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Saturday, September 13, 2014

altered book layout--Collette in Paris

Do you have art projects you set aside and return to occasionally?  I've been working in several of the little books I've made, adding layouts here and there.  This one is actually in a full sized altered book, rather than one of the little books I've handmade.

 This is one of my favorite parts of it--there are always one or two favorite little areas I really like in a layout or project, and I dunno, in this one I think it's the orange and the washi tape holding down the "photograph."

I don't speak French, and relied on Google Translate, so the sentence may be totally off:  "Collette never revealed the real reason for her trip to Paris."  The chippy Eiffel Tower is from Leaky Shed Studios, it's very detailed.

The Souvenir folder is from an Altered Pages collage page:  I rubber stamped the postmark over a copy of  an old French postage stamp.  The folder filled with little mementos of Collette's journey.

There she is, Collette herself, gazing up the street, or at one of the apartments?  The Souvenir Folder is attached to the page, but it's not terribly bulky.  I'm really trying to keep this altered book from "exploding," if you know what I mean.

Here are some of the supplies used for this LO:
Paris in the Past
Vintage Paris
Paris Papers
Eiffel Tower (chipboard)
Pan Pastels --white, black, yellow
Script Washi Tape
French Postmark Stamp

There are a few more photos at the Leaky Shed Studios blog today.  Also, through the month of September, I'm having an Extreme Clean and Simple challenge, with a buncha stamps from my stash going to two randomly drawn players--you'll find the info for that HERE.  Have a great weekend, everyone!  And PS, just in case you'd like to see, here is a link to the book's cover and some of the prior pages:  Orient Express Book Cover.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

A little bit of Christmas . . .

I was delighted to receive some PanPastels to use in my Altered Pages posts this month; got the red, green, yellow, black, and white, perfect for starting some Christmas cards!

You can see more at this Altered Pages Artsociates post HERE--if you leave a comment, you are automatically entered in the September drawing for a set of PanPastels!  Have a great Thursday, and thank you for stopping by.  If you're in the mood for a little blog candy, you may want to try the EXTREME Clean And Simple Challenge, HERE.  

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge-- Make Your Own Background
Craft-room challenge-- Something Old, Something New--new PanPastels, everything else is old! :)

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The whole house. What's on Your Workdesk? Wednesday #

Yes, yes, I've been WOYWW missing most of the summer--still working on revamping the whole house.  Well, it's turning into the whole house, it was supposed to be just the first floor.  I'm trying to get everything painted so we can get carpet in before Thanksgiving.

Here are the dining room chairs I recovered (there are 2 teal, three grey, and 3 of the blond wood ones), the new curtains too--you can see the bare subfloors.  Let me tell you, painting is SO much easier when you don't have to worry about getting it on the floors!  You can see Daisy just down in the corner, she's a great "help" with all these projects, as you can imagine.

The chair in the middle--I stamped the fabric with the teal paint.
Here's my Unruly Paper Arts article for this month--EXTREME Clean and Simple.  If you've been to my blog before, you know full well I do not have a particularly clean style, so this was an interesting challenge for me.  If you're up to it, I've got an extreme challenge (with candy for you, of course), through September.

Now if you'll excuse me, I have to get back to laying floor tile in the bathroom.  ***sigh***

(Someone please tell me this is all going to be worth it . . . )

Happy What's On Your Workdesk, everyone, and thank you, Julia, for the snoopfest!

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

EXTREME Clean and Simple with Unruly Paper Arts. With some bloggy candy.

Do you do Clean and Simple?

How about EXTREME Clean and Simple?

This month the theme at the Unruly Paper Arts Blogozine is Gotta Dash--that is, quick makes, fast techniques, etc.  I'm not particularly adept at the CAS style, and challenged myself to go extreme.  You can see the results HERE.  Nothing fancy, no complicated techniques, but whoa, it truly made me appreciate the artistry of the stamps.

If you think you can handle it, here is a challenge, my bloggy friends:

ONE stamp,
stamped ONE time.
ONE color ink.
White paper.

Ready to give it a try?  The typical challenge guidelines apply--link to and mention this post, make sure to leave a direct link to your post that includes the challenge, please don't backlink.  Well of COURSE there's a prize--stamps, naturally, from my stampy stash.  Most are unmounted red rubber, a mix of this and that.  Two prizes, maybe more . . .we'll end the entries Sept 30th, so plenty of time to jump in!  :)

Just leave a linky in your comment, and I'll come and hunt you down.  Thank you for playing along, and be sure to check out the Reader's Art Quest at Unruly Paper Arts, as well--the creative prompt this month is "The Dark of Night," along with an appropriate color palette.  Here is a little art journal layout I did for the RAQ this month:

There is a randomly drawn prize for RAQ participants, as well--so lots of Unruly candy to be had this month!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Hamlet and some more flower fairies . . .

At the Altered Pages Artsociates blog, in collaboration with Sin City Stamps, I'm sharing a little art journal layout today featuring Hamlet.  Because, if you give me a stamp with a skull on it, I'm going to think Hamlet every time!  Also, a couple more layouts from The Flower Fairy Alphabetica.

Have a wonderful Thursday!  :)
Umm. this is Shakespeare, not Hamlet . . .
All the letters have corresponding wildflowers . . .
You can see more at the Altered Pages Artsociates post--thank you for stopping by, and a Happy Thursday to you!  :)

Monday, August 25, 2014

A mini album AND a book pendant with Hydrangea Hippo

No matter how big my stash of supplies gets, I always love a new bunch of gorgeous goodies to play with.  So when Jennifer at Hydrangea Hippo invited me to guest design for her new September kit, you know I said yes . . .

Lots of bright, summer-by-the-sea inspired supplies inspired an origami wallet fold mini album for my daughter's Florida adventure, as well as a tiny book pendant.  Here is a look;  you will find more at Hydrangea Hippo.

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

the beginnings of another book

I'm starting another book--this one is a little larger, it's going to be more like a mini photo album, with pics and observations about our life in the "country."  Here is a peek at the beginnings of the cover; it's going to be the window frame from Leaky Shed Studio.  Love that good old paint/glue/paint crackly technique, perfect for this!
You can see more of the window HERE--it's a good size for an album.  I'm pondering just how to go about binding this book . . . if you have any revelations, please feel free to share, I'm definitely open to your suggestions! 

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 . .