Call Your Mother

HELLO HELLO HELLO & HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY for a second time today!!  I’m back again to close out the week long Women Rule the World Event we’ve been having at the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity to celebrate Mother’s Day.


We want you to bring your “femme fatales” creations over to The Portal for a chance to win a $10 shopping spree at the Lost Coast Designs/Carmen’s Veranda online stores and you’ve got until midnight (PST) May 15th to link up.  Maybe my offering today will spur guilt motivate you into the mood to join in…….?  😉


My card could be the kind of card that a Mother sends to her kids to gently remind them to call on those special occasions–Like Mother’s Day!!  Today!!  Like, Call Today!!  It’s not really a greeting card-more like a warning card! LOL  🙂

So, while all those children are now guilted into calling their Moms, I’ve got a few pics of what I did to make this card–Let me show you!!


I gathered a few of my favorite Lost Coast Designs images–Early Stitch n’ Bitch, Doodle Circles and not in the photo, the Cat Quote stamp.  I also pulled out some DecoArt Media fluid acrylics and my 5″ x 7″ gelli plate….


I applied dots of DAM Dark Grey Value 3 & Quinacridone Violet to the gelli plate and brayered to blend.


I pressed a piece of mixed-media paper into the gelli plate for this first layer of color.  I wasn’t ‘feelin’ it’ with these colors, so behind the scenes, I brayered an additional layer of DAM Titanium White over the gelli plate and pressed the panel back down into the paint.


I like the additional layer of white over the darker colors–there’s now this neat marbled effect going on with a slight hint of looking like plaster, too–COOL!!


Using Jet Black Archival ink, I stamped our Doodle Circles onto the gelli print background and separately, stamped the Early Stitch n’ Bitch ladies onto a piece of white card stock and die cut into their respective little cirlces.


I added a layer of stenciling using WV’s Add a Stencil and Polka Dotty stencils with DAM Titanium White fluid acrylic and Picked Raspberry DI.  The random script in the background is our Cat Quotes stamp that I randomly applied here and there with Jet Black Archival.


Behind the scenes, after I die cut the EBnS ladies into their circles, I coated them matte Decou-Page, heat set then brushed a layer of DAM Crackle Glaze and allowed to air dry.


When the crackle was dry, I applied Black Soot DI onto the surfaces then rubbed into the cracks with my fingers.


I edged the circles with Black Soot DP and heat set.  I adhered the ladies onto the panel with matte Decou-Page and framed them with ‘enameled’ circles.  When all of the circles and their frames were dry and set into place, I ran the panel through my sewing machine to add all of the stitched accents.


I created the quote with my computer and printed out onto white card stock, fussy cut into word bands then gave them the old crackle treatment.  I mounted the word bands onto black card stock, adhered to the panel with matte Decou-Page and added a few black rhinestones for a little blingy-bling.  I adhered the panel onto a top-folded piece of lavender colored card stock and finished it all off with a rubbing of Black Soot DI along all of the edges.

I hope you’ve enjoyed all of the creations my fellow LCDCV DTmates have shared this week for our Women Rule the World event, and even though today is the last day of DT projects, you’ve got until next Sunday, May 15th to enter your projects for the occasion.

Thanks so much for coming over to my blog today and Happy Mother’s Day again to all you Moms out there celebrating!!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps:  Early Stitch n’ Bitch, Doodle Circles & Cat Script (Lost Coast Designs)
  • Archival Ink, Black Embossing Powder & Watermark Ink (Ranger); Fluid Acrylics & Crackle Glaze (DecoArt Media); Distress Ink & Paint (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Matte Decou-Page (DecoArt)
  • Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore); White Card Stock (PTI); Black Card Stock (Core’dinations)
  • Add a Stencil & Polka Dotty Stencils (Wendy Vecchi)
  • 5″x 7″ Gelli Plate (Gelli Arts); Brayer (Ranger)
  • Framed Circles Die & Big Shot Machine (Sizzix); Sewing Machine (Kenmore); Ink Blending Tool (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Black Rhinestones

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)

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

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)

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

Whatever You Are

Hi There!! I’m back!!  I know, it’s been a little busy around here lately–That’s OK because I like it like that, I hope you do, too!!  Here we are, the first Monday of August and that means it’s time for our monthly Product Focus Blog Hop at Artistic Outpost!! Join me and my fellow AO Design Teammies as we showcase images from our Verses & Greetings line of stamps for you!!

TracyShari (you are here!) * Terry * Gerrie  

(Lisa and Kate are sitting this one out, but you can always go by their blogs to see what they’ve been up to-)  🙂

After hopping, how about some shopping?  All stamp sets in the Verses & Greetings category at the Artistic Outpost online store are ON SALE for 20% off now through Saturday, August 8, 2015.  No code is needed to shop this sale, the sale price will be reflected in the shopping cart (retail purchases only).

I’m using our Typography set–



–along with Generation Redux to create my card today.


This card was really easy to make, as I already had the background panel ready to go and I knew which AO images I was going to use.


I’m using another piece of this master board I made last week.


I had to show you a close-up of what this background looks like, before I start covering it up.  I just love how pressing the stencil around on the gelli plate transfers the different paint colors about!


This demure young woman is in the Generation Redux set (and another one of my fav AO images) and I stamped her onto my panel with Jet Black Archival and heat set, then I roughed up the edges with my paper distresser.


I added lines & circles of paint with an old gift card and a paint cap.  I’m using DAM Fluid Acrylics in Carbon Black & Translucent White and PA Chalk Fresco Acrylic in Banana.


I stamped this image again onto mixed-media paper with Jet Black Archival and water colored with my Distress Markers and water brush.  I fussy cut her out and added Diamond Glaze to her glasses.


I mounted her onto the panel with matte Decou-Page and outlined her with Black Soot DI and my water brush.  I added a second outline with my white gel pen and anchored her with some messy machine stitching.


This is one of the quotes found in the Typography set, a set filled with fantastic verses!  I stamped it onto tissue paper with Jet Black Archival and carefully fussy cut with my finger knife.  I adhered the pieces of stamped tissue paper to the panel with matte Decou-Page and let air dry.  Once it was dry, I outlined them with the fine tip of my Black Soot DM and my white gel pen.


I inked the edges with Black Soot DI and my ink blending tool and attached to a dark purple card base.  Easy Peasy, Lemon Squeezy!!

Thanks so much for coming back today and hopping along in our August Product Focus feature!  If you’re hopping in order Terry is next, but if you like to hop in no particular order, here’s the line-up again–

Tracy * Me * Terry * Gerrie

I’ll be quiet here this week as my Mom-in-Law is in town visiting for a few days, but I’ll be back on Sunday for my regular weekly posting for Artistic Outpost 🙂

Have a GREAT week and-Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps:  Typography & Generation Redux (Artistic Outpost)
  • Paints:  Chalk Fresco Acrylics (PaperArtsy); Fluid Acrylics (DecoArt Media); Distress Inks & Markers (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Ink (Ranger)
  • Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore); Tissue Paper; Harlequin Layering Stencil (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous)
  • Matte Decou-Page (DecoArt); Diamond Glaze (Judikins); Sewing Machine (Kenmore)
  • Gelli Plate (Gelli Arts); Brayer (Ranger); Paper Distresser (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios); Flat Paint Brush; Finger Knife (Fiskars); Gift Card; Paint Cap

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