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Cardmaking Inspriation

Simple yet extremely Artful cards.
Bold and colorful cardstock adds to the beauty of the compositions.  Layers and stamped images take us on a journey in our mind.

Please see our rubber stamp HERE.
Textured cardstock adds interest to the cards.

Mona is always good for a smile!   This was multiple layers of the same stamp with torn pieces for more visual interest.

Alcohol Ink on gloss stock creates the background for the stamped Tower of Pisa, Ascemic writing stamp is layered onto to base paper.

Truth be told!  The background is alcohol inks on gloss stock, then layered and stamped.  The fold is offset which creates more interest.
All of the above were created by Carolyn Addie, a favorite Arizona Artist and friend.  Thanks Carolyn!

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Everyone is doing it

So did I!
Skellies are all the rage when you add gorgeous wings to them.  
We have wonderful Wing collages you can print.Order here.

Get your dollar store skeletons and have a blast! 


Add magnets to the back or add jute to hang them.  Give little gifts, hang them in trees, SPOOKY!



Thanks for having a giggle with me!


Pocket Halloween, part two

As promised, I have the flip side of my altered pocket page for Halloween.  For this side, I used all black and white collage images from The digital collages at DIYDesignStudio.



In my first post for this project, I told you how I try to blend in the white edges of the paper with ink on color collages.  
The rule is not as hard and fast with black and white images. Sometimes you need a fine line of paper around the image to make it stand out.  If you layer all black and grey images without the little "halo" you might not see everything.  



As with the color collages, paper matters.  I used white paper for everything on this project.  I like black and white images for Halloween because they somehow just feel spookier! 

Create yours with pocket pages - available here



Trick or Treat Journal Page

With our theme of October Treats this month I couldn't resist some fun and messy play in my journal.



I cropped and enlarged two Halloween Children from the Collage Sheet on my computer and also thought I would use the harlequin patterns from the ATC Coin Background, I also grabbed out some paint and my Gel Plate.


I added some paint to the Gel Plate and pressed this onto each page of my double spread in my large Dylusions Journal.  I then took out my Harlequin Stencil and with some black ink added some detail to the pages.




Next I cut out bits from the ATC Coin Background and added this around the edges of my pages, before taking more paint and my brayer and covering over my background design.

I then worked out the positioning of my three main focal images and added some black paint across the page in the area I planned to add my images.



I then proceeded to add in more detail and definition - including the words Trick or Treat.  I added some stamping and a touch of purple around the…

Bookmarks with Prima paper

I've been making a lot of bookmarks lately.  Every year I like to give a token gift to my co-workers for Christmas.  Last year it was plastic candy canes full of candy and this year it's going to be bookmarks. I'm making a lot of them so that each person can choose a design that they like best.


All of these bookmarks came from one paper pad by Prima.  It has designs in several earthtones so they all play really well together.



There are pages in this Prima Life Time paper pad that have tiny elements and they work beautifully on small size projects like bookmarks, tags and ATCs.

After matching up backgrounds to color card stock, I tried out several layouts on each one until I found the looks that I liked best.

The images below are in sets of two.  Each bookmark in the photo has the same background paper.  I posted them together to show the different looks you can get using the same set.

Many of the images stamped here are available here






Throwback Thursday - Gratitude Wall Plaque

Hello Altered Pages and DIY Design Studio Friends and Fans.  It's Danie here coming to you with a Thursday Throwback Post acknowledging the approach of Thanksgiving.  Although we don't celebrate Thanksgiving in Australia it is at this time of year my thoughts turn to being grateful for all that I have in my life.  Being Grateful is always a great thing to do when things don't go to plan and you get a little bit stressed which to be honest was a little how I was feeling today when I realized my project was due and I didn't have anything done for it.

So rather than rush and chuck something together I paused and have chosen to do a throwback Thursday Post.  It does happen, sometimes life can cause us to loose focus and be a little bit distracted and we find ourselves caught out so to speak.  In my case today I was unorganized partly because I had been away last week and left things to the last minute like I often normally would do, the difference however this time was I h…

Sundays in Fall and beyond

It feels good to see the seasons change.   

You have so many options for creating at this time of year.  Halloween, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, and Christmas.  
Read on for the pickle recipe you can give as a gift with our festive mason jar lids....and rings








Enjoy these pickles all year round.....




Easy Refrigerator Dill Pickles
Ingredients 10-12 pickling cucumbers 4 cups water 2 1/2 cups white vinegar 2 tablespoons kosher salt (or more to taste) 1 teaspoon sugar big bunch of fresh dill is best, but you can use dried 1 head of garlic skins removed, cloves smashed (less if its a strong garlic) 10 peppercorn kernels

Instructions Slice cucumbers into 1/4 inch slices or spears. Set aside To make brine, combine water, vinegar, salt, and sugar in medium sauce pan. Bring to a boil and swirl to make sugar and salt dissolve. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.

Add cucumbers to jars. Do not pack them super tight   
as you'll want room for the brine. Add the fresh 

dill, smashed garlic, and peppercorns t…