Dare To Be

HELLO, HELLO!!  Welcome to my weekly posting for Artistic Outpost!  I had a play with Kudzu Kafe this week and created this little bi-fold ATC….


I was experimenting with the backgrounds on these ATCs, too.  I didn’t take any pictures while I was experimenting (I forget to do that sometimes) but I can show you what they looked like before I started stamping and layering.


I experimented with using rubber cement as a resist.  I got this idea from my fellow AO Design Teammie, Tracy (Thanks, Tracy!), because she uses something called ‘drawing gum’ in the creations of her wonderful backgrounds.  I don’t have ‘drawing gum’ (yet) but I wondered if rubber cement would work the same?


Yes, it worked, but it’s kind of goopy and thick, so it didn’t brush out all that smoothly.  So, after brushing rubber cement randomly over the surfaces, I let air dry, then I sprinkled Lemon Yellow & Pthalo Green Color Bursts over the surface, spritzed with water and watched the CBs do their thing.  I heat set the CBs, then rubbed the rubber cement off with my finger.  I attached the ATCs together with tissue tape then gave the tape a rubbing of white wash using Picket Fence DP and my finger.


I stamped the Kudzu People onto mixed-media paper with Jet Black Archival.


 I water colored each image with Distress Markers and my water brush and heat set.  I then rubbed the surfaces with Tea Dye DI and fussy cut with my finger knife.



I stamped the tree image from the AO Home set onto the backgrounds with Jet Black Archival–it’s a second generation stamping because I wanted the trees to be a little shadowy.  I gave the surface a splattering of Bamboo Heaven Twinkling H2Os and heat set.  Then I adhered Kudzu Lady to the surface and outlined her with Black Soot DI and my water brush.  I heat set that outline and outlined again with white gel pen.


Each panel, just like this Kudzu Kid’s, received an altered Numbered Brad.  I rubbed Picket Fence DP over the brads, let air dry a bit, then rubbed my finger over the surface to remove the extra paint.



I stamped all of the Kudzu quotes onto mixed-media paper with Jet Black Archival, coated with matte Decou-page and when dry, fussy cut into word bands.  I edged each band with Jet Black Archival and adhered onto each ATC panel.


When the word bands were secure, I outlined them with Black Soot DI and my water brush, then outlined again with my white gel pen.


I wanted to give these ATCs a stitched border, but they were too thick to run through my sewing machine, so to finish the panels, I gave them an edging of Black Soot DI and heat set.  That’ll do just fine!

Thanks so much for coming by today!!  Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps:  Kudzu Kafe & Home (Artistic Outpost)
  • 2 ATCs (made w/Manila Stock & Chipboard); Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore)
  • Archival Ink (Ranger); Distress Markers, Paint & Ink (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Twinkling H2Os (Splash of Color)
  • Tissue Tape & Numbered Brads (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Matte Decou-Page (DecoArt); Rubber Cement (Elmer’s); Finger Knife (Fiskars); Heat Tool; Round WC Paint Brush; Water Brush

Country Life at Artistic Outpost

HELLO HELLO HELLO!!   I’m here today, with my fellow Artistic Outpost Design Teammies, on our monthly AO DT Blog Hop!  This month, we’re featuring creations made using images from the Country Life category of stamps found at the Artistic Outpost Store.  Come on and hop along with us–

Tracy * Terry * Shari (you’re here) * Lisa

Two of our Teammates are sitting this Blog Hop out, but you can always go over to see what Gerrie and Kate have been up to anyway!  In the meantime, while you’re here, let me show you what I made for today’s Country Life Blog Hop–


I’ve created two rustic ATCs using our Home and The Outpost sets of stamps.  Believe me, it took all of my willpower to not grab my favorite Country Life themed set of stamps-Kudzu Kafe!! 😉 🙂


This is the only ‘before’ picture of my ATCs that I took.  I took two sheets of this wood grained paper from my ODBD Rustic Beauty paper pad, and covered both sides of the ATCs with it.  I then whitewashed the surfaces with Picket Fence DP that I watered down and brushed on.


This image is found in The Outpost set-I stamped it onto tissue paper with Jet Black Archival and adhered to the ATC with matte Decou-Page.  I heat set, then brushed a coat of DA Crackle Glaze over the surface and let air dry.  When the crackle was dry, I brushed on DA English Red Oxide Antiquing Cream and let air dry.


When the antiquing cream was dry, I gently wiped the ATC surface with a damp cotton cloth to expose all of those wonderful cracks!!  I twisted a piece of rusty wire into a heart shape and glued into place on the windmill with matte Decou-Page.

I stamped the quote onto kraft glassine with Jet Black Archival and heat set.  Then I crumpled the kraft glassine, smoothed out and fussy cut the words.  I adhered the strips into place with little dots of matte Decou-Page and let air dry.  When the words were dry, I outlined with Walnut Stain DI and my water brush, then outlined again with my white gel pen.


This second ATC was made the same, with the same products and techniques, but on this one I used the weathervane image from the Home stamp set.


When both of the hearts on the ATCs were dry, I outlined them with the fine tip of my Black Soot DM and my white gel pen.

I love how the outline of Walnut Stain around the kraft glassine gave it an additional layer of vintagey worn-outedness (I just made that word up!)–Oh and the brads!! Those are brown brads from my stash that I treated with Rusting Powder, actually two layers of Rusting Powder.  The first layer kind of drooped off the edges, so I applied another layer and it stayed in place during drying 🙂


I edged each ATC with Black Soot DP and attached a couple of lengths of wire for hangars.  I’m new at using rusty wire in my creations, so the little twists I made at the ends, aren’t all that impressive–Well, neither are the wire hearts for that matter, but I’ll keep on incorporating it whenever I can so that I can get the practice in!   😉 🙂

Well, there you go with my Country Life Blog Hop ATCs–I hope you like ’em!  Your next stop on today’s Hop is Lisa, if you’re hopping in order.  Here’s our line-up again, just in case you like to free-style hop–

Tracy * Terry * Me (thanks for stopping by!) * Lisa

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



  • Stamps:  Home & The Outpost (Artistic Outpost)
  • ATCs (made with manila & chipboard); Rustic Beauty Paper Pack (ODBD); Kraft Glassine (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Tissue Paper
  • Archival Ink (Ranger); Crackle Glaze & Antiquing Cream (DecoArt Media); Rusting Powder (Crafty Notions UK); Distress Paint, Ink & Markers (Tim Holtz/Ranger); White Gel Pen (Sakura); Matte Decou-Page (DecoArt)
  • Rusty Wire; Brads

In The Rain

Hi There & Happy Sunday!!  I’m here with my weekly creation for Artistic Outpost.  Today I’m sharing a card that I made with our new Springtime stamp set.  We had quite the rainy week here in the mountains of North Idaho, so, this card seemed just perfect.


This quote & these kids are the images that drove the inspiration for this card.  I really wanted to do them justice and give them a lovely rainy day to have their play in.


Here’s my nice clean gelli plate–it’s the 5″x7″ size.  I’m using Turquoise & Daffodil Yellow DecoArt Crafters Acrylics and Translucent White DA Fluid Acrylic.


I randomly applied dots of paint and blended together using my 3.5″ brayer.  This part went quickly, so I didn’t take pictures, but I also pressed my WV Polka Dotty stencil into the wet paint, then pressed my piece of mixed-media paper into the wet paint.


I completely love how this background came out!  I love those blobs of yellow and I love those stenciled dots!!


I did end up producing another gelli plate monoprint to use up all of the paint that was still on my brayer.  I pressed another stencil into the second monoprint-I used my Flourishes LS, and that one turned out more ghost like.  That will be used in a future card 🙂


From the time I prepared the monoprint background, until here, I did not take pictures.  I just stamped and stamped and stamped and did some fussy cutting and added some tissue tape here and there and swiped lines of Black Soot & Picket Fence DPs about.


I also did some heat embossing.  I inked up the umbrella part of the image with WV Buttercup Archival, stamped onto a piece of mixed-media paper and heat embossed with its coordinating color of WV Buttercup EP.


These trees are from the Home set and I stamped them twice onto the background with Jet Black Archival.  You can see the faint hints of script back there–that’s my favorite script image (I wish it was bigger!) and it’s found in The Outpost set.  I stamped it randomly in the background with Evergreen Bough DI.


I made two little quote bands for this card–I stamped the sentiment onto mixed-media paper with Jet Black Archival and fussy cut, then mounted onto a piece of black stock and fussy cut again.  They were attached to the card with matte multi-medium and when dry, I used my water brush and Pumice Stone DI to outline them.


Something else I did when stamping this fence image onto the background panel–I stamped it where I was going to position the kids, twice.  I wanted that to look more gate-ish.  This is the entrance to the tree grove where they will go walking, you see 🙂


The kids got stamped onto mixed-media paper with Jet Black Archival, het set, then rubbed with a bit of Tea Dye DI and fussy cut.  They and their yellow umbrella were adhered into place with matte multi-medium and when dry, given an outline with my water brush & Pumice Stone DI.

I’m really enjoying the Springtime set that was released last month.  It’s playful and whimsy on its own but the images are also mixable & matchable with all of the other Artistic Outpost stamp sets! I LOVE that!!

Thanks so much for stopping by today and spending a bit of your Sunday with me!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps: Springtime (Artistic Outpost)
  • Mixed Media Paper (Strathmore); Black Card Stock (Core’dinations)
  • Crafters Acrylics & Media Fluid Acrylics (Deco Art); Archival Inks (Ranger); Distress Inks & Paints (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Embossing Powder (Wendy Vecchi/Ranger)
  • Gelli Plate; Brayer; Matte Multi-Medium (Ranger); Heat Tool; Old Gift Card; Finger Knife (Fiskars); Water Brush
  • Tissue Tape (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)

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)

Go Together

Happy Wednesday & Welcome to the monthly Artistic Outpost Blog Hop!!  I’m excited to be here, as this is my 1st time participating in the monthly AO Blog Hop as a member of the AO Design Team!!  I’ve joined in the monthly AO DT Blog Hops in the past, but just as an admirer and hopper, not as a participant and hoppee…Or wait, would it have been I was a hoppee, jumping around to the hoppers?  OK–now I’m just confused, so on to today’s Hop!! 😉

The Artistic Outpost Design Team is – Terry * Tracy * Gerrie * Lisa * Kate * & Me and our theme this month is ‘Transportation’.  I pulled out the old pick-up truck image from the Home stamp set and put it back on the road, thrice!


I’m also using stamps from the Chalkboard Wisdom set, too–one of the sentiments and the arrow.  As this is a  Design Team Blog Hop, I’m not going to keep you here very long, plus, as you can guess, I didn’t take any step-out pictures!  This was one of those tags that seemed to magically come together from out of nowhere (after my first creation failed!) 😉


Although this is the back of my finished tag, this is how it started out.  I’m using a jumbo #10 manila tag and used the wrinkle free Distress Stain technique for creating the backgrounds with Squeezed Lemonade & Barn Door DSs.  I also used my air tool with my Black Soot DM to spritz ink spots all over the front & back surfaces.


Something else that I have going on, on the front of my tag is the Tissue Tape Resist technique, too.  I applied tissue tape randomly and then ran the tag through the Distress Stain for the wrinkle free look.  OH–and I also have some polka dots stenciled onto the front of the tag too, using my Dylusions Dotted Flowers stencil with Antique Linen Distress Paint.


Each truck was treated the same-stamped in Cobalt, Vermillion & Olive Archival inks and heat embossed with Antiquities Frosted Crystals EP.  They all got fussy cut and mounted onto each of their previously stamped spots on the front of the tag.


I stamped the quote onto manila stock a couple of times with Jet Black Archival ink, fussy cut and mounted onto the tag with matte gel.  I also swiped a bit of matte gel over the surface of the cut out words to seal them, so I could smudge Black Soot Distress Marker around their edges, but wipe off any boo-boos.  I kept my embellies easy with a sprocket gear on a jump ring, hanging from a wire pin, attached to stained seam binding-The sprocket gear looks like a steering wheel to me!

Thanks for hopping over for the Artistic Outpost Transportation Blog Hop today and don’t forget to check out the awesome creations my teammies made!

* Terry * Tracy * Gerrie * Lisa * Kate *

They are phenomenal and everyone’s styles are so different and fabulous, you’ll enjoy your visit to their blogs!!

Thanks again for stopping by and until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps:  Home & Chalkboard Wisdom (Artistic Outpost)
  • Surfaces: #10 Jumbo Tag (The Funkie Junkie Boutique); Manila Stock; Tissue Tape (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Distress Stains, Paint, Marker, Inks (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Inks (Ranger); Antiquities Frosted Crystals EP (Ranger)
  • Gear Sprocket, Jump Ring & Wire Pin (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Seam Binding (The Funkie Junkie Boutique)
  • Finger Knife (Fiskars); Craft Sheet (Ranger); Matte Gel (Liquitex); Double-Back Tape (3M); Air Art Tool (Artworx); Ink Blending Tool; Heat Tool; Embossing Heat Gun