Love Deputy

That’s Right, Pardnahs….There’s a new Deputy in town and they call her….



Mosey on over to the Artistic Outpost Blog today or else this Love Deputy will be hot on your heels with a Love Citation!!

Hope to see you there!!  Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps:  Cowgirl Strength & Secretary Pool (Artistic Outpost)
  • Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore); Pink Card Stock (PTI); Shrink Plastic (Inkssentials/Ranger)
  • Merlot Color Burst (Ken Oliver); Black & White Pigment Inks (ColorBox); Clear Embossing Powder (Ranger); White Embossing Powder; Distress Ink & Stain (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Translucent Embossing Paste (Wendy Vecchi); Twinkling H2Os; Diamond Glaze (Judikins); White Gel Pen (Sakura); Alcohol Ink (Studio2)
  • Inky Hearts Stencil (Stencil Girl)
  • Finger Knife (Fiskars); Sewing Machine (Kenmore); Heart Punches (SU)

Pocket Letters Challenge at The Portal

HELLO & HAPPY MONDAY, again!!  I swear, after this posting, things will be going back to ‘normal’ here at Ain’t That Artsy Fartsy–Whatever that may be!!  But I’m back, quickly, wearing my Team Inspire hat to help kick-off our February Challenge–Pocket Letters, at the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity.


We’re doing something different with our challenges, beginning this month–Instead of sharing all of the DT creations on the first day of a new challenge, we’re going to share 1/2 of the DTeam’s creations on Day One, then have a second posting around the middle of the month to share the rest of the DT’s creations.  I will be back around February 15th or so with my Team Inspire Pocket Letter creation–but I’ll leave you with a little sneak peek…


I’m really looking forward to coming back in a couple of weeks to share, what is my first attempt, at making a Pocket Letter.  When the challenge theme came up for February, I had to ask my DTmates-‘What’s a Pocket Letter?’  Well, now I know and they’re pretty neat!

Our Team Inspire Pocket Letters Challenge runs at The Portal beginning today through February 25th, so you’ve got plenty of time to create your own Pocket Letter and enter it for a chance to win a Lost Coast Designs/Carmen’s Veranda gift certificate.  Hope to see your Pocket Letter projects!!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!


Sew, Sew, Sew at Our Creative Corner

HAPPY MONDAY & HAPPY FEBRUARY!!  It’s time to introduce our new challenge theme at Our Creative Corner and it’s ‘Sew’ Fun!!

My OCC DTmate Jan, is our Challenge Hostess for the month and here’s her challenge to us for February–


Fabrics, wool, threads, lace – this month’s challenge is all about texture, layers and loveliness!  What scraps have you got hidden away?  Any snippets of favourite clothes you can’t bare to part with?  Anything sewing related can be used in your piece.  You could use stitches, sewing machine or fake stitches.  Don’t forget to get out your sewing themed stamps and dies.  Have fun and create something! 

I “SEW” LOVE Jan’s theme this month and might have gone Sew-Happy with my project–


–I’ve got machine stitching all over the place!!  But, before I go into the details of how I made this little wall hanging, let me tell you–Our Challenge Sponsor this month is…


Darkroom Door will be awarding one randomly drawn participant a Darkroom Door Rubber Stamp Set of their choice ($31.95 AUD value).  Jan will also award her Top Winner with a future Guest Designer spot at Our Creative Corner and her Top 3 favs will be awarded OCC Blog Badges.  Take a looksee at our Challenge Rules for additional details.

Now, back to my very rustic wall hanging….


I started by pre-cutting and staining pieces of muslin with Distress Stains.  These greens are for the stem and leaves…


…and these yellows are for the Sunflower head.


I’m using a lovely Sunflower themed PaperArtsy stamp set by Lin Brown (ELB24).  I stamped the flower head and stem onto the stained fabrics with Jet Black Archival.  I had fussy cut the lighter green stem and leaves and adhered onto the darker green panel.

I ran the stamped fabric through my sewing machine to add a stitched outline to the images then carefully fussy cut.  OH–something that I did with the pieces of fabric before sewing & fussy cutting was, strengthen the fabric with fusible interfacing.  I was worried that the fabric wouldn’t stand up to all of the machine stitching, so I ironed on pieces of fusible interfacing to make the fabric more sturdy.


I forgot to take pictures while I was stamping and assembling the wall hanging part itself–I was ‘sew’ in the zone!! ;)


I stamped and machine stitched the front and back pieces of muslin, then colored in a little bit with the same Distress Stains I used to stain the fabric with.  I sandwiched a piece of cotton batting between the layers of muslin, added the three hanger pieces, and stitched the two panels together.


I adhered the Sunflower onto the panel with matte Decou-Page.


I stamped the sentiment onto a piece of muslin with Jet Black Archival and stitched onto another piece of fabric that I had stained with Black Soot DS and adhered to the panel.


I’ve been waiting for just the right inspiration (and motivation) to make something to specifically hang on this cool hangar, and Jan’s Sew, Sew, Sew Challenge theme happened!  The wooden bobbin and bell pull hangar were sent to me by my Artsy Fartsy Crafty Friend-Deb, from Paxton Valley Folk Art.  She creates the coolest banners and when she shares them on her blog, she displays them on this same bobbin/hangar set-up.  Just love it–so simple and clever!!  Thanks again, Deb!! :)

Thanks so much for coming ’round again!  It’s been blogging busy here at Ain’t That Artsy Fartsy, but things are about to calm down, now that the 1st of the month has hit.  I’ll be back one more time before the day is out, so I hope you’ll hang with me, for just a little bit longer?!  I’ll be back soon!!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Cotton Muslin Fabric; Fusible Interfacing; Cotton Batting
  • Stamps:  Lin Brown ELB24 (PaperArtsy)
  • Archival Ink (Ranger); Distress Stains (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Matte Decou-Page (Deco-Art); Black Enamel (Ranger)
  • Sewing Machine (Kenmore); Fabric Scissors (Fiskars); Craft Scratcher (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios); Detail Paint Brush

Get a Man

HELLO HELLO HELLO!!  Happy Sunday!!  WOW, it’s been a busy weekend here at Ain’t That Artsy Fartsy!!  Lots of end of month/first of month creations flying through the ethernet and today is no exception–I’m here with my weekly sneak peek for the Artistic Outpost Blog


I’m trying to get a little bit ahead on making things for Valentine’s Day, so I have another sweetheart themed project to share with you using our Cowgirl Strength stamp set.  Come on over to the Artistic Outpost Blog and see what I created this week–Hope to see you there!!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps:  Cowgirl Strength (Artistic Outpost)
  • Fluid Acrylic Paints (DecoArt Media); Distress Ink (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Pigment Ink (ColorBox); Clear Embossing Powder (Ranger); Black Modeling Paste (DecoArt Media); Twinkling H20s; White Gel Pen (Sakura)
  • Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore); Black Card Stock (Core’dinations); Purple Card Stock (PTI)
  • Hearts Stencil (Tim Holtz/SA)
  • Palette Knife; Finger Knife (Fiskars); Sewing Machine (Kenmore); Matte Decou-Page (DecoArt); Scissors; Brayer (Ranger); Round Paint Brush; Water Brush; Pencil w/eraser; Gift Card

Happy Happy, Joy Joy

HAPPY SATURDAY!!  I’ve got a little sneaky peek of my quickie project at Lost Coasters Review for you today—


Just look at that face!!  Happy Happy, Joy Joy says it all!!  Hope to see you there!!

Until  next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!

Cracked Party Cat

HAPPY HAPPY FRIDAY!!  I’m here for Day 12 of our New Stamps Showcase at the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity.  Today, I’m showcasing one of the new images released in December–Cracked Party Cat, to get us in that TGIF mood!!


Such a fun image–so playful with that little present in its paws-This kitty is a party animal!!  Let me show you how I got this party started!! :) :)


I’ve made a few master boards in advance, so when I don’t feel like making a background panel right then and there, I can pull out one of my previously created master boards to use.  For this MB, I’m using acrylics from PaperArtsy & DecoArt and I added some stenciling with white gesso for texture.


I cut out a piece of MB that’s about 4″ x 5.25″ to use for my background.  I roughed up the edges with my paper distresser then ran through my sewing machine to add the stitched border.  I also added a couple of paint lines with Black Soot DP using an old gift card.


 I fussy cut and glued all of the kitty pieces together.


I water colored the rest of the image and adhered to the center of the panel with matte Decou-Page.  I stamped the cat onto the background panel first, so I wouldn’t lose the detail of the whiskers, tail and feather.


 I made the Happy Birthday word bands using our Misc Words stamp.


The stamp measures 6″ x 7″ and contains lots of words.  I just mask off the words I need before inking it up, remove the masks then press my paper onto the stamp itself.


I added the word bands to the card and mounted the finished panel onto a piece of black card stock then attached to a pink card base.  Talk about ready to PARTY!!  Such a fun and festive card, if I don’t say so myself! ;)

Thanks so much for coming by today and having a looksee at what I did with just a couple of the New Images available at Lost Coast Designs.  I’ll be back tomorrow, over at the Lost Coasters Review Blog, so I hope to see you again soon!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps:  Cracked Party Cat & Misc Words (Lost Coast Designs)
  • Paints: Bougainvillea & Caribbean Blue Chalk Acrylics (PaperArtsy); Yellow & Pink Crafters Acrylic (DecoArt); White Gesso (DecoArt Media); Distress Paint (Tim Holtz/Ranger)
  • Archival Ink & Clear Embossing Powder (Ranger); Distress Markers (Tim Holtz/Ranger)
  • Burlap Stencil (Tim Holtz/SA); Dots Stencil (Wendy Vecchi)
  • Brayer (Ranger); Sewing Machine (Kenmore); Heat Tool; Finger Knife (Fiskars); Paper Distresser (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios); Palette Knife; Paint Dabbers; Matte Decou-Page (DecoArt)

Cowgirl Valentine

Hi There!!  Happy Sunday!!  I’m here today with my weekly sneaky peek for Artistic Outpost


Such hypnotizing eyes–They draw you right in!!  You feel the need to head over to the Artistic Outpost Blog and see what she wants of you… ;) :)

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps:  Cowgirl Strength, The Outpost, Ephemera Backgrounds & Kudzu Kafe (Artistic Outpost)
  • Mixed-Media Paper (that I coffee stained myself) (Strathmore); Black Stock (Core’dinations); Red, Burgundy & Pink Stock (TPI); Tissue Paper; White Tulle
  • White Gesso (Dina Wakely/Ranger); Distress Paints & Markers (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Ink & Clear Embossing Powder (Ranger); Twinkling H2Os (Splash of Color); Matte Decou-Page (DecoArt); Translucent White Acrylic (DecoArt Media)
  • Tattered Florals Bigz Die (Tim Holtz/Sizzix); Big Shot Machine (Sizzix); Hearts Stencil (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous); Heirloom Roses (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Palette Knife; Finger Knife (Fiskars); Paint Brush; Heat Tool; Hot Glue Gun