Friday, November 21, 2014

Thanksgiving Canvas

Hello again friends and Happy Friday!

Stephanie here and as you may know Altered Pages is teaming up with Craft Attitude all this month. I can honestly say the Craft Attitude printable film is so fun to work with.  You will see here that using Craft Attitude, a 8x10 canvas board as well as beautiful collage images I create a Thanksgiving themed project that I think would make the sweetest hostess gift.  

I started by preparing the canvas with gesso. 

I then added a mottled layer of beautiful Art Anthology Acrylics.

(sorry this is somewhat blurry, you get the idea, yummy gold and burgundy colors as a base)
Next, I trimmed to size a piece of burlap and adhered it to my canvas with a few dabs of glue.  Then, came time to add my main image using the Be Thankfully Calm collage sheet from Altered Pages.  This was printed on the Craft Attitude film. Because my main image was text it was very important to first reverse the image prior to printing.  Otherwise, my focal point would be backwards after adhering the appropriate side down. This is done in the tools section of your computer.  I then simply added the image to the burlap with my trusty glue stick!  I thought a a bit of vintage lace would create a pretty and soft border accent. 

I finished the project off by adding more collage images using the Fruits and Veggies collage sheet, more lace and some gold and beaded embellishments from my craft stash.  The grapes were printed on regular white card stock, but the leaves in the top right and bottom left corners were combined images on the Be Thankfully Calm collage sheet, so they were done on the Craft Attitude film. 


 Pretty grapes and fall leaves...I love all the colors all coming together.  You can see in the close-up above the magic of Craft Attitude.  The burlap shows through the image and adds the coolest transparent effect.

Well, there you have a pretty little Thanksgiving project.  
I hope you enjoyed it.  
Supplies used - 
Craft Attitude Printable Film
Canvas Art Board - 8x10
Art Anthology Dimensional Acrylics in Imperial Purple and Mayan Gold
Be Thankfully Calm collage
Fruits and Veggies collage
Adhesive Dimensionals
Misc. gilded and beaded embelli's 

I won't be posting again until December.  
So, I will take this opportunity to say
Stay Calm and Be Thankful. ;-)
I wish you all a warm, healthy and Happy Thanksgiving!    

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Santa Gift Card Holder

Hi everyone! It's me, Tonya and I'm here to share a quick and simple project for this month using some of my favorite Altered Pages supplies and I got to try my creativity with some of the printable film from this month's sponsor Craft Attitude.

I'm going to show you how to create a gift card holder from a tag so lets get started.

The base of this gift card holder is created from a #10 tag (4 1/8"x8 1/2") and all you need to do is fold as shown below. Also ink all edges of the tag in red.

I cut cardstock to fit the inside and then adhered to the tag. I didn't cover the inside of the "pocket" since it won't be seen.

I did the outside of the tag the same as inside.

Next I punched a tiny hole in the center of the flap and threaded the twine through and tied off on the backside. Then I adhered the flap down and used cloths pins to keep everything in place while it dried.

Then I ran a small line of adhesive down each side of the fold to create a pocket and I used cloths pin to hold it together while it dried.

Next I printed Santa from the Altered Pages Collage Sheet Very Vintage Santa onto the Craft Attitude film, adhered to a piece of white cardstock and once dry I then fussy cut the image out.

I adhered the image to the back of the gift card holder and added a little Stickles here and there to give Santa a little sparkle.

Next I used three buttons, two small and one large to create the button closure. In this order I glued the larger button and  then the two smaller ones to the top of the flap. Which I finished off with a dew drop.

There you have it an easy and simple gift card holder. If you have any questions about this project please let me know.

Other Supplies: Craft Attitude, and Buttons

Thanks for stopping by, hope your Thursday is awesome and enjoy creating!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Roses are Red... Craft Attitude Vase

I've been having so much fun playing with the Craft Attitude film this month.  It's so much fun to see how you can transform plain everyday items using this film paired with Altered Pages collage sheets. 

Today I wanted to show you how I transformed a plain old pottery vase into a real show stopper...  I found this vase in the bottom of a mystery box I bought at an auction this past summer.  You know those boxes filled with everything you can think of.  Well, this vase was just a plain white vase and I originally thought about just giving it away but I'm so glad I didn't.  

I started off by printing an entire sheet of vintage rose images from the collage sheet - Paper Roses. I sized the roses between 1/2" - 2.5" tall.  Those were adhered to the top and bottom portion of the vase.

Next I printed off a frame from the collage sheet - ATC Decorative Borders and "Paris" from the Paris collage sheet on a sheet of Craft Attitude film.  Those were glued down to a strip of burlap that I further embellished with tiny pearls.

It still needed something so I rubbed on a bit of Inka Gold Guilders Paste to the ridges on the base of the vase.  I also painted the upper third inside the vase with gold acrylic paint.  I also watercolored colored a few ribbon roses with Niji's Pearl Watercolor paints.

And here's how it turned out....

Hope this inspires you to pull out a plain every day item and spruce it up with some Craft Attitude Film and Altered Pages collage images. 

Have a wonderful day!!
Ink Stained Roni

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Christmas Gift Tags with ATTITUDE!

We are half way through the month with our partner Craft Attitude™.  Hope you are enjoying all the inspiration from the Altered Pages Design Team... I AM!

Up on the housetop, click, click, click

Down through the chimney with good Saint Nick

One way to be sure your gifts don't get confused with those Santa leaves on Christmas Eve is to have beautiful gift tags. Today I have three White Tags to share made with images from the Altered Pages collage sheet Christmas ATCs printed on Craft Attitude printable film!

Tag inked with (red & brown) and embellished with vintage ribbon, snow flake chipboard (heat embossed with white embossing powder), clear Dew Drops, Gold Opulence and poinsettia!

Tag inked with (red & brown) and embellished with vintage ribbon,  Gold Opulence, Large Glitz Hello December Rhinestone, Glass Glitter and vintage holly leaves.

Tag inked with brown ink and spritzed with fern green. Then embellished with vintage ribbon,  Gold Opulence, Dew Drops Poinsettia and small pine cones! 

Make all your gifts  special with beautiful tags!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Inspirational Wall Art

The Altered Pages Design Team is working hard to inspire you this month as we work with the printable film from our partner Craft Attitude™.  Be sure to stop by each day and comment for a chance to win one of the weekly prizes!

Today Karen Conner shares her beautiful inspirational wall art! 

Prepare your Masonite board with gesso, dry.  Then paint with blue acrylic paint with a one inch brush -  a little darker on the top and gradually make a little lighter toward the bottom. Allow to dry completely. Lightly brush stamp with white paint to get a nice image of the stamp (careful not too cover thick with paint).  Stamped image numerous times over the whole canvas. Allow to dry completely.

Enlarge the image of the rose on Altered Pages #1814 Paper Roses Collage Sheet.  Printed the rose twice - a little larger than 5x7.  Fussy cut and glue one whole image on the board with gel medium. On the second image fussy cut just the main blooms and one leaf. Take an exacto knife and cut in several folds so when they are added on top of the original image, use dimensionals and have the roses pop off the page.

Print text on Craft Attitude™  -- Don't forget to mirror your words before printing.  Apply Craft Attitude ™film-printed side down with gel medium and smoothed out with a soft cloth.
Punch holes in the top of the board with a Croc-A-Dile and add ribbon.  Add black gelato around the edges of the board and smear with finger.
Viola!  Finished! 
Hope it inspires you to combine your favorite scripture or encouraging words to your artwork.

Altered Pages #1814 Paper Roses Collage Sheet
Masonite Board
Blue Acrylic Paint
White Acrylic Paint
Background Stamp
Word Art onto Craft Attitude™

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Christmas will be here before you know it!!!

This month has been full of AWESOME inspiration...
combining Altered Pages products with
Craft Attitude™ printable film from our partner! 

For all those who viewed and commented on the Blog last week, we have another 

This week's winner will receive a full package of Craft Attitude!

Congrats to Celestine Hart 
our week 2 winner 

Celestine, please send your postal address to 
& a full CRAFT ATTITUDE package is YOURS!

It is time to start thinking of making handmade Christmas cards for those special people on your card list.  When creating your cards be sure to check out all the seasonal items we have at

Today I am sharing a card made with this cute Reindeer Stamp called "Special Delivery".  Stamp the image on white card stock with black ink and heat emboss with clear embossing powder. Color image with Copics. Tear the image from card stock, making it a little larger then an ATC. Distress edges with brown ink.

Layer Green Two Scoops Cardstock and Hello December Pattern Paper on card base with Double Sided Tape. Adhere image to the card.  Print the  Altered Pages ATC Decorative Borders Collages Sheet on Craft Attitude™ printable film.  Cut out the frame you choose to use.  With the printed side down adhere over the stamped image on the card.

Add the Mini Edge Red border on the bottom and the Merry Christmas Banner from Glitz Hello December What Nots.  With VeraMark ink the Chip Board Snowflakes and heat emboss with white embossing powder, attach clear Dew Drops to the center with Tacky Glue.

Reindeer Stamp called "Special Delivery"
Craft Attitude™
Altered Pages ATC Decorative Borders Collages Sheet
Glitz Hello December Pattern Paper
Hello December What Nots
Two Scoops Cardstock
Chip Board Snowflakes
Dew Drops Poinsettia
Mini Edge Red
White Card Stock
Red Card Base
Black Ink & Brown Ink
Clear and White Embossing Powders
Tacky Glue
Double Sided Tape

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Contemporary Christmas Tree

I love using products from AlteredPages to produce items of art that make me smile. This was no exception! I also got to use a great product provided by our sponsor for the month, Craft Attitude. I love the Craft Attitude printable film and can now see how wonderful and versatile it is.
I can’t wait to experiment  even more with Craft Attitude!

I  loved coming up with the armature style tree and adding sweet Christmas styled ornaments on it. I hope you too will enjoy my journey into fun.

Aluminum Wire
Scrap wood block
Craft Attitude™
Circular Punch
Hole Puncher
Zip ties for holding the bunch together

See you next month, Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Altered Vase/Candle Holder

Hi everyone!  Can you believe that we are already halfway through November?  I'm not sure where the time goes.  You probably already know that the Design Team here at Altered Pages Artsociates is working with a wonderful product called Craft Attitude.  So let's jump in!

My project this week begins with a clear square glass candle holder found at a household goods store.  It's a great size and can be used to hold either candles or as a vase for flowers.  I wanted to use images that would show off the square shape, so I chose a collage sheet from Altered Pages called Beautiful Ladies.  Each of these images is printed on a tall thin strip, so working in pieces with Craft Attitude to cover the glass was very easy. 

I staggered the height of each image on purpose.  I didn't want a straight line of faces across the top.  I had to print the collage twice to have enough of these lovelies to go all around the surface.  I made sure no two connecting sides had the same woman so that if you looked at it from an angle you would still see all different images.

The Craft Attitude film has a matte finish and I wanted these to blend into the glass so once all of the images were in place I sealed them in place with a glossy coating.  I used two layers for a smoother finish.

I considered many different types of embellishments from beads to charms to silk flowers but many of them covered up too much of the images and when the candle was added all I noticed was the dark shadow where the candle couldn't shine through.  So in the end, I chose a lovely ribbon for the bottom of the holder and Dew Drops for the top of each image.  The decision about where to place the drops took a long time.  I didn't like them completely filling in the blank glass at the top because they detracted from the ladies but I didn't want the straight line of each image showing.  I like the staggered look and I love how they glow when the candle is on!

Below is a more detailed look at this project. 

Check out How to Jazz Up a Glass Candle Holder by Robin Horasanian on Snapguide.

Products used:
Altered Pages Collage Image - Beautiful Ladies
Craft Attitude
Dew Drops
Ribbon scrap