Artistic Avenger


An Experiment in Colour (MM37)


Happy Monday everyone! And today is another instalment of my Guest Designer stint on Merry Monday!

Today’s sketch is awesome and is one that can be used over and over for so many occasions.

I wanted to start this card with a non-traditional colour combination (yes, last week was non-traditional stamps and this week is non-traditional colour….you see where I’m going with this, right?).

The base is Soft Suede and I’ve layered it with a vertical layer of Primrose Petals and Bravo Burgundy. On the burgundy layer, I’ve stamped an image from the Delightful Decorations stamp set.

Next, I needed to tend to the centre area. I cut out an oval with my Big Shot and embossed it. I then added a couple of punches in coordinating colours (Designer Label and Oval) and then I stamped tone-on-tone Crumb Cake and punched out with my Ornament punch.

I added some rhinestones which I actually coloured with my Bravo Burgundy marker to tint them but it’s very hard to tell by the photo.

To finish it off, I added a bow of Linen Thread and some paper piercing with the Essentials pack.

For my sentiment, I used a strip of Crumb Cake card stock and fanned it out over the end of the card.

Thanks so much for stopping by and for enjoying my cards this month. I hope you’ll join me next week!

Check out what the rest of the DT has come up with this week by checking their blogs:



Just My Type (MM36)

Well it’s another week at Merry Monday and I’m excited to share my sample with you! This week I wanted to do something COMPLETELY different for the holidays and use a non-holiday stamp but in a holiday way. Got it? With a great sketch to work with I was on my way.

I started with some fun colours – Marina Mist, Lucky Limeade, Basic Gray and Riding Hood Red.

The stamp set I decided to use was Established Elegance. I love that typewriter and have been wanting to use it in some kind of fun and different way.

Starting with the tall horizontal panel, I used some textured Marina Mist card stock and layered it with a large snowflake, folding it around the edges for a fun look. I then tied on some Baker’s Twine.

Next, I cut a circle of Lucky Limeade onto which I put the typewriter, stamped in Basic Gray ink and cut out.

Lastly, I added a little typed note “don’t open till Christmas” from Tags Til Christmas and also a little mini postage stamp which has another stamped image from the same stamp set.

A little bow of Baker’s Twine and a rhinestone finish it all off.

Hope you’ll get some time to play along with us this week at Merry Monday!

Check out what the rest of the Design Team came up with this week too:


Heartfelt Sympathy (Inkspirations #99)


Unfortunately we sometimes have the need for sympathy cards and this week was one of the weeks I needed one. I used the Inkspirations challenge sketch as my starting point.


I actually turned the sketch on it’s side this time. For the three items along the bottom, I used three hearts which were sponged with Soft Suede ink.


The large central layer is Crumb Cake and then layered with Soft Suede and Very Vanilla. I really wanted the sentiment to stand out so I stamped some of the outline images from Awash with Flowers. For a little added detail, I actually paper pierced a few flowers and added basic pearls for interest.



To finish off, I added some accessories: First Edition designer paper, Crumb Cake seam binding and an Antique brad.


I do hope you’ll find some time to play along with us at Inkspirations this week. For more inspiration, check out what the rest of the DT has come up with:





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

Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla.

Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Jet Black StazOn.

Awash with Flowers, Word Play.

Full Heart punch, First Edition DSP, Antique Brads, Crumb Cake Seam Binding, Pearls, Stampin’ Sponges.


Retro Rockstar – Inkspirations #64

This week at the Inkspirations Challenge Blog, there is a challenging colour challenge for you! I knew immediately that these colours were totally retro to me so that is where I started.

The technique I used for this is Joseph’s Coat. I coloured scribbles in the challenge colours and then embossed the rockstar in clear embossing powder. I then brayered over it with Basic Black ink.

For the sentiment, I used the saying “original” from Define Your Life and cut out a few key phrases.

Sorry, still totally under the weather, that’s all the description I’ve got for ya’!

But, check out what the rest of the DT has done with this challenge:



Butterfly Trio – Inkspirations Challenge #60

So, in follow up to yesterday’s post – YES, this is another birthday card! For this card, I started with the latest and greatest colour challenge on the Inkspirations Challenge Blog!

I love all of these colours individually but had a really hard time putting them together. I think it’s because spring hasn’t sprung yet. Once the flowers start to bloom, its easier to craft in flower-type colours. Right now I’m drawn to gray and white and gray and the occasional brown – yeah winter on the West Coast!

For this card, I decided that I’d use So Saffron for the base and add a horizontal piece of Rose Red which I stamped tone-on-tone with the littlest butterfly from Flight of the Butterfly. Next, I added a vertical layered panel in the challenge colours and added a trio of butterflies.

What I did was emboss various images from Flight of the Butterfly with white embossing powder and punched them out with the Butterfly punch. I added little embellishments to each one and then a birthday sentiment along the bottom.

What can you do with this colour combo? Head on over to Inkspirations Challenge Blog and show us your stuff!

Now, for more inspiration, check out what the other design team members came up with!


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

Cardstock: So Saffron, Wild Wasabi, Whisper White, Rose Red.

Ink: Rose Red, Versamark.

Stamps: On Your Birthday, Flight of the Butterfly.

Accessories: Butterfly punch, Bitty Punch Bundle, Bitty Buttons, Whisper White Taffeta Ribbon, Basic Rhinestones, white embossing powder, heat tool.



I’ve been wanting to make a card with a peek-a-boo window for a while and this week, I’ve done it! Amongst working outside the house the past few weeks, two weekend trips and now a boil water advisory for my City (don’t ask) – I’ve made it into the craft room very briefly to bring this card to you today!

The inspiration for this project is this week’s challenge at Create with Connie and Mary!

They have an amazing inspiration photo and here it is.

At first, I wasn’t sure what to do but I knew I wanted to use Marina Mist, Daffodil Delight and Real Red.  So, I started with a Whisper White card base and made my peek-a-boo window first. I used my Paper Trimmer and cut in 1″ from all sides to make a square “window” to peek through. I then backed the inside with Daffodil Delight on which I stamped a sentiment from On Your Birthday. I used the Bitty Buttons on the word “love” and tied it with some Marina Mist cardstock.

For the outside, I used strips of Marina Mist cardstock and adhered them to the outside of the card. I then trimmed them to reveal the centre.

Then to finish the outside, I added a folded ribbon in Basic Black (5/8″ grosgrain) and a Big Button from the upcoming Holiday Mini Catalogue (LOVE THESE!).

I hope you’ll rush on over to Create with Connie and Mary give the challenge a try! Here is a little look at how the peek-a-boo window really looks…..

Products used on this project:

Cardstock: Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, Real Red, Marina Mist.

Ink: Basic Black.

Stamps: On Your Birthday.

Accessories: Paper trimmer, 5/8″ Basic Black Grosgrain, Big buttons (coming soon!), Bitty Buttons, small heart punch.


Listen to the Music

This week marked the end of my daughter’s Church Choir and they had a little get-together with a dinner and singing. I wanted to make a little something special for the choir director – she is just fantastic and works so hard with the kids.

The card evolved from two challenges – the Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge and the Caardvarks Monochromatic Challenge (even though I was too late to enter!). I wanted a vintage feel using music but don’t have any musical stamps – what to do? I photocopied some music onto some Very Vanilla cardstock and voila – it was perfect!

The base of this card is Very Vanilla. I layered it with a piece of Vellum cardstock and then a piece of Soft Suede. I stamped the floral image from Elements of Style and embossed it with clear embossing powder. I then sponged over the edges of this layer and over the embossed image itself.

For the long strip, I used a piece of Thoroughly Modern Designer Series paper in Soft Suede. On it, I added a row of 1 1/4″ squares which I punched out of the photocopied music. I crumpled and sponged them all and adhered them with dimensionals.

To dress it up even more, I added a large flower from the Pretties Kit. I rubbed it with Champagne Mist Shimmer paint and dried it with my heat tool. I then added a Soft Suede centre which I cut out using my Birds & Blooms Sizzlets and another smaller one in Thoroughly Modern Designer Series Paper. I also added a large hat pin for some extra texture and dimension. To finish the flower, I added a large flat vanilla pearl.

To finish off the card and keep true to the sketch, I added three pearls on the upper right and a little sentiment coming out of the flower. I used a sentiment from Thank You Kindly and it is stamped in Soft Suede on Very Vanilla cardstock.

Thanks for stopping by and just wait – you need to see what I made for her gift! I’ll post that in a day or so.

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

Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Soft Suede, Vellum Cardstock.

Ink: Versamark, Soft Suede.

Stamps: Elements of Style, Thank you Kindly.

Accessories: Pretties Kit, Shimmer Paint, Thoroughly Modern Designer Series Paper, Clear embossing powder, heat tool, stamping sponges, 1 1/4″ square punch.