Christmas Shaker Window Card

I’ve had the idea for this card in my head for a long time and I am so glad I finally got it done. It came out exactly how I was hoping! (Mom, if you are reading this, look away! This is YOUR card!)

The idea came to me when I was browsing Simon Says Stamp looking for some Christmas supplies so I could make a purchase and snatch up my Free Birthday Stamp Set. That was back in August and I finally got around to making it. Anyways, I ran across this Riley and Co. stamp1_314955_zm

and I knew I had to have it, but I needed a perfect co-stamp for it to work great for my purposes. So, I searched some more and I found this Penny Black Stamp

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Once I found that stamp an even better idea came in my head and knew I would need to buy these…

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glass seed beads so I could make a shaker card! Not just any shaker card, but a shaker window card. I wanted you to only see her sweet little face making her case to Santa about her gift-worthiness. Then you open the card to see the rest of the stamped image and I would stamp the rest of the sentiment on the inside.

So, here’s the end product:

I’m super happy with how this card came out! It took me about an hour and a half to complete it. Other products I used to complete the card were:

• Lawn Fawn Let’s Bokeh in the Snow Paper 

Tim Holtz Distress Markers 

•Blue Sequins from the $1 store ( Great place to stock up on shaker card supplies!)

Holiday Flourishes Stamp Set by The Ton

• Clear Acetate – I use some transparency film I purchased from e-bay

• Loads and Loads of Foam Tape – which I also buy from the $1 store. It’s super thin though, so I have to do 3 layers.

I also filmed this card and I will add the video to this blog post once I am done editing it. Thank you for stopping by!

 

Color Burst Birthday Card

Here’s the card I made for my Sister’s recent Birthday. This was surprisingly quick to make and I think it looks pretty nice! I’m still on a bit of a Color Burst kick. We actually sell them in our store now! You can see them HERE.

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The sentiment stamp is one that I found at a Rubber Stamp Convention and it’s by Rubbernecker. I love how affordable their stamps are and they have some very clever sayings as well. Hopefully I will use some of the other ones I got soon! Click here to buy this stamp from Rubbernecker for just $3.90! The stars in the background were individual star stamps that I rounded up from multiple Lawn Fawn stamp sets. I repeatedly stamped them, rotating the acrylic block to get variation. Everything was embossed with white embossing powder and then I let my Color Burst do the rest of the magic!

I’d love to redo this same card and figure out how to make the color bursts create a galaxy! That would be super awesome!

Thanks for stopping by!

Are you Bird Crazy?!

Tim Holtz just released some awesome add-on Stamp Sets for all of your Bird Crazy people out there! We’ll be getting them in stock shortly and I’m taking pre-orders! You will still get 20% off even though these are a new release. Click the pictures below to get to the listings!

Crazy Talk $24.00

Crazy Things $24.00

Bird Crazy $17.60

Here’s some inspirational pictures :

12 Tags of 2015- July Tag

I managed to do two tags in a row. Wahoo! Below is my tag for July.

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As always, I was missing many of the items necessary to duplicate Tim’s tag. I always try to make do with what I already have in my craft room because most of the time I can substitute items and even techniques. I made a video of the making of this tag. It just needs to be edited and I will add it to this post when that is done. I really enjoy doing these tags! Here’s a link to Tim’s tag and the tutorial : http://timholtz.com/12-tags-of-2015-july/ 

Here’s a few things that I did differently because I was missing supplies:

1. I used a different stamp set that had mini blue prints in it. Since I didn’t have the USA blueprint I decided to stamp it with some letters from one of my Tim Holtz stamp sets and add my own blueprint looking lines and arrows.

2. While I do sell the Distress Microglaze, I try not to take items that I have limited inventory on out of stock. (Which I am glad I didn’t because I am down to one as of this morning!) I had some wax laying around because I’ve been meaning to get in to encaustic wax painting. I had made my own encaustic wax using Damar Resin and Beeswax. I grabbed a chunk of wax and rubbed it over my stamped and colored images. I proceeded to watercolor over it hoping the wax layer would be sufficient. Apparently, it was too sufficient because I had rubbed all around the image and I ended up with more white background than colored background. At least now I know that is an option!  I didn’t have much control over where the wax would be placed when I was rubbing with that solid block. I think that’s a good reason to get the Distress Microglaze as you will get more control with your placement. The microglaze is paste-like and you only need a tiny bit to cover and protect a space from water methods.

3. I do not own a sewing machine. I considered buying a small one for the craft room, but I am really trying to limit myself of larger tools that take up space. So, I just did faux stitching with a pen.

4. My embellishments are different. The number 4 is a grungeboard piece that I painted with a metallic distress paint. The little star is one that I had laying around, and I didn’t have any good charms to add to the top. I really wish I did because it looks a little empty up there.

5. For the spritzing, I had to make my own black marker. I applied some Black Soot ink onto an acrylic block and picked it up with my water brush. The water brush I have will not fit in the spritzer, so I had to hold it carefully and spritz. It ended up working well enough.

6. The crinkle ribbon technique had to be done differently too. I used some seam binding and ran the piece through an ink pad. It laid down the color just fine and it looks about the same in the end. I did have less control over the placement of the color though. If I had the Distress Markers, I would of had a more defined white space in the middle.

So, there’s the differences and how I overcome not having all of the supplies. I hope that might help some of you who are lacking supplies. Just try to think of another way to get it done with what you have. Thank you for stopping by!

P.S. One product I can not substitute is Distress Ink! If you need some, we have it in stock and at a great price!  JUST CLICK HERE!

Little Girl Christmas Card

My thought for this fun Christmas card was to be unconventional and pink! Any of my nieces would love to get this card for Christmas! 

Here’s what I did:
I started off with Tim Holtz Stripes layering stencil and used a palette knife to apply Prima Light Paste onto bare white cardstock.  After drying it about half way, I applied worn lipstick and picked raspberry to a craft mat and spritzer with water. I kept the worn lipstick in the center. I did this twice since there was a lot of bare paper left the first time . Make sure to spritz it really good. Then I die cut a piece of white cardstock with Spellbinders Resplendent Rectangles die set. The edges were sponged with picked raspberry.  Then I stamped the sentiment from Lawn Fawn’s Into the Woods stamp set (which is on sale in our ebay store!). The reindeer that appears to be enamel is actually one of our laser cut wood pieces that has been dipped in a mixture of UTEE, embossing powder , and pigment . I used my melting pot for this. I had to clean up some edges using a Purple Cows hot tool. The reindeer come in a set of 4 in our ebay store. The reindeer was adhered with homemade glue dots and the sentiment was adhered with foam adhesive.  The card is now finished! I hope you enjoyed seeing this Christmas card using unconventional Christmas colors!

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Art Impressions is now at Intoxicating Arts!

I’m so excited to announce that Intoxicating Arts now carries Art Impressions stamps! These fun stamps are a great way to add some laughter to your cards. Art Impressions is well known for their Girlfriends series. They also have “shake your booty” stamps which are made specifically for use with action wobbles. Another fun series they offer is the “Try-Folds” stamps. These stamps are made for use with tri-fold cards. As you un-fold the card, the story that the stamps made comes to life! Have you been looking for the perfect stamp for someone who has a birthday coming up and they are not looking forward to it? Art Impressions stamps turn the dreaded birthday and the thought of turning yet another year older into a comical occasion.

Click here to browse our inventory! We always have the lowest prices. Flat rate $5.00 shipping on orders over $40.00 on anything in our store!

Here’s some of the sets we have in stock right now.

To the End Shake your Booty

Wine Tasters Set – from the Girlfriends series

Sleepy Santa Try-Fold

Fire Out Set

Aren’t these stamps just so fun?! These images are just  a little peek into all of the great stamps we have in stock right now! Thank you for checking it out and have a wonderful Friday!

Happy Birthday Card for Sister

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When I set out to make this card, I was trying to interpret a technique I learned from Jennifer Mcguire on her You tube channel. She used texture paste and watercolors and a vellum overlay,  along with some die cuts to make a house warming card.  I used embossing powder and the Stampers Best (discount code shown on the right side of my blog page! ) hounds tooth background stamp.  Then I sprayed it with Luster Mica Spray Mist in Hawaiian Shores and Hawaiian Orchid. I die cut vellum from a Spellbinders die and stamped using an inexpensive acrylic stamp that I’ve had for a few years.  The cupcakes are from Lawn Fawn’s Beep Boop Birthday stamp set.  The cupcakes were colored with Distress Markers and used to cover up the glue dots I placed on the back. I found some ribbon and a flat back embellishment from my stash and added that for a little more interest.  I was so happy to find the perfect stamp for the inside in one of my ‘never been used’ Tim Holtz cling stamp sets!  Here’s the inside:

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I flicked Luster Spray Mist on the inside by unscrewing the cap and tapping the “straw” part of the cap assembly.  I’m pretty happy with how this card came out and just might have to do it again! Thanks for stopping by!

Encouragement Card

I’ve been wanting to use this stamp from Rubber Necker for quite a while. In fact, I’ve easily had it for over a year! I’m pretty happy with this card, but if I made it again, I would put a mirror in the frame that the bird is flying out of. Most of the items used in this card were also handmade. I poured the resin pieces and , of course, I make the Luster Mica Spray Mist.  I used 4 different Luster colors on this card. The die cut pieces are Spellbinders. The background paper is glossy photo paper which, to my surprise,  holds the Luster Spray Mist very well. I tried to leave hints of past, present and future throughout the card . I used the clock to represent time and bird flying out of the frame as change. There’s multiple different ways to interpret the pieces I used in the card though. I hope you guys like it!

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Thank you for checking out my blog post 🙂

Sunset Cemetery Halloween Card

I’ll have to be quick about this post but I want to cover some basics . The sunset idea was taken from Kristina Werner . She did it darker than this but the idea entirely came from watching her recent video. I originally did want to have a haunted house in the background and to have a fore and mid ground. However my brain has issues putting distances on a piece of paper so I scratched that plan. The On the Edge die that I used for the fence is called “iron gate” . The stamps are various studio g, fiskars, and inkadinkado stamps from this year and the past year. I used Spectrum Noire markers for some simple coloring. The labels die cuts are from a Spellbinders set. The far right headstone was made using ECAL and cut on my eClips . It was very easy to make, but if you’d like the svg file I’d be glad to send it. I’m not going to get into details but if you need to know the colors I used, what stamp is which company and etcetera , just ask me and I’ll be happy to tell you .

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Thank you for stopping by !