Red, White and YUM!

HELLO HELLO HELLO & HAPPY SUNDAY!!  You can find me over at the Artistic Outpost Blog today sharing a card I made using our new Ice Cream Shoppe stamp set–


–It’s full of patriotic flavor and an adoration of ice cream!  It was a simple card to make, so, if you head over to the Artistic Outpost Blog for a little Red, White & Yum, I promise I won’t take up too much of your time 🙂

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps:  Ice Cream Shoppe (Artistic Outpost)
  • Paper:  Patriotic Collection (ODBD); Red, White & Blue Card Stocks (PTI)
  • Die: Beautiful Borders (ODBD); Big Shot Machine (Sizzix)
  • Black & White Pigment Inks (ColorBox); White Embossing Powder; Black Embossing Powder & Archival Ink (Ranger)
  • Heat Embossing Gun; Finger Knife (Fiskars); Sewing Machine (Kenmore); Matte Decou-Page (DecoArt); Double-Backed Tape (3M)
  • Frosted Dots

Happy 4th of July

Hi There!! Happy Sunday & Happy 4th of July–6 days early!!  I know I’m early, but-as my weekly postings for Artistic Outpost fall on Sunday’s, I didn’t want to miss out on the occasion to create something a little patriotic to celebrate the holiday, which is next Saturday!!  Happy Birthday America!!


I’m not only here with my weekly Artistic Outpost project–I’m also going to send this tag into the latest Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge #31-Layering Stencil/Paint Resist.


CC3 #31 is being sponsored by Inspiration Emporium with a $50 shopping spree that will be awarded to a randomly drawn participant!! COOL!!  Then there’s the awesome Tim & Mario prize package that is awarded to the Curiosity Crew’s Choice!! TOTALLY COOL!!  And don’t forget there’s always a Curiosity Crew’s Honorable Mention badge to be won–EVEN COOLER!!  I call it the CC3 Trifecta–And you’ve got 3 more challenges left to go for it!!


Working from my own copy of Tim’s CC3, I turned to page 47 and went for it!  I can’t share the technique, but I can tell you what I used.  Here is the front side of my #8 manila tag-I used Broken China DSS & Barn Door DS with Picket Fence DP and my Stars Layering Stencil.


This is the backside of my tag, which I kind of experimented on.  I’ve done this LS:PR technique before, but not with one of the Metallic DPs.  Here, I’m using the same colors of stains, but with Brushed Pewter DP.  I like it!!

I just love my water spots!!  I rubbed my tags with Broken China & Barn Door DIs, spritzed & flicked with some water and heat set.  This tag is ready for its patriotic ornamentations!!


I’m using several images from my Hero stamp set.  I started with I stamping the flag image onto tissue paper with Jet Black Archival.  I fussy cut the flag and border part and adhered to the tag with Matte Decou-Page.  I stamped the flag image again onto mixed-media paper and heat embossed with glossy black embossing powder.  I fussy cut the embossed frame and adhered to the tag.


This handsome little soldier was stamped onto mixed-media paper with Jet Black Archival.  I colored him with my Distress Markers and detail water brush, heat set then rubbed with a little bit of Tea Dye DI and my ink blending tool.  I fussy cut him and mounted onto the tag with foam squares.  I outlined him with Walnut Stain DI and my detail water brush, heat set, then outlined again with my white gel pen.


The silver 4 is part of the flag image that I treated separately.  I stamped that section of the image three times onto mixed-media paper and fussy cut.  I glued all of the 4s together then rubbed into my Watering Can Archival ink pad to fully cover with ink.  I quickly dipped into a tub of silver embossing powder and heat set.  I attached the embossed 4 into place then outlined with Walnut Stain DI and my detail water brush, then I outlined again with my white gel pen.


This is a piece of Beautiful Borders die cut that I heat embossed, too.  It’s a piece of manila stock that I rubbed into my Vermilion Archival ink pad to fully saturate with color, on both sides.  Then I immediately covered in Red Geranium EP and heat set.  I repeated this 2 more times.  I attempted to carefully machine stitch this onto the bottom of the tag, but it went a bit askew on me and almost ripped in the machine–I’m lucky there were only a few chips and one slight rip-WHEW!!


Here is what the backside of the finished tag looks like.  You can see the additional border stitching I did–it’s really for this back side, to give it a little oomph.  I distressed the edges of the tag with my paper distresser & inked with Black Soot DI and my ink blending tool.


I stamped the sentiment onto tissue paper with Jet Black Archival, fussy cut, adhered onto the tag with Matte Decou-Page and heat set.  Then I finished the tag with a couple of mirrored stars, a messy seam binding ribbon that I colored with my Broken China & Barn Door DMS, and a typed token attached with a wire pin.

Thanks so much for joining me today!  I’ll be back this week with a 1st of the month posting for Our Creative Corner, then of course I’ll see you next weekend when I’m posting for Artistic Outpost!  Fun stuff ahead!! 🙂 🙂

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps: Hero (Artistic Outpost)
  • Surfaces:  #8 Manila Tag (Inkssentials/Ranger); Tissue Paper; Manila Stock; Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore)
  • Distress Stain & Spray Stain, Inks, Paints & Markers (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Ink (Ranger); Wendy Vecchi EP (Ranger); Silver EP (SU); Black EP (WOW); White Gel Pen (Sakura)
  • Beautiful Borders Die (ODBD); Big Shot Machine (Sizzix)
  • Seam Binding (The Funkie Junkie Boutique); Mirrored Stars, Wire Pin, Jump Rings & Typed Token (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Craft Sheet (Ranger); Heat Tool; Embossing Heat Gun; Matte Decou-Page (DecoArt); Paint Brushes; Finger Knife (Fiskars); Sewing Machine (Kenmore)

A Tale of Two Rustings

HELLO HELLO!!  The clock has struck midnight at Artistic Outpost, so it’s OK for me to say HAPPY JUNE!! WOW–It’s been a little busy here at Ain’t That Artsy Fartsy!!  Lots of month end crafty happenings and now, here comes a new month of creative inspiration to be had by all!!

Welcome to our 1st Monday of the month Product Focus feature at Artistic Outpost!  Today, we’re showcasing stamps found in the Masculine category at the AO online store!  Join along in our Design Team Blog Hop today and see what my lovely Teammies have made for you–

Tracy * Gerrie * Terry * Kate * Shari-That’s Me! * Lisa

I’ve got a tag I made using the Keeper set–


This set is one of the first AO stamp sets that I ever bought!  It is a KEEPER!!  🙂


Since today’s Product Focus is about the masculine side of AO stamps, I kept this tag simple–no girlie embellies, no flowers, just a dude and his fish!!  OH, and the ‘Tale of Two Rustings’ part?  I’ve got two different versions of rusted accoutrements on this tag, achieved in completely different ways.  Cool!!


Here’s how my #8 manila tag started out.  I cut a piece of Rustic Beauty paper to fit the tag, adhered with matte multi-medium and heat set.  When dry, I stained the front & back sides of the tag with Peeled Paint & Wild Honey DSs.  I distressed the edges with my paper distresser and inked the entire tag and edges with Vintage Photo & Walnut Stain DIs.


Here’s the back of the tag, which received most of the Distress Stains.


Here’s how the rusted frame started out.  I stamped and fussy cut the frame from the boy w/fish image.  I spritzed one of the frames with my DA Carbon Black Mister, heat set, then brushed a layer of DA Texture Sand Paste over the surface with a flat paint brush.  When the surface of the frame was dry, I finger painted layers of Quinacridone Gold, Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide & Transparent Red Iron Oxide into the texture.


You can see some of those paint tones in the texture–pretty cool!!  This was my first time playing around with creating a faux rust finish, without using my trusty Rusting Powder.  I like both versions very much–They both have their own very unique qualities and feel, literally & visually!


I didn’t like the fish in this image, it just wasn’t ‘pretty’ enough for me, so I stamped the trout image in the Keeper set onto tissue paper, and super-imposed the trout over the fish the boy is holding.  There–That’s a better catch!!


Then I treated a piece of glossy stock with some of my green & yellow alcohol inks, and stamped the fish image again.  I fussy cut one of the fish and adhered to the fussy cut fisherman.


Before I adhered everything to the front of the tag, I added a monoprint of my Latticework LS using Picket Fence DS to the front and back–this is the back of the tag.  You can see the ghostly design of the stencil there–Oh, I like that!!


I adhered all of my pieces to the tag with a combo of matte multi-medium and foam squares.  I stamped the quote onto mixed-media paper and inked with Vintage Photo & Walnut Stain DIs.  I mounted each word band to black card stock, and added little pieces of the ruler image behind each word, just for a little interest.  I finished with adding a few little enamel dots, for a little extra dimensional fun.

Well, there you go!  A simple masculine tag, with little to no frilliness at all!!  Even the rusted border isn’t all that frilly!

If you’re hopping our Masculine Product Focus in order–You’ve got one more of my Teammies to visit, and that’s LisaIf you’re hopping in no particular order, here’s the list again….

Tracy * Gerrie * Terry * Kate * Shari-That’s Me! * Lisa

All stamps in the Masculine category at the Artistic Outpost online store are ON SALE for 20% off through Saturday, June 6th 2015.  You don’t need a special code to receive the discount, it will automatically be applied to your order at check out!

I’ll be back at 7am UK time, just one short hour away, so…..Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps: Keeper (Artistic Outpost)
  • Surfaces:  #8 Manila Tag (Inkssentials/Ranger); Rustic Beauty Paper Collection (ODBD); Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore); Black Card Stock (Core’dinations); Glossy Stock (Tim Holtz/Ranger)
  • Distress Inks, Markers & Stains (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Ink (Ranger); DecoArt Media Texture Sand Paste, Carbon Black Mister, Red Iron Oxide, Transparent Yellow Oxide, Quinacridone Gold (DecoArt); Rusting Powder (Crafty Notions); Adirondack AI (Tim Holtz/Ranger)
  • Beautiful Borders Die (ODBD); Big Shot Machine (Sizzix); Finger Knife (Fiskars); Craft Sheet; Stapler; Matte Multi-Medium Ranger); Foam Squares; Enamel Dots (Doodlebug); Paper String (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)

Dream Big

HELLO & Happy (late) Saturday night & Happy Sunday!!  For the next couple of days, I’ll be working on several different time zones and right now, I’m watching the CDT clock tick to midnight, which means I’m here with my weekly Artistic Outpost creation to end the month with!

WOW–it is the end of the month, isn’t it!! Holy Moly–Where did the last 30 days go, well, Gosh–where did the last 5 months go?!  Before the month finishes out without me, I’m sharing one of the cards that I made for the New Release Blog Hop that we had on the 20th.


I’m using the Wander & Dream set for this card along with one of the Beautiful Border dies from Our Daily Bread Designs.  I did take a few step out photos as I was putting this together, let me share some of what I did to put this card together 🙂


My background panel is a piece of mixed-media paper.  I blended Dusty Concord DI onto the top half with my ink blending tool…


….Then blended Spiced Marmalade DI on the bottom half, spritzed with water and heat set.  That is the beginning of my Southwestern background.


Here are the fussy cut and die cut pieces that I prepped ahead of time to use for this card.  I just love how the rusted border turned out.  Very westerny to me with the fringe that hangs down!


Here is the die cut before it was treated with the Rusting Powder.  The detail of this die is amazing, I just love it!


I stamped the desert image onto a piece of tissue paper with Potting Soil Archival, fussy cut then adhered to the background with matte multi-medium.  I stamped pieces of the map image from the Route 66 set with Dusty Concord DI and roughed up the edges with my paper distresser & inked with Walnut Stain DI.  At this point, which I didn’t take a picture of (sorry), I added stenciling using Translucent Embossing Paste and my Dylusions Stars stencil.


 This little lady was stamped onto a Labels Framelits die cut with Jet Black Archival.  I sealed this with matte multi-medium, heat set, then applied a layer of Clear Rock Candy DCP and air dried.


Here she is all crackled up and there’s a frame for this portrait, too!  I die cut the frame with the Labels Framelits dies then aged with rubbing Tea Dye, Vintage Photo & Walnut Stain DIs over the surface.  I spritzed with water and heat set, then rubbed the edges with Black Soot DI.  I also edged the portrait with Black Soot DP.


Now, that’s surely a picture worthy to hang over the bar at the toniest of western saloons!!


Oh, you might just be able to make out those stenciled stars in the background!  Even though they’re hard to see, they do add nice texture and shine to the background.  Oh, something else I did was run this card through my sewing machine to add some stitching, especially to that lovely rusted border!


I adhered the panel to a dark purple card base and thought I was finished.  But things weren’t popping as I’d like, so I added a 3-layer outlining to everything with smudged Walnut Stain DM, then a layer of white gel pen, covered with another outline of Pumice Stone DM.  There–that’ll do it!!

Thank you so much for spending a bit of your late Saturday night and/or Sunday with me!  It’s going to get a little busy here and the next time you’ll hear from me, I’ll be on my own PDT zone–I’ve got a last minute entry for a challenge 🙂

So, until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!  See you soon!!



  • Stamps:  Wander & Dream and Route 66 (Artistic Outpost)
  • Surfaces: Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore); Manila Stock; Black Card Stock (Core’dinations); Tissue Paper
  • Distress Inks & Markers (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Ink (Ranger); Distress Crackle Paint (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Transparent Embossing Paste (Wendy Vecchi); Rusting Powder (Crafty Notions)
  • Stars Stencil (Dylusions/Ranger); Labels Framelits (Sizzix/SU); Big Shot Machine (Sizzix)
  • Finger Knife (Fiskars); Craft Sheet (Ranger); Heat Tool; Ink Blending Tools; Palette Knife; Sewing Machine (Kenmore)

Top Hat of the Morning to You!

Hi There!! Happy Sunday!!  I’m happy to be with you today, with my weekly project for Artistic Outpost–And, it just so happens that here in the U.S., today is Mother’s Day–Happy Mother’s Day to all of the Moms out there!  This shout out goes to my international friends who are Moms, too!! 🙂 🙂

Today, I’ve got a not so usual, masculine if you will,  Mom’s Day card to share with you, that I made using the Hat’s Off and Serenity stamp sets.


This card also represents a first for me, too, because I used a gelli plate for the first time to create the background!  Let me show you what I did 🙂


Oh, here it is on its maiden creative voyage!  I’ve pulled a few stencils and I’m using Deco Art Fluid Acrylics-Titan Buff and Transparent Yellow & Red Iron Oxides.


I applied several small dots of paint (a little goes a looong way)–I have no idea of what to expect, then I used a rubber brayer to roll the colors out.


I pressed the Code Breaker stencil from Andy Skinner, into the paint a couple of times, then I laid a piece of manila stock down into the gelli plate and gently pressed/rubbed to transfer that paint.  OH–I even remembered to lay the stencil down backwards, so the numbers would stencil the correct direction!!  From here on out, I just went to town and didn’t stop to take pictures until I was done!  I was in the zone!!


I added the first layer of outlining on the gents, and unfortunately, my large man hand fingers messily smudged the face of the gent on the left–But, it kind of looks like a shadow that’s supposed to be there…kind of 😉

On the background panel, you can see some of the additional stenciling I did, along with random stamping of the scrolly flower image from the Serenity set.


Oh, and isn’t this rusty border fun?!  I just love it!  This is one of the border designs in my Beautiful Borders die set from Our Daily Bread Designs.  I die cut several borders in manila stock, and treated them all to a coating of Rusting Powder.  The rusting powder needs a spray of vinegar to activate it and a bit of time to air dry, so I placed the border piece for this card outside in the sun, and it dried within 15 minutes.


Sorry for the change in light in this photo–everything turned orange!  But here, I’ve added a second outline of white gel pen.


Each gentleman was given a lovely little boutonniere.  The flowers were stamped onto manila stock that received the gelli plate treatment.  These little blooms are from the Serenity set, I fussy cut a few out, layered with a little gesso painted tulle flower, that I cut with my Tattered Florals die and attached to the lapel of each jacket with a metal brad.



I added black rhinestones and a splattering of Antique Linen DP  to finish the background.


I distressed the edges with my paper distresser and inked with Walnut Stain DI then adhered the panel to an orange card base.

See, this works as a Mother’s Day card —  My hat’s off to you all, indeed!! 🙂

Thank you so much for coming by today!!  Happy Sunday & Happy Mother’s Day!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps: Hat’s Off & Serenity (Artistic Outpost)
  • Beautiful Borders Die (Our Daily Bread); Big Shot Machine (Sizzix); Tattered Florals Die (Tim Holtz/Sizzix)
  • Acrylic Paints (DecoArt); Archival Inks (Ranger); Distress Inks & Markers (Tim Holtz/Ranger); White Gel Pen (Sakura); Rusting Powder (Crafty Notions); Gesso; Black Embossing Powder (WOW)
  • Code Breaker Stencil (Andy Skinner/Tando Creative); Add a Stencil & Polka Dotty Stencil (Wendy Vecchi)
  • Gelli Plate; Brayer; Ink Blending Tools; Finger Knife (Fiskars); Craft Sheet (Ranger); Heat Tool; Paint Brush; Water Brush; Tulle; Embossing Heat Gun