Sunday, April 26, 2015

Welcome Rains

Good Sunday to You from Jean.

In Arizona we are having an unusually fantastic April. Our temperatures have been in the 70's and we have had glorious rains.   Not sure what this means for the summer but we are totally enjoying it.



Glorious Hibiscus to welcome you

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We have had fun with the latest Muse Kit and creating some coloring page items.   

Here are some of the characters that are included just for whimsical fun....







Did you know that when you join us at The Mailbox Muse, you get a code for 20% off all purchases at AlteredPages?  Order  your kit to get the code!  

NEWS BULLETIN 
Stay tuned for amazing art from our Team and MD Hobby Craft in May.   

PLUS well known Artists will be Featured with their Art and personal observations!

Thanks to Stencil 1 for making April a great one for our Team and your viewing.


Make sure to comment for the giveaway drawing!   Spread the word about AlteredPages to your friends in all your social media.  We appreciate your support!

Have the very best week ever!   

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Layered Lotus Blossom

Greetings everyone!  Today I'm sharing a quick layering project.  You can use this paper tole technique with everything from stencils, to stamps, to our own Altered Pages graphic collage images.

On a 6x6 canvas board, I sponged turquoise paint through the main stencil over a purple background.  It's a textured canvas so I didn't get a crisp line.


With the outline part of my Stencil 1, I cut out three lotus blossoms in different hues of pink to mimic how light shining on the flower would give the petals different hues.  Then I used the detail part of the stencil to sponge on the petals.  I didn't bother to ink them all completely because Part of each was discarded.


Once the layers were cut out and glued together I used the detail stencil to blend the three layers together in a few places where my cut lines showed too much.


I let the rough outline of turquoise show to act like the flower's shadow.


It's a quick project today, but it's really just about having fun with your art supplies and finding different ways to use them.  So go grab your favorite Altered Pages supplies and play!



GIVEAWAY
 
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Friday, April 24, 2015

Lotus Blossom at Sunset

Hello and happy Friday!

My project for you today is a canvas board featuring a beautiful 2-part lotus blossom stencil by Stencil1 and some wonderful stamps by Altered Pages.  I've got a step-by-step Snapguide tutorial here for you.  I hope you like it.

Check out How to Make a Sunset Dragonfly Canvas by Robin Horasanian on Snapguide.

And so there it is!  My summery dragonfly canvas.  Come on back tomorrow (and the next day, and the next...) to see what other projects the Altered Pages Design Team has in store for you.

Products used:
8x10 canvas board
Altered Pages Mailbox Muse Dragonfly Dreams set
Stencil 1 two-part Lotus Blossom
Gelatos - yellows, blues and aqua
Adhesives - glue and foam dots
StazOn ink - Midnight Blue
White and black acrylic paint
Matte finishing spray

 
 
 
 GIVEAWAY
 
NOW for our giveaway! Stencil 1 will provide a FAB stencil and Altered Pages will provide a package of tools! SHARE the Altered Pages blog posts daily on YOUR Facebook page for the monthly random drawing. Include ‪#‎alteredpages‬ in your post. Drawing on May 1, 2015. Do it daily!!!  The more you share more chances to win!
 

Thursday, April 23, 2015

a glorious muse . . .


(Well, maybe not for you, but we'll see--we all have our "thing", right?)

A nice little teacup shape, some modeling paste and paint with the help of a Stencil1 stencil, and you know what, this one needed glitter:

Add the glorious Altered Pages muse:
Each cup of tea holds a glorious muse.

She's a refrigerator magnet, believe it or not.  What can I say--I really like tea!  Couldn't let the extra bit of tinted paste go to waste, so added it (via the Stencil1 stencil, also) to a Gelli print scrap:
All ready for a few atcs.  

(As usual, if you're interested, there is a little more info on my blog.)

So, what's your glorious muse today?
 
Happy Thursday, everyone!
 
 
 GIVEAWAY
 
NOW for our giveaway! Stencil 1 will provide a FAB stencil and Altered Pages will provide a package of tools! SHARE the Altered Pages blog posts daily on YOUR Facebook page for the monthly random drawing. Include ‪#‎alteredpages‬ in your post. Drawing on May 1, 2015. Do it daily!!!  The more you share more chances to win!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Easel Cards and Stencil 1

 
 

Easel Cards




Easel cards are a nice change up from the normal
card design.  It allows the card to become 3-D.
Below are instructions for a twisted easel card.
 
Start with a 4.5x9 inch of scrapbook paper.
Fold in half. 
Then fold corner to corner on top half.
 

This fold allows the card to stand up....as in easel stand.
It twists so it stands at an angle.  Makes for an interesting
presentation. 

By adding a chipboard piece the card is propped so
it stays in one position.
These cards are great for invitations, welcoming a new baby,
and happy birthdays.
 
Add images, flowers, and Altered pages partner
this month is Stencil 1.  There are many great selections
to add images or words to your easel creations.
I hope you give it a try!
SUPPLIES:
Collage sheets:
Stencil 1 Sayings
 
 
 GIVEAWAY
 
NOW for our giveaway! Stencil 1 will provide a FAB stencil and Altered Pages will provide a package of tools! SHARE the Altered Pages blog posts daily on YOUR Facebook page for the monthly random drawing. Include ‪#‎alteredpages‬ in your post. Drawing on May 1, 2015. Do it daily!!!  The more you share more chances to win!


Monday, April 20, 2015

SNEAK PEEKS

HELLO FAITHFUL FANS

Jean here, with some tempting ideas for you using The Mailbox Muse Art Kits by Mail.  

AND remember, use #alteredpages on Facebook and twitter to get a free collage! 

One of the great things about the Art Kits is that you get supplies that are useful and FUN.   No overload, just right!     The project instructions allow you to sail your creative ship in your own direction.    

Upcoming Kits are the Spring 2015 Animal Extravaganza filled with love for pets and some animals you can only dream up!




Next up is Summer 2015 Altered Fairy Tales with some unusual twists on the usual stories!





Then for Fall 2015 we will bring you Culinary Chaos, filled with items that are in your pantry and some you may only imagine!   Coffee, tea and wine all take center stage for appetizing inspirations.





Lots more to see in April from Stencil 1 


JUST wait until you see our Lineup of Artists around the globe!   Each Tuesday in May and June brings you even more inspiration from talents including Wendy Vecchi, Janette Lane, Nancy Laird, and so many more!

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Karen Connor's Lovely Collage Project.

Mother's Day is coming up 

and I've been making cards like crazy! AlteredPages collages have some of the best images to use!

This image comes from 1731D Bits and Pieces.  When receiving a collage sheet, there are numerous images on one sheet.  What works the best for me is to resize and crop the images in "Paint". Works like a charm!

For the base/bottom layer;




I used a paint brush to rub gesso around the edges and then sprinkled extra fine glitter around the edge & allow to dry.

Layering designer paper really gives depth and dimension.





I wrapped a piece of seam binding around the postcard images after adding it to another piece of designer paper.   Add this later to the background with foam dimensionals or clear mounting squares.  Then added flowers around the edge. I did the same technique on the flowers -adding gesso with a paint brush and then sprinkling glitter on top of it while wet.  





The corners is a piece of extra lattice I had in my stash. I cut it out to create some corners.  In the end, I added flat back pearls to them as well.

There are so many collage choices -it's hard to choose which one to use, but I bet you'll find several that you'll love!


Altered Pages products:
gesso
collage sheet
flowers
glitter
seam binding
foam dimensionals


THANKS to our partner for April 2015   AWESOME  Stencil 1 

Come visit me on my blog: www.krcmasterpiece.blogspot.com

Have a marvelous Monday!
Karen Conner


GIVEAWAY
NOW for our giveaway! Stencil 1 will provide a FAB stencil and Altered Pages will provide a package of tools! SHARE the Altered Pages blog posts daily on YOUR Facebook page for the monthly random drawing. Include ‪#‎alteredpages‬ in your post. Drawing on May 1, 2015. Do it daily!!!  The more you share more chances to win!


Special Days in May

Happy Sunday to everyone, Jean here to share what Spring and the month of May will bring to us.

May has many events to celebrate, we know you need to get started NOW to create your projects, so let's get going with some inspiration.


We have created new Pocket AlteredPages for some of May's events.

Let's start with Cinco de Mayo and all the colorful ways to share the festivities of May 5th.


Create wonderful pages with a 
South of the Border Flavor



Of course, May is Mother's Day, time to gift that special woman in your Life with a handmade creation they will treasure.  Aunts, Grandma's, friends who have influenced your life in a wonderful way will be so touched by your thoughtfulness.





These Mothers Day Pocket Altered Pages include a magnet, 1 yard of fiber and lots of embellishments. 








Memorial Day can be a remembrance day for some. It's also a day to spend time at a picnic or parade to celebrate our wonderful country and those who have served  and continue to serve.

Pocket Altered Pages are such a great gift for a Veteran.  they will appreciate the time you take to create a lasting memory for them.   Add service photos of important people who have served.  


We have an array of collages dedicated to the Military

Please make sure to use the buttons below to share our blog and use #alteredpages when you post to your own Facebook or Google Plus to be entered into our Giveaway for April sponsored by Stencil 1 and AP.

Thanks to Stencil 1 for awesome products!


Saturday, April 18, 2015

Another Utterly Mad Pocket Letter Page!

 Yes, you may have guessed it...
I am a big fan of pocket pages!!!
 
Today I am sharing a page using the
Mailbox Muse kit  Alice's Utterly Mad Party!! 


 
At Last!  We thought you'd never arrive!
 
 
With gold paint and my Stencil 1 Wallppaer Repeating Keys, I painted a gold key some text from "Alice in Wonderland". 
 
 

 
The tall image of Alice is not cut in half, her feet are inside a pocket and her head is on the outside of the pocket above it.

 

 Cut the background cards 2 1/2 x 3 1/2- add embellishments as you desire.

Supplies:
Mailbox Muse kit  Alice's Utterly Mad Party
Pen nib
Kraft Clock
Glitz Large Rhinestone
Petaloo Flowers
Text from the book "Alice in Wonderland"

 
Below are pictures of the cards in the pockets!


The page will be ready for mailing after a few goodies are added to the page!!!

 
 
 GIVEAWAY


NOW for our giveaway! Stencil 1 will provide a FAB stencil and Altered Pages will provide a package of tools! SHARE the Altered Pages blog posts daily on YOUR Facebook page for the monthly random drawing. Include ‪#‎alteredpages‬ in your post. Drawing on May 1, 2015. Do it daily!!!  The more you share more chances to win!