Artistic Avenger


Genuine Good Guy


This weekend is a big one in my family – my birthday, my dad’s and my mom’s. So, I had to come with something awesome for my dad’s birthday card (my moms is to come). I constantly have little colour piles on my desk of combinations that I want to try and this was one of them: Kiwi Kiss, Chocolate Chip, Always Artichoke and Tangerine Tango.

For my starting point, I decided to use the Sketch Challenge on SCS this week and boy, was it a doozy!

I started with a Chocolate Chip card base and then layered it with textured Kiwi Kiss cardstock. All the layers on this card are also sponged with Chocolate Chip ink.

Then, following the sketch, I added a vertical panel of Always Artichoke on which I stamped the swirl from the retired Bronc Buster stamp set.

 Next, I added the large square of Tangerine Tango to the right with a triangle of Chocolate Chip designer paper. I rolled in a couple of the corners for dimension and sponged all the edges.

For the centre piece, I stamped the image from Bronc Buster in Chocolate Chip craft ink and embossed with clear embossing powder. I then added two Antique Brass jumbo eyelets with my Crop-A-Dile and layered it on some Chocolate Chip cardstock with a band of Kiwi Kiss underneath. I stamped the star from Wanted and punched it out with the small star punch, added an Antique Brass brad and adhered to the card. This layer was attached with dimensionals.

Lastly, I stamped the little star and horseshoe from Bronc Buster in Chocolate Chip craft ink and embossed it. I then used my Versamarker to colour in the star to give it a little accent.

I like this combo very much for masculine cards – I’ll have to remember this one!


Thanks a Bunch


I was totally inspired by the Mojo Monday sketch this week, it rocks! And, I had these colours together on my table as I had a shirt on the other day that had these all in it and I love the shirt so I thought I’d just use the colours to make a card! Isn’t it great when things just come together?

The base of the card is Sahara Sand and is layered with Night of Navy and Rose Red on top and a piece of Regal Rose paper from the Sweet Always designer paper on the bottom. I added a strip of scalloped Regal Rose cardstock to the top of the DSP layer along with some navy grosgrain.

For the panels, I used the designer paper from Sale-A-Bration (as it is Sahara Sand) and layered it on some Night of Navy cardstock. I used Rose Red brads on the outermost corners.

For the centre circle, I used the “thanks a bunch” from the A Little Somethin’ level 2 hostess set. I stamped it in Night of Navy ink and coloured the words in with my Sahara Sand marker and punched it out with the 1 3/4″ circle punch. I punched out coordinating flowers with the Three Flower punch and added brads to the centres and then sponged the circle with Regal Rose ink.

Thanks for stopping by!


For Father


Yes, another Father’s Day card – sweet and simple – both the card and the explanation. 

I started with a Chocolate Chip card base and layered it with Certainly Celery. I then added a strip of Kiwi Kiss cardstock that I ran through my Sizzix Big Shot and texture plates. I added double stitched Chocolate chip wide grosgrain behind this textured layer and have kept it in place with vintage brads in each corner. I then adhered this layer onto the Certainly Celery layer. 

For the trio of panels, I took a piece of Whisper White cardstock and stamped the grass image from Inspired by Nature in Kiwi Kiss and then cut it into three pieces. I then backed those with Chocolate Chip. All three are adhered with dimensionals.

Lastly, I added “father” from Wonderful Favourites. I stamped this in Chocolate Chip craft ink.

Thanks for stopping by today!


Beach Bucket of Fun


At Seattle Regionals last month, Carrie Cudney showed us a fun use for our Sizzix Big Shot – making sandcastle decorations.

I am working at a booth at a local charity event next weekend and wanted to find some cool door prize as mainly families with small children attend. So this is it!

I used the following Sizzix Dies to make these sandcastle flags:

  • XL Pennant Die
  • XL Baskets and Blooms Die
  • Butterfly Die

I used Crystal Effects and alligator clips to keep the foam on the skewers while they dried and then added a towel, sunscreen and a tattoo kit!

I hope it is well received and I’ll try to remember to take photos of the event and my set up for you all.


Worlds Best Dad Badge Card


The Caardvarks Challenge just posted today is to make a shaped card. I knew I wanted to make something for Father’s Day but was SO stumped! Upon cleaning up my son’s room, I found an old sheriff’s badge – a ha moment!

To get the shape, I traced around the star and put the tracing in my photocopier and increased the size 250%. I then traced it onto some Going Gray cardstock which was folded in half so two of the outer circles are actually on the fold which makes this a card that can open and close.

After I got it all cut the way I wanted it, I cut out some letters with my Sizzix Big Shot and the Serif Naturally extended Sizzlet. I affixed them with my 2-way glue pen. 

Then, I got started on embossing – a lot! I wanted the look of metal so I covered the whole thing with Versamark and Silver Embossing powder and embossed it about 4 times altogether. So, not only does it look a lot like metal (I also sponged black ink to give is more weathered look) but the lettering looks like it is fused to the card.

On the tips of the star, I added some pewter Build-A-Brads. I used my Crafter’s Tool Kit to cut the stems off them and affixed them with Pop Up Glue dots.

I also added some velcro to the inside of two of the points and a pin on the back (which you can’t see) so once Dad receives this, he can wear the “badge” proudly all Father’s Day!

Thanks for stopping by to check this out and please check out Caardvarks for the Shaped Card challenge – there is a great prize to be had!


Super Hoppy!


I needed a kick in the mojo this morning so I quickly blurfed over to Mojo Monday blog for this week’s challenge. What a great sketch!

I decided that I wanted to use the Hoppy Memories Simply Scrappin’ Kit – you could get this in your $99 starter kit – this month only! Okay, that said, here is what I did:

The card base is Chocolate Chip and layered with Whisper White and then the Kiwi Kiss designer paper from the kit. Along the bottom I added a strip of Real Red textured cardstock which I paper pierced along the top and added some 5/8″ Real Red grosgrain. I love tone-on-tone effects like this.

For the upright panel, I added some of the Tempting Turqouise designer paper layered with Chocolate Chip. I added the lily pad and frog from the kit as well as little heart. These self adhesive die cuts ROCK!

The saying in the metal edge tag is from the Greatest Moments rub ons. I cut out the centre of the large circle and affixed it to some Whisper White cardstock and then punched it out with the 1 3/4″ circle punch – fits perfectly in the large metal edged tag!

Think thats it. Thanks for stopping by today!


For my Wonderful Dad


I decided that I’d better get going on Father’s Day cards so this is my first one (I need to make 4). I still have some of that awesome retired designer paper (the name of which escapes me) and I wanted to use it.

The card base is Night of Navy and  is layered with a piece of Brocade Blue on which I stamped Print Pattern. I also sponged the edges. I layered the designer paper on a piece of Garden Green. This is such a fun colour combo!

I used my Classic Stars jumbo wheel and wheeled it in Versamark on some Garden Green cardstock then punched out a large star with the large star punch. I adhered a Brocade Blue button onto it with a glue dot and then onto the rim of a metal edged tag.

Using Wonderful Favourites, I stamped “for my wonderful father” in coordinating colours and adhered onto a layer of Night of Navy. I lastly added three silver brads for texture.

Men’s cards can be hard but I’m really going to try to knock these out of the park this year. So, stay tuned, I’ve got at least one more done and it’ll post soon!