Artistic Avenger


Wishing You Congratulations

So it’s time for another Create with Connie and Mary sketch challenge! These ladies always come up with the best sketches! You are going to notice a few wedding cards in the next few weeks – tis the season!

First, here is the sketch we have to work with:

And, you’ll see that I turned it on it’s side! Yep, just had to mess with it a little bit….tee hee…..

For my card base, I used the new In Colour Pool Party – I’m thinking this is going to be a FAVE for me! I then decided to use lots of subtle colours to go with it. The large panel in the centre is Crumb Cake and I’ve used the Lots of Love Letterpress plate to texture it. I sponged the edges and added a ruffle of 1 1/4″ Pretty in Pink striped grosgrain to the bottom.

Next, I added three hearts all from the I (heart) Hearts stamp set. The colours I chose were Pool Party, Blushing Bride and Wild Wasabi. I then cut a little flag out of Very Vanilla for the sentiment from Teeny Tiny Wishes.

To finish, I added two hanging flag pieces stamped with wedding inspired sentiments “happiness” and “congratulations”.

So let’s see what you can do with this awesome sketch – head on over to Create with Connie and Mary and play along!

Products used on today’s project:

Cardstock: Pool Party, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Wild Wasabi, Blushing Bride.

Ink: Pool Party, Wild Wasabi, Blushing Bride, Crumb Cake.

Stamps: I (heart) Hearts, Teeny Tiny Wishes, Heard from the Heart.

Accessories: Big Shot, Lots of Love Letterpress Plate, 1 1/4″ Pretty in Pink striped grosgrain, pearls, Stampin’ Sponges.


Flyin’ Away: Non-Winning Artisan Award Project #1

It is with a heavy heart that I start posting these projects. I do love participating in the Artisan Award contest each year but each year have to post them here because I don’t win. I have been a past finalist but it just isn’t the same. I’m competitive. I like to win. I guess I don’t know what SU is looking for obviously or they are looking for a style that is not mine – and to stray from own style just to win is something I’m not prepared to do.  So, lucky you! You get to view them all here and now I have 10 posts added to my summer pre-post arsenol!

This is the first project I made and it was the one I knew exactly how it’d look and it didn’t stray too far from the original plan. I actually was inspired by a business card to make this. If I can find the link I’ll show you!

The base is Naturals Ivory. I love this paper. And the other colours I used were Basic Black, Very Vanilla and Crumb Cake (for shading and inside stamping).

I sewed some Newsprint designer paper to one side, clear embossed images from Plane and Simple on the other and made two cut outs in the centre of the front of the pocket to show the inside sentiment. I embossed the plane and cut it out and added “original” from Art By Design.

For the inside, I stamped various images from Plane and Simple along with a sentiment from Always. The top corner is rounded and I added a Basic Black button and some 3/8″ Twill tape. Now don’t forget about the back! This is actually my most favourite part!

At the top you’ll see the notch that shows the button and twill on the insert piece. Again, I sewed some Newsprint designer paper down one side and folded up the bottom with rounded corners.

I used my Scallop Square punch and 1″ circle to make a little peekaboo circle. It is kept on with Trinkets. And, if you look closely, the compass from Plane and Simple is embossed with clear embossing powder on the black cardstock.

I think this is the one project I’d like to have back. I just loved it. Oh well, c’est la vie! Maybe we can find it on the boards at Convention – that is where all my entries seem to end up….

Hope you have a great day and thanks for joining me on my creative journey.


One Card – Two Ways

This is the last of my retirement workshop projects – a fun and bright summer card using Eastern Blooms. The layout for this card was based on a magnificent swap I received last year at Convention from my roommate, Diane.

The base of this project is Melon Mambo which I stamped the vine image on with Melon Mambo ink.

Across the card is a piece of Peach Parfait which is textured using the retiring texture plates.

For the image piece, I used Whisper White cardstock and I inked up with large flower stamp in Peach Parfait and then sponged the centre with Melon Mambo ink with a sponge dauber. I then used Apple Blossoms (level 2 hostess set) with Old Olive ink for the stem.

The sentiment is a stamp from Define Your Life (which I’m most sad to see go) in Old Olive.

Now there are two more ways you could do this card – I have a photo of one which I’ll share.

This card has basically the same aspects as the first with a couple of changes. The most drastic is the centre of the flower. What I did was stamp it on a separate piece of Whisper White cardstock in Melon Mambo ink and punched it out with the 1″ circle punch and added it with a dimensional.

You’ll notice that there are grass sprigs around the stem of the flower too. Well, this was actually an error to start. I rocked the stamp and got the outline. Then, I just inked up the stem again and stamped it upside down (on purpose the second time) for a few little grass sprigs.

This card would also be a great one to show the Poppin’ Pastels technique – just didn’t get one made in time to post on this post!

Thanks for stopping in today,

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

Cardstock: Melon Mambo, Whisper White, Peach Parfait.

Ink: Melon Mambo, Peach Parfait, Old Olive.

Stamps: Eastern Blooms, Apple Blossoms.

Accessories: Big Shot, Texture plates, Spiral Edge Punch, 1/4″ Old Olive grosgrain, sponge daubers, 1″ circle punch.


Stenciled for You

It’s Friday Mashup time again! Yeah! I am having such fun being on the design team for June and am sad to say that this will be my last entry. I do know that I will be visiting often though and hopefully I’ll find the time to participate in lots of the challenges!

The challenge, should you choose to accept it is:

  1. Create a project using the colours Cherry Cobbler, More Mustard and Very Vanilla.
  2. Create a project using the sketch by Kasey below.
  3. Or “Mash It Up” and make a project using the challenge colours and the sketch.

As always, I decided to put the two together and MASH IT UP! I used Very Vanilla as my card base and then layered it with a piece of Very Vanilla designer paper which I sponged with More Mustard ink.

In the centre, I added a Cherry Cobbler piece of cardstock punched with the Decorative label punch. I then decided to take one of our Decor Stencils (Elegant Trio) and sponged inside it with my Versamark ink pad. I then embossed it with clear embossing powder to get the look of a shaded and clear fleur de lis.

To finish off this project, I stamped the Eiffel Tower from Artistic Etchings on Very Vanilla cardstock and cut it out. I then sponged it with both Cherry Cobbler and More Mustard and adhered to the card with dimensionals.

The sentiment was stamped on More Mustard cardstock using Basic Black ink and it is from Just Believe. I then topped it all off with an Antique Brad.

Now it’s your turn to head on over to The Friday Mashup and play along!

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

Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler, More Mustard.

Ink: Versamark, Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler, More Mustard.

Stamps: Just Believe, Artistic Etchings.

Accessories: Clear embossing powder, heat tool, Decorative Label punch, Elegant Trio designer stencil, Antique Brads, Stampin’ Sponges, Neutral Designer Series Paper.


Fancy Flower – Inkspirations #75

I thought I’d try to do a little something different today. Taking a quick look at this, I don’t think I’d identify this as my own creation – not my typical style I don’t think. However, when I do post cards that I think that is the case, I have many comments saying they’d pick it as mine right away. Who knows!

Today’s project is brought to you by the colours pink and black and the sketch is from Inkspirations. This has been a great design team to belong to. Such wonderful challenges and a great team to work with.

I tried to follow the sketch pretty truly but actually turned it on it’s side in the end.

The base is Blushing Bride and the layer colours are Basic Black and Very Vanilla. I think the card itself is pretty easy to understand. LOTS of distressing and sponging but let me give you a close up of the flower:

I used the Fun Flowers Sizzix Die and cut out flowers with Newsprint Designer paper and Blushing Bride Designer paper. I then crumpled them up in my hands and spritzed them with water and crumpled them some more. I used my heat tool to dry them (because I’m too impatient to wait for them to dry on their own) and affixed them all together with an Antique Brad.

I added some pearls to each corner and a sprig of black leaves (thanks Renee for showing me that is okay!) and of course ribbon – two kinds actually!

You’ll notice that I added no sentiment on this card. That is on purpose. I think this card could be good for any occasion so I’m not putting a sentiment on it until I need to use it!

Thanks so much for stopping by today and I encourage you to play along with us at Inkspirations this week! Check out what the rest of the design team has done with this sketch too!


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

Cardstock: Blushing Bride, Basic Black, Very Vanilla.

Ink: Basic Black.

Stamps: NONE!

Accessories: Big Shot, Fun Flowers Die, 1 3/8″ Basic Black Striped Grosgrain, Basic Black Satin, Pearls, Antique Brads, Newsprint Designer Paper, Blushing Bride Designer Paper.


A Glimmery Petal

This week at Create with Connie and Mary they’ve got a fantastic colour challenge for us all! Such wonderful colours, perfect to make a summery fun card!

I wanted to go fairly simple with this one as the colours are so bold so I went with an Old Olive base and I layered it with a portion of a Tempting Turquoise Scallop Square which I cut with my Big Shot and textured with the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder (and then sponged).

Next, I cut a Tempting Turquoise tag out using my Two Big Tags die and layered a piece of Whisper White on top. I then stamped a large flower using the retiring stamp set, Pick a Petal. Such a great set! After doing that, I set out to add some glimmer and shimmer!

I took the stamped Whisper White piece and covered it with Versamark and then Heat and Stick Powder. After I heated that, I sprinkled the whole thing with Dazzling Diamonds and heat it slightly to set the glitter. Fun huh?

I then stamped a couple of centre pieces from Pick a Petal – the first in Tangerine Tango and punched with the 1″ circle punch and the second in Old Olive and punched with the 1/2″ circle punch. On the smaller on, I added a bubble from the Build-A-Brads for a smooth effect.

Lastly, I added some 3/8″ Old Olive Taffeta Ribbon and a little tag using the Medium Jewelry tag punch and the Tiny Tags stamp set.

I’m liking this layout so much that I may just play around with it for a Convention swap! Oh, just wait, I’ve got some doozies to show you and my non-winning Artisan Award entries are coming up soon too!

I do hope you’ll head on over to Create with Connie and Mary and play along with this week’s challenge!

Products used on today’s project:

Cardstock: Old Olive, Tempting Turquoise, Tangerine Tango, Whisper White.

Ink:  Old Olive, Tempting Turquoise, Tangerine Tango, Versamark.

Stamps: Pick a Petal, Tiny Tags.

Accessories: Big Shot, Scallop Square Die, Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder, Heat and Stick Powder, Dazzling Diamonds, 3/8″ Old Olive grosgrain, Medium Jewelry tag punch, 1″ circle punch, 1/2″ circle punch, Build-A-Brads, Two Big Tags die.


In the Trees

Today I’ve got a card to signify a very important day – Father’s Day. I have a wonderful Father who I love dearly and I have a husband who is a phenomenal father who I am lucky to celebrate also. And, to all the Dads out there, enjoy your day!

For my card, I was inspired by both the ColourQ and the Stamping 411 challenges – but I did take a few liberties on both.

The base for the card is Bashful Blue (I didn’t have any Bordering Blue). The back panel is Basic Gray layered with Bravo Burgundy (which I stamped with the Woodgrain background). After the last card I posted,  I wanted to do another landscape type card. they are just so much fun!

For the landscape, I used the Trendy Trees stamp set and the challenge colours (Cajun Craze, Bravo Burgundy and I added Chocolate Chip for the tree trunks). I used Bashful Blue to sponge out the clouds and then went around the outer edge with Marina Mist. For the hills, I used Old Olive and took a little bit of Always Artichoke to shade out the outline of the hills.

I took a small piece of vellum cardstock and stamped it with the sentiment from Teeny Tiny Wishes in Jet Black StazOn.

Because I just can’t do without ribbon, I added some 5/8″ Old Olive grosgrain tied up in a knot with a Cajun Craze button. In the centre of that, I added an Early Espresso brad.

Again, I wish all of you dads out there a very Happy Father’s Day!

Products used on today’s project:

Cardstock: Whisper White, Cajun Craze, Bravo Burgundy, Bashful Blue, Basic Gray.

Ink: Cajun Craze, Bravo Burgundy, Bashful Blue, Marina Mist, Old Olive, Always Artichoke, Chocolate Chip, Jet Black StazOn.

Stamps: Trendy Trees, Teeny Tiny Wishes, Woodgrain.

Accessories: 5/8″ Old Olive Grosgrain, Regals Buttons, Neutral Brads, Stampin’ Sponges.


Pretty as a Postcard?

It’s Friday which means I get to share two design team challenge cards with you! yeah! This card was done for The Friday Mashup Challenge and this week is super fun and fantastic and there should be NO reason for you not to play along! Here is this week’s challenge:

  1. Create a summer themed project.
  2. Create a project using polka dots.
  3. Or “Mash it Up” and make a summer themed project using polka dots!

I wanted to play around with my brayer with this card and use the Summer Splash stamp set from the Occaisons Mini Catalogue. I wasn’t sure how I was going to incorporate the polka dots but in the end I figured it out. Once the card was complete, it totally looked like one of those retro postcards to me!

The base of this card is Confetti White (a great sturdy white base alternative to Whisper White). The larger central panel is Marina Mist which I faux stitched using my paper piercer and mat pack and Not Quite Navy marker. Next is a panel of Not Quite Navy and then a Whisper White layer on which I brayered various layers.

  1. So first I punched out a 1 3/4″ circle with a post it note and put it on the Whisper White layer. I then cut a wavy strip which would serve as the horizon between the water and the sky. I then brayered over the sky with Pool Party and Baja Breeze and sponged the edges with Not Quite Navy.
  2. Next is the water. I kept the sun mask on and took the reverse piece of the water mask and added the sand mask so all I had was the strip of water exposed. I then brayered that with Marina Mist and added little “crests” of white.
  3. After the water was done, I left all the masks on (but took the sun cirle off). I then added the negative of the sun so only the sun piece was exposed. I then sponged with Daffodil Delight and some Pumpkin Pie. Almost done!
  4. Lastly is the sand. I laid over the reverse of the sand mask and sponged with Crumb Cake and Sahara Sand with a little smattering of Soft Suede at the end.

I embossed the imaged from Summer Splash using Real Red craft ink and clear embossing powder, cut them out and added them with dimensionals.

Because it looked so much like a postcard to me, I added a little postage stamp which was stamped with A to Z in Not Quite Navy and sponged with Soft Suede to age it. I then added a sentiment from On the Grow and a big Real Red button from the Brights buttons tied with Baker’s Twine.

The polka dots? Yeah, I got them in there too! I used Daffodil Delight cardstock and various circles to add a bit of polka dots to the background.

Not it’s your turn! Head on over to the Friday Mashup and play along!

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

Cardstock: Confetti White, Daffodil Delight, Marina Mist, Not Quite Navy.

Ink: Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Pool Party, Baja Breeze, Not Quite Navy, Sahara Sand, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Marina Mist, Real Red Craft.

Stamps: On the Grow, Summer Splash, A to Z.

Accessories: Brayer, 1 3/4″ circle punch, clear embossing powder, heat tool, paper piercer, mat pack, Stampin’ Sponges, Postage Stamp Punch, Brights Buttons, Baker’s Twine, various circle punches, White Gel Pen.


It’s not a Melon, It’s a Pear!

Well I know I’d promised to show only retiring items this month but I’d love to share a new stamp set that is going to be available in the new catalogue coming July 1st!

For my colour inspiration today, I used the AWESOME colour challenge from the Inkspirations Challenge Blog and here it is:

The base for the card is Melon Mambo and you’ll see that there is a large panel of Basic Gray designer paper which is stamped with the large floral stamp from Elements of Style. I then layered it on Old Olive and added a little bit of Whisper White cardstock which was punched with the Dotted ribbon border punch. The sentiment is stamped with Basic Gray ink on Old Olive cardstock and is from Inspired by Nature.

For the image piece, I used some Confetti White cardstock and stamped it with the pear image from Faith in Nature (upcoming hostess set). It is stamped with Jet Black StazOn and then very wetly watercoloured with the challenge colours. I then added a large beveled windowpane tied on with some Linen Thread.

Thanks for stopping by today to check this project out! Now head on over to play along with us at Inkspirations Challenge Blog!

Look at what the rest of the design team did with this challenge:



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

Cardstock: Old Olive, Confetti White, Melon Mambo.

Ink: Jet Black StazOn, Old Olive, Melon Mambo, Basic Gray.

Stamps: Inspired by Nature, Faith in Nature.

Accessories: Neutrals designer paper, rhinestones, Linen Thread, Beveled Windowpanes, Aquapainter, Dotted Ribbon Border punch.


For My Dad…

Trying to get a jump start on my weekend crafting needs! This Sunday is Father’s Day! I used the very creative sketch from Create with Connie and Mary this week. It really is a great one!

I went with a fairly monochromatic colour scheme on this one (I think this lends itself nicely to a masculine theme). The base is Sahara Sand and I’ve layered it with Early Espresso and then some Sahara Sand designer paper.

For the side piece, I actually made a scallop envelope out of Early Espresso designer paper and adhered it on it’s side. Then I made a small tag on which I stamped the Father’s Day sentiment from All Holidays. I stamped it three different times in coordinating colours and then cut out the pieces and affixed them with dimensionals.

I stamped the large tree from Lovely as a Tree in Jet Black StazOn and then watercoloured with various shades of green (Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive, Always Artichoke).

For a little extra pop of colour, I added a strip of stapled 5/8″ Old Olive grosgrain.

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: Early Espresso, Confetti White, Sahara Sand, Old Olive.

Ink: Early Espresso, Sahara Sand, Old Olive, Pear Pizzazz, Always Artichoke, Jet Black StazOn.

Stamps: All Holidays, Lovely as a Tree.

Accessories:  Neutrals Designer Series Paper, 2 1/2″ circle punch, Mini Library Clips, 1 1/4″ circle punch, Scallop Envelope Die, Sizzix Big Shot, Aquapainter, 5/8″ Old Olive grosgrain.