Sunday, March 17, 2013

atc sized handbound book

Been working on a new tiny book for the current travel theme at
Blockheads Paper Arts, and it seems like the perfect thing to show
for my latest Altered Arts Magazine share.  This atc sized book is
made from monoprinted papers, with an origami wallet fold.  The
cover is stitched on--okay, not gonna lie, I'm having a LOT of fun
with this one, so get ready for an onslaught of photos . . .

Ready?  Here we go:
front cover, but you can see it's on it's side--using the Stargazer set.
here is the back of the cover, still more Stargazer stamps

inside front cover, with a layer of vellum stitched in
I like how you can see the reverse image when the page is turned

center layout--you can see the stitching and pockets

You can probably tell these are monoprinted papers--some were made
using a Gelli Plate, and some were made using the simple monoprinting
technique from my article in the fall issue of Altered Arts.  There is also
a nice sheen to the papers, resulting from a misting of Fireworks.

Now here is a extra fun thing about this particular book form--it has a
couple of "secret" pockets on the sides, which can either be utilized, or,
if they don't suit your purpose, sealed up.
super secret side pockets
 Well that was fun--for me, anyway--I hope you enjoyed it, too!
I'll be working on those atcs to fill the pockets, and share them
with you next week, okay?

Saturday, March 16, 2013

butterfly bingo and lavender thoughts

 It's almost spring, and time for butterflies and flower again!

It's also time for a round of spring challenges--the current challenge
at Altered Pages is Lavender Thoughts, and I think this butterfly 
bingo card fits the bill, yes?

Here are some more fun spring challenges:
2 Sisters Challenge Blog--Flowers for Spring
Totally Gorjuss--something old (bingo card is vintage)
QKR Stampede--Dreaming of Spring
Forever Friends--Lots of Flowers

Thursday, March 14, 2013

a sentimental atc?

I made this frame atc with acrylic paint monoprint backgrounds, adding
stamps from the Behind the Scenes plate for extra dimension.
sentiment from the Relish Reading plate
But why stop there?  At Unruly Paper Arts, the current issue is:
ATC Extravaganza!

AND one of the atc themed Reader's Art Quests is "Add An ATC."
Meaning, add an atc to something.  I'll bet you can guess where this 
particular atc ended up . . .

Yep, on the front of a an altered blank book!
It's covered in handmade paper, can you tell from the texture?
Anyway, there is plenty of time to join in the RRD Rebel 
Challenge,and the Reader's Art Quest at UPA, as well.  
But why stop there?  Here a few more fun challenges:

Fab 'n' Funky--Add A Sentiment
Craft-room challenge--From Me to You (make a gift)

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

What's on Your Workdesk? Wednesday, #197--an altered journal cover and Easter atcs

It's Wednesday!
An altered journal covered with handmade paper, the Easter atcs in
progress (they have the "Happy Easter" now), and another atc, but
that's for tomorrow . . . all those atcs have monoprint backgrounds,
SO much fun to make!

Happy WOYWW!

Saturday, March 09, 2013

Easter ATCs (in progress) & a CAS card

It's starting to feel like spring here finally, and that inspired me to join an
Easter themed ATC swap.  Here are a couple of them, still in progress:

These are standard size atcs with a little bit of an arch and a cut frame.
The backgrounds on the large part of the atcs are Gelli Plate prints,
while the framed section uses  Perfect Pearl Mist shimmery backgrounds. 

Used Grunge Collages, Grunge It UpVintage Birds, and Years Ago
all  from Blockheads. And I'm really liking the VersaMagic Inks, the matte
finish and kind of subtle, chalky colors--here it's Turquoise Gem and
Pink Grapefruit.

I'm still contemplating what else to add . . . definitely a Happy Easter is
in order.  And I can't believe I forgot to share this with you here--it's a CAS
card that, amazingly enough, I had published in the latest issue of Take Ten:
See no evil, Hear no evil, Speak no evil 
So that was fun--it's pretty exciting to get a copy of a magazine in the mail
with a big "congratulations" on the front!  Good grief, I didn't even scan this
before sending it in, so you can see the corners of the other cards it's with
in the magazine layout in this cropped pic.

Anyway, yay, that was fun!  And thank you for stopping by--I'm trying to
squeeze in more blog snooping visiting time (I miss my bloggy buddies!), and
if you leave a comment, will be around to say hi later this week.

Have a great weekend!  :)

Oh, hey, how about a challenge or two for those ATCs?
A Muse Studio  (love that name!)--Get Down and Dirty
Opus Gluei (love that name, too!)--Spring has Sprung 
Quirky Craft--make your own background paper
One Stop Craft Challenge--Spring

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

bunting and bingo--What's on Your Workdesk? Wednesday, #196

Well the bridal shower went quite well. I'm sorry I don't have pics to show
you, but I was too busy to take photos, as you can imagine.  Will see what
my mom may have, and maybe show some later?  Anyway, here are some
shots of parts of the finished buntings from last week.  They're all so long,
photos of the whole buntings look silly, so these are just small sections:

The bride was very happy with all of them, and wants them up at the reception,
too.  So the shower, rehearsal dinner, and reception--that puts these buntings to
some good use!  I'm sharing these as my Altered Arts Magazine post, as well.
You can probably tell that the background paper includes sheet music, but much
of it includes pages from an old cookbook, as well.  There is something about a
young bride and a cookbook that just seem to go together, isn't there?

One more shower thing--these were bridal bingo cards (played while the bride
opened gifts), printed out from the computer with the items from the gift registry,
and stamped with the same teapot that was on the invitations and envelopes:
Coffee Tea Full Sheet
Have a great week, everyone--I'll be around to do some WOYWW visiting later--
if you leave me a comment, I'll be sure and certain to come see what's on YOUR
workdesk--as always, a big thank you to Julia for hosting this weekly event!