Thursday, December 8, 2016

Christmas ATC's with Scraps

I've was having a bit of a clean up of my work desk and started putting together a pile of off cuts, bits and pieces left over from previous projects.  You can see here I have been playing with blue tones and angels for my previous Christmas Projects.  I have to admit these are my favourite at Christmas.  There were collage images already cut out, stamped sentiments and embellishments along with a few scrap papers and cardstock.  So I decided to work with these items and turn them into a few quick Christmas ATC's.

I started with some cardstock bases and my Gelatos.  Three tones of blue were simply scribbled over the background.   I then took a baby wipe and blended the color across the card.
Next I took a small stamp of a star like image and some Navy Archival Ink and randomly stamped this across my background.

Taking some of the paper scraps and off cuts I layered these onto my card base.
Then added the images, words and embellishments.

Playing with scraps can be so much fun and challenge you too! 

Thanks so much for stopping by today.
Danie xx

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Mixed Media Vintage Santa Card

Christmas Cards are one of my favorite traditions. The vintage Santa digital images are a perfect jumping off point.

Here is what I used:
Digital Image  
Dew Drops  
Embossing Powder  
Gold Leaf  

Using a ruler I placed a few staggered lines and added tape strip for gold leaf.

Gold leaf top and bottom:

Added Dew Drops:

Splattered a few gold ink drops and Stickles over the lines

Creating the Santa took the longest. 
I created a collage over heavyweight paper with the images:

Punched out a circle size:

Taped the edges, filled with melted embossing powder.

Then gold leafed the edges.

Finished with the ribbon and here we have it:

I plan on a few more Christmas inspirational moments this month; join the bestest Design Team for all you need to get into the spirit of the season!
Ciao for now, 
-Trish Alger

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Pretty Little Trees of all colors

Make adorable ornaments or decor items.

YOU can make the most colorful trees to fit your style and home.  Surprise someone with a color coordinated gift too!

I did different techniques for dyeing the sisal trees from AlteredPages.  We have 3 inch and 4 inch sizes in natural cream color available.

# 1 Technique used simple food coloring.  Yep, just like dyeing Easter Eggs!

I used an empty glass jar filled with water and dropped about 4 to 5 of green food coloring in and stirred it well.   I then placed a tree in the water.  The sisal is just like jute, so it absorbs the color easily.   I allowed it to be submerged for a minute and took it out.  The first dipping was paler than I wanted, so back into the water!

I did the same with red food coloring and added blue to the green for an aqua, as above.   Depending on how many drops of color you add to the water and how long you leave them submerged will determine the intensity of color.  Pull them out of the water after 30 seconds and check for the color you may want.

I shook off the excess water in the sink.   I had paper towels handy for dripping and drying.

#2  Technique used Maya Mist color spray.   Spritz!

Make sure to have your table surface covered with a mat or butcher paper or even plastic wrap!     The mists will have a bit of overspray, so I group items together to catch the excess.  That way you do not waste the product with overspray.  This technique gives a splotchy color effect.  You can even dye a tree and then mist it with a different color.  See our Maya Mists in various colors, click here.     VOILA!

#3  Technique used re-inkers ink.   This method gives a rustic feel depending on the colors you use.   Try just brushing just the tips with an INKPAD too, very lovely effect.

I dripped it onto the tree and then rubbed it around 
with my fingers.

We will show you how these are incorporated into a lovely gift next week

Make sure to tell the team how much you enjoy their art, everyone likes a hug!

Have a HO HO HO week!

Friday, December 2, 2016

Many Uses Vintage Christmas Tree

Wow, December is this year almost over already?!?!  It truly is crazy how time flies, well, I guess it is easy to see that times flies when you are having fun creating.  That is what I have been doing lately, with the help of  I actually had a little help this time around from as well.  Scroll along and see what I came up with. 

I grabbed one of the adorable wood and chicken wire trees from DIY Design Studio and gave the entire tree a coat of craft paint in purple
I then gave it a light dry brushing with chalk paint in cream.  The tree is 15 inches tall and makes a wonderful statement piece.   


I then gave the entire tree a bit of sanding to distress it and reveal the wood grain below.    I also added two coats of Dixie Belle satin clear coat sealer  from DIY Design Studio.

 Next, came embellishments consisting of lace, cup chain, jewelry pieces, beads and crystals.  
All embellishments were added using Crystal Lacquer.

The crystals and jewelry pieces came in a great jewelry pack full of all sorts of
goodies.  You could use rustic colors and embellishments too.   Maybe include wooden ornaments or beads.


I finished the piece by wiring the crystals and beads onto a beautiful trim. 
I also added a skeleton key that I had in my stash.
You can coordinate any colors to match your theme. 
I attached the trim to the back of tree where you won't see the mechanics of it.


These trees are a great starting base for many cute projects.
You could add mini clothespins to attach your Christmas cards  to the chicken wire and how cute of a display would that be?  You could choose white on white on white for a shabby look.  Metallics are always a great color choice for Christmas crafts.   They even come with a jute hanger already attached.

You can find everything you need at

Thanks for joining me.
Have a great weekend!

Thursday, December 1, 2016



It seems that this month each year brings out the good things in people.   Maybe it should be December every month!

Warm regards from everyone at AlteredPages.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Happy Little Christmas Tag

Who doesn't love those special little personal touches on presents?  Nobody I know!  I love to add decorative gift tags when I wrap my presents for friends and family.  This Jolly Old St. Nick tag will spruce up just about any gift. 

The colorful art deco background is from the Authentique Durable paper pad.  I applied double-sided adhesive to one corner and stuck it on at an angle to form a triangle.  I added four of Altered Pages wonderful collage images, a German Scrap border, chipboard flourish and a single dew drop glued on with a single drop of Tacky Glue.  Of course this tag can be embellished with layers of yarn, ribbon and thread!  I'm going to wait and choose colors that will coordinate with the gift wrap before I add those.  Then write a little note on the back and sign it and you have the perfect accessory!

Supplies used:
Authentique Durable
Shipping Tag
German Scrap
Red Dew Drop
Double-sided Adhesive & Tacky Glue

Altered Pages collage sheets:

Jolly Old St. Nick
Very Vintage Santas
Yule Log from the 2015 Christmas kit
Stained Glass Window image

Monday, November 28, 2016

Angel spoolie

Hello again. Hope you had a great Thanksgiving Holiday. I ate too much, as usual. Today I have a fun little project for you. It's called a spoolie. If you have never done one before, they are fun and can be a simple or as bling-ed up as you like.  This one is a little more Victorian theme than Holiday, but you could very easily change up some of the paper and ebellishments and make a fun little stand up holiday decoration (for any holiday) or even a tree ornament. 

List of supplies:
empty old wooden thread spool (from my stash)
orange juice lid, yes OJ lid.. (or you can use these cute little tart tins from AP)
Aileen's tacky glue
Matte medium
your choice of scrapbook paper
plastic pearls
high gloss medium
acrylic paint
1/4 in dowel cut to size
Glue gun

As usual I assemble a bunch of items to choose from and weed down as I go.

I started by cutting a circle of my chosen paper and use matte medium to apply it to the inside round of the juice lid. If you are using a tart tin, you can omit the paper or cut a piece to match the inside bottom of your tin. After the paper dried, I used high gloss medium on top of the paper to seal it and give it shine.

Here i am using the reverse side of my chosen paper to cover the center of the spool.  I used a see-thru silver edged ribbon on top of the paper after it dried. You can still see the paper pattern through it and the silver adds a nice shine.

I printed the angel collage sheet one time regular and then reversed it and printed again so I would have my image on both sides of the spoolie. I  attach one image to some cardstock or chipboard to give it some stability. Then I fussy cut the image out after it has dried.

Here is the fussy cut side attached to card stock then I fussy cut the reversed image and glue it to the opposite side of the first piece.

Here I glued some fake pearls to the outer edge of the juice lid and checked to make sure I still had some room around the spool to add more fun stuff to. In front is my 2 sided angel head on card stock.

Begin to decorate as you wish. Here I used some silver and green sparkly stuff from Christmas picks I had in my stash. Before I add too much, I want to get my spool attached to the base.

I cut to size the dowel I was using, cut a small slit in one end and glued my angel head on. I left about 1/2 inch above the top of the spool so I could add some decoration around the angel without covering her too much. I used a glue gun to add glue into the spool hole and hold the dowel in place. Then I hot glued to base.

I used some silver-pink tinsel and wrapped it around the dowel to hide it. Then I started adding my embellishments, resin flowers, buttons etc.

Here I'm adding flowers, a little wooden bird, some resin flowers and buttons to the bottom half in the juice cap. Attaching some to the cap and some to the wood base of the spool.

Here I have used some more high gloss to paint over the angels face on both sides. Once that has dried, I began using some pearlized champagne color acrylic paint to paint around the edge of the angel and cover up the white edges of the paper and card stock to finish the look.

Here she is all finished

and the opposite side.

I hope you try making a spoolie. They are a great little gift to make or just for a quick decoration. I have even made them for spoolie swaps!

Until next time.

Jen @ Dog-Ma Studio