Artistic Avenger


My Little Allstar

A few weeks ago, my daughter’s cheerleading team had their very first cheerleading competition (this was during the weekend of Leadership – which is why I didn’t attend). Anyhow, they did an AMAZING job and came in second place (only one point out of first!).

I decided that I’d put together a page for my 2011 book which showcased this first of many competitions (we have another this weekend).

I used My Digital Studio to make this fun page – My Digital Studio is so easy and fun to use! After I made this, I was inspired to make another fun project, a great banner for the club!

I’ve found that fun foam makes the best pennants! It is easy to use, easy to store and doesn’t rip. So, I made this out of different colours of foam sheets I got at a local dollar store. I used the pennant die and cut the large one out of green and the small out of white. I adhered them together with Crystal Effects. The letters are cut with the Big Shot and the Serif Alphabet using black foam sheets.

I first put jumbo eyelets through the side of each pennant and then  threaded some Basic Gray satin ribbon through the pennants. Between each, I hot glued on a ribbon of Basic Black striped grosgrain and a very shimmery star.

Remember those Ho Ho Ho sheets that were made of chipboard and silver sparkles? Well, I kept some of the pieces of those sheets and used them to cut the stars – they are cut using the Big Shot and the Stars #2 die.

So, if you’re in Abbotsford, BC this weekend and want to come out and support us, let me know! We’d be super happy to have as many as possible in our cheering (no pun intended) section!

Have a great day.

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

Big Shot, Stars #2 die, Pennant Die, Serif Alphabet Die, Crop-a-Dile, Jumbo Eyelets, Basic Black striped grosgrain, My Digital Studio.


Gettin’ Back to School

This week I’ve been inspired to play a bit on My Digital Studio. Have you played on this awesome software lately? Really there are so many things you can do with it.

Instead of handmaking all our holiday cards this year, I used My Digital Studio and then added a little rhinestone bling when they arrived. At first I was feeling bad about that but then when they were delivered, I was thrilled! I could personalize them so much with the software and was thrilled with the results.

For this project, I decided that I was going to put together some pages of special events in my kid’s lives for 2010. My goal is to get a book together for 2010 that I can give to my parents. We’ll see.

Did you know there is a site you can visit to learn more about My Digital Studio and to see some great projects? Go to and sign up. It’s free and there are some great tips, tricks and samples. Make sure you swing on by my page (carrie gaskin) to see my holiday cards from this year!

Happy Sunday!


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.



Our new family member – BEN!

As a family we’d been discussing rescuing a dog from a local shelter. We’d been trying to get our kids to show us responsibility enough that we thought they’d be ready to help in the raising of a pet.

Recently, I’d been looking at Petfinder as there are SO many dear animals that are looking for homes. With my sister’s help, I targeted my search to a few specific rescues and found two lovely dogs to go and visit. When we arrived at the shelter, both had pending adoptions. I was so set on getting an older dog so I was pretty bummed. I knew they had a pup named Ben on site so I thought, “hey, doesn’t hurt to look”. And boy, am I glad I did!

As soon as the kids and I entered his sleeping area, he crawled right into my lap and was so settled. He did the same for Avery. We put in the paperwork immediately and almost exactly 24 hours later we got the news that he was ours.

After a very sleepless night, we arrived at the shelter the next morning right after it opened to get our new son/brother/nephew/grandson and most importantly, friend.

I want so much to thank my sister Jody and my friend Melissa for their support and best wishes during this process, it really meant so much!

Oh, the project itself is made using My Digital Studio. I used a pre-done template and changed the colours, paper and added embellishments.