TBT to February 2, 2015

HI THERE & HAPPY THURSDAY!!  We’re in full blown Valentine’s inspiration mode at the Scrap’N Stamp Blog for today’s Throwback Thursday.  Here’s a little hint of today’s Throwback project from February 2, 2015–


I sure was a busy little crafting bee two years ago and I remember how fun making this tag was!

Come on over to the Scrap’N Stamp Blog for all of the details-Hope to see you there!!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!


Wonder and Think

HELLO!!  HELLO!!!  Happy Sunday!!  I’m back from my brief hiatus to bring you my weekly creation for Artistic Outpost!!  It sure does feel good to be getting inky again, instead of all stinky from the yuckiness that was the reason for my hiatus….(cough cough, septic system-again!) 😉

But all of that is a thing of the past (hopefully!), and I’ve got to think of the future–Future masculine birthdays coming up this year!  Because of all of the ‘fun’ I was having behind the scenes, I missed out on Wednesday’s AO Blog Hop.  My Artistic Outpost Design Teammies shared projects made with images from the This & That category at the Artistic Outpost Store and my tag today is made with that same theme in mind.


I’m using images from the Apothecary, Ephemera Backgrounds and Think & Wonder stamp sets.  What’s so cool about the stamp sets from Artistic Outpost is, you can mix & match them and they all look and work so well together 🙂


I started with a couple of jumbo manila tags that I colored with the Wrinkle-Free Distress Stain background technique.  I’m using Frayed Burlap & Wild Honey DSs.  The tag on the left is the first run through of the stains and the tag on the right received what was left over, with an extra little dab of Frayed Burlap DS on the craft sheet.  I’m going to save the tag on the right for another project, of  course 😉


Here’s the tag after layering some Distress Inks, tissue tape, stenciling and some spritzed & flicked water spots onto the background.   I used the ledger image from the Ephemera Backgrounds set to randomly stamp pieces of the text, then distressed the edges with my paper distresser and inked with Walnut Stain DI.


Before I started layering on all of my stamped accoutrements, I did a little bit more stamping onto the tag  background using text from the Think & Wonder set and I also stamped the image of the drugstore building from the Apothecary set back there, too.  You can kind of see it peeking out from behind Dr. Forrest!


Speaking of Dr. Forrest, I stamped his image onto mixed-media paper twice with Jet Black Archival.  I water colored one of the images with Distress Markers and my water brush.  I fussy cut the good doctor out and adhered him onto the other image that I had outlined with my Pumice Stone DM and smudged with a damp finger-fussy cut that out and mounted onto a little scrap piece of black card stock that I trimmed with decorative scissors, to make it look like a little postage stamp.


This prescription image was stamped onto mixed-media paper with Jet Black Archival.  I stamped the sentiment onto the Rx, fussy cut it out then crumpled it up and inked with Distress Inks.  I un-crumpled it, inked the surface with more Distress Ink, then spritzed and flicked water over the surface.  I added the brads to the corners right before I  positioned and adhered to the tag.


I stamped this bottle image onto mixed-media paper with Sky Blue Archival and heat embossed it with its color coordinated Sky Blue EP.  I stamped the ‘Fountain of Youth’ label onto tissue paper and adhered to the bottle with matte multi-medium.  I also stamped the cork of the bottle separately with Coffee Archival and heat embossed with Vintage Photo Distress EP.  I fussy cut the bottle and cork and adhered together with matte multi-medium.  I then inked the edges with Black Soot DI, tied the type charm around the neck with jute twine and adhered to the tag with foam squares.



I added a few  kraft glassine labels with Wonder and Think word bands mounted to each one.  After I had everything positioned and adhered into place on the tag, I finished with a spritz of Walnut Stain DI with my air art tool.  Love those ink splatters!!


One masculine birthday tag down, a good handful left to do!!  Good thing I’ve got so many cool Artistic Outpost stamps to work with! 🙂

Thanks so much for coming by today and having a visit with me after my absence from blogland.  It feels good to have some of my creative mojo back after the no-mojo, non-creative month I’ve had.  I’m so glad that May is almost here!! 🙂 🙂

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps:  Apothecary, Ephemera Backgrounds, Think & Wonder (Artistic Outpost)
  • #10 Jumbo Manila Tag (The Funkie Junkie Boutique); Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore); Glassine Paper (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Tissue Paper; Manila Stock; Black Card Stock (Core’dinations)
  • Distress Stains, Inks & Markers (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Inks (Ranger)
  • Tissue Tape & Type Token (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Brads; Jute Twine
  • Craft Sheet (Ranger); Heat Tool; Embossing Heat Gun; Matte Multi-Medium (Ranger); Foam Squares; Double-Backed Tape (3M); Paper Distresser (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios); Decorative Scissors; Ink Blending Tools; Air Art Tool (Artworx); Paint Brush

Hello Spring!

HELLO, HELLO & Happy Sunday!!  I’m here today with a colorful offering for Artistic Outpost!  I felt badly about not having something Easter/Spring related last weekend to share, so I made up for it today–Hello, Spring, Hello!!


This card is neon-like in its brightness, but it did not get this bright of a start.  After a couple of creative, darker toned,  more vintagey miss-starts, I scraped the original tag, and made this brightly hued card instead!!  I couldn’t present another vintagey-grungy creation again this weekend 😉 🙂


The idea was born out of the need for color and to use up left-over supplies!  I have collections hoards stashes of fussy cut pieces that I save for the future.  Sometimes that future comes for those pieces, sometimes it doesn’t.  The letters that are in this picture, didn’t make the cut for the finished card, but I did end with a larger stash of fussy cut letters for the future!!  It’s great how that all works out–more stuff in the stash for the future-GREAT! 😉


I’m using lots of separate images from several Artistic Outpost stamp sets for this card–Kudzu Kafe, The Outpost, Serenity, Generation Redux & Secretary Pool.  I know, it seems like a lot, but it’s not, really.  There are single images in each set that I really enjoy using, a lot! 🙂

Here, I’ve got my wrinkle free Distress Stain background, created with Picked Raspberry DS & Mustard Seed DSS, layered with color coordinated stamped images from Generation Redux.  I then splattered Picket Fence DP over the surface with a round paint brush and heat dried.  I stamped Kudzu Kafe girl onto the panel with Jet Black Archival–she’s a place holder and will be covered when all is said and done.


I stamped the alphabet block letters from the Secretary Pool set onto white card stock several times in Picked Raspberry, Mustard Seed & Spiced Marmalade DIs and fussy cut the letters I needed to spell out ‘Spring’.  I also did a little monoprint stenciling using my Latticework LS with Walnut Stain DI.  I applied a couple of pieces of tissue tape, adhered the letters to the panel and stamped ‘hello’ from the Serenity set in Jet Black Archival.


Kudzu Kafe girl, who is a left over from a previous project, was stamped onto mixed-media paper with Jet Black Archival and water colored with my Distress Markers and my water brush.  To update her for this card, I gave her a pair of Butterfly Duo wings from a piece of mixed-media paper that was also a left over from a previous project-so it was already stained and stamped and ready to go!  The script is from The Outpost set and is another one of my favorite, go-to AO images.



After the letters were adhered in place, I outlined with Walnut Stain DM first, smudged with a damp finger, then outlined again with a white gel pen.  I added a couple of enamel dots and outlined those with my white gel pen, too.


Even though Kudzu Kafe Girl has a bit of a scowl on her face (she’s squinting because of the sun!), this card brings a smile to my face!  It really is quite bright in person and it’s like holding a little piece of sunshine in your hands 🙂

Thank You for joining me today and spending a little bit of your Sunday with me!  I sure hope you got a little burst of sunshine with my Artistic Outpost creation this week 🙂

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps: Kudzu Kafe, The Outpost, Secretary Pool, Generation Redux & Serenity (Artistic Outpost)
  • Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore); Orange & White Card Stock (Papertrey Ink)
  • Distress Stain & Spray Stains, Inks & Markers (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Ink (Ranger); White Gel Pen (Sakura)
  • Latticework LS (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous); Big  Shot Machine (Sizzix); Butterfly Duo Bigz Die (Tim Holtz/Sizzix)
  • Tissue Tape (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Enamel Dots (My Minds Eye)
  • Craft Sheet (Ranger); Finger Knife (Fiskars); Double-Backed Tape (3M); Matte Multi-Medium (Ranger); Paper Distresser (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios); Round Paint Brush; Heat Tool; Cutting Mat

Your Own Story

Hello There & Happy Easter Weekend!!  Thanks for joining me for my Sunday project for Artistic Outpost.  I wish I had planned better, I would have made something for Easter to share with you today, but, alas, I was not prepared!  Unfortunately, this past week was spent on not very pleasant house-hold emergencies (cough cough, septic system..) and then a sporadic, at best, satellite internet connection, which needed a visit from a technician.  Oh, the joys of rural living!  But enough about yucky work-week stuff!!  Let’s get on with some much needed weekend craft-therapy!!


I created today’s tag with my Paperboy & Secretary Pool stamp sets.  Let me show you some of what I did to make this tag 🙂


As I was going through my Artistic Outpost stamp sets, I grabbed the Paperboy set and took a look at it–Well, gosh darn, this is brand new!  I haven’t inked these puppies up yet!!  Idea-Born!!  Gosh, that never happens–I usually have to sit and stare for a little bit, but it helped that I’ve got a big pile of treated tags, ready to go 😉


I’ve got a #10 jumbo manila tag and a #8 kraft tag.  I’ve had the jumbo tag stained for a while now, it’s one of those extra tags that I use to sop up extra stains and such.  I don’t remember which stains I used, but I’m going to guess there’s some Aged Mahagony, Wild Honey and possibly Frayed Burlap.  The kraft tag has remnants of gesso on my WV polka dotty stencil.  I just can’t let anything go to waste 🙂


Behind the scenes, the kids were stamped onto mixed-media paper with Jet Black Archival and colored with my Distress Markers and my water brush.  The megaphone was heat embossed with WV Red Geranium EP and the pencils, from the Secretary Pool set, were colored with my DMs separately, stamped then coated with a thin layer of Diamond Glaze.


Before securing all of the fussy cut pieces, and something that I did not take pictures of, was the ‘before’ shots of the layered jumbo tag.  I adhered the kraft tag onto the jumbo with matte multi-medium and pressed between heavy books for a spell.  Then I did some random stamping and more polka dot stenciling, then added a few remnant rubs.  I stamped the quote onto a Journaling Ticket with Jet Black Archival, and stapled to the front of the tag.  Before adhering the kids down, I splattered the tag with Hunter Grey Twinkling H20’s.


I gave this cute little guy a fussy cut newspaper that I had stamped “What’s the buzz?” onto (using a stamp positioner), but the ‘buzz’ part got snipped off during finishing touches.  After I adhered him to the tag, I gave him, and pretty much everything else, an outline of Walnut Stain DM and smudged with a water dampened finger.


Just a close up shot of the top of the tag–I love those rem-rubsI topped the tag with a piece of Eclectic Elements fabric, frayed with my craft scratcher and rubbed with a bit of Vintage Photo DI.


Do these young ladies look like they’ve got attitude or what!  I see them as the big sisters of the little paperboy and they’re just hanging around to make sure their little brother is OK while he’s selling his papers 🙂


Here’s the back of the tag–I left it kind of naked, leaving the colors of the Distress Stains to do all of the talking.  I also distressed the edges of the tag with my paper distresser and inked with Walnut Stain DI.


As I mentioned, the tags I used were treated and ready to go–Well, I’ve got two large piles of treated surfaces, that I’ve challenged myself with using up this year.  Two tags down, 40+ more to go!!  🙂

Thank you again for taking a little time out of your Easter Sunday to join me today for my weekly offering with Artistic Outpost.  I appreciate your visits and the time you take to leave me messages!! 🙂 🙂

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps: Paperboy & Secretary Pool (Artistic Outpost)
  • #10 Jumbo Manila Tag (The Funkie Junkie Boutique); #8 Kraft Tag (Inkssentials/Ranger); Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore)
  • Distress Stains, Markers & Inks (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Ink (Ranger); Wendy Vecchi Embossing Powder (Ranger); Gesso (Claudine Hellmuth/Ranger); Black Embossing Powder (WOW)
  • Remnant Rubs & Journaling Tickets (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Eclectic Elements Fabric (Tim Holtz/Coats)
  • Craft Scratcher & Paper Distresser (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios); Matte Multi-Medium (Ranger); Diamond Glaze (Judikins); Finger Knife (Fiskars); Water Brush; Craft Sheet (Ranger); Heat Tool; Embossing Heat Gun

I Am Super!

HELLO & HAPPY WEDNESDAY!!  Funny thing happened to me today–I’m one of Tim Holtz’s Valentine’s Blogworthy Links!!!  OMG!!  Are you kidding me??!!  🙂 🙂

Another funny thing–I was already drafting this post with the title of ‘I Am Super!’ before I knew how SUPER I was actually going to be today!!  🙂 🙂

I just have to say THANK YOU to Tim Holtz & Mario Rossi!!  I’m really just super honored & humbled to be noticed and amongst all of these Fabulous Artists!!  CONGRATS EVERYONE!!  🙂 🙂

OK–So, back down to Earth now!!  I’ve been doing a little playing around and managed to have a go with the latest challenge at Compendium of Curiosities 3–


It’s Challenge #21-Rock Candy Distress Glitter–it’s a fun one, even if you don’t like glitter!!  OH–and CC3 #21 is being sponsored by Inspiration Emporium with a $50 gift certificate to their online store, plus, you’ve also got a chance to win a Tim & Mario prize package!!  And, it just so happens that Stampotique Designers Challenge just started SDC #182-Love & Hearts, so I’m taking this tag over there, too!


This goth beauty is called Sweetmoves and I thought she’d look fabulous on a polka-dotty, glittery background–Who can’t use a little glitter now and then?


I started by coloring a #8 manila tag with Salty Ocean & Picked Raspberry DSs, using Tim’s wrinkle free technique.


Then, using Tim’s Rock Candy Distress Glitter technique-that I can’t show you, I stamped and glittered the background.


So, I forgot to do my stenciling before I did the glitter technique, so I added a bit of Gothic LS here and there, over the glitter with Black Soot DI, and it didn’t come out too badly!  I spelled out my quote using Label Letters that I mounted onto card stock and then cut out.  I inked the edges with Black Soot DI and mounted onto my tag with matte gel.


I tried to get some shots of the glittery background–you can kind of see it glinting back there!  After the words were dried in place, I outlined them with a white gel pen.


Sweetmoves was stamped onto mixed media stock with Jet Black StazOn.  I colored her with my water brush and DMs in Tattered Rose, Dusty Concord, Black Soot & Pink Raspberry.  I rubbed a little bit of Tea Dye DI over the surface, then fussy cut with my finger knife, then added a bit of Diamond Glaze to her shoes & to the heart on her shirt.  When dry, I mounted her onto the tag with mini foam dots and I tucked a bit of my funky yarn into her left side to give a little movement to her sweetmoves!


This is a little brass heart from my stash that I colored with Wild Plum Adirondack Alcohol ink and attached to her wrist with a jump ring.


OH–I almost forgot!  Here’s the back of the tag.  I used the back to sop up the stain that I used on the front, distressed with Tea Dye & Vintage Photo DIs, then spritzed & flicked water over the surface.  I added a little bit of Gothic LS here and there with Vintage Photo DI.


Sweetmoves is sashaying over to CC3 #21, which closes this coming Friday the 13th (11:55pm mst)–there’s still time if you’ve got Tim’s Compendium of Curiosities 3!!  She’s also grooving to SDC#182 at the Stampotique Designers Challenge.  It’s a weekly theme, but, the challenge itself is open all month and closes on March 3 (12pm est).

Thanks so much for stopping by today!!  Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • #8 Manila Tag (Inkssentials/Ranger); Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore)
  • Stamps:  Sweetmoves (Stampotique); Psychedelic Grunge (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous)
  • Distress Stains, Inks, Markers, Glitter (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Sticky Embossing Powder (Ranger); StazOn (Tsukineko); White Gel Pen; Diamond Glaze (Judikins)
  • Label Letters (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Brass Heart; Jump Ring; Funky Yarn; Seam Binding (The Funkie Junkie Boutique)
  • Matte Gel (Liquitex); Foam Dots; Double-Back Tape (3M); Finger Knife (Fiskars); Craft Sheet (Ranger); Heat Tool; Embossing Heat Gun

Go Together

Happy Wednesday & Welcome to the monthly Artistic Outpost Blog Hop!!  I’m excited to be here, as this is my 1st time participating in the monthly AO Blog Hop as a member of the AO Design Team!!  I’ve joined in the monthly AO DT Blog Hops in the past, but just as an admirer and hopper, not as a participant and hoppee…Or wait, would it have been I was a hoppee, jumping around to the hoppers?  OK–now I’m just confused, so on to today’s Hop!! 😉

The Artistic Outpost Design Team is – Terry * Tracy * Gerrie * Lisa * Kate * & Me and our theme this month is ‘Transportation’.  I pulled out the old pick-up truck image from the Home stamp set and put it back on the road, thrice!


I’m also using stamps from the Chalkboard Wisdom set, too–one of the sentiments and the arrow.  As this is a  Design Team Blog Hop, I’m not going to keep you here very long, plus, as you can guess, I didn’t take any step-out pictures!  This was one of those tags that seemed to magically come together from out of nowhere (after my first creation failed!) 😉


Although this is the back of my finished tag, this is how it started out.  I’m using a jumbo #10 manila tag and used the wrinkle free Distress Stain technique for creating the backgrounds with Squeezed Lemonade & Barn Door DSs.  I also used my air tool with my Black Soot DM to spritz ink spots all over the front & back surfaces.


Something else that I have going on, on the front of my tag is the Tissue Tape Resist technique, too.  I applied tissue tape randomly and then ran the tag through the Distress Stain for the wrinkle free look.  OH–and I also have some polka dots stenciled onto the front of the tag too, using my Dylusions Dotted Flowers stencil with Antique Linen Distress Paint.


Each truck was treated the same-stamped in Cobalt, Vermillion & Olive Archival inks and heat embossed with Antiquities Frosted Crystals EP.  They all got fussy cut and mounted onto each of their previously stamped spots on the front of the tag.


I stamped the quote onto manila stock a couple of times with Jet Black Archival ink, fussy cut and mounted onto the tag with matte gel.  I also swiped a bit of matte gel over the surface of the cut out words to seal them, so I could smudge Black Soot Distress Marker around their edges, but wipe off any boo-boos.  I kept my embellies easy with a sprocket gear on a jump ring, hanging from a wire pin, attached to stained seam binding-The sprocket gear looks like a steering wheel to me!

Thanks for hopping over for the Artistic Outpost Transportation Blog Hop today and don’t forget to check out the awesome creations my teammies made!

* Terry * Tracy * Gerrie * Lisa * Kate *

They are phenomenal and everyone’s styles are so different and fabulous, you’ll enjoy your visit to their blogs!!

Thanks again for stopping by and until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps:  Home & Chalkboard Wisdom (Artistic Outpost)
  • Surfaces: #10 Jumbo Tag (The Funkie Junkie Boutique); Manila Stock; Tissue Tape (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Distress Stains, Paint, Marker, Inks (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Inks (Ranger); Antiquities Frosted Crystals EP (Ranger)
  • Gear Sprocket, Jump Ring & Wire Pin (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Seam Binding (The Funkie Junkie Boutique)
  • Finger Knife (Fiskars); Craft Sheet (Ranger); Matte Gel (Liquitex); Double-Back Tape (3M); Air Art Tool (Artworx); Ink Blending Tool; Heat Tool; Embossing Heat Gun

Country Roads

Happy Sunday!!  I am here today with my very first weekly post as an Artistic Outpost Design Team Member!!  I’ll have a card or tag or some kind of mixed-media project to share with you each Sunday!!  I’m sooo excited to be representing Artistic Outpost and being able to showcase their wonderful images in the projects that I’ll be making this term!!  I’ve been a fan of their images for years now, even before I started blogging, and being a part of their journey as a company is quite an honor for me!!

And speaking of being honored–I’m joining these FANTASTIC Artists on the Artistic Outpost DT-

Tracy Evans, Lisa SomervilleKate YetterGerrie JohnicTerry Horrall

If you haven’t been to their blogs, I highly suggest taking a looksee–you’ll become instant fans!!

OK-Now, on to my first Artistic Outpost Sunday creation of 2015!!  🙂


I’m featuring Artistic Outpost stamp sets Kudzu Kafe & Home on my layered jumbo tag today.  I wasn’t originally planning on making this a layered tag, but as I kept working on the #8 tag on top, things got too lopsided & heavy and I needed to balance it out.


This is how my smaller #8 manila tag started out.  I had been playing around with my stamps and water-color stamping techniques (I love techniques!).  I had planned on only making a double-sided tag (I can’t seem to leave the backsides of my tags alone) but again, as I started layering and embellishing, things got away from me and I needed to get this smaller tag mounted onto something larger–and quick!!


Of course, I completely forgot to take pictures of the jumbo tag, before I glued things into place–DUH! 😉

But what I did with it was, the Tim Holtz Wrinkle Free Distress Stain technique, using Wild Honey & Peeled Paint DSs.  I heat set the tag, then blended Vintage Photo & Walnut Stain DIs over the surface with my ink blending tools, then I distressed the edges with my paper distresser.  I randomly stamped the ticking image from the Kudzu Kafe set with Wild Honey DI over the surface and also randomly stamped the quote, found with the truck image in the Home stamp set, here and there, too.


 My country folks and the kafe are from the Kudzu Kafe set.  The kafe image was stamped with Jet Black StazOn ink onto a manila panel that I had treated with an easy crackle paint technique I learned from Claudine Hellmuth last year.  It’s: One layer of blue acrylic paint-heat dry. One layer of Elmer’s Glue-don’t let dry. One layer of yellow acrylic paint-let air dry.  As the wet layers of glue & paint dry, you get this crackle effect–The kafe image looks great on it, if I don’t say so myself 😉


I stamped my  Kudzu people onto mixed media stock with Jet Black StazOn ink and heat set.


I used Distress Markers in Chipped Sapphire, Tattered Rose, Aged Mahogany, Spun Sugar, Wild Honey & Black Soot with my water brush to color in the images.  I heat set and then rubbed Tea Dye Distress Ink over the surfaces to give them an aged appearance.  I fussy cut all of my images out with my finger knife and roughed up the edges a bit with my paper distresser.


My rosette is made with the Tim Holtz Mini-Rosette die and red stock.  I stamped the quote, that runs underneath the truck image in the AO Home set, with Jet Black StazOn, so it wouldn’t run when I glued the tissue paper to the red stock.


I used matte gel to adhere the tissue paper to the stock and allowed to air dry before I hot glued it into its rosette shape.


I inked all of the ridges and edges of the rosette with Walnut Stain DI and hot glued onto the front of the tag.  I colored the mirrored star with Butterscotch & Cranberry Adirondack Alcohol Inks, air dried, then adhered to the front of the rosette with matte gel.


 Oh, this truck was fun!!  I stamped the image onto manila stock in Vermillion & Watering Can Archival Inks.  With the ink still wet, the red truck got a covering of Antiquities Frosted Crystal EP and heat set.  The rough surface from the Frosted Crystal EP is a perfect texture for this old truck!  I’m really happy with how that came out.  I fussy cut both trucks out, including the tires on the red truck, and layered the red truck over the gray truck.


I added the ‘rust’ to the truck by applying Distress Embossing ink (with my finger) then sprinkling Vintage Photo Distress EP over those areas.  I carefully heat set, trying not to effect the embossed surface of the truck (if the Frosted Crystal EP gets over heated, it turns shiny).  When cooled, I brushed away the extra Distress EP crystals and rubbed Tea Dye DI over the surface.  Voila–a vintagey, old rusted truck!!  COOL!!


 This word is from the Home stamp set and I stamped it onto manila stock with Coffee Archival ink and sprinkled with Vintage Photo EP and heat set.  I rubbed away the loose crystals and inked over the surface with Walnut Stain DI and my ink blending tool.  I attached to the tag with mini foam dots and outlined with my Walnut Stain Distress Marker and a white gel pen.  OH–see that little arrow there?  That’s from the Borders Industrious Stickers that I treated with a little bit of Antiqued Bronze Distress Paint.


I gave this file tab the same rusty treatment with Distress Embossing ink & Vintage Photo EP.  I adhered the file tab in place with matte gel.


I looped strands of stained seam binding, frilly yarn and jute twine through the hole at the top and finished the whole tag off with a spritz of Black Soot DM with my air tool (which is like the Tim Holtz distress marker spritzer, but much older).

There it is–My first official creation for Artistic Outpost!!  I’m so glad that you’ve joined me today and if you came over from the Artistic Outpost blog, Thanks for popping over!!  I hope you enjoyed some of my BTS steps.

Thanks again for stopping by today!!  Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps: Kudzu Kafe & Home (Artistic Outpost)
  • Surfaces: Jumbo Manila Tag (Funkie Junkie Boutique); #8 Manila Tag (Inkssentials/Ranger); Mixed Media Paper (Strathmore); Red Card Stock; Tissue Paper; Manila Stock
  • Distress Inks, Markers, Stains, Paint & Embossing Powder (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Inks (Ranger); Twinkling H2Os (Splash f Color); Studio Acrylic Paints (Claudine Hellmuth); White Gel Pen
  • Mirrored Star & File Tab (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Border Industrious Stickers (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Frilly Yarn; Stained Seam Binding (Funkie Junkie Boutique); Jute Twine
  • Mini Rosette Decorative Strip (Tim Holtz/Sizzix); Big Shot Machine (Sizzix)
  • Finger Knife (Fiskars); Craft Sheet (Ranger); Matte Gel (Liquitex); Foam Dots; Hot Glue Gun; Ink Blending Tools; Heat Tool; Embossing Heat Gun; Paint Brushes; Air Tool (Inkworx)