Saved from a Rainy Day

Hi There!! Happy Sunday!!  I’m posting for Artistic Outpost today and I’m so glad that I ran across this card in my ‘finished’ stack, because it’s one I made for our Spring New Release back in May that I haven’t shared yet!


Oh these kids, I just love them–they’re so sweet with the boy holding the umbrella over the little girl!  I’m using images from our Springtime and The Outpost stamp sets in today’s card.


This image of these gelli prints may look familiar-it’s from from one of my New Release postings in June (In The Rain).  These are two gelli print backgrounds made with DA Crafters Acrylics in Daffodil Yellow & Turquoise and DAM Translucent White fluid acrylic.


For today’s card, I’m using the panel on the left with the Flourish LS imprint that didn’t take too well.  You can barely see some of the design from the stencil, but I’m totally OK with that.  I really like this panel for what I call the ‘splotchiness’ of colors.


I stamped the house & tree image found in The Outpost set, onto the panel with Jet Black Archival.  I stamped the script image randomly across the background with Mustard Seed DI and applied strips of Sketchbook tissue tape here and there.  I used an old gift card to add the lines of paint.  The house image was stamped separately onto a painted panel of stock with Jet Black Archival and fussy cut.


I stamped the children from the Springtime set onto the background panel and onto a separate piece of stock with Jet Black Archival and fussy cut.  Even though you can see the stamped image behind them, like a shadow, I still outlined them with Walnut Stain DI and my water brush.  I stamped the umbrella separately with Mustard Seed DI, heat embossed with clear embossing powder and fussy cut.


Using Jet Black Archival, I stamped the quote several times onto tissue paper and fussy cut.  I also stamped the quote again onto white card stock and fussy cut.  I adhered the tissue paper quotes to the border with matte multi-medium and I mounted the card stock quotes onto black card stock and adhered onto the panel with matte multi-medium.  I finished the panel by inking the edges with Black Soot DI and  a splattering of Black Soot DP over the entire surface with a round water color brush.

I hope you enjoyed today’s visit back to Spring, maybe back to memories of cooler temperatures and rain and cooler temperatures?! I could use some cooler temps right about now!  We’re back into the triple digits for this 1st weekend of August, Summer is firmly replanted into place!!

OH–Speaking of 1st’s…Tomorrow is the first Monday of the month, which means I’ll be back for our Product Focus feature!  Hope ya’ll can come back for a visit!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps: Springtime & The Outpost (Artistic Outpost)
  • Crafters Acrylics (DecoArt); Distress Paint & Inks (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Ink (Ranger); Fluid Acrylic (DecoArt Media)
  • Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore); Tissue Paper; White Card Stock (PTI); Black Card Stock (Core’dinations)
  • Gelli Plate (Gelli Arts); Brayer (Ranger); Clear Embossing Powder (WOW); Matte Multi-Medium
  • Heat Tool; Craft Sheet; Heat Embossing Gun; Finger Knife (Fiskars); Ink Blending Tool; Gift Card; Round WC Paint Brush; Water Brush

Our Creative Corner Summer Challenge-Month 2

HAPPY SATURDAY & HELLO AUGUST!!  Welcome to our 2nd month of our Summer Challenge at Our Creative Corner!!


Our August Design Team is up with their tantalizing takes on our inspiration board and theme.  Have a visit at my fellow OCC Design Team member’s blogs for their project details–

Claudia * Laurie * Candice * Ana * Jan



We want you to grab any inspiration you like from these wonderfully exotic photographs…Go for colors, shapes, textures, objects or style.  There is certainly plenty of inspiration to choose from here in this selection of glorious, vivid and colorful photographs.  Join us in the Summer holiday mood!!

We’ll have 2 Tando Creative Sponsor Spotlights from two of our August Summer Challenge Teammies, our Special Guest Designer feature will be on August 22nd, and as this is a two month challenge, we have two times the sponsors!!


Stampington is offering one of our randomly chosen participants a $20 gift certificate to their e-crafting online store!


Tando Creative has donated a surprise selection of their fabulous products to another one of our randomly chosen entrants!

And that’s not all!!  Everyone who participates in our Summer Challenge, will receive a $2 voucher from Stampington to use at their e-crafting online store!  Thank You Stampington!! 

So, come on and fiesta with us!!  Our Summer Challenge will close on Friday, August 28th (11:55pm) GST.  Let’s see where our Mexico Moods board takes you!!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!


My Big-S Altered Surface

Hi There! Happy Friday!!   I have to say Thank You & Welcome to my new followers!!  I’m so happy that you’ve joined me and I hope you enjoy your visits!!  Today, I’m ending the week and the month with my entry into the second to last challenge for Compendium of Curiosities  3 – Challenge #33 and it’s Tim’s Altered Surfaces technique found on page 45 in Volume 3 of Tim’s Compendium of Curiosities.


This next-to-the-last challenge is sponsored by Inspiration Emporium with a $50 gift certificate awarded to one luckily drawn random participant.  YAY!  There’s also the chance for one entrant to be the Curiosity Crew’s Honorable Mention-Double YAY!  And then there’s the very cool Curiosity Crew’s Choice winner who’ll be awarded a prize package donated by Tim & Mario themselves!!  Triple YAY!!

Now, let me show you My Big-S Altered Surface–


See–It’s a ‘Big S’!!  Well, it’s about 4″ x 6″ and the canvas it’s on is 5″ x 7″, so not all that big!! ;) :)

As this is a technique based challenge, I can’t show you how to achieve the Altered Surfaces effect itself, but I can show you some of the things I did to get ready to use the technique.

I started with a wood ‘S’ that I sealed and painted and sealed and painted and sealed and painted some more with Dylusions Black Marble Acrylic Paint and DecoArt Media Ultra-Matte Varnish, with lots of thorough air drying between layers.  Although my surface is non-porous, per se, the wood grain is still there.  This will effect the Altered Surfaces technique in the long run, but, overall, I’m OK with the success:failure ratio on this project :)

Between the layers of painting and sealing my ‘Big-S’, I worked on the canvas panel that my ‘Big-S’ will be mounted on.  I actually attempted a gelli print onto this canvas panel–none of the stenciled designs came through, but I sure do like how the color transferred.  I’m using PaperArtsy Fresco Chalk Acrylics in Caribbean Sea & Tangerine Twist and DecoArt Media Translucent White Acrylic for the gelli print.  I sprayed DAM Turquoise & White Shimmer Mists over the top edge, spritzed a bit with water, and let run down the panel.

I built up layers of stenciling, paint lines & paint cap circles, then stamped the text circle from the Artiste Make Art set from RedLead somewhat strategically around the ‘S’.  I wanted the words to show through just right around my ‘Big S’.  Oh, that’s Andy Skinner’s Sunburst stencil used with Tangerine Twist.


I painted a really rough outline around the traced ‘S’.  I wanted most of the shadow in place when I mounted my ‘Big S’ onto the canvas board.


I used Mermaid Lagoon, Twisted Citron & Mustard Seed Distress Paints for my Altered Surface colors, to try to match the paint colors I used on the canvas.  If the surface of my ‘Big S’ was smooth, there would be more black spaces exposed, but as I mentioned, the wood grain was going to effect how this technique looks on my project, but I like it!  There’s a little extra roughness and grunginess to it, I think ;)

So, I’m off to get my ‘Big S’ into Studio L3’s CC3 #33 Challenge, before it closes tonight at 11:55pm MST.  I’ll be back throughout this weekend with beginning of the month postings and my end of the week project for Artistic Outpost–Lots of stuff happening here!  Ya’ll come back now, ya’ hear!? ;) :)

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Unfinished Wood Letter S; 5″ x 7″ Canvas Board
  • Distress Paints & Ink (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Fresco Chalk Acrylics (PaperArtsy); Shimmer Misters, Ultra Matte Varnish & Fluid Acrylic (DecoArt Media);
  • Sunburst Stencil (Andy Skinner/Tando Creative); Stamps: Artiste Make Art (RedLead Paperworks); Gift Card; Paint Cap; Craft Sheet (Ranger); Matte Decou-Page (DecoArt); Diamond Glaze (Judikins)
  • Paint Brushes; Brayer; Gelli Plate (Gelli Arts); Heat Tool

My July Tim Tag

Hi There!! Happy Tuesday!! Thanks for joining me today as I share my Tim Tag for July!!  We all know what Tim’s Tag looks like–


Perfectly patriotic for our July 4th holiday earlier this month here in the U.S.!  I don’t have any of those fun images, but I do have some other seasonal Mini-Blueprints stamps, so I did a 3 month fast forward to Halloween instead :)


We had Fall-like weather this weekend with stormy skies, thunder & lightning and sporadic downpours of rain–It was fun and put me in the mood for Halloween!


I gathered up some of my supplies to make this month’s tag.


I’m using a jumbo tag for my version that I covered with a piece of this seasonal collage paper stash.


These Halloween images are in the Mini Blueprints #7 set and just like Tim, I stamped them onto Distress WC paper with Jet Black Archival.  These images are a bit tall, so that’s why I’m using a jumbo tag.  I did a quickie placement of the stamps onto a #8 manila tag and realized they wouldn’t all fit.


I water colored my images with Distress Markers, then rubbed the Distress Micro Glaze over the images and buffed away.  I used Ripe Persimmon, Mustard Seed & Dusty Concord as my background colors.


I inked the ripped edges of the images with Walnut Stain DI and adhered onto the tag.  I then snipped off any extra paper and ran through my sewing machine to add that rough stitched border.  I distressed the edges with my paper distresser and inked the edges with more Walnut Stain DI and my ink blending tool.


I’m using Spiced Marmalade & Dusty Concord DMs to ink my seam binding.  This is a great technique for creating a two-toned ribbon!  I LOVE this technique!!


I don’t have the vial labels that Tim used on his tag, but I improvised with one of his enameled tags that I painted with Black Soot DP.  Now, I also ran out of my sheet of black remnant rubs from the Apothecary set and only have the sheet of white rubs left–That’s why I painted the tag black.  Otherwise, you wouldn’t be able to see the words on the white background.

I spritzed Black Soot DM over the entire tag with my air art tool and heat set thoroughly.  DSC07911

I had to get a close-up of this mirrored star.  I love the matte areas where the Black Soot DP settled.


I topped my tag with my colored seam binding, which blended wonderfully when spritzed with water and heat set.  I also stained some cheesecloth with Black Soot DSS and ran that through with the seam binding.  I added a type charm with the letter ‘H’ for Halloween.


I’m headed over to Tim’s blog right now and get this entered, before the clock strikes midnight on the 31st!  Hey–that’s still 3 days away!! I’m ‘early’ for once, not sliding in right under the wire!  WHEW, that feels good!!

Thanks so much for coming by today!  I have a plan to be back before the end of the week with one last July challenge project (due on the 31st), so I hope you come back for that!  Gosh, I hope I can make that!! :)

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Jumbo Manila Tag (The Funkie Junkie Boutique); Distress Watercolor Paper (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Seasonal Collage Paper Stash 8×8 (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Distress Inks, Markers, Paint, Micro Glaze, Spray Stain (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Ink (Ranger)
  • Mirrored Star, Type Charm, Enameled Tag & Mini Numerals (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Seam Binding (The Funkie Junkie Boutique); Cheesecloth
  • Craft Sheet (Ranger); Heat Tool; Sewing Machine (Kenmore); Craft Scissors; Glue Stick; Air Art Tool (Artworx)

Departing for Destination Inspiration at A Vintage Journey

Hi There!  I’m only stopping in here quickly today, as I’m on the go for A Vintage Journey, dashing towards the 4th Terminal of this month’s Destination Inspiration.


I’m departing from our Destination Inspiration Terminal 4 with only the bare essentials packed in my overnight bag–


Product: Any “Classics” Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Stamps; Technique: Shabby Chic as found in CC1, Page 49; Color: Antique Linen; Substrate: Tag

You’ll find out more about how I used this month’s DI crafting necessities at A Vintage Journey–Take a detour and sit a spell with me as you enjoy watching the creative scenery go by.

Hope to see you there!!


These Things Are fun

HELLO HELLO HELLO!!  Thanks for popping in with me on this Sunday!  I’m here with my weekly project for Artistic Outpost and I’ve brought out a set of AO stamps that I haven’t played worked created with for a while-Think & Wonder ;) :)


Isn’t this a fun set?  I just love the nostalgic children and the quotes are fabulous!!


I’m using the ‘Cocoa Boy’ image for today’s card on a background panel that’s from a master board that I created using my 8″ x 10″ gelli plate.  Let me show you a little bit of what I did behind the scenes!


This is set #3 of Lin Brown’s limited edition paint collection from PaperArtsy that I found through a U.S. distributor called Frantic Stamper.  I’m going to use Caribbean Sea, Bougainvillea & Banana for today’s gelli print, with a dot or two of Translucent White DA Media Acrylic thrown in there for good measure ;)


I rolled all of the paints together using my brayer, then I pressed my Harlequin LS into the wet paint.  I used a piece of 9″ x 12″ piece of mixed-media paper to lift the print off of the gelli plate and let air dry.


The panel I’m using for today’s card measures 3.75″ x 5″.  I stamped cocoa boy onto the panel with Jet Black Archival and heat set.


I used a gift card and paint cap to add the messy paint lines and circles.  I distressed the edges with my paper distresser then inked the edges with Black Soot DI and my ink blending tool.


I outlined cocoa boy with Black Soot DI and my water brush in preparation for a fussy cut one who will be added later.


I decided to add another light layer of Harlequin stenciling with Pumice Stone DI.


After lifting the stencil, I gently rubbed my finger across the freshly stenciled Harlequin design so there would be a more ghostly effect in the background.


Oh, here’s my lovely little fussy cut cocoa boy!  I stamped him separately onto a piece of mixed-media paper and colored with my Distress Markers and water brush.  I fussy cut him with my finger knife and adhered onto the panel with matte Decou-Page.  When set into place, I added an outline with white gel pen.


I stamped the quote onto mixed-media paper with Jet Black Archival and heat set.  I coated with matte Decou-Page and let air dry.  Then I brushed on a layer of DA Media Crackle Glaze and let air dry.  I cut the words out into their little strips, then brushed each word band with a layer of DA Media Patina Green Antiquing Cream.  When dry, I used a damp cotton cloth to wipe away the excess and reveal the color left in the crackles.


Before adhering the words bands onto the panel, I outlined each one with Black Soot DP.  I adhered onto the panel with matte Decou-Page and let air dry.  When they were set, I outlined with Black Soot DI and my water brush and my white gel pen.


  I masked off the boy and flicked paint over the surface with a stiff paint brush and heat set then attached the finished panel to a magenta-pinkish top fold card base.  I left any extra embellishments off this time to let the colors of the background and the stamped images take center stage.

Thanks so much for having a visit with me today!  I’ll be back before the weekend is out with a posting for A Vintage Journey.  I hope you come back and join me for that!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps:  Think & Wonder (Artistic Outpost)
  • Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore)
  • Fresco Chalk Finish Acrylics (Paper Artsy); Crackle Glaze, Antiquing Cream, White Acrylic (DecoArt Media); Archival Ink (Ranger); Distress Ink, Markers & Paints (Tim Holtz/Ranger)
  • Gelli Plate (Gelli Arts); Brayer (Ranger); Paper Distresser (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studio); Ink Blending Tool; Finger Knife (Fiskars); Paint Brushes
  • Gift Card; Paint Cap; Craft Sheet (Ranger); Heat Tool; White Gel Pen (Sakura); Water Brush; Double-Backed Tape (3M)

Country Life at Artistic Outpost

HELLO HELLO HELLO!!   I’m here today, with my fellow Artistic Outpost Design Teammies, on our monthly AO DT Blog Hop!  This month, we’re featuring creations made using images from the Country Life category of stamps found at the Artistic Outpost Store.  Come on and hop along with us–

Tracy * Terry * Shari (you’re here) * Lisa

Two of our Teammates are sitting this Blog Hop out, but you can always go over to see what Gerrie and Kate have been up to anyway!  In the meantime, while you’re here, let me show you what I made for today’s Country Life Blog Hop–


I’ve created two rustic ATCs using our Home and The Outpost sets of stamps.  Believe me, it took all of my willpower to not grab my favorite Country Life themed set of stamps-Kudzu Kafe!! ;) :)


This is the only ‘before’ picture of my ATCs that I took.  I took two sheets of this wood grained paper from my ODBD Rustic Beauty paper pad, and covered both sides of the ATCs with it.  I then whitewashed the surfaces with Picket Fence DP that I watered down and brushed on.


This image is found in The Outpost set-I stamped it onto tissue paper with Jet Black Archival and adhered to the ATC with matte Decou-Page.  I heat set, then brushed a coat of DA Crackle Glaze over the surface and let air dry.  When the crackle was dry, I brushed on DA English Red Oxide Antiquing Cream and let air dry.


When the antiquing cream was dry, I gently wiped the ATC surface with a damp cotton cloth to expose all of those wonderful cracks!!  I twisted a piece of rusty wire into a heart shape and glued into place on the windmill with matte Decou-Page.

I stamped the quote onto kraft glassine with Jet Black Archival and heat set.  Then I crumpled the kraft glassine, smoothed out and fussy cut the words.  I adhered the strips into place with little dots of matte Decou-Page and let air dry.  When the words were dry, I outlined with Walnut Stain DI and my water brush, then outlined again with my white gel pen.


This second ATC was made the same, with the same products and techniques, but on this one I used the weathervane image from the Home stamp set.


When both of the hearts on the ATCs were dry, I outlined them with the fine tip of my Black Soot DM and my white gel pen.

I love how the outline of Walnut Stain around the kraft glassine gave it an additional layer of vintagey worn-outedness (I just made that word up!)–Oh and the brads!! Those are brown brads from my stash that I treated with Rusting Powder, actually two layers of Rusting Powder.  The first layer kind of drooped off the edges, so I applied another layer and it stayed in place during drying :)


I edged each ATC with Black Soot DP and attached a couple of lengths of wire for hangars.  I’m new at using rusty wire in my creations, so the little twists I made at the ends, aren’t all that impressive–Well, neither are the wire hearts for that matter, but I’ll keep on incorporating it whenever I can so that I can get the practice in!   ;) :)

Well, there you go with my Country Life Blog Hop ATCs–I hope you like ’em!  Your next stop on today’s Hop is Lisa, if you’re hopping in order.  Here’s our line-up again, just in case you like to free-style hop–

Tracy * Terry * Me (thanks for stopping by!) * Lisa

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



  • Stamps:  Home & The Outpost (Artistic Outpost)
  • ATCs (made with manila & chipboard); Rustic Beauty Paper Pack (ODBD); Kraft Glassine (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Tissue Paper
  • Archival Ink (Ranger); Crackle Glaze & Antiquing Cream (DecoArt Media); Rusting Powder (Crafty Notions UK); Distress Paint, Ink & Markers (Tim Holtz/Ranger); White Gel Pen (Sakura); Matte Decou-Page (DecoArt)
  • Rusty Wire; Brads