Friday, July 29, 2016

Altered Artist Mini Tag Booklet

Hi everyone!  Barbara here with my last post as part of the Altered Pages design team.  I am saddened to leave this fabulous group, but never fear, I've been asked to come back on occasion as a guest designer, and I happily agreed! 

I decided to make a cute little accordion style mini note book with tags using simple coin envelopes. And, best of all, these are so quick and easy to make.  I love quotes and used some on the back of my tags, along with some fab collage images for the tag fronts.  Altered Pages has a great selection of collage images, too! 


Cut a strip of gray card stock 2-1/2" wide by 11" long.  Use a scoring tool, like the Scor-Pal, to score at 1", 1-3/8",  5-1/2", 5-7/8", and 9-3/4".  Cut off excess paper at the 9-3/4" score line.

Fold top flaps to inside and place double-sided tape down the center of each coin envelope. 

Adhere coin envelopes together.  Make sure they are going in the same direction, with the opening at the top.  Then adhere them to the back section of the card stock.   Place one more strip of double sided tape down the center of the top coin envelope.

Fold front of cover over.  It should look like this.

Trim a print paper from the pad slightly smaller than the front cover (2-1/4" x 3-1/2").  Distress edges with blending tool and black ink.

Adhere to front cover.

Trim a coordinating piece of print paper slightly smaller than the back cover (2-1/4" x 4-1/4), distress edges with black ink, and adhere to back cover.

Remove paper line from double sided tape and close front of cover over the coin envelopes.  When you open the booklet, your envelopes will open like an accordion.

To make tags, cut five pieces of coordinating papers 2-1/8" x 3-5/8",  round corners and distress edges with black ink.  Cut five 7/8" circles from scraps of paper, edge each with the black ink.

Fold each circle in half and adhere to top of tags.  Resize ATC Cards 2 1318 Collage Sheet images to 75% and print.  Cut each image out, adhere to slightly larger piece of gray card stock, then adhere to tag front.

Tag Fronts

Resize Pocket Quotes 2367 Collage Sheet images to 75% and print.  Cut each image out and adhere to tag backs.  Stamp floral image from Muse Altered Artist stamp set with black Stazon ink.  Use a water brush with gelato to color the images.

Tag Backs

Insert tags into each envelope, add tiny magnet (or velcro) for closure, and adhere a pen nib with dimensional adhesive to the front.  

Stamp "Altered Artist" onto a scrap of matching card stock with black ink, trim to size of front flap, round bottom corners, and adhere to front flap. 


8x8 Glitz Paper Pads (Sunshine in my Soul)
Coin Envelopes
Create Your Flowers (Create Me Crazy)
ATC Cards 2 1318 Collage Sheet
Pocket Quotes 2367 Collage Sheet
Muse Altered Artist stamp set
Double Side Tape 1/4 inch
Mixed Media Salazar Inkx (Black)
StazOn Midi ink pad (Jet Black)
Ranger Blending Tool
Water brushes
Pen Nibs
Scor-Pal Mini tool
Dimensional Adhesives
Gray card stock
Corner Rounder
7/8" circle punch
Mini magnets (or velcro)

Thanks for stopping by, and have a wonderful and creative Summer.  And until next time, I won't say goodbye, but instead, see you soon!


Thursday, July 28, 2016

Dixie Belle on a clamshell.

You probably already know you can paint pretty much anything with chalk paints, right?  I've used it on wood, metal, and glass, but I have to admit, this is my first time using chalk paint on a clamshell.
1.  A thin coat of paint, slightly watered down, coating the inside of said shell

2.  Iridescent plastic ribbon, accordion folded and stitched at one end, to look like a fan.

3.  The rock is holding the down the stitched end of the ribbon, which is drying with a dollop of glue, and a colored toothpick was added to the back of the collage image to give it support.

Glue Haiku
waiting for the glue
project with many pieces
an eternity 

(It's okay, go ahead and moan--it was supposed to be ridiculous!)

Added some sparkly white tulle, iridescent glass beads, "pearls," and tiny shells.

 (I dunno who dyed all those tiny pink shells--it sure wasn't me.)

 Ta-da!  Bathing Beauty.

Stuff I used:
iridescent plastic ribbon
collage image from the Before Bikinis page
plastic beads, pearls, glass beads, and real tiny little seashells

Since you're here, you may want to jump over to the DIY Design Studio blog--I'm sharing a chalk painted piece there, as well.

Happy Thursday!

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Upcycling Saves Waste and OUR Planet Earth


Old kitchen cabinet doors or drawer fronts become treasures for your home or for gifting.    Holidays or memories, seasonal fun decor for all year long.  Make Monogram gifts too!

Make a coffee table tray from an old kitchen crabs allowed!  (created by Amy Joyce Mehring)

Fill any holes with Dixie Belle Mud and sand them, base paint is Dixie Belle Butter Creamy.

Paint the door panels with Dixie Belle Ocean and a mix of 1 part Palmetto and 4 parts Butter Creamy OR Kudzu mixed with Butter Creamy 2 to 1 part.   Use a loose technique wiping the paint heavier in some areas, lighter in others.   After it is all dry, use Grunge Glaze and wipe it all over the tray.   Allow the glaze to be heavier in the crevices.    

THEN add your stencil image, choose from a great selection at AlteredPages.    You can use paint OR glaze for the stencil image.    A sponge can work well, or a brush.   

Upcycle some old drawer or door pulls by cleaning, painting if needed and wrapping with jute cord for a true coastal, beachy feel.   I would clear coat 2 times to ensure against wet marks.   

Depending on your area of the country and level of humidity, allow to dry for a full day before using the tray.

Hope this inspired you to get moving and SAVE the Planet too!

Recycled Gift Box

Recycled Gift Box by Debi Tullier

I am the queen of  using all kinds of throw away stuff for projects. This time I had a very stiff chipboard tube from a wide tape. I knew it had greatness in its future. Join with me in my journey to change its life.  

I had a real challenge. I was away from home with very limited supplies. Thank goodness I brought several from AlteredPages in my survival kit.

Aleene’s tacky glue
Decoupage paper (on Hand)
Molding paste (on Hand)
Dixie Bell Paints
Crystal Lacquer and mica mixers
Gypsy Soul Laser Chipboard
Metallic marker (on hand)
Fabric (on hand)
Stencil previously from AlteredPages

Join me next month!

Monday, July 25, 2016

Art Is ... Art Journal Page

Hi everyone!  Barbara here on the Altered Pages blog today.  I am working in my Dylusions Small Journal today.  Art journaling is really fun, and gives you permission to do your own thing without rules.  So let's play!

Tape the seam in your journal to keep the paint from seeping down into the pages below.  Paint both pages with a coat of the Liquitex Gesso and let dry.  Tear a few pieces of paper from the Authentic Accomplished 6x6 pad and adhere to the page randomly. 

Add a wash of gesso over both pages to push the darker paper into the background.

Resize and print the hand with palette and brushes collage image, fussy cut and adhere to journal page.  Print  Pocket Quotes 2 collage image, cut out quotes for your journal.  Coat paper with Dixie Belle Clear Coat Satin to protect the inkjet printer ink from bleeding.

Cut the quotes apart and adhere them, along with the paint palette image, to the page, as shown.  I also penciled in a hand-drawn image of a paint brush at the top right.

Paint background with the Dixie Belle Soft Pink paint, watering it down a bit as you go over the images.  If you get too much on an image, use a damp baby wipe and wipe away any excess before it dries.  It will be very easy to remove because the images are sealed. 

Paint the images and color the background with Gelatos using a Water brush, your finger, and a damp baby wipe to spread and blend the colors. 

Stamp randomly over the background with StazOn Spiced Chai.  Draw a line with the blue Gelato from the brush tip, wet line with water brush and allow the color to drip from the image.

Shade around images using black Gelato and a Tortillion to blend the color out.

Cut strips of Adhesive Corrugated card stock, glue down to lower left side of page.   Hand write "Be Brave!" above card stock with black Pigma Micron Pen 01 and outline with Uniball white gel pen.

And here is the finished page.  I really like how this turned out.  No rules, no pressure, just fun!


Dylusions Small Journal
Liquitex Gesso
Authentic Accomplished 6x6 pad
Collage Sheets:  Pocket Pages 2I Create, Therefore I Am
StazOn Spiced Chai
Water brushes
Muse Altered Artist rubber stamp set
Ranger Blending Tool
Mixed Media Salazar Inkx (Leather)
Uniball white gel pen
Pigma Micron Pen 01
Adhesive Corrugated card stock

Dixie Bell Paints (Pale Pink, Clear Satin Sealer)

Dixie Bell Paints are not just for home decor!  I found this product to work extremely well in my mixed media art, and you can see how well it smoothly glides over paper.  Just imagine how well it works on wood and furniture. 

I hope I have inspired you to create something fun in your art journal and try new things in your mixed media art projects.  Be sure to stop by Altered Pages to see what else is available for your use.

Thanks for stopping by, and have a wonderful, creative week!!!


Saturday, July 23, 2016

Video and DIY project with Dixie Belle Paint

Happy Sunday Folks!

I hope you enjoy seeing project tips with Dixie Belle Paint products and an AWESOME DIY item.

First up is some video from Suzanne at Dixie Belle....

Now add glaze....

Just so happens these are chair videos and I have another DIY chair I made to share today.   I really embellished and added hand painted accents along with bead trim, glass knobs, and wood appliques.   Go a little crazy!

The wood appliques were added first on front and back. Front on the stile, back on the top rail.    A base coat of cream paint was then painted over with pink and aged with glaze.   Sanding was done to create aging too.  Clear Coat was applied to seal it all except the knobs and beads.

Glass knobs are used to accent stiles

Seat decoupaged, hand painted, dusted with glitter and clear coated

Bead Trim was hot glued to the back side of the apron 
under the seat. 

Above is a graphic of the parts of a chair, by name, for your information

Dixie Belle makes DIY and painting so very easy!     This weekend only (July 23 and 24th) we will have a drawing for the fabulous Dixie Belle Gift Set.    Place an order of 25.00 or more and get in the drawing!    Paint (neutral), glaze, brush and sponge sander with a fab bag to keep it in.

Dixie Belle Treasure Box

Have you enjoyed all the great projects the Altered Pages design team has this month with Dixie Belle Paints?  I have... can't wait to see what they have in store for the last week of the month!
This month I have been on a roll!!!  For some reason the sea is calling me and all of my projects have had a seas theme.  Here we are today with a sea themed little treasure box.

I love the coverage of the Dixie Belle Paint on plain wood.  I only put one coat of paint on this box!

Dixie Belle Paint - Sea Glass
Dixie Belle Glaze - Van Dyke
Dixie Belle Clear Coat
Wooden box 3 x 3 inches
Tacky Glue
Gold Leafing
Dew Drops
Sea Stars

Paint wooden box with Dixie Belle Paint - Sea Glass,
set aside to dry!

Careful not to paint the hardware!

I painted the box inside and out to give it a finished look!

Once dry apply a thin coat of Dixie Belle Glaze - Van Dyke,
wipe off any excess, let dry.
Cut a piece of Burlap the width and length of the top of the sides  wooden box lid, adhere with a liberal amount of  Dixie Belle Clear Coat.  Since this box is 3x3 inches. I cut 13 inches of burlap, I had an inch over lap in the back. Let dry.

With Tacky Glue apply bits of Gold Leafing, let set, them apply a light layer of Dixie Belle Clear Coat
Now embellish with Charms, Dew Drops, Shells and Sea Stars.

I takes a good day for all the glue and Clear Coat to dry. 
Once dry, your box can be used for gift giving or home d├ęcor!