Artistic Avenger


Simple and Fun Holidays

This project today is a card that was based on a gift card holder I’d made. I really liked the central image and thought, hey I can use that as a Stamp-A-Stack card! So I fashioned it into a full size card.

Yes it is simple – no big bells and whistles – but at this time of year, it is a good idea to have a few of these in our back pocket, isn’t it?

The base for this project is Pear Pizzazz. I then added a layer of Baja Breeze. If I wanted to bump this up a notch, I’d have textured or stamped this layer or made it with designer paper, but simple was the name of this game.

Next, I’ve added an Early Espresso layer which I tore on the bottom and then a layer of Very Vanilla. On the Vanilla layer, I stamped the image from Artistic Etchings in Early Espresso and then adhered a snowflake from the Merry Details Sizzlet, a circle using my Bitty Punch Bundle and a Basic Pearl. I sponged the edges with Baja Breeze and used my Spritzer Tool with my Early Espresso marker.

On the bottom I added a distressed piece of Pear Pizzazz and on it another layer of Very Vanilla. I stamped a saying from Bright Christmas in Early Espresso and used the same sponge/spritzer colours to enhance it.

I was really pleased with the palette of this card and, yes, although simple, you could certainly use this design again and again and I hope you can see ways in which you could bump this up a notch!

Thanks for stopping by today.

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

Cardstock: Pear Pizzazz, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla, Baja Breeze.

Ink: Early Espresso, Baja Breeze.

Stamps: Artistic Etchings, Bright Christmas.

Accessories: Big Shot, Merry Details Sizzlet, Bitty Punch Bundle, Basic Pearls, Air Spritzer Tool, Stampin’ Sponges.


A Blue (and brown) Christmas

Today’s post is brought to you by the colour blue. Yep – I like blue. I don’t use it very often but I like it. So, I decided I’d extend myself and use a couple of different shades on one holiday card and here it is. This is a card I’d use for a beginner class or a Stamp-A-Stack. As I was surfing around after I posted this, I see that the Paper Players sketch is almost the same as this! It is such a great layout, fun and easy to use. And, the Just Add Ink challenge is to add blue – and to recognize a very worth cause. Check it out here!

The base is Baja Breeze and I’ve made the central panel with Night of Navy and then layered with a piece of Elegant Soiree Designer series paper.

I figured it would be easy to just use Vanilla or White so I opted to be “daring” and use Early Espresso.

I first used the Holiday Windows Movers & Shapers and cut out the tag piece in Night of Navy. I then layered over it with a snowflake in Early Espresso cut with the Snowflakes Sizzlet. Over that I layered two Very Vanilla circles on which I stamped sentiments from the Delightful Decorations stamp set.

I added two Very Vanilla Modern Labels in behind, punched two holes in them and tied on some 1/8″ Early Espresso taffeta to finish it all off.

Yes, I will say this is not a typical holiday card colour combination but I really like the look of it. Now, adding some Cajun Craze would sure make this a great masculine card, wouldn’t it?

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

Cardstock: Baja Breeze, Night of Navy, Very Vanilla, Early Espresso.

Ink: Baja Breeze, Night of Navy.

Stamps: Delightful Decorations.

Accessories: Big Shot, Snowflakes Sizzlets, Modern Label Punch, Holiday Windows Movers & Shapers, 3/4″ Circle Punch, 1/2″ Circle punch, 1/8″ Early Espresso Grosgrain, Elegant Soiree DSP


Snowy Trees

First of all, Happy World Card Making Day! I hope you’ll all take some time to sit down and make a card today. I have  large class this afternoon so I’ll be overseeing the making of almost 100 so if I don’t get time to sit down on my own, forgive me!

The card I bring to you today is another from my Vintage Christmas class. Yes, it is not the “typical” muted vintage colours but I really like the elements of this card that bring it somewhat into the realm of vintage. Let’s get started!

The base for this card is Old Olive and then I’ve layered it with Cherry Cobbler. I added a piece of Jolly Holiday designer paper which I’d run through the Big Shot with the Snowflakes embossing folder. I sanded it quite a bit to get a distressed look.

In the top left corner I added a large Old Olive bow with a snowflake and basic rhinestone in the centre. Big, I know but I liked it.

For the focal imaging, I used the tree from Paisley Prints. I stamped it three times in various greens (Old Olive, Certainly Celery and Always Artichoke). I cut them out and adhered them on top of each other in a random pattern and then onto a piece of Naturals Ivory cardstock. I added a ruffle of Cherry Cobbler cardstock to the right side of this layer.

For the sentiment, I used my markers and the words from Bright Christmas. I punched them out with the Wide Oval punch and mounted them on a Cherry Cobbler tag cut from the Lots of Tags Sizzlets.

To finish it all off, I took the clear glitter from the Basics Chunky Glitter and used my Tombow multi adhesive to adhere it. I think it looks like a little snowy layer on the trees. I was quite happy with this look. Yeah, not typically vintage but certainly has some vintage elements.

Thank you so much for stopping by and happy card making!

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

Cardstock: Old Olive, Naturals Ivory, Cherry Cobbler.

Ink: Old Olive, Always Artichoke, Certainly Celery, Cherry Cobbler.

Stamps: Bright Christmas, Paisley Prints.

Accessories: Big Shot, Snowflakes Embossing Folder, Snowflakes Sizzlets, Lots of Tags Sizzlets, Wide Oval punch, Basic Rhinestones, Chunky Basics Glitter, Tombow Multi Adhesive, Eyelet Border punch, silver brads, 5/8″ Old Olive grosgrain, sanding blocks.


All Tied Up

This is one of the cards I’ll be doing at my Vintage Christmas class coming up in October. Vintage is just all the rage right now and the Deck the Halls series of products (designer paper, fabric, buttons) really fits this bill. Well, let’s just jump on in, shall we?

The base for this card is Crumb Cake. There are two vertical panels of Always Artichoke which I ran through the Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder and adhered to the base.

Next, I cut a Scallop Square with my Big Shot in Cherry Cobbler. For a bit of added dimension, I stamped the Medallion in Cherry Cobbler ink on the square. I sponged the edges in Early Espresso and affixed it to a Soft Suede backing piece. I tied around this piece with a bit of Deck the Halls fabric which I tore off the bolt.

For the imaging, I used my Stampin’ Write markers (Always Artichoke and Cherry Cobbler) to colour in the holly and berries stamp from the level 2 hostess set from the Holiday Mini called Peaceful Season. I received this stamp set (for free!) at Convention this year. One of the many perks of being a demonstrator! I stamped it on some scrap Very Vanilla cardstock once and then onto the piece that is on the card itself directly afterwards. I wanted a sort of shadow effect. I cut out the one stamped on scrap and added it with dimensionals. I also then painted on some Moonlight Smooch Pearlized Accent Ink for a little shimmer.

To finish up, I added a few more embellishments. First a Deck the Halls button. These are just so yummy! I tied some linen thread in the centre of it also. I used the Tags Till Christmas stamp set to stamp the “Dec 25” stamp in Soft Suede ink on Soft Suede cardstock. I punched it out with the Decorative Label punch.

Have you used the Trinkets yet? They work perfectly on a vintage inspired card! On the holly piece, I added a small button one in the top left buckled corner. And, on the knot of the fabric bow, I added a pinned Medium Jewelry Tag.

If I’m missed something, please ask away! Or, if you live in my area and wish to attend this class on October 21st, please contact me to reserve your spot! Spots are filling quickly!

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

Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Cherry Cobbler, Always Artichoke, Very Vanilla, Naturals Ivory.

Ink: Soft Suede, Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso, Always Artichoke.

Stamps: Peaceful Season, Medallion, Tiny Tags, Tags Till Christmas.

Accessories: Big Shot, Scallop Square Die, Decorative Label punch, Moonlight Pearlized Accent Smooch, Trinkets, Deck the Halls buttons, Deck the Halls Fabric, Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder, Stampin Sponges, Medium Jewelry Tag punch.

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In a Fabric Frenzy

Now the idea for this card was not exactly mine (shocking, huh?). I was inspired by a card I saw on the fabric demo station at Convention this year. The picture is to the right. See the vanilla card in the back with the two hearts? Well, I thought it was super cute and wanted to do something similar but not exactly the same. And I wanted it to be CAS (clean and simple).

I started with a Crumb Cake card base and added two strips of Deck the Halls designer paper. I love that the patterns match the Designer Fabric so well!

Then, I wanted to make two fabric hearts. So I used my Scalloped Heart of Hearts Embosslit to cut them out. But before I ran them through my Big Shot, I added some Multi Purpose Adhesive to the backs of the fabric. These sheets are AWESOME! I have almost used up one whole pack already!

The Vanilla/Cherry Cobbler heart is adhered straight to the card base but I wanted the Always Artichoke one to stick out a bit more. So, I didn’t bother removing the backing of the Multi Purpose Adhesive and added dimensionals.

Next, I needed to add some embellishments, so I added a large Cherry Cobbler button from the Deck the Halls buttons which I tied with linen thread. And to the upper heart I added a Bitty Button backed in Cherry Cobbler and a little ruffle of Very Vanilla taffeta ribbon.

Lastly, and actually the first thing I picked for this card, is the sentiment. This particular one is from Contempo Christmas and this saying alone is why I bought this stamp set. I stamped it on Very Vanilla cardstock with Always Artichoke ink and away I went!

This card is one that I’ll be doing in an upcoming fabric class. You can read all about the class and see the other great projects by clicking on my classes and events tab or by clicking directly here!

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Labour Day!

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

Cardstock: Crumb Cake (120953), Very Vanilla (101650), Cherry Cobbler (119685).

Ink: Always Artichoke (105219).

Stamps: Contempo Christmas (120594).

Accessories: Sizzix Big Shot (113439), Scalloped Heart of Hearts Embosslit (117332), Deck the Halls Fabric (121716), Deck the Halls DSP (120810), Deck the Halls Buttons (120002), Bitty Buttons (118761), Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack (118309), linen thread (104119), Very Vanilla Taffeta Ribbon (109071), Multi Purpose Adhesive sheets (120805).


Mon Amour – a progressive scrapbook project

Here is another of my New Catalogue Open House projects (and will be a workshop project for the next month or so also!). This card is 3″ x 6″ so it could easily be made into a scrapbook page (participants were given the option of making either one).

The base is Crumb Cake and I stamped the circle image from Artistic Etchings in Crumb Cake ink randomly over the card base. I’ve added a small layer of Riding Hood Red which I ran through the Big Shot with the Vintage Wallpaper Embossing folder.  5/8″ Basic Black Grosgrain was added to this layer also.

For the focal point, I used my Basic Black ink and stamped the Eiffel Tower on some Very Vanilla cardstock. I sponged with Crumb Cake and distressed the edges. I added a Jumbo Very Vanilla brad to hold a little ruffle of ribbon in place behind.

Lastly, I used the Clearlit (yummy!) to make the sentiment. I first stamped all the images on some scrap Very Vanilla cardstock and then cut it out with the Big Shot. For the words, I used the XOXO stamp from Define Your Life (stamped in Crumb Cake) and then the Amour and flourish from Artistic Etchings.

Now, if you wanted to make this into a progressive scrapbook page, you could do this:

Here is the same project made into a 6″ x 6″ scrapbook page. I then mounted it on a 6 1/4″ x 6 1/4″ piece of Basic Black. I used My Digital Studio to make the Very Vanilla backing 8 1/4″ x 10 3/4″ piece and backed that onto a 8 1/2″ x 11″ piece of Basic Black. Then, to make it 12″ x 12″:

I added a panel photo and a journalling block and adhered everything onto a 12″ x 12″ piece of Crumb Cake.

This was the first time I’d really used My Digital Studio for a workshop/open house project. This is a great way to show how easy you can make your scrapbooking projects using My Digital Studio – not for the whole thing but for a portion. What I used it for was:

  • image from Friends 24/7 and adding a drop shadow
  • words from Always and rotating it
  • adding embellishments with drop shadow (black brads)
  • changing all my photos from colour to black and white

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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

Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Basic Black, Riding Hood Red.

Ink: Crumb Cake, Basic Black, Riding Hood Red.

Stamps: Artistic Etchings.

Accessories: Big Shot, Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder, Clearlit, 5/8″ Basic Black grosgrain, Jumbo Vanilla Brads, Basic Gray satin ribbon, Neutrals buttons, My Digital Studio.


Featured Stampin’ Fun with Vellum

I was asked by Robin at Stamping 411 to be a Featured Stamper on their blog today and was just so honoured. I love playing with the Operators at Stamping 411. They always have wonderful challenges and always such kind things to say on the projects I make when I play along.

So Robin didn’t give me much to work on (I like rules and guidelines) so I decided to just wing it. I am just loving my Flower Fancy stamp set (and it is 20% off this month!) and I really like Vellum Cardstock as well – so why not put the two together. I decided to also use a colour combination that I could use for a bunch of cards so I ran with Old Olive, Rose Red, Pretty In Pink and Certainly Celery. Here is a shot of all the cards together:

I thought I’d walk you through each one step by step (this may be a repeat of what they’ve got at Stamping 411 but just bear with me!).

This first card I created uses the Faux Dry Embossing technique. What I did was stamp the small flowers in Jet Black Staz On onto a piece of Vellum Cardstock. I then flipped it over and placed it face down onto a piercing mat. I rubbed my finger over the areas I wanted to emboss and used my stylus and rubbed in the lines of the image. When you are done, it not only sticks out but becomes white. I continued this for the entire piece of vellum and then I stamped a small image from Tiny Tags in Whisper White craft ink between them and added small centres to the flowers using Pretty in Pink and Rose Red cardstock. I then adhered the vellum piece to a piece of Certainly Celery cardstock, that way the flowers stand out more.

To complete the card, I just added a small strip of Old Olive behind the embossed piece and at a right angle, a piece of Whisper White cardstock. I used my Certainly Celery and Old Olive Stampin’ Write markers to get a 2-toned “thanks”.

The second card uses vellum as Faux Stained Glass. As you can see, the layout of the card is quite simple and I did it that way as to show off the cool image work. I used my Embossing Buddy on the vellum ( a must!) and then stamped the stem and flower image in Versamark. I then sprinkled it with silver embossing powder and embossed. I flipped it over and on the back used my Stamin’ Write markers to colour in the flower. On the large flower and on the leaves, I used two colours of markers and my blender pen to blend them together.

Once this is done, you can adhere with a Whisper White piece behind (I used silver brads in each corner).

I finished off with an Old Olive piece punched with the Eyelet border punch and a tie of 5/8” Certainly Celery grosgrain.

For the next card, I decided to use Flower Fancy for it’s intended use, 2-Step Stamping. I just love this technique, it is so fast and so easy.

On a card base of Whisper White, I stamped the outline images in Jet Black Staz On and then the inside images in Pretty In Pink, Rose Red and Old Olive. By placing a layer of Vellum cardstock over the base, the colours are muted.

The vellum layer is attached by the tie of Whisper White taffeta ribbon along the top but I wanted a little something extra so I added a little embellishment in the bottom right corner using my 1 ¼”, 1 3/8” circle punches and a cut out flower. I also stamped a saying from Thank You Kindly and punched it out with my Modern Label Punch. Behind the large circle is a dimensional to assist in keeping the card together.

For my last card, I decided to use the stamp set with some Designer Series Paper to show how an outline image can be used with this great product. By doing this, you give the vellum and opportunity to be an accent in the centre or by layering.

I used Old Olive and Thoroughly Modern Designer Series paper, stamped the large flower and cut it out. I then stamped the large and small flower a few times on some Vellum cardstock – again, I cut them out. I ran the small flowers through the Sizzix with the Perfect Polka dots embossing folder and then took my Bone Folder to them – very much like you would with ribbon if you were wrapping a present. This gives the vellum flowers a bit of movement and dimension. I then added some Clear Rhinestone Brads in the centres and layered them onto the card. I also stamped and cut out a few of the outline leaves and adhered them behind the flowers.

The Rose Red layer was run through the Sizzix with the floral embossing folder and again I used Thank you Kindly for the sentiment.

Making more than one card is easy when you have a colour theme and products chosen ahead of time. I run a club that makes a set very much like this each month (you get a bit of a sneak peak on next month Ladies!) I hope you’ve enjoyed these cards!

And, for some great challenges and fun, please head on over to Stamping 411! These ladies are fantastic and put on some awesome challenges. Now get out that vellum and play!


Progressive Card Making?

The other day I demonstrated a class for a great group of ladies (you may remember the candle from this post). It was such fun and a delight to see them all relish in their own personal creativity.

In an effort to show them how they can use the products we’d used on the project in more ways, I decided to make a package of cards up for the hostess that started at simple stamping and ended with a card utilizing multiple products.

The products used were:

  • Medallion Stamp Set
  • Old Olive Classic Ink
  • Chocolate Chip Classic Ink
  • Chocolate Chip Craft Ink
  • Clear Embossing Powder
  • Heat Tool
  • Note Cards & Envelopes
  • Old Olive Cardstock
  • Whisper White Cardstock
  • Chocolate Chip Taffeta Ribbon
  • Whimsical Words (Sale-A-Bration)
  • Scallop Trim Punch (Sale-A-Bration)

The first card was a basic card that used the Medallion stamped in Old Olive and a saying from Whimsical Words in Chocolate Chip (bottom right).

I then stepped it up a bit by doing the same stamping but adding a strip of Old Olive cardstock and tied on some Chocolate Chip taffeta (top right).

Then, I stamped the Medallion in Chocolate Chip Craft ink and embossed it with Clear Embossing Powder using my Heat tool (top left).

And, to finish it all off, I again embossed the Medallion in Chocolate Chip and added a centre of Old Olive. I used the Scallop Trim punch on a piece of Old Olive cardstock and tied on some Chocolate Chip taffeta.

These cards were so much fun to make and it was a fun personal challenge to make a set of “progressive” cards!

I also put together a little sheet showing the pricing and how to get the great Sale-A-Bration FREE GOODIES (in Canadian prices)!


Workshop Olympics – Event #2

I wanted to focus on occasion cards that everyone can use for my Workshop Olympics and this card will fit that bill – we all know kids who have birthdays and love getting cards!

The particular card is quite easy but showcases watercolouring which is an awesome technique to show at a workshop as everyone wants to know how to colour in line images.

The base is Regal Rose and is layered with Chocolate Chip and then Whisper White cardstock. I love using up scraps and I had a bunch around after cutting for a class so I kept them and used them in behind my focal image. They are Regal Rose, Certainly Celery and Tempting Turquoise. I ran them through my Big Shot with the new Perfect Polka Dots folder (Love this!) to give them a bit of pop.

On that I added a piece of Confetti white cardstock layered in chocolate Chip. I stamped the hippo from Pun Fun in Jet Black StazOn and watercoloured in using my aquapainter and coordinating ink colours. For a workshop, I’d most like use a blender pen and pastels but I’d have some done with various watercolouring methods nearby to show how different they all look.

I then added a little sentiment in Chocolate Chip from On Your Birthday.

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

Cardstock: Regal Rose, Chocolate Chip, Tempting Turquoise, Certainly Celery, Whisper White, Confetti White.

Ink: Jet Black StazOn, Certainly Celery, Tempting Turquoise, Regal Rose, Sahara Sand.

Stamps: On Your Birthday, Pun Fun.

Accessories: Sizzix Big Shot, Perfect Polka Dots folder, aquapainter.

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Hostess Tag Pouch

The last post I’d put up showed you how you can make a great little tree using a scallop circle. This project utilizes the same principle but on a much smaller scale. For this tree, I used the Boho Flower Punch:


At Convention this year, a lot of focus was put on the workshop and rightly so. The workshop is where we, as demonstrators, meet new people and that is what continues to generate a business for us. So, with that in mind, I decided to make a cute hostess gift for my winter workshops. One I could demonstrate and then leave with the hostess.

I used Bashful Blue cardstock for the base and made a pocket which I crimped on the bottom. I punched out a half of a 1 3/4″ circle on the top.

On the outside, I added a strip of Bashful Blue designer paper and tied over the seam with some Striped Organza ribbon. For the tag, I punched out a circle of Bashful blue DSP and tore it in half so the sky was blue and on the bottom was the snow. I added my little tree and a banner with “Merry Christmas” stamped in Real Red.

Then, on the inside I added a bag full of:


TAGS! I used the Sweet Season stamp set we received for FREE at Convention and tied them into a cello bag with a ribbon tie on top.

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

Card stock: Bashful Blue, Whisper White, Real Red.

Ink: Real Red, Garden Green, Bashful Blue.

Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes, Sweet Season.

Accessories: Crimper, Metal Edge Tags, Boho Blossoms Punch, wide oval punch, scallop circle punch, 3/4″ circle punch, large and small tag punch, elastic silver cord (coming in Holiday Mini!), 5/8″ Real Red Grosgrain, medium cello bag, 1 3/4″ circle punch.