So Shelli Happy Birthday Creative Challenge

Posted by Captain Crafter on 7:25 PM
I know it's not hard to figure where I got the inspiration for this card (cover of the 2009-2010 SU catalogue). I haven't purchased anything from the new catalogue yet, so I used what I had to develop my card. The only things that are non SU: Adirondack Acrylic Paint and one little flower that's in-between the two felt flowers.

Also, I used my specially designed blow pen to make the splatter, and I must say it's works much better than the spritzer tool. I have tried the spritzer, but I had difficulty controlling the amount of ink so that's why I developed my own tool to create the splatter.

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Happy Birthday Creative Challenge

Posted by Captain Crafter on 3:19 PM
I started to make this card just the other day. I had no idea what theme I was going to use until I was on Shelli Gardner's site, So Shelli, and saw that her latest challenge was calling for a Happy Birthday theme.

I haven't made a card that pops up, slides, spins in some time so before I started I decided to do a view master type card with a bit of a twist. The twist being when you hold a piece of red cello over the red stamped image it reveals the hidden blue image beneath. I'm not sure what to call it but the idea came from an old game I had when I was a kid and it had this method of revealing the answers to the questions in the game card.

I hope you all enjoy!

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Mojo Monday Sketch Challenges #89

Posted by Captain Crafter on 12:19 PM
Nothing like waiting to the last minute to post my card for this weeks sketch challenge on Mojo Monday Sketch Blog. Enjoy!

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1st Annual 2Sketches4You Ultimate Card Showdown

Posted by Captain Crafter on 4:03 PM
For this weeks sketch challenge from 2SketchesYou, I thought I would do something new. I made a travel log book based on Laura Sketch #27. It's not my usual thing, but I hope you'll enjoy it. Thanks for the great challenge!!!

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Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge #88

Posted by Captain Crafter on 2:54 PM
This is my first time to do one of the sketch challenges from Mojo Monday. The one thing I really like about their sketches is how simple they are. Less is more, and thats how I like to make my cards. Enjoy!

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Kazan's Sketch #27

Posted by Captain Crafter on 11:07 AM
Know Father's Day is coming up I wanted to stick to that theme for this sketch challenge from 2Sketches4You. The real challenge with any sketch challenge is deciding what to do with the design, but when I saw this layout it said "Skill Saw". I used tin foil to make a saw blade and sharpened my Giga Punch at the same time. It took me a while to come up with something that would look like a power cord. I found a piece of shoe lace and fed some wire through the middle, so I could coil it. I am so pleased with that part, because now it really looks like a power saw. Enjoy!!!

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Laura's Sketch #21

Posted by Captain Crafter on 10:07 PM
I really enjoyed Laura' sketch this week at 2Sketches4You. It has a nice simple layout and for me thats good, cause I had no problem coming up with a style to suit the sketch. With the big flower I wanted it to say "Look at me, touch me, love me!" I think the colours give the card the punch it needed. Enjoy!

Paper: Textured Chocolate Chip, Cool Caribbean, Water Colour Paper, DSP from Salebration.
Ink: So Saffron, Ruby Red, Cool Caribbean, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Aqua Painters (for water colouring)

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Totally Tool Time

Posted by Captain Crafter on 7:10 PM
I just got this set a couple weeks ago and I'm so glad I bought it, there's not many masculine sets out on the market. This set screamed tool belt, so here's my latest creation. Enjoy!

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Laura's Sketch #20

Posted by Captain Crafter on 1:40 PM
When I first saw Laura's sketch at 2Sketches4You, I thought this is going to be tough. Initially I thought the sketch looked a little like a cow, then a persons bum came to mind. I finally came up with an idea that fit quite well. I know it's not a pretty card, but I think it's funny. The lollipop does have crystal effects on it, but, unfortunately it doesn't show up here. Looking at the card now I wish I'd added some taste buds to the tongue. Oh well, next time.


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Kazan's Sketch #20

Posted by Captain Crafter on 4:52 PM
I just received some new stamps in the mail so I thought I'd use them for this challenge from 2Sketches4You. Enjoy!!!

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A Quick Fix For Gel Pens

Posted by Captain Crafter on 10:20 PM
Here's the long anticipated gel pen repair tutorial. I know I'm not the only one that loves and hates the white gel pens, and I know I'm not the only one out there with a stack of white gel pens that don't work. So I have developed a crude way to fix these pens and get what we paid for; WHITE GOLD!!!!!! Bwahahahahahahaha!!!!!!! 

There's a few things you need to gather to do the repair. You need a white eraser, a craft knife, and the white gel pen (of course). In the first picture you can see that I cut a piece of eraser just bigger than the hole of the ink insert.

In the second picture shows the piece of eraser that will be a plug. I have just inserted the eraser plug into the ink insert. I know what you are all thinking square peg round hole, trust me it will work and save you money. Also in this picture you can see other plug that I have inserted, I just put another one in to show you it looks like upon insertion. You'll only need one maybe two plugs.

In picture three, I'm showing what I use to push the plug down deeper into the ink insert. So each time you push the plug, and ONLY A LITTLE BIT AT A TIME, your pen will work once again. If you push too much the ink will flow out quickly and destroy you work so test on a scrap piece of card stock.

In this last picture you can see a before and after. Now remember push the plug just a wee bit.
One last bit of info, I use the ink insert as the pen (I don't reassemble the pen) and I toss the rest of the pen bits.

Well there you have it, I hope this fix (not a pretty fix, but, a fix just the same)works for you. 
Thanks for looking.

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Laura's Sketch #18

Posted by Captain Crafter on 12:47 PM

I really enjoy doing challenges, especially over at 2Sketches4You. This weeks sketch was designed by Laura and I must say it's one of favourite sketches EVER. Anywho here's my card. Enjoy!!!

This second image is a close-up shot to show some of the faint details.

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Kazan's Sketch 18

Posted by Captain Crafter on 9:17 PM
Here's my creation for Kazan's sketch #18 on 2sketches4U.

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