Artistic Avenger


Retro Stocking (MM39)

Well, today is my last day with Merry Monday as a Featured Designer. What a great month it’s been! These ladies really know how to do up the holidays!

For my last card, I had something COMPLETELY different in mind when I sat down. Different colours, different stamp sets, everything. Don’t you love how the creative mind works?

Here’s the sketch.

I started with a Crumb Cake base on which I stamped the snowflake image with Soft Suede. I love this combo.

Next, I used the new (and not really sure I like) colour of Summer Starfruit across the centre and lined it some Pool Party behind.

Next, I added some Soft Suede designer paper to a piece of Soft Suede card stock and added to the card.

For the banner I knew I wanted to do something a little different so I used the Two Big Tagz die and cut one out in Very Vanilla. I added the sentiment from Delightful Dozen in Soft Suede.

Now, to the tag, I added a scallop circle of Real Red. I love this bright pop of colour. To keep it a little more in the card, I added a loop of Real Red grosgrain and affixed it with a Glimmer brad.

I used my stocking punch to make a stocking of Pool Party which I also embossed with the Snowburst embossing folder.

To finish it all off, I added a top and heal and toe of silver glimmer paper.

This was so much fun to see coming together and I hope you’ll play along with us this week at Merry Monday. Check out what the rest of the design team has come up with too!


Reaching for the Stars (MM38)

Another Merry Monday card to share today! Next week will be my last….boo…..:-( This is the sketch for this week. As you can tell from my picture above, I turned it on it’s side, I felt this worked better with the stamp sets I wanted to use.

For this card, I decided to use VERY traditional colours but I wanted to use two various stamp sets together that are not meant to be together.

The base of this card is Real Red. I’ve added a strip of designer paper which is scalloped and a sentiment was stamped underneath.

The panel is just a strip of Old Olive card stock. I cut a little nick in the end to make a wee banner and folded it over a few times at the top and, for a little extra detail, I added a couple of staples.

For the image part, I decided to use Snow Much Fun and Lean On Me. I loved the idea of the little boy reaching up into a Christmas tree to either decorate it or look to find hidden treasures.

Of course there is a little bit of sparkle to the tree using some Dazzling Details. This card was so much fun to make!

So I hope you’ll check out that the rest of the Merry Monday design team has come up with this week and that you’ll play along!


An Experiment in Colour (MM37)


Happy Monday everyone! And today is another instalment of my Guest Designer stint on Merry Monday!

Today’s sketch is awesome and is one that can be used over and over for so many occasions.

I wanted to start this card with a non-traditional colour combination (yes, last week was non-traditional stamps and this week is non-traditional colour….you see where I’m going with this, right?).

The base is Soft Suede and I’ve layered it with a vertical layer of Primrose Petals and Bravo Burgundy. On the burgundy layer, I’ve stamped an image from the Delightful Decorations stamp set.

Next, I needed to tend to the centre area. I cut out an oval with my Big Shot and embossed it. I then added a couple of punches in coordinating colours (Designer Label and Oval) and then I stamped tone-on-tone Crumb Cake and punched out with my Ornament punch.

I added some rhinestones which I actually coloured with my Bravo Burgundy marker to tint them but it’s very hard to tell by the photo.

To finish it off, I added a bow of Linen Thread and some paper piercing with the Essentials pack.

For my sentiment, I used a strip of Crumb Cake card stock and fanned it out over the end of the card.

Thanks so much for stopping by and for enjoying my cards this month. I hope you’ll join me next week!

Check out what the rest of the DT has come up with this week by checking their blogs:


Just My Type (MM36)

Well it’s another week at Merry Monday and I’m excited to share my sample with you! This week I wanted to do something COMPLETELY different for the holidays and use a non-holiday stamp but in a holiday way. Got it? With a great sketch to work with I was on my way.

I started with some fun colours – Marina Mist, Lucky Limeade, Basic Gray and Riding Hood Red.

The stamp set I decided to use was Established Elegance. I love that typewriter and have been wanting to use it in some kind of fun and different way.

Starting with the tall horizontal panel, I used some textured Marina Mist card stock and layered it with a large snowflake, folding it around the edges for a fun look. I then tied on some Baker’s Twine.

Next, I cut a circle of Lucky Limeade onto which I put the typewriter, stamped in Basic Gray ink and cut out.

Lastly, I added a little typed note “don’t open till Christmas” from Tags Til Christmas and also a little mini postage stamp which has another stamped image from the same stamp set.

A little bow of Baker’s Twine and a rhinestone finish it all off.

Hope you’ll get some time to play along with us this week at Merry Monday!

Check out what the rest of the Design Team came up with this week too:


A Snowy Man (MM35)


VERY excited to have been asked to be a Guest Designer on the Merry Monday design team this month!

Here is my first offering. We were given the sketch above to work with and I knew right away I wanted to flip it a bit and play around with the design.

The base for this card is Gumball Green and layered with Pool Party and Night of Navy. The image is from Snow Much Fun. I love this guy. I’ve stamped him in Jet Black StazOn and then water coloured him with coordinating colours.

I used some designer fabric and ribbon to emulate the banners in the sketch. What I found was when using fabric as a ribbon-like detail, it works really well to affix it to some co-ordinating card stock first, then cut in your notch.

Lastly, I added a couple of trinkets and some tags tied on them.

This was a really fun sketch to play with! I do hope you’ll play along at Merry Monday!