She Has a Song

HAPPY FIRST DAY OF SPRING!!  I’m celebrating the day over at the Artistic Outpost Blog


We’ve had some gorgeous weather this past week and our seasonal population of American Robins is growing bigger and bigger by the day.  I made a card, inspired once again, by our feathered friends who have returned to their Summer home and blessed us with their presence and their songs!

So, come on by the Artistic Outpost Blog for a quick looksee at how I made today’s card.  It’s a quick posting, as I don’t want to keep anyone from being outside and enjoying the Spring Equinox!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps:  Birds of a Feather & Serenity (Artistic Outpost)
  • Sunburst Stencil (Andy Skinner/Tando Creative)
  • Fluid Acrylics (DecoArt Media); Archival Inks (Ranger); Twinkling H20s (Splash of Color); Distress Markers (Tim Holtz/Ranger); White Gel Pen (Sakura)
  • 5″ x 7″ Gelli Plate (Gelli Arts); Brayer (Ranger)
  • Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore); Black Card Stock (Core’dinations); Green & White Card Stocks (PTI)
  • Water Brush; Heat Tool; Finger Knife (Fiskars); Matte Decou-Page (DecoArt); Double-Backed Tape (3M)
  • Enamel Dots (MME)

Are You Ready for Some Football?

Hi There Everyone!!  You can find me over at the Artistic Outpost Blog today still playing around with our football inspired set-Go Team!


Come on over to Artistic Outpost and see what I made for you this week–Hope to see you there!! 🙂 🙂

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps: Go Team (Artistic Outpost)
  • Master board background made with Gelli Plate print featured in my On the Leaves of Babes post from September 12, 2015
  • Archival Ink (Ranger); Distress Inks & Markers (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Silver EP (SU); White Gel Pen (Sakura)
  • Tissue Paper; Coffee Stained Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore); Kraft Glassine; Black Card Stock (Core’dinations)
  • Finger Knife (Fiskars); Sewing Machine (Kenmore); Paper Distresser (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios); Foam Dots; Double-Backed Tape (3M); Matte Decou-Page (DecoArt)

Dream, Fisher Girl

Hi There!  See, I told you I’d be back for my weekly spot for Artistic Outpost!  Thanks so much for hanging with me during this past week–I know it was quiet, but regularly scheduled programming should return to normal this week 🙂 🙂

Today, I’m bringing you a mixed-media card I made using two sets of Artistic Outpost stamps–Keeper and Huck Finn.


I really love how all of the Artistic Outpost images mix & match so wonderfully together.  The hardest thing about making this card was narrowing down the several AO sets that I had out, that have great quotes or text images in them!


Here’s how I started out on this card.  I was having a play with my 5″x7″ gelli plate and created these two prints using Dylusions Acrylics in Bubble Gum Pink, Crushed Grape & Squeezed Orange.  The top panel is the first print and the bottom panel is the second print and the background I’m using for today’s card.


I used my Brick stencil from MFT to create the pattern in the background.


I stamped the beach house image onto tissue paper and glued down to the panel with matte Decou-Page.  I heat set then applied pieces of tissue tape.


I stamped this young woman-whom I’ve affectionately dubbed ‘Fisher Girl’-from the Keeper set onto the panel with Jet Black Archival and heat embossed.  I rubbed a little Black Soot DI through my Burlap LS here and there and distressed the edges with my paper distresser and inked with Black Soot DI.


For a little bit of textural fun, I ran the panel through my sewing machine and added some zig-zag stitching.

I stamped ‘Fisher Girl’ onto a piece of mixed-media paper with Jet Black Archival and water colored her with my Distress Markers and my water brush.  I used Faded Jeans, Tattered Rose & Abandoned Coral DMs, heat set then gave the entire image a rubbing with Tea Dye DI and my ink blending tool.


I fussy cut her out and adhered to the panel with matte Decou-Page and outlined with Black Soot DM and my water brush.  I’m having a bit of a creative go using wire in my projects, and about all I can shape ‘successfully’ at this point are hearts!  So, these three hand bent, rusty wire hearts are going to be my simple embellies for this project 🙂


I stamped the words from the Huck Finn set onto another piece of mixed-media paper with Jet Black Archival, heat set, then sealed with a coat of matte Decou-Page.  I heat set that layer than brushed a boat of DAM Crackle Glaze over the surface and let air dry.


When the crackle glaze was dry, I rubbed the surface with Walnut Stain DI and my ink blending tool.  Look at those cracks–Love Them!!

I cut out each word band and rubbed the edges with Walnut Stain DI.  I adhered each band to the panel with matte Decou-Page and outlined with Black Soot DI and my water brush and my white gel pen.  I stapled each heart to the panel using my tiny attacher.


I gave the panel a splatter of Scattered Straw DP with a round paint brush and heat set.  I thought it needed a little extra something, so I spritzed Walnut Stain DM here and there using my air art tool then fully heat set and mounted to a rusty orange card base.

Thanks so much for having a visit with me today!  I sure do appreciate your company and hope you enjoy what I share here at my blog as much as I enjoy sharing with you!!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps:  Keeper & Huck Finn (Artistic Outpost)
  • Archival Ink (Ranger); Distress Markers, Ink & Paints (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Matte Decou-Page (DecoArt); Crackle Glaze (DecoArt Media); Black Embossing Powder (WOW); Dylusions Acrylic Paints (Ranger)
  • Gelli Plate (Gelli Arts); Brayer (Ranger); Heat Tool; Embossing Heat Gun; Finger Knife (Fiskars); Sewing Machine (Kenmore)
  • Tissue Tape & Tiny Attacher (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Rusty Wire; Paper Distresser (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios); Ink Blending Tool

Saved from a Rainy Day

Hi There!! Happy Sunday!!  I’m posting for Artistic Outpost today and I’m so glad that I ran across this card in my ‘finished’ stack, because it’s one I made for our Spring New Release back in May that I haven’t shared yet!


Oh these kids, I just love them–they’re so sweet with the boy holding the umbrella over the little girl!  I’m using images from our Springtime and The Outpost stamp sets in today’s card.


This image of these gelli prints may look familiar-it’s from from one of my New Release postings in June (In The Rain).  These are two gelli print backgrounds made with DA Crafters Acrylics in Daffodil Yellow & Turquoise and DAM Translucent White fluid acrylic.


For today’s card, I’m using the panel on the left with the Flourish LS imprint that didn’t take too well.  You can barely see some of the design from the stencil, but I’m totally OK with that.  I really like this panel for what I call the ‘splotchiness’ of colors.


I stamped the house & tree image found in The Outpost set, onto the panel with Jet Black Archival.  I stamped the script image randomly across the background with Mustard Seed DI and applied strips of Sketchbook tissue tape here and there.  I used an old gift card to add the lines of paint.  The house image was stamped separately onto a painted panel of stock with Jet Black Archival and fussy cut.


I stamped the children from the Springtime set onto the background panel and onto a separate piece of stock with Jet Black Archival and fussy cut.  Even though you can see the stamped image behind them, like a shadow, I still outlined them with Walnut Stain DI and my water brush.  I stamped the umbrella separately with Mustard Seed DI, heat embossed with clear embossing powder and fussy cut.


Using Jet Black Archival, I stamped the quote several times onto tissue paper and fussy cut.  I also stamped the quote again onto white card stock and fussy cut.  I adhered the tissue paper quotes to the border with matte multi-medium and I mounted the card stock quotes onto black card stock and adhered onto the panel with matte multi-medium.  I finished the panel by inking the edges with Black Soot DI and  a splattering of Black Soot DP over the entire surface with a round water color brush.

I hope you enjoyed today’s visit back to Spring, maybe back to memories of cooler temperatures and rain and cooler temperatures?! I could use some cooler temps right about now!  We’re back into the triple digits for this 1st weekend of August, Summer is firmly replanted into place!!

OH–Speaking of 1st’s…Tomorrow is the first Monday of the month, which means I’ll be back for our Product Focus feature!  Hope ya’ll can come back for a visit!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps: Springtime & The Outpost (Artistic Outpost)
  • Crafters Acrylics (DecoArt); Distress Paint & Inks (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Ink (Ranger); Fluid Acrylic (DecoArt Media)
  • Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore); Tissue Paper; White Card Stock (PTI); Black Card Stock (Core’dinations)
  • Gelli Plate (Gelli Arts); Brayer (Ranger); Clear Embossing Powder (WOW); Matte Multi-Medium
  • Heat Tool; Craft Sheet; Heat Embossing Gun; Finger Knife (Fiskars); Ink Blending Tool; Gift Card; Round WC Paint Brush; Water Brush

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)