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 I originally made a four flag banner with these and lots of Altered Pages supplies, but then changed my mind and the design!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 . . .



Thursday, March 23, 2017

peeky Easter egg!

Are you as happy as I am to welcome spring? I've already started Eastering with this little cutie:
image from Altered Pages

I've made quite a few of these Peeky Eggs (you know, like hollow sugar or chocolate eggs), but this one is my favorite so far.  That's partly due to the sweet little girl, and partly because of the shimmery metallic finish of the Curious Metallics Smoosh Roses surrounding her.  Not sure what a Smoosh Rose is?  You can learn how to make your own HERE
Those roses are so simple, I like to make a bunch in neutrals and save them to use in later projects.

Are YOU Eastering yet???

Friday, March 17, 2017

a spring window frame diy makeover, and the final fairy pop layout

Whew, my inaugural post at the CutCardStock blog is up.  I had grand illusions that spring was truly here, but then it snowed on my daffodils.  ***sigh***  That didn't stop me from updating the window frame that lurks around our house,  this guy occasionally gets a seasonal fix:
More info on the window frame in THIS POST

Also, at the Altered Page Artsociates blog, the final, and my very favorite, layout from the tiny 2x4 inch fairy themed pop-up book is up.
Look at that little guy, flying his butterfly driven chariot! 

I am SO ready for spring.  Count me in on these spring challenges, please!
Rubber Dance--March challenge, Spring
Stampin' Royalty--Spring
Word Art Wednesday--inspirational sentiment
Unicorn Challenge Blog--Go Green
The Artistic Stamper--Springtime

Here's a SPRING closeup, so you can see some of the stamping better:
text and music stamps from Rogue Redhead, butterfly from Lost Coast



Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Just Glue It, in the days 23s--The Problem of Organization



Couldn't resist a little crayon.  And some mica flakes, don't ask why--there were just begging to be used.  And they're shiny.  Enough said.

Thursday, March 02, 2017

more fairy pop-up pages

Time for more fairy pops!
You'll find more photos and another layout in my post today at the Altered Pages Artsociates page.

Also, I'm very pleased to let you know that I've been invited to join the CutCardStock design team.  As I'm already madly in love with their metallic cardstock, this is looking to be a good pairing . . .


Saturday, February 25, 2017

monoprints--leaves and doilies and bubble wrap

Did some monoprinting this week, both with and without a gel plate.  Used leaves, doilies, and big bubble wrap for markmaking:



It's good to have a stash of painty prints, ready to use as background papers in pretty much any project.  Makes me happy.  :)

P.S.  I'm on instagram now, thanks to the girl child, but it's taking me a while to get the hang of it.  One thing I CAN do is find the people who are following me, so if you're one of my arty friends on instagram, please follow me so I can find you!!  This is instagram me, here!

Monday, February 20, 2017

Just Glue It, day 22ish: A brilliant glow of hope

Just ephemera this round.  And glue, of course!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Just Glue It, Day 21ish: He loved the sea. (and a tiny fairy pop-up)

He loved the sea.
Well, being sick has definitely been getting in the way of glue time.  That's all I have to say about that.
been getting my photos from Altered Pages--HERE.
That tab you see on the left, it's from the "friends" layout, HERE.

Also, my post today at Altered Pages has a layout from a little pop-up fairy book;  you'll find it HERE

Now please excuse me, I need another cup of hot tea . . .

Happy Thursday to you!

Thursday, February 09, 2017

Just Glue It, Day 20: read

Used another vintage alphabet set in this layout



So I mean to read more this year.  I used to read quite a lot, but honestly, it got to be something of a waste of time, so I cut back exponentially.  But I mean to read more this year, but reading of a better sort.

ephemera, acrylic smear, crayon, pencil, vintage alpha with versafine