Artistic Avenger


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Theme Thursday (July 3, 2008)

A little late, yes, but here nonetheless!!

This week, I decided to move away from cards and onto 3D projects. I’ve been feverishly cleaning out my stamping area and found this great bundle of white (medium sized) lunch bags. These are a little smaller than the normal lunch bag and I wanted to use some designer paper to dress them up. In this case, I used East Coast Prep designer paper.

Here was my first attempt:

I folded over the top of this bag and wound some East Coast Prep paper around it. I cut out the centre of a large metal edged tag and adhered it to a chipboard star that I covered in East Coast Prep paper using some Tombow Multi Adhesive and sanded with a sanding block. I also punched out a small star in Real Red and added a Real Red brad to the centre. I stamped a salutation from Absolutely Fabulous in Wild Wasabi ink on wasabi cardstock. And then….

For this bag, I stamped it randomly with the happy face from Holiday Blitz using So Saffron and Wild Wasabi ink. I used a large alligator clip and covered it with East Coast Prep designer paper. I tied on a piece of striped grosgrain ribbon in Bashful Blue and made a tag using Its All Good and various circle punches. And then….

I wanted to make a traditional gift bag with this attempt. I cut a 2″ strip of East Coast Prep paper and adhered it to the top of the lunch bag. I added a strip of Real Red grosgrain along the bottom using mini glue dots.

I added jumbo eyelets to the sides of the bag using my Crop-A-Dile and tied some 5/8″ Real Red grosgrain through. I used a Real Red Die Cut Bloom with a piece of designer paper punched out using the 5-Petal flower punch and a Brocade Blue button as an accent piece.

I again used Absolutely Fabulous for my salutation but this time cut it out and backed it on Brocade Blue. And then….

Okay, I had to do at least one card.

I folded the lunch bag so it would fit on a regular A2 card and then added a strip of East Coast prep designer paper tied with some More Mustard grosgrain.

I added So Saffron eyelets to the bag using my Crop-A-Dile and added a piece of Bashful Blue cardstock as a pull out piece (I added a 1 3/8″ circle of designer paper to the top as well as a piece of Wild Wasabi cardstock and a So Saffron brad).

I used Absolutely Fabulous for my salutation which I stamped in Bashful blue this time and punched out with a large oval and mounted it on a designer label punched shape in Wild Wasabi. I then added the bag piece to a Wild Wasabi card base.

That was different for a Theme Thursday, eh? It was fun though and now I have lots of great packages for hostess gifts!


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Beach Journal

My kids and I were at the beach the other day (we spend every other day there during the summer) and my daughter kept asking a bunch of questions about why things are as they are. So, I told her to write them down and we’d make a book of questions, answers and pictures of beach-stuff and she could take it to school as her ‘what I did on my vacation’ type thing in the fall.

I couldn’t just give her a little book that didn’t look totally cute, could I?

This is just a journal from the local dollar store. I like them because the cover is thick and neutral coloured so it’ll match almost anything. The only drawback? The wires are too close together to use the spiral punch….

I started with a piece of Purely Pomegranate cardstock as my base. I then stamped my Paisley background on to some River Rock cardstock in River Rock ink. I sponged the edges and paper pierced using my Close to Cocoa marker to “stitch”.

The bottom dotted paper is a piece of Cutie Pie designer paper and over the seam I added a piece of striped Wasabi grosgrain.

The ‘s’ piece is a 1 3/8″ circle of Wasabi cardstock with a chipboard ‘s’ from Lots of Letters Chipboard. I sponged it with white craft ink and embossed it using clear embossing powder. The large circle of chipboard around it was treated the same way only with Rose Red craft ink instead of white.

I used my Everyday Flexible Phrases stamp set and word window punch to add the words ‘summer’, ‘special’, ‘vacation’ and tied them on to the spirals using some linen thread and striped Wasabi grosgrain.

My last step is going to be applying a spray sealer as this little baby is going to be at the beach A LOT!


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Theme Thursday (May 29, 2008)

Hello All! This week’s Theme Thursday uses a card from a Stamp-A-Stack a few weeks back. This is along the same lines as last week’s theme – quick and simple! Here is the first card and the inspiration for this theme:

The card base is Very Vanilla and is layered with some Basic Black card stock and Le Jardin designer series paper. I’ve tied some black grosgrain around that layer. I then stamped the leaves from Artfully Asian on another piece of Vanilla card stock and layered it on some black. I coloured it in using some reinkers and a blender pen. Lastly, I added the salutation from Artfully Asian in black. And then….

I turned the card base the other way and layered the black cardstock and designer paper on the bottom of this one. I stamped the image from Just Celebrate in Jet Black StazOn and coloured it in using reinkers and an aquapainter. I used my double rectangle punch to add a little extra slot for the black grosgrain (I love doing this, it is just a neat touch). And then I stamped the salutation in black ink. And then….

This is my Fresh Cuts inspired piece. I punched out a 5-Petal flower in the centre of the designer paper and adhered it with dimensionals over the piece of black card stock. I used my Boho Blossoms punch to punch out some flowers in the same designer paper and added one to the centre with a black brad. I added two more black brads to the top right and then added “for you” from All Holidays. I LOVE this. So simple yet so striking. And then….

I stamped the watering can from Thinking of Father and watercoloured with reinkers and an aquapainter. I made a patchwork of sorts with my designer paper and layered some black grosgrain over the meeting points. I stamped the salutation from All Holidays in basic black.

So there you go! A quick and simple and crisp group of four for this week’s Theme Thursday!


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I was inspired – TWICE!

Honestly, I was pretty stumped this month for my Inspiration Challenge. I had no idea where to start from. But Pam, at Paper Askew Studio, always puts forth great creations so I had to pull out something. Here is my end result:

The only thing I had in mind when I started was the colour palette – Whisper White, Tempting Turquoise, Brilliant Blue and Old Olive.

I wanted to use the Fossil Stone technique on the background to emulate the water theme of the inspiration piece. Now, it may look like nothing much in my photo, but in real life it looks like water droplets. My favourite thing in the piece, however, was the leaves, so I made them my focal point.

I punched out some Old Olive small and large ovals and folded them in half and then ran them through my crimper. I took a small strand of olive cardstock, manipulated it slightly to “roll” it as a stem would. I added the leaves to it with mini glue dots.

I tied on some turquoise grosgrain and decided to corner round two of the corners as the inspiration piece had so many curves to it.

I decided to use the word “cherish” as the inspiration piece had a “c” in it. I used my designer label punch and oval punch to create this salutation. I stamped the word from Baroque Motifs in Ballet Blue ink.

Thanks for checking in and for playing! Make sure you check out Pam’s creation too!

And then, I decided to try the colour challenge on Kristina’s blog, KWernerDesign. She has such a great blog and I’ve been very nervous to make a creation and post it on there but I swallowed my fear and this is the result:

The swatch for inspiration is here:

Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, So Saffron, Old Olive and Tempting Turquoise.

It was a great challenge and I was so thrilled to use my new It’s A Sign stamp set!