December 19, 2014

Merry Christmas!

I hope this Friday finds you all well and enjoying the days before Christmas! Artistic Outpost is having a sweet deal, which ends tomorrow, with the purchase of "Gift Certificates" and in the process you can pick yourself up a little gift certificate, so click the link above for all the details. Show Us Your AO Art  still has a little time left and we would love to have you join in.
This collage tag started with the Kraft tag background being stamped with the "goods receipt" from Ephemera Backgrounds. It reminded me of a list that Santa might make! Next I added some Christmas Paper from ODBD and torn around some of the edges that were then shaded. The "Merry Christmas" and "Gift Box" from Christmas Chalk were stamped in Archival Red Geranium (as was the tag background), cut and colored. Next I layered up some embellishments and the lovely "Birds of a Feather" girls were watercolored and obviously fussy cut, counting down the days until Christmas!

Thank you for stopping by today and have a lovely weekend!

Designer: Terry Horrall
Terry's Work In Progress

December 18, 2014

Merry Christmas

Morning everyone, thanks so much for visiting. Hope you are enjoying the festive month of December. Today I have another one of my rustic festive makes using the MidWinter stamp set from Artistic Outpost.
The background piece to my card measures 6" x 6", I die cut a bauble from white card and used the aperture as a stencil; sponging Gathered Twigs Distress Ink lightly over the stencil to add two babules to the background of my card. I then flicked the background of the baubles with water to add a touch more interest to the background.
Keeping the stencil in place I then stamped the reindeer onto each of the baubles, stamped with Potting Soil Archival Ink. I also added stencilled stars to the background of each of the baubles. I then took Tim Holtz Christmas Layering Stencil and applied embossing paste over the CHRISTMAS and WISH wording. I coloured the embossing paste with a touch of Potting Soil reinker to cordinate with my colour scheme.
I also carried the stencilled stars onto the background of the white card and added shading to the edges of my card with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink. To complete I added a Merry Christmas sentiment.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

DESIGNER: Tracy Evans x x 



December 17, 2014

From Our House to Yours



Hello there, Lisa here today sharing a Christmas card using the Artistic Outpost Snowy Woods and Birds of a Feather stamp sets, along with a sentiment and Custom Die from Our Daily Bread Designs (AO's sister company).

The front door image is from the Snowy Woods stamp set, stamped in Black Archival on Vanilla card stock, then colored with Watercolor Pencils, blending with Gamsol.  The sweet children are from the Birds of a Feather stamp set, stamped in Black Archival on Vanilla card stock, cut out and colored using Watercolor Pencils, blending with Gamsol.  To embellish I added a stamped tag using a sentiment from Our Daily Bread Designs Mini Tag Sentiments stamp set, die cutting the panel using the ODBD Mini Tags Dies.

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Designer - Lisa Somerville


December 15, 2014

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December 14, 2014

Miles to Go


Santa may have miles to go, but our time 'til Christmas is getting shorter and shorter.  Linda here with another Christmas card this week.  I was reminded this week that I haven't had my On-the-Edge Treeline die out this holiday season.  It's a definite favorite for Christmas crafting, as is the Artistic Outpost Snowy Woods stamp set.  

I started with white card stock and stamped the evergreen bough along the right edge with Library Green archival ink.   Then Tim Holtz texture paste was applied through his Speckles stencil and while wet, sprinkled with Clear Rock Candy distress glitter.   When everything was dry, I gave it a quick misting of Brushed Pewter Distress Spray Stain.  

The Santa panel and the tag were stamped with Watering Can archival ink.  The trees were sponged with Pine Needles plus had a coating of Clear Rock Candy distress glitter.  I wanted a divider panel between the evergreen bough and the main scene so used Tim Holtz Industrious Borders.   

My acrylic snowflake is the littlest one from the Stacked Snowflake die.  I sponged with with Brushed Pewter stain and topped it with a Mirrored Star.  The tag was cut with the Tiny Tabs and Tags die and also topped off with a Mirrored Star.  

That's it for this week.  Thanks so much for stopping by.  Hope your Christmas preparations are going well.

Designer:  Linda Coughlin

December 13, 2014

Christmas Tag

Hello! Kate here, and I have a Christmas tag to share. For the background I used the Serenity and Generation Redux stamp sets along with paper scraps and spray ink. My focal image is from the Generation Redux stamp set. Just add some flowers or other embellishments and you have a simple but elegant tag for those last minute gifts. 

Designer - Kate Yetter 

December 12, 2014

Let It Snow!

Happy Friday to all of you and thank you for stopping by today. Well the time is really flying by and hard to believe we are almost midway through December, but you still have plenty of time to join in December's "Show Us Your AO Art" challenge.


Today I am sharing with you some very quick cards which are great for giving a little cash or a gift card. We have a few special people who during the year make our experiences very nice and we like to thank them.


Christmas Chalk frame and sentiment were stamped and embossed using white and black embossing powders. The little tags were cut with a punch and edged with some white paint and clear glitter. The Christmas designer paper is from ODBD and really works out well when in a hurry!


Have a lovely weekend!

Designer: Terry Horrall
Terry's Work In Progress

December 11, 2014

Traditional Christmas

Wow I can't believe we are on the second week of December. I am really enjoying this month as I adore the build up to Christmas Eve. Today I would like to share a further Christmas card with you using the MidWinter stamp set from Artistic Outpost.
I love using the colour red in my Christmas cards, it adds a real traditional feel to the design. The background has been stamped with Vermillion Archival Ink using Tim Holtz Wallpaper background stamp.
I die cut a bauble from white card using a Spellbinders die, kept the die in place and then stamped the reindeer into place using Potting Soil and Vermillion Archival Inks. I also added a touch of shading to the edges with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink. For added interest I also included some delicate stencilled stars to the background of the bauble. I also included Christmas tickets from Tim Holtz Odds and Ends stamp set, again stamping with Vermillion Archival Ink.
I added vintage seam binding along with coordinated twine and added an enameled tag with a Christmas remnant rub added. Festive Foliage, coloured with Gold Alcohol Mixative adds a touch more interest to the bow detail.

Thanks so much for stopping by

DESIGNER: Tracy Evans x x

December 10, 2014

Lovely Weather for a Sleigh Ride


Hi there, Lisa here today sharing a card made with the Artistic Outpost Sleigh Ride stamp set.  The sweet children are decked out in their holiday best, stamped in Black Archival on a scrap of the pattern paper then colored with Staedtler Karat Watercolor Pencils, blending with Gamsol.  For a bit of Sparkle, I went over the colored areas with a Zig Wink of Stella Silver Waterbrush.

Don't forget, if your creating projects using AO Stamps, we would love to see them!  Click here for more details on how you can enter the Monthly Show us Your AO Art Challenge.

Designer - Lisa Somerville

December 7, 2014

A Christmas Wish

Hello, Linda here with a card I made using the Christmas Chalk stamp set.  I decided to combine chalkboard style with rustic.  I grabbed a sheet of corrugated cardboard and cut it to 5x5", then used scissors to distress the edges.  I dry brushed the cardboard with gesso and then sponged the edges with Vintage Photo distress ink.  I stamped the sentiment on black card stock with white pigment ink, dried it with y heat tool and die cut it with a die from the new Tim Holtz Thinlits Labels set.  The snowman was stamped twice, fussy cut and one was popped up with craft foam for dimension.  The 25th was also cut with a die from the Labels set.  My snowflakes were cut from white corrugated cardboard with the new Stacked Snowflake die.  The card shell was stamped with the snowflakes from the Snowy Woods set with Frayed Burlap.

That's it for this week.  I hope you will be inspired to Show Us Your Art with our monthly challenge.  You have all month and the challenge theme is Anything Goes.

Designer:  Linda Coughlin
The Funkie Junkie

December 6, 2014

Carry On Layout


Today I am sharing a layout that I made for my son’s album. I used the London Underground stamp set in the background and for the sentiment. The focal image is from the Paper Boy stamp set.

Designer - Kate Yetter 

December 5, 2014

Yuletide Greetings!

Hello on this beautiful Friday and today I will share a Christmas card using Christmas Chalk and MidWinter collections! December's "Show Us Your AO Art" is in the first week, so you have plenty of time to share your beautiful AO Art with us and as always there is a store voucher to be won! OK!
To start, I stamped the frame using Watering Can Archival on white card stock and once dried, I stamped the snow scene using Dove Stazon on as I did want this to be lighter in color than the frame. Notice how it fits so perfectly as well!
Next the sentiments were stamped using Watering Can and as the snow scene, backed with red and black layers that were distressed. The poinsettias were cut from Tim's movers and shapers, which I edged and splattered with white paint and then shaped the leaves and finished off with a blingy brad.
The background Christmas Paper is from ODBD and I used a Cuttlebug embossing folder and then highlighted the raised areas with white pigment ink. The edges were shaded in grey and then distressed.
Thank you for stopping by today during this very busy time of the year and have a most wonderful weekend!

Designer: Terry Horrall
Terry's Work In Progress


December 4, 2014

BELIEVE

Today I am showcasing the fabulous MidWinter stamp set from Artistic Outpost.
This year I have really enjoyed creating rustic Christmas cards and continue today with the same theme. The background has been created by die cutting Tim Holtz Snowflake from white card and using the aperture as a stencil. I applied Gathered Twigs Distress Ink over the stencil and then added touches of Picket Fence Distress Paint to the stencilled snowflakes to add to the snowy feel.
I stamped the reindeer with Potting Soil Archival Ink, masking off the first image before stamping the next two. I also added more stencilled snowflakes and touches of background stamping. I also included a let it snow Word Band for added interest, applying Picket Fence Distress Paint to the band along with rustic twine. I also included a mini tag attached with a jump ring and coloured with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink along with a Chitchat sticker for added interest.
Snowflakes die cut from white card have also been added, applying touches of Distress Ink to the edges of the snowflakes to add to the rustic charm. I have also added random stamping to the larger of the snowflakes.
Thanks so much for stopping by, hope you are enjoying the start of the festive season.

DESIGNER: Tracy Evans x x


December 3, 2014

Miles to Go........

Today I am using a stamp from the Artistic Outpost, Snowy Woods set.  This is a large stamp set, and one of my favorite seasonal sets.  I am sure you will agree that we have the most fabulous, vintage Christmas stamp sets.

I have used the silver and gold color combination on this card, with a red accent embossed.  The image is colored with pencils and the snow is highlighted with a clear Wink of Stella brush over a very light blue marker.

I wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas Season and I'll see you again in 2015!

Gerrie Johnnic
Artistic Outpost Design Team member

December 1, 2014

Blog Candy Winners!

Thanks to those who shopped our Thanksgiving Sale and left comments for a chance to win Blog Candy!

Congratulations to the following people who have won a $15 Artistic Outpost Gift Certificate:

Cathy said... I'm most thankful for my wonderful family!

JeanFB said...I am most grateful for my wonderful family, hands down. As long as I have them, I have everything! Thanks for a chance to win some wonderful Artistic Outpost goodness.


Marla said...I am most grateful for my Jesus, my family, my friends, my health, and my country that I love so much! Thank you for this opportunity!
Darci said... I'm so thankful for my husband and children - boring, I know, but it's true. I'm thankful for rubber stamps, of course, and that they allow me to be an artist. Thanks for all you do!

Please email Lisa by December 15, 2014, to claim your $15 Artistic Outpost Gift Certificate, good towards the purchase of Artistic Outpost stamps. Be sure to put AO Blog Candy Winner in the subject line, and Lisa will email you back with information on how to claim your prize.

Show Us your AO Art - December Challenge

We would love for you to share your AO Art with us! Our challenge for the month of December 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 found here.  At the end of the month we will randomly draw one winner from all the entries to receive a $15.00 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.

Thanks to everyone who played along with the November Challenge, we love to see what you are creating with Artistic Outpost stamps!  The randomly selected winner from the November Challenge is....


Stamps - Artistic Outpost Hayride
Stamps - Artistic Outpost Hayride

Congratulations Barbara, please email Lisa by 12/15/14 to claim your prize! Please put AO November Winner in the subject line, and Lisa will email you back with details on how to use your Gift Certificate.

We have also chosen to highlight the following entries:


Stamps - Artistic Outpost Generation Redux, Paperboy, Cowgirl Strength, Apothecary, Keeper

Stamps - Artistic Outpost Sleigh Ride
Stamps - Artistic Outpost Sleigh Ride 

Stamps - Artistic Outpost Snowy Woods
Stamps - Artistic Outpost Snowy Woods

Thank you all for sharing your beautiful artwork using Artistic Outpost stamps! If you would like to display the Show Us your AO Art Badge on your Blog, you can find the HTML code on our sidebar.

Please use this post to leave your links for the Show us your AO Art - December Challenge.  All links must be posted by 12/31/14, 11:55PM CST 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 January to see if you've won.

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








November 30, 2014

Snow Flurries

Linda here again with another Christmas card made with the wonderful Christmas Chalk stamp set.  I love the stylized deer and Christmas tree stamps from this set.  I started by making a panel stamped randomly with the pine bough stamp, stamped with Pine Needles distress ink and then spritzed with Brushed Pewter distress spray.  Using a snowflake texture fade, I embossed white CS and then sponged the high points and the edges with more Pine Needles DI.  Since I was on a roll with the Pine Needles, I also used it to do some of the stamping and sponged the pine needles die cuts with it too.

I made several die cuts using the Stacked Snowflakes die, one of which was embossed with the texture fade that came with my Layered Snowflake die.  That snowflake got the Pine Needles sponging treatment too. The next snowflake in the stack was cut from white CS that had been covered with Frosted Film and then given a coat of Brushed Pewter distress stain.  The small snowflake on the top of the stack was white CS painted with Brushed Pewter distress stain and then glittered with Pumice Stone distress glitter.

My bow is seam binding dyed with Distressed Pewter distress stain and embellished with a small silver tone snowflake and tiny jingle bell.

Thanks all for this week.  I hope you all had a great weekend!

Designer:  Linda Coughlin
The Funkie Junkie

November 29, 2014

Turkey Day


I hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving! This is Kate and I made this card using the London Underground stamp set in the background. The main image is from the Wonderland Collage set. The background was sprayed with ink and after a wash of gesso. 

Designer - Kate Yetter

November 27, 2014

Rustic Christmas

Welcome to today's weekly post for Artistic Outpost and once again I am showcasing the fabulous MidWinter stamp set.
This card is 5" x 7" and the background has had subtle stencilling added with Tim Holtz Star Layering Stencil using Gathered Twigs Distress Ink. I have also added the stars once again to the next layer this time applying Embossing Paste over the stencil for added texture.
The reindeer has been stamped with Potting Soil Archival Ink and I have added touches of white with a pen to add to the frosty feel along with touches of Picket Fence Distress Paint around the edges. I have also added a Chitchat sticker for added interest.
I have also added a tag cut from kraft card, added stencilled stars to the background and distressed the tag around the edges.
To complete I have added rustic twine, died seam binding and a rusty star coloured with touches of Picket Fence Distress Paint.

Thanks so much for stopping by.


DESIGNER: Tracy Evans x x

November 26, 2014

May Your Christmas be Merry

Hi, Lisa here on the Artistic Outpost Blog today!  My favorite children from the Think and Wonder stamp set decided to get dressed up with a little paper piecing using the "hat" from North Coast Creations (AO's Sister Company) Santa's List stamp set.  The beautiful paper is from Our Daily Bread Designs (AO's Sister Company) Christmas Paper Collection 2014.



Don't forget ALL Artistic Outpost stamp sets are on sale for 20% off through Sunday, November 30, 2014, 11:00 p.m. EST.  You'll also receive FREE US shipping on all orders over $25.00 and a FREE ODBD Christmas 2014 Paper Pad with your $100 order!  CLICK HERE for more details!  Our Sister Companies Our Daily Bread Designs and North Coast Creations are also running sales this week, click on their names to read the details of the sale!

Designer - Lisa Somerville