Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Micy Nice

My niece's 13th birthday is rapidly approaching how on earth did 13 years go by so quickly? It seems like just yesterday that my home was invaded by my parents, their dogs and my non-pregnant sister while we waited for the pregnant sister to give birth! We must have watched Dumb and Dumber 10 times at least!
Well anyway for a change I am ahead of the game and got the card done a few weeks early. Last week Penny Black had a challenge to use vellum on a card so I also managed to use this card for that challenge as well.
The image and sentiment came from 1 Penny Black set (Micey Nice). I colored the mice with my Tombow markers on watercolor cardstock. I matted the image with purple vellum. I was playing around with my Spellbinder dies and managed to cut a partial oval out of the designer paper so I could show off the 2nd side of the paper. I am pretty happy with how the technique turned out. I added a scrap of confetti vellum at the top of the card to tone down the yellow cardstock a bit and to add some more "party" atmosphere. If you look closely at the top of the vellum you can see tiny yellow mouse foot prints. How cute is that?
Thanks for looking!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Egret Vase

Still more stencil playing I was on quite a roll this week.
I paste embossed the Dreamweaver Ginger Jar stencil with Black Paste once it was dry I laid the Dreamweaver Egret stencil over top of the paste and applied Ranger's Perfect Medium through the holes in the stencil. I then applied Ranger's Perfect Pearls to the inky areas. I really love how this vase turned out. It looks kind of vintagy which seems to be a look I am getting quite a bit lately although it is not planned.
I matted the birds onto some grey cardstock then decided to edge the grey with my Posh Gold pen to add some glam to the card. I also did the same to my main cardstock. To finish the card off I added a gold Magenta sticker border.
If you have any questions about how this technique was done feel free to contact me. Thanks for looking!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Stencilling with glitter

The store needed some new Dreamweaver stencil samples so I was playing with stencils and glittler all day yesterday. I have VERY fancy jeans now due to all the sparkles!
This card was done with Dreamweavers Mission Roses LJ size stencil using the double glitter technique. If you are unsure how to do the stencil/glitter technique come into Crafty Capers for a demo! I used Glitter Ritz glitter colors Fire Red, Champagne and Moss Green along with a Be Creative tape sheet. I used my Cuttlebug machine to dry emboss the black panel. The secret to not wrecking your stencil when you do this is not to put your stencil between your B plates. Put the stencil on your A plate and spray your cardstock with water makes for a deeper impression. The sandwich I use (from bottom to top) is A plate, Spellbinder tan mat, cardstock, stencil, 3 sheets of cardstock then 2 B plates.
I stamped the sentiment by Flourishes on a Spellbinder Oval then dry embossed that as well.
Hope this gives you a little inspiration!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

More wedding prototypes

Here are the rest of the wedding stuff I made up the other day. In the photo are a wedding invitation, mini tissue holder for happy tears, a favour for treats at the reception and the congratulations card I showed the other day.

I won't go into the supplies I used since it is all listed in the last post except I did use a Hero Arts Small Solid flower for the tissue holder.

Very happy with how these turned out. :) And I am loving the Just Rite alphabets I used it again on a card to be posted later this week. Very useful!
Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Wedding prototypes

I've been meaning to make some wedding invitation samples for the store since now is the time I tend to see brides wandering in wanting to make their own invitations but need inspiration . Then I got asked to make some samples for a local magazine. That sure gave me a kick in the pants!
I decided to go with a grey, white and red theme for the first set of samples. Coincidently one of my husband's co-workers just got engaged and he wanted a congratulations card for the happy couple so I've used Karen and Greg as my bride and groom for my first set of samples. I even set their wedding date for May 15 although I was told later that they are getting married in Sept! I managed to make this congratulations card, an invitation, and 2 wedding favours all in this color theme.
The background for this card was stamped with Versafine Smokey Grey ink on grey paper. I completely LOVE how this background stamp stamps! Works perfectly every time which is not always the case with more solid type stamps. So glad I splurged and bought it.
I pulled out some of my new Just Rite stamps including one of the font sets to personalize all the items I made. Love it! I didn't think I would use the font sets much but I must say it has come in handy for a project like this! The set I used is called Myriad Pro 50 pt by Just Rite.
I matted my congratulations piece onto 2 Big Classic Rectangle Spellbinder dies. The flower is done with Be Creative tape and covered with Stampendous Chili Pepper red Fun Flock.
I didn't get a chance to photograph the other items I created today but hope to tomorrow.
Thanks for stopping by.
Card Recipe:
Stamps: Hero Arts Large Fabric Design, Just Rite Stampers Myriad Pro 50 pt (font), Baroque Nested Frames, All Occasion Nested Sentiments
Ink: Versafine Smokey Grey, Brillance Rocket Red
Spellbinder: Big Classic Scalloped Rectangles, Flower Creations
Other: ribbon and Stampendous Chili Red Fun Flock, Be Creative double sided tape

Monday, February 14, 2011

Tropical locales

If you are feeling like me you are probably wishing for some warm sunny weather about now. I have a bunch of friends away in tropical locations or have just gotten back from warm locations! Well this card is for us poor suckers who cannot get away this winter! lol
I've had these 2 penguin sets by Art Impressions for a few years now and I still love them! I had a lot of fun with this card because I did a technique called paper piecing where you stamp the image on your main cardstock then stamp it again on a pattern cardstock cut out the image and mount it onto the original stamped image for a pop of color. It's a great technique for those who don't want to color and also good for getting rid of scraps. OK so I didn't really get rid of many scraps but I did have fun dumping my pattern paper bag out on the table and rooting through it. Brought back many memories of favourite papers of past years. I don't know the brand names of all the papers but both end penguins are wearing Upsy Daisy, the surfboard is BoBunny and I believe the girl penguin is wearing SEI! The sentiment is by Hero Arts.
I hope this cheered you up today. PS have you noticed what a roll I'm on? I'm shocked how many cards I've been getting up lately however I am going to try some new projects and techniques so we shall see how that goes and how many projects are fit for the blog!
Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Flower Shaker

I have had the idea for this card in my head for a bit now and finally got some time to give it a try. Turned out fairly differently than what was in my head! :)
I started this card with a white rectangle of cardstock. I stamped and embossed the flower background (several times) with Versamark ink and clear Crafty Capers embossing powder. My Distress inks were calling to me so I used Tea Dye, Weathered Wood and Worn Lipstick and applied the inks with my sponge daubers right over top of the embossing powder. I thought the color could use a bit of sparkle so I pulled out my Ranger Non Stick Craft Mat and dumped a bit of Blush Perfect Pearl powder then spritzed with water to make a shimmery paint. I put the paper ink side down into this paint and swirled the paper around to give the piece a bit of sparkle. You can't see it in this photo but you can see it in person, honest. I cut out a square window in the piece (and the mats) with my Spellbinder square die and fitted an Impression Obsession square shaker pouch into the opening. I stamped and embossed 3 smaller single flowers and applied Distress inks to these as well and cut them out. I put the flowers and some microbeads inside the shaker pouch and sealed the back with a scrap of acetate to the pouch is clear on the top and bottom so you can see inside the card. (I've included a photo of just the inside of the card which I hope helps you figure out what I did) I used the leftover square (with the embossing and inks on it) to stamp yet another flower onto it with black ink. I embossed the black flower with clear powder because I did not trust the ink to dry when stamped on top of the previous embossing powder already on the square.
I finished the card with some gold cord and a button.
Thanks for looking!
Card Recipe:
Stamp: Hero Arts CL482 Dots N Flowers
Inks: Distress dye Worn Lipstick, Tea Dye, Weathered Wood. Versamark, Versafine Onyx Black
Paper: Bazzill & A Muse
Other: Crafty Capers clear embossing powder, sponge daubers, Blush Perfect Pearl Powder, Microbeads, BoBunny Button, Gold cord

Friday, February 11, 2011

Fancy Flourishes

Got this Flourishes stamp (Spring Bouquet) set a few weeks ago and finally got a chance to ink it up yesterday! I stamped it on watercolor paper with Versafine ink. I decided to shake things up a bit and color the image with my watercolor pencils.
I cut out the image with my large Octogon Spellbinder die and matted the image with a bunch of Spellbinder Fancy Tags matted on each side of the octogon. I added some A Muse gemstones and stamped the sentiment (also from the Flourishes set).
The pattern paper is by My Minds Eye.
I have been feverishly working on class samples for my Just Rite Stamper All Occasion card class next weekend as well as my Cuttlebug and Tombow coloring classes but I hope to have another blog card to post tomorrow. Keep you fingers crossed for me.
Thanks for looking!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Hook, Line and Sinker

Crafty Capers got a Penny Black Valentine order a couple of weeks back and I was so busy preparing for the Just Rite debut I have not had a chance to play with any! Horrors!

I colored this image with my Tombow markers on watercolor paper used the heart Spellbinder die to cut out the heart.

Thanks for stopping by.

Card Recipe:

Stamps: Penny Black 20-010 Stitches, 3777H Hook, Line and Sinker & 4071F Flourish Birthday

Tombow Markers: N00 (Blender pen), N55, N95, 800, 772, 977, 245, 173, 026, 992, 845, 847, 245, 515 & 452

Paper: Watercolor, A Muse and Coredinations

Other: Brillance Rocket Red pigment ink

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Fairy Dust

Ok if someone had told me I would be excited about a fairy stamp 3 months ago I would have laughed until I fell out of my chair. Well, I am shocked to say I LOVE these Just Rite cling fairy stamps! Love 'em!
For those who missed them at the shop on Saturday or who have not been in over the past few days. We still have 1 set of these beauties left in stock!
I stamped the images with Versafine Onyx black and used my watercolor pencils on them. I then cut out the fairy image and matted it on a Spellbinder label. I matted the fairy image again on 2 green Labels 6 cutouts leftover from the make and take on Saturday. I used a dark Cordination cardstock and embossed it with my Cuttlebug Swiss Dot embossing folder then sanded it to reveal the lighter inner core of the cardstock. I thought it looked like stars. I made the fairy wings by stamping the wings on a piece of acetate with Memories dye black ink then I used Diamond Stickles on the wings to give them a nice sparkle. I cut them out once they were dry. They would have been more sparkly but I accidently put a piece of paper on top of the drying wings - whoops! Luckily I noticed before much harm was done. I've included a close up of the wings for inquiring minds. :) I attached them with Ranger's Glossy Accents.
This post is fairly long for me hope I covered everything OK. If you have any questions don't hesitate to contact me.
Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Sneak Peek #3 Revealed

Here is our third card revealed. The stamps are by our new company Just Rite. Isn't this a gorgeous card? Love that black and white. The set used on this card is Victoria Nested Frames. With a name like that how can it be wrong?
Be sure to stop by Crafty Capers today to see the new stamps in person if that is not enough to inspire you perhaps the tasty treats and free make and take might be more up your alley.
Thanks for stopping by.

Sneak Peek #2 Revealed!

Here is Thursday's card in all it's glory! This set by Just Rite is called Beautiful Day Borders and Centers. I bought it because one of the flower images is a snowdrop and I LOVE snowdrops. My Grandma used to grow the best snowdrops and I am lucky to have some of her bulbs in my current garden (and some lucky soul in North Delta has some too at my old house). I haven't yet had a chance to play with that image but hopefully soon.
If you want too see yet another sneak peak check out my Crafty Capers east coast design team member, Yvette's blog Classic Creations. She has an awsome card for "man cards".

Sneak Peek #1 revealed

Well here is our first sneak peek card in it's entirety. It was created by Leslie Graham and she will be teaching it today as our Free Open House Make and Take.
Did you guess what company it is? If not ta da - the new company is Just Rite Stampers they do an assortement unmounted stamps as well as their newer format cling stamps.
This card was done with the large oval set Greatest Joy Borders and Centers. The set comes with 4 borders, 3 flower images and 1 sentiment. So there is lots of versatility.
Leslie also used Just Rite's new set Happy Everything mini tag kit as well as a Just Rite Spellbinder die set. Yes, Spellbinder even makes dies just to match the Just Rite stamps - love it! Hope to see you at the Crafty Capers Open House today from 10 am - 3:00 pm.

Friday, February 4, 2011

New Company Sneak Peek #3

Here is our third new company sneak peak before the big reveal at Crafty Caper's Open House 10 am - 3 pm tomorrow (Saturday).
Check the blog tomorrow morning before the open house to see all our sneak peek cards revealed fully!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

New Company Sneak Peek #2

Here we go sneak peek #2. This card was made by me and colored with pencil crayons and if you look closely you can see a tiny Hero Arts gemstone as well.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

New Company Sneak Peek #1

So here is the first of our sneak peeks for the new secret company being revealed on Saturday at Crafty Capers!
This card is actually the free make and take project for Saturday! If you like the look of the card drop by on Saturday between 10:30 - 2:30 with your adhesive and make it - free! We'll reveal the card in it's entirety Saturday morning along with all the other sneak peek cards.