Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Snowy Short Stacks

We had so many orders come in last week I did not really have time to play! Here is one of the sets that came in with the Stampendous order that came in last week. As soon as I saw this set I knew I wanted it and knew this girl needed a Fun Flock hat! I got to play with Crafty Caper's newest toy while making this card as well - Xyron's brand new Creatopia machine!!
To start this card I stamped the girl on a piece of cream cardstock and colored her with my pencil crayons. I added wet glue to her hat then added Stampendous' Mint and Chip fun flock to the wet glue. I added glue to the bottom of her coat and sleeves and added the Stampendous White Fun Flock. I set her aside to dry so I did not stick my hand or something in the wet glue! I used the new Creatopia deckle blade to cut the edged of the cream cardstock then matted her on a scrap of designer paper and deckled the top and bottom of the mat as well. I found a scrap strip of green cardstock and I used the new Creatopia Perforated blade to perforate the green. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this blade!! I think it looks just like faux stitching and it will also perforate and tear if you are working on a project that needs this type of thing as well!! I did not get the Shapez piece for the Creatopia so I used my Cuttlebug to cut 2 Spellbinder snowflakes from the Snowflake Wonder set and cut an oval from my Classic oval set with a scrap of Tim Holtz patterned cardstock. I stamped my sentiment (also from the snowy short stacks set)with Ranger Denim dye ink and attached the oval and snowflakes with a brad to the green perforated strip. I thought the card needed something else so I added 2 stripes of Fun Flock to the bottom of the card (Mint and Chip, and Eyeshadow Blue). To finish I used 4 Stampendous Geoshapes in each corner of the girl piece.
Thanks for looking!
Just wanted to let eveyone know Crafty Capers got a new shipment from Hero Arts on Saturday. We now have all their brand new cling stamps.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Playing with new Stampendous stamps

This card was done with two new Stampendous Perfectly Clear stamp sets that came into the store on Monday. The tree, holly and ornament come from the set Damask Season. The swirl comes from the clear set Wedding Corners.
The card is pretty straight forworward. I embossed the ornament on a scrap of red cardstock with gold embossing powder and cut it out. The swirl and tree were embossed on a piece of white cardstock with Crafty Caper Evergreen embossing powder.
I edged the white cardstock with my Brillance Pearlescent Tyme ink using a piece of Ranger Cut N Dry foam. I stamped the Season's Greetings (from the Damask set) with the Brillance pad as well. I stamped the holly with the Tyme ink in the upper left corner. I stamped the ornament top with Encore gold ink and attached the cut out ornament with double sided foam mounting tape. I finished the card by mounting the white onto a piece of red then gold then the main cardstock. I added Distress Fired Brick Stickles to various areas of the card to add a little jazz! Thanks for looking!
PS today we got 2 MORE orders! Dreamweaver stencils and Mirror Cardstock in silver and gold! Come and get em!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

All that Shines Flourishes Challenge

Flourishes is having an "all that shines" challenge to celebrate their new October release stamp sets. The challenge was to make a project that shines. I think this card fits the bill.

I was going in an entirely different direction then I was demoing my Stampendous Stamp and Bond embossing powder for Nicole (thanks for the inspiration Nicole!) and changed my idea.

This card was made with Flourishes Spring Ephemerals set. I took a strip of white cardstock which I had cut 3 Spellbinder ovals out of. I used my Brillance Pearlescent Purple ink pad and the 'forget me not" stamp from the set and stamped it randomly around on the white cardstock. I used a sponge dauber to apply Versamagic Pretty Petunia ink around the outside and circle edges. I found a strip of cream text weight Stardream (shimmery) paper and stamped the other 3 flowers on the paper with Versafine Vintage Sepia ink then sprinkled them with Stampendous Stamp and Bond embossing powder and heated it just until melted then I poured Glitter Ritz Champaign glitter onto the now sticky embossing powder and pressed down to ensure good contact. I brushed the excess glitter away. I mounted the cream behind the purple forget me not background with the flowers showing in the holes. I matted the pieces on a piece of Bazzill purple cardstock. I stamped each flower's name (also included in the Spring Emphemerals set) on strips of white vellum with Versamagic Perfect Plumeria ink. I attached them over each flower. I wrapped gold cord down the right side of the card and attached it to the main cardstock. This card was very hard to photograph so I have included a few so hopefully you can see everything. All supplies are available from Crafty Capers. Thanks for looking!

Playin with Glitter

This is not the best photo but hopefully you can find some inspiration anyways. First off, guess what this gold foil is?? The packaging from a Caramilk chocolate bar!! I say bring on the candy!!

I attached the foil wrapper to a scrap of cardstock and ran it through my Cuttlebug with the Floral Fantasy folder then, and this is the cool part, I used my Art Institute Dries clear glue and filled in some of the recessed areas and added glitter. I worked from the darkest color in this case Glitter Ritz Merlot then worked to the lighter colors (Glitter Ritz Grasshopper & Yellow). It turned out very cool!! The Grasshopper color does not photograph well, unfortunately but hopefully, you can see a little better in the close up shot. The rest of the card is pretty simple. The saying is by Stampendous out of a Perfectly Clear summer set which was stamped with Brillance Crimson Copper ink. The corners are cut out with a Sizzix die. The ribbon is from my stash I just found that got hidden away during the shop move in July! Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Birthday Balloons

What a surprise I found time to participate in this week's Penny Black Saturday Challenge! I might almost be on a roll here!! This week the challenge is to use "buttons and bows" on a project. I based this card loosely on a sketch I found on line here. The main image is by Penny Black. I cut a circle out of watercolor paper and embossed him with Crafty Capers black embossing powder. I colored the image with my Tombow markers. I added Stampendous Latte Fun Flock to him which you can see if you squint and tilt you head to the right you can see in the close up shot. :) I used Ranger's Glossy Accents on the balloons after I had finished coloring them. While the teddy was drying I cut a rectangle of green spotted A Muse cardstock to act as a mat. I put a strip of Be Creative 5mm double sided tape near the bottom of the cardstock. I added mini buttons from Hero Arts that I have had kicking around for YEARS to the tape. I don't even think they make them anymore!! I filled in the holes on the tape with Glitter Ritz Liberty Blue glitter. The blue mat was cut with my Spellbinder Long deckle rectangle then I used my Cuttlebug and embossed it with my Swiss Dot embossing folder. I cut the smallest rectangle out of the Spellbinder Deckle rectangle and used it for my sentiment (Stampendous from the Happy Bday clear set). I added a ribbon and bow near the bottom and assembled the card as shown. Thanks for looking!
Card Recipe:
Stamps: Penny Black Birthday Balloons, Stampendous Perfectly Clear set Happy Bday
Coloring: Tombow water based markers
Embellishments: Ranger Glossy Accents, Stampendous Latte Fun Flock, Hero Arts mini buttoms, Liberty Blue Glitter Ritz, Ribbon (unknown)
Other: Black embossing powder, Versafine Vintage Sepia ink, Spellbinder Long Deckle Rectangle (large), Cuttlebug Swiss Dots folder
Papers: A Muse (spotted), Watercolor cardstock, Prism & Bazzill

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Fun Flock and Glitter

I am participating in Stampendous' beginner stamping class over at Paper Craft Planet it's fairly basic but I have learned a few things. Anyway, this week it's all about Stampendous Fun Flock and Glitter. The challenge was to make something using it.
I used the Spellbinder nested trees and cut them out using Be Creative double sided tape then using my handy craft knife cut some areas out of the tape backing and left some areas alone then added glitter and fun flock as desired. See the previous post for what I did with my tree leftovers! It made some nice sparkly and fluffy trees! When I was finished I thought it needed a little something and there staring me in the face were my forgotten Stampendous Geo Shapes stickers! I love these stickers you get a whole strip of circles, tear drops, squares, and diamond shaped glitter stickers. They last forever!! The finishing touch was to add these Geoshapes to my garlands. I must say the trees look better in person and you can feel the fluffy goodness too! :) The Merry was stamped on a scrap of Basic Grey designer paper and colored with pencil crayons. Inside I stamped Christmas which is also in the Merry set.
Thanks for looking and Happy Canadian Thanksgiving!!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Cute snowman

This card I cased from here. I did not have a die cut to cut out the snowman but I did have Stampendous' Jumbo Snowman. I stamped the snowman putting the top of his head near the top fold of the card then I cut him out leaving the top fold intact. I stamped his hat on a separate piece of cardstock and cut out. I did the same with the scarf. I colored the scarf and hat with pencil crayons and added Stampendous' Mint and Chip Fun Flock using wet glue to the green areas. I cuttlebugged the front of the snowman with the folder Floral Fantasy and added Diamond Stickles for glitter and Glossy Accents to make his nose shiny. I added the scarf and hat to the appropriate areas. I stamped the saying from Penny Black to a scrap of white cardstock using Brillance Pearlescent Tyme and edged the piece with Brillance Pearlescent Jade.
Thanks for looking!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Fall Challenge

Penny Black Saturday Challenge this week is to make a fall card with Penny Black stamps. I actually had time to enter this week. Yeah!
I don't own any official fall stamps of any brand but thought this stamp from the Penny Black clear set "flower gallery" could pass for a Mum. I stamped the image with Versafine Smokey Gray and colored it with my Prisma pencil crayons and cut it out. I scored my designer paper (Basic Grey - african nectar) with my Scor-it board and then ran my Versafine Smokey Gray over the raised areas and the edges. I was not too worried if I got extra ink on the paper since it already had a distressed type of look. I cut out a border with my NEW Spellbinder In Spades border out of Glimmer Vellum and matted it with a skinny red scrap. I cut a circle out of a scrap of Bazzill cardstock and matted my Mums on it. I finished the card by matting with brown then attaching the piece to a red card (Bazzill). I also added Orange Peel and Yellow Stickles to the flowers for extra pop.
Thanks for looking!