Artistic Avenger


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Beautiful Bouquet – Almost Artisan 3D Project #2

Well, this is my last project to show. Yep, that’s it. I’ve got a whole bunch of new things to show you coming up and my desktop is full of photos to share – get ready – the next couple weeks are going to be AWESOME!

Anyways, this is my last 3D project that did not win an Artisan Award.

I had this idea of making a bridal shower bouquet where guests can write wishes for the bride and then she can either keep the bouquet or detach it from the handle and affix it into a frame. What is so great about this, you ask? Well, all those leaves, when pulled, come out and you can then write inside them and pull them back to fit into the bouquet. Hard to describe, let’s see if I can….

You see the stem of the bouquet, well it’s actually a paper towel tube. I wrapped it with 5/8″ Old Olive grosgrain and added a large Certainly Celery bow with a flat pearl in the centre. I like using various shades of green.

Next, there are layers upon layers of flowers from the Flower Folds Die. I used the Bride Designer Paper (retired) and Pretties Flowers (retired). The leaves are from the Leaves #2 die and are in Certainly Celery, Old Olive, and Always Artichoke. The paper for the leaves was folded before cutting with the Big Shot so they open like a small card. I added an eyelet to each end and then tied on some coordinating 1/4″ grosgrain ribbon.

I then threaded this ribbon down the centre of the stem (tube) and down to the bottom. In the bottom of the tube, I added a centre from a used spool of ribbon so the knots would not get lost.

So, when a guest wants to write in the bouquet, they just pull on a leaf and the leaf is separated (yet still attached) from the bouquet. They write their note inside and then pull the ribbon back down from the bottom to put the leaf back into place.

Here is a little place card that explains this to the guests:

I know it is a bit hard to explain but I think you all get the general concept.

Thanks for checking out all my Artisan projects and thank you all so much for your extremely kind and encouraging words!

Cindy
Jamie
Jackie
Patty
Katy
Melissa
Tina
Kelly
Ashley
Carmen
Monika
Tracy
Sam
Jenn
Renee
Carrie


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Peaceful Winter – Almost Artisan Card #5

Well, this is it (I think), the last of my non-Artisan Award winning cards. I do have one more 3D project to show, it is my favourite and most creative, I think!

Anyways, this card is a 5×5 square card and I wanted to do a soft and serene winter card but using a monochromatic colour palette.

The base is Whisper White and I’ve layered it with Basic Gray cardstock, then another layer of Whisper White and then a piece of Nouveau Chic (retired) designer paper. Not your typical Christmas colours or patterns but I really liked how the design of the paper imitated a ribbon. So, I added a piece of Basic Gray satin ribbon and a big bow just above the hanging ribbon on the DSP.

Next came the focal point:

On a piece of Glossy cardstock, I first stamped the trees from Lovely as a Tree in Versamark. I brayered over with Going Gray and sponged the edges with Basic Gray. Then I stamped Dasher in Black Craft Ink and embossed with Heat and Stick Powder and then sprinkled with Dazzling Diamonds. Next, I added snow drifts with Whisper White cardstock.

To finish it off, I added a piece of Styled Silver HodgePodge Hardware and a piece of Basic Gray cardstock on which I stamped a snowflake from Snow Swirled and the word “peace” from All Holidays.

Thanks for stopping by today and for all of your kind comments!

Cindy
Jamie
Jackie
Patty
Katy
Melissa
Tina
Kelly
Ashley
Carmen
Monika
Tracy
Sam
Jenn
Renee
Carrie

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

Cardstock: Whisper White, Glossy, Basic Gray.

Ink: Going Gray (retired), Basic Gray, Versamark, Basic Black Craft.

Stamps: Dasher, Lovely as a Tree, Snow Swirled, All Holidays.

Accessories: Basic Gray Satin Ribbon, Nouveau Chic DSP (retired), Brayer, Heat and Stick Powder, Dazzling Diamonds, Styled Silver HodgePodge Hardware, 1″ circle punch.


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Where in the World? – Almost Artisan Scrapbook Page #3

This is the last of my Artisan scrapbook entries for this year. I really didn’t take a very good picture of it, unfortunately. Actually, I am at this place this weekend – Vancouver Island!

The base is Handsome Hunter and is layered with Night of Navy. I then pulled more colours out of the photo and added textured and sponged squares in behind the focal photo. I used Bashful Blue, Really Rust, Handsome Hunter and More Mustard.

There are lots of little details that I simply didn’t photograph well. For instance:

  • The word “favourite” is actually stamped on a window sheet and layered over cardstock.
  • The pictures in the centre actually open like a book and on the back panel is the journalling.

The side embellishments were changed after this picture – wish I’d taken a better photo!

Cindy
Jamie
Jackie
Patty
Katy
Melissa
Tina
Kelly
Ashley
Carmen
Monika
Tracy
Sam
Jenn
Renee
Carrie


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So Happy – Almost Artisan Card #4

Quick post today – too hot to sit at the computer! It is 30 degrees celcius IN MY HOUSE!

This is another non-winning Artisan Award entry this year. I used different colours than I usually would on a baby card and wanted to use lots of texture.

The base is Sahara Sand and the top layer is Not Quite Navy. I punched a bunch of small stars out of it and then ran it through the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder. I then backed the punched out stars with Really Rust and Sage Shadow.

I made a little tag and a focal image using my markers and the Nursery Necessities (retired) stamp set. I then added a hat pin from the pretties kit and a saying punched out with the Modern Label punch. This was done to emulate a sail.

Sorry, not too chatty today – TOO DARN HOT!

Cindy
Jamie
Jackie
Patty
Katy
Melissa
Tina
Kelly
Ashley
Carmen
Monika
Tracy
Sam
Jenn
Renee
Carrie


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Just Me & My Grandma – Almost Artisan Scrapbook Page #1

Let me preface this post to say that I know my scrapbook pages are what keep me from not winning Artisan. I know it – it is just not my strength. That said, I was pretty proud of this page. I thought I’d done it well – kept it simple but used some tried and true stamping. The final result was a little different (I layered it one more time on some Brocade Blue cardstock) but it is pretty much the same.

This is an 8 1/2″ x 11″ page and the base layer turned out to be Brocade Blue and then it’s layered with Ruby Red. I used My Digital Studio to do the journalling on the bottom.

Then, across centre is some Chocolate Chip which I punched with the Pinking Hearts Border punch and then in the centre is Very Vanilla.

I used the Contempo Alphabet and coordinating colours to stamp the title. This was hard and I used the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig all the way but I was happy to get it just right. I added some ribbon and punch embellishments also.

Under the photo, I took a large heart and paper pierced around it to leave a small impression of a large heart and then I went to town with a few extra little embellishments:

I cut out a heart using some denim and the Hearts & Brackets die, I added a little “x” stitch with linen thread. I also embossed a heart from I (heart) Hearts on Chocolate Chip cardstock using Chocolate Chip craft ink and cut it out. And lastly, I wove small strips of coordinating cardstock and punched it out with the small heart punch.

All in all, I was very pleased with this page and, by far, it was my favourite of the three pages I sent in! Thanks for stopping by!

Cindy
Jamie
Jackie
Patty
Katy
Melissa
Tina
Kelly
Ashley
Carmen
Monika
Tracy
Sam
Jenn
Renee
Carrie


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Vintage Candle – Almost Artisan 3D Project #1

So, here is my first of the two 3D projects that I completed for my non-winning Artisan entry this year. With this project, I decided to go with quality versus something extremely new and unique.

I used a standard candle and embossed it with the Very Vintage jumbo wheel. I then added a strip of Crumb Cake cardstock to the bottom and a ruffled ribbon (which I sewed!). I then added a Basic Black circle to the bottom.

For the little embellishment piece, I added a butterfly in Basic Gray which was run through with the harlequin texture plate. I sponged it and added little white dots. I then layered it with another butterfly on which I wheeled to match. This is also sponged. I tied linen thread on for a body and antennae.

Behind the butterfly I added a very sparkly leaf detail using my Little Leaves Sizzlet and Dazzling Diamonds and a little flower detail which is actually a snowflake from Snow Swirled which I punched out with the Boho Blossoms punch and added a clear rhinestone brad.

Now, there is more! I decided that this candle needed something to go in so I made a holder for it.

Horrible picture, I know! Here is what I did (I think….)…

I used the 3-tier cake die to make the base and top. Cut the circles and doubled it to make it sturdy. I added Crumb Cake cardstock and some Basic Black which was punched with the Eyelet border punch. The lid has a great Basic Gray Satin ribbon bow also. What I used to make the clear-ish sides was a craft keeper! Yep, I cut it up and made it as the outer layer so you could see through at the awesome candle. I used some Kraft taffeta ribbon to tie it together at the back to keep it all closed.

Maybe not the WOW they were looking for but it is fresh and creative and well done (in my opinion anyways!).

Thanks so much for looking!

Cindy
Jamie
Jackie
Patty
Katy
Melissa
Tina
Kelly
Ashley
Carmen
Monika
Tracy
Sam
Jenn
Renee
Carrie


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All Bleach and Sugar – Almost Artisan Card #3

Okay, really? Nice title huh? Didn’t know where to go with it and you’ll see why I’ve titled it like that in a second….

This, I think, was my most favourite card of my Artisan entries – maybe because it uses a stamp set, Elements of Style, in a completely non-intended way!

The first thing I’d done was stamp the large floral image on the Crumb Cake cardstock in Versamark and emboss with black embossing powder. I then used a Blender Pen and bleached the image out. When dry, I coloured it all in. I really liked it but wasn’t sure where to go from there. I kept that piece on my desk for a while and then realized that it looked kinda like a tattoo.

So the idea for the skull was to imitate a sugar skull. This is a type of tattoo, usually WAY more intricate than the one on this card but the idea is there. I again embossed some other pieces for the face (the eyes are embossed from the I (heart) Hearts set and punched out with the small heart punch and the mouth is just embossed and paper pieced on).

I added a panel of Real Red cardstock on which I stamped the same image as on the skull itself. It is also embossed with black embossing powder and I’ve sponged the edges and distressed them.

Behind the skull I added some taffeta ribbon (it was chocolate chip but I ran it over some Basic Black into to darken it) and some flowers from the Boho Blossoms punch in Ruby Red, Real Red and Cameo Coral.

I added an embossed and distressed saying with a bit more of the bleached flowers in the upper right and continued the motif on the inside.

Hope you enjoy it!

Cindy
Jamie
Jackie
Patty
Katy
Melissa
Tina
Kelly
Ashley
Carmen
Monika
Tracy
Sam
Jenn
Renee
Carrie

Products used on this project:

Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Basic Black, Real Red, Ruby Red (retired), Cameo Coral (retired), Old Olive.

Ink: Basic Black, Versamark, Stampin’ Write Markers in Old Olive, More Mustard and Ruby Red (retired).

Stamps: Just Jawing, Elements of Style, I  (heart) Hearts.

Accessories: Chocolate Chip taffeta ribbon, Vintage Brads, Boho Blossoms Punch, Little Leaves Sizzlet, black embossing powder, heat tool, small heart punch.