Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Just playin

I started this flower over a week ago and I finally attached it to a card on the weekend. I will probably send it off to one of those people who sent me Christmas cards and I didn't send them one back because of the snow! Sorry guys!
The main image is by Stampendous. I've had this flower for a year or so now and I really love it. It's quite large so easy to color but looks good with no color as well. I started out my stamping and embossing the flower with Ranger Detail black embossing powder then I colored the the flower with my Tombow markers then to add some shine (see close up photo) I added Glossy Accents and let dry. The next day I cut it out. The matting is pretty basic just a bunch of scraps from my enormous scrap bin. The patterned paper is by SEI (striped sweater). When I had assembled everything I thought the bottom of the card needed something so I used a Hero Arts damask stamp and stamped along the bottom of the card with Worn Lipstick Distress Ink, which I am sure I have NEVER used before. It matched the cardstock perfectly - I knew there was a reason I bought that ink! :)
Thanks for looking and as always all supplies are available from Crafty Capers!

Sunday, March 29, 2009

April Make and Take

We had a crazy week last week with 3, count em, 3 orders all coming into Crafty Capers on Wednesday!
We received an order from Hero Arts with more clear stamps and a few wood ones too, Sook Wang tape including the 3mm and 5mm tape which is so perfect for assembling cards and scrapbook pages, Glitter Ritz glitter, Cuttlebug border embossing folders, White wash Coordinations cardstock, Bazzill Cardstock, SEI and Basic Grey patterned paper, brayers and Tombow markers to name a few. It took quite a while to find a space for everything. Thanks to Lolly for working past her assigned shift to help out!
Anyway, today's card is the card for the Crafty Caper's free April Make and Take being held Friday Apr 3 @ 6:30 pm and Saturday Apr 4 @10:30 am and 1:00 pm. There is still space please call 250-390-1107 if you would like to register. Please bring a basic kit with you to class.
Supplies used on this card: Stampendous flower stamp, Penny Black saying, SEI patterned paper, Bazzill plain cardstock, Crafty Capers Copper embossing powder, Onyx Black Versafine ink and Ranger Gold Stickles.
Thanks for looking.

Friday, March 20, 2009


Here is a new, to me, Dreamweaver stencil I got last week. I thought I would give the glitter technique a try with the Microfine Glitter Ritz glitter in stock now at Crafty Capers.
Basically, the glitter technique with metal stencils involves double sided tape sheets (I prefer to use Dreamweaver's double sided adhesive), a metal stencil, 100% vegetable oil soap, and glitter. Cut your adhesive sheet about the size of the stencil. Peel off 1 side of the backing and put it onto a piece of scrap cardstock (you won't see it). Peel the other side of the backing off and set aside. Rub the back of your stencil with your soap, put on lots! This will act as a grease so the stencil does not permanently stick to the tape! Place the stencil soap side down on the adhesive. Carefully apply glitter where you want it. I used my craft knife as a scoop so I did not have glitter dumping straight from the bottle. Press the glitter where you want it and dump off the extra then move to the next color and so on. When all the open spaces in the stencil are covered turn the stencil and adhesive upside down the stencil is now facing your table. Carefully, peel the stencil off being careful not to bend the stencil. Fill the background of the stencil in with another color of glitter.
For my card I used Glitter Ritz glitter in colors:
bronze, kiwi, fire red, moss green and sand.
The stamped saying is by Hero Arts and the embossed borders are "Frills" Cuttlebug folder.
Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Remember me!

I've really liked this little flower stamp for quite a while now. I finally got a chance to play with it. This card was made for the Penny Black Saturday Challenge. It was a sketch challenge this week. I started by stamping the saying with Ranger Sail Boat Blue dye ink then I applied Tombow markers directly to the flower stamp and stamped around the saying.

I used Stardream and Bazzill cardstock for my main cardstock and the larger mat. I added wide ribbon available from Crafty Capers and layered a piece of vellum over top that I had used in the Cuttlebug with the Textile Texture embossing folder.

I stamped the Polka Wings butterfly on a scrap of cardstock the same color as the main card with Ranger's Terra Cotta and painted with a color wash made with a yellow Tombow marker. I finished the card by adding Kaiser Craft yellow rhinestones in the corners.

Thanks for looking!
Stamps: 3127F Remember me
3158F big thoughts
3819D polka wings
Inks: Ranger Sailboat blue and Terra cotta dye
Tombow markers: orange, yellow and green
Embellishments: Kaiser Craft, Crafty Capers Ribbon

Friday, March 13, 2009

Another Challenge

It is Friday once again and I have waited until the last minute to get my Penny Black Saturday Challenge done. This week was an item challenge we had to use 3 brads, 2 ribbons, and 1 flower. I was not sure if the rules let you use a flower image or if that counted as you flower so I had to find a non-flower image. I forgot to check the name of this stamp but he sure is a cutie.

I started off by stamping and embossing him on a piece of cold press watercolor paper with Ranger's black detail embossing powder then I colored him with my Tombow markers. I used my square Nestabilities to cut him out but first I 1/2 cut out the end of the banner with my scissors then when I cut out the rest of the image with my Nestabilities I made sure the cut out part of the banner was on top of the Nestability away from the cutting lip. That way it could not be cut!! If you are confused by these instructions email me and I will take some pictures. I punched out holes for my yellow ribbon and tied a knot to attach the banner to the mouse "car". I then matted it with a scallop square Nestability. The blue background paper is from DCWV the "Luxury Stack" 8x8 cardstock. I matted that again then onto my main Bazzill cardstock. I finished off the card by adding my 3 brads, final piece of ribbon and Kaiser Craft flower that I put a Page Pebble in the center of. I made the mouse car raised and shiny by adding Ranger's Glossy Accents.

All supplies are available from Crafty Capers. If you have any questions on how to do this card just ask! Thanks to the Penny Black Saturday Challenge folks for organizing this each week.

Thanks for looking!

Friday, March 6, 2009


Oh, how I wish! :)
I thought I would try a card based on Michelle Zindorf’s techniques that would also qualify for Penny Black’s Saturday Challenge. I used Penny Black stamps 3625K Mid-Summer and 3158F Big Thoughts.
I inked my Mid-Summer (strawberry) stamp with Versamark ink then applied different colored Tombow markers directly over the Versamark ink on the stamp. I stamped the image onto a piece of smooth white cardstock then applied Crafty Capers Clear Embossing powder to the image and heated. I used my beloved pencil crayons to fill in the leaves, flowers and strawberries then colored over the pencil crayon with my Versamark pen and embossed these areas as well. Starting at the center of the image I applied Adirondack Lemonade dye ink with a piece of Ranger Cut N Dry foam. Once the Lemonade was applied I applied Adirondack Watermelon dye ink in a circle outside the yellow circle. I finished off the direct inking with Raisin Adirondack dye ink around the outside edges. I cut out the image with my Scallop Square Nestabilities. I matted this piece onto a scrap of cardstock matching the raisin color. I stamped the Think Big saying on my main cardstock in Raisin and used it to edge my main cardstock. I added a strip of green cardstock and 3 yellow Kaiser Craft rhinestones to finish the card.
Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

There is no one like you!

I have a 90+ year old Great Aunt who is quite a character. To put it mildly she takes no guff from anyone! I thought I would send her this card to make her day. This one is for you, Auntie Babe!
The bees and ladybugs are Stampendous stickers. The flowers are by Bazzill. The words are by Hero Arts. I thought the saying was perfect for her.
The red panel was done with a piece of Sook Wang 40mm tape stuck to a piece of red cardstock (the cardstock is wider than the ribbon) I stuck the bee stickers on the tape and colored right on the tape with my Sakura gel pens. I let the bees dry and once they were dry I sprinkled Fire Red Glitter Ritz over the remaining exposed tape. I matted everything as shown and added the ladybug border near the bottom. I used my EK Success "inset" corner punch on both pieces of blue cardstock. I love this inset punch! I use it all the time.
Thanks for looking.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

March Make and Take

We're doing this card in the Crafty Capers March Make and Take Mar 13 & 14. This is a free class and there are still some spaces contact Crafty Capers if you want to register.
I'm not going to go into too much detail with this card since it is a class card but it is a "tri fold" card using a Hero Arts clear set and colored with watercolor pencil crayons. The window was cut out with square Nestabilities and the green frame was done with the Nestabilities as well.
Thanks for stopping by!

Asian Lanterns

One final stencil card. This card looks like it was quite a bit of work, and it was, but I would make another one of these. I was not that bad. I have made cards that I would NOT make again because they were too much work. :)
I started off with a Dreamweaver stencil (lanterns) and traced it onto Dreamweaver Double sided adhesive sheets. This project was excellent for using up some of my bitsy scraps of double sided adhesive. I cut out each lantern and peeled off one side of the backing and attached the lanterns to a scrap of blue cardstock. Then I used my craft knife and cut out pieces of the lanterns leaving the sticky adhesive exposed. I had to remove pieces by color for example I cut out and exposed all the areas I wanted black once I was satisfied I sprinkled Glitter Ritz glitter onto the exposed areas. Then I moved onto the next color and so on. It was fairly easy because you will notice most cuts are straight. Once all areas were covered in glitter. I used my Tombow glue pen and added "hangers" for the lanterns using Gunmetal Glitter Ritz. I let the glue dry then used my Ranger Inkessentials white gel pen to draw the cords. To finish off the piece I stamped 2 images from Kompac "Little Bird" stamp set with Versafine Onyx black ink. I matted the piece twice and mounted it onto a main card I had embossed with Leafy Branch Cuttlebug folder.