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Thursday, August 13, 2015

a Wild West book and a DIY chalkboard book

Good grief, it seems like I never have time to post anything lately, summer and house renovations have taken over my life.  And GI Joes.  But that's another story for another time . . .

ANYWAY, just saying, the theme at Altered Pages this month is "Take a Trip--Visit the USA!"  And today at the Altered Pages blog I'm sharing a Wild West book (which my old friends may recognize):
If you're looking for any state themed images, there are collage sheets for almost every state HERE!  These would be perfect for not just altered art, but scrapbooking, too.  (Plus you can shop at home, and print them off in your jammies.)  Oh oh oh AND if you comment on my post, or any AP post in the month of August, you're in the draw for some really fine vintage travel postcards and a vintage map!

At Unruly Paper Arts, the new issue has been out for almost two weeks, and my first column came out a couple days ago.  But we've already established I'm behind this month, so here is a look at my DIY Chipboard Chalkboard book:
Super cute, and super simple!  You'll find more photos and instructions HERE.  The Unruly issue this month is all about utilizing chipboard and cardboard, and there are already lots of great project posted, with plenty more to come.  

Thank you for stopping by, and have a great weekend!  :)

Friday, August 07, 2015

postage people and things with wings atc swaps

Surprise, everyone!  Yes, I'm still here, but ridiculously busy this summer.  But I want to share the atcs I received in Marion's Postage People ATC swap--LOVE these!
 from Marion, at bockel24

 This one is from Lillian--I'm sorry I don't have a link!

 from Kati, at Mamapias-Stempelecke
Thank you to Marion, Lillian, and Kati for the fabulous atcs, and again to Marion for the wonderful swap!

These next two are mine, made for the Unruly Paper Arts facebook group Wings and Things ATC swap:
 I don't know where this bird came from, but he's adorable.

That's it for me--see you next Thursday with a post for Altered Pages.  Have a great weekend!

Thursday, July 09, 2015

falling for fall?

Are you already looking forward to fall?

This month, the Altered Pages design team is falling for fall with a look at autumn inspired projects.  I'm taking a look back at one of my favorite fall projects, candle holders--this collection of altered glassware holders was featured on the cover of Altered Arts Magazine:
Don't you love the warm glow of candles in the fall?

Have a creative Thursday!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

pocket letter pal--Basically Beach

For the month of June, Altered Pages is partnering with Pocket Letter Pals to create plenty of Pocket Letter inspiration.  The theme for my Pocket Letter Pal is Basically Beach . . .

If so inclined, you'll find the entire sheet HERE.

Thank you for stopping by, and a Happy Thursday to you!

Thursday, June 11, 2015

swaps--Postage People and a Pocket Letter

Do you ever participate in swaps?  I used to regularly, years ago, but now only occasionally, so it's quite unusual for me to be playing along with two swaps in one month!

First, here are my three Postage People atcs for Marion's swap (which I forgot to photograph prior to sending in, so thank you, Marion, for the scans!):

You can see why they're called Postage People, right?

The second swap is for a Pocket Letter Pal, and is sponsored by Altered Pages--I haven't worked mine up yet, but if you're interested in joining in, you'll find details in THIS POST. 

Happy Thursday, everyone!

Thursday, May 28, 2015

DIY Weddings--centerpieces and table numbers

Just a fun thing to share--DIY Weddings used my article about upcycling old frames and glassware for wedding centerpieces, using DecoArt Americana Chalky Finish paints and stencils to give everything a unified look.  Thank you, DIY Weddings!

hello out there! (yes, I'm still here!)

It's spring, and we're doing lots of house stuff and garden stuff and graduations and this and that, so you know how it goes.  But I'm still here . . . barely . . .

My friend Julie came over for some art time, and we made tons of Gelli prints.  Here's a peek at a little something I made with one of the prints, it's my share today at Altered Pages Artsociates:
(Let me tell you, pulling prints on tissue paper = FUN stuff!)

Happy Thursday!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

she had a lot on her mind--an altered book cover

Okay, I use old book covers for canvases--that's still altered, right?

Ink spritzed cheesecloth, glass beads and microbeads, and the Steampunk Cameo and Gears chipboard from Leaky Shed Studio.  She's all crackled up with Crackle Glaze and Antiquing Cream from the DecoArt media line.

Okay okay okay, want to know my new favorite sparkle trick?  Mix any color of the DecoArt Glamour Dust Glitter Paint with the Champagne Gold Metallic paint.  Depending on how much Champagne Gold is used, you can get one of those beautiful shabby chic colors, but with amazing shine.
By the way, if you have some Leaky Shed chip, Laura Gilhuly is hosting a challenge with a fun prize--you'll find the details HERE.

Thank you for stopping by, and have a wonderful Tuesday! 

Thursday, April 23, 2015

a glorious muse . . .

(First, thank you so much to everyone who left a comment on that batch of atcs--I'll have some happy mail envies out for everyone eventually, but the atcs will go to the 4 randomly drawn peeps.  I'll be around to visit everyone soon, please be patient!  Jackie, I can't figure out how to contact you.) 

On to the muse.  Okay, I made a refrigerator magnet.

Yes, seriously, it's going on my fridge.  AND I'm still all in on the "tea" theme.  I feel like this theme is going to hang on for a while, so please bear with me.

A little modeling paste, a little color, a stencil . . .
love that DecoArt Modeling Paste!
A super cute Leaky Shed Studio chipboard teacup--it can hold up to anything, including the glitter!  It comes with a saucer, too, but I saved that for something else.

 And here we go--her banner it ridiculously large, it looks awful when I try to photograph the whole thing:

Each cup of tea holds a glorious muse.

And I really shouldn't show the whole thing, since it's my share today at Altered Pages Artsociates, but that's a good peek.  Happy Thursday, everyone!

P.S.  Here are TWO little tidbits of info for you:  if you share the Altered Pages blog posts, any post this month, on facebook, you're entered into the draw for a nice package of goodies.  Details at the Altered Pages blog!

AND Laura Gilhuly is hostessing a challenge at Leaky Shed Studio, so if you happen to have any LS chip lying about, you may be interested in THIS POST

Saturday, April 18, 2015

a cup of tea to go . . .

 I drink a lot of tea.

Seriously, a LOT of tea.  I won't bore you with details.  Let's just say that pretty little teacup in the background photo is WAY too small . . .

Anyway, here is a simple tea caddy for my bag, using the cutest Leaky Shed Studio teapot, all crackled up with DecoArt Media paints, Crackle Glaze, and Antiquing Creme.
Yes, I'm a little addicted to the crackle finish--but c'mon, it's perfect for a teapot, right?

Nice deep pockets inside to hold my portable stash . . . and lots of bright spring colors for a quick non-caffeinated pick-me-up! 

Plus, inked up this new butterfly from Lost Coast Designs--love it!

It's shaping up to be a lovely spring here, everything is blooming like crazy--have a wonderful Saturday, everyone!  :)