Thursday, August 21, 2014


Thank you so much for stopping by today and I hope you all are doing well and have wonderful plans for the weekend! Friday's are my day to post at Artistic Outpost and today I am sharing a card using the Bluebird plate of loveliness, along with Quotes and Quotables and the Secretary Pool. For all the details and more photos, please stop OVER and have a visit.

In brief, the Bluebirds were stamped and cut out using Vintage Labels an ODBD die, shaded and embossed. The sentiment was stamped cut and placed on chipboard and then the "Fly" was also cut away. The background panel was stenciled using Tim's doily and a piece of trellis cut from burlap. "Show us your AO Art" August challenge is waiting to see your AO Art, so get those beauties inky and join in and we are flying over to visit our friends at Inspiration Journal for the "Anything Goes" challenge.

Enjoy the weekend and thank you again for taking the time to visit and comment!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

The Funny Farm!

I hope you all are doing well and doing something wonderful this weekend! We are off to the local fair today and I am pretty excited. Each year there is a booth that offers tacos and oh how I love those! Can't wait! With all the excitement of the fair in town, I was inspired to to use "Home" and "Hayride" from Artistic Outpost to create a mixed media hanging. There is still plenty of time to join in AO's August Challenge, "Show us your AO Art," so go get inky! I will also be linking this with the lovely Inspiration Journal's "Anything Goes" challenge.

At first the plan was to make a 6" x 6" card using some designer paper from ODBD's "Blooming Garden" for a nice background beginning. I just love that beehive and the darling kids from "Hayride" make such great beekeepers!

All images were stamped in Archival Sepia, the kids fussy cut, the edges around the barn scene from "Home" torn and I cut apart the sentiment. How many remember that song, "There coming to take me away to the Funny Farm?" My Mom and me would just sing that and be so silly! Anywho, I used a little foam applicator to add a little color to the images and of course did some distressing coloring.

I used Wendy Vecchi's "Honeycomb" stencil, of course, to add a little texture and then decided to carry it over onto the red paper backing and corrugated cardboard. I also added another panel of chipboard to the cardboard as I don't like it when things get that warpy look. The texture paste was colored by adding a little Vintage Photo stain and then after it dried, using an applicator added Vintage photo DI. The corrugated cardboard was painted with a mix of buttermilk, red, brown paint and used the red to highlight. I used Barn Red stain to color the cheesecloth, then added a few embellishments.

Thank you for stopping by today. And if you missed my Bluebird tag card from last week, it was shared yesterday at AO, so stop on over.

Stamps: Artistic Outpost: Hayride, Home
Inks: Archival Sepia, Distress Vintage Photo, Brushed Corduroy, Antique Linen, Barn Red, Tattered Rose
Stains: Barn Door, Vintage Photo
Paints: Americana Light Buttermilk, Fresco Finish  London Bus and Chocolate Pudding

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Tim's August Tag of 2014

It is TAG FRIDAY (Thursday here) at A Vintage Journey and the announcement of our winner and Pinworthies! There is still time to join in the latest challenge, "Time Flies," so stop on by.

My tag is based on Tim's August Tag for 2014, but I decided to go a more feminine path and used butterflies and of course keeping with my love all grunge! Hey, a girl has to do what makes her happy, right?
I followed Tim's instructions and used a variety of stamps. Inspiration Journal's August challenge is "Anything Goes" and so this tag is going to those nice people for a visit.
After I tissue wrapped and stamped, I used the Harlequin and Speckles stencils for the texture. Once dried, I applied Distress Stains, Broken China, Peeled Paint, Wild Honey, Rusty Hinge and Weathered Wood. The leftovers were also used to dye my ribbon tie.

For my filmstrip contribution to the tag, some butterflies were cut from the Butterfly Frenzy (love the variation in size) and glued down on tissue wrap and then I applied my filmstrip using two way tape. I also cut some butterflies from tissue wrap that was applied to lightweight card stock. Some of those did not make the cut! Ha!Ha!
And I changed up the label a little with one of my butterflies.
As the label states so perfectly, ENJOY TODAY and thank you for stopping by.

Monday, August 11, 2014

CC#3C - Dog Days of Summer

Faded Layers, page 58 of Tim's Compendium of Curiosities III, Linda and the Curiosity Crew have us opening our books to challenge #8. The Funkie Junkie Boutique is the generous sponsor for this challenge and offers a $25 store voucher and another chance to win a surprise package from Tim and Mario.

My Faded Layers was totally inspired by Lisa's Blogger Challenge this week, "Dog Days of Summer" and that was the excuse I needed to use this fun stamp by Sutton Enterprises (I think). It was given to me by a local friend some time back. I am also linking this up to Inspiration Journal's August challenge of "Anything Goes."

I followed the lesson in the book, which you need to play along as we will not give up details. The stencils I used are Rays, Dots and School House and alcohol inks of summer colors, Sunset Orange, Sunshine Yellow and Watermelon.

The imaged was stamped with Black Archival and I did some watercoloring using markers, some light stenciling, antiquing with Distress inks and then that flicking of water to cool down that dog.

Thank you for stopping by today and I hope you are all doing well and happy. Just a little while ago, I learned of the passing of Robin Williams and how sad that a man who made so many people laugh, was with so much pain. Many people are with so much pain and hold so much inside and just can't get past the depression or the challenges of life. My heart goes out to his family and friends and to all of those who have lost a loved one who just could not see past the darkness.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Time In A Bottle

"Time Flies" as chosen by the lovely Chris at A Vintage Journey is the current challenge and hope to see you join in all the fun. My wonderful DT Sisters have some amazing art to share with you, so do stop by. In the words of Chris, "We would like to see anything relating to the passing of time which includes Tim's products - stamps, dies, Idea-ology etc. This is down to your interpretation of how quickly time passes and how you can demonstrate it BUT we want to see Tim's techniques too please. The world's your oyster. " As always the winner will receive a £10 shopping voucher from our host, Country View Crafts on-line shop and you could be among the pinworthies! Here is what I came up with!

The background of the tag was inked, splattered and stenciled with time pieces. From the computer, I found and printed out that wonderful old song from Jim Croce, "Time In A Bottle." Was pretty enthused with the previous CC#3C "painted industrial" challenge out of Tim's fabulous book, so decided to carry on! Being my sister's birthday in August, I wanted to tie this all in together. It is pretty difficult to get decent photos of foil, but it really looks pretty good. Inspiration Journal's August Challenge is "Anything Goes" and so I think you know where this is going!
Added the #8 brad and of course a few more metal bits for fun. My sister likes "Harley Davidson" type stuff, so this is close.

I am also sharing at Artistic Outpost later today, so if you have some time or missed my previous blog hop post, stop on over and I do thank you for that, know how busy we all are.
Thank you so much for stopping by today and have a fantastic weekend.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

The Bluebird

Hope you all are doing well and having a great finish to summer! It has cooled down here the last few days, but that won't be the case for long! Oh and we did actually receive a little bit of that wet stuff from the heavens!
All stamps used for this tag/card are from Artistic Outpost's "Bluebird" collection, which I recently received and just love.  AO is back in full swing and that means so are the monthly challenges, so check out "Show us your AO Art" challenge for August and join in!
The tag background was an extra from the "marbled paint" background and I added a little crackle, some flicks of paint and stain, text from the Bluebird plate and stenciling using Rays!
After I stamped the bluebird images, I wanted some soft coloring and used Stampin Up chalks and after all finished, shaded around the edges and sprayed with sealer.
I cut out an extra little bluebird to not only carry the sky on his back, but the sentiment.
I so love those birds on a wire, that I had to use them and also stamped them on an inked ribbon. The tag was placed on a card to fit a #10 envelop, which I used the Lattice stencil for the background.

Thank you for visiting my blog today and enjoy the day!

Artistic Outpost stamps: Bluebird
Stampin Up Chalks
Distress Paints, Stains
Distress Inks, Broken China, Fired Brick, Black Soot
Black Archival
Stencils, Rays, Lattice

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Obey All The Rules!

It has been awhile, but it is a fabulous Artistic Outpost Blog Hop and the theme is designers choice, so be sure to visit all of the AODT for some gorgeous inspiration! Before I list all the talent, Artistic Outpost has a lovely SALE OF THE WEEK at 20% off in the "Flowers and Garden" section as does Our Daily Bread Designs, for "Flowers and Garden" stamps and dies and North Coast Creations.

Tracy  * Terry * Alison * Kate * Linda * Gerrie * Lisa

For my card I decided to use the lovely working girls from the Paperboy collection and teaming them up with stamps from the Secretary Pool and Quote and Quotables. The card size is a standard A2 and all the panels were stamped using Black Archival, heat set and then inked with Distress Inks, Walnut Stain, Antique Linen, Frayed Burlap, Rusty Hinge. Again I get so carried away that I forgot to take pictures of the background panels before assembly, but you all get the idea. I also spritzed and flicked water on all panels and then gave a little flick of Rusty Hinge stain using a toothbrush.

The girls image was lightly inked with Tattered Rose and Spun Sugar and I added some corners. Don't they look like after working that 9 to 5 job that they are ready to break a few rules? Well I believe so! I worked as a secretary/office manage for many years and I know what TGIF means!

Well I do thank you for stopping by today on this wonderful blog hop with Artistic Outpost! Have a fabulous day!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

AVJ and CC#3C!

How are you all doing on this fine day or evening! I decided to combine the current "Just Stain It" challenge chosen by that talent ball, Jenny at A Vintage Journey with the "Painted Industrial" current lesson over at Studio L-3, page 46 of Tim's Compendium of Curiosities III!
At AVJ, we are a totally Tim Inspired Challenge Blog and there is plenty of inspiration shared by my DT Sisters, so stop on over and check out their projects. Country View Crafts is our sponsor and for each challenge there is a winner of a £10 store voucher, so come on over and join in.
For my stained project, I first used Tim's Shattered Stencil and clear embossed and then applied Vintage Photo and Antique Lines Distress Stain over that. I decided to go a little darker and applied another coat of Vintage Photo which I thought looked better with the "Painted Industrial" pieces. Linda and the Curiosity Crew have some fabulous art to share and the lovely Joy and Inspiration Emporium is offering a generous $50 prize and a special prize from Tim and Mario.
Patterns and Stitches, Courtyard and Trellis Texture Fades were used along with the movers and shapers. Paper from the Menagerie stash was used for the card panel, which was edged with Black Soot stain and both the tag and card base was splattered with Black Soot and Vintage Photo stain. Also ran the Black Soot stain along the top stitch embossed edge of the tag. Used the On The Edge die for a little trim cut from the tags edge and again stained with Black Soot and then adhered. Black Soot paint was applied to the word band to finish off.
Again I thank you for stopping by to visit. If you are looking for a sweet deal, Saturday, July 26th, is the last day to take advantage of the 25% off sale on Christmas/Winter stamps at Artistic Outpost.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Christmas In July!

It is never too early to think about Christmas and Artistic Outpost has a 25% off sale on Christmas and Winter stamps, now through Saturday, July 26, 2014 11:00 PM EDT and so is Our Daily Bread Designs and they have Christmas paper and dies!! Whether you are thinking of starting your Christmas cards or gifts for those rubber stamping friends, now is a good time! Go have yourself a look!
What a better way to announce a Christmas sale than to make a Christmas card? Well that was my excuse to start early and have a little stash. For this card, I used Christmas Chalk and MidWinter and combined some bleach stamping and embossing.
Since I was looking for a more chalky background, but without the mess, I applied Black Soot Distress Ink over white paper and then did the bleach stamping. Before I did any inking, I stamped the Chalkboard frame using clear Embossing Ink and then applied powder. After all the inking was done and bleach stamping, I removed the EP via that iron. Layered up with green and red and tied it up with some twine! Pretty much a quick and simple card with a few layers for extra interest. In fact I am thinking this will be my main card to send out this year, but of course with mixing up stamps!
Thank you for stopping by today and joining me on my Christmas in July and go take advantage of a pretty nice sale! Oh and that Christmas paper at ODBD is gorgeous and works so well with AO stamps! Just Saying!

Friday, July 18, 2014


Are you happy that Friday is finally here? I sure am! Friday's are now my day at AO and I am sharing yesterday's post over at Artistic Outpost today, so if you missed it you can find it right HERE for all the details.

Also if you weren't here yesterday or visiting one of the other DT members, you may not know that Artistic Outpost is now open and having their GRAND OPENING, so stop by for all the details. One change I love is all the stamps will now come on cling mounting and precut! I don't know about you, but having to mount and cut is really hard on these old hands and I have better things to do with them, like getting inky!  Anyway, stop on over!

Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to comment. Have a wonderful Friday and great weekend.