Charms & Findings are back on the site!

That’s right….Charms and Findings are back on the website. When we switched websites a while back we never put these beauties back on there until now! Currently there are 10 different listings for charms and findings, but we have quite a bit more that will be listed in the coming weeks.

Charms are a great way to add a little movement to mini albums, altered art, and cards.  Our low prices and small purchase quantity also make it inexpensive and un-intimidating to make your own charm pieces!

Also, just a quick note, we have NEW RANGER PRODUCTS INBOUND!! Wahoo! I am so excited to see the new dye ink pads and especially their new clear texture pastes!

Here’s a few of my favorite pieces that are up for sale on the website RIGHT NOW!

Rose Charm 3 pack ONLY $1.55!

Round Antique Bronze Frame Setting 25mm $1.70 for one. These are great for embedding pieces with resin. We also have the glass domes (which are not up for sale just yet).

Roman Numeral Clocks 2 pack ONLY $2.15! Great for vintage themed projects.

To purchase any of these products or to see the listing, just click on the picture. Thank you for stopping by!

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Shabby Chic Room Laser Cuts

Shabby Chic Room Laser Cuts

Hey everyone! I just wanted to share some more laser cuts that are posted for sale. These are made of MDF wood and they are 1/8″ thick. The wood means that there will be no more black char to deal with or worry about ruining a light colored project. I plan on making more shabby chic type cuts pretty soon. I hope you like them! Want to buy? Just click the picture and it will take you to E-Bay!

“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!

 

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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!

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Graphic 45 Papers. What’s your Favorite Collection?

I know I have seen these papers before, but I never knew who made them or where to get them from. Now that I found them I am curious what everyone’s favorite collection is? I know that is probably a really hard question if you are loving Graphic 45 papers as much as I am. However, I am feeling very drawn towards their new Graphic 45’s Staples Collection and their Olde Curiosity Shoppe Collection.

I am very seriously considering stocking some of their papers. Your input is greatly appreciated. Also, let me know if you prefer paper pads or single 12 x 12 sheets. If you prefer paper pads, let me know if you like the 8 x 8 or 12 x 12 more.

To check out all of Graphic 45’s collections, click here.  Thanks!

Vintage Distressed Valentine’s Card

  When I was making this card, I was thinking about giving it to my boyfriend for Valentine’s Day, but I was so excited about it that I showed it to him instead lol. So, now I have it for sale at my Etsy Shop.

I had alot of fun using distressing techniques and my imagination to make this card. I very rarely plan out my cards before I make them. Sometimes it means I waste paper and time, but other times I am very pleased with the outcome. I’ve never used feathers on my cards and I really like how it turned out with the angel wings.

I’ll let you in on a secret…the angel wings and the inside purple paper of the key hole are actually re-purposed paint chips! Yeah, those free ones that you get at the store when you’re deciding what color you want to paint your room! I like the matte look and feel of them. The only thing I would caution about is, the one with the angel wings started to smoke a little when I was embossing on it. I think I got the paint chip a little too hot. I don’t plan on using paint chips on my projects on a regular basis because then I would feel like I’m stealing them, but these ones happened to have the perfect colors I was looking for and I had them within arms reach.

Hope you like it. I will be selling some of the products used on this card in my shop when it opens. I am furiously working on it. I hope to have it opened this week.

Some products used:

•Tim Holtz Distress Embossing Powder
•Tim Holtz Distress Ink
•Tim Holtz Mini Mister
•Various Tim Holtz Stamps ( I think they’re from Regal Flourish, Urban Grunge, and Purely Random)<< LOVE how all his stamps work together!
•Purple Perfect Pearls
•White feathers from Wal-Mart
•Small Metal Key from Michael’s
•Small metal keyhole brad from Oriental Trading Co. (not really a fan of them, since this stuff is cheap quality, but they had these brads and I love them).