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

Yuletide Greetings in June

Happy Wednesday!!  Yes, I know!  A reference to December/Winter/Holidays in June?  You’re saying-“Are You Crazy?!  It just turned Summer!!”  Well, as quickly as these first 6 months of 2015 flew by, add 6 more months and it’s Christmas Eve!!  😉

Today, I’m here with my Artistic Outpost Design Teammies as we have our first Holiday-themed Blog Hop of the year!!  We’ve created projects using stamps found in the Holidays stamp category at the AO Store–Hop along with us!!

Terry * Tracy * Me (you’re here) * Kate * Gerrie * Lisa


I decorated a short pillar candle with images from the Midwinter and Snowy Woods stamp sets and set it atop a rusted base I made with one of the Beautiful Borders dies from Our Daily Bread Designs.


I started with stamping this snowy creek scene from the Midwinter set onto tissue paper with Jet Black Archival.  I used my Broken China DM to color the creek on the rear side of the tissue, then adhered to the candle with matte multi-medium.


Oh, this snowflake is fun!  This picture really shows the detail of those little micro beads-COOL!!  There are two of these snowflakes on this candle–I treated them with a coat of gesso and let air dry.  Then I gave each a spray of adhesive and dipped into clear micro beads and let air dry again.  Once dry, I dripped Aqua Adirondack AI onto the beads to color them, then I sealed with a spray of clear coat.


Some of the behind the scenes things I did was coat the candle with DA Media Crackle Glaze.  Then I brushed DA Media Gold Interference over the candle and when that dried, I rubbed the candle with Vintage Photo & Walnut Stain DIs and my ink blending tool.


This image of Father Christmas is from the Snowy Woods set and he was stamped onto mixed-media paper with Sepia Archival Ink.  I fussy cut him and attached to the candle with a couple of little dots of hot glue.  The stand is two pieces of Beautiful Borders stitched together and rusted with Rusting Powder.  The sentiment is from the Midwinter set and I stamped it onto tissue paper with Jet Black archival and glued into place with matte multi-medium.

There you go-A simple little holiday home décor piece or gift, made in a couple of hours (includes drying times) ready 6 months ahead of time!  Thanks for stopping by on our Artistic Outpost Design Team Holiday Blog Hop today!  Here’s the line-up one more time–

Terry * Tracy * Me (you’re here) * Kate * Gerrie * Lisa

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps: Midwinter & Snowy Woods (Artistic Outpost)
  • Beautiful Borders Die (ODBD); Big Shot Machine (Sizzix)
  • Tissue Paper; Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore)
  • Matte Multi-Medium (Ranger); Archival Inks (Ranger); Distress Markers, Inks & Paint (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Rusting Powder (Crafty Notions UK); Gesso (Dina Wakely/Ranger); Spray Adhesive (3M); Hot Glue Gun; Clear Coat (Rustoleum)
  • Laser Cut Wood Snowflakes; Clear Micro Beads; Jute Twine

Dad, You’re a Keeper!

Hi There!! Happy Monday!!  I had to wait until today to share the card that I made for my Dad for Father’s Day.  He reads my blog, so I couldn’t share this until after he received it! 😉 🙂


I got the idea for my card from my bloggy friend Deb at Paxton Valley Folk Art.  She created the best Father’s Day banner that inspired the card that I made for my Dad!  Thanks, Deb!!


This is my Dad!! He likes to fish!!  What’s that saying–A bad day fishing is better than a good day at work? 😉 🙂

 I copied this picture onto a piece of sticky back canvas in black & white, and although this picture got completely washed out, I rubbed the sticky back canvas with Tea Dye Distress Ink to age it a bit.


I created a few rusty stars with die cut pieces of manila stock treated with Rusting Powder.  I used this sentiment from the Keeper set from Artistic Outpost.  I stamped it onto kraft glassine with Jet Black Archival, fussy cut the words and crinkled those little strips into leathery-like bands.


I used Letter Labels to spell out Dad and attached the smallest rusted star that I have.  I added lots of stitching, mainly to hide the bad sewing I did on the banner itself!! 😉


My Dad isn’t a fly fisherman, but I didn’t have any little fishing lures to add as embellies like Deb has on her banner, so I had to compromise and ‘tied’ this fly myself using a few feathers, jute twine and a paper clip.   It’s hard to see, but I colored the ‘hook’ with Butterscotch Adirondack AI and I attached to the banner with a dot of hot glue.


I didn’t have a hanger to attach this banner to, so, I turned it into a card.  I created a card base the same size as this banner, and sewed it onto the card.  It’s quite sturdy and stands on its own without any warping!!

Thanks so much for starting your crafty week with me!  It’s almost time for the monthly Artistic Outpost DT Blog Hop, so I’ll be back in a couple of days to share the project that I made!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Checkered Cotton Fabric & Batting (My Stash); Kraft Glassine (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Manila Stock; Sticky Back Canvas (Claudine Hellmuth/Ranger); Burlap Paper; Blue Card Stock (PTI)
  • Copy Machine (I’ve got a Canon MX870 for home use); Sewing Machine (Kenmore); Cricut Cutting System; George & Basic Shape Cartridge
  • Distress Ink (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Ink (Ranger); Rusting Powder (Crafty Notions UK); Vinegar; Adirondack Alcohol Ink (Tim Holtz/Ranger)
  • Jute Twine; Feathers; Paper Clip; Matte Multi-Medium (Ranger)

Dream Big

HELLO & Happy (late) Saturday night & Happy Sunday!!  For the next couple of days, I’ll be working on several different time zones and right now, I’m watching the CDT clock tick to midnight, which means I’m here with my weekly Artistic Outpost creation to end the month with!

WOW–it is the end of the month, isn’t it!! Holy Moly–Where did the last 30 days go, well, Gosh–where did the last 5 months go?!  Before the month finishes out without me, I’m sharing one of the cards that I made for the New Release Blog Hop that we had on the 20th.


I’m using the Wander & Dream set for this card along with one of the Beautiful Border dies from Our Daily Bread Designs.  I did take a few step out photos as I was putting this together, let me share some of what I did to put this card together 🙂


My background panel is a piece of mixed-media paper.  I blended Dusty Concord DI onto the top half with my ink blending tool…


….Then blended Spiced Marmalade DI on the bottom half, spritzed with water and heat set.  That is the beginning of my Southwestern background.


Here are the fussy cut and die cut pieces that I prepped ahead of time to use for this card.  I just love how the rusted border turned out.  Very westerny to me with the fringe that hangs down!


Here is the die cut before it was treated with the Rusting Powder.  The detail of this die is amazing, I just love it!


I stamped the desert image onto a piece of tissue paper with Potting Soil Archival, fussy cut then adhered to the background with matte multi-medium.  I stamped pieces of the map image from the Route 66 set with Dusty Concord DI and roughed up the edges with my paper distresser & inked with Walnut Stain DI.  At this point, which I didn’t take a picture of (sorry), I added stenciling using Translucent Embossing Paste and my Dylusions Stars stencil.


 This little lady was stamped onto a Labels Framelits die cut with Jet Black Archival.  I sealed this with matte multi-medium, heat set, then applied a layer of Clear Rock Candy DCP and air dried.


Here she is all crackled up and there’s a frame for this portrait, too!  I die cut the frame with the Labels Framelits dies then aged with rubbing Tea Dye, Vintage Photo & Walnut Stain DIs over the surface.  I spritzed with water and heat set, then rubbed the edges with Black Soot DI.  I also edged the portrait with Black Soot DP.


Now, that’s surely a picture worthy to hang over the bar at the toniest of western saloons!!


Oh, you might just be able to make out those stenciled stars in the background!  Even though they’re hard to see, they do add nice texture and shine to the background.  Oh, something else I did was run this card through my sewing machine to add some stitching, especially to that lovely rusted border!


I adhered the panel to a dark purple card base and thought I was finished.  But things weren’t popping as I’d like, so I added a 3-layer outlining to everything with smudged Walnut Stain DM, then a layer of white gel pen, covered with another outline of Pumice Stone DM.  There–that’ll do it!!

Thank you so much for spending a bit of your late Saturday night and/or Sunday with me!  It’s going to get a little busy here and the next time you’ll hear from me, I’ll be on my own PDT zone–I’ve got a last minute entry for a challenge 🙂

So, until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!  See you soon!!



  • Stamps:  Wander & Dream and Route 66 (Artistic Outpost)
  • Surfaces: Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore); Manila Stock; Black Card Stock (Core’dinations); Tissue Paper
  • Distress Inks & Markers (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Ink (Ranger); Distress Crackle Paint (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Transparent Embossing Paste (Wendy Vecchi); Rusting Powder (Crafty Notions)
  • Stars Stencil (Dylusions/Ranger); Labels Framelits (Sizzix/SU); Big Shot Machine (Sizzix)
  • Finger Knife (Fiskars); Craft Sheet (Ranger); Heat Tool; Ink Blending Tools; Palette Knife; 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)

Top Hat of the Morning to You!

Hi There!! Happy Sunday!!  I’m happy to be with you today, with my weekly project for Artistic Outpost–And, it just so happens that here in the U.S., today is Mother’s Day–Happy Mother’s Day to all of the Moms out there!  This shout out goes to my international friends who are Moms, too!! 🙂 🙂

Today, I’ve got a not so usual, masculine if you will,  Mom’s Day card to share with you, that I made using the Hat’s Off and Serenity stamp sets.


This card also represents a first for me, too, because I used a gelli plate for the first time to create the background!  Let me show you what I did 🙂


Oh, here it is on its maiden creative voyage!  I’ve pulled a few stencils and I’m using Deco Art Fluid Acrylics-Titan Buff and Transparent Yellow & Red Iron Oxides.


I applied several small dots of paint (a little goes a looong way)–I have no idea of what to expect, then I used a rubber brayer to roll the colors out.


I pressed the Code Breaker stencil from Andy Skinner, into the paint a couple of times, then I laid a piece of manila stock down into the gelli plate and gently pressed/rubbed to transfer that paint.  OH–I even remembered to lay the stencil down backwards, so the numbers would stencil the correct direction!!  From here on out, I just went to town and didn’t stop to take pictures until I was done!  I was in the zone!!


I added the first layer of outlining on the gents, and unfortunately, my large man hand fingers messily smudged the face of the gent on the left–But, it kind of looks like a shadow that’s supposed to be there…kind of 😉

On the background panel, you can see some of the additional stenciling I did, along with random stamping of the scrolly flower image from the Serenity set.


Oh, and isn’t this rusty border fun?!  I just love it!  This is one of the border designs in my Beautiful Borders die set from Our Daily Bread Designs.  I die cut several borders in manila stock, and treated them all to a coating of Rusting Powder.  The rusting powder needs a spray of vinegar to activate it and a bit of time to air dry, so I placed the border piece for this card outside in the sun, and it dried within 15 minutes.


Sorry for the change in light in this photo–everything turned orange!  But here, I’ve added a second outline of white gel pen.


Each gentleman was given a lovely little boutonniere.  The flowers were stamped onto manila stock that received the gelli plate treatment.  These little blooms are from the Serenity set, I fussy cut a few out, layered with a little gesso painted tulle flower, that I cut with my Tattered Florals die and attached to the lapel of each jacket with a metal brad.



I added black rhinestones and a splattering of Antique Linen DP  to finish the background.


I distressed the edges with my paper distresser and inked with Walnut Stain DI then adhered the panel to an orange card base.

See, this works as a Mother’s Day card —  My hat’s off to you all, indeed!! 🙂

Thank you so much for coming by today!!  Happy Sunday & Happy Mother’s Day!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps: Hat’s Off & Serenity (Artistic Outpost)
  • Beautiful Borders Die (Our Daily Bread); Big Shot Machine (Sizzix); Tattered Florals Die (Tim Holtz/Sizzix)
  • Acrylic Paints (DecoArt); Archival Inks (Ranger); Distress Inks & Markers (Tim Holtz/Ranger); White Gel Pen (Sakura); Rusting Powder (Crafty Notions); Gesso; Black Embossing Powder (WOW)
  • Code Breaker Stencil (Andy Skinner/Tando Creative); Add a Stencil & Polka Dotty Stencil (Wendy Vecchi)
  • Gelli Plate; Brayer; Ink Blending Tools; Finger Knife (Fiskars); Craft Sheet (Ranger); Heat Tool; Paint Brush; Water Brush; Tulle; Embossing Heat Gun

Ticket to Ride

HAPPY WEDNESDAY!!  Thanks for hanging with me, for what’s become, kind-of sporadic postings of late.  I wish I could say it’s because I’m out having fun in the sun, but in reality, with the old homestead for sale, it’s a bit more harder type of house work stuff going on in the background.  But, it’s all good and I am thankful that I’ve had some time to create and now share.

And a special ‘Shout-Out’ to my new followers through FB and through this blog! Thank You and Welcome!!  Now, on to what I’ve got for you today 🙂

I’ve got a rustic and vintagey tag to share, that’s going over to Challenge #9 at A Vintage JourneyUse all the stamps in a set!  You’d think that would be an easy thing….not so much!!  I’ve got sets of stamps that have 20+ images in them!!  But for this tag, I took the easy way out and used a set of stamps that have only 3 images in it!  Yeah, I may have chickened out a bit 😉


But, it’s not the quantity that counts–It’s how you use them!  😉

I did have a lot of fun picking and choosing the materials I wanted to use.  I knew I wanted to give everything a time-worn appearance and I wanted to treat each image differently.

I’m using the Traveling Friends set from TH/SA for the ticket image, just as much as I’m using it for the boy and his dog image!  And I didn’t realize that I hadn’t inked up this set before, so, in essence, this tag is on its own ‘vintage journey’ 😉

Speaking of which, as A Vintage Journey is a blog about finding inspiration from the stylings and designs of Tim Holtz, I wanted this tag to evoke a feeling of days of travel long gone–When you were handed a printed ticket by a person, not a slip of paper spit out by a machine.  When said tickets to travel were hand cancelled, not scanned by a new-fangled machine.  When tickets to travel were lost in deep pockets,  instead of lost in computer la-la land.

I’m all over the place with Tim techniques on this tag and it’s well worth the….wait for it….’Ticket to Ride’ 😉 🙂

(and honestly, I was going to use something completely different for this post title, but, unfortunately-it evoked memories of the 80’s band named ‘Journey’ and that’s not where I wanted to go with this) LOL!


The base of my creation is a #10 manila tag.  I want this tag to look like it’s been around for a while, so I’m going to use Pumice Stone & Wild Honey Distress Stains to get some color, or discoloration, onto this background.

I rubbed both stains onto my craft sheet, spritzed my tag with water, then drug the tag through the stain.  I heat set the first layer of colors, then pressed the tag into the left-over droplets of stain and heat set.


I used my paper distresser on the edges then inked the edges and the surface of the tag with Vintage Photo DI.  You may know what’s coming next….


….Water spots!!  I’m telling you, it’s one of my favorite things to do to create an aged look–spritz and flick water!!


I just love that look!  OH–and I did do the back side of this tag, too–There was no Distress Stain wasted in the making of this tag 😉

Time for some stenciling!  I used the Cargo LS with Black Soot DI and the Burlap LS with Vintage Photo DI to add a little faux wear & tear to this nicely aging tag.

OH YEAH—Gotta get my ink splatter on, too!!  Water spots just aren’t enough!!  I need more!!  So, I used Dylusions Ink Sprays in White Linen & Black Marble to satisfy my splattering needs!!


I love all of the stain droplets, water spots, ink splatters–All of It!!  All of these little details add so much depth and character.  I better do this tag base justice!!


For the ticket image, I’m going to stamp it onto a #8 manila tag with Jet Black Archival Ink.  I want to utilize the pre-punched hole in the tag for this ticket.


Something I love about this ticket image is the small detail of perforation around two of the edges.  AHA–I’ve got a perforation rotary blade, I’ll use that to give the entire ticket a perforated edge!!  But not before adding a layer of Tea Dye DI over the entire surface to start the aging process.

This ticket needs to look like it’s been busy traveling, so I’ve added cup rings and partial splatters in Adirondack Espresso Ink with the Splatters Layering Stencil.

And how could I not give this ticket some water spots to go along with the coffee stains?!!  And how about those perforated edges?  Pretty cool, huh? 🙂


The ticket was too nice as it was, so I spritzed it with more water, crumpled it up and inked the balled up ticket with Walnut Stain &  Black Soot DI and my ink blending tools.


Now this ticket looks like it’s been around for a while!!  Although the little piece of twine may look too clean!!

I stamped the boy and his dog image, several times, onto 140# cold press water color paper and also on tissue paper.  I used Jet Black Staz-On and Sepia Archival Inks.

I colored the images of the boy and the dog separately.  Not pictured is the dog–colored with Picket Fence & Black Soot DM’s and my water brush.  I fussy cut him out and set aside for later assembly.  For the boy, since the dog sits in front of his arm, I colored through the dog image to give the boy a whole arm.  I have plans and the boy needs a whole arm!  The boy is colored with Forest Moss, Tattered Rose, Vintage Photo & Peeled Paint DM’s and my water brush.


I didn’t want to stamp the image of the boy and dog right onto my tag.  I didn’t want the image to be that “solid”.  So, with the images that I stamped onto tissue paper, I’m going to do a little paper gluing and layering.


This is exactly what I wanted.  A somewhat see-through image of the boy and dog with some texture added in with the layers of tissue paper.  I used matte multi-medium to glue the tissue down and heat dried.

Now, behind the scenes, I had prepped a couple of pieces of corrugated cardboard for rusting and let those sit aside and do their thing….

By the time the tag needed to be assembled, the rusting process was finished and these pieces of corrugated cardboard were dry and ready to use (but I only used one piece on this tag).

My embellishments on this tag are minimal because I wanted the stamped images to do all of the talking, but, I did get a little painty with them just the same!

I have a couple of TH/Idea-ology Mini-Numerals and this globe charm from my stash of embellies to use.  I layered Scattered Straw, Crushed Olive, Broken China and Gathered Twigs DP’s to all three of these metal trinkets, but not necessarily in that order.  As it ended up, when they were all said and done, I added an additional layer of Broken China DP to the numbers.  The last layer of blue really helped the numbers pop off the front of an otherwise neutral color scheme.


The front side of my tag….


..and the back side.  More simply dressed, but part of the journey just the same 🙂


And speaking of ‘journey’–I used Jet Black Staz-On ink to stamp the word onto a piece of kraft glassine.  I heat dried and crumpled up, then smoothed out and ripped the edges off.  I punched holes into all of the corners and inserted copper brads, then adhered as my top layer with double-back tape and mini foam rounds.


Another detail I did not take a photo of (duh) was the stamping I did on the twill ribbon.  I individually inked each letter of ‘journey’ with Jet Black Archival ink (a la masking my stamp with post-it notes) and stamped each letter to spell out ‘journey’ vertically.  You might be able to see it a little bit in this picture…

And a few random additions of some Words Remnant Rub-Ons on the front….

…and on the back.


My finished tag–Using all the stamps in the Traveling Friends set from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous!  That ticket image alone has possibilities galore!! I already have another tag design spinning around in my head!! I like it when that happens!!  That’s a good spinny!!

Thanks for joining me in my challenge trek to A Vintage Journey today!!  This really was a fun challenge and has me studying some of my stamp sets a bit more closely.  I like to mix and match a lot, but, maybe now, not so much…

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!  XOXO-Shari


  • Traveling Friends Stamp Set (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous)
  • Surfaces: #8 & #10 Manila Tags (Ranger); Corrugated Cardboard; Kraft Glassine (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Tissue Paper; 140# Cold Press Water Color Paper
  • Distress Inks, Stains, Markers & Paints (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival & Adirondack Inks (Ranger); Staz-On (Tsukineko); Rusting Powder (Crafty Notions); Dylusions Spray Inks (Ranger)
  • Mini-Numerals (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Copper Brads; Cotton Twine (Pretty Pink Posh); Jute Twine; Twill Ribbon; Remnant Rub-Ons (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Layering Stencils (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous)
  • Matte Multi-Medium (Claudine Hellmuth/Ranger); Double-Back Tape (3M); Mini Foam Rounds; Foam Squares; Stapler & Staples (EK Success); Paint Brush; Ink Blending Tools
  • Craft Sheet (Ranger); Cutting Mat; Heat Tool; Finger Knife (Fiskars); Craft Scratcher (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios);