Valentine to my Sweetheart

Hi There & Hello March!!  I could have sworn yesterday was just February-LOL!!  Talk about wondering where the heck February went!?  And because February flew by so quickly, I didn’t get a chance to share a couple of things I worked on, including the Valentine’s Day card I created for my sweetheart–


A little bit of girlie with a whole lot of grunge and really easy to make!  This has got to be one of my favorite Valentine’s projects I’ve ever made.  Let me show you a little bit of what I did–


Full disclosure–The finished card I gave to my sweetheart/hubbie, was made on mixed-media paper and is actually the second card I made.  I started to make his valentine on a thinner, more textured, water color paper (pictured here), but as things progressed, I didn’t like how much color the wc paper soaked up.  So, other than a change of paper, everything I did was the same.


This fun stencil is from StencilGirl-it’s their Heart Striped stencil.  I taped it into place then smeared a nice layer of translucent embossing paste through the stencil and let air dry.


This is a picture of the second card, on mixed-media paper, with dry translucent embossing paste.  By this time, the first card ‘failed’ (but I still have it and will use it for something else in the future) and from here on out, I didn’t take any more photos!  I hate when I do that, because you don’t get to see the funnest part–the Alizarin Crimson Color Burst!!


So, not pictured, is me squeezing Alizarin Crimson CB over the surface of the stenciled heart and then spritzing it alive with water.  I heat set the CB and lightly dabbed with a paper towel in places–Isn’t the result amazing?, although, this picture doesn’t really do the vibrancy of the CB justice.  I ran the card though my sewing machine to add all of the stitching.


I roughed up the edges with my paper distresser and inked with Black Soot DI.  I outlined the heart with DAM Translucent White fluid acrylic and also splattered the surface with it.  I heat set then added an additional splattering of Hunter Grey Twinkling H20s and heat set again.


I added the seasonal Chit Chat stickers and outlined with Black Soot DI and my water brush, then again with white gel pen.  I added a couple of itty bitty black pearls, and that’s all she wrote!!


This card is more like a big post card, as I didn’t mount this panel onto a card base, but instead, layered another piece of Alizarin Crimson CB-colored mixed-media paper to the back, where I wrote my words of sweet nothings to my Valentine. 🙂

Thanks so much for stopping by today to have a looksee at this delinquent Valentine’s Day project.  But again, Love should be celebrated every day, so in reality, today’s posting is right on time!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore)
  • Heart Striped Stencil (StencilGirl); Seasonal Chit Chat Stickers (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Translucent Embossing Paste (Wendy Vecchi); Alizarin Crimson Color Burst (Ken Oliver); Distress Ink (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Translucent White Fluid Acrylic (DecoArt Media); Hunter Grey Twinkling H20; White Gel Pen (Sakura)
  • Sewing Machine (Kenmore); Paper Distresser (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios); Palette Knife; Water Brush; Mini Pearls

Beauty of the Season

Happy Sunday Everyone–From a very snowy Northern Idaho!!  Even though another Christmas holiday has come and gone, I’m still in a festive mood and have another Christmasy card to share over at the Artistic Outpost Blog today.  Here’s a little sneak peek to whet your creative appetite….


The next time I have a posting for Artistic Outpost, it will be 2016–And that’s just next week!!

I’ll have one more posting before the year is up, so I hope you’ll come back on the 31st and see, what may possibly be, the last holiday card I share for the year–Maybe!  Then, I’ll be back shortly thereafter, for a January 1st posting to get the 2016 creative year jump started–FUN!!

Hope to see you over at Artistic Outpost!!  Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps:  Toy Emporium, Snowy Woods & Midwinter (Artistic Outpost)
  • Doily Die (ODBD); Big Shot Machine (Sizzix); Sewing Machine (Kenmore)
  • Watercolor Paper; Foil Tape; White Card Stock;  Grey Card Stock; Tissue Paper; Black Cardstock (Core’dinations)
  • White Pigment Ink (ColorBox); White Embossing Powder; Archival Ink & Clear Embossing Powder (Ranger); Ultramarine Blue Color Burst (Ken Oliver)
  • Seam Binding & Snowflake Charm (The Funkie Junkie Boutique); Clear Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh); Jump Rings (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Hot Glue Gun; Double-Backed Tape (3M); Diamond Glaze (Judikins); Matte Decou-Page (DecoArt); Paper Distresser (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios)

Adventure a Little

Hi There & Happy Sunday!!  I’ve got a quickie tag to offer you today for my weekly creation for Artistic Outpost.  It was so quick that I didn’t take a lot of step out photos-Sorry about that!  This tag was one of those projects where I set some items in front of myself and said “Do Something!”  So, this is what I did–


I adventured a little on this tag with color and stenciling and paint splatters.   I wanted a vibrant background for the image of this young lady from the Generation Redux set-I know, I’m using her AGAIN!!  I just love her glasses–it’s her glasses that get me!! 🙂


I started with a #8 manila tag that I stained with Ken Oliver’s Color Bursts-I used Lemon Yellow, Alizarin Crimson & Ultramarine Blue.  I spritzed the tag with water, then squeezed the CBs over the surface, spritzed the surface with a little more water, then watched the CBs do their thing.  When I was happy with the blending, I heat set.


I stamped the image directly onto the tag and onto a separate piece of mixed-media paper with Jet Black Archival and heat set.  I ran the tag through my sewing machine to add the messy stitched border, then I layered on the stencils.  I used FlourishLatticework LSs and Andy Skinner’s Sunburst stencil.  I water colored the image, that I had stamped on the mixed-media paper, with Distress Markers and my water brush and fussy cut.


I added Remnant Rubs and paint lines randomly over the surface, then adhered the fussy cut image onto the tag with matte Decou-Page and heat set.  I then outlined the fussy cut image with Black Soot DI and my water brush and heat set.  I finished with an outline of white gel pen and little dabs of Diamond Glaze on her glasses.  I did let the DG air dry, because heat drying may cause air bubbles.


Behind the scenes-I stained a piece of seam binding with DMs then spritzed with water and heat dried.  Also BTS, that I didn’t take a photo of, I stained a Mirrored Star with Sunshine Yellow Adirondack AI and carefully heat set.


I attached the star and messy bow to the tag, then slipped a typed token onto a jump ring and hooked that into the middle of the bow.  I inked the edges of the tag with Black Soot DI and my ink blending tool, then gave the entire tag of spritz of Biscotti Perfect Pearls Mist.  This wasn’t quite a quickie 10 minute tag, but definitely under 30 minutes because of the convenience of a heat tool to help speed up the drying processes-Love That!

Thanks so much for having a visit here today!!  OH–A quick reminder–As we are nearing the last week of the month, we’ll be having our monthly AO Design Team Blog Hop on Wednesday, so I do hope you come back for that!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps:  Generation Redux (Artistic Outpost)
  • #8 Manila Tag (Ranger); Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore)
  • Color Bursts (Ken Oliver Crafts); Archival Ink (Ranger); Distress Inks, Paints & Markers (Tim Holtz/Ranger)
  • Layering Stencils (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous); Sunburst Stencil (Andy Skinner/Tando Creative)
  • Sewing Machine (Kenmore); Finger Knife (Fiskars); Craft Sheet (Ranger); Heat Tool; Ink Blending Tool; Old Gift Card
  • Seam Binding (The Funkie Junkie Boutique); Mirrored Stars, Rem Rubs, Typed Token & Jump Ring (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)

Down by the Sea

Hi There!!  Happy Sunday!!  I’m here today with my weekly creative contribution for Artistic Outpost and I’m still playing around with our Boardwalk stamp set–


This set is so much fun-There’s no shortage of fantastic images to use!!  Who knows what I’m going to do next with them? 😉


I’m also having some fun playing around with Ken Oliver’s Color Bursts, too.  I managed to shoot just a few photos while putting this card together–let me show you some of what I did!


I stamped the Steel Pier image onto mixed-media paper with Jet Black Archival.


I added a random layer of Bubble stenciling with WV Transparent Embossing Paste and let that air dry.


When the embossing paste was dry, I spritzed the panel with water, then sprinkled Ultramarine Blue & Pthalo Green CBs over the wet surface and let the Color Bursts do their thing!  Soooo cooool!!  When I was happy with the blending, I heat set while dabbing the surface with a paper towel to pick up some of the more saturated spots.  I also laid the Bubble LS back down and spritzed it with water, then dabbed the stencil with a paper towel to pick up some of the color through the stencil.

I wanted to add a natural, beachy element to this card, so I created an old piece of shipwreck-type, washed ashore, piece of wood, using craft sticks, also known as popsicle sticks, or my international favorite-lolly sticks!!


I had originally stamped this handsome gent onto a piece of tissue paper and adhered directly to the planks, but his image kind of got lost amidst the wood grain, so I stamped him again onto mixed-media paper with Jet Black Archival, colored with my Distress Markers and my water brush and fussy cut.  The tissue paper ends up creating a very subtle shadow behind him, that I enhanced with another outline of Black Soot DM and my water brush, then an outline with white gel pen.  He also has a paper-pieced tank top that I had stamped separately with Cobalt Archival.



The token and quote were stamped onto a piece of mixed-media paper that I used to sop up all of the extra Color Bursts that ended up on my craft sheet.  I mounted the fussy cut words and token onto black card stock, then gave a quick coating of Clear Rock Candy DCP and let air dry.  I trimmed out the mounted words & token and adhered into place on the panel with matte Decou-Page.  When dry, I outlined with my Walnut Stain DM and my water brush, then outlined again with my white gel pen.


I just had to get a close-up of this image!  It’s so detailed and fun–Look! There are people out for a stroll!  Plus, I love the translucence of the embossing paste bubbles–it’s a crisp contrast against the richness of the Color Bursts!!  Oh, now doesn’t that sound so very ‘Artsy Fartsy’? 😉 🙂


I distressed the edges of the panel with my paper distresser and inked with Black Soot DI and my ink blending tool.  I placed a piece of cheesecloth behind the wooden planks before gluing it down with hot glue, then I added the mini shells with little dabs of hot glue and sprinkled the micro beads over any exposed glue.  I adhered the finished panel to a turquoisey blue top fold card base.

Thanks so much for having a visit with me today and I hope you enjoyed my Artistic Outpost adventure ‘Down by the Sea’!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps:  Boardwalk (Artistic Outpost)
  • Color Bursts (Ken Oliver); Archival Ink (Ranger); Distress Crackle Paint, Stains, Markers & Ink (Tim Holtz/Ranger); White Gel Pen (Sakura)
  • Mixed Media Paper (Strathmore); Black Card Stock (Core’dinations); Blue Card Stock (PTI)
  • Craft Sticks; Cheesecloth; Seashells (The Funkie Funkie Boutique); Microbeads
  • Craft Sheet (Ranger); Heat Tool; Matte Decou-Page (DecoArt); Hot Glue Gun; Waterbrush; Finger Knife (Fiskars)

Bursts of Spring

HELLO & HAPPY FATHER’S DAY & HAPPY 1ST DAY OF SUMMER!!  I’m here today wearing my Artistic Outpost apron, with my weekly AO project, but I’ll try to keep today’s post short, so ya’ll can get out and celebrate the day!!  🙂


I’m featuring images from one of our New Release sets-Springtime, on a background panel that I created using the new Ken Oliver Color Bursts!  Let me show you a few pics that I took when creating the background.


Here’s how my background started out.  A piece of mixed-media paper that I’ve placed a few strips of tissue tape on.  I’m going to use Orange & Violet Color Bursts to create a sunshiny, Summery backdrop.


I’m using my Andy Skinner Sunbursts stencil with Mustard Seed DP.  I used a little finger dabber thingy and dabbed the paint through the stencil.


Oh, isn’t that fun?!  I love this sunburst stencil!  I’m expecting some resist of the Color Bursts over the tissue tape, and I’m hoping the stenciled sunburst doesn’t get lost.


Oh, that’s cool!!  I sprinkled the Orange CB on top, and the Violet CB on the bottom, spritzed with water and let the Color Bursts do their thing.  When I was happy with all of the wicking and blending, I heat set.


This is a scrap panel of mixed-media paper that I used to sop up all of the extra Color Bursts that were on my craft sheet.  I’ll use a little portion of it for this card and save the rest for another time!  Another little prepared surface for a future project 😉 🙂


Here’s a little piece of that panel in use right now!  I stamped this quote, found in Springtime, in Jet Black Archival and fussy cut.  I mounted that onto black card stock and adhered to the panel.  I outlined it with Walnut Stain DI and my water brush then outlined again with my white gel pen.


I stamped this image of the kids onto the panel directly and onto a piece of mixed-media paper in Jet Black Archival.  I outlined the stamped kids on the panel with Walnut Stain DI and my water brush.  I fussy cut the other stamped image and adhered on top of the outlined image on the panel, then outlined again with my white gel pen.


Before I had adhered the top layer pieces into place, I treated the panel with random swipes of paint with a gift card.  I used Seedless Preserves, Mustard Seed & Black Soot DPs with the side of the gift card, but then I added a few dots of Black Soot DP and Translucent White DA Acrylic with a pencil eraser.  When the panel was dry with everything securely in place, I distressed the edges with my paper distresser and inked the edges with Black Soot DI and my ink blending tool and attached to a mustard yellow card base.

This card was fun and easy to make and looks so much more complicated than what it is!  I just love that when that happens!

Thanks so much for joining me today–There are going to be a few creative posts coming up this week, so I do hope you’ll be back for a visit!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps-Springtime (Artistic Outpost)
  • Surfaces: Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore); Black Stock (Core’dinations)
  • Color Bursts (Ken Oliver); Distress Paint, Ink & Markers (Tim Holtz/Ranger); White Gel Pen (Sakura)
  • Tissue Tape (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Sunburst Stencil (Andy Skinner/Tando Creative)
  • Old Gift Card; Pencil Eraser; Paper Distresser (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios); Craft Sheet (Ranger); Heat Tool; Finger Dabber; Water Brush; Finger Knife (Fiskars); Matte Multi-Medium (Ranger)

Spring’s Greatest Joy

Hi There!  Happy Sunday!!  It’s time for my weekly project for Artistic Outpost and I’ve got one of the cards that I sneak-peeked this past week for the Artistic Outpost New Release Blog Hop.


It’s actually quite a relief to be able to share the ‘secret’ projects I’ve been making behind the scenes with the New Releases!  The new stamp sets are really fun, and today, I’m showcasing the Springtime set in this mixed-media card 🙂


Have you seen these little goodies?  These are the Ken Oliver Color Bursts–highly pigmented water color powders.  Using products like these, is a first for me (I had several days in May that had creative ‘firsts’) and I couldn’t think of a better time to experiment with them, than with new images from Artistic Outpost!


I’ve got a small panel of mixed-media paper that I’m going to stencil with my Harlequin LS and Picket Fence DP.


I want to see what kind of resist effect I’m going to get with the Color Bursts against a paint stenciled background.


I’m going to use Lemon Yellow & Alizarin Crimson for the very first time—drum roll please…..


I use a motto in crafting, that I use in cooking–Start with a little dash, you can always add more to taste later… or the abridged version-You can’t fix too much!  Can you see the little sprinkles of Color Bursts?  I only started with little dashes of powder…..


….because this is what those little dashes of pigment look like when spritzed with water!  See how those colors burst!!  At this point, I spritzed the panel with more water, sprinkled a little bit more of the Color Bursts onto the wet paper, and heat set.


None of the over-sprinkle of the Color Bursts went to waste.  What beaded onto my craft sheet, I picked up by randomly pressing the panel down into the left over Color Bursts to get all of those wonderful spots of color!


I had to get a close-up of this corner….I just love the harlequin design with the splotches of color here and there.


I stamped the images of the children onto the treated panel as place holders.  This aided in visualizing how I needed to fill in all of that open space behind them!  I applied the pieces of tissue tape and randomly stamped the music image from the Ephemera Backgrounds set in Jet Black Archival.  Then I used a paint cap dipped into Black Soot & Picket Fence DPs to stamp the random circles and I used an old gift card to add the random lines of Ripe Persimmon, Picked Raspberry & Picket Fence DPs.


I had separately stamped the children onto mixed-media paper with Jet Black Archival and fussy cut with my finger knife.  I edged the fussy cut pieces with my Walnut Stain DM and adhered into their places on the panel with matte multi-medium.  When dry, I outlined the kids with my water brush and Walnut Stain DM, then I outlined with my white gel pen.  I thought the white outline was too bright, so I brought out my Pumice Stone DM and used the fine tip side and went over the outline again to tone it down a bit.


I stamped the quote onto tissue paper and carefully fussy cut.  I adhered the words onto the panel with matte multi-medium and heat set.  The upper right corner needed a little something else, so I added stenciling with my Latticework LS and Ripe Persimmon DI then I outlined the words as I did the kids, but I added an additional outline of Black Soot DM.  I roughed up the edges with my paper distresser and inked with Black Soot DI and adhered the finished panel to a pink card base.

Spring’s greatest joy, indeed!  Springtime is such a fun stamp set, and one that will carry me through all of the seasons!  I’ll have more creations made with this stamp set in upcoming weeks, so stay tuned for those.  Also, with the month quickly coming to a close, we’ll have our regular monthly Artistic Outpost DT Blog Hop coming up this week!  Hope you’ll come back for that!!

Thanks so much for spending a little time with me today!!  Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps:  Springtime & Ephemera Backgrounds (Artistic Outpost)
  • Color Bursts (Ken Oliver); Distress Paints, Inks & Markers (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Ink (Ranger); White Gel Pen (Sakura)
  • Mixed Media Paper (Strathmore); Pink Card Stock (PTI); Tissue Paper
  • Tissue Tape (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Layering Stencils (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous)
  • Craft Sheet (Ranger); Finger Knife (Fiskars); Heat Tool; Paper Distresser (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios); Ink Blending Tools; Water Brush; Spritzer Bottle