Artistic Avenger


All Boxed Up (SSC227)

Today brings my last project as a Guest Designer on Stamping 411 – their challenges were such fun and I hope you all found my creations inspiring.


For today, I again went with a different spin and made a box. But not just any box!


This super special box was made out of just one sheet of cardstock and my Simply Scored Tool (which I LOVE)! Take an 8 1/2″ x 11″ piece of cardstock and score as follows:


On the 8 1/2″ side score at 1 1/2″, 4 3/4″, 6 1/4″ and 9 1/2″. On the 11″ side, score at 1 1/2″ on either side. Then fold in and voila (you will need to cut in to the 1 1/2″ on either 11″ side to make the box come together).


Then, I used the sketch to finish my outer design. I used the Holly Berry Bouquet designer paper as my colour palette. In the background you’ll see I stamped an image from Pines and Poinsettias. The centre is one of the best parts too!


I made a larger rosette which is layered with a 1 3/4″ scalloped circle and some images from Pines and Poinsettias. I also added a bunch of Dazzling Details to the outside of this.


Lastly, the open/closure (another favourite part):


Thank you one and all for your support and kind comments this month on my Stamping 411 projects. Now make sure you play along with our sketch this week!


Products used on today’s project:

Wild Wasabi, Very Vanilla, Early Espresso.

Wild Wasabi, Early Espresso, Real Red.

Pines and Poinsettias.

Simply Scored, 1 3/4″ scallop circle, Holly Berry Bouquet designer paper, 1 3/8″ circle punch, Dazzling Details, Bitty Punch Pack, Early Espresso quilted ribbon, Neutral Brads.


It’s all in the Pocket (SSC226)

It’s another day and another edition of Stamping 411! This time, I decided to play around with a packaging idea so I rotated the sketch a bit:

This is a great package for multiple little gifts or it could also be the base for a scrapbook. Here is what I did.

  • Take four (4)  Stampin’ Up! Medium envelopes.
  • Turn the flap to the outside, moisten the closure or use adhesive and stick to the front of the next envelope (photos to come!).
  • You end up with four envelopes stuck together.
  • Take a large piece of designer series paper and wrap around the envelopes. I suggest putting the gift items inside FIRST as not to make it too tight that they won’t fit. Alternatively, you you could just add 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 pieces of cardstock and then make this a mini scrapbook.
  • Embellish as you see fit!

This particular one is wrapped in Pool Party designer series paper. On both ends I added some Soft Suede/Very vanilla details (I love this combo).

In keeping with the sketch, I added a scallop punched fold over flap of Soft Suede and then layered it with Very Vanilla. To make it look like there are eyelets, I added punched circles of Soft Suede.

Some Pool Party ruffled ribbon ties it all together.

The tag is made of Soft Suede and is layered with some Very Vanilla. The vanilla layer was stamped first with the Always Elegant flourish and then with the sentiment from Word Play. Next, it was run through the Big Shot with the Embellished Frames embossing folder and sponged with Soft Suede.

To get the rounded top, I inserted the tag pieces into my 2 1/2″ circle punch and punched out the edge.

Thanks for stopping by today and make sure you check out the creations of the rest of the team at Stamping 411!

Products used on today’s project :

Cardstock: Soft Suede, Very Vanilla.
Ink: Soft Suede, Pool Party.
Stamps: Word Play, Always Elegant.
Accessories: Big Shot, Embellished Frames Embossing Folder, Scallop Edge punch, In Colour Designer Series Paper, Pool Party Ruffled Ribbon, Bitty Punch Pack, 1/2″ circle punch, Basic pearls.


Oh So Elegant (SSC225)

Well it’s week two in my Stamping 411 Guest Designer month – super excited about this challenge! This sketch is awesome and there are so many options with it!


I decided to go with a more vintage feel on this one so I used my “go to” stamp set, Established Elegance. This set is FANTASTIC! The base of this card is Pear Pizzazz and it’s layered with Early Espresso and then Crumb Cake. The Crumb Cake layer is wheeled with the Very Vintage wheel and roughed up.


I added two panels of Early Espresso and layered the with sponged First Edition Designer paper. I then started my central panel with Early Espresso/Pear Pizzazz and then Very Vanilla.


I stamped the mannequin from Established Elegance in Crumb Cake and then the words over in Early Espresso.


I stamped, coloured and cut out the small floral image and adhered with dimensionals and added a couple of pearls. For the circular piece, I used the image from Established Elegance and just layered them and centered with flowers from the Boho Blossoms punch and the Bitty Punch Pack.


Lastly, I added some ruffled and roughed up Crumb Cake seam binding.


I can’t wait to see what you all come up with so please head on over to Stamping 411 and play along!


Products used on today’s project:

Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Pear Pizzazz, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake.

Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Pear Pizzazz, Pink Pirouette.

Stamps:  Established Elegance, Very Vintage Jumbo Wheel.

Accessories: Crumb Cake Seam Binding, First Edition Designer Paper, Various Circle punches, Boho Blossoms punch, Bitty Punch Pack, Basic Pearls.


Butterfly Trio (SSC224)

Hello All! This is my first post as a Guest Designer on Stamping 411 this month! Super excited to share this sketch challenge with you.


I find when I start with a sketch like this I want to pretty much keep right with the shapes of the sketch but I decided to “stray” a bit on it and play around with different shapes.



This card was actually made using our Note Cards and envelopes. These are a great value and so easy to use as they come cut and pre-scored!


On the base I used my Daffodil Delight ink and stamped the leaf image from Best Friends Forever. I then layered a central panel of Old Olive and stamped the flourish is Old Olive ink. I roughed up with edges a bit, added some Melon Mambo scalloped cardstock to the top and a layered Decorative Label punch (stamped with a word from Fabulous Phrases) on the bottom.


I used the Beautiful Wings embosslit and made some Melon Mambo and Daffodil Delight butterflies to add a pop of colour. I then tied a knot of Old Olive 1/4″ Grosgrain. I took my extra sharp Craft and Ribbon scissors and cut one end away and pulled the threads to make a fun pulled grosgrain. I covered the knot with a flower from the Bitty Punch pack and a Basic Rhinestone.


I love this design and will play with more colour combinations in the future! Make sure you head on over to see what the rest of the Stamping 411 design team has created to share with you!

Old Olive, Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White.

Daffodil Delight, Old Olive.

Best Friends Forever.

Big Shot, Beautiful Wings Embosslit, 1/4″ Old Olive grosgrain, Decorative Label Punch, Note Cards, Bitty Punch Pack, Basic Rhinestones, Dotted Ribbon Scallop Punch.


Featured Stampin’ Fun with Vellum

I was asked by Robin at Stamping 411 to be a Featured Stamper on their blog today and was just so honoured. I love playing with the Operators at Stamping 411. They always have wonderful challenges and always such kind things to say on the projects I make when I play along.

So Robin didn’t give me much to work on (I like rules and guidelines) so I decided to just wing it. I am just loving my Flower Fancy stamp set (and it is 20% off this month!) and I really like Vellum Cardstock as well – so why not put the two together. I decided to also use a colour combination that I could use for a bunch of cards so I ran with Old Olive, Rose Red, Pretty In Pink and Certainly Celery. Here is a shot of all the cards together:

I thought I’d walk you through each one step by step (this may be a repeat of what they’ve got at Stamping 411 but just bear with me!).

This first card I created uses the Faux Dry Embossing technique. What I did was stamp the small flowers in Jet Black Staz On onto a piece of Vellum Cardstock. I then flipped it over and placed it face down onto a piercing mat. I rubbed my finger over the areas I wanted to emboss and used my stylus and rubbed in the lines of the image. When you are done, it not only sticks out but becomes white. I continued this for the entire piece of vellum and then I stamped a small image from Tiny Tags in Whisper White craft ink between them and added small centres to the flowers using Pretty in Pink and Rose Red cardstock. I then adhered the vellum piece to a piece of Certainly Celery cardstock, that way the flowers stand out more.

To complete the card, I just added a small strip of Old Olive behind the embossed piece and at a right angle, a piece of Whisper White cardstock. I used my Certainly Celery and Old Olive Stampin’ Write markers to get a 2-toned “thanks”.

The second card uses vellum as Faux Stained Glass. As you can see, the layout of the card is quite simple and I did it that way as to show off the cool image work. I used my Embossing Buddy on the vellum ( a must!) and then stamped the stem and flower image in Versamark. I then sprinkled it with silver embossing powder and embossed. I flipped it over and on the back used my Stamin’ Write markers to colour in the flower. On the large flower and on the leaves, I used two colours of markers and my blender pen to blend them together.

Once this is done, you can adhere with a Whisper White piece behind (I used silver brads in each corner).

I finished off with an Old Olive piece punched with the Eyelet border punch and a tie of 5/8” Certainly Celery grosgrain.

For the next card, I decided to use Flower Fancy for it’s intended use, 2-Step Stamping. I just love this technique, it is so fast and so easy.

On a card base of Whisper White, I stamped the outline images in Jet Black Staz On and then the inside images in Pretty In Pink, Rose Red and Old Olive. By placing a layer of Vellum cardstock over the base, the colours are muted.

The vellum layer is attached by the tie of Whisper White taffeta ribbon along the top but I wanted a little something extra so I added a little embellishment in the bottom right corner using my 1 ¼”, 1 3/8” circle punches and a cut out flower. I also stamped a saying from Thank You Kindly and punched it out with my Modern Label Punch. Behind the large circle is a dimensional to assist in keeping the card together.

For my last card, I decided to use the stamp set with some Designer Series Paper to show how an outline image can be used with this great product. By doing this, you give the vellum and opportunity to be an accent in the centre or by layering.

I used Old Olive and Thoroughly Modern Designer Series paper, stamped the large flower and cut it out. I then stamped the large and small flower a few times on some Vellum cardstock – again, I cut them out. I ran the small flowers through the Sizzix with the Perfect Polka dots embossing folder and then took my Bone Folder to them – very much like you would with ribbon if you were wrapping a present. This gives the vellum flowers a bit of movement and dimension. I then added some Clear Rhinestone Brads in the centres and layered them onto the card. I also stamped and cut out a few of the outline leaves and adhered them behind the flowers.

The Rose Red layer was run through the Sizzix with the floral embossing folder and again I used Thank you Kindly for the sentiment.

Making more than one card is easy when you have a colour theme and products chosen ahead of time. I run a club that makes a set very much like this each month (you get a bit of a sneak peak on next month Ladies!) I hope you’ve enjoyed these cards!

And, for some great challenges and fun, please head on over to Stamping 411! These ladies are fantastic and put on some awesome challenges. Now get out that vellum and play!