Sunday, October 4, 2015

Christmas Tag Week #1 2015

Happy Sunday to all of you and hope you have had or are having a great weekend! This year I sure hope to play each of Linda's  "12 Tags of Christmas Funkie Junkie Style" and so I start with Week One! Most of the supplies I used for my tag can be found at The Funkie Junkie Boutique, which is my favorite shopping spot for all my crafty addictions!
I took inspiration from Linda's tag using lots of gold, stenciling and poinsettias! The tag background was sprayed in reds and green using leftovers in the misting tool and then I flicked on some water drops and dried with the heat tool. Using Tim's Holiday Knit Stencil, I gold embossed with VersaMark and gold embossing powder. The poinsettias were cut from the Tattered Poinsettia and movers and shapers, inked in Mowed Lawn and Festive Berries layered up and finished off with a Faceted Acrylic Snowflake which I colored using Watermelon Alcohol Ink.
Shaded the edges with Ground Espresso and distressed and a Merry Christmas from Tim's Mini Holidays!
Thank you for visiting today!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Chalk It Up!

Hello to all of you! When I saw the current challenge chosen by the Shelly at Frilly and Funkie "Chalk It Up," well I had to get busy with my Artistic Outpost's Chalk It Up and Christmas Chalk stamps!
I painted a black tag with DecoArt Chalkboard paint in black and while still wet grated on a little white chalk and using brushed it with a mop paint brush. Gave this a spray with clear sealer. A few chalk lines were scribbled in as well.
The frame was stamped with VersaMark and embossed with white. The snow flakes, deer and sentiment were stamped in VersaMark and sprinkled with a mix of grated white chalk and Perfect Pearls Confetti White.  To finish I added some of those brads from years back and layered up with paper. Easy enough for those many cards/tags we need to send at Christmas!

Thank you for visiting today and there are only a couple of days remaining at AO's "Show Us Your AO Art" challenge, but October is just around the corner and a hole new challenge will begin!

Thursday, September 24, 2015


Happy Fall to all of you! We certainly are not enjoying the cooler days and temperatures, but hopefully soon!
This is a little altered cheap birdhouse that I decided to make all pretty and used those fabulous "Birds of a Feather" stamps from Artistic Outpost! Will be joining the challenge at Simon Says Wednesday Stamp Challenge "No Designer Paper."
For all the details on how this was born, please pop on over to AO right HERE and have a look.
Sorry I am still lagging in blog visits, but I am trying to catch up as quickly as I can! Oh and for fun Verizon decided to breakdown again, so I had no home phone or Internet for two days, how fun! Have a beautiful weekend and thank you visiting today!

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Birds of A Feather

Hello to all of you wonderful blogging friends, who are probably wondering if I have fallen off the face of the earth! No, I am still here and have just been so busy and not having much blogging time! Hope you all are doing well and enjoying life and what remains of summer!
This little sneaky peak using Bluebird and Birds of A Feather can be found at Artistic Outpost with all the details, so if you have some time, pop on over and say hello!

Thank you for stopping by and have a fabulous day!

Sunday, September 6, 2015

If I Only Had A Brain!

Happy first Monday in September and that mean a new Product Focus blog hop at Artistic Outpost. Be sure to visit the rest of the design team as they show off their Storybook Themes, which all stamps in that category will be 20% off through September 9th and no code required! The new "Show Us Your AO Art" has just begun, so come on and ink up some AO rubber!
I decided to make a little burlap canvas hanging and applied DecoArt Crackle Paste dyed with two drops of Mustard Seed reinker through a brick stencil. Once dried, I lightly inked over the cracks with Walnut Stain and wiped off the excess. 
The images and sentiment from the Oz Collage were stamped in Black Archival and inked over with Brushed Corduroy and shaded in Walnut Stain and Black Soot, cut or torn. The lighter areas were inked over with Antique Linen. 
Happy Labor Day to all in the US and have a great day to everyone. Thank you for stopping by today! 

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Dream Big Always!

Hope all of you are do well and thank you for visiting. We would have just returned from another mini vacation to see family, so I will have some catching up to do!
Today I am sharing a tag using Wander and Dream from Artistic Outpost which started with my do some bleach stenciling through the stars on a black tag. Next I applied some bleach to the Desert Scene and stamped that on the bottom edge.
The Dreaming Couple were stamped in Black Archival, cut, masked and shaded over in Antique Linen and then edged in Brushed Corduroy and a little black Soot. The Sentiment was done in the same manner, but applied to a little wooded banner. Finished off with a dyed ribbon.

Enjoy the upcoming weekend and again thank you for visiting!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Hats Off Birthday!

Hello to all of you and we have an artistic treat for you at Artistic Outpost! This month it is a Designers Choice Blog Hop, so come on and hop along and see what everyone has done! Also a little reminder that we are close to the end of the August "Show Us Your AO Art," so hurry!
Using Tim's Cameo Frame to start and cut from kraft paper and stamped the Hats Background in Watering Can Archival, inked over with Antique Linen, spritzed with water and then shaded with Weathered Wood. A second frame was cut and the very edge cut away with an craft knife and then clear embossed. The Gentleman and Sentiment from Hat's Off were stamped in Black Archival and then cut apart/fussy cut and shaded in Black Soot. The background panel was inked over in Weathered Wood through the Harlequin stencil and shaded in black soot. This will be a birthday card for a man!
Thank you for visiting and have a lovely finish to the week.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Under the Boardwalk!

Under the Boardwalk is exactly where I would like to be and so with a little help from Artistic Outpost and the Sound of the Sea, this girl is California Dreaming! OK, I hope this will help cool you down a bit if you are living in some heavy duty heat!! Before I start, AO is having a Dogs Day of Summer 20% off sale and it ends today, so best hurry up! All the details can be found by clicking the link.
First thing I did was to apply some DecoArt Traditions paints to a tag misted with water and then I sprinkled on some Color Bursts and further misted with water and let the colors run together by moving the tag. Once I had complete coverage, I misted a second jumbo tag and then swiped the original tag over this, used a baby wipe to blend and lift off excess.

To finish the background, I used Tim's Ray stencil and applied DecoArt Media Crackle Paint, wait a minute to let it set, removed the stencil and then quickly painted over the entire tag with the DA Crackle Paint. When it dried, I reapplied the stencil and inked over it with Salty Ocean, shaded in Black Soot and stamped the Beach Huts in Watering Can Archival.

The sentiment and sign were stamped in Black Archival and cut apart. The little beach goer was also stamped in Black Archival, fussy cut and watercolored using Distress Markers.
Your visit today and comments are very much appreciated and I hope you are having a wonderful finish to summer!

Friday, August 14, 2015

Addicted to Rubber!

Happy Friday to all of you and I hope your weekend is fabulous! I have wanted to play along in Wendy Vecchi's Make Art Challenge and finally it happened. The theme for August is "Monochromatic" and I decided I would make a mini canvas, which I believe will become a magnet for these large magnetic boards that hold my movers and shapers. It would kind of break up the black! 
This started with taking Wendy's Art Part pocket watch and painting the back with white crackle paint and when dried, I inked over it with Tea Rose Archival and wiping off the excess with a paper towel. The PW frame was also painted with crackle and Tiger Lily Archival was applied to the dried cracks. The sentiment from Wendy was stamped using Tiger Lily as well. 
The canvas was inked over in Tea Rose and then Tiger Lily was applied through the Honey Comb stencil. To finish I applied tissue tape to the sides and a ribbon was dyed with Distress Wild Honey stain. 
Thank you so much for taking the time to visit! 

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Merry Christmas!

Isn't it a little scary to think that Christmas is only 19 weeks away? Funny how you think there is so much time and then there is none, so I am getting a little ahead of the game! 
The focal image "Holly and the Ivy" from Artistic Outpost was stamped in Black Archival and then watercolored using markers from Stampin Up. I touched her hair trim with clear glitter pen and left some white edges to give a photo appearance and then added the photo corners. 
All the papers layers are from Our Daily Bread Designs "Christmas Paper 2013" collection and each layer was shaded in Brushed Corduroy. The Merry Christmas is a older Sizzix die and I cute the Ivy from one of Tim's Dies and inked over that in Shabby Shutters and shaded. 
Thank you for stopping by for a visit today and as a reminder the "Show Us Your AO Art" for August is so wanting to see you lovely works of art using of course, those AO fabulous stamps.