Beary Sweet Wishes Valentine’s Card

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This card was so quick and fun to make! I’ll be posting a YouTube Video showing exactly how to do it. Make sure you Subscribe to our Youtube channel so you can watch the video when it goes live on 12/26/15!

Here’s the supplies you will need:

Avery Elle Beary Sweet Wishes Stamp Set  ($8.00. Buy one more stamp set and the second one is 35% off. That’s like getting them for 17.5% off each!)

Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers 

140lb Watercolor Cardstock 

Memento Tuxedo Black Ink

Waterbrush

Red Pigment Ink

Lawn Fawn Let’s Polka In The Dark Paper

See you on the 26th!

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Mother’s Day Card – Mother’s Help Us Grow

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I made this Mother’s Day Card almost exactly how I did in my last post except I used a different technique and medium for the stenciling of the Floral Frame stencil.  This one came out so much more vibrant because of this technique.

Here they are side by side:

Using Liquitex Super Heavy Gloss Gel mixed with Distress Inks

Using Liquitex Super Heavy Gloss Gel mixed with Mowed Lawn, Picked Raspberry and Worn Lipstick Distress Inks

Using Prima Light Paste and then brushing Distress Inks over it after dried.

Using Prima Light Paste and then brushing Distress Inks over it after dried.

You can see that by mixing the Distress Inks directly into a clear glossy medium, you will end up with vibrant results. Brushing the distress ink over the opaque Light Paste gave it more of a pastel effect. The card on the left did take significantly longer though. I had to mix each color individually and then carefully apply it through my stencil using a palette knife and masking off areas that I didn’t want a certain color in. For the card on the right, I just applied the Light Paste through the stencil , let it dry, and then brushed the Distress inks over top after placing the stencil back on to protect the surface underneath and keep the color just on the stenciled areas. I used the same Distress Ink colors except the green. I believe I used Peeled Paint for the card on the right.

For a list of supplies, please refer to my last post.  Here’s the YouTube video of me making this card:

Thank you for stopping by!

Coffee Lovers Bloghop for National Coffee Day!

Today is National Coffee Day and I had the PERFECT stamp set to celebrate with! Lawn Fawn’s Love you a Latte set.

Which looks like this,

Love you a Latte

I wanted to make it look like the coffee mugs were sitting on a granite counter top, so I tried making a counter top by marbling my Luster Mica Spray Mists. I used Hawaiian Shores and Black Sand Beach. To get them to marble all you need to do is spray them and then spray water while you are drying it with a heat tool. I use the heat tool and water simultaneously to move the Luster Spray Mist in the desired direction. I stamped the mugs using Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored them with Spectrum Noire Alcohol Markers. I will warn you that I know nothing about alcohol ink coloring. I gave it my best shot, but I feel that I failed miserably. The faces I used are actually from another Lawn Fawn Set (possibly multiple other sets). The “+” is the cross from the little nurse bird in another Lawn Fawn Set as well. The “=” was just drawn in using a PITT pen. I used the steam that says “smile” on it, but I just wanted the steam and not the “smile”, so I masked that part off and stamped it twice. The gold embossed hearts are also from another Lawn Fawn Set. I used a ever so slightly larger one on the mug than with the sentiment. I ended up spritzing the black cardstock because I still do not own a embossing powder anti-static tool and I made a mess. I think the Luster Spray Mist hid my boo boo pretty well!

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I’m playing along with the Coffee Lovers Bloghop because I LOVE coffee. I drink it 6 out of 7 days of the week and sometimes drink too much of it. HAHA. I hope you will play along too! To check it out, just click on the badge below and it will link you to the rules and the hop. Thanks for stopping by! 

Baby Shower Invitations

My best friend and I had a lot of fun making these Baby Shower invitations in a time crunch! We made 25 of them in just over 2 hours. The only thing we forget is to put where she is registered…oops! I think she figured out a way to incorporate that into the card though. Whew.

Here is a vague list of what we used:

Nested Owls Shapeabilities < Click to find them in my store!
Mini Labels Movers & Shapers
2 separate DCWV Mat Stacks (Can’t remember which ones, sorry!)
Fiskars and Recollections Baby themed stamp sets
White Embossing Powder, Versamark, and Heat Gun
Studio G Black Pigment Ink
Corner Chomper
Dot Runner from $1 Bin at Joann’s

Here are the pics:

We both seriously fell in love with the white owl on the black sparkly background. I know it’s not very baby-ish, but it is so cute! If you have any questions about how we did something, please feel free to comment.

Thank you for stopping by!

“Just Thinking of You” Card with Photo Pocket

Hi Everyone!

I have to make this quick, but I wanted to give a quick update about what I have been up to lately. I finally made a Facebook page for Intoxicating Arts,http://www.facebook.com/intoxicatingarts  . Also, just in case you want to see the videos I have recently uploaded, here is the link to my Channel, www.youtube.com/user/IntoxicatingArts . The videos I have uploaded recently show everything I would tell you here. I have been playing around with my Slice Machine lately . I used it to cut out a couple things I will be using on my nephews “Lucky #7” birthday card I will be making. I also show this card that I am posting pictures of below. I made a dimensional envelope for the card too. I will come back and show pictures of the birthday card once it is done and I will also show you a Father’s Day card that I plan on making.  Also, I now carry some of The Paper Loft’s papers! Wahoo! Click here to see them in my store 🙂

Here are the pics. If you want to know how I did something, please just ask!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

 

Clearsnap Petal Point Inks

Hey everyone!

Blitsy has the Clearsnap Petal Point Colorbox Inks and the Cat Eye inks on sale right now! Go check it out, http://blitsy.com/rewardsref/index/refer/id/26945/  . P.S. – they are doing a special promo right now that I will get $1.00 in Blitsy credit just for you signing up. You don’t even have to buy anything! I really appreciate you using my referer link 🙂 . If you already have an account, that’s great!

The petal point inks are awesome. I only have one set right now, but I love using them when stamping multi word sentiments. Here is an example of one I did recently:

Even doing that tiny “A” in the middle was a snap! Just use the point of the petal. Go check it out before they are “blitsed” out!

http://blitsy.com/rewardsref/index/refer/id/26945/

Thanks for stopping by!

Room to Grow!

Finally! Well, I say finally, but in all actuality I haven’t been waiting that long. It always feels that way though when you want something . I’ve been feeling very cramped up in my crafty space lately. It’s not that I don’t have alot of room either. I just had a terrible layout and I wasn’t making the most of my wall space. I had items on those Recollections Peg Boards stacked up on top of eachother, but I had a whole wall next to it that was empty. It was all a matter of getting more storage pieces. I had been wanting to go to IKEA for quite some time and finally had a chance to go last Saturday all by myself. Normally I wouldn’t want to go alone, but in this case it was optimal. At least then when I am sitting there staring at a basket for about 3 minutes I don’t have my boyfriend saying “What ARE you doing??”. The answer…I’m trying to figure out how to incorporate it into my craft room even though I didn’t draw it out on my plan. LOL. He doesn’t quite understand why I am like that and I can see how it would be annoying to deal with me. I barely have patience for myself sometimes! So weird, I know.

I still don’t have everything up so I am only going to share one picture. Even after I have all the new storage pieces up I won’t consider my room finished. I know it will take a while. I try to stop myself from being envious of others crafty spaces when I see YouTube videos. I just remind myself “you know, they probably accumulated all of that over many years and you have only been doing this for 5 months! ” and I also tell myself that being envious is never a good trait and then I find myself being happy for them that they have all that awesome stuff and the crafting community is so amazing. 🙂

So, the picture I want to share is to show you how I ended up using this space that I was originally planning on neglecting. The reason is because I keep inventory and shipping supplies in my closet. I had to make sure if I put something on the wall next to it that it wouldn’t be in the way when I was accessing the closet.

There you have it. Now I am not stacking things on top of eachother on my peg boards anymore. Yay! This storage solution was so super cheap and easy to install. They are called “BYGEL Rails”. The rails at this length were $2.99. The S-Clips were $0.99 per 10. The storage cups that are hanging there were $0.99 each. I also bought some shorter rails ($1.99 each) that will be within arms reach of my desk. I haven’t put those up yet, but I can’t wait! The shorter ones I have will also hold some BYGEL Metal Baskets ($1.99 each) that I got. I really like these rails since you can change how you want to use them at any time. Who knows, maybe some day I will decide I want these rails to all have the storage cups or all baskets? The fact that I can easily switch it up is awesome to me. I tried putting these rails up by myself, but it became pretty evident that it was a two person job. Luckily I had a sweet man that likes to use his drill there to help! My job was to tell him where I wanted them and to keep it level.

Hopefully this has given you an idea for storage if you were stuck. If it helped, please leave a comment to let me know. Also, if you have any awesome storage ideas, I would love to hear them .

Thank you for stopping by!

 

My First Giveaway! New Graphic 45 Goodies!

 Tropical Travelogue 8x8 Paper Pads

8″ x 8″ Tropical Travelogue Paper Pad by Graphic 45.

Flower Staples

Graphic 45 Flower Staples

Alphabet Sticker Staples

Graphic 45 Alphabet Sticker Staples

Kraft Envelope Album Staples

Kraft Envelope Album Staples by Graphic 45.

It might be a little too soon to do a giveaway, but I don’t care! lol. I’m so excited about all the awesome paper crafting supplies I have to offer that I want to do a giveaway. I am convinced once you try out Graphic 45’s items you will be hooked. Since you know I have the best prices and I will give you great service, I know you will come back to me to get them. This giveaway is for one of each of the items I posted a picture of above. The items that are not yet hyperlinked to my store are in my possession, but I just haven’t had a chance to post them for sale.

Here are the rules and how to enter:

•Must be within the Continental U.S. (sorry, when I get bigger I promise I will be able to branch out)
•Must be subscribed to my blog (New subscribers are totally welcome. Just subscribe before you comment)
• Leave a comment on this post telling me:
 1. What your favorite Tropical place is.
2. What you would make using these supplies.
•You have until Sunday April 15th at Midnight to enter. I will use Random.org to pick a winner. You may only comment once. Double comments will only be counted one time.
•I will announce who is the winner on April 16th via a blog post on this blog (which is why you need to be subscribed). You will be instructed to e-mail me your information so I can mail you your new goodies. If I do not hear from the winner by April 23rd, I will use Random.org to pick a new winner using the original comments on the blog post.

I think that about does it! Don’t forget to spread the word so your crafty friends get a chance to win these fun Graphic 45 items too!

Thanks for stopping by and Good Luck!

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Faux Glass Bottle with Mystic Liquid

I’ll be the first to admit that my posts lately haven’t been quite “creative”. My excuse is plain and simple. I haven’t had any crafting time lately. I added up how much I have crafted in the past two weeks combined and it was a grand total of about 2.5 hours. *sigh* Unfortunately a lot of that time was taken up by trying to get inspired. It seems like once I finally get on a roll it’s already time to stop because I have to do something else.  OK, enough with the excuses. I’m sure everyone knows what I am talking about. What I want to share today is a little faux Glass Bottle  with Mystic Liquid that I made using the new Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe Cling 2 Stamp Set!

Supplies Needed:

• Transparency
•Vellum
•Stayz-On Ink ( I used Royal Purple)
•Archival Ink (I used black)
•Alcohol Inks (I used a total of 5 different colors but one color per image would probably be fine.)
•Distress Ink- Tea Dye or other brown color
• Acrylic Block ( I used the Fiskars Stamp Press)
•Non-Stick Craft Mat
•Heat Tool ( To dry archival ink if you’re impatient like me)
•Half of a Cosmetic Sponge or an Ink Blending Tool
•Scissors (I used my Tonic Studio scissors, but any scissors that allow you to cut a small image will work)
•Glossy Accents (or any other glue that will quickly dry vellum to transparency)
•Popsicle Stick (I used a mini one that came in a big pack in the kids craft section of Wal-Mart)
•…and of course your Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe Cling 2 Stamp Set! ( or you could use a different bottle and label stamp set if you already have one.)

1. Mount your bottle stamp onto your block and stamp your image onto the transparency with stayz-on ink. I used the Fiskars Stamp Press because transparencies are slippery and I didn’t want to risk smearing my image. You can use a regular block just be careful to lift straight up when taking the stamp back up. Set these aside.

2. Put your Label Stamp onto your block and stamp onto Vellum using Archival Ink. If you are using the same stamp as I am and you want the label to fit in the label area of the stamp, then you will want to make a little bit of room between your images.  You can either set these aside to dry or dry them with your heat tool so you can move on to the next step.

3. Place the vellum label over the stamped image and lightly pencil in where you should cut the label to fit the bottle properly. Cut ou the label. Any pencil lines you can see will be covered up by the next step as long as you made them light. I also made a second bottle that I only cut around the circular part of the label. If that is what you prefer, then you would skip the lining up and penciling part of this step.

4. Dab the Distress Ink onto the vellum labels to make them look aged. Try blotting more in some areas than others to really give it that aged look. Blotting on a smaller surface is easier with this folded up cosmetic sponge than using the ink blending tool, in my opinion.

5. Ok, so now for the fun part! Decide what color you want your mystic liquid to be and grab those alcohol ink colors. If you are using multiple colors then start with the lightest and work your way to the darkest. Do not apply the alcohol ink directly to the transparency. Doing this will give you very little control. The alcohol ink will lift the ink off the transparency. (Tip: I remembered after making these that you could avoid the worry of lifting the ink off the transparency by simply flipping it over and using the alcohol inks on the other side. This would also give you a more finished look) Put one drop onto the tip of your popsicle stick and glide it around the areas that you want it to go. I did not use any alcohol ink blending solution. If you use the opposite side of the transparency then you can be a little more daring since you won’t need to worry about staying in the lines. When you are done adding alcohol inks cut out the bottle image.

6. Glue the vellum labels on the opposite side that you used the alcohol inks. I used Glossy Accents since I know it is quick drying and can hold these two materials together. The picture above is what they looked like when I first put the glue on. I ended up leaving these for about half an hour. When I came back I found that during drying they had curled. When the labels curled they still held tight to the transparency and the transparency curled right along with it. All I had to do was re-shape it with my hands and it went straight again.

Here is the finished product. I plan on popping these onto a bookmark that I am working on. If you look closely at the label on the right bottle you will see some crackle marks on the label. This happened when I was reshaping it after it had curled. I love the crackles. I feel like it just adds to the aged look that I wanted !

If you try this technique, please let me know !  I would love to see how yours comes out. I think using the alcohol inks on the opposite side will open up more possibilities of making the liquid in the bottle look more “liquidy” and not so potion-esque. However, I do like the potion look to it lol. I’m seriously tempted to make a chipboard cabinet and putting a bunch of these faux bottles into it!

Thanks for stopping by. Don’t forget to subscribe, comment, and check out my store at http://shop.intoxicatingarts.com . I have more Graphic 45 and Tim Holtz goodies in the mail as I’m typing. Yay!

Go to Blitsy NOW. Why I bought Tim Holtz’ New Book.

Ok, first click on this link, http://blitsy.com/rewardsref/index/refer/id/26945/ , (yes, I get a referer bonus )
and reserve “Compendium of Curiosities II”, then finish reading the post below. (Don’t worry, Blitsy holds it in your cart for one hour so no one else can snatch it up while you finish shopping. ) After you read my post you can decide whether you want to go ahead and buy the book or just have Blitsy drop it out of your cart. I’d hate for you to read the post and go to buy it just to find out they were already “Blitsed”.
You would think that promoting Blitsy would be a bad idea for me. However, when I find good deals that I am not yet capable of offering, I get much more enjoyment out of sharing those deals than getting frustrated that I can not yet offer them.

So…if you have been waiting to buy Tim Holtz’ new Book “Compendium of Curiosities II”, now is the time! I just got an e-mail from Blitsy that it was in and I didn’t hesitate for a minute. Tim Holtz has such amazing ideas. Yeah, I know there are YouTube videos with awesome techniques up the wazoo and he is doing his new “Creative Chemistry 101” class online. BUT to me there is nothing quite like having a hard copy to be able to refer to. When I first got into stamping, inking, paper crafting (not scrapbooking, which started when I was 12), etc, the very first book I bought was “Ink Essentials” which was also put out by Ranger Industries. Of course when I found out that some of these techniques were available for free on YouTube I got a little frustrated that I just dropped about $18 on a rather skinny book. However, I was cleaning my room the other day and ran across the Ink Essentials book. I started fanning through the pages and realized that I still haven’t tried many of the techniques in this book! Besides, if you don’t know the name of the technique or that it even exists, then how would you search for it on YouTube? Hmm, tricky! lol.

Ok, now go back to Blitsy and decide for yourself if you want that book!