Artistic Avenger


Time to Say Good-Bye

As many of you know, my stamping has taken a back seat to other aspects of my life these past six months. I have started working full time and with that, I have found my time with my growing kids has diminished and I want to be there as much as I can. With that (and many other factors in mind) is saddens me to inform you all that I will be resigning as a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator.
Thank you all so much for your friendship, companionship, trust and joy. I have enjoyed every moment with all of you!
Please let me know if you’d like a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator referral and I will gladly send along some names your way.
I will be selling off all my stamping goodies – both customer and demonstrator items – very soon! I will keep you posted on that one. And, I will be placing one LAST CHANCE order! This will be done on April 30th – so please contact me by April 30th at noon to get in on this order. Each order will get a special gift from me!
Again, thank you so much for allowing me to be a part of your lives.
At this time I don’t know what this means for the blog. I’m going to keep everything up for a bit and may create from time to time….or maybe not.
Thank you for the adventure.


It’s Not You, Really, It’s Me….

Isn’t this the notorious break up reason? “No sweetie, you’re great. It’s me.” Yeah, we’ve all heard it. But this time it’s true.


I’ve been meaning to put this up here for at least a couple of months now and I can see you’ve noticed my lack of posts.


“I think you and I need to take a break.” Classic break up reason number two.


Yes, I’m trying to use some humour here as this is a tough situation for me. I’m going to be taking a break from blogging and crafting in general for the next few months. I have not had the enthusiasm or zest for stamping that I have had these past 6 years lately. Honestly, I can probably count the times I’ve been in my craft room on one hand since December. I’m not motivated and with that will not produce anything worth sharing.


I have stepped down from my current design teams but do hope to find the love to continue playing along soon.


I know that in the weeks and months to come I will be forgotten and that is okay. There are amazing stampers out there. My reasons for taking this break are many – but spending more time with my family tops my list. I’m through trying to be the “best” and putting that extra pressure on myself. Not fun. I do what I do and so many of you have been gracious in sharing your thoughts and feeling about my craftiness. Thank you.


I am sure we will all cross paths again soon. Thank you again for all of your support.

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Online Extravaganza!


WOW – today is the day that Online Extravaganza starts!


Check out my online store for all the amazing specials – there are two 24 hour only specials that are not to be missed!


You can view all the sale products by clicking here or head on over to my online store NOW!


You can contact me directly to place your order or head on over and place them at my online store and have them shipped right to you! You can combine regular catalogue items too, don’t forget those last minute “needs” before the Holiday Season!


The Artistic Avenger is Moving!

I am undergoing a “blog-over” so I wanted to let you all know that things will be movin’ and shakin’ around here for the next little bit!

You will not head on over to to view my blog (which will be continuing to be tweeked over the next little bit!)

Thanks for your patience,



A Fancy Fascinator – Frenzy Day #3

Today’s fascinator is brought to you by the letter “F” for faaannncyy! This one was such fun to make and really quite simple. All you do is take various sizes of scallop circles, spritz them with water and roll them. Then I used large clothes pins to keep them together while they dried. I added them all together with some 1 1/4″ Certainly Celery striped grosgrain with my hot glue gun.

So when did I wear this one at Convention? Do you remember? Leave a comment mentioning when I wore this and a prize may be coming your way! Remember, I’m keeping all comments hidden until after tomorrow’s post.

And don’t forget, there are only 2 days left to join Stampin’ Up! and my team for only $119! Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity to join a wonderful company, share your creative spirit and meet some wonderful people.

All this and a beautiful Christmas keepsake box to boot! Head on over to my website to learn more.


Good Bye Salt Lake & and Update on Fascinator Frenzy!

WOW – was I overwhelmed with the response to my fascinators at Convention. I thank each and every demonstrator who stopped and asked me about them or took a photo. You are all so very kind and I appreciated every single word, look and smile. Something you may not know about me is that I’m not comfortable being the centre of attention so I thank you for your patience as I stumbled through my thank yous and know that I so very much respect you all and am so glad that I continue to inspire you with my creations.

As I prepare to leave Salt Lake City, I am humbled by the group of women and men I belong to within my Stampin’ Up! Family. Each and every one of you are generous with your creativity and time and are so very much an inspiration to me.

After I have some time to digest all that I’ve learned over these past four days I will certainly post more information. I feel rich with creative information and with the theme being Grow, I do certainly feel that I’ve grown as a person just a wee bit but there are certainly more steps I can take to grow. I hope to share my journey with you all.

I am off for some well deserved family time (I think) on a super fun camping trip. Upon my return, I will be hosting my Fascinator Frenzy Blog Candy Contest so please make sure you have your photos of me ready (or leave a comment on which day I wore what). I will start posting on July 28th.

Again, I so look forward to another great year with Stampin’ Up! I hope if you’ve ever considered joining the Stampin’ Up! Family that you’ll certainly do so. It is a wonderful group to be a part of. Remember, you can join this month for only $119!  You can view all the information on what you can get in the kit here. But believe you me, there are so many intangibles to being a demonstrator that there is just not enough time to list them!

If you’re interested in learning more or joining my team, you can learn about how to do that by clicking here (and scroll down to the bottom).

Have a happy week everyone!


My Chariots and More Convention FUN!

One thing you need to know about Convention is that we walk A LOT! My poor little feet are gettin’ a little sore so I decided to wear my flip flops today. And, because these feet have been a very important contributor to my Convention experience, I thought I’d share a little photo of them with you!

But, that is not really what you want to see, is it?

Last night was Awards Night and it was such fun! To start the evening I was named an Artisan Award finalist (I think that means top 25). Then, Stampin’ Up! invited us all into the Ballroom for a dance party with desserts! It was such fun! Check out Stampin’ Up!’s Facebook page to see my in my “boogie mode”. Here are my roomies lounging on one of the couches:

We had a great time and we thank Stampin’ Up! so much for it! We are all coming home with amazing ideas and wonderful new products to share!

Today we were in classes and make and takes all day. Lots to see and do. Here are a few photos of the general session and break out classes.

Oh, and here is a photo of my general swaps! I hope that if you’ve received one that you are enjoying it and I thank you for swapping with me!

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“Share”-ing What I Love

I’ve got a new share for you all! With this new catalogue, I thought I’d mix things up a bit and focus on one colour family at a time. This month (because it’s summer after all) I thought I’d go with the Brights family. So what is in this share? Well, a whole lot of great items you can use together to make beautiful projects, that’s what!

Here is everything you’ll get for your $62.15 cost (remember, purchasing all of these items would be well over $200!).

– one Package of 12×12 Designer Series Paper (Brights)
– Dotted Scallop Grosgrain (2.5 yards of Melon Mambo, Old Olive and Tangerine Tango)
– 1 1/4″ Striped Grosgrain (2.5 yards of Daffodil Delight)
– Buttons (18)
– Brads (30)
– Assorted 8 1/2 x 11 Cardstock (brights)
– Classic Ink Pad of your choice!

Please contact me to add your name on my share list – remember, Canadian customers only please!

Speaking of sharing what I love, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the absolutely amazing special on a limited edition Stampin’ Up!’s Starter Kit.

You will get over $200 in supplies when you purchase this limited time offer kit (until July 31st). This is a great opportunity for you to join if you’ve been a past demonstrator who has a lot of stuff already or if you’re new and want a few great items to get you started (as you’ve purchased a lot already) or if you are looking for a way to get a discount on your stamping products, this kit is for you too!

To view a list of all the products you will receive in this kit,click here and remember, although these items are listed, they are suggested items. You can swap out items that will work better for you and your tastes (ie. choose Very Vanilla instead of Whisper White cardstock, change out the colours of ink, etc).

Are you ready? You can go directly to my website by clicking on this link and join today! Or, head on over to read all my instructions on how to sign up online.

If you have ANY questions about what it means to be a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, please ask. I’d love to answer your queries and help you make your decision.

Besides, wouldn’t you love to be a part of this team?