Artistic Avenger


Treat Trio

This week on Create with Connie and Mary there is an “anything but a card” challenge! I recently used a friend’s Candy Wrapper Die and have been having so much fun with it!

I decided that for this challenge, I’d make three different containers specific to some major events – Halloween, Valentine’s Day and Christmas.

First, I’ll show my Halloween one:

I ran the Tangerine Tango piece of cardstock through my Big Shot with the Spider Web embossing folder. I then sponged it with Basic Black ink. For the decoration, I added a Decorative label in Old Olive and then layered it with some Rich Razzleberry. I added a bat in Basic Black and then the word “wicked” from Wicked Cool and a super fun glimmer brad.

Now, for Christmas:

I stamped the Baja Breeze cardstock with the snowflakes from Snow Swirled. I actually completely closed up one end and added a Real Red scallop circle to the bottom. The top is tied shut with some Candy Cane Designer Fabric and the front is decorated with a snowflake and a small saying from Tags Till Christmas. It is topped off with some Basic Rhinestones.

Lastly, for Valentine’s Day:

The base of this project was made with Pink Pirouette and then I added a strip of Melon Mambo cardstock. I cut a Scalloped Heart with my Big Shot in Melon Mambo and then adhered a heart which I punched out with the Large Heart punch and which was stamped with the heart image from Paisley Prints. I then added a little “love” heart from I (heart) Hearts and a “happy valentine’s day” saying from Teeny Tiny Wishes which is affixed with a mini library clip.

Super fun huh? Now head on over to Create with Connie and Mary and let’s see your “anything but a card” project!

Products used on this project:

Cardstock: Pink Pirouette, Melon Mambo, Whisper White, Baja Breeze, Real Red, Tangerine Tango, Basic Black, Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry.

Ink: Pink Pirouette, Melon Mambo, Real Red, Baja Breeze, Rich Razzleberry, Basic Black.

Stamps: Paisley Prints, Teeny Tiny Wishes, Tags Till Christmas, Snow Swirled, Wicket Cool.

Accessories: Big Shot, Candy Wrapper Die, Scallop Heart of Hearts embosslit, Full Heart Punch, Small Heart Punch, mini library clips, Snowflakes Sizzlets, Candy Cane Designer Fabric, Basic Rhinestones, Spider Web Embossing Folder, Bat Punch, Decorative Label punch, Raven lace, Whisper White grosgrain, glimmer brads.


Perfect Postcard

I recently purchased the Christmas Postcard stamp from the Holiday Mini catalogue and I need to be honest, I really had no idea what to do with it! So, when I saw the Stamping 411 challenge this week, I was inspired (and determined) to use this stamp!

This card is really quite simple and I’m happy about that because I’m going to use it as one of my Stamp-A-Stack cards this holiday season.

Crumb Cake is the base of this card and I’ve added a layer of Bravo Burgundy and then a strip of Deck the Halls designer paper. I ran it through the Big Shot with the Petals a Plenty embossing folder and then sanded a little bit for a distressed look.

Next, I wanted to add a scallop edge with something extra so I used my Pennant die and cut the scallop edge with stitching.

The central panel is actually a tag cut from the Two Big Tags Die and my Sizzix Big Shot using Early Espresso cardstock. I then layered it with some Very Vanilla cardstock. The Christmas Postcard image is stamped in Early Espresso and I coloured in the berries with my Bravo Burgundy marker. I also spritzed with the same marker and sponged the edges with Old Olive ink.

For the bow, I used some Old Olive 1 1/4″ striped ribbon and cut it in half so it is a bit thinner. I then made a loop and a straight piece. I punched out a 1″ circle of Bravo Burgundy cardstock and added an Antique Brass Jumbo Eyelet to the centre. I then tied the ribbons and threaded through the eyelet with some 1/8″ Early Espresso Taffeta.

Lastly, I sprayed the whole thing with some Shimmer Mist!

Great challenge Operators – thank you!

Products used on this project:

Cardstock: Bravo Burgundy, Old Olive, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Early Espresso.

Ink: Early Espresso, Old Olive.

Stamps: Christmas Postcard.

Accessories: Big Shot, Petals a Plenty Embossing Folder, Two Big Tags Bigz Die, Pennant Die, Jumbo Eyelets, 1″ circle punch, 1 1/4″ Old Olive striped ribbon, 1/8″ Early Espresso taffeta ribbon, spritzer tool.


A Jingle All the Way!

I just love this frame! It seems like it has taken me a couple of years to fully embrace Decor Elements, but this year, I just LOVE THEM!

The frame above was put together for a private class this past week. There were 7 people in attendance and they all finished their frames in just over an hour. Perfect amount of time to use the Big Shot, Holly Jolly Designer Paper, ribbon, Candy Cane buttons and MORE!

Let me take you through it step by step:

  1. Cut two snowflakes with the Big Shot out of Very Vanilla cardstock. I backed mine with the Multi Purpose Adhesive sheets before running them through. I also spritzed them with Champagne Mist Shimmer paint.
  2. Add some Holly Jolly Designer Paper.
  3. Over the seam between the Very Vanilla cardstock and designer paper, add some Sticky Strip and ruffle some 5/8″ Real Red Grosgrain ribbon.
  4. Next, add your decor element piece to the glass.
  5. Cut a Real Red circle for the insert of the bell. I ran it through the Big Shot with the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder. It is adhered to the underside of the glass with a couple of mini glue dots.
  6. Use some Old Olive Striped 1 1/4″ ribbon and a button from the Deck the Halls or Candy Cane buttons. I also added a couple of jingle bells tied on with some 1/4″ Early Espresso taffeta.

So there you have it! If you’d like to make one – join me for a class where you’ll make this very project! It will take place on Wednesday, November 24th – check my website for all the details!

Products used on this project – CLICK HERE to buy them NOW!

Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Real Red.

Accessories: Holly Jolly Designer Paper, Snowflakes #2 Die, Big Shot, Multi Purpose Adhesive sheets, 5/8″ Real Red grosgrain, Jingle All the Way Decor Element, Deck the Halls Buttons, Old Olive 1 1/4″ striped ribbon, Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint.



Today’s projects are super special – for a couple of reasons. First, I just love them. Second, these projects have been chosen as a Surprise Guest Designer for Create with Connie and Mary for their Holiday Edition.  Today is the LAST day for the Early Bird Special price of $34.95…a savings of $5 off !  If you leave a comment on this particular post, your name will go into a drawing to win a FREE SUBSCRIPTION to Create with Connie and Mary Holiday Edition!

Now, let me give you a wee breakdown on this project!

The frame is a 5×7 black frame that I got at local big box store – nothing too fancy. But it is what’s inside that counts! Inside, is a piece of Newsprint Designer Series paper. On it, I embossed the Spider Web using the embossing folder and I then sponged the web with Basic Black ink.

I added some Raven 1/2″ lace to the top right and then around the bottom of the frame. In the centre of the glass I added a spider from the Spooky Things Decor Elements and then a decorative label in Basic Black to which I added some black chunky glitter around the outside. I then added a Very Vanilla large oval which was stamped with the word “spooky” from Wicked Cool.

For the little candy pot I used an empty lemonade tin that I had laying around. I covered it with Newsprint Designer Paper and then topped and bottomed it with the Raven 1/2″ lace.

In the centre, I added the bat from Spooky Things Decor Elements. I actually cut this one down the centre to extend the wing span a little bit more. In the centre I added a 2 3/8″ Basic Black scallop and in the centre a 1 3/4″ Very Vanilla circle which I stamped with images from Wicked Cool. I also added a silver Glimmer Brad to the bottom of this piece and a wee fan of cardstock at the bottom.

For the lid, I actually took the lid piece directly off and made a new one. I took two strips of 1″ x 12″ designer paper and folded them every 1/2″. I then adhered a larger circle of Very Vanilla on which I’d added another decor element and again an outline of chunky black glitter.

I hope you’ve enjoyed these projects – I had so much fun making them!

Now, make sure you leave a comment as you could win a FREE subscription to Create with Connie and Mary Holiday Edition!


Love is the Key

This card is the culmination of three challenges:

Many of you may not know that I am a Docent at a local historic site, Historic Stewart Farm. I volunteer my time leading tours to school aged children around the house and the grounds, showing them what it was like to live in 1894. I have an authentic costume that I wear (with petticoat!) and I just LOVE it!

The coordinator extraordinaire at the farmhouse recent got married and I have yet to make her a card. Well, I knew it had to be somewhat Victorian but super special. So I decided that I’d play all these challenges at the same time and hopefully make a card to suit the occasion.

The base is So Saffron and is layered with Poppy Parade and Peach Parfait. I then stamped the large flower from Elements of Style on some watercolour paper with jet Black StazOn and watercoloured with the challenge colours. I then spritzed it with my Air Spritzer tool and my Chocolate Chip marker. Of course I roughed up some edges….

In keeping with the sketch, I added three different elements into my ruffled Crocheted lace trim. First, a couple of Trinkets brads up top. In the middle, a cut out key from Artistic Etchings and a tag from Tiny Tags pinned on with a Trinkets pin. And, at the bottom, an Antique Brad.

For the Big Shot challenge, I used a tag from Lots of Tags Sizzlets in Old Olive. I layered it with a Curly Label in So Saffron and I used watercolour paper for the saying itself. In addition to using my Big Shot for the tag, I also used it inside:

I cut out some leaves from the Little Leaves sizzlet in textured Old Olive cardstock. I added a stamp from Artistic Etchings and “Mr. & Mrs” from Tiny Tags. I also stamped and cut out a flower from the same flourish of flowers I stamped on the front.

Thanks for stopping by!

Products used on this project:

Cardstock: Watercolour paper, Poppy Parade, Peach Parfait, Old Olive, So Saffron.

Ink: Jet Black StazOn, Poppy Parade, Peach Parfait, Old Olive, So Saffron.

Stamps: Elements of Style, Artistic Etchings, Tiny Tags.

Accessories: Big Shot, Lots of Tags, Little Leaves, Curly label punch, Trinkets, Antique Brads, medium Jewelry punch, aquapainter, spritzer tool.


A Little Love

This week on Create with Connie and Mary, there is an AWESOME inspiration piece. Not only is it absolutely beautiful, it looks super yummy too!

I loved the colours in the design and tried to keep them as close as possible, so I decided on Blushing Bride, Cajun Craze and River Rock. I think they are pretty close to the photo. Another thing I really liked was the triangles on the inspiration piece – so this was my starting point.

The base for the card is River rock and I layered it with Cajun Craze and then some Blushing Bride designer paper from the level 1 hostess pack. I tore one corner down and paper pierced the Cajun Craze piece. On the left, I added some Whisper White.

To continue the triangle pattern, I used my Photo Corner punch and made a faux scallop-type border in River Rock.

I used the Love You Much stamp set for the central image. I first stamped it on Whisper White cardstock in Jet Black StazOn and coloured it in with coordinating inks using a blender pen.

I added a basic pearl and a small flower in Blushing Bride from the Bitty Punch Pack. Over the seam of the scallop-type edge, I added some Whisper White taffeta ribbon and on the knot, I added two medium jewelry tags which I adhered by using a little piece from the Trinkets. On the tags are the words “always” and “forever” from the Always stamp set.

I’d love to see what you’re able to come up with on the Create with Connie and Mary site! Head on over and try it out!

Products used on this project:

Cardstock: Whisper White, Cajun Craze, River Rock, Blushing Bride.

Ink: Jet Black StazOn, Cajun Craze, River Rock, Blushing Bride, Sahara Sand.

Stamps: Always, Love You Much.

Accessories: Jewelry Tag Punch, Trinkets, In Colours Designer Paper Pack, Whisper White taffeta, Photo Corner punch


Blushingly Beautiful

I am holding a Vintage Christmas class on October 21st and I’m so far ahead of my self that I’ve got all the cards done! So, here is another one for a sneak peek. I love this card – so many elements to share (but I don’t want to give everything away….a girl needs her secrets….).

The base for this card is Blushing Bride and I’ve wheeled it with the Very Vintage wheel and then sponged the edges. I added a strip of Newsprint designer paper which was sponged and layered on some Very Vanilla cardstock (with one edge scalloped).

The central panel consists of a saying stamped in Blushing Bride from Peaceful Season and I’ve ripped and torn the edges. I stamped the dove from the same stamp set and cut it out. It is adhered with dimensionals.

I then added some Very Vanilla taffeta ribbon, Champagne glass glitter, a Candy Cane button and some scalloped twill.

This card is just so much prettier in person. Won’t you come to the class and make one? 🙂

Products used on this project – CLICK HERE to buy them NOW!

Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Blushing Bride.

Ink: Blushing Bride.

Stamps: Peaceful Season, Very Vintage Jumbo wheel.

Accessories: Newsprint DSP, Very Vanilla taffeta ribbon, twill, Champagne glass glitter, Candy Cane buttons, Sticky Strip, scallop border punch.