Monday, 30 July 2012

Robyn's dresses

Robyn loved our dress card so much that we made in our Madame Boutique display that she went home and made it straight away (see post on June 21st ). She then made these variations which are fantastic. 

The first dress is folded in the same way that we made it but it has been placed on a fancy folded card (the same card base we used in one of our Christmas card lesson in 2011).

The second dress has been made differently. This skirt has long vertical folds and the bodice and skirt have an edging which was made using a border punch. The card base for this card is the same used in the first card.

Amazing as usual Robyn.
Thanks for sharing your great ideas with us.

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Spectrum Noir colouring

For those of you who love colouring in with your Spectrum Noir Pens here is a different way to stamp your image. Usually we stamp with black Memento ink. Here we have stamped with Angel Pink Memento ink. Taking away the black lines changes the look of your finished project. The ink pads are on their way and due in to the shop very soon. Please contact the shop and we will put one aside for you. All other items on this card including this gorgeous stamp and printed paper is available at Crafty Capers now.

We have had many people ask us about running more Spectrum demonstrations so we will be running more in August. Stay tuned for the dates and demo information as it will be released soon.

Sunday, 22 July 2012

Check out this little guy!!!!!!

This little guy is so cute. It is one of new stamps from Kaiser. He has been coloured in with the lovely Spectrum Noir Alcohol Based Markers. He is mounted onto a Spellbinders Labels 4 and this is mounted onto a layer of American Craft printed paper. We have used gold foil board as a layer under the printed paper as well as one of the Spellbinder layers to brighten the look of the card. As the card, paper and turtle are all brown it was looking very dark. We have also done this technique on the Magolia Display that we currently have up in the shop (and have been featured on a recent post) as these cards were also very muted. 

Thursday, 19 July 2012

The Queen Of Punch Art

The lovely Merle has been a customer of ours since 2004 and she is the "Queen Of Punch Art". 

She makes the most stunning cards from punching and gluing shapes together. Over the years I have seen many amazing creations from her. 

Can you believe that the flowers below featured on her cards are all hand made. Each of the 3D roses are made up of 3 punched layers which are cut and glued together to form the flower. The flowers are glued onto stems and also have a bead in the centre of the flower. She also makes up smaller rose buds to balance out the bouquet. 

We recently introduced Merle and her lovely (also very talented) daughter Rosemary to the world of the Big Shots Die Cutting machines and they are now combining both punch art, die cutting and embossing on their cards.

Stay tuned for more cards from both Merle and Rosemary very soon. 

They are a very talented duo who absolutely love, love love their card making .

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Marie's flowers

Marie (another one of our very clever customers) made up these two gorgeous cards (and a few more that I will show you soon) and brought them in to show us a few weeks ago. I have always loved this paper set from Kaiser. The brown and blue colours on the print went together so well.  If you dig around in your paper stash you might find that you have some already. As it is an older design it is no longer available. 

Marie loves creating, hand cutting and putting fiddly things together.
The top of the flower pot (the section with the flowers glued onto it) pulls out and you write on this panel. This card was made using a variety of punches and the pot was cut by hand. 

The second card features a Sizzix die that we have often used in the shop before. It has a flower, stem and leaves and is called Flourish, Floral with Leaves. You can also use other flowers with the stem and leaves which means it is very universal. We featured the stem and leaves on a recent post . It is on the easel display board with the saying "Creativity is allowing yourself..."

          Thanks for sharing your great designs with us Marie.

Have you been onto our Facebook page yet? If you "like" our page before this week you go into the running to win a $15 shop voucher. There is 1 entry per customer and the prize will be drawn on Saturday morning.

If you don't have a Facebook page don't worry as we also have something special for all of our blog readers.

Have a look and see if you can find the discount voucher. The voucher can be used this week only. I will give you a hint, it is hiding somewhere on the page that you are looking at right now.
If you can not work out how to print the voucher out try using a right click on your mouse.

Happy hunting!!!!

Friday, 13 July 2012

Washi tape

This card has an acetate/clear film base instead of a normal card base. Purple Washi Tape has been used to decorate the front of the card. The seahorse was coloured in with the fabulous Spectrum Noir Alcohol based markers (LV1, LV2, PL5). The stamps are from a new range of sea animals from Kaiser and are priced at only $3.50 each. There are 6 very cute animals in the set including an octopus, fish, crab, turtle and whale. We have samples up in the shop with all of them coloured in with Spectrum Noir pens and Liquid Pearls. The seahorse is adhered onto the front of the card. The scalloped circle is adhered to the inside of the card. The tape is covered by the seahorse. There is 1 scalloped circle stuck onto the inside of the card for you to write on. The last circle is stuck onto the outside of the circle. This circle is a Bazzill Bling circle and it has been stuck so the texture can be seen from the inside of the card. The front and back circle are the same size. The circle on the inside is one size smaller.
We have Washi Tape, the Kaiser stamps and Spectrum Noir pens in stock at the moment.

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Jacqui's boxes

Jacqui (one of our very clever customers) has shown how universal the box design can be. She attended the classes and has made these 3 boxes. The first box was for a christening, the second box was for her Mum and the third box has been made in black and white (which always look amazing). 
Thanks for sharing these amazing boxes with us Jacqui!

Sunday, 8 July 2012

Robyn's creations

Robyn has had a few of her cards on our blog now. She is always making something quirky.  The card below was make for her son's birthday. The fold of the square card is at the top. The embossed card has been made using the Sizzix Diamond Plate embossing folder. This pattern also looks great in when used with metallic card and foil board. A larger circle has been cut from the centre and edged in gold twine which was glued on by hand to cover the inside edge. I bet that took a bit of patience!!!!! The globe was cut out of the Timeless Kaiser paper pad and also edged in gold twine and suspended from the top of the card (the string was secured under the embossed layer).
Diamond Plate & Riveted Metal Set by Tim Holtz

The card below is a great variation of a card that we had recently displayed in the shop. I had used it on a large card base (6.5" square) as I had wanted to show customers how you could use this print from the paper pad. This particular print is one that the card makers often refer to as a scrapbooking print. We put it on a larger card to show you how you could use it as the full print. Robyn has used the print and cut it down. She selected the part of the print that she wanted and cut it to fit on a standard card. She then stamped in StazOn the Eiffel Tower onto acetate, attached it behind the stamped frame and mounted it onto the card. 1 print, 2 great ideas. The paper and stamps used in this card are from the Kaiser Bonjour collection. The paper pad is in stock at the moment. The stamps will be back in stock next week.

A great saying.

Making a card is not about getting it done quickly. I like to think it is more about the process of creating. We create because we enjoy it. It doesn't matter how much time it takes or how many times you have to do it, it is about going through the process of creating something amazing from nothing. The enjoyment we get from staring with a pile of bits and an idea in our head and ending up with a finished card that you are proud of that we can give to someone we care about. 

Everyone can create something amazing and we can all learn from each others creations. You learn ideas from our samples, Jill and I learn from each other and we also learn from your cards. The thing I love most about our blog is being able to share with you the amazing samples that our customers bring in to show us. I have heaps of customer cards that I have taken photos of recently which I will be putting up this week on the blog. Please be aware that some of the items featured on customer cards may no longer be available for purchase but we have shared it with you because it is a great card. 

Thursday, 5 July 2012

Pretty pink flowers

Shirley (one of our very clever customers) made these two gorgeous cards for us which we have up on display in the shop. She has used two of the lovely new stamps from Stamp It - Geraldton Wax and Magnolia.

MagnoliaGeraldton Wax

This card features the Magnolia stamp. Shirley has used the Deckled Oval Spellbinder die set (her favourite set) along with the deckled blade (her favourite blade) on her Carl Craft paper trimmer. The Magnolia stamp was coloured in with Tombow Pens (772, 723, 725, 757, 138, 158) and then with Gelly Rollers (719, 720, 721, 727). Shirley puts a dob of the Gelly Roller onto her stamped image and then uses a paint brush to brush it over the image and this puts a lovely metallic sheen over the coloured petals.

The Geraldton Wax image has also been coloured in with Tombow Pens (673, 725, 670, 158) and Gelly Rollers (720, 721)  The centres of the flowers are embellished with rhinestones and the layer that had been stamped on has  had the edges inked. Thanks Shirley for sharing your lovely cards with us. 
Both stamps used, the Tombow Pens and the Gelly Rollers are available at Crafty Capers.