Saturday, March 31, 2012

Easter Candy!

I am still playing with Easter projects and today I managed to pick up some Easter candy before work so I could make some candy holders. I am headed over to Vancouver on the weekend so thought I would make something for my niece. I began by stamping the Penny Black kitty image on watercolor cardstock then I colored him with my Tombow markers. I used my Spellbinder Labels 1 to cut out the image. I used some Stampendous Fun Flock (caramel tan latte and sunshine yellow) to add some dimension to the image on the cat stripes and the flower centers. I stamped the Penny Black sentiment on a Spellbinder oval and matted it with a matching scallop oval. I should have taken a photo of the side of this project so you can see how I did it but forgot. Inside this container I put some chocolate eggs.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Dill again

Figured since the Memory Box dill stamp was still sitting on the table I should make another card with it. I used a similar technique as yesterday's card. I inked up the dill stamp with Versamark ink then embossed it with clear embossing powder I did this a few times. I then stamped the dill stamp with Adirondack inks Aqua and Citrus. I used my Stylus wand and tips to add more color to the cardstock using Adirondack inks Aqua and Cool Peri. I stamped my Penny Black (Hedgie Friends) sentiment using Adirondack Purple surf ink then stamped the dragonflies (also by Penny Black) using Adirondack Pool ink. I matted the piece onto a piece of blue Bazzill cardstock then embossed my purple (looks pink in the photo) with a NEW Spellbinder M-Bossability embossing folder Flower Fun.
Hope everyone is having a great week!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Beautiful Dill

Got a few minutes to play today between customers so decided to pull out my new Memory Box Dill stamp that (ahem) I have had a month now and not yet used! I began by inking the stamp with Versamark ink, Memento Cantaloupe and Tangello
stamped the stamp then embossed the image with
Crafty Capers clear embossing powder. I used Distress Ink Tumbled Glass to sponge around the edge of the white cardstock. I then stamped my Hero Arts sentiment with Versafine Deep Lagoon ink. I thought the piece looked a little naked my crafty friend Sharron L suggested I used my Memory Box fern stamp as a background so I tried it and it finished off the card perfectly! Love how this card turned out! I matted the card as shown using Bazzill and Coredinations cardstock.
For those of you who are big Memory Box fans just to let you know I got word that order #2 was shipped Tuesday if all goes well we should see the new dies in the store in 10 days or so.
Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Hooray! Finally a new blog post!

I was informed that it had been 5 days since I had last posted a card via email this morning. :) Thought I had better get that fixed so whipped up this card today. I'm pretty happy with how this turned out! I guess a little pressure sometimes does pay off. The card is a 3 panel card measuring 5.5" tall and each panel is 3.5 wide so it will fit in a "regular" sized envelope. The card is fairly self explanatory. Stamps are by Hero Arts and Basic Grey and called Life of the Party Birthday set. Polkadot paper is by My Minds Eye and pink cardstock is by Bazzill. I stamped all the images with Ranger Archival black ink. I embellished various areas with Fruit Punch and Crystal Stickles glitter glue. As always all supplies are available from Crafty Capers.

Friday, March 23, 2012

A chance to win!

Sorry everyone no crafty post from me today. I have had 2 days away from the store - in - row! Wow! I am not really off however since I have been madly data entering getting ready for taxes. :( Ugh!

Anyway on to more cheery news Hero Arts has just reached 10,000 fans on Facebook and they are celebrating! Check out this link for details on the giveaway! Looks like a bunch of great stamps!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

A Sparkly Easter

I whipped this card up yesterday using a sheet of Peel Off stickers, transfer tape, Be Creative tape and Glitter Ritz Microfine glitter. I put the egg stickers on scraps of Be Creative tape using a piece of transfer tape then carefully peeled off the inner bits of the stickers and applied different colors of glitter as I went. I cut out each egg and mounted them onto a scrap of pink cardstock. I edged the yellow cardstock with a Spellbinder Edgeability insert. Designer paper is a leftover from the card yesterday.  Glitter Ritz colors used: Champagne, Moss Green, Lilac Pink, White, Pumpkin Spice, Yellow, Grasshopper, Fire Red and Pink. Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

More Hedgies!

Anyone who knows me knows I love a good Penny Black hedgie! Well here is another fellow getting ready for Easter. I bought this stamp last Easter and was excited to pull it out again this year. I used my Tombow markers to color the image on watercolor paper and cut the image apart so the hedgie and the card ended up on 2 different panels. I matted everything as shown but added some crotchet cotton that I colored with a red Tombow marker to attach the hedgie and the cart. I embellished the egg and chick with Stampendous Fun Flock and if I had been thinking I would have taken a better picture of the panel 2 of the card so you could see it. I stamped the sentiment (that comes in the hedgie set) after coloring the individual letters with the same Tombow markers I used to color the image so everything matches! I love the fun look of the multicolor letters. I must remember to do this more often! I used my Spellbinder scallop edgeability to add an edge to my designer paper by Upsy Daisy. To finish off the card I used some Hero Arts gems and a Martha Stewart butterfly punch. At the moment all supplies used to make this card are in stock at Crafty Capers so hurry in before anything is sold out.
Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Hello Neighbour!

Ever since I bought the Memory Box Grand Window die a few weeks back I have been looking for a couple of minutes to put a hedgie in the window. I found a few moments over the weekend.
I will be sending this card to a former neighbour because when we lived with our houses back to back we waved at each other most mornings through our kitchen windows. We both shared a love of gardening so we also spent a fair bit of time chatting and exchanging plants over the back fence. I also spent a fair bit of time climbing over the back fence because my boxer at the time, Lika, thought her kids were the coolest thing ever and would invite herself over the playdates much to the kids delight!
The card is fairly straight forward. The window, flower box and flowers are all dies from Memory Box. The hedgie, butterfly and dragonfly images are all from the Penny Black Hedgie Friends set. The butterfly embossing folder is by Crafts too. I colored with my Prisma pencils. Dotted cardstock is from the Alora line from Bo Bunny.
Thanks everyone for stopping by and Happy Spring! :)

Monday, March 19, 2012

Window Display

I've been madly making spring type cards for the store window over the past few weeks to go with fabulous paper bouquet I posted last week. Here is one of the cards I have created.
I made the roses with a Sizzix die using Coredinations cardstock and wool felt. I love the Sizzix dies because they cut through thicker materials like felt like butter! Love it!
I used a Craft Concepts embossing folder on the green circle and matched it with a Spellbinder Scalloped circle. The pattern paper is the Alora line by BoBunny with some Turquoise Bo Bunny Double dot cardstock. The solid green cardstock is Coredinations. Sentiment and pearls by Hero Arts.
Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Scrapbook samples

Crafty Capers now has an "official" scrapbook design team, of 1! LOL! Allison does some great scrapbook layouts and cards too! Here are her first official samples!

Thanks Allison - great job! Feel free to head over to Allison's blog and give her some love and stop by to see her pages and card in real life at the store!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Nothing is Worth More

The Penny Black sentiment on this card came back in stock on Wednesday. This stamp is who knows how many years old. I know I used to carry it in the Lantzville store (and we moved the store from Lantzville nearly 3 years ago - oh how time flies) and I love it!
For this card I started out by stamping Penny Black's Lace Edge flower stamp on kraft cardstock with Versamagic Cloud White ink. I then colored the image with my Prisma Pencil crayons. I stamped and embossed the sentiment with clear ink and Crafty Capers Teddy Bear embossing powder. I finished the card off by adding faux stitching using my Ranger Inkessential White gel pen.
At the moment all supplies used for this card are in stock at Crafty Capers. Hurry in so you are not disappointed.
Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, March 15, 2012


I have been working on this card off and on (mostly off) for the past 2 weeks. As soon as the Memory Box stamps and dies came in a few weeks ago I bought the stamp Chrysanthemum Frame. I stamped the image on a piece of linen cardstock and colored it with my Prisma pencils then I hand cut out the ticket shape. I matted the image as shown with yellow and purple cardstock. I cut out a Memory Box Vivienne Butterfly using my Cuttlebug then also cut out 2 Memory Box Ivy dies out of a scrap of pattern paper. I matted everything as shown. I added a Penny Black text background stamp to my main cardstock (stamped with Distress Tumbled Glass ink) and used the sentiment from the Hedgie Friends stamp set I used for yesterday's card. The store is currently sold out of the butterfly die however we do have an order on it's way with more of these dies. I am hoping to have more in stock within 2-3 weeks.
Thanks everyone for stopping by!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Hedgie Friends

As soon as the Penny Black order was priced and put on the shelves I bought myself a new transparent Penny Black set called Hedgie Friends. Given the less than excellent weather we have had the past few days (especially today) I HAD to use the umbrella hedgie first.
I colored the hedgie with my Tombow markers on watercolor paper then paper pieced the umbrella (My Mind's Eye) and rubber boots (Bazzill). I used my Spellbinder Classic Circles and Classic Scallop circles to cut out my circles. I used a Hero Arts sentiment. I finished off the card with some Crystal Stickles to simulate rain which you cannot see in this photo. The yellow gems are by Kaisercraft.
Here is hoping we have at least "ok" weather for the rest of the week!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Tuesday Stampscapes

New Stampscape stamps arrived yesterday and all the new stamps got my mojo going! This card was going to have a black and white theme! As you can see that plan did not work out. For some reason the colors in this photo look a bit washed out however I did add some white ink to add a mist like look.
Stamps used: Stampscapes Leafty Branch, Reeds, gulls, Autumn Brook, Boulders with lichen & Cabin. Sentiment by Hero Arts
Inks used: Archival Black, Hero Arts soft sand shadow, Versamagic Cloud White, Adirondack Aqua, clover, pesto, meadow, pebble, latte, stonewash, slate, cloudy blue, lettuce, denim, cool peri, willow & raspberry.
Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Cut N Fold Card

Crafty Capers received it's first batch of new Spellbinder dies and embossing folders (M-Bossabilities). First things I purchased were a Cut Fold Tuck die (Floral Burst) and a M-Bossabilities folder called Flora. I cut the die out of Hero Arts cardstock I chose the cardstock because the Hero Arts cardstock is colored on 1 side and white on the other so when I folded each piece we had a nice contrast.  I matted the medallion with a Spellbinder scalloped circle die. The brown cardstock was embossed with the new Flora M-Bossibilities folder. I finished the medallion with a Kaisercraft gem I found stuck to something else in my embellishment bucket! The sentiment is by Hero Arts.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

I get by

with a little help from my friends!
This past week has been very busy - lots of sales, a class, a drop in session and 2 big orders came in this week and to top it off I had big plans to make a great spring time window display. I got some of these "flowers" made this week while watching TV at home however Deanna and Leslie stopped by to say hello and ended up making flowers, painting the flower pot and providing creative consulting! These flowers were made with Tim Holtz's Paper Rosette die and BoBunny paper (mostly the new Alora line). We added Hero Arts gems to jazz up the flowers. Deanna had some leftover Easter grass at home and she donated it to the cause. Turned out pretty cute.
I wanted to take a few moments to thank a bunch of special people who helped me out this week and probably prevented me from having a nervous breakdown! Thanks gals this bouquet is for you!
Thanks to the following people for making me some samples this week:
Trudy F, Deanna S, Leslie S (& Sam pug), Sharron L, Linda K (& Carley boxer) and Phil (Mr Crafty Capers)
Thanks to the following gals for bringing me tasty treats!
Carol from Edmonton (2 batches of treats!) & Joyce (and Mango Bedlington Terrier)
Encouragement thanks goes to Heather & Evelyn and thanks to Linda K (& Carley boxer) who were kind enough to pick up my new Spellbinder order from the supplier. I know many of you are now raising your hands saying "I'll be happy to help out with THAT job" sorry everyone pretty sure Linda won't be quitting that particular job LOL!
Thanks everyone for stopping by!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Another class reject

It seems I am making more class reject cards than actual class cards! This one is another one that did not "make the grade" for my upcoming Cuttlebug class.
The main image is by Hero Arts and I have been looking for an excuse to buy it so I used the old "oh I need it for a class" excuse. LOL I stamed the image with Versafine ink and colored the tulips and leaves with my Prisma pencils. I used Spellbinder Labels 8 to cut out the image. The sentiment is by Flourishes. The tag shape is by Spellbinder. Pattern paper  and gems are by Hero Arts.

Friday, March 2, 2012

A walk in the woods

I just got home from a nice walk in the woods near our house with DH, a neigbour and their pup. Everything is so quiet, green and peaceful (except when the neighbour was shouting at the dog because he was looking for some poop to roll in - ick! Don't miss that part of owning a dog! LOL)
This card definitely captured the green mood in the woods today. I began the card by "stamp smooshing" the Memory Box fern stamp with Memento Bamboo leaves ink on 2 pieces of white cardstock. I let the ink dry then stamped the fern again with Versamark ink and embossed with clear embossing powder. I then used my sponge daubers and sponged Adirondack Lettuce, Clover and Pesto inks over the entire piece then I ironed off the embossing powder. I used Versafine Deep Lagoon ink to stamp my sentiment (Penny Black) and a few more ferns. I matted everything as shown and added some Hero Arts pearls to finish the card off. Thanks for stopping by!