Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Holiday Shopping

I was lucky enough to have a friend lend me this super cute Penny Black Fashionista stamp Fashion Delivery (thanks Barbara!) so I whipped out my watercolor paper, Tombow markers and Glue Pen! Once my coloring was done I cut out the gal and set her aside. I wanted to make her part of a scene so I seached my stuff and found a Hero Arts Row of Houses stamp which I stamped and embossed with Crafty Capers Copper embossing powder on my main cardstock. I then took a piece of ripped text weight paper from the recycle bin and used that as a template for my drifts of snow along with Brillance Pearlescent Ice Blue ink. I stamped some Hero Arts snowflakes in the sky with Ranger's Seafoam White embossing powder then sponged Brillance Sky Blue ink over them. I stamped my Penny Black sentiment on a Spellbinder Labels 1 also inked with Brillance Sky Blue I taped the sentiment flat to the main cardstock. I used foam mounting tape to pop up the girl then I used my white Liquid Applique to add some fur (fake, of course) to the gal's coat and boots and heated it with my heat gun. I used my Sakura Stardust pen to add some smoke to the house chimney's as well as hightlights to the gal. I'm very happy with how this turned out. Unfortunately, as I was working on this card I sold the last Fashion delivery stamp however we do have more on order should be back in stock in about 2 or so week. Everything else is in stock currently. Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, September 26, 2011


Wow I think this cards brings my completed Christmas card stash up to about 4 only about 56 more cards to go before Dec 1!
This card is another technique card I was playing with. I found a bottle of light lilac Americana acrylic paint in my small craft stash at home. I'm sure I bought it about 2008 when I was going to become a famous tole painter! LOL For some reason I must have thought I was going to become a famous painter with only 2 colors of paint because all I could find was the lilac color plus a cream colored paint! No idea what I was thinking there! Anyway finally cracked the plastic on the lilac paint. I squirted a blog of paint on my Ranger Craft Sheet then I lightly stamped my stamp into the paint when the stamp was covered I stamped in on a piece of white cardstock. If you are doing this technique make sure you clean your stamp right away. I thought I did this but still had a heck of a time getting all the paint out of the nooks and crannies.
Once the paint was dry I went in with my Cut N Dry foam and applied Antique Linen, Tea Dye, Tumbled Glass and Broken China Distress inks to make the lilac paint pop a bit more. I finished up the card by applying Waterfall Stickles in the sky. I like how the paint stamps up it has a little more texture than stamping with a traditional ink and if you have some acrylic paint in your stash so much the better!
Stamp used: Penny Black Snowscape

Saturday, September 24, 2011

World Card Day Sat Oct 1

Next Saturday is Oct 1 and World Card Day!!! World Card day was started to celebrate the "kick off" to the winter card making season. Realistically I think September is actually the kick off but what do I know??? Crafty Capers will be having it's annual fundrasing event Oct 1. Drop by anytime between 10:30 am - 1:30 pm we will have a bunch of instructors each teaching a different card. Each card is $3 and all tuition will go to Nanaimo's Loaves and Fishes food bank. Please bring your class kit wiht you to class. All cards are suitable for all skill levels bring a friend and make it a fun girls day!

This card was done using my Versamark ink pad using it as a resist on glossy cardstock. I began by cutting a Spellbinder Labels 2 shape out of glossy cardstock. I then stamped my Penny Black flower stamp, that I seem to be using for every card lately, with my Versamark ink pad. I heated the cardstock to make sure my ink was dry then I used a piece of Cut N Dry Foam and applied Distress Broken China ink over the entire piece. The Versamark inky areas will resist dye inks. Pretty cool. I rubbed the piece with a tissue to get the ink that was sitting on top of the Versamark off the piece. I used a Want 2 Scrap Labels 2 rhinestone embellishment around the edge of the piece. I stamped the sentiment using the Broken China ink. I had some white with blue Hero Arts flowers I thought they looked a little white so I used my Broken China ink and made them less white. I matted everything as shown. Hope this card inspires you to use your Versamark ink pad for more than embossing!

Card Recipe:
Stamps: Penny Black Lace Edged & Hero Arts sentiment

Friday, September 23, 2011

Life is not a matter of milestones

I might not have been happy with yesterday's card but I LOVE today's card! I'm so happy with how it turned out.
I began with a piece of Radiance vellum (shimmery) available from Crafty Capers then I stamped a Hero Arts leaf stamp with Brillance Pearlescent Sky Blue on the vellum then I stamped with the same stamp right over the top of the blue ink with my Versamagic Cloud White ink. Brillance inks don' t dry very well on vellum so I heat set it. I then stamped the wheat sort of stamp in the white ink as well without the blue and stamped the dragonfly with the blue ink. I heat set this as well. I stamped the Penny Black sentiment with the white ink as well. I then jazzed up the card a bit more by adding some Glitter Ritz Cool Highlight glitter with my Tombow Glue pen. I matted everything as shown.
Card Recipe:
Stamps: Hero Arts Delicate Leaf clusters clear set & Penny Black Milestones
Inks: Brillance Sky Blue & Versamagic Cloud white
Paper: Radiance Vellum, BoBunny Double Dot & Et Cetera

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Just saying hello

Not sure I am in love with this card but it will work for what I need. While at a funeral last week, I got a lecture from an aunt about how I need to send her more cards! Given that she is a fiesty "Reeve gal" thought I had better get on that sooner rather than later or she would be likely to kick my butt!!
I thought the old fashioned telephone image by Hero Arts would be a good image to start with. I stamped it with Memento Bamboo Leaves ink on a piece of cream cardstock then I cut it out. I matted it on a piece of white cardstock embossed with a Crafts Concept embossing folder. I used my NEW Spellbinder Picot Edge Circles. It goes perfectly with my older smooth Spellbinder circles. I stamped a Penny Black flower stamp on a piece of pink cardstock using Brillance Pearlescent Orchid ink to add some interest to it. I stamped the green cardstock with Versamark ink using a Hero Arts Hello stamp. I added a sentiment onto a piece of Spellbinder Labels 1 with more Memento ink. I added a swirl from my Sizzix Butterfly mini album die.
Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Kissing and Embossing

Yesterday the store received a batch of NEW Hero Arts "stamp and emboss" and "stamp and diecut" sets. These sets come with a stamp or stamps and either a matching embossing folder or a matching die cut. I managed to make a card using both! I used sets Holly background Stamp and Emboss and Holiday Cheer Stamp and diecut sets.
I began by inking up my new Holly stamp with Versamark ink then I inked up a Hero Arts word set (name escapes me at the moment) with Brillance Pearlescent thyme ink and I stamped the words right onto the inked holly stamp. I stamped the holly stamp onto a piece of cream cardstock then applied clear embossing powder. This technique is called "kissing". I then used the matching embossing folder and embossing the stamped image. Turned out pretty cool I think. The reindeer is from the Holiday Cheer stamp and diecut set I stamped the reindeer on beige cardstock with Onyx Versafine ink then I took the matching die cut and cut out the image using my Cuttlebug. Worked like magic! The holiday cheer sentiment is from the Holiday Cheer set. I stamped it using my Versafine onto a Spellbinders Label 14 shape (my go to label shape as the moment). I matted everything as shown then added some Candy Cane Stickles onto the berries of the holly as well as the reindeer's antlers.
Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Sympathy card Sept

Spent most of yesterday at a Celebration of Life for my (Great) Auntie Babe. It was a nice day and I got to see lots of relatives I have not seen since my Dad's big birthday party 18 months ago.
Here is the card I made for Babe's son then promptly forgot at home!! Grrr!
I stamped a Penny Black flower image on Stardream text weight shimmery cardstock with Brillance Pearlescent Sky Blue ink, forgot to heat set it, smudged it then heat set the ink! LOL. Matted it with Bazzill cardstock before wrapping a scrap of blue ribbon around the paper then matted it onto my main cardstock of Bazzill Bling cardstock (also shimmery). I stamped the sentiment by Impression Obsession on a cream colored oval then matted that with a scalloped oval to finish off the card. This card was quick and easy to make especially since I was under the gun trying to get things priced and get this card made. Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

A deer friend

Nothing too fancy to post today, I'm afraid, just a quick and dirty card! The images are by A Muse. The brown pattern paper is by BoBunny (striped unknown). I used the Craft Concept Hexagonal Illusion embossing folder (limited edition) which is still available in the store.
Instead of doing fun cards I really should be doing sympathy cards. My Great Aunt passed away a few days ago at the ripe old age of 95. :( As my cousin put it she was a "fiesty Reeve gal" I sent her cards quite regularly and she kept them so I am trying to come up with just the right cards to make for her family. Wish me luck.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Fall Flower reject

I taught a Fall Flower card on Friday and this card is one that did not make the cut for the class (not flowery enough). It's a fairly straight forward card. Saying is by Penny Black as is the flower stamped on the heart (Distress Wild Honey ink). The paper is all by Bo Bunny and the leafy paper is part of Bo Bunny's Forever Fall collection - love it! I accented the large words on the saying with Ranger's Glossy Accents.

Thanks everyone for stopping by!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Sunset Poppy

I had a few minutes to play the other day with my Distress inks and created this card. I began with a piece of linen texture cardstock then I applied some Antique Linen Distress all over the cardstock with a piece of Cut N Dry foam then I used a scrap piece of cardstock with a circle cut out of the middle to make the moon using Mustard Seed and Wild Honey Distress inks. I darkened up the edges of the cardstock with more Wild Honey and Fired Brick Distress inks. I stamped the Poppy by Flourishes in black then stamped the poppy again on a piece of Wild Honey Coredination cardstock and cut out the blossom. I stamped the leaves on a piece of green SEI pattern paper and cut that out as well. I glued the blossom and leaves over the original black image. I used a marker to make the stem green. I thought the poppy need ground to be growing out of so I used a piece of ripped text weight paper from the recycle bin and applied more ink using that as a mask. The sentiment was stamped with Versafine Onyx ink and is also from the Flourishes Poppy set. Voila! card done!
Card Recipe:
Distress inks: distress fired brick, wild honey, mustard seed, antique linen
Versafine Onyx black
Paper: Wild Honey coredination cardstock; Bazzill
Tombow marker 177

Thursday, September 8, 2011

New Spellbinder dies plus a Penny Black card

The store received a batch of the NEW Spellbinder dies today and to celebrate we've put all our in stock Spellbinder dies on sale until Thursday Sept 15. All dies regularly priced at $28 are now $25 and all dies regularly priced at $20-23 are now $20 but only until next Thursday! Unfortunately, we did not receive the new Spellbinder Poinsettia die but we did receive: Holly Motifs, Bird Flourishes, Floral Flourishes, Butterfly circles, Edgeability Classic bracket and postage stamp, 2011 Heirloom ornaments, Star circles, Create a Flake three and holiday tags. The sale prices apply to the older Spellbinder dies as well.
Now onto the card. This new Penny Black (Christmas text) design just came in yesterday and I will be using the image in my upcoming Penny Black Christmas Card class. I began by stamping and embossing the image twice. I took a piece of Cut N Dry foam and colored the branch with Memento Bamboo Leaves ink on both images. I cut out one of the branches. I distressed the text part of the stamped image with my new Distress Antique Linen pad. I used some foam mounting tape and mounted the cut out branches over top of the distressed image. I cut out the image carefully cutting around the swirly side. I used my corner rounder  and rounded the 2 right corners. I edged the white paper with the Bamboo Leaves ink to make it a little less stark. I mounted the image on a piece of Hero Arts green pattern paper (cut using a Spellbinder Labels 8 die) then onto a piece of My Minds Eye cardstock. I also added some Hero Arts ribbon and gems to finish off the card. Thanks for stopping by.