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April 16, 2014

Huck Finn Travels The World.

I hope this Wednesday is finding you well and creative! This is a blast from the past I am sharing with you today at Artistic Outpost. The Huck Finn collection is one of my favorites and works so well for many occasions! There is a special announcement from Artistic Outpost and you can find out what it is all about right HERE.

Can't you just hear the young lads discussing their future adventures together? Chalks were used to color the images and then sealed with a matte spray. The edges were distressed and shaded.
This is such a great sentiment and I stamped it in black Archival on some of Tim's paper. The paper worked so well with the Huck Finn stamps. I also stamped the text from the set to add along "The World" paper background.
Thank you so much for stopping by today and I hope you have a wonderful day!

Designer:  Terry Horrall
Terry's Work In Progress

April 15, 2014

Birds in the Wood

Hello all, thanks for stopping by.  I'm sharing my not-quite-chunky-ATC with you today... it's not really the right dimensions, so basically it's just a hunk of wood really!

However, it seemed the perfect place to stamp the gorgeous robins from the Birds of a Feather plate, making them "birds in the wood".
There's some text stamping in the background...
... some leafy stencilled texture paste...
... as well as some clear-embossed inky stencilling for a dewy look.
The robins themselves are so beautifully detailed... (though it seems American robins are slightly different from British ones).
And helpfully, one looks in one direction and the other faces in the other - very good for composition possibilities!
And the nest may be my favourite stamp in the whole set.  I had great fun getting it to go round corners.
I added some Idea-ology flowers, altered with paint, as well as some cogs.
The little sentiment is mounted over a 7 Gypsies scientific instrument of some sort (information as to its name/purpose very welcome).
And the twine seemed the right sort of rustic accompaniment to finish the whole thing off.
I hope the Spring weather is being kind to you and your robins (US or UK style, or indeed any other nationality)... Have a great week, and I'll see you again soon!

Designer: Alison Bomber
Words and Pictures

April 14, 2014

Vintage Girl

Don't you just love this sweet image from the Think and Wonder plate!  I've created a shabby chic card, stamping the image in Espresso ink on a scrap of pattern paper, then used coordinating papers for the base card adding a few die cuts along the way.  To embellish my card, I added Vintage Brown Seam Binding, Zva Creative Crystal Gems and Mini Roses.

Designer - Lisa Somerville

April 13, 2014

Good Advice

Hi everyone!  For my design team piece this week, I decided I wanted to do something more masculine so I pulled out my Diesel Punk set and played around.  Here is the outcome of my play session.  I started with a jumbo manila tag and stamped multiple images from the Diesel Punk set  in  jet black archival.  Then I sponged the entire tag with Vintage Photo, then added some distressing with Walnut Stain DI.  Next I pulled out my Chalk it Up set and stamped the frames for the wonderful auto and motorcycle + sidecar images.  

I created a smaller tag with the speed limit sign stamped second and third generation and then embossed the sentiment using jet black archival ink and clear EP.  I added a few fun masculine embellishments - a wrench held on by twisted wire, a compass charm and a couple of keys dangling from a swivel clasp.  

I had also made a tire track embossed piece using a Tim Holtz texture fade.  I had planned to use it in the background, but it didn't really work out. But at the last, it seemed to work out well to place it on the left side.  I thought it was kind of fun to expand the tag past the normal boundaries. 

That wraps it up for another week for me.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Designer:  Linda Coughlin

April 12, 2014

Jazz Tag

Happy Saturday! I made a tag using the Flapper Fashion stamp plate. The background is card stock that has been washed with gesso, stamped and inked with a doily stencil. I used some ephemera and and canvas embellishments along with my stamped focal point. She has been cut and colored using Distress Markers. I added some Stickles throughout to give a little sparkle. Have a crafty weekend!

Designer - Kate Yetter

April 10, 2014

Wonder and Think

Today I am showcasing the favulous THINK AND WONDER plate from Artistic Outpost.

I decided to go for a real feminine feel for this weeks piece, colouring the background of my tag with Spun Sugar and Broken China Distress Paints. I applied the paints with an old credit card and simply scraped the paint across the tag. To add a little more texture to the backdrop I embossed the background and added touches of Silver Treasure Wax to the raised areas.
I added the angelic little girl to two hearts which I coloured with Distress Paints, this time applying the paint to a non-stick craft sheet spritzing with water and then mopping up the colour with the hearts. I then stamped the girl with Potting Soil Archival Ink. A touch of burlap has been added behind the larger heart (a very kind gift from my fellow team member, Linda). To add further dimension I have also included three Bitty Blossoms, sanding the edges to reveal the core colour.
I have added touches of Lattice to the tag for further interest cut from white card using the Lattice Frameworks Die and colouring with Broken China Distress Paint. I also included a metal ornate embellishment and pretty button, again another generous gift from my fellow team member Linda.
Touches of background stamping have been added using the background stamp from the BIRDS OF A FEATHER plate and Potting Soil Archival Ink.
To complete I have added the Wonder and Think sentiment to the bottom of my tag again coloured with touches of Distress Paint.

Thanks so much for stopping by

DESIGNER: Tracy Evans

April 9, 2014

Why Creep When You Can Soar?

Good Wednesday to you all! Today I am sharing a masculine tag using Industrial Backgrounds and Steampunk fabulous stamps!

I just love how these two stamp collections work so well combined together. The tag background was inked with Distress inks and then the gears were stamped on the background using the same colors (Brushed Corduroy and Peacock Feathers).
This powerful sentiment was stamped in black archival over the inky background and layered and the edges distress. Of course had to add a few metal gears. 
The airplane was stamped and fussy cut as was the Steampunk Gentleman, who was colored with Distress inks. I cut a little area around his hand to rest the sentiment against him.
The black panel tag background was cut larger and die cut with the "Steampunk" on the edge, embossed and highlighted.
Thank you for stopping by today and I hope you are having a wonderful day!

Designer:  Terry Horrall
Terry's Work In Progress



April 8, 2014

Treasured Memories

Hello all, Alison here with a gentle journal page for you today.

I've been playing with the Flower Market stamps again - it's such a delicate, pretty set of stamps, and I've fallen in love with it!
I used the stamps to create background texture for this page, stamping them onto some paper from Finnabair's Sunrise Sunset A4 pad.
I used Distress Markers to add some colour to the images.
This little beehive is just adorable!
I used an image from the internet for the photograph, just gently tinting the flowers in the photo with the Distress Markers too.
And I stamped and coloured the large pot of flowers to accompany her.
I think the quote is beautiful.
This was definitely a calming page to work on... adding delicate die-cut laces and layering it onto kraft card to finish it off.
I hope it's offered you a few moments of calm in your busy lives!  Thanks so much for stopping by, and I'll see you again soon.

Designer: Alison Bomber

April 6, 2014

Birds and Butterflies

Hello, I hope you are having a lovely spring Sunday!  

This week I decided to play around with my distress paints and pulled out some lovely spring colors - Squeezed Lemonade and Broken China.  I gave them a good shake and then instead of scribbling them onto my craft sheet, I splatted them - lightly so it created a ringed dot rather than a whole splatter.  I misted them a bit with water and then turned my jumbo manila tag face down on them and burnished the back to pick up the color/pattern.  I did that a few more times and made a few circles with the distress paint dabbers right onto my tag.  I dried the tag between each application.  Then I filled in the color by sponging the tag with Squeezed Lemonade and Broken China distress ink.  I finished off the background with a little spritz and flick.  

Then I went to work with the stamping - the sentiment from Serenity, the numbers from Generation Redux, the grid from Whimsical Melange and the song bars from Ephemera Backgrounds, all stamped with jet black archival.  The large butterflies were stamped with a flourish from Serenity using both Squeezed Lemonade and Broken China.  They were also misted with Perfect Pearls Biscotti mist.  I added some Prima rhinestone flourishes and a bird from the new Tim Holtz Adornments - Nature pack.  The bird had Picket Fence distress paint rubbed over it with my finger.    Once I glued down the bird and butterflies, I still felt it needed a bit more.  I stained a strip of paper with Worn Lipstick and stamped it with the music note stamp from Ephemera Backgrounds and used my new Butterfly Frenzy die to cut them out.  I like the extra pop of contrasting color.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Designer:  Linda Coughlin

April 5, 2014

Mail Art



Hello and welcome! This is Kate and I am sharing another piece of mail art. I am putting my envelopes and left over scraps to good use. My background is cut scraps underneath a wash of gesso. I dripped Distress Paints and stamped with the script stamp from the Flapper Fashion plate. Embellishments were made from the stamp plate and embossed as well as painted with Distress markers.

Designer - Kate Yetter 

April 3, 2014

March Referral Program - Top Three and Random WInner

Thank you to those who took the time to play along with our March Referral Challenge - Anything Goes using Artistic Outpost stamps!  We love to see what you are creating with our stamps!

The top 3 entries for March in no particular order are....







The Random Winner of the Artistic Outpost Gift Certificate is.....


Congratulations!  Top 3 winners please email me if you would like the Top 3 Winner Badge for your blogs. Miss Iowa,  please email me by April 15th, to claim your Artistic Outpost Gift Certificate! Thank you to all our players for your continued support of Artistic Outpost!


Please note that our Monthly Referral Program will be on hiatus during the month of April.  If you create projects this month, using Artistic Outpost stamps, please share them on our Facebook Page, we would love to see them!


Go Together

Once again I am using the Think and Wonder plate for my DT piece for Artistic Outpost, this is now becoming one of my favourite plates!

The background on my card has been created with Spiced Marmalade and Salty Ocean Distress Inks, applying them to a non-stick craft sheet, spritzing with water and then mopping up the beads of ink with the card.
I added texture to the backdrop, applying Embossing Paste coloured with Salty Ocean Distress Paint through a Prima stencil. I thought the sentiment from the Chalkboard Wisdom plate was perfect for the two girls. I stamped with Aquamarine Archival Ink and coloured the edges with Salty Ocean Distress Ink. Two banners have been added to the top of the card for added interest, again coloured with Distress Inks.
I added circles to the backdrop by simply inking lids of differing sizes with ink and stamping onto the background, love this effect. I also added horizontal lines to ground the two little girls using the edges of an acrylic block inked with Salty Ocean Distress Ink.
Background stamping has been added for a further layer of interest.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

DESIGNER: Tracy Evans



April 2, 2014

Bathing Beauties Believe!

Happy Wednesday to all of you! Today I am sharing with you a tag using the Bathing Beauties from "Boardwalk" and "Quotes and Quotables" which I think combine together beautifully!

This started with a large tag that was painted black and then I cut a piece of manila card stock to size. The sentiment and bathing beauties were stamped in black Archival and the ladies were masked before the background stamping and inking occurred.
I totally believed these ladies were just perfect for that sentiment and the "believe" was a perfect fit for the key! Added a little black paint through a stencil and flicked on some water.
The tag was finished off with some inked dyed cheesecloth, a Boardwalk ticket and a few seashells.
Thank you so much for visiting today and hope your month is starting off wonderfully!

Designer: Terry Horrall
Terry's Work In Progress