Spring’s Greatest Joy

Hi There!  Happy Sunday!!  It’s time for my weekly project for Artistic Outpost and I’ve got one of the cards that I sneak-peeked this past week for the Artistic Outpost New Release Blog Hop.


It’s actually quite a relief to be able to share the ‘secret’ projects I’ve been making behind the scenes with the New Releases!  The new stamp sets are really fun, and today, I’m showcasing the Springtime set in this mixed-media card :)


Have you seen these little goodies?  These are the Ken Oliver Color Bursts–highly pigmented water color powders.  Using products like these, is a first for me (I had several days in May that had creative ‘firsts’) and I couldn’t think of a better time to experiment with them, than with new images from Artistic Outpost!


I’ve got a small panel of mixed-media paper that I’m going to stencil with my Harlequin LS and Picket Fence DP.


I want to see what kind of resist effect I’m going to get with the Color Bursts against a paint stenciled background.


I’m going to use Lemon Yellow & Alizarin Crimson for the very first time—drum roll please…..


I use a motto in crafting, that I use in cooking–Start with a little dash, you can always add more to taste later… or the abridged version-You can’t fix too much!  Can you see the little sprinkles of Color Bursts?  I only started with little dashes of powder…..


….because this is what those little dashes of pigment look like when spritzed with water!  See how those colors burst!!  At this point, I spritzed the panel with more water, sprinkled a little bit more of the Color Bursts onto the wet paper, and heat set.


None of the over-sprinkle of the Color Bursts went to waste.  What beaded onto my craft sheet, I picked up by randomly pressing the panel down into the left over Color Bursts to get all of those wonderful spots of color!


I had to get a close-up of this corner….I just love the harlequin design with the splotches of color here and there.


I stamped the images of the children onto the treated panel as place holders.  This aided in visualizing how I needed to fill in all of that open space behind them!  I applied the pieces of tissue tape and randomly stamped the music image from the Ephemera Backgrounds set in Jet Black Archival.  Then I used a paint cap dipped into Black Soot & Picket Fence DPs to stamp the random circles and I used an old gift card to add the random lines of Ripe Persimmon, Picked Raspberry & Picket Fence DPs.


I had separately stamped the children onto mixed-media paper with Jet Black Archival and fussy cut with my finger knife.  I edged the fussy cut pieces with my Walnut Stain DM and adhered into their places on the panel with matte multi-medium.  When dry, I outlined the kids with my water brush and Walnut Stain DM, then I outlined with my white gel pen.  I thought the white outline was too bright, so I brought out my Pumice Stone DM and used the fine tip side and went over the outline again to tone it down a bit.


I stamped the quote onto tissue paper and carefully fussy cut.  I adhered the words onto the panel with matte multi-medium and heat set.  The upper right corner needed a little something else, so I added stenciling with my Latticework LS and Ripe Persimmon DI then I outlined the words as I did the kids, but I added an additional outline of Black Soot DM.  I roughed up the edges with my paper distresser and inked with Black Soot DI and adhered the finished panel to a pink card base.

Spring’s greatest joy, indeed!  Springtime is such a fun stamp set, and one that will carry me through all of the seasons!  I’ll have more creations made with this stamp set in upcoming weeks, so stay tuned for those.  Also, with the month quickly coming to a close, we’ll have our regular monthly Artistic Outpost DT Blog Hop coming up this week!  Hope you’ll come back for that!!

Thanks so much for spending a little time with me today!!  Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps:  Springtime & Ephemera Backgrounds (Artistic Outpost)
  • Color Bursts (Ken Oliver); Distress Paints, Inks & Markers (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Ink (Ranger); White Gel Pen (Sakura)
  • Mixed Media Paper (Strathmore); Pink Card Stock (PTI); Tissue Paper
  • Tissue Tape (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Layering Stencils (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous)
  • Craft Sheet (Ranger); Finger Knife (Fiskars); Heat Tool; Paper Distresser (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios); Ink Blending Tools; Water Brush; Spritzer Bottle

Artistic Outpost May New Release

HELLO!!  Happy Wednesday!!  It’s a fun day today because it’s NEW RELEASE time at Artistic Outpost and we’re having a Blog Hop to celebrate!!  I’m here with my Artistic Outpost Design Teammates showcasing the two new sets that are being released at the Artistic Outpost Store today–





Aren’t these new sets fun?!  It’s really hard to keep images like these a secret, so I’m soooo glad that today is finally here!!  Here’s our Artistic Outpost Design Team line up for today’s hop–

Shari–hey, that’s me and you’re here! * Terry * Tracy * Kate * Gerrie * Lisa

Just for commenting on our 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 Saturday May 23, 2015 @ 10pm CDT to leave comments at each of my AO Design Teammate’s blogs for a chance to win!!  Three random winners will be selected from the comments left on the designer’s blogs and the winners will be announced on the Artistic Outpost blog on Sunday, May 24th.  Be sure to check back there to see if you have won!!

Now, let me share the two cards I made for the occasion–


Here I’m using the Springtime set on a background I created using Color Bursts.


YEE HAW–I’ve got the Wander & Dream set at play amongst a Distress Ink sunset-like background.

I don’t want to keep you here at my blog too long…My AO Teammies have made super cool creations for our New Release Blog Hop and I want ya’ll to have the time to check them all out!!  I’ll share these cards, in more detail, in future posts :)

If you’re hopping in order, then you’ll be off to visit Terry next–But, if you’re a random hopper, here’s our line up one more time:

Shari (me) * Terry * Tracy * Kate * Gerrie * Lisa

Enjoy your visits at my Teammies’ Blogs and leave some love for your chance to be a random winner!!  Have fun!!  :)

Thank you so much for joining me today!!  Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!


Sunshine Girl

Hello Again!! Happy Sunday!  It’s time for my weekly project for Artistic Outpost and today, I’ve got a quick and simple tag for you using 2 sets of AO stamps, Kudzu Kafe & The Outpost.


These two sets of AO stamps have several of my favorite go-to images in them, and because I’m so comfortable creating with these sets, I attempted to challenge myself with making a one-layer card.  Yeah, right!!  That’s silly of me!!  Who am I kidding!!  I can’t get away from my fussy cut layers! ;) :)


I’m going to color my #8 manila tag with Squeezed Lemonade & Worn Lipstick Distress Stains using the wrinkle free technique.


I blotted all of the excess stain off of my craft sheet to achieve all of these wonderful spots of color.  Apologies in advance–I did not take any step out photos from here on out….But, ya’ll know what that’s like, you get into that zone and nothing can stop you!!  :) :)


I did all of my stamping on this tag with Jet Black Archival.  My ‘sunshine girl’ here was stamped onto mixed-media paper and water colored with my Distress Markers and water brush.  After I fussy cut her, I edged her image with the side of my Walnut Stain DM for a sharp outline.  She was given a distressed bouquet of Tattered Florals that were in my stash.


Oh, I love little areas like this–You can see the layers of color and stamping and stenciling and the extra layer of water spots!  Another one of my favorite go-to stamps is the script image in The Outpost stamp set.  I stamped it randomly on the tag with Sepia Archival, then added a little stenciling with my Latticework LS and Worn Lipstick DI.


Before adhering the words bands and sunshine girl into place, I added a few pieces of tissue tape, then ran the tag through my sewing machine to add a stitched border around the home/windmill image.  I spritzed and flicked water over the tag, heat set then glued everything down with matte multi-medium.  When dry, I outlined with my Pumice Stone DM and smudged with a damp finger, distressed the edges with my paper distresser and rubbed Walnut Stain DI over the edges and topped with a messy Distressed Stained seam binding bow.

This really was a quick and easy tag to make, especially when using my favorite Artistic Outpost images!!

Thanks so much for joining me today for my weekly posting!  Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps:  The Outpost & Kudzu Kafe (Artistic Outpost)
  • #8 Manila Tag (Inkssentials/Ranger); Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore); Black Card Stock (Core’dinations)
  • Distress Stains, Inks & Markers (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Ink (Ranger)
  • Tattered Florals Die (Tim Holtz/Sizzix); Big Shot Machine (Sizzix); Latticework Layering Stencil (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous)
  • Tissue Tape (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); White Gel Pen (Sakura); Brad; Paper Distresser (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios); Ink Blending Tool; Craft Sheet; Finger Knife (Fiskars); Heat Tool

Celebrate the Meow!

Hi There!!  Happy Friday!!  I’m ending the week sharing the card I created for the current Compendium of Curiosities 3 challenge at Studio L3.


It’s CC3 #28-Alcohol Ink Ombre.  This technique is found on page 57 of Tim’s Compendium of Curiosities 3 and you do need your own copy to enter the challenge.  This even  number challenge is sponsored by The Funkie Junkie Boutique with a $25 shopping spree to a lucky participant!  Of course there’s the Curiosity Crew’s Choice prize package de-resistance, generously donated to each CC3 challenge by Tim & Mario!

Let me show you how I used the Alcohol Ink Ombre technique!


I just love this Mr. Meow Meow!!  I can’t see how any kitty-lovers out there can resist this Mr. Meow Meow & Tweets McGee stamp set by Brett Wedele!  It’s so much fun!!

As this CC3 #28 challenge is technique based, I can’t show you how I achieved the background.  But, I can show you how it looks…..


I don’t have the family of alcohol inks needed to affect a ‘true’ ombre graduation of color, so, I improvised with what I do have and choose a combo of yellow & greens.  I used Butterscotch, Lettuce & Bottle Adirondack Alcohol Inks.


Here’s the panel after stamping Mr. MM with Jet Black Archival, stenciling with Sepia Archival and my Harlequin LS and doing a little bit of the Faded Layers technique that’s also found in Tim’s book.  The faded layers technique got away from me a bit, and that’s what those pale splotches are from.  Embrace Imperfection–Gosh how that quote makes me feel better!! LOL :) :)


Even though Mr. Meow Meow already has a monocle, I layered it with a real one–well, one of Tim’s monocles, attached a little kitty bell (salvaged from an almost destroyed kitty toy) and tied a piece of stained seam binding to it.  I adhered the monocle in place with matte multi-medium.


I made a second alcohol ink ombre panel to stamp the words I needed to form the quote.  The ‘Meow’ is from the Mr. Meow Meow & Tweets McGee set and the ‘celebrate the’ are from the Simple Sayings set.  I fussy cut them out and mounted onto black card stock and adhered little pieces of Industrious Border to the bottom of each word band.


I outlined the word bands with my Black Soot DM and my white gel pen, then finished the card with a splatter of Black Soot & Antique Linen DPs with a round paint brush and heat set.

Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge #28-Alcohol Ink Ombre, closes next Friday May 22nd @ 11:59pmMST.  Oh, WOW!  I’m entering a whole week early, and not ‘just under the wire’ like I usually am!  That’s a good way to end the week!!  If you’ve got your own copy of CC3, you’ve got plenty of time to create something wonderful!

Thanks so much for ending your week with me!  I’ll be back this weekend with my weekly posting for Artistic Outpost–

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps: Mr. Meow Meow & Tweets McGee (Brett Wedele/Stampers Anonymous)
  • Adirondack Alcohol Ink Glossy Stock (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Black Stock (Core’dinations)
  • Adirondack Alcohol Inks, Blending Solution & Distress Paints (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Inks (Ranger); Harlequin LS (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous)
  • Monocle & Industrious Border (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Seam Binding (The Funkie Junkie Boutique)
  • Matte Multi-Medium (Ranger); Paper Distresser (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios); Double-Backed Tape (3M)

May Guest Designer at Our Creative Corner

Hi There!!  Happy Monday!!  I’m introducing our May Guest Designer at Our Creative Corner today–

Not to give too much away—

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But, it’s Yvonne Blair from Life’s Little Details!! :) :)

Come on over to Our Creative Corner and see what Yvonne made for us today–Hope to see you there!!

Until next time-Stay Artsy Fartsy!!


Top Hat of the Morning to You!

Hi There!! Happy Sunday!!  I’m happy to be with you today, with my weekly project for Artistic Outpost–And, it just so happens that here in the U.S., today is Mother’s Day–Happy Mother’s Day to all of the Moms out there!  This shout out goes to my international friends who are Moms, too!! :) :)

Today, I’ve got a not so usual, masculine if you will,  Mom’s Day card to share with you, that I made using the Hat’s Off and Serenity stamp sets.


This card also represents a first for me, too, because I used a gelli plate for the first time to create the background!  Let me show you what I did :)


Oh, here it is on its maiden creative voyage!  I’ve pulled a few stencils and I’m using Deco Art Fluid Acrylics-Titan Buff and Transparent Yellow & Red Iron Oxides.


I applied several small dots of paint (a little goes a looong way)–I have no idea of what to expect, then I used a rubber brayer to roll the colors out.


I pressed the Code Breaker stencil from Andy Skinner, into the paint a couple of times, then I laid a piece of manila stock down into the gelli plate and gently pressed/rubbed to transfer that paint.  OH–I even remembered to lay the stencil down backwards, so the numbers would stencil the correct direction!!  From here on out, I just went to town and didn’t stop to take pictures until I was done!  I was in the zone!!


I added the first layer of outlining on the gents, and unfortunately, my large man hand fingers messily smudged the face of the gent on the left–But, it kind of looks like a shadow that’s supposed to be there…kind of ;)

On the background panel, you can see some of the additional stenciling I did, along with random stamping of the scrolly flower image from the Serenity set.


Oh, and isn’t this rusty border fun?!  I just love it!  This is one of the border designs in my Beautiful Borders die set from Our Daily Bread Designs.  I die cut several borders in manila stock, and treated them all to a coating of Rusting Powder.  The rusting powder needs a spray of vinegar to activate it and a bit of time to air dry, so I placed the border piece for this card outside in the sun, and it dried within 15 minutes.


Sorry for the change in light in this photo–everything turned orange!  But here, I’ve added a second outline of white gel pen.


Each gentleman was given a lovely little boutonniere.  The flowers were stamped onto manila stock that received the gelli plate treatment.  These little blooms are from the Serenity set, I fussy cut a few out, layered with a little gesso painted tulle flower, that I cut with my Tattered Florals die and attached to the lapel of each jacket with a metal brad.



I added black rhinestones and a splattering of Antique Linen DP  to finish the background.


I distressed the edges with my paper distresser and inked with Walnut Stain DI then adhered the panel to an orange card base.

See, this works as a Mother’s Day card —  My hat’s off to you all, indeed!! :)

Thank you so much for coming by today!!  Happy Sunday & Happy Mother’s Day!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps: Hat’s Off & Serenity (Artistic Outpost)
  • Beautiful Borders Die (Our Daily Bread); Big Shot Machine (Sizzix); Tattered Florals Die (Tim Holtz/Sizzix)
  • Acrylic Paints (DecoArt); Archival Inks (Ranger); Distress Inks & Markers (Tim Holtz/Ranger); White Gel Pen (Sakura); Rusting Powder (Crafty Notions); Gesso; Black Embossing Powder (WOW)
  • Code Breaker Stencil (Andy Skinner/Tando Creative); Add a Stencil & Polka Dotty Stencil (Wendy Vecchi)
  • Gelli Plate; Brayer; Ink Blending Tools; Finger Knife (Fiskars); Craft Sheet (Ranger); Heat Tool; Paint Brush; Water Brush; Tulle; Embossing Heat Gun

Dream a Little Dream

Hi There!! Happy Friday!!  I’m here real quick like today with my entry into the latest Compendium of Curiosities Challenge #27-Embossing Diffusers.  The challenge closes tonight and I didn’t want to miss yet another page in the CC3 challenge fun!  CC3 #27 is being sponsored by Inspiration Emporium with a $50 gift certificate to their online store! AWESOME!  And there’s also the chance to win an amazing prize package of Tim’s goodies, donated to the challenge by Tim & Mario! COOL!!


CC3 #27 is about Tim’s Embossing Diffusers, as found on page 61 of his book, and how to properly sandwich all of the moving pieces so that your panel is embossed where you want it, smooth where you don’t…Like this–


I’m using a piece of kraft core that was embossed using the rectangle embossing diffuser with my collage texture fade.


I applied a few different layers of Deco Art Antiquing Creams over the entire surface of the panel.  I gently wiped away the creams in some places and rubbed a little harder in others.


I cut a small piece of collage paper stash to fit the rectangle and inked the surface with Broken China DI.  I distressed the edges with my paper distresser and inked with Vintage Photo DI.  I spritzed and flicked a bit of water over the surface, heat dried then stitched in place with my sewing machine.


Oh, even the back is cool looking!!


I layered on my stamped elements and mica flakes and stained seam binding–Added a little type charm and this birthday card to my hubbie is done!!


I love this little crackly crown!


The type charm holds a letter ‘D’ for my hubbie’s name-Don :)


Birthday wishes are also dreams and the quote that’s adorned on this Winged Thing gent is the perfect message I wanted my husband’s card to have.


I’m off to Studio L3 to get this entered into CC3 Challenge #27, with just a few hours to spare–WHEW!!  That means that CC3 challenge #28 is right around the corner!  I wonder what page of Tim’s creative volume we’re going to be challenged with tomorrow!!  Something to look forward to :)

Thanks soooo much for stopping by today!!  Have a GREAT Friday and a wonderful weekend!!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Embossing Diffusers (Tim Holtz/Sizzix); Big Shot Machine (Sizzix); Collage Texture Fade (Tim Holtz/Sizzix)
  • Stamps: Winged Things II & Simple Sayings (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous)
  • Archival Ink (Ranger); Distress Inks & Stain (Tim Holtz/Ranger)
  • Kraft Core (Tim Holtz/Core’dinations); Kraft Stock (PTI); Black Stock (Core’dinations)
  • Seam Binding (The Funkie Junkie Boutique); Type Charm (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Mica Flakes (RedLead Paperworks);
  • Sewing Machine (Kenmore); Paper Distresser (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios); Craft Sheet (Ranger); Heat Tool; Finger Knife (Fiskars); Matte Multi-Medium (Ranger); Foam Sqaures