Monday, December 27, 2010

A very orange card

I hope everyone had a good Christmas and thanks everyone who gave the store presents and cards this year! Very much appreciated.
Just a reminder that Crafty Capers is closed this week for inventory and holidays. We will reopen Monday Jan 3 @ 10 am.
I had so much fun doing this card and I am really pleased with how it turned out. I got my inspiration from the new 2011 Hero Arts catalogue. There is a card sample in there colored in similar colors and as soon as I saw it I knew I had to try that color combo!
This stamp (Large Blossom) is a reverse image which means when you stamp the background is your ink/embossing powder color and the flowers are the paper color. I started by embossing this image twice on watercolor paper with Zing white embossing powder then I pulled out my trusty Tombow markers and got coloring! It was really tough seeing the white embossing powder on the white paper but I am nothing if not stubborn! :) I mounted 1 image with green and orange paper and cut the second image into 4 pieces and matted them with orange cardstock. I cut a piece of Tangerine Coorindations cardstock and embossed it with a Cuttlebug embossing folder and lightly sanded it to reveal the lighter inner core. I cut out 2 of the same Spellbinder tag one in green and one in orange and layered them. I used a Spellbinder oval to stamp my sentiment on. I added some white dots on the oval as well as the large orange mat for some interest.
Thanks for looking!
Card Recipe:
Stamps: Hero Arts Cl371 Essential Messages & CG271 Large Blossom
Tombow markers: 126, 158, 025, 055, 912,985, 933, 845, N00 (Blender Pen)
Paper: Watercolor, A Muse, Coredinations & Bazzil
Other: Zing white embossing powder, Tombow white gel pen, Memento Tangello ink, Spellbinder Fancy Tags and Large Classic Ovals, Victoria Cuttlebug folder (the best one!)

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Boxing Day Sale Tomorrow!

Merry Christmas everyone! Hope you all had a great celebration!
Just a quick reminder that tomorrow is Crafty Capers Boxing Day Sale. Lots of deals to be had between 10 am - 2 pm.
Now onto the card. I was going for a quick and clean card here. The apple image is colored with my Prismacolor pencils. I embossed the main cardstock with a Crafts Too embossing folder. I think the rest is self explanatory.
Thanks for looking!
Card Recipe: Magenta apple image, Penny Black Happy Birthday
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Adirondack dye Cranberry
Other: A Muse Pretty Pearls (cranberry)

Friday, December 17, 2010

Hero Arts Debut Party Saturday Dec 18!

After much drama we have received our BRAND NEW HERO ARTS Stamps! Here is a sneak peak of a couple of the new stamps available at Crafty Capers Dec 18.
We will have Free Make and Takes (please bring your adhesive and pop dots), tasty treats, door prizes and the new catalogue to browse.
This card is fairly simple. I found an oval window cut out of a scrap of Stardream cardstock. I stamped the Hero Arts Dictionary Greetings with my Broken China Distress ink then sponged the edges with the same pad. I edged the inside of the oval with Peeled Paint Distress ink. I then stamped the bike inside the oval.
I stamped the sentiment on a scrap of green cardstock and matted it. I finished the card by adding a Hero Arts Spring Felt Flower and some dots with my 126 Tombow marker around the bike.
Hope to see you at the party!
Card Recipe:
Stamps: Hero Arts Joy Ride & Dictionary Greetings
Ink: Distress Broken China and Peeled Paint, Versafine onyx
Paper: Stardream and Bazzill
Other: Hero Arts Spring Felt Flower

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Something a bit different

Well all the 2010 cards are done and all the ones that needed to be mailed are in the mail as well! Yeah!
I thought I would do something completely different from a Christmas card.
I found this Kaiser Craft gem butterfly and thought I would work a card around it. I managed to use some funny scraps as well. I found the die cut swirl (Spellbinder) already cut out of Bazzill Bling cardstock in my stash and an ancient piece of designer K&Co paper.
Most of the card is self explanitory however I did stick the butterfly on a piece of lavender cardstock and took my 636 Tombow marker and blender pen and did an indirect blending method inside the butterfly to jazz it up a bit (as if all those jewels are not jazzy enough!).
Thanks for looking and hope everyone's December jobs are getting done in a timely fashion!
Card Recipe:
Stamps: Penny Black ...To you (2908F)
Paper: K&Co, Bazzill cardstock and bling cardstock
Embellishments: all Kaiser Craft
Ink: Adirondack Brights Purple Sunset dye

Friday, December 10, 2010

Not a creature was stirring

Now isn't this a peaceful scene? Here is another Stampscapes card I've whipped up in my mad dash to get my cards finished.
The scene is done on white glossy cardstock and colored with stipple brushes.
The sentiment was stamped with black Archival ink then highlighted with my Inkessentials white gel pen.
Thanks for looking!
Card Recipe:
Stamps: All Stampscapes except sentiment which is by Stampendous
Paper: white glossy cardstock, bazzill and A Muse cardstock
Inks: Archival Black, Adirondack Cloudy Blue, Sail Boat and Denim
Other: Inkessentials white gel pen, Stickles

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Dashing through the snow...

I was playing with the Impression Obsession Shake It Pouches (in this case the square one) and came up with this card. For those not familar with shaker cards you make a pouch and put beads, glitter, punch outs etc in the pouch and a picture behind the shakey stuff so you can shake the card and have "snow" around the image.
This image was embossed with Crafty Capers Teddy Bear embossing powder and I added microbeads and some sequins to the pouch.
Thanks for looking!
Card Recipe:
Stamp: Hero Arts reindeer
Paper: Bobunny
Other: micro beads, May Arts ribbon & Teddy Bear embossing powder

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Wishing you a green Christmas

I have a couple of friends who are "green crazy" and one of them sent me a similar scene all done in green. I decided to challenge myself to see if I could make a similar Stampscapes scene. I'm pretty happy with how this turned out! It's not quite the same as the one I was copying but I am happy with it never the less! Especially considering my eye is still a bit wonky.
This card started out as a piece of white glossy cardstock and I used a bunch of stamps and ink and tried out the Stampscapes "tonal applicator" stamp (a tear drop shaped stamp filled with tiny dots). The steps are too involved to get into on this blog. If anyone has any questions please don't hesitate to contact me. I have not yet decided it this card is appropriate for a Christmas card or not but it might become one because I am still short of cards.
Card Recipe:
Inks: Archival Black ink, Adirondack dye Lettuce, Meadow & Citrus
Stamps: Stampscapes small lakeside cove, pines and rocks, cumulus clouds, tonal applicator, ripples & pine row
Other: white glossy cardstock, Bazzill cardstock & Magenta Peel Offs

Monday, December 6, 2010

Christmas is coming!

Still trying to get my Christmas cards done!!
I can't say I am 100% happy with how this turned out maybe I should have put everything on crooked and I would have liked it better! lol.
Another simple card hardly any stamping except the tree (Hero Arts) stamped on patterned Bo Bunny Paper.
Just a reminder that next Saturday Dec 11 is Crafty Capers Hero Arts 2011 stamp debut party. Come join us for make and takes, door prizes and a peek at the brand new 2011 Hero Arts catalogue oh yea we'll also have new stamps to purchase as well!
Card Recipe:
Stamp: Hero Arts tree
Paper: BoBunny, Radiance Vellum, Bazzill
Other: Ribbon, Versafine Onyx ink and Victoria Cuttlebug folder (the best folder there is!)

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Lovin' T!m's dies

Crafty Capers has started bringing in some of Tim Holt's Sizzix dies and I must say I am loving them! They cut through the thickest cardstock with no trouble using my Cuttlebug. This ornament is from the curved ornaments set. I'm so glad I bought it and can't wait to get some more!
This card is one I cased from a magazine my friend Sharron had. She brought so many magazines into the store for my viewing pleasure I honestly don't remember which one it came from - sorry!
Anyway, pretty simple design and used up quite a bit of my scrap silver/grey cardstock which is always a plus!
Thanks for stopping by!
Card Recipe:
Stamp: A Muse (sentiment)
Die: Tim Holtz
Cardstock: Stardream, Bazzill and other
Other: Cuttlebug embossing folders, A Muse gems, crotchet cotton

Friday, December 3, 2010

A very glam card

I'm going to have to wrack my brain to figure out who this card is going to. I really think it needs to go to someone very glam!
As soon as I saw this image in the Penny Black winter catalogue I loved it! I had no idea what to do with it but I loved it!
Finally got it out to play with several months after it arrived in the store! I embossed the image on what cardstock and colored her with Perfect Pearls mixed with water. She is nice and shimmery in real life. I thought the white cardstock background was a little dull and I did not want to cut her out with my bad eye so I pulled out a holly stamp and stamped a random backgound with it and Tea Die Distress ink. I matted everything as shown and added gems and pearls to give the card even more pizzaz.
Don't forget this weekend is the Hero Arts Debut party at Crafty Capers hope to see you there!
Card Recipe:
Images: Gal and holly - Penny Black, Sentiment - A Muse
Paper: Bazzill and unknown
Inks: Versamagic and Distress Tea Die
Other: Perfect Pearls (for coloring), A Muse gems and pretty pearls

Warm Winter Wishes!

Wow is 2010 flying by fast! I've just realized that once again it is December and I have quite a few more cards to make and send out in the next week or so! Why do I do this every year?? I have a bit of an excuse this year first I got that horrible cold that lasts for a few weeks then I managed to get a bad case of iritis (where the iris/colored part of your eye gets inflamed) and have, temporarily I hope, lost the vision in 1 eye! It is supposed to be agonizingly painful but thankfully, I have missed that part. I have lots of drops/ointments etc to put in my eye on a very regular basis but I am really appreciating how important 2 eyes are for getting layers on straight on cards. So excuse any ascew mats and layers. :)
This card is fairly straight forward. Lots of layers, for me at least, and a bit of coloring with my Tombow markers. I stamped the gal's sled twice so she is bringing extra presents to whoever lives in that house. I added white Liquid Applique to the snow on the house and the fur on the gal's coat and of course Stickles every where else. I have added a close up photo of the house/Liquid Applique I hope you can see it (I can't).
Card Recipe:
Stamps: House - Hero Arts, Gal and sentiment - A Muse
Coloring: Tombow Markers
Paper: Watercolor, Bazzill and A Muse
Ink: Versafine Onyx and Memories Midnight Blue
Other: Liquid Applique, Diamond Stickles and scallop border Borderabilities by Spellbinder.