November 29, 2015

Are You Ready for Some Football?

Happy Sunday!!  It's me, Shari with you today sharing my weekly project--I'm still playing around with our Go Team stamp set and am even using another piece of master board I made back in September.  See, hoarding some of your pieces is a good thing! 

The images in the Go Team set take me right to vintagey, warm colors and I knew a piece of the Autumn-y master board, from my On the Leaves of Babes card, would be a perfect background for these images. 

Here's a picture of the master board in its 'before' state.  After today's card, I'll only have one piece left.  I may hoard it a little longer....

I stamped the football image onto kraft glassine with Jet Black Archival.  I outlined with white gel pen then glued the pieces of glassine onto black stock and fussy cut.  I stamped the loving cup image onto manila stock with Watering Can Archival then heat embossed with silver embossing powder.  When the embossing was set, I carefully fussy cut and inked the edges.

I stamped the pennants and two teammates onto coffee stained mixed-media paper with Potting Soil and Jet Black Archival inks.  I water colored the boys with my water brush and Distress Markers and fussy cut them and all of the pennants. 

I stamped the quote onto coffee stained mixed-media paper and carefully fussy cut then mounted onto black card stock and fussy cut into bands.  The stadium image was stamped onto tissue paper with Jet Black Archival and adhered to the surface of the background panel with matte Decou-Page. 

I added machine stitching to the background panel before adhering everything into place.  After I glued down the pennants, I ran the panel through my sewing machine again to give them a stitched border, too.  The boys were adhered with foam dots and given one of the silver loving cups and a pile of footballs.  I adhered the finished panel to a dark brown card base that I also gave a stitched border to. 

I think this could be one of my favorite cards I've made with our Go Team stamp set, so far.  It's positive and there's so much to look at and the machine stitching adds fun interest.  If you've got a sewing machine, I highly recommend adding it to your inventory as a go-to piece of crafting equipment.  So much creative 'Ooomph' with little effort! 

You know what else I was thinking?  With Christmas right around the corner, the Go Team stamp set would make a perfect gift for the crafter in your family--especially if there are football fans in the family, too?  It would be a gift that would keep on giving, all year long!!  Hint Hint!!

Thanks for joining me today!  See you next week!!

Designer: Shari Trumbull
Ain't That Artsy Fartsy

November 28, 2015

Christmas Girls

Hello! It's Christmas and time to start making Christmas cards. I made this card using the new Toy Emporium set. I love these little girls peeking out from behind the lace. The stamp set was used in the background along with some paper strips, gesso and paint. I stamped the main image and sentiment on kraft paper and embellished with lace, die cuts and buttons. Have fun stamping.

Designer: Kate Yetter


November 26, 2015

Toy Emporium

This week I am showcasing the newly released Toy Emporium stamp set from Artistic Outpost.
I wanted to create something a little different this week and decided to create a shadow frame using Tim Holtz Pocket Watch Frame die combined with Eileen Hull's 3D Die; which worked perfectly with the Artistic Outpost imagery.
The inside of the clock acts as my shadow box to showcase the adorable little girl from the Toy Emporium stamp set. I added a touch of colour to the imagery using my Polychromo pencils. I also created a mask of the girl before adding the background stamping.  I also included some delicate paint splatters using Fired Brick Distress Paint. To add further to the vintage feel I applied a coat of DecoArt Crackle Glaze and then rubbed over the cracks with Raw Umber Antiquing Cream, removing the excess with a baby wipe.
I added the dimensional clock to a chunky ATC which I painted with Fired Brick Distress Paint and then covered with a coat of DecoArt Crackle Glaze, once again ageing further with Antiquing Cream. I also added some foliage and a mini Christmas Tree for added interest.
As I started to put my pieces together I decided to add rusty wire around the edges of the front piece before thinking about how I would adhere this to the dimension clock piece. In the end I decided to cement them together using DecoArt Crackle Paste, which worked perfectly. I applied Antiquing Cream to the Crackle Paste once dry just to age a little.
A touch more foliage has been added to the top along with a few berries to add to the seasonal charm.
When I die cut the pieces I did add decorative paper to the Eileen Hull's 3D Die before assembling, so that the decorative paper appeared on the inside of the clock.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

DESIGNER: Tracy Evans x x

November 22, 2015

Matchbox Play Book

Hi There and Happy Sunday!!  It's me Shari with you today-recuperating from a blustery week of stormy weather and power outages!  Being without electricity for just a couple of days, makes me feel like I'm two weeks behind....Good thing I have a few Artistic Outpost projects ready in advance to share during times when I can't quite make it to the crafting table! 

I couldn't resist using our new Go Team stamp set to create my very first matchbox journal creation.  This is a bigger matchbox and measures about 2 1/2" x 4 1/4". 

When you pull the drawer open, there's a cute little journal you can use to jot down notes or those creative ideas that you just can't forget!  Let me show you a little bit of what I did to alter this matchbox...

I used a piece of mixed-media paper and created a master board using Distress Spray Stains and white gesso.  I spread the gesso through my Harlequin layering stencil to add some fun texture and design. 

I started by altering the surface of the matchbox with Walnut Stain Distress Stain.  Not pictured is all of the paint cap stamping and paint splatters that I added. 

Before layering the top of the matchbox with a finished piece of master board, I wrapped the box with decorative tissue tapes--Oh, you can see some of the paint splatters and paint cap circles there on the side of the matchbox! 

I stamped this little footballer and the words onto coffee stained mixed-media paper and fussy cut.  I stamped the loving cup onto manila stock, heat embossed with silver embossing powder and carefully fussy cut. 

I adhered all of the fussy cut pieces to a piece of the master board and secured to the top of the matchbox with matte Decou-Page.  The inside of the matchbox drawer got a little piece of the master board, too. 

This little playbook was so fun to make.  I used a couple of sheets of coffee stained copy paper to create the journal and I used black duct tape and my sewing machine to stitch and adhere all of the pages together. 

This journal measures about 2 1/8" x 4" and fits perfectly inside the matchbox drawer.  I used alphabet letter stamps that I have to make the "Play Book" title page--I stamped the words onto tissue paper then adhered to the cover with matte Decou-Page.

I randomly stamped and splattered the inside of the pages to add a bit of interest and give the journal a bit of a 'used feel' to it. 

Altering this matchbox was so fun and I can see making more of these to give away as gifts!  They would make perfect little stocking stuffers, too, and can be altered to fit any occasion, celebration and holiday--This definitely won't be the last time you see one of these from me! 

Thanks so much for joining me here at Artistic Outpost today!!  Since I won't be back until next Sunday, I'd like to wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving!  I'm already looking forward to the Thanksgiving feast leftovers!! 

Designer: Shari Trumbull
Ain't That Artsy Fartsy

November 20, 2015


Happy Friday and thank you for stopping by today to have a look at my altered cigar box using those most fabulous Vintage Fashion stamps released earlier in October and the Beautiful Borders die from ODBD!
This box started with a couple of coats of white gesso followed by a mix of DecoArts Traditions Raw Sienna and Raw Umber applied double loaded on a brush and slip slapped on with a touch of lighter paint.
An embossed layer of card stock was added and colored with various Distress inks and highlighted.
And now the fun begins with gathering embellishments, added the beautiful die cut trim and those fashion images!
All the stamped images were stamped in Coffee Archival and fussy cut! I used some pinking scissors to cut the sentiments.
All sides were finished with the Beautiful Border Trim which was Distress inked to add a vintage touch. On the zipper trim more stamping added. The inside was covered with some old McCalls pattern paper, a bit more trim and another stamped label.
Have a wonderful weekend!

Designer: Terry Horrall
Terry's Work in Progress

November 19, 2015

Fashioned Embroidery Hoop

I am showcasing the fabulous Vintage Fashion once again from Artistic Outpost.
I decided to do an altered embroidery hoop this week, which I thought was a perfect fit for the imagery and once again I have gone for a UK/London theme. The background is a piece of Tim Holtz Correspondence Paper Stash which I added to a thicker piece of card to make it more rigid and able to take any paint and sprays I added in the next stages. I then spritzed the background lightly with Hickory Smoke Distress Spray Stain and dried with a heat tool. The embroidery hoop itself was painted with DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic Dark Grey Value 3 and I then added delicate splatters and scratches with an old credit card using DecoArt Fluid Acrylic Cadmium Red Hue.
I added some Correspondence Tissue Tape across the centre of the panel for a further layer of interest and added a small stamped Union Jack from the Loverly London stamp set, which I coloured with Distress Markers Faded Jeans and Fired Brick Distress Markers; applying them directly to the stamp.
I stamped the background stamp from the Vintage Fashion stamp set onto a piece of Correspondence Paper Stash using Ground Espresso Distress Ink and then over stamped with the elegant lady in Black Archival Ink and then dried with my heat tool. I added the stamped piece to a Tim Holtz Foundary Frame which I coloured randomly with my finger using Cadmium Red Hue Fluid Acrylic and dried with a heat tool.
LONDON text from the Loverly London stamp set was stamped on to the background panel; adding the text Fashion below from the Vintage Fashion stamp set, both stamped with Black Archival Ink. I added delicate splatters of Cadmium Red Hue to the background along with more scratchy lines.
The three bodice images were stamped onto Correspondence paper, cut out and added to the hoop; adding shading around each bodice with a Hickory Smoke Distress Marker; scribbling the marker onto a non-stick craft sheet and picking up the ink with a water brush.
I love how all the layers are visible below all the paints and inks and papers.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

DESIGNER: Tracy Evans x x

November 15, 2015

Toy Emporium Ornaments

Happy Sunday Everyone!!  I shared a sneak peek of these Christmas ornaments during our AO DT Blog Hop last month and today I'm showing you how I made these festive and vintagey ornaments. 

I used our new Toy Emporium stamps along with images from Snowy Woods, MidwinterChristmas Chalk to alter these three laser cut wood flower shapes into little ornaments of Christmas cheer!

I painted the front and backs of each laser cut bloom with Distress Paints in Barn Door, Cracked Pistachio and Salty Ocean.  I heat set then brushed a layer of Weathered Wood Crackle Medium onto each side and let air dry. 

When the crackle medium was dry, I brushed a coat of DecoArt Media Crackle Paint over the surfaces and watched those cracks appear like magic.  This is the 'Andy Skinner Mega Crackle' technique and I just love it!! 

Here are all of the ornaments in various stages of assembly.  Each focal image is from the Toy Emporium set and I've embellished using the snowflake trio from Snowy Woods and the little cabin from our Midwinter set. 

I made a fabric hanger for each ornament using thin strips of cotton muslin. 

I ran each piece of muslin through my sewing machine to add a stitched center line and with the longest piece of muslin, I formed this messy bow. 

All of the sentiments on the backsides of the ornaments are from our Christmas Chalk set.  I stamped each greeting onto tissue paper with Jet Black Archival, carefully fussy cut, then adhered to the surface with matte Decou-Page. 

I kept the embellies simple on this ornament, using self-adhesive rhinestones and a little bit of texture paste sprinkled with Clear Rock Candy Distress glitter. 

I also gave two of these ornaments small blooms of tattered poinsettias, created using painted tulle and red kraft core stock.  I created the glittery centers by brushing a coating of matte Decou-page on the head of the brad then dipping it into Mustard Seed Distress Glitter.

Gosh, now I can't decide if I'm going to be giving these away as little Christmas keepsakes, or am I going to keep for myself?!  Good thing I can always craft some more of these little ornaments!! 

Thanks so much for stopping by and spending a bit of your Sunday with me.  I'll be back next week with a little something I've made using our new Go Team set that I'm sure will be a crowd pleaser!! 

Designer:  Shari Trumbull
Ain't That Artsy Fartsy