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? 

topsy3 copie

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)

Football Philosophy

Hello There & Happy Sunday!!  Now that we’ve had our AO New Release blog hop, I can start sharing all of the fun projects I’ve been making with the new Artistic Outpost stamp sets.  I shared a peek of today’s AO creation on Wednesday, but here’s another to entice you over to the Artistic Outpost blog for a few more details–


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



  • Stamps:  Go Team (Artistic Outpost)
  • Archival Ink (Ranger); Dylusions Acrylics (Ranger); Fluid Acrylics (DecoArt Media); White Gel Pen (Sakura)
  • #8 Manila Tag (Ranger); Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore); Kraft Glassine; Black Card Stock (Core’dinations)
  • Measured LS (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous); Tiny Attacher & Natural Trimmings (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Craft Sheet (Ranger); Sewing Machine (Kenmore); Paper Distresser (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios); Finger Knife & Scissors (Fiskars); Air Art Tool (Artworx)

And All That Rot

HELLO, HELLO & HAPPY SUNDAY!!  I’ve got my preview of my weekly Artistic Outpost project here for you today–


I’m sharing a few step x step photos over at the AO Blog on how I put this card together, if you’d like to pop over there for a looksee?! 🙂

It’s going to be a bustling week here at Ain’t That Artsy Fartsy, and I hope you’ll come back to enjoy the creative festivities that are in store for you!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • London Underground & Loverly London (Artistic Outpost)
  • Archival Ink (Ranger); Distress Paints, Inks, Markers & Stains (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Pigment Ink (Colorbox); Clear Embossing Powder (Ranger); StazOn Ink (Tsukineko); White Gel Pen (Sakura)
  • Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore); Tissue Paper; Vellum; Twill Ribbon; Black Card Stock (Core’dinations); Harlequin LS (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous)
  • Matte Decou-Page (DecoArt); Crackle Glaze (DecoArt Media); Double-Backed Tape (3M)
  • Craft Sheet (Ranger); Heat Tool; Embossing Heat Gun; Water Brush; Finger Knife (Fiskars); Tiny Attacher (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Sewing Machine (Kenmore); Air Art Tool (Artworx); Paper Distresser (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios)

Last But Not Least

Hi There!! Happy Thursday!!  Well, it’s time for THE LAST, but certainly not the least, challenge technique at the Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge Blog


Challenge #34, Tim’s Layering Stencil Monoprint technique.  This last technique is found on page 48 of Tim’s Compendium of Curiosities 3, and you’ve needed to work from your own copy to participate in this challenge series.  It’s definitely a must-have book for your creative library!  And even though the challenge is headed into its final sunset, the inspiration found in Tim’s book is eternal!!

And speaking of eternal–Thank You to Linda at Studio L3 for hosting and coordinating this challenge for the past 68 weeks and Thank You to the Extremely Talented Ladies of the Curiosity Crew who continuously inspired challenge after challenge, topping each and every one of their CC3 creations with the next!!

  Throughout this challenge, there have been Outrageous Prize-a-Paloozas to win!!  Firstly–There have been two very Awesome sponsorsInspiration Emporium and The Funkie Junkie Boutique.  For this last CC3 challenge, The Funkie Junkie Boutique is sponsoring a $25 gift certificate to one lucky, randomly drawn, participant-YAY!

Secondly–Is the chance of being chosen the Curiosity Crew’s Honorable Mention!  That’s no little feat! Have you seen the stuff that people make for this challenge?  (besides my own stuff that is!)  😉 🙂

Thirdly–And Definitely Not Lastly–Is the Tim & Mario prize package awarded to the Curiosity Crew’s Choice!  Now, that’s something to write home about!!

It’s been fun and creatively rewarding to craft through the pages of Tim’s latest tome, and I wanted to do something lasting to close the book with, so to speak — 😉 🙂


I altered a Tazo Tea tin to hold crafting goodies or little keepsakes or whatever I can fit in there!!  Let me take you through some of the steps, that I can share, in repurposing this tin for this last CC3 challenge.

Here’s  my Tazo Tea tin in all of its labeled glory!  I stripped the label off with a combination of soaking in soapy water, then rubbing with something called ‘Goof Off’ to remove the rest of the label adhesive.  I washed and dried the tin, lightly sanded the surface, then applied a dry brushing of white gesso over the surface.


I ‘measured’ a couple of pieces of mixed-media paper to wrap around the tin, and stitched together with my sewing machine.


And like magic–There’s my Layering Stencil Monoprint background!  I created this little scene using the Rays, Burlap and Measured Layering Stencils and all kinds of Distress Inks.


I’m using my favorite flower image in Tim’s Flower Garden stamp set to adorn my tin with.  I heat embossed the cone flower image onto the panels with Jet Black Archival ink and black embossing powder.  I colored the centers of the flowers with Walnut Stain DI and my water brush.


Behind the scenes, I stamped the cone flowers and stems onto pieces of mixed-media paper and water colored with Distress Markers and my water brush.  I could have sworn I snapped a separate picture of the stems, too–but they’re there out of shot somewhere!!  When I fussy cut these flowers out, I sprayed them with Sunflower Sparkle Perfect Pearls Mist to give them a little shimmer.


I wrapped the tin with my stitched panels and adhered with a combo of double-backed tape and matte Decou-Page.  I started adding the fussy cut cone flower heads  and stems in place and adhered with matte Decou-Page.


I made a separate panel for the top of the tin, and worked on this panel on the side as I was working on the other panels for the body of the tin.


I treated all of the sides of the tin the same with Botanical Rem-Rubs, Small Talk or Big Chat stickers and some ink spritzing and paint splattering.


I outlined the image of the flower and the small talk sticker with Black Soot DI and my water brush.  I heat set then outlined again with my white gel pen.


I used my air art tool with my Black Soot DM and spritzed ink all over the surfaces and heat set.


I also splattered Scattered Straw DP over the surfaces with a round water color brush and heat set that, too.


I trimmed a piece of Menagerie paper stash to attach to the bottom of the tin–this is mainly to camouflage all of the printing that’s on the bottom on the tin.


And that’s all folks!!  I’ve now got a nicely decorated tin that I can use for a myriad of purposes!!

I’m taking this over to Studio L3 for the last time, for this last CC3 challenge, which ends tomorrow, Friday August 14th at 11:55pm MDT.  If you’ve got Tim’s book, you’ve still got time to create and enter!  It’s never too late and you’ve gotta be in it to win it!! 🙂

Thanks so much for joining me today!  I’ll be back this weekend with a little something, something that I’ve been working on for Artistic Outpost, so I hope you’ll come back and visit again!!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Tazo Tea Tin; Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore)
  • Stamps:  Flower Garden (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous)
  • Distress Inks, Markers & Paint (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Ink & Perfect Pearls Mist (Ranger); Embossing Powder (WOW); White Gel Pen (Sakura)
  • Remnant Rubs, Tissue Tape, Small Talk & Big Chat Stickers (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Craft Sheet (Ranger); Heat Tool; Embossing Gun; Finger Knife (Fiskars); Round WC Paint Brush; Detail Water Brush

Kudzu Wisdom

Hi There & Happy Sunday!!  It’s my turn to share my weekly project for Artistic Outpost and today, I’m bringing you an almost trashed canvas board that had a very rough beginning.  Every so often, my mojo will ”leave the building” if you will, and my original attempt at what I was doing on this was, just, BLECH!!  But luckily, one of my favorite AO stamp sets, Kudzu Kafe, came to the rescue!!


Not only did the images of Kudzu Kafe help me out on this project, but I went back into the archives of one of my favorite designers, Paula Cheney, to get inspiration from her canvas called “Wonderful Adventure“.  You’ll see some of the liberties I took in my project, especially with the overall wing-span of Kudzu Girl here, but the inspiration is evident and helped me get through my temporary loss of mojo over this canvas board.

I’m also going to send this canvas board over to The Mirror Crack’d challenge for July-Canvas.  I missed out on lots of my favorite challenges last month as I’m spending my free creative time on other projects, but I always pay attention to the themes and write them down for inspiration.  As this month’s theme at The Mirror Crack’d is creating on a Canvas, that also inspired me to bring this canvas back out and try to salvage it in some way!


This is how this 5″ x 7″ canvas board started out, but I had actually gotten farther along in the water coloring of this and even glazed some of the rain drops.  I was not happy with the direction this was going, and almost threw this away!  Instead, I put it away, but not out of sight–I can’t just get rid of a nice canvas board that can be saved and turned into something else!!


I covered the board with a good coat of gesso, maybe a bit thicker than normal, but I had some bright colors to cover and the layer of TH Melange Tissue Wrap helped camouflage the painting underneath.


I applied Abandoned Coral DP onto the top half and Mermaid Lagoon DP to the bottom half and rubbed the paint in with a baby wipe.  These colors are so fun together! Oh-Can you see some of the raised rain drops back there?  Even though those are remnants of the failed creative layer underneath, I think they lend a fun, textural element to this board.


I took another piece of the Melange Tissue Wrap and glued to a piece of white stock with Matte Decou-Page.  I heat set, then colored the wings with my Mustard Seed & Ripe Persimmon DMs.


I’m playing around with some TH Frosted Film right now and decided to cover the butterfly with a layer to give the wings some pretty shimmer.  I fussy cut them and adhered the image onto the canvas board with Matte Decou-Page.


My favorite AO image-Kudzu Girl (aka Angry Girl)!!  I stamped her onto mixed-media paper with Jet Black Archival and water colored her with Distress Markers and my water brush.  I fussy cut her, inked the edges with my Pumice Stone DM and adhered her onto the wings with Matte Decou-Page.  And, as one of the tenants of Kudzu Wisdom is to ‘be silly’, I gave her a pair of wire antennae that I glitzed up with Black Diamond Stickles.  I just love that sparkle in the sunshine!


I’ve got some random stamping and stenciling going on in the background, too.  I’m using a flourishy image from the Serenity stamp set stamped in Cobalt Archival and I’m using the Letter Jumble stencil from Dylusions.  You might see a two-toned effect with the stenciling–there I used Scattered Straw DP with an over lay of Black Soot SI.  The circles were made with a paint cap dipped into Picket Fence DP and Prussian Blue Hue DA Media Fluid Acrylic.

The 3 tenants of Kudzu Widsom–be silly, be kind, be honest!!  I stamped the words onto white card stock with Jet Black Archival and heat set.  I then brushed on a layer of Matte Decou-Page and heat set.  I fussy cut the words and edged with Jet Black Archival then mounted onto pieces of black stock.  I attached to the canvas board with foam squares and outlined with Walnut Stain DI and my water brush, then outlined again with my white gel pen.


I outlined winged Kudzu Girl three times–the first layer in Black Soot DP using a fine detail paint brush, then I outlined with Walnut Stain DI and my water brush, then I outlined with my white gel pen.  I finished the panel with adding strips of TH Tissue Tape around the edges to frame the panel and give it a clean and crisp look, then spritzed a bit of Black Soot DM here & there with my air art tool.  So, there you go–a project that was once a failure, saved by paint and ink and stamping and paper and good ole inspiration!!

Thanks so much for spending a little bit of your Sunday with me!!  Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps:  Kudzu Kafe & Serenity (Artistic Outpost)
  • 5″ x 7″ Canvas Board; Melange Tissue Wrap (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore); Black Card Stock (Core’dinations)
  • Distress Paints, Inks & Markers (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Inks (Ranger); DecoArt Media Acrylic; Gesso (Dina Wakely/Ranger); White Gel Pen (Sakura)
  • Letter Jumble Stencil (Dylusions/Ranger); Frosted Film & Tissue Tape (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Craft Sheet (Ranger); Matte Decou-Page (DecoArt); Finger Knife (Fiskars); Paint Cap; Ink Blending Tool; Heat Tool; Air Art Tool (Artworx)


HELLO & HAPPY FRIDAY!!  Well, it’s still technically Thursday where I live, but I’m working on UK time today and with that–It’s the first Friday of June and it’s time to start a new challenge at A Vintage Journey!  I’m here today as one of your Creative Guides to introduce you to our challenge theme and your challenge host this month–S@ndy of My Crafty Life on the Internet.


“Share your celebrations with us.  It can be the end of the school year, a birthday, Father’s Day, a wedding or a special anniversary.  Use any of Tim’s products or his techniques.”

This month’s challenge is being sponsored by Country View Crafts with a $20 gift certificate-(it’s actually a 20 pound gc, but I don’t have the symbol for that)- awarded to a randomly selected participant and then S@ndy will choose her Top 3, to receive the A Vintage Journey Pinworthy blog badges!

I’m choosing to celebrate Love—-


…Zombie style!!  Who said you had to celebrate Love only one day a year on Valentine’s Day?  Who said zombies only came out on Halloween?  Who said a zombie can’t fall in love?!! This was a fun tag to make for S@ndy’s Celebrations themed challenge!!  Let me show you what I did and how I used Tim’s goodies and techniques on this tag.


I started with a jumbo #12 manila tag and the Zombie Casanova stamp set by one of Tim’s fellow Stamper’s Anonymous designer’s Brett Weldele.  It’s a fun set, so full of love-sick, zombie-possibilities.  I stamped Mr. Zombie with Jet Black Archival onto the tag.


I employed Tim’s distress marker spritzed  background technique from his April tag.  I used Barn Door & Walnut Stain DMs with my air art tool, to color this background with.  Oh, that red mottling is gore-lightful!!


I applied some pieces of tissue tape as anchors.  But at this point, they’re kind of place holders–I’m not sure if I’m going to cover them up with something else, or leave as is.  From here on out, I was a water coloring fool, and didn’t stop to take pictures of that process.  I also ended up heat embossing like a fool, too!!


Here’s a close up of some of that heat embossing.  Aren’t these hearts wonderful?  I just love their grittiness and I love how the red embossing really makes these hearts pop right off of the tag’s surface!!  After embossing with Red Geranium EP, I outlined them with my water brush swiped through Walnut Stain DI, then outlined with the fine tip side of my Black Soot DM.


He doesn’t look all that scary surrounded by hearts, does he?  You can see some of the water coloring I did on his zombie body.  I used my water brush & Fired Brick DM to color his shirt, or what’s left of it and I used my water brush & Pumice Stone DM to color his skin.


I did end up covering that tissue tape anchor under his relaxed left elbow, with one of the quotes from the Zombie Casanova set.  I separately stamped the quote in red and heat embossed the heart.  I fussy cut it and attached the heart to make the box pop a little bit more.


I colored his jeans with my water brush and Faded Jeans DM.  His bouquet of flowers was colored with Pine Needles & Barn Door DMs with my fine tip water brush.  I gave the tag a good run through my sewing machine and I added all of the rough stitching.


I topped the tag with a stained piece of tulle and a typed token that just seemed completely PERFECT for this tag!!  XOXO, indeed!!


I distressed the edges with my paper distresser then inked with Walnut Stain DI and my ink blending tool and Zombie Casanova is ready to eat date you!!  The least he could have done was find some shoes!! 🙂

So, there you have my creation for this month’s Celebrations challenge  for A Vintage Journey.  What kind of celebrations will you share with us?  S@ndy’s challenge is open until Thursday, July 2nd, so come on over and celebrate with us!

Thanks so much for stopping in with me today!  Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • #12 Jumbo Tag; Black Card Stock (Core’dinations); Mixed Media Paper (Strathmore)
  • Distress Markers & Ink (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Ink (Ranger); Embossing Powder (Wendy Vecchi/Ranger)
  • Tissue Tape, Typed Token & Jump Rings (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Tulle
  • Paper Distresser (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios); Sewing Machine (Kenmore); Water Brushes; Double-Backed Tape (3M); Heat Tool; Embossing Heat Gun


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)