Saturday, April 30, 2011

A Little Note

Wow another week has flown by! LOL
I made this card a few days back and have not had time to post it.
I started this card by stamping this cute Penny Black stamp on watercolor paper and embossing it with Crafty Capers Copper Embossing powder. The airplane actually has a heart banner flying behind him but thought I'd not stamp that part and added a sentiment flying along behind him.
I colored the image with my Tombow Markers then cut out the image with an oval Spellbinder die.
I embossed the blue background with a new Craft Concept folder called Venus and hand cut some clouds for the sky. I wrapped some white DMC embrodery floss around the bottom of the card, tied a bow and added a Hero Arts flower gem.
I finished the card by adding some white fun flock to the clouds and Glossy Accents to the hedgie's glasses and the plane's propeller.
Thanks for stopping by!
Card Recipe"
Stamps: Penny Black Hedgehopper & Stampendous Just a Note
Spellbinder: classic ovals
Tombow markers 055, 837, 850, 925, N25, N95, N55 & N79
Other: Stampendous Fun Flock, Glossy Accents, Hero Arts Flower Gem, Craft Concepts Venus embossing folder, Watercolor paper, Coredinations cardstock, Crafty Capers Copper Embossing powder, DMC embrodery floss
Inks: Versamark, Adirondack Dye Stream (for sentiment)

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Hero Arts Challenge

Did you know that Hero Arts puts on monthly challenges? I've checked out the challenges for the past few months but have never gotten around to actually getting a challenge done! For some reason yesterday I felt inspired. The deadline is today at midnight nothing like leaving it to the last minute! It feels like university all over again! :)
This card is based on one of the Hero Arts sketches this month. I purchased this Hero Arts Peacock a few weeks ago and decided to pull it out and play with it. The card is pretty simple. I embossed the peacock in gold twice and cut 1 circle out of each image. I colored my peacock with Ranger's Perfect Pearls mixed with water for a shimmery effect. I embossed part of my main cardstock with the Cuttlebug Fleur di Lis folder. I managed to wrinkle (badly) the bottom of my cardstock when it went through my Cuttlebug so I had to find an emergency piece of cardstock to cover that up!! I used my Scor It board to score some line along the bottom piece of green. I added a purple strip of cardstock for my gold embossed sentiment (also from Hero Arts). I added 1 gold brad to the sentiment piece of paper to finish things off.
Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Playing with Stickers

These Penny Black flower stickers have been in the store a while and I got inspired this week by Elizabeth Allen's sticker cards. I love her blog! Here is my take on her sticker cards. I'm fairly pleased with how it turned out. I really realized how much I NEED a script stamp though it would have made my background so much easier to do! I did manage though and even used all Penny Black stamps as well along with some Bo Bunny paper, the Victoria Cuttlebug embossing folder (the best one in the world!), Tea dye and Walnut Distress ink. I used 2 sheets of stickers and cut out one set of flowers and popped them up on the other sticker to give some extra dimension. I've included a close up so you can see what I did.
I don't know why I don't think to use stickers more often for my cards. The coloring is done for you and they usually make a quick, elegant card.
Hope everyone has a great Easter weekend! Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

A Blast from the Past!

Before we get to today's card just a quick reminder (or heads up for those who did not know) that this Saturday is Crafty Capers EGGstravaganza and free card make and take. Make and Take runs 10:30 - 1:30 hope you can join us. Pease bring your own adhesive.
Now onto our card. For those who have been stamping a while you might recognize these super cute flower images. Hero Arts originally brought them out in 2006 then discontinued them a year or so later. At the time they were wildly popular I had trouble keeping them in stock I even had to sell my store set because someone DESPERATELY needed them! I am happy to say the Hero Arts Peeking Posie set has been re-released and for those who love coloring this is a must have set!
The card is faily straight forward. I colored the images on Bazzill cardstock (yes really) with the indirect Tombow marker blending method. I thought the flower backgrounds looked a little naked so I used the small end of my Tombows and added lots of dots. I was quite pleased with myself an easy background and pretty much idiot proof!
I'm hoping to get some extra play time in the shop this week so hopefully, I will have a few more projects to share with you this week.
Thanks for stopping by!
Card Recipe:
Stamps: Hero Arts Peeking Posies, Stampendous Bday Greetings
Paper: Bazzill and other
Tombow markers: 133, 177, 062, 800, 835, 946 & 373
Spellbinder dies: Labels 14 & Beaded Ovals
Other: Versafine Onyx ink, Bloom Dots Cuttlebug folder & American Crafts ribbon

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Happy Ice Cream

Crafty Capers received a paper order containing shimmery gorgeous Stardream text weight paper. These papers are great invitations or just fancier cards. The shimmer looks really nice with Brillance inks stamped on them. we also have white vellum back in stock along with some Kraft cardstock. I can't wait to get my hands on that Kraft cardstock!

We also got in an order from Stampendous some nice butterfly and spring stamps, Stamp N Bond embossing powder and some Stufftainers. The Stufftainers are selling quickly as usual so hurry in for best selection.

We received a Stampscapes order on Wednesday so at the moment we have a good selection of these landscape stamps but some designs are already sold out. I expect to place another Stampscape order in the next week so contact the store if there is any Stampscapes stamps you need.

Now onto our card. We received a Hero Arts order a week or so back and included in the order were the NEW Hero Arts stamps that match up with some Basic Grey papers. The set I used today matches up with the line Life of the Party. I really love this happy ice cream cone and I made a rare trip to a dollar store this week and remembered to pick up some googly eyes so I have to add them to this guy! The card is pretty simple and only used 2 stamps both from the same set so that makes things quick!

Hope you find some time for crafty things this weekend see you next week.

Card Recipe:

Stamps: Hero Arts (Basic Grey collection) Life of the Party clear set

Inks: Archival Black, Adirondack dye Butterscotch

Paper: unknown, A Muse & Bazzill

Other: Cuttlebug embossing folders Spots and Dots & Bloom Dots, Robins Nest Dew Drops, Google Eyes

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Another Stampscapes "play day". This card was done using Versamark ink as a resist on glossy paper before adding my dye inks using a piece of Ranger's Cut N Dry foam.

I used one of Spellbinder BRAND NEW dies that came in this week "Fancy Tags Two" to put my sentiment on. Love it and Spellbinder seems to be making their dies out of a different metal so the cardstock comes out of the intricate dies must easier! If you saw my card using the new Spellbinder Fleur De Lis Rectangle dies last week I am happy to say they are now back in stock along with the Fleur De Lis squares as well. Both are so pretty!

I've got a couple of classes this weekend (all full) and I'm expecting a Stampscapes order in any day now so this may be my last blog post for the week. We'll see how things go.

Thanks for stopping by!

Card Recipe:

Stamps: Stampscapes Luminous Sun, Duck Trio & Pine Tree, Hero Arts Sentiment

Inks: Versamark, Adirondack Light (dye) Sea Grass & Lemonade, Adirondack Brights (dye) Citrus, Adirondack Earthtones (dye) Stonewashed, Denim, Meadow, Espresso & Pesto

Paper: Crafty Capers Glossy Cardstock

Spellbinder die: Fancy Tags Two

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Alcohol inky fun

I was playing with my alcohol inks over the weekend and this card came together using some scraps I had lying on my table.

I used Crafty Capers glossy cardstock with Ranger's Lettuce, Butterscotch, Stream and Raisin alcohol inks to create the background. When I was done I cut out a circle to make a class card with then decided to cut a circle frame out of the background as well. I set the circle and frame aside. I still had my Stampscapes stamp on the table so I stamped up the leftover background with a bunch of Stampscape tree stamps then I mounted the unstamped circle frame inside the circle hole. I stamped some of the new Hero Arts Basic Grey stamps inside the open circle using Lettuce and Stream dye inks so it matched the alcohol ink background. I am pretty happy with how it turned out.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

A Stampscapes morning!

I've been so busy lately prepping for public and private classes not to mention having 2 days off (gasp!) in the past week. Utter madness! :) I managed to get a bit of play time in over the weekend.

I've been wanting to get my hands on some Stampscapes stamps for a while now and have had this scene idea in my head for a couple of months. I live in a rural area and as I was driving to work one sunny morning I suddenly noticed how beautiful the sun was filtered through all the trees. I live in a beautiful place!! I need to appreciate it more.

I began this scene by stamping Stampscapes stamps:

241E Shagbark Hickory sm

289D Fence

293C Old Fence

145F Curvilinear Path

030C Fir tree

150E Pine Row with Ranger Archival Black ink on Crafty Capers glossy cardstock.

I overstamped the Pine Row and 251C Sedge Filler with green dye inks (Ranger Adirondack). I used my Stylus wands to tap in ink colors Aqua, Latte and Espresso. I used my Meadow dye ink to add some green to my Shagbark tree.

I added Fern (102A), Cattails (017D), Buck (008A) to fill in some gaps in my scene. I added some light rays with Versamagic Cloud White ink then added some yellow to highlight the rays. I finished off the card by adding some Diamond Stickles to add some sparkle.

Hope you find the scene as peaceful as I do. Thanks for stopping by!