Tis the season for Yupo Paper and Alcohol Inks, but how do you use them

Tis the season for Yupo Paper and Alcohol Inks, but how do you use them

Good Morning,

With the recent release of Alcohol Lift-Ink by Tim Holtz and Ranger there seems to be a revival of our love for alcohol inks, but with all new products come new questions. Recently I have published two videos to try and help answer or demo how to use certain papers with these products. The first video was testing alcohol ink on plan 5″ x 7″ white Alcohol Ink Yupo cardstock from Ranger. This video came from a question on my Youtube channel where a viewer wanted to know if there was a correct side to using the paper.

Here is the first video if you want to watch the quick demo: Is there a right side to the white cardstock Yupo Paper?

I did a feel test first and both sides felt the same. After testing we saw that the ink did react the same on both pages. It’s  good quick watch if your interest in peaked.

Here is what the results looked like:

Now from this video, another fabulous question came up. How does the alcohol ink react on the translucent Yupo paper. Now I didn’t have any on hand, so I just had to stop by our new Hobby Lobby, coupon in hand, to grab a pack so I could test it out.

From there I did this second video: Testing Alcohol Inks on Yupo and Foil Tape Sheets

In that video, you will see I decided to use Alcohol Ink on three paper types. I had the White Yupo Cardstock, the Translucent Yupo Paper, and the Alcohol Ink Foil Tape Sheets. I figured why not try a few at a time and see how they work. Once the testing was all dry I took out my Alcohol Lift-Ink and gave that a try as well. A two for one special. Below are some stills of the results. I think I may love the translucent Yupo paper now. The wheels are turning.


I hope these videos will help inspire you to grab your alcohol inks and try them on some new substrates for this upcoming fall and holiday season. Thanks so much for stopping by. I’d love to hear and see what you use your alcohol inks for!



Below is the list of items I used in my video

Some items are affiliate links and any purchases
made thru these links help to fund my youtube videos and websites.

Affiliate Links:

Alcohol Ink Mini Applicator Tool:
http://bit.ly/2oFxQx9 (Ranger Ink)
http://bit.ly/2Q7SC59 (Blitsy)
http://bit.ly/2LX8y6T (Joggles)

Alcohol Ink Mini Felt Applicator Refills:
http://bit.ly/2um5t9L (Ranger Ink)
http://bit.ly/2Ch2mXy (Blitsy)
http://bit.ly/2NOMuge (Joggles)

Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink Yupo Paper – Translucent Sheets 5″ x 7″
http://bit.ly/2NLGipm (Ranger Ink)
http://bit.ly/2Q6dHwq (Blitsy)

Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink Foil Tape Sheets (Adhesive Back)
http://bit.ly/2wGbvDi (Ranger Ink)
http://bit.ly/2PwGOIc (Blitsy)

Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink Yupo Paper- White Cardstock 5″ x 7″
http://bit.ly/2Ld6lrK (Ranger Ink)
http://bit.ly/2uuEA3s (Blitsy)

Alcohol Lift-Ink
http://bit.ly/2N3onty (Ranger Ink)
http://bit.ly/2LWr9zP (Blitsy)
http://bit.ly/2NNHw43 (Joggles)

Alcohol Blending Solution
http://bit.ly/2KYnuFj (Ranger Ink)
http://bit.ly/2m7AIl9 (Blitsy)
http://bit.ly/2LWerRM (Joggles)

Alcohol Inks (Valencia, Amethyst, Citrus)
http://bit.ly/2NHJhzC (Ranger Ink)
http://bit.ly/2L5klDS (Blitsy)
http://bit.ly/2KXnG3r (Joggles)

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August 2018 Mission Inspiration Art Journal Page

August 2018 Mission Inspiration Art Journal Page

Good Morning,

I hope everyone had a nice restful long labor day weekend. I am back in the studio today with a monthly art journal prompt page. This page was the main August 2018 Mission Inspiration page from the facebook Mission Inspiration group created by Mike Deakin Art. Even though it is an August page I wanted to post it in September because it is a special page for me. One of the prompts this month was the word fearless. That word resonated with me. September is Ovarian Cancer awareness month and if you have read my bio, you will know I had ovarian cancer in 2013 and was clear in 2014. I am coming up on my 5-year milestone February 2019 so whenever I see that word fearless it just tugs at me. I looked back thru my old photos and found one of me back when I was all done with treatments and I had super short hair. I loved that curly hair, so easy to maintain. I found a few photos from that time and decided it was time to incorporate them into some journal pages. Now the creepy wolf in the photo, that was from a museum and with fall approaching I thought it was a good mesh of the past and coming holiday seasons. What I love about these monthly prompts is no two journal pages will be the same. A word or color can take you on a path you didn’t expect and really get you out of your box. So, without further ado here is my August 2018 “Fearless” Mission Inspiration page.

Full Youtube Video: Fearless Art Journal Page

Still shots of the page:

Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope this page inspired you and got you in that fall spirit.


Below is my supply list
Some items are affiliate links and any purchases made thru these links help to fund my youtube videos and websites.

Affiliate Links:

Canson XL Media Journal
http://bit.ly/2vh0pUe (Blick Art Supplies)

Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
http://bit.ly/2LGXOxr (Blick Art Supplies)

Tim Holtz Distress Micro Glaze
http://bit.ly/2mP8Hix (Ranger Ink)
http://bit.ly/2AkYBQ9 (Blitsy)
http://bit.ly/2mPxYch (Joggles)

Tim Holtz Glass Media Mat
http://bit.ly/2ML2fZd (Blitsy)

Dylusions Paint- Pomegranate Seed
http://bit.ly/2vYZGs4 (Ranger Ink)
http://bit.ly/2N1a5tZ (Blitsy)
http://bit.ly/2nRIQXM (Joggles)

Tim Holtz Alpha Tiles
http://bit.ly/2Q3cZjF (Blitsy)
http://bit.ly/2wNEkhd (Joggles)

Tim Holtz Idea-ology Tissue Wrap Postale
http://bit.ly/2ChHnnG (Joggles)

Archival Ink Pad- Jet Black
http://bit.ly/2KgJnfr (Ranger Ink)
http://bit.ly/2Iq7y9u (Blitsy)

Distress Oxide- Walnut Stain
http://bit.ly/2KkYGUg (Ranger Ink)
http://bit.ly/2ttyZL4 (Blitsy)
http://bit.ly/2lycAI7 (Joggles)

Tim Holtz Distress Ink- Picket Fence
http://bit.ly/2Jsn4SL (Ranger Ink)
http://bit.ly/2uzuo9P (Blitsy)

Non-Affiliate Links:

Tim Holtz Classics #6 Stamp set
http://bit.ly/2Cbs67X (Stampers Anonymous)

Strumpet Stencils (etsy)
Spirit Board

Technique Junkies “Stencil Rings” Stamp


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Distress Oxide Cat Friendship Handmade Card

Distress Oxide Cat Friendship Handmade Card

Hello and TGIF!

Well, it has been a heck of a busy week and it’s looking like my weekend will be about the same. I thought I’d get a little ahead of the game and give you a special Friday handmade card share to tide you over for the weekend. This card went to my lovely friend Sylvia in Sweden that I do ATC (Artist Trading Card) swaps with several times a year. We always have so much fun and we both love cats which is why this card was purrrfect ;).

Without further ado here is the adorable kitty card using distress oxides for the background:

See video here: Distress Oxide background friendship handmade card

Some Stills:

Now I am a newbie at card making, so please be kind ;).  I really did enjoy making this one, and actually, since making it I have discovered the Tim Holtz Micro Glaze which if I used the alcohol ink glossy cardstock would really pop the background. See the wheels are always churning folks.

I hope this card gave you some inspiration and brightened up your Friday a bit. I  know playing with my Distress Oxides always cheers me up.

Have a safe and fabulous weekend!

Supply List

(Below are my affiliate links, all purchases made thru these links
help support my youtube channel and website-please note I am not paid or prompted to use
these products, I only show products that I actually use, like and want to try it’s just a little
added bonus for the things I use daily)

Affiliate Links:

Tonic Scissors:
http://bit.ly/2Kn3DiS (Ranger Ink)
http://bit.ly/2yGEZF1 (Blitsy)
http://bit.ly/2tr77au (Ranger Ink)
http://bit.ly/2K8MMRC (Blitsy)
http://bit.ly/2trAcSO (Joggles)

Distress Oxides:

Black Soot:
http://bit.ly/2PbrUb3 (Ranger Ink)
http://bit.ly/2vPVavU (Blitsy)
http://bit.ly/2MuaiJ7 (Joggles)

Wilted Violet:
http://bit.ly/2KZmHQj (Ranger Ink)
http://bit.ly/2nGQRyE (Blitsy)
http://bit.ly/2w8yGWo (Joggles)

Fossilized Amber:
http://bit.ly/2KWN7lW (Ranger Ink)
http://bit.ly/2nHVJnj (Blitsy)
http://bit.ly/2Mw9MKs (Joggles)

Peacock Feathers:
http://bit.ly/2MwaQ0U (Ranger Ink)
http://bit.ly/2Be11Al (Blitsy)
http://bit.ly/2w8aLqg (Joggles)

Picked Raspberry:
http://bit.ly/2Mh4hQw (Ranger Ink)
http://bit.ly/2BavCil (Blitsy)
http://bit.ly/2Pf6dXM (Joggles)

Tim Holtz Tonic Studio Stamp Platform
http://bit.ly/2yDVIZP (Blitsy)
http://bit.ly/2MjO6xB (Joggles)

Black Archival Ink Pad
http://bit.ly/2KgJnfr (Ranger)
http://bit.ly/2Iq7y9u (Blitsy)

Canxon XL Mix Media Paper Pad
http://bit.ly/2tDr8cR (Blick Art Supplies)

Non-Affiliate Links

Stamps: Purr-fect Friends
(I could no longer locate the stamps online but the site
has many other cute stamp sets)

Sticky Thumb-Adhesive Foam Dots
https://amzn.to/2K9k17l (Amazon.com)


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August 2018 Ranger Ink Mystery Box Unboxing!!!

August 2018 Ranger Ink Mystery Box Unboxing!!!

Happy Wednesday folks!

It’s that time again. I saw a late night post releasing the August Mystery Box by Ranger Ink and I jumped at the chance to have it again. What a great treat to come home to in the middle of a hectic week. I couldn’t wait to open it and I was not disappointed. Lots of great craft supplies to use this coming fall and holiday season. Check it out below and I hope you can snag one next month too!!!

Here is the video: Ranger Ink August Mystery Box Unboxing

Here are some goodie photos:


Here is my affiliate link to the Ranger site Ranger Ink Industries In case you want to go shopping (It helps support my website and Youtube channel, just a fun bonus to playing with supplies I already love! 🙂 )

Items in August Box:

Dylusions Large Cobweb Border Stamp/Stencil Combo

Dylusions Dear Santa Clear Stamps

Ranger Black Cardstock 10 sheets 8 1/2 x 11

Distress Stain in Antiqued Bronze and Tarnished Brass

Stickles in Purple and Gunsmoke

Clear Fabric Medium

Perfect Pearls Mist in Perfect Copper and Biscotti

Stickles glitter glue in Silver and Gold

Stickles Dry Fine Glitter in Thistle and Platinum

Ranger, Liquid pearls in lime green

Thanks for stopping by I hope you snag one next month! If you do tag me would love to see what you get and what you do with it.

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More Art Foamie fun, this time in my black Dylusions journal

More Art Foamie fun, this time in my black Dylusions journal

Hello and happy hump day,

It is Wednesday which means we are halfway thru the week folks, two more days until TGIF!. Today is a share from my black Dylusions art journal. I have not played with this one in a bit. I love this journal though because of its shape. It is an 8″ x 8″ square journal. I often find when I am blocked and not sure what to work on I like to keep a variety of journals because often the shape will call me. I have my square black Dylusions journal, two size landscape Dylusion’s journals,  I have a few of the small travel Dylusions journals in portrait style as well as a large one, also let’s see oh yes the Dina Wakley media journals in small and large, plus some handmade circle journals just to name a few. A journal for every occasion because we can never have too many. I sometimes suffer from that new idea means I have to use a journal that’s not been used syndrome…but I ramble. Coming back now to today’s share, I had these lovely rose prints from my Art Foamies Gelli Prints post that I wanted to use, so I pulled out the black journal and away I went. I used my Dylusions paints and a combo of Dylusions and Dina Wakley stencils.

You can watch my process video here: Art Foamies Dylusions Journal

Below are some stills….I think the splattering was my favorite, I wore it well!


Just some bright colors to brighten up your Wednesday. Thanks so much for stopping by and Happy Journaling!

Supply List

(Below are my affiliate links,all purchases made thru these links
help support my youtube channel and website)

Dylusions Paint (Vibrant Turquoise, White Linen, Pure Sunshine)

http://bit.ly/2NZcxB3 (Ranger Ink)
http://bit.ly/2KesCRa (Blitsy)

Black Dylusions Journal 8″ x 8″
http://bit.ly/2w126FT (Ranger Ink)
http://bit.ly/2nwypIU (Blitsy)
http://bit.ly/2KLPfNg (Joggles)

Gel Plate (Dylusions/Dina Wakley Collaboration)
http://bit.ly/2lDprc7 (Ranger Ink)
http://bit.ly/2K9QkmB (Blitsy)
http://bit.ly/2Kh7VJu (Joggles)

Stencil “Hey You” by Dina Wakley
http://bit.ly/2OZUjRg (Ranger Ink)
http://bit.ly/2nu3nkO (Joggles)

Stencil “Diamond in the rough” Large – Dylusions
http://bit.ly/2vDgDZ3 (Blitsy)
http://bit.ly/2MCE3Es (Joggles)

Liquitex Matte Gel Medium

http://bit.ly/2LGXOxr (Blick)

Non-Affiliate Links

Art by Marlene: Rose (Art Foamie)

Art by Marlene:Fenced (Art Foamie)

White Posca Pen
https://amzn.to/2MSpAVt (Amazon)

Black Stabilo Pencil (Water Soluble)
https://amzn.to/2K2Ra4y (Amazon)



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