Go Together

Happy Wednesday & Welcome to the monthly Artistic Outpost Blog Hop!!  I’m excited to be here, as this is my 1st time participating in the monthly AO Blog Hop as a member of the AO Design Team!!  I’ve joined in the monthly AO DT Blog Hops in the past, but just as an admirer and hopper, not as a participant and hoppee…Or wait, would it have been I was a hoppee, jumping around to the hoppers?  OK–now I’m just confused, so on to today’s Hop!! ;)

The Artistic Outpost Design Team is – Terry * Tracy * Gerrie * Lisa * Kate * & Me and our theme this month is ‘Transportation’.  I pulled out the old pick-up truck image from the Home stamp set and put it back on the road, thrice!


I’m also using stamps from the Chalkboard Wisdom set, too–one of the sentiments and the arrow.  As this is a  Design Team Blog Hop, I’m not going to keep you here very long, plus, as you can guess, I didn’t take any step-out pictures!  This was one of those tags that seemed to magically come together from out of nowhere (after my first creation failed!) ;)


Although this is the back of my finished tag, this is how it started out.  I’m using a jumbo #10 manila tag and used the wrinkle free Distress Stain technique for creating the backgrounds with Squeezed Lemonade & Barn Door DSs.  I also used my air tool with my Black Soot DM to spritz ink spots all over the front & back surfaces.


Something else that I have going on, on the front of my tag is the Tissue Tape Resist technique, too.  I applied tissue tape randomly and then ran the tag through the Distress Stain for the wrinkle free look.  OH–and I also have some polka dots stenciled onto the front of the tag too, using my Dylusions Dotted Flowers stencil with Antique Linen Distress Paint.


Each truck was treated the same-stamped in Cobalt, Vermillion & Olive Archival inks and heat embossed with Antiquities Frosted Crystals EP.  They all got fussy cut and mounted onto each of their previously stamped spots on the front of the tag.


I stamped the quote onto manila stock a couple of times with Jet Black Archival ink, fussy cut and mounted onto the tag with matte gel.  I also swiped a bit of matte gel over the surface of the cut out words to seal them, so I could smudge Black Soot Distress Marker around their edges, but wipe off any boo-boos.  I kept my embellies easy with a sprocket gear on a jump ring, hanging from a wire pin, attached to stained seam binding-The sprocket gear looks like a steering wheel to me!

Thanks for hopping over for the Artistic Outpost Transportation Blog Hop today and don’t forget to check out the awesome creations my teammies made!

* Terry * Tracy * Gerrie * Lisa * Kate *

They are phenomenal and everyone’s styles are so different and fabulous, you’ll enjoy your visit to their blogs!!

Thanks again for stopping by and until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps:  Home & Chalkboard Wisdom (Artistic Outpost)
  • Surfaces: #10 Jumbo Tag (The Funkie Junkie Boutique); Manila Stock; Tissue Tape (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Distress Stains, Paint, Marker, Inks (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Inks (Ranger); Antiquities Frosted Crystals EP (Ranger)
  • Gear Sprocket, Jump Ring & Wire Pin (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Seam Binding (The Funkie Junkie Boutique)
  • Finger Knife (Fiskars); Craft Sheet (Ranger); Matte Gel (Liquitex); Double-Back Tape (3M); Air Art Tool (Artworx); Ink Blending Tool; Heat Tool; Embossing Heat Gun

A Gentle Man

Hello & Happy Sunday!!  Like I mentioned earlier this week, the New Release of Artistic Outpost stamps, were very hard to keep under wraps!!  I’ve been making secret projects since last month and can now start sharing them with you!!  BIG SIGH!!  :)

The Hat’s Off stamp set & single stamp Hats Background, have been a lot of fun to create with–The images are very vintagey and masculine and versatile!


I know that this ‘gentle man’ is going to show up in lots of projects this year!!  So will that background! So will the quote!!

I have a few step-outs of how I created this card–It’s really pretty easy and look at the results!


I have a piece of manila stock that I’m going to distress with Tea Dye, Vintage Photo & Walnut Stain DIs and my ink blending tools.


I rubbed each color randomly over the surface then gave a spritz of water to blend and heat dried.  OK–the steps I didn’t take pictures of; stamping & heat embossing of the Hats Background image and the subsequent rubbing of more Distress Inks over the embossed image.


Isn’t that fun?  I love that technique and you can use whatever colors of Distress Ink you want, to achieve this resist result.


Here’s a close-up…I used Walnut Stain & Black Soot DIs to ink over my embossed surface.  (sorry about the lighting in this photo)


There’s one more part of what I did to this background–Water Spots!!  Except, I’m going to produce them through a stencil!  I spritzed water through my Burlap LS and gently blotted with a paper towel.


I did the same to the other portion of the panel…..


…Oh Boy!!  Look at those lovely, subtle water spots!  I love them!  I cut this panel down a bit and distressed the edges with my paper distresser. Then I ran it through my sewing machine and stitched a messy border and attached the panel to my kraft stock card base.


I stamped the quote with Jet Black Archival ink a couple of times on distressed manila stock.  Check out those water spots–They’re every where!!  I fussy cut all of the words, inked the edges with Walnut Stain DI and mounted onto black stock.

I stamped the image onto mixed-media paper with Jet Black Archival and brushed a light layer of Diamond Glaze over his hat.  I heat dried then water colored the image with Tattered Rose, Pumice Stone & Aged Mahogany DMs and my water brush.  I heat dried again then rubbed the image with Tea Dye DI and my ink blending tool.  His was fussy cut with my finger knife and mounted onto black stock.


I attached him to the background panel with double-back tape and glued the Observation Word Band into place with matte gel.

 I adhered the words onto the background panel with matte gel and then pressed the entire card between a few heavy books for a couple of hours to secure everything in place.


I’m not kidding when I say that I’m really LOVING these images!!  As I look at this card now, I’m already envisioning another version of it!!  I just LOVE that when that happens!!  OH–and it completely helps that my Artistic Outpost Design Teammates are creating such incredible projects of their own that inspire me even more!!  I just LOVE that, too!!

Thank you for joining me today!!  I surely do appreciate your visits and very nice comments that you’re leaving for me!! The kind words that I receive keep me fueled and motivated and I’m touched by each and every one!!  Thank You!!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps: Hat’s Off & Hats Background (Artistic Outpost)
  • Surfaces: Kraft, Black & Manila Stock; Mixed-Media Paper
  • Distress Inks & Markers (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Ink (Ranger); Distress Embossing Ink (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Clear Embossing Powder (WOW)
  • Sewing Machine (Kenmore); Finger Knife (Fiskars); Paper Distresser (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios); Ink Blending Tool (Tim Holtz/Ranger)
  • Word Bands (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Colored Brads

Remember Everyday

Hello Hello Hello!!  HAPPY FRIDAY!!  I’m finally getting my challenge-making act in gear and got my interpretation of Tim’s January Tag started & finished!!  At the end of 2014, I failed to create anything for Tim’s November or December tag challenges and I’ve felt incomplete ever since–Until Now!!


It’s time for the start of a new year of  the Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2015!!!


 Tim’s January Tim Tag had a couple of things that I just love to do–paint splattering & spritzing!!  There’s just something about creating splats and spots on purpose that is so fun!!  I’m not going to go through all of the steps I did with my tag–I pretty much followed the steps that Tim took with his tag.


Something I did do differently is use some Number Remnant Rubs on my tag first, before adhering the tissue paper over the top.


Tim used his Postale tissue wrap in his creation, which has numbers on it–I only have a small piece of  terminology tissue wrap left to use,  so that’s why I laid down the numbers first.

I chose Broken China, Mustard Seed & Pumice Stone DPs to color both the front & back sides of my tag.  The backside of my tag was colored using Tim’s paint marbling technique with the DPs that were left over on my craft sheet from finger painting the front side.

I used my Frayed Burlap DS in a mini-mister to spritz over the front side, like Tim did with his tag (except he used his DS Spray), and then I sopped up the left over stain with the backside of my tag.  I like how this looks!!


Here are my chit-chat stickers adhered into place with one half of the stickers outlined with a Black Soot DM and the other half not.  You can really see how having that smudged outline, softens and incorporates the stickers into the creation, instead of the stickers just sitting on top of it.  COOL!!!


I treated my Framed Alpha Parts words & arrows as Tim did, except I used two colors of DP (Broken China & Tarnished Brass) for the words and two colors of Distress Glitter (Mustard Seed & Vintage Photo) for the arrows.


The chit chat words that I chose to use have meaning for me personally and are things I remind myself about every day!


Now, the laughter part I noted here–Very easy for me to ‘remember’ to do ‘everyday’!!


As I did with the front of my tag–I also treated the back of my tag with splattered Picket Fence DP with my splatter brush and then finished up with a gilded spritz of 18k gold leafing pen through my (very old) air tool gun (that I just figured out, has a removable barrel to fit different size pens! DUH!).  I really like how the back of this tag turned out!!  Almost as much as the front!!


I’m feeling pretty good that I’m starting off my year of challenge creations with Tim’s 12 Tags of 2015!  I’ll take the techniques and tricks that Tim showcases each month, and try to incorporate into my crafting all year long.  I’ll definitely be scrunching up tissue paper in future makes and I’ll definitely be outlining any chit chat stickers (or any other fussy cut words) in the future!!

Come on over with your take on Tim’s January Tag!  You’ve got until the 31st to enter, so there’s still plenty of time!1  I hope to see you there!!

Thanks for stopping by today!!  Have a GREAT weekend and until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • #8 Manila Tag (Inkssentials/Ranger); Tissue Wrap (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Distress Paints, Stains, Inks, Markers, Glitters (Tim Holtz/Ranger); 18k Gold Leafing Pen (Krylon)
  • Chit Chat Stickers, Framed Alpha Parts, Mirror Stars, Remnant Rubs (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Seam Binding (Funkie Junkie Boutique)
  • Matte Gel (Liquitex); Diamond Glaze (Judikins); Mini-Mister (Inkssentials/Ranger); Craft Sheet (Ranger); Heat Tool; Splatter Brush (Liquitex); Air Art Tool (Artworx)

It’s New Release Time at Artistic Outpost

Happy Wednesday!!  It’s a big day at Artistic Outpost–The first Artistic Outpost New Release of 2015!!  It’s been hard to keep these images a secret, so I’m glad today is finally here!  To celebrate the occasion, all of us Artistic Outpost Designers are having a blog hop today to unveil some of the projects we’ve been creating secretly behind the scenes.

Another fun thing  happening is an AO Blog Hop contest!!*  Just visit each designer’s blog and leave a comment (on mine, too) between today and January 23rd (10pm CST) and three randomly chosen winners will win a $15 gift certificate to the AO store.  The Artistic Outpost Design Team is:  TerryGerrieLisaKateTracy (and me!).  Stop by my teammates blogs and enjoy their January 2015 New Release creations, won’t you, and while there, leave a little love, too ;)

I don’t want to keep you here long today–I want you to have enough energy to visit everyone’s blogs, so I’m going to quickly share the two cards I made for today’s New Release Blog Hop.  I’m showcasing a card made with one of the new ATC-sized, collage-style, single stamps called Sound of the Sea….

Sound of the Sea AO71

…and a card made using one of the new stamp sets called Hat’s Off.

Hats Off AO74

These stamps, along with all of the other Artistic Outpost New Releases, are stocked and in the AO store now!!


I created this ATC focal point for this card with the Sound of the Sea stamp.  Lots of Distress Paints and Archival Inks and water coloring with Distress Markers made this image come to life.  I achieved the background on the ATC by stamping the image onto tissue paper with Jet Black Archival and adhering to the panel with matte gel.  I finished with layering all of the other stamped, colored & fussy cut images and elements on top to create a mini seascape.


I even added an itty bitty little shell to the young girl’s hands to evoke that childhood wonder of hearing the ‘Sound of the Sea’ in a seashell :)


This layered card was made with stamps found in the new Hat’s Off set and the Ephemera Backgrounds set.

This is how I created the backgrounds of both the card base and the ATC focal point.  I stamped the Ephemera Background image with Coffee Archival Ink directly onto the stock then adhered tissue paper, that had been stamped with the bicyclists from Hat’s Off in Jet Black Archival, over the surface with matte gel.

I made both of these cards so that the ATC centers are removable.  When the recipient of the cards are done with displaying, they can remove the ATC centers and save as a special piece of mini-art :)

Thanks for joining me today for the first New Release of Artistic Outpost stamps for 2015!!  It really does feel good to have this secret out!!  I can’t wait to create and share more projects that I make with these new AO images!

Don’t forget to stop by my Artistic Outpost Design Team Members blogs to share in their creative excitement, too!!  They’d appreciate hearing from you and each comment you leave at each blog, gives you a chance to win that $15 AO gift certificate :)

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



*Prize Information: Just for commenting on the Design Team Blog Posts, you have a chance to win a $15 Artistic Outpost Gift Certificate, good towards the purchase of AO stamps.  You have until January 23, 2015 at 10:00pm CST to leave comments on the participating designers blogs for a chance to win!  Three random winners will be selected from the comments left on the designers blogs, the winners will be announced on the AO blog on January 24, 2015, be sure to check back there to see if you have won!

The Wisdom of Jane & A Giveaway

Shari T.:

Did you see this? Did you hear about this? Lynne is celebrating a publishing achievement and is having a giveaway at her blog Adorn, to celebrate!!

Originally posted on Adorn:

Hello Everyone
It is always lovely to be able to share any good news I have relating to my crafty life.  Back in December a complimentary issue of Somerset Studio Gallery arrived in the mail. Along with a canvas I also had an altered book published which had a Jane Austen theme.1SOM-GAL1501-Somerset-Studio-Gallery-Winter-2015-600x600
To celebrate this I have a set of stamps to Giveaway.
Are you eager for Spring to arrive, for butterflies to be fluttering around and the buzzing of bees?  If so and if you are also a fan of all things Jane Austen then you might want to enter my Giveaway as I have this lovely Jane’s Garden from Oxford Impressions to kindly Giveaway to one lucky winner.janesgardengiveawayThis is such a pretty set with a pretty script stamp and also quotes, flowers, butterflies, books, pretty teacups and so much more.
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Love Potion #9

Happy Sunday!!  Here I am with my weekly posting for Artistic Outpost (I just love saying that)!!  I’m going all romantic on you today with a musically inspired Valentine’s Day card I’ve entitled ‘Love Potion #9′.  I could have made up something like, ‘Dr. Love’ or ‘Bottle Full of Love’ for this post title, but those don’t have the playfulness or fun the title & lyrics of the song “Love Potion #9″ evokes :)


 I’m featuring two Artistic Outpost stamp sets in this card; Apothecary & Secretary Pool.  In the Apothecary set, there are 6 different stamps that you can use for the bottle label, making this set extremely versatile for creating for any season, for any reason.  The ‘Love Potion #9′ stamp got me singing the song (in my head, of course!) and thinking of Valentine’s Day (less than a month away….nudge, nudge-wink-wink)!


 I worked with the bottle first as this had some drying time involved with its creation.  I stamped the bottle image with Jet Black StazOn ink onto WV modeling film.  I fussy cut the bottle then colored it with Wild Plum Adirondack alcohol ink and an oldie-but-goodie bottle of alcohol ink, that I’ve had since the very beginnings of my craftydom, called Studio 2 Ink-It in Watermelon.  I let those colors blend together and air dry.   I stamped the text onto tissue paper then glued to the inside of the bottle and heat set.  I then molded the bottle by using my embossing heat gun and my fingers, carefully–it’s HOT!!  Then, I treated with gloss multi-medium, let dry, then applied a layer of Clear Rock Candy DCP over the entire surface and let air dry.  Love those cracks!!  I rubbed Black Soot DI over the crackly surface to bring those wonderful cracks out!!


I think this could be the guy in the song who visits the fortune teller for his bottle of Love Potion #9!!  He’s been unlucky in love, went to the fortune teller, got the bottle, went back to his office, compounded his own tonic, and now, he’s prescribing his own concoction of ‘Love Potion #9’!!  This gent is stamped onto mixed-media paper with Jet Black Archival ink and water colored with my water brush and DMs in Tattered Rose, Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain, Barn Door, Picket Fence & Weathered Wood.  He was fussy cut and mounted onto a little piece of black stock, fussy cut again and adhered to the card with foam squares.


 I was playing around with different positioning options for this card–at one point, I was going to place the Dr. onto the prescription, but thought that too obvious (oh, he’s prescribing himself, is he?)!  Instead, I thought a bloom of love, sitting atop a prescription of love, to be more romantic and subtle.  I’m using my Tattered Florals die to cut out my stamped stock and painted & inked pieces of tulle.  I layered them together and attached to this heart shaped metal flower embellie with a mini silver brad.


This is a good shot of not only the glittery hearts bursting out of this bottle of Love Potion #9, but look at that background!!  I can’t believe I didn’t take any pictures of this before I started layering-DUH!!  The background is white stock brayed with Picked Raspberry, Worn Lipstick & Barn Door Distress Stains.  I spritzed with water and heat dried, then used the Blueprint texture fade to emboss, then I rubbed Black Soot DI over the entire surface.


Take 2 ‘loves’ and call me in the morning!!  I’ve used the alphabet stamp from the Secretary Pool to create these two sets of words–stamped several times onto white stock with Picked Raspberry, Barn Door, Black Soot & Worn Lipstick DIs.


This was a lot of fun to put together and other than drying times, pretty fast to make.  While I let the bottle do its crackly thing overnight, I had everything else assembled and ready to go, so the next day, placement, another round of letting things dry (but quickly) and done!  OK–I’ll tell you now, this won’t be the last time you see me using this Apothecary set!!  There are still stamps in this set that I haven’t put to use yet, and it’s only January!!  ;)

Thanks for taking time out of your Sunday to have a visit with me!  If you’ve got AO stamps, then don’t forget to fit the monthly Show Us Your AO Art Challenge onto your creative calendar.  You’ve got a chance to win a $15 AO gift certificate, so why not?!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps:  Apothecary & Secretary Pool (Artistic Outpost)
  • Surfaces: Red, White, Black Card Stock; Mixed-Media Stock; Modeling Film; Color Core Stock; Tulle; Red Glitter Paper; Tissue Paper
  • Distress Inks, Paint, Stains & Markers (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Adirondack Alcohol Ink (Ranger); Ink-It Alcohol Ink (Studio 2); Archival Ink (Ranger); StazOn Ink (Tsukineko); Perfect Pearls Mist (Ranger)
  • Hearts Layering Stencil (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous); Label Letters (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Brayer & Finger Knife (Fiskars); Craft Sheet & Ink Blending Tools (Ranger); Heat Tool; Embossing Heat Gun; Paper Distresser (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios); Gloss Multi-Medium (Claudine Hellmuth/Ranger); 26 Gauge Wire; Metal Flower Embellishme

My First Art Journal

HAPPY TUESDAY and HELLO & WELCOME to my new followers!!  I’m so glad that you’re joining me!!  :)

I worked all weekend on my project for the latest Compendium of Curiosities Challenge at Studio L3!!  I’ve been looking forward to this one because I’m getting to use some of Tim’s wonderful fabrics again, from his Eclectic Elements line.  It’s CC3 #19-Frayed Fabrics, found on page 66 of Tim’s creative tome.  You’ve got to have Tim’s book to play in this challenge, which is being sponsored with a $50 gift certificate from Inspiration Emporium!!


 I was sooo inspired by CC3 Creative Crew member Cheryl Grigsby’s  creation, that I pretty much copied her, right down to using one of my new Yvonne Blair Inky Art Journals!!  This is one of the Inky Art Journals that I actually won from Yvonne when she first shared her news of this product being released last year :)


As CC3 #19 is a technique based challenge, I can’t show you all of the details that went into making this journal cover.  But, I can show you some of the pre-assembly prep and sewing that I did to make this all come together.

 I’m using my 6″x8″ Inky Art Journal to take measurements for the pieces of Eclectic Elements fabric that I’ll need to sew together to cover this journal.  I have 6″x6″ & 12″x12″ EE fabric scrap packs to choose my fabrics from, so this is going to be fun!!


Now, I’m no sewer and an even worse fabric cutter!  Even with the most precise cutting tools and doodads available, I will still cut a crooked line!  Thank goodness for one of my fav Tim mottos – “Embrace Imperfection”!!  Oh, this journal cover will be a celebration of imperfection!!  These are the sections for the front and I added two more shorter pieces at each end for the inside flaps.  I roughly machine stitched all of the panels together.

I created a patchwork square out of 25-1.25″ squares which were roughly machine stitched together for what will become the patchwork heart on the front of my art journal.

I made my heart pattern from a chipboard heart that I photo-copied at 150%, pinned to the back of my patchwork square, then machine stitched around the perimeter of the heart.


Here is the front side of the patchwork square showing that first line of stitching.  I went over it several more times to enhance that imperfect stitch line and when I was finished, I ripped away the paper pattern from the back.


I stamped the word ‘artist’ with Jet Black Stazon onto a piece of muslin and then stitched it to another little scrap of EE fabric, then stitched it into place to the top center of the front panel.


The word ‘journal’ was treated the same and stitched into place to the bottom center of the front panel.


The heart was stitched into place as my main focal point, right in the center of the entire front panel.  I love it!!

I left all of the metal embellishments on this journal ‘naked’ if you will–I liked them with their natural finish, plus I think the silver of the metals look great with all of the mixed fabrics.

As a homage to Yvonne Blair, I included a butterfly as one of my embellies–Yvonne always includes a butterfly (or many butterflies) in her creations and as I won this journal from her, I wanted a reminder of the promise I made to her, to create in her art journals this year!!


As a reminder to myself, I included these 3 Chit Chat stickers to keep me motivated and inspired.  Just as I did with the making of this fabric cover, I imagined what I wanted, I created what I had imagined and discovered–I Can Do This!! :)


OK–now remember that ‘embrace imperfection’ motto?  Do you notice anything WRONG with this picture?  Ummm, yeah, well, things started in the right direction!!  Yes, this is the back side of my journal cover, and it is in fact, sewn upside down!!  LOL!!  It is what it is and like I admitted earlier–I am definitely no sewer!! Imperfection Embraced!! :) :)

The front and back flaps are very simple and serve their purpose of holding this journal cover in place–and yes, the inside front flap is also upside down!!


 And here is the beginning of my very 1st art journal.  I’m really looking forward to creating on the inside of this journal.  I think I’ll probably end up sharing a few pages here and there as 2015 progresses!!  Stay tuned :)

Alrighty then–I’m headed off to Studio L3 now to get this Frayed Fabric creation entered into Compendium of Curiosities Challenge #19!!  It’s open until this coming Friday the 16th @ 11:55mst, so if you’ve got Tim’s CC3, come on over and join in on the fun!!

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



  • Eclectic Elements Fabrics (Tim Holtz/Coates); Muslin; Cotton Batting
  • Stamps:  Classics #1 (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous)
  • Distress Inks & Marker (Tim Holtz/Ranger); StazOn Ink (Tsukineko)
  • Sewing Machine (Kenmore); Self-Healing Cutting Mat; Hand-Held Rotary Cutter (Fiskars);
  • Chit Chat Stickers, Nature Adornments, Pen Nib & Mini Corners (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Matte Gel (Liquitex); Hot Glue Gun; Ink Blending Tools (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Craft Scratcher (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios)