Let Me Call You

HI THERE & HAPPY SUNDAY!!  I’m just popping in here today with my sneaky peek for Artistic Outpost.


I’ve got a totally different kind of project to share with you today, so come on over to the Artistic Outpost Blog and see what I’ve made for you this week.  Hope to see you there!!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps:  Wander & Dream, Secretary Pool, Serenity & Cowgirl Strength (Artistic Outpost)
  • Tissue Paper; Mailable Slide Holder (Etsy Store-Rock, Paper, Scissors); Glass Microscope Slides (Etsy Store-Surrender Dorothy); Coffee Stained Manila Stock
  • Black Pigment Ink (ColorBox); Clear Embossing Powder (Ranger); Matte Decou-Page (DecoArt); Black Enamel Accents (Ranger); Archival Inks (Ranger);  Antiquing Cream (DecoArt Media); Distress Paint, Ink & Spray Stain (Tim Holtz/Ranger); White Gel Pen (Sakura); Adirondack Alcohol Inks (Ranger)
  • Finger Knife (Fiskars); Sewing Machine (Kenmore); Water Brush; Round WC Paint Brush; Heat Tool

She Knows

Hi There!! Happy Sunday!!  I’m over at Artistic Outpost today for my weekly project and here’s a little teaser to, hopefully, entice you over to the AO blog and see what I was up to this week?! 😉


A little attitude in this sneak peek, perhaps?  It’s all good, creative fun–Hope to see you there!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps:  Cowgirl Strength, Wander & Dream (Artistic Outpost)
  • Color Bursts (Ken Oliver); Archival Inks (Ranger); Distress Inks, Paints & Markers (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Texture Sand Paste, Crackle Glaze & Fluid  Acrylics (DecoArt Media); Diamond Glaze (Judikins); Matte Decou-Page (DecoArt)
  • Sunbursts Stencil (Andy Skinner/Tando Creative); Sewing Machine (Kenmore); Paper Distresser (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios)
  • Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore); Black Card Stock (Core’dinations); Kraft Card Stock (PTI)
  • Craft Sheet (Ranger); Heat Tool; Finger Knife (Fiskars); Scissors; Double-Backed Tape (3M)

Simple Beauties

Happy Sunday–Thanks for joining me today !!  I’ve been experimenting this week and for my weekly project for Artistic Outpost I’ve got something a little fun to share–


Well, maybe three little pieces of fun to share!!  I’m trying my hand at ‘domino art’ and created this little trio of uncomplicated craftiness.  Like the quote says-“Enjoy simple beauty” so, I’ve pulled together some of my favorite Artistic Outpost Beauties to spread the word.

I’m using images from Keeper, Wander & Dream, Old Grist Mill, Generation Redux and Ephemera Backgrounds.  I know it seems like a lot, but I only used one image from each set and I treated each domino the same, so it was easy to create these.  Let me show you a little bit of what went on behind the scenes 🙂 🙂


I layered colors of Adirondack AIs onto all of the surfaces of the dominos.  Each domino received a combo of 3-4 colors on all sides.


This is a combo of Lettuce, Salmon and Aqua AIs.


I finished it with bright touches of Wild Plum AI and heat set.


Each AO Beauty, this bespectacled vixen is from Generation Redux, got stamped onto tissue paper with Jet Black Archival and adhered to the blank surface of the domino with matte Decou-Page and heat set.  BTS-I drilled little holes into the top of each domino so that I can glue head pins strung with beads into each one.


I stamped the ‘Enjoy simple beauty’ quote from the Old Grist Mill set, onto mixed-media paper with Jet Black Archival and fussy cut into little word bands.   I adhered the word bands and additional beads onto the surfaces then coated with Diamond Glaze and allowed to air dry over night.  No touching until that glaze is crystal clear!!

With the glaze dry on the front sides of the dominos, I moved onto the back sides the next morning.  I stamped the ledger page image from our Ephemera Background set onto tissue paper with Jet Black Archival and ripped it into domino size pieces.  I adhered the stamped tissue paper with matte Decou-Page and heat set.  I adhered the word bands and coated with Diamond Glaze and let air dry.

This lovely cowgirl is from our Wander & Dream set and she carries the same message.

Another AO Hottie you can’t miss-This is the ‘fisher of men’ image in our Keeper stamp set.  I just love her smile!  Oh, something I almost forgot to mention–Each domino is set upon a big brad head.  I snapped off the fastener parts of each big brad, and there’s an instant little stand!!  I adhered the dominos onto each brad with E6000 glue and let cure all day before I started moving them about.


The front sides once again–


And the positive message on the backside of each domino. Words to live by for sure!

Well there you go–My first attempts at ‘domino art’.  Of course, I’m already seeing that I could have done so much more with these first experiments, but luckily, I’ve got a whole box of dominos to play with and I know this won’t be the last time that Artistic Outpost and dominos come together!!

Thanks so much for taking a little bit of time out of your Sunday to pop in and have a visit!  I’ll be back tomorrow with my AO Design Teammies for our monthly Product Focus feature, so I’ll see you again tomorrow!!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps: Keeper, Generation Redux, Ephemera Backgrounds & Old Grist Mill (Artistic Outpost)
  • Tissue Paper; Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore)
  • Archival Ink (Ranger); Distress Marker (Tim Holtz/Ranger); White Gel Pen; Adirondack Alcohol Inks (Ranger)
  • Matte Decou-Page (DecoArt); Diamond Glaze (Judikins); E6000 Adhesive; Hot Glue Gun; Flat Paint Brushes; Water Brush
  • Beads; Head Pin; Big Metal Brads (all stash goodies)

Be You

HELLO!!  Happy Sunday!  Thanks so much for taking a little time out of your holiday weekend (to those of my friends in the U.S.) to join me today for my weekly Artistic Outpost project!!  I’ll keep today’s post short with a super quick and easy, 10 minute card I made using the Wander & Dream set.


Very similar to the ‘Be Yourself’ card I shared a couple of weeks ago, this one is even simpler and has a more modern, Andy Warholishness about it.


I picked 9 different colors of card stock and stamped this image I call ‘Annie’ onto each with Watering Can Archival.  I then punched each image out with my 1 3/4″ square punch and inked the edges.


I adhered the squares to a white card stock panel with double-backed tape and ‘Annie in the center’ was embellished with a mirrored star and a chitchat sticker.


I inked the edges of the finished panel with Watering Can Archival and adhered to a white card base.  That’s it!!  Really, this is truly a 10 minute card and it’s great for any occasion!  I LOVE that when that happens!

See, told ya’ I was going to keep today’s post short!  But I’ll be back tomorrow with my Artistic Outpost Design Teammates as we share creations we’ve made for our monthly Product Focus feature!  Come on back tomorrow to see which category of Artistic Outpost stamps we’re using to inspire you with!!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps: Wander & Dream (Artistic Outpost)
  • White & Colored Cardstocks (PTI)
  • Archival Ink (Ranger)
  • 1 3/4″ Square Punch (Marvy)
  • Mirrored Star & Chitchat Stickers (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Double Backed-Tape (3M)

Our Creative Corner Summer Challenge


Happy July 1st and Welcome to the start of our Summer Challenge at Our Creative Corner!!  The OCC Design Team is taking a holiday of sorts and we’ve split up into a July Inspiration Team and an August Inspiration Team.  I’m here today as a member of the July team to kick-off our TWO month long Summer challenge!!

The July Team is  —  Laura * Julia * Kerstin * Shari (that’s me & you’re here!) * Lys * Trish



We want you to grab any inspiration you like from these wonderfully exotic photographs…

Go for colours, shapes, textures, objects or style.
There is certainly plenty of inspiration to choose from here in this selection of glorious, vivid, colourful photographs.

Join us in the summer holiday mood….!!!


For the next two months, you’ve got this mosaic of bright colors and textures and well, moods of Mexico to inspire you.  Since this is a 2-month long challenge, we will have TWO challenge sponsors to entice your creativity even more!  For 2 of our randomly drawn participants, they have the chance to win a prize from–


Stampington & Company is offering a $20 discount off of anything at Stampington e-Crafting!


Tando Creative is offering a surprise collection of their products!

There’s something else that’s being offered to each participant who enters our 2-month long Mexico Moods Challenge–Stampington & Company is generously donating a $2 voucher at Stampington e-Crafting!!  (limit one voucher per person)

Of course, our Top Mexico Moods Winner will be awarded a future Guest Designer spot here at OCC and we also have our OCC Top 3 Blog Badges to hand out.

Let me get to it then and show you what I made for the occasion–


I made my own mini Mexico Moods canvas board!!  I had all month to look at our inspiration board, and there were several elements of all of the images that I kept going back to.  Besides all of the lovely, bright colors, I was drawn to the decorative riser tiles of the steps, the brightly painted walls & windows and that collection of pottery!!  This is going to be fun!

I don’t have many step-out photos of my process of making this, so this should be fast!


I’ve got a 5″x7″ canvas board that I’ve taped off with painter’s tape and spread a layer of White Embossing Paste over.


I pulled the painter’s tape off and let this air dry.  This is the beginning of my stucco wall.


From a plain stucco wall, to this–WOW, that was fast!!  Behind the scenes, I painted the board with Mermaid Lagoon DP and adhered these glazed tiles that I made out of painted, stamped & heat embossed manila stock.  The ‘window’ is a traced ATC that I painted with DA Carbon Black Fluid Acrylic and then later, gave a rubbing of Pumice Stone DP to.


To make the tiles, I painted a strip of manila stock with Ripe Persimmon DP and heat set.  I found this flower in the Filled with Joy stamp set from PTI and stamped it onto the painted strip with white pigment ink then covered with white embossing powder and heat set.  The centers are made from manila stock that I painted with Mustard Seed DP, punched out and adhered to the center of the embossed flowers.  I used my 1 3/4″ square punch to cut out all of the tiles, then I coated each one with Diamond Glaze.


I created my own window frame by fussy cutting and gluing pieces of manila stock together to form the frame and cross-beams.  I then rubbed the entire window frame into my  Vermilion Archival ink pad to completely saturate in ink, then covered with Red Geranium EP and heat set.  I repeated the embossing again, except I rubbed the embossed window into my Jet Black Archival ink pad and covered again with Red Geranium EP and heat set.


So, do the pots look familiar?  I kind of cheated in making these–I used the photo of the pottery in the mood board to create my pots! 😉

I photo copied and enlarged the image to get templates of each pot.  I cut each copy out and traced onto manila stock and fussy cut.  From there, I painted each pot a little differently with an assortment of Distress Paints and paint brushes, let air dry, then coated with Diamond Glaze.


The cacti that I’ve featured in my mood board is a stamp from the Wander & Dream set and the flowers are some of those itty bitty Tiny Tattered Florals. GOSH-they are small, but they sure are cute!! I made these with copy paper so that I could smoosh them down a little and make sure they were in full contact with the glue that’s holding them in place.


I painted the filigree pieces with Black Soot DP and adhered into place with mini foam dots and matte multi-medium.  I found the quote that I wanted in the Small Talk stickers and cut it into word bands.  I adhered those into place with matte multi-medium and outlined with my Black Soot DM and white gel pen.


The plants in the pots are cut from designer paper (that I receive in magazines from Stampington & Co) using the Garden Greens Bigz die.  I adhered all of the green life in their respective pots and adhered onto the background with a variety of matte multi-medium and foam squares & foam dots.

I hope you like my mini version of the ‘Big Board’.  I do hope you have a visit with my fellow Our Creative Corner July-Mexico Moods Design Team Members–

 Laura * Julia * Kerstin * Lys * Trish

They’ve made some AWESOME creations that I’m sure you’ll Love!!  I hope to see you over at the challenge with your creations-I can’t wait to see where our Mexico Moods inspiration board takes you!!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • 5″x7″ Canvas Board; Manila Stock; Decorative Paper (from issues of The Stamper’s Sampler/Take Ten)
  • Stamps: Wander & Dream (Artistic Outpost); Filled with Joy (PTI)
  • Tiny Tattered Florals Thinlits & Garden Greens Bigz (Tim Holtz/Sizzix); Big Shot Machine (Sizzix)
  • Distress Paints, Inks & Markers (Tim Holtz/Ranger); White Pigment Ink (ColorBox/ClearSnap); White Embossing Powder; Diamond Glaze (Judikins); Archival Ink (Ranger); Red Geranium EP (Wendy Vecchi/Ranger); Frosted Crystals EP (Ranger); White Embossing Paste (Wendy Vecchi); White Gel Pen (Sakura)
  • Metal Filigree Pieces (The Funkie Junkie Boutique); Flower Punch (SU); Small Talk Stickers (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); 1 3/4″ Square Punch (Marvy)
  • Craft Sheet (Ranger); Heat Tool; Embossing Heat Gun; Paint Brushes; Finger Knife (Fiskars); Foam Squares & Mini Dots; Glossy Multi-Medium (Ranger); Painters Tape (3M); Matte Multi-Medium;

Be Original

Happy Sunday!!  Thanks for joining me today for my weekly posting for Artistic Outpost!  Today is a quick post, because I’ve got a 15 minute card to share.  I’m using two sets of AO stamps-One of our New Release sets, Wander & Dream and Chalkboard Wisdom.


I was able to keep the make time to 15 minutes with using one color of ink, one layer of images, simple embellies and an oldie but goodie tool I’ve had since my very early beginnings of card making, a 1 3/4″ square punch–one of many punches in my inventory, that are making a comeback!

The gent I’ve featured here, I call him ‘Tex’, he’s from Wander & Dream and the stars are from Chalkboard Wisdom.  I’ve stamped everything in Potting Soil Archival onto pieces of kraft glassine, heat set, then used my square punch to cut out all of the images.  I then crumpled all of the squares to get them looking like worn pieces of leather, attached them to a panel of kraft stock with little pieces of double-backed tape and ran through my sewing machine.


I attached the Chitchat stickers and mirrored star to the center Tex, then attached this panel to a kraft card base.  Easy Peasy–A quick and easy card that can suit any occasion!  YEE HAW!!  🙂 🙂

See, told ya’ it was going to be a quick post today!!  I kinda feel badly at how quickly this card went together and at how short this post is!  Oh gosh–what’s this? Guilt in crafting?!  Well, I better get to my craft table then to make myself feel better!! 😉 🙂

Thanks again for stopping by this Sunday!!  Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps: Wander & Dream, Chalkboard Wisdom (Artistic Outpost)
  • Kraft Glassine (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Kraft Card Stock (PTI)
  • Archival Ink (Ranger)
  • Chitchat Stickers & Mirrored Star (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Sewing Machine (Kenmore)


Howdy Ya’ll!!  It’s time for the monthly Artistic Outpost Design Team Blog Hop–Designer’s Choice!!  Well, I couldn’t be happier than a June bug in June, I reckon!! LOL 🙂 🙂

Won’t ya’ll do a little wanderin’ past my Teammies blogs and sit a spell?  Here’s our line-up for today’s Hop–

Terry * Tracy * Me & You Are Here * Lisa * Kate * Gerrie

I chose to use one of the New Release stamp sets-Wander & Dream for today’s card.



This set completely takes me to the ‘Wild West’.  YEE-HAWWW!!  Saddle up and I’ll show ya’ some of what I did 🙂


These cacti are some of the pre-made goodies I had in my stash, just waiting for a card to call home.  I stamped the cactus image several times onto mixed-media paper with Olive Archival, then rubbed with Peeled Paint DI.  I fussy cut then distressed the edges with my paper distresser, then inked the edges with Walnut Stain DI.


This piece of cloudy vellum is from my experiment stash–I had dyed this with coffee to try to get it looking like an old piece of weathered parchment.    The curling is from it air drying, and I took a lighter to it in places to make it look kind of outlaw-ish!  The rusty stars are also from my stash–just some behind the scenes fun with Rusting Powder and die cuts.


I stamped the desert scene onto the vellum with Coffee Archival and heat set.  I stamped this cowboy onto tissue paper with Jet Black Archival so I could reverse his profile and adhered onto the vellum with matte multi-medium and let air dry.  I added the machine stitching to the vellum, then adhered onto my card base.


I masked off this quote stamp so that I’d have individual images of each line from the quote.


I stamped each line onto mixed-media paper with Jet Black Archival.


Then I distressed the words with Tea Dye, Vintage Photo & Walnut Stain DI, fussy cut and edged with more Walnut Stain DI.  I wrinkled the word bands a bit and adhered into place with little foam dots.


I gave the cacti a stitched border and finished with giving everything a smudged outline of Walnut Stain DI with my waterbrush. Then while it was still damp, I used my white gel pen and gave everything an outline, then outlined a second time with the fine tip side of my Pumice Stone DM.  It wasn’t rustic enough for me with just the outlines, so I splattered some Black Soot & Antique Linen DPs over the surface and heat set, then spritzed a little bit of Black Soot DM with my air art tool–Now, that’s more like it!!

It’s time to ride off into the yonder and let ya’ll go n’ have a visit with my AO Teammates-

Terry * Tracy * Lisa * Kate * Gerrie

Enjoy our Designer’s Choice Blog Hop and Thanks for moseying by today!!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps:  Wander & Dream (Artistic Outpost)
  • Surfaces: Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore); Cloudy Vellum; Tissue Paper; Manila Stock; Brown Card Stock
  • Distress Inks, Paints & Markers (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Inks (Ranger); White Gel Pen (Sakura); Rusting Powder (Crafty Notions)
  • Finger Knife (Fiskars); Paper Distresser (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios); Sewing Machine (Kenmore); Paint Brush; Matte Multi-Medium (Ranger); Heat Tool; Mini Foam Dots; Water Brush; Air Art Tool (ArtWorx)