Wednesday, June 24, 2015

It's A Christmas Blog Hop at Artistic Outpost

If we start now...................we should avoid the Christmas card rush to get them all made and posted! That's what they tell me....that's what they say! Sounds like the song doesn't it!

 This month the Artistic Outpost Design Team is helping you get into the Christmas card frenzy (oops...did I say that!) early. We are using stamps from the Christmas and Winter line which you can find here.  I made an ornament, using chipboard and paints for a mixed media, fun affect. The scene is from Sleigh Ride and the date from Snowy Woods. If you love vintage, Artistic Outpost has the BEST vintage, Christmas stamps!

Please be sure to stop at the other designers Holiday posts to see what they have made for you:

Terry * Tracy * Shari * Kate * Gerrie (you are here) * Lisa

AO Stamps used:


Saturday, June 13, 2015

PRESENTING "THE BIRDS" in Living Techicolor

It was 1963, an amazing film by the Master of Suspense!

I loved all the Alfred Hitchcock movies, his books and the TV series...I could watch them over and over again.  I think I saw this one in the Drive In Theater on Cicero Ave and 31st Street back in the day.  (I cannot remember the name.)

I found this stamp many years ago, in a discount box sitting on the floor at a stamp show, I remember it clearly.  I was so excited to have found it, along with the walking Marilyn.  Treasures!!

I tried something new today, tim's Distress Glaze.  It really worked out nicely, as I was able to use distress inks and Brusho's with water over the sealed image.  The stamp is actually Alfred, smoking a cigar with a bird landing on it.  I added the smoke with natural Bister, using a small brush and water.  I flicked some blue Brusho on the sky, over the blue distress ink.

I'm entering it in Lisa's Blogger Masculine Challenge this week.


Monday, June 8, 2015

THE QUEEN B..........

Sometimes it takes a while for things to come together to make a finished piece of art, such was the case for the Queen. I tried a gazillion papers for the background, and nothing did it for me.

 I am a little late on the Stampotique Designers Challenge, SDC 197, Tin Is In. I knew exactly what I was going to make, but I just couldn't get it all together for a finished piece. This background was made following Kate Crane and her Journal Soup class and was sitting on my desk. (Truth be told, I have been struggling with the tech's used in the class to come up with a great background, finally accomplished it on this one....and just liked looking at it!  LOL, thought I'd try to re-create this in other colors kinda' thing now that I finally got it.) So it jumped up and said, hey girl.......use me!!, and here it is.

Isn't she amazing, Mz. Queen Butterfly!

The B'fly is a tim die, I used metal, then painted it with black paint, embossed, sanded and added metallic pens back on for color.  The wings are curled slightly on the corners for dimension.  Of course you know this is Queen of Everything, by who else but Kate!  I'm going to frame this and put it on my wall as a true "feel good" accomplishment.

Have a super week everyone!  hugz...


Saturday, June 6, 2015

For The Boys.............Blogger Challenge

This week at Lisa's Blogger Challenge it's "For The Boys". I choose this old CHF stamp that really does not get used to often. I stamped it on a Brayer Roll technique background and added some color to the grass, lake boat and man. Will make a great card for upcoming birthdays.

shhhh, don't tell Lisa I re-named her challenge from Boys of Summer to For the Boys!  If she is busy, maybe she won't notice............shhhhhhhhhhhhhh, someday I'll learn how to follow directions, NOT!


Monday, June 1, 2015

He Was An Outlaw

This month the Product Focus theme at Artistic Outpost is to use Masculine sets. I just had to use "Black Bart"  from the new Wander and Dream stamp set that was just released.

There's something about a "wanted" want to kill him, and women want to........well you know!  lol

Looks like the local Sheriff either uses the same poster over and over again, or is just shootin' up the place in anger cuz' he he can't catch the bad man!

My background was created with a piece of stash, distressed and colored with Bister.  Black Bart was colored with distress inks.  The wanted sign was created on an electronic machine and highlighted in white chalk marker.

Along with the Product Focus, all stamps in the Masculine stamp category on the AO website are on sale for 20% off through June 6, 2015!

AO Products:

Be sure to stop by and see what the rest of the Design Team has created:

Tracy * Gerrie (you are here) * Terry * Kate * Shari * Lisa


Friday, May 29, 2015

All Of A Sudden It Happened.....

So I am guessing that Phillip and the Flamingo were walking on the beach and a bolt of lightening came down!!!......Boom, Bang.....Zap.....hello?   Do you have a better suggestion?!!

I just love how this happened!  Thanks Arwen McCullen for this fabulous and fun Stampotique challenge, SDC 195, Human with Animal Head.  

I am running a couple weeks behind in my challenges, but the idea and stamps have been sitting on my desk for weeks!

Also, Lisa's Blogger Challenge this week is Tag You're It! 

The background was a 3rd or 4th generation stencil pull, and I added distress inks here and there.  Phillip was "fussy" cut, (OMG, and I mean FUSSY)!  There is nothing better than having loads of fun when you stamp!  Stress free!!

Hope to do some catching up this weekend, hugs....


Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Life Is A Journey

No matter how you look at it, everyday is a journey. Our journey today, right here, right the Artistic Outpost Design Team monthly hop. Sit back, enjoy the ride!

This month it's Designer's Choice and I'm taking you back to the year 1889, and we are at the Paris Exposition of Le Ballon!

LOL, I remember it well!  It was a bright and starry nite, yep!  I remember it well!  I dabbled in Mixed Media today, hope you enjoy it.  I used both the Paris Exposition and French Flight on a piece of stash.  I added several layers of stenciling, and bright markers to color.  I hope this refreshes  your memory....of a great time (still laughing here!).

AO stamp sets used:

Be sure to visit the rest of the Design Team:

Terry * Tracy * Shari * Lisa * Kate * Gerrie (you are here)