November 23, 2014

White Christmas

It's Linda back for my weekly post for Artistic Outpost.  This week I felt like making an all white card, but then decided to make it more festive by adding silver tones.  I started by stamping the image from Midwinter and the sentiment from Christmas Chalk on white CS with Jet Black archival ink.  I cut them out with two of the labels dies from the new Tim Holtz Thinlits Labels set.  Using the On the Edge Snow Flurries die, I cut white CS and glittered it with Clear Rock Candy distress glitter using Glossy Accents.  Venise lace bows were added to give it a holiday touch.  

Thanks for stopping by.  Wishing all my fellow Americans a Happy Thanksgiving!

Designer:  Linda Coughlin

November 22, 2014


I made this journal page with a fall them using one of my favorite Artistic Outpost stamp sets, Hayride. I used the Chalk It Up set for the frame and the London Underground in the background. Patterned paper scraps, gesso and paints were used in the background.

Designer - Kate Yetter

November 21, 2014

Sweet Daisy!

Hope you all are doing well today and thank you for stopping by. I would like to share a blast from the past using the Gatsby collection that I totally love!
This one focuses on the lovely Daisy, who was stamped and I added a little color using chalks, masked and then antiqued around the image. The frames were cut, embossed and then highlighted with Walnut Stain and embossed with clear EP.
The flower was cut from an old leather wallet, embossed and the center layer is glassine, all layered on some designer paper on a black card base.

Have a wonderful weekend and there is still a week left to enter the November "Show us your AO Art," so hope to see your lovely projects there.

Designer: Terry Horrall
Terry's Work In Progress

November 20, 2014

Enjoy The Beauty Of The Season

I am still continuing with my Christmas makes this week and today I am showcasing the fabulous MidWinter plate from Artistic Outpost.
I love using kraft card for my Christmas cards, I love the neutral rustic charm it gives to any design. The background of my card has been created using the background stamp from the MidWinter plate stamped with Potting Soil Archival Ink, adding highlights with a white pen for that snowy frosty feel.
I stamped the reindeer once with Potting Soil Archival Ink and then masked the image to stamp the same image two further times. Once again I also added highlights with a white pen and added a few delicate splatters with white paint. I also included Chitchat stickers for further interest, colouring with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink to coordinate with my design.
I stamped the sentiment with Archival Ink and added shading with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink. I cut two snowflakes from white card, coloured with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink and then added touches of Picket Fence Distress Paint to add to the frosty feel. I also included a few of Tim Holtz mirrored star embellishments.
Thanks so much for stopping by.

DESIGNER: Tracy Evans x x 

November 19, 2014

Yuletide Greetings

Hi, Lisa here today, with my weekly share on the Artistic Outpost Blog.  This week, I created a Christmas card using the MidWinter and Sleigh Ride stamp sets.

The trees from the Sleigh Ride set are stamped in Hunter on a scrap of the pattern paper, then die cut using Our Daily Bread Designs Circle Ornament Dies, and matted on Espresso card stock using the the ODBD Custom Matting Circle Dies.

The Elk is stamped in Ranger Coffee Archival on a scrap of the pattern paper, then fussy cut and adhered to the stamped panel as shown.

There's still time to play along with the November Show Us your AO Art Challenge - we would love to see what you've been creating with AO stamps!

Designer - Lisa Somerville

November 16, 2014

Autumn Roads

I've always loved the Artistic Outpost stamp set Home and thought it made a nice rustic background for a leaf wreath.  I started with a jumbo manila tag and used Jet Black archival ink for my stamping.  Then the Tim Holtz Burlap stencil was used with Scattered Straw distress ink.  Spiced Marmalade and Vintage Photo DI were used on the edges.  
A doily was die cut from white card stock and colored by blending on a combination of Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain DI.  The leaves were also cut from white CS and stamped with Jet Black archival using several Artistic Outpost stamp sets including Whimsical Melange and Generation Redux.  Then several colors of distress ink were blended on including Rusty Hinge, Barn Door, Spiced Marmalade, Scattered Straw and Peeled Paint.  The leaves were misted with water, scrunched a bit and dried with a heat tool.  When dry, they were edged with Vintage Photo DI. The center panel was stenciled with Brushed Corduory and the Tim Holtz woodgrain stencil.  The word Home was stamped with Potting Soil archival ink.
The tag was finished off with a little fall bundle of die cut sticks and wheat heads topped off with a small acorn that was stamped with the tiny text in the corner of the girl photo from the Generation Redux set.  It was colored with Vintage Photo and Crackle Accents was applied.

That's it for this week's project.  Hope you are having a great weekend!  Thanks so much for stopping by.

Designer:  Linda Coughlin
The Funkie Junkie

November 15, 2014

Wonderland Christmas

The Christmas holiday is approaching so I made a Christmas tag using the Wonderland Collage and the Christmas Chalk stamp sets. The background is embossed using the Serenity stamp set. Thank you for looking.

Designer - Kate Yetter

November 14, 2014

Happy Birthday!

Good Friday to all of you! Today I am sharing a birthday card with a secret tag pocket that I made for my granddaughter's 21st! We are midway through November and there is still plenty of time to enter the monthly "Show us your AO Art" for a chance to win something, so get inky!
This lovely young lady from Generation Redux was stamped on some Blooming Garden paper from ODBD, which I had lightly whitewashed where the image would be. She was set inside the cabinet card pocket that I had stencil embossed. Added a few bits of Idea-ology which were colored with alcohol inks or paint.
The secret tag is for inspiration using the sentiment from Chalkboard Wisdom and then I added a little more interest on the background using Ephemera Backgrounds and Whimsical Melange.
I hope you have a wonderful weekend and thank you for visiting today.

Designer: Terry Horrall
Terry's Work In Progress

November 13, 2014

Rustic Christmas Card

Welcome, today I have my Artistic Outpost weekly post showcasing the fabulous MIDWINTER stamp set.
I was inspired by Richele to use some dies that I had not used in a while the Cameo Frame die and the large Sized Oval Movers and Shapers die. I made an easel card for my base from brown card and then die cut the Cameo Frame from kraft card and applied Gathered Twigs Distress Ink around the edges to add to the rustic feel. I then applied embossing paste through Tim's stars stencil to add texture to my background.
I then die cut the oval from white card added a touch of shading with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink and then stamped the focal image from the Midwinter stamp set with Potting Soil Archival Ink, adding touches of stamped foliage around the edges. I die cut a poinsettia from kraft kard, spritzed the card with water and then crumpled the petals to give some texture and movement. I then added touches of Picket Fence Distress Paint to the edges of the petals and flicked some paint with a fine paintbrush. I added a pearl to the centre for added interest.
I added a few pieces of greenery to the card die cut from brown card using Tim Holtz Holiday Greens Die, adding touches of Picket Fence Distress Paint to the greenery to add to the snowy feel. I also included a rusty star and a couple of Chitchat Stickers. The base of the easel also has a strip of kraft card added with stencilled stars in the background.

Thanks so much for stopping by

DESIGNER: Tracy Evans x x 

November 11, 2014

Freedom isn't Free

Today, in the US we honor the people who have served in the US Armed Forces.

Thank you to all of our military personnel for the sacrifices you have made for our freedom!

Designer - Lisa Somerville
Stamps - Artistic Outpost Hero

November 8, 2014

Christmas Greetings

Kate here today, and I made a Christmas card using the PaperBoy, and Christmas Chalk stamp sets. I used a lot of scrap paper, gesso, ink spray and die cuts. 

Designer -  Kate Yetter

November 7, 2014

Enjoy the Beauty

Terry here to share with you on this wonderful Friday a little Christmas card! The new November challenge has started, so we hope you will join in and "Show us your AO Art."

All stamps used on this card, are from the MidWinter collection of gorgeous stamps. The background Christmas paper from ODBD was splattered with a little white paint for a snowy effect and edged in white paint as well. I stamped the snowy scene using Watering Can Archival on white card stock and then heat set. Next I applied a little Stormy Sky marker to the craft mat and using a water brush, colored in the creek and then Weathered Wood was used for a little shading and the skyline.

Oh how I love this reindeer! Stamped in WC Archival and then colored in with Pumice Stone and Vintage Photo, fussy cut and a little snow added to the antlers.

The sentiment was clear embossed, inked over, splattered with paint and cut using the Vintage Labels die from ODBD. A few little bells and a snowy edge and we were good to go.

Have a wonderful weekend and thank you so much for stopping by today.

Designer: Terry Horrall
Terry's Work In Progress

November 6, 2014

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

I am using my favourite stamp set once again for Artistic Outpost, Snowy Woods. I love this plate and this year I am trying to get ahead with my Christmas makes so that I can enjoy December and the build up to the festivities.

I have embossed the background with a heart embossing folder using Core'dinations card and sanded back the design to reveal the core.
I cut a piece of Kraft card 4.5" x 6.5" and then applied Vintage Photo Distress Ink to Tim Holtz star layering stencil, spritzed with water and then placed onto the kraft card, removed and then dried with a heat tool. I also applied Potting Soil Archival Ink to the edges for definition. I then stamped the frame from the Christmas Chalk stamp set with Black Archival Ink and then added the sentiment and Reindeer images to the frame also from the same stamp set. I added a metal snowflake embellishment for added interest.
A touch of background stamping has been added to the background layer along with Remnant Rubs, Chitchat stickers and 'CHRISTMAS' sentiment using a shadowpress.
I cut out a heart from kraft card and then stamped the Father Christmas image with Potting Soil Archival ink, adding a touch of shading around the image and then tucked the heart behind my layers.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

DESIGNER: Tracy Evans x x 

November 5, 2014

A Nostalgic Christmas

My card today features the adorable little girl from the Frosty and Friends stamp set. Guessin' it's 1940's, early 50's, because I had a coat, hat and muff like that!! That sweet child is popped up on my favorite Doily Die from Our Daily Bread Designs, which I used like a wreath. I am so happy with the outcome, and the bling suits the times!  If this stamp appeals to you, please check out the entire's really adorable and it seems to never go out of style.

Thanks for stoppin' by.............hugz........
Gerrie Johnnic

November 3, 2014

Show Us your AO Art - November Challenge

We would love for you to share your AO Art with us!  Our challenge for the month of November 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 $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 our October Challenge, we love seeing what you create with Artistic Outpost stamps!  The randomly selected winner from the October Challenge is....

Stamps - Artistic Outpost Apothecary, Cowgirl Strength, Ephemera Backgrounds

I love the beautiful artist cube Sandie created and the way she collaged the stamped images.

Congratulations Sandie, please email Lisa by 11/15/14, to claim your prize!

We have also randomly selected to highlight the following entries:

Stamps - Artistic Outpost Boardwalk

I love the bright fun papers Lisa added to her card and the framing of the stamped image, it really makes the image with it's subtle coloring pop!

Stamps - Artistic Outpost Boardwalk

Miss Iowa has created another fabulous altered piece, this time, it's an Altered Matchbox.  The bathing beauty from the Boardwalk stamp set fits wonderful into the door opening of the beach bath house!

Stamps - Artistic Outpost The Outpost

Karen's card using The Outpost stamp set is very striking in Black and White, matted with Silver!

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 - November Challenge.  All links must be posted by 10/30/14, 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 December to see if you've won.

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

November 2, 2014

Yuletide Greetings

Hello and welcome!  Linda here with a Christmas card using the Midwinter set, which I dearly love.  I started with a brick stencil and embossing paste, then colored it a bit with Brushed Corduroy edged with Walnut Stain.  The window was cut from chipboard and I stenciled on the woodgrain stencil from Tim Holtz.  The lovely midwinter scene is perfect for looking out a window at - so peaceful.  I used the new Holiday Greens die for cutting the evergreen.  The pine ones and the sentiment were both stamped using the Midwinter set.  Thanks so much for stopping by.  I hope you are having a wonderful fall weekend.  

Designer:  Linda Coughlin

November 1, 2014

Belated Birthday Greetings

Happy Saturday! I made a card to for a belated birthday with a fall theme.  I used the Hayride, and Generation Redux stamp sets. The background was made using paper scraps, gesso and ink sprays. Thank you for visiting the blog today.

Designer -  Kate Yetter

October 31, 2014

Trick or Treat!

It is Friday and it is Halloween and this is the last day to join in in the October "Show us you AO Art"  and that is not a trick, but you could get a treat! The tag I am sharing today is to celebrate Autumn as much as Halloween, so here we go.
The lovely girls from the Paperboy office have finished work and are deciding which one will go out tonight as "Lois Lane." The young ladies were stamped with Coffee Archival on a piece of Blooming Garden paper from ODBD, which I did a whitewash over the area where the faces would be. This was then shaded.
The background tag was inked with various Distress inks and then stamped with the Ephemera Background Music Sheet in Vintage Photo. Next I added colors to the leaf stamp from Generation Redux using first Walnut Stain and touches of Barn Door and Spiced Marmalade markers. Just love the watercolor effect. The scanned in copy does not do justice to how pretty the background is.
Thank you so much for stopping by today and I hope you have a wonderful Halloween if you dare and a wonderful weekend.

Designer: Terry Horrall
Terry's Work in Progress

October 30, 2014

Winter Wishes

This week for Artistic Outpost I am using the SNOWY WOODS stamp set.

I decorated the background with Tim Holtz star layering stencil using Pine Needles Distress Ink, blending a touch of colour around the edges.. I also added a touch of background stamping using Potting Soil Archival Ink.
I added a second layer again with stencilled stars, applying background stamping to the stars and matting onto a piece of brown Core'dinations card stock. A central panel has been added along with Winter Wishes using Tim Holtz Holiday Words.
I cut out three stars from white card stamped the Father Christmas image onto one of the stars and added a touch of shading with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.
Two further stars have been cut from white card and this time stamped with images from the CHRISTMAS CHALK stamp set stamping each of the images with Potting Soil Archival Ink.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

DESIGNER: Tracy Evans x x

October 27, 2014

Vintage Santa

Hi, Lisa here today with my weekly share on the Artistic Outpost Blog.  If you missed the blog hop last week, this is the card I posted on my blog.  The vintage Santa image is from the Snowy Woods stamp set, stamped in Ranger Cocoa Archival on a scrap of pattern paper.  I die cut the panel using the ODBD Circle Ornaments Die and layered the stamped image on a Gold panel that was die cut using the ODBD Matting Circles Dies.  All pattern paper is from the ODBD Christmas Paper Pad Collection 2014.  To embellish I added a die cut using the Beautiful Borders Dies, Seam Binding, Gold Cording and buttons that were die cut using the Matting Circles Dies.

Don't forget to play along with the Show Us your AO Art Challenge - we would love to see what you have been creating!

Designer - Lisa Somerville