Artistic Avenger


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All in a Twitter (CCMC213)

 

Found a few minutes to play and I ran my little fingers over to Create with Connie and Mary to see what their sketch was for the week. I loved it so I decided to play along!

 

I decided I’d use products from the Twitterpated variety (designer paper and fabric) and I just got the new stamp set From my Heart so I was off to the races.

 

I used the colours from the Twitterpated Suite (Basic Gray, Whisper White, Baja Breeze, Island Indigo and Riding Hood Red). You’ll notice the back vertical panel…I used Morning Cup images embossed with clear embossing powder, sponged and then faux stitched to keep with the teapot theme in the main image.

 

 

I first used my Big Shot and cut a partial Top Note out of the designer paper. I then tore a strip of fabric, ruffled it a little and tied a bow with some Baker’s Twine. Lastly, I used a small torn and embossed (with Stripes) piece of Certainly Celery to complete the three strips as indicated in the sketch.

 

Next, I punched a large scallop circle in Island Indigo, roughed it up and affixed the stamped image (stamped in Basic Gray). I actually used the second largest circle from the Circles Big Shot die and it worked perfectly with this image.

 

I stamped the image again on Baja Breeze and cut it out and for a bit of extra colour, I added a partial flower from the Boho Blossoms punch in Riding Hood Red on the bottom with a little rhinestone.

 

Thanks for stopping by!



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All Wrapped Up

 

 

I’m still trying to find a spot in my new house to take my card photos. I like the wicker background from my barstool but I’m not sure I’m “in love” with it. You know? Chime in and let me know your thoughts!

 

This card is inspired by the  Merry Monday sketch challenge. I love sketch challenges! And, I decided to use an old idea, infuse it with something new and I’m quite happy with the result.

 

The base for this card is Poppy Parade and it’s layered with a piece of Chocolate Chip and then some retired holiday designer paper. This is the vertical layer in the sketch. Yes, I took some creative license here with the layering but ultimately the layers are all there!

 

Remember a while back I made that kleenex box card? Well, I used the same idea but changed the size slightly. I stamped the Wild Wasabi card stock with a stamp from Artistic Etchings and sponged it. I then added strips of Poppy Parade to look like ribbons and then I made my paper bow.

 

This super cute bow is made using 3/8″ strips of card stock and my Medium Jewelry tag punch! I will do a wee tutorial to show you how. It is SO easy!

 

I finished it off with some bling and a little tag. Voila! I think this would be super fun as a birthday card using fun bright colours.

 

Oh, on a personal note. THANK YOU so much everyone for your very kind welcome back! I am very touched at every word you’ve sent my way. Really. Thank you.

 

x0x0



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Daring to Dream (CCQ148)

Okay, didn’t think I’d get another thing posted for a while but here I am! Shocked? What I’ve realized is that I got rid of almost everything so I have very little to work with. Honestly, I didn’t think I’d continue stamping….so bear with me and the same old stuff for a while, would you?

 

This card was inspired by the ColourQ challenge of Tangerine Tango, Poppy Parade, Pink Pirouette, Lucky Limeade and Whisper White. What a combo! I knew instantly what I wanted to do.

 

I took my long clear block and the Stampin’ Write markers of the colours mentioned above. I coloured squares onto my block and then stamped it on some Watercolour paper which I’d spritzed with water. I think in hindsight I should have added a bit more water, but nonetheless, I got the look I was looking for.

 

I then backed it with Postage Punches in the coordinating colours.

 

 

To finish off, I added a spring of leaves and a couple of flowers centred with some Dazzling Details and a little butterfly. When I was finished, I really needed a little something extra in the way of texture so to continue with the butterfly motif, I added a large butterfly which I embossed and sponged lightly with Pink Pirouette.

 

Have a great day!



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Hello Everyone! I’m (sorta) Back!

Well, not sure you’d see me, were you? Be honest! Well I’m off for the summer and needed something to bide my time. I felt like something was missing and well, here I am. I know I won’t be posting regularly but I hope to at least do so twice per week. So, without further ado, here is my first card in over 8 months!

I was inspired by the sketch at Create with Connie and Mary and The Paper Players current TIC TAC TOE challenge. I decided to use the “punches, dry embossing and circles” on my card.

I also wanted to do a fairly monochromatic colour scheme – Whisper White and Sahara Sand.

Gonna keep this short but I’ll write up how I fulfilled the challenge:

  • Circles: polka dot background, polka dot designer paper, Bitty Button (circle)
  • Dry Embossing: polka dot background, curved Whisper White background
  • Punches:  Boho Blossoms Punch, Fancy Flower Punch, 2-Step Bird Punch, Pennant Punch (for ends of banners)

Thank you all for your kind words over the past few months and be patient with me as I try to figure out my place in this stamping world!

 


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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.
xoxo



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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.