Springtime Puzzle

Hello, Hello, Hello-Thanks for popping in today!!  Inspired by our first American Robin of the season in our front yard (our snow-free, front yard!), I made a totally fun puzzle project to share at the Artistic Outpost Blog today–


I love ‘window shopping’ at Etsy, and came across a store that sells blank puzzles–somehow a few different sizes ended up in my shopping bag and came home with me!! LOL!! 😉 🙂

Come on over to the Artistic Outpost Blog and see how I incorporated this puzzle in today’s project–Hope to see you there!!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps:  The Outpost & Birds of a Feather (Artistic Outpost)
  • Large Matchbox (Little Crafty Bugs); Blank Puzzle (CreateJigsawPuzzles.com); Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore); Tissue Paper
  • Archival Ink & Perfect Pearls Mist (Ranger); Distress Inks & Paints (Tim Holtz/Ranger)
  • Sewing Machine (Kenmore); Finger Knife (Fiskars); Craft Sheet (Ranger); Paint Cap; Pencil Eraser; Gift Card; Matte Decou-Page (DecoArt); Water Brush; Eyelet Setter
  • Natural Trimming & Jute Twine (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Self-Adhesive Rhinestones; Brass Eyelets

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

Topsy Turvy at Our Creative Corner

Happy November!!  WHAT?  November already?!  Well, that means it’s a brand new challenge month at Our Creative Corner!!  This month’s challenge is being hosted by my Lovely OCC DT-mate, Lys of ImpressionScrap.  Take it away Lys–

“We often try to do the right way, use the suitable thing, organize our creations following definite lines or intentions…and sometimes it doesn’t go the way we wanted it to.  Sometimes it goes to the bin, sometimes we discover something new…and we love it!!

On the right side or topsy turvy…Is there a right side in art? 

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So, let’s play!!  Whatever it is: upside down, inverted, reversed or escaping from the right order….Please show me one “Topsy Turvy” creation and how it came to life in your hands!”

Well, OK, Lys!!  This is what I made for your Topsy Turvy challenge….


I completed a page in my art journal, upside down and had a play with one of life’s most prolific quotes and turned it Topsy Turvy, too!!  It would be improbable enough “When Pigs Fly”…but UPSIDE DOWN, too?


This is how my page started out.  My background is made using Ken Oliver’s Colors Bursts in Ultramarine Blue & Sepia.  I lightly spritzed the page with water, then squeezed the CBs onto the page, spritzed with a bit more water and let the CBs do their thing.  I heat set, then stamped the farm image from my AO Outpost set onto tissue paper and glued onto the page with matte Decou-Page.  The checkerboard design is part of Dylusions’ luscious leaves stencil and I used textured crackle paste.


I stained pieces of manila stock with DSS and heat set.


I’m stamped Roc Nicholas’ Flying Pig image onto all of the stained pieces of stock with black pigment ink and heat embossed.  I fussy cut out the piggies I needed for my page.

I used alpha tiles to form the quote and adhered into place with E6000 adhesive and I used matte Decou-page to adhere the pigs down.


Those crazy swines!!  I outlined all of them with Black Soot DI and my water brush and used my air art tool to give a spritz of ink here and there.


Either way you look at this page, you can’t mistake the playful mood being Topsy Turvy put me in!!  I was dizzy from delight, I’m tellin’ ya’!! 🙂

Take the challenge theme Lys has presented and truly go Topsy Turvy with it!  Our sponsor this month is–



Andy Skinner, DecoArt Artist extraordinaire & DecoArt is donating a DecoArt Media Sampler Kit to one of our randomly selected entrants!  How cool is that?  And Andy will be including a couple of  his stencils, too!! WOO HOO!!  And I will be back next week with our first DecoArt Sponsor Spotlight for the month.  I can’t wait to show you what I did!! 😉

Our Topsy Turvy challenge closes on November 28th then Lys will announce her winners in early December.  The Top Winner will be awarded a future Guest Designer spot at Our Creative Corner and Lys will award her fav Top 3 with OCC Blog Badges.

Thanks so much for spending a little bit of your Sunday with me!  I hope to see your Topsy Turvy creations at our challenge!!

Until next time-Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Inky Art Journal (Yvonne Blair); Tissue Paper; Manila Stock
  • Stamps: Pig (Roc Nicols/Stampotique); The Outpost (Artistic Outpost)
  • Archival Ink, Clear Embossing Powder & Perfect Pearls Mist (Ranger); Color Bursts (Ken Oliver); Textured Crackle Paste (Wendy Vecchi); Pigment Ink (ColorBox); Distress Markers (Tim Holtz/Ranger)
  • Tissue Tape (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Luscious Leaves Stencil (Dylusions/Ranger);
  • Craft Sheet (Ranger); Heat Tool; Finger Knife (Fiskars); Palette Knife; Water Brush; Air Art Tool (ArtWorx)

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

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)

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