Artistic Avenger


Sizzix Box

This is probably one of the coolest things I’ve seen that you can do with the scallop envelope die that came with my Sizzix Big Shot. I think the original designer was an artisan award winner from last year but I’m not sure and don’t want to give credit to the wrong person. Just wanted to say that this was not my original idea (shoot!).

I used Tangerine Tango cardstock and made 4 envelopes. I then adhered the side tabs together and the bottom as well (I did also add a piece of cardstock to the bottom).

I decorated it using some Bella Rose designer paper which I used my scallop edge punch on and adhered a piece of wide chocolate grosgrain overtop.

For the centre, I stamped a saying from Happiness Always in Riding Hood Red ink and punched it out using my wide oval punch. I stamped off the stem from Always in Chocolate Chip and then stamped it over. I added a little chipboard bracket and a great Riding Hood Red button tied with some linen thread.

I can see myself making LOTS of these in the future…..


Happy Fall

The above is a 2-page layout I did with my Scrapbook Club recently. I had requests to try wheels and embossing so this is what I’d come up with. I also decided to use my Sizzix Big Shot on this project.

Each page started with a piece of kraft 12 x 12 cardstock. I wheeled pieces of Really Rust with the Whimsy wheel and tore and distressed the layers.

I adhered two large layers of Old Olive and Chocolate Chip and tied a centre knot of 5/8″ Old Olive grosgrain. I did this as there is room for a 4×6 photo on either side of the tied ribbon.

I threw in a couple of more panels on the first page for either photos or journalling as well as a piece of the Vanilla Hodgepodge in which I stamped “photographed by” from Art by Design.

On the second page, I wanted to do a different type of journalling area so I used a kraft envelope. I closed it, cut the top and added a piece of vanilla cardstock inside which could be pulled out. I embossed the word “fall” using my Chocolate Chip craft ink pad and clear embossing powder and adhered.

Lastly, I cut out lots of leaves using my Sizzix Big Shot and the leaves 2 die. I sponged the edges using Chocolate Chip ink.

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Away for a bit….

I’ll be “trade showing” this weekend at the Westcoast Women’s Show. It is a huge event and I’m pretty excited. I went and put up my space today and the event runs Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

I’ve got a week with not much on plate (except making a ton of cards!) so I hope to be posting some great creations soon.

Have a great weekend!


Playing it “safe”

This week we’ve decided to extend our nugget box challenge on 3D Design Challenge. I think lots of readers thought you could only post them if you had nuggets in them and that is just SO not the case! Fill them with whatever suits your fancy.

For my sample this week, I used Basic Grey cardstock, a word window punch and a couple of circle punches and silver brads. But what I ended up with was this fun safe with labelled money inside (see below).

I so encourage you to get over to 3DDC to play along this week and show us what you create with these amazing nugget patterns.


In the Neighbourhood

Okay, so after doing those last two cards with the Neighbourhood wheel, I decided to do one more!

This card was made using the following colours: Bordering Blue, Always Artichoke and Riding Hood Red.

I wheeled the images onto some Confetti White cardstock and watercoloured using the above colours. I cut it out and put it aside.

On the upper part of the blue layer, I stamped the trees from Lovely as a Tree and used my white gel pen to add a snowy feel. I then tore two strips of Whisper White cardstock to make them look like snowdrifts and added some Dazzling Diamonds to the edges with my 2-way glue pen. I nestled the house inbetween the layers.

I added a strip of striped Riding Hood Red grosgrain and stamped “seasons greetings” from Many Merry Messages.

I promise not to use this wheel on my next post!


One Wheel – Two Looks

I was playing with my Neighbourhood wheel the other day as I don’t use it as often as I should. I decided to come up with two distinct occasions – well, with Halloween and Christmas on the horizon I decided that these were the two occasions to go with!

My first creation was the Christmas one:

This card uses a Bordering Blue card base and an Always Artichoke layer. I wheeled the Neighbourhood wheel in basic black and watercoloured in with various colours. I added some snowflakes from Merry & Bright in and around the houses and also added some holiday lights using the lights from Mr. Twigster.

I added a torn and glittered piece of whisper white cardstock along the bottom and then some Riding Hood Red ribbon.

On top, I added a round tab punch and a silver star. I also added a bit of faux stitching with my white gel pen for good measure. And now, for the next one:

The card base is basic black and layered with Elegant Eggplant and Confetti white. On the Confetti white, I wheeled the Neighbourhood wheel and watercoloured with various colours. I grabbed my thin Sharpie and tried to make the birds into bats (not so great, but I tried!). And, I used the My Way (arrow) punch to make a fence. The pumpkins are from the Family Accessories and the saying is from All Holidays.

This was a fun personal challenge – to use a wheel and make it fit two different seasons. Give it a try!


Snow Swirled – a – Stack

I’ve recently finished with a round of holiday stamp-a-stack classes and had a couple of packages left over and wanted to make a few more cards with them. I recently got the Snow Swirled stamp set and decided to challenge myself to use that one set on each and every card.

Some of these cards as my own design and some are very lovingly cased from some awesome swaps I received at Convention this year. Boy, did I meet some talented ladies!

This set is extremely versatile and after this exercise decided that I LOVE this set! Here are the originals as their “Swirled” counterpart in thumbnail form. Just click on them to see them more up close and if you need specifics, just leave me a comment and I’ll email you. With 5 cards in one post that is a bit much to give all the details!