Down by the Sea

Hi There!!  Happy Sunday!!  I’m here today with my weekly creative contribution for Artistic Outpost and I’m still playing around with our Boardwalk stamp set–


This set is so much fun-There’s no shortage of fantastic images to use!!  Who knows what I’m going to do next with them? 😉


I’m also having some fun playing around with Ken Oliver’s Color Bursts, too.  I managed to shoot just a few photos while putting this card together–let me show you some of what I did!


I stamped the Steel Pier image onto mixed-media paper with Jet Black Archival.


I added a random layer of Bubble stenciling with WV Transparent Embossing Paste and let that air dry.


When the embossing paste was dry, I spritzed the panel with water, then sprinkled Ultramarine Blue & Pthalo Green CBs over the wet surface and let the Color Bursts do their thing!  Soooo cooool!!  When I was happy with the blending, I heat set while dabbing the surface with a paper towel to pick up some of the more saturated spots.  I also laid the Bubble LS back down and spritzed it with water, then dabbed the stencil with a paper towel to pick up some of the color through the stencil.

I wanted to add a natural, beachy element to this card, so I created an old piece of shipwreck-type, washed ashore, piece of wood, using craft sticks, also known as popsicle sticks, or my international favorite-lolly sticks!!


I had originally stamped this handsome gent onto a piece of tissue paper and adhered directly to the planks, but his image kind of got lost amidst the wood grain, so I stamped him again onto mixed-media paper with Jet Black Archival, colored with my Distress Markers and my water brush and fussy cut.  The tissue paper ends up creating a very subtle shadow behind him, that I enhanced with another outline of Black Soot DM and my water brush, then an outline with white gel pen.  He also has a paper-pieced tank top that I had stamped separately with Cobalt Archival.



The token and quote were stamped onto a piece of mixed-media paper that I used to sop up all of the extra Color Bursts that ended up on my craft sheet.  I mounted the fussy cut words and token onto black card stock, then gave a quick coating of Clear Rock Candy DCP and let air dry.  I trimmed out the mounted words & token and adhered into place on the panel with matte Decou-Page.  When dry, I outlined with my Walnut Stain DM and my water brush, then outlined again with my white gel pen.


I just had to get a close-up of this image!  It’s so detailed and fun–Look! There are people out for a stroll!  Plus, I love the translucence of the embossing paste bubbles–it’s a crisp contrast against the richness of the Color Bursts!!  Oh, now doesn’t that sound so very ‘Artsy Fartsy’? 😉 🙂


I distressed the edges of the panel with my paper distresser and inked with Black Soot DI and my ink blending tool.  I placed a piece of cheesecloth behind the wooden planks before gluing it down with hot glue, then I added the mini shells with little dabs of hot glue and sprinkled the micro beads over any exposed glue.  I adhered the finished panel to a turquoisey blue top fold card base.

Thanks so much for having a visit with me today and I hope you enjoyed my Artistic Outpost adventure ‘Down by the Sea’!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps:  Boardwalk (Artistic Outpost)
  • Color Bursts (Ken Oliver); Archival Ink (Ranger); Distress Crackle Paint, Stains, Markers & Ink (Tim Holtz/Ranger); White Gel Pen (Sakura)
  • Mixed Media Paper (Strathmore); Black Card Stock (Core’dinations); Blue Card Stock (PTI)
  • Craft Sticks; Cheesecloth; Seashells (The Funkie Funkie Boutique); Microbeads
  • Craft Sheet (Ranger); Heat Tool; Matte Decou-Page (DecoArt); Hot Glue Gun; Waterbrush; Finger Knife (Fiskars)

Cracked Bluebird Vase of Happiness

HELLO HELLO HELLO!!  I’m here real quick today with my project for the latest Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge–Faux Cracked Glass!  It’s challenge #30 and we’re working from page 54 of Tim’s CC #3.  This challenge series is winding down, and there are only a few more pages of Tim’s techniques to go.  It’s not too late to get your own copy of Tim’s CC3 and join in, plus, it’s a fantastic resource to have at your fingertips, year-round.


The Funkie Junkie Boutique is the sponsor for this challenge with a $25 gift certificate awarded to a random CC3 #30 participant–YAY!! Shopping with The Funkie Junkie is AWESOME and winning the gift certificate is even AWESOMER!!  Then we’ve got the chance to win the Curiosity Crew’s Choice prize package donated to each & every challenge by Tim & Mario!!  There’s also a blog badge to be worn proudly for being the Curiosity Crew’s Honorable Mention!


After ogling all of the very cool Faux Cracked Glass projects the Curiosity Crew created to inspire us, I took this cute, but plain, bird bud base to task for this challenge!  I can’t show you anything about the technique–


—but, this is how this little vase turned out after treating it with the Faux Cracked Glass technique.  So much more personality now!! I LOVE IT!!


Something I did do that’s not a part of the technique, so, I feel OK with sharing this with you–I tinted the vase with one of my blue colors of Adirondack Alcohol Ink, before applying the technique.  I wanted there to be a light base color on the glass, to help play up the technique a bit more.


But the rest of the colors that you see, especially the darker tones highlighting those cracks, are part of the finishing touches of the technique that make all of those little cracks really stand out.  Something else I did, that’s not a part of the technique, is seal this.  Since it is a vase, and Distress products react with water, I gave this a spray of clear coat.  I’ll still be careful with this around water and fill it using a funnel now, instead of holding it under the faucet 😉

See, told you I was going to be quick today!  AND–I’m getting this into CC3 #30 early (for me!)!!  The inspiration was just too great to deny the muse!  CC3 #30 closes on Friday, June 19th @ 11:55pm MDT.  That’s NEXT FRIDAY!!  Still plenty of time to come over and play!!  Hope to see you there 🙂

Thanks for spending a bit of your Thursday with me!!  I’ve got my weekly Artistic Outpost project in the works for Sunday, so I hope you come back to see what I’ve been doing–It’s going to be another quick one, too!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



Find Your Serenity

Happy Sunday!!  Hello & Welcome to my weekly posting for Artistic Outpost!!

Did you know about this?  Did you hear about this?–There’s a new monthly feature at Artistic Outpost and it’s called Product Focus.  The first Monday of each month, the AO Design Team members will make a project using stamps from the themed collections of Artistic Outpost images.  For the month of March, the theme is Flowers & Gardening.


Now, I didn’t get to join in this past Monday’s announcement post about this new feature, but as soon as I could, being so very inspired by my Teammies!, I grabbed my flower & gardening themed AO images and created this card.  For this card, I’m using the Serenity and The Outpost stamp sets.


I’m making a single-layer card using a piece of manila stock that I’ll do all of my coloring and stamping on (single layer to me is one top panel, on top of my card base & embellies don’t count!).   Here’s my manila panel with the colors of Distress Spray Stains that I’m going to treat this with-Antique Linen, Vintage Photo, Mustard Seed & Dusty Concord.


Here’s the first layer of DSS-Antique Linen, with some dry brushes of gesso here and there.


I stamped the script and house & tree images from The Outpost set onto the panel with Jet Black Archival Ink.


Here is my single top layer panel and mini-master board, once spritzed with the Dusty Concord, Vintage Photo & Mustard Seed DSSs.  I gave my top card layer a splattering of  Cinnamon Stick Twinkling H20s and heat seat.  OH-Something I did to my mini-master board was coat it with matte multi-medium and heat dried.  I’m doing that so the color won’t bleed when I alter further.


I fussy cut the words and flowers and layered a bit of Clear Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint over the flowers.  I let those air dry, punched a hole into each bloom and used metal brads for the centers.


I adhered the quote word bands down with matte multi-medium and let air dry.  Then I outlined each one with my Walnut Stain DM and smeared with my finger.  I completed the panel with attaching each bradded flower through punched holes.  I attached this panel to my kraft stock card base with lots of double-backed tape, but still pressed between a few heavy books for a little bit.


This house and tree image is one of my favorite AO stamps–I need to start using it more!  It’s great for every season and suits any reason!

Thank you for joining me today for my Sunday post for Artistic Outpost!  I sure do appreciate your visits and very kind comments!!  Now get out there and enjoy the rest of your weekend!!  🙂

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps:  Serenity & The Outpost (Artistic Outpost)
  • Kraft Stock; Manila Stock
  • Gesso (Claudine Hellmuth/Ranger); Distress Spray Stains, Crackle Paint, Marker & Ink (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Ink (Ranger); Twinkling H2O (Splash of Color)
  • Matte Multi-Medium (Ranger); Scissors; Hole Punch; Paint Brush; Heat Tool; Craft Sheet (Ranger); Finger Knife (Fiskars); Double-Backed Tape (3M)
  • Brads

Do You See–a Giveaway?

Happy Happy Friday!!  What better way to end the week than with a giveaway, right?  Since I started blogging and participating in challenges and other bloggy giveaways, I’ve won and been gifted a nice little stash of goodies, some of which I already have in my crafting inventory.  I’d like to share some of my goodies with you and at the end of this post, I’ll tell you what I’m giving away and how to enter my drawing!  Yes–you’ll have to earn your goodies, but I’ll give you a couple of ways to enter to win! 🙂


Until then, you’ll just have to hang on while I share my Colored Crackle creation for the Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge #14 at Studio L3!  This one is from page 53 of Tim’s book and it’s one of my favorite techniques!  This is my 3rd bottle of Clear Rock Candy DCP, and I even had the big tub to refill the small bottles!!  This stuff is GREAT!


This will be a pretty short post, as I can’t show you how the details of how the Colored Crackle technique works, but it’s on almost every surface on this tag–can you say Colored Crackle Crazy 5 times fast, with crackers in your mouth?! LOL!! 🙂


I’m using a #8 manila tag to create my Shattered LS colored crackle background with. This was very messy and I scraped up any extra DCP and put back into the jar and I washed the stencil right away.  I let this tag dry overnight.

I used Seedless Preserves & Crushed Olive DPs and Black Soot DI to color my crackle.  Look at that crackly goodness!!  It’s so cool!!

 Here is a #8 kraft tag that I’m using for the back of my colored crackle tag.  My tag is going to end up being a little heavy when it’s all put together, so I’m adhering this extra tag so the finished project is sturdy.


Now for the close-ups!  This is a large clock face piece from Prima (that I got from the Funkie Junkie Boutique earlier this year) treated with the colored crackle technique.  I used Crushed Olive DP & Walnut Stain DI.  The eye image is from the Oddities plate and I stamped it onto WV Modeling Film with Jet Black StazOn ink.  I molded the film, then did the colored crackle technique on it and used Seedless Preserves DP to make the eye pop a little bit more off of the surface of the tag.


Here I’ve treated some TH/Idea-ology mini gears, long fasteners & game spinners with the colored crackle technique and I’ve used Crushed Olive & Seedless Preserves DPs and Walnut Stain DI.


This is fun! Same thing here–all pieces treated with the colored crackle technique and colored with Seedless Preserves & Crushed Olive DPs and Walnut Stain DI.

Here is an acetate panel that I treated with the colored crackle technique.  I stamped the eye chart onto the front side with Jet Black StazOn ink and applied the technique to the reverse side.  I used Brushed Pewter DP & Black Soot DI to color the crackle.


Here’s a finished shot of the back of my tag. It’s a little messy with the stitching, but there’s still good space for note writing.


‘Do You See’ now, how I went kind of colored crackle crazy?  But it’s a good kind of crazy–the creative kind!!  The CC3 #14 Colored Crackle challenge at Studio L3 closes tonight at 11:55pmMDT and there’s the chance to win a $25 gift certificate from the challenge sponsor-The Funkie Junkie Boutique and a Tim & Mario prize package to the Curiosity Crew’s Choice!  There’s still a bit of time to enter your colored crackle creation!!


OK–now on to the fun stuff!!  I have these couple of Tim Holtz/Idea-ology goodies to give away to one randomly drawn contestant.

First way to earn an entry–Leave me a comment (w/your em address) on this posting giving me the title of the 1986 movie the quote on my tag is from.

(And for 80’s geeks out there like me, you won’t need to go on the online to look this up!  It’s just one of the useless bits of nothing that you’ve stored away for some purpose–Here’s that purpose! It’s going to win you some crafty goodies–Go Figure!!  LOL!!)  🙂

The 2nd way to earn an entry?  Just press that follow button and sign up for my blog (and technically, this is not a bribe as what I’m giving away is not money…)! 🙂

This drawing is open until 11:59pmPDT tonight and I’ll draw and post the winner tomorrow.  GOOD LUCK!!

Thanks for stopping by and until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Surfaces: #8 Manila & Kraft Tags (Inkssentials/Ranger); Acetate Stock (Papertrey Ink); Modeling Film (Wendy Vecchi/Studio 490); Black Stock (Core’dinations)
  • Stamps:  Oddities (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous)
  • Distress Paints, Crackle Paint, Inks (Tim Holtz/Ranger); StazOn (Tsukineko); Twinkling H2Os
  • Shattered Layering Stencil (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous)
  • Clock Face (Prima); Mini Gears, Game Spinners, Long Fasteners & Tinsel Twine (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology);
  • Matte Gel (Liquitex); Hole Punch; Sewing Machine (Kenmore); Ink Blending Tools; Paint Brush

Patriotic Memories

HELLO HELLO HELLO!!  Happy almost weekend!!  Sorry I’ve been absent for so long!!  Behind the scenes, I’ve been busy with family members in town and staging the old homestead for selling and everything else that goes along with that…WHEW!!

So, not a lot of spare time for creativity down in the old dungeon!  But, I do have this card to share, that I made (and sent) to my Great Uncle, a WWII veteran.  I sent this card to him, along with a DVD about the submarine base he trained at in 1944 that used to be here in Idaho!!  Yeah–a submarine base in Idaho!!

Farragut Naval Station, at one time, employed and housed 300,000 Naval and civilian personnel, support staff and families at the South end of Lake Pend O’Reille–the 5th deepest lake in the United States.  Now, Farragut is a recreational area with only one original Navy building remaining–which is the brig (and it’s supposed to be haunted!)!!


 And just in the nick o’time, I’m going to send this over to Studio L3’s Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge #4–Layering Stencil-Texture Paste.  With the chance to win fabulous goodies sponsored by Tim Holtz and a $25 gift certificate from The Funkie Junkie Boutique, I’ve just got to go for it!!


I gathered most of my supplies; Distress Inks & Stain, Wendy Vecchi’s Embossing Pastes and Crackled Texture Paste, the Stars Layering Stencil and the Hero stamp plate from Artistic Outpost and got started.


I’m also goofing around with the DI mono-print technique that Tim is showcasing in his June Tag challenge.  It’s a super easy and fun technique with different results every time! Just like that proverbial box of chocolates–you never know what yer gonna get!!

I applied Fired Brick & Faded Jeans DI and Picket Fence DS directly to the Stars stencil and spritzed with water.

I turned the stencil over and laid it down onto my piece of manila stock.  I used a paper towel to gently press the stencil onto the stock to make sure I got good saturation of the inks and stain.

Here’s the secret ingredient part of this card that I can’t talk about, but I can say that I used TH’s Stars Layering Stencil and Wendy Vecchi’s Silver Embossing Paste to add this spattering of spangled stars.  I set this aside and let air dry and moved on to some stamping.


I used the American Flag image from AO’s Hero plate and stamped twice onto manila stock.  I stamped in Jet Black Archival Ink on one panel and Fired Brick and Faded Jeans on the other manila panel.  To achieve the multi-colored stamped image on the right, I tapped the ink pads directly onto the rubber stamp and blended a little bit with my finger before pressing down onto the manila stock.  Pretty cool!!

I fussy cut the frame of the image stamped in Jet Black Archival and applied a layer of WV’s Crackled Texture Paste.  I didn’t heat dry this either and set aside with the stenciled stars to air dry.


I fussy cut the red & blue inked flags and forgot to take pictures from here on out!!  DUH!!  I didn’t show you the water spots or the Clear Rock Candy DCP that I applied or the cool inking to highlight the cracks!!  But…..

…Here are some close-up’s of the dried/finished surfaces!  When the Clear Rock Candy DCP dried, I inked it with Tea Dye DI and my ink blending tool.  When my crackled frame was dry, I swiped my Fired Brick & Faded Jeans DI pads over the surface and then inked the edges with Vintage Photo DI and the ink blending tool.


The sentiment is from the Simple Sayings plate from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous.  I stamped the label in Fired Brick DI and the words in Jet Black Archival, then  I inked over the entire image with Tea Dye DI and gave a spritz & flick of water.  I fussy cut the label and distressed the edges and inked with Walnut Stain DI.


Everything was adhered together onto my red card base with either double-back tape or foam squares.  I glued the mirrored star with matte multi-medium for a really good bond on that crackled frame.  OH–I made the silver flagpoles out of round toothpicks, painted with Brushed Pewter DP!!


And there you have it–my star spangled tribute to my Great Uncle, along with my submission to the CC3 Challenge at Studio L3.  Come on over and check out the creative goodness that’s being made for this round….it ends tonight, there’s still time to join!!

Happy Friday!!  Thanks for stopping by and until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!  XOXO-Shari


  • Manila Stock; Red Stock
  • Distress Inks, Paints & Stain (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Ink (Ranger); Silver Embossing Paste & Crackled Texture (Wendy Vecchi)
  • Stars Layering Stencil (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous); Simple Sayings Plate (TH/SA); Hero Plate (Artistic Outpost)
  • Mirrored Star (TH/Idea-ology); Round Toothpicks
  • Craft Sheet (Ranger); Finger Knife (Fiskars); Double-Back Tape (3M); Foam Squares; Matte Multi-Medium (Claudine Hellmuth); Paper Distresser (TH/Tonic Studios); Palette Knife