Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Day 5 of AO sneak peak

Well the weather is really getting that nip in the air, so that is what inspired the colors in this card and the this great paper I found at the LSS. I used the new color coordination's in orange cut 6x6 and used my cuddle bug folder with the branch with leaves and sanded the image, then I cut the patterned paper to 5x5 and sanded a little. Then I mad back ground paper with distress inks in tea, peeled paint, mahogany and touch of marmalade. Then I stamp images from Artistic Outpost NEW Bluebird plate in chestnut roam chalk ink. I must say that it is very easy to create with these new plates,once again Robyn has come up with great images that just makes your mind reel with ideals.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Day 4 with a little Shimmer

Okay I know that the picture is not the best. But it is really great in real life. I used the new Snowy Woods plate from Artistic Outpost stamped the image in blue. I found this really cool stuff while in St Charles last weekend that looks like the vintage gliter or what they used it is called Diamond Dust which is really glass. It gives the vinatage look on your work. Then I edged the piece with the vintage white tinsel form RockCandy Studios.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Day 3 for AO Sneak Peek

Today I used the New Bluebird Plate from Artistic Outpost.I stamped the bird nest on robin's egg blue in brown and the sweet little boy on kraft in blue. I then add twine from the awesome packing from RockCandy Studios and then add buttons by the shot glass from RockCandy Studios too.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Big 3

Well, here is a few pictures from the big 3 party today. We had a blast at Ms Abby's birthday. All of us kids enjoyed the slide. We had food, fun, presents and a plain old good time. The weather was great it is really starting to feel like FALL in the south. Let's just hope is stays this way.

AO Christmas in September

Here is another sneak peek from the new plate from Artistic Outpost's Snowy Woods. I stamped the image in bottle and then stamped the Santa in watermelon and cut it out placed it over the green image with pop dots. I used a bingo card, Dresden foil holly branch with rub ons, the greatest ribbon ran through a key and metal snowflakes that have hieroglyphics embossing powder on them all from RockyCandy Studios.

Friday, September 26, 2008

CottonFestival in Somerville

I just love the fall as here in the south it is festival time. A couple of weekends ago we went to Somerville to met my Dad, Mom and Joseph to see what was happening at the Cotton Festival. They had several booths with things to buy and people demoing crafts form the past. I really enjoyed the quilts and the broom maker. I just love watching people doing these crafts that are becoming lost arts. As you will notice in the slide show Joseph's favorite part was the Mustangs. He can tell all about them and that when he gets a real job and alot of money he is buying one. We had lunch at a local restaurant which where I got the great shot of the cool signage on the floor. BTW make sure you check out one of Joseph's hidden talents. Everyone can balance a spoon on their nose, but hey he do it with a fork.

AO Show in St Charles IL

Okay I promised pictures from St Charles from last weekend. I must thank Robyn and Shelley for letting me share in the AWESOME experience with them. I got to meet and work with Gerrie and Lisa who are also on the AO design team. It was a great pleasure getting to meet and know them in person. It was so wonderful to see how people took to Artistic Outpost and RockyCandy Studios. I just love seeing that other people are excited about the great products that my friends have to offer. Well, over all the show was great as we had champagne to celebrate on Sunday for a great success. Thanks to all who have let me join in on your little adventures.

Artistic Outpost New Plates and 1 year Anniversary

The wait is almost over!!! Artistic Outpost is releasing two new stamp plates. On October 1st, Snowy Woods and Bluebird will be available.
We're so excited about our Christmas plate this year, it features peaceful images of a loving Santa Claus who we believe is the real one. No mall Santa's helpers here!!! This is a full 8.5 x 11" unmounted stamp collection. Loads of beautiful images, and our first "full" plate.
Our Bluebird collection is once again the half plate size of 8.5 x 5.5". It is meant to be your solace this winter. You can see the reflections of winter and spring all in this one collection. Our peaceful collection of bird inspired images to take you through to spring.Specials on these plates will be posted on October 1st. In addition, believe it our not, October marks our ONE year anniversary. Holy Cow! Has it been this long? With this milestone will come blog candy and additional specials on our one year old darling stamp sets. The ones that got us going and that we will always hold in our hearts.
On the tag I used the bird image from the new Bluebird plate, tag from the fall collection, metallic rub ons, Dresden foil from RockCandy Studios and the cuddle bug branch folder.

Thursday, September 18, 2008


Today Robyn and I leave for Chicago to sell Artistic Outpost and RockCandy Studios' awesome wares. I am so looking to the cooler weather and a change of scenery. I am so lucky to get to help promote two awesome companies and GREAT FRIENDS. So be watching the blog for pictures of this great advent and I am sure some wonderful sites. We will have some time to look around and see a few sites. Yeah I heard that the CUBS are even in town, that is if we know about 2 years ago that we were going we could have gotten tickets.
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MORE TO COME!!!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

What I did last Summer

Well this is the result of thinking all the way home last night about an ATC swap that I signed up for last month and said hey I have plenty of time. Well, time is almost out and had to be done by tomorrow. I know that my summer was not very exciting, but hey when you work for a A/C and heating company summer is not vacation time. Especially when you are the main accounting and operational person. So the great ACT size stamp of numbers from Artistic Outpost(Geek is Chic Plate), the coolest little Dresden foil glasses from RockCandy Studios, a few office supplies and you have what I did last summer. I am sorry if you read this and you are in the swap, but I just had to post because I really thought that is turned out great. Maybe someone will host a swap for "What I did last Fall" then I can have a vacation ACT.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

HALLOWEEN done AO and RCS Style

This cute little Halloween ornament is a variation from a stamp club project from a couple of weeks ago. I stamped the great little witch using Artistic Outpost stamps, attached a watch face to her, used a spider web for her wings, add a metal find, this wonderful mini tinsel in the wonderful fall colors with a few buttons by the shot glass from Rock Candy Studios. then mounted it all on a flourish that i inked, painted and distress until I got the look I wanted.
Here is a simple Halloween Tag that would be great to use for goodie bags. I used a walnut stain tag and this great hand dyed fiber from RockCandy Studios stamped with saying and pumpkin image from Artistic Outpost and then I used the swirl embossing folder with my new favorite machine the Cuddlebug.

Here is a Halloween Bing Card the I did using two of my favorite companies products. The Bingo card, Dresden foil Big Black Cat and hanger all from RockCandy Studios. The cool wrought iron fence, tree, pumpkin and the vintage style saying are all from Artistic Outpost.
I have never been a big fan of the scary and gross Halloween things. But I have always liked the vintage feel for the holiday. Now I have found two GREAT companies ROCKCANDY STUDIOS and ARTISTIC OUTPOST (which are both owned by GREAT friends) that let me capture that feel. So just maybe this year we might have a little vintage spooky going on in our house.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Reality Check

I can't believe that a whole week has past and I have not posted. This past week has been crazy. First off it was a short week, first of the month, boss going out of town next(so have to get extra things done), State tax Auditor can by,computers went down, had a stomach thing for a couple of days etc....But hey this is normal week in my life so why am thinking it was crazy. I do love my day job that pays the bills and love the diversity of it does make it exciting. I had a GREAT meeting, chat, catching up, meal and plotting with Candice, Robyn and Roxi. I can't wait until we are able to disclose our plan for all you artist out there. Got an AWESOME design team package from RockCandy that put the creative pressure on. Or maybe I should say has pulled the MO JO out of hibernation. The ribbons are to dye for..the colors are so rich and vibrant. Also have two new stamp plates from Artistic Outpost I have used them on a couple of cards, but want break them out for several things. As Robyn said on her blog(she expressed exactly what I am feeling)I am Artistically Underwhelmed..I have soooo many ideals swimming in my head and really feeling I don't have the time to create. Mark my words I will turn out some pieces this weekend. I am very privileged to be among such wonderful artist and friends. They are so encouraging and such great sound boards for ideals. Between Artistic Outpost and RockCandy Studios who could ask for anything else in the creative department. They both have wonderful design teams which I am very fortunate to be on. I really feel that at times I am not turning out enough for either of them. Okay enough of the whining.

Will have somethings to post after this weekend. I do think that another reason I have had a such funky week is that it would have been my Grandmother Murphy's birthday. She is one that I can say that really helped me get my creativity out.

So off to bed to get some rest so that I can get up and maybe go to a couple of estate sales and them come home to hid out in my room.