Monday, September 1, 2014

PanPastels and Stencils!

The Altered Pages Design Team is really excited to be working with PanPastels during September. We hope you enjoy  seeing what we create and are inspired to work with them yourselves.  PanPastels will be available soon!

"Ultra Soft Artists’ Painting Pastels. For Painting, Drawing & Mixed Media! A revolutionary new way to use color! PanPastel Colors are professional artists’ quality soft pastel colors packed in a unique pan format (cake-like). The special qualities of PanPastel Colors mean that artists can blend and apply dry color like fluid paint for the first time."
Today I would like to share using PanPastels with stencils to create awesome backgrounds.

To start I used my VersaMark Dazzle pad with a sponge and carefully applied the VersaMark on my paper. 
Then with one of a PanPastel soft sponge I gently applied the PanPastel in a circular motion. 

Here you can see three different stencil patterns
I created a card using one of the pattern papers I created.   The "H" is from the "H" is for Halloween collage sheet. The image is from the Halloween ATCs collage sheet

The panel was layered on Black Cardstock and then on the card. A green ribbon is the finishing touch. 

Visit the blog during September and see what the Altered Pages Design Team has in store for inspiration!!!  Be sure to comment each day on the blog for a chance to win a set of PanPastels.  A random drawing will take place at the end of the month, for each comment your name gets entered again!  More comments, more chances of winning! (one comment per day please).

Saturday, August 30, 2014



Getting into the Fall mood!  

Yes, it's 109 in Phoenix but we can see the sun shifting in the sky and the temps at night are only in the 80's.  I got into a spooky mood and made this little canvas.   I used;

4 x 5 inch canvas  (see our canvas panels)
AP Collage sheet 1787 Black Butterflies (fancy cut and colorized with gold inkpad) 
Cream cardstock run through my printer for the words, torn and dry brushed and added gold ink edging
Fiber trim and gold button
A hint of Gold glitter

VERY GOOD news!  The winner of the August AlteredPages/Craft Hoarders Blog Hop is...

Michele ~

CONGRATS to Michele, she will receive a set of Oil Pastels and a  HUGE PACKAGE  of ephemera, just what any hoarder needs, right?
Please visit her blog and congratulate Michele!

Next up we have announcements of coming attractions ~

September will be Panpastels month at AlteredPages.   YES, we will have an amazing giveaway.   A set of Panpastels.   This applies for commenters all month long.   A random drawing will take place, AND for each comment your name gets entered again!  more comments, more chances of winning!  (one comment per day) 

(giveaway set may vary from image)

October brings us TWO awesome events!   Art Anthology partners with AP all month for some amazing Art by both of our teams.   Get ready for a fabulous giveaway!


We will be participating in the Smeared and Smudged Blog Hop, 31 Days of Halloween. You can play along too if you wish...  click here for more information....

A quick Halloween card!

Altered Pages and SinCity Stamps products!

Supplies: - Two Scoops Paper, Hoo's Having Fun Paper and Black Ink
SinCity Stamps: One Scary Night and Pumpkin Hot Air Balloon
Stash: Ribbon, Card Base,  Copics

Friday, August 29, 2014

Is Being a Witch a Bad Thing?

"You say I am a witch like it is a bad thing"

Altered Pages Design Team members are having a great time partnering with SinCity Stamps and their Design Team this month!!! I hope you have been inpired by all the great projects this month!

Today I am working with the Window Chipboard Shrine designed by Barbara Rankin.  This was a really fun project.

To start, I used my bone folder and created a score-line where I wanted to fold the shrine. Then I inked all the edges, including the fold creases and back. In this post if I mention stamping, everything is stamped with black  ink.

Cover the three panels with pattern cardstock. Before adhering... stamp images on the pattern paper, center panel has the Winged Skeleton stamped and heat emboss with clear embossing powder. Print the Altered Pages Collage Sheet "H"is for Halloween on Craft Attitude Printable film. Cut out the "H" you desire to use and adhere with glue stick. 

Cover the shrine window with tacky glue and sprinkle with Vintage Glass Glitter - Lavender. Set aside to dry.  Once dry add foam dots (here they are double stacked). Glue paper raven to the back of the frame and set aside to dry. 

Stamp Pumpkin Hot Air Balloon directly on the panel and on a white piece of paper and heat emboss with clear embossing powder. Using Copics color the image stamped on the white paper. Fussy cut the witch in the pasket and the pumpkin balloon with the cat on top.  Adhere these to the card. 

Stamp sentiment Witch Phrase, "You say I am a witch like it is a bad thing"on the third panel. Add felt raven and Glitz Large Rhinestones Raven

Supplies from Altered Pages:
Altered Pages Collage Sheet "H"is for Halloween
Vintage Glass Glitter Lavender
Bazzill Spooky Die Cuts Raven
Glitz Large Rhinestones Raven
Black ink
Foam Squares
Tacky Glue

From: SinCity Stamps
Pumpkin Hot Air Balloon
Witch Phrase
Winged Skeleton
Halloween Words - Golbin, 31 and One Scary Night
Chipboard Shrine designed by Barbara Rankin

Other Supplies
Boo Ville Pattern Paper
Craft Attitude Printable Film
Clear Embossing Powder
Raven Felt Shape

Time to start creating your SPOOKY projects!!!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Alas, poor Yorick! and a Flower Fairy update . . .

I've been creating layouts in a small art journal I stitched up a while back, and have a Halloween-ish one to share with you today:

Alas, poor Yorick!  I knew him, Horatio . . .
Okay, maybe it's more literary-ish than Halloween-ish, but that Sin City skull stamp immediately brought Hamlet to mind, and hey, that  is a pretty creepy story . . . an Altered Pages Shakespeare image, some spritzy black Dylusions, a black jewel, and crayons pretty much do it for this layout.

Want to see a couple more layouts from The Flower Fairy Alphabetica?  I've been adding to it bit by bit:

Thank you for stopping by, and Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

A spooky light by the graveyard at night!

Hi Everyone, it's Danie here today bringing you my Halloween Project as Altered Pages team up with Sin City Stamps.  Here in Australia Halloween isn't a widely celebrated event, it has only become more popular in recent syears with all the youngsters wanting their share of the treats.  So creating something spooky really isn't my thing.

I was a little bit stumped at how I should proceed with this and upon viewing the chipboard pieces that arrived from Sin City Stamps, I immediately was thinking of some sort of shrine but it sort of evolved from there.

Altered Pages Supplies:- Steampunk Spells collection from G45, Gelatos, Black Ink, Kraft Bingo Number, Black Cardstock.
Sin City Stamps Supplies:- Shrine Chipboard Frame #3, Grave Stamp.

I created a cardboard box like base and turned my shrine into a Spooky Luminary.  My shrine made from the chipboard from Sin City Stamps, I firstly colored all my chipboard pieces with a combination of black ink and silver/grey Gelatos.  I assembled the back and two sides of my luminary and covered them with a paper from the Steampunk Spells collection from G45.  I stamped the wonderfully spooky image of the grave onto some white tissue paper with Black Versafine Ink, which I then attached to the ornate chipboard frame piece of my shrine chipboard set with some double sided tape.  I suspended it as the front of my luminary.  A small battery operated tea light candle creates a soft warm glow and I have raised this up on a little step so that the light lines up exactly and glows from the top of the tombstone as if it is being open and something is rising from the dead like you see in the horror films.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Guest Artists SinCity Stamps

By now you know Altered Pages and SinCity Stamps Design Teams are partnering during the month of August.  Not only do we want to share what the  Altered Pages Design Team is up to, we like to share what our partners from the    SinCity Stamps Design Team are creating.  

Today we are honored to share projects from SinCity Stamps Design Team members: Daniella Hayes, Peggy Oliver and Laura Davidson!


Stop by for more inspiration from
Danie May!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Halloween Mini Album: Do Not Enter

Hello everyone, and welcome back to the second half of our monthly partnership with Sin City Stamps.  For the remainder of the month, both design teams will be creating Halloween themed projects using products from both Sin City Stamps and Altered Pages.  So if you love Halloween, like I do, you won't want to miss all the inspiration from both design teams.

For my project today, I went a little crazy.  I decided to make a mini album out of this cool chipboard shrine from Sin City Stamps.
Here are a few pictures of my finished book, front and back.

I took a gazillion photos and because it is a book, there were lots of directions.  So I decided to, hopefully, make it easier for you to read by using Snapguide.  I hope you enjoy my tutorial and pictures of each page.

Check out How to Halloween Mini Album: Do Not Enter by Barbara Rankin on Snapguide.

Supplies Used:

Altered Pages:  AP-288 Happy Halloween collage sheet;  AP-2084 Screaming Skulls; AP-1080 Antique Halloween; AP-1820 Quoth the Raven, Nevermore; AP-562 The Other Side of Halloween;  G45 Steampunk Spells paperScor-TapeAleene's Tacky Glue; 1" Raven Black FlowersStickles glitter glue; Gilder's Paste (Foundry Bronze); Memento Black ink pad; Skull ribbons

Sin City Stamps:  Shrine Chipboard Frame 2; Urban Grunge stamp set; Halloween Bingo stamp set; Halloween Takes Flight stamp set;

Other:  Tyvek scraps; black acrylic paint; Black Soot distress glitter; clear distress crackle paint; grunge board; Black Soot, Peeled Paint, Seedless Preserves, Dried Marigold distress inks; 3D Crystal Lacquer; spider web craft punch;

Check out this special deal on the Graphic 45 Steampunk Spells paper I used for my book!

Order one of these special deals with Graphic 45 Steampunk Spells items.   You will receive one 8x8 paper pad, one 6x6 coordinating paper pad and 6 oversize postcards.  Separately it would cost 25.00 but for our special spooky friends - sale price of $19.50!!    limited quantity!    
For Halloween and Fall fun

Things for you to order TODAY!

Tinsdoo-dad jarspipettesspecimen jarspen nibspostcards,resin flowersspooky die cutsglass dropper bottlesfoil sheets,paper mache and lots more stuff for your stash.  Make your ART fun and different!


Thanks for stopping by, and be sure to visit Sin City Stamps and Altered Pages for your crafting needs!

Have a wonderful, creative week!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Lazy Dog Days of Summer

Do you remember that saying?   With today's fast paced life, it seems there are no more lazy days!    We are wired in 24/7 with our phones, ipads and computers with little time to take it easy!   It's hard to "turn off" anymore.   

I can clearly remember one August day, I must have been somewhere close to 11 years old.   It was one of those days when there was nothing to do, no one to play with and plain old LAZY.   I was never one to take naps, I was always on the run with friends playing jump rope, hopscotch, stickball, Barbie dolls or other kid things.  

But this day was unusually quiet and I found myself in my bedroom, Mom had pulled down the shades (yes, roller blinds which only some will remember) and I DID IT.   I fell asleep in the middle of the day!!

I remember the breeze gently blowing through the open windows behind the blinds, making a little whooshing sound that was comforting.   I woke up feeling so wonderful, maybe that's why I remember it so clearly. And I thought, maybe this nap thing is OK after all!

SO, my August words for you are to SLOW DOWN and be a bit lazy.  Turn off the phone and tablets, put your feet up and allow some time for quiet.  Rejuvenate and allow your creative side to kick in.    Paul McCartney has said that some of his best songs came from dreams.   Maybe your next project will begin in a Dream!  

Can you do me a favor?  We truly like our followers to join in and comment to show our Artists they are appreciated.   Please share your good thoughts with them. 

We are almost at 400 followers - when we get to that mark we will have a random giveaway.  Help us get to 400 and even 500, invite your friends!

Guest Artists from SinCity Stamps!

As you know Altered Pages and SinCity Stamps Design Teams are partnering during the month of August.  Not only do we want to share what our design team is up to we like to share what our partners are creating.  Today we are honored to share projects from SinCity Stamps Team members: Daniella Hayes, Gracie CH,
Barbara Rankin and RJ Avery.  Be sure to visit their posts and let them know you were there!