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.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

CC#3C Layering Stencil - Monoprint

Hard to believe the Compendium of Curiosities III is in the final episode, so wonderfully headed by Linda and the Curiosity Crew! We have been instructed to open our books to page 48, Layering Stencil - Monoprint and the Funkie Junkie Boutique is the wonderful sponsor for the final challenge! As always there will be a prize to one lucky CC choice from Tim and Mario! Before I begin, I would like to thank Linda and the entire Curiosity Crew for taking us on such an artful journey and always inspiring us in so many ways! OK!
Now out of respect for Tim and all the effort into putting together a book of knowledge, I cannot explain the technique, but can tell you to "Buy" the book! It was overcast today, so I apologize for the picture quality. I added bits and pieces to make this a birthday tag, but stayed within the guidelines. It was hard to decide which side to go with!

The Flashcard were stenciled with Peeled Paint and shaded with Walnut Stain and a Wishbone hung from a Word Band.
The crown was painted in the above colors and a little Vintage Photo and then sealed with Multi Medium.  A bit of Tissue Tape and some dyed ribbon and all is good!

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend and thank you so much for visiting my blog!

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Tim's August Tag 2015

Hello to all of you and thank you so much for stopping by! Last month I just got in on the last day, so I decided this time, it would be the first week! Here is my take on Tim's Tag for August.
I really had fun with this one and boy did I stain up my fingers pretty darn good. That would normally be OK, but we are meeting friends for dinner in just a few minutes! Even using alcohol wipes, some finger residue remains! My color choices below.
For shading as I wanted a softer touch, I used the Pumice Stone marker and used some Chit Chat stickers instead of the Small Talk. The stamp I used is from Tim's Artful Artifacts and that was stamped randomly across the tag and I did mask areas I did not want print.
Pretty much I followed the guidelines and really do like how it turned out! Enjoy the rest of the week and again I thank you for visiting.


Sunday, August 2, 2015

The Secret!

The first Monday of the month and that means another Product Focus from Artistic and all stamps in the "Verses and Greetings" category will be 20% off through Saturday, August 8th! This also brings on the new monthly "Show Us Your AO Art," so be sure to join in for a chance to win a $15 store voucher, but of course using those AO stamps! For more fabulous AO inspiration visit Tracy, Shari, Gerrie,
I think the Boardwalk bathing beauties were perfect to place on top of this so true sentiment from "Quotes and Quotables" all stamped in Black Archival and inked in Antique Linen, Pumice Stone and shaded in Vintage Photo and Black Soot.   Layered it up and distressed the edges and added some photo corners.
Now for my background I wanted something vintage and a little feminine, so I inked up the card stock with the inks above and shaded as well. Next I applied DecoArt Crackle Paint (thank you Brenda) using a painted brush over the Prima stencil. Once dried, I reapplied the stencil and inked over it with Vintage Photo. This is a pretty detailed stencil and my first time used the DecoArt Crackle Paint and I was pleased with the results!
Hope you have fun on the Blog Hop and thank you for taking the time to visit! Have a great day!

Final Destination!

Hello to all of you! Today it is with a heavy heart that this will be my last post for A Vintage Journey. Before I started this adventure with AVJ, I was already blogging friends with so many on the team and I was over the moon excited that I was invited to join such a fun, talented, compassionate and friendly group! This is the most supportive and truly caring design team and I will miss being on this incredible team, but I know these special ladies will always be just a click away. Life has taken me other places with different priorities, but I will continue blogging and hopefully have more time to join in various challenges and just play!
This is only a sneak peak, so click HERE and visit Terminal 5 for all the details and more photos on my final project for AVJ.

Thank you and have a beautiful day!


Friday, July 31, 2015

Tim's July Tag of 2015

Happy Friday to all of you! I just made it in time to join in Tim's July tag of 2015 and this may be the first time I have slid in on the last day! Honestly, I have just not had time and it takes so much to motivate me lately, but I did it!!!
I will not bore you with all the details as he does a really good job of that! Here are the Distress Markers I used and blue print stamps. Pumice Stone was used for the shading on the image. I cut my paper from the Destinations stash and the Distress Inks I used for the final watercolor shading are Peeled Paint and Brushed Corduroy.
Now years ago I purchased a product from Judikins called Micro Glaze and I have it somewhere, but have no idea where and figured my local stores would not have Tim's version, so I improvised. Yup, I used regular Vaseline and pounced in on with my finger and then placed a paper towel over to lift off the excess. After I was done watercoloring, I rubbed off any excess. Hey you got to do what you got to do at times to play along!

Thank you for stopping by today and I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Come On!

Hello and welcome to this month's Blog Hop with Artistic Outpost in which we are showcasing "Country Life." Please visit the rest of the DT, Tracy, Shari, Lisa, for more inspiration.

I decided to use one of the jumbo tags to create a little "Country Life" scene which I did by layering various stamps from Hayride across the lower edge, watercoloring using Stampin Up Markers and masking the images before inking over the background with Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy, a little Spiced Marmalade, flicking with water and add a little light stenciling. Shading was done with Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain and a little Black Soot.

The Tractor was stamped in Black Archival and colored with Mellow Moss and Going Gray.

Black Archival was used to stamp the Basket of Apples, which were colored with Real Red, Certainly Celery and a mix of Creamy Caramel and Summer Sun (Basket). Masked off part of the sign which was stamped in Coffee Archival and sentiment in Black.

Next the Pumpkins were stamped first by inking the stamp with Sepia and then Tiger Lily Archival, colored with Pumpkin Pie and Summer Sun, masked and then the Hay Bale stamped in Tree Branch Archival. Finished off by stamping and cutting apart the sentiment and adding some Vines stamped in Olive.

Have a wonderful day and thank you for stopping by!