Sunday, October 9, 2011

They tried to make me go to rehab and I said no, no, no! Otherwise entitled, Me and my Alcohol...Inks!

Hello again! I'm back from my little break, sick but ready to dish about my latest projects from the craft table! Saturday I was able to FINALLY get back to my LSS (local scrapbooking store) to pickup my seasonal edition of Distress Stains (though I already got a set through a fellow ATT member) and take Richele Christensen's class, Spook-ology! I love taking classes with Richele and since delving into papercrafts, she is my go-to gal for artsy inspiration! Check out her blog here and show her some love! Ok, now to the pics!
My Spook-ology Configurations Tray! Richele prepped almost EVERYTHING for this class, leaving us to Distress Stain and pop our trinkets into their spooky little homes!

Close-up of the left side of the tray-I love the distress stain on top of rock candy  and using the Snow Cap Mixative with alcohol ink to color the metal corners...make my heart sing!

Middle of Tray: love the use of Stickles to jazz up grungepaper! Richele outdid herself with the prep for this class...from the melt and pour pieces to the embossed and cut letters-she even pre-cut and scored all of the background papers we used for the compartments-AND she was on T!m's crew for the cruise. She is a wonder woman!
Far Right of Tray: The goodness on this side is full of WOWOWOWEEE! From the Honey Stain Distress ink for the Moon, to the alcohol inked Halloween tokens to the INCREDIBLE house...Richele used Brushed Pewter Distress Crackle on the grungepaper die cut-we alcohol inked the piece with Black Soot and sanded for extra distress...Did I mention I was in Halloween Heaven?!?  

After class and some rest, I got to work finishing up my charms for the ATT Charm Swap that need to go out in Monday's mail. This is the first time I make charms, and I like them but I'm not sure if I'm good at it! I used Graphic 45 paper, TH Charm Fragments and on the back I used adhesive metal that I embossed and alcohol inked. Hope my fellow swappers like them!

If you know me, you know that I'm DEATHLY afraid of cardmaking...and yes, I realize I sell Stampin' Up products to myself. My sister asked me to do up some invites for her End of the Summer BBQ. Yep, we are in October-but we live in California so until it rains, it's Summer lol! I was actually pleasantly surprised with how these came out. Paper is from Pink Paislee-I got in on their warehouse sale (yay me!) and the image is from Stampin' Up's "My Digital Studio". I love digital stamps that I can just print out and color in-these images were colored using my Prismacolor pencils and turpenoid.
Finally, a reason to use my EK punch! I love the look of pulled out rolodex cards and  paper bound by those spiral coils! Here's just a peek at the inside of the invite.
And here is how I'm going to end my weekend...practicing my Copic marker coloring! I was super excited to find out that I would be able to get into the Copic Certification class that is coming to town! Here is my unfinished image from The Greeting Farm. I love printing out a sheet of these stamps and just coloring away!

So that is how I crafted away my weekend...instead of drinking alcohol, I was tipsy over what alcohol ink can do to enhance my art! What about you guys? What did you do this weekend to spark your creativity and replenish your soul? I'd love to hear what you have to say, leave me a comment below! Until next time, stay crafty, peeps!


  1. What a fabulous tray, Maria! Each little box has something interesting and I really love the way you carried so much of it out into the 3D realm. Great project!

  2. Your paint tray turned out super cool! So much detail in each section. You definitely captured the spirit of Halloween in this tray!

  3. You do such cute work. =) Reminds me of my favorite movie... Bettlejuice Bettlejuice Bettlejuice... =)