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Monday, August 18, 2014

Button, button, who's got the button? Craft Hoarders Anonymous Blog Hop

Altered Pages Design Team has joined the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog Design Team for Challenge #14 Button It UP in a Blog Hop!

Have you ever played the button game?  You know, "Button, button, who's got the button?" 
If you have, then you can tell why I chose this little Altered Pages cutie for my button girl--she looks as if she has that button in her hot little hands, and can barely contain her excitement!

Like so many of us, I love buttons, so this Craft Hoarder's Anonymous challenge was a perfect chance to sort out some of my collection and make a little button jar:
With the little button girl tag, of course:
Here is a look at some of my button treasures:

Thank you for stopping by, and be sure to stop by Craft Hoarders Anonymous for the rest of the hop!  One last picture?
Supplies--buttons, canning far, and trim from my stash
Tag from Ephemera Pack, Lightbulb shaped safety pin to attach tag, Memento Peanut Brittle Ink, and of course the Altered Pages image.

Ready to hop?  There will be some great prizes from Altered Pages--a set of Japanese Oil Pastels and huge lot of fun ephemera!  The more comments you leave, the more your chances to win.

Robin Horasanian

Danie  May

Roni Johnson

Tonya Trantham

trisha too  (You are HERE!!!!)

Stephanie Siatta

Barbara Rankin

Debi Tullier

Lyneen Jesse

We have joined the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Design Team--you can see their wonderful projects at:
The Craft Hoarders Anonymous blog.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

A Flower Fairy Alphabetica--a tiny hand bound book

For Altered Pages and Sin City Stamps

First, let me tell you, I'm pretty happy that the glitter shows in most of the photos--in my mind, a fairy book seems like it really should be coated with glitter!
Second, let me also tell you, although this book is tiny, it will probably take me forever to fill it up, even though I already have my little alphabetica images ready to go.
"A" is for Apple Blossom
If you'd like to know more, please check out my blog post today at the Altered Pages Artsociates blog.

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

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Celebrate Life--a notepad to fit in my purse, with Leaky Shed Studio

 You wouldn't think finding a notepad to fit my little bag would be so difficult . . . so I did what any arty/crafty woman worth her ink would do:  made my own!  This also happens to be for my first ever Leaky Shed Studio blog post--if you'd like more details on this little paper pad, please check out the post HERE.

Filled it up with paper cut from, oh I don't know, some pad of accounting paper?  Ledger paper?  Something to do with numbers . . .

Happy Wednesday, everyone!
(We'll just be arriving home from yet another short adventure when this posts, so I'm missing What's on Your Workdesk? Wednesday, yet again--see you next week, deskers!  But if you happen by and leave a comment here, I'll track you down some time this week . .

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

SO many things--What's on Your Workdesk? Wednesday, #270

It seems like forever since I've had a chance to WOYWW;  I've missed nosing around all your fabulous desks, and hope to have a good go at it this time around.  As always, THANK YOU Julia for the fun!

Here is a peek at what's been on my art workdesk:
It's another tiny book, can you tell?  But only a peek, since it's for a design team project.  And I've been invited to join Leaky Shed Studios, so that's a fun thing--I'm looking forward to getting a package full  of their yummy chipboard designs to work with soon.

Been painting the dining room:
Ivory up top, grey on the bottom half, a teal chair rail--the chair rails still need a little sanding, some distressing, you know?  Of course, the colors don't look quite right in the photo, but you probably knew that already . . .

And the curtains, made from tablecloths--I thought it was funny that there were already stitched up pieces of fabric around each tablecloth, with the button and button hole, just to make the packaging more appealing for marketing purposes.  But if you're making curtains, they're instant tie backs!

And from the garden, dehydrating tomatoes for "sun dried" tomatoes:
Peaches are next in line, the girl child loves peach "fruit leather."  We went for our annual "peach trip" to visit my uncle in Oklahoma, he lives near a lovely peach orchard.

That's it.  Everything is going well, just busy with summer things and trips and such.  I hope you're having a lovely, creative summer (or spring, or fall, or winter, depending where you are!)

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Fly--with Altered Pages and Leaky Shed Studio

(Ah, my poor, summertime-neglected, too-busy-in-the-garden-and working-on-the-house-to-bother-with-you blog, you finally have a post, albeit a small one!)

Made a little summer something, and it's up on the Altered Pages Artsociates blog today;  here's a peek:
It's not a book, or a pop-up--wow, what a change of pace, right?  If you drop by for a look, be sure to leave a comment, because all comment-leavers are automatically in the draw for a July prize package of goodies.  See you there?

Thursday, July 10, 2014

I am free--an origami wallet fold signature book full up o' tags.

Altered Pages is partnering with Leaky Shed Studio for the month of July--these are the "overflow" photos from my AP post today, so if you'd like to see more or find out more details on the supplies used, please see the post there.  Also, a little heads up, Altered Pages is having a giveaway this month, so every blog post you comment on gives you another entry into the draw.  So, you know, you could just clicka the linky and leavealittlelove . . . ;)

On to the photos:

Thank you for stopping by!

Tuesday, July 01, 2014


Today at the Altered Arts Magazine blog, I have an Alice inspired assemblage to share.  If you like Alice like I like Alice, I hope you'll go take a look--there are plenty of Alice allusions in the piece, including the vellum "steam" you see here, which emits from the spout of the teapot.

(Did you realize today is July 1st???!!!  Is this summer passing as quickly for you as it is for me?) 

Sunday, June 29, 2014

June has flown by!

It's hard to believe how fast this summer is flying by;  not sure why this one should be especially, ridiculously quick on it's hot little feet, but there it is.  Or, rather, there it was.

Anyway, between house renovations and gardening, I am catching a little time to create.  I am especially loving pop-up books right now;  here are a couple of layouts from a fairly simple fairy pop-up book:
 If I weren't so enamored of the Gelli plate monotype backgrounds, the layouts may have been more elaborate--but then again, less going on equals more attention on the fairy quotes and the beautiful images.
images and pop-up fairy card or book kit available at Altered Pages.
This page is especially fun to open, as the fairy looks as if she is flying away.

I've been working on another book, this one isn't pop, though--it's one that has pockets full up of delicious vintagey things--so will be sharing that soon.

Have a wonderful Sunday/Monday, everyone!


Friday, June 20, 2014

Wedding finery with Something Tattered and Clearsnap

Welcome to day one of the Clearsnap and Something Tattered cross-promotion! 
From June 20 to the 22nd, we are showcasing projects created by both of our Design Teams. 

Here's a little about Clearsnap®:

Finding new ways to help our customers add color to craft projects is our passion. From our beginnings in a garage workshop more than 20 years ago, we've grown into a leading US manufacturer in the paper crafts industry.

With the ColorBox® line of inkpads, Clearsnap® introduced many features common on today's inkpads, such as the raised inking surface which allows the use of any size inkpad with any size stamp. Cat's Eye® inkpads brought high quality inks to the market at an affordable price. Petal Point® and Paintbox® inkpads offer removable plates or petals in a multi-color palette.

And here's a little about Something Tattered:
Something Tattered Design Team
  When Beth began hunting wallpaper for the bandboxes she was creating in 1990 it started a life of antiquing adventures and a passion for old paper. In 1993 Beth’s wallpaper covered boxes were featured in Victoria magazine and Beth’s sister Marilyn Krehbiel joined her in the pursuit. Marilyn’s business Hannah’s Treasures evolved into purveying historic wallpapers for movie sets. Beth peddled her boxes to the coast of California and settled in the west. In 1997 Beth married Peter Neumann, son of a letterpress printer, who shared Beth’s appreciation for the old paper arts. In 2011 Peter and Beth began Something Tattered in response to Beth’s newest pursuit, Wedding Paper designs from her vast collection of antique paper. In 2013 Something Tattered launched the current line of craft stamps and in 2014 the new antique wallpaper stamps were added bringing the adventure full circle. We hope you will share the passion.
From June 20 to the 22nd, we are showcasing projects created by both of our Design Teams. 
We are so glad you took the time to visit as our Designers have some beautiful and inspiring projects to share with you today. We were challenged  to create Wedding themed projects without using patterned paper. The designs you see were created exclusively with Clearsnap inks and Something Tattered stamps!

To see what the Clearsnap DT created using Something Tattered stamps, click HERE.
To see what the rest of the Something Tattered DT created using the Clearsnap products click HERE.

I've hand stamped some sweet wrapping paper, ribbon, and created a coordinating card, perfect for wedding or anniversary gift-giving.

Love the AMOUR stamp set!

The card features the Parlour Vintage Wallpaper Background, along with the Mr. & Mrs. Set, while the envelope includes the lovely Vintage Sterling Monogram Set and June/Juin French Set.
the monogram on the envie is repeated on vellum inside the card
Clearsnap has every color you need to coordinate for your special event--I used ColorBox Chalk Inks in Concord and Splash, along with a little Gold Pigment Ink (Have to say, I REALLY like the Gold and Silver Pigment Inks stamped on black, very lush!).  Please visit the Something Tattered blog for even more wedding inspired projects--what better way to wrap up the month of June!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

making more little books--What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday, #263

Making it short and WOYWW sweet today:
 The Desk.  Clothespins make wonderful clamps!  That's a little book waiting for a cover under that acrylic, and the lilac background paper is in the running for the cover.  (You can see more backgrounds similar to that one HERE, and even print them for using in your own arty endeavors, if you like.)

images from Altered Pages
Here is a layout from a fairy book I've been working on, using those backgrounds--they're monotype prints, all painty and inky and spritzy sprayed in spots--this one uses a doily as a stencil, can you tell?  It has a shimmer mist sprayed all over it, too, but of course you can't tell in the photo.

Seriously, I'm going to try and visit all the woywwers sometime this week, but no promises--you know how that is!  But I'll at least be by to everyone who stops in here, okay?  And let's count this layout in at the current round at Craft Hoarders Anonymous.  It definitely goes with the theme--Spray It! Ink It! Paint It! Smear It! Emboss It!--the only one NOT showing here is embossing!