A Total Effort

HELLO HELLO HELLO & HAPPY SUNDAY!!  It’s another bittersweet day for me, as, I’m departing the Artistic Outpost DT and today will be my last posting over at the Artistic Outpost Blog.


This last year and a half on the Artistic Outpost DT has been just AWESOME and I can’t thank our Wonderful AO DT Leader Lisa and AO Company Owner Kelley, enough for giving me the opportunity to be a part of the AO DT!  I’ve loved being able to share my AO creations with you over these past 18 months and hope you’ll come over to the Artistic Outpost Blog for one last posting.

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps:  The Golf Club & Grunge Elements (Artistic Outpost)
  • Archival Inks (Ranger); Crackle Glaze & Fluid Acrylic (DecoArt Media); Distress Inks (Tim Holtz/Ranger)
  • Kraft Card Stock (PTI); Black Card Stock (Core’dinations); Kraft Glassine (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Sewing Machine (Kenmore); Finger Knife (Fiskars); Paper Distresser (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios); Matte Decou-Page (DecoArt)

Love Deputy

That’s Right, Pardnahs….There’s a new Deputy in town and they call her….



Mosey on over to the Artistic Outpost Blog today or else this Love Deputy will be hot on your heels with a Love Citation!!

Hope to see you there!!  Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps:  Cowgirl Strength & Secretary Pool (Artistic Outpost)
  • Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore); Pink Card Stock (PTI); Shrink Plastic (Inkssentials/Ranger)
  • Merlot Color Burst (Ken Oliver); Black & White Pigment Inks (ColorBox); Clear Embossing Powder (Ranger); White Embossing Powder; Distress Ink & Stain (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Translucent Embossing Paste (Wendy Vecchi); Twinkling H2Os; Diamond Glaze (Judikins); White Gel Pen (Sakura); Alcohol Ink (Studio2)
  • Inky Hearts Stencil (Stencil Girl)
  • Finger Knife (Fiskars); Sewing Machine (Kenmore); Heart Punches (SU)

Message on a Bottle

Hello & Happy Sunday!!  I’m here today with my weekly creation for Artistic Outpost!!  I’m still having fun making projects using stamps from the January Release, and today I’m using one of the new single stamps-Sound of the Sea, to help me alter a bottle.  This particular image inspired me to fulfill a (continuous) goal that I have set for myself–Use more, different, surfaces to create on!


I don’t necessarily make New Year’s Resolutions–Rather, I set myself goals on a regular basis, to keep me challenged.  One of my goals, is to use new (to me) materials to create on.  Sure, I’ve used burlap panels and a box canvas here & there in the past, but, I need to try more!!  AHA–I’ve got some leftover bottles from my wedding invitations–I’ll have a play with one of them!!  We had a destination wedding in Maui in 2008, and I made our wedding invitations into a ‘message in a bottle’ type thing.  I had filled the bottles with sand, shells, sea glass and rolled the invites and placed inside–This time around, I’ll alter the outside 🙂


I started by treating my bottle with gloss multi-medium and I allowed to air dry.


Then I brushed on a layer of Wendy Vecchi’s Textured Crackle Paste and let air dry overnight.  I masked the neck of the bottle, mainly so I had a clean surface to hold on to.


Oh boy!!  Look at those crackles!!  This is going to be fun!!


I rubbed Salty Ocean & Gathered Twigs DP over the crackly surface with my fingers and heat dried.  Then I rubbed Walnut Stain DI over the painted crackle with my ink blending tool and heat dried.



I stamped the Sound of the Sea image and one of the quotes from the Boardwalk set with Jet Black Archival onto tissue paper several times and carefully ripped each image out to leave the edges rough.  I randomly adhered the stamped tissue paper onto the surface with matte gel and let air dry.  When the tissue paper was dry, I inked the surface again with another rubbing of Walnut Stain DI.


I made some faux sand and spread onto the bottle with my palette knife.  While it was still wet, I pressed the shells and little starfish into it and let air dry.  When that was dry, I lightly brushed matte gel here and there and sprinkled micro beads over the surface and let air dry overnight.


The final thing I did was give the bottle a few spritzes of Sunflower Sparkle Perfect Pearls Mist and heat dried.  It was difficult to capture in the photo, but there’s a lovely, subtle gold shimmer over the entire surface, including the shells and starfishes.


So, here’s my first altered bottle!!  I believe I’ve got some plain glass votive candle holders that could use some altering, too–Hmmmm.. 😉

Thanks for joining me today!  Don’t forget about our monthly challenge going on at Artistic Outpost right now–Show Us Your AO Art!!  Maybe you’ve got something that needs altering with some of your Artistic Outpost stamps?!  Hope to see you there!!

Until Next Time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps:  Sound of the Sea & Boardwalk (Artistic Outpost)
  • Surfaces:  Glass Bottle (Michael’s); Tissue Paper
  • Distress Paints & Ink (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Ink (Ranger); Perfect Pearls Mist (Ranger); Gloss Multi-Medium (Claudine Hellmuth); Matte Gel (Liquitex); Hot Glue Gun
  • Crackled Texture Paste (Wendy Vecchi); Clear UTEE (Ranger); Distress EPs & Glitter (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Diamond Glaze (Judikins)
  • Shells; Starfishes; Micro Beads
  • Paint Brush; Craft Sheet; Heat Tool

No Concerns

Happy Monday my Artsy Fartsy Friends!!  After this busy Easter weekend and a HUGE Easter dinner with friends, I’m looking forward to getting back down into my craft dungeon just so I can recuperate from my food coma!! LOL!!

This weekend had us putting out Hummingbird feeders for the returning Hummers who are finding their way ‘home’ (our first hummer of the season returned on Friday–a male Rufous!), clean-up of a downed tree from a brief, yet violent, windstorm that came in on Saturday, then some cooking and baking for Easter Sunday dinner with our good neighbors.  BUSY BUSY BUSY!!

All in all a GREAT weekend–With a little bit of crafting thrown into the mix 😉


Amongst all of the busy work, I was able to fit in a little bit of crafty work on Saturday to make this tag for a few challenges:  Frilly & Funkie ‘Flights of Fancy’, A Vintage Journey ‘Spring Flowers’ and the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers ‘E is for Embellishments’.  Let me show you how I worked in each challenge requirement on this single #8 manila tag  🙂


Here’s just some of the supplies I gathered to start on this tag…

…You may notice Kudzu Kafe’s ‘Angry Girl’, already fussy cut and inked up?  She’s one of those left-over pieces that I’ve had sitting around, just waiting for THE perfect project to incorporate her in, along with her wings!

I started with applying tissue tape randomly to the front and back sides of the tag.


I swiped Scattered Straw DP over the entire front side of the tag, then spritzed with water…


…blotted off the excess paint/water mix and dried with my heat tool.

I gave the back of the tag the same treatment using Crushed Olive DP.


When I ‘painted’ the back side of the tag, some of the Crushed Olive DP got onto the front side of the tag–I’m really happy with this two-toned border my messiness gave me 🙂

I applied Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain DI’s to the front and back sides of the tag with my ink blending tools and distressed the edges…

…then gave both sides the old spritz and flick of water and dried with my heat tool. Love those water spots!!


Now it’s time for me to experiment with the new Gerbera Daisy dies from My Favorite Things!  I’ve gathered kraft glassine, tulle, tissue paper, vellum and muslin (which the die did not cut through) to make my Spring Flowers with.  The gesso is for the tulle.

I took my piece of kraft glassine and waded it into a little ball.  Then I flattened it out and ran it through my Big Shot machine to get these, almost leather-like, gerbera daisy petals and centers–COOL!!

I cut a piece of tissue paper to accommodate the dies and inked with Mustard Seed DI, then gave a spritz of Pure Sunshine Ink Spray and finished with a splattering of Ripe Persimmon DP.  Of course I had to paint splatter something 🙂

I also die cut the Gerbera Daisies out of the gesso’d tulle and vellum…


…but I forgot to take pictures of the petals before I started assembly.  For the vellum layer, I stamped the bee image from the Le Jardin plate with Staz-On ink in Jet Black.


Wings for ‘Flights of Fancy’, Gerbera Daisy die cuts for ‘Spring Flowers’…embellishments coming up!

Now to put everything together onto the tag–Time for the ‘E is for Embellishment’ part of this project 🙂

And, how it goes for me, I forgot to take pictures of the assembly part–I just started going and before I knew it, this tag was together and ready for its close-up!!


OH–Angry Girl did change her clothes!  She had to…her head was ripping off slightly, so I just stamped, colored and fussy cut another girl and adhered her on top of the previous.  Now, she’s presented in a simple frock colored in Crushed Olive and Dusty Concord DM’s and my water brush.  I also gave her a spritz of MFT Mixables Sheer Shimmer spray for a little glitz.

I LOVE how these Gerbera Daisies turned out!  After laying down the crystal swirl on the tag first, I adhered 3 Gerbera Daisy blooms down with matte multi-medium and let air dry before securing winged angry girl down with stacked foam squares.


This Fancy Butterfly is die cut from Wendy Vecchi’s molding film and inked with Stream & Wild Plum Adirondack alcohol inks.  I glued the wings to angry girl with matte multi-medium and let air dry.  Once dry, I molded the wings using my embossing heat tool-CAREFULLY!!


I layered foam dots on top of each other to really give winged girl a pop off the front of the tag and showcase those wings!

Now, onto the back side of this tag–


Quote courtesy of Randy Marsh in Season 14, Episode 1410 “Insheeption’ of South Park.

OK–have I tipped my hand that I’m a South Park fan?  I had to add this in, not only for the ‘snark’ factor of it, but, it just fits with Angry Girl! That look on her face can be interpreted in so many different ways–This is the attitude she gives us today 🙂

I used two of the tissue paper die-cut blooms with enamel dot centers for a little filler around the words and a small crystal swirl around the hole at the top of the tag.


I wrapped jute twine around the bottom of the tag and tied a small scrap of it around the crinkle ribbon at the top.

I printed the words onto manila stock and fussy cut, then inked with Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain DI’s and adhered in place with matte-multi medium.

There she is–Angry Girl with ‘Flights of Fancy’ among the ‘Spring Flowers’ ‘Embellished’ front and back!  WHEW!! I think I’ve got it covered!

Thanks for joining me today!  This was a fun tag to make and I hope it was fun for you to see how it went together.  Until next time-

Stay Artsy Fartsy!  XOXO-Shari


  • Surfaces: Manila Stock; #8 Manila Tag (Ranger); Kraft Glassine & Tissue Paper (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Vellum; Molding Film (Wendy Vecchi Studio 490)
  • Stamps: Kudzu Kafe (Artistic Outpost); Le Jardin (Oxford Impressions)
  • Dies:  Fancy Butterflies & Gerbera Daisy (My Favorite Things); Big Shot Die Machine (Sizzix)
  • Distress Inks, Paints, Markers, Stain (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Staz-On (Tsukineko); Adirondack Alcohol Inks (Ranger); Gesso (Claudine Hellmuth/Ranger); Ink Spray (Dylusions/Ranger);
  • Tissue Tape (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Tulle; Jute Twine; Enamel Buttons (My Mind’s Eye); Crystal Swirls (Prima); Crinkle Ribbon (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Heat Tool; Embossing Heat Gun; Craft Sheet (Ranger); Splatter Brush (Liquitex); Paint Brushes; Water Brush; Finger Knife (Fiskars); Foam Squares


I Am Exhausted….

HAPPY 2014!!!  Oh, sorry–did I say that too loudly?  I’ll try to keep it down for today’s post then 🙂  But seriously–

Happy New Year!!  I hope 2014 brings you all moments of “Well, Ain’t That Artsy Fartsy” as well as finding inspiration any where and every where to create your own Artsy Fartsiness, in whatever form it may take!!  So, without further ado, my first posting of the New Year!  Enjoy!!

Ain't she sweet?

Ain’t she sweet?

Disclaimer:  The comment made on this tag, may not necessarily reflect the opinion of the designer/blogger.  Or, does it? 🙂  Talk about SNARKY!! 🙂  LOVE IT!!  This girl is another image that just seems to speak for herself!

Oh, does someone need a hug?

Oh, does someone need a hug?

I’m using a couple of different stamp plates from Artistic Outpost on this tag–Kudzu Cafe and The Outpost.  Let’s call my friend here “angry girl” and she’s from the Kudzu plate.  She’s stamped with Jet Black Archival Ink onto water color paper and “painted” with Aged Mahogany, Tattered Roses & Victorian Velvet DM’s and my water brush.  I fussy cut her out and inked the edges with Vintage Photo DI and my ink blending tool.

Outpost and KudzuThe background of my #8 manila tag is Peacock Feathers, Mustard Seed and Vintage Photo DI’s, nicely applied with my ink blending tools and then given a spritz of water and dried with my heat tool.  I then stamped the windmill image with Jet Black Archival Ink and the barbed wire with Sepia Archival Ink and gave the edges an inking with Walnut Stain DI.

I'm Exhausted Back

Since this is a tag I’m making for someone, I stamped the back side, too.

The backside of my tag is a simpler version of the front–inked in the same colors as the front and spritzed with water; Angry Girl is stamped with Jet Black Archival; the barbed wire is Sepia Archival Ink.

I randomly added some Tim Holtz/Idea-ology paper tape here and there on the front and back.  I had some bare spaces and the tapes just add that certain nostalgic quality that angry girl needed to soften her up a bit.  Did it help?

The attitude is courtesy of Dylusions-Say It How It Is set.

The attitude is courtesy of Dylusions-Say It How It Is set.

One of my favorite quote plates is the Say It How It Is set from Dylusions.  I just love Dyan Reaveley’s style and this quote just fits with Angry Girl perfectly!!

I improvised the rust look with DCP Clear Rock Candy and Barn Door DS.

I improvised the rust look with DCP Clear Rock Candy and Barn Door DS.

I really like the look of rust and rusted things.  While anxiously awaiting for the arrival of a new product (that I’ll be talking about in future posts), I wanted to add something rusty to this tag.  So, I used my Cricut machine with the Cricut Sampler cartridge and die-cut hinges out of manila stock, then inked with Tea Dye & Vintage Photo DI’s, then layered with a smudging of Picket Fence & Black Soot DP’s finished with a spritz of water and heat dried.

The  hinges on the backside aren't coated with Clear Rock Candy.

The hinges on the backside aren’t coated with Clear Rock Candy.

I left the hinge on the backside of the tag raw, so to speak, because I really like the effect the DP’s & DI’s made after being spritzed with water–Almost looks like rust!!

I improvised the rust look with DCP Clear Rock Candy and Barn Door DS.

I improvised the rust look with DCP Clear Rock Candy and Barn Door DS.

When the Clear Rock Candy DCP was dry, I applied Barn Door DS right on top of the crackle finish and heat dried.  I think my experiment with improvising a rust-like finish looks pretty cool!

You can't help but laugh out loud with this one!

You can’t help but laugh out loud with this one!

And There you have it–Angry Girl strikes again and she’s EXHAUSTED!!  Too funny!!  I hope you’re laughing with me because this won’t be the last you see of her–this is only the beginning!!

Thank You soooo much for stopping by today, on this 1st day of the New Year!  Cheers to an Artsy Fartsy kind of year!!

Supplies I Used:

Thursday Love-A Boy & His Dog

Happy Thursday Everyone!  Today I wanted to share a card that is nice to look at and is just so darn sweet and easy-peasy to make!  The image is simple and says so much….You never have a bond in life like that of a young boy and his first dog…True Puppy Love!

Boy and his Dog

Georges & Louis

Supplies I Used:

This card may look complex, especially the background, but it’s not!  When I use this image from Lost Coast Designs (their names are Georges & Louis), these guys are the focal point.  I try not to get anything else in the way and let the image do the talking.  I just love these little faces!

Look at those faces....

Look at those faces….

I started with the background; Distress Paints in Picket Fence and Black Soot.  I started by swiping the Black Soot DP right onto my manilla stock, covering half.   I spritzed with water, letting the paint run and drip then dried with my heat tool.  Then, I used the Picket Fence DP and swiped over the other half of the stock, spritzed with water letting that run and drip all over the place and dried with the heat tool.  As you can see, the DP’s gave me a really cool blended background!

Ink the stamp well to make sure you get a good transfer.

Ink the stamp well to make sure you get a good transfer.

Just look at these boys!  I used Jet Black Archival to stamp the image onto white stock and fussy cut, even getting the spaces in between!  I Love the script on the boy’s coat–very Artsy Fartsy!!

What dog doesn't deserve a little bling?

What dog doesn’t deserve a little bling?

And of course, I just had to give Fido here some bling bling for his collar!

Simple embellishments & sentiments are all you need sometimes.

Simple embellishments & sentiments are all you need sometimes.

I added a few random pieces of Tissue Tape and I stamped the words, from the Kudzu Kafe plate, in Jet Black Archival and Opaque White Staz-On.  I distressed the edges and adhered my boys with 3D Dots.  DONE!!  It really was that easy!

That’s Thursday Love!  Easy-Peasy and Artsy Fartsy without a lot of work!  If you’re not familiar with Lost Coast Designs, you gotta go check them out!  Very fun images of everything imaginable!  If you like this image of Georges & Louis, wait until you see what else is available!  FUN FUN FUN!!

Hope you all have an Artsy Fartsy Thursday and Thanks for Stopping By!!  XOXO-Shari

What’s Brewing, Party Witch?

Happy Monday and Cheers to another week under way!  I thought I’d start my week by submitting this tag to the Drunken Stampers-Challenge #138-A Person; Party Planner.  I’ve been wanting to create something with the “angry girl” image from the Kudzu Kafe plate by Artistic Outpost and after seeing Alison Bomber’s Ghost in the Machine tag she designed for AO’s monthly blog hop, the idea came to me!  I gotta make her a Witch!!

What's Brewing Witchy-Poo?

What’s Brewing Witchy-Poo?

Supplies I Used:

  • #8 Manilla Tag, White Vellum, Water-Color Paper, Ivory & Black Card-Stock
  • Stamps: Kudzu Kafe (Artistic Outpost), and Party Hats (Lost Coast Designs), (The alaphabet letters are from an unknown mfg)
  • Distress Inks, Markers & Stain, Archival Ink, Staz-On Ink, White Embossing Powder, Ink-Blending Tool, Water Brush, Paint Brush, Multi-Medium, 3D Dots, Toothpick, Heat Tool, Craft Sheet,Dimensional Magic
  • Cheese Cloth, Cotton, Seam Binding, Self-Adhesive Rhinestones, Dimensional Magic, Glitter

Angry Girl from the Kudzu Kafe stamp plate is perfect as my witchy brew-mistress for this party tag!  I just laugh when I look at her…but, I do find if I stare at her long enough, I’m scowling back at her! Don’t look directly at her….

Even with a party brewing, she's still angry..

Even with a party brewing, she’s still angry..

My tag background is Barn Door, Dusty Concord & Black Soot DI’s blended directly onto my tag with the ink blending tool, spritzed with water and dried with my heat tool.  The witch’s cauldron is a free image I found online and printed out on vellum.  I used Opaque White Staz-On ink to stamp party & the xxx’s then doused with white embossing powder and melted with my heat tool.  I fussy cut the cauldron out and inked the edges with Walnut Stain DI.

Up Close Cauldron

I stamped Angry Girl and all of the party hats onto water-color paper with Jet Black Archival Ink and painted with DM’s and my water-brush in; Barn Door, Peeled Paint, Dusty Concord, Tattered Rose &  Black Soot.  I rubbed each color onto my craft sheet and picked up with my water-brush.  I gave each painted hat a layer of dimensional Magic and set aside to dry.

Party Witch in the shade

I stamped the words Party, with Jet Black Archival Ink, all over the background–but most of the words ended up getting covered once I put all the pieces in place.  To assemble, I cut a slit in the tag to slip the cauldron into and secured in place with double-back tape. I used multi-medium to glue my cotton, as steam, onto my cauldron–I also used the multi-medium to glue my colored cheese cloth, as fire, strategically in place….I can feel the heat!

I see a party brewing!

I see a party brewing!

Once the dimensional magic on all of the party hats were dry, I fussy cut them out and placed the smaller hats randomly as if they were the magic being brewed out of the party cauldron!  I fussy cut angry girl out and adhered her in place with 3D Dots-I also gave her a little wand that I made with a toothpick colored with Vintage Photo & Walnut Stain DI’s and topped with red glitter.  Her party hat was also secured with 3D Dots and each hat received a self-adhesive rhinestone.

Party Hats

I stamped the sentiment “What’s Brewing” with my alphabet stamps using Jet Black Archival Ink onto ivory card stock which I then colored with Dusty Concord and Barn Door DI’s and my ink blending tool.  I cut out the words and inked the edges with Walnut Stain DI and framed with black card stock.  Those words were adhered with 3D Dots, too and to finish, I added a piece of seam binding that I colored with Barn Door DS and then inked with Dusty Concord DI.

Even with a festive party hat, she's still Angry!

Even with a festive party hat, she’s still Angry!

There you go—My witchy party tag!  I’d go to a party like that!!  And with Halloween right around the corner, I may make a few more tags and present as a set of party invitations…Hmmmm…..

Have a SPLENDID Monday and Thank You for stopping by!  XOXO-S