Harvest Altered Burlap Panel

Hi There & Happy Sunday!!  I’m over at the Artistic Outpost Blog today sharing the altered burlap canvas that I shared earlier this week during our New Release Blog Hop event.


I took a few step-outs while I was altering this panel, if you’d like to come on over to the Artistic Outpost Blog and have a looksee?  I won’t keep you long, I promise!! 😉 🙂

Hope to see you over there!  Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps:  Harvest & Seed Packets Background (Artistic Outpost)
  • 5″x7″ Burlap Panel; Tissue Paper; Brown & Tan Card Stocks (PTI)
  • Archival Ink (Ranger); Distress Paint (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Fluid Acrylics (DecoArt Media); Texture Sand (DecoArt Media)
  • Matte Decou-Page (DecoArt); Ultra Matte Varnish (DecoArt Media)
  • Small & Large Brads; Sewing Machine (Kenmore); Flat Paint Brushes

Big Statement, Little Card

Peek-a-Boo!!  It’s time for my weekly sneak peek for Artistic Outpost….


Today’s project is a quickie little card that packs quite the punch with its big statement.  Come on over to the Artistic Outpost Blog and have a visit–it’ll be quick, I promise! 😉 🙂

Hope to see you there!!  Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps:  Go Team (Artistic Outpost)
  • Jumbo Manila Tag (The Funkie Junkie Boutique); Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore); Tissue Paper; Acetate
  • Archival Inks (Ranger); Distress Spray Stains (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Matte Decou-Page (DecoArt); Silver Embossing Powder (SU); Mica Flakes (Red Lead Paperworks)
  • Finger Knife (Fiskars); Craft Sheet (Ranger); Heat Tool; Embossing Heat Gun; Sewing Machine (Kenmore)

Make Time-Moodboard Challenge at Our Creative Corner

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!  I’ve got my Our Creative Corner party hat on, as we’re ringing in the new year with a most apropos challenge theme, courtesy our Guest Resident DT member, Claudia (aka Von Pappe II).  Here’s what Claudia has challenged us with for this first month of a brand new  creative year:

Make Time – Moodboard Challenge

Servus!  Claudia here to welcome you to Our Creative Corner’s first challenge of the year (what an honour!)–And here we go:

Why not promise something good to yourself for the new year’s start?

To make more quality time for yourself, for example, and spend it doing what you love? Creative (or recreational) time always is quality time if you listen to your inner voice and follow your own speed, instead of listening to the clock ticking and reminding you of deadlines or other duties. And work will be done so much more easily (and faster) after some recreational me-time as it will have fuelled up your energy!  I promise! 

So why not escape the endless circling and rushing and get yourself in the right mood for some me-time? The mood board I have in store for you, could be a good start.


I challenge you to calm down, enjoy what you see and let yourself be inspired by it. No precise theme to narrow your creativity down – just the colours, shapes, directions, textures and hints of possible themes.

Whatever you make of it – it will be good! Whatever it sparks in you – I want you to show it and have a good time at your studio desks!


Well, I’m usually kind of intimidated by moodboards–there’s too much creative stimulation for me to handle all at once (squirrel!), but taking Claudia’s advice to heart, I calmed down, enjoyed what I was seeing and crafted for some me-time.


My birthday is in January and I’m an Aquarius, so I made this stubby, funky tag, well, for ME!!  🙂 🙂

I managed to take a few BTS pictures while I was putting this together–let me show you…


I started by playing with the colors that Claudia presented us with in her moodboard.  Something else Claudia presented us with in her moodboard are astrological signs.  OK–direction starting to materialize….


I made a stencil of my astrological sign out of a piece of acetate.  I found a free image online, printed it out, then laid the piece of acetate over the image and fussy cut it out.  I used a piece of tape to correct a mistake I made during my fussy cutting and it’s all better now!!


I stamped out AQUARIUS onto tissue paper and carefully fussy cut each one out to use in my background.


I cut down a jumbo tag and stamped this Stampotique image called ‘Sweetmoves’ onto the tag with Jet Black Archival ink.  I did some pre-positioning of the tissue paper word bands then adhered onto the tag with matte Decou-Page.


After I adhered the stamped tissue paper onto the tag and heat set, I ran the tag through Hickory Smoke DS–this will help tone down the Ultramarine Color Burst I’m going to be using.


Using my homemade stencil, I applied textured embossing paste through the stencil with a palette knife.


I squeezed the bottle of Ultramarine Blue CB onto my craft sheet and mixed with water.  When the texture paste is dry, I’m going to give the tag a water color washing to achieve that smoky blue color in the moodboard.


I love the resist effect in the background from the matte Decou-Page.  It’s added another element of interest when I wasn’t even trying to!


A couple more elements from Claudia’s moodboard that I’m bringing in is, brass and more color.  I gave Sweetmoves yellow pants and an orange shirt (she likes wearing bright colors being an Aquarius and all…)(and yellow is her favorite color, too!) and I’ve dipped the edges of the tag into Tarnished Brass DP.


Sweetmoves is also presenting us with a great big, wet looking raindrop–She is the Water-Bearer after all!  That’s a raindrop from Designs by Ryn’s Raindrop stamp set and I gave it two coats of Diamond Glaze.  It will look wet forever!  OH–then I added a bit more brass by painting the stenciling with Tarnished Brass DS and adding a typed token that I painted with Tarnished Brass DP.

Thanks to Claudia for the motivation and inspiration!  I’ve been stuck (but in a good way) in the create-for-Christmas-mode, and it was nice to step out of it and create for no rhyme or reason–It was Fun!!

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Our challenge sponsor this month is Creative Embellishments and if you join in on Claudia’s challenge and enter your Make Time Moodboard Challenge project by January 28th, one random winner will receive a $25 gift certificate to Creative Embellishments!  Claudia’s Top Challenge Winner will be awarded a future OCC Guest Designer Spot and her Top 3 Winner’s will receive OCC Top 3 Blog Badges!

Thanks so much for starting your New Year with me!!  I hope to see your Make Time Moodboard creations over at Our Creative Corner!!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps:  Sweetmoves (Stampotique); Alphabet Letters (Hero Arts, I think); Raindrop Set (Designs by Ryn)
  • Jumbo Manila Tag (The Funkie Junkie Boutique); Tissue Paper; Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore); Acetate
  • Color Bursts (Ken Oliver); Archival Ink (Ranger); Distress Paint & Stains (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Textured Embossing Paste (Wendy Vecchi); Diamond Glaze (Judikins)
  • Typed Token &Brad (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Finger Knife (Fiskars); Craft Sheet (Ranger); Heat Tool; Water Brush; Round Paint Brush; Matte Decou-Page (DecoArt)

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)

Football Philosophy

Hello There & Happy Sunday!!  Now that we’ve had our AO New Release blog hop, I can start sharing all of the fun projects I’ve been making with the new Artistic Outpost stamp sets.  I shared a peek of today’s AO creation on Wednesday, but here’s another to entice you over to the Artistic Outpost blog for a few more details–


Hope to see you there!!  Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps:  Go Team (Artistic Outpost)
  • Archival Ink (Ranger); Dylusions Acrylics (Ranger); Fluid Acrylics (DecoArt Media); White Gel Pen (Sakura)
  • #8 Manila Tag (Ranger); Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore); Kraft Glassine; Black Card Stock (Core’dinations)
  • Measured LS (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous); Tiny Attacher & Natural Trimmings (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Craft Sheet (Ranger); Sewing Machine (Kenmore); Paper Distresser (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios); Finger Knife & Scissors (Fiskars); Air Art Tool (Artworx)

Happy Horror to You

HELLO OCTOBER!!  WOO HOO!!  It’s going to be a fun month here at Ain’t That Artsy Fartsy and it begins with a new challenge month at Our Creative Corner!!  I’ve really been looking forward to this challenge, to let my inner dark side come out for a play, with our Hostess Laura’s, theme this month–HEEEEERE’S Laura!!

“Forget cute cats and smiling pumpkins….We want….


For this Halloween, share with us some horror inspired creations that are sure to send shivers down our spines. 

Bring out your most grotesque stamps and embellishments, or perhaps take on the challenge of finding a way to transform pretty stamps into something macabre.  Reach for the grungiest colors and textures–Come over to the dark side of Halloween.

Can you scare us?”

Well, I’ll certainly try, Laura–


 I took Laura’s theme to heart, that of the darkest kind it seems, and created this art journal page full of macabre, with a bit of black humor, too, to soften the blow, so to speak.  I’ve got just a few photos of what I did to put this fiendish page of grisliness together….if you dare to look?


I’m working on a page in my 6″ x 8″ art journal.  I started with spritzing my page with water, then I sprayed a couple of Distress Spray Stains over the surface and heat set, but I don’t remember which colors these were–Could be Pumice Stone & Antique Linen?


I spritzed Hickory Smoke DSS directly to the bottom, spritzed with water, then heat set.


I applied WV Embossing Paste through my Brick stencil and let air dry.


When the embossing paste was dry, I stood the journal upright then sprayed Fired Brick & Barn Door DSSs at the top and let it drip down and pool at the bottom of the page.  I roughly painted Black Soot DI with my water brush in between the crevices of the bricks, then stamped the image of Penelope into place, so I know where future placements will occur.


I rubbed a layer of DAM Gold Interference over Penelope’s stamped image with my finger and laid down a strip of TH design tape.  In the grand scheme of things, I want an aura, of sorts, around Penelope-as if she could be standing under a light source, or illuminated by something from within, maybe?


I added a fussy cut shadow image of Penelope and rubbed Black Soot DP over the strip of tape.  From here on out, I didn’t take pictures of the stamping, heat embossing, water coloring and such going on behind the scenes, sorry about that….


…But, how ’bout that quote?  This devilishly, delicious quote–I cannot take credit for!  I am a fan of witty dialogue and snarky banter and this little gem is from an American comedy (no longer on the air) called Arrested Development (…narrated in season 3 when Michael meets Rita).  That show was chock full of hilariously snarky dialog that I just loved (and still do)!

Anyways, I digress–I printed the quote out from my computer, cut into word bands and treated to its crackly finish with DAM Crackle Glaze.  The Union Jack is found in the London Underground stamp set that I had colored directly with DMs, spritzed with water, then stamped upon coffee stained vellum.  Oh, those cobwebs!!  That’s an image from the Haunted set from Oxford Impressions.  I stamped it onto tissue paper with white pigment ink and heat embossed.  I carefully fussy ripped each cobweb out and colored with my Pumice Stone DM.  The embossed image acts as a resist, so the marker only colored the tissue paper and not the cobweb.


Penelope’s hat & spiders are from Tim Holtz’s Undertaker set.  Those were stamped with black pigment ink onto mixed-media paper, heat embossed then fussy cut.  The announcement of deaths behind Penelope is also from the Undertaker set that I stamped onto coffee stained vellum and cut out.  I carefully burned the vellum in places and added a few of my faux rusted brads in place.  I water colored Penelope with my water brush and Distress Markers and her little arachnid friend is hanging from a piece of cotton string.


Before I started layering all of the images onto the page, I spritzed the cobwebs with Pewter Perfect Pearls Mist to give them a shimmery appearance.  After adhering everything onto the page, I gave Penelope and the word bands a little extra shading with Black Soot DI and my water brush.  I can tell you, I’m having a bit of a giggle with this page!  Or maybe it’s more like an evil cackle?!

And, as this is an art journal page created to inspire for our Our Creative Corner Horror themed challenge this month, I dare not forget to mention this month’s sponsor, Nicecrane Designs!


Nicecrane is sponsoring our challenge with a $20 voucher to their online store, to one of our randomly chosen participants.  They’ve got some great vintage Halloween images…..

Well, there you go–My creative start for the month of October.  If today’s creation is an example of what’s in store this month, you’re in for a ‘bump in the middle of the night” kind of ride!!

Thanks for joining me today!  Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • 6″ x 8″ Art Journal (Yvonne Blair); Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore); Tissue Paper; Vellum
  • Stamps:  Penelope (Stampotique); Undertaker (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous); London Underground (Artistic Outpost); Haunted (Oxford Impressions)
  • Distress Spray Stains, Inks, Markers & Paint (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Inks (Ranger); Pigment Inks (Colorbox); Embossing Paste (Wendy Vecchi); White Embossing Powder (my stash); Clear Embossing Powder (Ranger); Crackle Glaze, Texture Sand Paste, Gold Interference, Fluid Acrylics (DecoArt Media); Perfect Pearls Mist (Ranger)
  • Brick Stencil (My Favorite Things); Cotton String; Design Tape (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Finger Knife (Fiskars); Craft Sheet (Ranger); Heat Tool; Embossing Heat Gun; Matte Decou-Page (DecoArt); Water Brush; Palette Knife; Scissors;

Yuletide Greetings in June

Happy Wednesday!!  Yes, I know!  A reference to December/Winter/Holidays in June?  You’re saying-“Are You Crazy?!  It just turned Summer!!”  Well, as quickly as these first 6 months of 2015 flew by, add 6 more months and it’s Christmas Eve!!  😉

Today, I’m here with my Artistic Outpost Design Teammies as we have our first Holiday-themed Blog Hop of the year!!  We’ve created projects using stamps found in the Holidays stamp category at the AO Store–Hop along with us!!

Terry * Tracy * Me (you’re here) * Kate * Gerrie * Lisa


I decorated a short pillar candle with images from the Midwinter and Snowy Woods stamp sets and set it atop a rusted base I made with one of the Beautiful Borders dies from Our Daily Bread Designs.


I started with stamping this snowy creek scene from the Midwinter set onto tissue paper with Jet Black Archival.  I used my Broken China DM to color the creek on the rear side of the tissue, then adhered to the candle with matte multi-medium.


Oh, this snowflake is fun!  This picture really shows the detail of those little micro beads-COOL!!  There are two of these snowflakes on this candle–I treated them with a coat of gesso and let air dry.  Then I gave each a spray of adhesive and dipped into clear micro beads and let air dry again.  Once dry, I dripped Aqua Adirondack AI onto the beads to color them, then I sealed with a spray of clear coat.


Some of the behind the scenes things I did was coat the candle with DA Media Crackle Glaze.  Then I brushed DA Media Gold Interference over the candle and when that dried, I rubbed the candle with Vintage Photo & Walnut Stain DIs and my ink blending tool.


This image of Father Christmas is from the Snowy Woods set and he was stamped onto mixed-media paper with Sepia Archival Ink.  I fussy cut him and attached to the candle with a couple of little dots of hot glue.  The stand is two pieces of Beautiful Borders stitched together and rusted with Rusting Powder.  The sentiment is from the Midwinter set and I stamped it onto tissue paper with Jet Black archival and glued into place with matte multi-medium.

There you go-A simple little holiday home décor piece or gift, made in a couple of hours (includes drying times) ready 6 months ahead of time!  Thanks for stopping by on our Artistic Outpost Design Team Holiday Blog Hop today!  Here’s the line-up one more time–

Terry * Tracy * Me (you’re here) * Kate * Gerrie * Lisa

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps: Midwinter & Snowy Woods (Artistic Outpost)
  • Beautiful Borders Die (ODBD); Big Shot Machine (Sizzix)
  • Tissue Paper; Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore)
  • Matte Multi-Medium (Ranger); Archival Inks (Ranger); Distress Markers, Inks & Paint (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Rusting Powder (Crafty Notions UK); Gesso (Dina Wakely/Ranger); Spray Adhesive (3M); Hot Glue Gun; Clear Coat (Rustoleum)
  • Laser Cut Wood Snowflakes; Clear Micro Beads; Jute Twine