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

Feeling Themeless and a Touch of Fate

Hi There!!  Happy Monday!!  I’m here today, just to share a little personal happiness!!  Nothing too big, but a huge thrill to me–I’m starting my 2016 creative year with being published in the Winter Edition of The Stamper’s Sampler!! 🙂 🙂


Just a WOW! feeling!!  That’s about the best way I can sum it up!!  Super Duper Happy!!  I’ve got not just one card featured, but TWO in their ‘Feeling Themeless’ section of their magazine.


Now, you may say to yourself–I don’t see Shari’s name here.  Well, yes, that’s correct.  Unfortunately, an error was made in crediting the ‘Poe’ card to me, but that’s just what happens in publishing sometimes.  But, this is also a card that I shared here at my blog way back in 2013–

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—I made a trio of, kind of, clean & simple Poe cards, and shared in my blog post “Poe, Poe, Poe”.

Another card featured in the Feeling Themeless section is–


—Georges and Louis….

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This is another card that I shared here at Ain’t That Artsy Fartsy back in 2013, during my first several months in blogland–“Thursday Love-A Boy & His Dog”   With this card–I’m using stamp images from 2 rubber stamp companies, Artistic Outpost & Lost Coast Designs, whose Design Teams I’m now on!!!  Who would have guessed, that almost 3 years after starting my blog and sharing the things that I create,  that I would end up creating for 2 rubber art stamp company’s design teams?  Talk about a touch of fate!  It’s one of those WOW! moments again, for sure!!

I hope to share more instances of WOW! with you throughout 2016!!  Thanks so much for stopping by today!!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!


Hello Autumn

Hello, Hello!!  Happy Sunday Everyone!!  I’m going to be doing something a little differently for my weekly postings here for Artistic Outpost.  I’m going to offer a sneaky peek of my project each week, but for the complete details, you’ll have to go over to the Artistic Outpost blog 🙂

So, without further ado–my sneaky peek for this week’s Artistic Outpost creation…


What I can tell you is, this is Card #2 using the Autumn inspired gelli print I made last week, so it’s a really quick post today!  Come on over to Artistic Outpost and see what I did this week–Hope to see you there!! 🙂 🙂

Until next time-Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps:  Kudzu Kafe, Secretary Pool, Serenity & Ephemera Backgrounds (Artistic Outpost)
  • Archival Inks & Perfect Pearls Mist (Ranger); Distress Inks & Markers (Tim Holtz/Ranger)
  • Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore); Manila Stock; Colored Stock (PTI)
  • Butterfly Duo (Tim Holtz/Sizzix); Big Shot Machine (Sizzix)
  • Enamel Dots (My Minds Eye)
  • Heat Tool; Water Brush; Paper Distresser (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios); Craft Sheet (Ranger)

Kudzu Wisdom

Hi There & Happy Sunday!!  It’s my turn to share my weekly project for Artistic Outpost and today, I’m bringing you an almost trashed canvas board that had a very rough beginning.  Every so often, my mojo will ”leave the building” if you will, and my original attempt at what I was doing on this was, just, BLECH!!  But luckily, one of my favorite AO stamp sets, Kudzu Kafe, came to the rescue!!


Not only did the images of Kudzu Kafe help me out on this project, but I went back into the archives of one of my favorite designers, Paula Cheney, to get inspiration from her canvas called “Wonderful Adventure“.  You’ll see some of the liberties I took in my project, especially with the overall wing-span of Kudzu Girl here, but the inspiration is evident and helped me get through my temporary loss of mojo over this canvas board.

I’m also going to send this canvas board over to The Mirror Crack’d challenge for July-Canvas.  I missed out on lots of my favorite challenges last month as I’m spending my free creative time on other projects, but I always pay attention to the themes and write them down for inspiration.  As this month’s theme at The Mirror Crack’d is creating on a Canvas, that also inspired me to bring this canvas back out and try to salvage it in some way!


This is how this 5″ x 7″ canvas board started out, but I had actually gotten farther along in the water coloring of this and even glazed some of the rain drops.  I was not happy with the direction this was going, and almost threw this away!  Instead, I put it away, but not out of sight–I can’t just get rid of a nice canvas board that can be saved and turned into something else!!


I covered the board with a good coat of gesso, maybe a bit thicker than normal, but I had some bright colors to cover and the layer of TH Melange Tissue Wrap helped camouflage the painting underneath.


I applied Abandoned Coral DP onto the top half and Mermaid Lagoon DP to the bottom half and rubbed the paint in with a baby wipe.  These colors are so fun together! Oh-Can you see some of the raised rain drops back there?  Even though those are remnants of the failed creative layer underneath, I think they lend a fun, textural element to this board.


I took another piece of the Melange Tissue Wrap and glued to a piece of white stock with Matte Decou-Page.  I heat set, then colored the wings with my Mustard Seed & Ripe Persimmon DMs.


I’m playing around with some TH Frosted Film right now and decided to cover the butterfly with a layer to give the wings some pretty shimmer.  I fussy cut them and adhered the image onto the canvas board with Matte Decou-Page.


My favorite AO image-Kudzu Girl (aka Angry Girl)!!  I stamped her onto mixed-media paper with Jet Black Archival and water colored her with Distress Markers and my water brush.  I fussy cut her, inked the edges with my Pumice Stone DM and adhered her onto the wings with Matte Decou-Page.  And, as one of the tenants of Kudzu Wisdom is to ‘be silly’, I gave her a pair of wire antennae that I glitzed up with Black Diamond Stickles.  I just love that sparkle in the sunshine!


I’ve got some random stamping and stenciling going on in the background, too.  I’m using a flourishy image from the Serenity stamp set stamped in Cobalt Archival and I’m using the Letter Jumble stencil from Dylusions.  You might see a two-toned effect with the stenciling–there I used Scattered Straw DP with an over lay of Black Soot SI.  The circles were made with a paint cap dipped into Picket Fence DP and Prussian Blue Hue DA Media Fluid Acrylic.

The 3 tenants of Kudzu Widsom–be silly, be kind, be honest!!  I stamped the words onto white card stock with Jet Black Archival and heat set.  I then brushed on a layer of Matte Decou-Page and heat set.  I fussy cut the words and edged with Jet Black Archival then mounted onto pieces of black stock.  I attached to the canvas board with foam squares and outlined with Walnut Stain DI and my water brush, then outlined again with my white gel pen.


I outlined winged Kudzu Girl three times–the first layer in Black Soot DP using a fine detail paint brush, then I outlined with Walnut Stain DI and my water brush, then I outlined with my white gel pen.  I finished the panel with adding strips of TH Tissue Tape around the edges to frame the panel and give it a clean and crisp look, then spritzed a bit of Black Soot DM here & there with my air art tool.  So, there you go–a project that was once a failure, saved by paint and ink and stamping and paper and good ole inspiration!!

Thanks so much for spending a little bit of your Sunday with me!!  Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps:  Kudzu Kafe & Serenity (Artistic Outpost)
  • 5″ x 7″ Canvas Board; Melange Tissue Wrap (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore); Black Card Stock (Core’dinations)
  • Distress Paints, Inks & Markers (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Inks (Ranger); DecoArt Media Acrylic; Gesso (Dina Wakely/Ranger); White Gel Pen (Sakura)
  • Letter Jumble Stencil (Dylusions/Ranger); Frosted Film & Tissue Tape (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Craft Sheet (Ranger); Matte Decou-Page (DecoArt); Finger Knife (Fiskars); Paint Cap; Ink Blending Tool; Heat Tool; Air Art Tool (Artworx)

Sunshine Girl

Hello Again!! Happy Sunday!  It’s time for my weekly project for Artistic Outpost and today, I’ve got a quick and simple tag for you using 2 sets of AO stamps, Kudzu Kafe & The Outpost.


These two sets of AO stamps have several of my favorite go-to images in them, and because I’m so comfortable creating with these sets, I attempted to challenge myself with making a one-layer card.  Yeah, right!!  That’s silly of me!!  Who am I kidding!!  I can’t get away from my fussy cut layers! 😉 🙂


I’m going to color my #8 manila tag with Squeezed Lemonade & Worn Lipstick Distress Stains using the wrinkle free technique.


I blotted all of the excess stain off of my craft sheet to achieve all of these wonderful spots of color.  Apologies in advance–I did not take any step out photos from here on out….But, ya’ll know what that’s like, you get into that zone and nothing can stop you!!  🙂 🙂


I did all of my stamping on this tag with Jet Black Archival.  My ‘sunshine girl’ here was stamped onto mixed-media paper and water colored with my Distress Markers and water brush.  After I fussy cut her, I edged her image with the side of my Walnut Stain DM for a sharp outline.  She was given a distressed bouquet of Tattered Florals that were in my stash.


Oh, I love little areas like this–You can see the layers of color and stamping and stenciling and the extra layer of water spots!  Another one of my favorite go-to stamps is the script image in The Outpost stamp set.  I stamped it randomly on the tag with Sepia Archival, then added a little stenciling with my Latticework LS and Worn Lipstick DI.


Before adhering the words bands and sunshine girl into place, I added a few pieces of tissue tape, then ran the tag through my sewing machine to add a stitched border around the home/windmill image.  I spritzed and flicked water over the tag, heat set then glued everything down with matte multi-medium.  When dry, I outlined with my Pumice Stone DM and smudged with a damp finger, distressed the edges with my paper distresser and rubbed Walnut Stain DI over the edges and topped with a messy Distressed Stained seam binding bow.

This really was a quick and easy tag to make, especially when using my favorite Artistic Outpost images!!

Thanks so much for joining me today for my weekly posting!  Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps:  The Outpost & Kudzu Kafe (Artistic Outpost)
  • #8 Manila Tag (Inkssentials/Ranger); Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore); Black Card Stock (Core’dinations)
  • Distress Stains, Inks & Markers (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Ink (Ranger)
  • Tattered Florals Die (Tim Holtz/Sizzix); Big Shot Machine (Sizzix); Latticework Layering Stencil (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous)
  • Tissue Tape (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); White Gel Pen (Sakura); Brad; Paper Distresser (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios); Ink Blending Tool; Craft Sheet; Finger Knife (Fiskars); Heat Tool

Hello Spring!

HELLO, HELLO & Happy Sunday!!  I’m here today with a colorful offering for Artistic Outpost!  I felt badly about not having something Easter/Spring related last weekend to share, so I made up for it today–Hello, Spring, Hello!!


This card is neon-like in its brightness, but it did not get this bright of a start.  After a couple of creative, darker toned,  more vintagey miss-starts, I scraped the original tag, and made this brightly hued card instead!!  I couldn’t present another vintagey-grungy creation again this weekend 😉 🙂


The idea was born out of the need for color and to use up left-over supplies!  I have collections hoards stashes of fussy cut pieces that I save for the future.  Sometimes that future comes for those pieces, sometimes it doesn’t.  The letters that are in this picture, didn’t make the cut for the finished card, but I did end with a larger stash of fussy cut letters for the future!!  It’s great how that all works out–more stuff in the stash for the future-GREAT! 😉


I’m using lots of separate images from several Artistic Outpost stamp sets for this card–Kudzu Kafe, The Outpost, Serenity, Generation Redux & Secretary Pool.  I know, it seems like a lot, but it’s not, really.  There are single images in each set that I really enjoy using, a lot! 🙂

Here, I’ve got my wrinkle free Distress Stain background, created with Picked Raspberry DS & Mustard Seed DSS, layered with color coordinated stamped images from Generation Redux.  I then splattered Picket Fence DP over the surface with a round paint brush and heat dried.  I stamped Kudzu Kafe girl onto the panel with Jet Black Archival–she’s a place holder and will be covered when all is said and done.


I stamped the alphabet block letters from the Secretary Pool set onto white card stock several times in Picked Raspberry, Mustard Seed & Spiced Marmalade DIs and fussy cut the letters I needed to spell out ‘Spring’.  I also did a little monoprint stenciling using my Latticework LS with Walnut Stain DI.  I applied a couple of pieces of tissue tape, adhered the letters to the panel and stamped ‘hello’ from the Serenity set in Jet Black Archival.


Kudzu Kafe girl, who is a left over from a previous project, was stamped onto mixed-media paper with Jet Black Archival and water colored with my Distress Markers and my water brush.  To update her for this card, I gave her a pair of Butterfly Duo wings from a piece of mixed-media paper that was also a left over from a previous project-so it was already stained and stamped and ready to go!  The script is from The Outpost set and is another one of my favorite, go-to AO images.



After the letters were adhered in place, I outlined with Walnut Stain DM first, smudged with a damp finger, then outlined again with a white gel pen.  I added a couple of enamel dots and outlined those with my white gel pen, too.


Even though Kudzu Kafe Girl has a bit of a scowl on her face (she’s squinting because of the sun!), this card brings a smile to my face!  It really is quite bright in person and it’s like holding a little piece of sunshine in your hands 🙂

Thank You for joining me today and spending a little bit of your Sunday with me!  I sure hope you got a little burst of sunshine with my Artistic Outpost creation this week 🙂

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps: Kudzu Kafe, The Outpost, Secretary Pool, Generation Redux & Serenity (Artistic Outpost)
  • Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore); Orange & White Card Stock (Papertrey Ink)
  • Distress Stain & Spray Stains, Inks & Markers (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Ink (Ranger); White Gel Pen (Sakura)
  • Latticework LS (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous); Big  Shot Machine (Sizzix); Butterfly Duo Bigz Die (Tim Holtz/Sizzix)
  • Tissue Tape (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Enamel Dots (My Minds Eye)
  • Craft Sheet (Ranger); Finger Knife (Fiskars); Double-Backed Tape (3M); Matte Multi-Medium (Ranger); Paper Distresser (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios); Round Paint Brush; Heat Tool; Cutting Mat

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)