Friday, October 31, 2014

Monster Ball! Halloween Ornament!

Monster Ball! Halloween Ornament!

Day 31 of the 31 Days of Halloween!

I love Halloween not for the Scary Boo stuff but for the time we spent with our family watching old Monster Movies and being together. Time has moved on yet when we do reunite when the time is right we can’t resist reliving  our love of Monster movies!

For this Month’s challenge AlteredPages joined with Art Anthology to rock our crafting world!

I just want to tell you that in addition to the beautiful products that AlteredPages has, Art Anthology has some of the coolest dimensional metallic medium! I can’t get enough of it! Copper and just a pat with a spatula makes beautiful peaks of texture!

Additional items are mentioned in the video!

Thank you so much for joining me!


Now, from our partner Art Anthology we have a project by Designer Mariyln Hughes!

You can see details of her project on the Art Anthology Blog HERE!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Darkness belongs to the dead... Canvas

Darkness...I wanted to make a really dark/spooky canvas for Halloween and I think this fits the bill.....

Welcome to day 30!

The Altered Pages Design Team has been treating us with a month full of SPOOKY projects! Be sure to check back each day and see what they create with our partner ArtAnthology's products!  Comment each day on the blog for a chance to win a prize package from ArtAnthology and


Altered Pages is also one of the 31 Days of Halloween blog hop sponsors. Our Design Team is participating in the hop... if you would like to hop along the blog roll is on the side bar!

I started off with this Halloween saying...

"Darkness belongs to the dead, the ungodly, and the demons that lurk in our minds."

Here's what I did:  I started off by applying a couple coats of the Art Anthology Trolley Grey dimensional paint to the canvas which I let dry between layers for maximum depth and dimension.

Applying the first coat...

Then I painted my hands - one at a time of course and pressed them onto the canvas...

Looks pretty dang scary at this point huh?

I then messed around with a skull from the Screaming Skulls collage sheet which I printed on a piece of Craft Attitude Film.  Once dry it was glued to the canvas.

I then used an oil pastel around the image and outside edge of the canvas.  I smudged it around with my finger.  To finish it off I wrote the dark sentiment over and over across the canvas with a gold pen.    I had to take the photo at an extreme angle because looking head on you couldn't see or read the writing very an angle it shows up great.  

I think it turned out pretty creepy don't you?

ArtAnthology supplies: Sorbet - Big Dip O' Ruby, Trolley Grey

Altered Pages supplies: Canvas, Screaming Skulls Collage Sheet, Oil Pastels

Other: Craft Attitude Film, Gold Pen 
Now we have a project from 
Diana Hetherington Designer
See details of Diana's project HERE
on the Art Anthology Blog!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Did you ever say, I could make that!

See below for Blog Hop & Partner October projects, it's been a GREAT month with ArtAnthology and The 31 Days of Halloween Hop with The Smeared and Smudged Ink Blog.  

BUT FIRST...... 

I will share what may be one of the funniest TRUTHS of the Crafting world. 

Heather Mann has DONE IT!   
She has exposed the myths of Pinterest, Martha Stewart, Good Housekeeping, Family Circle and other craft sources. Yes, the book, magazine & Pin projects we feel we must accomplish. Her book pokes fun at all of us!   I dare you not to laugh!

Haven't you gone to a Craft Fair or drooled over a Pinterest project and then foolishly said, "I CAN DO THAT"!   

As Glitter is my witness, I know have!  

I opened Heather's BOOK, I was soon in tears from laughing so hard.  I showed one of the finished projects to my husband and his serious response was (keeping in mind these are crafting projects) "Is that made from pork rinds"?   Sadly no, it was a Burlap wreath!


READ ON, You may win a Book today! 

CRAFTFAIL (which you can order here) illustrates the hilariously gruesome underbelly of the creative process. Inspired by her own craft experiences, Heather gathered real-life home decor fails, fashion fails, holiday fails, food fails, kid crafting fails, and best of all—EPIC fails (those projects that are so inspiring that they are attempted again and again by members of the crafty tribe to, quite
frankly, disastrous results)! Filled with over 100 full-color photographs of the hoped-for outcome and the underwhelming reality (plus captions pointing out what went wrong), these embarrassing and often pathetic crafting attempts are the stuff that gets the “A for Effort” and LOL for outcome.
But amidst all the terrible failure is a celebration of those of us who are brave enough to pick up the scissors and get crafty!

As one anonymous crafter said: “It wasn’t supposed to end this way.” But we say

luckily for us, it did.

TODAY we will randomly choose one commenter on THIS post as a WINNER of their very own copy of CRAFT FAIL, When Homemade Goes Horribly Wrong

Heather lives in Salem Oregon and is the founder of and  She has been crafting all her life and blogging since 2000.   Heather is also cofounder of The Blueprint Social, a social media consulting company and network of influential bloggers.  Heather also co-hosts the web show Get a Little Creative.

Thanks for making us giggle, Heather!

Now for Day 29 of 31 Days of Halloween!

The following project incorporates both elements of the Blog Hop and our Partner for October, Art Anthology. Love their paints!

 I used Sorbets in the colors Coral and Mint Julep for my backgrounds. I also used a stencil and added the Julep brushing it on thickly for texture. The shimmer is so awesome! 

I had a favorite Sin City stamp on hand, I thought fit perfectly for this project.  I used a Stazon Ink Pad,   I then layered Bazzill paper over plain Coral background with my skeleton stamp.   I also edged it all in Black Stazon.  I then added a crescent moon charm for the skelly to ask for help.    Finally I tied it all with jute cord and threaded a SKULL bead for extra horror.  AHA, I added a second background of cardstock, heavily textured with Art Anthology Dimensional Crystals in color Sunbeam.  Love the rich colors for sure!  

ENJOY and SHARE our Blog and Website with everyone!

Spookily Yours,  Jean

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Halloween Masquerade

Welcome to Day 28 of the 31 days of Halloween.  Don't let the month slip away without being entered in to the drawing this month.  Simply share a comment below today and each day this month.  The more daily posts you comment on, the more chances to win!

We on the Altered Pages Design Team have a full month of Halloween fun for you.  Be sure to check back each day and see what we have create with our partner Art Anthology's products

Be sure to post a comment each day on the blog for a chance to win a prize package from Art Anthology and

Today I have a fairy mask to share with you.  I've had this mask for over a year and have been waiting for the right time to play with it.  I've included a Snapguide tutorial here so you can follow along. 

Check out How to Decorate a Fairy Halloween Mask by Robin Horasanian on Snapguide.

I can't wait to wear it on Halloween night!

I have an easy Halloween card to share that uses the same wonderful Art Anthology paint for the gargoyle.  He was stamped three times.  The entire image was glued in place, then his head down to his hands is another piece mounted with foam squares.  The final layer is just his head, which is also attached with foam squares so that he looks like he is leaning out over the card.  Eyes and tongue are gel pens.  The graphic image of the girl is on the Halloween Postcards collage sheet.  The clock and gear die cuts and alphabet stickers are from my own stash.

Book Page from a Shorthand Manual
Art Anthology Velvet Dimensional Paint – Shamrock
Art Anthology Embedibles
Fringe Ribbon from an old Mailbox Muse Kit
Dew Drops
Gel Medium (as an adhesive)
Jar Fairies Wings Collage Sheet
Stickles - Diamond

Gothic Halloween Stamp
Halloween Postcards Collage Sheet
StazOn - Black
Foam Adhesive Squares
Images & papers from my stash

My October Art Anthology Projects

Today we are sharing a project from Art Anthology Designer Lanette Erickson!  She has created a beautiful tag using Art Anthology Dimensional Paints and Altered Pages Muse Altered Artist and Orient Express stamp sets with the Architectural Drawings Collage Sheet!

See all the details for her project HERE on the Art Anthology blog!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Peeling Scabs Apothecary Jar

Hello everyone, Barbara here for Altered Pages, who is also one of the 31 Days of Halloween blog hop sponsors.  Our Design Team is participating in this month-long hop, so if you would like to hop along, the blog roll is on the side bar!  There are lots of prizes in the daily scavenger hunt, and a Grand Prize worth over $300.

To see all of the rules and regulations for 31 Days of Halloween 2014, please visit THIS POST.

To see Scavenger Hunt winners from previous days, please visit THIS PAGE

Welcome to Day 27 of the 31 Days of Halloween

As you know our Design Team is partnering with Art Anthology!!! Be sure to check back each day and see what our team creates with products!  Also, this week we will be sharing projects from the Art Anthology Design Team..

For a chance to win a prize package from Art Anthology and be sure to post a comment on this blog each day!

My project is an apothecary jar that holds some pretty creepy ingredients!

I began this project with an empty plastic bottle.  It had square sides, which is going to make it easy to adhere collage images, and stands approximately 6-1/2" high, including the cap.  I decided to first cover the bottle with paper before applying the different mediums.
Trim Mechanical Marvels paper to 5-1/2" x 12".  Apply adhesive to reverse side with a Xyron or other dry adhesive.  (Tip:  Even though I did not use them for this project, I had room to run a border piece through my Xyron, so instead of wasting adhesive, I punched a couple of spider web borders from Graveyard Black card stock and applied adhesive to those strips, too!)
Adhere print paper to bottle.
Brush on a light coat of the white gesso, leaving some of the paper visible.  Allow gesso to dry.
Lay the Art Anthology Kaleidoscope stencil over one side and mist lightly with the Art Anthology Waimea Bay Colorations Spray.
Dab excess spray with a paper towel, then continue around the bottle, stenciling all four sides.
Pounce Art Aanthology Kenyan Copper Sorbet paint through the stencil on all four sides.  Use a light touch and a fairly dry brush so you don't get a lot of bleed through.
Here is a closeup of one of the sides showing the color variations, and I hope you can see the beautiful glittery shimmer from the Copper.  It is so pretty!
I spritzed lightly with black Dylusions spray and dabbed off the excess with a paper towel.  It toned everything down a bit.
Layer a thick coat of  Art Anthology Limeaid and Red Velvet Cake Sorbet acrylic paints with your finger or a silly stick, pouncing up and down to get that great dimension.  The paint is still wet in this photo, and as you will see in the remaining photos, it changes quite a bit.
I applied white gesso to the jar lid, and when dry, again dabbed on a coat of the Art Anthology  Limeaid dimensional paint.  It mixed a bit with the white gesso for a lighter look.  When that dried, dabbed Orange Zest StazOn randomly, then I hit the high spots with Black StazOn to get this awesome, ooooey gooey look.
I cut out the witch image and adhered it to a piece of fun foam, then adhered that to the bottle. I used the Faber-Castell black Big Brush Pen to edge my collage image.

To make the tag, I first printed out the Gross Halloween Food Labels onto a piece of orange print paper.  Then I added a very light coat of 3D Crystal Lacquer to an acrylic tag and adhered it directly over the label I wanted to use.
When dry, I cut it out and punched the hole out with an awl or paper piercer.  I hung it from the jar with a piece of gray jute wrapped around the neck of the jar.
I made Halloween flowers from black netting that was holding produce by rolling it up lengthwise, tying black jute around it every couple of inches, and trimming off just below the jute.  When I spread the top open, I got these wonderful, spiky flowers perfect for Halloween.
A couple of close-up photos to show off some of the details.  Here is that luscious texture I got from those luscious AA dimension acrylics.  I applied Memento Luxe Wedding Dress ink pad directly to the high spots to bring out that fabulous texture.
A closer look at those eerie black flowers I made from the netting.  


Altered Pages:  Graveyard Black card stock; Graphic 45 Steampunk Spells paper; Gross Halloween Food Labels; Antique Halloween collage sheetwhite gesso; 3D Crystal Lacquer; Silly Sticks; Faber-Castell Big Brush Pen (black);
Art Anthology Dimensional Paints:  Red Velvet Cake; Limeade; Kenyan Copper; Kaleidoscope stencil
IMAGINATION Crafts/Tsukineko:  Black, Orange Zest StazOn midi ink pads; Memento Luxe Wedding Dress ink pad
Other:  Orange print paper; clear acrylic tag; plastic skeleton; Spanish moss; black netting

Check out the Halloween special on the Graphic 45 Steampunk Spells papers, while supplies last.

So glad you stopped by today.  Be sure to leave a comment for your chance to win the grand prize on the Smeared and Smudged 31 Days of Halloween blog hop, and also leave a comment right here on the Altered Pages blog for a chance to win that fab prize package from 
Art Anthology and Altered Pages.  

Have a wonderful week!!!
Barbara Rankin

Be sure to stop on over on the Art Anthology Blog and see what their design team has been up to!!! 

Today we are sharing a colorful Mardi Gras layout by Roxanne Dondanville!

See more details on the Art Anthology Blog Here

Don't forget.... for a chance to win a prize package from Art Anthology and be sure to post a comment on this blog each day!