March Releases-Part Deux

HI THERE & HAPPY WEDNESDAY!!  Today, us Artistic Outpost Design Team Gals are revisiting our Artistic Outpost March New Releases with a kind-of, impromptu Blog Hop–

Julie * Me (thanks for hopping by) * Avril * Terry * Tracy * Lisa

   Today, I’m sharing a card I made using our new Harvest & Grunge Elements stamp sets and the single Seed Packets Background image….


…plus a sentiment from our Typography set.  I whipped this card up so fast that I took only two step-out photos (sorry!) —


The background panel is an off-white, speckled card stock.  I die cut two circles out of manila stock to act as masks.


I inked the Seed Packets Background stamp with Potting Soil Archival and stamped onto the masked panel.


I stamped the image of the ‘kissin’ kids’, from our new Harvest stamp set, onto mixed-media paper with Potting Soil Archival and water colored with Distress Markers and my water brush.  I water colored the circles with Tumbled Glass DI and I also stamped the speckles image from our Grunge Elements set with Tumbled Glass DI, too.


I fussy cut the kids with my finger knife and adhered into the water colored circles with matte Decou-Page.  When set, I ran through my sewing machine to add the stitched elements.  I roughed up the edges of the panel with my paper distresser and inked with Ground Espresso DI and an ink blending tool.


The sentiment is from our Typography set and I stamped that onto mixed-media paper with Potting Soil Archival and fussy cut into word bands.  I inked the edges of the bands with Ground Espresso DI and mounted them onto dark brown card stock.  I then adhered the word bands onto the panel with matte Decou-Page and attached the finished panel to a kraft card base-which I had also stamped with the speckled image from the Grunge Elements Set–you can kind of the speckles there peeking out from behind the background panel.

I finished with inking the edges of the kraft card base with, you guessed it, Ground Espresso and my ink blending tool and that’s it!  You can see how this card came together so quickly–These new images from Artistic Outpost just make creating soooo easy!!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  If you’re hopping through on our Artistic Outpost New Release ‘re-deux’, you’re next blog stop is Avril, but here’s the entire line-up for you….

Julie * Avril * Terry * Tracy * Lisa

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps:  Harvest, Seed Packets Background, Grunge Elements & Typography (Artistic Outpost)
  • Archival Ink (Ranger); Distress Markers & Ink (Tim Holtz/Ranger)
  • Kraft, Speckled & Dark Brown Card Stocks (PTI); Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore)
  • Sewing Machine (Kenmore); Paper Distresser (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios); Water Brush; Finger Knife (Fiskars); Ink Blending Tool (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)

Artistic Outpost New Releases

HELLO HELLO HELLO!!  Thanks for joining me for our Artistic Outpost New Release Blog Hop celebration!!

Tracy * Me (you’re here) * Julie * Terry * Avril * Lisa

We want you to celebrate with us!!  Hop along to all of the AO DT’s Blogs and leave a comment for a chance to win a $15.00 gift certificate at the ODBD online store.  You have until April 1st @ 10pm CDT to leave your comments and the randomly chosen winner will be announced at the Artistic Outpost Blog on Saturday, April 2nd.  Now, without further ado–The New Stamps……

Artistic Outpost is releasing 4 new stamp sets and 2 single images that are all Completely AWESOME and available at the ODBD online store today!

For today’s AO New Release Blog Hop Event, I’m featuring projects I made using our new Harvest, Seed Packets Background, Ice Cream Shoppe and Grunge Elements images.


This is an altered burlap panel I created using Seed Packets Background and images from the Harvest stamp set–


–And this is a card I made using images from both Ice Cream Shoppe and Grunge Elements stamp sets.

I’ll share these projects at the Artistic Outpost Blog in the future, because right now, you’ve got to be on your AO DT Blog Hopping way–Here’s our AO DT line-up to send you on your way….

Tracy * Me (thanks for hopping by) * Julie * Terry * Avril * Lisa

Thanks again for hopping by today!  Until next time-Stay Artsy Fartsy!!


Blog Hop Time at Artistic Outpost

HELLO HELLO HELLO!!  Happy Last Wednesday of the month!!  It’s Blog Hop time at Artistic Outpost and all of us AO Design Team members are showcasing some projects we made especially for the occasion with our New Release stamp sets.

Lisa * Me (Thanks for stopping by!) * Kate * Terry * Tracy

I’m using our new Toy Emporium set….


…to create a collection of Christmas ornaments!


As today is a Blog Hopping kind of day, I won’t go into the details of these Christmas tree decorations–I’ll save that for another day, so you can spend more time checking out my DTeammies’ creations.

Lisa * Kate * Terry * Tracy

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


October New Releases for Artistic Outpost

WOO HOO!!  It’s New Release time at Artistic Outpost and we’re having a Blog Hop to celebrate the occasion!!  We have three new sets of nostalgic and vintagey images for you–

Aren’t these fun?!  Well, me and my AO Design Teammies, have each made a couple of projects using the new images.  Hop on through–

Tracy * KateMe (thanks for stopping by)Terry * Lisa

—for the chance to win an AO Gift Certificate!  Just for commenting on our Design Team Blog Posts, you have the chance to win a $15 Artistic Outpost Gift Certificate, good towards the purchase of AO stamps.  You have until October 9, 2015 @ 10pm (CDT) to leave comments on the participating designers blogs for a chance to win!  Three random winners will be selected on the AO Blog on October 10, 2015, so be sure to check back there to see if you have won!!

I’m featuring projects made with our new Vintage Fashion and Go Team sets…


OO, LA LA!!  Vintage Fashion is a set that will never go out of style 🙂


RAH RAH, SIS BOOM BAH!!  The nostalgic images in Go Team are sure to make you a fan!!

So, hop along on our October New Release Blog Hop for your chance to win a $15 AO GF–

Tracy * Kate * Terry * Lisa

–I’ll feature details of these creations in future posts over at Artistic Outpost.  I don’t want to keep you here too long when my talented AO Design Teammies are just waiting to show you what they made!!  HAPPY HOPPING!!

Thanks so much for having a hop by my blog today!!  Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!


Storybook Themes

Hi There!!  Happy 1st Monday of September!!  It’s Product Focus time at Artistic Outpost so, me and my Artistic Outpost Design Teammies are sharing projects we made with images found in our Storybook Theme line of stamps.  Hop along and check out what my fun and fabulous Teammates have created–

Tracy * Kate * Terry * Me (Thanks for stopping by!) * Lisa

And, as with every Product Focus feature, we are having a 3 DAY SALE of said Storybook Theme stamp sets at the Artistic Outpost online store!  All stamps in the Storybook Theme category are ON SALE for 20% off through September 9, 2015.  No code is needed to shop this sale-the sale price will be reflected in your shopping cart. (Retail customers only)


I’m using images from our Huck Finn stamp set today-


I created this simple and pretty quick, masculine card that can be used for any occasion.


I started by doing all of my stamping on all of the surfaces I was using–Tissue Paper, mixed-media paper and this background panel of decorative paper in the Patriotic collection from ODBD.  I lightly sanded the surface, then stamped the steamboat and Huck Finn images onto the surface with Jet Black Archival, attached to another panel of black card stock then roughed up the edges with my paper distresser.

I did a few dry brushes of DAM white and black gessos, then a light brushing of DAM Texture Sand Paste.  When the TSP was dry, I gave it a brushing of Salty Ocean & Vintage Photo DSs to lend a bit of water and earth element to the card.


The quote was stamped onto tissue paper and heat embossed with white EP.  I carefully fussy cut it and adhered to the surface of the card with matte Decou-Page.  I also added a horizon line of stamped tissue paper and jute twine then ran the panel through my sewing machine to add the stitched border.


This is the image I stamped onto mixed-media paper.  I water colored it with Distress Markers and my water brush, fussy cut and attached to the surface of the card with foam squares and then I attached the Typed Token with a jump ring through the knot of the jute twine.


I attached the panel to a red card base and gave the entire surface a spritzing of Ground Espresso DM with my air art tool.  Ta-Daaa!!  This was pretty quick and easy and it’s mainly because the images are just so darn awesome!!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Don’t forget to stop by my AO Design Teammies blogs and see the fun they created–

Tracy * Kate * Terry * Lisa

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps:  Huck Finn (Artistic Outpost)
  • Surfaces:  Patriotic Collection (ODBD); Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore); Tissue Paper; Black Card Stock (Core’dinations)
  • Archival Ink (Ranger); Distress Markers & Stains (Tim Holtz/Ranger); White Embossing Powder; Texture Sand Paste (DecoArt Media)
  • Heat Tool; Craft Sheet (Ranger); Finger Knife (Fiskars); Sewing Machine (Kenmore); Paper Distresser (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios); Foam Squares; Matte Decou-Page (DecoArt); Double-Backed Tape (3M); Air Art Tool (Artworx)
  • Jute Twine; Type Token (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)

Positively Hearts

Hi There & Happy Wednesday!!  I’m here today with my Artistic Outpost Design Teammies on our monthly AO DT Blog Hop!  Here’s our line-up:

Tracy * TerryShari-That’s Me! * Kate * Lisa

This month, it’s ‘Designer’s Choice’ which wasn’t a very easy task to craft for–Every set of AO stamps that I have, are all my favorites!  But, for today’s project, I’ve narrowed my choices down to only three sets–




Chalkboard Wisdom


…and Ephemera Backgrounds.


I used stamps from each set to alter these wooden hearts into reversible messages of positivity!  Let me show you a little bit of what I did–


I found these unfinished wooden hearts during a stroll through one of our local antique stores. They were tied together and strung over a box of other miscellaneous wooden pieces, and they looked so sad just hanging there.  They were dirty and stained and as you can see, a bit chipped and misshapen.  I sanded them and tried to even out those rougher areas, but any blemishes are going to be covered with paint anyways, so I didn’t spend too much time on pre-prep.


I started with a base layer of gesso to help provide some tooth for the next layer of paint.


I brushed two coats of Dylusions Vibrant Turquoise acrylic over the entire surface of each heart.  I heat set between layers then stamped the music image from the Ephemera Backgrounds set onto the surfaces and sides of each heart with Jet Black Archival.  I heat set the stamping then edged the hearts with Jet Black Archival using my finger.


I coated both hearts with a layer of DA/Americana Weathered Wood Crackle Medium


…one surface at a time and heat set.  I heat set the medium until it was no longer tacky to touch.


I then brushed on a coat of DAM Crackle Paint that I had mixed with DA Crafter’s Acrylic in Daffodil Yellow (which I believe is a discontinued color).  This is my first time using the Weathered Wood Crackle Medium and the DAM Crackle Paint together–On this first surface, there’s big crackling going on, but not all that much of it.  I believe that’s because my layer of the Weathered Wood medium was too thick.


Oh–here is the reverse side of that same heart.  You can see there’s lots more crackling going on and they are finer cracks, too.  This side received a thinner layer of the Weathered Wood Crackle and I brushed it on in no particular direction.  What’s really cool about using the two crackle products together, as soon as you brush on the top layer of the crackle paint, it starts reacting immediately and you can see the crackling effect happen right before your eyes!


I stamped the quotes from the Chalkboard Wisdom set onto tissue paper with Jet Black Archival and carefully fussy cut with my finger knife.  I did the same with the images of the children from the Springtime set, but for the group of children, I had to fussy cut one of them out.


I adhered the stamped tissue paper onto the surfaces with DAM Ultra Matte Varnish.  The crackly finish of the hearts were going to need to be sealed, so I used the varnish as my glue and sealant.


I added paint lines of Black Soot DP and Vibrant Turquoise acrylic with an old gift card to the surfaces of the hearts.


I edged the hearts with Black Soot DP using my finger and splattered White Linen Dylusions acrylic over the surfaces with a round paint brush.

I used rusty wire to form a hangar and twisted a couple of little rusty wire curly-q’s at the ends to create a little wiry interest and – There you go!  You would have never thought that these hearts had such melancholy beginnings!!  Now, they are bright little spots of happy thoughts!!

If you’re joining in on the Artistic Outpost DT Blog Hop, your next stop is – Kate at The Scrapyard!  But, if you’re like me and like to hop haphazardly, here’s our line-up one more time:

Tracy * TerryShari-That’s Me! * Kate * Lisa

Thanks so much for joining me on this last Wednesday of the month and I do hope you hop over to my AO Design Teammates blogs to see what Designer’s Choices they’ve made!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps:  Chalkboard Wisdom, Ephemera Backgrounds & Springtime (Artistic Outpost)
  • Wooden Heart Shapes; Tissue Paper
  • Crackle Paint & Ultra Matte Varnish (DecoArt Media); Weathered Wood Crackle Medium (Americana/DecoArt); Dylusions Acrylics (Ranger); Crafter’s Acrylic (DecoArt); Archival Ink (Ranger)
  • Paint Brushes; Heat Tool; Finger Knife (Fiskars); Craft Sheet (Ranger); Rusty Wire

Whatever You Are

Hi There!! I’m back!!  I know, it’s been a little busy around here lately–That’s OK because I like it like that, I hope you do, too!!  Here we are, the first Monday of August and that means it’s time for our monthly Product Focus Blog Hop at Artistic Outpost!! Join me and my fellow AO Design Teammies as we showcase images from our Verses & Greetings line of stamps for you!!

TracyShari (you are here!) * Terry * Gerrie  

(Lisa and Kate are sitting this one out, but you can always go by their blogs to see what they’ve been up to-)  🙂

After hopping, how about some shopping?  All stamp sets in the Verses & Greetings category at the Artistic Outpost online store are ON SALE for 20% off now through Saturday, August 8, 2015.  No code is needed to shop this sale, the sale price will be reflected in the shopping cart (retail purchases only).

I’m using our Typography set–



–along with Generation Redux to create my card today.


This card was really easy to make, as I already had the background panel ready to go and I knew which AO images I was going to use.


I’m using another piece of this master board I made last week.


I had to show you a close-up of what this background looks like, before I start covering it up.  I just love how pressing the stencil around on the gelli plate transfers the different paint colors about!


This demure young woman is in the Generation Redux set (and another one of my fav AO images) and I stamped her onto my panel with Jet Black Archival and heat set, then I roughed up the edges with my paper distresser.


I added lines & circles of paint with an old gift card and a paint cap.  I’m using DAM Fluid Acrylics in Carbon Black & Translucent White and PA Chalk Fresco Acrylic in Banana.


I stamped this image again onto mixed-media paper with Jet Black Archival and water colored with my Distress Markers and water brush.  I fussy cut her out and added Diamond Glaze to her glasses.


I mounted her onto the panel with matte Decou-Page and outlined her with Black Soot DI and my water brush.  I added a second outline with my white gel pen and anchored her with some messy machine stitching.


This is one of the quotes found in the Typography set, a set filled with fantastic verses!  I stamped it onto tissue paper with Jet Black Archival and carefully fussy cut with my finger knife.  I adhered the pieces of stamped tissue paper to the panel with matte Decou-Page and let air dry.  Once it was dry, I outlined them with the fine tip of my Black Soot DM and my white gel pen.


I inked the edges with Black Soot DI and my ink blending tool and attached to a dark purple card base.  Easy Peasy, Lemon Squeezy!!

Thanks so much for coming back today and hopping along in our August Product Focus feature!  If you’re hopping in order Terry is next, but if you like to hop in no particular order, here’s the line-up again–

Tracy * Me * Terry * Gerrie

I’ll be quiet here this week as my Mom-in-Law is in town visiting for a few days, but I’ll be back on Sunday for my regular weekly posting for Artistic Outpost 🙂

Have a GREAT week and-Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps:  Typography & Generation Redux (Artistic Outpost)
  • Paints:  Chalk Fresco Acrylics (PaperArtsy); Fluid Acrylics (DecoArt Media); Distress Inks & Markers (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Ink (Ranger)
  • Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore); Tissue Paper; Harlequin Layering Stencil (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous)
  • Matte Decou-Page (DecoArt); Diamond Glaze (Judikins); Sewing Machine (Kenmore)
  • Gelli Plate (Gelli Arts); Brayer (Ranger); Paper Distresser (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios); Flat Paint Brush; Finger Knife (Fiskars); Gift Card; Paint Cap