Artistic Avenger


Patchwork Hearts (KKC09)


Time for another KKC challenge! Yeah! This time it’s all about the colour and what a challenge it is. A couple of neutrals, a bright and a regal!



I used River Rock for the base (this card is 3″ x 6″) and then I added a long panel of River Rock designer paper which I notched out a the end.


In honour of the upcoming Valentine’s Day, I decided to use the Fashionable Hearts Embosslit from the Occasions Mini and run it through my Big Shot a few times. I used Soft Suede as the “base” and then inserted various challenge colour hearts. I really like this look.


For a bit of added pop I added a Bitty Button.



This would be a great card to showcase at a workshop, don’t you think?


To finish it off, I added a sentiment stamped in Soft Suede from Delightful Dozen and added a little extra heart….just ’cause.


Hope you like today’s design and make sure you check out the KA-POW Kreative Challenge page for more great projects and to play along!


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

Cardstock: River Rock, Soft Suede, Regal Rose, Cajun Craze, Very Vanilla.

Soft Suede.

Delightful Dozen.

Neutrals Designer Paper, Bitty Buttons, Big Shot, Fashionable Hearts Embosslit Die, Bitty Buttons.


Hoot! Hoot! I have exciting News!


A while back I entered a submission for a Design Team and was picked! Yeah! I’m sure there was some steep competition and my DT mates are FABULOUS! Which DT? Well, the Splitcoaststampers Creative Crew (for Jan-Apr 2012)!!!

This was a super exciting accomplishment for me so over the next little bit, I’ll share my first round of projects with you.

The project above was made for CCREW112DF – which was to use a colour combo that I hadn’t used before. This was a doozy. We also had to use a sketch that was provided.

I used the combo of Sahara Sand, Chocolate Chip, Pacific Point and Cajun Craze. I used the super cute Owl punch and hand cut the tree, of course it is stamped with the Woodgrain background.

A few little flowers finish off the look and of course, that super cute hanging sign!

Hope you’ll stay tuned for more great projects coming soon. Have a great day!


Blushingly Beautiful (CCMC183)

Time for a new Create with Connie and Mary challenge! This time it’s all about the colour, baby! I love all of these shade individually and was super excited to play with them all together.


The base is Pool Party and I used my Adorning Accents Edgelits to cut a piece of Soft Suede (which I also sponged) which I added along the bottom.


Next, I took a piece of Twitterpated Designer Series Paper and ruffled and the sewed it in my sewing machine. I just love this look. But before I adhered it, I used my Adorning Accents embossing folder (the heart on) to emboss a strip on the card. I wanted it to be de-bossed so I used the back side. Over this I stamped my sentiment from Curly and Cute.



For the focal panel, I stamped an image from Button Buddies using my Stampin’ Write markers and added some Twitterpated designer buttons but instead of tying them on, I added some Rhinestones to the centre of each one. For that fun bottom and top edge, I put the piece of card stock into my Decorative Label punch. And the in behind, I added a Blushing Bride Decorative label for an extra pop of colour.


To finish, it all off, I added a wee loop of ribbon affixed using Vintage Trinkets.


This is a great colour combo that is a blast to play around with. Won’t you join us at Create with Connie and Mary? And another great reason to play along….


Did you know that we have started the Early Bird Special for Create with Connie and Mary Occasions Edition 2012?  Well…WE HAVE!  From now until Saturday, January 14th, you can join this edition for only $29.95…that’s $5 off the regular 6 week subscription price of $34.95!  That’s 36 amazing projects with full tutorials that will not be seen anywhere but on Create with Connie and Mary Occasions Edition 2012!  Why wait…join today…


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

Cardstock:  Pool Party, Whisper White, Soft Suede, Blushing Bride.

Pool Party, Pear Pizzazz, Soft Suede, Sahara Sand.

Button Buddies, Curly and Cute.

Big Shot, Decorative Label Punch, Soft Suede Taffeta Ribbon, Adorning Edgelits Dies and Embossing Folder, Trinkets, Twitterpated Designer Paper and Buttons.


Heartfelt Flowers (CCMC


It’s time for another great challenge at Create with Connie and Mary. I really do love sketch challenges and had so many ideas when I saw this one. After Christmas, I realized that I had a bunch of unopened new products from the upcoming Occasions Mini so I decided to use them!


The base of this card is Crumb Cake. The large vertical layer is Rose Red and I tied on a large piece of Springtime Vintage fabric using some Linen Thread. I added a few extra loops of Linen Thread on over it, I added a cut out of flowers stamped from the new stamp set, Bordering on Romance. I stamped this image on some Watercolour paper and coloured it in.


I then splattered it a bit and added some Dazzling Details to the centre of the large flowers. In behind this is a Baja Breeze banner that was cut out using the Petal Cone die.


For a little extra detail, I used the new (and exciting) Adorning Accents Textured Impressions Embossing Folders. I ran it through my Big Shot with some Crumb Cake designer series paper and cut it out (watch over the next couple of weeks to see what I did with the other piece!).


All in all, a pretty simple card and I’m super happy with it! Switch out colours and elements but this layout is certainly one that can be used over and over.


Looking forward to seeing what you come up with – play along at Create with Connie and Mary!


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

Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Rose Red, Baja Breeze, Watercolour paper.

Ink: Jet Black StazOn, Rose Red, Pear Pizzazz, Baja Breeze.

Stamps: Fabulous Phrases, Bordering on Romance.

Accessories: Petal Cone Die, Springtime Vintage Fabric, Neutrals Designer Paper, 


Sale-A-Bration Squared (KKC08)


WOW – I have been a bad blogger lately! But forgive me, between the holidays, work and a trip to Mexico, I think a break was necessary!


Today I’m super excited to show you some new products just in time for a new KKC Challenge!


The base for this card is Pool Party and I’ve layered it with some Cherry Cobbler and then a layer of Pool party which I made a squared texture on it (to mimic the tiles in the inspiration photo) using my Simply Scored.


I again played with the tiles and made my own four in the centre. I used the SAB stamp set, Freshly Vintage and stamped the image in Pool Party, punched it out and added a little centre stamped with Cherry Cobbler.



Behind this layer I added a little tie of Pool Party Baker’s twine (kinda like having a towel in the bathroom photo, no?).


Underneath, I added a sentiment from Loving Thoughts which I stamped in Basic Gray (a la the bathroom tap in the photo).


This was a fun card to make and I was super happy to get back into the craft room and play with my stamping products again!


I do hope you’ll join in the fun at the KA-POW Kreative Challenge this week, head on over the official page and see who is Guest Designing for us this month!


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

Pool Party, Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler.

Pool Party, Cherry Cobbler, Basic Gray.

Loving Thoughts, Fresh Vintage.

Simply Scored, 1 1/4″ Square punch, Bitty Punch Pack, Pool Party Baker’s Twine, Basic Jewels.


I do (CCMC181)



I loved this new challenge at Create with Connie and Mary. Simple and to the point. That was my approach on this card. Simple. To the point.


The base is Basic Gray and I’ve layered Whisper White on a layer of Whisper White that was textured with the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder.


On the uppermost layer, I used the Silver Glimmer paper and cut out the letters “i do”. Again, simple. To the point.



To finish, I added a strip of Vellum that was stamped with the congratulations stamp from Delightful Dozen. It is affixed with a mini Silver Brad and a glue dot under the word itself.


Although the glimmer paper surely screams Christmas, there is more you can do with it. Let’s see what’cha got. Won’t you play along at Create with Connie and Mary this week?


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

Whisper White, Basic Gray, Vellum.


Delightful Dozen.

Big Shot, Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder, Simple Alphabet die, Bitty Punch Pack, Silver glimmer paper.


Under a Mexican Sun (CCMC180)




Time for a new sketch challenge from Create with Connie and Mary and a very quick write up for me! I’ll be away from the computer for a bit and trying to get everything squared away.


This card was made for a gal who is getting married in Mexico next week (my kid’s cheer coach). I wanted to use the colours of Mexico and emulate a warm sunny day.


I used the Plant Hope stamp set, embossed and watercoloured the tree, cut it out and added it with dimensionals. I sponged on the sun and then sponged clouds and stamped the birds from Uncharted Territory using my Stampin’ Write marker.



Come and play along with Create with Connie and Mary this week – we’d love to see what you can do!


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

So Saffron, Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, Lucky Limeade.

StazOn, So Saffron, Pumpkin Pie, Versamark.

Plant Hope, Uncharted Territory, Delightful Dozen.

Scallop Border punch, Black Embossing Powder, Top Note, Brights Designer Paper, Stampin Sponges.


Stocking Duo

Just stoppin’ in quickly to share a duo of projects (card and tag) that I did at a recent class.


I used my Simply Scored tool to make a fun quilted stocking! Just score your cardstock every 1/4″ and then punch it out on an angle – VOILA, quilted stocking!


I thought this combo was a fun and different colour combo for the holidays. Sorry, gotta duck out to work and get some more presents wrapped. Check back tomorrow to see who rocked the KKC challenge!


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

River Rock, Soft Suede, Pool Party, Very Vanilla.

Tags Til Christmas, Stitched Stockings, Christmas Greetings.

River Rock, Pool Party, Soft Suede.

Stocking Punch, Mini Jingle Bells, Soft Suede Taffeta Ribbon, Silver Glimmer Paper, Big Shot, Two Big Tags die, Neutrals designer series paper.


Heartfelt Sympathy (Inkspirations #99)


Unfortunately we sometimes have the need for sympathy cards and this week was one of the weeks I needed one. I used the Inkspirations challenge sketch as my starting point.


I actually turned the sketch on it’s side this time. For the three items along the bottom, I used three hearts which were sponged with Soft Suede ink.


The large central layer is Crumb Cake and then layered with Soft Suede and Very Vanilla. I really wanted the sentiment to stand out so I stamped some of the outline images from Awash with Flowers. For a little added detail, I actually paper pierced a few flowers and added basic pearls for interest.



To finish off, I added some accessories: First Edition designer paper, Crumb Cake seam binding and an Antique brad.


I do hope you’ll find some time to play along with us at Inkspirations this week. For more inspiration, check out what the rest of the DT has come up with:





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

Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla.

Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Jet Black StazOn.

Awash with Flowers, Word Play.

Full Heart punch, First Edition DSP, Antique Brads, Crumb Cake Seam Binding, Pearls, Stampin’ Sponges.


Beautiful Bonsai (CCMC179)



I love when a plan comes together. When I saw this week’s challenge at Create with Connie and Mary, I knew exactly what I wanted to do. This does not happen often – a lot of the time, I’ll come up with an idea and it ends up looking completely different. This time, it looked just like I wanted!


I used Basic Gray for the base and then I cut two patterns out of the Tasteful Trim out of Basic Gray (I also sponged these). I then layered thin strips of Lucky Limeade on those pieces.


I cut out an oval using Watercolour Paper and then stamped the bonsai tree from Plant Hope in StazOn and watercoloured with the challenge colours.


Lastly, I added a sentiment in Basic Gray.


I love the crisp simplicity of this card and I can’t wait to see what you all do with this awesome colour combination at Create with Connie and Mary!


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

Basic Gray, Watercolour paper, Lucky Limeade.

StazOn, Basic Gray, Lucky Limeade, Poppy Parade, Soft Suede.

Plant Hope.

Big Shot, Tasteful Trim Die, Big Shot, Ovals Die, Aquapainter.