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

Saved from a Rainy Day

Hi There!! Happy Sunday!!  I’m posting for Artistic Outpost today and I’m so glad that I ran across this card in my ‘finished’ stack, because it’s one I made for our Spring New Release back in May that I haven’t shared yet!


Oh these kids, I just love them–they’re so sweet with the boy holding the umbrella over the little girl!  I’m using images from our Springtime and The Outpost stamp sets in today’s card.


This image of these gelli prints may look familiar-it’s from from one of my New Release postings in June (In The Rain).  These are two gelli print backgrounds made with DA Crafters Acrylics in Daffodil Yellow & Turquoise and DAM Translucent White fluid acrylic.


For today’s card, I’m using the panel on the left with the Flourish LS imprint that didn’t take too well.  You can barely see some of the design from the stencil, but I’m totally OK with that.  I really like this panel for what I call the ‘splotchiness’ of colors.


I stamped the house & tree image found in The Outpost set, onto the panel with Jet Black Archival.  I stamped the script image randomly across the background with Mustard Seed DI and applied strips of Sketchbook tissue tape here and there.  I used an old gift card to add the lines of paint.  The house image was stamped separately onto a painted panel of stock with Jet Black Archival and fussy cut.


I stamped the children from the Springtime set onto the background panel and onto a separate piece of stock with Jet Black Archival and fussy cut.  Even though you can see the stamped image behind them, like a shadow, I still outlined them with Walnut Stain DI and my water brush.  I stamped the umbrella separately with Mustard Seed DI, heat embossed with clear embossing powder and fussy cut.


Using Jet Black Archival, I stamped the quote several times onto tissue paper and fussy cut.  I also stamped the quote again onto white card stock and fussy cut.  I adhered the tissue paper quotes to the border with matte multi-medium and I mounted the card stock quotes onto black card stock and adhered onto the panel with matte multi-medium.  I finished the panel by inking the edges with Black Soot DI and  a splattering of Black Soot DP over the entire surface with a round water color brush.

I hope you enjoyed today’s visit back to Spring, maybe back to memories of cooler temperatures and rain and cooler temperatures?! I could use some cooler temps right about now!  We’re back into the triple digits for this 1st weekend of August, Summer is firmly replanted into place!!

OH–Speaking of 1st’s…Tomorrow is the first Monday of the month, which means I’ll be back for our Product Focus feature!  Hope ya’ll can come back for a visit!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps: Springtime & The Outpost (Artistic Outpost)
  • Crafters Acrylics (DecoArt); Distress Paint & Inks (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Ink (Ranger); Fluid Acrylic (DecoArt Media)
  • Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore); Tissue Paper; White Card Stock (PTI); Black Card Stock (Core’dinations)
  • Gelli Plate (Gelli Arts); Brayer (Ranger); Clear Embossing Powder (WOW); Matte Multi-Medium
  • Heat Tool; Craft Sheet; Heat Embossing Gun; Finger Knife (Fiskars); Ink Blending Tool; Gift Card; Round WC Paint Brush; Water Brush

Bursts of Spring

HELLO & HAPPY FATHER’S DAY & HAPPY 1ST DAY OF SUMMER!!  I’m here today wearing my Artistic Outpost apron, with my weekly AO project, but I’ll try to keep today’s post short, so ya’ll can get out and celebrate the day!!  🙂


I’m featuring images from one of our New Release sets-Springtime, on a background panel that I created using the new Ken Oliver Color Bursts!  Let me show you a few pics that I took when creating the background.


Here’s how my background started out.  A piece of mixed-media paper that I’ve placed a few strips of tissue tape on.  I’m going to use Orange & Violet Color Bursts to create a sunshiny, Summery backdrop.


I’m using my Andy Skinner Sunbursts stencil with Mustard Seed DP.  I used a little finger dabber thingy and dabbed the paint through the stencil.


Oh, isn’t that fun?!  I love this sunburst stencil!  I’m expecting some resist of the Color Bursts over the tissue tape, and I’m hoping the stenciled sunburst doesn’t get lost.


Oh, that’s cool!!  I sprinkled the Orange CB on top, and the Violet CB on the bottom, spritzed with water and let the Color Bursts do their thing.  When I was happy with all of the wicking and blending, I heat set.


This is a scrap panel of mixed-media paper that I used to sop up all of the extra Color Bursts that were on my craft sheet.  I’ll use a little portion of it for this card and save the rest for another time!  Another little prepared surface for a future project 😉 🙂


Here’s a little piece of that panel in use right now!  I stamped this quote, found in Springtime, in Jet Black Archival and fussy cut.  I mounted that onto black card stock and adhered to the panel.  I outlined it with Walnut Stain DI and my water brush then outlined again with my white gel pen.


I stamped this image of the kids onto the panel directly and onto a piece of mixed-media paper in Jet Black Archival.  I outlined the stamped kids on the panel with Walnut Stain DI and my water brush.  I fussy cut the other stamped image and adhered on top of the outlined image on the panel, then outlined again with my white gel pen.


Before I had adhered the top layer pieces into place, I treated the panel with random swipes of paint with a gift card.  I used Seedless Preserves, Mustard Seed & Black Soot DPs with the side of the gift card, but then I added a few dots of Black Soot DP and Translucent White DA Acrylic with a pencil eraser.  When the panel was dry with everything securely in place, I distressed the edges with my paper distresser and inked the edges with Black Soot DI and my ink blending tool and attached to a mustard yellow card base.

This card was fun and easy to make and looks so much more complicated than what it is!  I just love that when that happens!

Thanks so much for joining me today–There are going to be a few creative posts coming up this week, so I do hope you’ll be back for a visit!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps-Springtime (Artistic Outpost)
  • Surfaces: Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore); Black Stock (Core’dinations)
  • Color Bursts (Ken Oliver); Distress Paint, Ink & Markers (Tim Holtz/Ranger); White Gel Pen (Sakura)
  • Tissue Tape (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Sunburst Stencil (Andy Skinner/Tando Creative)
  • Old Gift Card; Pencil Eraser; Paper Distresser (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios); Craft Sheet (Ranger); Heat Tool; Finger Dabber; Water Brush; Finger Knife (Fiskars); Matte Multi-Medium (Ranger)

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)

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

Artistic Outpost May New Release

HELLO!!  Happy Wednesday!!  It’s a fun day today because it’s NEW RELEASE time at Artistic Outpost and we’re having a Blog Hop to celebrate!!  I’m here with my Artistic Outpost Design Teammates showcasing the two new sets that are being released at the Artistic Outpost Store today–





Aren’t these new sets fun?!  It’s really hard to keep images like these a secret, so I’m soooo glad that today is finally here!!  Here’s our Artistic Outpost Design Team line up for today’s hop–

Shari–hey, that’s me and you’re here! * Terry * Tracy * Kate * Gerrie * Lisa

Just for commenting on our 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 Saturday May 23, 2015 @ 10pm CDT to leave comments at each of my AO Design Teammate’s blogs for a chance to win!!  Three random winners will be selected from the comments left on the designer’s blogs and the winners will be announced on the Artistic Outpost blog on Sunday, May 24th.  Be sure to check back there to see if you have won!!

Now, let me share the two cards I made for the occasion–


Here I’m using the Springtime set on a background I created using Color Bursts.


YEE HAW–I’ve got the Wander & Dream set at play amongst a Distress Ink sunset-like background.

I don’t want to keep you here at my blog too long…My AO Teammies have made super cool creations for our New Release Blog Hop and I want ya’ll to have the time to check them all out!!  I’ll share these cards, in more detail, in future posts 🙂

If you’re hopping in order, then you’ll be off to visit Terry next–But, if you’re a random hopper, here’s our line up one more time:

Shari (me) * Terry * Tracy * Kate * Gerrie * Lisa

Enjoy your visits at my Teammies’ Blogs and leave some love for your chance to be a random winner!!  Have fun!!  🙂

Thank you so much for joining me today!!  Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!