Who’s Your Mummy

HELLO HELLO HELLO!!  HAPPY FRIDAY!!  I’m Excitedly here today (can you tell?) as a Guest Designer for the 31 Days of Halloween event at the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity Blog!!  I’m joining the talented Design Team of Lost Coast Designs and Carmen’s Veranda images for this All-October-Long event celebrating the most spookiest time of year–Halloween!!!

So, I ask you—


Oh, I jest–But really….Boris wants to know!!  And you can’t resist him!!  ;) :)

Let me show you a bit of how I brought this Mummy-licious card to life–


My background is going to be a gelli print using Dylusions acrylics in Cut Grass, Black Marble & White Linen.


I started with dabbing paint onto the gelli plate with a craft stick.


I brayed the colors together then added a couple dots of Black Marble with a few more dots of White Linen.


After brayering out the black and white, I added a couple more dabs of Cut Grass and White Linen for just one more layer of color.


Before laying down my card stock onto the gelli plate to create this print, I pressed my Moroccan Tile stencil into the paint to create that fun background pattern.  The background panel is ready!


I stamped Carmen’s Veranda Boris Karloff image onto manila stock with black pigment ink and heat embossed with black embossing powder.  I let the powder set then rubbed Pumice Stone DI over the surface to give Boris’s complexion a gray tinge…like he hasn’t seen sun in a loooong time, like he’s been in a tomb somewhere….


I sealed the embossed image with matte Decou-Page and heat set.


I applied a layer of DAM Crackle Glaze to Boris’s face and let air dry.


Oh that crackly goodness!!  I love the effect for this image of Boris Karloff!!  He truly does look mummified and maybe a little disturbed, too!


I stained a piece of natural cheesecloth with Pumice Stone DS.  Could this be a piece of the Mummy’s wrapping that Boris brought with him?


I stamped out the sentiment onto manila stock and fussy cut the words.  I inked the edges with Walnut Stain DI and then mounted each word band onto black card stock.  Once in place on the background panel, I outlined them with watered down Translucent White DA fluid acrylic and my water brush.


Before adhering all of the fussy cut pieces and cheesecloth into place, I distressed the edges of the panel with my paper distresser, added a few pieces of tissue tape to the scene, then ran through my sewing machine.  I used the Batground stencil to add a few flying bats back there then added the cheesecloth and adhered Boris into place with matte Decou-Page.  I know who my Mummy is now!!

Thanks so much for coming by for my 1st Guest Designer spot for Lost Coast Designs/Carmen’s Veranda’s 31 Days of Halloween event!  I’ll be back at the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity a couple more times before the month is out with more Halloween ghastliness!!

So, Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps:  Boris (Carmen’s Veranda); Alphabet Letters (could be Hero Arts)
  • Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore); Black Card Stock (Core’dinations)
  • Dylusions Acrylic Paints (Ranger); Archival Ink (Ranger); Distress Inks, Stains & Markers (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Crackle Glaze (DecoArt Media); Pigment Ink (ColorBox); Black Embossing Powder (WOW)
  • Cheese Cloth; Tissue Tape (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Sewing Machine (Kenmore); Batground Layering Stencil (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous); Moroccan Tile Stencil (My Favorite Things)
  • Gelli Plate (Gelli Arts); Brayer (Ranger); Paper Distresser (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios); Paint Brushes; Finger Knife (Fiskars); Water Brush

October New Releases for Artistic Outpost

WOO HOO!!  It’s New Release time at Artistic Outpost and we’re having a Blog Hop to celebrate the occasion!!  We have three new sets of nostalgic and vintagey images for you–

Aren’t these fun?!  Well, me and my AO Design Teammies, have each made a couple of projects using the new images.  Hop on through–

Tracy * KateMe (thanks for stopping by)Terry * Lisa

—for the chance to win an AO Gift Certificate!  Just for commenting on our Design Team Blog Posts, you have the chance to win a $15 Artistic Outpost Gift Certificate, good towards the purchase of AO stamps.  You have until October 9, 2015 @ 10pm (CDT) to leave comments on the participating designers blogs for a chance to win!  Three random winners will be selected on the AO Blog on October 10, 2015, so be sure to check back there to see if you have won!!

I’m featuring projects made with our new Vintage Fashion and Go Team sets…


OO, LA LA!!  Vintage Fashion is a set that will never go out of style :)


RAH RAH, SIS BOOM BAH!!  The nostalgic images in Go Team are sure to make you a fan!!

So, hop along on our October New Release Blog Hop for your chance to win a $15 AO GF–

Tracy * Kate * Terry * Lisa

–I’ll feature details of these creations in future posts over at Artistic Outpost.  I don’t want to keep you here too long when my talented AO Design Teammies are just waiting to show you what they made!!  HAPPY HOPPING!!

Thanks so much for having a hop by my blog today!!  Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



Hi There!! Happy Monday!!!  I’m totally excited to be here today as a Wicked Player in DominoART’s 31 Days of Halloween challenge event!!  We’re on Day 5 with 26 more days to go–it’s running straight through to October 31st!!

My guest of honor for today is no other than–


How could I not include Mr. Poe in such an auspicious occasion?  This creation came together so quickly, that I only took one ‘before’ picture…


…and this is it!  I arranged the dominos I was going to need to accommodate Carmen’s Veranda Poe image, and then it all went together like magic.  Although, even with a bit of magic, I did have a problem with the adhesive I was using to glue all of these dominos together.  I ended up mounting the group of dominos onto a panel.


I stamped the Crows Border in Jet Black pigment ink onto mixed-media paper and heat embossed with clear EP.  I placed the panel into my mini-paint booth upright, spritzed the panel with water, then sprayed Barn Door, Fired Brick & Black Soot DSS at the top of the panel and let the colors drip down.  I heat set, then did the same thing to the other end and when all dried, I glued the dominos onto the panel.


A few more of the unpictured steps that I did to create this piece–I stamped each domino (prior to gluing them all together) with the Cats Quote background in Vermillion Archival.  I stamped Poe onto tissue paper with Jet Black Archival and adhered onto the stamped domino background with matte Decou-Page.  I heat set then applied a coat of DAM Crackle Glaze over the surface and let air dry and when dry, I rubbed with Walnut Stain DI.


This raven is from Oxford Impressions Haunted set and I stamped him onto shrink plastic with Jet Black Archival.  I shrank him down, carefully, with my embossing gun and set him atop these Tiny Tattered Florals with a dab of matte Decou-Page.


Mr. Poe’s personalized label pull was made by stamping his name, also in the OI Haunted set, onto coffee stained manila stock with Jet Black Archival and crackling it up with DAM Crackle Glaze.  I drilled little holes into the dominos, dabbed in a little diamond glaze, then tapped the brads into place, securing the label pull.  I added a few more tiny tattered florals to gently adorn this forlorn fellow.


I wrapped the edge with design tape and rubbed with a bit of Black Soot DP to finish this little Poe-lightful domino art piece off.

I’ll have another project to share for this DominoART 31 Days of Halloween challenge event in a couple of weeks, so, stay tuned for that.  In the meantime, I’ll be back a couple of more times this week (told you it was going to be busy), so I hope you come back to see what’s going on!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps:  Cats Quote & Crows Border (Lost Coast Designs); Poe (Carmen’s Veranda); Haunted (Oxford Impressions)
  • 6 Regular Dominos
  • Tiny Tattered Florals (Tim Holtz/Sizzix); Big Shot Machine (Sizzix)
  • Archival Inks, Perfect Pearls Mist (Ranger); Crackle Glaze (DecoArt Media); Distress Spray Stains & Paint (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Clear Embossing Powder (Ranger); Pigment Ink (Colorbox)
  • Tissue Paper; Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore); Kraft Core (Tim Holtz/Core’dinations); Shrink Plastic (Inkssentials/Ranger)
  • Design Tape & Label Pulls (Tim Holtz/Ides-ology); Brads
  • Matte Decou-Page (DecoArt); Diamond Glaze (Judikins); Heat Tool; Heat Embossing Gun; Scissors (Fiskars); Paint Brush; Drill (Makita)

And All That Rot

HELLO, HELLO & HAPPY SUNDAY!!  I’ve got my preview of my weekly Artistic Outpost project here for you today–


I’m sharing a few step x step photos over at the AO Blog on how I put this card together, if you’d like to pop over there for a looksee?! :)

It’s going to be a bustling week here at Ain’t That Artsy Fartsy, and I hope you’ll come back to enjoy the creative festivities that are in store for you!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • London Underground & Loverly London (Artistic Outpost)
  • Archival Ink (Ranger); Distress Paints, Inks, Markers & Stains (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Pigment Ink (Colorbox); Clear Embossing Powder (Ranger); StazOn Ink (Tsukineko); White Gel Pen (Sakura)
  • Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore); Tissue Paper; Vellum; Twill Ribbon; Black Card Stock (Core’dinations); Harlequin LS (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous)
  • Matte Decou-Page (DecoArt); Crackle Glaze (DecoArt Media); Double-Backed Tape (3M)
  • Craft Sheet (Ranger); Heat Tool; Embossing Heat Gun; Water Brush; Finger Knife (Fiskars); Tiny Attacher (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Sewing Machine (Kenmore); Air Art Tool (Artworx); Paper Distresser (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios)

Happy Horror to You

HELLO OCTOBER!!  WOO HOO!!  It’s going to be a fun month here at Ain’t That Artsy Fartsy and it begins with a new challenge month at Our Creative Corner!!  I’ve really been looking forward to this challenge, to let my inner dark side come out for a play, with our Hostess Laura’s, theme this month–HEEEEERE’S Laura!!

“Forget cute cats and smiling pumpkins….We want….


For this Halloween, share with us some horror inspired creations that are sure to send shivers down our spines. 

Bring out your most grotesque stamps and embellishments, or perhaps take on the challenge of finding a way to transform pretty stamps into something macabre.  Reach for the grungiest colors and textures–Come over to the dark side of Halloween.

Can you scare us?”

Well, I’ll certainly try, Laura–


 I took Laura’s theme to heart, that of the darkest kind it seems, and created this art journal page full of macabre, with a bit of black humor, too, to soften the blow, so to speak.  I’ve got just a few photos of what I did to put this fiendish page of grisliness together….if you dare to look?


I’m working on a page in my 6″ x 8″ art journal.  I started with spritzing my page with water, then I sprayed a couple of Distress Spray Stains over the surface and heat set, but I don’t remember which colors these were–Could be Pumice Stone & Antique Linen?


I spritzed Hickory Smoke DSS directly to the bottom, spritzed with water, then heat set.


I applied WV Embossing Paste through my Brick stencil and let air dry.


When the embossing paste was dry, I stood the journal upright then sprayed Fired Brick & Barn Door DSSs at the top and let it drip down and pool at the bottom of the page.  I roughly painted Black Soot DI with my water brush in between the crevices of the bricks, then stamped the image of Penelope into place, so I know where future placements will occur.


I rubbed a layer of DAM Gold Interference over Penelope’s stamped image with my finger and laid down a strip of TH design tape.  In the grand scheme of things, I want an aura, of sorts, around Penelope-as if she could be standing under a light source, or illuminated by something from within, maybe?


I added a fussy cut shadow image of Penelope and rubbed Black Soot DP over the strip of tape.  From here on out, I didn’t take pictures of the stamping, heat embossing, water coloring and such going on behind the scenes, sorry about that….


…But, how ’bout that quote?  This devilishly, delicious quote–I cannot take credit for!  I am a fan of witty dialogue and snarky banter and this little gem is from an American comedy (no longer on the air) called Arrested Development (…narrated in season 3 when Michael meets Rita).  That show was chock full of hilariously snarky dialog that I just loved (and still do)!

Anyways, I digress–I printed the quote out from my computer, cut into word bands and treated to its crackly finish with DAM Crackle Glaze.  The Union Jack is found in the London Underground stamp set that I had colored directly with DMs, spritzed with water, then stamped upon coffee stained vellum.  Oh, those cobwebs!!  That’s an image from the Haunted set from Oxford Impressions.  I stamped it onto tissue paper with white pigment ink and heat embossed.  I carefully fussy ripped each cobweb out and colored with my Pumice Stone DM.  The embossed image acts as a resist, so the marker only colored the tissue paper and not the cobweb.


Penelope’s hat & spiders are from Tim Holtz’s Undertaker set.  Those were stamped with black pigment ink onto mixed-media paper, heat embossed then fussy cut.  The announcement of deaths behind Penelope is also from the Undertaker set that I stamped onto coffee stained vellum and cut out.  I carefully burned the vellum in places and added a few of my faux rusted brads in place.  I water colored Penelope with my water brush and Distress Markers and her little arachnid friend is hanging from a piece of cotton string.


Before I started layering all of the images onto the page, I spritzed the cobwebs with Pewter Perfect Pearls Mist to give them a shimmery appearance.  After adhering everything onto the page, I gave Penelope and the word bands a little extra shading with Black Soot DI and my water brush.  I can tell you, I’m having a bit of a giggle with this page!  Or maybe it’s more like an evil cackle?!

And, as this is an art journal page created to inspire for our Our Creative Corner Horror themed challenge this month, I dare not forget to mention this month’s sponsor, Nicecrane Designs!


Nicecrane is sponsoring our challenge with a $20 voucher to their online store, to one of our randomly chosen participants.  They’ve got some great vintage Halloween images…..

Well, there you go–My creative start for the month of October.  If today’s creation is an example of what’s in store this month, you’re in for a ‘bump in the middle of the night” kind of ride!!

Thanks for joining me today!  Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • 6″ x 8″ Art Journal (Yvonne Blair); Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore); Tissue Paper; Vellum
  • Stamps:  Penelope (Stampotique); Undertaker (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous); London Underground (Artistic Outpost); Haunted (Oxford Impressions)
  • Distress Spray Stains, Inks, Markers & Paint (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Inks (Ranger); Pigment Inks (Colorbox); Embossing Paste (Wendy Vecchi); White Embossing Powder (my stash); Clear Embossing Powder (Ranger); Crackle Glaze, Texture Sand Paste, Gold Interference, Fluid Acrylics (DecoArt Media); Perfect Pearls Mist (Ranger)
  • Brick Stencil (My Favorite Things); Cotton String; Design Tape (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Finger Knife (Fiskars); Craft Sheet (Ranger); Heat Tool; Embossing Heat Gun; Matte Decou-Page (DecoArt); Water Brush; Palette Knife; Scissors;

It’s Just Me Talking

Happy Monday!!  I’ve been a bit quiet here at Ain’t That Artsy Fartsy of late, and I just thought I’d ‘expose’ a few of the creative reasons why–


This will be my second time having a space at the Unique Goods & Curious Finds Market, my first time being at their flagship event in August of 2013.  I’ve been busily making and refinishing display pieces for this, as well as crafting for it, and it’s just 3 weeks away, and I’m nowhere near ready for it!  But, I’ve got it all under control and I’m really looking forward to this fun day in Downtown Sandpoint!


When I was contacted by LCD Design Team Leader Leigh, asking if I would be interested in participating in LCD/CV’s 31 Days of Halloween 2015, I didn’t hesitate to say YES!!  I just love Lost Coast Designs & Carmen’s Verandas images and feel so lucky to have been invited.  Thanks, Leigh!!  So, throughout October, I’ll be sharing all sorts of fun & eerie projects I made especially for this Spook-tacular event!


And then Leigh threw out there, since she’s the owner of the DominoART blog –While we’re talking about Halloween events….And so, I’m one of Leigh’s Wicked Players for her DominoART 31 Days of Halloween 2015 event, too! (Now you know why I’m playing with dominos!!)  This was just the push I needed to begin my foray into domino art–Thanks again, Leigh!!  I’ll have a couple of domino art creations, to help keep the All Hallow’s Eve feeling alive, all month long!!

I’m really looking forward to the start of October because of all of this fun, Halloween-themed creative stuff going on!  I can’t wait to share it all with you–Next Month!!

So, until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!


She Knows

Hi There!! Happy Sunday!!  I’m over at Artistic Outpost today for my weekly project and here’s a little teaser to, hopefully, entice you over to the AO blog and see what I was up to this week?! ;)


A little attitude in this sneak peek, perhaps?  It’s all good, creative fun–Hope to see you there!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps:  Cowgirl Strength, Wander & Dream (Artistic Outpost)
  • Color Bursts (Ken Oliver); Archival Inks (Ranger); Distress Inks, Paints & Markers (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Texture Sand Paste, Crackle Glaze & Fluid  Acrylics (DecoArt Media); Diamond Glaze (Judikins); Matte Decou-Page (DecoArt)
  • Sunbursts Stencil (Andy Skinner/Tando Creative); Sewing Machine (Kenmore); Paper Distresser (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios)
  • Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore); Black Card Stock (Core’dinations); Kraft Card Stock (PTI)
  • Craft Sheet (Ranger); Heat Tool; Finger Knife (Fiskars); Scissors; Double-Backed Tape (3M)