August 1, 2014

Show us your AO Art - August Challenge

We would love for you to share your AO Art with us! Our challenge for the month of August is Anything Goes using Artistic Outpost Stamps.  This month our challenge has no theme, we'd just like to see your creations using Artistic Outpost stamps. This challenge will be open for the entire month, and you can enter as many times as you wish, provided you follow the challenge rules below.  At the end of the month we will randomly draw one winner from all the entries to receive a $14.00 Artistic Outpost Gift Certificate good towards the purchase of Artistic Outpost stamps!  In an effort to recognize those who play along with us, in addition to the random winner, we will be featuring participants cards on our blog with the announcement of our next Show us your AO Art Challenge.

To inspire you this month, I'm sharing the Artistic Outpost Think and Wonder Pinterest Board

Follow Artistic Outpost's board Think & Wonder on Pinterest.

To be enter the Show us your AO Art Challenge, please use Artistic Outpost images along with the challenge theme Anything Goes using Artistic Outpost stamps, then add your permalink to the InLinkz Tool found at the bottom of this post. When uploading your image to your blog or online gallery, be sure to include AO stamp credits in your post and link back to this blog post.  Projects can be posted on blogs or online galleries, but links left on the Show us your AO Art Challenge  must be direct links to your projects, please use your name as the Link Title of your entry. Please do not link to cards that were created prior to the challenge date.  If you have the captcha enabled on your blog, please consider turning it off, as it makes it so much easier for us to leave comments.

Please use this post to leave your links for the Show us your AO Art - August Challenge.  All links must be posted by 8/31/14, 11:55PM CDT to be eligible for this challenge. The winner will be chosen through a random drawing and will be posted here on the Artistic Outpost Blog, be sure to check back in September to see if you've won.

We are looking forward to seeing your creations using Artistic Outpost images.

July 30, 2014

Artistic Outpost July Design Team Blog Hop

Welcome to the Artistic Outpost Design Team monthly Blog Hop! This month the designers are creating projects using the Artistic Outpost plates of their choice.  Please click on the designers name under their projects to be taken to their blog posts for more information on their projects.

Before I share the fabulous projects the Design Team created this month, I would like to bid a fond farewell and a heartfelt thank you to team member Alison Bomber for all the fabulous projects she has created for Artistic Outpost.  It is with much regret that Alison has to step down from the Design Team at this time. Alison will be greatly missed, but I know we will continue to see her lovely AO projects on her blog!

Stamps - Artistic Outpost Think and Wonder, Generation Redux, Chalk It Up, Chalkboard Wisdom

Stamps - Artistic Outpost Paperboy, Secretary Pool, Quote and Quotables

Stamps - Artistic Outpost Loverly London

Stamps - Artistic Outpost Paris Exposition, London Underground, Serenity

Stamps - Artistic Outpost Beyond the Sea, Keeper

Stamps - Artistic Outpost London Underground, London Elements

Stamps - Artistic Outpost Kudzu Kafe, Keeper, Cowgirl Strength

For more inspiration using Artistic Outpost stamps, visit our Gallery, Pinterest Boards and Facebook Page.

If you missed our Blog post or email this week, through Saturday, August 2, 2014 11:00PM EDT, you can save 20% on all stamp plates found in the Flowers and Gardening section on our website.  Click here for more information.

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We hope you have enjoyed the inspiration from our talented Design Team!




July 28, 2014

Artistic Outpost Sale Items of the Week - Save 20% on our Flowers and Gardening Plates

Artistic Outpost has some new sale of the week items to feature for you today! From now through Saturday, August 2, 2014 11:00PM EDT, you can save 20% on the stamp plates found in the Flowers and Gardening section on our website. (Sorry, no rain checks, offer is for our retail customers only.)

Click here to shop our website, or call our Toll Free Number 1-877-451-4909, to place your order.

When ordering from our website, be sure to add the code Flower20 to the DISCOUNT CODE area in the shopping cart and then click APPLY CODE.  If ordering over the phone, please mention code Flower20.

Please note that the Artistic Outpost Sale of the Week offer is only valid on orders placed via our website, or on phone orders.

Here is some inspiration from our Design Team using some of the items on sale this week, along with additional Artistic Outpost plates.  The products used are listed under the photos.


Stamps - Artistic Outpost Happiness
Stamps - Artistic Outpost Happiness

Stamps - Artistic Outpost Kudzu Kafe, Bloom and Grow, Country Life
Stamps - Artistic Outpost Kudzu Kafe, Bloom and Grow, Country Life

Stamps - Artistic Outpost Bloom and Grow, Ephemeral Backgrounds
Stamps - Artistic Outpost Bloom and Grow, Ephemeral Backgrounds

Stamps - Artistic Outpost Flower Market, Quote and Quotables
Stamps - Artistic Outpost Flower Market, Quote and Quotables

Stamps - Artistic Outpost Serenity, Chalkboard Wisdom, Ephemera Backgrounds
Stamps - Artistic Outpost Serenity, Chalkboard Wisdom, Ephemera Backgrounds

Stamps - Artistic Outpost Hayride, Kudzu Kafe, Whimsical Melange
Stamps - Artistic Outpost Hayride, Kudzu Kafe, Whimsical Melange

Stamps - Artistic Outpost Kudzu Kafe, Whimsical Melange, Country Life, Quotes and Quotables

Stamps - Artistic Outpost Country Life
Stamps - Artistic Outpost Country Life 

Stamps - Artistic Outpost A Lovely Day
Stamps - Artistic Outpost A Lovely Day

Stamps - Artistic Outpost A Lovely Day
Stamps - Artistic Outpost A Lovely Day

For more inspiration using Artistic Outpost plates, visit our Gallery, Pinterest Boards and Facebook Page.

Every Little Thing...



Hi, Lisa here, with my weekly share on the Artistic Outpost Blog. This week I'm sharing a mixed media card created with the Artistic Outpost Think and Wonder, Serenity, Quote and Quotables,  Typography and Generation Redux plates.

I had some funky papers in my stash that reminded me of a Gelli Plate Background, so I started with that as my base panel.  I used Black Archival ink to add the grass (Typography plate), and swirly butterfly vine (Serenity plate) to the bottom and sides.  To add interest to the background, I stamped the dots in Green using and image from the Generation Redux plate, and also the numbers from this same plate in Caramel. Next, I added a bit of modeling paste through a stencil.The sweet children from the Think and Wonder plate are stamped in Black Archival on a scrap of paper, cut from their background, sponged with Ranger Gathered Twigs Distress Ink and adhered in place with Americana Decou-Page. The sentiment from the Quote and Quotables plate is stamped in Black Archival on scraps of the background paper, sponged and adhered with Decou-Page.

Be sure to stop back on Wednesday for the Artistic Outpost Design Team Monthly Blog Hop!

Designer - Lisa Somerville


July 27, 2014

Summer's Serenity

This week I was swept away by the sweet serenity of summer and have made a tag using the Artistic Outpost Serenity set.  Starting with a jumbo manila tag, I brushed it with gesso and then sponged it with sunny Mustard Seed.  Then embossing paste was stenciled on and when dry, was sponged with Walnut Stain plus a little Walnut Stain was sponged around all the edges.  The stamping was done with Potting Soil archival ink, both on the tag and a scrap of vellum.

I used Vintaj paints to give the peacock a verdigris patina.   The sentiment banner was stamped with the sentiment, then the flourish from Serenity was stamped with embossing ink and clear embossed.  It was finished off with some of my favorite filigree metals.

Hope you are having a serene summer weekend.

Designer:  Linda Coughlin
The Funkie Junkie

July 26, 2014

Boardwalk



Happy Saturday! I love going to the beach in the summer. Here is a card to get you in the mood. My background is sprayed and stamped with the Boardwalk and London Underground stamp plates. I layered a few die cuts, flowers and a sentiment over top before adding some gesso and my focal image from the Boardwalk plate. If you can’t get to the beach, dig out your bright colors and summer stamps and start creating!

Designer - Kate Yetter

July 25, 2014

Christmas In July

Not only is it Friday and my day to share with you, but Artistic Outpost has a fabulous "Christmas In July" sale event that will end tomorrow! Take advantage of Christmas and Winter stamps at 25% off!
I was inspired with the sale taking place to get started on my Christmas cards and used Christmas Chalk and MidWinter wonderful stamps.
Before I inked in black, for the Chalkboard frame, I clear embossed on white paper. After I inked my panels in black, I did bleach stamping using the pine bough and sentiment and then ironed off the embossing. The panels were layered up and distressed using Christmas colors and then just tied. Sorry the background picture turned out so grainy, but you have the idea.
Thank you so much for visiting and enjoy the weekend!

Designer: Terry Horrall
Terry's Work In Progress

July 24, 2014

Keep A Song In Your Heart

Today I am using the SONGBIRDS plate from Artistic Outpost.
I began by spritzing my card with water and then brayering Broken China Distress Paint over the white card and then lightly brayering over the top with Rusty Hinge.
I stamped the Songbirds onto a piece of white card which I had brayered with Distress Paints, stamping the image with Potting Soil Archival Ink, I also added Rusty Hinge Distress Ink around the edges for definition. A touch of background stamping has been added using the background stamp from the GENERATION REDUX plate and Rusty Hinge ink.  I then added a tag stamped with the text from the SERENITY plate, perfect I thought for the Songbirds. I also added a small circular plate with a touch of stamping from the same text stamp, adding Rusty Hinge Ink to the edges of both tags. I have also included two coordinated buttons threaded with natural twine.
Seam binding died with Distress Ink has been added along with a mini tag with SONG stamped from the text stamp and I have also included a metal embellishment coloured with Distress Paints.
To complete I have also stamped the Songbirds to the inside of my card.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

DESIGNER: Tracy Evans x


July 23, 2014

Snowy Woods


We had our hottest day of the year yesterday, and to cool off, I started to create Christmas cards!  The vintage Santa image is from the fabulous Artistic Outpost Snowy Woods plate.  I stamped the image in Black Archival on a scrap of pattern paper from the collection I was using, then sponged the edges in Ranger Gathered Twigs Distress Ink, and die cut the panel with circle dies.  To further age the panel, I applied Ranger Crackle Paint and for a bit of sparkle I added Dry Glitter.


To age the background paper panels, I applied Gesso to a Snowflake Stencil, once dry, I embossed the panels with a Snowflake Embossing Folder, sponged the edges and raised areas, then applied Crackle Paint and Dry Glitter.

To embellish, I die cut the "fishtails" from Black card stock and scraps of pattern paper using the Pennants Die.  The Black scallop border is die cut using the ODBD Custom Beautiful Borders Dies,  and Gesso was added to the Poinsettia flower.

Don't forget that you can save 25% on all the Artistic Outpost Christmas/Winter stamp plates through Saturday, July 26, 2014!  See our blog here for more details! 

Mark your calendars, as the Artistic Outpost Design Team Monthly Blog Hop will be back next Wednesday!  

For more inspiration using Artistic Outpost plates, follow our Pinterest Boards, or visit our Gallery!

Designer - Lisa Somerville




July 22, 2014

Vintage Tag

Today I have created a tag using leftovers from my desk using the fabulous THINK AND WONDER plate from Artistic Outpost.
I had a jumbo tag lying around on my desk and this was the perfect opportunity to use up some scraps and challenge myself. I applied Crackle Texture Paste to the background applied to a coat of metallic gold Embossing Paste. Once dry I applied a good coverage of Vintage Photo Distress Stain; I love how the stain seeps through the cracks to add to the vintage feel.
Wax has been applied to the edges of my tag and I used the ornate frame to showcase my focal image which I coloured with a touch of Vintage Photo Distress Ink and flicking with water to add blotches to the background. The frame has been coloured with Antique Linen Distress Ink and Vintage Photo applied to the edges along with touches of wax.
I died some seam binding with Distress Ink and created an enamelled embellishment by adding Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel to a mould again adding wax to the top to highlight the design and texture. The enamelled embellishment has been added to the died seam binding and some rustic twine.
I took a scrap of seam binding from my desk, died with Distress Inks and then stamped part of the focal image onto the seam binding using Black Archival Ink. I also added a smaller enamelled embellishment to the bottom corner.

Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment.

DESIGNER: Tracy Evans

July 21, 2014

Artistic Outpost Christmas in July Sale

Get a head start creating your Christmas Cards, by shopping the Artistic Outpost Christmas in July Sale!  From now through Saturday, July 26, 2014 11:00PM EDT, you can save 25% on all of our Christmas and Winter stamp plates found here on our website.  

There is no code needed to shop our Christmas in July Sale, simply add the products to your shopping cart, and you will see the discount reflected at the bottom.  Please note, this sale is for our Retail Customers only.

Orders can be placed via our website, or by calling our Toll Free Number 
1-877-451-4909.

For inspiration using these and other Artistic Outpost products, please visit our Gallery, and Pinterest Boards and Facebook Page.



July 20, 2014

Blessings Abound

Hello!  Linda here, back with a quick tag I made before I left for my vacation.  I started this tag with a jumbo manila tag and white embossed the flowers from Flower Market.  I did a little stenciling with the Tim Holtz Schoolhouse stencil and Jet Black archival ink plus I inked up the text stamp from Paperboy and rolled it on very lightly.  Then it was sponged with a combination of Peeled Paint and Mowed Lawn for the greens and Broken China for the blue and then had a little spritz 'n flick done to it.  Finally, I spritzed it a bit with Dylusions White Linen.  

I made a little flower with crinoline cut with the Mini Tattered Florals die and colored with Scattered Straw.  The ivy was cut with the Spring Greenery decorative strip die, stamped with the text stamp from Paperboy and spritzed with Perfect Pearls Biscotti spray.  

The sentiment is from the Flower Market set plus I second generation stamped a flower from Flower Market on the panel in Broken China.  I pulled a couple of tiny brass metal filigrees out of my stash for embellishments and topped the tag off with a piece of embroidered lace.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I hope you are having a great weekend!

Designer:  Linda Coughlin


July 19, 2014

Summer Fun



I created this chipboard piece to attach to a card and then decided I like it better by itself. I added gesso to the board and then sprayed it with ink. I used the flourish stamp from the Serenity plate to create my embossed background. I water colored my main image from the Paris Exposition plate along with the balloon. I added a bit of twine and this side is complete.


On the backside I inked and sprayed some book paper. I inked the bathhouse image from the Boardwalk plate. I added a few doodles to the bathhouse and stamped the year from the Paris Exposition plate. I hope you are enjoying your summer. Thank you for stopping by the blog.

Designer - Kate Yetter

July 18, 2014

Down By the Sea!

TGIF and I have a cooling tag to share with you on this fine Friday! What better way to enjoy the summer with a good cool down on the "Boardwalk," so here we go.
The background was created by masking and layering for land, sea and air and I used Distress inks. For the land and sea, in between layers of color, I did cover with embossing powder, which was removed when I finished with the sky background.
The images were stamped using Archival Watering Can and Black Archival for the sentiments. For the Atlantic City Beach Mall scene, I did watercoloring using Distress inks on regular card stock. All was finished off with some dyed cheesecloth and seashells.
Thank you for stopping by today and I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Designer: Terry Horrall
Terry's Work In Progress

July 17, 2014

Grand Opening!!! The Website is Now Open!!



After many glitches and setbacks we are finally open!!! Thank you for patiently waiting for us to get the new website all set up!  All of the Artistic Outpost stamp sets are now mounted on cling cushion. Click here to shop our website!

As the brand new owners, we are extremely excited about our new venture and proud to be offering such a dynamic product line! We look forward to continuing the unique style of Artistic Outpost by designing new vintage inspired stamp sets, dies and custom papers. 

Be sure to sign up for our email newsletter, Blog, Facebook Page and Pinterest Boards, so you don't miss a thing! Please note, the links for signing up for our email newsletter and Blog can be found in the right hand column here on our blog. For more inspiration, you can also visit our Gallery.

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