March Releases-Part Deux

HI THERE & HAPPY WEDNESDAY!!  Today, us Artistic Outpost Design Team Gals are revisiting our Artistic Outpost March New Releases with a kind-of, impromptu Blog Hop–

Julie * Me (thanks for hopping by) * Avril * Terry * Tracy * Lisa

   Today, I’m sharing a card I made using our new Harvest & Grunge Elements stamp sets and the single Seed Packets Background image….


…plus a sentiment from our Typography set.  I whipped this card up so fast that I took only two step-out photos (sorry!) —


The background panel is an off-white, speckled card stock.  I die cut two circles out of manila stock to act as masks.


I inked the Seed Packets Background stamp with Potting Soil Archival and stamped onto the masked panel.


I stamped the image of the ‘kissin’ kids’, from our new Harvest stamp set, onto mixed-media paper with Potting Soil Archival and water colored with Distress Markers and my water brush.  I water colored the circles with Tumbled Glass DI and I also stamped the speckles image from our Grunge Elements set with Tumbled Glass DI, too.


I fussy cut the kids with my finger knife and adhered into the water colored circles with matte Decou-Page.  When set, I ran through my sewing machine to add the stitched elements.  I roughed up the edges of the panel with my paper distresser and inked with Ground Espresso DI and an ink blending tool.


The sentiment is from our Typography set and I stamped that onto mixed-media paper with Potting Soil Archival and fussy cut into word bands.  I inked the edges of the bands with Ground Espresso DI and mounted them onto dark brown card stock.  I then adhered the word bands onto the panel with matte Decou-Page and attached the finished panel to a kraft card base-which I had also stamped with the speckled image from the Grunge Elements Set–you can kind of the speckles there peeking out from behind the background panel.

I finished with inking the edges of the kraft card base with, you guessed it, Ground Espresso and my ink blending tool and that’s it!  You can see how this card came together so quickly–These new images from Artistic Outpost just make creating soooo easy!!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  If you’re hopping through on our Artistic Outpost New Release ‘re-deux’, you’re next blog stop is Avril, but here’s the entire line-up for you….

Julie * Avril * Terry * Tracy * Lisa

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps:  Harvest, Seed Packets Background, Grunge Elements & Typography (Artistic Outpost)
  • Archival Ink (Ranger); Distress Markers & Ink (Tim Holtz/Ranger)
  • Kraft, Speckled & Dark Brown Card Stocks (PTI); Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore)
  • Sewing Machine (Kenmore); Paper Distresser (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios); Water Brush; Finger Knife (Fiskars); Ink Blending Tool (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)

Ice Cream Man

HELLO THERE & HAPPY SUNDAY!!  I’m over at the Artistic Outpost Blog today sharing the second project that I featured during our New March Release Blog Hop last month–


I’m using images from two of our New Release stamp sets—


Ice Cream Shoppe and…


….Grunge Elements.

For all of the details, come on over to the Artistic Outpost Blog!!  Hope to see you there!!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps:  Ice Cream Shoppe & Grunge Elements (Artistic Outpost)
  • Archival Ink (Ranger); Distress Inks (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Fluid Acrylics (DecoArt Media); Diamond Glaze (Judikins)
  • Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore); Black Card Stock (Core’dinations); Pink Card Stock (PTI)
  • Sewing Machine (Kenmore); Finger Knife (Fiskars); Pencil Eraser; Acetate Sheet; Gift Card

Storybook Themes

Hi There!!  Happy 1st Monday of September!!  It’s Product Focus time at Artistic Outpost so, me and my Artistic Outpost Design Teammies are sharing projects we made with images found in our Storybook Theme line of stamps.  Hop along and check out what my fun and fabulous Teammates have created–

Tracy * Kate * Terry * Me (Thanks for stopping by!) * Lisa

And, as with every Product Focus feature, we are having a 3 DAY SALE of said Storybook Theme stamp sets at the Artistic Outpost online store!  All stamps in the Storybook Theme category are ON SALE for 20% off through September 9, 2015.  No code is needed to shop this sale-the sale price will be reflected in your shopping cart. (Retail customers only)


I’m using images from our Huck Finn stamp set today-


I created this simple and pretty quick, masculine card that can be used for any occasion.


I started by doing all of my stamping on all of the surfaces I was using–Tissue Paper, mixed-media paper and this background panel of decorative paper in the Patriotic collection from ODBD.  I lightly sanded the surface, then stamped the steamboat and Huck Finn images onto the surface with Jet Black Archival, attached to another panel of black card stock then roughed up the edges with my paper distresser.

I did a few dry brushes of DAM white and black gessos, then a light brushing of DAM Texture Sand Paste.  When the TSP was dry, I gave it a brushing of Salty Ocean & Vintage Photo DSs to lend a bit of water and earth element to the card.


The quote was stamped onto tissue paper and heat embossed with white EP.  I carefully fussy cut it and adhered to the surface of the card with matte Decou-Page.  I also added a horizon line of stamped tissue paper and jute twine then ran the panel through my sewing machine to add the stitched border.


This is the image I stamped onto mixed-media paper.  I water colored it with Distress Markers and my water brush, fussy cut and attached to the surface of the card with foam squares and then I attached the Typed Token with a jump ring through the knot of the jute twine.


I attached the panel to a red card base and gave the entire surface a spritzing of Ground Espresso DM with my air art tool.  Ta-Daaa!!  This was pretty quick and easy and it’s mainly because the images are just so darn awesome!!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Don’t forget to stop by my AO Design Teammies blogs and see the fun they created–

Tracy * Kate * Terry * Lisa

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps:  Huck Finn (Artistic Outpost)
  • Surfaces:  Patriotic Collection (ODBD); Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore); Tissue Paper; Black Card Stock (Core’dinations)
  • Archival Ink (Ranger); Distress Markers & Stains (Tim Holtz/Ranger); White Embossing Powder; Texture Sand Paste (DecoArt Media)
  • Heat Tool; Craft Sheet (Ranger); Finger Knife (Fiskars); Sewing Machine (Kenmore); Paper Distresser (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios); Foam Squares; Matte Decou-Page (DecoArt); Double-Backed Tape (3M); Air Art Tool (Artworx)
  • Jute Twine; Type Token (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)

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)

Last But Not Least

Hi There!! Happy Thursday!!  Well, it’s time for THE LAST, but certainly not the least, challenge technique at the Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge Blog


Challenge #34, Tim’s Layering Stencil Monoprint technique.  This last technique is found on page 48 of Tim’s Compendium of Curiosities 3, and you’ve needed to work from your own copy to participate in this challenge series.  It’s definitely a must-have book for your creative library!  And even though the challenge is headed into its final sunset, the inspiration found in Tim’s book is eternal!!

And speaking of eternal–Thank You to Linda at Studio L3 for hosting and coordinating this challenge for the past 68 weeks and Thank You to the Extremely Talented Ladies of the Curiosity Crew who continuously inspired challenge after challenge, topping each and every one of their CC3 creations with the next!!

  Throughout this challenge, there have been Outrageous Prize-a-Paloozas to win!!  Firstly–There have been two very Awesome sponsorsInspiration Emporium and The Funkie Junkie Boutique.  For this last CC3 challenge, The Funkie Junkie Boutique is sponsoring a $25 gift certificate to one lucky, randomly drawn, participant-YAY!

Secondly–Is the chance of being chosen the Curiosity Crew’s Honorable Mention!  That’s no little feat! Have you seen the stuff that people make for this challenge?  (besides my own stuff that is!)  😉 🙂

Thirdly–And Definitely Not Lastly–Is the Tim & Mario prize package awarded to the Curiosity Crew’s Choice!  Now, that’s something to write home about!!

It’s been fun and creatively rewarding to craft through the pages of Tim’s latest tome, and I wanted to do something lasting to close the book with, so to speak — 😉 🙂


I altered a Tazo Tea tin to hold crafting goodies or little keepsakes or whatever I can fit in there!!  Let me take you through some of the steps, that I can share, in repurposing this tin for this last CC3 challenge.

Here’s  my Tazo Tea tin in all of its labeled glory!  I stripped the label off with a combination of soaking in soapy water, then rubbing with something called ‘Goof Off’ to remove the rest of the label adhesive.  I washed and dried the tin, lightly sanded the surface, then applied a dry brushing of white gesso over the surface.


I ‘measured’ a couple of pieces of mixed-media paper to wrap around the tin, and stitched together with my sewing machine.


And like magic–There’s my Layering Stencil Monoprint background!  I created this little scene using the Rays, Burlap and Measured Layering Stencils and all kinds of Distress Inks.


I’m using my favorite flower image in Tim’s Flower Garden stamp set to adorn my tin with.  I heat embossed the cone flower image onto the panels with Jet Black Archival ink and black embossing powder.  I colored the centers of the flowers with Walnut Stain DI and my water brush.


Behind the scenes, I stamped the cone flowers and stems onto pieces of mixed-media paper and water colored with Distress Markers and my water brush.  I could have sworn I snapped a separate picture of the stems, too–but they’re there out of shot somewhere!!  When I fussy cut these flowers out, I sprayed them with Sunflower Sparkle Perfect Pearls Mist to give them a little shimmer.


I wrapped the tin with my stitched panels and adhered with a combo of double-backed tape and matte Decou-Page.  I started adding the fussy cut cone flower heads  and stems in place and adhered with matte Decou-Page.


I made a separate panel for the top of the tin, and worked on this panel on the side as I was working on the other panels for the body of the tin.


I treated all of the sides of the tin the same with Botanical Rem-Rubs, Small Talk or Big Chat stickers and some ink spritzing and paint splattering.


I outlined the image of the flower and the small talk sticker with Black Soot DI and my water brush.  I heat set then outlined again with my white gel pen.


I used my air art tool with my Black Soot DM and spritzed ink all over the surfaces and heat set.


I also splattered Scattered Straw DP over the surfaces with a round water color brush and heat set that, too.


I trimmed a piece of Menagerie paper stash to attach to the bottom of the tin–this is mainly to camouflage all of the printing that’s on the bottom on the tin.


And that’s all folks!!  I’ve now got a nicely decorated tin that I can use for a myriad of purposes!!

I’m taking this over to Studio L3 for the last time, for this last CC3 challenge, which ends tomorrow, Friday August 14th at 11:55pm MDT.  If you’ve got Tim’s book, you’ve still got time to create and enter!  It’s never too late and you’ve gotta be in it to win it!! 🙂

Thanks so much for joining me today!  I’ll be back this weekend with a little something, something that I’ve been working on for Artistic Outpost, so I hope you’ll come back and visit again!!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Tazo Tea Tin; Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore)
  • Stamps:  Flower Garden (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous)
  • Distress Inks, Markers & Paint (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Ink & Perfect Pearls Mist (Ranger); Embossing Powder (WOW); White Gel Pen (Sakura)
  • Remnant Rubs, Tissue Tape, Small Talk & Big Chat Stickers (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Craft Sheet (Ranger); Heat Tool; Embossing Gun; Finger Knife (Fiskars); Round WC Paint Brush; Detail Water Brush

My July Tim Tag

Hi There!! Happy Tuesday!! Thanks for joining me today as I share my Tim Tag for July!!  We all know what Tim’s Tag looks like–


Perfectly patriotic for our July 4th holiday earlier this month here in the U.S.!  I don’t have any of those fun images, but I do have some other seasonal Mini-Blueprints stamps, so I did a 3 month fast forward to Halloween instead 🙂


We had Fall-like weather this weekend with stormy skies, thunder & lightning and sporadic downpours of rain–It was fun and put me in the mood for Halloween!


I gathered up some of my supplies to make this month’s tag.


I’m using a jumbo tag for my version that I covered with a piece of this seasonal collage paper stash.


These Halloween images are in the Mini Blueprints #7 set and just like Tim, I stamped them onto Distress WC paper with Jet Black Archival.  These images are a bit tall, so that’s why I’m using a jumbo tag.  I did a quickie placement of the stamps onto a #8 manila tag and realized they wouldn’t all fit.


I water colored my images with Distress Markers, then rubbed the Distress Micro Glaze over the images and buffed away.  I used Ripe Persimmon, Mustard Seed & Dusty Concord as my background colors.


I inked the ripped edges of the images with Walnut Stain DI and adhered onto the tag.  I then snipped off any extra paper and ran through my sewing machine to add that rough stitched border.  I distressed the edges with my paper distresser and inked the edges with more Walnut Stain DI and my ink blending tool.


I’m using Spiced Marmalade & Dusty Concord DMs to ink my seam binding.  This is a great technique for creating a two-toned ribbon!  I LOVE this technique!!


I don’t have the vial labels that Tim used on his tag, but I improvised with one of his enameled tags that I painted with Black Soot DP.  Now, I also ran out of my sheet of black remnant rubs from the Apothecary set and only have the sheet of white rubs left–That’s why I painted the tag black.  Otherwise, you wouldn’t be able to see the words on the white background.

I spritzed Black Soot DM over the entire tag with my air art tool and heat set thoroughly.


I had to get a close-up of this mirrored star.  I love the matte areas where the Black Soot DP settled.


I topped my tag with my colored seam binding, which blended wonderfully when spritzed with water and heat set.  I also stained some cheesecloth with Black Soot DSS and ran that through with the seam binding.  I added a type charm with the letter ‘H’ for Halloween.


I’m headed over to Tim’s blog right now and get this entered, before the clock strikes midnight on the 31st!  Hey–that’s still 3 days away!! I’m ‘early’ for once, not sliding in right under the wire!  WHEW, that feels good!!

Thanks so much for coming by today!  I have a plan to be back before the end of the week with one last July challenge project (due on the 31st), so I hope you come back for that!  Gosh, I hope I can make that!! 🙂

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Jumbo Manila Tag; Distress Watercolor Paper (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Seasonal Collage Paper Stash 8×8 (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Distress Inks, Markers, Paint, Micro Glaze, Spray Stain (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Ink (Ranger)
  • Mirrored Star, Type Charm, Enameled Tag & Mini Numerals (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Seam Binding; Cheesecloth
  • Craft Sheet (Ranger); Heat Tool; Sewing Machine (Kenmore); Craft Scissors; Glue Stick; Air Art Tool (Artworx)


HELLO & HAPPY FRIDAY!!  Well, it’s still technically Thursday where I live, but I’m working on UK time today and with that–It’s the first Friday of June and it’s time to start a new challenge at A Vintage Journey!  I’m here today as one of your Creative Guides to introduce you to our challenge theme and your challenge host this month–S@ndy of My Crafty Life on the Internet.


“Share your celebrations with us.  It can be the end of the school year, a birthday, Father’s Day, a wedding or a special anniversary.  Use any of Tim’s products or his techniques.”

This month’s challenge is being sponsored by Country View Crafts with a $20 gift certificate-(it’s actually a 20 pound gc, but I don’t have the symbol for that)- awarded to a randomly selected participant and then S@ndy will choose her Top 3, to receive the A Vintage Journey Pinworthy blog badges!

I’m choosing to celebrate Love—-


…Zombie style!!  Who said you had to celebrate Love only one day a year on Valentine’s Day?  Who said zombies only came out on Halloween?  Who said a zombie can’t fall in love?!! This was a fun tag to make for S@ndy’s Celebrations themed challenge!!  Let me show you what I did and how I used Tim’s goodies and techniques on this tag.


I started with a jumbo #12 manila tag and the Zombie Casanova stamp set by one of Tim’s fellow Stamper’s Anonymous designer’s Brett Weldele.  It’s a fun set, so full of love-sick, zombie-possibilities.  I stamped Mr. Zombie with Jet Black Archival onto the tag.


I employed Tim’s distress marker spritzed  background technique from his April tag.  I used Barn Door & Walnut Stain DMs with my air art tool, to color this background with.  Oh, that red mottling is gore-lightful!!


I applied some pieces of tissue tape as anchors.  But at this point, they’re kind of place holders–I’m not sure if I’m going to cover them up with something else, or leave as is.  From here on out, I was a water coloring fool, and didn’t stop to take pictures of that process.  I also ended up heat embossing like a fool, too!!


Here’s a close up of some of that heat embossing.  Aren’t these hearts wonderful?  I just love their grittiness and I love how the red embossing really makes these hearts pop right off of the tag’s surface!!  After embossing with Red Geranium EP, I outlined them with my water brush swiped through Walnut Stain DI, then outlined with the fine tip side of my Black Soot DM.


He doesn’t look all that scary surrounded by hearts, does he?  You can see some of the water coloring I did on his zombie body.  I used my water brush & Fired Brick DM to color his shirt, or what’s left of it and I used my water brush & Pumice Stone DM to color his skin.


I did end up covering that tissue tape anchor under his relaxed left elbow, with one of the quotes from the Zombie Casanova set.  I separately stamped the quote in red and heat embossed the heart.  I fussy cut it and attached the heart to make the box pop a little bit more.


I colored his jeans with my water brush and Faded Jeans DM.  His bouquet of flowers was colored with Pine Needles & Barn Door DMs with my fine tip water brush.  I gave the tag a good run through my sewing machine and I added all of the rough stitching.


I topped the tag with a stained piece of tulle and a typed token that just seemed completely PERFECT for this tag!!  XOXO, indeed!!


I distressed the edges with my paper distresser then inked with Walnut Stain DI and my ink blending tool and Zombie Casanova is ready to eat date you!!  The least he could have done was find some shoes!! 🙂

So, there you have my creation for this month’s Celebrations challenge  for A Vintage Journey.  What kind of celebrations will you share with us?  S@ndy’s challenge is open until Thursday, July 2nd, so come on over and celebrate with us!

Thanks so much for stopping in with me today!  Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • #12 Jumbo Tag; Black Card Stock (Core’dinations); Mixed Media Paper (Strathmore)
  • Distress Markers & Ink (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Ink (Ranger); Embossing Powder (Wendy Vecchi/Ranger)
  • Tissue Tape, Typed Token & Jump Rings (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Tulle
  • Paper Distresser (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios); Sewing Machine (Kenmore); Water Brushes; Double-Backed Tape (3M); Heat Tool; Embossing Heat Gun