Artistic Avenger


A Wonderful Wedding

So you’ve heard me talk about this wedding I’d had over the summer – my Brother’s wedding actually. I was honoured to be asked to look after table decor. Usually the grooms family is not asked to be all that helpful so, since this is my only brother, I jumped at the chance to help.


I thought I’d share a few photos of the wedding set up and table place settings with you. This is the head table. The wedding was very small (less than 40 people) and took place on Galiano Island, BC. It is an absolutely lovely spot. So, because this was a destination wedding, we had to plan and pack every little item (including all the tables, flowers, decor, etc). If you forgot one thing, you were hooped!


And here is a side view. Don’t you love those paper flowers that are holding up the swag on the front?



And a couple of close ups of the table settings. Everyone got their own “chair” with their name and relationship to the bride/groom. In addition, there is a different love-themed quote on each and every napkin. My mom did wonders with the flowers which are all in teapots and teacups. Lastly, we made little sweet treat mason jars with candy sticks on each table.




And a couple of close ups of the venue. The wedding ceremony took place in a different are of the resort, this is just the reception area.



Thank you so much for sticking around and checking out these photos! Still some great wedding projects to share in the days and weeks to come.



Tooth Fairy Box: Non-Winning Artisan Award Entry #3

Today I’m sharing the first of my two 3D projects that I submitted for the 2011 Artisan Award contest. This one was a bit hard to photo as there are so many elements. First, I made it with the backing pieces that come in designer paper packages to give it strength. I then covered them with Whisper White cardstock. On the very top, I covered it with Crystal Effects. I made sure to have small bumps and pits, as this is what regular teeth have. I then added Dazzling Diamonds all around the outside.

I added some Candy Cane fabric as a tie to open and close the box and then I used the little Tooth Fairy stamp in the centre.

I stamped the image and punched it out with the 1 3/4″ circle punch. I watercoloured the image and then stamped it again on some fabric and paper pierced. Of course, I added a little more glitter.

I needed to make the inside special too…..

I lined one side with fabric and in that I laid a hand sewn little satchel to hold the tooth. On the other side, I used My Digital Studio to make a little poem.

The 3D projects are the hardest to adequately photo (for me anyways) but in real life this is pretty darn cool.

Thanks for stopping by!


Support-Someone Sunday

As you all know now, my daughter has been cheering competitively this year. I am so very proud of her and her accomplishments in her first year. Not only has she made many great advancements personally but she has fully embraced the idea of being a “team player” and has made many good and mature choices with her team’s well being in mind.

A few weekends ago was her last competition. She was very sick after a week of fever and a very infected ear but she sucked it up and competed her very best for the betterment of her team’s chances. As soon as she left the floor you could just see her energy drain but on the floor you’d never have known.

Anyhow, I wanted to wear something that showed my support not only for the team and gym but for her specifically. So, I used my Big Shot and the Scallops #2 die and cut out the largest scallop circle with chipboard and layered another scallop circle in Garden Green on either side. On the back I glued on a pin but on the front, I had to glam it up!

I printed off her photo using My Digital Studio and was able to make it the exact size I needed! The picture is nestled into, of all things, a frozen juice lid. Around the inside, I ran a seam of Tombow and then sprinkled some Chunky Essentials glitter.

To finish, I added a bit of Basic Black 1 1/4″ Striped grosgrain and a little star cut out with the Big Shot and the Stars #2 die.

I was, again, so proud to be wearing this pin and got MANY compliments on it too!

Happy Sunday Everyone!

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

Cardstock: Whisper White, Garden Green.

Accessories: Big Shot, Scallops #2 die, Stars #2 die, Basic Black 1 1/4″ STriped grosgrain, Chunky Essentials, My Digital Studio.

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Kids Gifts – the Template

Hello All! As promised, I’ve put together a wee template for the kids card kit I’d made over the holidays. For a reminder, see the picture below or click to view the previous post.

Kids Card Kit Template

Hope you have as much fun with this project as I did!


On a Blustery Day…

This week at Create with Connie and Mary there is a fantastic theme challenge to round out the holiday season – Let it Snow.

For my creation this week I thought I’d share something I made for my holiday decor, a wonderful canvas project.

First, I started with a flat canvas that was white. I cut out some snowflakes with my Big Shot and the Snowflakes #2 die using some bulk Decor Element sheets. I then adhered to the canvas.

After that, I took a mixture of Champagne Mist shimmer paint and Baja Breeze Reinker. I painted the canvas all over except for the very bottom. I masked it out so it would look like  snowbank. After all the painting was done, I used some sponges and my Not Quite Navy ink and sponged around the outer edge.

Next, I adhered the Dasher Decor Element. Being that this was on a textured surface, it was hard to adhere so after it was all on I painted it with some Modge Podge to make sure it’d stay put.

Lastly, I added some Basic Rhinestones and with my Tombow added a bead of glue and some Dazzling Diamonds on the top of the snowbank and under the feet of Dasher.

This was a super fun project to make and I got rave reviews over the holiday season!

Let’s see what you all come up with for this challenge – head on over to Create with Connie and Mary and join us!

Products used on this project:

Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint, Baja Breeze Reinker, Not Quite Navy ink, Stampin’ Sponges, Sizzix Big Shot, Snowflakes #2 die, Bulk Decor Element sheets, Tombow Multi Adhesive, Dazzling Diamonds, Basic Rhinestones, Dasher Decor Element (retired).


Inkspirations Blog Tour

Wasn’t Brandi’s project to die for? She always does such great stuff! Well, people, today is the day! Time to tour around and see some amazing gift projects! Make sure you check out the Inkspirations Challenge Blog for all the details but here they are for you so you can get started touring right away! Here is what I created for this blog hop. I really hope you like it!

My neighbour just opened a little cafe and had a whole bunch of glass trivets so she brought them over to me use as she knew I could come up with something. So, I took 5 of them and hot glued them together into a square. I then cut out some raw Decor Element vinyl with various snowflake sizes and also some lettering from the Join in the Cheer Sizzlet. Inside, I have three candles of various heights.

Around the bottom I added some striped 1 1/4″ grosgrain and a button. This project was not hard to make but when lit up and surrounded by pine boughs can fancy-up any table this holiday season.

I took this over to my neighbour for her holiday decor and it was very well received. Now I get to make another just for me!

So now that you’ve visited me, it’s time to visit our next stop, Helen.

If you want the whole line up for the tour, just head on over to the Inkspirations Blog to start from the beginning. Make sure you leave some love for the participants!


So much to do, so little time!

That really is what most of us are saying these days, isn’t it? It is such a busy time and there are just to many things we have to do. So why not keep ourselves organized just a bit?

I recently held a class where participants made these super cute boards. They had various colour options in solid cardstock and various designer series papers. Each person used some ribbon and different embellishments to personalize them and then made some magnets to match. Most made them as gifts for others and maybe one for themselves.

For this board, I used Very Vanilla cardstock and some Elegant Soiree Designer Series Paper. I rounded the edges to match the boards that I used.

Down the centre seam, I added some 1 3/4″ circles that I punched out of Newsprint designer series paper. I sprayed them with water and crumpled them up a bit. I added some Basic Black satin ribbon down the centre and then an Antique Brad.

Lastly, I added some Soft Suede letters cut with the Big Shot using the Simple Alphabet. To dress it up just  little bit more, I added a few Basic Black Flourish Jewels.

Thanks for stopping by! Don’t forget that sometimes the best gifts are homemade!

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

Cardstock: Soft Suede, Very Vanilla.

Accessories: Big Shot, Elegant Soiree DSP, Newsprint DSP, Basic Black Flourish Jewels, Antique Brads, Big Shot, Simple Alphabet Die, Black Satin ribbon, 1 3/4″ circle punch, corner rounder punch.


This Year’s Wish Lists

This year I made cute wish lists for the kids to write down what they “want, need and love”. I used the holiday themed Simply Scrappin’ Kit. Super cute and easy! They are backed with hard cardboard/chipboard and they hang on the side of the fridge.

Not really much else to say! Have a great day!


It’s All in the Box

Did you know that you can get a box pattern digital download for My Digital Studio? You can! And it’s super cool! Here are the two options you can choose from:

So, for the workshop I had last night, I knew I wanted to use this to make a super cute project for my hostess. Here is what the box looked like:

I printed the template onto some Wild Wasabi cardstock. I cut it out and stamped it with the Simple Snowflake. Along the bottom I added a strip of Candy Cane Designer Fabric with some 1/4″ Real Red Grosgrain and a Baja Breeze button from the Candy Cane buttons.

I added a little scallop circle of Real Red around the opening loop and then added a little rhinestone brad to highlight the open/close area.

For the top, I used matching colours and added a Whisper White snowflake with a little Medium Jewelry Tag in Blushing Bride. I stamped “merry” from Tiny Tags on it first and added in on with a Basic Rhinestone.

Lastly, I had to figure out what to put inside. Since the box came to 2 1/4 x 2 1/4 square, I decided that I’d make a little holiday tag kit with 2″ x 2″ square tags. Here is what the set looks like:

So I bundled 10 little tags together, wound some silver cording around a piece of cardstock and I added an Old Olive Craft Stampin’ Spot and a little holiday stamp.

This would make a perfect teacher gift or hostess gift for a friend who loves to stamp!

Thanks for stopping by and checking this project out. Have a great day!

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

Cardstock: Wild Wasabi, Real Red, Blushing Bride, Whisper White.

Ink: Wild Wasabi, Real Red, Baja Breeze, Blushing Bride.

Stamps: Simple Snowflake, Tiny Tags.

Accessories: My Digital Studio, Medium Jewelry Tag Punch, Snowflake Punch, 2 3/8″ Scallop Circle punch, 1 3/4″ circle punch, Candy Cane Designer Fabric, Candy Cane buttons, Basic Rhinestones, 1/4″ Real Red grosgrain.


Terrific T-Shirts

Every month, I have a Mom & Me club that meets on the first Sunday of the month. This is a super fun group with kids ranging from 6-10 years with their moms. We make a few great projects and have such a blast.

This month, we focussed on Christmas with everyone making a cute little bag, a card and this extra special project which was my little gift to them for the holidays (only the kids made this, not the parents too).

Each child was given a red t-shirt and creative license! Above is my daughter modeling her project. Here is how we made them:

  1. Decide what you want your t-shirt to say.
  2. Cut out the letters using the Big Shot and Simple Alphabet dies out of bulk Decor Element sheets – it doesn’t matter the colour.
  3. Affix the Decor Elements to your t-shirt. You want to rub these really well so there are no corners up and away from the shirt.
  4. Put a piece of cardboard into the shirt and spray over the Decor elements with spray bleach. I used an old Stampin’ Mist bottle and made it half water and half bleach. Spray from about 12″ away.
  5. You can block off your images (like Avery did above) or you can just spray and see what you get.
  6. Next, peel the Decor Element letters off and see what you have left.
  7. Put into the dryer for about 15 minutes and VOILA!

Once I get my son’s shirt done, I’ll post it for you, I’ve got some great plans for him!

Thanks so much and have a great day!

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

Big Shot, Simple Alphabet Sizzix Die, Bulk Chocolate Chip Decor Element Sheets.