Hero Arts My Monthly Hero January 2017 Card Kit

Here is a Valentine’s Card I made using the most recent kit from Hero Arts. This kit was $34.99 including shipping. I signed up using the subscription option which includes shipping for free.

To see what was in the kit watch this video:

Here is the first card I made:

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Here’s the video of me making this card:

To check out the Hero Arts My Monthly Hero Kits, go here. I’ll be back soon with card #2 and #3 from this same kit!

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Lawn Fawn Mom + Me Mother’s Day Card

Here’s a card I made last night for my Mom. This card took me about 35 minutes which is a good time frame in my opinion. There’s times that a card can take me over an hour to complete. This one hit that sweet spot where there’s still coloring and detail but it didn’t take me an astronomical amount of time to complete. A list of supplies will be listed below the pictures.

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Here’s the clickable list of supplies I used:

•Lawn Fawn Mom + Me Stamp Set (25% off in our store right now!) Also available at Simon Says Stamp by clicking the picture below.
Lawn Fawn MOM AND ME Clear Stamps LF1134

• Lawn Fawn Celebration Scripty Sayings (for inside sentiment) (25% off in our store!). Also available at Simon Says Stamp by clicking the picture below.

Lawn Fawn CELEBRATION SCRIPTY SAYINGS Clear Stamps LF1059

• Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid Paper (discounted in our store as a set) . Also available as a set from Simon Says Stamp by clicking the picture below.
Lawn Fawn PERFECTLY PLAID 12 x 12 Collection Pack LF1115

• Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers from Amazon or Simon Says Stamp by clicking the picture below.
Zig CLEAN COLOR 12 set Real Brush RB-6000AT

• Water Brush from Amazon or Simon Says Stamp by clicking the picture below.
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• Staedtler Ergosoft Watercolor Pencils from Amazon by clicking the picture below.

•Colorbox Petal Point Pinwheel for the Purple and Blue inks used on the front and inside sentiment from Amazon by clicking the picture below.

• Colorbox Cateye Ink in Brown for the Tree Trunk from Amazon by clicking the picture below.

• Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Walnut Stain used on the owl stamp from Amazon or Simon Says Stamp by clicking the picture below.
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad WALNUT STAIN Ranger TIM19534

• 140 pound watercolor cardstock from Amazon or Simon Says Stamp by clicking the picture below. (Also a great item to buy with a coupon at Michael’s)
Strathmore WATERCOLOR PAPER PAD 9x12 Bound 360109

• Scotch ATG Gun to adhere everything firmly and securely from Amazon or Simon Says Stamp by clicking the picture below.
3M Scotch PINK ATG ADVANCED TAPE GLIDER 1/4 Inch Adhesive Glue Gun

• Card Bases and Envelopes to make assembly and sending easy from Amazon or Simon Says Stamp by clicking the picture below. (Tip: I also like to buy the bulk sets at Hobby Lobby with a coupon!)
Core'dination WHITE Smooth A2 Cards And Envelopes GX800079

That completes the list of necessary supplies. This card came together so nicely and I had a lot of fun making it. Don’t forget to subscribe to our Youtube channel so you can see the making of this card when the video is posted! Thank you for stopping by!

Turn Your Stamps into Die Cuts

As you know from my last blog post, I recently got a Silhouette Cameo 2 Electronic Die Cutting Machine. When I finally decided to purchase this machine after drooling over it for years, I told myself if I am going to dish out hundreds of dollars for another electronic die cutting machine I BETTER USE IT A LOT. Yes, I yelled it at myself in my head. I deserved the yelling though. Considering I spent $350.00 on the Sizzix Eclips when it first came out and I have a SLICE machine. I actually occasionally use the SLICE machine still just because it’s so small and convenient. Sizzix obviously realized they made a huge mistake with the Eclips machine because the cartridges that they used to sell for $40-60 each are now $5.00-6.00 on their website. I’d say that’s admitting you messed up. I didn’t purchase any cartridges and the only reason I bought the Eclips was because I knew I would also purchase the ECAL software (for $50.00 more) and make my own designs. Sizzix actually has an Eclips 2 now that’s specifically designed to be used only with a computer.  I suppose I could have just kept using my Eclips but I just did not like the software at all! So, after years of contemplation, I bought the Silhouette Cameo 2 and got a great bundle with a ton of extra stuff for only $250.00 and Silhouette doesn’t charge you for software (unless you want the designer edition). Now there’s a company that knows what they’re doing!

So, here’s a fair warning that a lot of my blog posts will likely include the use of the Silhouette Cameo 2 machine. However, I am sure a lot of what I am using it for could be achieved in other ways. Such as fussy cutting or using the dies that manufacturers make that you can run through a manual die cutting machine such as the Big Shot (which I still plan on using).

On to the real reason we are here! 

I was playing around with the Silhouette Cameo 2 and thought it would be sooooo cool if I could turn some of my stamps into die cuts!

It was easier than I expected and I am so happy with the results.

Here’s how you do it:

  1. Pick a stamp and stamp it in black on white cardstock. (I used Tim Holtz Flower Garden Stamp Set)
  2. Take a picture of the stamped images after mounting them on your PixScan Mat. 
  3. Import the Pixscan image and trace it. Don’t just trace the outside edge like you normally would. Trace the entire image.
  4. Cut out the images and assemble on a card.

    It’s as easy as that! I also cut out the outer edge so I had something to stack the inside of the flower on. I love how well this worked and it’s an awesome way to stretch your stamps.
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    Isn’t that just amazing!? If you have a Silhouette Cameo, I HIGHLY recommend getting a PixScan mat if you don’t already have one. It will greatly increase your creative abilities.

    All of the papers used on this card are Authentique and the stamped sentiment is by Avery Elle.

    That’s it for today. Thanks for stopping by!

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!

Intoxicating Arts now carries Avery Elle!

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I’m so excited to announce that we now carry Avery Elle stamps! Avery Elle makes high quality photopolymer stamps in the United States. These stamps, much like the Lawn Fawn stamps we carry, are of the highest quality and will give you the best stamped images of any type of stamp. I first saw these stamps on YouTube and they immediately caught my eye for having great designs and fun phrases. I knew I had to carry them in the store. We also have their super handy Stamp and Die Storage Pockets. These plastic pockets make it easy to store your 4 x 6″ stamp sets and dies in a basket or CD holder. To see what we have for sale right now, click here. Avery Elle will be releasing new stamps on June 4th and we already have some in stock. So be sure to check out our Avery Elle section on June 4th!

ALSO , FOR A LIMITED TIME ALL AVERY ELLE AND LAWN FAWN ORDERS GET FREE SHIPPING!!

Here’s some listings we have up right now (click the picture to get to the listing):

Stamp and Die Storage Pockets

Handwritten Notes

Cake and Candles

The Man

Elle’s Alphas

I hope you saw something you like and thank you for stopping by!

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!

Mothers help us Grow – Mother’s Day Card

I created a Mother’s Day card using our new Stencil Set “Mothers help us Grow” . This card was very easy to make and a lot of fun!

Here’s what you need:

Mothers help us Grow Stencil Set

Moroccan Tile Stencil

Luster Mica Spray Mist in 3 colors. Or mix Luster Mica Powder in a spray bottle.I used Blue Ice, Shallow Waters, and Hawaiian Orchid.

Prima Light Paste 

Palette Knife

• Distress Inks (one or two greens, a purple, and a pink)

• Watercolor Paper cut down to 4-1/4 x 5-1/2″

•Black paper cut down to 4-1/2 x 5-3/4″

• Cream card base measuring 9-1/2″ x 6″ , scored to create a 4-3/4 x 6″ card.

• Painter’s tape (or something to hold down the stencil

• Sponge Dauber or cosmetic sponge

• Recommended, but not necessary, non-stick craft mat and heat tool.

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First lay the Moroccan Tile stencil on the watercolor paper and quickly spritz with the 3 Luster Mica Spray Mists. You need to do this quickly because the paper will start to curl. The cool thing is, you will end up with a concentration of color in the middle and it will fade out to the edges. Let that dry for a second and then grab the Floral Frame Stencil and place that on top of the watercolor paper and tape it down to your work surface. These stencils are made specifically for 4-1/2 x 5-1/2″ card bases so it makes it easy to get it perfect. Grab your palette knife and Prima Light Paste and apply light paste through the stencil. Carefully remove the stencil when you’re done applying the paste. It’s best to let this air dry, but if you are impatient, you can use your heat gun. Just be careful because it will bubble if you leave the heat in one area for too long. One that is dry to the touch, re-apply the stencil and grab your distress inks and sponge. You can easily color the flowers and leaves since you have the stencil protecting the surface underneath. Dab on color as you see fit and then remove the stencil. Let that dry for a little bit and then apply the “Mothers help us Grow” stencil. If you line this up with the paper, it will align itself perfectly inside the floral frame. Grab another distress ink and a sponge and sponge the ink through the stencil. I found that cosmetic sponges work better than the small sponge daubers for this stencil. Since it has words on it, there are a few areas that the sponge dauber would snag on, but the cosmetic sponge did not. You can carefully lift the stencil and peak if everything went through properly before deciding if it’s done. Then all you have to do is tape it on the black piece of cardstock and then the card base. It’s that easy! Check out the dimension you get when you used the Prima Light Paste with one of our stencils! Thank you for stopping by!

Valentine’s Laser Cuts are Ready to Ship!

Intoxicating Arts is your shop for all of your lovey dovey Valentine’s wood laser cuts this year! We have TWELVE different love themed laser cuts up on our E-Bay Store right now! Click the pictures below to get to the listing and place your order now!

Sparrows with Hollow Heart is only $2.59!

Love you Script with Hearts is only $1.29!

This Love you Script is a little smaller and has a hollow heart adjoining the two words. So cute! Only $1.09!

This set allows you to mix and match different wood colors if you would like. They are stackable and end up being 1/4″ high! The set includes 4 pieces and is $3.99.

Stackable hearts are a great staple to have in your craft room. This set includes a total of 18 hearts and it’s just $3.59!

This Love You With All My Heart set is $5.50 and it’s a great value for how many large laser cuts you get!

This HUGE Valentine’s set includes a ton of laser cuts! These can also be bought in smaller sets, but you get a discount by buying them together. All of these are just $7.09!!

This is one I made last year, but I wanted to share it. $2.39 for one.

This large Love Tree is $4.95. It’s 5-1/2 x 5-1/2″

Kiss Me Lips is another one I made last year. I still really like this one! $2.39 for one.

This XOXO heart set is laser cut from light birch wood. It’s great if you prefer the wood grain instead of MDF. It takes stains beautifully! $2.75 for the set.

I saved my personal favorite for last! This conversation hearts set includes a total of twenty 0.69″ tall hearts and it’s just $3.95!

I hope you saw something you like! Remember, just click the pictures to get to the listing for that item. You can also CLICK HERE to get to the laser cuts part of my E-bay Store. Thank you for stopping by!

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Everything is S’MORE fun with you!

Everything is S'MORE fun with you!

I wish I had noticed that this picture was blurry, but I was in a rush! I always seem to wait until the last minute to make cards. OOPS! For this card, I decided to use a few of the products that we sell in the store. The paper is the new “Adventure” collection from Authentique (which still needs to be posted for sale). I just love that tent! The sentiment and the cute little s’more is from Lawn Fawn’s “Love you S’more” set (Click the photo to purchase in my E-Bay store for the discounted rate of $13.50!). It has so many adorable stamps. I was using a demo set, so I just used the ones that came in that set. This was a quick and easy card to put together and it still let my Dad feel special for Father’s Day. I thought it pertained well to him since he used to take us camping a lot when we were little. Thanks for stopping by!

Sea Themed Mother’s Day Card

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Just sharing pictures of my mother’s day card that I made for my step mom. She will be out of town so I had to make sure to get it done so my dad can give it to her for me. I used the beautiful Authentique Anchored line for the papers on this card. The wood anchor and chain are in my store!

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