May 29, 2015


Happy Friday to you all and it is time to Play with the newly released Springtime stamps! Earlier this week AO had a Designers Choice Blog Hop and this is what I came up with!
The children were stamped in Black Archival, colored using a water brush and Brushed Corduroy, Tattered Rose and Spun Sugar. When completely dried, the image was masked and the tag background inked with Weathered Wood and Stormy Sky and then I flicked on some water. The umbrellas in the background were created by inking the top portion of the stamp with Watering Can Archival and I drew on the handle portion. Next I inked over this with the background colors and a little Antique Linen. The fence was stamped in Watering Can.
The sentiment was stamped and inked and cut using the Vintage Labels Die from ODBD. All edges on the tag and sentiment were shaded in Vintage Photo and Black Soot. Die cut the Play from black card stock and finished off with a dyed ribbon.
Thank you for visiting and have a fabulous weekend!

Designer: Terry Horrall
Terry's Work In Progress

May 28, 2015

Springtime Play

I decided to create a piece with the newly released Springtime stamp set onto a mixed media background.
The background has been coloured with Distress Inks Worn Lipstick and Squeezed Lemonade, applied to a non-stick craft sheet, spritzed with and then mopped up with the card and dried with a heat tool. I also then dabbed the card back into any remaining ink  and dried once again.
I also added the farm in the background from the Country Life stamp set, stamped in black Archival Ink. I also included painty circles and scratchy lines using Mustard Seed and Worn Lipstick Distress Paint for added layers of interest.
I added a few delicate splatters of Distress Paint, Black Soot and Worn Lipsick and added the sentiment from the Springtime stamp set.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

DESIGNER: Tracy Evans x x

May 27, 2015

Artistic Outpost Monthly Blog Hop

Welcome to the Artistic Outpost Design Team monthly Blog Hop! This month, the designers are sharing projects using the Artistic Outpost stamp sets of their choice, we hope you'll hop along with us! 

Please click on the designers name under their projects to be taken to their blog posts for more information on their projects.

Artistic Outpost Stamp sets: Springtime, Our Daily Bread Designs Custom Dies: Vintage Labels

Artistic Outpost Stamp sets: Springtime, Country Life

Artistic Outpost Stamp sets: Wander and Dream

Artistic Outpost Stamp sets: Springtime, Serenity, Chalkboard Wisdom, Our Daily Bread Designs Custom Dies: Clouds and Raindrops, Gilded Gate

Artistic Outpost Stamp sets: Springtime

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May 25, 2015

Free Shipping - 3 Days Only!

To thank you for your continued support of Our Daily Bread Designs, North Coast Creations and Artistic Outpost, we are having a 3 Day FREE SHIPPING Sale on ALL US orders!  

Our Free Shipping special ends on Wednesday, May 27, 2015, 11:00 PM EDT. (Limited to stock on hand, retail customers only)

International Customers:
 you will receive $5.00 off your order (in place of free shipping)

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May 24, 2015

Gift Certificate Winners

Thank you to those who took the time to leave comments here on the AO Blog and our Designers Blogs for our Spring New Release Post and Blog Hop! 

Congratulations to the following people who were randomly selected from comments left on our Design Team Blogs Spring New Release Posts. You have each won a $15 Gift Certificate to the Artistic Outpost Store, to be used toward the purchase of AO Stamps.  Winners, Please email Lisa by June 4, 2015, to claim your gift certificate, be sure to put Spring Winner in the subject line. 

From Shari's Blog:
Liz Hahn - Just LOVE the way you did the background on the your card using the Springtime stamp set. I can’t wait to try something similar.The Cameo effect you used on the Wander & Dream card, reminds me of pictures in the books I read as a child in the early 1960’s, about Annie Oakley.

From Terry's Blog:
Redanne said...Love your first card, you created a fantastic background on it. For me, the second card is just amazing - love those kids and the great scene you created - took me right back to being a kid again! Hugs, Anne xx

From Kate's Blog:
Gez - Beautiful, beautiful cards. Amazing new stamps ♥Loving the gate on the Springtime set♥

Spring's Greatest Joy

Hello There & Happy Sunday!!  Wasn't the New Release Blog Hop this past Wednesday fun?!!  I hope you enjoyed seeing the creations that my fellow Artistic Outpost Design Teammates made using our new Springtime and Wander & Dream stamp sets.  Now we get to have the fun of sharing our creations with you!  I've got one of the cards that I shared in the blog hop, here for you today. 

I'm using the Springtime set with a little bit of Ephemera Backgrounds thrown in for good measure! 

This is how my background panel started out.  This is a 3.5" x 4.75" mixed-media paper panel.  I stenciled first, using my Harlequin layering stencil with Picket Fence Distress Paint, then I sprinkled itty bitty amounts of Lemon Yellow & Alizarin Crimson Color Bursts over the stenciled background, spritzed with water and let the Color Bursts do their thing! 

Before positioning the fussy cut children into place, I had stamped their images onto my background panel as place keepers.  I added the pieces of tissue tape as their anchors, then proceeded to add random stamping using the music image from the Ephemera Backgrounds set.  I also used a paint cap to add the white & black circles and an old gift card to add the paint lines. 

The children were stamped separately onto mixed-media paper with Jet Black Archival, heat set, then fussy cut with my finger knife.  I inked the edges of the fussy cut pieces with the side of my Walnut Stain Distress Markers and adhered into place with matte multi-medium.  When dry, I used my water brush and my Walnut Stain Distress Marker to add shadows around the children, then I outlined again with my white gel pen.  But then, I thought the white outline was too bright, so I used the fine tip side of my Pumice Stone Distress Marker and went over the white outline again to tone it down. 

The upper right corner needed an additional little something, so I added a little bit more stenciling using my Latticework layering stencil and Ripe Persimmon Distress Ink.  I stamped the sentiment onto tissue paper, carefully fussy cut and adhered into place with matte multi-medium.  I heat set, then outlined the words in the same manner as I did the kids.  I've got a few more details of this card at my blog if you'd like to come over for a looksee--

Oh, and May is quickly ticking down--Have you shown us your AO art, yet?  Bring your creations made with Artistic Outpost stamps to our monthly Anything Goes with Artistic Outpost stamps challenge for the chance to win a $15 gift certificate towards a purchase of AO stamps! 

Thanks for stopping by today!

Designer: Shari Trumbull
Ain't That Artsy Fartsy

May 23, 2015

Little Hero

Hello! Kate here today and I am sharing a card with a patriotic theme. Believe it or not, I am repurposing the focal image stamped from the Hero stamp set. A few years ago I made a pop up card with this image but I was unable to send the card in the mail because it was bulky. As a result, I tore the image off and stashed it for future use. The background is patterned paper sporting a red script, perfect for being patriotic. I glued on my previously assembled image complete with glitter and die cuts and colored with markers. Easy, right? I hope you try repurposing your stamped images before throwing them out. Have fun stamping!

Designer - Kate Yetter

May 22, 2015

Memorial Day!

My Friday post using Artistic Outpost's "Hero" collection is in celebration of this upcoming Memorial Day. The bravery of the men and women who served our country lives on in our celebrating life and freedom every single day and I know we are all thankful for their sacrifices!
I decided to make a tag which began by inking some photo paper with Fired Brick and Stormy Sky and then applied a good amount of water and let it run down a little and then picked up the excess with a paper towel, when dried, I flicked on a little more. I was quite pleased with the effect and then masked off the framed area of the flag and stamped with Black Archival.
Next the image and sentiment were colored with markers and stamped on white card stock, cut, shaded and matted on black.
Thank you for stopping by today and have a wonderful weekend!

Designer: Terry Horrall
Terry's Work In Progress 

May 20, 2015

Artistic Outpost Spring New Release and Blog Hop

Welcome to the Artistic Outpost Spring New Release post and Blog Hop! Please keep reading to find out how you can WIN a free Artistic Outpost Gift Certificate! 

Our New Releases are now available for purchase, click here to order from our website! You can also call Josh at 877-451-4909 to place your phone order.

Our new Springtime stamp set features sweet images of Children, a gate and springtime sentiments.  Use these stamps on their own, or combine them with other Artistic Outpost stamp sets to create your own scenes.

The Wander and Dream stamp set has a charming Southwest feel.  The designers have created wonderful samples using both of these new stamp sets!

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To inspire you, we are posting the Design Team Spring Blog Hop projects, with links to their blogs under the photos.  

Prize Details:
Three randomly selected winners will each receive a $15 gift certificate to the AO Store, to be used toward the purchase of AO Stamps just for commenting on the Design Team cards on their blogs!  You have until May 23, 2015 at 10:00 p.m. CDT to leave your comments for a chance to win!  The Winners will be posted on the AO Blog on May 24th, so be sure to check back to see if you won!

Artistic Outpost Stamps: Wander and Dream, Our Daily Bread Designs Dies: Beautiful Borders

Artistic Outpost Stamps: Springtime

Artistic Outpost Stamps: Wander and Dream

Artistic Outpost Stamps: Springtime

Artistic Outpost Stamps: Springtime

Artistic Outpost Stamps: Wander and Dream

Artistic Outpost Stamps: Springtime

Artistic Outpost Stamps: Wander and Dream

Artistic Outpost Stamps: Springtime, Kudzu Kafe, Paperboy, Sleigh Ride, The Outpost

Artistic Outpost Stamps: Wander and Dream

Artistic Outpost Stamps: Springtime, Think and Wonder, Our Daily Bread Designs Custom Dies: Layered Lacey Squares

Artistic Outpost Stamps: Wander and Dream, Ephemera Backgrounds, Our Daily Bread Designs Custom Layered Lacey Squares Dies

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May 18, 2015

My Hero

Hello and welcome to the AO Blog!  Lisa here today sharing a Patriotic card using images from the Artistic Outpost Hero stamp set.

The beautiful papers are from Our Daily Bread Designs Patriotic Paper Collection.  The border and frame are from the ODBD Layered Lacey Squares die set.

I stamped the sweet little solider boy in Black Archival on Vanilla card stock, masked the image with Eclipse tape then stamped the flag.  The image is colored with Watercolor Markers.
Designer - Lisa Somerville

May 17, 2015

Sunshine Girl

Hello & Happy Sunday!! It's me, Shari and I've got a quick and easy tag to share with you today using two sets of Artistic Outpost Stamps.

I'm using images from The Outpost and Kudzu Kafe stamp sets.  These two sets have my favorite, go-to images and I'm very comfortable working with them.  I was really trying to challenge myself with making a single layer tag, but NOPE!  I just can't resist my fussy cut layers!   

This is the only picture I managed to take of my tag, before I got busy on it-Sorry about that!  This tag really was that quick to put together, even with my fussy cut parts.  But, here's how I began--I started my tag with two layers of Distress Stain colors-Squeezed Lemonade & Worn Lipstick.  I used the wrinkle free technique to apply the color, and heat dried.  Then I blotted up all of the extra stain with the tag to get all of those fun spots of color. 

Here's my favorite go-to girl image--this time I'm calling her 'Sunshine Girl' because she really does bring her own brand of sunshine to the projects I use her on!  I smile every time I gaze upon her and this time 'round I gave her a little bouquet of Distressed Tattered Florals.  She was stamped onto mixed-media paper with Jet Black Archival and water colored with Distress Markers and my water brush.  When I fussy cut her, I edged the image with the side of my Walnut Stain Distress Marker. 

Oh, I just love these little areas where you can see all of the layers of colors and stamping and stenciling.  Another one of my favorite go-to images is the script stamp in The Outpost set.  I've stamped it randomly on this tag with Sepia Archival then filled in other areas with stenciling using the Latticework stencil and Worn Lipstick Distress Ink. 

Before adhering the word bands and 'sunshine girl' into place, I ran the tag through my sewing machine to stitch a messy border around the house/windmill scene, then I gave the entire tag a nice spritz & flick of water to get those lovely water spots. 

I glued everything down with matte-multi medium and when dry, outlined with my Pumice Stone Distress Marker and smudged with a damp finger.  I finished with distressing the edges with my paper distresser, inked with Walnut Stain Distress Ink and added a messy, Distress Stained seam binding bow at the top. 

What about making your own, almost-single-layer Artistic Outpost creation and bringing it over our Show Us You AO Art Challenge this month?  There's still plenty of time to join in and you've got the chance to win a $15 gift certificate towards the purchase of Artistic Outpost stamps!  Hope to see you there!!

Thanks for joining me today!

Designer: Shari Trumbull
Ain't That Artsy Fartsy

May 16, 2015

Atlantic City Beauties

Welcome! Today I am sharing card. I was excited to pull out my Boardwalk stamp set for is project, especially since the weather is turning warm. These images certainly put me in the mood for spring/summer. My background was made using paper scraps, paints, gesso and stamping from the Flapper Fashion set. My focal images and sentiment were stamped in various colored inks. Thank you for joining us on the blog today. Go stamp!

Designer - Kate Yetter

May 15, 2015

Rose Colored Glasses!

Happy Friday to you all! Wow it is already the middle of May and we are halfway through the "Show Us Your AO Art" challenge, so come on and join in!
This tag started with a piece of glossy card stock cut and inked up using Mountain Rose and Salmon alcohol inks. The images from Generation Redux and Flower Market where then stamped in Black Archival and then heat set. This was then mounted on black and I added photo corners. The tag background was cut from pink card stock and then stamped the background for a little extra interest. Black stained some ribbon to finish.

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

Designer: Terry Horrall
Terry's Work In Progress

May 14, 2015

Hat's Off

Welcome, time for my weekly post for Artistic Outpost and today I am showcasing the fabulous Hats Background and Hat's Off stamp sets.
I love using these two stamp sets for masculine cards and the Hats Background is one of those stamps that is so useful with so many other images.
I die cut three ovals and coloured each with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink and then flicked with water to give an aged feel to each. I then stamped the Hats Background onto the background using Black Archival Ink. I also added a mini top hat to embellish, highlighting with a touch of Treasure Wax.
I added the gentleman to the central oval panel again stamping with Black Archival Ink and raising slightly to give dimension set against the other two die cut ovals. To complete I added a sentiment again aged with Distress Inks.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

DESIGNER: Tracy Evans x x