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paint brush = le pinceau

Hey there!  This week I’m playing along with the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog.  It’s my new thing!  The challenge is: Stamping on anything but plain paper.  I think I got that covered in my French Word tag below.  🙂


This time I thought I’d show you a bit of my process in making this tag.


I started with the Claudine Hellmuth Studio sticky-back canvas in white and cut it to the size of a Ranger #8 manilla tag.  I then painted the canvas surface with Claudine Hellmuth Studio paints and when the canvas was dry I applied it to the #8 tag.


Here I did a laser photocopy transfer, using one of my own Paris photos, on top of the painted tag.


And now let’s start stamping on this photo transfer on painted canvas surface, lol!  I used Jet Black StazOn ink with the Jenni Bowlin Ink Spots stamp.


And here’s a detail of the paint brush and title on the My Mind’s Eye pattern paper.  I used the same StazOn ink to stamp the brush and painted a sweeping of gesso to write the title on.   I also used foam tape to raise up this hand cut patterned paper shape.


As a finishing touch, I edged the top and sides of the tag with gold pigment ink.


Another inky, painty, transfery, canvasy detail.


Supplies:  Tag: Ranger Inkssentials; Sticky-back canvas, multi-medium, acrylic paint, gesso: Claudine Hellmuth Studio; Patterned Paper: My Mind’s Eye Notabe “Memo” Reminder Paper; Clear Stamps: JBS Mercantile; Anna Griffin Creativity Clear Stamp Kit; Ink: StazOn, ClearSnap Color Box Pigment; Chipboard: ki Memories; Ribbon: May Arts, other; Twine: Martha Stewart Crafts; Pen: Amy Tangerine; Foam Mounting Tape: Scotch.

If you haven’t entered my Give-Away there’s still time!  Click here to enter.  Also, it’s my b-day today, Woo hoo!  Another year older, Boo Hoo!!!

Thanks for stopping by and I’ll see ya on Tuesday with a new Paris Series layout and a Give-Away winner!

xo, Evie


the kite = le cerf-volant

Hello!!!  I’m joining in over at Ranger this time.  They are having a challenge to celebrate the addition of 6 colors to the Tim Holtz Distress Paint product line.  You just have to use any of the 6 colors in your project.  I decided to use my dusty concord ink pad.  Here is my entry…


The background is a photocopy transfer.  I used one of my own Paris photographs that I enlarged on the copy machine and then transferred onto this large grid patterned paper.


I stamped this playful kite from the Claudine Hellmuth Studio “Toy Box” clear stamp set with the dusty concord ink.  I really love how it came out on this yellow checked paper, because the brightness of the ink varies depending on if it is stamped on the white, yellow or darker yellow of the paper.


Behind the title, I used the awesome Tim Holtz idea-ology Kraft Resist paper.  I used the Inkssentials blending tool to apply the dusty concord ink.  I love the added detail the resist gives to the tag.


To top off this French Word tag, I added some ribbon that I made from Claudine Hellmuth Studio sticky-back canvas in natural.  I first applied the dusty concord ink with the Inkssentials blending tool and then used a paint brush, that I dipped in water, to saturate the canvas and blend the ink into it.  Once the canvas dried I peeled off the paper backing and applied baby powder to the sticky side to get rid of the stickiness, cut it to size, and simply attached with Tim’s tiny attacher.


Supplies:  Tag: Ranger Inkssential #8 manilla tag; Patterned paper: Tim Holtz idea-ology Kraft Resist, Elle’s Studio Serendipity Collection (large grid), Pebbles basics Honeycomb Dot, October Afternoon Travel Girl Journal Cards, Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink dusty concord; Clear stamps, multi-medium, sticky-back canvas: Claudine Hellmuth Studio; Trim: Webster’s Pages Best Friends; Punch: Fiskars Threading Water; Pen: Zig Millennium .005; Tiny attacher: Tim Holtz idea-ology.

I know I’ve been going a little tag crazy, but I have a new Paris layout in the wings waiting to be posted.  Hopefully, I will get that up Tuesday.  See ya then!!

xo, Evie

window = la fenetra

Hey everyone!  I’m playing along with the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog again this week.  The challenge is Stamping All-Stars, where you feature your favorite go to stamp or ink pad.  Here is my entry…

DSCN2231 I love the Claudine Hellmuth Studio “Words and Frames” stamp sets; they are so useful and versatile.  My all time favorite stamp from these sets if from set 2,  this cloud-shaped thought bubble.  I use it on cards, layouts, and repeat it for background patterns.   Hmm…is it a cloud,…is it a thought bubble,… or is it both??  I think it is both here layered on top of a photocopy transfer from one of my enlarged Paris photographs.


I have my favorite inks, but lately I’ve been grabbing for Claudine’s paints to do my stamping.  With these thought bubbles, I really loaded up the stamp with classic teal and pushed down hard while stamping to get a thick painterly line.


I chose this JBS  Mercantile paper with the swirly pattern, in which to do my transfer on,  because I thought it evoked weather that would work with the cloud-shaped thought bubbles.  Also, if you notice I stamped the bubbles capturing words that might describe someone on the other side of this window. 


I am calling this a French Word tag.   Hmm again….I think another series is brewing.  I decided to create a French Word Series as an offshoot from my Paris Series.  I put a category in my sidebar so you can find all my projects in this series.  Besides being inspiration for my creations, it is a fun way to learn a little French.  I even go online to a site that I can hear how to pronounce each word.  I never said I wasn’t a bit kooky!

Supplies:  Tag: Ranger Inkssentials #8 manilla; Patterned paper: Jenni Bowlin Studio Vintage Red Bookprint, JBS Mercantile May 2013 exclusive by Lisa Dickinson; Lable: Chic Tags Road Trip Jounaling Tags; Clear stamp, acrylic paint, multi-medium: Claudine Hellmuth Studio; Charm: JBS Garnet Pearl and Rhinestone Charms; Pen: Zig Millennium .005; Ribbon: Michaels Stores, Inc.

One more thing.  I’m so excited to share that I was chosen as one of four for the Designer Spotlight for the Dotty Challenge at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog.  Yay!!!  Thank you so much to the Monday Challenge Blog Design Team…I am beyond thrilled!

See ya soon.  Tomorrow I think! 

xo, Evie

bird = un oiseau

Getting dotty this week over at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog!  Here’s my entry….


I began this “French Word” tag by doing a photocopy transfer, with one of my own Paris photographs, on top of the My Mind’s Eye dotted paper.  I was surprised and delighted by the streaky brush stroke lines running through my transferred image.  I think it happened because of the textured surface of the My Mind’s Eye paper.  And that’s exactly what I love about transfers, you never quite know how they’ll turn out.  It’s a little bit of arty magic!!!


This sweet little bird is from the Claudine Hellmuth Studio clear stamp set “Spring Garden”,  which is stamped in dash of red paint.


More dots with the Fiskars punch, circular trim from Webster’s Pages, and the stamped frame from the “Words & Frames 1” set by Claudine Hellmuth Studio.  Under the frame is a bit of Jenni Bowlin Studio patterned paper that I distressed and aged with gesso and sanding.  I then brought it back to life with a bit of the same dash of red paint and frayed burlap Distress Ink.


Supplies:  Tag: Ranger Inkssential #8 manilla; Cardstock: Bazzill Basics; Patterned Paper: MME Remarkable “Day” Dates, Jenni Bowlin Studio Wren Accessory Sheet; Trim: Webster’s Pages Christmas; Clear Stamps, Acrylic Paint, Multi-Medium, Gesso: Claudine Hellmuth Studio; Ink: StazOn Jet Black, Tim Holtz Distress Ink;  Marker: Amy Tangerine Slick Writer; Punch: Fiskars Threading Water; Button: Claudine Hellmuth; Other: yarn I bought in Paris 🙂

Thanks so much for stopping by and I’ll see ya after the holiday!!

xo, Evie

Quick and Cost Effective

I view myself as mainly a scrapbooker.  But,  I do like to dabble in the art of card making from time to time.  Therefore, it is very hard for me to  spend money on store bought greeting cards.  Sooo…,  when I need a card or gift tag I set a timer to create something quickly.  Here is one such gift tag.

 I also decided these quick cards and tags would be a good opportunity to make use of some of my older supplies.  My family and friends don’t know what the latest products are! 

In this instance, I started with a pre-made gift tag that I had purchased in a set a few years ago and added my own embellishments to really make it special.  I started with teal buttons for the owl’s eyes with a bit of embroidery floss.

I combined stamped leaves, baker’s twine and a flower from a trim (who knows where I got that) to make this sweet arrangement, that gives interest to the bottom of the tag.   At the top, I removed the simple white string the tag came with and threaded  baker’s twine and two colors of floss through the hole.   Now this beauty is ready to be attached to a bag or package!

Since, I am a pretty methodical art maker…setting a timer is a challenge for me.  But, I find good things come out of it…like not taking forever to search for the perfect piece of paper or embellishment  and just down right going for it.  I set my timer for 30 minutes…but, if you want to try this and are a faster worker than me try 20 or even 10 minutes.  Also, using up those old supplies is a challenge, too!    It  forces me to use my ingenuity and come up with new and creative ways to use that old stuff.  I find these new discoveries tend to fall over into my other work.

So, YAY…I made a tag that didn’t take much time and didn’t cost and arm and a leg!  Now I can use that money I didn’t spend and buy some new scrapbooking supplies…see how that works  😉 😉

Supplies:  Owl tag: World Market; Pattern paper: Karen Foster Design; Stamp: Inkadinkado; Ink: Ranger Archival Ink; Baker’s twine: Martha Stewart Crafts; Embroidery floss: DMC; Adhesives: Glue Dots, Claudine Hellmuth Studio multi-medium; Other: buttons, flower; Background paper: Provo Craft.

Strawberry and chocolate tags…Oh my!

These cute cakes actually smell as good as they look!  They are Scratch and Sniff stickers from Claudine Hellmuth’s new Sweet Shoppe Stickers kit available from HSN.

I used the Ranger Inkssentials #8 manila tags for a sturdy base .  Also, having the blank manila backing,  gives me a nice area in which to include a hand written message.

I stuck the large cake stickers on cardstock, then cut around them.  I added foam tape on the back for dimension.

To create this framed picture, I first stuck the little star on green cardstock.  I then took the frame sticker and placed it on the cardstock to frame the star.  Lastly, I cut out the finshed little framed work of art from the green cardstock.

I made my own hole reinforcements from the Sweet Shoppe sticker sheets printed backgrounds.  So fun!

I worked on these tags simultaneously for a couple of little birthday girls.  I know that they will love their delicious smelling gift tags.  Yum!!

Supplies:  Tag base: Ranger Inkssentials; Pattern paper: (green,red plaids) Claudine Hellmuth’s welcome to swellsville card kit, (graph) Reminisce, (numbers) Recollections; Stickers: Claudine Hellmuth’s Sweet Shoppe Stickers kit; Chipboard: Claudine Hellmuth’s  welcome to swellsville card kit; Rub-ons: Rub-On O Rama kit; Pen: Zig; Fibers: other.