Blog Hop Time at Artistic Outpost

HELLO HELLO HELLO!!  Happy Last Wednesday of the month!!  It’s Blog Hop time at Artistic Outpost and all of us AO Design Team members are showcasing some projects we made especially for the occasion with our New Release stamp sets.

Lisa * Me (Thanks for stopping by!) * Kate * Terry * Tracy

I’m using our new Toy Emporium set….


…to create a collection of Christmas ornaments!


As today is a Blog Hopping kind of day, I won’t go into the details of these Christmas tree decorations–I’ll save that for another day, so you can spend more time checking out my DTeammies’ creations.

Lisa * Kate * Terry * Tracy

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


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

Yuletide Greetings in June

Happy Wednesday!!  Yes, I know!  A reference to December/Winter/Holidays in June?  You’re saying-“Are You Crazy?!  It just turned Summer!!”  Well, as quickly as these first 6 months of 2015 flew by, add 6 more months and it’s Christmas Eve!!  😉

Today, I’m here with my Artistic Outpost Design Teammies as we have our first Holiday-themed Blog Hop of the year!!  We’ve created projects using stamps found in the Holidays stamp category at the AO Store–Hop along with us!!

Terry * Tracy * Me (you’re here) * Kate * Gerrie * Lisa


I decorated a short pillar candle with images from the Midwinter and Snowy Woods stamp sets and set it atop a rusted base I made with one of the Beautiful Borders dies from Our Daily Bread Designs.


I started with stamping this snowy creek scene from the Midwinter set onto tissue paper with Jet Black Archival.  I used my Broken China DM to color the creek on the rear side of the tissue, then adhered to the candle with matte multi-medium.


Oh, this snowflake is fun!  This picture really shows the detail of those little micro beads-COOL!!  There are two of these snowflakes on this candle–I treated them with a coat of gesso and let air dry.  Then I gave each a spray of adhesive and dipped into clear micro beads and let air dry again.  Once dry, I dripped Aqua Adirondack AI onto the beads to color them, then I sealed with a spray of clear coat.


Some of the behind the scenes things I did was coat the candle with DA Media Crackle Glaze.  Then I brushed DA Media Gold Interference over the candle and when that dried, I rubbed the candle with Vintage Photo & Walnut Stain DIs and my ink blending tool.


This image of Father Christmas is from the Snowy Woods set and he was stamped onto mixed-media paper with Sepia Archival Ink.  I fussy cut him and attached to the candle with a couple of little dots of hot glue.  The stand is two pieces of Beautiful Borders stitched together and rusted with Rusting Powder.  The sentiment is from the Midwinter set and I stamped it onto tissue paper with Jet Black archival and glued into place with matte multi-medium.

There you go-A simple little holiday home décor piece or gift, made in a couple of hours (includes drying times) ready 6 months ahead of time!  Thanks for stopping by on our Artistic Outpost Design Team Holiday Blog Hop today!  Here’s the line-up one more time–

Terry * Tracy * Me (you’re here) * Kate * Gerrie * Lisa

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps: Midwinter & Snowy Woods (Artistic Outpost)
  • Beautiful Borders Die (ODBD); Big Shot Machine (Sizzix)
  • Tissue Paper; Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore)
  • Matte Multi-Medium (Ranger); Archival Inks (Ranger); Distress Markers, Inks & Paint (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Rusting Powder (Crafty Notions UK); Gesso (Dina Wakely/Ranger); Spray Adhesive (3M); Hot Glue Gun; Clear Coat (Rustoleum)
  • Laser Cut Wood Snowflakes; Clear Micro Beads; Jute Twine

Huck Finn Altered Book

Hi There!!  It’s the last Wednesday of the month and that means it’s Blog Hop time at Artistic Outpost!!  Our theme for February is BOOKS and I took it kind of literally, and started altering a book.  I’m just making myself all kinds of new projects to work on this year!!  🙂

Join the Artistic Outpost Design Team on our creative adventure through the theme of ‘Books’-Take a stroll through the stacks and have a visit with my teammies–

Terry *  Shari (That’s Me!) and you’re Here! * Tracy * Gerrie * Kate * Lisa


 I have to admit that I’m really pleased with how this book cover came out!!  Now, I’ve got 50 pages inside to deal with, but this book, has some really cool black and white photos inside, gosh, now that I look at it–there is a cool photo on every other page, with a couple of photos that take up both pages!  I’ll be using that to my advantage for sure!!

OK–Now onto how I altered this (it’s basically 5″x7″) book into the new art journal that it’s become 🙂


I’m not using a lot of supplies to transform this book cover.  I’ve got my Artistic Outpost Huck Finn stamp set, some Distress Spray Stains, tissue paper, a piece of mix-media paper–there’s some stamp pads sitting out of frame, too.  I lucked out–the book cover is plain white, a completely blank, smooth surface, so I don’t have to prep it!


I started with running a little tissue tape over the binding of the book, then sprayed Salty Ocean, Wild Honey & Peeled Paint DSSs onto the cover.  I spritzed just a little bit of water over the stains, then I heat dried.  I stamped the text & words from the Huck Finn set onto tissue paper with Jet Black Archival and ‘fussy ripped’ out and applied to the outside of the book cover with matte gel.


I dry brushed a bit of gesso here and there and heat dried.


I added a bit of random stenciling with my Harlequin LS and Tea Dye DSS.  I spritzed the spray stain through the stencil, then while the stencil was still in place, I lightly gave it a spritz of water, then I lifted the stencil off and heat set.


I stamped the paddle boat image with Jet Black Archival right onto the book cover and heat set.  I adhered the token with game spinner to the corner with matte gel and mini foam dots and the mini gears in place with matte gel.


I stamped Huck and his boys onto mixed media paper with Jet Black Archival and water colored with my Distress Markers & my water brush.  I fussy cut and inked the edges with Walnut Stain DI and my ink blending tool.  I adhered them in place with matte gel and mini foam dots, then outlined them with the fine tip of my Walnut Stain DM.


I altered this old key brass key from my stash with Brushed Pewter DP, and altered the brad to match.  I added the remnant rub words to the key and adhered to the book cover with matte gel & mini-foam dots.


When all of my embellies were in place, I masked the boys off, then gave the entire cover a spritz of Walnut Stain DM through my air art tool and heat set.  I did not touch the cover again until all of those little spritzes of ink were dry!!  I don’t think I smudged one little spritz–


–even on the back!!  That’s AMAZING for me!!


And that’s my ‘BOOK’ themed creation for this month’s Artistic Outpost DT Blog Hop!  But, this won’t be the last time you’ll see this little book-turned art journal!  I’ll be keeping it close at hand on the crafting table for when those art journaling moments strike!!

Thank You for joining me for today’s Blog Hop-I hope you enjoyed your visit!  Now, if you’re hopping in order, your next stop is at Tracy’s blog, but if you like to hop freely, here’s the team again-

Terry * Tracy * Gerrie * Kate * Lisa

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Huck Finn Stamp Set (Artistic Outpost)
  • Hardcover Book (‘A Short Guide to a Happy Life’ by Anna Quindlen); Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore); Tissue Paper; Tissue Tape & Remnant Rubs (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Distress Stain Sprays, Inks, Paints & Markers (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Ink (Ranger); Gesso (Claudine Hellmuth/Ranger)
  • Harlequin Layering Stencil (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous); Muse Token, Mini-Gears, Game Spinner (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Brass Key & Brad (my stash)
  • Matte Gel (Liquitex); Finger Knife (Fiskars); Cutting Mat; Air Art Tool (Artworx); Mini Foam Dots; Paint Brush; Water Brush

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