Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Keep Calm.... It's Tea Time Somewhere

As you know this month Altered Pages is pairing up with Unruly PaperArts, a blogozine filled with creative ideas, art and inspiration.  Each month they cover a different theme ~ Aprils theme is Mail Art & Moos with a creative prompt of  Teacups & Tiaras.  Altered Page Artsociates are also incorporating laser cut chipboard from Leaky Shed Studios. If you've been following along this month I think you can tell we're all having great fun with it.

Here is my offering for you today...
a very British Postcard....

The teacup was painted with gesso then covered with two layers of the Silks Acrylic Glaze.  I used the Inca Gold Guilders Paste on the crown, rim of the tea cup and saucer.   

To make the thin gold line around the outside edges of the postcard I used a scrap sheet of paper and positioned it so only the very edge of the postcard was showing.  I then rubbed the Guilders Paste over this exposed area and repeated for each side.

I used a floral image from the Tea Party Flowers collage sheet for the pattern on my tea cup.  I further embellished the tea cup with a bit of pen work using the Micron pen.  I works wonderfully over the Silks glaze.  To finish off the postcard I stamped the saying...

Altered Page Supplies:
3032 Tea Party Flowers

Other Supplies:
Black Ink
Alphabet Stamps

Hope you have a wonderful day!
Ink Stained Roni

Tuesday, April 22, 2014


Welcome to Trending Tuesday!
During the month or April the AlteredPages Design Team has partnered with Unruly PaperArts.  The themes for the Unruly PaperArts  Readers Art Quest is Tea Cups and Tiaras!  Christine Hatchell a contributing author/artist  wrote about "MOO"-nificent Layouts.  This month for Trending Tuesday our team has combined the two themes... BELOW is what our team would like to share with you.  Please take time to visit each artist blog to learn more about their projects!
Also Stephanie is the Guest Artist at Unruly PaperArts this month.  Check out her interview HERE
Barbara created an Inspiration piece for Reader Art Quests on Unruly PaperArts HERE!
Robin also created an Inspiration piece for Reader Art Quests on Unruly PaperArts HERE!

See how the TRI-MOOS create a full collage!
Please send some time at Unruly PaperArts after visiting the artists above!

Monday, April 21, 2014

A Spot of Tea!

This month the Altered Pages Design Team has been busy sharing Tiaras and Tea with
Today I would like to share one with some of my Tea TAGS!!!
The Postcard Tag was distressed with Art Anthology Sorbet Dimensional Paint - Kenyan Copper, Dylusions Ink Spray - Melted Chocolate and  Brilliance Ink. Add images from the  French Style Collage Sheet. Stamp Glitz Stamp - Vintage Love Calendar with Brilliance Ink.  Trim top of tag with Bazzil - Edge Cardstock Strips Red . 
Fussy cut the image of woman with tea from the Victorian Tea Collage Sheet adhere to tag with foam tape.  Add the resin flower and feather. 
Last add the tea tags~

Glitz Stamp - Vintage Love Calendar
Resin Flower
Foam Tape
Tea bag tags


Saturday, April 19, 2014

In honor of Easter

I thought it appropriate that we all take a day off to acknowledege our beliefs.  This season is for renewal and salvation for both Christians and Jews alike.  

In researching I came to find that for Muslims, Moses, the Torah and Jesus are all recognized as well as the Gospels of Jesus.  While Muslims do not celebrate Easter or Passover, they do acknowledge the ascension of Jesus and his return.  I was happy to learn we are not all so different.

Have a lovely day!

Art Anthology Paints Available at

I wanted to share my FABER-PUNK Eggs  at Altered Pages... I  used paints purchased here at to create them!
This is just a sample of some of the colors of Art Anthology Sorbet Dimension Paint - Gold, Baby Blue Eyes & Kenyan available at

The egg base is plastic eggs from the dollar store!!! Covered with tissue and gesso to create a base that the paint could adhere to! 

To embellish the hardware store is a great place to get metal!!!  I used locking washers from most of me steampunk findings! A few charms and DEW DROPS!  


Large Plastic Eggs from the Dollar Store
Tissue (sewing patterns work great)
Art Anthology Sorbet Dimension Paint - Gold, Baby Blue Eyes & Kenyan - from
Locking Washers from the hardware store
Dew Drops Available at
Miscellaneous beads
Charms - Crowns & Bow
Tacky Glue


Be sure to stop by next week and see what our team is sharing along with Unruly PaperArts!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

One lump or two?

So, it's Friday again. Yes! Thank you!

Today on the blog I am giving a sneak peek into a little Trending Tuesday fun. Most of you know that the Altered Pages Design Team has a monthly Trending Tuesday special post and I am preparing for mine. This months theme is, well, can you say multi-tasking? We are cross promoting with two other amazing groups. We are working with Unruly PaperArts and  Leaky Shed. The oh so fun theme is teacups and tiaras along with Moo's. How fun, right?

As I said this is just a peek, so you check back on Tuesday for all the amazing art brought to you by the Altered Pages Design Team. I am creating a board book and I took the cute teacup theme and turned it a bit on its side.

 Blank board book.

Board book with text page, distressing with ink and stamping to add dimension.

A little collage magic yeah, a baby popping out of an English tea urn. 

Some fun with ephemera, washi tape, silver charms and trim, etc. 

Be sure to check back Tuesday for more pages added to my One Lump or Two Altered Board Book. 

Here are just a few of the items used. Make sure to check out Altered Pages for all your craft and art supply needs.

Arched door board book

My head is spinning baby doll collage sheet

Victorian Tea collage sheet

Pocket Watch Charm

Thanks for stopping by.
Have a great weekend and Happy Easter!
Steph S.

It's Thursday What is Jean doing on the BLOG?

There was an empty post so I volunteered!    HIP HIP HOORAY.

I carried a wooden ATB with me all week, holding it and turning it, waiting for some inspiration.  I thought about (OH NO) macrame around it, making it into an Easter basket of some sort, BUT I had to get dirty to find the next step!

Art Anthology Paints were used after putting down a white base coat, the wood just sucks up the paint if not base coated. Do not use a gloss paint or sealer, it will make your top coats hard to apply in some cases.

Sanding adds character

I then used an original stencil created for the Mailbox Muse Serengeti Kit 

Apply the stencil vertically & then horizontally for a basketweave pattern, I used a spouncer (or sponge) to apply the paint over the stencil.

I got an smaller wooden block and hammered a hole into the top for later

I considered small nails but used good old, tried and true Aleens
to attach the Glitz banner and top block.

 I then wanted to add some pops so outlined the banner in black paint and added some doodle type lines.   HMMMMMMM, not enough POP.   Bring in the Bright yellow and add photo hardware. VOILA.   I did not add legs but I could in the future, if I do they will be the reddish color with yellow.


These are wooden ATB's but just wait!   You will get to see the newest style of ATB's in May!

See the AlteredPages Site for -





Have a Groovy weekend, allow your Muse to find you!  

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Teacups and Tiaras!

MailArt and Teacups and Tiaras is the theme we have all been playing along with this month whilst cross promoting with Unruly PaperArts.

For my post today I was inspired by the orient and traditional tea ceremonies.  My postcard started with me cutting out two images from the Tea Party Collage Sheet AP-518.

I also used some oriental text and an image from the Oriental Backgrounds Collage Sheet.  To add color to my background I used some Fire Brick Distress Stain and my cherry blossom border strips were punched out from some left over Gelli Prints.  To finish I added a lucky coin from my stash and some Havana Brown Seam Binding which is also available at Altered Pages.

Will you be joining us next Tuesday for our Trending Tuesday Post?

The team at Altered Pages were also kindly given some chipboard diecuts to play with for our projects his month from the Leaky Shed.  They have this fabulous Tea Cup & Saucer which I decided to paint Green for part of my Trending Tuesday Project this month.  After painting it with one coat of Acrylic Paint I then added a few extra touches of ink and paper.

I then teamed this with a large Eyelet Envelope which I die cut from Papers from the Alice's Utterly Mad Party Mailbox Muse Kit.

My two photos above may have given you an idea of where the theme of my Trending Tuesdays Project is going but you will have to wait until then to see the project in full along with all the other wonderful projects from the team.

Until then Happy Creating!
Danie xx

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Guest Artist Jenn Starr

We are honored to introduce you to 
our Guest Artist 
Jen Starr

I was honored to be asked to participate in the Altered Pages Blog as a Featured Artist and even more excited to be able to share Art Anthology with you all! As Creative Director for Art Anthology, I would like to begin by telling you a little about these fabulous products. 

Art Anthology currently has 5 different paint lines plus a 24 Colorations Mists, gesso, 2ftx3ft non-stick craft sheets and so much more to come!! 

All of the paints have a special formulation that make them unique from the average acrylic paint. 

Sorbet and Dimensional Crystals (My signature line of paints) have beautiful shimmer and glitter combinations with a gloss finish. They are formulated to be translucent yet keep the vibrancy of their colors so you can use them for things like painting over book pages or photo tinting for example. My Dimensional Crystals are a bit bumped up in the intensity of the colors, more bling and they also have a fun removable tip that can be used for added dimensional details…or just for the ease of getting the paint out and directly on to your projects! 

The four new Metal Effects are similar to the Sorbet without the glitter and they have a stunning vintage, metallic effect! 

The Velvet line has a matte finish with a gorgeous velvety shimmer and are more opaque and the four brand new Stone Effects paints have a very cool, gritty texture that is perfect for dimensional effects over stencils, etc. 
ALL of the paint lines have strong adhesive qualities for embedding objects, holding on to things like glitters (even glass glitter and mica flakes), embossing powders, beads, etc. They will all also hold a texture if scraped over a stencil, used with texture tools or even just applied with a palette knife! 

Trust me…these paints are SO MUCH FUN to play with and create absolutely stunning effects!

Using a 6x6” canvas panel as a base, adhere some book page using a wet adhesive such as gel medium. 

Lay a stencil in place and use a palette knife to scrape any of the Art Anthology paints over the selected area…blending colors together. All of the paint lines (Sorbet, Dimensional Crystals, Velvet, as well as the brand new Metal Effects and Stone Effects) are all dimensional and will keep their shape!! 

I used Sunbeam and Guava Dimensional Crystals for this project. 

In the center add a few dew drops (or glitter, beads, etc) using the paint to embed them. While the paint is still wet, sprinkle a pinch of embossing powder in some areas. I used Ranger’s Gold Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel (UTEE). Use a heat gun to emboss. 

Tip: Depending on which heat gun you use, if you hold it in place in the same area long enough you can get the paint to bubble which adds more texture and interest! 

Use a palette knife to randomly scrap more paint around the edges. In the opposite corner from the stencil design, lay the paint on thick and use a texture tool (I use Princeton Catalyst tools) to comb a design in to the paint. Sprinkle more embossing powder if desired and emboss. 

Once the paints are dry, it will act as a resist for water based mists. I used Art Anthology Colorations mists in Grass, Studio Blue and Waimea Bay to spray over the remaining white background. Allow mist to dry on its own (so you don’t re-melt the embossing powder or wipe the contrast of color away). Once the mist is dry, use a baby wipe or damp paper towel to buff off any mist that had dried on the paint. 

Create a photo transfer on a manila tag using either Sorbet, Dimensional Crystal or Metal Effects Paints (I used Vegas Gold Sorbet). Simply use a print from a laser printer or a toner based copy. Trim the photo as desired and generously paint the PRINTED side of the picture. I also paint the background it will be transferred to (the tag). Be sure to work quickly before the paint dries and place the painted/printed side of the picture down on to the painted tag. Be careful NOT to get paint on the back of the copy paper. Allow it to dry completely…use a heat gun to speed up the process. 

Once dry, spray the paper with water and begin rubbing with your finger in a circular motion until the paper starts to break down and come off. Continue to add water and rub as necessary. The end result should be the ink from the print being transferred in to the paint. 

Distress the edges of the tag with scissors and adhere it to the canvas panel. Spray a piece of crocheted lace with Colorations mist and adhere that to the panel as well. Write a sentiment on the tag using a Sharpie or Faber Castell PITT pen. 

You’re DONE! 

If you have any questions e-mail me at 

Jen Starr is a Mixed Media Artist with a fine art background who has been in the Craft Industry as a Designer and Instructor for over 10 years. She is the Senior Educator for Viva Décor USA, the Creative Director for Art Anthology and is a fully Certified and Ranger Recognized Instructor (with 5 certifications from Ranger). There are many companies and products that inspire Jen and she is an endorsed educator or has worked closely with many of them such as Ranger, Ten Second Studio, Viva Décor, Canvas Corp, Tattered Angels, Stampers Anonymous, Faber Castell, Basic Grey and Prima, just to name a few.. Jen has designed several signature product lines and currently has a signature line of paints called Dimensional Crystals as well as a range of Colorations mists with Art Anthology. Her projects have been featured in many publications in the US and Europe including the “Ink Essentials” book.

Jen has been making art her entire life and has been scrapbooking, card making and making colorful yet vintage inspired mixed media art since she married her wonderful husband, Mike, in 1997. They live in Northern New Jersey and have 2 children (11 year old Ryan and 9 year old Maya) who are the subject of much of her work. 

Empowering students with product knowledge and creative Techniques is what Jen strives for in each of her classes! She has taught technique based classes at stores, crops, large events and conventions all over the US and regularly in Europe and Canada. She has also been a featured instructor on several crafting cruises and taught at events such as CHA, CKU, CKC, Memories Expos, Scrapbook Expo, Bonanza in England, Scrap-A-Ganza in the Netherlands and at ScrapEvent in Sweden. Jen also regularly demos inking and stamping techniques at trade shows such as CHA, SMAC in Paris, Krea Vak in Holland and various Distributor events around the world. Jen absolutely loves to teach her students to use their creativity and help them think outside the box. It makes her so happy to be able to share her skills, knowledge and love of the art of scrapbooking and stamping with so many others.

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