Sunday, May 31, 2009

Life in the Deep end!

I had a super busy weekend with my sister at the Stamp Out Breast Cancer event held at Granville Island weekend. It was great fun and very well organized! I even managed to squeeze in a few classes! :) I should have taken photos during the event but those instructors (Cathie Allen & Julie Ebersol) kept us hopping! I guess Julie did not keep us hopping enough because my sister, Kim did manage to snap a photo of us!
I love this saying by Art Impressions! I needed to make a birthday card for my husband and for some reason this penguin reminded me of him even though he does not wear his pants this high or surf!

It's a fairly simple card I stamped and embossed the penguin image on watercolor paper and colored with my Tombows. I stamped the saying with Versafine Onyx Black on a tag I cut with my Spellbinders tag trio set. The main cardstock is Co-ordinations, the DP is by Fancy Pants the bottom layer of cardstock is Co-ordinations that I ran through my Cuttlebug with my D'Vine swirl folder and sanded to expose the lighter core color.
Thanks for looking!

Monday, May 25, 2009

Lots of Man cards!

The end of May and into June are when all the men in my life have birthdays not to mention my anniversary and Fathers day as well! I made this card for my Dad's birthday. He usually requests Art Impression watercolor scenes when he needs cards for others so I figured it was about time he got one of his own. I'm not going to go into all the steps of this card it would take forever but I will say all the stamps used are made by Art Impressions. I used my Towbow markers as the ink and the scene is on 140lb watercolor paper. Crafty Capers has Art Impressions watercolor classes you can take if you are in the area. One last thing about this card is I thought the main brown cardstock looked a little naked so I used a tree stamp and stamped it with Versamark ink hoping for a watercolor effect. It was a bit too subtle for me so I quickly added some Perfect Pearls powders on top of the ink in Vintage gold. Hopefully, in the close up photo you can see this. Thanks for looking!

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Same stamps, different card

Here is the Stampendous Sushi set again but in a different card. With this card you pull the tab and the fish moves along the card to reveal something underneath. I've never made interactive cards before and they are quite easy and fun. I'm not sure who is getting this one I'll have to put it in my stash for when I need an emergency card!
I started out with a square scrap of blue which I cut out a channel. I used my Spellbinders tag trio (well one of the anyway) to cut the channel. The die is not long enough so I cut it out once then matched up the cutting lip and made the channel longer. I then used the waves from the Stampendous clear set "Summer Scene" and stamped them near the top of the square. I added a splash as well. I stamped the school of fish and the weeds in the same color. I stamped the castle with a brown ink and the with the same brown on an orangy brown scrap. I cut out the fish and set aside. I laid the square on my main cardstock so I would know where the channel would be located and stamped the little fish and bubbles through the channel. I found a strip of Bazzill Bling in my scraps and stamped the coral and bubbles in brown on the strip. I attached the stamped square to the main cardstock with double sided mounting tape making sure I made a channel with the tape the width of my strip so it had a track to run along. I attached the fish with the same double sided mounting tape and cut the strip a little longer than the card and rounded the "pull" edges with a punch.
All supplies are available at Crafty Capers in person or through mail order. Thanks for looking!
Stamps: Stampendous Sushi Bowl set & Summer Scene
Ink: Ranger Stonewash dye ink, Versafine Vintage Sepia
Other: Spellbinder tag trio dies, EK Success Inset punch

Friday, May 22, 2009

Something Fishy!

Sorry for the lack of posts this week. It's been a busy week!
I decided to play with a newer set from Stampendous that came into the store a week or so back. I really love this set and have already made several cards from the set and if we are all honest that does not always happen! :)
I started by stamping the fishbowl in black ink on a scrap of blue Bazzill bling cardstock (it's shimmery) then I cut out the inside of the bowl. I colored the top and bottom of the bowl with a blue Tombow marker to define them a bit more. I found a turquoise scrap in my bin with a circle cut of the the middle of it and with a little trimming along the outside it worked perfectly as a mat. I was very pleased with how thrifty that move was! On my main cardstock I stamped the castle and weeds with my new Versafine Vintage Sepia ink (love this ink, my new fav). I colored them with my Tombows. I added bubbles in the background with my Versamark ink. I stamped both goldfish onto a scrap of Magenta designer paper and cut them out. I stuck the fishing that is facing us right onto the card with my Be Creative tape. With the second fish I attached a piece of fish line to the back and attached the other end of the line behind the outside of the fishbowl so he moves when you move the card. Hopefully, you can see this in the closeup photo. It's the first time I've done one of these and it was easy and worked out very cute! All the supplies for this card (except for the fish line) are available at Crafty Capers. Thanks for looking!
Stamps: Stampendous Sushi Bowl Party
Inks: Versafine Vintage Sepia, Ranger Archival black & Versamark
Coloring: Tombow makers
Paper: Bazzill and Magenta

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Final Mother's Day card

Yes, I realize Mother's day was Sunday. I had this made on time just did not post it until now. And actually as I was uploading the card I realized there are 3 bees and my Mom has 3 girls! I planned it that way, of course! :)
I stamped the bees of a scrap of cream cardstock with Onyx Versafine ink and colored them withy my pencil crayons. I then stamped them again on another scrap and cut it out to ask like a mask when I stamped the butterflies. I stamped the butterflies diagonally across the page using a Ranger Big and Juicy pad (Happy Birthday). I matted the image twice using my square smooth and scalloped Nestabilities. I drew a wiggly black line around the bee image and added dots of Lemon Liquid Pearls in 2 corners. I added the ribbon and jewel as well as the saying stamped in the same Big and Juicy ink pad as the butterflies. Finally, I used some Stardust Stickles on the bee wings. Thanks for looking! I've been madly working on bee cards for a class I am teaching in June. I hope to have them done today if all goes well. I will post one when all the samples are finished.
On another note the store has received 2 new order this week a paper/cardstock order including more glossy cardstock and Stardream text weight paper as well as Art Impressions stamps with more watercolor stamps, penguins and other animals.
Stamps: Stampendous Bee Trio & Simply the Best, Penny Black Butterflies
Inks: Versafine Onyx black, Ranger Big and Juicy Happy Birthday
Ribbon A Muse, Jewel Kaisercraft, Ranger Lemon Liquid Pearls

Monday, May 11, 2009

Orchid beauty

Sorry for the lack of posts over the last week or so. Hopefully, I will have more time to post. I made this card for Mother's Day for my Mother in Law.
I stamped the orchid image and embossed it with Ranger gold detail powder on watercolor paper. I colored it with my Tombow markers. I matted the image with a scrap of black Bazzill cardstock as well as a green scrap. I cut out a Spellbinders tag and applied Memento Angel Pink ink while the paper was still in the die to give the tag it's white border. I stamped the "just for you" with Memories Artprint bown ink. I finished the card with yellow gems.
Stamps: Stampendous Orchid Greetings Perfectly Clear set
Embossing powder: Ranger gold detail
Colored with Tombow markers
Embellishments: Kaisercraft yellow gems and Spellbinder Tag trio.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

May Make and Take

We had a Stampendous order come in late last week and I've not had a chance to play with my new Stampendous stuff. Then I sat down yesterday to play and realized I did not have anything prepared for the Make and Take May 15 & 16 so thought I'd better get that done first.
Generally, for the May Make and Take I do a man's card in honor of Father's day coming up.
The stamps are: lighthouse-Inkadinkado, Words-Stampendous, Music-Stampendous. The ink is Sepia Versafine. The image was colored with pencil crayons.
If you would like to register for the class there is still space but the May 15 class is getting full. Call Crafty Capers to register at 250-390-1107.
Thanks for looking!

Friday, May 1, 2009

Poppy Fields

I thought I would try to break out of my "cutsie" zone and try something more classic. Coincidentially, I bought the Classic Frames from Spellbinders last week.

I started this card by stamping the poppy image on a piece of white Stardream text weight paper and embossed it with Ranger Gold detail embossing powder. Actually, all the paper/cardstock is Stardream paper or cardstock except for the orange vellum. I colored the image with Tombow Markers.

I then cut out the largest frame in the Classic frame set then embossed it. While the paper was still in the die I used my gold pigment inkpad and added ink into the holes of the die with a sponge. I also did this with the mediallions on the sides of the frame (also in the Classic Frames set). I cut a frame out of the orange vellum with my Large Deckle rectangle Spellbinder dies. I matted everything as shown then added Kaiser pearls to the corners of the frame to finish the card off. Thanks for looking!

We got a big order from Stampendous in the store today. Watch the blog and webstore for new cards and items.


Stamp: Stampendous

Ink: Ranger Big and Bossy, Tsukenko Brillance Galaxy Gold

Spellbinder dies: Classic Frames, Large Deckle Rectangles

Other: Tombow markers, KaiserCraft pearls, Stardream cardstock and paper, Glimmer Vellum