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

Dare to Live

HELLO & HAPPY SUNDAY!!  It’s not only my weekly share for Artistic Outpost, but it’s also the first Sunday of Spring and things are starting to come alive out there!  The trees are still bare, but there are little sprouts of everything popping up everywhere!  Now, to just keep the bunnies from eating all of that succulent new growth!!  With all of the action going on outside, I was able to get a little playtime done in the inside, too!


With it being just a few days into Spring, our days are still quite gray, chilly and now rainy (instead of snowy)–Not a lot of bright colors out and about just yet.  But, I can make the bright colors come alive at the craft table with Distress Inks and LOTS of Artistic Outpost stamps!!

I think I was daydreaming during the making of this card, because I didn’t pick up the camera, except for one time.  I just zoomed through the process of putting this card together, which was pretty fun!


I did all of my distressing and stamping first.  I inked my manila panel with Squeezed Lemonade, Tumbled Glass & Mowed Lawn DIs, then stamped the barn image from the Home set into place with Jet Black Archival.  I ran the panel through my sewing machine for a few messy stitches, then grabbed my Honeycomb & Stars LSs.  I inked over the stencils with Mustard Seed & Mowed Lawn DIs, then spritzed and flicked with water.

The quote is from the Kudzu Kafe set, stamped onto a piece of manila stock that I had inked with Tea Dye, Vintage Photo & Walnut Stain DIs.  While I had the Tea Dye out, I stamped the ticking image randomly about the background, too.


So, here is the only in-process photo that I took!  DUH!!  But there are my tattered florals in assembly.  I ran the bigger burlap florals through my sewing machine and stamped the muslin florals with the ledger image from the Ephemera Background set.  I also die cut some florals out of the Rustic Beauty paper pad from ODBD.  I spritzed everything with Distress Spray Stains in Mustard Seed, Crushed Olive & Mowed Lawn.  Then I spritzed the florals again with water, and scrunched into little balls and let air dry.


Here they are, all assembled and simply adorned with a jeweled brad and inked with a bit of Vintage Photo DI.  I just love their messy, rustic look 🙂


These bicyclists are from the Hats Off set that I stamped onto acetate with Jet Black Archival.  I fussy cut them and adhered to the filmstrip die with matte multi-medium and then applied a thin layer of Clear Rock Candy DCP over the surface.  I just love those crackly cracks and that little bit of script that peeks through!


Oh, here’s some more of that script!  That could be one of my favorite little stamps that I reach for time and time again.  It’s from The Outpost set and it’s a dandy image to have!


I distressed and inked the edges of this panel, then used my air art tool to spritz Walnut Stain DM over everything and heat set!  I attached this finished panel to a light green card base with lots & lots of double-backed tape, then inked the edges again to grunge up the card base a bit.

Happy Spring and Thank You for joining me for my first card of Spring!!  It’s true! This is the first card I’ve made all week, and it just so happened to coincide with this first weekend of Spring!  FUN!  OH–and speaking of Spring & Fun….We’re going to be having our monthly Artistic Outpost Design Team Blog Hop this coming Wednesday, and guess what our theme is going to be?! 🙂

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps: Home, The Outpost, Hats Off, Kudzu Kafe & Ephemera Backgrounds (Artistic Outpost)
  • Dies:  Tattered Florals & Mini Filmstrip/Tickets (Tim Holtz/Sizzix);  Flower & Vines #2 (Sizzix)
  • Big Shot Machine (Sizzix); Sewing Machine (Kenmore)
  • Surfaces:  Manila; Acetate; Muslin Fabric; Burlap Paper; Green Card Stock; Rustic Beauty Pattern Paper (ODBD); Kraft Core (Tim Holtz/Core’dinations)
  • Distress Inks, Crackle Paint, Markers & Spray Stains (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Ink (Ranger)
  • Paper Distresser (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios); Matte Multi-Medium (Ranger); Double-Backed Tape (3M); Air Art Tool (Artworx); Craft Sheet (Ranger); Heat Tool; Paint Brushes
  • Jeweled Brad (American Crafts)

Tag of a Gentleman

HELLO & HAPPY SUNDAY!!  I’m here today with a rather green post for Artistic Outpost!  Well, it is the Sunday before St. Patrick’s Day after all 🙂


I’m celebrating a bit of the Irish by releasing the green onto a couple of the AO New Releases, Hat’s Off & Hats Background!  These images go so well together–I  can’t use one without the other! 🙂

I have absolutely no pictures of any of the steps that I took while making this tag!  But, I’m using a tag design from one of Tim Holtz’s 12 Tags of 2014-it’s his June tag to be exact.  I tweaked his original design just a bit and took a green-dominant color palette.


I stamped the Hats Background image onto my #8 manila tag with Olive Archival and heat dried.  I then used my Harlequin LS to create the green mono-print background on a piece of mixed-media paper.  I used Distress Spray Stains in Mowed Lawn, Crushed Olive & Peeled Paint, and I used the overspray left on my craft sheet to color the #8 manila tag.

I stamped this dapper straw-hatted gent onto mixed media paper several times with Jet Black Archival and a couple of my green inks-Olive Archival & Mowed Lawn DI.  I heat embossed the green images with clear embossing powder and fussy cut the hats and bowties.  I then water colored the images that I had stamped in Jet Black, fussy cut and adhered the embossed pieces with matte multi-medium.


I masked off the quote stamp with a post-it note, inked it with Jet Black Archival, removed the post-it note and stamped the quote onto my harlequined panel.


Behind the scenes, I had painted a few mini gears, brads, game spinners, word bands and a piece of Industrious Borders with Mowed Lawn DP and let air dry.


Before I attached all of my pieces to my tag, I gave it a spritzing of Black Soot DM with my air art tool and heat dried.  Then, when all of my embellies were dry, I adhered the fussy cut gents to the tag with double-backed tape & foam squares and attached all of the embellies in their respective places.


Here’s a picture of the back of the tag with shadow stamping of the Hats Background image and the very last of the overspray of the DSSs.   I don’t really mind that the fasteners of the brads are exposed–I can write around those and of course, I had to get my water spots in there, too!!


I topped the tag with a messy, seam binding bow, that I had stained with Mowed Lawn & Peeled Paint DSs to finish off this concoction of green!  I swear these dapper gentlemen are enjoying watching a St. Patrick’s Day parade go by!!

Thanks so much for joining me for my weekly creation for Artistic Outpost!  I sure do appreciate your visits and comments and hope you all have a safe & festive St. Patrick’s Day!!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps:  Hat’s Off & Hats Background (Artistic Outpost)
  • #8 Manila Tag (Inkssentials/Ranger); Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore)
  • Distress Spray Stains, Paint, Markers & Inks (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Ink (Ranger); Embossing Powder (WOW)
  • Industrious Borders, Word Bands, Mini Gears & Game Spinners (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Brads; Seam Binding (The Funkie Junkie Boutique)
  • Matte Multi-Medium (Ranger); Double-Backed Tape (3M); Foam Squares; Ink Blending Tool; Air Art Tool (Artworx); Heat Tool; Embossing Heat Gun; Craft Sheet (Ranger)

Simple Hats

Happy Weekend!!  Happy Sunday!!  It’s my time of the week at the Artistic Outpost Blog and I’m here today with a quick card that I made using mainly one image from one of the new stamp sets in the January Release–Hat’s Off.


OK–I’m using the Hats Background stamp, too!! OK–I’ve also got one of the quotes from the Hat’s Off set in play!  OK–so 3 images are making up this card! It’s still gonna be a quick & easy one!  😉 🙂


Here’s some of goodies that I used–Stamps, card stocks & the things not pictured, 2 different inks, a square punch and my ever faithful sewing machine.


I started with my background panel-a piece of kraft stock, roughly machine stitched around the edges–Roughly, indeed!!  I then shadow-stamped the Hats Background image onto the panel with Jet Black Archival Ink, then I splattered Pumpkin Spice Twinkling H2Os over the surface with a small round paint brush and heat dried.  I finished the background panel with inking the edges with Walnut Stain DI and my ink blending tool.


I chose some colors of Kraft-Core and gently sanded each piece.  I then stamped the hat image onto each sanded piece of stock with Jet Black Archival and used my 1.5″ square punch to punch out each hat.  I roughed up the edges with my paper distresser and inked with Walnut Stain DI and my ink blending tool then mounted all of the squares onto another piece of kraft scrap, then I machine stitched onto the background panel.  With the hats in place, I adhered the background panel onto my card base-with lots of double-backed tape! 🙂


I placed two pieces of the sanded kraft-core side by side, attached together with a piece of double-backed tape to the back, then I pressed the combined stock onto a scrap piece of kraft.  I stamped the quote onto the combined piece of stock with Jet Black Archival Ink, roughly stitched around the edges of the quote, and fussy cut out.  I adhered to the background panel with double-backed tape.



For a little fun, I stamped and fussy cut three hats and attached to the inside of the card with little pieces of double-backed tape.


I told you-Easy Peasy!!  So easy in fact that this card took me about 15 minutes to make!  I kept the design simple, and let the images and colored stock do all the talking!  Oh, there’s a challenge for myself–how many more 15 minute cards can I make with Hat’s Off & Hats Background?! Hmmmm….  🙂

Thank you all for joining me on this Valentine’s Day weekend!!  Until next time-Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps:  Hat’s Off & Hats Background (Artistic Outpost)
  • Surfaces: Orange & Kraft Stock; Kraft Core (Tim Holtz/Core’dinations)
  • Archival Ink (Ranger); Distress Ink (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Twinkling H20s (Splash of Color)
  • Sewing Machine (Kenmore); Square Punch (Marvy); Round Paint Brush; Paper Distresser (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios); Finger Knife (Fiskars); Heat Tool; Double-Backed Tape (3M)

A Gentle Man

Hello & Happy Sunday!!  Like I mentioned earlier this week, the New Release of Artistic Outpost stamps, were very hard to keep under wraps!!  I’ve been making secret projects since last month and can now start sharing them with you!!  BIG SIGH!!  🙂

The Hat’s Off stamp set & single stamp Hats Background, have been a lot of fun to create with–The images are very vintagey and masculine and versatile!


I know that this ‘gentle man’ is going to show up in lots of projects this year!!  So will that background! So will the quote!!

I have a few step-outs of how I created this card–It’s really pretty easy and look at the results!


I have a piece of manila stock that I’m going to distress with Tea Dye, Vintage Photo & Walnut Stain DIs and my ink blending tools.


I rubbed each color randomly over the surface then gave a spritz of water to blend and heat dried.  OK–the steps I didn’t take pictures of; stamping & heat embossing of the Hats Background image and the subsequent rubbing of more Distress Inks over the embossed image.


Isn’t that fun?  I love that technique and you can use whatever colors of Distress Ink you want, to achieve this resist result.


Here’s a close-up…I used Walnut Stain & Black Soot DIs to ink over my embossed surface.  (sorry about the lighting in this photo)


There’s one more part of what I did to this background–Water Spots!!  Except, I’m going to produce them through a stencil!  I spritzed water through my Burlap LS and gently blotted with a paper towel.


I did the same to the other portion of the panel…..


…Oh Boy!!  Look at those lovely, subtle water spots!  I love them!  I cut this panel down a bit and distressed the edges with my paper distresser. Then I ran it through my sewing machine and stitched a messy border and attached the panel to my kraft stock card base.


I stamped the quote with Jet Black Archival ink a couple of times on distressed manila stock.  Check out those water spots–They’re every where!!  I fussy cut all of the words, inked the edges with Walnut Stain DI and mounted onto black stock.

I stamped the image onto mixed-media paper with Jet Black Archival and brushed a light layer of Diamond Glaze over his hat.  I heat dried then water colored the image with Tattered Rose, Pumice Stone & Aged Mahogany DMs and my water brush.  I heat dried again then rubbed the image with Tea Dye DI and my ink blending tool.  His was fussy cut with my finger knife and mounted onto black stock.


I attached him to the background panel with double-back tape and glued the Observation Word Band into place with matte gel.

 I adhered the words onto the background panel with matte gel and then pressed the entire card between a few heavy books for a couple of hours to secure everything in place.


I’m not kidding when I say that I’m really LOVING these images!!  As I look at this card now, I’m already envisioning another version of it!!  I just LOVE that when that happens!!  OH–and it completely helps that my Artistic Outpost Design Teammates are creating such incredible projects of their own that inspire me even more!!  I just LOVE that, too!!

Thank you for joining me today!!  I surely do appreciate your visits and very nice comments that you’re leaving for me!! The kind words that I receive keep me fueled and motivated and I’m touched by each and every one!!  Thank You!!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps: Hat’s Off & Hats Background (Artistic Outpost)
  • Surfaces: Kraft, Black & Manila Stock; Mixed-Media Paper
  • Distress Inks & Markers (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Ink (Ranger); Distress Embossing Ink (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Clear Embossing Powder (WOW)
  • Sewing Machine (Kenmore); Finger Knife (Fiskars); Paper Distresser (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios); Ink Blending Tool (Tim Holtz/Ranger)
  • Word Bands (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Colored Brads

It’s New Release Time at Artistic Outpost

Happy Wednesday!!  It’s a big day at Artistic Outpost–The first Artistic Outpost New Release of 2015!!  It’s been hard to keep these images a secret, so I’m glad today is finally here!  To celebrate the occasion, all of us Artistic Outpost Designers are having a blog hop today to unveil some of the projects we’ve been creating secretly behind the scenes.

Another fun thing  happening is an AO Blog Hop contest!!*  Just visit each designer’s blog and leave a comment (on mine, too) between today and January 23rd (10pm CST) and three randomly chosen winners will win a $15 gift certificate to the AO store.  The Artistic Outpost Design Team is:  TerryGerrieLisaKateTracy (and me!).  Stop by my teammates blogs and enjoy their January 2015 New Release creations, won’t you, and while there, leave a little love, too 😉

I don’t want to keep you here long today–I want you to have enough energy to visit everyone’s blogs, so I’m going to quickly share the two cards I made for today’s New Release Blog Hop.  I’m showcasing a card made with one of the new ATC-sized, collage-style, single stamps called Sound of the Sea….

Sound of the Sea AO71

…and a card made using one of the new stamp sets called Hat’s Off.

Hats Off AO74

These stamps, along with all of the other Artistic Outpost New Releases, are stocked and in the AO store now!!


I created this ATC focal point for this card with the Sound of the Sea stamp.  Lots of Distress Paints and Archival Inks and water coloring with Distress Markers made this image come to life.  I achieved the background on the ATC by stamping the image onto tissue paper with Jet Black Archival and adhering to the panel with matte gel.  I finished with layering all of the other stamped, colored & fussy cut images and elements on top to create a mini seascape.


I even added an itty bitty little shell to the young girl’s hands to evoke that childhood wonder of hearing the ‘Sound of the Sea’ in a seashell 🙂


This layered card was made with stamps found in the new Hat’s Off set and the Ephemera Backgrounds set.

This is how I created the backgrounds of both the card base and the ATC focal point.  I stamped the Ephemera Background image with Coffee Archival Ink directly onto the stock then adhered tissue paper, that had been stamped with the bicyclists from Hat’s Off in Jet Black Archival, over the surface with matte gel.

I made both of these cards so that the ATC centers are removable.  When the recipient of the cards are done with displaying, they can remove the ATC centers and save as a special piece of mini-art 🙂

Thanks for joining me today for the first New Release of Artistic Outpost stamps for 2015!!  It really does feel good to have this secret out!!  I can’t wait to create and share more projects that I make with these new AO images!

Don’t forget to stop by my Artistic Outpost Design Team Members blogs to share in their creative excitement, too!!  They’d appreciate hearing from you and each comment you leave at each blog, gives you a chance to win that $15 AO gift certificate 🙂

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



*Prize Information: Just for commenting on the 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 January 23, 2015 at 10:00pm CST to leave comments on the participating designers blogs for a chance to win!  Three random winners will be selected from the comments left on the designers blogs, the winners will be announced on the AO blog on January 24, 2015, be sure to check back there to see if you have won!