Artistic Avenger

Inkspiration for Fascination and a Fancy Card Swap Hop to Boot!


This is a MEGA POST! Yes, you read it right. This is a BIG one. The post actually contains THREE different entries – hope you’ll stay with me to the end. If you do, here is what you’ll find:

  1. Inkspirations Challenge #80
  2. Fascinator Frenzy #2
  3. Fancy Card Swap Blog Hop

Oh, I know, a lot to put into one post but I think I’m long winded enough to do it!

This week’s Inkspirations Challenge is a colour one. I was totally thrown. Not sure why but purple is not my friend. So I decided to use it very sparingly as a layer but to focus on the other two colours.

I kept the base simple and just used Whisper White with a large Pear Pizzazz layer and then added a loop of Peach Parfait ribbon.

The central panel is layered with Concord Crush and then Whisper White and sponged with a cloud effect. Next, I used the Buttons embosslit and cut out a ton of Pear Pizzazz buttons and fashioned them into a tree. I found that if I cut a large triangular tree shape and then adhered the buttons to it, that made it much easier to do. A little bird was added on also.

A little tag with a sentiment from Just Believe finishes it all off. Now it’s your turn to head on over to Inkspirations and play along! But first, check out what the rest of the design team came up with:


Today’s FASCINATOR is brought to you by the letter “C” for “charming”:

This is a low profile beauty! Made with Springtime Vintage fabric, I actually forgot that I was wearing it. I made many little rosettes of various sizes and affixed them to a circle of cardstock below and then clipped it. When did I wear this one? It was pretty small so maybe a little sneaky……

By adding a comment below you’ll be eligible for a sweet little prize – not a Convention attendee? No problem! Make your own fascinator and link it in today’s post and you’ll be eligible too!

And now for the Fancy Card Swap Hop! At Convention I participated in a swap of Fancy Cards hosted by Elizabeth Price and Julie Beltramo.  Hopefully you’ve just arrived here from Gilda Fellows’ blog and after you take a look at my card, I’ll send you along to the next blog-hopper! Here is my card:

Christmas in brown and pink? YOU BET! I used the new stamp set Snow Much Fun and played around to make a vintage inspired card out of a typically not vintage type stamp. I even decorated the inside, but forgot to take a photo! Here is a close up of some of the details:

Well if you’ve made it all the way down to here, you deserve a big ol’ pat on the back! Better than that maybe? Head on over to the spectacular blog of Elizabeth Price and enjoy yet another Fancy Card Swap!


27 thoughts on “Inkspiration for Fascination and a Fancy Card Swap Hop to Boot!

  1. Wow! A great post, so much all in one shot! Your button tree is “the bomb” – so very cool!! I don’t know how you always manage to come up with something so unique! You are a true talent!

    And thank you so much for being a part of the swap and the blog hop – I will cherish your card – Seriously, I will! It is amazing! 🙂

  2. Carrie, this card is gorgeous on your blog… but even more fabulous in hand. It’s only then you can only really appreciate all the fabulous details and subtle, soft colors. I’m so pleased I got to swap with you

  3. I’m going to guess that this was your first day Fascinator, since I didn’t actually see you that day 🙂

  4. A button tree? I love it! And Christmas in brown and pink is just PERFECT!

  5. Great looking projects. Love your style. Thanks for the inspiration.

  6. Hi, Yippee!! I think, I am a brand new demonstrator. Right now I am wondering–“Why did I do this?” I don’t know anything! I am sooo
    green, Oh My!!! Well, guess I will just have to jump in and learn. Oh I know, I will probably do everything wrong—but I will learn.
    Thanks so much for being there. Thanks for your wonderful inspirations. Love this blog so much!!

    Audrey Buchinger

  7. These cards are all marvelous. I love all you girls do.

  8. Way to start my day with a triple! A button tree – perfect! And I hear Victoria Beckham has your number on speed dial for the next time she needs a fascinator – so darned cute and clever! And pink and brown are wonderful together on your Christmas swap – I love it……off to hop and see what else was swapped 🙂

  9. That button tree is totally speaking to me! I LOVE that idea! It’s unique and super cute.

    That fascinator is so much fun!! I can’t wait to see the other ones 😀

  10. What a fabulous post. Love all of it. And those buttons wow. TFS and have a wonderful weekend

  11. Carrie – Love your fresh approach to this stamp set, Elegant. Vintage.

  12. The button tree is the cutest thing ever! You are sooo creative! Plus, what a fabby snowman card…I LOVE the brown and pink! Awesome!

  13. Love both cards. I’m glad to see another idea for the buttons. I certainly haven’t used my die very much. I may just have to succumb to my desire for yet ANOTHER Christmas set–I love this snowman!

  14. Your Christmas tree is just darling! Of course, I’ll case it and give you credit. I am a reguloar follower and really enjoy checking out your creativity. Thanks for your generous sharing.

  15. I love the brown/pink combo – while it’s not traditionally Christmas, it IS vintage, which is fab. I think it totally works.

  16. Wow!!! Awesome projects!!! Love the idea of using the buttons to make the tree! That fascinator is super-sweet! And, love the soft colors and wonderful details on your Fancy Card Swap card! Gorgeous!!!!

  17. Carrie,

    You are simply brilliant! Sometimes I just “sigh” when I see one of your creations. You are my personal Artisian Award Winner! Just gorgeous stuff today!



  18. Hi Carrie! I love my daily dose of inspiration from you and the pink and brown snowman card is wonderful. And the button tree is too. I just made a button card and my embosslit broke – I think we used it too much! So for the fascinator – you wore that at the opening general session and I have a picture of us but I don’t think I can add that here – I’ll have to go add it to my blog or email it to you.
    Have a great day!

  19. Here is the link to my blog post and I added the picture there –
    Hopefully that works.

  20. Sigh…I sure do love your blog! The Christmas tree is amazing….your fancy card is right up my alley…love what you do! Thank-you for sharing what you do a million times over 🙂

  21. Your Christmas tree of button dies is a great idea and looks wonderful! I’ve also admired your Fascinators and they certainly are fascinating…I especially liked the flowers in the second one, but they are all lovely. I’m sure you received lots of attention at convention, duly deserved.

  22. Love that fabulous little button tree.

  23. The tree card is A-dorable. I love it. I meant to get into the fancy card swap but… Life gets in the way sometimes right? Loved ALL your fascinators at convention.

  24. Love what you did with the buttons, can I please case this as it’s such a fab idea.

  25. wow… everything is just fabulous, but the card with the tree made from the embossed buttons??? that is absolutely BRILLIANT!!

  26. I had the pleasure to see your Pink and Brown card in person and it is BEAUTIFUL! Thank you for sharing you work with us!

  27. Way too clever Carrie – love the “button” tree, the “vintage” snowman & your cute little fascninator! 🙂

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