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)

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

Bathing Beauties for Artistic Outpost

Happy Monday!! Thanks for joining me for our July Product Focus Blog Hop at Artistic Outpost today!  This is a regular feature where we showcase, on the 1st Monday of every month, creations made from the different categories of stamps found at the Artistic Outpost Store.  Today, me and my Artistic Outpost Design Teammies are sharing projects we’ve made from the Nature & Outdoors category–Hop along for some Great inspiration!

Shari (that’s me & you’re here) * Terry * Tracy * Kate * Lisa

Something else to inspire you–All stamps in the Nature & Outdoors category are ON SALE for 20% off through Saturday, June 11, 2015.  You don’t need a code to shop this sale, the discount will be reflected in the shopping cart.  (retail purchases only)

I’m featuring a card I made with the Boardwalk set–



What a perfect time to break into this Summertime themed set of stamps!  Let me show you a little bit of what I did to create this card.


I took some panels of manila stock and dry brushed them with gesso tainted with Mermaid Lagoon DS.


I made myself three panels of the dry brushed gesso background and each one has different variations of the mixed paint colors.


I started layering Distress Stains & Spray Stains onto the painted backgrounds–


…until I ended up with these.  But wait, not done yet….


…I added a stenciled layer using Crackle Texture Paste through my Bubbles LS.  For today’s card, I used the panel on the left and those two other panels are anxiously awaiting me on my work table!


I stamped the bathing beauties onto mixed-media paper with Jet Black Archival and colored with Distress Markers and my water brush.  I fussy cut with my finger knife and inked the edges with my Pumice Stone DM.


I created the word bands by stamping ‘Bathing Beauties’ onto mixed-media paper with Jet Black Archival.  I stained the paper with any combination of some of my blue Distress Stains & Spray Stains–I was using Mermaid Lagoon, Salty Ocean & Faded Jeans on this card.  I cut the band to size and gave it a coat of DecoArt Media Crackle Glaze.  When dry, I rubbed it with Walnut Stain DI using my fingers and mounted onto a piece of black card stock.


The green ‘beach glass’/rocks are actually little chips of Peridot.  I glued those in place with glossy multi-medium.  The sea shells were stamped onto the stained mixed-media paper that I created the word bands with and glued into place with a combo of glossy multi-medium and mini foam dots.


I just had to show you these cute little bottles of stones–I’ve had these in my stash for several years now and may have bought these as much for the little bottles, as for what’s in them!  With the cork stoppers, these are about 2″ tall.


OK-I just have to show you this, too!  So, because things happen during outdoor photo shoots, you may notice one of the tips of the starfish has broken off?  The sprinklers came on during this particular shoot, and in my haste of gathering things before I got hit with water, I must have grabbed this just right to nip that tip off!!  But what’s that saying? Embrace Imperfection!!  🙂 🙂


Some of the not-pictured things I did behind the scenes, is random stamping on the background using images from the Boardwalk & Ephemera Background sets.  I also rubbed the crackled stenciling with Walnut Stain DI and added the beach hut image, that I had stamped onto tissue paper with Cobalt Archival.


This is the finished card, mounted onto a grey card base, in all of its imperfect glory, ‘broken’ starfish and all!! 🙂 🙂

Thanks so much for hopping by on our Nature & Outdoors Product Focus Blog Hop!  If you’re hopping in order, Terry is next, but if you like going freestyle, here’s the Blog Hop line-up one more time…

Shari (that’s me & you’re here) * Terry * Tracy * Kate * Lisa

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps:  Boardwalk & Ephemera Backgrounds (Artistic Outpost)
  • Gesso (Dina Wakely/Ranger); Distress Stains & Spray Stains, Ink & Markers (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Ink (Ranger);  Crackle Glaze (DecoArt Media); Textured Crackle Paste (Wendy Vecchi)
  • Manila Stock; Tissue Paper; Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore); Black Card Stock (Core’dinations)
  • Cheese Cloth; Star Fish; Peridot Gemstones; Bubbles LS (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous)
  • Craft Sheet (Ranger); Matte & Glossy Multi-Mediums (Ranger); Water Brush; Finger Knife (Fiskars); Paper Distresser (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios); Palette Knife; Heat Tool

A Tale of Two Rustings

HELLO HELLO!!  The clock has struck midnight at Artistic Outpost, so it’s OK for me to say HAPPY JUNE!! WOW–It’s been a little busy here at Ain’t That Artsy Fartsy!!  Lots of month end crafty happenings and now, here comes a new month of creative inspiration to be had by all!!

Welcome to our 1st Monday of the month Product Focus feature at Artistic Outpost!  Today, we’re showcasing stamps found in the Masculine category at the AO online store!  Join along in our Design Team Blog Hop today and see what my lovely Teammies have made for you–

Tracy * Gerrie * Terry * Kate * Shari-That’s Me! * Lisa

I’ve got a tag I made using the Keeper set–


This set is one of the first AO stamp sets that I ever bought!  It is a KEEPER!!  🙂


Since today’s Product Focus is about the masculine side of AO stamps, I kept this tag simple–no girlie embellies, no flowers, just a dude and his fish!!  OH, and the ‘Tale of Two Rustings’ part?  I’ve got two different versions of rusted accoutrements on this tag, achieved in completely different ways.  Cool!!


Here’s how my #8 manila tag started out.  I cut a piece of Rustic Beauty paper to fit the tag, adhered with matte multi-medium and heat set.  When dry, I stained the front & back sides of the tag with Peeled Paint & Wild Honey DSs.  I distressed the edges with my paper distresser and inked the entire tag and edges with Vintage Photo & Walnut Stain DIs.


Here’s the back of the tag, which received most of the Distress Stains.


Here’s how the rusted frame started out.  I stamped and fussy cut the frame from the boy w/fish image.  I spritzed one of the frames with my DA Carbon Black Mister, heat set, then brushed a layer of DA Texture Sand Paste over the surface with a flat paint brush.  When the surface of the frame was dry, I finger painted layers of Quinacridone Gold, Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide & Transparent Red Iron Oxide into the texture.


You can see some of those paint tones in the texture–pretty cool!!  This was my first time playing around with creating a faux rust finish, without using my trusty Rusting Powder.  I like both versions very much–They both have their own very unique qualities and feel, literally & visually!


I didn’t like the fish in this image, it just wasn’t ‘pretty’ enough for me, so I stamped the trout image in the Keeper set onto tissue paper, and super-imposed the trout over the fish the boy is holding.  There–That’s a better catch!!


Then I treated a piece of glossy stock with some of my green & yellow alcohol inks, and stamped the fish image again.  I fussy cut one of the fish and adhered to the fussy cut fisherman.


Before I adhered everything to the front of the tag, I added a monoprint of my Latticework LS using Picket Fence DS to the front and back–this is the back of the tag.  You can see the ghostly design of the stencil there–Oh, I like that!!


I adhered all of my pieces to the tag with a combo of matte multi-medium and foam squares.  I stamped the quote onto mixed-media paper and inked with Vintage Photo & Walnut Stain DIs.  I mounted each word band to black card stock, and added little pieces of the ruler image behind each word, just for a little interest.  I finished with adding a few little enamel dots, for a little extra dimensional fun.

Well, there you go!  A simple masculine tag, with little to no frilliness at all!!  Even the rusted border isn’t all that frilly!

If you’re hopping our Masculine Product Focus in order–You’ve got one more of my Teammies to visit, and that’s LisaIf you’re hopping in no particular order, here’s the list again….

Tracy * Gerrie * Terry * Kate * Shari-That’s Me! * Lisa

All stamps in the Masculine category at the Artistic Outpost online store are ON SALE for 20% off through Saturday, June 6th 2015.  You don’t need a special code to receive the discount, it will automatically be applied to your order at check out!

I’ll be back at 7am UK time, just one short hour away, so…..Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps: Keeper (Artistic Outpost)
  • Surfaces:  #8 Manila Tag (Inkssentials/Ranger); Rustic Beauty Paper Collection (ODBD); Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore); Black Card Stock (Core’dinations); Glossy Stock (Tim Holtz/Ranger)
  • Distress Inks, Markers & Stains (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Ink (Ranger); DecoArt Media Texture Sand Paste, Carbon Black Mister, Red Iron Oxide, Transparent Yellow Oxide, Quinacridone Gold (DecoArt); Rusting Powder (Crafty Notions); Adirondack AI (Tim Holtz/Ranger)
  • Beautiful Borders Die (ODBD); Big Shot Machine (Sizzix); Finger Knife (Fiskars); Craft Sheet; Stapler; Matte Multi-Medium Ranger); Foam Squares; Enamel Dots (Doodlebug); Paper String (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)

Brave Hero

Happy Monday!!  I’m here today, along with my Artistic Outpost Design Teammies, for our monthly Product Focus feature!!  Today, on this first Monday of May, we are featuring projects made with stamps from the Patriotic category found at the Artistic Outpost Store.

Stop by my teammates blogs to see what they’ve created for your enjoyment–

Terry * Kate * Tracy * Lisa *  Gerrie



I’m using the Hero stamp set for today’s card, along with papers from the Patriotic Collection from Our Daily Bread Designs.


I started with inking my manila background panel with Broken China & Barn Door DIs with my ink blending tools.  I spritzed with water, letting those inks blend and wick, then I heat set.  I’m using my Stars layering stencil in the upper left corner of my panel….


…..with white embossing paste to form what will become the star-spangled corner of a paper patchwork American flag.


I cut strips of paper, distressed the edges with my paper distresser, then sewed into place onto my background panel with my sewing machine.


I painted the embossed stars with Brushed Pewter DP–they got lost in the background when the embossing paste dried.  They still didn’t pop like I wanted them to with the silver paint, so I ended up outlining the stars with a black gel pen.


I did some water color stamping here.  I used my Distress Markers to color the stamp directly, spritzed with water, then stamped a couple of times.


I fussy cut the second generation stamping of the red & blue images, and separately water colored two of the soldiers and layered on top of the fussy cut background.


Doesn’t this handsome guy look dapper in his uniform?! I made a word band and mounted on a piece of black stock.  I adhered into place and added a little mirror star.


Here’s the blue fussy cut background with another handsome soldier layered on top.  He received the ‘Hero’ word band and his little star is over his shoulder.


I colored a couple more mirror stars with Denim Adirondack Alcohol ink and glued into place with matte multi-medium and adhered the finished panel on to a dark blue card base.

Thank you for coming by to see my Patriotic themed card for this month’s Artistic Outpost Product Focus.  All stamp sets in the Patriotic category are ON SALE for 20% off through Saturday, May 9th at the Artistic Outpost online store!  No special discount codes needed-the sale price will be reflected at check-out.

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!


  • Stamps:  Patriotic (Artistic Outpost)
  • Papers/Surfaces:  Patriotic Collection (Our Daily Bread Designs); Distress Water Color Stock (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Manila Stock; White Stock (PTI)
  • Distress Inks & Markers (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Ink (Ranger); Embossing Paste (Wendy Vecchi); Adirondack Alcohol Ink (Tim Holtz/Ranger)
  • Stars Layer Stencil (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous); Mirror Stars (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Finger Knife & Scissors (Fiskars); Craft Sheet (Ranger); Matte Multi-Medium (Ranger); Paper Distresser (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios);

Road Trip

Happy Monday!! I know-I’m back so soon!! 😉 🙂

Do you know about the new monthly feature that’s happening at Artistic Outpost?  It’s called Product Focus and on every first Monday of the month, members of the AO Design Team will create projects using images found within a themed line of AO stamp sets.

This month, we’re using images from our Transportation/Aviation line and I’m being joined in today’s Product Focus by AO Design Team Member – Tracy, so don’t forget to go by her blog and check out her Product Focus creation, too 🙂

ALSO-All stamp sets within our Transportation/Aviation category are ON SALE for 20% off through Saturday, April 11th 2015!

Ever get your kicks on Route 66?


I’ve used the Route 66 stamp set to create this jumbo tag card.


I started with a #10 jumbo manila tag, that I distressed with Tumbled Glass & Faded Jeans DI.


I then spritzed my craft sheet with Vintage Photo & Faded Jeans DSSs and patted my tag into the spray stains–this is the front of the tag….


…and this is the back of the tag, which will be the inside of the card, once I fold it.


I randomly stamped the map image from the set onto the front of the tag with Jet Black Archival ink, and folded the tag in half to turn this tag into a card.


I stamped the drive-in image onto tissue paper with Jet Black Archival, fussy cut and adhered to the front of the card with matte multi-medium and let air dry.  While that was drying, I did some separate stamping, coloring and fussy cutting with several more of the images from the Route 66 set.


I stamped and heat embossed the car with WV Sky Blue Archival Ink & Embossing Powder.  I heat embossed the highway sign in white then water colored with my Distress Markers and I painted a piece of Industrious Border stickers with Barn Door DP.  I stamped ‘Road Trip’ onto a piece of acetate with Jet Black StazOn and carefully heat set.


I stamped these cacti with Olive Archival ink and heat embossed with Frosted Crystal EP, then inked with Crushed Olive DI and fussy cut.


Here’s the inside of the card–I used the spare fussy cut pieces I had and decorated the inside.


I separately stamped the word ‘EAT’ from the drive-in image in Vermillion Archival ink and heat embossed with WV Red Geranium EP, carefully fussy cut and adhered to the front of the card.  I wanted ‘EAT’ to look like it was a lighted sign 🙂


The Route 66 stamp set is really fun and there are still several images in the set, that I have yet to use!  I think another jumbo tag card or two, may come out of this set yet!

I hope you enjoyed my creation for this month’s Artistic Outpost Product Focus.  If you’ve got any of our Transportation/Aviation themed stamps, have a go with your own creation and enter it into our monthly Show Us Your AO Art Challenge!  We’d love to have you over and see your AO Art, plus, there’s a chance to win a $15 gift certificate to the AO online store!

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



  • Stamps:  Route 66 (Artistic Outpost)
  • #10 Jumbo Manila Tag (The Funkie Junkie Boutique); Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore); Acetate (Papertrey Ink)
  • Distress Inks, Spray Stains & Markers (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Inks (Ranger); StazOn Ink (Tsukeniko); Embossing Powders (Ranger); White Embossing Powder (mfg ?-my stash)
  • Industrious Borders (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Craft Sheet (Ranger); Finger Knife (Fiskars); Cutting Mat; Heat Tool; Embossing Heat Gun; Matte Multi-Medium (Ranger); Diamond Glaze (Judikins)