Artistic Avenger

1 Comment

BBQ Recipe Case and Invitation

Summer is almost here and what better way to celebrate then by having a BBQ with family and friends? This fun recipe case is a great way to share your favorite tastes of the season. The project can also be used for other themes, as well. Just switch up the paper and stamps. It also makes for a really fun class or stamp club idea. This project also includes instructions for an invitation to the BBQ along with five recipes for the party!

This project was created by Anne Marie – check out her blog, Stampin’ Anne.

To get all the instructions for this and many other projects, subscribe to May at Craft Project Central!


Designer Postage

Here is a card that was made a while back – I got a call from my sister needing a Mother’s Day card so I threw this together for her.

I used an Always Artichoke card base and added five postage squares of Paisley Petals Designer Series Paper. I then added a few little butterflies from the Beautiful Wings embosslit in Bravo Burgundy. Of course, I needed to add a little bling.

To finish up, I added some pulled Always Artichoke seam binding and a button and little flag sentiment from Teeny Tiny Wishes.

Thanks for stopping by!

Products used on today’s project – CLICK HERE to buy them NOW!

Cardstock: Always Artichoke, Bravo Burgundy, Whisper White.

Ink: Bravo Burgundy.

Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes.

Accessories: Big Shot, Beautiful Wings Embosslit, Rhinestones, Paisley Petals Designer Series Paper, Postage Punch, Always Artichoke Seam Binding, Neutral Buttons.


To a Wonderful Friend

I said a few days ago that I rarely make girly cards. They just aren’t my forte. So, out of my comfort zone I go again but this time, a completely different look! This week at Inkspirations, we’ve got a fantastic and very versatile sketch challenge for you.

I decided that I wanted to incorporate different textures but not necessarily different colours on this one and wanted the sentiment to be the focal point.

The base is Basic Black and I’ve layered it with Melon Mambo and Whisper White. For the panels, I actually used various sized window sheets. Each of these pieces were run through my Big Shot with different texture plates. These are all affixed to the card base with Silver Brads.

Over the centre seam, I added some of my most favourite 1 1/4″ Basic Black striped grosgrain ribbon. The focal panel is Basic Black cardstock layered with Whisper White. On that Whisper White, I added letters in Melon Mambo cut from the Simple Alphabet and GoGo Boots Alphabet dies.

I used my Wonderful Favourites stamp set and the Medium Jewelry Tag with a little bit of bling and some Whisper White Baker’s Twine.

Hope you’ll play along with us this week at Inkspirations!

Let’s see what the rest of the DT has done with this sketch…..



Fishy Friends

What a great colour combination challenge for us to play with at Create with Connie and Mary this week! I knew right away I wanted to play with the Summer Splash stamp set when I saw it.

I went with a Whisper White base for this one and added two strip of Peach Parfait to the bottom of the card – on the right I frayed the edges of the ribbon.

The focal panel is Riding Hood Red (which is textured with the Perfect Polka dots folder) and then Baja Breeze which is wheeled with the Fishy wheel. I then stamped two fish in Peach Parfait on Peach Parfait cardstock and cut them out. For one of the fish, I actually tried to make it look like gills/scales.

I used my Crop-A-Dile to make some little bubbles and added the anchor from The Open Sea along with a little bit of sand (Crumb Cake cardstock).

To finish, I added a little flag sentiment on the top. What do you think you could make with this combination of colours? Head on over to Create with Connie and Mary and show us your stuff!

Products used on this project:

Cardstock: Whisper White, Riding Hood Red, Baja Breeze, Peach Parfait, Crumb Cake.

Ink: Crumb Cake, Peach Parfait, Basic Black.

Stamps: The Open Sea, Summer Splash, Fishy wheel.

Accessories: Big Shot, Perfect Polka Dots folder, Crop-A-Dile, Peach Parfait Poly Twill Ribbon.


Simple Surfing

I recently got the new Summer Splash stamp set from the AWESOME Summer Mini and have been wanting to play around with it a bit. I love those surfboards and knew that these images were ones I wanted to play with right away. I also had a colour combo in mind – very boyish – Basic Gray, Basic Black, Whisper White, Marina Mist and Sahara Sand.

What I didn’t have was a layout. For this, I searched some of my favourite challenge blogs and found that Stamping 411 had a great sketch that would work just perfectly.

The base for the card is Sahara Sand and it is layered with Basic Black and then Basic Gray. On the bottom, I added some designer paper from the Wicked Fun Specialty Designer Paper and on top, I used my Air Spritzer Tool and spritzed some Basic Black.

The diagonal behind piece is Marina Mist which is cut using the Big Shot and the Two Big Tagz die. I did cut it down a bit and stamped the sand dollar/starfish/shell trio stamp. I also roughed up the edges and added a knot of Basic Black satin ribbon.

For the surfboards themselves, I first stamped them all in Sahara Sand. This is acting as the shadow. I then stamped them all with a combination of the card colours, cut them out and added them with dimensionals. I also added some Whisper White Baker’s Twine in behind the boards for a little extra fun detail.

The sentiment is from the hostess set Apple Blossoms and is really only half of it and the other half is….

… inside. I’m always inspired by those who do up their cards on the inside to match. I love this look and need to do it more often!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Products used on today’s project:

Cardstock: Basic Black, Whisper White, Sahara Sand, Basic Gray, Marina Mist.

Ink: Basic Black, Sahara Sand, Basic Gray, Marina Mist.

Stamps: Summer Splash, Apple Blossoms (hostess level 2).

Accessories: Big Shot, Two Big Tagz die, Basic Black Satin Ribbon, Whisper White Baker’s Twine, Wicked Fun designer paper, Air Spritzer tool.


A Happy Hat

Oh my word, did I have fun with this one! I found a new challenge site (and I LOVE challenges) and it’s called The Friday Mashup. Their challenge this week was to make a project with the theme “Ribbons, Pearls and All Things Girls”. I knew I wanted to tackle this as I feel this is not my strength.

But I wasn’t sure where to start so I searched a few of  my favourite challenge blogs for a sketch that inspired me. And, I found it at The Paper Players. Their sketch just shouted “pick me” and the idea was born! I loved looking at all the hats at the recent royal wedding and I knew I wanted to “throw my hat in the ring” ….. (oh, yeah, that was a bad one!).

I very rarely use retired items on cards but I knew I wanted to use the Springtime Vintage Designer paper from the last mini as the fabric is still current (on the carry over list) and wanted them to match.

The base is Crumb Cake and I added a strip of Springtime Vintage designer paper down the centre with a little Marina Mist and some First Edition designer paper behind it. Because the hat is so detailed, I wanted to keep the base simple. Okay, now for the hat itself….

The brim is Rose Red cardstock cut with the largest scallop circle from the Scallops #2 die. I then punched a strip of Springtime Vintage designer paper with the Eyelet border punch and adhered in a circle on the brim piece. I then took a strip of cardstock and scored 1/4″ on both long sides. I cut notches in them so they’d be able to be adhered to the circle that was cut from the Circles #2 die. These two pieces are in Pretty in Pink. I added a very thin strip of Rose Red and a band of pearls to the hat.

Now, for the extra hat embellishment. I made a bow of the Springtime Vintage Fabric and in the centre, I added a flower cut from the Wood sheets (the flower is from the Baskets and Blooms die). And for one more little bit of somethin’ somethin’, I added a flower of First Edition designer paper (I used one of the new punches from the Summer Mini and scrunched up the paper) and added a Antique Brad to the centre.

Lastly, for the sentiment, I made a little Very Vanilla flag and stamped it with a sentiment from Elements of Style. I added a little flower from the Bitty Punch Bundle and a small notch of First Edition paper affixed with a Vintage Trinket.

I so appreciate you stopping by and spending some time here!

Products used on today’s project:

Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Rose Red, Pretty in Pink, Very Vanilla, Marina Mist.

Ink: Early Espresso.

Stamps: Elements of Style.

Accessories:  Big Shot, Circles #2 die, Scallops #2 die, Basic Pearls, Springtime Vintage Designer Paper and Fabric, Bitty Punch Bundle, Vintage Trinkets, Antique Brads, Baskets and Blooms Die, Wood Sheets, First Edition Designer Paper, Eyelet Border punch.

Leave a comment

For Father’s Day

This handsome cologne box and matching card are perfect for the amazing dad in your life this coming Father’s Day!  This is a quick and easy project that you can even have the kids help you with!  After Father’s Day, change up the theme and use the box template for other gift giving occasions!

How awesome is this? This project was made by Joanna and all the details are available by subscribing to the May edition at Craft Project Central!


A Bit of Bitty Bits – Inkspirations #70

Are you loving this colour combination? At first, I wasn’t so sure but after working with it, I think I may have found a new favourite!

This week on the Inkspirations Challenge Blog, the challenge, should you wish to accept it, is this:

For my card, I actually used Naturals Ivory for the base as I like it’s strength and then added a Very Vanilla layer which I ran through my sewing machine with a bit of a zig zag stitch.

The central panel is Sahara Sand which I ran through my Big Shot with the Lots of Love Letterpress plate for a bit of texture and then backed it with some Perfect Plum which was punched with the Dotted Ribbon Border Punch.

The central panel is just 1 3/4″ circles that are decorated with various punches, Bitty Buttons and Itty Bitty Bits images.

I just adore these buttons and use them very often and I thought it’d be fun to highlight them on this card.  Each punched image is sponged also for a bit more of shadow and dimension. I’ll list all the punches I used below.

Like the layout? I was super inspired by the Pals Paper Arts sketch this week – so many variations!

Head on over and play along at the Inkspirations Challenge blog or just check out what the other design team members have come up with!


Products used on today’s project – CLICK HERE to buy them NOW!

Cardstock: Perfect Plum, Blushing Bride, Sahara Sand, Very Vanilla, Naturals Ivory.

Ink: Perfect Plum, Blushing Bride, Sahara Sand.

Stamps: Itty Bitty Bits, I (heart) Hearts.

Accessories: Big Shot, Lots of Love Letterpress Plate, Dotted Ribbon Border Punch, Stampin’ Sponges, 1 3/4″ circle punch, 1 3/8″ circle punch, 1″ circle punch, 1 3/4″ scallop circle punch, Heart to Heart punch, Small heart punch, 5-petal Flower punch, 1/2″ circle punch, Bitty Punch Bundle, Bitty Buttons, Linen Thread, Basic Pearls.


A Breezy “I Do”

This week at Create with Connie and Mary, there is a challenging sketch to play along with. Okay, you may not find it challenging but I sure did! Here is the sketch for you to look at and see what you think….

I knew that I wanted to make a wedding card as I’ve got a customer that I’d recently helped with some wedding invites and her wedding is coming up very soon. I had to make a special card to send her way – and one of her colours is Old Olive too!

The base for the card is Baja Breeze and I’ve layered it with Basic Black and then piece of Presto Patterns designer series paper. I sponged the Presto Patterns with some Baja Breeze to highlight the pattern. Next, I had to figure out what to do with all those little pieces in the centre.

First, I decided to tie on some Old Olive Taffeta ribbon on an angle and I added a wee bow which is finished off with a little Whisper White button tied with Baja Breeze cardstock.  Behind the tie is the end of a Basic Black Modern Label punch and behind that, a 1 3/4″ Old Olive circle.

For the central panel, I used Basic Black and then stamped the Fine Flourish stamp in Baja Breeze ink on Whisper White cardstock. I then stamped the saying from Word Play in Versamark and then embossed with black embossing powder.

The little “congratulations” is from Fast & Fun Notes and to the other side, I used some Treehouse Designer Paper to make that Old Olive folded circle. In the middle is a small heart which I covered with Chunky Essentials glitter.

Okay, there you have it. Lots of details – I hope I got them all in!

Now it’s your turn – head on over to Create with Connie and Mary and play along with us!

Products used on today’s project:

Cardstock: Baja Breeze, Old Olive, Basic Black, Whisper White.

Ink: Baja Breeze, Versamark, Basic Black.

Stamps: Word Play, Fine Flourish.

Accessories: Heat Tool, Clear embossing powder, Old Olive taffeta ribbon, small heart punch, chunky essentials glitter, Tombow adhesive, Neutral buttons, 1 3/4″ circle punch, Decorative label punch, Treehouse designer paper, Stampin’ Sponges, Basic Rhinestones.

Leave a comment

Double Project Post!

I’ve got two awesome and newly posted projects from Craft Project Central to share today! The first is from Nelia – you must check out her talent on her blog!
It’s almost strawberry season, and this gift set is perfect for giving fresh strawberry jam, fresh picked strawberries, or any other summer treat for birthdays, thank you gifts, or to let someone special know that you are thinking of them!  If you’re looking for a  fun class project, this one’s perfect!
The second project is from Deanna – yes, again, another talented stamper with a fantastic blog!

Are you looking for a pretty little end of the year gift for that special teacher?  How about a little gift for a co-worker or the kids’ grandparents?  This pretty little scallop circle keepsake box is a wonderful gift to give with the little mini companion album inside!  Or put other little treats inside like a gift card, jewelry, etc.!
To get the instructions for both of these projects and more, just subscribe to May, and make sure you head on over to Craft Project Central and leave these designers some love!