Shades of Autumn

Hello & Welcome to a brand new challenge month at Our Creative Corner.  With Fall just around the corner, my lovely OCC Design Teammie Julia is challenging us with the theme of Shades of Autumn.  Let’s hear what Julia is looking for–


“I love the colours of Autumn!  Those beautiful and dramatic reds, golds, yellows, browns, greens and all shades in between.  Your challenge this month is to take some inspiration from the colours in the image provided and make an Autumnal inspired project.”

This month’s Our Creative Corner challenge is being sponsored by–

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One randomly drawn participant will win a $25 gift certificate to Creative Embellishments.

We will also have a Shades of Autumn Top Winner who will be awarded a future Guest Designer spot at Our Creative Corner and we have our Top 3 Blog Badges to award as well.  All kinds of good things going on!!  Let me show you what I’m creating for Julia’s challenge–


My Shades of Autumn project is one that is still in progress–I’m making garlands of fall leaves for a display table.


I started by die cutting lots and lots of Tattered Leaves and Layered Leaves out of pieces of Collage Paper Stash and Core’dinations stock.


I ran the leaves through their embossing folder and treated them further with Distress Inks and the addition of metallic leafing to some of the leaves.


I spritzed the leaves with different colors of Perfect Pearls Mist and wrapped them with wire for a little interest.


I machine stitched all of the Tattered Leaves together to make a string of leafy garland that will go around the perimeter of the display table.


I’m adhering the bigger leaves together to form different lengths of garland that will hang down from the stitched string of garland.


This is a dry run of what the table garland will look like and I’ll be making enough lengths to go around 3 sides of a 6′ x 2′ table.

There you have it–My Shades of Autumn project-in progress-for Our Creative Corner this month.  You’ve got until September 28th, 11:55pm GDT to bring your Shades of Autumn projects over to join in our challenge.  Hope to see you there!!

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



  • Tattered Leaves Die & Layered Leaf Duo (Tim Holtz/Sizzix)
  • Kraft Core & Color Core Stock (Core’dinations); Collage Paper Stash (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Distress Inks (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Perfect Pearls Mist & Sticky Embossing Powder (Ranger); Distress Embossing Ink (Tim Holtz/Ranger)
  • Big Shot Machine (Sizzix); Tattered Leaves Bigz & Layered Leaf Bigz Duo (Tim Holtz/Sizzix)
  • Wire; Metallic Leaf Flakes; Stencil Brush; Embossing Heat Gun; Matte Decou-Page (DecoArt); Sewing Machine (Kenmore)

Special Delivery

Hi There & Happy Monday!!  I’ve got my version of Tim’s August tag ready to go–talk about getting in just under the wire.  I’ve named this tag ‘Special Delivery’ because I get to hand deliver this tag to my very bestest friend Lance, for his 50th birthday!!  Now, the caveat is, it’s late!  BUT–It will be hand delivered, so, I’m hoping that will make it OK! ;) :)


I pretty much followed all of the wonderful steps that Tim took on his tag, but if you haven’t seen his, take a look at this–


Isn’t Tim’s tag GREAT?!  Aren’t they always GREAT?!!  You can see all of the detailed steps of how Tim created this masterpiece at his blog, I won’t go into many of the things that I did with my version (mainly because I didn’t take pictures!) ;)


I did just what Tim did with the sandwiching of stash paper between the two tags, but I’m using a jumbo #12 manila tag for my version, instead.  I really wanted the ‘Happy Birthday’ sentiment to be visible in the background and had I used a #8 tag, it would’ve gotten covered. up.


I rubbed my pads of DIs in Aged Mahogany, Twisted Citron, Vintage Photo & Blueprint Sketch over the surface of the tag.  I then brushed matte Decou-Page onto a clean paper towel and blotted over the surface of the tag to blend the colors.  I got this tip from my bloggy friend Alison (aka Butterfly) at Words & Pictures–this is how she treated her August Tim tag and I loved how it looked!!  Thanks for that, Alison!! :)


I used this boy and dog Found Relative card and layered on pieces of fussy cut paper stash and embellies.


I altered the Mirrored Star with Honeycomb AI then I dabbed a small amount of Black Soot DP over the surface.  I attached the Typed Token to the Arrow embellie with white cotton string that I then painted with a wash of Tea Dye DI.


I don’t have Tim’s vial labels, so I stamped this bottle label image from my AO Apothecary set, onto manila stock with Jet Black Archival and fussy cut.  I rubbed a bit of Vintage Photo over the surface and heat set.  I used Special Delivery & Numbers Rem Rubs to commemorate the date of Lance’s birthday.


I splattered Antiqued Bronze DP over the surface of the tag with a round wc paint brush.  I heat set everything and pressed under some heavy books for a spell, to make sure things where firmly adhered into place.


Here’s the back of the tag.  I did separate layers of Tim’s wrinkle-free distress stain technique using Twisted Citron, Blueprint Sketch, Vintage Photo & Aged Mahogany DSs.


This was a really fun tag to create-Such great ideas Tim comes up with, right?!  This is a style that can be used for any season, any reason and I just love that versatility.

OK–So, I’m dashing over to Tim’s blog now to get this entered into his challenge.  I’ll be back later tonight working on UK time, with the new challenge theme at Our Creative Corner for September!!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • #12 Jumbo Manila Tag (The Funkie Junkie Boutique); Collage Paper Stash (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Distress Inks, Stains & Paints (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Ink (Ranger); White Gesso (Dina Wakely/Ranger)
  • Big Shot Machine (Sizzix); Celebration Thinlits (Tim Holtz/Sizzix)
  • Stamps: Apothecary (Artistic Outpost); Steampunk (Andy Skinner/Stampendous)
  • Found Relatives Cards, Mirrored Stars, Pen Nib, Remnant Rubs, Small Talk Stickers, Natural Trimmings, Typed Token & Arrow (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Matte Decou-Page (DecoArt); Finger Knife (Fiskars); Flat Paint Brush; Paper Distresser (Tonic Studios)

Dare To Be

HELLO, HELLO!!  Welcome to my weekly posting for Artistic Outpost!  I had a play with Kudzu Kafe this week and created this little bi-fold ATC….


I was experimenting with the backgrounds on these ATCs, too.  I didn’t take any pictures while I was experimenting (I forget to do that sometimes) but I can show you what they looked like before I started stamping and layering.


I experimented with using rubber cement as a resist.  I got this idea from my fellow AO Design Teammie, Tracy (Thanks, Tracy!), because she uses something called ‘drawing gum’ in the creations of her wonderful backgrounds.  I don’t have ‘drawing gum’ (yet) but I wondered if rubber cement would work the same?


Yes, it worked, but it’s kind of goopy and thick, so it didn’t brush out all that smoothly.  So, after brushing rubber cement randomly over the surfaces, I let air dry, then I sprinkled Lemon Yellow & Pthalo Green Color Bursts over the surface, spritzed with water and watched the CBs do their thing.  I heat set the CBs, then rubbed the rubber cement off with my finger.  I attached the ATCs together with tissue tape then gave the tape a rubbing of white wash using Picket Fence DP and my finger.


I stamped the Kudzu People onto mixed-media paper with Jet Black Archival.


 I water colored each image with Distress Markers and my water brush and heat set.  I then rubbed the surfaces with Tea Dye DI and fussy cut with my finger knife.



I stamped the tree image from the AO Home set onto the backgrounds with Jet Black Archival–it’s a second generation stamping because I wanted the trees to be a little shadowy.  I gave the surface a splattering of Bamboo Heaven Twinkling H2Os and heat set.  Then I adhered Kudzu Lady to the surface and outlined her with Black Soot DI and my water brush.  I heat set that outline and outlined again with white gel pen.


Each panel, just like this Kudzu Kid’s, received an altered Numbered Brad.  I rubbed Picket Fence DP over the brads, let air dry a bit, then rubbed my finger over the surface to remove the extra paint.



I stamped all of the Kudzu quotes onto mixed-media paper with Jet Black Archival, coated with matte Decou-page and when dry, fussy cut into word bands.  I edged each band with Jet Black Archival and adhered onto each ATC panel.


When the word bands were secure, I outlined them with Black Soot DI and my water brush, then outlined again with my white gel pen.


I wanted to give these ATCs a stitched border, but they were too thick to run through my sewing machine, so to finish the panels, I gave them an edging of Black Soot DI and heat set.  That’ll do just fine!

Thanks so much for coming by today!!  Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps:  Kudzu Kafe & Home (Artistic Outpost)
  • 2 ATCs (made w/Manila Stock & Chipboard); Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore)
  • Archival Ink (Ranger); Distress Markers, Paint & Ink (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Twinkling H2Os (Splash of Color)
  • Tissue Tape & Numbered Brads (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Matte Decou-Page (DecoArt); Rubber Cement (Elmer’s); Finger Knife (Fiskars); Heat Tool; Round WC Paint Brush; Water Brush

Positively Hearts

Hi There & Happy Wednesday!!  I’m here today with my Artistic Outpost Design Teammies on our monthly AO DT Blog Hop!  Here’s our line-up:

Tracy * TerryShari-That’s Me! * Kate * Lisa

This month, it’s ‘Designer’s Choice’ which wasn’t a very easy task to craft for–Every set of AO stamps that I have, are all my favorites!  But, for today’s project, I’ve narrowed my choices down to only three sets–




Chalkboard Wisdom


…and Ephemera Backgrounds.


I used stamps from each set to alter these wooden hearts into reversible messages of positivity!  Let me show you a little bit of what I did–


I found these unfinished wooden hearts during a stroll through one of our local antique stores. They were tied together and strung over a box of other miscellaneous wooden pieces, and they looked so sad just hanging there.  They were dirty and stained and as you can see, a bit chipped and misshapen.  I sanded them and tried to even out those rougher areas, but any blemishes are going to be covered with paint anyways, so I didn’t spend too much time on pre-prep.


I started with a base layer of gesso to help provide some tooth for the next layer of paint.


I brushed two coats of Dylusions Vibrant Turquoise acrylic over the entire surface of each heart.  I heat set between layers then stamped the music image from the Ephemera Backgrounds set onto the surfaces and sides of each heart with Jet Black Archival.  I heat set the stamping then edged the hearts with Jet Black Archival using my finger.


I coated both hearts with a layer of DA/Americana Weathered Wood Crackle Medium


…one surface at a time and heat set.  I heat set the medium until it was no longer tacky to touch.


I then brushed on a coat of DAM Crackle Paint that I had mixed with DA Crafter’s Acrylic in Daffodil Yellow (which I believe is a discontinued color).  This is my first time using the Weathered Wood Crackle Medium and the DAM Crackle Paint together–On this first surface, there’s big crackling going on, but not all that much of it.  I believe that’s because my layer of the Weathered Wood medium was too thick.


Oh–here is the reverse side of that same heart.  You can see there’s lots more crackling going on and they are finer cracks, too.  This side received a thinner layer of the Weathered Wood Crackle and I brushed it on in no particular direction.  What’s really cool about using the two crackle products together, as soon as you brush on the top layer of the crackle paint, it starts reacting immediately and you can see the crackling effect happen right before your eyes!


I stamped the quotes from the Chalkboard Wisdom set onto tissue paper with Jet Black Archival and carefully fussy cut with my finger knife.  I did the same with the images of the children from the Springtime set, but for the group of children, I had to fussy cut one of them out.


I adhered the stamped tissue paper onto the surfaces with DAM Ultra Matte Varnish.  The crackly finish of the hearts were going to need to be sealed, so I used the varnish as my glue and sealant.


I added paint lines of Black Soot DP and Vibrant Turquoise acrylic with an old gift card to the surfaces of the hearts.


I edged the hearts with Black Soot DP using my finger and splattered White Linen Dylusions acrylic over the surfaces with a round paint brush.

I used rusty wire to form a hangar and twisted a couple of little rusty wire curly-q’s at the ends to create a little wiry interest and – There you go!  You would have never thought that these hearts had such melancholy beginnings!!  Now, they are bright little spots of happy thoughts!!

If you’re joining in on the Artistic Outpost DT Blog Hop, your next stop is – Kate at The Scrapyard!  But, if you’re like me and like to hop haphazardly, here’s our line-up one more time:

Tracy * TerryShari-That’s Me! * Kate * Lisa

Thanks so much for joining me on this last Wednesday of the month and I do hope you hop over to my AO Design Teammates blogs to see what Designer’s Choices they’ve made!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps:  Chalkboard Wisdom, Ephemera Backgrounds & Springtime (Artistic Outpost)
  • Wooden Heart Shapes; Tissue Paper
  • Crackle Paint & Ultra Matte Varnish (DecoArt Media); Weathered Wood Crackle Medium (Americana/DecoArt); Dylusions Acrylics (Ranger); Crafter’s Acrylic (DecoArt); Archival Ink (Ranger)
  • Paint Brushes; Heat Tool; Finger Knife (Fiskars); Craft Sheet (Ranger); Rusty Wire

Departing Terminal 3 – A Vintage Journey

Good Day & Welcome to Terminal 3 of our Destination Inspiration travels at A Vintage Journey.  I’m your tour hostess this week and have the full itinerary of our journey available for your perusal at our HQ-A Vintage Journey blog.

Here’s a little sneaky peek of my project using this month’s travel case essentials–


This will also be my last posting as a Creative Guide for A Vintage Journey.  My trip is being cut short with the AVJ team, but not because I don’t want to be on the ride!  I just need to take a slight detour presently, which one day, may lead me back to the open arms of the wonderful AVJ team!!

I can’t Thank Brenda & Chris enough for inviting me on the team!!  I’ve enjoyed my time as a Creative Guide and consider myself very fortunate to have been on the AVJ Team with so many Fabulously Talented women!! Just A-MAZE-ING!!

So, do come over to A Vintage Journey–I hope to see you there!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!


Adventure a Little

Hi There & Happy Sunday!!  I’ve got a quickie tag to offer you today for my weekly creation for Artistic Outpost.  It was so quick that I didn’t take a lot of step out photos-Sorry about that!  This tag was one of those projects where I set some items in front of myself and said “Do Something!”  So, this is what I did–


I adventured a little on this tag with color and stenciling and paint splatters.   I wanted a vibrant background for the image of this young lady from the Generation Redux set-I know, I’m using her AGAIN!!  I just love her glasses–it’s her glasses that get me!! :)


I started with a #8 manila tag that I stained with Ken Oliver’s Color Bursts-I used Lemon Yellow, Alizarin Crimson & Ultramarine Blue.  I spritzed the tag with water, then squeezed the CBs over the surface, spritzed the surface with a little more water, then watched the CBs do their thing.  When I was happy with the blending, I heat set.


I stamped the image directly onto the tag and onto a separate piece of mixed-media paper with Jet Black Archival and heat set.  I ran the tag through my sewing machine to add the messy stitched border, then I layered on the stencils.  I used FlourishLatticework LSs and Andy Skinner’s Sunburst stencil.  I water colored the image, that I had stamped on the mixed-media paper, with Distress Markers and my water brush and fussy cut.


I added Remnant Rubs and paint lines randomly over the surface, then adhered the fussy cut image onto the tag with matte Decou-Page and heat set.  I then outlined the fussy cut image with Black Soot DI and my water brush and heat set.  I finished with an outline of white gel pen and little dabs of Diamond Glaze on her glasses.  I did let the DG air dry, because heat drying may cause air bubbles.


Behind the scenes-I stained a piece of seam binding with DMs then spritzed with water and heat dried.  Also BTS, that I didn’t take a photo of, I stained a Mirrored Star with Sunshine Yellow Adirondack AI and carefully heat set.


I attached the star and messy bow to the tag, then slipped a typed token onto a jump ring and hooked that into the middle of the bow.  I inked the edges of the tag with Black Soot DI and my ink blending tool, then gave the entire tag of spritz of Biscotti Perfect Pearls Mist.  This wasn’t quite a quickie 10 minute tag, but definitely under 30 minutes because of the convenience of a heat tool to help speed up the drying processes-Love That!

Thanks so much for having a visit here today!!  OH–A quick reminder–As we are nearing the last week of the month, we’ll be having our monthly AO Design Team Blog Hop on Wednesday, so I do hope you come back for that!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps:  Generation Redux (Artistic Outpost)
  • #8 Manila Tag (Ranger); Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore)
  • Color Bursts (Ken Oliver Crafts); Archival Ink (Ranger); Distress Inks, Paints & Markers (Tim Holtz/Ranger)
  • Layering Stencils (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous); Sunburst Stencil (Andy Skinner/Tando Creative)
  • Sewing Machine (Kenmore); Finger Knife (Fiskars); Craft Sheet (Ranger); Heat Tool; Ink Blending Tool; Old Gift Card
  • Seam Binding (The Funkie Junkie Boutique); Mirrored Stars, Rem Rubs, Typed Token & Jump Ring (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)

Dog Days of Summer Super Sale

Happy  Monday Everyone!!  Just a quickie little post today to tell ya’ll about our Dog Days of Summer Super Sale at Artistic Outpost!!


If you’ve got any Artistic Outpost stamp sets on your wish list, now’s the time to come on by the Artistic Outpost online store and do a little shopping and save a little money.

The sale runs today through Wednesday, August 19th at Artistic Outpost and our sister stores North Coast Creations and Our Daily Bread Designs.  Use the code ‘DOGDAYS‘ at checkout to receive your discount.

Happy Shopping!!