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

Simple Beauties

Happy Sunday–Thanks for joining me today !!  I’ve been experimenting this week and for my weekly project for Artistic Outpost I’ve got something a little fun to share–


Well, maybe three little pieces of fun to share!!  I’m trying my hand at ‘domino art’ and created this little trio of uncomplicated craftiness.  Like the quote says-“Enjoy simple beauty” so, I’ve pulled together some of my favorite Artistic Outpost Beauties to spread the word.

I’m using images from Keeper, Wander & Dream, Old Grist Mill, Generation Redux and Ephemera Backgrounds.  I know it seems like a lot, but I only used one image from each set and I treated each domino the same, so it was easy to create these.  Let me show you a little bit of what went on behind the scenes 🙂 🙂


I layered colors of Adirondack AIs onto all of the surfaces of the dominos.  Each domino received a combo of 3-4 colors on all sides.


This is a combo of Lettuce, Salmon and Aqua AIs.


I finished it with bright touches of Wild Plum AI and heat set.


Each AO Beauty, this bespectacled vixen is from Generation Redux, got stamped onto tissue paper with Jet Black Archival and adhered to the blank surface of the domino with matte Decou-Page and heat set.  BTS-I drilled little holes into the top of each domino so that I can glue head pins strung with beads into each one.


I stamped the ‘Enjoy simple beauty’ quote from the Old Grist Mill set, onto mixed-media paper with Jet Black Archival and fussy cut into little word bands.   I adhered the word bands and additional beads onto the surfaces then coated with Diamond Glaze and allowed to air dry over night.  No touching until that glaze is crystal clear!!

With the glaze dry on the front sides of the dominos, I moved onto the back sides the next morning.  I stamped the ledger page image from our Ephemera Background set onto tissue paper with Jet Black Archival and ripped it into domino size pieces.  I adhered the stamped tissue paper with matte Decou-Page and heat set.  I adhered the word bands and coated with Diamond Glaze and let air dry.

This lovely cowgirl is from our Wander & Dream set and she carries the same message.

Another AO Hottie you can’t miss-This is the ‘fisher of men’ image in our Keeper stamp set.  I just love her smile!  Oh, something I almost forgot to mention–Each domino is set upon a big brad head.  I snapped off the fastener parts of each big brad, and there’s an instant little stand!!  I adhered the dominos onto each brad with E6000 glue and let cure all day before I started moving them about.


The front sides once again–


And the positive message on the backside of each domino. Words to live by for sure!

Well there you go–My first attempts at ‘domino art’.  Of course, I’m already seeing that I could have done so much more with these first experiments, but luckily, I’ve got a whole box of dominos to play with and I know this won’t be the last time that Artistic Outpost and dominos come together!!

Thanks so much for taking a little bit of time out of your Sunday to pop in and have a visit!  I’ll be back tomorrow with my AO Design Teammies for our monthly Product Focus feature, so I’ll see you again tomorrow!!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps: Keeper, Generation Redux, Ephemera Backgrounds & Old Grist Mill (Artistic Outpost)
  • Tissue Paper; Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore)
  • Archival Ink (Ranger); Distress Marker (Tim Holtz/Ranger); White Gel Pen; Adirondack Alcohol Inks (Ranger)
  • Matte Decou-Page (DecoArt); Diamond Glaze (Judikins); E6000 Adhesive; Hot Glue Gun; Flat Paint Brushes; Water Brush
  • Beads; Head Pin; Big Metal Brads (all stash goodies)

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

Enjoy Simple Beauty

Happy Sunday!!  Thanks for joining me for my weekly project for Artistic Outpost–Today, I’ve got a trio of rustic postcards I created using our Old Grist Mill set along with the help of an image from the Ephemera Background set, too!


I ended my crafty week with practicing water coloring using my Distress Markers and water brushes.  I managed to take a few in-process shots, so let me show you what I had going on 🙂


I also wanted to see what the water coloring would look like with the image stamped in three different colored inks.  I used Cobalt, Sepia and Jet Black Archival inks to stamp the covered bridge image onto mixed-media paper.

I started water coloring the background and immediate foreground using lighter Distress Marker colors first.  Throughout my water coloring, I accessed  ink from markers that I scribbled onto my craft sheet and picked up with my water brush.

When adding the greens of the trees and underbrush, I dotted color onto the image directly, blended with my water brush and heat set.  Then I added additional color with my water brush.

Working on the bridge, I used the fine tip of my Distress Markers and went over the finer lines of the image and blended with my water brush.  I heat set then brought in more color with my water brush until I was happy, then heat set again.

 I wish the outline of the roof line wasn’t so severe, but, it is what it is (embracing imperfection here!).  I aged all three with a rubbing of Vintage Photo DI over the surfaces, heat set then trimmed to size.  These postcards measure just a tad under 3″ x 5″.

I wanted the backsides of the postcards to be rustic too, so I added a few pieces of ODBD Rustic Beauty paper that I had lightly sanded and dry brushed with Gathered Twigs DP.  I masked off the ‘PostCard’ image from the Ephemera Backgrounds set, inked with Jet Black Archival, then stamped onto each postcard.


Going back to the front sides of the postcards, I brushed a layer of matte Decou-Page over the surface to seal it and provide tooth for the next step.


I brushed a coat of DAM Crackle Glaze over the surface of each postcard and let air dry.

While waiting for the crackle glaze to dry, I stamped the sentiment onto tissue paper with Jet Black Archival and gently fussy ripped.  Once the glaze was dry, I adhered the stamped tissue paper onto each postcard with matte Decou-Page and heat set.  I rubbed the entire surfaces with Vintage Photo DI and Walnut Stain DI.  I heat set the postcards then rubbed the edges with Black Soot DP using my finger and I let them air dry.

I didn’t add any additional embellies to these postcards, as much as I may have wanted to, because I really do want to use these as postcards.  They are sturdy, there’s space for writing a note and for a special recipient’s address, slap a stamp on it, and it’s off!

Thanks so much for spending a little bit of your Sunday with me!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps:  Old Grist Mill & Ephemera Backgrounds (Artistic Outpost)
  • Distress Markers, Inks & Paint (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Inks (Ranger); Crackle Glaze (DecoArt Media)
  • Surfaces:  Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore); Tissue Paper; Rustic Beauty Collection (ODBD)
  • Matte Decou-Page (DecoArt); Flat Paint Brushes; Detail Water Brush; Heat Tool; Craft Sheet (Ranger)

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

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

Wonder and Think

HELLO!!  HELLO!!!  Happy Sunday!!  I’m back from my brief hiatus to bring you my weekly creation for Artistic Outpost!!  It sure does feel good to be getting inky again, instead of all stinky from the yuckiness that was the reason for my hiatus….(cough cough, septic system-again!) 😉

But all of that is a thing of the past (hopefully!), and I’ve got to think of the future–Future masculine birthdays coming up this year!  Because of all of the ‘fun’ I was having behind the scenes, I missed out on Wednesday’s AO Blog Hop.  My Artistic Outpost Design Teammies shared projects made with images from the This & That category at the Artistic Outpost Store and my tag today is made with that same theme in mind.


I’m using images from the Apothecary, Ephemera Backgrounds and Think & Wonder stamp sets.  What’s so cool about the stamp sets from Artistic Outpost is, you can mix & match them and they all look and work so well together 🙂


I started with a couple of jumbo manila tags that I colored with the Wrinkle-Free Distress Stain background technique.  I’m using Frayed Burlap & Wild Honey DSs.  The tag on the left is the first run through of the stains and the tag on the right received what was left over, with an extra little dab of Frayed Burlap DS on the craft sheet.  I’m going to save the tag on the right for another project, of  course 😉


Here’s the tag after layering some Distress Inks, tissue tape, stenciling and some spritzed & flicked water spots onto the background.   I used the ledger image from the Ephemera Backgrounds set to randomly stamp pieces of the text, then distressed the edges with my paper distresser and inked with Walnut Stain DI.


Before I started layering on all of my stamped accoutrements, I did a little bit more stamping onto the tag  background using text from the Think & Wonder set and I also stamped the image of the drugstore building from the Apothecary set back there, too.  You can kind of see it peeking out from behind Dr. Forrest!


Speaking of Dr. Forrest, I stamped his image onto mixed-media paper twice with Jet Black Archival.  I water colored one of the images with Distress Markers and my water brush.  I fussy cut the good doctor out and adhered him onto the other image that I had outlined with my Pumice Stone DM and smudged with a damp finger-fussy cut that out and mounted onto a little scrap piece of black card stock that I trimmed with decorative scissors, to make it look like a little postage stamp.


This prescription image was stamped onto mixed-media paper with Jet Black Archival.  I stamped the sentiment onto the Rx, fussy cut it out then crumpled it up and inked with Distress Inks.  I un-crumpled it, inked the surface with more Distress Ink, then spritzed and flicked water over the surface.  I added the brads to the corners right before I  positioned and adhered to the tag.


I stamped this bottle image onto mixed-media paper with Sky Blue Archival and heat embossed it with its color coordinated Sky Blue EP.  I stamped the ‘Fountain of Youth’ label onto tissue paper and adhered to the bottle with matte multi-medium.  I also stamped the cork of the bottle separately with Coffee Archival and heat embossed with Vintage Photo Distress EP.  I fussy cut the bottle and cork and adhered together with matte multi-medium.  I then inked the edges with Black Soot DI, tied the type charm around the neck with jute twine and adhered to the tag with foam squares.



I added a few  kraft glassine labels with Wonder and Think word bands mounted to each one.  After I had everything positioned and adhered into place on the tag, I finished with a spritz of Walnut Stain DI with my air art tool.  Love those ink splatters!!


One masculine birthday tag down, a good handful left to do!!  Good thing I’ve got so many cool Artistic Outpost stamps to work with! 🙂

Thanks so much for coming by today and having a visit with me after my absence from blogland.  It feels good to have some of my creative mojo back after the no-mojo, non-creative month I’ve had.  I’m so glad that May is almost here!! 🙂 🙂

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps:  Apothecary, Ephemera Backgrounds, Think & Wonder (Artistic Outpost)
  • #10 Jumbo Manila Tag (The Funkie Junkie Boutique); Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore); Glassine Paper (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Tissue Paper; Manila Stock; Black Card Stock (Core’dinations)
  • Distress Stains, Inks & Markers (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Inks (Ranger)
  • Tissue Tape & Type Token (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Brads; Jute Twine
  • Craft Sheet (Ranger); Heat Tool; Embossing Heat Gun; Matte Multi-Medium (Ranger); Foam Squares; Double-Backed Tape (3M); Paper Distresser (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios); Decorative Scissors; Ink Blending Tools; Air Art Tool (Artworx); Paint Brush