Artistic Avenger


Daring to Dream (CCQ148)

Okay, didn’t think I’d get another thing posted for a while but here I am! Shocked? What I’ve realized is that I got rid of almost everything so I have very little to work with. Honestly, I didn’t think I’d continue stamping….so bear with me and the same old stuff for a while, would you?


This card was inspired by the ColourQ challenge of Tangerine Tango, Poppy Parade, Pink Pirouette, Lucky Limeade and Whisper White. What a combo! I knew instantly what I wanted to do.


I took my long clear block and the Stampin’ Write markers of the colours mentioned above. I coloured squares onto my block and then stamped it on some Watercolour paper which I’d spritzed with water. I think in hindsight I should have added a bit more water, but nonetheless, I got the look I was looking for.


I then backed it with Postage Punches in the coordinating colours.



To finish off, I added a spring of leaves and a couple of flowers centred with some Dazzling Details and a little butterfly. When I was finished, I really needed a little something extra in the way of texture so to continue with the butterfly motif, I added a large butterfly which I embossed and sponged lightly with Pink Pirouette.


Have a great day!



Hello Everyone! I’m (sorta) Back!

Well, not sure you’d see me, were you? Be honest! Well I’m off for the summer and needed something to bide my time. I felt like something was missing and well, here I am. I know I won’t be posting regularly but I hope to at least do so twice per week. So, without further ado, here is my first card in over 8 months!

I was inspired by the sketch at Create with Connie and Mary and The Paper Players current TIC TAC TOE challenge. I decided to use the “punches, dry embossing and circles” on my card.

I also wanted to do a fairly monochromatic colour scheme – Whisper White and Sahara Sand.

Gonna keep this short but I’ll write up how I fulfilled the challenge:

  • Circles: polka dot background, polka dot designer paper, Bitty Button (circle)
  • Dry Embossing: polka dot background, curved Whisper White background
  • Punches:  Boho Blossoms Punch, Fancy Flower Punch, 2-Step Bird Punch, Pennant Punch (for ends of banners)

Thank you all for your kind words over the past few months and be patient with me as I try to figure out my place in this stamping world!



Sprinkling Happiness (CCMC184)


This week it’s time to play along with a great sketch at Create with Connie and Mary. I am even more excited than normal as today they’ve announced that I’ll be a Guest Designer for the Occasions Edition of Create with Connie and Mary!



My project today showcases the products I’ll be using on my original project that will be showcased in early February.  You can only view this project (and so many wonderful others) if you subscribe to Create with Connie & Mary Occasions 2012 Edition. Join now and take advantage of the early bird pricing of just $29.95 – a $5 savings – for 6 weeks of amazing projects by some very talented artists! (early bird offer ends January 14th)


I wanted to use the Gnome Sweet Gnome set in a bit of a different way so I used the watering can and sentiment only. I stamped the image with Basic Gray and used the Pinking Hearts border punch to get that tiny little heart which I added on with some Tombow.



Along the bottom of the Crumb Cake card stock, I embossed with the Stripes Embossing Folder. From far away, this has the look of ruffled paper! Over the seam is some Riding Hood Red Taffeta ribbon and a little Basic Gray button was tied on with some Linen Thread.


Hope you like what I’ve shown you today and I strongly suggest you head on over to Create with Connie and Mary and subscribe for the Occasions Edition or just head on over there and play along with this week’s challenge!


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

Basic Gray, Confetti White, Basic Black, Crumb Cake, Real Red.

Basic Gray.

Gnome Sweet Gnome.

Big Shot, Stripes Embossing Folder, Neutral Buttons, Riding Hood Red Taffeta Ribbon, Pinking Hearts Border punch.


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,