Sunday, October 26, 2014

It's getting Dark earlier

Speaking of Dark How about something darkly spooky?

Our October Partner Art Anthology has made creating such a fun time!

Day 26 of the 31 Days of Halloween

Hi it's Jean and here is a fun project that will have people screaming happy screams!

I used an ATC size card and coated it with Art Anthology Terra Cotta velvet paint.  I then stamped a background with Delicata Silver.   Then I stamped a tree and skeleton head with Black Versacolor ink.   I used a scrap of G45 paper for trim and doodled the edges with my Gold Gel Pen.   Fun and easy to do....

I love making magnet gifts here are some more I made.  I give them to everyone as a little treat!   Hairdresser, nurses, massage therapist and in hostess gifts.   Graphic 45 papers, ATC cards, bling and cupcake papers!   Add the MAGNET to the back and VOILA!

Stay tuned for our Giveaway and more fun too come!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

H is for Halloween!

Back again for another fun and spooky project during this month long celebration of Halloween!

Welcome to day 25!!

The Altered Pages Design Team has been treating us with a month full of SPOOKY projects! Be sure to check back each day and see what they create with our partner ArtAnthology's products!  Comment each day on the blog for a chance to win a prize package from ArtAnthology and

Altered Pages is also one of the 31 Days of Halloween blog hop sponsors. Our Design Team is participating in the hop... if you would like to hop along the blog roll is on the side bar!

And here is my combo card....

H is for Halloween!

The card blank was created by inking black cardstock over the very fun cyclone stencil from ArtAnthology (gotta love that design!).

The "H" was printed off of the "H" collage sheet onto cardstock.  The paper was trimmed to size, torn on one edge, inked then painted using Art Anthology's Imperial dimensional paint.  I stamped a cob web various places added the sentiment (also stamped) and then added a few fun images and a skull diecut.  

Wish you could see the sparkle and texture of this's amazing in person.

Hope you've all been enjoying the fun projects from the team!

ArtAnthology supplies: Imperial Dimensional Paint, Stencil
Altered Pages Supplies: "H" collage Sheet; Happy Halloween Collage Sheet; Skull - Spooky DieCuts; Black Ink
Other: Stamps, Markers

Friday, October 24, 2014

Time is slipping away

Happy Friday and welcome to Day 24 of the 31 days of Halloween.  

I have another canvas to share with you today.  Don't let the month slip away without being entered in to the drawing this month.  Simply share a comment below today and each day this month.  The more daily posts you comment on, the more chances to win!

We on the Altered Pages Design Team have a full month of Halloween fun for you.  Be sure to check back each day and see what we have create with our partner Art Anthology's products!  Be sure to post a comment each day on the blog for a chance to win a prize package from Art Anthology and

Altered Pages is also one of the 31 Days of Halloween blog hop sponsors. Our Design Team is participating in the hop... if you would like to hop along the blog roll is on the side bar! 

Halloween is creeping up on us!

I love creating for Halloween and I'm enjoying the Design Team's projects this month.  We have had projects of all types from the cute to the scary you to enjoy.  The scary ones are my favorites, but I've toned this one down a little bit from the Dracula canvas I made last time.  I've included a Snapguide tutorial in case you'd like to follow along.  I hope you like it. 

Check out How to Create a Halloween Canvas II by Robin Horasanian on Snapguide.

Products used:
 5x7 Canvas Board Night Terrors Collage Sheet Time Is On Your Side Collage Sheet Black & White Tag Alphabet Collage Sheet Fall Fantasy Collage Sheet Ahoy Matey Collage Sheet
 Big Brush Orange marker
 Black acrylic paint, black glitter, black lace scrap from my stash
 Patterned Facial Tissues (or other tissue paper)

And here is a scan of the final canvas.  I've got it on a mini easel, but it could be hung with an addition of a little ribbon.  Thanks for stopping by! 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Alice In Wonderland and ArtAnthology

Are you enjoying the Halloween hop so far?  There will be more spooky goodies in the second part of this post, but for now, I have another layout from the Alice altered book I've been creating in (in case you missed it, here is the COVER, and here is the first WHITE RABBIT layout), plus a little peek at an upcoming layout.

First we have Alice, printed over a print of the corresponding text from the story, the background spritzed with Dylusions Inks, and colored and haloed with PanPastels.

The keys are from an Altered Pages collage sheet, of course, and they're glittered up with Wink of Stella Pens.
 Still trying to capture glitter in a photograph--you can almost see the shimmer here:

Here is the peek of the next layout, Alice swimming in her pool of tears--the ArtAnthology Velvet paints are sheer enough you can see the lines of the printed drawing, yet thick enough to make some nice wave texture:

Of course, it would help if the photo were better--and yes, I added a little added glitter, just because . . .

Have a wonderful Thursday, and be sure to leave a comment to be part of the October drawing!!

Now Day 23 of the 31 days of Halloween!!!

The Altered Pages Design Team is also participating in the Smeared & Smudge's 31 Days of Halloween month long blog hop. There are hop prizes to win. Go HERE to read all the rules on how to win hop prizes... it isn't too late!!! Have fun and Good Luck! Be sure to check the side bar for the blog roll!!!

Today Lyneen has a SKULLY Halloween card!

Skulls from the Muse Gothic Collection
Pattern Paper Steampunk Spells
Punched Spiders 
Black ink
Brown ink

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Sea is Calling Mixed Media Artwork

Hi Everyone it's Danie back again with my second project for October using products from Art Anthology.  I was sent a beautiful bird stencil and some of their Embedibles.

I initially started out creating this idea on a large canvas which I was happy with but I decided it would look better done on watercolor paper with allowance of some white space around the edges.  This is a look at the process and my trial run.  I will then be recreating it once more on my better quality watercolor paper in the hope of framing it.

Here's how it came together.

I started by masking off the edges of my A3 piece of Watercolor to frame my painting.

I then took my pointy circles stencil from the Crafter Workshop and using gesso created some texture to the bottom of my project which would become the water/sea.  I also smeared some gesso around the top of my project just to add some interest with a plastic knife.  Some blue came off the stencil given I hadn't cleaned it from when I used it on my canvas.

Next I layered a coat of gel medium across the top section, to adhere some of the Art Anthology Embedibles.  These are a light chipboard shape (hexagon's in this case) so I sprinkled them on a bit like confetti.  I then took some punchinella and Gesso and smeared it over the areas with the confetti to add further interest and texture.

Then using some blue toned Gelatos (light for the sky and dark for the water) I made a color wash and brushed over the entire background.  I dried very roughly with a heat gun.

Next I used some Spray Inks and sprayed a blue over my sky and a turquoise over the water.

After dabbing it dry with a paper towel I took my Art Anthology Bird Stencil and some black ink to add some birds to the sky.

I added a lighthouse (I used a stamp but Altered Pages has a Collage Sheet with a variety of lighthouses you could also use) to one side of my project.  Using a brown Gelato I colored in and expanded on the rock formation.  I then took some Fairy (Green) Dimensional Crystal Paint from Art Anthology and blended across where the water and sky meet.

To finish I took some punchinella and added some white to the water, making it look like the water was a bit rough and crashing over the rocks.  I also added a touch of the punchinella design in black ink around the edges for a bit of interest.

Remember I said this was a trial run, you may have noticed where the masking tape took some of the cheaper watercolor paper with it.  Having tested the process and being happy with how this has turned out I am going to do a couple of different seaside inspired prints using this stencil and play some more.  This one will probably end up in one of my journals.  

Now Day 22 of the 31 days of Halloween!!!
The Altered Pages Design Team is also  participating in the Smeared & Smudge's 31 Days of Halloween month long blog hop.  There are hop prizes to win.  Go HERE to read all the rules on how to win hop prizes... it isn't too late!!!  Have fun and Good Luck!  Be sure to check the side bar for the blog roll!!!

Today Lyneen has a Halloween card, TRICKS & TREATS!
Altered Pages Collage Sheet Antique Halloween
Art Anthology Bubble Stencil (for background)
Halloween Edges (Pumpkins)
Graveyard Black
Small Tag

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Feature Artist ~ Carolyn Congrove

Altered Pages is Honored to
introduce you to
Carolyn Congrove!
After you meet Carolyn you will find the 31 Days of Halloween post below.
Remember to comment on this post for a chance to win the monthly giveaway.

My name is Carolyn Congrove and I’m an art junkie and jack of all art trades. I’ve always been an artist and I was an art major in college. I taught painting for 18 years before falling in love with mixed media. I saw my first issue of Somerset Studio in 2000, and by introducing me to a new take on mixed media it changed my life. (Since then several of my works have been published in Somerset Studio, Somerset Memories and the Dec./Jan. 2006 cover of Somerset Legacy.) I’ve never been able to stick to just one art medium (polymer clay, calligraphy, collage, quilting, scrapbooking, artists books, photography - I love them all) so mixed media is perfect for me. I sat myself down one day to ponder what art medium I wanted to concentrate on and the result of all that heavy mental exercise resulted in the realization that creating artists books was the perfect medium for me. There is debate about the meaning of book artists, artists’s (artists) books, book art etc. But for me “a book artist is a person who makes books as their form of artistic expression, and an artist’s book is the creation of the artist. A book artist makes books like a painter makes paintings. An artist’s book is a work of art and not simply a means of conveying information.” I love book art because I can incorporate all the varied art media I love into a book that is a work of art. 

I belong to a large group of artists in Tucson, AZ called PaperWorks: The Sonoran Collective for Paper and Book Artists. This is a wonderful group of artists working in  every medium involving paper. I help lead a spin-off group within PaperWorks that concentrates on iPhone photography (iPhoneography).

I am fortunate to travel worldwide, so many of my iPhone photos are from around the world. The mixed media book below was inspired by my recent travels in Morocco. When I looked at my photos upon my return, I noticed that many of them featured passageways and doorways that had a very mysterious element to them. I further enhanced the mysterious look using photography apps on my iPad. The final result is a one-of-a-kind mixed media artist book titled Morocco. Enjoy!

Materials: Canvas cloth, various fabrics, various fiber trims, variegated thread, lace, original photographs, scrapbook paper, Tim Holtz Distress Paint, brass plaques sewing machine. 

Instagram @carolynaz 

Hocus-Pocus Candy Cone - Day 21 of the 31 days of Halloween!

The Altered Pages Design Team has been treating us with a month full of SPOOKY projects! Be sure to check back each day and see what they create with our partner ArtAnthology's products!  Comment each day on the blog for a chance to win a prize package from ArtAnthology and

Altered Pages is also one of the 31 Days of Halloween blog hop sponsors. Our Design Team is participating in the hop... if you would like to hop along the blog roll is on the side bar!

I know candy corn is one of those things that you either love it or hate it....personally I love it so I thought it would be fun to make a little cone filled with tricks and treats....

I stared off by painting the mini paper mache cone with Art Anthology's Limeaid adding lots of texture as I applied the paint.   

Next I painted several sizes of the Art Anthology Embedibles with Imperial (purple) Dimensional Paint and left them to dry over night. 

After all the little dots had dried I glued them onto the cone using Aleene's Tacky Glue in a random pattern and added a bit of Black tiny Ball Trim around the edge of the cone.  A bit of Purple and Green Twine were twined together for the handle.

I then added this darling little trickster from the collage sheet - Happy Halloween.
And of course I filled it with a fun assortment of candy corn and pumpkins!
Mmmmmm - off to to a bit of snacking now - LOL!!

Art Anthology Supplies: Limeaid, Trolley Grey (on the moon), Imperial Dimensional Paints, Embedibles Circles

Other Supplies: Moon & Sentiment Stamps (JFF Rubber Stamps)

Monday, October 20, 2014


Welcome  to another day in the
Altered Pages and Art Anthology cross promo month.

The Altered Pages Design Team is also taking part in the
Smeared and Smudged 31 Days of Halloween blog hop. 
I hope you have been able to take a look at all the fun we have been having.
Today is Day 20 of the 31 Days of Halloween!


Watch Karen's HOW TO Video:

Halloween of 1950's collage (AP-1347) - Skull
Halloween Memories (AP-1010) Collags Sheet - EEK
Art Anthology-clear disc
White Pen
Black ink pen
Stamps: banner, dots, domino's
Embellishments: dimensional items, buttons and flowers

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Ghostly Goings-on!

Howdy from Sunny Arizona!
Celebrating our Partners for October

You will want to read to the bottom 
for a nice surprise!

I played with Art Anthology Dimensional Crystals this week.   I do like them because of the texture and glimmer they give to art.  This piece allowed me to have fun experimenting.
I actually added quite a few elements as I played. First I took a canvas board ( we carry various sizes at very affordable prices)  and brushed it with the Sunbeam color.   I love the purity and brilliance of the colors. You can see some of the great texture but sadly the sparkle doesn't show up too good.  Make sure to visit the store to see all the fabulous colors and styles of Art Anthology textural paints we have.

DAY 19 of the 31 Days of Halloween

Next I used washi tapes to color block the corner.
I added a diecut scrap (which I think are often as interesting as the die cut!) with 1/8 inch Double side tape
I have had this young lady, with the frightening hair, stamp for years and always thought of using her but the time never seemed right until NOW.  I used a Micron pen and wrote the word EEK on her shirt.  

I then used a stamp from a Halloween set of stamps for the starry sky and the arrow.   As you can tell I rarely do 'reality' art, I like to just let it happen in happy ways.  

But what was she afraid of to cause the EEK?   I printed a transparency of Children (AP 659), cut them apart & placed them hovering ghostly around her.   


I would say EEK if this was happening around me!  I enjoy the simplicity of this piece.  Hope you enjoy this little canvas. 

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Something Creepy For You Halloween Card

Hello everyone, and welcome to Day 18.  Barbara here with an extra posting for Altered Pages, who is also one of the 31 Days of Halloween blog hop sponsors.  Our Design Team is participating in this month-long hop, so if you would like to hop along, the blog roll is on the side bar!  Smeared and Smudged has a lot of prizes in their daily scavenger hunt, and a Grand Prize worth over $300.

To see all of the rules and regulations for 31 Days of Halloween 2014, please visit THIS POST.

To see Smeared & Smudged - Scavenger Hunt winners from previous days, please visit THIS PAGE

Welcome to Day 18 of the 31 Days of Halloween
Be sure to check back each day and see what our design team creates with our partner products from Art Anthology!  Also, be sure to post a comment right here  each day on the blog for a chance to win a prize package from ArtAnthology and

Well, I seem to be on a roll making Halloween cards.  I just love them.  I had this cool stamp from the Altered Pages Mailbox Muse and have been dying to use it. 

Trim graveyard black card stock to 10" x 6-1/2", fold in half to make 5" x 6-1/2" card.

Trim purple damask print paper (Botanical Odyssey) paper just slightly smaller than the card.  Paint edge of paper with a thick line of AA Imperial (purple) paint.  This paint dries dimensional, so it looks like you heat embossed the edge with embossing powder.  
Die cut the largest accent tag from the yellow polka dot paper (Check-In paper) and highlight the embossed areas and around the perimeter by leaving the paper inside the die and inking with Milled Lavender distress ink through the die.  
Stamp stack of skulls image onto the accent tag with Gothic Purple StazOn.  I used a stamp positioner to ensure accuracy.

Make a mini rosette from purple multi-stripe paper (Botanical Odyssey) and ink edges with Milled Lavender ink.  Adhere Raven rhinestone to center.

Paint a chip tag with white gesso.  When dry, ink "Something Creepy for You" stamp with Versamark ink and black embossing powder.
Paint with Art Anthology Imperial dimensional acrylic paint.
Add a 4" ball chain through tag, and wrap around a foam dot placed where your rosette will be adhered.
Attach rosette to pop dot, and color giant rhinestone with a purple alcohol marker.
Lastly, I added black bling to the artisan tag, as shown in the finished photo.


Altered Pages:  Graveyard Black card stockKaisercraft Botanical Odyssey paper pad; Kaisercraft Check-In paper pad; Muse Gothic rubber stamps; Glitz Raven Giant Rhinestones; Bazzill Chip Tags; white gessoBlack StazOn ink pad; Black Bling
IMAGINATION Crafts/Tsukineko: Gothic Purple StazOn midi ink pad; 
Other:  lavender distress ink, dies, clear stamp

So glad you stopped by today, and remember to leave a comment for a chance at the awesome prize from Altered Pages and Art Anthology at the end of the month.