Friday, August 11, 2017

Thursday, August 10, 2017

ABCs--a mixed media handbound primer

Here's "B is for . . ."---you'll find "A is for . . ." today at the CutCardStock blog, along with a simple tutorial for stitching together multiple signatures for a handbound book.

A is for . . .


Thursday, August 03, 2017

grandbaby girl in a Prima flower frame

Oooh, it's my grandgirl in a Prima flower frame--you'll find the details here at Altered Pages.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Simple but glittery DIY favor bags

Simple, but as glittery as it gets--I'm loving these!
You can probably figure these out by looking at the photo, but you can find the quick how-to HERE.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

stamping on monoprints

Today at Altered Pages, I'm sharing some cards created using a really pretty stamp from Lost Coast Designs and some not-so-pretty monoprints.
This one is my favorite, there are several more in the share post.  Love that Lost coast stamp!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Galactic Starveyors daily verses in English and Spanish

These are the actual verses with the "constellations," NOT just the "addresses!" You should be able to download these by right clicking and saving.   Or you might have to click, then right click, and save.  If the Spanish translations are wonky, let me know--Google Translate can be a little sketchy sometimes!  We printed these as 5x7, on sticker labels, and trimmed extra white from the tops and bottoms with a paper cutter to use in scrapbooks for the week of VBS 2017.









Shine On--Congratulations card

You know I don't make a lot of cards, but I do like to make wedding cards to match the couple's colors.  At the CutCardStock blog, you'll find this easy but elegant card, suitable for any Congratulations occasion.  When the cardstock is as shimmery silver as this, it doesn't need any help being gorgeous!  But you know it's notoriously difficult to photograph shine. 
And okay, yes, I do have a thing for torn edges!

Have a great Tuesday!
:)

Thursday, July 06, 2017

kitty cat coloring book

When I saw the new kitty stamps from Lost Coast Designs, I immediately thought of my daughter--she loves cats, and loves to color, so these seemed perfect for making her a little hand bound coloring book.
You'll find the how-too in THIS POST over at Altered Pages.

When I texted the girl child a pic of the stamped images, she replied, and I quote:
"Those are so beautiful I could cry."

So yep, I'm thinking she'll like this little book!

Happy Thursday!
:)


Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Independence Day is almost here! 4th of July wine glass charms, or barbecue sauce markers, whatever.

Two party project day!  I have mini chalkboard buffet signs to share over at the Altered Pages Artsociates blog,
Patriotic on one side, practical on the other!
plus, here are some super easy tags to use for either condiments or stemware.  At the 4th of July shindig, we always have at least six kinds of barbecue sauce in squirt bottles, so I was originally thinking these would be perfect for those, but these tags really look like wine glass charms!

You could fussy cut these, and/or use a paper cutter, but I have a couple of those fancy fine tag punches, which equals way easy for me.  Some Pop Tones cardstock from CutCardStock, gluestick, gold wire stars, and blue ink, and we're ready to go . . .
Punch cardstock bases larger, and the patriotic tags from Altered Pages smaller.  Ink the edges of the images.

Glue the images to the cardstock tags, punch a hole in the top, and add a curled length of the gold wire stars.


Tuesday, June 27, 2017

CAS with gel plate prints and rub-ons

Today at the CutCardStock blog, so easy, but I LOVE this way of using pieces of monoprints!  Especially handy for that aunt of mine who only wants handmade cards.  Seriously, she basically told me not to bother sending her store-bought cards, as she knows I can make them myself!

Thursday, June 08, 2017

a pop-up card with monoprint background

Using a monoprint in the makings of a pop-up card today over at the CutCardStock blog--you'll find this fine feathered fellow HERE, if you'd care for more info.

Happy Thursday to you!
:)

Thursday, June 01, 2017

4th of July bunting with wooden banners

Have you ever used wood as a base for making banners or buntings? I hadn't, until trying out some Foundations Décor double point banner bases.

Gotta admit, I'm kinda into these now. I originally made a four flag banner with these and lots of Altered Pages supplies, but then changed my mind and the design!  You'll find this experiment of "the same, not the same" today in my post at the Altered Pages Artsociates blog.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

pocket full of posies

Hiya!  Today at Altered Pages, you'll find the finale to the pretty little flower book.  It's now full up of tags and more flowers and bits and bobs, which is always a fun way to end up a project.
I'm particularly fond of this little faux brass number plate.  It just looks nicely realistic, and I didn't have to anything to it, except add the tiny brads at each side.  Okay, probably should have used brass brads, but the little diamonds are fun.

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

mail art and Father's Day origami guts book/card

Did you have a nice Memorial Day?  Here is some mail art from 1944, created during WWII:
I'm sharing this and a Father's Day themed handbound book, today at the CutCardStock blog.   It's another origami guts/vellum liner book, with plenty of room for photos and writing and such.

Here's a peek inside--the pockets are all covered with gel prints pulled on deli wrap papers.   

Thursday, May 04, 2017

spring flowers hand bound book

For my share today at Altered Pages, you'll find this spring themed, hand bound book.  It has an origami pocket fold center, as in the previous post.

A Happy Thursday to you!  :)

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

guts for an origami pocket book or card

"Signatures" might be a better term for the insides of this style of book.  I like to use this form for the inside of an elaborate card, as well--they're great for holding photos and tags, ticket stubs and gift cards, so really, whatever you have in mind, from mini-album to graduation card, this style can work for you.  The directions may seem involved, but really, this is very simple.

1.  You'll need text weight paper, pretty much any size, but probably not smaller than an 8 1/2 x 11.  I'm using a 12 x 12 of two sided lightweight scrapbook paper for this demo, hoping it will make things clearer.

2.  Fold the paper in half, like a book.

3.  Open the paper, and from the top edge, measure down anywhere between 1 and 3 inches--I did 2 1/2 for this 12x12 paper.  Fold that down, and open it back up.

4.  From the center fold, measure 1/4 inch out on either side, and mark that line from top to bottom lightly with pencil.

5.  Fold in the two side edges of the paper, meeting each edge to its corresponding pencil line.

6.  Open those sides up, and cut out the two top rectangles--they will be obvious from the fold lines.

7.  Fold the side corners in as triangle, meeting them (but not overlapping) the side fold lines.

8.  Bring the two edges back in to meet the 1/4 inch pencil lines.

 9.  Flip the paper over.

10.  Bring the bottom edge up to meet the top flap fold--the fold line will be obvious, more so than in the photo, especially this blurry one!

11.  Fold that top flap in and tuck it into the pockets.

12.  The flaps should hold fairly securely, but I generally glue the edges down.

12.  Fold in half, and voila!  Finished origami pocket book guts!

Here is the outside cover of my most recent origami book, it has a vellum cover page, and a simple stitched cover.  You'll find the easy how-to in this post at the CutCardStock blog, and another book in this same style at the Altered Pages Artsociates blog.
large passport stamps background from Just For Fun

Thank you for stopping by, and if you have any questions about the directions, please feel free to ask, I'd be happy to help!


Friday, April 28, 2017

CAS with glitter. For real.

I have found a way to make Clean And Simple cards with glitter, and yet remain clean and simple.  You'll find the "secret" to my success in the CutCardStock blogpost HERE.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

the diy frame match game

Today at the DIY Design blog, I'm sharing this trio of frames, who received a match game upgrade, using Americana Chalky Finish paint and Crème Wax, plus some DecoArt Chalkboard Paint to complete the grouping.

Thank you for stopping by!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

circle gel prints--spotlight!

Ever pull a buncha gel prints, and then stash them away?  Hey, there is nothing wrong with that--art therapy is a good thing.  However, recently, I tried out a circle Gel Press plate, and wanted to use the circle prints for something . . .

circle gel print over a previous gel print, collage images added
Several found there way into a bird themed board book, you can see one above.  The others utilize the circle as a spotlight, focusing attention on a great little poem, and the other another fine feathered friend.  You'll find those two book pages in my post at Altered Pages Artsociates, HERE.

Happy Thursday to you!!!
:)

Thursday, April 13, 2017

a glittering tussy mussy basket--Easter, May Day, Wedding?

Think Easter basket, May Day basket, flower girl basket,  DIY wedding decorations/centerpieces:
This one is super easy to make, and you'll find a full how-to in my full post today at CutCardStock.

AND it's made with glitter cardstock.  Did you hear that?  GLITTER cardstock, how fun is THAT???

Happy Thursday!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

I'm back, with a few random pics

Oh, please, you didn't even notice I was gone.  We were in South Carolina for a little vacation-- neither the husband nor I had been there before.  It was a wonderful trip, very interesting, very pretty.

it's some kind of moss, very small, but so pretty!

It was weird to walk along a street full of prerevolutionary houses that people live in now. 

But, you know, I'm from Missouri, so . . .