Thursday, July 31, 2008

Flower Power

What with unloading the new order it's been quite busy. I'm glad I got an extra card done yesterday. These stamps are by Magenta. First off, I stamped and embossed both images with Ivory embossing powder on watercolor paper (140lb, cold press). The long panel was stamped on a 4x5.25" piece and the square flower on a scrap. I really like heavy watercolor paper for coloring because it does not warp or pill when coloring with paints or my Tombow markers. I used Luminarte's Twinkling H20s for coloring this card. Twinkler colors used: Tanzanite (background), Wintermint and Midori Melon (leaves), Fuzzy Peach and Pink Anthurium (flowers) and Lemondrop for the berries. To get a fairly smooth flow on the background I prewetted the paper then applied color. This helps the color blend smoothly. I thought the larger panel looked a bit "naked" so I used my Scor-it board and scored a frame as shown. I still thought it was missing something so I carefully rubbed the raised edges of the frame with Denim Adorandack dye ink. I mounted the square onto a scrap of blue then black cardstock then mounted it onto the larger panel. I hope you enjoyed this card.

Penny Black order

We got a new order from Penny Black today! It includes some of the new Christmas images including the 12 Days of Christmas. How cute is this set?? I had to buy it! Watch the blog for samples. Stay tuned for a non-Penny Black card later today.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Christmas in July!

We're getting near the end of the Crafty Capers Christmas in July. All month all Christmas stamps and stencils have been on sale 20% off and I have been teaching a Christmas card class every Wednesday. For some reason I still feel like making Christmas cards! Probably because the Penny Black Christmas catalogue came in today. This card is CASED (copied and shared with everyone). A very similar card is on the back cover of the new catalogue. :)
I used a scrap of kiwi Bazzill cardstock and stuck it onto a piece of white Bazzill Bling (shimmery) cardstock. I then took the bird stamp (made by Stampendous) and stamped it in black. I highlighted the birds, and leaves with a combo of Stickles and Liquid Pearls. I finished the card with a Merry Christmas stamp made by Inkadinkado embossed with gold embossing powder. Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Oh Rats!

I got up this morning to hear some funny scratching sounds coming from the wall in the laundry room! They stopped when I banged on the wall! I know my husband does not believe me but I know what I heard. So I mixed up a delicious treat for the rats that have been eating their breakfast at our birdfeeder every morning!
I figured today is as good a day as any to make a House Mouse card. These guys are nothing like the rats at my house.

I stamped this stamp with clear ink and embossed with Ranger detail embossing powder (never used detail powder before! It is an extra fine grind so it works great for stamps with teeny tiny lines). I colored the image with my Tombows. I mounted the piece on a scrap of Stardream cardstock the other cardstock is by Bazzill. I used the Spots and Dots embossing folder in my Cuttlebug. To hid the join where I had to emboss twice I used a scrap of blue that I cut with my Long Rectangles Nestabilities. I finished off the card with Bazzill Really Big Brads and Glossy Accents over the gumball machine to make it glassy looking.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Perfect Pearls Day 2

This card did not scan that well but here is another sample of painting with Perfect Pearls. I used Blush, Perfect Pearl and Gold mixed with water on this Impression Obsession stamp after embossing it with Ivory embossing powder. The saying is Inkadinkado stamped with Adirondack bright Purple Surf. Ribbon is called Pastille and is sold at Crafty Capers.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Perfect Pearls Week

I decided that this week on the blog would be Ranger's Perfect Pearls week. I'm going to challenge myself to use Perfect Pearls in different ways for each entry this week. Of course, this was decided before I realized there would be several orders coming in this week so it will be extra busy! Today's order was MORE GLITTER and TAPE! So that kept me busy for a while especially since I had some "helpers" rooting through the colors before they were even counted. You know who you are, Angela and Kim!
Anyway, back to the card. I needed to make a birthday card for our neighbour, Harvey who is always such a big help with Holly (& Tikka before she went to the Bridge), our garden and other assorted things not to mention he is my supervisor at my firehall job. First, off I ran a scrap piece of actetate through my Cuttlebug using the number collage. Then I flipped the acetate over and painted Turquoise Perfect Pearls mixed with water into the debossed areas. It was that easy. To make paints out of Perfect Pearls just mix with water and they dry with no problem on acetate! I also took 2 Heidi Swapp Raw chipboard letters and painted them with Perfect Copper Perfect Pearls and let them dry. Meanwhile, I found 2 coordinating pieces of turqouise cardstock and trimmed them to size (to fit a 5x7 card) and attached them to my white card. I stamped a Penny Black stamp "birthdays are numbers and mine's unliste" with my Vibrant Primary Big and Juicy rainbow pad. I used a Stampendous clear Happy Birthday stamp and stamped it 3 times without reinking in the top right corner. I mounted the acetate onto black cardstock using an EK Success corner punch then mounted it to my turquoise and mounted the 60 onto the other piece below the Happy Birthdays.
Thanks for looking!

Sunday, July 20, 2008

When Life gives you Limes...

Crafty Capers got a big order from Impression Obsession stamps this week and the minute I saw the limes stamp I had to have it! First off I stamped the limes on a piece of acetate with black Memories dye ink and heat set it. I flipped the acetate over so the ink was facing down then I took my clear drying Art Institute glue with a metal tip on it and filled in each section. I worked in color sections ie I "glued" the areas I wanted light green. Once I had the glue on I would pour 1 color of glitter on at a time. I did this until all the areas were filled with glitter. I used microfine Glitter Ritz colors: kiwi, moss green, fire red and warm highlight. I set this aside to dry. On another piece of actetate I stamped the Impression Obsession stamp "when life gives" with black Memories ink and heat set. I took a 12x12 piece of Kiwi Switch cardstock by Worldwin papers and cut a 6x6" square out of 1 corner. I used my Scor-It board and basically in a + sign across the paper (one score to make the card then another score to flip the extra piece inside the card (to hide my acetate when it is inserted). I then took a Nestability square and ran it through my cuttlebug to create a window on the front of the card and on the inside piece. I did these windows at the same time so they would match up. I actually had to use my craft knife to finish off the inside square since the Nestability did not quite cut all the way through the second piece of cardstock.

I mounted my 2 pieces of acetate inside the front window and then put the inside piece over the back "workings" of my card to hide the acetate edges. I finished off the card with Ranger Lettuce Dimensional Pearls on the acetate to look like brads. Unfortunately, Crafty Capers is already sold out of the lime saying and the Lettuce Dimensional Pearls. I will be reordering soon.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Beach Day!

No, I didn't get a beach day but I did get to play with a beach scene (sort of the same). For those who don't know where Lantzville is we are right on the ocean. In fact, if I open the back door of the shop I have an ocean view. Soooo, back to the card. First off, I brayered a piece of white glossy cardstock with a Ranger Big and Juicy dye ink pad (vivid primary) and let dry. I then took Sook Wang tape and laid it over the brayered piece. I left the protective backing on. Using a scallop Nestability I cut out a scallop circle in the center of the glossy cardstock. I peeled the backing off the tape then poured Warm Highlight clear glitter over the exposed tape. Pressed down and tapped off extra.
On watercolor paper I stamped the Beach Day with Ranger Archival black ink then colored the scene with Tombow markers. I pop dotted the beach scene inside the scallop window then mounted the entire thing on a piece of Awesome Aqua ColorMates cardstock. I though the front looked a bit naked so I took a black Sharpie and drew lines around the edges to frame everything. If you are inclined to make this card all supplies can be purchased at Crafty Capers.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Probably jinxed myself

Remember how I was bragging yesterday how this card was nearly done? Well, of course, the last part did not go together well! Anyway, the quick part was the stamping of the new Impression Obsession image with clear ink and black embossing powder on a scrap piece of blue Bazzill cardstock. I then remembered my friend Linda mentioning that Twinkling H2Os looked great on darker papers and I figured that since they were waaaay in the back of my storage area I should get them out. This scan does not do them justice. They look gorgeous on this paper!! I don't remember all the colors I used but the leaves/grass are golden jade and the firefly light is interference violet, the flower centers are ginger peach. I then mounted the blue paper on purple. Then came the fiddly part I could not figure out what to mount it on. I did manage to make a gorgeous card with a fireworks stencil and Memory Mist metallic sprays though while fiddling about (I thought I was working on this card but that didn't work out). Don't think it will scan well so you probably won't see it. Anyway, finally settled on a piece of Co'ordinations cardstock run through the Cuttlebug with the Swiss Dots design. For those who don't know Co'ordinations cardstock has a lighter center so if you sand it, emboss it, rip it etc you can see the lighter center. I did not have to sand this the lighter color just came through with the embossing. To finish off the card I stamped a clear Hero Arts set with Black Adirondack ink on rounded scraps. As usual, all supplies are available from Crafty Capers. I probably will not post tomorrow since I am driving up the Island in the AM (complete with Holly dalmatian and her urine in a jar!) then down the Island in the afternoon (minus Holly dalmatian and the urine!). Not to worry, Holly is fine we are just doing a re-check since she had a bladder infection a few weeks ago. Holly will stay at home guarding the house while we go down Island.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Make a Wish

Sorry it's been a few days since my last post. I needed a few days off. Anyway, I'm back. Here is a cute card I made Saturday. I stamped and embossed (in black) the Penny Black Hedgehog stamp. Colored with my Tombow markers. I edged the white cardstock with my EK Success "Inset" punch with the plastic guide taken off then dotted Diamond stickles glitter glue onto the edge. I mounted the Hedgie onto a piece of yellow Bazzill that I had rounded with my Circle Nestabilities. Used a rectangle of blue as the final mount edged in Waterfall Stickles. The main cardstock is Bazzill orange. I finished off the card by stamping "make a wish" and "happy birthday" from a Stampendous clear set using my NEW Memories Sepia ink. I have a 1/2 finished card for tomorrow so no excuses for not posting tomorrow!

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Jumping for Joy

This card was done with Hero Arts stamps (except for the Sun which is Stampendous). I used 130lb cardstock and stamped the lamb and flowers using my new brown Memories ink. I love Memories ink. It is my fav. waterproof ink. I stamped 2 extra sets of flowers on a scrap of white cardstock. Colored the flowers with my Tombows (surprise, surprise). I cut out the 2 extra flower groups and mounted with foam mounting tape. I used clear drying Art Institute glue to put a dot of glue in the center of each flower and added Liberty Blue dry glitter to the glue. The sheep got pink Tombowed legs and noses then I added Stampendous white fun flock to their tails and heads for a fuzzy effect.

I stamped the Stampendous sun with Ranger Butterscotch ink and blended it with my damp paintbrush. I stamped the Many Thanks with Ranger's stonewashed dye ink and mounted it onto blue cardstock (bazzill).

Friday, July 11, 2008

Day Off! Hurray!

I have today off from the store and didn't get 2 cards done yesterday. Anyway, I made this card last Christmas for my Dad. I always give him a stack of generic cards in his stocking. This one was his (and my) favourite. I was just starting to play with my Tombows and learning to blend them. All the stamps from this card are from a clear Art Impressions set. I love their penguins!! I have bought all 3 sets!

Tomorrow's posting will probably be later since I have to teach early tomorrow.

Thursday, July 10, 2008


I am really pleased with this card although it took all afternoon. :) The stamped hedgehog is by Penny Black. I stamped and colored it with my Tombow Markers on white cardstock. I had accidently cut a white Nestabilities frame while prepping for a class (it should have been blue) so decided I needed to use it. I didn't like the white so rubbed an Adirondack Citrus pad over it. I put the hedgehog in the citrus frame then mounted it all on a purple Nestabilities scallop square. I stamped the background with my new Hero Arts set using Meadow Adirondack dye ink. I finished off the card by using my long rectangle Nestabilities to cut a scallop tape border along the right edge of the card then used kiwi microfine glitter on the tape border. Thanks to my friend Linda who helped the scallop border cut! It involved quite a bit of brain power since our first try the die would not fit through the Cuttlebug and we did not want to cut the back of the card.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

House warming

I have a few people moving houses in my life so I figured I should get to work on some "new house" cards. This card was done entirely with Hero Arts stamps. I made a rectangular card then cut the top to look like a roof. I used the new clear Hero Set "Four Bold Messages" stamped with Brillance Ice Blue on the roof after making gold stardream the roof. I used the Sparkle Clear Home set to stamp the front door, message and flowers (Adirondack earthtones Raisin). I used my square Nestablilites to cut windows. I used some old ribbon I had kicking around for the curtains. I colored everything with pencil crayons. I'm now off to teach a Christmas card class!

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

busy day!

It was a busy day today at the shop. A new Hero Arts order came in and my 10 year old niece, Hayley, and I spent the afternoon working on some class samples for next week. I can't believe she was 3 when I first started the store! Now I can use her as slave labour checking in orders and such!

Anywaaaay, here is a card I created last week using a Dreamweaver stencil (geese) and cut out using my Nestabilities (moon) and new to the store glitter! I cut out a moon with my Nestabilities out of the backing of "sticker" paper and placed it on an exposed piece of JAC paper (double sided adhesive sheet). I rubbed soap on my stencil to make it kind of greasy so it would not stick to the JAC paper and put it on the sticky JAC paper. I carefully, cut out the parts of the geese that were over top of the moon with my craft knife and then poured bronze glitter over the stencil. I pressed the glitter to ensure firm contact with the tape then carefully, lifted the stencil and poured blue teal glitter over the sky. Finally, I carefully lifted the moon up and poured champaigne glitter over the newly exposed moon. All in all a fiddly card but very pretty.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

strawberry fields

I had my eye on this strawberry stamp (Penny Black) for a year or so now and finally broke down and bought it. I used my Tombow markers for direct to rubber on this stamp and misted it with my Ranger Mini Mister before stamping it on Bazzil cardstock. I mounted it on red then ran part of the piece through the Cuttlebug with the D'Vine Swirl folder. I also ran my main card partially through the Cuttlebug. I finished off the card with Prima flowers with Yellow Liquid Pearls in the middle.

Friday, July 4, 2008

Lighthouse Card

This card is actually for a class I am teaching tonight. The background was done with a Ranger Big and Juicy rainbow ink pad "Waterfall" then I stamped Inkadinkado's Lighthouse stamp on top. The Happy Birthday (Stampendous) was brayered onto cut outs from my Nestabilities Tag Trios (love them!). Ribbon is from Crafty Capers don't know the brand. I am supposed to have the day off today but I am going to the store early to work on my card for tomorrow.

Thursday, July 3, 2008


Welcome to the Crafty Capers blog. My first post is a spinner card. I've been stamping 10+ years and just made my first spinner card. Can't believe it since they are such fun to do.

All the stamps used in this card are by Stampendous. I cut my spinner "track" with Spellbinders Nestabilities tag trios. The tags were a little short so I cut out once then scootched the die along and made the track a little bigger.

The monkey (Changito) was colored with my Tombow markers.
Thanks for looking!