Artistic Avenger


Say Hello to Cello!

It seems as though I’ve been away a lot lately (although it’s only been a few days since I posted). Working full time has really taken a bite out of my blogging time and my hubby has been away a lot these past couple of weeks so by the time the kids are in bed, I’m beat! But, luckily I’ve got a few great little projects stored up to share….


This is a project that was used as a make and take at a few recent workshops. I just thought it was SO cute (if I do say so myself). I used the super cute new long cello bags and put two pencils in them – fit perfectly.


The top is made using the Two Big Tags die (I used a strip of 5 1/2″ x 2″ More Mustard Cardstock) and it is stamped with the A to Z stamp. I looped some 3/8″ Twill through the hole and closed it up with a More Mustard brad.


The little owl is made using Early Espresso, More Mustard, Very Vanilla, Tangerine Tango and Cajun Craze cardstock. Most of the pieces were punched out of cardstock that has Sizzix Multipurpose Adhesive sheets adhered to the back. With such small pieces, it just makes this owl that much easier to put together.


We then added a branch and leaves from the 2-Step bird punch (Pear Pizzazz cardstock) and voila!


Another idea I had with these cello bags was to make a holiday wreath:


I added Christmas coloured candies inside the cello bag and then adhered together in a circular fashion. I then tied on some Whisper White Organza and made a little bit of holly (using my large oval punch with 1/2″ circle cut outs) and berries. The little tag is from Tiny Tags punched out with the Medium Jewelry Tag punch.


These cello bags are a steal at $3.25 for 50 (in Canada) so try out different ways of using them and have fun!

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

Cardstock: More Mustard, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla, Cajun Craze, Tangerine Tango, Real Red, Garden Green, Whisper White.

More Mustard, Real Red.

Stamps:  A to Z, Tiny Tags.

Accessories: Cello Bags, Owl punch, 2 Step Bird Punch, Big Shot, Two Big Tags die, Large Oval punch, 1/2″ circle punch, Medium Jewelry tag punch, Whisper White organza, 3/8″ twill, Regals brads.


Joy To the World: Non-Artisan Award Winning Project #8

This was my second of two 3D projects I submitted for the Artisan Award this year. 3D projects are sometimes the hardest to get a good representative photo of before sending them away. Sometimes they are big and you can only appreciate them in person.

This is a trio votive table centre for the holidays. Each triangular box is sewn together and all the pieces of designer paper are also sewn on. I used the holiday Simply Scrappin’ kit from the last catalogue for my colour scheme.

The centre of each box is cut out on both sides and letter from the Simple Alphabet are added on each with embellishments to spell “Joy to the World”. Here is the other side:

There is Champagne glass glitter around each opening and pulled Cherry Cobbler seam binding along the entire bottom.

Only two more projects to go! Hope you’re enjoying them.


Scallop Boxes – Oh My!

I just love making boxes! They are so much fun and just have enough “oomph” to feel like you’ve accomplished a pretty big task when they are actually quite simple. Shhhh, don’t tell! :0)

This particular box was made for my latest Rubber Side SuperHero Shoebox Swap (wow, that is a long event name!).

For the top and bottom, I used heavy cardboard and Marina Mist cardstock. I cut both the cardstock and cardboard together with my Sizzix Big Shot so they’d match perfectly! I did two (one for the top and one for the bottom). I adhered the cardstock with an Anywhere Glue Stick.

For the box portion itself, I used a 5 1/2″ x 10″ piece of Crumb Cake cardstock. I scored in 1″ from every side and then at 4 1/2″ and 5 1/2″ for the middle folds. I made it this size so the inside of the box is 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″. That way, you could put a nice little set of 3″ x 3″ cards as a great hostess gift. When it is completed, it looks like this:

To make it so the box closes nicely, I actually cut off the top folds and add a 3/4″ half circle in the bottom. Hard to describe but makes sense, no?

For the outside of the box, we embossed the large flower from the Level 1 hostess set, Because I care. We used Versamark and Black Embossing powder. We then coloured the flower in with bleach and a Blender Pen and then watercoloured using Marina Mist and Old Olive ink. For a little bling, we added a clear rhinestone brad. This is layered on a piece of Early Espresso.

For the tag, I cut out an Early Espresso tag with my Sizzix Big Shot and the Lots of Tags Sizzlet. I then punched out a Curly Label in Old Olive and cut it down to fit. Then I added a Modern Label in Whisper White on which I’d stamped a saying in Basic Black ink and sponged with Old Olive.

Give these boxes a try! They are quick and simple and are perfect for any occasion.

Love this stamp set? You can only get one by hosting a workshop or placing a qualifying online order!

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

Cardstock: Whisper White (100730), Early Espresso (119686), Marina Mist (119682), Old Olive (100702), Crumb Cake (12093).

Ink: Versamark (102283), Old Olive (102277), Basic Black (101179), Marina Mist (119668).

Stamps: Because I Care (120228) – Level 1 hostess set.

Accessories: Sizzix Big Shot (113439), Scallop Square Die (115950), Lots of Tags Sizzlets (114508), Modern Label Punch (119849), Curly Label Punch (119851), Clear Rhinestone Brads (113114), Black Embossing Powder (109133), Heat Tool (100005), Blender Pens (102845), bleach, Sticky Strip (104294).


Happy Hippo – another In Colour Experiment


This is another one of my little tries at In Colour Combinations. I decided not to do a card but a little 2468 box and my colour scheme of choice is Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry, Basic Gray and Going Gray. 

The box itself is Going Gray and has been textured using my Sizzix Big Shot and the large polka dot pattern. I then assembled it and stuck it together with Sticky Strip.

I added a birthday greeting from On Your Birthday and punched it out with the Modern Label punch. I decided that I didn’t like it just by itself so I cut it down and then layered some circles in behind it.

On the top, the hippo from Pun Fun was stamped in Jet Black StazOn and some Confetti white card stock and watercoloured. It is then layered on Crushed Curry and adhered to the top of the lid.

Speaking of the lid, isn’t it cute? I made it using the scallop circle die and my Sizzix Big Shot – here’s how!

First, cut out a scallop in scrap paper and fold in half in two directions to give you your centre point. You can save this for future use:


Next, pierce a hole in the centre so you have your centre point:


 Next step is to make a 2 1/16 x 2 1/16 square of cardstock. Fold it like you did with the scallop circle and find the centrepoint. Match them and you’ve got the lid right in the centre of the scallop circle. For my sample, I actually used a 2 x 2 square which worked just perfectly! Lastly, you’ll need a ruler to score on the lid’s dimensions – but you’ll score all the way out to the edges of the scallop like so:


 All that is left now is to trim the edges in to the centre square and glue them to form the lid and voila! A cute scalloped edge lid! Give it a try!

Products used on this project – click here to purchase them online!

Cardstock: Going Gray, Basic Gray, Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry, Confetti White. Ink: Going Gray, Basic Gray, Crushed Curry, Melon Mambo, Jet Black StazOn. Stamps: Pun Fun, On Your Birthday. Accessories: Sizzix Big Shot, Scallop Circle Die, Texture Plates, Aquapainter, Bone Folder, Modern Label Punch, 1 1/4 circle punch, 3/4 circle punch, Crushed Curry Poka Dotted Grosgrain.


Travel Fun


I’ve had quite a few emails about this one. This is one of the projects I designed for the Caardvarks Sheetloads/ShortCuts challenge!

From the outside, it looks simple enough. I used Night of Navy cardstock for the base and layered it with Taken with Teal. I made some waves using my circle punches in Ballet Blue and then markered the little boat from Nursery Necessities in coordinating colours, cut them out and adhered them with dimensionals. The top text is using the Contempo Alphabet which I got for FREE (being a demo has it’s rewards!).

However, the neat stuff is on the inside:


On the upper flap, I made a pocket with some Real Red cardstock and punched half of a 1 3/4″ circle in the centre. This is used to keep tissues or wiping cloths in their place.

The lower portion was layered with Whisper White cardstock and then I took two silver brads and added a heavy window/acetate sheet. This acts as a wipe off travel play board! I also took a strip of Ballet Blue cardstock and adhered it in a loop for the wipe off pen.

What a fun and easy type project to make over the summer for family trips!

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Pennant Party Hat


My daughter had her ninth birthday a few weeks back and we had a surprise party for her at our favourite little tea place (Tracycakes). I wanted to make special party hats. I saw at Convention last year that you could make them out of the XL Pennant Die and the Sizzix Big Shot but hadn’t ever tried….so here was my attempt.

I cut out two large pennants in Basic Black cardstock. I placed them together and cut out a gradual curve out of the bottom (where they place it on their head). I then folded in all the scallop edges of one of the pennants and adhered Sticky Strip down the entire edge – yes, the entire edge!

I then matched up the perforated line on both pennants and adhered them. Sounds easy – but I may just make a little video to show it…just not today.

Lastly, I had to “bling” them up so I used the large flower from the Pretties Kit and a star from the Sticky Cuts letters. I then covered it with chunky silver glitter. This was my daughter’s hat, all the girls in attendance got a hat with a large sticky heart and black chunky glitter.

To tie them on, I used some So Saffron grosgrain (from Sale-A-Bration) and it is just stapled on either side.

Try these out, they are fantastic and fun to make!