Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year!

Just a quick, colorful card to wish everyone a Happy New Year. I have spent today and probably will spend tonight as well playing with Ranger's Alcohol inks and eating tasty treats. I cannot drink alcohol due to new meds so figured I should have some sort of alcohol to ring in the new year! LOL
I made this colorful background using a bunch of Ranger Alcohol inks on glossy cardstock and used compressed air to spread the color around. I thought it looked a bit like fireworks.
The stamped images were stamped on matte white cardstock with Pitch Black Adirondack ink but when I cut them out and put them on the background they were really too white! So I tried putting alcohol inks on the matte cardstock as well and it worked like a charm! Very handy when one is working at home with VERY limited supplies. Will have to play a bit more on matte cardstock. I added some Star Dust Stickles to the fireworks for some extra sparkle!
Here is to a fantastic 2013!
Stamps used: Hero Arts Happy New Year & clear set All the Time (a Operation Write Home set)

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas!

Just a quick (scheduled) post to wish everyone a Merry Christmas. It's been pretty busy around here what with gift wrapping, baking, cleaning, shopping not to mention me having to get caught up on Crafty Caper's data entry so we can begin inventory in the next day or so. Here is a card I made during a recent play date. The poinsettia (hmmmm I see a trend here) background stamp is by Stampendous and I stamped it on watercolor cardstock then embossed it with Ranger Seafoam white powder. I used my Distress markers to color the images (quite difficult to see the white on white when you are blind in one eye!!) however I kept at it! I stamped the Stampendous saying in the same white embossing powder and voila card completed! You can't see it in this photo but I also added some Diamond Stickles to the flower for some extra wow!
Just had to include this photo of my handsome boy, Bud. He spent Sunday morning runnng under the sheet set out to dry on our drying rack. A sheet fort - best Christmas present ever he thought! Bud hopes all his friends get everything they ask for this Christmas and if anyone happens to get any extra meat to please send it his way! ;)
Merry Christmas everyone!

Monday, December 24, 2012


A few weeks ago the fabulous Sheree Taylor brought in some gorgeous poinsettia tags. When  saw them I knew I had to try my hand at the poinsettias. Click on the link for some good instructions on how to make these flowers.
I do not own the Tim Holtz tattered poinsettia die so I used my Spellbinder one. I used Distress inks: Fired Brick, Festive Berries, Wild Honey and Gathered Twig. I used my Penny Black script stamp to add some texture to my flower. I finished up my card by using my Spellbinder Labels 18 die plus Expandable Botanical Swirl plus a Sizzix embossing folder with edging in Distress ink (Gathered Twig). The sentiment is by Stampendous, if my memory serves me correctly, which it certainly may not! LOL The card can be seen in real life at the store as it did not get mailed out this year.
Thanks everyone for stopping by!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Gift Tags

 I spent my last day of work before Christmas working on Christmas tags! They were fun to do, quick and gave me the opportunity to use up some of the bits and pieces in my paper and ribbon stash. The ornament die is by Memory Box, glitter Glitter Ritz (Fire Red, Mystique, Warm Highlight and Champagne), sentiment stamps by Hero Arts (Gingy set). Ink is Red Royal by Hero Arts.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Merry Christmas!

Sorry no new card today however just a quick reminder that today is the last day Crafty Capers is open before Christmas. We are open today 10 am - 4 pm so if there are any last minute crafty items you need pop in today. To makes things just a little sweeter the first 10 customers to stop by today get 10% off their purchase (excluding Gift Certificates).
Hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

A Little Black Magic

I had a few minutes to some more new 2013 Hero Arts stamps today and made this card.
I stamped the new Life in Your Years stamp by Hero Arts on black cardstock with Seafoam white embossing powder then I pulled out my Copic markers and colored directly over top of the embossing powder. I love how it turned out very fun look. I then matted the sentiment on a scrap of blue Coredinations cardstock then embossed the vine stamp from the new Hero Arts clear set Love Jar then colored the vines with Copic markers as well. I stamped the flower on a scrap of black cardstock and embossed with white embossing powder and colored it with my Copic markers and then cut it out. I added some Hero Arts Foliage Mixed accents to the center of the flower to finish it off.
All supplies for this card are in stock at Crafty Capers. :)
Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, December 15, 2012

A new card with new Hero Arts stamps!

Well got a bit of time to play this week between order trouble shooting, friend visiting and other assorted errands!
Pretty happy with how this turned out. I used 3 new Hero Arts stamps/sets one clear set called Fantastic Birthday (sentiment and popsicle), wood stamp Tweed background and stamp Ink spots (could have this name wrong).
I embossed the Tweed stamp with Ranger's Seafoam white embossing powder on kraft cardstock then I made a mini tag on another scrap of kraft cardstock and stamped the ink spots stamp with Versafine Vintage Sepia ink. I stamped the sentiment with Hero Arts ink Royal Red. I added some twine and stamped and colored the popsicle with some Derwent watercolor pencils then cut it out. I added some Hero Arts pearls for a final touch!
Hope you ejnoyed the Crafty Capers 2013 Hero Arts stamps sneak peak! All stamps are currently available for purchase from Crafty Capers however I expect these will sell out quickly!
For another sneak peak or two be sure to check out Alli's cards!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Hero Arts Debut Party Dec 15!

Just a quick reminder that Crafty Capers is only 1 of 2 stores in all of BC who will have the brand new 2013 Hero Arts stamps in stock before Christmas! The store will be having a Hero Arts Debut party on Saturday December 15. The party fun will include make and takes, new stamps, the NEW 2013 Hero Arts catalogue to check out plus tasty treats (yum!).
The make and take will run from 10:30 am - 1:30 pm cost is $2.00 OR a food donation. All monies and food will go to a Nanaimo Food Bank. Please bring your basic class kit including adhesives and scissors with you to the make and take. Kathy will be doing a different Hero Arts make and take on Monday Dec 17 if you miss the Dec 15 ones or want to do more! :)
Here is a small sneak peak of the stamps you will see Dec 15! Hero Arts is giving even more sneak peaks on their blog each Friday so be sure to check it out!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

A snowy blue scene

Just quickly stopping in to show off yet another Christmas card I got whipped up todya! I am making some progress on my Christmas cards...
This one layer card is perfect for mailing no chance of getting dinged for being over weight or too fat!
I cut out a Spellbinder square window from a piece of scrap cardstock and taped the mask to my main cardstock. Using my Colorbox stylus wand and sponge tip is sponged Hero Arts Soft Pool around the edges of the square opening then I cut out a Memory Box die (Country Landscape) and taped it within the square to act as a stencil. I used Distress inks Tumbled Glass and Broken China to define the country scene then I pulled the square window and landscape masks to reveal a gorgeous square with a little scene on it. I finished the card by stamping a Stampendous sentiment and some Penny Black snowflakes. Easy Peasy!

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Stampendous Hard Core Crop Challenge

All this week Stampendous and Core-dinations cardstock have been having a contest (check it out, deadline is tonight!). I spent most of the week mulling over what I was going to do then my first project turned out "garbage worthy" so had to start again from scratch however I got my project done just in time!
I started my card by embossing the birds with white embossing powder on Coredinations cardstock then I used my Colorbox stylus wand and foam tips and sponged in some Distress ink colors.
Once I was happy with the colors I took a Sizzix embossing folder and embossed the areas around the bird image then sanded the cardstock to reveal the lighter core then I went back in around the edges and added more Fired Brick ink. I stamped my Stampendous sentiment on an extra scrap of Core cardstock then ripped the corners revealing the lighter inner color then lightly tapped in a bit of Distress inks.
I made my own tinsel garland using some Stampendous Crushed Glass Glitter and Be Creative tape. I matted my stamped piece on another piece of Core cardstock (again ripped on the bottom) then onto my main cardstock. Finished off the project with a few red pearls. Love how I managed to use a non-Christmas image on a Christmas card.
Thanks everyone for stopping by!
Card Recipe:
Stamps: Stampendous Bird Frame & Tis the Season (clear set)
Paper: Core-dinations Beach and Roasted Pepper
Ink: Versafine Vintage Sepia, Distress ink Fired Brick, Gathered Twigs & Wild Honey
Other: Stampendous Champagne Crushed Glass Glitter, Red Pearls, Be Creative tape, Ranger Seafoam white embossing powder & Sizzix embossing folder

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Impression Obession snowman

Another Christmas card. This time I have used lots of Impression Obsession images and dies. I colored the Impression Obsession snowman with my Tombow markers on watercolor cardstock. I matted him as shown using Bazzill cardstock. The sentiment is by Impression Obession and called Christmas Joy. The snowflake die is also by Impression Obsession.
The designer paper is by Echo Park and called Be Happy, it may be my diet talking, but it totally reminds me of Christmas candy! LOL
Oh and I have heard a rumour that Kathy's Coffee and a Card class on Monday will be using this cute snowman image! Drop in between 10:30 and 1:00 pm with your basic class kit and make a card using this image plus some other Impression Obsession stamps for just $2.00.