Sunday, June 29, 2014

June has flown by!

It's hard to believe how fast this summer is flying by;  not sure why this one should be especially, ridiculously quick on it's hot little feet, but there it is.  Or, rather, there it was.

Anyway, between house renovations and gardening, I am catching a little time to create.  I am especially loving pop-up books right now;  here are a couple of layouts from a fairly simple fairy pop-up book:
 If I weren't so enamored of the Gelli plate monotype backgrounds, the layouts may have been more elaborate--but then again, less going on equals more attention on the fairy quotes and the beautiful images.
images and pop-up fairy card or book kit available at Altered Pages.
This page is especially fun to open, as the fairy looks as if she is flying away.

I've been working on another book, this one isn't pop, though--it's one that has pockets full up of delicious vintagey things--so will be sharing that soon.

Have a wonderful Sunday/Monday, everyone!


Friday, June 20, 2014

Wedding finery with Something Tattered and Clearsnap

Welcome to day one of the Clearsnap and Something Tattered cross-promotion! 
From June 20 to the 22nd, we are showcasing projects created by both of our Design Teams. 

Here's a little about Clearsnap®:

Finding new ways to help our customers add color to craft projects is our passion. From our beginnings in a garage workshop more than 20 years ago, we've grown into a leading US manufacturer in the paper crafts industry.

With the ColorBox® line of inkpads, Clearsnap® introduced many features common on today's inkpads, such as the raised inking surface which allows the use of any size inkpad with any size stamp. Cat's Eye® inkpads brought high quality inks to the market at an affordable price. Petal Point® and Paintbox® inkpads offer removable plates or petals in a multi-color palette.

And here's a little about Something Tattered:
Something Tattered Design Team
  When Beth began hunting wallpaper for the bandboxes she was creating in 1990 it started a life of antiquing adventures and a passion for old paper. In 1993 Beth’s wallpaper covered boxes were featured in Victoria magazine and Beth’s sister Marilyn Krehbiel joined her in the pursuit. Marilyn’s business Hannah’s Treasures evolved into purveying historic wallpapers for movie sets. Beth peddled her boxes to the coast of California and settled in the west. In 1997 Beth married Peter Neumann, son of a letterpress printer, who shared Beth’s appreciation for the old paper arts. In 2011 Peter and Beth began Something Tattered in response to Beth’s newest pursuit, Wedding Paper designs from her vast collection of antique paper. In 2013 Something Tattered launched the current line of craft stamps and in 2014 the new antique wallpaper stamps were added bringing the adventure full circle. We hope you will share the passion.
From June 20 to the 22nd, we are showcasing projects created by both of our Design Teams. 
We are so glad you took the time to visit as our Designers have some beautiful and inspiring projects to share with you today. We were challenged  to create Wedding themed projects without using patterned paper. The designs you see were created exclusively with Clearsnap inks and Something Tattered stamps!

To see what the Clearsnap DT created using Something Tattered stamps, click HERE.
To see what the rest of the Something Tattered DT created using the Clearsnap products click HERE.

I've hand stamped some sweet wrapping paper, ribbon, and created a coordinating card, perfect for wedding or anniversary gift-giving.

Love the AMOUR stamp set!

The card features the Parlour Vintage Wallpaper Background, along with the Mr. & Mrs. Set, while the envelope includes the lovely Vintage Sterling Monogram Set and June/Juin French Set.
the monogram on the envie is repeated on vellum inside the card
Clearsnap has every color you need to coordinate for your special event--I used ColorBox Chalk Inks in Concord and Splash, along with a little Gold Pigment Ink (Have to say, I REALLY like the Gold and Silver Pigment Inks stamped on black, very lush!).  Please visit the Something Tattered blog for even more wedding inspired projects--what better way to wrap up the month of June!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

making more little books--What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday, #263

Making it short and WOYWW sweet today:
 The Desk.  Clothespins make wonderful clamps!  That's a little book waiting for a cover under that acrylic, and the lilac background paper is in the running for the cover.  (You can see more backgrounds similar to that one HERE, and even print them for using in your own arty endeavors, if you like.)

images from Altered Pages
Here is a layout from a fairy book I've been working on, using those backgrounds--they're monotype prints, all painty and inky and spritzy sprayed in spots--this one uses a doily as a stencil, can you tell?  It has a shimmer mist sprayed all over it, too, but of course you can't tell in the photo.

Seriously, I'm going to try and visit all the woywwers sometime this week, but no promises--you know how that is!  But I'll at least be by to everyone who stops in here, okay?  And let's count this layout in at the current round at Craft Hoarders Anonymous.  It definitely goes with the theme--Spray It! Ink It! Paint It! Smear It! Emboss It!--the only one NOT showing here is embossing!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

making some backgrounds . . .

Over at the Altered Arts Magazine blog today, I share my (usually) sure-fire way of calling a missing muse home.  Here are the results of some fine play time I had this week:
These are painty, ink spritzed background papers.  Actually broke out the Gelli Plate for these;  sometime I just use a cookie sheet, or pull prints directly from a sheet of paper.
Using a paper doily as a stencil

ABC stencil

This is my favorite one!
Here's a little something you may want to know--I saved these at full size, so if you right click on them, you can print them off and use them as backgrounds in your own creation.

Here is a peek at where some of these prints landed:
(If you know me, you may be thinking--"Is this a book??"  Oh, yes, it is!)

Need a weekend challenge?

Thursday, June 12, 2014

a metal tag art pendant with IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko and Altered Pages

Altered Pages is partnering with IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko for the month of June, and from a box brimming with arty inspiration, I tried my hand at a metal tag art pendant with a tiny little locket:
You can find more details at the Altered Pages Artsociates blog--the photo on the outside of the tiny locket is an image transfer using IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko Creative Medium.  Here is the inside--the "photos" are the size a pencil eraser top:
Seriously tiny, right?  :)
AND Altered Pages is hosting a giveaway for the month of June--you'll find details at the post!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

FLY--a pop-up butterfly atc

Each panel is a double-sided, acrylic paint Gelli plate print,
This is the cover of the little atc size "book"
stamped with lots of beautiful background and main image stamps from Something Tattered (you can find a complete list on the Something Tattered blog).

 The background stamping isn't prominent, but I do like how it adds extra color and dimension.

You can see some of the wallpaper background, stamped in turquoise, lurking behind this elegant chandelier.
The butterfly is a collage image from Altered Pages.
I like using a piece of the print to make the pop-up--it blends in nicely in with the atc background, don't you think?

Thank you for stopping by--I've been terrible about blogging so far this summer, what with house painting/redoing projects and gardening, but when it gets hot, you know I'll be back around to see what you've been doing!  I'd also like to join in the folding fun this month at Craft Hoarders Anonymous

PS:  Thank you, Craft Hoarders Anonymous, for the fave!

Sunday, June 01, 2014

Springtime in Paris

It feels as if spring is almost over, but before it's gone for the year here, I'd like to share with you a favorite spring make of mine from a while back.

You'll find the rest of the Springtime in Paris book in my post today at the Altered Arts Magazine blog.

Happy Sunday!