these are slightly wider than a standard ATC).  I used a lot of little bits that were left from previous projects, like die cut words & hearts and book paper.  Sequins & text stickers are tiny details that add to these minis!


The button “flair” on this one was something I designed as part of our wedding favors, I love finding ways to work them into my art!


As this mini featured a larger heart, I chose a simple black Prima flower and a big gold blingy center for it.

I had fun with these cuties, and they would be a great way to make up a bunch of coordinated, but not exactly the same, Valentines for a group of friends!  How fun it would be to give some out at a galentines party if you are single… or they could easily be mounted on a card base so you have room to include a sentiment inside!

inky hugs,


ps. Have you seen all the great stuff on sale in the store right now for Valentines Day? Happy shopping!

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)

TBT with Shari T – Roses and Hearts Candle

Thursday, January 12th, 2017


HELLO THERE & HAPPY NEW YEAR!!  Thanks for joining me today as we continue the Throwback Thursday feature at the Scrap’N Stamp Blog!  As the ‘Season of Love’ is creeping into view, we’re going to share Love and Valentine’s themed projects for the next several TBTs to get ya’ll in the mood!!  Today, we’re going back to a project I created two years ago for the Eclectic Ellapu DT that I was on….



I gathered up my supplies that I’ll need for this project–let’s see, a 6″ pillar candle, some Distress Paints, some tissue paper & color Core’dinations stock, my Hearts layering stencil and my Tattered Pinecones die.


I stenciled pink & red hearts onto my tissue paper using little finger dabbers for each paint color.


I applied a light layer of matte gel to my candle and gently placed the tissue paper down and rolled the candle to let the tissue paper naturally fall onto the surface of the candle.  There were a few wrinkles, but I was able to smooth those down (for the most part) with an additional layer of matte gel brushed over the tissue paper.


I formed a bunch of paper roses with my Tattered Pinecone die and I’ve found a chipboard heart in my stash that I painted with a coat of gesso.

I applied a piece of stamped tissue paper to my gesso’d chipboard heart with matte gel and heat dried. Then I rubbed Worn Lipstick & Barn Door Distress Stains over the surface with my finger and heat dried, then I finished this heart with a layer of Clear Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint, and let air dry.


Isn’t that crackly surface divine?  Before I adhered it to my candle, I rubbed Black Soot Distress Ink over the surface and edges to highlight those cracks!

I stamped the sentiment, from the TH/SA Simple Sayings set, onto tissue paper with Jet Black Archival ink and applied the ripped pieces to the candle with matte gel.


I wrapped the candle with some funky yarn, adhered the crackly heart with foam squares and hot glued the roses in place.  TA-DA!  That’s all she wrote!!  Pretty easy, right?  With just a few products and items, you can embellish a plain candle any way you need and you’ve got yourself a lovely new piece of home décor, or a unique gift to give.  Don’t be surprised if you see other seasonally decorated candles in the coming year! 🙂

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



  • 6″ Unscented Pillar Candle
  • Distress Paints & Ink (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Ink (Ranger)
  • Tissue Paper; Color Core Stock (Tim Holtz/Core’dinations); Chipboard (cereal box)
  • Tattered Pinecone Die (Tim Holtz/Sizzix); Big Shot Machine (Sizzix); Heart #5 Sizzlet Die (Sizzix)
  • Funky Yarn; Clear Rhinestones
  • Heat Tool; Craft Sheet (Ranger); Matte Gel (Liquitex); Foam Squares; Hot Glue Gun; Round Toothpicks