Artistic Avenger


My Own Faberge Egg

First let me warn you that this post is going to be short – I’ve been suffering from a sinus & chest infection and am just not my jolly ol’ self. Good thing I worked ahead on my DT work!

At Create with Connie and Mary, there is a fantabulous inspiration challenge, here it is:

I was immediately drawn to the colours of this cake and to me, they felt like a Faberge egg. Okay, I think figuring out how to spell that may have been the hardest part of this post.

The colours I used are Marina Mist, River Rock and Very Vanilla. I ran a piece of River Rock designer paper through the Big Shot with an embossing folder and then took my Versamark and rubbed it over the top and embossed with gold embossing powder. I was careful not to get Versamark in the grooves. If I’d done it in silver I think it’d look like a tin ceiling.

For the egg, I cut it out with my Big Shot and the Ovals die. I embossed the flower from Elements of Style in gold and coloured in the flowers. I added a few pearls just ’cause. I also used my Versamarker and Air Spritzer tool for the splatter. Fun, huh? I also ran the edges of the egg in my Versamark and them embossed gold all around the outside.

Lastly, I had to add some ruffled ribbon and layered it on some Very Vanilla which was punched with the Scallop Trim border punch. A little jewelry tag and a pin finish the look.

So let’s see what you can come up with now! Head on over to Create with Connie and Mary and show us your stuff!

Products used on today’s project:

Cardstock: Marina Mist, River Rock, Very Vanilla.

Ink: Versamark, Versamarker, Marina Mist.

Stamps: Elements of Style, Teeny Tiny Wishes.

Accessories: Big Shot, Ovals die, 1 1/4″ Marina Mist striped grosgrain, Jewelry Tag Punch, gold embossing powder, Neutrals designer paper, Scallop trim border punch, markers, pearls.


Nature Walk Collage

I have kept seeing lots of great collage ideas online and decided it was time to try this for myself!

The base for this card is Crumb Cake and I’ve layered it with Not Quite Navy and then Early Espresso. The paper I chose to work with for the top layer was Naturals Ivory.

What I did was use a couple of Clear Blocks and Crumb Cake and Early Espresso ink to make the squares. I then used coordinating colours and stamped the various images from Nature Walk over the squares.

I used the little “for you” from All Holidays (it just fit perfectly) and then ended it all with a bow of Crumb Cake seam binding and an Antique Brad.

This card will be used in an upcoming class cause it was just SO MUCH FUN to make!

Thanks for stopping by and for your comments, as always.

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

Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Not Quite Navy, Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso, Naturals Ivory.

Ink: Crumb Cake, Not Quite Navy, Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso.

Stamps: All Holidays, Nature Walk.

Accessories: Crumb Cake seam binding, Antique Brads, Clear Blocks, Dotted Ribbon Scallop punch, Stampin’ Sponges, Air Spritzer tool.


A Hoppin’ Happy Easter – Inkspirations #63

Too early for Easter? Nope! Never to early to get started. I am LOVING the Sale-A-Bration products this year! For this week’s Inkspirations Challenge, it is all about this sketch:

I decided I’d start with the Ice Cream Parlour colours of Melon Mambo, Old Olive and Pacific Point. I think most things about this card are pretty self explanatory but I’ll shed a little light on a couple of details. This is actually a card that I’ll be showcasing at an upcoming embossing workshop. I wanted to play with my Versamarker and this is one of the ways you can do that – basket weave!

The basket is made from Crumb Cake cardstock using the Wide Oval punch, Scallop Oval Punch, 1 3/8″ circle punch and the 1 3/4″ circle punch. The eggs are the little circles from the Ice Cream Parlour Accents.

This is such a fun and bright colour combination – how could you not smile?

Now head on over to Inkspirations and play along with this great sketch challenge….if you dare….(insert evil laugh here!).

Check out what my fellow DT members did with this sketch too!


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

Cardstock: Melon Mambo, Old Olive, Pacific Point, Naturals Ivory, Crumb Cake.

Ink: Crumb Cake, Old Olive, Pacific Point.

Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes.

Accessories: Ice Cream Parlour buttons/designer paper/quick accents, Wide Oval punch, Scallop Oval Punch, 1 3/8″ circle punch and the 1 3/4″ circle punch, Very Vanilla taffeta ribbon, Versamarker, clear embossing powder, Stampin’ sponges,


A Glittery 30th

Today at Create with Connie and Mary there is a wonderful sketch challenge (not just today, but all week actually!). Oh, side note – I realized after I’d given this card away that I took the photo on the wrong setting, sorry for the not so clear picture! Here is the sketch:

Now you’ll notice I took a bunch of creative license with this sketch and that’s okay. Remember, a sketch is a starting point!

A dear lady in my life turned thirty a couple of weeks back so I used this sketch as my inspiration for her card, that and the Springtime Vintage suite in the Occasions Mini catalogue.

The base for this card is Baja Breeze and I’ve layered it with some Rose Red and then some Springtime Vintage fabric.

To emulate the three panels, I started with the large central panel. This is an oval of Pear Pizzazz which is backed with more fabric. On the front, I cut out the number “30” with my Simple Numbers Die and the “th” with the Serif Naturally die. What I did was adhere the Rose Red cardstock to a Multi Purpose Adhesive sheet before cutting so I could peel off the front for a completely adhesive number. Then I sprinkled my Rose Red glitter all over the place (yep, literally all over the place).

To finish off with the side panels, I embossed some Always Artichoke in the Petals a Plenty embossing folder and sponged. Over each of these I added a word – either “happy” or “birthday” which is from On Your Birthday.

I added a bow of Always Artichoke seam binding and an Antique Brad to finish the look.

I can’t wait to see what the rest of the design team has come up with some come on over to Create with Connie and Mary with me!

Products used on this project:

Cardstock: Rose Red, Baja Breeze, Always Artichoke, Very Vanilla textured, Pear Pizzazz.

Ink: Always Artichoke.

Stamps: On Your Birthday.

Accessories: corner rounder punch, Springtime Vintage fabric, Bitty Punch bundle, Basic Pearls, Antique Brads, Always Artichoke seam binding, Decorative label punch, Big Shot, Petals a Plenty embossing folder, Ovals #2 die, Simple Numbers die, Serif Naturally die, Multi Purpose Adhesive Sheets.


Butterfly Birthday Wishes

Don’t you love when you wake up inspired? This morning was one of those mornings. Yesterday I blog surfed for some challenges and found three that I wanted to attack today (not really planning to do them all in one shot!).

First, I wanted to use the CAS sketch at The Paper Players – great sketch, clean lines and so many ways to interpret. Next, the colours at ColourQ – very different than anything I’d put together (I had to scrounge around to find Kiwi Kiss and Bermuda Bay but I did it!). And lastly, I needed more birthday cards and the SU Only Challenge site has a birthday card challenge this week.

I started with the colours and decided that I wanted the base to be Concord Crush and to soften it, I layered it with Whisper White which I softened by sponging with Bashful Blue ink. Next, I added a layer of Kiwi Kiss designer paper (I can’t remember the name of the paper itself but it’s retired). And then I went to work on the central layer.

I made another layer of Concord Crush and Whisper White (which I also sponged with Bashful Blue ink). I had drew in the butterfly path lightly with a pencil. I then paper pierced it and then took my Sahara Sand marker and lightly ran it over the pierced holes. Like watercolouring, using a light Sahara Sand outline just makes it pop a little bit.

To tie all the colours in, I then used my Beautiful Wings embosslit and cut out various sizes of butterflies. A little bit of Whisper White organza ribbon tied together with a Bashful Blue button and a sentiment from So Happy For You (SAB) finishes the whole card.

Admittedly, not a new and “wow” type design but I really like the look of this card!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Products used on this project –

Cardstock: Concord Crush, Whisper White, Bashful Blue, Bermuda Bay.

Ink: Concord Crush, Bashful Blue.

Stamps: So Happy for You.

Accessories: Whisper White Organza Ribbon, Subtles buttons, Big Shot, Beautiful Wings Embosslit, Paper Piercer, Mat Pack, Corner Rounder Punch.


Pea-Pod Ribbon Blossom

What kind of title is that? Not sure, just wanted to kinda describe a little bit about this particular card….

The inspiration this week came from the Pals Paper Arts sketch – what a great one! And I recently got the Ornate Blossom (for FREE, gotta love Sale-A-Bration!) and really wanted to use it.

The base for this card is Basic Black and I’ve layered it with Very Vanilla and then First Edition designer paper. Actually there are two layers of the First Edition paper. The one adhered to the Very Vanilla is just sponged lightly. Then in keeping with the sketch, I made one that is about half the size. I roughed up this layer and sponged it and adhered it with a little strip of Basic Black showing the separation.

Next, the Ornate Blossom layer. I stamped it in Basic Black craft ink and embossed it with clear embossing powder. I then stamped it again on some scrap and used Heat and Stick powder and Dazzling Diamonds. I cut out a few different pieces and adhered. I added a little butterfly from Beautiful Wings with a pearl centre to the top.

For the ribbon, I used the 1 1/4″ Basic Black striped grosgrain (LOVE THIS STUFF!). I tied it off in various spots with linen thread and then added some cotton batting in the little pea-pod pieces. I added them onto the card with dimensionals and then added Basic Pearls over the linen thread.

You’ll notice a little hanging tag to the right. I used my Styled Silver Hodgepodge Hardware and made it look like a tag. This is tied on with some 1/8″ Basic Black taffeta.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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

Cardstock: Basic Black, Very Vanilla.

Ink: Basic Black Craft/Classic.

Stamps: Ornate Blossom, Elements of Style.

Accessories: First Edition designer paper, clear embossing powder, Heat and Stick powder, Dazzling Diamonds, Heat Tool, 1 1/4″ Basic Black striped grosgrain, 1/8″ Basic Black taffeta, linen thread, Basic Pearls, Styled Silver HodgePodge hardware, Big Shot, Beautiful Wings embosslit, 1″ circle punch


Just a Little Note – Inkspirations Challenge #62

This week on the Inkspirations Challenge blog, there is a great colour challenge. Individually, I love all of these colours but had quite the time putting them together. So I decided on which colour I wanted to be the “bulk” of the card and then decided on the other colours as just “pops”. Here are the colours for the challenge:

The base of my card is Early Espresso and I’ve layered the top 2/3rds with a piece of Early Espresso designer paper (the sheet with the words). Along the seam I’ve added a little strip of Whisper White cardstock on which I stamped the sentiment from the Level 2 Hostess set, Apple Blossoms.

I then made 3 squares from the remainder colours and stamped them with the large circle pattern again from Apple Blossoms and added a little embellishment to each.

This is a great design that can be used over and over!

Let’s see what you can do with this combination – head on over to the Inkspirations Challenge Blog and show us your stuff!

For more inspiration, check out what the design team has come up with:


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

Cardstock: Daffodil Delight, Regal Rose, Early Espresso, Whisper White.

Ink: Early Espresso.

Stamps: Apple Blossoms (level 2 hostess set).

Accessories: 1/8″ Early Espresso taffeta, 1/4″ Marigold Morning grosgrain, Bitty Buttons, Bitty Punch Pack, Basic Rhinestones, Spiral edge punch, silver brads, Neutrals Designer Paper.


The Many Shades of Green….

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Today I’m all green – and all the shades to boot! At Create with Connie and Mary, this week’s challenge is go be “green”.

For this card, I decided to use the Sale-A-Bration stamp sets, So Happy for You and Sweet Summer. I decided that although this stamp set is certainly one that is most often coloured, that I didn’t want to – but what to do instead?

I stamped the flowers with Jet Black StazOn and coloured in the leaves with a blender pen and either Always Artichoke or Old Olive ink. I then used my 2-way glue pen and Dazzling Diamonds to fill in all the leaves.

I then sponged all the edges and adhered over two panels of designer paper showcasing either Artichoke or Olive and Very Vanilla.

The sentiment was stamped and cut into a flag by hand. I finished the banner sentiment with a bow of Always Artichoke tied in the centre with an Old Olive button.

Thanks for stopping by today – now please run on over to Create with Connie and Mary and play along!

Products used on this project:

Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Old Olive, Always Artichoke.

Ink: Old Olive, Always Artichoke, Jet Black StazOn.

Stamps: Sweet Summer (SAB), So happy for You (SAB)

Accessories: Stampin Sponges, 2-way glue pen, Dazzling Diamonds, Always Artichoke Seam Binding, Bold Brights Buttons.

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Kids Gifts – the Template

Hello All! As promised, I’ve put together a wee template for the kids card kit I’d made over the holidays. For a reminder, see the picture below or click to view the previous post.

Kids Card Kit Template

Hope you have as much fun with this project as I did!


Hydrant Box and Card Set

My sister loves animals. She is generous enough to open her home to fostering dogs – something I don’t think I could do as I’d get WAY too attached and would probably end up living with dozens of animals!

She asked me a while back if I’d like to donate to a silent auction the rescue group she works with is putting on. OF COURSE!

So, I fashioned this set of cards and a super cute fire hydrant box. My Aunt sat with me while I made this and just laughed at me as I oohed and aahed over this creation.

I won’t bore you with all the details but I did make a little PDF of how I made the box. The cards are simple and pretty self explanatory, I think. Each box has enough space to hold 12 of these cards with envelopes. It’s snug but it works.

Hydrant Box PDF Sheet

A few of you have asked for instructions on the kid’s colouring box, I’m working on it and will post it soon!

Have a great day!

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

Cardstock: Riding Hood Red, River Rock, Night of Navy, Baja Breeze, Whisper White.

Ink: Chocolate Chip, Cherry Cobbler, Night of Navy.

Stamps: D is for Dog.

Accessories: Circle punches, Night of Navy grosgrain, Decorative Label Punch, Basic Pearls, Corner Rounder Punch, Large Oval punch, Stampin’ Sponges, Scissor Circle Cutter.