Saturday, January 30, 2010

altered mini file folder book

Well, I ran out of ink for the printer, so
finished the altered mini file folder book
first--dear auntie is going to have to wait
for her album!

Maybe needs a quote up there in the corner . . .

The butterfly transparency pages are delightful to
work with. All of these collage images are available
at Altered Pages.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

started a new mini album

My new kit came from Altered Pages, and I couldn't wait to
dive into all the wonderful papers and ephemera and collage
images and ribbons and--okay, you get the idea!

Here's the cover of the mini album I started. It had a great
collage image in it, but then I started thinking, one of my
own pics would look pretty good in that frame. The photo is
of my Granny and her beau, taken when she was 17, in 1926.
Not to mention, this fit in nicely with the "In The Past"
challenge at The Scrapbook Get Away.
So, now there are two projects to finish--an altered art
style collage album, and a mini photo album for my auntie.

Do you see her Mary Pickford curls? Very stylish. And
showing a little leg there, too!

Monday, January 25, 2010

One World One Heart Magic Carpet Ride

Are you enjoying your trip so far? If you just hopped
on the magic carpet ride with me, wow, be sure you
click the One World One Heart link at the side for
an amazing, blog-hopping journey!

I am offering four giveaways, two handmade, and one
a kit for you to make something of yourself, and
finally, a gifty card!

Here is a lovely little spring bag (are YOU ready for

Next is an adorable child's apron:

This was made by Shelby at her Sweet and Cozy etsy shop.
The strawberry fabric is delicious!

And, from JeJe products, a Jewelly kit:

What will you make with this?

Finally, a "gift card" for $10.00 to Altered Pages, for
use on anything you might like to try!

So there will be four recipients, each selected at random
from the comments left here. One comment per person/active
blog, and please leave your e-mail address so I can contact

The journey ends midnight, February 15.

Off you go! Happy traveling!

Altered Inchie Treasure box "tutorial"

First, thank you all for your kind words--this is
truly one of my favorite projects ever!

Second, it was so easy to make (aside from collecting
all the inchies), that I don't know if this can
honestly count as a tutorial:

The box used had an existing lip around the top, so
I first positioned the inchies, then adhered each row
using Super Tacky Glue. After the glue dried, I went
around the edges of each inchie with Crystal Effects
(pretty much the same as Diamond Glaze), adding micro
beads in areas.

Most of the inchies were already embossed, so I haven't
sealed the entire top with anything yet, but it would
probably be a good idea to do so.

If you make an Inchie Treasure Box, please leave me
a link--I'd love to see it!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Altered Inchie Treasure Box

One of the first swaps I ever did years ago was for inchies.
Ever since then, I've kept them like tiny treasures in a
football card box. You know me, right? The Baseball Card
Store wife. Anyway, I'd been thinking about doing this for
a long time, but finally did it for a challenge--what do you
think of these little gems?

Most are from that long-ago swap . . .

Monday, January 18, 2010

apparently I'm not a fan of anything.

Fan, from the word fanatic--
Main Entry: fa·nat·ic
Pronunciation: \fə-ˈna-tik\
Variant(s): or fa·nat·i·cal \-ti-kəl\
Function: adjective
Etymology: Latin fanaticus inspired by a deity, frenzied, from fanum
temple — more at feast
Date: 1550
: marked by excessive enthusiasm and often intense uncritical devotion

Friday and Saturday, we spent 24 hours at the Kansas
City Royals FanFest.

Not so much in the spirit of the game, you understand,
as in the spirit of good, old fashioned entrepreneurship.
(The Baseball Card Store, serving Kansas City collectors
since 1988.)

Anyway, there were people there who waited in long, snaking
lines for autographs; five and one half hours of wait by one
of our customers.

People of the world, there is no one alive for whom I would
wait five hours to have their name on a piece of paper.
Maybe if it were for their signature on a check for a hefty
sum of money, but not, nay nay, for just an autograph.

In my much younger years, I did wait in a few substantially
shorter autograph lines, but that was for Mickey Mantle and
Joe DiMaggio. You know--Mickey Mantle and Joe DiMaggio, two
of the all time greatest players in the history of baseball?
Those guys.

Who (alive) would you wait in line five hours for?


Tuesday, January 12, 2010

one little chickie has flown the coop

Well, more or less, anyway. We deposited the eldest son
into his new, not-so-swanky digs Sunday. A dorm room
will always be a dorm room, but especially so when it's
occupied by four young men, yes?

The stinkweed has yet to e-mail me, but we've been
texting (YES, Rhonda and Kris, TEXTING) periodically.

He's already decided to change his meal plan--cafeteria
food will always be cafeteria food . . .

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Valentine skinnies and a dog wearing a wig.

Skinnies, or an altered art fan? Either way, they're kind
of fun. Check out the hotties from days gone by--and they
come bearing flowers, too!

Like what you see, ladies? ;) You can find these fine
fellows over at Altered Pages.

And now for something completely different.

You didn't believe me about the dog, did you?

Don't even ask about this one:

It is one of the mysterious pictures that occasionally
appears on the camera. Since Christmas, the new sport
around here is taking random shots with whoever's
camera phone is lying about unattended, so Ralphie in
the Wig fits right in . . . he actually looks quite
fetching, don't you think?

Sunday, January 03, 2010

it's almost here!

Are you participating this year? Come join the fun!