Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Window Box by Poppy Stamps!

I had a few minutes to play with some of the new dies that arrived yesterday. This card is almost an exact copy of one that is on the Poppy Stamps website but I was so excited with how it worked out I had to share! :) The window, window box, flowers and ivy are all dies by Poppy Stamps all dies were cut with my Cuttlebug. The card is pretty straightforward. I popped up the window box from the window and did several layers of flowers. I added some flower centers with my Sakura Stardust pen. The purple background cardstock is by Hero Arts.
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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

A single flower

Hello again! Here is another card I made up while practicing blending with my Prismacolor pencil crayons. I am trying to perfect my pencil blending without the use of Gamsol (oderless mineral spirits) or baby oil so have been coloring, coloring, coloring which is kind of fun.
I stamped this gal using Adirondack (dye) black ink on smooth white cardstock then I used my pencils. I then stamped the sentiment (those of you who took the Crafty Capers Studio Workshop will recognize this saying!) on another scrap of white cardstock and cut it out using Spellbinder Labels 8 and sponged Adirondack Light Lemonade (dye) ink onto it while the paper was still in the die.
I used a Spellbinder Edgeability insert to add the dotted edge to the card then matted everything as shown.
I'm pretty happy with how this turned out!
Card Recipe:
Stamps: Penny Black A Rose & The Thought of You
Spellbinder: Labels 8 & Edgeabilities Classic Scallop
Ink: Adirondack Black & Lights Lemonade
Embellishments: Hero Arts rhinestone flowers

Monday, February 27, 2012

Funny Story!

As many of you know, I don't walk particularly well due to my psoriatic arthritis so I have a handicapped parking pass. I don't use it often but I do have one for days when walking is more difficult than usual. Anyway, a few weeks ago I lost my parking pass. My husband and I both remember seeing it on the dining room table then it disappeared! We looked all over the house behind my desk, in my purse, in the bedroom etc I had pretty much given up finding it and was thinking I should probably cancel it and get a new one when I got a call at work late last week from a customer. "you will never guess what I found in a card making magazine I got out of the library" she said. I figured it was one of my business cards or some such then she says "your parking pass!" I guess I had put it in my purse and it got stuck inside a stamping magazine I was returning to the library! Whew! I figured the finder was due a present and a thank you card. The card is pretty straight forward all stamps by Hero Arts and I thought I would get fancy and stamp up the package as well! Anyway, thanks Colleen for finding my parking pass and getting in touch with me!
Card Recipe:
Stamps: Hero Arts Four Fun flowers, Right at Home & Tall Thank you (all currently in stock at Crafty Capers)
Ink: Brillance Sky blue, Versamagic Turquois Gem, Mango Madness & Versafine Vintage Sepia
Paper: Bazzill, brown Kraft and misc.
Other: Kaisercraft bown pearls

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Beautiful Blossoms

I decided to pull out this Hero Arts wood mounted stamp today. I have used it in the past but not for a while now. I colored the image with my Prisma pencil crayons after stamping it with Onyx Versafine ink.
I stamped the sentiment with Ranger's Adirondack (dye) Stonewash ink using a Hero Arts sentiment. A pretty simple card but I love how it turned out!
The flower image is currently in stock at Crafty Capers however the sentiment set is currently out of stock (but on order)
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Card recipe: Hero Arts Flowers and Swirls & Say It All
Ink: Versafine Onyx black & Adirondack Stonewash
Coloring: Prisma pencils
Cardstock: Bazzill and Coredinations

Friday, February 24, 2012

Just a Hug

LOVE how this card turned out and it was a very quick card to make! I began by inking up the flower stamp with Versamark ink then applied my Tombow markers directly to the stamp. I stamped the stamp onto a scrap of white cardstock then embossed the image with clear embossing powder. I then took the sentiment stamp and stamped it 3 times with my Versamark ink and embossed it with clear embossing powder.
I a piece of Cut N Dry foam to apply Tumbled Glass and Weathered Wood Distress ink all over the white cardstock because the images were embossed they resisted the inks so stayed their original colors. I matted the image as shown.
Hope everyone is having a good weekend.
Card Recipe:
Stamps: Hero Arts This is Big & Wildflower Garden
Ink : Versamark, Distress Tumbled Glass & Weathered Wood
Coloring: Tombow markers
Other: Clear embossing powder
Cardstock: misc and Coredinations

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Playing with embossing folders

I have a Cuttlebug class mid March so I have been playing around with different techniques and layouts. This card turned out OK but not "class worthy". I stamped the Penny Black flower stamp on matte cardstock with my Big and Juicy Waterfall rainbow ink pad. I used my Cuttlebug "Victoria" embossing folder over top of the stamping. I then cut out a square window out of the piece of cardstock. My original idea was not working so then I stamped the flower stamp again on another scrap of white cardstock. I stamped the sentiment on top of the flowers. Thought the sentiment might look cool cut out in a diamond shape so used my squares to cut it out however my cardstock was not quite big enough so 2 of my corners got cut off. I'm just going to pretend I meant to do that! LOL Matted the diamond with another (blue) diamond. I assembled the rest of the card as shown using 3 strips of 3mm Be Creative tape near the bottom of the card. I applied Grasshopper and Mystique Glitter Ritz glitter to the tape then added 3 butterflies to finish the card off.
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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

A happy hello

I was in the mood to make a different shaped card yesterday so decided on a circle card done with my Spellbinder scalloped circle. It's a straight forward card done with a Hero Arts flower stamp and a Stampendous sentiment, and Basic Grey paper. Inks used were Versamagic Pink Petunia and Memories Black. Rhinestones by Kaisercraft.
Just another quick reminder that if you need any of the Tim Holtz Distress markers pre-order deadline is this Friday. Contact Crafty Capers if you have any questions.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Forever in my garden

I had a few spare minutes today for a fun card and I managed to get this created! I'm really happy with how it turned out and will definitely be playing more with this style/technique of card.
I won't go into a lot of creation detail except to say I used a Stampendous stamp (Agapanthus) and my Tombow markers for the background. I don't know how old my Agapanthus stamp is but it is wood mounted and I have used it so often I have nearly worn away the picture on the wood handle!! Definitely have gotten my money's worth and still pull it out from time to time.
The bird layer of the card is a Dreamweaver stencil, Glitter Ritz, Sugar Beads and Be Creative tape. The sentiment is by Penny Black and is probably recognized by my Iris Studio Workshop class gals! Thanks for stopping by!
Card Recipe:
Stamps: Stampendous Agapanthus, Penny Black The Thought of You
Stencil: Dreamweaver LL571
Micro fine Glitter Ritz: Lavender, Hunter Green, Champagne, Cinnamon
Tombow Markers: 195, 603 & 606
Other: Be Creative Sugar beads, Versafine Onyx Black

Saturday, February 11, 2012


Here is another uninked stamp this one is by Hero Arts however I only bought it about 2 weeks ago. I was humming and hawing about what to do with it. I have seen many samples online done with it but was not in the mood to fussy cut out any of the flowers like quite a few people have done. The thought of coloring all those flowers seemed a bit daunting today so I decided to pull out an old but good technique - the spotlight technique. This technique is perfect for detailed stamps because you only have to color a small portion! I started this card by stamping the entire stamp on a piece of white cardstock then I used my Spellbinder long smooth rectangles to cut out a window in the middle of the cardstock. I found a matching scalloped rectangle and cut out a red mat. I colored just the middle rectangle using my Tombow markers and then attached the piece to my red mat. I stamped a Flourishes sentiment on a piece of white vellum and wrapped it round the front of my card. I added some heart gems to the vellum for some extra bling.
Card Recipe:
Stamps: Hero Arts Large Flower Background & Flourishes Tag Lines
Ink: Brillance Rocket Red
Coloring: Tombow markers N00, 985, 856, 192 & 177

Friday, February 10, 2012

Using unused stamps!

I bought this Flourishes Calendar Flower set probably a year ago and have never used it I'm hanging my head in shame. ;) I bet none of you have ever done that! Well  today was the day I inked it up. I stamped 3 of the 4 flowers in the set on small squares of watercolor paper then colored them with my Tombow markers. I matted them as shown and used a new Craft Concepts embossing folder which I just bought yesterday (honest!). The sentiment is also from Flourishes.
I really love how this card turned out in real life. I will need to find someone to sent it to!
Thank you to everyone who has taken the time lately to comment on my creations I appreciate it.
Card Recipe:
Stamps: All by Flourishes A year in flowers 2, Butterflies and blossoms
Coloring: Tombow markers N00, 391, 177, 985, 020, 991, 946 & 192
Embossing Folder; Craft Concepts Jo's Circles
Cardstock: Watercolor and Bazzill

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Narcissus Thanks

I was in the mood for coloring today so I pulled out this fun Stampendous Narcissus stamp set by Stampendous. I stamped the image on kraft cardstock with Versafine Onyx black ink then I colored the image with my Prisma pencil crayons and cut the image out. I made the background using glossy cardstock, a Craft Concepts embossing folder, Brillance Sky Blue ink and Viva Decor gold metallic paste. The sentiment came from the same narcissus set and was stamped with Versfine Onyx.
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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

A gift!

I've been a card making machine in the past two days 2 cards finished yesterday and 2 and 1/2 today! That might be a record for me! I probably should be working on upcoming class cards but I've felt like playing instead. :)

This card is actually for 2 challenges. Me actually getting a card done for 1 challenge is a record let alone 2!
1. Freshly made sketches
2. Hero Arts Friends monthly challenge

As soon as I saw this gal in the Hero Arts catalogue I fell in love with her! I embossed her on a piece of watercolor paper then I paper pieced the gal's dress with My Mind's Eye paper and colored with Tombow markers and Sakura Glaze pens. I embossed the sentiment with black embossing powder and added some highlights with my white gel pen and added a swirl on the rest of the grey cardstock because I thought it looked a bit plain then added 3 black pearls. I'm now wondering if you give someone a card like this does that get you out of buying an actual present??? LOL
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Card Recipe:
All stamps by Hero Arts: For You Gifts, Best Gifts & Fabulous Flourish
Paper: My Minds Eye and Bazzill
Other: Inkessential white gel pen, Tombow markers and Sakura Glaze gel pens, Hero Arts pearls, Spellbinder Labels 14 die

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Happy 14th!

In exactly a month my niece turns 14! Hard to believe it seems like just yesterday the entire family was loading into the car and heading off to BC Women's hospital to wait for her to be born. She was kind to us and was born in 2 hours! I had this card idea floating around in my head all weekend so was kind of excited to get to work today to work on the card. I decided to make a shaker card to make the card a bit more special. The card is fairly straightforward. I used a Hero Arts clear set This is Big and stamped 3 circles with my message. I found a set of My Minds Ey chipboard letters and numbers in my stash for the number 14. Pattern paper is by My Minds Eye. Ink is Versafine Deep Lagoon. I added Glossy Accents to the number for some extra interest. Thanks to Leslie S for giving me the seed beads for the shaker part of the card.

Friday, February 3, 2012

I taught a Penny Black sticker card class last weekend and I had some leftover stickers so thought I would make them up into cards for a shop display. The display is still to be created however I did get a couple of cards done for it. Here is one card. Fairly quick and easy. I used a Hero Arts sentiment, White Liquid Pearls and the Craft Creations Venus embossing folder. The stickers are by Penny Black and called Romance of Flowers.
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