March 30, 2015

Friends are Forever

Hi, Lisa here today with my weekly share on the Artistic Outpost Blog. Today, I'm sharing with you a card I created with some of my favorite AO stamps.  I've always loved the girls from the Birds of a Feather stamp set, here I've given them wings using the moth from the Flower Market stamp set, added the bunting from Country Life, flowers from Serenityand a sentiment from Chalkboard Wisdom. To pull the pattern paper panels together I added the dots from Generation Redux.

Designer - Lisa Somerville

March 29, 2015

Wonder and Think

Hi There!  It's me, Shari!  Thanks for joining me for my Sunday posting here at Artistic Outpost--It's the last Sunday of March at that!!  April is just a few days away now and I have to admit that I'm already 'wondering and thinking' about Summer!  I just can't help myself. 

  I was playing around with techniques this week and using different mediums, and thought this Distress Painted background would look wonderful with this image from the Generation Redux stamp set.  I just love this demure looking young woman-Don't let those glasses fool you! 

I used Tim Holtz's remnant rub resist technique with Abandoned Coral and Ripe Persimmons Distress Paints.  I used Jet Black StazOn to stamp the young woman onto my tag and onto a piece of mixed-media paper.  I water colored her image on the mixed-media paper with Distress Markers and my water brush and heat dried.  I rubbed a little Tea Dye Distress Ink over the surface, fussy cut and edged with Black Soot Distress Paint. 

I ran the tag through my sewing machine to add some fun texture with random stitching.  The quote is from the Think & Wonder stamp set.  I stamped the quote onto mixed-media paper with Jet Black Archival, distressed with Tea Dye DI, fussy cut, adhered to black card stock then adhered to my tag with matte multi-medium.  When the word bands where dry, I outlined them with Picket Fence Distress Marker and lightly smudged with my damp finger. 

I have a large envelope filled with unused tattered floral die cuts, cut from all kinds of different materials.  Here is a layered bloom with burlap paper, manila stock and corrugated cardboard.  OH--There's a little layered patch of stamped muslin fabric that I sewed onto the tag, too.  I've got a couple of details about that at my blog if you'd like to see.

Before I adhered my fussy cut young lady onto my tag, I gave the tag a spritz of Fired Brick DM with my air art tool, heat dried, then gave a splattering of Picket Fence Distress Paint with my splatter brush and heat set.  I then outlined the image of the woman I stamped on the tag with Picket Fence DM and smudged with my finger and adhered the fussy cut gal on top with matte multi-medium.  I topped the tag with a piece of stained seam binding and a trinket pin, then finished with a spritz of Biscotti Perfect Pearls Mist and heat set. 

I hope you enjoyed my tag today!  With a couple of Artistic Outpost images and fun background techniques, you too, can create your own AO art!  You've still got until Tuesday, March 31st (11:55pm MDT) to enter your AO creations in to our monthly Show Us Your AO Art Challenge!  Come On! Show us Your AO Art!! 

Designer:  Shari Trumbull
Ain't That Artsy Fartsy

March 28, 2015

The Baker Tag

Today I am sharing a repurposed tag. I started off making it with another project in mind. At times such as these I am glad that I am a bit of a hoarder. I remade the tag using paper, gesso and paints. The background uses an image from the London Underground stamp set as well as the script from the Skating Emporium. The focal image, The Baker, has been colored with markers and framed.

Designer - Kate Yetter

March 27, 2015

Spring Blessings!

Good Friday to all of you! Today I am sharing my "Spring" blog hop card from earlier this week. Before I start, there are only a few days left to join in the March "Show Us Your AO Art" challenge and the theme is "anything goes" using AO stamps!
This card started with some gorgeous background "Blooming Gardens" background paper from Our Daily Bread Designs, which was embossed with a tulip frame and highlighted and shaded using Walnut Stain. The stamped flower pot, butterflies and sentiment from the wonderful "Flower Market," were all stamped in Coffee Archival. Once dried, the images were colored using markers and the sentiment cut apart. A nice flat card for mailing purposes!

Thank you so much for stopping by today and have a fantastic weekend.

Designer: Terry Horrall
Terry's Work In Progress

March 26, 2015

Birds Of A Feather

I am showcasing my favourite, the BIRDS OF A FEATHER stamp set, adding the focal image to a heart easel. The background of my card has been coloured with Mowed Lawn and Salty Ocean Distress Inks and I have included two further die cut hearts to the background.
The gorgeous bird image has been stamped with Potting Soil Archival Ink and I have added a monocle for added interest, along with remnant rubs.
I also added die cut pieces of chicken wire using Tim Holtz Mixed Media thinlits die along with die cut hearts covered with embossing powders and a touch of rusty wire for added texture and interest. I also added Chitchat stickers coloured with Distress Ink.
FLY has been die cut from mountboard using the Wordplay die and again covered with Wendy Vecchi embossing powders. I also added random stamping to the background using the background stamp from the Birds Of A Feather stamp set.
I actually feel like Spring is around the corner here in the UK and I am really looking forward to spending time in the garden along with all the wildlife it attracts.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

DESIGNER: Tracy Evans x x

March 25, 2015

Artistic Outpost March Blog Hop

Welcome to the Artistic Outpost Design Team monthly Blog Hop! This month, the designers are sharing projects using Artistic Outpost stamps along with a Spring Theme, we hope you'll hop along with us!  

Please click on the designers name under their projects to be taken to their blog posts for more information on their projects.

Stamps - Artistic Outpost Flower Market, ODBD Blooming Garden Paper Collection

Stamps - Artistic Outpost Birds of a Feather, Serenity

Stamps - Artistic Outpost Generation Redux, Ephemera Backgrounds

Stamps - Artistic Outpost Birds of a Feather


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March 24, 2015

Down on the Farm

Hi, Lisa here today with my weekly share on the Artistic Outpost Blog!   I created my card using the masking technique along with images from the Country Life and Bloom and Grow stamp sets.  I stamped the seed packet first in Black Archival, then stamped the chickens.  Using eClipse Tape, I masked the chickens, then stamped the barn image.  To add color the the images I used Watercolor Pencils, blending with Gamsol.  The pattern paper is from Our Daily Bread Designs Blooming Garden Paper Collection.

We would love to see what you have been creating with your AO stamps!  Click here to read more about the Show us your AO Art monthly challenge! 

 Designer - Lisa Somerville

March 22, 2015

Dare to Live

Happy, Happy Sunday--I hope you've been enjoying these first few days of Spring!!  I know I have, both inside and outside of the house!  Outside--it's nice to not have to bundle-up in three layers and I exchanged my snow boots for flip flops!  And inside, I've been finding myself pulling bright, Springy ink colors to create with this week, along with lots of  Artistic Outpost stamps! 

OK--Hold on to your hats!  I'm using images from the following Artistic Outpost stamp sets-Hats Off, Home, The Outpost, Kudzu Kafe and Ephemera Backgrounds on several different surfaces along with a couple of Tim Holtz dies to create this card.

This quote is from Kudzu Kafe and so is the hint of ticking in the background.  I've layered on my Honeycomb & Stars Layering Stencils and stamped some tiny script from The Outpost set. 

These bicyclists in the filmstrip are from the Hats Off set--I stamped them onto acetate with Jet Black Archival and fussy cut them to size.  I adhered them to the filmstrip with matte multi-medium, then gave them a little coat of Clear Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint. 

I created these tattered florals with stitched burlap paper, scraps of muslin fabric that I stamped with the ledger image from the Ephemera Backgrounds set and a sheet of patterned paper from the Rustic Beauty paper pad from ODBD.

This yellow & green panel was attached to my lighter green card base and is ready to be sent to someone for a lift of encouragement or just because.  Happy Spring to you all and Thanks so very much for joining me today!  See you again soon!! 

Designer:  Shari Trumbull

March 21, 2015

Hat's Journal Page

Hello! Kate here, sharing a journal page. The background uses paper, gesso and various paints along with stamping from the new Hat’s Off stamp set. I also used the complementary Hats Background. I love how I can use the elements in this set for the background or focal images. I hope you are experimenting using our sets in your art journals. Have fun stamping!

Designer - Kate Yetter

March 20, 2015

Skating Sweethearts

Another Friday means I am here to share with you! Today I have altered a hanging wooden heart using the Skating Emporium fabulous stamps! There is still plenty of time to enter your lovely AO creations in the monthly, "Show Us Your AO Art" challenge.
For the wooden heart, I used a palette knife to apply gesso and when dried I painted on a mix of white paint and and Dylusions London Blue spray. Next a few hearts were stenciled on. The snow was done with a mix of paint, gloss varnish and Rock Candy Glitter.
The sentiment was stamped in Black Archival and cut apart and I applied a little bouquet of roses.
Next the sweet little skaters were stamped directly onto the heart using Black Archival and I watercolored the image using Brushed Corduroy, antique Linen, Vintage Photo and Tattered Rose.

Have a lovely weekend and thank you for visiting today!

Designer Terry Horrall
Terry's Work In Progress

March 19, 2015

Friendship Never Melts Away

Today I am shocasing the Winter Walk stamp set from Artistic Outpost.
I wanted to use the stamp set in a different way rather than use it in winter colours I wanted to go for a more rustic appearance.
The background of the card started life as a piece of white card which I coloured with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and then applied Vintage Photo Distress Powder over the top. I then spritzed the background randomly with Black Soot Distress Spray Stain to add to the rusty appearance.
I stamped the focal image with Black Archival Ink stamped onto white card and again shaded with Distress Ink. I bleached out areas on the house in the background .
I added banners stamped with the sentiments along with memo pins and number brads. The sentiments are from the Skating Emporium stamp set.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

DESIGNER: Tracy Evans x x

March 17, 2015

Friendship Never Melts

Hi there, Lisa here today with my weekly share on the Artistic Outpost Blog.  I just love the sweet kids from the Skating Emporium stamp set, so I couldn't resist using them again even though Spring is right around the corner!

I masked the sentiment from the skating collage ATC image then stamped it in Coffee Archival on Vanilla cards stock.  The sweet children in their vintage skates are stamped in Coffee Archival on Vanilla card stock and colored with Ranger Distress Inks, sponged with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink and popped up on the panel for added dimension.  I randomly stamped the "central park" on the background pattern paper panel.  To embellish my card, I added Vintage Brown Seam Binding and a Button tied with twine. 

We would love to see what you have been creating with your AO stamps!  Click here to read more about the Show us your AO Art monthly challenge! 

 Designer - Lisa Somerville

March 15, 2015

Tag of a Gentleman

Hello Hello!!  Shari here with today's Sunday before St. Patrick's Day post, and I decided to go a wee bit green with my color scheme today to get you revved up for the festivities-However you may celebrate!   

I'm still indulging in the festivities of the very fun and masculine New Release images of the Hat's Off stamp set and the Hats Background image, and with the day of the Irish almost upon us, I couldn't help but go all green with this tag! 


I've stamped a #8 manila tag with the Hats Background image in Olive Archival, then layered it with a panel of mixed-media paper that I treated with an all green Distress Spray Stain stencil monoprint technique.  I used Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint & Crushed Olive DSSs and my Harlequin LS.  I stamped this handsome gent several times onto mixed-media stock in Jet Black & Olive Green Archival and Mowed Lawn Distress Ink.  I heat embossed the green images so I could fussy cut the hats & bowties and use on the images that I water colored. 

I used a post-it note to mask this quote off, inked it with Jet Black Archival, removed the post-it note, then stamped onto my top panel. 

I attached my fussy cut gentlemen to my tag with double-backed tape and foam squares, then I attached all of my green painted embellies and tied a green stained piece of seam binding into a messy bow at the top. 

How are you feeling?  Did this exposure to green get you into the feelin' o' the Irish?  I know I'm feeling a bit of the spirit in me--I may just do a little jig I'm feeling so happy & green (plus, Spring is almost here)!! 

Thanks so much for joining me in my celebration of green today!  I appreciate your visits and comments and hope to see you again soon!! 

Designer: Shari Trumbull
Ain't That Artsy Fartsy

March 14, 2015

Gentleman takes a Balloon Ride

I am loving the new Hat’sOff stamp set! There are so many possibilities from one set. I made this card using leftover paper, gesso, paint and some stenciling in the background. I stamped the script stamp from the new SkatingEmporium stamp set. I cut a few balloons Paris Exposition before adding my focal image and sentiment from the Hat’s Off stamp set.

Designer - Kate Yetter

March 13, 2015

Hats and More Hats!

Happy Friday and I hope you have some wonderful plans for the weekend! Today I have a masculine card to share with you, using Hat's Off and Hats Background! The March "Show Us Your AO Art" is in full swing, so come on and join in for a chance to win a prize.
The Hats Background was stamped in Black Archival on vanilla card stock, splattered with Rusty Hinge and Broken China stains, inked with Antique Linen, Walnut Stain and a little Black Soot. I also tore away the "Special Notice" advertisement from the background stamp and stapled it down.
The Hat's Off Gentleman was stamped and treated the same as the background and I watercolored the top of his hat using Antique Linen. The sentiment was stamped stamped in Coffee Archival and cut apart. The background layer with the hats was bleach stamped on a rusty colored card stock.
Your visit today is very much appreciated!

Designer: Terry Horrall

March 12, 2015

Winter Wishes

Today I am showcasing the fabulous Skating Emporium from Artistic Outpost.
I began by applying a piece of crumpled tissue paper to a piece of white card and allowing to dry, once completely dry I then applied embossing paste through a star layering stencil for added dimension and then spritzed with Distress Spray Stains, adding touches of Picket Fence Spray to the top to lighten and add to the frosty feel.
The focal image has been stamped with Black Archival Ink onto white card and coloured with Broken China Distress Ink. I also included a die cut snowflake covered with embossing paste and coloured with Distress Spray Stains, highlighting the texture with wax. The letter 'S' was to echo the s in snow and was covered with embossing powder to coordinate with my design.
Chitchat stickers have been included and WINTER die cut from white card.  I love the texture the tissue paper gives to my backdrop.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

DESIGNER: Tracy Evans x x

March 9, 2015


Hi there, Lisa here today with my weekly share on the Artistic Outpost Blog. Today I'm sharing a Concertina Book I created using images from the Artistic Outpost NeverlandWhimsical MelangeEphemera Backgrounds and Flower Market stamp sets, along with papers and dies from Our Daily Bread Designs.

Here is what the book looks like when opened

Using the Whimsical Melange (circle collage)Ephemera Backgrounds (journal page) and Flower Market (moth and dragonfly)stamp sets, I stamped the images in Coffee Archival Ink on the Blushing Rose Paper Collection, then scored the panels and die cut the centers using one of the dies from the Vintage Labels die set.For the front pattern paper on the front cover was stamped the same was as the inside. Tinkerbell from the Neverland stamp set is stamped in Coffee Archival on Vanilla card stock, die cut using the Vintage Labels Die and colored with the image with Watercolor Pencils, blending with Gamsol.

Designer - Lisa Somerville

March 8, 2015

Find Your Serenity

Hi There! It's me, Shari--Happy Sunday!!  Have you seen the wonderful Product Focus creations my fellow Artistic Outpost Teammates have been showcasing this week?  I missed creating for the announcement of this new monthly feature, but as soon as I could, I gathered my Flowers & Garden themed AO stamps and created this card.

I'm using the Serenity and The Outpost stamp sets for this single layer card--which is a feat for me (well, single layer to me is, one top layer on top of my card base)!  It's really hard to resist the urge to layer and embellish and layer some more, but here, the stamp images speak for themselves.

I'm using a piece of manila stock to do all of my coloring and stamping on and my card base is kraft stock.  I treated the manila panel with Antique Linen, Dusty Concord, Mustard Seed & Vintage Photo Distress Spray Stains, with a dry brush of gesso here and there.  I stamped the house and tree image onto the dried panel with Jet Black Archival Ink. 

Before adhering the quote into place, I randomly stamped the script image from The Outpost set in Jet Black Archival.  I made a master board of the same colors of Distress Spray Stains and stamped the flowers and quote several times for fussy cutting purposes.

After these little blooms were carefully fussy cut, I treated them with a light layer of Clear Rock Candy DCP, let air dry, then punched a hole into each one and gave them each a metal brad center. 

With all of the blended color and those pops of white gesso, you'd think this took a long time to create or that an excessive amount of work went into this--NOPE, not at all!!  By utilizing just 4 Artistic Outpost images and the inky goodness of Distress Spray Stains (and a heat tool), I had this card made quickly and easily.  If I can do this, so can you!! 

Thank you for joining me today!  We're only one week into the March Artistic Outpost Show Us Your AO Art Challenge--Anything Goes, so let's see your AO Art creations! Maybe a one-layer card of your own, perhaps? 

Designer:  Shari Trumbull
Ain't That Artsy Fartsy