Artistic Avenger


Love U: Non-Winning Artisan Award Project #9

I thought I’d shown you all the projects but I’ve just realized that there are two I haven’t shared yet! Here is my last card submission for this year’s Artisan Award.

Here are some little quick notes on what I did:

  • woven Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding layer
  • Cherry Cobbler frame embossed with the Medallion and Basic Black craft ink
  • cascading Basic Black satin ribbon with Antique Brad
  • small beveled windowpane filled with text from Define your Life
  • Basic Black craft ink on Lots of Love letterpress plate
  • Scalloped heart embosslit with Basic Black and outlined in Cherry Cobbler

And lots, lots more!

ONE more non-winning project to share….coming soon!


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.


Trick or Treat: Non-Winning Artisan Award Project #7

Only three more non-winning projects to share with you all! Here is my little Halloween project. I love making Halloween cards (don’t really use them but LOVE them).

I used lots of designer paper on this one and fanned out the triangles across the card to mimic the handmade spider web made out of Crystal Effects. Added some GoGo Boots letters and a little punched candy behind the “and”.

A favourite detail on this one is the embossed ribbon. I used Basic Black satin ribbon and embossed using Craft White Ink and White Embossing powder.

To finish off the ribbon, I added a loop of Rich Razzleberry satin ribbon, a Basic Black button and a glimmer brad. The bats are straight from the designer paper too!

Thanks for stopping by and sharing your comments!


In the Garden: Non-Winning Artisan Award Entry #6

First off, let me say…not a great photo,. I know! But what do you do? This project is no longer around my house to re-photo so this is what’cha get!

This is the second of my three non-winning Artisan Award scrapbook pages. I loved it. I used the new Paisley Prints designer paper to make a garden themed page all about my daughter.

What’s fun about this page is the two photos are actually on the front of a large cardstock pouch that I made and inside is Avery’s “garden diary” where she made notes about her garden and a plot map of where things were planted. You just pull out the ribbon/eyelet tabs to see them.

Another fun element on this page are the garden tools. All made by me!

Thanks for visiting today! Don’t forget to check back over the next few days for some great challenges!


In a Daze….School Daze that is! (PP58)

I’m super excited to share that I’m the August guest designer at The Paper Players. I love this blog. They have some fantastic challenges and the ladies are just wonderful. Here is my first challenge:

Hmmm,  school…….Got a few more weeks until that happens at our place. I’m actually hoping the summer slows down a little because the kids going back to school means I’m going back to work! Speaking of work, this week’s project was a lot of it. Actually it is a non-winning Artisan Award entry for this year. I’d been meaning to post it but then when this challenge came up I thought, “why not wait” and use it? So that is what I did.

The base for this card is Crumb Cake and then layered with Old Olive, Basic Black and then Naturals Ivory. On this Naturals Ivory piece, I printed the Letterpress background from My Digital Studio and watercoloured in with coordinating colours on this card.

I made little mini chalkboards using wood sheets and blackboard sheets. I then added Simple Numbers in Naturals Ivory that were sponged with Crumb Cake. Behind these I added some Real Red cardstock that I punched with the spiral edge punch punch and then added some 5/8″ Old Olive grosgrain.

Various buttons were added on the design and then I made a little clipboard and pencil (these are my favourite parts!).

The clipboard is actually the tag from the Baskets and Blooms Big Shot die. On it, I added some Newsprint designer paper and a mini library clip. The apple “4u” is from the hostess set, Apple Blossoms.

The pencil is made with More Mustard, Basic Gray, Blushing Bride and Crumb Cake cardstock.

I just loved this card, it broke my heart to send it away and I had to be held back from tearing it off the wall when I was at Convention.

So what does going back to school mean to you? Show us! Visit The Paper Players blog and play along with us this week! Need to be inspired before you play along? Check out the awesome Design Team samples.

The Paper Players Design Team
Products used on today’s project – CLICK HERE to buy them NOW!
Cardstock:  Old Olive, Basic Black, Real Red, Naturals Ivory, Crumb Cake, More Mustard.
Ink:  Crumb Cake, Old Olive, More Mustard, Real Red.
Stamps: Apple Blossoms.
Accessories: Big Shot, Baskets and Blooms die, wood sheets, chalkboard sheets, Simple Numbers Die, various buttons, 5/8″ Old Olive grosgrain, Newsprint designer paper, My Digital Studio.


A Tea Party: Non-Winning Artisan Award Project #4

I’m back from camping! WOW – 2 weeks away from home is just a little too long for me. I’ve got so many crafty things to do! While I’m busy creating new and wonderful things for you to see on my blog and to make at my Open House next week, I’ll keep you all entertained with some non-winning Artisan Award entries.

This is a 5 x 5 card of Very Vanilla and Pear Pizzazz and Baja Breeze. I used the Springtime Vintage designer paper and the stamp set, Morning Cup.

I ruffled some Eyelet Punched Very Vanilla cardstock and added a cute little teapot to the centre. Then, a little pocket behind the circle houses a tea bag that matches the tea party invitation.

Don’t forget about my Fascinator Frenzy blog candy starting on July 28th – I hope those of you at Convention had your eyes peeled. And for those of you who were not, get your crafty ideas ready to share! Don’t know what I’m talking about? Click here to find out more!

Hope you have a great day!


Tooth Fairy Box: Non-Winning Artisan Award Entry #3

Today I’m sharing the first of my two 3D projects that I submitted for the 2011 Artisan Award contest. This one was a bit hard to photo as there are so many elements. First, I made it with the backing pieces that come in designer paper packages to give it strength. I then covered them with Whisper White cardstock. On the very top, I covered it with Crystal Effects. I made sure to have small bumps and pits, as this is what regular teeth have. I then added Dazzling Diamonds all around the outside.

I added some Candy Cane fabric as a tie to open and close the box and then I used the little Tooth Fairy stamp in the centre.

I stamped the image and punched it out with the 1 3/4″ circle punch. I watercoloured the image and then stamped it again on some fabric and paper pierced. Of course, I added a little more glitter.

I needed to make the inside special too…..

I lined one side with fabric and in that I laid a hand sewn little satchel to hold the tooth. On the other side, I used My Digital Studio to make a little poem.

The 3D projects are the hardest to adequately photo (for me anyways) but in real life this is pretty darn cool.

Thanks for stopping by!


My Grandma: Non-Winning Artisan Award Project #2

Here is the first of my three scrapbook pages I entered into the Artisan Award contest. Unfortunately, I only took pictures of two of them so when I’m at Convention I’ll have to find it on the boards so I can take a photo!

This page is 8×8 square and the colours I used were Soft Suede, Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake and Melon Mambo.

I sewed the sponged Elegant Soiree designer paper to the Melon Mambo piece and then adhered to the Soft Suede page. I took some Crumb Cake seam binding and coated it with Champagne Mist shimmer paint, folded it over and sewed it to a ruffled piece of Springtime vintage fabric. I added a few little trinkets for good measure.

To bring the fabric in again, I tied a little bit on a Vintage Trinket pin and added three tags that say “days gone by”.

The “remember when” is from Word Play and is embossed on vellum and the Designer Label to the bottom right is stamped with Four Frames and printed using My Digital Studio.

You’ll also see that sneaking out is a Soft Suede Top Note. I embossed the design from in clear embossing powder and sponged.

I used the Hearts and Brackets die to cut out a wood bracket (which I sponged) and then added rosettes which were drenched in the Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint also. A stem of Always Artichoke leaves and a tie o Chantilly finish it off.

Last year I thought my scrapbooking was what held me back from winning so I really tried to step it up a notch this year. I loved this page and I guess ultimately, I sent in projects that I loved and was very proud of and that is what matters.

Thanks for stopping by and for all of your kind and generous comments.

Products used on this project:

Cardstock: Soft Suede, Very Vanilla, Melon Mambo, Vellum.

Ink: Soft Suede.

Stamps: Word Play, Four Frames,

Accessories: Elegant Soiree DSP, Big Shot, Top Note, Hearts and Brackets, Rosettes, Crumb Cake Seam Binding, Champagne Mist shimmer paint, Vintage Trinkets, Chantilly, Little Leaves, Decorative label punch, medium jewelry tag punch, Springtime Vintage fabric.


Flyin’ Away: Non-Winning Artisan Award Project #1

It is with a heavy heart that I start posting these projects. I do love participating in the Artisan Award contest each year but each year have to post them here because I don’t win. I have been a past finalist but it just isn’t the same. I’m competitive. I like to win. I guess I don’t know what SU is looking for obviously or they are looking for a style that is not mine – and to stray from own style just to win is something I’m not prepared to do.  So, lucky you! You get to view them all here and now I have 10 posts added to my summer pre-post arsenol!

This is the first project I made and it was the one I knew exactly how it’d look and it didn’t stray too far from the original plan. I actually was inspired by a business card to make this. If I can find the link I’ll show you!

The base is Naturals Ivory. I love this paper. And the other colours I used were Basic Black, Very Vanilla and Crumb Cake (for shading and inside stamping).

I sewed some Newsprint designer paper to one side, clear embossed images from Plane and Simple on the other and made two cut outs in the centre of the front of the pocket to show the inside sentiment. I embossed the plane and cut it out and added “original” from Art By Design.

For the inside, I stamped various images from Plane and Simple along with a sentiment from Always. The top corner is rounded and I added a Basic Black button and some 3/8″ Twill tape. Now don’t forget about the back! This is actually my most favourite part!

At the top you’ll see the notch that shows the button and twill on the insert piece. Again, I sewed some Newsprint designer paper down one side and folded up the bottom with rounded corners.

I used my Scallop Square punch and 1″ circle to make a little peekaboo circle. It is kept on with Trinkets. And, if you look closely, the compass from Plane and Simple is embossed with clear embossing powder on the black cardstock.

I think this is the one project I’d like to have back. I just loved it. Oh well, c’est la vie! Maybe we can find it on the boards at Convention – that is where all my entries seem to end up….

Hope you have a great day and thanks for joining me on my creative journey.