Let Me Call You

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


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

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



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

Vintage Fashion Domino Book

HELLO & HAPPY SUNDAY!!  I’ve got a great stocking stuffer project over at the Artistic Outpost Blog today–


Ooooo-intriguing, isn’t it?  😉 🙂

It’s a project that can be altered to fit any occasion, with any kind of stamps you want–For today’s sample, I’m featuring images from our new Vintage Fashion stamp set and there are even a few step-outs to show you a little bit of what I did.  Hope to see you over at Artistic Outpost! 🙂

Until next time-Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps:  Vintage Fashion (Artistic Outpost)
  • 2 Regular Dominos; Hitch Fasteners (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Funky Yarn (my yarn stash)
  • Tissue Paper; Manila Stock; Coffee Stained Vellum
  • Crackle Glaze, Ultra Matte Varnish & Antiquing Cream (DecoArt Media); Matte Decou-Page (DecoArt); Archival Ink (Ranger); White Gel Pen (Sakura); Distress Paints & Ink (Tim Holtz/Ranger)
  • Paint Brush; Water Brush; Finger Knife (Fiskars); Gift Card; Pen Cap

DecoArt Sponsor Spotlight

HAPPY MONDAY!!  I’m over at Our Creative Corner today featuring a project I made showcasing products from this month’s Topsy Turvy Challenge Sponsor DecoArt.


It’s a photo heavy post, so make sure you have a favorite beverage or snack and Enjoy!!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Wooden Miniature 3-Drawer Chest of Drawers (antique store salvage)
  • Fluid Acrylics, Crackle Paint, Misters, Antiquing Cream, Interference & White Gesso (DecoArt Media); Americana Weathered Wood Crackle Medium (DecoArt); Matte Decou-Page (DecoArt)
  • Burlap Paper; Tulle; Kraft Core (Tim Holtz/Core’dinations); Melange Tissue Wrap, Menagerie Paper Stash, Letterpress Blocks (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Foil Tape (Home Depot)
  • Tattered Florals Bigz Die (Tim Holtz/Sizzix); Big Shot Machine (Sizzix); Sewing Machine (Kenmore)
  • Paint Brushes; Hot Glue Gun; Seed Beads; Glass Door Knob; Accoutrements (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Wooden Spools

These Things Are fun

HELLO HELLO HELLO!!  Thanks for popping in with me on this Sunday!  I’m here with my weekly project for Artistic Outpost and I’ve brought out a set of AO stamps that I haven’t played worked created with for a while-Think & Wonder 😉 🙂


Isn’t this a fun set?  I just love the nostalgic children and the quotes are fabulous!!


I’m using the ‘Cocoa Boy’ image for today’s card on a background panel that’s from a master board that I created using my 8″ x 10″ gelli plate.  Let me show you a little bit of what I did behind the scenes!


This is set #3 of Lin Brown’s limited edition paint collection from PaperArtsy that I found through a U.S. distributor called Frantic Stamper.  I’m going to use Caribbean Sea, Bougainvillea & Banana for today’s gelli print, with a dot or two of Translucent White DA Media Acrylic thrown in there for good measure 😉


I rolled all of the paints together using my brayer, then I pressed my Harlequin LS into the wet paint.  I used a piece of 9″ x 12″ piece of mixed-media paper to lift the print off of the gelli plate and let air dry.


The panel I’m using for today’s card measures 3.75″ x 5″.  I stamped cocoa boy onto the panel with Jet Black Archival and heat set.


I used a gift card and paint cap to add the messy paint lines and circles.  I distressed the edges with my paper distresser then inked the edges with Black Soot DI and my ink blending tool.


I outlined cocoa boy with Black Soot DI and my water brush in preparation for a fussy cut one who will be added later.


I decided to add another light layer of Harlequin stenciling with Pumice Stone DI.


After lifting the stencil, I gently rubbed my finger across the freshly stenciled Harlequin design so there would be a more ghostly effect in the background.


Oh, here’s my lovely little fussy cut cocoa boy!  I stamped him separately onto a piece of mixed-media paper and colored with my Distress Markers and water brush.  I fussy cut him with my finger knife and adhered onto the panel with matte Decou-Page.  When set into place, I added an outline with white gel pen.


I stamped the quote onto mixed-media paper with Jet Black Archival and heat set.  I coated with matte Decou-Page and let air dry.  Then I brushed on a layer of DA Media Crackle Glaze and let air dry.  I cut the words out into their little strips, then brushed each word band with a layer of DA Media Patina Green Antiquing Cream.  When dry, I used a damp cotton cloth to wipe away the excess and reveal the color left in the crackles.


Before adhering the words bands onto the panel, I outlined each one with Black Soot DP.  I adhered onto the panel with matte Decou-Page and let air dry.  When they were set, I outlined with Black Soot DI and my water brush and my white gel pen.


  I masked off the boy and flicked paint over the surface with a stiff paint brush and heat set then attached the finished panel to a magenta-pinkish top fold card base.  I left any extra embellishments off this time to let the colors of the background and the stamped images take center stage.

Thanks so much for having a visit with me today!  I’ll be back before the weekend is out with a posting for A Vintage Journey.  I hope you come back and join me for that!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps:  Think & Wonder (Artistic Outpost)
  • Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore)
  • Fresco Chalk Finish Acrylics (Paper Artsy); Crackle Glaze, Antiquing Cream, White Acrylic (DecoArt Media); Archival Ink (Ranger); Distress Ink, Markers & Paints (Tim Holtz/Ranger)
  • Gelli Plate (Gelli Arts); Brayer (Ranger); Paper Distresser (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studio); Ink Blending Tool; Finger Knife (Fiskars); Paint Brushes
  • Gift Card; Paint Cap; Craft Sheet (Ranger); Heat Tool; White Gel Pen (Sakura); Water Brush; Double-Backed Tape (3M)

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