Artistic Avenger


In the Express Lane (PP72)

I am hosting a couple of great holiday classes this month called Holiday Express Classes. These are classes that are aimed at quick cardmaking – 4 cards in an hour or less!


So with that in mind, looking at new challenges, I am looking to make cards to suit this type of class. This week at The Paper Players, they’ve got a great colour combo that is just perfect!


The base is River Rock and it’s been layered with Very Vanilla. I embossed this layer in my Big Shot and decided to use the inverted side as it is a bit more subtle.


Next, I embossed a frame on River Rock cardstock and then tore it out. I then sponged the outside edges for more definition.



In the centre of this frame, I’ve added a Christmas tree in Always Artichoke stamped with the Pennant Parade stamp set and punched out with the Petite Pennant punch. I added a small heart from the Owl Punch.


Over the seam from the embossing folder, I added some Always Artichoke seam binding and a tie of Linen Thread.


The sentiment is from Heard from the Heart and really was the inspiration for the direction of this card.


Thanks for stopping by and make sure you continue to come on back to see more Holiday Express Class cards!

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

River Rock, Riding Hood Red, Always Artichoke, Very Vanilla.

Always Artichoke, River Rock.

Pennant Parade, Heard from the Heart.

Big Shot, Petite Pennant Punch, Owl Punch, Always Artichoke Seam Binding, Linen Thread.



A Pocket Full of Fun!

Continuing on with my highlight of retiring items, I’m happy to show you another of the projects I’ll be highlighting at my retiring workshops.

I’m focusing on the Celebrations Designer Paper and Accents on this one. I just love the colours of this collection of products. So what exactly is this, you ask? Well, you can use this as a mini book or an addition for journalling on a scrapbook page. Let me show you the inside:

You’ll see that once you open the little pocket, there are two strips of Celebrations designer paper which form pockets for journalling or photos to be slid under. I used the Merry Details and Birds & Blooms sizzlets as little accent pieces and I used coordinating colours of cardstock. And if you open it one more time:

You’ll see that there are two little “books” on either side of the inside. Again, these would be perfect for journalling or photos!

The measurements are super easy for this project and can be made for any occasion.

Outer cover: 12″ x 3″ (scored at 3″, 6″, 9″)

Inner designer paper strips:  1 1/2″ x 3″

“Pages” to slide behind Designer Paper:  2 1/2″ x 2″

“Book” pieces: 2 3/4″ x 5 1/2″ (folded in half)

Give it a try!

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

Cardstock: Whisper White, Real Red, Bashful Blue, Old Olive, Pacific Point.

Ink: Real Red.

Stamps: Jumbo Star Wheel.

Accessories:  Star punch, Stars #2 Big Shot Die, 5/8″ Old Olive grosgrain, Baker’s Twine, Corner Rounder punch, Celebrations designer paper, Celebrations Accents, Birds & Blooms Sizzlet, Merry Details Sizzlet, linen thread, Paper Trimmer.


Don’t You Forget About Me…..

I just love that song, don’t you? If I could title every blog post with a good ol’ 80s song, I would! But I used this title for two reasons. The first is that this card is an oldie but goodie that I learned so long ago and the stamp set/accessories I’ve used are retiring.

This is one of the projects I did at my Downline traning meeting last night and that I’ll be showcasing at retiring workshops this month.

This type of card is called “waterfall” and I’ve got some really quick and easy instructions. Which I’ll add below.

I used the following colours: Marina Mist, Real Red, Garden Green and Night of Navy. A bright and fun combination! I used the Cheers to You stamp set and instead of stamping and colouring it in, I’ve just stamped each image with a coordinating colour. This card is just pure happiness!

Here are the instructions:

This is a really cool card. The white squares are 1 3/4 x 1 3/4″ on top of 2″ x 2″ purple squares. They are glued to the a white 9″ x 2″ strip of cs that is scored at 2″, 2 3/4″, 3 1/2″ & 4 1/4″. Bend your strip so that the scored lines fold. Fold in half using the center score line as the top, with the scored lines facing front and the unscored part at the back. This is your mechanism. Stamp, color and attach your 4 squares just beneath each score line.

The purple strip is attached only just under the bottom stamped image ON TOP OF the fold over piece of scored cs — that is the only place that it’s glued. It’s very important NOT to put any glue/tombo/whatnot on the back of the strip, or it will not slide! The purple strip is attached with brads to the pink/purple layers.

Pull the ribbon tab and the images flow!

Speaking of pure happiness, I wanted to talk briefly about my wonderful downline. Now, although there was a Canucks game on last night, many of them came out to our monthly meeting at my home. We discussed what is new on the horizon with Stampin’ Up!, Convention, Swaps and more! Then we started on our make and take projects (the one above is the first of three which I’ll share with you).

Then, Carole (my Convention roomie) began a lovely speech. I didn’t know where she was going with it but soon figured it out. I was again an Artisan Award “loser” this year and although I swore it wouldn’t bother me, it did. But this is a bonus for you all because this means I can post my projects here! (which I’ll do over the next month or so).

Anyhow, my dear friends presented me with the one-and-only “Master Artisan” Award to celebrate my artistic adventures. I was thrilled, very honoured and touched to be a part of this wonderful group. I’m so glad they all chose me to be a part of not only their SU businesses but their lives.

Here is a photo of us (a little goofy, but that’s us!):

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

Cardstock:  Marina Mist, Night of Navy, Garden Green, Whisper White.

Ink: Marina Mist, Night of Navy, Garden Green, Real Red.

Stamps: Cheers to You.

Accessories:  Paper Trimmer, Silver Brads, Night of Navy Taffeta, Treehouse Designer Paper.


A Case of CAS (Clean and Simple)

I don’t CASE (copy and share everything) very often but in one of our Stampin’ Success Magazines recently (this is a great bonus of being a demonstrator, you get a wonderful monthly magazine!) they had a card almost exactly like this and I LOVED IT! So I had to come up with my very own (which I tweeked a bit).

The base is Crumb Cake and I’ve stamped the A to Z stamp in the centre with the Crumb Cake ink.

I used the Contempo Alphabet and Chocolate Chip ink to stamp YOU and added a large Old Olive #4 cut from the Simple Numbers die. To dress up the number slightly, I added a knot of 1/8″ Old Olive Taffeta ribbon.

To finish things off, I added a “happy birthday” from On Your Birthday using my Early Espresso marker and a small heart in Blushing Bride which I roughed up a bit and to it added a string of pearls.

I was thrilled with this card, so much in fact that I’m going to put together a CAS (clean and simple) class very soon!

Thanks for stopping by today.

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

Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Old Olive, Blushing Bride.

Ink: Crumb Cake, Chocolate Chip, Early Espresso Stampin’ Write Marker.

Stamps: A to Z, On Your Birthday, Contempo Alphabet.

Accessories: Big Shot, Simple Numbers Die, Small Heart Punch, Basic Pearls, 1/8″ Old Olive Taffeta Ribbon.


Milk & Cookies

A couple of weeks back I had a class with a great group of food consultants. They love doing “thank you” stamp-a-stack classes with food themed cards they can send to their customers. Although they always say it’s okay to do a card we’d done before, I LOVE coming up with something new.

For this month, I decided I wanted to do a milk & cookies card.

The base for this card is Wild Wasabi and I’ve layered it with Chocolate Chip and then a Top Note of Marina Mist.

The cookies are made with the large oval punch with both the retired 1/4″ circle punch and the circle from the Bitty Punch pack being used for the “chips”. The little bite was punched out with the scallop oval punch.

Now for the glass of milk and this, at first, was tricky. I don’t like the adhesive to show when I’m using vellum so I always have to have an overlap of sorts to hide the adhesive. I cut out the vellum piece and then a piece of Whisper White to back it. I adhered to two together behind the cookies. Because I wanted a little extra adhesion factor, I added a mini glue dot and a tie of Crumb Cake seam binding for extra “stickiness”.

I’m getting back to somewhat normal so I hope to be posting a little more frequently!

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

Cardstock: Vellum, Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake, Marina Mist, Wild Wasabi, Whisper White.

Ink: Crumb Cake, Chocolate Chip.

Stamps: Thank you Kindly.

Accessories: Big Shot, Top Note Die, large oval punch, scallop oval punch, Bitty punch pack, corner rounder punch, Crumb Cake seam binding.


Nature Walk Collage

I have kept seeing lots of great collage ideas online and decided it was time to try this for myself!

The base for this card is Crumb Cake and I’ve layered it with Not Quite Navy and then Early Espresso. The paper I chose to work with for the top layer was Naturals Ivory.

What I did was use a couple of Clear Blocks and Crumb Cake and Early Espresso ink to make the squares. I then used coordinating colours and stamped the various images from Nature Walk over the squares.

I used the little “for you” from All Holidays (it just fit perfectly) and then ended it all with a bow of Crumb Cake seam binding and an Antique Brad.

This card will be used in an upcoming class cause it was just SO MUCH FUN to make!

Thanks for stopping by and for your comments, as always.

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

Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Not Quite Navy, Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso, Naturals Ivory.

Ink: Crumb Cake, Not Quite Navy, Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso.

Stamps: All Holidays, Nature Walk.

Accessories: Crumb Cake seam binding, Antique Brads, Clear Blocks, Dotted Ribbon Scallop punch, Stampin’ Sponges, Air Spritzer tool.


An Ode to Black and Vanilla

Short and sweet today folks.

I’ve recently had a customer tell me that she loved the black and vanilla card samples in the Occasions Mini Catalogue and wanted to host a class showcasing these type of projects. Well, great idea! I said.

Above are my take on the cards in the mini catalogue with a great little box to put them all in!

Not only would this make a great set of cards to have and use but what a great set to give as a gift!

Interested in making this set? Check out my events calendar, you might see this class on there soon!


I’m Filled with Love

Last night I had a downline meeting with some of my lovely team members. I always so enjoy meeting with them!

This month I thought I’d share what we made at our meeting as these projects were super fun and although specifically made with the Filled with Love Bundle that is currently on special, it can be easily adapted to various colours and themes. Here is a quick photo of the the three projects:

Our focus, as I’d said, was the Filled with Love Bundle (order today on my website before it’s no longer available – Last day to order is January 24th!) but I also wanted to add in another specific product that we’d use on all projects – the Scallop Envelope Die.

I’ll sort of quickly  walk you through each project. First, we did the little treat holder:

This was made with two Scallop Envelopes cut with Real Red cardstock. We trimmed the bottom flap down to 1/2″ and then adhered all the sides together with Sticky Strip. We used the Love Patterns designer paper along the front and stamped the large heart from Filled with Love in Real Red on Whisper White and punched out with the Full Heart punch. We backed it with  a Pretty in Pink Scalloped Heart (embosslit). A 3/4″ circle with “feb 14th” and a little Bitty Button (free with this bundle), and a tie of Pretty in Pink striped grosgrain round off this project.

Next, we made a card:

For this card we used the Note Cards and Envelopes. This is a wonderful alternative to the standard A2 size card as they come cut and scored with a matching envelope. We stamped the large heart in Pretty in Pink down the right side and then added a punched out heart on with dimensionals. Again, we added a Bitty Button detail but this time instead of tying it, we added the shape in behind (punched out with the Bitty Punch Bundle) and then a Basic rhinestone on top. Where we incorporated our Scallop Envelope was along the left side. We took a 1 1/2″ x 6″ strip and folded it in half. We then laid it down over the top of the envelope die at the end of the very first scallop. Then, when unfolded, it was the perfect length to fit our card.

You’ll see we made the envelope match too! We used the same technique with the Scallop Envelope die but folded our paper on the second scallop end so it is a little shorter.

Lastly, we did a scrapbooking project. Now it is not your typical scrapbook page, we did a mini book. However, it could be used a journalling piece on a 12 x 12 page also.

This project uses 6 Scallop Envelopes. We adhered the flaps together on the inside to make pockets and then cut all of them so the bottom flap is 1″ from the score line. We then added some Pretty in Pink striped grosgrain to tie it on together. Inside the pockets are Whisper White sheets with little tabs. Those tabs are what we cut off the bottom flap (waste not want not!). We stamped a little saying and adhered with dimensionals. Here is another look at this project:

Yes, long post, I know! But I love sharing my projects from my downline meetings and am thrilled when I can come up with a great set that can be used for many an occasion! A great challenge blog, The Paper Players, is having a Valentine’s Challenge this week – head on over and play along. Valentine’s projects are just so much fun to make!

So don’t forget, the Filled with Love Bundle is only available until January 24th – don’t miss out!

Here is a list of the products used on all of these projects – order them via my website today!

Cardstock: Real Red, Pretty in Pink, Whisper White.

Ink: Real Red, Pretty in Pink, Old Olive Stampin’ Write Marker.

Stamps: Filled with Love.

Accessories: Big Shot, Scallop Envelope Die, Scallop Heart Embosslit, Full Heart Punch, Bitty Punch Bundle, Heart to Heart punch, 3/4″ circle punch, 1″ circle punch, Decorative Label punch, small heart punch, Large Oval punch, Bitty Buttons, Basic Rhinestones, 1/4″ Real Red grosgrain, Pretty in Pink striped grosgrain, mini glue dots.


I CASE-ed Myself!

I was looking at doing the last few Christmas Stamp-A-Stack cards for my last class in December and I was stumped!  I have made so many designs and I don’t ever re-do a design during a single holiday season. So, instead of reusing a design, I decided to CASE a card I’d made a while back that I LOVED – my little school bus card.

The base I used was River Rock. I added a second smaller layer again of River Rock that I ran through the Big Shot with the Northern Flurry Embossing Folder.

Next, a layer of Early Espresso designer paper across the centre and tied on some Very Vanilla Taffeta ribbon. I then added a distressed piece of Baja Breeze which I also punched with the spiral edge punch.

For the focal point, I stamped Dasher in Early Espresso ink on some Very Vanilla cardstock. I then stamped the long tree stamp from Lovely as a Tree in “stamped-off” River Rock so it is light and adds a great background touch.

The stamp “Peace on Earth” is from Four the Holidays and is stamped in Early Espresso.

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

Cardstock: River Rock, Very Vanilla, Baja Breeze, Early Espresso.

Ink: River Rock, Early Espresso.

Stamps: Lovely as a Tree, Dasher, Four the Holidays.

Accessories: Big Shot, Northern Flurries Embossing Folder, Neutrals Designer Paper, Very Vanilla Taffeta Ribbon, spiral edge punch.


Super Sugared Things

So this card is another “punch art” card but I used the Big Shot so it’s kinda like cheating a little…..I plan to use this card in a Stamp-A-Stack class this weekend. Quick. Simple. Clean. Cute. And, after a couple of pretty detailed designs of late, I’m happy to share my simple side with you.

The base for this card is Crumb Cake and I’ve added a layer of Crumb Cake designer paper to the far right. I used a 2″ x 4″ piece to maximize the DSP.

Behind this I added a Real Red scallop edge and tied over the seam with Early Espresso 1/4″ Grosgrain.

For the image, I used the saying from Sweet Season in Early Espresso. This sentiment is just perfect for this card! Then for the candy cane….I took a piece of Whisper White cardstock. I adhered a bunch of 1/8″ strips of Real Red cardstock. The best way to do this is to adhere a piece of Real Red cardstock to a Multi Purpose Adhesive Sheet and then cut with your paper trimmer. Then just pull the backing off and there you have it.

After your stripes are done, take the Simple Alphabet dies and cut out a “j” or a “g”. Both of these will give you the candy cane shape. Fun huh?

Hope you like it – have a great day!

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

Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Whisper White, Real Red.

Ink: Early Espresso.

Stamps: Sweet Season.

Accessories: Big Shot, Simple Alphabet Dies, Scallop Edge Punch, 1/4″ Early Espresso Grosgrain, Neutrals Designer Series Paper, Multi Purpose Adhesive Sheets.