October 19, 2014

A Merry Little Christmas

Hello, Linda here with a tag to share that has a homespun, folksy feeling to it.  I used the Christmas Chalk set and matched it up with the Tim Holtz Festive stencil.  My inks were Evergreen Bough and Barn Door distress inks.  I added to the homespun feeling by trimming the edges with pinking shears and adding rick rack and gingham ribbon. 

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  

Designer:  Linda Coughlin

October 18, 2014


Hello! Kate here, sharing a card. My background was made using patterned paper and scraps. I used a gesso wash before adding spray ink and stamping from the Generation Redux stamp set. My main sentiment is from the London Underground set and the main image is from the PaperBoy stamp set.

Designer -  Kate Yetter

October 17, 2014

Let It Snow!

Happy Friday and hard to believe we are past the midway point of October. The good news is there is still plenty of time to join in the October "Show us you AO Art" challenge, so get those lovely stamps out and play!
Today I am sharing a fairly simply Christmas card using stamps from "Christmas Chalk" and Christmas Paper from ODBD. Sure makes it easy when you start out with some great designer paper! The Christmas Chalk Frame and Let It Snow were stamped on the Christmas Paper using Coffee Archival and clear embossed. I did shade inside the frame and then matted it on red. This was then placed on two more pieces of patterned paper, the center red ticking was also pinked. I liked the look with the frame. To finish I just tied a white bow around some twigs with berries.
Hope you have a most wonderful weekend and thank you for stopping by today.

Designer: Terry Horrall
Terry's Work In Progress

October 16, 2014


I am working on my Christmas cards at the moment to try and get ahead and today I have created a festive card for Artistic Outpost.
The background has been coloured with Tarnished Brass Distress Stain and Pine Needles Distress Ink, applying both to a non-stick craft sheet, spritzing with water and then mopping up the beads of ink. I then embossed the background piece to add further interest and highlighted the texture and design with Treasure Gold Olive Bronze Wax.
I added some seam binding which I coloured with Pine Needles Distress Ink along with some natural twine and a Tim Holtz Tidings Token.
I added the Father Christmas image from the Snowy Woods plate to a die cut frame die cut using the Our Daily Bread Elegant Oval Dies. Natural twine has been added behind my focal point for added texture and interest.
I used Tim Holtz ShadowPress to add 'believe' to the bottom of my card along with mirrored stars which I coloured with Alcohol Inks to coordinate with my design.
A monocle has been added to the focal image, adding touches of Tarnished Brass Distress Paint to the monocle so that it blends with my design. I also added a further Tidings Token attached to the monocle. From this picture you can also see the shimmer from the wax added to the embossed design.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

DESIGNER: Tracy Evans xxx

October 14, 2014

Dare to live the Life

Lisa here today, with my weekly share on the Artistic Outpost Blog!  This week, I've created a Mixed Media card using stamps from the Think and Wonder, Generation Redux, Kudzu Kafe and Serenity stamp sets.

I created the background with stencils, Arcylic/Mixed Media paints and the Gelli Arts Plate.  Once the background was dry, I randomly stamped images from Generation Redux and the Serenity stamp sets.  The children from the Think and Wonder set were stamped in Black Archival on card stock, cut from their background and adhered with Gel Medium.  The sentiment and additional collage elements from Generation Redux were stamped on scraps of the Gelli Plate background and adhered with Gel Medium.

Don't forget to play along with the Show Us your AO Art Challenge, we would love to see what you've been creating with Artistic Outpost stamps!

Designer - Lisa Somerville

October 11, 2014

Fall Apples

Welcome! Don’t you just love fall? I made this card using my favorite aspects of fall. Apples! My background is made of scrap paper and stamping from the Serenity stamp set. I used some spray ink and and the ODBD Custom Fancy Foliage Die to embellish the background. The stamped images are from the Hayride stamp set and are colored using Distress Markers. Thank you for looking!

Designer -  Kate Yetter

October 10, 2014

Born Super Stars

Thank you for stopping by on this wonderful October Friday! Today I am sharing a birthday tag for a nine year-old boy, who really is a super star in many ways.
The tag background was inked using Distress inks in brown and blue and a little subtle mesh stamping from Whimsical Melange (it is there), then I ran Faded Jeans Distress ink across the craft sheet and mixed in a little modeling paste and applied this through the star stencil. After it dried, I pounced on lightly a little more FJ.
Before I did any inking on the tag, I stamped Huck Finn and Dog in black Archival and then heat set. I watered colored the images and then cut a mask to keep the image clean from inking the background.
This sentiment from Chalkboard Wisdom was perfect for a birthday!
Finishing it off with another sentiment from Quote and Quotables as there will be plenty of friends to celebrate.

Have a wonderful weekend. Don't forget to get your AO stamps all nice and inky and join in October's Show us you AO Art challenge. You could win a store gift certificate!

Designer: Terry Horrall
Terry's Work In Progress

October 9, 2014


I am making a head start on my Christmas cards this year so that I am organised and can enjoy the festivities in December. With this in mind I have created a Christmas card for Artistic Outpost using the fabulous Snowy Woods stamp set.
I love using red for Christmas and I love the combination of red and white and that was my inspiration for this card. The background was created using Tim Holtz Holiday Knit Layering Stencil, embossing the design with white embossing powder onto red card.
I stamped the focal image onto a heart stamping with Vermillion Archival Ink and adding touches of Vintage Photo Distress Ink around the edges.
I used the Christmas Layering Stencil to add 'believe' and 'joy' to my card using Vermillion ink .
I cut out two further hearts stamped one with 'joyeux noel' and the smaller heart with 'Dec' adding a touch of Vintage Photo Distress Ink around the edges of each heart. I also added touches of a snowflake garland to the top and bottom edges for added interest.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

DESIGNER: Tracy Evans x x

October 8, 2014

Just Being Me

Today is my day to post on the Artistic Outpost Blog, so I thought it was a great day to be me.....be free.....and post a selfie today!

A little distress ink, and a white and red pen is all it took to entertain myself today!  I used the Generation Redux and The Outpost sets to make this tag, so live and have fun!  

Gerrie Johnnic
Design Team

October 5, 2014

Simple Beauty

Hello!  It's Linda back with another fall tag using the Old Grist Mill set.  I started with a jumbo manila tag and stenciled it with a pretty flourish stencil.  After the embossing paste dried, I went over the entire tag with Crushed Olive and Rusty Hinge distress ink.  Then I did a little random stamping with the post card stamp from Ephemera Backgrounds.  The leaves were stamped with jet black archival ink and sponged with archival inks to color them.  Then I applied crackle paint over them.  

The sentiment is from the Old Grist Mill set.   I also die cut three small tags, laying them together I stamped the leaf stamp on them and then another sentiment from the Old Grist Mill set.  I finished them off with a bit of burlap thread and a brass brad.

That's it for this week.  Thanks so much for stopping by⁄

Linda Coughlin

October 4, 2014

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Happy Saturday! Kate here, sharing a card using some of my favorite Artistic Outpost/Our Daily Bread Designs products. I used the Paperboy stamp set for the main image. In the background I used pattern paper and my new Our Daily Bread Designs Custom Vintage FlourishPattern Die. Simple but I like the outcome.

Designer - Kate Yetter

October 3, 2014

I Believe in Miracles!

Happy Friday to you all! October being Breast Cancer Awareness month, I thought I would make an inspirational card for all those who have fought or know someone who has battled cancer. So this is dedicated to all those warriors and their families! I would also like to remind you that the new October "Show us your AO Art" has also begun, so hop on over for all the details!

My card started with the obvious "pink" colors in mind and the lovely women of the "Generation Redux" collection. I stamped the ladies in Coffee Archival, heat set and then lightly added color in pink shades to their faces and clothes and then fussy cut them.
I wanted the flower to pop a little, so this was stamped three times in Black Archival and colored in and finished off with one of those pink gem brads. I did color the silver part with a black Sharpie.
The sentiment from "Quotes and Quotables" was stamped on light pink paper in Black and shaded in pink and obviously matted on black. These were stamped separately and cut and then placed on a piece of "Blooming Gardens" designer paper from Our Daily Bread Designs, which I toned down slightly using Dylusions white spray.

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

Designer: Terry Horrall
Terry's Work In Progress

October 2, 2014

Rustic Christmas

Today I am showcasing the fabulous SNOWY WOODS plate from Artistic Outpost to create a rustic Christmas card.
I began by die cutting a tag from kraft card and then adding embossing paste through the Holiday Knit Layering Stencil and allowing to dry and then applying Vintage Photo Distress Ink around the edges to add a little warmth to the design.
'CHRISTMAS' has also been added again applying embossing paste through a Christmas stencil and adding Vintage Photo Distress Ink around the edges. I stamped the focal image onto white card and then coloured with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and then flicked water onto the background to give a distressed feel.
A snowflake garland trim has been added to the bottom of my image to add further interest, I love adding different layers and textures to my designs.
I also included two dimensional flowers and added Gesso to the edges of the petals to give a snowy feel to the design. I also included a mini tag stamped with the 'snowy' sentiment from the same stamp plate. For the finishing touches I added natural twine and a Christmas token.

Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment.

DESIGNER: Tracy Evans x x

October 1, 2014

Show Us your AO Art - October Challenge

We would love for you to share your AO Art with us!  Our challenge for the month of October is Anything Goes using Artistic Outpost Stamps.  Our challenge has no theme, we would  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 $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 September challenge, we loved seeing your creations!

The random winner from the September Challenge is....

Stamps - Artistic Outpost Route 66
Stamps - Artistic Outpost Route 66

I love the mail art piece Miss Iowa created created from chipboard using the Route 66 stamp set.  She also decorated a cool mail art envelope to send her arrow in.  Congratulations Miss Iowa, please email me by October 15, 2014, to claim your AO Gift Certificate.

We have also randomly selected to highlight the following projects from our September Challenge entries:

Stamps - Artistic Outpost Huck Finn
Stamps - Artistic Outpost Huck Finn

Stamps - Artistic Outpost Diesel Punk, Think and Wonder
Stamps - Artistic Outpost Diesel Punk, Think and Wonder

Stamps - Artistic Outpost Serenity

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.

Challenge Details:
To enter the Show us your AO Art Challenge, please use Artistic Outpost images ONLY 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, online gallery or Flickr Album 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 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 - October Challenge.  All links must be posted by 10/31/14, 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 November to see if you've won.

We look forward to seeing your creations using Artistic Outpost images.

September 29, 2014

Welcome Autumn

Mother Nature doesn't seem to want to "Welcome Autumn", as we've had quite a few warm summer days lately!  I'm looking forward to the leaves changing colors, cooler nights and wearing hoodies! My card this uses the Artistic Outpost Old Grist Mill and Hayride stamp sets.

The image from Old Grist Mill is stamped in Ranger Coffee Archival Ink on a scrap of pattern paper and colored with Watercolor Pencils, then die cut using one of label dies from the 
ODBD Custom Vintage Flourish Pattern Die set, layering the panel on an Espresso panel that was die cut using the ODBD Custom Vintage Labels Dies. To embellish my card, I added a stamped tag using a sentiment from the Hayride stamp set, stamping on a scrap of pattern paper, die cutting the panel using the smallest tag from the ODBD Custom Recipe Card and Tags Die set.  To further embellish I added Vintage Brown Seam Binding, a button tied with twine, leaves die cut from pattern paper using the ODBD Custom Fall Leaves and Acorn Dies and a border cut from Espresso card stock using the ODBD Custom Beautiful Borders Dies.

There is still time to enter our Show us your AO Art September Challenge, we would love to see what you have been creating with Artistic Outpost stamps!

Designer - Lisa Somerville

September 28, 2014

Old Covered Bridge

Welcome friends! I have a card to share that I used for the monthly Artistic Outpost blog hop this past week.   I thought I had already exhausted all my fall inspiration but I grabbed my absolute favorite fall stamp set - Artistic Outpost's Old Grist Mill and went from there.  I wanted to add a rustic element and went with burlap.  The burlap was brushed on the reverse with Multi Medium Matte and allowed to dry thoroughly before I die cut it.  I dabbed some Walnut Stain distress stain around the die cut edge of the burlap.  The burlap was cut with the Baroque Movers and Shapers die and the stamped focal image was cut with the Mini Baroque Movers and Shapers die.

A piece of filigree metal was added that I had I painted with Antique Linen distress paint and then burnished over the top with a burnishing block to bring out the metal highlights.  The sentiment, which I love, is also from the Old Grist Mill set.  The sentiment banner is hand cut.  The fall foliage was cut with the Spring Greenery die, sponged with Dried Marigold DI and then spritzed with Biscotti Perfect Pearls Mist.  I used a mini paper clip to attach a tiny scrap of dyed seam binding to give it a little extra coordinating color.  

Hope you like my fall inspired card.  Thanks so much for dropping by today!

September 27, 2014

Man Genius

Welcome to the Artistic Outpost Blog! Today I have a card that I made for my hubby’s birthday. The background is scrap paper glued in a random fashion and sprayed with various ink sprays. I stamped from the London Underground set to finish off the background and to make an embellishment. My focal image and sentiment have been stamped from the Steampunk stamp set. I embossed the main image to give it a little more pop! Have a great weekend.

Designer  - Kate Yetter

September 26, 2014

Country Roads

Here we are with another Friday, so I am here to share with you my recent AO Blog Hop project, using the Hayride and Home wonderful collections! Before I start, there is still a few days left to join in September's "Show us your AO Art" for a chance to win a $15 store gift certificate, so get those AO stamps inky!
Those little cuties were stamped and masked and then I inked the background using Squeezed Lemonade, Wild Honey and Spiced Marmalade and a little wheat stamping. Next I rubbed some Dusty Concord and Peeled Paint on the craft sheet and misted on a little water and then flicked the thinned ink onto the tag.
The vintage truck was stamped and clear embossed and then fussy cut. I used Versamark to stamp the words and clear embossed (later removed), then stamped the sign in Watering Can Archival and colored with Antique Linen and Vintage Photo. I used the woodgrain from the sign to create a second sign post! Added a few Autumn leaves in the truck bed and we were good to hit those Country Roads.
Have a wonderful weekend and thank you for stopping by today.

Designer: Terry Horrall
Terry's Work In Progress

September 25, 2014

Autumnal Artist Trading Block

Today I decided to showcase the SERENITY plate and the TYPOGRAPHY plate.
I decided to create an artist trading block colouring the sides with Archival Re-inkers Orange Blossom and Potting Soil and then stamped the image with Potting Soil Archival Ink. I love the combination of the warm Autumnal tones and the detailed image. I also added an 'autumn' Chitchat sticker for added interest.
I added some die cut Frameworks which I coloured with Distress Paints Fired Brick, Peeled Paint and Rusty Hinge.
I adore this sentiment and I love the font too perfect for an Autumnal piece I thought!
Another wonderful sentiment from the SERENITY plate added to the opposite side of my block.
I stamped 'Life is good' to the top of my block and added some die cut Tattered Leaves coloured with Distress Paints, bending each of the leaves to give movement and colouring the edges of each of the leaves with Walnut Stain Distress Ink. I also included three mini pumpkins to my design. I have also coloured the inside of my block with Archival Re-inkers, making it perfect to house a gift for someone who has a birthday during Autumn.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

DESIGNER: Tracy Evans xxx