Christmas Joy Matchbox

HO HO HO!!  It’s time for my weekly project over at the Artistic Outpost Blog today!!  I’m sharing an itty bitty little Christmas project and I hope you’ll join me over there and see what I have in store for you 🙂


I’m not sure if I’m going to find the opportunity to do another posting before Christmas, so I’d like to take this time to wish You All a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!!  May all of your Christmas wishes come true!! 🙂 🙂

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps:  Toy Emporium & Snowy Woods (Artistic Outpost)
  • Dylusions Acrylic Paints (Ranger); Archival Ink (Ranger); Distress Inks & Markers (Tim Holtz/Ranger); White Gesso (Dina Wakely/Ranger)
  • Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore); White Card Stock (PTI); Tissue Paper
  • Matchbox Bigz Die (Tim Holtz/Sizzix); Big Shot Machine (Sizzix); Holiday Knit Layering Stencil (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous)
  • Brayer (Ranger); Finger Knife (Fiskars); Sewing Machine (Kenmore); Palette Knife; Round Paint Brush; Pencil Eraser; Pen Barrel
  • Tissue Tape; Hemp Twine (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Black Duct Tape

Snowman Greetings

Hi There & Happy Tuesday!!  I’m here today sharing one of the projects I made for—

A Carmen's Christmas

….A Carmen’s Veranda Christmas Contest that actually ends tonight at the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity.  You have until 8pm PST this evening to link your Christmas inspired, stamped creation for the chance to win a $15.00 shopping spree at the LCD/CV online stores!  Maybe my little project will spur you to make a last minute creation?  🙂

I’m using Carmen Veranda’s Elf with Star image to decorate the outside of an altered matchbox, complete with its own little journal to write down your Christmas wishes in!!  I have a few behind the scenes pics–Let me show you what I did!


I’m going to make an ugly Christmas sweater inspired master board using a piece of 9″ x 12″ mixed-media paper and 3 very Christmas-y colored Dylusions acrylics.

I brayered on the colors one at a time so that the colors didn’t mush together and get all muddy.  I heat set then laid down some stenciling with Black Soot DI.

I then added a top layer of stenciling with gesso this time to add a little texture.  This master board really does look like an ugly sweater-PERFECT!!


I didn’t take any pics while I was altering the matchbox, but here it is!  I stained the matchbox with Walnut Stain DI and let air dry.  Then I dipped a paint cap into paint and applied a smattering of circles.


I used an eraser of a pencil to add the white dots of paint then I splattered green paint over the surfaces with a round paint brush.  I wrapped the sleeve of the matchbox with tissue tape…


…and the inside of the box, too.  Before I adhered the pieces of master board into place, I ran them through my sewing machine to add a messy, stitched border.


I adhered the top piece of master board to the sleeve of the matchbox with matte Decou-Page and clamped into place with clothes pins until it was firmly secure.


Some of the things that I didn’t take pictures of, was all of the stamping and fussy cutting of Mr. Elfman that I did.  I stamped him several different times with different colors of ink and fussy cut his hat, coat, scarf and pants and adhered onto another fussy cut image.


I know he’s an elf, but the chit chat stickers didn’t have ‘elfman’, and since he’s all dressed up, he could pass as a snowman-having a day as a person!!  😉


Here’s the matchbox all ready to hold a special gift or memento…


…or a handmade mini-journal to jot down those last minute Christmas gift ideas and wishes!  🙂

A couple more things that I have yet to take step-out photos of, is how I put together the mini-journals!  I’ve taken Kate Crane’s Marvelous Miniatures class and I learned how to create these darling little journals from her!  Mine have been far from perfect, but I do love how vintagey and rustic they look 🙂


I added a hitch fastener to the drawer of the matchbox and gave Mr. Elfman a mirrored star to hold in his hand then outlined him with my water brush and Black Soot DI, attached the chit chat stickers and this matchbox is done!

Speaking of being done–Even though tonight is the deadline for our A Carmen’s Veranda Christmas contest at the Lost Coast Portal, we still have a month to go at our FB Challenge–


I’m so glad that you spent a little time with me today–I’ll be back at our Lost Coaster’s Review blog in a couple of weeks–

So, until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps: Elf with Star (Carmen’s Veranda)
  • Dylusions Acrylics (Ranger); Distress Ink & Markers (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Ink (Ranger); White Gesso (Dina Wakely/Ranger); Matte Decou-Page (DecoArt)
  • Large Matchbox; Coffee Stained  & untreated Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore);
  • Sewing Machine (Kenmore); Finger Knife (Fiskars); Paint Brush; Paint Cap; Pencil Eraser
  • Mirrored Star & Hitch Fastener (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)

My New Hat

Hi There, again!!  Two posts in one day–It’s on FIRE here at Ain’t That Artsy Fartsy!!  WOO HOO-Can you feel the heat?!!  I’m here today as an Official Design Team Member of Lost Coast Designs and Carmen’s Veranda!!  I’m also here today to take you through Day 18 of our 31 Days of Halloween event taking place at the  Lost Coast Portal to Creativity.


I’ve made a canvas board wall hanging that every witch can relate to!  Aren’t these ladies delightful?  I think she looks simply SPOOK-tacular in her new hat!  Let me show you a little bit of what I did.


I’m using a 5″ x 7″ flat canvas board that I prepped ahead of time with a layer of gesso.


 I scraped Dylusions Acrylics in Black Marble, Crushed Grape & Postbox Red over the surface with an old gift card then heat set.


This is the Early Stitch n’ Bitch image from LCD and I stamped it onto tissue paper with Jet Black Archival.  I adhered the tissue to the surface with matte Decou-Page and heat set.


I wanted to conjure up a glowing aura about these ladies so, I rubbed Gold Interference around them with my finger and heat set.  I then gave the surface a light sanding, not for any reason in particular, but I do like the misty effect it gave me.


I masked the ladies off and applied crackled texture paste through the Gothic layering stencil and let air dry.  Behind the scenes, I stamped the ladies again onto a piece of mixed-media paper with Jet Black Archival and fussy cut.


The quote is from the LCD Swimsuit Girl image that I stamped onto mixed-media paper with Jet Black Archival and fussy cut to make the word bands.  I’m really not sure what that metal embellie is called, but it’s perfect as the caption ‘bubble’ for the scene taking place in front of us.


The hat in question, is a Tempting Template available online from Stampington & Co.  I traced it onto a piece of black card stock, fussy cut it and applied a light layer of Diamond Glaze to it.  When the glaze was dry, I wrapped the piece of yarn around it and adorned with a purple rhinestone.


I stained two lengths of seam binding with Black Soot & Brushed Pewter DSSs and Seedless Preserves DSS.  I heat set while crinkling in my fingers (my fingers were stained purple & black for days!).  I attached a couple of ring fasteners to the board and ran the stained seam binding through them, tied a rough bow out of the ends, added a couple of black tulle Tattered Florals and glued the heirloom rose into the center.  I tinted the rose with Eggplant Adirondack AI.


I forgot to take a picture of the back of this finished panel, which I covered with a really neat piece of black and white floral paper that I had distressed with Black Soot DI.  I rubbed the edges of the panel with Black Soot DP and heat set.

Even though this is a creation made with the Halloween holiday in mind, this is fun and playful enough to have hanging around all year round!

Thanks so much for coming back for my second posting of the day!!  Happy Sunday to ya’ll and I’ll be back soon!!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps:  Early Stitch n’ Bitch & Swimsuit Girl (Lost Coast Designs)
  • 5″ x 7″ Canvas Board; Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore); Tissue Paper; Gothic Layering Stencil (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous)
  • Archival Ink, Adirondack Alcohol Ink & Dylusions Acrylic Paints (Ranger); Gesso (Dina Wakely/Ranger); Distress Spray Stains (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Crackle Glaze (DecoArt Media); Matte Decou-Page (DecoArt); Diamond Glaze (Judikins)
  • Seam Binding (The Funkie Junkie Boutique); Ring Fasteners, Heirloom Rose & the caption holder thingie (Tim Holt/Idea-ology)
  • Palette Knife; Scissors; Heat Tool; Paint Brush; Black Tulle

Who’s Your Mummy

HELLO HELLO HELLO!!  HAPPY FRIDAY!!  I’m Excitedly here today (can you tell?) as a Guest Designer for the 31 Days of Halloween event at the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity Blog!!  I’m joining the talented Design Team of Lost Coast Designs and Carmen’s Veranda images for this All-October-Long event celebrating the most spookiest time of year–Halloween!!!

So, I ask you—


Oh, I jest–But really….Boris wants to know!!  And you can’t resist him!!  😉 🙂

Let me show you a bit of how I brought this Mummy-licious card to life–


My background is going to be a gelli print using Dylusions acrylics in Cut Grass, Black Marble & White Linen.


I started with dabbing paint onto the gelli plate with a craft stick.


I brayed the colors together then added a couple dots of Black Marble with a few more dots of White Linen.


After brayering out the black and white, I added a couple more dabs of Cut Grass and White Linen for just one more layer of color.


Before laying down my card stock onto the gelli plate to create this print, I pressed my Moroccan Tile stencil into the paint to create that fun background pattern.  The background panel is ready!


I stamped Carmen’s Veranda Boris Karloff image onto manila stock with black pigment ink and heat embossed with black embossing powder.  I let the powder set then rubbed Pumice Stone DI over the surface to give Boris’s complexion a gray tinge…like he hasn’t seen sun in a loooong time, like he’s been in a tomb somewhere….


I sealed the embossed image with matte Decou-Page and heat set.


I applied a layer of DAM Crackle Glaze to Boris’s face and let air dry.


Oh that crackly goodness!!  I love the effect for this image of Boris Karloff!!  He truly does look mummified and maybe a little disturbed, too!


I stained a piece of natural cheesecloth with Pumice Stone DS.  Could this be a piece of the Mummy’s wrapping that Boris brought with him?


I stamped out the sentiment onto manila stock and fussy cut the words.  I inked the edges with Walnut Stain DI and then mounted each word band onto black card stock.  Once in place on the background panel, I outlined them with watered down Translucent White DA fluid acrylic and my water brush.


Before adhering all of the fussy cut pieces and cheesecloth into place, I distressed the edges of the panel with my paper distresser, added a few pieces of tissue tape to the scene, then ran through my sewing machine.  I used the Batground stencil to add a few flying bats back there then added the cheesecloth and adhered Boris into place with matte Decou-Page.  I know who my Mummy is now!!

Thanks so much for coming by for my 1st Guest Designer spot for Lost Coast Designs/Carmen’s Veranda’s 31 Days of Halloween event!  I’ll be back at the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity a couple more times before the month is out with more Halloween ghastliness!!

So, Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps:  Boris (Carmen’s Veranda); Alphabet Letters (could be Hero Arts)
  • Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore); Black Card Stock (Core’dinations)
  • Dylusions Acrylic Paints (Ranger); Archival Ink (Ranger); Distress Inks, Stains & Markers (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Crackle Glaze (DecoArt Media); Pigment Ink (ColorBox); Black Embossing Powder (WOW)
  • Cheese Cloth; Tissue Tape (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Sewing Machine (Kenmore); Batground Layering Stencil (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous); Moroccan Tile Stencil (My Favorite Things)
  • Gelli Plate (Gelli Arts); Brayer (Ranger); Paper Distresser (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios); Paint Brushes; Finger Knife (Fiskars); Water Brush

Hello Autumn

Hello, Hello!!  Happy Sunday Everyone!!  I’m going to be doing something a little differently for my weekly postings here for Artistic Outpost.  I’m going to offer a sneaky peek of my project each week, but for the complete details, you’ll have to go over to the Artistic Outpost blog 🙂

So, without further ado–my sneaky peek for this week’s Artistic Outpost creation…


What I can tell you is, this is Card #2 using the Autumn inspired gelli print I made last week, so it’s a really quick post today!  Come on over to Artistic Outpost and see what I did this week–Hope to see you there!! 🙂 🙂

Until next time-Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps:  Kudzu Kafe, Secretary Pool, Serenity & Ephemera Backgrounds (Artistic Outpost)
  • Archival Inks & Perfect Pearls Mist (Ranger); Distress Inks & Markers (Tim Holtz/Ranger)
  • Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore); Manila Stock; Colored Stock (PTI)
  • Butterfly Duo (Tim Holtz/Sizzix); Big Shot Machine (Sizzix)
  • Enamel Dots (My Minds Eye)
  • Heat Tool; Water Brush; Paper Distresser (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios); Craft Sheet (Ranger)

On the Leaves of Babes

Hi There!!  Happy Sunday!!  I was feeling very much in the Fall mood this week when I was crafting for today’s Artistic Outpost project, so much so, I made a fall inspired master board to use in today’s card-


I thought these little cuties, from our Think & Wonder stamp set, would look really perfect on this fall inspired background–I’ve got them frolicking amongst the leaves!  Let me show you a little bit of what I did to create today’s card.


I’m using my 8″ x 10″ gelli plate, Dylusions Acrylics and some die cut Tattered Leaves.  I did a dry run of positioning the leaves, so I can kind of get an idea of where to place them when I’m ready…


I brayed the gelli plate with Melted Chocolate, Squeezed Orange and Fresh Lime, laid the die cut leaves down onto the wet paint, then pressed my piece of mixed-media paper onto the surface.


I pulled the leaves up from the gelli plate, rolled the brayer over the surface, then laid the print back down onto the gelli plate.


This is the finished print with additions of circles made with a paint cap, paint lines made with an old gift card and splatters of paint.  I know it’s busy here as a whole, but cut up into pieces that I want to use–it will be totally workable and great little background panels 🙂


These kids got stamped onto one of said pieces of background panel, with Jet Black Archival and again onto a separate piece of mixed-media paper with Coffee Archival and fussy cut.  I adhered the fussy cut kids onto the background and outlined with Black Soot DI and my water brush, then outlined with my white gel pen, then outlined one more time with my Hickory Smoke DM.  I ran the panel through my sewing machine to add the stitched border and I layered that panel onto another background panel that I had also run through my sewing machine.


I made mini tattered leaves with shrink plastic.  I colored the leaves with Adirondack AIs in Terra Cotta, Butterscotch & Lettuce and carefully shrunk with my embossing heat gun.  When they were cool to touch and set, I tied cotton string around the leaves and adhered to the surface of the card.  It’s like these little darlings are making a fun, natural kite of leaves 🙂


I stamped the quote, also from Think & Wonder, onto mixed-media paper with Jet Black Archival.  I brushed a layer of matte Decou-Page over the words and heat set.  I  then brushed a layer of DAM Crackle Glaze over it and let air dry.  When the crackle was dry, I rubbed with Walnut Stain DI and cut into word bands.  I adhered to each leaf with a little dab of matte Decou-Page then pressed under some books to make sure everything is set securely in place.  When all was set, I attached the panel to a mustardy colored card base.

OK-So this is card #1 using a piece of this master board–I wonder what I’m going to do with it next?  Hmmmmm…..the creative wheels are already turning!

Thanks again for stopping in and having a visit today!  Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps:  Think & Wonder (Artistic Outpost)
  • Dylusions Acrylic Paints & Archival Inks (Ranger); Distress Inks & Alcohol Inks (Tim Holtz/Ranger); White Gel Pen (Sakura); Crackle Glaze (DecoArt Media); Perfect Pearls Mist (Ranger)
  • Gelli Plate (Gelli Arts); Brayer (Ranger); Tattered Leaves Bigz Die (Tim Holtz/Sizzix); Big Shot Machine (Sizzix)
  • Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore); Colored Card Stocks (PTI); Shrink Plastic (Inkssentials/Ranger)
  • Craft Sheet (Ranger); Finger Knife (Fiskars); Paper Distresser (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios); Cotton String; Water Brush; Matte Decou-Page (DecoArt)

Positively Hearts

Hi There & Happy Wednesday!!  I’m here today with my Artistic Outpost Design Teammies on our monthly AO DT Blog Hop!  Here’s our line-up:

Tracy * TerryShari-That’s Me! * Kate * Lisa

This month, it’s ‘Designer’s Choice’ which wasn’t a very easy task to craft for–Every set of AO stamps that I have, are all my favorites!  But, for today’s project, I’ve narrowed my choices down to only three sets–




Chalkboard Wisdom


…and Ephemera Backgrounds.


I used stamps from each set to alter these wooden hearts into reversible messages of positivity!  Let me show you a little bit of what I did–


I found these unfinished wooden hearts during a stroll through one of our local antique stores. They were tied together and strung over a box of other miscellaneous wooden pieces, and they looked so sad just hanging there.  They were dirty and stained and as you can see, a bit chipped and misshapen.  I sanded them and tried to even out those rougher areas, but any blemishes are going to be covered with paint anyways, so I didn’t spend too much time on pre-prep.


I started with a base layer of gesso to help provide some tooth for the next layer of paint.


I brushed two coats of Dylusions Vibrant Turquoise acrylic over the entire surface of each heart.  I heat set between layers then stamped the music image from the Ephemera Backgrounds set onto the surfaces and sides of each heart with Jet Black Archival.  I heat set the stamping then edged the hearts with Jet Black Archival using my finger.


I coated both hearts with a layer of DA/Americana Weathered Wood Crackle Medium


…one surface at a time and heat set.  I heat set the medium until it was no longer tacky to touch.


I then brushed on a coat of DAM Crackle Paint that I had mixed with DA Crafter’s Acrylic in Daffodil Yellow (which I believe is a discontinued color).  This is my first time using the Weathered Wood Crackle Medium and the DAM Crackle Paint together–On this first surface, there’s big crackling going on, but not all that much of it.  I believe that’s because my layer of the Weathered Wood medium was too thick.


Oh–here is the reverse side of that same heart.  You can see there’s lots more crackling going on and they are finer cracks, too.  This side received a thinner layer of the Weathered Wood Crackle and I brushed it on in no particular direction.  What’s really cool about using the two crackle products together, as soon as you brush on the top layer of the crackle paint, it starts reacting immediately and you can see the crackling effect happen right before your eyes!


I stamped the quotes from the Chalkboard Wisdom set onto tissue paper with Jet Black Archival and carefully fussy cut with my finger knife.  I did the same with the images of the children from the Springtime set, but for the group of children, I had to fussy cut one of them out.


I adhered the stamped tissue paper onto the surfaces with DAM Ultra Matte Varnish.  The crackly finish of the hearts were going to need to be sealed, so I used the varnish as my glue and sealant.


I added paint lines of Black Soot DP and Vibrant Turquoise acrylic with an old gift card to the surfaces of the hearts.


I edged the hearts with Black Soot DP using my finger and splattered White Linen Dylusions acrylic over the surfaces with a round paint brush.

I used rusty wire to form a hangar and twisted a couple of little rusty wire curly-q’s at the ends to create a little wiry interest and – There you go!  You would have never thought that these hearts had such melancholy beginnings!!  Now, they are bright little spots of happy thoughts!!

If you’re joining in on the Artistic Outpost DT Blog Hop, your next stop is – Kate at The Scrapyard!  But, if you’re like me and like to hop haphazardly, here’s our line-up one more time:

Tracy * TerryShari-That’s Me! * Kate * Lisa

Thanks so much for joining me on this last Wednesday of the month and I do hope you hop over to my AO Design Teammates blogs to see what Designer’s Choices they’ve made!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps:  Chalkboard Wisdom, Ephemera Backgrounds & Springtime (Artistic Outpost)
  • Wooden Heart Shapes; Tissue Paper
  • Crackle Paint & Ultra Matte Varnish (DecoArt Media); Weathered Wood Crackle Medium (Americana/DecoArt); Dylusions Acrylics (Ranger); Crafter’s Acrylic (DecoArt); Archival Ink (Ranger)
  • Paint Brushes; Heat Tool; Finger Knife (Fiskars); Craft Sheet (Ranger); Rusty Wire