Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Vintage Irises

Wow it's been a busy couple of weeks. It seems quite a few people are in "Christmas" mode and are looking for supplies and ideas for their Christmas projects. Good for you if you fall into this category. I am still happily living in denial believing summer is just starting! LOL. I did managed to get a few minutes to play over the past few days between classes, demos, orders and shop renos (yes we are having some construction done around the store). I was in a rare vintage mood so thougth I would pull out my Distress inks. I began this card  with a piece of white cardstock then I stamped a script stamp randomly with my Tea Dye ink. I then embossed the cardstock with a Couture Creations folder. I carefully applied Broken China ink to the raised parts of the embossing with a piece of Cut N Dry foam then added more Tea Dye ink around to make the piece look even more shabby. I ripped both sides of the cardstock and crumpled and curled the edges. I've added a close up of the background so hopefully you can see what I have done. I stamped the iris stamp and colored them  with my Tombow markers then added more Tea dye ink to "brown" up the backround of the irises a bit. I cut out the image with my beloved Labels 14 Spellbinder die then matted with the beaded ovals die. I added some Walnut Stain Distress ink to each of the beads of the ovals to add more interest. I stamped the sentiment on a tag and edged it with ink as well. I finished the card by adding some of Hero Arts adhesive ribbon and sanding the main cardstock. Thanks for stopping by.
Card Recipe:
Stamps: Penny Black Flower Gallery, Penny Black Lettering Background & Stampendous Orchid Greetings
Tombow markers: 126, 526, 158, 990 & 991
Inks: Versafine Vintage Sepia, Distress inks Broken China, Tea Dye & Walnut Stain
Papers: Watercolor, & Coredinations
Embossing Folder: Craft Concept (limited edition) Cottage Floral
Embellishments: Hero Arts Cream Adhesive LaceSpellbinder: Labels 14 & Beaded Ovals

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Spooky Halloween card

Have I mentioned this week how much I love Penny Black stamps??? LOL Next week I am teaching 2  classes plus doing a Perfect Pearls demo. Am I ready for any of that - no! Instead of prepping, I was playing with my new Penny Black Halloween set! I don't even celebrate Halloween but these guys were too cute to resist!
We have a demo card in the store right now done with the Birch Buddies Stampendous clear set with a Christmas theme. I was speaking with Heather S today and she thought the basic layout would make a great Halloween card so that got me going....
The trees stamp are by Stampendous. I stamped them a couple of time out of grey Coredinations cardstock and cut them out with my craft knife and scissors. I then embossed the same trees on black cardstock with Crafty Capers Black Ice embossing power in real life they are nice and sparkly. I mounted the grey trees on the black with foam mounting tape for extra depth. I then stamped the pumpkins and cat/mouse by Penny Black on white cardstock and colored them with my Tombow markers. I cut out the images and popped them as well with foam mounting tape. I mounted everything on Coredinations Wild Honey Distress cardstock then onto a black main cardstock. I added a moon (from the Penny Black set) and colored it with my Sakura Stardust pen for some extra "bling". Now just gotta figure out who I'll be sending this card to in October!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Sunset Stampscapes

Here is another scene I made during my play date this week. I really like how this one turned out. I tend to do forest scenes so this one was out of my usual comfort zone. Color was applied with a Colorbox stylus wand.  Stamps used: Stampscapes Cumulous clouds, Cloud with crescent moon, water pattern, ledge, sailboat and tropical tree. Sentiment by Flourishes (Poppy Set) Inks (all by Ranger) Archival Jet Black, Adirondack dye Slate, Lemondade, Peach Bellini, Sunshine Yellow, Pesto, Lettuce, Juniper, Shell Pink, Purple Surf, Meadow, Citrus, Latte & Espresso. I added some Crystal Stickles glitter glue in the light area created by the moon. The sail for the boat is paper pieced using a tiny scrap of Bobunny Timepiece cardstock.
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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Stampscapes Play Date

I had a play date with a long time, out of town friend yesterday and we decided to pull out the Stampscapes stamps since she had not had a chance to play with them before.
It was a fun afternoon. Here is what I created.
All stamps are by Stampscapes and all inks are by Ranger. The scene was stamped on glossy cardstock and matted with Bazzill cardstock. Going by memory here are the stamps I used: Lakeside Cove, Row boat, pine row, bull rushes, crooked branch.
Inks: Archival Jet Black, Adirondack Aqua, pool, stream, stonewash.
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Sunday, August 14, 2011

Butterfly kisses

I got a few minutes over the weekend to play with one of the new Craft Concepts embossing folders. The one I chose first is called "Butterfly Kisses". It is so beautiful! I started by embossing the folder using Coredinations cardstock (it has a lighter core so when you sand it the embossing really stands out) then I used my sanding block and sanded the raised areas to expose the lighter core. then I used my Spellbinder Peony die with some Upsy Daisy cardstocker and made a peony flower for the lower left corner. I embellished the flower with a Kaisercraft jewel. I made the scoop corners on the red cardstock with my 1" circle punch and added some Hero Arts pearls. I added a sentiment from the Flourishes set called "Taglines" love this sentiment set. I use it alot because the sayings are nice and small! At the moment all supplies used to make this card are available in stock at Crafty Capers.
Just a reminder tomorrow between 11:00 am - 1:00 pm is Coffee and a Card. For $2.00 come down to the store have a coffee and make a dragonfly card. Coffee and a Card is running all summer on Mondays only.
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Saturday, August 13, 2011

More Daisy Trio

Here is another sample I managed to get done with the Stampendous Daisy Trio clear set. I love the colors on this one! I began by stamping the daisies on a scrap of My Minds Eye paper I then stamped the daisies again on watercolor paper and colored them with my Tombow markers (forgot to keep track of the colors - sorry). I cut out the watercolored diasies and matched them up on the pattern paper. I matted the image with Spellbinders Lacy Square. Added some more My Minds Eye cardstock. I added a strip of yellow cardstock which I had embossed with a Courture Creations embossing folder called Drifting Endless (limited edition). I stamped the sentiment from the Daisy Trio set with Versafine Onyx ink. To finish off the card I used my Glossy Accents and some Stampendous Sunshiny Yellow Fun Flock for extra dimension in the center of the flowers. I have included a close up so hopefully, you can see the detail. Hope this card provides you with inspiration!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

I purchased this Stampendous stamp set (Daisy Stem Trio) a week or so back and have been wanting to play with it ever since. The shop has been so busy with new orders and people stopping by to see new products I have barely had any time for playing!
I stamped the daisy on a circle of acetate with my Stazon black ink then painted the image with Perfect Pearls mixed with water to make a paint. This picture does not do the shimmery-ness justice! I used a Grand Scallop Circle made by Spellbinder (in my Cuttlebug) for my main cardstock. I then cut a window in my main cardstock and mounted my painted acetate piece in the window. I made a circle frame to hide the edges of my acetate. I thought the image popped better with black cardstock behind it so added that too. I stamped the sentiment (also by Stampendous) with Versamagic Spring Pansy ink. I stamped some leaves from the Daisy Trio set on each scallop of the main cardstock. The final step to this card is to add some white hightlights with my Ranger Inkssentials White gel pen.
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Sunday, August 7, 2011

Butterfly Quote Mini Album

Today's post is a long one! I was inspired a week or so back to do a quote book similar to the one I saw on the BoBunny Blog. I used a Sizzix Butterfly mini album die which if you follow the blog will see I have used quite a bit recently. I decided to use Bazzil, Bo Bunny Double dot and My Minds Eye cardstock. The quote on the cover is by Hero Arts. Embellishments are by Bo Bunny (buttons), Hero Arts (flowers), My Minds Eye (twine), Doodlebug (Pool Brad) and Ranger Fruit Punch Stickles. Page 1 has more Hero Arts quotes. The hedgie is by Penny Black which I stamped on a scrap of watercolor cardstock and colored with my Tombow markers. The swirly is from the Sizzix die and I used more Hero Arts Flowers as well as some Hero gem flowers. I used lots of embellishments for this mini and even managed to use up some of those old packets of embellishments that had a few token bits left. That made me happy so then I can justify buying new packets! Page 3-  I stamped a Penny Black saying "Dance, Sing, Love" on a piece of Bo Bunny Double dot cardstock and cut it up for the next few pages. I cut each sentence apart to use on different pages. I added Ranger's Glossy Accents on each large word to give them a bit more oomph. I added a heart left over from the Sizzix die. I stamped the hedgie dancer (from Penny Black's 12 days of Christmas clear set) on another scrap of watercolor cardstock and colored her then cut her out with a Spellbinder classic oval. I added Stickles to her tutu. Added some gems and a brown pearl. Page 4 is from the same Dance Sing Love and the drumming dog is also from the Penny Black 12 days of Christmas set. I added some bling by using my Sakura Stardust pen to the silver parts of his drum set. I used a Tombow marker to add some dots around the outside edge of the Butterfly.
Page 5 is another Penny Black image that I paper pieced and used another piece of the Dance quote. The butterfly is by Flourishes. I added another Hero Arts flower gem and added Glossy Accents to the bees wings.
This page has the final piece of the Love quote that I stamped directly onto the page. I colored another Penny Black image with my Tombows on watercolor paper. I added Stickles to the flower and some pearls to the page as well.
This page has more Hero Arts quotes. Images are by Penny Black and colored with Tombow markers. I added some Stampendous white Fun Flock to the bunny tail.
This page has even more Penny Black images colored with Tombow markers. Sentiment and flower gems are by Hero Arts. I added a bit of green Stickles to the grass. Final page - I stamped a row of Penny Black mice (from the Micey Day set) then stamped the Hero Arts sentiment on a scrap and wrapped some My Minds Eye twine around the scrap and added some more clear gems to finish things up.
Thanks for staying with me!

Friday, August 5, 2011


Sheree over at Vancouver Island Craft Junkie has been collecting get well/thinking of you type cards for a very nice lady she knows who was in an accident earlier this year. I hade been meaning to make up something for the lady but what with one thing or another... anyway at the last minute I managed to get something whipped up. I am really happy with how it turned out - love the color combo and it came together VERY quickly probably in an hour or so, that is a miracle for me!!

I began by stamping a Hero Arts Flower image randomly on a bit of watercolor cardstock. I embossed the images with gold embossing powder. I colored the images with my Tombow markers. I matted image as shown. I stamped my Penny Black sentiment on a label from the Spellbinder die set Parisian Accents using Adirondack Sailboat Blue dye ink.
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Stamps: Hero Arts Small Sweet Petals, Penny Black Feel Better
Tombow markers: 515, N95, 933, 847, 985

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Fairy Queen

This Fairy Queen is one of Stampendous' brand new winter stamps and I must confess I did not mean to order her. I thought I had typed the code for a different clear set so imagine my surprise when she arrived! I was a bit worried when I saw her as I was not sure I liked her then I gave her a stamp and I guess she has cast a spell over me because she was very fun to work with!
I colored her with my Tombow markers on watercolor paper and cut her out  using Spellbinder Labels 8. I colored some extra flowers and popped them up at the bottom of the image for some extra depth. I matted everything as shown and used a Hero Arts sentiment and a bit of Hero Arts Lace then pulled out my yellow, waterfall and goldenrod Stickles to jazz her up just a bit more! Very happy with how she turned out! If you are interested in purchasing the fairy queen hurry in as we only have 1 set left!
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Tombows used: 026, 195, 245, 391, 515, 533, 850, 946, 977, 985, 991 and N00 blender pen