Floral Birthday Card for Older Sister

Another month has passed and another family member’s birthday has passed as well. I don’t know about you guys, but it seems like there is a birthday every month between my family and friends. There’s some months that I end up celebrating 2-3 birthdays!  For me, April and May are the only months that I don’t have to make cards for, but of course I could make Easter and Memorial Day cards if I wanted to. I love that it means I absolutely MUST craft to make a card . Sometimes it’s a little hard to fit it in, but I try to make an effort to make them feel special on their day.

This is the card that I made for my older sister. I used a laser cut wood piece that I had laying around and tried out my new mica powder colors on her card too! I plan on releasing these very soon, but I wanted to test/play with them a little first. The dies that I used were Spellbinders and I got the pack for $10.00 at the rubber stamp event we went to. The flower stamps were in a $0.79 pack that I got from my LSS. Can you believe I found a red rubber cling stamp set for only $0.79!? That was a major score! I used a Cuttlebug embossing folder and peacock feathers distress ink for the background. The paper was an old Prima pad that I have and I can’t remember what it was called, but I want to say Sunflower since that’s pretty much what the entire paper pad was comprised of. Here’s the card:

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She really liked it and says she wants to keep it! Of course, that is pretty much the best complement, since us card makers can’t even fathom the thought of a recipient throwing away our crafty gift that took us hours to make and we even were nice enough to use our special secret-stash-hoard items on. Yeah, you know what I mean! I hope you like the card as much as she did. Thank you for stopping by my blog!

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Christmas is Coming! New Laser Cuts

Christmas is right around the corner and Intoxicating Arts has the perfect laser cuts for your holiday crafting! We have 7 different Christmas and Winter themed laser cut listings up already and plenty more to come! Check them out below. To purchase, just click the picture.

Wood Christmas Gift Tags, Set of 6 for $3.79

Snowflakes Mini Cuts $5.35

Merry Christmas Bold Card Maker Set $3.09

Merry Christmas Bold Large Size $1.49

Merry Christmas Cursive $1.59

Merry Christmas Presents Card Maker Set. $2.79

Christmas Fireplace Set only $2.99! Click picture to buy

I hope you saw something you like! I plan to make a lot more of these Christmas and Holiday themed laser cuts. Thanks for stopping by!

My First Try at Stampscapes

I went to the Rubber Stamp Events Convention yesterday with my mom. We now go every year together since she moved back to AZ. It was a nice time and I finally bought some things I was eyeballing last year.  I did find a couple items on clearance,  but of course, the main items I wanted were full price.  Being that I still wanted them after all this time,  I let myself purchase them.

Stampscapes are these awesome silhouette style stamps that are used to form landscape scenes.  They are unique in the way they are designed because you don’t end up with harsh edges and it is easy to put together a truly organic scene.  A major bonus is there are over 100 informational videos from Stampscapes on You Tube. I’ve been binge watching them since last night!
Here’s what you need to get started:

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Dye based inks,  glossy cardstock,  Stampscapes stamps,  sponge daubers (or some type of blending tool), white gel pen (for highlighting), protective work surface,  inka gold is optional for rubbing around the edge of the finished piece.

Close up on stamps I bought:

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As you can see, one of those stamps is not by Stampscapes,  but I figured it would work pretty well. I also found a life-like Victorian House stamp when I was digging around in my craft room that I figured should work.

My first try at stamping the scene,  I put the mountains in the completely wrong spot. You can see that on the left sheet.

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The second time I stamped,  I got it right.  You will need to do some simple masking along the way.  I used just a paper towel. Which I then also accidentally smudged ink with that same paper towel in the sky and proceeded to try to make that accident look like it was on purpose.  Not too happy that happened!

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My coloring and blending skills could definitely use some work.  I used the gel pen to add highlights,  waves, and tried to make a foggy light coming from the light source in the background.  I might continue to blend this,  but it was almost midnight and I had already been working on it for a while. You MUST have patience when blending or you will end up with ruined foam pieces or harsh lines.  Light pressure and continued strokes is key.

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Here’s my end product.  If I do this same scene again,  I will make the Victorian a light grey and probably do the same for the mountains.  I was playing downstairs and only brought a few inks down. My laziness of not wanting to go up to the craft room resulted in less than desired results.  However,  it was still a TON OF FUN and I will definitely be making more of these and turning them into Christmas cards :-)!!