Wednesday, April 22

Happy Earth Day!

April 22, 2015...Earth Day, a time for us humans to reflect on this planet we call home and how our actions affect it. There are a lot of great things happening here on the third rock from the Sun, and a lot of work we need to keep doing, kind of like in our own homes. I remember the very first Earth Day in 1970...I was a teen, and I remember us walking in celebration that day. I think for me it was one of those defining moments. I chose to go into forestry and resource management, worked in environmental conservation and education, and then taught earth sciences for 30+ years. I still am in love with the natural world.

So, what better way to approach the Compendium of Curiosities challenge, than focusing on Earth Day? This is a super easy techñique from Tim Holtz, and can be found on p. 42 of volume three. It's called smudge stamping. You can get all of the challenge details here. The Funkie Junkie Boutique is sponsoring this challenge, as well as Tim and Mario! What great sponsors!!

I started with a giant tag from Ranger, and inked up the background with Cracked Pistachio and Mermaid Lagoon Distress inks.


Next I did some smudge stamping with the Earth (Tim Holtz) and butterfly (Stampin Up), using Abandoned Coral Distress ink and Walnut Stain. Then a bit of stenciling with my inks and Tim's Honeycomb and Tracks stencils. I'm having fun playing with the new inks and stencils!

More stamping on the tag and on tissue, using Tim Holtz and Finnabair's stamps.

Big, bold numbers for today...

Dancing on the world...Finishing the top of the tag with knowledge and a leaf...


Here's the tag in it's entirety.

Do something good for the Earth today, and celebrate!!



  1. Very clever use of images and messaging to carry your theme, Maura! I love all the celebration of new Distress Inks you used and how well they work together. Very nice work!!

  2. How interesting that Earth Day has been such an important and influential event in your life! Love how the figures are balancing on the earth. :)

  3. What a stunning creation Maura, you made this day so special by your crafting work! Love the new Tim Holtz ink effects with lovely images, with all little elements, such beautiful work, love it!

  4. Such a wonderfully creative way to place all the different designs together to make such a neat representation of Earth Day. Super fine Maura. j.

  5. What a cool artsy tag! I LOVE all the images and colors you used, and love the theme! Fab tag! Thanks so much for smudge stamping with us this time at CC3Challenge!!!!

  6. Maura...this is an awesome Earth Day tag! I love love LOVE all of your layers. Those blended background colors and the stamping you've done on top really work well together. Love the butterfly stamped onto the text and then adding the pen nib body. Very neat little dimensional touch! Thanks for sharing your art with us at CC3C. <3 Candy


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