Be You

HELLO!!  Happy Sunday!  Thanks so much for taking a little time out of your holiday weekend (to those of my friends in the U.S.) to join me today for my weekly Artistic Outpost project!!  I’ll keep today’s post short with a super quick and easy, 10 minute card I made using the Wander & Dream set.


Very similar to the ‘Be Yourself’ card I shared a couple of weeks ago, this one is even simpler and has a more modern, Andy Warholishness about it.


I picked 9 different colors of card stock and stamped this image I call ‘Annie’ onto each with Watering Can Archival.  I then punched each image out with my 1 3/4″ square punch and inked the edges.


I adhered the squares to a white card stock panel with double-backed tape and ‘Annie in the center’ was embellished with a mirrored star and a chitchat sticker.


I inked the edges of the finished panel with Watering Can Archival and adhered to a white card base.  That’s it!!  Really, this is truly a 10 minute card and it’s great for any occasion!  I LOVE that when that happens!

See, told ya’ I was going to keep today’s post short!  But I’ll be back tomorrow with my Artistic Outpost Design Teammates as we share creations we’ve made for our monthly Product Focus feature!  Come on back tomorrow to see which category of Artistic Outpost stamps we’re using to inspire you with!!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps: Wander & Dream (Artistic Outpost)
  • White & Colored Cardstocks (PTI)
  • Archival Ink (Ranger)
  • 1 3/4″ Square Punch (Marvy)
  • Mirrored Star & Chitchat Stickers (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Double Backed-Tape (3M)

Our Creative Corner Summer Challenge


Happy July 1st and Welcome to the start of our Summer Challenge at Our Creative Corner!!  The OCC Design Team is taking a holiday of sorts and we’ve split up into a July Inspiration Team and an August Inspiration Team.  I’m here today as a member of the July team to kick-off our TWO month long Summer challenge!!

The July Team is  —  Laura * Julia * Kerstin * Shari (that’s me & you’re here!) * Lys * Trish



We want you to grab any inspiration you like from these wonderfully exotic photographs…

Go for colours, shapes, textures, objects or style.
There is certainly plenty of inspiration to choose from here in this selection of glorious, vivid, colourful photographs.

Join us in the summer holiday mood….!!!


For the next two months, you’ve got this mosaic of bright colors and textures and well, moods of Mexico to inspire you.  Since this is a 2-month long challenge, we will have TWO challenge sponsors to entice your creativity even more!  For 2 of our randomly drawn participants, they have the chance to win a prize from–


Stampington & Company is offering a $20 discount off of anything at Stampington e-Crafting!


Tando Creative is offering a surprise collection of their products!

There’s something else that’s being offered to each participant who enters our 2-month long Mexico Moods Challenge–Stampington & Company is generously donating a $2 voucher at Stampington e-Crafting!!  (limit one voucher per person)

Of course, our Top Mexico Moods Winner will be awarded a future Guest Designer spot here at OCC and we also have our OCC Top 3 Blog Badges to hand out.

Let me get to it then and show you what I made for the occasion–


I made my own mini Mexico Moods canvas board!!  I had all month to look at our inspiration board, and there were several elements of all of the images that I kept going back to.  Besides all of the lovely, bright colors, I was drawn to the decorative riser tiles of the steps, the brightly painted walls & windows and that collection of pottery!!  This is going to be fun!

I don’t have many step-out photos of my process of making this, so this should be fast!


I’ve got a 5″x7″ canvas board that I’ve taped off with painter’s tape and spread a layer of White Embossing Paste over.


I pulled the painter’s tape off and let this air dry.  This is the beginning of my stucco wall.


From a plain stucco wall, to this–WOW, that was fast!!  Behind the scenes, I painted the board with Mermaid Lagoon DP and adhered these glazed tiles that I made out of painted, stamped & heat embossed manila stock.  The ‘window’ is a traced ATC that I painted with DA Carbon Black Fluid Acrylic and then later, gave a rubbing of Pumice Stone DP to.


To make the tiles, I painted a strip of manila stock with Ripe Persimmon DP and heat set.  I found this flower in the Filled with Joy stamp set from PTI and stamped it onto the painted strip with white pigment ink then covered with white embossing powder and heat set.  The centers are made from manila stock that I painted with Mustard Seed DP, punched out and adhered to the center of the embossed flowers.  I used my 1 3/4″ square punch to cut out all of the tiles, then I coated each one with Diamond Glaze.


I created my own window frame by fussy cutting and gluing pieces of manila stock together to form the frame and cross-beams.  I then rubbed the entire window frame into my  Vermilion Archival ink pad to completely saturate in ink, then covered with Red Geranium EP and heat set.  I repeated the embossing again, except I rubbed the embossed window into my Jet Black Archival ink pad and covered again with Red Geranium EP and heat set.


So, do the pots look familiar?  I kind of cheated in making these–I used the photo of the pottery in the mood board to create my pots! ;)

I photo copied and enlarged the image to get templates of each pot.  I cut each copy out and traced onto manila stock and fussy cut.  From there, I painted each pot a little differently with an assortment of Distress Paints and paint brushes, let air dry, then coated with Diamond Glaze.


The cacti that I’ve featured in my mood board is a stamp from the Wander & Dream set and the flowers are some of those itty bitty Tiny Tattered Florals. GOSH-they are small, but they sure are cute!! I made these with copy paper so that I could smoosh them down a little and make sure they were in full contact with the glue that’s holding them in place.


I painted the filigree pieces with Black Soot DP and adhered into place with mini foam dots and matte multi-medium.  I found the quote that I wanted in the Small Talk stickers and cut it into word bands.  I adhered those into place with matte multi-medium and outlined with my Black Soot DM and white gel pen.


The plants in the pots are cut from designer paper (that I receive in magazines from Stampington & Co) using the Garden Greens Bigz die.  I adhered all of the green life in their respective pots and adhered onto the background with a variety of matte multi-medium and foam squares & foam dots.

I hope you like my mini version of the ‘Big Board’.  I do hope you have a visit with my fellow Our Creative Corner July-Mexico Moods Design Team Members–

 Laura * Julia * Kerstin * Lys * Trish

They’ve made some AWESOME creations that I’m sure you’ll Love!!  I hope to see you over at the challenge with your creations-I can’t wait to see where our Mexico Moods inspiration board takes you!!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • 5″x7″ Canvas Board; Manila Stock; Decorative Paper (from issues of The Stamper’s Sampler/Take Ten)
  • Stamps: Wander & Dream (Artistic Outpost); Filled with Joy (PTI)
  • Tiny Tattered Florals Thinlits & Garden Greens Bigz (Tim Holtz/Sizzix); Big Shot Machine (Sizzix)
  • Distress Paints, Inks & Markers (Tim Holtz/Ranger); White Pigment Ink (ColorBox/ClearSnap); White Embossing Powder; Diamond Glaze (Judikins); Archival Ink (Ranger); Red Geranium EP (Wendy Vecchi/Ranger); Frosted Crystals EP (Ranger); White Embossing Paste (Wendy Vecchi); White Gel Pen (Sakura)
  • Metal Filigree Pieces (The Funkie Junkie Boutique); Flower Punch (SU); Small Talk Stickers (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); 1 3/4″ Square Punch (Marvy)
  • Craft Sheet (Ranger); Heat Tool; Embossing Heat Gun; Paint Brushes; Finger Knife (Fiskars); Foam Squares & Mini Dots; Glossy Multi-Medium (Ranger); Painters Tape (3M); Matte Multi-Medium;

Happy 4th of July

Hi There!! Happy Sunday & Happy 4th of July–6 days early!!  I know I’m early, but-as my weekly postings for Artistic Outpost fall on Sunday’s, I didn’t want to miss out on the occasion to create something a little patriotic to celebrate the holiday, which is next Saturday!!  Happy Birthday America!!


I’m not only here with my weekly Artistic Outpost project–I’m also going to send this tag into the latest Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge #31-Layering Stencil/Paint Resist.


CC3 #31 is being sponsored by Inspiration Emporium with a $50 shopping spree that will be awarded to a randomly drawn participant!! COOL!!  Then there’s the awesome Tim & Mario prize package that is awarded to the Curiosity Crew’s Choice!! TOTALLY COOL!!  And don’t forget there’s always a Curiosity Crew’s Honorable Mention badge to be won–EVEN COOLER!!  I call it the CC3 Trifecta–And you’ve got 3 more challenges left to go for it!!


Working from my own copy of Tim’s CC3, I turned to page 47 and went for it!  I can’t share the technique, but I can tell you what I used.  Here is the front side of my #8 manila tag-I used Broken China DSS & Barn Door DS with Picket Fence DP and my Stars Layering Stencil.


This is the backside of my tag, which I kind of experimented on.  I’ve done this LS:PR technique before, but not with one of the Metallic DPs.  Here, I’m using the same colors of stains, but with Brushed Pewter DP.  I like it!!

I just love my water spots!!  I rubbed my tags with Broken China & Barn Door DIs, spritzed & flicked with some water and heat set.  This tag is ready for its patriotic ornamentations!!


I’m using several images from my Hero stamp set.  I started with I stamping the flag image onto tissue paper with Jet Black Archival.  I fussy cut the flag and border part and adhered to the tag with Matte Decou-Page.  I stamped the flag image again onto mixed-media paper and heat embossed with glossy black embossing powder.  I fussy cut the embossed frame and adhered to the tag.


This handsome little soldier was stamped onto mixed-media paper with Jet Black Archival.  I colored him with my Distress Markers and detail water brush, heat set then rubbed with a little bit of Tea Dye DI and my ink blending tool.  I fussy cut him and mounted onto the tag with foam squares.  I outlined him with Walnut Stain DI and my detail water brush, heat set, then outlined again with my white gel pen.


The silver 4 is part of the flag image that I treated separately.  I stamped that section of the image three times onto mixed-media paper and fussy cut.  I glued all of the 4s together then rubbed into my Watering Can Archival ink pad to fully cover with ink.  I quickly dipped into a tub of silver embossing powder and heat set.  I attached the embossed 4 into place then outlined with Walnut Stain DI and my detail water brush, then I outlined again with my white gel pen.


This is a piece of Beautiful Borders die cut that I heat embossed, too.  It’s a piece of manila stock that I rubbed into my Vermilion Archival ink pad to fully saturate with color, on both sides.  Then I immediately covered in Red Geranium EP and heat set.  I repeated this 2 more times.  I attempted to carefully machine stitch this onto the bottom of the tag, but it went a bit askew on me and almost ripped in the machine–I’m lucky there were only a few chips and one slight rip-WHEW!!


Here is what the backside of the finished tag looks like.  You can see the additional border stitching I did–it’s really for this back side, to give it a little oomph.  I distressed the edges of the tag with my paper distresser & inked with Black Soot DI and my ink blending tool.


I stamped the sentiment onto tissue paper with Jet Black Archival, fussy cut, adhered onto the tag with Matte Decou-Page and heat set.  Then I finished the tag with a couple of mirrored stars, a messy seam binding ribbon that I colored with my Broken China & Barn Door DMS, and a typed token attached with a wire pin.

Thanks so much for joining me today!  I’ll be back this week with a 1st of the month posting for Our Creative Corner, then of course I’ll see you next weekend when I’m posting for Artistic Outpost!  Fun stuff ahead!! :) :)

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps: Hero (Artistic Outpost)
  • Surfaces:  #8 Manila Tag (Inkssentials/Ranger); Tissue Paper; Manila Stock; Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore)
  • Distress Stain & Spray Stain, Inks, Paints & Markers (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Ink (Ranger); Wendy Vecchi EP (Ranger); Silver EP (SU); Black EP (WOW); White Gel Pen (Sakura)
  • Beautiful Borders Die (ODBD); Big Shot Machine (Sizzix)
  • Seam Binding (The Funkie Junkie Boutique); Mirrored Stars, Wire Pin, Jump Rings & Typed Token (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Craft Sheet (Ranger); Heat Tool; Embossing Heat Gun; Matte Decou-Page (DecoArt); Paint Brushes; Finger Knife (Fiskars); Sewing Machine (Kenmore)

Live Dreams Everyday 2015

Hi There!! Happy Thursday!!  Today is just a quick post to share some exciting news that happened to me this month!!



In late 2013, a few months after I started blogging, I submitted a batch of miscellaneous cards to The Stamper’s Sampler.  Why Not?-was my thought behind submitting–I don’t know, if I don’t try.  So, off went a bunch of cards.  Boy, was I surprised when one of those cards made it to the pages of the Summer 2015 issue of Somerset Studio Gallery!!

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This is one of the cards, two years later, in the pages of a Stampington & Co publication!  I’m STOKED!!  Thank You Stampington!!

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This is also a card that I featured here at Ain’t That Artsy Fartsy back on October 2, 2013–Live Dreams Everyday.

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I won’t go into the details of how I made this card–it’s all in the original post, but it is fun to revisit these pictures :)

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So, if you’ve ever had an inkling to submit to your favorite craft magazines-DO IT!!  Why Not? You won’t know if you’ll get published, unless you try!!  :)

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This was a nice stroll down creative memory lane.  I hope you enjoyed this look back with me and I hope you consider submitting your own creations to your favorite crafting magazines.  You won’t know, unless you try!!  :) :)

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


Yuletide Greetings in June

Happy Wednesday!!  Yes, I know!  A reference to December/Winter/Holidays in June?  You’re saying-“Are You Crazy?!  It just turned Summer!!”  Well, as quickly as these first 6 months of 2015 flew by, add 6 more months and it’s Christmas Eve!!  ;)

Today, I’m here with my Artistic Outpost Design Teammies as we have our first Holiday-themed Blog Hop of the year!!  We’ve created projects using stamps found in the Holidays stamp category at the AO Store–Hop along with us!!

Terry * Tracy * Me (you’re here) * Kate * Gerrie * Lisa


I decorated a short pillar candle with images from the Midwinter and Snowy Woods stamp sets and set it atop a rusted base I made with one of the Beautiful Borders dies from Our Daily Bread Designs.


I started with stamping this snowy creek scene from the Midwinter set onto tissue paper with Jet Black Archival.  I used my Broken China DM to color the creek on the rear side of the tissue, then adhered to the candle with matte multi-medium.


Oh, this snowflake is fun!  This picture really shows the detail of those little micro beads-COOL!!  There are two of these snowflakes on this candle–I treated them with a coat of gesso and let air dry.  Then I gave each a spray of adhesive and dipped into clear micro beads and let air dry again.  Once dry, I dripped Aqua Adirondack AI onto the beads to color them, then I sealed with a spray of clear coat.


Some of the behind the scenes things I did was coat the candle with DA Media Crackle Glaze.  Then I brushed DA Media Gold Interference over the candle and when that dried, I rubbed the candle with Vintage Photo & Walnut Stain DIs and my ink blending tool.


This image of Father Christmas is from the Snowy Woods set and he was stamped onto mixed-media paper with Sepia Archival Ink.  I fussy cut him and attached to the candle with a couple of little dots of hot glue.  The stand is two pieces of Beautiful Borders stitched together and rusted with Rusting Powder.  The sentiment is from the Midwinter set and I stamped it onto tissue paper with Jet Black archival and glued into place with matte multi-medium.

There you go-A simple little holiday home décor piece or gift, made in a couple of hours (includes drying times) ready 6 months ahead of time!  Thanks for stopping by on our Artistic Outpost Design Team Holiday Blog Hop today!  Here’s the line-up one more time–

Terry * Tracy * Me (you’re here) * Kate * Gerrie * Lisa

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps: Midwinter & Snowy Woods (Artistic Outpost)
  • Beautiful Borders Die (ODBD); Big Shot Machine (Sizzix)
  • Tissue Paper; Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore)
  • Matte Multi-Medium (Ranger); Archival Inks (Ranger); Distress Markers, Inks & Paint (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Rusting Powder (Crafty Notions UK); Gesso (Dina Wakely/Ranger); Spray Adhesive (3M); Hot Glue Gun; Clear Coat (Rustoleum)
  • Laser Cut Wood Snowflakes; Clear Micro Beads; Jute Twine

Dad, You’re a Keeper!

Hi There!! Happy Monday!!  I had to wait until today to share the card that I made for my Dad for Father’s Day.  He reads my blog, so I couldn’t share this until after he received it! ;) :)


I got the idea for my card from my bloggy friend Deb at Paxton Valley Folk Art.  She created the best Father’s Day banner that inspired the card that I made for my Dad!  Thanks, Deb!!


This is my Dad!! He likes to fish!!  What’s that saying–A bad day fishing is better than a good day at work? ;) :)

 I copied this picture onto a piece of sticky back canvas in black & white, and although this picture got completely washed out, I rubbed the sticky back canvas with Tea Dye Distress Ink to age it a bit.


I created a few rusty stars with die cut pieces of manila stock treated with Rusting Powder.  I used this sentiment from the Keeper set from Artistic Outpost.  I stamped it onto kraft glassine with Jet Black Archival, fussy cut the words and crinkled those little strips into leathery-like bands.


I used Letter Labels to spell out Dad and attached the smallest rusted star that I have.  I added lots of stitching, mainly to hide the bad sewing I did on the banner itself!! ;)


My Dad isn’t a fly fisherman, but I didn’t have any little fishing lures to add as embellies like Deb has on her banner, so I had to compromise and ‘tied’ this fly myself using a few feathers, jute twine and a paper clip.   It’s hard to see, but I colored the ‘hook’ with Butterscotch Adirondack AI and I attached to the banner with a dot of hot glue.


I didn’t have a hanger to attach this banner to, so, I turned it into a card.  I created a card base the same size as this banner, and sewed it onto the card.  It’s quite sturdy and stands on its own without any warping!!

Thanks so much for starting your crafty week with me!  It’s almost time for the monthly Artistic Outpost DT Blog Hop, so I’ll be back in a couple of days to share the project that I made!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Checkered Cotton Fabric & Batting (My Stash); Kraft Glassine (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Manila Stock; Sticky Back Canvas (Claudine Hellmuth/Ranger); Burlap Paper; Blue Card Stock (PTI)
  • Copy Machine (I’ve got a Canon MX870 for home use); Sewing Machine (Kenmore); Cricut Cutting System; George & Basic Shape Cartridge
  • Distress Ink (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Ink (Ranger); Rusting Powder (Crafty Notions UK); Vinegar; Adirondack Alcohol Ink (Tim Holtz/Ranger)
  • Jute Twine; Feathers; Paper Clip; Matte Multi-Medium (Ranger)

Bursts of Spring

HELLO & HAPPY FATHER’S DAY & HAPPY 1ST DAY OF SUMMER!!  I’m here today wearing my Artistic Outpost apron, with my weekly AO project, but I’ll try to keep today’s post short, so ya’ll can get out and celebrate the day!!  :)


I’m featuring images from one of our New Release sets-Springtime, on a background panel that I created using the new Ken Oliver Color Bursts!  Let me show you a few pics that I took when creating the background.


Here’s how my background started out.  A piece of mixed-media paper that I’ve placed a few strips of tissue tape on.  I’m going to use Orange & Violet Color Bursts to create a sunshiny, Summery backdrop.


I’m using my Andy Skinner Sunbursts stencil with Mustard Seed DP.  I used a little finger dabber thingy and dabbed the paint through the stencil.


Oh, isn’t that fun?!  I love this sunburst stencil!  I’m expecting some resist of the Color Bursts over the tissue tape, and I’m hoping the stenciled sunburst doesn’t get lost.


Oh, that’s cool!!  I sprinkled the Orange CB on top, and the Violet CB on the bottom, spritzed with water and let the Color Bursts do their thing.  When I was happy with all of the wicking and blending, I heat set.


This is a scrap panel of mixed-media paper that I used to sop up all of the extra Color Bursts that were on my craft sheet.  I’ll use a little portion of it for this card and save the rest for another time!  Another little prepared surface for a future project ;) :)


Here’s a little piece of that panel in use right now!  I stamped this quote, found in Springtime, in Jet Black Archival and fussy cut.  I mounted that onto black card stock and adhered to the panel.  I outlined it with Walnut Stain DI and my water brush then outlined again with my white gel pen.


I stamped this image of the kids onto the panel directly and onto a piece of mixed-media paper in Jet Black Archival.  I outlined the stamped kids on the panel with Walnut Stain DI and my water brush.  I fussy cut the other stamped image and adhered on top of the outlined image on the panel, then outlined again with my white gel pen.


Before I had adhered the top layer pieces into place, I treated the panel with random swipes of paint with a gift card.  I used Seedless Preserves, Mustard Seed & Black Soot DPs with the side of the gift card, but then I added a few dots of Black Soot DP and Translucent White DA Acrylic with a pencil eraser.  When the panel was dry with everything securely in place, I distressed the edges with my paper distresser and inked the edges with Black Soot DI and my ink blending tool and attached to a mustard yellow card base.

This card was fun and easy to make and looks so much more complicated than what it is!  I just love that when that happens!

Thanks so much for joining me today–There are going to be a few creative posts coming up this week, so I do hope you’ll be back for a visit!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps-Springtime (Artistic Outpost)
  • Surfaces: Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore); Black Stock (Core’dinations)
  • Color Bursts (Ken Oliver); Distress Paint, Ink & Markers (Tim Holtz/Ranger); White Gel Pen (Sakura)
  • Tissue Tape (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Sunburst Stencil (Andy Skinner/Tando Creative)
  • Old Gift Card; Pencil Eraser; Paper Distresser (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios); Craft Sheet (Ranger); Heat Tool; Finger Dabber; Water Brush; Finger Knife (Fiskars); Matte Multi-Medium (Ranger)