Saturday, November 28, 2015

Saturday Shoppers we have ART KITS!!!

Are you letting your fingers do your shopping this year?  Do you like to make your own gifts?  Do you have people on your list that like to create?  Altered Pages has ART KITS that may be just what you are looking for!!!  There are over 30 kits to choose from!!!
and many more kits HERE (click to see all of them)!
There are gift certificates
And Altered Pages will gift wrap!!!

Order a gift at Altered Pages and we will wrap it and ship it for you! How easy is that? It will be wrapped in Kraft paper with twine and a gift tag from you to them! (they can use the paper and twine in a project!) What a delightful surprise AND we make it stress-free for YOU. Maybe a budding artist neice or nephew, scrapbook pals or a favorite aunt. Order today!

Friday, November 27, 2015

Altered Spoon Art

It's Robin today wishing everyone a happy Friday!  I have a few altered spoons to share with you today.  What won't artists decorate, right?  These little wooden spoons make an adorable little canvas.   You can get a set of 5 at Altered Pages and create a bunch, too!

I began by staining and painting the wooden spoons with various paints and inks.  The bare wood drank it in and needed minimal drying time.  I used a sponge dauber to apply the dark green ink and it took the longest to completely dry.  I was probably a little heavy-handed. 

The spoons come without holes in the handle so you can decorate the entire length.  I wanted to punch holes so I can hang them.  I used a Crop-A-Dile and it went through like butter!

I chose three of these for projects today.  Let me start by saying that if I could do it over, I would make this spoon the other way around so that the angels were at the head of the "body"!  I already had the small square angel images and Dew Drops glued in place when I came across these angel wings in my flower bin.  They were an impulse buy and I've had them for years.  I painted the edges gold to highlight the amber color in the images.

For the next spoon, I had used a stain that dried to a lightly shiny honey color...which started me thinking about bees.  Altered Pages is partnered with Smeared Ink this month and I just happen to have some of their bee images.  I dipped the tip of the spoon into the same medium that is on the body of the spoon and left it to dry for 24 hours.  I was rewarded with a spoon that looks like it was dipped in honey!  I used floral ribbon to decorate the spoon handle.

My last spoon is a mermaid theme.  I had seashells and this pretty little mermaid charm left over from the Mailbox Muse Mermaid Fantasy kit.  The image was included on the collage sheet in the kit, too.  The charm is attached with a lightbulb safety pin.

I hope you've been inspired to try some of these on your own.  Come back again to see what other ways the Altered Pages Design Team has for you.  Happy crafting.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Gelli, Steampunk, Reindeer

This month at Altered Pages we are teaming up with Smeared Ink and featuring some of their wonderful Steampunk inspired Digital Images.  I just couldn't resist choosing their very cute Brass Steampunk Reindeer and teaming it up with a Gelli Plate Background.

Today I reached for my 5 x 7" Gelli Plate which is just perfect for creating backgrounds for cards and tags.  I wanted to create a Steampunk inspired background to go with the Reindeer Image.  So I grabbed out some chipboard gears and cogs I had on hand and after adding a coat of paint (a mix of Green and Red Fluid/Flow Acrylic) to the Gelli Plate, pressed these in like stamps to imprint the design, when you remove them the paint comes with it.

I chose to work with papers for my card today from the Glitz Joyeux Noel Papers and used one of these to pick up my print.  The tiny polka dot design of the paper combined with the print taken from my Gelli Plate adds wonderful interest.

I used another piece from the Joyeux Noel Papers as the base of my background, my print, and a Bazzill Half The Edge Cardstock Strip in Red.


My reindeer after being colored using Alcohol Markers was added to my card front along with the cogs I used to imprint my Gelli Plate with.  These had a touch of Glitter added to them and I finished with a stamped sentiment and the addition of a gold metallic Dew Drop.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Thanksgiving is for the birds

I don't like Thanksgiving. 

There. I said it. 

I am Betsy Skagen, and you see, I find Thanksgiving booooooring. It stems from sitting through years of formal dinners in my childhood, where the mantra was "children should be seen and not heard." Since my closest sibling is six years older than me, these holidays got pretty lonely. 

I know, I know, we are not exactly talking hardship here. But since I started this sad little tale, I might as well finish explaining why I don't like celebrating the American Thanksgiving. 

Admittedly, mine are shallow reasons--nothing so noble as opposing the blatant romanticism of the pilgrim/Native American history. Nope, I don't like Thanksgiving because there is no gift giving to look forward to, Easter baskets to rummage through or fireworks to ooh and ahhh over. What's the point of handwashing all that china when there's no reward at the end? 

The biggest cause for my disdain, however, may surprise you. Simply put, Thanksgiving does not offer the same aesthetic appeal that other holidays do. The muted colors and subdued graphics of Thanksgiving cannot compete with Christmas, Valentine's Day, 4th of July and Halloween. Gosh-bollocks, it doesn't even compete with Saint Patrick's Day. And I'm not even Irish.* 

To make matters worse, certain people who must remain unnamed (cough-my siblings-cough) are bailing town this year and suddenly the responsibility of hosting Thanksgiving has been thrust upon me. Either I clean, cook, bake and hostess with the mostest, or my 88-year-old mother will have no place to rest her weary bones and enjoy a home-cooked meal. 

Yep. Pack your bags Sibs, because I just sent you on a guilt trip.

This leads me to my latest altered art project. When I began making this Artist Trading Spoon, I didn't really have much of a plan in mind. However, with my Thanksgiving frustration, a snarky theme soon emerged. 

Thankfully, the rest of the design team members have a greater fondness for Thanksgiving and their beautiful spoons reflect that. I have posted pictures of their work on Paper Calliope's Artist Trading Spoons page

"The End"

*Or English, for that matter, but I added "bollocks" because writing "gosh" was just too boring. 

Great stuff I used

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Wooden Spoon Place-markers!!!

I love holidays... ALL holidays!  Thanksgiving being one on my favorites.  It is a day my family shares our meal with friends and family.  We have a wonderful time... it is wonderful spending time in the kitchen with the wonderful women in my life and my husband who is my biggest helper before everyone arrives.  He always peels all the potatoes!!

For the table this year I decided to make place markers using wooden spoons from Altered Pages with the  Altered Pages Altered Spoons Collage Sheet!  These would be a lot of fun for children to make ay a children's party... or you can make them for any occasion!

These will add a festive touch to any table!

Pinecones from the Park
Leaves - Confetti
Small Clothes Pins

Ink the bowl of the wooden spoons and edges.

Cut strips of paper a little wider than the handle, use emery board or sand paper to smooth down the edges and remove excess paper.

Cut images from Altered Pages Altered Spoons Collage Sheet to fit in the bowl of the spoon, lightly ink edges, adhere to the spoon using glue stick.

Cut ribbon 7 inches, tie in a knot around the neck of the spoon, move the knot to the side. 

Add a thin line of  Stickles around the bowl of the spoon.  With tacky glue attach leaves and small pine cones. 

Finish off with a few Dew Drops! 

With tacky Glue add a small clothes pin to the back of the spoon to hold a card with name (also balances the spoon.)


Monday, November 23, 2015

It's The Most Wonderful Time of the Year Altered Spoons Canvas

Hi everyone.  Barbara here with my Altered Pages DT post using these adorable wooden spoons.  I decided to go out of my comfort zone, i.e., think outside of the box.  My first thoughts were to decorate the spoons as just that, spoons, but then I decided to use them as architectural elements instead.  I must say, I am quite happy that I did.

Cover an 8x10 Canvas Panel with Burlap using Aleene's Tacky Glue.  Spread gold crackle paste through a stencil, keeping edges uneven for that artsy look.
Allow the paste to dry and crackle naturally on the canvas.
Mix one drop of Blue Splash Inks into an Ultra Fine Mist Sprayer, fill sprayer with water, and randomly mist the light blue color over the canvas, concentrating on the gold stenciled areas for contrast.

Paint three Wood Spoons with Timeless Cream chalk paint and let dry.  Use a spatula to spread white crackle paste over one side of the spoons and allow to dry naturally to form the best crackling effect.
 Mix one drop of each Blue and Magenta Splash Inks onto craft sheet, mix with water and brush over the crackled spoons.  Dry with heat tool.

Use a waterbrush to mix some gold from the Mica Paint Palette (Metallic) and paint over each spoon. See closeup photos at end of post.

Print and cut out children with umbrella image from the Snow Days in Europe collage sheet.  Die cut a frame that will show off the image, moving it around to reveal the portion of the image you like most.  Trim off excess collage paper and adhere frame to image.    (TIP:  Before removing frame from metal die, use your Ranger Blending Tool to add shading with Peanut Brittle Memento Luxe Ink Pad.
Trim a piece of 6x6 Black Mat Board to fit beneath framed collage image and adhere to back.  This will not only give it a nice, strong backing, but also pop it off the canvas for added dimension.
Add some beautiful glitter effects to the image and frame with the Wink of Stella clear glitter pen.  It really adds a vintage feel.
Die cut music notes from cream card stock, use your Ranger Blending Tool to add shading with Peanut Brittle Memento Luxe Ink Pad, and Stardust Stickles glitter glue for extra sparkle.  See closeup photos at end of post.

Cover some chipboard snowflakes with White Gesso and let dry.  Coat three snowflakes with one of each color Pigment Metallic Ink Cubes (Silver, Shimmer Pink, Shimmer Blue), let dry.  Use a heat tool to speed the drying time.
Mix two drops of Blue Splash Inks into an Ultra Fine Mist Sprayer, fill sprayer with water, and mist approximately one yard of Dyeable Seam Binding to add color.  Use heat tool to speed up drying time.
 Use a water brush to mix gold metallic mica paint from the Mica Paint Palette (Metallic) and add it to the wet seam binding.
 Dry with heat tool, leaving it in a clump so it will crinkle for a nice, vintage effect.
Cover holly berry gold German Scrap with Niji Oil Pastels, cut into thirds and adhere beneath flowers.  Altered Pages has a nice selection of German Scrap.
Add all the pieces to the canvas, as shown in the finished photo below.
 Adhere the collage image over the tops of the spoons, and layer Petaloo flowers on either side.  The pieces of cut up holly berry German scrap was placed around the flowers.
 "It's the most wonderful time of the year" sticker was cut apart and adhered to the left side, as shown.  The spoons were adhered slightly beneath the framed image.  The seam binding was tied into a bow at the base of each spoon, and a hole was punched through each snowflake so that a lightbulb safety pin could go through it and hang from the bows.
 You can see the pretty gold mica paint on the spoons now.  Metal embellishments were added to the snowflakes and spoons.  The music notes die cut was also adhered just above the bows and attached to the spoons.
Place canvas inside a frame.  I found this one at the Dollar Store, so I wanted to change the color a bit, using Gilder's Paste (Foundry Bronze) and Patina.  Three sides were rubbed with the Patina, while the fourth (left) side was left plain for you to see the difference in the photo.

Altered Pages Supplies:

Collage sheets:  Snow Days in Europe
Wood Spoons (5)
Canvas Panel (8x10)
6x6 Black Mat Board
Aleene's Tacky Glue
White Gesso
Snowflakes 6 pieces
Dyeable Seam Binding
Mica Paint Palette (Metallic)
Memento Luxe Ink Pads (Peanut Brittle)
Pigment Metallic Ink Cubes (Silver, Shimmer Pink, Shimmer Blue)
Chalk Paint (Timeless Cream)
Splash Inks
Ultra Fine Mist Sprayer
Gilder's Paste (Foundry Bronze)
Niji Oil Pastels
Assorted Flowers
Stickles (Stardust)
Light bulb safety pins

Other supplies used:

Gold crackle paste
White crackle paste
Dies:  Decorative Frame, Music Notes
Metal embellishments
Word stickers

I hope you enjoyed my project today and are inspired to get creating for the holidays, whether for home decor or gift giving.

Thanks for stopping by, and have a wonderful, Happy Thanksgiving!!!!